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  • May (back) re-evaluated after this weekend
    Trevor May (back) will pitch on Saturday and Sunday for Triple-A Rochester before being re-evaluated.

    Advice: It presumably will be the last hurdle for him to clear before he's activated. May has missed the last three weeks of action due to back spasms. 48 minutes ago
    15-Day DL
    11:10 am @CWS
  • Chad Green to make spot start Sunday
    Chad Green will be recalled to start on Sunday versus the Padres.

    Advice: He's making a spot start, as the Yankees wanted to push CC Sabathia back a day to give him a little extra rest. Green has put up a 7.20 ERA in his brief time with the big club this season but boasts a 1.54 ERA with a strikeout per inning at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Deep leaguers might consider him as a streaming option in a juicy matchup. 58 minutes ago
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    10:05 am vs Tex
  • Jonathan Lucroy sitting out on Thursday
    Jonathan Lucroy is absent from the Brewers' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: He's getting a day off with it being a day game after a night game. Martin Maldonado is filling in behind the plate. Today, 8:04 am
  • Braves '99.9%' sure they won't trade Teheran
    A Braves official told Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports that the club is "99.9 percent" sure they will not trade Julio Teheran before the deadline.

    Advice: The 99.9 percent number came after the official said outright that the team is "not trading Teheran." That the Braves are inclined to keep Teheran isn't a surprise, as he's under control cheaply through 2020 and the club would like him to start on Opening Day next season in their new stadium. However, he'll be sought after next month, regardless (the Red Sox are one team that's reportedly already inquired), and the Braves will surely be open to a deal if they get an offer to their liking. Today, 7:57 am
  • Starlin Castro getting a breather Thursday
    Starlin Castro is not in the Yankees' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: It's a simple day off. Ronald Torreyes will handle second base. Today, 7:49 am
    10:05 am vs x Tex
  • Elvis Andrus getting a day off Thursday
    Elvis Andrus is not in the Rangers' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: It's a routine day off. Jurickson Profar will handle shortstop while Andrus rests. Today, 7:46 am
  • White Sox recall Matt Davidson from Triple-A
    White Sox recalled 3B Matt Davidson from Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Davidson has had a nice year for Charlotte, batting .268/.349/.444 with 10 homers and 46 RBI over 326 plate appearances. The 25-year-old figures to see some playing time in the designated hitter spot while Melky Cabrera (wrist) is out, as Avisail Garcia is needed for outfield duty. Given Garcia's struggles, it's not out of the question that he could stick around a while if he hits. That's probably not likely, though, as Davidson hit around .200 at Triple-A from 2014-15. Today, 7:39 am
  • Rangers showing interest in Rays' Matt Moore
    Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rangers are showing interest in Matt Moore.

    Advice: Topkin says that the Rangers are "already hot on Moore's trail and 3-4 others are expected to join the pursuit." Moore has rebounded after a seven-start stretch where he put up a 7.71 ERA, posting a 2.36 ERA over his last four outings while striking out a batter per inning. The lefty is a wild card given his inconsistent results since returning from Tommy John surgery, but he makes sense as a potential lightning-in-a-bottle type acquisition given his upside. The Rays have three club options on Moore starting in 2017. Today, 7:27 am
  • Joel de la Cruz to get another start
    Joel de la Cruz is expected to make another start for the Braves on Monday in Philadelphia.

    Advice: De la Cruz had a solid major league debut on Wednesday, holding the Indians to three runs over six innings. The Braves are dealing with a handful of injuries to their rotation, so the 27-year-old will get a shot to stick around for a while. He's not recommended in fantasy leagues. Today, 5:54 am
  • Greinke (oblique) update coming on Friday
    The Diamondbacks expect to have a clearer picture as to Zack Greinke's (oblique) status on Friday.

    Advice: That's the day he's slated to throw his normal between-starts bullpen session. Greinke, who left Tuesday's outing with tightness in his left oblique, is scheduled to start again on Monday but might wind up needing a stint on the disabled list. "We’ve just got our fingers crossed," chief baseball officer Tony La Russa said. "I know there’s a lot of the season left after the All-Star break, so we want to be very careful. … We’ll be more careful than aggressive in pushing." If Greinke does need a DL stint, Zack Godley and possibly Braden Shipley are the most likely options to fill his spot in the rotation. Today, 5:49 am
  • Curtis Granderson (calf) has pinch-hit single
    Curtis Granderson (calf) notched a pinch-hit single in Wednesday's loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: Granderson was a late scratch from the lineup due to a minor calf ailment that forced him from Tuesday's game, but the fact that he was able to pinch-hit (and do so successfully) is a good sign. He could be back in the lineup as soon as Thursday. Today, 5:11 am
    4:10 pm vs ChC
  • Giants to forgo DH, let Bumgarner hit
    The Giants will forgo the DH and have Madison Bumgarner bat in his start in Oakland on Thursday.

    Advice: If the Giants really thought batting Bumgarner in a game in Oakland were a smart play, it'd probably make more sense to actually let him DH once. By forgoing the DH while he's pitching, it means they'll be pinch-hitting for the pitcher after he leaves. On the other hand, it is Bumgarner in Oakland, so he's a threat to go eight or nine innings anyway. Bumgarner is hitting .175/.261/.350 with two homers in 40 at-bats this year. Yesterday, 10:52 pm
  • Jameson Taillon defeats Mariners
    Jameson Taillon defeated the Mariners by allowing one run in six innings on Wednesday.

    Advice: Taillon struck out six and walked none in his second big-league victory. He's issued a total of six walks in five starts for the Pirates, so control isn't any kind of issue. He's not getting as many swings and misses on his fastball as one would like to see from someone who throws in the mid-90s, but he's been pretty impressive anyway, particularly for someone who has missed so much time as a professional. Next up for him is a showdown in St. Louis. Yesterday, 10:44 pm
  • Nate Karns dominates in relief
    In his first appearance after being moved to the pen, Nate Karns struck out six in two scoreless innings Wednesday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Karns still looked like one of the Mariners' five-best starters even with his modestly disappointing start this year, but tonight showed why the move to the pen could work out anyway. The team could finish the year with Karns and Edwin Diaz as its two best relievers. Yesterday, 10:36 pm
  • Sean Rodriguez knocks in four runs
    Sean Rodriguez doubled twice and knocked in four runs Wednesday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Rodriguez entered the night with a .675 OPS and no homers in 65 at-bats in June, so he had cooled considerably after his fantastic start. Still, he's been a terrific asset for the Pirates with his production and versatility this year. Yesterday, 10:33 pm
    New Player Note
    Sean Rodríguez Pit - 1B,2B,SS,OF
  • Starling Marte scores three times
    Starling Marte had three hits, a walk, a steal and three runs scored Wednesday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Marte hit sixth tonight for just the fourth time this season, not that it stopped him. He's been an elite fantasy outfielder even while being locked out of the top three spots in the Pirates order this year. Still, we prefer to see him hitting cleanup than fifth or sixth. Yesterday, 10:30 pm
  • Alcides Escobar delivers from leadoff spot
    Alcides Escobar delivered a go-ahead double in the top of the 12th to help the Royals beat the Cardinals 3-2 on Wednesday.

    Advice: With Whit Merrifield getting the night off (at least to start), Escobar made his first start in the leadoff spot in three weeks. This will probably keep him there through 2018. Not only did he have the 12th-inning double, but his sac fly opened the scoring in the top of the eighth and he also had a single earlier in the contest. The double pushed his OPS back up to .600 for the first time since June 1. Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Edinson Volquez goes 6 2/3 scoreless
    Edinson Volquez bounced back from last week's debacle against the Astros to hold the Cardinals scoreless for 6 2/3 innings on Wednesday.

    Advice: Volquez gave up 11 earned runs in one-plus innings last Friday, taking his ERA from 4.12 to 5.15. This brings it back down to 4.80. He allowed six hits, walked one and struck out four. Volquez has a two-start week versus the Blue Jays and Mariners lined up next. Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • Carlos Martinez goes six scoreless
    Carlos Martinez shut out the Royals for six-plus innings in a no-decision Wednesday.

    Advice: Run support has been an issue for Martinez of late, as he's received three straight no-decisions while allowing a total of one run in 20 innings. In his last six starts, he has a 1.06 ERA and one homer allowed. Yesterday, 10:17 pm
  • Martinez tosses six scoreless in no-decision
    Carlos Martinez did not surrender a run in six innings, allowing eight hits and a walk while striking out three batters in a strong no-decision effort versus the Royals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Run support has been an issue for Martinez of late, as he's received three straight no-decisions while allowing a total of one run in 20 innings. Martinez dipped his ERA under the 3.00 barrier and is now at 2.83 for the season. His record holds steady at 7-5. His 6.89 strikeouts per nine innings are way down from his 9.22 mark last season, however he is currently beating last year's excellent 3.01 ERA nonetheless. Martinez generates a lot of groundballs, which helps him limit home runs. He has given up only 6 dingers in 95 1/3 innings so far. He draws the Pirates on Monday. Yesterday, 10:15 pm
  • Jonathan Broxton gives up run to Royals
    Working the eighth in a scoreless game, Jonathan Broxton gave up a run on two hits and a walk Wednesday against the Royals.

    Advice: Broxton is technically in the Cardinals' closer mix now that Trevor Rosenthal is out of the picture, but it's hard to imagine that Mike Matheny sees him a better option than Kevin Siegrist or Seung-Hwan Oh in close games. Even the struggling Rosenthal seems more trustworthy. Rosenthal did pitch a scoreless 11th inning in this one. Oh, who also worked in a tie game, gave up an unearned run in his inning. Yesterday, 10:14 pm
  • Morales gets three hits, plays in outfield
    Kendrys Morales went 3-for-4, all singles, and played in the outfield for the first time since 2008 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Morales has been limited to first base and designated hitter for the past eight years. Gaining outfield eligibility would please many of his fantasy owners. The Royals were playing the Cardinals in St. Louis using National League rules without the DH. Don't expect Morales to play outfield very often moving forward. He struggled terribly early in the season but has his line up to .255/.318/.413 as we near the All Star break. Yesterday, 10:12 pm
  • Yonder Alonso hits two-run homer
    Yonder Alonso hit a two-run homer off Jake Peavy in Wednesday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: It's just the second homer of the year for Alonso, but he is hitting .325 with more walks (eight) than strikeouts (seven) in 83 at-bats this month. It's raised his season OPS from .552 to .640. Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Guerra fires eight shutout innings at Dodgers
    Junior Guerra was magnificent in a 7-0 Brewers win over the Dodgers on Wednesday, firing eight scoreless innings while allowing only two hits and two walks.

    Advice: He struck out seven batters. Guerra improved his record to 5-1 and is now sitting on a 3.25 ERA. He has 60 strikeouts and 21 walks in 69 1/3 innings across 11 starts. The 31-year-old rookie has a challenging two-start week versus the Nationals and Cardinals coming up. Yesterday, 9:35 pm
  • Villar get three hits to raise AVG to .300
    Jonathan Villar rapped three hits in four at-bats, raising his batting average to an even .300 on the season.

    Advice: Villar has come out of nowhere to generate significant fantasy value this year. Most of that value comes from his 26 stolen bases and high batting average. The steals have always been a strength and should stay that way. The batting average is going to fall. His .397 BABIP is unsustainable, so enjoy the high AVG while it lasts. Yesterday, 9:17 pm
  • Braun finishes with a home run and four RBI
    Ryan Braun hit a two run home run and finished 2-for-4 with four RBI on Wednesday.

    Advice: His other hit was a two-run double. Despite battling some nagging injuries, Braun is having an excellent season. The home run was his 12th of the year to complement his .322 batting average. Yesterday, 9:10 pm
    11:10 am vs ^ LAD
  • De La Cruz nets quality start in MLB debut
    Joel De La Cruz registered a quality start but lost to the Indians on Saturday, surrendering three runs on seven hits in his six innings of work.

    Advice: He fanned one batter and walked another. He was making his major league debut after being called up for a spot start earlier in the day. De La Cruz is 27 years old and has posted mediocre numbers at Triple-A as a part time starter / part time reliever. He has little chance of ever being a useful pitcher in fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 7:26 pm
  • Granderson (calf) a late scratch against Nats
    Curtis Granderson (calf) has been scratched from the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Nationals.

    Advice: Granderson was initially penciled-in to bat leadoff against Max Scherzer on Wednesday, but after testing his strained right calf in pregame exercises, it looks like he will be riding the pine for the day. Alejandro De Aza will take over leadoff duties in his place. This is thought to be a minor injury, but the veteran outfielder might receive another game or two off just to be on the safe side. Yesterday, 3:21 pm
    4:10 pm vs ChC
  • Braves call up RHP De La Cruz
    Braves recalled RHP Jose De La Cruz from Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Cruz will make his major league debut in a spot start against the red-hot Indians on Wednesday. The 27-year-old posted owns a 4.68 ERA over five starts and 16 relief appearances this year in Triple-A and can be avoided for fantasy purposes. Yesterday, 2:13 pm
  • Curtis Granderson (calf) in lineup vs Nats
    Curtis Granderson (calf) is in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Nationals.

    Advice: Granderson was lifted from Tuesday's game after a rain delay due to what manager Terry Collins termed a "small" calf strain. This has been an injury that has nagged Granderson in recent days -- it also forced him out of the lineup on Sunday -- but he is penciled into Wednesday's lineup as the leadoff hitter. Yesterday, 1:27 pm
    4:10 pm vs ChC
  • Moore blanks BoSox over seven innings in win
    Matt Moore fired seven scoreless innings in a 4-0 win over the Red Sox on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was an impressive start against a good lineup. Moore allowed just three hits, all of them singles in the sixth inning. But he managed to wiggle out of the jam and keep the Red Sox off the board. The southpaw walked a pair and struck out six in the victory and now sits at 4-5 with a 4.67 ERA on the year. He’ll try to keep the momentum going in a start against the Angels next week. Yesterday, 12:13 pm
  • Starling Marte hits RBI triple in loss to M's
    Starling Marte went 1-for-4 with an RBI triple in Tuesday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: Marte's RBI triple in the seventh came as part of a little two-run rally, but the Mariners held a 5-0 lead at the time, a lead which was never seriously in jeopardy. The star outfielder is hitting .325/.364/.489 with 19 doubles, six homers, 30 RBI and 20 steals over 274 at-bats. Tuesday, 10:33 pm
  • Lucroy has two doubles, two RBI vs. Dodgers
    Jonathan Lucroy went 2-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI and a run scored Tuesday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Lucroy hit a two-run double in the eighth inning to pull the Brewers within two runs, but the comeback wasn't to be. Despite the team's lack of success, the 30-year-old is having a fine offensive season. Lucroy now has 38 RBI and 38 runs scored to go with a .302/.360/.504 line through 71 games. Tuesday, 9:48 pm
  • Granderson fighting through calf strain
    Mets manager Terry Collins said that Curtis Granderson is dealing with a "small" calf strain.

    Advice: Granderson was pulled from Tuesday's game against the Nationals after he had issues getting loose following a rain delay. This calf strain also kept him out of action on Sunday, but doesn't sound like a potential long-term injury. Unless the Mets indicate otherwise, Granderson should be considered day-to-day moving forward. Tuesday, 9:29 pm
    4:10 pm vs ChC
  • Zack Greinke leaves start with oblique issue
    Zack Greinke was forced to leave Tuesday's start against the Phillies due to tightness in his left oblique.

    Advice: Oblique injuries can be tricky and tend to linger, so it's hard to speculate how much time, if any, Greinke could miss. It's likely that the team could play it safe and skip a start or two heading into the All-Star break. Tuesday, 8:15 pm
  • Granderson pulled after long rain delay
    Curtis Granderson was pulled from Tuesday's game against the Nationals when he had difficulty getting loose after a long rain delay.

    Advice: The veteran outfielder has logged a lot of innings this season, so manager Terry Collins opted to play things safe when Granderson tightened up. He should be back in the lineup in the next day or two. Tuesday, 7:55 pm
    4:10 pm vs ChC
  • Zack Greinke leaves start with back injury
    Zack Greinke was pulled from Tuesday's start against the Phillies after just two innings due to an apparent back injury.

    Advice: Greinke felt something and grabbed for his back after throwing a warmup pitch before the third inning, and that was enough for the D'Backs coaching staff to lift him from the game. He allowed one run on four hits while striking out two before departing. Expect an update from the club shortly. Tuesday, 7:38 pm
  • Joel de la Cruz to start for Braves Wednesday
    Joel de la Cruz will make his major league debut against the Indians on Wednesday.

    Advice: He'll start in place of the injured Aaron Blair. The 27-year-old hurler owns a troublesome 4.68 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 44/24 K/BB ratio over 57 2/3 innings at Triple-A. He isn't worth using in any fantasy formats, and should be stacked heavily against in daily leagues. Tuesday, 7:08 pm
  • Julio Teheran pushed back until Friday
    Julio Teheran will have his next start pushed back a day to Friday against the Marlins.

    Advice: There is nothing wrong with the Braves' ace right-hander, they simply wanted to get him an extra day of rest while accommodating a potential return to the rotation for Mike Foltynewicz. Teheran owns a spectacular 2.46 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 99/24 K/BB ratio across 106 innings on the season. Tuesday, 5:35 pm
  • Mariners moving Nate Karns to the bullpen
    Mariners manager Scott Servais announced Tuesday that Nate Karns has been moved to the bullpen.

    Advice: Karns has struggled in the M's rotation this season, compiling a 4.56 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 84/38 K/BB ratio across 81 innings. He has terrific stuff, but has gotten into trouble due to an extremely high walk rate (4.2 BB/9) this season. It'll be interesting to see if its a temporary move until he rights the ship, or if the M's believe his future is as a late-inning reliever. Tuesday, 4:20 pm
  • Kendrys Morales goes 4-for-4 on Monday
    Kendrys Morales went 4-for-4 with a two-RBI single in Monday's win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: He had four of the Royals' 11 base knocks on the night, as Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar also had multi-hit games. Morales' four-hit night comes on the heels of a two-homer game that he had Sunday. He now has 15 hits over his last 27 at-bats. Monday, 8:51 pm
  • Curtis Granderson sitting out on Sunday
    Curtis Granderson is not in the Mets' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a routine day off. Brandon Nimmo is in right field for his major league debut Sunday, and Kelly Johnson is in left and in the leadoff spot. The Mets are also resting Asdrubal Cabrera and Travis d'Arnaud, as Matt Reynolds is at shortstop and Rene Rivera is catching. Sunday, 7:58 am
    4:10 pm vs ChC
  • Karns fortunate to get a win over the Cards
    Nate Karns surrendered four runs on five hits and two walks while striking out three in five innings, leading the Mariners to a 5-4 victory over the Cardinals on Saturday.

    Advice: He did not pitch very well but snared a win anyway. The big blow was a 5th-inning, three-run home run by Aledmys Diaz that ruined what had been a very effective outing up to that point. The poor game boosts Karns' ERA up to 4.56 on the season. He strikes out a lot of batters (9.33 K/9) but spoils that by walking too many (4.22 BB/9). He will face the Orioles in his next start on Friday in Seattle. Saturday, 11:21 pm
  • Bumgarner turns in quality start but loses
    Madison Bumgarner turned in a quality start but lost to the Phillies on Saturday, giving up three runs in 6 1/3 innings.

    Advice: He allowed only five hits but a two-run homer by Cameron Rupp proved his undoing. Bumgarner fanned seven and walked only one. He has a magnificent 1.99 ERA and 122/29 K/BB ratio in 108 1/3 innings. He is in the running for a Cy Young award and is a lock to make the All Star team. He will take his 8-4 record into a rivalry matchup with Oakland on Thursday. Saturday, 10:47 pm
  • de la Cruz could take Blair's rotation spot
    Joel de la Cruz is a candidate to start Wednesday's game against the Indians.

    Advice: That would have been Aaron Blair's turn to pitch but the Braves optioned him to Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday. De la Cruz was called up last month but the Braves sent him down before he got a chance to pitch in a game. The 27-year-old holds a 4.68 ERA over 21 appearances (five starts) for Gwinnett this season. Saturday, 9:01 pm
  • Teheran tosses eight shutout innings vs. Mets
    Julio Teheran twirled eight shutout innings, striking out seven, but settled for a no-decision Saturday against the Mets.

    Advice: Teheran and Jacob deGrom were both excellent, and neither was still around when the Mets won in the 11th inning. The 25-year-old gave up just five hits, all singles, without issuing a walk on the evening, his second consecutive scoreless start. He's been nothing short of terrific this year, posting a 2.46 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 99/24 K/BB ratio over 106 innings of work, but he's just 3-7 to show for it. Teheran will try to get back in the win column Thursday against the Marlins. Saturday, 8:00 pm
  • Villar has three hits, stolen base vs. Nats
    Jonathan Villar went 3-for-4 with an RBI, a stolen base and a run scored Saturday against the Nationals.

    Advice: Villar's breakout season continues, with Saturday's three-hit game counting as his fifth in his last 10 contests. He also leads the league with his 26 stolen bases. The 25-year-old is batting .299/.380/.429 overall. Saturday, 6:34 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. Friday, 10:39 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. Friday, 10:20 pm
  • Escobar hits first home run of season
    Alcides Escobar went 2-for-4 and hit his first home run of the season on Friday night.

    Advice: Escobar has been a lost cause at the plate this year, batting .252/.276/.311 with 25 runs and 19 RBI. His one strength is his 10 stolen bases. He has averaged four home runs per year in his career, so tonight's bomb was a rarity. Friday, 10:19 pm
  • Taillon gives up four runs vs. Dodgers
    Jameson Taillon had a rough night Friday against the Dodgers, allowing four runs over four-plus innings of work.

    Advice: Taillon was pulled after allowing the first three batters to reach in the fifth inning. All told, the young right-hander allowed eight hits and one walk while striking out two batters. He also was charged with a run-scoring balk. The 24-year-old has failed to complete five innings in each of his last two starts and now owns a 4.50 ERA and 15/5 K/BB ratio in 22 innings over his first four starts in the majors. He’ll look for improvement next week against the Mariners. Friday, 7:43 pm
  • Marte (foot) has two hits in return to lineup
    Starling Marte (foot) went 2-for-5 with an RBI double and a run scored in his return to the lineup Friday.

    Advice: Marte was limited to pinch hitting duties over the past two days due to a sore foot. He still appeared to be favoring the injury a bit on Friday, but he’s feeling good enough to play right now. Friday, 7:42 pm
  • Moore allows five runs to take fifth loss
    Matt Moore was touched up for five earned runs in 6 2/3 innings in a loss to the Orioles on Friday.

    Advice: He struck out six and walked only one in addition to the seven hits he surrendered. Moore was sailing along until the fifth inning when J.J. Hardy drove in Chris Davis with a single. Davis then cleared the bases with a three-run single in the sixth. Moore pitched well earlier in the year but has struggled of late. His ERA climbed to 5.04 and his record fell to 3-5. Friday, 7:33 pm
  • May (back) to begin rehab stint Sunday
    Trevor May (back) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Sunday with Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: May is scheduled to throw an inning on Sunday. The Twins might want to see him pitch on back-to-back days before activating him. The 26-year-old has been sidelined for about two weeks with back spasms. Friday, 3:58 pm
    15-Day DL
    11:10 am @CWS
  • Ryan Braun not in Friday's lineup
    Ryan Braun is absent from the Brewers' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Braun is getting a breather against Max Scherzer, so he probably didn't put up much of a fight. Alex Presley is in left field. Friday, 1:58 pm
    11:10 am vs ^ LAD
  • Starling Marte (foot) back in Pirates' lineup
    Starling Marte (foot) is back in the Pirates' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Marte hasn't started since leaving Tuesday's game with a sore foot. He's batting second and playing left field. The Pirates are also resting Josh Harrison, as Sean Rodriguez is handling second base. Friday, 12:40 pm
  • Red Sox have inquired on Teheran, Vizcaino
    Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM reports that the Red Sox have inquired on Julio Teheran and Arodys Vizcaino.

    Advice: While Bowden notes that the Red Sox and Braves "really do match up well for a potential blockbuster type deal," he cautions that "there is no traction to a trade at this time." Teheran is surely going to be one of the hottest names involved in trade rumors next month, as he's put up a 2.66 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 92/24 K/BB ratio across 98 innings this season. He's under control cheaply through 2020, though, so the Braves might not be in a rush to move him. Vizcaino has been one of the best relievers in baseball with a 2.01 ERA and 44/15 K/BB ratio over 31 1/3 frames. He's under team control through 2018. Friday, 7:59 am
  • Trevor May (back) to throw off mound
    Trevor May (back) will throw a bullpen session Friday.

    Advice: If it goes well, he'll be sent to Triple-A Rochester to begin a rehab assignment. May, who has been out the last two weeks with back spasms, has posted a 6.08 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 40/10 K/BB ratio over 26 2/3 innings this season. Friday, 5:49 am
    15-Day DL
    11:10 am @CWS
  • Greinke can't manage six innings vs Rockies
    Zack Greinke was serviceable in Thursday's no-decision against the Rockies, allowing three runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Greinke struck out four and walked two in what was a relatively uneventful outing. He surrendered an RBI double to Nolan Arenado and an RBI single to Trevor Story in the first inning, then coughed up a solo homer to Mark Reynolds in the second before settling down to toss goose eggs over his next 3 2/3 innings. Up next on the docket, Greinke will carry a 3.61 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 89/21 K/BB ratio (107 1/3 frames) into a home start against the Phillies. Thursday, 9:31 pm
  • Starling Marte appears as pinch-hitter
    Starling Marte flied out as a pinch-hitter Thursday against the Giants.

    Advice: Marte also came off the bench yesterday. He's been unable to start the last two days because of left foot soreness. Thursday, 1:17 pm
  • Chad Green impresses in seven-inning gem
    Yankees RHP prospect Chad Green delivered nine strikeouts over seven shutout frames Wednesday in a win for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

    Advice: He scattered two hits and one walk. Green retired the final 13 hitters he faced while lowering his season ERA to 1.67, second-lowest in the International League. He also holds the IL's third-lowest WHIP at 1.00. Green started a game for the Yankees in May and made a relief appearance for the Bombers earlier this month. Until a full-time job opens up at the major league level, the 25-year-old will continue to jump back and forth between the Bronx and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Thursday, 10:28 am
    Not Active
    10:05 am vs Tex
  • Marte (foot) out of Bucs lineup again Thurs.
    Starling Marte (foot) is not in the Pirates' starting lineup Thursday against the Giants.

    Advice: Marte was also held out of the starting lineup Wednesday after leaving Tuesday's game with pain in his left foot. He did pinch-hit on Wednesday, which is usually a good indication that the injury is not serious. Sean Rodriguez is starting in left field Thursday. Thursday, 7:22 am
  • Starling Marte (ankle) serves as pinch hitter
    Starling Marte (foot) grounded out as a pinch-hitter Wednesday versus the Giants.

    Advice: Marte was held out of the starting lineup after leaving Tuesday's game with pain in his left foot. It's clearly nothing too serious, but he may also have to be limited to bench work in Thursday afternoon's series finale. Thursday, 5:33 am
  • Guerra strikes out eight in beating A's
    Junior Guerra pitched well in Wednesday's win over the A's, yielding two runs on five hits over seven innings.

    Advice: Guerra struck out eight and walked one on the afternoon. Coco Crisp burned him for a solo homer in the fourth inning and Max Muncy managed an RBI single in the seventh to account for the scoring on his line. Guerra will carry a respectable 3.67 ERA and 1.14 WHIP into a home start against the Dodgers next time he toes the rubber. Wednesday, 3:39 pm
  • Castro slugs walkoff homer to down Rockies
    Starlin Castro slugged a walkoff solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning Wednesday as the Yankees beat the visiting Rockies 9-8.

    Advice: Castro took Jason Motte deep on the second pitch of the bottom of the ninth inning with the score tied 8-8. It was Castro's third hit in the slugfest -- the other two being singles. He's batting .257/.290/.419 with 10 home runs and 28 RBI in 69 games this season. Wednesday, 1:47 pm
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  • Starling Marte (ankle) out Wednesday vs. SF
    Starling Marte (foot) is not in the Pirates' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Marte was lifted from Tuesday's game after experiencing pain in his left foot while trying to chase down a Ramiro Pena triple in the top of the eighth inning. He's considered day-to-day for now. Gregory Polanco will start in left field and Matt Joyce will play right on Wednesday night against the Giants. Wednesday, 12:10 pm
  • Jonathan Villar out Wednesday against A's
    Jonathan Villar is out of the Brewers' starting lineup Wednesday against the Athletics.

    Advice: Yadiel Rivera will start at shortstop and bat ninth versus A's right-hander Daniel Mengden. Aaron Hill is batting leadoff in the afternoon game at Oakland Coliseum. Wednesday, 10:24 am
  • Starling Marte left game with foot discomfort
    Starling Marte departed Tuesday's game against the Giants with left foot discomfort.

    Advice: He dealt with a left ankle injury earlier this month, but it's not clear if this new foot thing is related. Marte pulled up in pain after trying to chase down a Ramiro Pena triple in the top of the eighth inning Tuesday. He will be reevaluated on Wednesday. Tuesday, 7:54 pm
  • Starling Marte departs game with leg injury
    Starling Marte left Tuesday's game against the Giants with an apparent leg injury.

    Advice: Marte came up hurting after trying to chase down a Ramiro Pena triple in the top of the eighth inning. Marte brought a stellar .333/.374/.502 batting line into the game. It'd be a huge loss for the Pirates if he requires a stint on the 15-day disabled list. Tuesday, 7:07 pm
  • Karns allows five runs over five vs. Tigers
    Nate Karns allowed five runs on seven hits over five innings against the Tigers on Monday.

    Advice: Karns struck out six while walking three, and he served up a two-run home run to Miguel Cabrera among his seven hits allowed. He's given up just seven home runs in 14 starts this year, a step forward after allowing 19 dingers last season. The right-hander is still winless in the month of June and is 5-1 with a 4.38 ERA and 1.46 WHIP overall. He'll square off with the Cardinals in an interleague tilt Saturday. Monday, 8:51 pm
  • Bumgarner goes the distance in loss to Bucs
    Madison Bumgarner allowed a lone run in a complete-game loss to the Pirates on Monday.

    Advice: A solo home run by Erik Kratz in the fifth inning was all the scoring either side could manage on the evening. It was one of five hits Bumgarner allowed while striking out eight and walking two. The southpaw is now 8-3 with a 1.85 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 115/28 K/BB ratio over 102 innings of work. Another tasty matchup with the Phillies is on tap for Saturday. Monday, 6:54 pm
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