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With Javy Guerra having pitched on each of the previous two days, Kenley Jansen toed the rubber for the Los Angeles Dodgers save Thursday. The K machine is next in line, probably even if and when the Blue get Jonathan Broxton (shoulder) back; they're hoping that's this season. Jansen has closer-worthy stuff to watch long term (or add for strikeout help in deep leagues), but it's Guerra's show.
Blocked, but still enticing
- A sharp Frank Francisco wrapped up a Toronto Blue Jays victory Thursday with a 1-2-3 frame, with freshly activated Jon Rauch recording the eighth-inning hold. As noted yesterday, Francisco is on a roll, and he has now logged 14 straight shutout appearances. He's fanning fewer batters of late, but maybe that means he's focusing on pitching. That'll go a long way to him keeping the stopper gig even with Rauch back given how the tall tosser was giving up runs in nearly every closing cameo.
- An admittedly fatigued Jordan Walden perked up Thursday for a perfect ninth inning. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim stopper, even with some shaky bouts this season, boasts a 1.65 ERA and 18 K's while also going 10-for-13 in closure attempts over his last 18 outings (16 1/3 innings).
About Tim Heaney
Tim's work has been featured by USA Today/Sports Weekly, among numerous publications, and recognized as a finalist in FSWA's awards. The Boston University alum competes in Tout Wars and LABR and has won numerous industry leagues in both baseball and football.
During baseball and football season, he's on The Reality Check with Glenn Clark every Wednesday on 1570 AM WNST in Baltimore. He hits the airwaves every Thursday at 9:30 a.m. ET on Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio, where he often crashes other shows, as well.
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