Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price went on a profanity-filled rant during his pregame meeting with media Monday, taking exception with the way his team was being covered. Price was particularly upset with a Cincinnati Enquirer writer who reported catcher Devin Mesoraco was not available for Sunday's loss to St. Louis.
Luis Valbuena expects to play well, even this well. The Houston third baseman hit a pair of solo home runs, including a go-ahead shot in the eighth inning, to give the Astros a 7-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Monday night. It was the Valbuena's fifth home run in the past seven games and second career multiple homer game. I try to hit ball hard every at-bat.'' Valbuena, who started the scoring with a drive in the first inning, opened the eighth with a shot to right on 1-1 pitch from Danny Farquhar (0-1), the first homer allowed by and Astros reliever this season.
Dan Otero's longest relief stint in the majors proved vital for the Oakland Athletics in the opener of their four-game series with the Los Angeles Angels. The four-year veteran right-hander got credit for the Athletics' 6-3 victory over the Angels on Monday night, allowing one hit over four innings after Stephen Vogt's three-run homer in the third had put the A's ahead to stay. ''Dan Otero single-handedly gave us a chance to win this game,'' Vogt said. He had a couple of little hiccups to start the season, but no one was worried about it.'' Marcus Semien also homered to help stake rookie Kendall Graveman to a 5-3 lead in his third major league start.
The newcomers to Detroit's starting rotation are certainly pulling their weight so far. Alfredo Simon pitched impressively into the eighth inning Monday night, and the Tigers added another victory to baseball's best record with a 2-1 win over the New York Yankees. J.D. Martinez and Yoenis Cespedes hit consecutive RBI singles in the seventh to help Detroit rally. He and Shane Greene were the less-heralded additions who replaced Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello in Detroit's rotation.
Edinson Volquez is quickly proving his breakthrough season of a year ago was no fluke. The Royals right-hander held down the Twins for seven innings Monday night, and Kansas City's opportunistic offense took advantage of a series of Minnesota miscues in a 7-1 victory. ''Just trying to do what I did last year.'' Royals manager Ned Yost said that pitching coach Dave Eiland has been working on mechanics with Volquez (2-1) that have allowed him to pitch even better than he did with the Pirates. He only allowed five hits and a walk while striking out five against Minnesota.
Melky Cabrera threw his arms into the air as he rounded first base, and then was mobbed by the rest of his jubilant teammates. One big finish rescued what had been a lousy night for the Chicago White Sox. Cabrera capped Chicago's four-run ninth inning with an RBI single off Cody Allen, sending the White Sox to a 4-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Monday. Six consecutive batters reached safely before Cabrera drove a fastball into left-center for his first game-ending hit since he signed a $42 million, three-year contract with Chicago over the winter.
Odrismar Despaigne turned in another impressive start, but his first major league hit brought the biggest cheers from his San Diego teammates. Despaigne pitched strong into the seventh inning, Matt Kemp had three hits and four RBIs and the San Diego Padres scored nine runs in the first two innings of a 14-3 rout of the Colorado Rockies on Monday night. Derek Norris had three of San Diego's 17 hits and Will Venable homered to help the Padres win for the fifth time in six games. For the second time this season every Padres starter got a hit, including Despaigne (2-0), who led off the third with a single.
Kris Bryant had so much fun rounding the bases that the star rookie felt like he was a kid again. Bryant turned his tiebreaking two-run double into a Little League homer with some heads-up baserunning, and had three hits and three RBIs Monday night to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Bryant's double off the base of the left-center field fence in the seventh inning snapped a 1-all tie. He advanced to third base on the throw home and raced across the plate when catcher Francisco Cervelli missed the throw for an error.