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Jonathan Papelbon secures fifth save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:44 pm ET) Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon worked his way around a base hit and need 17 pitches to secure his fifth save of the season in a 10-9 win over Colorado at Coors Field. He owns 3.68 ERA and a 7:3 K:BB ratio over 7 1/3 innings pitched.

Jacob Diekman gets knocked around in win over Rockies


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:40 pm ET) Phillies reliever Jacob Diekman was knocked around on Sunday, but managed to escape with his second win of the season in a 10-9 victory over Colorado at Coors Field.

With a two-run advantage, Diekman served up a two-run home run to Justin Morneau in the seventh inning to tie the game. The Phillies rallied and scored two runs in the bottom of the eight to secure the win. He allowed two runs on two hits and no walks while striking out three over 1 1/3 innings pitched. He owns an 8.38 ERA over his first 9 2/3 innings of work this season.


Sergio Romo closes out Padres


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:14 pm ET) Giants closer Sergio Romo worked his way around a walk and needed just 19 pitches in a scoreless ninth inning, securing his fifth save of the season in a 4-3 win over the Padres. He owns a 1.13 ERA, a 0.63 WHIP with a 9:2 K:BB ratio over eight innings pitched to start the season.

Kenley Jansen strikes out the side for save No. 7


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:06 pm ET) Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen made quick work of the Diamondbacks on Sunday, collecting his seventh save of the season in a 4-1 victory.

Jansen struck out Miguel Montero, Aaron Hill and Eric Chavez in the ninth to secure the win. He is 7 for 9 in save chances with a 4.09 ERA and a 1.73 WHIP over 11 innings pitched.


Jamey Wright collects first win


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:02 pm ET) Dodgers reliever Jamey Wright was awarded his first win of the season Sunday against the Diamondbacks.

Wright pitched a scoreless sixth before the offense scored four runs in the bottom of the frame. He allowed a run-scoring double to Eric Chavez in the seventh inning for his only damage of the afternoon. He surrendered one run on one hit and one walk while striking out one over one inning pitched in a 4-1 victory. He owns a 3.38 ERA over 10 2/3 innings pitched this season.


Josh Collmenter knocked around in loss to Dodgers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9:41 pm ET) Diamondbacks pitcher Josh Collmenter was knocked around SUnday afternoon, suffering his second loss of the season in his team's 4-1 defeat to the Dodgers in Los Angeles. The right-hander permitted four runs on five hits and two walks while striking out six over six innings pitched.

Collmenter has a 4.50 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP through his first 18 innings of work. He'll be searching for his first win of the season come Friday at home against Philadelphia.


Luke Gregerson collects third save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7:57 pm ET) Athletics pitcher Luke Gregerson entered Sunday's game against the Astros in the ninth inning with a three-run advantage. He struck out one and needed just eight pitches, securing his third save of the season in a 4-1 victory.

Gregerson is 3 for 4 in save chances with a 1.69 ERA, a 0.75 WHIP over 5 2/3 innings pitched since earning a role in Oakland's closer-by-committee approach.

Juan Carlos Oviedo activated from DL


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7:46 pm ET) The Rays activated pitcher Juan Carlos Oviedo from the disabled list following Sunday's loss to the Yankees, the team announced. Oviedo, returning from Tommy John surgery, last appeared in the majors in 2011.

Jorge Rondon optioned to Triple-A


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7:41 pm ET) The Cardinals optioned pitcher Jorge Rondon to Triple-A Memphis following Sunday's game against the Cubs. Rondon was with the big-league club for just three days and failed to make an appearance for the Cardinals over that span.

Carlos Villanueva handed second straight loss


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6:46 pm ET) Cubs pitcher Carlos Villanueva struggled for the second straight start during an 8-2 loss Sunday against the Reds. He was charged with five runs on nine hits and one walk, while striking out seven in 4 2/3 innings.

Villanueva (1-4) got off to a good start as he struck out two in the first inning and had five strikeouts through three scoreless innings.

Unfortunately, it began to unravel for the right-hander in the fourth inning. The Reds would score three times in the fourth on RBI doubles from Devin Mesoraco and Zack Cozart, and an RBI single from opposing pitcher Homer Bailey.

Villanueva had more issues in the fifth inning, as Todd Frazier had an RBI double and Ryan Ludwick added an RBI single. Villaneuva was lifted after Ludwick's two-out RBI hit.

He's now allowed 14 earned runs in his last two starts -- both losses. Villanueva is slated to make his next start Friday at Milwaukee.


Heath Bell pegged with first loss in extras


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6:30 pm ET) Rays reliever Heath Bell showed some command issues on Sunday and suffered his first loss of the season in his team's 5-1 loss to the Yankees.

Bell walked the bases loaded in the 12th inning, breaking a 1-1 tie. He was charged with one run on one hit and two walks while striking out two in one inning pitched. He owns a 5.79 ERA over 9 1/3 innings.

Cesar Ramos goes five solid innings in no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6:24 pm ET) Rays pitcher Cesar Ramos lasted only five innings and failed to factor into the decision Sunday afternoon against the Yankees. The southpaw surrendered one run on four hits and one walk while striking out three in a 5-1 loss in extras.

Ramos owns a 4.91 ERA, a 1.27 WHIP along with 7:5 K:BB ratio over 11 innings pitched. He'll make his next start Saturday against the White Sox in Chicago.

Francisco Rodriguez earns third save this weekend


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6:20 pm ET) Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez picked up a save for a third straight day during Sunday's 3-2 win in 14 innings against the Pirates.

Rodriguez entered the game in the bottom of the 14th after Khris Davis hit a go-ahead solo home run in the top of the inning. Rodriguez gave up a two-out single, but he struck out two to record his seventh save in as many opportunities this season. He still hasn't allowed a run in 10 innings.


Jason Grilli blows save for second straight day


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6:15 pm ET) Pirates closer Jason Grilli blew a save for a second straight day Sunday against the Brewers. Though, he didn't take the loss Sunday like he did Saturday.

Grilli entered Sunday's game in the top of the ninth with Pittsburgh leading 2-1. But Ryan Braun tied the game two batters into the ninth with a solo home run. Grilli bounced back to retire the next two batters, which included a strikeout of Jonathan Lucroy, but the damage was done.

Milwaukee would win 3-2 in 14 innings.


Troy Patton will report to Triple-A for rehab work


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5:45 pm ET) Orioles pitcher Troy Patton, serving a 25-game suspension for testing positive for amphetamines, will report to Triple-A Norfolk Tuesday for a rehab assignment, the Baltimore Sun reports. Troy Patton is scheduled to pitch Tuesday and Thursday for Norfolk. If all goes well, Patton is eligible to be reinstated on April 30 against Pittsburgh.

Rafael Soriano picks up first win in 2014


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5:28 pm ET) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano picked up his first win of the season during Sunday's 3-2 victory against the Cardinals.

Soriano (1-0) entered Sunday's game in the ninth inning of a 2-all contest. He retired the side in order in the top of the ninth, which included a strikeout of Shane Robinson. He earned the win after Denard Span won the game with a walk-off sac fly in the bottom of the ninth.


Josh Wall sent down to Triple-A after rough weekend


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5:22 pm ET) The Angels optioned reliever Josh Wall to Triple-A Salt Lake following Sunday's game against Detroit. Wall allowed six runs on five hits and three walks in one inning of work over two appearances against Detroit this weekend.

Joe Nathan record third save Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4:57 pm ET) Tigers closer Joe Nathan nailed down his third save of the year Sunday against the Angels.

Nathan entered the game with a one-run lead in the ninth inning. After getting two quick outs, Nathan allowed a single to Howie Kendrick. Raul Ibanez entered the game as a pinch hitter, but struck out on a slider in a seven-pitch at-bat.

Nathan pitched one inning, and gave up one hit, with two strikeouts.


Steve Cishek extends club record to 32nd straight save


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4:35 pm ET) Marlins closer Steve Cishek stranded the tying and go-ahead runs in the ninth inning of Sunday's 3-2 win against the Mariners, picking up his third save in the process. It was Cishek's 32nd consecutive save, extending his own club record.

Cishek allowed a leadoff double to Corey Hart to begin the ninth inning. He then issued a one-out walk to Justin Smoak two batters later. But Cishek worked out of trouble by striking out Nick Franklin and Michael Saunders. He now has eight strikeouts in six innings.


John Axford pitches out of trouble to earn sixth save


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4:32 pm ET) Indians reliever John Axford made things interesting before picking up his sixth save.

Axford entered the game with a two-run lead in the ninth, and struck out the first batter he faced on four pitches. After a single from Dioner Navarro, Axford managed to record the second out of the game. That's when things got interesting. Axford allowed another single to Melky Cabrera, and then walked Jose Bautista to load the bases.

With the bases loaded, Axford managed to get Edwin Encarnacion to ground out for the final out. Axford's ERA dropped to 3.52 after the appearance.


Brandon Kintzler on track to return Friday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:49 pm ET) Brewers reliever Brandon Kintzler (neck) is slated to throw a bullpen session Monday, per MLB.com.

If all goes well, he will throw another bullpen session or simulated game Wednesday. Kintzler is on track to be activated off the disabled list Friday.


Cubs would like to see Jose Veras regain closer's role


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:33 pm ET) Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Sunday he would like to see Jose Veras return to the closer's role at some point, per MLB.com.

"Veras was brought in to be our closer," Renteria said. "We want to make sure he's given an opportunity. He's working very hard on certain things but he still has to get out there on the hill in game situations to get comfortable.

"We certainly want to make sure we give Jose a chance to get back into the role and try to find situations we can allow him to work. He needs to work. We're going to do our very best that he gets into a comfort level. We need all those guys. In baseball, you don't eliminate guys, you need them all."


Joe Kelly 'responding better than anticipated' to treatment


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:18 pm ET) Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Sunday starting pitcher Joe Kelly is "responding better than anticipated" as he gets treatment for a left hamstring strain, per MLB.com. Kelly has begun to play catch.

Bryan Morris having success after simplifying mechanics


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:53 pm ET) After making a slight change to his pitching mechanics this spring, Pirates reliever Bryan Morris is already seeing positive results to start the 2014 season, per MLB.com.

Morris is averaging 95.2 mph on his fastball, which is up from 94.1 mph last season. He also has added some sink to the pitch.

Morris' strikeout rate is also up, as he is striking out 7.0 batters per nine innings after striking out 5.1 batters per nine in 2013.

"Early in the spring, we made a slight adjustment with my mechanics and basically we simplified everything," Morris said. "When I simplify everything, everything kind of just started falling in line and that just made it easier for me on the mound. All I had to worry about was going out and throwing the ball in the zone and competing.

"I got a little better with my fastball command in spring training, and that allowed me to attack with my fastball and then use my other pitches later in the count."


Sean Doolittle set to earn about $14 million


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:17 pm ET) Athletics reliever Sean Doolittle is set to earn about $14 million with his new extension, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

Doolittle can earn more money based on incentives. The deal could be worth more than $20 million depending on whether his options get picked up. 


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