Nick Ahmed went 0-for-3 before being removed for a pinch-hitter Friday against the Pirates.
Ahmed is quite the defender, but he's batting .128 with one extra-base hit, one RBI and one run scored through 47 at-bats. He can't remain quite this bad, but he's likely to be the NL's worst offensive regular for however long the Diamondbacks stick with him.
Devon Travis hit a solo home run in Friday's loss to the Rays.
That's home runs in back-to-back games for the infielder. He had been dealing with a rib injury suffered after he was hit by a pitch on April 19, but appears to be swinging fine. Though the Blue Jays went on to lose 12-3, they must be thrilled to have Travis back in the lineup. In the early going, he's hitting .375/.435/.732 with five home runs, 16 RBI and 12 runs scored.
R.A. Dickey was absolutely lit up by the Rays on Friday, surrendering eight runs (seven earned) on nine hits in just 4 2/3 innings.
Dickey entered the fourth inning holding a 2-0 lead. That didn't last long, as James Loney and Rene Rivera both hit two-run bombs off the veteran knuckle-baller. It worsened in the fifth, as Dickey allowed five more Rays to touch the plate. There was no big hit in that frame, just a slow, cruel trickle of sacrifice flies, run-scoring ground-outs and run-scoring fielding errors. When the dust settled, he had allowed seven earned runs on nine hits. While the ghastly outing pumped his ERA to 5.25, it should be noted that he entered the game with a 3.26 mark. He's posted an ERA north of 4.00 just one time in the last five seasons. It's not going to get any easier in his next outing, though, as he'll face a potent Red Sox team on the road.
Drew Smyly pitched 4 2/3 innings of two-run ball in Friday's win over the Blue Jays.
Smyly missed most of April with tendinitis in his pitching shoulder and the Rays played it cautiously on Friday, pulling him after 79 pitches. Devon Travis touched him up for a solo home run in the fourth inning and Danny Valencia added an RBI single in the same frame, but Smyly didn't allow any damage beyond that. Last season, he boasted a 3.24 ERA and 1.163 WHIP over 153 innings between the Tigers and Rays. It should take a few starts for the 25-year-old to stretch out his arm, but it looks like he's on a good track. He'll continue that process when he heads to Fenway to take on the Red Sox in his next start.
Yasiel Puig is listed as day-to-day after aggravating his left hamstring during Friday's game.
While it's a day-to-day situation again, one wonders if the Dodgers might want to stick him on the DL this time in order to get him back at 100 percent next time. He already missed four games with the hamstring earlier in the week. Andre Ethier will probably get the start on Saturday.
Hanley Ramirez hit a solo home run in Friday's win over the Orioles.
Ramirez went back-to-back with teammate David Ortiz in the fifth inning. He would finish the game 2-for-5. The former Red Sox prospect-turned-Dodger-turned Red Sox player is loving life in Boston right now and is slashing .274/.333/.565 with five home runs, 13 RBI and 11 runs scored.
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.