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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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

Jose Quintana tossed seven innings of one-run ball Wednesday in a no-decision against the Royals.

Quintana was again sharp, yielding seven hits but only one of the extra-base variety. He struck out three and now boasts a 3.15 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 118/38 K/BB ratio over 131 1/3 innings this season. Chicago's offense only provided one run of support Wednesday and the White Sox wound up losing 2-1. Quintana will hope for better backing next week against the Tigers.
Jul 23 - 5:22 PM

Eric Hosmer was pulled from Wednesday's game against the Cubs with "decreased grip strength in his hand."

That was the announcement from the Kansas City medical staff. Hosmer got hit by a pitch on Sunday and sat out Monday and Tuesday with what was called a right hand contusion. He obviously needs a little more rest.
Jul 23 - 5:07 PM

Ruben Tejada left Wednesday's game against the Mariners after taking a Taijuan Walker pitch to the head.

The ball hit the front of Tejada's helmet and knocked it off. He was able to walk off the field under his own power, but the Mets will surely run concussion tests.
Jul 23 - 5:05 PM
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