Henderson Alvarez tossed a shutout Saturday in the Marlins' 7-0 stomping of the Mariners.
It was the third career shutout for Alvarez, who looked sharp all night and even carried a perfect game into the sixth inning. He surrendered just two hits in all while fanning four batters and issuing zero walks. The 24-year-old right-hander will try to stay hot in his next start on the road against the Mets. Consistency has been an issue for him.
Marcell Ozuna drove in four runs as the Marlins bested the Mariners on Saturday night in Miami.
Ozuna slugged a three-run shot over the left field fence in the bottom of the sixth inning and added an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth. Off to a scorching start this season, he's now batting .343 with a .912 OPS, 10 RBI, and 12 runs scored in 17 games played. That's an unsustainable level of production, but the 23-year-old looks like a solid third outfielder in mixed fantasy leagues for the time being.
Roenis Elias was shelled for six runs -- four earned -- in 5 2/3 innings Saturday as the Mariners fell to the Marlins.
Elias didn't have much working and wound up yielding eight hits and issuing five walks in his five-plus frames. The 25-year-old left-hander watched his ERA jump from 2.16 to 3.22, and he'll carry a 1-2 record into his next scheduled outing at home against the Rangers. It's one to avoid for fantasy purposes.
Josh Reddick hit a walkoff RBI single to lead the A's past the Astros on Saturday in Oakland.
Reddick capped off a three-run A's rally in the bottom of the ninth inning with his game-ending RBI single to center field. He also had two other singles on the afternoon, finishing 3-for-5. This after going 3-for-4 with a two-run homer on Friday night.
Chad Qualls blew a save and took a loss as the Astros fell to the A's on Saturday afternoon.
Qualls entered the game in the bottom of the ninth inning with Houston leading 3-1 and promptly gave up a leadoff homer to Jed Lowrie. He then walked Josh Donaldson and allowed a single to Yoenis Cespedes. One batter later Alberto Callaspo tied the game with an RBI single and then Josh Reddick won it with a walkoff base hit to center field. If Astros manager Bo Porter isn't going to name a closer, he should be a little craftier with his late-inning matchups.
Scott Kazmir allowed three runs -- two earned -- over eight innings Saturday in no-decision vs. Houston.
It was a good outing from the 30-year-old left-hander, who yielded only six hits and struck out five without issuing a walk. Kazmir has an outstanding 1.65 ERA, 0.77 WHIP, and 24/4 K/BB ratio over 27 1/3 innings this season. Oakland is looking like a perfect fit for him in the early going.
Brett Oberholtzer held the A's to one run in 5 2/3 innings Saturday in a no-decision.
Chad Qualls blew the save and took the loss as the A's rallied in the bottom of the ninth. Oberholtzer surrendered eight hits and two walks, but did well in damage control. The 24-year-old left-hander is 0-3 but owns a nice 3.04 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in 23 2/3 innings this season. He'll hope for better luck next week when he faces the A's again at home.
Jay Bruce finished 3-for-3 with a walk and an RBI in the Reds' loss to the Cubs on Saturday.
Bruce drove home Billy Hamilton on a single in the top of the seventh inning and also collected singles in the first and sixth innings. He is now batting .204/.362/.389 with nine RBI in 16 games this season.