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  • Lisalverto Bonilla earns win over Angels
    Lisalverto Bonilla picked up a win after allowing two runs in five innings Friday against the Angels.

    Advice: Spotted seven runs in the first two innings, Bonilla had an easy path to his second big-league victory, though he did walk four along the way. His long-term role is probably in the bullpen, but he'll get one more start next week against the Astros or A's.
    Yesterday, 10:29 pm
  • Hector Santiago pulled in second inning
    Hector Santiago was torched for seven runs -- six earned -- in one-plus innings Friday in a loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: The Angels talked before the game about using a three-man rotation in the ALDS. It seems even more likely that they'll go that route now, what with Santiago turning in his second straight dreadful performance against a subpar offense. He lasted just two innings last time out against the Astros. Santiago still has a reasonable enough 3.98 ERA for the season, but he's not someone the Angels will have much faith in come October.
    Yesterday, 10:27 pm
  • Allen blows fourth save of season
    Cody Allen blew his fourth save of the season Friday against the Twins.

    Advice: Protecting a one-run lead, Allen struck out Trevor Plouffe to begin the bottom of the ninth before giving up a double to Kurt Suzuki and a single to Oswaldo Arcia. Aaron Hicks then hit a potential double-play grounder to shortstop Jose Ramirez, but the ball bounced off his glove and he was only able to get the force out at second base. The tying run scored on the play and the Twins went on to win the game in the 10th inning. Allen is now 22-for-26 in save opportunities this season while putting up a 2.13 ERA and 89/26 K/BB ratio over 67 2/3 innings.
    Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • Rosenthal pulled from save chance Friday
    Trevor Rosenthal was pulled from a save chance Friday against the Reds.

    Advice: After inheriting a 2-1 lead, Rosenthal walked Todd Frazier to begin the top of the ninth before getting Devin Mesoraco to strikeout swinging. He then gave up a single to Brandon Phillips before Cardinals manager Mike Matheny pulled him in favor of Randy Choate, who struck out Jay Bruce swinging. Matheny then brought in Seth Maness to get Ryan Ludwick to fly out to lock down the victory. Rosenthal figures to get the next save opportunity, but the Matheny clearly isn't afraid to go in another direction depending on the situation.
    Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Chase Anderson hit hard in loss to Rockies
    Chase Anderson was hit hard in Friday's loss to the Rockies, surrendering six runs on nine hits over his five innings.

    Advice: Anderson walked a pair and punched out five on the night. It was one of the roughest outings of the season for the 26-year-old rookie right-hander who sports a 4.01 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 105/40 K/BB ratio over his 114 1/3 innings. He'll take his final turn of the season on Friday against the Cardinals.
    Yesterday, 9:03 pm
  • Mujica slams door on Orioles to earn 7th save
    Edward Mujica converted his seventh save of the season on Friday, working a scoreless 10th inning to preserve a two-run advantage over the Orioles.

    Advice: He has done a tremendous job since taking over the reigns of the closer's role from Koji Uehara, making good on each of his four save chances. For those chasing saves, he makes for a strong option over the final week-plus of the regular season.
    Yesterday, 8:37 pm
  • Gausman gives up two runs over five innings
    Kevin Gausman pitched decently in a no-decision against the Red Sox on Friday, giving up two runs on seven hits over his five innings of work.

    Advice: The hard-throwing young right-hander fanned three and didn't walk a batter on the evening. He breezed through the first three innings without any difficulty, but was tagged for back-to-back homers from David Ortiz and Yoenis Cespedes in the fourth. He has done a nice job in 19 starts with the O's registering a 3.57 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 83/37 K/BB ratio in 108 1/3 innings. His final tune-up of the regular season will come against the Yankees in New York on Wednesday.
    Yesterday, 8:20 pm
  • Koehler gives up three runs in loss
    Tom Koehler yielded three runs in five innings Friday in a loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: Koehler gave up six hits (including a two-run homer to Adam LaRoche) and four walks to go along with five strikeouts. He remains winless since August 17. The 28-year-old will wrap up his season with a start against the Phillies next week.
    Yesterday, 8:14 pm
    4:10 pm vs Was
  • Storen notches eighth save in win over Fish
    Drew Storen tossed a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the Marlins for his eighth save of the season.

    Advice: Storen needed just six pitches to set the side down in order. He's been great since taking over the closer role earlier this month, going 7-for-7 in save opportunities while allowing just two hits and no walks over 6 1/3 innings. He deserves to finish games going into the postseason.
    Yesterday, 8:14 pm
  • Melancon saves 31st game of season
    Mark Melancon tossed a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the Brewers for his 31st save of the season.

    Advice: It wasn't nearly as tricky as Thursday night, as Melancon needed just eight pitches to set down the Brewers in order. The 29-year-old has converted nine straight save chances and owns a dominant 1.85 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 67/10 K/BB ratio over 68 innings this season.
    Yesterday, 7:43 pm
  • Warren notches five-out save Friday
    Adam Warren notched a five-out save Friday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: It was his third save of the season. Warren entered the game with a runner on second and one out before striking out back-to-back batters to end the scoring threat. He then returned for the ninth to set down the side in order, including one strikeout. David Robertson had pitched the previous two days, but will likely be back in there if a save chance presents itself Saturday.
    Yesterday, 7:12 pm
  • Twins officially shut down Glen Perkins
    Glen Perkins has been shut down for the remainder of the 2014 season due to a left forearm strain and nerve irritation in his left elbow.

    Advice: It's actually terrific news for the Twins and for Perkins, as a precautionary MRI revealed no damage to his UCL. He'll take part in an offseason strengthening program, and is expected to be back to full-strength in around two months. He'll be ready to go for spring training 2015.
    Yesterday, 5:14 pm
  • Padres have no update on status of Tyson Ross
    The Padres have yet to provide an update on the status of Tyson Ross (shoulder), but it sounds as though he could be shut down for the remainder of the season.

    Advice: The right-hander has had a tremendous season, registering a 2.81 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 195/72 K/BB ratio, but he has already logged a career-high 195 1/3 innings. With nothing left to play for, the smart move on the Padres end would be to just call it a season and let Ross get fully rested and ready to go for 2015.
    Yesterday, 4:21 pm
  • Angels recall Drew Rucinski from Double-A
    Angels recalled RHP Drew Rucinsky from Double-A Arkansas.

    Advice: Rucinski will join an already very deep and talented Angels bullpen for the final week and a half of the season. The 25-year-old has appeared in just one game with the Angels thus far, surrendering two runs in his only inning.
    Yesterday, 4:10 pm
  • Bryan Morris (groin) shut down for season
    The Marlins have officially shut Bryan Morris (groin) down for the season.

    Advice: Morris aggravated his right groin injury back on September 9 and the club has decided it's best not to push him to make it back this month. It's an unfortunate ending to what has been a terrific season for the righty, as he posted a 1.82 ERA with 50 strikeouts over 64 1/3 innings.
    Yesterday, 1:28 pm
  • Carlos Frias to start for Dodgers Sunday
    Carlos Frias is expected to start on Sunday in Chicago.

    Advice: That's assuming he's not needed in relief before then. The Dodgers are expected to push Dan Haren back a day to Monday for the beginning of a three-game series versus the Giants. Frias was blasted for eight earned runs while recording only two outs on Wednesday in Colorado. It will be a "bullpen start" for Los Angeles.
    Yesterday, 8:46 am
  • Nicasio likely to remain reliever in 2015
    Rockies manager Walt Weiss indicated Thursday that Juan Nicasio is likely to remain in a relief role next season.

    Advice: Nicasio was demoted to the minors in June after posting a 5.92 ERA over 14 starts, but he holds a much better 3.78 mark and 15/4 K/BB ratio over 16 2/3 frames since returning as a reliever. "I think he's responded well to (the reliever) role," Weiss said. "I think it suits him, in my opinion. To me, going out there and being able to sprint for an inning or two works. He likes to go and attack hitters. With a bullpen role he doesn't have to think about scouting reports as much."
    Yesterday, 7:13 am
  • Perkins has nerve irritation in left elbow
    LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Glen Perkins is dealing with "some nerve irritation and maybe a slight muscle strain" in his left elbow.

    Advice: Neal adds that the ailment "doesn't appear to be serious." However, with just a week and a half left in the season, the closer will undoubtedly be shut down. The good news is that it doesn't sound like it will be a long-term issue for Perkins. Jared Burton will continue to fill in as the Twins' closer.
    Yesterday, 6:30 am
  • Wade LeBlanc to start again next week
    Wade LeBlanc will get another start next Tuesday in Oakland.

    Advice: LeBlanc earned the nod after tossing 5 1/3 shutout innings in a no-decision against the Mariners on Thursday. It could conceivably set him up to start the regular season finale, as well, though the Angels aren't thinking that far ahead yet. LeBlanc can be ignored in fantasy leagues.
    Yesterday, 5:45 am
  • Rodney earns 46th save as M's top Angels
    Fernando Rodney allowed one run in the ninth inning against the Angels on Thursday but hung on to earn his 46th save of the season.

    Advice: Rodney, tasked with protecting a 3-0 lead against an Angels team that more or less got the night off after clinching the AL West, retired the first batter of the frame before coughing up a Hank Conger homer to right. He evaded further danger, and struck out one, to improve to 46-for-49 in save opportunities to go with a 2.70 ERA and 1.34 WHIP.
    Thursday, 10:26 pm
  • LeBlanc throws 5 1/3 shutout innings in ND
    Wade LeBlanc had by far his best showing of 2014 on Thursday, tossing 5 1/3 shutout innings in a no-decision against the Mariners.

    Advice: This start was pushed up -- LeBlanc was originally scheduled to start Saturday against the Rangers -- because the Angels scratched Jered Weaver after clinching the AL West on Wednesday. Don't look now, but LeBlanc is pitching well in September, allowing only one run across 11 2/3 frames (0.77 ERA), including five relief appearances and this start. We still wouldn't trust him in fantasy if the Angels call his number again. After all, the journeyman entered this month with a 10.13 ERA.
    Thursday, 10:19 pm
  • Allen fans two in the 13th for his 22nd save
    Cody Allen struck out a pair of batters in a scoreless 13th inning, picking up his 22nd save in Thursday's win against the Astros.

    Advice: Though Allen allowed a one-out single to Robbie Grossman, he was never in any real danger. The right-hander is now 22-for-25 in save chances with a 2.03 ERA and an 87/26 K/BB ratio in 66 2/3 innings.
    Thursday, 9:49 pm
  • Flande takes a no-decision against D'Backs
    Yohan Flande held the D'Backs to two runs over five innings but was handed a no-decision in Thursday's 7-6 walk-off victory.

    Advice: Flande pitched well, yielding only two hits and a walk while striking out two. It wasn't until Flande left that the D'Back offense started moving. The lefty now has a 4.91 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 30/15 K/BB ratio. Flande will toe the rubber in San Diego against the Padres on Tuesday in his next outing.
    Thursday, 8:41 pm
    1:10 pm vs Ari
  • Melancon gets to 30-save plateau as Bucs win
    Mark Melancon got into hot water, but escaped the ninth inning without any damage, picking up his 30th save of the season in Thursday's win against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Melancon hit Allen Craig to lead off the inning, then allowed a single to Daniel Nava. Next, Will Middlebrooks hit a grounder up the third base line and it hit pinch-runner Jemile Weeks, who was ruled out for obstruction. From there, Melancon struck out Jackie Bradley, Jr. and got Christian Vazquez to ground out to end the threat. Quite an interesting way to earn save number 30. Melancon has otherwise been lights out, sporting a 1.88 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, and 67/10 K/BB ratio.
    Thursday, 7:31 pm
  • Workman falls to 1-10 with loss to Pirates
    Brandon Workman watched his record drop to 1-10 with a loss on Thursday after allowing three runs (two earned) in five innings against the Pirates.

    Advice: Workman allowed plenty of base runners, as the Pirates racked up seven hits and three walks in the right-hander's five innings. One of the hits was a solo home run by Starling Marte. Workman will bring a 5.17 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, and a 70/36 K/BB ratio into Wednesday's home start against the Rays, in which he'll search for his second win of the season.
    Thursday, 7:26 pm
  • Hand struggles, suffers eighth loss vs. Nats
    Brad Hand suffered his eighth loss of the season after allowing six runs (five earned) over five innings on Thursday against the Nationals.

    Advice: Hand was around the zone a lot, throwing 55 of 76 pitches for strikes, but the Nationals were able to take advantage of it. The lefty allowed eight hits, struck out four, and didn't issue a walk. Hand will take a 4.59 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, and 65/36 K/BB ratio into Wednesday's start at home against the Phillies.
    Thursday, 7:16 pm
    Player Note
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    4:10 pm vs Was
  • Greene blanks Jays but gets a no-decision
    Shane Greene shut the Blue Jays out over 6 2/3 innings but was given a no-decision as the Yankees walked off winners on Thursday.

    Advice: Greene lost his chance at the win when Shawn Kelley gave up a game-tying home run to Jose Bautista in the eighth. Greene scattered three hits and a pair of walks while striking out six. The right-hander has put together a good half-season in the Bronx, sitting on a 3.24 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and 76/26 K/BB ratio. Greene starts next at home against the Orioles on Tuesday.
    Thursday, 6:57 pm
    1:05 pm vs Tor
  • Nick Martinez picks up win over A's
    Nick Martinez yielded two runs and three hits in 5 2/3 innings Thursday in a victory over the A's.

    Advice: Martinez threw just 43 of his 79 pitches for strikes, walking three, but the A's couldn't rally after spotting the Rangers four runs in the first. The 24-year-old Martinez improved to 4-11 with a 4.85 ERA. That comes with an unimpressive 70/55 K/BB ratio and 18 homers allowed in 128 innings.
    Thursday, 4:22 pm
  • Padres could ease Benoit into closer role
    The Padres could ease Joaquin Benoit (shoulder) back into game action before using him in save situations.

    Advice: Benoit is expected to be available out of the bullpen starting on Friday after missing the last few weeks with a shoulder issue. With the veteran reliever likely to pitch in a low-leverage situation or two before returning to the ninth inning, fantasy owners shouldn't drop Kevin Quackenbush just yet.
    Thursday, 3:56 pm
  • LeBlanc to start Thursday vs. Mariners
    Wade LeBlanc will start Thursday against the Mariners.

    Advice: LeBlanc was originally scheduled to start Saturday against the Rangers, but the Angels decided to scratch Jered Weaver after wrapping up the AL West on Wednesday night. The southpaw is not a fantasy option.
    Thursday, 1:13 pm
  • LeBlanc to start for Angels on Saturday
    Wade LeBlanc has been confirmed as the Angels' starter for Saturday's game against the Rangers.

    Advice: That was confirmed after the Halos clinched the American League West championship on Wednesday night. LeBlanc owns a rough 6.88 ERA and 1.47 WHIP in 17 innings this season for Anaheim. He's filling in for Matt Shoemaker, who remains sidelined with an oblique strain.
    Thursday, 7:50 am
  • Bonilla to start for Rangers on Friday
    Lisalverto Bonilla will start for the Rangers against the Angels on Friday.

    Advice: Bonilla made his first major league start over the weekend, picking up the win against the Braves. With Scott Baker still dealing with a triceps issue, Bonilla will get another turn, this time against the AL West-champion Angels. The 24-year-old isn't much of a streaming option at this point.
    Wednesday, 4:56 pm
  • Glen Perkins will undergo MRI exam Thursday
    Glen Perkins will undergo an MRI exam on his left elbow/biceps area on Thursday.

    Advice: Perkins looked abysmal on Tuesday night, surrendering a three-run home run to J.D. Martinez en route to blowing his seventh save of the season. He certainly hasn't looked right as of late, posting a 14.21 ERA and 2.21 WHIP over his last eight outings (6 1/3 innings), so hopefully Thursday's exam will provide some answers. Casey Fien or Jared Burton would likely get the call to work the ninth inning in his absence.
    Wednesday, 4:53 pm
  • Wade LeBlanc likely to start on Saturday
    Wade LeBlanc is the most likely candidate to start for the Angels on Saturday.

    Advice: Angels skipper Mike Scioscia said he wouldn't announce his starter until after Wednesday night's game, but LeBlanc is the most logical choice. With a 6.88 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 14/6 K/BB ratio through his 17 frames, he isn't a good streaming option in mixed leagues.
    Wednesday, 4:38 pm
  • Frias allows 10 hits, eight runs in the first
    Carlos Frias didn't make it out of the first inning Wednesday against the Rockies, allowing eight earned runs while recording only two outs.

    Advice: Frias is the first pitcher in baseball's modern era to give up 10 hits and record fewer than three outs. A spot start at Coors Field was a tall task on paper for the 24-year-old right-hander, and the Rockies brutalized him right out of the gate. He is doubtful to get another start this season.
    Wednesday, 3:25 pm
  • Glen Perkins (neck) won't pitch Wednesday
    Glen Perkins (neck) won't pitch on Wednesday night.

    Advice: Perkins, who's been dealing with neck discomfort all month, allowed a three-run homer to blow a save opportunity on Tuesday. He was scheduled to be examined by Twins team doctors on Wednesday afternoon. Jared Burton will close if needed Wednesday versus Detroit.
    Wednesday, 2:25 pm
  • Angels to have bullpen start on Saturday
    The Angels will make a "bullpen start" on Saturday against the Rangers in place of the injured Matt Shoemaker (oblique).

    Advice: It will be either Wade LeBlanc or Michael Roth who will start the game, but the Angels will utilize many of the 18 pitchers they're carrying. Shoemaker might miss more than just the one start, so LeBlanc and/or Roth could be needed for another start next week.
    Wednesday, 8:14 am
  • Rosenthal takes sixth blown save vs. Brewers
    Trevor Rosenthal allowed a run on a hit and two walks Tuesday, suffering the blown save against the Brewers.

    Advice: Rosenthal was erratic from the start, walking Jonathan Lucroy before allowing a double by Aramis Ramirez on a hanging changeup. He wouldn't allow another hit in the inning, sandwiching an intentional walk between three outs, but a sacrifice fly from Matt Clark tied the game and saddled Rosenthal with his sixth blown save of the year. It was mild as far as blown saves go, but it was disappointing after Rosenthal appeared to be in command while earning his 44th save Sunday. Still, he's the guy in the ninth inning for the Cardinals from here out, for better or worse.
    Tuesday, 9:39 pm
  • Allen called on for four-out save vs. Astros
    Cody Allen was asked to get four outs Tuesday, pitching 1 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the save against the Astros.

    Advice: With runners on first and second and two outs, Allen was called on to face Jason Castro. He got Castro to pop out, ending the threat, and he proceeded to toss a scoreless ninth to earn his 21st save. The 25-year-old has emerged as a legitimate closer this year, owning a 2.06 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 85/26 K/BB ratio over 65 2/3 innings.
    Tuesday, 8:38 pm
  • Perkins serves up three-run homer vs. Tigers
    Glen Perkins served up a three-run home run to blow a save opportunity against the Tigers Tuesday.

    Advice: Perkins put runners on the corners with one out and a two-run lead. He then got the dangerous Victor Martinez to pop out, lending hope to the idea that he might get out of the jam unscathed. A J.D. Martinez three-run homer dashed that hope, serving Perkins with his seventh blown save of the season. He stuck around to get the win, but it's little consolation for Perkins' owners. The closer has now allowed runs in four of his last five outings.
    Tuesday, 8:19 pm
  • Storen records final out, Nats clinch NL East
    Drew Storen pitched a perfect ninth inning, allowing the Nationals to clinch the NL East with a 3-0 victory over the Braves on Tuesday.

    Advice: Storen remains perfect since taking over the closer's role for Rafael Soriano, now 6-for-6 in save situations over the last nine days. Storen got Justin Upton to ground out to second base to end the game, allowing the Nationals to celebrate their division title on their rivals' turf. On the season, Storen has seven saves with a 1.23 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 42/11 K/BB ratio.
    Tuesday, 7:00 pm
  • Next 3-4 days 'critical' for Ross' status
    Padres manager Bud Black said Tuesday that the next 3-4 days are "critical" for the future status of Tyson Ross.

    Advice: Ross's next scheduled start has been pushed back indefinitely due to what has only been described as "general soreness." The Padres have not yet shut him down, as they want to see how he reacts to treatment. Ross has already easily set a career high with 195 1/3 innings, so don't be surprised if the Pads ultimately decide to shut him down.
    Tuesday, 4:27 pm
  • Chase Anderson has one more start left
    Chase Anderson will be shut down for the season after Friday's start in Colorado.

    Advice: He's already thrown 148 1/3 frames between the majors and minors, which is easily a career high. Anderson has been one of the few bright spots for the D'Backs this season, sporting a solid 3.70 ERA and 100/38 K/BB ratio over 109 1/3 innings. The 26-year-old can surely be penciled into a rotation spot for next season.
    Tuesday, 4:21 pm
  • Benoit (shoulder) shooting for Friday return
    Joaquin Benoit (shoulder) could rejoin the Padres' bullpen on Friday.

    Advice: Benoit threw a bullpen session Sunday with no issues and will throw another 'pen session Wednesday. If that goes well, he'll be cleared to return to action. It remains to be seen whether the reliever will immediately regain his closer job, but he certainly needs to be owned in fantasy leagues.
    Tuesday, 4:15 pm
  • Bryan Morris (groin) might be done for season
    Bryan Morris might be done for the season after aggravating his right groin injury on September 9.

    Advice: The Marlins haven't officially ruled him out, but his return isn't looking likely at this point. "I aggravated it pretty good during that game in Milwaukee," Morris said. "In all reality for it to heal all the way up it's going to take four to six weeks. Obviously we didn't have four to six weeks at the time. I don't know where we're going from here. I just know right now we're not doing anything." If he's indeed done, Morris ends his season having posted a 1.82 ERA over and a 0.66 mark with the Marlins.
    Tuesday, 3:40 pm
  • Tyson Ross' next start to be pushed back
    Tyson Ross' next scheduled start will be pushed back a few days because the right-hander is dealing with general soreness after his last outing.

    Advice: Ross was rocked for six runs -- four earned -- in three innings Saturday in an uncharacteristically poor showing. It doesn't appear to be something to be overly concerned about at the moment. Robbie Erlin will get the ball on Thursday versus the Phillies, with Ross hoping to start over the weekend or possibly early next week.
    Monday, 4:30 pm
  • Yohan Flande bumps Morales to bullpen
    Yohan Flande will start on Thursday against the Diamondbacks in place of Franklin Morales.

    Advice: Flande holds a 5.04 ERA over 50 innings for the Rockies this season, but the club wants to give him another look in the rotation. The left-hander can safely be avoided in fantasy leagues.
    Monday, 3:16 pm
    1:10 pm vs Ari
  • Santiago walks five in early exit vs. Astros
    Hector Santiago walked five and gave up three runs over two innings in a loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Santiago also gave up five hits as he proved largely ineffective. One of those five hits was a three-run homer to Gregorio Petit for all three of the Astros' runs against him. The loss dropped him to 5-8 with a 3.55 ERA on the year. He'll look for a better outing Friday against the Rangers.
    Sunday, 5:43 pm
  • Rosenthal strikes out side to earn 44th save
    Trevor Rosenthal struck out the side in the ninth inning Sunday, earning the save against the Rockies.

    Advice: Rosenthal looked as good as he has all season in the save, hitting triple digits on the radar gun and finishing off Charlie Blackmon with a changeup to end the game. Rosenthal has 44 saves on the year to go with a 3.22 ERA and 85/39 K/BB ratio over 67 innings this year.
    Sunday, 4:21 pm
  • Perkins works around homer to earn 34th save
    Glen Perkins allowed a solo home run but nothing more, earning the save in Sunday's win over the White Sox.

    Advice: After blowing a save and taking the loss Saturday, Perkins got right back on the horse to get the save Sunday. He served up a solo homer to Jose Abreu -- not the first pitcher to get victimized by Abreu -- but he closed out the game without incident after that. He's been shaky since late August, but Perkins is still the guy in Minnesota and he needs to be started while he's getting saves.
    Sunday, 2:24 pm
  • Koehler yields three runs in no-decision
    Tom Koehler allowed three runs -- two earned -- over six innings in a no-decision against the Phillies on Sunday.

    Advice: The Phillies largely did their damage with well-timed hits, as Koehler allowed only one extra-base hit, a double, among his seven hits given up. Koehler also walked one while striking out two. Even without factoring in the decision, the start marked the seventh straight in which Koehler has allowed three or fewer runs. The right-hander is 9-9 with a 3.71 ERA heading into the home stretch. He's got a divisional date with the Nationals up next on Friday.
    Sunday, 2:04 pm
    4:10 pm vs Was
  • Drew Storen nails down another save
    Drew Storen allowed two hits but held on for his fifth save of the season in Sunday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: Storen had to pitch around a couple singles but was able to do so in order to preserve the three-run lead. The Nationals have yet to officially name him the closer, but he's received all the save chances since Rafael Soriano's demotion.
    Sunday, 1:12 pm
  • Joaquin Benoit (shoulder) nearing a return
    Joaquin Benoit (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session Sunday.

    Advice: He's expected to need only one additional 'pen session after that before being cleared to return to action. It's not clear whether Benoit will immediately regain his closer job or be eased back into things, but fantasy owners should scoop him up now if they're in need of saves.
    Sunday, 8:05 am
  • Fernando Rodney takes loss in 10th
    Fernando Rodney walked four and took a loss after giving up the go-ahead run in the 10th Saturday against the A's.

    Advice: Rodney hasn't had many off nights this year, but these kinds of things can happen with him. He only got out of the inning because Josh Reddick decided to take a big cut after a 2-0 pitch (and six straight balls total) and lined out to a diving Chris Taylor at shortstop. Since Rodney was pitching in a tie game, he remains 45-for-48 in his save chances.
    Saturday, 9:54 pm
  • Tyson Ross allows six runs in loss to D'Backs
    Tyson Ross surrendered six runs -- four earned -- in three innings Saturday in a loss to Arizona.

    Advice: It was one of the ugliest outings of the season for Ross, who entered the start with a 2.66 ERA and watched it rise to 2.81. The 27-year-old right-hander might be hitting a wall here in mid-September. He's thrown 195 2/3 innings this season after totaling 136 2/3 innings between the minors and majors in 2013. Ross will get the Phillies at home next time out.
    Saturday, 8:33 pm
  • Perkins blows his seventh save of the season
    Glen Perkins blew his seventh save of the season as the Twins dropped the second half of a doubleheader Saturday night against the White Sox.

    Advice: The Twins also lost the first game, 5-1. They carried a 6-5 lead into the bottom of the fifth inning in the nightcap, but Perkins walked Jose Abreu and then served up a two-run walkoff shot to Dayan Viciedo. He was bothered earlier this month by a neck injury and might not be completely over it yet.
    Saturday, 8:23 pm
  • Greene Ks nine in win over Orioles
    Shane Greene struck out nine batters and allowed two runs over 5 1/3 innings in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Orioles.

    Advice: Greene gave up an RBI single to Nelson Cruz in the third inning, but managed to strand runners at second and third to avoid any further damage. The only other run scored on a solo homer from Steve Pearce in the sixth. The 25-year-old right-hander has only completed seven innings three times in 12 starts, but he owns a solid 3.56 ERA and 70/24 K/BB ratio over 68 1/3 innings. He lines up for a start against the Blue Jays next week.
    Saturday, 3:15 pm
    1:05 pm vs Tor
  • Bonilla gives up two runs for first MLB win
    Making his first major league start, Lisalverto Bonilla yielded two runs over six innings in a 3-2 win over the Braves on Saturday.

    Advice: The win was his first in the big leagues. Bonilla was a little shaky, allowing four hits and four walks while throwing 43 out of 78 pitches for strikes, but he managed to avoid any major damage outside of the third inning. He struck out four. The 24-year-old made the start in place of Scott Baker (triceps) and could get another look after today.
    Saturday, 12:57 pm
  • Bonilla to start for Rangers on Saturday
    Lisalverto Bonilla will start for the Rangers on Saturday against the Braves.

    Advice: Scott Baker was scratched from his scheduled start, so the 24-year-old right-hander will make his first career start. He posted a 4.10 ERA and 92/25 K/BB ratio over 74 2/4 innings at Triple-A Round Rock this season, but should be avoided for mixed league purposes.
    Friday, 9:45 pm
  • Edward Mujica secures sixth save on Friday
    Edward Mujica secured his sixth save of the season with a scoreless inning against the Royals on Friday.

    Advice: Koji Uehara was utilized in the eighth inning of this one, with Mujica being handed the reins of the closer's role. He needed just nine pitches to dispatch of the Royals in order, and has now made good on all three of his save chances since taking over the ninth-inning duties.
    Friday, 9:27 pm
  • Kevin Gausman fantastic in no-decision
    Kevin Gausman spun seven shutout innings but had to settle for a no-decision in Friday's 2-1, extra-innings victory over the Yankees.

    Advice: Gausman gave up seven hits (six of them singles), walked two and struck out seven. He exited with the score tied 0-0 before the Orioles eventually prevailed in the 11th inning. Gausman will take a 3.57 ERA into next week's home start against the Blue Jays.
    Friday, 2:35 pm
  • Glen Perkins (neck) cleared to return
    Glen Perkins (neck) was cleared to return to action Thursday.

    Advice: Perkins hasn't pitched since last Friday due to soreness in his neck, but he's made significant progress in recent days and is ready for the next save chance when it presents itself. The left-hander holds a 2.88 ERA and 65/10 K/BB ratio over 59 1/3 innings this season while converting 33-of-38 save opportunities.
    Friday, 6:37 am
  • Mujica grabs his 5th save as Red Sox top KC
    Edward Mujica retired all three batters he faced in the ninth inning, earning his fifth save in Thursday's win against the Royals.

    Advice: Mujica is 2-for-2 in save chances since taking over for Koji Uehara. He sports a mediocre 4.18 ERA, but he's been much better over the last three months -- it's 2.38 since June 6.
    Thursday, 8:58 pm
  • Martinez suffers 11th loss against the Angels
    Nick Martinez saw his record drop to 3-11 after allowing four runs (two earned) in six innings of work as the Rangers suffered a 7-3 loss to the Angels on Thursday.

    Advice: The Angels did their damage in the second and third innings, scoring twice in each frame. Martinez gave up four hits and a walk while striking out three in the effort. His rookie campaign has not gone very well, as he'll take a 4.93 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, and 68/52 K/BB ratio into a start in Oakland against the Athletics on Wednesday.
    Thursday, 8:47 pm
  • Melancon puts out fire, grabs his 29th save
    Mark Melancon was asked to put out a fire in the bottom of the ninth and completed the task, earning his 29th save as the Pirates downed the Phillies on Thursday.

    Advice: With a 4-0 lead, Jared Hughes put the first two batters he faced on base with a single and a walk, which made it a save situation and Melancon was brought into the ballgame. One of the inherited runners was allowed to score, but Melancon recorded a pair of strikeouts before getting Grady Sizemore to foul out on the third base side to end the game. Melancon is now 29-for-33 in save opportunities with a 3.53 ERA.
    Thursday, 7:45 pm
  • Melancon breezes through 9th for 28th save
    Mark Melancon breezed through the bottom of the Phillies' batting order in the ninth inning, converting his 28th save as the Pirates won 6-3 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Pirates pitching set down the last 16 Phillies to step to the plate, with Melancon getting the final three. Melancon has locked down 28 saves in 32 chances with a 2.00 ERA and a 61/10 K/BB ratio.
    Wednesday, 7:39 pm
  • Workman allows six runs in loss to Orioles
    Brandon Workman allowed six runs -- five earned -- over three innings Wednesday in a loss to the Orioles.

    Advice: Workman made it through the first two frames unscathed, but the O's poured on six runs in the top of the third to take a commanding lead in the matinee. Workman is now 1-9 on the year with a 5.27 ERA. He will take on the Pirates at PNC Park next time out.
    Wednesday, 2:02 pm
  • Koehler allows two runs over five vs. Brewers
    Tom Koehler gave up two runs over five innings in Tuesday's no-decision against the Brewers.

    Advice: Koehler yielded six hits and three walks in the outing. Despite not factoring in the decision, the start was the latest in a string of consistently strong performances for Koehler -- the right-hander hasn't allowed more than three runs in any of his last six starts. Koehler remains 9-9 with a 3.74 ERA heading into Sunday's start at the Phillies.
    Tuesday, 9:25 pm
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