Howard did not factor in the decision against the White Sox on Saturday, hurling three scoreless innings and allowing one hit and three walks while striking out three.

Despite a touch of wildness -- Howard walked a batter in each of his three frames -- this was one of the right-hander's better outings of the campaign, as it was one of three occasions during which he has tossed three innings without allowing a run. It was certainly a positive rebound after Howard allowed six runs over 1.1 frames in his previous start. The 25-year-old continues to be kept on a short leash, having completed four full frames only once this season, which severely limits his fantasy value. Howard is tentatively projected to next take the mound in Baltimore on Friday.

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