Mark Melancon
Pirates closer Mark Melancon earns shaky 43rd save
Mark Melancon, RP, PIT
1:31 AM
News: Pirates sizzling closer Mark Melancon was merely mortal Saturday against Colorado, but still nailed down his league-leading 43rd save.

Melancon arrived with a 4-1 lead and promptly allowed a single and two-run homer to Nick Hundley. He then surrendered a single and needed a double-play lineout to finally end the drama.

It marked the first time he has given up more than one run in an appearance since April 21.

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Kenley Jansen
Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen shuts down Cubs for 27th save
Kenley Jansen, RP, LAD
12:58 AM
News: Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen remained on a save and strikeout tear Saturday. He not only earned his 27th save by shutting down the Cubs in the ninth, but managed another strikeout, giving him at least one in each of his last nine appearances.

Jansen has fanned 22 over his last 14 innings.

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Francisco Rodriguez
Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez blows first save in poor effort
Francisco Rodriguez, RP, MIL
12:26 AM
News: Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez has been a beacon of light in what has been a dark year for his team's pitching staff. But he descended to the level of his peers Saturday night against Cincinnati.

Rodriguez entered in the ninth with a 9-8 lead. He exited with a 12-9 deficit, courtesy of a two-run homer by Joey Votto, run-scoring passed ball and RBI single by Tucker Barnhart.

His first blown save of the season sent his ERA soaring from 2.01 to 2.58 and lowered his record to 0-3.

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Aroldis Chapman
Reds closer Aroldis Chapman shuts door in style Saturday
Aroldis Chapman, RP, CIN
12:17 AM
News: There was a shortage of quality pitching in a shootout Saturday in Milwaukee. But Reds closer Aroldis Chapman gave more than a quality performance. He was lights-out.

Chapman's fastball was clocked as high as 102 mph in a dominant ninth inning that resulted in his 25th save. He fanned Elian Herrera and Jean Segura to end it.

The fine effort came at a good time for Chapman, who had been struggling a bit. He had given up nine hits and five walks over his previous eight innings.

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Jhoulys Chacin
Diamondbacks SP Jhoulys Chacin impressive before demotion
Jhoulys Chacin, RP, ARI
8/29/2015
News: The Diamondbacks were trying to catch lightning in a bottle by signing retread starter Jhoulys Chacin and sticking him in their rotation.

Consider lightning caught - at least for now.

Chacin managed his second straight strong performance Saturday against Oakland despite being saddled with a no-decision. He yielded just two runs on five hits in seven innings with two walks and six strikeouts.

He was sent to the minors after the game, per AZCentral.com. But he has certainly made an impression.

Only a Stephen Vogt homer in the second inning prevented him from throwing shutout ball. He allowed only three hits the rest of the way.

Chacin has allowed just four earned runs in 13 1/3 innings since joining the starting staff.

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Ken Giles
Phillies RP Ken Giles picks up 11th save of year
Ken Giles, RP, PHI
8/29/2015
News: Phillies reliever Ken Giles recorded his 11th save of the season on Saturday against the Padres.

Giles closed out the ninth inning of his team's victory with ease, not allowing a hit or walk in the process. He now has an impressive 1.53 ERA this season.

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Addison Reed
Report: Mets acquire RP Addison Reed from Diamondbacks
Addison Reed, RP, ARI
8/29/2015
News: The Mets have added reliever Addison Reed in a trade from Arizona, pending a physical, per MLB.com.

Reed owns a 4.20 ERA on the year, but has performed better recently. He has allowed just two runs in his last 14 2/3 innings and has pitched scoreless ball in 11 of his last 12 appearances.

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Brad Ziegler
Diamondbacks closer Brad Ziegler notches 24th save
Brad Ziegler, RP, ARI
8/29/2015
News: 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.

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A.J. Ramos
Marlins closer A.J. Ramos earns 23rd save of the year
A.J. Ramos, RP, MIA
8/28/2015
News: 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.

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Adam Conley
Marlins SP Adam Conley picks up second win of the season
Adam Conley, RP, MIA
8/28/2015
News: 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.

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