The longest current winning streak in the American League belongs to the Rays — a team that might also boast the AL’s Cy Young Award winner.
David Price was at it again on Saturday night, allowing just two runs over seven innings while striking out five as Tampa Bay rolled to its fifth straight win with a 4-2 defeat of the Twins.
Price now has a 2.50 ERA and 1.12 WHIP in 23 starts this season. The 26-year-old lefty has fanned 151 batters and walked only 48 in 155 total frames.
The Rays will look to make it six straight in Sunday’s series-finale with Minnesota.
Price, who finished second in the Cy Young Award race in 2010, pitches next against the Angels.
Your Saturday recaps and box scores:
Yankees 5, Blue Jays 2
Reds 4, Cubs 2
Rockies 3, Giants 9
Red Sox 2, Indians 5
Brewers 5, Astros 6 (10 innings)
Cardinals 4, Phillies 1
Padres 5, Pirates 0
Athletics 9, White Sox 7
Rays 4, Twins 2
Braves 9, Mets 3
Dodgers 3, Marlins 7
Tigers 1, Rangers 2
Nationals 6, Diamondbacks 5
Mariners 7, Angels 4
Royals 7, Orioles 3
Nationals GM Mike Rizzo said on Tuesday that starter Stephen Strasburg is unlikely to pitch in the NLDS against the Dodgers, Chase Hughes of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports. Strasburg hasn’t pitched since September 7 due to a strained flexor mass.
Strasburg was pitching well before a few poor starts prior to being shut down in August. He currently holds a 3.60 ERA with a 183/44 K/BB ratio in 147 2/3 innings.
The Nationals signed Strasburg to a seven-year, $175 million contract extension in May. This was obviously not how they invisioned his 2016 campaign going.
Nationals starter A.J. Cole has been fined an undisclosed amount and suspended five games by Major League Baseball for intentionally throwing at Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang on Sunday, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports. Cole is appealing his suspension.
Kang faked a tag on Bryce Harper, who was coming into third base on a triple. The fake-out caused Harper to slide awkwardly, injuring his left thumb. The Nationals took exception to this and Cole threw a fastball that ended sailing behind Kang’s back during his next at-bat. Cole was ejected and both benches emptied. There was some yelling and some light pushing and shoving, but nothing beyond that.
Cole will remain active until his appeal is heard, which may allow him to make one more start before the end of the regular season. He’s carrying a 5.09 ERA with a 37/14 K/BB ratio in 35 1/3 innings over seven starts this season.