Indians' Ryan Merritt: Moved back to Friday
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(4:34 pm ET) Merritt is now slated to start Friday after Thursday's game was postponed due to poor field conditions, Zack Meisel of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

After a four-plus hour delay, the decision was made to postpone Thursday's game and make it up Monday, if necessary. The Indians will simply slide Merritt back to Friday rather than start Adam Plutko in the series opener against Kansas City.

Mariners' Evan Scribner: Gets out of jam with another scoreless outing
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(1:20 pm ET) Scribner pitched two scoreless innings Wednesday, giving up one hit and striking out two in a pivotal middle-relief appearance against the Astros.

Scribner entered in the sixth inning with two on and a run already in. He struck out the first two batters and then got George Springer to ground out to preserve a 7-4 lead. Scribner was sidelined almost all year with a back injury, but since returning in early September, he hasn't allowed a run in 10 appearances (12.1 IP) with 14 strikeouts and one intentional walk.

Blue Jays' Brett Cecil: Makes 15th straight scoreless appearance
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(8:02 am ET) Cecil picked up his eighth hold of the season, pitching one inning and striking out two Wednesday against Baltimore.

The southpaw was called upon in a pressing spot on Wednesday, entering with a pair of runners on base and one out in the top of the seventh. Cecil successfully work around the trouble while extending his streak to 15 straight scoreless outings. The 30-year-old should continue getting opportunities to pitch in high-leverage situations with Joaquin Benoit possibly out for the season because of a torn left calf muscle. Cecil been a rare bright spot in the Jays' struggling bullpen during the final month.

Blue Jays' Jason Grilli: Contributes to disappointing loss Wednesday
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(7:46 am ET) Although he earned his 22nd hold of the season, Grilli contributed to the Orioles' comeback win by allowing two hits, including a solo homer, over 0.2 innings Wednesday.

Grilli is just one of the Jays' relievers that has struggled in recent weeks. The righty has allowed five runs over his last inning of work (recorded just one out while surrendering four runs last time out), and after starting September with a 3.08 ERA, he now sits at 4.01.

Blue Jays' Roberto Osuna: Fails to close out pivotal game Wednesday
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(7:38 am ET) Osuna blew the save and took the loss after allowing three hits, including a two-run homer, in Wednesday's game against Baltimore.

With the Blue Jays so close to seeing their AL Wild Card magic number drop to two games, closer Roberto Osuna was instead charged with a second blown save in his last three appearances. Osuna's latest outing was his fourth in five days, and it's possible that fatigue is playing a role in his recent performance.

Orioles' Zach Britton: Picks up 47th save in pivotal game against Jays
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(7:34 am ET) Britton nailed down his 47th save of the year, pitching a clean ninth inning while striking out two in Wednesday's contest against Toronto.

Britton was afforded the save chance after Hyun Soo Kim hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning. The Orioles' closer has allowed just four runs all season, and three of those came in the first month of the campaign. Britton is on the verge of completing a perfect season, as he currently sits 47-for-47 in save chances.

Red Sox's Craig Kimbrel: Fails, but Boston clinches division
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(5:24 am ET) Kimbrel failed to convert a save opportunity Wednesday allowing a hit and three walks and being charged with four runs and the loss in Boston's 5-3 loss to the Yankees.

The rain was falling in New York when Kimbrel entered the game, which may have contributed to his location problems -- just 13 of his 28 pitches were strikes. He was yanked in favor of Joe Kelly, who served up a grand slam to Mark Teixeira. The performance was shocking after Kimbrel had been lights out since mid-August.

Angels' J.C. Ramirez: Gets second career save
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(1:52 am ET) Ramirez got the call in the ninth inning against the A's on Wednesday and worked a clean frame with a strikeout for his second career save and first as an Angel.

He saved one game for the Reds earlier this year and has spent a lot of time in high-leverage situations for the Angels, thanks in no small part to the 2.78 ERA and 1.19 WHIP he's notched over 46.1 innings since coming over to Anaheim. It's surprising to see them turn to him in the ninth with how effective Andrew Bailey's been, though.

White Sox's David Robertson: Earns one-pitch, two-out save Wednesday
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(1:22 am ET) Robertson got two outs with just one pitch Wednesday against the Rays, drawing a game-ending double play for his 37th save.

That's about as easy as they come. The veteran closer has had a bit of a tough 2016, as his typically unimpeachable control has been off, but he's still put up his third consecutive season with a save total in the mid-30s. That's not to say his declining control isn't a concern looking ahead to next year, though.

Yankees' Nick Goody: Away from team with personal issue
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(9/28/2016) Goody is away from the team as he deals with a personal issue, Chad Jennings of reports.

Per the report, Goody's locker has been cleared out, and so with the season set to end Sunday it would seem to imply he won't be back for the remainder of the year. If that's the case, the 25-year-old closes out 2016 with 34 strikeouts in 29 innings (10.6 K/9), but an uninspiring 4.66 ERA and a 5.34 FIP that suggests he was even lucky to attain that mark.

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