Givens tossed one-third of an inning to pick up the save Sunday against the Dodgers. He did not allow a baserunner or record a strikeout.
Givens entered to get the final out after Daniel Bard struggled to start the frame. It marked the right-hander's first save of the campaign. Bard still figures to be first in line for save chances, though it certainly wouldn't be shocking if Givens gets another shot to pitch the ninth during the season's final week.
Givens gave up one run on one hit and one walk without recording a strikeout in one inning Friday against the Angels.
He was charged with a blown save after giving up a solo home run to Jared Walsh in the top of the eighth inning. The Rockies still ended up getting the win in regulation, even with Daniel Bard giving up another run in the top of the ninth inning. Givens is the de facto setup man for his new team with Bard serving as the closer.
The Orioles traded Givens to the Rockies on Sunday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
Baltimore's return in the deal remains unknown, but Givens will head westward to provide Colorado with another experienced late-inning arm while the team's top two closing candidates to begin the season -- Wade Davis (shoulder) and Scott Oberg (arm) -- remain on the injured list. Givens saved 20 games for the Orioles between 2018 and 2019, but he served in more of a setup role in 2020, posting a 1.38 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 19:6 K:BB over 13 innings while notching five holds. He could challenge Daniel Bard and Carlos Estevez for closing duties in Colorado, at least until Davis is back from the IL.
Orioles pitching coach Doug Brocail said Sunday that Givens remains in the mix to close, but Baltimore has yet to decide on a top option for the ninth inning, Jon Meoli of The Baltimore Sun reports.
Givens finished as the Orioles' save leader in 2019, but he netted only 11 of them for an 108-loss squad and supplemented that total with a 4.57 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 86:26 K:BB in 63 innings. Though Givens enters 2020 as the best of the established options in a weak Baltimore bullpen, his standing atop the depth chart is shaky after 2013 first-round pick Hunter Harvey showcased some dominant skills in a small late-season sample with Baltimore (11 strikeouts in 6.1 innings). Harvey looks like the better bet to be the long-term answer at the back of the bullpen, but it wouldn't be surprising if Givens opened 2020 as the team's preferred closer given his experience. Brocail also indicated that southpaw Richard Bleier could be in the mix for saves against lefty-heavy lineups, which would make it even more difficult to justify investing in either Givens or Harvey, especially with the Orioles expected to be one of MLB's weaker teams once again.
Givens threw off a mound at Oriole Park on Monday, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
The takeaway is that Givens is healthy and ready to start ramping up with less than three weeks before Opening Day. He and Hunter Harvey are expected to get the bulk of the save chances this season for Baltimore.
Givens allowed five earned runs off five hits, two strikeouts and one walk over 4.1 innings during spring training.
Givens began spring training with a case of the flu, but he was able to return to the mound and log four appearances. While he struggled over a limited sample size, his spot in the Orioles' bullpen is likely safe once the regular season begins. However, Givens isn't guaranteed the closer role after manager Brandon Hyde expressed confidence in Hunter Harvey's ability to claim that role during the offseason.
Givens (illness) completed a bullpen session Thursday, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
Givens has yet to make his Grapefruit League debut after missing time in camp due to a case of the flu, but he's made a full recovery from the illness at this point. Assuming he feels fine physically coming out of Thursday's workout, he should be cleared to pitch in a game at some point over the weekend.
Manager Brandon Hyde suggested that Givens (illness) could be ready to make his Grapefruit League debut Thursday or Friday versus the Pirates, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
Givens is no longer dealing with any flu-like symptoms after falling ill earlier in camp, but he's needed some additional time to get his arm ready for game action due to the workouts he missed. As a reliever who hasn't worked more than two innings in any outing since 2017, Givens probably only needs a handful of appearances this spring to guarantee his availability for Opening Day. He profiles as the top option for saves in the Baltimore bullpen, but those opportunities may not be plentiful with the Orioles likely bracing for a third straight 100-loss season.
Givens (illness) feels better and is scheduled to resume workouts Monday, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
The right-hander was sent home Friday due to the illness, but it appears to have been a minor issue as he has already resumed playing catch, per Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports. Givens enters training camp as the favorite for the closer role after converting 11 of 19 saves with a 4.57 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 86:26 K:BB over 63 innings last season.
Givens was sent home Friday with an illness, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
The illness doesn't appear likely to significantly impact Givens' preparation for the upcoming season. He appears to be the favorite to close for the Orioles, though the team's bullpen hierarchy hasn't been officially confirmed.
Givens signed a one-year, $3.225 million deal Friday with the Orioles, avoiding arbitration, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
The 29-year-old receives a bump in pay from $2.15 million in 2019 after moving in and out of Baltimore's closer's role. Givens had a 4.57 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 86:26 K:BB over 63 innings while going 11-for-19 in save opportunities. Givens figures to begin the 2020 campaign in a high-leverage role, but there's hardly any guarantee he sees ninth-inning opportunities.
Givens posted a 1-2-3 ninth inning with two strikeouts to garner his 11th save in a 2-0 victory against the Nationals on Tuesday.
Save opportunities are rare on the Orioles, but Givens has posted six straight scoreless frames since blowing up in his last blown save Aug. 11. While he doesn't have great overall numbers, that recent success should give owners enough confidence to plug him in where needed. He is 2-5 with 11 saves, six blown opportunities, a 4.18 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 70 strikeouts in 51.2 innings this season.
Givens allowed one hit with one strikeout during the ninth inning to secure his 10th save in a 4-1 victory against the Royals on Tuesday.
This was Givens' first save in about three and a half weeks. The Orioles have turned to other pitchers in save situations since the end of July, but the team also hasn't won much lately. The Orioles snapped an eight-game losing streak Tuesday and coming into the night, they'd lost 13 of 14 overall. That alone makes Givens unreliable in fantasy realms. He has 10 saves and six blown opportunities with a 4.44 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 65 strikeouts in 48.2 innings this season.
Givens pitched 1.1 innings, allowing a run on a hit and two walks while striking out two to convert his ninth save of the season in Saturday's 8-7 win over the Angels.
Givens was called on to get the last out in the eighth inning, but he made things interesting in the ninth, loading the bases with two outs before getting Justin Upton to pop out to escape with the save. Givens has allowed runs in both of his last two appearances, with his ERA rising to 4.35 with a 1.21 WHIP and 57 strikeouts over 41.1 innings this season. The 29-year-old has a very tenuous grip on the closing role -- manager Brandon Hyde has shown no hesitation to turn to Paul Fry or Miguel Castro when Givens struggles. Save chances are few and far between in the Orioles bullpen, and it's not a guarantee Givens will receive the next opportunity to close out a game.
Givens allowed one hit and struck out one over 1.1 scoreless innings to record his eighth save of the season in Wednesday's 9-2 win over the Nationals.
After getting the final out of the eighth inning with the O's leading 4-2, Givens' job got a lot easier when the club tacked on another five runs in the bottom half of the frame. The right-hander now sports a 4.34 ERA and 52:16 K:BB through 37.1 innings, with a win, four holds and five blown saves across 32 appearances in addition to his successful conversions.
Givens threw two perfect innings with two strikeouts against the Rays in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader en route to his seventh save.
Givens was banged up last week after diving toward home plate trying to prevent a run. It seems the rest provided by the All-Star break did him well, as Givens was spotless Saturday, and he's now 3-for-his-last-4 in save chances after blowing back-to-back opportunities and temporarily losing his role in late May. The 29-year-old is a trade candidate this month.
Givens (undisclosed) is expected to pitch this weekend, Jon Meoli of The Baltimore Sun reports.
Givens hurt himself Wednesday diving toward home plate trying to prevent the go-ahead run, and manager Brandon Hyde said the pitcher was still sore Friday and thus unavailable. Lefty Paul Fry stepped in during the series opener against Toronto and threw a perfect frame in the ninth inning to secure his second save of the season.
Givens (0-4) was tagged with a blown save and the loss after allowing two runs on four hits while striking out two over one inning Sunday against the Red Sox.
Givens was called on in the top of the ninth inning with his team up a run, but he blew the save by giving up one run to send the contest to extras. He would then surrender a run in the 10th on a solo homer. The 29-year-old has blown five saves and has been handed three losses over his last 10 appearances, and he now owns a 5.28 ERA and 1.38 WHIP with 41 strikeouts over 29 innings this season.
Givens recorded two strikeouts as he retired the side in order during the ninth inning to earn the save in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Blue Jays.
The save was Givens' second since manager Brandon Hyde announced he would temporarily move Givens to a lower-leverage role in late May. The 29-year-old has certainly looked better in his last four outings with eight strikeouts and only one walk allowed over 4.1 innings, recording two saves and one hold.
Givens struck out both of the batters he faced in the ninth inning to earn his fifth save of the season Tuesday against the Rangers.
Givens was the third pitcher to throw for the Orioles in the ninth inning, with Josh Lucas and Richard Bleier combining to allow six baserunners while recording just one out. While it was recently announced that Givens would be moved into a lower-leverage role, he managed to get the final two outs with the tying run on base, recording his first save since May 6 as a result. It remains to be seen how he will be used moving forward, though he's allowed only one earned run in 2.2 innings of work with six strikeouts and no walks since it was announced he would no longer serve as the team's closer.
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