Miguel Sano hit his first major league home run and the Twins raced past the Orioles 8-3 on Tuesday.
Sano hit the blast, a two-run shot, off Orioles starter Kevin Gausman in the first inning. He later collected an RBI walk, finishing 2-for-3 with three RBI. Through six games the 22-year-old has been as advertised, hitting .450 with a 1.242 OPS and five RBI. If all goes as planned, the homer will be the first of many Sano will hit over the course of his career.
Tyson Ross tossed two shutout innings in a rain-shortened start, and the Padres dropped Tuesday's game to the Pirates.
Ross allowed two hits, didn't issue a walk, and struck out one. The right-hander didn't take the mound following the delay while opposing starter Francisco Liriano did. Over 18 starts, Ross has a 3.56 ERA, a 1.45 WHIP, and a 112/53 K/BB ratio in 103 2/3 innings. He'll start next at home against the Rockies after the All-Star break.
Matt Kemp hit a two-run double in a 2-for-4 night on Tuesday as the Padres fell to the Pirates.
Kemp gave the Padres a 2-0 lead in the third inning when he doubled in a pair of runs, but it wasn't enough for an otherwise quiet offense. Kemp entered the game 2-for-23 (.087) in his previous seven games. He's had better seasons, as he's currently hitting .242/.282/.360 with six home runs and 44 RBI.
Gregory Polanco delivered a run scoring triple late to help the Pirates edge the Padres on Tuesday.
Polanco finished 1-for-3 with a pair of walks on the evening. He tripled to bring in Sean Rodriguez and break a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the eighth inning. All the Pirates had to do was bring in Mark Melancon from there. The 23-year-old has otherwise had a quiet year offensively, batting .232/.304/.336 with three home runs and 20 RBI.
J.J. Hardy hit a two-run home run in a loss to the Twins on Tuesday.
Hardy hit the two-run shot off Kyle Gibson in the fifth inning. The homer was his fifth of the season, giving him 22 RBI. There haven't been many highlights in the first half for the 32-year-old, who's hitting .232/.263/.338 in 55 games.
Adam Jones went 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI in Tuesday's loss to the Twins.
Jones' RBI double in the top of the eighth inning was too little, too late for the O's, but it was still the cap to a decent night for the outfielder. Jones now has 15 doubles on the year to go with a .288/.334/.477 line. With his shoulder ailment in the rearview mirror for now, Jones should continue to produce going forward.
Joe Mauer went 2-for-4 with three runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Orioles.
Mauer singled twice and walked in the game, scoring all three times he reached base. Mauer has now hit safely in 16 of his last 20 games, raising his season line to .278/.346/.389. The first baseman has five homers, 41 RBI and 35 runs scored with a handful of games left to go before the All-Star break.
Edinson Volquez limited the Rays to one run over five innings but took a no-decision as the Royals beat the Rays 7-1 in the second game of a doubleheader on Tuesday.
Volquez was inefficient, allowing five hits and three walks with five strikeouts while throwing 101 pitches. But the only run the Rays were able to push across came in the third inning on John Jaso's solo home run. Volquez hasn't been great since the end of May, as he's been unable to complete the sixth inning in six of his last eight starts. He still has a productive 3.40 ERA with a 1.22 WHIP and a 78/36 K/BB ratio over 100 2/3 innings, however. Volquez will round out the first half at home against the Blue Jays.