Duffey allowed an unearned run on two hits and struck out one in one inning to earn the save in Friday's 7-5 extra-inning win over Texas. With Taylor Rogers and Hansel Robles both logging perfect innings earlier in the contest, Duffey was called on to lock down a save in the bottom of the 10th. He allowed an RBI single to Joey Gallo, but the right-hander was otherwise effective in his second save of the year. He's pitched to a 4.15 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 24:13 K:BB in 26 innings this season. Duffey has also picked up eight holds in 28 outings, often serving as a setup option.
Duffey recorded a save Sunday against Cleveland after tossing a scoreless inning, walking one and fanning two. Duffey pitched the 10th inning and looked in command of the situation -- despite walking Jake Bauers with one out, he still tossed nine of his 15 pitches for strikes en route to picking up his first save of the campaign. He's gone 1-for-2 in save opportunities this season.
Duffey has agreed to serve a two-game suspension for intentionally throwing at the White Sox's Yermin Mercedes on Tuesday, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Duffey pitched in the first game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Angels while appealing his initial three-game ban. He allowed three runs on four hits and no walks while striking out one in one inning. He'll begin serving his reduced suspension in Thursday's nightcap and will be unavailable to pitch Friday.
MLB suspended Duffey three games and handed him an undisclosed fine for intentionally throwing at the White Sox's Yermin Mercedes in the seventh inning of Tuesday's 5-4 win, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports. Duffey is appealing the suspension. Duffey's three-game ban comes after he attempted to get revenge on Mercedes for swinging away (and hitting a home run) on a 3-0 pitch in the ninth inning of a 15-4 game one day earlier. Though Duffey's pitch didn't hit Mercedes, the intent was obvious enough for MLB to levy punishment. Twins manager Rocco Baldelli was also handed a one-game suspension, which he will serve in the second half of Minnesota's doubleheader with the Angels on Thursday. Expect Duffey's appeal to be heard in the next few days before an announcement is made regarding whether the three-game ban is upheld or reduced.
Duffey (0-2) was tagged with the loss Saturday against the Tigers after allowing four runs on three hits and a walk across two-thirds of an inning. Duffey didn't have his best stuff in this game, as he only tossed 12 of his 23 pitches for strikes and was unable to slow down the Tigers' offense. Duffey ended a streak of four straight appearances without an earned run and did it in the worst possible way, allowing season-worst marks in several categories such as runs allowed and hits allowed, while also failing to strike out an opponent for the third time over his last four appearances.
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