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Marlins targeting two-week return for SP Jose Fernandez
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Marlins young stud starter Jose Fernandez provided some good news Thursday with a sterling bullpen session that has the team optimistic he could be back in action within two weeks, per the Miami Herald.

Fernandez has been out for three weeks with a biceps strain. His season has been limited by injury to eight starts.

"I think it went something like, wow," Dan Jennings said of the 30-pitch BP session. "I talked to (trainer Sean Cunningham) and he said it was very impressive. He said he's right on track, looks good, jumped out of his hand."

Fernandez will likely throw one more bullpen before a simulation game and return to the mound in a game.

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Cardinals LF Stephen Piscotty out Thursday for first time in month
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Hot-hitting Cardinals left fielder Stephen Piscotty is catching a break Thursday night at Arizona. It marks his first absence from the lineup since July 25, four days after his promotion.

Brandon Moss is set to play the position instead.

Piscotty owns a slash line of .316/.349/.538.

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Edwin Encarnacion gets hit streak up to 22 games in Jays' loss
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion moved his current hitting streak up to 22 games with an RBI double in the 4-1 loss to the Rangers on Thursday.

Encarnacion's double was the only source of runs for the Jays, but it was enough to add to his impressive hitting stretch. He has seven multi-hit games over the 22-game streak, and his season average has gone from .234 to .264.

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Rangers RP Shawn Tolleson collects 26th save on Thursday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

After suffering a loss and a blown save in his previous outing, Rangers closer Shawn Tolleson bounced back with an efficient outing on Thursday. Tolleson worked around a hit in a scoreless ninth inning to preserve the 4-1 win over the Blue Jays, picking up his 26th save of the season.

Tolleson has 13 saves since the All-Star break, which is tops in the game. He has emerged as a reliable closer for the surging Rangers.

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Blue Jays' Marco Estrada strong, but gets no run support in loss
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada pitched well in his outing against the Rangers on Thursday, but he was left with a tough-luck loss in the 4-1 defeat. Estrada allowed one run on four hits over six solid innings. He walked three and struck out six, throwing 66 of his 105 pitches for strikes.

Estrada (11-8, 3.19 ERA) was let down by his offense, as the Jays were shutdown by Yovani Gallardo and the Rangers' bullpen. But Estrada was solid. The only run he allowed came on an RBI single in the very first inning. 

The right-hander pitched well in August, going 3-2 with a 2.06 ERA in five starts. 

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