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  • Alcantara can't solve Andrus in Saturday's loss
    Raul Alcantara scattered seven hits and four runs over six innings Saturday in a loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: He finished with six strikeouts and one walk. Elvis Andrus was his Kryptonite, taking him deep twice with two-run shots in the second and sixth innings. Alcantara was extremely efficient, throwing 58 of his 79 pitches for strikes. The right-hander now holds a 5.75 ERA in four starts since his call-up three weeks ago. He'll make his last start of the year Friday against Seattle. Today, 5:22 pm
  • Darvish dominates Athletics for sixth win
    Yu Darvish twirled seven shutout innings Saturday in a win over the Athletics.

    Advice: He finished with nine strikeouts while limiting the A's to two hits and one walk. Darvish was lights out from the opening pitch. At one point he retired 11 batters in a row with four strikeouts during that stretch. The only hits he allowed were singles. It was a nice bounce-back effort for Darvish after getting pounded for seven runs in his last start, which also came against Oakland. Darvish will toe the rubber one more time before the playoffs Friday against Tampa Bay. Today, 5:17 pm
  • Update: Ken Giles' X-rays come back negative
    X-rays Ken Giles' injured right wrist came back negative.

    Advice: Well that's a relief. Giles went down with a scary wrist injury after getting smoked by a line drive in batting practice but it looks like he's going to be okay. The Astros are calling his injury a "right wrist contusion." It's safe to assume Giles won't be available against Oakland on Saturday (he probably wouldn't have been anyway after blowing a two-run lead the night before) but he shouldn't miss much time. Consider him day-to-day. Today, 4:07 pm
    Bot 8, 4-5 vs LAA
  • Dodgers will skip Rich Hill (blister) on Sunday
    Rich Hill (blister) will have his start skipped Sunday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Here we go again. The Dodgers are still concerned about Hill's lingering blister issues, though he's expected to start against the Giants next weekend. The Dodgers' priority is to have Hill healthy for the postseason. Brandon McCarthy will start Sunday's series finale at Chavez Ravine. Today, 3:50 pm
  • Vizcaino to pitch in the instructional league
    Arodys Vizcaino (shoulder) will pitch in an instructional league game next week.

    Advice: He'll be joined by Williams Perez, who is rehabbing an elbow impingement. Both players are hoping to make it back by the end of the season but with eight games left on the schedule, that might be a reach. Jim Johnson has filled in seamlessly at closer, though Vizcaino should get his ninth-inning gig back when Johnson inevitably leaves in free agency. Today, 3:46 pm
  • Rubby De La Rosa unlikely to return in 2016
    Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale conceded that Rubby De La Rosa (elbow) is unlikely to return this season.

    Advice: Momentum was building for a comeback in late September but De La Rosa simply ran out of time. Originally slated for Tommy John surgery after tearing his UCL, De La Rosa chose the rehab route instead. It looks like he'll be fine for spring training next season. Today, 3:41 pm
    L, 6-1 @Bal
  • Kevin Gausman (intercostal) to start Tuesday
    Kevin Gausman (intercostal) felt good during Saturday's bullpen session and will start Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Gausman felt some oblique soreness after his last start but said it was just a cramp. He had been scheduled to start Sunday against the Diamondbacks but Dylan Bundy will get the nod instead with Gausman slotting in after the team's off day on Monday. Despite an 8-11 record, Gausman leads the Orioles in ERA (3.57) and strikeouts (166) this season. Today, 2:42 pm
    W, 6-1 vs Ari
  • Jayson Aquino available out of bullpen
    Jayson Aquino has been cleared to pitch.

    Advice: He'll be available out of the bullpen Sunday against the Diamondbacks. Aquino has spent the last few weeks at the team's spring training facility in Florida in an effort to limit his innings. The left-hander hasn't allowed a run in three relief appearances for the O's this year. Today, 2:35 pm
  • Giles (wrist) carted off during batting practice
    Ken Giles was carted off after taking a line drive off his right wrist during Saturday's batting practice.

    Advice: Giles was warming up in the outfield when a ball struck his wrist. He went down immediately and seemed to be in a great deal of pain. Beat writers described it as a "scary scene." Giles is obviously headed for X-rays and manager A.J. Hinch did not seem optimistic about his status. This comes less than 24 hours after Giles blew a two-run lead in an ugly loss to Oakland. Luke Gregerson will likely handle closer duties during his absence. Today, 2:29 pm
    Bot 8, 4-5 vs LAA
  • Conley (finger) to return Sunday vs. Braves
    Adam Conley (finger) will be activated for Sunday's game against the Braves.

    Advice: Conley missed over a month with finger tendinitis but will slot back into the rotation Sunday against Atlanta. With Conley returning, Jose Fernandez will have his start pushed back to Monday. It's been a roller coaster year for Conley, who holds a 3.94 ERA over 24 outings. He's 2-0 with a 0.98 ERA in three starts against Atlanta this season and makes for a nice streaming option on Sunday. Today, 2:07 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 7, 6-4 vs Atl
  • Alex Reyes defeats Cubs to earn fourth win
    Alex Reyes earned his fourth victory of the season on Saturday, limiting the Cubs to three runs on six hits over his five frames.

    Advice: The right-hander punched out six on the afternoon but also issued three walks and struggled with his command for most of the contest. He has been outstanding in his time with the Cardinals, compiling a 1.58 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 46/21 K/BB ratio across 35 innings. He'll look to extend that dominance when he does battle against the Reds on Thursday. Today, 1:46 pm
    W, 10-4 @ChC
  • Jason Hammel clobbered in loss to Cardinals
    Jason Hammel was clobbered in Saturday's loss to the Cardinals, surrendering six runs on six hits over his 2 1/3 innings.

    Advice: The right-hander walked one and struck out two on the miserable afternoon. The Cardinals got to him early and often in this one, striking for four runs in the first frame and then adding on a run in each of the next two innings. Hammel is unlikely to be used in the postseason rotation and could be pitching his way off of the roster altogether for the NLDS. He'll try to get back on track on Friday when he takes on the Reds in Cincinnati. Today, 1:40 pm
  • Jose Fernandez pushed back to Monday
    Jose Fernandez will have his start pushed back to Monday.

    Advice: He was slated to get the ball Sunday versus Atlanta but now he'll start against the Mets on Monday. Fernandez has already logged 182 1/3 innings this year and there's a good chance the Marlins will shut him down after his next start. Adam Conley will toe the rubber in Sunday's series finale. Today, 1:24 pm
  • Rangers will shift Derek Holland to bullpen
    Rangers manager Jeff Bannister announced Saturday that Derek Holland has been moved to the bullpen.

    Advice: He'll work out of the pen over the final week-plus of the season to see if he can be an option there for the club in the playoffs. The 29-year-old southpaw owns a 5.04 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 67/35 K/BB ratio over 105 1/3 innings with the Rangers this season. Today, 11:38 am
  • Dodgers activate Brandon McCarthy from DL
    Dodgers activated RHP Brandon McCarthy from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: McCarthy made it through a five-inning simulated game on Tuesday without any issues. It's unclear if he'll work out of the bullpen upon his return or if he'll have a shot to return to the starting rotation. Today, 8:14 am
    15-Day DL
    Bot 3, 4-0 vs Col
  • Zimmermann to throw sim game on Monday
    Jordan Zimmermann is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Monday.

    Advice: He's still trying to correct his ills on the side without effecting the Tigers in live game action. Until he gets his mechanics back in order, it would be surprising to see him make another start for the Tigers as they push for a wild card berth. Today, 7:52 am
  • Matt Reynolds gives up four runs
    Matt Reynolds gave up four runs without retiring a batter after entering Friday's game against the Padres.

    Advice: How could Bruce Bochy let this happen? He plugged in one of his weakest relievers down 3-2 in the fifth and allowed five straight batters to reach (one in the middle was intentionally walked) before finally making the move to the vastly superior George Kontos. It was another big mishap from a manager who has struggled mightily in running a bullpen lately. Yesterday, 11:59 pm
  • Cole Hamels goes seven scoreless for win
    Cole Hamels blanked the A's for seven innings and struck out seven in a win Friday.

    Advice: Hamels' Cy Young hopes died with three bad starts these last three weeks, but he's still 15-5 with a 3.30 ERA for the season. The win tonight was his first since Aug. 25. Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Kendall Graveman allows three runs in loss
    Kendall Graveman allowed three runs over seven innings Friday in a loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Graveman struggled in his previous two starts before bouncing back tonight. He shut out the Rangers for six innings before giving up three in the seventh, the last two coming on Adrian Beltre's homer. Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • James Paxton strikes out nine in win
    James Paxton pitched seven innings of one-run ball to beat the Twins on Friday.

    Advice: Paxton struck out nine and walked none. The left-hander hasn't been very consistent, but he's flashed top-of-the-rotation stuff this season, and he'll enter next year as a nice mid-round pick in mixed leagues, even if he doesn't seem like a great bet to make 30 starts. Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • Kyle Gibson takes loss to Mariners
    Kyle Gibson yielded two runs in five innings Friday in a loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: Gibson would love to end on a strong note after a very disappointing year. He's allowed three runs over eight innings in his last two outings, lowering his ERA from 5.34 to 5.04. He only has one start left now, though. Yesterday, 10:08 pm
  • Melancon blows save Friday vs. Pirates
    Facing his former team for the first time since the July's trade, Mark Melancon blew a save Friday against the Pirates.

    Advice: It was his first blown save with the Nationals and of course it came against his former team. Melancon gave up the tying run on a double from Sean Rodriguez with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. He bounced back with a scoreless 10th inning, but the Pirates eventually won the game in the 11th. Yesterday, 9:34 pm
  • Taillon allows three runs in no-decision
    Jameson Taillon yielded three runs over five innings in a no-decision against the Nationals on Friday.

    Advice: All three runs scored in the second inning, the big blow of which was a two-run homer off the bat of Danny Espinosa. Taillon settled down from there and kept the Pirates in the ballgame into the middle innings. The young right-hander fanned seven and walked none and now has an impressive 3.49 ERA and 81/14 K/BB ratio in 98 innings across 17 starts on the year. As of now, he lines up for a start against the Cubs next week to finish his rookie season. Yesterday, 9:32 pm
  • Gonzalez gives up three runs in no-decision
    Gio Gonzalez gave up three runs in five innings Friday in a no-decision versus the Pirates.

    Advice: Gonzalez didn’t have a single clean inning, though he especially labored through the first three innings. The southpaw gave up five hits in all while walking three and striking out five. It has been an up-and-down year for Gonzalez, who owns a 4.51 ERA through 31 starts. He’ll finish the regular season with a start against the Diamondbacks next week. Yesterday, 9:31 pm
  • Giles melts down in loss to Angels
    Ken Giles blew a save in epic fashion Friday against the Angels, giving up six runs on three hits and three walks.

    Advice: Now that’s a meltdown. Giles gave up a leadoff single to Cliff Pennington before serving up a game-tying homer to Yunel Escobar. Things only got worse from there, as Mike Trout drew a walk with one out and eventually stole second base. The Astros elected to intentionally walk Albert Pujols after that, but C.J. Cron responded with an RBI single. Giles then uncorked a wild pitch and walked Andrelton Simmons to load the bases before being pulled. All three runs eventually came around to score. Giles’ ERA jumped from 3.47 to 4.31 with the nightmare performance. Not the best timing for fantasy owners. Yesterday, 9:08 pm
    Bot 8, 4-5 vs LAA
  • Fister goes five innings in no-decision
    Doug Fister gave up two runs over five innings a no-decision against the Angels on Friday.

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

    Advice: Meyer gave up just one run over his first five innings of work, but things fell apart for him in the sixth inning. He gave up an infield single and a pair of walks to load the bases before being pulled. All three baserunners eventually came around to score. The tall right-hander has shown some flashes, but he can’t be trusted in mixed fantasy leagues right now. He’ll finish his season with a start against the Athletics next time out. Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • Gausman (intercostal) expected Tues. or Wed.
    Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Friday that Kevin Gausman (intercostal) is feeling better and is expected to be ready to start Tuesday or Wednesday.

    Advice: Gausman had to be pushed back from Sunday with a minor intercostal issue, but the O's expect him to be fine. If the right-hander is ready to take the ball on Tuesday, he would have time to get in two starts before the end of the regular season. Yesterday, 1:38 pm
    W, 6-1 vs Ari
  • Hill could be pushed back if Dodgers clinch
    The Dodgers could push Rich Hill back from Sunday's scheduled start versus the Rockies if they've already clinched the National League West by then.

    Advice: That would certainly make sense given Hill's nagging blister issues. The Dodgers' magic number is four, so they'd need to win the next two and have the Giants lose both of their games in order to clinch the division prior to Sunday. Yesterday, 7:36 am
  • Jordan Zimmermann says he feels 'good'
    Jordan Zimmermann said Thursday that he feels "good" but admitted he's "a little inconsistent" when throwing out of the windup.

    Advice: Zimmermann has thrown a couple simulated games as he tries to get his mechanics in order. "I feel good," he said. "My body and everything feels good. I feel really good out of the stretch. The wind-up is the only thing, and I still throw pretty well out of the wind-up. It’s just a little inconsistent, which I guess is expected when I got down three times and build back up three times." Zimmermann added that he feels like "I can go out there and compete and pitch," but the Tigers will have him throw another simulated game Monday. It's possible he could make a start in Atlanta during the final weekend of the season. Yesterday, 7:14 am
  • Gausman pushed back with intercostal strain
    Kevin Gausman will not start on Sunday against the Diamondbacks due to soreness in his intercostal area.

    Advice: Orioles manager Buck Showalter thinks the ailment could have been caused by Gausman being a bit dehydrated. He's hopeful that the injury is minor and that the right-hander will be ready to pitch on Tuesday or Wednesday in Toronto. "He’s got a little something bothering him that we think should manage hopefully by Tuesday or Wednesday," Showalter said. "We hope he’s our starting pitcher Tuesday or Wednesday, that’s what we’re hoping for. It won’t be Sunday. We have an off-day there to play with, see how things manage the next few days." Dylan Bundy will be moved up to start Sunday. Thursday, 3:05 pm
    W, 6-1 vs Ari
  • Jordan Zimmermann set for another sim game
    Jordan Zimmermann is scheduled to throw another simulated game on Monday.

    Advice: Zimmermann hasn't looked sharp in his last two sim games, and he might have to really impress in this one Monday to get an appearance in the final week. The right-hander missed all of July and most of August with a lat injury and he gave up six runs in one official inning September 10 against the Orioles. That was his last outing for Detroit. He's made just one other appearance (August 4) since June 30. Thursday, 9:14 am
  • Derek Holland takes loss to Angels
    Derek Holland gave up five runs -- four earned -- in five innings Wednesday in a loss to the Angels.

    Advice: The Rangers announced eight days ago that they were shifting Holland to the pen, but he's made two starts since. He's probably not going to be in the postseason rotation, and he needs to show something in relief if he's going to be carried in the bullpen. Wednesday, 9:26 pm
  • Rich Hill surrenders one run to Giants in L
    Rich Hill was on point in Tuesday's loss to the Giants, allowing one run on six hits over five innings.

    Advice: Hill struck out seven and walked one on the evening. Eduardo Nunez bopped a solo home run off him in the fifth inning, but that was it for the damage on his watch. In four of his five starts with the Dodgers this season, he has allowed one or fewer runs. The veteran southpaw will put his 1.53 ERA, 0.68 WHIP and 35/4 K/BB ratio (29 1/3 innings) to the test in a home date with the Rockies next time he takes to the mound. Tuesday, 11:06 pm
  • Kevin Gausman gives up five to Red Sox
    Kevin Gausman was charged with five runs over 6 1/3 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: Gausman wasn't nearly as sharp as he has been lately, as he gave up 10 hits -- including a pair of home runs -- while walking one. Orioles manager Buck Showalter probably left him in too long, as his 101st and final pitch of the night was a three-run homer served up to David Ortiz. Gausman entered the start having allowed just three runs over his last five outings. He'll face the Diamondbacks on Sunday. Tuesday, 8:10 pm
    W, 6-1 vs Ari
  • Jose Fernandez whiffs 12 in eight-inning gem
    Jose Fernandez was dominant Tuesday, striking out 12 while allowing only three hits across eight scoreless innings in a 1-0 win over the Nationals.

    Advice: Tanner Roark pitched well himself in this one, but Fernandez wasn't going to be denied. The big righty didn't walk anyone and allowed just one runner to reach second base through his first seven frames. He pitched out of a jam in his last inning with runners on the corners and one out, getting a strikeout and groundout. Fernandez now has nine 11-plus strikeout games this season and an absurd 253 strikeouts over 182 1/3 innings on the year. The Marlins could shut him down after Sunday's start against the Braves if they fall out of contention next week. Tuesday, 6:40 pm
  • Zimmermann did not look sharp in sim game
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus offered an underwhelming review of Jordan Zimmermann's simulated game Tuesday afternoon at Target Field.

    Advice: "About the same as the other day," said Ausmus. "He feels fine, he feels healthy, he just feels inconsistent with his mechanics. I think he’s a little frustrated that he can’t get his mechanics working more consistently." Zimmermann allowed six runs in one official inning of work September 10 against the Orioles after missing all of July and most of August with a lat injury. It doesn't sound like he'll be cleared to rejoin the Tigers' rotation anytime soon. Tuesday, 6:09 pm
  • McCarthy (hip) throws simulated game
    Brandon McCarthy (hip) threw a five-inning simulated game on Tuesday afternoon.

    Advice: It lasted about 75 pitches. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he'll wait until Wednesday to see how McCarthy feels before revealing the next course of action for the rehabbing right-hander. McCarthy struggled badly with his control in August before landing back on the disabled list with a hip injury. He's been limited to eight MLB starts in 2016, largely due to his recovery from Tommy John elbow surgery. Tuesday, 4:46 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 3, 4-0 vs Col
  • Jordan Zimmermann throws sim. game
    Jordan Zimmermann threw a successful 68-pitch simulated game on Tuesday afternoon.

    Advice: He retired the final six batters he faced, three via strikeout. Zimmermann was lit up for six runs in one official inning of work September 10 against the Orioles and hasn't appeared in a live game since. It's not clear what the plan is next, though there is some chatter about him making a start this weekend against the Royals. Tuesday, 1:17 pm
  • Fernandez preparing for two more starts
    Jose Fernandez said Monday that he's preparing for two more starts.

    Advice: The Marlins have wanted to keep Fernandez in the range of 180 innings in his first full season back from Tommy John surgery and he's currently sitting at 174 1/3 innings for the year. As of now, he's lined up to start Tuesday against the Nationals and Sunday against the Braves. The Marlins are back at .500 and sit four games back in the Wild Card race, so he could be ready to go for the final week of the season if they make a late push. He's likely to be shut down for the final week if they are officially eliminated. Tuesday, 6:07 am
  • Jason Hammel goes seven in victory
    Jason Hammel pitched seven innings of two-run ball in a win over the Reds on Monday.

    Advice: Hammel was down 2-0 when he threw his last pitch, but the Cubs came back with three runs in the bottom of the seventh, putting him in line for the win. It's Hammel's 15th victory. He had never won more than 10 games previously, though he had won exactly 10 four times. Monday, 7:57 pm
  • McCarthy to throw sim. game on Tuesday
    Brandon McCarthy (elbow) will throw 75 pitches in a simulated game on Tuesday.

    Advice: McCarthy struggled with his control in a three-start stretch with the Dodgers in August before landing on the DL with hip soreness. He was hit hard in a minor league rehab start from there, but there were positive reports coming out of a simulated game last week. The Dodgers haven't ruled him out from returning, but it's unclear what role he could have down the stretch or doing the postseason. Monday, 5:39 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 3, 4-0 vs Col
  • Derek Holland to start Wednesday
    Derek Holland will start Wednesday against the Angels.

    Advice: This lines up Cole Hamels to start Friday against the Athletics and Yu Darvish to follow on Saturday. Holland gave up five runs in 5 1/3 innings against the Astros last Wednesday, but he'll remain in the rotation for now. Monday, 1:52 pm
  • Reyes dominates Giants, WC remains in reach
    Alex Reyes fired seven innings of shutout ball Sunday in the Cardinals' 3-0 blanking of the Giants.

    Advice: Kevin Siegrist and Seung Hwan Oh pitched in on the combined shutout with scoreless eighth and ninth frames as the Cardinals moved to within one game of San Francisco for the second National League Wild Card spot. Reyes was fantastic, yielding just four hits -- all singles -- while striking out six. The young right-hander has some of the best pure stuff in baseball, and when he can stay in the strike zone he has the look of a top-tier starting pitcher. Reyes, 22, owns a miniscule 1.03 ERA with 40 strikeouts in his first 35 major league innings. Sunday, 4:09 pm
    W, 10-4 @ChC
  • Doug Fister obliterated in loss to Mariners
    Doug Fister was obliterated in Sunday's loss to the Mariners, surrendering seven runs on eight hits over his 3 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Fister walked two and struck out three on the forgettable afternoon. Seth Smith single-handedly inflicted most of the pain against him, blasting a solo homer in the third inning and adding a three-run blast in the fourth. Fister will look to improve upon his 4.45 ERA and 1.41 WHIP when he takes on the Angels at home on Friday. Sunday, 3:46 pm
  • Jordan Zimmermann to throw another sim game
    Jordan Zimmermann will throw another 80-pitch simulated game on Tuesday.

    Advice: Zimmermann was rocked by the Orioles a week ago and the Tigers have held him out of the rotation since then. It's unclear when he'll be given another start, but it could be next weekend if Tuesday's simulated game goes well. Sunday, 7:55 am
  • Rubby De La Rosa might not be shut down
    Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said Saturday that Rubby De La Rosa (elbow) might pitch again this season after all.

    Advice: The D'Backs announced Thursday that De La Rosa would be shut down, but Hale reversed course Saturday, saying the righty could pitch again if he shows improved command in bullpen sessions and in a simulated game. De La Rosa missed 3 1/2 months due to a sprained UCL and looked off in two appearances this month, but the club thinks his issues are more mental than physical. Sunday, 6:47 am
    L, 6-1 @Bal
  • Paxton yields two runs in seven frames Sat.
    James Paxton took a loss to the Astros on Saturday despite allowing just two runs in seven innings.

    Advice: He struck out seven batters while walking just one. He gave up four hits, all of which stayed in the park. Both runs scored on a Yulieski Gurriel single in the sixth inning. Paxton falls to 4-7 with a 3.88 ERA. He has a 100/23 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 109 innings. He is one of the hardest-throwing starters in baseball. Saturday, 10:08 pm
  • Giles fans two in ninth for 11 save Saturday
    Ken Giles punched out two batters in a perfect ninth inning to earn a save versus the Mariners on Saturday.

    Advice: The 25-year-old reliever got off to a brutal start to the season and quickly lost his ninth-inning job. He has pitched well since early May and has regained the mantle as closer. Giles now has 11 saves and a 3.64 ERA. He has a very impressive 92 strikeouts in 60 1/3 innings. Saturday, 10:02 pm
    Bot 8, 4-5 vs LAA
  • Darvish shelled for seven runs by Athletics
    Yu Darvish was knocked around for seven runs over five innings in Saturday's loss to the Athletics.

    Advice: The A's got to Darvish for a pair of homers among his seven hits allowed, and his control also abandoned him, as the right-hander walked four in the outing. On the plus side, he did strike out eight and now has 111 strikeouts in 87 1/3 innings. The Rangers are trying to be smart with Darvish, who has a 3.81 ERA in 15 starts since coming back earlier this year from Tommy John surgery, so it's unclear when his next start might come. The most likely scenario is another start against these A's next weekend in Oakland. Saturday, 9:14 pm
  • Alcantara earns first victory against Rangers
    Raul Alcantara earned his first major league win Saturday, allowing two runs over 5 2/3 innings against the Rangers.

    Advice: Alcantara served up a two-run homer to Carlos Gomez but was otherwise stingy, allowing just four other hits without issuing a walk. In three starts this year, the 23-year-old has a 5.65 ERA -- due in large part to allowing five runs over three innings in his MLB debut -- and is now 1-1 overall. Alcantara will get another crack at this Rangers lineup when the two meet for a rematch on Friday. Saturday, 9:09 pm
  • Taillon shaky (5 IP, 8 H, 3 ER) but wins anyway
    Jameson Taillon did enough to get by on Saturday, allowing eight hits, three runs and one walk over five innings to beat the Reds.

    Advice: He also added two strikeouts. Taillon allowed all three of his runs on a third-inning blast by Adam Duvall. It was a "bend but don't break" kind of outing for Taillon, who was limited to just 79 pitches. The victory evened his record at 4-4. He'll go for win No. 5 Friday against Washington. Saturday, 2:01 pm
  • Gio Gonzalez knocked around in loss to Braves
    Gio Gonzalez was knocked around in Saturday's loss to the Braves, surrendering six runs on nine hits in only 4 1/3 innings of work.

    Advice: On the plus side, he did manage to punch out seven on the afternoon and didn't walk a batter. The Braves scratched out a run in the first, two more in the third then broke the game open and chased Gonzalez with three more in the fifth. Now 11-10 on the season, the southpaw will look to improve upon his 4.48 ERA and 1.30 WHIP when he takes on the Pirates in Pittsburgh on Friday. Saturday, 1:36 pm
  • Cole Hamels gives up six runs against A's
    Cole Hamels was hit hard in Friday's no-decision against the Athletics, allowing six runs on seven hits over his six frames.

    Advice: Hamels whiffed six on the night while walking three. His trouble stemmed from his inability to keep the ball in the yard, with Khris Davis launching a two-run homer in the fourth inning and Brett Eibner blasting a three-run shot in the sixth. Even with the rough outing, he still owns a very respectable 3.42 ERA and 1.32 WHIP on the season with 187 strikeouts in 186 2/3 innings. He'll look to get back on track against the Angels on Wednesday. Friday, 8:45 pm
  • Graveman struggles in no-decision Friday
    Kendall Graveman struggled in a no-decision against the Rangers on Friday, allowing four runs on seven hits across 5 1/3 innings.

    Advice: The right-hander walked one and struck out three on the afternoon. He kept the Rangers off the board through the first four innings, but seemed to tire, allowing two runs in the fifth and another pair before departing the following frame. A model of inconsistency this year, he'll look to improve upon a 4.21 ERA and 1.33 WHIP when he does battle against these same Rangers at home on Friday. Friday, 8:39 pm
  • Rubby De La Rosa being shut down for year
    Due to lingering health concerns, Rubby De La Rosa will not pitch again this season.

    Advice: De La Rosa was just activated from the 60-day disabled list on September 9. He had previously been sidelined by a sprained UCL in his right elbow. While he did make two appearances after being activated, manager Chip Hale did not like what he saw in those outings and the Diamondbacks have decided it would be best not to risk further injury. De La Rosa will continue to throw, but his 2016 season has been put to rest. He finished the abbreviated campaign holding a 4.26 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 54/20 K/BB ratio over 50 2/3 innings. Thursday, 9:36 pm
    L, 6-1 @Bal
  • Diamondbacks knock Rich Hill for four runs
    Rich Hill couldn't make it out of the sixth in Thursday's loss to the Diamondbacks, yielding four runs on four hits over 5 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Hill was coming off seven perfect innings against the Marlins in his last outing, but Thursday's start proved less effervescent. The veteran southpaw struck out eight and walked just one on the evening. After allowing two runs through the first five innings, he would run into trouble in the sixth and exit with one out in what would ultimately turn into a five-run frame for the Diamondbacks. Prior to this contest, Hill had not allowed a run in his previous three starts. He has pitched to a magnificent 1.48 ERA and 0.53 WHIP in 24 1/3 innings with the Dodgers after coming over from the A's at the trade deadline. So long as he can keep his blister issues in check, he has the potential to be an impact arm down the stretch. A home showdown with the Giants shows next on his schedule. Thursday, 9:21 pm
  • Alex Reyes to start for Cardinals on Sunday
    Alex Reyes will start for the Cardinals on Sunday against the Giants.

    Advice: He's taking the place of Jaime Garcia who is being demoted to the bullpen. Reyes has been outstanding in his limited time with the Cardinals, posting a 1.29 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 34/16 K/BB ratio over 28 innings. He's worthy of using in all formats. Thursday, 5:41 pm
    W, 10-4 @ChC
  • Taillon will start first game on Saturday
    Jameson Taillon will start the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Reds.

    Advice: Taillon had his last start skipped as the Pirates try to limit his overall workload after missing the entirety of the 2014 and 2015 campaigns. Trevor Williams is expected to get the ball in the nightcap on Saturday. Thursday, 5:13 pm
  • Jordan Zimmermann works 80-pitch sim game
    Jordan Zimmermann threw 80 pitches in a simulated game Wednesday at Comerica Park.

    Advice: "A lot of good ones," he said after the workout, "way more good ones than bad ones." Zimmermann was skipped from his last turn in the Tigers' rotation after getting rocked for six runs in one-plus innings by the Orioles in his first start off the disabled list (September 10). The right-hander has been bothered by neck and lat issues throughout the second half. It's not clear when or where he might pitch next. Thursday, 9:17 am
  • D'Backs to reevaluate De La Rosa's health
    Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said the team will reevaluate Rubby De La Rosa's health.

    Advice: De La Rosa was lifted after throwing 45 pitches over one-plus innings Wednesday night against the Rockies. He's trying to work through a sprained UCL in his right elbow without going under the knife. "We’re going to look at his health," said Hale. "He didn’t seem to have the same kind of stuff coming out. Again the command was not good." Wednesday, 10:55 pm
    L, 6-1 @Bal
  • Rubby De La Rosa lifted in second
    Rubby De La Rosa was taken out after allowing one run in one-plus innings Wednesday in his start against the Rockies.

    Advice: The Diamondbacks probably shouldn't have brought De La Rosa back at all, but they wanted to see if he could work his way back from his sprained UCL without surgery. The plan was for him to throw another two or three innings tonight (he threw two in his first start back from the DL last week), but with his pitch count up to 45 with no outs in the second, he had to be lifted. Wednesday, 10:40 pm
    L, 6-1 @Bal
  • Derek Holland gives up five runs in loss
    Derek Holland gave up five runs in 5 1/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Holland turned in three straight quality starts after coming off the disabled list, including one against these Astros, but he's struggled in losses his last two times out. His rotation spot for the rest of the regular season is in doubt. Wednesday, 9:01 pm
  • Gausman shuts down Red Sox in 1-0 win
    Kevin Gausman shut out the Red Sox for eight innings Wednesday in Baltimore's 1-0 victory.

    Advice: Gausman has been one of the AL's unluckiest pitchers this year and he was going up against perhaps it's luckiest in Porcello, but it didn't matter tonight; Gausman was just that good. He's pitched scoreless ball in four of his last five starts, and he's now 8-10 with a 3.43 ERA overall. The Orioles won two out of three in Boston to pull within one game of the Red Sox. Wednesday, 8:27 pm
    W, 6-1 vs Ari
  • Fernandez wins despite giving up four runs
    Jose Fernandez was charged with four runs in seven innings but earned a win as the Marlins beat the Braves 7-5 on Wednesday.

    Advice: All four of the runs scored in the second inning. Fernandez made a mistake to Nick Markakis that left the yard for a two-run dinger. He gave up another pair of runs before escaping the frame. The one bad inning was a glitch on an otherwise solid night. He went on to pitch an additional five scoreless frames before being relieved after 106 pitches. All told he struck out three, walked two and gave up six hits on the evening. Fernandez now holds a 2.99 ERA, which amazingly enough is the worst of his career. He will put his 15-8 record on the line against the Nationals on Tuesday. Wednesday, 8:09 pm
  • Yu Darvish to throw bullpen to stay fresh
    Yu Darvish will throw a bullpen session on Wednesday.

    Advice: Darvish was initially scheduled to start on Wednesday, but that outing has been pushed back to Saturday in order to give him a little extra rest. Wednesday's bullpen session is merely intended to keep him fresh. Wednesday, 1:56 pm
  • Meyer victimized by pair of home runs in loss
    Alex Meyer wasn't long for Tuesday's loss to the Mariners, surrendering four runs on five hits over four innings.

    Advice: Meyer struck out three and walked two on the evening. Three of the four runs on his line scored via a pair of home runs. Nelson Cruz manhandled one of his offerings for a terrifyingly long two-run homer in the first inning, while Nori Aoki notched a solo shot in the second. In two starts with the Angels, the 26-year-old right-hander has surrendered five runs on six hits across 7 1/3 innings. There is no fantasy intrigue here at this late stage in the game. A home start against the Blue Jays shows next on his schedule. Tuesday, 9:47 pm
  • Reyes tosses 4 1/3 scoreless for second win
    Alex Reyes pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings in relief Tuesday against the Cubs to earn his second win of the season.

    Advice: In a telling move, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny yanked starter Jaime Garcia in the second inning and brought in the 22-year-old to get out of a bases-loaded, two-out jam. Reyes did just that and proceeded to pitch another four shutout innings, giving up just one hit but walking six and striking out four on the evening. Reyes now has a 1.29 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 34/16 K/BB ratio over 28 innings this year, and with Garcia's spot in the rotation very much in question, it could be Reyes who gets the call this weekend against the Giants. Stay tuned. Tuesday, 9:08 pm
    W, 10-4 @ChC
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