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Angels closer Huston Street improves to 6 for 6 in save chances
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:13 am ET) Angels closer Huston Street ran into some trouble in the ninth inning Friday against the Rangers. However, he still successfully closed out the 3-2 win for his sixth save.

Street opened the inning with two quick outs. However, he then walked the next two batters. Luckily, both runners were stranded as Elvis Andrus grounded out to end the game.

Street had one strikeout. He has not allowed a run in six innings this season.


Pirates closer Mark Melancon sets down three pinch hitters for save
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(1:11 am ET) Closer Mark Melancon (S, 4) set down the Diamondbacks in order in the ninth inning on Friday to earn the save in the Pirates' victory.

All three batters Melancon retired were pinch hitters.

Angels SP Garrett Richards earns first win thanks to late rally
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:09 am ET) A late rally by the Angels lifted starting pitcher Garrett Richards to his first win of the season in his second start Friday against the Rangers. He allowed two runs on three hits and three walks, while striking out five in seven innings.

Richards (1-1) opened the game with two scoreless innings before Mitch Moreland had an RBI groundout in the third inning. Prince Fielder followed with a two-out RBI single to put Texas ahead 2-0.

Richards would settle down after the Fielder RBI hit to retire the next eight batters before Fielder had another single in the sixth inning. Richards getting on track allowed Los Angeles to take a 3-2 lead in the seventh, which ended up being the final score and giving the right-hander the win.

Richards is slated to make his next start Thursday at Oakland.


Wandy Rodriguez sharp in Rangers debut Friday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:04 am ET) Starting pitcher Wandy Rodriguez was sharp in his Rangers debut Friday against the Angels. Unfortunately, the bullpen did him no favors, as he took a no-decision.

The left-hander allowed just one run on five hits and three walks in five innings. He struck out five and left with a 2-1 lead. However, his win came off the board as Los Angeles went ahead 3-2 in the seventh inning.

The only run Rodriguez allowed came on Chris Iannetta's sac fly in the fourth inning. He threw 52 of 89 pitches for strikes.

Rodriguez will make his next start Wednesday against the Mariners.


White Sox 1B Jose Abreu survives a bit of an injury scare Friday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:51 am ET) White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu gave the front office and coaching staff a scare Friday when he did a body slam into the infield dirt following a rundown in the third inning. Abreu laid motionless for a few moments after tripping over Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar at second base.

“When he ran down, I think he landed on the foot of the base on his ribs,” manager Robin Ventura said, per ESPN. “It kind of knocked the wind out him, and it was cold. At first I thought it was his wrist or something like that. I think there were a lot of things going on at the same time.”

Ventura added he had "a heart attack" when he saw his star first baseman lying on the ground.

“I'm just glad he's fine. Once he got over that, you could tell he was fine," Ventura said.

Abreu, who stayed in the game, went 2 for 4 before the game was suspended after eight innings due to inclement weather. It is expected to resume Saturday afternoon.

The 2014 AL Rookie of the Year is batting .317 with five home runs and 13 RBI.


Dodgers' Yasiel Puig re-aggravates hamstring, exits Friday's game
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(12:49 am ET) Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig left Friday's game in San Diego after re-aggravating his left hamstring, reports MLB.com

Puig had sat out four of the Dodgers' last eight games with the hamstring isue.

His is status for Saturday is questionable.


D-Backs SP Josh Collmenter throws six solid innings in loss
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(12:33 am ET) Diamondbacks starter Josh Collmenter (1-3) gave up three runs on six hits in six innings on Friday in a loss to the Pirates.

Collmenter gave up the runs in the first two innings, surrendering an RBI single to Neil Walker and a two-run double to Josh Harrison. 

Collmenter's next start is set for Wednesday against the Rockies.


Twins SP Phil Hughes suffers complete-game loss Friday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:30 am ET) Twins starting pitcher Phil Hughes had his finest start of the season Friday at Seattle and was deserving of his first win. Unfortunately, Hughes was opposing Mariners ace Felix Hernandez, who was just that much better in a 2-0 win for Seattle.

Hughes (0-4) allowed just two runs on six hits and no walks in eight innings, while striking out nine. However, Hernandez threw a five-hit, complete-game shutout. He also had nine strikeouts.

Hughes' only mistakes Friday were solo home runs to Nelson Cruz and Logan Morrison. Despite the loss, he lowered his ERA from 5.30 to 4.39.

The right-hander had his fourth-career complete game Friday. He will look for his first win in his next scheduled start Wednesday vs. Detroit.


Pirates starter Gerrit Cole keeps rolling with win on Friday
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(12:30 am ET) Pirates starter Gerrit Cole (3-0) allowed one earned run and struck out seven in seven innings on Friday to defeat the Diamondbacks.

After taking a no decision in his first start this year, Cole has won three starts in a row.

Cole returns to the mound for his next scheduled start Wednesday in Chicago against the Cubs.

Mariners ace Felix Hernandez throws complete-game gem Friday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:25 am ET) Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez threw his 10th-career complete-game shutout during a 2-0 win Friday against the Twins. Hernandez, who also had his 24th career complete game, allowed five hits and no walks, while striking out nine.

Hernandez (3-0) was dialed in from the start Friday. He struck out the side in the first inning and didn't allow his first hit until Trevor Plouffe's two-out single in the fifth inning.

Hernandez put two baserunners on in the sixth and seventh innings, but he escaped both jams unscathed. He retired the final seven batters he faced.

"When I started the game, I knew I had it," Hernandez said of his performance, per the Pioneer Press. "I had the stuff to throw a perfect game, but it didn’t happen."

The Mariners ace threw 73 of 102 pitches for strikes. He lowered his ERA to 1.61. He will be back on the mound Wednesday at Texas.


 
 
 
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