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ChiSox prospect Carlos Rodon struggles in relief role in MLB debut


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(12:00 am ET) Carlos Rodon, the White Sox No. 3 overall pick in 2014, made his major-league debut Tuesday, giving up two runs, three hits and three walks in 2 1/3 innings of relief.

"Yeah, a little bit of butterflies. It was fun to be out there, though. Considering," Rodon said afterwards. "[Relief] is something I have to be ready for. No excuses. Maybe overthrowing but no excuses. Just have to be good in that situation."

White Sox starter Hector Noesi gets knocked around in defeat


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/21/2015) White Sox starter Hector Noesi (0-2) was knocked around for four runs on four hits, including two homers, in 5 2/3 innings Tuesday for a loss to the Indians.

Carlos Santana and David Murphy each provided solo shots for the Indians.

Noesi will go after his first win again on Thursday, April 30, in Minnesota.

Indians starter Carlos Carrasco fans eight on Tuesday in victory


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/21/2015) Indians starter Carlos Carrasco (2-1) struck out eight batters in five innings on Tuesday and took the win against the White Sox.

The lone run he allowed was a first-inning solo shot from Jose Abreu.

Indians manager Terry Francona said he removed Carrasco from the game after five innings because he was tight and having trouble staying loose.

Carrasco returns to the hill on Sunday in Detroit.


Twins starter Tommy Milone gives up two HRs, takes no decision


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/21/2015) Twins starting pitcher Tommy Milone allowed four runs, three via the long ball, on five hits in 5 2/3 innings for a no decision Tuesday against the Royals.

Alex Gordon connected for a solo home run and Mike Moustakas added a two-run shot off Milone.

Milone gets back on the mound Monday against the Tigers.

Royals' Jason Vargas tagged for five runs in 5 2/3 IP for no decision


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/21/2015) Royals starter Jason Vargas was tagged for five runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings on Tuesday for a no decision against the Twins.

Vargas struck out four and walked one.

Vargas' next start is set for Sunday in Chicago.

Yankees RF Chris Young homers, goes 3 for 3 on Tuesday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/21/2015) Yankees right fielder Chris Young was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle against the Tigers, as he homered, doubled and singled on Tuesday. 

He also walked twice, going 3 for 3 on the night.


Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison targeting June to return


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison is still a few weeks away from throwing, but is targeting a return to the big leagues in June, according to MLB.com.

Harrison, who is recovering from spinal fusion surgery, is scheduled to throw an 80-pitch simulated game Wednesday and face live hitters next week.

"The goal for me is to be back in June sometime," Harrison said. "I've got about three or four more weeks out here and then a rehab assignment."


Tigers starter Kyle Lobstein takes loss after one-run, six-inning outing


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/21/2015) Tigers starter Kyle Lobstein (1-1) allowed just one run on three hits Tuesday but did not get any run support in his six innings of work, taking the loss against the Yankees.

The only blemish for Lobstein was a first-inning RBI double he allowed to Mark Teixeira.

"I would like to throw more strikes than that, try and get deeper in the game, Lobstein said. "But overall I was able to make some pitches to get out of some jams."

Lobstein walked four and struck out three in the defeat.

Lobstein's next scheduled start has not been announced as of Tuesday night.


Yanks' starter Nathan Eovaldi goes seven strong for first win


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/21/2015) Starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (1-0) pitched into the eighth inning on Tuesday, allowing one run on eight hits to earn his first win as a Yankee.

Eovaldi struck out four and was never in any trouble until a leadoff double in the eighth inning, at which put the right hander turned it over to the bullpen.

"I moved my arm a little closer to my body in my last bullpen [session], and I was able to keep it there for most of the game," Eovaldi said. '"It really helped my command."

Eovaldi will get his first taste of the Subway Series on Sunday when his next start will be at home against the Mets.


Orioles pitcher Bud Norris continues to struggle on the mound


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Orioles pitcher Bud Norris went just 2 1/3 innings in Baltimore's 13-6 loss to the Blue Jays Tuesday. Norris allowed nine runs on just six hits with three walks in his start.

Norris had issues early on when he allowed a solo home run to Edwin Encarnacion in the second inning. Then Norris allowed a double before walking the bases loaded. Ryan Goins singled to right to score two more runs before Jose Reyes reached on a fielder's choice and brought home another.

Norris would allow two more runs in the third before getting the hook. Norris, now 0-2 on the year, ballooned his ERA to 17.42 in three starts. He will look to right the ship Sunday against the Red Sox. 


Blue Jays pitcher Mark Buehrle picks up third win of the year


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Mark Buehrle allowed three runs on eight hits in Toronto's 13-6 win over the Orioles Tuesday. Buehrle worked through the first two innings without an issue before running into problems in the third. He allowed a single to Caleb Joseph before Ryan Flaherty ripped a double to deep center field, bringing in a run.

After Flaherty advanced to third, Steve Pearce grounded out to bring him home.

Buehrle allowed one more run on a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning before getting pulled before the seventh. Buehrle, now 3-0 on the year, boasts a 4.00 ERA in three starts. He will look to move to 4-0 Sunday against the Rays.


Rays pitcher Chris Archer strikes out nine in losing effort Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Rays pitcher Chris Archer allowed just one unearned run on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings of work in Tampa Bay's 1-0 loss to the Red Sox Tuesday.

Archer's only blemish came in the third inning when he put two men out for Dustin Pedroia. Archer allowed Pedroia to reach safely on a fielder's choice, but the run scored on a throwing error by Ryan Brett.

Archer added nine strikeouts and just one walk in his 106 pitches, 72 going for strikes, keeping his ERA at a lowly 1.07 in four starts. He will look to get back in the win column Sunday against the Blue Jays.


Red Sox pitcher Wade Miley earns first win of the year Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Red Sox pitcher Wade Miley tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings in Boston's 1-0 win over the Rays Tuesday. Miley scattered three hits with four walks and three strikeouts in his outing.

He ran into a jam in the sixth after walking two consecutive batters to load the bases for Desmond Jennings with two outs before getting the hook. Alexi Ogando came on and finished off the inning, getting Jennings to groundout to short.

Miley, now 1-1 on the year, lowered his ERA to 6.08 in three starts. He will look to keep rolling Sunday against the Orioles.


Athletics' Sean Nolin expected to begin rehab assignment Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Athletics pitcher Sean Nolin is expected to head to Triple-A Nashville to begin his rehab assignment Wednesday after throwing a bullpen session, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Nolin, who is currently on the 15-day DL with a hernia, is scheduled to throw a bullpen session as well as Wednesday and if everything goes well, he will head to Nashville. Nolin has appeared in just two games in the last two seasons, allowing seven runs in 2 1/3 innings of work.


Rangers place pitcher Nick Tepesch on 15-day DL


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) The Rangers have voided their spring option on pitcher Nick Tepesch and placed him on the 15-day disabled list, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Tepesch was expected to miss a month at the beginning of April when he was experiencing elbow inflammation, a similar issue he dealt with in 2013 that caused him to miss six weeks. He will be a part of the major league roster once he's deemed healthy enough for action.

Manager Jeff Banister thinks Tepesch may have rushed to quickly to get back on the field and he may be rushing now to get back with the club, according to the Dallas Morning News.

"I still like the stuff," Banister said. "I think things snowballed a little on him. You'd like your guys to have a stress management routine for when the game speeds up, but it's going to happen to everybody. I still feel comfortable with Scheppers. The question: Do we back off a little? Maybe the next time we try to find something that is not such a high-stress situation."


Drew Smyly 'definitely' ready, Rays yet to decide on Friday start


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Rays pitcher Drew Smyly said Tuesday he's "definitely" ready to make his season debut, but the Rays have yet to decide whether he'll pitch Friday against the Blue Jays, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Smyly threw 70 pitches while racking up 3 2/3 scoreless innings in his most recent rehab outing Sunday as he continues his return from shoulder tendinitis. If the team decides he's not quite ready to return, Smyly would make one more rehab start before likely making his debut next week.


Rays' Alex Cobb scheduled to throw bullpen Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Rays pitcher Alex Cobb (forearm) will play catch Tuesday and Wednesday before throwing his first bullpen session Friday, the Tampa Tribune reports.

Cobb has remained limited to playing catch while working his way back from forearm tendinitis. As he'll likely need to go on a rehab assignment before being cleared for a return, it's likely he doesn't make his season debut until May.


Royals' Kelvin Herrera suspended five games, Ventura fined


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Royals relief pitcher Kelvin Herrera has been suspended five games after throwing behind Athletics third baseman Brett Lawrie Sunday, while starting pitcher Yordano Ventura has been fined an undisclosed amount for hitting Lawrie with a pitch Saturday.

Lawrie has been surrounded by controversy after a hard slide into second base Friday injured the knee of Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar. Both pitchers were ejected in their respective games.

Herrera, who is appealing his suspension according to the Kansas City Star, has tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings in six appearances. Ventura's avoidance of his suspension keeps him in line to face Chris Sale Thursday.


Yankees SP Nathan Eovaldi winless in last six road starts


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Yankees starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi heads into Tuesday's start at Detroit with a 2-1 record and 2.96 ERA in eight career starts in March/April. However, he hasn't had a ton of success on the road recently.

Eovaldi is winless in his last six road starts, including Wednesday against the Orioles. He is 0-5 with a 6.23 ERA in that span. It is the longest road losing streak of his career. 

The Tigers enter play Tuesday with 70 runs, which is tied for the fourth-highest total in the majors. They are also second in the majors with a .308 batting average against right-handed pitchers.


Astros starter McHugh returns Tuesday to site of 2014 triumphs


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Astros right-hander Collin McHugh will have pleasant memories arriving at Safeco Field for his Tuesday night start against Seattle.

McHugh was lights-out in two starts against the Mariners on the road a year ago. He pitched 6 2/3 shutout innings in his first outing with 12 strikeouts, then yielded just one run on two hits in eight innings later in the season. He won both.

Added to the overall start to his 2015 season and matchup against struggling Seattle starter Taijuan Walker, there should be plenty of optimism. McHugh is 2-0 with a 1.54 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 11 2/3 innings.


McClendon criticizes command of Mariners RHP Iwakuma


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma continues to limit his walks this season, just as he has done since arriving in Seattle. He has just three in 16 innings pitched.

But his command in the strike zone has been a problem and has translated into three poor starts and 6.61 ERA. He walked none Monday night against Houston, but still allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings, prompting criticism from Lloyd McClendon.

"I didn't like what I saw; it has to get better than that," McClendon told MLB Network Radio about the command of his right-hander.

Two of the five hits Iwakuma allowed to Houston left the yard. He has yielded five homers in 16 1/3 innings on the year.


Tigers' Greene on trade from Yankees: 'I felt like I got dumped'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Tigers pitcher Shane Greene has given up just one earned run in 23 innings in his first three starts and has played with a chip on his shoulder after being traded by the Yankees this offseason, the Wall Street Journal reports.

"I felt like I got dumped," Greene said of being traded.

Greene went 5-4 with a 3.78 ERA and 81:29 K:BB ratio in 78 2/3 innings with the Yankees last year during his rookie season.

"I proved to myself that I was good enough," Greene said. "I guess I didn’t prove it to everybody else."

Greene is the only starting pitcher not scheduled to face the Yankees during the team's current four-game series. He expected to pitch during the series in spring training after being penciled in as the No. 5 starter, but the injury to Justin Verlander altered the team's rotation plans.

"I knew," Greene said. "April 22 would have been the day if I was No. 5."

Greene's next chance to face the team that traded him will come when the Tigers travel to the Bronx in June.

"I’ll get that chance," he said. "That time will come."


Orioles' Kevin Gausman working more from stretch


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman has pitched out of the stretch upon entering his last two appearances despite not having runners on base, and it's a change he made after talking with bullpen coach Dom Chiti, masnsports.com reports.

"I've just been doing it because I talked to Dom about whatever you warm up doing, that's what you continue to do," Gausman said. "I've been coming in with guys on base, so I've been going out of the stretch. Throwing from the windup, my only time doing it before in the game was my warmups, so that's why I did it. Probably my last outing was the first time I did it. It's pretty comfortable, but I definitely need to keep doing it out of the windup just to be ready if I do start one day or if they need a spot starter. Just one of those things you can't just stop doing."

Gausman went two scoreless innings in his most recent appearance without giving up a run, making it his first scoreless appearance of the season.

"It was good," he said. "Obviously, I've given up some home runs in some bad situations, but other than that I feel like I've been pitching well, so to finally have the results to go with it was definitely nice."

Gausman indicated he's stretched out enough to transition to starter when needed.

"I think I still probably could," he said. "I would probably need one or two bullpens, and then maybe one extended start. But physically it's really not that big of a difference just because I started the whole spring and I've done it most of my career."

Gausman has posted a 6.75 ERA and 6:5 K:BB ratio in eight innings out of the bullpen.


Astros SP Asher Wojciechowski fails to go five innings Monday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Astros pitcher Asher Wojciechowski was only able to pitch four innings during Monday's win over the Mariners.

Wojciechowski surrendered four runs on eight hits over four innings of work Monday. He also struck out six batters, while walking two in his second start of the season. Wojciechowski also failed to go past the fourth inning in his first start of the season. His ERA now stands at 6.00.

His next start is expected to be Saturday at Oakland.


Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma gives up four runs Monday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma failed to get past the fifth inning of Monday's loss to the Astros and received a no-decision as a result.

Iwakuma surrendered four runs on five hits over 5 1/2 innings. He struck out three and walked three on 71 pitches. He has given up four runs in each of his three starts this season.

"He has not been sharp," manager Lloyd McClendon said after the game, per MLB.com. "The ball was up again tonight. We've got to figure out a way to get him down in the zone. His fastball command has just not been good as of late."

Iwakuma's troubles began in the first inning when he gave up a solo home run to Luis Valbuena. He also surrendered a solo shot to Colby Rasmus in the fifth inning and his ERA is now 6.61. Felix Hernandez remains the only Mariners starter with a win this season.

"I actually feel pretty good on the mound," Iwakuma said through translator Antony Suzuki. "Even today, I felt like my stuff was working. Just some of the pitches that were up in the zone, they didn't miss, and that kind of hurt."

Iwakuma's next expected start will be Sunday against the Twins.


 
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