Marco Estrada earned his sixth victory of the season on Friday, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits over six innings against the Orioles.
Estrada racked up six strikeouts on the night while issuing a pair of walks. The O's got to him early, with a two-run double from Mark Trumbo in the first inning, but the right-hander was able to settle in nicely afterwards. He has been tremendous for the Jays this season, registering a 3.02 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 108/42 K/BB ratio across 116 1/3 innings. He'll take on the Astros his next time out in Houston on Wednesday.
Manny Machado clubbed his 22nd home run of the season on Friday, but it wasn't enough to lead the Orioles past the Blue Jays.
Machado's solo shot came in the eighth inning and pulled the O's to within a run at 6-5, but that would be as close as they would get. He finished the night 1-for-2 plus a pair of walks and scored three of his club's five total runs. Machado is now slashing .309/.370/.554 with 22 homers and 58 RBI on the year.
Kevin Gausman was hammered in a losing effort against the Blue Jays on Friday night, allowing six runs on six hits in only three innings.
The right-hander walked three and struck out four in the ballgame. The Jays jumped on him early in this one, with Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and Troy Tulowitzki each belting solo homers in the first inning. They pushed across three more runs in the third inning to chase Gausman. Now 2-8 on the season, he'll bring a 4.18 ERA and 1.32 WHIP into Thursday's start against the Rangers.
Red Sox manager John Farrell indicated Friday that David Ortiz is likely to sit on Saturday.
It'll be a well-deserved day of rest for the veteran slugger against Angels left-hander Hector Santiago. The 40-year-old is having perhaps his finest season as a pro, slashing .325/.417/.657 with 25 homers and 84 RBI in 93 games.
Eduardo Nunez has arrived in San Francisco and will be available off of the bench for Friday's game against the Nationals.
He'll make his first start with his new club on Saturday. The All-Star shortstop was hitting .296 with 12 homers, 47 RBI and 26 stolen bases with the Twins prior to Thursday's trade.
Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Rays have had recent trade talks with the Dodgers and could be involved as the third team in a potential deal with the Reds.
A potential three-team deal that would send Jay Bruce to the Dodgers appears to be gaining traction, with Yasiel Puig likely heading out the door in that scenario. Where there's this much smoke, there's usually fire, so stay tuned to see how this one develops.
Brad Ziegler is unavailable should a save situation arise on Friday against the Angels.
Ziegler had a rough night on Thursday, blowing a save in the ninth inning in the opening game against the Halos. Matt Barnes would get the call should the Red Sox have a lead to protect in the ninth inning on Friday.
Todd Frazier was a late scratch from the White Sox starting lineup on Friday due to flu-like symptoms.
Fantasy owners will be sad to miss out on a matchup against Ricky Nolasco. Tyler Saladino will start in his place at third base and bat eighth for the White Sox.