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).
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.
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.
Miguel Cabrera hit his sixth home run of the season in Sunday's win over the Royals.
Move along, nothing to see here. In addition to the two-run homer, Cabrera also added a pair of singles to finish 3-for-4. He's hitting .366/.459/.624 with six homers, 19 RBI and 13 runs scored this season. The numbers speak for themselves. Cabrera remains a perennial MVP candidate and one of the best hitters in the game.
Trevor Rosenthal blew his first save of the season Sunday in the Cardinals' 14-inning win over the Pirates.
Rosenthal entered in the top of the ninth inning with the Cardinals leading 1-0 and promptly gave up a game-tying solo blast to Jung Ho Kang. It was the Korean shortstop's first major league homer. Rosenthal kept the damage at one run and the Cardinals won it in the bottom of the 14th. He still owns an impressive 1.42 ERA in 12 2/3 innings this season and should remain a top-tier fantasy closer all summer on another good St. Louis team.
Michael Wacha hurled 6 2/3 innings of scoreless ball Sunday in a no-decision against the Pirates.
Wacha gave up only five hits, and just one of those went for extra bases (a third-inning double by Gregory Polanco). The 23-year-old right-hander's strikeout rate has taken a tumble this year and he struck out only two Pittsburgh batters on Sunday afternoon at Busch Stadium, but the Bucs didn't manage much hard contact. Wacha, 23, boasts a 1.93 ERA in 32 2/3 innings this season. He gets the Pirates again next, this time on the road.
Jung Ho Kang slugged his first major league home run Sunday in the Pirates' loss to the Cardinals.
It was a clutch game-tying solo shot in the top of the ninth inning off Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal. Kang also singled earlier in the 14-inning loss, finishing 2-for-5. He should start to see more regular playing time with Jordy Mercer and Josh Harrison both struggling. Give him some consideration in deeper mixed leagues.
Vance Worley tossed six innings of one-run ball but took a no-decision Sunday against the Cardinals.
Worley yielded just four hits and a walk while striking out five, and the only major blemish on his afternoon was a Matt Carpenter solo jack. But the Pirates' offense managed only two runs on 11 hits in the 14-inning loss at Busch Stadium. Worley will carry a 2-2 record, 3.90 ERA, and 1.40 WHIP into his next start against these same Cardinals. He only has fringe streamer value in standard fantasy leagues.