C.J. Cron swatted a pair of home runs -- including a two-run walk-off shot -- in Tuesday's 11-9 win over the Tigers.
Cron finished the game 2-for-4 with five RBI. He got his evening off to a nice enough start, hitting a two-run home run against Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez in the first inning. A sacrifice fly in the fourth accounted for his third RBI of the evening. And then, silence until the ninth, when the 26-year-old first baseman demolished a Mark Lowe offering for a no-doubter of a game-winner. Cron hasn't put together too many performances like this in 2016 and is slashing just .250/.307/.394 with five homers and 24 RBI over 160 at-bats.
Ian Kinsler launched a grand slam in the seventh inning of Tuesday's 11-9 loss to the Angels.
The Tigers trailed 9-2 after four innings, but fought back valiantly. Kinsler did his part when he stepped to the plate with two outs and the bases juiced in the seventh, pounding a Cam Bedrosian offering down the left field line and keeping it fair for the grand slam. That drew the Motor City Kitties to within 9-8. Victor Martinez would tie the game with a solo home run in the eighth, but alas for the Tiger faithful, the Angels would win on a walk-off home run by C.J. Cron an inning later. For the season, Kinsler is slashing a sterling .315/.364/.537 with 11 homers and 28 RBI across 203 at-bats. The veteran second baseman has finished the season with a batting average north of .300 just once in his career. He notched a .319 average in 2008.
Hector Santiago ranged all over the map in taking a no-decision in Tuesday's 11-9 win over the Tigers, striking out nine while allowing six runs over 6 2/3 innings.
Strange, strange start. The nine strikeouts represented Santiago's second-best effort through 11 outings. The six runs tied the most he has allowed in a start this season. Five of those six runs came on the strength of home runs surrendered to Miguel Cabrera, Justin Upton and J.D. Martinez. The three homers allowed also tied a season-high for Santiago. He will look to move past this weirdness when he takes his 4.96 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 52/23 K/BB ratio (61 2/3 innings) into a road date with the Yankees next time out.
Anibal Sanchez proved ineffective in earning a no-decision against the Angels on Tuesday, surrendering six runs on eight hits over three innings.
Yikes. Sanchez coughed up a two-run home run to C.J. Cron in the bottom of the first to set the tone, then proceeded to top himself by allowing a three-run homer to Mike Trout in the second. One more solo home run in the third -- this one courtesy of Jefry Marte -- would cap off the evening's unpleasantness. With at least four runs allowed in five of his last six starts, the veteran right-hander makes for an unappealing fantasy option even in deeper AL-only formats. He will try to jump-start his season in a home date with the White Sox next time he toes the rubber.
Danny Valencia went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a two-run home run in Tuesday's win over the Twins.
Valencia swatted a two-run home run off Twins starter Tyler Duffey in the third inning and came through again with an RBI double in the fifth. The 31-year-old third baseman has been racking up the hits of late -- he has nine of them in his last 14 at-bats. For the season as a whole, Valencia is slashing a simply stupendous .333/.370/.555 with eight homers and 19 RBI in 35 games.
Robbie Grossman went 3-for-4 with three doubles in Tuesday's loss to the A's.
Grossman now has six doubles on the season. Since the Twins called him up on May 18, he is hitting a stellar .361/.452/.694 with two homers and nine RBI across 36 at-bats. That triple-slash is buoyed by the small sample size, of course, but he has done enough to make him worth a speculative pick-up in deeper AL-only formats. Just keep in mind that Grossman does not have a good track record when given extended playing time in the past. The Astros handed him a career-high 360 at-bats in 2014 and he responded with a .233/.337/.333 batting line.
Max Kepler is rejoining the Twins, according to LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
Miguel Sano is seemingly headed to the disabled list in a corresponding roster move after suffering a strained hamstring on Tuesday night against the A's. Kepler has hit .283/.371/.453 in 124 plate appearances this season at the Triple-A level, but that's come with just one homer and one steal. He doesn't do enough in the counting stats department to warrant a pickup in fantasy leagues. The 23-year-old outfielder is 3-for-19 (.158) in the majors over the last two seasons.
Nolan Arenado hit two of the Rockies' seven home runs, driving in four in a 17-4 beatdown of the Reds on Tuesday.
Arenado finished the game 2-for-4 with three runs scored as he and his teammates pounded out 19 hits, 14 going for extra bases. The home runs gave Arenado 16 on the year, tops in the National League, and his 43 RBI are also a league best. The 25-year-old is hitting .287/.358/.590 through 195 at-bats.