Rangers prospect Jerad Eickhoff pitched brilliantly Saturday in his debut for Triple-A Round Rock, coming within two outs of a no-hitter.
Eickfoff lost the no-hit bid in the ninth when Matt Long hit his one-out offering into the seats. The 24-year-old attributed the success to his improved curveball. The 11 strikeouts Eickhoff recorded tied a career-high. Texas picked Eickhoff in the 15th round of the 2011 draft.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi announced Sunday that Chase Whitley will make a spot start on Tuesday against the Rays.
That will give Masahiro Tanaka an extra day of rest with his start pushed back until Wednesday. Despite the strong matchup against the Rays, Whitley is not a recommend streaming option outside of AL-only formats.
Bud Norris picked up the win over the Red Sox on Sunday, hurling 6 2/3 innings of three-run ball while scattering seven hits.
Norris scooped up the win in the contest, moving to 1-3 on the year. It would have been quite the story had he lost, as the Orioles provided a whopping 18 runs of support in their hammering of Wade Miley and the Boston bullpen. With the luxury of a 7-0 lead after just three innings, Norris was able to coast. He struck out two and walked three, keeping the Red Sox off the scoreboard until the seventh inning, when Pablo Sandoval touched him up for a three-run homer. The pitcher needed this kind of start for job security reasons, as he had allowed 20 runs in just 10 1/3 innings and entered Sunday with a 17.42 ERA. He will have to continue to pitch well, but this was definitely a step in the right direction. He'll attempt to replicate Sunday's results when the Orioles play the Rays next weekend.
Diamondbacks prospect Zack Godley improved to 4-0 Saturday with a victory for High-A Visalia.
A reliever prior to this season, Godley has looked dominant in his first four starts, holding opponents to a .172 average in 91 plate appearances. The 25-year-old could climb the latter quickly if this keeps up. Godley's seven-inning outing Saturday against Stockton was the longest of his career.
Wade Miley was absolutely pulverized by the Orioles on Sunday, allowing seven runs (six earned) in just 2 1/3 innings.
All six of the earned runs came in a monster third inning for Baltimore, as Miley slowly and methodically melted down. After a pair of singles and a walk, he lost the strike zone against Adam Jones and forced in a run. The Orioles then proceeded to hit two RBI singles and an RBI double and Miley was pulled from the game. By the end of the inning, the score was 7-0 Orioles (they would go on to score 18 runs for the game). Miley has now allowed 13 earned runs in his last 10 1/3 innings and the 28-year-old lefty probably would do best to avoid looking at the stat sheet any time soon, as he currently holds an 8.62 ERA and 1.79 WHIP over just 15 2/3 innings. He'll have to do better than that when he faces the rival Yankees in his next start.
Jacoby Ellsbury is not in the Yankees starting lineup for Sunday night's contest against the Mets.
Ellsbury tested out his hip during pregame workouts but was deemed unable to go. Chris Young will once again start in center field in his place and is batting second on Sunday. Ellsbury is expected to return to the lineup on Monday.
Ricky Nolasco indicated feeling good after tossing 66 pitches over five innings in his minor league rehab start with Low-A Cedar Rapids on Sunday.
He'll need a few more outings to stretch out and build up his stamina before he's ready to rejoin the Twins rotation, but this was a nice step in the right direction for him. Trevor May is likely on the outs in the rotation once Nolasco returns.
Nationals prospect Joe Ross tossed seven shutout innings Saturday for Double-A Harrisburg.
Abel De Los Santos blew a three-run lead in the eighth, preventing Ross from picking up his first win of the year. Despite the no-decision, Ross was sensational Saturday, allowing just two hits and a pair of walks. Ross' eight strikeouts were a season-high. The right-hander threw 62 of his 96 pitches for strikes. He's Washington's fifth-ranked prospect on MLB.com.