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Roark, Zimmermann to start Monday, Tuesday for Nationals
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:37 pm ET) Nationals manager Matt Williams announced his rotation plans for early next week on Saturday, as Tanner Roark will start Monday against the Cubs and Jordan Zimmermann will go Tuesday.

Roark, who has been pitching out of the bullpen, feels he can go 100 pitches. However, Williams suggested Roark will probably throw around 70 pitches.


Indians SP Corey Kluber looks to continue dominant surge
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(1:32 pm ET) Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber has pitched two consecutive gems, and will look to make it a third against the Reds on Saturday.

Kluber has allowed just one earned run in his last 17 innings. In that stretch, he's produced a .053 ERA with a whopping 30 strikeouts.


Giants SP Jake Peavy flourishes in Friday rehab outing
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:26 pm ET) Giants veteran right-hander Jake Peavy provided an encouraging performance in a minor league rehab outing Friday night, the San Jose Mercury News has reported.

Peavy yielded just one hit in 3 1/3 scoreless innings for Class A San Jose. He walked one, fanned four and threw 37 of 50 pitches for strikes.

The San Francisco starter, who has been sidelined with a back injury, is scheduled to pitch for Sacramento on Wednesday before his status is re-evaluated.


White Sox OF Avisail Garcia out a second game Saturday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:26 pm ET) White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia missed a second straight start Saturday against the Twins due to a knee injury. J.B. Shuck started in right field for a second straight game.

Garcia has a .329/.370/.500/.870 slash line in 19 May games. He also has three home runs, four doubles and 14 RBI.


Rockies shelve RP Ken Roberts, activate RP Brooks Brown
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:16 pm ET) Rockies lefty reliever Ken Roberts has been placed on the disabled list with elbow inflammation, per the Denver Post, which is further reporting that they have activated bullpen mate Brooks Brown, who has recovered from a shoulder injury.

Roberts had performed well until a disastrous appearance Friday night against San Francisco in which he allowed three runs on four hits in two-thirds of an inning.

Brown, who has been absent since May 3, returns with a 4.50 ERA.


Twins' Joe Mauer will not start despite six-game hit streak
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(1:15 pm ET) Twins first baseman Joe Mauer will not start against the White Sox on Saturday despite being in the midst of a six-game hit streak.

Mauer, who is hitting .333/.360/.500 with eight hits and six RBI in his last six games, is getting a scheduled day off, per MLB.com.

Trevor Plouffe -- replacing Mauer -- will make just his second start at first base this season.


Mets LF Michael Cuddyer out against Pirates SP A.J. Burnett
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:04 pm ET) Mets veteran left fielder Michael Cuddyer is catching a break Saturday against Pittsburgh. He is getting the day off in favor of rookie Darrell Ceciliani.

Cuddyer has not had much success against Pirates scheduled starter. A.J. Burnett. He is 7-for-34 lifetime against the right-hander with just one home run and three RBI.


Nationals Michael Taylor to start in left field against Phillies
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(12:59 pm ET) Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor will start in left field against the Phillies on Saturday.

Taylor will face off against left-handed pitcher Cole Hamels. Taylor is a career .261/.320/.478 hitter against left-handed pitchers, and has homered against Hamels once in 5 at-bats.


Phillies SS Freddy Galvis benched Saturday at Washington
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:53 pm ET) Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis complained that the cold weather in Colorado made him cold at the plate - but perhaps he's just cold at the plate. He went hitless in four at-bats at much-warmer Washington on Friday night.

The bottom line is that he's out of the lineup Saturday for the fifth time this season. He has just three hits in his last 27 at-bats.


Nationals 2B Dan Uggla gets the start against Phillies
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(12:53 pm ET) Nationals 2B Dan Uggla has been solid against left-handed pitchers this year, something his team wants him to continue on Saturday against the Phillies' Cole Hamels.

Uggla, who is hitting .273/.385/.545 in 11 at-bats against lefties this season, will get the start over Danny Espinosa.

In 62 career at-bats against Hamels, Uggla is only hitting .145/.239/.323 with three home runs, two doubles and six RBI.


 
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