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  • Mike Montgomery strikes out five Dodgers
    Mike Montgomery gave up three runs in five innings Friday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Montgomery kept the Cubs in the game despite allowing six hits, walking four and hitting a batter. It's unclear whether he'll get another start next week. We'd rather see Montgomery in the bullpen than in the rotation. Yesterday, 11:06 pm
  • Bud Norris solid versus Cubs
    Bud Norris yielded two runs in five innings Friday against the Cubs.

    Advice: It was a decent bounce-back outing for Norris, who struggled last week in his first start off the DL and then pitched in relief Monday. He might be a swingman throughout September, depending on how the Dodgers' injured starters fare. If he pitches on four days' rest next time out, he'll be facing the Rockies at Coors, which is a matchup fantasy leaguers should want no part of. Yesterday, 11:04 pm
    1:05 pm vs ChC
  • Braden Shipley effective versus Reds
    Braden Shipley pitched seven innings of one-run ball Friday against the Reds.

    Advice: Shipley had the nice night despite walking four and striking out just one. He's made seven big-league starts now. In the four good ones, he's allowed a total of three runs. In the other three, he's given up 20 runs in 15 2/3 innings. He's still too risky to be considered in fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 10:44 pm
  • Brandon Finnegan fans 12 Diamondbacks
    Brandon Finnegan struck out 12 while allowing two runs in six innings Friday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: This makes five quality starts in six outings for Finnegan, who, despite his recent success, entered the night as the NL leader in homers and walks allowed. He's making it tough on the Reds as they try to decide how to handle him in September. On the one hand, he's doing his best work of the season. On the other, he's thrown 40 more innings than he did last year. It's probably in his best interests to curtail his workload some. Yesterday, 10:39 pm
  • Jeff Samardzija goes seven scoreless for win
    Jeff Samardzija scattered seven hits over seven innings in the Giants' 7-0 win over the Braves on Friday.

    Advice: Samardzija struck out six and walked three in improving to 11-9 on the season. If he keeps it up, he'll finish with a winning record for the first time in his ifve years as a starter. Yesterday, 10:34 pm
  • Colome gives up back-to-back HRs vs. Astros
    Alex Colome gave up back-to-back homers to blow a save and take the loss Friday against the Astros.

    Advice: It was a night to forget for Colome. The Rays pulled ahead in the top of the ninth inning when Mikie Mahtook slugged a solo homer off Ken Giles, but Colome failed to retire a batter in the bottom of the frame. He gave up a leadoff homer to Carlos Correa to tie things up before Evan Gattis followed that up with a long walk-off homer. This was just Colome’s second blown save in 30 chances this season. He hadn’t allowed a run since July 23, so his job is secure. Yesterday, 10:08 pm
  • Fiers allows three runs in no-decision
    Mike Fiers allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Rays on Friday.

    Advice: The first two runs scored on wild pitches. The Astros had the lead when he was pulled in the seventh inning, but Michael Feliz immediately gave up a game-tying RBI double to Corey Dickerson. Fiers walked one and struck out five in the no-decision. He’ll bring a 4.40 ERA and 1.31 WHIP into a start against the Athletics next week. Yesterday, 10:08 pm
  • Smyly goes six innings in no-decision
    Drew Smyly yielded three runs (two earned) over six innings Friday in a no-decision against the Astros.

    Advice: Smyly gave up a two-spot in the first inning before Jake Marisnick took him deep in the second inning. He fanned eight and walked a pair in the no-decision and has now gone at least six innings in seven consecutive starts. The southpaw has posted a disappointing 4.80 ERA this season, but he has been pretty solid during the second half. Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Mets will skip Jacob deGrom's next start
    Mets manager Terry Collins confirmed Friday that the club will skip Jacob deGrom's scheduled start on Monday.

    Advice: The right-hander has been knocked around in each of his last two starts and the Mets believe they have found a mechanical flaw that can be blamed for his struggles. They'll give him a nice extended rest while attempting to fix the issue before he rejoins the rotation. Yesterday, 9:23 pm
  • Phelps struggles Friday against Padres
    David Phelps was chased after giving up four runs (three earned) in 3 2/3 innings Friday against the Padres.

    Advice: After turning in four straight promising starts since his return to the rotation, Phelps delivered a dud on Friday. He actually held the Padres hitless (with two walks) over the first three innings before things fell apart for him in a 24-pitch fourth inning. It was a disappointing performance for the 29-year-old considering the promising matchup, but he has the Mets and Phillies coming up next. Yesterday, 9:20 pm
  • Cosart goes five innings in no-decision
    Jarred Cosart allowed two runs (one earned) in five innings in a no-decision against the Marlins on Friday.

    Advice: Facing his former team, Cosart gave up five hits and walked a pair while striking out three. He left the game in position for the victory, but the bullpen coughed up the lead in the eighth and the Marlins went on to win the game in the ninth. Cosart has allowed one earned run or fewer in three straight starts, but he’s still in search for his first win this season. Maybe next time. He lines up for a start against the Dodgers next week. Yesterday, 9:19 pm
  • Leake scratched from start due to shingles
    Mike Leake was scratched from his scheduled start against the Athletics on Saturday due to shingles.

    Advice: It's unclear at the moment how much time the right-hander may miss. Rookie right-hander Alex Reyes will start in his place on Saturday and would likely occupy his rotation spot for as long as Leake is sidelined. Yesterday, 9:18 pm
    4:15 pm vs Oak
  • Alex Reyes to start for Cardinals on Saturday
    Alex Reyes will make his first major league start on Saturday in place of Mike Leake who is dealing with shingles.

    Advice: The 21-year-old right-hander has been impressive in his time out of the Cardinals bullpen, posting a 13/4 K/BB ratio over 9 1/3 scoreless innings. He's worthy of a look in all formats for as long as he's in the rotation. Yesterday, 9:16 pm
    4:15 pm vs Oak
  • Chris Sale Ks 14 and goes distance in loss
    Chris Sale allowed three runs and struck out 14 batters in a complete-game loss to the Mariners on Friday.

    Advice: He also didn’t walk a batter. It was a good thing the Mariners got to him early, because Sale eventually found his groove and was completely dominant. The southpaw retired the final 16 batters he faced and struck out six batters in a row at one point. This was his fifth complete game of the season. He has now dropped four out of his last five decisions to fall to 15-7 on the year. He’ll bring a 3.14 ERA into a start against the Tigers on the road next week. Yesterday, 8:54 pm
  • Ross Detwiler gives up three runs in loss
    Ross Detwiler gave up three runs in 5 1/3 innings Friday in a loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Since going eight scoreless against the Orioles on Aug. 10, Detwiler has given up 14 earned runs over 14 innings. The A's don't have anyone else they want to go to, so he'll remain in the rotation for now. Yesterday, 8:38 pm
  • Martin Perez knocked around in loss to Tribe
    Martin Perez was knocked around in Friday's loss to the Indians, surrendering six runs on 10 hits over his 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Perez struck out two and didn't walk a batter in the ballgame. The Indians scratched out a few early runs against him, then scratched out three more in the sixth to put the game away. The left-hander has really struggled this season, compiling a 4.45 ERA and 1.42 WHIP across 163 2/3 innings. He'll look to get back on track on Wednesday against the Mariners. Yesterday, 8:25 pm
  • Kennedy gives up two runs in victory
    Ian Kennedy yielded two runs in 5 1/3 innings in Friday's 6-3 win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: While it wasn't quite as good on paper as his previous five starts, Kennedy still managed to limit the damage against the powerful Boston lineup. He gave up nine hits in all while walking a pair and striking out eight. With three straight wins under his belt, he's now 9-9 on the year to go along with a 3.57 ERA. He'll try to keep the streak going next week against the Yankees at home. Yesterday, 7:50 pm
  • Gallardo rocked in loss to Yankees
    Yovani Gallardo lasted just 1 1/3 innings and was rocked for eight runs (seven earned) in a loss to the Yankees on Friday.

    Advice: It was the shortest start of his major league career. Gallardo surrendered a two-run homer to Mark Teixeira in the first inning before six straight hitters reached base against him in the second inning. All of them eventually came around to score, the final one after Gallardo was pulled from the game. The veteran right-hander saw his ERA jump to 5.69 with the shellacking. It goes without saying that he’s not a fantasy option at this point, but we’ll say it anyway. Yesterday, 7:19 pm
  • Kershaw will face live hitters next week
    Clayton Kershaw (back) made it through Friday's bullpen session without any issues and will progress to facing live hitters next week.

    Advice: It's another positive step toward a return to the Dodgers rotation this season for the star southpaw. If all goes well with his next session, he could be cleared for a minor league rehab start. Barring any setbacks, a return in early September doesn't look so outrageous any longer. Yesterday, 4:35 pm
    60-Day DL
    1:05 pm vs ChC
  • Hector Santiago (thumb) to start on Monday
    Hector Santiago (thumb) will start on Monday against the Indians.

    Advice: He had been slated to take the ball Wednesday, but the Twins' rotation shakeup has altered things. Santiago missed his last outing with a bruised left thumb and holds a 10.89 ERA in his four starts since joining Minnesota. Yesterday, 2:26 pm
    10:07 am @Tor
  • Mets likely to skip Jacob deGrom's next start
    Mets manager Terry Collins said Friday that there's a good chance the club will skip Jacob deGrom's next start.

    Advice: Collins had previous mentioned the possibility of deGrom's next outing being pushed back, but it appears he'll get even more rest. The righty has been lit up for 13 runs over his last two starts, so a little break would probably do him some good. Sean Gilmartin, Gabriel Ynoa, Logan Verrett, Rafael Montero and Seth Lugo on short rest are possibilities to start in deGrom's spot on Monday. Yesterday, 1:16 pm
  • Brandon Morrow goes on paternity leave
    Padres placed RHP Brandon Morrow on the paternity leave list.

    Advice: Morrow and his wife are expecting their first child. He's being replaced on the roster by Buddy Baumann. Yesterday, 10:20 am
    Not Active
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Ross' (shoulder) first rehab start goes badly
    Tyson Ross (shoulder, ankle) gave up four runs while lasting just two-thirds of an inning in his first rehab start with High-A Lake Elsinore on Thursday.

    Advice: Ross was supposed to throw 45 pitches in his first start since April, but he was pulled after throwing 28 in a rough first inning. "Pitching is not like riding a bicycle," Ross said. "You either execute or you don’t. It’s black or white. It’s binary code. I had a lot of non-executed pitches today." Ross is expected to make one more rehab start before rejoining the Padres' rotation. He'll be limited to 3-5 innings initially with the Pads as he eases back into things, but the goal is to get him feeling confident in his health heading into the offseason. Yesterday, 7:56 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Moore loses no-hitter with two outs in ninth
    Matt Moore came within one out of a no-hitter in Thursday's 4-0 win over the Dodgers.

    Advice: Moore struck out seven and walked three on the evening. Manager Bruce Bochy was noticeably agitated in the dugout as the 27-year-old southpaw's pitch count began to balloon in a 24-pitch eighth inning. Moore had thrown 120 total pitches by the end of that frame, but despite the high count, Bochy decided to trot him out for the ninth. He retired Kike Hernandez on a sinking liner to start the frame -- Denard Span made a spectacular sliding catch on that one -- then induced a ground out from Howie Kendrick. Corey Seager would break up the near no-no via a flare single to right with two outs in the frame. Ouch. He finished the game having thrown 133 pitches (88 strikes). Since coming over to the Giants at the trade deadline, Moore has pitched to a 3.41 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 29/20 K/BB ratio over 31 2/3 innings (five starts). He will look to build off of Thursday's stellar outing in a home start against the Diamondbacks next time he toes the rubber. Thursday, 10:31 pm
  • Peralta goes five strong innings against Bucs
    Wily Peralta allowed two runs over five innings in a no-decision Thursday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Don't look now, but Peralta, who was left for dead in June after compiling a 6.68 ERA, has given up two runs or fewer in three of his four starts since being recalled earlier this month. Like in those starts, it wasn't pretty Thursday, but he did enough to keep the Brewers in the game. Peralta has gotten his ERA down to 5.87 through 17 starts, and he'll look to keep that positive momentum going heading into Tuesday's tilt with the Cardinals. Thursday, 9:17 pm
  • Tomlin hit hard again in loss to Rangers
    Josh Tomlin was knocked around again Thursday, allowing eight runs -- seven earned -- over 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Once again, homers played a part, with the Rangers hitting a pair of three-run shots. Tomlin has now given up 34 homers in 24 starts, a brutal number that partly explains why he's lost five straight decisions to fall to 11-8. Tomlin owns a 4.70 ERA and 1.23 WHIP, and he'll attempt to snap the skid Tuesday against the Twins. Thursday, 9:03 pm
  • Collins thinks deGrom looks 'run down'
    The Mets are considering pushing back Jacob deGrom's next start.

    Advice: Manager Terry Collins said the right-hander looks "run down." DeGrom seems to have hit a wall over his last two starts, going 0-2 during that stretch with a miserable 12.10 ERA. If Steven Matz (shoulder) returns from the disabled list on Tuesday as expected, the Mets can probably push deGrom back a day. Including the playoffs, deGrom has logged 359 innings since the start of 2015. Thursday, 1:40 pm
  • Hector Santiago (thumb) expected back Wed.
    Hector Santiago (thumb) is expected to return to the Twins' rotation next Wednesday in Cleveland.

    Advice: Santiago had to be scratched from his scheduled start this Friday night against the Blue Jays because of a bruised left thumb. He has an awful 10.89 ERA in 19 innings (four starts) for the Twins since being acquired from the Angels at the August 1 trade deadline. Thursday, 8:58 am
    10:07 am @Tor
  • Jacob deGrom gives up five runs in loss
    Jacob deGrom surrendered five runs and 12 hits in 4 2/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: DeGrom has followed up a couple of awesome months with a pair of ugly starts the last six days. He gave up three homers tonight after allowing a total of 12 in 22 starts coming in. It doesn't seem like his stuff has fallen off suddenly, so let's assume he'll bounce back next time out when he faces the Marlins. Wednesday, 9:29 pm
  • Twins to skip Santiago (thumb) on Friday
    Hector Santiago (thumb) has been scratched from his scheduled Friday start against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Santiago is dealing with a bruised left thumb. He was shelled by the Royals in his last start, but there has been no word that the thumb injury was the cause for the eight runs he surrendered over 4 2/3 frames. Pat Dean will start in his place on Friday. Wednesday, 2:52 pm
    10:07 am @Tor
  • Kershaw (back) to throw 60-pitch 'pen session
    Clayton Kershaw (back) is expected to throw a 60-pitch bullpen session Thursday or Friday.

    Advice: Kershaw made it through a 50-pitch bullpen session Tuesday in Los Angeles without experiencing any sort of abnormal discomfort in his back. He'll take the next few days off before trying a more intensive workout. Kershaw said Tuesday that he expects to rejoin the Dodgers after just one minor league rehab start, but it's not exactly clear when that start will happen. He's been on the disabled list since late June because of a herniated disc in his lower back. Tuesday, 4:29 pm
    60-Day DL
    1:05 pm vs ChC
  • Tyson Ross (shoulder) ready for rehab outing
    Tyson Ross (shoulder, ankle) is set to begin a rehab assignment Thursday with High-A Lake Elsinore.

    Advice: Ross won't be allowed to go beyond 45 pitches in that outing. He landed on the disabled list the second week of April with a shoulder injury and then sprained his ankle while exercising in his hotel room on July 6. If everything goes smoothly from here, the right-hander could rejoin the Padres' rotation around mid-September. Tuesday, 4:05 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Kershaw (back) throws another 'pen session
    Clayton Kershaw (back) threw around 50 pitches in a bullpen session on Tuesday in Los Angeles.

    Advice: "I felt good again today," he told reporters after the workout, before adding that he's not sure what the next step will be. Kershaw has two successful bullpen sessions under his belt and could be ready to face live hitters in a batting practice or simulated setting. The ace left-hander has been sidelined since late June because a herniated disc in his lower back. Tuesday, 3:25 pm
    60-Day DL
    1:05 pm vs ChC
  • Jeff Samardzija flirts with no-hitter in loss
    Jeff Samardzija carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning on Sunday night, but wound up losing to the Mets, surrendering two runs on three hits in seven frames.

    Advice: Samardzija racked up seven strikeouts on the night while walking one. He had allowed just one walk heading into the seventh inning, where Curtis Granderson broke up the no-hitter with a leadoff double. Yoenis Cespedes followed with a two-run homer, which proved to be the only offense in the ballgame. Now 10-9 on the season, Samardzija will carry a 4.17 ERA and 1.20 WHIP into Friday's start against the Braves. Sunday, 7:37 pm
  • Yovani Gallardo logs quality start in loss
    Yovani Gallardo logged a quality start in Sunday's loss to the Astros, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits over his seven innings of work.

    Advice: Gallardo walked three and struck out three on the night. It was actually one of the stronger starts that the veteran right-hander has had this year. He'll look to further improve upon his 5.08 ERA and 1.59 WHIP when he does battle against the Yankees in New York on Friday. Sunday, 5:45 pm
  • Braden Shipley crushed in loss to Padres
    Braden Shipley was crushed in Sunday's loss to the Padres, surrendering seven runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings.

    Advice: The rookie right-hander punched out five on the afternoon while walking only one. The Padres victimized him with a pair of long balls in the contest, Travis Jankowski belting a two-run shot in the third inning and Alex Dickerson adding a solo shot in the sixth. It's the second straight brutal outing for Shipley who now owns a troublesome 5.45 ERA and 1.47 WHIP on the season. He'll take on the Reds his next time out at home on Friday. Sunday, 4:25 pm
  • Smyly picks up win despite allowing four runs
    Drew Smyly improved to 6-11 in Sunday's win over the Rangers, surrendering four runs on five hits over 6 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Smyly was victimized by a pair of home runs in this one, with Delino DeShields notching a two-run shot in the first inning and Drew Stubbs smacking a solo shot in the fifth. The 27-year-old southpaw finished the afternoon with seven strikeouts against one walk. Sunday's outing wasn't a disaster by any means and Smyly has pitched well of late, entering his showdown with the Rangers holding a 2.25 WHIP and 0.94 WHIP over his last five starts. A road date with the Astros shows next on his schedule. Sunday, 2:39 pm
  • Martin Perez rocked for six runs by Rays
    Martin Perez struggled in Sunday's loss to the Rays, surrendering six runs on five hits over six innings.

    Advice: Perez struck out five and walked three on the afternoon. Evan Longoria burned him for an RBI double in the third inning to open the scoring. Five more runs would come home in the next frame, highlighted by a three-run home run off the bat of Logan Forsythe. Perez will try for better results when he brings his 4.27 ERA and 1.41 WHIP into a home start against the Indians next time out. Sunday, 2:30 pm
  • Leake dominates with seven scoreless vs. PHI
    Mike Leake fired seven scoreless innings Sunday in the Cardinals' rout of the Phillies.

    Advice: Leake gave up seven hits but they were all singles. He struck out eight and walked just one. This has been a very up and down first season with St. Louis for Leake, who will carry a 4.56 ERA and 1.27 WHIP into his next start at home against the Athletics. He's been good in stretches. Sunday, 2:00 pm
    4:15 pm vs Oak
  • Kershaw (back) to throw another 'pen session
    Clayton Kershaw (back) will throw approximately 40 pitches in another bullpen session Tuesday.

    Advice: He got through a 22-pitch bullpen session Saturday with no issues in what was his first time throwing off a mound since going down with a herniated disc in his lower back nearly two months ago. It's unclear what the next step is after Tuesday's 'pen session, but Kershaw might be ready to face hitters after that. Sunday, 8:39 am
    60-Day DL
    1:05 pm vs ChC
  • Peralta gives up four runs in six innings
    Wily Peralta surrendered four runs on eight hits across six innings in a loss to the Mariners on Saturday.

    Advice: He managed only one strikeout and issued two free passes in the game. His record falls to 5-9 with an ugly 6.00 ERA. He had been pitching well since being recalled from the minors two weeks ago but regressed tonight. He has a poor 54 to 33 strikeout to walk ratio in 84 innings. He is too risky to use in standard mixed leagues. Saturday, 9:40 pm
  • Montgomery allows one run over 4 1/3 innings
    Mike Montgomery held the Rockies to one run over 4 1/3 innings Saturday.

    Advice: Montgomery, joining the rotation with John Lackey on the shelf, struck out five and allowed just one hit, a solo homer in the fifth inning. He threw 60 pitches and was given the hook for pitch count reasons, certainly not because he was ineffective. With Lackey still sidelined, Montgomery will likely get at least one more turn in the rotation, which is slated to come Friday against the Dodgers. He's not a great streaming option, given the pitch-count limitations and opponent, but desperate owners may take a flyer. Saturday, 9:37 pm
  • Finnegan carries no-no into seventh, Reds win
    Brandon Finnegan took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and settled for throwing seven shutout innings of work in an 11-1 beatdown of the Dodgers on Saturday.

    Advice: Finnegan walked two and struck out eight, with Adrian Gonzalez' leadoff single in the seventh inning scuttling any chances of seeing history. Still, it was a dominant performance from a pitcher who has shown at points that he can be dominant as a major league starter. The win improved Finnegan to 8-9 with a 4.32 ERA and 1.37 WHIP through 25 starts. The southpaw will look for an encore performance Friday against the Diamondbacks. Saturday, 9:23 pm
  • Tomlin rocked for six runs by Blue Jays
    Josh Tomlin allowed six runs on nine hits over 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Blue Jays on Saturday.

    Advice: Tomlin served up three homers among the nine hits, as he's now given up at least one homer in 21 of 23 starts this year. That was alright when he was winning, but the right-hander has now lost four straight to fall to 11-7 with a 4.39 ERA. He's never missed a lot of bats, so some regression was always in the cards. He'll try to stop the bleeding Thursday against the Rangers. Saturday, 8:46 pm
  • Santiago battered again, this time by Royals
    Hector Santiago got knocked around again Saturday, giving up 11 hits and eight runs over 4 2/3 innings in a loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Santiago's issue on Saturday -- well, one of his issues -- was homers, as he served up three to Royals hitters. He's now given up seven home runs in four starts since joining the Twins, all losses. His struggles are in stark contrast to the run he was on before the trade, as Santiago had rattled off six straight wins prior to being dealt from the Angels. There's just not much nice to say about Santiago these days. The southpaw will carry a 10-8 record, 5.16 ERA and 1.40 WHIP into Friday's start against the Blue Jays. Saturday, 8:03 pm
    10:07 am @Tor
  • Fiers yields one run in seven frames in win
    Mike Fiers held the Orioles to one run in seven innings while striking out seven as the Astros won 12-2 on Saturday.

    Advice: The only run Fiers surrendered came on a Chris Davis solo blast in the fourth inning. He yielded just five hits and issued one free pass in the ballgame. He needed a good outing like this one after getting knocked around in his last two starts. Fiers' record improves to 9-6 with a 4.48 ERA. He has 103 strikeouts and 31 walks in 132 2/3 innings. Saturday, 8:02 pm
  • Kennedy shuts out Twins over eight innings
    Ian Kennedy allowed four hits, all singles, while striking out six over eight shutout innings Saturday against the Twins.

    Advice: Kennedy kept the Twins off balance all game in turning in his longest start of the year to date. It was the latest in a string of impressive turns for the 31-year-old, who has allowed one run or fewer in each of his last five starts. With Saturday's win, Kennedy improved to 8-9 with a 3.58 ERA and 1.15 WHIP through 25 starts. He'll try to keep the mojo working Friday against the Red Sox. Saturday, 7:59 pm
  • Sale fires eight scoreless in win over A's
    Chris Sale held the Athletics scoreless over eight innings, and the White Sox eventually prevailed with a 6-2 win Saturday.

    Advice: Sale gave up three hits, all singles, and walked three on the night. He also fanned eight. The win improved his record to 15-6 and snapped a winless streak that had dated back to July 2. Sale owns a 3.15 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 165/38 K/BB ratio over 168 2/3 innings this year, and he'll try to make it two in a row Friday against the Mariners. Saturday, 7:54 pm
  • Detwiler rocked for 10 hits, six runs by Sox
    Ross Detwiler was knocked around again Saturday, allowing 10 hits and six runs over four innings in a loss to the White Sox.

    Advice: After an unexpectedly impressive A's debut on August 10, he's been hit hard in his two subsequent starts. That's more in line with what was expected of the 30-year-old journeyman, who spent most of the first part of the season in the Indians' minor leagues. Detwiler now owns a 5.91 ERA over 10 appearances, including three starts, this season. An interleague date with the Cardinals is on tap for Friday. Saturday, 7:19 pm
  • Phelps fans nine Bucs over six scoreless
    David Phelps struck out nine over six scoreless innings in a 3-1 Marlins victory over the Pirates on Saturday.

    Advice: Phelps yielded just two hits while walking two in the contest, leaving the Pirates offense without an answer for most of the evening. The right-hander has now allowed just three runs in four starts since moving to the rotation in the beginning of August, lowering his season ERA to 2.28. Phelps has always been a slightly intriguing pitcher for his strikeout ability, and he can't be overlooked in deeper mixed leagues given recent results. Phelps will next take on the Padres on Friday. Saturday, 7:14 pm
  • Tyson Ross (shoulder) looks 'ready'
    Tyson Ross (shoulder, ankle) threw a live batting practice on Saturday.

    Advice: Teammate Adam Rosales said Ross "looked ready" and called him "the toughest pitcher [he's] faced all year." Ross used his full repertoire during the 40-pitch session. His fastball topped out at 94 mph. It's unclear if Ross will throw another live session or advance immediately to a rehab assignment. Regardless, it looks like he'll be back in the Padres' rotation at some point next month. Shoulder inflammation and a sprained ankle have sidelined Ross since April. Saturday, 7:03 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Matt Moore drops to 0-3 with Giants
    Matt Moore fell flat in Saturday's loss to the Mets, allowing three runs on five hits over five innings of work.

    Advice: He registered three strikeouts and also issued three walks. Yoenis Cespedes feasted off Moore with an RBI double in the first inning and a solo blast in the third. Moore is now winless with a 4.70 ERA in four starts for the Giants. He'll aim for his first W Thursday against the Dodgers. Saturday, 5:31 pm
  • Clayton Kershaw says he feels '100 percent'
    Clayton Kershaw (back) said he felt "100 percent" during Saturday's bullpen session.

    Advice: Kershaw has missed almost two months with a herniated disc in his lower back but has begun to make big strides in his progress. With the way he's progressing, it would be an upset if he isn't back in the Dodgers' rotation early next month. The Dodgers could sure use him with Hyun-Jin Ryu (elbow) and Brandon McCarthy (hip) on the shelf. Saturday, 2:08 pm
    60-Day DL
    1:05 pm vs ChC
  • Norris struggles in return from DL
    Bud Norris was far from sharp in his return from the disabled list on Friday against the Reds, giving up six runs in 3 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Norris has been out all month with a mid-back strain. The veteran right-hander gave up seven hits (including a three-run homer to Joey Votto) and walked four. He was at 94 pitches before being pulled in the fourth inning. Norris has generally been up and down since being acquired from the Braves at the end of June. He’ll try to bounce back next week in an important matchup against the Giants. Friday, 8:56 pm
    1:05 pm vs ChC
  • Kershaw: 'Good plan' in place to return
    Clayton Kershaw (back) said Friday that the Dodgers have a "good plan" in place that has him returning before the end of the regular season.

    Advice: Kershaw declined to reveal any particulars of the plan. He's throwing a bullpen session Saturday after getting through a handful of flat ground sessions with no issues. Obviously, he still has some hurdles to clear before he rejoins the Dodgers' rotation. Friday, 1:35 pm
    60-Day DL
    1:05 pm vs ChC
  • Bud Norris activated for Friday start
    Dodgers activated RHP Bud Norris from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Norris will rejoin the rotation on Friday against the Reds. He missed a couple weeks of action with a back injury but threw 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball during a rehab start to gain clearance to return to the majors. Friday, 1:25 pm
    1:05 pm vs ChC
  • Giants rock deGrom for eight runs in 5 IP
    Jacob deGrom was shelled in Thursday's 10-7 loss to the Giants, surrendering eight runs on 13 hits over five innings.

    Advice: After tossing three scoreless frames, deGrom ran into trouble and then some. He coughed up five runs in the fourth inning and another three in the fifth before his evening was mercifully ended. The start bumped his ERA from 2.30 to a still-respectable 2.73 mark. DeGrom also holds a 1.11 WHIP and 134/30 K/BB ratio across 22 starts. Thursday's result wasn't particularly appealing, but sometimes you just don't have it. He will try to rebound in a road date with the Cardinals next time he toes the rubber. Thursday, 10:51 pm
  • Kershaw to throw bullpen session on Saturday
    Clayton Kershaw (back) will throw on flat ground Friday before completing a bullpen session on Saturday.

    Advice: Kershaw accompanied the Dodgers to Cincinnati and appears to be making steady progress in his recovery from a herniated disc. It won't be long until Kershaw starts facing live hitters. If he doesn't hit any snags, the three-time Cy Young winner could be back in the Dodgers' rotation early next month. Thursday, 3:00 pm
    60-Day DL
    1:05 pm vs ChC
  • Tomlin (family emergency) to return Saturday
    Josh Tomllin (family emergency) will make his scheduled start Saturday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Tomlin left the team Wednesday to deal with a family medical emergency back home in Texas but he'll return to the team Friday and will take the mound a day later. The 31-year-old got off to a booming start this year but has faded quickly in the second half with a 5.84 ERA in six starts since the All-Star break. Thursday, 1:49 pm
  • Indians place Josh Tomlin on emergency leave
    Indians placed RHP Josh Tomlin on the family medical emergency list.

    Advice: Tomlin is returning to his home in Tyler, Texas, to deal with a personal matter. He will be allowed to spend up to five days away from the team. With Danny Salazar not set for activation from the disabled list until Thursday, the Tribe will be working with a 24-man roster for a day. Wednesday, 3:03 pm
  • Samardzija keeps Pirates in check over 6 IP
    Jeff Samardzija proved serviceable in Tuesday's no-decision against the Pirates, surrendering three runs on six hits over six innings.

    Advice: In a stirring moment of synchronicity, Samardzija and opposing starter Jameson Taillon finished with identical pitching lines. Both gentlemen surrendered three runs on five hits over six innings while striking out five and walking one. The damage on Samardzija's line came in the form of solitary runs allowed in the first, second and sixth innings. The veteran right-hander will carry a 4.24 ERA and 1.22 WHIP into a home start against the Mets next time he toes the rubber. Tuesday, 10:54 pm
  • Shipley roughed up for seven runs in five IP
    Braden Shipley struggled in Tuesday's loss to the Mets, surrendering seven runs (six earned) on 10 hits over five-plus innings.

    Advice: Shipley blanked the Mets over seven frames last time out, but the story was a far different one on Tuesday. He failed to strike out a batter on the evening, with the Metropolitans striking for four runs in the fifth inning and three runs in the sixth. Through five starts, the 24-year-old right-hander holds a 4.30 ERA and 1.47 WHIP. The overall numbers might not look great, but 13 of the 15 runs he has allowed have scored in just two starts. He has pitched well outside of those outings. He will try to rebound from Tuesday's mess in a scheduled road date with the Padres this weekend. Tuesday, 10:09 pm
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