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  • A.J. Cole suspended for five games by MLB
    A.J. Cole has been suspended five games by Major League Baseball for throwing at Jung Ho Kang on Sunday.

    Advice: Cole was retaliating for Kang's fake tag on Bryce Harper in the top of the third inning, which led to Harper suffering a left thumb injury. Cole was also fined for the act. He is appealing the five-game suspension and will remain active until that appeal is heard. The suspension might have to be served in 2017. 32 minutes ago
  • Urias to start for Dodgers on Thursday
    Julio Urias will start for the Dodgers on Thursday at San Diego.

    Advice: It probably won't be a very lengthy outing for the young left-hander, who has thrown a career-high 119 innings this season between the minors and majors. Urias topped out at just 80 1/3 innings last year. Still, he could be an option to start Game 4 of the NLDS against the Nationals. 41 minutes ago
  • Strasburg (elbow) not likely for NLDS round
    Nationals GM Mike Rizzo confirmed Tuesday that Stephen Strasburg (elbow) is unlikely to pitch in the NLDS.

    Advice: Strasburg has resumed playing catch following an extended shutdown period, but the ace right-hander is simply running out of time as he attempts to rehab a flexor mass strain. If the Nationals advance to the NLCS, they can reevaluate his status. Strasburg would be a nice weapon in long relief if he's feeling up to it. 59 minutes ago
    4:05 pm vs Ari
  • Steven Wright (shoulder) throws 'pen session
    Steven Wright (shoulder) threw a light bullpen session on Tuesday in Fort Myers, Florida.

    Advice: He's scheduled for a more intense mound workout on Friday at Fenway Park. Wright can be ruled out for the remainder of the 2016 regular season, but he could be an option for the Red Sox in some capacity during the playoffs. Today, 2:09 pm
    4:05 pm @NYY
  • Colon pitching through sprained foot tendon
    Bartolo Colon suffered a sprained tendon in his right foot two weeks ago while running the bases.

    Advice: That might help explain why he got blown up for seven runs over just 2 1/3 innings Monday in a loss to the Marlins. It was the worst start of the season for Colon, whose ERA jumped from 3.12 to 3.42. The hope is he can continue to pitch through the foot injury. Today, 2:07 pm
  • Henry Owens to start Thursday vs. Yankees
    Henry Owens is scheduled to start for the Red Sox in Thursday's series finale against the Yankees.

    Advice: That was supposed to be Drew Pomeranz's turn, but the lefty has been bothered by forearm soreness and there is concern about his overall workload. Owens owns an ugly 7.79 ERA in four starts this season at the major league level. He's a poor fantasy streaming option at Yankee Stadium. Today, 2:03 pm
  • Pomeranz (arm) won't start Thursday at NYY
    Drew Pomeranz has been scratched from his scheduled start Thursday against the Yankees due to soreness in his left forearm and concerns about his overall workload.

    Advice: Henry Owens will take the mound instead at Yankee Stadium. According to the Red Sox, if Pomeranz pitches again this season it will be out of the bullpen. The southpaw holds a 3.35 ERA in a career-high 169 1/3 frames this year. He is eligible for salary arbitration this winter after earning $1.35 million in 2016. Today, 2:01 pm
    4:05 pm @NYY
  • Tanaka (forearm) planning to start Saturday
    Masahiro Tanaka (forearm) played catch Tuesday and is planning to start Saturday.

    Advice: But it's not clear if the Yankees will allow him to go ahead with that start given that they're pretty much out of Wild Card contention (and will almost certainly be eliminated by Saturday). Tanaka was scratched from his scheduled start Monday night against the Blue Jays after being diagnosed with a slight forearm strain. There should be something more official in a couple days. Today, 1:48 pm
    4:05 pm vs Bos
  • Matz (elbow, shoulder) done for the season
    Steven Matz (elbow, shoulder) is done for the year.

    Advice: Matz doesn't need shoulder surgery, which is good news, but he will go under the knife for a bone spur in his left elbow. The young southpaw finishes the 2016 campaign with a 3.40 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 129/31 K/BB ratio in 132 1/3 innings. He should be ready for the start of spring training next February. Today, 1:35 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Dillon Gee (lungs, shoulder) done for year
    Dillon Gee has been shut down for the season due to blood clots in his lung and shoulder.

    Advice: Gee experienced shortness of breath following an appearance Sunday in Detroit and had to be hospitalized overnight. He's feeling better now, but the Royals are going to play it safe with the 30-year-old right-hander for obvious reasons. Gee finishes 2016 with a 4.68 ERA in 14 starts and 19 relief appearances. Today, 1:25 pm
    4:15 pm vs Min
  • Joaquin Benoit diagnosed with a tear in calf
    Joaquin Benoit has been diagnosed with a torn muscle in his calf.

    Advice: He won't pitch again in the regular season, but it sounds like the veteran reliever could be an option at some point in October if the Blue Jays are able to make a deep postseason run. Benoit suffered the injury during Monday's benches-clearing fracas with the Yankees. He had registered a fantastic 0.38 ERA in 23 2/3 innings with Toronto. Today, 1:22 pm
    4:07 pm vs Bal
  • Corey Kluber (groin) to be sent for MRI
    Indians president Chris Antonetti said on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM on Tuesday that Corey Kluber (groin) will undergo an MRI.

    Advice: Kluber was forced to make an early exit from Monday's start against the Tigers due to right groin tightness, but Antonetti is optimistic that it's nothing serious. We should know for sure soon. The Indians' rotation has already taken multiple hits down the stretch, so obviously it would be a tremendous blow if he also needs to miss some time. Today, 12:10 pm
    4:10 pm @Det
  • De Leon to start Wednesday vs. Padres
    Jose De Leon will start Wednesday against the Padres.

    Advice: De Leon was originally scheduled start on Tuesday, but Kenta Maeda will move up a day to start instead. The rookie right-hander has posted a 5.52 ERA through his first three starts in the majors. Today, 10:28 am
  • Maeda starting Tuesday, De Leon on Wednesday
    Kenta Maeda has been moved up to start Tuesday against the Padres.

    Advice: He'll swap spots with rookie Jose De Leon, who will be pushed back to Wednesday. Maeda allowed two runs (one earned) over five innings in his most recent start last Wednesday against the Giants and owns a 3.20 ERA over 30 starts in his first year in MLB. Today, 10:26 am
  • Jered Weaver (back) plans to start Sunday
    Jered Weaver (back) plans to start as scheduled Sunday against the Astros.

    Advice: Weaver was forced to leave Monday's start against the Athletics after five scoreless innings due to lower back tightness, but it won't stop him from making perhaps his final start with the Angels. The veteran right-hander thinks he can pitch next season, but he has yet to make a final decision about his future. Weaver has an ugly 5.06 ERA in 31 starts this season. Today, 7:49 am
    7:05 pm vs Oak
  • Francona downplays Kluber's groin injury
    Indians manager Terry Francona downplayed Corey Kluber's groin injury after Monday's game.

    Advice: Kluber was forced to exit his start against the Tigers on Monday after four innings due to what was described as right groin tightness. He declined to discuss the injury as the Indians clinched the American League Central, but more should be known on his status on Tuesday. "He's good, but he has a groin thing that he's fighting," said Francona. "It started getting him in the third and again in the fourth, so I grabbed him. I told him we need to find a way to win a game, but we aren't going far without him, so we need to get him healthy and let him do what he does." Today, 5:50 am
    4:10 pm @Det
  • Sean Manaea strong against Angels
    Sean Manaea held the Angels to one run and four hits over seven innings in a no-decision Monday.

    Advice: It's the first run he's allowed in three starts this month. Not a lot has gone right for the A's this year, but it's great that Manaea has stayed healthy. If that continues, he should be a top-of-the-rotation guy next year. Yesterday, 11:56 pm
  • Hisashi Iwakuma goes six against Astros
    Hisashi Iwakuma pitched six innings of one-run ball Monday against the Astros.

    Advice: Iwakuma was in line for the victory when he left, but Edwin Diaz blew the save, leaving Iwakuma with a no-decision for the first time in 24 starts since May 14. Jake Odorizzi has had like 36 no-decisions since then. Yesterday, 9:33 pm
  • Edwin Diaz takes third blown save
    Edwin Diaz blew his second save in a week Monday after giving up two runs in the ninth against the Astros.

    Advice: On the plus side, the Mariners went on to win both of those blown saves. Those are also the only two times in ten appearances this month that he's been scored upon. Overall, Diaz is 17-for-20 saving games. Yesterday, 9:31 pm
  • Collin McHugh solid against Mariners
    Collin McHugh pitched seven innings and allowed two runs Monday in a no-decision against the Mariners.

    Advice: McHugh pitched well enough to win his fourth straight start, but he didn't get a lot of help tonight. The Astros ended up dropping the game in 11 innings, making it the first time in eight starts that they've lost a McHugh outing. Yesterday, 9:28 pm
  • Martin Perez gives up eight runs in loss
    Martin Perez was lit up for eight runs in 6 2/3 innings Monday in a loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: Not that it probably mattered in a game in which the Rangers scored just three runs, but how do you let Perez give up eight runs, the last three coming in the seventh, while employing a 20-man September bullpen? Perez had been on little role lately, turning in four straight quality starts, but he still doesn't inspire much confidence. He's 10-11 with a 4.37 ERA for the season. Yesterday, 9:18 pm
  • Benoit (calf) left clubhouse on crutches
    Joaquin Benoit (calf) was seen leaving the clubhouse on crutches.

    Advice: That doesn't sound good. Benoit reportedly injured his calf in the scrum during Monday's benches-clearing brawl. While no official diagnosis has been announced, it sounds like it's potentially serious. Yesterday, 9:14 pm
    4:07 pm vs Bal
  • Tim Adleman holds Cardinals in check
    Tim Adleman limited the Cardinals to two runs over seven innings in a 15-2 victory Monday.

    Advice: The Reds' offense provided the right-hander with plenty of breathing room, but the Cards never really threatened Adleman much in this one. He gave up just four hits on the night and didn't walk anyone, recording four strikeouts along the way. The 28-year-old has managed a respectable 3.90 ERA and 1.18 WHIP over 12 starts for the Reds and his last outing will come this weekend against the Cubs. Yesterday, 9:12 pm
  • James Shields picks up win over Rays
    James Shields held the Rays to one run in six innings Monday to improve to 6-18 on the season.

    Advice: It won't be a 20-loss season for Shields, thanks in part to the Rays starting four-ninths of a major league lineup tonight. Seriously. Catcher Curt Casali, who has hit .147 in 143 at-bats against right-handers this season, was the designated hitter. The designated hitter! Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Drew Smyly gives up three runs in loss
    Drew Smyly yielded three runs in five innings Monday in a loss to the White Sox.

    Advice: It's the home run ball that's been Smyly;s bugaboo all season long, but he went without allowing a bomb for the first time in eight starts tonight and still wasn't very good. Someone with a 167/49 K/BB ratio in 175 innings should have a much better ERA than 4.88, which is where Smyly stands now. Yesterday, 8:59 pm
  • Archie Bradley struggles but gets no-decision
    Archie Bradley coughed up four runs over 3 2/3 frames but escaped with a no-decision in Monday's 14-4 win over the Nationals.

    Advice: Bradley managed to record five strikeouts, but he gave up six hits and walked four batters, needing a whopping 97 pitches over his 3 2/3 innings. The D'Backs bullpen took it from there and yielded only three baserunners across 5 1/3 scoreless frames the rest of the way. Bradley will conclude his uneven season this weekend versus the Padres. Yesterday, 8:55 pm
  • Jered Weaver exits with lower back tightness
    Jered Weaver exited Monday's start against the Athletics after five scoreless due to lower back tightness.

    Advice: Weaver allowed just one hit and one walk while striking out three. The veteran right-hander lowered his ERA to 5.06 with the start. Assuming the issue doesn't linger, he lines up to start the season finale against the Astros on Sunday. Yesterday, 8:45 pm
    7:05 pm vs Oak
  • Bartolo Colon has short night versus Marlins
    Bartolo Colon had his worst start of the season Monday, yielding seven runs over just 2 1/3 innings in a loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: It was obvious from the get-go that Colon didn't have anything working in this one. The Marlins were hitting screamers everywhere, totaling eight hits over the big righty's 2 1/3 frames. Colon has been prone to the occasional clunker like this over the last few seasons, but obviously this one came at a bad time. He'll face the Phillies in his final start of the regular season. Yesterday, 8:29 pm
  • Benoit injures calf during brawl
    Joaquin Benoit injured his calf during Monday's benches-clearing brawl with the Yankees.

    Advice: Mae notes that it could be similar to the calf injury Brett Cecil suffered during the playoffs last year. Obviously that would be a tough blow ahead of the postseason, but we should know more about his status soon. Yesterday, 7:52 pm
    4:07 pm vs Bal
  • Kluber exits start with right groin tightness
    Corey Kluber exited Monday's start against the Tigers with right groin tightness.

    Advice: Kluber allowed two runs on five hits and one walk over four innings before leaving the ballgame. The Indians' rotation has already taken multiple hits down the stretch, so this isn't an encouraging development. We should know more about the severity soon. Yesterday, 6:09 pm
    4:10 pm @Det
  • Kluber pulled after four innings
    Corey Kluber was pulled from Monday's start against the Tigers after four innings.

    Advice: Kluber allowed two runs on five hits and one walk before exiting. He was only at 60 pitches at the time, so it was a surprise to see him leave this early. And given the Indians' recent injury issues, obviously not ideal. We should get an update on his status soon. Yesterday, 5:58 pm
    4:10 pm @Det
  • Benoit needed help getting off field
    Joaquin Benoit needed help getting off the field following Monday's benches-clearing brawl with the Yankees.

    Advice: Uh oh. It's unclear what caused the injury, but Benoit was seen limping off the field. It would be a big loss for the Blue Jays, as Benoit owns a 0.38 ERA over 25 appearances since coming over to the Blue Jays in July. Yesterday, 5:36 pm
    4:07 pm vs Bal
  • Masahiro Tanaka (forearm) could be shut down
    Masahiro Tanaka (forearm) will see Dr. Christopher Ahmad in New York on Tuesday to determine whether he can make another start before the end of the season.

    Advice: Tanaka was scratched from Monday's start against the Blue Jays due to a mild forearm strain. His status up in the air, especially with the Yankees on the verge of being eliminated from playoff contention. There should be more clarity on his status in the next day or so. Yesterday, 3:55 pm
    4:05 pm vs Bos
  • Matz sent for another shoulder checkup
    Steven Matz was sent for another checkup on his shoulder on Monday.

    Advice: Matz was originally expected to make his return to the Mets' rotation this past Friday, but he was scratched after experiencing renewed soreness in his left shoulder. He's not expected to pitch this month and any contribution in the playoffs could also be a stretch, even in a relief role. Yesterday, 1:25 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Jordan Zimmermann could start this weekend
    Jordan Zimmermann could start Saturday at Atlanta.

    Advice: Zimmermann looked sharp in a three-inning relief appearance Sunday versus the Royals, yielding one run while striking out four. He threw 30 of his 35 pitches for strikes. It was the first appearance since September 10 for the 30-year-old right-hander, who has been battling lat trouble since late June. Saturday's game is setting up as a must-win for Detroit. Zimmermann is a risky fantasy play, even against the lowly Braves, because of his limited recent workload. Yesterday, 9:53 am
  • Edwin Diaz earns 17th save, M's defeat Twins
    Edwin Diaz tallied his 17th save Sunday in the Mariners' defeat of the Twins.

    Advice: Diaz struck out one in a scoreless 1-2-3 ninth to preserve the Mariners' one-run lead. It was a reassuring outing from the hard-throwing 22-year-old right-hander, who blew a save Wednesday when he surrendered a game-tying solo home run to Jose Bautista. Sunday, 2:20 pm
  • A.J. Cole ejected from Sunday's game
    A.J. Cole was ejected from Sunday's start versus the Pirates for intentionally throwing a pitch at Jung Ho Kang.

    Advice: Kang faked a tag on Bryce Harper at third base in the top of the third inning, leading to an awkward slide from Harper and an apparent hand injury. Cole and the Nationals took exception, and the righty threw one behind Kang's head and was immediately thrown out. A brawl ensued, and Sean Rodriguez was also ejected. It seems likely that Cole will receive a suspension, and Rodriguez probably will, as well. Sunday, 12:08 pm
  • Collins on Matz return: Bullpen or nothing
    Mets manager Terry Collins said if Steven Matz (shoulder) returns this year it will likely be as a reliever.

    Advice: Matz has endured numerous setbacks in his recovery from a strained shoulder and with only a handful of games left in the regular season, there simply isn't enough time to stretch him out. The lefty had been scheduled to pitch Friday against the Phillies but was scratched after feeling renewed shoulder soreness. He hasn't pitched in a game since August 14. Saturday, 1:56 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Wright (shoulder) scratched from pen session
    Steven Wright (shoulder) isn't ready to throw a bullpen session.

    Advice: Wright was scheduled to throw a pen session on Sunday but the team realized he wasn't ready. He'll continue with his throwing program but the odds of Wright making it back by the end of the regular season are incredibly slim. Boston could stash him on the postseason roster but even that seems overly optimistic. Frankly, the Red Sox don't need him. Wright was Boston's best pitcher in the first half but David Price and Clay Buchholz have been lights out since the All-Star break while Rick Porcello has emerged as a leading contender for the AL Cy Young Award. Saturday, 1:39 pm
    4:05 pm @NYY
  • Zimmermann to throw sim game on Monday
    Jordan Zimmermann is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Monday.

    Advice: He's still trying to correct his ills on the side without effecting the Tigers in live game action. Until he gets his mechanics back in order, it would be surprising to see him make another start for the Tigers as they push for a wild card berth. Saturday, 7:52 am
  • Pomeranz gives up one run in win over Rays
    Drew Pomeranz limited the Rays to one run over five innings in a 2-1 victory on Friday.

    Advice: The only run scored on a Mikie Mahtook homer in the second inning. Pomeranz has now allowed 14 homers in just 67 1/3 innings with the Red Sox. Still, Friday was a step forward for him. He gave up four hits without walking a batter and struck out four. There’s some concern over his career-high workload this season, so it’s unclear when he’ll start next. Friday, 7:13 pm
    4:05 pm @NYY
  • Jordan Zimmermann says he feels 'good'
    Jordan Zimmermann said Thursday that he feels "good" but admitted he's "a little inconsistent" when throwing out of the windup.

    Advice: Zimmermann has thrown a couple simulated games as he tries to get his mechanics in order. "I feel good," he said. "My body and everything feels good. I feel really good out of the stretch. The wind-up is the only thing, and I still throw pretty well out of the wind-up. It’s just a little inconsistent, which I guess is expected when I got down three times and build back up three times." Zimmermann added that he feels like "I can go out there and compete and pitch," but the Tigers will have him throw another simulated game Monday. It's possible he could make a start in Atlanta during the final weekend of the season. Friday, 7:14 am
  • Steven Wright (shoulder) to throw off mound
    Steven Wright (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session Sunday.

    Advice: Wright first injured his shoulder back on August 7 during a pinch-running appearance. Red Sox manager John Farrell conceded that if the knuckleballer made it back this season, it would likely be in a relief role. "Just off the top of your head, you’d say yeah, just because of the number of pitches he might be capable of," Farrell said. "But the biggest thing we’ve got to determine is if he’s ready for that next step of intensity." Friday, 5:49 am
    4:05 pm @NYY
  • Masahiro Tanaka (forearm) won't start Monday
    Masahiro Tanaka has been scratched from Monday's scheduled start against the Blue Jays due to a lower forearm strain.

    Advice: Yankees manager Joe Girardi described it as a "slight, slight, slight" flexor mass strain, but the club obviously didn't want to push it. The skipper added that if it were the regular season, Tanaka "probably" would not require a disabled list stint. Tanaka, who will be shut down for five days, said he has "no pain at all" but is experiencing some tightness. The right-hander expects to be ready for a start sometime next week, although if the Yankees are eliminated by then they might play it safe and just shut him down. Thursday, 2:20 pm
    4:05 pm vs Bos
  • Matz (shoulder) scratched from Friday start
    Steven Matz has been scratched from Friday's start versus the Phillies after feeling renewed soreness in his left shoulder.

    Advice: Matz got through a bullpen session Wednesday with no issues, but his shoulder didn't rebound as hoped on Thursday. He's almost surely done for the season now, although Mets general manager Sandy Alderson didn't rule out the lefty out when addressing the issue Thursday. Gabriel Ynoa will now start against the Phillies. Thursday, 2:13 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Jordan Zimmermann set for another sim game
    Jordan Zimmermann is scheduled to throw another simulated game on Monday.

    Advice: Zimmermann hasn't looked sharp in his last two sim games, and he might have to really impress in this one Monday to get an appearance in the final week. The right-hander missed all of July and most of August with a lat injury and he gave up six runs in one official inning September 10 against the Orioles. That was his last outing for Detroit. He's made just one other appearance (August 4) since June 30. Thursday, 9:14 am
  • Kenta Maeda earns 16th victory
    Kenta Maeda picked up his 16th win after allowing two runs -- one earned -- in five innings Wednesday against the Giants.

    Advice: Maeda struck out six and walked two before leaving after 88 pitches. The Dodgers are handling him increasingly carefully; he's gotten between 15 and 19 outs in each of his last 11 starts, never throwing more than 104 pitches in that span. It's worked out well; he's 8-2 during the stretch. Wednesday, 10:31 pm
  • Kluber holds Royals to two runs over 6 1/3
    Corey Kluber gave up two runs over 6 1/3 innings to lead the Indians to a 4-3 victory over the Royals on Wednesday.

    Advice: He rang up nine strikeouts against two walks and six base hits, none of which left the yard. He gave up both runs in the third inning to fall behind 2-1 but he was able to put up zeroes until the Indians retook the lead and went on to victory. Kluber moves to 18-9 with a 3.11 ERA. He owns 224 strikeouts in 211 innings. He will likely get just one more start before the regular season ends. Wednesday, 9:25 pm
    4:10 pm @Det
  • Colon gives up two runs in 6 2/3 innings Wed.
    Bartolo Colon was solid in Wednesday's game versus the Braves, allowing two runs over 6 2/3 innings while taking a no-decision in a game the Mets eventually lost.

    Advice: He struck out six without issuing any free passes. He kept the Braves off the scoreboard for six innings before surrendering a two-run homer to catcher Anthony Recker in the seventh. Colon left the game with a lead but closer Jeurys Familia later blew the save and the game. The 43-year-old is having one of the best seasons of his very long career. His record holds at 14-7 with a 3.12 ERA. His only fantasy weakness is strikeouts -- he has just 122 in 184 1/3 innings. Wednesday, 8:48 pm
  • Tanaka yields four runs in six frames in win
    Masahiro Tanaka gave up four home runs but still got a win, yielding four runs over six innings in a victory over the Rays on Wednesday.

    Advice: All four of the solo longballs came in the third inning, including three in a row to Evan Longoria, Brad Miller and Corey Dickerson. He gave up seven total hits and a pair of bases-on-balls while fanning five. Tanaka was able to advance his record to 14-4 despite the home run barrage. He owns an excellent 3.07 ERA with 165 strikeouts and 36 walks in 199 2/3 innings. Wednesday, 7:48 pm
    4:05 pm vs Bos
  • Steven Wright (shoulder) throws from 120 feet
    Steven Wright (shoulder) threw from 120 feet out on Wednesday.

    Advice: Wright is starting into a throwing program in Fort Myers, Florida. He has been sidelined since August 31 due to a bout of right shoulder bursitis and his status for the remainder of the season and postseason remains up in the air. Boston manager John Farrell would not commit to when the knuckleballer will begin to throw off the mound, though there's talk of it happening this weekend as the Red Sox are visiting the Rays in Tampa Bay. Wednesday, 6:03 pm
    4:05 pm @NYY
  • Diaz surrenders Bautista homer to blow save
    Edwin Diaz blew his second save of the season when he surrendered a game-tying solo home run to Jose Baustia in the ninth inning of Wednesday's 2-1, 12-inning win over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Diaz came on with two outs in the eighth inning as the M's looked to hang for a 1-0 victory. He fanned Josh Donaldson to close out that frame, then opened the ninth by striking out Edwin Encarnacion. No such luck next batter. Jose Bautista would make contact -- and then some -- with an epic game-tying shot. Diaz rebounded to record the final two outs in the ninth without issue and Seattle went on to win the game on a Robinson Cano sacrifice fly in the 12th inning. For the season, the flame-throwing 22-year-old Diaz has pitched to a 2.33 ERA and 80/15 K/BB ratio over 46 1/3 innings. He is now 16-for-18 in save chances. That ninth-inning run surrendered on Wednesday was the first run he has allowed since August 30. Wednesday, 5:46 pm
  • Collin McHugh limits Athletics to two runs
    Collin McHugh pitched well in Wednesday's win over the A's, allowing two runs on six hits over 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: McHugh struck out five and walked two, with a pair of RBI doubles spelling the damage on his line. Brett Eibner burned him for one in the fourth inning and Bruce Maxwell did likewise in the sixth. In 170 innings this season, the 29-year-old right-hander has pitched to a 4.61 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 166/50 K/BB ratio. He is scheduled to make starts against the Mariners and Angels before the 2016 season draws to a close. Wednesday, 3:52 pm
  • Steven Matz (shoulder) on track for Friday
    Steven Matz (shoulder) threw a successful bullpen session on Wednesday.

    Advice: "[Matz] looked very good," said manager Terry Collins. "He looked nice and easy." Barring a sudden setback, Matz is expected to start against the Phillies on Friday in an outing that probably won't push beyond 50 pitches. The young left-hander has been on the shelf since the middle of August with a mild shoulder strain. Wednesday, 1:12 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Bradley strikes out seven as D-Backs fall
    Archie Bradley surrendered two runs on two hits over five innings in Tuesday's loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Bradley struck out seven and walked three on the evening, finishing out his five innings of work having thrown 96 pitches (59 strikes). The 24-year-old right-hander has pitched to an uncomfortable 5.02 ERA, 1.56 WHIP and 127/63 K/BB ratio over 136 innings. A road showdown with the Nationals shows next on his schedule. Tuesday, 11:31 pm
  • Iwakuma hammered for six runs by Blue Jays
    Hisashi Iwakuma was demolished in Tuesday's loss to the Blue Jays, yielding six runs (five earned) on eight hits over 3 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Iwakuma kept the Blue Jays off the scoreboard altogether through the first three innings. Then, the fourth inning happened. The frame opened innocently enough with a strikeout of Edwin Encarnacion. That was followed by a Jose Bautista single, a two-run homer off the bat of Russell Martin, a Troy Tulowitzki single, a two-run home run by Michael Saunders, a Kevin Pillar double and an RBI single by Ezequiel Carrera to cap it all off before Iwakuma was mercifully relieved of duty. Yikes. The veteran right-hander saw his ERA jump from 3.87 to 4.04 by the time the dust had settled. He will try for a more favorable result in a road start against the Astros next time he toes the rubber. Tuesday, 10:47 pm
  • Sean Manaea blanks Astros over six innings
    Sean Manaea took a no-decision in Tuesday's loss to the Astros, firing six shutout innings while striking out seven.

    Advice: Manaea surrendered just three hits and held a 1-0 lead after six innings, but the game-tying run would come home in the seventh to deprive him of a win. He will bring a 4.03 ERA and 1.22 WHIP into a road date with the Angels next time he toes the rubber. That will be his last start of the season as the schedule currently stands. Tuesday, 10:10 pm
  • James Shields rocked by Phillies Tuesday
    James Shields was torched for seven runs -- six earned -- over 5 1/3 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: Another clunker from the veteran right-hander. Shields served up a two-run home run to Odubel Herrera in the first inning and things didn't get much better after that, as he allowed tallies in the third, fifth and sixth before finally getting pulled. Shields had put up two straight quality starts, but it's back to the drawing board again. He'll get his former team, the Rays, next. Tuesday, 9:08 pm
  • Drew Smyly terrific but takes no-decision
    Drew Smyly deserved better fate but had to settle for a no-decision Tuesday, limiting the Yankees to one run over six innings.

    Advice: Smyly held the Bombers to just four hits and two walks while recording three strikeouts over his six frames. He had thrown only 87 pitches, but Rays manager Kevin Cash decided to pull his starter in favor of Brad Boxberger, who melted down in giving up a four-spot. While he did have to settle for a no-decision, Smyly now hasn't lost since his first start of the second half. He'll get the Red Sox on Sunday. Tuesday, 7:40 pm
  • Zimmermann did not look sharp in sim game
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus offered an underwhelming review of Jordan Zimmermann's simulated game Tuesday afternoon at Target Field.

    Advice: "About the same as the other day," said Ausmus. "He feels fine, he feels healthy, he just feels inconsistent with his mechanics. I think he’s a little frustrated that he can’t get his mechanics working more consistently." Zimmermann allowed six runs in one official inning of work September 10 against the Orioles after missing all of July and most of August with a lat injury. It doesn't sound like he'll be cleared to rejoin the Tigers' rotation anytime soon. Tuesday, 6:09 pm
  • Jordan Zimmermann throws sim. game
    Jordan Zimmermann threw a successful 68-pitch simulated game on Tuesday afternoon.

    Advice: He retired the final six batters he faced, three via strikeout. Zimmermann was lit up for six runs in one official inning of work September 10 against the Orioles and hasn't appeared in a live game since. It's not clear what the plan is next, though there is some chatter about him making a start this weekend against the Royals. Tuesday, 1:17 pm
  • Steven Matz (elbow) expects to start Friday
    Steven Matz (elbow) said Tuesday that he feels great and expects to start Friday against the Phillies.

    Advice: Matz, out since August 14 due to a mild shoulder strain, is scheduled to travel back to New York to throw a bullpen session on Wednesday. If all goes well, he'll be cleared to make his return on Friday, though Mets manager Terry Collins indicated Monday that he'd likely be limited to around 50 pitches for his first start back. Tuesday, 8:05 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Martin Perez goes seven strong versus Angels
    Martin Perez held the Angels to two runs over seven innings, settling for a no-decision in the Rangers' 3-2 victory.

    Advice: The left-hander gave up just four hits and didn't walk anyone on the night, needing a mere 79 pitches to get through his seven innings. However, three of the hits and both runs came in his last two frames, so the Rangers decided that was enough. Perez has notched four straight quality starts. He'll take a 4.14 ERA into Oakland this weekend. Monday, 9:16 pm
  • Tim Adleman solid versus Cubs
    Tim Adleman yielded two runs in 6 1/3 innings Monday in a no-decision against the Cubs.

    Advice: Adleman blanked the Cubs for six innings before giving up homers to Addison Russell and Willson Contreras in the seventh. It brings his total of homers surrendered to 13 in 57 2/3 innings this year. He has a decent 4.06 ERA anyway, but he doesn't seem like a very good bet for the future. Monday, 7:55 pm
  • A.J. Cole lasts just four innings Monday
    A.J. Cole gave up only two runs but lasted just four innings in Monday's loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: Cole had thrown just 79 pitches, but the Nationals had a scoring opportunity in the top of the fifth inning and elected to pinch-hit for their starter. He struck out three while permitting four hits and a couple walks. Cole hasn't gone more than five innings in any of his last three outings. He'll face the Pirates on Sunday. Monday, 7:23 pm
  • Pomeranz on track to make next start
    Drew Pomeranz is on track to make his next scheduled start Friday against the Rays.

    Advice: Red Sox manager John Farrell acknowledged that the team is trying to determine if Pomeranz's workload has impacted his command, but they aren't ready to make a change yet. The southpaw has allowed nine runs in 5 2/3 innings over his last two starts. He's logged a career-high 164 1/3 innings this year. Sep 19, 2:35 pm
    4:05 pm @NYY
  • Wright (shoulder) resumes throwing
    Steven Wright (shoulder) has resumed a throwing program in Fort Myers, Florida.

    Advice: Wright hasn't pitched since August 31 due to right shoulder bursitis. The Red Sox hope to get a look at him throwing off a mound when the club travels to play the Rays this weekend, but he's obviously running out of time to contribute. Sep 19, 2:26 pm
    4:05 pm @NYY
  • Steven Matz (shoulder) could return Friday?
    Steven Matz (shoulder) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Wednesday in Florida.

    Advice: If it goes well, he may be cleared to return to the Mets' rotation Friday night against the Phillies. But nothing is set in stone, and he'd probably be on a pitch count in that one. "We’re just taking it step-by-step," Matz told Newsday on Monday. "I don’t know. I’m throwing, I’m throwing off the mound. I feel good. I feel really good. It’s just a matter of building up pitches and being able to compete in the big leagues. That’s kind of what we’re evaluating now." The young lefty hasn't appeared in a game for the Mets since August 14 due to a mild shoulder strain. Sep 19, 12:11 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Strasburg (elbow) has resumed playing catch
    Stephen Strasburg (elbow) has begun playing catch on flat ground.

    Advice: Strasburg tossed a ball for about five minutes with a trainer on Saturday and woke up Sunday with no abnormal discomfort. It's a small but significant first step for the ace right-hander, who was diagnosed with a flexor mass strain earlier this month. Strasburg is doubtful to return before the end of the regular season, but maybe he could take on some kind of role in October if the Nats make a deep postseason run. Somewhat miraculously, he's made just one postseason appearance in his seven-year major league career. Sep 19, 6:14 am
    4:05 pm vs Ari
  • Drew Pomeranz knocked around in no-decision
    Drew Pomeranz was knocked around in Sunday's no-decision against the Yankees, surrendering four runs on seven hits in only 3 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Pomeranz struck out three while walking two on the evening. He departed after surrendering a pair of runs in the fourth inning and with his club trailing 4-0, but the Red Sox offense was able to take him off the hook, while the Red Sox bullpen spun 5 1/3 innings of shutout baseball the rest of the way. He'll look to turn his season around when he squares off against the Rays in Tampa Bay on Friday. Sep 18, 8:48 pm
    4:05 pm @NYY
  • De Leon struggles against D'Backs on Sunday
    Jose De Leon struggled in a no-decision against the Diamondbacks on Sunday, allowing four runs on seven hits in just 3 2/3 innings.

    Advice: De Leon walked two and struck out two on the afternoon. The rookie right-hander wasn't sharp in this one, and the Diamondbacks made him pay early and often, including a two-run homer by Mitch Haniger. He'll look to put this one behind him and get back on track when he takes on the Rockies at home on Friday. Sep 18, 6:21 pm
  • Steven Matz (shoulder) to rejoin Mets in NYC
    Steven Matz (shoulder) is expected to rejoin the Mets in New York this week.

    Advice: Matz has been throwing at the club's spring training complex in Florida. There's a good chance the left-hander will return at some point this week, although no final decision has been made yet. If Matz does make a start this week, he'll be limited from a pitch count perspective. Sep 18, 8:53 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Jordan Zimmermann to throw another sim game
    Jordan Zimmermann will throw another 80-pitch simulated game on Tuesday.

    Advice: Zimmermann was rocked by the Orioles a week ago and the Tigers have held him out of the rotation since then. It's unclear when he'll be given another start, but it could be next weekend if Tuesday's simulated game goes well. Sep 18, 7:55 am
  • Collin McHugh shuts down Mariners
    Collin McHugh allowed two hits over seven innings and combined with two relievers on a shutout of the Mariners on Friday.

    Advice: Maybe McHugh's best start of the year and definitely his best in months. The Astros have won McHugh's last six starts, even though his ERA has barely moved during that span, going from 4.70 to 4.66. He'll get the A's next, making him a decent streaming option in mixed leagues. Sep 16, 11:02 pm
  • Kenta Maeda picks up 15th win
    Kenta Maeda yielded one run in five innings Friday in a victory over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Maeda struck out six in earning his 15th win of the year. In most seasons, he'd be a Rookie of the Year favorite with that many victories and a 3.24 ERA. In 2016, though, he's going to get trounced by a teammate in the balloting. Sep 16, 10:47 pm
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