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  • Anthony Swarzak terrific in spot start
    Anthony Swarzak was superb in a spot start Wednesday, holding the Indians to one run on two hits and a walk while striking out three in a 3-1 victory.

    Advice: Swarzak, who was starting in place of Kyle Gibson (back) hadn't thrown more than 52 pitches in an outing this season, but he was able to get his pitch count up to 74 Wednesday. He lowered his ERA for the year to 4.10 with the fine showing. Swarzak will be unavailable for a few days before likely returning to a long relief role, though it's possible he's earned another start if Gibson doesn't recover as hoped.
    Today, 1:10 pm
  • Bauer notches quality start but gets loss
    Trevor Bauer notched a quality start with three runs allowed over six innings but took a loss against the Twins Wednesday.

    Advice: He struck out seven on the day but surrendered an RBI single in the third, an RBI double in the fifth and a home run in the sixth. Bauer gave up six hits and walked a pair on the day. It was the right-hander's fourth straight quality start, as he's lowered his ERA from 4.42 to 3.93 over that stretch. He'll take on the Mariners at home next week.
    Today, 1:10 pm
  • Anthony Varvaro goes on paternity leave
    Braves placed RHP Anthony Varvaro on the paternity leave list.

    Advice: He'll be away from the club for a few days. Gus Schlosser has been recalled to replace Varvaro in the Braves' bullpen.
    Today, 12:13 pm
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    4:10 pm vs Mia
  • Glasnow fans 11 batters
    Pirates prospect RHP Tyler Glasnow struck out 11 batters in six scoreless innings Tuesday for High-A Bradenton.

    Advice: He scattered four hits and walked two in the outing. No pitcher in the minor leagues has been as dominant as Glasnow over the last two-plus months, as he owns a 7-1 record, 0.98 ERA, .169 opponents' batting average and 72-21 strikeout-to-walk ratio over his last 55 1/3 innings spanning 10 starts. The 20-year-old's season at Bradenton is shaping up to be a lot like his 2013 full-season debut, as he's been difficult to barrel (.178 BAA) while missing bats at a high rate (10.6 K/9). However, it's doubtful Glasnow receives a promotion to Double-A until his command improves and he's able to cut some of the free passes (4.5 BB/9) from his game.
    Today, 11:47 am
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    4:05 pm vs LAD
  • Sergio Santos outrighted to Triple-A
    Blue Jays sent RHP Sergio Santos outright to Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: The Jays had designated the disappointing reliever for assignment earlier in the week. He could get another chance later this season if he irons out his issues at Buffalo.
    Today, 11:24 am
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    4:07 pm vs Bos
  • Jeff Manship designated for assignment
    Phillies designated RHP Jeff Manship for assignment.

    Advice: Manship posted a 6.65 ERA over 20 relief appearances for the Phils. He shouldn't have trouble passing through waivers.
    Today, 11:18 am
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    4:05 pm vs SF
  • Astros listening to offers for Chad Qualls
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Tigers have inquired on Chad Qualls.

    Advice: The Tigers have been connected to just about every reliever on the market. Qualls has experienced a nice bounce-back season in Houston, posting a 1.78 ERA and 31/4 K/BB ratio over 35 1/3 innings. A trade would be bad for his fantasy value, as he almost surely would be used as a setup man wherever he goes.
    Today, 10:51 am
  • Bruce Billings designated for assignment
    Yankees designated RHP Bruce Billings for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears room on the 40-man roster for Chris Leroux. Billings, who allowed four runs over four relief frames in his lone big league appearance this season, has a good shot to clear waivers.
    Today, 10:34 am
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    4:05 pm vs Tex
  • Marlins still interested in RP Jim Johnson
    Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins "remain interested" in Jim Johnson.

    Advice: The Marlins nearly completed a deal for Johnson last month before opting for Bryan Morris instead. However, it appears they haven't given up on acquiring the struggling former closer, with Spencer saying the club has discussed sending pitching prospect Adam Conley to Oakland for the reliever. Johnson holds a 6.25 ERA with 23 walks in 40 innings this season and is making $10 million. The A's will have to pick up the bulk of the remainder of his contract in any trade.
    Today, 7:52 am
  • Scott Carroll returned to action on Tuesday July 22.
    Today, 2:02 am
  • Homer Bailey returned to action on Tuesday July 22.
    Today, 2:02 am
  • Kazmir strong in seven innings vs Astros
    Scott Kazmir went seven innings in Tuesday's 3-2 loss against the Astros, giving up seven hits, striking out six and walking one.

    Advice: Kazmir had long since hit the showers when Houston pulled out the win in the 12th, but he put in another sterling effort while he was on the mound. Chris Carter served as Kazmir's nemesis, knocking in both of the runs on Kazmir's line (one was unearned) via a third inning two-run single. While he didn't pick up his fourteenth win on Tuesday, Kazmir is still holding batters to a fantastic .210 BAA to go with a 2.32 ERA. He's allowed only 94 hits in 122 innings pitched. He'll look for a win against the Rangers next time out.
    Yesterday, 11:40 pm
  • Erasmo Ramirez optioned to Triple-A
    Mariners optioned RHP Erasmo Ramirez to Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: He struck out 10 while allowing two runs over seven innings against the Mets Tuesday but gets the boot because the M's needed to clear room for Wednesday starter Taijuan Walker. Ramirez will be back up later this season.
    Yesterday, 10:41 pm
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    Bot 8, 0-3 vs NYM
  • Ramirez fans 10 in seven innings vs. Mets
    Erasmo Ramirez allowed two runs and gave up five hits in his seven innings of work against the Mets on Tuesday.

    Advice: Ramirez made the most of his recent call-up, striking out a season-high ten and walking just two as he lowered his ERA to 4.35. He had the misfortune of facing off against Jacob deGrom, who matched him pitch-for-pitch and ended up with the win, dropping Ramirez to 1-5 on the season. We'll see if the quality effort leads to a few more starts. Prior to this start, his last work had come against the Red Sox in late June.
    Yesterday, 10:10 pm
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    Bot 8, 0-3 vs NYM
  • Anderson holds Tigers to two runs over six IP
    Chase Anderson lasted six innings against the Tigers on Tuesday, scattering five hits while striking out five and walking three.

    Advice: The damage came on a first inning Miguel Cabrera RBI single and a third inning wild pitch that allowed Austin Jackson to score. Otherwise, Anderson was effective. While the game ended up being decided by the bullpen, this marks back-to-back quality starts for Anderson, whose ERA sits at a solid 3.58. He'll try to keep it going against the Reds in his next outing.
    Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Flande allows three runs in ND against Nats
    Yohan Flande allowed three runs over 5 1/3 innings of a no-decision against the Nationals on Tuesday.

    Advice: Flande actually left in line for his first major league victory, but it wasn't to be as the Rockies bullpen proceeded to blow the lead and the game. The left-hander remains 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA and 1.60 WHIP on the year, and the Rockies should be able to find a better option to start in Flande's place before long.
    Yesterday, 9:44 pm
  • Carroll touched for 11 hits, five runs vs. KC
    Scott Carroll was roughed up for 11 hits and five runs over five innings in a loss to the Royals on Tuesday.

    Advice: The right-hander, who had allowed just three hits and zero runs over his past two starts combined, gave up five extra-base hits, including a home run, in the loss. He also walked two and struck out three. Carroll owns a 4.52 ERA and 1.53 WHIP through 73 2/3 innings, and he's a non-factor for fantasy purposes going forward.
    Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Bailey serves up three homers against Brewers
    Homer Bailey allowed three runs, all on solo home runs, over six innings in a no-decision against the Brewers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Bailey only gave up four hits on the night, but three -- to Ryan Braun, Aramis Ramirez and Jonathan Lucroy -- left the yard. Bailey also walked two while striking out just three. Bailey has one more start left in July as he looks to avoid a winless month. He's 8-5 with a 4.22 ERA and 1.31 WHIP through 20 starts overall.
    Yesterday, 8:27 pm
  • Rockies recall Yohan Flande from Triple-A
    Rockies recalled LHP Yohan Flande from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

    Advice: Flande will make a spot start for the Rockies on Tuesday night against the Nationals. He posted a rough 7.36 ERA and 1.70 WHIP in three starts earlier this season.
    Yesterday, 2:46 pm
  • Erasmo Ramirez recalled for Tuesday start
    Mariners recalled RHP Erasmo Ramirez from Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: Ramirez will start for the Mariners on Tuesday night against the Mets. The 24-year-old right-hander has considerable upside, but he owns a 4.58 ERA and 1.58 WHIP in 11 starts this season at the major league level and probably isn't worth the risk in standard fantasy formats.
    Yesterday, 1:05 pm
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    Bot 8, 0-3 vs NYM
  • Yohan Flande to start for Rockies Tuesday
    Yohan Flande will be recalled to start on Tuesday against the Nationals.

    Advice: The Rockies have decided to give Eddie Butler more time in the minors, and they've opted for Flande over Chris Capuano to start Tuesday's game. Flande held a 7.36 ERA and 1.70 WHIP over three starts earlier this season and can be avoided in all fantasy leagues.
    Monday, 3:36 pm
  • Ramirez to start Tuesday against the Mets
    Erasmo Ramirez will be recalled from Triple-A Tacoma to start Tuesday against the Mets.

    Advice: This confirms the speculation over the past day or so. Ramirez owns a 4.58 ERA over 11 starts with the Mariners this season. He's a shaky option in fantasy leagues.
    Monday, 2:21 pm
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    Bot 8, 0-3 vs NYM
  • Blue Jays designate Santos for assignment
    Blue Jays designated RHP Sergio Santos for assignment.

    Advice: Santos had posted a dreadful 7.78 ERA and 2.09 WHIP in 19 2/3 innings this season out of the Blue Jays' bullpen. But the 31-year-old right-hander registered a 1.75 ERA and 0.58 WHIP in 25 2/3 frames last season and could draw interest from teams on the waiver wire.
    Monday, 12:24 pm
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    4:07 pm vs Bos
  • Athletics still eager to trade Jim Johnson
    According to John Hickey of the Oakland Tribune, the Athletics remain eager to find a new home for former closer Jim Johnson.

    Advice: The catch is that the A's don't want to have to eat any of Johnson's $10 million contract. With a 6.25 ERA, 1.96 WHIP and 28/23 K/BB ratio through his 40 1/3 innings on the season, it's unlikely that any interested parties are going to come calling to acquire the veteran right-hander's services.
    Sunday, 6:49 pm
  • Erasmo Ramirez to start on Tuesday
    Erasmo Ramirez is expected to be recalled to start on Tuesday against the Mets.

    Advice: The Mariners have decided to keep Taijuan Walker in the minors for now, creating another opportunity for Ramirez. The righty holds a 4.58 ERA in 11 starts for the M's this season.
    Sunday, 8:28 am
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    Bot 8, 0-3 vs NYM
  • Trevor Bauer fans five in victory over Tigers
    Trevor Bauer picked up his fourth victory of the season on Friday, limiting the Tigers to three runs on six hits over his six innings of work.

    Advice: The hard-throwing young right-hander punched out six on the night while walking one. He is beginning to look more comfortable in his role in the Tribe's rotation, and currently sports a 3.89 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 75/28 K/BB ratio over 78 2/3 innings. He'll take on the Royals in Kansas City his next time out.
    Friday, 8:59 pm
  • Homer Bailey (knee) ready for Tuesday start
    Homer Bailey (knee) is on track to start Tuesday in Milwaukee.

    Advice: Bailey exited his final outing before the All-Star break with pain in his right patellar tendon, but he's feeling much better following a week of rest. The right-hander has put up a 4.21 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and 105/38 K/BB ratio in 117 2/3 innings this season.
    Friday, 1:14 pm
  • Glasnow continues dominant season
    Pirates prospect RHP Tyler Glasnow allowed two unearned runs on three hits in 5 2/3 innings Thursday, striking out four batters against one walk for High-A Bradenton.

    Advice: The 20-year-old is having a remarkable season, highlighted by a 1.77 ERA and 86-39 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 76 1/3 innings. Glasnow also has held opposing hitters to a paltry .172/.277/.234 batting line, and he's surrendered more than two earned runs only twice in 15 starts for Bradenton. The right-hander's command remains a work in progress and currently limits his ability to work deep into games, but there's no question he has the size and pure stuff to one day be an impact starter at the highest level.
    Friday, 12:50 pm
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    4:05 pm vs LAD