Brewers' Francisco Rodriguez earns sixth save of season Wednesday
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Brewers pitcher Francisco Rodriguez
earned his sixth save of the season when he closed the door on a 6-3 victory over the Dodgers on Wednesday.
During the ninth inning, Rodriguez allowed one hit and struck two in route to a scoreless inning. He now has a 1.64 ERA.
Braves' Jason Grilli allows run, earns ninth save Wednesday
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Braves closer Jason Grilli
gave up one earned run on two hits and one walk Wednesday but was able to record two strikeouts and preserve his team's lead to earn his ninth save in Atlanta's 7-5 win over Philadelphia.
Grilli opened the inning by allowing a single to left field, but he was able to get two quick outs to put the Phillies on the brink of a loss. They responded with a walk and a single to bring the potential winning run to the plate, but the closer was able to strike the batter out to end the game. Grilli owns a 4.50 ERA and 16:4 K:BB ratio in 10 innings.
Reds' Aroldis Chapman earns sixth save Wednesday
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Reds closer Aroldis Chapman
picked up his sixth save Wednesday, giving up one hit in an inning of work in his team's 3-0 win over the Pirates.
Chapman failed to record a strikeout in an appearance for the first time since April 12 in Wednesday's win, but he was still able to slam the door to preserve the shutout. He has yet to surrender a run in 12 2/3 innings while racking up 22 strikeouts.
With pitcher Brandon Morrow on the disabled list, the Padres will turn to
long reliever Odrisamer Despaigne
for Thursday's start agasint the Diamondbacks, reports MLB.com.
It is Despaigne's first start since April 20. In 21 1/3 innings, Despaigne has gone 2-0 with a 2.95 ERA.
Cardinals' Jordan Walden has muscle strain, will rest 6-10 weeks
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Cardinals pitcher Jordan Walden
has been diagnosed with a muscle strain in his shoulder, requiring six-to-10 weeks of rest, but he will not need
to undergo surgery, MLB.com reports.
Walden was placed on the disabled list with a biceps injury but received a second opinion on his MRI this week. He won't resume his throwing program for at least six weeks, so it's quite possible he won't return before the All-Star break. Walden has allowed one earned run in 10 1/3 innings while striking out 12 batters in 12 appearances.
Dodgers' Kenley Jansen allows three runs in rehab outing
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Dodgers pitcher Kenley Jansen
surrendered three runs on two hits and a walk while recording just two outs
in his rehab appearance with Class A Rancho Cucamonga Wednesday, MLB.com reports.
The Dodgers closer also struck out two but reached his 25-pitch limit before the end of the inning, prompting him to be removed before he could record three outs.
Jansen, who's working his way back from foot surgery, is expected to make another appearance Thursday if he comes out of Wednesday's outing feeling fine. He may be able to join the Dodgers by mid-May.
Nationals closer Drew Storen gets in and out of trouble for save
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Nationals closer Drew Storen
allowed the potential go-ahead run to reach the plate Wednesday against Miami. But he walked off the mound with his eighth save.
Storen hit pinch-hitter Donovan Solano with a pitch upon entering and Dee Gordon followed with a single. But Storen retired Martin Prado and fanned Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna to leave them stranded.
The Gordon hit was the first Storen had yielded in his last five appearances.
Rockies' Weiss on Rex Brothers: 'Control is still an issue'
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Rockies manager Walt Weiss said Wednesday that pitcher Rex Brothers
has been up and down in his stint with Triple-A Albuquerque and that "control is still an issue"
with the pitcher, the Denver Post
Brothers walked 6.2 batters per nine innings last season while posting a 5.59 ERA in 56 1/3 innings. He was surprisingly optioned to Triple-A before the start of this season and has given up seven earned runs on 11 hits and 11 walks in nine innings while striking out 14.
Cubs activate Grimm, DFA Varvaro; option Lake, Szczur to Triple-A
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The Cubs announced several roster moves
prior to Wednesday's game in St. Louis, per the team's official website. The club activated right-hander Justin Grimm
off the 15-day disabled list and recalled outfielder Matt Szczur
from Triple-A Iowa. Outfielder Junior Lake has been optioned
to Triple-A and right-hander Anthony Varvaro
has been designated for assignment.
Braves recall Williams Perez, option Michael Kohn
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The Braves recalled pitcher Williams Perez
from Triple-A Gwinnett and optioned
pitcher Michael Kohn
to the same team.
Perez has made five starts with Gwinnett, going 2-0 with a 1.33 ERA and 21:9 K:BB ratio in 27 innings. He has yet to pitch in a major-league game in the regular season.
Kohn has made six appearances with the Braves without giving up a run or a hit, but he has walked six batters while striking out four.