Yu Darvish (elbow) struck out seven over five innings of one-run ball in the Rangers' 5-2 win over the Pirates on Saturday.
Making his season debut, the right-hander looked like he hadn't missed a beat, giving up just three hits and a walk while throwing 81 pitches in the start. The start was his first since August 9, 2014, after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Initial results were promising, but few Tommy John patients come back without any bumps along the way, and there will surely be some for the 29-year-old as well. His comeback will continue Friday against the Mariners.
Kurt Suzuki left Saturday's game against the Mariners after getting a foul ball to the face mask.
The Twins are likely concerned that Suzuki suffered a concussion, but further information should come after the game. Juan Centano replaced the 32-year-old catcher, who was hitting .200/.257/.284 in 106 plate appearances.
Juan Nicasio failed to make it out of the fifth inning Saturday, allowing four runs on seven hits over 4 2/3 innings in a loss to the Rangers.
Nicasio surrendered two home runs among his seven hits allowed. It was the third time in four starts that he's allowed four earned runs, raising his ERA to 4.79 through nine outings. The good news is he's striking out a batter per inning, but the bad news is that he's also giving up a hit per inning. Nicasio will try to get back on the right track Thursday at the Marlins.
Jurickson Profar went 2-for-4 with a triple and two runs scored in Saturday's win over the Pirates.
In just his second game back with the Rangers, Profar made his presence felt, hitting a one-out triple and scoring in the seventh inning. He has three hits in nine at-bats since being recalled, and he's expected to fill in at second base -- and atop the Rangers' order -- while Rougned Odor is serving his suspension. If Profar performs well during the audition, he could force Rangers' brass to make a tough decision when Odor returns.
Continuing his turn as public enemy No. 1 in New York, Chase Utley homered twice and drove in five runs as the Dodgers trounced the Mets 9-1 on Saturday.
Utley hit a solo homer in the fourth inning before blasting a grand slam in the seventh. That wasn't even the most excitement that centered around the second baseman, as Mets starter Noah Syndergaard was ejected in the third inning for throwing near Utley. All the vitriol stems from Utley's take-out slide that broke Ruben Tejada's leg last October. All the sideshows have drawn attention away from the fact that Utley is now hitting a healthy .296/.386/.453 in 44 games.
Tigers optioned OF Steven Moya to Triple-A Toledo.
The move was made prior to Saturday's game. Moya batted .281 (9-for-32) with two doubles and two RBI during his time with the big club and should get another chance later this summer.
Howie Kendrick went 2-for-4 with a home run, stolen base and two runs scored against the Mets on Saturday.
Kendrick showed off the power and speed that made him a consistent double-digit homers, double-digit steals player at one point in his career. Of course, he's a bit removed from those days -- the home run was his second and the stolen base was his third thus far this season. The 32-year-old has picked it up a bit after a slow start, batting .243/.283/.324 through Saturday's game.
Kenta Maeda underwent X-rays on his right hand after Saturday's win over the Mets, but they came back negative.
Maeda got struck by a sharp comebacker on Saturday. He stayed in the game, and the post-game X-rays came back negative. Manager Dave Roberts indicated that he should make his next start without issue.