Enny Romero took a line drive off his left hand Saturday against the Orioles.
Manny Machado nearly drilled him in the head with a screaming line drive with two outs in the eighth inning. Instead, Romero got his hand up just in time and deflected it off his left palm. It was the last at-bat of the game for the Orioles and it's doubtful Romero would have returned for another inning had there been one.
Fortunately, it doesn't look like Romero will need X-rays. Consider him day-to-day.
Jose Abreu (leg) returned to the starting lineup Saturday against the the Blue Jays.
Abreu sat out Friday's game due to leg fatigue, but it's not a major concern. After a slow start to the season, the slugger is batting .333 with five homers and 20 RBI this month.
Aroldis Chapman pitched a scoreless ninth inning Saturday to finish off a 2-1 victory over the Twins for his 15th save of the season.
Chapman gave up a two-out single to Joe Mauer before striking out Brian Dozier swinging to end it. The fireballing-lefty has struck out at least one batter in 20 of his 21 appearances this season and owns a 2.70 ERA and 31/3 K/BB ratio in 20 innings. He’s now 15-for-16 in save chances.
Michael Pineda limited the Twins to one run over six innings Saturday as part of a no-decision.
While Pineda didn’t get the win, it was arguably his best start of the year. He allowed just two hits while walking one and striking out eight. The only run scored on a solo homer from Brian Dozier in the second inning. Pineda has allowed three earned runs or fewer in each of his last five starts, so he’s slowly earning back the trust of fantasy owners. His ERA has improved from 6.92 to 5.51 during that time. He’ll face the Rangers next week.
Ervin Santana took a no-decision after tossing five innings of one-run ball Saturday against the Yankees.
Santana held the Yankees scoreless before giving up an RBI single to Carlos Beltran in his final inning of work. He fanned two and walked a pair in the no-decision and has now delivered back-to-back encouraging starts against New York. He’ll try to carry that momentum into a start against the Rangers next Friday at home.
Carlos Beltran went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in a win over the Twins on Saturday.
Beltran tied things up with an RBI single in the fifth inning before Starlin Castro put the Yankees ahead on a fielder’s choice in the eighth. The veteran outfielder has hit safely in four straight games and six out of his last seven as his resurgent campaign continues. He’s batting .290/.328/.573 with 19 home runs and 53 RBI through 70 games this season.
Brian Dozier socked a solo homer in a loss to the Yankees on Saturday.
His second-inning blast off Michael Pineda was the only offense of the day for the Twins. Dozier got off to a miserable start at the plate this season, but he’s batting .337 with 14 extra-base hits (including four homers), 13 RBI, and three steals over 23 games this month. We don’t expect the batting average to last, but he’s safe to use again in standard fantasy leagues.
Joc Pederson is not in Saturday's lineup against the Pirates.
He'll take a seat against left-hander Jeff Locke. Trayce Thompson will start in center field while Scott Van Slyke will play left.