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White Sox pitcher John Danks strikes out eight in win Sunday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(6:00 pm ET) White Sox pitcher John Danks allowed three runs on five hits in six innings of work Sunday in Chicago's 5-3 win over the Royals.

Danks, who struck out eight and walked just one, only ran into two issues in his start. He allowed an RBI double to Mike Moustakas in the third to allow a run. Then in the fourth, Danks allowed a two-run home run over the right field wall to Alex Gordon to push the lead to 3-0. 

Before he was officially out of the game, Chicago scored five in the sixth to put him in line for the win. Danks, now 1-2, lowered his ERA to 5.64 in 22 1/3 innings. He will look to keep rolling Friday against the Twins.


Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez strikes out six in losing effort
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(6:00 pm ET) Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez allowed five runs, one earned, on five hits in 5 2/3 innings of work in Kansas City's 5-3 loss to the White Sox Sunday. 

Everything fell apart for Volquez in the sixth inning when after two men reached with one out, Volquez threw a wild pitch and then a fielding error allowed a run to score. Adam LaRoche then ripped an RBI single to left center to bring home another run before Conor Gillaspie connected for an RBI single to right to bring home two more runs.

Volquez, who also struck out six with two walks, lowered his ERA to 1.91, but moved his record to 2-2 on the year. He will look to get back on track Friday against the Tigers.


Brewers' Adam Lind slugs third home run Sunday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:50 pm ET) Brewers first baseman Adam Lind went 1 for 3 with a walk and a two-run home run in his team's 6-3 win over the Cardinals Sunday.

Lind, who is 8 for 19 with two home runs during his current five-game hitting streak, smacked his home run to right field in the third inning to give his team a 3-0 lead in a game where the Brewers never trailed. He has hit .318/.387/.561 with three home runs and 11 RBI in 66 at-bats.


Cardinals' Mark Reynolds homers, plays left field Sunday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:47 pm ET) Cardinals infielder Mark Reynolds went 1 for 5 with a solo home run while serving as the team's left fielder in Sunday's 6-3 loss to the Brewers.

It was the first career appearance in left field for Reynolds, who played three games while making one start in right field last season. Sunday's game marked his second time in 1,025 career starts that he's been an outfielder in the starting lineup.

The home run was the first of the season for Reynolds, who has hit .200/.310/.440 with three RBI in 25 at-bats.


Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp could start batting practice next week
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5:47 pm ET) Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp may begin taking live batting practice at the end of the week, according to CSN Bay Area.

Crisp, who has been on the 15-day DL since the beginning of the season with an elbow injury, will need to go on a rehab assignment before return to the team, manager Bob Melvin said. He has been able to take dry swings and play catch, but nothing further.


Brewers' Francisco Rodriguez earns third save Sunday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:44 pm ET) Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez picked up his third save Sunday, tossing a 1-2-3 ninth inning in his team's 6-3 win over the Cardinals.

Wins have been few for the 4-15 Brewers, leaving Rodriguez without many opportunities to record saves, and he's taken a pair of losses in addition to racking up three saves in the first three weeks of the season. He owns a 2.57 ERA and 6:2 K:BB ratio in seven innings of action.


Athletics pitcher Jarrod Parker scheduled to throw five innings Tuesday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5:43 pm ET) Athletics pitcher Jarrod Parker is scheduled to throw five innings with roughly 75 pitches in his second rehab start for Class-A Stockton Tuesday, according to CSN Bay Area.

Parker, who is currently on the 15-day DL with an elbow injury, is still some time from rejoining the club in Oakland as he recovers from Tommy John surgery. Parker posted a 12-8 record with 134 strikeouts and a 3.97 ERA in 2014.


Brewers' Mike Fiers strikes out six in no-decision Sunday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:39 pm ET) Brewers pitcher Mike Fiers didn't factor into the decision Sunday, giving up two runs (one earned) on nine hits and two walks while striking out but pitching just four-plus innings in his team's 6-3 win over the Cardinals.

Despite the plethora of base-runners, Fiers was able to work three scoreless innings before surrendering an RBI single in the fourth inning that came after he committed a throwing error with two outs. He then served up a solo home run to open the fifth and was immediately pulled.

Fiers owns a 5.79 ERA and 22:7 K:BB ratio in 18 2/3 innings over four starts. He'll continue to look for his first win Saturday against the Cubs in Chicago.


Delmon Young drives in five runs in Orioles' big win on Sunday
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5:38 pm ET) Delmon Young picked up five RBI on Sunday in the Orioles' lopsided victory over the Red Sox.

He went 3 for 6 overall in the game, with a double and three runs scored. 

Young entered Sunday's game with two RBI in 32 at-bats this season.


Athletics confident with Jesse Chavez back in starting rotation
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5:37 pm ET) Athletics manager Bob Melvin made a difficult decision Sunday, optioning pitcher Kendall Graveman to Triple-A, pushing Jesse Chavez back into the starting rotation. He was expected to begin the season as a reliever, but Melvin is confident Chavez can get the job done as a start, reports CSN Bay Area.

"Not only is he able to (start) on a moment's notice, he showed what he's capable of doing in the first half of last year," manager Bob Melvin said. "He was as good as a lot of the guys on our team that (were) All-Stars. We’re lucky to have a guy like Jesse Chavez."

Chavez, who has made one start this season with an 0-1 record and a 0.71 ERA in 12 2/3 innings, won't change anything in his approach.

"It's just a different title and role," Chavez said. "That's how I look at it. I've still gotta go out there and do my job. Throw strikes and give us the best chance to win, and go as deep as I can in the ballgame."


 
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