Jesse Chavez kept the Twins largely under wraps Tuesday, allowing only an unearned run over 7 1/3 innings in the Athletics' 2-1 victory.
Chavez gave the Twins nothing all night, surrendering only four singles and one walk in the outing. He struck out seven on the evening. Things got a little dicey -- an error led to a run and Tyler Clippard had to work out of a jam in the eighth inning to retain the lead -- but the A's held on to give Chavez his first win. He'll try to keep his strong start to the season going Sunday at the Mariners.
Tyler Clippard was asked to get five outs Tuesday, working 1 2/3 innings to earn the save against the Twins.
The Twins pushed across a run in the eighth inning and were threatening to tie the game with runners on first and third with one out, but Clippard struck out Torii Hunter and got Joe Mauer to fly out to end the threat. He worked a perfect ninth inning to secure the victory. Clippard has been shaky at points but owns a nice 2.25 ERA and 1.08 WHIP on the year.
Billy Butler went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in Tuesday's win over the Twins.
Butler broke out of a slump with the two-hit night, as he'd had just three hits in his previous 40 at-bats coming into the game. The RBI single in the first inning gave Butler 13 RBI on the season to go with a .267/.325/.400 line on the year.
Trevor May allowed two runs over 5 2/3 innings of work but took the loss against the Athletics on Tuesday.
May was good enough to win but Jesse Chavez was up to the task on the other side as well. May gave up five hits and walked two, with the A's scoring their runs on a couple of RBI singles. The 25-year-old struck out three in the start. He'd won his previous two decisions, dropping to 2-2 with the loss, and he'll try to regain a winning record Sunday at the Indians.
Billy Burns went 2-for-5 with a run scored and a stolen base in a win over the Twins on Tuesday.
Burns had five steals at Triple-A Nashville prior to being recalled, and he recorded his first theft in his fourth game Tuesday. It was his third multi-hit performance in those four games and he's got at least one hit in all four, raising his average to .368 in an admittedly small sample.
Jeff Samardzija was shaky early but recovered to go seven innings, limiting the Tigers to two runs in the White Sox' 5-2 victory Tuesday.
Samardzija appeared to be heading down a familiar road after allowing runs in the first and second innings, but he settled in to hold the Tigers off the board over the ensuing five innings. Samardzija gave up seven hits and a walk while striking out seven in the win. It hasn't come easy for the right-hander this year, but he's now 2-2 with a more respectable 4.38 ERA. An interleague date with the Reds on Sunday is on tap.
Alex Avila went 2-for-4 with his second home run of the season in a loss to the White Sox on Tuesday.
The homer was Avila's first since an Opening Day blast. He also singled in the game. The catcher is hitting just .214 but has a nice .362 on-base percentage thanks to a 19/13 K/BB ratio in 21 games. His offensive struggles have led Tigers manager Brad Ausmus to turn to James McCann more often in recent weeks.
Anthony Gose went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base in Tuesday's loss to the White Sox.
The steal was Gose's fifth of the year and he's now got 10 runs scored. His .313 average and .343 on-base percentage are largely buoyed by his early success, but Gose has shown that it wasn't entirely a mirage with some good games recently. And even if it was, his speed should provide a good number of steals if nothing else.