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Angels SS Erick Aybar smashes his first homer of 2015
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:45 pm ET) Angels shortstop Erick Aybar has been raking for three weeks, but he did something Friday night he had not done all year.

He homered.

Aybar blasted off with one aboard to put the cherry on top in a nine-run fifth that buried Boston. He had already walked and scored in the inning.

He has hit safely in 16 of his last 18 games and his .325 slugging percentage is at its highest point since the season opener.


Braves SP Miller looks to continue hot streak in start against Brewers
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(12:40 pm ET) Braves starting pitcher Shelby Miller has been on fire to start the season.

Miller (5-1) will get the start on Saturday against the Brewers, where he will look to extend his excellent start to the season.

Through eight starts, Miller has a 1.33 ERA.


Mariners' McClendon: Hisashi Iwakuma still not close to return
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:39 pm ET) Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma continues to receive treatment for his strained right lat muscle. However, he has yet to resume throwing, per MLB.com.

“I would imagine when we get back he’ll start throwing again and then start his process all over again,” McClendon said. “He’s going to be out awhile.”


Austin Jackson's struggles in minors delaying return to Mariners
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:37 pm ET) Mariners outfielder Austin Jackson played in his sixth rehab game for Triple-A Tacoma on Friday. He went 1 for 5 with three strikeouts.

Jackson is batting .250 (6 for 24) with four walks and seven strikeouts on his rehab assignment. Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon, however, gave no indication Saturday of a specific date for Jackson's return.

“The ankle is feeling good, but the bat isn’t,” McClendon said, per MLB.com. “As of right now, it’s still open.”


Braves LF Jonny Gomes will start against Brewers
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(12:36 pm ET) Braves left fielder Jonny Gomes will start against the Brewers on Saturday.

Gomes will be in the starting lineup for the second time in the team's last three games. He's 2 for 5 in his last two games.


Braves SP Alex Wood feeling better, plans to make next start
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:32 pm ET) Braves right-hander Alex Wood has confirmed that he will make his Wednesday start against the host Dodgers after losing his Friday outing to a virus, 680 The Fan has reported.

Wood, who added that he would be available Saturday out of the bullpen, will probably simply wait until his next start to pitch. He is coming off his finest effort of the year, a seven-inning performance at Miami in which he allowed just one run.


Mariners' McClendon not worried about Fernando Rodney's high ERA
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:31 pm ET) Mariners closer Fernando Rodney has allowed at least one run in five of his six appearances in May, resulting in a 9.00 ERA this month. Despite some shaky outings, Rodney has converted nine straight saves since his only blown save of the season April 14.

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon doesn't appear worried at all about Rodney's high ERA (6.61).

“I don’t think you worry about his ERA much,” McClendon said prior to Saturday’s game, per MLB.com. “A lot of that is inflated from (two early season games). My old skipper told me this a long time ago. Your responsibility as a manager is to get the ball to your closer in the ninth inning. After that, what are you going to do? He either wins it or loses it.”

Rodney entered Friday's game against the Blue Jays with a three-run lead. He allowed two runs on two hits, including a home run, before recording his 11th save.

“He gets those one-run leads, I think he’s a little bit more focused,” McClendon said. “Three-run lead, he’s a little more relaxed. It’s just the animal that most closers are. It’s not just him. I’ve seen it with other guys, too. It gets within one or two and they tighten down."


CF Lorenzo Cain knocks two hits in Royals win
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(12:26 pm ET) Royals centerfielder Lorenzo Cain went 2 for 4 in a 5-0 win over the Cardinals on Friday.

The performance was Cain's 11th multi-hit game of the season, increasing his batting average to .311.


Three-hit effort sends streak of Royals C Salvador Perez to eight
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:26 pm ET) Royals catcher Salvador Perez neither scored a run nor drove one in Friday night against St. Louis. But he had three hits, which is notable because it was his first three-hit game since April 28.

Not that Perez has been cold - quite the contrary. His effort against the Cardinals extended his hitting streak to eight. He is batting .400 during that stretch (10-for-25) with four doubles and a home run. He pushed his average over .300 for the first time in two weeks in the process.


Athletics' Billy Butler has seven multihit games in last 17 outings
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:23 pm ET) Athletics DH Billy Butler singled twice and had one RBI in four at-bats Friday against the Rays. He also struck out once.

Butler has produced seven multihit games in his last 17 appearances. He has a .286/.311/.371/.682 slash line in that span. He also has one home run, three doubles, six runs and 10 RBI in his last 17 games.


 
 
 
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