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 in 2016. He yielded just four hits and one walk while striking out five, 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.
Nationals optioned OF Michael Taylor to Triple-A Syracuse.
Taylor has batted just .222/.274/.372 in 66 games this season at the major league level, including an 0-for-4 from Sunday. He should be back up in September, or maybe sooner if the Nationals get desperate. This move leaves them with only one true backup outfielder.
Junior Guerra yielded just one unearned run over 6 1/3 innings Sunday in a no-decision against the Cubs.
That run came on a Ben Zobrist single in the top of the sixth inning, after Anthony Rizzo had reached base on a fielding error by Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett. Chicago's offense then went off for five runs against the Milwaukee bullpen in the top of the seventh, ultimately winning the game 6-5. Guerra will carry a shiny 2.85 ERA into his next start at home against the Pirates.
Jon Lester surrendered four earned runs over four innings Sunday in a no-decision against the Brewers.
Lester struggled from the jump in this one, yielding two runs in the bottom of the first inning on two walks, three singles, and three stolen bases. Chicago's offense rallied to grab a 6-5 victory, with Joe Nathan earning his first major league win since September 2014. Lester will try to bounce back next time out against the Mariners.