Week That Was: Royal Pain

Week That Was: Royal Pain
Both defending league champs suffered big losses in the lineup. We cover those and much more in our weekly recap.
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Francisco Liriano allowed five earned runs over six innings Sunday as the Pirates fell to the Rangers.

Texas scored four in the fourth on a solo shot by Prince Fielder and a three-run blast by Mitch Moreland. Liriano gave up his fifth run of the afternoon on a Bryan Holaday sacrifice fly in the sixth. It's been a rollercoaster season so far for the 32-year-old left-hander, who stands 4-4 with a 4.63 ERA and 1.49 WHIP through 10 starts. He gets the Angels at home next.
May 29 - 5:55 PM

Dustin Pedroia snapped a 3-3 tie with an RBI double in the 11th inning of Sunday's 5-3 win over the Blue Jays.

Pedroia came up clutch against reliever Drew Storen, hitting an RBI grounds rule double as part of a two-run 11th inning. Long before the game hit extras, Pedroia also had an RBI single. He finished 2-for-6 and is slashing .308/.369/.480 with 14 doubles, six homers, 21 RBI and 37 runs scored. The second baseman has picked up five doubles in his last five games.
May 29 - 5:49 PM

David Ortiz is listed as day-to-day after X-rays on his injured foot came back negative on Sunday.

Ortiz was scratched from the Red Sox lineup on Sunday due to the lingering soreness from getting hit in the foot by a pitch in Saturday's game. It sounds as though he should return to the lineup on Monday.
May 29 - 5:42 PM

Ben Zobrist slugged a three-run homer Sunday in the Cubs' defeat of the Phillies.

Zobrist went deep off Philly starter Vince Velasquez in the bottom of the third inning to put Chicago up 5-0. It was his seventh home run of the season, and gave him his 33rd, 34th, and 35th RBI. He's slashing .351/.451/.542 through 46 games with the National League Central-leading Cubs.
May 29 - 5:41 PM

Jose Bautista went 1-for-6 with a two-run home run in Sunday's 5-3, 11-inning loss to the Red Sox.

Bautista smashed a two-run homer off Red Sox ace David Price in the fifth inning for his lone hit on the afternoon. He also struck out twice in his six trips to the plate. For the season, the veteran slugger is slashing .240/.373/.497 with 12 doubles, 11 homers and 37 RBI across 183 at-bats.
May 29 - 5:41 PM

Austin Jackson was forced to leave Sunday's game against the Royals due to turf toe.

As the White Sox bullpen was imploding once again on Sunday, Jackson pulled himself from the game due to the issue. While it doesn't sound like anything that will require a trip to the disabled list, he could be held out of the lineup for a day or two.
May 29 - 5:39 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins said Sunday that he expects James Loney to be activated on Tuesday.

Loney is expected to see most of his work against right-handed pitching, so he wouldn't have started on Monday anyways against left-hander Jose Quintana. Loney was hitting well for the Padres at Triple-A El Paso, slashing .342/.373/.424 prior to the trade.
Source: ESPN.com
May 29 - 5:36 PM

R.A. Dickey took a no-decision against the Red Sox on Sunday, surrendering three runs on three hits over 5 1/3 innings.

Dickey struggled to find the strike zone and issued four walks on the afternoon. He held the Red Sox machine off the scoreboard until the sixth inning, at which point the wheels fell off. In the frame, Dickey surrendered a one-out triple to Mookie Betts, an RBI single to Xander Bogaerts and a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch to Hanley Ramirez. Manager John Gibbons lifted him from the contest at that point, with the final run on his line scoring courtesy of the bullpen. The veteran knuckleballer will carry a 4.64 ERA and 1.32 WHIP into a Fenway Park start against these same Red Sox next time he toes the rubber.
May 29 - 5:34 PM
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