Trevor Bauer pitched well in earning a no-decision during Sunday's contest with the Athletics, allowing one run on four hits over 6 2/3 innings.
Bauer struck out six and walked four, with the lone run scoring in the fifth inning on a Billy Burns RBI single. He's had his hiccups this season, but still holds a 3.98 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 127/52 K/BB ratio in 131 innings. The 24-year-old right-hander is slowly rounding into form as a respectable major league starter. He'll take on the Twins in his next start.
Andre Ethier hit a walk-off home run to cap Sunday's 5-3, 10-inning win over the Angels.
Ethier homered twice in the game. The first--a solo shot in the eighth inning--gave the Dodgers a 3-2 lead. They would squander this advantage, though, which just offered Ethier another chance to shine. In the bottom of the 10th inning, he delivered again with a two-run homer, and this time, the Angels would not have an opportunity to respond. The veteran outfielder is slashing .280/.362/.480 with 12 homers and 37 RBI in 271 at-bats.
Kole Calhoun went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, a double and two runs scored in Sunday's loss to the Dodgers.
Calhoun's solo homer off Dodgers reliever Jim Johnson tied the game at 2-2 in the eighth inning, though the Dodgers would eventually win 5-3 in 10 innings. While Mike Trout and Albert Pujols rightly get the bulk of the attention in the Angel lineup, Calhoun's been productive in his own right and is hitting .279/.333/.437 with 14 homers, 57 RBI and four steals.
Mat Latos pitched well in his first start for the Dodgers on Sunday, holding the Angels to one run on four hits over six innings in a no-decision before his teammates came through for a 5-3 win in 10 innings.
Latos has to feel like he won the lottery, as he moved from one of the worst teams in the majors to one of the best. Against the Angels on Sunday, he struck out one and walked one. Albert Pujols drove in a run on a grounder in the sixth inning, but Latos otherwise kept the Angels off the scoreboard. After returning from a knee injury in mid-June, he's pitched very well across 51 2/3 innings, boasting a sub-3.00 ERA and a 44/10 K/BB ratio. A road showdown with the Pirates is up next on Latos' shiny, new schedule.
Cory Rasmus allowed two runs on three hits over three innings in earning a no-decision against the Dodgers on Sunday.
Rasmus was starting in place of the injured C.J. Wilson. Primarily a reliever, the Angels let him go three innings against the Dodgers on Sunday. He pitched adequately (if not spectacularly) in his time on the mound, striking out three and walking none. A two-run home run by Howie Kendrick in the third inning accounted for both runs against Rasmus. The Angels have yet to announce how they will be setting up their rotation moving forward, so another start is not a given for the 27-year-old.
Miguel Montero (thumb) went 1-for-3 with a single in his first minor league rehab game with Double-A Tennessee on Sunday.
Montero caught six innings behind the plate in the game. He's on track to rejoin the Cubs in mid-August.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays are expected to call up 1B/3B Richie Shaffer on Monday.
He's expected to take the roster spot of Matt Moore who will be optioned to Triple-A Durham. The 24-year-old is hitting .261/.357/.538 with 23 homers and 59 RBI in 93 games between Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham. He'll be counted on to add some much-needed punch to the Rays offense.
Josh Hamilton went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's win over the Giants.
Hamilton launched his two-run homer off of Giants starter Mike Leake in the sixth inning. These would be the only two runs to score in the game for the Rangers, but they would be enough for the win thanks to a strong pitching performance by Martin Perez. Hamilton's hitting .245/.297/.445 with five homers and 16 RBI. The power's still there--to some degree--but the numbers pale in comparison to those he was posting several years ago.