Mike Trout blasted his way into the record books on Friday, going 2-for-4 with a pair of homers and five RBI as the Angels dispatched of the Astros 6-3.
With his sixth inning blast off Roberto Hernandez, Trout became the youngest player in baseball history to accumulate 100 home runs and 100 stolen bases, accomplishing the feat at 23 years and 253 days old, 56 days younger than the previous record-setter Alex Rodriguez. For good measure, he added a three-run bomb off Chad Qualls in the eighth inning to lead the Halos to victory. Already the game's best all-around player, it's scary to think how much better Trout will become.
Jered Weaver pitched well in a no-decision against the Astros on Friday, allowing just two runs on six hits across six frames.
Weaver punched out three on the night without issuing a walk. He departed with a 3-2 lead and in line for a victory, though his bullpen was unable to hold on for him. Even with the strong outing Friday, he'll head into Wednesday's start against the Athletics with an unsightly 6.61 ERA and 1.53 WHIP.
Jason Castro blasted his first home run of the 2015 campaign in Friday's loss to the Angels.
His solo shot off Jered Weaver in the sixth inning was his lone hit in four at-bats on the night. He's off to a strong start at the dish this season, slashing .269/.406/.423, though Friday's homer produced his first RBI on the year.
Roberto Hernandez racked up six strikeouts in a no-decision against the Angels on Friday.
The veteran right-hander allowed three runs on three hits and a walk over his six innings of work. A major question mark heading into the season, Hernandez has posted a 3.38 ERA and 1.22 WHIP through his first two starts. While he's unlikely to be an every week starter in mixed leagues, he could be worth a look as a spot play for Wednesday's matchup against the Mariners in Seattle.
Alex Rodriguez had a monster night in Friday's 5-4 win over the Rays, slugging two home runs and hitting a go-ahead RBI single.
He's still got it. Rodriguez launched a solo homer in the second inning before adding a two-run blast in the sixth. He then put the Yankees ahead for good in the eighth inning with a line drive single to center field. This was the 61st multi-homer game of his career and his first since May 23, 2012. He's now up to 658 home runs for his career, which puts him two away from tying Willie Mays for fourth on the all-time list. After missing a year due to a PED suspension, the 39-year-old Rodriguez is batting .344/.432/.781 with four home runs and 11 RBI through 10 games.
Andrew Miller notched a four-out save in Friday's win over the Rays.
Miller came on with two outs in the bottom of the eighth and got Rene Rivera to fly out before giving up a leadoff infield single to Logan Forysthe in the ninth. However, he struck out the next three batters he faced to lock down the win. Miller now has three saves on the year and has allowed just one hit over five scoreless innings to go along with a 9/2 K/BB ratio. Dellin Betances has shown better control in his last two outings, but Miller still looks like the favorite for saves in this bullpen.
Adam Warren was tagged for four runs over four innings in a no-decision against the Rays on Friday.
Warren held the Rays scoreless over the first three innings, but everything went south for him in the fourth, as he allowed a go-ahead three-run homer to Allen Dykstra and a solo blast to the very next batter, Logan Forsythe. He made it through the rest of the inning unscathed, but the damage was done. He struck out two and walked two in the no-decision and now owns a 4.82 ERA through his first two turns in the starting rotation. With Chris Capuano (quad) and Ivan Nova (elbow) still a ways off, Warren figures to get several more starts.
Nate Karns was handed a no-decision against the Yankees on Friday after giving up two runs over five innings.
Karns only gave up two hits, but they were costly, as they both left the yard via home runs from Stephen Drew and Alex Rodriguez. He struck out seven and walked four in the no-decision and owns a 4.58 ERA and 17/10 K/BB ratio in 17 2/3 innings across his first three starts this season. The control has been shaky, but he's worth using in AL-only leagues as long as he has a rotation spot.