With the Orioles beginning a road trip with a four game series against the Mariners, the timing was right to activate Worley. After allowing five hits in 1.2 innings in his first rehab start, Worley tossed three perfect innings Tuesday. He should return to a long relief role, though starting is not out of the question if there is a need in the rotation.
Street's ratios are nightmarish in 2016 (5.28 ERA, 1.89 WHIP), though they cover a modest 15.1 innings. Most alarmingly, he's walked more batters than he's struck out. The Angels have a multitude of problems on the current roster, but Street's struggles at age 32 have to be considered. With Joe Smith currently on the disabled list, Cam Bedrosian is likely the next man up in the closing chair if Street needs a break down the road.
The White Sox entered the ninth with an eight-run lead, but that lead shrank to three by the time Jones entered. Jones has gone nearly a month without surrendering a walk, but he remains firmly behind David Robertson (and Zach Duke?) in the team's closer pecking order.
Dyson was protecting a four-run lead with two runners on base and nobody out in the ninth inning, and he gave up an RBI single before allowing a pair of homers to give the Yankees an improbable win. It was his first blown save after converting on his first 16 save opportunities since becoming the team's closer in May, and he now has a 2.79 ERA.
Martinez struggled to find the strike zone, as only 38 of his 84 pitches were called for strikes, however, he was able to hold the Yankees to single runs in the second and sixth innings. Although he was in line for the win, the bullpen gave up six runs in the ninth inning to give him a no decision. He's now walked 10 batters over his last 15.1 innings of work, and his WHIP is at 1.72 on the year. He'll make his next start Monday at the Red Sox.
Allen was protecting a three-run lead, and put two runners on base with two out before inducing a ground ball to end the contest. He's now allowed two base runners in six of his 10 outings this month, and his WHIP is at 1.19 on the year.
The closer made the game interesting with a near-disastrous ninth inning. Osuna gave up RBI doubles to Mark Reynolds and Daniel Descalso and put the tying run in scoring position with one out in the ninth. He hit Charlie Blackmon to load the bases before Cristhian Adames was called out on a controversial third strike to end the game. Osuna's ERA ballooned to 2.52 in the non-save situation.
The Marlins sapped 76 pitches out of Norris through three innings, and 100 pitches over five, but never got the big hit they needed. Norris' big escape wasn't a groundout -- he didn't record any until the fourth -- but the strikeout. He stranded two runners in the first with back-to-back called third strikes on Marcell Ozuna and Giancarlo Stanton, then fanned Christian Yelich with two on in the second. Eight of Norris' first 10 outs came by strikeout, five of them called third strikes. The win was his first since his final start of last season. Through three games (two starts) this season, the left-hander has a 4.09 ERA and 1.45 WHIP.
An elbow issue finally forced Putnam to the DL on Tuesday, with the official diagnosis from the team being ulnar neuritis. It was something Putnam battled throughout the month of June, limiting him to 4.2 innings over six appearances. The White Sox will take a day-to-day approach to Putnam's recovery.
Vincent will hit the DL while Wade Miley is activated in a corresponding move. The 29-year-old has been a solid reliever for the Mariners this season, posting a 3.47 ERA and 1.05 WHIP, although he has blown five out of six save attempts on the season.