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Yankees closer Andrew Miller records seventh save of the year
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(10:56 pm ET) Yankees closer Andrew Miller worked a nearly perfect ninth inning in New York's 6-4 win over the Mets Sunday, earning his seventh save of the season.

Miller worked efficiently, needing just 13 pitches to get out of the inning and finish the game despite hitting Wilmer Flores with a pitch.

Miller has now pitcher 8 1/3 scoreless innings so far this season with 16 strikeouts.


Yankees' Nathan Eovaldi can't get out of the fifth in start Sunday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(10:56 pm ET) Yankees pitcher Nathan Eovaldi allowed four runs on seven hits, including a home run, in New York's 6-4 win over the Mets Sunday.

Eovaldi got off to a rocky start in the first inning when he allowed a lead off home run to Curtis Granderson. Then, Eovaldi allowed an RBI double to Daniel Murphy, bringing home Juan Lagares. Eovaldi's issues continued into the third when he allowed back-to-back doubles, which brought home two more runs.

After recording a strikeout in the fifth, Eovaldi allowed Lagares to reach on an infield single and was pulled. He recorded six strikeouts with no walks and now boasts a 4.15 ERA in 21 2/3 innings. 

Evoladi, who remains 1-0, will look to get back on track Saturday against the Red Sox.


Diamondbacks' Brad Ziegler proving durable after knee surgery
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(10:15 pm ET) Diamondbacks pitcher Brad Ziegler has shown his strength early on in 2015. The veteran pitcher has tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings with four strikeouts so far this season, drawing the attention of manager Chip Hale, reports AZCentral.com.

"He's pitched great," Hale said. "He's come in innings and got out of them. He's started innings and finished them. So he's been very impressive."

Ziegler underwent microfracture surgery last September on his left knee and has been able to perform well despite having a limited spring training.

"I've felt all right," he said. "I feel like they've done a pretty good job of managing my workload knowing that I'm not 100 percent. I probably won't be all season, but it's not a matter of managing pain. It's more a matter of, do I have the strength to hold up? I'm still doing my rehab, still working as hard as I can, trying to be out there as often as they want me."


Reliever Ryan Cook returns to Athletics with strong inning
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(10:15 pm ET) Reliever Ryan Cook, who was recalled by the Athletics on Sunday, wasted no time in providing a boost to the Oakland bullpen, pitching one perfect inning during the team's loss to the Astros. 

Cook struggled mightily in spring training, with an 16.88 Cactus League ERA. That earned him a ticket to Triple-A Nashville, where he threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings before being recalled. 

He retired the side in quick order in the seventh inning, with a groundout, flyout and strikeout. 

"Just getting back to being myself and throwing the baseball the way I know I can," Cook said. "I feel confident in all my pitches right now, so hopefully I can get on a roll and help the team in whatever way they see fit."


Phillies' Freddy Galvis finding success with new approach at the plate
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(10:05 pm ET) Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis entered this season with a goal from the coaching staff: put the ball on the ground more, according to Philly.com.

So far, it's working out. Galvis went 3 for 3 with two runs scored in Philadelphia's 5-4 win over the Braves Sunday. He's hitting .361 in 61 at-bats so far this season.

"The coaches told me in spring training that I had to stay on the ground, hit line drives, and I really like it and enjoy it," Galvis said.


Phillies pitcher Aaron Harang enjoying early season success
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(9:51 pm ET) Phillies pitcher Aaron Harang is old by baseball standards. But the veteran is not letting his age effect his poise on the mound, starting the year with a 2-1 record and a blistering 1.37 ERA in four starts. He's taking the compliments as they come, reports Philly.com.

"It is nothing I think about and I am going out and having fun and trying to give us a chance to win," Harang said. "Am I shocked with how the beginning of the season is going this year?"

Harang will take his surprising record into St. Louis Wednesday. 

"I have a good feel right now for what I am doing and I am able to make pitches when I need to and the guys behind me have been making some key plays and getting key double plays when I execute a pitch," he said.


Phillies pitcher Luis Garcia becoming reliable option out of the 'pen
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(9:47 pm ET) Phillies reliever Luis Garcia has done well so far this season, continuing his roll Sunday. Garcia came on with a runner on first and got Freddie Freeman to groundout to short.

Garcia has worked 8 2/3 innings so far this season with a 1-1 record and nine strikeouts. Manager Ryne Sandberg continues to be impressed by the young pitcher, reports MLB.com.

"He's a power pitcher," Sandberg said about Garcia. "The biggest thing with Garcia right now is the command of the baseball. He has two power pitches, and when he's ahead of the hitters, he can be very effective."


Reds' Todd Frazier frustrated with early struggles with RISP
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(9:40 pm ET) The Reds have been unable to capitalize on offensive opportunities early on this season. Cincinnati is just 1 for 24 with runners in scoring position since Joey Votto picked up an RBI Wednesday.

Todd Frazier was unable to produce a run for the team Sunday with the bases loaded.

"Especially from myself. I came up there with the bases loaded, one out. You have to put the ball at least on the ground, put it in play," Frazier said. "You've got to figure it out. Bottom line, at least get one run or hit a sac fly and we still have momentum the next inning. I've got to pick myself up."


Reds' Tony Cingrani does well in return to the mound Sunday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(9:36 pm ET) Reds pitcher Tony Cingrani tossed two scoreless innings in Cincinnati's 5-2 loss to the Cubs Sunday. It was Cingrani's first appearance for the Reds since April 14. 

"I've just been hanging out for a little while," said Cingrani to MLB.com. "Everything feels good. I was obviously refreshed. I like one inning, two innings. I'm good at that. It's pretty easy. Just go out there and throw as hard as you can."

Cingrani recorded two strikeouts in his two innings of work and lowered his ERA to 1.69 in 5 1/3 innings.

"Tony left it right there and I think gave us a vision of some of the things he can do to help us out of the bullpen," manager Bryan Price said. "I needed him for two innings today. We'll see where he is [Monday]. You're certainly going to run with the guys throwing the ball the best."


Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt hopes to earn starting role
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(9:27 pm ET) Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt knows manager Fredi Gonzalez has tough decisions to make. One of those decisions has been slotting veteran A.J. Pierzynski in the starting lineup more often this season than originally expected. Bethancourt is rolling with the punches and still thinks he can earn a starting role, according to MLB.com.

"You've got to respect the manager's decision," Bethancourt said. "He puts whoever he wants in the lineup. So, I've just got to be ready and wait for my opportunity. If he says I have to earn it, I will do my best to earn it. I have no problem with that."

Gonzalez has an idea of what he wants to do with Bethancourt.

"We want to give [Bethancourt] an opportunity, but the other guy, you put him in there every single time, and he just keeps hitting," Gonzalez said.

Bethancourt is hitting just .147 with two RBI in 34 at-bats this season.


 
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