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Shelby Miller emerges unscathed despite five walks
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5:17 pm ET) Cardinals starting pitcher Shelby Miller was in line for a second straight win Sunday, but the bullpen couldn't hold a two-run lead as the Nationals rallied for a 3-2 win.

Miller had some control issues Sunday, walking a season-high five batters. However, he was able to work out of trouble most of the afternoon, as he tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings. He allowed four hits and struck out seven.

Miller walked the bases loaded in the third inning, but escaped the jam by getting Adam LaRoche to strike out. Miller allowed a pair of two-out singles in the fourth inning, but got out of trouble by striking out Stephen Strasburg. He was finally lifted after allowing a one-out walk to Danny Espinosa and a one-out single to Jose Lobaton in the sixth inning.

Miller was able to lower his ERA from 4.67 to 3.57 in the no-decision. Miller will be back on the hill Friday against the Pirates. He lost in his first start against Pittsburgh April 4, allowing five earned runs in 5 1/3 innings.


Carlos Quentin headed to Arizona to continue rehab
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5:04 pm ET) Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin (knee) will continue his rehab when he travels to the team's spring facility in Arizona at the end of the week, per MLB.com. 

"I think he's going to go on Thursday or Friday," manager Bud Black said, per MLB.com. "He's going to start doing baseball activities over there. He'll go out and practice with that group and do on-the-field drills, batting practice. We have our trainers and therapists over there."

Quentin will need a rehab assignment before joining the major-league roster.

"Probably at some point over there he might even get in some games, maybe DH to get some at-bats there," Black said. "When he goes through that process, then he'll go out on a rehabilitation assignment."


Joe Nathan record third save Sunday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4:57 pm ET) Tigers closer Joe Nathan nailed down his third save of the year Sunday against the Angels.

Nathan entered the game with a one-run lead in the ninth inning. After getting two quick outs, Nathan allowed a single to Howie Kendrick. Raul Ibanez entered the game as a pinch hitter, but struck out on a slider in a seven-pitch at-bat.

Nathan pitched one inning, and gave up one hit, with two strikeouts.


Rick Porcello casts down the Angels Sunday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4:52 pm ET) Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello pitched seven strong innings Sunday against the Angels. 

Porcello had some trouble early, giving up a run on three straight singles in the first inning. He would settle in from there, facing more than three batters just once through the rest of his start.

Porcello allowed five hits and one walk during the appearance. He gave up just one run. Porcello's record jumped to 2-1 with the win. His next start will come at Minnesota. 


Mike Bolsinger expected to start Thursday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4:51 pm ET) Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said he expects Mike Bolsinger to make his next scheduled start Thursday against the Cubs despite a poor outing in his first major-league start Saturday.

Bolsinger (0-1) allowed seven runs (six earned) on seven hits and one walk in four innings during an 8-6 loss to the Dodgers.

"It's how you respond to it," Bolsinger said after the start, per MLB.com. "Each time I've been out there, I've kind of learned. I learned a lot from my first time out and I kind of learned a lot from this start. Hopefully I can take it on to the next one."


Trevor Cahill to remain in the bullpen
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4:48 pm ET) Diamondbacks pitcher Trevor Cahill has done well since moving to the bullpen, throwing four scoreless innings over two relief appearances.

Despite his success and Mike Bolsinger's struggles in his first MLB start Saturday, Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said he's not moving Cahill back into the rotation just yet.

"He's going to stay in the bullpen," Gibson said, per MLB.com. "(He's) just throwing the ball with much more confidence right now."


Hector Santiago shows off highs and lows in loss
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4:47 pm ET) Angels pitcher Hector Santiago showed off his highs and lows Sunday against the Tigers. 

Santiago gave up just two hits, and managed to strike out seven batters during the appearance. The Angels made four errors during Santiago's start, which led to Santiago being charged with two unearned runs.

While Santiago was strong when he was in the strike zone, his usual control issues reared their head. He allowed five walks, and burned through 119 pitches in just 5 2/3 innings. Santiago didn't get much support from his offense, and saw his record drop to 0-3 with the loss. 

Santiago's next start will come at Yankees Stadium.


Christian Yelich extends hitting streak to 14 games
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4:45 pm ET) Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich pushed his hitting streak to 14 games with a leadoff double in the eighth inning Sunday against the Mariners. Yelich would finish 1 for 4 with one run and two strikeouts.

Yelich is batting .379 (22 for 58) with one triple, four doubles, four home runs, nine RBI and 13 runs in his last 14 games. He also has nine walks, 16 strikeouts and three stolen bases.


Hisashi Iwakuma able to get through bullpen session Sunday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4:39 pm ET) Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma was able to get through a bullpen session Sunday, according to the Seattle Times

Iwakuma tossed 25 pitches, and said everything felt great. He's expected to make his first rehab start Tuesday as long as he doesn't experience a setback. Iwakuma has been recovering from a finger injury.


Michael Brantley belts third home run Sunday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4:36 pm ET) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley belted his third home run Sunday against the Blue Jays.

Brantley worked an incredible nine-pitch at-bat against Brandon Morrow in the second inning. After fouling off four straight pitches, Brantley managed to take a 94 mph fastball out to right for the solo shot. 

Brantley would double in his next at-bat, driving in another run. He would later walk, reaching base for the third time. 

He finished the game 2 for 3, with two runs scored and two RBI.


 
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