Carson Smith
Red Sox's Carson Smith: Makes season debut Tuesday
Carson Smith, RP, BOS
6:05 AM
News: Smith pitched a scoreless inning, striking out one, in Tuesday night's loss to the White Sox.

Smith, who was activated off the disabled list earlier in the day, was making his season debut after recovering from a forearm strain. He came on in the seventh inning of a close game, which will be the typical pattern of usage for the right hander.

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Jeanmar Gomez
Phillies' Jeanmar Gomez: Earns ninth save against Cardinals
Jeanmar Gomez, RP, PHI
3:45 AM
News: Gomez earned his ninth save as he worked around a hit in a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday against the Cardinals.

Gomez now has five straight saves and six straight scoreless appearances to lower his ERA to a stellar 1.69. He owns a pristine 12:3 K:BB and has given up just one home run this year and has given up just one of his three runs in a save situation.

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Jonathan Papelbon
Nationals' Jonathan Papelbon: Blows second save against Royals
Jonathan Papelbon, RP, WAS
2:55 AM
News: Papelbon allowed three runs on five hits and only managed to record two outs before taking the loss Tuesday against the Royals in his second blown save of the season.

Papelbon was singled to death, as he didn't allow an extra-base hit in the whole rally. Even though he got four swinging strikes out of his 26 pitches, only one came at the critical moment for a strikeout. The Royals have been lauded for their ability to put the ball in play throughout their run atop the American League, and this ninth inning against Papelbon was a master class in the art. Papelbon had streaks of four consecutive saves and six consecutive scoreless appearances snapped as his ERA rose from 2.38 to 4.50.

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Eddie Butler
Rockies' Eddie Butler: Loses first start of 2016
Eddie Butler, RP, COL
2:01 AM
News: Butler (0-1) took the loss in his first start of 2016, allowing five runs on four hits and a walk, while notching three strikeouts over 5.2 innings.

Butler couldn't have picked a much better venue for his spot start in place of the injured Jorge De La Rosa (groin), yet still surrendered a pair of home runs despite pitching in the spacious Petco Park. His 5.99 career ERA isn't particularly enticing, and the 25-year-old likely won't fare much better in his next outing Sunday in San Francisco.

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Luke Gregerson
Astros' Luke Gregerson: Picks up sixth save against Twins
Luke Gregerson, RP, HOU
1:53 AM
News: Gregerson struck out one in a perfect ninth to close out the Twins for his sixth save Tuesday night.

Gregerson is a perfect 6-for-6 in save opportunities and has yet to allow a run in a save situation. He has now struck out a batter in four straight appearances to give him eight strikeouts to go with his 1.64 ERA.

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Fernando Rodney
Padres' Fernando Rodney: Picks up sixth save
Fernando Rodney, RP, SD
1:51 AM
News: Rodney struck out two in a perfect ninth en route to his sixth save Tuesday against the Rockies.

That's back-to-back saves against the Rockies for Rodney, who came into a much less stressful situation with a 6-3 lead this time around. He has pitched very well in the closer role early on, albeit in limited opportunities.

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David Robertson
White Sox's David Robertson: Picks up ninth save against Red Sox
David Robertson, RP, CHW
1:11 AM
News: Robertson threw a clean inning with a strikeout to pick up his ninth save Tuesday against the Red Sox.

Robertson is now 9-for-10 in save opportunities and has been fantastic all year, with a 15:4 K:BB in 12.1 innings and a 0.73 ERA. Robertson has struggled with the home run ball the past two years, but he has yet to surrender one in 2016.

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Arodys Vizcaino
Braves' Arodys Vizcaino: Saves third game against Mets
Arodys Vizcaino, RP, ATL
12:13 AM
News: Vizcaino picked up his third save with a clean inning, including a strikeout, Tuesday against the Mets.

Vizcaino rebounded from a tough luck blown save in which he allowed an unearned run Sunday against the Cubs. He has yet to give up an earned run in any of his four save opportunities this year. Even though the Braves haven't given him many chances to close out wins, he has been electric, with 16 strikeouts and a 0.87 ERA in 10.1 innings.

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J.R. Graham
Twins' J.R. Graham: To be recalled
J.R. Graham, RP, MIN
5/3/2016
News: Graham will be recalled by the Twins, LaVelle E. Neal of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Graham hasn't been particularly impressive at Rochester this season, allowing 10 runs in just 8.1 innings. He will add an extra arm to the Twins' bullpen but his stay isn't expected to last beyond Ervin Santana's (back) activation from the disabled list, which could come as soon as Saturday.

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Alex Meyer
Twins' Alex Meyer: Headed back to Rochester
Alex Meyer, RP, MIN
5/3/2016
News: Meyer was optioned to Triple-A Rochester following Tuesday's game against the Astros, LaVelle E. Neal of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Meyer struggled through his start, lasting just 2.2 innings while giving up three runs on three hits and three walks prior to being pulled. The Twins will reportedly recall J.R. Graham to replace him on the 25-man roster but is expected to be a temporary call-up until Ervin Santana (back) returns from the disabled list. Meyer could have a future in the MLB, but issues with his command could lead to that being a bullpen role.

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