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- Only eight teams had the day off Thursday, so the bullpens of BOS, NYY, TB, DET, KC, MIA, NYM, and CHC should be slightly more well-rested than others.
- Chicago White Sox recalled Matt Foster from AAA Charlotte.
- Houston Astros optioned Josh James to AAA Sugar Land.
- Ralph Garza Jr. picked up his first career save in an unlikely manner, collecting the final four outs of the Twins’ five-run victory over the Blue Jays on Thursday. Garza would enter the game with two outs in the top of the eighth inning, Minnesota already up by five. Garza would be entering in a save situation thanks to Garza’s predecessor, Luke Farrell, loading the bases. Don’t get too used to seeing Garza out there at the end of games. Alex Colomé had thrown 24 pitches in his save the previous day, so this was simply a day of rest for the Twins’ every day closer. Colomé should be back out there in the final inning over the weekend.
- Raisel Iglesias racked up save number 33 on Thursday, recording all three outs of the ninth inning by way of strikeout Thursday. Iglesias did allow two hits, including a solo shot to Jason Castro, but was able to recover to hold the lead for the Angels. The outing marks back-to-back appearances for both Iglesias and set up option Mike Mayers, who recorded his 16th hold thanks to his scoreless eighth inning performance, and should allow Steve Cishek the opportunity to bounce back Friday night in a high leverage situation if one should occur.
- Despite his best efforts to blow it, Kyle Finnegan walked away with his 11th save of the year, but not before allowing two earned runs off two hits. Tanner Rainey, who recorded a save of his own on Wednesday, pitched around a walk in his scoreless inning, collecting two strikeouts and his 10th hold of the year as he was called upon to face the 2-3-4 hitters of the Cincinnati lineup. The outing marks back-to-back appearances for Rainey, though he’s only totaled 24 pitches between the two outings, just two more than Finnegan needed to get through his inning on Friday.
- Tyler Wells collected his fourth save of the season after his scoreless ninth inning on Thursday. Cole Sulser had himself an impressive outing of his own, getting the previous five outs for the Orioles without allowing a hit or walk during his time on the mound. Wells has now recorded the last two saves for Baltimore and should be considered the favorite to repeat on Friday, especially with the 22 pitches Sulser threw on Thursday.
- Craig Kimbrel and Liam Hendriks threw scoreless innings in the first game of their doubleheader in Cleveland, ensuring the White Sox fun run lead would stay intact and clinching the division title for Chicago in the process.
- Emmanuel Clase was credited with a blown save after allowing an unearned run to score off three hits on his watch during his time on the mound in the seventh inning of the second game of their doubleheader Thursday. The Cleveland lineup would go on to bail Clase out a bit, thanks to a two-run walk-off home run off the bat of Oscar Mercado. Clase would walk away with the win, but needed 21 pitches and may see some rest on Friday as he’s seen action in three of the past four days.
- Giovanny Gallegos recorded two strikeouts on his way to his 12th save of the season and now has four saves in the past six days. Not a bad way to gain ground in the category if you were able to nab him recently.
- The Dodgers and Rockies played extra innings Thursday thanks to a blown save by Colorado’s Carlos Estévez, who gave up the tying run off three hits in the top of the ninth inning. Lucas Gilbreath would go on to finish the job, allowing the go-ahead home run to Max Muncy to lead off the top of the 10th inning, ultimately leading to a loss for the Rockies.
- Kenley Jansen would walk away with his fourth win after pitching a scoreless bottom half of the ninth, while Blake Treinen would finish things off in the 10th to secure his sixth save of the year.
- Paul Sewald picked up his 10th save of the year for the Mariners. Sewald would strike out the first two batters he faced but went on to allow a solo shot by Matt Olsen, before getting Jed Lowrie to pop out in the infield to end any further threat. The outing was Sewald’s third in the past four days, which should make way for Drew Steckenrider to return to ninth-inning duties on Friday, especially with Diego Castillo also pitching in three of the last four himself.
- With Tyler Clippard throwing 22 pitches on Wednesday, J.B. Wendelken got the opportunity to record his second save of the season. Though this isn’t a situation anyone should be focusing on, Clippard should be back out there to close out any close game the Diamondbacks should find themselves in through the weekend.
- Mark Melancon pitched a perfect top of the ninth inning, but unfortunately for his fantasy rosters, the Padres could not muster up a walk-off until the 10th, giving Ross Detwiler his third win of the season after pitching a scoreless frame of his own. There’s little reason not to expect Melancon back out at the end of a close game on Friday.