Tigers ace Justin Verlander gave up his first hit of the day to Billy Butler in the sixth inning. It didn't matter much at that point. Detroit built a 7-0 lead through seven innings, and although Verlander gave up three earned runs after losing the no-no, the Tigers dominated the Royals on Sunday -- and throughout the series.
On Sunday, Torii Hunter, Rajai Davis and Andrew Romine had three hits each. Rookie third baseman Nick Castellanos and catcher Alex Avila homered, and Detroit moved to 17-9 on the year. The series gave the Tigers a significant early lead in the AL Central. They entered the series 14-9 and the Royals were 14-13. Now, Detroit boasts a 4½-game lead over the rest of the division.
Kluber strikes out 13, Kottaras homers twice, Indians lose
George Kottaras could end up being designated for assignment by the Indians, but he made a solid case for the club to hang onto him on Sunday. The 30-year-old backstop homered in the third and fourth innings and took a walk, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two driven in.
However, the Indians spoiled a magnificent start by Corey Kluber, who struck out 13 batters, walked just two and allowed a single run in eight innings -- and that single run came on a solo home run from Jose Abreu, so Kluber can't really be blamed for joining the White Sox rookie's long list of victims. Closer John Axford blew the save by allowing a three-run homer to Dayan Viciedo in the top of the ninth, and Matt Lindstrom closed out the game with Chicago on top 4-3.
Dodgers starter Stephen Fife made his first appearance of the year, and unfortunately for him, Giancarlo Stanton was locked in. Stanton hit his ninth and 10th home runs of the year to back up Jose Fernandez's strong start, and Miami beat Los Angeles 5-4.
Fernandez struck out 10 batters and allowed two earned runs over seven innings, but the win went to A.J. Ramos, who allowed a run in the top of the ninth. Seems to add to the argument against pitcher wins, doesn't it?
Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig slammed into the wall in right field trying to snare the game-winning hit.
The initial fear was that he might have sustained a concussion, but results came back negative. He's listed as day-to-day.
Oakland bests Boston in extras, Reddick hurt
John Lackey and Sonny Gray went back and forth on Sunday. Both pitchers allowed two earned runs over six innings, but Oakland was able to win the pitcher's duel on an RBI single by Yoenis Cespedes in the 10th inning. Cespedes went 2-for-5 in the game and drove in two.
#Athletics left ankle sprain for Josh Reddick— John Hickey (@JHickey3) May 4, 2014