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A.J. Ramos Headshot

Ramos pitched one-third of an inning on Friday, recording his fifth save of the season.

It took Ramos only one pitch to seal the deal in this contest and record his fifth save of the season. Save chances have come few and far between for the closer, so fantasy owners will take them any way they can get them. He now has a 5.28 ERA to go along with a 1.57 WHIP on the season, but most of the damage against him has come in non-save situations. He's converted all five of his save opportunities on the campaign and has a firm hold on the closer's role.
9:43 am (EST)
Jorge De La Rosa Headshot

De La Rosa struck out two batters in his lone inning of relief, but gave up a solo home run and walked a batter in Friday's 4-2 win over the Brewers in extra innings.

With the Diamondbacks' clinging to a 1-0 lead entering the seventh inning, De La Rosa served up the equalizer to Jett Bandy and was charged with a blown save as a result. The veteran lefty, who has regularly worked as a starter in previous seasons, has been one of manager Torey Lovullo's most trusted options out of the bullpen in 2017, but he's stumbled of late, conceding at least one run in three consecutive appearances. With De La Rosa already having racked up 20 appearances less than a third of the way through the season, Lovullo may look to scale back the 36-year-old's workload in the short term.
9:42 am (EST)
Tyler Flowers Headshot

Flowers went 2-for-4 with a run scored in Friday's 2-0 win over the Giants.

It's his third multi-hit performance in his last four starts, and Flowers has a .333/.455/.528 slash line over his last 10 games with two homers, five RBI and six runs. He remains in a timeshare with Kurt Suzuki, but if Flowers keeps hitting that workload split could begin to tilt in his favor.
9:42 am (EST)
Jaime García Headshot

Garcia (2-3) tossed 6.2 scoreless innings Friday, giving up four hits and two walks while striking out five, in a 2-0 win over the Giants.

He also drove in the game-winning run with a two-out single in the seventh inning. Garcia's 3.58 ERA and 1.27 WHIP are now the lowest they've been all season, and the lefty will try to keep things rolling Wednesday on the road against the Angels.
9:39 am (EST)
T.J. McFarland Headshot

McFarland pitched a scoreless top of the ninth to capture the win Friday in the Diamondbacks' 4-2 victory over the Brewers in 10 innings. He gave up one walk and struck out a batter.

McFarland had a brief stint on the disabled list earlier this month due to an ankle issue, but he returned last weekend and has looked strong in three appearances. The left-hander is expected to work in long relief or low-leverage situations more often than not, so he shouldn't be in line for holds on a regular basis.
9:38 am (EST)
Hanser Alberto Headshot

Alberto (shoulder) played seven innings at shortstop and went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles in an extended spring training game Friday, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Alberto and Adrian Beltre (calf), who have both been sidelined all season, comprised the left side of the infield in Friday's game, but it's believed that Beltre is further along in his recovery and will be in store for a quicker activation from the disabled list. Once Alberto demonstrates in rehab games in the minors that he's capable of playing all over the diamond and that the right shoulder tightness isn't compromising his hitting, he'll likely rejoin the Rangers and work in a utility role.
9:33 am (EST)
Melky Cabrera Headshot

Cabrera went 3-for-5 with a three-run home run, four RBI and two runs scored in Friday's 8-2 win over Detroit.

Cabrera's average had fallen to .234 and his ISO to .076 just a few days ago, but he's improved both numbers after going 6-for-13 with two homers, six RBI and four runs scored over the last three games. Fantasy owners are right to be patient with Cabrera who is under-performing his career marks, but also be cognizant that the soon-to-be 33-year-old is leaving his prime years. And as an older player on a rebuilding team, Cabrera is a prime candidate to be traded, perhaps to a contending team that may need him to start nightly.
9:32 am (EST)
Matt Wieters Headshot

Wieters went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Friday's win over the Padres.

A flyout in a pinch-hit appearance Thursday snapped Wieters' 11-game hitting streak, but the catcher bounced right back once he returned to the starting lineup. Wieters now has a .313/.353/.375 slash line during that stretch with five RBI and five runs, but he's still looking for his first home run in May.
9:30 am (EST)
Jose Leclerc Headshot

Leclerc (finger) is scheduled to make a rehab appearance with Double-A Frisco on Sunday, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

After checking out fine during his bullpen session Friday, Leclerc will head out on what's expected to be a two-outing rehab stint with Frisco, with his second appearance set for next Tuesday. The bullpen had already been a weakness prior to Leclerc hitting the disabled list and hasn't shown much improvement since he suffered the injury, so it's expected that the right-hander will settle back into a prominent setup role upon his activation.
9:28 am (EST)
Jesse Chávez Headshot

Chavez (4-6) allowed five earned runs on eight hits and two walks over 3.2 innings in a loss to the Marlins on Friday. He struck out two.

Chavez was victimized by the longball in this contest, giving up home runs to Giancarlo Stanton and J.T. Realmuto. It was a short outing for the veteran, who saw his ERA rise to 5.09 on the season to go along with a 1.32 WHIP. Given the amount of home runs he's given up on the season (2.0 HR/9), it's hard to recommend him as a consistent fantasy option. He'll take the mound on Wednesday at home against Atlanta.
9:24 am (EST)
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