Cleveland and New York are playing a doubleheader today and the Indians took Game 1 behind a complete-game shutout by Justin Masterson, who improves to 6-2 with a 3.14 ERA on the season. Jason Kipnis’ solo homer in the first inning ended up being the only scoring in a 1-0 game.
Masterson’s complete-game shutout is just the eighth thrown against the Yankees since 2005:
Justin Masterson 2013
Felix Hernandez 2012
Dan Haren 2011
Felix Hernandez 2010
Roy Halladay 2009
Roy Halladay 2008
Jon Lester 2008
Roy Halladay 2005
Masterson previously shut out the White Sox on April 21, so he now has two of the American League’s eight shutouts this year.
The Rays announced on Wednesday that the club purchased the contract of lefty reliever Jonny Venters from Triple-A Durham. The 33-year-old hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 due to a continuous battle with arm injuries. The Rays note that he has undergone two and a half Tommy John surgeries, which is a number that seems to be in dispute.
Venters signed a minor league contract with the Rays in December. With Durham so far this season, he gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits and five walks with six strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.
Before the injuries, Venters was among the best relievers in 2010-11. In those two seasons, he posted a combined 1.89 ERA with 189 strikeouts and 82 walks in 171 innings.