Francisco Lindor went 3-for-5 with an RBI, a stolen base and a run scored in a win over the White Sox on Tuesday.
Lindor was one of four Indians with multiple hits against Chris Sale and company. The shortstop now has six three-hit games in the month of May, batting .340 with 11 RBI and 17 runs scored this month. The 22-year-old is hitting .318/.372/.413 with nine stolen bases overall.
Jason Hammel held the Cardinals to one run across 7 1/3 superb innings in Tuesday's 12-3 blowout victory.
A case could be made that he shouldn't have given up any runs, as the Cards' lone tally off of Hammel came in the eighth inning after Jorge Soler missed a catchable ball that turned into a double. It was the first time since June of last season that Hammel surpassed seven innings. He'll bring a nifty 2.17 ERA into next week's outing against the Dodgers.
Michael Wacha was roughed up for eight runs over five innings of work in Tuesday's loss to the Cubs.
It was ugly from the get-go for Wacha in this one, as the Cubs saddled him with six runs before he could escape the first inning. He began to settle in a bit after that but was KO'd by a Jorge Soler two-run shot in the fifth. Wacha is in the midst of an awful stretch, as he's seen his ERA rise from 2.65 to 5.08 over his last four outings. He'll try to get back on track this weekend in Washington.
Chris Sale took his first loss of the season in decisive fashion Tuesday, allowing six runs on seven hits over 3 1/3 innings against the Indians.
We knew Sale had to lose eventually, even if it seemed like he never would. Still, it was surprising to see him get lit up after he'd so thoroughly dominated through most of the season's first two months. Even on a night when he didn't have it -- he walked four after walking just 14 in his first nine starts -- Sale still managed to strike out seven. The southpaw is now 9-1 with a 2.26 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 69/14 K/BB ratio in 71 2/3 innings. He'll look to bounce back Sunday at the Royals.
Carlos Gomez (ribs) went 0-for-3 with a hit-by-pitch in his minor league rehab debut with Double-A Corpus Christi on Tuesday night.
Gomez, on the 15-day disabled list since May 16 with a bruised left rib cage, should be ready to for activation when first eligible next week. He was batting just .182 with a .486 OPS over his first 34 games this season for Houston, but the dynamic 30-year-old center fielder seems like a pretty good buy-low target in standard fantasy leagues.
Chris Gimenez went 2-for-4 with a home run in a win over the White Sox on Tuesday.
Gimenez hit a solo homer off Chris Sale in the fourth inning, because you can't predict baseball. The homer was his second of the season after being dealt to the Indians in early May. Appearing in 10 games, the 33-year-old backstop is hitting .231/.259/.462 while spelling Yan Gomes.
Jorge Soler belted a two-run homer and recorded three RBI in Tuesday's win over the Cardinals.
Soler drew a bases-loaded walk in the first inning and smacked a two-run shot to dead center field in the fifth to knock starter Michael Wacha out of the game. He also added another walk and an infield single. Soler looks like he could be turning the corner slowly but surely, picking up seven hits -- including a pair of homers -- over his last 21 at-bats.
Matt Thornton (heel) is on track to join the Padres' bullpen this weekend in Arizona.
That update comes from Padres manager Andy Green, via Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune. Thornton allowed an unearned run on two hits in his rehab debut Saturday with High-A Lake Elsinore. He was scheduled to make his second rehab appearance Tuesday. The veteran lefty has been on the disabled list since the end of spring training because of tendinitis in his left Achilles tendon.