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  • Joe Ross pitches well in win over Cardinals
    Joe Ross pitched well in Saturday's victory over the Cardinals, scattering six hits and two walks over six innings of one-run ball.

    Advice: The right-hander punched out four on the afternoon. The only blemish on his day was a sacrifice fly by Matt Carpenter in the fifth inning. Ross has been simply outstanding in the early going, compiling a 3-0 record, 0.79 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 14/7 K/BB ratio over 22 2/3 innings. He'll look to extend his dominance when he does battle against the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Thursday. Today, 2:25 pm
    W, 6-1 ^ @StL
  • Jaime Garcia can't overcome rough first frame
    Jaime Garcia was dealt his second loss of the season on Saturday, surrendering four runs on four hits over 6 1/3 innings against the Nationals.

    Advice: Garcia racked up six strikeouts on the afternoon while walking three. All of the damage against him came in the very first inning, where Daniel Murphy delivered an RBI single and Jayson Werth followed with a three-run bomb. He settled in nicely afterwards and kept the Nats at bay the rest of the afternoon, but the damage had already been done. He'll carry a 3.73 ERA and 1.15 WHIP into Thursday's start against the Phillies. Today, 2:23 pm
  • Hunter Harvey (groin) to see specialist Monday
    Hunter Harvey will see a specialist Monday in Philadelphia after feeling renewed groin discomfort.

    Advice: Doctors will determine whether he needs sports hernia surgery. "The groin’s just not healing like it should," said manager Buck Showalter. "He’s had plenty of time" Hernia surgery usually requires a 4-6 week recovery. The top prospect missed all of last season while battling elbow issues. Today, 2:06 pm
    Not Active
    4:05 pm vs CWS
  • Zimmermann bests Twins, improves to 5-0
    Jordan Zimmermann continued his domination of the American League on Saturday, improviing to 5-0 on the season with seven innings of one-run ball against the Twins.

    Advice: Zimmermann scattered six hits on the afternoon and punched out seven without issuing a free pass. The only damage against him on the afternoon came on a solo home run off the bat of Byung-ho Park in the fourth inning. He now boasts a tremendous 0.55 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 23/7 K/BB ratio over 33 innings on the season. He'll look to continue his impressive run when he takes the hill against the Rangers at home on Friday. Today, 2:05 pm
  • Duffey strikes out seven in loss to Tigers
    Tyler Duffey pitched well in a losing effort against the Tigers on Saturday afternoon, allowing four runs (one earned) on five hits over 6 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Duffey punched out seven on the afternoon and didn't issue a walk. The lone mistake that he made in the ballgame came in the first inning where he served up a three-run homer to Justin Upton. Duffey now boasts a 1.74 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 8/2 K/BB ratio over 10 1/3 innings. He has certainly shown enough to earn another start, which would come on Friday against the White Sox in Chicago. Today, 2:05 pm
    L, 4-1 vs ^ Det
  • Cubs skipping Kyle Hendricks on Sunday
    Kyle Hendricks will have his start skipped on Sunday.

    Advice: Hendricks was scheduled to start Sunday against Atlanta but manager Joe Maddon tweaked the rotation after Saturday's rainout. Now John Lackey will start Sunday with Hendricks getting the nod Thursday against Washington. "Kyle's fine, he doesn't need any extra time," said Maddon. "The weather permitted us to do these things, so we're going to do it." Hendricks is 1-2 this year with a 3.52 ERA. Today, 1:38 pm
  • Chris Bassitt could need Tommy John surgery
    Chris Bassitt has been diagnosed with a partially torn UCL in his right elbow and could require Tommy John surgery.

    Advice: It's another tough break for the Athletics who have been ravaged by injuries in their starting rotation. Bassitt will get a second opinion on Thursday to confirm the diagnosis, but it's very likely his 2016 season is over. Today, 12:18 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 2-0 vs Hou
  • Athletics recall Jesse Hahn from Triple-A
    Athletics recalled RHP Jesse Hahn from Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: Hahn will make his season debut on Saturday against the Astros. As long as he pitches well, he has a chance to stick for a while given all of the injuries experienced in the A's rotation. Today, 9:42 am
    W, 2-0 vs ^ Hou
  • Rain pushes John Lackey back until Sunday
    John Lackey will start for the Cubs on Sunday against the Braves.

    Advice: He had his scheduled start postponed on Saturday due to inclement weather. Jason Hammel will follow on Monday, with Jake Arrieta, Kyle Hendricks and Jon Lester to follow for the Cubbies. Today, 8:51 am
    PPD vs ^ Atl
  • Teheran will have start pushed back to Sunday
    Julio Teheran will start for the Braves on Sunday after Saturday's game against the Cubs was postponed due to rain.

    Advice: The Braves have yet to announce what they will do with Monday's scheduled starter as they could Matt Wisler (who was scheduled to pitch Sunday), or stick with Mike Foltynewicz who was expected to be recalled to start on Monday in place of Bud Norris. Today, 8:49 am
  • Eduardo Rodriguez could need more rehab
    According to Pedro Martinez, Eduardo Rodriguez is just starting to build up his leg strength, and as a result could potentially need up to three more minor league rehab starts before he rejoins the Red Sox.

    Advice: Rodriguez struggled in his first rehab start with Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday, surrendering three runs on six hits and three walks in 3 2/3 innings. Henry Owens will continue to occupy a spot in the Red Sox rotation until Rodriguez is deemed ready. Today, 5:38 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs NYY
  • Sean Manaea allows four runs in debut
    Sean Manaea yielded four runs in five-plus innings against the Astros in his major league debut Friday.

    Advice: It was one run through five innings, but then Manaea hit a batter, walked one and gave up an RBI single to open the sixth. He was lifted, and both inherited runners came around to score off Sean Doolittle. Manaea is expected to remain in the rotation, and he remains an intriguing option in mixed leagues. He'll get the Mariners on Wednesday. Yesterday, 10:42 pm
  • Mike Fiers allows two runs in seven innings
    Mike Fiers pitched seven innings of two-run ball Friday against the Athletics.

    Advice: Fiers has pitched quite well his last two times out, lowering his ERA from 6.48 to 4.97. It should be good enough to help him stay in the rotation following Lance McCullers' return from the DL. Yesterday, 10:39 pm
  • Cesar Vargas goes 5 1/3 scoreless
    Cesar Vargas tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings versus the Dodgers in a no-decision Friday.

    Advice: Vargas allowed four hits, walked three and struck out six. He figured to be a stopgap in the Padres' rotation when he was called up last week, but with two strong outings against quality offenses (he allowed one run over five innings against the Cardinals in his debut), he figures to get a chance to stick around. He's not recommended outside of NL-only leagues. Yesterday, 10:34 pm
  • Alex Wood strikes out nine Padres
    Alex Wood struck out nine while allowing one run in seven innings Friday against the Padres.

    Advice: Wood brought his ERA down from 6.00 to 4.82 tonight. It surely helped some that he was facing the Padres, but he was due for an outing like this anyway. His velocity is better than it was last year, and his curve remains a fine weapon. Yesterday, 10:32 pm
  • Tyler Chatwood goes 6 1/3 scoreless in win
    Tyler Chatwood scattered five hits over 6 1/3 innings and combined with three relievers on a shutout of the Diamondbacks on Friday.

    Advice: It's not saying a whole lot, but Chatwood certainly looks like the Rockies' ace from here; he's keeping the ball on the ground and he's amassed a 20/7 K/BB in 29 2/3 innings. It's been good for a 3-2 record and a 2.73 ERA to date. We're guessing he'll continue to be an above average starter, but with Coors weighing him down, he's a streaming option in mixed leagues at best. Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Robbie Ray gives up five runs to Rockies
    Robbie Ray was tagged for five runs and four homers in four-plus innings by the Rockies on Friday.

    Advice: It could have been worse, considering that Ray gave up two walks and three more hits in addition to the four homers. Ray hadn't allowed a single homer through four starts this year and he gave up just nine in 127 2/3 innings last season, so tonight was certainly something of a fluke. Still, he's more of a streamer/spot-starter in mixed leagues than an every-week option. Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Felix Hernandez goes 7 2/3 scoreless in win
    Felix Hernandez shut out the Royals for 7 2/3 innings to earn his second win of the year on Friday.

    Advice: Hernandez's velocity remains down a bit and he's walked 18 batters in 32 2/3 innings, yet here he is with a 1.38 ERA after five starts. He allowed five hits, walked three and struck out four in this one. We're still not all that optimistic about him finishing the year as a top-20 SP. Yesterday, 10:12 pm
  • Kris Medlen allows one run in loss
    Kris Medlen lost despite holding the Mariners to one run and one hit in 5 1/3 innings on Friday.

    Advice: The one hit was a Seth Smith homer, dooming Medlen to a loss in a 1-0 game. The right-hander also walked five batters, which shortened his night but didn't lead to any additional runs. He's still on shaky ground in the Royals' rotation, but tonight's performance should help his cause a bit. He's 1-2 with a 4.87 ERA. Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • Conley tosses 7 2/3 no-hit IP vs. Brewers
    Adam Conley fired 7 2/3 no-hit innings in Friday’s 6-3 win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Marlins manager Don Mattingly made the bold call to pull Conley after 116 pitches. Jonathan Lucroy eventually broke up the no-hitter with a one-out single off Jose Urena in the bottom of the ninth. While Conley didn’t get a chance to finish off the no-hitter, it was still a very encouraging outing. The southpaw walked four and struck out seven while inducing 14 swinging strikes. While he’s been a bit up and down in the early part of the season, he continues to show why he deserves consideration in mixed fantasy leagues. Conley lines up for a start against the Diamondbacks at home next week. Yesterday, 9:55 pm
  • Davies gives up four runs in loss
    Zach Davies was touched up for four runs on six hits and three walks over five innings in a loss to the Marlins on Friday.

    Advice: Davies dug himself an early hole by giving up a three-run bomb to Justin Bour in the first inning. While the 23-year-old posted a 3.71 ERA over six starts as a rookie last season, his secondary numbers indicated that he was walking a fine line. He has dropped all three of his starts this season and owns an ugly 8.78 ERA. Fantasy owners have better options to choose from. Yesterday, 9:51 pm
  • Strasburg strikes out nine in win over Cards
    Stephen Strasburg gave up two runs over seven innings and struck out nine in a 5-4 win over the Cardinals on Friday.

    Advice: Strasburg gave up both runs in the first inning, but really settled down from there. He walked just one batter and notched seven strikeouts in the span of eight batters at one point. After finishing last season strong, the impending free agent is 4-0 with a 2.25 ERA and 40/8 K/BB ratio in 36 innings through his first five starts this season. He’ll attempt to keep it going next week against the Royals on the road. Yesterday, 9:16 pm
  • Leake gives up five runs in loss
    Mike Leake struggled again Friday, allowing five runs over seven innings in a loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: Leake gave up four runs in the fourth inning, including a two-run homer by Danny Espinosa. He struck out two and walked one in the loss. Signed to a five-year, $80 million deal over the winter, Leake is 0-3 with a disappointing 5.83 ERA through five starts. He’ll try to get in the win column next week against the Phillies at home. Yesterday, 9:15 pm
  • Dan Straily logs quality start in loss Friday
    Dan Straily logged a quality start in Friday's loss to the Pirates, surrendering two runs on five hits over his six innings.

    Advice: The right-hander punched out five on the night while issuing three free passes. The Pirates scratched out single runs in the third and fourth innings, the latter coming on a solo blast off the bat of Josh Harrison. Straily has done a nice job thus far in the Reds rotation, posting a 3.38 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 22/12 K/BB ratio across 24 innings. He'll try again to earn his first victory when he takes on the Giants on Wednesday. Yesterday, 7:44 pm
  • A's promote Sean Manaea for Friday's debut
    Athletics purchased the contract of LHP Sean Manaea from Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: Manaea will make his major league debut on Friday against the Astros. Acquired from the Royals last season in the Ben Zobrist deal, Manaea has put up a 1.50 ERA and 21/4 K/BB over 18 innings this season at Nashville. He should get a chance to stick around for good if he pitches well, particularly with Chris Bassitt (elbow) going on the disabled list. Yesterday, 1:48 pm
  • Chris Bassitt goes on DL with strained elbow
    Athletics placed RHP Chris Bassitt on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow strain.

    Advice: It helps explain why Bassitt's velocity was down Thursday against the Tigers when he got pummeled for seven runs over 3 2/3 innings. It's unclear at this point how long Bassitt will be sidelined. Jesse Hahn will replace him in the rotation on Saturday. Yesterday, 1:44 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 2-0 vs Hou
  • Ross Detwiler designated for assignment
    Indians designated LHP Ross Detwiler for assignment.

    Advice: Detwiler holds a 5.79 ERA this season and a 7.14 mark since the beginning of 2015. He'll surely have to settle for a minor league deal somewhere. Yesterday, 11:51 am
    Not Active
    4:05 pm @Phi
  • A's calling up Jesse Hahn to start Saturday
    Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Athletics are calling up Jesse Hahn to start Saturday against the Astros.

    Advice: It was previously reported that Hahn wouldn't be called up this weekend due to a blister, but he's apparently feeling better. Sean Manaea is making his major league debut Friday, so it's unclear who Hahn will bump from the rotation. Chris Bassitt is probably the most likely candidate. Hahn has posted a 2.04 ERA and 13/9 K/BB ratio in 17 2/3 innings through four starts this season with Triple-A Nashville. Yesterday, 10:17 am
    W, 2-0 vs ^ Hou
  • Rodriguez (knee) makes first rehab start
    Eduardo Rodriguez (knee) allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits and three walks over 3 2/3 innings Thursday in his first minor league rehab start with Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: Rodriguez, who is working his way back from a right patella subluxation, struck out two batters and threw 45 out of 75 pitches for strikes. Coming off the shaky outing, the southpaw still figures to make one or two more starts in the minors before joining the Red Sox. Henry Owens will continue to hold down a rotation spot for now. Thursday, 5:24 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs NYY
  • A's concerned with Bassitt's velocity drop
    Athletics manager Bob Melvin said the club might want to get Chris Bassitt "checked out" due to a drop in velocity.

    Advice: According to Brooks Baseball, Bassitt was sitting around 92 mph with his fastball on Thursday against the Tigers while giving up seven runs on 10 walks over 3 2/3 innings. That's a couple ticks down from where he was when the season began. For what it's worth, Bassitt claims that he's fine physically. Thursday, 2:06 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 2-0 vs Hou
  • Harvey (groin) throws in ext. spring training
    Hunter Harvey (groin) tossed two innings Thursday in extended spring training.

    Advice: Harvey recently had a setback with a groin injury, but the Orioles are now hoping that he'll be able to join a minor league affiliate soon. The 21-year-old is one of the team's top prospects, but he missed all of last season with forearm and elbow issues. Thursday, 1:44 pm
    Not Active
    4:05 pm vs CWS
  • Pirates vs. Rockies postponed at Coors Field
    Thursday's game between the Pirates and Rockies has been postponed due to wet weather in Denver.

    Advice: It was actually snowing at one point this morning at Coors Field. Tyler Chatwood was set to go for the Rockies and Juan Nicasio was scheduled for the Bucs. Those starters will presumably be pushed back to Friday. Thursday, 10:37 am
  • Jesse Hahn (blister) won't join A's rotation
    Jesse Hahn will not join the A's rotation this week because he is dealing with a blister.

    Advice: Sean Manaea, the A's top pitching prospect, is going to get the nod instead in place of recently-demoted starter Eric Surkamp. Manaea is good enough to run away with that rotation spot, but Hahn will get his shot eventually. He owns a 2.04 ERA in four starts this season at the Triple-A level. Wednesday, 10:02 am
    W, 2-0 vs ^ Hou
  • A's calling up Sean Manaea for Friday debut
    Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports the Athletics are calling up pitching prospect Sean Manaea to start Friday night against the Astros.

    Advice: Manaea, acquired from the Royals last year in the Ben Zobrist deal, boasts a 1.50 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 21/4 K/BB in 18 innings (three starts) this season at Triple-A Nashville. He warrants a pickup in mixed fantasy leagues, even if the stay is not an extended one. The young lefty will be making his major league debut. Wednesday, 9:55 am
  • Hendricks sharp in short start versus Brewers
    Kyle Hendricks was sharp but didn't have much to show for it Tuesday, holding the Brewers to one run over five innings in a no-decision.

    Advice: Hendricks allowed just two hits and a walk, striking out four, during his tenure. With his team trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning, Cubs manager Joe Maddon got aggressive and pinch-hit for Hendricks -- who was at 69 pitches at the time -- with the bases loaded and one out. It left Hendricks from factoring in the decision but ultimately helped the Cubs get the win. The right-hander is 1-2 with a 3.52 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 19/4 K/BB ratio over 23 innings this year. He's got another attractive date up next, taking on the Braves on Sunday. Tuesday, 8:43 pm
  • Ross (blister) is expected to make next start
    Joe Ross (blister) will take his next turn in the Nationals' rotation on Saturday in St. Louis.

    Advice: Ross had to exit his start last Wednesday after two innings when a blister opened up on his right middle finger and the Nationals scratched him from his turn Tuesday night against the Phillies, but he says the blister has already healed. "It’s feeling good. I think I could throw today," Ross told MASN on Tuesday. "They decided to skip me and give me some more rest. I don’t think they want me to re-aggravate my finger or anything like that." Tuesday, 3:56 pm
    W, 6-1 ^ @StL
  • Eduardo Rodriguez (knee) to start at AAA
    Eduardo Rodriguez (knee) will make his first rehab start at Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday.

    Advice: It was supposed to be with High-A Salem, but the Red Sox will have him face some better competition in his rehab debut. Rodriguez landed on the disabled list just before Opening Day after suffering a right patella subluxation at spring training. He should be ready to join the Red Sox rotation in early May and remains a breakout candidate. Tuesday, 3:16 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs NYY
  • Hunter Harvey (groin) set for EST game
    Hunter Harvey (groin) is scheduled to throw two innings Thursday at extended spring training.

    Advice: It'll be his first live action since he suffered a setback with his groin in early April. Harvey, 21, will likely report to High-A ball once he's deemed healthy. The former first-round pick owns a shiny 2.87 ERA and 139/39 K/BB ratio in 113 professional innings. Tuesday, 1:56 pm
    Not Active
    4:05 pm vs CWS
  • Julio Teheran pitches well in loss
    Julio Teheran didn't deserve it but picked up a loss anyway Monday, tossing seven frames of one-run ball against the Red Sox.

    Advice: It was Teheran's best outing of 2016, as he struck out a season-high eight on the night. The right-hander made one big mistake in the seventh inning and Jackie Bradley made him pay with a solo homer. Teheran will carry a 4.60 ERA into this weekend's start against the Cubs. Monday, 7:23 pm
  • Jordan Zimmermann looks good again Monday
    Jordan Zimmermann limited the Athletics to three runs -- one earned -- across 6 2/3 innings in a 7-3 victory on Monday.

    Advice: Zimmermann struck out just one batter on the night and now has only 16 punchouts across 26 innings this season. However, he's sporting a microscopic 0.35 ERA, as this was the first time he's been scored upon in 2016. That said, with a declining strikeout rate and velocity, Zimmermann could be on thin ice. He'll take on the Twins this weekend. Monday, 7:13 pm
  • Vargas to start Friday vs. Dodgers
    Cesar Vargas will start Friday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Vargas was great in his major league debut on Saturday against the Cardinals, allowing just one run over five-plus innings of work. The Padres are dealing with multiple injuries in their rotation right now, but he's deserving of the opportunity. Monday, 6:15 pm
  • Jesse Hahn likely to join the A's rotation?
    Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle suspects Jesse Hahn will join the A's rotation this week.

    Advice: Eric Surkamp was optioned to Triple-A Nashville on Monday after getting hammered by the Blue Jays on Sunday. Hahn boasts a 2.04 ERA in four starts this season at the Triple-A level, though he has walked nine batters in 17 2/3 innings. He may be a decent fantasy streaming option in the right matchups. Monday, 11:57 am
    W, 2-0 vs ^ Hou
  • Robbie Ray hit hard in no-decision on Sunday
    Robbie Ray was hit hard in a no-decision against the Pirates on Sunday, surrendering five runs (four earned) on eight hits over three-plus innings.

    Advice: On the plus side, Ray did manage to rack up five strikeouts while walking just two on the afternoon. He cruised through the first two innings unscathed before allowing three runs in the third and another pair before he was chased in the fourth. Ray will carry a 3.38 ERA and troublesome 1.59 WHIP into Friday's start against the Rockies. Sunday, 6:41 pm
  • Alex Wood knocked around at Coors Field
    Alex Wood was knocked around in a no-decision at Coors Field on Sunday, surrendering five runs on six hits over his five-plus innings.

    Advice: Wood also issued three walks while punching out five on the afternoon. He actually departed in line for his second victory of the season, though his bullpen was unable to hold on. He'll look to improve upon a troublesome 6.00 ERA and 1.76 WHIP when he takes on the Padres at home on Friday. Sunday, 5:18 pm
  • Leake allows five runs in no-decision
    Mike Leake allowed five runs -- three earned -- over five innings Sunday in a no-decision versus the Padres.

    Advice: Another iffy outing from the 28-year-old right-hander, who has surrendered at least four runs in each of his first four starts with St. Louis. He gave up seven hits Sunday and walked two, and he probably would have fallen to 0-3 on the year but the Cardinals managed a late comeback at Petco Park. Leake, who signed a five-year, $80 million contract with the Cardinals this offseason, will try to settle in next time out against the Nationals. Sunday, 5:16 pm
  • Strasburg whiffs 10 in no-decision vs. Twins
    Despite 10 strikeouts, Stephen Strasburg was undone by one mistake in a no-decision against the Twins in Sunday's 6-5, 16-inning marathon win, serving up a three-run home run to Brian Dozier in the eighth inning.

    Advice: Strasburg looked like a world-beater for most of his time on the mound Sunday, scattering seven hits while striking out 10. He did not walk a batter. Alas, even the best laid plans of mice and men oft fall apart. Such was the case for the ace in the eighth inning, when Brian Dozier launched a three-run homer to boost the Twins to a 4-1 lead. The Nats would score two runs in the bottom of the frame to set the stage for a dramatic pinch-hit solo homer by Bryce Harper in the ninth inning. They would ultimately win 6-5 in the 16th inning, with Strasburg long out of the picture for a decision. Through four starts, Strasburg holds a 2.17 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and 31/7 K/BB ratio in 29 innings. In what figures to be a fun series, Strasburg will take to the road to face the Cardinals in his next start. Sunday, 4:40 pm
  • Conley allows four runs in no-decision
    Adam Conley yielded four earned runs over 5 2/3 innings Sunday in a no-decision against the Giants.

    Advice: It wasn't the sharpest we've seen Conley, but the Marlins were able to pull out the win and prevent a three-game weekend sweep in San Francisco. Conley gave up seven hits and walked four while striking out two. He'll try to get back on the right track in his next scheduled start on the road against the Brewers. Sunday, 4:26 pm
  • Eduardo Rodriguez begins rehab Thursday
    Eduardo Rodriguez (knee) will make his next minor league rehab start with High-A Salem on Thursday.

    Advice: He'll then join Triple-A Pawtucket for one final start before he's cleared to rejoin the REd Sox. If all goes well, Rodriguez could be cleared for big league action on May 3. Sunday, 3:14 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs NYY
  • Duffey leaves after being hit by comebacker
    Tyler Duffey exited Sunday's start versus the Nationals after being hit in the right shoulder by a comebacker.

    Advice: Matt den Dekker smoked a line drive off of the top of the shoulder of Duffey, who walked off the field after a brief visit by a trainer. He was charged with one run over four-plus frames before departing. The Twins are saying Duffey's removal was precautionary, so he should be fine. He was making a spot start and figures to be sent back to Triple-A Rochester. Sunday, 12:09 pm
    L, 4-1 vs ^ Det
  • Joe Ross (blister) to have start skipped
    Joe Ross (blister) will not make his scheduled start on Tuesday against the Phillies.

    Advice: Ross exited an outing last Wednesday with a blister on his right middle finger, and it's apparently not healed yet. He'll have his turn skipped but will avoid the disabled list for now. Max Scherzer will move up to start on regular rest Tuesday. Sunday, 10:32 am
    W, 6-1 ^ @StL
  • Tyler Duffey recalled from Triple-A
    Twins recalled RHP Tyler Duffey from Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: Duffey will make a spot start on Sunday in place of Ervin Santana (back). The young right-hander has put up a 1.72 ERA over his first three starts for Rochester this season. It will just be a spot start, but Duffey has a chance to make a nice impression here in the midst of Tommy Milone's struggles. Sunday, 5:43 am
    L, 4-1 vs ^ Det
  • Hernandez throws quality start in loss to LAA
    Felix Hernandez got little run support and took a tough-luck loss on Saturday against the Angels, throwing a quality start and striking out four over seven innings.

    Advice: Hernandez can't seem to buy any run support from his offense, suffering his second loss of the season despite throwing seven innings and only allowing three runs. He has lost a couple ticks on his fastball yet again this year, but he's still cruising along with a 1.80 ERA. His increased walk rate has inflated his FIP (4.07). The right-hander is still striking out a batter per inning, though, so it's not a huge worry at the moment. The biggest concern is that he only has one win to show for quality starts in three of his four outings. Saturday, 10:10 pm
  • Vargas allows one run in debut
    Cesar Vargas made his big-league debut on Saturday against the Cardinals and threw the baseball well, allowing just one run over five innings of work.

    Advice: Vargas made life difficult for the Cardinals. He held their potent offense scoreless through five innings but was lifted after Stephen Piscotty deposited a hanging breaking ball over the left-field fence. The 24-year-old had been working as a reliever in the Yankees’ organization since 2014 before the Padres re-converted him to a starter this spring. He had a 1.42 ERA in his first two Double-A starts and will presumably hold down a spot in the rotation until Tyson Ross is healthy. Saturday, 9:38 pm
  • Chatwood gives up three in loss to Dodgers
    Tyler Chatwood only went four innings against the Dodgers on Saturday night and gave up three earned runs on six hits and two walks, striking out four.

    Advice: Chatwood barely kept the dangerous Dodgers at bay all night. He teed up a two-run homer to A.J. Ellis in the second inning, but it could’ve gotten much worse in the third had Joc Pederson not lined out to second base with the bases loaded. The right-hander thrives when he pounds the strike zone and induces a myriad of ground balls. On Friday, he needed 95 pitches to span four innings, and only 52 of those pitches went for strikes. That won’t often end well, especially at Coors Field. Nonetheless, Chatwood has been pretty good this year, posting a 3.47 ERA and a pair of wins in 23 1/3 innings. Saturday, 8:39 pm
  • Medlen ambushed by Orioles for seven runs
    Kris Medlen allowed seven runs on nine hits over 3 2/3 innings in a loss to the Orioles on Saturday.

    Advice: Medlen actually got through a fairly harmless first inning without incident, making the subsequent innings all the more surprising. He allowed runs in each of the next three, with two of the seven scoring after he'd been removed in the fourth. Medlen walked three while striking out two in the abbreviated start. It was his first clunker in three starts, raising his ERA to 6.00, and he'll look to get back on the horse Friday at the Mariners. Saturday, 8:35 pm
  • Lackey serves up six runs in loss to Reds
    John Lackey allowed six runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings in Saturday's loss to the Reds.

    Advice: Baseball is a funny game. After Lackey dominated the reigning NL Central champion Cardinals his last time out, the team expected to settle near the bottom of the division this year, the Reds, knocked him around. The loss was his first of 2016, dropping him to 3-1 with a 4.97 ERA and 1.22 WHIP. He's got a good shot at getting back in the win column Friday against the Braves. Saturday, 7:49 pm
    PPD vs ^ Atl
  • Straily can't get through five against Cubs
    Dan Straily was chased before the end of the fifth inning Saturday, allowing three runs on four hits over 4 2/3 innings against the Cubs.

    Advice: Straily's final line wasn't awful, but he needed 97 pitches to get to two outs in the fifth inning. He walked three and struck out five to go along with his four hits, including an Addison Russell home run, allowed. Straily owns a 3.50 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 17/9 K/BB ratio over 18 innings this year. He'll next take the hill Friday at the Pirates. Saturday, 7:48 pm
  • Mike Fiers allows two runs in win over Boston
    Mike Fiers scattered two runs and five hits over 5 1/3 innings Saturday in a win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: Fiers labored at times Saturday but mostly kept the damage to a minimum. He finished with six strikeouts and two walks. He settled down after a chaotic first inning, retiring 15 of 16 hitters before running into another rough patch in the sixth. The Astros have been pretty conservative with Fiers' usage this year, keeping him under 90 pitches in two of his first four outings. His next turn will come Friday against the Athletics. Saturday, 5:03 pm
  • Felix Hernandez (illness) to start on Saturday
    Felix Hernandez will start Saturday's game against the Angels.

    Advice: Hernandez was scheduled to pitch the series opener on Friday but was scratched because of an illness. Fortunately for Seattle, his start was only delayed one day. King Felix has displayed his usual brand of dominance this year (1.00 ERA, 10.0 K/9), though the Mariners haven't given him much run support (two runs per game in his three starts). Saturday, 3:32 pm
  • Cesar Vargas called up from San Antonio
    Padres recalled RHP Cesar Vargas from Double-A San Antonio.

    Advice: He'll make his big league debut Saturday against the Cardinals. Vargas is filling in for Tyson Ross, who is out with shoulder inflammation. The 24-year-old has pitched well for San Antonio, allowing just two runs in 12 2/3 innings this season. He's fanned 14 with one walk over that span. Alexi Amarista (hamstring) was placed on the disabled list in the corresponding move. Saturday, 2:25 pm
  • Chris Bassitt crushed in loss to Blue Jays
    Chris Bassitt was crushed by the Blue Jays on Saturday, surrendering six runs on nine hits over his five frames in a losing effort.

    Advice: Bassitt walked a pair and punched out five on the afternoon. He was a victim of the long ball, as Josh Donaldson clubbed a three-run homer against him and Troy Tulowitzki tacked on a solo shot. With this rough outing, Bassitt now owns a 4.44 ERA and 1.48 WHIP on the year and could be a candidate to lose his rotation spot once Henderson Alvarez is ready to return. He'll look for better results against the Tigers in Detroit on Thursday. Saturday, 12:54 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 2-0 vs Hou
  • Tyler Duffey to start for Twins on Sunday
    Tyler Duffey will be recalled from Triple-A Rochester to start for the Twins against the Nationals on Sunday.

    Advice: He's taking the place of Ervin Santana who was scratched due to back stiffness. Duffey pitched well in 10 starts for the Twins in 2015, posting a 3.10 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 53/20 K/BB ratio across 58 innings. He could be worth a look as a streaming option in AL-only leagues. Saturday, 9:30 am
    L, 4-1 vs ^ Det
  • Davies suffers second-consecutive loss on Fri
    Zach Davies squandered an early lead against the Phillies on Friday, giving up a quartet of runs on nine hits in six innings of work.

    Advice: Davies was cruising along before losing control of the vehicle in his third time through the Phillies’ batting order. That’s when Freddy Galvis tripled down the right-field line and Maikel Franco blasted a two-run shot to left. Davies did show an ability to miss bats with his changeup, striking out five, but his downside is a little too great to bother investing in the right-hander at the moment. He owns a 9.72 ERA and will be forced to pitch against the Cubs next Thursday at Wrigley. Friday, 8:31 pm
  • Cesar Vargas to debut with Padres on Saturday
    Cesar Vargas is expected to be recalled from Double-A El Paso and will make his major league debut on Saturday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: The 24-year-old has looked electric in his first two starts at Double-A this season, posting a 1.42 ERA, 0.47 WHIP and 14/1 K/BB ratio in 12 2/3 innings. He could be worth a look in NL-only formats until Tyson Ross returns. Friday, 4:18 pm
  • Eduardo Rodriguez will need two rehab starts
    Red Sox manager John Farrell said Friday that Eduardo Rodriguez (knee) will require at least two minor league rehab starts before he's cleared to rejoin the club's rotation.

    Advice: Barring any setbacks, that would put his return to the big league club on May 3 at the earliest. The 23-year-old southpaw compiled a 3.85 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 98/37 K/BB ratio over 121 2/3 innings with the Red Sox in 2015 and has the potential to be an impact addition upon his return. Friday, 4:11 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs NYY
  • Felix Hernandez scratched due to illness
    Felix Hernandez has been scratched from Friday's scheduled start against the Angels due to illness.

    Advice: Hisashi Iwakuma will take the ball instead on regular rest. The Mariners are surely hoping that King Felix will be ready to go on Saturday, allowing him to simply flip-flop spots with Iwakuma. Friday, 12:50 pm
  • Jordan Zimmermann maintains 0.00 ERA
    Jordan Zimmermann pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings against the Royals on Wednesday to improve to 3-0 and maintain his flawless ERA.

    Advice: Even with his velocity down, Zimmermann has opened the season with 19 1/3 scoreless frames. He gave up seven hits and walked one tonight, but he timed his eight strikeouts well and also picked off a runner to end a threat in the third. In the seventh, he left with two on and one out, but Mark Lowe came on and stranded both runners. Wednesday, 9:44 pm
  • Teheran allows two runs against Dodgers
    Julio Teheran faltered down the stretch, ultimately leaving after just 5 1/3 innings against the Dodgers on Wednesday, and was saddled with two earned runs on six hits after the bullpen served up a homer in the sixth.

    Advice: It was a questionable decision to lift Teheran after allowing a one-out single in the sixth inning. The right-hander had only thrown 75 pitches; however, manager Fredi Gonzalez felt more comfortable with a lefty going up against Dodgers’ slugger Adrian Gonzalez in a close contest. That promptly backfired and left many wondering if Teheran should’ve been left in the game, in what was proving to be his best outing of the year. He walked no one and struck out three, lowering his ERA to 5.64. Wednesday, 8:16 pm
  • Joe Ross removed from start due to blister
    Joe Ross was lifted from Wednesday's start against the Marlins due to a blister.

    Advice: Ross managed two scoreless innings before a blister on his right middle finger brought an early end to his night. During his abbreviated time on the mound, he allowed one hit, walked one and hit a batter. He exited stage left after throwing 33 pitches. Ross' next start was scheduled to come against the Phillies. It remains to be seen if he will be able to make that one. Wednesday, 6:00 pm
    W, 6-1 ^ @StL
  • Hendricks allows four runs in loss to Cards
    Kyle Hendricks surrendered four earned runs in 5 1/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Hendricks gave up two runs in the first inning courtesy of a Matt Holliday homer and two more in the second on a wild pitch and a Carlos Martinez RBI single. The right-hander yielded seven total hits and walked two as the Cubs failed to finish off a three-game sweep in St. Louis. Hendricks will try to bounce back in his next scheduled outing at home against the Brewers. Wednesday, 4:50 pm
  • Robbie Ray shuts down Giants over six innings
    Robbie Ray was fantastic in Tuesday's 3-0 win over the Giants, firing six innings of scoreless ball while striking out eight.

    Advice: Ray scattered five hits over his six innings of work, with two walks on the side. We have seen flashes from the southpaw at times earlier this season -- in his last start, he tossed six shutout innings against the Dodgers before faltering slightly in the seventh -- but this was his best overall outing through three starts. He has yet to surrender more than two runs in an outing. If the 24-year-old can keep the walks down on a consistent basis, he could be primed for a breakout campaign. Ray will play host to the Pirates next time he toes the rubber. Tuesday, 10:27 pm
  • Garcia gives up two runs in loss against Cubs
    Jaime Garcia allowed two runs over five innings in a loss to the Cubs on Tuesday.

    Advice: Garcia gave up four hits and walked four, and the (relatively) big blow was delivered by his counterpart, Jason Hammel, whose two-run single with two outs in the fourth inning ended up being the difference. Garcia struck out seven, giving him 26 strikeouts in 20 innings thus far. The southpaw will carry a 2.70 ERA and 0.90 WHIP into Monday's start at the Diamondbacks. Tuesday, 9:01 pm
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