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  • Carrasco continues hot streak, wins again
    Carlos Carrasco continued to pitch well on Thursday, earning the win after limiting the White Sox to one run over 6 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Carrasco has pitched like a completely new player since rejoining the rotation on August 10. Over his last four starts, including Thursday's effort, he has a 0.73 ERA with a 24/3 K/BB ratio over 24 2/3 innings. Against the White Sox, he surrendered only four hits and a walk while striking out seven. Carrasco will look to continue his hot streak on Tuesday at home against the Tigers. He's worth grabbing in mixed leagues as long as he keeps pitching like this.
    Yesterday, 8:32 pm
  • Sipp strikes out two, picks up his 2nd save
    Tony Sipp picked up a rare save, finishing off the Rangers in the ninth inning of Thursday's win.

    Advice: Sipp was filling in for Chad Qualls, who had pitched on back-to-back nights. The lefty struck out two Rangers en route to his second save of the season. Sipp has been solid out of the 'pen for the Astros this season, sporting a 3.21 ERA, a 0.88 WHIP, and a 51/14 K/BB ratio. However, the save opportunities will be virtually nonexistent for Sipp through the rest of the season barring an injury.
    Yesterday, 8:22 pm
  • Britton mows down the Rays for his 29th save
    Zach Britton retired the side in order in the ninth inning for his 29th save in Thursday's win over the Rays.

    Advice: Britton was tasked with protecting a one-run lead and did so with relative ease, getting three consecutive ground outs on eight pitches. The lefty is now 29-for-32 in save chances with a 1.95 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, and a 55/18 K/BB ratio.
    Yesterday, 7:45 pm
  • Yankees acquire Josh Outman from Indians
    Yankees acquired LHP Josh Outman from the Indians in exchange for a player to be named later or cash.

    Advice: Outman had been at Triple-A Columbus after being removed from the Indians' 40-man roster, but he'll report to the big club with the Yankees. He has control issues (16 walks in 24 2/3 innings this season), but Outman has struck out over a batter per inning in his career as a reliever and held lefties to a .188/.257/.287 batting line.
    Yesterday, 6:49 pm
    Not Active
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • Astros monitoring Dallas Keuchel's workload
    Astros manager Bo Porter said Thursday that the club will monitor Dallas Keuchel's workload down the stretch.

    Advice: At 171 1/3 innings, Keuchel is just 6 1/3 frames shy of his career high. The team hasn't revealed a specific number that they have in mind for the lefty, but it's sounding like he could have a turn skipped or get shut down early. "You look at his workload and the number of innings he's thrown this year, and it's something we definitely need to keep an eye on," Porter said.
    Yesterday, 6:09 pm
  • Doolittle yet to resume baseball activities
    Sean Doolittle (intercostal) has yet to resume baseball activities.

    Advice: A's manager Bob Melvin did say Thursday that his closer was feeling better. The club is hopeful that Doolittle, who was placed on the disabled list Sunday, will be ready to go when his two weeks are up.
    Yesterday, 5:39 pm
    Disabled List
    7:05 pm @LAA
  • Giants to go with closer-by-committee?
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy indicated after Thursday's game that he planned to go with a committee at closer going forward.

    Advice: He said that he nearly used Santiago Casilla in the eighth inning but decided that the matchups were better for Sergio Romo. He also had Jeremy Affeldt warming up in the ninth after Casilla issued a leadoff walk. Casilla has only blown one save since taking over the closer job but has allowed five runs over his last 11 appearances. Romo, Affeldt, Casilla and even Jean Machi should all probably be owned in fantasy leagues.
    Yesterday, 4:04 pm
  • Daisuke Matsuzaka activated from DL
    Mets activated RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Matsuzaka has missed the last month with elbow inflammation but showed the Mets he was ready by allowing just one run over three rehab starts. He'll join the bullpen for now but could be added to the rotation next month if the Mets decide to rest some of their young starters.
    Yesterday, 3:56 pm
  • Vic Black (neck) placed on disabled list
    Mets placed RHP Vic Black on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 24, with a herniated disk in his neck.

    Advice: Black was given a cortisone injection Thursday, and rather than wait a few days for it to take effect the club has just decided to go ahead and put him on the DL. Daisuke Matsuzaka has taken his spot in the bullpen.
    Yesterday, 3:54 pm
    Disabled List
    4:10 pm vs Phi
  • Yusmeiro Petit sets MLB record in victory
    Yusmeiro Petit set a major league record with 46 straight batters retired on his way to allowing one run over six innings Thursday in a win over the Rockies.

    Advice: Petit retired the first eight batters he faced today to overtake Mark Buehrle's major league record of 45 consecutive batters retired. He then immediately gave up a double to opposing starter Jordan Lyles and a soft RBI single to Charlie Blackmon, but he buckled down after that. He ended up allowing four hits, walking none and striking out nine in his first start since replacing Tim Lincecum in the rotation. He'll get the Rockies again next week, and while that will be at Coors, he still looks like a decent play in mixed leagues.
    Yesterday, 3:54 pm
  • Drew Smyly to be limited to 150 innings
    Rays manager Joe Maddon said Thursday that Drew Smyly will be limited to 150-160 innings this season.

    Advice: Smyly is currently at a career-high 141 1/3 frames, so he could only have a couple starts left. The left-hander certainly hasn't shown any signs of tiring, having posted a 1.50 ERA over five starts since joining the Rays.
    Yesterday, 3:31 pm
  • Michael Mariot placed on 60-day DL
    Royals recalled RHP Michael Mariot from Triple-A Omaha; placed him on the 60-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain.

    Advice: The move cleared space on the 40-man roster for Jayson Nix. Mariot will miss the remainder of the season.
    Yesterday, 3:23 pm
    Disabled List
    5:10 pm vs Cle
  • Angels outright LaBlanc to Triple-A
    Angels sent LHP Wade LeBlanc outright to Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: LeBlanc was hammered in a start Monday against the Marlins and successfully cleared waivers after being designated for assignment. He has agreed to go to Triple-A.
    Yesterday, 2:02 pm
    Not Active
    7:05 pm vs Oak
  • Braves' Venters has re-tear of UCL in elbow
    Jonny Venters has been diagnosed with a re-tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow following an MRI.

    Advice: Awful news for Venters, who has spent all season rehabbing from the second Tommy John surgery of his career. He'll now need a third operation if he hopes to continue his career.
    Yesterday, 1:56 pm
    Disabled List
    4:35 pm vs Mia
  • Edgin likely available Thursday
    Josh Edgin (elbow) is likely available Thursday against the Braves.

    Advice: Edgin is dealing with bone spurs in his left elbow, but he's apparently feeling better after a couple of days of rest. The young southpaw has a 1.40 ERA and 25/6 K/BB ratio over 25 2/3 innings this season.
    Yesterday, 1:18 pm
  • Black receives injection for herniated disk
    Vic Black received a cortisone injection for the herniated disk in his neck.

    Advice: Black downplayed the situation on Wednesday, but Mets manager Terry Collins said Thursday that he's "worried." It doesn't sound like the young reliever is close to returning.
    Yesterday, 1:16 pm
    Disabled List
    4:10 pm vs Phi
  • Royals activate Downs from disabled list
    Royals activated LHP Scott Downs from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Downs has been sidelined for most of the month with a stiff neck. The veteran reliever owns a 5.29 ERA and 25/19 K/BB ratio over 34 innings of work this season.
    Yesterday, 1:03 pm
  • Soria (oblique) ready to stretch out throwing
    Joakim Soria (oblique) will stretch out his flat-ground throwing program on Friday.

    Advice: And if that goes well, he should soon be cleared for mound work. Soria had been aiming to return from the 15-day disabled list when first eligible on August 25, but it's going to be more like early-to-mid September.
    Yesterday, 12:19 pm
    Disabled List
    5:10 pm @CWS
  • A's add righty Evan Scribner to bullpen
    Athletics purchased the contract of RHP Evan Scribner from Triple-A Sacramento.

    Advice: Scribner was designated for assignment by the A's on August 1, but he passed through waivers unclaimed and was then outrighted to Triple-A. Now he's back to serve as a middle reliever for the stretch run.
    Yesterday, 10:43 am
  • A's option Drew Pomeranz to Low-A Beloit
    Athletics optioned LHP Drew Pomeranz to Low-A Beloit.

    Advice: Pomeranz was sharp in a spot start against the Astros on Wednesday, striking out seven batters and allowed only an unearned run over 5 1/3 innings. He'll likely return as a long reliever when rosters expand in September.
    Yesterday, 10:41 am
    Not Active
    7:05 pm @LAA
  • Putkonen (elbow) ready for rehab assignment
    Luke Putkonen (elbow) is set to begin a rehab assignment Thursday with Low-A West Michigan.

    Advice: Putkonen has been out since April with an elbow injury and underwent surgery in June to remove a bone spur. He should be an option for the Tigers' bullpen at some point in September, but they're not going to rush him back. Putkonen owns a 4.66 career major league ERA.
    Yesterday, 6:50 am
    Disabled List
    5:10 pm @CWS
  • Joe Kelly returned to action on Wednesday August 27.
    Yesterday, 1:27 am
    Player Note
    Joe Kelly Bos - SP,RP
  • Morales allows only 1 run in ND vs. Giants
    Franklin Morales tossed six innings of one-run ball in a no-decision against the Giants on Wednesday.

    Advice: Morales turned back the clock to the days when he was decent, striking out six, walking one, and scattering six hits. Unfortunately for Morales, he watched Juan Nicasio serve up a walk-off homer to Buster Posey, spoiling arguably his second best start of the season (the best coming in April against these very same Giants). So it's a good thing that Morales has a rematch against San Francisco in Denver next week, though you've got to have more intestinal fortitude that we do to trust him in fantasy for it.
    Wednesday, 10:17 pm
  • RP Jansen turns out the lights vs. Snakes
    Kenley Jansen made short work of the Diamondbacks on Wednesday, getting his 38th save with a 1-2-3 ninth inning in the Dodgers' 3-1 victory.

    Advice: In 10 outings this month, Jansen has allowed only one run and struck out 19 in 10 1/3 innings. The right-hander had an ugly 4.55 ERA on June 20, but has given up only two runs since that date. He's 38-for-42 in save conversions to go with a 2.82 ERA.
    Wednesday, 10:07 pm
  • Drew Pomeranz strikes out seven Astros
    Drew Pomeranz allowed just an unearned run over 5 1/3 innings and struck out seven against the Astros on Wednesday.

    Advice: It wasn't enough to get Pomeranz a win, but it was a performance that could earn him more starts in September, depending on how things go with Jason Hammel. He'll probably be optioned back to Triple-A now, but he'll be worth playing in mixed leagues if he's needed again.
    Wednesday, 9:13 pm
    Not Active
    7:05 pm @LAA
  • Eric O'Flaherty earns first ever save
    Despite giving up a homer to Chris Carter, Eric O'Flaherty finally recorded his first career save Wednesday against the Astros.

    Advice: Fortunately, O'Flaherty was able to erase Robbie Grossman on a double-play ball before the homer, since a two-run shot would have tied the game at 5. After that, O'Flaherty got Dexter Fowler to line out to end it. The outing certainly wasn't quite what the A's were hoping for when they made the surprising decision to have O'Flaherty replace the injured Sean Doolittle. However, since he got the job done, he'll likely continue to close.
    Wednesday, 9:11 pm
  • Hector Noesi earns victory over Tribe
    Hector Noesi surrendered two runs in seven innings Wednesday in defeating the Indians.

    Advice: We wouldn't necessarily say that Noesi outpitched Corey Kluber -- that was an awfully depleted Cleveland lineup he was facing -- but he did come away with the win after allowing six hits, walking one and striking out five. It was his first career win in four starts against the Indians, and he improved to 8-9 with a 4.75 ERA for the season.
    Wednesday, 9:01 pm
    5:10 pm vs Det
  • Vic Black has slight herniated disc in neck
    Vic Black has a slight herniated disc in his neck.

    Advice: Despite the affliction, Black said he's still day-to-day at this point. "The doctors didn't seem to be too concerned," Black said. "It shouldn't be a big deal. Be able to finish up the season." Black should be back in a few days.
    Wednesday, 8:17 pm
    Disabled List
    4:10 pm vs Phi
  • Joe Kelly gives up two runs to Blue Jays
    Joe Kelly yielded two runs and three hits in six-plus innings Wednesday in a no-decision against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Kelly was on a pitch count tonight after leaving his last start with a right shoulder problem. That makes it hard to see why he was sent back out to begin the seventh, only to get pulled after giving up a double. The Blue Jays went on to score four times in the inning to take a 5-2 lead. Kelly is still winless in five starts for the Red Sox, though he's pitched well in four of them.
    Wednesday, 7:22 pm
    Player Note
    Joe Kelly Bos - SP,RP
  • Smyly leaves O's frowning with a strong start
    Drew Smyly continued his excellence on Wednesday, limiting the Orioles to one run over seven innings of work en route to a win.

    Advice: Smyly was coming off of a complete game shutout against the Blue Jays on Friday and kept the train rolling with a dominant outing, holding the O's to just two hits and a walk while striking out six. Since joining the Rays, Smyly has a 1.50 ERA and a 29/7 K/BB ratio. The lefty will try to keep the good times rolling when he takes on the Red Sox at home on Monday.
    Wednesday, 6:57 pm
  • Josh Edgin (elbow) dealing with bone spurs
    Josh Edgin is dealing with bone spurs in his left elbow.

    Advice: Edgin was potentially available Wednesday but Mets manager Terry Collins said he wanted to "quiet it down. There's more bone spurs stuff than it is any other structural damage," Collins said. "He's fine otherwise I wouldn't be pitching him. To quiet it down as we always know and it's ligaments running across that bone spur flares up, so we got to quiet it down." Edgin should be back in game action soon.
    Wednesday, 4:26 pm
  • Black (neck) to be sidelined a few more days
    Vic Black (neck) will still be sidelined a couple more days with bone spurs and stiffness in his neck.

    Advice: Black hasn't been available the past few days with stiffness, and he had a precautionary MRI on his neck Wednesday. It doesn't sound like it will require a trip to the disabled list at this point.
    Wednesday, 4:23 pm
    Disabled List
    4:10 pm vs Phi
  • Vic Black undergoes MRI on neck Wed.
    Vic Black underwent an MRI on his neck Wednesday.

    Advice: Black has been unavailable for the past couple of days to a lingering feeling of discomfort in his neck. He was diagnosed with a pinched nerve earlier this season at Triple-A Las Vegas. The reliever could require a stint on the 15-day disabled list.
    Wednesday, 2:13 pm
    Disabled List
    4:10 pm vs Phi
  • A's recall Drew Pomeranz for Wednesday start
    Athletics recalled LHP Drew Pomeranz from Triple-A Sacramento.

    Advice: Pomeranz will start for the A's on Wednesday night against the Astros. He had a strong 2.91 ERA and 48/23 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings before being demoted in July and makes for a good fantasy streamer in Houston.
    Wednesday, 1:10 pm
    Not Active
    7:05 pm @LAA
  • Vic Black dealing with stiff neck
    Vic Black was unavailable to pitch Tuesday due to a stiff neck.

    Advice: Black dealt with a pinched nerve in his neck earlier this season at Triple-A, but it's unclear whether this issue is related. It appears to be a minor concern, as Mets manager Terry Collins expects the reliever to be available Wednesday.
    Wednesday, 8:04 am
    Disabled List
    4:10 pm vs Phi
  • Britton works perfect 9th for his 28th save
    Zach Britton picked up his 28th save with a 1-2-3 ninth inning in Tuesday's win against the Rays.

    Advice: The lefty had no issues cutting through the 9-1-2 spots in the Rays' batting order to finish out the game. Britton has now notched saves in 13 consecutive chances. He's 28-for-31 overall with a 1.98 ERA, a 0.88 WHIP, and a 55/18 K/BB ratio.
    Tuesday, 8:26 pm
  • Keuchel keeps A's to two runs in no-decision
    Dallas Keuchel gave up just two runs -- one earned -- over seven innings Tuesday, settling for a no-decision against the Athletics.

    Advice: Keuchel did his usual thing, inducing 18 ground balls while striking out just three. The southpaw gave up five hits while walking three in the outing. And, also as usual, the Astros failed to give him much in the way of run support. Keuchel remained 10-9 with a 3.05 ERA through 25 starts, and he'll hope for some more support when he takes on the Rangers on Sunday.
    Tuesday, 7:53 pm
  • Josh Edgin nursing sore pitching elbow
    Josh Edgin was unavailable to pitch Tuesday due to left elbow soreness.

    Advice: Edgin insisted that he would only need a day or two of rest. The left-hander has been terrific for the Mets this season, posting a 1.40 ERA and 25/6 K/BB ratio over 25 2/3 relief innings.
    Tuesday, 7:13 pm
  • Wade LeBlanc designated for assignment
    Angels designated LHP Wade LeBlanc for assignment.

    Advice: It comes as no surprise after he was pummeled for six earned runs over just 3 1/3 innings on Monday. The Angels will now have to find another starter for Saturday, with Randy Wolf or Michael Roth looking like the favorites if they don't get someone from outside the organization.
    Tuesday, 3:11 pm
    Not Active
    7:05 pm vs Oak
  • Venters shut down with lingering elbow pain
    Jonny Venters has been shut down again due to lingering discomfort in his surgically-repaired elbow.

    Advice: He'll visit Dr. James Andrews later this week. Venters has struggled to make a full recovery from his second Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and can probably be ruled out for the remainder of the 2014 season.
    Tuesday, 2:05 pm
    Disabled List
    4:35 pm vs Mia
  • Richards' replacement LeBlanc gets rocked
    In his first start of the season, Wade LeBlanc was detonated by the Marlins for six earned runs over just 3 1/3 innings in Monday's loss.

    Advice: Los Angeles has less than a week to acquire Garrett Richards' replacement from outside the organization. They hadn't shown much resolve to do so over the past several days, but perhaps tonight's game will expedite their resolve. LeBlanc (making his first major league start since May 6, 2013) has been given numerous opportunities over the years -- and in great pitcher's parks -- and proven time and time that he isn't a major league-caliber starting pitcher. He's got a 10.13 ERA in limited action this year, but his 4.56 career ERA, accrued mostly during stints with the Padres and Marlins, tells you all you need to know. If LeBlanc gets another start, don't mimic the Angels' mistake by trotting him out in an AL-only league.
    Monday, 10:29 pm
    Not Active
    7:05 pm vs Oak
  • Eric O'Flaherty finishes 8-2 game
    After warming up to come in for the save, Eric O'Flaherty ended up finishing an 8-2 game against the Astros on Monday.

    Advice: It was 3-2 until the A's racked up five runs in the top of the ninth, extending O'Flaherty's saveless streak for at least one day. He's expected to be Oakland's fill-in closer for now, even though he's never saved a game in 388 appearances. In tonight's game, he gave up a double and a walk with one out before inducing a double-play ball to end the contest.
    Monday, 8:40 pm
  • Yusmeiro Petit moves into Giants' rotation
    Yusmeiro Petit will start on Thursday versus the Rockies in place of Tim Lincecum.

    Advice: He's only guaranteed the one start for now, but the switch will become permanent if Petit pitches well. The right-hander has quietly retired 38 straight batters in relief and holds a 3.59 ERA and 87/17 K/BB ratio over 80 1/3 frames this season. However, he's posted a 6.32 ERA over six spot starts, so he's far from a sure thing.
    Monday, 4:58 pm
  • Drew Pomeranz getting ball for A's Wed.
    Athletics manager Bob Melvin confirmed Monday that Drew Pomeranz will be recalled to start on Wednesday versus the Astros.

    Advice: The A's will use a sixth starter for one turn in order to set up the top four of their starting rotation for a big four-game weekend set in Anaheim. Pomeranz held a 2.91 ERA and 48/23 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings before being bumped to Triple-A Sacramento in July by the Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija trade. He makes for a decent fantasy streamer versus the Astros.
    Monday, 3:34 pm
    Not Active
    7:05 pm @LAA
  • Pomeranz likely to start Wednesday in HOU
    Drew Pomeranz is likely to start for the A's on Wednesday night against the Astros.

    Advice: The A's will use a sixth starter this week in Houston to line up the top four of their starting rotation for a big four-game weekend set in Anaheim. Pomeranz had a cool 2.91 ERA and 48/23 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings before being bumped to Triple-A Sacramento in July by the Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija trade. He should make for a decent fantasy streamer versus the light-hitting 'Stros.
    Monday, 5:45 am
    Not Active
    7:05 pm @LAA
  • O'Flaherty expected to fill in as OAK closer
    Eric O'Flaherty is expected to serve as the A's closer while Sean Doolittle (intercostal) is sidelined.

    Advice: That will allow Ryan Cook and Luke Gregerson to remain in their current setup roles -- where they have both excelled. Doolittle was placed on the disabled list Sunday with an intercostal strain and could be out for close to three weeks. O'Flaherty, who has a 1.35 ERA and 0.83 WHIP in 13 1/3 innings since returning in July from Tommy John surgery, obviously needs to be scooped up in all standard fantasy leagues.
    Monday, 5:31 am
  • Sean Doolittle (intercostal) placed on the DL
    Athletics placed LHP Sean Doolittle on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right intercostal muscle.

    Advice: The hard-throwing southpaw is expected to need only a minimum trip on the DL, but side injuries can tend to linger. The A's are planning to use Eric O'Flaherty as their primary closer in Doolittle's absence, and he is worthy of being added in all mixed fantasy leagues.
    Sunday, 4:03 pm
    Disabled List
    7:05 pm @LAA
  • Sean Doolittle (intercostal) getting MRI exam
    Sean Doolittle will undergo an MRI exam on Sunday for pain that he's experiencing in his intercostal area.

    Advice: The A's are calling the exam precautionary, but those injuries can be tricky to diagnose and can tend to linger. More should be known about his status and availability after the results are known.
    Sunday, 2:32 pm
    Disabled List
    7:05 pm @LAA
  • Joe Kelly (shoulder) to make next start
    Red Sox manager John Farrell said that Joe Kelly (shoulder) reported "no ill effects" when he arrived at Fenway Park on Saturday.

    Advice: Kelly was removed from Friday's start as a precaution due to a shoulder injury, but tests showed no damage and he's expected to be fine. "He's on target to start in five days," Farrell said.
    Sunday, 6:26 am
    Player Note
    Joe Kelly Bos - SP,RP
  • Sean Doolittle feels side pain in ninth
    Sean Doolittle notched the save as the A's beat the Angels 2-1 on Saturday, but reportedly felt some side pain on his next-to-last pitch.

    Advice: Oakland's second win over the Angels in two days put the two teams back into a tie for MLB's best record, but it could be a costly victory if Doolittle has to miss some time. Fortunately, he said afterwards that he doesn't think it's serious; it might have been nothing more than a cramp. His owners might want to pick up Luke Gregerson just to be safe.
    Saturday, 9:36 pm
    Disabled List
    7:05 pm @LAA
  • Luke Putkonen to start rehab assignment
    Luke Putkonen is close to beginning a rehab assignment following June surgery to remove a bone spur from his elbow.

    Advice: Putkonen has been on the disabled list since April 21. Unfortunately, he's not going to have much of a chance to pitch in the minors after such a long absence, so even if he's activated by the Tigers in September, it probably won't be to pitch meaningful innings.
    Saturday, 10:30 am
    Disabled List
    5:10 pm @CWS
  • Morales allows six runs in four innings
    Franklin Morales gave up six runs on eight hits over four innings on Friday.

    Advice: Morales was yanked from the game after he walked Casey McGehee to force in a run in the fifth inning with nobody out. Brooks Brown walked Jarrod Saltalamacchia one out later to finish off Morales' line. The lefty has struggled this season and currently sports a 5.32 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP.
    Friday, 11:45 pm
  • Kelly removed after 'sensation' in shoulder
    Joe Kelly was removed from Friday's start after feeling a sensation in his right shoulder.

    Advice: Kelly left after five scoreless innings, and the Red Sox said the move was precautionary in nature. Testing showed no injury, and Kelly said he expects to make his next start.
    Friday, 8:19 pm
    Player Note
    Joe Kelly Bos - SP,RP
  • Carrasco strikes out eight, earns no-decision
    Carlos Carrasco struck out eight batters and allowed one run in six innings of work against the Astros on Friday.

    Advice: Carrasco's WHIP has been threatening to drop below 1.00 because of outings like this, which lowered it to 1.04. He only surrendered two hits, to go with two walks. The only damage on his line came in the form of a solo Marwin Gonzalez home run in the sixth inning. He left the game after throwing 90 pitches. The Indians will continue to stretch Carrasco. This marks Carrasco's third straight outing in the rotation. He has only allowed one run over those three starts. He has a 3.14 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 79/20 K/BB ratio this season. Unfortunately, Cody Allen allowed four runs in the ninth inning, depriving Carrasco of a deserved win. Carrasco will try to keep rolling against the White Sox next time out.
    Friday, 7:32 pm
  • Smyly tosses scoreless CG against Blue Jays
    Drew Smyly pitched a complete game shutout in guiding the Rays to a 8-0 win over the Blue Jays on Friday.

    Advice: It was simply a dominant effort for the new Ray. Smyly allowed only two hits in pitching his first complete game of the 2014 season. After a subpar first start with the Rays, Smyly has put it together, allowing no runs over seven-plus innings against the Rangers, two runs over seven innings against the Yankees, and the complete game shutout on Friday over the Blue Jays. The only hits Smyly allowed were singles by Jose Reyes and Steve Tolleson. Smyly will take his ever-lowering 3.42 ERA against the Orioles in his next start.
    Friday, 7:07 pm
  • Joe Kelly removed as a precaution on Friday
    Joe Kelly was removed from Friday's start against the Mariners for precautionary reasons.

    Advice: Kelly held the Mariners scoreless over five innings, leaving after 88 pitches. The Red Sox didn't divulge much more on his situation, so more should be known after the game.
    Friday, 6:55 pm
    Player Note
    Joe Kelly Bos - SP,RP
  • Scott Downs to throw live batting practice
    Scott Downs (neck) will throw live batting practice with the Royals return home from a road trip on Tuesday.

    Advice: Downs is eligible to return from the DL now, but the Royals will likely wait until rosters expand to activate him. He's been out with a stiff neck.
    Friday, 2:59 pm
  • Joakim Soria (oblique) nearing return
    Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said in an interview on SiriusXM Friday that Joakim Soria (oblique) is "very close" to returning.

    Advice: Soria has apparently made rapid progress in his recovery from a left oblique strain, as it's normally an injury that takes much longer than a minimum stay on the disabled list. "He can be activated on Monday," Dombrowski said. "I'm not sure he'll be activated right then, but he's very close."
    Friday, 12:40 pm
    Disabled List
    5:10 pm @CWS
  • RP Jansen turns out the lights vs. Padres
    Kenley Jansen slammed the door on the Padres on Thursday, working around a one-out walk to preserve a one-run victory.

    Advice: The right-hander walked Jedd Gyorko but punched out two Padres to escape the inning without much ancillary drama. Jansen's ERA sat at 4.55 on June 20, but he's given up a run in only two of 22 outings since then. Because of that, his ERA is down to 2.92. In addition, he boasts an outstanding 1.17 WHIP and 83/15 K/BB ratio over 52-plus innings.
    Thursday, 10:01 pm
  • Casilla punches out a pair, grabs 11th save
    Santiago Casilla recorded a pair of strikeouts en route to recording his 11th save in Thursday's win against the Giants.

    Advice: Casilla entered with a two-run lead and was able to work around a two-out single to end the contest. The right-hander is now 11-for-14 in save chances with a 1.59 ERA and a 38/13 K/BB ratio in 45 1/3 innings.
    Thursday, 9:21 pm
  • Pomeranz or Chavez could start next week
    The Athletics are considering using Drew Pomeranz or Jesse Chavez to make a spot start next week.

    Advice: The idea would be to use a sixth starter for one turn in order to line up their four best starters for the August 28-31 series versus the Angels. Both Pomeranz and Chavez have pitched well when in the A's rotation this season but were booted when the club acquired Jeff Samardzija, Jason Hammel and Jon Lester.
    Thursday, 6:24 pm
    Not Active
    7:05 pm @LAA
  • Dallas Keuchel goes distance in loss
    Dallas Keuchel went the distance in a loss to the Yankees on Thursday, giving up three runs over eight innings.

    Advice: The three runs all came in the second after a single and two doubles to start the inning. Those doubles were the only extra-base hits given up by Keuchel in the contest, and he walked none. The complete game was his fifth of the year, making him the first Astros pitcher to get to five since Mike Hampton and Darryl Kile finished with seven and six, respectively, in 1997. The wins haven't been there lately, but Keuchel remains one of the AL's better starters with his 3.12 ERA and 125/40 K/BB ratio in 24 starts.
    Thursday, 12:35 pm
  • Angels add Wade LeBlanc from Triple-A
    Angels purchased the contract of LHP Wade LeBlanc from Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: LeBlanc is available out of the bullpen for now but could start in Garrett Richards' place on Monday against the Marlins. Richards is likely done for the season after suffering an ugly left knee injury Wednesday in Boston. LeBlanc is not a good fantasy bet.
    Thursday, 9:49 am
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    7:05 pm vs Oak
  • Petit to 'start' suspended game against Cubs
    Yusmeiro Petit will "start" when the Giants resume their suspended game against the Cubs on Thursday.

    Advice: It's not quite a start, since the game will pick up in the bottom of the fifth inning, but Petit will be on the mound when the game resumes. He last pitched 10 days ago and has been a reliever since a spot start on July 22, so the Giants will likely only ask for two or three innings from the 29-year-old. Petit owns a 3.89 ERA through 74 innings of work this year.
    Wednesday, 8:47 pm
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