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Aroldis Chapman blew his second straight save chance Sunday in the Reds' loss to the Phillies.

Chapman entered with the Reds leading 2-1 and then gave up back-to-back solo homers to Erik Kratz and Freddy Galvis. The hard-throwing lefty hasn't enjoyed the cleanest May but is obviously still the Cincinnati closer. He'll try to bounce back in the next opportunity that he gets.
Sun, May 19, 2013 04:36:00 PM

Cody Allen struck out all three batters he faced to earn his fourth save of the season Monday night against the Orioles.

Allen carved up Chris Davis, Danny Valencia, and Chance Sisco to ice a 2-1 victory for Cleveland. The 29-year-old closer now has 12 strikeouts in 10 innings this season and he's yet to allow a run.
Apr 23 - 9:41 PM

Carlos Carrasco worked 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball Monday in a win over the Orioles.

Carrasco scattered six hits and two walks while striking out seven. He's now 4-0 on the year with a brilliant 2.31 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 28/6 K/BB ratio in 35 innings. Up next is a start at home against the Mariners.
Apr 23 - 9:32 PM

Avisail Garcia exited Monday's game against the Mariners with a right hamstring strain.

Garcia had to be helped off the field, and the fact that the White Sox are already calling the injury a strain isn't a good sign. He'll be re-evaluated Tuesday, but a trip to the disabled list seems likely. The outfielder had an RBI single in one of his two plate appearances before exiting.
Apr 23 - 8:58 PM

Mark Melancon (forearm) will play catch Thursday.

It will be the first time he's done any throwing since he was diagnosed with inflammation in his flexor tendon just before Opening Day. The Giants will have no idea on a timetable for Melancon until they see how he progresses. The veteran reliever should get his closer job back eventually when he's physically ready, but when/if that happens is up in the air. Hunter Strickland has been handling the ninth inning for San Francisco with Melancon out.
Apr 23 - 7:50 PM

Dodgers recalled RHP Walker Buehler from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Buehler will make his first major league start on Monday against the Marlins. If things go well, he could get another start on Saturday in San Francisco during a doubleheader. Buehler struggled as a reliever last September with the Dodgers, but the top prospect holds a 2.08 ERA and 16/4 K/BB ratio over 13 innings this season for Oklahoma City. He's a worthy streamer Monday.
Apr 23 - 7:25 PM

X-rays on Byron Buxton's (migraines) left foot came back negative.

Buxton fouled a ball off the foot in his first rehab game with High-A Fort Myers on Sunday. It's keeping him out of Monday's game and could potentially push back his return to the Twins a day or two. He had been slated for activation on Wednesday. Buxton originally went on the disabled list due to migraines but he's been clear of those symptoms.
Apr 23 - 7:20 PM

Christian Villanueva was scratched from the Padres' lineup Monday due to a sore hamstring.

Villanueva is available to pinch-hit, so it appears that the club is just being extra cautious here. Still, it's a bummer that fantasy owners will miss out on a Villanueva start at Coors Field while his bat is red-hot. Cory Spangenberg has replaced him in the lineup.
Apr 23 - 6:48 PM

The Angels expect Andrelton Simmons (forearm) back in the lineup Tuesday.

Simmons is sitting out Monday as a precaution after being hit on the right forearm by a pitch Sunday, but he will be fine. The slick-fielding shortstop is batting .295/.382/.385 with one homer and two steals in the early going this season. Zack Cozart is filling in at shortstop Monday, with Luis Valbuena playing third base.
Apr 23 - 6:27 PM

Carlos Rodon (shoulder) threw 34 pitches over three innings in an extended spring training game Monday.

Fangraphs' Eric Longenhagen was at the outing and clocked Rodon mostly at 90-92 mph with his fastball but added that he topped out at 93-95 a few times. He also added that he threw more changeups than sliders, which isn't a surprise at this stage of the rehab process. Rodon is coming back from arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder and isn't expected back until June.
Apr 23 - 5:18 PM

David Dahl is starting in right field and batting cleanup for the Rockies on Monday.

Yes, the Rockies aren't at full strength, but it's certainly notable that Dahl is in the cleanup spot in the team's first game against a righty since his promotion (he batted sixth versus a lefty Sunday). Dahl faces an uncertain future when the Rockies have everyone available, but he has an opportunity to make a good impression.
Apr 23 - 4:53 PM

Jonathan Schoop (oblique) resumed baseball activities Monday.

Schoop obviously isn't going to be activated when first eligible Tuesday as he had originally hoped, but it's obviously a good sign that he's going through drills again. He will probably need some rehab at-bats before rejoining the Orioles' lineup.
Apr 23 - 4:48 PM




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