Tigers shortstop Eugenio Suarez notched his first hit as a major leaguer. It happened to be a home run. Every Tigers starter except Austin Jackson had an RBI. Jon Lester surrendered five runs on 12 hits over four and a third innings. All that helped the Red Sox to their fifth straight loss, as they continue their streaky ways.
Crazy idea: the Red Sox aren’t streaky. They just kinda stink and they happened to catch two other teams — the Rays and Braves — who have been stinking an awful lot lately to break up all of these losses with that winning streak.
Cardinals 5, Blue Jays 0
Cubs 5, Marlins 2
Brewers 9, Pirates 3
Twins 8, Astros 0
Reds 6, Phillies 5
Indians 8, Rangers 3
Rockies 5, Dodgers 4
Mariners 7, Rays 4
Giants 5, Mets 4
Orioles 6, Athletics 3
Padres 4, Nationals 3
Tigers 8, Red Sox 6
Diamondbacks 4, Braves 3
Royals 8, Yankees 4
Angels 6, White Sox 5
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.