Felix Hernandez pitched his 10th career shutout Friday as the Mariners beat the Twins 2-0.
Hernandez struck out nine and walked none in the five-hitter. All of the Twins' hits were singles, and they made him throw just 102 pitches in his nine innings. Not only was the shutout his first since 2012, but it was actually his first complete game since his last shutout; he never went the distance in his near-Cy Young campaign last year.
Phil Hughes took a complete-game loss after giving up two runs in eight innings Friday against the Mariners.
Hughes did his usual thing, and the Twins did their usual thing. The right-hander is now 0-4 despite a 22/2 K/BB ratio in 26 2/3 innings. He has a 4.39 ERA, but that's partly because the Twins outfield defense is so brutal.
Logan Morrison hit his first homer Friday off the Twins' Phil Hughes.
Morrison hadn't had an extra-base hit or an RBI in 51 at-bats entering this one. On the other hand, he's struck out just six times, so one would think the hits would start coming soon. The Mariners don't really have another first baseman, so they'll be slow to pull the plug on Morrison if his slump lingers. They could put Seth Smith there if necessary.
David Ortiz hit a three-run home run in Friday's win over the Orioles.
Big Papi hit the fifth-inning shot off of Oriole starter Miguel Gonzalez. He also chipped in a single, finishing 2-for-5. The home run was his fourth of the season and upped his RBI total to eight. While he's slashing just .211/.324/.439, we've seen Ortiz go through so many poor Aprils that it's hard to read much into the early numbers. Some guys just don't hit well at this time of the year.
Brian Dozier went 0-for-4 and struck out three times in Friday's loss to the Mariners.
Moving Dozier into the cleanup spot hasn't done the Twins any good; he's 5-for-28 with two RBI in eight games there. He should be the team's second best OBP guy behind Joe Mauer, so it'd certainly make more sense to have him batting first or second. Ideally, he'd hit first and Danny Santana would be dropped to the ninth spot.
Yasiel Puig exited Friday's game in the sixth inning with an apparent leg injury.
Puig got hit on the left knee in the first and was down for a couple of minutes before staying in. Still, that might not have been the reason for his absence; he seemed to have a different issue with his leg while running to first base in the sixth. Perhaps his hamstring was acting up again. Either way, he'd seem to be day-to-day.
Yasiel Puig was removed from Friday's game against the Padres with an apparent leg injury.
Puig pulled up with what seemed to be some sort of leg injury while running to first base in the sixth inning. He then limped to the dugout and immediately headed to the clubouse. He was also hit by a pitch in his knee earlier in the ballgame and has battled a hamstring issue in recent days. The team should have an update on his status after Friday's game.
Chris Davis hit a solo home run in the eighth inning of Friday's loss to the Red Sox.
Davis' solo homer off of Junichi Tazawa in the eighth inning drew the Orioles to within 7-5, but they were unable to muster another run off the Red Sox bullpen. The home run was his third of the season, the RBI his eighth. He would finish 1-for-3 with two runs scored, plus a walk and a strikeout. Davis has now struck out 27 times in 16 games. He'll crank a fair number of home runs, but given his propensity to whiff, his average figures to remain in the low-.200's.