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  • Romo snares third save on Saturday
    Sergio Romo gave up a base hit in the 10th inning but was able to protect a three-run lead to earn the save against the Padres on Saturday.

    Advice: Romo now seems to be the go-to guy to close out games for the Giants. They have had a revolving door at closer but this was Romo's third save in the last five games. He is the Giants reliever to own for fantasy purposes. Romo missed half the season to injury but has pitched well when on the mound. He has a 2.93 ERA with 30 strikeouts in 27 2/3 innings. Yesterday, 10:30 pm
  • Ramos fans two Braves to earn 39th save
    A.J. Ramos struck out two in a perfect ninth inning Saturday against the Braves to earn his 39th save.

    Advice: Ramos had little trouble with the bottom of the Braves order and leadoff hitter Ender Inciarte, who struck out to end the game. His 39 saves are fourth-most in the National League and a single-season high for Ramos. The right-hander owns a 2.90 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 70/33 K/BB ratio over 62 innings this year. Yesterday, 9:19 pm
    vs Atl
  • Anderson yields two runs in two inning start
    Cody Anderson surrendered two runs in a brief two-inning start on Saturday, but it was long enough to earn a loss to the White Sox.

    Advice: He gave up four hits and struck out three without issuing a base-on-balls. He was making his first start since June 7th. He started the season in the rotation but after a minor league stint has been pitching out of the Indians' bullpen in recent weeks. This was intended to be a "bullpen game" due to the absence of Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar. Manager Terry Francona had to go to the pen earlier than intended after Anderson struggled through to get through two innings. Anderson showed promise in his rookie season last year, putting up a 3.05 ERA in 91 1/3 innings (albeit with a comically low strikeout rate). This year he has nearly doubled his strikeout rate but has doubled his ERA in the process. He has a 6.24 ERA with 52 strikeouts in 59 2/3 innings. Yesterday, 8:54 pm
  • Nova roughed up for six runs by Nationals
    Ivan Nova allowed six runs on eight hits over four innings in a loss to the Nationals on Saturday.

    Advice: For the second straight start, Nova struggled and is now 5-2 with a 3.64 ERA as a member of the Pirates. He'd been absolutely lights out prior to his last start, though, and the Bucs have reportedly been impressed enough to approach the 29-year-old about a contract extension. Nova will have one more opportunity to make his case for a big payday when he squares off with the Cubs on Thursday. Yesterday, 8:53 pm
    10:35 am vs Was
  • Jhoulys Chacin gave up two runs -- both unearned -- in six innings and did not factor into the decision in the Angels 10-4 victory over the Astros on Saturday.

    Advice: He allowed four base hits, issued three free passes and punched out five in the game. Both runs the Astros scored against him came in the third inning without benefit of a hit. A George Springer line out was followed by a throwing error, two walks, a sacrifice fly and a run-scoring wild pitch by Chacin. His record holds at 5-8 but his ERA improves to 5.06 in 137 innings. Yesterday, 8:21 pm
  • Peacock yields one run in five innings Sat.
    Brad Peacock held the Angels to one run in five innings, allowing only one hit and two walks while striking out seven batters on Saturday but had to settle for a no-decision.

    Advice: His bullpen got hammered to blow the game in the late innings. The only hit he allowed was an RBI double to Albert Pujols with Mike Trout aboard. He pitched very well but was removed after only 69 pitches. This was just his fifth start and the Astros didn't want to push him too hard. He owns a great 2.67 ERA after 27 innings. He has yet to earn a win or a loss this year. Yesterday, 8:17 pm
  • Andriese holds Red Sox to two runs Saturday
    Matt Andriese limited the Red Sox to two runs over six innings in a no-decision Saturday.

    Advice: Andriese put the Rays in a position to win, and he actually left with the lead, but the bullpen wasn't able to seal the deal to get the right-hander his ninth win. Andriese yielded just four hits and a walk while striking out five in his six innings. The 27-year-old has now turned in three straight starts allowing two runs or fewer. He'll take his last turn of the season Thursday against the White Sox. Yesterday, 7:24 pm
  • Miranda yields three runs in four innings Sat
    Ariel Miranda departed after allowing three runs in four innings and was charged with a loss versus the Twins on Saturday.

    Advice: He gave up only three hits but two of them left the park. Jorge Polanco and Miguel Sano touched him up for solo homers. Miranda walked one and didn't register any strikeouts in the ballgame. He owns a 5-2 record and 4.10 ERA in 52 2/3 innings. His strikeout-to-walk ratio is a pedestrian 38 to 18. Yesterday, 7:02 pm
  • Kintzler snares 15th save on Saturday
    Brandon Kintzler protected a one-run lead in the ninth inning to earn his 15th save of the season on Saturday versus the Mariners.

    Advice: He surrendered a lead-off single to Robinson Cano and then watched as Miguel Sano booted a ball at third base to put the first two runners on with nobody out. Kintzler then induced a double play ball and a fly ball to left to end the threat and the game. He has one of the lowest strikeout rates in the major leagues but he gets the job done regardless. He has a 2.98 ERA with 32 strikeouts and seven walks in 51 1/3 innings. Yesterday, 6:58 pm
  • Ty Blach to make spot start Sunday vs. Padres
    Ty Blach will start Sunday against the Padres.

    Advice: He'll make a spot start to give Johnny Cueto (groin) an extra day of rest. Blach will be making his first career start on Sunday. The left-hander has only allowed one hit over six scoreless innings since his call-up on September 1. Yesterday, 4:20 pm
  • Update: Ken Giles' X-rays come back negative
    X-rays on Ken Giles' injured right wrist came back negative.

    Advice: Well that's a relief. Giles went down with a scary wrist injury after getting smoked by a line drive in batting practice but it looks like he's going to be okay. The Astros are calling his injury a "right wrist contusion." It's safe to assume Giles won't be available against Oakland on Saturday (he probably wouldn't have been anyway after blowing a two-run lead the night before) but he shouldn't miss much time. Consider him day-to-day. Yesterday, 4:07 pm
    11:10 am vs LAA
  • Vizcaino to pitch in the instructional league
    Arodys Vizcaino (shoulder) will pitch in an instructional league game next week.

    Advice: He'll be joined by Williams Perez, who is rehabbing an elbow impingement. Both players are hoping to make it back by the end of the season but with eight games left on the schedule, that might be a reach. Jim Johnson has filled in seamlessly at closer, though Vizcaino should get his ninth-inning gig back when Johnson inevitably leaves in free agency. Yesterday, 3:46 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Shae Simmons out with forearm soreness
    Shae Simmons is dealing with soreness in his right forearm.

    Advice: The injury isn't considered serious but with a week left in the regular season, the team isn't going to push him. Simmons holds an impressive 1.35 ERA in seven relief outings since his call-up earlier this month. Yesterday, 2:48 pm
  • Kevin Gausman (intercostal) to start Tuesday
    Kevin Gausman (intercostal) felt good during Saturday's bullpen session and will start Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Gausman felt some oblique soreness after his last start but said it was just a cramp. He had been scheduled to start Sunday against the Diamondbacks but Dylan Bundy will get the nod instead with Gausman slotting in after the team's off day on Monday. Despite an 8-11 record, Gausman leads the Orioles in ERA (3.57) and strikeouts (166) this season. Yesterday, 2:42 pm
    10:35 am vs Ari
  • Jayson Aquino available out of bullpen
    Jayson Aquino has been cleared to pitch.

    Advice: He'll be available out of the bullpen Sunday against the Diamondbacks. Aquino has spent the last few weeks at the team's spring training facility in Florida in an effort to limit his innings. The left-hander hasn't allowed a run in three relief appearances for the O's this year. Yesterday, 2:35 pm
  • Francisco Rodriguez implodes in ninth inning
    Francisco Rodriguez imploded in the ninth inning on Saturday, surrendering five runs on four hits and a walk in 2/3 of an inning in a heart-breaking loss to the Royals.

    Advice: K-Rod had a two-run lead and the Royals down to their final strike until all hell broke loose. Paulo Orlando delivered a two-run double to tie the game at 4-4 and then Eric Hosmer dealt the finishing blow with a towering three-run homer to right field. Rodriguez has been excellent at the back end of the Tigers bullpen this season, but this one is especially painful given their tenuous hold on the final wild card spot in the American League. Yesterday, 2:31 pm
  • Giles (wrist) carted off during batting practice
    Ken Giles was carted off after taking a line drive off his right wrist during Saturday's batting practice.

    Advice: Giles was warming up in the outfield when a ball struck his wrist. He went down immediately and seemed to be in a great deal of pain. Beat writers described it as a "scary scene." Giles is obviously headed for X-rays and manager A.J. Hinch did not seem optimistic about his status. This comes less than 24 hours after Giles blew a two-run lead in an ugly loss to Oakland. Luke Gregerson will likely handle closer duties during his absence. Yesterday, 2:29 pm
    11:10 am vs LAA
  • Alex Reyes defeats Cubs to earn fourth win
    Alex Reyes earned his fourth victory of the season on Saturday, limiting the Cubs to three runs on six hits over his five frames.

    Advice: The right-hander punched out six on the afternoon but also issued three walks and struggled with his command for most of the contest. He has been outstanding in his time with the Cardinals, compiling a 1.58 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 46/21 K/BB ratio across 35 innings. He'll look to extend that dominance when he does battle against the Reds on Thursday. Yesterday, 1:46 pm
  • Wright (shoulder) scratched from pen session
    Steven Wright (shoulder) isn't ready to throw a bullpen session.

    Advice: Wright was scheduled to throw a pen session on Sunday but the team realized he wasn't ready. He'll continue with his throwing program but the odds of Wright making it back by the end of the regular season are incredibly slim. Boston could stash him on the postseason roster but even that seems overly optimistic. Frankly, the Red Sox don't need him. Wright was Boston's best pitcher in the first half but David Price and Clay Buchholz have been lights out since the All-Star break while Rick Porcello has emerged as a leading contender for the AL Cy Young Award. Yesterday, 1:39 pm
  • Edwin Jackson earns win over Giants
    Edwin Jackson beat the Giants on Friday after allowing two runs in six innings.

    Advice: The Giants struggled to get to Jackson even though he walked five batters. It was a carbon copy of Jackson's first start for the Padres on July 17, when he allowed two earned runs in 6 1/3 innings in defeating the Giants. He walked five in that one, too. Jackson is 5-5 with a 5.75 ERA in 12 starts for the Padres. Yesterday, 12:03 am
  • Matt Reynolds gives up four runs
    Matt Reynolds gave up four runs without retiring a batter after entering Friday's game against the Padres.

    Advice: How could Bruce Bochy let this happen? He plugged in one of his weakest relievers down 3-2 in the fifth and allowed five straight batters to reach (one in the middle was intentionally walked) before finally making the move to the vastly superior George Kontos. It was another big mishap from a manager who has struggled mightily in running a bullpen lately. Friday, 11:59 pm
  • Melancon blows save Friday vs. Pirates
    Facing his former team for the first time since the July's trade, Mark Melancon blew a save Friday against the Pirates.

    Advice: It was his first blown save with the Nationals and of course it came against his former team. Melancon gave up the tying run on a double from Sean Rodriguez with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. He bounced back with a scoreless 10th inning, but the Pirates eventually won the game in the 11th. Friday, 9:34 pm
  • Giles melts down in loss to Angels
    Ken Giles blew a save in epic fashion Friday against the Angels, giving up six runs on three hits and three walks.

    Advice: Now that’s a meltdown. Giles gave up a leadoff single to Cliff Pennington before serving up a game-tying homer to Yunel Escobar. Things only got worse from there, as Mike Trout drew a walk with one out and eventually stole second base. The Astros elected to intentionally walk Albert Pujols after that, but C.J. Cron responded with an RBI single. Giles then uncorked a wild pitch and walked Andrelton Simmons to load the bases before being pulled. All three runs eventually came around to score. Giles’ ERA jumped from 3.47 to 4.31 with the nightmare performance. Not the best timing for fantasy owners. Friday, 9:08 pm
    11:10 am vs LAA
  • Fister goes five innings in no-decision
    Doug Fister gave up two runs over five innings a no-decision against the Angels on Friday.

    Advice: Both runs scored in the second inning. Fister managed to finish five innings for just the third time in his last eight starts. The control has gotten worse and he has an ugly 7.36 ERA over his last nine starts, so there’s little fantasy appeal here. Friday, 9:07 pm
    Player Note
    Doug Fister Hou - SP,RP
    11:10 am vs LAA
  • Meyer gives up four runs in no-decision
    Alex Meyer yielded four runs in 5 1/3 innings Friday in a no-decision against the Astros.

    Advice: Meyer gave up just one run over his first five innings of work, but things fell apart for him in the sixth inning. He gave up an infield single and a pair of walks to load the bases before being pulled. All three baserunners eventually came around to score. The tall right-hander has shown some flashes, but he can’t be trusted in mixed fantasy leagues right now. He’ll finish his season with a start against the Athletics next time out. Friday, 9:07 pm
    Player Note
    Alex Meyer LAA - SP,RP
    11:10 am @Hou
  • Pomeranz gives up one run in win over Rays
    Drew Pomeranz limited the Rays to one run over five innings in a 2-1 victory on Friday.

    Advice: The only run scored on a Mikie Mahtook homer in the second inning. Pomeranz has now allowed 14 homers in just 67 1/3 innings with the Red Sox. Still, Friday was a step forward for him. He gave up four hits without walking a batter and struck out four. There’s some concern over his career-high workload this season, so it’s unclear when he’ll start next. Friday, 7:13 pm
  • Gausman (intercostal) expected Tues. or Wed.
    Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Friday that Kevin Gausman (intercostal) is feeling better and is expected to be ready to start Tuesday or Wednesday.

    Advice: Gausman had to be pushed back from Sunday with a minor intercostal issue, but the O's expect him to be fine. If the right-hander is ready to take the ball on Tuesday, he would have time to get in two starts before the end of the regular season. Friday, 1:38 pm
    10:35 am vs Ari
  • Pedro Strop activated from disabled list
    Cubs activated RHP Pedro Strop from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Strop has been on the shelf since undergoing arthroscpic surgery on his left knee in mid-August, and he also had a setback with a strained groin. He's ready to go now, though, and should return to a setup role in short order. Friday, 9:09 am
  • Steven Wright (shoulder) to throw off mound
    Steven Wright (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session Sunday.

    Advice: Wright first injured his shoulder back on August 7 during a pinch-running appearance. Red Sox manager John Farrell conceded that if the knuckleballer made it back this season, it would likely be in a relief role. "Just off the top of your head, you’d say yeah, just because of the number of pitches he might be capable of," Farrell said. "But the biggest thing we’ve got to determine is if he’s ready for that next step of intensity." Friday, 5:49 am
  • Romo earns save as Giants survive late scares
    Sergio Romo earned his second save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning in Thursday's 2-1 win over the Padres.

    Advice: The Giants' bullpen has been an out-and-out mess in September. Romo has picked up saves in two of the last three games, though, and might earn a few additional chances over the final week-plus. On Thursday, he allowed a one-out double to Ryan Schimpf in the ninth, but induced a pop out and a ground out to end the contest without run-scoring incident. In 26 2/3 innings this season, Romo has pitched to a 3.04 ERA and 29/7 K/BB ratio. Thursday, 10:32 pm
  • Francisco Rodriguez secures 44th save of year
    Francisco Rodriguez pitched a perfect ninth to preserve the Tigers' 4-2 win over the Twins on Thursday, earning his 44th save in the process.

    Advice: Rodriguez trotted out for the ninth inning with the Tigers holding a 4-2 lead. He would keep it that way, striking out one while throwing 10 of his 11 pitches for strikes. The veteran closer is 44-of-48 in save opportunities this season and has pitched to a 2.54 ERA and 48/20 K/BB ratio across 56 2/3 innings. Thursday, 8:34 pm
  • Pirates discussing extension with Ivan Nova
    Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pirates have made several contract offers to impending free agent Ivan Nova.

    Advice: The 29-year-old hurler has been outstanding since joining the Pirates, compiling a 2.93 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 45/3 K/BB across 55 1/3 innings. Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage has made a living out of reclaiming broken down pitchers, and Nova appears to be his latest success story. Locking him up would appear to be a wise investment. Thursday, 7:12 pm
    10:35 am vs Was
  • Gausman pushed back with intercostal strain
    Kevin Gausman will not start on Sunday against the Diamondbacks due to soreness in his intercostal area.

    Advice: Orioles manager Buck Showalter thinks the ailment could have been caused by Gausman being a bit dehydrated. He's hopeful that the injury is minor and that the right-hander will be ready to pitch on Tuesday or Wednesday in Toronto. "He’s got a little something bothering him that we think should manage hopefully by Tuesday or Wednesday," Showalter said. "We hope he’s our starting pitcher Tuesday or Wednesday, that’s what we’re hoping for. It won’t be Sunday. We have an off-day there to play with, see how things manage the next few days." Dylan Bundy will be moved up to start Sunday. Thursday, 3:05 pm
    10:35 am vs Ari
  • Steven Wright (shoulder) throws from 120 feet
    Steven Wright (shoulder) threw from 120 feet out on Wednesday.

    Advice: Wright is starting into a throwing program in Fort Myers, Florida. He has been sidelined since August 31 due to a bout of right shoulder bursitis and his status for the remainder of the season and postseason remains up in the air. Boston manager John Farrell would not commit to when the knuckleballer will begin to throw off the mound, though there's talk of it happening this weekend as the Red Sox are visiting the Rays in Tampa Bay. Wednesday, 6:03 pm
  • Kevin Gausman gives up five to Red Sox
    Kevin Gausman was charged with five runs over 6 1/3 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: Gausman wasn't nearly as sharp as he has been lately, as he gave up 10 hits -- including a pair of home runs -- while walking one. Orioles manager Buck Showalter probably left him in too long, as his 101st and final pitch of the night was a three-run homer served up to David Ortiz. Gausman entered the start having allowed just three runs over his last five outings. He'll face the Diamondbacks on Sunday. Tuesday, 8:10 pm
    10:35 am vs Ari
  • Strop (knee, groin) expects to return Friday
    Pedro Strop (knee, groin) made it through a successful 20-pitch simulated game on Tuesday.

    Advice: Strop declared himself game-ready after the workout and said he expects to be activated from the disabled list ahead of Friday's series opener against the Cardinals. The setup man has been sidelined since mid-August with a knee injury and he strained his groin while rehabbing. Strop had a 2.89 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and 56/13 K/BB ratio in 43 2/3 innings before landing on the DL. Tuesday, 2:37 pm
  • Brad Peacock solid versus A's
    Brad Peacock allowed two runs and three hits over 5 1/3 innings Monday against the A's.

    Advice: Unfortunately, two of the three hits were homers. Still, it was a decent outing against an offense that has been scorching recently. Peacock will get the Angels at home next, making him a decent streaming option. Monday, 10:15 pm
  • Jhoulys Chacin pitches well over five frames
    Jhoulys Chacin held the Rangers to one run over five innings but took a no-decision on Monday.

    Advice: He was inefficient, needing 91 pitches to get through his five frames, but Chacin was able to keep the Rangers mostly at bay. He gave up six hits, walked one and struck out three. Chacin has allowed one run in each of his starts since re-joining the Angels' rotation. He'll face the Astros next. Monday, 9:11 pm
  • A.J. Ramos nails down save No. 38
    A.J. Ramos notched his 38th save of the season in Monday's win over the Nationals.

    Advice: It wasn't without a sweat, as Ramos allowed a leadoff double while trying to protect a one-run lead. However, the closer was then able to induce a fielder's choice to cut down the runner at third base followed by a couple flyouts. Ramos has allowed only one run over 10 appearances this month. Monday, 7:19 pm
    vs Atl
  • Strop (knee, groin) near simulated game
    Pedro Strop (knee, groin) is expected to pitch in a simulated game in the next few days.

    Advice: Strop underwent arthroscpic surgery on his left knee in mid-August and suffered a groin strain while rehabbing. He's ramping things up, but it's unclear if he'll be able to make an appearance before the playoffs. Monday, 3:26 pm
  • Pomeranz on track to make next start
    Drew Pomeranz is on track to make his next scheduled start Friday against the Rays.

    Advice: Red Sox manager John Farrell acknowledged that the team is trying to determine if Pomeranz's workload has impacted his command, but they aren't ready to make a change yet. The southpaw has allowed nine runs in 5 2/3 innings over his last two starts. He's logged a career-high 164 1/3 innings this year. Monday, 2:35 pm
  • Wright (shoulder) resumes throwing
    Steven Wright (shoulder) has resumed a throwing program in Fort Myers, Florida.

    Advice: Wright hasn't pitched since August 31 due to right shoulder bursitis. The Red Sox hope to get a look at him throwing off a mound when the club travels to play the Rays this weekend, but he's obviously running out of time to contribute. Monday, 2:26 pm
  • Drew Pomeranz knocked around in no-decision
    Drew Pomeranz was knocked around in Sunday's no-decision against the Yankees, surrendering four runs on seven hits in only 3 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Pomeranz struck out three while walking two on the evening. He departed after surrendering a pair of runs in the fourth inning and with his club trailing 4-0, but the Red Sox offense was able to take him off the hook, while the Red Sox bullpen spun 5 1/3 innings of shutout baseball the rest of the way. He'll look to turn his season around when he squares off against the Rays in Tampa Bay on Friday. Sep 18, 8:48 pm
  • Reyes dominates Giants, WC remains in reach
    Alex Reyes fired seven innings of shutout ball Sunday in the Cardinals' 3-0 blanking of the Giants.

    Advice: Kevin Siegrist and Seung Hwan Oh pitched in on the combined shutout with scoreless eighth and ninth frames as the Cardinals moved to within one game of San Francisco for the second National League Wild Card spot. Reyes was fantastic, yielding just four hits -- all singles -- while striking out six. The young right-hander has some of the best pure stuff in baseball, and when he can stay in the strike zone he has the look of a top-tier starting pitcher. Reyes, 22, owns a miniscule 1.03 ERA with 40 strikeouts in his first 35 major league innings. Sep 18, 4:09 pm
  • Ariel Miranda strikes out eight in victory
    Ariel Miranda racked up a career-high eight strikeouts over seven innings of two-run ball in Sunday's victory over the Astros.

    Advice: Miranda scattered three hits and a walk over seven brilliant frames in this one. The only blemish on his afternoon was a solo homer off the bat of George Springer in the third. He has done a nice job in his limited time with the Mariners, compiling a 3.88 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 38/17 K/BB ratio over 48 2/3 innings. He's worth a look as a streaming option against the Twins in Minnesota on Saturday. Sep 18, 3:54 pm
  • Doug Fister obliterated in loss to Mariners
    Doug Fister was obliterated in Sunday's loss to the Mariners, surrendering seven runs on eight hits over his 3 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Fister walked two and struck out three on the forgettable afternoon. Seth Smith single-handedly inflicted most of the pain against him, blasting a solo homer in the third inning and adding a three-run blast in the fourth. Fister will look to improve upon his 4.45 ERA and 1.41 WHIP when he takes on the Angels at home on Friday. Sep 18, 3:46 pm
    Player Note
    Doug Fister Hou - SP,RP
    11:10 am vs LAA
  • A.J. Ramos records 37th save
    A.J. Ramos bounced back from Friday's loss to pitch a scoreless ninth for his 37th save Sunday.

    Advice: The Marlins have been leaning heavily on Ramos lately; he's thrown 86 pitches the last six days. If they have a save chance tomorrow, it could go to David Phelps or Fernando Rodney. Sep 18, 2:27 pm
    vs Atl
  • Ivan Nova lasts just three innings in loss
    Ivan Nova was tagged for five runs -- three earned -- in three innings Sunday in a loss to the Reds.

    Advice: Nova went without a walk for the sixth time in nine starts for the Pirates. Still, unlike most of the others, he simply wasn't effective today. The loss was his first since his final start for the Yankees on July 29. He'll get the Nationals next. Sep 18, 1:13 pm
    10:35 am vs Was
  • Cody Anderson to start on Saturday
    Cody Anderson will start on Saturday against the White Sox.

    Advice: It will be a "bullpen game," as Anderson isn't stretched out. However, he could get a shot at multiple starts down the stretch with both Carlos Carrasco (hand) and Danny Salazar (forearm) on the shelf. Anderson can be ignored in fantasy leagues. Sep 18, 8:38 am
  • Giles fans two in ninth for 11 save Saturday
    Ken Giles punched out two batters in a perfect ninth inning to earn a save versus the Mariners on Saturday.

    Advice: The 25-year-old reliever got off to a brutal start to the season and quickly lost his ninth-inning job. He has pitched well since early May and has regained the mantle as closer. Giles now has 11 saves and a 3.64 ERA. He has a very impressive 92 strikeouts in 60 1/3 innings. Sep 17, 10:02 pm
    11:10 am vs LAA
  • Jackson blasted for eight runs in 4 1/3 Sat.
    Edwin Jackson was obliterated by the Rockies on Saturday, coughing up eight runs in 4 1/3 innings in a loss at Coors Field.

    Advice: He served up three gopherballs and a run-scoring triple among 10 total hits. It got ugly fast in this one. Nolan Arenado and Tom Murphy both hit two-run homers in the first inning. Murphy took him deep again in the fifth -- this time for a three-run bomb. Jackson's ERA leaps from a bad 5.32 to an awful 6.00 after the beatdown. He will face the Giants and Diamondbacks in his last two starts of the season -- and those could be the last starts of his 14 year career. Sep 17, 8:36 pm
  • Andriese limits Orioles to two runs in win
    Matt Andriese held the Orioles to two runs over 5 1/3 innings in a win Saturday.

    Advice: Andriese gave up six hits without walking a batter in the victory. The win, his second in a row after he'd dropped his previous seven straight decisions, improved him to 8-7 with a 4.41 ERA and 1.23 WHIP on the year. Andriese will try to make it three in a row Friday against the Red Sox. Sep 17, 8:25 pm
  • Pedro Strop (knee, groin) throws off mound
    Pedro Strop (knee, groin) threw a 20-pitch bullpen session Thursday.

    Advice: He'll throw another bullpen session on Sunday and could be activated after that. Strop is coming back from arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and also from a groin strain that he suffered while rehabbing. Sep 16, 6:08 am
  • Alex Reyes to start for Cardinals on Sunday
    Alex Reyes will start for the Cardinals on Sunday against the Giants.

    Advice: He's taking the place of Jaime Garcia who is being demoted to the bullpen. Reyes has been outstanding in his limited time with the Cardinals, posting a 1.29 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 34/16 K/BB ratio over 28 innings. He's worthy of using in all formats. Sep 15, 5:41 pm
  • Jhoulys Chacin strong versus Mariners
    Jhoulys Chacin pitched six innings of one-run ball in a no-decision Wednesday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Chacin, who had worked in relief his previous four outings, struck out five and walked none in lowering his ERA to 5.43. Because of the Angels' injuries, he'll likely finish out the season in the rotation. Sep 14, 10:27 pm
  • Rodriguez tosses perfect ninth for 42nd save
    Francisco Rodriguez pitched a clean ninth inning to protect a three-run lead and earn an easy save versus the Twins on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was his 42nd save of the season and 428th of his career. He struggled badly in the first few weeks of the season but has rebounded very nicely. He rocks a 2.65 ERA with 46 strikeouts in 54 1/3 innings. His strikeout rate is down this year but he knows how to get the job done day in and day out. Sep 14, 9:48 pm
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