John Axford Headshot

Axford (shoulder) gave up an earned run on a hit over one inning in Sunday's 12-3 loss to the Red Sox.

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Axford finally made his 2017 debut, giving up an RBI groundout to Deven Marrero over his one inning but looking sharp otherwise. The veteran right-hander displayed solid control, firing 16 of 23 pitches for strikes. A healthy and effective Axford would be an excellent addition to Oakland's relief corps, considering he turned in 15 holds over 68 appearances in his first Athletics season in 2016.
Dan Altavilla Headshot

Altavilla gave up an earned run on a hit and a walk over two innings in Sunday's 8-1 loss to the White Sox.

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Altavilla provided some valuable innings for a fatigued Mariners bullpen that was hit hard by the White Sox in the four-game series. After a strong start to the season, the 24-year-old right-hander has been inconsistent, allowing a 9.00 ERA and .430 wOBA in 11 innings across his last 11 appearances.
Tony Watson Headshot

Watson struck out one batter in a scoreless inning against the Phillies on Sunday, notching his 10th save of the season and his second in as many days.

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Manager Clint Hurdle doesn't like to use his relievers three straight days, so there's a chance Watson could rest Monday in Atlanta. Felipe Rivero would likely close in the event Watson can't go. That said, Watson threw only a combined 18 pitches Saturday and Sunday, so there's a chance he could pitch if needed. The lefty's recent pitching has been impressive, if only because he threw his first two clean innings of the season over the weekend. He recently hired agent Scott Boras, further signaling that his time in Pittsburgh is nearing its end.
Casey Lawrence Headshot

Lawrence fired 1.1 scoreless innings in Sunday's 8-1 loss to the White Sox, recording one strikeout.

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The 29-year-old right-hander had endured a rough Mariners debut in the opening game of the series against the White Sox on Thursday, giving up a pair of earned runs on four hits over two innings. Therefore, Sunday's effort was encouraging, especially considering Lawrence had arrived in Seattle with an 0-3 record and 8.78 ERA that he'd amassed over four appearances with the Blue Jays in April. Lawrence figures to see some fairly regular work for the time being considering the fatigued state of the Mariners bullpen and the injury-riddled condition of the starting rotation.
Koda Glover Headshot

Manager Dusty Baker intimated that Glover, who recorded a four-out save in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Braves, is likely to serve as the Nationals' primary closer, Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post reports. "Right now, [Glover is] the most durable [reliever] and he throws strikes," Baker said after Sunday's game. "A closer has to throw three or four days in a row. So a lot of it relies on Koda's health, and he wants it. We're willing to give it to him as long as he keeps doing the job."

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Baker said that he was hopeful that starter Stephen Strasburg would be able to go the distance Sunday after cruising through the first seven innings, but Strasburg ran into trouble in the eighth, prompting the Nationals skipper to have the right-handed Glover and southpaw Oliver Perez warm up in the bullpen. With two outs and a runner on second base, Baker made the surprising decision to go with Glover against the left-handed Nick Markakis, and the 24-year-old rewarded his manager's faith with a strikeout to end the inning. Glover then shut down the Braves in the ninth to record his third save in four chances on the season, while also ending a streak of seven straight games in which the Nats bullpen had conceded at least one run. Baker noted afterward that Shawn Kelley, who had also been in the mix for closing opportunities, was unavailable Sunday after pitching Thursday and Friday, but Glover likely would have ranked as Option 1A in any case after Kelley blew his previous save chance. Glover will probably still need to string together several successful high-leverage appearances before building up some job security, but for the time being, the closing gig looks like his to lose.
Chad Kuhl Headshot

Kuhl limited the Phillies to one hit and two walks in five scoreless innings Sunday afternoon. He struck out five batters in a rainy no-decision.

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He entered Sunday's tilt by giving up 21 earned runs in his last 17.2 innings. The Pirates are looking for Kuhl to reestablish a ground-ball rate that has dropped from 57.5 percent (for High-A Bradenton) in 2014 to 40 percent in 2017. Since last year, he's increased his average fastball velocity from 93.1 mph to 95.1 mph, but the team wants him to throw more ground balls. Kuhl will next face the Mets over the weekend, a team he's never pitched against, but could present a good matchup for the 24-year-old.
Trevor Story Headshot

Story (shoulder) will likely be activated from the disabled list during the Rockies' four-game series with the Phillies this week, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.

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Manager Bud Black refused to cite a specific activation date, but he made it clear in a Riddler-esque statement that Story would be activated while they were in the City of Brotherly Love. "Story loves the Liberty Bell. He loves Ben Franklin. He might not love it all four days. But he loves it." More information on this front should become available in the coming days. Prior to getting injured, the young shortstop batted just .180 with 48 strikeouts in 33 games, although he did bash six home runs and six doubles in that span and has looked impressive at the plate during his rehab assignment. Once he returns to action, he'll likely supplant Pat Valaika and Alexi Amarista for regular playing time at shortstop.
Miguel Socolovich Headshot

Socolovich gave up two earned runs on two hits over an inning in Sunday's 8-3 win over the Giants. He struck out three.

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Socolovich's one inning certainly wasn't dull, as he gave up a pair of solo homers yet also struck out the side. The 30-year-old right-hander has now given up four homers over 17.1 innings and at least one hit in all but three of his 13 appearances. Despite pitching to plenty of contact, he's been a bit more consistent in May, Sunday's appearance notwithstanding. He's generated a respectable 3.86 ERA and 6:0 K:BB over the seven innings spanning his five appearances during the month while also posting a trio of scoreless outings.
Aledmys Diaz Headshot

Diaz went 2-for-3 with two doubles, a walk and three runs in Sunday's 8-3 win over the Giants.

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Diaz is enjoying a resurgent month at the plate in May after slashing just .217/.234/.391 in the season's opening month. Factoring in Sunday's multi-hit effort, his eighth of May, he's now slashing .315/.354/.411 with four doubles, a homer, seven RBI, five walks and nine runs over 79 plate appearances during the current month.
Elvis Andrus Headshot

Andrus went 2-for-5 with a run scored in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Tigers.

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Andrus was one of six Rangers players to record two hits on the evening as part of a balanced offensive attack. With no homers and three extra-base hits since May 4, Andrus' power production is beginning to taper off, but he's at least batted a respectable .281 in his subsequent 16 games to make him a satisfactory lineup option in most fantasy leagues.
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