Kittredge fired two scoreless innings during which he allowed a hit and a walk in a win over Cleveland on Friday. The first-time All-Star has mostly picked up right where he left off prior to the Midsummer Classic, as Kittredge has now fired four innings of one-run ball over his first three second-half appearances. The right-hander hasn't qualified for any decisions during that brief span, but with six victories and four holds on the season, he's proven an asset to fantasy managers.
Kittredge (6-1) picked up the win in Friday's 7-1 victory over the Blue Jays, striking out two over two perfect innings of relief. The right-hander replaced Shane McClanahan to begin the fifth inning with the Rays ahead 3-1, and Kittredge was credited with his first win since May 22 after an impressive performance. He's been scored upon only once in his last 11 appearances, and Kittredge sports a 1.47 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 43:10 K:BB through 43 innings on the season with two saves and four holds in addition to his vultured wins.
Kittredge gave up two runs on two hits over two innings in Friday's win over the Angels. He struck out two and did not factor in the decision. Kittredge coughed up a pair of solo home runs to Shohei Ohtani and Anthony Rendon in the first inning. It was the first time he allowed a run since June 9, ending a scoreless streak of six appearances. The 31-year-old righty is sporting a 1.69 ERA and 35:10 K:BB through 37.1 innings this season.
Kittredge will serve as the Rays' opener in front of bulk reliever Josh Fleming on Friday against the Angels, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Kittredge served as an opener in Tuesday's game against the Red Sox, though he worked only 0.2 innings before giving way to Ryan Yarbrough. He may work a bit deeper into the game Friday, but two innings will likely be his maximum workload. Kittredge has put together an impressive 1.27 ERA and 0.88 WHIP with 33 strikeouts across 35.1 innings on the campaign.
Kittredge will serve as the Rays' opening pitcher in front of bulk reliever Ryan Yarbrough in Tuesday's game against the Red Sox, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports. Kittredge has previously worked on an opener on two occasions, covering 1.2 innings April 18 against the Yankees and two innings May 5 against the Angels. He'll likely be in line for a similar workload Tuesday before giving way to Yarbrough.
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