Royals left-hander Jason Vargas has already built a strong case that he deserves to be on the American League All-Star team. On Saturday, he’ll have the opportunity to provide more convincing evidence against righty Marco Estrada and the Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays promoted outfielder Ian Parmley from Triple-A Buffalo on Friday and he started in right field for the series opener against the Royals.
Justin Smoak has done a lot to help the Blue Jays this season and the organization is responding by doing whatever it can to help the first baseman get to Miami as an American League All-Star.
Whit Merrifield’s two-run double capped a wild ninth inning as the Royals rallied for a 5-4 win over the Blue Jays on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium. It was Merrifield’s first career walk-off hit.
The Orioles signed two of their top pitchers on Friday, inking second-round supplemental Draft pick Zac Lowther and third-rounder Michael Baumann. The club also signed second-round high-school shortstop Adam Hall for $1.3 million, which is over slot for pick No. 60 (valued at $1,068,700).
The Orioles reinstated Darren O’Day from the 10-day disabled list prior to Friday’s game, a move that Baltimore hopes helps stabilize the bullpen and is the beginning of getting back on the right track.
The Rays have placed Colby Rasmus on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to Monday) with left hip tendinitis.
Rays right-hander Chris Archer (5-4, 3.75) awaits the Baltimore Orioles as they travel to Tampa Bay looking to put an end to their recent road funk.
A three-RBI night by Austin Jackson gave Indians starter Mike Clevinger just enough cushion to go a solid five innings, as the Indians secured a series victory with a 6-3 win over the Orioles on Thursday night at Camden Yards.
The Orioles faithful rose with the crack of the bat, suddenly intoxicated by the possibility of slugger Mark Trumbo’s follow through. Perhaps this night would be different, and Baltimore would not wilt due to poor pitching. Perhaps Trumbo’s second-inning swat would carry and carry and settle into the left-field seats.