Chris Sale struck out 12 in 7 2/3 scoreless innings Friday in the White Sox's 3-0 win over the Angels.
Poor C.J. Wilson got matched up with Sale for the second time in six days and took another tough loss. Sale allowed just four hits and struck out 19 while pitching 16 2/3 scoreless innings over the course of the two outings. He's allowed one run in 24 career innings against the Angels.
Alex Rios went 2-for-3 with a homer and a walk Friday, extending his hitting streak to 12 games.
Rios opened the season on fire, homering in four straight games from April 5-9 and collecting hits in 10 straight. A three-week slump followed, but he's gotten it going against lately. The homer tonight was his fourth during his hitting streak.
Erick Aybar went 0-for-4 in Friday's loss and is just 11-for-51 this month.
That .216 average is also his on-base percentage for the month, since his one walk this season came on April 30. He's also 0-for-1 stealing bases this month. Aybar is only back in the leadoff spot because Peter Bourjos is hurt. He'll probably be dropped to seventh or lower once Bourjos is activated.
Adam Rosales hit a go-ahead homer off James Shields in the eighth in Oakland's 2-1 defeat of Kansas City on Friday.
The A's had been going with Eric Sogard against righties and Rosales against lefties, but Rosales drew the assignment against Shields tonight and came through with the big blast. As poorly as Sogard has hit, the A's will probably go with Rosales regularly for now.
Jarrod Parker pitched seven innings of one-run ball in a no-decision against the Royals on Friday.
The A's didn't go ahead until the bottom of the eighth, so Parker was denied the win after his best performance so far this season. He struck out five and walked two tonight. After opening up 0-4 with an 8.10 ERA, he's 2-1 with a 4.07 ERA his last four times out.
James Shields took a complete-game loss after giving up two runs in eight innings Friday against the A's.
Shields struck out nine, matching his season high. Unfortunately, he gave up his fifth and sixth homers of the season. Shields dropped to 2-4 on the season. The Royals have scored a total of five runs in his four losses.
Yoenis Cespedes went 0-for-4 on Friday to drop under the Mendoza Line at .198.
Cespedes has just four hits and one RBI in his last 10 games. His slump hasn't included many strikeouts -- in fact, he's gone six straight games without one -- but he might be fighting some lingering weakness from his illness earlier this week.
Jordan Pacheco went 2-for-5 with a grand slam and five RBI in Friday's 10-9 win over the Giants.
Pacheco had an RBI ground out in the bottom of the second inning while his fifth-inning grand slam broke a 5-5 tie. With a .313/.360/.410 batting line over 26 games this season, the 27-year-old continues to be a useful player for Colorado. Todd Helton isn't a good bet to hold up and will require regular rest no matter what, so Pacheco should continue to have value in NL-only leagues.