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Ernesto Frieri blew his first save of the season by coughing up John Jaso's two-run ninth-inning homer in Monday's 3-2 loss to the A's.

Frieri allowed a leadoff single to Josh Donaldson, retired Yoenis Cespedes on a fly out in which Cespedes thought he had called time, and then got careless up in the zone with Jaso, who blasted a no-doubter out to right. The closer proceeded to cough up singles to Alberto Callaspo and Nick Punto before Mike Scioscia yanked him to boos (Jose Alvarez escaped the inning with no further damage inflicted). Angels fans are calling for Frieri's head already, but they should keep in mind that he was 37-for-41 in save opportunities last year (albeit it with a poor 3.80 ERA and 1.24 WHIP). Besides, he entered tonight having allowed only one baserunner over four consecutive scoreless frames. Joe Smith isn't going to leapfrog him tomorrow, but Frieri is advised to cut down on that 6.75 ERA next time out.
Tue, Apr 15, 2014 01:15:00 AM

Carlos Martinez held the Reds scoreless for six innings but had to settle for a no-decision in his team's 4-3 victory on Saturday.

He struck out seven batters and walked three while surrendering just three base hits -- all singles. He left with a 3-0 lead but his bullpen blew that to deprive him of the win. Martinez has been masterful his last four times out after struggling in his Opening Day start. He has two wins and one loss with an elite 1.42 ERA in five starts. He's generated 37 strikeouts and allowed just one homer in 31 2/3 innings. The only concern is his 17 walks. His next outing is scheduled for Friday in Pittsburgh.
Apr 21 - 5:55 PM

Jake Lamb (shoulder) could travel with the team to Philadelphia for their upcoming road trip, manager Torey Lovullo said Saturday.

The team heads to Philly after wrapping up their series with the Padres on Sunday, so that suggests Lamb is very close to a return. He's been out since April 3 with an AC sprain in his left shoulder. It would be a welcome return for the D'backs, who have been leaning on Deven Marrero and Daniel Descalso at third in Lamb's absence.
Apr 21 - 5:38 PM

Wil Myers is not in the Padres' lineup for Saturday's game against the Diamondbacks.

It's an expected day off for the outfielder, who played three straight minor league rehab games before returning for Friday's win over the Diamondbacks. He's expected to be back in there Sunday. With Manuel Margot back and in center field, Franchy Cordero slides over to right with Jose Pirela in left Saturday.
Apr 21 - 5:04 PM

Byron Buxton (migraines) took batting practice Saturday for the first time since going on the disabled list.

That's a positive sign, especially after manager Paul Molitor said Friday that Buxton was showing "slight improvement." It will still likely be a process for Buxton to return, with more baseball activities and possibly a rehab assignment still to come, but being able to take BP suggests he's turned or is close to turning a corner. Buxton hasn't played since April 15 due to the migraines, which he suffered on the Twins' trip to San Juan.
Apr 21 - 5:00 PM

Corey Knebel (hamstring) threw off a mound Saturday for the first time since going on the disabled list.

The Brewers will proceed with caution, according to manager Craig Counsell, because Knebel's hamstring injury came while pitching. That likely means more bullpen sessions than perhaps is custom for such an injury. With that said, there's still no clear timetable on a possible return, but Saturday was a positive step.
Apr 21 - 4:54 PM

Padres activated Manuel Margot from the 10-day disabled list.

Margot missed the minimum after being hit in the ribs by a 95 mph fastball during a game in Colorado. The move is well-timed, as fellow outfielder Hunter Renfroe hit the DL Saturday with elbow inflammation. Margot has struggled out of the gate but there's plenty of season left, and hopes are still high for his sophomore campaign after a promising rookie year.
Apr 21 - 4:49 PM

Delino DeShields (hand) remained on a rehab assignment Saturday, serving as the designated hitter for Double-A Frisco's game Saturday.

There was some thought that DeShields would return Saturday after playing with Frisco Thursday and Friday, but he'll get at least one more game in the minors before being reinstated. He's so far ahead of schedule that another day isn't any cause for concern. He's got three hits in six at-bats with a run scored through two rehab appearances.
Apr 21 - 4:17 PM

Aaron Judge blasted his sixth home run of the season on Saturday, powering the Yankees to a 9-1 victory over the Blue Jays.

Judge, who entered the contest with a terrific history against Marcus Stroman, tagged the right-hander for a towering blast into the third deck in left field to get the Yankees on the board in the third inning. He capped off the game's scoring with an RBI single in the sixth. Judge finished the afternoon 2-for-4 plus a walk with two runs scored and three RBI. He's now hitting a sizzling .338/.472/.634 with six long balls, 15 RBI and two stolen bases.
Apr 21 - 4:13 PM

Mets manager Mickey Callaway announced Saturday that Matt Harvey will be moved to the bullpen.

With Jason Vargas returning to the rotation, the Mets had to move somebody out, and Harvey and his 6.00 ERA are the choice. The move wasn't entirely out of the blue, as Callaway said his spot would be reassessed after he allowed six runs in six innings in a loss to the Braves on Saturday. Injuries have dimmed his bright future, and while he could be an effective reliever, his days of being a frontline starter are likely over.
Apr 21 - 4:05 PM

Tommy Pham is absent from the Cardinals' starting lineup on Saturday.

Pham returned to the lineup on Friday after missing a few games with a groin injury, but it appears that the Cardinals are going to play it safe and ease him back into action. Harrison Bader is starting in center field and batting eighth for the Cardinals.
Apr 21 - 10:56 AM

Mitch Moreland had just one hit over four at-bats in Friday's 7-3 win at Oakland, but the hit was good for a grand slam.

Moreland's bases-clearing homer came off of Emilio Pagan in the sixth inning and it was the big blow to break a 3-3 tie. He is slashing .333/.400/.615, doing a good job in the middle of a powerful Red Sox lineup. Moreland is expected to remain a part-time player for now, but if he stays hot he could force his way into the lineup on a more frequent basis.
Apr 21 - 2:31 AM




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