Jose Fernandez held the Pirates to three singles over seven scoreless innings in a 3-1 victory on Tuesday.
The dynamic right-hander was in control from the jump. He struck out six batters and didn't walk anyone on the night and surely could have gone deeper in the game after throwing just 88 pitches through seven frames. However, the Marlins took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the inning, so manager Don Mattingly elected to turn it over to the bullpen and save some of Fernandez's bullets. Fernandez looks to have put the control issues he had been having behind him, as he's walked just two over his last three starts. He'll carry a 2.53 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 96 strikeouts over 67 2/3 frames into this weekend's matchup against the Mets.
A.J. Ramos allowed a run but hung on to record his 16th save of the season in Tuesday's win over the Pirates.
Entering to protect a three-run lead, Ramos yielded two walks, a single and a sac fly before eventually escaping further damage. It often hasn't been pretty with him this season, but he's nailed down all 16 of his save opportunities over the first two months of the season.
Miguel Sano has been diagnosed with a left hamstring strain.
And a 15-day disabled list move is probably coming Wednesday. Sano suffered the injury Tuesday night against the A's while hustling down the first base line to beat out a potential double play. Sano got credited with an RBI on that play, with Eduardo Nunez scoring from third. Oswaldo Arcia replaced Sano at first base and then in right field.
Gerrit Cole was charged with three runs across 6 1/3 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Marlins.
Cole was matching Jose Fernandez zero for zero for a while, but the Marlins got to him with three runs in the seventh inning without the aid of an extra-base hit. While the Pirates' ace has put up a 2.72 ERA over 10 starts, his 1.34 WHIP and 48 strikeouts over 59 2/3 innings are a disappointment. Cole faces the Angels over the weekend.
Miguel Sano left Tuesday's game against the Athletics with an apparent hamstring injury.
Sano pulled up lame after beating out a potential double play in the top of the third inning. His hustle allowed a run to score, but the big right fielder may have to pay for it with an extended absence. There should be an update from the Twins on Wednesday morning.
J.T. Realmuto went 3-for-4 with a run scored in Tuesday's win over the Pirates.
Ichiro Suzuki, Realmuto and Christian Yelich provided seven of the Marlins' 10 base knocks from the top-third of the batting order. Realmuto has rather quietly had a very good season so far, as the three-hit night raised his batting line to .300/.322/.400.
Brad Boxberger has been diagnosed with a left side muscle strain.
Boxberger suffered the injury Tuesday in his season debut, while allowing a single and a two-run homer. He underwent core muscle surgery this spring and spent the first eight weeks of the season on the disabled list. A trip back to the DL seems probable, and Alex Colome suddenly has a very strong grip on Tampa Bay's closer gig.
Eduardo Rodriguez pitched well in his season debut, holding the Orioles to two runs over six innings in a 6-2 victory.
He yielded six hits, struck out three and didn't walk anyone. Rodriguez's velocity was sitting in the low-90s, which is what it was at during his rehab assignment. That's a few mph slower than what he was throwing last season, although the hope, obviously, is that he'll eventually pick up a few ticks on his heater. All in all, though, it was a nice showing in a tough first assignment for the young southpaw. Rodriguez will get the Blue Jays on Sunday.