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Hector Rondon nailed down his fifth save of the season with a perfect ninth inning in Friday's win over the Nationals.

He got Chris Heisey looking, Ben Revere to ground out and Anthony Rendon swinging to close out a two-run victory. Rendon hasn't had many save opportunities because the Cubs have been blowing everyone out, but he's converted all five of his chances and has allowed just four baserunners and on run over 10 1/3 frames. He also boasts a 17/0 K/BB ratio.
May 6 - 5:49 PM

Max Scherzer served up four home runs and allowed seven runs over five frames in Friday's loss to the Cubs.

A little context is needed, as the wind was blowing out at Wrigley Field on Friday. However, Scherzer giving up taters isn't anything new. The eight home runs he's served up this season are the most in the majors, and that's after he allowed 27 dingers last season. The longball is a major reason why Scherzer's ERA now sits at 4.60. He'll try to get back on track next week against his former team, the Tigers, at home.
May 6 - 5:44 PM

Miguel Gonzalez will start for the White Sox on Monday in Texas.

Erik Johnson started Thursday but was optioned back to Triple-A Charlotte after the game. Gonzalez first outing with the Pale Hose didn't go well, as he allowed 11 hits and five runs over 5 1/3 innings. Still, he'll have a chance to stick around for a while with John Danks no longer in the picture.
May 6 - 5:40 PM

Brian Dozier is sitting out Friday due to right hamstring soreness.

Dozier injured himself while exiting the batter's box on Wednesday. He said he could have played Friday, but the decision was made to give him an extra day of rest. Dozier expects to be back in there Saturday. Eduardo Nunez is at second base Friday.
May 6 - 5:38 PM

Brandon McCarthy (elbow) could be ready for a rehab assignment within the next 10-14 days.

The would put him on track potentially to rejoin the Dodgers' rotation by mid-June if all goes well. Working his way back from Tommy John surgery, McCarthy has been throwing off a mound for a while now and is doing well.
May 6 - 5:35 PM

Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder, groin) could be 10-14 days away from beginning a rehab assignment.

Ryu is working his way back from shoulder surgery and had a setback last month when he strained his groin. He's been throwing for a couple weeks now, though, and isn't far from being ready for games. If all goes well, he could rejoin the Dodgers in mid-June.
May 6 - 5:32 PM

Mike Bolsinger (oblique) could begin a rehab assignment within the next 10-14 days.

Bolsinger has been out since late in spring training with a strained oblique, but he's evidently turned a corner of late. He'll be an option for the back-end of the Dodgers' rotation once he's ready, although the club is also slated to get Brandon McCarthy (elbow) and Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder, groin) back before too long.
May 6 - 5:30 PM

Coco Crisp (heel) could be available off the bench on Friday.

Crisp hasn't played since Monday due to a heel issue but is feeling better. He's hitting .208/.293/.389 with three homers and four steals on the season.
May 6 - 5:27 PM
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