Corey Kluber gave up six runs (three earned) on six hits and two walks with five strikeouts over five innings against the Royals on Tuesday.
Kluber took his first loss since April 29 on Tuesday night, after allowing a season-high six runs which makes it 10 runs (seven earned) he has allowed over his last two starts. Despite his recent slide in production, Kluber is still sitting 6-4 with a 3.35 ERA and 1.24 WHIP through 14 starts, while owning an impressive 104:22 K:BB rate. He is going to be just fine moving forward considering he has managed to keep his walks to a minimum, so this should be viewed as just a bump in the road. Kluber will look to get back in the win column when he takes on the Red Sox on Sunday.ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Ryan Ludwick has been told he will not make the Rangers.
Ludwick is considering his options at the moment, which include going down to Triple-A until the big league club needs his services, or requesting a release and looking for another team that can offer him a spot on the 25-man roster. No matter what happens, though, he is not going to be fantasy relevant. Ludwick's calling card is power, but he last hit over 20 home runs in 2012 with 26 (and before that was in 2009), and the now-36 year old is only losing power potential at this point. Analysis: Ben Diamond
Brady Aiken announced Thursday that he had Tommy John surgery.
This is unfortunate for Aiken as he now probably wishes that he signed with the Astros last summer after being the number one pick in last year's draft. Instead, he suffered an arm injury last week and will now be on the shelf for the next year. He still has a high ceiling, but his overall value is definitely diminished at this point. Analysis: David Kerr