Dustin McGowan yielded three runs in four innings Thursday in a no-decision against the Twins.
McGowan walked four tonight. He was terrific against the Orioles last week, but he's been ineffective in his other two starts to date. Given the likelihood of an injury down the line, he doesn't have much value in AL-only leagues.
Sergio Santos completely lost the strike zone after taking over in the eighth inning on Thursday, walking all three Twins he faced and taking his first blown save.
Unfortunately, the Blue Jays had already ran through all of their decent bullpen options when Santos imploded. As a result, J.A. Happ was brought in to try to stop the bleeding, yet he only made it worse, walking three batters of his own in what ended up being a six-run inning. Santos, for his part, never walked in a run. Instead, he threw three run-scoring wild pitches, which is a pretty amazing feat. Just four of his 16 pitches were strikes. Santos entered the game 4-for-4 in save chances and with three walks on the season, none in his last three appearances. Hopefully, this was just one big fluke. If not, then the Blue Jays will be forced to go to Steve Delabar and Aaron Loup in save chance.
Brian Dozier went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, a walk, two steals and three runs scored in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader.
Dozier is hitting just .207, but who cares? He has five homers, 13 walks and four steals in 15 games, which is why he's already scored 18 runs from the leadoff spot.
DHing both games because of a tight hamstring, Colby Rasmus went 2-for-9 against the Twins on Thursday.
Rasmus was 0-for-5 with two strikeouts in the nightcap. He had been on a nice little hot streak prior to his absence, going 7-for-16 with three homers in four games.
CC Sabathia limited the Rays to two runs -- one earned -- in seven innings for a victory on Thursday.
Sabathia did give up his sixth homer of the year, but he allowed fewer than four runs for the first time in four starts. It's helped him keep the Yankees in games that he's walked a total of five batters in 26 innings. He's not going to overpower anyone any longer, so it's imperative that he stay away from the free passes.
David Price gave up six runs and two homers in five innings versus the Yankees in his first loss Thursday.
Price gave up six earned runs for just the seventh time in 151 major league starts, and with the way the Rays are hitting these days, there wasn't much change of the offense bailing him out. Mark it down as an off night for the 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner.
Alfonso Soriano went 3-for-5 and hit his fourth homer Thursday versus the Rays.
The homer tonight was a solo shot off David Price. After opening the season 0-for-16, Soriano is 15-for-42 with four homers in his last 10 games.
Yangervis Solarte hit his first major league homer Thursday off the Rays' Grant Balfour.
Solarte, who had cooled off in recent days, also doubled and singled tonight. The homer, which came with the Yankees already up 8-2, gave Solarte his first run scored in 10 days and his first ribbies in nine days.