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- 14 teams had the day off Thursday with BOS, TOR, CLE, MIN, SEA, MIA, NYM, WAS, MIL, STL, ARZ, and LAD having scheduled days off and COL and ATL having their game postponed due to weather concerns, giving all of their bullpens a bit of rest heading into the weekend.
- Atlanta Braves activated Chris Martin from the 10-day injured list and placed Luke Jackson on the paternity list.
- Tampa Bay Rays sent Chris Mazza and Cody Reed on rehab assignments to FCL Rays.
- The only save of the day recorded across the league came as Lucas Sims, Michael Lorenzen, and Mychel Givens combined for one hit, two walks, and six strikeouts through the final three innings of work in Cincinnati’s one-run victory over the Pirates. Givens closed it out to earn his eighth save of the season and bouncing back nicely after taking the loss on Wednesday. The trio were the same options used in the final three innings of Wednesday’s match-up, which may give way to an Amir Garrett appearance in the final inning of Friday’s series opener against the Dodgers.
- Andrew Chafin collected his 22nd hold of the season, pitching around two hits and striking out two in a scoreless eighth inning as he held Oakland’s then two-run lead. The A’s would go on to score three more insurance runs in the top of the ninth, putting the save opportunity out of reach for Sergio Romo, who pitched a perfect final frame regardless. Romo may very well get his save opportunity on Friday, as Chafin has combined for 41 pitches between his back-to-back appearances and should be expected to see some rest.
- Liam Hendriks got some needed work in Thursday. After not being used since Saturday, Hendriks was tasked with dispensing of the bottom of the Angels’ order in the top of the eighth inning while trailing by six runs. To make up for the lack of decision the opportunity provided, Hendriks at the least struck out the side and added three strikeouts to the stat sheet for fantasy managers.
- Mark Melancon was not allowed to add to his league-leading save total as he came into Thursday’s game with a four-run lead. Melancon, pitching his third straight day, allowed a run to score off two hits while striking out two. Look for the Padres to look elsewhere for final inning assistance on Friday; though who gets the ball is up in the air, as the remainder of the San Diego bullpen has also seen quite a bit of work in the past few days.
- Cole Sulser walked away with his fifth win of the season after pitching two perfect innings of relief for Baltimore and striking out two batters along the way. With Sulser appearing in back-to-back games and throwing 30 pitches on Thursday, Tyler Wells should get the opportunity to bounce back after recording a pair of losses in his last two outings.
- Héctor Neris entered the game for the Phillies in the top of the sixth inning with the score tied at seven and left the game after throwing two innings and allowing one run off a Wilson Contreras solo shot in the sixth and striking out four, but not before the Phillies would provide Neris with a nice cushion of an additional eight runs of their own. The lead provided Neris with his third win of the season and with the struggles of Ian Kennedy, Neris could see himself moving back into closer considerations for the Phillies down the stretch.