Strasmas made its way to Fenway Park for the first time last night, as Stephen Strasburg allowed two runs over six innings in a 7-4 win over the Red Sox.
Strasburg, who was pitching on the two year anniversary of his major league debut, tied a season-high with 13 strikeouts and threw a career-high 119 pitches. He threw 33 of them in his final inning of work, as he managed to wiggle out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam by striking out Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Kevin Youkilis.
The Nationals pounded out 12 hits in the victory. Bryce Harper led the charge by going 3-for-5 with a two-run homer. The 19-year-old phenom is now hitting .288/.367/.532 with six homers, 17 RBI and an .899 OPS over his first 32 major league games. That’s pretty good.
Strasburg improved to 7-1 with the win and now holds a 2.41 ERA and 92/19 K/BB ratio over 68 innings this season. The Nationals currently sit at 33-23 on the year and have a one-game lead over the surging Braves in the ultra-competitive National League East.
Your Friday box scores:
Phillies 9, Orioles 6
Mets 1, Yankees 9
Royals 2, Pirates 4
Tigers 5, Reds 6 (10 innings)
Rays 5, Marlins 1
Blue Jays 3, Braves 4 (10 innings)
Astros 8, White Sox 3
Cubs 7, Twins 8 (10 innings)
Indians 6, Cardinals 2
Angels 7, Rockies 2
Athletics 8, Diamondbacks 9
Dodgers 0, Mariners 1
Rangers 5, Giants 0
Padres 5, Brewers 9
Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels have inked outfielder Eric Young, Jr. to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Young, 31, played in just six games and logged one plate appearance in the majors this past season with the Yankees. He last played regularly in 2014. While Young doesn’t do much with the bat, he could provide value as a pinch-runner. He also offers versatility, having played all three outfield positions along with second base.
The Angels have Ben Revere as their fourth outfielder and Jefry Marte behind him, so Young would need to have a very impressive showing in spring training to find a spot on the Angels’ roster.
Update (5:20 PM EST): It’s a minor league contract, per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. If he makes the major league roster, Saltalamacchia will earn $1.25 million with an additional $250,000 available through incentives.
The Blue Jays are close to a deal with free agent catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet is reporting.
Saltalamacchia, 31, hit a meager .171/.284/.346 with 12 home runs and 38 RBI in 292 plate appearances with the Tigers this past season. With Russell Martin getting regular playing time behind the plate, Saltalamacchia will serve as his understudy, pushing A.J. Jimenez and Juan Graterol down on the depth chart.
The veteran catcher isn’t far removed from being a productive backstop. He had an .805 OPS in 70 games with the Diamondbacks in 2015 and also helped the Red Sox win the World Series in 2013 with an .804 OPS in 121 games.