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  • Chi Chi Gonzalez to join Rangers' rotation
    Chi Chi Gonzalez will make his season debut for the Rangers Monday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Gonzalez will fill the rotation spot left by Colby Lewis, who was just placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained lat. The 24-year-old has had a rocky year in the minor leagues with three wins and a 5.04 ERA in 14 starts for Triple-A Round Rock. Gonzalez won't be a recommended fantasy option when he takes the mound Monday at Yankee Stadium. 46 minutes ago
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  • Sean Manaea (elbow) to return Wednesday
    Sean Manaea (elbow) will be activated from the disabled list Wednesday against the Giants.

    Advice: Manaea suffered a left pronator strain earlier this month but only missed a few starts. The left-hander allowed two hits, two runs and a pair of walks in 3 2/3 innings Friday in a rehab outing for High-A Stockton. He's had a tough time adjusting to the big leagues with just two wins and a 6.02 ERA through his first nine starts. Today, 2:43 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm @LAA
  • Henderson Alvarez moved to 60-day DL
    Athletics transferred RHP Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: It's just a formality as Alvarez has already missed more than 60 days. Alvarez recently suffered another setback in his recovery from shoulder surgery. He's still without a timetable. Today, 2:38 pm
    60-Day DL
    7:05 pm @LAA
  • A's option Surkamp to make room for Overton
    Athletics optioned LHP Eric Surkamp to Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: The A's needed to clear a roster spot for Dillon Overton, who is set to make his major league debut on Saturday. With Surkamp back in the minors, Sean Manaea (elbow) should return to the A's rotation Wednesday against San Francisco. Surkamp is winless in nine starts this season with a disastrous 6.98 ERA. Today, 2:31 pm
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  • Bartolo Colon (thumb) all set for Sunday's Anthony DiComo confirmed Bartolo Colon (thumb) will start Sunday's game against the Braves.

    Advice: Colon left his last start early after taking a comebacker off his right thumb, but his status for Sunday was never in much doubt. The 43-year-old left the team briefly to attend his son's graduation in New Jersey but joined the team in Atlanta on Saturday. With Zack Wheeler's rehab from Tommy John surgery stalled, Colon's spot in the Mets' rotation should be safe for another month or two. Today, 1:47 pm
  • Andriese allows two runs in spot start
    Matt Andriese allowed two runs over 4 2/3 innings Saturday against the Orioles.

    Advice: Both runs scored in the second inning. Andriese allowed five hits and walked a pair while striking out five. This was merely a spot-start because of Saturday’s doubleheader, so look for him to move back to the bullpen from here. Today, 1:29 pm
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  • Santana tosses five innings of one-run ball
    Ervin Santana took a no-decision after tossing five innings of one-run ball Saturday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Santana held the Yankees scoreless before giving up an RBI single to Carlos Beltran in his final inning of work. He fanned two and walked a pair in the no-decision and has now delivered back-to-back encouraging starts against New York. He’ll try to carry that momentum into a start against the Rangers next Friday at home. Today, 1:10 pm
  • Pineda solid in no-decision vs. Twins
    Michael Pineda limited the Twins to one run over six innings Saturday as part of a no-decision.

    Advice: While Pineda didn’t get the win, it was arguably his best start of the year. He allowed just two hits while walking one and striking out eight. The only run scored on a solo homer from Brian Dozier in the second inning. Pineda has allowed three earned runs or fewer in each of his last five starts, so he’s slowly earning back the trust of fantasy owners. His ERA has improved from 6.92 to 5.51 during that time. He’ll face the Rangers next week. Today, 1:10 pm
  • 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. Today, 11:34 am
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  • Rockies call up Flande from Triple-A
    Rockies purchased the contract of RHP Yohan Flande from Triple-A Albuquerque.

    Advice: Flande, 30, owns a 4.25 ERA and 27/14 K/BB ratio in 42 1/3 innings over one start and 17 relief appearances this season in Triple-A. He'll provide some bullpen depth after Friday's marathon. Today, 11:06 am
  • King Felix (calf) showing improvement
    Mariners manager Scott Servais said Friday that Felix Hernandez (calf) continues to show improvement.

    Advice: "He's feeling good," said Servais. "He's picking up his throwing routine, getting stretched out. I think he's trying to get out to 120 feet today. I heard him arguing with [trainer Rick] Griffin in there about wanting to do a little bit more, so you know he's progressing really nicely. We can't have him soon enough." King Felix has been sidelined since May 27 with a right calf strain, but he's likely on track to return right after the All-Star break. Today, 8:41 am
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  • Miley (shoulder) pitches well in rehab game
    Wade Miley (shoulder) tossed four perfect innings Friday in a minor league rehab start with Low-A Everett.

    Advice: Miley struck out seven batters and got stretched out to 55 pitches. He reported no issues with his shoulder. "Pain free. I'm ready to rock and roll," said Miley. "I felt like I probably could have pitched last week, but they wanted to be smart about it. So I took some time off and hopefully it'll pay off in the long run." The southpaw should make his return Wednesday against the Pirates. Today, 8:13 am
    15-Day DL
    7:10 pm vs StL
  • 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. Today, 7:07 am
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs Phi
  • 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. Today, 5:45 am
  • Diamondbacks option Godley to Triple-A
    Diamondbacks optioned RHP Zack Godley to Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: The Diamondbacks intend to add a fresh arm to their bullpen on Saturday. Godley allowed two runs on three hits and a walk over an inning of work on Friday and owns a 4.35 ERA in five appearances with Arizona this season. Today, 5:17 am
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  • Jake Peavy goes seven innings in victory
    Jake Peavy improved to 4-6 after allowing two runs in seven innings Friday against the Phillies.

    Advice: Since falling to 1-5 with an 8.21 ERA on May 20, Peavy is 3-1 with a 1.91 ERA in his last six starts. It's not enough to make him a quality pickup in mixed leagues again, but the Giants will certainly take it. Yesterday, 11:07 pm
  • Jered Weaver gets pulled in fifth
    Jered Weaver was lifted after allowing four runs in 4 2/3 innings Friday against the A's.

    Advice: Weaver hurled a shutout of the A's last weekend. This time, Oakland was ready for his 82-mph fastball, and he failed to last five innings for the third time this year. There's still not any fantasy potential here. Yesterday, 10:55 pm
  • Archie Bradley allows one run in five
    Archie Bradley yielded one run in five innings Friday in a no-decision against the Rockies.

    Advice: Bradley walked four and threw 94 pitches, so he didn't have any real chance of going deeper. The Diamondbacks went on to use eight relievers to get through the next four innings, yet they won 10-9 anyway. Bradley has a 3.53 ERA in six starts since rejoining the Diamondbacks a month ago, but since he still doesn't have the walks under control, he's not an every-week option in mixed leagues. Yesterday, 10:40 pm
  • Volquez receives epic beat down from Astros
    Edinson Volquez was pounded into the Stone Age on Friday, yielding 12 runs (11 earned) to the Astros while retiring just three batters.

    Advice: Volquez failed to strike anybody out but walked three and allowed eight hits. The Astros scored nine times off Volquez in the first inning, including a grand slam off the bat of George Springer. Volquez then allowed the first three batters of the second inning to reach base and was pulled from the game. Dillon Gee came on and promptly allowed all three of the inherited runners to score. You could try, but it's very hard to have a worse outing than this one. Volquez saw his ERA jump from 4.12 to 5.15 with the ugly start. He was very good the last two years but you just can't trust him right now. Yesterday, 10:39 pm
  • Wade LeBlanc goes six scoreless
    Wade LeBlanc shut out the Cardinals for six innings Friday in his return to the majors.

    Advice: LeBlanc, who spent last year pitching in Japan, was just acquired by the Mariners from the Blue Jays on Tuesday. He'll probably get a chance to make additional starts after the strong outing tonight, but he's not to be touched in AL-only leagues. Yesterday, 10:23 pm
  • Carlos Martinez sharp again
    Carlos Martinez held the Mariners to one run in seven innings in a no-decision Friday.

    Advice: Martinez has allowed a total of two runs in 22 1/3 innings in his last three starts, lowering his ERA from 3.76 to 3.02. Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Rodon pitches well in no-decision vs Toronto
    Carlos Rodon struck out eight batters and gave up only two runs but was pulled one out short of a quality start and had to settle for a no-decision as the White Sox beat the Blue Jays 3-2 on Friday.

    Advice: He gave up two walks and six hits, none of which left the yard. Home runs have been a problem for Rodon this year but not tonight. His ERA improves to 4.09 with an 82/29 K/BB in 81 1/3 innings. He has a good matchup versus the Twins in his next start on Thursday. Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Sanchez is quality vs White Sox on Friday
    Aaron Sanchez held the White Sox to two runs in six innings to earn a quality start in a no-decision on Friday.

    Advice: He allowed eight hits and one walk while striking out four. Sanchez now has a 3.33 ERA with 93 strikeouts and 32 walks in 97 1/3 innings. Still very young (he turns 24 next week), the right-hander has a career 2.87 ERA in 222 2/3 innings for a team that plays in a ballpark that is unfriendly to pitchers. Compared to last year, Sanchez has made big improvements to both his walk and strikeout rates. A large part of his success comes from keeping the ball on the ground to avoid home runs. Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • Price gets pounded for six runs on Friday
    David Price was hammered by the Rangers for six earned runs on 12 base hits in only 2 1/3 innings on Friday and was lucky to escape with a no-decision when the Red Sox came back late to win the game.

    Advice: Price's ERA took a beating and is now back up to 4.68 in 102 innings. Considering he gave up so many hits in such a short time Price could have given up even more runs, but only two of the twelve hits went for extra bases and he didn't add to his misery by walking anyone. Price was terrible early in the season but had been pitching very effectively for a long time. This was his first clunker since a May 7th game against the Yankees. He should be one of the better pitchers in the league moving forward. Yesterday, 9:36 pm
  • Martinez gives up four runs in six innings
    Nick Martinez was charged with four runs in six innings and took a no-decision versus the Red Sox on Friday.

    Advice: Martinez gave up six hits, two of which landed on the far side of the outfield wall. Making his second start of the year, he struck out only two batters while walking three. He has a 5.54 ERA and is striking out only 3.46 batters per nine innings. Martinez is nothing more than a replacement-level pitcher who is only in the majors because the Rangers' rotation has been devastated by injury. He is best avoided in fantasy unless you play in a very deep AL-only league. Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 8:04 pm
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  • 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. Yesterday, 8:04 pm
  • Wade Miley (shoulder) making rehab start
    Wade Miley (shoulder) will make a rehab start with Short-Season Everett on Friday.

    Advice: Assuming all goes well Friday, Miley will rejoin the Mariners' rotation next Wednesday against the Pirates. The left-hander has missed almost two weeks of action with a shoulder impingement. Yesterday, 10:00 am
    15-Day DL
    7:10 pm vs StL
  • 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. Yesterday, 9:28 am
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs Phi
  • Alvarez (shoulder) meeting with James Andrews
    Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) visited with Dr. James Andrews on Thursday.

    Advice: That's never a good sign. This is the second time Alvarez has visited Andrews as he tries to sort out what's wrong with his injured shoulder. The right-hander has encountered multiple setbacks in his recovery from shoulder surgery and it's anyone's guess when he'll be back in the A's rotation. It's been over a year since Alvarez last pitched in the big leagues. Thursday, 5:51 pm
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    7:05 pm @LAA
  • Surkamp to start Friday instead of Saturday
    Eric Surkamp's start has been moved up to Friday.

    Advice: The A's have been trying to piece together their rotation with Rich Hill (groin) and Sean Manaea (elbow) both hurt. Surkamp was originally slated to start Saturday's game against the Angels but instead he'll move up a day and pitch on five days rest. Dillon Overton could be in line to start Saturday. The left-hander has won seven straight for Triple-A Nashville and would be pitching on normal rest. Zach Neal and Jesse Hahn are also candidates to start. Thursday, 5:27 pm
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  • Colon (thumb) to throw bullpen session Thursday
    Bartolo Colon (thumb) will throw a bullpen session on Thursday.

    Advice: Colon had his last start cut short after taking a comebacker off his right thumb. However, he escaped with just a bruise and should be fine for his next start Sunday against Atlanta. The 43-year-old holds a steady 3.00 ERA across 81 innings this season. Thursday, 1:20 pm
  • Hernandez (calf) throws from 75 feet out
    Feliz Hernandez (calf) threw off flat-ground from 75 feet out on Wednesday.

    Advice: Per manager Scott Servais, Hernandez threw for about eight minutes and continues to workout. He is recovering from a strained right calf suffered at the beginning of June. The ace right-hander is likely looking at a return around the All-Star Break. Wednesday, 2:43 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:10 pm vs StL
  • 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
  • Colon (thumb) expected to make next start
    Bartolo Colon (thumb) is expected to make his next start Sunday against the Braves.

    Advice: Colon left his start Tuesday against the Royals after taking a comebacker off his right thumb, but X-rays turned up negative and the swelling had mostly subsided by Wednesday morning. Colon, 43, has a 3.00 ERA and 1.19 WHIP in 81 innings this season for New York. Wednesday, 7:38 am
  • M's acquire Wade LeBlanc, will start Friday
    Mariners acquired LHP Wade LeBlanc from the Blue Jays for a player to be named later.

    Advice: He will start in place of Taijuan Walker (foot) this Friday against the visiting Cardinals. LeBlanc hasn't appeared in a game at the major league level since 2014, but the 31-year-old southpaw had a promising 1.71 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 85/21 K/BB ratio through 89 2/3 innings this season with the Blue Jays' Triple-A affiliate. Wednesday, 7:34 am
  • X-rays clean on Bartolo Colon's right thumb
    X-rays turned up negative on Bartolo Colon's right thumb.

    Advice: Colon was struck in the thumb by a Whit Merrifield liner in the first inning of his start Tuesday night against the Royals, but he escaped that scary scene with a contusion. The big right-hander will be reevaluated later this week. He shouldn't need a 15-day disabled list stint. Tuesday, 4:37 pm
  • Peavy defrauded more than $15 million
    Jake Peavy was defrauded more than $15 million by a financial adviser, according to a filing Tuesday by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    Advice: Retired pitcher Roy Oswalt and NFL quarterback Mark Sanchez were also involved in this fraudulent scheme, per the filing in U.S. District Court. The SEC is seeking to freeze the assets of this adviser, a man named Ash Narayan, and recoup more than $33 million that he took from the three pro athletes. Peavy told the San Francisco Chronicle that he learned about the fraud on the first day of spring training. "I think I did the best I could to stay focused," he said. "Maybe at times I haven't done my best, but I think the last month is indicative of what I can do to help this team. I’m doing what I can to push the needle forward." Tuesday, 4:33 pm
  • Colon struck with comebacker in first inning
    Bartolo Colon was lifted in the first inning of his start Tuesday against the Royals after taking a Whit Merrifield line drive off his right wrist.

    Advice: Merrifield was the very first batter of the game and launched a screamer back at Colon, who looked to be grabbing at both his wrist and thumb as he made his way off the field. Hansel Robles took over with one out in the top of the first. Colon is likely undergoing X-rays. Tuesday, 4:17 pm
  • Sean Manaea (arm) set for Friday rehab start
    Sean Manaea (arm) is scheduled to make a rehab start Friday with High-A Stockton.

    Advice: Manaea has been on the disabled list since June 14 because of a left pronator (elbow) strain. The lefty had a 6.02 ERA in nine starts before the injury and could be asked to make more than one start on the farm. Tuesday, 4:01 pm
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  • Colon to start against Royals on Tuesday
    Bartolo Colon will start against the Royals on Tuesday.

    Advice: Colon was previously scheduled to start Wednesday, but the Mets decided to flip him with Noah Syndergaard. The veteran right-hander allowed two runs over 7 2/3 innings in his last start last Thursday against the Pirates and owns a 3.01 ERA on the year. Tuesday, 11:14 am
  • Weaver throws shutout versus Athletics
    Jered Weaver threw his first shutout of the season Sunday in the Angels' 2-0 defeat of the A's.

    Advice: We didn't know he could still do that. Weaver yielded just three hits and a walk against one strikeout, needing only 95 pitches to complete nine scoreless frames. He induced 20 fly balls and seven grounders. The veteran right-hander still holds an ugly 5.10 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, and 47/21 K/BB ratio in 84 2/3 innings for the year. Monday, 5:36 am
  • Price fires eight innings of one-run ball
    David Price pitched admirably in Sunday's 2-1 win over the Mariners, allowing one run on eight hits over eight innings.

    Advice: Price struck out seven without walking a batter on the afternoon. Franklin Gutierrez rocked a solo homer off him in the fourth inning, but he otherwise kept the scoreboard clean. After scuffling through April and early May, the ace southpaw has been fantastic. He has made it through eight innings in each of his last three starts and has allowed two or fewer runs in six of his last eight outings. Price will carry a 4.24 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 109/24 K/BB ratio (99 2/3 innings) into a road date with the Rangers next time he takes the mound. Sunday, 6:59 pm
  • Rodon strikes out eight into seventh inning
    Carlos Rodon was sharp in earning a no-decision against the Indians on Sunday, striking out eight while allowing two runs over 6 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Rodon surrendered a Mike Napoli sacrifice fly in the first inning and a Juan Uribe solo homer in the fourth, but otherwise kept the scoreboard clean. The 24-year-old southpaw scattered eight hits into the seventh. He has posted a quality start in four of his last six starts and will bring a 4.16 ERA and 1.49 WHIP into a home showdown with the Blue Jays next time he toes the rubber. Sunday, 2:39 pm
  • Santana pitches into eighth inning vs. NYY
    Ervin Santana pitched into the eighth inning for a win on Sunday afternoon against the Yankees.

    Advice: Santana was charged with two earned runs and one unearned. He struck out four, walked none, and scattered six hits over his 7 1/3 official frames. The right-hander moved to 2-7 and dropped his ERA under 5.00. Sunday, 2:28 pm
  • Jake Peavy plays against trend, pitches well
    Jake Peavy posted one of his better starts of the season in Sunday's no-decision against the Rays, yielding one run on four hits over six innings.

    Advice: Peavy struck out eight and walked just one on the afternoon. The nice performance was a surprise, to say the least. Even with this strong outing in the books, the veteran right-hander still holds an undesirable 5.47 ERA and 1.44 WHIP. He will try to repeat Sunday's result in a home showdown with the Phillies next time he toes the rubber. Sunday, 1:45 pm
  • Bradley limits Phillies to one unearned run
    Archie Bradley limited the Phillies to one (unearned) run over six innings Sunday for his third win.

    Advice: It was a big bounceback outing for the 23-year-old right-hander, who had struggled on his last two turns. Bradley struck out five Phillies and scattered two walks and three hits over his six steady frames. The one run against him came on a double play groundball by Tommy Joseph in the bottom of the sixth inning. Bradley now stands 3-3 with a 4.83 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, and 44/20 K/BB ratio in 41 innings (seven starts) this season. He has matchup-to-matchup appeal in mixed fantasy leagues. Sunday, 1:29 pm
  • Alvarez (shoulder) has another setback
    Henderson Alvarez has been shut down after having another setback with his surgically-repaired right shoulder.

    Advice: Alvarez had appeared to be back on track after having a setback last month, but he felt renewed soreness during his last rehab start Saturday. The right-hander will report to Oakland on Tuesday before the next step is determined. Obviously he's not going to be with the A's for a while. Sunday, 11:14 am
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    7:05 pm @LAA
  • Wade Miley (shoulder) plays light catch
    Wade Miley (shoulder) played some light catch on Sunday.

    Advice: Miley was placed on the disabled list with a left shoulder impingement, but he's expected back when first eligible. Adrian Sampson is filling in for Miley in the Mariners' rotation. Sunday, 8:57 am
    15-Day DL
    7:10 pm vs StL
  • King Felix (calf) to resume throwing soon
    Felix Hernandez (calf) will resume flat-ground throwing on Tuesday or Wednesday.

    Advice: Hernandez's strained right calf is finally feeling better. He's been on the shelf for all of June and will need to be built back up a bit before being activated. Hernandez could still make it back before the All-Star break, but the start of the second half is more likely. Sunday, 8:55 am
    15-Day DL
    7:10 pm vs StL
  • Volquez hit hard but gets the win anyway
    Edinson Volquez pitched poorly but snagged a win against the Tigers on Saturday, allowing five runs on eight hits in 6 1/3 innings.

    Advice: He struck out six and walked none. Volquez sports a 7-6 record, 4.12 ERA and 1.35 WHIP with 73 strikeouts and 33 walks in 91 2/3 innings. Volquez was a desirable pitcher to own the last two years but he is drifting out of that class this year. It is hard to trust him against good hitting teams right now. His next start will come Friday at home versus the Astros. Saturday, 9:38 pm
  • 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. Saturday, 9:00 pm
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  • 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. Saturday, 8:59 pm
  • Martinez allows three runs in spot start
    Nick Martinez allowed three runs on six hits over 4 1/3 innings in a start against the Cardinals on Saturday.

    Advice: It's unclear whether the start will be his last for a while or whether the Rangers will keep him in the rotation for the foreseeable future for lack of better options. He has a 5.14 ERA in seven innings with the big club and owned a 4.50 ERA in 11 starts at Triple-A, so either way, Martinez isn't a name worth knowing for fantasy owners. Saturday, 8:33 pm
  • Cardinals waste seven scoreless from C-Mart
    Carlos Martinez threw seven shutout innings but didn't factor in the decision Saturday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Martinez was brilliant, allowing just four singles and issuing one free pass before exiting. He left with a lead and a chance at his fourth straight win, but the bullpen stumbled and cost him the victory. Even so, it was another very strong turn for the 24-year-old, who owns a 3.17 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 66/27 K/BB ratio over 82 1/3 innings of work this year. Another interleague date, this time with the Mariners, is on tap for Friday. Saturday, 8:30 pm
  • Michael Pineda fans nine Twins in no-decision
    Michael Pineda pitched decently in a no-decision against the Twins on Saturday, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits over 5 1/3 innings.

    Advice: The right-hander didn't walk a batter in the contest while punching out nine. The big blow against him was a two-run shot off the bat of Byung-Ho Park in the fourth inning. Pineda owns an outstanding 88/19 K/BB ratio over 77 1/3 innings on the year, but has given up too much hard contact and far too many home runs to have sustained success. He'll look to improve upon his 5.82 ERA and 1.49 WHIP when he takes on these same Twins in New York on Saturday. Saturday, 2:19 pm
  • Sanchez gives up two runs in victory
    Aaron Sanchez yielded two runs in six innings Friday in a victory over the Orioles.

    Advice: Sanchez was shaky early before settling down with the benefit of a huge lead. He struck out six and walked a pair in the victory and now sits at 7-1 with a 3.35 ERA on the year. A move to the bullpen looms later this summer, but he’ll remain valuable in fantasy leagues until that time comes. Friday, 7:18 pm
  • Sean Manaea (arm) plays catch without issue
    Sean Manaea (arm) played catch from a distance of 90 feet without any issue on Friday.

    Advice: The Athletics are anticipating that he'll need only a minimum stint on the disabled list and he could be ready to rejoin the rotation before the end of June. Eric Surkamp is holding down his spot in the rotation for the time being. Friday, 5:00 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm @LAA
  • Jake Peavy (neck) pushed back to Sunday
    Jake Peavy's (neck) next scheduled start has been pushed back from Saturday to Sunday.

    Advice: Peavy is dealing with some minor neck stiffness, so the Giants decided to take advantage of the schedule and give him an extra day of rest. Albert Suarez will face the Rays on Saturday. Friday, 2:57 pm
  • Nick Martinez will start on Saturday
    Nick Martinez will start on Saturday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: He's getting the call over Cesar Ramos, who will head back to the Rangers' bullpen. Martinez carries a 4.50 ERA in 11 starts for Round Rock this year and can be ignored for fantasy purposes. Friday, 1:09 pm
  • Wade Miley (shoulder) placed on DL
    Mariners placed LHP Wade Miley on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 13, with a left shoulder impingement.

    Advice: Miley said that his shoulder had been bothering him for a while and just wasn't getting any better. He expects to return after his 15 days are up. Adrian Sampson will take his spot in the Mariners' rotation. Friday, 12:04 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:10 pm vs StL
  • Colon tosses 7 2/3 strong innings versus Bucs
    Bartolo Colon held the Pirates to two runs over 7 2/3 innings, striking out eight, in a win Tuesday.

    Advice: The rest of the Mets' rotation gets the praise, but Colon now owns a 3.01 ERA over 80 2/3 innings this season. On Thursday, he gave up seven hits without walking a batter. He's now 6-3 on the year and will square off with the Royals in an interleague tilt on Wednesday. Thursday, 7:07 pm
  • Alvarez (shoulder) will make rehab start Sat.
    Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) is slated to make a rehab start at Triple-A Nashville on Saturday.

    Advice: Alvarez is scheduled to pitch five or six innings. It has been a long, long recovery trail for the 26-year-old right-hander, who initially underwent a major surgery on his right shoulder last July. He was close to returning in May, but then suffered a setback and had to be shut down again. Fingers crossed that his current rehab assignment will be the last one he needs to endure. Wednesday, 4:15 pm
    60-Day DL
    7:05 pm @LAA
  • Gibbons insists Sanchez will move to pen
    Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said that the team still plans on shifting Aaron Sanchez to the bullpen later this season.

    Advice: Sanchez, 23, has made 13 starts and holds a 3.38 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 83/29 K/BB ratio. He has thrown 85 1/3 innings thus far. That is already close to touching his career-high in innings at the major league level. Working as a combo starter-reliever last season, he accumulated 92 1/3 frames worth of action. Gibbons did not offer a specific date for Sanchez's shift to the bullpen, though, and he will start until the team indicates otherwise. At the micro level, his next outing will come on the road against the Orioles. Once he does move over to the pen, Gibbons said that Drew Hutchison would take his spot in the rotation. Wednesday, 1:44 pm
  • Felix Hernandez (calf) throws lightly
    Felix Hernandez (calf) is taking part in a "light-throwing routine," according to the Tacoma News Tribune's Bob Dutton.

    Advice: Hernandez was placed on the disabled list with a strained right calf on June 1. While he has been throwing a bit, he has yet to toss a bullpen. The ace right-hander underwent an MRI on Friday and it was determined that he will likely miss another four weeks or thereabouts. He could potentially return around the All-Star break assuming he does not hit any setbacks in his rehab. Wednesday, 1:10 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:10 pm vs StL
  • Surkamp demolished in return to majors
    Eric Surkamp imploded in Tuesday's loss to the Rangers, allowing seven runs on seven hits over 2 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Surkamp was called up on Tuesday, as the A's pitching staff has been hit hard by the injury bug. He proved ineffective, allowing a run in the first, three in the second and three more in the third. He struck out just one and walked two in the ugly outing. Through seven starts (29 innings), the 28-year-old southpaw holds an unsightly 8.07 ERA and 2.10 WHIP. Look elsewhere for fantasy buoyancy. Surkamp will face the Angels at home in his next scheduled start. Tuesday, 11:41 pm
    Not Active
    7:05 pm @LAA
  • Santana coughs up 10 hits in loss to Angels
    Ervin Santana proved ineffective in Tuesday's loss to the Angels, allowing five runs on 10 hits over five innings.

    Advice: Santana struck out just one on the evening. Three of the five runs on his line scored courtesy of the home run, with Johnny Giavotella clocking a two-run shot in the second inning and Kole Calhoun notching a solo dinger of his own one frame later. With the loss, Santana fell to 1-7. His 5.10 ERA and 1.50 WHIP are equally disappointing. He will start at home against the Yankees next time he takes the mound. Tuesday, 11:25 pm
  • Bradley strikes out nine in uneven outing
    Archie Bradley was up and down in Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers, striking out nine while also allowing three home runs and five total runs over 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Three of the four hits Bradley allowed left the ballpark. Joc Pederson burned him twice, cracking solo home runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Justin Turner also clocked a solo shot in that sixth before Bradley was relieved of duty. The 23-year-old has shown off major league stuff in his first six starts, but the refinement isn't quite there yet. He will carry a 5.66 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 39/18 K/BB ratio (35 innings) into a road start against the Phillies next time he toes the rubber. Tuesday, 9:55 pm
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