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  • Hammel allows one run in seven innings Wed.
    Jason Hammel led the Cubs to an 8-1 victory over the White Sox on Wednesday by tossing seven innings of one run baseball for his 10th win.

    Advice: The only run he allowed came on a home run by opposing pitcher Anthony Ranaudo. Hammel struck out seven batters, walked two and gave up just five hits. His record improves to 10-5 with a 3.23 ERA in 114 1/3 innings. Hammel draws two starts next week. The first will be at home versus the Marlins on Monday, then he will travel to Oakland for an interleague game using the designated hitter on Sunday. Yesterday, 9:45 pm
  • Ranaudo loses game in quality start on Wed.
    Anthony Ranaudo allowed three runs on two hits (both were homers) in 6 2/3 innings and took a loss to the Cubs on Wednesday.

    Advice: He pitched five scoreless innings before faltering in the sixth inning. He gave up four bases-on-balls and struck out three. The only two hits he allowed were home runs to Kris Bryant and Javier Baez. Ranaudo launched a solo blast of his own in the fifth inning but that won't help his fantasy owners. He was making his first start since being called up from Triple-A. He made two relief appearances for the Rangers early in the season before the White Sox picked him up. It remains to be seen if he will stay in the White Sox' rotation moving forward. He is not a recommended pick-up in standard fantasy leagues despite tonight's solid outing. Yesterday, 9:30 pm
  • Manaea yields three runs, fans nine in 6 2/3
    Sean Manaea struck out nine batters and gave up three runs on 11 hits in 6 2/3 innings to take a no-decision in the Athletics' 6-4 win over the Rangers on Wednesday.

    Advice: His record holds at 3-5 with a 4.57 ERA. He has struck out 75 batters while issuing only 20 free passes in 86 2/3 innings. The rookie left-hander won't pitch again until next Wednesday against the Angels in Anaheim. Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • Duffey could start Monday despite troubles
    Twins manager Paul Molitor said that Tyler Duffey has not been taken off his scheduled Monday start.

    Advice: Duffey was eviscerated to the tune of five runs on eight hits over 1 1/3 innings in Wednesday's loss to the Braves. Predictably, Molitor wasn't exactly jumping up-and-down at the prospect of handing the ball back to him for Monday's start against the Indians, but he did offer a half-hearted vote of confidence. "Right now he's scheduled to start Monday," Molitor said. "That's about all I can say about that right now." The 25-year-old right-hander holds a 6.12 ERA for the season as a whole. Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Madson earns save but gives up a run on Wed.
    Ryan Madson pitched a shaky ninth inning but earned a save despite giving up a run on Wednesday.

    Advice: He has 22 saves but has also blown six already. At 7.36 K/9 Madson does not have the premium strikeout rate that is the hallmark of reliable closers. He has a 3.89 ERA in 44 innings and is a trade candidate this week. His owners may want to handcuff Ryan Dull quickly. Yesterday, 9:03 pm
  • Foltynewicz gives up six, still beats Twins
    Michael Foltynewicz had a rough outing against the Twins on Wednesday, but still wound up as the winning pitcher despite allowing six runs on 12 hits over his five-plus innings of work.

    Advice: Foltynewicz struck out three and didn't issue a walk in the contest. He was staked to an early 7-0 lead and tried his best to give it all back, but still wound up on the winning end of the decision. He'll try to improve upon his 4.30 ERA and 1.30 WHIP when he takes on the Pirates at home on Tuesday. Yesterday, 8:33 pm
  • Tyler Duffey obliterated in loss to Braves
    Tyler Duffey was obliterated on Wednesday, giving up five runs on eight hits in just 1 1/3 innings in a losing effort against the Braves.

    Advice: Duffey walked one and didn't record a strikeout in the abbreviated outing. Just when Twins fans thought it couldn't get any worse after Duffey surrendered six runs over 2 1/3 innings his last time out, he was even worse against a struggling Braves offense on Wednesday. This could be the straw that forces him out of the Twins rotation before he has a chance to take on the Indians in Cleveland on Monday. Yesterday, 8:32 pm
  • McCullers fans 10 in victory over Yankees
    Lance McCullers matched his season high with 10 strikeouts over six innings of one-run ball in an impressive victory over the Yankees on Wednesday.

    Advice: The right-hander scattered five hits and a pair of walks over his six frames. The only blemish on his evening came on a solo home run by Brian McCann in the fourth inning. McCullers has now struck out 10 batters four different times this season, including each of his last two starts. He'll look to replicate this fine effort when he does battle against the Blue Jays at home on Tuesday. Yesterday, 8:06 pm
  • Gray holds Orioles to one run in seven frames
    Jon Gray led the Rockies to a 3-1 victory on Wednesday by holding the Orioles to one run in seven innings, allowing five hits and two walks while fanning three.

    Advice: His record improves to 7-4 with a 3.94 ERA. His owners will happily take the win without complaining about the lack of strikeouts today. For the season Gray has averaged more than a strikeout per inning (114 whiffs in 109 2/3 innings) but he wasn't missing bats in this game. He lines up for two starts at home next week, which presents his owners with a dilemma if they fear Coors Field. Yesterday, 7:56 pm
  • Estevez locks down 10th save on Wednesday
    Carlos Estevez pitched a clean ninth inning with one strikeout to lock down his 10th save of the season on Wednesday.

    Advice: He stumbled into the closer's role in Colorado a few weeks ago after the guys ahead of him got hurt, and has pitched plenty well enough to hold onto the job for awhile. Pitching in Coors Field would leave even the best relievers prone to the occasional blowup. Estevez's high walk rate is reason for concern but it hasn't hurt him too badly yet. He has 42 strikeouts and 17 walks in 37 1/3 innings to go with his 3.86 ERA. Yesterday, 7:47 pm
  • Paxton gives up three runs in five frames Wed
    James Paxton surrendered three earned runs on six hits in five innings of work against the Pirates on Wednesday, fanning six while walking only one in the loss.

    Advice: Now with a 4.27 ERA and a 61/17 K/BB ratio in 65 1/3 innings, Paxton has been victimized by an unlucky .376 BABIP this season. He has attracted attention around the league this year due to a big three MPH increase in his fastball velocity. At 97.2 MPH he trails only Noah Syndergaard among starting pitchers. Yesterday, 7:23 pm
  • Matt Moore locks down Dodgers into seventh
    Matt Moore was on his game in Wednesday's win over the Dodgers, allowing just one run (none earned) on four hits over 6 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Moore struck out five on the afternoon, but he also issued four walks. Even with that inefficiency, he exited with two outs in the seventh having thrown only 98 pitches (57 strikes). The unearned run that scored against him came when catcher Luke Maile made a throwing error on a Joc Pederson steal in the second inning. The error allowed Pederson to scoot on home. Moore is a potential trade chip for the Rays as they near the trade deadline. Should he make his next start with his current club, it would come at home against the Royals next Tuesday. He has pitched to a 4.08 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 109/40 K/BB ratio across 130 innings. Yesterday, 5:23 pm
  • Daniels: Lucas Harrell acquired as a starter
    Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said that the newly acquired Lucas Harrell will pitch out of the rotation.

    Advice: The Rangers acquired Harrell and reliever Dario Alvarez in a trade with the Braves earlier on Wednesday. Harrell's future role with the team wasn't immediately obvious -- they could have started him or shifted him to the bullpen as a long-arm -- but Daniels cleared up the matter. Harrell will start, with his first outing in a Rangers uniform set for Sunday's showdown with the Royals. The 31-year-old right-hander held a 3.38 ERA and a 21/12 K/BB ratio in five starts (29 1/3 innings) with the Braves. Yesterday, 4:04 pm
  • Dario Alvarez heading from Braves to Rangers
    Rangers acquired LHP Dario Alvarez and RHP Lucas Harrell from the Braves for INF Travis Demeritte.

    Advice: Alvarez should slot into relatively low-leverage action out of the pen at first. The 27-year-old southpaw pitched well in 20 1/3 relief innings with the Braves this season, holding a 3.00 ERA and 28/5 K/BB ratio in 15 innings of work. Yesterday, 3:03 pm
  • Rangers trade for Harrell, Alvarez from ATL
    Rangers acquired RHP Lucas Harrell and LHP Dario Alvarez from the Braves for INF Travis Demeritte.

    Advice: Harrell made five starts for the Braves this season. The 31-year-old Harrell worked to a 3.38 ERA with a 21/12 K/BB ratio across 29 1/3 innings prior to the trade. He figures to take a spot in the rotation unless the Rangers are interested in using him as a potential long-arm out of the pen. Yesterday, 2:59 pm
  • Glasnow (shoulder) nearing step forward
    Pirates trainer Todd Tomczyk said that Tyler Glasnow (shoulder) could pick up a baseball "in the coming days."

    Advice: That "in the coming days" comment might not be the most concrete assessment, but regardless of the particulars, Glasnow's health has been improving since he was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder injury on July 24. The Pirates figure to play matters cautiously with their stud 22-year-old right-hander and there is no current timetable for his return. Yesterday, 2:36 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Hill (finger) to toss pen session w/o cover
    Rich Hill (finger) said that he will not be wearing a covering on his blistered left middle finger during Friday's bullpen session.

    Advice: Friday will mark the first time Hill has attempted to throw the ball off a mound without a covering on his blister. He said that the skin on the impacted area still feels thin, but hopes for it to thicken the more he pitches. He could start against the Indians on Sunday, though that will largely depend on how he feels after his bullpen. Yesterday, 2:22 pm
  • Perdomo allows four runs but earns fifth win
    Luis Perdomo yielded four earned runs in five innings Wednesday but the Padres beat the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Perdomo was actually pitching very well until the bottom of the fifth inning, when Devon Travis drew a walk, made it to second base on a wild pitch, and then later scored on a sacrifice fly. Toronto would rally for three more runs against Perdomo in the bottom of the sixth, but San Diego was able to hold off that late charge. Perdomo, 23, is 5-4 with a 6.89 ERA and 1.81 WHIP in 82 1/3 innings this season. Yesterday, 12:45 pm
  • Carrasco allows three runs in loss to Nats
    Carlos Carrasco allowed three earned runs over six innings Wednesday in a loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: Trea Turner smacked a two-run single in the top of the second and Daniel Murphy went yard for a solo shot in the top of the sixth. Carrasco was otherwise decent, yielding only one other hit while striking out five. He'll carry a 7-4 record and 2.45 ERA into his next scheduled start at home against the light-hitting Twins. Yesterday, 12:26 pm
  • Eflin surrenders seven earned in loss to MIA
    Zach Eflin surrendered seven earned runs over five innings Wednesday in a loss to the Mets.

    Advice: Miami jumped all over Eflin and kept it rolling against the Philadelphia bullpen, racking up a total of 11 runs on 16 hits and seven walks. Eflin yielded nine of those hits and four of those walks. It was a much different picture than his last outing, a three-hit shutout against the Pirates. The young right-hander will try to bounce back next week against the Giants. Yesterday, 12:14 pm
  • Adam Plutko retires 22 straight in Tuesday's loss
    Indians RHP prospect Adam Plutko retired the first 22 batters he faced Tuesday in a loss for Triple-A Columbus.

    Advice: He lost his bid for a perfect game on an eighth-inning single by Norfolk second baseman Corban Joseph. Plutko finally got the hook after allowing two runs and three hits over 7 1/3 innings of work. The Clippers' offense let Plutko down by scoring once on only five hits. The 24-year-old has gone 2-4 with a 4.71 ERA in eight starts since getting called up from Double-A Akron earlier this season. Cleveland boasts one of the league's deepest starting rotations so it might be a while before Plutko gets an opportunity in the big leagues. Yesterday, 11:25 am
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  • Padres recall Buddy Baumann from AAA
    Padres recalled LHP Buddy Baumann from Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Baumann has a promising 1.33 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, and 23/9 K/BB ratio in 20 1/3 innings this year at Triple-A. He's faced one batter at the MLB level in his career. Yesterday, 7:16 am
  • Baker hints he could make change at closer
    Nationals manager Dusty Baker suggested late Tuesday that he's considering a change at closer.

    Advice: Papelbon blew his second straight save opportunity on Tuesday night against the Indians, yielding three runs on two walks and two hits. He did not record an out. "It’s too soon after," Baker said in his postgame press conference. "I mean, that’s his job. That’s what he’s getting paid for. I don’t know. We just have to go back to the drawing board. It’s too early to say after the game." Washington was heavily interested in Aroldis Chapman before he went to the Cubs. Maybe there's a plan now that involves Andrew Miller. If no outside upgrade is made and Papelbon's struggles continue, Shawn Kelley could become the guy. Yesterday, 5:03 am
  • Liberatore (sore knee) unavailable Tuesday
    Adam Liberatore was unavailable Tuesday because of a sore right knee.

    Advice: Liberatore tweaked his knee while covering first base Sunday in St. Louis. "It's not serious," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after Tuesday's win over the Rays. "There was a little bit of swelling. It wasn't great. It was one of those you don't want to keep pushing it." Liberatore, 29, has an impressive 1.35 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, and 39/12 K/BB ratio in 33 1/3 innings this season out of the Los Angeles bullpen. Yesterday, 4:46 am
  • Archer strikes out eight in loss to Dodgers
    Chris Archer pitched well in Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers, allowing three runs (one earned) on four hits over seven innings.

    Advice: Archer struck out eight without walking a batter. He was ultra-efficient with his pitches and finished the evening having thrown just 84 (60 strikes). Corey Seager and Justin Turner burned him for RBI singles in the third inning, with the final run on his line coming home on a monster solo homer by Yasmani Grandal in the seventh. Whether he makes another start with the Rays remains to be seen. ESPN's Jayson Stark reported earlier in July that a rival executive sees a 70% chance that Archer is traded to the Dodgers prior to the deadline. He has pitched to a 4.42 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 155/51 K/BB ratio over the course of 130 1/3 innings. Tuesday, 10:11 pm
  • Rich Hill (blister) could start Sunday in CLE
    Rich Hill (finger) is tentatively scheduled to return to the A's rotation Sunday in Cleveland.

    Advice: Hill first has to make it through a bullpen session Friday. He hasn't appeared in a game since July 17 because of a blister on his left middle finger, but his recent throwing sessions with a protective cover have gone well. The veteran southpaw is one of Oakland's top trade chips leading up to the August 1 deadline, boasting a 2.25 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 90/28 K/BB ratio in 76 innings this season. Tuesday, 9:29 pm
  • Garza registers quality start against D'backs
    Matt Garza allowed three runs over six innings Tuesday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Garza gave up five hits and walked two in the quality start, his first such start in over a month and only his second QS in eight starts this year. Despite that, he didn't factor in the decision, leaving his record at 1-4 with a 5.74 ERA and 1.68 WHIP. Garza will try again for that second win Sunday against the Pirates. Tuesday, 9:22 pm
  • Gee rocked for 10 hits, five runs by Angels
    Dillon Gee's return to the rotation didn't go quite as planned Tuesday, allowing 10 hits and five runs over five innings in a loss to the Angels.

    Advice: Gee didn't have many answers for the Angels' bats, as four of the 10 hits went for extra bases, including a home run off the bat of Carlos Perez. It wasn't an encouraging showing after Gee had been bumped from the rotation by Brian Flynn last week. Given his 4.54 ERA and 1.60 WHIP, there's a decent chance the Royals once again look for a better option before Gee's turn comes up this weekend. Tuesday, 9:04 pm
    Player Note
    Dillon Gee KC - SP,RP
    5:05 pm @Tex
  • Papelbon suffers epic meltdown versus Indians
    Jonathan Papelbon melted down in grand fashion Tuesday, allowing three runs without recording an out in a blown save against the Indians.

    Advice: Papelbon also took the loss in the disastrous outing, yielding two hits and two walks before being removed. The blown save was his fourth of the year, as was the loss. He's now allowed seven runs in his last two appearances, a fact that surely stings more considering the Nats were among the runners up for Aroldis Chapman when he was dealt to the Cubs. Perhaps they're not done looking for late-inning relief help. Tuesday, 8:13 pm
  • Harrell throws six scoreless innings vs. MIN
    Lucas Harrell tossed six scoreless innings as the Braves shut out the Twins 2-0 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Harrell gave up just four hits, all singles, and walked three over his six innings. It was his best start of five to date and got him back on track after he'd lost two straight. The right-hander has a decent 3.38 ERA and 1.26 WHIP in those five outings, and he could be pitching himself out of Atlanta and into a playoff race. We'll know soon enough. Tuesday, 7:54 pm
  • Oakland sticking with Ryan Madson at closer
    Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday that he will stick with Ryan Madson at closer.

    Advice: Madson blew his sixth save of the season in Monday's loss to the Rangers and has watched his ERA rise every month -- from 1.42 at the end of April, to 2.42 at the end of May, to 3.00 at the end of June, to the 3.77 mark where it sits now. Ryan Dull probably deserves a shot, but it's not going to happen yet. "At this point, we still have confidence in him," Melvin said of Madson. "He’s throwing as hard as he has all year here the last couple times out, he’s performed really well the last couple of times before (Monday)." Tuesday, 4:50 pm
  • Hill (finger) to throw bullpen Wednesday
    Rich Hill (finger) is scheduled to throw his next bullpen session on Wednesday.

    Advice: Hill has been throwing with a protective cover on his finger and it's unclear whether he has made enough progress to shed it. The southpaw hasn't pitched since July 17, but the A's remain hopeful he'll be able to make a start before the end of the team's current road trip. It's worth noting that the road trip runs right through the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline. Monday, 8:51 pm
  • Ryan Madson blows sixth save
    Ryan Madson took his sixth blown save after giving up a two-run homer to the Rangers in Monday's loss.

    Advice: Madson has given up a whopping five homers and 10 runs in his last 12 innings of work, so his time as a closer could be coming to a close. Ryan Dull has looked like Oakland's best reliever all season long and is worthy of an opportunity. Monday, 8:37 pm
  • Ranaudo to start vs. Cubs on Wednesday
    Anthony Ranaudo will start against the Cubs on Wednesday.

    Advice: Ranaudo will start in place of Jacob Turner, who allowed 12 runs in 7 1/3 innings over two starts. Ranaudo posted a 3.03 ERA and 71/12 K/BB ratio over 92 innings in Triple-A this season, but obviously this is a matchup to avoid in fantasy leagues. Monday, 2:34 pm
  • Hill describes blister as 'hot spot'
    Rich Hill described the blister on his left middle finger as "a little hot spot," but said that it's healing.

    Advice: Hill, who left a start on July 17 after just five pitches, threw a bullpen session Sunday while wearing a protective cover on his finger. It's unclear when he'll be ready to return to action, but some clarity would be nice as August 1 approaches. The southpaw is one of the top starting pitchers on the trade market. Monday, 2:16 pm
  • Papelbon allows four runs in loss to Padres
    Jonathan Papelbon surrendered four earned runs in the top of the ninth inning Sunday as the Nationals fell to the Padres.

    Advice: Papelbon was called upon with the game tied 6-6 but couldn't hold the line, yielding a walk and four hits while recording only two outs. He watched his season ERA jump from 2.56 all the way to 3.62. Sunday, 2:15 pm
  • Dillon Gee expected to start on Tuesday
    Dillon Gee is expected to start on Tuesday against the Angels.

    Advice: Gee was swapped out in favor of Brian Flynn for one turn in the rotation, but it appears the Royals will go back to Gee now. The right-hander holds a 4.19 ERA over 19 appearances -- five starts -- for Kansas City this season. Sunday, 1:00 pm
    Player Note
    Dillon Gee KC - SP,RP
    5:05 pm @Tex
  • Glasnow might have been hurt before start
    Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Sunday that Tyler Glasnow's shoulder might have been bothering him before his start on Saturday.

    Advice: Glasnow was pulled in the third inning against the Phillies. The good news is that Huntington thinks the injury was caught before it got too bad, although the GM noted that Glasnow should've alerted the staff sooner that he wasn't 100 percent. Glasnow hasn't undergone any tests and it doesn't appear at this point that he will, so he might not be sidelined for terribly long. Sunday, 10:46 am
    15-Day DL
  • Anthony Ranaudo recalled from Triple-A
    White Sox recalled RHP Anthony Ranaudo from Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Ranaudo holds a 3.03 ERA and 71/12 K/BB ratio over 92 Triple-A innings this season. He'll be utilized in a relief role for now. Sunday, 9:59 am
  • Pirates among teams in on Moore, Odorizzi
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Pirates are "among the teams evaluating" Matt Moore and Jake Odorizzi.

    Advice: Tyler Glasnow (shoulder) and Chad Kuhl (biceps) both went down with injuries Saturday, which is surely related to the Pirates being in the market for a starter. They'll have some competition, as Moore and Odorizzi are both hot commodities, especially with it being a relatively light market for starting pitching. Sunday, 7:37 am
  • Glasnow (shoulder) placed on disabled list
    Pirates placed RHP Tyler Glasnow on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder injury.

    Advice: Glasnow departed Saturday's start against the Phillies with a sore shoulder. It's unclear at this point whether he might be dealing with any structural issues, but obviously the Pirates don't want to take any chances here. The club could offer more on a potential timetable for Glasnow later Sunday. Sunday, 7:32 am
    15-Day DL
  • Glasnow left start because of shoulder injury
    Tyler Glasnow was pulled from his second major league start Saturday due to shoulder discomfort.

    Advice: Shoulder troubles rarely end well, but there's no word yet as to the severity of this particular issue. Glasnow figures to see a specialist within the next couple of days. He gave up two runs in three-plus innings Saturday versus the Phillies, hitting two batters and walking three. Saturday, 3:28 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Rich Hill (blister) to throw pen session Sun.
    Rich Hill (blister) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Sunday.

    Advice: He'll wear a cover on his finger where a blister has developed and is refusing to go away -- that cover, by the way, can't be worn in a live game. The veteran left-hander lasted just five pitches in his first start out of the All-Star break, back on July 17. Hill is one of Oakland's better trade chips leading up to the August 1 deadline, but he obviously needs to get past this. There is no timetable for his return to the Athletics' rotation. Saturday, 3:23 pm
  • Glasnow leaves game with an apparent injury
    Tyler Glasnow left his start Saturday against the Phillies with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Glasnow had hit two Phillies batters and gave up a run in both the first and second. He exited with zero outs in the top of the fourth. This was the 22-year-old top prospect's second start in the major leagues. Saturday, 2:46 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Pirates recall Glasnow for Saturday start
    Pirates recalled RHP Tyler Glasnow from Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: Glasnow will make his second start with the Pirates on Saturday at home against the Phillies. If he pitches well, he could make a case for remaining in the rotation for the remainder of the season. Saturday, 10:30 am
    15-Day DL
  • Sean Manaea goes eight scoreless
    Sean Manaea tossed eight scoreless innings against the Rays in a no-decision Friday.

    Advice: It's a career high in innings for Manaea, who was allowed to cross the century mark in pitches thrown for just the second time (he threw 103 tonight). He's allowed two runs over 20 innings in his last three starts, taking his ERA from 5.85 to 4.61. He's still a fringy mixed-league play, but he has things going in the right direction. Friday, 9:37 pm
  • Lance McCullers Ks 10 in win over Angels
    Lance McCullers struck out 10 batters over eight-plus innings of one-run ball in a 2-1 win over the Angels on Friday.

    Advice: It was his longest outing of the season. McCullers gave up four hits and walked four while striking out Mike Trout three times. The young right-hander struck out the side in the eighth inning, so he entered the ninth inning with a chance to go the distance, but he was pulled after walking the first two batters he faced. Still, it was a fantastic outing. His 10 strikeouts tied a season-high. McCullers has a 3.33 ERA with 90 strikeouts in 70 1/3 innings through 12 starts this season, but walks (42) have been a big issue for him. He has now walked four batters in three straight starts. Friday, 9:19 pm
  • Jon Gray strikes out eight in victory
    Jon Gray struck out eight in seven innings of one-run ball Friday in a victory over the Braves.

    Advice: Gray has allowed two earned runs or fewer in 11 of his 17 starts this season, which is pretty incredible for a rookie pitcher in Coors. Overall, he's 6-4 with a 4.12 ERA and 111 strikeouts in 102 2/3 innings. Friday, 9:17 pm
  • Carlos Estevez records eighth save
    Carlos Estevez worked out of a bases-loaded jam for his eighth save Friday against the Braves.

    Advice: The Braves helped Estevez with a sac bunt after the first two reached in a 4-3 game. Estevez went on to walk Erick Aybar, but he was able to retire Chase d'Arnaud and Jace Peterson to end the game. Friday, 9:13 pm
  • Hammel gives up two runs in win
    Jason Hammel gave up two runs over five-plus innings Friday in a 5-2 win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Hammel was pulled after giving up a leadoff double in the sixth. All told, he gave up four hits and walked a pair while striking out four. After going winless in six straight starts, he has now won back-to-back outings. He has had a knack for falling apart in the second half in recent years, but he’s bucking that trend so far. He’ll take a 3.35 into a start against the crosstown White Sox next week. Friday, 8:51 pm
  • Luis Perdomo pitches well in win over Nats
    Luis Perdomo pitched well in Friday's victory over the Nationals, allowing just two runs on four hits over seven strong innings.

    Advice: The right-hander walked one and struck out three on the evening. He got off to a bit of a rocky start, allowing a solo homer to Jayson Werth in the first inning and an RBI single to Wilson Ramos, but he was able to settle in nicely afterwards and keep the Nats at bay the next six frames. He'll carry a 6.93 ERA and 1.84 WHIP into Wednesday's start against the Blue Jays in Toronto. Friday, 8:13 pm
  • Paxton fans nine in win over Blue Jays
    James Paxton limited the Blue Jays to one run in seven innings as part of a 2-1 win on Friday.

    Advice: That’s more like it. Paxton has scuffled a bit of late, but he was flat-out brilliant in this one, allowing just three hits and one walk while striking out nine. He had struck out just five batters over his last three starts combined. The lone run scored on a solo homer by Michael Saunders in the second inning. Paxton will likely continue to have ups and downs, but a night like this showed what he's capable of doing. He'll bring a 4.18 ERA into a tough matchup against the Cubs next week. Friday, 7:38 pm
  • Tyler Glasnow to start for Pirates Saturday
    Pirates manager Clint Hurdle confirmed Friday that Tyler Glasnow will start on Saturday against the Phillies.

    Advice: It will be the first start in Pittsburgh for the 22-year-old southpaw. He gave up four runs on three hits and a pair of walks over 5 1/3 innings in his major league debut against the Cardinals on July 7. If he pitches well, he could stake his claim to a rotation spot for the remainder of the season. Friday, 7:13 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Eflin fires three-hit shutout against Pirates
    Zach Eflin fired a three-hit shutout in Friday’s 4-0 victory over the Pirates.

    Advice: Elfin needed exactly 100 pitches to go the distance for his second career complete game and his first shutout. So, yes, he fell just one pitch shy of a "Maddux." The 22-year-old was very efficient, throwing 68 pitches for strikes while walking none and striking out six. Elfin had a rough major league debut against the Blue Jays back on June 14, but he owns a 2.08 ERA in seven starts since. He’ll attempt to keep it going next week against the Marlins on the road. Friday, 6:55 pm
  • Rich Hill (blister) plays catch again Friday
    Rich Hill (blister) played catch again on Friday without any issues.

    Advice: There is still no timetable to get the veteran left-hander back on the mound, as they are playing things very cautiously not to make the injury worse. It seems likely that he'll be ready to pitch at some point next week, which could be his only showcase for team's interested in acquiring Hill before the trade deadline. Friday, 4:34 pm
  • Tyler Glasnow could start on Saturday
    Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Thursday that Tyler Glasnow is "definitely one of the guys we’re talking about" when it comes to who will start on Saturday.

    Advice: Glasnow had been listed as Triple-A Indianapolis' starter for that day, but now Chad Kuhl is listed in that spot. Kuhl is less than 10 days from being optioned, so he can't be recalled unless someone goes on the disabled list. Glasnow is looking like the heavy favorite to take the ball against the Phillies on Saturday. Friday, 7:30 am
    15-Day DL
  • Rich Hill (blister) plays catch again Thurs.
    Rich Hill (blister) played catch Thursday for the second straight day.

    Advice: However, he did so with a covering on the finger where he has a blister. Hill will not be ready to start on Sunday, as the A's will give the ball to Jesse Hahn. The left-hander should be ready at some point next week, which would likely be his last chance to start prior to the trade deadline. Friday, 7:22 am
  • Moore limits A's to four hits over seven IP
    Matt Moore pitched well in Thursday's win over the A's, allowing three runs on four hits over seven innings.

    Advice: Moore struck out six and walked two on the evening. All three runs on his line came home when Jake Smolinski cracked a three-run homer in the bottom of the second inning. The 27-year-old southpaw is a potential trade candidate as the deadline nears and will carry a 4.31 ERA and 1.27 WHIP into a road showdown with the Dodgers next time he toes the rubber. Friday, 12:15 am
  • Garza yields four ER in fourth straight loss
    Matt Garza allowed five runs -- four earned -- over five innings in Thursday's loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: Garza gave up eight hits, including a home run, while walking two in the start. The loss was his fourth in a row after going 1-0 in his first three starts. The right-hander has a 5.94 ERA and 1.76 WHIP in his seven starts this year, and he'll look to break the losing streak Tuesday against the Diamondbacks. Thursday, 7:31 pm
  • Duffey battered for six runs by Red Sox
    Tyler Duffey wasn't long for Thursday's game, allowing six runs on nine hits over 2 1/3 innings in a loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: It perhaps should have been a sign that Duffey was in for a rough night when Mookie Betts hit the first pitch he saw over the Green Monster. Duffey would allow three runs in the frame and another three in the third inning before getting the hook. The loss was his first in over a month, but the right-hander owns an unsightly 5.71 ERA and 1.46 WHIP through 16 starts this year. An interleague date with the Braves is on tap for Wednesday. Thursday, 7:02 pm
  • '70 percent' chance Archer goes to Dodgers?
    A rival executive told ESPN's Jayson Stark that be believes there is a "70 percent" chance Chris Archer winds up with the Dodgers before the August 1 trade deadline.

    Advice: Stark describes this executive as somebody from a "team that's been talking to the Rays." Archer has had a disappointing 2016 season overall, but he struck out 11 batters in a win Wednesday at Coors Field and he was among the best pitchers in baseball in 2015. The 27-year-old right-hander is on a team-friendly contract that could potentially run through 2021. The asking price will be high, but the Dodgers have the kind of loaded farm system necessary to pull this off. Thursday, 11:10 am
  • Archer strikes out 11 as Rays roll over COL
    Chris Archer was marvelous in Wednesday's 11-3 win over the Rockies, striking out 11 batters while allowing two runs over six innings.

    Advice: Archer scattered four hits over his six innings of work. Both runs on his line scored in the bottom of the second inning. With this strong outing in the books, he will carry a 4.60 ERA and 1.39 WHIP into a home date with the Dodgers next time out. Archer is a prime candidate for a second-half rebound, though whether that comes with the Rays or another club is a whole other story. Wednesday, 4:37 pm
  • Carrasco goes six shutout innings vs. KC
    Carlos Carrasco delivered six shutout innings Wednesday in the Indians' defeat of the Royals.

    Advice: Carrasco carved his way through the Kansas City lineup with ease, yielding just one hit and two walks while striking out six. He was backed by 11 runs (and five homers) from the Cleveland offense. Carrasco will carry a 2.31 ERA into his next start at home versus the Nationals. Wednesday, 2:36 pm
  • Lucas Harrell allows four runs in loss
    Lucas Harrell surrendered four earned runs over six innings Wednesday in a loss to the Reds.

    Advice: Harrell was pitching pretty well until the bottom of the sixth, when the Reds took the lead on a Jose Peraza two-run single and a Tucker Barnhart two-run homer. Harrell pitched well in his first two starts with the Braves and he even showed flashes Wednesday, but his last two overall lines do not look pretty. He gets the Twins on the road next. Wednesday, 12:17 pm
  • Rich Hill (blister) doubtful for Sunday start
    Rich Hill (blister) is doubtful to be ready Sunday.

    Advice: That's the next time Oakland needs a starting pitcher, but Hill's blister is not quite healed. This obviously comes with bad timing for the A's, who will be trying to trade the veteran southpaw ahead of the August 1 deadline. He boasts a 2.25 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 90/28 K/BB ratio in 76 innings this season but has made just three starts since the end of May. Wednesday, 12:13 pm
  • Rich Hill (hand) questionable for next start
    A's manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday that it's too early to tell whether Rich Hill (blister) is going to be able to take his next turn in the rotation.

    Advice: Hill left his last start Sunday versus the Blue Jays after aggravating a blister on his throwing hand. It's something that has been bothering him since before the All-Star break. Melvin said the A's are trying to avoid placing Hill on the disabled list -- he is one of their top trade chips -- but couldn't offer up any guarantees. Tuesday, 4:29 pm
  • Carlos Estevez records sixth save
    Carlos Estevez worked a hitless ninth against the Rays on Monday for his sixth save.

    Advice: Estevez has two saves in three days after going nearly four weeks without one. Jake McGee's struggles since returning should result in Estevez holding down the closer gig for at least a couple of more weeks. Monday, 9:53 pm
  • Report: Tigers could be in on Rich Hill
    Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports said the Tigers have been "calling around on starting pitching."

    Advice: Passan considers them a dark horse to land Rich Hill, who has also drawn interest from the Blue Jays, Dodgers, Marlins, Orioles, Rangers and Red Sox. Hill's trade market should expand once teams feel confident about his health. He had his last start moved back because of a blister and then lasted just five pitches Sunday against Toronto. Aside from his blister issues and a groin injury that sidelined him for all of June, Hill has had a renaissance year for the A's, contributing a stellar 2.25 ERA over 14 appearances. Monday, 10:28 am
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