Second baseman Devon Travis has been recalled from Triple-A Buffalo by the Toronto Blue Jays, one day after shortstop Richard Urena was optioned to the International League club.
Travis was demoted after hitting .148 in 18 games with Toronto. He batted .210 in 64 plate appearances during 14 games in the minors. Travis is coming off an injury-plagued 2017 season in which he played just 50 games.
Travis Jankowski (L), 27 percent, San Diego Padres at Washington Nationals (RHP Jeremy Hellickson): Jankowski is collecting base hits right and left lately with a .400 AVG in his past nine games and five stolen bases. All of sudden he’s tied for the ninth-highest SB total (7) in just 73 plate appearances, far fewer than everyone tied or ahead of him. Obviously, he’s riding hot with the batting average and his .533 BABIP over the last week will not hold, but we only need him on base once to get our money’s worth if he continues to run wild like this.
Archer goes up against his former teammate and mentor, David Price, and neither pitcher has performed at the level they’re needing as their ERAs are up nearly and exactly a full run from last season.
Archer is 3-3 with 5.01 ERA (up from 4.07 last year) and last pitched against the Red Sox on Opening Day, lasting six innings and giving up four runs on six hits in what ended up a Rays win.
For his career though, Boston has been a nemesis for Archer, who is 2-12 with a 5.49 ERA against the Red Sox, with one of those wins coming in April of last season and the other in his first start against Boston.
Boston’s Mookie Betts is 12-for-34 with four home runs and 10 RBI versus Archer while Xander Bogaerts is 11-for-33 with 11 strikeouts.
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Price (4-4, Ryan Ellis Womens Jersey 4.38) had a 3.38 ERA last year, though he’s now coming off his best outing of the season, a complete-game gem, allowing only five hits and two earned runs, striking out eight and walking none against the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday.
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