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Yoenis Cespedes exits game with hamstring injury
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes was forced out of Thursday's contest because of a left hamstring injury, and is expected to miss "a few games," the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Cespedes was seen limping after legging out an infield single in the seventh inning. He was checked out by trainers and replaced by Josh Reddick. He finished 1 for 5 before the injury. He is hitting .238/.316/.464 on the year.

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Gordon Beckham will play everyday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

White Sox Gordon Beckham came off the disabled list Thursday after overcoming an oblique injury, and was in the starting lineup for that afternoon's game against the Tigers. He was hitless in four trips to the plate, including three strikeouts, as the White Sox fell 7-4.

After the game, manager Robin Ventura told MLB.com Beckham will be his starter at second base moving forward, despite solid play from Marcus Semien in his place.

"You don't lose that spot just because you're hurt," Ventura said. "So we expect [Beckham] to be in there."

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Alex Torres gets his first win Thursday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Padres pitcher Alex Torres was awarded the win Thursday night in extras against the Nationals.

Torres struck out one and pitched two-thirds of a scoreless inning in the 11th before the offense scored the go-ahead run in the 12th. He owns a 0.93 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP over 9 2/3 innings pitched.

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Andrew Cashner makes rare appearance in outfield
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Padres pitcher Andrew Cashner became the first pitcher in franchise history to play outfield on Thursday against the Nationals.

Manager Bud Black replaced injured Seth Smith with Cashner at left field, setting himself up for a potential double-switch later in the game. Cashner played the field for one batter before he was replaced by Tommy Medica in a 4-3 win.

Cashner owns a 2.10 ERA and 31:10 K:BB ratio in 34 1/3 innings. He'll make his next start Saturday against the Nationals.

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Seth Smith exits game with groin strain
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Padres outfielder Seth Smith was forced out of Thursday's game against the Nationals because of right groin strain.

Smith was removed from the game in the 11th inning after grounding out to second base. He was replaced by starting pitcher Andrew Cashner. Cashner became the first pitcher in franchise history to play outfield.

Smith doubled in a run in the fourth and finished 1 for 3 with two walks, a run scored and an RBI before the injury. He is hitting .277 with two home runs and seven RBI in 65 at-bats. His status remains uncertain for the second game of a four-game series on Friday.

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Jhoulys Chacin looks shaky in first Triple-A rehab start
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

After making two starts for Class A Modesto, Rockies pitcher Jhoulys Chacin began his Triple-A rehab assignment Thursday.

Chacin was not as his best, as he allowed four runs -- two earned -- on five hits and one walks while striking out four over 4 2/3 innings pitched. He will likely need at least one more start with the Sky Sox before rejoining the rotation.

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Paul Clemens tossed after plunking Jed Lowrie
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Astros pitcher Paul Clemens was ejected Thursday night against the A's after hitting Jed Lowrie with a pitch in the seventh.

Clemens appeared to have been retaliating from an incident with Lowrie a week ago. He was on the mound when Lowrie bunted with a 7-0 in the first inning on April 18.

Clemens allowed three runs -- two earned -- on five hits and one walk while striking out two over 2 2/3 innings before the ejections. He owns a 5.40 ERA over 10 innings pitched.

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Eric Stults can't factor into decision Thursday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Padres pitcher Eric Stults was unable to factor into the decision Thursday night against the Nationals.

Making his fifth start of the year, Stults surrendered a sacrifice fly in the third and a solo home run to Danny Espinosa. He was charged with two runs on 10 hits and no walks while striking out three over 5 1/3 innings pitched.

Stults owns a 4.15 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP over 26 innings pitched. He'll make his next start Tuesday at San Francisco.

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Brendan Ryan could be back in a week
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Yankees infielder Brendan Ryan took part in a minor-league game at the team's spring training complex Thursday, as he continues to recover from nerve issues in his back. According to MLB.com, Ryan could be activated from the disabled list in a week.  

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A's not ready to add Ryan Cook to ninth-inning mix
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Athletics manager Bob Melvin is still not ready to consider Ryan Cook part of the closer-by-committee mix, MLB.com reports. However, he remains impressed with the progress Cook has made since returning from the disabled list.

"He was the one guy coming out of spring late, not as many appearances as the other guys, so we were kind of spoon-feeding him into a more prominent role," Melvin said. "He just gives us another option late in games, and we have a lot of them."

Cook owns a 1.35 ERA, with an 8:6 K:BB ratio over 6 2/3 innings pitched.

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