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Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow indicated Thursday that the team is unlikely to trade Chad Qualls.

Teams have expressed interest in the reliever, but Qualls will make a reasonable $6 million through the end of next season and has a $3 million option for 2016, so Luhnow doesn't feel compelled to move him. The 35-year-old boasts a terrific 1.78 ERA and 31/4 K/BB ratio over 35 1/3 innings in 2014. "I hesitate to use the word 'untouchable,' but he likes it here, he's comfortable here and he's pitching well," Luhnow said. "To have a guy who's capable of pitching late in the game, in close games, we're going to have opportunity going forward. This is a team that's improving, and as the team improves, you have more save opportunities, more opportunities to pitch at the end of close games. We need more Chad Qualls. We don't need less."

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CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Tigers have inquired on Chad Qualls.

The Tigers have been connected to just about every reliever on the market. Qualls has experienced a nice bounce-back season in Houston, posting a 1.78 ERA and 31/4 K/BB ratio over 35 1/3 innings. A trade would be bad for his fantasy value, as he almost surely would be used as a setup man wherever he goes.

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Chad Qualls hurled a scoreless ninth inning Monday to notch his eighth save of the season in a 4-3 victory against the Diamondbacks.

Qualls gave up a double to Ender Inciarte that was misplayed by Marwin Gonzalez, playing left field as a chain reaction to Bo Porter's decision to make a double switch that had reliever Tony Sipp in right field for one play in the eighth. Qualls has five saves since May 29 and he hasn't given up a run since way back on April 19. On that day, through six appearances, Qualls held a 9.00 ERA. It's down to 2.08. As a suddenly effective closer on a suddenly scorching team (Houston has won 12 of 16 games), the case could be made that Qualls is one of the more underrated fantasy assets in the game at the moment.

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Chad Qualls tossed a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the Twins for his seventh save of the season.

Qualls worked around a two-out error by Matt Dominguez to finish off the Twins. The veteran right-hander has settled in quite nicely as the Astros' closer, notching four saves over the past eight days. He hasn't given up a run since April 19 and has allowed just one hit with an 8/0 K/BB ratio over his last 9 2/3 innings. It's time for him to be owned in more fantasy leagues.

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Chad Qualls put out Paul Clemens' fire, picking up his sixth save in Thursday's win over the Angels.

Clemens loaded the bases on a pair of singles wrapped around Jonathan Singleton's fielding error before walking in a run. Qualls entered and got all three batters he faced out, allowing only one of his inherited runners to score en route to save number six on the year. Qualls has a tidy 2.29 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and a 22/3 K/BB ratio in 19 2/3 innings.

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Chad Qualls worked a scoreless ninth to pick up his fourth save as the Astros defeated the Orioles 3-1 on Thursday.

Qualls has been perfect since manager Bo Porter named him the club's official closer on May 16. The save opportunities have been few and far between, but Qualls is two-for-two with four strikeouts, no walks, and no hits in four innings since. Overall, he has a 2.76 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.

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Chad Qualls recorded the final two outs in a non-save situation against the Royals on Tuesday.

With a three-run lead, left-hander Tony Sipp was allowed to start the ninth inning to face Eric Hosmer, depriving Qualls of a save chance. Still, Qualls came in and got Billy Butler to ground out before fanning Alex Gordon to end the game. He's got the support of manager Bo Porter and a 2.93 ERA in 15 1/3 innings, so despite his status as closer of the worst team in baseball he should be owned in mixed leagues.

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Astros manager Bo Porter said Friday that he will use Chad Qualls to close games.

Qualls converted the Astros' last save chance, but they've had so few opportunities that it's been tough to say who the favorite for saves is. The veteran reliever holds a 3.55 ERA and nice 15/3 K/BB ratio over 12 2/3 innings this season, though he's also posted a 1.66 WHIP. While he's far from a safe bet to keep the gig over the long haul, Qualls needs to be owned in all fantasy leagues for the time being.

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Chad Qualls earned the save Sunday with a scoreless ninth inning against the Orioles.

Qualls hit Ryan Flaherty but didn't allow any other baserunners en route to his second save of the season. Qualls' only other save came on April 6, so it's hard to say who's closing games for the Astros on a day to day basis. Qualls owns a 3.75 ERA and 1.75 WHIP on the year.

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Chad Qualls blew a save and took a loss as the Astros fell to the A's on Saturday afternoon.

Qualls entered the game in the bottom of the ninth inning with Houston leading 3-1 and promptly gave up a leadoff homer to Jed Lowrie. He then walked Josh Donaldson and allowed a single to Yoenis Cespedes. One batter later Alberto Callaspo tied the game with an RBI single and then Josh Reddick won it with a walkoff base hit to center field. If Astros manager Bo Porter isn't going to name a closer, he should be a little craftier with his late-inning matchups.