Paulo Orlando's home run accounted for the Royals' only run in a 5-1 defeat at the hands of the Yankees on Tuesday.
Orlando ruined Adam Warren's bid for a shutout with a solo home run in the sixth inning, his first of the season. He finished 1-for-3 on the night. The outfielder has a league-leading total of five triples but is otherwise hitting a mediocre .250/.284/.394 with seven RBI.
Jason Vargas went only four innings, allowing two runs, in a loss to the Yankees on Tuesday.
Both runs came in the first inning on a Mark Teixeira home run. He allowed four hits and a walk while striking out six. Vargas needed 76 pitches to get through four innings and did not take the mound in the fifth. The Royals were just being a bit cautious as Vargas hadn't pitched since May 5 due to a flexor strain in his left elbow. He'll take a 5.16 ERA, a 1.45 WHIP, and a 20/11 K/BB ratio in 29 2/3 innings into a start at Wrigley Field against the Cubs.
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that trade a between the Dodgers and Braves involving Juan Uribe and Alberto Callaspo is "done," pending approval by the commissioner’s office.
It was reported earlier Tuesday that Callaspo rejected the trade, but now Rosenthal is saying he waived his right to reject any deal prior to June 15. Rosenthal says it would be a six-player trade, although it's unclear at this time who would be involved other than Uribe and Callaspo.
Adam Warren evened his record at 3-3 after holding the Royals to one run in 6 1/3 innings on Tuesday.
Warren now has three consecutive quality starts following Tuesday's outing. The lone run scored on a Paulo Orlando home run in the sixth inning, accounting for one of the mere two hits he surrendered on the evening. He also struck out five without issuing a walk. The right-hander has a 3.91 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP, and a 32/18 K/BB ratio over 50 2/3 innings. Warren will take on the Athletics in a road start next.
Mark Teixeira went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and a two-run double in Tuesday's win over the Royals.
Teixeira got the party started early, driving a two-run home run in the first inning off of Jason Vargas. He tacked on a two-run double in the fifth and later scored as the Yankees went up 5-0. Teixeira has shown no signs of slowing down as May nears its end. He's batting .243/.365/.588 with 14 home runs and 35 RBI.
Mike Fiers will start Wednesday's game versus the Giants on three days' rest.
Fiers threw 86 pitches over five innings on Saturday against the Braves. The Brewers still need a starter to replace Wily Peralta (oblique), but they've decided to delay a decision for now. Taylor Jungmann, Tyler Thornburg and Tyler Cravy could be considered for a call-up on Sunday.
Samuel Deduno (back) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Oklahoma City on Friday.
He was cleared for game work after getting through another bullpen session Tuesday with no issues. Deduno should be ready for activation sometime next week.
Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that Phil Coke has received interest from at least six teams.
Coke has been placed on release waivers and will officially become a free agent on Thursday. It sounds like he could land a big league contract despite posting a 6.30 ERA over 16 appearances before the Cubs designated him for assignment.