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May 18, 2012 12:05 AM GMT
After another successful PQS-DOM start on Tuesday, Jordan Lyles (RHP, HOU) will remain the Astros rotation for time being, the club announced. Lyles had a spot start in April (also a PQS-DOM) and had sprinted out to a 5-0, 3.49 ERA start with a 4.0 Cmd in Triple-A before his May 15 callup.
May 17, 2012 12:05 AM GMT
Alex Presley (OF, PIT) entered the season as a popular sleeper in many fantasy leagues after a mini-breakout campaign in 2011, but he hit only .220 in his first 118 AB. He has especially struggled over the past three weeks, going only three for 44 since April 29. His problems have been largely of his own making, as he's given back all of the skills growth that fueled last season's breakout.
May 16, 2012 12:05 AM GMT
Rafael Soriano (RHP, NYY) successfully converted a save opportunity May 10, when David Robertson (RHP, NYY) was unavailable after pitching the previous two days. Robertson was still expected to get the next opportunity, but Soriano got the call in the ninth on May 14, and again got the job done. As it turns out, Robertson was unavailable then as well, due to a strained oblique that is expected to sideline him for about three weeks. Those who have stashed Soriano away could be rewarded, as he is in line for saves now, and there's no guarantee Robertson reclaims the job when healthy.
May 15, 2012 12:05 AM GMT
Matt Kemp and Juan Uribe land on the DL in LA, as rumors put Dee Gordon's job in question. A fractured fibula shelves Jeff Niemann, Stauffer returns to SD, more ...
May 14, 2012 12:05 AM GMT
Yet another closer has been deposed, this time in Oakland, where the team is also dealing with an injury to its starting center fielder. Meanwhile, over in the National League, the Mets may be mulling a similar change, while a catcher has suffered a season-ending knee injury.
May 13, 2012 12:05 AM GMT
Mike Trout's much ballyhooed arrival signaled a decrease in playing time for one or more Angel outfielders, but who has taken the brunt of it? We also look at the suddenly productive Oakland CI and the woeful SS situation in San Diego as well as some injury updates and the signing of an old favorite...
May 12, 2012 12:05 AM GMT
Chris Sale (LHP, CHW) reportedly is scheduled to start Saturday, ending his brief stint as closer seemingly before it even began. CHW had removed Sale from the rotation May 4, designating him closer amidst reports of elbow tenderness and erstwhile rookie closer Hector Santiago's (LHP, CHW) ineffectiveness. Sale will make his start with two days' rest since a one-inning May 8 relief appearance.
May 11, 2012 12:05 AM GMT
Earlier this week our own Doug Dennis advised patience with Sean Marshall's (LHP, CIN) near-5.00 ERA due to superior peripherals (2.28 xERA, 5.0 Cmd, 194 BPV). But when Marshall gave up three hits and a run in two-thirds of an inning in what was a 2-0 game on Wednesday, Dusty Baker came with the hook. Logan Ondrusek (RHP, CIN) finished it off by recording the final out and his first career save. Is CIN the next participant in the Great Closer Turnover Trend of 2012?
May 10, 2012 12:05 AM GMT
[FREE] Casey Janssen (RHP, TOR) recorded his first save since replacing temporary closer Francisco Cordero (RHP, TOR) Wednesday with a 1-2-3 inning. Cordero was demoted from the closer role following his third Blown Save in five opportunities in spectacular fashion May 8, surrendering a game-winning Grand Slam HR to Oakland's Brandon Inge, failing to hold a one-run lead.
May 09, 2012 12:05 AM GMT
The San Diego bullpen in its current state (Street on the DL) was profiled just a few days ago, but there is another member of the pen that could surprisingly play a prominent role. Manager Bud Black indicated over the weekend that any of Andrew Cashner, Luke Gregerson, or Dale Thayer could be used to close out games. On May 6, Gregerson pitched the seventh inning of a tie game, and Cashner the eighth, meaning neither were going to be called upon to get the save. The next day, when a save situation presented itself, Thayer got the call, and preserved the victory with a perfect inning.
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