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Rays' Matt Moore to pitch in extended spring training Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:47 am ET) Rays pitcher Matt Moore is scheduled to throw 35 to 40 pitches in two innings of work during an extended spring training game on Saturday, the Tampa Tribune reports.

Moore had no issues after Wednesday's bullpen session, putting him line to take the next step on Saturday. He was limited to just two starts last season before undergoing Tommy John surgery.


Red Sox's Clay Buchholz takes fifth loss Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:28 am ET) Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz was stuck with a loss on Thursday, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks in 7 1/3 innings while striking out four in his team's 3-1 defeat against the Rangers.

Buchholz (2-5) delivered his third straight quality start but continues to be plagued by little run support, as the Red Sox have scored just one run in five of his nine outings. He gave up two runs in the first inning, with one coming on an error, and then surrendered a solo home run in the fourth.

"I've been trying to mix my pitches each time out and each time through the order," Buchholz said after the game, per MLB.com. "It's a little bit easier whenever you have your pitches working. It's the times you go through when you've got one or two pitches working and you have to filter out the other pitches."

Buchholz owns a 4.58 ERA and 58:15 K:BB ratio in 53 innings. He's slated to face the Twins in Minnesota on Tuesday.


Rangers P Wandy Rodriguez allows 1 earned run in win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Rangers pitcher Wandy Rodriguez gave up only one earned run during Thursday night's 3-1 victory over the Red Sox. 

Rodriguez went 6 2/3 innings and allowed four hits and two walks. Rodriguez struck out five batters and improved to 2-2 for the season. 

For Rodriguez, this game was a nice rebound after giving up five earned runs in his previous start. Rodriguez now holds a 3.38 ERA for the season. 

"A really nice night by Wandy," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. per MLB.com. "That's what we have been seeing from him. He moved the [sinker] in and out, the breaking ball played well, he keeps hitters off balance. His ability to work quick and get through their lineup was big."

His next start is projected for May 26 against the Indians. 


White Sox's John Danks surrenders five runs in loss vs. Indians


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) White Sox pitcher John Danks took the loss on Thursday, giving up five earned runs on six hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings while striking out three in his team's 5-2 defeat against the Indians.

Danks (2-4) endured his worst start of the season on Thursday, and the Indians were able to score four runs in the first inning, including two on solo home runs, to take the lead for good. The starter gave up another run in the second inning but managed to deliver a clean performance thereafter.

"I made some bad pitches that got hit," said Danks, per MLB.com. "I wasn't throwing strikes. That's tough pitching behind in the count. You got to get ahead and stay ahead."

Danks owns a 5.11 ERA and 32:16 K:BB ratio in 44 innings. He's on track to face the Blue Jays in Toronto on Tuesday.


Indians' Danny Salazar strikes out eight in win vs. White Sox


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Indians pitcher Danny Salazar earned a win on Thursday, giving up just five hits and three walks in six scoreless innings while striking out eight in his team's 5-2 victory over the White Sox.

Salazar (5-1) managed to avoid serving up a home run for the first time this season in Thursday's win, as the White Sox managed just one extra-base hit (a double) during his six innings of work. He's now managed to strike out an average of one batter per inning or better in six of his seven starts.

"He had such a good fastball that when he needed it, he went to it, and he didn't nurse it in there," manager Terry Francona said, per MLB.com. "He attacked when he needed to and he ended up giving us six.

Salazar owns a 3.50 ERA and 60:9 K:BB ratio in 43 2/3 innings. He's slated to face the Rangers at home on Tuesday.


Rays P Alex Colome pitches 5 scoreless innings


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Rays pitcher Alex Colome put in five scoreless innings of work in Thursday night's 3-0 win over the Athletics. 

Colome had a solid day on the mound, striking out three batters and walking one. He gave up four hits. This was a much better outing than Colome's previous two games, which saw him give up 11 combined earned runs.

"Can't say enough about Alex Colome, what he provided tonight," manager Kevin Cash said after the game, per MLB.com. "Kind of a bounce-back start for him. Really did a nice job of controlling the hitters."

Colome now has a 4.81 ERA for the season.

"Like a two-ball, one-strike [count], and I have to come in the middle and they got the chance to swing the bat," Colome said about being behind the hitter in his last start. "But tonight I'm attacking the zone. Throwing strikes, making my pitches. Nothing today any different. The only thing I did was be a little more aggressive, and more attacking the zone."

Colome's next start is projected for May 26 against the Mariners. 


Angels P Matt Shoemaker allows 7 earned runs in loss


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker gave up eight runs — seven earned — in Thursday night's 8-4 loss to the Blue Jays. 

Shoemaker allowed four runs in the fifth inning, though pitched into the seventh until he was taken out. Shoemaker's performance dropped him to 3-4 this season with a 6.29 ERA.

"I have to turn it around quick," Shoemaker said after the game, per MLB.com. "There's really no other way to say it other than it has to be done quicker to help this team out. I don't want to keep putting us in a bad situation."

Shoemaker struck out four batters, walked two and surrendered eight hits.


Blue Jays P R.A. Dickey goes full 9 innings in win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey pitched a complete game in Thursday night's 8-4 win over the Angels. 

Dickey allowed four earned runs but struck out seven batters. He did walk two batters and allowed two home runs. Dickey now has an ERA of 5.49 for the season. Dickey had previously given up 13 earned runs in his last two games. 

Dickey was pleased with his performance and said pitching coach Pete Walker caught something on film that helped improve his outing on Thursday. 

"I can't say enough about him, if he were not around I would not have caught it on my own," Dickey said, via MLB.com

Dickey's next start is projected for May 26 against the White Sox. 


Astros' Oberholtzer expected to begin Triple-A rehab assignment


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Astros pitcher Brett Oberholtzer is expected to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Fresno in the coming days after throwing a bullpen session on Thursday, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Oberholtzer is on the disabled list due to a blister on his finger. He's made one start this season, giving up one run in three innings against the Giants on May 13.


Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka (forearm) makes 41-pitch rehab start


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/21/2015) Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka made his first rehab start on Thursday. Tanaka, who has been on the disabled list with a forearm strain and wrist tendinitis since April 29, pitched three shutout innings for Triple-A Scranton. He allowed just two hits, struck out two and did not issue a walk. Of his 41 pitches, 25 went for strikes.

His fastball lived around 91-92 mph, according to the Star-Ledger. Tanaka will now head back to New York, though the team has not revealed any future next steps or an updated timetable for his return to the rotation. He will likely need at least one more rehab start, though that has not been confirmed.

“I was looking to obviously pitch all my pitches with force and I think I was able to do that tonight,” Tanaka said afterward through an interpreter, the New York Daily News reports.

“I feel pretty confident about all the pitches,” Tanaka said when asked if they were major-league quality.


Shelved Athletics SP Drew Pomeranz to throw next week


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Athletics left-handed starter Drew Pomeranz, who has been placed on the disabled list as expected with a shoulder issue, has received a cortisone shot and will resume throwing next week, per the San Francisco Chronicle.

The hope is that the shot will calm the inflammation that has prevented Pomeranz from going deep into games, which has become a greater concern given the struggles of his team's bullpen.

Pomeranz has pitched more than 5 1/3 innings only twice in eight outings, both of which were quality starts, and owns a 4.40 ERA.


Mariners' Happ limited due to rain, Farquhar tagged with loss


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Mariners pitcher J.A. Happ was only able to pitch two innings during Thursday afternoon's 5-4 loss against the Orioles due to rain. 

A two-hour delay ended Happ's day on the mound and forced the Mariners to go through six pitchers. However, Happ may have been pulled anyway because in those two innings he allowed four earned runs on four hits. He struck out three batters and walked two others. 

Happ now has a 3.61 ERA for the season. This performance came after two consecutive games where he only allowed one earned run in each. 

With the game tied at 4-4 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Danny Farquhar entered the game and surrendered an RBI single to J.J. Hardy. This would prove to be Baltimore's winning run for the game. Farquhar is now 0-3 with a 5.48 ERA this season. 

For Happ, his next start is projected for May 26 against the Rays. 


Rain limits Orioles' Tillman to 3 innings, Hunter earns win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman was only able to go three innings due to a two-hour rain delay during Baltimore's 5-4 win over the Mariners. 

Tillman gave up one earned run in the second inning. However, he walked three batters and allowed one hit. He struck out two during his time in the game. Tillman has struggled of late as he's now allowed 19 earned runs in his past 26 2/3 innings. 

Though he's dealing with a sore back, Tillman said it felt fine after the game, according to MASN Sports. A decision was made an hour into the delay that he wouldn't return

Tillman has an ERA of 6.10 for the season.

The rain delay forced the Orioles to use a total of seven pitchers. Tommy Hunter pitched the eighth inning and got into a bit of a jam by surrendering two hits and a walk. However, he got out of the trouble and improved to 2-1 for the season with the win. 

For Tillman, his next start is projected for May 26 against the Astros. 


Rangers pitchers Martin Perez, Matt Harrison progressing


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/21/2015) A couple of injred Rangers pitchers are making strides towards a return. Left-hander Martin Perez is scheduled to make his first start in extended spring training on June 5. He's been on the 60-day disabled list with an elbow injury. He hasn't pitched in a Major League game since May 10 of last season.

Right-hander Matt Harrison , meanwhile, is expected to make his third extended spring start on Saturday, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Harrison hasn't thrown a big league pitch since last May 13, as he is recovering from a back injury. If Harrison comes out of Saturday's start without any issue, he could head out on a minor-league rehab assignment in the near future.


A's P Kendall Graveman to start against Rays Saturday


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Athletics pitcher Kendall Graveman will start this Saturday against the Rays, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

Graveman is filling in for Drew Pomeranz, who was moved to the disabled list due to left shoulder tightness. Graveman has started four games this season, though three of the four outings didn't go particularly well. 

As a result, he holds an 8.27 ERA this season with seven strikeouts and nine walks. 


T.J. House activated by Indians, optioned down to Triple-A


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) The Indians activated left-hander T.J. House from the disabled list and optioned him down to Triple-A Columbus on Thursday, handing the No. 5 spot in the starting rotation to Shaun Marcum, reports the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

House pitched eight innings in rehab and allowed five hits and no earned runs. He posted a whopping 13.15 ERA in four starts with the Indians earlier this season before the injury.


Astros SP Scott Feldman shaky at best Thursday in Detroit


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Astros right-hander Scott Feldman appeared destined to fall to 3-5 in Detroit on Thursday. His offense saved him, but his numbers still looked rather ugly.

Feldman allowed four earned runs on 10 hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out two after fanning a season-high 10 in his last start.

All was well until he gave up a two-run homer to Nick Castellanos in the fourth. He then fell apart, yielding three runs runs in the fifth and sixth before his removal with Houston trailing, 5-0.

Feldman has six quality starts in nine outings, but his ERA still sits at 5.17. He will attempt to lower it next Tuesday in Baltimore.


Tigers SP David Price takes no-decision on Thursday vs. Astros


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/21/2015) Tigers starter David Price was solid in a no-decision on Thursday against the Astros. Price went 6 2/3 innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits. He walked one and struck out a season-high 12 batters, as the Tigers won 6-5 in 11 innings.

Pitching with a 5-0 lead, Price was throwing shutout ball until the top of the seventh. He allowed an RBI triple to Evan Gattis, followed by a couple of run-scoring singles before being lifted for a reliever. 

"I kind of made some adjustments throughout the week, and that's the best I've felt on the mound regardless of results," said Price, per MLive.com

"I don't care about the strikeouts. I don't care about the runs there in the seventh inning. That's the best I've felt, that's the best I've thrown the baseball this year."

That makes back-to-back quality outings for Price, who lowered his ERA to 3.32. He's scheduled to toe the rubber next on Tuesday in Oakland. 

"He did an excellent job, really," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "He commanded the fastball to both sides of he plate, used his curveballs, change up, cutter very effectively. I just think it was a case where they strung some hits together and scored a few runs. It was still an excellent outing for him."


Rays' Drew Smyly hopeful he can pitch through torn labrum


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) After meeting with doctors, Rays starting pitcher Drew Smyly told reporters that the tear in his labrum is not considered a significant tear. He remains confident that he'll be able to pitch through the issue, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

"I obviously have a shoulder problem," Smyly said, per the Tampa Tribune. "After talking with a few of the doctors that I’ve met with, we’ve decided to rehab it. Everyone seems very optimistic that that’s the route to take. It’s not choosing that over surgery. They act like surgery’s not even really an option right now."

Smyly was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Wednesday because of the injury. He will need approximately eight weeks of rehab before rejoining the club.


Blue Jays prospect Jeff Hoffman reaches 99 mph in pro debut


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Blue Jays starting pitcher prospect Jeff Hoffman made his pro debut Wednesday for Class A Dunedin. Hoffman, who was the ninth overall pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, had been sidelined 12 months after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

The right-hander, who is considered the Blue Jays' third-best prospect by MLB.com, allowed four runs on eight hits and no walks in five innings. He struck out three and allowed one home run.

Dunedin pitching coach Vince Horsman said Hoffman's fastball was in the range of 92-99 mph. He also threw his curveball and changeup.

"Everything was good, I thought," Horsman said, per MiLB.com. "He was a little excited, made some mistakes up in the zone. His fastball was good. His curveball was good. His composure, it was his first game competition, he handled that well. He had good mound presence and composure. Aside from one bad inning when he elevated in the zone, he did a nice job."


Rays' Kevin Cash: 'All thumbs up' for Matt Moore after 'pen session


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash told reporters it was "all thumbs up" after Matt Moore completed his recent bullpen session on Wednesday, per the Tampa Bay Times.

Moore, who is currently on the 60-day DL working his way back from Tommy John surgery, could pitch a simulated game or move to an extended spring game on Saturday. Cash will determine his next step on Thursday, as Moore nears a minor-league rehab stint.


Twins' Mike Pelfrey tosses six one-run innings in no-decision


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Twins pitcher Mike Pelfrey didn't factor into the decision on Wednesday, giving up one earned run on five hits in six innings while striking out five and walking none in his team's 4-3, 13-inning win over the Pirates.

Pelfrey allowed an RBI double in the bottom of the first inning after being staked to a 3-0 lead, and he was able to keep the score at 3-1 by the time he left. However, the Pirates were able to tie the game in the eighth inning, preventing the starter from picking up what would have been his fourth win.

Pelfrey owns a 3.00 ERA and 22:15 K:BB ratio in 45 innings. He's scheduled to face the Red Sox at home on Tuesday.


Royals P Jeremy Guthrie pitches six scoreless innings in win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie did not allow an earned run during Wednesday evening's 7-1 victory over the Reds. 

Guthrie went six innings, struck out three batters and walked two. He now holds a 4.75 ERA for the season. 

This was the first game of the season that Guthrie did not allow an earned run. He struggled early on this year but only gave up a total of four earned runs in his previous two games. He hasn't had a game where he's struck out more than three batters this year, however. 

"I didn't have the same type of command I did a couple of starts ago," Guthrie said, per MLB.com. "But my location has been a bit better. I've been getting ahead of guys and making good pitches." 

Guthrie's next start is projected for May 26 against the Yankees. 


Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly allows two runs in loss on Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly allowed two runs on seven hits in seven innings of work in Boston's 2-1 loss to the Rangers on Wednesday.

"I made some pitches when I had to and had command of my heater," Kelly said after the game, per the Boston Herald. "We played some good defense tonight, but it’s baseball and we lost, 2-1. That guy over there pitched a good game and sometimes you just have to tip your hat."

Kelly allowed two consecutive singles in the second, putting runners on first and third. Elvis Andrus produced a sacrifice fly to score the first run. Then in the third, Robinson Chirinos blasted a solo home run to center field. 

"Fastball command pretty much nails it down," Kelly said of the key to his success. "Getting ahead of hitters and locating the pitch where I want to locate it. I didn’t really have any off-speed tonight. I went out there with just one pitch and I tried to locate it as best I can to get out of it."

Kelly, who also struck out seven and walked just one, moved his ERA to 5.13 in 47 1/3 innings of work. Kelly, now 1-3, will look to get back on track Monday against the Twins. 


Tigers pitcher Shane Greene strikes out six in ND on Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Tigers pitcher Shane Greene allowed two runs on three hits in 6 1/3 innings of work in Detroit's 5-2 win over the Brewers on Wednesday, but did not factor into a decision.

Greene allowed a solo home run to Ryan Braun in the fourth inning, the young pitcher's only blemish through the first six innings of action. Then in the seventh, Greene allowed three consecutive batters to reach base safely, including an RBI double by Elian Herrera, leading to Greene getting the hook.

Greene, who remains 4-2, moved his ERA to 4.05 in 53 1/3 innings of work. He will look to pick up another win on Monday against the Athletics.


 
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