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.
Sea Manaea turned in a mixed-bag start to earn a no-decision in Wednesday's loss to the Mariners, allowing four runs on seven hits over five innings.
Making his second start in the bigs, Manaea struck out six and walked one. All four runs on his line scored in the fifth inning, with Nelson Cruz's mammoth two-run homer to center serving as the loudest hit. The 24-year-old southpaw has allowed four runs in each of his first two outings, but should continue to see starts with Chris Bassitt (elbow) on the disabled list. A road date with the Red Sox appears next on Manaea's schedule.
Brett Wallace's double was the only extra-base hit the Padres managed in Wednesday's loss to the Rockies.
Tyler Chatwood more or less erased the Padres' bats from the face of the earth. As a team, they managed just three hits -- singles by Matt Kemp and Melvin Upton Jr., plus Wallace's double. It was his third two-bagger of the season. Through his first 32 at-bats, the 29-year-old former top prospect is slashing .219/.390/.406 with one homer and five RBI. He makes for a dicey fantasy play.
Charlie Blackmon went 2-for-3 with a double in Wednesday's win over the Padres.
Blackmon missed a large chunk of April with a toe injury, but since his return to the lineup at the end of the month, he already has three two-hit games. Wednesday's double was his third of the season. While he is slashing a middling .240/.321/.400 through his first 50 at-bats, those numbers figure to rise as he re-acclimates to regular playing time. Last season, he hit .287/.347/.40 while cracking 17 homers, driving in 58 runs and swiping 43 bases.
Tyler Chatwood pitched marvelously in Wednesday's 2-0 win over the Padres, tossing eight innings of shutout ball.
Chatwood allowed just three hits on the afternoon. He also struck out seven against one walk in what was an ultra-efficient outing. The 26-year-old right-hander finished his eight innings having thrown 99 pitches (61 strikes). Relying on anybody in the Rockies' pitching staff for fantasy purposes carries its own set of risks, but there is no denying Chatwood's overall body of work. Through 37 2/3 innings, he holds a 2.15 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 27/8 K/BB ratio. Up next on his schedule, a home showdown with the Diamondbacks.
Cesar Vargas was on the wrong side of a tough-luck defeat in Wednesday's loss to the Rockies, surrendering one run on four hits over six innings.
Vargas struck out three and walked three on the afternoon. The only run to score against him came via an RBI fielder's choice off the bat of Cristhian Adames in the fifth inning. Through his first three major league starts, the 24-year-old Vargas has pitched to a 1.10 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 12/9 K/BB ratio over 16 1/3 innings. NL-only leaguers should feel free to give him a look. His next start figures to be a difficult one, though, as he will take to the road to face the Cubs' deadly offensive machine.
Garrett Richards (fatigue) will see a doctor.
Richards was battling with signs of dehydration this past weekend and MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez relayed earlier on Wednesday that hard-throwing right-hander "seems questionable" for his scheduled start on Friday. Richards, himself, indicated that he continues to feel fatigued. His visit to the doctor should help shed light on his short-term starting status.
Daniel Murphy finished 4-for-5 with three RBI in the Nationals' 13-2 rout of the Royals on Wednesday.
Murphy hit a two-run double -- his 10th double of the year -- in the Nationals' six-run first inning, singled and scored in the Nats' four-run third inning, slugged a solo shot in the fourth inning, and then singled again for good measure in the sixth. Murphy has ridden his remarkable 2015 postseason into a fantastic opening month of 2016, now with a .398/.449/.663 batting line, four homers, 17 RBI, and 17 runs scored in 26 games.