White Sox 2, Royals 1 (F. 11) - Ned Yost didn't allow "Complete Game" James Shields to complete his gem of an outing, and it backfired badly. Pulled after eight, two-hit innings, Shields could only watch as the bullpen surrendered the lead and eventually took the loss on a long ball from Jordan Danks.
Indians 7, Athletics 3 - Ubaldo Jimenez put together another quality outing and the Tribe backed him with four big flies -- two from Asdrubal Cabrera -- to break an eight-game losing streak to the A's.
Braves 7, Reds 4 - Andrelton Simmons powered the Braves on Monday with his first multi-homer game and a career-high four RBI on the day. Brian McCann went hitless in his 2013 debut.
Red Sox 6, Twins 5 (F. 11) - Stephen Drew played the hero, capping his four-hit night with a walk-off RBI double in the 11th. Boston lost its second closer -- Joel Hanrahan -- to a forearm injury in the ninth, but not before he blew the save chance.
Blue Jays 8, Rays 7 - A turning point for Toronto? The Jays staged a huge comeback Monday, erasing a seven-run deficit with eight unanswered runs in the final six frames. J.P. Arencibia put the finishing touch on the rally with a two-run blast in the ninth.
Cubs 9, Rangers 2 - Scott Feldman shut down his former ball club, holding the Rangers to just two hits over seven scoreless innings. Anthony Rizzo led the charge on offense with a two-run single followed by a two-run blast.
D'Backs 9, Dodgers 2 - Good news: the Dodgers got one of their starters back. Bad news: it wasn't Zack Greinke. Chris Capuano got shelled in his return from the DL, surrendering big flies to Paul Goldschmidt and Cody Ross in a subpar, four-inning effort.
Padres 5, Marlins 0 - Andrew Cashner delivered a career-best start for the Pads, tossing 7⅓ scoreless while allowing just four hits. Never mind that it was against the Marlins; after all, they scored 14 runs against Doc Halladay and friends on Sunday.
Phillies 6, Giants 2 - Professional Hitter™ Michael Young had a three-hit day, and Cliff Lee rendered the Giants' bats useless for innings to snap San Francisco's winning streak at six. Hunter Pence finished a triple short of the cycle.
The Big Three
1. The White Sox will officially fall behind the Rays today in the organizational tally for fewest Tommy John surgeries since 2007. Right-hander Gavin Floyd is expected to go under the knife sometime Tuesday and will be sidelined until early 2014 as a result. This probably isn't what Floyd had in mind for his final hurrah before becoming a free agent, and considering how badly things have gone for the high-profile Tommy John signees this year -- e.g. Ryan Madson, Scott Baker, Joakim Soria -- the right-hander is liable to have a tough time finding a guaranteed deal from anyone next winter.
2. The Red Sox have lost Andrew Bailey to injury yet again. The Boston right-hander has already sat out a week, so he's eligible to return as early as next Tuesday, but given his injury history I'd expect the biceps inflammation to linger a bit longer than he and the team are expecting. With Bailey out and Joel Hanrahan likely to join him on the DL, Boston now has a whole lot of nothing going in save situations. It's crazy to think that Alfredo Aceves and Daniel Bard were legitimate closer options last year but now they're not even suitable for mop-up duty. If I had a vote, which I don't, I'd put Koji Uehara in the closer spot until Bailey gets back.
3. It seems that Rick Ankiel's march towards history is at an end. The Houston Astros have finally cut the cord with the one-time pitching phenom after the 32nd game of the season. Ankiel played in 25 of those games, and managed to strike out in over 50 percent of his plate appearances -- closing out at 35 Ks in 65 PAs. If you throw in his five home runs and three walks, Ankiel concluded two-thirds of his PAs with one of the three true outcomes. Never mind that over 80 percent of those were the one bad outcome, it's still pretty cool.
In Other News...
1. Blue Jays right-hander Josh Johnson is likely out until late May with his triceps soreness, so Ricky Romero may get a few more tries to reestablish himself in Toronto's rotation.
2. Indians setup man Vinnie Pestano is on the DL with elbow tendonitis. If the injury lingers, it may make the Tribe think twice about dealing closer Chris Perez come July.
3. Well, at least the White Sox didn't lose two pitchers this week. Jake Peavy, who has been battling a bad back for the last week, has declared himself good to go for Wednesday's start.