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  • Scherzer strikes out 11, Tigers top Angels
    Max Scherzer struck out 11 and allowed three runs over seven innings in Thursday's 6-4 victory over the Angels.

    Advice: He walked one and gave up six hits. Los Angeles nickel-and-dimed three runs out of Scherzer in the fifth inning, but was otherwise baffled by his arsenal. They aren't alone, of course. The right-hander has been flat dealing since his 10-run meltdown against the Royals last month, allowing only 10 earned runs over six starts (he also won the All-Star Game with a scoreless inning during that stretch). Scherzer (12-3, 3.37 ERA) toes the rubber against the White Sox next week.
    Yesterday, 10:34 pm
  • Richards gets knocked around in loss to DET
    Garrett Richards surrendered four runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out five in Thursday's setback against the Tigers.

    Advice: This was the first time Richards has allowed more than three earned runs in a start since May 30, the first time he's surrendered as many as seven hits since May 19, and the first time he hasn't completed seven innings of work since June 20. The right-hander has dazzled in his breakout campaign to the tune of an 11-3 record and 2.62 ERA. Don't be surprised if his production drops off, however -- Richards has never thrown more than 157 innings in a season, and he now sits at 137 1/3. The good news is that Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said earlier this week that the club has no plans to limit his workload.
    Yesterday, 10:32 pm
  • Chen and O'Day shut out the Mariners
    Wei-Yin Chen blanked the Mariners for eight innings Thursday, combining with Darren O'Day on a five-hitter.

    Advice: Chen fired seven shutout innings against the Red Sox back on June 11. Since then, he'd allowed three earned runs or more in five of six starts, and didn't surrender less than two in any. That stretch saw his ERA spike from 3.76 to 4.21. It's back down to 3.96, a number he'll defend against the Angels next week.
    Yesterday, 9:59 pm
  • Iwakuma yields 4 runs in loss to the Orioles
    Hisashi Iwakuma gave up four runs on seven hits over seven innings in a loss to the Orioles on Thursday.

    Advice: Iwakuma struck out five and walked none. The Japanese left-hander was lit up for 10 runs over nine innings (10.00 ERA) over his last two starts of June, but he'd given up only five runs total over his four subsequent starts entering tonight's mediocre showing. In truth, he was great for six shutout innings and awful in a four-run third inning capped by a three-run Delmon Young homer. Iwakuma will take an 8-5 record and 3.09 ERA into a date in Cleveland next week.
    Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Duffy nearly outduels unstoppable Kluber
    Danny Duffy tossed seven shutout innings, but took a no-decision as the Royals needed 14 innings to earn victory from the Indians on Thursday.

    Advice: Duffy had the misfortune of going up against Corey Kluber, who was on point all night long. Nevertheless, Duffy nearly outmatched the Indians' right-hander, relenting only two hits and two walks while striking out seven. Duffy has been great since moving into the rotation in May, sporting a 2.50 ERA as a starter. On the season overall, including his six relief appearances, he has a 2.47 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and a 76/34 K/BB ratio. Duffy will take the hill against the Twins at home in his next start.
    Yesterday, 9:42 pm
  • Kluber flirts with perfecto, but game goes 14
    Corey Kluber brought a perfect game into the seventh inning, ultimately pitching nine innings of one-run (unearned) ball, but the Indians lost in 14 innings to the Royals on Thursday.

    Advice: Kluber's dance with a perfect game ended with one out in the seventh inning when Omar Infante singled on a line drive to center field. Kluber lost his shutout in the eighth when a poor defensive play by Ryan Raburn allowed Mike Moustakas to round the bases on a Little League home run (scored a double and a two-base error). Kluber went nine innings but the Indians needed 14 before they were dispatched. On the night, Kluber allowed two hits, walked none, and struck out 10. The right-hander now has a 2.77 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and a 162/33 K/BB ratio. Kluber will face the Mariners at home next week.
    Yesterday, 9:39 pm
  • Ross K's 11 Cubs over six innings in a win
    Tyson Ross was masterful on Thursday, allowing just one run in six innings in a win as the Padres routed the Cubs.

    Advice: With 11 punch-outs, Ross joined the double-digit strikeout club for the first time this season and for just the second time in his career. The right-hander relented the one run when Luis Valbuena singled in Anthony Rizzo in the fourth. Overall, Ross allowed five hits and walked one. Now with a 2.65 ERA, a 1.16 WHIP, and a 143/47 K/BB ratio, the All-Star will take on the Cardinals at home in his next start.
    Yesterday, 8:44 pm
  • X-rays on Hughes' shin are negative
    X-rays on Phil Hughes' right shin came back negative.

    Advice: Hughes was forced from Thursday's outing in the fourth inning when he took an Adam Dunn comebacker off the shin. He'll undoubtedly be sore but the Twins are hopeful that he'll be ready for his next start.
    Yesterday, 8:21 pm
  • Noesi dominant into the 8th against the Twins
    Hector Noesi dominated the Twins on Thursday, allowing two runs in 7 2/3 innings in a win.

    Advice: Noesi blanked the Twins through seven frames, but relented his first two runs when Danny Santana homered to right field with two outs in the eighth. On the night, Noesi limited the Twins to three hits while walking one and striking out three. At least for now, Noesi's ERA is back under 5.00 at 4.99 along with a 1.44 WHIP and 75/38 K/BB ratio. He'll have to face the Tigers in Detroit the next time he takes the mound.
    Yesterday, 8:12 pm
  • Yankees talking Kennedy deal with Padres
    ESPN's Jim Bowden reports that the Yankees and Padres are discussing a trade that would send Ian Kennedy to New York in exchange for third base prospect Eric Jagielo and pitching prospect Ian Clarkin.

    Advice: CBS Sports' Jon Heyman says that the Yankees are indeed interested in Kennedy but not if it means giving up both Jagielo and Clarkin. It would be Kennedy's second stint in New York if the trade did go through, as he was drafted by the Yanks and spent his first three big league seasons there. Needless to say, it would be just about the worse-case scenario for his fantasy value going from Petco Park to Yankee Stadium. Kennedy is making $6.1 million this season and is eligible for arbitration for a final time this winter.
    Yesterday, 8:04 pm
  • Garza bounces back, dominates the Mets
    Matt Garza tossed eight innings of one-run ball against the Mets en route to a win on Thursday.

    Advice: Garza had a nightmarish outing last Saturday against the Nationals, but bounced back nicely against the Mets. He made only one damaging mistake, serving up a solo home run to Lucas Duda in the seventh. Overall, he allowed two hits, walked one, and struck out four. The right-hander now owns a 3.87 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 98/41 K/BB ratio. He'll face the Rays on the road in his next start.
    Yesterday, 7:51 pm
  • Alvarez tosses eight quality innings vs. ATL
    Henderson Alvarez was solid over eight innings, allowing just two runs, but took a no-decision as the Marlins won 3-2 against the Braves on Thursday.

    Advice: Alvarez made one big mistake, allowing a two-run home run to Chris Johnson in the second inning. Other than that, he stymied the Braves, allowing six hits overall while walking one and striking out four. In the process, he lowers his ERA a couple points to 2.62 and is now carrying a 1.23 WHIP and a 79/23 K/BB ratio. He'll face the Nationals at home in his next start.
    Yesterday, 7:03 pm
  • Phil Hughes day-to-day with bruised shin
    Phil Hughes is considered day-to-day after being diagnosed with a bruised right shin.

    Advice: Hughes was injured when he took an Adam Dunn comebacker in the fourth inning of Thursday's outing versus the White Sox. It doesn't appear that X-rays will be required, so Hughes should have a good shot to make his next start. He struck out four while allowing two runs over three frames before exiting.
    Yesterday, 6:38 pm
  • Hughes exits after taking comebacker off leg
    Phil Hughes left Thursday's start versus the White Sox after being hit in the right leg by a comebacker.

    Advice: Adam Dunn's smash appeared to hit Hughes' shin, and he eventually limped off the field with the Twins' trainer. He'll likely go for an X-ray, at which point an update on his status will be available.
    Yesterday, 6:10 pm
  • Scott Feldman gives up six runs in loss
    Scott Feldman was tagged for six runs in 5 1/3 innings by the A's in Thursday's loss.

    Advice: The last two of those runs came after he was pulled in the sixth. That was some odd timing: he was allowed to face three straight left-handed hitters to start the inning and retired the last of them, but then he was pulled when Josh Donaldson came to the plate. Feldman has just one win in his last 10 starts, and he's 4-8 with a 4.60 ERA overall. It's disappointing, for sure, but then, it matters more to the Astros how he pitches in 2015 and '16 than it does this year.
    Yesterday, 3:53 pm
  • Jesse Hahn to start for Padres on Friday
    Jesse Hahn will be recalled to start on Friday in Atlanta.

    Advice: Hahn was sent down over the All-Star break in order to keep pitching. The rookie has been excellent over 40 2/3 innings for San Diego, posting a 2.21 ERA and 1.06 WHIP with 47 strikeouts. He should be scooped back up in leagues where he was dropped.
    Yesterday, 3:20 pm
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  • Cole Hamels strikes out 10 in beating Giants
    Cole Hamels fanned 10 while holding the Giants to one run in eight innings in Thursday's victory.

    Advice: Hamels has been about as effective as anyone in the National League over the last two months. He has gone 11 straight starts without allowing more than three runs, bringing his overall ERA down from 4.43 to 2.72. Of course, since he's pitching for the Phillies, he's still just 5-5 on the season.
    Yesterday, 1:44 pm
  • Rubby De La Rosa gives up seven runs in loss
    Rubby De La Rosa gave up seven runs -- six earned -- in four-plus innings Thursday in a loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: The first-inning run scored on a passed ball and the two-run second probably never would have gotten started had Jackie Bradley Jr. been able to hold on to Juan Francisco's inning-opening triple. Still, it wasn't likely to be a very good outing for De La Rosa regardless. It's the first time in eight starts this season that he's allowed more than four runs, and his ERA jumped from 2.64 to 3.54.
    Yesterday, 12:56 pm
  • Brandon Morrow (finger) throws off a mound
    Brandon Morrow (finger) threw off a mound Thursday for the first time since landing on the disabled list.

    Advice: Morrow has been on the disabled list since early May with a torn tendon sheath in his right index finger. "It was good," the right-hander said of Thursday's short workout. "I still had the tape job on my finger so it's not completely there, but the bullpen was fine." He could be a relief (or rotation) option for Toronto around late August.
    Yesterday, 11:51 am
    Disabled List
    4:05 pm @NYY
  • Rockies wanted Gausman for Jorge De La Rosa
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Rockies asked for Kevin Gausman in exchange for Jorge De La Rosa.

    Advice: It was worth a shot, but the O's weren't going to bite on that ridiculous request. Gausman has tremendous upside and at least five more years of cost control. De La Rosa, meanwhile, is set to become a free agent this winter. Baltimore is seeking pitching upgrades with the July 31 trade deadline approaching, but it's been a seller-friendly market so far and the club is reluctant to part with any top prospects.
    Yesterday, 9:14 am
  • Padres 'need to be overwhelmed' for Kennedy
    According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Padres "have sent word to some teams that they would need to be overwhelmed to trade" starting pitcher Ian Kennedy.

    Advice: This could be a negotiating ploy on the part of the Padres, or it might just be serious. Kennedy is under contractual control (via arbitration) through the 2015 season, so the San Diego front office can slow-play this and wait for the best offer -- even if it doesn't come until this winter or next summer. The 29-year-old right-hander owns an impressive 3.66 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 143/42 K/BB ratio in 135 1/3 innings (22 starts) this season.
    Yesterday, 8:17 am
  • Red Sox table extension talks with Jon Lester
    Red Sox principal owner John Henry told the Boston Herald that extension talks with impending free agent Jon Lester have been tabled until after the 2014 season.

    Advice: Lester doesn't want to be distracted any longer by in-season contract negotiations and probably wants a taste of the open market -- where there could be crazy money flying around this winter. The 30-year-old left-hander is putting together the best season of his career at the perfect time, boasting a 2.50 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 142/31 K/BB ratio in 137 innings. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported earlier this month that the Red Sox were prepared to offer him "$100 million for five years, or thereabouts."
    Yesterday, 6:56 am
  • Peacock gets blasted 7 runs against the A's
    Brad Peacock surrendered seven runs in 3 2/3 innings as the Astros lost in Oakland on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was ugly, and this time, manager Bo Porter made Peacock work through the carnage, unlike his last start, when Peacock was yanked five batters in. Tonight, Peacock walked five and gave up seven hits, including three homers, on which six runs scored. Over his last two starts -- which lasted four innings total -- he's seen his ERA spike from 4.30 to 4.93. Peacock's spot in the rotation is in jeopardy. If he sticks around, a rematch against the A's on Monday would kick off a two-start week.
    Wednesday, 10:43 pm
  • Tsuyoshi Wada gives up five runs to Padres
    Tsuyoshi Wada took a loss Wednesday after giving up five runs in four innings versus the Padres.

    Advice: The Padres had scored six runs in six games coming into this one, making Wada's performance even more discouraging. He's certainly not going to miss enough bats to afford the four walks he issued tonight. If he's not better next time out against the Rockies, he could be looking at a quick hook from the Cubs rotation.
    Wednesday, 10:17 pm
  • Weaver holds Orioles to 1 run in 3-2 win
    Jered Weaver limited the Orioles to two runs on six hits over eight innings Wednesday in a 3-2 win.

    Advice: He struck out six and walked zero. The Angels have won seven consecutive Weaver starts (with Weaver himself getting credit for four of those victories). The 31-year-old has encouragingly held the opposition in the ballpark in each of his last four starts, and six of his last seven. Weaver improves to 11-6 with a 3.36 ERA and 1.12 WHIP, numbers he'll take into a rematch with the Orioles on Tuesday.
    Wednesday, 10:10 pm
  • SP Tillman holds Angels to 1 run
    Chris Tillman tossed six innings of one-run ball Wednesday in a no-decision against the Angels.

    Advice: He struck out three, walked two and gave up five hits. It's not as though he's been pitching poorly. Tillman has slashed his ERA from 5.20 on June 5 to 3.92 today, allowing three earned runs or less in nine straight starts. Tillman hosts these same Angels on his home turf next week.
    Wednesday, 10:07 pm
  • Alex Cobb combines on shutout of Cards
    Alex Cobb struck out 10 in seven innings Wednesday in the Rays' 3-0 victory over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Cobb also doubled in the Rays' first run of the game, giving himself all of the support he'd need. It's the fourth time this season that he's gone without allowing a run, but the first time since May 22. There's still no reason he can't be a top-20 starter the rest of the way.
    Wednesday, 9:56 pm
    4:10 pm vs Bos
  • Clay Buchholz struggles in loss to Jays
    Clay Buchholz surrendered five runs -- four earned -- in six innings Wednesday in a loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: This was a definite step backward for Buchholz, who seemed to be making progress prior to the All-Star break. He walked four and hit two batters tonight, while striking out just one. It was actually quite an accomplishment that he managed to get through six innings. Buchholz will face the Jays again next time out, making him a tough play in any format.
    Wednesday, 9:37 pm
  • Tsuyoshi Wada recalled from Triple-A
    Cubs recalled LHP Tsuyoshi Wada from Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Wada will start on Wednesday against the Padres. The left-hander fared well in his major league debut prior to the All-Star break, holding the Reds to an unearned run over five innings. He's worth streaming Wednesday in a nice matchup and could carve out some fantasy value in deeper formats.
    Wednesday, 6:30 am
  • Angels won't limit Garrett Richards' workload
    Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said Monday that the club has no plans to temporarily shut down Garrett Richards in order to limit his workload.

    Advice: Richards is already at 131 1/3 innings, just a tad shy of the 145 innings he threw last season. He has never thrown more than 157 innings in a season before in pro ball, but Dipoto said there haven't been any discussions about giving him a break. "Not at all," said Dipoto. "Garrett has thrown from end to end in a season. His innings have not escalated to the point where they're 200-plus, but Garrett throws the ball as easily as anybody you'll ever see. It's not a violent delivery, it's not a violent package. He maintains velocity pretty easily." Richards is currently on pace for 216 2/3 innings and could pitch more if the Angels play deep into October.
    Tuesday, 6:41 am
  • Phillies telling teams Hamels not available
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Phillies have told teams to this point that Cole Hamels is unavailable.

    Advice: It doesn't jibe with previous reports that have indicated the Phillies are at least entertaining the possibility of dealing Hamels. Perhaps they just haven't liked what other teams have been willing to offer and are pulling Hamels off the block for that reason. Whatever the reason, the Phils could still conceivably change their minds before the end of the month. At the moment, though, it appears Hamels isn't going anywhere.
    Monday, 8:52 pm
  • Alvarez (shin) cleared to start on Thursday
    Henderson Alvarez (shin) has been cleared to make his scheduled start on Thursday in Houston.

    Advice: Alvarez had to leave Saturday's outing after being hit on the left shin by a comebacker, but he only has a bruise and is feeling much better. The All-Star has put up a 2.64 ERA over 20 starts for the Marlins this season.
    Monday, 4:36 pm
  • Iwakuma to start Thursday vs. Orioles
    Hisashi Iwakuma has had his next start pushed back to Thursday against the Orioles.

    Advice: Iwakuma was previously scheduled to start Wednesday vs. the Mets, but the Mariners have decided to push him back a day. Wednesday's starter hasn't been announced, but Taijuan Walker is a possibility.
    Monday, 2:54 pm
  • Gausman struggles over 4 frames vs. Athletics
    Kevin Gausman left Sunday's start against the Athletics after facing one batter in the fifth inning, allowing five runs over four innings in a loss.

    Advice: The A's had Gausman's number on Sunday afternoon, piling up nine hits and a pair of walks. Gausman also struck out six. The right-hander, who has been up and down a few times for the Orioles this season, now has a 4.04 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, and a 32/15 K/BB ratio. Gausman will try to pick up his fifth win on Friday night in Seattle against the Mariners.
    Sunday, 5:07 pm
  • Lester hurls 8 shutout frames for 10th win
    Jon Lester picked up his 10th win of the season after shutting out the Royals over eight innings on Sunday.

    Advice: Lester was, once again, phenomenal. The lefty limited the Royals to four hits and two walks while striking out eight. He has now allowed one earned run or fewer in seven out of his last nine outings. Lester's ERA is down to 2.50 with a 1.12 WHIP and a 142/29 K/BB ratio in 137 innings. He'll look to continue the success when he takes on the Rays in Tampa on Friday.
    Sunday, 1:41 pm
  • Tsuyoshi Wada to start on Wednesday
    Tsuyoshi Wada will be recalled to start on Wednesday against the Padres.

    Advice: Wada fared well in his major league debut prior to the All-Star break, holding the Reds to an unearned run over five innings. He'll have a nice matchup Wednesday and is worth a shot in NL-only formats.
    Sunday, 11:37 am
  • Phillies 'discouraged' about Hamels talks
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Phillies "have been discouraged" by what they're hearing from other teams on Cole Hamels.

    Advice: Cafardo says that Hamels will be traded if the Phils can get a team to cover his entire contract while also surrendering three top prospects. So far, however, it doesn't appear likely that they'll get what they're asking for. For what it's worth, previous reports have indicated Philly is unlikely to trade Hamels and that they'd much prefer to deal Cliff Lee.
    Sunday, 6:57 am
  • Max Scherzer dealing with neck issue
    Max Scherzer was nearly scratched from Saturday's start after his neck tightened up on him while he warmed up in the bullpen prior to the game.

    Advice: He wound up allowing two runs on six hits and four walks over 5 2/3 innings against the Indians. Scherzer expects to be fine for his next outing. "I've got five days to take care of this," said Scherzer, who described it as a neck spasm. "This is just a one-day thing. We've got great trainers and we'll have a program for what I'm going to do over the next five days to take care of it."
    Sunday, 6:35 am
  • Garrett Richards goes eight strong
    Garrett Richards limited the Mariners to one run and three hits in eight innings on Saturday.

    Advice: Richards wasn't involved in the decision in his latest gem, so his seven-game winning streak is still intact. He's allowed a total of four hits in 15 innings against the Mariners this season, and he's 11-2 with a 2.47 ERA overall. Yeah, he really should have been an All-Star.
    Saturday, 10:19 pm
  • Tyson Ross goes seven scoreless in a win
    All-Star Tyson Ross allowed four hits over seven innings and combined with three relievers Saturday on a 6-0 shutout of the Mets.

    Advice: Ross is 3-0 with a no-decision in four starts this season in which he's allowed no runs. He's 3-2 when he allows one run, 1-2 when he allows two runs and 1-6 when he allows at least three runs. The six runs the Padres scored tonight were the most they've gotten in a Ross start since May 15.
    Saturday, 9:11 pm