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MLB Bullpen Report: 08/23/12

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American League

Baltimore Orioles
(CL) Jim Johnson (R)–Recorded his 38th save of the season on Tuesday night after pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning. He struck out one batter in the appearance while forcing two fly ball outs on 15 pitches thrown to get the job done. (08/22/12)
(SU) Pedro Strop (R)–Picked up his 23rd hold of the season on Tuesday after pitching 1.1 innings of relief. He struck out one batter in the appearance while forcing two ground ball outs and one fly ball out on 23 pitches thrown. (08/22/12)
(MR) Darren O’Day (R)–Failed to record an out in his appearance on Tuesday night after giving up one hit and one walk on eight pitches thrown. Despite allowing two base runners O’Day was able to escape without giving up a run. (08/22/12)

Boston Red Sox
(CL) Alfredo Aceves (R)–Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Tuesday night in a non-save situation giving up one walk in the outing. With this appearance Aceves lowered his earned-run average to 3.94 on the season. (08/22/12)
(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) Vicente Padilla (R)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Tuesday night after retiring all three batters he faced in order. He struck out one batter in the appearance while forcing two ground ball outs on 16 pitches thrown. (08/22/12)

Chicago White Sox
(CL) Addison Reed (R)–Recorded his 23rd save of the season on Wednesday night after pitching a scoreless ninth inning giving up one hit in the outing. He needed 16 pitches to get through the inning striking out two batters while forcing one ground ball out. (08/23/12)
(SU) Brett Myers (R)–Picked up his fifth hold of the season on Wednesday night after forcing the only batter that he faced in the eighth inning to ground out on three pitches. Myers has now pitched back-to-back days but with a day off on Thursday he should be ready to go for Friday.  (08/23/12)
(MR) Matt Thornton (L)– Picked up his 20th hold of the season on Tuesday after pitching 0.2 innings of relief retiring both batters he faced in order. He needed 10 pitches to get through the outing foricvng one ground ball out and one fly ball out to get the job done. (08/22/12)

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)–Took the loss on Wednesday after surrendering two runs on two hits and one walk in the eighth inning. Despite the rough outing from Pestano he is still sitting on a 1.83 earned-run average on the season. (08/23/12)
(MR) Tony Sipp (L)–Pitched 1.1 innings of relief on Monday night giving up one run on two hits in the appearance. He needed 24 pitches to get through the outing forcing two ground ball outs and two fly ball outs. (08/21/12)

Detroit Tigers
(CL) Jose Valverde (R)–Recorded his 25th save of the season on Wednesday after pitching a scoreless ninth inning giving up one hit in the outing. He needed 13 pitches to get through the appearance forcing two fly ball outs to get the job done. (08/23/12)
(SU) Joaquin Benoit (R)–Picked up his 25th hold of the season on Wednesday after pitching a scoreless eighth inning giving up one hit and one walk while striking out two batters. With this appearance Benoit lowered his earned-run average to 3.25 on the season. (08/23/12)
(MR) Phil Coke (L)–Failed to record an out in his appearance on Tuesday night after giving up a hit to the only batter that he faced in the eighth inning. He threw just three pitches in the appearance so expect him to be available to pitch on Wednesday. (08/22/12)

Kansas City Royals
(CL) Greg Holland (R)–Recorded his sixth save of the season on Tuesday night after pitching a scoreless 10th inning retiring all three batters he faced in order. He forced three fly ball outs on 11 pitches thrown while lowering his earned-run average to 3.00 on the season. (08/22/12)
(SU) Aaron Crow (R)–Pitched one inning of relief on Wednesday giving up one run on one hit while striking out one batter. With this appearance Crow raised his earned-run average to 3.60 on the season. (08/23/12)
(MR) Tim Collins (L)–Pitched 0.1 innings of relief on Wednesday retiring the only batter that he faced on three pitches. Since last Saturday Collins has pitched just 0.2 innings of relief so with a day off on Thursday he should be good to go for this weekend’s series with the Red Sox. (08/23/12)
Injured–Joakim Soria (out for season)

Los Angeles Angels
(CL) Ernesto Frieri (R)– Pitched 0.1 innings of relief on Wednesday night needing eight pitches to close out the game. He forced one fly ball out in the appearance which lowered his earned-run average to 1.86 on the season. (08/23/12)
(SU) Kevin Jepsen (R)–Picked up his 10th hold of the season on Wednesday after pitching one inning of relief giving up one hit in the outing. He struck out two batters in the appearance while forcing one fly ball out to get the job done. (08/23/12)
(MR) Scott Downs (L)–Picked up his 18th hold of the season on Tuesday night after pitching 0.2 innings of relief. He retired both batter he faced in order forcing one ground ball out and one fly ball out on just six pitches thrown. (08/22/12)

Minnesota Twins
(CL) Glen Perkins (L)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Wednesday giving up just one hit in the outing. He needed 13 pitches to get through the appearance forcing three ground ball outs in his first outing since last Sunday. (08/23/12)
(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 a scoreless sixth inning on Wednesday retiring all three batters he faced in order. He needed 16 pitches to get through the appearance forcing two ground ball outs and one fly ball out to get the job done. (08/23/12)
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)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Wednesday giving up one hit in the outing. He needed 15 pitches to get through the appearance forcing two ground ball outs and one fly ball out to get the job done. (08/23/12)
(MR) Boone Logan (R–Took the loss on Monday night after surrendering two runs on two hits and one walk in 1.2 innings of relief. With this appearance Logan falls to 4-2 on the season and he has now given up four runs in his last 2.2 innings of relief. (08/21/12)
Injured–Mariano Rivera (out for the season)

Oakland Athletics
(CL) Grant Balfour (R)–Recorded his 12th save of the season on Tuesday 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 11 pitches thrown. (08/22/12)
(CL) Ryan Cook(R)–Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Wednesday afternoon in a non-save situation giving up one hit while striking out three batters. With this appearance Cook lowered his earned-run average to 2.58 on the season. (08/23/12)
(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)–Recorded his 19th save of the season on Wednesday after pitching a scoreless ninth inning giving up one walk while striking out one batter. With this appearance Wilhelmsen lowered his earned-run average to 2.37 on the season. (08/23/12)
(SU) Lucas Luetge (L)–Recorded his second save of the season on Tuesday night after pitching 1.1 innings of relief. He gave up just one hit in the appearance while striking out two batters and forcing two ground ball outs with Tom Wilhelmsen unavailable. (08/22/12)
(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 39th save of the season on Wednesday after pitching a scoreless ninth inning. Rodney retired all three batters he faced in order forcing two ground ball outs and one fly ball out on 12 pitches thrown. (08/23/12)
(SU) Joel Peralta (R)–Took the loss on Tuesday after giving up one run on two hits while striking out one batter in the 10th inning. With this appearance Peralta falls to 1-5 on the season with a 3.25 earned-run average. (08/22/12)
(MR) Kyle Farnsworth (R)–Picked up his fifth hold of the season on Wednesday after forcing the only batter he faced in the eighth inning to ground out. With this appearance Farnsworth lowered his earned-run average to 3.38 on the season. (08/23/12)

Texas Rangers
(CL) Joe Nathan (R)–Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Monday night in a non-save situation retiring all three batters he faced in order. He struck out all three batters he faced in the appearance and now has five strikeouts in his last two innings of work. (08/21/12)
(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 a scoreless ninth inning n Tuesday night in a non-save situation retiring all three batters he faced in order. He struck out two batters while forcing one ground ball outs on 19 pitches thrown. (08/22/12)
Injured–Koji Uehara (15-Day DL)

Toronto Blue Jays
(CL) Casey Janssen (R)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Wednesday night giving up one walk while striking out two batters on 16 pitches thrown. This was Janssen’s first outing since last Friday so expect him to be available if needed on Thursday. (08/23/12)
(SU) Brandon Lyon (R)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Tuesday night retiring all three batters he faced in order. He needed only eight pitches to get the job done forcing two ground ball outs and one fly ball out to get the job done. (08/22/12)
(MR) Steve Delabar (R)–Pitched a scoreless seventh inning on Wednesday night giving up one walk while striking out three batters on 21 pitches thrown. With this appearance Delabar lowered his earned-run average to 2.22 on the season. (08/23/12)
Injured–Sergio Santos (out for season), Jason Frasor (15-day DL)

National League

Arizona Diamondbacks
(CL) J.J. Putz (R)–Recorded his 25th and 26th saves of the season on Wednesday after pitching scoreless ninth innings in both games of the doubleheader. After pitching two innings on Wednesday a day off for Putz will be well deserved. (08/23/12)
(SU) David Hernandez (R)–Picked up his 19th hold of the season in Game 1 of Wednesday’s doubleheader after pitching a 1-2-3 eighth inning. He struck out two batters while forcing one ground ball out on nine pitches to get the job done. (08/23/12)
(MR) Bryan Shaw (R)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Monday night giving up one walk in the outing. He needed 16 pitches to get through the appearance forcing three ground ball outs to get through the eighth inning. (08/21/12)
Injured–Takashi Saito (15-Day DL)

Atlanta Braves
(CL) Craig Kimbrel (R)–Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Wednesday night in a non-save situation striking out the side on just 12 pitches thrown. In his last three appearances Kimbrel now has seven strikeouts, which brings him to 82 on the season. (08/23/12)
(SU) Eric O’Flaherty (L)–Picked up his 20th hold of the season on Wednesday despite giving up one run on two hits and one walk in the eighth inning. The run was unearned, so O’Flaherty is still sitting on a 2.22 earned-run average. (08/23/12)
(MR) Jonny Venters (L)–Pitched a scoreless seventh inning on Monday giving up one walk in the appearance. Venters needed only seven pitches to get through the appearance forcing three ground ball outs. (08/21/12)

Chicago Cubs
(CL) Carlos Marmol (R)–Pitched one inning of relief on Tuesday night giving up one unearned-run on one hit and one walk. This was not Marmol’s best outing of the year, but at least he escaped without giving up an earned-run. (08/22/12)
(SU) James Russell (L)–Pitched 0.1 innings of relief on Wednesday afternoon forcing the only batter that he faced to fly out on four pitches thrown. With this appearance Russell lowered his earned-run average to 3.62 on the season. (08/23/12)
(MR) Shawn Camp (R)–Pitched 0.2 innings of relief on Wednesday afternoon allowing one hit in the outing. He forced two fly ball outs on 12 pitches thrown in the appearance, which was his first since last Sunday. (08/23/12)

Cincinnati Reds
(CL) Aroldis Chapman (L)–Recorded his 31st save of the season on Wednesday night after pitching a scoreless ninth inning giving up one hit in the outing. Chapman needed 20 pitches to get through the appearance forcing three fly ball outs to get the job done. (08/23/12)
(SU) Jonathan Broxton (R)–Picked up the win on Tuesday despite being charged with his second blown-save since joining the Reds after giving up one run on two hits and one walk. With this appearance Broxton raised his earned-run average to 7.50 since coming over from the Royals. (08/22/12)
(MR) Sean Marshall (L)–Was charged with his fourth blown-save of the season on Tuesday night after giving up one hit and one walk in 0.2 innings of relief. This wasn’t a terrible outing for Marshall, but giving up two base runners is never a good thing. (08/22/12)
Injured–Ryan Madson (out for season), Nick Masset (15-Day DL)

Colorado Rockies
(CL) Rafael Betancourt (R)–Recorded his 25th save of the season on Wednesday night after pitching a scoreless ninth inning. He allowed one hit and one walk in the outing but was able to get out of the jam by forcing one strikeout and two fly ball outs on 25 pitches thrown. (08/23/12)
(SU) Matt Belisle (R)–Picked up his 22nd hold of the season on Tuesday night after pitching a scoreless eighth inning. He gave up just one hit in the appearance while forcing two ground ball outs and one fly ball out on 12 pitches thrown. (08/22/12)
(MR) Matt Reynolds (L)–Failed to record an out in his appearance on Wednesday night giving up a hit to the only batter he faced in the eighth inning. He threw just two pitches in the appearance so expect him to be available Thursday despite pitching back-to-back days. (08/23/12)

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 0.2 innings of relief on Wednesday night giving up one run on two this and one walk while striking out one batter. With this appearance Rodriguez raised his earned-run average to 5.65 on the season. (08/23/12)
(MR) Rhiner Cruz (R)–Pitched 1.1 innings of relief on Tuesday night giving up just one hit in the outing. Cruz needed just nine pitches in the appearance forcing four ground ball outs while lowering his earned-run average to 6.80 on the season. (08/22/12)
Injured–Francisco Cordero (15-Day DL)

Los Angeles Dodgers
(CL) Kenley Jansen (R)–Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Wednesday night 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 16 pitches thrown. (08/23/12)
(SU) Ronald Belisario (R)–Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Monday night in a non-save situation striking out all three batters he faced in order. Belisario has now pitched back-to-back days and will likely be given the day off on Tuesday. (08/21/12)
(MR) Brandon League (R)–Pitched 1.1 innings of relief on Tuesday night retiring all four batters he faced in order. He struck out one batter in the appearance while forcing two ground ball outs and one fly ball out on 13 pitches thrown. (08/22/12)
Injured–Matt Guerrier (15-Day DL), Todd Coffey (15-Dal DL)

Miami Marlins
(CL) Steve Cishek (R)–Recorded his 10th save of the season on Tuesday night after pitching a scoreless 10th inning giving up one hit and one walk in the outing. Cishek got himself into a bit of a jam but was able to work out of it by striking out two batters while forcing one ground ball out to get the job done. (08/22/12)
(SU) Heath Bell (R)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Tuesday giving up two walks while striking out two batters on 26 pitches thrown. With this appearance Bell lowered his earned-run average to 5.69 on the season. (08/22/12)
(MR) Mike Dunn (L)–Pitched 0.1 innings of relief on Wednesday night striking out the only batter that he faced on six pitches thrown. Dunn has now pitched back-to-back days but with a day off on Thursday he should be ready to go for Friday’s game against the Dodgers. (08/23/12)
Injured–Juan Oviedo (15-Day DL)

Milwaukee Brewers
(CL) John Axford (R)–Recorded his 20th save of the season on Wednesday after pitching a scoreless ninth inning allowing just one hit. He struck out three batters in the appearance and has now picked up a save in back-to-back games. (08/23/12)
(SU) Francisco Rodriguez (R)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Tuesday 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 just six pitches thrown. (08/22/12)
(MR) Jim Henderson (R)–Picked up his second hold of the season on Wednesday after pitching a scoreless eighth inning giving up one walk while striking out one batter. With this appearance Henderson lowered his earned-run average to 3.97 on the season. (08/23/12)

New York Mets
(CL) Frank Francisco (R)–Pitched one inning of relief on Wednesday night surrendering two runs on three hits. With this appearance Francisco raised his earned-run average to 6.42 on the season and continues to struggle with his command. (08/23/12)
(SU) Jon Rauch (R)–Pitched one inning of relief on Monday night giving up one run on two hits and one walk. Rauch had been pitching excellent over the last few weeks, but this was more of a step backward than a step forward. (08/21/12)
(MR) Bobby Parnell (R)–Pitched 1.1 innings of relief on Tuesday night giving up one run on two hits in the appearance. He needed 20 pitches to get through the appearance forcing four ground ball outs to get through the outing. (08/22/12)
Injured– Tim Byrdak (15-Day DL)

Philadelphia Phillies
(CL) Jonathan Papelbon (R)–Took the loss on Tuesday night after giving up a game-winning home run to Zack Cozart in the ninth inning. With this appearance Papelbon falls to 3-5 on the season with a 2.86 earned-run average. (08/22/12)
(SU) Antonio Bastardo (L)–Pitched one inning of relief on Tuesday giving up one run on one hit and one walk while striking out two batters. Bastardo has now pitched back-to-back days and will likely be unavailable to pitch on Wednesday. (08/22/12)
(MR) Josh Lindblom (R)–Pitched two innings of relief on Wednesday night giving up one run on two hits while striking out one batter. With this appearance Lindblom raised his earned-run average to 3.72 on the season. (08/23/12)
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 ninth inning on Tuesday night in a non-save situation giving up two hits while striking out one batter. With this appearance Grilli lowered his earned-run average to 2.33 on the season. (08/22/12)
(MR) Tony Watson (L)–Pitched 0.2 innings of relief on Tuesday night retiring both batters he faced in order. He struck out one batter in the appearance while forcing one fly ball out on just four pitches thrown. (08/22/12)

San Diego Padres
(CL) Dale Thayer (R)–Was charged with his third blown-save of the season on Tuesday night after giving up two runs on two hits while striking out one batter in the ninth inning. With this appearance Thayer raised his earned-run average to 3.89 on the season. (08/22/12)
(SU) Luke Gregerson (R)–Picked up his 22nd hold of the season on Wednesday after pitching a 1-2-3 eighth inning. He needed only 12 pitches to get through the appearance forcing one ground ball out and two fly ball outs to get the job done. (08/22/12)
(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)–Pitched 0.1 innings of relief on Wednesday night giving up one run on one hit and one walk while striking out one batter. It is hard to determine if Affeldt is still the Giants closer, especially with Javier Lopez getting the last few save chances. (08/23/12)
(SU) Sergio Romo (R)–Picked up his 21st hold of the season on Tuesday night after pitching 0.1 innings of relief giving up one hit while striking out one batter. He needed 12 pitches to get through the appearance with seven pitches going over for strikes. (08/22/12)
(MR) Santiago Casilla (R)–Pitched 1.2 innings of relief on Wednesday night giving up two hits while striking out two batters in the outing. Casilla has now pitched 3.2 innings of relief the last two days, so don’t expect to see him take the mound on Thursday. (08/23/12)
Injured–Brian Wilson (out for season)

St. Louis Cardinals
(CL) Jason Motte (R)–Recorded his 29th save of the season on Wednesday night after pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning. He struck out one batter in the appearance while forcing two fly ball outs on just eight pitches thrown. (08/23/12)
(SU) Mitchell Boggs (R)–Picked up his 24th hold of the season on Wednesday after pitching a scoreless eighth inning giving up one walk while striking out one batter. With this appearance Boggs lowered his earned-run average to 2.05 on the season. (08/23/12)
(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 28th save of the season on Tuesday night after pitching a scoreless ninth inning giving up just one hit. Clippard has now pitched three straight days and will likely be unavailable on Wednesday. (08/22/12)
(SU) Sean Burnett (L)–Picked up his 27th hold of the season on Tuesday after pitching a scoreless eighth inning giving up one hit. He needed 21 pitches to get through the appearance forcing three ground ball outs to get the job done. (08/22/12)
(MR) Drew Storen (R)–Picked up his sixth hold of the season on Tuesday night after pitching a scoreless seventh inning retiring all three batters he faced in order. With this appearance Storen lowered his earned-run average to 4.38 on the season. (08/22/12)
Injured–Henry Rodriguez (15-Dal DL)

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