Tom Wilhelmsen costs himself chance for 12th save
Wilhelmsen worked out of the jam, but the damage was done. He was charged with one unearned run on two hits in one inning. He struck out two.
Ted Lilly activated from DL
The move was expected, as manager Don Mattingly said Sunday. The team sent pitcher Matt Magill down to make room for Lilly. It's unclear if Lilly will be used as a starter or in the bullpen. He has a 5.63 ERA in eight innings this year.
John Jaso sits out another game
Jaso is having a tough May. Despite battling the injury, he's batting .219 (7 for 32) with no extra-base hits and one RBI in 14 games (nine starts).
Hisashi Iwakuma burned by a few HRs Monday
Iwakuma was handed a 2-0 lead before he took the mound in the bottom of the first, but he gave up the lead in the bottom of the second inning as Ryan Raburn clubbed a three-run homer and Yan Gomes added a solo home run. Seattle battled back to tie the game at 4 in the third inning, but Iwakuma allowed Cleveland to jump back out to a one-run lead in the bottom of the inning. The right-hander then settled down to toss three scoreless innings before hitting the showers.
Iwakuma's ERA jumped from 1.84 to 2.37. He had allowed a total of five earned runs in his previous three starts. Iwakuma has failed to make it six innings just once this season.
Iwakuma, who hasn't lost a decision in his last five starts, will be back on the mound Sunday against the Rangers. He is 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA against Texas this season.
Jurickson Profar worth a gamble for upside?
When Ian Kinsler landed on the 15-day disabled list, Fantasy owners began flocking to
Profar might have a promising future ahead of him, but present circumstances indicate this big league stint could be short-lived. Still, our Scott White said on Monday’s broadcast of Fantasy Baseball Today that even with the uncertainty, he’d drop someone such as Tony Cingrani for Profar just in case something happens to make room for him in the Texas lineup.
Yan Gomes' two-homer game powers Indians to win
Gomes, who has four home runs, extended his hitting streak to five games. He's batting .450 (9 for 20) with two home runs, two doubles and five RBI in that span.
Manager raves about Evan Longoria
"It's the best baseball I've seen him play day in and day out, offensively and defensively," Rays manager Joe Maddon said, per MLB.com. "Every thing about his game has been superb, and it's been fun to watch."
Longoria is batting .393 (22 for 56) with three home runs, eight doubles and 14 RBI during his hitting streak. He's now reached base in a major-league best 43 games this season.
"I think the big thing is not chasing," Maddon said. "You talk about that all the time. Once a major-league hitter establishes his own strike zone and forces a pitcher to come to him more than he permits the pitcher to dictate, that's when he becomes really good."
Aramis Ramirez in Brewers lineup Monday
Ramirez needed a day off Sunday to rest his knee, but will return to the lineup after a day off. He's hitting .352/.407/.611 in 54 at-bats this year. Ramirez will hit fourth against Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw.
Alex Cobb doesn't feel strikeout pace will last
"I'm trying to attack the zone," Cobb said, per MLB.com. "Once I get to two strikes, then I'm trying to put guys away. I don't think I'm striking out too many guys. I'd obviously rather get balls put into play earlier in the count, put it on the ground. But when it doesn't go that way, you have to improvise and try to get the guy out to the best ability. Once there are two strikes, I try to put them away. It's just going that way right now. It won't be like that later in the year."
Shin-Soo Choo a late addition to Reds' Monday lineup
Choo was not on the original lineup card, but was a late addition. He'll hit leadoff and play center. Shane Robinson will no longer get the start. Choo is hitting .309/.456/.549 in 162 at-bats this year.