Jose Fernandez starts have become must-see events for both casual and serious baseball fans.
The 21-year-old right-hander was again in fine form on Saturday night against the Padres, yielding just three hits over 6 2/3 scoreless innings while using his upper-90s fastball and wicked-but-under-control slider to strike out eight Padres batters. Giancarlo Stanton drove in two runs and Christian Yelich drove in one as the young Marlins grabbed a 5-0 victory over the Friars and moved to 5-1 on the year.
It’s ridiculously early, but the Fish currently hold the best run differential (+23) in the major leagues.
Your Saturday box scores and recaps:
Twins 7, Indians 3
Reds 3, Mets 6
Yankees 0, Blue Jays 4
Phillies 2, Cubs 0
Orioles 6, Tigers 7
White Sox 3, Royals 4
Giants 7, Dodgers 2
Mariners 3, Athletics 1
Braves 6, Nationals 2
Cardinals 6, Pirates 1
Angels 5, Astros 1
Padres 0, Marlins 5
Rangers 4, Rays 5
Brewers 7, Red Sox 6 (11 innings)
Diamondbacks 4, Rockies 9
The Tigers signed catcher Josh Thole to a minor league deal, per an announcement from the Double-A Erie SeaWolves on Friday. Thole is expected to report to Double-A Erie, where he’ll split time with starting catcher Jake Rogers.
Thole, 31, has not appeared in a major or minor league game since 2016. He signed a minors deal with the Diamondbacks back in 2017, but was sidelined through most of the season after undergoing hamstring surgery in April. He was released by the team during spring training and failed to catch on with another major league club through the first two months of the 2018 season.
While the veteran backstop hasn’t tested his skills in pro ball for several years now, he held his own during a short-lived run with the independent New Britain Bees of the Atlantic League. Over 17 games in 2018, Thole batted .317/.425/.367 with three extra-base hits and a .791 OPS in 75 plate appearances. He’s expected to serve as catching depth within the Tigers’ organization, but may yet work his way back to the majors if he can get his average back over the Mendoza Line again — a feat he hasn’t managed since 2015.