Pedro Strop
Pedro Strop unavailable Thursday
Pedro Strop, RP, CHC
12:09 PM
News: Cubs reliever Pedro Strop was not available for Thursday's game, according to ESPN.

Strop threw 31 innings during Wednesday's contest, and will not be used Thursday. Manager Rick Renteria reiterated Thursday that the team is still utilizing a closer by committee approach in the late innings. 

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Blake Parker
Blake Parker headed to Triple-A
Blake Parker, RP, CHC
11:29 AM
News: Cubs pitcher Blake Parker was sent to Triple-A Thursday.

Parker posted a 16.20 ERA over 1 2/3 innings with the club. He was replaced by Neil Ramirez and Zac Rosscup, both of who were called up Thursday.

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Jared Hughes
Jared Hughes sent down Thursday
Jared Hughes, RP, PIT
10:04 AM
News: The Pirates have sent pitcher Jared Hughes to Triple-A.

Hughes appeared in just one game with the club, earning a win against the Reds. Hughes was sent down in order to make room for Brandon Cumpton, who will slot into the rotation.

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Joe Smith
Joe Smith next in line for Angels closer role?
Joe Smith, RP, LAA
9:15 AM
News: Angels reliever Joe Smith seems to be the popular pick for closer-in-waiting, according to the Los Angeles Times

While manager Mike Scioscia said he's not looking to make a change at closer, that hasn't stopped the speculation. Fernando Salas replaced Ernesto Frieri during Wednesday's loss to the Nationals, but Smith seems to be emerging as the prime replacement should Scioscia make the change. Smith had pitched earlier in the game, so Scioscia couldn't go to him with the game on the line late. 

Smith has been solid over 10 innings. He's posted a 3.60 ERA, with 11 strikeouts and three walks. 

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Tommy Hunter
Tommy Hunter continues to escape jams
Tommy Hunter, RP, BAL
8:57 AM
News: Orioles closer Tommy Hunter has been able to convert all but one of his save opportunities this season, but he's made many of them interesting.

Over his eight appearances this season, only two have resulted in clean innings. The last five times out, Hunter has allowed nine hits and three runs over five innings. Despite those issues, he's only blown one save over that period. Things nearly fell apart Wednesday, as Hunter loaded the bases before getting a game-ending double play.

Hunter entered the year with a tenuous grasp on the closer role. While he's been able to convert most of his opportunities, his luck will eventually run out if he keeps putting guys on base. It's not something for Fantasy owners to worry about just yet, but it would be nice if Hunter could get through a couple clean innings moving forward.

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Kenley Jansen
Kenley Jansen settling back in
Kenley Jansen, RP, LAD
1:16 AM
News: Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen continued to turn his season around Wednesday, recording his fourth save in a row in a 5-2 win over the Phillies.

Jansen retired the Phillies in order for the save, striking out one batter and ending the inning on 14 pitches. He has tossed four scoreless outings in a row, lowering his ERA to 3.46 for the season, with 24 strikeouts in 13 innings of work. He is 8 for 10 on save chances. 

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Tim Collins
Tim Collins to join Triple-A Omaha Friday
Tim Collins, RP, KC
12:51 AM
News: Royals pitcher Tim Collins will join Triple-A Omaha Friday to begin his rehab assignment, MLB.com reports.

"He's going to need at least two [appearances] and we'll go from there," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "As soon as he's throwing the ball good again . … But we need to see that, we need to check his arm and make sure it's strong and durable and ready to go. We need to make sure he's commanding his fastball, his curveball and his changeup."

Collins pitched in just two games this season before going on the disabled list with a flexor strain.

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Kyle Farnsworth
Kyle Farnsworth gets some help for second save
Kyle Farnsworth, RP, NYM
12:45 AM
News: Mets close Kyle Farnsworth faltered a bit, but never folded as he picked up his second save in a 3-2 win over the Cardinals Wednesday.

Farnsworth allowed three straight hits after recording the first out of the inning, and his defense bailed him out for the second out, as the tying run was thrown out at the plate. Farnsworth picked up the final out to close out the win.

Farnsworth is now 2 for 2 since being named the closer, and has a 1.74 ERA in 10 1/3 innings of work overall. 

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Francisco Rodriguez
Francisco Rodriguez picks up save No. 9
Francisco Rodriguez, RP, MIL
12:38 AM
News: Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez added to his league-leading save total Wednesday, as he closed out a 5-2 win over the Padres.

Rodriguez allowed one walk in his inning of work, but was never in much trouble. He struck out two of four batters faced, while tossing his 12th straight shutout inning to open the season. Rodriguez is 9 for 9 on save chances this season, with 18 strikeouts and only three walks in 12 innings of work. 

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Glen Perkins
Glen Perkins picks up fourth save vs. Rays
Glen Perkins, RP, MIN
12:16 AM
News: Twins closer Glen Perkins pitched a 1-2-3 12th inning to earn his fourth save of the season in his team's 6-4 win over the Rays Wednesday.

Perkins needed just seven pitches to strike out one and slam the door on the extra-inning affair. He struggled a bit in the season's first week but has been excellent since, giving up just one hit and one walk in six scoreless innings over his last six appearances. Perkins owns a 4.00 ERA and 12:3 K:BB ratio in nine innings.

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