Fernando Rodney blew the save, letting the Yankees score once in the ninth inning as the Mariners went on to lose in 11 innings on Tuesday.
Rodney issued a leadoff walk, but then got two quick outs and it seemed like he would find his way out of trouble. The Yankees cobbled together a single followed by a Stephen Drew double to tie the game. Somehow, it's only Rodney's third blown save. He's pitched very poorly this year, currently holding a 6.85 ERA with a 20/12 K/BB ratio in 22 1/3 innings. The Mariners have to be running thin on patience with Rodney. If a change is made, Carson Smith would likely move into the closer's role. Fantasy owners in need of saves may want to stash him just in case.
Austin Jackson reached base six times, as he was hit by a pitch, drew a walk, had four hits, and stole a base in Tuesday's 11-inning loss to the Yankees.
Jackson raised his OPS from .599 to .665 with the effort. He scored once, in the third inning on a Nelson Cruz single to tie the game at 1-1. He then gave the Mariners a temporary 2-1 lead in the sixth with an RBI double. Jackson may be starting to heat up as he's on a six-game hitting streak.
Garrett Jones went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run, helping the Yankees take down the Mariners in 11 innings on Tuesday.
Reliever Joe Beimel came in to face Jones with two men aboard in the 11th inning and Jones made him pay, sending the lefty's offering over the fence in right-center with plenty of room to spare. Jones has otherwise not done much in 62 plate appearances for the Yankees, batting .254/.290/.407 with two home runs and seven RBI.
Mark Melancon held the Giants at bay with a scoreless ninth inning, grabbing his 15th save in Tuesday's 7-4 win.
Melancon allowed a leadoff single to Hunter Pence, but got a pair of ground outs and a pop-up to close out the game with ease. The right-hander continues to get the job done, having now successfully converted 15 of 16 save chances with a 2.52 ERA and a 13/5 K/BB ratio in 25 innings.
A.J. Burnett wasn't sharp, allowing four runs in five innings, but still got his sixth win on Tuesday facing the Giants.
Burnett was burned for two runs in the first inning on a Buster Posey double, then two more on a Brandon Crawford homer in the third. All told, he allowed eight hits and a pair of walks while striking out five. His ERA balloons to 2.20 with a 1.22 WHIP and a 64/22 K/BB ratio in 69 2/3 innings. Burnett will vie for win number seven when he takes on the Brewers at home.
Chris Heston took his fourth loss of the year on Tuesday, serving up five runs in 3 2/3 innings to the Pirates.
Heston allowed a ton of base runners: seven on hits and three on walks. He did strike out six, but it wasn't enough to limit the damage. Heston has been an enigma, looking brilliant at times and looking incredibly hittable at others. He now has a 4.29 ERA, a 1.35 WHIP, and a 55/18 K/BB ratio over 65 innings. Heston will make a road start against the Mets next. He's a decent streaming option for those who can afford the risk.
Brandon Crawford went 2-for-4 with a walk and a two-run home run in Tuesday's loss to the Pirates.
Crawford's two-run home run off of A.J. Burnett in the third inning knotted the game up at three apiece. The shortstop has been much more productive than expected coming into the season, batting .297/.369/.511 with eight home runs and 36 RBI. He's certainly worthy of All-Star consideration at the moment.
Andrew McCutchen finished a home run shy of the cycle, going 4-for-5 with two RBI as the Pirates won against the Giants on Tuesday.
McCutchen is a ball of hot fire right now, as Tuesday's effort marked his sixth multi-hit game in his last 11 contests. He knocked in a run in the third inning with a single and padded the Pirates' lead with an RBI double in the ninth. McCutchen's early-season struggles are in the rear-view mirror now, as he's hitting .292/.379/.497 with seven home runs and 32 RBI. If there is one complaint, it's that he hasn't been very active on the base paths -- he has only three stolen bases in five attempts to date after going 18-for-21 last year.