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  • John Axford collects sixth save of the season
    John Axford collected his sixth save of the year Saturday as the Rockies beat the Giants 5-3 in the second half of a doubleheader at Coors Field.

    Advice: Axford gave up a leadoff single to Gregor Blanco, but that's all the damage the Giants could muster down two in the ninth. Axford has been pretty steady all season and is now running away with the Rockies' ninth-inning gig. He's obviously a must-own in all standard fantasy leagues, even as the closer on a bad Colorado team.
    Yesterday, 10:59 pm
  • Petit allows four runs over six innings
    Yusmeiro Petit allowed four earned runs over six innings Saturday as the Giants dropped the second half of a doubleheader against the Rockies.

    Advice: Petit hadn't gone more than three innings in any appearance this season as the Giants' most-trusted long reliever, so that he was able to make it through six (on just 81 pitches) was a big help to the Giants' pitching staff as a whole. But the Colorado offense got to him for two runs in the fourth and two more in the sixth to split the doubleheader. Petit will head back to the bullpen now.
    Yesterday, 10:56 pm
  • Wright tosses seven shutout innings vs MIA
    Despite pitching seven innings of shutout baseball against the Marlins on Saturday, Mike Wright came away with a no-decision, as the Orioles lost 1-0 in 13 innings.

    Advice: Making his second major league start in a row, Wright followed up a fantastic outing against the Angels with another strong showing versus the Marlins. He has not allowed a run in either of his starts thus far. Despite the brilliant pitching, Wright wouldn't factor into the decision, as the game would remain 0-0 until the 13th inning, when Martin Prado hit a walk-off RBI single. Wright struck out four, walked three and now has a 10/3 K/BB ratio in 14 1/3 innings. Plus, the lovely 0.00 ERA. The seventh-ranked prospect in the Orioles' system by, Wright had posted a 2.64 ERA and 3-0 record in six starts for Triple-A Norfolk prior to his promotion. He's making it very difficult for the Orioles to take him out of the rotation.
    Yesterday, 8:11 pm
  • Matusz gets tossed for foreign substance
    Brian Matusz was ejected from Saturday's game for having a foreign substance on his right arm.

    Advice: Milwaukee's Will Smith was suspended eight games for the same offense earlier this week and Matusz should expect a similar punishment. The up-and-down Matusz carries a losing record (1-2) and has almost as many walks (ten) as strikeouts (11) this season.
    Yesterday, 8:01 pm
  • Preston Guilmet will head to Tampa on Sunday
    The Rays will recall reliever Preston Guilmet from Triple-A Durham on Sunday.

    Advice: The Rays probably would have preferred to call up Matt Andriese or Andrew Bellatti, but neither one is eligible because they were sent down less than 10 days ago. Guilmet will fill the roster spot left by Enny Romero, who was optioned to Durham on Saturday. The 27-year-old has posted a 2.04 ERA across 17 2/3 innings in Triple-A this season.
    Yesterday, 7:25 pm
  • Mike Morin diagnosed with oblique strain
    Mike Morin has been diagnosed with an oblique strain.

    Advice: Which likely means the right-hander will be placed on the disabled list. Morin suffered the oblique strain Saturday night in a rehab appearance at Fenway Park.
    Yesterday, 6:51 pm
  • Morin leaves Saturday's game with injury
    Mike Morin left Saturday's game with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: Morin only threw six pitches before exiting. It's possible he was dealing with cramps. Vinnie Pestano entered the game in his place. Opponents have hit just .228 against Morin despite his mediocre ERA (6.00 in 15 innings).
    Yesterday, 6:39 pm
  • Glen Perkins picks up MLB-leading 16th save
    Glen Perkins picked up his 16th save of the season Saturday in the Twins' 4-3 win over the White Sox.

    Advice: Perkins allowed a two-out single to Alexei Ramirez and then walked J.B. Shuck, but he rallied to strike out Tyler Flowers. The 32-year-old left-hander has a fantastic 1.33 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, and 21/2 K/BB ratio in 20 1/3 innings this season, and he leads all major league closers in saves. Minnesota is off to a surprising 24-18 start.
    Yesterday, 4:29 pm
  • Graveman goes six shutout innings vs. Rays
    Kendall Graveman pitched six shutout innings Saturday in the A's 5-0 blanking of the Rays.

    Advice: That four-week stay at Triple-A seemed to do him some good. Graveman struck out six and gave up only three hits, lowering his ERA from 8.27 (where it sat when he was demoted on April 26) all the way down to 6.04. The 24-year-old should get another turn in the A's rotation, and it's likely to be next Thursday against the Yankees.
    Yesterday, 4:22 pm
  • DeSclafani takes no-decision versus Indians
    Anthony DeSclafani was left with a no-decision despite hurling seven innings of one-run ball Saturday against the Indians.

    Advice: DeSclafani gave up only three hits and struck out six, but Cincinnati's offense didn't muster much support in an eventual 2-1 loss at Cleveland's Progressive Field. DeSclafani stands 2-4 with a 3.46 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 40/23 K/BB ratio in 52 innings this season. The 25-year-old right-hander continues to show flashes of promise.
    Yesterday, 3:55 pm
  • Jacob Lindgren headed to the big leagues
    Yankees recalled LHP Jacob Lindgren from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

    Advice: The 22-year-old could make his big league debut as early as Sunday. Lindgren boasts an impressive 1.23 ERA across 22 minor league innings this season. The Yankees needed an extra bullpen arm after Branden Pinder threw 48 pitches in Saturday's blowout loss to Texas.
    Yesterday, 2:15 pm
    Not Active
    5:05 pm vs Tex
  • Heath Hembree called up from Pawtucket
    Red Sox recalled RHP Heath Hembree from Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: Hembree last pitched in the majors on April 26, giving up six runs in only 1 1/3 innings versus Baltimore. In 14 games for Pawtucket, Hembree is 0-2 with five saves and a 1.08 ERA. Robbie Ross was sent down to Triple-A to make room for Hembree.
    Yesterday, 1:28 pm
  • Nick Martinez cruises to easy win on Saturday
    Nick Martinez cruised to an easy victory against the Yankees on Saturday, allowing two runs on five hits over his seven innings.

    Advice: Martinez racked up five strikeouts on the afternoon while walking just two, both of which came in his first inning of work. While most of the advanced metrics continue to point to severe impending regression, all Martinez has done is post a 4-0 record, 1.96 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 30/17 K/BB ratio. While he still isn't an every start recommendation in mixed leagues, he should be considered a streaming option for Thursday's matchup against the struggling Red Sox.
    Yesterday, 1:13 pm
  • Rodney nets save with perfect ninth inning
    Fernando Rodney worked a perfect ninth inning with a pair of strikeouts on Saturday, protecting a one-run lead to earn his 12th save of the season.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander has been far from good this season, registering a 6.23 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and 18/8 K/BB ratio through his first 17 1/3 innings, but he looked like the dominant closer of old at least for one afternoon. His hold on the the closer's gig grows more firm with each successful conversion.
    Yesterday, 12:38 pm
  • Padres claim Eury De La Rosa off of waivers
    Padres claimed LHP Eury De La Rosa off waivers from the Dodgers; optioned him to Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: De La Rosa was designated for assignment by the Dodgers to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Hector Olivera. The 25-year-old owns a 4.21 ERA and 1.34 WHIP over 51 1/3 innings at the big league level and provides quality bullpen depth for the Padres.
    Yesterday, 12:15 pm
    Not Active
    1:10 pm @LAD
  • Rockies recall David Hale from Triple-A
    Rockies recalled RHP David Hale from Triple-A Albuquerque.

    Advice: He'll function as the 26th man on the roster for Saturday's doubleheader against the Giants, making the start in the nightcap. He has been a disaster thus far at Triple-A, posting a 6.93 ERA and 2.07 WHIP over 24 2/3 innings.
    Yesterday, 11:49 am
  • Sean Doolittle to be re-evaluated on Monday
    Sean Doolittle (shoulder) is scheduled to be re-evaluated by team doctors on Monday.

    Advice: The A's received glowing reports from Doolittle's last rehab outing on Friday, and barring any setbacks it looks as though he will be cleared to rejoin the bullpen at some point next week. Athletics manager Bob Melvin indicated that he would probably be used in lower leverage situations his first couple of times out, easing the hard-throwing southpaw back into the closer's role. His return would spell the end of the fantasy value for Tyler Clippard.
    Yesterday, 11:30 am
    15-Day DL
  • Dodgers sign Mickey Storey to minors deal
    Dodgers signed RHP Mickey Storey to a minor league contract.

    Advice: The 29-year-old right-hander hasn't appeared in the big leagues since a three-game stint with the Blue Jays during the 2013 season. Storey had been pitching for the Somerset Patriots in the Independent Atlantic League where he posted a 0.93 ERA, 0.48 WHIP and 23/4 K/BB ratio across 29 innings. He'll report to Double-A Tulsa.
    Yesterday, 11:20 am
    Not Active
    10:07 am vs Sea
  • Tanner Roark to start for Nats on Monday
    Tanner Roark will start for the Nationals on Monday against the Cubs.

    Advice: That will push Jordan Zimmermann back a day until Tuesday and line Roark up for a pair of starts next week. He'll occupy the spot in the Nationals rotation until the ailing Doug Fister returns and is certainly worth a look in all mixed leagues.
    Yesterday, 10:37 am
  • Rockies activate Brooks Brown from DL
    Rockies activated RHP Brooks Brown from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: He'll take the place of Ken Roberts in Rockies bullpen who was placed on the disabled list on Saturday. The 29-year-old owns a 4.50 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 8/5 K/BB ratio in 14 innings on the year.
    Yesterday, 10:13 am
  • Rockies place Ken Roberts on disabled list
    Rockies placed LHP Ken Roberts on the 15-day disabled list with left elbow inflammation.

    Advice: The 27-year-old appeared in eight games for the Rockies, compiling a 5.00 ERA, 1.56 WHIP and 5/2 K/BB ratio over nine innings. To take his place in the bullpen, Brooks Brown has been activated from the disabled list.
    Yesterday, 10:11 am
    15-Day DL
    1:10 pm vs SF
  • Orioles option Tyler Wilson to Triple-A
    Orioles optioned RHP Tyler Wilson to Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: He was sent out to open a spot in the bullpen for Oliver Drake. The 25-year-old posted a 4.50 ERA, 2.50 WHIP and 1/0 K/BB ratio in his two innings with the big league club. He should get another opportunity with the Orioles at some point during the season.
    Yesterday, 7:30 am
    Not Active
  • Athletics recall Kendall Graveman from minors
    Athletics recalled RHP Kendall Graveman from Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: The right-hander will start for the A's on Saturday in place of the injured Drew Pomeranz. After struggling in the big league rotation, Graveman seems to have righted the ship, posting a 1.85 ERA over four starts at Triple-A.
    Yesterday, 6:49 am
  • Hector Rondon blows third save
    Hector Rondon gave up two runs in the 10th to blow a save against the Diamondbacks on Friday.

    Advice: A Paul Goldschmidt homer tied up the game, giving Rondon his third blown save in 12 chances this year. It's just the second homer Rondon has allowed, and he has a solid 18/5 K/BB ratio in 19 innings, so his job should be safe.
    Friday, 10:42 pm
  • Addison Reed gives up two runs
    After entering a tie game, Addison Reed gave up two runs in one-third of an inning Friday against the Cubs.

    Advice: This won't help his chances of returning to the closer's role anytime soon. Reed had pitched four scoreless innings since losing his job by giving up four runs on May 13.
    Friday, 10:38 pm
  • Marlins purchase contract of Vin Mazzaro
    Marlins purchased the contract of RHP Vin Mazzaro from Triple-A New Orleans.

    Advice: He'll function as an extra reliever in the Marlins bullpen while they attempt to sort out their rotation in the wake of Mat Latos and Henderson Alvarez heading to the disabled list. The 28-year-old owns a 3.15 ERA and 22/4 K/BB ratio over 20 innings out of the bullpen at Triple-A New Orleans this year.
    Friday, 9:09 pm
  • Marlins recall Andre Rienzo from Triple-A
    Marlins recalled RHP Andre Rienzo from Triple-A New Orleans.

    Advice: The 26-year-old has worked exclusively as a starter at Triple-A New Orleans this season, posting a 3.15 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 34/15 K/BB ratio across 40 innings. It's unclear if he'll slide into one of the two vacant rotation spots, or function out of the bullpen for the Marlins.
    Friday, 9:05 pm
    10:10 am vs Bal
  • Rodney converts 11th save of season
    Fernando Rodney worked around trouble to convert his 11th save of the season Friday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Rodney entered the ninth with a three-run lead, but gave up a two-run homer to Chris Colabello to cut things close. However, he was able to retire the final two batters he faced to finish off the victory. Rodney has only blown one save this season, but he has been scored upon in four straight appearances and has an ugly 6.61 ERA and 1.71 WHIP on the year. He's on shaky ground.
    Friday, 7:15 pm
  • David Hale to start during doubleheader
    David Hale will start the second game of Saturday's doubleheader versus the Giants.

    Advice: He'll be matched up against Yusmeiro Petit. Hale began the season on the disabled list with an oblique injury and has posted a 6.93 ERA over five Triple-A outings. He'll be sent back down after the spot start.
    Friday, 2:24 pm
  • Roark to join Nationals' rotation next week
    Tanner Roark is expected to start either on Monday or Tuesday against the Cubs.

    Advice: With Doug Fister (elbow) out indefinitely, it appears the Nationals are ready to move Roark back into the rotation. He hasn't pitched in five days, but he faced hitters on Friday and is expected to be able to get to 70 pitches during his start. The owner of a career 2.70 ERA over 36 starts, Roark should be scooped up in fantasy leagues where he remains unowned.
    Friday, 1:25 pm
  • Yusmeiro Petit to make spot start Saturday
    Yusmeiro Petit will start the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader against the Rockies.

    Advice: That's assuming he isn't needed in relief on Friday. Petit hasn't thrown more than three innings in any appearance this season as the Giants' long reliever, so the club would probably be thrilled to get five frames out of him on Saturday.
    Friday, 7:38 am
  • A's to call up Graveman for Saturday start
    Kendall Graveman will be recalled from Triple-A Nashville to start Saturday against the Rays.

    Advice: That was the expectation already, but it's now official. Graveman, who will be replacing the injured Drew Pomeranz (shoulder) in the starting rotation, struggled to the tune of an 8.27 ERA over four starts prior to being demoted last month. However, he has bounced back in Triple-A by posting a 1.85 ERA over four starts.
    Thursday, 2:11 pm
  • Rondon closes door on Padres to earn 9th save
    Hector Rondon recorded his ninth save of the season by tossing a scoreless ninth versus the Padres in Wednesday's 3-2 win.

    Advice: Rondon gave up a leadoff single to Will Middlebrooks, but the next three batters couldn't get the ball out of the infield. Rondon struck out Abe Almonte to end the affair. Rondon blew his last opportunity, five days ago against Pittsburgh, but he looked just fine tonight. He is 9-for-10 in save chances along with a 3.00 ERA and 18/5 K/BB ratio over 18 innings.
    Wednesday, 10:28 pm
  • Perkins closes out the Pirates in the 13th
    Glen Perkins kept the Pirates off the board in the 13th inning for his 15th save, securing the Twins' 4-3 victory on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was not without stress, as Perkins allowed a one-out single to Andrew McCutchen, uncorked a wild pitch, and issued a two-out walk to Jung-Ho Kang. Perkins, however, struck out Pedro Alvarez to end the game. The lefty is 15-for-15 in save chances with a 1.40 ERA and a 19/1 K/BB ratio on the season.
    Wednesday, 8:19 pm
  • Rodney inefficient, but gets the job done
    Fernando Rodney made it difficult for himself, but still picked up his 10th save despite allowing a run in the ninth inning of Wednesday's 4-2 win versus the Orioles.

    Advice: Rodney served up back-to-back singles, putting runners on first and third to open the ninth inning. He then got back-to-back strikeouts of Chris Davis and Steve Pearce, but J.J. Hardy singled to right-center to bring in a run and put the tying run on base. Rodney was able to get Travis Snider to end the game with a ground out. As usual, Rodney made getting the save an ordeal, but he's 10-for-11 in conversions with a 5.87 ERA and a 16/8 K/BB ratio in 15 1/3 innings. He has allowed runs in four of five May appearances. Despite the high conversion rates, the Mariners can't feel comfortable with the way he's been pitching.
    Wednesday, 7:19 pm
  • Kendall Graveman expected to start Saturday
    Kendall Graveman is expected to be recalled to start on Saturday in Tampa.

    Advice: He'll take Drew Pomeranz's (shoulder) spot in the rotation. Graveman was demoted last month after posting an 8.27 ERA and 2.02 WHIP over his four starts, but he's rebounded at Triple-A Nashville with a 1.85 ERA across four outings. It's not clear how long Pomeranz will be out, but Graveman could receive at least a couple starts.
    Wednesday, 9:54 am
  • Axford shuts Phils down for his fifth save
    John Axford disposed of the Phillies in a scoreless ninth inning, earning his fifth save as the Rockies eked out a 6-5 victory on Tuesday.

    Advice: Axford got ground outs from Cesar Hernandez and Ben Revere before getting Freddy Galvis to fly out to center to end the game. The lowly Rockies have won only three games dating back to April 28, so Axford has seen few save chances. He's 5-for-5 with a 1.13 ERA and a 7/4 K/BB ratio in eight innings.
    Tuesday, 9:06 pm
  • Dodgers DFA left-hander Eury de la Rosa
    Dodgers designated LHP Eury de la Rosa for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a 40-man roster spot for Hector Olivera, whose $62.5 million contract has finally been made official. De la Rosa, a 25-year-old southpaw, owns a 4.21 ERA and 1.34 WHIP in 51 1/3 career major league innings.
    Tuesday, 2:23 pm
    Not Active
    1:10 pm @LAD
  • Brown (shoulder) begins rehab assignment
    Brooks Brown (shoulder) is scheduled to make his second rehab appearance on Monday with Triple-A Albuquerque.

    Advice: He's eligible to be activated Tuesday, but Brown is expected to make some more rehab appearances first. He's been out since early May with right shoulder inflammation.
    Monday, 7:11 pm
  • Tyler Wilson recalled from Triple-A
    Orioles recalled RHP Tyler Wilson from Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: Wilson has posted a 3.43 ERA with 29 strikeouts over 39 1/3 innings at Norfolk this season. He's expected to work in long relief.
    Monday, 4:48 pm
    Not Active
  • Martinez lacks control in five innings vs CLE
    Nick Martinez pitched wildly against the Indians on Sunday, walking five while allowing one run over five innings.

    Advice: Martinez did strike out six in the contest, but he threw just 57 of his 103 pitches for strikes and couldn't make it past five innings. The lone run on his line came when he served up an RBI double to Michael Brantley in the fifth inning. Martinez has a 1.88 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. Even when he's allowing runners on base, not many of them are scoring. He'll try to pitch more efficiently when he heads to Yankee Stadium for an afternoon start next weekend.
    May 17, 3:05 pm
  • DeSclafani allows six runs in loss to Giants
    Anthony DeSclafani allowed six earned runs over three innings Sunday in the Reds' loss to the Giants.

    Advice: DeSclafani was tagged for four runs in the top of the second inning and two in the top of the third on a wet, ugly day at Great American Ball Park. The right-hander walked three and gave up six hits while striking out only two. He's been shaky now in four straight outings. DeSclafani will try to right the ship next week in Cleveland.
    May 17, 2:10 pm
  • Wright stellar over 7 1/3 IP in MLB debut
    Mike Wright was terrific in his major league debut, blanking the Angels over 7 1/3 innings en route to a win on Sunday.

    Advice: Neither Bud Norris nor Chris Tillman was healthy enough to pitch on Sunday, so Wright stepped in and was magnificent. He scattered only four hits while issuing zero walks and striking out six. The performance didn't exactly come out of nowhere, as he was pitching well at Triple-A Norfolk and is considered one of the Orioles' best prospects. Sunday's outing was just a spot start, but the Orioles have a lot to consider given how poorly Norris in particular has pitched this year.
    May 17, 1:00 pm
  • Mike Wright to debut Sunday against Anaheim
    Mike Wright will start Sunday against the Angels.

    Advice: With Bud Norris (bronchitis) and Chris Tillman (back) out, Wright will make his major league debut Sunday at home. The 25-year-old right-hander went 3-0 with a 2.64 ERA in six starts for Triple-A Norfolk before getting promoted on Wednesday. Wright is's seventh-ranked Orioles prospect.
    May 16, 7:50 pm
  • Doolittle to pitch in minors rehab game Sun.
    Sean Doolittle (shoulder) will pitch in a rehab assignment on Sunday.

    Advice: Doolittle's working his way back from a slight tear in his rotator cuff, diagnosed in late January. He's started to pitch in minor league games at High-A Stockton and will continue on that front in a rehab appearance on Sunday. He could be ready to return by late May or early June, though the A's are likely to ease him back into the closer's role.
    May 15, 4:14 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Addison Reed removed from closer role
    Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said Friday that Addison Reed has been demoted from the closer role.

    Advice: He plans to play the matchups, although Brad Ziegler would seem to be the clear favorite for save chances. Reed will work earlier in the game as he attempts to fine-tune his mechanics. The demotion doesn't come as a surprise, as Reed has blown two of four save chances while posting a 7.20 ERA. For what it's worth, Hale said he envisions Reed returning to the ninth inning once he gets his mechanics in order.
    May 15, 2:14 pm
  • Rockies place Brooks Brown on disabled list
    Rockies placed RHP Brooks Brown on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 4, with right shoulder inflammation.

    Advice: The shoulder has been bothering Brown for over a week now, and the Rockies finally decided it'd be better to put him on the disabled list and get a fresh arm for the bullpen. He should be ready to return shortly after he's eligible.
    May 14, 5:32 pm
  • Rondon notches save; Cubs sweep Mets
    Hector Rondon notched his eighth save of the season as the Cubs finished off a four-game sweep of the Mets on Thursday.

    Advice: Asked to protect a one-run lead, Rondon gave up a leadoff single to pinch-hitter Daniel Murphy, but he was able to retire the next three batters to end it. He recorded one strikeout during the frame and is now 8-for-9 in save opportunities this season to go along with a 2.81 ERA and 15/5 K/BB ratio over 16 innings.
    May 14, 2:19 pm
  • Sean Doolittle (shoulder) begins rehab stint
    Sean Doolittle (shoulder) gave up two home runs over one inning of work Thursday in his first rehab appearance with High-A Stockton.

    Advice: Mixed results for Doolittle, who struck out the first two batters on six pitches before giving up back-to-back homers. However, he was able to get the next batter to pop out to end the frame. The southpaw figures to need a handful of appearances before being activated from the disabled list and will likely be eased back into the closer role with Oakland.
    May 14, 1:24 pm
    15-Day DL
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