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Giants pitcher Jean Machi preserves bullpen on Sunday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12:08 am ET) Giants pitcher Jean Machi allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits in 2 2/3 innings of work in San Francisco's 11-2 loss to the Rockies on Sunday.

Machi was called on early when starter Tim Hudson struggled to find the zone and was knocked around. He helped to keep San Francisco was digging deeper into the bullpen, manager Bruce Bochy said per CSN Bay Area.

"Machi saved us," Bochy said. "I thought he had some of his best stuff, too. He should feel good about that and the fact that he did give us those innings."

Machi now has a 4.63 ERA in 23 1/3 innings of work this season.


Mets pitcher Bobby Parnell tosses scoreless inning in Double-A rehab


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Mets pitcher Bobby Parnell tossed one scoreless inning on Sunday for Double-A Binghamton as a part of his rehab assignment. Parnell allowed one hit with one strikeout and no walks in his appearance.

"I think every time I've gone out, whether it be down there or this outing here, I have improved and learned something from my outings," Parnell said to Press and Sun-Bulletin. "Every step has been a good step in the right direction. I feel like every time has been an improvement."

Parnell is currently on the 15-day DL with an elbow injury. He has thrown one inning so far this season, posting a 9.00 ERA with a walk and a strikeout.

"I was just trying to finish what we worked on down there (in St. Lucie), fastball and command getting the curveball down in the zone," Parnell said. "That was probably the hardest hit ball I've given up the whole rehab, that curveball that hung. I didn't feel like I threw it well. He hit it hard, and I haven't had that. That gives me some good feedback.

"I've got some things to work on. All in all, I was happy with everything I did. Two-seamer was working really well. It's going in the right direction."


Dodgers P Carlos Frias gives up 10 runs in lopsided loss


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Dodgers pitcher Carlos Frias had an afternoon to forget. 

In four innings of work, Frias was rocked for 10 earned runs in Sunday afternoon's 11-3 loss to the Padres. He was unable to strike out anybody and walked two batters. 

Frias had been having a solid season until this game. In four previous starts and two relief appearances, Frias had only allowed a total of seven earned runs while striking out 19 batters. Twelve of San Diego's 20 hits came against Frias. 

This disastrous game ballooned his ERA from 2.55 to 5.34 for the season. Manager Don Mattingly said he will continue to use Frias as a starter, according to MLB.com.

"No, we can't make decisions based on one start," Mattingly said. "It can happen to anyone. We haven't seen that at all this year. He had one game last year. A lot of balls were in the middle of the plate and big leaguers are going to hit those. It looked like he had trouble throwing his fastball for strikes."

Frias' next start is projected for Saturday against the Cardinals. 


Diamondbacks reliever Brad Ziegler notches second save of the year


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Diamondbacks relief pitcher Brad Ziegler worked a nearly perfect ninth inning in Arizona's 4-3 win on Sunday over the Cubs, earning his second save of the season. 

Ziegler made quick workof the first two hitters of the inning, needing just four pitches. After allowing a single to Starlin Castro, Ziegler finished things off by forcing Miguel Montero to pop out to left field. Ziegler now owns a 0.86 ERA in 21 innings of work.


Braves' Jason Grilli strikes out three, earns 13th save


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Braves closer Jason Grilli pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Sunday to earn his 13th save in his team's 2-1 win over the Brewers.

Grilli struck out the first two batters he faced before issuing a walk, but he was able to strike out one more batter to slam the door on his team's win. He's rattled off three straight scoreless outings, but Sunday's three-strikeout game was his first since April 13. Grilli owns a 4.11 ERA and 23:7 K:BB ratio in 15 1/3 innings.


Nationals P Drew Storen strikes out two, earns save


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Nationals pitcher Drew Storen earned his 14th save of the season in the Nationals' 4-1 victory over the Phillies on Sunday. 

Storen entered the game in the ninth and struck out two batters. He did give up one double but was able to hold the runner. Storen now has an ERA of just 0.93 for the season. 

This is Storen's third converted save opportunity in a row. 


D-Backs P Matt Stites to pitch extended spring game Monday


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Diamondbacks pitcher Matt Stites will appear in an extended spring training game on Monday, according to FOX Sports Arizona

Following that outing, Stites will report to Class A Visalia to begin a minor-league rehab assignment. 

Stites is on the disabled list due to an elbow injury. 

A year ago, Stites posted a 5.73 ERA with 26 strikeouts in 33 innings. He's yet to appear in a game for the Diamondbacks this season. 


Dodgers P Pedro Baez (pectoral) to begin throwing program soon


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Dodgers pitcher Pedro Baez is not experiencing any pain in his injured right pectoral, according to SB Nation's True Blue LA. 

Baez sustained a right pectoral strain and was placed on the 15-day disabled list. With the pain alleviated, Baez is expected to begin a throwing program soon. 

Baez was forced to leave a May 13 game against the Marlins due to the injury. 


Giants recall Hunter Strickland, DFA Casey McGehee


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) The Giants announced on Sunday that they have recalled right-handed pitcher Hunter Strickland from Triple-A. 

In a corresponding move, the Giants designated infielder Casey McGehee for assignment. 

Strickland, a prospect at closer, has posted a 1.66 ERA in 15 appearances with Triple-A Sacramento this season. He has five saves in 21 2/3 innings pitched. 

McGehee is slashing just .200/.254/.282 this season. 


Rockies reliever John Axford nails down sixth save of the season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Rockies relief pitcher John Axford worked a nearly perfect ninth inning on Saturday in Colorado's 5-3 win over the Giants, earning his sixth save of the season.

After allowing a leadoff single, Axford managed to get a fly out to center field, who then doubled off the baserunner trying to advanced to third. Axford then forced a groundout to end the game. Axford lowered his ERA to 0.90 in 10 innings of work.


Giants pitcher Yusmeiro Petit allows four runs in losing effort


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Giants pitcher Yusmeiro Petit allowed four runs on seven hits in six innings of work in San Francisco's 5-3 loss to the Rockies on Saturday.

Petit didn't have any issues until the fourth, when he allowed three consecutive batters to reach base safely, including an RBI double by Brandon Barnes. Then, he forced a groundout by Daniel Descalso, but that also brought home a run.

In the sixth, Petit surrendered a two-run homer to Descalso. Petit, now 1-1, moved his ERA to 3.86 in 28 innings of work. 


Rockies pitcher David Hale earns first win of the year in spot start


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Rockies pitcher David Hale allowed three runs, two earned, on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings of work on Saturday in Colorado's 5-3 win over the Giants.

Hale, who was called up from Triple-A to make a spot start in a doubleheader for Colorado, ran into some issues in the second when he allowed a run to score on a wild pitch. Then in the fifth, Hale put runners on second and third with two out before allowing an RBI single to Nori Aoki, scoring a run. 

Hale would allow one more run in the seventh before getting the hook. Hale, now 1-0, moved his ERA to 2.70 on the season. 


Cubs RP Jason Motte picks up relief win on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/24/2015) Cubs reliver Jason Motte (2-1) earned a win in relief in Saturday's 9-6 victory over the Diamondbacks. Motte entered the bottom of the eighth inning with one away and managed to retire the two batters he faced. The Cubs put up three runs in their half of the ninth, which allowed Motte to pick up the win. 

The hard-throwing right-hander lowered his season ERA to 4.76 and he has not been scored upon in his last four outings.


Diamondbacks' Enrique Burgos serves up game-winning home run


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/24/2015) Diamondbacks reliever Enrique Burgos (0-2) picked up a loss to the Cubs in Saturday's 9-6 defeat. Burgos, who hadn't allowed a run in three straight outings, served up a game-winning three-run home run to Anthony Rizzo in the top of the ninth inning.

The Diamondbacks haven't officially named Burgos the closer, though he did successfully record two straight saves earlier in the week. But he took a step backwards with Saturday's performance and it remains to be seen if manager Chip Hale calls on him if a save chance occurs on Sunday.


Cubs RP Pedro Strop records first save of 2015


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/24/2015) Cubs reliever Pedro Strop picked up his first save of the season in the 9-6 win over the Diamondbacks on Saturday. Manager Joe Maddon decided to give regular closer Hector Rondon the night off, so Strop was tabbed to close out the game.

The right-hander tossed a perfect ninth inning, striking out one, to pick up the sixth save of his career. He now has four straight scoreless outings under his belt.


Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen notches third save of the season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen worked a perfect ninth inning on Saturday in Los Angeles' 2-0 win over the Padres, earning his third save of the season.

Jansen did not allow a baserunner and faced the minimum three batter in the inning. He recorded one strikeout and maintained his perfect 0.00 ERA through four innings of work this season.


Cubs closer Hector Rondon is learning from his mistakes


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/23/2015) Cubs closer Hector Rondon blew a save Friday night in Arizona, his third blown save of the season. The right-hander served up a game-tying two-run home run to Paul Goldschmidt in the 10th inning in the eventual 5-3 Diamondbacks win.

But Rondon, who is in the third season of his career, knows where he went wrong.

"I need better location," Rondon said Saturday, per MLB.com. "I know that pitch ran up a little to the middle [to Goldschmidt]. I think that's why we lost the game yesterday, those pitches."

Manager Joe Maddon has expressed faith in his 27-year-old closer, and a change does not seem to be in the cards, at least for now. 

"He knows what he did wrong," said Maddon. "I'll say [to him], 'Hey, listen, everything's cool. I still have a lot of trust and support.' It's one of those things that happens in our game."

Rondon has blown two of his last three save opportunities.


Marlins reliever Carter Capps strikes out six in win on Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Marlins relief pitcher Carter Capps tossed three scoreless innings on Saturday in Miami's 1-0 win over the Orioles in 13 innings of work.

Capps came on in the 11th and allowed just one hit while striking out six.

"That was definitely my best big league outing, so I was pretty excited about that," Capps said to MLB.com. "I was feeling good tonight. I knew I was going to throw my slider in the dirt, J.T. [Realmuto] was going to block it. He was great back there. Everything he was calling, we were right on the same page."

Capps, now 1-0, also did not issue a walk and lowered his ERA to 1.50 in six innings of work this season.

"I was trying to go out there and go for as long as I could," Capps said. "I knew with our hitters, it was only a matter of time. They've been getting some bad breaks lately, but we do have a good lineup. We finally came through."


Giants closer Santiago Casilla gets one-out save


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/23/2015) Giants closer Santiago Casilla needed to get one out to record his 12th save of the season in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Rockies.

The bottom of the ninth inning started with the Giants up 10-6. Sergio Romo came on to try can close it out, but after getting the first two batters out, Romo gave up back-to-back hits, with run coming in.  

So manager Bruce Bochy brought in Casilla to get the final out. The right-hander served up another pair of singles, allowing the Rockies to get within two. But ultimately, Casilla got the third out to pick up the save. 

Both runs in the ninth were charged to Romo. Casilla has now gone 11 straight appearances without allowing a run.


Nationals pitcher Casey Janssen tosses one scoreless inning


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Nationals pitcher Casey Janssen made his season debut on Saturday, tossing one scoreless inning with no hits allowed in Washington's 8-1 loss to the Phillies.

Janssen missed the first 41 games of the season with a right shoulder injury, but felt good after his first appearance, according to MASN Sports.

"Obviously, I wish as a whole we had played a little better," Janssen said. "But, it was good to get an inning in there and get my feet wet and be a part of this thing."

Manager Matt Williams was impressed with his poise on the mound.

"Good command of the strike zone, got the second baseman on a cutter," Williams said. "Threw (Ryan) Howard a couple of curveballs for strikes, which is good, commanded the zone. He works fast, and when he's throwing strikes like that, he can do it to both sides of the plate. I think he felt good coming out of it, no issues, that's a good sign for us."


Padres claim De La Rosa, transfer Josh Johnson to 60-day DL


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(5/23/2015) The Padres have claimed left-handed pitcher Eury De La Rosa from the Dodgers and optioned him to their Triple-A affiliate. The team also transferred right-handed pitcher Josh Johnson from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day.

Johnson, who has been dealing with an elbow injury, has not pitched yet this season. He threw a 32-pitch bullpen session on May 15, the first time he threw off a mound since a simulated game on April 28.


Phillies RP Ken Giles fine despite cut thumb


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Phillies reliever Ken Giles has been declared fine after a mini-scare on the mound Friday night.

Giles cut his thumb during warmups, but it was treated and he remained in the game to pitch a scoreless and hitless eighth.

"There was blood coming all the way down," Ryne Sandberg told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "It was on the ball and everything. He was just going to ignore it."

Giles has not managed an appearance without walking a batter or allowing a hit since May 12.


Roark, Zimmermann to start Monday, Tuesday for Nationals


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams announced his rotation plans for early next week on Saturday, as Tanner Roark will start Monday against the Cubs and Jordan Zimmermann will go Tuesday.

Roark, who has been pitching out of the bullpen, feels he can go 100 pitches. However, Williams suggested Roark will probably throw around 70 pitches.


Rockies shelve RP Ken Roberts, activate RP Brooks Brown


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Rockies lefty reliever Ken Roberts has been placed on the disabled list with elbow inflammation, per the Denver Post, which is further reporting that they have activated bullpen mate Brooks Brown, who has recovered from a shoulder injury.

Roberts had performed well until a disastrous appearance Friday night against San Francisco in which he allowed three runs on four hits in two-thirds of an inning.

Brown, who has been absent since May 3, returns with a 4.50 ERA.


Delgado gets win in extra-innings over Cubs


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(5/23/2015) Diamondbacks reliever Randall Delgado earned the win in his team's 5-4 victory over the Cubs on Friday.

Delgado bounced back from a blown save against the Marlins on May 21 to record the win. He tossed a scoreless inning against the Cubs, bringing his ERA to 4.05 for the season.


 
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