Aaron Loup
Blue Jays' Aaron Loup: Activated from DL Saturday
Aaron Loup, RP, TOR
10:52 AM
News: Loup (elbow) was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Satruday, Toronto play-by-play announcer Mike Wilner reports.

Loup has been out of action since spring training due to a forearm issue. His recovery appears to have gone according to plan, as he had an expected return date of late May. The Blue Jays have also placed Troy Tulowitzki on the DL in a corresponding move. Loup saw his ERA dip to 4.46 in the 2015 season.

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Fernando Rodriguez
Athletics' Fernando Rodriguez: Throws scoreless inning on Friday night
Fernando Rodriguez, RP, OAK
10:44 AM
News: Rodriguez threw a perfect inning with one strikeout on Friday against the Tigers.

Rodriguez continues his excellent season and now has a WHIP under 1.00 to go along with his sparkling 2.10 ERA. He has also managed to strike out more than a batter per inning so far in 2016 and has solidified himself as one of the better set up options in the A's bullpen.

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Brian Flynn
Royals' Brian Flynn: Sent back to Triple-A
Brian Flynn, RP, KC
10:16 AM
News: Flynn was optioned back to Triple-A Omaha on Saturday, Josh Vernier of 610 Sports Radio in Kansas City reports.

Flynn came up in early May, but with Young officially back from the DL on Saturday, Flynn will return to Triple-A to free up a roster spot. The 26-year-old made five appearances for the Royals, allowing five hits and four earned runs over 7.1 cumulative innings.

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Tony Watson
Pirates' Tony Watson: Expected to rejoin team Saturday
Tony Watson, RP, PIT
10:16 AM
News: Watson will return from the paternity list Saturday, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

He hasn't pitched since May 23 but has actually gone longer time periods in 2016 without appearing in a game. Pittsburgh will welcome the hard-throwing lefty back into the pen -- it wouldn't be surprising to see him available for Saturday's tilt.. Watson has lowered his earned-run average to 2.18 by stringing together 10 scoreless outings.

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Joe Biagini
Blue Jays' Joe Biagini: Blows first lead, wins second game
Joe Biagini, RP, TOR
9:34 AM
News: After blowing the lead for the first time all year, Biagini (2-1) picked up the win Friday against the Red Sox. He pitched 1.1 innings, allowing one run on two hits.

The blown save is not a big deal at all considering how (surprisingly) good he's been out of the Toronto's struggling bullpen this season. It was the first earned run he's allowed since April 26. Expect to see him out there as soon as another opportunity to hold a lead arises.

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Koji Uehara
Red Sox's Koji Uehara: Serves up game-winning homer Friday
Koji Uehara, RP, BOS
8:32 AM
News: Uehara allowed two runs on two hits in one inning to pick up the loss in Friday night's game against Toronto.

Uehara was beaten by reigning MVP Josh Donaldson -- no shame in that -- who took advantage of an elevated fastball. Of greater concern than Friday's homer are Uehara's results in May. He's allowed at least one hit in eight of nine appearances and sports a 5.19 ERA this month. After it was announced that Carson Smith will miss the rest of the season with Tommy John surgery, the focus turned toward Uehara and Junichi Tazawa -- two important setup men whose workload the Red Sox are trying to limit.

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Roenis Elias
Red Sox's Roenis Elias: Moving up as depth starter
Roenis Elias, RP, BOS
8:00 AM
News: Elias has allowed just three runs while striking out 21 and walking just two in his last two starts over 15 innings for Triple-A Pawtucket.

While two good starts don't erase his overall body of sketchy results (21 walks, 44 hits, 40 innings), Elias has emerged as the most likely call-up if Boston needs to pull an emergency starter from Pawtucket. Henry Owens has been wildly inconsistent and Brian Johnson has taken leave from the team to seek treatment for anxiety. We don't see an immediate need for Elias in Boston -- recently demoted starter Clay Buchholz is still on the roster and he'll be the first pitcher if a spot opens up -- but his stock is rising.

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Trevor Cahill
Cubs' Trevor Cahill: Strikes out three in relief appearance Friday
Trevor Cahill, RP, CHC
7:34 AM
News: Cahill struck out three in 1.2 scoreless innings against the Phillies on Friday.

Cahill gave up three hits in the performance. He's been an unsung hero in the Cubs' bullpen this year, as he has a 2.35 ERA, but his walk rate (14 walks in 23 innings) contribute to his below-average WHIP of 1.39. Still, in his last five appearances - all scoreless - he has struck out 12 and walked three in eight innings.

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Franklyn Kilome
Phillies' Franklyn Kilome: Showing improvement this month
Franklyn Kilome, RP, PHI
6:08 AM
News: Kilome allowed three runs on eight hits over six innings for Low-A Lakewood on Friday. He struck out five and walked one.

Kilome got off to a terrible start to the season allowing 17 runs over three starts in April. He's turned things around in May with a 2.33 ERA and a 25:7 K:BB in 27 innings.

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Wade Davis
Royals' Wade Davis: Notches 13th save in Friday victory
Wade Davis, RP, KC
4:06 AM
News: Davis notched his 13th save in Friday's 7-5 victory over the White Sox, surrendering a hit and striking out two over an inning.

The 30-year-old is now in a second-place tie in the AL with the Orioles' Zach Britton with respect to saves, and has converted five straight opportunities since May 18. Davis' stellar work has his ERA down to 1.02, and he's notably converted 13 of 14 save chances overall this season.

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