Brandon Moss finished 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored in a win over the Mariners on Thursday.
It was his third homer of the past eight games. Cleveland asked for power when acquiring Moss and that's exactly what they've gotten: He's on pace for 28 homers and 97 RBI. Everything else is still making the transit from California, as Moss sports an underwhelming .227/.300/.447 slash line.
Corey Kluber punched out 13 batters and gave up three runs over seven innings in a 5-3 win over the Mariners on Thursday.
He gave up seven hits and walked one. Kluber has 50 strikeouts over his past four starts, which means that he very likely enjoyed a better month than we all did (he gave up a combined five runs over 32 innings in those outings). Prior to that stretch he was 0-5 with a 5.04 ERA. But if you sold low at that time, you deserve what's coming to you. Kluber leads the league with 96 strikeouts.
James Paxton left Thursday's game against the Indians in the fifth inning due to a left middle finger injury.
Officially, it's being described as "discomfort." The Mariners haven't updated his status, but said he would be evaluated on Friday. Before leaving, Paxton was smacked around for four runs -- three earned -- over 4 2/3 innings. It's no shame to lose to Corey Kluber, but Paxton did himself no favors. He was imminently hittable, allowing eight, including a Brandon Moss solo homer. He was also terribly inefficient, and would have been closing in on 100 pitches had he been able to complete the fifth.
Erick Aybar was pulled from Thursday's game against the Tigers due to tightness in his left hamstring.
It's unclear if it's a day-to-day type of ailment, or if Aybar may require a stint on the disabled list. It may depend on how the shortstop is feeling on Friday. If he is forced to see an extended absence, the Angels may be forced to recall Josh Rutledge from Triple-A.
Erick Aybar was removed from Thursday's game against the Tigers with an apparent hamstring injury.
Aybar was hustling down the first base line while attempting to beat out a bunt single in the fifth inning. He was replaced by Taylor Featherston, who could see additional playing time if Aybar requires any sort of extended absence. The Angels should have an update on his status shortly.
Blue Jays recalled RHP Bo Schultz from Triple-A Buffalo.
He'll replace Scott Copeland in the Blue Jays bullpen. The 29-year-old has been dominant at Triple-A Buffalo this season, compiling a 1.69 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 18/7 K/BB ratio over 21 1/3 innings. He'll work in middle relief for the Jays.
John Farrell said after Thursday's masterpiece in his major league debut that he certainly expects Eduardo Rodriguez to remain in the Red Sox rotation.
If that's the case, he's a very interesting addition in all mixed leagues. The 22-year-old had been dominant over eight starts at Triple-A Pawtucket and carried that over to his big league debut on Thursday where he fired 7 2/3 shutout innings against the Rangers.
Nick Martinez finally took his first loss after yielding two runs in seven innings Thursday against the Red Sox.
It was another remarkably solid start for Martinez, but we're still thoroughly unimpressed by his stuff. There's no taking away his 2.03 ERA through 10 starts, but he's going to start to fade.