John Jaso hit his first home run of the season Saturday against the Marlins.
It's been a brutal start to the year for the 33-year-old, as he's got just five hits in 39 at-bats. The homer came in the ninth inning to give the Bucs a little extra protection. Jaso has found some playing time in right field with Starling Marte suspended, but the Pirates will likely find better options unless he starts hitting, and fast.
Andrew Triggs set a personal best with nine strikeouts over seven shutout innings in the Athletics' 2-1 win over the Astros on Saturday.
One start after getting beatdown by the Mariners, Triggs rebounded with his best start of his abbreviated major league career. The nine strikeouts bested the eight he recorded in a start last year, and it was actually the first time he'd gotten through seven innings as a member of the A's. The 28-year-old has now held the opposition without an earned run in four of his five starts, good for a 1.84 ERA and 0.92 WHIP in 29 1/3 innings. Triggs will seek an encore performance Friday against the Tigers.
Joe Musgrove was on the wrong end of a low-scoring affair Saturday, allowing one run over 6 1/3 innings in a loss to the A's.
Musgrove gave up just five hits and a walk while striking out six, but the Astros couldn't muster any offense until a Jose Altuve solo homer in the eighth that was too little, too late. Even so, it was easily the best outing of the year for Musgrove, who was able to lower his earned run average more than a full run to 4.88 with the start. That a strong start still leaves him with a 4.88 ERA tells a story about the 24-year-old's start to the year, and he'll try to string together good starts when he faces the Rangers on Thursday.
Jed Lowrie went 2-for-4 with a home run in Saturday's win over the Astros.
The homer, Lowrie's second of the year, got the A's on the board in the fourth inning. He's now had multiple hits in five of his last nine games, going 14-for-36 (.389) in that span. The good stretch has the 33-year-old's overall numbers up to .306/.368/.459 through 23 games.
Colby Rasmus (hip, illness) is slated to resume his rehab Sunday, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.
Rasmus has been sidelined in recent days due to an illness, which has kept him from rehabbing from his surgically-repaired hip. The delay will likely push his return to the Rays back until Wednesday, Topkin speculated. The 30-year-old will play left field and also see some time at DH upon his return.
Wade Davis struck out three in a scoreless ninth inning, and the Cubs defeated the Red Sox 7-4 on Saturday.
Davis did yield a single but got all three outs by way of strikeout, getting Jackie Bradley, Christian Vazquez and Marco Hernandez to end it. Davis now has six saves on the year, having not allowed a run with a 0.58 WHIP in 10 1/3 innings of work.
Steven Wright allowed five runs on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings in Saturday's loss to the Cubs.
Wright gave up a pair of homers in the loss, running his total to nine dingers allowed in five starts this year. It was the fourth time in five starts that he's allowed at least four runs. The knuckleballer is now 1-3 with an 8.25 ERA and 1.88 WHIP overall. His life doesn't get any easier Thursday when the Red Sox square off with the Orioles.
Ryan Braun was ejected from Saturday's game against the Braves for arguing balls and strikes.
Braun was hitless in three at-bats on the night, and when he was punched out in the bottom of the seventh he let home plate umpire Quinn Wolcott hear his displeasure. Nick Franklin took over for Braun in left field.