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  • Jake Buchanan to make spot start Friday
    Jake Buchanan will start on Friday versus the Reds.

    Advice: He's filling in for Jason Hammel, who was scratched due to right elbow tightness. Buchanan has made just one relief appearance for the Cubs this month but held a 4.34 ERA over 24 appearances -- 22 starts -- for Triple-A Iowa. He's not a desirable streaming option. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:55 am
  • Miranda scatters four hits into sixth inning
    Ariel Miranda was sharp in taking a no-decision against the A's on Thursday, allowing one run on four hits over 5 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Miranda struck out six and did not walk a batter on the evening. Chad Pinder cracked a solo home run off him in the sixth inning, but it was otherwise smooth sailing for the 27-year-old southpaw. In 11 appearances (10 starts) this season, Miranda has pitched to a 3.88 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 44/18 K/BB ratio. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Friedrich mired down by big sixth inning
    Christian Friedrich couldn't make it out of the sixth inning in Thursday's loss to the Dodgers, allowing five runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Friedrich surrendered an RBI double to Joc Pederson in the fifth inning, but the real killer frame was the sixth. He allowed four runs in that one. Over the course of 129 1/3 innings this season, the 29-year-old southpaw pitched to an underwhelming 4.80 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 100/52 K/BB ratio. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:59 pm
  • Duffy yields eight hits, four runs to Twins
    Danny Duffy allowed four runs on eight hits over 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision Thursday.

    Advice: Duffy walked two and struck out just three in the uncharacteristic start, leaving his record at 12-3 to finish the year. And what a year it was for the southpaw, who wasn't even in the Royals' rotation to start the season before moving to a starting role in mid-May. Duffy was dominant at times as a starter and ends the year with a 3.51 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 188/42 K/BB ratio over 179 2/3 innings overall. A full year in the rotation could yield even more good things for Duffy next season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:52 pm
  • Oh suffers blown save, gets win against Reds
    Seung Hwan Oh suffered a blown save Thursday, allowing a run on two hits, but ended up getting the win against the Reds.

    Advice: A day after leaving an outing with groin discomfort, Oh was back in there but didn't get the job done, giving up a leadoff double and eventually allowing the run to score on a soft infield hit with two outs. Oh then struck out Adam Duvall to end the frame, his second strikeout in the inning. Blown save aside, the 34-year-old didn't show many ill effects from the groin injury, and while he'll likely be given Friday off, the right-hander should be ready and able to pitch against the Pirates this weekend. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • Reyes limits Reds to one run over six innings
    Alex Reyes held the Reds to a lone run over six innings of work, striking out six, in a no-decision Thursday.

    Advice: Reyes gave up seven hits -- with only an Adam Duvall double in the second inning going for extra bases -- while walking two in the start. He left in line for the win, but his bullpen let him down before the Cards were able to walk off in controversial fashion in the ninth. In five starts, the 22-year-old has yet to allow more than three runs in an outing, and he's given up one run or fewer in three of the five. In 12 appearances overall, Reyes owns a 1.57 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 52/23 K/BB ratio over 46 innings of work. This may be the last we see of Reyes in 2016, but the kid is just getting started. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:56 pm
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  • Gomez melts down in four-run eighth inning
    Jeanmar Gomez fell apart in the eighth inning of Thursday's game against the Braves, allowing four runs and recording just one out in taking the loss.

    Advice: Called on to preserve a 1-1 tie, Gomez instead issued a leadoff walk and, two batters later, gave up an RBI double to give the Braves the lead. The next four batters also reached base -- two on singles, one on a walk and one hit by a pitch -- to mercifully end Gomez' night. The miserable outing was the latest in a frustrating end to a brilliant year for the 28-year-old. Gomez has now allowed runs in six of his last seven appearances, raising his ERA to 4.85 in 68 2/3 innings overall. Even so, his 37 saves this season should earn him a nice raise in his final year of arbitration this winter. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:40 pm
  • Collmenter sharp over seven against Phillies
    Josh Collmenter was strong again Thursday, allowing one run over seven innings in a no-decision against the Phillies.

    Advice: Collmenter scattered six hits without issuing a walk, recording four strikeouts in the process. The start was his third since joining the Braves and the third that was above average, giving him a 2.37 ERA in those three starts. The 30-year-old struggled as a reliever with the Diamondbacks prior to the trade, but his strong finish could lead some teams to view him as a viable starter or swingman this winter. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:35 pm
  • Nova gets rain-shortened CG against Cubs
    Ivan Nova allowed a run over 5 1/3 innings against the Cubs on Thursday, getting a gift of a complete game in a 1-1 tie.

    Advice: With the skies opened up and neither team playing for much -- the Bucs already eliminated from the postseason, the Cubs already owning home-field advantage through the NLCS -- the two teams decided to call it a night. Nova allowed four hits and didn't issue a free pass while striking out five before the rain came. The start brings to a close a successful career revitalization for the 29-year-old, who posted a 3.06 ERA with the Pirates after struggling early as a member of the Yankees. Nova owned a 4.17 ERA and 1.25 WHIP overall, and will be an interesting free agent case this winter. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:42 pm
  • Vogelsong to start season finale on Sunday
    Ryan Vogelsong will start the Pirates' season finale against the Cardinals on Sunday.

    Advice: The Pirates hadn't officially named a starter for the final game, and it looks like the veteran right-hander will get one more turn. That could be a good development for the Cardinals who are still in the thick of the National League wild card race. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:12 pm
  • A.J. Schugel doesn't need shoulder surgery
    A.J. Schugel (shoulder) has been recommended rest and rehab after receiving a second opinion from Dr. David Altchek.

    Advice: Schugel is merely dealing with inflammation in his right shoulder. He'll be fine for spring training, barring a setback. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:43 pm
    60-Day DL
    5:15 pm @StL
     
  • Phil Klein to make spot start Saturday
    Phil Klein will start on Saturday against the Mets.

    Advice: Jake Thompson has been shut down, so the Phillies needed a spot starter in what will be a bullpen game versus the Mets. Klein threw five innings in a spot start last month but hasn't gone more than 1 1/3 frames in September, so he won't be in long Saturday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:35 pm
  • Pomeranz (forearm) think he'll help as RP
    Drew Pomeranz (forearm) said after a bullpen session Thursday that "I definitely feel like I can maybe help" as a reliever in the playoffs.

    Advice: Pomeranz has dealt with some forearm soreness and the Red Sox are also concerned about his workload. He's not going to start anymore but could be a weapon in relief in October. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:32 pm
    Day-to-Day
    4:10 pm vs Tor
     
  • Josh Smith to start Friday versus Cubs
    Josh Smith will start for the Reds on Friday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Smith tossed three innings of one-run ball in a spot start versus the Cubs on September 20. The right-hander has been used primarily in relief this year and probably won't go more than four innings on Friday afternoon at Great American Ball Park. He should not be considered a viable fantasy streaming option. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:12 pm
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  • Oh (groin) says he should be available Thurs.
    Seung Hwan Oh (groin) said he expects to be available out of the Cardinals' bullpen Thursday.

    Advice: Oh was lifted from an appearance Wednesday after experiencing renewed discomfort in his groin while trying to field a ball in the top of the ninth inning, but this his crunch time for the Wild Card-hunting Redbirds. "It’s nothing worse than what I dealt with before," said Oh with the help of translator Eugene Koo. "It’s totally fine, but we’ve still got a few more games to play so [manager Mike Matheny] told me to focus on tomorrow." The right-hander from South Korea has registered a brilliant 1.85 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and 100 strikeouts over his first 77 2/3 major league innings. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:00 am
  • Alex Meyer strikes out five against A's
    Alex Meyer allowed two runs in four innings and struck out five Wednesday in his start against the A's.

    Advice: The Twins were going back and forth on Meyer as a starter or a reliever. The Angels tried him in the rotation this month after getting him in the Hector Santiago deal, and he had a 4.57 ERA and a 24/13 K/BB ratio in 21 2/3 innings over five starts. That should be good enough to keep him in the mix for a rotation spot next spring. The Angels aren't going to be able to be too picky. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:31 pm
    Player Note
    Alex Meyer LAA - SP,RP
    7:05 pm vs Hou
     
  • Luis Perdomo gives up five runs in win
    Luis Perdomo surrendered five runs in five innings Wednesday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Perdomo gave up three homers, two of them coming in the first. It brought his total to 23 homers allowed in 146 2/3 innings on the season. Still, he picked up a win, leaving him 9-10 with a 5.71 ERA. He was surprisingly competent, if not exactly effective, after moving into the Padres rotation in mid-June, which qualifies as a success considering that he was a Rule 5 pick who never pitched above A ball prior to this year. He'll open next season back in the minors, probably in Triple-A, but he should again be a factor in the Padres rotation. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:20 pm
  • Tyler Chatwood goes eight scoreless in win
    Tyler Chatwood allowed three hits over eight scoreless innings and struck out nine Wednesday in beating the Giants.

    Advice: Chatwood's season ends much like it started. The middle wasn't as pleasant, but he showed what he can do while healthy; he allowed one or no runs in 10 of his 27 starts. What he does need to demonstrate is that he can stay healthy; his 27 starts and 158 innings this season were new career highs. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:12 pm
    5:10 pm vs Mil
     
  • Bryan Mitchell blanks Red Sox
    Bryan Mitchell shut out the Red Sox for seven innings Wednesday, allowing just two hits.

    Advice: The Yankees have always been high on Mitchell, but he was essentially a non-factor this year after fracturing a toe in April. Having such a strong outing in his final regular-season start will help with the wishcasting for 2017, though we're still skeptical that he'll last as a starter. He'll likely compete for a rotation spot in spring training. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:35 pm
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  • Clay Buchholz holds down Yankees
    Clay Buchholz shut out the Yankees for six innings, allowing just one hit, in his start Wednesday.

    Advice: Buchholz in the rotation and Drew Pomeranz in the pen seems like the right strategy for the Red Sox in the ALDS. Since returning to the rotation on Sept. 6, Buchholz has a 3.14 ERA in five outings, turning in quality starts four times. He'll carry an 8-10 record and a 4.78 ERA with him into the postseason, but he's throwing better than that right now. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:33 pm
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  • Craig Kimbrel gives up four runs in loss
    Craig Kimbrel walked three and gave up four runs without retiring a batter Wednesday against the Yankees.

    Advice: No matter how many strikeouts he's recorded, Kimbrel hasn't much moved the dial for the Red Sox in the regular season this year, not with his 3.35 ERA and five losses. Still, the postseason was a huge factor in the team's decision to pay such a high price to get him, and there's still time for Kimbrel to prove his value then. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:29 pm
  • McAllister tosses two scoreless frames Wed
    Zach McAllister tossed two scoreless innings in a rainy start versus the Tigers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He gave up one hit, walked one and struck out one in the brief outing. The game was interrupted by rain multiple times and ended up being called after five frames. The Indians' starting rotation has been wracked by injuries of late, so McAllister was called upon to fill in a day after the Tribe clinched their division. He has been effective out of the bullpen this year. He has a 3.44 ERA with 54 strikeouts in 52 1/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:50 pm
  • Lugo yields two runs in 5 1/3 frames in win
    Seth Lugo surrendered two runs in 5 1/3 innings as the Mets prevailed 5-2 over the Marlins on Wednesday.

    Advice: He gave up a two-run jack to Martin Prado in the first inning then hung zeroes until being relieved in the sixth inning. He allowed five hits and issued three free passes while striking out just two in the ballgame. His 6.33 strikeouts per nine innings leaves something to be desired but you can't argue with a 2.67 ERA and 5-2 record in 64 innings. Don't expect it to last -- he had a 6.50 ERA in 73 1/3 minor league innings this year. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:29 pm
    Player Note
    Seth Lugo NYM - SP,RP
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  • Urena yields five runs in five frames in loss
    Jose Urena was touched up for five runs over five innings in a loss to the Mets on Wednesday.

    Advice: He struck out two, walked two and allowed eight hits -- including a pair of two-run homers. James Loney took him deep in the second inning. The ice-cold Jay Bruce went yard in the fifth. Urena split time this season between the bullpen and the rotation, ending up with a miserable 6.13 ERA and a 4-9 record. He fanned only 58 batters in 83 2/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:26 pm
    4:05 pm @Was
     
  • Seung Hwan Oh has renewed groin discomfort
    Seung Hwan Oh said he felt renewed discomfort in his groin in the ninth inning Wednesday.

    Advice: Oh was pulled after trying to field a comebacker off the bat of Jose Peraza in the top of the ninth inning. He spun quickly to throw to first base after picking up the ball and did not look comfortable in that process. This could be the end of the road for the impressive South Korean rookie, assuming the Cardinals can't climb into a National League Wild Card spot and advance to the NLDS. They fell 2-1 to the lowly Reds on Wednesday night in St. Louis. Kevin Siegrist may be called on for save chances over these final four regular-season tilts. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:24 pm
  • Drew Pomeranz (forearm) to throw pen Thursday
    Drew Pomeranz (forearm) will throw a bullpen session on Thursday.

    Advice: Pomeranz has already been scratched from his scheduled Thursday start against the Yankees due to left forearm soreness and concerns about his overall workload. He has thrown a career-high 169 1/3 innings this season. "We talked about maybe trying to get ready for a spot in the bullpen [for the postseason]," Pomeranz said Wednesday. "I don't know how everything was playing out, but that's what we decided on." Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:42 pm
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    4:10 pm vs Tor
     
  • Dodgers release right-hander Bud Norris
    Dodgers released RHP Bud Norris.

    Advice: Norris was designated for assignment last week and passed through waivers unclaimed. The 31-year-old right-hander pitched to a rough 5.10 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 102/49 K/BB ratio across 113 innings between the Braves and Dodgers this season. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:56 pm
    Player Note
    Bud Norris LAD - SP,RP
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    7:15 pm @SF
     
  • Roberto Osuna will be available Wednesday
    Roberto Osuna will be available out of the bullpen in Wednesday's game against the Orioles.

    Advice: Osuna was given a day off on Monday, as he had thrown 38 pitches over the weekend. He returned to action against the O's on Tuesday and allowed two hits in a scoreless inning of work. For the season, he has pitched to a 2.57 ERA with an 81/13 K/BB ratio across 70 innings. Osuna is 35-of-39 in save chances this season. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:23 pm
  • Ryan Vogelsong roughed up by Cubs
    Ryan Vogelsong was touched up for four runs while walking five batters over five innings in Tuesday's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: The five free passes were a season-high for the struggling right-hander. Over his last six starts, Vogelsong has yet to go more than five innings and has allowed at least four runs in five of six outings. Vogelsong's turn comes up Sunday in St. Louis, but the Pirates might give that start to someone else. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:28 pm
  • Pomeranz (arm) won't start Thursday at NYY
    Drew Pomeranz has been scratched from his scheduled start Thursday against the Yankees due to soreness in his left forearm and concerns about his overall workload.

    Advice: Henry Owens will take the mound instead at Yankee Stadium. According to the Red Sox, if Pomeranz pitches again this season it will be out of the bullpen. The southpaw holds a 3.35 ERA in a career-high 169 1/3 frames this year. He is eligible for salary arbitration this winter after earning $1.35 million in 2016. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:01 pm
    Day-to-Day
    4:10 pm vs Tor
     
  • Osuna, Benoit expected to get night off Mon.
    Roberto Osuna and Joaquin Benoit are expected to get the day off Monday.

    Advice: Osuna has thrown 38 pitches over the past two days (including his blown save on Sunday) while Benoit threw 24 pitches on Sunday. Jason Grilli would likely get a save chance if needed Monday versus the Yankees. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:44 pm
  • Roberto Osuna blows save, gets win
    Roberto Osuna blew a save but picked up a win Sunday, allowing two runs in his inning of work against the Yankees.

    Advice: Osuna was tasked with protecting a one-run lead in the top of the ninth but coughed it up on a one-out RBI single from Mason Williams and a sac fly from Ronald Torreyes. However, the Blue Jays then rallied with two runs over their own in the bottom of the frame to make Osuna a winner. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:45 pm
  • Nova roughed up for six runs by Nationals
    Ivan Nova allowed six runs on eight hits over four innings in a loss to the Nationals on Saturday.

    Advice: For the second straight start, Nova struggled and is now 5-2 with a 3.64 ERA as a member of the Pirates. He'd been absolutely lights out prior to his last start, though, and the Bucs have reportedly been impressed enough to approach the 29-year-old about a contract extension. Nova will have one more opportunity to make his case for a big payday when he squares off with the Cubs on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:53 pm
  • Miranda yields three runs in four innings Sat
    Ariel Miranda departed after allowing three runs in four innings and was charged with a loss versus the Twins on Saturday.

    Advice: He gave up only three hits but two of them left the park. Jorge Polanco and Miguel Sano touched him up for solo homers. Miranda walked one and didn't register any strikeouts in the ballgame. He owns a 5-2 record and 4.10 ERA in 52 2/3 innings. His strikeout-to-walk ratio is a pedestrian 38 to 18. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:02 pm
  • Alex Reyes defeats Cubs to earn fourth win
    Alex Reyes earned his fourth victory of the season on Saturday, limiting the Cubs to three runs on six hits over his five frames.

    Advice: The right-hander punched out six on the afternoon but also issued three walks and struggled with his command for most of the contest. He has been outstanding in his time with the Cardinals, compiling a 1.58 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 46/21 K/BB ratio across 35 innings. He'll look to extend that dominance when he does battle against the Reds on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 1:46 pm
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  • Meyer gives up four runs in no-decision
    Alex Meyer yielded four runs in 5 1/3 innings Friday in a no-decision against the Astros.

    Advice: Meyer gave up just one run over his first five innings of work, but things fell apart for him in the sixth inning. He gave up an infield single and a pair of walks to load the bases before being pulled. All three baserunners eventually came around to score. The tall right-hander has shown some flashes, but he can’t be trusted in mixed fantasy leagues right now. He’ll finish his season with a start against the Athletics next time out. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:07 pm
    Player Note
    Alex Meyer LAA - SP,RP
    7:05 pm vs Hou
     
  • Mitchell goes six innings in loss to Jays
    Bryan Mitchell gave up three runs (one earned) over six innings Friday in a loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Mitchell ran into all sorts of trouble early on in this one, so it’s impressive that he managed to make it through six innings. All told, he gave up six hits and four walks while striking out two batters. Mitchell has posted a 4.50 ERA and 9/7 K/BB ratio in 18 innings through four starts since being recalled by the Yankees. He’s not a fantasy option. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:39 pm
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  • Danny Duffy clobbered in loss to Tigers
    Danny Duffy was clobbered in Friday's loss to the Tigers, surrendering six runs on seven hits in only 3 2/3 innings.

    Advice: The left-hander walked four and struck out four on the afternoon. The long ball was his undoing in this one, with Victor Martinez, Justin Upton and Cameron Maybin each leaving the yard. Now 12-3 on the season, Duffy will carry a 3.43 ERA and 1.13 WHIP into his final start of the season against the Twins on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:22 pm
  • Pomeranz gives up one run in win over Rays
    Drew Pomeranz limited the Rays to one run over five innings in a 2-1 victory on Friday.

    Advice: The only run scored on a Mikie Mahtook homer in the second inning. Pomeranz has now allowed 14 homers in just 67 1/3 innings with the Red Sox. Still, Friday was a step forward for him. He gave up four hits without walking a batter and struck out four. There’s some concern over his career-high workload this season, so it’s unclear when he’ll start next. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:13 pm
    Day-to-Day
    4:10 pm vs Tor
     
  • A.J. Schugel (shoulder) goes on 60-day DL
    Pirates placed RHP A.J. Schugel on the 60-day disabled list, retroactive to August 31, with a right shoulder injury.

    Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Phil Coke. Schugel hasn't pitched at all this month due to a sore shoulder and is now officially ruled out for the rest of the season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:50 pm
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    5:15 pm @StL
     
  • Phillies to look at others at closer
    Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said Friday that while he still considers Jeanmar Gomez his closer, he will look at others for now to pitch the ninth inning.

    Advice: The skipper is basically treating it like a hitter in a slump who needs a break. Of course, with so little time left in the season, there's no guarantee the struggling Gomez will get his job back. Look for Hector Neris to get the first chance to close. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:34 pm
  • Christian Friedrich loses shutout in eighth
    Christian Friedrich faltered late in Thursday's loss to the Giants, surrendering two runs on three hits over seven-plus innings.

    Advice: Friedrich and Giants starter Jeff Samardzija were locked in a fantastic pitcher's duel over the first seven innings, with both pitchers posting goose eggs. The Padres' issues began when Friedrich trotted back out to start the eighth inning. He surrendered a double and a single to open the frame. Both of those runners would come around to score after he was lifted from the proceedings. For the season, the 29-year-old southpaw has pitched to a 4.66 ERA and 1.42 WHIP. He will finish out his season with a home start against the Dodgers next time he toes the rubber. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:20 pm
  • Chatwood holds Dodgers to two runs in six IP
    Tyler Chatwood kept the Dodgers in check in Thursday's no-decision, allowing two runs on five hits over six innings.

    Advice: Chatwood had some issues with his control in this one, as he walked four and threw just 57 of his 102 pitches for strikes. He pitched well enough for the win and exited with a 4-2 lead, but the Rockies bullpen imploded like an imperfectly made submarine after he left the game, surrendering five runs in the seventh inning and ultimately falling by a final score of 7-4. The 26-year-old right-hander will bring a 4.08 ERA and 1.41 WHIP into a road showdown with the Giants in his final start of the season. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:09 pm
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  • Lugo yields three runs over five versus Phils
    Seth Lugo allowed three runs over five innings in a no-decision Thursday against the Phillies.

    Advice: Lugo was cruising along until Ryan Howard and Cameron Rupp hit back-to-back solo homers in the fifth inning to complicate his night. He gave up four hits and walked two in all, striking out four before exiting. Even with the relatively pedestrian performance, Lugo holds a 2.61 ERA and 1.06 WHIP through Thursday's start. The 26-year-old will square off with the Marlins next on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:41 pm
    Player Note
    Seth Lugo NYM - SP,RP
    4:05 pm @Phi
     
  • Kimbrel punches out two in earning 29th save
    Craig Kimbrel struck out two Orioles in a perfect ninth inning Thursday, earning his 29th save of the year.

    Advice: Kimbrel drew the bottom third of the Orioles order and made quick work of it, fanning J.J. Hardy and pinch-hitter Hyun Soo Kim before getting Matt Wieters to fly out to end it. Kimbrel has now rattled off seven scoreless outings and hasn't allowed an earned run since August 9. The 28-year-old has a 2.52 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 80/24 K/BB ratio over 50 innings to go along with those 29 saves. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:08 pm
  • Vogelsong allows two runs over four innings
    Ryan Vogelsong surrendered two runs on two hits over four innings in Thursday's loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: Vogelsong struck out seven and walked two on the evening. A two-run home run by Scooter Gennett spelled the entirety of the scoring damage. As currently scheduled, the veteran right-hander will make starts against the Cubs and the Cardinals before the regular season closes out. Over 72 1/3 innings, Vogelsong has pitched to a 4.85 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 55/32 K/BB ratio. A facial fracture cost him a large chunk of the season. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:04 pm
  • Urena yanked after three innings vs. Braves
    Jose Urena lasted just three innings Thursday, allowing five runs in a loss to the Braves.

    Advice: A Matt Kemp two-run homer was among the bigger blows, but Urena gave up just four hits and a walk in total. It was the second straight start in which he's exited before seeing the fourth inning, and Urena now owns a 5.95 ERA and 1.40 WHIP through 78 2/3 innings of work. The Mets will get their shot at Urena when the two clubs meet early next week. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:46 pm
    4:05 pm @Was
     
  • Collmenter holds Marlins to two runs in win
    Josh Collmenter limited the Marlins to two runs over seven innings in a win Thursday.

    Advice: Collmenter was deemed so worthless that the lowly Diamondbacks released him in August, but the right-hander is now 2-0 with 12 strikeouts in 12 innings over two starts with the Braves. On Thursday, he allowed five hits and walked two while striking out four over his seven innings. It's strange to say, but the 30-year-old could actually be a decent streaming option next week against the Phillies. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:43 pm
  • Pirates discussing extension with Ivan Nova
    Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pirates have made several contract offers to impending free agent Ivan Nova.

    Advice: The 29-year-old hurler has been outstanding since joining the Pirates, compiling a 2.93 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 45/3 K/BB across 55 1/3 innings. Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage has made a living out of reclaiming broken down pitchers, and Nova appears to be his latest success story. Locking him up would appear to be a wise investment. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:12 pm
  • Luis Perdomo allows three runs in loss
    Luis Perdomo yielded three runs in seven innings Wednesday in a loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Perdomo remains awfully raw, but it's impressive that he's managing to hold his own for the most part. Since mid-June, he has a 4.26 ERA and a 72/26 K/BB ratio over 105 2/3 innings in 17 starts. That's a massive improvement on the 9.50 ERA he had previously. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:47 pm
  • Clay Buchholz pitches Red Sox past Orioles
    Clay Buchholz limited the Orioles to one run and three hits over seven innings Wednesday in Boston's 5-1 victory.

    Advice: The teams face off once more Thursday, but the Red Sox have pretty much wrapped up the AL East by taking the first three games of the series, leaving the Orioles fighting for the wild card. Buchholz's big outing should have the Red Sox weighing putting Drew Pomeranz in the pen for the postseason. It's not necessarily that Buchholz is the better bet starting games in October, but Pomeranz has the potential to be a real difference-maker working in relief. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:11 pm
    4:10 pm vs Tor
     
  • A.J. Schugel (shoulder) unavailable for Wed.
    A.J. Schugel (shoulder) is not available for Wednesday's game against the Brewers.

    Advice: Schugel is returning to Pittsburgh for a second opinion on his injured right shoulder. He has been feeling discomfort in the wing since the end of August. It should be noted that he was available for Tuesday's game, and there is still a chance he returns to the mound for the Bucs before the end of the 2016 season. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:26 pm
    60-Day DL
    5:15 pm @StL
     
  • Vogelsong to remain in Pirates rotation
    Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Tuesday that Ryan Vogelsong will remain in the starting rotation.

    Advice: Vogelsong has a 10.19 ERA over his last four starts and he got hammered for six runs -- four earned -- over 4 2/3 innings last Friday by the last-place Reds. But the 75-75 Pirates really don't have anything to lose. "An opportunity to go back out there and get something done," Hurdle said. "We’re probably banking on his experience as well in a rotation that’s very young right now." Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:19 am
  • Smith yields on run in three innings in start
    Josh Smith allowed a run over three innings of work in a spot start Tuesday against the Cubs.

    Advice: In a bit of a cruel twist, it was Smith, who was actually pretty good, that ended up taking the loss. Meaningless statistics aside, the 29-year-old gave up three hits and walked two in his first start of the year. Smith should go back to being a reliever moving forward. He'll take take a 4.86 ERA with him to the bullpen. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:31 pm
    4:10 pm vs ChC
     
  • Mackanin may consider a change at closer
    Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said he may consider a change at closer.

    Advice: There are only 11 games left in the season for Philly, but Jeanmar Gomez allowed three earned runs in the ninth inning Tuesday versus the White Sox and now has an un-closer-like 4.03 ERA for the year. Michael Mariot got the save Tuesday after Gomez was pulled, but Mariot's ERA this year is 5.19. Maybe it's time for Mackanin to give Hector Neris a spin. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:14 pm
  • Craig Kimbrel nails down 28th save Tuesday
    Craig Kimbrel pitched around a walk to record his 28th save of the season in Tuesday's win over the Orioles.

    Advice: On to protect a three-run lead, Kimbrel issued a two-out walk to Pedro Alvarez but got J.J. Hardy to ground into a fielder's choice to end it. He had some ups and downs in the first half, but Kimbrel has been dominant since the All-Star break with just one run and five hits allowed. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:04 pm
  • Schugel (arm) available on Tuesday night
    A.J. Schugel (shoulder) is available out of the Pirates' bullpen on Tuesday night.

    Advice: Schugel has been out all month because of discomfort in his upper right arm, near his throwing shoulder. The 27-year-old reliever owns a decent 3.63 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and 46/13 K/BB ratio in 52 innings this season out of the Pittsburgh bullpen. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:48 pm
    60-Day DL
    5:15 pm @StL
     
  • Dodgers DFA right-hander Bud Norris
    Dodgers designated RHP Bud Norris for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a 40-man roster spot for Alex Wood, who was activated off the 60-day disabled list Tuesday and will work out of the Dodgers' bullpen down the stretch. Norris had a 5.10 ERA through 19 starts and 16 relief appearances this season with Los Angeles. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:22 pm
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    Bud Norris LAD - SP,RP
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    7:15 pm @SF
     
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