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
Mo Williams (knee) will play Friday against the Wizards.
As he has been playing through this knee issue, Williams' shooting percentage has been dreadfully low (23-percent). Considering this, do exactly what the Hornets are doing: play him with caution. Williams is a tealented guard, but be reasonable with your expectations, as he has struggled with his shot while dealing with the injury. Analysis: Dom Murtha
Brad Miller not in the Mariners lineup Friday because of an illness.
Considering Miller committed an atrocious 18 errors in a mere 107 games last season, one would be led to believe that he has the plate presence of Tony Gwynn in order to hold down the Mariners starting shortstop position, however that is not at all the case, as Miller hit a lowly .221, with 10 homers, 36 RBI, and boasted an inexcuseable .288 OBP in 2014. Stay away from him in drafts. Analysis: Dom Murtha