Clay Buchholz surrendered two earned runs over six innings Saturday in a loss to the Orioles.
Buchholz actually did a pretty good job of damage control considering he gave up 11 hits. He has now surrendered 23 hits in 16 1/3 innings this season and is sporting a 1.65 WHIP through three starts. The 30-year-old righty gets the Rays on the road next week.
The Nationals are likely to activate Denard Span (abdomen) from the disabled list on Sunday.
Span underwent core surgery on March 9 and has spent the last month and a half recovering. He went 4-for-8 with a home run during a rehab stint with Low-A Hagerstown and made it through Saturday's team workout with the Nationals without any soreness. Span's return should push rookie Michael Taylor back to the pine, or maybe even Triple-A.
Starlin Castro had a walk-off RBI single in a 7-6 win over the Padres in 11 innings on Saturday.
After Craig Kimbrel walked pinch-hitter David Ross to load the bases with one out in the 11th, Castro pulled a pitch into left field to win it for Chicago. He finished the day 3-for-6 with two RBI and a run scored. The 25-year-old has just two extra-base hits (including one home run) so far, but he's hitting .317 (13-for-41) over 10 games.
Justin Upton is day-to-day with a strained quad.
It's unclear when the injury occurred as Upton never left Saturday's game against the Cubs. Upton has been his usual productive self this season, hitting .326 with three home runs and eight RBI. Will Venable could see time in left field if Upton has to sit out a few games.
Hector Rondon was charged with two runs and took a blown save Saturday against the Padres.
The Cubs went into the top of the ninth with a 6-2 lead, so Phil Coke initially got the call. However, he gave up back-to-back hits before Rondon entered the game and quickly allowed an RBI single to Justin Upton and an RBI double to Will Middlebrooks. Jedd Gyorko then grounded out to drive in another run. Rondon got Alexi Amarista to strike out swinging for the first out of the inning, but Yangervis Solarte followed with a game-tying single. He managed to avoid any more damage, but this went down as his first blown save since last August 5. Still, he's been great for the Cubs and the circumstances for him entering the game Saturday were unusual, so there's nothing to be concerned about.
Kyle Hendricks yielded two runs over six innings Saturday in a no-decision against the Padres.
Hendricks surrendered a two-run homer to Matt Kemp in the first inning, but he held the Padres off the board the rest of the way. All told, he gave up just three hits to go along with no walks and eight strikeouts. While he didn't get the win, it was a solid bounceback outing after he got blasted by the Rockies in his season debut last week. He'll bring a 6.10 ERA into a start against the Pirates on the road next week.
Tyson Ross took a no-decision Saturday after giving up three runs in 5 2/3 innings against the Cubs.
Ross held the Cubs scoreless through the first four innings, but he gave up a pair in the fifth inning and allowed a go-ahead solo homer to Miguel Montero in the sixth. The Cubs would eventually win in extras. Ross struck out nine and walked five, so he was at 115 pitches when he was pulled in the sixth. Ross has 21 strikeouts in 17 2/3 innings this season and hasn't had a disaster outing yet, but he has issued 12 walks. The shaky control is worth watching.
Kris Bryant got his first major league hit Saturday against the Padres and reached base five times.
Bryant finished the day 2-for-3 with three walks. His first hit was a bloop single in the bottom of the fifth inning which brought home a run. He also had an infield single in the 11th. After going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in his highly-anticipated major league debut on Friday, this performance was nice to see. Fantasy owners are banking on lots of power from Bryant, but ups and downs are to be expected.