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MLB Bullpen Report: 08/31/12

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American League

Baltimore Orioles
(CL) Jim Johnson (R)–Recorded his 41st save of the season on Thursday after pitching 0.2 innings of relief. He gave up one hit in the appearance but was able to get the job done by forcing one ground ball out and one strikeout on just eight pitches thrown. (08/31/12)
(SU) Pedro Strop (R)–Pitched 0.1 innings of relief on Thursday giving up two runs on two hits in 0.1 innings of relief. Strop has hit a bit of a rough patch as of late and has now given up three runs in his last 1.1 innings of relief. (08/31/12)
(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)–Pitched two innings of relief on Wednesday night giving up one hit and two walks while striking out two batters. Aceves has now pitched back-to-back days and will likely be unavailable to pitch on Thursday. (08/30/12)
(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)–Pitched one inning of relief on Thursday giving up one run on one hit while striking out two batters in a non-save situation. This was his first appearance since last Saturday, so expect him to be ready to go for this weekend’s series against the Rangers. (08/31/12)
(SU) Vinnie Pestano (R)–Pitched one inning of relief on Wednesday night in a non-save situation giving up two runs on three hits while striking out one batter. Despite the rough outing Pestano is still sitting on a 2.08 earned-run average this season. (08/30/12)
(MR) Tony Sipp (L)–Pitched 0.2 innings of relief on Thursday giving up one run on four walks in the appearance. With this outing Sipp raised his earned-run average to 4.70 on the season and has now given up runs in two of his last three games. (08/31/12)

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 Tuesday night giving up one hit and one walk while striking out one batter. With this appearance Coke lowered his earned-run average to 3.72 on the season. (08/29/12)

Kansas City Royals
(CL) Greg Holland (R)–Recorded his ninth save of the season on Wednesday night after pitching a scoreless ninth inning giving up two hits in the appearance. He got himself into a bit of a jam but was able to work out of it by striking out two batters and one fly ball out to get the job done. (08/30/12)
(SU) Aaron Crow (R)–Picked up his 15th hold of the season on Thursday night after retiring the only batter he faced in the eighth inning on just two pitches thrown. With this appearance Crow lowered his earned-run average to 3.50 on the season. (08/31/12)
(MR) Tim Collins (L)–Picked up his eighth hold of the season on Thursday after pitching 0.1 innings of relief. He gave up one hit in the appearance while striking out one batter on nine pitches thrown in the eighth inning. (08/31/12)
Injured–Joakim Soria (out for season)

Los Angeles Angels
(CL) Ernesto Frieri (R)– Recorded his 16th save of the season on Thursday night after pitching a scoreless ninth inning. He struck out two batters in the appearance while forcing one ground ball out on 25 pitches thrown. (08/31/12)
(SU) Kevin Jepsen (R)–Picked up his 11th hold of the season on Thursday after pitching a scoreless eighth inning giving up one hit and one walk in the outing. With this appearance Jepsen lowered his earned-run average to 3.34 on the season. (08/31/12)
(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)–Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Thursday in a non-save situation retiring all three batters he faced in order. He struck out one batter while forcing two fly ball outs on just 12 pitches thrown. (08/31/12)
(CL) Jared Burton (R)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Thursday giving up one hit in the appearance. He struck out one batter while forcing one ground ball out and one fly ball out on 16 pitches thrown. (08/31/12)
(MR) Alex Burnett (R)–Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Tuesday night in a non-save situation giving up one hit in the outing. He needed 15 pitches to get through the appearance striking out two batters while forcing one fly ball out. (08/29/12)
Injured–Matt Capps (15-Day DL)

New York Yankees
(CL) Rafael Soriano (R)–Recorded his 34th save of the season on Tuesday night after pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning striking out two batters. Soriano has now pitched three straight days and will likely be given the day off on Wednesday. (08/29/12)
(SU) David Robertson (R)–Picked up his 21st hold of the season on Tuesday after pitching a scoreless eighth inning. He retired all three batters he faced in order and ahs now pitched three consecutive days so don’t expect to see him take the mound on Wednesday. (08/29/12)
(MR) Boone Logan (R–Pitched 0.1 innings of relief on Wednesday afternoon striking out the only batter he faced on six pitches thrown. With this appearance Logan lowered his earned-run average to 3.89 on the season. (08/30/12)
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)–Recorded his 13th save of the season on Wednesday night after pitching 1.1 innings of relief. He gave up one hit in the appearance on 22 pitches thrown forcing two ground ball outs while striking out two batters. (08/30/12)
(MR) Sean Doolittle (L)–Picked up his 10th hold of the season on Wednesday despite giving up two runs in 1.1 innings of relief. Both runs were unearned, so this wasn’t as bad of an appearance as the box score may indicate. (08/30/12)
Injured–Joey Devine (15-Day DL), Jordan Norberto (15-Day DL)

Seattle Mariners
(CL) Tom Wilhelmsen (R)–Recorded his 21st save of the season on Thursday after pitching a scoreless ninth inning giving up two walks. He got into a bit of a jam but was able to work out of it by forcing one ground ball out and one fly ball out while striking out one batter. (08/31/12)
(SU) Lucas Luetge (L)–Pitched 1.1 innings of relief on Wednesday night giving up one run on four hits and one walk while striking out one batter. With this appearance Luetge lowered his earned-run average to 2.55 on the season. (08/30/12)
(MR) Oliver Perez (L)–Pitched 0.1 innings of relief on Tuesday night giving up one hit in the outing. He faced just two batters in the appearance forcing one fly ball out on eight pitches thrown in his first outing since last Friday. (08/29/12)
Injured–George Sherrill (15-Day DL)

Tampa Bay Rays
(CL) Fernando Rodney (R)–Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Wednesday night in a non-save situation giving up one hit while striking out one batter. With this appearance Rodney lowered his earned-run average to 0.75 on the season. (08/30/12)
(SU) Joel Peralta (R)–Picked up his 31st hold of the season on Wednesday after pitching a 1-2-3 eighth inning. He needed only 13 pitches to get through the appearance striking out one batter while forcing one ground ball out and one fly ball out to get the job done. (08/30/12)
(MR) Kyle Farnsworth (R)–Picked up his sixth hold of the season on Wednesday night after pitching a 1-2-3 seventh inning. He struck out two batters in the appearance while forcing one ground ball out on 14 pitches thrown. (08/30/12)

Texas Rangers
(CL) Joe Nathan (R)–Recorded his 27th save of the season on Tuesday night after striking out the side in the ninth inning. Nathan has now pitched back-to-back days and will likely be unavailable to pitch on Wednesday. (08/29/12)
(SU) Mike Adams (R)–Picked up his 24th hold of the season on Tuesday after pitching a scoreless eighth inning giving up one hit while striking out one batter. Adams as now pitched back-to-back days and will likely be given the day off on Wednesday. (08/29/12)
(MR) Robbie Ross (L)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Wednesday night needing 17 pitches to get through the appearance. He forced three ground ball outs in the outing which was his first since last Saturday. (08/30/12)

Toronto Blue Jays
(CL) Casey Janssen (R)–Recorded his 18th save of the season on Thursday night after pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning. He struck out one batter in the appearance while forcing two fly ball outs and has now pitched back-to-back days. (08/31/12)
(SU) Brandon Lyon (R)–Picked up his sixth hold of the season on Wednesday despite giving up one run on two hits while striking out one batter in the eighth inning. With this appearance Lyon lowered his earned-run average to 2.35 on the season. (08/30/12)
(MR) Steve Delabar (R)–Picked up his sixth hold of the season on Wednesday after pitching 1.2 innings of relief striking out three batters. Delabar needed 26 pitches to get through the appearance with 18 pitches going over for strikes. (08/30/12)
Injured–Sergio Santos (out for season), Jason Frasor (15-day DL)

National League

Arizona Diamondbacks
(CL) J.J. Putz (R)–Recorded his 27th save of the season on Thursday night after pitching a scoreless ninth inning giving up two hits in the outing. With this appearance Putz lowered his earned-run average to 2.82 on the season. (08/31/12)
(SU) David Hernandez (R)–Picked up his 20th hold of the season on Thursday after pitching a scoreless eighth inning giving up one hit in the outing. He struck out one batter while forcing two fly ball outs on 13 pitches thrown to get the job done. (08/31/12)
(MR) Bryan Shaw (R)–Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Wednesday in a non-save situation giving up two hits in the outing. Shaw needed 15 pitches to get through the appearance forcing two ground ball outs while striking out one batter to get the job done. (08/30/12)
Injured–Takashi Saito (15-Day DL)

Atlanta Braves
(CL) Craig Kimbrel (R)–Recorded his 32nd save of the season on Tuesday night after pitching a scoreless ninth inning giving up one hit in the outing. He struck out three batters in the appearance and has now struck out seven batters in his last three innings of relief. (08/29/12)
(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 one inning of relief on Wednesday night giving up two runs on three hits and one walk while striking out one batter. With this appearance Venters raised his earned-run average to 3.55 on the season. (08/30/12)

Chicago Cubs
(CL) Carlos Marmol (R)–Picked up the win on Thursday after pitching a scoreless ninth inning in a non-save situation. With this appearance Marmol improved to 2-2 on the season with a 3.92 earned-run average. (08/31/12)
(SU) James Russell (L)–Pitched 0.2 innings of relief on Thursday retiring both batters he faced in order. He needed 14 pitches to get through the appearance forcing two ground ball outs to get the job done. (08/31/12)
(MR) Shawn Camp (R)–Pitched one inning of relief on Thursday giving up one run on three hits in the appearance. Camp needed 16 pitches to get through the outing forcing three ground ball outs to prevent any more damage. (08/31/12)

Cincinnati Reds
(CL) Aroldis Chapman (L)–Recorded his 33rd save of the season on Tuesday night after pitching a scoreless ninth inning giving up one walk while striking out one batter. Chapman ahs now pitched back-to-back days and will likely be given the day off on Wednesday. (08/29/12)
(SU) Jonathan Broxton (R)–Picked up his fifth hold of the season on Tuesday after pitching a 1-2-3 eighth inning. He needed 15 pitches to get through the appearance forcing two ground ball outs and one fly ball out to get the job done. (08/29/12)
(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)–Pitched 0.2 innings of relief on Tuesday night in a non-save situation retiring both batters he faced in order. He struck out one batter while forcing one fly ball out on just 11 pitches thrown. (08/29/12)
(SU) Matt Belisle (R)–Recorded a scoreless ninth inning on Wednesday in a non-save situation giving up one hit in the appearance. With this appearance Belisle lowered his earned-run average to 3.21 on the season. (08/30/12)
(MR) Matt Reynolds (L)–Pitched 1.1 innings of relief on Tuesday night retiring all three batters he faced in order. He needed 14 pitches to get through the appearance forcing three ground ball outs and one fly ball out. (08/29/12)

Houston Astros
(CL) Wilton Lopez (R)–Took the loss on Tuesday night and was charged with his third blown-save of the season giving up one run on two hits in the appearance. With this outing Lopez falls to 5-3 on the season with a 2.45 earned-run average. (08/29/12)
(SU) Fernando Rodriguez (R)–Took the loss on Thursday night after surrendering three runs on three hits and one walk in one inning of relief. With this appearance Rodriguez raised his earned-run average to 5.96 on the season. (08/31/12)
(MR) Rhiner Cruz (R)–Pitched two innings of relief on Thursday after giving up two runs on three hits and one walk. Cruz has had a rough year and has now giving up three runs in his last three innings of relief. (08/31/12)
Injured–Francisco Cordero (15-Day DL)

Los Angeles Dodgers
(CL) Kenley Jansen (R)–Jansen is out indefinitely with a recurrence of an irregular heartbeat. He has now been placed on the disabled-list as of yet, but if he is going to need blood thinners he will likely miss the rest of the season. (08/30/12)
(SU) Ronald Belisario (R)–Recorded his first save of the season on Wednesday after pitching 1.2 innings of relief giving up two hits in the outing. With the recent news that Jansen may need to spend time on the disabled-list, Belisario could be in line to become a solid fantasy option. (08/30/12)
(MR) Brandon League (R)–Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Thursday night in a non-save situation giving up one hit and one walk in the outing. League needed 14 pitches to get through the appearance forcing two ground ball outs and one fly ball out. (08/31/12)
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)–Pitched one inning of relief on Wednesday night giving up two runs on four hits in the appearance. Bell’s issues continued Wednesday and is now sitting on a 5.92 earned-run average on the season. (08/30/12)
(MR) Mike Dunn (L)–Pitched 0.2 innings of relief on Wednesday giving up one run on one hit in the appearance. He needed 10 pitches to get through the appearance forcing two ground ball outs to get the first two outs of the eighth inning. (08/30/12)
Injured–Juan Oviedo (15-Day DL)

Milwaukee Brewers
(CL) John Axford (R)–Recorded his 22nd save of the season on Wednesday night after pitching a scoreless ninth inning. He gave up one walk in the appearance but was able to forcing two ground ball outs while striking out one batter to get the job done. (08/30/12)
(SU) Francisco Rodriguez (R)–Took the loss and was charged with his seventh blown-save of the season on Thursday after getting just one out in the ninth inning. He gave up three runs on four hits and one walk in the appearance raising his earned-run average to 5.21 on the season. (08/31/12)
(MR) Jim Henderson (R)–Picked up his fifth hold of the season on Thursday after pitching a scoreless eighth inning. He allowed two walks but was able to get eh job done by forcing one ground ball out and one fly ball out while striking out one batter on 21 pitches thrown. (08/31/12)

New York Mets
(CL) Frank Francisco (R)–Recorded his 22nd save of the season on Wednesday night after pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning. He struck out two batters in the appearance while forcing one ground ball out on 12 pitches to get the job done. (08/30/12)
(SU) Jon Rauch (R)–Picked up his 15th hold of the season on Wednesday after retiring the only batter he faced in the eighth inning. He threw just three pitches in the appearance forcing a ground ball out to end the eighth inning. (08/30/12)
(MR) Bobby Parnell (R)–Picked up the win on Tuesday after pitching two innings of relief giving up one hit while striking out two batters. Parnell has now picked up wins in back-to-back appearances and is now 4-3 on the season. (08/29/12)
Injured– Tim Byrdak (15-Day DL)

Philadelphia Phillies
(CL) Jonathan Papelbon (R)–Recorded his 30th save of the season on Thursday after pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning. He struck out one batter in the appearance while forcing one ground ball out and one fly ball out to get the job done. (08/31/12)
(SU) Antonio Bastardo (L)–Failed to record an out in his appearance on Wednesday night giving up a hit to the only batter he faced. He has now pitched back-to-back days but had low pitch counts in both appearances. (08/30/12)
(MR) Josh Lindblom (R)–Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Wednesday in a non-save situation retiring all three batters he faced in order. He struck out one batter while forcing two fly ball outs on nine pitches thrown. (08/30/12)
Injured–David Herndon (15-Day DL)

Pittsburgh Pirates
(CL) Joel Hanrahan (R)–Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Wednesday night in a non-save situation giving up one hit while striking out one batter on 18 pitches thrown. With this appearance Harahan lowered his earned-run average to 2.31 on the season. (08/30/12)
(SU) Jason Grilli (R)–Pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Wednesday retiring all three batters he faced in order. He needed 13 pitches to get through the appearance forcing one fly ball out while striking out two batters.(08/30/12)
(MR) Tony Watson (L)–Pitched a scoreless seventh inning on Wednesday night giving up one hit while striking out two batters. Watson as now put together three straight solid outings lowering his earned-run average to 3.83 on the season. (08/30/12)

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 10th hold of the season on Wednesday night after pitching 0.2 innings of relief. He retired both batters he faced in order needing just four pitches to get through the appearance. (08/30/12)
(MR) Cory Burns (R)–Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Tuesday night giving up eon hit and one walk while striking out one batter. With this appearance Burns lowered his earned-run average to 3.38 on the season. (08/29/12)
Injured–Huston Street (15-Day DL)

San Francisco Giants
(CL) Jeremy Affeldt (L)–Picked up his 10th hold of the season on Wednesday night after retiring all three batters he faced in the seventh inning. He struck out one batter in the appearance while forcing two ground ball outs on 15 pitches thrown. (08/30/12)
(CL) Sergio Romo (R)–Recorded his eighth save of the season on Thursday night after striking out the only batter he faced in the ninth inning. With this appearance Romo lowered his earned-run average to 1.99 on the season. (08/31/12)
(MR) Santiago Casilla (R)–Picked up his fifth hold of the season on Wednesday night after pitching 1.1 innings of relief. He gave up one hit while striking out one batter in the appearance and has now lowered his earned-run average to 2.92 on the season. (08/30/12)
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)–Pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Wednesday night in a non-save situation retiring all three batters he faced in order. He needed just six pitches to get through the appearance forcing one ground ball out and two fly ball outs. (08/30/12)
(SU) Sean Burnett (L)–Failed to record an out in his appearance on Wednesday after giving up two hits in the eighth inning. Luck for Burnett, Drew Storen was able to clean up his mess so the base runners never became an issue. (08/30/12)
(MR) Drew Storen (R)–Picked up his seventh hold of the season on Wednesday night after pitching a scoreless eighth inning. He retired all three batters he faced in order striking out one batter while forcing one ground ball out and one fly ball out on 13 pitches thrown. (08/30/12)
Injured–Henry Rodriguez (15-Day DL)

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