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Deven Marrero hit a two-run home run, his first of the season, in Thursday's win over the Rangers.

Marrero gave the Red Sox a little insurance with his eighth-inning blast, his first in 17 games this year and just his second as a major leaguer. His first came back in 2015. Marrero isn't known for his offense, batting .178/.229/.289 this year.
May 26 - 12:17 AM

Craig Kimbrel accomplished a rare feat Thursday, striking out four batters in an inning of work against the Rangers.

Kimbrel worked through the heart of the Rangers' order, getting Nomar Mazara to strike out swinging -- and then watching as Mazara took first base anyway on a wild pitch -- before fanning Jonathan Lucroy, Rougned Odor and Mike Napoli to end it. As though Kimbrel needed the stat boost, he's now struck out 40 batters in 20 2/3 innings of work on the year. Thursday's outing wasn't a save chance, but the 28-year-old has 12 of those to date, along with a ridiculous 0.87 ERA and 0.39 WHIP on the year.
May 26 - 12:13 AM

Nick Martinez allowed four runs on seven hits over five innings in Thursday's loss to the Red Sox.

Perhaps no stat line better encapsulates Nick Martinez: not very good, but not awful, either. His 4.69 ERA through seven starts tells a similar story. At least he's reliable -- in all seven of those starts, he's gone at least five innings but no more than seven. Martinez will carry a 1-3 record into Tuesday's start against the Rays.
May 26 - 12:09 AM

Tigers recalled C/1B John Hicks from Triple-A Toledo.

The Tigers needed a backup catcher with James McCann (hand) headed to the disabled list. Hicks and Alex Avila will share catching duties during McCann's absence.
May 26 - 12:07 AM

Tigers placed C James McCann on the 10-day disabled list with a left hand laceration.

McCann needed five stitches in his left hand after getting hit by a pitch Thursday against Houston. His roster spot will be absorbed by John Hicks. Alex Avila will see most of the action behind the plate during McCann's absence with Hicks making an appearance here and there. McCann shouldn't miss much longer than the 10 minimum 10 days.
May 26 - 12:04 AM

Drew Pomeranz had it all working Thursday, striking out 11 while allowing two runs over six innings in a win over the Rangers.

It was a good sign for Sox fans when the southpaw struck out the first two batters he faced and ended up punching out five of the first seven hitters he saw. He allowed just four hits, including a solo homer to Elvis Andrus, and walked one over his six innings. Efficiency has been his enemy this season -- only three times in nine starts has he gotten through six innings, and he's yet to record an out in the seventh -- but the Sox will take Thursday's performance every time. Pomeranz will try to carry on that good momentum, and continue to work on his 4.70 ERA, against the White Sox on Tuesday.
May 26 - 12:01 AM

Updating an earlier report, Corey Kluber (back) will make a rehab start for Double-A Akron on Friday.

Kluber had been scheduled to pitch Thursday for Triple-A Columbus but that game was rained out. The plan is for Kluber to throw around 70-75 pitches on Friday. If all goes well, he'll be back in Cleveland's starting rotation next week.
May 25 - 11:56 PM

Robbie Ray struck out nine Brewers over seven scoreless innings as the Diamondbacks shut out the Crew 4-0 on Thursday.

Not to be overshadowed by teammate Zack Greinke, Ray reminded everyone Thursday that he's a talented member of the rotation, too. The Brewers were able to muster just two singles off Ray over his seven innings, and the southpaw didn't issue a free pass all night. It was the second consecutive start in which he's left without giving up a run, lowering his ERA to 3.45 with a 1.20 WHIP through 10 starts overall. Ray will try to keep the shutout streak going Tuesday against the Pirates.
May 25 - 11:54 PM
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