Garrett Richards pitched seven innings of two-run ball Friday in defeating the Rangers.
Richards allowed just three hits, though that's pretty much what the Rangers average a game anyway. Still, his comeback from last year's knee injury is off to a nice start, and he remains a fine choice in mixed leagues with the A's next on the schedule.
Wandy Rodriguez yielded one run in five innings Friday against the Angels in his Rangers debut.
Rodriguez struck out five, but he also walked three, hit a batter and threw two wild pitches. It was still a mildly encouraging outing, but given that he's working for a bad team in a tough park for pitchers, he doesn't seem like a good bet in AL-only leagues.
Working the seventh with a one-run lead, Keone Kela gave up a two-run homer to the Angels on Friday, taking his first blown save and first loss.
Kela still has a decent enough 3.52 ERA, but he has allowed 10 hits and four walks over 7 2/3 innings, suggesting that he might not be ready for prime time just yet. The Rangers are still searching for their ideal setup combination in front of Neftali Feliz.
David Freese hit his fourth homer versus the Rangers in Friday's win.
It was a two-run shot off Keone Kela. Freese had just 10 homers in 134 games last year and nine in 138 games in 2013, so this has been quite the early outburst from him. We still wouldn't suggest picking him up in mixed leagues.
Tim Beckham hit his third home run of the season when he went yard against Jeff Francis in the seventh inning of Friday's romp over the Blue Jays.
Beckham's been a pinch-hit wizard, with both of his other homers this season coming off the bench. While Beckham did pinch-hit for David DeJesus against the Blue Jays on Friday, the home run came in his second at-bat. He finished the game 2-for-2 with two RBI and a run scored. A former No. 1 overall pick, his strong bench bat would probably be fun to own just for the sake of awesomeness. Over 36 AB's, he's hitting .278/.325/.583. It's not quite enough at-bats to say he's a must-add, but if he's floating on the waiver wire, keep an eye on him.
C.J. Cron went 3-for-4 with a double Friday against the Rangers.
With Josh Hamilton departing, this sure would be a good time for Cron to step up his game. He's currently batting .209 with one homer and just two walks in 43 at-bats. The Angels want Cron to be their DH and Matt Joyce to be their primary left fielder going forward, but they might need to end up replacing one of the two before the trade deadline.
James Loney hit a two-run home run off of R.A. Dickey in the fourth inning of Friday's blowout win over the Blue Jays.
Loney had not played since April 6th, as the first baseman's been recovering from a right oblique strain. He came back in style, swatting the big fly in the fourth inning of a game in which the Rays would score 12 runs on 13 hits. Loney hit .290/.386/.380 in 2014. He has a bit of pop in his bat, but he isn't worth owning in mixed leagues.
Jose Reyes went 0-for-3 in Friday's blowout loss to the Rays.
Reyes, who is dealing with a small fracture in his left rib, went hit-less against the Rays and has not recorded a hit in his last seven at-bats. Stretching beyond the last few games, he has just one hit since April 21, spanning 15 at-bats. While he has avoided a stay on the disabled list for the time being, it's not a surprise that the speedy shortstop has struggled of late. Reyes is hitting just .250/.268/.308 and has limited fantasy value until he starts getting on base more.