Week That Was: Yankee Shake Up

Week That Was: Yankee Shake Up
Nick Nelson reflects on the week's biggest MLB news, including Castillo's debut, Gennett's demotion and Whitley's surgery.
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Rays pitching prospect Blake Snell had his scoreless streak snapped at 49 innings Saturday for Double-A Montgomery.

He allowed his first run of the season in the first inning but held Tennessee scoreless over his next five frames. Snell finished the outing with a career-high 12 strikeouts. Montgomery didn't score until the eighth inning, leaving Snell with a no-decision. Opponents have hit .124 against the left-hander this season.
Source: MILB.com
May 24 - 4:15 PM

Sonny Gray got the win with five scoreless inning but exited the Athletics' 7-2 victory against the Rays with an injury on Sunday.

Gray was hit on the right ankle with a comebacker. Thankfully, X-rays were negative. He scattered four hits with no walks and four strikeouts on the afternoon, lowering his ERA to 1.77 with a 1.00 WHIP and a 61/18 K/BB ratio in 66 innings. Gray will likely be able to make his next start at home against the Yankees.
May 24 - 4:13 PM

Tom Koehler held the Orioles in check on Sunday, surrendering just one run on three hits over 6 1/3 innings.

Koehler's currently starting for Jarred Cosart (vertigo) and has pitched admirably in his extended spot duty. The only run he allowed against the Orioles came on a Jimmy Paredes sacrifice fly in the sixth inning. He also struck out three and walked four in the contest. Obviously, the walk number isn't good, but the 28-year-old right-hander managed to work his way around the free passes. He's scheduled to take a 3.44 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 38/21 K/BB ratio (in 55 innings) on the road against the Rockies next time out.
May 24 - 4:13 PM

Matt Harrison (back) is scheduled to make another start in extended spring training on Thursday.

He threw four scoreless innings in an extended spring game on Saturday and will work five frames his next time out. If all goes well, he could then be cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment. Harrison is looking to return to the Rangers rotation in mid-June.
May 24 - 4:12 PM

Miguel Gonzalez struggled mightily against the Marlins on Sunday, surrendering five runs on ten hits in just four innings pitched.

Saturday's match-up between these two teams didn't see a run until the Marlins won on a single in the bottom of the 13th inning. The Marlins decided not to wait around against Gonzalez on Sunday, battering him for 10 hits in just five innings and scoring solitary runs in the second, third and fifth innings, plus two in the fourth. Gonzalez struck out two and walked three in the unimpressive start and now holds a 5-3 record, 3.83 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 44/22 K/BB ratio in 54 innings. A home date with the Rays awaits next time he takes to the mound.
May 24 - 4:12 PM

Erasmo Ramirez struggled in a loss to the Athletics on Sunday, serving up five runs in six innings of work.

Ramirez had trouble finding the plate, issuing five walks. The damage was mostly done via the home run, allowing a first-inning leadoff home run to Billy Burns and a three-run blast to Mark Canha in the sixth inning. He gave up five hits and struck out four on the afternoon. Across five starts and seven relief appearances, Ramirez has a poor 6.62 ERA with a 1.33 WHIP and a 29/16 K/BB ratio in 35 1/3 innings. He'll face the Orioles at Camden Yards next weekend.
May 24 - 4:11 PM

Taijuan Walker was touched up for four runs over just 5 2/3 innings in Sunday's loss to the Blue Jays.

Things started out well enough for Walker, as he held the Jays off the scoreboard for the first four innings. That's when things unraveled, with both Ryan Goins and Edwin Encarnacion taking him deep in the fifth. Walker walked four on the day while yielding six hits. The youngster will take a disappointing 7.33 ERA into next weekend's start against the Indians.
May 24 - 4:10 PM

Stephen Vogt went 0-for-1 with a pair of walks and a pair of sacrifice flies to help the Athletics beat the Rays on Sunday.

Vogt made it 2-0 with a third-inning sacrifice fly, then added another in the ninth inning to make it 7-2. The catcher is likely headed to a spot on the American League All-Star roster, batting .306/.408/.605 with 10 home runs and 33 RBI.
May 24 - 4:08 PM
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