Jeff Samardzija hurled eight innings of one-run ball in Thursday's win over the Astros, giving up five hits, two walks while punching out six.
Samardzija picked up his second win since being dealt to the A's on Thursday, having now allowed three runs for less in three of his first four starts with the team. he is now 4-8 with a 2.80 ERA and 1.10 WHIP through 21 total starts while owning a solid 123:33 K:BB rate over 138.0 innings. Now that he has an offense behind him that is going to provide him with plenty of run support on most occasions, expect the Shark to have a solid second half with his new team. ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Henry Owens will make his spring-training debut Friday.
While Owens' ERA jumped with his move to Triple-A last season, his K:BB spiked, leaving the Red Sox believing that he could be ready fro a jump to the majors soon. He'll debut this spring but will likely open the year at Triple-A to hone his craft. Should he dominate, the team could potentially bring him up for the second half. Analysis: Howard Bender
Hank Conger is dealing with a sore left wrist.
With the Astros saying that Evan Gattis will not play behind the plate at all this season, Conger steps in as the unequivocal back-up to Jason Castro. He's not really competing with Max Stassi who is seeing time in camp right now. Conger is day-to-day but should be just fine in a few days. Analysis: Howard Bender