John Danks pitched a nice game on Friday, shutting out the Orioles over seven innings pitched.
Danks and Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez were locked into a pitcher's duel, but it was Danks who failed to blink. He scattered five hits over seven innings to go with five strikeouts and two walks. The lovely outing helped drop his ERA from 5.38 to 4.95. He also holds a 1.44 WHIP and 60/24 K/BB ratio (in 88 1/3 innings), though, and he'll have to put in a number of quality starts to really warrant any sort of fantasy consideration. He'll try to build off the Friday shutout when he faces the Blue Jays in his next start.
Ubaldo Jimenez picked up a tough-luck loss against the White Sox on Friday, going down in defeat despite allowing just one run over seven innings.
Jimenez allowed a solo homer to Jose Abreu in the third inning. And that was it. A rare shutout gem of a start by John Danks was all that prevented Jimenez from picking up his fifth win in a row. Still, he's been rolling and now owns a shiny 2.96 ERA, solid 1.26 WHIP and a 93/29 K/BB ratio over 94 1/3 innings. A Wednesday afternoon road contest with the Twins is up next on his schedule as he tries to return to the win column.
Juan Uribe hit a go-ahead solo home run in the seventh inning of Friday's 2-1 win over the Phillies.
Uribe's solo shot off of Adam Morgan in the seventh inning snapped a 1-1 tie and served as the final run to score in the game. The bomb was his seventh of the season and gave him 18 RBI for the year. A dependable, if unspectacular, player throughout his career, Uribe is currently hitting a dependable, if unspectacular, .279/.330/.426.
Domonic Brown went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in Friday's loss to the Braves.
The poor game is nothing new for Brown, who is currently hitting just .186/.273/.237 in 59 at-bats. The Phillies have committed to giving him playing time. There's no reason that fantasy owners have to do likewise.
Cesar Hernandez went 1-for-3 with an RBI single in Friday's loss to the Braves.
Hernandez's RBI single off Julio Teheran in the fourth inning would score the only run that the Phillies managed in the game. While his power is almost non-existent, he should continue to see at-bats as long as he's able to keep up the average portion of his .285/.374/.376 slash-line.
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said after Friday's game that he isn't optimistic that Miguel Cabrera (calf) will be able to avoid the disabled list.
The All-Star slugger was forced to leave Friday's game against the Blue Jays after sustaining a left calf strain while running to second base in the fourth inning. He's set to undergo an MRI exam on Saturday, but it sounds as though the most logical scenario has him heading to the disabled list and returning after the All-Star break. The Tigers should have an update on his status after his MRI.
Jonny Gomes went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Friday's win over the Phillies.
Gomes' second inning homer was the fourth he's hit this season. There's little fantasy value here, as he does not receive enough at-bats for relevance in even the deepest of leagues and he's currently hitting just .195/.292/.323.
Julio Teheran pitched well on Friday, limiting the Phillies to just one run (none earned) on seven hits over seven innings.
Teheran was lit up for six runs by the Pirates in his last start, but he took Taylor Swift's advice and shook it off against the Phillies. While he did walk three (against four strikeouts) and serve up seven hits, the only run to score came home on a Cesar Hernandez single in the fifth inning. Teheran will carry a 4.60 ERA and 1.41 WHIP into a Wednesday afternoon road start against the Brewers next time he toes the rubber.