Royals expected to get closer Greg Holland back tomorrow


Kansas City’s bullpen has an MLB-best 1.00 ERA this season and now the Royals are getting their stud closer back, with Greg Holland expected to come off the disabled list Wednesday.

Holland has been out since April 18 with a strained pectoral muscle and Wade Davis stepped into the closer role in his absence, saving five games with a 0.00 ERA.

Prior to being shut down Holland had thrown four scoreless innings, giving him a 2.16 ERA with 12.4 strikeouts per nine innings in 265 total appearances since debuting in 2010.

Video: Dexter Fowler robs Asdrúbal Cabrera of three-run homer

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Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler made a critical catch in the eighth inning of Wednesday afternoon’s series finale against the Nationals. With the Cardinals leading 5-1, the Nationals were threatening with runners on first and second with one out against lefty Andrew Miller. Asdrúbal Cabrera worked a full count before serving a 3-2 outside slider to right field. The ball had home run distance, but Fowler tracked it, leaped at the wall, and robbed Cabrera of a three-run home run.

Carlos Martínez relieved Miller, getting Victor Robles to ground out to end the inning. The Cardinals would go on to win 5-1.

The game had playoff implications on both sides. The win bumped the Cardinals’ hold on first place in the NL Central to 2.5 games while the Nationals’ lead over the Cubs and Brewers for the first NL Wild Card shrinks to just one game.

The Nationals will close out their final road trip of the regular season with three games against the Marlins before hosting the Phillies for five games and the Indians for three. The Cardinals, meanwhile, begin their final road trip of the regular season with four against the Cubs followed by three against the Diamondbacks before closing out the season at home with three games versus the Cubs.