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Elbow tightness forces Dodgers RHP Brandon McCarthy from game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:50 pm ET) The injury that forced Dodgers right-hander Brandon McCarthy to leave his Saturday night start against San Diego has been revealed to be elbow tightness, MLB.com has reported. Its severity has yet to be determined.

McCarthy called for trainers after giving up three runs in the sixth inning and was removed from the game.


Dodgers RHP McCarthy removed from game with possible injury


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:19 pm ET) Dodgers starter Brandon McCarthy left the game Saturday night against the Padres in the sixth inning after asking for team trainers to come out of the dugout, SB Nation is reporting.

McCarthy was soon removed in favor of Sergio Santos. He entered the inning with a 10-3 lead, but allowed two singles and a homer before his departure. It has yet to be revealed if McCarthy suffered an injury of was taken out merely as a precaution.

The right-hander performed well from the second through the fifth innings, allowing just one hit during that stretch. He had given up home runs to Wil Myers and Upton in a three-run first. He finished having surrendered six earned runs in five innings as his ERA soared to 5.87.


Rockies outfielder Corey Dickerson leaves with undisclosed injury


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(11:13 pm ET) Rockies outfielder Corey Dickerson was forced to leave Saturday's game against the Giants with an undisclosed injury, according to the Denver Post.

Dickerson was removed before the seventh inning for Drew Stubbs. He went 0 for 3 in the game. He is hitting .317 in 63 at-bats this season.


Pirates reliever Mark Melancon earns fifth save Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(11:06 pm ET) Pirates relief pitcher Mark Melancon worked a nearly perfect ninth inning Saturday in Pittsburgh's 2-1 win over the Diamondbacks, earning his fifth save of the season.

Melancon got past a single with one out to start the inning after Nick Ahmed was caught stealing second. Melancon finished things off by forcing a groundout to second by Yasmany Tomas. Melancon lowered his ERA to 5.79 in 9 1/3 innings of work this season.


Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett strikes out four in no decision


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(11:06 pm ET) Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett allowed one run on five hits in seven innings of work in Pittsburgh's 2-1 win over the Diamondbacks Saturday. 

Burnett worked efficiently through his start, only running into one issue in the second inning. Burnett allowed a single to Chris Owings, who then stole second base. Tuffy Gosewich then singled to right to bring home Arizona's only run. 

Burnett, who remains 0-1 on the year, lowered his ERA to 1.80 and added four strikeouts to his totals.


Diamondbacks pitcher Rubby De La Rosa strikes out eight in ND


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(11:06 pm ET) Diamondbacks pitcher Rubby De La Rosa allowed one run on four hits in seven innings of work in Arizona's 2-1 loss to the Pirates Saturday. He was in control throughout the start, adding eight strikeouts with no walks to his totals.

De La Rosa's only blemish came in the fourth inning. He allowed a double to Neil Walker, who advanced to third on a Starling Marte ground out. Then, Pedro Alvarez doubled to right field, scoring Walker.

De La Rosa, who remains 2-1, lowered his ERA to 4.68 on the season. 


Pirates reliever Seth Maness earns rare save Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:04 pm ET) Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal was unavailable Saturday after having pitched three straight days. So Seth Maness took over the role and rolled with it.

Maness, who arrived in the eighth, induced one popout and two groundouts in the ninth to shut down the Brewers and register his first save of the year and fifth of his career.


Jean Segura, Aramis Ramirez both pound three hits for Brewers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:56 pm ET) The woeful Brewers lost again Saturday night, but they can take at least a bit of solace that two of their key players had big games.

Both leadoff hitter Jean Segura and veteran third baseman Aramis Ramirez slammed two singles and a double.

The effort of the latter was particularly encouraging. Ramirez has emerged from a four-game hitless streak to hit safely in four of his last five. The multi-hit game was only his second since the opener.

Segura, on the other hand, has been pretty much raking all year. He has been the subject of trade rumors and his hot hitting can only raise his stock.


Matt Holliday slugs first homer as Cardinals roll


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:47 pm ET) It took Cardinals slugger Matt Holliday 52 at-bats this season to nail his first dinger, but he certainly made it count. Two of his teammates occupied the bases when he clobbered one Saturday night in a defeat of Milwaukee.

The power outage has not limited his production. Holliday boasts a fine slash line of .358/.437/.434. and now has 10 RBI.


Brewers starter Wily Peralta improves, but loses again


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:35 pm ET) Brewers right-hander Wily Peralta pitched better Saturday night, but the result was the same.

Another defeat for him and Milwaukee.

Peralta allowed two runs on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings against St. Louis with two walks and four strikeouts. But now he is winless in three decisions.

The outing was still encouraging considering he began the evening with a 5.68 ERA and had surrendered 10 runs on 18 hits in his previous 12 innings pitched.

Peralta cruised after allowing a two-run triple to Kolten Wong in the second. He allowed five hits the rest of the way and worked out a jam in the sixth.

He is set to start again Friday against the host Cubs.


Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons cracks first homer of the year


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(10:05 pm ET) Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons went 1 for 5 at the plate in Atlanta's 5-2 win over the Phillies Saturday. Simmons got things started in the seventh inning, ripping a David Buchanan pitch over the left center field fence for a solo shot, his first of the year.

Simmons is now hitting .270 with 11 RBI in 63 at-bats this season.


Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard smacks second homer Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(10:02 pm ET) Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard went 1 for 3 at the plate Saturday in Philadelphia's 5-2 win over the Braves.

Howard did his damage in the fourth inning when he ripped an 0-1 pitch from Shelby Miller over the center field wall, scoring Jeff Francoeur, his second of the season. Howard is now hitting .189 with six RBI in 53 at-bats this season.


Report: Phillies to promote Severino Gonzalez for Tuesday start


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9:59 pm ET) Phillies pitching prospect Severino Gonzalez has been tabbed to make his major league debut Tuesday in St. Louis, the Philadelphia Inquirer has reported.

The 22-year-old Gonzalez is 1-1 with a 3.57 ERA in three starts with Triple-A Lehigh Valley this season. He has yielded 20 hits and just two walks in 17 innings with nine strikeouts.

He peaked at the Class A and Double-A levels in 2013, but struggled last season at Double-A Reno with a 9-13 mark and 4.59 ERA.


Braves pitcher Jason Grilli adds seventh save Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(9:58 pm ET) Braves pitcher Jason Grilli worked a perfect ninth inning in Atlanta's 5-2 win over the Phillies Saturday, leading to his seventh save of the season. 

Grilli needed just 13 pitches to dispose of Philadelphia's hitters in the inning, including a strikeout of Ryan Howard. Grilli now boasts a 1.29 ERA with 11 strikeouts in seven innings of work.


Phillies pitcher Daivd Buchanan drops to 0-4 on the year Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(9:53 pm ET) Phillies pitcher David Buchanan continued his woeful start to the 2015 season in Philadelphia's 5-2 loss to the Braves Saturday.

Buchanan allowed three runs on two hits in six 2/3 innings of work. Things were looking up for Buchanan early, when he went six scoreless to start the game. Then in the seventh, he allowed a lead off home run to Andrelton Simmons. After getting two outs, Buchanan walked the final two hitters he faced before getting the hook.

Buchanan, now 0-4 on the year, boasts a 7.52 ERA in 20 1/3 innings this season. He will look for win No. 1 Thursday against the Cardinals.


Braves starter Shelby Miller stays hot for third straight win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9:46 pm ET) Braves right-hander Shelby Miller continued to fly under the radar as one of the hottest pitchers in baseball Saturday night.

Miller managed his fourth straight strong start and third consecutive victory by going his typical six innings and giving up two runs on three hits in Philadelphia. He walked two and struck out three.

All was not peachy in the fourth inning when Miller yielded a two-run homer to Ryan Howard that broke a scoreless tie. But his teammates scored three in the seventh to give him the win.

Miller, whose ERA rose to 2.03, will try for his fourth win in a row Thursday against Cincinnati.


Pirates closer Mark Melancon battles back against critics


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9:14 pm ET) Pirates closer Mark Melancon wasn't exactly turning cartwheels over implications that he was losing his grip on the job after a sluggish start to the season.

He blew a two-run lead Tuesday to the Cubs, raising his earned run average to 8.53 and prompting Clint Hurdle and the media to point out that his velocity was down. But after two straight 1-2-3 saves, including one on Friday, he fought back.

"I blew one save - one save," Melancon told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "Should anybody lose confidence after one save? That's for them to decide, I guess."

Melancon, whose velocity remains down, had a closed-door meeting with Hurdle in which he was told the closer job was still his.

"I try to put myself in his position," Hurdle said. "What opportunity would I hope to get, based on what I've done for the club. When (his) performance goes the other way, I don't need to be the first one to overreact."

Hurdle also expressed his belief that Melancon can remain effective despite decreased velocity.

"It's about execution and location," he said.


Phillies C Carlos Ruiz working to emerge from slump


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9:01 pm ET) Several high-profile Phillies are mired in slumps, including Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, but catcher Carlos Ruiz is also trying to find himself at the plate.

The 36-year-old Ruiz has eight hits - all singles - in 42 at-bats and has scored just once all year. Ryne Sandberg has placed him all over the lineup in an attempt to get him going, but nothing has worked.

"He's working hard in the cage inside as far as finding a comfort zone," Sandberg told philly.com. "It seems like they are pitching him away a lot, so he's got to be patient there and take some swings to right field.

Ruiz has just three hits in his last 29 at-bats.


Cardinals' Adam Wainwright leaves with ankle injury after at-bat


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(8:37 pm ET) Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright was forced to leave Saturday's game against the Brewers after stumbling out of the batter's box and needing assistance to get off the field, according to MLB.com. Wainwright suffered a left ankle injury and will be re-evaluated when the team returns to St. Louis, the team announced.

Wainwright allowed three hits in four scoreless innings in the game and added four strikeouts to his totals.

"Yeah, crazy–wasn't even going that hard," Wainwright said per STLBaseballWeekly.com. "Saw that it was in play, so I started to run and my foot just shut down on me. So, gave me a cool walking-boot to use for the next couple of days and we'll get home to St. Louis and check it out and see what happens."

Wainwright thought he managed to get hit getting out of the batter's box.

"I thought I got hit by something," said Wainwright, who confirmed it was the back of his ankle. "If you look at the replay, I get out of the box and I looked back to think the catcher's mask must of hit me or the bat must've hit me, something must've hit me."


Mets third baseman David Wright taking swings off tee Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(8:07 pm ET) Mets third baseman David Wright was able to take swings off a tee Saturday and begin throwing as he works his way back from a hamstring injury, according to Newsday.

Wright, who is currently on the 15-day DL with the injury, is expected to begin testing his legs soon as the next step in his recovery process. The team is hopeful he can return before the end of April.


Cardinals not concerned with Jordan Walden's workload this season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(7:59 pm ET) Cardinals manager Mike Matheny knows relief pitcher Jordan Walden has been used a lot this season, but it's not going to stop him from calling the righty's name this year, reports MLB.com.

Walden has appeared in 11 of the team's first 15 games with an 0-1 record and one save to his record. 

"I'd like to give all of them more rest, but once again this is where we are right now," Matheny said. "The days where they feel good… and there have been a number of days where I told him he can go down there in his tennis shoes because he's not pitching. [It's all] just depending on how the work has been and what he feels like."

Walden boasts a 0.96 ERA with 11 strikeouts and four walks so far this season.


Cubs pitcher Pedro Strop available to throw Sunday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(7:53 pm ET) Cubs relief pitcher Pedro Strop is available to throw Sunday after being held out with a sore left foot, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Strop, who has thrown 7 1/3 scoreless innings this season, would have been available Saturday, but the contest was rained out with no make-up date scheduled yet. He has recorded 10 strikeouts with just two walks so far this season.


Cubs' Joe Maddon not concerned with Addison Russell's slow start


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(7:50 pm ET) Cubs manager Joe Maddon knows rookie Addison Russell is still trying to find his way at the plate in the big leagues. Which is why the skipper is not too worried about Russell's 2 for 18 start with 10 strikeouts, according to the Chicago Tribune.

"It's not just about hits, folks," said Maddon. "If anybody wants to make it just about hits, fine. But if you want to play that game, you're going to lose a lot. You've got to catch it. He's a very good baserunner and runs well. He does a lot of things to help us win games."


Cubs pitcher Zac Rosscup throwing with confidence this season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(7:46 pm ET) Cubs pitcher Zac Rosscup is making sure he doesn't waste the opportunity he's been given this season, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The reliever has done well since being called up a week and a half ago, posting a 1.35 ERA with nine strikeouts and one walk in 6 2/3 innings.

"I have more confidence," said Rosscup. "I'm trusting my stuff. I just go out there and pitch. When I simplify everything — and (manager) Joe (Maddon) talks about it a lot, 'do simple better' — that's what's stuck with me, and that's what I'm trying to do."


Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu to throw bullpen this week


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(7:39 pm ET) Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu is scheduled to throw a bullpen session in the next couple of days and possibly as early as Sunday, according to the L.A. Times.

Ryu, who is currently on the 15-day DL with a shoulder injury, remains without a timetable for his return to the pitching staff. He has been unable to throw in a game so far this season after posting a 14-7 record in 2014 with a 3.38 ERA and 139 strikeouts.


 
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