Kenley Jansen slams door shut on Padres
by Igor Mello |
(1:07 am ET) Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen struck out two and worked past a walk in a scoreless ninth inning for the save Thursday night at home against the Padres. Jansen has converted 36 of 40 save chances, with a 2.92 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP over 52 1/3 innings of relief.

Santiago Casilla closes out Cubs
by Igor Mello |
(12:47 am ET) Giants reliever Santiago Casilla struck out two and worked past a hit for the save Thursday night against the Cubs. He needed only 15 pitches to complete a scoreless inning. He has converted 11 of 14 save chances, with a 1.59 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP over 45 1/3 innings of relief.

Stolmy Pimentel tosses scoreless inning on rehab
by Chris Cwik |
(8/21/2014) Pirates reliever Stolmy Pimentel tosssed a scoreless inning during a rehab start Thursday.

Pimental got the start for the Double-A club in Altoona. He threw a perfect inning, picking up one strikeout. Pimental threw nine pitches, seven of which were strikes. 

Aroldis Chapman makes an appearance during blowout
by Chris Cwik |
(8/21/2014) Reds closer Aroldis Chapman made an appearance during a blowout Thursday.

With his team trailing 8-0, Chapman entered the game in the eighth inning. He was his usual self, striking out two hitters and getting Chris Johnson to flyout. Chapman had not pitching in a few days due to shoulder soreness. He was replaced by Skip Schumaker in the ninth inning. 

Joaquin Benoit could return Friday
by Chris Cwik |
(8/21/2014) Padres pitcher Joaquin Benoit could return Friday, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Benoit was able to get through a bullpen session Thursday, and stressed that he didn't think he would need a trip to the disabled list. He's posted a 1.64 ERA over 49 1/3 innings. 

Blake Parker is the 26th man Thursday
by Chris Cwik |
(8/21/2014) Cubs pitcher Blake Parker will act as the 26th man Thursday against the Giants.

Parker was added for Game 2 of the team's doubleheader. He'll likely be optioned to the minors following the game. Parker has a 6.57 ERA over 12 1/3 innings in the majors. 

Hector Rondon hangs on for save
by Chris Cwik |
(8/21/2014) Cubs pitcher Hector Rondon managed to pick up a save Thursday against the Giants.

Rondon entered with his team up by a run. He ran into some trouble during the inning. With one out, Rondon allowed two batters to reach via singles. With the tying run on second, Rondon struck out the next batter and induced a groundout to end the game. It was Rondon's 19th save of the season.

Chris Perez likely to be activated when rosters expand
by Chris Cwik |
(8/21/2014) Dodgers reliever Chris Perez is likely to be activated once rosters expand, according to SBNation.

Perez will likely throw three more times in the minors before making his return. He's posted a 5.03 ERA over 39 1/3 innings. 

Joaquin Benoit believes he'll avoid the disabled list
by Chris Cwik |
(8/21/2014) Padres reliever Joaquin Benoit believes he'll avoid a stint on the disabled list, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Benoit was able to throw a bullpen session prior to Thursday's game. He said the session went well, and doesn't think he'll need to spend time on the DL. Benoit has a 1.64 ERA over 49 1/3 innings. 

Oliver Perez hit with the loss Thursday
by Chris Cwik |
(8/21/2014) Diamondbacks pitcher Oliver Perez was hit with a loss Thursday against the Nationals.

Perez entered a tie game in the eighth inning, and was able to hold the Nationals scoreless for an inning. He came out to start the ninth, but was pulled after giving up a single to Denard Span. Span would steal second against Evan Marshall, and came around to score on a throwing error for the walkoff win. Perez was charged with the run and the loss. He dropped to 2-3.

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