Justin Verlander faltered late in Sunday's loss to the Blue Jays, ultimately allowing seven runs in five innings of work.
Verlander had limited the Jays to just one run over his first four innings, but the Jays used a walk, two singles, a double, and two home runs to score six runs in the fifth. Verlander, overall, gave up seven hits, walked two, and struck out five on 94 pitches. The veteran right-hander's results haven't been that impressive in his first four starts of the season, carrying a 6.75 ERA with a 1.59 WHIP and a 12/10 K/BB ratio in 22 2/3 innings. He'll try to turn things around in Minnesota against the Twins.
Cardinals C prospect Cody Stanley lifted his average 25 points with a five-hit effort Saturday for Triple-A Memphis.
He went 5-for-6 with four singles and a double. Saturday was Stanley's first multi-hit game since May 28. His previous career-high in hits was four set August 8, 2014 while playing for Double-A Springfield. Stanley had been just one for his last 17 before Saturday. The 26-year-old made his major league debut earlier this season, singling off Jonathan Broxton for his first big league hit.
Danny Duffy pitched well in earning a Sunday no-decision against the Twins, yielding two runs on five hits 6 1/3 innings.
Duffy struck out one and walked three. Miguel Sano stung him for an RBI double in the second inning and Aaron Hicks took him deep for a solo homer in the next frame, but he otherwise kept the Twinkies off the scoreboard. Duffy missed over a month with biceps tendinitis and since returning to the rotation on June 25, has allowed eight runs in 17 2/3 innings. Overall, he holds a 5.14 ERA and 1.59 WHIP. Up next on the docket, a Friday home start against the Blue Jays.
J.D. Martinez homered again, going 1-for-3 with a walk in Sunday's loss to the Blue Jays.
Martinez hit a solo home run in the fifth inning. Thus continues his power surge: he's homered 10 times in his last 12 games. Sunday's blast marked his 23rd of the season, matching his career best set last year. Martinez has also knocked in 56 runs while batting .285/.340/.563.
Devon Travis went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, and three RBI as the Blue Jays topped the Tigers on Sunday.
Travis doubled in the first of six runs the Jays scored in the fifth inning against Justin Verlander. He added an RBI single in the seventh and a sacrifice fly in the ninth. Travis has hit safely in eight of nine games since returning from the disabled list, including seven games in a row now. In 180 plate appearances this season, he's batting .297/.350/.503 with seven home runs and 31 RBI.
Matt Duffy is not in the Giants starting lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Nationals.
It's nothing more than a routine day of rest for the hard-hitting third baseman. Ehire Adrianza will start at the hot corner in his place and bat eighth against Jordan Zimmermann and the Nats on Sunday.
Jose Bautista walked twice and homered in five plate appearances on Sunday as the Blue Jays defeated the Tigers.
Bautista ripped a two-run home run to left field as part of a six-run fifth inning against Justin Verlander. The pair of walks increases his league lead to 65 and puts him in a tie with Paul Goldschmidt for the major league lead. Bautista owns a menacing .246/.397/.520 batting line with 17 home runs and 57 RBI on the year.
Erasmo Ramirez stayed white-hot on the mound, earning the win on Sunday after limiting the Yankees to one run in six innings en route to a 6-1 victory.
Ramirez scattered three hits and three walks while striking out three. He had blanked the Yankees until Alex Rodriguez hit a solo home run in the sixth inning. Over his last seven starts, Ramirez has allowed five runs in 38 innings (1.18 ERA). Overall, he is 7-3 with a 3.80 ERA with a 1.13 WHIP and a 61/25 K/BB ratio in 73 1/3 innings. He'll look to keep it going at home against the Astros next.