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Mets prospect Domingo Tapia to undergo Tommy John surgery


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12:28 am ET) Mets pitching prospect Domingo Tapia is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery, reports ESPNNewYork.com.

Tapia had been pitching out of the bullpen in the team's minor-league system.


Cardinals P Lance Lynn allows five runs Wednesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12:04 am ET) Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn struggled during the opening frame of Wednesday's game and he never recovered in route to a 6-5 loss to the Cubs.

"I just couldn't make the pitch when I needed to," Lynn said, per MLB.com. "I was in some spots to make pitches to get out of innings, and just couldn't get it done tonight. I was leaving balls in the middle of the plate at the wrong time."

Lynn allowed two runs on four hits in the opening frame. He finished the game allowing five runs on eight hits over six innings. He also struck out six batters and walked two. He received his third loss of the season for his effort.

"It was a tough zone, floating around a little bit, and he was fighting, trying to, I think, make perfect pitches at times," manager Mike Matheny said. "But he did a nice job using his cutter. His curveball hurt him one time when he left it up and it got too much of the plate. But otherwise, it was a real effective pitch for him. And he found a real nice feel for his fastball."

His main mistake was a two-run home run to Anthony Rizzo in the third inning. As a result of the performance, his ERA rose from 3.07 to 3.82.

His next expected start is scheduled for Tuesday at Cleveland.


Cubs pitcher Jon Lester earns win in Wednesday's game


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Cubs pitcher Jon Lester earned his second win of the season during Wednesday's 6-5 win over the Cardinals.

"That's why you want a guy like him on your staff," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said, per MLB.com. "Typically, his stuff kept getting better as the game progressed, we've seen that a lot. I thought his cutter became more pertinent later in the game. He made good pitches when he had to. He keeps making positive strides, and that's good for us."

Lester tossed seven solid of innings of work, allowing four runs (one earned) on seven hits. He also struck out six batters and walked two. He surrendered a solo home run to Johnny Peralta in the fourth inning.

It was Lester's second-consecutive appearance pitching seven innings and surrendering one earned run or less. He is now 2-2 with a 4.04 ERA on the season.

"He's just got a real good sense of his game," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said of Lester. "He knows when to expand the plate. He's got deception, he's got a good variety of pitches. He's just a good pitcher. He knows what he's doing."

He is expected to go for his third win of the season Monday against the Mets.


Brewers P Wily Peralta earns first win of season Wednesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Brewers pitcher Wily Peralta tossed eight solid innings of work to earn his first win of the season during Wednesday's 6-3 win over the Dodgers.

Peralta (1-4) allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits. He also struck out six batters and walked none. His mistakes were to Joc Pederson, who hit two solo home runs off Peralta during the game. Peralta lowered his ERA from 4.35 to 3.92. It was the first time this season Peralta was able to pitch past the seventh inning.

His next start is expected to be Monday against the White Sox.


Dodgers pitcher Joe Wieland gives up six runs Wednesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) The first inning of Wednesday's game against the Brewers was not kind to Dodgers pitcher Joe Wieland. Wieland (0-1) surrendered five runs on four hits during the opening frame in route to a 6-3 loss.

"There were some nerves in the first, for sure. But I can’t let that affect me," Wieland said, per the Orange County Register. "A little bit of jitters, that shouldn’t affect me. My bullpen before the game was great. Going in, I was thinking this was going to be a good day. I was spotting up. Everything was great. I fell behind in the first and when that happens here, you're in trouble."

During the first inning, Wieland gave up home runs to Adam Lind and Scooter Gennett. He was able to settle down until the fifth inning when he was pulled after giving up a double and intentional walk. He ended up giving up six runs on six hits over 4 2/3 innings with two strike outs and four walks.

Wednesday was his first start of the season and his ERA now stands at 11.57. It is not known when his next start will be.


Cardinals leaning toward starting Tyler Lyons on Sunday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said he is leaning toward starting pitcher Tyler Lyons on Sunday at Pittsburgh, reports MLB.com.

Lyons made his first start of the year during Tuesday's game and he earned a no-decision after allowing three runs over 4 1/3 innings. Matheny added that 'as of right now,' Lyons would likely start Sunday, but plans could change.


Braves' Mike Foltynewicz earns second straight win Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Braves pitcher Mike Foltynewicz picked up his second straight win Wednesday despite giving up four earned runs on seven hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings while striking out seven in his team's 7-5 victory over the Phillies.

Foltynewicz (2-0) allowed just two earned runs in his season debut and looked to be en route to another fine outing Wednesday, as the only run he allowed in the first five innings came on a groundball double play. He ran into trouble in the sixth, opening the inning by giving up a solo home run and putting two more men on base before being removed with one out; both runners would eventually score.

Foltynewicz owns a 5.23 ERA and 9:6 K:BB ratio in 10 1/3 innings. He's on track to square off with the Reds in Cincinnati Tuesday.


Phillies' Jerome Williams slammed for six runs in loss Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Phillies pitcher Jerome Williams took the loss Wednesday, giving up six earned runs on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings while striking out three and walking none in his team's 7-5 defeat against the Braves.

Williams (2-2) had his worst start of the season Wednesday, failing to make it a full five innings for the first time this season while giving up three earned runs for just the second time. He surrendered a solo home run in the fist inning, and the Braves were able to tack on another run in the fourth inning before exploding for four runs in the fifth.

Williams owns a 5.18 ERA and 20:7 K:BB ratio in 33 innings. He's scheduled to face the Pirates at home Tuesday.


Mets' Jacob deGrom strikes out nine in win vs. Orioles


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom earned a win Wednesday, giving up just one earned run on six hits and one walk in seven innings while striking out nine in his team's 5-1 victory over the Orioles.

"We tweaked some things there, and it's helped my offspeed [pitches]," deGrom said, per MLB.com.

deGrom (3-3) snapped a two-start losing streak with his excellent effort Wednesday, which featured his season high in strikeouts. His only damage came on a single with two men on in the fifth inning, but his offense picked up two runs in the following inning to give him more cushion than he would need.

"His changeup got so good toward the end of last summer that it became a huge pitch for him," manager Terry Collins said. "He has kind of got away from it a little bit, and we want him to re-establish that. We talked the other day; he's got to use his curveball."

deGrom owns a 2.95 ERA and 32:8 K:BB ratio in 36 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Cubs in Chicago Tuesday.


Rockies' Jordan Lyles allows four runs in loss vs. Diamondbacks


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Rockies pitcher Jordan Lyles took the loss in Game 2 of Wednesday's doubleheader, giving up four earned runs on nine hits and one walk in seven innings while striking out six in his team's 5-1 defeat against the Diamondbacks.

Lyles (2-3) had his second-straight off night Wednesday, though he was able to limit the free passes after dishing out a total of 12 walks in his last three starts. He served up a solo home run in the fourth inning and three more runs in the fifth before making it through a pair of scoreless innings to end his night.

Lyles owns a 4.42 ERA and 21:17 K:BB ratio in 36 2/3 innings. The Rockies have a pair of off-days before his next start, which will likely come Tuesday against the Angels.


Diamondbacks' Robbie Ray allows one run, wins Game 2 of DH


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Diamondbacks pitcher Robbie Ray picked up a win Wednesday, surrendering just one earned run on five hits in six innings while striking out five and walking none in his team's 5-1 victory over the Rockies in Game 2 of a doubleheader.

Ray (1-0) delivered a fine performance in his season debut after the two teams combined for 20 runs in Game 1 of the doubleheader. His only blemish came on an RBI double in the bottom of the fourth inning to tie the game, but his offense immediately provided three more runs in the top of the fifth.

Ray will likely make at least one more start Monday against the Nationals while filling in for Archie Bradley, who's on the disabled list.


Pirates' Gerrit Cole gives up three runs in loss vs. Reds Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole took the loss Wednesday, allowing three earned runs on eight hits and two walks in five innings while striking out four in his team's 3-0 defeat against the Reds.

"He pitched a good ballgame," manager Clint Hurdle said, per MLB.com. "He got into a couple of tough spots. But there's no shame in what he did tonight. He battled and went after it, like he always does."

Cole (4-1) earned wins in four straight starts coming into Wednesday's start, giving up a total of three earned runs during that stretch. He matched that number against the Reds, allowing a pair of runs in the fourth inning and another on a solo home run in the fifth. It was just the second home run allowed by the righty this season.

Cole owns a 2.27 ERA and 39:10 K:BB ratio in 35 2/3 innings. He's slated to face the Phillies Monday.


Reds' Mike Leake tosses eight scoreless innings in win vs. Pirates


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Reds pitcher Mike Leake earned a win Wednesday, giving up just six hits in eight scoreless innings while striking out two and walking none in his team's 3-0 win over the Pirates.

Leake (2-1) tosses eight scoreless innings for his first win in his previous start and matched the impressive feat Wednesday, giving up no extra-base hits while issuing no walks for the second time this season.

Leake owns a 2.47 ERA and 27:10 K:BB ratio in 43 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Braves at home Monday.


Rockies SP Tyler Matzek gets knocked around again


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Rockies starting pitcher Tyler Matzek was roughed up and charged with his first loss of the season in Game 2 of a doubleheader against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

"I was disappointed I let my team down," Matzek said, per MLB.com. "We had to go to the bullpen early, which is terrible on a day we've got a doubleheader.

Matzek gave up a run-scoring single to Ender Inciarte and a two-run home run to Mark Trumbo in the second inning. He was charged with four earned runs on three hits and six walks while striking out two over two innings of work. of his 58 pitches, 20 were strikes.

"I've gotten away with it a couple of times, just battling, kind of dealing with it," he said. "Eventually, they're going to come around and start hitting the ball. I just need to get the fastball command back to where it was. Once I do that, it's going to get a lot easier."

Matzek has coughed up eight earned runs over his last three starts (12 innings). He will look to turn things around Tuesday against the Angels in Anaheim.


Diamondbacks' Josh Collmenter collects win No. 3 vs. Rockies


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Diamondbacks pitcher Josh Collmenter was not at his best but still came way with his third win of the season in Game 1 of a doubleheader against the Rockies on Wednesday.

"I moved my fastball around pretty good," Collmenter said, per MLB.com. "Offspeed pitches were all pretty bad, and that's what I gave up a lot of the damage on. I just have to be better with those."

Collmenter (3-3) served up home runs to Justin Morneau, Nick Hundley and Drew Stubbs, which accounted for all of his damage on the afternoon. The right-hander was charged with five earned runs on 10 hits and no walks while striking out five over seven innings of a 13-7 victory. Of his 102 pitches, 63 were strikes.

Collmenter is 3-1 with a 2.40 ERA over his last three starts. He will seek his fourth win of the season Monday at home against Washington.


Padres P Ian Kennedy picks up win in Wednesday's game


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy allowed one run on six hits over seven solid innings of work during Wednesday's 9-1 win over the Giants.

"I mixed a lot more today. The change was down, my slider came around and the curveball was OK. For the most part, it was fastball command," Kennedy said, per MLB.com.

The one run Kennedy surrendered came in the third inning when he gave up two hits during the inning. Kennedy (2-1) received his second win in a row for his effort in addition to his second-consecutive quality start. He lowered his ERA from 7.11 to 5.03.

"I feel like to what I was at the end of spring training. After the Dodger start, I felt out of rhythm," he said. "Last two starts, I feel good. I feel I'm back on track to where I felt at the end of spring training."

His next expected start is Tuesday at Seattle.


Giants P Chris Heston gives up 11 hits in Wednesday's start


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Giants pitcher Chris Heston surrendered five runs on 11 hits over five innings of work during Wednesday's 9-1 loss to the Padres.

All five of the runs off Heston came in the third inning when he allowed six hits and one walk. He struck out four batters and walked three during the outing. Heston (2-3) received the loss for his effort. His ERA rose from 2.51 to 3.38 ERA.

His next expected start is scheduled for Tuesday at Houston.


Dodgers' Ryu's rehab 'slowed down' after low velocity in 'pen session


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told reporters that Hyun-Jin Ryu's rehab was "slowed down" after his velocity decreased in his most recent bullpen session on Friday, according to the Orange County Register. Ryu was moved from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list on Monday. He has yet to pitch a game this season.

Report: Stephen Strasburg's shoulder issue was cramp


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) The discomfort Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg experienced in his shoulder during Tuesday's game was just a cramp, a source told Fox Sports.

Strasburg was removed after throwing three innings during Tuesday's loss to the Marlins. He received an adjustment from a chiropractor Wednesday and was throwing on the field after Wednesday’s contest.


Pirates prospect Nick Kingham leaves game with elbow discomfort


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Pirates pitching prospect Nick Kingham was forced to leave his Wednesday start after experiencing pain in his right elbow, reports milb.com.

Kingham was pitching for the team's Triple-A affiliate and he was removed in the sixth inning of Wednesday's game. He was optioned to Triple-A during spring training.


Cardinals confirm Sunday rehab start for P Jaime Garcia


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/6/2015) Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia will indeed make his first rehab start on Sunday. He'll pitch for Triple-A Memphis, and will be limited to about 80 pitches, according to MLB.com. Garcia is working his way back from offseason shoulder surgery. The team has not declared how many rehab starts Garcia will need before he can rejoin the team.


Marlins RHP Tom Koehler clobbered by Bryce Harper in defeat


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Marlins starter Tom Koehler had spent enough time this season watching his pitches soar over fences. But things got a little ridiculous on Wednesday.

Nationals slugger Bryce Harper blasted off three times against Koehler, driving in four of the five runs he allowed. Harper slammed solo jobs in the second and fifth innings sandwiched around a two-run shot in the third.

The right-hander, who has surrendered seven home runs in 33 innings pitched this year, finished having given up seven hits with one walk and five strikeouts while his ERA jumped to 5.18. He will try to lower it Monday against the host Dodgers.


Nationals RHP Max Scherzer gets run support in Wednesday win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) One pitch to mighty Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton turned a fine outing into a mediocre one Wednesday for Nationals starter Max Scherzer, but he still emerged with a victory.

"I had great stuff today," Scherzer said, via masnsports.com. "Willy [Ramos] and I, we were on a really good run right there and I thought we're really getting on the same page of what to throw and what different situations. Really, thought I only made two mistakes today. One to Ichiro [Suzuki] there in the second inning when he was able to get a single there, and obviously the last one to [Giancarlo] Stanton."

Scherzer, who entered with a 1-3 record despite a microscopic 1.26 ERA, deserved the run support in a 7-5 win. He gave up five earned runs on 10 hits, including the three-run homer to Stanton in the eighth inning. Most impressive were his zero walks and 10 strikeouts.

"I really thought everything was on today," Scherzer said. "I really felt like I had command of all the pitches. I was really attacking the zone. I was able to locate the fastball to both side and so I can mix and match. That's when I have success. I feel like that is product of why I had so much success there through the first seven innings."

The right-hander fell behind on run-scoring singles by Ichiro Suzuki and Adeiny Hechavarria in the second, but three home runs by Bryce Harper gave him plenty of cushion. He yielded just two hits with seven strikeouts over the next five innings.

Scherzer will seek to even his record Tuesday at Arizona.


Braves recall Williams Perez, option Michael Kohn


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) The Braves recalled pitcher Williams Perez from Triple-A Gwinnett and optioned pitcher Michael Kohn to the same team.

Perez has made five starts with Gwinnett, going 2-0 with a 1.33 ERA and 21:9 K:BB ratio in 27 innings. He has yet to pitch in a major-league game in the regular season.

Kohn has made six appearances with the Braves without giving up a run or a hit, but he has walked six batters while striking out four.


Dodgers recall Joe Wieland, option Daniel Coulombe


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) The Dodgers recalled pitcher Joe Wieland from Triple-A Oklahoma City Wednesday and optioned pitcher Daniel Coulombe to the same team.

Weiland is set to take the mound Wednesday to face the Brewers in Milwaukee. It'll be his first start of the season for the Dodgers after going 3-0 with a 3.60 ERA and 22:2 K:BB ratio in 20 innings with Oklahoma City.

Coulombe made his season debut with the Dodgers Tuesday, giving up one earned run on one hit and one walk in one inning of work.


 
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