Giants pitching prospect Tyler Beede evened his record at 2-2 Saturday with a win for High-A San Jose.
Beede fired six shutout innings, striking out three with one walk. Saturday's performance came six days after Beede's worst start of the season, a four-run, nine-hit no-decision against Visalia. Saturday, which also happened to be Beede's 22nd birthday, was the right-hander's first scoreless outing since April 9.
Mike Napoli hit a two-run homer and a two-run double to finish 2-for-3 with four RBI in Sunday's 6-1 win over the Angels.
Napoli had been as cold as the dark side of the moon for most of the season, but over the last two games he has been as hot as a moon that has flown out of orbit and just hit the sun. After a solo homer on Friday and two homers on Saturday, Napoli followed up with another huge game. He smashed a two-run homer off of Hector Santiago in the second inning, then hit a deep double to score two in the eighth to finish with four RBI and two runs scored. After slugging under .300 a week ago, he's dragged his slash-line up to .203/.304/.420 and has now hit eight home runs and driven in 21. Get him in your lineups immediately if you were waiting.
Alex Rios (hand) will begin his minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Omaha on Sunday.
He has been on the disabled list since mid-April with a fracture in his left hand. It's not clear how many games he'll need at Triple-A to get his timing back, but he should be ready to return to the Royals in early June.
Royals pitching prospect Eric Skoglund dominated Saturday in seven scoreless innings for High-A Wilmington.
The 22-year-old fanned eight hitters without allowing a walk. The 6'7" left-hander has yet to give up a home run this season while limiting opponents to a .224 average in 186 plate appearances. Skoglund is seventh in the Carolina League in ERA (2.12) and fifth in WHIP (0.99).
Rays optioned RHP Preston Guilmet to Triple-A Durham.
The 27-year-old hurler spent just one day with the Rays, allowing one run on two hits in his two innings of work against the Athletics on Sunday. He'll continue to function as organizational bullpen depth and should get another chance with the big league club before long.
Luke Gregerson allowed a solo home run but still got his 12th save, closing out Sunday's 10-8 win over the Tigers.
Gregerson struck out Ian Kinsler to start the frame, but then allowed a solo home run to Miguel Cabrera. He brought the tying run to the plate after giving up a single to J.D. Martinez, but struck out Yoenis Cespedes and got Nick Castellanos to ground out to end the contest. Gregerson is 12-for-13 in save chances to date with a 4.12 ERA and an 18/5 K/BB ratio in 19 2/3 innings.
Mike Trout went 1-for-4 with an RBI double in Sunday's loss to the Red Sox.
Disappointing end to a series that started out promisingly enough for the Angels, who romped into Fenway with a 12-5 win on Friday before scoring just four runs combined in the next two games. Trout managed an RBI double off Wade Miley to draw the Angels to within 3-1 in the sixth inning on Sunday, but the team wouldn't score again and the Red Sox would tack on another three runs, anyway. Trout is hitting like Mike Trout and currently sports a .301/.392/.552 slash with 11 homers, 25 RBI, 34 runs scored and eight steals.
Anibal Sanchez got a no-decision after giving up seven runs in 5 2/3 innings versus the Astros as the Tigers lost on Sunday.
The Astros stormed for three quick runs against Sanchez in the first inning, with two scoring on an Evan Gattis triple. Sanchez then balked to bring in Gattis. Sanchez settled down from there with four scoreless innings, but in the sixth, Gattis hit a solo home run and rookie Preston Tucker hit a pinch-hit three-run blast. Overall, Sanchez yielded eight hits and walked two while striking out 11. It's the second start in a row he's allowed seven runs. He has an unsightly 6.12 ERA with a 1.33 WHIP and a 59/17 K/BB ratio in 60 1/3 innings. Sanchez will vie for better results in a road start against the Angels next.