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Taijuan Walker allowed just two hits over eight scoreless innings Friday in defeat the Indians.

We give up. Walker is simply inscrutable. He struck out eight and walked none in this one after entering the day with a 39/23 K/BB ratio in 43 innings. The win was just his second to go along with five losses, and even after the gem, his ERA stands at 6.18. The talent is certainly there to produce more outings like this, but who knows what might materialize next?
May 30 - 1:53 AM

Fernando Rodney recorded his 14th save despite giving up a run in the ninth Friday against the Indians.

Rodney surrendered an RBI triple to Ryan Raburn before getting Michael Brantley to fly out to end the game. Just nine of his 21 pitches were strikes. Lloyd McClendon has been stubbornly patient with him, but this can't be allowed to go on for more longer. Rodney has allowed runs in seven of 10 appearances this month.
May 30 - 1:50 AM

Trevor Bauer allowed two runs over seven innings and struck out 10 against the Mariners on Friday.

Bauer has pitched at least seven innings in four starts starts, giving up five runs over 29 1/3 innings during that span. He did take the loss tonight, but his ERA is down to 2.97.
May 30 - 1:48 AM

Batting cleanup for the first time this season, Seth Smith homered and walked against the Indians on Friday.

The Mariners hit Nelson Cruz third tonight with Robinson Cano sitting again, leaving Smith to hit cleanup. Even though it worked, we wouldn't expect Smith to remain there Saturday.
May 30 - 1:46 AM

Sonny Gray pitched eight innings of two-run ball to beat the Yankees on Friday.

It's the ninth time in 11 starts this season that Gray has allowed two runs or fewer. He's looking like a legitimate AL Cy Young contender with his 6-2 record and 1.82 ERA.
May 30 - 1:44 AM

Brett Lawrie hit his fourth homer Friday in the win over the Yankees.

Lawrie is batting .296 in May after coming in at .229 in April. Still, we'd be more encouraged if it didn't come with a 27/3 K/BB ratio. Incidentally, that's identical to his mark from April. He actually has a 44/2 K/BB ratio against righties and a 10/4 K/BB ratio versus lefties.
May 30 - 1:43 AM

Brian McCann homered in a fourth straight start Friday against the Athletics.

The incredible thing is that the last two homers have come in road games in Oakland. Prior to Thursday, 25 of his 29 homers as a Yankee had come in the Bronx.
May 30 - 1:39 AM

Hector Santiago blanked the Tigers for 7 1/3 innings Friday in the Angels' 2-0 victory.

Santiago allowed three hits, walked three and struck out seven in his fifth straight quality start. His peripherals aren't nearly as impressive as his 2.18 ERA, but something about his 89-93 mph fastball is getting him a lot of easy outs.
May 30 - 1:38 AM

Anibal Sanchez struck out nine while allowing two runs in seven innings Friday against the Angels.

Sanchez took his sixth loss, but this still qualifies as an encouraging outing, even if he did give up his 12th homer of the season to Albert Pujols. It's the third time in four starts that he's struck out at least nine.
May 30 - 1:34 AM

Albert Pujols finished 3-for-4 with a homer against the Tigers on Friday.

Homers in back-to-back games have given Pujols 10 for the year. Incredibly, he still has just 20 RBI, even though he's been hitting behind Mike Trout all season. One imagines he'll come around there, though.
May 30 - 1:33 AM

Geovany Soto had a go-ahead two-run double as the White Sox topped the Astros 6-3 in 11 innings on Friday.

Soto entered the game after Jose Abreu exited in the eighth inning with a swollen finger and went on to have the big hit in extras. After making the White Sox out of spring training on a minor league deal, the 32-year-old backstop is batting .203/.250/.344 with two home runs and nine RBI in a part-time role this season.
May 30 - 12:41 AM

David Robertson pitched a scoreless 11th inning Friday against the Astros to convert his 10th save of the season.

After blowing back-to-back saves earlier this week, Robertson bounced back nicely in this one, working around a two-out single to finish off the victory. The 30-year-old has a 2.49 ERA and 32/3 K/BB ratio over 21 2/3 innings of work this season and is clearly a top-tier closer in fantasy leagues.
May 30 - 12:41 AM

Carlos Rodon yielded three runs (one earned) over 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Astros on Friday.

In a battle of rookies, Rodon had the upper hand on this night. The southpaw allowed just one run over the first five innings before a pair of errors allowed two runs to score in the sixth. He struck out four and walked none, which is a nice sign of progress considering that he issued 15 walks over his first three starts. He'll bring a 3.45 ERA into a start against the Rangers on the road next week.
May 30 - 12:40 AM

Lance McCullers gave up two runs (one earned) and lasted just 4 1/3 innings Friday against the White Sox.

McCullers was pulled after loading the bases in the fifth inning. The rookie right-hander notched seven strikeouts in his brief outing, but he allowed a bunch of baserunners, giving up five hits and two walks while hitting two batters. He has failed to complete five innings in two out of his first three starts in the majors. He'll look to go a bit longer against the Orioles next week in another home start.
May 30 - 12:40 AM

Gordon Beckham had a sacrifice fly and a solo home run Friday against the Astros.

Beckham, who entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the fifth inning, tied things up with his solo homer in the eighth and the White Sox eventually won in extras. The 28-year-old has done a nice job in a utility role this season, batting .260 with three home runs, 13 RBI, and a .772 OPS over 37 games.
May 30 - 12:39 AM



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