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  • Gallardo (shoulder) to throw simulated game
    Yovani Gallardo (shoulder) will throw a simulated game on Saturday.

    Advice: Gallardo was cleared to face hitters after getting through a 30-pitch bullpen session Wednesday with no issues. It's possible he'll be cleared to begin a rehab assignment after the simulated game, although that hasn't been decided yet. "We’re hoping that [simulated game Saturday] goes well, and if that goes well, we’ve got to decide whether he needs to do that one more time or he goes out [for a rehab stint]," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:35 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Cle
     
  • Wisler earns quality start in loss to Brewers
    Matt Wisler turned in a quality start Thursday against the Brewers, allowing three runs over six innings in a loss.

    Advice: Wisler struck out seven while walking two, but it was a two-run single by opposing starter Wily Peralta and a solo home run by Ryan Braun that saddled him with the loss. Despite the outcome, the quality start was Wisler's fifth in a row, and he's now struck out seven in each of his last three outings. The 23-year-old will carry a respectable 3.08 ERA and 1.03 WHIP into Tuesday's start against the Giants. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Peralta holds Braves to two runs in victory
    Wily Peralta held the Braves to two runs over 5 1/3 innings in a win Thursday.

    Advice: In what has been typical Peralta fashion this year, even in victory he wasn't overly impressive, allowing seven hits and walking two on the night. The Braves' offense is underwhelming enough to make it work, though, earning the right-hander his third win of the year. Peralta owns a 6.62 ERA and 1.90 WHIP through 10 starts and isn't showing many signs of improvement. The Cardinals offense gets the next shot at the 27-year-old when the teams meet up Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Gausman coughs up three homers against Astros
    Kevin Gausman allowed four runs over five innings -- all on home runs -- in a loss to the Astros on Thursday.

    Advice: Gausman gave up just five hits on the evening, but three of them -- two solo blasts by George Springer, and a two-run shot by Luis Valbuena -- left the yard. Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play? Dingers aside, Gausman pitched well, striking out seven while walking one. He owns a 3.24 ERA and 1.13 WHIP with a 37/9 K/BB ratio in seven starts this year, and he'll try to get on the right side of the ledger Tuesday against the Red Sox. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:29 pm
  • McCullers is effectively wild in win over O's
    Lance McCullers had an interesting outing Thursday, striking out 10, walking six and allowing just one run on one hit over five innings in a win over the Orioles.

    Advice: The one hit McCullers surrendered was a solo homer by Mark Trumbo. Otherwise, he was virtually untouchable, registering his highest single-game strikeout total since July 12 of last season. Of course, the six walks were also a record for the 22-year-old. All told, McCullers is now 1-1 with a 4.60 ERA, 1.60 WHIP and 21/12 K/BB ratio through his first 15 2/3 innings. An interleague date with the Diamondbacks is on tap for Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:28 pm
  • Farrell won't commit to Buchholz's next start
    Red Sox manager John Farrell said there's no decision on whether Clay Buchholz will make his next start.

    Advice: With Eduardo Rodriguez (knee) ready to come off the disabled list, Buchholz was likely pitching for his rotation spot Thursday against the Rockies. It didn't go well as the right-hander allowed a season-high six runs while watching his ERA balloon to 6.35. The Red Sox are famous for inventing injuries for struggling players and that might be their best option with Buchholz here. Buchholz has no confidence right now and is having a really difficult time with runners on base. We'd be surprised to see him make his next start Tuesday against Baltimore. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:45 pm
  • Gray holds Red Sox to two runs in victory
    Jon Gray limited the Red Sox to two runs over 7 1/3 innings in a win Thursday.

    Advice: Gray allowed five hits and walked three on the evening, with David Ortiz' two-run homer in the first inning accounting for all the Red Sox' offense. Gray settled in after that, allowing just three hits and three walks while striking out six the rest of the way. The righty is 2-2 with a 5.95 ERA that doesn't tell the whole story, as he's pitched much better in the month of May save for one clunker against the Cardinals. Gray will face off against the Reds on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:29 pm
  • Buchholz serves up three dingers against Rox
    Clay Buchholz allowed six runs, including three home runs, over five innings in a loss to the Rockies on Thursday.

    Advice: Buchholz gave up seven hits without walking a batter in the game, but three, two-run bombs -- to Carlos Gonzalez, Trevor Story and Dustin Garneau -- did him in. Buchholz has now yielded 12 homers in 10 starts, owning a 6.35 ERA and 1.46 WHIP on the year. Assuming he's still in the rotation -- Eduardo Rodriguez could be back as early as next week, and Buchholz has been mentioned as the odd man out -- life doesn't get any easier for the 31-year-old Tuesday when he visits the Orioles. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:28 pm
  • Solo homers doom Leake in loss to Nationals
    Mike Leake allowed two solo home runs over seven innings Thursday, taking the loss against the Nationals.

    Advice: Leake gave up seven hits and a walk in the outing, with solo home runs by Bryce Harper and Danny Espinosa doing the only damage. Unfortunately for Leake, it was enough, sending him to his first loss in the month of May. It was still another quality start for the right-hander, who has now rattled off four in a row after a poor start to the year. Leake owns a 3.90 ERA and 1.16 WHIP heading into Tuesday's start at the Brewers. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:46 pm
  • Ross goes seven strong in win over Cardinals
    Joe Ross allowed one run over seven innings in a win over the Cardinals on Thursday.

    Advice: Ross gave up a solo home run to Aledmys Diaz among his six hits allowed, but he otherwise kept the Cardinals off the scoreboard. Ross walked just one while striking out four. The win snapped a four-start losing streak, bringing him to an even 4-4 in nine starts. Ross will carry a 2.52 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 41/16 K/BB ratio into Tuesday's start at the Phillies. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:41 pm
  • Archie Bradley to replace Shelby Miller?
    Archie Bradley did not make his scheduled start Thursday for Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: Zack Godley got the start in his place. It looks like Bradley will make his next start in the major leagues. There's a good chance this has something to do with Shelby Miller, who has struggled all year while dealing with finger discomfort. Miller was scheduled to start Sunday's game against the Padres. Bradley has dominated in the minors this year with five wins and a 1.99 ERA. He hasn't been as successful in the majors, collecting a 7.84 ERA in two spot starts for the Diamondbacks. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:32 pm
    Not Active
    6:40 pm vs SD
     
  • Urias to split time between pen and rotation
    Dodgers GM Andrew Friedman expects Julio Urias to balance time between the bullpen and the starting rotation this year.

    Advice: Urias is a future top-of-the-rotation starter but the Dodgers understandably want to limit his workload in year one. "Julio is an extremely talented pitching prospect whose talent is a little bit ahead of his development," said Friedman. The Dodgers haven't decided if Urias will stick around after Friday's start against the Mets. Urias is starting in place of Alex Wood, who was scratched with forearm tightness. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:20 pm
  • Matt Boyd likely to start Saturday in Oakland
    Matt Boyd was scratched from his scheduled outing Thursday for Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: It looks like he's headed to Oakland to start Saturday against the Athletics. The Tigers need someone to fill in for Jordan Zimmermann, who is out with a groin injury. Boyd made one appearance for the Tigers earlier this season, scattering two hits over 4 2/3 shutout innings against Cleveland on April 24. He's registered a 2.06 ERA in eight starts for Toledo this year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:40 pm
    Not Active
    7:05 pm @Oak
     
  • J.A. Happ shuts down Yankees in win
    J.A. Happ allowed just one run and three hits over seven innings Thursday in a victory over the Yankees.

    Advice: We could call this a renaissance for Happ, but that would suggest he was ever very good in the first place. He's 6-2 with a 3.20 ERA so far this year. His 42/20 K/BB ratio through 64 2/3 innings isn't particularly impressive, but he's getting a few more grounders and doing a better job of avoiding the home run ball than he used to. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:32 pm
  • White/Sox Royals rained out on Thursday
    Thursday's game between the White Sox and Royals has been postponed due to rain.

    Advice: No makeup date has been announced. Danny Duffy and Miguel Gonzalez had been the scheduled starters. They'll start Friday's game instead. That's a huge break for Kansas City as Chris Sale's start has been pushed back to Monday against the Mets. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:23 pm
    5:15 pm vs ^ CWS
     
  • Sonny Gray (shoulder) played catch Thursday
    Sonny Gray (shoulder) played catch on Thursday.

    Advice: It's the first time he's done that since going on the disabled list with a strained trapezius. Gray hasn't looked right all year. In nine starts, he holds a 6.19 ERA to go with an equally embarrassing 1.65 WHIP. Gray is eligible to come off the disabled list on June 6, though he might need more time. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:40 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs Det
     
  • Gerrit Cole solid for five in no-decision
    Despite allowing just an unearned run over five innings and hitting a three-run homer, Gerrit Cole didn't factor into the decision in Thursday's game against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: That's because A.J. Schugel gave up two runs in the sixth, tying the game at 3-3. Cole could have pitched that inning himself if he hadn't been so inefficient on the mound; he walked three and threw 105 pitches to get his 15 outs. He did have a great day at the plate, though. Not only did he collect his second big-league homer, but he doubled in his other at-bat. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:41 pm
  • Patrick Corbin gives up five runs to Pirates
    Patrick Corbin fell to 2-4 after giving up five runs -- four earned -- in 5 2/3 innings Thursday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Corbin's big mistake was the pitch on which Gerrit Cole hit a three-run homer. Had Cole bunted in that situation, as a lot of pitchers would have, Corbin's day could have turned out a whole lot better. As is, it was another less-than-stellar outing from the disappointing left-hander. He's not worth playing in mixed leagues with the Astros and Cubs next up on the schedule. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:39 pm
  • Jose Fernandez strikes out 12 in victory
    Jose Fernandez pitched seven innings of one-run ball and struck out 12 in defeating the Rays on Thursday.

    Advice: Fernandez isn't going toe-to-toe with Clayton Kershaw and Jake Arrieta in the ERA department, but when it comes to strikeouts, no one is matching him. He has fanned 43 batters in his last four starts and 90 batters in 60 2/3 innings for the year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:23 pm
  • Drew Smyly gives up five runs to Marlins
    Drew Smyly yielded five runs in six innings Thursday in a loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: Smyly had a 2.60 ERA and a 41/6 K/BB ratio in 34 2/3 innings during April. In May, he has a 5.59 ERA and a 26/9 K/BB ratio in 27 1/3 innings. We still feel pretty good about him as a mixed-league option, though. He'll face the Royals in Kansas City next time out. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:20 pm
  • Alex Wood (triceps) scratched Friday vs. NYM
    Alex Wood has been scratched from his scheduled start Friday against the Mets due to triceps tightness.

    Advice: Dodgers top pitching prospect Julio Urias is going to get the call from Triple-A Oklahoma City to fill in. Wood hopes to jump back into the rotation for Monday's series opener at Wrigley Field. He was terrific on his last turn, racking up 13 strikeouts last Sunday against the Padres. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:45 am
    Day-to-Day
    4:10 pm @NYM
     
  • Urias will make MLB debut Friday at Mets
    Dodgers top pitching prospect Julio Urias will make his major league debut Friday against the Mets.

    Advice: Here we go. Urias has been regarded as one of the top young pitching talents in baseball since age 16 and he will debut Friday night at Citi Field at the age of 19. The left-hander was sporting a dominant 1.10 ERA, 0.78 WHIP, and 44/8 K/BB ratio through 41 innings this season at Triple-A Oklahoma City. He'll be filling in Friday for Alex Wood, who has been scratched due to left triceps tightness. It's not clear what the plan is beyond Friday's game. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:35 am
  • Hisashi Iwakuma goes seven innings in win
    Hisashi Iwakuma surrendered three runs over seven innings Wednesday versus the A's.

    Advice: Iwakuma beat the A's for the second time this month to run his record to 3-4 with a 4.33 ERA. He has an even tastier matchup with a start against the Padres due up next. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:29 pm
  • Dan Straily strikes out 11 Dodgers
    Dan Straily fanned 11 while allowing three runs and three hits over seven innings Wednesday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Straily allowed just five batters to reach base safely in his seven innings. Unfortunately, four of those came in the same inning, leading to two runs, and the other was a homer an inning later. Straily has been a very good starter for the Reds to date, but since he's in such a bad situation in Cincinnati, there's no recommending him in mixed leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:23 pm
  • C.J. Wilson (shoulder) pitches well in High-A
    C.J. Wilson (shoulder) threw four-plus innings of one-run ball Wednesday in his minor league rehab debut with High-A Inland Empire.

    Advice: Wilson needed just 56 pitches to make it into the top of the fifth inning, when he was yanked after yielding a leadoff single. The veteran left-hander whiffed four batters and issued zero walks. He'll try to replicate those results in his second minor league rehab start next week with an eye on rejoining the Angels' rotation by mid-June. Wilson has been on the disabled list all season with left shoulder trouble. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:13 pm
    60-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs Hou
     
  • Foltynewicz fans seven in strong outing
    Mike Foltynewicz fanned seven in 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball in Wednesday night’s extra-inning loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: Although Foltynewicz walked four, he largely overpowered the Brewers with a fastball that sat 96-97 mph in the sixth inning and a slider that regularly threatened 90 mph. That resulted in seven strikeouts. He’s still more of a thrower than a pitcher, so when the Brewers forced him to throw strikes with his breaking ball, he issued a quartet of walks. Still, the right-hander is showing some promise, and the Braves can afford to be patient, as he is just 24 years old, after all. Folty now owns a 3.95 ERA in 27 1/3 innings this year. He’ll next get the Giants at home. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:06 pm
  • Guerra throws five scoreless in no-decision
    Junior Guerra struck out six and walked four over five scoreless frames against the Braves on Wednesday night.

    Advice: Guerra continued to find success with his splitter, and he’s now fanned 17 batters in his last two starts. His command wavered, especially against lefties, but that’s to be expected with the 31-year-old reliever-turned-starter. Guerra has a 3.30 ERA in 30 innings for the Brewers and should continue to be a sneaky source of strikeouts, even if he’ll potentially hurt a fantasy squad’s ratios. He’ll next get the Cardinals at Miller Park in a tough matchup. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:04 pm
    5:10 pm vs Cin
     
  • Gallardo (shoulder) throws successful bullpen
    Yovani Gallardo (shoulder) threw a successful bullpen session on Sunday without any issues.

    Advice: It's the first time that the right-hander has thrown since leaving his start on April 22 with shoulder tightness. The next step for Gallardo will be a simulated game late next week and if all goes well he could then head out on a minor league rehab assignment. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:31 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Cle
     
  • Bradley racks up 9 Ks in Saturday's win
    Diamondbacks RHP prospect Archie Bradley fanned nine over eight scoreless innings Saturday in a win for Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: He held Omaha to three hits while throwing 68 of his 108 pitches for strikes. Bradley has done a marvelous job for Reno this year, limiting opponents to a .191 average with 47 strikeouts in 136 at-bats. He's tied for second in the Pacific Coast League with five wins and is also second in ERA (1.99). The 23-year-old has been called up to the Diamondbacks twice this year, though neither start was particularly memorable (7.84 ERA over 10 1/3 innings). Rotoworld.com Sunday, 11:58 am
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    6:40 pm vs SD
     
  • Sonny Gray (shoulder) placed on disabled list
    Athletics placed RHP Sonny Gray on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 21, with a strained right trapezius.

    Advice: Something certainly seemed to be amiss with Gray given his 6.19 ERA through nine starts, so the DL isn't terribly surprising. He's been given a cortisone shot and is hoping to return when first eligible. The A's might be forced to give Eric Surkamp another shot with Gray going down. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:57 am
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs Det
     
  • Wilson (shoulder) beginning rehab assignment
    C.J. Wilson (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Inland Empire on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's been cleared for rehab contests after getting through a few simulated games with no issues. Wilson was still rehabbing from elbow surgery at the beginning of spring training and then went down with a shoulder injury that's kept him out all season. It's unclear how many rehab appearances he'll require before rejoining the Angels' rotation. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:21 am
    60-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs Hou
     
  • Alex Wood shreds Padres with 13 strikeouts
    Alex Wood pitched a fantastic game in earning a no-decision in Saturday's 3-2, 11-inning loss to the Padres, striking out 13 and allowing two runs on four hits over six-plus innings.

    Advice: Wood was more or less perfect through six innings, but he ran into trouble in the seventh and was pulled after putting runners on first and third to lead off the frame. One of them would score to account for the second run on his line. He was long gone by the time Yangervis Solarte sauntered to first base with a walk-off walk to down the Dodgers in the bottom of the 11th. The 13 strikeouts stand as a season-high for Wood, who has fanned at least five batters in each of his last six starts. Saturday's impressive outing dropped his ERA under 4.00 for the first time this season. He will carry a 3.86 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 55/16 K/BB ratio (51 1/3 innings) into a road start against the Mets next time he takes the mound. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:55 pm
    Day-to-Day
    4:10 pm @NYM
     
  • Kevin Gausman puts clamps to Angel offense
    Kevin Gausman was sharp in taking a no-decision in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Angels, tossing 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball.

    Advice: Gausman scattered eight hits while striking out six and walking one. The only run he allowed came when Yunel Escobar worked an RBI single in the seventh inning. The 27-year-old right-hander now holds a sweet 2.70 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 30/8 K/BB ratio in 36 2/3 innings (six starts). He will hit the road less traveled for a date with the Indians next time out. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:23 pm
  • Fernandez strikes out nine Nationals in win
    Jose Fernandez pitched well in Saturday's win over the Nationals, striking out nine and allowing one run over six innings.

    Advice: Fernandez struck out 11 Nationals in his last start. He wasn't quite able to reach those grand heights in the rematch, but nine strikeouts will do well enough. Outside of an RBI single allowed to Clint Robinson in the fourth inning, Fernandez kept the scoreboard clean. Through nine starts (53 2/3 innings), the dynamic 23-year-old right-hander holds a 3.02 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 78/24 K/BB ratio. A Thursday afternoon road date with the Rays awaits him next time he toes the rubber. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:31 pm
  • Joe Ross falls just short of quality start vs
    Joe Ross was unable to obtain a quality start in Saturday's loss to the Marlins, surrendering three runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Ross struck out seven and walked two, with the Marlins scoring against him via an RBI single by Martin Prado in the fifth inning and a two-run home run by Justin Bour in the sixth inning. Through his first eight starts (46 2/3 innings), he has pitched to a strong 2.89 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 37/15 K/BB ratio. Ross will play host to the Cardinals next time he takes the mound. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:31 pm
  • Smyly allows three runs in loss to Tigers
    Drew Smyly allowed three runs on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings in a loss to the Tigers on Saturday.

    Advice: Two home runs accounted for all three of the Tigers' runs against Smyly. It's an issue he's had in a handful of starts so far this year -- in four starts he's allowed two or more homers, while allowing zero combined in the other five. Despite a 3.54 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 63/14 K/BB ratio over 56 innings, Smyly is now 2-5 on the year. An interleague date with the Marlins is on tap for Thursday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:52 pm
  • Leake shuts out D'backs over seven innings
    Mike Leake stayed on a roll Saturday, twirling seven shutout innings in a 6-2 win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Leake gave up just four hits without walking a batter, inducing 14 groundouts on the day. It's the third consecutive strong start from the right-hander after a bumpy beginning to his Cardinals career. Leake is 3-0 with a 0.86 ERA in his last three starts, leaving him at an even 3-3 with a 4.07 ERA and 1.16 WHIP overall. He'll try to make it four in a row Thursday at the Nationals. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:05 pm
  • Duffy goes 4 1/3 scoreless vs. White Sox
    Danny Duffy started and pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings Saturday against the White Sox.

    Advice: The biggest problem for Duffy on Saturday afternoon was that he wasn't rewarded for his good work, being removed after 63 pitches as he continues to build up his stamina. The no-decision doesn't take away from the fact that he was once again strong, scattering four hits without walking a batter and striking out three. In two starts he's pitched a combined 7 1/3 scoreless, giving him a 2.13 ERA and 1.14 WHIP through 25 1/3 innings overall. He'll have another crack at these White Sox -- and that elusive first win -- on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:19 pm
    5:15 pm vs ^ CWS
     
  • Rough eighth inning dooms Happ on Saturday
    J.A. Happ suffered his second loss of the season on Saturday, surrendering three runs on three hits over his 7 1/3 innings of work.

    Advice: Happ struck out five and walked three on the afternoon. He cruised through seven shutout innings without any issues, but everything fell apart for him in the eighth. Robbie Grossman led off with a single and Darin Mastroianni walked, both riding home on a two-run double by Danny Santana that chased Happ. He'll look to get back on track when he carries a 3.43 ERA and 1.21 WHIP into Friday's matchup against the Red Sox. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 1:35 pm
  • Duffy limited to around 60 pitches Saturday
    Danny Duffy will be limited to around 60 pitches for Saturday's start against the White Sox.

    Advice: Duffy continues to fill in for injured starter Kris Medlen, though he isn't yet stretched out and can't work deep into the ballgame. For that reason alone, he's an avoid in all daily formats and doesn't make for an attractive streaming option. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:10 am
    5:15 pm vs ^ CWS
     
  • Sonny Gray gets wild in loss
    Sonny Gray lasted just 3 1/3 innings and allowed five runs -- four earned -- in a loss to the Yankees on Friday.

    Advice: Gray was a complete mess in this one, walking four and throwing three wild pitches. Just 53 of his 98 pitches were strikes. His walk rate had already been up this year, but he still had never been nearly this wild in his previous starts. The A's have to hope it's just a blip and not a hint of physical problems. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:02 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs Det
     
  • Corbin limits Cards to two runs in win
    Patrick Corbin surrendered two runs in 6 1/3 innings of work Friday in an 11-7 win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: It was his first win since April 17. While Corbin walked four batters, he limited the Cardinals to just four hits and matched his season-high with seven strikeouts. The 26-year-old hit a rough patch early on, but he has shown signs of turning the corner in his last four outings. He’ll try to keep it going next week against the Pirates on the road. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:50 pm
  • Iwakuma goes six innings in win over Reds
    Hisashi Iwakuma improved to 2-4 after giving up three runs over six innings Friday versus the Reds.

    Advice: The Mariners were down 3-0 before they rallied against the beleaguered Reds’ bullpen. This made a winner out of Iwakuma, who gave up six hits (including a solo homer by Zack Cozart) and three walks while striking out six batters. His line could have looked worse, but he managed to wiggle out of a couple of rallies. Iwakuma owns a 4.39 ERA and 1.41 WHIP through his first nine starts this season and is difficult to trust in mixed fantasy leagues at the moment. He’ll get the A’s next at home. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:17 pm
  • Straily goes six innings in no-decision
    Dan Straily was handed a no-decision despite six innings of one-run ball Friday against the Mariners.

    Advice: The Reds’ bullpen strikes again. Straily gave up only an RBI double to Kyle Seager over his six innings of work, but the Mariners rallied in the late innings to pull away with the win. By the way, the Reds’ bullpen now owns a 6.76 ERA for the year. As for Straily, he gave up four hits and three walks while hitting Robinson Cano twice. He has a shiny 2.85 ERA right now, but his control (23 walks in 47 1/3 innings) is a big warning sign. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:16 pm
  • McCullers goes six innings in loss to Rangers
    Lance McCullers took the loss Friday after giving up two runs over six innings against the Rangers.

    Advice: His only mistake was a two-run double by Prince Fielder in the third inning, but it was enough to put him on the losing side of things. McCullers struck out seven batters while giving up five hits and three walks. While he took the loss, it was an improvement over his season debut last week against the Reds. The young right-hander will try again for his first win of the season when he takes on the Orioles next week at home. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:25 pm
  • Wisler gives up just one run vs. Phillies
    Matt Wisler yielded just one run in 6 2/3 innings of work Friday in a 7-1 win over the Phillies.

    Advice: Wisler continues to be a bright spot for the last-place Braves early on. The young right-hander gave up just five hits and walked a pair. The lone run scored on a ground out by Ryan Howard in the first inning. He has now struck out seven batters in back-to-back starts and owns a 2.93 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, and 39/13 K/BB ratio over 55 1/3 innings so far this season. This was just his second win and the lack of run support will likely continue to be an issue for him. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:49 pm
  • Buchholz continues to struggle in loss Friday
    Clay Buchholz's struggles continued in Friday's loss to the Indians, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits over his six innings of work.

    Advice: Buchholz struggled with his command as well, issuing four free passes while striking out three. All of the damage against him came in the third inning, where the Indians struck for four runs, highlighted by a three-run blast by Jason Kipnis. He'll look to turn things around when he carries an unsightly 5.92 ERA and 1.47 WHIP into Thursday's matchup against the Rockies. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:24 pm
  • Cole gives up one run against Rockies
    Gerrit Cole held the Rockies to one run over seven innings on Friday despite giving up 10 hits.

    Advice: It was an odd start. In addition to giving up 10 hits, he failed to strike out a batter for the first time in his career. However, he walked just one batter and managed to minimize the damage. The only run scored on a solo homer by Nolan Arenado in the sixth inning. Cole improved to 5-3 on the year and will bring a 2.79 ERA into a start against the Diamondbacks at home next week. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:18 pm
  • Peralta gives up three runs in loss
    Wily Peralta surrendered three runs over 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the Mets on Friday.

    Advice: Peralta held the Mets to just one run over the first five innings before giving up a go-ahead two-run homer to Michael Conforto in the sixth. He struck out six and walked a pair in the loss and now sits at 2-5 with a 6.99 ERA on the year. He figures to stick in the rotation for now, but fantasy owners should obviously stay far away at this point. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:58 pm
  • Gray gets knocked around in loss to Cardinals
    Jon Gray was lit up by the Cardinals on Thursday, allowing nine runs over 3 1/3 innings in a loss.

    Advice: Gray struggled from the outset, getting a quick out before letting the next four hitters to reach, plating three runs. After another run in the second, things really fell apart for the young right-hander in the fourth, as the Cards scored six times, five of those runs belonging to Gray. All told, he allowed eight hits and walked three in the abbreviated start. He fell to 1-2, owning a 6.75 ERA and 1.38 WHIP through six starts. An interleague start against the Red Sox is on tap for Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:28 pm
  • Foltynewicz exits early in loss to Pirates
    Mike Foltynewicz wasn't long for Thursday's game, allowing five runs -- four earned -- on seven hits over three innings in a loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: Foltynewicz was the victim of some bad luck in the first inning when Starling Marte's two-out bloop single drove in two. Luck had less to do with the Pirates' three third-inning runs, an Andrew McCutchen RBI single followed by a Gregory Polanco two-run homer. Folty didn't walk a batter and struck out just one before being removed. The poor start came after he'd turned in two strong showings his last two times out. The 24-year-old will carry a 1-2 record, 4.15 ERA and 1.34 WHIP into Wednesday's start against the Brewers. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:55 pm
  • Junior Guerra fans 11 in beating Cubs
    Junior Guerra yielded three runs in seven innings and fanned 11 as the Brewers beat the Cubs 5-3 on Thursday.

    Advice: The Brewers are now 4-0 in Guerra's starts, even though he gave up four runs in each of the first two. The 31-year-old journeyman had almost as many strikeouts today as in his first three starts combined (13). He still seems like a weak bet in fantasy leagues, but he's a nice story, regardless. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:07 pm
    5:10 pm vs Cin
     
  • C.J. Wilson (shoulder) set for more sim work
    C.J. Wilson (shoulder) will throw another simulated game before embarking on a minor league rehab assignment.

    Advice: Wilson had a 40-pitch simulated workout Monday and came out of it feeling fine. The veteran left-hander said Tuesday that he expects to need two minor league rehab starts, pinning his return to the Angels' rotation somewhere around June 3. He's not a worthwhile stash in standard fantasy leagues, unless you're really desperate. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:27 pm
    60-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs Hou
     
  • Wily Peralta won't lose his rotation spot
    Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Tuesday that Wily Peralta will not be losing his rotation spot.

    Advice: Not this turn, anyway. Peralta was lit up for six runs over just 4 2/3 innings Sunday by the light-hitting Padres and he holds a brutal 7.30 ERA and 1.99 WHIP through eight starts this season. If the Brewers had a better option, they'd have probably tried it already. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:42 pm
  • Gallardo (shoulder) closer to mound work
    Yovani Gallardo (shoulder) is tentatively scheduled to begin throwing off a mound Sunday.

    Advice: Gallardo has made it through a couple of flat-ground throwing sessions unscathed but he still has a couple more to go this week before the O's will allow him to try pitching at full effort off a slope. The right-hander remains without an exact return timetable. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:34 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Cle
     
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