Mark Trumbo homered twice Tuesday in the Orioles' 4-1 defeat of the Yankees.
Trumbo got to Yankees starter Luis Severino for a solo shot in the second inning and a two-run shot in the fifth, finishing the night 2-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI. The 30-year-old slugger has been one of the most productive hitters in baseball through the first month of 2016, boasting a .337/.381/.612 slash line, eight home runs, and 22 RBI in 25 games. Some regression is undoubtedly coming, but Camden Yards is a pretty ideal fit for a guy of Trumbo's skillset.
Darren O'Day picked up a save Tuesday in the Orioles' win over the Yankees.
O'Day got the call with Zach Britton nursing an ankle injury and worked around a Carlos Beltran leadoff single to net his second save of the season. O'Day's other save was on April 7 against the Twins, with Britton getting a routine day off. Britton isn't expected to be out much longer, so there's no reason to go nuts for O'Day in a non-holds league. He is a truly excellent setup man, though.
Mallex Smith ripped his first major league homer in Tuesday's win over the Mets.
Smith's drive to the opposite field off Matt Harvey in the fifth inning was initially ruled a triple, but a review resulted in the youngter's first homer. The speedster also had a single and a stolen base and now has eight hits over his last three games. Ender Inciarte (hamstring) is due back soon, but the Braves may be forced to keep carrying Smith if he continues to hit.
Chris Tillman fired seven innings of one-run ball in the Orioles' defeat of the Yankees on Tuesday.
Tillman gave up five hits and walked four, but he worked out of some tight situations with a total of nine strikeouts and five groundouts. The right-hander has a shiny 2.81 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 33/12 K/BB ratio in 32 innings (six starts) this season for the O's. He'll look to keep it all working next time out against the A's.
Luis Severino dropped to 0-4 on Tuesday after allowing four runs -- three earned -- over six innings against the Orioles.
Mark Trumbo took Severino deep for a solo shot in the second inning and a two-run shot in the fifth. The young Yankees right-hander is not off to a very promising start this season, now with a 6.31 ERA and 1.64 WHIP in 25 2/3 innings, and his next outing will come against the rival Red Sox. He should be on the bench in fantasy leagues for now.
Jake Arrieta yielded just two hits across seven shutout innings in Tuesday's 7-1 victory over the Pirates.
Arrieta walked the first two batters of the game, which made you think he might have a rare off night. Instead, he allowed only two singles and no runs the rest of the way. Arrieta struck out five on the night and now sports a 37/12 K/BB ratio across 43 innings to go along with a 0.84 ERA, 0.74 WHIP and 6-0 record. Absurd. Arrieta goes up against the Nationals this weekend.
Alex Rodriguez will undergo an MRI on his right hamstring.
A-Rod pulled up lame while running to first base in the fifth inning Tuesday and manager Joe Girardi acknowledged after the game that the situation is "definitely worrisome." It sounds like a disabled list stint could be coming for the veteran slugger. Dustin Ackley replaced him in the Yankees' lineup on Tuesday night.
Jon Niese was knocked around for six runs over five frames in Tuesday's loss to the Cubs.
It was an ugly night for Niese, as he surrendered nine hits, walked five and also hit a batter. There was reason to believe that Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage could work some magic with Niese, but so far it hasn't worked out. He's sporting a 5.94 ERA and has allowed at least four runs in four of six outings. The southpaw will try for better results next week in Cincinnati.