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Blue Jays activate Michael Saunders from DL, DFA Steve Tolleson
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:26 pm ET) The Blue Jays activated outfielder Michael Saunders off the disabled list following Friday's game at Tampa Bay. Saunders had been sidelined since injuring his knee early in spring training.

To clear a roster spot, infielder Steve Tolleson was desginated for assignment. Tolleson entered play Friday batting .273 with no home runs and two RBI in six games.


Marlins SP Mat Latos allows two runs in 6 1/3 for no-decision
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(10:24 pm ET) Marlins starting pitcher Mat Latos allowed two runs in 6 1/3 innings on Friday for a no-decision against the Nationals.

Latos gave up six hits and struck out four in the outing.

After surrendering seven runs in 2/3 of an inning in his first start, Latos has now allowed six runs over his last 15 1/3 innings (3.58 ERA).

Latos is still winless and will look for his first win on Wednesday against the Mets.

Blue Jays SP R.A. Dickey allows eight runs in loss to Rays
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:19 pm ET) Blue Jays starting pitcher R.A. Dickey had his worst start of the season during a 12-3 loss to the Rays on Friday. The veteran knuckleballer gave up eight runs (seven earned) on nine hits and one walk, while striking out zero batters in 4 2/3 innings.

Dickey (0-2) was pitching with a 2-0 lead when the Rays put up four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. James Loney and Rene Rivera each had a two-run homer.

The Rays then came back in the fifth inning with five more runs. The big hit was an RBI triple by Asdrubal Cabrera.

Dickey had allowed seven runs in 19 1/3 innings in his first three starts. His ERA jumped from 3.26 to 5.25. 

He will make his next scheduled start Wednesday at Boston.


Phillies' Freddy Galvis scores winning run on Braves' passed ball, error
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(10:11 pm ET) The Braves allowed a passed ball and committed an error, their fourth of the game, in the bottom of the ninth inning Friday of a scoreless game to allow the Phillies' Freddy Galvis to score the winning run. 

Braves first baseman Freddy Freeman committed the final miscue in the Braves' loss. 

Galvis went 3 for 4 in the victory.


Mariners GM hints at Roenis Elias filling in for injured Iwakuma
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:07 pm ET) Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik appeared to indicate Friday starting pitcher Roenis Elias will be recalled from Triple-A Tacoma to take the rotation spot of Hisashi Iwakuma, who was slated to start Sunday against the Twins before being placed on the disabled list due to a lat injury.

"I would say the obvious is the obvious," Zduriencik said when asked who will start Sunday, per The Seattle Times.

The 26-year-old Elias is 2-0 with a 8.04 ERA and 1.79 WHIP through three starts for Tacoma. He has struck out 12 and walked seven in 15 2/3 innings.


Phillies' Aaron Harang takes no decision after 8 scoreless innings
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(10:05 pm ET) Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Harang shut out the Braves for eight innings on Wednesday, allowing two hits and striking out six but received zero run support and took a no decision. 

One of the two hits allowed was a double to catcher A.J. Pierzynski. 

With the performance, Harang's ERA on the season was lowered to 1.37. 

Harang returns to the mound for his next start Wednesday in St. Louis.


Braves starter Alex Wood allows 0 runs in 5 2/3 IP for no decision
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(10:03 pm ET) Braves starting pitcher Alex Wood did not allow a run in 5 2/3 innings on Friday for a no decision against the Phillies.

Wood yielded five hits and a walk in the outing.

Wood's next start is set for Wednesday against the Nationals.

Rays pitcher Matt Andriese picks up save in blowout win Friday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:58 pm ET) Rays pitcher Matt Andriese picked up his first career save Friday against the Blue Jays, as he pitched the final three innings of a 12-3 blowout win.

The right-hander allowed his only run on a one-out home run to Justin Smoak in the ninth inning. He gave up two hits and no walks, while striking out one.

Andriese's previous two appearances had been starts.


Yanks' Mark Teixeira connects for a pair of two-run homers on Friday
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(9:56 pm ET) Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira connected for a pair of two-run homers Friday in the Yankees' win over the Mets.

Teixeira now has four home runs in his last five games.

His seven homers on the season puts him second in the American League (Nelos Cruz, 8).

Mets starter Jacob deGrom allows three HRs in loss to Yankees
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(9:55 pm ET) Mets starter Jacob deGrom (2-2) was tagged for six runs, five coming via home runs, on eight hits in five innings on Friday in a loss to the Yankees.

First baseman Mark Teixeira hit two two-run homers and center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury added a solo shot off deGrom.

deGrom did not allow a run during his previous two starts, winning both.

deGrom will look to get back on track Thursday against in his next start against the Nationals.

 
 
 
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