David DeJesus provided most of the offense and the Rays’ pitching did its part in a 3-0 win over the A’s on Thursday night with a crowd of 10,605 watching at Tropicana Field. The victory lifted Tampa Bay into sole possession of first place in the AL East, a half-game ahead of the idle Yankees.
Left-hander Jorge De La Rosa surpassed Ubaldo Jimenez as Colorado’s career strikeout leader during an otherwise unremarkable start in the Rockies’ 7-3 victory over the Phillies on Thursday.
After more than a week of deliberation, Rays starting pitcher Drew Smyly has decided not to end his 2015 season. Smyly announced Thursday that he will not undergo surgery on the torn labrum in his left shoulder, electing to instead rehab the injury.
The Cardinals may have been seeking better than the series split they got with Thursday’s 5-0 loss to the Mets. But they departed New York with potentially a bigger long-term find. The search for a fifth starter turned to Jaime Garcia, who, making his first start in 11 months, went seven innings while flashing the movement that has long made his pitches so hard for hitters to pick up.
Jacob deGrom’s early-season rough patch has officially come to an end. deGrom’s eight shutout innings led the Mets to a 5-0 win over the Cardinals at Citi Field on Thursday afternoon, giving the clubs a four-game series split and boosting the Mets to their fourth win in six games.
Every lineup, every day, as they are made public by the clubs.
Twins reliever Blaine Boyer, who has a 2.49 ERA on the season and a 0.48 ERA over his last 16 appearances, said a tweak to his mechanics helped him overcome an early-season slide, but that a team meeting called by Twins manager Paul Molitor after the club’s 1-6 start helped put him at ease and got him back on the right track.
Paul Goldschmidt wasn’t in the D-backs’ starting lineup for the first time this season for Thursday’s series finale against the Marlins.
Mariano Rivera, the son of the iconic Yankees closer, was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year earlier in the week in recognition of his stellar season for Iona College.