Indians 4, Tigers 3 (F. 10) - Cleveland's incredible hot streak continues. Michael Brantley delivered a two-out single in the ninth to tie it up and Mark Reynolds knocked in the go-ahead run with a one-bagger of his own in the 10th. Jose Valverde blew his first save of the year.
Reds 5, Brewers 1 - Cincy finished off the sweep with a strong effort from Bronson Arroyo and a major-league first for Donald Lutz. The rookie outfielder launched a three-run blast in the second and the Reds never looked back.
Pirates 3, Mets 2 - Matt Harvey was solid yet again, keeping his win-loss record unblemished for another day, but the young right-hander couldn't will the Mets' offense into gear Sunday. Jason Grilli netted his 15th save of the year, which is noteworthy because holy crap the Pirates have at least 15 wins.
Cubs 2, Nats 1 - Gio Gonzalez was perfect through six, and still scoreless through seven, but then handed the ball to the bullpen. Chicago rallied for two runs in the final two frames, the go-ahead run gifted by Kurt Suzuki's errant throw to third base on a double steal.
Blue Jays 12, Red Sox 4 - The Canadians celebrated Mother's Day by walloping five home runs to take the rubber match in Boston. Joey Bautista hit two long balls, as Ryan Dempster was sent packing early.
Rays 4, Padres 2 - Tampa Bay is back to playing .500 ball for the first time since the season's inaugural week. James Loney tallied two more extra-base hits, giving him nearly 60 percent of his total from last year in 107 fewer games. Ridiculous.
Orioles 6, Twins 0 - Sure, it was Minnesota, but that regression everyone was banking on for Baltimore still isn't happening. The O's are tied for the second-most wins in baseball and Chris Davis, who hit his 11th home run Sunday, is a huge reason why.
Yankees 4, Royals 2 - Vernon Wells is hitting like a man possessed. The outfielder connected with his ninth big fly of the year Sunday off of former teammate Ervin Santana. Wells now has just two fewer home runs than all of last season.
Rangers 12, Astros 7 - Adrian Beltre had himself a four-hit, four-RBI day as part of 17 Rangers knocks. Nick Tepesch put together another strong outing only to watch the bullpen make the game much slower than necessary.
Rockies 8, Cardinals 2 - Jorge De La Rosa no-hit St. Louis for almost seven innings, then got the hook when the base runners arrived. Troy Tulowitzki and Charlie Blackmon each went deep in the win.
Giants 5, Braves 1 - Tim Lincecum pitched a lot like the ace he once was, holding Atlanta to two hits in seven innings and allowing just three walks. Not quite his best start of the year, but pretty dang close.
Dodgers 5, Marlins 3 - Chris Capuano and Kenley Jansen teamed up to shut down the Marlins for eight innings on Sunday. Interim first baseman Scott "Opie" Van Slyke hit his first homer of the year for L.A.
Mariners 6, A's 1 - Oakland continues to beat only teams with "A" names. The club's record when facing the Angels or Astros is 11-1, but 8-19 against everyone else. Joe Saunders managed not to get knocked around too much.
Phillies 4, D'Backs 2 (F. 10) - Arizona spoiled a late-inning lead for the 11th time this year, yielding four runs in the final two innings to lose it. Ryan Howard's two-run single in the 10th won it for the Phillies.
White Sox 3, Angels 0 - A one-hit shutout for South Side left-hander Chris Sale. The southpaw would have probably had a perfect game if it weren't for Mike Trout.
The Big Three
1. The Chicago Cubs made a move toward the future on Sunday, signing young first baseman Anthony Rizzo to a seven-year, $41 million contract extension. The 23-year-old slugger is now guaranteed to play his home games at Wrigley Field through at least the 2019 season (barring a move of stadiums) and could be with the club for two years beyond that. Rizzo has but 173 big-league games under his belt, but apparently the Cubs have seen enough progress from him this season that they felt locking him down long-term was the best course of action. If Rizzo earns his two option years at the back end of the deal, he could earn as much as $73 million over the next nine seasons.
2. Philip Humber has fallen an incredibly long way since his perfect game in early April of 2012. The right-hander owns an earned-run average of 8.03 in the 123⅓ innings since his perfect day, finally earning himself the boot out of the Astros' rotation and off of the roster over the weekend. Humber is likely to land on his feet somewhere, but it's unlikely to be in the big leagues unless he latches on to a bullpen spot somewhere. If his trajectory doesn't straighten out soon, he may very well go down in infamy as the worst pitcher (numbers-wise) to throw a perfect game in MLB history.
3. The New York Yankees keep losing players left and right, but somehow manage to keep winning. Money may not buy you happiness but it's certainly helping the Yankees buy success for the time being. Eduardo Nunez is the latest pinstriped victim, hitting the DL with rib problems. New acquisition Alberto Gonzalez replaces Nunez on the roster, and should be expected put up just about the same level of production (i.e. replacement level).
In Other News...
1. The Cardinals are going to need to delve into their treasure trove of pitching prospects soon. Veteran right-hander Jake Westbrook was placed on the 15-day DL yesterday with elbow inflammation, and could be miss him for much longer.
2. The Philadelphia Phillies are reportedly looking into right-hander Carlos Zambrano to help with their pitching problems. Big-Z is currently playing with the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic league, but could find his way back into a family program soon enough.
3. Joel Hanrahan's year is kaput. The Red Sox closer will undergo season-ending surgery sometime this week to repair tendon damage in his right forearm/elbow.