Justice for Miller?

Justice for Miller?
Brad Johnson covers the latest closer and stolen base news including several minor injuries and an impending controversy.
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Carlos Santana led off yet again, going 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and a run scored.

Santana isn't a traditional lead-off candidate in terms of speed, but he does walk more than he strikes out and he'll swipe a bag or two when opposing pitchers aren't paying attention. Wednesday's performance was typical of what he provides when he's right -- a single and two walks, setting the table early and often for the meat of the Indians' order. He's hitting .244/.357/.463 with four homers and two steals in 98 plate appearances.
May 4 - 8:48 PM

Corey Kluber twirled a gem with Wednesday's complete-game shutout against the Tigers, striking out seven and scattering five hits.

Kluber spun his wheels out of the gate in 2016, but has been brilliant in his last three starts. He's only allowed three earned runs in his last 24 innings, striking out 23 batters and walking just two. The right-hander benefited from some nifty defense at the hands of Francisco Lindor on Wednesday, but that isn't projected to change anytime soon. In other words, that's a feature, not a bug. Kluber has won two of his last three games and has a 3.35 ERA with a 2.57 FIP in 43 innings. He'll next get the Astros on the road.
May 4 - 8:43 PM

Anibal Sanchez gave up four runs on four hits and three walks in seven innings of work in Wednesday’s loss to the Indians.

Sanchez pitched better than his scoreline otherwise suggested, which is something we haven’t often gotten to say this year. Aside from a rocky fourth inning, he held the Indians in check aside from that, continuing to cut down batters via the strikeout. He’s whiffing more than a batter per inning (9.90 K/9), despite the overall struggles. The 32-year-old has been plagued by walks and homers. He has 19 walks and 5 home runs allowed in just six starts. Sanchez now owns a 6.00 ERA and isn’t worth rostering in leagues until he can show a semblance of command over a stretch of games. The strikeouts alone won't cut it.
May 4 - 8:37 PM

Bo Schultz (hip) is being moved up to Double-A New Hampshire as he continues his rehab work.

Schultz underwent labrum surgery on his hip over the offseason. The procedure has sidelined him through the first month of the season. He began a rehab assignment with Advanced-A Dunedin near the end of April and his bump to Double-A rehab work is a nice sign for his progression. Last season, the 30-year-old right-hander pitched to a 3.56 ERA and 31/14 K/BB ratio across 43 innings.
May 4 - 7:38 PM

Hanley Ramirez was scratched from the lineup for Wednesday's game against the White Sox due to flu-like symptoms.

With Ramirez being scratched late, Travis Shaw shifts over to first from third. Josh Rutledge is the other domino, here, taking Shaw's place at third base. Shaw is hitting sixth and Rutledge is hitting seventh. Consider Ramirez day-to-day moving forward. The Red Sox do not have an off day on Thursday and could give the slugger another day off if he is still feeling queasy in 24 hours.
May 4 - 7:29 PM

Dae-Ho Lee went 2-for-4 with a pair of home runs and three RBI in Wednesday's 9-8 win over the A's.

After the A's took an 8-4 lead in the fifth inning, Lee was instrumental in sparking the big comeback. He would crack a solo homer as part of a two-run sixth, then one-up himself in the seventh with a two-run tater. That shot would push the Mariners to a 9-8 lead, which would stand as the final. The 33-year-old slugger from South Korea doesn't play every day, but through 32 major league at-bats, he is slashing .281/.343/.656 with four homers and six RBI.
May 4 - 7:10 PM

Marcus Semien went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored in Wednesday's loss to the Mariners.

Semien connected for a solo home run off Mariners starter Felix Hernandez in the third inning. It was his seventh homer of the young season. The 25-year-old shortstop is already almost halfway home to matching his career-best 16 homers from 2015. Through his first 91 at-bats, he is slashing .209/.284/.451. Semien is never going to be confused with Tony Gwynn in terms of the average, but he should be able to raise that mark closer to his career number of .246 as the season progresses.
May 4 - 7:01 PM

Felix Hernandez struggled in earning a no-decision against the A's in Wednesday's 9-8 win, yielding eight runs (four earned) on nine hits over four-plus innings.

Hernandez blanked the Royals into the eighth inning in his last start, but he found no such smooth sailing on Wednesday. It all fell apart rather quickly, too. After allowing solitary runs in the third and fourth innings, the veteran ace trotted back out to start the fifth inning to less than stellar results. The A's opened the frame with four consecutive singles, which were then followed up by a pair of run-scoring errors on the parts of Hernandez and Kyle Seager. King Felix ceded the mound to Vidal Nuno at that point, with Nuno allowing the final two runs on his line. Despite the rough outing, Hernandez still holds a 2.21 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 29/18 K/BB ratio over 36 2/3 innings. A road tilt with the Rays shows next on his schedule.
May 4 - 6:50 PM
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