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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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Ian Stewart picks up three hits Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8:46 am ET) Angels infielder Ian Stewart collected three hits Friday against the Tigers.

Stewart tripled in his first at-bat, and doubled his second time up. After popping out his third time up, Stewart singled in the seventh. He finished the game 3 for 4, with one run and one RBI.


Robinson Chirinos picks up three hits Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8:37 am ET) Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos collected three hits Friday against the White Sox.

Chirinos got things going early, singling in his first at-bat. The following inning, he homered on a first-pitch curveball from Felipe Paulino for a two-run shot. In the fourth, he singled, picking up his third hit.

Chirinos finished the game 3 for 5, with one run scored and two RBI.


Josh Reddick hits first home run
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(8:31 am ET) Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick hit his first home run Friday against the Astros.

Reddick had his best game of the season, picking up three hits, including the long ball. After hitting a two-run shot of Jared Cosart in the first inning, Reddick singled in the third and seventh innings. 

He finished the game 3 for 4, with one run scored and two RBI. He raised his average to .156 with the strong performance. 


Albert Pujols hits another home run Friday
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(8:24 am ET) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols clubbed another home run Friday against the Tigers. 

Pujols doubled in the top of the third for his first hit of the game. With two men on in the top of the sixth, Pujols homered on the first pitch he saw from Luke Putkonen. It was his fifth home run of the year.

Pujols finished the game 2 for 4, with two runs scored and three RBI.


Leonys Martin keeps hot streak going Friday
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(8:17 am ET) Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin continued his hot streak at the plate Friday against the White Sox.

After striking out in his first at-bat, Martin clubbed a triple his next time at the plate. He followed that up with a solo home run, and a single. Martin came to the plate in the eighth a double short of the cycle, but struck out in his final at-bat.

He finished 3 for 5, with two runs scored and four RBI. Martin has collected six hits over his past three games. 


Jonathan Schoop collects four hits Friday
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(8:08 am ET) Orioles third baseman Jonathan Schoop picked up four hits Friday against the Red Sox.

Schoop singled in the top of the third, and flew out in the following inning. He would reach base in the rest of his at-bats during the game. Schoop would single again in the top of the sixth, but started hitting for some extra bases in the late inning. He doubled in both the seventh and ninth innings. 

Schoop finished 4 for 5, with one run scored and two RBI.


Trevor Cahill earns first career save in extras
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(2:35 am ET) Diamondbacks pitcher Trevor Cahill made his first relief appearance of the season Friday, earning his first career save in a 4-2 extra innings win over the Dodgers.

Cahill pitched the bottom of the 12th inning after regular closer Addison Reed blew the save in the ninth. With the Diamondbacks up two, he worked a perfect frame, striking out one batter and finishing the inning on 11 pitches.

Cahill struggled mightily as a starter this season, particularly with his control, walking 13 batters in 18 2/3 innings. Still, he does have 18 strikeouts to go with his 8.68 ERA. 


Addison Reed blows first save on homer
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(2:30 am ET) Diamondbacks closer Addison Reed was given a one-run lead to protect Friday, and could not hold it as he blew his first save of the season vs. the Dodgers.

Reed allowed a solo home run with one out in the ninth, tying the game, 2-2. He finished the inning by recording consecutive flyball outs to send it into extra innings, where the Diamondbacks would go on to win, 4-2.

Reed now has three saves in four opportunities, and has allowed four runs in nine innings of work on the season.   


Wade Miley solid despite wildness
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(2:27 am ET) Diamondbacks starting pitcher Wade Miley was effectively wild Friday, but settled for a no-decision in a 4-2 extra-innings win over the Dodgers.

MIley allowed just one run in six innings of work, despite tossing five walks. He limited the Dodgers to just a pair of hits and was helped along by matching a season-high with eight strikeouts. He exited the game without a chance to win, as his seventh-inning solo home run allowed left the score tied, 1-1.

Miley has been a bit hit-or-miss this season, with just two quality starts in five trips to the mound. He is 2-2 with a 4.35 ERA in five starts, heading into his Wednesday start against the Cubs. 


Zack Greinke settles for first no-decision Friday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(2:23 am ET) Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke twirled another strong start Friday against the Diamondbacks, but received little help in a no-decision.

Greinke limited the Diamondbacks to just one run in six innings of work, while allowing three hits and a pair of walks. He matched his season-high in strikeouts with eight for the third start in a row, but exited the game in line for a 1-0 loss before a rally sent it to extras and got him off the hook.

Greinke has yet to allow more than two runs in any of his three starts, and all but one of his six total runs has come by way of a home run. He has 29 strikeouts to four walks in 22 1/3 innings, and is 3-0 with a 2.42 ERA heading into his next start, Wednesday against the Phillies. 


 
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