Clippard didn't allow a baserunner during a scoreless ninth inning to collect his fourth save of the season during Saturday's win over Oakland. Ken Giles recorded a five-out save Friday, so Clippard was called to the mound to close out the Athletics on Saturday. It's worth noting that Giles has converted nine of his past 10 save opportunities and has a firm grasp on the Houston closer job. Still, Clippard might be next in line for save opportunities, which makes him a player to keep tabs on in all settings.
Clippard allowed a hit and a walk while striking out one during a scoreless inning in Monday's 2-0 loss to Arizona. Clippard entered the game in the eighth inning with Houston down, 2-0, and promptly served up a leadoff double and a walk before getting out the jam. The freshly minted Astro made his debut in a Houston uniform one day after he was acquired from the White Sox. The right-handed Clippard is expected to fill a role as a late-inning setup reliever.
Clippard was activated ahead of Monday's game against the Diamondbacks, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports. Reymin Guduan was sent back to Triple-A to clear room for Clippard, who is expected to serve a setup role for the Astros. The 32-year-old owns a 4.29 ERA and 54:24 K:BB through 46.1 innings between the Yankees and White Sox this season.
Clippard has been traded to Houston for a player to be named or cash considerations, Larry Hawley of WGN reports. Clippard had been serving as the closer for the White Sox after the trade of David Robertson. He'll serve in a setup role for the Astros.
Clippard recorded the final two outs of Friday's 6-3 win over the Royals, allowing an inherited runner to score but still picking up his third save of the season. After Juan Minaya put runners on second and third with one out to begin the ninth inning, Clippard got the call and proceeded to uncork a wild pitch before finishing things out. The veteran reliever is now 2-for-2 in save chances with a 1.80 ERA and 12:5 K:BB in 10 innings since coming over from the Yankees.
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