Indians' Trevor Bauer: Tames Tigers for second win of 2016
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(8:15 am ET) Bauer (2-0) pitched 5.2 innings, allowing three runs on three hits while walking two and striking out four in Thursday's win against the Tigers.

Making his second start in place of the injured Carlos Carrasco (hamstring), Bauer came within an out of notching a quality start. He overcame a three-run home by Nick Castellanos that brought the Tigers within a run in the fourth inning. Continuing to issue walks at a high rate (3.86 BB/9) and give up home runs (1.29 HR/9), Bauer's fantasy value is limited across all formats even if he remains in the starting rotation.

Orioles' Darren O'Day: Back to setup role with Zach Britton's return
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(6:53 am ET) O'Day is returning to the setup role with the return of closer Zach Britton. O'Day retired two batters and allowed a hit in the ninth inning of a tie game Thursday, which prompted the Orioles to bring back Britton to close out the ninth.

O'Day earned a save Tuesday, but a healthy Britton sends O'Day back to his original role. He still figures to pitch in some tie games and was in a position to earn a win Thursday had he not allowed a hit. O'Day still figures as one of the best setup options in the game.

Orioles' Zach Britton: Returns Thursday, earns win
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(6:49 am ET) Britton returned Thursday and tossed 1.1 scoreless innings with one walk and three strikeouts to earn an extra innings win over the Yankees

Britton missed a few days with a sprained ankle, but he showed no ill effects. The Orioles used Darren O'Day to start the ninth in a tie game, which is not necessarily a surprise even with a healthy Britton. When O'Day allowed a hit, the Orioles went to Britton for the final out and brought him back for the 10th inning. Britton immediately returns to the closer's role.

Astros' Ken Giles: Struggles continue despite sixth hold
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(12:41 am ET) Giles was credited with his sixth hold of the year Thursday against Seattle even though he gave up two runs on a hit and a walk while recording just one out.

The early ugliness continues for Giles, who's now sitting on more runs allowed (12) than innings (11.2). On the bright side, his .382 BABIP and 3.20 xFIP point to shinier future results, but he's now an extremely long way from usurping Luke Gregerson's closer duties.

Astros' Luke Gregerson: Takes loss in non-save situation
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(12:37 am ET) Gregerson (0-1) got the call in a tie game Thursday against Seattle, allowing three runs on three hits and a walk in an inning of work and suffering the loss.

The Astros brought him into the game in one of those dreaded non-save situations, and Gregerson struggled through it as closers so often do. Still, the veteran righty has been a stabilizing force as the closer in Houston since last season and has yet to blow a save this year, so his job remains safe.

Astros' Chris Devenski: Impresses against Mariners despite no-decision
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(12:15 am ET) Devenski didn't receive a decision Thursday despite holding the Mariners to just one run on six hits and a walk while striking out six over six sparkling innings.

After opening the year as Houston's long man, Devenski has transitioned into the rotation and looked good doing it. The 25-year-old rookie has leaped nearly directly to the majors from Double-A (he was with Triple-A Fresno to start the year, but didn't make an appearance before being promoted), and the early returns have been promising. That said, his track record in the minors is rife with inconsistency, so don't let your expectations get too high.

Twins' Casey Fien: Placed on waivers
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(5/5/2016) Fien has been placed on waivers, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

If Fien clears waivers, he can refuse an assignment to Triple-A and become a free agent. Fien has struggled with a 7.90 ERA and five home runs allowed in 13.7 innings.

Angels' Cory Rasmus: Set to start bullpen game Friday
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(5/5/2016) Rasmus will start Friday's game against the Rays after Garrett Richards (fatigue) was scratched from his scheduled start, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.

With Richards ruled out for the contest, the Angels have opted to have Friday be a bullpen game, allowing Rasmus to make a start. That being said, the right-hander probably won't go too far into the game unless he's really mowing down Tampa Bay's hitters, so it'll be tough for him to garner too much value despite the start.

Orioles' Zach Britton: Goes through fielding practice
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(5/5/2016) Britton (ankle) took fielding practice Thursday for the first time since spraining his ankle over the weekend, the Baltimore Sun reports. "Zach had a good day today," manager Buck Showalter said. "He threw, had a good day today. He's close. Very close. He's close to being available."

Britton has tested out his ankle, which he sprained while fielding a bunt Saturday, over the last two days, but Showalter has not deployed him in a game since the injury. The manager noted that he'd like to see Britton get through an inning before the team makes a move to option another reliever with shortstop Paul Janish expected to rejoin the team from the paternity list later in the week.

Mariners' Tony Zych: Expected to miss four weeks
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(5/5/2016) Zych (shoulder) is expected to miss roughly four weeks, Greg Johns of reports.

The Mariners are only listing "soreness" as Zych's diagnosis, but it's apparently relatively severe, and the right-hander isn't likely to return until early June. The team called up right-hander Steve Johnson from Triple-A earlier in the week to take Zych's roster spot.

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