Charlie Morton gave up four runs over seven innings and struck out a career-high 12 batters in Friday’s 9-4 victory over the Athletics.
Khris Davis proved to be his nemesis on Friday, slugging a three-run homer in the first inning and a solo shot in the third, but otherwise Morton managed to keep the A’s in check. While the veteran right-hander hit a couple of batters, he only gave up five hits and didn’t walk anyone. This was his longest outing since August 2, 2015. Morton’s velocity uptick made him an interesting name to follow coming out of spring training, but he hasn’t done much to grab the attention of fantasy owners until now. He’ll try to build off this one when he bring a 4.50 ERA into a start against the Rangers next week.
Jharel Cotton was tagged with six runs (three earned) over 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Astros on Friday.
Cotton had a 3-0 lead before even throwing a pitch, but he gave it right back in the bottom of the first inning. The A’s grabbed the lead again in the third, but Cotton again failed to hold it through the middle innings. The young right-hander gave up 10 hits and walked one while striking out four. Hyped as a possible breakout pick in fantasy drafts this spring, Cotton owns a disappointing 5.00 ERA and 19/12 K/BB ratio in 27 innings through five starts. He gets the Twins next on the road.
Yulieski Gurriel continued his hot-hitting ways on Friday against the Athletics by going 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, and two runs scored.
His seventh-inning blast was his second home run of the season. Gurriel is one of the hottest hitters in the game right now. After getting off to a quiet start, he’s hitting .458 (22-for-48) over his last 13 games.
George Springer (hamstring) made his return to the starting lineup Friday against the Athletics and went 2-for-4 with an RBI single, a walk, and two runs scored.
Springer was forced to enter Tuesday’s game after the collision between Teoscar Hernandez and Jose Altuve, but this was his first time in the starting lineup since he exited last Saturday’s game with left hamstring tightness. The Astros gave him some lengthy rest, so hopefully this issue won’t linger.
Jose Altuve (head, shoulder) went 0-for-4 with a walk and a run scored in his return to action Friday against the Athletics.
Altuve missed back-to-back starts after his collision with teammate Teoscar Hernandez on Tuesday night, but he should be good to go moving forward. The dynamic second baseman is batting .305 with two homers, seven RBI, seven steals, and 12 runs scored through 22 games on the young season.
Khris Davis accounted for all of the Athletics’ offense on Friday with a pair of home runs.
Davis slugged a long three-run blast off Charlie Morton in the first inning before getting to him again with a solo shot in the third. It was the 13th multi-homer game of his career and his second this season. The first was on Opening Day. Davis is up to nine home runs on the year to go along with a .276/.374/.658 batting line.
Miguel Sano homered, doubled and knocked in four runs Friday as the Twins beat the Royals 6-4.
That's six homers and six doubles for Sano, who has about 250 points of OPS over any of the other Twins' regulars. He leads the team in homers by four, in RBI by nine and in runs scored by four.
Kyle Gibson surrendered three runs in 5 1/3 innings Friday in a no-decision versus the Royals.
The good news is that the Twins went on to win. Gibson, though, hasn't lasted six innings in any of his five starts this year, and he's sporting an 8.03 ERA. A quality start or two would be nice. He'll get his next chance Thursday against the A's.