Yankees' Andrew Miller: Records first save since Chapman trade against Astros
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(12:20 am ET) Miller worked around a hit to record his eighth save with a scoreless ninth inning Monday against the Astros.

As expected, Miller jumped right into the closer's role following the trade of Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs. He was 36-of-38 with a 2.04 ERA and 0.86 WHIP as Yankees closer last season, and there's no reason he won't be just as stellar in the role to finish out 2016.


Angels' Joe Smith: Held out due to back pain
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(7/25/2016) Smith was unavailable to pitch Monday because of back tightness, but manager Mike Scoscia says he should be fine, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports.

Smith just returned from a DL stint due to a hamstring injury, but there doesn't seem to be any reason for concern here. The veteran reliever has been used regularly out of the bullpen and is posting a 5.00 ERA this month.


Blue Jays' Joe Biagini: Outstanding in limited role
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(7/25/2016) Biagini hasn't allowed a run in three appearances since the All-Star break.

The rookie has given up just two hits while striking out three since the break to lower his ERA to 2.63, its best mark since June 9. Biagini had a disastrous June (seven earn runs on 16 hits over 7.1 innings), but has otherwise been phenomenal. Outside of that month, the righty has allowed just six runs in 30.1 innings (1.78 ERA) with a 29 strikeouts. Unfortunately, Biagini's fantasy value is severely limited because he isn't used in situations where he can earn holds, as is evident by the mere two he has on the season.


Blue Jays' Bo Schultz: Fails to finish off Padres
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(7/25/2016) Schultz allowed two hits, one of which was a two-run homer, in the ninth inning of Monday's 4-2 win over the Padres.

Schultz got the chance to finish the game, but only managed to get one out before turning a non-save situation into closer Roberto Osuna's 21st save of the season. It's never a good look when a reliever takes a day off away from the closer, but it's especially bad when that reliever is one without great job security. Schultz has bounced back-and-forth from Triple-A Buffalo to Toronto all season, and he'll hope Monday's failure doesn't require him to get his passport out again to head south of the border.


Yankees' Andrew Miller: Named closer in wake of Aroldis Chapman trade
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(7/25/2016) Miller, as expected, will assume the closer's role following the team's trade of Aroldis Chapman, Newsday reports.

Miller saved 36 games last year in his first season in a full-time closer capacity and logged seven saves at the beginning of 2016 before being bumped back to a setup role. He figures to be one of the league's top ninth-inning options, as the lefty has a terrific 1.45 ERA and 15.4 K/9 over 42 appearances.


Yankees' Dellin Betances: Moving back to eighth inning role
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(7/25/2016) Betances will shift back into a setup role following the trade of Aroldis Chapman, Newsday reports.

Slotted behind Chapman and Andrew Miller, Betances had previously been occupying a seventh-inning role despite his 85 strikeouts over 49 innings. His standing may not change much from a fantasy perspective going from the seventh to the eighth, but he'll move up to second in the pecking order for saves behind Miller if the lefty is ever unavailable.


Blue Jays' Jason Grilli: Flying high as member of Blue Birds
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(7/25/2016) Grilli stuck out one in a clean eighth inning Sunday to notch his sixth hold as the team's setup man.

Grilli also earned a pair of holds with Atlanta earlier this season before being acquired by Toronto, giving him eight total on the year. The move north of the border has suited the veteran right-hander well. He's already earned three wins in 18 appearances, after only tallying three-plus wins in one of his previous 13 MLB seasons. The 39-year-old has cemented himself into one of the more useful eight-inning jobs in MLB, and owns a 2.16 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in 16.2 innings as a Jay, both of which are career bests.


Royals' Luke Hochevar: Struggles in July outings
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(7/25/2016) Hochevar has given up six earned runs in July, more than any month prior this season.

Since the start of July, Hochevar's ERA has jumped from 2.90 to 3.86. He allowed those six earned runs in just 6.1 innings pitched.


White Sox's Anthony Ranaudo: To start Wednesday
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(7/25/2016) Ranaudo will start Wednesday's game against the Cubs, an Hayes of CSN Chicago reports.

Jacob Turner was originally expected to get the nod Wednesday, but the Sox will instead go with Ranaudo, who was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte on Sunday. Chris Sale will then take the hill on Thursday after serving his five-game suspension. Ranaudo has made 13 starts at Triple-A since coming over via trade in May, posting a 3.20 ERA and 1.04 WHIP across 78.2 innings. Considering he was added to the roster in place of Sale, Ranaudo will likely head back to Triple-A once Sale is reactivated.


Red Sox's Craig Kimbrel: Throws bullpen Monday
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(7/25/2016) Kimbrel threw a successful 20 pitch bullpen on Monday, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.

Kimbrel was placed on the disabled list on July 9, with a timetable of a 3-to-6-weeks. It looks like he is currently on the front side of that timetable, with a return of next week looking more likely. Kimbrel will need to have another strong session or two before going on a rehab assignment for Boston. He will return to his closer's role upon activation by the Red Sox.


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