Dan Haren solid in no-decision
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Dodgers starting pitcher Dan Haren
tossed the ball well yet again Thursday against the Phillies, but got little help as he settled for a no-decision in a 7-3 loss.
Haren had little trouble with the Phillies in this outing, as he ran into issues during just one inning. Unfortunately, that was enough, as the Phillies scored three times in the fifth, though only one run was charged to him in that frame.
Haren was charged with just the one earned run in six innings of work, while scattering seven hits and a pair of walks. He struck out a season-high seven, while throwing 71 of 106 pitches for strikes in the no-decision.
Haren is off to a terrific start with the Dodgers, with four quality starts in five trips to the mound. He is 3-0 with a 2.03 ERA entering his next start, set for Wednesday in Minnesota.
Kyle Kendrick settles for no-decision
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Phillies pitcher Kyle Kendrick
fell one out away from a quality start and failed to earn his first win of the season, settling for a no-decision Thursday night against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. The right-hander permitted two runs on 10 hits and one walk while striking out two over 5 2/3 innings of a 7-3 vcitory.
Kendrick owns a 3.52 ERA, a 1.40 WHIP with a 19:7 K:BB ratio over 30 2/3 innings pitched. He'll make his next start Wednesday at home against the Mets.
Dogers leave options open for Clayton Kershaw
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Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told reporters Wednesday Clayton Kershaw
would need two rehab starts before he considers bringing him back into the rotation.
Still, Mattingly would not confirm his rotation for next week's series against the Twins when talking to MLB.com Thursday, appearing to leave the possibility open for an earlier-than-expected return for Kershaw. Kershaw will likely be evaluated after his start for Class A Rancho Cucamonga, which is expected to have a 65-pitch limit.
Kershaw has been out since the season opener with a back injury, and will make his rehab debut Friday, leaving him on schedule to pitch again Wednesday.
Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann
put together a quality start on Thursday, but failed to factor into the decision in a 4-3 defeat in extras. The right-hander allowed three runs on five hits and one walk while striking out five over six innings pitched.
Zimmermann owns a 4.05 ERA, a 1.35 WHIP and a 28:7 K:BB ratio over 26 2/3 innings pitched. He will make his next start Wednesday at Houston.
Andrew Cashner makes rare appearance in outfield
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Padres pitcher Andrew Cashner
became the first pitcher in franchise history to play outfield on Thursday against the Nationals.
Manager Bud Black replaced injured Seth Smith with Cashner at left field, setting himself up for a potential double-switch later in the game. Cashner played the field for one batter before he was replaced by Tommy Medica in a 4-3 win.
"I always wanted to play a position in the big leagues. It was a dream come true," Cashner said, per MLB.com.
Cashner owns a 2.10 ERA and 31:10 K:BB ratio in 34 1/3 innings. He'll make his next start Saturday against the Nationals.
Jhoulys Chacin looks shaky in first Triple-A rehab start
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After making two starts for Class A Modesto, Rockies pitcher Jhoulys Chacin
began his Triple-A rehab assignment Thursday.
Chacin was not as his best, as he allowed four runs -- two earned -- on five hits and one walks while striking out four over 4 2/3 innings pitched. He will likely need at least one more start with the Sky Sox before rejoining the rotation.
Eric Stults can't factor into decision Thursday
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Padres pitcher Eric Stults
was unable to factor into the decision Thursday night against the Nationals.
Making his fifth start of the year, Stults surrendered a sacrifice fly in the third and a solo home run to Danny Espinosa. He was charged with two runs on 10 hits and no walks while striking out three over 5 1/3 innings pitched.
Stults owns a 4.15 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP over 26 innings pitched. He'll make his next start Tuesday at San Francisco.
Josh Johnson goes under the knife
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Padres starting pitcher Josh Johnson
underwent successful season-ending elbow surgery
on Thursday, MLB.com reports. It's Johnson's second Tommy John surgery, and his first since 2007.
Johnson signed a one-year deal worth $8 million with the Padres after posting a 2-8 record with a 6.20 ERA in 16 starts in 2013.
Edwin Jackson loses in first quality start
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Cubs starting pitcher Edwin Jackson
threw the ball well Thursday against the Diamondbacks, but didn't get much help as he dropped his second decision in a 5-2 loss.
Jackson recorded his first quality start of the season, limiting the Diamondbacks to three runs in seven innings of work. He allowed five hits and a pair of walks, but had to settle for the loss, his second of the season. Jackson finished the start with four strikeouts, while throwing 64 of 104 pitches for strikes.
Jackson is off to a rocky start to the season, posting a 5.02 ERA and 1-2 record through five starts. He will try to get back on track in his next start, set for Tuesday in Cincinnati.
Mike Bolsinger picks up first career win vs. Cubs
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Diamondbacks pitcher Mike Bolsinger
got back on track with a dominant outing on Thursday, picking up his first career win at Wrigley Field against the Cubs. The right-hander permitted an unearned run on four hits and two walks while striking out seven over 6 2/3 innings pitched in a 5-2 victory.
As a starter, Bolsinger has allowed six earned runs over 10 2/3 innings in two starts. He owns a 5.27 ERA, a 1.61 WHIP along with a 15:5 K:BB ratio over 13 2/3 innings of work. He'll make his next start Tuesday at home against Colorado.