Kenley Jansen worked around two singles while recording four outs Tuesday at San Francisco for his fifth save of the season.
Jansen threw 15 of his 22 pitches for strikes in his first action since April 19. He has recorded four outs in each of his past three appearances as manager Dave Roberts bucks the usual trend of limiting his closer to just the ninth inning. It isn't affecting Jansen negatively, as he has worked 5 1/3 scoreless innings over his past five appearances and he is 5-for-5 on save chances this season.
Clayton Kershaw allowed one earned run, six hits and a walk with seven strikeouts over seven innings in a win at San Francisco on Tuesday.
Kershaw has four quality starts in five outings this season with the only exception coming at Coors Field back on April 8. He has at least six strikeouts in each of his five appearances while lasting at least seven frames in four of his starts. Kershaw continues to produce well for fantasy owners who looked to him in the early rounds.
Ryon Healy was hitless in five at-bats with four strikeouts in Tuesday's loss against the Angels.
Healy had been displaying a pretty nice eye at the plate lately, posting just two strikeouts over his past 21 at-bats. The golden sombrero was bad news for fantasy owners on Tuesday, but Healy has been pretty productive recently. He has four doubles, a homer and six RBI over the past seven outings to emerge as a decent AL-only fantasy option.
Matt Joyce was hitless in four at-bats with a strikeout in Tuesday's road loss against the Angels.
Joyce's average slipped to .157 after taking the collar, and he is just 5-for-38 (.131) over the past 13 outings. The veteran left-handed hitter is getting plenty of chance to iron out his issues at the plate but he doesn't warrant much in the way of fantasy consideration until he starts to show some signs of life.
Jesse Hahn allowed just one single and two walks with six strikeouts over eight scoreless innings in a no-decision Tuesday at L.A. Angels.
Hahn dropped his season ERA to 2.08, and he has allowed just three hits in 14 innings over his past two outings. Hahn was disastrous last season, posting a 2-4 record with a 6.02 ERA and 1.64 WHIP over nine starts for the A's. He'll look to continue his resurgence in Houston on Sunday, but he faces an uphill climb against a good lineup while being opposed by LHP Dallas Keuchel.
Mike Trout posted a solo home run in the 10th inning in Tuesday's game against the Athletics.
Trout's blast erased a deficit, forcing an 11th inning. The Halos ended up winning thanks to a Kole Calhoun RBI single, giving manager Mike Scioscia his 1,500th victory as manager in Anaheim. Trout has hit safely in nine straight and 14 of the past 15 contests.
Kole Calhoun managed just one hit in five at-bats Tuesday against the Athletics but that one hit was the game-winning RBI single in the 11th inning.
Calhoun started off on fire, but he is just 5-for-41 (.122) over the past 11 outings to drop his average to just .215 on the season. Perhaps the game-winning knock will give him a little more confidence and get him going again. The RBI was just his second since April 8.
J.C. Ramirez allowed just two hits and two walks over seven scoreless innings in a no-decision Tuesday against the Athletics.
Ramirez, normally a relief pitcher, also struck out seven batters in just his third career start. It was the best performance by an Angels starting pitcher this season. He'll look to keep it rolling in his next scheduled start Sunday at Texas. The Nicaraguan hurler is just 1-2 with a 5.79 ERA over 14 innings in four road appearances (two starts) this season.