Francisco Rodriguez notched his third save of the season Sunday in the Brewers' 6-3 win over the Cardinals.
Rodriguez delivered a perfect ninth inning, getting Kolten Wong to ground out and Peter Bourjos and Tony Cruz to fly out on just 10 total pitches. It was career save No. 351 for K-Rod, whose fantasy stock should rise rapidly as the Brewers work out of their early-season rut.
Bob Melvin was ejected from Sunday's game against the Astros for arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire Quinn Wolcott.
It's the first ejection of the season for the A's skipper. He raced out of the dugout and certainly got his money's worth before eventually getting the heave-ho from Wolcott.
Mike Fiers held the Cardinals to two runs -- one earned -- over four innings Sunday in a no-decision.
Fiers flirted with great danger all afternoon, yielding nine hits and two walks over his four frames. But the St. Louis offense couldn't capitalize. Fiers is 0-3 with a 5.79 ERA and 1.93 WHIP in 18 2/3 innings this season. He gets the Cubs on the road next.
Hanley Ramirez homered twice and drove in four runs in an 18-7 loss to the Orioles on Sunday.
Hanley's onslaught didn't come until the game was well out of reach. He hit a solo home run in the eighth inning and a three-run shot in the ninth to draw the team to within 18-7. Close but not quite on the comeback. Han-Ram now has eight home runs and 17 RBI, with a terrifying slash of .300/.359/.643. Some guys crumble under the pressure of playing for the Red Sox, some guys don't. Ramirez is clearly of the later species and is making his club look very smart for signing him to the big off-season deal.
Lance Lynn was shelled for six earned runs in five innings Sunday in a loss to the Brewers.
On paper it looked to be an advantageous matchup for Lynn, who entered the start with a 1.56 ERA and 20/6 K/BB ratio in 17 1/3 innings and was facing a Brewers lineup sans Carlos Gomez, Jonathan Lucroy, Ryan Braun, and Aramis Ramirez. But the baseball gods aren't kind to optimism. Lynn was pounded for 10 hits, including four doubles, a triple, and a third-inning Adam Lind home run. He'll look to bounce back in his next start at home against the Pirates.
Mets prospect Steven Matz took a no-hitter into the seventh inning Saturday for Triple-A Las Vegas.
After the game Matz claimed he shook off catcher Dan Rohlfing only once in seven innings. He allowed two hits in the seventh but stranded the runners on first and third. The 23-year-old has been a difference maker for Las Vegas, recording a minuscule 2.01 ERA in 22 1/3 innings of work. MLB.com ranked Matz the third-best prospect in the Mets' system.
Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon was ejected from Sunday's game against the Twins.
McClendon was yapping at home plate umpire Sean Barber on his way back to the dugout from visiting his starting pitcher Roenis Elias, and must've said the magic words as Barber gave him the early gate.It's the first time that McClendon has been tossed this year.
Delmon Young drove in five of the 18 runs the Orioles scored in Sunday's 18-7 romp over the Red Sox.
Toss a dart at a name in the Oriole lineup from Sunday and you'll likely come up with a few RBI. Young led the crew with five, but he was far from alone, as Chris Davis, Steve Pearce and Jimmy Paredes each had three. Where to begin? We'll just roll through some of the highlights. Young had RBI singles in the third and fourth innings, then hit a two-run double in the seventh. He entered the game with just two RBI and left with seven. Davis supplied a two-run double in the third and a solo homer in the sixth. Paredes chipped in his first triple of the season. It was simply an offensive supernova. Guys like Young and Pearce aren't suddenly going to turn into RBI machines, but for one game, everybody in the middle of the Oriole lineup was locked in.