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Kevin Quackenbush collects sixth save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:02 am ET) Padres closer Kevin Quackenbush converted his sixth save of the season Monday night at home against the Rockies. He struck out one and allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth inning of work for the save. He needed 19 pitches to close out a 1-0 victory. He has converted 6 of 7 save chances, with a 2.58 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP over 52 1/3 innings of relief.

Mark Melancon fans two, converts save No. 32


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) Pirates closer Mark Melancon struck out two and needed 20 pitches to complete a 1-2-3 ninth inning to secure a 1-0 victory over Atlanta on Monday. He has converted 32 of 36 save chances, with a 1.93 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP over 70 innings of relief.

Joaquin Benoit returns for Padres


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/22/2014) Padres reliever Joaquin Benoit, who had been out since Aug. 26 with shoulder discomfort, returned to the mound Sunday against the Giants, striking out two in a perfect ninth inning of an 8-2 victory.

Benoit was the closer before being sidelined by the injury, and the San Diego Union-Tribune reported earlier in the weekend that the Padres would ease him back into that role. Kevin Quackenbush has closed in his absence.


Kevin Quackenbush picks up his fifth save Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Padres closer Kevin Quackenbush saved his fifth game Saturday against the Giants.

Quackenbush entered with a two-run lead, and made things interesting before shutting the door. With two outs, he gave up a run-scoring single to Gregor Blanco. The run was charged to starter Andrew Cashner. Quackenbush managed to pick up a line out to finally close out the game. 


Drew Storen picks up ninth save


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Nationals closer Drew Storen picked up his ninth save Saturday against the Marlins.

Storen entered with a one-run lead, and got himself in trouble before closing things out. With one out, Storen gave up two straight singles. With the tying run on second base, Storen managed a game-ending double play. 


Jenrry Mejia saves No. 27


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Mets closer Jenrry Mejia managed his 27th save Saturday against the Braves.

Mejia entered with a two-run lead, and managed to close things out. After quickly getting his first out, Mejia gave up a single to Ramiro Pena. With a man on base, Mejia managed to make quick work of the next two hitters to finish the game. He did not record any walks or strikeouts during the outing. 


Francisco Rodriguez saves No. 43 Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez saved his 43rd game Saturday against the Pirates.

Rodriguez entered with a one-run lead, and shut the door. He threw a perfect inning, getting a flyout and two groundouts to finish off the game. Rodriguez threw just six pitches during the outing. 


Yusmeiro Petit drops one Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Giants pitcher Yusmeiro Petit turned in a a decent start Saturday against the Padres.

Petit allowed three runs, two earned, on four hits over 5 1/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked three during the outing. Petit gave up his first run in the third inning. After a leadoff double, Yangervis Solarte managed to reach on an error. The run scored on a play, but was unearned. He gave up his other two runs in the sixth inning. With two men on base, Rene Rivera doubled in both runs. 

With the loss, Petit dropped to 5-5. He’ll take on the Padres in his next start.


Ken Giles picks up first save Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Phillies closer Ken Giles picked up his first save Saturday against the Athletics.

Giles entered with a three-run lead, and slammed the door shut. He was perfect during the inning, picking up one strikeout. Giles induced a pop out against Adam Dunn to finish off the Athletics. 


Trevor Cahill knocked around Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Diamondbacks pitcher Trevor Cahill turned in a rough performance Saturday against the Rockies. 

Cahill gave up five runs on 10 hits over five innings. He struck out eight and did not issue any walks during the performance. Corey Dickerson proved to be a problem for Cahill. He tripled in a run in the first inning to open the scoring. Dickerson wasn’t involved in the third inning, when the Rockies managed to plate three runs during the inning. He did, however, strike in the fifth. Dickerson clubbed a solo home run off Cahill, plating the fifth run of the game.

With the loss, Cahill dropped to 3-12. He’ll take on the Cardinals in his next start. 


Jamey Wright to start Sunday, Dan Haren moved to Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) The Dodgers will start Jamey Wright Sunday against the Cubs and push Dan Haren back to Monday to open the team's series against the Giants, MLB.com reports.

Hector Rondon records 26th save Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Cubs closer Hector Rondon delivered his 26th save Saturday, striking out one in a 1-2-3 ninth inning to finish off his team's 8-7 win over the Dodgers.

Rondon has successfully converted his last 12 save opportunities, allowing only one earned run during that stretch while striking out 12 and walking two in 15 innings. He owns a 2.58 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 61:15 K:BB ratio in 59 1/3 innings.



Justin Grimm picks up win vs. Dodgers Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Cubs pitcher Justin Grimm took home a win Saturday, walking one in a scoreless eighth inning in his team's 8-7 victory over the Dodgers.

Grimm (5-2) needed just 10 pitches to get through the inning despite walking a batter. It was just the second walk he has issued since July 25. Grimm owns a 3.80 ERA and 68:27 K:BB ratio in 66 1/3 innings.


Brian Wilson takes loss Saturday vs. Cubs


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Dodgers pitcher Brian Wilson was hung with a loss Saturday, allowing two earned runs on three hits in two-thirds of an inning in his team's 8-7 defeat against the Cubs.

Tasked with protecting a one-run lead in the eighth inning, Wilson (2-4) surrendered a two-run home run with one out to put the Dodgers behind for good in a game they led 7-2 in the middle of the seventh. Wilson hadn't surrendered an earned run in more than a month heading into Saturday's game. He owns a 4.86 ERA and 54:28 K:BB ratio in 46 1/3 innings.


Seth Maness collects one-out save Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Cardinals relief pitcher Seth Maness picked up a one-out save Friday night at home against the Reds. Maness need two pitches to force Ryan Ludwick to fly out to center field to close out a 2-1 victory. He owns a 2.70 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP over 76 2/3 innings of work.

Drew Storen makes extremely quick work of Marlins


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Nationals reliever Drew Storen made extremely quick work of the Marlins Friday night in Miami, needing only six pitches to retire the side in order to close out a 3-2 victory. He has converted 8 of 11 save chances, with a 1.20 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP over 52 1/3 innings of relief.

Carlos Frias expected to go Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Dodgers pitcher Carlos Frias is expected to start Sunday against the Cubs. 

Frias is coming off a disaster start Wednesday. He allowed eight runs in just two-thirds of an inning. Frias has a 6.58 ERA over 26 innings. 


LaTroy Hawkins picks up relief win Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Rockies closer LaTroy Hawkins (4-3) picked up a relief win Thursday night at home against Arizona. He needed nine pitches to retire the side in order in the top of the ninth. The offense backed him up with two runs in the bottom of the ninth to win the game. He owns a 3.51 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP over 51 1/3 innings of relief.

Addison Reed serves up walkoff home run


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Diamondbacks closer Addison Reed was hung with a blown save and a loss Thursday night in Colorado. Reed surrendered a walkoff home run to Wilin Rosario in the ninth. He was charged with two runs on two hits over two-thirds of an inning in a 7-6 defeat. He owns a 4.40 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP over 57 1/3 innings of work.

Mark Melancon closes out Red Sox


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Pirates closer Mark Melancon struck out one and worked his way around two hits in a scoreless ninth inning to close out a 3-2 victory over the Red Sox on Thursday. He needed 15 pitches to pick up the save. He has converted 30 of 34 save chances, with a 1.88 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP over 67 innings of relief.

Brad Hand gets rocked in loss to Nationals


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Marlins pitcher Brad Hand got rocked by the Nationals at home on Thursday, dropping to 3-8 on the season. He allowed six runs -- five earned -- on eight hits and no walks while striking out four over five innings of a 6-2 defeat.

Over his last two starts covering 11 innings, Hand has allowed seven earned runs. He owns a 4.59 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP over 104 innings of work. He will make his next start Wednesday at home against Philadelphia.


Padres may ease Joaquin Benoit back into action


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) The Padres may ease pitcher Joaquin Benoit back into action before using him in save situations, according to U-T San Diego. Benoit has been since Aug. 26 because of a shoulder injury, but could return as early as Friday. He owns a 1.58 ERA, 0.82 WHIP and 60:14 K:BB ratio in 51 1/3 innings.

Diamondbacks: Oliver Perez dealing with dead arm


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Diamondbacks lefty reliever Oliver Perez has been shut down with what the team is describing as a dead arm. He is coming off successive appearances last weekend that resulted in decreased velocity and arm soreness.

Perez has yielded seven earned runs in his last two innings pitched. If he is done for the season, it will end with a 3-4 record and 2.86 ERA in a career-high 65 outings.


Oliver Perez dealing with 'dead arm'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) The Diamondbacks have shut down pitcher Oliver Perez indefinitely, as he experiences "dead arm," per the Arizona Republic. Perez lasted only one-third of an inning on Sunday, his last appearance. He owns a 2.86 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP over 56 2/3 innings of work. It remains to be seen if he'll pitch again this season.

"I think I could go more but sometimes you have to take care of yourself and have a couple days off because it's a long season," Perez said. "When you're tired, you don't have a lot of power."

Mike Fiers strikes out seven in loss vs. Cardinals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Brewers pitcher Mike Fiers took a loss Wednesday, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks in seven innings while striking out seven in his team's 2-0 defeat against the Cardinals.

Fiers (6-3) pitched six near flawless innings before running into trouble in the seventh, walking a batter and allowing two singles to bring home two runs, one with the help of an error. Still, he owns an excellent 1.78 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 66:15 K:BB ratio in 60 2/3 innings. Fiers is slated to face the Reds Tuesday.


 
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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