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  • Heyman: Jorge De La Rosa blocked on waivers
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Jorge De La Rosa has been claimed and blocked on revocable waivers.

    Advice: It's not clear who made the waiver claim or when it happened, but Heyman says "it was long enough ago that he is now considered blocked." De La Rosa would have been a solid get for a contender, as he holds a solid 4.19 ERA this season despite pitching half his games at Coors Field and boasts a 3.23 mark since the beginning of July. The left-hander will be a free agent this winter and Heyman says the Rockies will make him a qualifying offer if they're not able to lock him up on a long-term deal.
    Today, 9:14 am
  • Mutual interest in extension between Cruz/O's
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that both the Orioles and Nelson Cruz "have expressed an interest" in a contract extension.

    Advice: Heyman cautions that "there's no definitive immediate word of any early negotiations," but it does appear the two sides are interested "in continuing the marriage, if possible." The report also adds that the O's will extend Cruz a qualifying offer this offseason if they're unable to lock him up on a long-term deal. After having to settle for a one-year, $8 million deal in late February, Cruz has gone on to hit a career-high 34 homers so far for Baltimore, a total that leads all of baseball.
    Today, 9:08 am
  • Brandon Crawford nursing shoulder injury
    Brandon Crawford wasn't in the lineup Thursday for the second straight game due to a right shoulder injury.

    Advice: Crawford said Thursday that the shoulder has been "bugging me pretty good the last four or five days" and is an issue on his throws. It doesn't sound like something that will force him to the disabled list, but it's also unclear if Crawford will be ready to play Friday.
    Today, 7:21 am
  • Yusmeiro Petit expected to get another start
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy indicated after Thursday's game that Yusmeiro Petit would receive another start.

    Advice: Bochy had promised Petit just the one start as the club skipped the struggling Tim Lincecum. However, after Petit struck out nine over six frames of one-run ball, it sounds like he'll remain in the rotation and Lincecum in the bullpen for the time being. "These are the things we'll talk about," Bochy said. "But it's hard to change things after an effort like that. And it gives Timmy a chance to continue to work on some things."
    Today, 7:17 am
  • Presley (oblique) to take batting practice
    Alex Presley (oblique) will take batting practice on Friday.

    Advice: It will be the first time he's done so since he had a setback with his right oblique strain earlier this month. The hope is that he'll be ready for activation next week. "That's what I hope," Presley said. "I know we have an off-day on the first, which is nice. I'll probably hit through the weekend and then see where it's at after this weekend. I can't predict how I'll feel at this point, but I am feeling better."
    Today, 7:09 am
    Disabled List
    5:10 pm vs Tex
  • Masterson to pitch exclusively out of stretch
    Justin Masterson plans to pitch exclusively out of the stretch during Saturday's start versus the Cubs.

    Advice: The idea is to simplify his mechanics as much as possible. With a 7.43 ERA over five starts with the Cardinals, Masterson is willing to give it a shot. If he doesn't pitch better Saturday, he could be booted from the rotation. "For the most part, I was pitching out of the windup, and things would get better out of the stretch at times," Masterson said. "So we simplified it. I went only out of the stretch (in the bullpen). Less moving parts. You don't have to worry about step back, turn around, ready to throw. We're simplifying, really simplifying."
    Today, 6:05 am
  • Charlie Morton (hernia) solid in rehab start
    Charlie Morton (sports hernia) struck out six while allowing two runs over four innings in his first rehab start with Double-A Altoona on Thursday.

    Advice: Morton could be ready to rejoin the Pirates' rotation next week, though the club hasn't made anything official. He's been on the shelf since mid-August with a sports hernia.
    Today, 5:23 am
    Disabled List
    4:05 pm vs Cin
  • Kendrick lifts sacrifice fly to beat A's
    Howie Kendrick hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning to give the Angels a 4-3 win over the A's.

    Advice: The Angels had squandered a bases loaded situation in the 9th inning. They made up for it the next inning on a Howie Kendrick sacrifice fly that scored Albert Pujols. Kendrick would finish the game 2-for-3 with the one RBI. He's slashing .281/.337/.370 this season.
    Yesterday, 11:10 pm
  • Gray allows three runs in seven innings
    Sonny Gray gave up six hits and allowed three runs against the Angels on Thursday.

    Advice: Gray was victimized by the bottom portion of the Angels lineup. He allowed an RBI single to Erick Aybar in the second and a few batters later, Gordon Beckham drove in two. He struck out six and walked three as he managed his way through seven innings. Following a sterling 5-0 July, Gray is just 1-4 in August. These kinds of hiccups are to be expected of a second-year pitcher, as he learns how to pace himself through a full season. Despite the rough month, Gray still boasts a 3.03 ERA while holding opposing hitters to a .233 BAA. Gray will try to make his September a good one, starting with his scheduled start against the Mariners in a few days.
    Yesterday, 10:58 pm
  • Wilson loses stream after strong start
    C.J. Wilson allowed three runs in five and a third innings on Thursday.

    Advice: Wilson held the A's off the board until the fifth inning, when he surrendered an RBI double to Geovany Soto and an RBI single to Coco Crisp. Josh Donaldson hit a solo home run off Wilson in the sixth to knot the game at 3-3. The Angels eventually won it in the 10th inning. Wilson walked three in the contest and consistently struggled to find the strike zone. He only threw 56 of 98 pitches for strikes. Outings like this are why Wilson's boasts a WHIP of 1.40 and an ERA of 4.46. The lefty will try to put together a cleaner start when he faces the Astros next time around.
    Yesterday, 10:58 pm
  • Milone takes no-decision in start vs. Royals
    Tommy Milone allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision as the Twins went on to defeat the Royals 11-5 in 10 innings on Thursday.

    Advice: Milone has not had good results for the Twins, now sporting a 7.94 ERA in four starts with his latest team. Against the Royals, he yielded nine hits and two walks without recording a strikeout. On the season overall, he has a 4.21 ERA, a 1.37 WHIP, and a 70/33 K/BB ratio. Milone will match up against the White Sox at home on Tuesday in his next start.
    Yesterday, 9:10 pm
  • Guthrie allows 5 runs in no-decision vs. MIN
    Jeremy Guthrie got a no-decision after allowing five runs in six innings as the Royals lost to the Twins in 10 innings on Thursday.

    Advice: The Twins racked up the hits against Guthrie with nine of them along with two walks over the right-hander's six frames. Guthrie also struck out five. He has a 4.43 ERA, a 1.31 WHIP, and a 112/44 K/BB ratio, which he'll take into Tuesday's home start against the Rangers.
    Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • Gordon ties game with HR, but KC loses in 10
    Alex Gordon hit his 17th home run of the season, finishing 2-for-5 overall, in the Royals' 10-inning loss to the Twins on Thursday.

    Advice: Gordon tied the game up at 5-5 in the seventh inning with a solo home run off of Ryan Pressly. The AL MVP candidate now has 17 home runs, 61 RBI, eight stolen bases, and a .282/.356/.457 slash line. August has been good to him, as he is batting .305 (29-for-95) with eight home runs and 14 RBI.
    Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Dozier goes 3-for-5 with 3 RBI as Twins win
    Brian Dozier went 3-for-5 with an RBI single and a two-run double in Thursday's 10-inning win against the Royals.

    Advice: Dozier singled in a run in the fourth inning and added the Twins' fourth and fifth runs of the 10th inning with a two-run double. The second baseman has now hit safely in seven consecutive games and sports a .240/.345/.419 slash line with 20 home runs, 61 RBI, and 20 stolen bases.
    Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Schafer knocks in 4 runs as Twins win in 10
    Jordan Schafer went 3-for-5 with four runs batted in and a stolen base in Thursday's 10-inning victory against the Royals.

    Advice: Schafer singled in a run in the fourth inning, doubled in a run in the sixth, and knocked in two insurance runs with a 10th-inning single. He has performed well since joining the Twins on a waiver claim, batting .328 (21-for-64) with 10 stolen bases since August 5. Schafer is on an eight-game hitting streak as well.
    Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Yusmeiro Petit sets MLB record in victory
    Yusmeiro Petit set a major league record with 46 straight batters retired on his way to allowing one run over six innings Thursday in a win over the Rockies.

    Advice: Petit retired the first eight batters he faced today to overtake Mark Buehrle's major league record of 45 consecutive batters retired. He then immediately gave up a double to opposing starter Jordan Lyles and a soft RBI single to Charlie Blackmon, but he buckled down after that. He ended up allowing four hits, walking none and striking out nine in his first start since replacing Tim Lincecum in the rotation. He'll get the Rockies again next week, and while that will be at Coors, he still looks like a decent play in mixed leagues.
    Yesterday, 3:54 pm
  • De La Rosa (thumb) set to make next start
    Jorge De La Rosa (thumb) will make his next start, according to Rockies manager Walt Weiss.

    Advice: Weiss said the injury to De La Rosa's left thumb, which he hurt in Tuesday's game, is "just a bruise." He wasn't expected to miss a turn, and he'll be on the mound when the Rockies take on the Diamondbacks on Sunday.
    Wednesday, 7:53 pm
  • De La Rosa leaves early with thumb contusion
    Jorge De La Rosa left Tuesday's start in the sixth inning against the Giants with a left thumb contusion.

    Advice: The injury occurred when the De La Rosa fouled off a pitch in the top of the sixth inning. He walked a batter and coughed up a two-run Buster Posey homer in the bottom half the frame before getting pulled for Matt Belisle. JDLR is the very rare pitcher indeed who'd prefer to work in Coors Field if given the choice. He'd gone 1-3 with a 6.09 ERA in his last six road starts, and entered this game 9-2 with a 3.19 ERA at home, and 4-6 with a 5.35 ERA on the road. As odd as it is to say, he's a stream option in Denver, but generally a stay-away on the road. Unfortunately, De La Rosa stays on the road next time around in Arizona. We'd expect him to be good to go, but De La Rosa will no doubt be evaluated further on Wednesday.
    Tuesday, 9:27 pm
  • Gordon delivers walk-off homer to down Twins
    Alex Gordon hit a two-run walk-off home run to give the Royals a 2-1 victory over the Twins on Tuesday.

    Advice: Gordon hit the two-run shot off Twins closer Glen Perkins. The outfielder finished 2-for-4 in the game, bringing his line up to .283/.356/.454 on the year. He's been especially effective in August, as Tuesday's was his seventh home run to go with 12 RBI and 16 runs scored this month.
    Tuesday, 8:38 pm
  • Cruz notches first multi-hit game in 2 weeks
    Nelson Cruz finished 2-for-4 with an RBI double as the Orioles topped the Rays on Tuesday.

    Advice: Cruz hadn't enjoyed a multi-hit game since August 11, over two weeks ago. His seventh-inning RBI double gave the O's an insurance run, but proved to be ultimately unnecessary. The soon-to-be free agent leads baseball with 34 home runs and has a nice .256/.325/.512 slash line with 88 RBI to boot.
    Tuesday, 8:30 pm
  • Dozier doubles, scores in loss to Royals
    Brian Dozier doubled and scored in Tuesday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Dozier scored what appeared to be the game-winning run in the seventh inning before the Royals came back for the walk-off victory. Even so, the run was Dozier's American League-leading 92nd run scored this season. The second baseman is hitting .236/.342/.417 overall.
    Tuesday, 8:13 pm
  • Morton (hip) ready for rehab assignment
    Charlie Morton (hip) will begin a rehab assignment at Double-A Altoona on Thursday.

    Advice: Morton was cleared for game action after throwing a couple bullpen sessions with no issues. He'll throw five innings and/or 75 pitches for Altoona on Thursday. It's not clear how many rehab starts the sinkerballer will need, but he should be ready to rejoin the Pirates' rotation pretty soon.
    Monday, 6:25 pm
    Disabled List
    4:05 pm vs Cin
  • Yusmeiro Petit moves into Giants' rotation
    Yusmeiro Petit will start on Thursday versus the Rockies in place of Tim Lincecum.

    Advice: He's only guaranteed the one start for now, but the switch will become permanent if Petit pitches well. The right-hander has quietly retired 38 straight batters in relief and holds a 3.59 ERA and 87/17 K/BB ratio over 80 1/3 frames this season. However, he's posted a 6.32 ERA over six spot starts, so he's far from a sure thing.
    Monday, 4:58 pm
  • Presley (oblique) considered day-to-day
    Alex Presley (oblique) is being evaluated on a day-to-day basis.

    Advice: Presley originally landed on the disabled list in early July with a strained right oblique and aggravated the injury during a minor league rehab assignment earlier this month. His absence appears likely to stretch into September.
    Monday, 2:10 pm
    Disabled List
    5:10 pm vs Tex
  • Masterson roughed up again against Phillies
    Justin Masterson was roughed up again Sunday, giving up five runs over three innings in a loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: Masterson didn't have much of anything, as he gave up six hits and walked two in his three innings of work. This marks the fourth subpar start in five turns since joining the Cardinals, owning a 7.43 ERA and 1.65 WHIP through 23 innings. With the Cardinals in a playoff hunt and Masterson getting lit up at every turn, it wouldn't be surprising if they started looking elsewhere for starts very soon.
    Sunday, 1:15 pm
  • C.J. Wilson limits A's to one run
    C.J. Wilson held the A's to a run over 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision Saturday.

    Advice: It hasn't always been pretty, but Wilson has put together three decent efforts in a row, allowing five over 18 1/3 innings. He has a 10/10 K/BB ratio in that span -- he's had exactly as many walks as strikeouts in four of his five starts since coming off the DL -- but he's getting the job done. Perhaps he'll continue to improve in September.
    Saturday, 9:25 pm
  • Guthrie goes eight strong to beat the Rangers
    Jeremy Guthrie fired eight innings of one-run ball Saturday in the Royals' 6-3 defeat of the Rangers.

    Advice: Guthrie carved his way easily through the Texas lineup, yielding only five hits and a walk over his eight impressive frames. He's now 10-10 with a 4.32 ERA and 1.31 WHIP this season for the Royals, who have moved to 16 games above .500. Guthrie gets the Twins at home next.
    Saturday, 8:08 pm
  • Alex Gordon intends to exercise 2016 option
    Alex Gordon told the Kansas City Star that he intends to forgo free agency after next season and pick up his $13.25 million player option for 2016.

    Advice: That's easy to say now, but we'll see. Gordon will be 32 in 2016, and if he plays next year like he has this one, he could be in line for something like $72 million over four years. Passing that up to earn $13.25 million and going back on the market at age 33 doesn't seem like a very good idea at all. Perhaps, though, he'll be able to agree to a long-term deal with the Royals before then.
    Saturday, 9:42 am
  • Milone receives no-decision in 20-6 win
    Tommy Milone allowed five runs (three earned) in four and a third innings against the Tigers on Friday.

    Advice: It's rare for a starting pitcher to be given double-digit run support and still not pick up the victory, but Milone pulled that off in the extreme against the Tigers, somehow managing a no-decision despite a whopping twenty runs plated by the Twins. He allowed ten hits and five runs (three earned) in his four-plus innings of work. It was his second awful start in a row, as he was shelled by the Royals last time out. Milone has been solid this season and despite the rough outings, he still holds a 4.08 ERA. He'll try to rebound when he faces the Royals in his next outing.
    Friday, 11:14 pm
  • Gray enjoys another fine start, beats Angels
    Sonny Gray fired another gem, holding the Angels to three runs on six hits over 8 1/3 innings in Friday's 5-3 victory.

    Advice: Bob Melvin gave the youngster a short leash in his bid to work a complete game, hustling out of the dugout once he surpassed 100 pitches, and Sean Doolittle allowed one of the starter's runners to score, muddying his ledger a bit. Gray, who walked two and struck out five, has completed at least six innings in 22 out of 26 starts. The right-hander entered on a four-game losing streak (4.94 ERA); he had only lost two straight one time over his first 31 starts. Gray (13-7, 3.00 ERA, 1.21 WHIP) heads east to tangle with Houston next time around.
    Friday, 10:08 pm
  • Nelson Cruz sets new career high in homers
    Nelson Cruz set a new career high with his 34th homer in Friday's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: The line-drive blast to left field just barely found its way into the basket at Wrigley Field. Unfortunately for the Orioles, it represented their lone run and one of just five hits (all the rest were singles) on the day. Cruz is sporting a .258/.326/.520 batting line for the season and has driven in 87 runs.
    Friday, 2:14 pm
  • Kendrick logs three hits in a win vs. Red Sox
    Howie Kendrick singled three times in four at-bats as the Angels shut out the Red Sox on Thursday, 2-0.

    Advice: Despite Kendrick reaching base three times, the Angels were unable to bring him home in what turned out to be a low-scoring contest between the two clubs. Kendrick has cooled off considerably in August, batting just .257 (19-for-74) in the month. On the season, he's slashing .283/.340/.375 with 53 RBI and 13 stolen bases.
    Thursday, 7:33 pm
  • Jorge De La Rosa goes eight in win
    Jorge De La Rosa lasted eight innings and held the Royals to two runs Wednesday to improve to 13-8 on the season.

    Advice: De La Rosa is certainly an underrated hurler, but an innings eater he isn't; this is the first time all year that he's gone eight innings. He has just one complete game in 185 major league starts. At 103 pitches after eight tonight, the Rockies had the option of sending him back out for the ninth, but chose not to do so.
    Wednesday, 8:51 pm
  • Petit to 'start' suspended game against Cubs
    Yusmeiro Petit will "start" when the Giants resume their suspended game against the Cubs on Thursday.

    Advice: It's not quite a start, since the game will pick up in the bottom of the fifth inning, but Petit will be on the mound when the game resumes. He last pitched 10 days ago and has been a reliever since a spot start on July 22, so the Giants will likely only ask for two or three innings from the 29-year-old. Petit owns a 3.89 ERA through 74 innings of work this year.
    Wednesday, 8:47 pm
  • Charlie Morton diagnosed with sports hernia
    Charlie Morton's injury designation has been changed from right hip inflammation to a sports hernia.

    Advice: It's a more serious injury, but Morton said he hopes to return later this season. Surgery is a possibility, but the right-hander is hoping to delay it until the offseason. Morton pitched with the injury for a while before finally being placed on the DL over the weekend.
    Wednesday, 12:33 pm
    Disabled List
    4:05 pm vs Cin
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