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Billy Burns finished 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored in Thursday's 5-4 victory over the Yankees.

Billy Burns is apparently the new Rickey Henderson. He's hit two homers in the past five games (and also smacked a double). How surprising is that? Well, Mr. Burns hit a grand total of two homers in 1,796 minor league at-bats. He slugged .357 on the farm, but has found this major league stuff pretty easy with a .417 mark (and a .302 average). It won't continue, but who are we to rain on Billy Burns' parade?
May 29 - 1:16 AM

Kendall Graveman allowed three runs on seven hits across 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Yankees on Thursday.

He struck out four and walked two. Same old story, here: The 24-year-old is effective when he keeps his mediocre stuff down, but it gets hit hard when left up in the zone (Brian McCann provided a nice example in the second inning). The A's probably wouldn't tolerate him in the rotation if they were contending, but they can afford to let him take his lumps. In fairness, Graveman has looked much better in his two starts since returning from demotion. Overall, he has a 5.79 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP.
May 29 - 1:11 AM

C.C. Sabathia struggled again on Thursday, coughing up five runs on eight hits across six innings in a loss to the A's.

Sabathia actually started out quite well. He'd been spotted a 3-0 lead by the bottom of the fifth when the wheels began to fall off, which perhaps could have been predicted when Billy Burns hit a homer. Sabathia has a solid 51/12 K/BB rate, but it comes with a 2-7 record, 5.67 ERA and 1.43 WHIP. Steer clear outside of AL-only formats.
May 29 - 1:10 AM

Cody Allen struck out two and tossed a scoreless ninth to convert his 10th save of the season in Thursday's 5-3 win over the Mariners.

Allen did not look long for the late innings in going 0-2 with a 11.57 ERA in April, but he's converted all six of his save chances in May and given up an acceptable four runs in 13 innings. The overall numbers will still make your eyes bleed (5.85 ERA and 1.65 WHIP), but Allen will continue to drag those down to baseline.
May 29 - 1:08 AM

Brandon Moss finished 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored in a win over the Mariners on Thursday.

It was his third homer of the past eight games. Cleveland asked for power when acquiring Moss and that's exactly what they've gotten: He's on pace for 28 homers and 97 RBI. Everything else is still making the transit from California, as Moss sports an underwhelming .227/.300/.447 slash line.
May 29 - 1:03 AM

Corey Kluber punched out 13 batters and gave up three runs over seven innings in a 5-3 win over the Mariners on Thursday.

He gave up seven hits and walked one. Kluber has 50 strikeouts over his past four starts, which means that he very likely enjoyed a better month than we all did (he gave up a combined five runs over 32 innings in those outings). Prior to that stretch he was 0-5 with a 5.04 ERA. But if you sold low at that time, you deserve what's coming to you. Kluber leads the league with 96 strikeouts.
May 29 - 1:00 AM

James Paxton left Thursday's game against the Indians in the fifth inning due to a left middle finger injury.

Officially, it's being described as "discomfort." The Mariners haven't updated his status, but said he would be evaluated on Friday. Before leaving, Paxton was smacked around for four runs -- three earned -- over 4 2/3 innings. It's no shame to lose to Corey Kluber, but Paxton did himself no favors. He was imminently hittable, allowing eight, including a Brandon Moss solo homer. He was also terribly inefficient, and would have been closing in on 100 pitches had he been able to complete the fifth.
May 29 - 12:38 AM

Erick Aybar was pulled from Thursday's game against the Tigers due to tightness in his left hamstring.

It's unclear if it's a day-to-day type of ailment, or if Aybar may require a stint on the disabled list. It may depend on how the shortstop is feeling on Friday. If he is forced to see an extended absence, the Angels may be forced to recall Josh Rutledge from Triple-A.
May 28 - 11:56 PM
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