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  • Clay Buchholz struggles in loss to Braves
    Clay Buchholz had a hard time Thursday, allowing five runs on eight hits over 6 1/3 innings in a loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Buchholz has been remarkably consistent in a bad way this season, allowing exactly five runs in four of his five starts. On Thursday, he walked four to go with his eight hits allowed while striking out just two. Not surprisingly, he's still winless heading into May, as the loss dropped him to 0-3 with a 6.51 ERA and 1.59 WHIP. A date with the White Sox looms on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:02 pm
  • Danks does his Danks thing, allows six runs
    John Danks continued to struggle in a loss to the Orioles on Thursday, allowing nine hits and six runs over five innings.

    Advice: Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo went deep off the lefty, who also walked two while striking out four. Danks is now responsible for four of the White Sox' seven losses this season. After Thursday, Danks owns a 7.25 ERA and 1.75 WHIP, and he's struck out 16 while walking 11 in 22 1/3 innings to date. He'll look to get in the win column Wednesday against the Red Sox. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:40 pm
  • Wilson can't hang on long enough to earn win
    Tyler Wilson pitched well but failed to make it through five innings Thursday, allowing two runs over 4 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the White Sox.

    Advice: Trying to protect a three-run lead, Wilson got two quick outs in the top of the fifth before a hit batsmen and a single brought up Jose Abreu as the tying run. He finished with four hits and a walk allowed, striking out three before exiting. The start was his second since joining the rotation, and the 26-year-old owns a 3.06 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in 17 2/3 innings. The Yankees are up next for Wilson, as the two will face off on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:39 pm
  • Nola goes seven scoreless as Phils sweep Nats
    Aaron Nola allowed just two singles over seven scoreless innings Thursday in a no-decision against the Nationals.

    Advice: Nola had great movement on his pitches and was incredibly efficient, walking one batter and striking out seven while throwing 54 out of 77 pitches for strikes. He didn’t get the win, but the Phillies eventually got the upper hand in the ninth inning to finish off the three-game sweep. The Phillies held the Nationals scoreless over the final 22 innings of the series. With a 3.55 ERA and 37/6 K/BB ratio over 33 innings, Nola continues to impress. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:26 pm
  • Roark goes seven scoreless vs. Phillies
    Tanner Roark didn’t factor into the decision, but fired seven scoreless frames against the Phillies on Thursday.

    Advice: Roark held the Phillies to just two hits (both singles) and a pair of walks while striking out six. He now has 14 consecutive scoreless innings under his belt and owns a 2.03 ERA and 30/13 K/BB ratio in 31 innings over five starts. We wouldn’t count on more 15-strikeout games in his future, but he’s proving to be an asset in mixed leagues again in his return to the rotation. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:25 pm
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  • Rodriguez (knee) makes first rehab start
    Eduardo Rodriguez (knee) allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits and three walks over 3 2/3 innings Thursday in his first minor league rehab start with Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: Rodriguez, who is working his way back from a right patella subluxation, struck out two batters and threw 45 out of 75 pitches for strikes. Coming off the shaky outing, the southpaw still figures to make one or two more starts in the minors before joining the Red Sox. Henry Owens will continue to hold down a rotation spot for now. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:24 pm
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    L, 5-3 vs Atl
     
  • Sanchez wild in win over Athletics
    Anibal Sanchez was wild in a win over the Athletics on Thursday, allowing two runs over 5 2/3 innings despite walking seven batters.

    Advice: The seven walks were the most allowed by Sanchez since September 28, 2009. He also gave up three hits, so he was on the edge of disaster at times, but he minimized the damage by striking out nine batters. The 32-year-old has been really shaky in the early going, posting a 6.08 ERA through five starts. While the strikeouts were nice to see, an outing like this one doesn’t really inspire confidence for fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:19 pm
  • Angels place Huston Street (oblique) on DL
    Angels placed RHP Huston Street on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 24, with a left oblique strain.

    Advice: Street felt some discomfort while making warmup throws on Wednesday and will require an extended absence. The Angels will make a corresponding roster move on Friday. Joe Smith is expected to fill in at closer and should be picked up in all fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:44 pm
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  • Robertson expected to rejoin ChiSox on Sunday
    White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Thursday that David Robertson is expected to rejoin the team on Sunday.

    Advice: Robertson was placed on the bereavement list. Ventura named Nate Jones, Matt Albers, and Zach Duke as closer options depending on the situation. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:38 pm
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    L, 10-2 @Bal
     
  • A's concerned with Bassitt's velocity drop
    Athletics manager Bob Melvin said the club might want to get Chris Bassitt "checked out" due to a drop in velocity.

    Advice: According to Brooks Baseball, Bassitt was sitting around 92 mph with his fastball on Thursday against the Tigers while giving up seven runs on 10 walks over 3 2/3 innings. That's a couple ticks down from where he was when the season began. For what it's worth, Bassitt claims that he's fine physically. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:06 pm
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  • Harvey (groin) throws in ext. spring training
    Hunter Harvey (groin) tossed two innings Thursday in extended spring training.

    Advice: Harvey recently had a setback with a groin injury, but the Orioles are now hoping that he'll be able to join a minor league affiliate soon. The 21-year-old is one of the team's top prospects, but he missed all of last season with forearm and elbow issues. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:44 pm
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    W, 10-2 vs CWS
     
  • ChiSox place David Robertson on bereavment
    White Sox placed RHP David Robertson on the bereavement list.

    Advice: Robertson will be away from the club for 3-7 days following a death in the family. Nate Jones has been excellent in a setup role this season for the White Sox and should slide seamlessly into a fill-in closer role. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:13 am
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    L, 10-2 @Bal
     
  • Pirates vs. Rockies postponed at Coors Field
    Thursday's game between the Pirates and Rockies has been postponed due to wet weather in Denver.

    Advice: It was actually snowing at one point this morning at Coors Field. Tyler Chatwood was set to go for the Rockies and Juan Nicasio was scheduled for the Bucs. Those starters will presumably be pushed back to Friday. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:37 am
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  • Alvarez (shoulder) to throw four rehab frames
    Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) is scheduled to throw four innings at High-A Stockton on Saturday.

    Advice: Alvarez has posted a 1.80 ERA through two rehab starts, yielding four hits and no walks in five innings. The right-hander could become an option for the A's rotation in early-to-mid May if everything continues to go smoothly. He made just four appearances last season for the Marlins before coming down with shoulder problems that eventually required major surgery. Oakland took a smart one-year, $4.25 million gamble on the 26-year-old Alvarez this winter. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:33 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 7-3 @Det
     
  • Diamondbacks send Dominic Leone to AAA
    Diamondbacks optioned RHP Dominic Leone to Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: Leone allowed three runs in 1 2/3 innings of relief during his short stay at the major league level. Arizona will make a corresponding roster move Thursday ahead of its series finale against the visiting Cardinals. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:23 am
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    W, 3-0 vs StL
     
  • Jared Hughes (lat) roughed up in AAA game
    Jared Hughes (lat) allowed three runs on five hits over two innings Wednesday in a rough minor league rehab appearance with Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: Hughes also got hammered on Sunday with Triple-A Indy and will probably be asked to make at least one more appearance on the farm before activation. The right-hander has been out since the end of spring training because of a left lat strain. He owns a sharp 2.12 ERA in 131 1/3 innings since the beginning of the 2014 campaign. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:02 am
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    PPD @Col
     
  • Justin Nicolino allows just two hits in debut
    Justin Nicolino won his 2016 debut by shutting out the Dodgers for 7 1/3 innings on Wednesday.

    Advice: Outings like this won't be routine from Nicolino; he can get some grounders, but he'll strike out too few batters to hold teams completely in check with much frequency. He definitely deserves the long look in the Marlins rotation and he might offer a little NL-only value, but mixed leaguers should avoid. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:28 am
  • Jose Urena gets five-out save
    With A.J. Ramos resting, Jose Urena got a five-out save Wednesday against the Dodgers, striking out every batter he faced.

    Advice: Urena opened spring training in the mix for a rotation spot, got auditioned as a setup man at the end of camp, was optioned to Triple-A to work as a starter and was called up to the majors a week ago to pitch in relief. All the role switching probably isn't healthy, but he certainly has some potential in short relief if that's how the Marlins continue to employ him. That doesn't mean he should overtake Ramos, but he could quickly emerge as the fallback. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:26 am
  • Scott Kazmir solid against Marlins
    Scott Kazmir pitched six innings of two-run ball in a loss to the Marlins on Wednesday.

    Advice: Kazmir's hand issues didn't seem to limit him tonight, as he struck out six and walked one in the 113-pitch outing. All seven hits he allowed were singles, many of them grounders sneaking through the infield. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:24 am
  • Chris Young gives up three runs in loss
    Chris Young gave up three runs in 5 1/3 innings Wednesday against the Royals to fall to 1-4 on the season.

    Advice: Young gave up two homers, accounting for the three runs. He was strong his previous time out against the Orioles, but that's still his only quality start in five tries this year. His rotation spot might be tenuous. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:16 am
  • Jon Niese gives up five runs to Rockies
    Jon Niese yielded five runs and 10 hits in five-plus innings Wednesday in a no-decision versus the Rockies.

    Advice: Niese left with a 7-4 lead in the sixth, but the bullpen couldn't hold it. It's not like Niese can complain, though; he's currently sitting at 3-0 despite a 5.08 ERA. There's little here to suggest he'll be useful in mixed leagues going forward. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:06 pm
  • Jon Gray gives up six runs in loss
    Jon Gray was tagged for six runs in 3 2/3 innings by the Pirates on Wednesday.

    Advice: Gray allowed hits to nine of the 21 batters he faced, and he's sporting an 11.42 ERA in two starts since coming off the disabled list. He's still one of the best bets among Rockies starters, but if he's not better next time out, there's the chance he could be replaced in the rotation. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:03 pm
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  • Joe Smith to fill in at closer for the Angels
    Joe Smith is expected to fill in at closer for the Angels while Huston Street recovers from an oblique strain.

    Advice: Street suffered the strain during his warmup throws Wednesday and could be sidelined for over a month. Smith was used in the ninth inning Wednesday night against the Royals and converted his first save of the 2016 season with a scoreless frame. The right-hander is an obvious must-add in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:35 pm
  • Huston Street going on DL with oblique strain
    Huston Street has been diagnosed with an oblique strain and is headed for the disabled list.

    Advice: Street felt the strain during his warmup throws on Wednesday night against the Royals. Joe Smith handled the ninth inning instead and earned his first save of the 2016 season. Smith is a must-own in all standard formats given that oblique strains will often sideline pitchers for over a month. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:32 pm
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  • Corbin allows seven runs in loss to Cardinals
    Patrick Corbin gave up seven runs in 5 2/3 innings Wednesday as the Diamondbacks fell to the Cardinals.

    Advice: And all of those runs were earned. Corbin got into trouble right out of the gate, yielding a run on a hit and a walk in the top of the first inning. He settled in for a little while after that, but the Cardinals pounced for another run in the fifth before going off for five runs in the sixth. Corbin, sitting on a 4.88 season ERA, will try to get back on the right track in his next start at Marlins Park. That place is a little more friendly than Chase Field. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:16 pm
  • Steven Wright strikes out eight in win
    Steven Wright pitched seven solid innings, allowing two runs -- one earned -- and striking out eight, to defeat the Braves on Wednesday.

    Advice: Wright survived a whopping four passed balls from Ryan Hanigan, who is still trying to learn to handle the knuckleballer (it was supposed to be Blake Swihart's job). He has a 1.37 ERA after four starts, so it's really beginning to look like he's in the rotation to stay. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:04 pm
    L, 5-3 vs Atl
     
  • Verlander pitches quality start in win
    Justin Verlander tossed a quality start on Wednesday against the Athletics, surrendering three runs in 6 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Verlander wasn't overly sharp on Wednesday. He only threw 59 of his 102 pitches for strikes and narrowly avoided disaster in the third inning, striking out Chris Coghlan and popping up Josh Reddick to escape a one-out, bases-loaded situation. The right-hander also allowed his sixth homer of the year, which has become a legitimate problem. The strikeouts have returned, which is nice, but he's scuffled to a 5.46 ERA in 29 2/3 innings. He'll next take the mound against the Indians on the road. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Alvarez (shoulder) throws off flat ground
    Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) threw off flat ground on Wednesday.

    Advice: According to John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group, the next stretch of Alvarez's rehab will be determined within the next few days. He has been throwing issue-free bullpen sessions and simulated games. The 26-year-old right-hander made just four starts last year before shoulder woes eventually led to surgery in July. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:17 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 7-3 @Det
     
  • Marlins recall LHP Justin Nicolino for start
    Marlins recalled LHP Justin Nicolino from Triple-A New Orleans.

    Advice: Nicolino will start for Miami on Wednesday night against the Dodgers. He's posted decent numbers in the majors in the past, but the 24-year-old lefty doesn't miss many bats and he makes for a poor fantasy streaming versus Los Angeles. It's long clear how long the Marlins plan to keep him up. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:22 pm
  • Nicolino to start for Marlins on Wednesday
    Justin Nicolino will be called up to start Wednesday versus the Dodgers.

    Advice: He's taking the rotation spot left vacant by Jarred Cosart, who was demoted to Triple-A New Orleans on Tuesday after posting a 7.98 ERA in three starts. Nicolino had a good showing this spring and he's had some success at the major league level, but the Dodgers make him a poor fantasy streaming option. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:19 pm
  • Kazmir (hand, wrist) plans to start Wednesday
    Scott Kazmir confirmed Tuesday that he will make his scheduled start Wednesday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Kazmir has been experiencing discomfort around his left wrist and thumb since spring training, but he's going to try to keep pitching through it. The left-hander has posted a 6.63 ERA through four starts with Los Angeles. He signed a three-year, $48 million contract over the winter. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:25 pm
  • Eduardo Rodriguez (knee) to start at AAA
    Eduardo Rodriguez (knee) will make his first rehab start at Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday.

    Advice: It was supposed to be with High-A Salem, but the Red Sox will have him face some better competition in his rehab debut. Rodriguez landed on the disabled list just before Opening Day after suffering a right patella subluxation at spring training. He should be ready to join the Red Sox rotation in early May and remains a breakout candidate. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:16 pm
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    L, 5-3 vs Atl
     
  • Hunter Harvey (groin) set for EST game
    Hunter Harvey (groin) is scheduled to throw two innings Thursday at extended spring training.

    Advice: It'll be his first live action since he suffered a setback with his groin in early April. Harvey, 21, will likely report to High-A ball once he's deemed healthy. The former first-round pick owns a shiny 2.87 ERA and 139/39 K/BB ratio in 113 professional innings. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:56 pm
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    W, 10-2 vs CWS
     
  • Robertson notches eighth save of season
    David Robertson wiggled out of trouble Monday against the Blue Jays for his eighth save of the season.

    Advice: Perhaps the save should go to Troy Tulowitzki. Robertson allowed a double to Jose Bautista with one out before issuing a two-out walk to Tulowitzki. Michael Saunders then followed with a chopper to the right side of the infield which Tulowitzki attempted to shield. Unfortunately for the Blue Jays, it ended up hitting him to end the ballgame. Robertson is now 8-for-9 in save opportunities to go along with 0.96 ERA and 11/3 K/BB ratio over 9 1/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:28 pm
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    L, 10-2 @Bal
     
  • D-Backs call up RHP Leone
    Diamondbacks recalled RHP Dominic Leone from Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: He'll take Tyler Wagner's place in Arizona's bullpen. Leone had a 3.86 ERA and 9/2 K/BB ratio over seven innings in Triple-A. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:35 pm
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    W, 3-0 vs StL
     
  • Kazmir (wrist, thumb) plans to start Wed.
    Scott Kazmir is still planning to make his scheduled start Wednesday versus the Marlins.

    Advice: Kazmir has been experiencing discomfort since spring training in the area between his left wrist and thumb, and he threw on flat ground instead of doing his usual between-starts bullpen session on Sunday. This is a situation worth monitoring. The left-hander owns a rough 6.63 ERA through four appearances with Los Angels. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:01 am
  • Hughes (lat) set for rehab appearance
    Jared Hughes (lat) is scheduled to pitch two innings Monday for Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: Hughes had to be scratched from a scheduled rehab outing last week due to flu-like symptoms, but he's feeling better now. If all goes smoothly from here, the right-hander could be cleared to join the Pirates' bullpen early next week. He has been out since the end of spring training because of a left lat strain. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:48 am
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    PPD @Col
     
  • Eduardo Rodriguez begins rehab Thursday
    Eduardo Rodriguez (knee) will make his next minor league rehab start with High-A Salem on Thursday.

    Advice: He'll then join Triple-A Pawtucket for one final start before he's cleared to rejoin the REd Sox. If all goes well, Rodriguez could be cleared for big league action on May 3. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:14 pm
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    L, 5-3 vs Atl
     
  • Tyler Wilson to remain in Orioles' rotation
    Tyler Wilson will get another start on Thursday versus the White Sox.

    Advice: Wilson yielded three runs over five innings on Saturday against the Royals in his first start of the season. He's taking the rotation spot of Vance Worley, who has been moved to long relief. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:27 am
  • Chatwood gives up three in loss to Dodgers
    Tyler Chatwood only went four innings against the Dodgers on Saturday night and gave up three earned runs on six hits and two walks, striking out four.

    Advice: Chatwood barely kept the dangerous Dodgers at bay all night. He teed up a two-run homer to A.J. Ellis in the second inning, but it could’ve gotten much worse in the third had Joc Pederson not lined out to second base with the bases loaded. The right-hander thrives when he pounds the strike zone and induces a myriad of ground balls. On Friday, he needed 95 pitches to span four innings, and only 52 of those pitches went for strikes. That won’t often end well, especially at Coors Field. Nonetheless, Chatwood has been pretty good this year, posting a 3.47 ERA and a pair of wins in 23 1/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:39 pm
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  • Wilson holds KC to three runs for first win
    Tyler Wilson allowed three runs over five innings in a win against the Royals on Saturday.

    Advice: Wilson allowed six hits, including a Salvador Perez two-run homer, while striking out two on the evening. It was good enough to earn him his first win after he'd pitched in relief in his first three appearances. Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed after the game that Wilson will remain in the rotation, meaning he'll take the mound Thursday against the White Sox. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:30 pm
  • Buchholz unravels in fifth for second loss
    Clay Buchholz ran into trouble Saturday in a loss to Houston, allowing six hits and five runs over 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Buchholz may have had his best stuff all season but Colby Rasmus made him pay for a bad pitch in the fifth inning, sending his 2-2 offering into the right field seats for a grand slam. Buchholz has allowed exactly five runs in three of his four starts this season. The Red Sox were probably expecting a little more from their No. 2 starter. Buchholz's next chance to right the ship will come Thursday against Atlanta. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:10 pm
  • Kazmir dealing with wrist/thumb discomfort
    Scott Kazmir said he's felt discomfort in the area between his left wrist and thumb since spring training.

    Advice: Kazmir said the injury occurred while batting last month. The left-hander isn't expected to miss any starts, but the injury could explain why he's struggled this year. Kazmir has pitched to a 1-1 record with a disappointing 6.63 ERA over four outings. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:02 pm
  • Tanner Roark fans career-high 15 in victory
    Tanner Roak delivered the most dominant start of his major league career on Saturday, racking up 15 strikeouts over seven shutout innings to beat the Twins.

    Advice: If it weren't for an elevated pitch count (121), Roark could have gone on baffling Twins hitters for another two innings to complete the masterpiece. He surrendered just two hits and three walks on the day. The right-hander now sits at 2-2 on the season with a 2.63 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 24/11 K/BB ratio over 24 innings. He'll look to replicate this outstanding effort when he takes on the Cardinals in St. Louis on Friday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 1:26 pm
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  • Anibal Sanchez annihilated in loss to Indians
    Anibal Sanchez was annihilated in Saturday's loss to the Indians, getting torched for six runs on nine hits in just 2 1/3 innings of work.

    Advice: The Indians jumped on him for three runs in the first then chased him with another four in the third, highlight by a three-run homer off the bat of Yan Gomes. Now 2-2 on the season, Sanchez will look to improve upon his troublesome 7.00 ERA and 1.89 WHIP when he takes the hill against the Athletics at home on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 1:08 pm
  • Chris Bassitt crushed in loss to Blue Jays
    Chris Bassitt was crushed by the Blue Jays on Saturday, surrendering six runs on nine hits over his five frames in a losing effort.

    Advice: Bassitt walked a pair and punched out five on the afternoon. He was a victim of the long ball, as Josh Donaldson clubbed a three-run homer against him and Troy Tulowitzki tacked on a solo shot. With this rough outing, Bassitt now owns a 4.44 ERA and 1.48 WHIP on the year and could be a candidate to lose his rotation spot once Henderson Alvarez is ready to return. He'll look for better results against the Tigers in Detroit on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:54 pm
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  • Kazmir struggles again, gives up four runs
    Scott Kazmir struggled once again, giving up four earned runs in just five innings against the Rockies on Friday, but he ultimately didn't factor in the decision.

    Advice: It's been a tough year for the left-hander, and Coors Field was a brutal venue in which to turn things around. The two homers did much of the damage, to be fair, while he struck out three and only issued a single walk. He left the game with a bruised left thumb. It's unclear if he'll make his next start as scheduled. Fantasy owners are probably best leaving him on the bench, though, as he has a 6.63 ERA in 19 innings and there haven't been too many bright spots. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:59 pm
  • Gray whiffs 10 in first start of season.
    Jon Gray finished Friday's start with a mixed performance, as he struck out 10 but he also surrendered a couple of homers and five earned runs against the Dodgers.

    Advice: This was Gray's first start of the 2016 season. He'd missed much of the spring with an abdomen injury, but he managed to strike out 10 batters in just five innings of work on Friday. While that's encouraging, the right-hander still calls Coors Field home, which resulted in a pair of homers and seven hits. That's just the cost of doing business in the high altitude. We'll wait to see how he does away from home before we draw too many conclusions. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:54 pm
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  • Steven Wright earns win despite walking five
    Steven Wright earned his first victory of the 2016 campaign on Friday, limiting the Astros to only one unearned run on four hits over 6 2/3 innings of work.

    Advice: Wright punched out six on the night while issuing five free passes. The 31-year-old knuckleballer has pitched well through his first three starts, compiling a 1.40 ERA and 8.10 K/9. He'll look to keep things rolling when he squares off against the Braves on Wednesday. It's the type of matchup that could make him an appealing streaming option in AL-only or deeper mixed leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:34 pm
    L, 5-3 vs Atl
     
  • Young whiffs 10 to pick up first win
    Chris Young struck out 10 and picked up his first win of the season in six strong innings against the Orioles on Friday.

    Advice: Young was dominant on Friday. He only allowed five baserunners, collecting 10 of his 18 outs via the strikeout. Early in the season, a start like this can erase many past transgressions, so suddenly he's striking out over a batter per inning (9.15 K/9) and appears to just be suffering from some bad BABIP luck. That's obviously not true, but it does illustrate what one excellent start can do to early-season pitching numbers. He's now 1-3 with a 6.41 ERA and 4.87 FIP in 19 2/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:10 pm
  • Nola spins gem versus Brewers to pick up win
    Aaron Nola was brilliant in Friday's win over the Brewers, striking out seven and only giving up a single run in seven innings.

    Advice: After a testy first inning, Nola put it in cruise control and dominated the Brewers' lineup. For perspective, he only allowed two baserunners from the second through the seventh inning. His strikeout rate has taken a step forward, as it's now 10.38 K/9 after his fourth start. If you're willing to look past his early 4.50 ERA, you'll find a sparkling 2.81 FIP and the potential to be a perennial mid-rotation fantasy starter. Maybe more, if you dream on him. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:40 pm
  • Verlander punches out 10 in loss to Indians
    Justin Verlander punched out 10 Indians on Friday, but wound up on the losing end of the decision after allowing two runs on four hits and a pair of walks over his seven frames.

    Advice: Verlander surrendered a solo homer to Carlos Santana leading off the ballgame and another to Marlon Byrd in the seventh that proved to be the difference in the contest. Aside from the two long balls though, Verlander looked to be in vintage form in this one, which is an encouraging sign moving forward. He'll carry a 5.79 ERA and 1.37 WHIP into Wednesday's start against the Athletics. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:04 pm
  • Eduardo Rodriguez will need two rehab starts
    Red Sox manager John Farrell said Friday that Eduardo Rodriguez (knee) will require at least two minor league rehab starts before he's cleared to rejoin the club's rotation.

    Advice: Barring any setbacks, that would put his return to the big league club on May 3 at the earliest. The 23-year-old southpaw compiled a 3.85 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 98/37 K/BB ratio over 121 2/3 innings with the Red Sox in 2015 and has the potential to be an impact addition upon his return. Rotoworld.com Friday, 4:11 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 5-3 vs Atl
     
  • Jon Gray (abdomen) activated from DL
    Rockies activated RHP Jon Gray from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Gray will make his season debut on Friday versus the Dodgers after recovering from an abdominal strain. While an exciting young arm, Gray posted a 5.53 ERA and 1.62 WHIP over his first 40 2/3 major league innings in 2015 and isn't a recommended option in mixed leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:29 pm
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  • Alvarez (shoulder) moves rehab to Nashville
    Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) will move his rehab to Triple-A Nashville on Monday.

    Advice: Alvarez is nearing a return from shoulder surgery. The right-hander scattered three hits and one run over three innings in his first rehab appearance Wednesday for High-A Stockton. He's expected to throw around 45 pitches on Monday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:44 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 7-3 @Det
     
  • Marlins recall Jose Urena from AAA level
    Marlins recalled RHP Jose Urena from Triple-A New Orleans.

    Advice: Urena had allowed seven runs on nine hits and six walks in 10 innings this season at the Triple-A level, so the promotion is an odd one. He'll presumably work in a mop-up role for a few days and then head back down. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:53 am
  • Robertson picks up four-out save vs Angels
    David Robertson tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings to secure his sixth save of the season in Wednesday's 2-1 win over the Angels.

    Advice: Robertson was asked to come in with two outs in the eighth inning. The Angels had two runners aboard. He surrendered an RBI single to Rafael Ortega to shave the White Sox lead to 2-1, but prevented further damage. That run would be placed on the pitching line of reliever Nate Jones, rather than Robertson. The ninth inning was less eventful, with only a one-out infield single from Mike Trout causing any sort of stir. Robertson has yet to allow a run of his own this season and is now 6-for-6 in save chances. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:41 pm
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    L, 10-2 @Bal
     
  • Jon Gray (abdomen) to start Friday vs. LAD
    Jon Gray (abdomen) will make his regular-season debut on Friday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Rockies manager Walt Weiss confirmed the assignment on Wednesday morning. Gray could make for a decent fantasy streaming option this season in the right matchups, but it's probably best to ignore him Friday night at Coors Field with a good Los Angeles lineup coming to town. The young right-hander posted a 5.53 ERA, 1.62 WHIP, and 40/14 K/BB ratio over his first 40 2/3 major league innings in 2015. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:38 am
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  • Jared Hughes (lat) scratched from rehab
    Jared Hughes (lat) won't begin a rehab assignment on Wednesday due to illness.

    Advice: He should be recovered from the bug by the end of the week. Hughes landed on the 15-day disabled list just before Opening Day with a left lat strain. He's likely to be ready for activation late next week. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:20 pm
    15-Day DL
    PPD @Col
     
  • Eduardo Rodriguez (knee) nears rehab gms
    Eduardo Rodriguez (knee) is scheduled to throw 75 pitches in an extended spring training game Saturday.

    Advice: If that goes well, Rodriguez should be cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment by the middle of next week. The young left-hander is headed toward an early-May season debut for the Red Sox. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:44 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 5-3 vs Atl
     
  • Henderson Alvarez set for rehab assignment
    Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) is expected to begin a rehab assignment with High-A Stockton on Wednesday.

    Advice: Alvarez has made it through multiple bullpen sessions and simulated games without issue. He could become an option for the A's rotation in mid-to-late May and is an intriguing name for deep mixed fantasy leaguers. The right-hander was limited to four starts last season because of a shoulder problem that eventually required surgery, but he registered a 2.65 ERA across 187 innings for the Marlins in 2014. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:29 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 7-3 @Det
     
  • Hughes (lat) to begin rehab stint Wed.
    Jared Hughes (lat) will begin his minor league rehab assignment on Wednesday.

    Advice: Hughes was originally expected to make his first appearance on Tuesday, but it was pushed back a day due to a bout with the flu. The plan calls for him to pitch on back-to-back days, so he's not far off from joining the Pirates. The 30-year-old was forced to begin the season on the disabled list due to a left (non-throwing) lat strain. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:21 am
    15-Day DL
    PPD @Col
     
  • Tanner Roark struggles against Marlins
    Tanner Roark was touched up for five runs -- four earned -- across six innings in Monday's loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: Roark permitted seven hits, walked a couple and recorded just two strikeouts. The right-hander has now sandwiched two poor starts around a good one, and his 1.65 WHIP and 9/8 K/BB ratio over 17 innings are less than inspiring. Roark will look for better results his next time out against the Twins. Rotoworld.com Apr 18, 7:20 pm
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  • Buchholz goes 6 2/3 scoreless in no-decision
    Clay Buchholz pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings but the Red Sox fell to the Blue Jays on Monday.

    Advice: Buchholz scattered six hits and two walks across those 6 2/3 shutout frames, though he whiffed only two in the no-decision. Toronto got him out of the game with a Russell Martin single in the top of the seventh and then plated four runs against the Boston bullpen in the top of the eighth. It was the first decent start of the season for Buchholz, who will carry a 5.74 ERA into his next outing on the road against the Astros. Rotoworld.com Apr 18, 11:20 am
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