Alex Rodriguez homered, doubled and drove home four runs as the Yankees were outlasted by the Red Sox on Sunday night in Boston.
A-Rod blasted a two-run homer off David Price in the third inning then added on a two-run double his next time up in the fifth. The 40-year-old slugger has really picked up his offense in the past few weeks, and is now slashing .203/.286/.464 with five homers and 12 RBI on the season.
Nathan Eovaldi struggled in a no-decision against the Red Sox on Sunday night, surrendering six runs on 10 hits in just five innings of work.
Eovaldi also issued three free passes while striking out three on the evening. The Red Sox scratched out a run in the first inning, rallied for three in the third and added on with a two-run homer from Travis Shaw in the fifth. The 26-year-old hurler has struggled mightily through his first five starts, compiling a 5.46 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 31/8 K/BB ratio across 29 2/3 innings. He'll look to put this one behind him and get back on track in a rematch against these Red Sox at home on Saturday.
Daniel Nava (knee) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Class-A Inland Empire on Monday.
Nava is only expected to need a couple of games to get his timing back before he's deemed ready to rejoin the Angels. His return could force Rafael Ortega back to Triple-A.
George Kontos (elbow) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session without issue on Sunday.
It's the second time over the weekend that the right-hander has been able to throw without any problems. He should be sent out on a minor league rehab assignment soon and is on track to rejoin the Giants bullpen in early May.
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus confirmed Sunday that despite his extreme ineffectiveness, Mike Pelfrey will remain a part of the Tigers rotation for the time being.
Pelfrey, who was inked to a head-scratching two-year, $16 million contract in the offseason, owns a 5.68 ERA and cringe-inducing 2.05 WHIP over 25 1/3 innings in his first five starts. With Michael Fulmer having pitched well in his first start, it may only be a matter of time before Pelfrey is squeezed out of a rotation spot. Keep an eye on his situation when Shane Greene and/or Daniel Norris are deemed ready to return.
Eric Hosmer smashed his fourth home run of the season on Sunday, leading the Royals to a 4-1 victory over the Mariners in Seattle.
Hosmer's blast off Vidal Nuno capped off the game's scoring in the eighth inning. He also singled in the ballgame, finishing the day 2-for-4. He has been mighty impressive through the first month of the 2016 campaign, slashing .333/.374/.538 with four long balls and nine RBI.
Ian Kennedy picked up his third victory of the season on Sunday, punching out six over five-plus innings of one-run ball against the Mariners.
Kennedy scattered four hits on the day while walking two. The only damage against him came on an RBI single by Chris Iannetta in the sixth inning. Kennedy has been as advertised thus far for the Royals, registering a 2.61 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 29/11 K/BB ratio across 31 innings. He'll look to continue that dominance when he does battle against the Indians in Cleveland on Saturday.
Leonys Martin's early-season struggles continued in Sunday's loss to the Royals as he went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
The hitless afternoon drops Martin down to an abysmal .176/.262/.378 on the season. If he doesn't turn things around soon, he could be in jeopardy of losing most of his playing time in the Mariners' outfield.