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John Gant St. Louis Cardinals

1. Blake Parker — Taylor Rogers might still be battling back stiffness.
2. John Gant — If Jordan Hicks pitches in the suspended game and leaves with the game tied, anyone else could pick up the eventual save. John Gant hasn’t yet pitched, so he’s the most likely possibility.

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Edwin Diaz New York Mets

After yesterday's blown save, his BABIP is .410.

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New York Mets — Edwin Diaz took the mound in rain-soaked New York to try to nail down the save. He had a two-run lead in the ninth when umpires ordered tarps onto the field, then reversed that decision after pressure from the teams. Diaz coughed up a couple of runs before finishing the inning, at which point play was suspended until Friday. No chance at a vulture save for the Mets, who can win only on a walk-off.

Hierarchy remains: Diaz | Lugo | Gsellman

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Josh Smith Boston Red Sox

Not terribly sharp in spring training and not great as a spot-starter/long-reliever, nevertheless...

Boston Red Sox — The Boston bullpen was stretched extremely thin Thursday after David Price recorded just four outs. Marcus Walden, Brandon Workman and Matt Barnes (who faced the 3-4-5-6 hitters in the eighth with a lead) all appeared earlier in the game, leaving well-rested long man Josh Smith — the very last man in the bullpen — to pick up his first career save. Heath Hembree was notably absent, and we learned later he was unavailable with forearm tightness. His status for Friday is unknown, so stay tuned. 

Hierarchy remains: *Barnes | Workman | Hembree.
* = closer-by-committee

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Luis Arraez Minnesota Twins

Luis Arraez, 2B, Twins.  Arraez had three hits from the leadoff spot for Triple-A Rochester. He had two singles and a double, coming around to score once. Minnesota’s No. 11 prospect was able to bounce back after going hitless in his last three games.

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Keston Hiura Milwaukee Brewers

BA today:

Keston Hiura, 2B, Brewers. Hiura drove in five RBIs for Triple-A San Antonio. The infielder blasted a solo home run, followed by a grand slam in the second inning. It was Hiura’s third multi-homer game of the season. The Brewers' top prospect hit five homers in 17 big league games -- albeit striking out 23 times -- before being optioned to Triple-A on June 3rd to make room for Travis Shaw. Hiura's line in eight games since returning to Triple-A: .324/.361/.735 with four homers. That'll do.

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Jarrod Dyson Arizona Diamondbacks

Home run No. 5 yesterday. Matches his career high. More homers than doubles. In his career he has more triples than homers but not this year.

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Julio Teheran Atlanta Braves

With Teheran's win last night the Braves have won seven in a row and opened up a 1 1/2 game lead over the Phillies. He's won only three of his last seven starts but hasn't lost any and has a 0.93 ERA. In ten of his 15 starts so far he's allowed one earned run or less.

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Adalberto Mondesi Kansas City Royals

Eugne is right (Tim Anderson thread) but it's close.

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Charlie Blackmon Colorado Rockies

Two monster shots over the fence in center, a triple and single last night in Coors. In the six games since coming off the DL, he has four homers, a triple, two doubles and four singles.

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Tim Anderson Chicago White Sox

It's impossible to keep up with Mondesi despite the better power and average b/c of Mondesi's steals and inexplicable RBI total.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Nolan Ryan Texas Rangers

Funny as hell. I'd forward this to Nola if I had his email.

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Franmil Reyes San Diego Padres

Doesn't Reyes have enough Ks for you? :-)

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Julio Urias Los Angeles Dodgers

Three innings last night against the Cubs for save No. 3. You don't see many of those anymore and you never see a pitcher, any pitcher, go three innings without a strikeout, but that's what he did. One of his 41 pitches was swung at and missed.

Good for him.

Alex Patton Alex
Nolan Ryan Texas Rangers

Today in 1974, Nolan Ryan throws 235
pitches in a 13-inning start, whiffs 19 batters and walks 10 in the Angels' 4-3
victory over Boston in 15 innings in Anaheim. The fireballers performance will
be the first of three 19-strikeout outings the Texan throws this season.

... maybe if he'd been pulled after 100 pitches, he'd have had a longer career ;-)

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Tim Anderson Chicago White Sox

Hit No. 10 last night. 

I thought he joined the club in April?

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Ian Kennedy Kansas City Royals

From Closer Monkey this morning:" Kansas City Royals -- All of a sudden, Ian Kennedy is a save machine. He cashed in his third in six days on Thursday, getting the final out with two men on in a four-run game. Kennedy has three straight Royals saves, so it's safe to kick his asterisk. He's the guy in KC."

Walter Shapiro WShapiro
Cam Bedrosian Los Angeles Angels

Got the save last night.

In the last 21 days, Bedrosian has pitched in 11 games, starting four of them, for a total of 10 1/3 IP. In addition to the save, he's won one, lost one, recorded a hold and blown a save. He's allowed two earned runs, given up six hits, walked three and struck out 13.

I was trying to figure out why the runaway Tooners in the ADL even have him on their active roster and now I know.

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Aaron Bummer Chicago White Sox

Served up a succession of nasty pitches to get the save against the Yankees. I'm bummed I didn't bid on him on Monday. Went to the Tooners, who already had a 15-point lead, for $1.

Now they have a 16 1/2 point lead.

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Franmil Reyes San Diego Padres

Redux is ready to trade HRs for Ks. Open to trading anyone. 

joel schreier jschri

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