Rafael Soriano
Rafael Soriano picks up win vs. Diamondbacks
Rafael Soriano, RP, WAS
10:35 PM
News: Nationals closer Rafael Soriano earned a win Wednesday, pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning and striking out one in his team's 3-2 victory over the Diamondbacks.

Soriano (3-1) induced two fly balls for outs before striking out the last batter in the top of the ninth. He then watched the offense score a walkoff win with three singles in the bottom half of the inning. Soriano owns a 2.54 ERA and 46:15 K:BB ratio in 49 2/3 innings.

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Evan Marshall
Evan Marshall takes loss vs. Nationals
Evan Marshall, RP, ARI
10:33 PM
News: Diamondbacks pitcher Evan Marshall was stuck with a loss Wednesday, giving up one earned run on three hits and striking out one in a 3-2, walkoff Nationals win.

Marshall (4-3) surrendered a single to open up the bottom of the ninth but managed to strike out the next batter. That would be his only out recorded, as each of the next two batters also singled to push the winning run across the plate. Marshall owns a 3.16 ERA and 41:13 K:BB ratio in 37 innings.

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Trevor Cahill
Trevor Cahill gives up two runs in no-decision vs. Nationals
Trevor Cahill, RP, ARI
10:25 PM
News: Diamondbacks pitcher Trevor Cahill didn't factor into the decision Wednesday, allowing two earned runs on six hits and four walks in 6 1/3 innings and striking out five in his team's 3-2 loss to the Nationals.

Cahill was on the hook for the loss before the Diamondbacks offense scored two runs on an eighth-inning home run. He's now turned in five straight quality starts and owns a 4.54 ERA and 75:37 K:BB ratio in 83 1/3 innings. Cahill is scheduled to face the Dodgers Tuesday.

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Mark Melancon
Mark Melancon picks up win vs. Braves
Mark Melancon, RP, PIT
10:08 PM
News: Pirates closer Mark Melancon earned a win Wednesday, striking out one in a 1-2-3 ninth inning in his team's 3-2 victory over the Braves.

Melancon (2-3) surrendered a run and took a blown save in his previous outing, but he was back on form Wednesday, securing his first win since taking over the closing role in early May. He owns a 2.24 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 50:8 K:BB ratio in 52 1/3 innings.

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David Carpenter
David Carpenter allows unearned run in loss vs. Pirates
David Carpenter, RP, ATL
10:05 PM
News: Braves pitcher David Carpenter took the loss Wednesday, giving up one unearned run on one hit in two-thirds of an inning in his team's 3-2 defeat against the Pirates.

Carpenter (4-3) surrendered a leadoff single but retired the next batter before an error put runners on second and third with only one out. A sacrifice fly by the next man up ended the game in walkoff fashion. Carpenter owns a 3.69 ERA and 57:11 K:BB ratio in 46 1/3 innings.

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Mike Fiers
Mike Fiers is the greatest
Mike Fiers, RP, MIL
8:55 PM
News: Amazing or terrible -- that's all we've known Mike Fiers to be during his frequently interrupted big-league career. He tallied another in the amazing column Tuesday against the Blue Jays, allowing one run on two hits in seven crisp innings.

You know that when he's on, he throws strikes and eats innings, and you know all about his 14 strikeouts against the Cubs last time out. But you may not know that in three starts since returning from the minors, he's allowed just eight hits in 21 innings.

He's dominated in every facet, just like he did over 17 starts at Triple-A Nashville, where in one of the most hitter-friendly leagues in all the minors, he compiled a 2.55 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 11.3 strikeouts per nine innings.

He's already explained away his past failures by saying he's learned to attack hitters since then, and as dominant as he's been, especially in light of his history, you really don't have much reason to doubt him. And few Fantasy owners do. His ownership rate is now at 75 percent, up from 7 percent two weeks ago.

At some point in the next couple weeks, the Brewers will welcome Matt Garza back to the starting rotation, but I'm assuming, as long as the terrible version doesn't show up between now and then, Fiers will retain his spot even if it means bumping Jimmy Nelson to the bullpen.

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Jeurys Familia
Jeurys Familia picks up fourth save Wednesday
Jeurys Familia, RP, NYM
7:23 PM
News: Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia earned his fourth save Wednesday, giving up one hit and one walk while striking out two in 1 2/3 scoreless innings to finish off his team's 8-5 win over the A's.

With closer Jenrry Mejia unavailable due to a back issue, Familia entered with the bases loaded and one out in the eighth inning, walked the first batter he faced then escaped the inning without further damage. He surrendered a two-out double in the bottom of the ninth but was able to strand the runner. Familia owns a 1.97 ERA and 56:28 K:BB ratio in 64 innings.

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Jenrry Mejia
Jenrry Mejia dealing with back issue
Jenrry Mejia, RP, NYM
7:20 PM
News: Mets closer Jenrry Mejia was unavailable to pitch Wednesday due to a back issue, the New York Daily News reports.

The Mets won the game 8-5 but let Jeurys Familia record the final five outs of the outing. Mejia revealed earlier in August that he has been pitching through a sports hernia, but it appears Wednesday's issue was unrelated.

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Aroldis Chapman
Aroldis Chapman available to pitch Wednesday
Aroldis Chapman, RP, CIN
6:32 PM
News: Reds closer Aroldis Chapman is available to pitch Wednesday after dealing with an achy shoulder over the last few days, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Chapman hasn't pitched since walking four straight batters and being charged with four earned runs without recording an out Sunday. He owns a 2.82 ERA and 74:18 K:BB ratio in 38 1/3 innings.

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Joe Thatcher
Joe Thatcher not ready to return
Joe Thatcher, RP, LAA
5:50 PM
News: Angels pitcher Joe Thatcher has been able to do some light throwing off a mound, but isn't ready to return just yet, according to MLB.com.

Manager Mike Scioscia said Thatcher was "not close" to coming back. He's been sidelined since August 2 due to an ankle issue. 

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