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MLB Bullpen Report: 08/28/12

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American League

Baltimore Orioles
(CL) Jim Johnson (R)–Recorded his 40th save of the season on Monday after pitching a scoreless ninth inning giving up one hit while striking out one batter. Johnson is not known for his strikeouts, but in his last three innings of relief he has struck out five batters. (08/28/12)
(SU) Pedro Strop (R)–Picked up the win on Monday night despite giving up one run on three hits while striking out one batter in the eighth inning. With this appearance Strop raised his earned-run average to 1.56 on the season. (08/28/12)
(MR) Darren O’Day (R)–Pitched a scoreless seventh inning on Monday night retiring all three batters he faced in order. He struck out two batters in the appearance while forcing one ground ball out on 15 pitches thrown. (08/28/12)

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)
(CL) Andrew Bailey (R)–Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Monday in a non-save situation giving up one walk in the outing. Although the Red Sox have yet to officially announce the switch, Bailey appears to be the teams closer moving forward. (08/28/12)
(MR) Vicente Padilla (R)–Picked up his 22nd hold of the season on Monday after retiring both batters he faced in order. He only needed three pitches to get through the appearance forcing two ground ball outs to get the job done. (08/28/12)

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)– Took the loss on Monday night after surrendering two runs on one hit and one walk while striking out one batter in two innings of relief. With this appearance Myers raised his earned-run average to 3.38 since joining the White Sox. (08/28/12)
(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)–Was charged with his third blown-save of the season on Monday night after surrendering three runs on three hits in the ninth inning. This was a rough outing for Soriano, who needed 24 pitches to get through the appearance, forcing one fly ball out while striking out two batters. (08/28/12)
(SU) David Robertson (R)–Picked up his 20th hold of the season on Monday after pitching a scoreless eighth inning. He got himself into a bit of a jam by allowing two hits but was able to get out of it by forcing two fly ball outs while striking out one batter to get the job done. (08/28/12)
(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 15th save of the season on Monday night after pitching a scoreless ninth inning giving up one walk while striking out three batters. With this appearance Balfour lowered his earned-run average to 2.54 on the season. (08/28/12)
(SU) Ryan Cook(R)–Picked up his 13th hold of the season on Monday after pitching a 1-2-3 eighth inning striking out two batters. Cook has now struck out nine batters in his last 3.2 innings of relief which has brought his total up to 60 strikeouts on the season. (08/28/12)
(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 Monday night giving up one walk in the outing. He needed only 10 pitches to get through the appearance forcing three ground ball outs to get the job done. (08/28/12)

Texas Rangers
(CL) Joe Nathan (R)–Recorded his 26th save of the season on Monday night after pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning. He struck out two batters in the appearance while forcing one ground ball out on 14 pitches thrown. (08/28/12)
(SU) Mike Adams (R)–Picked up his 23rd save of the season on Monday retiring all three batters he faced in order. He struck out two batters in the appearance while forcing one fly ball out on just 12 pitcehs thrown. (08/28/12)
(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)–Was charged with his third blown-save of the season on Monday night after giving up one run on one hit in the ninth inning. He needed 16 pitches to get through the appearance forcing one ground ball out while striking out two batters.
(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 0.2 innings of relief on Monday night giving up one walk while striking out one batter. He needed 15 pitches to get through the appearance with eight pitches going over for strikes. (08/28/12)
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 ninth inning on Monday night in a non-save situation retiring all three batters he faced in order. Hernandez has now pitched back-to-back days and will likely get the day off on Tuesday. (08/28/12)
(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 32nd save of the season o Monday night after pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning. Chapman did not throw a pitch over 97 mph, but was still able to get the job done by forcing two ground ball outs and one fly ball out.
(SU) Jonathan Broxton (R)–Picked up his fourth hold of the season on Monday night after pitching a scoreless eighth inning 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. (08/28/12)
(MR) Sean Marshall (L)–Picked up his 18th hold of the season on Monday after pitching a 1-2-3 seventh inning. He struck out one batter in the appearance while forcing one ground ball out and one fly ball out on 18 pitches thrown. (08/28/12)
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)–Recorded his second save of the season on Monday night after pitching 1.2 innings of relief allowing one walk. He needed 21 pitches to get through the appearance forcing four ground ball outs and one fly ball out to close out the game. (08/28/12)
(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 0.2 innings of relief on Monday night surrendering four runs on four hits in the outing. This was a rough outing for Jansen but he is still sitting on a 2.54 earned-run average on the season despite being off on Monday. (08/28/12)
(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 a scoreless seventh inning on Monday night retiring all three batters he faced in order. League hasn’t look too good since joining the Dodgers, so hopefully this outing will turn things around for him. (08/28/12)
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 23rd hold of the season on Monday night after pitching a scoreless seventh inning giving up one walk. He struck out two batters in the appearance while forcing one fly ball out on 15 pitches thrown. (08/28/12)
(MR) Jim Henderson (R)–Picked up his fourth hold of the season on Monday after pitching a scoreless eighth inning. He gave up one walk in the appearance while striking out one batter on 15 pitches thrown in the outing. (08/28/12)

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)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Monday night giving up one hit while striking out one batter on 15 pitches thrown. With this appearance Grilli lowered his earned-run average to 2.25 on the season. (08/28/12)
(MR) Tony Watson (L)–Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Monday night in a non-save situation retiring all three batters he faced in order. He needed 11 pitches to get through the appearance forcing three ground ball outs to get the job done. (08/28/12)

San Diego Padres
(CL) Luke Gregerson (R)–Recorded his second save of the season on Monday night after pitching a scoreless ninth inning. Gregerson has now pitched back-to-back days and will likely get the day off on Tuesday. (08/28/12)
(SU) Dale Thayer (R)–Picked up his ninth hold of the season on Monday after pitching a scoreless eighth inning giving up one walk in the outing. With this appearance Thayer lowered his earned-run average to 3.80 on the season. (08/28/12)
(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 31st save of the season on Monday night after retiring the final four batters of the game. He struck out one batters while forcing one ground ball out and two fly ball outs to get the job done. (08/28/12)
(SU) Mitchell Boggs (R)–Picked up his 26th hold of the season on Monday after pitching 0.2 innings of relief. He gave up one hit while striking out one batter needing only 10 pitches to get through the appearance. (08/28/12)
(MR) Marc Rzepczynski (L)–Failed to record an out in his appearance on Monday night giving up a hit to the only batter he faced in the eighth inning. He threw just one pitch in the outing and has now pitched three straight days. (08/28/12)

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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