The struggling Red Sox offense was expecting to rely on Shane Victorino as its No. 2 hitter against the Angels on Saturday, but the oft-injured outfielder had to be removed from the game after tweaking his left calf during the third inning.
Garrett Jones finally got his chance to see what it feels like to be a pitcher in the big leagues, though it came under circumstances that he and the Yankees would have much rather avoided.
Shin Soo-Choo homered and drove in four runs and the Rangers enjoyed a 10-run third inning, routing CC Sabathia and the Yankees in a 15-4 blowout on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
The rest of the 2015 season appeared in jeopardy for Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco after it was revealed on Saturday that he had a setback with the left hip impingement he has been dealing with for several weeks.
Matt Moore threw two innings in an extended spring training game Saturday at Charlotte Sports Park, and everything went well for the left-hander. Moore, who is in the final stretch of his recovery from Tommy John surgery to his left elbow, allowed two runs on five hits with a walk and a strikeout in two innings. He threw 36 pitches, 25 of which were strikes.
A rotation that has little room for bad news got some more on Saturday when the Reds revealed that ace Johnny Cueto will not make his next start on Sunday vs. the Indians. Cueto reported feeling right elbow stiffness since his previous start on Tuesday vs. the Royals.
Here are today’s minor moves from around the league. The Dodgers have signed righty Mickey Storey to a minor-league deal, SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo tweets. Storey will head to Double-A Tulsa. Storey pitched in the Blue Jays system in 2014 and began his 2015 season with five dominant starts for Somerset in the Atlantic League. The 29-year-old has a career 4.19 ERA, 10.5 K/9 and 2.9 BB/9 in 34 1/3 career big-league innings with the Astros and Blue Jays. The Marlins have announced that they’ve selected the contract of Vin Mazzaro from Triple-A New Orleans and recalled fellow righty Andre Rienzo
School’s out for Marcus Stroman, for the weekend anyway. The injured Blue Jays pitcher took a break from his studies at Duke University and visited Rogers Centre to see his teammates and shag fly balls on Saturday as the Blue Jays took on the Mariners.
Mariners closer Fernando Rodney had allowed runs in five of his six May appearances heading into play Saturday, but the veteran right-hander has recorded nine straight saves since his one blown opportunity in early April, and manager Lloyd McClendon said that means Rodney is getting his job done.