It was a bad day all around for the Tampa Bay Rays.
The defending AL East champions not only were beaten by the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday, 5-1, the Rays placed All-Star third baseman Evan Longoria on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique.
“It’s going to be much more difficult, of course,” Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. “We’re going to have to figure out another way to get this done. It’s just the way the baseball season works sometimes.”
Longoria is expected to miss at least three weeks.
“I think the results of the MRI (exam) were not what I expected,” Longoria said. “It felt a lot better than what it showed.”
A record 84 degrees one day, rain and snow the next.
“Welcome to Colorado!” bellowed Rockies first baseman Jason Giambi.
The Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks were postponed by a mix of rain and snow Sunday after playing in unseasonably warm temperatures the day before.
“This place is crazy,” Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez said.
The Rockies, who have a scheduled day off today, viewed the snowout as a blessing, primarily because Jimenez will get another 24 hours to recover from a cracked cuticle on his right thumb.
Cleveland’s Carlos Santana caught a popped bunt to begin a triple play in his first major league start at first base during the Indians’ 7-1 win over the Chicago White Sox.
Runners were in motion at first and second in the fourth inning Sunday when Santana made a diving catch of a bunt by Alexei Ramirez just in fair territory.
Santana scrambled to his feet and threw to second baseman Orlando Cabrera at first base to double up A.J. Pierzynski. Cabrera then threw to shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera at second for the putout on Carlos Quentin.
Santana is normally the Indians’ starting catcher.
It was Cleveland’s first triple play since Asdrubal Cabrera turned an unassisted one against the Toronto Blue Jays on May 12, 2008.
The Atlanta Braves put right-handed pitcher Jair Jurrjens on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique muscle. The move is retroactive to March 25. The Braves recalled left-hander Mike Minor from Triple-A Gwinnett. Texas’ Ian Kinsler and Nelson Cruz became the first set of teammates to hit home runs in each of the first three games in a season. Kinsler and Cruz each hit solo homers Sunday. Kinsler’s came in his second plate appearance, a day after he became the first player to hit a leadoff homer in each of the first two games of a season. The Indians released minor leaguer Preston Mattingly, the son of Los Angeles Dodgers manager and former New York Yankees star Don Mattingly. Florida slugger Mike Stanton missed the Marlins’ 9-2 loss to the New York Mets due to a tight hamstring.