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  • Jansen gets four outs for his 31st save
    Kenley Jansen got the last four outs of the game without allowing any base-runners to earn his 31st save of the season.

    Advice: He is as lights-out solid as closers can get. He has a 1.37 ERA with 59 strikeouts and only seven walks in 46 innings. His 31 saves rank third in the majors. Despite those great numbers he has blown five saves this year. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:04 am
  • Finnegan tosses six scoreless to beat Friars
    Brandon Finnegan shut out the Padres for six innings to lead the Reds to a 6-0 victory on Friday night.

    Advice: He limited the opposition to four base hits while striking out five. His record moves to 6-8 with a 4.68 ERA. Finnegan has struggled in two categories this year -- home runs and walks. Neither of those burned him tonight, although he did walk three. He has given up 22 home runs and a hefty 59 walks in 117 1/3 innings this year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:35 pm
  • Jackson coughs up six runs on Friday
    Edwin Jackson was hammered for six earned runs in five innings in a loss to the Reds on Friday.

    Advice: He gave up four runs in the first inning and two more in the fifth. He managed to keep the ball in the ballpark but was peppered for 10 base hits and two walks. His ERA climbs to 5.46 in 28 innings split between the Marlins and Padres. He has more walks (16) than strikeouts (15) on the year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:33 pm
  • Kelly gets one out for his sixth save on Fri.
    Shawn Kelly chalked up his sixth save by retiring one batter in the ninth inning on Friday.

    Advice: He was brought in with two outs and a runner on first base in the ninth inning. He gave up a single before striking out Eduardo Nunez to end the game. Kelley is now the favorite for saves in Washington, apparently taking over the closer's role from Jonathan Papelbon. Kelly deserves it. He has a fantastic 60/7 K/BB ratio in 38 1/3 innings this year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:02 pm
  • Guerra carries shutout into ninth vs. Pirates
    Junior Guerra almost went the distance Friday against the Pirates, allowing just one run over 8 2/3 innings as part of a 3-1 victory.

    Advice: Guerra entered the ninth with a chance at his first career shutout (and complete game), but he allowed the first two batters to reach base before a run eventually scored on a fielder’s choice. He then gave up a single to Starling Marte before getting the hook. While Guerra ran out of gas at the end, it was still an excellent outing. He gave up just four hits and one walk while striking out five batters. The 31-year-old journeyman now owns a surprising 2.70 ERA and 85/34 K/BB ratio in 103 1/3 innings through 16 starts this season. He could be an interesting trade chip for Milwaukee. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Jeffress secures 25th save of season
    Jeremy Jeffress needed just one pitch to secure his 25th save of the season Friday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Junior Guerra ran into some trouble in his bid for a shutout, so Jeffress got the call with the tying run on first. However, he quickly sent Brewers fans home happy by inducing a grounder from Jung Ho Kang. Jeffress is now 25-for-26 in save opportunities this season to go along with a 2.11 ERA. He’s been a popular name in trade rumors this month, but the Brewers understandably want a nice haul for him. It’s worth stashing Will Smith just in case someone meets their asking price. Of course, Smith is also a trade candidate. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Allen notches 22nd save of season
    Cody Allen tossed a scoreless ninth inning against the Athletics on Friday for his 20th save of the season.

    Advice: Allen struck out two batters in the frame and worked around a pair of singles. The 27-year-old took the loss in a non-save situation against the Orioles on Sunday, but he has bounced back with back-to-back scoreless appearances. Allen is 20-for-22 in save chances this season to go along with a 2.44 ERA, but rumors continue to circulate about the Indians looking for an impact bullpen arm. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:35 pm
  • Estrada strikes out six in win over Orioles
    Marco Estrada earned his sixth victory of the season on Friday, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits over six innings against the Orioles.

    Advice: Estrada racked up six strikeouts on the night while issuing a pair of walks. The O's got to him early, with a two-run double from Mark Trumbo in the first inning, but the right-hander was able to settle in nicely afterwards. He has been tremendous for the Jays this season, registering a 3.02 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 108/42 K/BB ratio across 116 1/3 innings. He'll take on the Astros his next time out in Houston on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:20 pm
  • Brad Ziegler unavailable for Friday's game
    Brad Ziegler is unavailable should a save situation arise on Friday against the Angels.

    Advice: Ziegler had a rough night on Thursday, blowing a save in the ninth inning in the opening game against the Halos. Matt Barnes would get the call should the Red Sox have a lead to protect in the ninth inning on Friday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:34 pm
  • Luke Hochevar likely to have TOS surgery
    Luke Hochevar is expected to undergo season-ending surgery to repair thoracic outlet syndrome.

    Advice: He'll receive a second opinion first but is expected ultimately to go under the knife. The Royals have a $7 million club option on Hochevar for next season, but they'll surely exercise a $500,000 buyout instead. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:36 pm
    15-Day DL
  • John Gant (oblique) ready for rehab start
    John Gant (oblique) will begin a rehab assignment with Low-A Rome on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's slated to make at least three rehab starts before being activated from the disabled list. The Braves seem likely to put him back in their rotation when he's ready. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:52 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Orioles ink Ondrusek to major league contract
    Orioles signed RHP Logan Ondrusek to a one-year contract.

    Advice: Ondrusek has been pitching in Japan the last two years, posting a 2.45 ERA with a strikeout per inning for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows. He'll be used in middle relief. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:49 pm
  • Report: 'Strong' interest in Jim Johnson
    Robert Murray of TodaysKnuckleball.com reports that Jim Johnson is drawing "strong" trade interest.

    Advice: SB Nation's Chris Cotillo takes it a step further, saying saying the Braves are "moving toward" a trade of the reliever. The Mets are one club known to have shown interest in the veteran reliever. Johnson has posted a 2.08 ERA ERA since returning from the disabled list in early June and could land somewhere to help out in middle relief. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:45 pm
  • Indians, Giants also in on Mark Melancon
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that, in addition to the Nationals, the Indians and Giants have also inquired on Mark Melancon.

    Advice: The Pirates are fielding offer for their closer even as they're in the Wild Card hunt. Rosenthal says they're looking for a seventh-inning reliever type in addition to a prospect for Melancon. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:10 pm
  • Tigers ink Cesar Ramos to minors deal
    Tigers signed LHP Cesar Ramos to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Ramos elected free agency earlier this month after being removed from the Rangers' 40-man roster. The left-hander will provide some versatile depth with the ability to start or relieve. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:45 am
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  • Ryan Weber recalled from Triple-A
    Braves recalled RHP Ryan Weber from Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Weber has struggled in his five appearances with the big club this season, posting a 9.28 ERA. He'll work in middle relief. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:41 am
  • Carter Capps goes to Padres in trade
    Padres acquired RHP Carter Capps from the Marlins in the Andrew Cashner trade.

    Advice: Capps is making his way back from Tommy John surgery and might not be ready for the start of next season. He's been a dominant relief arm when healthy, though, posting a 1.16 ERA and 58/7 K/BB ratio over 31 innings last season. If he can stay off the DL, the Padres have a potential closer option in Capps. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:35 am
    60-Day DL
  • Marlins get Tayron Guerrero from Padres
    Marlins acquired RHP Tayron Guerrero from the Padres in the Andrew Cashner deal.

    Advice: Guerrero made one appearance for the Padres earlier this season and holds a 5.30 ERA and 36/19 K/BB ratio over 35 2/3 relief innings between Double- and Triple-A. The numbers aren't impressive, but Guerrero is 25 and can hit 100 mph, so it's no surprise the Marlins wanted him as a secondary piece in the deal. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:31 am
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  • Heyman: Five teams in on Andrew Miller
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Nationals, Cardinals, Indians, Rangers and Giants are in on Andrew Miller.

    Advice: He cautions, however, that the chances of Miller being traded "remain slim." The Yankees remain in the Wild Card hunt and Miller is under control through 2018 relatively cheaply, so it's going to take a whole lot to get them to change their minds about dealing the shutdown reliever. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:11 am
  • Roark proves effective in win over Giants
    Tanner Roark pitched well in Thursday's win over the Giants, firing seven innings of four-hit, one-run ball.

    Advice: Roark struck out three and walked three on the evening. Only a Conor Gillaspie RBI ground out in the second inning prevented him from a potential shutout. The 29-year-old right-hander has allowed one or fewer earned runs over seven or more innings in eight outings. That is the second-most in the majors, with only Jon Lester's nine such starts besting it. Roark will carry a 2.96 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 113/41 K/BB ratio (136 2/3 frames) into a road duel with the Diamondbacks next time he toes the rubber. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:50 pm
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