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Athletics RP Pat Venditte throws Triple-A rehab game Saturday


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(12:17 am ET) Athletics relief pitcher Pat Venditte played in a rehab game for Triple-A Nashville on Saturday.

Venditte tossed 2/3 of an inning and allowed one hit. He is currently on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder injury.


Giants RP Santiago Casilla gets 27th save on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(12:08 am ET) Giants closer Santiago Casilla worked a scoreless ninth inning on Saturday to claim his 27th save of the season. Casilla, who gave up one hit in the inning, needed just 12 pitches to preserve the 9-7 extra-innings win over the Rangers. 

Casilla has now converted seven consecutive save chances, and his 27 saves represent a career-high for the 12-year veteran.


Athletics' Aaron Brooks looks dominant in first start


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(12:01 am ET) Athletics pitcher Aaron Brooks didn't look like someone making their first start of the season on Saturday against the Indians, he looked like an ace.

Brooks allowed just one run on five hits over 7 1/3 innings of work. He struck out five batters and didn't give up any walks.

With the win, Brooks improved to 1-0 on the year with a 3.09 ERA.


Mariners RP Carson Smith blows save, loses third straight outing


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/1/2015) Mariners reliever Carson Smith recorded his fifth blown save of the season in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Twins. With the Mariners leading by one, Smith gave up a double to leadoff the ninth inning. 

He was able to retire the next batter on a strikeout, but then uncorked a wild pitch moving the runner to third. After getting the second out, he issued an intentional walk before throwing yet another wild pitch, allowing the tying run to score. Finally, Kurt Suzuki singled in the winning run, giving Smith the blown save and the loss.

Smith (1-5) has picked up a loss in three straight appearances, allowing five earned runs in those games. Nevertheless, manager Lloyd McClendon appears committed to Smith as his closer, claiming the rookie right-hander would get the ball in a possible save chance on Sunday, according to the Tacoma News Tribune


Yankees SP Bryan Mitchell gives up four runs in loss Saturday


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(8/1/2015) Yankees starting pitcher Bryan Mitchell allowed four runs in just four innings during his start against the White Sox on Saturday.

Mitchell, who earned his first loss of the season, allowed a home run and two walks during the outing. He did manage to record five strikeouts, a season high.

Mitchell has a 4.73 ERA in 13 1/3 innings this season.


Cubs RP Tommy Hunter gets two-out save in team debut


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/1/2015) New Cubs reliever Tommy Hunter made his team debut on Saturday, and recorded a two-out save in the 4-2 win over the Brewers. The save was the first of the season for Hunter, who was acquired from the Orioles on Friday.

Hunter was summoned with one out in the ninth when Jason Motte put a runner on second. Hunter allowed that run to score on an RBI groundout, and then retired the final batter to close out the game.

It was Hunter's first save since May 2014, when he recorded 11 saves for the Orioles. 


Reds closer Aroldis Chapman notches 22nd save of the season


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(8/1/2015) Reds closer Aroldis Chapman wasn't as crisp as we have become accustomed to on Saturday against the Pirates, but he still managed to pick up his 22nd save of the season.

Despite allowing three hits, a walk and a run, Chapman struck out two batters and closed out his team's 4-3 win over Pittsburgh. He now has a 1.81 ERA in 44 2/3 innings this season.


Mets' Jeurys Familia returns to dominance for 28th save Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/1/2015) Mets closer Jeurys Familia overcame his recent struggles, as he retired the side in order to pick up his 28th save of the season on Saturday. Familia needed just 10 pitches to protect the 3-2 win over the Nationals, striking out Michael Taylor to end the game.

This was Familia's first save since the All-Star break, as had been unable to convert his previous three chances.


Orioles SP Kevin Gausman with another strong outing on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/1/2015) Orioles starter Kevin Gausman threw a second consecutive gem on Saturday, as he limited the Tigers to two runs on four hits over seven sharp innings. Gausman struck out six and did not issue a walk in the 6-2 victory.

Gausman evened his record to 2-2 with the solid outing, throwing 68 of his 106 pitches for strikes. The only mistake he made came on a two-run home run to Nick Castellanos in the fifth inning. But the Orioles were already leading by five at that point, and Gausman lowered his ERA to 3.97.

The young right-hander struggled in his two starts sandwiching the All-Star break, allowing 11 earned runs over 9 2/3 innings. But in past two outings, he has an impressive 1.23 ERA.


Marlins SP Jose Urena has rough outing vs. Padres on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/1/2015) Marlins rookie starter Jose Urena struggled in his latest outing against the Padres on Saturday night. Urena allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits over five innings. He struck out two and did not walk a batter in the 5-3 loss.

Urena was unable to get into a groove in this one. He allowed an early run in the first inning, followed by a four spot in the third, thanks in part to a fielding error.

Urena (1-5, 4.37 ERA) was making his first appearance for the Marlins since June 28. He was throwing well before that demotion, allowing a total of seven runs in his previous four starts.


Padres' Craig Kimbrel bounces back for 31st save on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/1/2015) A night after blowing the save, Padres closer Craig Kimbrel got right back out there and nailed down his 31st save of the year on Saturday. Kimbrel needed 13 pitches to retire the side in order in the ninth, protecting a 5-3 victory over the Marlins.

Kimbrel allowed a game-tying home run in the ninth inning on Friday, but was able to rebound nicely a day later. 


Angels' Cory Rasmus will start Sunday vs. Dodgers


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/1/2015) Angels right-hander Cory Rasmus will be tabbed to make the start against the Dodgers on Sunday. Rasmus, who was recalled earlier this week, will make his first start of the season for the Angels.

He did pitch an inning of relief on Friday, his first appearance of 2015. Rasmus has made 10 appearances--including three starts--with Triple-A Salt Lake this year. He is 0-1 with a 2.35 ERA in 15 1/3 innings with the Bees.


Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen avoids trouble, picks up 19th save


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(8/1/2015) Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen didn't have his best stuff on Saturday, but he managed to escape his team's matchup with the Angels with his 19th save of the season.

Jansen gave up a run on two hits and walked a batter during an uneasy ninth inning. He managed to strike out two batters in the process.

Jansen now has a 3.04 ERA in 26 2/3 innings this season.


Tale of two Nicks: Rumbelow up, Goody down for Yankees


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2015) The Yankees have recalled Nick Rumbelow from Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre and optioned fellow reliever Nick Goody to the same team.

Rumbelow hurled 3 1/3 innings for the Yankees in late June and early July and allowed one run. Goody got into two games after his Thursday call-up and gave up a run in 1 1/3 innings.


Cubs option RP Yoervis Medina to Triple-A Iowa


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(8/1/2015) The Cubs optioned relief pitcher Yoervis Medina to Triple-A Iowa on Saturday, the team announced.

Medina has a 4.71 ERA with 16 strikeouts and 11 walks in 21 innings with Chicago this season.


Pirates demote RP Bobby LaFromboise to Triple-A


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(8/1/2015) The Pirates sent relief pitcher Bobby LaFromboise back to Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday, the team announced.

LaFromboise was recalled on Thursday, but did not see any game action during his time with the team.


Rockies designate RP Aaron Laffey for assignment on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/1/2015) Rockies pitcher Aaron Laffey was designated for assignment on Saturday. The left-hander pitched three scoreless innings of relief in Friday's loss to the Cardinals.

Laffey has made three relief appearances for the Rockies in 2015, posting a 3.68 ERA. This is the second time this year that Laffey has been DFA'd by the Rockies. 


Jean Machi earns first save of year for Red Sox


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2015) Red Sox reliever Jean Machi appeared in his first game since July 17, Saturday against Tampa Bay. 

Machi entered with two on and a three run lead in the eighth and escaped the jam. He allowed a solo home run in the ninth but managed to close out Tampa to earn his first save of the season. 


Rockies call up Kyle Parker, Scott Oberg from Triple-A


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/1/2015) The Rockies added a pair of players to their 25-man roster on Saturday. Right-hander Scott Oberg and outfielder Kyler Parker have been called up from Triple-A Albuquerque.

Oberg made 34 relief appearances with the Rockies between April 14 and July 9. He owns a 5.97 ERA through 31 2/3 innings.

Parker has one hit in one at-bat with the Rockies this season. With the Isoptopes, he is batting .280 with nine home runs and 58 RBI in 93 games.


Rockies activate pitcher Christian Bergman from DL


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/1/2015) The Rockies have activated pitcher Christian Bergman from the 15-day disabled list. Bergman went down with a shoulder injury at the end of June. The right-hander owns a 4.66 ERA over 38 2/3 innings this season.

White Sox place J.B. Shuck on DL, call up Scott Carroll


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2015) The White Sox placed outfielder J.B. Shuck on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain, the team announced on Saturday. Shuck left Friday's game early after suffering the injury. 

The team recalled pitcher Scott Carroll to replace him on the roster. Carroll was 4-2 with a 2.45 ERA in 10 starts at Triple-A Charlotte. 


Rangers put C Robinson Chirinos on DL, demote RP Keone Kela


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2015) The Rangers have placed catcher Robinson Chirinos on the disabled list with a strained left shoulder, per MLB.com. They have also optioned reliever Keone Kela to Double-A Frisco.

Chirinos goes down with a slash line of .226/.316/.325.


Athletics RP Eric O'Flaherty designated for assignment


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2015) Athletics reliever Eric O'Flaherty has been designated for assignment to make room on the roster for Saturday starter Aaron Brooks.

O'Flaherty hasn't earned his spot. He has allowed 29 hits and 13 walks in 21 1/3 innings this season in compiling a 5.91 ERA.


RP Mark Lowe has disastrous debut with Blue Jays


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2015) Short reliever Mark Lowe arrived in Toronto via trade having allowed just four earned runs all season. He left the mound after his Blue Jays debut having surrendered three and was soon saddled with the defeat.

Lowe came on with a 5-4 lead and yielded a home run to Ben Zobrist, double to Lorenzo Cain, single to Eric Hosmer, single to Kendrys Morales and sacrifice fly to Alex Rios.

"Not a bad pitch for some guys, not a good pitch to him," Lowe said of the Zobrist home run, per MLB.com. "[Zobrist] likes the ball coming into him. Just trying to go backdoor slider and kind of yanked it over the middle of the plate. Right in his swing path, just a bad pitch in that situation."

Two of the runs he surrendered with Seattle were scored on July 20. He has allowed four over his last nine innings pitched.


Royals closer Greg Holland shaky, but snags save Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2015) Royals closer Greg Holland heightened the tension in a dramatic game Saturday in Toronto, but in the end was able to send the crowd home unhappy.

Holland arrived with a one-run lead and allowed a walk to pinch-hitter Troy Tulowitzki and single to Chris Colabello after retiring the first batter. But Ben Revere and Josh Donaldson grounded out to secure his 23rd save.

It was his seventh straight appearance in which he has allowed at least one baserunner.


 
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