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  • Clayton Richard pitches well in no-decision
    Clayton Richard pitched well in a no-decision against the Giants on Sunday, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits over six frames.

    Advice: Richard also issued three walks and struck out only one on the afternoon. All of the damage against him came during a three-run rally in the third inning, highlighted by a two-run single from Buster Posey. Inexplicably, Richard has pitched very well since rejoining the Padres, posting a 2.01 ERA over 49 1/3 innings. He'll take on the Diamondbacks in Arizona on the final day of the regular season. Yesterday, 5:45 pm
  • Ty Blach gives up two runs in first MLB start
    Ty Blach struggled in his spot start against the Padres on Sunday, allowing two runs on four hits across three innings.

    Advice: The southpaw also issued three walks while striking out three on the afternoon. Blach gave up an RBI single in the second inning and a solo homer to Adam Rosales in the third. He couldn't have drawn an easier first draw taking on the Padres in San Diego, and the results were disappointing. He'll return to a role in the bullpen over the final week of the regular season. Yesterday, 5:38 pm
  • Anderson yields two runs in two inning start
    Cody Anderson surrendered two runs in a brief two-inning start on Saturday, but it was long enough to earn a loss to the White Sox.

    Advice: He gave up four hits and struck out three without issuing a base-on-balls. He was making his first start since June 7th. He started the season in the rotation but after a minor league stint has been pitching out of the Indians' bullpen in recent weeks. This was intended to be a "bullpen game" due to the absence of Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar. Manager Terry Francona had to go to the pen earlier than intended after Anderson struggled through to get through two innings. Anderson showed promise in his rookie season last year, putting up a 3.05 ERA in 91 1/3 innings (albeit with a comically low strikeout rate). This year he has nearly doubled his strikeout rate but has doubled his ERA in the process. He has a 6.24 ERA with 52 strikeouts in 59 2/3 innings. Saturday, 8:54 pm
  • Jhoulys Chacin gave up two runs -- both unearned -- in six innings and did not factor into the decision in the Angels 10-4 victory over the Astros on Saturday.

    Advice: He allowed four base hits, issued three free passes and punched out five in the game. Both runs the Astros scored against him came in the third inning without benefit of a hit. A George Springer line out was followed by a throwing error, two walks, a sacrifice fly and a run-scoring wild pitch by Chacin. His record holds at 5-8 but his ERA improves to 5.06 in 137 innings. Saturday, 8:21 pm
    7:05 pm vs Oak
  • Ty Blach to make spot start Sunday vs. Padres
    Ty Blach will start Sunday against the Padres.

    Advice: He'll make a spot start to give Johnny Cueto (groin) an extra day of rest. Blach will be making his first career start on Sunday. The left-hander has only allowed one hit over six scoreless innings since his call-up on September 1. Saturday, 4:20 pm
  • Vizcaino to pitch in the instructional league
    Arodys Vizcaino (shoulder) will pitch in an instructional league game next week.

    Advice: He'll be joined by Williams Perez, who is rehabbing an elbow impingement. Both players are hoping to make it back by the end of the season but with eight games left on the schedule, that might be a reach. Jim Johnson has filled in seamlessly at closer, though Vizcaino should get his ninth-inning gig back when Johnson inevitably leaves in free agency. Saturday, 3:46 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Shae Simmons out with forearm soreness
    Shae Simmons is dealing with soreness in his right forearm.

    Advice: The injury isn't considered serious but with a week left in the regular season, the team isn't going to push him. Simmons holds an impressive 1.35 ERA in seven relief outings since his call-up earlier this month. Saturday, 2:48 pm
  • Kevin Gausman (intercostal) to start Tuesday
    Kevin Gausman (intercostal) felt good during Saturday's bullpen session and will start Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Gausman felt some oblique soreness after his last start but said it was just a cramp. He had been scheduled to start Sunday against the Diamondbacks but Dylan Bundy will get the nod instead with Gausman slotting in after the team's off day on Monday. Despite an 8-11 record, Gausman leads the Orioles in ERA (3.57) and strikeouts (166) this season. Saturday, 2:42 pm
  • Jayson Aquino available out of bullpen
    Jayson Aquino has been cleared to pitch.

    Advice: He'll be available out of the bullpen Sunday against the Diamondbacks. Aquino has spent the last few weeks at the team's spring training facility in Florida in an effort to limit his innings. The left-hander hasn't allowed a run in three relief appearances for the O's this year. Saturday, 2:35 pm
  • 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
  • Matt Reynolds gives up four runs
    Matt Reynolds gave up four runs without retiring a batter after entering Friday's game against the Padres.

    Advice: How could Bruce Bochy let this happen? He plugged in one of his weakest relievers down 3-2 in the fifth and allowed five straight batters to reach (one in the middle was intentionally walked) before finally making the move to the vastly superior George Kontos. It was another big mishap from a manager who has struggled mightily in running a bullpen lately. Friday, 11:59 pm
  • Meyer gives up four runs in no-decision
    Alex Meyer yielded four runs in 5 1/3 innings Friday in a no-decision against the Astros.

    Advice: Meyer gave up just one run over his first five innings of work, but things fell apart for him in the sixth inning. He gave up an infield single and a pair of walks to load the bases before being pulled. All three baserunners eventually came around to score. The tall right-hander has shown some flashes, but he can’t be trusted in mixed fantasy leagues right now. He’ll finish his season with a start against the Athletics next time out. Friday, 9:07 pm
    Player Note
    Alex Meyer LAA - SP,RP
    7:05 pm vs Oak
  • Ynoa lasts just two innings vs. Phillies
    Gabriel Ynoa was chased after giving up two runs in two innings Friday against the Phillies.

    Advice: Ynoa found himself in some early trouble and was eventually pulled for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the second inning. He’s likely to get another start in the final week, but Terry Collins is going to have a quick hook again if the situation warrants. Look elsewhere in fantasy leagues. Friday, 8:15 pm
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Ziegler notches 22nd save of season
    Brad Ziegler held on Friday against the Rays for his 22nd save of the season.

    Advice: Craig Kimbrel was unavailable after pitching the previous three days. Ziegler gave up a leadoff double to Evan Longoria, but he retired the next two batters before intentionally walking Corey Dickerson to pitch to Juniel Querecuto. The decision paid off, as Ziegler struck out Querecuto swinging to finish off Boston’s ninth straight victory. Friday, 7:12 pm
  • A.J. Schugel (shoulder) goes on 60-day DL
    Pirates placed RHP A.J. Schugel on the 60-day disabled list, retroactive to August 31, with a right shoulder injury.

    Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Phil Coke. Schugel hasn't pitched at all this month due to a sore shoulder and is now officially ruled out for the rest of the season. Friday, 1:50 pm
    60-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs ChC
  • Gausman (intercostal) expected Tues. or Wed.
    Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Friday that Kevin Gausman (intercostal) is feeling better and is expected to be ready to start Tuesday or Wednesday.

    Advice: Gausman had to be pushed back from Sunday with a minor intercostal issue, but the O's expect him to be fine. If the right-hander is ready to take the ball on Tuesday, he would have time to get in two starts before the end of the regular season. Friday, 1:38 pm
  • 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
  • Christian Friedrich loses shutout in eighth
    Christian Friedrich faltered late in Thursday's loss to the Giants, surrendering two runs on three hits over seven-plus innings.

    Advice: Friedrich and Giants starter Jeff Samardzija were locked in a fantastic pitcher's duel over the first seven innings, with both pitchers posting goose eggs. The Padres' issues began when Friedrich trotted back out to start the eighth inning. He surrendered a double and a single to open the frame. Both of those runners would come around to score after he was lifted from the proceedings. For the season, the 29-year-old southpaw has pitched to a 4.66 ERA and 1.42 WHIP. He will finish out his season with a home start against the Dodgers next time he toes the rubber. Thursday, 10:20 pm
  • Gausman pushed back with intercostal strain
    Kevin Gausman will not start on Sunday against the Diamondbacks due to soreness in his intercostal area.

    Advice: Orioles manager Buck Showalter thinks the ailment could have been caused by Gausman being a bit dehydrated. He's hopeful that the injury is minor and that the right-hander will be ready to pitch on Tuesday or Wednesday in Toronto. "He’s got a little something bothering him that we think should manage hopefully by Tuesday or Wednesday," Showalter said. "We hope he’s our starting pitcher Tuesday or Wednesday, that’s what we’re hoping for. It won’t be Sunday. We have an off-day there to play with, see how things manage the next few days." Dylan Bundy will be moved up to start Sunday. Thursday, 3:05 pm
  • 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
  • A.J. Schugel (shoulder) unavailable for Wed.
    A.J. Schugel (shoulder) is not available for Wednesday's game against the Brewers.

    Advice: Schugel is returning to Pittsburgh for a second opinion on his injured right shoulder. He has been feeling discomfort in the wing since the end of August. It should be noted that he was available for Tuesday's game, and there is still a chance he returns to the mound for the Bucs before the end of the 2016 season. Wednesday, 3:26 pm
    60-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs ChC
  • Kevin Gausman gives up five to Red Sox
    Kevin Gausman was charged with five runs over 6 1/3 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: Gausman wasn't nearly as sharp as he has been lately, as he gave up 10 hits -- including a pair of home runs -- while walking one. Orioles manager Buck Showalter probably left him in too long, as his 101st and final pitch of the night was a three-run homer served up to David Ortiz. Gausman entered the start having allowed just three runs over his last five outings. He'll face the Diamondbacks on Sunday. Tuesday, 8:10 pm
  • Schugel (arm) available on Tuesday night
    A.J. Schugel (shoulder) is available out of the Pirates' bullpen on Tuesday night.

    Advice: Schugel has been out all month because of discomfort in his upper right arm, near his throwing shoulder. The 27-year-old reliever owns a decent 3.63 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and 46/13 K/BB ratio in 52 innings this season out of the Pittsburgh bullpen. Tuesday, 2:48 pm
    60-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs ChC
  • Clayton Richard earns win against Arizona
    Clayton Richard yielded two runs in 6 1/3 innings Monday in a win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Richard has been a really nice stopgap for the Padres, who signed him because they didn't want to rush unready pitching prospects into their rotation this summer. He's 3-2 with a 1.87 ERA in seven starts and two relief appearances for the team. Monday, 10:26 pm
  • Jhoulys Chacin pitches well over five frames
    Jhoulys Chacin held the Rangers to one run over five innings but took a no-decision on Monday.

    Advice: He was inefficient, needing 91 pitches to get through his five frames, but Chacin was able to keep the Rangers mostly at bay. He gave up six hits, walked one and struck out three. Chacin has allowed one run in each of his starts since re-joining the Angels' rotation. He'll face the Astros next. Monday, 9:11 pm
    7:05 pm vs Oak
  • 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. Monday, 2:26 pm
  • Gabriel Ynoa strikes out eight in first start
    Gabriel Ynoa yielded one run in 4 2/3 innings and struck out eight Sunday in the Mets' 3-2 victory over the Twins.

    Advice: The Mets pieced this one together with Ynoa making his first major league start in Jacob deGrom's place and closer Jeurys Familia needing the day off (Jerry Blevins ended up notching the save). Ynoa entered with a 15.19 ERA in six relief appearances as a major leaguer, but he was pretty great in this one. Unfortunately, he came up one out shy of qualifying for the win after being taken out of a 3-1 game. The victory ended up going to Eric Goeddel, who pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Sep 18, 1:29 pm
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Cody Anderson to start on Saturday
    Cody Anderson will start on Saturday against the White Sox.

    Advice: It will be a "bullpen game," as Anderson isn't stretched out. However, he could get a shot at multiple starts down the stretch with both Carlos Carrasco (hand) and Danny Salazar (forearm) on the shelf. Anderson can be ignored in fantasy leagues. Sep 18, 8:38 am
  • Friedrich goes five innings in no-decision
    Christian Friedrich took a no-decision after allowing four runs in five innings Friday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Friedrich blanked his former team last Saturday in San Diego, but the Rockies got to him for four runs in the second inning this time around. The southpaw struck out five and walked a pair in the no-decision. With a 4.78 ERA and 91/48 K/BB ratio over 116 2/3 innings, Friedrich hasn’t been able to deliver sustained fantasy value this season. He gets the Giants next week at home. Sep 16, 10:13 pm
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