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Jason Grilli blows save opportunity Saturday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Pirates closer Jason Grilli couldn't convert a save opportunity Saturday, giving up two earned runs on two hits while striking out one in an inning of work in his team's 8-7 loss to the Brewers.

Grilli (0-1) served up Ryan Braun's second home run of the game Saturday, leading to his second blown save of the season. He owns four saves, a 3.86 ERA and 6:4 K:BB ratio in seven innings.

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Wandy Rodriguez pulled after four innings Saturday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Pirates pitcher Wandy Rodriguez threw just 66 pitches Saturday, giving up four earned runs on six hits and one walk in four innings while striking out three in his team's 8-7 loss to the Brewers.

Rodriguez didn't factor into the decision in the high-scoring game, and he's still looking to find his lost velocity as his fastball sat in the high 80s. He's posted a 7.65 ERA and 16:6 K:BB ratio in 20 innings. He is scheduled to take on the Reds at home Thursday.

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Matt Garza struggles in no-decision Saturday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Brewers pitcher Matt Garza gave up six runs (five earned) on eight hits and three walks in five innings while striking out two in his team's 8-7 win over the Pirates Saturday.

Garza did enough to take the loss but was bailed out when a Ryan Braun home run in the ninth inning gave the Brewers the lead. The Milwaukee starter has yet to earn a victory this season while posting a 4.50 ERA and 19:7 K:BB ratio in 26 innings. He'll take on the Cubs at home Friday.

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Marcell Ozuna plates four, launches third home run vs. Seattle
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

For the third time in his last four games, Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna registered a multi-hit game, including his third home run of the season in his team's 7-0 victory over the Mariners Saturday night.

Ozuna launched a three-run home run off starter Roenis Elias in the sixth inning. He also added an RBI single in the eighth inning. He finished 2 for 4 with a run scored and a season-high four RBI. He is hitting .343 with three homers and 10 RBI through his first 67 at-bats.

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Roenis Elias clobbered by Miami
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Mariners pitcher Roenis Elias got hit hard on Saturday against Miami, suffering his second loss of the season in his team's 7-0 defeat. The left-hander was charged with with six runs -- four earned -- on eight hits and five walks while striking out five over 5 2/3 innings pitched.

Elias saw his ERA rise from 2.16 to 3.22 after Saturday's abysmal outing. He owns a 1.34 and 15:11 K:BB ratio over 22 1/3 innings pitched. He'll look to get back on track at home on Friday against Texas.

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Henderson Alvarez faces 28 batters in complete game shutout victory
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Marlins starting pitcher Henderson Alvarez put together a dominant outing on Saturday, going the distance with a two-hit complete game shutout at home against the Mariners.

Alvarez only faced 28 batters, the closest a Miami pitcher has ever come to facing a minimum of 27 batters in an nine-inning game. He allowed a single to Dustin Ackley in the sixth and a double to Mike Zunino in the ninth for his only mistakes of the night. He also helped his cause with an RBI single in the sixth.

Alvarez (1-2) struck out four and needed just 90 pitches in his complete game 7-0 win over the Mariners. He lowered his ERA from 4.30 to 2.66 after earning his first win of the season. He'll look to keep rolling Friday against the Mets in New York.

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Jay Bruce finds his swing with three-hit game
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Reds outfielder Jay Bruce showed some life Saturday, as he recorded his first multi-hit effort in eight games in an 8-4 loss to the Cubs.

He went for 3 in the game, with three singles, after entering the game with just three singles on the season. He raised his batting average nearly 50 points in the game, while adding an RBI, one run scored and one walk in the loss.

Bruce has been ice cold to start the season, and is hitting just .204 even after Saturday's game. He still has a .751 OPS despite the low average, thanks to 14 walks and two home runs, while driving in nine runs in 16 games. 

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Mike Minor throws 80 pitches in final rehab start
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Braves pitcher Mike Minor threw 80 pitches in what should be his final rehab start with Triple-A Gwinnett Saturday, giving up three runs (two earned) on four hits while striking out four.

Minor got a late start to the season after dealing with a urinary tract infection during the offseason and subsequent shoulder soreness this spring. He's expected to make his regular-season major-league debut either Friday or Saturday against the Reds.

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Welington Castillo continues to heat up
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Cubs catcher Welington Castillo continued his strong play Saturday, in an 8-4 win over the Reds. Castillo went 2 for 4 in the game for his third multi-hit game in the last seven, adding a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in the win.

Castillo's average fell to .095 April 8, so he has put in work to get it back to .234. He is hitting .346 with two home run and six RBI over the last seven games. 

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Jonathan Villar hits third homer
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Astros shortstop Jonathan Villar got the scoring started Saturday, and put together the team's loan multi-hit performance in a 4-3 loss to the Athletics.

Villar was 2 for 3 at the bottom of the order, including a solo home run in the third inning to gain an early lead. He scored twice, as well, while raising his batting average to .212.

 Villar has been un unexpected source of power for the Astros, launching three home runs in 18 games, after finished the 2013 season with just one in 58 games. He is still hitting just .212/.293/.442 with three home runs and six RBI in 52 at-bats. 

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