Masahiro Tanaka was charged with two runs over 6 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Red Sox on Friday.
Tanaka allowed just three hits while shutting down the Red Sox over the first six innings, but he unraveled in the seventh by giving up three hits, including a game-tying double to Jackie Bradley, Jr. He struck out five and walked none. Tanaka only has one win to his credit thus far, but he owns a 2.87 ERA through his first five starts and has allowed exactly two earned runs in all of them. He’ll face the Orioles on the road next time out.
Jackie Bradley delivered a two-run double Friday against the Yankees.
He doubled off Masahiro Tanaka to tie the game in the seventh before David Ortiz put the Red Sox in front with a two-run blast in the eighth. He’s made a habit out of big hits recently, including a go-ahead single on Sunday and a go-ahead solo homer on Monday. While he’s still just batting .244/.294/.397 overall, he has driven in six runs over his last six games.
Alex Rodriguez socked a solo homer Friday against the Red Sox.
He’s up to four home runs on the season and 691 for his career. Rodriguez has five hits (including two doubles and two home runs) over his last three games, so at least he’s showing some signs of life. The 40-year-old is batting .194/.286/.419 overall.
Avisail Garcia tweaked his hamstring during the final out of Friday's loss to the Orioles.
Garcia will be re-evaluated on Saturday, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him sit out on Saturday as a precautionary measure. He collected an RBI triple in Friday's game before suffering the injury.
Michael Saunders clobbered a pair of solo home runs on Friday, powering the Blue Jays to a 6-1 victory over the Rays in Tampa Bay.
Saunders tagged left-hander Drew Smyly (for the second time this season) for a solo blast in the third inning to open the scoring in the contest. He then launched another impressive drive off southpaw Dana Eveland in the eighth inning, increasing the Rays advantage to 3-0. Saunders has settled in nicely atop the Blue Jays lineup and is slashing an impressive .324/.377/.606 with four homers and eight RBI on the season.
Aaron Sanchez delivered an outstanding performance in Friday's victory over the Rays, racking up six strikeouts over seven scoreless innings of work.
Sanchez scattered six hits and a pair of walks on the night, never letting the Rays mount a serious threat against him. His transition to the starting rotation has gone incredibly well thus far, as Sanchez has compiled a 2.59 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 29/8 K/BB ratio over 30 1/3 innings, that despite allowing six runs in his last outing. He'll look to replicate this fine effort when he takes on the Rangers at home on Wednesday.
Brad Miller clubbed his second home run of the season as the Rays fell to the Blue Jays on Friday evening.
Miller's solo blast off Drew Storen in the eighth inning merely got the Rays on the board, barely cutting into a 6-0 deficit at the time. He also singled, finishing the night 2-for-3 plus a walk to raise his season slash to .172/.243/.344.
Drew Smyly pitched well in a losing effort against the Blue Jays on Friday, allowing two runs on two hits over six frames.
Smyly punched out eight on the evening while walking one. All of the damage against him came via solo home runs, with Michael Saunders hitting a solo blast in the third inning and Josh Donaldson replicating the feat in the sixth. Even against a strong offense that clubs left-handed pitching, Smyly continued his very strong start to the season. He'll carry an impressive 2.60 ERA, 0.69 WHIP and 41/6 K/BB ratio into Wednesday's matchup against the Dodgers.