Jay Bruce went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run, four RBI and three runs scored in Sunday's 9-8 loss to the Diamondbacks.
Bruce came through with an RBI single in the third inning for his first RBI. The other three would come when he slugged a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth with nobody out. That shot drew the Reds to within 9-8. They failed to scrape together a run to tie it up, though, falling to 38-60 in the process. That is through no fault of Mr. Jay Bruce, who is slashing a stellar .269/.324/.547 with 21 homers and 73 RBI over 349 at-bats.
Astros designated INF Danny Worth for assignment.
He's clearing space for the arrival of Alex Bregman, who will be promoted Monday. Worth hit just .179/.200/.231 with the big club.
Sam Dyson picked up his 20th save of the season Sunday in the Rangers' 2-1 win over the Royals.
Dyson worked around two singles in a scoreless bottom of the ninth inning at Kauffman Stadium. He now boasts a 2.38 ERA in 45 1/3 innings this season for Texas.
A.J. Griffin limited the Royals to one run over five innings Sunday in a no-decision.
The one run he allowed came on a fourth-inning Kendrys Morales solo shot. Griffin left the game at 89 pitches with Texas trailing 1-0, but the Rangers scored in the sixth and seventh and went on to win 2-1. Griffin will carry a 4.06 ERA into his next start at home versus this same Kansas City club.
The Astros announced that they will call up top prospect Alex Bregman prior to Monday's game versus the Yankees.
Finally, after weeks (months, really) of speculation, Bregman is set to make his major league debut. Astros manager A.J. Hinch admitted that he's not sure yet where Bregman will play but the former first-rounder has seen time at shortstop, third base and left field in the minors this season. Rest assured, he'll play regularly wherever it may be. Bregman has batted .306/.406/.580 with 20 homers and seven steals between Double- and Triple-A this season and needs to be picked up in any fantasy leagues where he's still available.
Edinson Volquez tossed six innings of one-run ball but the Royals fell to the Rangers on Sunday.
The reigning World Series champs are now under .500 (48-49) for the year and quickly falling out of contention for a spot in the 2016 postseason. Volquez did his part Sunday, but the Kansas City offense could only muster one run of support. The right-hander has been steady since a brutal 11-run outing June 25 versus Houston. He gets the Rangers again next, this time on the road.
Zack Godley failed to inspire in Sunday's win over the Reds, yielding five runs on 10 hits over 5 2/3 innings.
Remarkably, Godley somehow picked up in the win in this one. He should probably send a fruit basket to Reds starter Brandon Finnegan, who performed the tall task of pitching worse than Godley's five runs allowed. Through eight major league appearances (four starts) this season, the 26-year-old right-hander holds a 5.88 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and 20/10 K/BB ratio over 26 frames. He has a Friday night date with the Dodgers looming on the schedule.
Jose Altuve went yard twice Sunday as the Astros routed the Angels 13-3 at Minute Maid Park.
Altuve slugged both of his homers off Angels starter Tim Lincecum, who left the game after recording only four outs. Lincecum gave up a total of eight runs on two walks and seven hits. Altuve also added an RBI single in the fifth, finishing the day 3-for-5 with two runs scored and six RBI. The second baseman is slashing .360/.428/.575 with 17 homers, 60 RBI, and 75 runs scored in 98 games this season.