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Mets prospect Steven Matz flirts with no-hitter vs. Triple-A Reno
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:08 am ET) Mets starting pitcher prospect Steven Matz enjoyed his best start to date on Friday, taking a no-hitter into the seventh before Nick Evans singled with two outs in the inning. He permitted two hits and a walk while striking out five over seven scoreless innings of Las Vegas' 12-0 win over Reno in Triple-A action.

Matz lowered his ERA to 2.01 on the season.


Athletics OF Coco Crisp takes dry swings, plays catch Friday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9:47 am ET) Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp took dry swings and played catch prior to Friday's loss to Houston. Crisp was placed on the 15-day disabled list after having April elbow surgery and remains without a timetable for return, according to the Associated Press. 

Rajai Davis gets the start over Anthony Gose vs. Trevor Bauer
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9:41 am ET) Tigers center fielder Anthony Gose received a day of rest as Rajai Davis will get the start Saturday against Trevor Bauer and the Indians, according to MLB.com. Davis will bat at the leadoff spot, and is 2 for 9 with a home run, a walk and a strikeout in his career against Bauer.

Right-handed hitters are 4 for 30 (.133) with 17 strikeouts against Bauer.


Phillies' Jonathan Papelbon dealing with an illness
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9:07 am ET) Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon was unavailable Friday night against the Braves due to an illness, reports MLB.com.

Papelbon, who said earlier this week he would be disappointed if the Phillies continue to lose and don't trade him to a contender, has struck out six and allowed only one baserunner over 6 1/3 scoreless frames to start the season. He has converted all three of his save chances and holds a 1.15 FIP.


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.


Dodgers reliever Yimi Garcia picks up first save of season
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(1:45 am ET) Dodgers reliever Yimi Garcia (S, 1) tossed a perfect ninth inning against the Padres on Friday to earn his first save of the season.

Garcia struck out two of the three batters he faced.

Garcia has now allowed just one run in 9 2/3 innings (0.93 ERA) this season.

Padres' Andrew Cashner tosses seven strong innings but takes loss
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(1:36 am ET) Padres starter Andrew Cashner (1-3) gave up two runs on six hits in seven innings on Friday but suffered the loss against the Dodgers.

Cashner gave up a home run to Carl Crawford, the left fielder's first of the season.

Cashner struck out six and walked one in the defeat.

Cashner's next start is scheduled for Wednesday against the Astros.

 
 
 
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