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Lucas Harrell designated following third loss
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:14 am ET) The Astros will designate pitcher Lucas Harrell for assignment Wednesday, following his third disastrous start in a row Tuesday against the Royals. The Houston Chronicle first reported the pending roster move.

Harrell allowed 13 runs in 12 1/3 innings with the Astros, going 0-3 in three starts. 


Daniel Webb earns one-out win
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:08 am ET) White Sox reliever Daniel Webb picked up his first career win in just about the easiest possible fashion Tuesday, in a 2-1 win over the Red Sox.

Webb entered the game with runners on first and second in a tie game, but had record just one out to finish the inning. He induced a ground out to end the frame, and the White Sox went on to score the winning run in the bottom half of the inning, earning Webb the win.

Web has been a solid contributor out of the White Sox bullpen, posting a 2.35 ERA in 7 2/3 innings of work. 


Burke Badenhop takes tough-luck loss
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:04 am ET) Red Sox reliever Burke Badenhop took his second loss of the season Tuesday against the White Sox, though he didn't get much help from the defense.

Badenhop got the last out of the eighth inning, but ran into trouble in the ninth with the game tied at one. He allowed a leadoff walk to Alejandro De Aza, who was then caught stealing, before allowing a single and being pulled with two outs.

Badenhop took the loss as Chris Capuano allowed the White Sox to score the winning run, though that came on a throwing error by shortstop Xander Bogaerts. Badenhop has now allowed a run in four straight outings, leaving him with a 7.71 ERA in seven innings of work.


Kevin Kouzmanoff's hot start continues
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:57 am ET) The Rangers got a big boost from an unexpected source Tuesday, as Kevin Kouzmanoff carried the team to a 5-0 win over the Mariners.

Kouzmanoff did much of the heavy lifting offensively while extending his season-opening hit streak to six games. He went 3 for 4 with three RBI, and each of his hits went for extra bases as he remains scorching hot to open the season.

Kouzmanoff is hitting .450/.522/.750 with five RBI and three runs scored in six games since being called up last week.


Big inning downs Phil Hughes in first loss
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:47 am ET) Struggling Twins pitcher Phil Hughes finally took his first loss of the season Tuesday, in a 9-3 loss to the Blue Jays.

Hughes cruised through the first five innings of his start, before the Blue Jays jumped on him for four straight hits to open the sixth inning. He was pulled from the game, and all four runners came around to score, as he ended up with four earned runs allowed on eight hits and a walk in five innings. He did match a season-high with seven strikeouts, while throwing 60 of 87 pitches for strikes.

Hughes carries a 7.20 ERA and 0-1 record into his fourth start, set for Sunday in Kansas City.


Brandon Morrow exits early in no-decision
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:43 am ET) Blue Jays starting pitcher Brandon Morrow struggled early in his start Tuesday against the Twins, but the offense bailed him out in a 9-3 win.

Morrow couldn't make it through four innings, as he racked up a massive pitch count early. He was ultimately tagged with two runs on four hits and four walks in 3 2/3 innings, while striking out four and throwing 98 pitches.

Morrow took a no-decision as the offense exploded once he left the game. He enters his fourth start, set for Sunday in Cleveland, with a 1-1 record and 5.52 ERA. 


Erik Johnson takes no-decision in first quality start
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:36 am ET) White Sox pitcher Erik Johnson ended snapped out of his early season slide Tuesday, in a 2-1 win over the Red Sox.

Johnson, who entered the game with a 9.58 ERA in his first two starts, allowed just one run in six-plus innings this time around. He was charged with just one run on a solo homer, while allowing three runs and two walks with nine strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings of work.

Despite tossing his first quality start of the season, Johnson had to settle for a no-decision in the 2-1 win. He will look to turn this into a positive trend in his next start, set for Sunday at Texas.


Kirk Nieuwenhuis homers in three-hit debut
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:34 am ET) After being called up to the Mets earlier in the day, outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis went 3 for 5 with a home run and three RBI in his team's 9-0 win over the Diamondbacks Tuesday.

Nieuwenhuis knocked an RBI single in the first inning before smacking a two-run home run in the fourth. He could see regular action over the next few days as the Mets wait for Chris Young to come off the disabled list.


Jake Peavy settles for yet another no-decision
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:32 am ET) Red Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy continues to get very little help from his teammates, as he settled for a no-decision in any quality start Tuesday against the White Sox.

Peavy allowed just one earned run on a solo home run in six innings of work, and  pitched around a spell of wildness. He allowed just three hits to make up for four walks, while striking out eight batters for the second start in a row.

Despite allowing just one run, Peavy settled for his third no-decision in a row, as the Red Sox fell, 2-1. He has a 1.93 ERA in three starts, but has yet to record a win as the Red Sox have scored just six runs total in support.

Peavy will look for his first win in his next start, set for Sunday against the Orioles.


Bronson Arroyo slammed for nine runs Tuesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:30 am ET) Diamondbacks pitcher Bronson Arroyo couldn't make it through four innings Tuesday, giving up nine earned runs on 10 hits and one walk in 3 1/3 innings while striking out one in his team's 9-0 loss to the Mets.

Three of the runs scored upon Arroyo (1-1) came in the first inning, and he was able to put together two scoreless innings before running into trouble during a six-run fourth. The horrendous outing boosted Arroyo's ERA to 9.95, and he also owns a 6:4 K:BB ratio in 12 2/3 innings. He's slated to face the Cubs in Chicago Monday.


 
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