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Jonathan Papelbon Ks two for the save Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:25 pm ET) Phillies pitcher Jonathan Papelbon struck out two and worked his way past a pair of hits in a scoreless ninth inning for the save Friday night against the Nationals. Papelbon has converted 26 of 29 save attempts, with a 1.75 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP over 46 1/3 innings of relief.

Joe Nathan closes out Rockies


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:19 pm ET) Tigers reliever Joe Nathan struck out one and worked his way past a hit and a walk in a scoreless ninth inning to close out a 4-2 victory over the Rockies on Friday. He has converted 22 saves in 27 attempts, with a 5.45 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP in 39 2/3 innings of relief.

Jim Henderson will work on strengthening shoulder in Arizona


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7:33 pm ET) Brewers manager Ron Roenicke told reporters that reliever Jim Henderson will end his minor-league rehab assignment, but instead of being reinstated, he'll head back to the team's spring training facility in Arizona to work on strengthening his shoulder, per MLB.com.

Henderson has been sidelined since May due to a shoulder injury and remains without a timetable to return.

Cubs make several moves Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6:16 pm ET) The Cubs announced several roster moves prior to Friday's game against the Dodgers, per MLB.com. The team added newly-acquired pitcher Felix Doubront to the actove roster and immediately placed him on the 15-day disabled list with a calf strain.

The team also recalled reliever Blake Parker and Chris Valaika from Triple-A Iowa. Valaika batted .278 with 10 homers, 21 doubles and 50 RBI at Iowa. 


Dan Jennings gets the call again Friday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5:20 pm ET) The Marlins recalled reliever Dan Jennings from Triple-A New Orleans Friday, after Henderson Alvarez was placed on the disabled list.  

Jennings has been up and down numerous times this season, posting a 1.15 ERA in 31 1/3 innings for the Marlins. 


A's DFA Evan Scribner


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5:20 pm ET) The Athletics designated pitcher Evan Scribner for assignment on Friday. Scribner made six relief appearances this season and allowed one run over 5 1/3 innings of work.

Orioles add Andrew Miller, option Ryan Webb


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4:47 pm ET) The Orioles designated reliever Ryan Webb for Triple-A Norfolk Friday, in order to clear a space on the active roster for Andrew Miller. He will remain in the organization.

Webb has been decent for the Orioles out of the bullpen, posting a 3.80 ERA in 42 2/3 innings, but was tagged for eight runs in 6 1/3 innings in July.  


Carlos Martinez sent down to Triple-A


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3:55 pm ET) The Cardinals optioned pitcher Carlos Martinez to Triple-A Memphis, after spending a week in the bullpen.

Martinez was hit hard in his last few outings, and heads to Triple-A with a 4.74 ERA in 68 1/3 innings of work at the major-league level. 


Mookie Betts, Alex Wilson promoted by Red Sox


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:50 pm ET) The Red Sox have promoted second baseman Mookie Betts and reliever Alex Wilson in the wake of their active Thursday at the trading deadline.

Betts returns after spending under two weeks at Pawtucket. Wilson also spent a short time with Boston earlier this year, giving up one run on three hits in three innings pitched.


Aaron Barrett sent down to Triple-A


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3:24 pm ET) The Nationals optioned pitcher Aaron Barrett to Triple-A Syracuse Friday, to clear a spot on the active roster for the acquisition of Asdrubal Cabrera.

Barrett has been a solid member of the team's bullpen this season, posting a 3.21 ERA in 33 2/3 innings, with 43 strikeouts and 18 walks overall. 


Michael Roth back up with Angels


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:23 pm ET) Left-hander Michael Roth has been promoted by the Angels from Double-A Arkansas. He pitched two shutout innings for the team in early July.

The 24-year-old Roth boasts a strong 9-6 record and 2.59 ERA with the Travelers this season. He has struck out just 62 in 114 2/3 innings.


Ryan Feierabend designated by Rangers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:07 pm ET) The Rangers have designated for assignment left-hander Ryan Feierabend to make room for pitching prospect Phil Klein on their roster.

Feierabend struggled during his brief stint in Texas. He yielded five runs on 12 hits in 7 1/3 innings covering six appearances.


Jim Johnson let go by Athletics


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:37 pm ET) Just one year removed from a 50-save season, right-hander Jim Johnson has been released by the Athletics.

Johnson opened the season as their closer, but struggled mightily and finished his stint with the team with a 6.92 ERA and 60 hits and 23 walks allowed in 40 1/3 innings. He had been designated for assignment last week.


Jay Bruce back, Justin Partch down for Reds


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:23 pm ET) As expected, Reds outfielder Jay Bruce has been activated off the bereavement list Friday. He has been out since Monday following the death of his grandfather. Right-hander Curtis Partch has been sent down to Triple-A Louisville to make room.

Danny Farquhar OK after getting hit by line drive


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:47 pm ET) Mariners reliever Danny Farquhar feels fine after taking a line drive in the seventh inning of the Thursday win in Cleveland. He told MLB.com that he expects to miss no time after the shot off the bat of Lonnie Chisenhall that knocked him out of the game.


Report: Tommy Layne promoted to Red Sox


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:31 am ET) The Red Sox have called up left-handed reliever Tommy Layne from Triple-A Pawtucket, sources have told WEEI.com.

Layne has struggled at times with his control this season but has otherwise been solid with a 5-1 record, 1.50 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 48 innings. He also pitched 2/3 of a shutout inning for Boston during a brief stint with the team in early July.


Addison Reed fans two for save No. 27


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:21 am ET) Diamondbacks closer Addison Reed struck out two and worked his way past a base hit in a scoreless ninth inning for the save Thursday night at home against the Pirates. He has converted 27 of 32 save attempts, with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP over 44 1/3 innings of relief.

Chasen Shreve sent down to Triple-A Gwinnett


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:12 am ET) The Braves optioned left-hander Chasen Shreve down to Triple-A Gwinnett following Thursday's game against the Dodgers. Shreve allowed one run in five innings of relief this season.

Phillies recall Cesar Jimenez from Triple-A


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:51 am ET) The Phillies have recalled reliever Cesar Jimenez from Triple-A Lehigh Valley following Thursday's win over Washington. Jimenez will take over the roster spot of Cliff Lee, who landed on the disabled list with an elbow issue. 

Donnie Joseph designated for assignment Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:35 am ET) The Marlins designated pitcher Donnie Joseph for assignment Thursday, following the trade deadline. Joseph allowed six runs over two-thirds of an inning in his lone big-league appearance on June 16.

Huston Street converts 28th save in extras


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:25 am ET) Angels closer Huston Street struck out one and needed 18 pitches to retire the side in order Thursday night against the Orioles in 13 innings. He has converted 28 of 29 save attempts, with a 0.95 ERA and a 0.74 WHIP over 38 innings of relief. He has not allowed an earned run over his first five innings of work with his new club.

Chad Qualls serves up go-ahead homer against Blue Jays


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:11 am ET) Astros closer Chad Qualls took the loss Thursday night at home against the Blue Jays. Qualls permitted a go-ahead solo home run to Nick Reimold in the ninth inning, which proved to be the difference. He was charged with one run on one hit and no walks while striking out two over an inning of work. He owns a 3.35 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP over 37 2/3 innings of relief.

Jake Buchanan settles for no-decision in spot start


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:06 am ET) Astros pitcher Jake Buchanan was unable to factor into the decision in a spot start Thursday night against the Blue Jays. The right-hander permitted three runs on five hits and no walks while striking out three over five innings of a 6-5 defeat.

Buchanan owns a 5.51 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP over 16 1/3 innings of work. It remains to be seen if he'll remain in the rotation.

Casey Janssen closes out Astros


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:00 am ET) Blue Jays closer Casey Janssen worked his way past a walk and needed only 13 pitches to complete a scoreless ninth inning for the save Thursday night against the Astros in Houston. He has converted 18 of 20 save attempts, with a 2.86 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP over 28 1/3 innings of relief.

Greg Holland retires the side in order for the save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) Royals closer Greg Holland struck out one and needed only 14 pitches to retire the side in order in the ninth to close out a 6-3 victory. The right-hander has converted 29 of 31 save attempts, with a 1.77 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP over 40 2/3 innings of relief.

 
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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