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Rangers DH Mitch Moreland (elbow) hopes to return to lineup on Saturday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(2:03 am ET) Rangers designated hitter Mitch Moreland sat out of Friday's game against the Mariners with a sore elbow but said afterwards that he's feeling better and hopes to play Saturday, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Moreland has played in nine of the Rangers' 11 games this season, hitting .259 with a homer, two doubles and five RBI.


Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw strikes out 12 Friday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2:01 am ET) Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw struck out a season-high 12 batters and only walked one during Friday's win over the Rockies.

Kershaw surrendered three runs (one earned) on six hits over six innings of work to earn the win. Kershaw's lone blemish were home runs to Troy Tulowitzki and Charlie Blackmon. He was able to lower his ERA from 5.84 to 4.42. Kershaw (1-1) has yet to throw more than seven innings in any of his three starts this season.

His next expected start will be Wednesday at San Francisco.


Rangers reliever Neftali Feliz throws perfect ninth for second save


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(1:55 am ET) Rangers reliever Neftali Feliz (S, 2) collected his second save of the season on Friday by throwing a perfect ninth inning against the Mariners.

Dodgers 2B Howie Kendrick drives in three during Friday's win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1:50 am ET) Dodgers second baseman Howie Kendrick connected on his first home run of the season to help lead the Dodgers to a victory over the Rockies on Friday.

Kendrick hit a two-run home run off Rockies starter Kyle Kendrick in the first inning of the game. Kendrick finished the game 2 for 4 with three RBI. He is now batting .342 on the season.


Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki hits first home run of season Friday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1:48 am ET) Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki connected on his first home run of the season during Friday's loss to the Dodgers.

Tulowitzki hit the home run in the fourth inning off Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw. Tulowitzki finished the game with two hits over four at-bats. His batting average now stands at .359. 


Rockies pitcher Kyle Kendrick gives up six runs Friday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1:46 am ET) Rockies pitcher Kyle Kendrick failed to get past the fifth inning during Friday's loss to the Dodgers.

Kendrick's troubles began in the first inning when Howie Kendrick hit a two-run home run. Kendrick did not surrender a run over the next two innings. However, he gave up one run in the fourth and was pulled in the fifth after giving up two more runs. He ended up with six strike outs and four walks. 

Kendrick (1-2) received the loss for his 4 2/3 innings of work and now has a 7.56 ERA. His next scheduled start is expected to be Wednesday against the Padres.


Diamondbacks SP Josh Collmenter shuts out Giants on Friday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1:38 am ET) Diamondbacks pitcher Josh Collmenter threw a complete game shutout to defeat the Giants on Friday.

Over the nine innings of work, Collmenter gave up four hits while striking out two and walking one. He is the first pitcher to toss a complete game this season.

Collmenter had failed to get past the fifth inning in each of his previous starts this season and was 0-2 with a 6.52 ERA heading into the game. He was able to lower his ERA to 3.86. He had one complete game shutout during the entire 2014 season.

His next scheduled start is expected to be Friday against the Pirates.


Diamondbacks CF A.J. Pollock collects four hits Friday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1:35 am ET) Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock had his first four-hit game of the season to lead the Diamondbacks to a 9-0 win over the Giants on Friday.

Pollock went 4 for 5 with one walk and a strikeout. His lone RBI came in the top of the ninth inning when he drove in pitcher Josh Collmenter on a double. Pollock was able to raise his batting average from .265 to .333.


Red Sox's Pablo Sandoval not sorry about slide that lead to beaning


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(1:33 am ET) Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez was ejected Friday for hitting Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval with a pitch as suspected payback for a hard slide by Sandoval earlier in the game, according to BostonHerald.com.

"It’s the game ... I do clean slides," Sandoval said. "I slide through the base. There’s nothing wrong with that.”

First baseman Mike Napoli added that Sandoval’s slide was in line with the way the Red Sox like to play.

Giants P Jake Peavy fails to get past fourth inning Friday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1:30 am ET) Giants pitcher Jake Peavy was able to get through the first two innings of Friday's loss to the Diamondbacks without any trouble, but he began to unravel in the third.

Peavy surrendered four hits and three runs during the third inning. He returned for the fourth, but was only able to record two outs before he was taken out of the game.

"I didn't make good pitches. I was plenty good enough to be out there. I've gotta help the team more than I did," he said, per CSN Bay Area. 

Over the 3 2/3 innings of work, Peavy gave up four runs on eight hits. He walked one and struck out two.

Peavy has yet to get past the fourth inning in each of his two starts this season. He is now 0-2 with a 9.39 ERA.

His next scheduled start is expected to be Thursday against the Dodgers


Royals SS Alcides Escobar suffers knee injury Friday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1:25 am ET) Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar sustained a mild strain and contusion to his left knee during Friday's win over the Athletics, reports MLB.com.

Escobar was hurt when A's third baseman Brett Lawrie slid into him at second base while attempting to break up a double play in the seventh inning. The incident led to both benches clearing. Escobar immediately left the game.

After the game, Lawrie insisted he wasn't trying to injure Escobar.

"I would never try to cleat anybody," Lawrie said. "It wasn't like I overextended myself to go get him. He was right on top of the bag. That's just baseball right there."


Indians LF Michael Brantley (back) returns Friday with two hits


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(1:24 am ET) Indians left fielder Michael Brantley (back) returned to the lineup on Friday after missing four games with a bad back, going 2 for 5 as the designated hitter.

Brantley had been out since April 10 with a back injury.

Mariners starter J.A. Happ handed first defeat on Friday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(1:20 am ET) Mariners starter J.A. Happ (0-1) suffered his first loss of the season on Friday, allowing two runs on five hits in seven innings against the Rangers.

Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos touched Happ for a home run.

Happ will look to even his record in his next start Wednesday against the Astros.


Rangers starter Yovani Gallardo goes six strong to earn win on Friday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(1:16 am ET) Rangers starter Yovani Gallardo (2-1) did not allow a run in six innings against the Mariners on Friday to pick up the win.

Gallardo struck out three and walked two.

Gallardo's next start is scheduled for Wedneday in Arizona.

Yankees reliever Dellin Betances off to strong start in 2015


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(12:55 am ET) After a shaky spring training, Yankees reliever Dellin Betances has begun 2015 strongly as the 6-8 righty notched the win for the Yankees on Friday in Tampa.

In five appearances this season, Betances is 2-0 with six strike outs and has not allowed an earned run in 5 1/3 innings.

Twins SS Eduardo Escobar leave Friday's game with foot injury


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12:54 am ET) Twins shortstop Eduardo Escobar was hit by a pitch on his foot, which forced him to leave Friday's win over Indians, reports MLB.com.

Escobar was hit by Corey Kluber during the eight inning of the game and he was replaced by pinch-runner Shane Robinson.


Yankees INF Stephen Drew joins 100-HR club on Friday


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(12:46 am ET) Yankees infielder Stephen Drew also joined the 100-home run club on Friday, connecting for the milestone against Tampa.

Drew is in his 10th MLB season and is a career .256 hitter.

His highest single-season home run total is 21 (2006 for the Diamondbacks).

Phillies P Jonathan Pettibone (shoulder) pitches in rehab game


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12:28 am ET) For the first time since undergoing right shoulder surgery last June, Phillies pitcher Jonathan Pettibone was able to pitch in a live game Friday, reports Philly.com.

Pettibone pitched a perfect inning during a rehab assignment Friday in the minor leagues. Pettibone threw 11 pitches and topped out at 87 mph with his fastball.

"I'm just continuing the long process of getting back on the mound and getting back healthy," Pettibone said of his first game. "This is the first step and one of the last steps, so I will get back out there and be ready to go next time."


Blue Jays C Russell Martin breaks through with multi-homer game


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(12:13 am ET) Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin hit his first two homers of the season on Friday, snapping an 0 for 33 slump in the process.

"It's definitely encouraging but it's not really satisfying when you don't end up winning the game," Martin said.

The homers were just Martin's second and third hits of the season, boosting his average from .042 to .111.

Rockies P John Axford (personal) may need longer medical leave


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12:12 am ET) With Rockies pitcher John Axford's family medical emergency leave set to expire Sunday, manager Walt Weiss indicated Axford could need the leave extended beyond Sunday, reports MLB.com.

"That's something we have to deal with through the Commissioner's office if we felt it [an extension] is needed," Weiss said. "I'm still not sure on that yet."

Axford is on the family medical emergency leave after his son was bit by a rattle snake during spring training.


Twins 3B Trevor Plouffe hits walk-off HR in 11th inning on Friday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(12:03 am ET) Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe broke a 3-all tie in the bottom of the 11th inning Friday with a walk-off home run to sink the Indians.

The game had been tied at 3 since the sixth inning.



Twins starter Mike Pelfrey allow one run over five innings for no decision


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/17/2015) Twins starter Mike Pelfrey took a no decision on against the Indians on Friday, allowing one run in five innings of work.

Pelfrey's next start is Wednesday in Kansas City.

MRI reveals no structural damage to shoulder of Cubs P Neil Ramirez


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) An MRI showed Cubs pitcher Neil Ramirez has inflammation behind his right throwing shoulder, but no structural damage, reports the Chicago Tribune.

"That was a relief to me and to the organization," Cubs President Theo Epstein said. "So he is going to take it slow and get back to full strength, then come back."

Ramirez was placed on the 15-day disabled list in order to rest the shoulder.


Indians starter Corey Kluber gets no decision despite eight strong innings


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/17/2015) Indians starter Corey Kluber threw eight strong innings on Friday, giving up two runs on three hits and striking out eight in a no decision against the Twins.

Kluber gave up both runs in the sixth inning when Chriss Herrmann singled in a run and then came around to score on a wild pitch.

Kluber's next start is scheduled for Wednesday in Chicago against the White Sox.

Reds SP Johnny Cueto is now 0-2 on season


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto fanned 10 batters during Friday's game against the Cardinals, but it was not enough as the Reds fell 6-1.

Cueto surrendered four runs on six hits over seven innings of work and he only walked one. Cueto received the loss for his work and is now 0-2 on the season.

It was his first outing of the season giving up more than one run, but he has pitched seven innings in each of his three starts this season. His ERA rose from 0.64 to 2.14.

His next start is expected to be Wednesday at Milwaukee.