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Lost luggage delays Mets' Dillon Gee's bullpen until Monday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(11:40 am ET) Mets pitcher Dillon Gee will throw a bullpen session a day later than expected. His luggage, including his baseball equipment, was misrouted to Detroit.

As a result, Gee will have a bullpen on Monday, instead of Sunday, per ESPN.

Gee is on the 15-day disabled list with a groin injury. The plan is for him to make a rehab start Wednesday for Double-A Binghamton, then return to the rotation on June 2 at San Diego. 


Cubs SP Jake Arrieta gives six runs in no-decision Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(1:30 am ET) By definition, Cubs starter Jake Arrieta (4-4) posted a quality start in Saturday's loss to the Diamondbacks. The right-hander went six innings, giving up six runs (three earned) on seven hits. He walked two and struck out seven as his ERA rose to 2.95.

A couple of miscues from the defense, coupled with a sixth-inning home run from D-Backs catcher Tuffy Gosewisch, hurt Arrieta in this one. But luckily for him, his offense was able to erase a deficit, and Arrieta picked up a no decision. He'll hope for better fortunes in his next start Friday against the Royals.


Diamondbacks SP Rubby De La Rosa gets no-decision Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(1:27 am ET) Diamondbacks starter Rubby De La Rosa (4-2) pitched well in Saturday's loss to the Cubs, all except for one inning. The young right-hander tossed six innings, allowing four runs on four hits. He struck out eight and walked two on the evening.

All of the damage to De La Rosa came in a four-run fifth inning. With the bases loaded and two outs, De La Rosa hit Kris Bryant to force in a run, and then served up a three-run double to Anthony Rizzo. 

Fortunately for De La Rosa, his offense put up six runs on his behalf. Unfortunately for him, the bullpen wasn't able to hold the lead, as he picked up the no decision. He'll take a 4.27 ERA into his next start, scheduled for Friday in Milwaukee.


Cardinals not concerned yet about Michael Wacha's innings


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1:11 am ET) Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha is scheduled to take the hill again on Sunday against the Royals, his ninth start of the season. Wacha has already logged 50 1/3 innings of work, something the team wants to monitor very closely throughout the season, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

"It's probably something to look at later," said Matheny. "Right now, we don't want him to be concerned with that stuff. And I don't think right now is the time to conserve. I seems like this game shows you when it’s time to conserve.

"We'll monitor his workload as much as possible but when he's throwing the ball well and he feels as good as he does, we need to take advantage of it. But we have some parameters in sight of where we’d like to keep him at."

Wacha, 6-0, has a 2.13 ERA with 31 strikeouts so far this season. 


Dodgers pitcher Mike Bolsinger strikes out eight in win on Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12:27 am ET) Dodgers pitcher Mike Bolsinger threw eight scoreless innings on Saturday in Los Angeles' 2-0 win over the Padres. Bolsinger allowed just one hit, a leadoff single in the first inning, with no walks and eight strikeouts in his outing.

He did not allow a runner to advance past second base throughout his start. Bolsinger, now 3-0, lowered his ERA to 0.71 in 25 1/3 innings of work. He has allowed just two runs over his first four starts with 22 strikeouts and six walks.

Bolsinger will look to keep things rolling Friday against the Cardinals.


Padres SP Ian Kennedy takes tough loss on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(12:27 am ET) Padres starter Ian Kennedy picked up a tough-luck loss on Saturday against the Dodgers. Kennedy went six innings, allowing two runs on six hits. He struck out six and did not walk a batter. He threw 110 pitches, 77 for strikes as the Padres lost 2-0.

Kennedy (2-4) put himself in an early hole, serving up a lead-off home run to Joc Pederson in the first inning. Kennedy allowed another run on an RBI double in the sixth, which would be all the damage against him.

The right-hander still holds an ugly 6.11 ERA through seven starts. He'll look to build off this strong start when he takes the mound again Thursday against the Pirates.


Marlins pitcher Dan Haren strikes out six in no-decision on Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Marlins pitcher Dan Haren tossed six scoreless innings on Saturday, allowing seven hits in Miami's 1-0 win over the Orioles in 13 innings, but did not factor into the decision.

Haren struck out six with three walks in his outing. Although Haren put himself into multiple jams, including the first inning when he put runners on first and third with one out, he was able to work out of them without allowing a run.

Haren, who remains 4-2, lowered his ERA to 3.09 in 55 1/3 innings of work. He will look to get his fifth win of the year on Friday against the Mets.


Cardinals pitcher John Lackey allows three runs in losing effort


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Cardinals pitcher John Lackey allowed three runs on six hits in five innings of work in St. Louis' 3-2 loss to the Royals in a rain-shortened game.

Lackey had trouble in the second inning when he was ripped for a two-run home run by Alex Gordon. Then in the fourth, Lackey allowed a leadoff double to Eric Hosmer, who advanced to third. Salvador Perez drove home the go-ahead run with a single.

"It stinks really bad," Lackey said to FOXSports.com. "There's a lot of game left. In baseball they do things the same way for a long time."

Lackey, now 2-3, moved his ERA to 3.18 in 56 2/3 innings of work this season. He will look to get back on track Friday against the Dodgers.


Giants SP Chris Heston gives up six runs, gets win on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/23/2015) Giants pitcher Chris Heston struggled in his start on Saturday against the Rockies. The rookie right-hander was tagged for six runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out two. His offense bailed him out, however, as he was able to record his fourth win of the season.

Heston (4-3) served up a solo home run to Ben Paulsen in the bottom of the second. But most of the damage came in the fifth and sixth innings. Heston surrendered a solo home run to Nick Hundley and a two-run blast to Charlie Blackmon, each coming in the fith. 

This makes back-to-back poor outings for Heston, who now sports a 4.33 ERA. He has been solid for most of the season, posting quality starts in five of his nine starts so far. He'll look to get back in the win column in his next start, scheduled for Thursday against the Braves.


Padres' Josh Johnson dealing with soreness after bullpen session


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Padres pitcher Josh Johnson was dealing with some soreness after his bullpen session on Tuesday, according to U-T San Diego. He was unable to throw on Saturday as originally scheduled.

Johnson, who was transferred to the 60-day DL on Saturday with an elbow injury, also felt his triceps tighten in his bullpen session last week, but didn't feel as though it was a setback. The veteran is yet to throw this season after undergoing Tommy John surgery last year.


Nationals pitcher A.J. Cole strikes out seven in relief on Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Nationals pitcher A.J. Cole allowed two runs in 4 1/3 innings of relief on Saturday in Washington's 8-1 loss to the Phillies.

Cole added seven strikeouts with no walks after starter Stephen Strasburg struggled. It was something the team needed from the rookie, manager Matt Williams said per MASN Sports.

"He stretched our bullpen," Williams said. "Unfortunately, those are the positions that he's been in. He saved extra work for the bullpen today. He's able to get out there and go to 100 (pitches) if we had to. He threw some good changeups. He gave up a couple of runs, but all in all threw the ball well, threw strikes and worked through the innings we needed him to work through."

Cole now has a 5.79 ERA in 9 1/3 innings of work with nine strikeouts and one walk.


Brewers pitcher Mike Fiers strikes out five in no-decision on Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Brewers pitcher Mike Fiers allowed two runs on seven hits in five innings of work in Milwaukee's 3-2 loss to the Braves on Saturday in 11 innings, but did not factor into a decision.

Fiers had just one bad inning in the fifth when he allowed three doubles in four at-bats, leading to two runs. After issuing an intentional walk, Fiers finished off his final inning of work by getting Jonny Gomes to pop out.

"I definitely did [give the team a chance to win]," Fiers said to MLB.com. "No one's been hitting that guy [Miller] for a month now, so it was good to get on the board early and pitch with a lead early on. It just helped me a lot knowing I could go right after those guys and make pitches and make them put it in play."

Fiers, who remains 1-4, lowered his ERA to 4.63 in 46 1/3 innings of work this season. He will look to get back on track on Friday against the Diamondbacks.


Braves pitcher Shelby Miller strikes out five in no-decision


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Braves pitcher Shelby Miller allowed two runs on seven hits in six innings of work in Atlanta's 3-2 win over the Brewers on Saturday in 11 innings, but did not factor into a decision.

Miller had just two issues in the game, one coming in the first inning. After allowing a leadoff double to Carlos Gomez, Miller gave up a single to Ryan Braun to drive home a run. Then in the fourth, Miller put runners on first and second with two outs before allowing an RBI single to Martin Maldonado. It was Miller's shortest outing in his last five appearances. 

"Did I have my best stuff today? No," Miller said to 680 The Fan. "But my teammates did a good job hanging in there with me, making some good plays."

Miller, who remains 5-1, moved his ERA to 1.50 in 60 innings of work this season. He will look to get back on track Thursday against the Giants.


Rockies SP Jordan Lyles exits start Saturday with apparent injury


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/23/2015) Rockies starting pitcher Jordan Lyles was removed from the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Giants with a sprained left toe. Lyles exited the game in the fifth inning with the bases loaded and no one out. He suffered the injury after he landed awkwardly following a pitch in the fourth inning.

Lyles (2-5) had been checked on by the team's trainer three times before finally exiting with the injury. 

"He was throwing the ball well to start, but noticeably different after that," manager Walt Weiss said, per the Denver Post. "It got to the point where we thought he was spinning off of it when he tried to protect that landing foot."

The right-hander wound up going four innings, allowing six runs (five earned) on seven hits. He struck out four without issuing a walk, throwing 41 of his 62 pitches for strikes. He is considered day-to-day in advance of his next start, currently scheduled for Friday against the Phillies.


Pirates SP A.J. Burnett goes seven solid innings in win over Mets


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/23/2015) Pirates right-hander A.J. Burnett was dominant on Saturday in a win against the Mets. Burnett went seven innings, allowing just one run on five hits. He did not issue a walk and struck out a season-high 10 batters on the afternoon. He threw 96 pitches, 60 of them going for strikes.

Burnett (4-1) gave up his only run on the day in the fourth inning on a run-scoring fielder's choice by Daniel Murphy. Other than that, he never really got into any trouble, as he allowed just one other runner to get to third base all day. 

“He’s pitching as well as I’ve seen him pitch,” manager Clint Hurdle said, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “He’s doing his job."

Burnett has not allowed more than two earned runs in any of his first nine starts this season, and will take a nice 1.37 ERA into his next start, scheduled for Thursday in San Diego. 


Mets SP Matt Harvey endures worst start of career on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/23/2015) Mets starter Matt Harvey had his worst outing in his big-league career on Saturday against the Pirates. The young ace was touched up for seven runs on six hits in just four innings of work. He walked two and struck out four as the Mets fell 8-2.

Harvey (5-2) got into trouble early, serving up a two-run home run to Andrew McCutchen in the first inning, and a solo bomb to Pedro Alvarez in the second. The wheels fell off completely in the fourth when the Pirates put four more runs on the board.

"Everything was kind of all over the place," Harvey said, per ESPN.com. "I wasn't locating, obviously. My arm feels fine, body feels fine. It's just one of those days where if I tried to spin it, it was over the middle. And if I tried to throw a fastball in, it was away, and vice versa. It was just a pretty terrible outing."

This is the first time in his career that Harvey pitched fewer than five innings and allowed more than five earned runs. His season ERA still sits at an impressive 2.91 mark. He is scheduled to make his next start either Friday or Saturday at home against the Marlins.


Nationals pitcher A.J. Cole strikes out seven in relief Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/23/2015) Nationals rookie right-hander A.J. Cole made his third appearance of the season on Saturday, and his second since being recalled from Triple-A on May 15. Cole's outing Saturday against the Nationals looked promising, though the team fell 8-1 to the Phillies.

Cole relieved Stephen Strasburg with two outs and the team already down 6-0 in the fourth and was able to close out that inning with no further damage. Cole gave up a solo home run to Ryan Howard in the fifth, and another run in the sixth, but otherwise was quite effective. 

Overall, the 23-year-old pitched 4 1/3 innings, striking out seven without issuing a walk. He gave up two runs on four hits and now has a 5.79 ERA on the season. That number is inflated due to the four earned runs he gave up in two innings during his big-league debut on April 28. 

It remains to be seen if manager Matt Williams plans to move Cole into the rotation in the near future.


Reds pitcher Anthony DeSclafani strikes out six in no-decision


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Reds pitcher Anthony DeSclafani allowed one run on three hits in seven innings of work in Cincinnati's 2-1 loss to the Indians on Saturday, but did not factor into a decision.

DeSclafani coasted through the first five innings of the game, picking up five of his six strikeouts, before having issues in the sixth. With two outs, DeSclafani put two men on for David Murphy, who singled to center to plate a run.

"I don't want to overlook [DeSclafani's effort]," Reds manager Bryan Price said, per MLB.com. "It's another loss, but it's a big step in the right direction for Anthony and it's important to our rotation that he's pitching consistently. Considering the way that we've been pitching lately, a game like that was a lift.

DeSclafani, who remains 2-4, lowered his ERA to 3.46 in 52 innings of work. He will look to get back in the win column on Friday against the Nationals.

"I've been waiting to have a start like that," DeSclafani said. "I've been struggling the last couple of times. I was really happy to keep my team in the game."


National SP Stephen Strasburg struggles again on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/23/2015) Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg's struggles continued in Saturday's 8-1 loss to the Phillies. Strasburg could not get out of the fourth inning, allowing six runs (five earned) on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out three, as his ERA rose to 6.50.

Strasburg allowed a two-run home run to Maikel Franco as part of a four-run third inning. Strasburg's defense didn't do him any favors, committing four errors on the afternoon. 

This makes five consecutive starts in which Strasburg was unable to pitch at least six innings. He'll look to turn the tides in his next start, currently scheduled for Friday in Cincinnati.

Manager Matt Williams envoked confidence in the young right hander after the game. 

"We're not concerned. He's one of our guys. He's been one of our guys, he'll continue to be one of our guys," Williams told the Washington Times.


Phillies SP Cole Hamels goes eight strong innings in win Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/23/2015) Phillies ace left-hander Cole Hamels was masterful against the Nationals on Saturday afternoon. Hamels held the Nats to just one run on five hits in eight innings, walking one and striking out five along the way. He threw 104 pitches, with 73 going for strikes.

The only run to score on Hamels came in his final inning on an RBI-double by Ian Desmond. Hamels was able to quiet the team that leads the National League in scoring.

"They're a great lineup," Hamels said, per MLB.com. "One through nine, they've got some pitchers who hit. Every single one of them can start a rally faster than you can possibly imagine, so you just have to keep bearing down with them, you can't give in. Sometimes you look at the National League as being the weaker division, but that kind of team is an American League-style team."

Hamels (5-3) lowered his season ERA from 3.24 to 2.98. He's set to make his next start Friday against the Rockies. 


Padres claim De La Rosa, transfer Josh Johnson to 60-day DL


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(5/23/2015) The Padres have claimed left-handed pitcher Eury De La Rosa from the Dodgers and optioned him to their Triple-A affiliate. The team also transferred right-handed pitcher Josh Johnson from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day.

Johnson, who has been dealing with an elbow injury, has not pitched yet this season. He threw a 32-pitch bullpen session on May 15, the first time he threw off a mound since a simulated game on April 28.


Marlins recall Andre Rienzo, Vin Mazzaro from Triple A


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(5/23/2015) The Marlins recalled pitchers Andre Rienzo and Vin Mazzaro to help fill the void left by the additions of Mat Latos and Henderson Alvarez to the 15-day DL, per MLB.com.

Mazzaro, a 28-year-old right hander, was 3-1 with a 3.32 ERA in 19 innings this season with the New Orleans Zephyrs.

Rienzon had a 3.15 ERA with 34 strikeouts in 40 innings for the Zephyrs.


Cardinals SP Lance Lynn pitches through back cramps Friday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Although Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn was able to go six innings Friday against the Royals, he labored through back cramps. Lynn started to feel the back cramps while warming up in the bullpen, per MLB.com.

"There are going to be games where you don't feel good and you just have to go out there and see what you can do," Lynn said. "When it was all said and done, two pitches cost me five runs.

"The only time I'm going to come out of the game is if I can't walk off. I hope it's just one of those nights, but you never know. You have to pitch through things as the season wears on."

Lynn received treatment following his start Friday and will be re-evaluated Saturday. He anticipates making his next start Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.

"We'll get it fixed and see what we can do to get going," Lynn said.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny could see Lynn was struggling with something Friday, as he allowed five runs on 10 hits and one walk.

"He was holding back a little bit," Matheny said of Lynn. "That's what kind of had us concerned. He wasn't finishing his pitches."


Brewers Wily Peralta feeling better, doesn't want to miss next start


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(5/23/2015) Brewers starting pitcher Wily Peralta hopes not to miss his next projected start on May 27 against the Giants, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Peralta, who lefft his last outing because of tightness in his left side, says he feels "a little better today." He plans on being cautious during his recovery and will play catch tomorrow.

Peralta (1-5) has a 4.00 ERA with 35 strikeouts in 54 innings this season.


Roark, Zimmermann to start Monday, Tuesday for Nationals


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams announced his rotation plans for early next week on Saturday, as Tanner Roark will start Monday against the Cubs and Jordan Zimmermann will go Tuesday.

Roark, who has been pitching out of the bullpen, feels he can go 100 pitches. However, Williams suggested Roark will probably throw around 70 pitches.


 
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