He snapped a four-game losing streak with his 10th quality start of the season. Porcello was in fine form, pounding the zone with 73 strikes in 102 pitches, and he avoided the long ball for just the second time in his last five outings. The right-hander will look to keep rolling Wednesday at home against the Twins.
Austin will replace Chris Carter, who was designated for assignment after striking out three times in an 0-for-4 performance Friday night. Austin was hitting a spicy .292/.355/.552 with 16 extra-base hits at Triple-A, and in the wake of Carter's struggles, he'll get a chance to show what he can do in the majors.
Boston tagged him for three runs in the bottom of the first inning before Hanley Ramirez sent Meyer to the showers with a two-run blast in the fourth. It was the right-hander's shortest outing of the season and pumped his ERA back up to 4.20 after he'd got it below 4.00 for the first time all year in his last start. He'll look to bounce back Wednesday at home against the Dodgers.
Carter went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in his final game to bring his batting line to a brutal .204/.286/.383. The pop he provides just hasn't been enough to offset his lack of contact ability. The Yankees will call up Tyler Austin to replace Carter before Saturday's game.
Darvish had needed just 88 pitches to throw seven shutout innings, so it was assumed that something was up when he didn't come out for the eighth. Given Darvish's injury history, it's understandable that the Rangers didn't want to push him at even the slightest hint of tightness. As this move was called precautionary, he shouldn't be expected to miss a start, but his progress should be monitored throughout the week.
The 21-year-old has been coming on with the Sounds, hitting .324 over the last 10 contests, and posting a solid .282/.328/.432 line over 67 games overall. Barreto was initially expected to be a post-All-Star-break call-up, but Pinder's left hamstring strain, which could conceivably result in a disabled list stint, has significantly increased the chances of a much quicker debut.
Manager Scott Servais mentioned that while Moore was very impressive in his Thursday debut, they want to make sure he keeps pitching on a regular schedule. With Felix Hernandez returning Friday from his shoulder injury -- and the Mariners not expected to need a fifth starter until July 3 at the earliest -- the one place where he could take the hill every fifth day in the interim was with the Rainiers. If Moore indeed comes back within a couple of weeks, it almost surely be due to the continued absence of Hisashi Iwakuma (shoulder).
He's now allowed runs in four of his last seven appearances, with four homers allowed in the same stretch. Bush's role is still relatively secure, but Keone Kela has been solid in an eighth inning role and could pose a threat if Bush's struggles continue much longer.
Fantasy owners and Dodgers fans alike can breathe a sigh of relief. When Seager grabbed at his hamstring rounding first base, it was easy to assume the worst. Seager should still be considered questionable for Saturday's game, but it doesn't sound like a disabled list trip will be required.
Grichuk has slashed .268/.328/.607 with eight extra-base hits (two doubles, a triple and five home runs) for the Redbirds, but he's also struck out 18 times over 60 plate appearances. That's left him with an identical strikeout rate (29.8 percent) to the one that he compiled in 46 games with the Cardinals and led to his demotion to the minors back in late May. With the outfielder's swings-and-misses still too plentiful for the team's liking, it appears that the 25-year-old will continue toiling away at the Triple-A level for the foreseeable future.