Matt Harrison (back) is scheduled to make another start in extended spring training on Thursday.
He threw four scoreless innings in an extended spring game on Saturday and will work five frames his next time out. If all goes well, he could then be cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment. Harrison is looking to return to the Rangers rotation in mid-June.
Miguel Gonzalez struggled mightily against the Marlins on Sunday, surrendering five runs on ten hits in just four innings pitched.
Saturday's match-up between these two teams didn't see a run until the Marlins won on a single in the bottom of the 13th inning. The Marlins decided not to wait around against Gonzalez on Sunday, battering him for 10 hits in just five innings and scoring solitary runs in the second, third and fifth innings, plus two in the fourth. Gonzalez struck out two and walked three in the unimpressive start and now holds a 5-3 record, 3.83 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 44/22 K/BB ratio in 54 innings. A home date with the Rays awaits next time he takes to the mound.
Erasmo Ramirez struggled in a loss to the Athletics on Sunday, serving up five runs in six innings of work.
Ramirez had trouble finding the plate, issuing five walks. The damage was mostly done via the home run, allowing a first-inning leadoff home run to Billy Burns and a three-run blast to Mark Canha in the sixth inning. He gave up five hits and struck out four on the afternoon. Across five starts and seven relief appearances, Ramirez has a poor 6.62 ERA with a 1.33 WHIP and a 29/16 K/BB ratio in 35 1/3 innings. He'll face the Orioles at Camden Yards next weekend.
Taijuan Walker was touched up for four runs over just 5 2/3 innings in Sunday's loss to the Blue Jays.
Things started out well enough for Walker, as he held the Jays off the scoreboard for the first four innings. That's when things unraveled, with both Ryan Goins and Edwin Encarnacion taking him deep in the fifth. Walker walked four on the day while yielding six hits. The youngster will take a disappointing 7.33 ERA into next weekend's start against the Indians.
Stephen Vogt went 0-for-1 with a pair of walks and a pair of sacrifice flies to help the Athletics beat the Rays on Sunday.
Vogt made it 2-0 with a third-inning sacrifice fly, then added another in the ninth inning to make it 7-2. The catcher is likely headed to a spot on the American League All-Star roster, batting .306/.408/.605 with 10 home runs and 33 RBI.
Edwin Encarnacion singled and ripped a two-run home run in Sunday's victory over the Mariners.
Both Ryan Goins and Encarnacion went deep for the Jays in the fifth inning off of Taijuan Walker. Encarnacion still isn't hitting for average, but he's really found his power stroke of late with eight dingers over his last 16 contests. He has 12 homers and 32 RBI on the season.
Mark Canha struck the big blow in Sunday's win over the Rays, hitting a three-run home run in a 2-for-3 effort.
Canha also walked and doubled. His three-run home run off of Erasmo Ramirez in the sixth inning extended the Athletics' lead to 5-0 at the time. The 26-year-old rookie had hit the skids at the plate, entering Sunday's action 2-for-34 in 13 games since May 5. On the year, Canha is hitting .229/.305/.415 with six home runs and 18 RBI.
Billy Burns went 3-for-5 with a solo home run, a stolen base, and three runs scored in Sunday's victory over the Rays.
Burns led off the game with a solo home run to right field off of Erasmo Ramirez, serving as his first career long ball. He also singled twice and stole a base en route to scoring two more runs. The speedy outfielder has been a spark plug at the top of the Athletics' lineup, batting .309/.356/.395 with seven stolen bases in nine attempts.