Desmond Jennings had a miserable night at the plate in Friday's loss to the Angels, going 0-for-5 with a pair of strikeouts.
The final strikeout was particularly disheartening, as the Rays loaded the bases to start the ninth inning before he whiffed against Huston Street. It has been a disappointing season for the dynamic young outfielder, slashing .238/.323/.381 with nine homers, 28 RBI and 13 swipes.
Anthony Ranaudo picked up his first major league win on Friday, allowing two runs in six innings against the Yankees.
Not only was it his first major league win, it was his first major league start, and it came against the Yankees no less. He walked four and recorded two strikeout. Carlos Beltran accounted for both runs against Ranaudo, with a solo home run in the fourth and RBI single in the sixth. Ranaudo is one of the beneficiaries of Boston's decision to do away with almost their entire rotation. The 6'7" righty had recorded a 2.41 ERA and a 12-4 record through 21 starts at Triple-A Pawtucket.
Jeremy Hellickson was hit hard in Friday's loss to the Angels, allowing four runs on six hits over his four innings of work.
Hellickson struck out four and walked two on the night. He has shown inconsistency in his return from the disabled list, registering a 3.29 ERA, 1.61 WHIP and 11/5 K/BB ratio over 13 2/3 innings. He'll do battle against the Athletics his next time out in Oakland on Wednesday.
Giancarlo Stanton hit his 26th home run of the season, going for 1-for-3 in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Reds.
Stanton hit the eighth inning tater off Jonathan Broxton. Unfortunately for the Marlins, it was just a solo shot when they were already down 4-1. The RBI was Stanton's 74th of the year. Stanton remains one of the most dangerous bats in the bigs, and he's slashing .293/.394/.552 on the season.
Mat Latos allowed only one run over seven innings against the Marlins on Friday.
Latos struck out five, walked four and surrendered five hits. The lone Marlin run off Latos was knocked in on a Jordany Valdespin RBI single in the fifth. That's two starts in a row in which Latos has walked four, but his ERA still sits at a nice 3.07. He'll take on the Indians and try to improve on this one.
Jesus Guzman was removed from Friday's game against the Blue Jays due to back spasms.
Guzman had been 1-for-2 with an RBI single before departing. He has been abysmal at the plate this season, slashing a meager .200/.275/.269 with just eight RBI.
Jarred Cosart gave up four runs in five and a third innings in his first start for the Marlins on Friday, a 5-2 loss to the Reds.
Acquired from the Astros on Thursday, Jarred Cosart was cruising until the sixth, when the Reds scored three of their four runs. The big blow was a two-run double by Ryan Ludwick. Cosart was pulled after just 82 pitches. He struck out four and walked three. With the Astros, he held a 4.41 ERA. Cosart is scheduled to face the Pirates in his next start.
Asdrubal Cabrera went 0-for-4 on Friday in his first game with the Nationals.
No shame in that for Cabrera, as most of his new teammates weren't doing much better in Friday's 2-1 loss to the Phillies. Cabrera started at second base and batted seventh. With the Indians, he hit to the tune of .246/.305/.386.