Grady Sizemore went 0-for-4 on Saturday to drop his average to .245.
Sizemore is 1-for-18 in his last four starts. It should be nothing more than a fluke, but he's really struggled in his time in the leadoff spot this season, going 3-for-26 with no extra-base hits and one walk in six games. He's 10-for-27 with four extra-base hits and three walks while hitting fifth or sixth.
Chris Davis went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in Saturday's loss and is 3-for-18 over his last six games.
Davis already had 30 homers by this time last year, so it's rather disappointing to see him stuck on one through 55 at-bats. Still, it's not a major concern just yet. Even after his recent slump, he's still batting .255, and there's no doubt the homers will come soon enough.
Nick Castellanos belted a two-run homer off C.J. Wilson, powering the Tigers to a 5-2 victory over the Angels at Comerica Park on Satuday.
The rookie third sacker finished the afternoon 1-for-4 and is now hitting .256/.326/.462 with two homers and seven RBI on the season. He should continue to see plenty of RBI opportunities hitting sixth or seventh in the Tigers lineup, making him a worthwhile option as a corner infielder in deeper mixed formats.
Victor Martinez went 2-for-2 with a pair of walks, reaching base all four times in Saturday's victory over the Angels.
Martinez tagged opposing starter C.J. Wilson for a solo homer in the fifth inning to increase the Tigers advantage to 4-1. He's been terrific in the early part of the season, slashing .333/.400/.542 with three homers and seven RBI in his first 14 games.
Rangers recalled INF Luis Sardinas from Double-A Frisco.
The 20-year-old infielder was off to a slow start this year at the Double-A level, batting just .226 with a .519 OPS. But he was rated a Top 75 prospect over the winter by Baseball Prospectus and could have an exciting future. He stole 32 bases in the minors last year.
Max Scherzer picked up his first victory of the 2014 season on Saturday, surrendering one run on three hits over seven strong innings against the Angels.
The reigning American League Cy Young winner punched out nine while walking just two in the game. The only damage against him came on a leadoff home run by J.B. Shuck, but he was able to settle in nicely and dominate the rest of the afternoon. He’ll carry a 2.33 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 34/7 K/BB ratio into Thursday’s home start against the White Sox.
J.B. Shuck blasted a leadoff home run off Max Scherzer in Saturday's loss to the Tigers.
As terrific of a start to the game as it was, it would be the only run that they would scratch across against Scherzer. Shuck, hitting out of the leadoff spot in the lineup, finished the day 1-for-4 and is hitting a disappointing .189/.211/.351 in the early going.
Rangers placed OF Jim Adduci on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured left pinkie finger.
Infield prospect Luis Sardinas was called up in a corresponding move. Adduci is expected to miss four weeks.