Week That Was: Royal Pain

Week That Was: Royal Pain
Both defending league champs suffered big losses in the lineup. We cover those and much more in our weekly recap.
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Ben Zobrist slugged a three-run homer Sunday in the Cubs' defeat of the Phillies.

Zobrist went deep off Philly starter Vince Velasquez in the bottom of the third inning to put Chicago up 5-0. It was his seventh home run of the season, and gave him his 33rd, 34th, and 35th RBI. He's slashing .351/.451/.542 through 46 games with the National League Central-leading Cubs.
May 29 - 5:41 PM

Jose Bautista went 1-for-6 with a two-run home run in Sunday's 5-3, 11-inning loss to the Red Sox.

Bautista smashed a two-run homer off Red Sox ace David Price in the fifth inning for his lone hit on the afternoon. He also struck out twice in his six trips to the plate. For the season, the veteran slugger is slashing .240/.373/.497 with 12 doubles, 11 homers and 37 RBI across 183 at-bats.
May 29 - 5:41 PM

Austin Jackson was forced to leave Sunday's game against the Royals due to turf toe.

As the White Sox bullpen was imploding once again on Sunday, Jackson pulled himself from the game due to the issue. While it doesn't sound like anything that will require a trip to the disabled list, he could be held out of the lineup for a day or two.
May 29 - 5:39 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins said Sunday that he expects James Loney to be activated on Tuesday.

Loney is expected to see most of his work against right-handed pitching, so he wouldn't have started on Monday anyways against left-hander Jose Quintana. Loney was hitting well for the Padres at Triple-A El Paso, slashing .342/.373/.424 prior to the trade.
Source: ESPN.com
May 29 - 5:36 PM

R.A. Dickey took a no-decision against the Red Sox on Sunday, surrendering three runs on three hits over 5 1/3 innings.

Dickey struggled to find the strike zone and issued four walks on the afternoon. He held the Red Sox machine off the scoreboard until the sixth inning, at which point the wheels fell off. In the frame, Dickey surrendered a one-out triple to Mookie Betts, an RBI single to Xander Bogaerts and a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch to Hanley Ramirez. Manager John Gibbons lifted him from the contest at that point, with the final run on his line scoring courtesy of the bullpen. The veteran knuckleballer will carry a 4.64 ERA and 1.32 WHIP into a Fenway Park start against these same Red Sox next time he toes the rubber.
May 29 - 5:34 PM

David Price allowed two runs on five hits over 6 1/3 innings in earning a no-decision against the Blue Jays on Sunday.

It was something of a listless performance from Price, who tied his season low in strikeouts with three. The Blue Jays were unable to take advantage, though, and only a two-run homer by Jose Bautista in the fifth inning resulted in legitimate damage against the ace southpaw. Price has allowed three or fewer runs in seven of his 11 starts, but he has also posted four starts of five or more runs allowed. It all equals out to a 5.11 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 79/18 K/BB ratio over 68 2/3 innings. He will try to drop his ERA under 5.00 when he faces these same Blue Jays at Fenway next time out.
May 29 - 5:33 PM

David Wright (neck) is not in the Mets starting lineup on Sunday.

Manager Terry Collins made it sound as though Wright wouldn't be available on Monday as well. Wilmer Flores is starting in his place on Sunday and will continue to fill in while Wright is sidelined. Collins also made it clear that this neck issue is not related to the back injury that Wright has been battling, but could be connected to his sore shoulder.
May 29 - 5:26 PM

John Lackey hurled seven innings of one-run ball Sunday in the Cubs' 7-2 win over the Phillies.

Lackey walked four but yielded only four hits and struck out six. The one run against him came on a Tyler Goeddel homer in the top of the seventh. Lackey now stands 5-2 with a 3.16 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 67/17 K/BB ratio through his first 68 1/3 innings with Chicago. He's looking like an offseason steal at two years, $32 million.
May 29 - 5:24 PM
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