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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.


Reds 3B Todd Frazier records two hits in loss to Indians
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(12:22 pm ET) Reds third baseman Todd Frazier recorded his 10th multi-hit game of the season in his team's 7-3 loss against the Indians on Friday.

Frazier, who went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI, is hitting .355/.444/.645 in his last nine games.


Angels C Chris Iannetta slugs three-run homer against Red Sox
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(12:17 pm ET) Angels catcher Chris Iannetta belted a three-run home run on Friday in his team's 12-5 win over the Red Sox.

Ianetta's home run was just his second long-ball of the season, but it came in a solid 1 for 3 performance with two walks and three RBI.

Ianetta is hitting .172/.263/.276 with two home runs and nine RBI in 87 at-bats this season.


Athletics 3B Brett Lawrie out of Saturday lineup
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:09 pm ET) Third baseman Brett Lawrie is one of the few hot Athletics, but he is out of the lineup Saturday against the host Rays. Versatile Max Muncy is manning the position instead.

Lawrie is on a five-game hitting streak in which he has eight hits in 20 at-bats. His slash line on the season is .279/.310/.364.


Yankees RP Chris Martin could return to game action next week
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:08 pm ET) Yankees reliever Chris Martin (elbow) had thrown one bullpen session and is expected to throw another one Saturday, manager Joe Girardi told reporters. Martin could be pitching in a game by next week.

Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli homers in loss to Angels
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(12:06 pm ET) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli homered for the fifth time this season in his team's 12-5 loss to the Angels on Friday.

Napoli, who has struggled for most of the season, has two multihit games in his past five games. He went 1 for 3 with an RBI and a walk on Friday.

Napoli is hitting .333/.375/.733 in with two home runs in 15 at-bats in his past four games.


Athletics C Stephen Vogt set to sit Saturday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:05 pm ET) Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt had not received a day off since May 15. He's getting one Saturday at Tampa Bay as Josh Phegley will squat behind the plate instead.

Vogt broke out of his slump Friday night with two hits, including a home run. It ended a 2-for-17 slide and was his first milti-hit game in two weeks.


 
 
 
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