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Tyler Chatwood can't make early lead last
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Rockies starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood received plenty of help in his start against the Giants Wednesday, but could not make it stand up in a 12-10, extra-innings loss.

Chatwood was staked to an early 5-1 lead through two innings, which makes his ultimate failure to make that stand up all the more disappointing. His lead lasted just one inning, as the Giants took him deep twice in the third inning to tie the game.

Chatwood was ultimately charged with five runs on seven hits and four walks in six innings of work. Each run allowed came by way of the longball, as the Giants took him deep three times. Chatwood added five strikeouts, while throwing just 53 of 100 pitches for strikes.

Chatwood has one quality start through three trips to the mound this season, and remains 1-0 with a 4.26 ERA through 19 innings of work. He will look for his second win in his next start, Tuesday in Arizona. 

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Matt Cain hit hard in no-decision
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain was bailed out by the offense Wednesday against the Rockies, but remains winless after the 12-10 extra-innings win.

Cain was in pretty much perpetual trouble early in the start, as the Rockies jumped on him for four runs in the first two innings of work. He settled down for a while after, but was ultimately tagged with seven runs on 10 hits and three walks in six innings of work. He struck out four while throwing 64 of 104 pitches for strikes, and was taken deep twice in the outing. 

Fortunately, Cain avoided his fourth loss as the offenses rallied to win in extras. He is off to a poor start, carrying 4.35 ERA and 0-3 record through his first five starts. Cain will try to get back on track in his next start, set for Tuesday against the Padres.

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Brandon Belt goes deep for No. 7
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Giants first baseman Brandon Belt capped off a solid series in Colorado with his seventh home run of the season Wednesday, in a 12-10 win over the Rockies.

Belt had just one hit in the game, a two-run homer in the seventh inning to give his team a lead. He added one walk later in the game and was able to score, finishing the game 1 for 5 with two runs and two strikeouts.

Belt has slowed down a bit from a hot early start, but is still on pace for solid season. He is hitting .299/.337/.563 through 21 games, with seven home runs, 13 RBI and 14 runs scored. 

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Hunter Pence comes alive in Colorado
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Giants outfielder Hunter Pence continued his recent turnaround with his third multi-hit game in a row Wednesday against the Rockies.

Pence, who opened the series in Coors Field hitting just .181 on the season, went 3 for 4 in the 12-10 win Wednesday. He also added two walks and three runs scored, in the 11-inning victory.

Pence finishes the series in Colorado 7 for 12 overall, with one home run, two doubles and four runs scored. He is hitting .238/.340/.381 on the season.  

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Michael Pineda ejected Wednesday for use of foreign substance
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected from Wednesday's game against the Red Sox for having a foreign substance on his neck.

Pineda was clearly sporting pine tar on his neck, and Boston manager John Farrell stopped the game and asked the umpires to check him for a foreign substance. After ump Gerry Davis touched Pineda's neck and checked his own fingers, he ejected the Yankees starter. Pineda is likely facing a suspension by the league. He gave up two earned runs on four hits in 1 2/3 innings before being tossed. He's scheduled to face the Mariners Tuesday.

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Michael Morse gets on track with two-homer game
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Giants outfielder Michael Morse got his bat going Wednesday, in a 12-10 win over the Rockies.

Morse played a big part in the win, driving in four runs after totaling just one in his previous three games. All four runs came in on a pair of home runs, his fourth and fifth of the season, as he finished the game 2 for 4 at the plate.

Morse has been stuck in a bit of a slump recently, but is now hitting .279/.338/.559 on the season, with five home runs and 15 RBI in 22 games.  

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Hector Sanchez shows rare power
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Giants catcher Hector Sanchez has a well-deserved reputation as a light-hitting reserve, but he turned that script around with a huge performance Wednesday against the Rockies.

Sanchez, who entered the game with just six career home runs in 164 games, slugged two to help the Giants to a 12-10 win. He went deep for a solo home run to give the Giants a lead in the eighth, and then came up with a grand slam in the 11th to give the Giants the win.

He finished the game 2 for 6 with five RBI, the latter of which is a career-high total. He is now hitting .161/.206/.419 on the season.  

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Clayton Kershaw to begin minor-league assignment Friday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

As expected, Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw will begin a minor-league rehab assignment Friday, as he continues to recover from a back injury.

Kershaw is expected to start for Class A Rancho Cucamonga, and will likely throw between 50-55 pitches in his first action, according to the Orange County Register. He will need to make at least one more start beyond that, though it is isn't yet clear just how quickly Kershaw's rehabilitation will move.  

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Aaron Hill's four-hit game lifts Diamondbacks
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

The Diamondbacks got a big boost from infielder Aaron Hill Wednesday, as he provided the margin of victory in a 7-5 win over the Cubs.

Hill came up big late wit his two-run triple in the ninth inning, but he was solid throughout the game. He went 4 for 5 overall with two RBI, though he did not score despite reaching base four times.

Hill has gotten off to a slow start to the season, hitting just .240 through 24 games, though he did raise his batting average 31 points in Wednesday's game. He has one home run and 10 extra-base hits among his 23 hits total. 

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Royals not worried about Aaron Crow's reduced velocity
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Royals pitcher Aaron Crow has averaged 92 mph with his fastball this season, well down from his career average of 94.6 mph, but the team isn't concerned with the reduced velocity, the Kansas City Star reports.

"His velocity is down two or three miles an hour," manager Ned Yost said. "But it’s early in the year, and he’s still building up arm strength. They’re still getting their arms underneath them, if you will."

"I feel fine," Crow said. "I think I’ve learned over the last few years, I mean, it’s great when Greg [Holland] can go out there and blow guys away with 96, 97. But there’s times when I was throwing 95, 96, and it just seems like guys pick it up earlier or something. It didn’t have the same ride on it at the end. I think I’ve been more successful when I’m trying to throw sinkers. Instead of trying to blow it by them."

Crow has yet to allow an earned run in seven innings over nine appearances, striking out four and walking three while surrendering two unearned runs.

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