Nick Martinez was charged with four runs in six innings and took a no-decision versus the Red Sox on Friday.
Martinez gave up six hits, two of which landed on the far side of the outfield wall. Making his second start of the year, he struck out only two batters while walking three. He has a 5.54 ERA and is striking out only 3.46 batters per nine innings. Martinez is nothing more than a replacement-level pitcher who is only in the majors because the Rangers' rotation has been devastated by injury. He is best avoided in fantasy unless you play in a very deep AL-only league.
Mookie Betts hit a game-tying, two-run home run with two outs in the ninth inning to lead the Red Sox to a wild 8-7 victory over the Rangers on Friday.
Trailing by two and down to their last out, Betts smacked a Matt Bush pitch over the center-field wall to tie the game. Later in the inning Dustin Pedroia scored on a wild pitch for the go-ahead run. Betts finished 2-for-5 on the night. He is leading the majors with 65 runs scored.
Shin-Soo Choo smacked his third home run of the season in a losing cause on Friday.
He finished the game 2-for-5 with one strikeout. Choo has missed all but 16 games this year to injury and has only recently returned to form. Today's game lifted his OPS from .760 to .840 in one day. Choo is especially valuable in on-base percentage leagues.
Melvin Upton crushed two home runs to lead the Padres to a 13-4 whipping of the Reds on Friday.
He finished the day 3-for-5 with four RBI and scored two runs. He now has 11 home runs on the season. Upton was one of the worst hitters in the league his two years in Atlanta but has been pretty good since moving to San Diego last year. His owners could benefit from a 20 homer, 30 steal season from Upton if he continues his current pace. He has stolen 16 bases this year and has stolen 40 or more three times in his career -- most recently in 2010 however.
Colin Rea gave up four runs (one earned) in five innings in a win over the Reds on Friday.
He struck out seven and walked four while giving up three hits. The Padres gave Rea plenty of run support to raise his record to 4-3 with a 4.81 ERA on the season. He lines up for an interleague game against the Yankees in New York next Friday.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis swatted a go-ahead two-run homer in a 5-3 win over the Nationals on Friday.
Keon Broxton tied things up with his first MLB homer in the fifth before Nieuwenhuis took Max Scherzer deep in the sixth to put the Brewers in front. It was a bit of a flashback for the Nationals, as he hit a crushing go-ahead homer against them last September while with the Mets. Nieuwenhuis struck out in his other three at-bats on Friday, which has been the norm for him this year. The 28-year-old has provided some patience and speed, but he's hitting just .224 through 64 games.
Cody Reed was hit hard for five earned runs on nine hits in five innings on Friday against the Padres to absorb the first loss of his career.
Reed was making his second start since being called up from the minors. The home run hit by Wil Myers was the third one Reed has allowed in his 12 innings. Reed's BABIP is sitting at .400, indicating he has been unlucky in a very small sample. On the plus side, Reed has fanned 15 batters already. The Reds' top prospect has a bright future once he adjusts to the majors, but he has a tough matchup versus the Cubs on tap for Wednesday. Fantasy owners can sit that one out.
Wil Myers went 3-for-5 with a home run and five RBI on Friday night versus the Reds.
The home run was his 17th. He has a .289 batting average to go with 49 runs, 50 RBI and 10 stolen bases. After three injury-plagued seasons, the 25-year-old Myers is finally turning into the fantasy stud we all expected when he was a prospect. He may surpass his career high of 335 at-bats before the All Star break.