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  • Kimbrel turns in rare four-strikeout inning
    Craig Kimbrel accomplished a rare feat Thursday, striking out four batters in an inning of work against the Rangers.

    Advice: Kimbrel worked through the heart of the Rangers' order, getting Nomar Mazara to strike out swinging -- and then watching as Mazara took first base anyway on a wild pitch -- before fanning Jonathan Lucroy, Rougned Odor and Mike Napoli to end it. As though Kimbrel needed the stat boost, he's now struck out 40 batters in 20 2/3 innings of work on the year. Thursday's outing wasn't a save chance, but the 28-year-old has 12 of those to date, along with a ridiculous 0.87 ERA and 0.39 WHIP on the year. Yesterday, 9:13 pm
  • Martinez allows four runs in loss to Red Sox
    Nick Martinez allowed four runs on seven hits over five innings in Thursday's loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: Perhaps no stat line better encapsulates Nick Martinez: not very good, but not awful, either. His 4.69 ERA through seven starts tells a similar story. At least he's reliable -- in all seven of those starts, he's gone at least five innings but no more than seven. Martinez will carry a 1-3 record into Tuesday's start against the Rays. Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • Montero lasts just three innings versus SD
    Rafael Montero struggled in three innings of work Thursday, allowing three runs on five hits in a loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Montero also walked three while striking out four. Anyone looking at the final score might not expect that the Mets' starter was so bad -- in relief of Montero, the Mets bullpen allowed just one run over the next six innings to hold it to a 4-3 game. He's now struggled in two of three starts on the year, and Montero has failed to get out of the fourth inning in any of them. That's what an 8.24 ERA and 2.54 WHIP look like, but unfortunately for the Mets, it's not like they're flush with better options right now. Still, they can probably do better than the 26-year-old their next time out. Yesterday, 7:43 pm
  • Dodgers place Luis Avilan on 10-day DL
    Dodgers placed LHP Luis Avilan on the 10-day disabled list with left triceps soreness.

    Advice: His roster spot will be absorbed by left-hander Adam Liberatore. Avilan leads the Dodgers with six holds but sports a lethargic 1.53 WHIP over 15 innings of work. He's the 20th Dodger to be placed on the DL this year. Yesterday, 6:31 pm
    10-Day DL
    7:10 pm vs ChC
  • Tyler Danish to start Game 2 on Friday
    Tyler Danish will start the second game of Friday's doubleheader against the Tigers.

    Advice: The first game will be started by right-hander Mike Pelfrey. Danish made three appearances for the White Sox in 2016 but this will be his first big league start. The 22-year-old carries a respectable 3.15 ERA in eight outings for Triple-A Charlotte this season, though his low strikeout rate (4.53 K/9) is a cause for concern. Yesterday, 3:24 pm
    Not Active
    2:10 pm vs Det ; 5:40 pm vs Det
  • Buck Farmer will start Game 1 of Friday's DH
    Buck Farmer will be called up to start the first game of Friday's doubleheader against the White Sox.

    Advice: Farmer will be the Tigers' 26th man on Friday, so he'll be one-and-done in the starting rotation. The nightcap will be started by left-hander Matt Boyd. Farmer is winless with a 9.68 ERA in eight career big league starts. Yesterday, 3:08 pm
    Not Active
    2:10 pm @CWS ; 5:40 pm @CWS
  • Eddie Butler solid for five in win
    Eddie Butler pitched five innings and allowed one run in a victory over the Giants on Thursday.

    Advice: Oddly, manager Joe Maddon opted to let Butler hit in the bottom of the fifth and then pulled him to start the sixth after just 69 pitches. It makes plenty of sense to tread carefully with the 26-year-old Butler, who battled shoulder problems and was constantly mishandled by the Rockies. He'll likely be inconsistent but occasionally excellent for as long as the Cubs keep him in the rotation. Yesterday, 2:41 pm
  • Mike Montgomery gets four-inning save
    Mike Montgomery pitched four scoreless innings for a save against the Giants on Thursday.

    Advice: Montgomery came into a 2-1 game and stayed in as the Cubs added three insurances runs. It was his first career save. He's now thrown 31 2/3 innings this year, putting him on an incredibly high pace for a reliever. The Cubs could back off him or some or they still could transition him into the rotation at some point. Yesterday, 2:37 pm
  • Reds/Indians rained out on Thursday night
    Thursday's game between the Reds and Indians has been postponed due to rain.

    Advice: Mike Clevinger and Tim Adleman had been the scheduled starters. Presumably, they'll be pushed back a day. The game will be made up July 24 at 7:10 PM ET. Yesterday, 1:40 pm
    4:10 pm vs KC
  • Matt Andriese goes eight scoreless in win
    Matt Andriese scattered six hits over eight innings Thursday in the Rays' 4-0 shutout of the Angels.

    Advice: Andriese had a decent April (3.86 ERA), but it came without the kind of peripherals that boded well for the future (22/10 K/BB, 6 HR in 28 innings). This month's 2.67 ERA has come with a better 30/11 K/BB ratio and three homers allowed in 30 1/3 innings. He's a decent play in mixed leagues with starts against the Rangers and Mariners next week. Yesterday, 1:39 pm
  • Montero to start in deGrom's place Thursday
    Rafael Montero will make a spot start Thursday against the Padres.

    Advice: Montero is starting in place of Jacob deGrom, who had his start pushed back to Friday due to weather concerns. The right-hander fared poorly in his first start this year, scattering seven hits, five runs and three walks over 3 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Marlins on May 5. Even against a weak Padres lineup, Montero won't be a recommended streaming option. Yesterday, 1:17 pm
  • Edwin Diaz gets ninth save for Mariners
    Edwin Diaz got the ninth for the Mariners on Thursday and pitched a scoreless inning with a two-run lead for his eighth save.

    Advice: Diaz seems to be back in the closer's role after just two appearances since losing the job last week. He's not a sure thing at this point and it'd certainly be for the best if he could go a couple of weeks without a blown save, but especially since no one else really stepped up, it should be fine to drop any other Seattle relievers in mixed leagues. Yesterday, 12:58 pm
  • Strong start for Acevedo
    Yankees prospect Domingo Acevedo pitched 7 1/3 shutout innings for Double-A Trenton on Wednesday.

    Advice: Acevedo allowed just three hits in his start, and he struck out nine while walking no one. Since being promoted to Double-A, he has pitched 13 2/3 scoreless innings, walked two and struck out 14. There's a lot of effort in his delivery, but the stuff is legit, especially his 80-grade fastball. Be it in relief or as a starter, he's going to miss a lot of bats. Yesterday, 9:41 am
    Not Active
    4:05 pm vs Oak
  • Diaz (arm) doesn't expect to be out long
    Jumbo Diaz (arm) said Thursday that he doesn't expect to be out long.

    Advice: Diaz landed on the 10-day disabled list Thursday morning with right arm fatigue. He's having trouble working effectively on back-to-back days and holds a rough 5.49 ERA in 19 2/3 innings for the year. The big right-hander will probably go out on a short minor league rehab assignment before returning to the Tampa Bay bullpen in early June. Yesterday, 8:42 am
    10-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Min
  • Bedrosian (groin) ready to face live hitters
    Cam Bedrosian (groin) is set to begin facing live hitters in the next day or two.

    Advice: Bedrosian is working out at the Angels' spring training complex in Arizona and could head out on a minor league rehab assignment next week if everything continues to go smoothly. Bud Norris has done a surprisingly great job as the Angels' fill-in closer and Huston Street (shoulder) is due back from the disabled list soon, so Bedrosian might return to a seventh- or eighth-inning setup job. At least initially. He's been out since April 22 with a right groin strain. Yesterday, 7:55 am
    10-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Angels option Brooks Pounders to AAA
    Angels optioned RHP Brooks Pounders to Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Pounders was only up in the majors for a day and worked a scoreless inning of relief in Wednesday's loss to the Rays. Thursday's starter Daniel Wright will take over the vacant 25-man roster spot. Yesterday, 7:40 am
    Not Active
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Baker confirms Koda Glover as Nats' closer
    Nationals manager Dusty Baker confirmed late Wednesday that Koda Glover is the club's closer.

    Advice: Baker made it official after Glover worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning in a non-save situation Wednesday night against the Mariners. "Koda was kind of lobbying for that in the first place," Baker said. "We wanted to break him in slowly because this guy’s ... shoot, he’s only a year-and-a-half out of college. So he had said that’s the job he wanted, and so it’s his now." The hard-throwing 24-year-old had excellent minor league numbers and owns a 2.57 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and 11/2 K/BB ratio in 14 innings this season for the first-place Nationals. He's an obvious must-own. Shawn Kelley and Blake Treinen will operate in setup and mid-relief duties. Yesterday, 7:24 am
  • Boxberger (lat, forearm) set for live BP
    Brad Boxberger (lat, forearm) is scheduled to throw live batting practice next Monday and Thursday at the Rays' spring training complex.

    Advice: Wilson Ramos (knee) will catch with Brad Miller (abdomen) and Matt Duffy (heel) taking live swings. Boxberger has been on the disabled list all season because of a lat issue and a strained flexor tendon in his right forearm, but it sounds like the setup man could be ready to rock sometime in early-to-mid June. Yesterday, 7:04 am
    60-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Min
  • Rays activate Tommy Hunter (calf) from DL
    Rays activated RHP Tommy Hunter from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: Hunter will be available out of the Rays' bullpen for Thursday afternoon's series finale against the Angels after missing a full month with a right calf strain. The right-hander had a 1.08 ERA over his first 10 relief appearances this season for Tampa Bay. Yesterday, 6:48 am
  • Rays place Jumbo Diaz on 10-day DL
    Rays placed RHP Jumbo Diaz on the 10-day disabled list with right arm fatigue.

    Advice: Diaz has struggled to a 5.49 ERA, 1.68 WHIP, and 17/12 K/BB ratio in 19 2/3 innings this season out of the Rays' bullpen. The big right-hander could be shelved for a while. Yesterday, 6:46 am
    10-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Min
  • Bastardo (quad) nearing rehab assignment
    Antonio Bastardo (quad) is nearing a minor league rehab assignment.

    Advice: Bastardo threw an inning in an extended spring training game Tuesday and will do the same thing on Thursday before reporting to one of the Pirates' minor league affiliates over the weekend. The lefty reliever has been on the disabled list since April 25 because of a left quad strain. Assuming all goes well, he should be ready to return to the Pittsburgh bullpen the first week of June. Yesterday, 6:13 am
    10-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs NYM
  • Lindblom (side) threw bullpen session Wed.
    Josh Lindblom (side) threw a successful bullpen session on Wednesday afternoon.

    Advice: It sounds like Lindblom will be ready for activation from the 10-day disabled list when first eligible next Tuesday, but he might be sent back to Triple-A Indianapolis soon after. The 29-year-old right-hander has posted a 7.84 ERA and 2.03 WHIP in 10 1/3 innings this season at the major league level. Yesterday, 6:10 am
    10-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs NYM
  • Bonilla yields three runs in five innings Wed
    Lisalverto Bonilla gave up three runs in five innings during his start versus the Indians on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was in line to take a loss until the Reds came back and won in the ninth inning. He gave up six hits and three walks while striking out two. Two of the runs he allowed came on a Carlos Santana bomb in the third inning. Bonilla has a 6.17 ERA in 23 1/3 innings. The Reds' rotation is wide open due to injuries and poor performances but Bonilla will need to make some improvements if he wants to stick around. Wednesday, 10:19 pm
  • Allen blows save, takes loss versus Reds
    Cody Allen gave up two runs in the ninth inning to absorb a loss and a blown save against the Reds on Wednesday.

    Advice: Asked to protect a one-run lead in the ninth inning, he allowed singles to the first two batters of the inning. The Reds gave him a free out by bunting into a fielder's choice to retire the lead runner at third. Allen then got speedster Billy Hamilton to ground into a fielder's choice. But then Zack Cozart smoked a single to left that plated the tying and go-ahead runs. It was Allen's first blown save and second loss of the season. Allen's numbers are still excellent despite the poor game today. He has 13 saves with a 2.29 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 19 2/3 innings. Wednesday, 10:13 pm
  • Bauer allows two runs in 5 1/3 innings Wed.
    Trevor Bauer took a no-decision after allowing two runs in 5 1/3 innings against the Reds on Wednesday.

    Advice: He left the game with a lead but the bullpen blew it in the ninth inning. The two runs Bauer allowed came on a two-run blast by Adam Duvall. He gave up four hits and two walks while punching out six. This was one of Bauer's best outings of the season and lowers his ERA to 6.30 through nine starts. His nice 59/18 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 50 innings indicates better things could be in store as the season unfolds. Wednesday, 10:02 pm
    4:10 pm vs KC
  • Trevor Williams gives up three runs to Braves
    Trevor Williams pitched five-plus innings and yielded three runs Wednesday against the Braves.

    Advice: All three runs came in the sixth after Williams gave up three straight singles to open the frame and was pulled. The Pirates seem pretty content with mediocrity lately, so Williams, who has given up 13 earned runs over 18 2/3 innings in his four starts, will probably get additional opportunities. Wednesday, 9:30 pm
    4:05 pm vs NYM
  • Jose Ramirez blows save for Braves
    Given a save chance with Jim Johnson needing the day off, Jose Ramirez gave up two runs in the ninth to blow a save Wednesday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Both Johnson and Arodys Vizcaino had worked the last two days and four of the previous five days, so Ramirez got the call. An overturned call gave the Pirates an infield single to open the inning, and they got another single, a walk and a two-run single afterwards to tie the game. Ramirez probably won't get any additional save chances in the near future. Wednesday, 9:25 pm
  • Angels recall Brooks Pounders from AAA
    Angels recalled RHP Brooks Pounders from Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Pounders has allowed four earned runs in 3 2/3 innings this season at the major league level. He will work in a low-leverage relief role for Anaheim. Wednesday, 8:15 am
    Not Active
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Tommy Hunter (calf) makes rehab appearance
    Tommy Hunter (calf) allowed two runs on three hits in a one-inning rehab appearance Tuesday with High-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Not the greatest results, but Hunter reported feeling fine and if he pitches a little better in his next rehab outing the Rays could go ahead and activate him. The right-hander had a 1.08 ERA in 10 relief appearances for Tampa Bay before straining his right calf in late April while rushing to cover first base. Tuesday, 4:14 pm
  • Hunter (calf) to begin rehab stint Tuesday
    Tommy Hunter (calf) is slated to begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with High-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Hunter should only need a couple of appearances before rejoining the Rays. The veteran reliever has been sidelined for a month due to a right calf strain. He had a 1.08 ERA over 10 appearances prior to the injury. Tuesday, 7:28 am
  • Koda Glover locks down third save on Sunday
    Koda Glover locked down his third save of the season on Sunday, recording the final four outs against the Braves.

    Advice: Glover was called upon to protect a one-run lead with a runner on second base in the eighth inning. After getting out of that jam, he was sent back out with a clean slate in the ninth and despite allowing a leadoff single, was able to get the job done. He now sports a 2.77 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 10/2 K/BB ratio through 12 innings on the season and may be the best bet for save chances at the moment in the Nationals' bullpen. Sunday, 1:35 pm
  • Cam Bedrosian (groin) throwing off mound Mon.
    Cam Bedrosian (groin) will throw a bullpen session Monday.

    Advice: It will be the first time he's thrown off a mound since he went down with a strained right groin a month ago. Bud Norris has pitched surprisingly well in the Angels' closer role since Bedrosian went down, but the latter should eventually get his job back. He'll likely need a rehab appearance or two before returning. Sunday, 8:06 am
    10-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Edwin Diaz close to regaining closer role
    Mariners manager Scott Servais confirmed Edwin Diaz is close to regaining closer duties.

    Advice: Servais was impressed with his performance Friday against the White Sox (2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 Ks) but said he'd like to see one more clean outing before putting Diaz back in the ninth inning. "We'll take one more good one and see where we're at," he said. "I feel very confident that if he keeps moving in that direction, he'll be back doing the ninth inning solo and we can get back to him being our anchor." If by some miracle Diaz is still available in your league, now would be the time to go grab him. Saturday, 7:53 pm
  • Andriese wins despite allowing five runs Sat.
    Matt Andriese snared a win despite surrendering five runs in five innings against the Yankees on Saturday.

    Advice: He gave up six hits, including home runs by Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez. He struck out five without issuing a walk. Luckily for Andriese and his fantasy owners the Rays' offense broke out for nine runs and gift-wrapped a win for their starting pitcher today. His 3.18 ERA to start the day took a hit and rose to 3.75 while his record improved to 4-1. He has 47 strikeouts and 19 walks in 50 1/3 innings. He has given up nine homers in nine starts. Saturday, 6:08 pm
  • Clevinger dominates, Tribe shuts out Astros
    Mike Clevinger struck out eight over seven scoreless innings, and the Indians blanked the Astros 3-0 on Saturday.

    Advice: Clevinger surrendered just two hits, both singles, while walking two over his seven dominant frames. He's now allowed just three runs over 17 1/3 innings this year, with three of his four appearances coming as starts. Control has been his biggest enemy -- he's walked 11, compared to 19 strikeouts -- but his stuff is impressive, rendering a good Astros lineup mostly useless Saturday. An interleague date with the Reds is on tap for Thursday. Saturday, 4:52 pm
    4:10 pm vs KC
  • Allen closes out Astros to earn 12th save
    Cody Allen gave up a single but nothing more Saturday against the Astros, earning his 12th save of the season.

    Advice: George Springer led off the inning with a single and Josh Reddick stung the ball, but he hit it straight at right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall, who doubled off Springer to negate the threat. Allen is prone to some high-wire acts, but it's hard to argue with a 1.53 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 28/7 K/BB ratio over 17 2/3 innings of work this year. His 12 saves are most in the American League. Saturday, 4:26 pm
  • Matt Andriese tossed for plunking Aaron Judge
    Matt Andriese was ejected from Saturday's game against the Yankees for hitting Aaron Judge in the sixth inning.

    Advice: He was run after plunking Judge on the first pitch of the sixth inning. That came an inning after Corey Dickerson, who had already homered twice, was drilled by Yankees left-hander Tommy Layne. Andriese scattered six hits and five runs over five innings before getting tossed. He struck out five and didn't walk anyone. Saturday, 4:15 pm
  • Pirates place Josh Lindblom on 10-day DL
    Pirates placed RHP Josh Lindblom on the 10-day disabled list with left side discomfort.

    Advice: The 29-year-old hurler has really struggled in his limited time with the Pirates this season, compiling a 7.84 ERA, 2.03 WHIP and 10/3 K/BB ratio across 10 1/3 innings. There's no clear timetable for his return at the moment, but it should be at some point in June. Saturday, 10:20 am
    10-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs NYM
  • Tigers option Buck Farmer back to Triple-A
    Tigers optioned RHP Buck Farmer to Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: Farmer was just up as an extra bullpen arm for a couple of days and will now make the trek back down I-75 to Toledo. He'll continue to provide rotation depth until he's needed again. Saturday, 8:56 am
    Not Active
    2:10 pm @CWS ; 5:40 pm @CWS
  • Edwin Diaz goes two scoreless
    Making his first appearance since the Mariners demoted him, Edwin Diaz pitched two scoreless innings in a tie game Friday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Diaz walked four of five batters to earn his demotion Monday. There was no sign of control problems in this one, though, as he threw 20 of his 29 pitches for strikes and walked none. He should quickly reclaim closing duties with a couple of more outings like this. Friday, 11:27 pm
  • Bauer gives up three runs in win over Astros
    Trevor Bauer gave up three runs over 5 2/3 innings in a victory over the Astros on Friday.

    Advice: Bauer gave up five hits (including home runs to Josh Reddick and Carlos Correa) and one walk while striking out a season-high nine batters. He trailed early before the Indians pulled away in the middle innings. The club’s dominant bullpen made the lead hold up. Bauer has now allowed 10 home runs in 44 2/3 innings this season to go along with a 6.65 ERA. He can’t be trusted in mixed fantasy leagues at this time. Friday, 8:51 pm
    4:10 pm vs KC
  • Allen converts 11th save Friday
    Cody Allen converted his 11th save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth inning against the Astros on Friday.

    Advice: Allen breezed through the frame in just six pitches. The 28-year-old has had a couple of shaky appearances recently, but he’s still a perfect 11-for-11 in save chances this season and owns a stingy 1.62 ERA with 28 strikeouts over 16 2/3 innings. Friday, 8:50 pm
  • Nick Martinez beats Tigers to earn first win
    Nick Martinez picked up his first victory of the 2017 season on Friday, limiting the Tigers to one unearned run on four hits over his five frames.

    Advice: The right-hander walked one and struck out four on the night. With this strong effort added to his resume, he now sports a more respectable 4.33 ERA and 1.25 WHIP through 35 1/3 innings on the season. He still isn't a recommended streaming option for Thursday's matchup against the Red Sox in Boston. Friday, 8:22 pm
  • Bonilla hit hard in loss to Rockies on Friday
    Lisalverto Bonilla was hit hard in Friday's loss to the Rockies, allowing six runs on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings of work.

    Advice: The right-hander walked three and struck out three on the night. The Rockies scratched out a pair of runs in the first inning then Bonilla was able to keep them off the board until an uprising in sixth. There, a three-run homer by Alexi Amarista provided the bulk of the damage. He'll carry a 6.38 ERA and 1.36 WHIP into Wednesday's start against the Indians in Cleveland. He should be avoided for fantasy purposes. Friday, 7:53 pm
  • Williams gives up three runs in loss
    Trevor Williams yielded three runs over 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the Phillies on Friday.

    Advice: The Pirates gave Williams an early lead, but he coughed it up in his final frame before being pulled. He gave up four hits and walked a pair while failing to strike out any of the 23 batters he faced. The 25-year-old has allowed 10 runs in 13 2/3 innings in three starts since joining the Pirates’ rotation. He’s not a fantasy option. Friday, 7:16 pm
    4:05 pm vs NYM
  • Eddie Butler lasts three innings on Friday
    Eddie Butler last just three innings in Friday's start against the Brewers, surrendering two runs on three hits and five walks.

    Advice: The right-hander struck out three on the afternoon. Given his struggles with command, he was fortunate to escape with only two runs allowed in this one. Butler will carry a 2.00 ERA and 1.44 WHIP into Wednesday's start against the Giants. Friday, 4:53 pm
  • Tigers call up Buck Farmer from AAA Toledo
    Tigers recalled RHP Buck Farmer from Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: He was called up to replace Victor Martinez, who is away on paternity leave. Farmer has gone 1-2 with a 3.60 ERA in eight starts for Toledo this year. He'll be used in long relief. Thursday, 1:48 pm
    Not Active
    2:10 pm @CWS ; 5:40 pm @CWS
  • Craig Kimbrel has another dominant save
    Craig Kimbrel breezed through a save chance on eight pitches on Tuesday in St. Louis.

    Advice: Kimbrel protecting a three-run lead with how he's throwing this season is about as money in the bank as it gets, and he disposed of the Cardinals quickly with a couple flyouts and a strikeout. He's given up just two runs this season and holds an absurd 34/2 K/BB ratio over 17 2/3 frames. Tuesday, 8:57 pm
  • Koda Glover throws scoreless frame Tuesday
    Koda Glover allowed a pair of hits but struck out two in a scoreless frame in Tuesday's win over the Pirates.

    Advice: Glover entered in the bottom of the ninth with the Nationals up four runs, but it's worth noting that he was warming up in the top of the ninth while they were up two. Shawn Kelley blew a save Sunday and it's possible Glover might have the edge over him for saves at the moment. The situation lacks clarity, however. Tuesday, 7:53 pm
  • Edwin Diaz removed from Mariners closer gig
    Edwin Diaz has been demoted from the Mariners' closer role.

    Advice: It should just be a short-term demotion as Diaz works through some mechanical issues. He walked four of the five batters he faced before being removed from a save opportunity Monday against the A's. Tony Zych seems likely to head up a ninth-inning committee for Mariners skipper Scott Servais until Diaz gets back on track. Steve Cishek, Nick Vincent, and Marc Rzepczynski could also be in the mix for saves in Seattle. Tuesday, 3:48 pm
  • Mariners' Diaz walks four in save chance
    Edwin Diaz walked four of the five batters he faced Monday before being removed from his save chance against the A's.

    Advice: Ouch. Diaz has been surprisingly vulnerable this year, but it was homers, not so much walks, causing him problems. In fact, he had a 13/1 K/BB ratio in 7 1/3 innings over his previous eight appearances. This probably won't get Diaz pulled from the closer's role, but if his control doesn't return next time out, he'll be in trouble. With Steve Cishek just making his first appearance back from the DL tonight, the Mariners don't have an obvious fallback to Diaz in the ninth. Tony Zych replaced Diaz and got the save in this one. He'd be a candidate for additional saves if Diaz needs a break, but it'd likely be a committee initially. Monday, 10:52 pm
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