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  • Diaz continues to impress in minors
    Mariners prospect right-hander Edwin Diaz has allowed one run in 9 2/3 innings with a 14/1 K/BB ratio since being moved to the bullpen with Double-A Jackson.

    Advice: Diaz, who is regarded as the Mariners' best pitching prospect, appeared in back-to-back games for the first time over the weekend. The 22-year-old was moved to the bullpen in mid-May and could find his way to the majors in short order. Today, 6:41 am
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    12:40 pm vs SD
  • Jhoulys Chacin strikes out 10 Tigers in win
    Jhoulys Chacin struck out 10 in his third career complete game as the Angels beat the Tigers 5-1 on Monday.

    Advice: That as many strikeouts as he had in his first three starts for the Angels combined. Chacin allowed a total of four hits and walked one in what was his best start since he was let go by the Rockies prior to last season. While he's done solid work for the Braves and now the Halos, he's still a poor investment in fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 9:14 pm
  • Jeremy Hellickson strikes out eight Nationals
    Jeremy Hellickson pitched seven strong innings Monday, holding the Nationals to one run and striking out eight.

    Advice: Hellickson gave up a homer to Daniel Murphy and it looked like he might have allowed another one to Ryan Zimmerman, but it was ruled a triple instead and he stranded Zimmerman on third. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to get Hellickson a win, even though he left with a one-run lead. Hellickson is 4-3 with a 3.68 ERA after 11 starts, and he might have some trade value for the Phillies this summer. Yesterday, 7:20 pm
  • Justin Nicolino gives up three runs in loss
    Justin Nicolino dropped to 2-3 after giving up three runs in five innings Monday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Nicolino is just treading water since his addition to the Marlins rotation, amassing a 4.50 ERA and a 16/12 K/BB ratio in 40 innings. He can probably maintain his current pace with his ability to generate grounders, but his ceiling is awfully limited. Yesterday, 7:03 pm
  • Edwin Escobar pummeled in first MLB start
    Edwin Escobar's first start in the majors didn't go well, as he was lit up for eight runs -- seven earned -- over just 3 1/3 frames in a loss to the Astros.

    Advice: The D'Backs surely didn't want to have to turn to Escobar in this one, as his numbers in the upper minors have been rather lackluster. But, with Shelby Miller (finger) and Rubby De La Rosa (elbow) on the shelf, they didn't have many options. There's a good chance Arizona will go with someone else this weekend against the Cubs. If Escobar gets trotted out there again, it will be ugly. Yesterday, 5:23 pm
  • Kendall Graveman keeps Twins in check
    Kendall Graveman limited the Twins to two runs over six innings in Monday's 3-2 victory.

    Advice: He gave up six hits, walked three and recorded five strikeouts along the way. It had been over a month since Graveman picked up a victory, and April 20 was also the date of his last quality start before Monday. He'll look to keep it going this weekend in Houston. Yesterday, 4:06 pm
  • Angels option RHP Morin to Triple-A
    Angels optioned RHP Mike Morin to Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Morin gets the boot after giving up the deciding homer in extras on Sunday. The 25-year-old struggled to the tune of a 5.48 ERA over 25 appearances this season. Yesterday, 2:39 pm
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    7:05 pm vs Det
  • Junior Guerra takes first loss vs. Cardinals
    Junior Guerra surrendered four runs -- three earned -- over 6 1/3 innings Sunday in a loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Guerra was thoroughly out-dueled by Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez, who struck out eight batters over eight scoreless innings. St. Louis plated three runs in the third in a messy frame for the Milwaukee defense and then Matt Holliday drove in the fourth run against Guerra with an RBI single in the fifth. Guerra didn't walk a batter and struck out six, but he ultimately took his first loss and watched his ERA rise from 3.30 to 3.47. Next up is a road start in Philly. Yesterday, 2:02 pm
  • Reynaldo Lopez fans 12 hitters in no-decision
    Nationals RHP prospect Reynaldo Lopez set a career-high with 12 strikeouts Sunday in a no-decision for Double-A Harrisburg.

    Advice: Lopez made the most of his five innings of work, allowing just five hits and one earned run. The 22-year-old didn't walk a batter for the first time all season. Though he's won just one game and his ERA is over four, Lopez has certainly piled on the strikeouts this year. He leads the Eastern League with 56 punch-outs in just 47 2/3 innings. Lopez hasn't put it all together yet but he definitely has the velocity and raw talent to make an impact at the next level. Yesterday, 11:51 am
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    4:05 pm @Phi
  • Kyle Gibson (shoulder) to return Thursday
    Kyle Gibson (shoulder) is scheduled to return from the disabled list to start Saturday versus the Rays.

    Advice: Gibson allowed just one run and struck out eight batters over 9 1/3 innings in his two-game minor league rehab stint with High-A Fort Myers. But the right-hander will return Thursday to an unsightly 6.10 ERA and he remains a risky fantasy play in any matchup. Phil Hughes is headed to the bullpen to clear a rotation spot. Yesterday, 10:24 am
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm @Oak
  • T.J. McFarland (knee) activated at AAA
    T.J. McFarland (knee) has been activated from the disabled list at Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: McFarland could quickly move to the major league level now that his left knee is healed. The right-hander had a 4.73 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 13 1/3 innings of relief earlier this season for the Orioles. Yesterday, 9:39 am
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    4:05 pm vs Bos
  • Romo (elbow) will not return before Thursday
    Sergio Romo (elbow) won't be activated from the disabled list before Thursday.

    Advice: Romo experienced some fatigue after making back-to-back rehab appearances last week at Triple-A Sacramento. But it doesn't sound like a major setback, and Romo is actually slated to pitch this Monday and Tuesday at High-A San Jose before possibly returning to the Giants on Thursday. The setup man has been on the disabled list since April 14 with a flexor muscle strain in his right arm. Yesterday, 9:02 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Atl
  • Gallardo (shoulder) set for rehab assignment
    Yovani Gallardo (shoulder) is expected to make at least two minor league rehab starts.

    Advice: His first rehab start is scheduled for Thursday at High-A Frederick, and he'll probably go four innings in that one. Gallardo has been on the disabled list since April 23 with right shoulder and biceps tendinitis. He threw a successful simulated game Saturday and made it through another bullpen session Monday without issue. The right-hander had a 7.00 ERA through his first 18 innings (four starts) this season with the O's. Yesterday, 8:42 am
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Bos
  • Braves sign Dale Thayer to minors contract
    Braves signed RHP Dale Thayer to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Thayer opted out of his minor league deal with the Dodgers in early May after opening the season with a 6.75 ERA in eight innings at Triple-A Albuquerque. He'll act as organizational bullpen depth for Atlanta. Yesterday, 7:52 am
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    4:05 pm vs Bos
  • White Sox option Kahnle back to Charlotte
    White Sox optioned RHP Tommy Kahnle to Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Kahnle gave up two hits and two walks without recording an out Saturday in a crushing loss to the Royals. Chicago's bullpen surrendered seven runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to fall 8-7. Yesterday, 7:23 am
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    4:10 pm @NYM
  • D'Backs recall Edwin Escobar for Monday start
    Diamondbacks recalled RHP Edwin Escobar from Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: He will debut for the Diamondbacks on Monday against the Astros. Escobar posted underwhelming numbers in the minor leagues and should be avoided for fantasy purposes. Sunday, 5:09 pm
  • Edwin Escobar to start for D'Backs on Monday
    Edwin Escobar will start for the Diamondbacks on Monday against the Astros.

    Advice: It'll be the first big league start for the 24-year-old southpaw. He has been uninspiring in five starts at Triple-A Reno this season, compiling a 4.68 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 17/6 K/BB ratio across 25 innings. He can be safely avoided for fantasy purposes. Friday, 3:56 pm
  • 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. Friday, 5:35 am
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Bos
  • 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. Wednesday, 9:04 pm
  • Nicolino strikes out six in win over Rays
    Justin Nicolino managed to strike out six in just 5 2/3 frames, but surrendered three earned runs on eight hits against the Rays on Wednesday night.

    Advice: For a guy who only struck out a half-dozen batters in his previous 29 1/3 innings this year, Wednesday’s six-strikeout performance felt like it was from another world. He pushed his K/BB even at 12/12, which is cause for minor celebration. Nicolino was in line for the win before he served up a two-run homer to Logan Morrison, which chased him from the game with it tied at three-apiece. Nicolino has a 4.37 ERA and is safely left on the waiver wire, aside from NL-only leagues. Wednesday, 8:07 pm
  • T.J. McFarland (knee) to throw simulated game
    T.J. McFarland (knee) will throw a simulated game on Friday or Saturday.

    Advice: McFarland injured his left knee making a start for Triple-A Norfolk on Friday, but on the positive side, no structural damage was found when he underwent an MRI. Assuming his simulated game goes well, he could return to minor league action in relatively short order. Wednesday, 4:55 pm
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    4:05 pm vs Bos
  • Graveman unspectacular in no-decision
    Kendall Graveman surrendered two runs on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings in Tuesday's no-decision against the Mariners.

    Advice: Graveman struck out three and walked two on the evening. He allowed an RBI double to Robinson Cano in the first inning and an RBI single to Nelson Cruz in the third, but otherwise came away unscathed in terms of scoring damage. The 25-year-old right-hander owns an uncomfortable 5.36 ERA, 1.60 WHIP and 36/19 K/BB ratio over 47 innings. A home start against the Twins shows next on his schedule. Tuesday, 10:33 pm
  • Chacin takes loss despite quality start
    Jhoulys Chacin allowed three runs over six innings Tuesday in a loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Chacin didn't pitch poorly, aside from a two-run home run by Nomar Mazara, but his teammates provided him with just one run of support on the evening. The loss was his first in three starts since a trade to the Angels earlier this month. Between the Braves and Angels, Chacin is now 1-3 with a 5.11 ERA and 1.32 WHIP in eight starts. His task doesn't get any easier Monday against the Tigers. Tuesday, 8:51 pm
  • Jeremy Hellickson solid over seven frames
    Jeremy Hellickson struck out seven and allowed three runs over seven innings in Tuesday's loss to the Tigers.

    Advice: The Tigers struck with a run in the first, but Hellickson settled in for a while before coughing up a couple more tallies in the sixth. It was a good showing in what was a tough matchup, but he was easily out-distanced by Justin Verlander. The Phillies' righty will carry a 3.97 ERA into next week's start versus the Nationals. Tuesday, 7:02 pm
  • Romo (elbow) set to begin rehab assignment
    Sergio Romo (elbow) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Monday with Triple-A Sacramento.

    Advice: Romo, who is coming back from a flexor strain, is expected to pitch Monday, Wednesday, and Friday before making back-to-back appearances on Sunday and Monday. As long as there are no issues, he should rejoin the Giants after that. Monday, 6:11 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Atl
  • White Sox recall Tommy Kahnle from AAA
    White Sox recalled RHP Tommy Kahnle from Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Kahnle will serve as the 26th man in Monday's doubleheader against the Indians. The right-hander struck out two over a scoreless frame earlier this month for the White Sox in his only other appearance at the major league level this season. He'll head right back to Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday. Monday, 10:30 am
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    4:10 pm @NYM
  • Kyle Gibson (shoulder) goes 4 1/3 scoreless
    Kyle Gibson (shoulder) threw 4 1/3 scoreless innings for High-A Fort Myers on Sunday.

    Advice: Gibson needed just 56 pitches (41 of which were strikes) in the easy rehab debut. He scattered three hits and struck out two. The right-hander is expected to throw around 90 pitches in his second rehab start on Friday night and could rejoin the Twins' rotation five days after that. Gibson has been on the disabled list since April 26 with a right shoulder strain. May 23, 6:25 am
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm @Oak
  • 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. May 22, 6:31 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Bos
  • No structural damage in knee for McFarland
    The Orioles received some good news on Sunday when an MRI revealed no structural damage in the left knee of T.J. McFarland.

    Advice: McFarland underwent the exam as a precautionary measure after injuring his start at Triple-A Norfolk on Friday. He should only miss a couple of days after receiving a cortisone injection. May 22, 3:56 pm
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    4:05 pm vs Bos
  • T.J. McFarland (knee) headed for MRI
    T.J. McFarland will undergo an MRI after injuring his left knee in Friday's start for Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: He'll be evaluated by team orthopedist Dr. Michael Jacobs. McFarland only expects to be out a few days but the Orioles still felt it necessary to give him an MRI. "Stay on the safe side, see what we're dealing with," said manager Buck Showalter. The Orioles optioned McFarland to Norfolk back on May 7. May 21, 7:57 pm
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    4:05 pm vs Bos
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