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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Brett Gardner's solo home run in the bottom of the third inning turned out to be the deciding run as the Yankees defeated the Rangers 2-1 after the game was called with one out in the bottom of the fifth.

Gardner took Yu Darvish out to right field, which allowed the Yankees to claim victory after the grounds crew had trouble applying the tarp and the rain kept coming down. Gardner joins the double-digit home run club for the first time in his career, now with 10, and sports a .278/.359/.428 slash line with 41 RBI and 17 stolen bases.
Jul 23 - 10:51 PM

Leonys Martin hit safely in both of his at-bats in Wednesday's rain-shortened game against the Yankees, going 2-for-2 with a triple and a run scored.

Martin singled and scored in the third, then tripled and was stranded with one out in the fifth, when the game was called. Martin owns a substandard .273/.328/.382 slash line with five home runs, 28 RBI, and 18 stolen bases.
Jul 23 - 10:48 PM

Yu Darvish allowed two runs in 4 1/3 innings and took the loss on Wednesday against the Yankees in a rain-shortened affair.

Darvish made a couple of mistakes in the third inning, talking in Francisco Cervelli to tie the game at 1-1, then allowing a solo home run to Brett Gardner to make it a 2-1 game. Overall, Darvish allowed four hits, walked none, and struck out five. Darvish now owns a 2.92 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and a 159/42 K/BB ratio. He'll face the Yankees again in his next start, this time at home on Monday.
Jul 23 - 10:45 PM

David Phelps held the Rangers to one run over five innings and earned the win in a rain-shortened game on Wednesday.

The game was called with one out in the bottom of the fifth. The Yankees already had the lead, of course. Phelps allowed five hits -- the only extra-base hit was a triple to Leonys Martin -- without issuing a walk and striking out three. The right-hander hasn't lost since June 7. Now with a 3.77 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, and a 86/37 K/BB ratio, Phelps will open up a road series against the Rangers on Monday.
Jul 23 - 10:43 PM

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Hanley Ramirez (wrist) is still "feeling it" in his hand.

Mattingly said Ramirez hasn't swung a bat since being hit in the hand by a pitch by Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal on Sunday. He has picked a bat up and "moved it around," according to Mattingly, for whatever that's worth. He's been called day-to-day since sustaining the injury, but Ramirez hasn't been in the lineup since Sunday and the Dodgers will have to think about a DL trip if he doesn't show great improvement soon.
Jul 23 - 10:38 PM

A source tells Scout.com's Kyle Bogenschutz that the Rangers have agreed to trade Joakim Soria to the Tigers.

Bogenschutz hears Corey Knebel and Jake Thompson, two right-handers in the Tigers' system, will go the other way in the deal. In Soria, the Tigers are acquiring a pitcher with a 2.70 ERA and 0.87 WHIP who has saved 17 games for the Rangers this season. Given Joe Nathan's struggles in Detroit, Soria could immediately take over as the ninth-inning reliever for the Tigers.
Jul 23 - 10:24 PM

Christian Yelich knocked in the Marlins' only run of the evening, finishing 2-for-3 with a walk overall with a stolen base in a 6-1 loss to the Braves on Wednesday.

Yelich singled in a run in the third, but that was all the Marlins could muster against Ervin Santana. The 22-year-old outfielder has had four multi-hit games out of his last five contests. He's slashing an impressive .282/.360/.430 with eight home runs, 33 RBI, and 12 stolen bases in 15 attempts on the season.
Jul 23 - 10:20 PM

Freddie Freeman walked and blasted a three-run home run as the Braves gained ground in the NL East with a win against the Marlins on Wednesday.

Freeman took Nathan Eovaldi out to the opposite field in the second inning to give the Braves a 5-0 lead. It was more than enough run support for Ervin Santana, and Freeman earned a 21-game homerless drought. Despite the cool-down, Freeman still sports a respectable .284/.375/.479 with 14 home runs and 56 RBI.
Jul 23 - 10:11 PM
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