Chris Young launched a go-ahead three-run homer in the ninth inning in Friday's 6-5 win over the Astros.
The clutch blast capped a big night for the Houston native, as he went 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Young is batting just .189 through 28 games this season, but he still has produced five home runs, 19 RBI, five stolen bases and 15 runs scored. He's worth considering in deeper mixed fantasy leagues.
Jose Veras blew his third save of the season Friday and took the loss against the Athletics.
Veras entered the ninth with a 5-3 cushion, but he walked two batters before surrendering a go-ahead three-run homer to Chris Young. The 32-year-old right-hander has quietly been pretty solid of late, notching six saves over a span of seven scoreless appearances. The Astros aren't going to win many games this year, but his job is safe for now.
Tommy Milone yielded five runs over seven innings Friday as part of a no-decision against the Astros.
All five runs scored in the fifth inning, as Milone gave up a solo homer to Matt Dominguez, an RBI single to Jose Altuve and a two-run homer to J.D. Martinez. He struck out six and walked none in the no-decision. Milone now owns a 3.80 ERA on the season, though he unsurprisingly has enjoyed most of his success at home. He'll get the Giants next week in San Francisco.
Erik Bedard gave up two runs in five innings Friday in a no-decision against the Athletics.
Bedard was in line for his first victory of the season, but Jose Veras coughed up the lead in the top of the ninth. The veteran southpaw wasn't all that efficient, as he gave up four hits and walked five while throwing just 54 out of 99 pitches for strikes. Bedard has had better results recently, but there's little reason for optimism in fantasy leagues, especially with a start against the Rockies in Colorado next week.
J.D. Martinez went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run in Friday's loss to the Athletics.
Martinez has now homered in back-to-back games and is hitting .363 (12-for-33) since returning from the disabled list earlier this month. Astros manager Bo Porter has moved him into the heart of the lineup in recent days, so he should continue to provide value in NL-only leagues.
Rays manager Joe Maddon said Friday that despite his recent struggles, he didn't anticipate any discussion about dropping Roberto Hernandez from the rotation.
After Friday's disaster, Hernandez owns a horrifying 5.73 ERA and 1.37 WHIP on the season. With Chris Archer pitching well at Triple-A, and Jake Odorizzi already in the rotation, if Hernandez continues to struggle he could get booted from the rotation once David Price is able to return. He shouldn't be trusted in any fantasy format at this point.
Jeff Karstens (shoulder) will be re-evaluated next week after having his throwing program shut down on Friday due to pain in his right shoulder.
Karstens had been expected to return to the Pirates' rotation in early June, but now that timetable will certainly be pushed back. He has dealt with discomfort in his shoulder since early in the spring.
Chris Iannetta homered for the second consecutive game, helping to lead the Angels to a 5-2 victory over the Royals on Friday.
Iannetta finished the night 1-for-3 plus a walk. His sixth inning blast off Luke Hochevar tied the score at 2-2 and the Angels would never look back. While he's hitting just .205 on the season, he sports a terrific .366 OBP while blasting five homers and driving home 15 runs. He remains a decent option in deeper two-catcher formats.