Brian Johnson
Red Sox's Brian Johnson: Pitch count up
Brian Johnson, SP, BOS
8:37 AM
News: Johnson allowed one run on six hits and three walks while striking out six for Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday.

Johnson was slowed during training camp by a toe injury and had been on a pitch count, but has thrown 95 and 96 pitches, respectively, in his last two starts. The left-hander has allowed seven runs (five earned) on 19 hits and 11 walks in 20 innings over his first four starts. He typically exhibits better command than what he's shown early, but that will come. Johnson is a name to keep in mind as the Red Sox sort through injuries (Eduardo Rodriguez, Joe Kelly) and poor performances (Clay Buchholz, Henry Owens) in its starting staff.

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Tyler Chatwood
Rockies' Tyler Chatwood: 6.1 shutout innings Friday
Tyler Chatwood, SP, COL
8:35 AM
News: Chatwood (3-2) allowed no runs on five hits and three walks while striking out four over 6.1 innings to earn the win Friday at the Diamondbacks.

Chatwood was provided with plenty of run support while he was busy blanking the Diamondbacks until his exit in the seventh inning. He's been amazing in his three starts on the road as he's allowed one earned run over 19.2 innings of work. On the season he has an ERA of 2.73 to go along with a 1.28 WHIP. He'll make his next start Wednesday at the Padres.

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Robbie Ray
Diamondbacks' Robbie Ray: Allows five runs Friday
Robbie Ray, SP, ARI
8:35 AM
News: Ray (1-1) allowed five runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out five over four innings to take the loss Friday against the Rockies.

Ray allowed four homers in his five innings of work while his offense provided him no run support, leading to his first loss of the year. After starting the season with three strong outings in which he's allowed no more than two runs in any game, he's now allowed 10 runs over his last seven innings of work to raise his ERA to 4.97. He'll make his next start Thursday at the Marlins.

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Henry Owens
Red Sox's Henry Owens: Fastball concerns in Friday's win
Henry Owens, SP, BOS
6:57 AM
News: Owens' fastball sat in the 87 mph range Friday and just 15 of his 34 fastballs were strikes, according to Brooks Baseball.

Watching Owens struggle to command his fastball is nothing new, but seeing his velocity dip to the upper 80s is worrisome. If a pitcher throws in the 80s, the command had better be pinpoint, but as we've seen time and again with Owens, he's not consistently pinpoint. He essentially ditched the heater Friday night in favor of a mix of curveball, slider and changeup -- pitches that are considered better than his fastball, but not nearly as effective when he isn't commanding. He's labored through command issues, it seems, nearly every season going back to 2012, but appeared to have solved it mid-season in 2015. Those command issues are back and will prevent him from sticking in the major league rotation if he can't sort them out.

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Sean Manaea
Athletics' Sean Manaea: Allows four earned runs in first Major League start
Sean Manaea, SP, OAK
1:19 AM
News: Manaea allowed four runs in five innings while striking out three in hie Major League debut on Friday night against the Astros.

Manaea allowed one run through the first five innings, but ran into trouble in the sixth inning allowing three straight batters to reach base without getting an out. His line got uglier after Sean Doolittle entered the game and allowed two inherited runners to score. Manaea looked good in the first five innings, but the four walks allowed are a concern. He is expected to stick in the A's rotation and will next take the mound on Wednesday against Seattle.

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Steven Matz
Mets' Steven Matz: Spins six shutout innings in Mets' win
Steven Matz, SP, NYM
4/29/2016
News: Matz tossed six shutout innings, allowing seven hits, and walking three, while striking out four as the Mets decimated the Giants 13-1 Friday night.

After being shelled in his first start, Matz (3-1) has now held opponents to just a pair of runs over his last 19.1 innings. He needed 110 pitches (71 for strikes) to make it through six innings in this one, and the seven hits and three walks stand out, but with a huge lead, throwing strikes can make a pitcher somewhat more hittable. He'll try to keep things rolling with a favorable match-up against the Braves at home next time out.

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Jake Peavy
Giants' Jake Peavy: Battered as Mets crush San Francisco
Jake Peavy, SP, SF
4/29/2016
News: Peavy was blasted for six runs on four hits, walking five and striking out three over two-plus innings of a 13-1 loss to the Mets on Friday night.

Peavy (1-2) logged a couple of scoreless innings before the dam burst in the third. He faced six hitters in the inning - all of which reached and eventually scored - before departing. He then watched as the bullpen coughed up six more scores in a 12-run inning. Peavy was coming off his best start of the season, but this debacle drove his ERA back up to an obscene 8.61 on the year. He'll try to get things back on track against the light-hitting Reds in Cincinnati next time out.

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Mike Leake
Cardinals' Mike Leake: Allows five runs Friday
Mike Leake, SP, STL
4/29/2016
News: Leake (0-3) allowed five runs on five hits and one walk while striking out two over seven innings, but took the loss Friday against the Nationals.

After jumping out to a one-run lead after the first inning, a four-run fourth inning ultimately led to Leake losing his third straight decision. He's struggled mightily this season, as opponents have scored at least four runs against him in each of his five starts, and his ERA currently sits at 5.83 to go along with a 1.40 WHIP. He'll make his next start Wednesday against the Phillies.

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Stephen Strasburg
Nationals' Stephen Strasburg: Earns fourth win Friday
Stephen Strasburg, SP, WAS
4/29/2016
News: Strasburg (4-0) allowed two runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out nine over seven innings to earn the win Friday at the Cardinals.

After allowing a pair of runs in the first inning, Strasburg settled down and didn't allow a run in his final six innings of work. He's now allowed two or fewer runs in four of his five starts, and he boasts a 2.25 ERA to go along with a 1.00 WHIP. He'll make his next start Wednesday at the Royals.

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Tyler Skaggs
Angels' Tyler Skaggs: In need of further medical evaluation
Tyler Skaggs, SP, LAA
4/29/2016
News: Skaggs is dealing with a shoulder injury and will be evaluated Monday in Los Angeles, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.

Skaggs entered the season with elbow issues and now it seems to have crept up into his shoulder. There's no telling how long he'll be out until the results of his medical evaluations are made public, making him a risky option to pursue in the meantime. At just 24 years old, Skaggs will be expected to join the Angels' bullpen at some point this season if he receives beneficial news Monday.

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