David Phelps tossed seven innings of one-run ball in a 7-2 win over the Blue Jays on Saturday.
It was the longest outing of his career. Phelps scattered six hits while walking three and notching eight strikeouts. The only run scored on an RBI single by Colby Rasmus in the fourth inning. Phelps has allowed two runs or fewer in each of his last three starts and owns a 3.83 ERA and 46/18 K/BB ratio over 42 1/3 innings of work this season. He's gaining momentum in fantasy leagues.
Brandon Morrow yielded five runs in five innings Saturday in a loss to the Yankees.
Recently sidelined due to back and neck tightness, this was his first start since May 5. Morrow gave up seven hits, including a pair of two-run home runs to Robinson Cano. He struck out two and walked none in the loss and now owns a 5.16 ERA through eight starts this season. He'll hope for better results next week against the Orioles.
Robinson Cano launched a pair of two-run homers in Saturday's win over the Blue Jays.
It was the 12th multi-homer game of his career and his second of the season. The 30-year-old is now tied for the American League lead with 12 homers. He's the cream of the crop among fantasy second baseman and could get even better as the Yankees' lineup gets healthier.
Travis Hafner (shoulder) clubbed a two-run homer in his return to action Saturday.
It sounds like his shoulder is fine. Hafner now has seven homers in 100 at-bats this season, including five in just 54 at-bats at Yankee Stadium. The 35-year-old is not a good bet to hold up, but he should continue to be a useful option in daily fantasy leagues.
Joe Mauer returned to the Twins' lineup Saturday.
Mauer was held out of Friday's game with lower back stiffness, but it was never a major concern. He's batting in the No. 2 spot Saturday and will serve as the designated hitter against the Red Sox.
Athletics activated OF Chris Young from the 15-day disabled list.
Young, sidelined since April 29, is finally healthy enough to return. With Josh Reddick on the DL and Seth Smith slumping, Young should see plenty of playing time in the Athletics' outfield.
Athletics designated 1B Daric Barton for assignment.
Barton is batting just .143 (3-for-21) in eight games with Oakland this season. He's doubtful to draw any interest on waivers and should return as organizational depth at Triple-A Sacramento.
Blue Jays promoted prospect right-hander John Stilson to Triple-A Buffalo.
The Blue Jays are currently using Ramon Ortiz in their starting rotation, so it's possible that Stilson could eventually become an option if he can prove he's healthy. The 22-year-old spent the first month of the season on the minor league DL, but earned the promotion by posting a 3.86 ERA in two appearances at Double-A New Hampshire. Given his history of shoulder injuries, Stilson may ultimately have to settle for a bullpen role.