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C.J. Riefenhauser sent down after rough outing
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7:43 pm ET) The Rays optioned pitcher C.J. Riefenhauser down to Triple-A Durham following Sunday's loss to the Yankees.  Riefenhauser, who was called up on Saturday, allowed three runs over two-thirds of an inning on Sunday against New York. He logged just two innings of work over the last two days.

Jorge Rondon optioned to Triple-A
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7:41 pm ET) The Cardinals optioned pitcher Jorge Rondon to Triple-A Memphis following Sunday's game against the Cubs. Rondon was with the big-league club for just three days and failed to make an appearance for the Cardinals over that span.

Carlos Gonzalez exits game due to knee tendinitis
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(7:36 pm ET) Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez was forced to leave Sunday's contest against the Phillies due to left knee tendinitis, the team announced.

Gonzalez left the game in the seventh inning with the injury and was replaced by Drew Stubbs. He finished 1 for 4 with two runs scored and one RBI before the injury. He is hitting .282 with four homers and 14 RBI this season. His status remains uncertain Monday against San Francisco.


Jordan Danks launches first home run
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7:19 pm ET) White Sox outfielder Jordan Danks launched his first home run of the season Sunday afternoon against the Rangers.

Danks took Robbie Ross deep for a two-run home run in the third inning. He finished 1 for 4 with one walk, two runs scored and two RBI in a 16-2 win. He has just two hits in his first 15 at-bats to start the season.

Marcus Semien cracks out four hits, four RBI in win over Texas
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(7:12 pm ET) White Sox second baseman Marcus Semien came up big at the plate Sunday afternoon, cranking out four hits, including a bases-loaded triple in his team's 16-2 victory over the Rangers.

Semien also singled in the third, eighth and ninth innings, respectively. He finished 4 for 6 with two runs and four RBI. He is hitting .222 with just two homers and nine RBI in 81 at-bats.

Robbie Ross gets hammered by White Sox
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7:07 pm ET) Rangers starting pitcher Robbie Ross took a step back on Sunday, suffering his first loss of the season in a 16-2 defeat to the White Sox.

Ross served up two-run homers to Jordan Danks and Jose Abreu. He was charged with seven runs -- four earned -- on seven hits and no walks while striking out eight in 5 1/3 innings. He tossed 86 pitches, 65 of which were strikes.

Ross owns a 2.31 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP and 21:8 K:BB ratio over 23 1/3 innings pitched. He will return to the mound Saturday at Seattle.

Erik Johnson collects win No. 1 on Sunday
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(7:02 pm ET) White Sox pitcher Erik Johnson turned in a decent outing and received more than enough run support on Sunday, collecting his first win of the season in his team's 16-2 victory over the Rangers. The right-hander surrendered two runs -- one earned -- on one hit and five walks while striking out two over five innings.

Johnson owns a 5.32 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP over his first 22 innings pitched. He will make his next start Friday at home against Tampa Bay.

David Phelps returns to action Sunday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7:01 pm ET) Yankees reliever David Phelps (hands) returned to action Sunday afternoon against the Rays in Tampa.

Phelps struck out one and needed just 16 pitches to retire four batters in 1 1/3 perfect innings of relief for the Yankees. He owns a 4.66 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP over 9 2/3 innings pitched this season.

Travis Snider suffers cut under eye during brawl Sunday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6:59 pm ET) Pirates outfielder Travis Snider ended up with a cut under his right eye after getting punched by Martin Maldonado during a benches-clearing brawl during Sunday's game against the Brewers. Manager Clint Hurdle said Snider, who was ejected from the game, will be OK.

Carlos Villanueva handed second straight loss
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6:46 pm ET) Cubs pitcher Carlos Villanueva struggled for the second straight start during an 8-2 loss Sunday against the Reds. He was charged with five runs on nine hits and one walk, while striking out seven in 4 2/3 innings.

Villanueva (1-4) got off to a good start as he struck out two in the first inning and had five strikeouts through three scoreless innings.

Unfortunately, it began to unravel for the right-hander in the fourth inning. The Reds would score three times in the fourth on RBI doubles from Devin Mesoraco and Zack Cozart, and an RBI single from opposing pitcher Homer Bailey.

Villanueva had more issues in the fifth inning, as Todd Frazier had an RBI double and Ryan Ludwick added an RBI single. Villaneuva was lifted after Ludwick's two-out RBI hit.

He's now allowed 14 earned runs in his last two starts -- both losses. Villanueva is slated to make his next start Friday at Milwaukee.


 
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