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MLB Bullpen Report: 05/09/12

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American League

Baltimore Orioles
(CL)
Jim Johnson (R)– Pitched two innings of relief on Sunday giving up one hit while striking out three batters. He has pitched three innings in his last two outings combined and may be given the day off on Monday. (05/07/12)
(SU)
Pedro Strop (R)–Pitched two innings of relief on Sunday giving up one hit while striking out one batter in the appearance. This was the second game in three days in which he was used for multiple innings, so this may be becoming a trend. (05/07/12)
(MR)
Matt Lindstrom (R)–Pitched two innings of relief on Sunday giving up one hit and one walk while striking out three batters. Lindstrom has been all the Orioles could ask for through the first five weeks of the season, and has yet to give up an earned-run. (05/07/12)

Boston Red Sox
(CL) Alfredo Aceves (R)–Pitched two innings of relief on Sunday giving up one hit and one walk while striking out three batters. Aceves has now recorded nine strikeouts in his last 4.2 innings of relief. (05/07/12)
(SU)
Franklin Morales (L)–Pitched two innings of relief on Sunday giving up two hits in the outing. He needed 26 pitches to get through the appearance and lowered his earned-run average to 4.91 on the season. (05/07/12)
(MR)
Matt Albers (R)–Pitched 0.2 innings of relief on Tuesday night giving up one run on one hit in the eighth inning. He served up a home run to Billy Butler with two runners on, but was only charged for one of the three runs that cross the plate in the inning. (05/09/12)
Injured–
Andrew Bailey (60-Day DL), Bobby Jenks (60-Day DL)

Chicago White Sox
(CL)
Chris Sale (L)–Sale was charged with his first blown-save of the season on Tuesday night after giving up one run on one walk in the eighth inning. This was his first chance coming out of the bullpen this season, and despite the fact that the run was unearned, it is still not the way he wanted to start his new role. (05/09/12)
(SU)
Hector Santiago (L)–Picked up the win on Tuesday after pitching a scoreless ninth inning giving up two hits while striking out one batter. The White Sox scored two runs in the 10th inning which was the determining factor, which gave Santiago the win. (05/09/12)
(MR)
Matt Thornton (L)– Thornton took the loss on Monday night after giving up one run on three hits and one walk in the eighth inning. The wheels have started to fall off after a great start, as Thornton has now given up five runs over his last two innings of relief. (05/08/12)
(MR)
Addison Reed (R)–Recorded his second save of the season on Tuesday night after pitching a 1-2-3 10th inning. He struck out two batters in the appearance while increasing his scoreless innings streak to 10 innings on the season. (05/09/12)
Injured–
Jesse Crain (15-Day DL)

Cleveland Indians
(CL) Chris Perez (R)–Took the loss on Tuesday night after giving up two runs on two hits in the 10th inning. He entered in a tied game, which is something he isn’t accustomed too, so that could’ve been a factor in this outing. (05/09/12)
(SU)
Vinnie Pestano (R)–Picked up his eighth hold of the season on Sunday after striking out one only batter he faced in the eighth inning. He threw just six pitches, so he should be a go for Monday’s doubleheader. (05/07/12)
(MR)
Tony Sipp (L)–Picked up a spot-save on Monday night in Game two of a doubleheader after pitching a scoreless ninth inning. He gave up one walk in the appearance while striking out two batters with both Chris Perez and Vinnie Pestano unavailable. (05/08/12)

Detroit Tigers
(CL)
Jose Valverde (R)– Recorded his sixth save of the season on Tuesday night despite getting into a bases loaded jam after giving up three walks to start the ninth inning. Valverde has been struggling this season, but luckily he didn’t give up any runs in this one. (05/09/12)
(SU)
Joaquin Benoit (R)– Picked up his ninth hold of the season on Tuesday are pitching a 1-2-3 eighth inning. He struck out one batter in the appearance while lowering his earned-run average to 3.38 on the season. (05/09/12)
(MR)
Octavio Dotel (R)–Took the loss on Monday night after failing to record an out in the ninth inning. He gave up three runs on one hit and two walks before being pulled from the game. (05/08/12)

Kansas City Royals
(CL) Jonathan Broxton (R)–Recorded his sixth save of the season on Tuesday night after pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning. He needed only eight pitches to make it through the appearance and lowered his earned-run average to 1.69 in his efforts. (05/09/12)
(SU)
Aaron Crow (R)–Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Monday night in a non-save situation giving up one hit and one walk while striking out two batters. With this outing Crow lowered his earned-run average to 3.21 on the season. (05/08/12)
(MR)
Tim Collins (L)–Pitched 0.2 innings of relief on Monday giving up three runs on two hits and one walk while striking out one batter. Collins has been solid for the majority of the season, so hopefully he will be able to put this outing behind him. (05/08/12)
Injured–
Joakim Soria (out for season), Greg Holland (15-Day DL)

Los Angeles Angels
(CL) Scott Downs (L)– Downs did not join the team in their trip to Minnesota on Monday and underwent an MRI which revealed no major damage. He could be back in the Angels bullpen as early as Wednesday and at the latest Friday. (05/09/12)
(SU)
Ernesto Frieri (R)–Picked up his second hold of the season on Sunday after pitching a scoreless eighth inning. He gave up one walk while striking out one batter in the appearance and may be in line to receive save chances if Scott Downs’ injury is serious. (05/07/12)
(MR)
Jordan Walden (R)–Picked up his first hold of the season on Monday night after pitching 0.2 innings of relief. He threw just eight pitches in the appearance striking out one batter lowering his earned-run average to 6.00 on the season. (05/08/12)
Injured–
LaTroy Hawkins (15-Day DL)

Minnesota Twins
(CL) Matt Capps (R)– Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Tuesday night in a non-save situation retiring all three batters he faced in order. After Tuesday’s performance Capps has now put together three straight solid appearances after hitting a bit of a rough patch. (05/09/12)
(SU)
Glen Perkins (L)–Pitched one inning of relief on Monday night giving up three runs, one earned, on two hits and one walk. Perkins has struggled this season and now has a 5.56 earned-run average on the season. (05/08/12)
(MR)
Brian Duensing (L)–Pitched one inning of relief on Sunday giving up one walk while striking out two batters in the appearance. Duensing has now put together three straight solid outings, lowering his earned-run average to 3.09 on the season. (05/07/12)

New York Yankees
(CL)
David Robertson (R)–Recorded his first save of the season on Tuesday night after pitching a scoreless ninth inning. Robertson got himself in a bases loaded jam, but was able to get himself out of it striking out Carlos Pena to end the game. (05/09/12)
(SU)
Rafael Soriano (R)–Picked up his third hold of the season on Tuesday despite giving up one run on one hit and one walk while striking out three batters in the inning. He threw 26 pitches in the appearance and will have to limit his base runners even more now that he is in the eighth inning setup role. (05/09/12)
(MR)
Boone Logan (R)–Pitched 0.1 innings of relief on Sunday giving up one hit and forcing one ground ball out. Logan threw nine pitches in the outing and has now been used on back-to-back days. (05/07/12) Injured–Mariano Rivera (Out for the season)

Oakland Athletics
(CL) Grant Balfour (R)–Picked up the win on Tuesday night despite giving up one run on two hits and one walk in the ninth inning. Balfour’s struggles continue, and if he continues down this road, Ryan Cook may pass him on the depth chart. (05/09/12)
(SU)
Ryan Cook(R)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Tuesday retiring all three batters he faced in order. Cook struck out one batter in the appearance and has yet to give up a run this season. (05/09/12)
(MR)
Brian Fuentes (L)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Sunday giving up one hit and one walk while striking out two batters. Luckily for Fuentes he was able to strikeout a few batters, since he once again got himself in a jam. (05/07/12)
Injured–
Joey Devine (15-Day DL)

Seattle Mariners
(CL)
Brandon League (R)–Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Tuesday night in a non-save situation retiring all three batters he faced in order while striking out one batter. This was League’s first appearance since Friday and hasn’t had a save since April 26. (05/05/12)
(SU)
Tom Wilhelmsen (R)– Pitched one inning of relief on Sunday giving up one run on one hit and one walk in the outing. Wilhelmsen gave up a home run to Ryan Doumit with one out in the ninth inning, but was able to limit the damage to just that. (05/07/12)
(MR)
Lucas Luetge (L)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Tuesday night giving up just one hit in the outing. Luetge has yet to give up an earned-run this season, but has just two holds on the season. (05/09/12)
Injured–
George Sherrill (15-Day DL)

Tampa Bay Rays
(CL)
Fernando Rodney (R)–Pitched 1.1 innings of relief on Saturday retiring all three batters he faced in order. With this outing Rodney lowered his earned-run average to 0.66 on the season. (05/06/12)
(SU)
Joel Peralta (R)–Pitched 0.2 innings of relief on Tuesday night giving up one hit in the outing. He needed only 13 pitches to get the job done and has now lowered his earned-run average to 5.40 on the season. (05/09/12)
(MR)
J.P. Howell (L)–Pitched 2.1 innings of relief on Saturday giving up one hit while striking out one batter. He threw 28 pitches in the appearance and will likely be unavailable out of the bullpen on Sunday. (05/06/12)
Injured–
Kyle Farnsworth (15-Day DL)

Texas Rangers
(CL)
Joe Nathan (R)–Recorded his seventh save of the season on Saturday after pitching a scoreless 11th inning. He gave up one hit in the appearance while striking out two batters on 17 pitches thrown. (05/06/12)
(SU)
Mike Adams (R)– Pitched 0.2 innings of relief on Saturday giving up one hit while striking out one batter. He needed only nine pitches to get through the appearance, lowering his earned-run average to 2.31 on the season. (05/06/12)
(MR)
Alexi Ogando (R)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Monday night needing 11 pitches to get through the appearance. He struck out two batters while lowering his earned-run average to 0.57 on the season. (05/08/12)
Injured–
Yoshinori Tateyama (15-Day DL)

Toronto Blue Jays
(CL) Francisco Cordero (R)–Francisco took the loss on Tuesday night after surrendering five runs on three hits and two walks in the ninth inning. He recorded only one out before giving up a game-winning grand slam to Brandon Inge, and has now given up at least one run on his last four outing. (05/09/12)
(SU)
Casey Janssen (R)– Pitched a scoreless seventh inning on Sunday giving up one hit while striking out one batter. Janssen has been used sparingly this season, with this being his first outing since the previous Sunday. (05/07/12)
(MR)
Darren Oliver (L)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Tuesday night after retiring all three batters he faced in order. He threw just eight pitches in the outing, striking out one batter in the appearance. (05/09/12)
Injured–
Sergio Santos (15-Day DL)

National League

Arizona Diamondbacks
(CL) J.J. Putz (R)– Recorded his sixth save of the season on Friday night after pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning. He struck out two batters in the appearance and was able to bounce back from a horrible outing on Wednesday. (05/05/12)
(SU)
David Hernandez (R)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Monday giving up one hit and one walk in the outing. With this outing Hernandez lowered his earned-run average to 2.51 on the season. (05/08/12) (MR) Brad Ziegler (R)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Tuesday night giving up one hit in the outing. He threw just eight pitches in the appearance and once again forced three ground ball outs. (05/09/12)
Injured–
Takashi Saito (15-Day DL)

Atlanta Braves
(CL)
Craig Kimbrel (R)–Recorded his 10th save of the season on Tuesday night after pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning striking out two batters. Kimbrel needed 14 pitches to get through the appearance and appears to have gotten over a bit of a rough patch from his previous few outings. (05/09/12)
(SU)
Jonny Venters (L)– Picked up his sixth hold of the season on Tuesday after pitching a scoreless eighth inning. He gave up two hits in the appearance, but was able to get out of the jam forcing three ground ball outs. (05/09/12)
(MR)
Eric O’Flaherty (L)–Faced just one batter on Tuesday night needing only four pitches to force a ground ball out. O’Flaherty has been underperforming thus far in 2012 and the Braves will need his to right the ship. (05/09/12)

Chicago Cubs
(CL)–
Rafael Dolis (R)–Picked up his second win of the season on Sunday after pitching two scoreless innings in extra frames. This was his second win of the season and may be given the day off on Monday after pitching three innings in as many days. (05/07/12)
(CL)
James Russell (L)–Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Monday night in a non-save situation giving up one hit while striking out two batters. Russell is supposedly in the mix to receive save chances with Rafael Dolis, but he has yet to be used in that role. (05/08/12)
(SU)
Carlos Marmol (R)–Picked up his first hold of the season on Monday night after pitching a scoreless eighth inning. He allowed two base runners but did not allow them to score by recording two strikeouts and one fly ball out. (05/08/12)

Cincinnati Reds
(CL) Sean Marshall (L)–Marshall pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Monday night in a non-save situation giving up one hit while striking out two batters in the appearance. With this outing Marshall lowered his earned-run average to 4.35 on the season. (05/08/12)
(SU)
Aroldis Chapman (L)–Pitched 1.1 innings of relief on Sunday retiring all four batters he faced in order. He struck out two more batters in the appearance and now has 25 strikeouts on the year. (05/07/12)
(MR)
Jose Arrenondo (R)–Pitched one inning of relief on Tuesday night giving up one run on one hit while striking out one batter. The run came off of a home run by Caesar Izturis in the seventh inning. (05/09/12) Injured–Ryan Madson (out for season), Nick Masset (15-Day DL), Bill Bray (15-Day DL)

Colorado Rockies
(CL) Rafael Betancourt (R)– Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Friday night in a non-save situation giving up one hit in the outing. He threw just six pitches in the appearance and bounced back nicely form a rough outing on Wednesday. (05/05/12)
(SU)
Matt Belisle (R)–Pitched 1.1 innings of relief on Monday retiring all four batters he faced in order. He needing only 15 pitches to get through the appearance and struck out one batter lowering his earned-run average to 2.51 on the season. (05/08/12)
(MR)
Rex Brothers (L)–Pitched 0.2 innings of relief on Monday night needing only 10 pitches to get through the appearance. He struck out one batter while forcing the other batter he faced to fly out. (05/08/12)

Houston Astros
(CL
)Brett Myers (R)– Recorded his eighth save of the season on Tuesday night after pitching a scoreless ninth inning. He gave up one hit in the appearance but did not allow a run lowering his earned-run average to 0.93 on the season. (05/09/12)
(SU)
Brandon Lyon (R)–Pitched a scoreless seventh inning on Tuesday retiring all three batters he faced in order. Lyon has now pitched three consecutive days and will likely be given a day off on Wednesday. (05/09/12)
(MR)
Wilton Lopez (R)–Picked up his third win of the season on Tuesday night after pitching a scoreless eighth inning. He gave up one hit in the outing, but did not allow the only base runner to cross home plate. (05/09/12)

Los Angeles Dodgers
(CL)
Kenley Jansen (R)–On Monday Jansen was named the team’s closer after Javy Guerra blew his third save of the season on Sunday. Jansen is a must-own player in all fantasy formats at this point, so if he is still available try and get him while you still can. (05/08/12)
(SU)
Javy Guerra (R)–Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Tuesday night in a non-save situation giving up one hit on nine pitches thrown. This was Guerra’s first appearance since losing his closer role, and he looked like it wasn’t bothering him. (05/09/12)
(MR)
Josh Lindblom (R)–Picked up his sixth hold of the season on Monday night after pitching a scoreless eighth inning. He allowed two base runners but was able to get out of the inning throwing just 10 pitches. (05/08/12)
Injured–
Matt Guerrier (15-Day DL)

Miami Marlins
(CL)
Steve Cishek (R)–Although it has not been made official yet, it appears that Cishek will become the team’s new closer once he gets some rest form a heavy workload in recent days. Heath Bell was demoted after being charged with four blown-saves this season, which will open the door for Cishek. (05/06/12)
(SU)
Edward Mujica (R)– Recorded his second save of the season on Sunday after pitching a scoreless ninth inning. He struck out two batters while giving up one hit in the outing, but will be back in his setup role once Steve Cishek is ready to go. (05/07/12)
(MR)
Heath Bell (R)– Bell was removed from the closer role after failing to get the job done on numerous occasions this season. He was given plenty of chances by the marlins to right the ship, but he failed to get the job done. (05/06/12)

Milwaukee Brewers
(CL) John Axford (R)–Recorded his sixth save of the season on Friday night after pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning striking out two batters in the appearance. He needing only 12 pitches to get the job done, lowering his earned-run average to 4.15 on the season. (05/05/12)
(SU)
Francisco Rodriguez (R)–Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Sunday in a non-save situation retiring all three batters he faced in order. He struck out two batters in the outing and has now put together two straight solid appearances. (05/07/12)
(MR)
Kameron Loe (R)– Pitched a scoreless seventh inning on Tuesday night allowing one hit while striking out one batter. With Tuesday’s outing, Loe has lowered his earned-run average to 1.93 on the season. (05/09/12)

New York Mets
(CL) Frank Francisco (R)–Recorded his eighth save of the season on Monday night after pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning. Francisco has now pitched three consecutive days and will likely be unavailable for Tuesday. (05/08/12)
(SU)
Jon Rauch (R)–Recorded his first save of the season on Tuesday night after pitching a scoreless ninth inning. He was used in the ninth inning role with Frank Francisco unavailable, so don’t over think this save opportunity for Rauch. (05/09/12)
(MR)
Tim Byrdak (L)–Picked up his seventh hold of the season on Tuesday night after forcing the only batter he faced to ground out in the eighth inning. He threw just three pitches in the appearance, so despite pitching three consecutive days he should be able to pitch Wednesday. (05/09/12)

Philadelphia Phillies
(CL) Jonathan Papelbon (R)–Took his first loss of the season on Monday night after giving up three runs on two hits and one walk in the ninth inning. He struck out two batters in the outing, but gave up a three-run homer to pinch-hitter Jordany Valdespin which was the deciding factor. (05/08/12)
(SU)
Chad Qualls (R)–Took the loss on Tuesday night after facing just one batter in the seventh inning. He gave up one run which was unearned, but gave up the lead after one hit allowed. (05/09/12)
(MR)
Antonio Bastardo (L)–Pitched 0.2 innings of relief on Tuesday night giving up one hit in the outing. He forced two fly ball outs in the appearance on 16 pitches thrown and has now pitched consecutive days. (05/09/12)
Injured–
David Herndon (15-Day DL)

Pittsburgh Pirates
(CL)
Joel Hanrahan (R)–Hanrahan was charged with his first blown-save of the season on Tuesday night after giving up two runs on two hits in the ninth inning. He only recorded two outs in the inning giving up a game-tying home run to Adam LaRoche with a runner on base. (05/08/12)
(SU)
Juan Cruz (R)–Picked up his fourth hold of the season on Saturday after pitching 0.2 innings of relief. He threw just one pitch in the appearance and has yet to give up an earned-run this season. (05/06/12) (MR) Jason Grilli (R)–Picked up his sixth hold of the season on Saturday despite giving up one run on two hits and one walk in one inning of relief. He recorded two strikeouts in his efforts and forced the other batter he faced to fly out. (05/06/12)
Injured–
Chris Leroux (60-Day DL)

San Diego Padres
(CL)
Dale Thayer (R)–Recorded his second save of the season on Tuesday night after pitching a scoreless ninth inning. He allowed three hits in the appearance, but was able to get through the inning unharmed after striking out two batters. (05/09/12)
(SU)
Andrew Cashner (R)–Picked up his third hold of the season on Tuesday after pitching a scoreless eighth inning. Cashner was said to be the frontrunner for the closer role with Huston Street sidelined, but Dale Thayer has picked up the saves the last two nights. (05/09/12)
(MR)
Luke Gregerson (R)–Picked up his fourth hold of the season on Tuesday night after pitching a 1-2-3 seventh inning. He struck out two batters in the appearance needing 15 pitches to get the job done. (05/09/12)
Injured–
Huston Street (15-Day DL)

San Francisco Giants
(CL)
Santiago Casilla (R)–Recorded his sixth save of the season on Tuesday night after throwing just two pitches to get the final out of the game. He forced the only batter he faced to ground out, lowering his earned-run average to 1.50 on the season. (05/09/12)
(SU)
Sergio Romo (R)– Picked up his fourth hold of the season on Sunday after pitching a 1-2-3 eighth inning. He struck out two batters in the appearance and has yet to give up an earned-run this season. (05/07/12)
(MR)
Javier Lopez (L)–Picked up his third hold of the season on Tuesday night after pitching 1.1 innings of relief. He retired all three batters he faced in order, throwing just 11 pitches in the appearance. (05/09/12) Injured–Brian Wilson (out for season), Jeremy Affeldt (15-Day DL)

St. Louis Cardinals
(CL)
Jason Motte (R)–Recorded his fifth save of the season on Monday night after pitching a scoreless ninth inning. He allowed two base runners, but was able to get out of the jam by striking out two batters and forcing one ground ball out. (05/08/12)
(SU)
Mitchell Boggs (R)–Pitched one inning on Tuesday night giving up one run on two hits and one walk while striking out three batters. He needed 28 pitches to get through the appearance, which displayed both the good side and the bad side of Boggs. (05/09/12)
(MR)
Fernando Salas (R)– Picked up his first hold of the season on Monday night despite giving up one run on three hits in the sixth inning. He struck out three batters in the appearance and now has 15 strikeouts on the season. (05/08/12)

Washington Nationals
(CL)
Henry Rodriguez (R)–Took the loss and his second blown-save of the season on Tuesday night after giving up two runs on two hits in the ninth inning. Rodriguez gave up a home run to Rod Barajas with one runner on base, which ended up being the deciding factor. (05/09/12)
(SU)
Tyler Clippard (R)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Tuesday night giving up one hit and two walks while striking out one batter. Clippard hasn’t been as solid as last season thus far, but at least he was able to get out of this appearance unharmed. (05/09/12)
(MR)
Sean Burnett (L)–Pitched one inning of relief on Sunday retiring all three batters he faced in order. He threw just eight pitches in the appearance and has yet to give up an earned-run this season. (05/07/12) 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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