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Closer Updates: Bucs, Jays, Nats, Padres, Phillies, Twins, White Sox

Welcome to yet another edition of Closer Updates. As we enter the regular season’s final weekend, it’s time to scour through the league’s bullpen to find a hidden gem (or two) for your final championship push. Of course, don’t forget to follow @CloserNews over the next few days as well – it’ll have the most up-to-date breaking news regarding closers and potential saves.

Chicago White Sox – Despite their bullpen’s rocky journey this season, manager Robin Ventura appears ready to place his confidence in Jake Petricka (14 saves, 2.88 ERA, 1.35 WHIP). Although Petricka has been battling with Zach Putnam (6 saves, 1.98 ERA, 1.08 WHIP), look for him to be the guy for the remainder of the season and possibly beyond.

Minnesota Twins – After Glen Perkins (34 saves, 3.65 ERA, 1.18 WHIP) fell to a left forearm strain injury in the past week, Jared Burton (1 save, 1.59 ERA, 0.71 WHIP in the past two weeks) has taken over the ninth inning in the Twin Cities. Look for Burton to be an effective closer in the role during the last weekend and a solid opportunity for saves if he’s still out there on your respective waiver wire.

Philadelphia Phillies – Following his 7-game suspension, Jonathan Papelbon (2.10 ERA, 0.90 WHIP) has returned to the ninth inning in Philly. On Wednesday, he earned his 38th save of the season and sent Ken Giles (1 save, 1.24 ERA, 0.80 WHIP) back to a setup role. If someone dropped Papelbon during his suspension, scoop him up and hope that the Fightin’ Phils win a close ballgame before season's end.

Pittsburgh Pirates – In the past week, Tony Watson (1.44 ERA, 1.01 WHIP) earned his first two saves of the season. Watson has been unstoppable this season and the Pirates have been on quite the run. If they keep winning and want to keep Mark Melancon (32 saves, 1.93 ERA, 0.89 WHIP) from heavy use, Watson could steal another save this weekend.

San Diego PadresJoaquin Benoit (9 saves, 1.55 ERA, 0.80 WHIP) has returned to the major leagues after a stint on the DL. Kevin Quackenbush has been wonderful over the past month (5 saves, 1.50 ERA, 1.33 WHIP), but manager Bud Black hasn’t ruled out a return for Benoit to the ninth. If you’re prospecting, Benoit might be worth a flier.

Toronto Blue Jays – Another notable rumbling on the closer scene is Aaron Sanchez (2 saves, 0.73 ERA, 0.89 WHIP) up north. After Casey Janssen has struggled this season (5 saves, 7.88 ERA, 1.50 WHIP in the past month), Sanchez converted the save opportunity on Wednesday night. He has a bit of potential and many believe that they intend to move him into the rotation next season. However, he may be given one or two chances to close before this season is done.

Washington Nationals – Even though the Nats keep winning ball games, their pecking order for the back end of their bullpen is still uncertain. With six games in the next four days, a number of candidates could steal a save this weekend. Look to pick up Rafael Soriano, Tyler Clippard, or Drew Storen for this stretch. If any of these guys are available, they might just get you a couple of saves this weekend.

If you’re chasing saves in your fantasy league, there’s only one place to check out… For the latest news on closers to grab, stash, start, or bench, be sure to follow @CloserNews on Twitter.

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