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MLB Bullpen Report: 08/20/12

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By Matthew Beck

American League

Baltimore Orioles
(CL) Jim Johnson (R)–Recorded his 37th save of the season on Sunday after pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning striking out one batter. Johnson has now pitched back-to-back days and will likely be given the day off on Monday. (08/20/12)
(SU) Pedro Strop (R)–Picked up his 22nd hold of the season on Sunday after retiring the final two batters of the eighth inning. He needed nine pitches to get through the appearance striking out one batter while forcing one fly ball out to get the job done. (08/20/12)
(MR) Darren O’Day (R)–Picked up his ninth hold of the season on Sunday after pitching 1.1 innings of relief giving up one hit in the outing. With this appearance O’Day lowered his earned-run average to 2.49 on the season. (08/20/12)

Boston Red Sox
(CL) Alfredo Aceves (R)–Recorded his 25th hold of the season on Saturday after pitching a scoreless ninth inning giving up one hit in the outing. He struck out one batter in the appearance while forcing one ground ball out and one fly ball out on 13 pitches thrown. (08/19/12)
(SU) Andrew Bailey (R)–Picked up his first hold of the season on Saturday after pitching 0.1 innings of relief. He gave up one hit in the outing but was able to strikeout the next batter he faced to get the first out of the eighth inning. (08/19/12)
(MR) Clayton Mortensen (R)–Pitched one inning of relief on Friday giving up one run on two hits while striking out two batters. With this appearance Mortensen raised his earned-run average to 1.84 on the season. (08/18/12)
Injured–Vicente Padilla (15-Day DL)

Chicago White Sox
(CL) Addison Reed (R)–Recorded his 21st save of the season on Tuesday night after pitching 1.1 innings of relief giving up one hit while striking out one batter. With this appearance Reed lowered his earned-run average to 3.83 on the season. (08/15/12)
(SU) Brett Myers (R)–Pitched one inning of relief on Saturday night surrendering four runs on four hits in the outing. Myers was roughed up in this appearance and is now sitting on a 3.38 earned-run average since joining the White Sox. (08/19/12)
(MR) Matt Thornton (L)– Picked up his 18th hold of the season on Tuesday night after pitching 0.2 inning of relief giving up one hit in the outing. With this appearance Thornton lowered his earned-run average to 3.83 on the season. (08/15/12)

Cleveland Indians
(CL) Chris Perez (R)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Sunday retiring all three batters he faced in order. He struck out one batter in the appearance while forcing two fly ball outs on just 14 pitches thrown. (08/20/12)
(SU) Vinnie Pestano (R)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Friday night giving up two hits while striking out one batter on 26 pitches thrown. With this appearance Pestano lowered his earned-run average to 1.53 on the season. (08/18/12)
(MR) Tony Sipp (L)–Pitched 0.2 innings of relief on Friday retiring both batters he faced in order. He struck out one batter in the appearance while forcing one fly ball out on just seven pitches thrown to get the job done. (08/18/12)

Detroit Tigers
(CL) Jose Valverde (R)–Recorded his 23rd save of the season on Friday night after pitching a scoreless ninth inning giving up one hit while striking out one batter. This was Valverde’s first appearance since Tuesday so expect him to be available for the next of the weekend. (08/18/12)
(SU) Joaquin Benoit (R)–Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Sunday in a non-save situation retiring all three batters he faced in order. He struck out one batter in the appearance while forcing one ground ball out and one fly ball out on nine pitches thrown. (08/20/12)
(MR) Phil Coke (L)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Saturday night giving up one hit in the appearance. He struck out one batter while forcing two ground ball outs on 18 pitches thrown in the outing. (08/19/12)

Kansas City Royals
(CL) Greg Holland (R)–Picked up the win on Sunday after pitching 1.1 innings of relief striking out one batter in the appearance. Holland looked sharp in this outing and is now sitting on a 3.06 earned-run average. (08/20/12)
(SU) Aaron Crow (R)–Picked up his 14th hold of the season on Saturday night after striking out the only two batters he faced in the eighth inning. This was Crow’s first appearance since Wednesday so expect him to be available on Sunday. (08/19/12)
(MR) Tim Collins (L)–Was charged with his second blown-save of the season on Sunday after failing to record an out in the eighth inning. He threw just five pitches in the appearance but was unable to end the eighth inning. (08/20/12)
Injured–Joakim Soria (out for season)

Los Angeles Angels
(CL) Ernesto Frieri (R)– Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Saturday night in a non-save situation retiring all three batters he faced in order. He needed 11 pitches to get through the appearance forcing one ground ball out and two fly ball outs to get the job done. (08/19/12)
(SU) Kevin Jepsen (R)–Took the loss on Saturday after giving up two runs on three hits while striking out three batters in 1.2 innings of relief. With this appearance Jepsen falls to 2-2 on the season with a 3.96 earned-run average. (08/19/12)
(MR) Scott Downs (L)–Pitched 0.1 innings of relief on Sunday surrendering two runs on two hits and one walk. This was Downs’ second appearance since being reinstating from the disabled list and is now sitting on a 3.03 earned-run average. (08/20/12)

Minnesota Twins
(CL) Glen Perkins (L)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Sunday in a non-save situation striking out all three batters he faced in order. With this appearance Perkins lowered his earned-run average to 2.92 on the season. (08/20/12)
(CL) Jared Burton (R)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Saturday night giving up one hit while striking out one batter. He threw 23 pitches in the appearance forcing two ground ball outs to go along with his strikeout. (08/19/12)
(MR) Alex Burnett (R)–Pitched 0.1 innings of relief on Saturday forcing the only batter that he faced to fly out on six pitches thrown. With this appearance Burnett lowered his earned-run average to 3.17 on the season. (08/19/12)
Injured–Matt Capps (15-Day DL)

New York Yankees
(CL) Rafael Soriano (R)–Recorded his 31st save of the season on Sunday after pitching a scoreless ninth inning giving up one hit in the outing. He gave up a leadoff hit to Carl Crawford, but was able to forcing a double play followed by striking out Adrian Gonzalez to get the job done. (08/20/12)
(SU) David Robertson (R)–Picked up his 17th hold of the season on Friday after pitching a scoreless eighth inning giving up just one hit in the outing. He needed only 11 pitches to get through the appearance forcing two ground ball outs and one fly ball out to get the job done. (08/18/12)
(MR) Boone Logan (R–Pitched 0.2 innings of relief on Saturday giving up one hit and one walk while striking out one batter on 12 pitches thrown. With this appearance Logan lowered his earned-run average to 3.79 on the season. (08/19/12)
Injured–Mariano Rivera (out for the season)

Oakland Athletics
(CL) Grant Balfour (R)–Recorded his 11th save of the season on Saturday night after striking out the only batter he faced in the ninth inning. Four runs were given up in the ninth inning by two relievers before Balfour was called upon to get the job done. (08/19/12)
(CL) Ryan Cook(R)–Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Sunday in a non-save situation giving up one hit while striking out one batter. With this appearance Cook lowered his earned-run average to 2.63 on the season. (08/20/12)
(MR) Jordan Norberto (L)–Picked up the win on Friday night after pitching 1.2 innings of relief striking out two batters. With this appearance Noberto improved to 4-1 on the season with a 2.77 earned-run average. (08/18/12)
Injured–Joey Devine (15-Day DL)

Seattle Mariners
(CL) Tom Wilhelmsen (R)–Picked up the win on Saturday night after forcing the only batter he faced to fly out on two pitches in the ninth inning. With this appearance Wilhelmsen improves to 4-2 on the season with a 2.45 earned-run average. (08/19/12)
(SU) Lucas Luetge (L)–Failed to record an out in his appearance on Saturday allowing a walk to the only batter he faced in the ninth inning. He threw just six pitches in the appearance and was replaced by Tom Wilhelmsen to close out the game. (08/19/12)
(MR) Shawn Kelley (R)–Pitched 1.1 innings of relief on Monday giving up one hit while striking out three batters in the appearance. With this outing Kelley lowered his earned-run average to 3.41 on the season. (08/14/12)
Injured–George Sherrill (15-Day DL)

Tampa Bay Rays
(CL) Fernando Rodney (R)–Recorded his 38th save of the season on Saturday night after pitching a scoreless ninth inning. He struck out one batter in the appearance while forcing two ground ball outs on 20 pitches thrown. (08/19/12)
(SU) Joel Peralta (R)–Pitched 0.2 innings of relief on Sunday giving up two hits on just nine pitches in the outing. Peralta has now pitched back-to-back days and will likely be given a day off on Monday so don’t expect him to pitch. (08/20/12)
(MR) Kyle Farnsworth (R)–Pitched a scoreless sixth inning on Saturday night giving up one hit and one walk while striking out one batter. With this appearance Farnsworth lowered his earned-run average to 3.68 on the season. (08/19/12)

Texas Rangers
(CL) Joe Nathan (R)–Recorded his 24th save of the season on Saturday after pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning striking out two batters in the appearance. With this appearance Nathan lowered his earned-run average to 2.66 on the season. (08/19/12)
(SU) Mike Adams (R)–Picked up his 22nd hold of the season on Saturday after pitching a scoreless eighth inning retiring all three batters he faced in order. He needed only five pitches to get through the appearance forcing two ground ball outs and one fly ball out to get the job done. (08/19/12)
(MR) Robbie Ross (L)–Pitched 1.1 innings of relief on Saturday giving up three hits while striking out three batters. He needed 32 pitches to get through the appearance, which was his first since Wednesday, so despite the high pitch total he should be available if needed on Sunday. (08/19/12)
Injured–Koji Uehara (15-Day DL)

Toronto Blue Jays
(CL) Casey Janssen (R)–Recorded his 16th save of the season on Friday night after pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning. He struck out one batter in the appearance while forcing one ground ball out and one fly ball out to close out the ninth inning. (08/18/12)
(SU) Brandon Lyon (R)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Sunday giving up one walk on 17 pitches thrown. With this appearance Lyon lowered his earned-run average to 1.50 on the season, which is much better than what he was doing as a member of the Astros. (08/20/12)
(MR) Steve Delabar (R)–Pitched a scoreless seventh inning on Sunday giving up one hit while striking out two batters on 16 pitches thrown. With this appearance Delabar lowered his earned-run average to 3.83 on the season. (08/20/12)
Injured–Sergio Santos (out for season), Jason Frasor (15-day DL)

National League

Arizona Diamondbacks
(CL) J.J. Putz (R)–Recorded his 24th save of the season on Friday night after pitching a scoreless ninth inning giving up one hit in the outing. He needed 18 pitches to get through the appearance forcing one ground ball out while striking out two batters to close out the game. (08/18/12)
(SU) David Hernandez (R)–Picked up his 18th hold of the season on Friday after pitching a scoreless eighth inning giving up one hit and one walk in the outing. He struck out one batter in the appearance while forcing two fly ball outs to get the job done. (08/18/12)
(MR) Bryan Shaw (R)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Sunday retiring all three batters he faced in order. He struck out two batters in the appearance while forcing one fly ball out on 11 pitches thrown to get the job done. (08/20/12)
Injured–Takashi Saito (15-Day DL)

Atlanta Braves
(CL) Craig Kimbrel (R)–Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Friday night in a non-save situation giving up one walk while striking out two batters. With this appearance Kimbrel lowered his earned-run average to 1.20 on the season. (08/18/12)
(SU) Eric O’Flaherty (L)–Pitched a scoreless 10th inning on Friday giving up just one walk in the outing. He needed 14 pitches to get through the appearance forcing two ground ball outs and one fly ball out to get the job done. (08/18/12)
(MR) Jonny Venters (L)–Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Saturday night in a non-save situation giving up one walk in the outing. With this appearance Venters in now sitting on a 3.46 earned-run average on the season and has looked like the players that dominated the eighth inning one year ago. (08/19/12)

Chicago Cubs
(CL) Carlos Marmol (R)–Recorded his 15th save of the season in Game 2 of Saturday’s doubleheader after pitching a scoreless ninth inning giving up one hit while striking out two batters. With this appearance Marmol lowered his earned-run average to 4.23 on the season. (08/19/12)
(SU) James Russell (L)–Failed to record an out in his appearance on Saturday after giving up one run on one hit. He threw just eight pitches in the appearance and faced only one batter before being pulled for Shawn Camp. (08/19/12)
(MR) Shawn Camp (R)–Took the loss on Sunday afternoon after failing to record an out in the ninth inning. He gave up two hits in the appearance which forced in the game-winning run on just two pitches thrown. (08/20/12)

Cincinnati Reds
(CL) Aroldis Chapman (L)–Picked up the win on Sunday after pitching a scoreless ninth inning giving up one hit in the outing. He struck out two batters in the appearance and is now sitting on 110 strikeouts with a 1.35 earned-run average. (08/20/12)
(SU) Jonathan Broxton (R)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Friday giving up two hits while striking out two batters. Broxton got himself into a bit of a jam in this game, but was able to work out of it by forcing one ground ball out to go along with his two strikeouts. (08/18/12)
(MR) Sean Marshall (L)–Pitched two innings of relief in Game 2 of Saturday’s doubleheader striking out four batters in the appearance. He needed only 19 pitches to get through the outing with 15 pitches going over for strikes. (08/19/12)
Injured–Ryan Madson (out for season), Nick Masset (15-Day DL)

Colorado Rockies
(CL) Rafael Betancourt (R)–Recorded his 23rd save of the season on Sunday after pitching a scoreless ninth inning giving up two hits in the outing. With this appearance Betancourt lowered his earned-run average to 2.64 on the season. (08/20/12)
(SU) Matt Belisle (R)–Picked up his 20th hold of the season on Sunday after pitching a scoreless eighth inning. He retired all three batters he faced in order forcing one ground ball out and two fly ball outs on nine pitches thrown. (08/20/12)
(MR) Matt Reynolds (L)–Pitched 0.2 innings of relief on Saturday night retiring both batters he faced in order. He struck out one batter in the appearance while forcing one ground ball out on ninth pitches thrown. (08/19/12)

Houston Astros
(CL) Wilton Lopez (R)–Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Sunday in a non-save situation giving up one hit in the outing. With this appearance Lopez lowered his earned-run average to 2.25 on the season and has just one save since taking over the closer role. (08/20/12)
(SU) Fernando Rodriguez (R)–Pitched 1.2 innings of relief on Sunday giving up one run on two hits while striking out two batters. He needed 34 pitches to get through the appearance with 23 pitches going over for strikes. (08/20/12)
(MR) Rhiner Cruz (R)–Pitched two innings of relief on Saturday night giving up one run on two hits and two walks. He struck out three batters in the appearance while forcing three ground ball outs on 34 pitches thrown. (08/19/12)
Injured–Francisco Cordero (15-Day DL)

Los Angeles Dodgers
(CL) Kenley Jansen (R)–Recorded his 25th save of the season on Saturday despite giving up one run on one hit in 1.1 innings of relief. Jansen struck out three batters in the appearance and now has 84 strikeouts on the season. (08/19/12)
(SU) Ronald Belisario (R)–Picked up his 21st hold of the season on Sunday after pitching a 1-2-3 eighth inning. He struck out two batters in the appearance while forcing one fly ball out on 13 pitches thrown to get the job done. (08/20/12)
(MR) Brandon League (R)–Took the loss on Friday after giving up one run on two hits and one walk in 1.1 innings of relief. He struck out one batter in the appearance while forcing one ground ball out and two fly ball outs on 30 pitches thrown. (08/18/12)
Injured–Matt Guerrier (15-Day DL), Todd Coffey (15-Dal DL)

Miami Marlins
(CL) Steve Cishek (R)–Recorded his ninth save of the season on Saturday despite giving up two runs on three hits in the outing. Cishek has recorded saves in back-to-back games and will likely get the day off on Sunday. (08/19/12)
(SU) Heath Bell (R)–Picked up his ninth hold of the season on Saturday night after pitching a scoreless eighth inning retiring all three batters he faced in order. He struck out one batter in the appearance and has now pitched back-to-back days. (08/19/12)
(MR) Mike Dunn (L)–Pitched 0.1 innings of relief on Sunday giving up two hits and one walk in the outing. Dunn got himself into a jam but was able to work his way out of it by forcing one fly ball out on 16 pitches thrown. (08/20/12)
Injured–Juan Oviedo (15-Day DL)

Milwaukee Brewers
(CL) Jim Henderson (R)–Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Saturday night in a non-save situation giving up one hit in the outing. Henderson now has back-to-back solid outings and appears to get back on track moving forward. (08/19/12)
(SU) Francisco Rodriguez (R)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Saturday striking out the side on 18 pitches thrown. Rodriguez hit a rough patch once given the closer role, but now that he is back in the setup role he has improved significantly. (08/19/12)
(MR) John Axford (R)–Pitched one inning of relief on Sunday giving up one run on two hits and one walk while striking out one batter. With this appearance Axford raised his earned-run average to 5.22 on the season. (08/20/12)

New York Mets
(CL) Frank Francisco (R)–Recorded his 20th save of the season on Saturday night after pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning. He struck out one batter in the appearance while forcing one ground ball out and one fly ball out on 14 pitches thrown. (08/19/12)
(CL) Bobby Parnell (R)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Sunday retiring all three batters he faced in order. Parnell needed 14 pitches to get through the appearance forcing three ground ball outs to get through the inning. (08/20/12)
(MR) Jon Rauch (R)–Picked up his 13th hold of the season on Saturday after retiring the final two batters of the eighth inning. Rauch has been pitching well as of late and has lowered his earned-run average to 3.07 on the season. (08/19/12)
Injured– Tim Byrdak (15-Day DL)

Philadelphia Phillies
(CL) Jonathan Papelbon (R)–Recorded his 27th save of the season on Saturday night after pitching 1.1 innings of relief. He struck out three batters in the appearance while forcing one fly ball out on just 15 pitches thrown. (08/19/12)
(SU) Antonio Bastardo (L)–Took the loss on Wednesday after giving up three runs on one hit and two walks while striking out one batter. Bastardo lasted just 0.2 innings in the appearance and is now sitting on a 5.45 earned-run average. (08/09/12)
(MR) Josh Lindblom (R)–Took the loss and was charged with his third blown-save of the season after surrendering three runs on one hit and two walks in 0.1 innings of relief. With this appearance Lindblom raised his earned-run average to 3.76 on the season. (08/17/12)
Injured–David Herndon (15-Day DL)

Pittsburgh Pirates
(CL) Joel Hanrahan (R)–Pitched a scoreless 14th inning on Sunday in a non-save situation giving up two walks while striking out one batter. He needed 20 pitches to get through the appearance while lowering his earned-run average to 2.45 on the season. (08/20/12)
(SU) Jason Grilli (R)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Sunday retiring all three batters he faced in order. He struck out two batters in the appearance while forcing one fly ball out on 19 pitches thrown. (08/20/12)
(MR) Juan Cruz (R)–Was charged with his first blown-save of the season on Sunday after giving up one run on three hits in the 17th inning. Cruz has now pitched three straight days and will likely be unavailable to pitch on Monday. (08/20/12)

San Diego Padres
(CL) Dale Thayer (R)–Pitched one inning of relief on Friday giving up one run on three hits while striking out one batter in a non-save situation. He needed 24 pitches to get through the appearance forcing one ground ball out and one fly ball out to go along with his strikeout. (08/18/12)
(SU) Luke Gregerson (R)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Friday night retiring all three batters he faced in order. He struck out two batters in the appearance while forcing one fly ball out on 14 pitches thrown. (08/18/12)
(MR) Cory Burns (R)–Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Sunday in a non-save situation giving up two hits in the outing. He struck out two batters in the appearance while forcing one fly ball out on 18 pitches thrown. (08/20/12)
Injured–Huston Street (15-Day DL)

San Francisco Giants
(CL) Jeremy Affeldt (L)–Picked up his ninth hold of the season on Saturday night despite giving up two runs on two hits and one walk in the ninth inning. He failed to get the job done and was later replaced by Clay Hensley who picked up his third save of the season. (08/19/12)
(CL) Sergio Romo (R)–Picked up his 19th hold of the season on Saturday night after pitching a scoreless eighth inning. He gave up one hit in the appearance while striking out one batter and forcing two ground ball outs on 16 pitches thrown. (08/19/12)
(MR) Santiago Casilla (R)–Pitched 0.2 innings of relief on Saturday night retiring both batters he faced in order. He forcing one ground ball out and one fly ball out on six pitches thrown and was get through the seventh inning unharmed. (08/19/12)
Injured–Brian Wilson (out for season)

St. Louis Cardinals
(CL) Jason Motte (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 appearance while forcing one fly ball out on 14 pitches thrown. (08/20/12)
(SU) Mitchell Boggs (R)–Pitched a scoreless 10th inning on Sunday giving up two walks while striking out one batter in the appearance. With this outing Boggs lowered his earned-run average to 2.09 on the season. (08/20/12)
(MR) Marc Rzepczynski (L)–Pitched 0.1 innings of relief on Sunday giving up one hit on 12 pitches thrown. With this appearance Rzepcynski lowered his earned-run average to 4.89 on the season which has been improving over the last few weeks. (08/20/12)

Washington Nationals
(CL) Tyler Clippard (R)–Recorded his 27th save of the season on Sunday after pitching a scoreless ninth inning. He retired all three batters he faced in order striking out one batter while forcing two fly ball outs on just 14 pitches thrown. (08/20/12)
(SU) Sean Burnett (L)–Pitched one inning of relief on Wednesday giving up one run on three hits in the appearance. He needed 21 pitches to get through the appearance forcing one ground ball out while striking out two batters. (08/16/12)
(MR) Drew Storen (R)–Picked up his fifth hold of the season on Friday night after pitching a scoreless eighth inning. He gave up one hit in the appearance while forcing three ground ball outs on just nine pitches thrown. (08/18/12)
Injured–Henry Rodriguez (15-Dal DL)

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