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Pedro Alvarez mashes sixth home run Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8:46 am ET) Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez hit his sixth home run of the season Thurday against the Brewers.

Alvarez managed to find himself on base four times during the game. He singled in the bottom of the fourth, and walked in both the sixth and seventh inning. In the bottom of the eighth, he clubbed a three-run home run off a 93 mph fastball from Wei-Chung Wang.

Alvarez finished the game 2 for 3, with one run scored and three RBI.


Matt Adams drives in three Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8:23 am ET) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams drove in three runs Thursday against the Nationals. 

Adams only picked up one hit during the game, but made it count. After driving in his first run on a groundout, Adams stepped to the plate with the bases loaded in the sixth inning. He clubbed a two-run single on a 96 mph fastball from Blake Treinen to center.

Adams finished the game 1 for 4, with no runs scored and three RBI.


Yangervis Solarte goes yard for first time


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:30 am ET) Yankees rookie infielder Yangervis Solarte launched his career first home run of the season Thursday night against the Rays in Tampa.

Solarte took Tampa Bay closer Grant Balfour deep for a solo home run in the ninth inning. He added a double and a single, falling a triple shy of a cycle. He finished 3 for 5 with one run scored and two RBI in a 10-2 victory. He is batting .373 (19 for 51) with nine RBI through 15 games.

Cole Hamels pitches seven innings in rehab finale


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:26 am ET) Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels is likely to make his return to the rotation next week in Los Angeles, after twirling a gem in his final rehab start Thursday for Class A Clearwater.

Hamels tossed seven strong innings, allowing just one run on three hits. He walked one batter and struck out two while working efficiently throwing 57 of 81 pitches for strikes in the no-decision.

Hamels will likely make his return to the rotation next Tuesday against the Dodgers, after opening the season on the disabled list with a shoulder injury.  


Andrew McCutchen finally slugs first homer


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:26 am ET) Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen brought his season-opening power outage to an end Thursday, in an 11-2 win over the Brewers.

McCutchen's  homerless drought reached 15 games with the end of his last appearance, and he wasn't interested in letting it leak into a 16th game, as he took Yovani Gallardo deep in the bottom of the first for a 422-foot slam to center field. McCutchen drove in two runs on that swing, and added one more RBI on a fielder's choice later in the game, finishing 1 for 5 and extending his hitting streak to six games.

McCutchen has set the bar pretty high with his play in recent seasons, so his .262/.378/.410 line through 16 games is a disappointment so far. He has still driven in eight runs and score seven, with six extra-base hits in 61 at-bats. 


Alfonso Soriano lifts off in win over Rays


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:22 am ET) Yankees outfielder Alfonso Soriano recorded three hits and went yard Thursday night against the Rays in Tampa.

Soriano took starter David Price deep for a solo home run in the fifth inning. He added two more singles and finished 3 for 5 with two runs scored and an RBI in a 10-2 victory. He is hitting .259/.295/.500 with four home runs and five RBI in 58 at-bats.

Justin Miller recalled from Triple-A


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:16 am ET) The Tigers recalled pitcher Justin Miller from Triple-A Toledo on Thursday, MLive.com reports. Miller has not allowed a run in four appearances (4 2/3 innings) in the minors.

Jarrod Dyson placed on bereavement leave


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:12 am ET) Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson was placed on bereavement leave following Thursday's game against the Astros, according to the Kansas City Star. Dyson is batting .125 with one hit in just eight at-bats.

Xander Bogaerts knocks one out of the park


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:02 am ET) It took 16 games, but Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts finally put one over the fences Thursday night against the White Sox.

Bogaerts took Chicago ace deep in the sixth inning for a solo home run. He finished 1 for 3 with one run scored and one RBI in a 3-1 win. He is hitting .268/.397/.357 with two RBI in 56 at-bats.

Chris Sale Ks 10 in no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) White Sox pitcher Chris Sale bounced back with a dominant outing on Thursday, but was not backed by enough run support and was forced to settle for a no-decision in a 3-1 defeat to Boston.

Sale tossed five no-hit innings before surrendering a solo home run to Xander Bogaerts in the sixth. He was charged with one run on one hit and three walks while striking out 10 over seven innings pitched. He tossed 127 pitches, 77 of which were strikes.

Sale has permitted only four runs over his last 20 innings pitched. He'll look for his fourth win of the season Tuesday in Detroit.

Koji Uehara collects third save in first appearance back from injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Red Sox pitcher Koji Uehara took the mound for the first time since experiencing shoulder stiffness, as he recorded his third save of the season in his team's 3-1 win over the White Sox in Chicago.

Uehara struck out one and worked his way around a base hit, needing just 13 pitches to complete a scoreless frame and the save. He is 3 for 3 in save opportunities, with a 0.67 WHIP through six scoreless innings pitched to start the season.

Jon Lester Ks nine in dominant win over White Sox


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester put together a dominant outing on Thursday, outdueling Chris Sale and the White Sox for his second win of the season.

Lester (2-2) tossed five scoreless innings before allowing a run to score on an infield single to Adam Eaton in the sixth inning. He surrendered one run on seven hits and no walks while striking out nine over eight innings of work. He tossed 112 pitches, 75 of which were called strikes.

Lester has allowed two earned runs or fewer in each of his first four starts. He will look for his third win of the season Tuesday at home against the Red Sox.

Denard Span gets through rehab game without issue


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Nationals outfielder Denard Span played in his first rehab game Friday at Class A Hagerstown, as part of his recovery from a concussion.

Span played in the field and batted four times, and seemed to have no trouble, scoring three times. He went 1 for 2 with two walks, while adding an RBI.

Span is likely to play in one more rehab game before making a possible return this weekend. 


LaTroy Hawkins needs just five pitches for fourth save


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Rockies closer LaTroy Hawkins made quick work of the Padres Thursday, en route to his fourth save of the season.

Despite allowing a leadoff single to Chris Denorfia, Hawkins needed just five pitches to finish off the save. He retired the next batter on a flyball to right, and then induced a double play to end the game, closing out the 3-1 win.

Hawkins has four saves in four opportunities, and holds a 1.59 ERA in 5 2/3 innings of work.


Brian Roberts collects three hits in win over Rays


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Yankees second baseman Brian Roberts returned to action Thursday and broke out of a mini-slump with a three-hit night against the Rays in Tampa.

Roberts entered Thursday with just one hit over his previous 24 at-bats. He tripled in a run in the second, doubled in the sixth and singled in a run in the seventh. He finished 3 for 5 with two runs scored and two RBI in a 10-2 win. He is hitting .194 with just three RBI in 36 at-bats this season.

Edinson Volquez gets late help in first win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Pirates starting pitcher Edinson Volquez continued his strong start to the season Thursday, and finally picked up his first win as he took down the Brewers, 11-2.

Volquez seemed destined for another no-decision, exiting the game after seven strong innings with the score tied 2-2. Fortunately, the Pirates offense came alive in the next earning, granting him the win.

Volquez was charged with two runs on eight hits and a walk over seven innings of work. He struck out just three, but was efficient throughout the game, needing just 77 pitches to finish his seven innings of work.

Volquez has opened the season well, posting a 1.71 ERA in four appearances, three starts. He will look for his second win in his next start, scheduled for Tuesday against the Reds.  


Sergio Santos coughs up late lead in wild outing


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Sergio Santos had some command issues, as he became the first player in Major League Baseball history to throw three wild pitches in an inning and not get an out. He was charged with his first loss and blown save of the season Thursday night against Minnesota.

Santos entered the game with a two-run lead in the eighth inning. He allowed three runs on no hits and three walks, failing to record an out. He tossed 16 pitches, only four which were called for strikes.

Santos entered Thursday with a 3.38 ERA and left Thursday's nightmare outing with a 8.44 ERA over 5 1/3 innings. He is 4 for 5 in save chances with a 2.06 WHIP and 11:6 K:BB ratio over that span.

Yovani Gallardo gets little support in another quality start


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Brewers starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo pitched well again Thursday against the Pirates, but received little support as he settled for a no-decision in an 11-2 loss.

Gallardo tossed his fourth quality start in a row to open the season, allowing two runs on three hits and four walks. He struck out six and ultimately finished with scoreless frames in five of six innings, but left the game with a 2-2 before the bullpen imploded.

Gallardo is off to a great start through four appearances, though he is just 2-0 thanks to some poor run support over the last two starts. He has a 1.46 ERA in 24 2/3 innings heading into his next start, schedule for Tuesday against the Padres. 


Dustin McGowan lasts only four innings in no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Dustin McGowan was not at his best as he lasted only four innings on Thursday, but managed to escape with a no-decision in a 9-5 defeat to the Twins in Minnesota.

McGowan allowed a solo home run to Brian Dozier in the opening frame and a two-run double to Chris Colabello in the fifth before the end of his night. He was charged with three runs on six hits and four walks while striking out three over four innings of work. He ran his pitch count to 85, with 49 of his pitches called for strikes.

McGowan has allowed seven runs over his first 13 innings pitched to start the season. He'll take the hill Wednesday at home against Baltimore.

Big seventh inning sinks Ian Kennedy


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Padres starting pitcher Ian Kennedy was on top of his game for much of his start Thursday, but fell apart late in a 3-1 loss

Kennedy made it through seven innings in the start, and six of them were nearly flawless. He allowed just one hit through his first six innings and appeared well on his way to his second win even with little support. Unfortunately, three hits and a walk in the seventh inning led to three runs and left Kennedy on the wrong side of a 3-1 loss.

Kennedy struck out seven while allowing four hits and two walks in his seven innings, while lowering his ERA to 4.13. He is 1-3 through four starts, with just nine runs of support total heading into his next start, set for Tuesday in Milwaukee. 


Franklin Morales picks up first win thanks to late rally


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Rockies pitcher Franklin Morales tossed his first quality start of the season Thursday, in a 3-1 win voer the Padres.

Morales allowed just one run on a fourth-inning solo home run that put him down 1-0, which was actually where the score stood when Morales exited the game. Fortunately, the offense rallied to score three runs in the seventh inning, in time for Morales to get the win.

Morales was charged with one run on four hits and a walk in six innings of work, while striking out five. He pushed his record to 1-1, with a 4.82 ERA. His next start is set for Tuesday against the Giants.  


Mike Pelfrey escapes rough outing with no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Twins starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey was not at his best again on Thursday, but this time he escaped with a no-decision in a 9-5 win over Toronto. The right-hander was charged with five runs -- four earned -- on four hits and five walks while striking out one over 4 1/3 innings pitched.

Pelfrey owns a 7.98 ERA and a 1.91 WHIP through his first three starts (14 2/3 innings). He'll look to get back on track Tuesday against Tampa Bay.

Casey Fien gets second win of season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Twins reliever Casey Fien was awarded the win Thursday night against the Blue Jays.

Fien (2-0) worked his way around a base hit and needed just 16 pitches to make it out of the eighth inning unscathed. He owns a 4.50 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP with a 4:2 K:BB ratio over six innings pitched this season.

Taylor Jordan hit hard in second loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Nationals starting pitcher Taylor Jordan struggled through his second subpar start in a row Thursday, in an 8-0 loss to the Nationals.

Jordan took the loss after allowing seven runs -- five earned -- in 5 1/3 innings of work, and he was in trouble from the start. Jordan was tagged for four runs in the first inning, though one of them was unearned. He allowed seven hits and a pair of walks, while striking out four and throwing 61 of 96 pitches for strikes.

Jordan is now 0-2 through his first three starts of the season, and has allowed 10 of his 11 earned runs over the last two outings.  He has a 5.94 ERA heading into his next start, set for Tuesday against the Angels. 


Adam Wainwright tosses first complete-game shutout


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright twirled a gem Thursday against the Nationals, in an 8-0 win.

Wainwright tossed his first complete-game shutout of the season in the win, and was barely in trouble at all. He surrendered just two hits, both singles, while also walking three batters. He struck out eight batters for the second start in a row as well.

Wainwright has been his typically brilliant self through four starts, holding a 3-1 record and 1.80 ERA in 30 innings of work. He has struck out 32 batters while walking nine heading into his next start, scheduled for Tuesday against the Mets. 


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