Twins recalled 1B/DH Kennys Vargas from Triple-A Rochester.
Vargas was batting .227 with two home runs in the early going with Rochester. He doesn't figure to see much playing time with Robbie Grossman faring so well in the designated hitter spot.
Twins recalled LHP Buddy Boshers from Triple-A Rochester.
Boshers had a nice 37/7 K/BB ratio over 36 relief innings for the Twins last season. He'll be used as a lefty specialist.
Sonny Gray (lat) yielded just one hit while striking out six over five scoreless innings in his first rehab start with High-A Stockton on Saturday.
Gray didn't walk anyone, throwing 34 of his 47 pitches for strikes. The veteran right-hander had been slated for one more rehab outing before being activated, but Saturday's showing was so good that it's possible the A's could go ahead and stick him back into the rotation later this week. Gray is a worthy stash in fantasy leagues where he's still available.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Saturday of Anthony Santander (forearm) that "we're hoping we’re getting closer to him playing."
By "playing," he means extended spring training games initially, followed by a rehab assignment and hopefully eventually major league contests. The Rule 5 pick missed much of spring training after recovering from shoulder surgery and then suffering a strained forearm. "He’s a good one," Showalter said. "I’m going to tell you, it’s going to be a tough year to get him through and get the 90 days, but we would really like to keep him."
Daniel Wright will start for the Angels on Sunday versus the Blue Jays.
Jesse Chavez had to be used in relief in an extra innings game Friday, which threw their rotation out of whack but will net Wright a spot start. The 25-year-old made five starts for the Halos last season, posting a 5.40 ERA. He's not worth streaming in fantasy and is likely to be sent back down after the game.
Kevin Pillar finished 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Saturday's game against the Angels.
Pillar pushed his hitting streak to 10 games. He is hitting .372 (16-for-43) during the impressive stretch, raising his average from .231 to .319 since April 11. Devon Travis struggled in the leadoff role, but Pillar has stepped up since taking over and been a bright spot in an otherwise dreary opening month for the Jays.
Bud Norris allowed a single in a scoreless ninth inning for his first save of the season Saturday against the Blue Jays.
Norris needed just six pitches in the tidy effort, throwing five for strikes, filling in rather admirably for the injured Cam Bedrosian (groin). If Norris continues to serve in the closer's role with Bedrosian on the shelf he would have some nice short-term fantasy appeal in AL-only play.
Tyler Skaggs allowed just two earned runs while scattering seven hits and two walks over seven innings to earn his first win Saturday against the Blue Jays.
Skaggs struck out four batters in the 100-pitch quality start, throwing 63 of his pitches for strikes. He has back-to-back quality starts while striking out 13 batters over his past 14 frames. If he is able to cobble together a win streak with another quality start or two he might be worth a look in deeper mixed fantasy play. He is slated to face the Athletics at the Big A on Thursday in another favorable matchup.