Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays are expected to call up 1B/3B Richie Shaffer on Monday.
He's expected to take the roster spot of Matt Moore who will be optioned to Triple-A Durham. The 24-year-old is hitting .261/.357/.538 with 23 homers and 59 RBI in 93 games between Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham. He'll be counted on to add some much-needed punch to the Rays offense.
Josh Hamilton went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's win over the Giants.
Hamilton launched his two-run homer off of Giants starter Mike Leake in the sixth inning. These would be the only two runs to score in the game for the Rangers, but they would be enough for the win thanks to a strong pitching performance by Martin Perez. Hamilton's hitting .245/.297/.445 with five homers and 16 RBI. The power's still there--to some degree--but the numbers pale in comparison to those he was posting several years ago.
Angel Pagan went 1-for-4 with a double in Sunday's loss to the Rangers.
Pagan doubled off of locked-in Rangers starter Martin Perez with one out in the ninth inning. He would score on a Buster Posey RBI single, but the Giants were unable to complete a winning rally, as they fell by a score of 2-1. Pagan is hitting a light .264/.297/.317 with no home runs, 25 RBI, 37 runs scored and six steals this season.
Martin Perez turned in a strong start in Sunday's 2-1 win over the Giants, tossing 8 1/3 innings of one-run ball.
For reference's sake, Perez allowed eight runs against the Yankees in his last start. Eight runs in just the second inning. This could have been enough to send most mortals into dark waters, but Perez showed mental fortitude in bouncing back against the Giants on Sunday. He allowed just two hits and struck out six without walking a batter over his 8 1/3 innings of work. On the whole, he holds a 6.64 ERA and 1.48 WHIP across four starts. A road start against the Mariners awaits as he tries to continue to work that ERA down.
Royals signed RHP Paul Clemens to a minor league contract.
The 27-year-old right-hander had been cut loose by the Phillies after registering a 6.00 ERA and 1.96 WHIP over 24 innings at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He's nothing more than organizational depth for the Royals.
Making his first start since being traded to the Giants, Mike Leake was saddled with a 2-1 loss after allowing two runs over 6 1/3 innings.
You only get one chance to make a first impression and, accordingly, Leake made sure his first start with the Giants was a good one. He scattered eight hits over 6 1/3 innings while striking out five and walking two. Both runs on his line came off the bat of Josh Hamilton, who launched a two-run homer in the sixth inning. Prior to the trade, Leake held a 3.56 ERA and 1.15 WHIP. He'll try for again for his first win in a Giant uniform when he faces off against the Cubs at Wrigley in his next scheduled start.
Nelson Cruz went 2-for-5 with a long solo home run in Sunday's 4-1 win over the Twins.
Cruz belted his prodigious bomb off of Twins closer Glen Perkins with two outs in the ninth. It was the first run that either team scored on the day. The Twins would tie it up in the bottom of the inning before the Mariners pushed across three runs in the 11th to pick up the victory. Cruz has been on fire of late, with homers in each of his last three games and five over his last eight. He's now hitting a sterling .317/.380/.581 with 29 homers and 65 RBI.
Brian Dozier hit a game-tying solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to push Sunday's contest with the Mariners to extra innings.
Pitching was the name of the game on Sunday, as neither team scored until the ninth inning. After Nelson Cruz launched a solo homer to give the M's a 1-0 lead in the top of the ninth, Dozier responded in kind with a solo dinger of his own in the bottom of the frame. The Mariners would ultimately prevail by a score of 4-1 in 11 innings. Dozier has been one of the best hitters in the game this season and is probably going to (undeservedly) be left out of the AL MVP conversation despite his strong play. He's slashing .253/.327/.509 with 23 homers, 57 RBI, 75 runs scored and nine steals. 54 of his 102 hits have gone for extra bases.