Phillies' Jerome Williams earns first win of season
Williams allowed three runs, two earned, in six innings. He gave up eight hits, including a solo home run to Giancarlo Stanton. Williams walked one, while striking out six.
Williams had 59 strikes in 94 pitches, while lowering his ERA to 3.71. His next start is schedule for Sunday, against Atlanta and Trevor Cahill.
Indians manager Terry Francona will stick with Cody Allen as closer
"The last thing we want is to have chaos at the end of the bullpen," said manager Terry Francona. "That doesn't help anybody."
Allen gave up four runs in the ninth inning Monday with Cleveland up 3-0 after seven scoreless from starter Trevor Bauer.
"Cody is about as trustworthy and dependable as anyone we have," said Francona. "Monday night wasn't a lot of fun, but if there's anybody we believe in, he's right at the top of the list.
"I hope so bad that we have a lead tonight and we can give it back to him. When you believe in somebody that much, some nights hurt. . . I think we believe in him so much, he'll be OK."
Allen is 0-2 this season with an 18.00 ERA and has three saves in four opportunities.
Athletics' Sean Nolin expected to begin rehab assignment Wednesday
Nolin, who is currently on the 15-day DL with a hernia, is scheduled to throw a bullpen session as well as Wednesday and if everything goes well, he will head to Nashville. Nolin has appeared in just two games in the last two seasons, allowing seven runs in 2 1/3 innings of work.
Phillies plan to use all 20 days of Domonic Brown's injury rehab
Brown is rehabbing an inflamed Achilles that has kept him out this season. The team plans to use all 20 days of Brown's rehab, which would take him through next Tuesday.
"It's kind of up to him when he finds his stride to get hot with the bat," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said, per MLB.com. "I think that would be important for him."
Brown was hitting .200 at Class A at the start of his rehab assigment.
Giants to go with Ryan Vogelsong or Yusmeiro Petit Thursday
Bochy wants to see how Tuesday and Wednesday play out before naming his starter, but is expected to choose either
Vogelsong has made one start this season with a 10.45 ERA in three appearances. Petit has made five appearances this season with a 4.91 ERA in 7 1/3 innings.
Giants C Buster Posey breaks out of normal routine with early BP
"He did some work off a tee today to get a couple things figured out," manager Bruce Bochy said. "You don't see it a lot, but I know Buster is trying. These guys are really trying. That goes with the territory."
Posey has only four hits over his last 24 at-bats. Two of Posey's four hits over that seven-game span are home runs. He has driven in six runs over first 14 games.
Twins pitcher Brian Duensing to begin soft tossing Wednesday
Duensing, who is dealing with an intercostal or abdominal strain, has yet to have a setback with his recovery. He is currently on the 15-day DL with the injury, but is not expected to be back with the team until mid-May. Duensing has one save this year in 3 2/3 innings with a 7.36 ERA.
Rays 2B Ryan Brett leaves Tuesday's game with shoulder injury
The injury, officially diagnosed as a subluxation, occurred while Brett was in the process of getting picked off as a runner at first base.
Giants' Hunter Pence hitting off tee, won't return by May 1
"He's got to go through hitting off a tee, soft toss, all the boxes he's got to check off," manager Bruce Bochy said, per the San Francisco Chronicle.
Pence was initially expected to be back by May 1, but it appears that he'll miss that date. "I'd say it's fair to say," Bochy said.
Catcher Kevin Plawecki ready to start for Mets
"Given Travis' injury, it's not an ideal situation, not the way I really expected to come up," Plawecki said, per NJ.com. "But I'm here, I'm happy to be here, and I'm happy to be part of this team."
Manager Terry Collins told Plawecki not to put too much pressure on himself for his debut.
"I talked to him earlier, and I told him the one thing is there's a lot on his plate today, and the main thing is just to be himself," Collins said. "Just go out there and have some fun. We'll help him get through certain situations .. because there's an awful lot to learn in your first day."
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