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  • Alex Meyer strikes out five against A's
    Alex Meyer allowed two runs in four innings and struck out five Wednesday in his start against the A's.

    Advice: The Twins were going back and forth on Meyer as a starter or a reliever. The Angels tried him in the rotation this month after getting him in the Hector Santiago deal, and he had a 4.57 ERA and a 24/13 K/BB ratio in 21 2/3 innings over five starts. That should be good enough to keep him in the mix for a rotation spot next spring. The Angels aren't going to be able to be too picky. Yesterday, 11:31 pm
  • Luis Perdomo gives up five runs in win
    Luis Perdomo surrendered five runs in five innings Wednesday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Perdomo gave up three homers, two of them coming in the first. It brought his total to 23 homers allowed in 146 2/3 innings on the season. Still, he picked up a win, leaving him 9-10 with a 5.71 ERA. He was surprisingly competent, if not exactly effective, after moving into the Padres rotation in mid-June, which qualifies as a success considering that he was a Rule 5 pick who never pitched above A ball prior to this year. He'll open next season back in the minors, probably in Triple-A, but he should again be a factor in the Padres rotation. Yesterday, 11:20 pm
  • Miguel Gonzalez goes 8 1/3 scoreless in win
    Miguel Gonzalez pitched 8 1/3 innings of three-hit ball in the White Sox's 1-0 win over the Rays on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Orioles chose to save $4 million by cutting Gonzalez this spring. It's a mistake that might cost them the wild card, as Gonzalez posted a 3.73 ERA in 23 starts (and one relief appearance) for the White Sox. Orioles starters have a 4.80 ERA at the moment. Yesterday, 10:47 pm
  • Bryan Mitchell blanks Red Sox
    Bryan Mitchell shut out the Red Sox for seven innings Wednesday, allowing just two hits.

    Advice: The Yankees have always been high on Mitchell, but he was essentially a non-factor this year after fracturing a toe in April. Having such a strong outing in his final regular-season start will help with the wishcasting for 2017, though we're still skeptical that he'll last as a starter. He'll likely compete for a rotation spot in spring training. Yesterday, 10:35 pm
  • Anderson yields four runs in five innings Wed
    Chase Anderson allowed four runs -- three earned -- in five innings but escaped with a no-decision although his team lost to the Rangers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He gave up eight hits and two walks while fanning only two batters on the evening. He got off to a rough start as he gave up three runs in the first inning before settling down to give up just one more run over the next four frames. Anderson finishes his season with a 9-11 record after 30 starts. He has a 4.39 ERA with 120 strikeouts in 151 2/3 innings. Yesterday, 9:17 pm
  • Urena yields five runs in five frames in loss
    Jose Urena was touched up for five runs over five innings in a loss to the Mets on Wednesday.

    Advice: He struck out two, walked two and allowed eight hits -- including a pair of two-run homers. James Loney took him deep in the second inning. The ice-cold Jay Bruce went yard in the fifth. Urena split time this season between the bullpen and the rotation, ending up with a miserable 6.13 ERA and a 4-9 record. He fanned only 58 batters in 83 2/3 innings. Yesterday, 8:26 pm
  • Tillman gives up two runs in 5 2/3 frames Wed
    Chris Tillman gave up two runs -- one earned -- in 5 2/3 innings but didn't stick around long enough to get the win as the Orioles came back late to beat the Blue Jays 3-2 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Both runs scored on sacrifice flies in the first and second innings. He gave up six hits and three bases-on-balls while striking out just two batters on the night. It was a nice bounce-back effort for a guy who has pitched quite poorly down the stretch. He will take a nice 16-6 record and 3.77 ERA into the offseason. He is likely to be rewarded with a lucrative free agent contract this winter. Yesterday, 8:06 pm
  • Hyun-Jin Ryu undergoes elbow debridement
    Hyun-Jin Ryu underwent an arthroscopic left elbow debridement procedure on Wednesday.

    Advice: The surgery was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles. Prior to the procedure, Ryu had been pitching in simulated games as he attempted to work his way back from left elbow tendinitis. He is expected to be ready for the start of the 2017 season, but there's obviously nothing guaranteed here. The 29-year-old southpaw has made just one appearance over the last two years due to various shoulder, groin, and elbow injuries. Yesterday, 6:38 pm
    60-Day DL
    6:10 pm @SD
  • Garrett Richards (elbow) throws 20 pitches
    Garrett Richards (elbow) threw 20 pitches in a simulated inning on Wednesday.

    Advice: Richards has been on the shelf since May due to a torn right ulnar collateral ligament and obviously won't pitch in another major league game this season. "The ball is coming out of my hand good," he said after Wednesday's workout. "It’s got the same action as before, so that’s encouraging." Angels manager Mike Scioscia was pleased with his short performance, saying, "These are just baby steps right now, but it’s an important first step. He felt great during the workout. We don’t anticipate him doing anything but feeling good in the next couple days." Assuming no setbacks over the coming days, Richards could make an instructional league appearance on Monday. Yesterday, 6:04 pm
    60-Day DL
  • Chase Whitley to start final game for Rays
    Chase Whitley will start against the Rangers on Sunday.

    Advice: Just a little bit of shuffling here. Drew Smyly had been slated to start Sunday's regular-season finale, but the task will fall to Whitley instead. This will be his first start of the 2016 campaign. Better late than never. In 10 1/3 innings with the major league club this season, he has allowed five runs (two earned) on seven hits. Yesterday, 3:56 pm
  • Dodgers release right-hander Bud Norris
    Dodgers released RHP Bud Norris.

    Advice: Norris was designated for assignment last week and passed through waivers unclaimed. The 31-year-old right-hander pitched to a rough 5.10 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 102/49 K/BB ratio across 113 innings between the Braves and Dodgers this season. Yesterday, 2:56 pm
    Not Active
    6:10 pm @SD
  • Yovani Gallardo slated to start on Friday
    Yovani Gallardo will make his final start of the regular season in Friday's game against the Yankees.

    Advice: Gallardo and the O's are currently in the lead for the second Wild Card, with the Tigers (1.0 GB), Mariners (1.5 GB) and Astros (3.0 GB) all nipping at their heels. Wade Miley and Kevin Gausman are likely to start the final two games against New York. Yesterday, 2:44 pm
  • Indians outright lefty T.J. House to AAA
    Indians sent LHP T.J. House outright to Triple-A Columbus.

    Advice: House was designated for assignment by the Tribe on September 20 and passed through waivers unclaimed. The left-hander spent the majority of the 2016 season in Triple-A, posting a 3.98 ERA in 12 starts and 21 relief appearances. Yesterday, 9:07 am
    Not Active
    10:10 am @Det
  • Paul Clemens handcuffs Dodgers over 5 IP
    Paul Clemens pitched well in Tuesday's win over the Dodgers, surrendering one run on three hits over five innings.

    Advice: Chase Utley burned Clemens for a solo home run in the third inning, but he kept the scoreboard clean otherwise. This was the 28-year-old right-hander's final start of the 2016 season. He finishes out holding a 4.27 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 46/29 K/BB ratio over 65 1/3 innings (16 appearances, 12 starts). Tuesday, 10:46 pm
    6:10 pm vs LAD
  • Stephenson falls apart late against Cardinals
    Robert Stephenson allowed five runs on five hits over four innings of work in a loss to the Cardinals on Tuesday.

    Advice: Stephenson got through the first two innings without issue and allowed a solo homer in the third, but it was a four-run fourth inning that spelled his doom. All four runs came on one swing by Aledmys Diaz. The 23-year-old fell to 2-3 with a 6.27 ERA and 1.55 WHIP in seven starts, and he'll have one more start in 2016 when he squares off with the Cubs in Sunday's regular season finale. Tuesday, 9:49 pm
  • Richards (elbow) to face hitters Wednesday
    Garrett Richards (elbow) is slated to face live hitters on Wednesday.

    Advice: Assuming all goes well, Richards will make his first appearance in the instructional league next Monday. The 28-year-old was diagnosed with a torn right ulnar collateral ligament back in May, but he decided to undergo stem cell treatments in hopes of avoiding Tommy John surgery. Monday, 4:31 pm
    60-Day DL
  • 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
  • Yovani Gallardo pitches well in no-decision
    Yovani Gallardo pitched well in a no-decision against the Diamondbacks on Friday, allowing two runs on six hits over his six innings.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander punched out five while issuing two free passes. The Diamondbacks struck for single runs in the first and second innings, then Gallardo settled in and kept them off the scoreboard the remainder of his night. A major disappointment for most of the season, he'll carry a 5.63 ERA and 1.62 WHIP into his regular season finale against the Yankees in New York on Friday. Friday, 8:49 pm
  • Miguel Gonzalez hit hard in loss to Indians
    Miguel Gonzalez was hit hard in Friday's loss to the Indians, allowing four runs on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings.

    Advice: The right-hander struck out two and didn't walk a batter in the contest. He kept the Tribe's offense at bay through the first three innings, but they broke through in the fourth with a two-run homer from Jose Ramirez and tacked on another pair in the fifth before chasing him. He'll carry a 3.98 ERA and 1.29 WHIP into Wednesday's start against the Rays. Friday, 7:39 pm
  • Mitchell goes six innings in loss to Jays
    Bryan Mitchell gave up three runs (one earned) over six innings Friday in a loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Mitchell ran into all sorts of trouble early on in this one, so it’s impressive that he managed to make it through six innings. All told, he gave up six hits and four walks while striking out two batters. Mitchell has posted a 4.50 ERA and 9/7 K/BB ratio in 18 innings through four starts since being recalled by the Yankees. He’s not a fantasy option. Friday, 7:39 pm
  • Tillman gets quick hook against Red Sox
    Chris Tillman lasted just 1 2/3 innings against the Red Sox, allowing three runs on five hits in a no-decision.

    Advice: Tillman clearly didn't have it -- he also walked three during his time -- and Orioles manager Buck Showalter didn't hesitate to remove the starter in hopes of winning an important game for the Wild Card-hopeful Orioles. The clunker was rare for Tillman, who has been largely good in going 16-6 with a 3.84 ERA through 29 starts. The O's will need the 28-year-old to bounce back in a big way when they face off against another Wild Card team, the Blue Jays, next week. Thursday, 9:05 pm
  • Chase Anderson locks down Pirates into sixth
    Chase Anderson held the Pirates in check in Thursday's win, yielding one run on four hits over 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Anderson struck out six and walked one on the evening. He kept the scoreboard clean outside of a Francisco Cervelli solo home run in the fifth inning. For the season, the 28-year-old right-hander has pitched to a 4.36 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 113/51 K/BB ratio over 146 2/3 innings. His 2016 schedule will finish out with a road date with the Rangers next Wednesday. Thursday, 8:05 pm
  • Urena yanked after three innings vs. Braves
    Jose Urena lasted just three innings Thursday, allowing five runs in a loss to the Braves.

    Advice: A Matt Kemp two-run homer was among the bigger blows, but Urena gave up just four hits and a walk in total. It was the second straight start in which he's exited before seeing the fourth inning, and Urena now owns a 5.95 ERA and 1.40 WHIP through 78 2/3 innings of work. The Mets will get their shot at Urena when the two clubs meet early next week. Thursday, 7:46 pm
  • Stephenson coughs up four in 3 2/3 frames
    Robert Stephenson was charged with four runs in just 3 2/3 innings during a loss to the Cubs on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Cubs got to him early with two runs in the first. He gave up eight hits but seven of them were singles. He served up a solo shot to Dexter Fowler in the fourth inning. Stephenson fanned two and walked two. Free passes have been a problem for Stephenson throughout his minor league career. Despite his huge potential he can't be recommended as a fantasy option until he develops the ability to throw strikes. The rookie is 2-2 with a 5.59 ERA in six starts. Wednesday, 9:49 pm
  • Luis Perdomo allows three runs in loss
    Luis Perdomo yielded three runs in seven innings Wednesday in a loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Perdomo remains awfully raw, but it's impressive that he's managing to hold his own for the most part. Since mid-June, he has a 4.26 ERA and a 72/26 K/BB ratio over 105 2/3 innings in 17 starts. That's a massive improvement on the 9.50 ERA he had previously. Wednesday, 9:47 pm
  • Clemens pitches well outside of home run
    Paul Clemens kept the Diamondbacks at bay in Tuesday's win, yielding two runs (none earned) on three hits over 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Clemens couldn't quite manage a quality start, but it was a nice start nonetheless. Paul Goldschmidt burned him for a two-run home run in the sixth inning for his lone spot of trouble. The 28-year-old right-hander will carry a 4.48 ERA and 1.56 WHIP into a home start against the Dodgers next time he toes the rubber. As currently scheduled, that would be his last start of the 2016 campaign. Tuesday, 11:25 pm
    6:10 pm vs LAD
  • Ryu (elbow) throws 25-pitch simulated game
    Hyun-Jin Ryu (elbow) threw around 25 pitches in a simulated game on Tuesday.

    Advice: Ryu has been ruled out for the remainder of the year, but the Dodgers want to lay down some positive workouts before the offseason. The right-hander made just one appearance in 2016 and missed all of 2015. He's battled shoulder, groin, and elbow troubles over the last three years. Tuesday, 4:49 pm
    60-Day DL
    6:10 pm @SD
  • Dodgers DFA right-hander Bud Norris
    Dodgers designated RHP Bud Norris for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a 40-man roster spot for Alex Wood, who was activated off the 60-day disabled list Tuesday and will work out of the Dodgers' bullpen down the stretch. Norris had a 5.10 ERA through 19 starts and 16 relief appearances this season with Los Angeles. Tuesday, 1:22 pm
    Not Active
    6:10 pm @SD
  • Indians designate T.J. House for assignment
    Indians designated LHP T.J. House for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for Adam Plutko on the 40-man roster. House had some momentum after a promising debut with the Indians in 2014, but he dealt with shoulder problems last year and struggled in Triple-A this year. He's still just 26 years old, so someone could take a chance on him. Tuesday, 11:51 am
    Not Active
    10:10 am @Det
  • Ryu (elbow) to throw sim. game Tuesday
    Hyun-Jin Ryu (elbow) will throw 25 pitches in a simulated game on Tuesday.

    Advice: Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Ryu isn't a realistic option for the playoffs, but they want to see how he looks and hopefully have him go into the offseason on a positive note. Ryu missed all of last season due to shoulder surgery and has only made one appearance in the majors this season. He has been out since July 7 with left elbow tendinitis. Monday, 5:45 pm
    60-Day DL
    6:10 pm @SD
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