Hector Neris
Phillies' Hector Neris: Earns 19th hold
Hector Neris, RP, PHI
4:46 AM
News: Neris earned his 19th hold of the season Thursday with a scoreless inning against the Braves.

Neris has six holds this month with a 1.86 ERA and a 13:1 K:BB in 9.2 innings. There is a chance the Phillies could try to cash in on his success this season and move him for a package of prospects if they can get something similar to the return on Ken Giles this past offseason. If the Phils move closer Jeanmar Gomez at the trade deadline and Neris stays, he'll be in the mix to take over the ninth inning job.

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Shawn Kelley
Nationals' Shawn Kelley: Gets one-out save Thursday
Shawn Kelley, RP, WAS
1:04 AM
News: Kelley came on to record the final out of Thursday's win over the Giants for his fifth save of the year.

Jonathan Papelbon started the inning, but got yanked, with the Nats ultimately piecing it together with Oliver Perez and then Kelley. With Papelbon struggling as the closer, Kelley could be in for a full-time promotion to the ninth-inning role. Snatch him up in fantasy before the announcement.

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Jonathan Papelbon
Nationals' Jonathan Papelbon: Pulled from Thursday's save chance
Jonathan Papelbon, RP, WAS
1:02 AM
News: Papelbon was yanked with one out in the ninth inning Thursday against the Giants after allowing a hit and a walk. He was ultimately charged with a run.

Oliver Perez and finally Shawn Kelley ended up piecing together the save, but first, one of Papelbon's baserunners scored on an error. The 35-year-old has unraveled recently, pitching a total of exactly one inning in his last three appearances while allowing eight runs (seven earned) with a 1:4 K:BB. Papelbon was already barely clinging to his job as the Nationals' closer, and it wouldn't be surprising to see him get displaced by Kelley on a permanent basis.

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Johnny Cueto
Giants' Johnny Cueto: Pitches just five ineffective innings in loss to Nationals
Johnny Cueto, SP, SF
12:56 AM
News: Cueto (13-3) suffered only his third loss of the year Thursday after allowing three runs on eight hits and two walks over five innings against Washington.

The 30-year-old righty took the loss in the All-Star game and has carried that into his second half, opening with an 0-2 record in three starts. Before these two losses, though, Cueto hadn't suffered a defeat since way back on April 21. He'll get a ripe opportunity to bounce back Wednesday against the Phillies.

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Tanner Roark
Nationals' Tanner Roark: Bounces back for win No. 10
Tanner Roark, SP, WAS
12:52 AM
News: Roark (10-6) held the Giants to one run on four hits and three walks with three strikeouts in Thursday's 4-2 win.

After a five-run crash landing against the Padres his last time out, Roark got back to doing what he's done most of the year -- pitching effectively without an elite strikeout rate. In fact, if you don't count his 15-strikeout outlier back in April, Roark has only 98 strikeouts in his other 129.2 innings. But he also owns sub-3.00 ERA after this performance, so it's hard to knock Roark for the missing whiffs.

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John Lackey
Cubs' John Lackey: Beats Chris Sale for first win since early June
John Lackey, SP, CHC
7/28/2016
News: Lackey (8-7) held the White Sox to one run on four hits and a walk over six innings Thursday, earning his first win since June 8.

Lackey had gone 0-5 with a 5.73 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in the eight games since his last win, and a matchup against crosstown ace Chris Sale didn't look promising. But he was able to keep the ball in the yard -- something that's been a struggle this year -- and edge out his star counterpart. His combination of veteran savvy and proneness to the long ball is likely to ensure that Lackey's ERA remains in the high threes.

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Aroldis Chapman
Cubs' Aroldis Chapman: May not be available Friday
Aroldis Chapman, RP, CHC
7/28/2016
News: Chapman may not be available out of the bullpen for Friday's day game against the Mariners, Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago reports.

The flame throwing lefty has pitched two consecutive days and with a matinee game looming Friday, manager Joe Maddon may avoid using Chapman in order to preserve his arm. Chapman recorded a four-out save Thursday, tossing 24 pitches. If he's ultimately unavailable Friday, Hector Rondon would be the likely candidate to take the mound should a save opportunity arise.

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Trent Clark
Brewers' Trent Clark: Returns from hamstring injury
Trent Clark, OF, MIL
7/28/2016
News: Clark (hamstring) is 3-for-12 in his first three games back from the DL at Low-A Wisconsin.

Clark missed 27 games after landing on the DL for a second time this season with a hamstring injury. Although he's hitting just .219, he has a .354 , so he could get hot at the plate in the second half if he can finally stay healthy.

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Jeanmar Gomez
Phillies' Jeanmar Gomez: Notches shaky save Thursday versus Atlanta
Jeanmar Gomez, RP, PHI
7/28/2016
News: Gomez allowed a run on two hits and a walk, but escaped Thursday's game against the Braves with his 27th save of the year.

Gomez earned his 27th save in 30 chances, but it was an awfully shaky appearance. He allowed the first two batters to reach before inducing a double play, giving up an RBI single and finally shutting the door with a strikeout to end it. The Phillies closer entered the season with one career save, but now has the fifth-most in the NL heading toward the back stretch of 2016.

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Maikel Franco
Phillies' Maikel Franco: Homers in Thursday's win
Maikel Franco, 3B, PHI
7/28/2016
News: Franco went 1-for-5 with a three-run homer in Thursday's victory over Atlanta.

Thursday's first-inning blast ended a season-high 12-game homerless streak for Franco. He's struggled mightily since the break, hitting just .191 (9-for-47) with nine strikeouts. Despite the lull, the third baseman has racked up six longballs in July while posting his best slugging percentage of any month this season.

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