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There are almost too many two-start options for owners to sift through in advance of Week 4. Our Al Melchior shares his perspective on your rotations. Full story
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Matt Daley gets the call
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:54 am ET) The Yankees called up pitcher Matt Daley from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre following Friday's loss to the Rays. Daley is 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA over four relief appearances (five innings) in the minors this season.

David Phelps exits game after taking liner off hand
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:50 am ET) Yankees reliever David Phelps had his relief outing cut short Friday, after taking a liner off the hand in the seventh inning of his team's 11-5 loss to Tampa Bay, YES Network reports.

Phelps lasted only 15 pitches and was charged with a run and a hit over two-thirds of an inning. He owns a 5.40 ERA and 1.32 WHIP over 8 1/3 innings pitched to start the season. His status remains uncertain moving forward.

David Freese still uncertain if he'll return Saturday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:46 am ET) Angels third baseman David Freese told MLB.com Friday that he injured his hamstring during his last at-bat on Wednesday. Although he was available as a pinch-hitter in Friday's win over the Tigers, he remains uncertain if he'll return to the starting lineup for Saturday's tilt against Detroit.

Jason Vargas hurls gem, blanks Twins
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:41 am ET) Royals starting pitcher Jason Vargas continued his recent success with another gem, earning his second win of the season Friday night against Minnesota. The southpaw surrendered only seven hits and one walk while striking out four over seven innings pitched in a 5-0 victory.

Vargas has allowed just two runs over his last 14 innings pitches, all coming against the Twins. He owns a 1.24 ERA along with a sterling 0.93 WHIP over his first four starts (29 innings). He'll be seeking his third win when he takes the hill Wednesday in Cleveland.

Mike Minor washed out Friday, nearing a return
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:36 am ET) Braves starting pitcher Mike Minor was supposed to make his next minor-league rehab assignment for Triple-A Gwinnett Friday, but rain washed his outing out. He will instead pitch Saturday, as he continues his comeback from shoulder soreness and a urinary tract infection that delayed his season.

Minor could be nearing the end of his rehab assignment if he gets through Saturday's outing without incident. MLB.com reported Friday he could be brought off the DL as early as Wednesday against the Marlins, though manager Fredi Gonzalez said the team won't push him if he needs more time.

"If Mikey says [he'd] like to get another, it wouldn't be a problem," Gonzalez said. "We're thinking he is going to get through this start and be great. Then we have got to come up with a decision."


Ricky Nolasco knocked around in loss to Kansas City
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(12:35 am ET) Twins pitcher Ricky Nolasco was knocked around and charged with his second loss of the season Friday night against the Royals. The right-hander permitted five runs on 11 hits and no walks while striking out three over 5 2/3 innings pitched.

Nolasco owns a 6.08 ERA with a 12:7 K:BB ratio over 23 2/3 innings pitched. He will make his next start Thursday at Tampa Bay.

Gavin Floyd hit hard in rehab outing
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:32 am ET) Braves starter Gavin Floyd continued his minor-league rehab assignment at Double-A Mississippi Friday, and he wasn't all that sharp this time around.

Floyd tossed 80 pitches in the game, but made it through just 4 2/3 innings. He allowed five runs -- four earned -- on four hits and a walk, while striking out six batters.

Floyd, recovering from Tommy John surgery is likely still a few more rehab outings away from returning. According to MLB.com, the earliest he might be seen in the majors is April 29. 


Martin Perez twirls complete game shutout vs. White Sox
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:30 am ET) Rangers pitcher Martin Perez continued his recent success with a dominant outing, tossing a complete game shutout win against the White Sox on Friday.

Perez yielded only three hits and one walks while striking out eight, receiving more than enough run support in a 12-0 victory. He retired the last 12 batters to secure his second career complete game. He tossed 109 pitches, 70 of which were called for strikes.

Perez owns a 1.86 ERA and 1.03 WHIP with 20:7 K:BB ratio over 29 innings pitched. He'll look for his fourth straight win Wednesday in Oakland.

Nate Eovaldi settles for another tough no-decision
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:28 am ET) Marlins starting pitcher Nate Eovaldi twirled a quality start Friday against the Mariners, but ended up settled for a no-decision in the 8-4 win.

Eovaldi got out to an early lead, as the Marlins went up 4-2 after three innings, and neither of the first two runs were charged to him. He would allow just one more run in the fifth inning, but the bullpen could not make his lead stand up until Giancarlo Stanton's walkoff home run.

Eovaldi was charged with one run in six innings of work, on seven hits and a pair of walks. He struck out five batters and racked up 10 groundball outs for the third straight start.

Eovaldi heads into his next start 1-1 with a 3.55 ERA. He will try to keep his solid pitching up in his next start, set for Wednesday against the Braves. 


Felipe Paulino dealing with soreness after abysmal outing
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:25 am ET) White Sox pitcher Felipe Paulino had a nightmare outing as he became the first pitcher to allow double-digit runs in a start this season in his team;s 12-0 loss to the Rangers. The right-hander permitted 10 runs on 13 hits and three walks while striking out three over 3 2/3 innings pitched.

Paulino (0-2) has surrendered six plus runs in each of his last three starts. His ERA ballooned from 1.69 to 11.29 over that span.

Manager Robin Ventura told the Chicago Sun-Times after the game that Paulino has been dealing with some soreness, leaving the door open for a possible stint on the disabled list.

"There are other options. We'll talk tonight and figure something out," Ventura said.

 
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