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  • Ty Blach to make spot start Sunday vs. Padres
    Ty Blach will start Sunday against the Padres.

    Advice: He'll make a spot start to give Johnny Cueto (groin) an extra day of rest. Blach will be making his first career start on Sunday. The left-hander has only allowed one hit over six scoreless innings since his call-up on September 1. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:20 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:07 pm
    Day-to-Day
    Top 9, 4-5 vs LAA
     
  • Vizcaino to pitch in the instructional league
    Arodys Vizcaino (shoulder) will pitch in an instructional league game next week.

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

    Advice: The injury isn't considered serious but with a week left in the regular season, the team isn't going to push him. Simmons holds an impressive 1.35 ERA in seven relief outings since his call-up earlier this month. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:48 pm
    Day-to-Day
     
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:42 pm
    Day-to-Day
    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. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:35 pm
  • Francisco Rodriguez implodes in ninth inning
    Francisco Rodriguez imploded in the ninth inning on Saturday, surrendering five runs on four hits and a walk in 2/3 of an inning in a heart-breaking loss to the Royals.

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

    Advice: Giles was warming up in the outfield when a ball struck his wrist. He went down immediately and seemed to be in a great deal of pain. Beat writers described it as a "scary scene." Giles is obviously headed for X-rays and manager A.J. Hinch did not seem optimistic about his status. This comes less than 24 hours after Giles blew a two-run lead in an ugly loss to Oakland. Luke Gregerson will likely handle closer duties during his absence. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:29 pm
    Day-to-Day
    Top 9, 4-5 vs LAA
     
  • Alex Reyes defeats Cubs to earn fourth win
    Alex Reyes earned his fourth victory of the season on Saturday, limiting the Cubs to three runs on six hits over his five frames.

    Advice: The right-hander punched out six on the afternoon but also issued three walks and struggled with his command for most of the contest. He has been outstanding in his time with the Cardinals, compiling a 1.58 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 46/21 K/BB ratio across 35 innings. He'll look to extend that dominance when he does battle against the Reds on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:46 pm
    W, 10-4 @ChC
     
  • Wright (shoulder) scratched from pen session
    Steven Wright (shoulder) isn't ready to throw a bullpen session.

    Advice: Wright was scheduled to throw a pen session on Sunday but the team realized he wasn't ready. He'll continue with his throwing program but the odds of Wright making it back by the end of the regular season are incredibly slim. Boston could stash him on the postseason roster but even that seems overly optimistic. Frankly, the Red Sox don't need him. Wright was Boston's best pitcher in the first half but David Price and Clay Buchholz have been lights out since the All-Star break while Rick Porcello has emerged as a leading contender for the AL Cy Young Award. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:39 pm
    Day-to-Day
    W, 6-4 @TB
     
  • Edwin Jackson earns win over Giants
    Edwin Jackson beat the Giants on Friday after allowing two runs in six innings.

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

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

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

    Advice: Now that’s a meltdown. Giles gave up a leadoff single to Cliff Pennington before serving up a game-tying homer to Yunel Escobar. Things only got worse from there, as Mike Trout drew a walk with one out and eventually stole second base. The Astros elected to intentionally walk Albert Pujols after that, but C.J. Cron responded with an RBI single. Giles then uncorked a wild pitch and walked Andrelton Simmons to load the bases before being pulled. All three runs eventually came around to score. Giles’ ERA jumped from 3.47 to 4.31 with the nightmare performance. Not the best timing for fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:08 pm
    Day-to-Day
    Top 9, 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • Robles notches first career save
    Hansel Robles fired 2 2/3 hitless innings for his first career save as part of Friday’s 10-5 win over the Phillies.

    Advice: Robles was very sharp, striking out three batters and walking none while throwing 17 out of 20 pitches for strikes. It was a much-needed performance with Addison Reed and Jeurys Familia both unavailable. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:16 pm
  • Cabrera notches another save Friday
    Mauricio Cabrera tossed a scoreless inning Friday against the Marlins for his sixth save of the season.

    Advice: Cabrera issued a one-out walk to Jeff Francoeur of all people, but he was erased on a stolen base attempt and Justin Bour lined out to end it. The hard-throwing right-hander has now notched saves on back-to-back nights. Braves interim manager Brian Snitker said after the game that he wanted to give Jim Johnson another night off, but it sounds like he should be good to go for a possible save chance Saturday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:59 pm
  • Bauer defeats White Sox to earn 12th victory
    Trevor Bauer picked up his 12th victory of the season on Friday, limiting the White Sox to four runs on seven hits over his 7 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Bauer punched out six on the night while walking two. All of the damage against him came via the long ball, with Melky Cabrera and Avisail Garcia each belting two-run homers. He'll take on the Tigers in Detroit on Wednesday in his final start of the regular season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:49 pm
  • Danny Duffy clobbered in loss to Tigers
    Danny Duffy was clobbered in Friday's loss to the Tigers, surrendering six runs on seven hits in only 3 2/3 innings.

    Advice: The left-hander walked four and struck out four on the afternoon. The long ball was his undoing in this one, with Victor Martinez, Justin Upton and Cameron Maybin each leaving the yard. Now 12-3 on the season, Duffy will carry a 3.43 ERA and 1.13 WHIP into his final start of the season against the Twins on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:22 pm
  • Sammy Solis (shoulder) making progress
    Sammy Solis (shoulder) threw another bullpen session Friday.

    Advice: He'll throw another one Sunday before being re-evaluated. Barring a setback, Solis should rejoin the Nationals' bullpen next week. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:18 pm
    15-Day DL
     
  • Andrew Faulkner recalled from Triple-A
    Rangers recalled LHP Andrew Faulkner from Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Faulkner has put up a 7.94 ERA across eight relief appearances with the big club this season. He'll be relegated to mop-up duty. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:52 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:38 pm
    Day-to-Day
    W, 6-1 vs Ari
     
  • Phillies to look at others at closer
    Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said Friday that while he still considers Jeanmar Gomez his closer, he will look at others for now to pitch the ninth inning.

    Advice: The skipper is basically treating it like a hitter in a slump who needs a break. Of course, with so little time left in the season, there's no guarantee the struggling Gomez will get his job back. Look for Hector Neris to get the first chance to close. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:34 pm
  • Steven Wright (shoulder) to throw off mound
    Steven Wright (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session Sunday.

    Advice: Wright first injured his shoulder back on August 7 during a pinch-running appearance. Red Sox manager John Farrell conceded that if the knuckleballer made it back this season, it would likely be in a relief role. "Just off the top of your head, you’d say yeah, just because of the number of pitches he might be capable of," Farrell said. "But the biggest thing we’ve got to determine is if he’s ready for that next step of intensity." Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:49 am
    Day-to-Day
    W, 6-4 @TB
     
  • Jeremy Jeffress to rejoin Rangers Friday
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Jeremy Jeffress is expected to rejoin the Rangers in Oakland on Friday.

    Advice: Jeffress was arrested on suspicion of DWI last month and chose a stay in rehab over a suspension. He should officially be activated later Friday and may be eased back into high-leverage situations initially. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:26 am
  • Christian Friedrich loses shutout in eighth
    Christian Friedrich faltered late in Thursday's loss to the Giants, surrendering two runs on three hits over seven-plus innings.

    Advice: Friedrich and Giants starter Jeff Samardzija were locked in a fantastic pitcher's duel over the first seven innings, with both pitchers posting goose eggs. The Padres' issues began when Friedrich trotted back out to start the eighth inning. He surrendered a double and a single to open the frame. Both of those runners would come around to score after he was lifted from the proceedings. For the season, the 29-year-old southpaw has pitched to a 4.66 ERA and 1.42 WHIP. He will finish out his season with a home start against the Dodgers next time he toes the rubber. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:20 pm
  • Lugo yields three runs over five versus Phils
    Seth Lugo allowed three runs over five innings in a no-decision Thursday against the Phillies.

    Advice: Lugo was cruising along until Ryan Howard and Cameron Rupp hit back-to-back solo homers in the fifth inning to complicate his night. He gave up four hits and walked two in all, striking out four before exiting. Even with the relatively pedestrian performance, Lugo holds a 2.61 ERA and 1.06 WHIP through Thursday's start. The 26-year-old will square off with the Marlins next on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:41 pm
    Player Note
    Seth Lugo NYM - SP,RP
    Bot 8, 6-10 vs Phi
     
  • Kimbrel punches out two in earning 29th save
    Craig Kimbrel struck out two Orioles in a perfect ninth inning Thursday, earning his 29th save of the year.

    Advice: Kimbrel drew the bottom third of the Orioles order and made quick work of it, fanning J.J. Hardy and pinch-hitter Hyun Soo Kim before getting Matt Wieters to fly out to end it. Kimbrel has now rattled off seven scoreless outings and hasn't allowed an earned run since August 9. The 28-year-old has a 2.52 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 80/24 K/BB ratio over 50 innings to go along with those 29 saves. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:08 pm
  • Francisco Rodriguez secures 44th save of year
    Francisco Rodriguez pitched a perfect ninth to preserve the Tigers' 4-2 win over the Twins on Thursday, earning his 44th save in the process.

    Advice: Rodriguez trotted out for the ninth inning with the Tigers holding a 4-2 lead. He would keep it that way, striking out one while throwing 10 of his 11 pitches for strikes. The veteran closer is 44-of-48 in save opportunities this season and has pitched to a 2.54 ERA and 48/20 K/BB ratio across 56 2/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:34 pm
  • Cabrera closes out Marlins to earn fifth save
    Mauricio Cabrera pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Marlins on Thursday to earn his fifth save.

    Advice: Cabrera, working on a day when Jim Johnson was unavailable, issued a walk but allowed nothing more to preserve the victory. The save was his fifth in six chances, and he's also got eight holds. The Braves still have the injured Arodys Vizcaino and it's unclear what their bullpen might look like next spring, but Cabrera's 2.95 ERA may earn him a higher-leverage role in 2017. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:56 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:05 pm
    Day-to-Day
    W, 6-1 vs Ari
     
  • Steven Wright (shoulder) throws from 120 feet
    Steven Wright (shoulder) threw from 120 feet out on Wednesday.

    Advice: Wright is starting into a throwing program in Fort Myers, Florida. He has been sidelined since August 31 due to a bout of right shoulder bursitis and his status for the remainder of the season and postseason remains up in the air. Boston manager John Farrell would not commit to when the knuckleballer will begin to throw off the mound, though there's talk of it happening this weekend as the Red Sox are visiting the Rays in Tampa Bay. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:03 pm
    Day-to-Day
    W, 6-4 @TB
     
  • Sammy Solis (shoulder) tosses 25 pitches
    Sammy Solis (shoulder) threw a 25-pitch mound session on Wednesday.

    Advice: Solis reported no discomfort after the bullpen workout. He is not yet ready to face live hitters, but the hope is that another similar mound test or two will have him up-to-speed for the next phase of his rehab. The lefty reliever has been sidelined by left shoulder inflammation since August 17. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:20 pm
    15-Day DL
     
  • Mackanin may consider a change at closer
    Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said he may consider a change at closer.

    Advice: There are only 11 games left in the season for Philly, but Jeanmar Gomez allowed three earned runs in the ninth inning Tuesday versus the White Sox and now has an un-closer-like 4.03 ERA for the year. Michael Mariot got the save Tuesday after Gomez was pulled, but Mariot's ERA this year is 5.19. Maybe it's time for Mackanin to give Hector Neris a spin. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:14 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. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:10 pm
    Day-to-Day
    W, 6-1 vs Ari
     
  • Craig Kimbrel nails down 28th save Tuesday
    Craig Kimbrel pitched around a walk to record his 28th save of the season in Tuesday's win over the Orioles.

    Advice: On to protect a three-run lead, Kimbrel issued a two-out walk to Pedro Alvarez but got J.J. Hardy to ground into a fielder's choice to end it. He had some ups and downs in the first half, but Kimbrel has been dominant since the All-Star break with just one run and five hits allowed. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:04 pm
  • Wright (shoulder) resumes throwing
    Steven Wright (shoulder) has resumed a throwing program in Fort Myers, Florida.

    Advice: Wright hasn't pitched since August 31 due to right shoulder bursitis. The Red Sox hope to get a look at him throwing off a mound when the club travels to play the Rays this weekend, but he's obviously running out of time to contribute. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:26 pm
    Day-to-Day
    W, 6-4 @TB
     
  • 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:46 pm
  • Duffy whiffs eight batters over seven vs. CHW
    Danny Duffy surrendered three earned runs over seven innings but picked up a win on Sunday.

    Advice: Duffy gave up eight hits, including Todd Frazier's 37th home run of the season, but the left-hander was able to out-duel White Sox starter Jose Quintana in the 10-3 rout for Kansas City. Duffy did strike out eight, adding to his already impressive strikeout total. He boasts a 12-2 record, 3.18 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 181/36 K/BB ratio in 169 2/3 total innings this season. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:30 pm
  • Trevor Bauer gives up six runs
    Trevor Bauer was lit up for six runs in 5 2/3 innings by the Tigers on Sunday.

    Advice: Bauer hit three batters early on, causing some unhappiness in the Detroit dugout. It wasn't anything intentional; he was just way off today. With Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar down, the Indians badly need a better Bauer in October. However, he's given up 17 runs in his last three starts. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:56 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. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:02 pm
    Day-to-Day
    Top 9, 4-5 vs LAA
     
  • Lugo holds Twins to one run over five innings
    Seth Lugo allowed a lone run over five innings in a no-decision Saturday against the Twins.

    Advice: Lugo gave up four hits, including a solo home run, and walked four, but he managed to limit the damage in his five innings of work. He's now allowed two runs or fewer in each of his last five starts. The 26-year-old has been a godsend for the banged-up Mets, posting a 2.35 ERA over 53 2/3 innings, and he'll need to continue to be sharp given the recent news about Jacob deGrom. Lugo's next outing will come Thursday against the Phillies. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:39 pm
    Player Note
    Seth Lugo NYM - SP,RP
    Bot 8, 6-10 vs Phi
     
  • Jackson blasted for eight runs in 4 1/3 Sat.
    Edwin Jackson was obliterated by the Rockies on Saturday, coughing up eight runs in 4 1/3 innings in a loss at Coors Field.

    Advice: He served up three gopherballs and a run-scoring triple among 10 total hits. It got ugly fast in this one. Nolan Arenado and Tom Murphy both hit two-run homers in the first inning. Murphy took him deep again in the fifth -- this time for a three-run bomb. Jackson's ERA leaps from a bad 5.32 to an awful 6.00 after the beatdown. He will face the Giants and Diamondbacks in his last two starts of the season -- and those could be the last starts of his 14 year career. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:36 pm
  • Friedrich goes five innings in no-decision
    Christian Friedrich took a no-decision after allowing four runs in five innings Friday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Friedrich blanked his former team last Saturday in San Diego, but the Rockies got to him for four runs in the second inning this time around. The southpaw struck out five and walked a pair in the no-decision. With a 4.78 ERA and 91/48 K/BB ratio over 116 2/3 innings, Friedrich hasn’t been able to deliver sustained fantasy value this season. He gets the Giants next week at home. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:13 pm
  • Kimbrel notches two-out save vs. Yankees
    Craig Kimbrel notched a two-out save Friday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Fernando Abad got the ball with a 7-2 lead to begin the ninth inning, but he was eventually pulled after giving up a two-run homer to Billy Butler and hitting Brett Gardner with a pitch. Kimbrel put out the fire to lock down the victory by striking out Jacoby Ellsbury and Gary Sanchez. The 28-year-old is now up to 26 saves on the year and hasn’t allowed an earned run in his last 12 appearances. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:35 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. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:41 pm
    W, 10-4 @ChC
     
  • Rodriguez tosses perfect ninth for 42nd save
    Francisco Rodriguez pitched a clean ninth inning to protect a three-run lead and earn an easy save versus the Twins on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was his 42nd save of the season and 428th of his career. He struggled badly in the first few weeks of the season but has rebounded very nicely. He rocks a 2.65 ERA with 46 strikeouts in 54 1/3 innings. His strikeout rate is down this year but he knows how to get the job done day in and day out. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:48 pm
  • Gomez gets two outs for 37th save on Wed.
    Jeanmar Gomez was brought into the game with one out and two aboard in the ninth inning and was able to close the door for his 37th save on Wednesday versus the Pirates.

    Advice: It wasn't pretty though. Gomez allowed a hit to center field by the first batter he faced but a runner was gunned down at home plate. He then threw a wild pitch that moved a runner to third base. He then buckled down to strike out Jason Rogers to end the game. Gomez has faced some adversity lately and Phillies manager Pete Mackanin has considered pulling him from the ninth-inning role despite his 37 saves. He has a 3.66 ERA and a weak 45 strikeouts in 66 1/3 frames. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:35 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:27 pm
    Day-to-Day
    W, 6-1 vs Ari
     
  • Gomez to retain closer's role despite issues
    Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said that Jeanmar Gomez will remain the closer despite his recent troubles.

    Advice: Gomez blew his fifth save of the season in Tuesday's loss to the Pirates. Mackanin indicated that he had considered making a change at the back of the bullpen, but for the time being, Gomez will have a chance to keep the job. For the season, he has pitched to a 3.70 ERA and 44/19 K/BB ratio over 65 2/3 innings. He is 42-of-47 in save chances. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:12 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. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:47 pm
  • Bauer stumbles late, allows six runs to Sox
    Trevor Bauer allowed six runs on six hits over 5 1/3 innings in Tuesday's loss to the White Sox.

    Advice: Bauer had given up just two singles through his first five innings of work, but things fell apart in the sixth. After a leadoff walk, the only walk he issued on the night, the Sox strung together four singles sandwiched around a strikeout. That ended Bauer's evening, and reliever Dan Otero allowed another two inherited runs to score to further sully Bauer's line. Bauer owners can take heart in knowing that it wasn't as bad as it looks in the box score -- he also struck out seven in the game -- and the 25-year-old should bounce back in short order. He'll carry a 4.06 ERA into Sunday's start against the Tigers. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:19 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. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:08 pm
    W, 10-4 @ChC
     
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