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MLB Bullpen Report: 05/03/12

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American League

Baltimore Orioles
(CL)
Jim Johnson (R)– Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Wednesday in a non-save situation retiring all three batters he faced in order. Johnson is picking up right where he left off before missing time due to the flu, and has yet to give up an earned-run this season. (05/03/12)
(SU)
Matt Lindstrom (R)–Pitched a scoreless seventh inning on Monday night striking out one batter in the outing.  Lindstrom has yet to give up an earned run this season, increasing his scoreless innings streak to 9.2 innings to start the year. (05/01/12)
(MR)
Pedro Strop (R)–Strop picked up the win on Sunday after pitching a scoreless ninth inning giving up one hit and one walk in the outing. He earned his third win of the season and has turned into a solid pitcher to own in holds leagues. (4/30/12)

Boston Red Sox
(CL)
Alfredo Aceves (R)–Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Monday night giving up one hit while striking out two batters. Aceves was not needed to pitch in this game, but at least he looked good. (05/01/12)
(SU)
Franklin Morales (L)–Picked up his sixth hold of the season on Monday night after forcing the only two batters he faced to ground out. Morales has settled down in his last few appearances and has now lowered his earned-run average to 4.32 on the season. (05/01/12)
(MR)
Matt Albers (R)–Pitched 0.2 innings of relief on Wednesday night retiring the only two batters he faced in order. He recorded one strikeout while forcing the other batter he faced into a ground ball out. (05/03/12)
Injured–
Andrew Bailey (60-Day DL), Bobby Jenks (60-Day DL)

Chicago White Sox
(CL)
Hector Santiago (L)–Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Tuesday night in a non-save situation giving up one hit and two walks while striking out two batters. This was his first appearance since blowing a save on April 25, and it wasn’t a good one. At least he didn’t give up any runs, but he still got into trouble allowing three base runners. (05/02/12)
(SU)
Matt Thornton (L)– Pitched 0.1 innings of relief on Wednesday giving up two runs on two hits and one walk. This was Thornton’s worst outing of the season and has now raised his earned-run average to 2.38 on the season. (05/03/12)
(MR)
Addison Reed (R)–Pitched 0.1 innings of relief on Wednesday night giving up one hit on just six pitches thrown. He was used in a situational matchup, which is why he only faced two batters. (05/03/12)
Injured–
Jesse Crain (15-Day DL)

Cleveland Indians
(CL)
Chris Perez (R)–Recorded his eighth save of the season on Wednesday night after pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning. He needed 15 pitches to get through the appearance, and his now tied with Fernando Rodney atop the American League in saves. (05/03/12)
(SU)
Vinnie Pestano (R)–Picked up his sixth hold of the season on Wednesday after pitching a scoreless eighth inning. He struck out one batter in the appearance needing only six pitches to get the job done. (05/03/12)
(MR)
Tony Sipp (L)–Sipp failed to record an out in his last appearance giving up a hit to the only batter that he faced. He threw just four pitches in the outing so he will definitely be available on Thursday. (05/03/12)

Detroit Tigers
(CL) Jose Valverde (R)– Valverde was used in a non-save situation on Saturday and almost blew the game for the Tigers. He gave up three runs on three hits and one walk, luckily for him the Tigers were up by five runs before he was inserted. (4/29/12)
(SU)
Joaquin Benoit (R)– Benoit took the loss on Wednesday after giving up one run on two hits in the ninth inning. He has now given up a run in each of his last two appearances and raised his earned-run average to 4.35 on the season. (05/03/12)
(MR)
Octavio Dotel (R)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Saturday striking out two batters on 13 pitches thrown. Dotel has been very impressive to start the season and has yet to give up a run. (4/29/12)

Kansas City Royals
(CL)
Jonathan Broxton (R)–Recorded his fourth save of the season on Wednesday after pitching a scoreless ninth inning. With this outing, Broxton has now lowered his earned-run average to 2.08 on the season. (05/03/12)
(SU)
Aaron Crow (R)–Crow gave up two runs on two hits in 0.2 innings of relief on Wednesday. The runs came off the bat of Brennan Boesch, who hit a two-run home run, but prior to this outing Crow has been very consistent. (05/03/12)
(MR)
Tim Collins (L)–Picked up the win on Wednesday after pitching 0.2 innings of relief. He needing only nine pitches to get through the appearance, striking out one batter and forcing the other batter he faced to fly out. (05/03/12)
Injured–
Joakim Soria (out for season), Greg Holland (15-Day DL)

Los Angeles Angels
(CL) Scott Downs (L)– Recorded his second save of the season on Monday night after being used to get the final four outs of the game. He entered in the eighth inning in a jam, but was able to work out of it and then breeze through the ninth inning. (05/01/12)
(SU)
Jordan Walden (R)–Walden was demoted to the setup role on Friday after starting off the season on a bad note. If he can turn things around in a role with less pressure, he may be able to earn the job back again, but for now he will only have fantasy value in holds leagues. (4/28/12)
(MR)
LaTroy Hawkins (R)–Picked up his second hold of the season on Monday night after pitching just 0.1 innings of relief. He gave up two hits which scored one run, but they were charged to start C.J. Wilson. (05/01/12)

Minnesota Twins 
(CL)
Matt Capps (R)– Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Wednesday night in a non-save situation needing only nine pitches to get through the appearance. The low pitch count can be directly related to the fact that Jared Weaver was pitching a no-hitter, so his teammates were at the plate swinging away in a blowout game. (05/03/12)
(SU)
Glen Perkins (L)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Wednesday needing just seven pitches to get through the appearance. He struck out one batter and like Matt Capps, the low pitch count is directly related to the game situation.
(05/03/12) (MR)
Brian Duensing (L)–Pitched one inning of relief on Wednesday giving up two hits in the appearance. With this outing his earned-run average went down to 3.72 on the season, which is a lot better than it was leading into this matchup. (05/03/12)

New York Yankees
(CL)
Mariano Rivera (R)–Recorded his fifth save of the season on Monday night after pitching a scoreless ninth inning. He gave up one hit in the appearance, but forced three ground ball outs to get through the inning. (05/01/12)
(SU)
David Robertson (R)–Picked up his fourth hold of the season on Monday after striking out the side in the eighth inning. With his three strikeouts Monday night, he now has 18 strikeouts on the season in 11 innings pitched. (05/01/12)
(MR)
Rafael Soriano (R)–Pitched one inning of relief on Tuesday night giving up one run on two hits while striking out one batter. Soriano has pitched well as of late, but has only two holds through the first month of the season, which is a concern for fantasy owners in holds leagues. (05/02/12)

Oakland Athletics
(CL)
Grant Balfour (R)–Balfour had yet another rough outing on Tuesday night giving up two runs on three hits and one walk recording only one out in the ninth inning. He was pulled before actually blowing the game, and has now given up five runs in his last two outing combined, which puts him on the hot-seat. (05/02/12)
(SU)
Ryan Cook(R)–Picked up his seventh hold of the season on Wednesday after pitching 1.1 innings of relief giving up one hit and one walk while striking out three batters. Cook has yet to give up an earned-run this season and has recorded 11 strikeouts in his last five innings of relief. (05/03/12)
(MR)
Brian Fuentes (L)–Recorded his first save of the season on Wednesday night despite giving up one run on two hits in the ninth inning. This was just a spot-save for Fuentes and this should not be expected to become a regular occurrence. (05/03/12)
Injured–
Joey Devine (15-Day DL)

Seattle Mariners
(CL)
Brandon League (R)–League took the loss and his second blown-save of the season on Monday night after giving up two runs on four hits and one walk in 1.1 innings of relief. This was just his second bad outing of the season, and is now sporting a 2.77 ERA with a 1.31 WHIP on the season. (05/01/12) (
SU)
Tom Wilhelmsen (R)– Pitched two innings of relief on Monday night giving up one hit and one walk while striking out one batter. This was a nice rebound appearance for Wilhemlsen, who gave up two runs in his last outing, so he appears to be right back on track. (05/01/12)
(MR)
Lucas Luetge (L)–Luetge walked the only batter he faced in the sixth inning on five pitches thrown. Although he has only been used sparingly, he has yet to give up an earned-run this season. (05/02/12) Injured–George Sherrill (15-Day DL)

Tampa Bay Rays
(CL) Fernando Rodney (R)–Recorded his eighth save of the season on Tuesday night after striking out the side in the ninth inning. Rodney has looked like a different pitcher this season for the Rays and even when Kyle Farnsworth comes back, it will be hard for the Rays to remove him from the closer role. (05/02/12) (SU) Joel Peralta (R)–Recorded his first save of the season on Wednesday night after pitching 1.2 innings of relief. He was used in the role with Fernando Rodney unavailable, so this spot-save doesn’t have much to it. (05/03/12)
(MR)
J.P. Howell (L)–Picked up his second hold of the season on Wednesday after pitching a scoreless seventh inning. He gave up one hit and one walk while striking out one batter in the appearance, lowering his earn-run average to 2.08 on the season. (05/03/12)
Injured–
Kyle Farnsworth (15-Day DL)

Texas Rangers
(CL)
Joe Nathan (R)–Recorded his sixth save of the season on Monday after pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning. He struck out one batter in the appearance while lowering his earned-run average to 3.38 on the season. (05/01/12)
(SU)
Mike Adams (R)– Adams took the loss on Tuesday night after giving up a walk-off home run to Brett Lawrie after failing to record an out in the ninth inning. He has now given up two runs in his last three relief appearances combined. (05/02/12)
(MR)
Alexi Ogando (R)–Pitched two innings of relief on Tuesday giving up one hit while striking out one batter. With this appearance, Ogando lowered his earned-run average to 0.71 on the season. (05/02/12) Injured–Yoshinori Tateyama (15-Day DL)

Toronto Blue Jays
(CL)
Francisco Cordero (R)–Picked up the win on Tuesday night despite blowing his second save of the season after giving up one run on three hits in the ninth inning. He has been shaky in the closer role in the absence of Sergio Santos, so don’t expect Cordero to get any chances once he is back from injury. (05/02/12)
(SU)
Casey Janssen (R)– Picked up his first hold of the season on Sunday afternoon after pitching a 1-2-3 eighth inning. He needed just nine pitches to get through the appearance forcing one ground ball out and two fly ball outs. (4/30/12)
(MR)
Darren Oliver (L)–Picked up his fourth hold of the season on Tuesday night after forcing the only batter he faced to fly out in the eighth inning. Oliver has been used sparingly this season, but has had plenty of hold opportunities, making him a solid add in holds leagues. (05/02/12)
Injured–
Sergio Santos (15-Day DL)

National League

Arizona Diamondbacks
(CL)
J.J. Putz (R)– Was charged with the loss and his second blown-save of the season on Wednesday night after failing to make it through the ninth inning. He gave up two runs on two hits in the appearance, and has now given up five runs in his last 4.1 innings of relief. (05/03/12)
(SU)
David Hernandez (R)–Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Tuesday night in a non-save situation retiring all three batters he faced in order. He struck out two batters in the appearance and now has 19 strikeouts on the season. (05/02/12)
(MR)
Brad Ziegler (R)–Picked up his second hold of the season on Wednesday night after pitching 0.2 innings of relief. He gave up one hit and one walk, but was able to work out o the jam by striking out one batter and forcing the other to ground out. (05/03/12)
Injured–
Takashi Saito (15-Day DL)

Atlanta Braves
(CL)
Craig Kimbrel (R)–Kimbrel was charged with his first blown-save of the season on Wednesday night after giving up one run on one hit and one walk in the ninth inning. This clearly wasn’t one of his best outings, but he didn’t do horrible and still recorded two strikeouts in his efforts. (05/03/12)
(SU)
Jonny Venters (L)– Pitched a scoreless 10th inning on Wednesday retiring all three batters he faced in order. He recorded two strikeouts in the appearance looked much sharper than the night prior. (05/03/12) (MR) Eric O’Flaherty (L)–O’Flaherty’s struggles continued on Wednesday night after giving up three runs on two hits and one walk in the seventh inning. He has now given up seven earned-runs in his last 6.2 innings of relief. (05/03/12)

Chicago Cubs
(CL)
Carlos Marmol (R)–Recorded his second save of the season on Wednesday night after pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning. He struck out two batters in his efforts, needing only 15 pitches to make it through the appearance. (05/03/12)
(SU)
James Russell (L)–Picked up his first hold of the season on Friday night after pitching 0.2 innings of relief. He allowed two base runners, but was able to work out of the jam to earn the hold. (4/28/12)
(MR)
Rafael Dolis (R)–Picked up his third hold of the season on Wednesday night after striking out the only batter he faced in the eighth inning. He threw just four pitches in the appearance lowering his earned-run average to 3.86 on the season. (05/03/12)
Injured–
Kerry Wood (15-Day DL)

Cincinnati Reds
(CL)
Sean Marshall (L)–Recorded his fifth save of the season on Sunday afternoon after pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning. This was a great outing to see out of Marshall, who gave up three runs in his last appearance, so it appears he is over it and back on track. (4/30/12)
(SU)
Aroldis Chapman (L)–Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Saturday in a non-save situation giving up one hit and two walks while striking out one batter. He was able to get in and out of trouble in the appearance, but that now makes four walks allowed in his last 3.1 innings pitched. (4/29/12)
(MR)
Jose Arrenondo (R)–Pitched 0.2 innings of relief on Sunday giving up one hit and one walk in the outing. He was able to get out of a jam after allowing two base runners by forcing two fly ball outs. (4/30/12)
Injured–Ryan Madson (out for season), Nick Masset (15-Day DL), Bill Bray (15-Day DL)

Colorado Rockies
(CL)
Rafael Betancourt (R)– Picked up the win on Wednesday despite being charged with his first blown-save of the season after giving up two runs on two hits and two walks in the ninth inning. This was his first bad outing of the season, but at least he walked away with the win and three strikeouts. (05/03/12)
(SU)
Matt Belisle (R)–Picked up his second hold of the season on Wednesday despite giving up one run in 0.2 innings of relief. He needed 15 pitches to make it through the appearance, forcing two fly ball outs. (05/03/12)
(MR)
Rex Brothers (L)–Brothers failed to record an out on Wednesday after giving up one run on two hits in the eighth inning. With this outing, Brothers has now raised his earned-run average to 4.00 on the season. (05/03/12)

Houston Astros
(CL
)Brett Myers (R)– Recorded his sixth save of the season on Tuesday night after pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning. After a slow start in terms of saves, Myers has been given many opportunities as of late making him one of the better options at this point. (05/02/12)
(SU)
Brandon Lyon (R)–Lyon struck out the only batter he faced on Monday in the eighth inning on seven pitches. He hasn’t been excellent this season, but he has now racked up four strikeouts in his last 2.1 innings of relief. (05/01/12)
(MR)
Wilton Lopez (R)–Picked up his first hold of the season on Tuesday night after pitching 1.1 innings of relief. He gave up one hit and recorded one strikeout in the appearance lowering his earned-run average to 2.51 on the season. (05/02/12)

Los Angeles Dodgers
(CL)
Javy Guerra (R)–Recorded his eighth save of the season on Tuesday night after pitching a scoreless ninth inning giving up one hit while striking out two batters. There was a lot of speculation floating around the Dodgers closer role so this outing should put a stop to that, but the leash is short at this point. (05/02/12)
(SU)
Kenley Jansen (R)–Picked up his sixth hold of the season on Tuesday despite giving up one run on two hits in the eighth inning. Jansen was used in the eighth inning With Javy Guerra sued in the ninth inning, so it appears the Dodgers are going to still with the current setup for the time-being. (05/02/12)
(MR)
Josh Lindblom (R)–Pitched 0.2 innings of relief on Tuesday night surrendering three runs on four hits. This was a rough outing for Lindblom, but two of the runs came off a home run from Tyler Colvin so don’t look too much into this outing. (05/02/12)
Injured–
Matt Guerrier (15-Day DL)

Miami Marlins
(CL)
Heath Bell (R)– Bell failed to record an out on Wednesday night in the ninth inning giving up two runs on three hits in the appearance. This was Bell’s third consecutive day being used, so that could have been the problem, either way this has been a rough start for Bell in Miami. Expect Bell to be given the day off on Thursday. (05/03/12)
(SU)
Edward Mujica (R)– Picked up his sixth hold of the season on Wednesday after pitching a 1-2-3 eighth inning. He needed 12 pitches to get through the appearance afte forcing three fly ball outs. (05/03/12)
(MR)
Steve Cishek (R)–Picked up the win on Wednesday night after pitching two innings of relief giving up two hits while striking out three batters. With this victory Cishek is now 3-0 with a 0.79 earned-run average on the season. (05/03/120

Milwaukee Brewers
(CL)
John Axford (R)–Recorded his fifth save of the season on Sunday after pitching a scoreless ninth inning. He allowed one hit and one walk in the outing while striking out two batters on 17 pitches thrown in the appearance. (4/30/12)
(SU)
Francisco Rodriguez (R)–Took the loss on Tuesday night after giving up two runs on two hits in the eighth innings. This puts Rodriguez at 0-3 on the season with a 6.57 earned-run average, which isn’t pretty by any means. (05/02/12)
(MR)
Kameron Loe (R)– Picked up his second hold of the season on Monday night after pitching two innings of relief striking out three batters. Loe has now pitched three consecutive days and will likely be given a day off on Tuesday. (05/01/12)

New York Mets
(CL)
Frank Francisco (R)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Wednesday in a blowout loss to the Astros. He gave up two hits while striking out one batter in the appearance on 15 pitches thrown. (05/03/12) (
SU)
Jon Rauch (R)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Tuesday giving up one hit in the appearance. He needed 14 pitches to get through the inning and appears to be back on track after a rough outing his last appearance. (05/02/12)
(MR)
Ramon Ramirez (R)–Pitched 1.1 innings of relief on Tuesday night giving up two walks on 25 pitches thrown in the appearance. After a rough start Ramirez has gotten back on track and is a decent addition in deep holds leagues. (05/02/12)

Philadelphia Phillies
(CL) Jonathan Papelbon (R)–Recorded his ninth save of the season on Tuesday night after pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning. He needed only 10 pitches to get through the appearance and recorded one strikeout in his efforts. (05/02/12)
(SU)
Chad Qualls (R)–Picked up his sixth hold of the season on Tuesday after pitching a scoreless eighth inning. He gave up two this and one walk, but was able to work out of the jam with one strikeout and forcing two ground ball outs. (05/02/12)
(MR)
Antonio Bastardo (L)–Picked up his third hold of the season on Wednesday night after pitching a scoreless seventh inning. He needed only 11 pitches to make it through the appearance and has now pitched three consecutive days, so will likely be unavailable on Thursday. (05/03/12)
Injured–
David Herndon (15-Day DL)

Pittsburgh Pirates
(CL) Joel Hanrahan (R)–Recorded his fourth save of the season on Saturday after pitching a perfect ninth inning. He struck out two batters in the appearance and is now a perfect 4-for-4 on the season in save opportunities. (4/29/12)
(SU)
Juan Cruz (R)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Wednesday night giving up one hit and one walk while striking out one batter. He needed 19 pitches to get through the appearance and ahs yet to give up an earned-run this season. (05/03/12)
(MR)
Chris Resop (R)–Pitched a scoreless seventh inning on Wednesday retiring all three batters he faced in order. This game was an absolute blowout, so this may have been the easiest inning he face been used in this season. (05/03/12)
Injured–
Chris Leroux (60-Day DL)

San Diego Padres
(CL)
Huston Street (R)–Recorded his fourth save of the season on Tuesday night after pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning. He struck out two batters in the appearance and lowered his earned-run average to 1.00 on the season. (05/02/12)
(SU)
Andrew Cashner (R)–Picked up the win on Tuesday after pitching a scoreless eighth inning. He allowed just one base runner in the outing and forced three ground ball outs in his efforts. (05/02/12)
(MR) Luke Gregerson (R)–Picked up his second hold of the season on Wednesday after pitching two innings of relief giving up one hit while striking out three batters. Gregerson has been solid all season for the Padres, but doesn’t get enough hold opportunities to make him a must-own in holds leagues. (05/03/12)

San Francisco Giants
(CL)
Santiago Casilla (R)–Took the loss on Wednesday night after giving up one run on one hit in the 10th inning. He gave up the game-winning home run to Giancarlo Stanton with one out in the inning, and the Giants failed to match it. (05/03/12)
(SU)
Sergio Romo (R)– Picked up his third hold of the season on Sunday after forcing the only batter that he faced to fly out. He threw just two pitches in the appearance, which was his first since Wednesday. (4/30/12)
(MR)
Javier Lopez (L)–Picked up the win on Saturday after pitching one inning of relief giving up two hits while striking out one batter. This was his second win of the season, but he isn’t used consistently enough to make him worth grabbing in holds leagues. (4/27/12)
Injured–
Brian Wilson (out for season), Jeremy Affeldt (15-Day DL)

St. Louis Cardinals
(CL)
Jason Motte (R)–Recorded his fourth save of the season on Tuesday night after pitching a scoreless ninth inning. He gave up one hit and struck out two batters in the appearance on 11 pitches thrown. (05/02/12)
(SU)
Kyle McClellan (R)–Pitched one inning of relief on Wednesday night giving up one hit while striking out one batter. He needed 20 pitches to get though the appearance, and one again he was not used in a hold situation. (05/03/12)
(MR)
Fernando Salas (R)– Salas had another rough outing on Tuesday night giving up three runs on two this and two walk in the eighth inning. He threw 28 pitches to record two outs, and if he keeps this up he may move down the depth chart or even get demoted. (05/02/12)

Washington Nationals
(CL)
Henry Rodriguez (R)–Picked up the win on Wednesday night after pitching a scoreless ninth inning in a tied game. He gave up one hit while striking out two batters and was credited with the win once JJ Putz failed to get the job done. (05/03/12)
(SU)
Tyler Clippard (R)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Saturday night giving up one walk while striking out two batters. He needed 22 pitches to get through the appearance, and lowered his earned-run average to 5.40 on the season. (4/29/12)
(MR)
Sean Burnett (L)–Pitched 0.2 innings of relief on Friday night giving up two walks in the outing. Despite his lack of control at times, Burnett has yet to give up an earned run this season. (4/28/12)
Injured–
Drew Storen (15-Day DL), Brad Lidge (15-Day DL)

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Matthew Beck is a Fantasy Sports Columnist for Rotoinfo.com. If you have any questions or comments feel free to e-mail him at matthewbeck@rotoinfo.com.  Also follow him on Twitter @MatthewRBeck for up-to-date Q&A and fantasy information. 

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