Luke Gregerson RP HOU 1 hour ago
Gregerson struck out two during a perfect ninth inning Tuesday to earn his 13th save of the season.
Gregerson rebounded nicely Tuesday after allowing a home run in his previous appearance Sunday at Detroit. He needed only 10 pitches to retire Chris Davis, Alejandro de Aza and Delmon Young in order. Through 21 relief appearances with the Astros this season, he has a 3.92 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 20:5 K:BB over 20.2 innings.
Scott Feldman SP HOU 2 hours ago
Feldman limited the Orioles to one run on four hits and three walks with two strikeouts over six innings Tuesday to earn his fourth victory of the season.
Despite walking three in the contest, Feldman (4-4) only holds a 2.10 BB/9 this season, which would qualify as a career-best mark in a season for him. The veteran right-hander will face Baltimore again for his next start Monday, this time at Minute Maid Park where he holds a 5.50 ERA this season.
David Ortiz DH BOS 2 hours ago
Ortiz, batting fifth in the order for the first time this season, went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Tuesday night's loss to the Twins.
Ortiz is having a slump similar to the epic one he had in 2009. His slash after Tuesday's game is .222/.309/.386/.695. Against left-handers, it's uglier. He has just six hits in 57 at-bats (.105) against south-paws. According to Fangraphs, one problem is that Ortiz is making contact with pitches in the strike zone at his lowest rate since 2010. Thus, his percentage of swinging strikes has increased.
Pablo Sandoval 3B BOS 2 hours ago
Sandoval batted from the left side against Minnesota left-hander Glen Perkins and singled in Tuesday night's loss.
In two straight opportunities against south-paws, Sandoval has eschewed batting from the right side and reached base safely on hits. There's been recent talk of Sandoval giving up on switch hitting and the evidence out there for all to see: he's batting .049 from the right side and .349 from the left. Those are the widest splits of any qualifying switch-hitter in baseball.
Joe Kelly SP BOS 3 hours ago
Kelly met with manager John Farrell and pitching coach Carl Willis on Tuesday for about 40 minutes, one day after the pitcher allowed seven runs in 1.2 innings in a loss to the Twins, the Boston Globe reports. The outing left Kelly's season indicators at 1-4 with a 6.24 ERA.
"The one thing that we continually try to point out to Joe is he's learning himself as a pitcher and what makes him most effective. [Monday] there were a number of balls that leaked back to the middle of the plate that he paid for," said Farrell, who believes Kelly needs to throw his curve ball more often. One gets the sense that Kelly's on a short leash. He's scheduled to start Saturday and if things don't turn around quickly, the Red Sox have options on staff right now in Matt Barnes or at Triple-A in Brian Johnson (5-3, 2.92 ERA) or Eduardo Rodriguez (4-3, 2.98 ERA).
Clay Buchholz SP BOS 3 hours ago
Buchholz allowed two runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out four in 7.1 innings in Tuesday night's loss to the Twins. In his last four starts spanning 29 innings, Buchholz has permitted eight runs (seven earned) on 22 hits and six walks while striking out 22.
Buchholz was stellar after giving up two first-inning runs, but his mates didn't support him once again, a pattern that's become more and more common over the past few weeks for Boston. The batting order supported him with just three runs in his last three starts. He's been good enough to win some games, but Buchholz is just 1-2 with a no-decision in his last four games, despite posting a 2.17 ERA.
Jesse Biddle SP PHI 3 hours ago
Biddle allowed one run on five hits over five innings in a win for Double-A Reading on Tuesday. He walked two and did not strike out a batter.
Biddle was returning to the rotation after having his last start skipped in order to work on his mechanics. The lefty is 4-1 with a 4.46 ERA and a 30:19 K:BB ratio in 40.1 innings this season.
Sandy Leon C BOS 3 hours ago
Leon had two hits in three at-bats in Tuesday night's loss to the Twins.
Leon has become the catcher of choice when Clay Buchholz is pitching, so you can expect at least one start every fifth day for the backup catcher. He's normally not much of a hitter.
Jeanmar Gomez RP PHI 3 hours ago
Gomez was tagged with his first loss of the season Tuesday after allowing a run in the 10th inning against the Mets.
Gomez is now 0-1 with a 3.10 ERA and a 10:6 K:BB ratio in 20.1 innings. He will continue to see most of his work in the middle innings.
Aaron Nola SP PHI 3 hours ago
Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Nola will be limited to around 170 innings this season, the Philadelphia Inquirer on Monday.
Nola, 21, is in his first full season of professional ball. He is 6-3 with a 1.87 ERA and a 43:7 K:BB ratio in 57.2 innings this season.