Desmond Jennings went 0-for-4 in Saturday's loss to the Yankees.
Jennings was far from the only one scuffling in the contest, as the Rays as a team collected just three hits. He's off to a slow start in 2015 and is currently hitting just .195/.306/.195. In 41 at-bats, he has just eight hits, none for extra bases. Jennings isn't as bad a hitter as the early season numbers say, but the once-heralded prospect has yet to put together the kind of power-speed season that scouts envisioned for him. To this point, his season-best for home runs was 14 in 2013 and his season best for steals was 31 in 2012. His steal totals have dropped each of the last three seasons.
Chris Young hit a seventh inning grand slam to lead the Yankees to a 9-0 victory over the Rays on Saturday.
Young hit the two-out slam off of former closer Grant Balfour in the seventh inning, capping off a seven-run frame. The home run, Young's third of the season, doubled his season RBI total to eight. He's now slashing .276/.344/.690. While those are shiny numbers, Young's fantasy value is capped by the fact that he's only a decent play against left-handed pitching. The last time he had a season with 20 home runs was in 2011. Deeper mixed leagues without weekly locks might consider him, though.
Rays designated RHP Grant Balfour for assignment.
It's a curious move as the Rays still owe Balfour almost $7 million. Either way, this is one signing Tampa Bay would like to forget. The usually cash-concious Rays splurged for a closer last offseason, only to find Balfour's best years were behind him. He imploded Saturday against the Yankees, giving up three runs in 2/3 of an inning. The 37-year-old will probably land another big league job, but he's getting close to the finish line.
Jake Odorizzi struck out nine batters and allowed three runs over six innings in Saturday's 9-0 loss to the Yankees.
Despite another good outing he was unable to come away with the win, as Masahiro Tanaka completely dominated Odorizzi's offensive teammates. A Brian McCann RBI triple(!) in the sixth inning broke a scoreless tie. Despite the ultimate team loss, Odorizzi is off to one of the best starts in the majors. His ERA sits at a sterling 1.75 and he's allowed just nine hits over 20 1/3 innings. The 25-year-old has struck out 19 over that same stretch. He'll try to continue his high-strikeout ways against the Blue Jays.
Rays purchased the contract of RHP Brandon Gomes from Triple-A Durham.
Grant Balfour, owed $7 million, was removed from the 40-man roster on Saturday night after getting rocked by the Yankees. Gomes will take that spot and pitch in a middle relief role. The 30-year-old right-hander showed good promise this spring in the Grapefruit League.
Masahiro Tanaka tossed seven shutout innings while striking out eight in Saturday's 9-0 win over the Rays.
For the first time this season, Tanaka looked like his old self. He gave up just two hits and did not walk a batter, throwing just 85 pitches in seven innings before letting the Yankee bullpen finish off the win. As has been well-documented and thoroughly, thoroughly discussed in the New York media, Tanaka is trying to pitch with a partially torn ligament in his right elbow. While Saturday's was by far the most encouraging start we've seen from the ace, it's still not clear what Tanaka's numbers will look like over the course of a long season. In this case, the cliche "one game at a time" might actually be apt. At the very least, his beautifully efficient outing against the Rays is a sign that not every start will be of the four-run, five-inning variety. He'll face the Tigers in his next outing.
Travis d'Arnaud hit a solo home run in Saturday's win over the Mets.
The catcher finished the game 1-for-4 with the home run and solitary RBI. It was his second homer of the season and his ninth RBI. D'Arnaud is slashing .289/.317/.526 to this point. Last season, he hit 13 home runs in 421 at-bats, a number that certainly looks obtainable as he moves through his age-26 season.
Dee Gordon hit a double and four singles in Saturday's loss to the Mets.
Despite a late comeback attempt, Gordon and his teammates were unable to secure the win. He's been one of the lone bright spots for the Marlins and is now hitting .400/.415/.520. Gordon's also been caught stealing four times in just 12 games, though he runs so often that this isn't a huge surprise. He was thrown out 19 times last season, against 64 swipes. Gordon won't supply much power, but he'll give you the speed and runs in spades, plus a nice average.