John Lackey twirled a gem in Friday's victory over the Indians, allowing just one unearned run on two hits over seven innings.
Lackey matched his season high with eight strikeouts while walking three. He's been extremely impressive through his first seven starts on the season, posting a 2.72 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 40/11 K/BB ratio over 39 2/3 innings. He'll look to carry the momentum over from this strong outing when he does battle against the Phillies in Philadelphia on Wednesday.
James Neal notched a hat trick to help the Penguins advance to the Eastern Conference final with a 6-2 win over the Senators on Friday night.
Beyond the 4-1 series win, the best sign for the Penguins is that their sniper has found his mark of late, recording five of his six playoff goals over the past two games. Neal also added an assist as the Penguins proved to be too talented and far too deep for the Senators to contend with. After missing Game 4 because of an undisclosed injury, Brenden Morrow returned and scored the game's first goal early in the first period. Kris Letang potted a goal and had two assists, while Evgeni Malkin got a marker and a helper. Rest might be the only thing that could slow this team down as the dangerous Penguins have now scored 13 goals over their last two tilts.
Jim Henderson was removed from Friday's game against the Pirates due to an apparent leg injury.
No word yet on the extent of the injury or how much time he may miss. Francisco Rodriguez, and not John Axford, replaced Henderson with the Brewers clinging to a one-run lead. The team should release an update on his status after the game.
Curtis Granderson (fractured knuckle) will miss a minimum of four weeks.
Granderson sustained the injury when he was hit by a pitch during the fifth inning of Friday's game against the Rays. It's a tough blow for the Yankees, who will turn back to Ichiro Suzuki and Brennan Boesch to carry the load while Granderson is sidelined.
Chris Davis went 3-for-4 with his major league-leading 16th homer in a win over the Blue Jays on Friday.
The home run was a solo shot. Davis cooled down a bit after his ridiculous start to the season, but now he's red-hot once again. The 27-year-old slugger has gone deep in three straight games and five out of his last seven. Meanwhile, his batting line sits at a ridiculous .337/.426/.723 through 47 games. We could be witness a true breakout here.
Jordan Zimmermann became the National League's first eight-game winner after allowing two runs in seven innings Friday in a 5-2 victory over the Phillies.
Zimmermann didn't have his best stuff, but still managed to keep the Phillies in check. All told, he gave up six hits while striking out one and walking none. Zimmermann has allowed more than two runs in a start just once this season and his ERA sits at a stingy 1.71 on the year. He'll look to keep it going in an interleague matchup against the Orioles next week.
David Phelps was removed in the eighth inning of Friday's game against the Rays after being drilled by a line drive on the right forearm.
It's a very tough break for Phelps who had pitched fairly well in the game. He logged a career-high 7 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on six hits while striking out three. He retired the first 13 hitters he faced on the night before James Loney doubled with one out in the fifth. The Yankees should have an update on his status after the conclusion of the game.