Sandoval left Monday's game after making a diving catch and hitting his face in the grass. Manager John Farrell said after the game he was dealing with whiplash-like symptoms.
Sandoval is hitting .294 with two home runs and 11 RBI in 68 at-bats this season. The Red Sox are currently the favorites (-120) against Toronto.Analysis:
"We're going to have to find at-bats for Alex the way he is swinging," Mattingly said.
Mattingly said that Guerrero could play at shortstop, third base and left field. He may start to see extended action in left field if Carl Crawford, who is dealing with an injury to his side, has to go on the disabled list. Guerrero is 11 for 22 with five home runs and 13 RBI in 11 appearances.Analysis:
Pederson hit a solo shot off George Kontos in the sixth inning for his third home run of the season. Pederson also doubled to finish the game 2 for 3 with two RBI.
"He made a great play in the first," manager Don Mattingly said of Pederson after the game, per MLB.com. "Then the double, the home run, even the walk late [in the eighth inning]. It's tough for a young player to take a 3-2 pitch sometimes. That walk gets J.T. [Justin Turner] up there at a good time."
Meanwhile, Turner broke the game open in the eighth inning when he connected on a three-run home run off Yusmeiro Petit. Turner was pinch hitting when he belted the home run. It was his first of the season.Analysis:
"We had a great night, shortening up with two strikes and just going the other way, just like Moose did in just about every at-bat," Royals manager Ned Yost said, per MLB.com.
His RBI hit in the seventh inning gave the Royals an insurance run that ignited what turned out to be a three-run inning.
"I'm not trying to let [the pitches] get deeper," he said. "I just want to see it longer. If there's a pitch I can pull, I will pull it.
Moustakas raised his batting average to .342 with the 4-for-5 night.
"I was going hard. Just going hard and trying to go right for the bag," Simmons said after the game, per MLB.com. "It's bad that somebody got hurt. Hopefully it's not that bad, but I was just trying to to play hard."
"You can't slide like that," Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper said. "[He] really plays with a lot of energy, so you kind of expect something like that. But that slide was definitely uncalled for."
Escobar was 0 for 2 in the game and is hitting .284 in 67 at-bats this season.Analysis:
Kendrick was given Sunday off after playing in 17 consecutive games for Los Angeles. He is hitting .303 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 66 at-bats this season. Uribe is back in the lineup after getting Sunday off as well and is hitting .244 with three RBI in 44 at-bats.
Utility man Alex Guerrero is also out of the lineup Monday even though he's hitting .500 with five home runs and 13 RBI in 22 at-bats this season.
The Dodgers are currently the favorites (-150) against San Francisco.Analysis:
Rendon is dealing with a knee injury, but he has begun his rehab assignment at Double-A. He was scheduled to play seven innings during a rehab game Monday, but he was a late scratch due to feeling fatigued, the team announced.
"It's important for him just to make sure that he feels good," Williams said, per MLB.com. "That he feels able to play every day."Analysis:
Ramirez will replace Hector Gomez at third, who gave Ramirez the day off Sunday. He is hitting just .197 with six RBI in 61 at-bats this season. Maldonado started five consecutive games before getting the day off Sunday. Maldonado is hitting just .167 in 24 at-bats.
The Brewers are currently the underdogs (+105) against Cincinnati.Analysis:
The Royals are sending lefty Jason Vargas to the mound Monday, so the Indians will start Mike Aviles at third base and bat him second. Designated hitter Ryan Raburn is also in the lineup as usual against lefties, batting fifth.
The Indians are favorites (-145) at home against the Royals Monday.Analysis: