CITY, Mo. - Against the hottest team in baseball, Jake Junis was unable to show off the escapability he's proven he has the first few outings of his MLB career.
Houston Astros ace Dallas Keuchel has been scratched from his start at Kansas City due to an illness.
Hammel allowed one run and four hits over seven innings. He is also tied for second in home runs among third basemen with 15 so far this season. "He threw when he got here to Kansas City, and was scheduled to start". JC Ramirez (6-4) gave up four runs - allowing the Tigers to take an early 4-1 lead - and 10 hits over five innings. Torres, who was hitting.327 in 53 games with Triple-A Omaha, went 2 for 4 with a double and RBI in his big league debut. "We'll see how he feels tomorrow", Yost said.
The 29-year-old has bounced back this season after a hard 2016 campaign with a 9-0 record, an MLB-best 1.67 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 69 strikeouts in 75.2 innings.
LAKELAND, Fla. - New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes resumed his minor league injury rehabilitation assignment after a break of almost two weeks, going 0 for 4 while playing left field in St. Lucie's 1-0 loss at Lakeland in the Florida State League on Thursday.
The Astros now have four starters on the DL - Keuchel, McHugh, Charlie Morton and Joe Musgrove - leaving them with an iffy group behind righty Lance McCullers Jr. Jason Hammel sent Aoki home with a balk.
REDS 5, CARDINALS 2 Joey Votto had a two-run homer among his four hits, Adam Duvall had three hits off Mike Leake and the Reds beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-2 on Thursday to complete a four-game sweep.
Royals: All-Star C Salvador Perez (sprained left thumb) was not in the lineup getting injured in the eighth inning Wednesday. He struck out one and walked three, threw 49 of his 79 pitrches for strikes, and faced 23 Astros batters - 12 of whom reached base.
DIAMONDBACKS 10, PADRES 2 Robbie Ray struck out 11 in 6⅔ innings and Chris Owings hit a three-run home run, helping host Arizona cruise to a victory over San Diego.