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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.


Red excited to have pitcher Homer Bailey (elbow) return on Saturday
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/17/2015) Reds manager Bryan Price is excited to have starter Homer Bailey make his first MLB start since Aug. 7 on Saturday in St. Louis, reports MLB.com.

"It's great. It solidifies our rotation. We need him," Price said. "We need him to be a performer for us. We need him to give us an opportunity to be a better team in this division."

Bailey shut down his season last year to undergo surgery to repair a torn tendon near his right elbow.

Cardinals RP Kevin Siegrist earns first save of season Friday
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Cardinals pitcher Kevin Siegrist entered the eighth inning of Friday's win over the Reds with a 4-1 lead.

Siegrist pitched a scoreless eighth inning before the Cardinals scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Siegrist remained in the game for the ninth inning and he was able to record the last three outs to earn his first save of the season.

In four appearances this season, Siegrist has yet to surrender a run over 2 1/3 innings.


 
 
 
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