Josh Rutledge went 2-for-4 with four RBI and a run scored in an 8-1 win over the Pirates on Friday.
Rutledge got the Rockies on the board with an RBI double in the third inning and later had a bases-clearing double in a seven-run seventh. The 25-year-old has hit .308 with three home runs and 16 RBI over 53 games this season and should get regular playing time over the next two weeks with Troy Tulowitzki on the disabled list. He should be a useful fantasy shortstop in the meantime.
Charlie Morton allowed four runs over six-plus innings Friday in a loss to the Rockies.
Morton held the Rockies to just one run before he unraveled to begin the seventh inning. He struck out three and walked one in the loss and now sits at 5-10 with a 3.40 ERA and 106/44 K/BB ratio over 132 1/3 innings of work this season. He'll attempt to turn the page next week in another road start, this time against the Giants.
Carlos Gonzalez connected for a two-run homer in Friday's win over the Pirates.
It was his 10th home run of the season and his second since returning from the disabled list. The 28-year-old has posted a .250/.300/.448 batting line through 61 games this season, which isn't quite what fantasy owners had in mind when they invested a first-round pick back in the spring, but there's reason for optimism now that his finger issue has been addressed.
Gregory Polanco went 0-for-5 in Friday's loss to the Rockies.
Polanco got off to a red-hot start in the majors, but he's hitting just .125 (6-for-48) over his last 11 games. Ups and downs are to be expected for the 22-year-old rookie and Pirates manager Clint Hurdle continues to stick with him out of the leadoff spot. We wouldn't panic quite yet in fantasy leagues.
Brett Anderson tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings against the Pirates on Friday for his first win of the season, but he was forced to exit due to an apparent blister on his throwing hand.
Anderson didn't give up his first hit until the fifth inning and ended up allowing just two in all. It was a bit of an odd outing, as he struck out just one batter and walked four, but it was good enough to put him in line for the win. Anderson was at 102 pitches when he left the ballgame, so he likely didn't have much left, anyway. After all the injuries he has dealt with in recent seasons, fortunately this one seems minor.
Hector Sanchez was removed from Friday's game against the Dodgers after taking a foul tip off his mask.
Sanchez looked to be noticeably woozy while sitting in the dugout the next half inning before Buster Posey replaced him behind the dish. He'll undoubtedly be run through the standard concussion protocol, so don't expect to see him back in the Giants lineup for at least the next few days.
Billy Butler hit a pinch-hit go-ahead two-run homer in a 6-4 win over the Indians on Friday night.
The clutch blast came with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning. It was just his fourth home run of the season. While the 28-year-old played the role of hero for the Royals on this night, he's been one of the game's most disappointing players with a weak .266/.320/.353 batting line.
Aaron Crow worked a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the Indians for his second save of the season.
Crow worked around a one-out leadoff double from Yan Gomes to finish off the win. Greg Holland was unavailable Friday after pitching the previous three days, but he should be good to go for Saturday.