Ron Washington sticks with Neftali Feliz as his closer

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Despite blowing the save on Monday and allowing two runs in the seventh inning last night, Rangers manager Ron Washington says he’s sticking with Neftali
Feliz as his closer
. When asked if that was the case, Washington said “Yes. What’s changed?”

I’d say that “what’s changed’ is that Feliz is having a lot of trouble maintaining his velocity and command pitching on a short turnaround suggesting that, just maybe, he’s more suited to starting. But hey, starting pitching prospects are a dime a dozen. Finding a decent relief pitcher is a once-in-a-lifetime thing.

Braves claim Grant Dayton off waivers from Dodgers

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The Braves claimed lefty reliever Grant Dayton off waivers from the Dodgers, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Dayton, 29, underwent Tommy John surgery back in August and is almost certainly out for the entire 2018 season. The Braves, obviously, are making a longer-term play here by acquiring him, as he is under team control through 2022.

Over parts of two seasons in the majors, Dayton has a 3.42 career ERA with 59 strikeouts and 18 walks in 50 innings.