Mike Leake held the Mets scoreless over seven innings in the Reds' 4-0 victory on Tuesday.
Leake has now made two consecutive starts without allowing a run, lowering his ERA to 3.25 in the process. There was some thought his spot in the rotation might be in danger with the return of Johnny Cueto, but Tony Cingrani being demoted was a vote of confidence in favor of the 25-year-old. His next start will come in an interleague matchup with the Indians on Monday.
Joey Votto extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a single against the Mets on Tuesday.
Votto is 20-for-40 (.500) in the 10 games, raising his batting average to .353 on the season. Miguel Cabrera is getting the bulk of the attention nationally, but few hitters in the game are as locked in as Votto right now.
Jonathon Niese allowed three runs -- none earned -- through six innings in the Mets' loss to the Reds on Tuesday.
Niese has consecutive starts in his last two outings. The left-hander allowed five hits and three walks on the night, striking out seven. He hasn't fully turned the corner yet, but he's looking better than he did in his first two May starts. He'll start again on Monday against the Yankees.
Devin Mesoraco hit his second home run of the season and drove in two runs in the Reds' win over the Mets on Tuesday.
Mesoraco drove in his first run with a bases-loaded walk in the first inning, and he put the Reds out of reach for good with a solo homer in the ninth. The catcher is hitting just .234 and hasn't produced much, and he's likely to continue to split starts with Ryan Hanigan going forward.
When asked prior to Tuesday's game who his closer is, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly replied, "I don't know. We'll see."
Kenley Jansen seemed to be close to overtaking Brandon League for the job, but he then allowed two runs in back-to-back games over the weekend. Mattingly indicated that he'd like to use League in the role, saying he'd "really like to see the bullpen get its confidence back and some semblance of order and get the guys in the roles we designed." Jansen has out-pitched League all season until the last few days and is probably the favorite for the job over the long run. The situation is a headache for fantasy owners.
Matt Joyce left Tuesday's game against the Blue Jays with right hamstring tightness.
The Rays are saying his removal was precautionary, so Joyce can safely be considered day-to-day. He figures to need at least a day or two of down time, though.
Hiroyuki Nakajima (hamstring) is expected to be added to the major league roster when his 20-day rehab window expires on Wednesday.
Nakajima is batting just .250 with a .313 on-base percentage at Triple-A Sacramento, but he's made strides defensively and has also showed he can play second and third base. His role with the big club figures to be limited.
Jemile Weeks has been playing some shortstop at Triple-A Sacramento.
Weeks offered to learn the position in hopes that it would give him a better chance to be called up. He's actually appeared in more games as a shortstop (14) than he has as a second baseman (12) for Sacramento, and River Cats manager Steve Scarsone has told Bob Melvin that Weeks is "very playable" at the position. Weeks is batting .285/.413/.376 with two homers and eight steals at Triple-A.