Addison Russell went 2-for-4 with a solo homer on Thursday in a win against the Padres.
The seventh inning blast off Dale Thayer provided an insurance run in the 3-0 triumph. Slowly but surely, Russell is getting up to speed. The 21-year-old rookie slashed .179/.207/.286 in 28 April at-bats (14/1 K/BB rate) after his promotion, but now boasts a May OPS over .800. He has drawn four walks in the past six games after taking only three in his first 21.
Blue Jays purchased the contract of INF Munenori Kawasaki from Triple-A Buffalo.
The 33-year-old infielder will provide infield depth while Devon Travis is on the shelf with a shoulder injury. Through 22 games at Triple-A Buffalo, Kawasaki was hitting .232/.354/.290 with two RBI and four stolen bases.
Kris Bryant went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Thursday's victory over the Padres.
His first inning bomb off Odrisamer Despaigne quickly gave the Cubs a lead they'd never relinquish. Bryant is riding a 10-game hitting streak. Though the power was slow to come in his first few weeks in the bigs, the rookie has corked four round-trippers during that 10-game streak. He's slashing .289/.411/.482 and just now looks to have gotten his feet under him at the sport's highest level. Bombs away.
Blue Jays placed INF Devon Travis on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 17, with left shoulder inflammation.
The Blue Jays had been playing it day-by-day with Travis who is dealing with a sore shoulder where he was hit by a line drive and then agitated with a swing during Saturday's game. His stay on the disabled list should be minimal, so expect him to rejoin the Jays lineup in early June.
Kyle Hendricks fired a complete game shutout on Thursday against the Padres, striking out seven in a 3-0 win.
It was the Cubs' first complete game shutout of the season. Hendricks (4.14 ERA) scattered five hits and didn't walk a batter. The right-hander was so efficient and in control that Joe Maddon allowed him to bat in the top of the ninth inning in order to polish off the shutout in the bottom half. The outing itself came out of nowhere, as Hendricks hadn't topped six innings in an appearance all season. Doing so allowed him to notch his first win of the season while recording his first career complete game. The 25-year-old will try for an encore next week against the Nationals.
Odrisamer Despaigne yielded two runs on six hits across six innings in a 3-0 loss to the Cubs on Thursday.
Across the way, Kyle Hendricks was painting a complete game shutout, so Despaigne had little chance in this one. He didn't pitch poorly, striking out four and walking two. Now 2-3 with a 6.11 ERA and 1.39 WHIP, Despaigne is just keeping Brandon Morrow's spot warm.
Danny Salazar struck out eight in six scoreless innings Thursday to beat the White Sox.
Salazar finally managed to go without allowing a homer for the first time in seven starts this year. He has a brilliant 60/9 K/BB ratio in 43 2/3 innings, but because of the seven bombs, his ERA stands at 3.50.
John Danks lost Thursday after giving up five runs in 5 1/3 innings against the Indians.
After getting off to a rough start in the first, Danks was able to induce a run-scoring double-play ball from Ryan Raburn. That made it a 2-0 game, but with the bases empty and two outs, it looked like Danks would at least hold the Indians there. Instead, Nick Swisher and Mike Aviles followed with back-to-back homers, making it 4-0. That proved to be plenty for Danny Salazar, and Danks is now 2-4 with a 5.11 ERA.