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Despite giving up one run on two hits and a walk with two strikeouts in the ninth inning, Neil Ramirez notched his second save of the season as the Cubs beat the Phillies 2-1 on Friday.
Ramirez, who was given the save opportunity for the second time in a row, didn't look good in this appearance as he almost let the Phillies get the better of him in the end. How much of an impact that will have on the team's decision to keep giving him save chances is up in the air, but it seems to be very telling that Hector Rondon, who hasn't pitched since his June 6 meltdown wasn't afforded the opportunity. Manager Rick Renteria hasn't said anything about a closer-by-committee situation yet, but his actions certainly indicate that there is a change here. Perhaps there's more to Rondon's situation than just a meltdown so look for a team update soon enough. In the meantime, Ramirez should probably be owned if you're one of the unlucky who is chasing saves this year.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Bryce Harper went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in the Nationals 3-0 win over the Cubs on Wednesday.
Harper launched his 18th home run of the season on Wednesday as the power everybody expected Harper to have has finally arrived. At 22 years old Harper is currently the best hitting in baseball, sporting a .333 average with 41 runs, 18 home runs and 43 RBI to go with an insane .472 OBP and 1.222 OPS. It may have taken him a bit longer than many had expected since being on the cover of Sports Illustrated at just 16 years old but baseball fans everywhere should take notice as he is finally showing the world just how talented he is. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba