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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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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. 

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. 


 
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