Drew Smyly was stellar in a losing effort to the Angels Friday as he allowed two runs on four hits and a walk with 11 punch outs over 5.2 innings of work.
The young lefty should take Tigers pitching coach Jeff Jones out to dinner after Friday's performance where he punched out a career-high 11 batters . Smyly had worked with Jones prior to Friday's start where he made a couple minor adjustments that proved to be substantial as all 11 Angels he struck out came on swinging strikes, which is pretty amazing in itself, but also considering Smyly had struck out more than seven batters in a game just two other times in his young career. He will look to carry over these improvements in his next start on Thursday at home against the White Sox. ANALYST: Michael Pichan
Roberto Osuna (back) is available out of the bullpen Monday.
Osuna was complaining about some lower back pain after coming on in relief Sunday, but says he will be available if needed. Osuna has been outstanding this year and could be the solution to the Blue Jays' closer issue. He owns a 2.02 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 42 strikeouts in 35 2/3 innings and is in the top 30 of the majors in strikeout rate with a 43:10 K/BB ratio. Analysis: Zack Carpenter
Dodgers transfer LHP Paco Rodriguez to the 60-day disabled list.
This move allows the Dodgers to bring up Eric Surkamp for tonight's bullpen game. Rodriguez, who last pitched for the Dodgers on May 29, will be out at least 8-10 weeks until September after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to remove bone spurs in his left elbow. He pitched four scoreless innings in a recent rehab assignment but suffered a setback and will now be sidelined even longer than expected. He has a 2.61 ERA in 10 1/3 innings. Analysis: Zack Carpenter