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Craig Kimbrel didn't take the loss, but allowed the Angels to walk off winners in the ninth inning on Monday.

Kevin Quackenbush allowed the Angels to put runners on the corners with one out, prompting manager Bud Black to bring in Kimbrel to put out the fire. Kimbrel struck out Erick Aybar, then intentionally walked Mike Trout to load the bases for Albert Pujols. Kimbrel broke Pujols' bat, but the grounder snuck into left field for a walk-off single. Kimbrel wasn't charged with the run or the loss, but entered the appearance having allowed runs in seven of his previous 11 outings and he carries a miserable 5.63 ERA with a 17/5 K/BB ratio in 10 innings while going 7-for-8 in save chances.
May 26 - 12:26 AM

Albert Pujols hit a broken-bat RBI single to help the Angels walk off winners in the bottom of the ninth against the Padres on Monday.

Padres closer Craig Kimbrel was trying to clean up Kevin Quackenbush's mess and walked Mike Trout to load the bases with two outs to face Pujols. Pujols broke his bat, but was strong enough to drive a grounder into left field for the walk-off hit. He finished 1-for-5 on the night. The veteran first baseman is batting a mediocre .228/.280/.420 with eight home runs and 17 RBI.
May 26 - 12:23 AM

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez revealed after Monday's game that Alberto Callaspo was scratched because the club is in the process of trying to trade him.

There had been speculation that he could be designated for assignment, but evidently the Braves might find a taker for him. They'll surely have to eat a good portion of what remains of Callaspo's $3 million salary for this season. The veteran infielder has just three hits in his last 53 at-bats to drop his season average to .206.
May 25 - 11:21 PM

Kenley Jansen cleaned up a mess, escaping the ninth inning with his fourth save as the Dodgers won 6-3 against the Braves on Monday.

The Dodgers entered the bottom of the ninth with a four-run lead, so Chris Hatcher started the frame. He allowed a double and a single to put runners on the corners and no outs, so manager Don Mattingly went to Jansen to escape the jam. Jansen got a strikeout, induced a run-scoring ground out, and ended the game with another ground out. Jansen has been dominant since returning from the disabled list, converting all four save chances with five scoreless innings and a 9/0 K/BB ratio.
May 25 - 11:17 PM

Jimmy Rollins went 1-for-5 with a solo home run as the Dodgers rallied late to beat the Braves on Monday.

Rollins hit the last of three home runs against reliever Nick Masset in the eighth inning. His was a solo shot to make it a 6-2 ballgame. Rollins has been a disappointment in his first season with the Dodgers, batting .201/.275/.348 with five home runs, 14 RBI, and five stolen bases in eight attempts.
May 25 - 11:15 PM

Brett Anderson pitched a season-high seven innings, allowing only two runs, in a no-decision on Monday as the Dodgers beat the Braves.

Anderson hasn't been much of an innings eater despite pitching relatively well, coming into Monday's start averaging 5 1/3 innings per start. Both runs came in on RBI singles in the fourth and fifth innings, accounting for two of the seven hits he yielded along with a pair of walks and three strikeouts. Anderson now has a 3.47 ERA, a 1.36 WHIP, and a 34/11 K/BB ratio in 49 1/3 innings. He has a road date with the Cardinals next.
May 25 - 11:13 PM

Williams Perez held the Dodgers to one run in six innings but got a no-decision as the Braves lost on Monday.

Perez's only run came in on a bases-loaded walk in the first inning. It was the only walk he allowed along with seven hits while striking out seven. The results are almost identical to those in his first major league start on Wednesday against the Rays. Perez will try for three solid outings in a row when he toes the rubber in San Francisco against the Giants.
May 25 - 11:10 PM

Alex Guerrero slugged a pinch-hit two-run home run in Monday's win against the Braves.

Guerrero pinch-hit for the pitcher against right-handed reliever Nick Masset with a man aboard, socking a pitch to deep left-center, extending the Dodgers' lead to 5-2. Guerrero also homered on Sunday and now stands with eight along with 20 RBI and a .309/.337/.679 batting line.
May 25 - 11:08 PM
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