Week That Was: Royal Pain

Week That Was: Royal Pain
Both defending league champs suffered big losses in the lineup. We cover those and much more in our weekly recap.
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Martin Perez limited the Pirates to two runs over six innings Sunday to earn his third win.

Perez gave up an RBI double to Andrew McCutchen in the top of the first inning and a solo homer to David Freese in the top of the third, but he settled in from there. The left-hander wound up with three strikeouts against one walk, moving to 3-4 on the year with a 3.12 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and 40/31 K/BB ratio in 66 1/3 innings. When his control is right Perez can be pretty effective, and his control has been right over the last several weeks. He'll face the Mariners at home next.
May 29 - 5:58 PM

Brandon Finnegan managed to touch the seventh inning in Sunday's loss to the Brewers, surrendering four runs on six hits over 6 1/3 frames.

Finnegan struggled with his control at times and walked four on the afternoon. The Brewers dinged him for a run in the first inning, two in the third and one in the fifth. Through 11 starts (63 innings), the 23-year-old southpaw holds a 4.14 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 44/31 K/BB ratio. A home start against the Nationals shows next on his schedule.
May 29 - 5:55 PM

Francisco Liriano allowed five earned runs over six innings Sunday as the Pirates fell to the Rangers.

Texas scored four in the fourth on a solo shot by Prince Fielder and a three-run blast by Mitch Moreland. Liriano gave up his fifth run of the afternoon on a Bryan Holaday sacrifice fly in the sixth. It's been a rollercoaster season so far for the 32-year-old left-hander, who stands 4-4 with a 4.63 ERA and 1.49 WHIP through 10 starts. He gets the Angels at home next.
May 29 - 5:55 PM

Dustin Pedroia snapped a 3-3 tie with an RBI double in the 11th inning of Sunday's 5-3 win over the Blue Jays.

Pedroia came up clutch against reliever Drew Storen, hitting an RBI grounds rule double as part of a two-run 11th inning. Long before the game hit extras, Pedroia also had an RBI single. He finished 2-for-6 and is slashing .308/.369/.480 with 14 doubles, six homers, 21 RBI and 37 runs scored. The second baseman has picked up five doubles in his last five games.
May 29 - 5:49 PM

David Ortiz is listed as day-to-day after X-rays on his injured foot came back negative on Sunday.

Ortiz was scratched from the Red Sox lineup on Sunday due to the lingering soreness from getting hit in the foot by a pitch in Saturday's game. It sounds as though he should return to the lineup on Monday.
May 29 - 5:42 PM

Ben Zobrist slugged a three-run homer Sunday in the Cubs' defeat of the Phillies.

Zobrist went deep off Philly starter Vince Velasquez in the bottom of the third inning to put Chicago up 5-0. It was his seventh home run of the season, and gave him his 33rd, 34th, and 35th RBI. He's slashing .351/.451/.542 through 46 games with the National League Central-leading Cubs.
May 29 - 5:41 PM

Jose Bautista went 1-for-6 with a two-run home run in Sunday's 5-3, 11-inning loss to the Red Sox.

Bautista smashed a two-run homer off Red Sox ace David Price in the fifth inning for his lone hit on the afternoon. He also struck out twice in his six trips to the plate. For the season, the veteran slugger is slashing .240/.373/.497 with 12 doubles, 11 homers and 37 RBI across 183 at-bats.
May 29 - 5:41 PM

Austin Jackson was forced to leave Sunday's game against the Royals due to turf toe.

As the White Sox bullpen was imploding once again on Sunday, Jackson pulled himself from the game due to the issue. While it doesn't sound like anything that will require a trip to the disabled list, he could be held out of the lineup for a day or two.
May 29 - 5:39 PM
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