Avisail Garcia hit three singles in Sunday's loss to the Twins.
Garcia finished the game 3-for-4 with a run scored. He was the only White Sox batter to manage more than one hit in the 13-3 loss. The three singles boosted his season slash-line to .342/.381/.430. He's now working on a nine-game hitting streak. During the streak, Garcia is hitting .416. He's starting to show off the potential that led to predictions of a breakout season.
Giants prospect Mac Williamson clubbed four hits Saturday for Double-A Richmond.
Williamson missed most of last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery and really hadn't done much prior to Saturday. With that said, his .280 average is respectable and it could be just a matter of time until Williamson starts raking. The talented 24-year-old slugged 25 homers with High-A San Jose in 2013.
Shane Victorino (hamstring) isn't expected to return from the disabled list until the Red Sox travel to Oakland on May 11.
While he's first eligible to come off the disabled list on May 8, the Red Sox don't seem keen on the idea of him playing on the turf in Toronto, so they'll push him back a few days as a precautionary measure. He's expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment this week.
Mike Pelfrey surrendered two runs on five hits in 3 1/3 innings against the White Sox on Sunday.
While two runs isn't the worst thing in the world, diving a little deeper into Pelfrey's game reveals a rather disturbing fourth inning. After allowing a walk and a single, Pelfrey hit Alexei Ramirez to load the bases. Pelfrey would then proceed to hit two more batters to force in two runs before he was yanked with one out. The White Sox wouldn't manage another run in the frame, which is probably due to the fact that Pelfrey wasn't there to plunk anybody. The early exit also undoubtedly preserved Pelfrey's ERA. In his last relatively healthy season back in 2013, Pelfrey posted a 5.19 ERA. He's boasting a 2.63 mark to go with a 1.24 WHIP in 2015. Make of that what you will. Pelfrey will try to keep it going against the Indians in his next start.
Austin Jackson (ankle) said Sunday that he thinks he'll be able to avoid a trip to the disabled list.
Jackson sprained his right ankle during Sunday's game against the Astros when he stepped on the foot of opposing starter Roberto Herandez while he was covering first base. While his optimism is encouraging, he's still likely to miss at least a few games early in the week, in which case Justin Ruggiano could see extended action.
John Danks was crushed by the Twins on Sunday, allowing seven runs (three earned) in just 2 1/3 innings.
The Twins opened the game up with a seven-run third inning, keyed by Trevour Plouffe's grand slam. The "unearned runs" on the line came via a Danks error to load the bases just prior to the Plouffe slam, plus another Danks error later in the inning. The Twins need to have a talk with their home scorekeeper here. Earned, unearned, we're quibbling with semantics. The outing was awful. Danks now holds a 6.20 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP, with a 19/6 K/BB ratio in 24 2/3 innings. He's not a reliable starter for fantasy play at this point, but he'll at least try to rebound from this meltdown when he faces the Reds in his next outing.
Red Sox prospect Jantzen Witte collected four hits Sunday for Double-A Portland.
Witte doubled twice and finished a triple shy of the cycle. The 25-year-old isn't usually thought of as a top prospect, but he's certainly been playing like one. Sunday's four-hit effort raised his average 30 points from .324 to 354. Witte's solo homer in the third inning was his second of the season.
Evan Gattis homered twice and drove in four runs in Sunday's 7-6 win over the Mariners.
Gattis put up huge numbers against the Mariners, finishing 2-for-4 with two home runs, four RBI and three runs scored. He hit a three-run shot off J.A. Happ in the first inning to jump the Astros out to a 3-0 lead, then hit a solo shot in the eighth inning to put them ahead 7-6. That would hold as the final score. Gattis has now homered in three straight games, a hot streak that's come seemingly from nowhere. Prior to the start of the team's home series with the Mariners, Gattis was hitting just .174/.208/.304 with two home runs and seven RBI. He exits with a line of .198/.225/.442, six home runs and 17 RBI. Not a bad little series.