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Astros' Roberto Hernandez allows four earned runs vs. Mariners
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:06 pm ET) Astros pitcher Roberto Hernandez didn't factor into the decision Sunday, giving up five runs (four earned) on eight hits and two walks in six innings while striking out just one in his team's 7-6 victory over the Mariners.

Hernandez was staked to a three-run lead after the first inning but gave up two runs in the third inning to close the gap. His offense tacked on three more runs to give him a 6-2 lead, but he was hit hard in the sixth and seventh innings and left the game without a chance for the win.

Hernandez owns a 4.25 ERA and 17:9 K:BB ratio in 29 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Angels on the road Saturday.


Mariners' J.A. Happ rocked for six runs in no-decision Sunday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:05 pm ET) Mariners pitcher J.A. Happ wasn't a factor in the decision Sunday after giving up six earned runs on seven hits and three walks in six innings while striking out six in his team's 7-6 defeat against the Astros.

Happ served up a three-run home run in the bottom of the first inning to fall behind early, then followed with a two-run homer in the third. After a fourth-inning RBI single pushed the Astros' lead to 6-1, the Mariners starter looked like he would take a loss Sunday, but his offense was able to rally and tie the game in the seventh.

Happ owns a 3.51 ERA and 24:6 K:BB ratio in 33 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the A's Saturday in Houston.


Rangers' Mitch Moreland only had one chip removed from elbow
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4:59 pm ET) Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland had surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow, but when doctors opened him up, there was only one chip to be found. 

Moreland said he had a chip about the size of a watermelon seed removed from his left elbow, per Fox Sports Southwest, and that was the only chip there was.  


Royals' Jeremy Guthrie rocked for six runs vs. Tigers Sunday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4:58 pm ET) Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie took a loss Sunday, giving up six earned runs on 11 hits in six innings while striking out one in his team's 6-4 defeat against the Tigers.

While fellow starter Anibal Sanchez took his bid for a perfect game into the sixth inning, Guthrie (1-2), who was announced as the starter for Sunday at the last minute, was hit hard in the loss, giving up a run in the second inning, three on a bases-loaded single in the fourth and two more on a Miguel Cabrera home run in the fifth.

Guthrie, who has yet to record a quality start this season, owns a 6.52 ERA and 11:10 K:BB ratio in 29 innings. After having his scheduled suffled Sunday, he's now on track to face the Tigers again next weeked, this time in Detroit.


Giants OF Hunter Pence (arm) takes on-field batting practice Sunday
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4:56 pm ET) Giants outfielder Hunter Pence took his first pregame on-field batting practice since breaking his left arm in spring training on Sunday and smacked three home runs, reports MLB.com. 

Pence spent Saturday shagging flies and performing other outfield drills. 

"I'm working every day to get better," Pence said. 

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Pence will take batting practice and other baseball activities this week. 

"The progress he's made the last few days, he's pretty much gotten over the hump, turned the corner," Bochy said. "He's letting it go now." 

Pence is targeted to return to the Giants in late May.


Tigers' Anibal Sanchez allows three runs in win vs. Royals
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4:56 pm ET) Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez picked up a win Sunday, giving up three earned runs on four hits and one walk in 7 1/3 innings while striking out four in his team's 6-4 victory over the Royals.

Sanchez (2-3) was perfect through five innings and held the Royals scoreless through six but was unable to deliver a strong finish, giving up a pair of runs in the seventh inning and being charged with one of the Royals' two runs in the eighth.

Sanchez owns a 5.11 ERA and 35:9 K:BB ratio in 37 innings. He'll square off with the Royals again Saturday, this time at home.


Blue Jays' Drew Hutchison looking to fix mechanics to find slider
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4:56 pm ET) Blue Jays starter Drew Hutchison has struggled this season, and the problem seems to be that his slider has abandoned him. 

"When you look at the shape of the slider right now, there have been a couple of games where he has a little more of the vertical drop and the downward action," pitching coach Pete Walker said, per MLB.com. "For him, it is about staying on top of the baseball and it's about keeping that good depth on his slider … We definitely have to get back to that feel. He definitely had it at the end of last year and we're trying to get back to that right now." 

Walker thinks a tweak to Hutchison's mechanics should help him regain his slider. "His release point right now, we're trying to stay consistent with this slot and get it back to where it was last year," Walker said. "I think there have been times where he's been a little lower. His front hip opens up a little too soon at times and he tends to get around the baseball."


Brewers SS Jean Segura leaves game Sunday after getting HBP in head
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4:49 pm ET) Brewers shortstop Jean Segura was hit in the head with a pitch during Sunday's game in Chicago against the Cubs and has left the game, the team has announced.

Segura initially took his base at first but then called timeout and exited.

Hector Gomez replaced him as a pinch runner.

Segura was 0 for 3 with a strikeout before leaving.

Oswaldo Arcia leaves Twins' game with hip problem
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4:47 pm ET) Twins left fielder Oswaldo Arcia left Sunday's game with right hip irritation, per Fox Sports North

Arcia left for a pinch runner after singling in the fourth inning. 


Athletics' Eric O'Flaherty to get MRI on shoulder
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4:43 pm ET) Athletics LHP Eric O'Flaherty will get an MRI on his shoulder on Sunday, per the Bay Area News Group. The team placed O'Flaherty on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder soreness the day before. 

Results of the MRI should be available on Monday. 


 
 
 
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