James Shields
Padres SP James Shields strikes out 12 in loss Monday
James Shields, SP, SD
1:49 AM
News: Despite striking out 12 batters in just six innings Monday, it was not enough for Padres pitcher James Shields to earn a win.

Shields (2-0) tossed six innings and allowed three runs (one earned) on six hits during Monday's 9-4 loss to the Dodgers. The 12 strike outs were a season high for Shields. He also walked one batter and gave up a solo home run to Jed Lowrie in the fourth inning. He received a no-decsion and his ERA now stands at 2.90

His next scheduled start will be Sunday against the Rockies.

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Brett Anderson
Dodgers Brett Anderson fails to go five innings Monday
Brett Anderson, SP, LAD
1:19 AM
News: Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson was one out shy of completing five innings of work during Monday's win over the Giants. As a result, Anderson earned a no-decision for his effort.

Anderson (1-1) got the first two outs of the fifth inning, but then surrendered a walk and three-consecutive hits before being pulled for the game. It was his second-straight start failing to pitch at least five innings. His ERA now stands at 5.49.

His next projected start will be Sunday against the Diamondbacks.

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Tim Lincecum
Giants SP Tim Lincecum struggles in Monday's loss
Tim Lincecum, SP, SF
1:17 AM
News: Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum failed to pitch past the fourth inning in Monday's loss to the Dodgers.

Lincecum allowed four runs on eight hits over four innings to earn the loss. He struck out two batters and walked three.

Lincecum (1-2) ran into trouble during the third inning, when all four runs against him were scored. Lincecum surrendered five hits and one walk during the inning. He retired the side in the fourth inning, but was pulled after that.

His next projected start is Sunday against the Angels.

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Chase Anderson
D-Backs P Chase Anderson allows 5 runs in loss to Rockies
Chase Anderson, SP, ARI
1:10 AM
News: Diamondbacks pitcher Chase Anderson allowed five earned runs in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the Rockies. 

Anderson gave up eight hits and walked two batters. He struck out four and how has an ERA of 4.24. His next start is projected for Sunday against the Dodgers. 

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Tyler Matzek
Rockies' Tyler Matzek leaves game with hamstring injury
Tyler Matzek, SP, COL
12:06 AM
News: The Rockies announced that Tyler Matzek left Monday's game 5-4 win over the Diamondbacks with a left hamstring cramp, according to The Denver Post.

Matzek went five innings and allowed two earned runs and three walks. He gave up five hits but struck out three batters.

From the plate, he ended going 1 for 3 with a run scored. He's now hitting .429/.429/.571.  

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A.J. Cole
Nationals call up A.J. Cole to start Tuesday against the Braves
A.J. Cole, SP, WAS
4/27/2015
News: The Nationals have called up pitcher A.J. Cole to pitch in Tuesday's game against the Braves, according to MASN Sports.

Washington needed a pitcher to fill in for Max Scherzer, who will be skipped in the rotation while he recovers from a thumb injury. Manager Matt Williams wants to allow Scherzer to get his thumb 100 percent healthy before starting him again. 

Cole has made three starts for Triple-A Syracuse, posting a 2.40 ERA with 10 strikeouts and one walk in 15 innings. The team has yet to make a corresponding roster move.

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John Lackey
Cardinals P John Lackey allows three earned runs in loss
John Lackey, SP, STL
4/27/2015
News: Cardinals pitcher John Lackey had an inconsistent outing during Monday night's 4-1 loss to the Phillies. 

Lackey allowed three earned runs in seven innings of work. Though things could have been worse, he still gave up nine hits. He struck out one batter and walked one. Lackey had a pitch count of 82. 

Lackey's next start is projected for Saturday against the Pirates. 

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Cole Hamels
Phillies P Cole Hamels gets first win of season
Cole Hamels, SP, PHI
4/27/2015
News: Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels recorded his first win of the 2015 season Monday night in a 4-1 victory over the Cardinals. 

Hamels is now 1-2 after allowing just one earned run in seven innings worth of work. Hamels allowed four hits and four walks. He struck out a season-high nine batters during his time in the game. 

Hamels now holds a 3.19 ERA for the season. 

His next start is projected for Saturday against the Marlins. 

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Eric Stults
Braves P Eric Stults picks up second win of season
Eric Stults, SP, ATL
4/27/2015
News: Braves pitcher Eric Stults allowed two earned runs during Monday night's 8-4 victory against the Nationals. 

Stults went 6 1/3 innings and gave up only four hits. He struck out three batters and walked three. Stults improved to 2-1 for the season and now has an ERA of 4.03. Stults threw 96 pitches during his time in the game. 

Stults is projected to have his next start this Saturday against the Reds. 

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Vance Worley
Pirates pitcher Vance Worley drops another decision Monday
Vance Worley, SP, PIT
4/27/2015
News: Pirates pitcher Vance Worley allowed four runs on nine hits in six innings of work in Pittsburgh's 4-0 loss to the Cubs Monday.

Worley's issues came in the third inning with two outs. After walking Dexter Fowler, Worley allowed a single to Jorge Soler to put two on for Anthony Rizzo, who double to center field, bringing home a run. Kris Bryant then ripped an RBI single to center to score two more runs.

Then in the fifth, Bryant came through again with a single to center to bring home another run.

"After the two-out walk, Vance wasn't able to execute pitches he’s been able to execute throughout the young season so far," manager Clint Hurdle said per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "All in all, It's not a bad outing by any means."

Worley, now 2-2, ballooned his ERA to 4.50. He will look to get back on track Sunday against the Cardinals.

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