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  • Cam Bedrosian fans since in eighth
    Cam Bedrosian struck out all three batters he faced in the eighth inning Monday for a hold against the Royals.

    Advice: It would be interesting to see if the Angels turned the closer's role over to Bedrosian or played it safe with Joe Smith in the event of a Huston Street trade. Bedrosian has made a great case for the job, what with his 0.93 ERA and 43/11 K/BB ratio in 37 innings. Still, there would be financial incentives in going with an older reliever in the ninth. Rotoworld.com 39 minutes ago
  • Drew Pomeranz pitches well in loss
    Drew Pomeranz pitched well but took a loss Monday, holding the Tigers to two runs over six frames while striking out seven.

    Advice: Pomeranz was in the midst of a gem before Jose Iglesias took him over the Green Monster with a two-run shot in the sixth inning. He gave up just four hits and walk two on the night to go along with his seven punchouts. It was obviously a major step forward after Pomeranz was knocked around in his first outing for Boston. He'll get the Angels over the weekend. Rotoworld.com 49 minutes ago
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  • Smith was unavailable due to back tightness
    Joe Smith was unavailable Monday because his back tightened up.

    Advice: Some speculated about a trade when Smith didn't pitch in the seventh inning Monday, but he's not going anywhere yet. Fortunately, the back issue appears to be minor and he should be good to go Tuesday. Rotoworld.com 52 minutes ago
  • Francisco Rodriguez nails down 28th save
    Francisco Rodriguez retired all four batters he faced to record his 28th save of the season in Monday's win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: The Tigers turned to K-Rod with the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth, and he got Mookie Betts to ground into a fielder's choice. The closer then retired the Red Sox 1-2-3 in the ninth. K-Rod has mostly been excellent since a couple rough outings in April. Rotoworld.com 55 minutes ago
  • Ryan Madson blows sixth save
    Ryan Madson took his sixth blown save after giving up a two-run homer to the Rangers in Monday's loss.

    Advice: Madson has given up a whopping five homers and 10 runs in his last 12 innings of work, so his time as a closer could be coming to a close. Ryan Dull has looked like Oakland's best reliever all season long and is worthy of an opportunity. Rotoworld.com 58 minutes ago
  • Andrew Miller notches eighth save
    Andrew Miller picked up his eighth save Monday with a scoreless ninth against the Astros.

    Advice: Barring a trade, Miller will finish out the year as the Yankees' closer, making him a top-10 fantasy reliever. He has a 1.42 ERA this season. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:17 pm
  • Aaron Sanchez tosses seven shutout frames
    Aaron Sanchez struck out seven batters across seven shutout innings in Monday's 4-2 victory over the Padres.

    Advice: Sanchez was dominant yet again, holding the Padres to just three hits -- two singles -- while walking two. He's yielded only 113 hits and 39 walks over 132 1/3 innings this season, good for a 1.15 WHIP to go along with his 2.72 ERA. Sanchez is now 11-1 on the season and hasn't given up more than two runs in any of his last seven starts. It's possible he'll hit a wall at some point or even be moved to the bullpen, but Sanchez hasn't shown any signs of slowing down yet. He'll get the Orioles next. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:13 pm
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  • Roberto Osuna records save No. 25
    Roberto Osuna retired the only two batters he faced to nail down his 21st save of the season in Monday's win over the Padres.

    Advice: The Blue Jays entered the bottom of the ninth with a four-run lead, but Osuna had to come on after Bo Schultz served up a two-run dinger. The closer got a foulout and a fly out to finish off the victory. Osuna is 21-for-23 in save chances and boasts a 2.03 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 51/9 K/BB ratio over 44 1/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:58 pm
  • Yankees have turned attention to dealing Nova
    Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that moving Ivan Nova has become "the next priority" for the Yankees following the Aroldis Chapman deal.

    Advice: ESPN's Buster Olney reported earlier in the day Monday that team executives have been pushing for a trade involving Nova, so things could come together quickly now that the Chapman deal is finalized. "They're focused on him," a major-league source told Feinsand. "They're looking at the guys with expiring contracts first - though not Beltran right now." Nova, an impending free agent, has posted a 4.65 ERA and 72/22 K/BB ratio over 93 innings this season. In a weak market for starters, he could draw some interest as rotation depth. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:45 pm
  • McFarland (knee) nearing return to mound
    T.J. McFarland (knee) is close to getting back to throwing off a mound.

    Advice: McFarland landed on the disabled list at the end of June with left knee inflammation and even paid a visit to Dr. James Andrews earlier this month, but he's slowly working his way back to action. The southpaw had a 5.63 ERA over 15 appearances before hitting the DL. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:57 pm
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  • Kimbrel (knee) could go on rehab stint Sat.
    Craig Kimbrel (knee) could begin a minor league rehab assignment as soon as Saturday.

    Advice: Kimbrel, who is coming back from left knee surgery, threw around 20 pitches off the mound on Monday and is scheduled to throw another bullpen session on Wednesday. If all goes well, he could rejoin the Red Sox as soon as next Monday in Seattle. Brad Ziegler will continue to fill in at closer for now. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:39 pm
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  • D-Backs option Silvino Bracho to Triple-A
    Diamondbacks optioned RHP Silvino Bracho to Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: The move clears the way for Braden Shipley on the active roster. Bracho has a 6.75 ERA and 11/7 K/BB ratio over 14 2/3 innings in the majors this season. He should be back up again later this summer. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:11 pm
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  • Padres recall Keith Hessler from El Paso
    Padres recalled LHP Keith Hessler from Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Hessler will be available out of the Padres' bullpen on Monday night in Toronto. The left-hander has allowed 10 runs in six innings this year in the major leagues. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:01 pm
  • Padres option Kevin Quackenbush to AAA
    Padres optioned RHP Kevin Quackenbush to Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Keith Hessler will replace him in the San Diego bullpen on Monday night. Quackenbush owns a 3.89 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and 28/15 K/BB ratio in 41 2/3 innings this season. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:00 pm
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  • Cards transfer Jordan Walden to 60-day DL
    Cardinals transferred RHP Jordan Walden from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Walden hasn't thrown a pitch in a meaningful game (minors or majors) since last July and probably isn't going to be an option for St. Louis down the stretch in 2016. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:16 pm
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  • Cardinals add Jerome Williams from AAA
    Cardinals purchased the contract of RHP Jerome Williams from Triple-A Memphis.

    Advice: Williams will be available out of the Cardinals' bullpen for Monday night's series opener against the Mets. The veteran right-hander had a 4.89 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, and 34/15 K/BB ratio through 57 innings this season with Memphis. He probably won't be up for very long. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:12 pm
  • Kimbrel (knee) throws 20 pitches off a mound
    Craig Kimbrel (knee) threw around 20 pitches off the mound at Fenway Park on Monday.

    Advice: The workout was observed by Red Sox manager John Farrell, two coaches, two trainers, and two physical therapists. It ended with a round of fist-bumps, which is usually a positive sign. Kimbrel will throw off a mound again Wednesday and could then be cleared to face live hitters. He is on track to return to the Boston bullpen early next week in Seattle. Brad Ziegler is currently filling in at closer. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:02 pm
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  • Phillies return Daniel Stumpf to Royals
    Phillies returned Rule 5 Draft pick LHP Daniel Stumpf to the Royals.

    Advice: Stumpf was designated for assignment by the Phillies last week and the Royals took the opportunity to reacquire the left-hander. He will be sent to Triple-A Omaha. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:54 am
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  • Yanks' sense is they will keep Andrew Miller
    According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the "Yankees' sense right now" is that Andrew Miller will not be traded ahead of the August 1 deadline.

    Advice: But that could change over the next couple of days, depending on the offers that come in. New York got a terrific haul for impending free agent Aroldis Chapman on Monday, landing shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres, outfield prospect Billy McKinney, right-hander Adam Warren, and minor league outfielder Rashad Crawford from the Cubs. Miller, under contract through 2018, owns a dominant 1.45 ERA, 0.76 WHIP, and 74/7 K/BB ratio in 43 1/3 innings this season for the fourth-place Yankees. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:49 am
  • Cubs, Yanks finalize Aroldis Chapman trade
    Cubs acquired LHP Aroldis Chapman from the Yankees in exchange for SS Gleyber Torres, RHP Adam Warren, OF Billy McKinney, and OF Rashad Crawford.

    Advice: There had been reports of the Cubs attempting to work out a contract extension with Chapman, but the impending free agent left-hander is apparently intent on hitting the open market this winter. New York also tried an extension with Chapman back in June, but those talks obviously failed. The fire-balling 28-year-old will take over at closer on the north side of Chicago, with Hector Rondon shifting into a setup role. Chapman owns a dominant 2.01 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and 44/8 K/BB ratio in 31 1/3 innings since returning in May from a domestic violence suspension. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:29 am
  • Yankees re-acquire Adam Warren from Cubs
    Yankees acquired RHP Adam Warren, SS Gleyber Torres, OF Billy McKinney, and OF Rashad Crawford from the Cubs in exchange for LHP Aroldis Chapman.

    Advice: Warren is returning to the Bronx after a mostly disappointing half-year stay on the north side of Chicago. The 28-year-old right-hander holds a 5.91 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, and 27/19 K/BB ratio in 35 innings (one start, 28 relief appearances) this season. He could move into the starting rotation with the Yankees if trades this week open up a vacancy. Initially he will probably work in mid-relief. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:19 am
  • Cubs will not have Aroldis Chapman extension
    According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the Cubs will not have a contract extension in place with Aroldis Chapman when their trade for the closer becomes official.

    Advice: They tried hard, as did the Yankees before agreeing to this five-player swap, but Chapman is apparently intent on testing the free agent waters following the 2016 season. He is headed to the Cubs in exchange for shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres, outfield prospect Billy McKinney, right-hander Adam Warren, and minor league outfielder Rashad Crawford. Chapman will take over at closer on the north side of Chicago, with Hector Rondon moving to a setup role. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:49 am
  • Rangers showing interest in Vince Velasquez
    According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, the Rangers are expressing interest in Vincent Velasquez.

    Advice: Velasquez is a 24-year-old with five years of contractual control and he's been having a very good season for Philadelphia, so the asking price is going to be astronomical. The right-hander holds a 3.34 ERA and 103 strikeouts in 91 2/3 innings this year. Texas has been connected to just about every pitcher in baseball. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:04 am
  • Cubs, Yankees reach Aroldis Chapman deal
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Yankees and Cubs have agreed to an Aroldis Chapman trade.

    Advice: New York will get shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres, outfield prospect Billy McKinney, right-hander Adam Warren, and one other player. The trade feels like a huge score for the Yankees, but this is the go-for-it of all go-for-its with the Cubs, who haven't won a World Series title since 1908. Chapman will take over at closer in Chicago, with Hector Rondon shifting to a setup role. The flame-throwing 28-year-old left-hander owns a 2.16 ERA and 590 strikeouts in 350 1/3 career major league innings. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:00 am
  • Yankees have been pushing Ivan Nova trade
    Rival executives tell ESPN's Buster Olney that the Yankees have been pushing an Ivan Nova trade.

    Advice: Nova is due to become a free agent after the 2016 season and doesn't seem like a qualifying offer candidate, so the Yankees might as well try to get something out of him. The 29-year-old right-hander has pitched very well in his last two starts but owns a pedestrian 4.65 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, and 72/22 K/BB ratio in 93 innings overall this season. Maybe a move to the National League would work. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:34 am
  • Yankees to get four players in Chapman deal
    According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Yankees will get four players from the Cubs in the yet-to-be-finalized Aroldis Chapman trade.

    Advice: Top shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres is the centerpiece, but Sherman hears the Yankees are also getting Adam Warren back from the Cubs -- he was traded to Chicago last winter in the Starlin Castro trade -- as well as two other prospects. Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner has apparently signed off on the deal, so it's not clear what the hold-up might be. There's been talk of the Cubs possibly trying to work out a pre-trade contract extension with Chapman, who can become a free agent five days after the 2016 World Series. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:51 am
  • Boxberger (oblique) won't return before Fri.
    Brad Boxberger (oblique) will not be activated from the disabled list before Friday.

    Advice: Boxberger has allowed two runs in three innings on his minor league rehab assignment, and he has yet to pitch on back-to-back days. That is scheduled to happen this week, with the Rays likely hoping to see better results. Boxberger has been limited to one appearance at the major league level this season because of oblique and abdominal issues. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:03 am
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  • Huston Street among Giants' trade targets
    According to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Angels closer Huston Street is among the Giants' trade targets leading up to the August 1 deadline.

    Advice: He's probably more of a backup plan, as the Giants have been linked to a number of other relievers having far better seasons. Street, 32, owns a rough 5.03 ERA and 1.93 WHIP in 19 2/3 innings this year out of the Anaheim bullpen. He has missed time with oblique and hamstring injuries. The right-hander is under contract for $9 million in 2017 and carries a $10 million club option for 2018. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:00 am
  • Kenley Jansen slasms the door on Cardinals
    Kenley Jansen slammed the door on the Cardinals in the ninth inning on Sunday, working a scoreless frame to protect a three-run advantage.

    Advice: Jansen induced a ground ball from Kolten Wong, then fanned Alberto Rosario and Randal Grichuk to retire the Cardinals without issue. He has once against been one of the most dominant closers in baseball this season, compiling a 1.45 ERA and 0.69 WHIP while converting 29 saves in 34 chances. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:01 pm
  • Kimbrel (knee) to throw bullpen on Monday
    Craig Kimbrel (knee) played catch without any issues on Sunday and is expected to throw a bullpen session on Monday.

    Advice: If that goes well, he'll repeat the process on Wednesday. Assuming all goes well with both bullpens, Kimbrel will progress to either a minor league rehab assignment or a simulated game. He's on track to return to the Red Sox bullpen in early August. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:12 pm
    15-Day DL
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  • Chapman to clubs looking likelier, not done
    Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that a deal that would send Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs isn't completed yet, but looks even likelier.

    Advice: The Yankees would receive multiple pieces in return including Gleyber Torres. It sounds as though this deal is going to get done soon, though it may not end up getting finished on Sunday night. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:08 pm
  • Cubs, Yanks working toward Chapman trade
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Cubs and Yankees are working to finalize an Aroldis Chapman trade.

    Advice: Cubs shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres is believed to be in the package that would head to New York, along with another piece or two. Chapman, a 28-year-old impending free agent, has registered a stellar 2.01 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and 44/8 K/BB ratio in 31 1/3 innings since returning in May from a domestic violence suspension. There's a report from Rian Watt of Baseball Prospectus suggesting that the Cubs are trying to work out a contract extension with Chapman on top of the trade. That could be the major hold-up. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:58 pm
  • Guerra goes six-plus but Brewers fall to CHC
    Junior Guerra yielded just one unearned run over 6 1/3 innings Sunday in a no-decision against the Cubs.

    Advice: That run came on a Ben Zobrist single in the top of the sixth inning, after Anthony Rizzo had reached base on a fielding error by Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett. Chicago's offense then went off for five runs against the Milwaukee bullpen in the top of the seventh, ultimately winning the game 6-5. Guerra will carry a shiny 2.85 ERA into his next start at home against the Pirates. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:35 pm
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  • Velasquez allows four runs in Phillies' loss
    Vince Velasquez surrendered four runs in six innings Sunday as the Phillies fell to the Pirates.

    Advice: Velasquez escaped with a no-decision because the Pirates didn't take the lead for good until the bottom of the seventh inning, when rookie Adam Frazier hit a go-ahead pinch-hit solo homer off Phillies reliever Edubray Ramos. Velasquez yielded seven hits and walked four in the ugly afternoon outing at PNC Park. He'll try to bounce back next time out against the Braves. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:22 pm
  • Steinbrenner hasn't OK'd selling just yet
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner "has not given authorization to sell top guys" yet.

    Advice: The Aroldis Chapman rumors have been swirling, but it doesn't appear Steinbrenner is ready to give up on the season just yet with the Yanks having won six of their last eight games to pull within shouting distance of a Wild Card spot. Ultimately, it would be hard to see the Bombers not selling, but perhaps it will depend on how they play this week. The Nationals, Cubs and Indians look like the three favorites to land Chapman. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:14 pm
  • Report: Indians have best offer for Chapman
    Bruce Levine of WSCR-AM and 670thescore.com reports that the Indians "have the best names on the table" for Aroldis Chapman.

    Advice: Previous reports have had both the Nationals and Cubs out in front in the sweepstakes for Chapman. There's also been a "mystery team" floated. In other words, welcome to the trade deadline. The Indians already have a capable closer in Cody Allen, but adding Chapman would bolster their bullpen for a possible playoff run. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:58 am
  • Cubs push past Nats as leaders for Chapman?
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Nationals "are trailing at least three other teams" in the pursuit of Aroldis Chapman.

    Advice: It's a notable change, as they had been viewed as the favorite. It was Heyman who previously reported that the Yankees wanted Joe Ross but the Nats weren't willing to part with him, so perhaps that could be a deal killer between the two teams. Heyman backs up FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal's previous report about the Cubs possibly jumping into the lead for Chapman, as he says they're "pushing hard" for the reliever. The Indians and Giants are in on Chapman, as well, although Alex Pavlovic of CSNBayArea.com hears that the Giants "aren't in the final mix" for the reliever. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:13 am
  • Adam Warren optioned to Triple-A
    Cubs optioned RHP Adam Warren to Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Warren has disappointed for the Cubs this season with a 5.91 ERA and 27/19 K/BB ratio over 35 innings. Joe Nathan has assumed his spot in the bullpen. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:24 am
  • Cubs 'strong in mix' for Aroldis Chapman
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cubs are "strong in mix" for Aroldis Chapman.

    Advice: The Nationals have been perceived as the favorites to land Chapman and they still might be, but the Cubs appear to be a threat. Rosenthal adds that there are "at least two other clubs involved" for Chapman in addition to the Cubs, noting that Giants, Dodgers and Indians in addition to the aforementioned Nats have been connected to the reliever. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:12 am
  • Ryan Tepera recalled from Triple-A
    Blue Jays recalled RHP Ryan Tepera from Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: He's taking Drew Storen's spot in the bullpen. Tepera holds a 5.79 ERA over five relief appearances with the Jays this season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:44 am
  • Nova goes seven strong in no-decision
    Ivan Nova threw seven innings of one-run ball Saturday in a no-decision against the Giants.

    Advice: Nova got only one run of support from the Yankees offense and the Giants wound up winning the game 2-1 in 12 innings. Nova struck out seven and scattered six hits. He's been good now in three of his last four starts and will try to keep it working next week against the Rays. He has a 4.65 ERA for the year. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:38 pm
  • Craig Kimbrel (knee) near rehab assignment?
    Craig Kimbrel (knee) could begin a minor league rehab assignment late next week.

    Advice: Kimbrel is set to throw a bullpen session Sunday or Monday and he'll do the same on Wednesday. If that all goes well, the next step may be a minor league game. "That could be done at (Triple-A) Pawtucket," Red Sox manager John Farrell said Saturday. "We could be looking at an appearance at Pawtucket. We're not scripting it out past Wednesday, because we could go one of two ways here." Brad Ziegler is filling in at closer for the Red Sox with Koji Uehara (pectoral) possibly done for the year. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:10 pm
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  • Jansen blows fifth save of season
    Kenley Jansen blew his fifth save of the season Friday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: The Dodgers pulled in front in the top of the ninth inning thanks to a solo homer off the bat of the red-hot Justin Turner, but the Cardinals answered right back in the bottom of the frame with a game-tying blast from the equally-hot Jedd Gyorko. Jansen came into Friday’s action having allowed just one home run over his first 41 2/3 innings of work this season. Hey, he was probably due for an off-night. He remains one of the game’s best. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:04 pm
  • Daniel Stumpf designated for assignment
    Phillies designated LHP Daniel Stumpf for assignment.

    Advice: The Rule 5 pick was suspended shortstop after Opening Day for PEDs and made only seven relief appearances before the Phillies decided to give up on him. He'll be offered back to the Royals if he clears waivers. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:13 pm
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  • Mets monitoring reliever Joe Smith
    Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets are "monitoring" Joe Smith, Chris Withrow and Jeremy Jeffress.

    Advice: The Mets have been connected to Jeffress previously, but Smith's and Withrow's names are new as the club seeks relief help. Smith, who began his career with the Mets, has had a down season with a 4.36 ERA and 24/13 K/BB ratio over 33 innings, but that might mean the Mets can get him at a discount. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:40 am
  • Kenley Jansen converts save No. 28
    Kenley Jansen allowed a hit but tossed a scoreless frame to pick up his 28th save of the season in Thursday's win over the Nationals.

    Advice: Daniel Murphy flew out after a 10-pitch battle and Bryce Harper then singled, but Jansen set the Nats down easily after that. He's blown four saves this season but remains one of the best closers in the game with a 1.30 ERA and 0.70 WHIP. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:12 pm
  • Padres option Keith Hessler back to AAA
    Padres optioned LHP Keith Hessler to Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Hessler served as the 26th man for Wednesday's doubleheader against the Cardinals but did not pitch. He has allowed 10 runs in six innings this year in the majors. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:26 am
  • Pomeranz smoked for five runs in Sox debut
    Drew Pomeranz made his first start with the Red Sox on Wednesday and it wasn't pretty as he gave up five runs in only three innings.

    Advice: The Red Sox pulled out the victory but Pomeranz didn't stick around long enough to qualify for the win. He struck out four batters and walked two while giving up eight hits, including two home runs. He now has a 2.83 ERA with 119 strikeouts and 43 walks in 105 innings. He no longer has the luxury of pitching in the safety of Petco Park, but he will have the powerful Red Sox offense to save his bacon on off days like this one. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:39 pm
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  • Hessler joins Padres for doubleheader
    Padres recalled LHP Keith Hessler from Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Hessler almost certainly will not be up for long, but the Padres wanted an additional arm for the second game of their doubleheader against the Cardinals. In his six prior major league innings this season, the 27-year-old left-hander had surrendered a whopping 10 runs. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:55 pm
  • Kimbrel (knee) takes to flat ground for catch
    Craig Kimbrel (knee) played catch on flat ground Wednesday.

    Advice: Kimbrel underwent a left knee arthroscopy and a partial medial meniscectomy just before the All-Star Game. At the time of the procedure, it was thought he would miss 3-6 weeks, which would put him in line to return in early to mid-August. Brad Ziegler will close in his absence. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:13 pm
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  • Giants continue to lurk for Miller, Chapman
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Giants are "lingering" in the trade market for Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman.

    Advice: While Crasnick notes that they are interested in the two Yankee bullpen aces, he adds the caveat that the team "might be out-gunned" by the Cubs and Nationals. In addition to Miller and Chapman, Crasnick relays that they have scouted the Phillies' Jeanmar Gomez and David Hernandez, plus Brewers relievers Will Smith and Jeremy Jeffress. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:41 pm
  • K-Rod allows three runs in loss to Twins
    Francisco Rodriguez allowed three runs -- one earned -- in the ninth inning of Wednesday's loss to the Twins.

    Advice: Rodriguez was brought in with the game tied 1-1 and got the first two outs easily, but Max Kepler slugged a go-ahead solo homer, Kennys Vargas reached on a K-Rod throwing error, and then Eddie Rosario cranked a two-run insurance blast over the right-center field wall. Rodriguez took the loss, his first of the season. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:26 pm
  • Keith Hessler to serve as the 26th man
    Keith Hessler will serve as the 26th man for Wednesday's doubleheader against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Hessler will join the Padres' bullpen for the second game. The lefty has allowed 10 runs over just six innings of relief this season at the major league level. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:57 am
  • Street (hamstring) earns his eighth save
    Huston Street (hamstring) picked up his eighth save of the season Tuesday versus the Rangers.

    Advice: Street was forced from an appearance Sunday against the Orioles due to hamstring cramps, but it was obviously nothing serious. He worked around a leadoff single Tuesday, retiring the final three batters he faced to preserve the Angels' two-run lead. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:39 am
  • Sanchez improves to 10-1 in win over ARI
    Aaron Sanchez was marvelous in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Diamondbacks, surrendering one run on six hits over seven innings.

    Advice: Sanchez struck out five without walking a batter. The only run to score on his watch came on an RBI ground out by Paul Goldschmidt in the first inning. He settled in nicely after the early hiccup and finished his seven frames having thrown just 98 pitches. For the season, the 24-year-old right-hander holds a smooth 2.87 ERA and 1.17 WHIP. A home start against the Padres shows next on his schedule. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:44 pm
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  • Guerra turns in another good start vs. Bucs
    Junior Guerra allowed two runs on three hits over six innings in a no-decision Tuesday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Two of those hits, and two of his three walks, came in the first inning before Guerra settled down to blank the Pirates over his final five frames. Unfortunately for Guerra, his offense wasn't able to get much going, either, leaving his record at 6-2 with a strong 3.06 ERA and 1.06 WHIP. A tough test awaits the 31-year-old on Sunday when the Brewers take on the Cubs. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:11 pm
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  • Velasquez holds Marlins to one run over seven
    Vincent Velasquez yielded a lone run to the Marlins over seven innings of work Tuesday but didn't factor in the decision.

    Advice: Velasquez allowed just three hits while walking four, and Christian Yelich's solo home run was all the Marlins could muster against the right-hander during his seven innings of work. Alas, he didn't earn a win for his efforts, remaining at 8-2 while lowering his ERA to 3.15. Another favorable matchup awaits Velasquez Sunday when the Phillies visit the Pirates. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:52 pm
  • Boxberger (oblique) set for rehab game
    Brad Boxberger (oblique) will make another rehab appearance Thursday with High-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Boxberger allowed a solo home run in his rehab debut Monday with Charlotte, but he retried the other three batters he faced and Rays manager Kevin Cash offered a good report on the right-hander Tuesday evening. Boxberger has made just one appearance at the major league level this season due to abdominal and oblique injuries, so the Rays are probably going to ease him back. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:41 pm
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  • Ivan Nova holds down Orioles in victory
    Ivan Nova tossed six frames of one-run ball in Monday's 2-1 win over the Orioles.

    Advice: Nova walked three batters and struck out only four, but he also gave up just four hits. The veteran right-hander has been pretty awful this season but has put together good showings in two of his last three tries. He'll attempt to keep it going this weekend this weekend against the Giants. Rotoworld.com Jul 18, 7:33 pm
  • Francisco Rodriguez records save No. 26
    Francisco Rodriguez tossed a scoreless inning to nail down his 26th save of the season in Monday's win over the Twins.

    Advice: K-Rod issued a one-out walk to Miguel Sano but escaped damage with the game ending on a strike-em-out, throw-em-out double play. The veteran closer hasn't given up a run in his last 10 appearances. Rotoworld.com Jul 18, 6:49 pm
  • Rosenthal: Miller is Indians' top trade target
    Andrew Miller is expected to be the Indians' top trade target, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

    Advice: Cleveland's bullpen consists of entirely right-handed arms and the Indians are intrigued by the possibility of using Miller in a setup role. Of course, the Yankees will be inundated with offers for Miller, who figures to be one of the most coveted relievers available at the trade deadline. The Nationals, Rangers and Cubs have all shown interest and more suitors should emerge as August 1 approaches. Rotoworld.com Jul 18, 10:18 am
  • Smith and Bedrosian sharing setup duties
    Joe Smith and Cam Bedrosian will share the setup role going forward.

    Advice: Bedrosian warmed up to pitch the eighth inning on both Friday and Saturday but didn't appear in either game. He's been rock solid this year with a 1.09 ERA over 37 appearances. Smith missed time with an injury last month and hasn't looked sharp since his return (7.94 ERA this month). Huston Street is still locked into the closer role, though the Angels haven't provided many save opportunities this season. Rotoworld.com Jul 18, 9:04 am
  • Yankees scouting Nationals' Triple-A team
    Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post reports the Yankees had scouts in Syracuse this weekend.

    Advice: Syracuse, of course, is home to the Nationals' Triple-A affiliate. Washington has shown keen interest in both Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller and it appears the Yankees are looking for a possible match in the Nationals' minor league system. ESPN's Buster Olney previously said the team would only part with Miller for "the best of the best prospects," and we assume the same goes for Chapman. Rotoworld.com Jul 18, 7:50 am
  • Andrew Miller 'on the radar' of Rangers
    Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Andrew Miller is "on the radar" of the Rangers.

    Advice: The Rangers are looking at both starters and relievers, although Wilson indicates that a reliever is less of a priority. The Yankees have essentially told Miller that they've have to be blown away by an offer in order to consider trading him, so it remains to be seen whether Texas will be willing to offer enough to pry the reliever away. Rotoworld.com Jul 17, 9:31 am
  • Brad Boxberger (oblique) set for rehab games
    Brad Boxberger (oblique) will begin a rehab assignment at High-A Charlotte on Monday.

    Advice: It's unclear how many rehab appearances Boxberger will need before being activated. He's been limited to just one game this season due to abdominal and oblique injuries and has seen Alex Colome take hold of the Rays' closer job in his absence. Rotoworld.com Jul 17, 7:25 am
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  • Rodriguez notches 25th save of the season
    Francisco Rodriguez gave up a hit in the ninth inning but was able to shut down the Royals and notch his 25th save of the season on Friday.

    Advice: He struggled in April but has been lights out ever since. He sports a 2.84 ERA with 31 strikeouts and 10 walks in 31 2/3 innings. He has a tight grip on the closer role in Detroit. Rotoworld.com Jul 15, 8:27 pm
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