Luke Gregerson collects third save
by Igor Mello |
(7:57 pm ET) Athletics pitcher Luke Gregerson entered Sunday's game against the Astros in the ninth inning with a three-run advantage. He struck out one and needed just eight pitches, securing his third save of the season in a 4-1 victory.

Gregerson is 3 for 4 in save chances with a 1.69 ERA, a 0.75 WHIP over 5 2/3 innings pitched since earning a role in Oakland's closer-by-committee approach.

Juan Carlos Oviedo activated from DL
by Igor Mello |
(7:46 pm ET) The Rays activated pitcher Juan Carlos Oviedo from the disabled list following Sunday's loss to the Yankees, the team announced. Oviedo, returning from Tommy John surgery, last appeared in the majors in 2011.

Jorge Rondon optioned to Triple-A
by Igor Mello |
(7:41 pm ET) The Cardinals optioned pitcher Jorge Rondon to Triple-A Memphis following Sunday's game against the Cubs. Rondon was with the big-league club for just three days and failed to make an appearance for the Cardinals over that span.

Carlos Villanueva handed second straight loss
by Michael Hurcomb |
(6:46 pm ET) Cubs pitcher Carlos Villanueva struggled for the second straight start during an 8-2 loss Sunday against the Reds. He was charged with five runs on nine hits and one walk, while striking out seven in 4 2/3 innings.

Villanueva (1-4) got off to a good start as he struck out two in the first inning and had five strikeouts through three scoreless innings.

Unfortunately, it began to unravel for the right-hander in the fourth inning. The Reds would score three times in the fourth on RBI doubles from Devin Mesoraco and Zack Cozart, and an RBI single from opposing pitcher Homer Bailey.

Villanueva had more issues in the fifth inning, as Todd Frazier had an RBI double and Ryan Ludwick added an RBI single. Villaneuva was lifted after Ludwick's two-out RBI hit.

He's now allowed 14 earned runs in his last two starts -- both losses. Villanueva is slated to make his next start Friday at Milwaukee.

Heath Bell pegged with first loss in extras
by Igor Mello |
(6:30 pm ET) Rays reliever Heath Bell showed some command issues on Sunday and suffered his first loss of the season in his team's 5-1 loss to the Yankees.

Bell walked the bases loaded in the 12th inning, breaking a 1-1 tie. He was charged with one run on one hit and two walks while striking out two in one inning pitched. He owns a 5.79 ERA over 9 1/3 innings.

Cesar Ramos goes five solid innings in no-decision
by Igor Mello |
(6:24 pm ET) Rays pitcher Cesar Ramos lasted only five innings and failed to factor into the decision Sunday afternoon against the Yankees. The southpaw surrendered one run on four hits and one walk while striking out three in a 5-1 loss in extras.

Ramos owns a 4.91 ERA, a 1.27 WHIP along with 7:5 K:BB ratio over 11 innings pitched. He'll make his next start Saturday against the White Sox in Chicago.

Francisco Rodriguez earns third save this weekend
by Michael Hurcomb |
(6:20 pm ET) Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez picked up a save for a third straight day during Sunday's 3-2 win in 14 innings against the Pirates.

Rodriguez entered the game in the bottom of the 14th after Khris Davis hit a go-ahead solo home run in the top of the inning. Rodriguez gave up a two-out single, but he struck out two to record his seventh save in as many opportunities this season. He still hasn't allowed a run in 10 innings.

Jason Grilli blows save for second straight day
by Michael Hurcomb |
(6:15 pm ET) Pirates closer Jason Grilli blew a save for a second straight day Sunday against the Brewers. Though, he didn't take the loss Sunday like he did Saturday.

Grilli entered Sunday's game in the top of the ninth with Pittsburgh leading 2-1. But Ryan Braun tied the game two batters into the ninth with a solo home run. Grilli bounced back to retire the next two batters, which included a strikeout of Jonathan Lucroy, but the damage was done.

Milwaukee would win 3-2 in 14 innings.

Troy Patton will report to Triple-A for rehab work
by Igor Mello |
(5:45 pm ET) Orioles pitcher Troy Patton, serving a 25-game suspension for testing positive for amphetamines, will report to Triple-A Norfolk Tuesday for a rehab assignment, the Baltimore Sun reports. Troy Patton is scheduled to pitch Tuesday and Thursday for Norfolk. If all goes well, Patton is eligible to be reinstated on April 30 against Pittsburgh.

Rafael Soriano picks up first win in 2014
by Michael Hurcomb |
(5:28 pm ET) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano picked up his first win of the season during Sunday's 3-2 victory against the Cardinals.

Soriano (1-0) entered Sunday's game in the ninth inning of a 2-all contest. He retired the side in order in the top of the ninth, which included a strikeout of Shane Robinson. He earned the win after Denard Span won the game with a walk-off sac fly in the bottom of the ninth.

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