Hembree's had difficulty with inherited runners this season but not so Monday when he relieved Chris Sale, who left with two men on and one out. Hembree got Chris Gimenez to ground out and helped preserve the win for Sale.
Headley sat out three games with back spasms, but he's come back with consecutive three-hit games, suggesting the issue is no longer ailing him. The third baseman has been incredibly streaky this year, as his .333/.429/.435 line in June comes on the heels of a .301/.402/.494 April and .165/.211/.235 May.
Lin became the sixth player to start at third base for Boston this season. The left-handed hitting Lin got the call ahead of Deven Marrero against Minnesota right-hander Jose Berrios. Expect the Lin / Marrero combination to handle third base for the immediate future but the Red Sox figure to add a veteran at some point prior to the trade deadline. The other option is Pablo Sandoval playing better and earning the trust of manager John Farrell.
Kimbrel keeps rolling along, having converted 21 saves out of 22 opportunities. Boston's bullpen has been one of the better ones in MLB this season, including the work performed by Heath Hembree (double-play grounder) and Matt Barnes (three Ks) on Monday, so getting the ball to Kimbrel has not been a problem this season. A return to the 40-save mark is clearly within reach.
The Yankees were in cruise control until Chasen Shreve allowed three runs in the bottom of the ninth frame, and then Chapman entered to hold off the White Sox comeback. While this was Chapman's first save since returning from the disabled list June 18, he's been his dominant self over five appearances with just a single earned run allowed and seven strikeouts through 4.2 innings.
Cabrera has been scalding the ball of late, slashing .352/.400/.466 over the last 21 games. General manager Rick Hahn met with the assembled media prior to the game and reiterated the White Sox are open for business. That means we can expect guys like Cabrera to be actively shopped. He's playing every day in Chicago but that's not guaranteed on a contending team with fewer holes to fill. Cabrera could land on a team that has the luxury of using him as a part-time player.
Anderson downplayed the use of eyeglasses but it was good to see some life in the shortstop's bat. He hadn't homered in the previous 22 games, a stretch in which he hit .235/.267/.306 with just seven RBI. The promise hinted at last season is nowhere to be found in 2017. Perhaps the goggles will give him a better view of the increased amount of sliders Anderson's been seeing this season and spur a turnaround.
Frazier now has six homers and 13 RBI through 22 June games, and he's improved his batting average and OPS by 33 and 99 points, respectively. Fantasy owners hope the momentum continues to build going forward because Frazier is well behind his 2016 pace. It's worth noting that his .220 BABIP is probably unsustainably low, so further positive regression is likely ahead.
While this was a tough result for Holmberg, the lefty still sports a respectable 2.92 ERA and 1.14 WHIP through his six starts in the majors this season. However, with a 5.4 K/9 and 4.65 FIP, expectations should probably remain in check. Another high-powered offense is on deck for Holmberg, as his next start projects to be against Texas at hitter-friendly Guaranteed Rate Field.
Austin owns a solid .278/.357/.471 career slash line at the Triple-A level and will receive a fleeting opportunity at regular at-bats as New York's primary first baseman. Monday's bomb was an encouraging first step, and Austin is definitely worth considering as a speculative add and short-term fix.