Nationals' Max Scherzer: One rough inning leads to fourth loss.
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(9:14 pm ET) Scherzer allowed five runs on three hits, walking four and striking out six over seven innings of a 6-2 loss to the Cardinals on Friday night.

Scherzer (5-4) was literally untouchable for six of the seven innings he pitched in this one. However, after retiring the first hitter in the third inning, he allowed a single, a walk, and a single to load the bases. Matt Holliday then walked to drive in the first run, then Steve Piscotty drilled a grand slam to put Scherzer and the Nats in a 5-0 hole. It would be the only runs and only hits he would give up in the contest, but it would be enough. He can certainly be dominant, but his 4.05 ERA is a reminder that he can also be a bit inconsistent, even within a game. He'll face off against the Phillies on the road in his next outing.

Rockies' Chris Rusin: Start pushed back to Sunday
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(9:10 pm ET) Rusin's next scheduled start has been pushed back to Sunday, Thomas Harding of reports.

Eddie Butler will replace Rusin as a starter for Saturday's matchup. The Rockies endured consecutive poor starts earlier in the week, which resulted in Rusin being made available for relief Thursday. He then had to push his side session back to Friday. After giving up just three runs through 16 innings in April, Rusin has struggled in May with a 5.66 ERA.

Rockies' Eddie Butler: Will start Saturday
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(9:02 pm ET) Butler will take the mound Saturday against the Giants, Thomas Harding of reports.

Butler was originally slated to pitch Sunday, but he will not draw the start Saturday. The move was made because the Rockes opted to push Chris Rusin back a day. Butler sports a 3.58 ERA on the year.

Giants' Matt Cain: Exits with apparent injury Friday
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(8:58 pm ET) Cain exited Friday's game in the second inning with an undisclosed injury, Thomas Harding of reports.

Cain was attempting to finish the second inning when he was forced to leave. He threw a pitch then simply turned to the dugout and shook his head. He was replaced by Albert Suarez. Cain had only given up one hit in 1.2 innings pitched. Expect an update when more information is made available.

Braves' Erick Aybar: Exit's Friday's game early
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(8:14 pm ET) Aybar left Friday's game in the fifth inning after being hit by a pitch, David O'Brien of Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Aybar was 0-for-1 prior to leaving the game. He was replaced in the lineup by Daniel Castro. His status for Saturday's matchup is up in the air. Expect an update when more information becomes available.

Cubs' David Ross: Launches 100th career homer in Cubs' win
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(7:00 pm ET) Ross was 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in the Cubs' victory over the Phillies on Friday afternoon.

A positive presence on the field and in the clubhouse, the veteran backstop now has four home runs and 17 RBI to go with a respectable .254 average. He's one of those guys who is a huge asset to his MLB team, but simply doesn't get enough at bats to provide much help to a fantasy team.

Cubs' Jorge Soler: Sparks Cubs' offense in win over Philadelphia
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(6:48 pm ET) Soler was 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in the Cubs' win over Philadelphia on Friday afternoon.

He got things started with a run-scoring single in the first inning, and then helped ignite a four-run fourth inning with a solo home run, his fifth of the season. Unfortunately, he also struck out twice, certainly a contributing factor in his disappointing .214 average.

Cubs' Jon Lester: Bounces back in win over Phillies
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(6:24 pm ET) Lester allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits, walking two and striking out seven over 6.1 innings of a 6-2 win against Philadelphia on Friday afternoon.

Lester (5-3) was coming off his worst outing of the year - five runs in 2.2 innings against the Giants - but he bounced back nicely, and kept the Phillies in check while tossing 69 of 105 pitches for strikes. He dropped his ERA back to 2.48 on the year, and will look to continue his winning ways when he takes on the Dodgers in Chicago next time out.

Phillies' Adam Morgan: Battered in 6-2 loss to Cubs
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(6:14 pm ET) Morgan allowed six runs on eight hits, walking one and striking out three over four innings of a 6-2 loss to the Cubs on Friday afternoon.

Morgan (1-3) needed 93 pitches (60 for strikes) to complete the four innings, so he was actually getting too much of the strike zone rather than missing. Unfortunately, that lead to three of the hits leaving Wrigley Field as his ERA soared to an unsightly 6.67 on the season. His next scheduled start will come at home against the Nationals, but he is a risky play at best in fantasy circles.

Giants' Brandon Belt: Expected to return Saturday
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(6:10 pm ET) Belt (ankle) is expected to return to the lineup for Saturday's matchup with the Rockies, Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News reports.

Belt suffered a mild ankle sprain Wednesday, which will cause him to sit out of Friday's series opener. Fortunately, manager Bruce Bochy indicated that he expects Belt to start Saturday. He has been mired in a bit slump recently with just two hits in his last 24 at-bats.

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