Indians 10, Mariners 8 (F. 10) - Cleveland completed the sweep of the Mariners with yet another walk-off victory, the team's third of the series. Yan Gomes provided the heroics Monday with a three-run jack in the 10th. A misplay at first base by the M's in the ninth gave the Tribe a second life.
Blue Jays 7, Rays 5 - R.A. Dickey turned in his longest start of the year (8 IP) and rookie Jake Odorizzi pitched admirably (5 IP, 3 ER) in his big-league debut. A bases-clearing double from Edwin Encarnacion in the seventh made all the difference.
Yankees 6, Orioles 4 (F. 10) - Travis Hafner and Vernon Wells continue to spark the injury-plagued Yankees. Pronk launched a game-tying solo shot in the ninth, while Vernon hit the go-ahead single in the tenth. After going 35 straight opportunities without screwing up a save situation, Jim Johnson now has two blown saves in a row.
Reds 4, Mets 3 - They're not saying boo, they're saying boo-ruce. Jay Bruce had a two-hit, two-RBI day, including the go-ahead solo blast in the sixth. Johnny Cueto turned in five innings of three-run ball in his first outing back from the DL. Aroldis Chapman didn't blow the save.
Braves 5, Twins 1 - Backed by four early runs, Julio Teheran pitched the best game of his brief big-league career for the Braves. The young right-hander tossed 8⅓ innings, allowing just one run on five hits. Dan Uggla hit a three-run jimmy jack.
Marlins 5, Phillies 1 - Cole Hamels struck out 10 Marlins and allowed just two runs in six innings, but still went home with the loss. He was bested by Alex Sanabia, who had been wholly unimpressive this year until Monday.
A's 9, Rangers 2 - Bartolo Colon managed to hold the Rangers at bay for seven frames despite doubling his season walk total. With two free passes Monday, he has now given up four in 54⅓ innings. Jurickson Profar was hitless in his season debut but did have 2 RBI.
White Sox 6, Red Sox 4 - Chicago got to Jon Lester early, plating five two-out runs in the first two innings. From there, Dylan Axelrod and company just needed to hang on, which they did despite fanning only four batters on the day.
Astros 6, Royals 5 - Jeremy Guthrie seems to have inherited the bad home run mojo from teammate Ervin Santana. Guthrie raised his league-worst total to 13 big flies allowed on Monday, surrendering a pair of blasts to the Astros. After jumping out to a 17-10 start, KC is back down under .500.
Dodgers 3, Brewers 1 - Clayton Kershaw pitched a three-hit complete game. Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier provided the offensive firepower. Good thing the Dodgers acquired all those new players to help them out.
D'Backs 5, Rockies 1 - Once upon a time, Patrick Corbin was once the "other" pitcher sent to Arizona in exchange for Dan Haren. Something tells me Tyler Skaggs may end up being the "other" guy in the long run. Corbin dropped his ERA to 1.44 with a three-hit, ten-strikeout complete game at Coors Field.
Padres 4, Cardinals 2 - Probably the only time you will ever read that Jason Marquis out-pitched Shelby Miller (though only slightly). The Friars have now won three straight and sit just two games under .500. Watch out, NL West.
Giants 8, Nationals 0 - Maybe Ryan Vogelsong still has some life left in him after all, though it's going to be a while before that theory is tested. Vogey pitched five shutout frames but had to be lifted after breaking his hand while batting. Brandon Belt had himself a four-hit day.
The Big Three
1. With the surprise start that D'Backs southpaw Patrick Corbin has had to begin 2013, it almost makes a certain sort of sense that he would throw his first complete game at Coors Field. The left-hander's three-hit, ten-strikeout performance against the Rockies on Monday night dropped his earned-run average to a minuscule 1.44, second only to Clayton Kershaw's 1.35 ERA. Corbin has seemingly come out of nowhere, overshadowed by Arizona's fleet of other young arms, such as Wade Miley, Trevor Bauer (formerly), and trade partner Tyler Skaggs. Every single one of Corbin's starts has been of the quality variety thus far this season and, despite pitching in a hitter's haven in Phoenix, has allowed just two big flies on the year.
2. The Cincinnati Reds reinstated Johnny Cueto to the active roster and put him on the mound to take on the Mets on Monday. The right-hander pitched well in his return to the rotation, fanning eight and allowing just three hits in five innings of work. Not all was hunky-dory in Cueto's first start back from his lat strain -- e.g. he walked four guys -- but he still pitched well enough to earn the win. Cincinnati is in the incredibly envious position of having too many quality arms to fit into the rotation, so the team didn't really miss Cueto too much (performance-wise), but it's still probably nice to have the No. 1 guy back on the bump.
3. Ryan Vogelsong has been nothing sort of atrocious this season, so Monday night's five scoreless innings were a welcome sight for Giants fans. And they would have probably been much more so had they not been soured by a broken right hand. Craig Stammen nailed Vogelsong with a fastball square on the pitching hand in the fifth, forcing the right-hander to the sidelines for at least the next six weeks. Chad Gaudin and Mike Kickham are the two most likely in-house candidates for the open rotation spot, which more than anything demonstrates just how thin the Giants' rotation is beyond their top five.
In Other News...
1. The Texas Rangers designated veteran sinker-baller Derek Lowe for assignment and recalled Josh Lindblom to start on Monday. It didn't go too well for Lindblom. Hopefully better things are in store for Lowe.
2. Scott Proctor is officially done with baseball, which is weird because I was pretty sure that happened awhile ago. The 36-year-old right-hander hadn't appeared in the big leagues since 2011, and was not pitching well in the minors.