Joakim Soria worked a perfect ninth innong on Saturday, preserving a one-run advantage to earn his sixth save of the season.
Soria struck out one in his inning of work. He has been mighty impressive thus far for the Tigers, posting a 1.17 ERA, 0.26 WHIP and 5/0 K/BB mark through his first 7 2/3 innings of work. Locked into his role for the remainder of the season, Soria should remain among the elite ranks at closer so long as he remains healthy.
Alfredo Simon won his fourth consecutive start on Saturday, allowing just one run on six hits over 6 2/3 innings against the Indians.
Simon punched out three and walked a pair on the afternoon. The only blemish on his day was an RBI single by Michael Brantley in the third inning. He has been quite the find for the Tigers thus far, registering a 1.65 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 15/4 K/BB ratio over 27 1/3 innings. He'll look to extend that dominance when he takes on the Royals in Kansas City on Thursday.
T.J. House struggled in his spot start against the Tigers on Saturday, surrendering three runs on four hits over his three innings of work.
House struck out three and walked four on the afternoon. He had his start pushed up a day at the last minute when Trevor Bauer was unable to pitch due to illness on Saturday. After an impressive 2014 season, House has really struggled early in the 2015 campaign, registering a 12.60 ERA and 2.60 WHIP across his first 10 innings. He'll look to turn things around on Thursday against the Blue Jays provided he remains in the Tribe's rotation.
Nick Markakis is hitting leadoff for the Braves on Saturday.
With Eric Yuong Jr. struggling, the Braves are looking for a spark atop their lineup. Markakis had success in that same role with the Orioles, and his fantasy value sees a nice boost with the premium spot in the lineup.
Christian Bethancourt is once again not in the Braves starting lineup on Saturday.
It's unclear if Fredi Gonzalez is simply riding the hot hand in A.J. Pierzynski, or if he has surpassed Bethancourt as the team's primary catcher. Bethancourt has only started one game this week.
Justin Morneau is not in the Rockies tarting lineup on Saturday.
The Rockies are giving Morneau plenty of days off early in the season to keep him fresh for the long haul. Daniel Descalso is starting in his place at first base and hitting sixth for the Rockies.
Carlos Gonzalez is not in the Rockies starting lineup on Saturday.
It's just a day of rest for the struggling outfielder who is hitting just .197/.231/.328 with an 11/3 K/BB ratio in 61 at-bats. Drew Stubbs is starting in his place against opposing right-hander Tim Hudson.
Alex Colome (illness) is slated to make one more minor league rehab start before rejoining the Rays rotation.
He can't get back soon enough as the Rays are currently dealing with trotting out the likes of Erasmo Ramirez every fifth day. With Alex Cobb working his way back, Colome's time in the rotation could also be short lived.