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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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

Mark Reynolds slugged two home runs Wednesday in the Brewers' 5-1 defeat of the visiting Reds.

Reynolds' offensive outburst helped Milwaukee to a big three-game sweep of Cincinnati. He hit a two-run bomb in the bottom of the sixth inning and then smacked a solo shot in the bottom of the eighth. The first baseman is batting just .207 this year, but he now has 16 home runs.
Jul 23 - 5:02 PM

Kyle Lohse tossed 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball Wednesday as the Brewers defeated the Reds.

Lohse was sharp, yielding only four hits and two walks while pitching into the seventh inning. The veteran right-hander ran into a bit of a rough patch in early July, but he's back on track now with two straight one-run outings. Lohse will carry an 11-4 record, 3.07 ERA, and 1.09 WHIP into his next start on the road against the Rays.
Jul 23 - 5:00 PM

Mike Leake surrendered four earned runs in six innings Wednesday in the Reds' loss to the Brewers.

It was the third straight four-run outing for Leake, who now has a 3.73 ERA on the year. He didn't walk a batter Wednesday at Miller Park, but the Brewers pounded him for 11 hits -- including a homer, a double, and a triple. Leake will try to right the ship next week at home against the Diamondbacks.
Jul 23 - 4:57 PM

Hanley Ramirez (wrist) is out of the Dodgers' starting lineup Tuesday night versus the Pirates.

Hanley was struck by pitches on the left shoulder and wrist in the Dodgers' win over the Cardinals on Sunday night and hasn't played since. He's still day-to-day.
Jul 23 - 4:44 PM

Yasiel Puig (hand) is not in the Dodgers' starting lineup on Wednesday against the Pirates.

It'll be the fourth straight game that Puig has missed. He took a Joe Kelly pitch off his left hand on Saturday and is still sore. Multiple X-rays have been taken and the results were negative. Puig remains day-to-day.
Jul 23 - 4:43 PM

Astros recalled 1B Marc Krauss from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Krauss batted just .173 with a .581 OPS in 39 games with the Astros earlier this season. The 26-year-old is doubtful to hold fantasy relevance in his second look.
Jul 23 - 4:33 PM
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