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  • Steven Matz (elbow) could miss next start
    The Mets have not committed to Steven Matz (elbow) starting Wednesday against the Nationals. 21 minutes ago
    4:05 pm @Was
  • Top prospect Lucas Giolito to debut Tuesday
    Nationals RHP prospect Lucas Giolito will be called up from Double-A Harrisburg to make his major league debut Tuesday against the Mets.

    Advice: Manager Dusty Baker said "he's ready for the task." We think so too. Baseball's consensus No. 1 prospect has pitched to a steady 3.17 ERA over 14 starts for Double-A Harrisburg this year while mixing in 100 mph heat and a devastating power curve. The 21-year-old will take Stephen Strasburg's spot in the starting rotation. If he's as good as advertised, Giolito could be in the majors for good. Make sure to scoop Giolito up in your league if he's still available. 52 minutes ago
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    4:05 pm vs NYM
  • Kershaw dealing with minor back discomfort
    Clayton Kershaw was treated for minor back discomfort after pitching Sunday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Kershaw endured his worst start of the season on Sunday but manager Dave Roberts insists his ineffectiveness had nothing to do with his ailing back. Roberts added that the injury has been an "off-and-on issue." Kershaw put in his usual post-start workout Monday morning and isn't expected to miss any time. He's in line to pitch Friday against the Rockies. Today, 11:11 am
  • RHP Rafael Martin called up from Syracuse
    Nationals recalled RHP Rafael Martin from Triple-A Syracuse.

    Advice: Martin has had an uneventful year for Syracuse, contributing a lackluster 4.29 ERA over 29 relief appearances. With the Nationals expected to call up a starter for Tuesday's game against the Mets, Martin could be headed back to Syracuse after Monday's contest. Today, 10:50 am
  • Jumbo Diaz headed back to the majors
    Reds recalled RHP Jumbo Diaz from Triple-A Louisville.

    Advice: The Angels claimed J.C. Ramirez off waivers, opening up a roster spot for Diaz. The 32-year-old has done solid work as Louisville's closer, converting 11-of-12 saves with a pristine 0.75 ERA. Unfortunately that success has not carried over to the big leagues. He holds a disappointing 6.30 ERA in 11 games for the Reds this season. Today, 10:16 am
  • Cain expected to begin rehab assignment Friday
    Matt Cain (hamstring) is slated to begin a rehab assignment on Friday.

    Advice: Cain completed a 36-pitch bullpen session on Sunday and will throw another on Tuesday. He's been battling hamstring issues for the past month. Cain is only 1-5 this year with a mediocre 5.34 ERA over 11 starts. He hasn't been on the fantasy radar in quite some time. Today, 9:39 am
    15-Day DL
    7:15 pm vs Oak
  • Mets prospect Amed Rosario not available for trade
    The Mets have no plans to trade top SS prospect Amed Rosario.

    Advice: The Mets could be open to making a trade this summer—Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy is one player they've had their eye on—but Rosario isn't going anywhere. The 20-year-old has impressed this year by hitting .317 with 42 RBI and 14 steals over 70 games for High-A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton. He's listed at No. 70 in's prospect rankings. Today, 9:28 am
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    4:05 pm x @Was
  • Seung Hwan Oh to get first crack at closer?
    Seung Hwan Oh warmed up in the eighth inning Sunday against the Mariners but wasn't needed after the Cardinals scored two runs in the ninth.

    Advice: The implication is that Oh would have been manager Mike Matheny's first choice had their been a save situation. The Cardinals have gone to a closer by committee in the wake of Trevor Rosenthal's recent struggles. Oh has enjoyed a brilliant rookie campaign, contributing 14 holds and a stellar 1.66 ERA over 37 appearances. Jonathan Broxton and Kevin Siegrist could also get looks in the ninth inning but Oh needs to be owned in all formats. Today, 8:58 am
  • Gregory Polanco (leg) not starting Monday
    Gregory Polanco (leg) is not in the Pirates' lineup Monday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Polanco hasn't been in the lineup the past three days while battling left leg discomfort, though he did strike out in a pinch-hitting appearance Sunday night. Utility man Sean Rodriguez is getting the nod in right field. He'll bat seventh against Dodgers lefty Scott Kazmir. Polanco remains day-to-day. Today, 8:46 am
    L, 5-4 vs x LAD
  • Aaron Blair to stay in minors for a while
    Aaron Blair is due for an extended stay in the minor leagues.

    Advice: Atlanta shipped Blair to the minors last month so he could work on his mechanics but injuries forced him back into the starting rotation after only one outing. After another tough stint in the major leagues, the Braves intend to let Blair work through his issues in Triple-A. "He’s a big part of what we’ve got going forward," said interim manager Brian Snitker. "We're trying to help and do the right thing for [him] right now, what’s best for Aaron Blair." The 24-year-old has struggled to a 7.99 ERA over 11 winless outings for the Braves this season. Today, 7:57 am
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    4:10 pm vs Cle
  • Corey Seager not in Monday's starting lineup
    Corey Seager is getting the day off Monday against the Pirates.

    Advice: It's a quick turnaround for the Dodgers, who are playing at 12:35 PM ET after a night game on Sunday. Seager has appeared in all but one game this season with his last day off coming on April 15. The 22-year-old has contributed All-Star numbers this year with 16 HR and a .298 batting average in 299 at-bats. Chris Taylor will handle shortstop duties Monday while batting eighth against Bucs left-hander Francisco Liriano. Today, 7:07 am
  • Ross Stripling to throw for OKC on Tuesday
    Ross Stripling will make an appearance for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday.

    Advice: He'll pitch in relief of Hyun-Jin Ryu, who is making his fourth rehab start. Stripling has spent the past month at the team's spring training facility in Arizona in an effort to limit his innings. This is Stripling's first full season since undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2014. He should be back with the Dodgers at some point this year. Today, 6:22 am
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    W, 5-4 @Pit
  • Gonzalez benched for second straight game
    Adrian Gonzalez will sit for the second straight game Monday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Scott Van Slyke got the nod at first base Sunday with Gonzalez appearing as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning and will start there again on Monday. Gonzalez has had a hard time this month (.181 with one homer in 83 at-bats) and manager Dave Roberts thinks defensive shifts could be to blame. "If you see the three infielders on the right side of the infield and you’re not getting hits, logic says that if I can put the ball on the ground the other way, I can get a hit," said Roberts. "It kind of plays into the psyche of the defense." Gonzalez's .262 average this year is his lowest since 2005 when he hit .227 in 43 games for Texas. Today, 6:16 am
    W, 5-4 x @Pit
  • McCutchen a trade candidate this offseason?
    According to John Perrotto of FanRag Sports, the Pirates aren't looking to shop Andrew McCutchen until the offseason.

    Advice: The Pirates have been plummeting in the NL Central race, fueling speculation that the Bucs will become sellers at the trade deadline. They still might—Francisco Liriano and Mark Melancon are logical trade candidates—but McCutchen won't be part of that discussion. However, the team could entertain offers for McCutchen this winter in anticipation of top outfield prospect Austin Meadows' big-league debut in 2017. McCutchen is having his worst season, though he did bop a pair of home runs Saturday off Dodgers right-hander Kenta Maeda. Today, 5:36 am
  • Trevor Story diagnosed with bruised finger
    Trevor Story was diagnosed with a bruised right middle finger after being hit by a pitch in the ninth inning on Sunday.

    Advice: Thankfully for the Rockies and fantasy owners alike, X-rays came back negative. Consider him day-to-day heading into next week. Today, 2:01 am
    5:40 pm vs Tor
  • Kershaw struggles in Sunday's loss to Pirates
    Clayton Kershaw had a rare off-night on Sunday, surrendering four runs on nine hits over six innings in a losing effort against the Pirates.

    Advice: The All-Star southpaw struck out four and walked two on the evening. This marked the first time all season that Kershaw has issued more than one walk. All of the damage against him was done with two outs in the second inning, where Adam Frazier delivered an RBI single and David Freese smacked a three-run double. Even with this poor outing, Kershaw still owns a stellar 11-2 record, 1.79 ERA and 0.73 WHIP on the season. He'll take on the Rockies his next time out at home on Friday. Yesterday, 7:50 pm
  • McCutchen tossed for arguing strike call
    Andrew McCutchen was ejected from Sunday's game against the Dodgers for arguing a called third strike call.

    Advice: McCutchen doesn't get visibly frustrated often, but he let his emotions spill over in this one on what was a questionable third strike call. He'll catch the rest of this game from the clubhouse. Yesterday, 7:47 pm
  • Trevor Story heading for X-rays on his hand
    Trevor Story is heading for X-rays on his hand after being drilled by a pitch leading off the ninth inning against the Diamondbacks on Sunday.

    Advice: Story was drilled leading off the ninth inning, then came around to score the game-winning run on Mark Reynolds' walk-off blast. The Rockies are hopeful that his hand isn't broken, but it remains a very real possibility at this time. Expect an update on his status shortly. Yesterday, 5:21 pm
    5:40 pm vs Tor
  • Gregory Polanco (leg) remains out on Sunday
    Gregory Polanco (leg) is once again not in the Pirates starting lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Polanco has been dealing with discomfort in his left leg which forced him to miss all three games of their weekend set against the Dodgers. It doesn't sound as though it's anything that will necessitate a trip to the disabled list, so expect him to rejoin the starting lineup early next week. Yesterday, 1:42 pm
    L, 5-4 vs x LAD
  • McCutchen crushes two home runs on Saturday
    Andrew McCutchen hit a solo homer in the fourth inning, then trumped that with a three-run bomb in the sixth to carry the Pirates to a 6-1 victory over the Dodgers on Saturday.

    Advice: The two home runs give McCutchen 12 for the season. He has been a major disappointment for his fantasy owners so far this year but he gave them a big treat today. McCutchen played poorly in the early part of last season before coming on strong in the second half, perhaps today is an indication he will repeat that cycle this year. He is now batting .243 with 41 runs, 32 RBI and only two steals. Saturday, 7:37 pm
  • Gregory Polanco (leg) not in lineup Saturday
    Gregory Polanco (leg) remains out of the starting lineup Saturday versus the Dodgers.

    Advice: Polanco is dealing with some discomfort in his left leg and apparently needs at least another day. Matt Joyce is getting another start in right field. Saturday, 12:37 pm
    L, 5-4 vs x LAD
  • Braves option RHP Blair to Triple-A
    Braves optioned RHP Aaron Blair to Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Blair gets the boot after being hammered for eight runs over 4 1/3 innings Friday against the Mets. He now owns a 7.99 ERA over 11 starts in the majors. Blair still offers promise for the long-term, but he has some work to do. Saturday, 11:34 am
    Not Active
    4:10 pm vs Cle
  • Cain (hamstring) throws bullpen session
    Matt Cain (hamstring) threw about 20 pitches off the bullpen mound on Friday.

    Advice: Cain will do the same thing on Sunday before the Giants determine the next step. If the club wants to play it safe, he could throw on the side or pitch batting practice, but he could be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment. There should be more clarity on his status soon. The veteran right-hander has been sidelined since June 13 with a strained right hamstring. Saturday, 7:07 am
    15-Day DL
    7:15 pm vs Oak
  • Matz downplays issue with elbow
    Steven Matz downplayed any issue with his elbow after Friday's start against the Braves.

    Advice: Matz, who has been dealing with some elbow tightness of late, held the Braves scoreless over the first four innings Friday before giving up six runs on eight hits in the fifth while showing a dip in velocity. Cameras showed him rubbing his elbow in the dugout before going out for the inning, but the young southpaw said his elbow wasn't a factor in his unraveling. "Not really. No. It's been tight, but it's fine," said Matz. "I was able to throw the ball fine the first four innings." Matz had just two swinging strikes in his 78 pitches on Friday. Saturday, 5:45 am
    4:05 pm @Was
  • Matz gives up six runs vs. Braves on Fri.
    Steven Matz was chased after giving up six runs in 4 1/3 innings against the Braves on Friday.

    Advice: Matz allowed just one hit over the first four innings and carried an 8-0 lead into the bottom of the fifth, but he completely fell apart after Yoenis Cespedes lost a fly ball in the lights. He ended up giving up eight hits in the frame. The big blow was a three-run homer by Brandon Snyder of all people. It was a stunning turn of events. While Matz didn’t issue a walk, he also didn’t strike out any of the 21 batters he faced and induced just two swinging strikes. His ERA jumped from 2.74 to 3.29 on the night. Not what you want to see after he dealt with some elbow stiffness in his most recent start, but he claims to be fine. Matz lines up for a start against the first-place Nationals next week. Friday, 8:04 pm
    4:05 pm @Was
  • Blair gives up eight runs in loss
    Aaron Blair was hammered for eight runs over 4 1/3 innings Friday in a loss to the Mets.

    Advice: Blair remains winless through his first 11 starts in the majors. He has deserved better on a couple of occasions, but this wasn’t one of them. He allowed seven hits (including a three-run homer to James Loney in the fifth) and three walks in the loss and now stands at 0-5 with a 7.99 ERA. Assuming the Braves stick with him, he’ll get the Indians next week. Friday, 8:04 pm
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    4:10 pm vs Cle
  • Gregory Polanco sitting out with sore leg
    Gregory Polanco is not in the Pirates' lineup Friday due to left leg discomfort.

    Advice: The Pirates got Starling Marte (foot) back in the lineup Friday but now will be without Polanco. It's unclear how Polanco was injured, but it appears to be a day-to-day situation. Matt Joyce has taken his spot in right field. Friday, 1:10 pm
    L, 5-4 vs x LAD
  • Cain (hamstring) won't return when eligible
    Matt Cain (hamstring) won't return from the disabled list when first eligible next Wednesday.

    Advice: Cain's right hamstring strain is improving, but the Giants want him to make at least one rehab start this time after he skipped one following the initial injury. That means Albert Suarez will make at least one more start. Friday, 9:28 am
    15-Day DL
    7:15 pm vs Oak
  • Mets promote Amed Rosario to Double-A
    Mets shortstop prospect Amed Rosario has been promoted from High-A St. Lucie to Double-A Binghamton.

    Advice: Rosario earned the promotion by batting .309/.359/.442 with three home runs, 40 RBI, 13 stolen bases, and 27 runs scored in 66 games at the High-A level. The 20-year-old top shortstop prospect will be one of the youngest players in the Double-A Eastern League. Thursday, 12:10 pm
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    4:05 pm x @Was
  • Andrew McCutchen getting the day off Thurs.
    Andrew McCutchen is getting the day off Thursday afternoon against the Giants.

    Advice: Gregory Polanco will start in center field and Matt Joyce will start in right. Sean Rodriguez is in left for Starling Marte, who has a foot injury. This is just a routine day of maintenance for McCutchen. Thursday, 7:24 am
  • Corey Seager hits 16th home run
    Corey Seager went 3-for-4 and hit his 16th homer Wednesday against the Nationals.

    Advice: 16 homers in 287 at-bats for Seager. Last year, he had 13 in 421 at-bats while playing in the PCL, so it seemed like it would be a while before he was going to chase 20 homers, much less 30, in the majors. Alas, here he is, on pace for 35. We don't expect him to keep that up, but he has a better chance of maintaining his current .289 average. Wednesday, 10:55 pm
  • Polanco delivers a home run among three hits
    Gregory Polanco went 3-for-5 and hit his 10th bomb of the season Wednesday versus the Giants.

    Advice: Polanco took Jeff Samardzija deep in the second inning for a three-run blast. The three RBI give him 42 on the season. After two sub-par years the 24-year-old had lost much of his prospect luster, but he has been one of the biggest breakout hitters of the 2016 campaign thus far. He is now batting .301 with a .906 OPS. Polanco also helps his owners with his feet. He stole 27 bases last year and is sitting on nine steals so far this year, although he has been caught five times. The 10 home runs is already a career high. He is a big kid and is more likely to be a power hitter than a speedster as he matures. Wednesday, 8:26 pm
    L, 5-4 vs x LAD
  • Matz (elbow) reports no discomfort after BP
    Steven Matz (elbow) said that he did not experience any issues during his Wednesday bullpen.

    Advice: Matz felt stiffness in his elbow during the sixth inning of his start against the Braves on Saturday. Wednesday's problem-free bullpen was absolutely necessary if he was to avoid the disabled list. He shouldn't be considered out of the woods yet, but would start against the Braves (again) on Friday if the Mets feel comfortable with his progress. Wednesday, 2:27 pm
    4:05 pm @Was
  • Clayton Kershaw picks up 11th win
    Clayton Kershaw allowed one run over seven innings and struck out eight in defeating the Nationals on Monday.

    Advice: The much-anticipated Kershaw-Stephen Strasburg showdown didn't materialize tonight, and while emergency replacement Yusmeiro Petit did solid work, he couldn't hang with Kershaw in what ended up being a 3-1 game. Kershaw moved to 11-1 with a 1.57 ERA. He went without walking a batter for the eighth time in 15 starts. Monday, 10:20 pm
  • A-Gon raps three hits on Saturday
    Adrian Gonzalez went 3-for-5 with an RBI and scored a run on Saturday in his first strong game in a week.

    Advice: Gonzalez got off to a good start in April but has cooled down of late. Prior to today he had a poor .500 OPS in June. All of his stats this season are well below his career norms. The 34-year-old is likely to heat up eventually but it might be time for the aging slugger's owners to start preparing a replacement plan. Jun 18, 11:55 pm
    W, 5-4 x @Pit
  • Blair notches quality start against the Mets
    Aaron Blair turned in a quality start but did not factor into the decision on Saturday in a 4-3 Braves win over the Mets, tossing six innings while allowing three earned runs on five hits, including two home runs.

    Advice: He walked one and whiffed four. Blair allowed solo homers to Wilmer Flores and Yoenis Cespedes but only three other hits. Blair's 7.19 ERA remains horrific after 10 starts but he got it moving in the right direction today. His 5.24 K/9 is way too low and his 5.05 BB/9 is way too high for him to have any sort of success in the major leagues. He will try to improve those ratios when he faces the Mets again on Friday. Jun 18, 9:00 pm
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    4:10 pm vs Cle
  • Matz dealt with elbow trouble on Saturday
    Steven Matz experienced stiffness in his elbow in the sixth inning of start Saturday against the Braves.

    Advice: That was his final inning of the game. Matz downplayed the issue, telling reporters it's in a different part of his elbow than the problem from earlier this season, but any kind of elbow trouble is a big red flag. Look for an update around his between-starts bullpen session. Jun 18, 8:59 pm
    4:05 pm @Was
  • Gregory Polanco getting the day off Saturday
    Gregory Polanco is getting the day off Saturday.

    Advice: Sean Rodriguez will start in right field and bat seventh versus Cubs left-hander Jon Lester. Polanco has struggled a bit in June after roaring through April and May. Jun 18, 2:03 pm
    L, 5-4 vs x LAD
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