Here’s a look back at this week at MLBTR. Key Moves The Cubs promoted top prospect Kris Bryant. The Diamondbacks promoted top prospect Yasmany Tomas. Designated For Assignment Dodgers – P Ryan Dennick (link), P David Huff (link) Blue Jays – P Todd Redmond (link) Nationals – P Xavier Cedeno (link) Braves – P Juan Jaime (link) Yankees – P Matt Tracy (link) Claimed Dodgers – P Daniel Corcino (from Reds – link) Rangers – P Stolmy Pimentel (from Pirates – link) Outrighted Indians – P Shaun Marcum (link) Yankees – P Kyle Davies (link) Rangers – P Sam Freeman (link) Phillies – P Cesar Jimenez (link) Pirates – IF Pedro Florimon (link) Giants – IF Ehire Adrianza (link) Released Braves – OF Carlos Quentin (link) Indians – P Charles Brewer (link) Key Minor League Signings Rays – C J.P. Arencibia (link) Indians – P Jhoulys Chacin (link), P Ryan Webb (link) Other OF Nate Schierholtz signed with Japan’s Hiroshima Carp.
Josh Collmenter sent the defending World Series champions to their eighth straight loss with a four-hit shutout, the first complete game in the Majors this season. Giants starter Jake Peavy, battling a tight back, exited in the fourth inning after allowing four runs.
The bar is now set so high that when Clayton Kershaw strikes out 12 and allows one earned run in six innings for a win, the postgame talk is about what’s wrong with him.
Trevor Plouffe connected on a walk-off solo homer in the 11th inning to give the Twins a 3-2 win over the Indians on Friday night at Target Field. Plouffe’s blast also gave the Twins their third straight win. Indians ace Corey Kluber’s effort unraveled in the sixth inning after a perfect start to his night.
Though the final line (a quality start with five hits and one run allowed in seven innings) matched the one he posted in a start against the Reds a week ago, Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha went with a different look against the same opponent in Friday’s 6-1 win.
Mike Trout had his first multi-homer game of the season, became the youngest player with 100 home runs and 100 stolen bases and led the Angels to a 6-3 victory over the Astros at Minute Maid Park on Friday night.
A’s third baseman Brett Lawrie insists he had “no intention of hurting anybody” when sliding into Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar at second base while trying to break up a double play in Friday’s 6-4 loss at Kauffman Stadium.
With several skilled starters scheduled to take the mound Saturday, making hitter choices will be a difficult task for DraftKings participants. The best strategy, for some, may be to stack lineups against the few subpar starters on the docket and pay for premium arms.
Minutes before the start of Friday’s 4-1 win over the Marlins, Mets center fielder Juan Lagares stepped onto the field to accept his 2014 Rawlings Gold Glove award, grinning as he hoisted it up with both hands. Then Lagares set about showcasing the skills that helped him earn it.
Bartolo Colon once again baffled and amazed both on the mound and at the plate, Michael Cuddyer drove in the go-ahead run and the Mets overcame an early Giancarlo Stanton homer to win their sixth straight game, 4-1, over the Marlins.