Braves' Julio Teheran: Confirmed as Saturday's starter
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(3:18 pm ET) Teheran (back) has been confirmed as the starter for Saturday's game against the Phillies.

The Braves' ace had been dealing with some back issues dating back to his last start July 22 when he felt discomfort in his lat. After being given a few extra days rest, Teheran will be able to take the mound for Saturday's matchup with the Phillies.

Nationals' Joe Ross: Set for another rehab outing
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(2:54 pm ET) Ross (shoulder) will make a rehab start with Triple-A Syracuse on Saturday, Mark Zuckerman of reports.

After a successful first outing with Low-A Hagerstown last Sunday, Ross is now set to advance his rehab to the top minor league affiliate for Saturday's start. Nothing's definite, but the expectation is that Ross will need at least one additional start beyond Saturday to prepare for a return the majors, as he only built his pitch count up to 43 in his appearance with Hagerstown.

Nationals' Reynaldo Lopez: Recalled, starting Saturday
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(1:26 pm ET) Lopez was recalled by Nationals and will start Saturday against the Giants, MASN's Dan Kolko reports.

The 22-year-old will oppose Jake Peavy in his second career start at the major league level. Lopez gave up 10 hits in his debut earlier this month, but also fanned nine over 4.2 innings, with his fastball averaging over 96 mph in the outing. The matchup Saturday makes him appealing as a streamer in a lot of leagues, as the Giants have scored just 41 runs since the All-Star break (second-fewest in the NL), although they are getting Hunter Pence back.

Giants' Jeff Samardzija: Gives up four runs Friday
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(1:12 pm ET) Samardzija (9-7) surrendered four runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out two in Friday's 4-1 loss to the Nationals.

Samardzija actually looked to be on his way to a quality start for the first time since the All-Star break after shutting out the Nationals for the first three innings. However, Washington would catch up to him the second and third times through the lineup, saddling Samardzija with another loss. While his fantasy owners know that he has been struggling of late, pointing out his 6.29 ERA and uncharacteristically low 5.3 K/9 over his last 11 starts may help owners decide what they want to with the Shark going forward. Looking on the positive side of things, he gets a great matchup against the Phillies on Thursday.

Padres' Edwin Jackson: Rough start Friday
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(9:48 am ET) Jackson allowed six runs on 10 hits and two walks over five innings Friday night to get the loss against the Reds.

Jackson has had trouble missing bats in all three Padres starts. His three strikeouts Friday gave him eight in 17.1 innings in his three starts. When that many balls are in play, he's subject to the whims of positioning and the amount of hard contact allowed. The good news is that he's allowed just one homer in those three starts.

Nationals' Max Scherzer: Stifles Giants over seven innings Friday
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(9:38 am ET) Scherzer (11-6) threw seven inning in Friday's win over the Ginats, allowing just one run on five hits and two walks while striking out six.

He got some help from his defense, including the first triple play in Nationals' history, but Mad Max still did his part to record his sixth straight quality start and 17th in 22 outings this season. Scherzer will next take the mound Wednesday in Arizona.

Cardinals' Mike Leake: Scores ugly victory over Marlins on Friday
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(9:12 am ET) Leake (8-8) evened his record in Friday's 11-6 victory over the Marlins despite giving up six earned runs on seven hits over five innings. He struck out three.

It certainly wasn't the prettiest of performances for the veteran righty, despite the fact that he was handed a lead as large as 9-1 at one point. Leake promptly allowed that advantage to evaporate in the fifth, giving up RBI doubles to Miguel Rojas and Kelly Johnson before Martin Prado took him deep for a three-run homer. The blast led to Leake's exit after 87 pitches, and marked his second consecutive rough outing after an 11-strikeout gem against the Padres on July 18. The 28-year-old has now given upn 13 runs (12 earned) on 19 hits over his last two starts and will try to bounce back when he takes on the Reds next Thursday.

Reds' Brandon Finnegan: Changeup key to Friday's great start
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(9:08 am ET) Finnegan threw six shutout innings against the Padres on Friday and credited using his changeup more often as part of the reason for the result, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. He struck out five while allowing four hits and three walks.

Before Friday's start, Finnegan changed the grip on his changeup, and that eliminated the cutting action that he had been getting on the pitch. In the last month prior to Friday, he had reduced his changeup usage to 4 percent, but it was back up to 16.7 percent Friday.

Phillies' Aaron Nola: Sinker velocity reaches low-point in last start
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(6:20 am ET) Nola averaged just 88.3 mph with his sinker during his start Thursday, Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

The sinker is Nola's primary pitch and is critical to his success. He began the year throwing the pitch at 91 mph and has seen his velocity decline each month, reaching its lowest point in his last start. There has been no talk of an injury, but there has been some indication that Nola was dealing with a "dead arm" earlier this month. He has also been tinkering with his mechanics, which could also be impacting his velocity.

Cubs' Jon Lester: Fires six scoreless frames in Friday blowout victory
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(1:24 am ET) Lester (11-4) pitched six scoreless frames in Friday's 12-1 victory over the Mariners, giving up only four hits and two walks while recording seven strikeouts.

The ace southpaw has gotten the second half off to a relatively solid start after a pair of worrisome efforts immediately before the All-Star break. Lester induced 13 swinging strikes in Friday's victory, pitching well for the second time in three post-All-Star-break trips to the mound. The 32-year-old also recorded seven strikeouts for the second straight appearance and will look to continue building momentum when he takes on Jose Fernandez and the Marlins at Wrigley next Wednesday.

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