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A's unable to cash in on seven scoreless innings from Scott Kazmir


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:15 am ET) Athletics starting pitcher Scott Kazmir tossed seven scoreless innings Friday against the Astros. However, he did not factor into the decision, as the game went to extra innings.

Kazmir was involved in quite the pitcher's duel with Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel. While Kazmir went seven scoreless innings, Keuchel threw nine scoreless innings. Kazmir allowed five hits and three walks, while striking out seven.

The veteran left-hander lowered his ERA from 1.33 to 0.99. His next scheduled start is for Thursday against the Angels.


Astros RP Chad Qualls closes out extra-inning win at Oakland


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:10 am ET) Astros reliever Chad Qualls earned his second save of the season during Friday's 5-4 win in 11 innings at Oakland, after closer Luke Gregerson and reliever Pat Neshek both struggled to close out the win.

Gregerson blew his first save of the season in the 10th inning, allowing Oakland to tie the game at 2. Neshek then came on to open the bottom of the 11th inning, but he was gone after allowing two runs on three hits in two-thirds inning. 

Astros manager A.J. Hinch brought on Tony Sipp to face Sam Fuld for the final out, but Sipp walked Fuld to put two runners on base. Hinch then called on Qualls, who retired Brett Lawrie on a fly out to deep center to end the rally.


Astros' Gregerson earns first win after suffering first blown save


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:57 am ET) Astros closer Luke Gregerson earned his first relief win of the season Friday against the A's.

The right-hander entered the game in the bottom of the 10th inning, with Houston ahead 2-0. Unfortunately, he could not hold the lead, as he allowed Oakland to tie the game on a two-out, two-RBI double by Josh Reddick.

He was charged with two runs on three hits and no walks, while striking out one in one inning of work. He suffered his first blown save Friday.

Gregerson (1-0) picked up the win as Houston won the game, 5-4, in the 11th inning. Friday was the first time all season Gregerson allowed a run. He had opened the season with seven scoreless innings.


Astros' Dallas Keuchel throws nine scoreless innings in no-decision


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:51 am ET) Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel tossed nine scoreless innings Friday against the A's. Unfortunately, he did not get the win, as Friday's game was scoreless after nine innings and wasn't decided until the 11th inning.

Keuchel allowed just two hits -- both singles in the third inning. He also walked two and struck out four.

The left-hander, who is 2-0, has now allowed zero runs in three of four starts. He has a 0.62 ERA.

Keuchel will be back on the mound Wednesday at San Diego.


Indians' Nick Swisher totals three hits in first rehab game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:31 am ET) Indians first baseman/outfielder Nick Swisher (knees) began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus on Friday. Swisher had a pretty good game, going 3 for 5 with two runs and one RBI. He also struck out twice.

Swisher is expected to stay with Columbus through the weekend before the Indians re-evaluated his status early next week.


Angels closer Huston Street improves to 6 for 6 in save chances


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:13 am ET) Angels closer Huston Street ran into some trouble in the ninth inning Friday against the Rangers. However, he still successfully closed out the 3-2 win for his sixth save.

Street opened the inning with two quick outs. However, he then walked the next two batters. Luckily, both runners were stranded as Elvis Andrus grounded out to end the game.

Street had one strikeout. He has not allowed a run in six innings this season.


Angels SP Garrett Richards earns first win thanks to late rally


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:09 am ET) A late rally by the Angels lifted starting pitcher Garrett Richards to his first win of the season in his second start Friday against the Rangers. He allowed two runs on three hits and three walks, while striking out five in seven innings.

Richards (1-1) opened the game with two scoreless innings before Mitch Moreland had an RBI groundout in the third inning. Prince Fielder followed with a two-out RBI single to put Texas ahead 2-0.

Richards would settle down after the Fielder RBI hit to retire the next eight batters before Fielder had another single in the sixth inning. Richards getting on track allowed Los Angeles to take a 3-2 lead in the seventh, which ended up being the final score and giving the right-hander the win.

Richards is slated to make his next start Thursday at Oakland.


Wandy Rodriguez sharp in Rangers debut Friday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:04 am ET) Starting pitcher Wandy Rodriguez was sharp in his Rangers debut Friday against the Angels. Unfortunately, the bullpen did him no favors, as he took a no-decision.

The left-hander allowed just one run on five hits and three walks in five innings. He struck out five and left with a 2-1 lead. However, his win came off the board as Los Angeles went ahead 3-2 in the seventh inning.

The only run Rodriguez allowed came on Chris Iannetta's sac fly in the fourth inning. He threw 52 of 89 pitches for strikes.

Rodriguez will make his next start Wednesday against the Mariners.


White Sox 1B Jose Abreu survives a bit of an injury scare Friday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:51 am ET) White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu gave the front office and coaching staff a scare Friday when he did a body slam into the infield dirt following a rundown in the third inning. Abreu laid motionless for a few moments after tripping over Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar at second base.

“When he ran down, I think he landed on the foot of the base on his ribs,” manager Robin Ventura said, per ESPN. “It kind of knocked the wind out him, and it was cold. At first I thought it was his wrist or something like that. I think there were a lot of things going on at the same time.”

Ventura added he had "a heart attack" when he saw his star first baseman lying on the ground.

“I'm just glad he's fine. Once he got over that, you could tell he was fine," Ventura said.

Abreu, who stayed in the game, went 2 for 4 before the game was suspended after eight innings due to inclement weather. It is expected to resume Saturday afternoon.

The 2014 AL Rookie of the Year is batting .317 with five home runs and 13 RBI.


Twins SP Phil Hughes suffers complete-game loss Friday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:30 am ET) Twins starting pitcher Phil Hughes had his finest start of the season Friday at Seattle and was deserving of his first win. Unfortunately, Hughes was opposing Mariners ace Felix Hernandez, who was just that much better in a 2-0 win for Seattle.

Hughes (0-4) allowed just two runs on six hits and no walks in eight innings, while striking out nine. However, Hernandez threw a five-hit, complete-game shutout. He also had nine strikeouts.

Hughes' only mistakes Friday were solo home runs to Nelson Cruz and Logan Morrison. Despite the loss, he lowered his ERA from 5.30 to 4.39.

The right-hander had his fourth-career complete game Friday. He will look for his first win in his next scheduled start Wednesday vs. Detroit.


Mariners ace Felix Hernandez throws complete-game gem Friday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:25 am ET) Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez threw his 10th-career complete-game shutout during a 2-0 win Friday against the Twins. Hernandez, who also had his 24th career complete game, allowed five hits and no walks, while striking out nine.

Hernandez (3-0) was dialed in from the start Friday. He struck out the side in the first inning and didn't allow his first hit until Trevor Plouffe's two-out single in the fifth inning.

Hernandez put two baserunners on in the sixth and seventh innings, but he escaped both jams unscathed. He retired the final seven batters he faced.

"When I started the game, I knew I had it," Hernandez said of his performance, per the Pioneer Press. "I had the stuff to throw a perfect game, but it didn’t happen."

The Mariners ace threw 73 of 102 pitches for strikes. He lowered his ERA to 1.61.

"Just a great job of commanding the zone, commanding the tempo, keeping guys off balance just enough to make all of his stuff work,'' Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said.

Hernandez will be back on the mound Wednesday at Texas.


White Sox SP Jose Quintana brings ERA down to 6.55


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana had a decent outing Friday against the Royals. Unfortunately, he had to settle for a no-decision, as Royals starting pitcher Danny Duffy was also pretty effective.

Quintana outlasted Duffy, who allowed an unearned run in 5 1/3 innings. However, Quintana left the game in a 2-all tie, so he didn't factor into the decision, despite allowing just two runs in seven innings. He gave up seven hits and one walk, while striking out five.

The left-hander gave up an RBI single to Alcides Escobar in the third inning and an RBI single to Paulo Orlando in the fifth inning.

The game was eventually suspended after eight innings due to inclement weather with the game tied at 2. Play will resume in the ninth inning Saturday afternoon.

Quintana did manage to lower his ERA from 8.40 to 6.55. Quintana's next scheduled start is for Wednesday at Baltimore.


Royals SP Danny Duffy allowed one unearned run vs. ChiSox


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Royals starting pitcher Danny Duffy allowed one unearned run in 5 1/3 innings during a no-decision Friday against the White Sox. The left-hander allowed six hits and one walk, while striking out three.

Duffy had a pretty good pitcher's duel going against White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana. Duffy was in command of a 1-0 lead until Tyler Flowers tied the game on an RBI groundout in the fourth inning.

Duffy left with a 2-1 lead, as he was lifted in the sixth inning following an Adam LaRoche pop out to shortstop. He threw 65 of 98 pitches for strikes.

The White Sox tied the game at 2 in the seventh inning, taking away Duffy's win. The game was eventually suspended after eight innings due to inclement weather with the game tied at 2. Play will resume in the ninth inning Saturday afternoon.

Duffy will be back on the mound Wednesday at Cleveland.


Tigers SP Shane Greene sees ERA skyrocket from 0.39 to 3.00


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) The good times finally ended Friday for Tigers starting pitcher Shane Greene, who had allowed just two runs (one earned) through his first three starts.

The right-hander was charged with eight runs on nine hits and two walks in four-plus innings during a 13-1 loss Friday against the Indians. He struck out one.

Greene (3-1) had his issues from the get-go Friday. He gave up a two-out, two-run double to Brandon Moss in the first inning and surrendered a sac fly to Jose Ramirez in the second inning. He then fell apart in the fifth inning, as the Indians put six runs on the board -- five charged to Greene.

He left the game after Carlos' Santana's two-RBI double. Reliever Alex Wilson was then greeted by a three-run homer from Moss, which put Cleveland ahead 9-1.

"I felt really good, but I left some balls up and paid for it,'' Greene said. ''These are the best hitters in the world, and you have to make your pitches.''

Greene's ERA went from 0.39 to 3.00. He will look to get back on track in his next start Wednesday at Minnesota.


Indians' Danny Salazar strikes out career-high 11 in win Friday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Indians starting pitcher Danny Salazar had one of the finest starts of his MLB career, as he struck out a career-high 11 during a 13-1 rout Friday at Detroit. The right-hander allowed one run on six hits and three walks in seven innings.

Salazar (2-0) ran into some trouble in the first inning, as he loaded the bases on a walk, single and hit batter. However, he escaped the jam unscathed.

He did allowed a solo home run to Nick Castellanos in the second inning, but it was one of few blemishes for the righty on Friday. He has a 2.08 ERA through two starts.

"Danny's always had maybe some of the best stuff on our staff," manager Terry Francona said, per Cleveland.com. "There's just some inconsistencies that we talked about. He had a really good week this week. Now, we'll challenge him again tomorrow, because we need him to have about another 30 [good starts]. That's the object. When you start doing that, with his stuff, that's when you have a chance to be really good."

His previous high in strikeouts was 10, which he accomplished three times. His next scheduled start is for Wednesday vs. Kansas City.


Rays choose Erasmo Ramirez to start Saturday vs. Blue Jays


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) The Rays have decided on Erasmo Ramirez to start Saturday's game against the Blue Jays. Rays manager Kevin Cash initially indicated after Friday's win that a right-hander was going to start Saturday before it was later announced it would be Ramirez.

Ramirez is 0-1 with a 21.32 ERA through three outings (one start).


Indians OF Brandon Moss breaks out with two HRs, seven RBI


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Indians outfielder Brandon Moss homered twice and totaled a career-high seven RBI during a 13-1 rout of the Tigers on Friday.

Moss got the offense going early Friday, as he had a two-out, two-RBI double in the first inning off Shane Greene. 

Moss then greeted reliever Alex Wilson in the fifth inning with a three-run homer to right field. He finished off his offensive outburst with a two-run homer off reliever Al Alburquerque in the ninth inning.

Moss' previous high was six RBI, which he also had in a game against the Tigers in 2013. He has had seven multihomer games in his career.

Moss is batting .214 with three home runs and nine RBI in 13 games.

"You want to impress," Moss said, per MLB.com. "You want to get off to a good start. But mainly, when the offense is struggling, you want to be something that sparks and ignites it, to help out and do what you're supposed to do.

"I was putting a lot of pressure on myself to come out of it quicker than I was coming out of it. The pressure mounts on you, and you start looking at the scoreboard and seeing it go .048, .032, and you're like, 'What in the world?' It's just one of those things that can weigh on you. I knew I would come out of it. It was just wanting to come out of it sooner."


Red Sox closer Koji Uehara finishes off 7-5 win for third save


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara finished off a 7-5 win Friday against the Orioles for his third save.

Uehara ran into a little trouble in the ninth inning, as he allowed runners to reach first and third base with one out. Both runners reached base via singles. 

However, Uehara was able to retire the last two batters in the ninth before a run crossed the plate. He had two strikeouts.

Uehara has two saves since Tuesday.


O's SP Miguel Gonzalez yields two HRs in no-decision vs. Red Sox


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Orioles starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez allowed four runs on eight hits and one walk in six innings during a no-decision Friday against the Red Sox. He struck out one.

Gonzalez held Boston off the scoreboard for four innings, while Baltimore built a 2-0 lead. Unfortunately, the Red Sox got going in the fifth inning. David Ortiz had a two-out, three-run homer before Hanley Ramirez hit a solo home run, putting Boston ahead 4-2.

The Orioles would rally to tie the game in the seventh inning, getting Gonzalez off the hook for the loss.

"I've got to tell you, I didn't think Miguel was carrying his normal stuff and he got through it," manager Buck Showalter said, per MASNsports.com.

Gonzalez, who is 2-1 through four starts, is scheduled to make his next start Wednesday against the White Sox.


Red Sox SP Rick Porcello strikes out seven in no-decision vs. O's


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello allowed four runs on six hits and two walks during a no-decision Friday at Baltimore. He struck out seven batters in six-plus innings.

Porcello struck out the first five batters he faced and didn't allowed a base runner until Caleb Joseph's one out walk in the third inning.

The game was scoreless until Jimmy Paredes hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning. The Red Sox went ahead 4-2 in the top of the fifth before Everth Cabrera had an RBI single off Porcello in the bottom of the fifth.

Porcello was lifted after allowing a Chris Davis walk and Delmon Young single to open the seventh inning. Davis would eventually score to tie the game and take away the win from Porcello, who is 1-2 through four starts.

The right-hander will be back on the mound Wednesday vs. Toronto.


Rays RP Jose Dominguez optioned after earning first win


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Rays reliever Jose Dominguez pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of Drew Smyly on Friday against the Blue Jays to earn his first career win in a 12-3 rout of Toronto.

Unfortunately, he didn't get much time to celebrate, as the Rays optioned him to Triple-A Durham after the victory.

Dominguez walked one and struck out two Friday. He has not allowed a run in 5 2/3 innings.


Red Sox LF Hanley Ramirez leaves game with foot injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez left Friday's game in the top of the ninth inning due to a foot injury. 

Ramirez was in pain after fouling a ball off his left foot. He was able to finish off the at-bat with a single to center field. However, the Red Sox replaced Ramirez after he reached base with pinch runner Xander Bogaerts.

After the game, Ramirez said he felt fine and doesn't anticipate missing any time, per The Boston Herald.

Ramirez went 2 for 5 with a solo home run before leaving the game. The home run in the fifth inning was his sixth this season. He is batting .274 with 13 RBI through 16 games.


Blue Jays activate Michael Saunders from DL, DFA Steve Tolleson


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) The Blue Jays activated outfielder Michael Saunders off the disabled list following Friday's game at Tampa Bay. Saunders had been sidelined since injuring his knee early in spring training.

To clear a roster spot, infielder Steve Tolleson was desginated for assignment. Tolleson entered play Friday batting .273 with no home runs and two RBI in six games.


Blue Jays SP R.A. Dickey allows eight runs in loss to Rays


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Blue Jays starting pitcher R.A. Dickey had his worst start of the season during a 12-3 loss to the Rays on Friday. The veteran knuckleballer gave up eight runs (seven earned) on nine hits and one walk, while striking out zero batters in 4 2/3 innings.

Dickey (0-2) was pitching with a 2-0 lead when the Rays put up four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. James Loney and Rene Rivera each had a two-run homer.

The Rays then came back in the fifth inning with five more runs. The big hit was an RBI triple by Asdrubal Cabrera.

Dickey had allowed seven runs in 19 1/3 innings in his first three starts. His ERA jumped from 3.26 to 5.25. 

"I don't really have an answer. Sometimes it's the nature of the pitch," Dickey said of his performance, per the Toronto Sun. "I threw some really bad ones tonight that they hit. Sometimes those get popped up or not swung at. You give what you've got and some times it's great and some times you stink. Tonight I stunk."

He will make his next scheduled start Wednesday at Boston.


Mariners GM hints at Roenis Elias filling in for injured Iwakuma


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik appeared to indicate Friday starting pitcher Roenis Elias will be recalled from Triple-A Tacoma to take the rotation spot of Hisashi Iwakuma, who was slated to start Sunday against the Twins before being placed on the disabled list due to a lat injury.

"I would say the obvious is the obvious," Zduriencik said when asked who will start Sunday, per The Seattle Times.

The 26-year-old Elias is 2-0 with a 8.04 ERA and 1.79 WHIP through three starts for Tacoma. He has struck out 12 and walked seven in 15 2/3 innings.


 
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