J.P. Arencibia went 3-for-4 with a double and a home run as the Blue Jays beat the Rockies on Tuesday.
The homer was Arencibia's third in four games and his 15th on the season. His .222/.243/.461 line is indicative of Arencibia's game -- he doesn't hit for average, he doesn't walk, but when he makes contact it goes a long way.
Esmil Rogers allowed three runs -- two earned -- over 6 2/3 innings to beat the Rockies on Tuesday.
Rogers has now turned in two straight impressive starts as a member of the Blue Jays rotation, keeping the Rangers to one run through seven innings in his last start before limiting the Rockies to three runs on just four hits Tuesday. It's hard to imagine the success will last, but with Brandon Morrow suffering a setback recently Rogers will likely continue to start in the near term. His next start will come Monday against the Rays in Tampa.
Jeff Francis allowed eight runs in six innings in a loss to the Blue Jays on Tuesday.
Francis did little right on Tuesday, giving up 10 hits -- including three homers -- while striking out only two. The outing left the southpaw with a 6.58 ERA and 1.56 WHIP on the season. There's been speculation for a while, but with Roy Oswalt set to make his Rockies debut on Thursday this start has the looks of Francis' last with the club.
Astros acquired RHP Charles Basford from the Yankees in exchanged for OF Fernando Martinez.
A 37th-round pick last season, Basford has a 5.13 ERA over his first 19 relief appearances in pro ball, all at the A-ball level. The 22-year-old obviously is nowhere near ready for the majors.
Yankees acquired OF Fernando Martinez from the Astros in exchange for RHP Charles Basford.
Martinez cleared waivers last month after being designated for assignment, but he'll now get a fresh start in another organization. The former top prospect is a career .206/.269/.362 hitter over parts of five major league seasons. He'll be assigned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Felipe Paulino (elbow) has been recalled from his rehab assignment due to lower back stiffness.
Paulino was scratched from a scheduled rehab start on Sunday due to the injury. It's considered minor, though, so he should be pitching again soon. "I don't think it's anything major. Very minor," Royals manager Ned Yost said.
Scott Atchison injured himself before an appearance on Tuesday against the Braves.
Atchison had just returned from the DL earlier in the day but hurt himself while warming up. The good news is that it appeared to be a groin injury and not an aggravation of his elbow malady.
Carlos Zambrano struck out six over seven scoreless inning for Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Tuesday.
Big Z permitted five hits and walked one. The veteran righty now holds a 0.95 ERA over five starts in the minors and could be added to the Phillies' rotation this weekend. Jonathan Pettibone would lose his rotation spot is Zambrano is called up.