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Nick Ahmed played hero role in extra-inning win versus Cubs
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(10:10 am ET) Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed was the unlikely hero on Friday night. But unlikely or not, Ahmed's single in the 13th inning gave the Diamondbacks a 5-4 win over the Cubs.

Ahmed, who entered the game batting .194, went 3 for 6 with a home run and two RBI.

''I made some improvements, made some adjustments,'' Ahmed said. ''I'm starting to put the bat on the ball, starting to see it a lot better. The coaches here have been awesome - (hitting coach) Turner Ward and (assistant hitting coach) Mark Grace, and even my teammates here, they just stick with me, stay behind me, keep instilling confidence in me even though I'm struggling. That helped a lot.''

Ahmed is hitting .212/.281/.260 with a home run and eight RBI in 104 at-bats this season.


Royals' Chris Young making strong case to remain in rotation
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:10 am ET) Royals veteran pitcher Chris Young turned in another outstanding performance Friday against the Cardinals, improving to 3-0 with a 0.40 ERA in four starts this season.

Young still could head back to the bullpen once Jason Vargas returns from an elbow injury, but manager Ned Yost said it's too early to make any decisions or assumptions

"I'm not even going there," Yost said, per MLB.com. "Nice try, though. When we get to the point where we have to make a decision, we'll do it like we always do. We'll sit down with the coaches, with [general manager] Dayton [Moore] and do what's right."

Young seems fine with whatever role the Royals ask of him.

"It doesn't matter to me," he said. "One thing the bullpen taught me is to make one good pitch at a time, take care of one batter at a time. The numbers all even out through time. I'm not worried or concerned about that. I just like the element of competition of being out there."


Diamondbacks' Pollock hits safely four times in win
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(10:03 am ET) Diamondbacks centerfielder A.J. Pollock could not be stopped in his team's 5-4 win against the Cubs on Friday.

Pollock went 4 of 6 with a double and a triple. Pollock's double came in the 10th inning with the Diamondbacks trailing the Cubs. Teammate Paul Goldschmidt followed up the double with a game-tying two-run homer.

Pollock is hitting .625/.647/1.063 with a home run and three RBI in his last four games.


Tigers' Ausmus using RP Alex Wilson in a variety of situations
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:57 am ET) Since his recall from the minors in late April, Tigers reliever Alex Wilson has quietly put together a nice string of outings. He is 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA in 10 appearances.

"I can't really give you his role because I use him all over the place," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Thursday, per MLive.com. "He can pitch -- he was going to go back out for the next inning [Thursday against the Astros] if we don't score, so he would have been out for a third -- long like that, he can get a couple of righties out if we need it in the seventh or eighth. He doesn't seem to be bothered by the tight game, so he's got a lot of versatility."

Wilson's two-inning outing Thursday was the sixth time this season he has pitched longer than an inning and the fourth time he's gone at least two frames.

"Ya know, I'm just doing what I can," Wilson said. "I'm a grinder -- that's what I've always done. I feel like there is a little bit of a role, I am kind of the long guy, but the kind of guy you can throw in and try and get a couple of ground ball or couple quick outs if need be. I'm OK with being the swingman of the bullpen, I could you could call it. But I'm happy with it."


Starlin Castro knocks two hits against Diamondbacks
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(9:55 am ET) Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro recorded two hits in his team's 5-4 loss to the Diamondbacks on Friday.

Castro went 2 for 6 with a double and an RBI. He is hitting .274/.305/.351 for the season with three home runs and 24 RBI in 168 at-bats.


Cubs' Lester goes seven innings in no-decision
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(9:50 am ET) Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester tossed seven innings and allowed two earned runs in a no-decision on Friday against the Diamondbacks.

The outing was Lester's first no-decision since April 24, he had produced four consecutive wins May before Friday. Lester recorded four strikeouts while allowing five hits and walking two batters.

Lester has posted a 3.56 ERA this season in 55.2 innings.


A's place OF Coco Crisp (neck) on 15-day DL
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:50 am ET) The Athletics placed outfielder Coco Crisp on the 15-day disabled list Saturday due to a neck injury. Starting pitcher Kendall Graveman was recalled from Triple-A Nashville to take Crisp's spot on the roster.

Crisp, who has not played since May 19, will not have surgery because the operation could potentially end his career. The veteran outfielder has struggled in 2015, batting just .044 (2 for 45) in 13 games.


Diamondbacks' Collmenter allows two earned runs against Cubs
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(9:43 am ET) Diamondbacks pitcher Josh Collmenter allowed two earned runs during Friday night's extra-inning game against the Cubs.

Collmenter struck out four batters and walked one during the five innings of work he put in. He gave up six hits, which matched the total he allowed in his previous start on May 17. Collmenter's performance Friday night was his best since an April 29 outing against the Rockies, when he went through eight innings without allowing a run. After Friday's game against the Cubs, he now has an ERA of 5.19.

After giving up 18 earned runs in his previous three games, Collmenter's game against the Cubs was a nice turnaround for the 29-year-old right-hander.

Collmenter's next start is scheduled for May 27 against the Cardinals.


Rangers' Tolleson was unavailable Friday after back-to-back saves
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:39 am ET) Rangers reliever Ross Ohlendorf recorded his first career save Friday against the Yankees after reliever Shawn Tolleson picked up saves Wednesday and Thursday against the Red Sox. Tolleson needed 38 pitches to get through his two save chances against Boston, which is why he was unavailable Friday.

"More than anything else, Tolleson was down because he had pitched back-to-back games and we didn't want to use him a third game," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said, per MLB.com.

Tolleson and Ohlendorf have closed out games for the Rangers since Neftali Feliz was removed as closer following his third blown save last Saturday against the Indians.


Diamondbacks 1B Goldschmidt homers against Cubs
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(9:37 am ET) Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt made good use of the extra rest he got on Thursday. The slugger, who sat out Thursday's game due to rest, went 3 for 5 with a home run and three RBI in his team's 5-4 win against the Cubs on Friday.

Goldschmidt tied the game with a two-run home run in the 10th inning off Cubs' closer Hector Rondon.

In 41 games, Goldschmidt is hitting .331/.429/.623 with 11 home runs and 35 RBI in 151 at-bats.


 
 
 
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