Ian Kinsler had a nice night at the plate in Friday's loss to the Angels, going 3-for-5 with a run scored and two RBI.
Kinsler delivered a two-run single to start a five-run uprising in the seventh inning, but it was too-little, too-late for the Tigers. He's off to a phenomenal start at the plate with his new team, slashing .351/.373/.526 with two homers, eight RBI and three stolen bases.
Rajai Davis went 1-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and swiped his sixth base of the season in Friday's loss to the Angels.
Davis has seen more playing time than anticipated in the first month of the season due to the injury to Andy Dirks, and is making the most of his playing time. He's an elite source of stolen bases and is even hitting .325/.391/.400.
Drew Smyly struggled in his first start of the 2014 season, allowing four runs on six hits over just three innings in Friday’s loss to the Angels.
Smyly walked two and struck out a pair on the evening. Due to scheduled off-days and postponements, it took until April 18 for Smyly to make his first start in the Tigers rotation, and his highly anticipated debut didn’t quite go according to plan. He’ll look to turn things around when he takes on the White Sox at home on Wednesday
David Phelps was removed from Friday's game against the Rays after being hit by a line drive.
No word yet on the severity of the injury, but the team should have an update on his status shortly.
Aaron Harang threw seven no-hit innings in a win over the Mets on Friday.
Harang was pulled after throwing 121 pitches. Six walks cost him a chance to finish off the no-hit bid. The Mets finally got a hit when David Wright singled off Luis Avilan with two outs in the bottom of the eighth. Some questioned the Braves' decision to release Freddy Garcia and sign Harang at the end of spring training, but things have worked out brilliantly for the Braves so far. Through four starts, the 35-year-old has a 0.70 ERA and 22/12 K/BB ratio over 25 2/3 innings. He'll try to keep his surprising resurgence alive next week against the Marlins at home.
Jon Niese tossed six innings of one-run ball Friday in a loss to the Braves.
Niese was pulled for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the sixth inning, as the Mets were hitless at the time. The southpaw gave up four hits and three walks while striking out seven batters. The lone run scored on a Chris Johnson double in the second inning. While Niese fell to 0-2 on the year, he now has a 2.84 ERA and 16/5 K/BB ratio in 19 inning across three starts. He'll get the Cardinals next week at home.
Gonzalez Germen was charged with four runs on four hits and one walk over two-thirds of an inning Friday against the Braves.
An off night for Germen, who came into Friday's outing with 8 1/3 scoreless innings over his last six outings. The 26-year-old could be a sleeper for the closer role if (or when) Jose Valverde falters.
Freddie Freeman went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer in Friday's win over the Mets.
His ownership of the Mets continues. Freeman is hitting .390 (23-for-59) with five home runs and 12 RBI through 16 games this season and appears ready to emerge as an elite fantasy option.