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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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Henderson Alvarez faces 28 batters in complete game shutout victory
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9:45 pm ET) Marlins starting pitcher Henderson Alvarez put together a dominant outing on Saturday, going the distance with a two-hit complete game shutout at home against the Mariners.

Alvarez only faced 28 batters, the closest a Miami pitcher has ever come to facing a minimum of 27 batters in an nine-inning game. He allowed a single to Dustin Ackley in the sixth and a double to Mike Zunino in the ninth for his only mistakes of the night. He also helped his cause with an RBI single in the sixth.

Alvarez (1-2) struck out four and needed just 90 pitches in his complete game 7-0 win over the Mariners. He lowered his ERA from 4.30 to 2.66 after earning his first win of the season. He'll look to keep rolling Friday against the Mets in New York.

Jay Bruce finds his swing with three-hit game
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9:26 pm ET) Reds outfielder Jay Bruce showed some life Saturday, as he recorded his first multi-hit effort in eight games in an 8-4 loss to the Cubs.

He went for 3 in the game, with three singles, after entering the game with just three singles on the season. He raised his batting average nearly 50 points in the game, while adding an RBI, one run scored and one walk in the loss.

Bruce has been ice cold to start the season, and is hitting just .204 even after Saturday's game. He still has a .751 OPS despite the low average, thanks to 14 walks and two home runs, while driving in nine runs in 16 games. 


Mike Minor throws 80 pitches in final rehab start
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:21 pm ET) Braves pitcher Mike Minor threw 80 pitches in what should be his final rehab start with Triple-A Gwinnett Saturday, giving up three runs (two earned) on four hits while striking out four.

Minor got a late start to the season after dealing with a urinary tract infection during the offseason and subsequent shoulder soreness this spring. He's expected to make his regular-season major-league debut either Friday or Saturday against the Reds.


Welington Castillo continues to heat up
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9:19 pm ET) Cubs catcher Welington Castillo continued his strong play Saturday, in an 8-4 win over the Reds. Castillo went 2 for 4 in the game for his third multi-hit game in the last seven, adding a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in the win.

Castillo's average fell to .095 April 8, so he has put in work to get it back to .234. He is hitting .346 with two home run and six RBI over the last seven games. 


Jonathan Villar hits third homer
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9:19 pm ET) Astros shortstop Jonathan Villar got the scoring started Saturday, and put together the team's loan multi-hit performance in a 4-3 loss to the Athletics.

Villar was 2 for 3 at the bottom of the order, including a solo home run in the third inning to gain an early lead. He scored twice, as well, while raising his batting average to .212.

 Villar has been un unexpected source of power for the Astros, launching three home runs in 18 games, after finished the 2013 season with just one in 58 games. He is still hitting just .212/.293/.442 with three home runs and six RBI in 52 at-bats. 


Matt McBride breaks foot during home run trot
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:16 pm ET) Rockies utility player Matt McBride broke the metatarsal bone in his right foot while running the bases after hitting a home run with Triple-A Colorado Springs, the Denver Post reports.

"It was like I got shot," McBride said.

McBride is hopeful he'll return to action sometime in June.


Josh Reddick heating up with consecutive three-hit games
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9:10 pm ET) Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick is showing some real signs of snapping out of his season-long slump, as he put together his second three-hit game in a row Saturday in a 4-3 win over the Astros.

Reddick went 3 for 5 in the game with three singles, one night after adding a home run to his three hits. He drove in one run in the win.

Reddick has raised his batting average more than 100 points with his last two performances, but still sits at just .200, with a .533 OPS overall in 50 at-bats. 


Taijuan Walker receives shoulder injection
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9:07 pm ET) Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker received a shoulder injection and will be re-evaluated in the next seven days, MLB.com reports Saturday. Walker was scratched from his Triple-A rehab start on Tuesday due to an impingement in his shoulder. He was immediately shut down for at least two weeks die to the ailment. 

Chad Qualls falls apart in blown save
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9:06 pm ET) Astros reliever Chad Qualls went for his second save of the season Saturday, but couldn't close the deal in a 4-3 loss to the Athletics.

Qualls recorded just a single out in his save attempt, as the A's jumped all over him in the ninth. He allowed a leadoff home run and then put the next two batters on base via a walk and a hit. He recorded his first out, but then the A's finished the game with consecutive singles to bring across the winning runs.

Qualls now has a 9.00 ERA and 2.80 WHIP in six appearances, spanning five innings of work. 


James Paxton expected to be re-evaluated next week
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9:03 pm ET) Mariners pitcher James Paxton is still not throwing. He is "back home getting some treatment," manager Lloyd McClendon told MLB.com Saturday. Paxton, working his way back from a lat strain, is expected to be re-evaluated in a week. He remains without a timetable. 

 
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