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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
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(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
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(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.


Vidal Nuno gives Yanks five scoreless innings in no-decision
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6:43 pm ET) Yankees pitcher Vidal Nuno put together a solid performance on Sunday, but failed to factor into the decision in a 5-1 win in extras against the Rays at Tropicana Field. The southpaw surrendered three hits and two walks while striking out six over five innings pitched.

Nuno owns a 6.75 ERA and a 1.82 WHIP over his first 9 1/3 innings pitched. He'll likely make his next start Saturday against the Angels.

Yoenis Cespedes exits game with bruised heel
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6:39 pm ET) Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes was forced to leave early Sunday afternoon against the Astros with a bruised right heel, the team announced. 

Cespedes left the game in the seventh and was replaced by Craig Gentry. He finished 0 for 2 with a walk, lowering his batting average to .254 on the year. His status remains uncertain for Monday's series opener against the Rangers.

Homer Bailey finally has strong outing Sunday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6:39 pm ET) Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey finally had a start worth talking about Sunday, as Cincinnati cruised to an 8-2 win against the Cubs.

Bailey (1-1) entered Sunday's game with an 8.16 ERA through three starts, but he was finally dialed in Sunday. He tossed six scoreless innings, allowing six hits and three walks. He struck out eight, while lowering his ERA to 5.75.

It looked like it was going to be another long afternoon for Bailey as he allowed two of the first three batters he faced to reach base. But Bailey worked out of the first-inning jam, and it appeared to have set him up for success the rest of the afternoon.

Bailey will be looking for a second straight win when he heads back to the hill Friday at Atlanta.


 
 
 
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