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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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Tyson Ross dazzles for second win
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:41 am ET) Padres starting pitcher Tyson Ross evened his record in a 2-1 win over the Giants Friday, as he twirled another gem for the win.

Ross tossed eight terrific innings, shutting out the Giants and allowing just four hits and a walk. After allowing a leadoff double to open the game, Ross was rarely in trouble in the start, allowing just the one extra-base hit. He struck out nine batters while throwing 66 of 100 pitches for strikes.

Ross wasn't sharp in his first two starts of the season, both losses, but has found his way over his last two. He has struck out 16 with just two walks over his last 15 innings of work, and is now 2-2 with a 2.13 ERA heading into his next start, Wednesday against the Brewers. 


Howie Kendrick lifts off twice in win over Detroit
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:38 am ET) Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick made his presence felt at the plate, launching a pair of home runs in his team's 11-6 win over Detroit.

Kendrick took starter Drew Smyly deep for a two-run home run in the third inning and Luke Putkonen deep for another two-run shot in the following frame. He added a single in the eighth and finished 3 for 5 with two runs scored and four RBI. He is hitting .261/.320/.391 with two home runs and 11 RBI in 69 at-bats.

Adam Eaton exits game with lower body injury
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:35 am ET) White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton was forced out of Friday's contest against the Rangers with a lower body injury, possibly a hamstring injury, Comcast SportsNet Chicago suggests.

Eaton appeared to have sustained the injury while rounding the bag after a single in the opening frame. He remained in the game until manager Robin Ventured pulled him in the fifth inning for Jordan Danks. He is expected to return to the starting lineup Saturday night.

Matt Cain takes another tough-luck loss
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:28 am ET) Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain was terrific yet again Friday, but settled for a loss as his teammates failed to back him up in a 2-1 loss.

Cain went seven strong innings and allowed just a single unearned run on a passed ball in the first inning. He was nearly flawless otherwise, holding the Padres scoreless on four hits and a pair of walks overall. He struck out eight but took the loss, his third straight.

Cain is now 0-3, but that doesn't really tell the story on how well he has pitched. He has a 2.88 ERA in 25 innings, and has allowed more than two earned runs just once in four starts. He will look for better luck in his next start, set for Wednesday in Colorado. 


Wil Myers registers second three-hit game
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:27 am ET) Rays outfielder Wil Myers enjoyed his first three-hit game since opening day, driving in three runs in his team's 11-5 win over the Yankees.

Myers singled in a run in the sixth and two more in the eighth. He added another single and finished 3 for 5 with three RBI, raising his batting average to .302 on the year. He has just eight hits in his last 30 at-bats.

Sean Rodriguez goes yard again Friday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:14 am ET) Rays infielder Sean Rodriguez went yard for the second time in as many days Friday night against the Yankees.

Rodriguez made a pinch-hit appearance for David Dejesus in the seventh, grounding into a fielder's choice. In his second at-bat, he took reliever Adam Warren deep for a two-run shot in the eighth inning. He went 1 for 2 with two runs scored and two RBI in an 11-5 victory. He is hitting .250 with three homers and seven RBI in just 16 at-bats.

Cory Spangenberg on minor-league DL
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:13 am ET) Padres infielder prospect Cory Spangenberg has been placed on the seven-day disabled list at Double-A San Antonio, after suffering concussion-like symptoms Tuesday, according to MLB.com. The report does not indicated whether he has been diagnosed with a concussion, but the organization is taking a cautious approach with him after he missed six weeks with a concussion in 2012.  

Surgery not recommended for Ryan Jackson
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:10 am ET) Padres infielder Ryan Jackson may not need surgery after all, as MLB.com reports he has been diagnosed with a just a strain in his right wrist. It was previously reported that he would need surgery on the wrist, though further examination was needed, which he received via the team's doctors in San Diego.

Jackson is on the seven-day disabled list at Triple-A El Paso, and there is no timetable for his expected return.  


James Loney plates four in win over Yankees
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:10 am ET) Rays first baseman James Loney came up big at the plate Friday night against the Yankees.

Loney doubled in two runs in the fourth off starter Hidoki Kuroda and singled two more runs in the seventh off reliever Adam Warren to give his team the lead for good. He was also plunked eighth and finished 2 for 4 with four RBI in an 11-5 victory. He is hitting .235/.322/.392 with one home run and nine RBI in 51 at-bats to start the season.

Casey Kelly close to minor-league rehab
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:06 am ET) Padres pitching prospect Casey Kelly will pitch in an extended spring training game Monday at the team's complex in Arizona, as he continues to work his way back from Tommy John surgery. The next step to competitive games could come shortly after.

"If he passes the test Monday, he'll go out on a rehab assignment," Padres manager Bud Black told MLB.com Friday.

Kelly will likely make his move to Double-A San Antonio late next week, if he avoids any setbacks. He is more than a year removed from surgery.  


 
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