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Mark Leiter Jr. (R) Headshot

Leiter (2-3) shut the Marlins out over seven innings Wednesday, striking out five while allowing just one hit and two walks in a 9-0 win.

The Phillies gave him a run of support in the bottom of the first, and that turned out to be all he'd need. Leiter had gotten the boot from the rotation after his Aug. 15 disaster against San Diego, but he actually never made an appearance during his return to the bullpen before being called upon for this start. Following this outing, it's hard to see him getting pushed out of the starting five again, at least for now, but it's worth monitoring his status as we head toward what would be his next turn in the rotation, Monday against the Braves.
4:35 am (EST)
Dominic Smith (L) Headshot

Smith went 1-for-3 with a solo homer, a walk and two runs against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday. He also struck out twice.

It was a three-true-outcomes day for the rookie, who's still looking to stabilize his stats -- he's hitting just .190/.227/.429 through his first 44 big-league plate appearances. Smith hit for average reliably in the minors, though (including a .330 mark at Triple-A this year), so his future in that category looks bright, and his power has been developing steadily. He may not be a major fantasy asset this year, but the 22-year-old could start producing Eric Hosmer-esque stats as soon as next season.
4:25 am (EST)
A.J. Ramos (R) Headshot

Ramos struck out a pair of Diamondbacks and worked around a walk for his 23rd save Wednesday.

He had a tough little stretch in late July and early August, but Ramos has righted the ship with five straight hitless, scoreless outings. However, the Mets haven't been providing him with many save opportunities; this was his first since Aug. 11.
4:21 am (EST)
Zack Godley (R) Headshot

Godley (5-7) lasted only five innings and took the loss against the Mets on Wednesday, giving up three runs (two earned) on four hits and four walks with five strikeouts.

He's now absorbed losses in three consecutive starts, and after showing sharp control for much of the year, Godley's walked 10 batters over 16 innings in that span. The season stats are still strong, though, and fantasy owners who have been carried this far by Godley's fine work don't have much of a choice but to continue relying on him. That said, it's worth noting that he's approaching his career high in innings, and it'll be interesting to see how the Diamondbacks manage the young starter's workload.
4:19 am (EST)
Chris Flexen (R) Headshot

Flexen (3-2) held the Diamondbacks to two runs on six hits and four walks over six innings Wednesday, striking out five and coming away with the win.

Generally speaking, issuing four free passes in Arizona's ballpark -- especially to the hitters at the top of the order -- is a dangerous game, but Flexen was able to work his way out of trouble on multiple occasions. He did so with some help from his defense, as center fielder Juan Lagares nailed A.J. Pollock trying to score on a shallow fly ball in the fifth. After scuffling through his first two big-league starts, Flexen's now won three of his last four, but he also has an ugly 15:15 K:BB in that span. He may be of some use in deep leagues if you can pick your spots carefully, but the upside isn't very high.
4:16 am (EST)
Josh Harrison (R) Headshot

Harrison went 1-for-4 against the Dodgers on Wednesday, breaking up Rich Hill's no-hitter and winning the game with a 10th-inning walkoff homer.

Like the rest of the Pirates, Harrison had been nothing more than a victim of Hill's virtuoso performance through nine innings, as he struck out twice against the lefty earlier in the game. This time was different, though, as he sent a 2-1 pitch just over the left-field wall -- not the most impressive homer, but still one for the history books: No other player in MLB history had broken up a no-no with a walkoff homer in extra innings. For fantasy owners' purposes, this is just another bit of help from Harrison, whose 16 homers, 12 steals, 63 runs and .281 average are helpful stats across a wide variety of formats.
4:11 am (EST)
Trevor Williams (R) Headshot

Williams shut the Dodgers out over eight innings Wednesday, allowing seven hits and four walks while striking out five. He didn't factor into the decision in the eventual 10-inning win.

The storyline of this game is dominated by opposing starter Rich Hill's effort -- perfect through eight, a no-no through nine, and then a leadoff homer in the 10th that sent the Pirates to the win column -- but Williams deserves plaudits for putting matching zeroes up on the scoreboard. It's not always pretty and it may not be sustainable, as his 28:17 K:BB over his last six starts will attest, but this was a strong bounce-back effort for Williams coming off a three-homer, eight-run disaster against St. Louis. The sinker-balling righty's next turn lines up for Monday at Wrigley Field; he's made four appearances against the Cubs this season, giving up eight earned runs in 13.2 innings (5.27 ERA).
4:05 am (EST)
Rich Hill (L) Headshot

Hill (9-5) suffered a heartbreaking loss at the hands of the Pirates on Wednesday, striking out 10 while pitching a perfect game through nine innings before giving up a leadoff homer to Josh Harrison in the bottom of the 10th.

It's extraordinarily rare to see a starting pitcher take the mound for the 10th inning, and even rarer to see him do so in the midst of a no-hitter -- which would have been a perfect game if not for an error by Logan Forsythe in the ninth. Unfortunately for Hill, the Dodgers' typically high-octane offense went quiet in this one, and Harrison finally broke through with his walkoff shot on the veteran lefty's 99th pitch of the night. It has to be a massive disappointment for Hill, but fantasy owners won't find much cause to complain about this outing. He'll look to get back in the win column Tuesday in Arizona.
3:59 am (EST)
Tyson Ross (R) Headshot

The Rangers are still undecided on whether Ross will make his next scheduled start against the A's on Sunday, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Ross has struggled mightily in 10 starts this season, registering just one quality start and compiling a 7.04 ERA and 35:35 K:BB. The 30-year-old has had trouble pitching deep into games -- he's failed to make it out of the fourth inning in three of his last five starts -- so the Rangers could choose to send out an alternate starter with hopes of preserving their bullpen. The decision will likely come Thursday, when Nick Martinez, one of Ross's potential replacements, is scheduled to pitch for Triple-A Round Rock. Austin Bibens-Dirkx is the other option to start if Ross is skipped.
1:53 am (EST)
Ken Giles (R) Headshot

Manager A.J. Hinch said Giles was unavailable Wednesday because he woke up with a stiff neck, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Apparently Giles slept on his neck wrong, causing the discomfort that led to his unavailability. He didn't seem too worried about the issue, and he said he expects to pitch in Thursday's series finale if the opportunity arises. The 26-year-old has been stellar as the Astros' closer this season, converting 24 saves and compiling a 2.70 ERA and 60:16 K:BB in 46.2 innings.
1:32 am (EST)
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