For the fourth consecutive game, the Angels put on an offensive showcase as they defeated the Mariners, 7-1, on Wednesday at Angel Stadium.
Lefty Erik Bedard will try to end the Astros' six-game losing streak against the A's when Houston plays host to Tommy Milone and Oakland for the start of a three-game set on Friday night at Minute Maid Park.
When Kevin Gausman received the news on Tuesday, he had a tough time wrapping his head around the idea. The 22-year-old Orioles prospect was informed he would be making his first Major League start on Thursday against the Blue Jays in Toronto, and it took until Wednesday for the news to really sink in.
One year ago on May 22, the roles were reversed: The Rays had a 26-18 record and a 3 1/2-game lead over the Yankees for second place in the American League East. Yet it was the Yanks who ended up taking the division title. As the two teams prepare to start a three-game series Friday, the Yankees find themselves in first place with a 4 1/2-game lead over the fourth-place Rays.
The revival of Scott Kazmir is still a process in the making.