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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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Greg Holland perfect for sixth save
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8:58 pm ET) Royals closer Greg Holland tossed a perfect ninth inning for his sixth save of the season Saturday, in a 5-4 win over the Twins.

Holland retired the Twins on 11 pitches while striking out two batters, his fourth appearance with multiple strikeouts. He is 6 for 6 on save opportunities this season, with a 2.57 ERA and 12 strikeouts in seven innings of work. 


Edwin Jackson picks up first win
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8:58 pm ET) Cubs starting pitcher Edwin Jackson fell just short of his first quality start of the season Saturday, but still earned his first win as he took the Reds down, 8-4.

Jackson made it through five innings without trouble, and didn't get a chance to finish the sixth after allowing two runs. Still, he pitched well enough to get the win, as he was charged with two runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out five.

Jackson is 1-1 through four starts, with an ugly 5.40 ERA. He will look for his first quality start in his next trip to the mound, Thursday against the Diamondbacks. 


Tony Cingrani drops second decision in wild start
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8:37 pm ET) Reds starter Tony Cingrani struggled with his control Saturday, in an 8-4 loss to the Cubs that gave him his second loss of the season.

Cingrani walked more batters than he struck out for the first time in his start, while throwing just 55 of 104 pitches for strikes. He struck out three and walked four in five innings of work, while allowing three runs on four hits.

Cingrani opened his season with seven shutout innings, but hasn't reached that level since. He still has a solid 3.22 ERA despite dropping to 1-2, and will try to even his record when he takes the mound against the Pirates Thursday. 


Scott Kazmir goes eight in no-decision
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8:23 pm ET) Athletics starting pitcher Scott Kazmir twirled what may have been his best start of the season Saturday against the Astros, but needed a late rally to get off the hook for a loss in the 4-3 win.

Kazmir allowed three runs in a season-high eight innings of work, though only two were charged to him. Between the defensive miscue and a lack of offensive help, Kazmir left the mound down 3-1, before a late rally ultimately earned the win and got him a no-decision.

Kazmir struck out five batters and walked none in his eight innings of work, while allowing two earned runs on six hits. He remains 2-0 with a 1.65 ERA in 27 1/3 innings, heading into his next start, Thursday against the Astros. 


Bullpen costs Brett Oberholtzer first win
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8:09 pm ET) Astros starting pitcher Brett Oberholtzer tossed the ball well enough to win Saturday against the A's, but the bullpen cost him in a 4-3 loss.

Oberholtzer held the A's to just one run in five-plus innings of work, in the third inning. He scattered eight hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings, while striking out three batters and throwing 63 of 94 pitches for strikes.

Oberholtzer was on pace for his first win of the season, before closer Chad Qualls blew the save with a 3-1 lead. Oberholtzer remains 0-3 with a 3.04 ERA after four starts. He will go for his first win in his next start, Thursday against the A's again. 


Clayton Kershaw scheduled for bullpen session Sunday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7:47 pm ET) Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw will throw a bullpen session Sunday as well as pitch to one or two hitters in game-simulation conditions, MLB.com reports.

Manager Don Mattingly said Saturday that it's too early to tell when Kershaw might return to the rotation, though he will need a rehab assignment before making his return. Kershaw is on the disabled list with strained terses muscle in his back.


Alex Presley dealing with illness
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7:44 pm ET) Astros outfielder Alex Presley was out of the lineup Friday and Saturday due to an illness, and will likely need a few more days before he is healthy enough to return, according to MLB.com. 

Jake Arrieta aiming for 100 pitches in final rehab outing
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7:30 pm ET) Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta hopes to reach the 100-pitch mark in his next rehab start, slated for Monday at Class A Daytona. He told MLB.com he would like to reach that point in what should be his final rehab start after overcoming shoulder tightness that bothered him in the spring.

"I want to get out there and get up to 100 pitches and kind of fine tune and refine some things, and hopefully, that'll be the last stop," Arrieta said.

Arrieta has allowed just one run on six hits and four walks in 12 1/3 innings in his first three rehab outings, and has been sitting the low- to mid-90's with his fastball as he nears his return.

"I'm right where I need to be," he said.


Anthony Rizzo leaves early with back spasms
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7:19 pm ET) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo was forced out of Saturday's game against the Reds after eight innings due to back spasms. He felt it in his final at-bat, and the Cubs opted to take him out early as a precaution.

"It just started barking on me in the fifth or sixth, and once we took the four-run lead, I [decided to] play with more caution than go up there, get another at-bat and go out on the field and hurt it even more," Rizzo told MLB.com after the game.

Rizzo also said he felt it Friday, but does not expect it to be a lingering issue. He thinks he will be able to play in Sunday's game.


Brendan Ryan dealing with mild tightness in hamstring
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7:14 pm ET) Yankees infielder Brendan Ryan (oblique) was unable to play in an extended spring training game on Saturday because of mild tightness in his hamstring, The Journal News reports. However he did take six simulated at-bats without running despite the minor setback.

"His hamstring was a little tight I think, but that's probably normal," manager Joe Girardi said. "I think all guys probably go through it in spring training. We thought we'd be cautious and say, just take your at-bats and don’t run."

 
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