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Diamondbacks closer Brad Ziegler notches 24th save


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(1:39 am ET) Diamondbacks closer Brad Ziegler recorded his 24th save of the season on Friday against the Athletics.

Ziegler finished the last 2/3 of the ninth inning after David Hernandez allowed two runs to let Oakland back in the game. He has a solid 1.46 ERA this year.


Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen recorded 26th save of season


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(1:33 am ET) Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen recorded his 26th save of the season on Friday against the Cubs.

Jansen closed out the ninth inning of his team's win, not allowing a run or a hit while recording a strike out. He now has a 2.45 ERA this year.


Pirates closer Mark Melancon notches league-best 42nd save


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(12:25 am ET) Pirates closer Mark Melancon continued to dominate late in the game on Friday against the Rockies.

Melancon closed out the ninth inning of his team's win without allowing a hit, earning his league-leading 42nd save of the season. He has a remarcable 1.45 ERA this year.


Marlins closer A.J. Ramos earns 23rd save of the year


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(8/28/2015) Marlins closer A.J. Ramos recorded his 23rd save of the season on Friday against the Nationals.

Ramos gave up a hit and struck out a batter while closing out the ninth inning of the 4-3 victory.

Ramos now has a 2.75 ERA this season.


Marlins SP Adam Conley picks up second win of the season


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(8/28/2015) Marlins starting pitcher Adam Conley earned his second win of the season on Friday against the Nationals.

Conley allowed three runs on six hits in five innings. He struck out six batters while allowing just one walk. Conley's mistakes during the outing came on a pair of home runs he allowed.

With the win, Conley improved to 2-1 on the season with a 4.96 ERA.


Cardinals place Trevor Rosenthal on paternity leave; recall Sam Tuivailala


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2015) The Cardinals placed reliever Trevor Rosenthal on the paternity list, the team announced Friday. Rosenthal has 41 saves with a 1.52 ERA this season.

With Rosenthal on the paternity list, the team called up pitcher Samuel Tuivailala, who has a 1.76 ERA over 41 innings at Triple-A.


Rockies make variety of roster moves Friday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2015) The Rockies called up pitcher Jason Gurka on Friday and sent down pitcher Tommy Kahnle, reports MLB.com. Meanwhile, the team also designated pitcher Kenny Roberts for assignment.

Phillies place Elvis Araujo on disabled list: recall Nefi Ogando


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2015) The Phillies placed Elvis Araujo on the 15-day DL due to a left groin strain, the team announced Friday. Araujo suffered the injury during Thursday's contest. With the roster spot available, the team called up pitcher Nefi Ogando.

Throwing sessions have Cardinals RP Matt Belisle optimistic


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2015) Cardinals reliever Matt Belisle gave himself a positive report after a recent throwing session as he rehabs from right elbow inflammation.

"I had a great long-toss session and a great mound session," he told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I did real well today throwing all my pitches on flat ground and I'll be back on the mound tomorrow, so we're rolling."

The veteran right-hander had performed well before going down in late June. If maintained, his 3.00 ERA would be his lowest since 2010.


Cardinals RP Trevor Rosenthal survives shaky outing for 41st save


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/28/2015) Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal made this dicey, but he settled down to preserve the 5-3 win over the Diamondbacks on Thursday. Rosenthal allowed the tying run to reach base with one out. But he was able to strike out the final two batters of the ninth, en route to his 41st save of the season.

Rosenthal has successfully converted each of his last 15 save opportunities. His ERA is down to 1.52 on the season. The 41 saves ties him for the most in the Major Leagues this season.


Diamondbacks' Daniel Hudson leaves game with finger injury


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/28/2015) Diamondbacks pitcher Daniel Hudson was lifted from Thursday's game against the Cardinals due to a cut on his finger. Hudson suffered the injury while fielding a comebacker in the top of the ninth inning. 

Hudson went 1 1/3 innings, allowing a hit and striking out a batter with no runs allowed. 


Mets RP Carlos Torres does it all in victory on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/27/2015) Right-handed reliever Carlos Torres was one of the heroes of the game for the Mets, as they went on to beat the Phillies 9-5 in 13 innings on Thursday. Torres shined with his arm, his glove, his bat and his speed in this one.

On the mound, Torres tossed 2 1/3 scoreless ball, allowing just one hit. He also made a couple of athletic plays, including a sprint to first base to beat Jeff Francoeur on a deflected ground ball.

At the plate, Torres reached on an infield single and scored the Mets' go-ahead run in the 13th, as he picked up his fifth win of the season. Overall, it was an impressive evening for the right-hander, as the Mets completed the four-game sweep of the Phillies.


Phillies RP Elvis Araujo exits Thursday with groin strain


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/27/2015) Phillies reliever Elvis Araujo left Thursday's game against the Mets with a left groin strain. Araujo started the 11th inning with the score tied 5-5. He walked the first batter to face him, and then suffered the injury while throwing his first pitch to the second batter of the inning. He immediately left the game with the trainer.

The Phillies have not announced how long they expect the left-hander to be sidelined for. 


Nationals' Jonathan Papelbon survives shaky outing for 21st save


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/27/2015) Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon allowed a run to score in the ninth inning, but was able to bounce back and close out the 4-2 victory over the Padres on Thursday. Papelbon picked up his 21st save of the season, and his fourth as a member of the Nationals.

Papelbon has now given up three runs in eight outings since coming to Washington in a trade at the end of July. Overall this season, he is a perfect 21-for-21 in save opportunities and owns an impressive 1.85 ERA.


Pirates RP Mark Melancon shuts the door for 41st save Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/27/2015) Pirates closer Mark Melancon did what he does best on Thursday, as he protected a 2-1 victory over the Marlins. Melancon worked around a hit in a scoreless ninth inning, picking up his MLB-leading 41st save.


Cubs option RP Zac Rosscup, designate RP Brian Schlitter


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2015) The Cubs have optioned Zac Rosscup three days after promoting him and designated for assignment fellow reliever Brian Schlitter.

Rosscup did not receive an opportunity to pitch in his latest stint with the team. Schlitter did - and that was a problem. He compiled a 7.36 ERA before his demotion in mid-June.


Mariners send RP Fernando Rodney to Cubs


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2015) The Mariners have dispatched veteran reliever and former closer Fernando Rodney to the Cubs for a player to be named, per the Chicago Sun-Times. He had been designated for assignment Saturday.

The 38-year-old Rodney has seemingly run out of gas this season. He owns a 5.68 ERA in 50 2/3 innings. He has tossed just one clean inning since Aug. 4.


Braves release injured RP Jason Frasor


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2015) The Braves have released veteran reliever Jason Frasor, who was placed on the disabled list on Aug. 4 with a right shoulder strain.

Frasor had performed well before going down. He finished his stint with 6 1/3 scoreless innings and 1.29 ERA on the year with Kansas City and Atlanta.


Marlins demote RP Scott McGough; activate RP Andre Rienzo


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2015) One week after promoting Scott McGough to Triple-A New Orleans, the Marlins have sent him back down to the same team, per the Miami Herald.

The move was necissatated by the reinstatement of fellow right-handed reliever Andre Rienzo from the disabled list.

McGough pitched scoreless ball in two of his three appearances, but allowed three runs on five hits in two-thirds of an inning in the other.

Rienzo had been down for just over three weeks with a left knee laceration.


Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal will miss Giants series


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2015) Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal will miss the weekend series against the Giants, which starts Friday, because he will be placed on the paternity list, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Rosenthal's wife is scheduled to be induced into labor Friday, and Rosenthal won't rejoin the team until Monday's game against the Nationals.


Dodgers RP Kenley Jansen notches another save


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(8/26/2015) It wasn't easy, but Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen earned his 25th save Wednesday to help Los Angeles defeat the Reds. 

Jansen gave up an infield single and a walk to bring the tying run to the plate, but managed to strike out Eugenio Suarez to end the game. 

It's Jansen's first save since blowing his second save of the season on Aug. 23. 


Rockies RP John Axford picks up 18th save


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(8/26/2015) John Axford did not have a smooth ninth inning for the Rockies, but he was able to hold on and preserve his team's win over the Braves on Wednesday for his 18th save of the season. 

Axford allowed two hits in the ninth, allowing the tying run to come to the plate with two outs, but he struck out pinch-hitter Pedro Ciriaco to end the game. 

It's only Axford's second save of the month and just his third since July 10. 


Rockies SP Yohan Flande earns no-decision


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(8/26/2015) Yohan Flande pitched well enough to pick up a win for the Rockies, but wasn't around when his teammates rallied against the Braves, earning a no-decision for his efforts. 

Flande allowed three runs in six innings of work, but he wasn't sharp, walking five batters and giving up two home runs. 

Flande has given up eight home runs in his last four starts, but is 1-0 with three no-decisions over that timeframe. 


Padres RP Craig Kimbrel notches 36th save


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(8/26/2015) Craig Kimbrel had no problems picking up his 36th save of the season, retiring the Nationals in order to preserve the Padres' victory Wednesday. 

Kimbrel bounced back from an outing Sunday in which he allowed two runs in a non-save situation to register his sixth straight save chance. 


Cubs RP Hector Rondon records 24th save on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/26/2015) Cubs closer Hector Rondon worked around a hit to close out the 8-5 win over the Giants on Tuesday. Rondon tossed a scoreless ninth inning, striking out two batters, en route to his 24th save of the season.


 
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