Twins pitcher Casey Fien begins rehab assignment on Saturday
by Brandon Wise |
(1:21 am ET) Twins pitcher Casey Fien tossed one scoreless inning on Saturday for Triple-A Rochester. Fien did not allow a hit with one walk and no strikeouts in the outing.

Fien is currently on the 15-day DL with a shoulder injury and has not pitched for Minnesota since April 29. He currently owns a 1-2 record with a 4.35 ERA and three strikeouts in 10 1/3 innings of work.

Angels pitcher Mike Morin headed to the disabled list on Sunday
by Brandon Wise |
(5/23/2015) Angels pitcher Mike Morin will be placed on the 15-day DL on Sunday after suffering a left oblique injury on Saturday, according to the Orange County Register.

Morin was forced to come out of Saturday's game after facing just one batter against the Red Sox. 

"I've never dealt with anything like this," Morin said. "It's frustrating. It's been frustrating."

Morin has a 6.00 ERA in 15 innings of work this season.

"It varies," Morin said. "It just felt kind of weird. No timetable right now. I'll just hope for the best and do everything I can to get it right."

Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright allows two runs in win on Saturday
by Brandon Wise |
(5/23/2015) Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright allowed two runs on four hits in  6 1/3 innings of work in Boston's 8-3 win over the Angels on Saturday.

Wright's only blemish came in the first inning when he allowed three of the first four hitters to reach safely, including back-to-back doubles by Albert Pujols and Kole Calhoun, leading to two runs. Wright settled down and got out of the inning without anymore damage.

"For me, it's just another day," Wright said to "If you try and put too much pressure on yourself you’re just going to disappoint and you're going to try and over do things, over work. For me, I am going to try and go in there and throw quality knuckleballs in the strike zone. They are going to put it in play, it's a contact pitch. Today we were fortunate to get balls right at some guys, guys made some good plays. I went as deep as I could."

Wright, now 2-1, lowered his ERA to 3.68 in 22 innings of work. He will look to keep things rolling Thursday against the Rangers.

Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz ejected for foreign substance on arm
by Brandon Wise |
(5/23/2015) Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz was ejected in the 12th inning of Saturday's game against the Marlins for having a foreign substance visible on his arm.

The home plate umpire went out to the mound after noticing something on Matusz's arm. When he determined it was an illegal substance, he discussed with manager Buck Showalter briefly before ejecting Matusz from the game.

"I have my own personal opinions about the issue but right now with emotions running high, we're going to let this settle and address questions at a later time," Matusz said to MASN Sports.

Matusz went 2/3 of an inning with a strikeout before getting tossed.

Rays pitcher Xavier Cedeno loses scoreless innings streak Saturday
by Brandon Wise |
(5/23/2015) Rays pitcher Xavier Cedeno finally gave up a run in Tampa Bay's 5-0 loss to the Athletics on Saturday. Cedeno entered the game riding a 12-inning scoreless streak, but came on in the sixth with runners on first and third. He gave up a shot back up the middle to Eric Sogard to break the streak.

"I didn't get [the pitch] all the way out there," Cedeno said to "I fell behind, and then I had to go right after him, and he took care of me." 

Cedeno now has a 2.31 ERA in 11 2/3 innings of work this season.

"Everything felt good, I just didn't make the pitches," Cedeno said. "And the guys got pretty good wood on it and took advantage of it. ... It's just baseball. It happens sometimes."

Angels relief pitcher Mike Morin leaves with oblique strain on Saturday
by Brandon Wise |
(5/23/2015) Angels relief pitcher Mike Morin was forced to leave Saturday's game against the Red Sox because of a left oblique strain, the team announced.

Morin came on to start the seventh inning and walked Blake Swihart before coming out of the game. Morin has a 6.00 ERA in 15 innings of work this season.

Twins' Glen Perkins remains perfect on save opportunities
by Shawn Krest |
(5/23/2015) Twins closer Glen Perkins saved his 16th game in 16 opportunities this season in Saturday's win over the White Sox. 

Perkins has saved games in each of his last five appearances, since a non-save opportunity on May 13. He preserved a one-run lead with a scoreless ninth, giving up one hit, walking one and striking out two. 

Perkins lowered his ERA to 1.33.

Athletics' Tyler Clippard pitches scoreless ninth
by Shawn Krest |
(5/23/2015) Athletics closer Tyler Clippard pitched a scoreless ninth in Saturday's win over the Rays. 

Clippard allowed two hits and walked one, while striking out two. It was a non-save situation, with the Rays leading by five, but Clippard preserved the team shutout. 

It was the first appearance in five days for Clippard, who lowered his ERA to 2.37.

Astros' Luke Gregerson earns eleventh save
by Shawn Krest |
(5/23/2015) Astros closer Luke Gregerson bounced back from a rocky outing in his last appearance to earn his eleventh save of the season in Saturday's win over Detroit.

Four days earlier, Gregerson gave up two runs in 2/3 of an inning and had to be relieved by Pat Neshek, he closed out the game. That outing snapped a string of saves in six straight appearances for Gregerson.

Gregerson got back on the horse on Saturday. He struck out two in a one-two-three ninth inning to protect a one-run lead. He lowered his ERA to 3.86 in the process. 

Astros pitcher Josh Fields could be available on Sunday
by Brandon Wise |
(5/23/2015) Astros pitcher Josh Fields was able to throw off the mound on Saturday and may be available out of the bullpen on Sunday, manager A.J. Hich said per the Houston Chronicle.

Fields was forced to leave his last appearance on Thursday when he took a line drive off his knee. Fields is 2-0 with a 0.96 ERA in 9 1/3 innings of work this season.

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