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Kole Calhoun heading to DL with ankle injury


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(2:39 am ET) Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun suffered what appears to be a serious injury to his right leg late Tuesday, and it could be one that costs him considerable time.

According to MLB.com, Calhoun will be placed on the disabled list Wednesday with an ankle injury, suffered when he twisted the ankle running through first base trying to beat out a grounder. He had to be helped off the field and could hardly put weight on it as he was helped off the field.

The extent of the injury is not yet known, but it is serious enough to keep him out at least two weeks. Calhoun was batting .250/.297/.500 in his first 14 appearances of the season. 


Jim Johnson tosses two scoreless for extra-innings win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(2:29 am ET) Athletics' reliever Jim Johnson tossed his third scoreless outing in a row, as he went two innings to pick up the win in a 10-9 victory over the Angels.

Johnson pitched scoreless 10th and 11th innings for the win, allowing one walk and one hit as he went. He struck out one batter and picked up five groundball outs en route to his second straight win.

Johnson lost the closer's role after giving up seven runs in his first five appearances. He has a 7.56 ERA in 8 1/3 innings. 


Sean Doolittle blows first save


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(2:27 am ET) Athletics reliever Sean Doolittle couldn't hold on to a two-run lead in the ninth inning Tuesday, as he took his first blown-save of the season in a 10-9, extra-innings win.

Doolittle faced the top of the Angels' lineup and ran into trouble immediately. He surrendered a leadoff double to Kole Calhoun and followed that up by serving up a two-run, game-tying home run to Mike Trout, before ultimately retiring the side and sending the game into extra innings.

Doolittle had been solid before this outing, and still has a 3.12 ERA in 8 2/3 innings. There is no reason to think one misstep will cost him the closer's role, though he might not have a strong grip on it anyways.

 


Dan Straily struggles for first time


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(2:22 am ET) Athletics starting pitcher Dan Straily struggled through three-plus innings and had to rely on the offense to bail him out in a 10-9 win over the Angels Tuesday.

Straily put the A's in a hole early, allowing two runs in the first inning an then four more in the fourth. He was charged with six runs on seven hits and a walk in 3 2/3 innings of work, while striking out three.

Straily opened the season with quality starts in consecutive outings, so this was the first time he faced adversity. He will try to bounce back in his next start, set for Monday against the Rangers.


Garrett Richards fades after solid start


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(2:22 am ET) Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards pitched well enough to win for six innings Tuesday, but faltered late in a 10-9 extra innings loss to the A's.

Richards allowed three runs in his first six innings of work, and seemed well on his way to a win, up 5-3. Unfortunately, he ran into trouble in the seventh, allowing two more runs to come across, a sign of bad things to come for the bullpen.

Richards was charged with five earned runs on eight hits and a pair of walks in seven innings of work, while striking out five. He settled for a no-decision, as the game went into extras.

Richards had allowed just one run through his first two starts, so this was something of a disappointment. He will try to bounce back in his next start, carrying a 2-0 record and 2.84 ERA into Monday's scheduled start in Washington. 


Kole Calhoun exits in extras with ankle injury


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(2:20 am ET) Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun put together a big game Tuesday against the A's, but it didn't end how he wanted as he limped off the field in the bottom of the 11th inning.

Calhoun hit his third home run of the season in the fourth inning, a two-run shot, and added two more hits and three runs scored overall. He went 3 for 6, but left the game in extra innings after appearing to tweak his ankle running through first base.

Calhoun needed a lot of help to get off the field, which isn't a good sign. No update was known on his status prior to the finish of the game, and he will likely be considered ay to day moving forward.  


Kenley Jansen blows save Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2:04 am ET) Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen blew a save opportunity in his team's game against the Giants Tuesday.

Jansen gave up an RBI double to tie Tuesday's game at 2-2 before it went into extra innings. He ended his night after allowing two hits and a walk while striking out two. Jansen owns a 4.50 ERA and 15:4 K:BB ratio in eight innings.


Tim Lincecum gives up one run in no-decision vs. Dodgers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2:04 am ET) Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum surrendered just one earned run on five hits in five innings while striking out five in his team's game against the Dodgers Tuesday.

Lincecum gave up a second-inning solo home run to Juan Uribe but was otherwise able to shut the Dodgers down. He has posted a 7.20 ERA and 17:1 K:BB ratio in 15 innings but has also served up five home runs. Lincecum is on schedule to take on the Padres in San Diego Sunday.


Josh Beckett pitches five scoreless innings in no-decision


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2:03 am ET) Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett allowed two hits and five walks in five scoreless innings while striking out four Tuesday, but he didn't factor into the decision in his team's game against the Giants.

Beckett threw just 47 of his 90 pitches for strikes, but he was able to navigate through trouble and leave with a 1-0 lead, which was squandered in the sixth inning. He owns a 4.00 ERA and 9:6 K:BB ratio in nine innings over his first two starts. Beckett is slated to face the struggling Diamondbacks Sunday.


LaTroy Hawkins earns third save Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:57 am ET) Rockies closer LaTroy Hawkins picked up his third save Tuesday, allowing one hit in a scoreless ninth inning in his team's 3-2 win over the Padres.

Hawkins needed just eight pitches to slam the door on the victory for his team, turning in his fourth straight scoreless outing since giving up a run in his season debut. He owns a 1.93 ERA and 2:1 K:BB ratio in 4 2/3 innings.


Juan Nicasio delivers quality start vs. Padres Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:55 am ET) Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio surrendered two earned runs on six hits and one walk in six innings while striking out three in his team's 3-2 win over the Padres Tuesday.

Both runs off Nicasio (2-0) came in the first inning before he settled down and put together five scoreless frames to turn in a quality start. He owns a 3.50 ERA and 15:4 K:BB ratio in 18 innings. The Phillies are next up for Nicasio Sunday.


Robbie Erlin strikes out seven in short start Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:54 am ET) Padres pitcher Robbie Erlin gave up three earned runs on six hits and one walk in just 4 2/3 innings while striking out seven in his team's 3-2 loss to the Rockies Tuesday.

Erlin picked up a win in his last outing after pitching six scoreless innings, and despite racking up quality strikeout numbers Tuesday, he wasn't able to duplicate that effort. He owns a 3.18 ERA and 14:1 K:BB ratio, and the Padres could end up counting on him all season if Josh Johnson needs to go under the knife. Erlin's next outing is scheduled for Sunday at home against the Giants.


Carlos Corporan hits second homer


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:28 am ET) Astros outfielder Carlos Corporan provided some power Tuesday against the Royals, though it wasn't enough in a 4-2 loss.

Corporan slugged a solo home run in the fifth inning as the Astros were fighting their way back, but the offense couldn't muster much more. He finished the game 1 for 3 with the home run, while also striking out once.

Corporan hasn't made much of an impact in his limited playing time, though two of his four hits through eight games have been home runs. He is hitting .190/.217/.476 in 21 at-bats.  


Omar Infante hits first home run


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:22 am ET) Royals infield Omar Infante provided some rare pop in a 4-2 win over the Astros, as he recorded his first extra-base hit of the season.

Infante opened the game with a solo home run in the first inning, and then added another RBI in the third inning on a fielder's choice to give the Royals a lead. He finished the game 1 for 3 with two RBI and two runs scored, while walking once.

Infante has hit for almost no power this season, but he has found ways to be productive nonetheless. He is hitting .297/.381/.378 through his first 10 games with the Royals. 


Brett Lawrie drives in five in big win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:20 am ET) Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie had just one hit Tuesday against the Twins, but he made it count in a 9-3 win.

Lawrie went 1 for 4 in the game, but the lone hit broke the game open, as he clubbed a grand slam in the ninth inning. He drove in an additional run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly.

Lawrie is hitting just .132/.175/.302 through 14 games, albeit with three home runs and nine RBI.   


Adam Lind needs 'a miracle' to play Wednesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:16 am ET) Blue Jays first baseman Adam Lind was forced to leave Tuesday's game against the Twins after three plate appearances due to a sore back, and told MLB.com after the game he does not expect to be back in the lineup Wednesday.

"I hope I feel better tomorrow, but that would be a miracle," he said.

Lind appears likely to miss some time moving forward, though that is not official at this point. He is hitting .324/.465/.500 so far this season, in 34 at-bats. 


Lucas Harrell designated following third loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:14 am ET) The Astros will designate pitcher Lucas Harrell for assignment Wednesday, following his third disastrous start in a row Tuesday against the Royals. The Houston Chronicle first reported the pending roster move.

Harrell allowed 13 runs in 12 1/3 innings with the Astros, going 0-3 in three starts. 


Daniel Webb earns one-out win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:08 am ET) White Sox reliever Daniel Webb picked up his first career win in just about the easiest possible fashion Tuesday, in a 2-1 win over the Red Sox.

Webb entered the game with runners on first and second in a tie game, but had record just one out to finish the inning. He induced a ground out to end the frame, and the White Sox went on to score the winning run in the bottom half of the inning, earning Webb the win.

Web has been a solid contributor out of the White Sox bullpen, posting a 2.35 ERA in 7 2/3 innings of work. 


Burke Badenhop takes tough-luck loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:04 am ET) Red Sox reliever Burke Badenhop took his second loss of the season Tuesday against the White Sox, though he didn't get much help from the defense.

Badenhop got the last out of the eighth inning, but ran into trouble in the ninth with the game tied at one. He allowed a leadoff walk to Alejandro De Aza, who was then caught stealing, before allowing a single and being pulled with two outs.

Badenhop took the loss as Chris Capuano allowed the White Sox to score the winning run, though that came on a throwing error by shortstop Xander Bogaerts. Badenhop has now allowed a run in four straight outings, leaving him with a 7.71 ERA in seven innings of work.


Kevin Kouzmanoff's hot start continues


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:57 am ET) The Rangers got a big boost from an unexpected source Tuesday, as Kevin Kouzmanoff carried the team to a 5-0 win over the Mariners.

Kouzmanoff did much of the heavy lifting offensively while extending his season-opening hit streak to six games. He went 3 for 4 with three RBI, and each of his hits went for extra bases as he remains scorching hot to open the season.

Kouzmanoff is hitting .450/.522/.750 with five RBI and three runs scored in six games since being called up last week.


Big inning downs Phil Hughes in first loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:47 am ET) Struggling Twins pitcher Phil Hughes finally took his first loss of the season Tuesday, in a 9-3 loss to the Blue Jays.

Hughes cruised through the first five innings of his start, before the Blue Jays jumped on him for four straight hits to open the sixth inning. He was pulled from the game, and all four runners came around to score, as he ended up with four earned runs allowed on eight hits and a walk in five innings. He did match a season-high with seven strikeouts, while throwing 60 of 87 pitches for strikes.

Hughes carries a 7.20 ERA and 0-1 record into his fourth start, set for Sunday in Kansas City.


Brandon Morrow exits early in no-decision


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:43 am ET) Blue Jays starting pitcher Brandon Morrow struggled early in his start Tuesday against the Twins, but the offense bailed him out in a 9-3 win.

Morrow couldn't make it through four innings, as he racked up a massive pitch count early. He was ultimately tagged with two runs on four hits and four walks in 3 2/3 innings, while striking out four and throwing 98 pitches.

Morrow took a no-decision as the offense exploded once he left the game. He enters his fourth start, set for Sunday in Cleveland, with a 1-1 record and 5.52 ERA. 


Erik Johnson takes no-decision in first quality start


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:36 am ET) White Sox pitcher Erik Johnson ended snapped out of his early season slide Tuesday, in a 2-1 win over the Red Sox.

Johnson, who entered the game with a 9.58 ERA in his first two starts, allowed just one run in six-plus innings this time around. He was charged with just one run on a solo homer, while allowing three runs and two walks with nine strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings of work.

Despite tossing his first quality start of the season, Johnson had to settle for a no-decision in the 2-1 win. He will look to turn this into a positive trend in his next start, set for Sunday at Texas.


Kirk Nieuwenhuis homers in three-hit debut


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:34 am ET) After being called up to the Mets earlier in the day, outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis went 3 for 5 with a home run and three RBI in his team's 9-0 win over the Diamondbacks Tuesday.

Nieuwenhuis knocked an RBI single in the first inning before smacking a two-run home run in the fourth. He could see regular action over the next few days as the Mets wait for Chris Young to come off the disabled list.


Jake Peavy settles for yet another no-decision


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:32 am ET) Red Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy continues to get very little help from his teammates, as he settled for a no-decision in any quality start Tuesday against the White Sox.

Peavy allowed just one earned run on a solo home run in six innings of work, and  pitched around a spell of wildness. He allowed just three hits to make up for four walks, while striking out eight batters for the second start in a row.

Despite allowing just one run, Peavy settled for his third no-decision in a row, as the Red Sox fell, 2-1. He has a 1.93 ERA in three starts, but has yet to record a win as the Red Sox have scored just six runs total in support.

Peavy will look for his first win in his next start, set for Sunday against the Orioles.