Justin Smoak walked, hit an RBI single, and slugged a two-run home run in four trips to the plate as the Blue Jays enjoyed a 6-0 victory over the White Sox on Monday.
Smoak pushed the Jays' lead to 4-0 in the first inning with a two-run home run off of Hector Noesi. He added on unnecessary insurance in the eighth with an RBI single. Smoak hadn't homered since April 24 but still has a decent .246/.343/.426 batting line with three home runs and 11 RBI.
Josh Donaldson went 2-for-3 with a walk, a solo home run, and three runs scored as the Blue Jays shut out the White Sox on Monday.
Donaldson made it a 5-0 game with a second-inning solo blast of Hector Noesi. The third baseman is hitting a terrific .300/.363/.533 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI on the year, providing excellent production since coming to Toronto from the Athletics in an offseason trade.
Hector Noesi fell to 0-4 on Monday against the Blue Jays after allowing five runs in seven innings of work.
The Jays scored four times in the first inning: twice on a Chris Colabello single and two more on a Justin Smoak home run. Josh Donaldson tacked on with a solo home run in the second, but Noesi settled down from there. He allowed five hits in total with three walks and four strikeouts. Noesi was re-inserted into the rotation after a spell in the bullpen, but now carries a 5.84 ERA with a 1.50 WHIP and a 20/14 K/BB ratio in 24 2/3 innings. He'll take the hill next in Houston to face the Astros.
Drew Hutchison pitched a four-hit shutout against the White Sox in Monday's win.
It's the second shutout of Hutchison's career. All four hits were singles and the White Sox only once had a runner reach scoring position. Hutchison also issued zero walks while fanning eight. The terrific outing knocks the right-hander's ERA to 5.12 with a 1.31 WHIP and a 51/16 K/BB ratio in 58 innings. He'll look for more of the same his next time out in Minnesota against the Twins.
Enrique Burgos dealt with some soreness in his right shoulder during an appearance Monday.
Burgos was examined by the Diamondbacks' trainer after warming up prior to the ninth inning. He stayed in but was then lifted after allowing back-to-back singles. The reliever said that he's not concerned that the ailment is serious, but manager Chip Hale indicated that the club might be careful and go ahead and place him on the disabled list, anyway.
Chad Gaudin could be ready to pitch in a month after undergoing carpal tunnel release surgery.
Gaudin has battled nerve issues the past couple years but is hoping that this operation finally puts them to bed. He could potentially get a shot at some point with all the Dodgers' pitching injuries, but they certainly won't be counting on him.
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.
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.