Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw strikes out 12 Friday
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2:01 am ET) Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw struck out a season-high 12 batters and only walked one during Friday's win over the Rockies.

Kershaw surrendered three runs (one earned) on six hits over six innings of work to earn the win. Kershaw's lone blemish were home runs to Troy Tulowitzki and Charlie Blackmon. He was able to lower his ERA from 5.84 to 4.42. Kershaw (1-1) has yet to throw more than seven innings in any of his three starts this season.

His next expected start will be Wednesday at San Francisco.


Rockies pitcher Kyle Kendrick gives up six runs Friday
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1:46 am ET) Rockies pitcher Kyle Kendrick failed to get past the fifth inning during Friday's loss to the Dodgers.

Kendrick's troubles began in the first inning when Howie Kendrick hit a two-run home run. Kendrick did not surrender a run over the next two innings. However, he gave up one run in the fourth and was pulled in the fifth after giving up two more runs. He ended up with six strike outs and four walks. 

Kendrick (1-2) received the loss for his 4 2/3 innings of work and now has a 7.56 ERA. His next scheduled start is expected to be Wednesday against the Padres.


Diamondbacks SP Josh Collmenter shuts out Giants on Friday
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1:38 am ET) Diamondbacks pitcher Josh Collmenter threw a complete game shutout to defeat the Giants on Friday.

Over the nine innings of work, Collmenter gave up four hits while striking out two and walking one. He is the first pitcher to toss a complete game this season.

Collmenter had failed to get past the fifth inning in each of his previous starts this season and was 0-2 with a 6.52 ERA heading into the game. He was able to lower his ERA to 3.86. He had one complete game shutout during the entire 2014 season.

His next scheduled start is expected to be Friday against the Pirates.


Giants P Jake Peavy fails to get past fourth inning Friday
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1:30 am ET) Giants pitcher Jake Peavy was able to get through the first two innings of Friday's loss to the Diamondbacks without any trouble, but he began to unravel in the third.

Peavy surrendered four hits and three runs during the third inning. He returned for the fourth, but was only able to record two outs before he was taken out of the game.

"I didn't make good pitches. I was plenty good enough to be out there. I've gotta help the team more than I did," he said, per CSN Bay Area. 

Over the 3 2/3 innings of work, Peavy gave up four runs on eight hits. He walked one and struck out two.

Peavy has yet to get past the fourth inning in each of his two starts this season. He is now 0-2 with a 9.39 ERA.

His next scheduled start is expected to be Thursday against the Dodgers


Phillies P Jonathan Pettibone (shoulder) pitches in rehab game
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12:28 am ET) For the first time since undergoing right shoulder surgery last June, Phillies pitcher Jonathan Pettibone was able to pitch in a live game Friday, reports Philly.com.

Pettibone pitched a perfect inning during a rehab assignment Friday in the minor leagues. Pettibone threw 11 pitches and topped out at 87 mph with his fastball.

"I'm just continuing the long process of getting back on the mound and getting back healthy," Pettibone said of his first game. "This is the first step and one of the last steps, so I will get back out there and be ready to go next time."


Reds SP Johnny Cueto is now 0-2 on season
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto fanned 10 batters during Friday's game against the Cardinals, but it was not enough as the Reds fell 6-1.

Cueto surrendered four runs on six hits over seven innings of work and he only walked one. Cueto received the loss for his work and is now 0-2 on the season.

It was his first outing of the season giving up more than one run, but he has pitched seven innings in each of his three starts this season. His ERA rose from 0.64 to 2.14.

His next start is expected to be Wednesday at Milwaukee.


Red excited to have pitcher Homer Bailey (elbow) return on Saturday
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/17/2015) Reds manager Bryan Price is excited to have starter Homer Bailey make his first MLB start since Aug. 7 on Saturday in St. Louis, reports MLB.com.

"It's great. It solidifies our rotation. We need him," Price said. "We need him to be a performer for us. We need him to give us an opportunity to be a better team in this division."

Bailey shut down his season last year to undergo surgery to repair a torn tendon near his right elbow.

Cardinals SP Michael Wacha earns second win of season Friday
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha tossed seven solid innings of work to pick up his second win of the season during Friday's 6-1 win over the Reds.

"Anytime you're going up against a guy like Cueto, you know you're going to have to match zeroes with him," Wacha said, per MLB.com. "That was the mentality going into it."

Over the seven innings, Wacha surrendered five hits and one run, while walking one and striking out four. His lone blemish was a solo home run to Joey Votto.

Despite coming into the game with a 1.42 ERA, Wacha was able to lower it to 1.35. Wacha has yet to allow more than one run in his first two starts of the season and is 2-0. 

His next expected start will be Thursday at Washington.


Braves P Julio Teheran gives up five runs Friday
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Braves pitcher Julio Teheran had his worst outing of the season Friday, but the Braves were able to recover to defeat the Blue Jays 8-7.

Teheran surrendered five runs and seven hits over five innings of work. He was able to strike out four batters and walked two.

"When I got [a] lead, I just wanted to keep my team [in it] to hold the other team, but I wasn't able to," he said, per MLB.com

The long ball was Teheran's downfall Friday. Teheran gave up four home runs to the Blue Jays, including two to Josh Donaldson.

Despite the struggles Friday, Teheran received a no-decision, but his ERA rose from 1.50 to 3.71. Before Friday's start, Teheran had yet to surrender more than one run in his previous two starts.

His next expected start will be Thursday at the New York Mets.


Brewers SP Jimmy Nelson throws five innings in loss Friday
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Brewers pitcher Jimmy Nelson threw five innings and gave up two earned runs during Friday's 6-3 loss to the Pirates.

"I felt like I was able to get more ground balls this outing than last outing, although overall I wasn't quite as sharp," Nelson said, per MLB.com "But you're not going to be sharp every time out."

Nelson surrendered five hits, but he did not walk a batter and he struck out three. The two runs were the first runs he's given up this year. His ERA raised to 1.50 and he is now 1-1 on the season. 

"I know this team has good character. I know we're going to respond to this and learn from it," Nelson said. 

His next expected start will be Wednesday against the Reds.


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