Trevor Bauer allowed two runs over seven innings and struck out 10 against the Mariners on Friday.
Bauer has pitched at least seven innings in four starts starts, giving up five runs over 29 1/3 innings during that span. He did take the loss tonight, but his ERA is down to 2.97.
Batting cleanup for the first time this season, Seth Smith homered and walked against the Indians on Friday.
The Mariners hit Nelson Cruz third tonight with Robinson Cano sitting again, leaving Smith to hit cleanup. Even though it worked, we wouldn't expect Smith to remain there Saturday.
Sonny Gray pitched eight innings of two-run ball to beat the Yankees on Friday.
It's the ninth time in 11 starts this season that Gray has allowed two runs or fewer. He's looking like a legitimate AL Cy Young contender with his 6-2 record and 1.82 ERA.
Brett Lawrie hit his fourth homer Friday in the win over the Yankees.
Lawrie is batting .296 in May after coming in at .229 in April. Still, we'd be more encouraged if it didn't come with a 27/3 K/BB ratio. Incidentally, that's identical to his mark from April. He actually has a 44/2 K/BB ratio against righties and a 10/4 K/BB ratio versus lefties.
Brian McCann homered in a fourth straight start Friday against the Athletics.
The incredible thing is that the last two homers have come in road games in Oakland. Prior to Thursday, 25 of his 29 homers as a Yankee had come in the Bronx.
Hector Santiago blanked the Tigers for 7 1/3 innings Friday in the Angels' 2-0 victory.
Santiago allowed three hits, walked three and struck out seven in his fifth straight quality start. His peripherals aren't nearly as impressive as his 2.18 ERA, but something about his 89-93 mph fastball is getting him a lot of easy outs.
Anibal Sanchez struck out nine while allowing two runs in seven innings Friday against the Angels.
Sanchez took his sixth loss, but this still qualifies as an encouraging outing, even if he did give up his 12th homer of the season to Albert Pujols. It's the third time in four starts that he's struck out at least nine.
Albert Pujols finished 3-for-4 with a homer against the Tigers on Friday.
Homers in back-to-back games have given Pujols 10 for the year. Incredibly, he still has just 20 RBI, even though he's been hitting behind Mike Trout all season. One imagines he'll come around there, though.