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  • Chris Tillman fans six Yankees in no-decision
    Chris Tillman pitched well in a no-decision against the Yankees on Sunday, allowing just one run on five hits over 6 2/3 innings of work.

    Advice: Tillman fanned six batters on the night while issuing just one free pass. The only damage against him came in the second inning where Martin Prado launched a solo home run. In the midst of another strong season, Tillman will carry a 12-5 record, 3.29 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 139/64 K/BB ratio into next weekend's start against the Red Sox.
    40 minutes ago
  • Kuroda hurls seven innings of one-run ball
    Hiroki Kuroda delivered a strong effort in a no-decision against the Orioles on Sunday, hurling seven innings of one-run ball while allowing just six hits.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander punched out five on the evening without walking a batter. The only blemish on his evening came on an RBI double by Adam Jones in the sixth inning. He has had his ups and downs in his age-39 season, but still owns a respectable 3.81 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 130/35 K/BB ratio over 184 1/3 innings. He'll look to get back in the win column on Friday when he takes on the Blue Jays.
    46 minutes ago
  • Cahill gives up four runs in no-decision
    Trevor Cahill allowed four runs over four innings in a no-decision against the Padres Sunday.

    Advice: Cahill's line wasn't terrible, but he was wild, throwing two wild pitches and also hit a batter while giving up five hits. His wildness also played to his advantage, as he struck out seven over his four innings. Cahill still hasn't won in a month, and he'll take a 5.38 ERA into a challenging start against the Rockies in Coors Field on Friday.
    Today, 7:00 pm
    W, 8-6 vs ^ SD
  • Petit surrenders four runs in loss to Dodgers
    Yusmeiro Petit surrendered four runs -- three earned -- over seven innings in a loss to the Dodgers Sunday.

    Advice: Petit wasn't on his game, giving up eight hits including a Matt Kemp two-run homer. He did strike out eight in the loss. Petit has switched between starting and relieving this year, but it's still impressive that the loss was his first since May. Petit will try to get back in the right side of the decision Saturday at the Padres.
    Today, 6:24 pm
    L, 4-2 vs ^ LAD
  • Santiago walks five in early exit vs. Astros
    Hector Santiago walked five and gave up three runs over two innings in a loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Santiago also gave up five hits as he proved largely ineffective. One of those five hits was a three-run homer to Gregorio Petit for all three of the Astros' runs against him. The loss dropped him to 5-8 with a 3.55 ERA on the year. He'll look for a better outing Friday against the Rangers.
    Today, 5:43 pm
    L, 6-1 vs ^ Hou
  • Lester goes six scoreless in shutout of M's
    Jon Lester threw six scoreless innings in the Athletics' 4-0 shutout of the Mariners Sunday.

    Advice: Lester surrendered just four hits, all singles, and walked four in the game. He also struck out seven. The win moved Lester to 15-10 on the year, and he owns a 2.45 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 206/46 K/BB ratio through 30 starts. It's the sixth time Lester has reached the 15-win plateau in his career. The 30-year-old will take the mound again Saturday in an interleague tilt with the Phillies.
    Today, 5:33 pm
  • Lewis limits Braves to one run over seven
    Colby Lewis limited the Braves to one run over seven innings in a win Sunday.

    Advice: Lewis scattered five hits, with Ryan Doumit's solo homer counting as the only run against him. The start was the first time he's allowed fewer than three runs since a complete game shutout on August 5. The win moved him to 10-13, the first time he's reached double-digit wins since 2011 and just the fourth time he's done it in his career. Lewis will look for his 11th win Saturday at the Angels.
    Today, 4:34 pm
    W, 10-3 vs ^ Atl
  • Gonzales fans nine as Cards defeat Rockies
    Marco Gonzales struck out nine while holding the Rockies to one run over 5 2/3 innings in the Cardinals' 4-1 win Sunday.

    Advice: Gonzales gave up an RBI double to Brandon Barnes in the second inning, one of only four hits he allowed, but he kept the Rockies under wraps for the rest of the day. He did walk four, a downside, but the nine strikeouts were certainly a career best. He's won three straight decisions to move to 3-2. With Michael Wacha's status still up in the air, it's unclear when or if Gonzales will get another start.
    Today, 4:24 pm
  • Lyles gives up nine hits, three runs vs. STL
    Jordan Lyles allowed three runs on nine hits over six innings in a loss to the Cardinals on Sunday.

    Advice: Lyles gave up nine hits, but it was back-to-back knocks -- a Matt Holliday double followed by a Jhonny Peralta homer -- that did all the damage. Lyles took the loss despite the quality start, falling to 6-3. He'll take a 4.21 ERA into Friday's contest against the Diamondbacks.
    Today, 4:07 pm
  • Vargas falters late in loss against Red Sox
    Jason Vargas allowed five runs over 5 1/3 innings in a loss to the Red Sox on Sunday.

    Advice: Two big swings, only one of which came while Vargas was still in the game, proved the difference. Xander Bogaerts hit a three-run homer off Vargas in the third inning, and after allowing two hits in the sixth Vargas exited ahead of a Daniel Nava grand slam. It was an unfortunate result on what was an otherwise good day for Vargas -- he struck out eight while giving up just four hits all day. Vargas will take on the Tigers on Saturday.
    Today, 3:40 pm
  • Noesi allows two homers, five runs vs. Twins
    Hector Noesi allowed five runs, including two home runs, over 6 2/3 innings in Sunday's loss to the Twins.

    Advice: Noesi gave up eight hits in total, with homers by Trevor Plouffe and Jordan Schafer accounting for three of the Twins' runs. The loss was Noesi's first since August 20, dropping him to 8-10 on the year. The right-hander, who is pitching for a job next year, will take on the Rays in Tampa on Saturday.
    Today, 2:30 pm
    L, 6-4 vs ^ Min
  • Perkins works around homer to earn 34th save
    Glen Perkins allowed a solo home run but nothing more, earning the save in Sunday's win over the White Sox.

    Advice: After blowing a save and taking the loss Saturday, Perkins got right back on the horse to get the save Sunday. He served up a solo homer to Jose Abreu -- not the first pitcher to get victimized by Abreu -- but he closed out the game without incident after that. He's been shaky since late August, but Perkins is still the guy in Minnesota and he needs to be started while he's getting saves.
    Today, 2:24 pm
  • Papelbon melts down, allows four runs vs. MIA
    Jonathan Papelbon had a major meltdown in the ninth inning Sunday, allowing four runs for a blown save and taking the loss against the Marlins.

    Advice: Papelbon entered with a three-run lead, but the Marlins came up with four hits and a walk to tie the score before Papelbon could record the second out. A wild pitch, indicative of the kind of day Papelbon had, ended up bringing in the winning run. The blown save was his fourth of the year and his first since July 22. Despite the ugly outing, it has still been a very good year for the 33-year-old.
    Today, 2:14 pm
  • Miles Mikolas unlikely to return this season
    Miles Mikolas (shoulder) experienced renewed discomfort the last time he played catch and is unlikely to return before the end of the 2014 season.

    Advice: With the Rangers long out of contention, there is no reason to push him and risk further injury. The 26-year-old right-hander owns a 6.44 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 38/18 K/BB ratio over 57 1/3 innings (10 starts) on the season.
    Today, 2:06 pm
  • Koehler yields three runs in no-decision
    Tom Koehler allowed three runs -- two earned -- over six innings in a no-decision against the Phillies on Sunday.

    Advice: The Phillies largely did their damage with well-timed hits, as Koehler allowed only one extra-base hit, a double, among his seven hits given up. Koehler also walked one while striking out two. Even without factoring in the decision, the start marked the seventh straight in which Koehler has allowed three or fewer runs. The right-hander is 9-9 with a 3.71 ERA heading into the home stretch. He's got a divisional date with the Nationals up next on Friday.
    Today, 2:04 pm
    W, 5-4 ^ @Phi
  • Archer goes seven strong as Rays beat Jays
    Chris Archer tossed seven innings of one-run ball Sunday in the Rays' 6-5 defeat of the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Archer was left with a no-decision because Jake McGee blew the save in the bottom of the ninth and the Rays had to win it in extras. The young right-hander was sharp, striking out nine batters and yielding only three hits. He has a 3.54 ERA and 164 strikeouts in 180 2/3 innings this season.
    Today, 2:00 pm
  • Turner serves up seven runs against Pirates
    Jacob Turner allowed seven runs over 4 1/3 innings in Sunday's loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: Turner has now been subpar in three of his four starts with the Cubs in what has been an overall forgettable year for the 23-year-old. Sunday's start was going alright until the fifth inning, when the Pirates jumped on him for six runs before he was chased. Turner gave up seven hits and walked three on the day as a whole. He's got another tough meeting next weekend against the Dodgers.
    Today, 1:33 pm
    L, 7-3 ^ @Pit
  • Edinson Volquez earns 12th win against Cubs
    Edinson Volquez gave up three runs -- one earned -- over seven innings in Sunday's win over the Cubs.

    Advice: Volquez fell in a hole early after an error led to two Cubs runs in the second inning. He gave up another in the third, but he settled down to keep them off the board after that. He walked five, an issue for Volquez his entire career, while striking out five as well. The win was his 12th of the year, his highest single-season total since 2008. Volquez will take on the Brewers on Saturday.
    Today, 1:32 pm
  • Jordan Zimmermann goes 6 2/3 strong
    Jordan Zimmermann spun 6 2/3 shutout frames in Sunday's 3-0 victory over the Mets.

    Advice: Zimmermann wasn't terribly efficient, needing 103 pitches to cover the 6 2/3 innings, but he struck out five, walks just one and allowed six hits while keeping the Mets off the board. The righty is now 12-5 on the season while sporting a 2.83 ERA and a career-high 168 strikeouts. Zimmermann gets the Marlins in Miami next weekend.
    Today, 1:15 pm
  • Michael Wacha throws bullpen session
    Michael Wacha said he "felt great" after a 30-pitch bullpen session Sunday.

    Advice: The Cardinals decided to skip Wacha's turn in the rotation, but they've insisted it's so they can clean up his mechanics rather than it being a setback with the righty's shoulder. Wacha remains hopeful of rejoining the rotation at some point, though it's not clear when that might be.
    Today, 9:30 am
  • Duffy (shoulder) throws successful bullpen
    Danny Duffy (shoulder) felt no pain during a light bullpen session Sunday.

    Advice: Although he's yet to be officially cleared, Duffy remains hopeful of starting on Tuesday versus the White Sox. The left-hander exited his last outing on September 6 after just one pitch with a sore shoulder, but he's made nice progress since then. The Royals should announce soon whether or not Duffy will get the ball Tuesday.
    Today, 9:16 am
  • Jered Weaver strikes out 12 in victory
    Jered Weaver won for the 17th time this season by limiting the Astros to one run in seven innings and striking out 12 on Saturday.

    Advice: Weaver fell three strikeouts short of his career high, but it's just the third time in his career that he's gotten to 12 and the first time since April 6, 2012 that he's even reached double figures. He's previous season high was nine against the White Sox in June. Weaver ended up throwing 101 pitches, 76 of them strikes. Even though his home run and walk rates are up this year, he's the AL leader in wins and he has a 3.50 ERA.
    Yesterday, 10:23 pm
  • Huston Street earns save in return
    Huston Street pitched a scoreless ninth for a save in his return to the mound Saturday against the Astros.

    Advice: Street was given a three-run lead in his first appearance in a week, and he gave up just a single on his to converting it. The closer had been sidelined with a hamstring injury.
    Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Felix Hernandez strikes out eight A's
    Felix Hernandez yielded two runs in seven innings and struck out eight in a no-decision against the A's on Saturday.

    Advice: The eight strikeouts brought his season total to 225, leaving him just seven shy of his career high from his Cy Young season in 2010.... or as we'll soon refer to it, his first Cy Young season.
    Yesterday, 9:56 pm
  • Fernando Rodney takes loss in 10th
    Fernando Rodney walked four and took a loss after giving up the go-ahead run in the 10th Saturday against the A's.

    Advice: Rodney hasn't had many off nights this year, but these kinds of things can happen with him. He only got out of the inning because Josh Reddick decided to take a big cut after a 2-0 pitch (and six straight balls total) and lined out to a diving Chris Taylor at shortstop. Since Rodney was pitching in a tie game, he remains 45-for-48 in his save chances.
    Yesterday, 9:54 pm
  • Perkins blows his seventh save of the season
    Glen Perkins blew his seventh save of the season as the Twins dropped the second half of a doubleheader Saturday night against the White Sox.

    Advice: The Twins also lost the first game, 5-1. They carried a 6-5 lead into the bottom of the fifth inning in the nightcap, but Perkins walked Jose Abreu and then served up a two-run walkoff shot to Dayan Viciedo. He was bothered earlier this month by a neck injury and might not be completely over it yet.
    Yesterday, 8:23 pm
  • Duffy (shoulder) expects to start on Tuesday
    Danny Duffy (shoulder) will throw a light bullpen session on Sunday.

    Advice: Duffy has been sidelined since September 6 with left shoulder soreness but an MRI taken earlier this week came up negative and he said Thursday that he is no longer feeling discomfort. He expects to returns to the Royals' rotation Tuesday against the White Sox.
    Yesterday, 1:15 pm
  • Marco Gonzales to start on Sunday
    Marco Gonzales will start for the Cardinals on Sunday.

    Advice: He will rejoin the rotation in place of Michael Wacha who is having his start pushed back. He makes for a nice streaming option in mixed leagues.
    Friday, 5:38 pm
  • Cardinals to skip Michael Wacha's next start
    The Cardinals have decided to skip Michael Wacha's next scheduled start on Sunday.

    Advice: It doesn't appear as if Wacha has had a setback physically, but rather the Cards want him to work on his command before he toes the rubber again. "Asking a lot for a guy to get sharp in September," manager Mike Matheny said. The right-hander could still get in three starts before the end of the regular season as he tries to fine-tune for the playoffs. Marco Gonzales will start on Sunday versus the Rockies.
    Friday, 2:52 pm
  • Glen Perkins (neck) cleared to return
    Glen Perkins (neck) was cleared to return to action Thursday.

    Advice: Perkins hasn't pitched since last Friday due to soreness in his neck, but he's made significant progress in recent days and is ready for the next save chance when it presents itself. The left-hander holds a 2.88 ERA and 65/10 K/BB ratio over 59 1/3 innings this season while converting 33-of-38 save opportunities.
    Friday, 6:37 am
  • Danny Duffy (shoulder) says he's pain-free
    Danny Duffy said Thursday that he no longer feels any pain in his left shoulder.

    Advice: That's certainly good news, but he still has a ways to go before he's cleared to rejoin the rotation. Duffy isn't sure when he'll be cleared to resume throwing, but he hasn't ruled out making his next scheduled start on Tuesday. The left-hander would have to throw a bullpen session by Sunday for Tuesday's outing to be a possibility.
    Thursday, 3:20 pm
  • Street (hamstring) likely unavailable Thu.
    Huston Street (hamstring) will likely be unavailable Thursday.

    Advice: Street hasn't pitched since Saturday due to right hamstring tightness and the Angels can afford to play it safe with him with such a big lead in the AL West. It's not a long-term concern.
    Thursday, 2:13 pm
  • Street (hamstring) expects to pitch on Friday
    Huston Street (hamstring) was not available Wednesday.

    Advice: Street said before the game that his right hamstring was fully healthy, but the first-place Angels decided to play it safe with their closer and keep him idle. Street expects to pitch Friday, when the Angels return home from Texas to begin a three-game series against the visiting Astros. He has a 1.71 ERA and 13 saves since joining Anaheim.
    Wednesday, 9:33 pm
  • Huston Street (hamstring) available on Wed.
    Huston Street (hamstring) is available on Wednesday.

    Advice: Street was out for a couple of games after tweaking his hamstring while covering first base on Saturday. He has a 1.71 ERA and 13 saves since joining the Angels.
    Wednesday, 2:49 pm
  • Petit strikes out 9 in complete game gem
    Yusemeiro Petit surrendered only one run, striking out nine, in a complete game victory over the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

    Advice: Ender Inciarte was the only Snake batter to solve Petit, driving a solo homer over the right field fence in the fourth inning. Giants manager Bruce Bochy must be pretty pleased with himself tonight. Bochy announced last Wednesday -- the day after Petit was rocked for six runs over four frames versus Colorado -- that Petit would remain in the rotation for now. The former Diamondback, who works out of Tim Lincecum's old spot, didn't even walk one batter tonight, which is why he needed only a stunning 84 pitches to dispose of Arizona. He'll take a 5-3 record, 3.62 ERA and pretty 0.99 WHIP into a huge date with the Dodgers on Sunday.
    Tuesday, 9:53 pm
    L, 4-2 vs ^ LAD
  • Koehler allows two runs over five vs. Brewers
    Tom Koehler gave up two runs over five innings in Tuesday's no-decision against the Brewers.

    Advice: Koehler yielded six hits and three walks in the outing. Despite not factoring in the decision, the start was the latest in a string of consistently strong performances for Koehler -- the right-hander hasn't allowed more than three runs in any of his last six starts. Koehler remains 9-9 with a 3.74 ERA heading into Sunday's start at the Phillies.
    Tuesday, 9:25 pm
    W, 5-4 ^ @Phi
  • Lester fans eight over eight innings vs. Sox
    Jon Lester struck out eight, allowing two runs over eight innings in Tuesday's win over the White Sox.

    Advice: Lester gave up seven hits, including a home run, and walked two in the start. It was a refreshing outcome for the left-hander, who had lost three straight decisions and hadn't won since August 12 coming into the game. Lester moved to 14-10 with a 2.52 ERA with the win. He's got a divisional date with the Mariners in Seattle on deck for Sunday.
    Tuesday, 8:57 pm
  • Huston Street nursing tight hamstring
    Huston Street wasn't available to pitch Tuesday due to right hamstring tightness.

    Advice: The good news is that it appears to be minor, as the Angels expect him to be available Wednesday. Street has been excellent since arriving in Anaheim, holding a 1.71 ERA while converting 13-of-15 save chances.
    Tuesday, 8:39 pm
  • Santiago surrenders lone homer in victory
    Hector Santiago gave up only a solo home run over five innings in Tuesday's win over the Rangers.

    Advice: Santiago surrendered five hits, with Adrian Beltre's solo shot in the fourth inning the only blemish against him. He threw just 79 pitches, so it was a bit of a quick hook from Angels manager Mike Scioscia, but he still managed to get his fifth win of the season. Santiago has been a more than adequate fill-in starter for the Angels down the stretch, owning a 3.38 ERA after Tuesday's outing. He's got the Astros on tap for Sunday.
    Tuesday, 8:30 pm
    L, 6-1 vs ^ Hou
  • Lewis allows three runs in loss to Angels
    Colby Lewis allowed three runs -- two earned -- over seven innings in a loss to the Angels on Tuesday.

    Advice: Lewis actually pitched pretty well following a leadoff home run by Kole Calhoun -- an error led to the Angels' second run, and the third run scored after Lewis was pulled following an infield single by Collin Cowgill to lead off the eighth inning. He gave up just five hits in all, striking out four. It was Lewis' best start in over a month, but he still fell to 9-13 with a 5.29 ERA with the loss. He'll try to get back in the win column Sunday against the Braves.
    Tuesday, 8:30 pm
    W, 10-3 vs ^ Atl
  • Vargas allows a pair of homers in loss to DET
    Jason Vargas allowed a pair of home runs in Tuesday's loss to the Tigers, yielding four runs over 5 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Rajai Davis hit a two-run home run in the second inning and J.D. Martinez added a solo blast in the fifth. Other than that, Vargas was okay, giving up six hits and a trio of walks while striking out six. He was coming off of 6 2/3 scoreless frames in his last start -- not exactly the follow-up he envisioned. Vargas has a 3.25 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP, and a 118/37 K/BB ratio. The Red Sox await him in Sunday's home start next.
    Tuesday, 8:25 pm
  • Tillman holds Red Sox to one run in victory
    Chris Tillman held the Red Sox to one run over five innings in Tuesday's win.

    Advice: Tillman scattered six hits and two walks, limiting the Red Sox to a lone run with the aid of five strikeouts. The sole run against came on a Xander Bogaerts home run. The win was a continuation of an incredible run for Tillman and the Orioles -- Tillman hasn't lost since July 12, and the O's have won his past nine starts. Tillman is 12-5 with a 3.36 ERA, and he'll look to keep his good fortune going against the Yankees this weekend.
    Tuesday, 8:09 pm
  • Zimmermann grabs 11th win against the Braves
    Jordan Zimmermann improved to 11-5, allowing four runs (two earned) in six innings as the Nationals handed the Braves a 6-4 loss on Tuesday.

    Advice: Zimmermann had limited the Braves to two runs over five innings, but Justin Upton helped end the right-hander's evening a little earlier than expected with a two-run home run in the sixth inning following an error. Overall, Zimmermann yielded six hits and zero walks while striking out seven. He's had another great season, sitting on a 2.93 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and a 163/27 K/BB ratio. His next start will come on Sunday afternoon in New York against the Mets.
    Tuesday, 8:09 pm
  • Michael Wacha not sharp in loss against Reds
    Michael Wacha struggled in his second start coming off the disabled list, giving up six runs -- five earned -- over four innings in a loss to the Reds.

    Advice: Wacha didn't have much working on this night, giving up six hits -- including four extra-base hits -- and walking three. He was on a pitch count, so the four innings of work weren't unexpected. It will still be a few starts before Wacha has his arm strength back, and until then it's tough to expect to get much from him for fantasy purposes. He'll next take the mound against the Rockies on Sunday.
    Tuesday, 7:50 pm
  • Kuroda can't escape 4th inning in loss to TB
    Hiroki Kuroda was unable to escape the fourth inning, allowing four runs in 3 1/3 innings, in a loss to the Rays on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Rays had scored in each of the second, third, and fourth innings, so it was a constant barrage against the 39-year-old right-hander. He just didn't have his best stuff, as the Rays racked up nine hits. To his credit, Kuroda did strike out five without issuing a walk. Now with a 3.91 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 125/35 K/BB ratio, Kuroda will dust himself off and look for improvement when he takes on the Orioles in Baltimore on Sunday.
    Tuesday, 7:47 pm
  • Archer pitches into the 7th as Rays top NYY
    Chris Archer earned his ninth victory of the season after allowing three runs over 6 1/3 innings as the Rays defeated the Yankees on Tuesday.

    Advice: Archer got the first out to kick off the seventh inning, but was lifted after Ichiro Suzuki reached on an infield single. He held the Yankees to seven hits on the evening without walking a batter and striking out three. He did allow a solo home run to Jacoby Ellsbury. Archer was coming off back-to-back poor outings, so this was a nice rebound. He'll take his 3.63 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, and 155/63 K/BB ratio into a start in Toronto against the Blue Jays on Sunday.
    Tuesday, 7:44 pm
  • Volquez allows 3 ER in 6 IP against Phillies
    Edinson Volquez got a no-decision in Tuesday's loss in Philadelphia, allowing three runs in six innings.

    Advice: The Phillies scattered six hits and a pair of walks, but were able to scratch out runs in the first, second, and fifth innings before Volquez departed. The right-hander struck out five in the effort. He has pitched well over his last seven starts, sporting a 1.80 ERA in 45 innings. Overall, Volquez owns a 3.36 ERA with a 1.26 WHIP and 119/62 K/BB ratio. He'll look to keep it going in a home start against the Cubs on Sunday.
    Tuesday, 7:15 pm
  • Papelbon notches 36th save in win vs. Pirates
    Jonathan Papelbon worked around a lead-off single in the ninth inning to wrap up his 36th save of the season in a win against the Pirates on Tuesday.

    Advice: Gregory Polanco reached on an infield single, and the Pirates gave up an out to bunt him over to second base. A ground out and a strikeout later, however, ended the Pirates' threat. Papelbon has now converted 13 consecutive saves and is 36-for-39 overall with a 1.61 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and a 58/14 K/BB ratio.
    Tuesday, 7:10 pm
  • Mikolas hopes to throw off mound this week
    Miles Mikolas (shoulder) hopes to resume throwing off a mound later this week.

    Advice: He's resumed playing catch after receiving a cortisone injection in his fatigued right shoulder. Mikolas should return before the end of the season if all goes well from here on out, but it's unclear whether he'll be given any starts.
    Tuesday, 6:29 pm
  • Glen Perkins (neck) expects to pitch on Wed.
    Glen Perkins (neck) is aiming to return Wednesday.

    Advice: Perkins has been sidelined since Friday due to soreness in his neck, but an MRI taken this weekend showed no structural damage and he felt fine after throwing off a mound on Tuesday afternoon. Jared Burton has been serving as the Twins' fill-in at closer.
    Tuesday, 1:05 pm
  • SP Hernandez K's 8 in six shutout frames
    Felix Hernandez fired six shutout innings, striking out eight, in a no-decision win over the Astros on Monday.

    Advice: The right-hander wasn't exactly the picture of efficiency, walking four and running up 99 pitches through six frames, but he made it work. Prior to beating Oakland on Wednesday, Hernandez had gone 0-2 with a 5.09 ERA over his previous three starts. King Felix, you won't be surprised to learn, enjoys facing the Astros, against whom he came into the game 3-1 with a 1.41 ERA since the beginning of the 2013 season. Hernandez, now 14-5 with a 2.12 ERA and 0.92 WHIP, hosts the A's on Saturday.
    Monday, 11:00 pm
  • Jacob Turner gives up five runs in loss
    Jacob Turner gave up five runs -- four earned -- in six innings Monday in a loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Turned had a quality start against the Brewers last week, but he's struggled in two of his three outings since being added to the Cubs rotation. Relief work might be a better situation for him. The Cubs, though, will likely let him finish the season as a starter.
    Sep 8, 7:01 pm
    L, 7-3 ^ @Pit
  • Weaver goes six strong to earn 16th win
    Jered Weaver held the Indians to three runs over six innings Monday to earn his 16th victory.

    Advice: Weaver was staked to a big six-run lead after the top of the fifth inning, and the Angels wound up adding 12 total runs of support in the afternoon drubbing. Weaver's only major mistake was the two-run homer he surrendered to Lonnie Chisenhall in the bottom of the fifth. He'll carry a 16-8 record, 3.58 ERA, and 1.22 WHIP into his next start at home against the Astros.
    Sep 8, 1:32 pm
  • MRI shows no damage in Duffy's left shoulder
    An MRI taken Sunday on Danny Duffy's left shoulder showed no major structural damage.

    Advice: Duffy has been diagnosed with left rotator cuff inflammation and the hope is that he will only have to miss one turn in the Royals' rotation (though that's probably overly optimistic). The young southpaw was lifted from his start Saturday evening against the Yankees after grimacing on his opening pitch. Duffy owns an outstanding 2.42 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in 141 1/3 innings this season for American League Central-leading Kansas City.
    Sep 8, 8:11 am
  • Cahill gives up three runs over 5 2/3 innings
    Trevor Cahill allowed three runs over 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the Dodgers on Sunday.

    Advice: Cahill was nearly perfect through five innings, but he ran into trouble in the sixth. Cahill gave up a one-out double to Dee Gordon, walked Hanley Ramirez and served up a three-run home run to Adrian Gonzalez that ended up being the difference in the game. The two hits were the only ones allowed by Cahill. He fell to 3-11 with the loss, and Cahill will look for a better fortune Saturday against the Padres.
    Sep 7, 5:38 pm
    W, 8-6 vs ^ SD
  • Danny Duffy could have biceps tendinitis
    Royals manager Ned Yost said Sunday that there's a "good possibility" Danny Duffy is dealing with biceps tendinitis.

    Advice: It would qualify as good news following Duffy's exit from Saturday's game after one pitch. The Royals said at the time that he was dealing with a sore shoulder, but the pain is apparently more in his biceps area. An official diagnosis on Duffy won't be available until Monday, as he'll get an MRI Sunday evening. If he's indeed dealing with biceps tendinitis, it might not be a long-term issue.
    Sep 7, 7:54 am
  • MRI shows no damage in Glen Perkins' neck
    An MRI taken Saturday evening on Glen Perkins' neck showed no structural damage.

    Advice: Perkins has been out since Friday with neck soreness but should be able to return to action early next week. Jared Burton is thought to be the fill-in closer for the Twins, but he probably isn't worth picking up.
    Sep 6, 4:45 pm
  • Glen Perkins is out again Sat. with sore neck
    Glen Perkins is out with a sore neck again Saturday versus the Angels.

    Advice: Perkins missed Friday as well with the neck injury, which is thought to be fairly minor. Jared Burton would close in his place if the opportunity arises. Perkins has a 2.88 ERA with 33 saves this year for the Twins.
    Sep 6, 1:54 pm
  • Danny Duffy diagnosed with shoulder soreness
    Danny Duffy is dealing with left shoulder soreness.

    Advice: That's the initial diagnosis from the Royals after Duffy exited his start Saturday against the Yankees following an uncomfortable opening pitch. Tests will be run and more details should be revealed Sunday. This could obviously be a terrible development for American League Central-leading Kansas City.
    Sep 6, 1:47 pm
  • Danny Duffy leaves game with injury Saturday
    Danny Duffy left Saturday's start against the Yankees with an apparent shoulder injury.

    Advice: Duffy flinched on his first pitch of the game and then left with a trainer. This could be very bad news for the Royals as they make their run for the playoffs. Duffy is 8-11 with 2.42 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP on the season.
    Sep 6, 1:25 pm
  • Glen Perkins out with stiff neck
    Glen Perkins was unavailable for Friday's game against the Angels because of a stiff neck.

    Advice: After working three of the previous four days, he was due for a night off anyway. Perkins should be ready to pitch at some point this weekend. Jared Burton was to close in his place tonight, but he ended up taking a loss after entering a tie game in the 10th.
    Sep 5, 10:14 pm
  • Huston Street blows save against Twins
    Huston Street took his second blown save for the Angels after giving up two runs in the ninth Friday against the Twins.

    Advice: Street preserved the tie from there, and the Angels won in 10 innings, with Kevin Jepsen getting the save, so the rare off night didn't do much harm. Street is 12-for-14 saving games for the Angels and 36-for-39 overall this year.
    Sep 5, 9:51 pm
  • Wacha only goes 3 innings but pitches well
    Michael Wacha made his first start since June 17 and pitched well, despite lasting only three innings against the Brewers on Thursday.

    Advice: Wacha was taken out after throwing 50 pitches, as he had only gotten up to 34 pitches in his only rehab start at Double-A Springfield. He gave up one run on three hits and a walk, and struck out three. Wacha is 6-5 with a 2.80 ERA and an 86/27 K/BB ratio. He'll attempt to pitch deeper in his next start in Cincinnati against the Reds on Tuesday.
    Sep 4, 8:59 pm
  • Santiago struggles in a no-decision vs. Twins
    Hector Santiago struggled but got a no-decision, allowing four runs in five innings, as the Angels defeated the Twins 5-4 on Thursday.

    Advice: Santiago hadn't pitched since August 27 and the rust showed, as he yielded eight hits and walked three while striking out three. However, he limited the Twins to one run until Eduardo Nunez hit a three-run home run with no outs in the sixth, chasing Santiago from the game. Now with a 3.46 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 97/44 K/BB ratio, Santiago will start next against the Rangers in Texas on Tuesday.
    Sep 4, 8:41 pm
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  • Street snaps up 12th save for Angels in a win
    Huston Street worked around back-to-back singles to lead off the ninth inning to pick up his 12th save as a member of the Angels in a win over the Twins on Thursday.

    Advice: Danny Santana and Brian Dozier both singled, but Street was able to get a fly out, a strikeout, and another fly out to end the contest. Street has 36 saves overall and is now 12-for-13 with a 0.95 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and a 17/4 K/BB ratio since joining the Angels.
    Sep 4, 8:34 pm
  • Tillman takes a no-decision against the Reds
    Chris Tillman was given a no-decision, allowing three runs over six innings, as the Orioles powered their way to a 9-7 win against the Reds on Thursday.

    Advice: Tillman left with a four-run lead but it was soon erased as the Reds came back against Brad Brach. The right-hander gave up five hits and a pair of walks while striking out six. Tillman hasn't lost a decision in the second half, and has a 3.40 ERA with a 128/61 K/BB ratio. He'll take the hill at Fenway Park on Tuesday next.
    Sep 4, 7:55 pm
  • Mikolas (shoulder) gets cortisone injection
    Miles Mikolas (shoulder) was given a cortisone injection on Thursday.

    Advice: He'll resume throwing once he's symptom-free of the shoulder fatigue that caused him to miss his last start. Robbie Ross will continue to hold down a rotation spot while Mikolas is out.
    Sep 4, 5:05 pm
  • Cardinals activate Wacha for Thursday start
    Cardinals activated RHP Michael Wacha from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Wacha missed nearly three months with a stress reaction in his throwing shoulder. He will return to the Cardinals' starting rotation on Thursday for the opening of a big four-game set against the Brewers. Wacha made it to just 34 pitches in his one rehab start at Double-A Springfield, so he probably won't go more than four innings in Milwaukee. Marco Gonzales will likely piggyback him.
    Sep 4, 10:07 am
  • Jason Vargas goes 6 2/3 scoreless in win
    Jason Vargas shut out the Rangers for 6 2/3 innings Wednesday in the Royals' 4-1 victory.

    Advice: Vargas walked none, but he still needed 102 pitches to get 20 outs, causing the Royals to turn to the bullpen for the last seven. It was good enough to end a quick little two-game skid for the left-hander. Vargas has now had five starts this season in which he hasn't given up a run. Last year, he had four. In 2012, it never happened once.
    Sep 3, 11:31 pm
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