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MLB Bullpen Report: 08/27/12

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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 one inning of relief on Sunday giving up one run on one hit while striking out one batter. With this appearance Sipp raised his earned-run average to 4.74 on the season and has now given up runs in two of his last three appearances. (08/27/12)

Detroit Tigers
(CL) Jose Valverde (R)–Pitched one inning of relief on Sunday in a non-save situation giving up one run on one hit while striking out one batter. Valverde has now pitched back-to-back days but with a scheduled day off on Monday he should be ready to go on Tuesday. (08/27/12)
(SU) Joaquin Benoit (R)–Picked up his 26th 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 10 pitches to get the job done. (08/27/12)
(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 0.1 innings of relief on Sunday forcing the only batter that he faced to ground out on four pitches thrown. Crow has now pitched three straight days and will likely be unavailable on Monday. (08/27/12)
(MR) Tim Collins (L)–Pitched 0.2 innings of relief on Sunday giving up one hit while striking out one batter on eight pitches thrown. Collins has now pitched back-to-back days and will likely be unavailable to pitch on Monday. (08/27/12)
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)–Pitched 0.2 innings of relief on Sunday giving up one run on two hits while striking out one batter. With this appearance Downs raised his earned-run average to 3.08 on the season, which has been steadily increasing since the All-Star break. (08/27/12)

Minnesota Twins
(CL) Glen Perkins (L)–Recorded his eighth save of the season on Sunday after pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning needing only nine pitches. He struck out one batter in the appearance while forcing two fly ball outs to get the job done. (08/27/12)
(CL) Jared Burton (R)–Picked up his 14th hold of the season on Sunday after pitching a scoreless eighth inning retiring all three batters he faced in order. He forced two ground ball outs and one fly ball out on 12 pitches thrown. (08/27/12)
(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 33rd save of the season on Sunday after pitching 1.1 innings of relief. He faced just five batters in the appearance giving up just one hit while forcing one ground ball our and three fly ball outs on 16 pitches thrown. (08/27/12)
(SU) David Robertson (R)–Picked up his 19th hold of the season on Sunday after pitching 1.1 innings of relief giving u pone hit in the outing. He faced just five batters in the appearance forcing one ground ball out and one fly ball out while striking out two batters. (08/27/12)
(MR) Boone Logan (R–Picked up the win on Sunday after pitching 1.2 innings of relief giving up one hit while striking out two batters. With this appearance Logan lowered his earned-run average to 3.92 on the season. (08/27/12)
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)–Failed to record an out in his appearance on Sunday giving up a hit on two pitches to the only batter he faced. Luetge has now pitched back-to-back days and will likely be unavailable to pitch on Monday. (08/27/12)
(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)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Sunday retiring all three batters he faced on eight pitches thrown. He struck out one batter while forcing one ground ball out and one fly ball out to get the job done. (08/27/12)
(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 to see him take the mound. (08/26/12)

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)–Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Sunday in a non-save situation retiring all three batters he faced in order. This was his first outing since appearance in both games of a doubleheader on Wednesday so expect him to be available if needed on Monday. (08/27/12)
(SU) David Hernandez (R)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Sunday giving up one hit while striking out one batter. With this appearance Hernandez lowered his earned-run average to 2.29 on the season, which is the best out of all the Diamondbacks relievers. (08/27/12)
(MR) Bryan Shaw (R)–Pitched two innings of relief on Sunday giving up one run on two hits and one walk while striking out two batters. He needed 27 pitches to get through the appearance forcing two ground ball outs and one fly ball out to go along with his strikeouts. (08/27/12)
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 eighth inning on Sunday giving up one walk on 11 pitches thrown. Venters has now pitched two of the last three days, but has low pitch counts so he should be good to go for the Braves game on Monday against the Padres. (08/27/12)

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)–Recorded his second save of the season on Sunday after pitching a scoreless eighth inning giving up just one hit in the outing. The game was shortened due to rain which is the reason Camp ended up with the save. (08/27/12)

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)–Pitched 0.2 innings of relief on Sunday giving up two runs on four hits while striking out one batter. He needed 20 pitches to get through the appearance and raised his earned-run average to 3.12 on the season. (08/27/12)
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 0.1 innings of relief on Sunday giving up two runs on one hit and one walk. He needed 11 pitches to get through the appearance forcing just one fly ball out in this terrible outing. (08/27/12)

Houston Astros
(CL) Wilton Lopez (R)–Took the loss on Sunday after giving up a game-winning home run in the ninth inning. With this appearance Lopez falls to 5-2 on the season but is still sitting on a respectable 2.31 earned-run average. (08/27/12)
(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 0.2 innings of relief on Sunday giving up one run on one hit and two walks. The run was unearned so Belisario got lucky in that sense, but he still looked bad and was lucky to escape without any more damage done. (08/27/12)
(MR) Brandon League (R)–Pitched 0.2 innings of relief on Sunday giving up one walk while striking out one batter on 10 pitches thrown. With this appearance League lowered his earned-run average to 6.75 since joining the Dodgers. (08/27/12)
Injured–Matt Guerrier (15-Day DL), Todd Coffey (15-Dal DL)

Miami Marlins
(CL) Steve Cishek (R)–Recorded his 11th save of the season on Sunday after pitching 1.1 innings of scoreless relief giving up two walks in the outing. With this appearance Cishek lowered his earned-run average to 2.06 on the season. (08/27/12)
(SU) Heath Bell (R)–Picked up his 10th hold of the season on Sunday after pitching 0.2 innings of relief giving up two hits while striking out one batter. Bell has now pitched back-to-back days but with a scheduled day off on Monday expect him to be available for the Marlins next game on Tuesday. (08/27/12)
(MR) Mike Dunn (L)–Picked up his 16th hold of the season on Sunday despite giving up one run on two hits and one walk in 0.1 innings of relief. With this appearance Dunn raised his earned-run average to 3.72 on the season. (08/27/12)
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)–Picked up the win on Sunday after pitching 0.2 innings of relief giving up one hit and one walk in the outing. With this appearance Parnell improved to 3-3 on the season with a 3.14 earned-run average. (08/27/12)
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)–Recorded his first save of the season on Sunday after pitching 1.2 innings of relief retiring all five batters he faced in order. He struck out three batters in the appearance while filling in for Jonathan Papelbon. (08/27/12)
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)–Recorded his first save of the season on Sunday after pitching 1.1 innings of relief giving up one hit while striking out two batters. With Dale Thayer away on paternity leave Gregerson will likely get the save chances until he returns. (08/27/12)
(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 a scoreless eighth inning on Sunday giving up one hit and one walk in the outing. Affeldt has now pitched back-to-back days but with a scheduled day off Monday he should be ready to go on Tuesday. (08/27/12)
(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)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Sunday retiring all three batters he faced in order. He struck out one batter while forcing one ground ball out and one fly ball out on 15 pitches to get the job done. (08/27/12)
(MR) Marc Rzepczynski (L)–Picked up his 16th hold of the season on Sunday after retiring the final batter of the sixth inning on five pitches. He forced the only batter that he faced to fly out and has now pitched back-to-back days. (08/27/12)

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 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 ground ball outs on 11 pitches thrown. (08/27/12)
Injured–Henry Rodriguez (15-Day DL)

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