The 26-year-old lefty lasted more than six innings for the first time this month, and Saturday's performance has been the best he's done over the course of May. Moore continues to struggle with the homers and he's allowed at least one in eight of his last 10 starts, but at least he showed a marked improvement over what he's done in the past few weeks. His next start is scheduled to happen against the Twins on Thursday.
Pineda struggled badly, and this was his worst outing of the season. His ERA ballooned to 6.92, and has allowed at least six runs in three of his last starts, so things have been rough for him of late. The 27-year-old will try to bounce back in his next outing against Detroit on Thursday.
According to Fletcher, Wilson will make at least two starts at Triple-A before the Angels consider activating him from the 60-day DL. Wilson made his first rehab appearance Wednesday at High-A Inland Empire, allowing one earned run over 4.0 innings while striking out four batters. Given that he needs a minimum of two starts at Triple-A, Wilson appears to be on track for a return closer to mid-June than early-June.
It was a relatively solid outing for the veteran righty, who was largely effective outside of a three-run third inning. Porcello fired 75 of his 106 pitches for strikes, and impressively notched first-pitch strikes on 24 of the 28 batters he faced. He also induced 11 swinging strikes, and got back into the seventh inning after having failed to reach the mark in either of his last two starts. The 27-year-old will face off against a tough Orioles squad next Thursday in Baltimore.
Darvish will be making his much-anticipated 2016 debut Saturday after missing the entire 2015 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. However, he won't likely go very deep in Saturday's outing as the Rangers will keep him on a pitch limit between 85 and 90 pitches. The Rangers optioned outfielder Joey Gallo in a corresponding move Saturday to clear a spot on the active roster for Darvish.
Gray is hoping to return from the DL on June 6, and appears to be on track for that goal. He was placed on the 15-day DL due to a strained right trapezius muscle. He sports a 6.19 ERA on the season.
The veteran southpaw suffered his first loss of the season, and the long ball was a big part of his undoing. Hamels was touched up for a solo shot by Starling Marte in the second, and then fell victim to a three-run knockout blow from Jung-Ho Kang in the fifth. The 32-year-old has now given up eight homers over the last four starts, and has seen his ERA rise almost a full run during May to 3.34. He'll try to bounce back next Wednesday versus Trevor Bauer and the Indians.
The veteran had been battling tightness in his throwing forearm, but he threw a successful sim game earlier in the week, clearing the final hurdle in his rehab. Young won't return to the Royals' rotation right away; instead, he'll assume a bullpen role, with Danny Duffy appearing to be locked into a rotation spot. In a corresponding move, Brian Flynn was optioned back to Triple-A Omaha to clear a roster spot.
Given how far off the rails Owens has become, it's hard to believe the left-hander was being considered for a spot in Boston's starting rotation during spring training. In a three-game cameo role at Boston earlier this season, he walked more batters (13) than innings pitched (12.1). He's pitched better for Pawtucket, but the pesky issue of command continues to haunt him. As the Red Sox consider their starting depth options, you have to think they'd hesitate to bring up Owens in a pinch.
Rodriguez will replace Clay Buchholz in Boston's rotation, after Buchholz pitched himself out of a starting job. The left-handed Rodriguez has made five rehab starts at Triple-A Pawtucket, his most recent one last Tuesday was the best of the bunch. After having some issues with a knee brace, Rodriguez was given a new brace, which made him feel more comfortable and, more importantly, confident when he allowed one run on four hits while striking out seven and walking none in seven innings.