Francisco Lindor went 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBI in Wednesday's win over the Royals.
Lindor singled in his first at-bat, hit a sacrifice fly in his second and capped off his day with a three-run homer in the sixth. The shortstop has really turned it up a notch of late, hitting .324 with four homers and 12 RBI over his last 16 games. It was an offensive explosion for the Tribe, as they pounded out 18 hits -- including four home runs -- and 12 runs.
Indians OF prospect Ka'ai Tom finished 5-for-5 with four RBI in Tuesday's win for Low-A Mahoning Valley.
Tuesday was Tom's eighth multi-hit game of the season. The 2015 fifth-round pick hasn't homered yet, but he's made up for the lack of power by stealing 10 bases in only 29 games. Tom has shown excellent plate discipline, drawing 21 walks in his first 131 plate appearances.
Nationals optioned LHP Sammy Solis to Triple-A Syracuse.
They needed to clear a spot on the roster for Jonathan Papelbon. Solis holds a 5.54 ERA over 10 relief appearances this season.
White Sox recalled INF/OF Leury Garcia from Triple-A Charlotte.
Garcia has a hit in his lone plate appearance in the majors this season. He's assumed Emilio Bonifacio's (oblique) utility role.
White Sox placed INF/OF Emilio Bonifacio on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain.
Bonifacio suffered the injury during Tuesday's game and will need a few weeks of downtime. Leury Garcia has replaced him on the roster.
Royals RHP prospect Miguel Almonte allowed just one hit in five shutout innings Tuesday in a victory for Triple-A Omaha.
He's gone 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA in three games since getting promoted from Double-A Northwest Arkansas. Opponents have hit .106 against Almonte over that span with 16 strikeouts in 15 innings. Almonte hasn't pitched more than five innings in any of his 19 starts. His season-high in pitches is 83. Clearly, the Royals are making an effort not to overwork the young right-hander.
Justin Verlander turned back the clock Wednesday, striking out 10 while spinning eight frames of one-run ball in a 2-1 victory over the Rays.
Asdrubal Cabrera got to Verlander with a solo shot in the fifth inning, but it was the only extra-base hit and just one of four baserunners he yielded all day. Verlander was really struggling initially after coming off the disabled list, but he's now allowed only one run over eight innings in each of his last two outings. It's the first time since July of 2012 that he's accomplished that feat. He'll try to keep it going next week against the Royals.
Joakim Soria converted his 23rd save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning in Wednesday's win over the Rays.
Soria plunked Evan Longoria with a pitch with two outs but was able to get Tim Beckham to go down swinging to end it. It's been a nice season for the veteran reliever, as he boasts a 2.85 ERA and has nailed down 23 of 26 save opportunities. Soria could get traded this week if the Tigers decide to sell.