Mike Trout hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning of Sunday's loss to the Rangers.
Trout smashed the long-ball off of Anthony Bass. It was his fourth homer of the season and his first since April 17. He finished the game 1-for-4 with two RBI and two walks. After a nuclear start to the season, Trout's "cooled off" to a .318/.432/.545 line. There's no reason to expect his usual brilliance to legitimately fade any time soon.
Hector Santiago surrendered two runs (one earned) over 5 1/3 innings in Sunday's loss to the Rangers.
Santiago hit Rougned Odor with the bases loaded to force in a run in the second inning, then gave up a sacrifice fly to Mitch Mooreland in the third. Those would be the only runs the Rangers would manage off Santiago. Impressive in its way, that he held them to just two runs, as Santiago walked six batters in the contest. It could have been much, much worse. It should be noted that Santiago had just six walks total coming into the game. His control isn't perfect, but it's not nearly as bad as it looked on Sunday. The southpaw now holds a 2.28 ERA and 1.23 WHIP and has a road date with the defending champion Giants in his next start.
Nick Martinez did not allow a run in Sunday's extra-innings win over the Angels.
Over his six innings on the mound, Martinez scattered seven hits and walked two. He added a pair of strikeouts to complete the line. This was Martinez's second shutout outing of the season. He wouldn't factor into the decision, though, as the Rangers would need extras to cap off the 5-4 win. Through four starts, Martinez holds a microscopic ERA of 0.35, a slightly more visible WHIP of 1.12 and an 11/8 K/BB ratio covering 26 innings. These numbers are not sustainable, but we'll let him enjoy it while it lasts. He'll try to continue to baffle the universe when he takes on the A's at home in his next start.
Joe Mauer tripled to drive in two runs in the eleventh inning, helping the Twins to a 4-2 win.
Mauer hit the big triple off of Tyler Olson. In addition to the extra-inning heroics, he also smacked an RBI double in the third inning. He would finish the game 3-for-5 with a walk and three RBI. The Twins star now has eight hits in his last 19 at-bats and is slashing .299/.392/.373. Mauer's lack of power remains a concern (he has yet to hit a home run and hit just four last season), but he's clearly seeing the ball well as the calender nears May. Hopefully Sunday's game is a sign of things to come.
Glen Perkins did not allow a hit in the eleventh inning, picking up his fifth save against the Mariners on Sunday.
The save came in the bottom of the 11th inning after Joe Mauer hit a two-run triple in the top of the frame. Perkins entered and struck out one without allowing a hit or a walk. He's now 4-for-4 in save situations and holds a 1.13 ERA and 7/0 K/BB ratio in eight innings.
Roenis Elias allowed two runs on six hits to the Twins on Sunday.
Elias was making his first start of the year in place of the injured Hisashi Iwakuma (lat). He showed flashes of intrigue in his 5 2/3 innings on the mound, striking out six against three walks, though he would not factor into the decision (the Mariners went on to lose 4-2 in 11 innings). Elias wasn't pitching well at Tacoma prior to the promotion, but last season he pitched to a 3.85 ERA and held a 7.9 K/9. He makes for an interesting flier in AL-only leagues.
White Sox optioned RHP Daniel Webb to Triple-A Charlotte.
Webb served as the 26th man for Sunday's doubleheader against the Royals. He has struggled in the bullpen at Charlotte in the early going and isn't likely to find a permanent home in the White Sox bullpen until he turns things around.
Kyle Gibson pitched a great game on Sunday, surrendering two runs over seven innings in an extra-innings win over the Mariners.
Gibson struck out three and walked three in the contest. Both of the Mariner runs off Gibson came in the fourth inning, when Seth Smith hit a solo homer and Logan Morrison managed an RBI grounder. Gibson recovered to make it through seven innings, though he would not factor into the decision. Despite the great start, Gibson's overall numbers are troubling. He boasts a 5/12 K/BB ratio over 22 1/3 innings and a 1.70 WHIP. Predictably, his ERA is close to 5.00. Gibson strikes out so few batters that he absolutely has to show pinpoint control, and that has rarely been the case this season. Until he improves his control, he's not usable in mixed leagues. He'll try to build off of Sunday's start when the White Sox waltz to town next weekend.