Chris Archer improved to 5-4 on the year after holding the Athletics to one run over 5 1/3 innings on Friday.
The only run scored on a solo homer from Stephen Vogt in the fourth inning. Archer gave up six hits and four walks while striking out eight batters, so his pitch count added up quickly. He has now walked four batters in three out of his last five starts, but still owns a quality 2.40 ERA and 70/20 K/BB ratio in 60 innings over 10 starts.
Scott Kazmir gave up three runs (two earned) over 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the Rays on Friday.
The only damage was a three-run homer by Evan Longoria in the bottom of the fifth inning, but it was enough to put him on the losing side. Kazmir struck out four and walked three in the loss and remains winless over his last seven starts. He'll try to snap the streak in a start against the Tigers next week.
Brad Boxberger notched a one-out save in Friday's 5-2 win over the Athletics.
Ernesto Frieri went into the top of the ninth with a four-run lead, but he was pulled after allowing two hits and a sacrifice fly. However, Boxberger struck out Stephen Vogt swinging to lock down the victory. He's 13-for-13 in save chances this season to go along with a 1.10 ERA and 24/6 K/BB ratio in 16 1/3 innings. Jake McGee is back from the DL, but Rays manager Kevin Cash is still going to give Boxberger opportunities.
Evan Longoria went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer, a walk, and his first stolen base of the season Friday against the Athletics.
Longoria has now hit safely in nine out of his last 10 games, but his batting average has actually gone down from .283 to .282 during that time. He currently has five home runs, which puts him on pace for his worst power season since his injury-plagued season in 2012.
Steven Souza smacked a solo homer and stole a base against the Athletics on Friday.
Souza also drew a walk and scored twice. The 26-year-old is hitting just .229 on the year and has struck out in 38 percent of his plate appearances, but he's remained useful in fantasy leagues with seven home runs and seven stolen bases.
Stephen Vogt launched a solo homer in Friday's loss to the Rays.
It was his 10th home run of the season and his first since May 12. With a .309/.408/.610 batting line to go along with 31 RBI, the 30-year-old has been the top fantasy catcher so far this season.
Yasmani Grandal was forced to leave Friday's game against the Padres after being hit in the head by Yangervis Solarte's backswing.
Grandal attempted to remain in the game but had to be replaced by A.J. Ellis to start the fifth inning. He's likely to be evaluated for a possible concussion. Consider him day-to-day.
Ryan Braun homered and drove home four runs on Friday, leading the Brewers in an 11-0 rout over the Braves in Atlanta.
Braun got the Brewers started with a bang, blasting a two-run homer off Eric Stults in the first inning. He finished the night 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles and also drew a walk, reaching safely in all four of his plate appearances. After a slow start to the season, he has come on strong in recent weeks and is now slashing .273/.346/.538 with 11 homers and 33 RBI.