Jeremy Hellickson limited the Marlins to one run over six innings Thursday to improve to 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA.
Hellickson struck out just one today, but he was a groundball machine. In fact, not one of his outs came in the air. That's highly unusual for a guy known as a flyball pitcher. Hellickson has given up just two homers in 30 innings so far, even though his flyball rate was higher than usual entering today. We still wouldn't trust him as a mixed-league starting pitcher.
Athletics activated RHP Kendall Graveman from the 10-day disabled list.
Matt Olson was optioned to Triple-A Nashville in the corresponding roster move. Graveman is back after missing one start with a strained shoulder. He'll be on a slightly reduced pitch count when he takes the mound Thursday against the Angels. Graveman is undefeated with a 2.00 ERA in three starts this year.
Hector Neris needed just seven pitches to pick up his third save of the year Thursday against the Marlins.
Six of those were strikes. Neris protected a 2-1 lead after Joaquin Benoit set him up in the eighth. The Phillies' front office wanted Benoit getting these saves, but Pete Mackanin has gotten his way so far. While no one has named Neris the closer, it's clear he's Mackanin's choice.
Athletics optioned OF Matt Olson to Triple-A Nashville.
The A's needed to make room for tonight's starting pitcher, Kendall Graveman. Olson appeared in only one game during his brief stint with Oakland, going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts Sunday against the Mariners. The 23-year-old is likely to spend most of the year bouncing between Nashville and Oakland.
Edinson Volquez fell to 0-4 after allowing three runs -- two earned -- in 5 2/3 innings Thursday against the Phillies.
Volquez still doesn't have a quality start in five tries. In fact, he's pitched six innings just once. He was supposed to be the Marlins' starter to work deepest into games, but he's averaging right at five innings an outing right now.
Justin Bour went 0-for-4 on Thursday, snapping his six-game hitting streak.
For some reason, Don Mattingly dropped Bour in the order just as soon as he was starting to swing the bat better; he was hitting .267/.313/.567 with three homers over his previous nine games. He's hitting seventh now, and there just isn't much reason for right-handers to pitch to him with Adeiny Hechavarria and the pitcher's spot coming up behind him.
Roberto Osuna took his third blown save in four tries after giving up a two-run homer in the ninth inning Thursday against the Cardinals.
Osuna has given up runs in four of six appearances since coming off the disabled list. The homer today was the first he's allowed and he does have a 5/0 K/BB ratio in six innings, so it's hardly time to lose hope. Still, the Jays might opt to give him a break from the closer's role after this one. If so, they could go to Joe Biagini over Jason Grilli.
Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring) will go for an MRI on Friday.
This MRI will be "more detailed" than the one Cespedes underwent last week. Cespedes tweaked his hamstring running the bases on Thursday and manager Terry Collins said he could be out "a while." The Mets have dropped six straight and now sit in last place in the NL East. Losing their best hitter for an extended stretch probably won't help matters.