Fernando Rodney threw a perfect ninth inning against the Reds on Saturday to earn his 17th save.
Rodney struck out two while needing just 13 pitches to dispatch of the Cincinnati club. He's just seventh in the National League with his 17 saves, but that's not a reflection on the 39-year-old's performance this year, as he's been one of the best relievers anywhere. Rodney now owns a 0.31 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 33/12 K/BB ratio over 28 2/3 innings this season.
Carlos Carrasco threw a four-hit, complete-game shutout in a 6-0 win over the Tigers on Saturday.
Carrasco has gotten progressively better with each start this month, and on Saturday he gave up just four hits and a walk while striking out seven. The complete game was his first this year and the seventh of his career. Carrasco improved to 3-2 with a 2.73 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 49/13 K/BB ratio over 56 innings of work. He'll try to keep rolling Thursday against the Blue Jays.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Carlos Frias is a candidate to start Wednesday's game against the Brewers.
That would have been Nick Tepesch's turn in the rotation but he was designated for assignment following a disastrous outing Friday against Pittsburgh. Roberts said rehabbing left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) is not a candidate to start Wednesday's game. Frias was with the Dodgers last week but didn't make an appearance. Wednesday could be a bullpen game for the Dodgers if they opt to keep Frias in Triple-A.
Yan Gomes hit his eighth home run of the season Saturday against the Tigers.
The blast, a solo shot, was more or less an afterthought in a one-sided game, but it was consequential for Gomes, who hadn't homered since June 3. His struggles have persisted most of the year, as the backstop is hitting just .185/.222/.365 with 29 RBI and 21 runs scored this year. He is the owner off a modest five-game hitting streak in which he's 7-for-20 with two doubles, a homer, two RBI and five runs scored.
Carlos Santana went 1-for-3 with a home run, walk and two runs scored in a win over the Tigers on Saturday.
Batting leadoff, Santana rudely welcomed Anibal Sanchez back to the Tigers' rotation with a solo blast, his 16th of the year. Seven of those have come this month, and the 30-year-old now has 15 RBI and 17 runs scored in June. Santana is hitting .235/.336/.467 overall.
Jason Kipnis left Saturday's game against the Tigers with an illness.
Kipnis went 1-for-3 with a single before exiting in the seventh inning. Utility man Michael Martinez replaced him at second base and would likely get the start there Sunday if Kipnis is still feeling under the weather.
Anibal Sanchez allowed four runs over five innings in a loss to the Indians on Saturday.
Sanchez, making his first start in nearly a month after being exiled to the bullpen, gave up two home runs among his five hits allowed. He also walked two while striking out three. He owned a 1.86 ERA and 1.14 WHIP as a reliever but has been decidedly less effective as a starter, going 3-7 with a cumulative ERA now over 6. Sanchez, if he sticks in the rotation after Saturday, will take another shot at turning things around Friday at the Rays.
Dodgers sent OF Will Venable outright to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Venable cleared waivers after being designated for assignment on Friday. He logged just one hit in 10 at-bats during his six-game stint with Los Angeles. The 33-year-old is now off the Dodgers' 40-man roster.