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Jean Segura hits first homer in win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:31 am ET) Brewers shortstop Jean Segura's bat is showing signs of waking up, as he homered for the first time in a 5-2 in over the Padres Wednesday.

Segura took Tyson Ross deep in his first at-bat, riving in three runs with a shot to left field. He finished the game 2 for 3 with three RBI and one run scored in the win.

Segura is still hitting just .247/.273/.341 as he tries to work his way out of a season-opening slump. He has five RBI and 11 runs scored, but has been caught stealing on four of his nine stolen base attempts. 


Yadier Molina extends hitting streak with three-hit game


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:26 am ET) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina extended his hitting streak to 14 games Wednesday, and he didn't leave much doubt. Molina reached base safely in each of his trips to the plate, finishing 3 for 3 with a pair of doubles and a walk. He also drove in one run in the 3-2 loss.  

Molina is now hitting .36/.398/.557 through 20 hgames, with three home runs, 11 RBI and 10 runs scored. 


Matt Carpenter finding his way


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:23 am ET) Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter was almost constantly on base Wednesday, in a 3-2 loss to the Mets. Carpenter reached four times, with three singles and a walk to his credit, though he scored just once while going 4 for 5.

 A recent three-game hitting streak has raised Carpenter's average to .296, and he carries a .392 on-base percentage and .346 slugging percentage as well through 22 games. 


Andrew McCutchen homers in third straight


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:20 am ET) Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen has caught fire, homering for the third straight game Wednesday against the Reds.

McCutchen put together his third multi-hit game in a row to go along with the homer, a solo shot in the third inning of a 5-2 loss. He finished the game 2 for 4 with one RBI, one run scored and one walk.

As recently as Sunday, McCutchen was hitting just .243 with only one home run. He now has four homers on the season, and is hitting .298/.423/.536 in 84 at-bats.  


Kenley Jansen settling back in


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:16 am ET) Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen continued to turn his season around Wednesday, recording his fourth save in a row in a 5-2 win over the Phillies.

Jansen retired the Phillies in order for the save, striking out one batter and ending the inning on 14 pitches. He has tossed four scoreless outings in a row, lowering his ERA to 3.46 for the season, with 24 strikeouts in 13 innings of work. He is 8 for 10 on save chances. 


Cole Hamels takes tough-luck loss in debut


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:11 am ET) Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels did not look particularly rusty at all in his season debut Wednesday, though he took a tough loss as the Phillies fell, 5-2 to the Dodgers.

Hamels allowed two runs in six innings of work, one in the second and one in the fifth, limiting the Dodgers to six hits, four of which were singles. He struck out five and walked just one, while throwing 55 of 86 pitches for strikes.

Hamels showed few lingering issues following his recovery from a shoulder injury, and will likely have his pitch limit lifted in coming starts. His next start is scheduled for Tuesday against the Mets. 


Zack Greinke makes history in win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:06 am ET) Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke continued his stellar work Wednesday against the Phillies, as he moved to 4-0 in a 5-2 victory.

Greinke limited the Phillies to just two runs on five hits in seven innings of work, and he etched his name into the record books with the start. According to Elias Sports Bureau, this was Greinke's 17th straight start allowing two or fewer earned runs, the longest streak since 1900. He struck out 11 and walked just one en route to the win.

Greinke is 4-0 through five starts, with a 2.45 ERA. He has struck out 40 batters while walking just five in 29 1/3 innings, and will try to keep his strong play up in his next start, Tuesday against the Twins. 


Adam LaRoche shows no problems with quad


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:03 am ET) Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche was back in the lineup Wednesday against the Angels, after missing the team's previous game with tightness in his quad. He showed no lingering effects from the injury, extending his hitting streak to seven games by going 3 for 5 with a walkoff RBI single in the 5-4 win.

LaRoche is off to a strong star to the season, hitting .315/.419/.479 in 73 at-bats, with three RBI and 12 home runs.


No lingering effects for Dee Gordon


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:59 am ET) Dodgers infielder Dee Gordon was not in the lineup Wednesday against the Phillies, but the shot he took to the head late in the team's previous game was not the reason why.

Manager Don Mattingly told MLB.com he was simply giving Gordon a day off to rest, and was feeling no ill effects after hitting his head on an infielder's knee Tuesday. 


Chad Billingsley shut down five to seven days


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:56 am ET) Dodgers starting pitcher Chad Billingsley had a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right elbow Tuesday, in an effort to alleviate tendinitis in his flexor tendon. He will be shut down five to seven days to let the injection take effect according to MLB.com, and will then resume a throwing program.

There is no timetable for his return to action after this latest setback from Tommy John surgery. 


Cody Asche's struggles costing him playing time


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:53 am ET) The Phillies are turning away from infielder Cody Asche recently, as he was on the bench for the third straight game Wednesday against the Dodgers.

He has started just five of the team's last 11 games, after he was in the starting lineup for eight of the first 10. Manager Ryne Sandberg told MLB.com he does not have to talk with Asche about the situation, even with Freddy Galvis, his replacement, struggling mightily.

"I don't need to because I already have," he said. "I just told him to be ready to go in any capacity. The biggest change in the last three games is quality pitching and good defense behind. Freddy has been a part of that combination for the last three games."

Asche is hitting just .196/.275/.304 through 46 at-bats, with one home run, three RBI, six runs scored and 14 strikeouts. 


Tim Collins to join Triple-A Omaha Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:51 am ET) Royals pitcher Tim Collins will join Triple-A Omaha Friday to begin his rehab assignment, MLB.com reports.

"He's going to need at least two [appearances] and we'll go from there," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "As soon as he's throwing the ball good again . … But we need to see that, we need to check his arm and make sure it's strong and durable and ready to go. We need to make sure he's commanding his fastball, his curveball and his changeup."

Collins pitched in just two games this season before going on the disabled list with a flexor strain.


Kyle Farnsworth gets some help for second save


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:45 am ET) Mets close Kyle Farnsworth faltered a bit, but never folded as he picked up his second save in a 3-2 win over the Cardinals Wednesday.

Farnsworth allowed three straight hits after recording the first out of the inning, and his defense bailed him out for the second out, as the tying run was thrown out at the plate. Farnsworth picked up the final out to close out the win.

Farnsworth is now 2 for 2 since being named the closer, and has a 1.74 ERA in 10 1/3 innings of work overall. 


Francisco Rodriguez picks up save No. 9


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:38 am ET) Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez added to his league-leading save total Wednesday, as he closed out a 5-2 win over the Padres.

Rodriguez allowed one walk in his inning of work, but was never in much trouble. He struck out two of four batters faced, while tossing his 12th straight shutout inning to open the season. Rodriguez is 9 for 9 on save chances this season, with 18 strikeouts and only three walks in 12 innings of work. 


Marcus Semien blasts grand slam Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:24 am ET) White Sox infielder Marcus Semien went 1 for 4 with a crucial grand slam in his team's 6-4 win over the Tigers Wednesday.

Semien's third home run came with the bases loaded and his team down two in the seventh inning, and neither team was able to add any more runs in the game. He has hit .234/.280/.394 with three home runs, 13 RBI and two stolen bases in 94 at-bats.


Kyle Lohse wins fourth in a row


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:24 am ET) Brewers starting pitcher Kyle Lohse tossed yet another quality start Wednesday, in a 5-2 win over the Padres.

Lohse limited the Padres to just one earned run in seven innings of work, and only trailed for one inning, the first. He scattered five hits through his seven innings of work and struck out five without a walk, while throwing 71 of 103 pitches for strikes.

 Lohse has been solid yet again this season, and has now won four decisions in a row after losing his opener. He has a 2.38 ERA through five starts and will try to keep thing rolling in his next outing, Tuesday in St. Louis.


Desmond Jennings steals two bases in three-hit game vs. Twins


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:22 am ET) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings went 3 for 5 with a walk, two runs and two stolen bases in his team's 6-4 loss to the Twins Wednesday.

Jennings has been hot against the Twins this series, going 5 for 10 in two games to push his season batting average over .300. He has hit .302/.413/.444 with one home run, five RBI and three stolen bases in 63 at-bats.


Chris Colabello delivers big night Wednesday to key 12-inning win


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:20 am ET) Twins designated hitter Chris Colabello went 2 for 6 with a home run and four RBI in his team's 6-4 win over the Rays Wednesday.

Colabello knocked a two-run home run in the fourth inning to tie things up at two. His next hit came in the 12th inning, with his single bringing home two runs and leading the Twins to a win. He has been excellent in the first few weeks, hitting .346/.386/.577 with three home runs and an AL-leading 26 RBI in 78 at-bats.


Glen Perkins picks up fourth save vs. Rays


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:16 am ET) Twins closer Glen Perkins pitched a 1-2-3 12th inning to earn his fourth save of the season in his team's 6-4 win over the Rays Wednesday.

Perkins needed just seven pitches to strike out one and slam the door on the extra-inning affair. He struggled a bit in the season's first week but has been excellent since, giving up just one hit and one walk in six scoreless innings over his last six appearances. Perkins owns a 4.00 ERA and 12:3 K:BB ratio in nine innings.


Tyson Ross struggles with long ball in loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:14 am ET) Padres starting pitcher Tyson Ross saw his two-game winning streak come to an end Wednesday, as he fell to the Brewers, 5-2.

Ross was handed a lead after the top of the first inning, but couldn't get through a single frame without giving it back. The Padres were never on top again, as Ross surrendered three more runs in the second inning and another in the fourth, all on home runs. He was charged with five runs on nine hits and a pair of walks through six innings of work, while striking out a season-low three batters.

Despite the loss and 2-3 record, Ross has been very solid to open the season. He has a 3.16 ERA in 31 1/3 innings heading into his next start, Monday in San Francisco. 


Josh Lueke takes loss in extra innings Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:14 am ET) Rays pitcher Josh Lueke was saddled with the loss in Wednesday's 6-4, 12-inning defeat at the hands of the Twins.

Lueke (0-1) gave up two earned runs on four hits in two innings of action while striking out one. The Twins put two guys in scoring position with no outs in Lueke's second frame, and a subsequent single gave the Twins the winning margin. He owns a 4.38 ERA and 9:2 K:BB ratio in 12 1/3 innings.


Casey Fien earns third win Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:11 am ET) Twins reliever Casey Fien picked up a win Wednesday after pitching 2 1/3 scoreless innings in his team's 6-4, 12-inning win over the Rays.

Fien (3-0) was perfect in his outing, retiring all seven batters he faced, two by strikeout. He's been excellent since giving up three runs on April 4. Fien owns a 3.00 ERA and 7:2 K:BB ratio in nine innings.


Mike Pelfrey lasts five innings in no-decision vs. Rays


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:07 am ET) Twins pitcher Mike Pelfrey gave up three runs (two earned) on six hits and three walks in five innings while striking out one in his team's 6-4, extra-innings win over the Rays.

Pelfrey racked up a high workload in a short amount of time yet again, throwing 92 pitches in his five innings of action. He hasn't thrown more than five innings in any of his last three starts despite topping 90 pitches in each. Pelfrey owns a 6:86 ERA and brutal 8:15 K:BB ratio in 19 2/3 innings. His next start should come Tuesday at home against the Dodgers.


Jonathon Niese strong in first win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:07 am ET) Mets starting pitcher Jonathon Niese finally picked up his first win Wednesday, as the Mets took down the Cardinals, 3-2.

Niese tossed six-plus strong innings, limiting the Cardinals to just one run, coming in his first inning of work. He finished the game with six straight scoreless innings, allowing one run in 6 2/3 innings, on six hits and a pair of walks, while striking out three hitters.

Niese has a 2.45 ERA through four starts, with three straight quality starts under his belt, but is just 1-2 as the Mets have scored just 11 runs total in his starts.  He will try to get back to .500 in his next start, set for Tuesday in Philadelphia.


Jake Odorizzi can't escape fourth inning vs. Twins


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:06 am ET) Rays pitcher Jake Odorizzi was lifted after just 3 1/3 innings Wednesday, giving up four earned runs on five hits and three walks while striking out five in his team's 6-4, extra-innings loss to the Twins.

Odorizzi took a 2-0 lead into the fourth inning, but he walked the first batter of the inning before giving up a game-tying home run. The Twins would then notch two singles a walk before a sacrifice fly brought the third runner of the inning home. Odorizzi was then removed, and his relief allowed one of the inherited runners to score. He didn't factor into the decision after the Rays tied things up later in the game.

The Rays starter owns a 6.52 ERA and 17:10 K:BB ratio in 19 1/3 innings. Odorizzi is lined up to face the White Sox in Chicago Monday.


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