David Hale allowed three runs -- two earned -- on six hits over six innings in a no-decision Sunday against the Mets.
Hale allowed one-out singles to David Wright and Daniel Murphy in the sixth inning but appeared to induce a double play ball to end the inning. Instead, Dan Uggla's error allowed an unearned run to score, tying the game and robbing Hale of his first win of the year. Despite the disappointing result, Hale owns a 2.93 ERA through three starts. He'll face the surprisingly tough Marlins lineup on Friday.
Zack Wheeler allowed three runs -- on three consecutive doubles in the fifth inning -- over six innings in Sunday's 14-inning win over the Braves.
Wheeler didn't factor in the decision. The right-hander was done in by a bad three-batter stretch, giving up three runs on doubles by Jason Heyward, B.J. Upton and Freddie Freeman in succession. Otherwise, Wheeler limited the Braves to three hits and three walks over his six innings. He struck out six in the outing. The no-decision keeps him at 1-2 with a 4.63 ERA to begin the year. He'll look to get on track Saturday against the Reds.
A.J. Pollock was removed from Sunday's game against the Dodgers due to tightness in his neck.
No word on the extent of the injury or any potential time he may miss. Tony Campana replaced him in center field and could be in line for more playing time should Pollock require any type of extended absence.
Cardinals optioned RHP Jorge Rondon to Triple-A Memphis.
Rondon's stay with the Cardinals lasted just three days, and he didn't appear in a game. He'll continue to serve as additional bullpen depth at the Triple-A level.
Trevor Plouffe went 3-for-4 with two RBI in the Twins' 8-3 win over the Royals on Sunday.
Plouffe accounted for eight total bases on the day, doubling twice, walking and also legging out his first triple of the year. Plouffe also scored twice in the game. The third baseman has cooled down slightly since his red hot start to the season, but he's still hitting .313/.420/.493 for the year.
Alcides Escobar went 2-for-3 with his first home run of the season in Sunday's loss to the Twins.
The two-run shot came off Twins starter Phil Hughes. Escobar also doubled and scored in the game, and he's got his average up to .298 with a slew of multi-hit games recently. Sunday was his fifth multi-hit effort in his last eight starts.
Troy Patton will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Norfolk on Tuesday.
The veteran reliever was suspended for the first 25 games of the regular season after testing positive for Adderall. He saw very little work in spring training, and will round himself into shape at the Triple-A level before returning to the O's bullpen.
Manny Machado (knee) reported nothing but normal soreness on Sunday and is expected to continue his rehab with seven innings in an extended spring game on Monday.
He'll then serve as the DH on Tuesday before possibly progressing to a minor league rehab assignment. He remains on track to rejoin the Orioles at some point in early May.