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MLB Bullpen Report: 08/26/12

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Baltimore Orioles
(CL) Jim Johnson (R)–Recorded his 39th save of the season on Friday night after pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning. Johnson looked great in this appearance needing only 12 pitches to forcing one ground ball out while striking out two batters to close out the game. (08/25/12)
(SU) Pedro Strop (R)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Friday night giving up eon walk while striking out two batters on 20 pitches thrown. With this appearance Strop lowered his earned-run average to 1.43 on the season. (08/25/12)
(MR) Darren O’Day (R)–Failed to record an out in his appearance on Friday night giving up a hit to the only batter he faced in the seventh inning. This marks the second straight appearance in which he failed to record an out and he will need to turn things around to keep up his role in the Orioles bullpen. (08/25/12)

Boston Red Sox
(CL) Alfredo Aceves (R)–Took the loss and was charged with his seventh blown-save of the season on Thursday night after surrendering five runs on six hits and one walk in the ninth inning. This was a terrible outing from Aceves and with Andrew Bailey back in the mix his job is not as safe as it once was. (08/24/12)
(SU) Andrew Bailey (R)–Pitched one inning of relief on Saturday retiring all three batters he faced in order on 11 pitches thrown. Bailey has now pitched three consecutive days and will likely get the day off on Sunday. (08/26/12)
(MR) Vicente Padilla (R)–Pitched one inning of relief on Saturday night giving up one walk while striking out two batters on 19 pitches. With this appearance Padilla lowered his earned-run average to 4.22 on the season. (08/26/12)

Chicago White Sox
(CL) Addison Reed (R)–Recorded his 24th save of the season on Saturday night despite giving up one run on two hits while striking out one batter. Reed has now given up three runs in his last two appearances and will need to turn things around if he wants to stay in the closer role. (08/26/12)
(SU) Brett Myers (R)–Picked up his sixth hold of the season on Saturday night after pitching 1.1 innings of relief giving up two hits. With this appearance Myers lowered his earned-run average to 2.70 since joining the White Sox. (08/26/12)
(MR) Matt Thornton (L)– Picked up his 21st hold of the season on Saturday night after pitching 0.2 innings of relief giving up one hit and one walk. He needed 13 pitches to get through the appearance forcing one ground ball out and one fly ball out to get the job done. (08/26/12)

Cleveland Indians
(CL) Chris Perez (R)–Recorded his 33rd save of the season on Saturday after pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning. Perez looked sharp in this appearance striking out two batters while forcing one ground ball out on 13 pitches thrown. (08/26/12)
(SU) Vinnie Pestano (R)–Picked up his 33rd hold of the season on Saturday after pitching 1.1 innings of relief giving up just one walk. He needed 29 pitches to get through the appearance striking out one batter while forcing two ground ball outs and one fly ball out to get the job done. (08/26/12)
(MR) Tony Sipp (L)–Pitched a scoreless sixth inning on Friday night giving up one hit in the outing. With this appearance Sipp lowered his earned-run average to 4.64 on the season bouncing back from a bad outing on Monday. (08/25/12)

Detroit Tigers
(CL) Jose Valverde (R)–Recorded his 26th save of the season on Saturday night after pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning. He needed only nine pitches to get through the appearance forcing two ground ball outs and one fly ball out to get the job done. (08/26/12)
(SU) Joaquin Benoit (R)–Picked up the win on Thursday afternoon after retiring the final two batters of the 11th inning. He needed only 10 pitches to get through the appearance forcing one ground ball out and one fly ball out to get the job done. (08/24/12)
(MR) Phil Coke (L)–Pitched 0.1 innings of relief on Thursday afternoon striking out the only batter that he faced on six pitches thrown. With this appearance Coke lowered his earned-run average to 3.75 on the season. (08/24/12)

Kansas City Royals
(CL) Greg Holland (R)–Recorded his seventh save of the season on Saturday after pitching a 1-2-3 12th inning. He needed 11 pitches to get through the appearance forcing one ground ball out and two fly ball outs to get the job done. (08/26/12)
(SU) Aaron Crow (R)–Pitched one inning of relief on Saturday night giving up one hit while striking out two batters on 13 pitches thrown. With this appearance Crow lowered his earned-run average to 3.46 on the season. (08/26/12)
(MR) Tim Collins (L)–Pitched 0.2 innings of relief on Saturday night giving up two hits in the appearance on 13 pitches thrown. Collins has now pitched back-to-back days and will likely get the day off on Sunday. (08/26/12)
Injured–Joakim Soria (out for season)

Los Angeles Angels
(CL) Ernesto Frieri (R)– Picked up the win despite being charged with this second blown-save of the season on Thursday after surrendering two runs in two innings of relief. Despite the rough outing Frieri still walked away with the win while striking out four batters in his efforts. (08/24/12)
(SU) Kevin Jepsen (R)–Pitched a scoreless seventh inning on Thursday retiring all three batters he faced in order. Jepsen struck out one batter while forcing two fly ball outs on 12 pitches thrown and has now pitched three straight days. (08/24/12)
(MR) Scott Downs (L)–Picked up his 19th hold of the season on Friday night after pitching 0.2 innings of relief. He retired both batters he faced in order via ground balls and has now pitched back-to-back days so don’t expect to see him used on Saturday. (08/25/12)

Minnesota Twins
(CL) Glen Perkins (L)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Saturday giving up one hit while striking out one batter in the appearance. He needed 14 pitches to get through the appearance forcing one fly ball out to go along with his strikeout. (08/26/12)
(CL) Jared Burton (R)–Took the loss on Thursday night after giving up six runs on three hits and two walks in 0.2 innings of relief. Only one of the six runs was earned, but this is still an appearance that Burton will want to forget. (08/24/12)
(MR) Alex Burnett (R)–Pitched 2.2 innings of relief on Saturday giving up two hits while striking out one batter in the appearance. He threw 38 pitches in the outing and will likely be unavailable to pitch on Sunday. (08/26/12)
Injured–Matt Capps (15-Day DL)

New York Yankees
(CL) Rafael Soriano (R)–Recorded his 32nd save of the season on Friday night after pitching a scoreless ninth inning. Soriano made it interesting after allowing two hits and one walk in the appearance, but he was able to get the job done by striking out one batter while forcing one ground ball out and one fly ball out on 28 pitches thrown. (08/25/12)
(SU) David Robertson (R)–{Picked up his 18th hold of the season on Friday after retiring both batters he faced in the eighth inning. He struck out one batter while forcing one ground ball out on just six pitches thrown. (08/25/12)
(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 14th save of the season on Saturday 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 just seven pitches thrown. (08/26/12)
(SU) Ryan Cook(R)–Picked up the win on Friday after pitching 1.2 innings of relief giving up one walk while striking out four batters. With this appearance Cook improves to 6-2 on the season with a 2.50 earned-run average. (08/25/12)
(MR) Sean Doolittle (L)–Picked up his ninth hold of the season on Saturday after retiring all three batters he faced in order. He struck out two batters in the appearance while forcing one fly ball out on 12 pitches thrown. (08/26/12)
Injured–Joey Devine (15-Day DL), Jordan Norberto (15-Day DL)

Seattle Mariners
(CL) Tom Wilhelmsen (R)–Took the loss and was charged with his third blown-save of the season on Friday night after surrendering two runs on three hits and one walk in the ninth inning. He recorded just one out in the appearance needing 17 pitches before blowing the game wide open. (08/25/12)
(SU) Lucas Luetge (L)–Pitched 0.2 innings of relief on Saturday night giving up one walk while striking out one batter. With this appearance Luetge lowered his earned-run average to 2.38 on the season as the team’s primary setup man. (08/26/12)
(MR) Oliver Perez (L)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Friday night giving up one hit while striking out one batter. With this appearance Perez lowered his earned-run average to 1.74 on the season and continues to thrive out of the Mariners bullpen. (08/25/12)
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 Thursday night after giving up two runs on two hits in the eighth inning. This was the second straight outing in which Peralta blew the game for the Rays and if he doesn’t turn it around he will likely be replaced with Kyle Farnsworth in the setup role. (08/25/12)
(MR) Kyle Farnsworth (R)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Saturday 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 to get the job done. (08/26/12)

Texas Rangers
(CL) Joe Nathan (R)–Recorded his 25th save of the season on Thursday night after retiring the final out of the ninth inning. He needed just seven pitches to get through the appearance forcing one fly ball out to get the job done. (08/24/12)
(SU) Mike Adams (R)–Picked up the win on Thursday after pitching a scoreless inning of relief giving up one walk while striking out two batters. With this appearance Adams lowered his earned-run average to 2.63 on the season. (08/24/12)
(MR) Robbie Ross (L)–Pitched one inning of relief on Saturday giving up one run on three hits in the appearance. Ross has now pitched back-to-back days and will likely get the day off on Sunday so don’t expect ti see him take the mound. (08/26/12)
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)–Picked up his fifth hold of the season on Thursday afternoon despite giving up one run on one hit in 0.1 innings of relief. With this appearance Lyon raised his earned-run average to 2.03 on the season. (08/24/12)
(MR) Steve Delabar (R)–Pitched 1.1 inning of relief on Friday night giving up two runs on three hits and one walk. He needed 31 pitches to get through the appearance forcing one ground ball out and one fly ball out while striking out two batters. (08/25/12)
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 ninth inning on Saturday night in a non-save situation retiring all three batters he faced in order. He needed just four pitches to get through the appearance forcing two ground ball outs and one fly ball out to get the job done. (08/26/12)
Injured–Takashi Saito (15-Day DL)

Atlanta Braves
(CL) Craig Kimbrel (R)–Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Saturday in a non-save situation retiring all three batters he faced in order. With this appearance Kimbrel lowered his earned-run average to 1.15 on the season. (08/26/12)
(SU) Eric O’Flaherty (L)–Picked up his 21st hold of the season on Saturday after pitching a 1-2-3 eighth inning. He struck out one batter in the appearance forcing one ground ball out and one fly ball out to get the job done. (08/26/12)
(MR) Jonny Venters (L)–Pitched a scoreless seventh inning on Friday night giving up one walk while striking out two batters. With this appearance Venters lowered his earned-run average to 3.30 on the season. (08/25/12)

Chicago Cubs
(CL) Carlos Marmol (R)–Recorded his 16th save of the season on Friday after pitching a scoreless ninth inning giving up one hit while striking out one batter. This was Marmol’s first appearance since Tuesday so expect him to be available for the rest of the weekend. (08/25/12)
(SU) James Russell (L)–Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Saturday in a non-save situation retiring all three batters he faced in order. He struck out one batter in the appearance while forcing two ground ball outs on 15 pitches thrown. (08/26/12)
(MR) Shawn Camp (R)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Saturday retiring all three batters he faced in order. He needed 14 pitches to get through the appearance striking out one batter while forcing two fly ball outs. (08/26/12)

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)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Saturday giving up one hit while striking out two batters. With this appearance Broxton lowered his earned-run average to 6.43 since joining the Reds. (08/26/12)
(MR) Sean Marshall (L)–Picked up his 17th hold of the season on Saturday after retiring the final batter of the seventh inning. He threw just one pitch in the appearance forcing the only batter he faced to fly out to get the job done. (08/26/12)
Injured–Ryan Madson (out for season), Nick Masset (15-Day DL)

Colorado Rockies
(CL) Rafael Betancourt (R)–Recorded his 26th save of the season on Saturday after pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning. He struck out one batter in the appearance while forcing two fly ball outs on just seven pitches thrown. (08/26/12)
(SU) Matt Belisle (R)–Took the loss on and was charged with his sixth blown-save of the season on Friday after giving up three runs on three hits in 0.1 innings of relief. Belisle has now pitched back-to-back days and will likely be given the day off on Saturday. (08/25/12)
(MR) Matt Reynolds (L)–Pitched 0.2 innings of relief on Friday after retiring both batters he faced in order on eight pitches thrown. He forced one fly ball out in the appearance, which was his first since Wednesday. (08/25/12)

Houston Astros
(CL) Wilton Lopez (R)–Recorded his second save of the season on Friday night after pitching 1.1 innings of relief. He retired all four batters he faced in order striking out one batter while forcing one ground ball out and two fly ball outs to get the job done. (08/25/12)
(SU) Fernando Rodriguez (R)–Pitched 0.1 innings on Saturday giving up one run on one hit while striking out one batter. Rodriguez has now pitched back-to-back days and will likely get the day off on Sunday so don’t expect to see him take the mound. (08/26/12)
(MR) Rhiner Cruz (R)–Pitched 0.2 innings of relief on Thursday giving up one run on four hits while striking out one batter. With this appearance Cruz raised his earned-run average to 6.90 on the season and may get demoted if he can’t turn things around. (08/24/12)
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 Saturday night in a non-save situation retiring all three batters he faced in order. He needed eight pitches to get through the appearance forcing two ground ball outs and one fly ball out to close out the game. (08/26/12)
(MR) Brandon League (R)–Picked up his second hold of the season on Friday night after pitching a scoreless inning of relief. He gave up one walk while striking out two batters in the appearance needing 19 pitches to get through the appearance. (08/25/12)
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 one inning of relief on Saturday night giving up one run on two hits and one walk while striking out two batters. With this appearance Bell raised his earned-run average to 5.76 on the season. (08/26/12)
(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)–Picked up his third hold of the season on Friday night despite allowing two runs on two hit and two walks in the ninth inning. He only recorded two outs before being pulls for Kameron Loe, who was able to get the job done. (08/25/12)
(SU) Francisco Rodriguez (R)–Picked up his 22nd hold of the season on Friday after pitching a 1-2-3 eighth inning. He needed only 10 pitches to get through the appearance forcing three ground ball outs to get the job done. (08/25/12)
(MR) Jim Henderson (R)–Picked up his third hold of the season on Friday night after retiring the final batter of the seventh inning. He threw just three pitches in the appearance so expect him to be available out of the bullpen on Saturday. (08/25/12)

New York Mets
(CL) Frank Francisco (R)–Recorded his 21st save of the season on Saturday after pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning. Francisco has now pitched back-to-back days and will likely be unavailable on Sunday so don’t expect him to take the mound, even in if a save situation arises. (08/26/12)
(SU) Jon Rauch (R)–Picked up his 14th hold of the season on Saturday after retiring the first two batters of the eighth inning. He needed eight pitches to get through the appearance forcing two fly ball outs to get the job done. (08/26/12)
(MR) Bobby Parnell (R)–Took the loss on Thursday after giving up one run on three hits in the eighth inning. With this appearance Parnell falls to 2-3 on the season while raising his earned-run average to 3.18 which is respectable. (08/24/12)
Injured– Tim Byrdak (15-Day DL)

Philadelphia Phillies
(CL) Jonathan Papelbon (R)–Recorded his 29th save of the season on Saturday after pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning striking out two batters. Papelbon has now pitched back-to-back days and may get the day off on Sunday. (08/26/12)
(SU) Antonio Bastardo (L)–Picked up his 20th hold of the season on Saturday after striking out the side in the eighth inning. Bastardo has now pitched back-to-back days and will likely be unavailable to pitch on Sunday. (08/26/12)
(MR) Josh Lindblom (R)–Picked up his 19th hold of the season on Friday night despite failing to record an out in the appearance. He walked the only batter he faced on five pitches but was awarded a hold since the runner did not factor into the decision. (08/25/12)
Injured–David Herndon (15-Day DL)

Pittsburgh Pirates
(CL) Joel Hanrahan (R)–Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Saturday in a non-save situation giving up two hits and one walk while striking out one batter. Harahan has now pitched back-to-back days and may get the day off on Sunday. (08/26/12)
(SU) Jason Grilli (R)–Picked up his 28th hold of the season on Saturday after retiring both batters he faced in order in the eighth inning. He struck out one batter in the appearance while forcing one ground ball out on just five pitches thrown. (08/26/12)
(MR) Tony Watson (L)–Picked up his 14th hold of the season on Saturday after pitching 0.1 innings of relief. He threw just three pitches in the appearance forcing one ground ball out while lowering his earned-run average to 4.02 on the season. (08/26/12)

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 Saturday night in a non-save situation retiring all three batters he faced in order. He needed only eight pitches to get through the appearance forcing one ground ball out and two fly ball outs to close out the game. (08/26/12)
Injured–Huston Street (15-Day DL)

San Francisco Giants
(CL) Jeremy Affeldt (L)–Pitched 0.2 innings of relief on Saturday giving up two walks in the appearance on 21 pitches thrown. With this appearance Affeldt lowered his earned-run average to 2.98 on the season. (08/26/12)
(CL) Sergio Romo (R)–Picked up his 22nd hold of the season on Friday night after pitching 0.2 innings of relief giving up one hit in the outing. Romo has now pitched back-to-back days and will likely get the day off on Saturday. (08/25/12)
(MR) Santiago Casilla (R)–Picked up his fourth hold of the season on Friday after retiring both batters he faced in the eighth inning. He struck out one batter while forcing one fly ball out on 10 pitches thrown to get the job done. (08/25/12)
Injured–Brian Wilson (out for season)

St. Louis Cardinals
(CL) Jason Motte (R)–Recorded his 30th save of the season on Friday night after pitching a scoreless ninth inning. Motte got himself into a bit of a jam allowing two base runners, but was able to get out of it by forcing one ground ball out and one fly ball out to go along with one strikeout to get the job done. (08/25/12)
(SU) Mitchell Boggs (R)–Picked up his 25th hold of the season on Friday night after pitching a 1-2-3 eighth inning. He struck out one batter in the appearance while forcing one ground ball out and one fly ball out on 10 pitches thrown. (08/25/12)
(MR) Marc Rzepczynski (L)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Saturday giving up one hit while striking out one batter in the outing. With this appearance Rzepczynski lowered his earned-run average to 4.65 on the season. (08/26/12)

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)–Pitched one inning of relief on Saturday giving up one run on one hit while striking out two batters. He needed 19 pitches to get through the appearance with 11 pitches going over for strikes. (08/26/12)
(MR) Drew Storen (R)–Pitched 0.2 innings of relief on Friday night retiring both batters he faced on just three pitches thrown. With this appearance Storen lowered his earned-run average to 4.15 on the season. (08/25/12)
Injured–Henry Rodriguez (15-Day DL)

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