Tyrell Jenkins was hammered for seven earned runs in 3 1/3 innings as the Braves fell to the Rockies on Sunday.
Jenkins walked five and gave up eight hits, including three home runs. The rookie right-hander now has a 6.17 ERA and 1.89 WHIP over his first 23 1/3 major league innings. Maybe he should return to a relief role.
Juan Centeno went 3-for-5 with a two-run double and three total RBI in Sunday's loss to the Red Sox.
Centeno hit a two-run double off Rick Porcello in the second inning. He would later add another double, plus an eighth-inning RBI single. The 26-year-old backstop has picked up five hits in his last eight at-bats. For the season as a whole, he is slashing .265/.301/.398 with two homers and 16 RBI. There is no fantasy intrigue here.
Rick Porcello pitched poorly in Sunday's win over the Twins, yielding five runs (four earned) on six hits over 6 2/3 innings.
Porcello did strike out eight, but he struggled to maintain his consistency and surrendered a pair of runs in the second, one in the fifth and two more in the seventh before being relieved of duty. The 27-year-old right-hander still holds a perfectly reasonable 3.57 ERA and 1.15 WHIP for the season as a whole. He will hit the road for a date with the Angels next time he toes the rubber.
Tommy Milone struggled in Sunday's loss to the Red Sox, yielding eight runs (four earned) on 10 hits over 4 2/3 innings.
Milone wasn't helped by his defense, but given that seven of the eight runs on his line scored on home runs, he has nobody to truly blame but himself. Hanley Ramirez and Travis Shaw cracked three-run homers in the third and fifth innings (respectively). Dustin Pedroia also notched a solo dinger in that fifth. Milone will carry an unappealing 4.97 ERA and 1.49 WHIP into a home start against the White Sox next time he toes the rubber.
Jesse Hahn delivered 7 2/3 innings of one-run ball Sunday in the A's 3-2 win over the Rays.
It was the best outing of the season for Hahn, who has been toiling away at Triple-A Nashville since posting a 6.49 ERA and 1.76 WHIP over his first seven starts with Oakland. He yielded just four hits and one walk while striking out five on Sunday, keeping Tampa Bay off the board until the top of the eighth inning. Hahn probably deserves another turn, but it's not clear yet if that will happen.
Blake Snell yielded two earned runs over 6 2/3 innings Sunday in the Rays' loss to the A's.
Snell gave up both of those runs in the bottom of the first inning, allowing two singles and two doubles. He settled in from there, but the Tampa Bay offense couldn't muster any run support until the eighth inning and the rookie left-hander wound up with a no-decision. Snell whiffed four batters Sunday and now holds a 3.05 ERA with 40 strikeouts over his first 44 1/3 major league innings. Next up is a start at home against the Yankees.
Hector Rondon notched his 18th save of the season Sunday in the Cubs' 5-4 defeat of the Brewers.
Rondon served up a two-out homer to Kirk Nieuwenhuis but retired the other three batters he faced in the bottom of the ninth inning at Miller Park -- two via strikeout. The right-hander holds a 1.95 ERA, 0.73 WHIP, and 48/5 K/BB ratio in 37 innings this season for the Cubs, but his days as a closer could be numbered with Theo Epstein and Co. searching the trade block for another elite late-inning arm.
Nationals optioned RHP Lucas Giolito to Triple-A Syracuse.
Giolito allowed four runs -- two earned -- over 3 1/3 innings Sunday in the Nationals' loss to the Padres. It was his third career start at the major league level. Joe Ross (shoulder) could be activated to fill the rotation vacancy later this week. Or maybe the Nats will try Reynaldo Lopez again.