Mike Carp smashed a three-run homer on Friday, helping to power the Red Sox to an 8-1 victory over the Indians.
Carp finished the night 1-for-2 before being lifted for a pinch-hitter. His three-run blast off Justin Masterson opened the scoring in the second inning, and was more than enough offense for John Lackey in this one. He's thrived in a part-time role, hitting .286/.340/.653 with three homers and 11 RBI in his first 49 at-bats.
John Lackey twirled a gem in Friday’s victory over the Indians, allowing just one unearned run on two hits over seven innings.
Lackey matched his season high with eight strikeouts while walking three. He’s been extremely impressive through his first seven starts on the season, posting a 2.72 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 40/11 K/BB ratio over 39 2/3 innings. He’ll look to carry the momentum over from this strong outing when he does battle against the Phillies in Philadelphia on Wednesday.
Michael Brantley went 2-for-3 with a double in Friday's loss to the Red Sox.
As a team, the Indians only mustered four total hits, and Brantley had half of them. His season is off to a fantastic start, hitting .312/.366/.399 with two homers, 24 RBI and three stolen bases. With Nick Swisher now playing first base on a nightly basis, Brantley should continue to see everyday at-bats in the Indians' outfield.
Justin Masterson had a rough night against his former team on Friday, serving up five runs on six hits over six innings of work in a losing effort against the Red Sox.
Masterson struck out five on the night while walking one. Mike Carp’s three-run homer in the second inning was the biggest blow against him. This poor outing comes on the heels of two terrific starts where Masterson had tossed 16 scoreless innings. He’ll carry a 7-3 record, 3.20 ERA and 1.13 WHIP into Wednesday’s matchup against the Reds at home.
Blue Jays optioned LHP Sean Nolin to Double-A New Hampshire.
Nolin had a chance to impress and earn a spot in the Blue Jays' rotation, but was hit extremely hard in Friday's loss to the Orioles. He'll require more seasoning at the minor league level before he's ready to contribute for the Jays.
Jim Henderson was removed from Friday's game against the Pirates due to an apparent leg injury.
No word yet on the extent of the injury or how much time he may miss. Francisco Rodriguez, and not John Axford, replaced Henderson with the Brewers clinging to a one-run lead. The team should release an update on his status after the game.
Ryan Hanigan blasted a three-run homer on Friday, helping to power the Reds to a 7-4 victory over the visiting Cubs.
His three-run blast capped off a five-run uprising in the fourth inning off Scott Feldman. It was Hanigan’s lone hit in four trips to the plate in the game. He’s off to a very slow start offensively, hitting .167/.263/.258 with two homers and eight RBI through his first 21 games. He remains a fringe option in two-catcher leagues.
Aroldis Chapman allowed a couple of baserunners, but struck out the side in the ninth inning on Friday to preserve a three-run lead and earn his 11th save of the season.
Chapman hasn't been nearly as dominant as he was a season ago, but has still posted a 2.74 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 39/10 K/BB ratio through his first 23 innings. With Sean Marshall on the disabled list and Jonathan Broxton struggling, his job remains extremely secure.