Victor Martinez belted a pair of three-run homers on Friday, powering the Tigers in a 10-2 rout over the Rays in Tampa Bay.
Martinez started the game slowly, as he was 0-for-3 heading into the seventh inning, before he greeted Danny Farquhar with a three-run bomb to increase the Tigers' advantage to 10-7. He wasn't finished though, adding another three-run shot in the ninth to cap off the monster day. He has been a monster at the dish this year, slashing .324/.369/.543 with 16 homers and 49 RBI.
Michael Fulmer returned to the Tigers starting rotation with authority on Friday, racking up 10 strikeouts over seven shutout innings in a victory over the Rays.
The rookie right-hander allowed just two singles and a walk in the ballgame. He has been nothing short of outstanding for the Tigers this season, registering an 8-2 record, 2.17 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 70/25 K/BB ratio over 70 2/3 innings. He'll look to further his case for American League Rookie of the Year honors when he squares off against the red-hot Indians in Cleveland on Wednesday.
Brad Miller swatted a two-run home run in the ninth inning on Friday, keeping the Rays from getting shut out at the hand of the Tigers.
Miller fell behind 0-2 against Mark Lowe before swatting an opposite-field shot just over the left field wall. He has flashed impressive power this season, slashing .248/.299/.457 with 11 bombs and 28 RBI.
Drew Smyly struggled again in Friday's loss to the Tigers, allowing six runs (four earned) on six hits over 6 2/3 innings.
The left-hander walked four and struck out eight in the contest. He pitched much better than his final line indicates, as he was a victim of poor defense behind him and also the Rays bullpen allowing both of his inherited runners to score. He'll look to chip away at a disappointing 5.33 ERA and 1.26 WHIP when he does battle against the Angels at home on Wednesday.
Odubel Herrera had all of his tools on full display in Friday's 4-3 victory over the Royals, going 2-for-4 with a homer, two RBI and a stolen base.
Hererra started the game with a bang, blasting a leadoff home run off of Ian Kennedy. He later singled, swiped a base and scored his second run of the contest. The Phillies' leadoff man is having a terrific season at the dish, slashing .306/.396/.439 with nine homers, 30 RBI and 12 stolen bases.
Jeremy Hellickson pitched well in Friday's victory over the Royals, allowing just one run on five hits over six strong innings of work.
The right-hander walked one and racked up six strikeouts on the evening. The only blemish on his night was an RBI single off the bat of Cheslor Cuthbert in the second inning. With the victory, he improves to 6-6 on the season to go along with a 4.06 ERA and 1.21 WHIP. He'll look to replicate this fine effort when he takes on the Braves at home on Wednesday.
Kendrys Morales, making another start in right field for the Royals, clubbed a two-run homer in a losing effort against the Phillies on Friday.
With all of the injuries that the Royals have had to deal with, they simply can't keep Morales or Hosmer out of the lineup, even in a National League park, so he's getting run in the outfield. His two-run blast off David Hernandez pulled the Royals to within a run in the eighth inning, but that would be as close as they'd come. It was his lone hit in four at-bats on the night. Morales is now hitting .262/.323/.446 with 12 homers and 41 RBI on the season.
Ian Kennedy wasn't at his best in Friday's loss to the Phillies, allowing three runs on six hits over five innings.
On the plus side for fantasy owners, he did punch out eight on the night while walking three. Odubel Hererra got the scoring started for the Phillies, blasting a leadoff home run to start the ballgame. Now 6-6 on the season, Kennedy will carry a 4.04 ERA and 1.22 WHIP into Wednesday's tough matchup against the Blue Jays in Toronto.