Chase De Jong was lit up in his first major league start, surrendering six runs in 2 2/3 innings against the Indians.
De Jong didn't get any help from his teammates; the worst of the bunch was Ben Gamel losing Abraham Almonte's fly in the sun for an RBI "triple." Still, De Jong also didn't help himself much, finishing with just one strikeout and missing out of the zone with 33 of his 73 pitches. It's unclear if De Jong will get another start. Either he or Dillon Overton, who threw five innings in relief today, will likely be sent down in exchange for a fresh arm.
White Sox manager Rick Renteria said that Avisail Garcia's removal from Sunday's game was precautionary and that the outfielder could return on Monday.
Garcia had been bothered by minor groin tightness on Saturday and felt it again on Sunday so Renteria went the safe route and pulled him from the game. It sounds as though the injury is very minor and he should return to the lineup early in the week.
Michael Brantley went 2-for-4 and hit his fifth homer Sunday against the Mariners.
The Indians are overjoyed by what they've gotten from Brantley so far. His exit velocity doesn't back up current 30-homer pace, but he doesn't need to hit 30 homers to be an awfully valuable player.
Roberto Perez went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI against the Mariners on Sunday.
This rates as the best offensive game by an Indians catcher this year. Perez had been hitting .115/.143/.115 in 26 at-bats. Starter Yan Gomes is at .176/.276/.275 in 51 at-bats.
Nelson Cruz went 2-for-3 and hit his seventh homer Sunday against the Indians.
All seven of those homers have come in his last 15 games, as he went the first 10 without one. He has a 10/11 K/BB ratio during the current surge, which is pretty good from someone who has struck out 2.8 times as often as he's walked in his career.
Jose Bautista went 2-for-4 with a game-tying double in the eighth as the Blue Jays beat the Rays 3-1 on Sunday.
Bautista got grumpy in the first after Chris Archer threw behind him, but his mood improved as the day went along. The double off Alex Colome was his fourth extra-base hit in 90 at-bats this season, and it have him his seventh RBI.
Roberto Osuna earned his second save in two days with a scoreless ninth Sunday against the Rays.
The Jays decided against temporarily lifting Osuna from the closer's role after his third blown save Thursday, and he's recovered with a pair of scoreless innings this weekend. He allowed just a single and struck out two of the four batters he faced today.
Chris Archer allowed just one run over 7 1/3 innings Sunday in a no-decision against the Rays.
Archer departed with a 1-0 lead, but it disappeared immediately after the runner he left on scored on a Jose Bautista double. It was still a nice outing for Archer after a couple of tough ones, including one six days ago in which he walked five and gave up three homers. He's 2-1 with a 3.43 ERA.