Trevor May pitched decently in a no-decision against the Blue Jays on Friday, allowing four runs on eight hits over his six innings of work.
May punched out five on the night while issuing just one free pass. The Twins staked him to an early 4-0 lead after one inning, but he was unable to hold on to earn his fourth victory of the season. He'll carry a 5.07 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 41/9 K/BB ratio into Wednesday's start against the Red Sox in Boston.
Josh Hamilton hit his first two home runs of the season in Friday's 7-4 win over the Red Sox.
Hamilton launched a solo homer in the bottom of the second inning before hitting another solo blast in the fourth. It was his ninth career multi-homer game. The 34-year-old is coming off shoulder surgery and remains an injury risk, but his return to Texas puts him in a great position to be valuable in mixed fantasy leagues again.
Yovani Gallardo gave up two runs (one earned) over six innings in a win over the Red Sox on Friday.
Both runs scored in the fourth inning via a sacrifice fly by Xander Bogaerts and an RBI single from Blake Swihart. Gallardo allowed just four hits and walked three while striking out five batters. The veteran right-hander has won three out of his last four starts and has allowed three earned runs or fewer in nine out of his 11 starts this season. He'll carry a 3.88 ERA into a start against the White Sox next week at home.
Steven Wright yielded three runs over 5 2/3 innings Friday in a loss to the Rangers.
Wright was fine for the most part, but Josh Hamilton had his number on this night, connecting for a pair of solo home runs. The knuckleballer struck out four and walked one in the loss and now owns a 3.90 ERA and 15/9 K/BB ratio in 27 2/3 innings over three starts and two relief appearances this season. Assuming Wright remains in the rotation, he lines up for a start against the Twins next week.
Shawn Tolleson tossed a perfect ninth inning Friday against the Red Sox for his sixth save of the season.
Tolleson has been spotless since taking over as Rangers' closer and hasn't allowed a run since way back on May 7. The 27-year-old has posted a quality 2.70 ERA with 30 strikeouts and just four walks over 23 1/3 innings so far this season.
Hanley Ramirez went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and two runs scored Friday against the Rangers.
After failing to hit a home run through his first 22 games this month, Ramirez has now gone deep in back-to-back games. Perhaps his shoulder is finally feeling better.
Xander Bogaerts (forearm) went 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly Friday against the Rangers.
Bogaerts suffered a bruised left forearm when he was hit by a pitch during Thursday's game, but he didn't end up missing any time. The 22-year-old is batting .263/.312/.369 with two home runs and 16 RBI through 46 games this season.
Stephen Strasburg was removed from Friday's start against the Reds after facing just five batters due to an issue with his left trap muscle.
He'll be re-evaluated on Saturday. With the shoulder ailment that he has been dealing with in recent weeks, combined with this new injury and his poor performance to date, a trip to the disabled list seems like a logical conclusion for the right-hander, but we'll know more on his status on Saturday. Taylor Jordan filled in admirably on Friday and would be the logical candidate to join the rotation should Strasburg require an extended absence.