Phillies' Edubray Ramos: Earns eighth hold Sunday
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(4:37 am ET) Ramos earned his eighth hold with a scoreless seventh inning in a 2-0 win over the Braves on Sunday.

Ramos needed just 11 pitches to retire the side. He is now 2-0 with a 3.18 ERA and a 32:6 K:BB in 22.2 innings since returning from Triple-A Lehigh Valley in early August. He will likely get a chance to compete for a setup role next spring given his strong finish to the 2017 season.

Indians' Cody Allen: Tallies save No. 29 on Sunday
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(4:04 am ET) Allen struck out two in a perfect ninth inning Sunday against the Mariners on the way to his 29th save of the season.

The right-hander took away all drama in this one, filling the strike zone with nine of his 13 offerings and improving his ERA to 2.81. This marked Allen's first save since September 17, as well as his first scoreless outing since then. Although it's unlikely that he'll match last year's saves total or his ERA, his 12.1 K/9 keeps him in the top echelon of closers heading into next season.

Cardinals' John Gant: Fires three innings in rotation debut
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(9/24/2017) Gant allowed a single run on three hits and two walks without recording a strikeout through three innings during Sunday's loss to Pittsburgh. He didn't factor into the decision.

This was Gant's first start of the season, and he's expected to remain in the rotation for another turn against Milwaukee at Busch Stadium. He posted a 3.83 ERA and 8.6 K/9 through 18 outings as a starter for Triple-A Memphis, so he has modest streaming upside against the Brewers next week.

Pirates' Felipe Rivero: Picks up 19th save
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(9/24/2017) Rivero pitched a scoreless ninth inning with two strikeouts to collect his 19th save of the season during Sunday's win over St. Louis.

After a poor outing Friday that cost Pittsburgh a win, Rivero bounced back in strong form Sunday. He's sporting an impressive 1.72 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 10.6 K/9 to go along with his 19 saves, and Rivero checks out as a must-own fantasy asset in all settings through the final week of the season.

Red Sox's Fernando Abad: Records two outs in relief
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(9/24/2017) Abad pitched two-thirds of an inning and walked a batter in Sunday's matchup with the Reds.

The 31-year-old left-hander has accrued a 2.93 ERA across 43 innings this season with the Red Sox, improving from a 3.66 ERA in 2016. Despite these solid numbers, Abad is near the back of the bullpen, and has pitched mainly in low-leverage situations (33.2 of his 43 innings). He will see very few opportunities as the season ends and the Red Sox make their playoff run.

Twins' Alan Busenitz: Tosses scoreless inning
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(9/24/2017) Busenitz allowed one hit, while striking out one in a scoreless inning Sunday against the Tigers.

Busenitz has been phenomenal in 30 innings with the Twins this year, earning himself a 1.50 ERA. Unsurprisingly, Busenitz has enjoyed great success against right-handed hitters, allowing a batting average of .177. The young right-hander has been used mostly in low-leverage situations, however he could be in line to see some key innings during the final games of the season, as he continues to establish himself in the Minnesota bullpen.

Phillies' Hector Neris: Strikes out side for 24th save
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(9/24/2017) Neris allowed two hits while striking out three in a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his 24th save in Sunday's 2-0 win at Atlanta.

Neris worked around a pair of singles to preserve a shutout started by Nick Pivetta. His three strikeouts in this one raised the closer's K:BB to 80:26 in 71.2 innings. Neris has converted 18 consecutive save opportunities to improve to 24-for-27 on the season.

Rockies' Pat Neshek: Strikes out three in relief appearance
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(9/24/2017) Neshek pitched 1.1 perfect innings with three strikeouts Sunday against the Padres.

Neshek has been dominant in 2017, earning an ERA of 1.61 and a WHIP of 0.88 over 61.2 innings. The 37-year-old right-hander continues to be effective against right-handed batters -- they're batting a dismal .202 against Neshek this season. He's in a high-leverage role for the Rockies out of the bullpen (22 holds this year) and will pitch some big innings in the last week of the regular season as his team hopes to clinch a wild-card spot.

Nationals' Brandon Kintzler: Earns rare save Sunday against Mets
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(9/24/2017) Kintzler worked around a pair of hits in a scoreless inning of work to earn his 29th save of the season Sunday against the Mets.

Kintzler, who was called upon with a one-run lead, put the winning run at first with one out. He buckled down to retire the next two men, ending the danger and closing out the win. Kintzler was called upon after Sean Doolittle labored in an appearance Saturday and could see another save opportunity or two as the club manages its bullpen arms over the season's final week.

Red Sox's Craig Kimbrel: Earns 35th save with spotless inning
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(9/24/2017) Kimbrel struck out one in a clean inning of work to earn his 35th save of the season Sunday against the Reds.

Kimbrel pumped in 11 of 17 pitches for strikes as he comfortably retired the side in order. He's thrown 11 straight scoreless outings to lower his ERA to a stellar 1.34, in addition to a remarkable 16.4 K/9.

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