Michael Pineda pitched well in a win on Wednesday, limiting the Royals to one run in 6 2/3 innings of work.
The only run came in the first inning on a Mike Moustakas solo home run. Pineda allowed only six hits total along with a walk and eight strikeouts. The right-hander moves to 6-2 on the year with a 3.36 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP, and a 67/5 K/BB ratio in 64 1/3 innings. Pineda will face his former team in the Mariners at Safeco Field in his next outing.
Chris Young suffered his first loss of the season, yielding four runs in six innings versus the Yankees on Wednesday.
Young entered the start having allowed just two runs (one earned) in 22 2/3 innings as a starter. Home runs hurt him on Wednesday, allowing a solo shot to Brian McCann in the second inning and a three-run blast in the third to Alex Rodriguez. They accounted for two of seven hits on the afternoon along with two walks and seven strikeouts. Now 4-1 with a 1.55 ERA, a 0.86 WHIP, and a 30/11 K/BB ratio in 40 2/3 innings, Young will try to bounce back in a home start against the Indians.
Mike Moustakas went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in a losing effort against the Yankees on Wednesday.
Moustakas gave the Royals an early 1-0 lead with a first-inning home run off of Michael Pineda. It's number five on the season for Moustakas, who maintains an excellent .329/.382/.494 batting line with 16 RBI.
Aaron Hicks hit his first homer of the year and walked Wednesday as the Twins topped the Red Sox 6-4.
Hicks didn't even have an RBI in 48 at-bats since being called up. The Twins have tried to make him more aggressive at the plate -- which explains why he also had just one walk in 13 games -- and he did jump all over a bad changeup from Rick Porcello today, delivering a two-run blast. Plus, now he has that second walk, too!
Mark Reynolds is starting at first base for the Cardinals on Wednesday night against the Diamondbacks.
He'll serve as the Cardinals' regular first baseman while Matt Adams recovers from a right quad strain -- an injury that could take up to a month to fully heal. Reynolds is a frustratingly inconsistent hitter, but he still has good power at age 31 and should have mixed-league fantasy value over the next three-plus weeks.
Brian McCann homered and walked twice in four plate appearances on Wednesday as the Yankees topped the Royals.
McCann tied the game at one apiece with a second-inning home run off of Chris Young. The catcher has homered in back-to-back games and now has six on the season along with 29 RBI and a .239/.310/.428 triple-slash line.
Alex Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run, leading the Yankees past the Royals on Wednesday.
Rodriguez broke a 1-1 tie with a three-run home run to left field off of Chris Young. The 39-year-old now has 665 home runs in his career and is five RBI shy of 2,000. For the season, Rodriguez is hitting .276/.374/.566 with 11 home runs and 26 RBI.
Phil Hughes won Wednesday despite allowing two homers and four runs in 6 2/3 innings versus the Red Sox.
Hughes improved to 4-0 with a 4.64 ERA in May after going 0-4 with a 4.55 ERA in April. It's almost like wins and losses don't do a very good job of describing pitcher performance.