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Michael Pineda allowed two runs on four hits and one walk with three strikeouts over six innings in a no decision against the Astros on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.
Pineda made just his second start returning from the disabled list last week, and was able to keep the Yankees in the game, but once again fell short as he was forced to settle for a no-decision. Through six starts this season, Pineda is sitting on a 2-2 record with a 2.05 EAR and 0.88 WHIP while maintaining a 22:4 K:BB rate over 30.2 innings. Although the sample size is rather small, Pineda remains someone worth owning down the stretch as he tries to salvage what is left of another injury-plagued year for the big 25-year-old. He will look to get back in the win column when he takes on the Royals on Monday night. ANALYST: Matthew Beck
The Red Sox are looking for an opportunity to give Brian Johnson his major league debut.
Johnson has a 2.92 ERA and 8.76 K/9 over 49 1/3 innings here in his first go-around with Triple-A Pawtucket. While the Red Sox would like to give him a taste of the majors, they'd obviously prefer to have a stronger rotation and not need to dip into their farm system as much as they have already. Steven Wright and Eduardo Rodriguez are getting a look right now. Should they fail and the struggles at the back end of the rotation continue, then perhaps we'll see Johnson at some point. Analysis: Howard Bender