Anibal Sanchez allowed three runs (two earned) on eight hits and no walks while striking out two batters over seven innings against the A's on Monday.
Sanchez continued his early season success on Monday night, although he failed to factor into the decision. He is now 5-2 with a 2.63 ERA and 0.98 WHIP through his first 14 starts, but has experienced a drop off in strikeouts, holding onto a 7.24 K/9 up to this point. Whether or not his strikeout rate improves, he is still worth throwing out there every time he takes the mound until proven otherwise. He will look to get back in the win column when he takes on the Rays on Saturday.ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Update: Nene (calf) will not play Saturday.
The Wizards are thin in the forecourt, now with Hilario out as well as Kris Humphries. He was a game-time decision earlier, but the pre-game shootaround appear to have shown his lack of capacity to play on Saturday. Jared Dudley and Drew Gooden will be asked to carry on in place of the injured Wizards. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson