Eduardo Rodriguez (knee) fired seven innings of one-run ball Tuesday in a rehab start at Triple-A Pawtucket.
Rodriguez struck out seven, walked none, and surrendered only four hits over his seven impressive frames. It was a very encouraging outing from the 23-year-old left-hander, who had to be scratched from a rehab start last week due to renewed soreness in his injured right knee. He's back on track now, though there's no exact timetable for his 2016 debut in Boston.
Aaron Loup (elbow) threw another scoreless inning Tuesday night at Triple-A Buffalo.
Loup got roughed up in his rehab debut May 14 at High-A Dunedin, but he's made four scoreless appearances since with four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings. The left-hander should be cleared to join Toronto's bullpen this weekend. He's been out all year because of a flexor strain in his pitching elbow.
Devon Travis (shoulder) went 1-for-5 with an RBI double in his ninth minor league rehab game Tuesday with Triple-A Buffalo.
That was his fourth double since he began playing in rehab games on May 13 and he's now batting .306/.316/.417 with eight RBI in 38 plate appearances between High-A Dunedin and Buffalo. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons insisted Saturday that Travis, coming off major shoulder surgery, would not be rushed back to the active major league roster. But we will probably see him debut over the weekend if everything continues to go smoothly.
Matt Thornton (heel) pitched a scoreless inning Tuesday in a rehab appearance with High-A Lake Elsinore.
Much better than his rehab debut Saturday, when he yielded two hits and an unearned run in one inning of work. Thornton is on track to join the Padres' bullpen this weekend in Arizona after missing the first eight weeks of the 2016 season with Achilles tendinitis. The veteran left-hander had a cool 2.18 ERA in 41 1/3 innings of relief last season for the Nationals.
Leonys Martin hit a walk-off two-run home run in Tuesday's 6-5 win over the A's.
Martin had just one hit on the evening, but boy howdy, it was a big one. Down 5-4 with one on and two outs in the ninth inning, the 28-year-old outfielder stood as the Mariners' last line of defense against a probable loss. He would make sure that no defeat came their way, cracking a two-run walk-off dinger to deep right off A's closer Ryan Madson to end the game. Of lesser import, the homer pushed Martin to an eight-game hitting streak. He is slashing .259/.337/.483 with nine homers, 19 RBI and seven steals over 143 at-bats. The nine homers already stand as a career best for Martin.
Ryan Madson was crushed for a two-run, walk-off home run by Leonys Martin in Tuesday's 6-5 loss to the Mariners.
The A's took a 5-2 lead after six innings and looked poised for the win, but a two-run home run by Robinson Cano in the eighth drew the M's to within 5-4 and set the stage for a very, very sudden collapse by Madson in the ninth inning. After recording the first two outs in the frame, the A's closer surrendered a double to Nori Aoki. Next batter up was Martin and, as the saying goes, the rest was history. Madson still holds a 2.66 ERA (it was 1.83 before Tuesday's fateful homer) and is 11-for-13 in save chances.
Nathan Karns was unable to earn his fifth victory of the season in taking a no-decision against the A's on Tuesday, surrendering three runs on five hits over five-plus innings.
Karns came out to start the sixth inning and immediately ran into trouble, allowing back-to-back singles to Stephen Vogt and Danny Valencia. He was lifted for reliever Nick Vincent at that point, with Vincent subsequently allowing a sacrifice fly to Khris Davis to account for the third and final run on Karns' line. For the season, the 28-year-old right-hander holds a 3.53 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 51/20 K/BB ratio over nine starts (51 innings). A Memorial Day home date with the Padres shows next on his schedule.
Kendall Graveman surrendered two runs on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings in Tuesday's no-decision against the Mariners.
Graveman struck out three and walked two on the evening. He allowed an RBI double to Robinson Cano in the first inning and an RBI single to Nelson Cruz in the third, but otherwise came away unscathed in terms of scoring damage. The 25-year-old right-hander owns an uncomfortable 5.36 ERA, 1.60 WHIP and 36/19 K/BB ratio over 47 innings. A home start against the Twins shows next on his schedule.