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Anthony Swarzak gets the nod Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5:49 pm ET) 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. 


Carlos Frias expected to go Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4:40 pm ET) 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. 


Wade LeBlanc earns another start with strong outing


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:31 am ET) 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.


Fernando Rodney breaks franchise mark for saves


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:21 am ET) Mariners closer Fernando Rodney escaped a rough outing with the save Thursday night against the Angels in Anaheim.

Rodney allowed a solo home run to Hank Conger but struck out Tony Campana looking to end the game. He was charged with one run on one hit and no walks while striking out one in one inning of work, closing out a 3-1 victory. He now holds the franchise record with 46 saves on the year. He owns a 2.70 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP over 63 1/3 innings of work.

Wade LeBlanc gives five-plus scoreless innings in spot start


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:00 am ET) Angels starting pitcher Wade LeBlanc wasn't a factor into the decision in a spot start on Thursday at home against Seattle. The left-hander permitted three hits and no walks while striking out three over 5 1/3 scoreless innings of work.

LeBlanc owns a 5.24 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP over 22 1/3 innings of work. It remains to be seen if he'll be needed for another start this season.

Cody Allen closes out Astros


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:55 am ET) Indians reliever Cody Allen struck out two and worked his way past a hit in a scoreless 13th inning for the save Thursday night against the Astros in Houston. He has converted 22 of 25 save chances, with a 2.03 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP over 66 2/3 innings of work.

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.


David Robertson picks up relief win


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Yankees reliever David Robertson (3-5) collected a relief win Thursday night at home against Blue Jays. Robertson struck out two in a 1-2-3 ninth inning. The offense scored a run on a throwing error in the bottom of the ninth. He owns a 2.83 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP over 60 1/3 innings of relief.

Aaron Sanchez coughs up game-winning run vs. Yankees


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Blue Jays reliever Aaron Sanchez (2-2) was pegged with a loss Thursday night against the Yankees. Sanchez allowed the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth due to a throwing error by Aaron Lind.

Sanchez was charged with one unearned run on one hit over one-third of an inning in a 3-2 defeat. He owns a 1.24 ERA and a 0.66 WHIP over 29 innings of relief.

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."

Glen Perkins injuries not as serious as feared


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Twins closer Glen Perkins has received some good news. An MRI on his arm has revealed nerve issues rather than structural damage.

Perkins has struggled down the stretch after a typically strong season in which he racked up 34 saves.


Jered Weaver out, Wade LeBlanc in for Thursday start


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Angels veteran right-hander Jered Weaver has been scratched from his Thursday start against visiting Seattle. Wade LeBlanc, who was to replace the injured Matt Shoemaker this Saturday, will pitch in place of Weaver instead.

Weaver is not hurt, per the Orange County Register. The move was made to give him extra rest and line up the playoff rotation.


Wade LeBlanc set to start Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Left-hander Wade LeBlanc, who was clobbered in his last opportunity to start for the Angels, will get another shot Saturday at home against Texas. He is replacing the injured Matt Shoemaker.

LeBlanc has been fine in relief with four consecutive scoreless appearances covering five innings. But he surrendered six earned runs on seven hits in 3 1/3 innings in an Aug. 25 start against Miami. He owns a 6.88 ERA on the season.


Sean Doolittle blows save, takes loss Wednesday vs. Rangers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Athletics closer Sean Doolittle blew a save opportunity Wednesday and was stuck with the loss in his team's 6-1 defeat against the Rangers.

Doolittle (1-4) was tasked with protecting a 1-0 lead but surrendered a game-tying double before the Rangers broke things open with a three-run home run. The closer finished with five earned runs on three hits and two walks in just one-third of an inning. Doolittle owns a 2.97 ERA, 0.76 WHIP and 83:7 K:BB ratio in 57 2/3 innings.


David Robertson picks up 37th save


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Yankees reliever David Robertson picked up his 37th save Wednesday against the Rays.

Robertson entered with a one-run lead and managed to close the door. After quickly getting two outs, Robertson allowed one man to reach with a single. He was able to work his way out of it, picking up a strikeout to end the game. 


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.


Hector Rondon earns 25th save Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Cubs closer Hector Rondon delivered his 25th save Wednesday, walking one batter in a scoreless ninth inning to finish off his team's 3-1 win over the Reds.

Rondon has allowed just one earned run in his last 15 innings, but after going 22 innings without walking a batter, he's issued a walk in back-to-back appearances. The closer owns a 2.62 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 60:15 K:BB ratio in 58 1/3 innings.


Carlos Carrasco goes the distance Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Indians starter Carlos Carrasco went the distance Wednesday against the Astros.

Carrasco allowed just two hits over nine scoreless innings. He struck out 12 and walked one during the outing. Carrasco got off to an exceptional start. He put his first batter on base in the third inning via the walk, but didn’t allow a hit until the bottom of the fourth inning. He would give up his only other hit in the ninth. After a two-out single by Jose Altuve, Carrasco was able to drop a three-pitch strikeout against Dexter Fowler to end the game. Carrasco threw just 98 pitches during the outing.

With the win, Carrasco improved to 8-5. He’ll take on the Royals in his next start.


Steve Cishek earns 37th save Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Marlins closer Steve Cishek secured his 37th save Wednesday, striking out one in a 1-2-3 ninth inning to finish off his team's 4-3 win over the Mets.

Cishek has strung together eigth straight scoreless outings, striking out 13 and walking only two during that stretch. He owns a 3.27 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 81:21 K:BB ratio in 63 1/3 innings.


Craig Kimbrel delivers 44th save Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Braves closer Craig Kimbrel earned his 44th save Wednesday, tossing a 1-2-3 ninth inning to finish off his team's 3-1 victory over the Nationals.

The coleader in the National League in saves, Kimbrel hadn't pitched since giving up a run one week ago in a non-save situation, but the Braves were able to end a five-game losing streak Wednesday. He owns a 1.71 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 88:25 K:BB ratio in 58 innings.


 
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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