David Ortiz was 3-for-4 with two homers and six RBI in Boston's 12-5 rout of the Twins on Saturday.
Ortiz hit a three-run shot in the top of the first inning, a run-scoring single in the top of the third and a two-run bomb in the top of the seventh. The veteran designated hitter has regressed some from his hot start but is still sporting an outstanding .362/.408/.681 batting line with seven homers and 29 RBI in 24 games.
Jason Castro had two hits and scored the winning run in the Astros' 4-2 win over the Pirates on Saturday.
Castro led off the top of the 11th inning with a double off the wall and scored on a Matt Dominguez fielder's choice. The catcher owns just a .243/.282/.393 line on the year, but he's got more pop than that and he's been pegged as the Astros' long-term backstop.
Brandon McCarthy threw a three-hit shutout as the Diamondbacks beat the Marlins 1-0 on Saturday.
Everybody looks a little better facing the Marlins, but it's the second-straight outing that McCarthy has held the opponent scoreless and he's now turned in three consecutive quality starts. After his early struggles, McCarthy seems to have turned a corner. We look for him to be more consistent going forward. His next turn will come against the Padres on Friday.
The Rays have officially announced that Jake Odorizzi will be Monday's starter against the Blue Jays.
The move won't be made official until Sunday, but the Rays have confirmed what was suspected since David Price (triceps) went on the disabled list. The Blue Jays are not a very pitcher-friendly opponent, but Odorizzi is talented enough to warrant a roster spot in deeper mixed leagues. The 23-year-old right-hander has a 3.83 ERA and 47/15 K/BB ratio in 44 2/3 innings this season at Triple-A Durham.
Jim Johnson blew his second consecutive save in epic fashion Saturday as the Orioles fell to the Rays.
Johnson entered with the O's leading 6-4 and promptly surrendered five earned runs on three hits and two walks. He was among the best closers in baseball last season and started off strong this year, but his past two outings have been very troubling. The Orioles may want to give him a few days of mental rest.
Joey Votto went 4-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in Saturday's 10-0 defeat of the Phillies.
Votto also drew two walks, reaching base in all six of his plate appearances. He boasts a ridiculous .346/.473/.531 slash line in 43 games this year and is probably the best pure batter in the majors right now. It's just gravy that the power is starting to come around.
Jake Odorizzi is expected to be called up Monday to start in place of David Price against Toronto.
Odorizzi and Alex Colome were the frontrunners for the spot start, and it seems like Odorizzi will win out. Colome pitched for Triple-A Durham on Saturday, and Odorizzi is on the same five-day schedule as Price was. The Blue Jays aren't the most pitcher-friendly opponent for a spot starter, but Odorizzi is good enough that he warrants a look in deeper mixed leagues. The right-hander has a 3.83 ERA and 47/15 K/BB ratio through 44 2/3 innings at Triple-A Durham this year.