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Francisco Rodriguez tossed a soreless ninth inning against the Pirates on Friday, earning his fifth save of the season.

The 32-year-old right-hander has been nothing short of dominant since taking over the closer's role from Jim Henderson an interim basis. He hasn't allowed a run in eight innings on the year, while posting a 0.62 WHIP and 13/2 K/BB ratio. There's no reason to believe that Jim Henderson will win his job back anytime soon.
Apr 18 - 10:19 PM

Kyle Lohse allowed three runs (one earned) in 6 1/3 innings on Friday, defeating the Pirates en route to his third victory on the young season.

Lohse allowed four hits and three walks while striking out five on the evening. The often underrated and overlooked right-hander now sits at 3-1 on the year with a 2.67 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 26/10 K/BB ratio in 27 frames. He’ll look to continue his dominance on Wednesday when he does battle against the Padres in Milwaukee.
Apr 18 - 10:16 PM

Russell Martin had a nice night at the dish in Friday’s loss to the Brewers, going 2-for-4 with a walk and a pair of RBI.

He got the Buccos on the board with an RBI groundout in the first inning and added an RBI single in the third to increase the advantage to 2-0. He’s off to a terrific start, hitting .292/.375/.438 with two homers and 11 RBI in his first 12 games. While he won’t continue at this pace, fantasy owners should continue to ride him while he’s hot.
Apr 18 - 10:15 PM

Pedro Alvarez had a rough day at the office in Friday’s loss to the Brewers, going 0-for-5 with a pair of strikeouts.

He also left seven runners on base, which isn’t what the Pirates are looking for from their biggest run producer. Though he does have six homers and 13 RBI on the season, he’s slashing a putrid .175/.297/.476.
Apr 18 - 10:15 PM

Charlie Morton had a rough outing in Friday’s loss to the Brewers, surrendering five runs on eight hits in his six innings of work.

Morton walked a pair while striking out three on the night. Most of the damage came during a three-run uprising in the third inning, highlighted by a two-run double by Scooter Gennett. Morton, still winless on the season, will carry a 4.32 ERA and 1.32 WHIP into Wednesday’s start against the Reds at home.
Apr 18 - 10:14 PM

Gio Gonzalez limited the Cardinals to just one run over seven innings Friday in a 3-1 win.

Nice to see after he was knocked around for six runs last time out. Gonzalez gave up just four hits (three of them singles) and one walk. The only run scored on an RBI single by Mark Ellis in the fourth inning. He struck out seven batters in the victory. Gonzalez now owns a 2.88 ERA and 24/8 K/BB ratio in 25 innings across four starts. He'll get the Angels next week.
Apr 18 - 10:02 PM

Rafael Soriano pitched a scoreless innings against the Cardinals on Friday for his fourth save of the season.

Soriano issued a one-out walk to Mark Ellis, but he was able to get Shane Robinson to ground into a double play to end it. The veteran right-hander hander has a 10/1 K/BB ratio over seven scoreless frames so far this season.
Apr 18 - 10:02 PM

Michael Wacha took the loss Friday after giving up three runs -- one earned -- over seven innings against the Nationals.

The Nationals pulled ahead in the bottom of the seventh inning after Wacha threw a wild pitch and Yadier Molina made a throwing error. Rough way to lose. Wacha gave up five hits (including a solo home run) and no walks while fanning seven batters. The 22-year-old owns a 1.73 ERA and 25/3 K/BB ratio in 26 innings across his first four starts, so he has been worthy of the hype early on.
Apr 18 - 10:01 PM
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