Matt Dominguez went 2-for-4 and hit a three-run homer off Jeremy Guthrie as the Astros topped the Royals 6-5 on Monday.
Dominguez has four homers in 10 days after going his first 33 games without one. Unfortunately, that is all he's done in the 10 days; he has just two other hits and no walks besides the homers, and his average has dipped to .239. Still, it's a whole lot better than no homers.
Jose Veras struck out two in a perfect ninth Monday to earn his seventh save.
Veras was awful this spring and in the first two weeks of the season, but he has seven saves in eight opportunities since April 19. That's more saves than full-time closers Chris Perez, Bobby Parnell and Steve Cishek have this season.
Jeremy Guthrie took a second straight loss after allowing six runs in five innings Monday against the Astros.
Well, that's disappointing. Guthrie allowed seven homers in his first seven starts, going 5-0 with a 2.28 ERA. In his last two, he's allowed six homers, while also striking out just two batters and walking six. Not that Guthrie was ever likely to maintain an ERA in the low-2.00s, but he has picked a surprising time to come apart, facing the dregs of the AL West (it was the Angels last time out). Mixed leaguers may want to move on, if not now then after his home start against the Angels this weekend.
Miguel Tejada's first homer since July 16, 2011 was a three-run shot off the Astros' Dallas Keuchel on Monday.
Tejada has started just seven games this season, even though the Royals have gotten terrible production at third base, second base and first base. What's the harm in giving him an expanded role for a bit? For what it's worth, he's gone 9-for-27 with six RBI in his limited action.
Travis Hafner homered in the ninth and singled in a run in the 10th in the Yankees' 6-4 win over the Orioles on Monday.
These are games that Baltimore was winning last year. But, of course, the Yankees didn't have Hafner and Vernon Wells then. Hafner's homer off Jim Johnson tied the game in the ninth. Wells had an RBI double to give the Yankees the lead in the 10th, and Hafner went on to single him in for insurance. Hafner also stole a base, well, just because. He has two this year after going 2011 and 2012 without even attempting one.
CC Sabathia gave up four runs and 11 hits in 6 1/3 innings Monday versus the Orioles.
The 11 hits allowed is a new season high, topping the 10 he surrendered while facing the Mariners last week. With his velocity still down, Sabathia's margin for error isn't there anymore. He's still pretty good, but he's not going to be as consistent as usual, at least not unless he gets some MPH back.
Freddy Garcia yielded two runs and three hits in six innings Monday in a no-decision against the Yankees.
Garcia was in line for the win until Troy Patton and Jim Johnson gave up runs. Both runs Garcia allowed came on solo homers. He's now allowed six homers in four starts for the Orioles, which is why he's such a bad risk in AL-only leagues.
Jim Johnson took his third straight blown save after giving up a solo homer to Travis Hafner in the ninth inning Monday.
That as many blown saves as Johnson suffered in 54 opportunities last year. He was also 14-for-14 this season before suddenly giving up eight runs and two homers in three appearances. Fortunately, he still has plenty of goodwill built up over the last year and a quarter; his closing gig should be safe.