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Brad Johnson covers the latest home run news including a ridiculous week from Gleyber Torres and a spotlight on a resurgent Yasiel Puig.
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Jaime Barria surrendered four runs on six hits over five innings in Saturday's win over the Yankees.

Barria, 21, was recalled from Triple-A for Saturday's outing. It was his sixth start in the big leagues to date. It began rather poorly. Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge took him deep back-to-back in the bottom of the first inning, while Austin Romine burned him for an off-the-foul-pole two-run shot in the second inning. That would be it in terms of the run-scoring action on Barria's line, though, and he settled in nicely for his final three frames of work. The young right-hander wrapped the evening having struck out four and walked one. In 30 1/3 innings with the big league club this year, Barria has pitched to a very respectable 2.97 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 24/8 K/BB ratio. It remains to be seen whether he'll start again next time through the rotation, but he's been sturdy enough when called upon this year.
May 26 - 10:51 PM

Sonny Gray was rocked for five runs on seven hits over 3 2/3 innings in Saturday's loss to the Angels.

Gray dominated the Royals over eight innings in his last start, in what appeared to be a strong step toward getting his season on track. Those results did not carry over to Saturday, at all. Mike Trout burned him for an RBI double to score Zack Cozart with nobody out in the first inning, but the Yankees offense had his back with four runs of their own through the first two innings. Holding a 4-1 lead in the third, Gray would run into his next spot of trouble, allowing two more runs -- one of which he walked in with the bases loaded -- before Trout ended his night with a two-run home run with two outs in the fourth inning. He finished his slog of an outing having struck out seven and walked three. Gray has consistently looked out of sync throughout the season, especially when he starts to run into trouble. He'll carry a 5.98 ERA and 1.71 WHIP into a road date with the Orioles next time out. Even given the upcoming opponent, it's hard to trust the right-hander at this juncture.
May 26 - 10:48 PM

Brandon Crawford went 2-for-3 with a double and a two-run home run to help the Giants edge the Cubs 5-4 on Saturday.

Crawford went yard in the fourth inning to get the Giants on the board, his sixth homer of the season. The multi-hit game was his third in his last six contests, leaving his overall line at a surprisingly robust .312/.358/.491 with 23 RBI and 20 runs scored. The traditionally (offensively) boring veteran has hit his way into MI relevance at this point.
May 26 - 10:46 PM

Kyle Schwarber went 2-for-4 with a double, a solo home run and two runs scored in Saturday's loss to the Giants.

Schwarber hit a big fly off Giants starter Chris Stratton in the third inning, his ninth dinger of the year. He's got hits in each of his last four games, a modest streak that's helped pull his May numbers out of the doldrums to at least a .237 average with two homers this month. A strong April has buoyed his overall numbers, leaving them at .257/.384/.515 with those nine homers, 21 RBI and 24 runs scored on the year.
May 26 - 10:42 PM

Andrew McCutchen went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored in Saturday's win over the Cubs.

Cutch had just three hits -- all in the same game -- in his previous 25 at-bats coming into the game, and the two-hit night raised his May average to .271. It's been a relatively quiet first year by the bay for the former All-Star, owner of a .239/.346/.378 line in 49 games. He's still gathering hits and contributing some counting stats, but it's clear that his best days are well behind him at this stage.
May 26 - 10:36 PM

Hunter Strickland tossed a perfect ninth inning Saturday against the Cubs to earn his 10th save of the season.

Strickland cut through pinch-hitter Tommy La Stella, the dangerous Javier Baez and the, uh, living Jason Heyward to close out the one-run win. He's now got a 2.38 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 22/6 K/BB ratio in 22 2/3 innings of work this year, and is 10-for-12 in save chances.
May 26 - 10:29 PM

Jose Quintana allowed four runs over 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Giants on Saturday.

The southpaw struck out six but gave up too many extra-base hits, yielding three doubles and a two-run homer among his five hits allowed. He also walked two while fanning six. Quintana has been oscillating between good and not-so-good starts basically all year, a trend that's resulted in a 5-4 record, 4.78 ERA and 1.48 WHIP through 10 starts. If you believe in patterns, then Quintana should fare well against the Mets in Queens on Thursday.
May 26 - 10:25 PM

Chris Stratton kept the Cubs to three runs through five innings, striking out six, in a win Saturday.

It was another middle-of-the-road turn for the right-hander, who's given up between three and five runs in each of his last five outings, but as he has in recent starts, he got the win despite the mediocre showing. He gave up four hits, including a pair of homers, and walked three in the contest. Stratton improved to 6-3 with a 4.97 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in 11 starts overall, and fantasy players shouldn't count on the wins to keep coming just because they have thus far. Stratton faces a tough Phillies club on Friday.
May 26 - 10:24 PM
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