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AL West Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
9-8 4-6 W1
8-8 4-6 W1
7-10 6-4 L1
7-10 4-6 W1
6-12 4-6 L1

2024 Pitching

Earned Run Average
Base on Balls (Walk)
Walks and Hits Allowed Per Inning
Regular Season 1 0 0.00 5 1 0.33

Top Kirby Yates News

  • Rangers' Kirby Yates: Fares well in first save

    Yates secured the save after throwing a perfect ninth inning Monday against the Tigers. After the game, manager Bruce Bochy noted that the team likes where it's at in terms of the closer role, Shawn McFarland of The Dallas Morning News reports.

    Bochy went on to mention that the club will continue to weigh its options at closer, but he likes the way Yates has been throwing the ball so far this season, per McFarland. The right-hander has yet to surrender a run in six appearances, fanning five batters and walking one over six frames.

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  • Rangers' Kirby Yates: Throws scoreless ninth

    Yates allowed a walk and struck out one over a hitless and scoreless ninth inning in Friday's 12-8 win over Houston.

    The Rangers raced to a big lead before the Astros made a late push to force manager Bruce Bochy to deploy his trusted arms -- David Robertson, then Yates -- to close out the game. Bochy told Jeff Wilson of that closer Jose Leclerc was temporarily being moved to low-leverage situations after Leclerc pitched the sixth inning Friday, when Texas was leading, 12-3. Yates has not allowed a run over five appearances and could be in the mix for save opportunities along with Robertson.

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  • Rangers' Kirby Yates: Throws scoreless frame

    Yates allowed one hit and one walk while striking out one over one inning in Thursday's spring game against the Diamondbacks.

    Yates made his third Cactus League appearance and has allowed a run, three hits and one walk while striking out six over three innings. Last year, when Yates posted a 3.28 ERA with 80 strikeouts over 60.1 innings, was the right-hander's first fully healthy year since 2019. He has closing experience and will be part of a late-inning crew that includes Jose Leclerc, David Robertson and Josh Sborz.

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  • Rangers' Kirby Yates: Inks one-year deal with Texas

    Yates signed a one-year contract Tuesday with the Rangers, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

    The one-year deal will be worth about $4.5 million, per Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News. Yates registered a steady 3.28 ERA with 80 strikeouts over 60.1 innings of relief for Atlanta in 2023, even tallying five saves along the way. The 36-year-old right-hander projects to fill a setup role with the reigning World Series champions in 2024. He turns 37 years old in March.

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  • Kirby Yates: Free agent after option declined

    Atlanta declined Yates' $5.75 million option for 2024 on Monday.

    The move comes as somewhat of a surprise, as Yates posted a 3.28 ERA and 80:37 K:BB over 60.1 frames for Atlanta this past season. He will turn 37 in March and his control has regressed, but Yates' bat-missing ability should draw plenty of interest on the free-agent market from clubs in need of a late-inning relief arm.

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  • Braves' Kirby Yates: PIcks up extra-inning save

    Yates picked up the save Monday against Philadelphia, striking out two in a perfect inning.

    Closer Raisel Iglesias entered the ninth with a save opportunity but allowed the Phillies to tie the game and send it to extras. When Atlanta reclaimed the lead, Yates needed only 14 pitches to slam the door and earn his fourth save of the season. While save opportunities are rare, Yates holds a 2.75 ERA and 1.17 WHIP with 75 strikeouts in 55.2 innings as he maintains a high-leverage role in the backend of the Atlanta bullpen.

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  • Braves' Kirby Yates: Snags third save

    Yates walked one and struck out one in a scoreless inning to earn the save in Friday's 6-3 win over the Dodgers.

    Raisel Iglesias had pitched three consecutive days entering Friday, allowing Yates a rare save chance. He got the job done on 21 pitches (14 strikes). Yates has three saves, eight holds and three blown saves with a 7-1 record, 2.73 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 69:34 K:BB through 52.2 innings this season in a high-leverage role.

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  • Braves' Kirby Yates: Pockets another win

    Yates (5-0) picked up the win Sunday over the Brewers, striking out one in a perfect inning of relief.

    The right-hander has become the top vulture on MLB's top team, collecting four of his five wins since the beginning of June -- a stretch in which he's posted a 3.48 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 28:7 K:BB through 20.2 innings. Yates should retain a high-leverage role over the final months for Atlanta, even if the front office brings in more bullpen reinforcements at the trade deadline.

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  • Braves' Kirby Yates: Earns second save

    Yates walked two in a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the Brewers while striking out three to earn his second save of the season.

    Yates needed 32 pitches to finish off the 6-4 win. He also gave up a run in his previous two appearances but was still given the save opportunity with Raisel Iglesias having thrown 22 pitches the night before. Yates lowered his ERA to 3.38 with a 52:21 K:BB through 37.1 frames.

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  • Braves' Kirby Yates: Picks up first save

    Yates picked up the save Monday against the Twins, allowing one hit while striking out two over a scoreless inning. He didn't record a walk.

    With Raisel Iglesias, A.J. Minter, Nick Anderson and Joe Jimenez all unavailable after working multiple times in Atlanta's previous series, Yates got the call in the ninth Monday and delivered his first save. It was Yates' second save chance of the season, as he blew an opportunity versus the Mets on June 7. Since giving up two runs to Seattle on May 20, Yates has allowed just three runs over his last 14.1 innings while sporting a 20:4 K:BB during that stretch. However, he likely won't be in the mix for many more save chances moving forward as long as the quartet of relievers mentioned earlier are available.

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  • Braves' Kirby Yates: Collects second win

    Yates (2-0) picked up the win in Friday's victory over the Nationals, striking out two in a perfect eighth inning.

    The veteran righty got the call with Atlanta down 2-1, and after shutting down the Nats on 16 pitches (11 strikes) he was rewarded when the offense produced two runs in the bottom of the frame. Yates' control still comes and goes as he returns to regular duty for the first time since 2019, but he has emerged as a solid option since the beginning of May, posting a 2.84 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 19:10 K:BB over his last 12.2 innings.

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  • Braves' Kirby Yates: Snags win in relief

    Yates (1-0) picked up the win in Wednesday's victory over the Reds, walking one and striking out one in a scoreless eighth inning.

    The veteran right-hander hasn't had a regular spot in a big-league bullpen since 2019 due to injuries, tossing only 11.1 big-league innings over the last three seasons, but Yates won a spot in the Atlanta bullpen in camp and recorded his first MLB win since 2018 on Wednesday. The 36-year-old has been far from sharp though, posting a 5.79 ERA and 4:6 K:BB through 4.2 innings to begin the season, and he's unlikely to see consistent high-leverage work without improving his control.

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  • Braves' Kirby Yates: Getting Ks this spring

    Yates walked one and struck out one in a scoreless seventh inning during Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Rays.

    The veteran reliever has thrown only 11.1 big-league innings over the last three seasons due to various injuries, including Tommy John surgery two years ago, but he's been healthy in camp as he attempts to make a comeback. Yates has served up two homers in six innings, leading to a 9.00 spring ERA, but his 8:2 K:BB indicates he's still got the ability to miss bats. The 35-year-old is ticketed for middle-relief duty in a crowded Atlanta bullpen that already has A.J. Minter and Joe Jimenez locked into setup roles in front of closer Raisel Iglesias, but Yates could still have some fantasy value in deeper formats if he's able to recapture something close to his pre-injury form.

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  • Braves' Kirby Yates: Completes live session

    Yates (elbow) threw his first live batting practice session of spring training Wednesday, Justin Toscano of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

    Yates made his return from March 2021 Tommy John surgery in August last season, but he stayed healthy for about a month before succumbing to inflammation in his surgically repaired elbow. Fortunately for Yates, the long offseason provided ample time for him to overcome the setback, and he reported to spring training without any restrictions. Yates is only four years removed from a season in which he was arguably the game's top reliever, but now that he's in his mid-thirties and has just 15 relief appearances at the big-league level under his belt since that banner 2019 campaign with the Padres, Atlanta is simply hoping that he can serve as a dependable setup option in front of closer Raisel Iglesias.

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  • Braves' Kirby Yates: Throws bullpen Friday

    Yates (elbow) threw a bullpen session Friday, Mark Bowman of reports.

    Yates has been sidelined since mid-September due to right elbow inflammation but has been optimistic he'll be able to return this season. It's not yet clear whether he'll be available for the playoffs, but he's trending in the right direction and would likely be able to have a relatively normal offseason, even if he isn't cleared to return to game action.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-10, 210 lbs
Birthplace: Lihue, HI
Age: 37
Experience: 9
Bats/Throws: L, R