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Scott Atchison nails down second save of the season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6:29 pm ET) Indians reliever Scott Atchison had some issues with his command, but managed to escape a rough outing with his second save of the season Monday afternoon against the Royals.

Atchison allowed a run-scoring single to Norichika Aoki in the 10th inning before closing out a 4-3 win, resuming a game that was suspended 21 days ago in Kansas City. Atchison owns a 2.66 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP over 71 innings of relief.


Jared Burton named the closer for Arizona series


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5:50 pm ET) Jared Burton is expected to remain the closer for the Twins in their upcoming series against the Diamondbacks, while Glen Perkins works his way back from neck and shoulder injuries. Burton has converted 2 of 3 save chances this season, with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP over 62 innings of work.

Neftali Feliz back in form


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5:44 pm ET) Rangers closer Neftali Feliz's perfect ninth inning Sunday at the Angels really accentuated how far he's come in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. Though it was his fourth straight perfect appearance, his three strikeouts were as many as he had in his previous seven appearances combined. Better yet, he had the stuff to back it up, according to the Dallas Morning News.

"I really liked the fastball today," interim manager Tim Bogar said. "He was aggressive with it and has shown the confidence to really let it go. When you go through an arm injury, it takes time to get that confidence back. He's back."

Indeed, according to BrooksBaseball.net, Feliz's average fastball velocity is at 95.6 mph in September, up from 93.7 mph in August and 92.9 mph in July. In 2011, his last year as a full-time reliever, it was at 97.3 mph. On Sunday, it was at 97.0 mph.

Feliz had a short response when asked if the Rangers need to shop for a closer this offseason.

"No. I'm 100 percent," he said.


Yankees DFA Josh Outman


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5:28 pm ET) The Yankees designated pitcher Josh Outman for assignment on Monday. Outman registered a 3.28 ERA over 24 2/3 innings of work before he was DFA'd by the Indians. He only pitched 3 2/3 innings before he was DFA'd by the Yankees.

Lisalverto Bonilla will get one last start on Wednesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5:24 pm ET) Rangers pitcher Lisalverto Bonilla will make his final start of the season Wednesday against the Astros, according to ESPN Dallas. Bonilla is 2-0 with a 4.30 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP over 14 2/3 innings of work this season.

Astros relievers have hurt obliques


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/21/2014) According to the Houston Chronicle, Astros relievers Darin Downs and Josh Fields are both nursing oblique injuries. Because Downs aggravated a previous injury, he could possibly miss the rest of the season.

Downs last pitched in a game Friday. Fields, who was beginning to earn some save opportunities, hasn't pitched since Sept. 9.


Neftali Feliz notches 11th save in 12 chances


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Rangers closer Neftali Feliz pitched a perfect ninth inning, striking out the side, to close out a 2-1 win over the Angels and earn his 11th save in 12 chances. Feliz blew away the Angels on 12 pitches.

He has 20 strikeouts in 28 2/3 innings.


Red Sox shuffle rotation for final week


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/21/2014) WEEI.com reports that Brandon Workman and Rubby De La Rosa have been removed from the Red Sox's rotation for the final week of the season. Clay Buchholz, Anthony Ranaudo and Allen Webster are set to make starts against the Rays, and then Joe Kelly and Buchholz will start the last two games of the team's season-ending series against the Yankees.

Friday's starter in the series opener against the Yankees is still to be named, but Steven Wright is a candidate to get the nod. Wright has posted a 3.38 ERA in five relief appearances this season.


Huston Street notches 39th save


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Angels closer Huston Street notched his 39th save Saturday against the Rangers.

Street entered with a three-run lead, and had no issues nailing down the save. He tossed a perfect inning, striking out one during the appearance. Street threw 12 pitches, 10 of which were strikes. 


Marc Rzepczynski picks up four out save


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Indians pitcher Marc Rzepczynski picked up a four out save Saturday against the Twins. 

Rzepczynski entered with a four-run lead, but two men on base. He was able to strike out Oswaldo Arcia to end the eighth inning. Rzepczynski would come out in the ninth, and got through the inning with no issues. He struck out the first two hitters he faced and forced a groundout against the final batter. It was his first save of the season. 


Jake McGee saves 18th game Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Rays closer Jake McGee saved his 18th game Saturday against the White Sox. 

McGee entered with a three-run lead, and had some trouble before closing it out. After a leadoff walk against Jose Abreu, McGee gave up a run-scoring single to Marcus Semien. McGee would walk the next batter, but proceeded to notch three outs against the next three hitters. He struck out one during the outing. 


Casey Janssen manages 24th save


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Blue Jays closer Casey Janssen saved his 24th game Saturday against the Yankees.

Janssen entered with a three-run lead, and had to get out of a tough situation. With a man on and one out, Janssen hit the first batter he faced. He regained his composure, striking out Brendan Ryan and getting Chris Young to line out to end the game. 


Drew Pomeranz earns the no decision


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Athletics pitcher Drew Pomeranz turned in a scoreless start Saturday against the Phillies.

Pomeranz allowed one hit over five scoreless innings. He struck out six and walked two during the outing. Pomeranz was masterful, giving up his only hit in the first inning. He actually loaded the bases during the frame after walking and hitting a batter with a pitch, but was able to get out of it. Pomeranz would settle in at that point, tossing three perfect innings. He allowed a walk in the fifth, but got out of it without giving up any runs. Pomeranz was pulled after throwing 86 pitches.

Pomeranz earned the no-decision for his performance. He’ll take on the Rangers if he gets another start.


Brad Boxberger expected back Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Rays pitcher Brad Boxberger is expected back Sunday, according to the Tampa Bay Times

Boxberger has missed the past couple games after his wife had a child Thursday. He's expected to be ready to go Sunday.


Joe Nathan pulls through for 33rd save Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Tigers closer Joe Nathan gave up two hits Saturday but was able to strand runners on second and third base to earn his 33rd save in his team's 3-2 win over the Royals.

Nathan allowed a pair of one-out singles before a groundout advanced both runners and put the potential tying run just 90 feet away. Nathan was able to get the next batter to ground out to first base and give his team a win, increasing the Tigers' lead to two-and-a-half games over the Royals in the AL Central. Nathan owns a 5.01 ERA and 52:28 K:BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings.


Royals recall Tim Collins


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) The Royals recalled pitcher Tim Collins from Triple-A Omaha Friday.

Collins worked the final inning of a blowout loss in his return to major-league action Friday, needing just five pitches to complete a 1-2-3 inning and make him the most effective Royals pitcher in the 10-1 defeat. Including his time with the team over the first half of the season, he owns a 3.93 ERA and 10:10 K:BB ratio in 18 1/3 innings.


Lisalverto Bonilla shows control issues Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Rangers pitcher Lisalverto Bonilla had some control issues Friday against the Angels.

Bonilla allowed two runs on two hits over five innings. He struck out four and walked four during the outing. Bonilla was strong to start things off, going four scoreless frames to open the game. He gave up his only runs in the fifth inning. After a leadoff double, Bonilla allowed a two-run shot to Brennan Boesch. He was able to get out of the inning, but was pulled prior to the start of the sixth.

With the win, Bonilla improved to 2-0. He’ll take on the Astros if he gets another start.


Sean Doolittle picks up save No. 22


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Athletics closer Sean Doolittle picked up his 22nd save Friday against the Phillies.

Doolittle entered with a two-run lead and slammed the door. He tossed a perfect inning during the appearance, facing just three batters. Doolittle did not record any strikeouts. 


Edward Mujica picks up a save Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Red Sox closer Edward Mujica picked up his seventh save Friday against the Orioles. 

Mujica entered with a two-run lead, and managed to shut the door. After quickly getting a groundout, Mujica allowed a single against the second batter he faced. That was quickly erased, as he picked up a game-ending double play. It was Mujica's seventh save of the year. 


Zach Putnam gets two out save


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) White Sox reliever Zach Putnam picked up a two out save Friday against the Rays.

Putnam entered with a one-run lead, and managed to shut the door. He made things interesting, giving up a hit against his first batter, but managed strikeouts against the next two hitters to end the game. It was Putnam's sixth save of the season.


Adam Warren picks up five out save


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Yankees pitcher Adam Warren picked up a five out save Friday against the Blue Jays. 

Warren entered with a two-run lead, and managed to shut the door. He did not allow a hit or a walk during the appearce, but did notch three strikeouts. It was Warren's third save of the season. 


Glen Perkins shut down with arm issue


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Twins reliever Glen Perkins has been shut down due to a forearm strain and nerve irritation, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

The news is actually somewhat positive for Perkins. His throwing elbow and UCL have no damage at this time, and he's expected to be ready for Spring Training. Perkins finished the year with a 3.65 ERA over 61 2/3 innings. 


Drew Rucinski on his way up


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) The Angels have promoted Drew Rucinski to the majors.

Rucinski pitched just one inning in the majors this season. He allowed two runs on four hits. Rucinski posted a 3.15 ERA over 148 2/3 minor-league innings. 


Anthony Swarzak gets the nod Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Twins pitcher Anthony Swarzak will start Sunday against the Indians.

Swarzak will take the place of Tommy Milone. Milone is dealing with a neck issue, and has been scratched from the start. Swarzak has a 4.42 ERA over 77 1/3 innings. 


Wade LeBlanc earns another start with strong outing


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Angels left-hander Wade LeBlanc performed well enough Thursday night against Seattle to earn another start, per the Orange County Register. He is set to pitch again next Tuesday in Oakland.

LeBlanc allowed just three hits in 5 1/3 scoreless innings in a no-decision against the Mariners. He has not yielded an earned run in his last 10 1/3 innings pitched.


 
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Fan Poll

Which of these third basemen would you want on your teams for the second half?

Nolan Arenado, Rockies
17%
Manny Machado, Orioles
25%
Todd Frazier, Reds
33%
Martin Prado, Diamondbacks
4%
Kyle Seager, Mariners
17%
Pedro Alvarez, Pirates
4%

Total Votes: 3,689