David Robertson allowed two hits to the Royals on Sunday, but still managed to secure his third save of the season.
Robertson has yet to allow a run this season, though he played with fire in his latest save attempt. With the White Sox holding a 5-3 lead, Alex Gordon hit a one-out single. Robertson then fanned Salvador Perez before allowing a Paulo Orlando base-knock to put runners on first and second. The former Yankee survived, though, inducing an Omar Infante grounder to walk away with his third save of the season. Through seven innings, he's compiled a 14/1 K/BB to go with that sweet 0.00 ERA. He could contend for the league lead in saves when all is said and done.
Edinson Volquez allowed five runs (one earned), all in the sixth inning, in Sunday's loss to the White Sox.
Outside of a rough sixth inning, Volquez pitched well, striking out six and walking just two while holding the White Sox to five hits. Only one run in that sixth frame was earned, as it was Mike Moustakas' run-scoring fielding error with runners on first and third which opened the floodgates. Volquez proceeded to serve up three singles to bring in an additional three runs. The fifth run would score on a single after the right-hander was lifted from the game. Because just one of the runs was earned, Volquez's ERA actually dropped in the contest. He has been absolutely superb the first month of the season, boasting a 0.85 WHIP and a 1.91 ERA over 27 1/3 innings. He'll be pushed back a day in the rotation as he serves a five-game suspension for his part in a Thursday melee with the White Sox, which puts him in line to start against the Tigers on an upcoming homestand.
John Danks struck out eight and allowed three runs over six innings in Sunday's win over the Royals.
Danks had just eight strikeouts coming into the game, but he left with the number doubled. The veteran southpaw also walked just one and allowed five hits in what was his best start of the season. Danks surrendered an RBI double to Mike Moustakas in the third and a two-run home run to Alex Gordon in the fourth, but otherwise kept the Royals quiet. He improved to 1-2 with the win. With that start in the books, he now holds a 5.64 ERA and 1.64 WHIP with a 16/6 K/BB over 22 1/3 innings. He'll try to piece together another decent performance when he faces the Twins in his next start.
Pirates prospect Deibinson Romero entered Sunday with a .750 slugging percentage in 13 games for Triple-A Indianapolis.
That leads all International League hitters. He also leads the IL in OPS (1.221) and is third in on base percentage (.471). The 28-year-old has hit .458 during his six-game hitting streak. Romero has logged over 3,000 minor league at-bats in his career. If Romero can keep up this torrid pace, 2015 might be the year he finally reaches the big leagues.
Rangers prospect Hanser Alberto smashed three hits Saturday in a win for Triple-A Round Rock.
It's Alberto's second multi-hit effort in his last three games. Alberto has always been an excellent defensive player but his bat has kept him in the minor leagues. If he can keep hitting at his current .283 clip, the Rangers should be able to find a place for him.
David Wright (hamstring) will ramp up baseball activities on Monday as he continues his recovery from a strained hamstring.
Wright will take ground balls at third base and do some light running to test out his legs. If he comes through that without issue, he could soon be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment. He's on track to rejoin the Mets in early May.
Astros prospect Colin Moran went 5-for-8 Saturday with eight RBI in a doubleheader for Double-A Corpus Christi.
That RBI total represents more than half of Moran's season output. Moran has raised his average from .180 to .254 over the last three games. This marks Moran's second year in Double-A after hitting .304 in 28 games for Corpus Christi in 2014. The 22-year-old and former first-round draft pick is still looking for his first home run of the season.
Francisco Rodriguez notched his third save of the season Sunday in the Brewers' 6-3 win over the Cardinals.
Rodriguez delivered a perfect ninth inning, getting Kolten Wong to ground out and Peter Bourjos and Tony Cruz to fly out on just 10 total pitches. It was career save No. 351 for K-Rod, whose fantasy stock should rise rapidly as the Brewers work out of their early-season rut.