Twins 4, Indians 2 - Perhaps Mike Pelfrey is OK after all. The big right-hander stopped Cleveland's six-game winning streak with a 7 K, 4 H performance over six. Trevor Plouffe provided a two-run bomb on offense for the Twins.
Blue Jays 10, Mariners 2 - Remember how Toronto was supposed to be good? That team finally showed up on Sunday. Brandon Morrow tossed eight, three-hit innings while Melky Cabrera and Mark DeRosa went deep.
Braves 9, Mets 4 - Tim Hudson may force himself into the Hall of Fame discussion if his strong year continues. He threw another 7⅓ quality innings on Sunday, fanning seven to earn win No. 201. Freddie Freeman homered and drove in three.
Nationals 6, Pirates 2 - Gio Gonzalez and Wandy Rodriguez dueled through six, then Tyler Moore broke the game open for the Nats in the eighth with a three-run blast. Bryce Harper was ejected in the first for arguing balls and strikes.
Royals 6, White Sox 5 (F. 10) - Down to their last strike in the ninth, Billy Butler delivered a two-run double to knot the game at five. Alex Gordon provided the walk-off heroics in the 10th with a bases-loaded single. KC now has 11 come-from-behind victories on the year.
Cardinals 10, Brewers 1 - A six-run second was more than enough to back southpaw Jaime Garcia, who tossed eight, one-run innings for the Cards. That's six straight wins for St. Louis, and five straight losses for Milwaukee.
Marlins 14, Phillies 2 - Time to start worrying about Roy Halladay again. The Doc allowed nine runs to anemic Miami offense in 2⅓, and is likely headed to the DL with a shoulder issue. Kevin Slowey earned his first win since 2010 with a two-hit, seven inning gem. Marlins!
Rangers 4, Red Sox 3 - Yu Darvish allowed three early on, but settled down to tie a career-high with 14 strikeouts over seven frames. Adrian Beltre delivered a walk-off single in the ninth, after which a lot of people touched his head.
Orioles 8, Angels 4 - Manny Machado and J.J. Hardy each had a two-run blast on Sunday to help the O's to a comeback win over the Halos. If the Angels aren't hovering around .500 by the end of May, someone's going to get the axe.
Padres 5, D'Backs 1 - Edinson Volquez earned his third straight win with a strong 6⅔-inning effort, bolstering his trade prospects. Jedd Gyorko and Will Venable went back-to-back in the sixth to break the game open for the Pads.
Tigers 9, Astros 0 - Four homers on the day, plus a near no-no from Justin Verlander were more than enough to take down the Astros on Sunday. Verlander struck out nine and allowed just two hits over seven, dropping his ERA to 1.55.
Rays 8, Rockies 3 - Colorado got three solo shots off of Rays starter Alex Cobb, but couldn't get any other runs across despite seven more knocks. Tampa Bay did their damage with a flurry of singles and some timely hitting, notching just one extra-base hit (a double) on the day.
The Big Three
1. When your one-time ace allows nine runs in 2⅓ to a Giancarlo Stanton-less Marlins offense, you better hope there's some sort of injury to blame. Well, Phillies fans can apparently point to a bum shoulder as reason for Roy Halladay's not-so-stellar outing against the Fish on Sunday, and for his 17 runs allowed over his last two starts combined. The Doc is headed to see a real doc about his sore shoulder, which has reportedly been bothering him for the last two weeks, and is likely to end up on the 15-day DL. If serious, the injury will put a serious damper on Halladay's haul as a free agent this coming fall.
2. Maybe Chris Carpenter isn't retiring after all. The Cardinals right-hander said his career was pretty much over in the spring when the nerve issues in his neck continued to bother him, but now that might not be the case. Carp has started a throwing program and now St. Louis is tentatively targeting a late June return to the pitching staff for their former ace. The one catch: Carpenter will return to the Cards exclusively as a reliever. The team is afraid that a starting gig will put too much strain on him so they want him to help out in the bullpen, which is in dire need of assistance.
3. The Braves have an interesting conundrum on their hands. Brian McCann is expected to return to the club on either Monday or Tuesday, which means that rookie backstop Evan Gattis, who is off to a very hot start, is presumably out of a job. There's no way that Atlanta will option the NL Rookie of the Month back to Triple-A right away, and letting go of Gerald Laird's two-year contract is probably out of the question as well, so the Braves will probably push forward with three catchers on the roster for a while. Gattis does have some minor league experience in the outfield, so he could potentially share time in right field with Jordan Schafer and Reed Johnson until Jason Heyward gets back.
In Other News...
1. Michael Bourn is finally starting his rehab stint on Monday, and should return to the Tribe later this week. The speedy center fielder has been sidelined since April 14 with a laceration on his right index finger.
2. The White Sox might very well lose a third pitcher to the DL this week. Right-hander Jake Peavy will miss his Monday start because of back pain and may end up on the disabled list if it doesn't get better soon.
3. With Hanley Ramirez and half the pitching staff already on the DL, the last thing the Dodgers need is to lose is one of their big hitters. Well, say hello to Adrian Gonzalez, who's missed the last three games with a neck injury. He did pinch hit on Sunday, but was pulled immediately thereafter.