Albert Pujols cranked his 498th career home run off Joe Nathan in the ninth inning of Saturday’s loss to the Tigers.
Pujols finished the afternoon 1-for-3 with a walk and a pair of strikeouts. He’s now upped his season slash to a healthy .282/.354/.606 to go along with six long balls and 14 RBI.
C.J. Wilson struggled in a losing effort against the Tigers on Saturday, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits in his five innings of work.
The veteran southpaw walked three and struck out four on the afternoon. The big blow in the game that proved to be the difference was a two-run homer off the bat of Nick Castellanos in the second inning that got the Tigers on the board. He’ll carry a 4.21 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 28/9 K/BB ratio into Friday’s start against the Yankees in New York.
White Sox recalled RHP Andre Rienzo from Triple-A Charlotte.
Rienzo had a 4.85 ERA and 9/7 K/BB ratio through three starts this season at the Triple-A level. The 25-year-old Brazilian is doubtful to carry fantasy relevance.
White Sox sent LHP Donnie Veal outright to Triple-A Charlotte.
Veal was designated for assignment on Thursday after yielding six hits, seven walks, and five runs in six innings of relief. He made it through waivers unclaimed.
White Sox placed RHP Felipe Paulino on the 15-day disabled list with rotator cuff inflammation.
Paulino was rocked for 10 runs on 13 hits in just 3 2/3 innings Friday night against the Rangers. He'll probably be moved to the bullpen when his health returns.
Carlos Beltran (shoulder, wrist) is back in the Yankees' starting lineup on Saturday against the Rays.
Beltran sat out of Friday's game after flipping over a short outfield fence while trying to make a diving catch on Thursday. He has some soreness in his right shoulder and wrist, but an MRI was taken and came up clean.
Lance Lynn yielded one run over 5 2/3 innings in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Nationals.
Lynn left with the bases loaded and two out in the bottom of the sixth inning. Fortunately for him, Kevin Siegrest was able to get Danny Espinosa to fly out to center field to end the threat. Lynn gave up five hits and three walks while fanning five batters. Oh, and he also had an RBI double in a three-run second inning against Jordan Zimmermann. He's now 4-0 with a 3.42 ERA and 27/7 K/BB ratio through 23 2/3 innings. The Mets are on tap for next week.
Trevor Rosenthal persevered through a shaky ninth inning Saturday against the Nationals to lock down his fifth save of the season.
After entering the bottom of the ninth inning with a two-run lead, Rosenthal got Nate McLouth to pop out to first base for the first out. However, he then walked Zach Walters before he was hit with a comebacker and made a late throw to second base while trying to force the lead runner. Making matters worse, he then balked to move both runners into scoring position. While the Nationals cut the lead to one run with a ground out by Kevin Frandsen, Rosenthal struck out Jayson Werth swinging with a 99 mph fastball to end it. Things have been bumpier than expected for Rosenthal in the early going, giving up seven runs in 9 1/3 innings, but he still has a chance to emerge as a top fantasy closer this year.