With the Chicago Cubs in town for a three-game series at Fenway Park this weekend, team president of baseball operations Theo Epstein was taking full advantage of the opportunity to return to his hometown, this time as the man who was key to ending two of the longest-enduring World Series championship droughts in history.
Noah Syndergaard said he "felt great" after throwing Friday afternoon at Nationals Park, keeping him on track to pitch Sunday against the Nationals.
Nelson Cruz was scheduled to hit clean-up on Friday in the series opener in Cleveland, but Mariners manager Scott Servais scratched him from the lineup a few hours before the game.
Tim Beckham is playing everyday as the Rays' shortstop, and he hasn't been just holding the post while Matt Duffy rehabs his surgically repaired heel. Beckham has thrived.
Mariners ace Felix Hernandez was diagnosed with bursitis in his right shoulder and is expected to miss three to four weeks, the club announced on Friday. Hernandez, a six-time All-Star, is 2-2 with a 4.73 ERA in five starts this season after allowing four runs on six hits in his most recent start, an abbreviated outing against Detroit.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia's brief tenure with the Blue Jays has come to an end after the veteran catcher was designated for assignment on Friday afternoon.