Jonathan Papelbon picked up his 27th save after throwing a perfect ninth inning with one strikeout against the Astros on Thursday.
Papelbon has now converted 27 of his first 30 save opportunities in 2014, while managing to support a 1.68 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and a 46:13 K:BB rate over 48.1 innings. There is a chance the Phillies may still try to move their closer before the waiver trade deadline, but the odds are unlikely he will be moved considering he will not waive his no-trade clause to be moved to middle relief with a new team.ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Devin Hester (toe) has been cleared to return from injury in Week 13.
Hester has been on short-term IR all year with the toe injury and has finally been cleared to return. Considering the offensive struggles for the Falcons, he may be used as more than just a return man. There's been little help opposite Julio Jones so perhaps Hester will get a crack at some extra snaps. He certainly couldn't do worse than what the team has there right now. Of course, Matt Ryan still has to wake up as well. Analysis: Howard Bender