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Cardinals P Lance Lynn strikes out 5 in no-decision
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(12:45 am ET) Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn gave up three runs — two earned — in a no-decision during Wednesday night's 4-3 win over the Diamondbacks. 

Lynn went six innings, struck out five batters, walked four and surrendered six hits. Lynn was in line for a win until he gave up a two-run single to David Peralta in the sixth inning. Lynn now has an ERA of 3.41. 

His next start is projected for June 2 against the Brewers. 


Athletics' Eric O'Flaherty tosses 14 pitches in rehab outing
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:42 am ET) Athletics pitcher Eric O'Flaherty made his rehab debut with Triple-A Nashville on Wednesday, giving up two hits in a scoreless inning of work.

O'Flaherty, who threw 14 pitches in the appearance, has been out since April 30 due to a shoulder injury. He's 0-2 with an 11.57 ERA and 7:5 K:BB ratio in seven innings


D-Backs P Josh Collmenter gives up 2 runs in no-decision
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(12:41 am ET) Diamondbacks pitcher Josh Collmenter allowed two earned runs in a no-decision effort during Wednesday night's 4-3 loss to the Cardinals. 

Collmenter went five innings and struck out three batters. He gave up six hits and two walks. This is the second game in a row that Collmenter was only able to go five innings. He now has an ERA of 5.05. 

Collmenter's next start is projected for June 2 against the Braves. 


Report: Matt Adams (quad) to undergo surgery Friday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:21 am ET) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams will undergo surgery to repair a torn quad on Friday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

The team announced on Wednesday that Adams had been diagnosed with a strained left quad, which was expected to sideline the first baseman for three-to-four months. The timetable could mean that Adams won't play again this season. He has hit .243/.281/.375 with four home runs and 20 RBI in 144 at-bats.

The Cardinals' most-likely internal option to replace Adams is Mark Reynolds, though the team could explore other options outside the organization.


Nationals IF Danny Espinosa hits homer in win
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(12:15 am ET) Nationals infielder Danny Espinosa hit his sixth home run of the year in Wednesday night's 3-0 win over the Cubs. 

The homer, which came in a pinch-hit situation, was an insurance run for the Nationals in the top of the ninth inning. Espinosa is now hitting .256/.357/.463 for the season. 

Espinosa is on pace to have the best hitting season of his career. He's never ended a year with a batting average over .247. 


Nationals OF Bryce Harper blasts 13th HR in month of May
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(12:05 am ET) Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper continued his hot streak in the month of May. 

In Wednesday night's 3-0 win over the Cubs, Harper hit his 17th home run of the season in the sixth inning. Harper hit the homer off of Jon Lester nad blasted it into deep left center field. 

For Harper, that's his 13th homer in the month of May. He finished the game 1 for 3 with two walks, giving him 42 walks for the year. Harper is now hitting .331/.470/.745 for the year. 


Cubs P Jon Lester allows 1 earned run in loss to Nationals
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Cubs pitcher Jon Lester gave up two runs — one earned — in Wednesday evening's 3-0 loss to the Nationals. 

Lester pitched a solid game, though gave up a home run to Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper in the sixth inning. Then again, most pitchers have found it difficult throwing to Harper of late. Lester was still able to strike out 10 batters.

Lester has allowed only four earned runs over his past three starts and now holds a 3.30 ERA. 

His next start is projected for June 2 against the Marlins. 


Nationals P Drew Storen earns save No. 16 against Cubs
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Nationals closer Drew Storen recorded his 16th save of the season in Wednesday night's 3-0 win over the Cubs. 

Storen allowed just one hit and once again didn't allow an earned run. He hasn't given up a run since April 21 and has only given up two runs in 20 1/3 innings pitched. Storen was able to record a strikeout as well. 

Storen's ERA is now at 0.84 for the season. 

The Nationals have won 21 of their past 27 games and haven't lost back-to-back games since April 26 and 27. 


Giants' Jake Peavy allows six runs in rehab start Wednesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Giants pitcher Jake Peavy (back) surrendered six earned runs on nine hits and two walks in 4 2/3 innings while striking out two in his rehab start with Triple-A Sacramento on Wednesday.

Peavy was able to toss 3 1/3 scoreless innings while allowing just one hit in his previous rehab outing, which came with Class A San Jose, but he didn't find anywhere near the same success on Wednesday while throwing 76 pitches. Out since April 17, Peavy is set to be re-evaluated by the Giants before his next step is determined.


Angels' Mike Morin getting better, recovery measured in weeks
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Angels pitcher Mike Morin is getting better after being placed on the disabled list with a strained oblique, but manager Mike Scioscia said the pitcher's recovery is a matter of "weeks, not days," MLB.com reports.

Morin was removed from Saturday's game with the injury, and it appears he'll be in for an extended stay on the disabled list. He owns a 6.00 ERA and 13:5 K:BB ratio in 15 innings.


 
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