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  • Jansen notches 13th save in win over D-Backs
    Kenley Jansen allowed a late run but still managed to pick up his 13th save of the season in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Jansen trotted into the game with his team up 4-2. The two-run cushion turned out to be necessary. After striking out the first batter of the frame, Jansen coughed up a solo homer to David Peralta before recording the last two outs minus any issues. Jansen's allowed runs in each of his last two appearances, but owners should look to a 13-for-14 save chance record, 1.53 ERA and stellar 30/1 K/BB ratio over 17 2/3 innings rather than these little blips of trouble on the radar. As long as he's healthy, he remains one of the top closers in the game.
    Yesterday, 10:16 pm
  • Justin Grimm records first career save
    Justin Grimm got a one-out save Wednesday in the Cubs' 11-inning defeat of the Mets.

    Advice: The Cubs had already used Pedro Strop, Hector Rondon and Jason Motte in the eighth, ninth and 10th, respectively, so when they scored two runs in the top of the 11th, James Russell entered for the save chance. After he allowed a two-out hit, Grimm got his chance, and he struck out Kevin Plawecki after walking the first hitter he faced. It's Grimm's first career save.
    Yesterday, 7:52 pm
  • Betances records four outs for his 7th save
    Dellin Betances recorded four outs to snag his seventh save as the Yankees wrapped up a 3-1 win against the Angels on Wednesday.

    Advice: Betances came in to get the final out of the eighth inning after Mike Trout had homered off of Justin Wilson. He got Albert Pujols to ground out. The ninth inning was troublesome, as Betances walked Erick Aybar to start off the frame. Aybar then stole second. With two outs, Betances issued another walk to Chris Iannetta to put the tying run on base. He bounced back to strike out C.J. Cron to end the contest. Since taking over for the injured Andrew Miller, Betances is 6-for-6 in save chances and overall sports a 1.13 ERA with a 64/18 K/BB ratio in 39 2/3 innings.
    Yesterday, 7:50 pm
  • Shoemaker solid, but suffers tough-luck loss
    Matt Shoemaker yielded two runs in 5 2/3 innings but was handed a loss on Wednesday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Opposing starter Nathan Eovaldi was just a bit better on this particular evening. Shoemaker allowed seven hits and a walk while striking out three. One of the hits was a solo home run to Garrett Jones in the sixth inning. Shoemaker will bring a 4.91 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, and a 71/19 K/BB ratio over 84 1/3 innings into a road start versus the Rockies.
    Yesterday, 7:46 pm
  • Chris Heston gives up three runs to Marlins
    Chris Heston yielded three runs in six innings Wednesday in a no-decision against the Marlins.

    Advice: Heston left with a lead, but the bullpen couldn't make it stand. He struck out just one tonight, but 14 of his other 17 outs came on the ground. He's going to survive the returns of Jake Peavy and Matt Cain from the disabled list.
    Yesterday, 7:16 pm
  • Santiago Casilla blows fourth save
    Santiago Casilla took his fourth blown save after giving up three runs without retiring a batter Wednesday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Single, single, home run. Casilla's last two blown saves have been ugly, but since they're his only bad outings in two months, his job is plenty safe enough. The real concern is injury: he always seems to be good for one per year.
    Yesterday, 7:14 pm
  • Indians' Carrasco one strike short of a no-no
    Carlos Carrasco came within one strike of a no-hitter and ended up fanning 13 in the Indians' 8-1 drubbing of the Rays on Wednesday.

    Advice: After a walk and a HBP to start the ninth, Carrasco battled back to retire the next two batters he faced. He then got ahead of Joey Butler 0-2, only to see Butler get enough of a slider to drive it over Jason Kipnis's head for an RBI single. It was Carrasco's 124th pitch of the night, so he came out afterwards, and Austin Adams finished up the one-hitter. Carrasco moved to 10-6 with a 3.88 ERA. He's been quite a bit better than that ERA suggests, but the Indians defense just hasn't been up to par.
    Yesterday, 7:06 pm
  • Doolittle (shoulder) to play catch next week
    Sean Doolittle (shoulder) said he expects to start playing catch toward the end of next week.

    Advice: Doolittle continues to recover from a strained left shoulder. The southpaw has made just one appearance this season between disabled list stints. He won't be eligible to return until late July.
    Yesterday, 7:00 pm
    60-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs Sea
  • Britton strikes out the side for 23rd save
    Zach Britton struck out the side in the ninth inning to claim his 23rd save of the season on Wednesday's 4-2 win against the Rangers.

    Advice: Britton tossed 14 pitches to retire Prince Fielder, Adrian Beltre, and Mitch Moreland on strikes consecutively. That is no easy feat. Britton is having an elite year, saving 23 games in 24 opportunities with a 1.82 ERA and a 41/7 K/BB ratio in 34 2/3 innings.
    Yesterday, 6:35 pm
  • Martinez pitches well, but falters late
    Nick Martinez pitched well against the Orioles but faltered late and lost, giving up four runs (three earned) in 6 2/3 innings on Wednesday.

    Advice: Martinez had allowed one run on a Jimmy Paredes home run through five innings, but allowed a run on a ground out in the sixth and a two-run home run to J.J. Hardy in the seventh before departing. He allowed seven hits overall with a walk and five strikeouts. Aside from a pair of drubbings suffered in June, Martinez has had a terrific 2015 campaign, sporting a 3.43 ERA with a 1.37 WHIP and a 57/34 K/BB ratio over 97 innings. He'll make a home start versus the Diamondbacks next.
    Yesterday, 6:30 pm
  • Clippard gets four outs to earn 14th save
    Tyler Clippard got four outs Wednesday against the Rockies to earn his 14th save of the season.

    Advice: Clippard was called on to get the final out in the eighth inning before working a perfect ninth to close it out. The right-hander struck out two without allowing a baserunner in the outing. Clippard now owns a 2.67 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 32/15 K/BB ratio over 33 2/3 innings on the year.
    Yesterday, 4:00 pm
  • Bettis gives up three runs in loss to A's
    Chad Bettis allowed three runs over 5 2/3 innings in Wednesday's loss to the Athletics.

    Advice: Bettis did well to limit the damage, giving up seven hits -- four of which went for extra bases -- and four walks in the outing. Still, he was on the wrong side of the affair, dropping to 4-3 on the year. The right-hander will carry a 3.67 ERA and 1.30 WHIP into Tuesday's meeting with the Angels.
    Yesterday, 3:54 pm
  • Orioles recall Tyler Wilson from Triple-A
    Orioles recalled RHP Tyler Wilson from Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: Delmon Young was designated for assignment in a corresponding move. The 25-year-old has posted a 2.12 ERA in 17 innings with the O's this season and will be used in middle relief.
    Yesterday, 3:27 pm
  • Yankees outright Esmil Rogers to Triple-A
    Yankees sent RHP Esmil Rogers outright to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

    Advice: Rogers has a rough 6.27 ERA and 1.67 WHIP in 33 innings of long relief this season for the Yankees. This is the second time he's been pulled off the 40-man roster.
    Yesterday, 1:33 pm
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  • Andrew Miller (forearm) throws 20 pitches
    Andrew Miller (forearm) threw 20 pitches off a mound Wednesday without issue.

    Advice: Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said after the workout that there is a possibility Miller returns before the All-Star break. Miller has been out since June 10 with a strained left forearm and Dellin Betances has been perfect so far in four fill-in save opportunities. There's not a clear picture of how this will all shake out.
    Yesterday, 1:22 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Aroldis Chapman nails down 16th save
    Aroldis Chapman tossed a perfect ninth inning Wednesday in a win over the Twins to record his 16th save of the season.

    Advice: Chapman was given the task of protecting a one-run lead and had no trouble doing so, getting a weak popout and a strikeout before Billy Hamilton ended things with a diving catch in shallow center field. The fireballing left-hander is having another dominant season, as he's been scored upon just once in his last 10 appearances and has converted 16 of 17 save chances.
    Yesterday, 12:57 pm
  • Cam Bedrosian optioned to Triple-A
    Angels optioned RHP Cam Bedrosian to Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Bedrosian had allowed four earned runs over his last four appearances and has walked 10 over 15 2/3 relief frames with the big club this season. He should get another shot at some point.
    Yesterday, 12:11 pm
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  • Mike Morin activated from disabled list
    Angels activated RHP Mike Morin from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Morin missed the last month with a strained left oblique. He'll return to a setup role.
    Yesterday, 12:09 pm
  • Dan Jennings activated from disabled list
    White Sox activated LHP Dan Jennings from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Jennings missed nearly a month with a neck injury. He holds a disappointing 7.83 ERA over 22 appearances this season for the White Sox.
    Yesterday, 8:49 am
  • Sean Marshall (shoulder) plays catch
    Sean Marshall (shoulder) played catch on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was the first time he's thrown since undergoing surgery in May to repair a torn anterior capsule. "He looked normal, not like a guy coming off shoulder surgery. Pretty remarkable," Reds manager Bryan Price said. Despite Price's optimism, Marshall's appeal in free agency this winter figures to be limited give that he's coming off of a pair of shoulder operations.
    Yesterday, 7:55 am
    60-Day DL
  • Jansen allows a run following his first walk
    Kenley Jansen allowed a run but still snagged his 12th save of the season as the Dodgers pulled out a 6-4 victory in 10 innings against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

    Advice: With two outs, Jansen issued his first walk of the season to his 56th batter. Paul Goldschmidt then punished him for the walk with an RBI double. Jansen bounced back to strike out Yasmany Tomas to end the game. The right-hander is 12-for-13 in save chances this season with a 1.08 ERA and a 28/1 K/BB ratio in 16 2/3 innings.
    Tuesday, 11:00 pm
  • Frias goes 5 innings in no-decision vs DBacks
    Carlos Frias allowed three runs in five innings, getting a no-decision as the Dodgers needed 10 innings to fend off the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

    Advice: Frias gave up seven hits and walked three while striking out only one batter. Nick Ahmed struck the big blow in the fourth inning with a two-run home run. Things could've gone a lot worse for Frias. The young right-hander now owns a 4.39 ERA with a 1.55 WHIP and a 40/24 K/BB ratio in 69 2/3 innings. He'll have a decent match-up his next time out as he'll face the Phillies at home.
    Tuesday, 10:56 pm
  • Hawkins nabs first save since April 7 vs. A's
    LaTroy Hawkins enjoyed a 1-2-3 ninth inning to earn his second save in Tuesday's 2-1 victory against the Athletics.

    Advice: With John Axford back on the 7-day family medical emergency list, Hawkins was called upon to finish out Tuesday's game. He used 14 pitches to get a ground out, a pop-up, and a line out to end the contest. He hadn't saved a game since April 7. Hawkins may not see all of the save chances with Axford out, as Scott Oberg and Tommy Kahnle are candidates as well. Hawkins has a 5.27 ERA and a 14/3 K/BB ratio in 13 2/3 innings this season.
    Tuesday, 10:21 pm
  • Street mows Yankees down for his 23rd save
    Huston Street vanquished the Yankees to convert his 23rd save as the Angels eked out a 2-1 victory on Tuesday.

    Advice: Street struck out Brett Gardner and Chris Young in succession before getting Alex Rodriguez to hit a 5-3 ground out to end the game. The veteran closer moves to 23-for-26 in save opportunities with a 2.14 ERA and a 35/9 K/BB ratio in 33 2/3 innings.
    Tuesday, 9:56 pm
  • DeSclafani allows 11 hits, six runs in loss
    Anthony DeSclafani allowed six runs on 11 hits over 6 2/3 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Twins.

    Advice: DeSclafani managed to stay mostly dry through the first six innings, allowing three runs but keeping the Twins from putting up a crooked number, but things didn't go so well in the seventh. Two inherited runners being allowed to score didn't help his cause. On the bright side, he did strike out seven in the effort. The loss dropped DeSclafani to 5-6 with a 3.68 ERA and 1.35 WHIP through 16 starts. The 25-year-old will try to bounce back Monday at the Nationals.
    Tuesday, 9:31 pm
  • Rodriguez sees way out of trouble to beat PHI
    Francisco Rodriguez saw his way out of trouble to pick up his 17th save as the Brewers wrapped up a 4-3 victory against the Phillies on Tuesday.

    Advice: Rodriguez walked Ben Revere to start the inning, then saw Cesar Hernandez reach base when Jonathan Lucroy made a poor throw to second base following a bunt. With two on and nobody out, Rodriguez struck out Maikel Franco, got Andres Blanco to weakly fly out, and struck out Jeff Francoeur to end the game. His record remains unblemished, earning the save in all 17 chances with a 1.50 ERA and a 36/9 K/BB ratio in 30 innings.
    Tuesday, 9:02 pm
  • Rockies to go with committee at closer
    The Rockies are expected to go with a committee at closer while John Axford is on the family medical emergency list.

    Advice: Nick Groke of the Denver Post lists LaTroy Hawkins, Scott Oberg and Tommy Kahnle as ninth-inning options for manager Walt Weiss. Hawkins is probably the favorite out of the gate, as he has closer experience and has pitched very well since returning from the disabled list, allowing just one run with a 7/1 K/BB ratio over 6 2/3 innings.
    Tuesday, 7:27 pm
  • Street shows Yankees the door for 22nd save
    Huston Street slammed the door on the Yankees in the ninth inning for his 22nd save as the Angels completed a 4-1 victory on Monday.

    Advice: Street got Garrett Jones and Brian McCann to fly out for two quick outs, but Didi Gregorius singled to keep hope alive. The ever-dangerous Brett Gardner hit a fly out to end the game. Street is 22-for-25 picking up saves this year with a 2.20 ERA and a 33/9 K/BB ratio in 32 2/3 innings.
    Monday, 10:13 pm
  • Rodriguez slams door on Phils for 16th save
    Francisco Rodriguez kept the Phillies off the board in the ninth inning to pick up his 16th save as the Brewers won 7-4 on Monday.

    Advice: Rodriguez got consecutive ground outs from Cody Asche and Cameron Rupp, but Freddy Galvis kept hope alive with a single. "K-Rod" then struck out Darin Ruf to end the game. Contending teams are surely noting the fact that the right-hander has converted all 16 save opportunities thus far with a 1.55 ERA and a 34/8 K/BB ratio over 29 innings.
    Monday, 7:57 pm
  • Morin (oblique) to return Tues. or Wed.
    Mike Morin (oblique) will be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday or Wednesday.

    Advice: Morin is done with his rehab assignment, but he pitched on Sunday so the Angels will give him a day or two of rest before activating him. He's missed the last month with a strained left oblique.
    Monday, 3:40 pm
  • Jansen works around leadoff 2B for 11th save
    Kenley Jansen allowed a leadoff double, but worked around it for his 11th save in Sunday's 2-0 win against the Marlins.

    Advice: Christian Yelich greeted Jansen with a leadoff double, which allowed the Marlins to bring the potential tying run to the plate on three separate occasions. Jansen struck out Adeiny Hechavarria and Marcell Ozuna consecutively before getting Derek Dietrich to foul out to end the contest. Jansen has been utterly dominant since debuting in mid-May, now 11-for-12 in save opportunities with a 0.57 ERA and a 26/0 K/BB ratio in 15 2/3 innings.
    Sunday, 1:20 pm
  • Esmil Rogers called up from Triple-A
    Yankees purchased the contract of RHP Esmil Rogers from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

    Advice: Rogers was removed from the 40-man roster earlier this month after posting a 6.27 ERA over 18 relief appearances. He didn't pitch well for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (4.70 ERA over two starts) but does give the bullpen some length.
    Sunday, 8:56 am
    Not Active
  • Chad Bettis beats Giants for fourth win
    Chad Bettis allowed three runs over six innings in a win against the Giants on Friday.

    Advice: Bettis gave up a homer to Andrew Susac tonight, so he's now allowed four longballs in three starts after not giving up a one in his first six. He did solid work anyway, but we're not liking the trend.
    Friday, 10:58 pm
  • Betances notches four-out save vs. Astros
    Dellin Betances turned in a four-out save against the Astros on Friday for his fifth save of the season.

    Advice: Betances entered the game with one on and two out in the bottom of the eighth and got Evan Gattis to strike out swinging. He then turned in a 1-2-3 ninth inning to finish off the victory. It was nice to see after he was hit hard by the Phillies last time out. Betances owns a 1.21 ERA through 33 appearances this season to go along with 61 strikeouts and 16 walks over 37 1/3 innings.
    Friday, 9:00 pm
  • Blue Jays, regression, hit Nick Martinez hard
    Nick Martinez was hit extremely hard by the Blue Jays, and regression, on Friday as he allowed eight runs on nine hits over his six innings of work.

    Advice: Martinez walked four and struck out a pair on the night. The Jays jumped on him immediately in this one, with the first three batters reaching safely and riding home on a grand slam off the bat of Edwin Encarnacion. He was able to settle in a bit afterwards, but the damage had been done. After a strong start to the season that was basically smoke and mirrors, Martinez has been slaughtered twice in five June starts, seeing his ERA rise from 2.03 to 3.39. He'll hope for better results on Wednesday against the Orioles in Baltimore.
    Friday, 6:38 pm
  • Anthony DeSclafini gives up one earned run
    Anthony DeSclafini surrendered four runs -- one earned -- in six innings Thursday against the Pirates.

    Advice: A Eugenio Suarez error fueled the three-run second inning, but it's still on DeSclafini that he gave up a two-run single to A.J. Burnett afterwards. DeSclafini ended up allowing six hits, walking two and striking out five. He hit a little rough patch in the first half of May, but he has a 2.89 ERA over his last seven starts.
    Thursday, 10:02 pm
  • Chris Heston fans six in victory over Padres
    Chris Heston racked up six strikeouts over seven innings of work on Thursday as he defeated the Padres to earn his eighth victory of the season.

    Advice: The rookie right-hander allowed just two runs on five hits over his seven frames, with all of the damage coming in his final inning. The Giants will be forced to make a tough decision soon with Matt Cain coming back, but Heston has certainly pitched well enough to remain in the Giants rotation. He’ll carry a 3.73 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 79/23 K/BB ratio into Wednesday’s start against the Marlins in Miami.
    Thursday, 4:09 pm
  • Aroldis Chapman returns from paternity leave
    Reds activated LHP Aroldis Chapman from the paternity leave list.

    Advice: Chapman had been away from the team since Monday to attend the birth of his child. He's in uniform and available should a save situation arise on Thursday.
    Thursday, 3:07 pm
  • Frias spins 5 shutout frames to beat the Cubs
    Carlos Frias hurled five innings of shutout ball to earn a win versus the Cubs on Thursday.

    Advice: Frias, on 82 pitches, worked around seven hits and three walks with five strikeouts to keep the Cubs off the board. The 25-year-old right-hander has been more miss than hit lately for fantasy purposes and should continue to be passed over despite Thursday's results. He has a 4.31 ERA, a 1.52 WHIP, and a 39/21 K/BB ratio over 64 2/3 innings. Frias will face the Diamondbacks in Arizona next.
    Thursday, 2:54 pm
  • Clippard works 1-2-3 9th vs TEX for 13th save
    Tyler Clippard had a 1-2-3 ninth inning, earning his 15th save as the Athletics took down the Rangers 6-3 on Thursday.

    Advice: The ninth saw some hard contact, but Clippard lucked out. Robinson Chirinos lined out, Rougned Odor popped out, and Shin-Soo Choo lined out. The right-hander moves to 13-for-15 in save opportunities with a 2.87 ERA and a 29/14 K/BB ratio in 31 1/3 innings.
    Thursday, 2:51 pm
  • Britton keeps BoSox scoreless for 21st save
    Zach Britton worked a scoreless ninth inning, earning his 21st save as the Orioles won 8-6 against the Red Sox on Thursday.

    Advice: Britton allowed a leadoff single to Jackie Bradley, Jr., but got Mookie Betts to pop up weakly, Brock Holt to strikeout, and Xander Bogaerts to ground out to end the game. Britton has allowed runs in two of his four most recent outings, but is still 21-for-22 in save opportunities with a 1.99 ERA and a 36/7 K/BB ratio in 31 2/3 innings.
    Thursday, 1:55 pm
  • K-Rod slams door on Mets for his 15th save
    Francisco Rodriguez kept the Mets off the board in the ninth inning, grabbing his 15th save as the Brewers won 4-1 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Rodriguez got back-to-back ground outs from Michael Cuddyer and Curtis Granderson before Ruben Tejada kept the Mets' hopes alive with a double. However, Rodriguez rebounded to strike out Lucas Duda to end the game. He has yet to blow a save in 15 opportunities and now has an even 1.00 ERA with a 32/7 K/BB ratio over 27 innings. Fantasy owners are hoping the Brewers are able to move him to a contender to boost the frequency of his save chances.
    Wednesday, 7:54 pm
  • Carrasco whiffs seven in eight-inning gem
    Carlos Carrasco struck out seven while holding the Tigers to just two runs over eight innings in an 8-2 victory Wednesday.

    Advice: J.D. Martinez took Carrasco out to left field on an 0-2 mistake in the seventh inning, but that's all the Tigers were able to muster off the right-hander. Carrasco struck out seven on the day, yielding just five hits while walking one. It's a nice step in the right direction after Carrasco didn't pitch very well his last three times out. He'll try to keep it going next week in Tampa.
    Wednesday, 12:50 pm
  • Matt Shoemaker pushed back to Friday
    Matt Shoemaker's next scheduled start has been pushed back from Wednesday to Friday against the Mariners.

    Advice: The Angels have shifted Shoemaker around a couple times this month, as they no doubt have been frustrated by his inconsistency. The right-hander has a nice 66/16 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings this season but has allowed 15 home runs and sports a 5.20 ERA.
    Wednesday, 9:36 am
  • K-Rod slams door vs. Mets to earn 14th save
    Francisco Rodriguez tossed a perfect ninth inning Tuesday to close out the Brewers' 3-2 win over the Mets.

    Advice: K-Rod struck out two in his scoreless inning of work. The right-hander has yet to blow a save this season, going a perfect 14-for-14 in save opportunities. The 33-year-old has been one of the few bright spots for the lowly Brewers this year, owning a 1.04 ERA, 0.77 WHIP and 31/7 K/BB ratio over 26 innings.
    Tuesday, 8:19 pm
  • Aroldis Chapman expected to return Thurs.
    Aroldis Chapman is expected to rejoin the Reds on Thursday.

    Advice: Chapman was placed on the paternity leave list Monday afternoon. The flame-throwing Cuban closer has a 2.01 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 31 1/3 innings this season. Reds manager Bryan Price told reporters he's going to play the matchups if a save opportunities arises while Chapman is away from the team.
    Tuesday, 1:04 pm
  • Andrew Miller (forearm) to play catch Wed.
    Andrew Miller (forearm) will play catch on Wednesday.

    Advice: It will be his first time throwing since he landed on the disabled list nearly two weeks ago with a strained left forearm. Assuming he doesn't encounter any setbacks along the way, Miller is expected to return around mid-July. Dellin Betances has nailed down both of his save chances since Miller went down.
    Monday, 1:48 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Reds put Aroldis Chapman on paternity leave
    Reds placed RHP Aroldis Chapman on the paternity leave list.

    Advice: The flame-throwing closer should be back in a couple of days. Reds manager Bryan Price will likely play a matchups game if a save opportunity arises. Chapman, 27, has a 2.01 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 31 1/3 innings this season along with 15 saves in 16 chances.
    Monday, 12:46 pm
  • Jennings (neck) ready for rehab assignment
    Dan Jennings (neck) is set to begin a minor league rehab assignment Monday with Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Jennings should be cleared to return to the White Sox bullpen after two or three appearances on the farm. He's been out since June 5 because of neck inflammation.
    Monday, 10:44 am
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