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  • Felipe Rivero shuts down Cardinals in ninth
    Felipe Rivero shut down the Cardinals in the ninth inning on Sunday, picking up his 14th save of the season.

    Advice: Tasked with protecting a three-run lead, Rivero made things interesting by allowing a walk and a single, but was able to escape without any damage. He owns a spectacular 1.31 ERA, 0.79 WHIP and 73/16 K/BB ratio across 61 2/3 innings on the season. Yesterday, 7:09 pm
  • Ivan Nova fans five in victory over Cardinals
    Ivan Nova earned his 11th victory of the season on Sunday, limiting the Cardinals to three runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Nova fanned five on the night and didn't walk a batter. He allowed a two-run homer to Jedd Gyorko in the second inning, but that was it until Kolten Wong's RBI single in the sixth. Now 11-10 on the year, Nova owns a 3.81 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 103/24 K/BB ratio in his 160 2/3 innings. He'll do battle against the Reds his next time out in Cincinnati on Friday. Yesterday, 7:08 pm
    4:05 pm vs LAD
  • Sean Doolittle works perfect ninth inning
    Sean Doolittle struck out all three batters that he faced in the ninth inning on Sunday, protecting a three-run lead to earn his 14th save of the season.

    Advice: The 30-year-old southpaw has been terrific since joining the Nationals, adding stability at the back end of the bullpen. He owns a 2.97 ERA, 0.77 WHIP and 47/7 K/BB ratio over 36 1/3 innings on the season. Yesterday, 5:20 pm
  • Hector Neris slams door on Giants in ninth
    Hector Neris slammed the door on the Giants on Sunday, protecting a three-run lead to earn his 15th save of the season.

    Advice: Neris was summoned to get the final out of the eighth inning then stayed on to pitch the ninth as well. He did allow a pair of hits while striking out two in the ballgame. The right-hander has now converted 15 of his first 18 save chances on the season while compiling a 3.34 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 62/21 K/BB ratio across 56 2/3 frames. Yesterday, 4:33 pm
  • Corey Knebel converts one-out save on Sunday
    Corey Knebel converted his 26th save of the season on Sunday, coming on to get the final out against the Rockies.

    Advice: The Brewers entered the ninth inning with a six-run advantage, but a two-out rally from the Rockies pushed a couple of runs in and put the tying run in the on-deck circle. That's all manager Craig Counsell needed to see, calling upon his closer to save the day. The 25-year-old hurler sports an outstanding 1.38 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 98/33 K/BB ratio in 58 1/3 innings on the year. Yesterday, 4:17 pm
  • Juan Minaya narrowly escapes with save Sunday
    Juan Minaya narrowly escaped with his second save of the season on Sunday, allowing a pair of runs in the ninth inning against the Rangers.

    Advice: Aaron Bummer actually started the ninth inning, but after walking Drew Robinson on four pitches it was Minaya who was summoned from the bullpen. Minaya also walked his first hitter on four pitches, but bounced back to get Shin-Soo Choo to bounce into a double play. That would prove to be huge, as Rougned Odor followed with a two-run homer. Minaya looks to be the man to own in the White Sox bullpen and should have mixed league relevancy for as long as he's the man in the ninth inning. Yesterday, 3:31 pm
    2:10 pm vs Min ; 5:40 pm vs Min
  • Osuna suffers eighth blown save on Sunday
    Roberto Osuna suffered his eighth blown save of the year Sunday at Wrigley Field.

    Advice: Blue Jays catcher Rafael Perez deserves a lot of the blame for this one after failing to throw out two runners following strikeout pitches and allowing Javier Baez to put himself into scoring position as the winning run. Osuna, however, was charged with three earned runs on two hits. He has a 3.61 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP. Yesterday, 3:15 pm
  • Matt Bush leaves game after collision Sunday
    Matt Bush was removed from Sunday's contest against the White Sox after colliding with teammate Joey Gallo.

    Advice: The two were chasing down a pop fly when the collision occurred. Gallo appeared to get the worst of it in the collision. Bush walked away with a right knee bruise but will also have to pass through the concussion protocol before returning. Yesterday, 3:14 pm
    7:07 pm @LAA
  • Treinen earns two-inning save against Astros
    Blake Treinen earned a two-inning save Sunday in the Athletics' 3-2 defeat of the Astros.

    Advice: Treinen struck out three of the seven batters he faced between the bottom of the eighth and the bottom of the ninth to protect Oakland's one-run lead. The 29-year-old right-hander owns a 2.37 ERA and 22/6 K/BB ratio in 19 innings since being acquired from the Nationals in mid-July. Yesterday, 2:49 pm
  • Peacock takes loss Sunday versus A's
    Brad Peacock took a loss Sunday after allowing three runs -- one earned -- over 5 1/3 innings against the A's.

    Advice: Peacock struck out eight, but he also issued two walks and surrendered seven hits as he fell to 10-2 on the season. Marwin Gonzalez and Alex Bregman both committed errors behind him in the A's two-run top of the first inning. Peacock will carry a 3.21 ERA into his next start on the road against the Angels. Yesterday, 2:41 pm
  • Bridwell allows two earned in no-decision
    Parker Bridwell allowed four runs -- two earned -- over five-plus innings Sunday in a no-decision versus the Orioles.

    Advice: Anaheim eventually won the game 5-4, with the decision going to reliever Cam Bedrosian. Bridwell was pitching well until the bottom of the sixth inning, when the Orioles managed three runs on three singles and a ground-rule double. The 26-year-old right-hander will carry a sharp 7-1 record, 2.92 ERA, and 1.18 WHIP into his next start at home against the AL West-leading Astros. Yesterday, 2:23 pm
  • Castillo pulled after four in loss to Braves
    Luis Castillo allowed two runs over four innings Sunday in a loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Castillo struck out eight batters, but his pitch count grew in a hurry and he was lifted before the top of the fifth. The young right-hander has an impressive 3.45 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and 74/30 K/BB ratio through his first 70 1/3 major league innings, though he'll bring a 2-6 record into his next start at home against the Pirates. Yesterday, 1:51 pm
  • Ziegler earns sixth save Sunday vs. Mets
    Brad Ziegler notched his sixth save of the season on Sunday afternoon against the Mets.

    Advice: Ziegler allowed a one-out single to Gavin Cecchini but promptly induced a game-ending double play from Asdrubal Cabrera. The veteran right-hander has been able to fend off Kyle Barraclough for Miami's closer gig, though that could change before the end of the month. Barraclough worked in the eighth inning on Sunday. Yesterday, 1:10 pm
  • Jimmie Sherfy recalled from Triple-A
    Diamondbacks recalled RHP Jimmie Sherfy from Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: Sherfy holds a 3.33 ERA and 58/10 K/BB ratio over 46 innings at Reno this season. He'll be making his major league debut when he gets into a game. Yesterday, 9:17 am
  • Koji Uehara activated from disabled list
    Cubs activated RHP Koji Uehara from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: Uehara missed the last week and a half with a strained neck. He'll return to a setup role. Yesterday, 8:38 am
  • Grant Dayton (elbow) getting second opinion
    Grant Dayton will receive a second opinion after initial scans on his left elbow came back unclear.

    Advice: Dayton was coming back from a neck injury when his pitching elbow started barking. Obviously, more will be known about his status following a second exam. Yesterday, 8:32 am
    10-Day DL
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • Miguel Castro goes on bereavement list
    Orioles placed RHP Miguel Castro on the bereavement list.

    Advice: He can be away for 3-7 days. Castro pitched 4 2/3 scoreless relief innings the last two days. Alec Asher is replacing him in the bullpen. Yesterday, 8:20 am
    Not Active
    4:05 pm vs Oak
  • Brock Stewart to start on Tuesday versus PIT
    Brock Stewart will be recalled to start Tuesday versus the Dodgers in place of Yu Darvish (back).

    Advice: It will only be a spot start, as Darvish is due back next Sunday. Stewart has posted a 1.64 ERA over nine appearances -- two starts -- for the Dodgers this season and isn't a bad deep-league streaming option. Yesterday, 6:58 am
    Not Active
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • Tommy Milone activated from disabled list
    Mets activated LHP Tommy Milone from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Milone missed the last three months with a sprained knee. He'll operate in long relief for now but could get some starts down the stretch. Yesterday, 5:40 am
    4:10 pm vs Ari
  • Angels ink Fernando Salas to minors deal
    Angels signed RHP Fernando Salas to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Salas was released by the Mets last week after posting a 6.00 ERA over 48 appearances. The veteran reliever had some successful years in Anaheim and is worth a shot on a minor league deal. Yesterday, 5:14 am
    Not Active
    7:07 pm vs Tex
  • Chris Beck (shoulder) returns to action Sat.
    Chris Beck (shoulder) allowed three runs over two relief innings against the Rangers on Saturday in his return to action.

    Advice: Beck had to leave an appearance Thursday after being hit on the pitching shoulder with a line drive, but he'll be fine. What isn't fine is his ERA, which now sits at an even 6.00 after Beck was scored upon for the 12th time in 17 appearances since the beginning of July. Yesterday, 5:11 am
    2:10 pm vs Min ; 5:40 pm vs Min
  • Ty Blach slammed for six runs by Phillies
    Ty Blach coughed up six runs on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings in Saturday's loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: Blach struck out three and walked two in the dreadful outing. Three of the six runs on his line scored courtesy of a three-run home run off the bat of Rhys Hoskins in the third inning. He has been hit hard in his last two outings, having surrendered 12 runs on 15 hits over 11 1/3 innings in those starts. He will try for better times when he carries his 4.59 ERA and 1.34 WHIP into a road date with the Diamondbacks next time he takes to the mound. Saturday, 9:53 pm
    Player Note
    Ty Blach SF - SP,RP
    7:15 pm vs Mil
  • Betances earns ninth save Saturday vs. Boston
    Dellin Betances worked a scoreless ninth inning for his ninth save Saturday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Betances struck out two while throwing nine of his 14 pitches for strikes. Sandy Leon reached after Gary Sanchez let strike three roll to the backstop but Sanchez redeemed himself later by gunning down Brock Holt, who came in to pinch-run for Leon, at second base. Betances should handle most of New York's ninth-inning chances going forward, at least until Aroldis Chapman is ready to reclaim the closer role. David Robertson, who saved a game against the Mets earlier this week, worked the eighth inning on Saturday. Saturday, 9:17 pm
  • Stephenson bests Braves for first win of '17
    Robert Stephenson allowed two runs -- one earned -- over five innings in a win over the Braves on Saturday.

    Advice: Stephenson gave up a solo homer in the third inning but not much else, giving up just three hits and walking three in his five innings of work. It was just the second win of his big league career and his first this year in 18 appearances. Just four of those have been starts, and the 24-year-old owns an ugly 6.13 ERA and 1.72 WHIP even after Saturday's outing. The big right-hander will have a shot at making it a winning streak Friday when he faces off against the Pirates. Saturday, 9:13 pm
  • Bauer tosses 6 1/3 scoreless to down Royals
    Trevor Bauer threw 6 1/3 shutout innings as the Indians blanked the Royals 5-0 on Saturday.

    Advice: Bauer bent, yielding seven hits and walking two, but he never broke, keeping the Royals at bay in critical at-bats. It's the continuation of what's been a really good second half for the 26-year-old, who's 5-1 since the break and who's registered five quality starts in his last six outings. Bauer is now 12-8 with a 4.50 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 149/48 K/BB ratio over 134 innings in total. He's got a tall order ahead of him Thursday when the Red Sox are in town. Saturday, 9:02 pm
    4:10 pm vs Bos
  • Grant Dayton dealing with discomfort in elbow
    Grant Dayton will head back to Los Angeles to undergo further evaluation after experiencing discomfort in his elbow while warming up on Friday.

    Advice: Dayton was working his way back from a neck injury when the elbow issue cropped up. The Dodgers had hoped to get him back from the disabled list in early September, but that's on hold now until they can figure out what's going on with the elbow issue. Saturday, 11:21 am
    10-Day DL
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • Hector Neris gives up four runs to Giants
    After coming in with the Phillies down 6-2, Hector Neris gave up four runs -- three earned -- in an inning Friday.

    Advice: Rusty and unmotivated seems like a bad combination. Neris hadn't pitched in a week. Manager Pete Mackanin could have brought him into a close game Thursday, but stayed away as the Phillies went on to lose 5-4. Tonight, Mackanin left him out to struggle, rather than remove him and potentially save him for Saturday. But, then, what were the odds the Phillies would have a late lead Saturday anyway? Friday, 10:27 pm
  • Minaya earns a save with scoreless ninth
    Juan Minaya earned the first post-firesale save for the White Sox by throwing a scoreless ninth inning versus the Rangers on Friday.

    Advice: He walked lead-off batter Joey Gallo but retired the next three batters without any drama. The White Sox traded off ace relievers David Robertson, Tommy Kahnle, Anthony Swarzak and Tyler Clippard in recent weeks, leaving the bullpen bereft of any obvious closing candidates. Minaya looks to get the first crack at taking over the ninth inning and makes for a good pick-up in fantasy leagues. He has a 4.50 ERA with 39 strikeouts and 14 walks (and five homers) in 30 innings. Friday, 10:01 pm
    2:10 pm vs Min ; 5:40 pm vs Min
  • Ziegler notches fifth save
    Brad Ziegler tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning against the Mets on Friday for his fifth save.

    Advice: Ziegler only needed seven pitches to get through the frame. The veteran reliever was having a brutal year prior to hitting the disabled list in late June, but he has reeled off seven straight scoreless appearances since making his return at the beginning of August. Friday, 9:55 pm
  • Roberto Osuna (flu) unavailable on Friday
    Roberto Osuna will not be available to pitch Friday due to the flu.

    Advice: He's not even at the ballpark, as the Blue Jays have told Osuna to stay at the team hotel to rest. Hopefully he'll be ready to go Saturday. Ryan Tepera will close on Friday if Toronto has a save chance. Danny Barnes and Dominic Leone are also unavailable Friday due to recent usage, so the Jays are shorthanded in the bullpen. Friday, 9:14 am
  • Doolittle punches out two as Nats top Padres
    Sean Doolittle registered his 10th save with the Nationals courtesy of a scoreless ninth inning in Thursday's win over the Padres.

    Advice: Doolittle came in to start the ninth with the Nationals up just 2-1. He proceeded to strike out two, wrapping up the save needing 13 pitches (eight strikes). The southpaw reliever is now 10-for-10 in save opportunities since coming over to the Nationals from the A's in July. Thursday, 10:30 pm
  • Betances gets another save call, answers bell
    Dellin Betances worked a flawless ninth inning Thursday against the Mets to earn his eighth save.

    Advice: Betances surely didn't think he'd be needed in a game that was 7-1 entering the ninth, but a meltdown by Bryan Mitchell forced the right-hander into the contest to protect what was suddenly a two-run lead with no outs. Betances did so and with little trouble, needing just 11 pitches to end the threat. He's now got a 2.15 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 79/33 K/BB ratio over 46 innings of work this year, proving to be a more-than-capable closer in the instance of injury or ineffectiveness of Aroldis Chapman. Thursday, 9:30 pm
  • Beck leaves after taking liner off shoulder
    Chris Beck left Thursday's game against the Rangers with a bruised right shoulder.

    Advice: It's been a rough night for White Sox pitchers with Reynaldo Lopez (side) and now Beck both going down with injuries. Beck, who came on in relief of Lopez in the fifth, took an Adrian Beltre line drive off his shoulder and allowed a two-run homer to Nomar Mazara before exiting. Those were the only two batters he faced. Beck sports an ugly 5.87 ERA over 46 relief innings this year. He's day-to-day. Thursday, 7:36 pm
    2:10 pm vs Min ; 5:40 pm vs Min
  • Grant Dayton (neck) to return on Sept. 1?
    Grant Dayton (neck) said he's expecting to be activated from the disabled list on September 1.

    Advice: Dayton will spend one week pitching in rehab games with Double-A Tulsa and the next week appearing in rehab games at Triple-A Oklahoma City. He'll then be ready to rock when rosters expand. The lefty reliever has struggled with his command in 2017 and the Dodgers have fared just fine without him, so a slow process seems like the wise process here. Thursday, 5:24 am
    10-Day DL
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • Osuna gets a save in win over Rays Wednesday
    Roberto Osuna gave up a base hit but no runs while earning a save against the Rays on Wednesday.

    Advice: Called upon to protect a one-run lead in the final frame, he gave up a lead-off single to speedster Mallex Smith to raise the tension. He induced back-to-back fielder's choice grounders and then struck out Steven Souza to slam the door. The 22-year-old Osuna is still one of the youngest pitchers in the major leagues despite serving as the Blue Jays' closer for three years now. He has 31 saves and a 3.18 ERA with 69 strikeouts and seven walks in 51 innings. Wednesday, 7:54 pm
  • Koji Uehara (neck) throws bullpen session
    Koji Uehara (neck) threw a bullpen session on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was his first pen session since landing on the disabled list last week and he'll throw another one on Saturday. The 42-year-old has delivered a 3.55 ERA over 43 relief outings in his first year with Chicago. Wednesday, 5:29 pm
  • Dayton to begin rehab assignment this weekend
    Grant Dayton (neck) will begin a minor league rehab assignment this weekend.

    Advice: The Dodgers haven't announced where he'll begin his rehab, though the plan is for him to make at least five appearances. Dayton landed on the DL with neck stiffness late last month. Wednesday, 5:25 pm
    10-Day DL
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • Stephenson returning to Reds' rotation Sat.
    Robert Stephenson will start Saturday against the Braves.

    Advice: That's unless Stephenson is needed out of the pen on Wednesday. Stephenson landed on the DL with a shoulder bruise earlier this month and logged two innings as a reliever when he returned Sunday against the Brewers. The 24-year-old has taken his lumps this year, going winless with a 6.64 ERA over 17 major league appearances including three starts. Wednesday, 3:11 pm
  • Knebel earns 24th save on Wednesday
    Corey Knebel earned his 24th save of the year on Wednesday afternoon against the Pirates.

    Advice: Knebel needed just 11 pitches to set the Pirates down in order in the top of the ninth inning. He struck out Josh Harrison for the final out. Wednesday, 2:38 pm
  • Mets release reliever Fernando Salas
    Mets released RHP Fernando Salas.

    Advice: Salas was designated for assignment last week to open a 40-man roster spot for top first base prospect Dominic Smith and the 32-year-old right-hander passed through waivers unclaimed. He had a 6.00 ERA in 48 appearances this season out of the Mets' bullpen. Tuesday, 9:20 pm
    Not Active
    7:07 pm vs Tex
  • Luis Castillo sharp in no-decision versus CHC
    Luis Castillo had to settle for a no-decision but was superb Tuesday night against the Cubs, whiffing seven batters over six shutout frames in the Reds' 2-1 victory.

    Advice: Castillo permitted only two hits -- both singles -- on the night while issuing a pair of walks. He had thrown only 80 pitches through his six shutout innings, but the Reds elected to pinch-hit for him in the top of the seventh when they had a scoring opportunity. Castillo has tossed four straight quality starts and has not given up more than four runs in any outing despite facing a brutal schedule. He takes on the Braves in Atlanta this weekend. Tuesday, 8:35 pm
  • Sean Doolittle records save No. 9
    Sean Doolittle notched his ninth save for the Nationals and 12th save of the season Tuesday against the Angels.

    Advice: On to protect a two-run lead, Doolittle induced a couple groundouts and a strikeout to easily nail down the victory. The left-hander is unscored up in his last nine appearances and is a perfect 9-for-9 in save opportunities since joining the Nats. Tuesday, 7:03 pm
  • White Sox closer situation called 'fluid'
    White Sox manager Rick Renteria said Tuesday that the team's closer situation is "fluid."

    Advice: Tyler Clippard handled Chicago's last save opportunity, but he was traded to the Astros on Sunday. And of course David Robertson, Tommy Kahnle, and Anthony Swarzak were all dealt away last month. Juan Minaya and Jake Petricka would now appear to be the best candidates for ninth-inning duties on the south side of Chicago, but it's a difficult guessing game. Tuesday, 4:57 pm
    2:10 pm vs Min ; 5:40 pm vs Min
  • Grant Dayton (neck) nearing rehab games
    Grant Dayton (neck) is nearing a minor league rehab assignment.

    Advice: Dayton has been on the disabled list since July 28 with a neck injury. The left-handed reliever holds a 4.94 ERA and 20/12 K/BB ratio in 23 2/3 innings this season at the major league level. Tuesday, 4:33 pm
    10-Day DL
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • Peacock yields four runs in no-decision
    Brad Peacock yielded four earned runs over 4 2/3 innings Tuesday in a no-decision versus the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Peacock was cruising until the bottom of the fourth, when the Diamondbacks plated three runs on three singles, two doubles, and a bases-loaded walk. The right-hander struck out nine batters in the afternoon outing and Houston eventually won the game in semi-blowout fashion, but the official victory went to rookie reliever Francis Martes. Peacock will carry a 10-1 record and 3.30 ERA into his next start at home against the A's. Tuesday, 4:06 pm
  • Betances earns seventh save on Monday
    Dellin Betances earned his seventh save of the season on Monday against the Mets.

    Advice: Aroldis Chapman was given the night off after blowing a save in ugly fashion on Sunday against the rival Red Sox. Betances is back to his old dominant self after running into some issues around mid-season, but he's not going to unseat Chapman from the primary ninth-inning role. Monday, 7:44 pm
  • Osuna nets 30th save Monday versus Rays
    Roberto Osuna earned his 30th save of the season on Monday night against the Rays.

    Advice: Osuna entered in the top of the eighth and got the final four outs of the game, needing just 13 total pitches to do so. The young closer holds a 3.24 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 68/7 K/BB ratio in 50 innings this season out of the Blue Jays' bullpen. Monday, 7:17 pm
  • Blach surrenders six runs in loss to Marlins
    Ty Blach surrendered six earned runs over six innings Monday in a loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: Blach looked outmatched right out of the gate in this one, with Giancarlo Stanton slugging his 43rd home run of the season in the bottom of the first inning. Miami tallied nine total hits against Blach and also drew three walks. The 26-year-old left-hander will bring a 4.37 ERA and 1.32 WHIP into his next start at home versus the Phillies. Monday, 6:58 pm
    Player Note
    Ty Blach SF - SP,RP
    7:15 pm vs Mil
  • Bauer strikes out 11 in win over Red Sox
    Trevor Bauer struck out 11 batters over 6 2/3 innings Monday in a win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: Bauer gave up three home runs -- two of them to Rafael Devers -- but they were all solo shots and he was backed by seven runs from the Indians offense. Bauer is now 4-0 over his last five starts, with 39 strikeouts in 33 2/3 innings. He also boasts a 2.41 ERA in that span. The 26-year-old right-hander will look to keep rolling in his next scheduled outing on the road against the Royals. Monday, 6:27 pm
    4:10 pm vs Bos
  • Bridwell limits Mariners to one run in 6 IP
    Parker Bridwell surrendered one run on four hits over six innings in Sunday's win over the Mariners.

    Advice: Bridwell did not miss many bats, striking out just two while walking one, but the Mariners were unable to come up with any sort of sustained scoring thrust while he was on the mound. The lone run to score on his watch came when Nelson Cruz lofted a sacrifice fly off him in the first inning. The right-hander has turned in quality starts in six of his last seven outings. He will try for more of the same when he carries his 2.88 ERA and 1.17 WHIP into a road showdown with the Orioles next time he takes to the mound. Aug 13, 4:26 pm
  • Corey Knebel slams door on Reds on Sunday
    Corey Knebel slammed the door on the Reds in the ninth inning on Sunday, preserving a three-run lead to earn his 22nd save of the season.

    Advice: Knebel allowed a one-out single to Jesse Winker, but no damage came from it. He owns an outstanding 1.46 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 96/32 K/BB ratio across 55 innings on the season while successfully converting 22 of his first 27 save chances. Aug 13, 2:25 pm
  • Reds activate Robert Stephenson from DL
    Reds activated RHP Robert Stephenson from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: Stephenson will be available out of the Reds' bullpen on Sunday after missing exactly 10 days with a bruised right shoulder. He should return to the rotation sometime next week. The 24-year-old has an ugly 6.98 ERA, 1.85 WHIP, and 38/27 K/BB ratio in 40 innings this season at the major league level. Aug 13, 7:46 am
  • Doolittle fans two in ninth for a save vs SF
    Sean Doolittle retired the side in order to snare a save versus the Giants on Saturday.

    Advice: He notched a pair of strikeouts and made it look easy. It was his eighth save since joining the Nationals and 11th overall. He has a 3.34 ERA with 41 strikeouts in 32 1/3 innings and seems to have a solid grip on the closer's job in Dusty Baker's bullpen. Aug 12, 10:49 pm
  • Ziegler closes out Rockies for fourth save
    Brad Ziegler worked around a hit and a walk to earn his fourth save of the season Saturday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Ziegler got a couple quick outs on ground balls, his specialty, before allowing a single and a walk to put the tying run in scoring position. He avoided disaster by striking out Gerardo Parra to end the game. The 37-year-old is about as shaky as closer options get -- he's allowed 46 hits in 34 innings this year -- and is only advisable for the incredibly save-needy. Aug 12, 9:13 pm
  • Blake Treinen secures his third save
    Blake Treinen worked a perfect ninth inning in Friday's game against Baltimore for his third save.

    Advice: Treinen was sharp, peppering the zone for 10 strikes on 16 pitches. Since coming over from the Nationals in mid-July, Treinen has allowed just two earned runs and eight hits over 14 1/3 innings across 14 appearances. He continues to look like the best bet for saves in Oakland at the moment. Aug 11, 11:59 pm
  • Ziegler fires scoreless ninth for third save
    Brad Ziegler earned a save by tossing a scoreless ninth inning against the Rockies on Friday.

    Advice: He was protecting a three-run lead and allowed only an infield single to Trevor Story with one out. It was his third save since taking over the closer's job from the traded A.J. Ramos. Ziegler isn't exactly the fireballing strikeout artist that usually claims a ninth-inning job but he does have some prior experience. He has 88 career saves, mostly with the Diamondbacks from 2013-16. This year he wields a bloated 5.73 ERA with only 19 strikeouts in 33 innings. Aug 11, 8:33 pm
  • Rivero tosses scoreless ninth inning for save
    Felipe Rivero allowed one hit but no runs in the ninth inning to earn a save against the Blue Jays on Friday.

    Advice: He surrendered a two-out single to Kevin Pillar but was able to strike out Rob Refsnyder to end the game. He now has 12 saves in 13 chances since grabbing the closer role away from Tony Watson. The 26-year-old left-hander has a 1.21 ERA with 70 strikeouts and 15 walks in 59 1/3 innings. Aug 11, 7:30 pm
  • Dodgers option Brock Stewart back to Triple-A
    Dodgers optioned RHP Brock Stewart to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Stewart was only with the club for a couple of days as an extra bullpen arm while Luis Avilan was away on paternity leave. He'll surely be back the next time the Dodgers require a fresh arm or a spot starter. Aug 11, 3:53 pm
    Not Active
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • Tommy Milone goes five innings in rehab start
    Tommy Milone, on the DL since late May with a sprained knee, made his fourth start for Double-A Binghamton on Wednesday, allowing three runs over 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Milone should be back in the mix for a spot in the Mets' rotation after one more start, though it'd be better if the Mets could stick him in middle relief instead. Overall, he has a 4.20 ERA and a 10/2 K/BB ratio in 15 innings in his rehab assignment. Aug 11, 7:51 am
    4:10 pm vs Ari
  • Peacock keeps White Sox to one run Thursday
    Brad Peacock allowed a lone run over 6 1/3 innings, scattering seven hits in a no-decision against the White Sox.

    Advice: Peacock walked one and struck out five and left in line for his 11th win of the year, but the bullpen had some late hiccups to leave the right-hander without a say in the matter. It was still nice to see him perform well after a disastrous start his last time out. Thursday's showing was more in line with what the 29-year-old has done this year, as Peacock is 10-1 with a 3.07 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 112/44 K/BB ratio in what's been a breakout season. An interleague scrap with the Diamondbacks is on the agenda for Tuesday. Aug 10, 10:59 pm
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