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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.
Apr 25 - 12:34 AM

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.
Apr 25 - 12:33 AM

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.
Apr 25 - 12:31 AM

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.
Apr 25 - 12:31 AM

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.
Apr 25 - 12:29 AM

Logan Morrison hit his first homer Friday off the Twins' Phil Hughes.

Morrison hadn't had an extra-base hit or an RBI in 51 at-bats entering this one. On the other hand, he's struck out just six times, so one would think the hits would start coming soon. The Mariners don't really have another first baseman, so they'll be slow to pull the plug on Morrison if his slump lingers. They could put Seth Smith there if necessary.
Apr 25 - 12:27 AM

David Ortiz hit a three-run home run in Friday's win over the Orioles.

Big Papi hit the fifth-inning shot off of Oriole starter Miguel Gonzalez. He also chipped in a single, finishing 2-for-5. The home run was his fourth of the season and upped his RBI total to eight. While he's slashing just .211/.324/.439, we've seen Ortiz go through so many poor Aprils that it's hard to read much into the early numbers. Some guys just don't hit well at this time of the year.
Apr 25 - 12:26 AM

Brian Dozier went 0-for-4 and struck out three times in Friday's loss to the Mariners.

Moving Dozier into the cleanup spot hasn't done the Twins any good; he's 5-for-28 with two RBI in eight games there. He should be the team's second best OBP guy behind Joe Mauer, so it'd certainly make more sense to have him batting first or second. Ideally, he'd hit first and Danny Santana would be dropped to the ninth spot.
Apr 25 - 12:25 AM
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