May 27 American League probable pitching matchup capsules
The Oakland A’s have been a pleasant surprise so far this season and perhaps the biggest surprise on the team has been the performance of lefty Tommy Milone. He’s been near untouchable at home and takes the mound in Sunday’s series finale vs. the Yankees.
Kansas City at Baltimore – Royals RHP Luke Hochevar (3-5, 6.61) vs. Orioles LHP Brian Matusz (4-4, 4.86): Hochevar has put together three solid outings since his ERA reached 9.00 after his sixth start, although he’s 1-2 in those games. Last Tuesday, he went 6 2/3 innings vs. the Yankees, giving up three runs on six hits and three walks. … Matusz will start this game after Tuesday’s dominant performance against the Red Sox. Matusz will start on normal rest as the Orioles took advantage of Thursday’s off day; he takes Tommy Hunter’s spot.
Tampa Bay at Boston – Rays RHP Jeremy Hellickson (4-1, 2.73) vs. Red Sox RHP Clay Buchholz (4-2, 7.84): Hellickson picked up his first loss of the season to the Blue Jays after giving up five runs — two of which were earned — on eight hits and one intentional walk with three strikeouts over 7 1/3 innings Monday at Tropicana Field. … Buchholz struggled with his command early in Boston’s 8-6 win over the O’s, walking two batters with the bases loaded in the third inning. He settled down and got a no-decision, allowing five runs on six hits and four walks in 5 1/3 frames.
Cleveland at Chicago White Sox – Indians RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (5-3, 5.02) vs. White Sox RHP Gavin Floyd (3-5, 4.66): Jimenez recorded his second consecutive quality start by allowing three runs through six innings Tuesday night against the Tigers. Jimenez was somewhat erratic in the game, walking six, but he got out of jams with his breaking ball. … It was a rough night for the White Sox right-hander, who allowed nine runs on eight hits in enduring his eighth straight loss to the Twins. Floyd fanned four and walked three and lasted just 3 2/3 innings.
Detroit at Minnesota – Tigers RHP Rick Porcello (3-4, 5.29) vs. Twins RHP P.J. Walters (2-1, 2.95): The 23-year-old Porcello has allowed 15 runs (10 earned) on 23 hits over 14 1/3 innings since tossing back-to-back gems in the first week of May. That included six runs, two earned, over four innings and 100 pitches vs. the Twins on May 16. … Walters tossed the Twins’ first complete game of the season last time out, allowing two runs on five hits, and striking out eight against the White Sox. Walters defeated the Tigers on May 17, allowing three runs in 6 1/3 innings.
Toronto at Texas – Jays RHP Kyle Drabek (4-4, 3.27) vs. Rangers RHP Yu Darvish (6-2, 3.05): Drabek struggled with his control during his last start but managed to pitch out of trouble. He issued six walks — but just two runs — and has walked 19 batters in his past 22 frames. He has allowed two runs or less in seven of nine starts. … Darvish lost to the Mariners, 6-1, on Monday, allowing five runs in four innings. He walked a season-high six batters. He beat Toronto on April 30, when he allowed one run in seven innings in the Rangers’ 4-1 victory.
NY Yankees at Oakland – Yankees RHP Hiroki Kuroda (3-6, 4.56) vs. A’s LHP Tommy Milone (6-3, 3.75): Kuroda made one Interleague start vs. the A’s while with the Dodgers, allowing five runs over six innings in a loss. He got the same result in his past two starts for the Yankees, allowing 10 runs in 10 1/3 innings. … Milone continued his home dominance on Monday against the Angels, allowing just one run and five hits over seven innings to earn his team-leading sixth win of the season. The rookie is 4-0 with a 0.60 ERA in his four starts at the Coliseum.
LA Angels at Seattle – Angels LHP C.J. Wilson (5-4, 2.90) vs. Mariners RHP Hector Noesi (2-5, 5.26): Wilson twirled a gem against the A’s on Tuesday, giving up one hit in eight scoreless innings, allowing four baserunners all night and striking out seven in a 125-pitch outing. He’s 9-5 with a 4.04 ERA for his career against the Mariners. … Noesi pitched wonderfully for the most part of eight innings Tuesday in a 3-1 loss to the Rangers. His one blemish was a hanging breaking ball that resulted in a two-run triple during a three-run third inning. He struck out a career-high seven.