Joaquin Benoit
Padres RP Joaquin Benoit answers call to get save on Thursday
Joaquin Benoit, RP, SD
1:51 AM
News: Padres reliever Joaquin Benoit worked a perfect ninth inning to seal the 10-7 win over the Dodgers on Thursday. Benoit picked up his second save of the season, needing just 13 pitches to retire the side in order.

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Guido Knudson
Tigers option RP Guido Knudson to make room for Ferrell, Machado
Guido Knudson, RP, DET
12:37 AM
News: Following Thursday's blowout loss, the Tigers optioned reliever Guido Knudson to Triple-A Toledo

Knudson has not had a good start to his young career, as he owns a 18.00 ERA through four relief appearances since his first call-up to the big leagues back on Aug. 22. He has been scored upon in all four of his outings.

In related moves, the Tigers will recall pitcher Jeff Ferrell and infielder Dixon Machado from Toledo prior to Friday's game. 

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Caleb Thielbar
Padres demote RP Caleb Thielbar, RP Chris Rearick
Caleb Thielbar, RP, SD
9/3/2015
News: Padres left-handed relievers Caleb Thielbar and Chris Rearick both cleared waivers and have been outrighted, per U-T San Diego.

Thielbar has been sent to Triple-A El Paso while Rearick is headed to Double-A San Antonio.

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Francisco Rodriguez
Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez shuts down Pirates
Francisco Rodriguez, RP, MIL
9/3/2015
News: Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez didn't exactly heighten the tension in his performance against visiting Pittsburgh on Thursday. That's just the way he wanted it.

Rodriguez needed a mere eight pitches to dispose of the Pirates in the ninth inning after arriving with a 5-3 lead. He induced three groundouts to record his 33rd save in 34 opportunities.

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Frank Garces
Padres recall RP Frank Garces from Triple-A
Frank Garces, RP, SD
9/3/2015
News: Right-handed reliver Frank Garces is making his fourth trip to the Padres this season. The Padres recalled Garces from Triple-A El Paso on Thursday.

In 34 relief appearances for the Padres in 2015, Garces has registered a 4.94 ERA over 31 innings.

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Yimi Garcia
Dodgers summon RP Yimi Garcia from Triple-A
Yimi Garcia, RP, LAD
9/3/2015
News: The Dodgers have recalled reliever Yimi Garcia from Triple-A Oklahoma City. The rookie right-hander spent the first three-plus months with the Dodgers before being sent down to the minors at the beginning of July. 

Since then, he's gone back-and-forth between Triple-A and the Major Leagues a couple of times. Overall, he is 3-3 with a 3.55 ERA in 46 appearances--including one start--for the Dodgers in 2015. 

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James Russell
Cubs RP James Russell dispatched to Triple-A Iowa
James Russell, RP, CHC
9/3/2015
News: Cubs reliever James Russell has been outrighted to Triple-A Iowa after being designated for assignment Tuesday, MLB.com has reported.

Russell suffered through a miserable stretch in August, sending his ERA soaring from 2.70 to 5.29. He allowed 12 runs in 7 1/3 innings during that time.

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David Robertson
White Sox RP David Robertson gets easy save on Thursday
David Robertson, RP, CHW
9/3/2015
News: White Sox closer David Robertson struck out a batter in a clean ninth inning, preserving Thursday's 6-4 win over the Twins. Robertson needed just 14 pitches to record his 28th save of the year.

The right-hander hadn't pitched since throwing two innings and getting the win on Sunday. He has successfully converted eight of his last nine save opportunities. 

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Al Alburquerque
Tigers RP Al Alburquerque could be ready to pitch Friday
Al Alburquerque, RP, DET
9/3/2015
News: Tigers reliever Al Alburquerque threw a bullpen session Thursday, according to the Detroit News. He said he felt good and could be game ready Friday against the Indians.

Alburquerque added the MRI on his injured hip showed no structural damage. He has not pitched since Aug. 24.

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Glen Perkins
Twins' Perkins won't go on road trip; Jepsen to close in his absence
Glen Perkins, RP, MIN
9/3/2015
News: Twins closer Glen Perkins will not go on the team's nine-game road trip, which begins Friday at Houston, due to his lingering back injury. The Twins don't return home until Sept. 14 vs. Detroit.

"I honestly don't know what happened. I pitched Tuesday. That day I would have said I felt 90-95 percent," Perkins said, per 1500ESPN.com. "Everything was good, everything was fine, I pitched, I didn't think anything of it after the game. Then when I woke up [Wednesday], I couldn't get out of bed. It completely blindsided me.

"I don't feel any better today [Thursday]. It's going to take a little bit more time this time."

Manager Paul Molitor said Kevin Jepsen will fill-in as closer in Perkins' absence.

"It's a tough thing. Because you can't really inject it, it's not an injury that needs that type of attention," Molitor said of Perkins' injury. "There's not really anything you can do other than to try to find ways to calm it down and do what you can to see if you can get him back out there.

"There's a chance, at least in my mind, that this could be something that lingers. Might have some good days, some bad days here on out."

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