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D'backs pitcher Rubby De La Rosa strikes out seven in losing effort
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(11:49 pm ET) Diamondbacks pitcher Rubby De La Rosa allowed four runs, three earned, on nine hits in Arizona's 4-1 loss to the Giants Saturday.

De La Rosa ran into trouble in the first, when he gave up a leadoff double to Nori Aoki, who was driven in by Joe Panik on a single. He gave up another run in the third inning on a Buster Posey RBI single, driving in Joe Panik. 

De La Rosa then gave up a two-run homer to Brandon Crawford in the fourth before settling down. De La Rosa, now 2-1, boasts a 6.00 ERA on the year. He will look to get back on track Saturday against the Pirates.


Giants pitcher Chris Heston allows one run in win Saturday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(11:49 pm ET) Giants pitcher Chris Heston allowed one run on five hits in 7 2/3 innings Saturday in San Francisco's 4-1 win over the Diamondbacks.

Heston made just one mistake in the outing, allowing a leadoff home run to David Peralta in the fourth inning. He settled down and sent the remaining hitters down in order. Heston allowed just one hit over his last three innings of work.

Heston, now 2-1, boasts a blistering 0.87 ERA in three starts and will look to keep rolling Friday against the Rockies.


Giants pitcher Santiago Casilla earns fourth save Saturday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(11:49 pm ET) Giants relief pitcher Santiago Casilla worked a scoreless one-hit ninth inning in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Diamondbacks. 

Casilla allowed a single to Mark Trumbo and then hit Tuffy Gosewich with a pitch before forcing Chris Owings into a game-ending double play. Casilla lowered his ERA to 3.60.


Battered Brewers starter Lohse expresses frustration
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:37 pm ET) Brewers veteran starter Kyle Lohse actually improved his ERA after giving up six runs in six innings Saturday.

And that frustrates him.

Lohse fell to 0-3 with his loss in Pittsburgh. His ERA is 10.34.

"I know what to do. I just got to go out there and do it," he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "The frustrating part is it's so close. But it doesn't matter because the results are really crappy. I've got to go out there and make better pitches. That's the bottom line."

The 36-year-old Lohse, the team's Opening Day starter, is 54-30 over the last four seasons and his ERA has not topped 3.54 during that time.


D'backs pitcher Daniel Hudson looking to throw back-to-back days
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(11:26 pm ET) Diamondbacks pitcher Daniel Hudson may not have pitched back-to-back games yet this season, but he feels confident he can if needed, reports AZCentral.com.

"I think that's honestly helped me out to bounce back better mentally, and it's helped my arm, too," Hudson said. "Having gone through what I've gone through the last 2 1/2 years, I knew most of it was going to be mental. The thought of something bad happening was always going to be in the back of my mind. But that last outing, knowing I could get to that point and my arm not fall off, it kind of took a lot of pressure off me."

Hudson has thrown 4 2/3 scoreless innings so far this season with one strikeout and no walks.

"I don't think there's ever going to be a day anymore where they're not asking me how I'm feeling," Hudson said. "It's just kind of communicating with them whether or not I can go every night and luckily they've been able to not let me go back to back, but I feel like I could do it if needed because my arm has been bouncing back so well, knock on wood."


RHP Brandon Gomes gets call from Rays
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:20 pm ET) The Rays have promoted reliever Brandon Gomes from Triple-A Durham to replace Grant Balfour on the roster.

Gomes pitched in 29 games for Tampa Bay in 2014.


Rays DFA reliever Balfour after Saturday pounding
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:11 pm ET) The Rays have seen enough of faltering reliever Grant Balfour. After he surrendered a grand slam Saturday night to Chris Young, he was designated for assignment, per the Tampa Tribune.

The 37-year-old Balfour has been struggling since last season, when he arrived in Tampa as the closer and quickly lost the job. He had pitched 3 2/3 shutout innings this season before walking three and giving up the blast to Young on Saturday.


Athletics 3B Lawrie after beaning: 'Why fuel the fire?'
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:01 pm ET) Fresh off a game in which he was plunked by Royals fireballer Yordano Ventura, Athletics third baseman Brett Lawrie was asked why he didn't go ballistic.

"They want me to blow up, but why fuel the fire?" Lawrie told MLB.com. "Why dump another thing of gasoline on it when I can just put a smile on?"

Lawrie had been the center of controversy after his hard slide Friday night injured Kansas City shortstop Alcides Escobar. The hit-by-pitch came right after Josh Reddick homered to give Oakland a 5-0 lead.


Cubs third baseman Mike Olt has no ligament damage in wrist
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(11:01 pm ET) Cubs third baseman Mike Olt is on the 15-day DL with a hairline fracture in his wrist, but said he has no ligament damage in the hand, according to the Chicago Tribune.

"We did a different kind of X-ray in Colorado (when he suffered the injury against the Rockies) and my pain wasn't too bad, so we didn't look into it further. Then it just didn't progress as well as we thought, so we did an MRI," Olt said.

He will be battling for his job when he is healthy enough to come back as the team has called up prospect Kris Bryant, who has started two games since he went on the disabled list.


Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon working longer counts in 2015
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(10:56 pm ET) Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon has a goal this season: see more pitches at the plate, reports MLB.com. Blackmon is currently on a career-high pace at the plate with a .263 batting average in 10 games. He credits it to his patience at the plate early on.

"I started trying to see a few more pitches in spring training," Blackmon said. "I'm better deep in the count. It's better for the team to go deeper in the count. As a leadoff hitter you give your guys more chance to see the other pitcher's arsenal, and maybe earn a walk here or there."

Sometimes, Blackmon will take cuts just to keep pitchers from finding a rhythm.

"There will be times I'll be very aggressive to keep pitchers honest," he said. "That's by design. I don't always try to see 4.13 pitches. If I notice teams fall into a pattern one way or another, I'll come out of that and start hacking."


 
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