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Sonny Gray struck out 10 and pitched 6 2/3 innings of shutout ball in Sunday's 7-1 win over the Rangers

Gray moved to 4-0 after the dominating outing. He allowed just two hits, but also walked a season-high seven. Let's just set aside the walks, as Gray had not walked more than two batters in any previous outing. His numbers are uniformly great this season, as he now owns a 1.69 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 35/13 K/BB ratio across 43 innings. Just about the only aspect of Sunday's start that could be considered remotely questionable (other than his control) is that he threw 119 pitches in the contest. The A's clearly feel comfortable letting the 25-year-old stretch out his arm, as he threw 219 innings last season. We'll see if this starts to add up as he progresses through what's been a stellar season to this point.
May 3 - 7:31 PM

Anthony Rizzo tripled and drove in a run during Sunday's loss to the Brewers.

Rizzo, he of the four career triples, got his season quota out of the way when he drove in Dexter Fowler with a ball to deep center in the fifth inning. The Cubs might not yet be rolling over the NL Central as some pundits thought they would, but that's no fault of Rizzo, who is currently hitting .321/.471/.513. That OBP is like the reflection in Narcissus' pool. You can get lost in its beauty if you stare at it for long enough.
May 3 - 7:20 PM

Aramis Ramirez hit a solo homer in Sunday's win over the Cubs.

Ramirez smacked the home run off of Jason Hammel in the second inning. He also played hero in the contest, hitting a go-ahead two-run single in the eighth inning to help the 7-18 Brewers to the 5-3 victory. Ramirez had missed the last few games with a hamstring injury, but he looked fine on Sunday, finishing 2-for-3. On April 21, Ramirez was hitting just .149/.149/.191, but he's raised that to a less awful .233/.263/.411 over the last 10 games.
May 3 - 7:10 PM

Jimmy Nelson pitched 6 2/3 innings of three-run ball against the Cubs on Sunday.

Nelson scattered seven hits while striking out six and walking two. His opposite number, Jason Hammel, stung him for a sacrifice fly in the second inning, while Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant supplied an RBI-triple and RBI-double, respectively, in the sixth inning. It was a nice rebound start for Nelson, who was coming off a seven-run debacle against the Reds. To Nelson's credit, that rough outing has been his only one this season, as he hasn't allowed more than three runs in any of his other four starts. Overall, he holds a 4.03 ERA and 1.17 WHIP, with a 24/11 K/BB over 28 2/3 innings. He'll face the Cubs again in his next start.
May 3 - 7:03 PM

Jason Hammel allowed three runs on five hits over six innings in Sunday's game against the Brewers.

Hammel struck out three and walked one here, with the Brewers tagging the 32-year-old right-hander with a solo home run by Aramis Ramirez in the second inning, an RBI-single by Carlos Gomez in the third and a sacrifice fly by Khris Davis in the fourth. Hammel's control has been impeccable through five starts--Sunday's walk was just the second he's issued this season. He boasts a 26/2 K/BB ratio over 31 1/3 innings, pairing that with a 3.73 ERA and 1.01 ERA. He'll take those numbers against the Brewers again in his next start.
May 3 - 7:01 PM

Joakim Soria pitched a perfect ninth inning to secure his 10th save of the season in Sunday's win over the Royals.

Soria entered with the Tigers up 6-4. The Royals battled him tough and forced him to throw 15 pitches, but 13 of those went for strikes and Soria never caved. With the clean inning, he picked up his 10th save and lowered his ERA to 1.54. He currently holds a 7/2 K/BB in 11 2/3 innings. He's looked great since taking over as closer for the ailing Joe Nathan (elbow).
May 3 - 6:54 PM

Athletics released OF Cody Ross.

Ross was designated for assignment by the A's on Saturday and has now been given his outright release. It's unclear if the veteran outfielder will explore other opportunities or elect to hang up his cleats.
May 3 - 6:53 PM

Kolten Wong cranked a walkoff solo home run in the bottom of the 14th inning as the Cardinals defeated the visiting Pirates 3-2 on Sunday afternoon.

Wong didn't start the game, but he finished 3-for-4 after entering as part of a double-switch in the top of the eighth inning. And his heroic blast to right field in the 14th secured a three-game sweep for the Cardinals, who have the best record in baseball at 18-6. Wong, 24, is batting .294/.340/.435 with two home runs and two stolen bases in 24 games this season.
May 3 - 6:52 PM
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