Return of the Closers

Return of the Closers
With the All-Star Game and the first closer trade in the rearview, it's time to do some good old fashioned closer talk.
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Nolan Arenado had an RBI double and two runs scored in a win over the Nationals on Wednesday.

Arenado's 21st double of the year in the seventh inning pushed the Rockies' lead to 5-2, and he came around to score the team's sixth and final run later in the inning. He's got a hit in five straight games, with four RBI and five runs scored in that span.
Jul 23 - 6:42 PM

Angels recalled DH C.J. Cron from Triple-A Salt Lake.

Cron was just optioned over the weekend, but a back injury to Grant Green opened up a spot for the slugger. Cron is hitting .269./297/.480 with nine home runs with the big club this season, and although he was recently demoted it would be surprising if he didn't see a fair amount of playing time while he's up. The 24-year-old has good power and is worth a flyer in deeper mixed leagues where he's still available.
Jul 23 - 6:38 PM

Angels placed INF/OF Grant Green on the 15-day disabled list due to a lumbar sprain.

Green hadn't played since Sunday, and now we know why. The utility player is hitting .313/.321/.400 in a part-time role with the Angels this year. C.J. Cron was recalled to take his roster spot.
Jul 23 - 6:33 PM

Manny Machado (back) is not in the Orioles' lineup on Wednesday.

Machado received an anti-inflammatory injection for his back after Tuesday's game, so it's no surprise that he's getting the day off Wednesday. He's still considered day-to-day for now, but if misses too many more games it might make sense for the Orioles to shut him down for a few weeks. Ryan Flaherty started at third base in his absence.
Jul 23 - 6:30 PM

Jeremy Hellickson will return to the Rays' starting rotation on Saturday against the Red Sox.

Hellickson was optioned to Double-A Montgomery just before the All-Star break so that he could get in some work during the long layoff. The right-hander held the Royals to one run over 4 1/3 innings on July 8 in what was his first and only start in the majors this season.
Jul 23 - 6:01 PM

According to CSNBayArea.com beat reporter Andrew Baggarly, the Giants are "growing more concerned" about Brandon Belt's concussion.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy told reporters Tuesday that Belt was "making progress" and might soon be able to resume some baseball activities, but the first baseman was sent back to the team hotel on Wednesday evening in Philadelphia after exhibiting lingering concussion-related symptoms. There is no timetable for his return at this point.
Jul 23 - 5:40 PM

Greg Holland collected his 26th save of the season Wednesday in the Royals' defeat of the White Sox.

Holland retired all three batters he faced -- two via strikeout. The dominant 28-year-old closer now boasts a 1.72 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, and 56/10 K/BB ratio in 36 2/3 innings this season, and he's 26-for-27 in save chances.
Jul 23 - 5:34 PM

James Shields held the White Sox to one run in seven innings Wednesday in a 2-1 Royals victory.

Shields was left with a no-decision because the Kansas City offense didn't break through for the lead until the top of the ninth inning. But the right-hander pitched really well, scattering six hits and a walk while striking out seven White Sox batters. He'll carry a 3.58 ERA and 1.27 WHIP into his next start at home against the Twins.
Jul 23 - 5:24 PM
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