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Josh Hamilton went 0-for-3 but did walk and score a run against the Indians in his return to action Monday.

Batting in the fifth spot in the lineup, Hamilton struck out in first plate appearance, walked in his second, struck out again in his third and reached on an error in his fourth. He might take some time to knock the rust off, but Hamilton is in as good a position as possible to succeed, batting in the middle of a red-hot lineup in the place where he's had his greatest accomplishments.
May 25 - 8:34 PM

Phil Klein lasted just two frames and allowed seven runs -- six earned -- but escaped with a no-decision in Monday's 10-8 win over the Indians.

Klein served up two homers among the six hits he surrendered while also issuing two free passes. The Rangers' bullpen picked him up in a big way, though, with just one run allowed the rest of the way while the offense rallied. The big righty pitched well against the Red Sox last week, but it would probably be a mistake if they ran him out there again this weekend in another matchup versus Boston.
May 25 - 8:29 PM

Shawn Tolleson needed just eight pitches to retire the Indians in order and record a save in Monday's victory.

Tolleson struck out Brandon Moss to lead off the frame and then got a lineout and a groundout to preserve the two-run win. The righty has struck out six while allowing just three baserunners and no runs in converting all four of his save chances since taking over the closer role. With a ridiculous 30/4 K/BB ratio over 21 1/3 innings, Tolleson looks like a good bet to keep the gig for a while.
May 25 - 8:23 PM

Shaun Marcum was ripped for seven runs over just 2 2/3 innings in Monday's loss to the Rangers.

He did manage to somehow record six of his eight outs via the strikeout, but little went right in this one for Marcum. The veteran righty yielded four hits -- including a pair of home runs -- while walking three. Marcum pitched well in a start last week, but the Indians probably need to give T.J. House another shot before long. For now, the righty is in line to face the Mariners in Seattle this weekend.
May 25 - 8:19 PM

Elvis Andrus had a rare big day at the plate Monday, doubling in two runs and smacking a solo home run in a win over the Indians.

Andrus wasn't the only one in this one who was sprinting to the bat rack, as Prince Fielder and Adrian Beltre also homered as part of a 10-run, nine-hit outburst by the Rangers. The shortstop's slash line still sits at a sickly .236/.293/.309, but he does have three multi-hit games his last four times out.
May 25 - 8:15 PM

Carlos Santana belted a solo homer and scored a pair of runs in Monday's loss to the Rangers.

Santana got the Indians on the board in the first inning with a solo blast in what turned out to be an offensive slugfest. He also drew a pair of walks on the day. Santana's numbers have been a tad disappointing to this point, but he still has a .367 on-base percentage and is on pace for 18 homers and 88 RBI.
May 25 - 8:12 PM

Avisail Garcia is considered day-to-day after leaving Monday's game with more inflammation in his right knee.

Garcia had just returned to action on Sunday after missing two games with the ailment. He singled in his first at-bat Monday but then had to be taken out when the knee acted up on him again. It sets up as a sticky situation for fantasy owners, as Garcia's ailment doesn't appear bad enough to require a disabled list stint but he also might be in and out of the lineup.
May 25 - 8:07 PM

Carlos Martinez had to settle for a no-decision but was superb nonetheless Monday, tossing seven shutout frames in a 3-2 win over the Diamondbacks.

Martinez surrendered just five hits -- all singles -- while walking two and striking out eight. Of the 21 outs he recorded on the day, 19 of them came either via a strikeout or groundball. After back-to-back poor starts to kick off the month, Martinez has now allowed just two runs over his last three outings to lower his ERA to 3.54. He'll try to keep it going against the Dodgers this weekend.
May 25 - 8:04 PM
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