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  • Tigers ink Cesar Ramos to minors deal
    Tigers signed LHP Cesar Ramos to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Ramos elected free agency earlier this month after being removed from the Rangers' 40-man roster. The left-hander will provide some versatile depth with the ability to start or relieve. Today, 11:45 am
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    4:10 pm vs Hou
  • Ryan Weber recalled from Triple-A
    Braves recalled RHP Ryan Weber from Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Weber has struggled in his five appearances with the big club this season, posting a 9.28 ERA. He'll work in middle relief. Today, 11:41 am
    4:35 pm vs Phi
  • Reynaldo Lopez most likely to start Saturday
    Reynaldo Lopez is considered the most likely to start for the Nationals on Saturday versus the Giants.

    Advice: Lucas Giolito is also an option, although he can't be recalled unless he replaces an injured player. Lopez struck out nine over 4 2/3 innings in his major league debut earlier this month but allowed six runs on 10 hits. He'd be a risky streaming option. Today, 11:06 am
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  • Morosi: Nats would trade Giolito for Miller
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Nationals are willing to trade Lucas Giolito for Andrew Miller straight up.

    Advice: However, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports says that the Yankees would not do a Miller-for-Giolito one-for-one deal. Giolito's three starts for the Nats have been up and down, but he's still viewed as one of the best pitching prospects in the game and the Yankees would have control of him for many years. Still, it sounds like they'd want even more for Miller, who is owed $9 million in 2017 and 2018. Today, 10:49 am
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  • Jarred Cosart lands with Padres in trade
    Padres acquired RHPs Jarred Cosart, Carter Capps and Luis Castillo and 1B Josh Naylor from the Marlins in exchange for RHPs Andrew Cashner, Colin Rea, Tayron Guerrero and cash considerations.

    Advice: Cosart is a formerly a nice prospect but is a couple years removed from any amount of success. He'll be arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter and will try to get his career back on track in a new organization. He figures to join the Padres' rotation. Today, 10:34 am
  • Colin Rea heads to Marlins with Cashner
    Marlins acquired RHP Colin Rea from the Padres in the Andrew Cashner trade.

    Advice: Rea has put up a 4.98 ERA over 99 1/3 innings this season, but he's under team control through 2021 and could develop into a solid back-end starter. He should hold down the fifth spot in the Marlins' rotation. Today, 10:28 am
  • Marlins trade for Cashner, Rea now official
    Marlins acquired RHPs Andrew Cashner, Colin Rea, Tayron Guerrero and cash considerations from the Padres in exchange for RHPs Jarred Cosart, Carter Capps and Luis Castillo and 1B Josh Naylor.

    Advice: The previously reported deal has now become official. Cashner holds a 4.76 ERA over 16 starts this season, but he's pitched well in his last three outings and the Marlins are hopeful that he can stay hot down the stretch. He's slated for free agency this winter. Today, 10:26 am
  • Blue Jays in on Jeremy Hellickson
    SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports that the Blue Jays are "considering many starting options," with Jeremy Hellickson, Rich Hill and the Rays' starters on their radar.

    Advice: Cotillo adds that the Blue Jays are looking at potential bullpen options, as well. Hellickson seems like a poor fit back in the American League and at Rogers Centre, but he has pitched well lately. Hill is still dealing with a blister issue and is next start remains up in the air. Today, 10:16 am
  • Mets have discussed Jon Niese with Pirates
    SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports that the Mets have had talks with the Pirates about bringing back Jon Niese.

    Advice: Cotillo cautions, though, that the Mets are "not aggressive" on rotation help, so it doesn't appear this is a front-burner discussion. Niese has put up a 4.91 ERA for the Pirates and was recently moved to the bullpen, but the Mets might view him as an upgrade over Logan Verrett. Today, 10:07 am
  • Rangers the 'most aggressive' for Chris Sale
    USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Rangers "continue to be the most aggressive team" in the pursuit of Chris Sale.

    Advice: Nightengale says the White Sox are asking for Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara in any deal involving Sale and it doesn't appear they're willing to budge. You can understand why their asking price would be so sky-high, but it's also understandable why the Rangers are declining. Sale still seems unlikely to be traded before the deadline, although a lot can change between now and Monday afternoon. Today, 9:59 am
  • Walker (foot) to make rehab start on Monday
    Taijuan Walker (foot) will make a rehab start with Triple-A Tacoma on Monday.

    Advice: Walker got through another bullpen session Friday with no issues, clearing the way for his return to game action. He's only missed about three weeks of action, so Walker might need just the one rehab outing before rejoining the Mariners' rotation. Today, 9:23 am
    15-Day DL
  • Matt Moore likeliest Rays SP to be traded
    Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Matt Moore is "emerging as the likeliest trade candidate" from the Rays' rotation.

    Advice: The Rays are listening on Jake Odorizzi, Drew Smyly and even Chris Archer, but Moore has always seemed to be the most likely to be shipped elsewhere. Swingman Erasmo Ramirez could also be traded. Moore has been frustratingly inconsistent in his time in Tampa but holds a 2.39 ERA over his last nine starts and the Rays have club options on him through 2019 totaling a reasonable $26.5 million. The Rangers and Pirates are among the teams poking around. Today, 8:24 am
  • Jarred Cosart parts of Andrew Cashner deal
    ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that Jarred Cosart is one of the pieces headed to San Diego in the Andrew Cashner/Colin Rea trade.

    Advice: It looks like we have all the details of the deal now, as Cashner and Rea will go to Miami and Cosart, first base prospect Josh Naylor and pitching prospect Luis Castillo will be sent to San Diego. Cosart was once a decent prospect but has flamed out the last couple seasons and been particularly awful this year with a 5.95 ERA in the majors and poor numbers at Triple-A, as well. He'll be arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. Today, 7:26 am
  • Orioles discussing Erasmo Ramirez with Rays
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Orioles have had trade discussions with the Rays regarding Erasmo Ramirez.

    Advice: They would be interested in using Ramirez as a starter, as he evidently represents a backup plan after they missed out on Andrew Cashner. Ramirez has been used almost exclusively as a reliever this season and hasn't gone more than two innings since mid-May, so obviously it will take a bit for his stamina to be built back up. He holds a 3.90 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 46/16 K/BB ratio over 60 innings this season and is under team control through 2019. Today, 6:36 am
  • Marlins also get Colin Rea in Cashner deal
    Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins are also receiving Colin Rea in the Andrew Cashner trade.

    Advice: They wanted to acquire two starters at the deadline and have done it in one fell swoop. Like Cashner, Rea has had a shaky season with a 4.98 ERA over 99 1/3 innings. He's just 26 and is under team control through 2021 and the hope is that he'll develop into a solid back-end starter. Today, 5:36 am
  • Olney: Marlins to acquire Andrew Cashner
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Marlins "have an agreement in place" to acquire Andrew Cashner from the Padres.

    Advice: They're also getting Colin Rea and Tyron Guerrero and reportedly giving up Jarred Cosart, Carter Capps, Josh Naylor and Luis Castillo. Cashner has put up an unimpressive 4.76 ERA over 16 starts this season, but he's pitched well in his last three outings and the Marlins are obviously hoping to catch lighting in a bottle here. The 29-year-old righty will be a free agent this offseason. Today, 5:07 am
  • Roark proves effective in win over Giants
    Tanner Roark pitched well in Thursday's win over the Giants, firing seven innings of four-hit, one-run ball.

    Advice: Roark struck out three and walked three on the evening. Only a Conor Gillaspie RBI ground out in the second inning prevented him from a potential shutout. The 29-year-old right-hander has allowed one or fewer earned runs over seven or more innings in eight outings. That is the second-most in the majors, with only Jon Lester's nine such starts besting it. Roark will carry a 2.96 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 113/41 K/BB ratio (136 2/3 frames) into a road duel with the Diamondbacks next time he toes the rubber. Yesterday, 10:50 pm
  • Cueto labors through five innings vs Nats
    Johnny Cueto failed to provide length in Thursday's loss to the Nationals, allowing three runs on eight hits over five innings.

    Advice: Strange night for Cueto, who struck out just three and walked two on the evening. Those low numbers would outwardly seem to lend toward a lower pitch count, but Cueto had already thrown 101 pitches (63 strikes) by the time he was relieved of duty before the start of the sixth inning. Since the Giants booted back up after the All-Star break, the ace has surrendered eight runs on 20 hits in three starts (16 innings). He has allowed at least three earned runs in five of his last seven outings. Despite a bit of a slowdown since a hot start, he owns a 2.63 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 131/30 K/BB ratio over 147 1/3 innings for the season as a whole. A road showdown with the Phillies shows next on his schedule. Yesterday, 10:47 pm
  • David Price brilliant in shutting down Angels
    David Price was superb in earning a no-decision in Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Angels, rolling through eight shutout frames while scattering seven singles.

    Advice: Manager John Farrell is probably second-guessing himself tonight, at least just a little bit. Price had thrown 109 pitches through eight innings and could have theoretically at least started the ninth, but Farrell turned to Brad Ziegler instead. The reliever subsequently blew the save as Price lost out on what would have been a smooth 1-0 win. Tumultuous end aside, this was a strong effort from the ace southpaw. He will bring a 4.26 ERA -- plus a 1.26 WHIP and 151/31 K/BB ratio (143 2/3 innings) -- into a road date with the Mariners next time he toes the rubber. Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • Jered Weaver holds Red Sox to one run
    Jered Weaver pitched surprisingly well in Thursday's no-decision against the Red Sox, tossing 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball.

    Advice: Weaver scattered six, walked two and struck out two on the evening. The only run to score on his watch came when Mookie Betts notched a sacrifice fly in the third inning. For Weaver, this is about as good as it gets, particularly given the strength of the opponent. The 33-year-old right-hander still holds an uninspiring 5.14 ERA and 1.45 WHIP. A home date with the A's shows next on his schedule. Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Hamels whiffs 12 over eight strong innings
    Cole Hamels struck out 12 while allowing two runs over eight innings, leading the Rangers to a 3-2 win over the Royals on Thursday.

    Advice: Hamels gave up six hits, including a solo homer, and walked one in the victory, throwing a season-high 123 pitches before exiting. It may not be any coincidence that his 12 punchouts were also a season high, giving him 132 strikeouts in 133 1/3 innings on the year. The southpaw improved to 12-2 with his third straight win, and he'll take a 2.84 ERA and 1.26 WHIP into Wednesday's start at the Orioles. Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Marlins, Rangers leading in pursuit of Cashner
    Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports the Marlins and Rangers are currently ahead in the race to acquire Andrew Cashner.

    Advice: Both teams are looking to add a starter for the stretch run. Cashner is in the last year of his contract so he'd only be a rental. The Orioles have also shown interest though perhaps not as much as Texas or Miami. The Padres have turned this season into an all-out fire sale, unloading assets such as James Shields, Fernando Rodney, Drew Pomeranz and Melvin Upton. There's a good chance Cashner's start against Toronto on Tuesday was his last as a member of the Padres' organization. Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Ventura goes the distance in loss to Rangers
    Yordano Ventura allowed three runs in an eight-inning, complete-game loss to the Rangers on Thursday.

    Advice: Ventura gave up a solitary walk and just four hits, but three of them -- two by Mitch Moreland and one by Rougned Odor -- left the yard. It was enough to saddle Ventura with the loss, dropping him to 6-9. He's now lost five straight decisions and owns a 4.88 ERA in 20 starts. Ventura will try to stop the bleeding Tuesday at the Rays. Yesterday, 8:56 pm
  • Sale gives up two runs after suspension
    Chris Sale allowed two runs over six innings in a loss to the Cubs on Thursday.

    Advice: Sale, making his first start in 10 days after being scratched and ultimately suspended for five games for his actions prior to last Sunday's scheduled start, looked rusty early, allowing runs in two of the first three innings before settling down. He gave up six hits and three walks in total while striking out four. Sale fell to 14-4 with the loss. He'll sport a 3.17 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 133/32 K/BB ratio heading into Wednesday's start against the Tigers. Yesterday, 8:31 pm
  • Wacha earns sixth win with quality start
    Michael Wacha allowed three runs over six innings in Thursday's win over the Marlins.

    Advice: It was an odd final line for Wacha, who surrendered just four hits without issuing a walk but struck out just two and exited after only 80 pitches. That was likely due in large part to the fact that the Marlins scored all three of their runs against him in the fifth inning, concerning manager Mike Matheny. Wacha improved to 6-7 with a 4.38 ERA and 1.40 WHIP with the win. He'll next take on the Reds in Cincinnati on Wednesday. Yesterday, 6:55 pm
  • Fernandez yields five runs in loss to Cards
    Jose Fernandez allowed five runs over five innings in a loss to the Cardinals on Thursday.

    Advice: Fernandez gave up two home runs, a two-run shot to Aledmys Diaz and a solo blast to Matt Holliday, among his six hits allowed. On the plus side, he struck out nine, giving him 184 strikeouts in 125 2/3 innings this year. Fernandez is 12-5 with a 2.79 ERA and 1.05 WHIP ahead of another difficult test Tuesday against the Cubs. Yesterday, 6:49 pm
  • Taijuan Walker drawing heavy trade interest
    Taiwan Walker (foot) is drawing strong trade interest, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

    Advice: Nightengale didn't mention which teams were interested, though he did say there will be scouts on hand for Walker's bullpen session Friday at Wrigley Field. Walker pitched a simulated game on Wednesday and is close to returning from a foot injury. He could be a good fit for the Marlins who are looking to add a controllable starting pitcher. Walker won't hit free agency until 2021. Yesterday, 6:19 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Farrell won't skip Wright in hot weather
    Red Sox manager John Farrell said he hasn't considered skipping Steven Wright's turn in the rotation despite his struggles with humid weather conditions.

    Advice: Wright admitted he has a hard time gripping the ball when the weather is wet or sticky. That may explain his disappointing 6.37 ERA in the month of July. However, Farrell has no plans to sit the knuckleballer, nor should he. Wright has easily been Boston's best starter this year with 12 wins and a 3.12 ERA. The 31-year-old's next start is scheduled for Sunday against the Angels. Yesterday, 5:54 pm
  • Fish interested in Cashner, Miley, Hellickson's Joe Frisaro mentioned Andrew Cashner as one of several pitchers tied to the Marlins in recent trade discussions.

    Advice: Per Frisaro, the Fish are also after Seattle left-hander Wade Miley and Phillies right-hander Jeremy Hellickson. The rebuilding Padres have already traded away James Shields, Drew Pomeranz, Fernando Rodney and Melvin Upton and it looks like Cashner might be the next to go. The Orioles are also in the hunt for Cashner, who is 4-7 with a 4.76 ERA in 16 starts this season. Yesterday, 5:30 pm
  • Lance Lynn (elbow) facing live hitters
    Lance Lynn (elbow) has thrown seven live batting practices.

    Advice: He's hoping to appear in a minor league game by the end of next month. Obviously Lynn hasn't given up on pitching again this season, though we're guessing the Cardinals will play it safe and hold him out until spring training. Lynn is about nine months removed from Tommy John surgery. Yesterday, 2:45 pm
    60-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Julio Teheran officially cleared to start Saturday's Mark Bowman confirmed Julio Teheran (lat) will start Saturday against the Phillies.

    Advice: Teheran had his turn pushed back a few days after leaving his last start with a strained lat but he recovered nicely from his side session and should see his usual workload on Saturday. The right-hander has been one of the few bright spots for Atlanta this year. He holds an elite 2.71 ERA over 20 outings this season. Yesterday, 1:55 pm
    4:35 pm vs Phi
  • Lyons on track to start for Cardinals on Sat.
    Tyler Lyons threw a bullpen session Thursday afternoon at Marlins Park.

    Advice: Which would set him up to make a spot start for the Cardinals on Saturday in Miami. Top prospect Alex Reyes was a candidate for that turn, but it doesn't sound like that is going to happen. Lyons, a 28-year-old lefty, boasts a 3.04 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 45/13 K/BB ratio in 47 1/3 innings this season out of the St. Louis bullpen. Yesterday, 12:52 pm
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    4:10 pm @Mia
  • ChiSox reinstate Chris Sale for Thurs. start
    White Sox reinstated LHP Chris Sale from suspension.

    Advice: Sale was handed a five-game suspension from the White Sox on Sunday after taking a knife to throwback jerseys that he did not want to wear. The incident led to the White Sox scratching him from his scheduled start Saturday against the Tigers, so he'll be working on nine days of rest in his return Thursday versus the Cubs. Yesterday, 10:42 am
  • Report: O's trying hard for Andrew Cashner
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Orioles are "trying hard" for Andrew Cashner.

    Advice: Baltimore badly needs rotation help -- Ubaldo Jimenez and his 7.38 ERA are starting Thursday against the Twins -- and Cashner is almost certain to be dealt somewhere by the August 1 trade deadline. Rosenthal says the O's are not necessarily the front-runner for the 29-year-old right-hander, with the Rangers, Marlins, and Giants also lurking. Cashner, an impending free agent, owns a 4.76 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, and 67/30 K/BB ratio in 79 1/3 innings this season. Yesterday, 7:00 am
  • 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. Wednesday, 5:23 pm
  • Walker (foot) might only need one rehab start
    Mariners manager Scott Servais said that Taijuan Walker (foot) will be reevaluated after he makes his first start on a rehab assignment.

    Advice: Walker tossed a three-inning simulated game on Wednesday. He will have a bullpen session on Friday and (assuming no setbacks) could begin a minor league rehab assignment on Monday. Servais said that once he makes that start, the team will reevaluate to determine whether he is ready to be activated from the disabled list. Right foot tendinitis has plagued him this summer. He hasn't pitched since July 1. Wednesday, 1:07 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Walker (foot) nearing rehab assignment
    Taijuan Walker (foot) threw a successful three-inning simulated game on Wednesday.

    Advice: He'll throw a bullpen session in two days and could then be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment -- possibly as soon as Monday at Triple-A Tacoma. Walker has been on the disabled list since July 5 due to tendinitis in his right foot. He's on track for an early-August activation, assuming no setbacks. Wednesday, 11:53 am
    15-Day DL
  • Phils want top prospect for Jeremy Hellickson
    Rival executives talking to the Phillies about Jeremy Hellickson tell ESPN's Jayson Stark that the club is asking for "one of your top five prospects."

    Advice: The quality of that top five obviously varies greatly from organization to organization, but the point is the Phillies want something significant in return for the 29-year-old right-hander, who boasts a 3.65 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 107/28 K/BB ratio in 125 2/3 innings this season. Stark says Philadelphia would be content with getting a draft pick when Hellickson departs via free agency this winter. He is probably well on his way to a qualifying offer, and he is a Scott Boras client. Wednesday, 10:22 am
  • Giants in 'active talks' for Andrew Cashner
    According to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports, the Giants "remain in active talks" with the Padres to acquire starting pitcher Andrew Cashner.

    Advice: There was a report that Cashner might be traded before his start Tuesday night in Toronto, and there was also talk of that happening before his outing last Thursday in St. Louis. He pitched pretty well in both of those starts and seems likely to get moved to a contender by the August 1 trade deadline despite his 4.76 overall ERA. There has also been interest from the Marlins, Orioles, and Rangers. Wednesday, 7:52 am
  • Andrew Cashner gives up three runs to Jays
    Andrew Cashner pitched six innings and allowed three runs Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: It was a solid outing for Cashner in what was most likely his final start for the Padres. He gave up two homers, but he still managed a quality start on the road against a fine offense. His ERA stands at 4.76. Tuesday, 8:33 pm
  • Steven Wright gives up eight runs to Tigers
    Steven Wright gave up eight runs in 4 2/3 innings Tuesday against the Tigers.

    Advice: Wright has admitted to some issues with the heat, as sweaty hands make it difficult for him to get a proper grip on his knuckler. That was probably an issue tonight, with a game-time temperature of 92 degrees at Fenway. Wright tossed a gem last time out against the Twins, but he has a 6.37 ERA in five starts this month. Tuesday, 8:19 pm
  • Teheran (lat) expected to return on Saturday
    Julio Teheran (lat) is expected to start Saturday at home against the Phillies.

    Advice: Teheran will get a bit of extra rest after leaving his last outing Friday against the Rockies because of a mild lat strain. He played long toss at 120 feet on Tuesday and threw his slider on flat ground. The 25-year-old right-hander boasts a 2.71 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, and 115/28 K/BB ratio in 129 2/3 innings this season for Atlanta. Tuesday, 2:27 pm
    4:35 pm vs Phi
  • Padres making progress toward Cashner trade
    According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, the Padres are making progress on an Andrew Cashner trade.

    Advice: Morosi says a deal could be finalized before Cashner's scheduled start Tuesday night in Toronto. There's known to be interest from the Marlins, Orioles, and Rangers. Cashner, 29, holds a 4.79 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, and 61/27 K/BB ratio in 73 1/3 innings this year with San Diego. He can become a free agent in the offseason. Tuesday, 1:16 pm
  • Walker (foot) to throw sim game Wed.
    Taijuan Walker (foot) is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Wednesday.

    Advice: Mariners manager Scott Servais told reporters that he wants to see Walker "get after it" to really test his right foot. A minor league rehab game could follow if the workout goes smoothly. Walker has been on the disabled list since July 5 with lingering foot tendinitis. Tuesday, 1:00 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Jeremy Hellickson goes six scoreless Monday
    Jeremy Hellickson improved his trade stock by holding the Marlins to one hit over six shutout frames in Monday's 4-0 victory.

    Advice: Hellickson recorded just one strikeout, but he also permitted only one hit and one walk. He had thrown just 70 pitches through six innings, but the Phillies elected to pinch-hit for him in the top of the seventh when they had a scoring opportunity. Hellickson will go into the trade deadline having yielded just one run over 14 frames. If he's not dealt by then, he'll get the Braves this weekend. Monday, 8:09 pm
  • Jarred Cosart spins five shutout innings
    Jarred Cosart held the Phillies off the scoreboard over five frames but took a no-decision Monday.

    Advice: Cosart held the Phils to just three hits and one walk, but he racked up a high pitch count (92) as he often does, leading to him being pulled after just five innings. With the Marlins almost surely slated to acquire a starter or two this week, Cosart could be sent back to Triple-A. If he gets another start, it will come this weekend versus the Cardinals. Monday, 8:04 pm
  • Colin Rea registers quality start Monday
    Colin Rea walked four batters but managed to record a quality start Monday, allowing three runs over six frames in a loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Rea is still walking way too many guys for someone who doesn't miss a ton of bats. He was able to limit the damage somewhat but still took his second straight loss. The right-hander will carry an unappealing 4.98 ERA and 1.46 WHIP into this weekend's outing against the Reds. Monday, 7:02 pm
  • Chris Sale to start vs. Cubs on Thursday
    Chris Sale will make his return Thursday against the Cubs.

    Advice: The White Sox suspended Sale for five games after he cut up some throwback uniforms with a knife as a bizarre form of protest. There's a chance that Thursday could be a final start with the White Sox, as the trade deadline is approaching and there has been quite a bit of a chatter about a possible deal. Of course, it would require a monster haul for Chicago to part with him and they might not see the sort of offers they want. Monday, 2:32 pm
  • Nationals option Lucas Giolito back to minors
    Nationals optioned RHP Lucas Giolito to Triple-A Syracuse.

    Advice: Giolito allowed four runs -- two earned -- over 3 1/3 innings Sunday in the Nationals' loss to the Padres. It was his third career start at the major league level. Joe Ross (shoulder) could be activated to fill the rotation vacancy later this week. Or maybe the Nats will try Reynaldo Lopez again. Sunday, 3:41 pm
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    7:15 pm @SF
  • Giolito allows four runs, Nats fall to Padres
    Lucas Giolito allowed four runs -- two earned -- over 3 1/3 innings Sunday in the Nationals' loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Giolito escaped with a no-decision because the Padres didn't grab the lead for good until the top of the ninth inning, when they plated four runs against Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon. Giolito walked three and gave up four hits while recording zero strikeouts. He might be headed right back to the minor leagues with Joe Ross (shoulder) making swift progress in his rehab. Sunday, 2:11 pm
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    7:15 pm @SF
  • Jarred Cosart recalled from Triple-A
    Marlins recalled RHP Jarred Cosart from Triple-A New Orleans.

    Advice: Cosart will join the rotation on Monday against the Phillies, starting in place of the injured Wei-Yin Chen (elbow). Given how often the Marlins have been connected to pitching heading into the trade deadline, it's possible it'll just be a spot start for Cosart, although he could change minds with a strong showing. He holds a 7.98 ERA in three starts for Miami this season and a 4.14 mark in 12 starts at New Orleans. Sunday, 1:40 pm
  • White Sox suspend Chris Sale for five games
    The White Sox have suspended Chris Sale five games for his conduct in a clubhouse incident prior to Saturday's game.

    Advice: Sale cut up some throwback uniforms with a knife after getting into a heated argument with the front office about not wanting to wear the uniforms Saturday. The left-hander is tentatively slated to rejoin the White Sox' rotation on Thursday against the Cubs. General manager Rick Hahn said that the incident won't affect the club's decision on whether to trade the lefty or not, although that could just be GM speak. Sunday, 9:57 am
  • Chris Sale won't be at ballpark Sunday's Scott Merkin reports that Chris Sale is not expected to be at the ballpark on Sunday.

    Advice: Sale was scratched from Saturday's start and sent home after a run-in with the front office regarding throwback uniforms that he didn't want to wear. The White Sox have listed him as the scheduled starter on Thursday against the Cubs, although that could be tentative. Sale has also been mentioned as a trade candidate. Sunday, 8:22 am
  • Lucas Giolito recalled for Sunday's start
    Nationals recalled RHP Lucas Giolito from Triple-A Syracuse.

    Advice: Giolito will rejoin the Nats' rotation on Sunday against the Padres. He's been up and down in his two starts with the big club and probably isn't guaranteed anything beyond Sunday with Joe Ross (shoulder) due back soon. However, Giolito certainly makes for an interesting streaming option against San Diego. Sunday, 7:47 am
    Not Active
    7:15 pm @SF
  • 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
  • Ventura won't say when Sale will start again
    White Sox manager Robin Ventura on Saturday wouldn't say when Chris Sale would make his next start.

    Advice: Sale was scratched from Saturday's start and sent home after a dust-up with the front office regarding throwback uniforms that he didn't want to wear. "I'll talk about the game, but any of that stuff, we'll wait on that," Ventura said. "I'm not going to discuss what went on in there. But (it's) unfortunate he didn't start tonight. Proud of the guys who filled in." Jose Quintana will start as scheduled on Sunday. Miguel Gonzalez is currently slated to take the ball Monday, although that seems like a spot Sale could easily slide into, assuming he and the front office work out their issues. The left-hander might be traded prior to the deadline. Sunday, 6:33 am
  • Price gives up 11 hits, five runs to Twins
    David Price yielded 11 hits and five runs over 5 2/3 innings Saturday against the Twins.

    Advice: It was the second straight start Price has allowed 11 hits and the sixth time in his last seven outings that he's given up eight or more hits in a game. Of course, in three of those he also struck out 10 batters, and one was an eight-inning, four-hit gem. Thus is the ballad of David Price -- you take the bad with the good this year. It all adds up to a 4.51 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 145/30 K/BB ratio. Price will look for better days Thursday at the Angels. Saturday, 9:40 pm
  • Hamels gives up unearned run in win over KC
    Cole Hamels allowed only an unearned run over 5 1/3 innings of work in a win over the Royals on Saturday.

    Advice: Hamels wasn't as efficient as he was in a dominant win over the Cubs his last time out, giving up five hits and walking three on Saturday, but the result was the same. The southpaw has now won six of his last seven decisions and is 11-2 on the year. Hamels owns a shiny 2.87 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 120/50 K/BB ratio ahead of Thursday's rematch with these same Royals. Saturday, 9:17 pm
  • Cosart to start Monday versus Phillies
    Jarred Cosart will be called up from Triple-A to start Monday against the Phillies.

    Advice: Wei-Yin Chen has been scratched with an undisclosed injury. Cosart owns a rough 7.98 ERA in 14 2/3 innings this season at the MLB level and hasn't been dominant at Triple-A. There are better fantasy streaming options. Saturday, 8:45 pm
  • Fernandez limits Mets to two runs over seven
    Jose Fernandez allowed two runs over seven innings in Saturday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: Fernandez surrendered seven hits and walked two on the evening, striking out seven. The win was his 12th of the year, third-most in the NL. The 23-year-old owns a 2.54 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 175/35 K/BB ratio into Thursday's start at the Cardinals. Saturday, 8:32 pm
  • Weaver chased after four innings by Astros
    Jered Weaver lasted just four innings Saturday, giving up six runs on seven hits in a loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Weaver wasn't terribly effective against most of the lineup, but Evan Gattis especially gave Weaver fits, hitting two homers off the right-hander. The clunker actually came after a few strong outings from the 33-year-old, who fell to 8-8 with the loss. Weaver will carry a 5.32 ERA and 1.45 WHIP into Thursday's contest against the potent Red Sox offense. Saturday, 7:24 pm
  • Yordano Ventura suffers right rib contusion
    Yordano Ventura suffered a right rib contusion on Saturday night against the Rangers.

    Advice: Ventura was struck by a comebacker off the bat of Adrian Beltre, and the ball had an exit velocity of 109 mph. But thankfully X-rays turned up negative and he should be fine for his next turn in the Kansas City rotation. The right-hander yielded three earned runs on three hits and four walks over five innings against Texas. Saturday, 6:13 pm
  • Cueto goes six strong in a no-decision
    Johnny Cueto allowed just one unearned run over six innings Saturday in a no-decision versus the Yankees.

    Advice: San Francisco wound up winning in 12 innings. The one run Cueto surrendered came on a Mark Teixeira single in the bottom of the fourth inning, when a Mac Williamson fielding error allowed Didi Gregorius to score. Cueto struck out nine and walked just one. He stands 13-2 with a 2.53 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and 128/28 K/BB ratio in 142 1/3 innings this season. Saturday, 5:41 pm
  • Sale sent home for cutting up throwback uni
    Tommy Stokke of FanRag Sports reports Chris Sale was sent home from U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday after cutting up throwback jerseys that he did not want to wear.

    Advice: This story takes another fascinating turn. Via FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal: "Sale asked that they not wear (throwbacks) on his day because they are uncomfortable. Things escalated when they wouldn't relent." Sale went after the jerseys with a knife during pregame batting practice, and then apparently exchanged some words with members of the White Sox front office for putting merchandise sales ahead of winning. He could be traded before the August 1 deadline, though that wouldn't really have anything to do with this odd incident. Matt Albers is starting in Sale's place on Saturday night against the Tigers. Saturday, 5:17 pm
  • Sale altercation was with front office staff
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick hears the Chris Sale clubhouse incident was with front office staff.

    Advice: Crasnick says the incident began with something "silly" and blew up into a bigger argument. It did not get physical, per a press release from the club, but the words exchanged were serious enough to cause the White Sox to scratch their ace from his scheduled start Saturday night against the Tigers. Matt Albers is going to take the mound instead versus Detroit. Saturday, 4:24 pm
  • Report: Sox still talking to teams about Sale
    According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the White Sox are talking to teams about Chris Sale.

    Advice: That's not exactly breaking news -- trade rumors have swirled around Sale for weeks -- but Passan's report is relevant because those discussions are ongoing even after the ace left-hander was scratched from his scheduled start Saturday against the Tigers because of a pregame clubhouse incident. We don't have any details about that incident, only that it was non-physical and did not cause an injury. This could be a very busy night for Sale's Rotoworld profile. Saturday, 3:59 pm
  • Teheran (lat) passed strength tests Saturday
    Julio Teheran (lat) performed well in strength tests Saturday.

    Advice: The hope is that Teheran -- a possible trade chip for the rebuilding Braves -- won't have to miss a rotation turn. He left his start Friday against the Rockies because of a minor lat strain. Look for a decision on Monday or Tuesday, after he throws a bullpen session. Saturday, 2:41 pm
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  • Giolito returning to start Sunday vs. Padres
    Lucas Giolito will return to the majors to start Sunday at home against the Padres.

    Advice: It's a nice matchup for a talented pitcher, but it will likely be a spot start with Joe Ross (shoulder) nearing his return. Giolito allowed four earned runs in 7 2/3 innings (two starts) three weeks ago with Washington. Those were his first two MLB outings. Maybe he can force the Nationals to keep him on the major league roster if he dominates on Sunday. Saturday, 2:33 pm
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  • Marlins among many discussing Andrew Cashner
    Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Marlins are among the teams that have been discussing Andrew Cashner with the Padres.

    Advice: The Orioles are also known to be negotiating with the Padres. The Marlins could become a legitimate title contender in the National League with the addition of a second starter behind Jose Fernandez, and Cashner could fit the bill potentially. Saturday, 9:53 am
  • Orioles in the mix for Andrew Cashner as well
    Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Orioles are pursuing Andrew Cashner from the Padres but that it isn't related to any potential trade for Melvin Upton.

    Advice: The O's are looking at both Padres in separate deals, not as a package play. The O's are in desperate need of an upgrade in their starting rotation, and the hard-throwing right-hander could be just the guy for the job. Saturday, 6:24 am
  • Tyler Lyons goes 4 2/3 innings in relief
    Tyler Lyons pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings out of the pen Friday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Lyons appeared likely to start for the Cardinals on Sunday, but that should be off the table after 53 pitches tonight. They'll probably call up a minor leaguer. Friday, 10:37 pm
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  • Julio Teheran (lat) thinks he'll avoid DL
    Julio Teheran was diagnosed with a mild lat strain which caused him to leave Friday's start against the Rockies prematurely.

    Advice: The right-hander thinks that the issue is minor and that he'll be able to avoid a trip to the disabled list, though a lot will depend on how he responds in the next couple of days. Friday, 10:35 pm
    4:35 pm vs Phi
  • Wacha goes six innings in no-decision
    Michael Wacha gave up two runs over six innings Friday in a no-decision against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Wacha had the lead until he gave up a game-tying homer to Howie Kendrick in his final inning of work. He gave up 10 hits and walked a batter, so he’s fortunate his line didn't look worse. Still, it was an improvement after he was chased after just four innings last time out. Wacha owns a 4.37 ERA through 20 starts this season and will face the Marlins next time out. Friday, 10:03 pm
  • Tanner Roark gives up five runs in loss
    Tanner Roark struggled in a losing effort against the Padres on Friday, surrendering five runs on four hits over his five innings of work.

    Advice: Roark walked two and struck out four on the night. Most of the damage against him was inflicted by Matt Kemp, who blasted a pair of home runs and plated four. Even with the rough outing, Roark still owns a 3.05 ERA and 1.17 WHIP on the season. He'll look to get back in the win column on when he takes on the Giants in San Francisco on Thursday. Friday, 8:02 pm
  • Julio Teheran leaves with apparent injury
    Julio Teheran was removed from Friday's start against the Rockies in the fifth inning due to an apparent injury.

    Advice: Teheran may have tweaked something in his side while attempting to reach for a ground ball. The Braves should have an update on his status shortly. Any sort of injury or time missed though would certainly be a major blow to the right-hander's trade value, with the deadline only a week away. Friday, 7:32 pm
    4:35 pm vs Phi
  • Cesar Ramos designated for assignment
    Rangers designated LHP Cesar Ramos for assignment.

    Advice: Ramos has put up an awful 6.04 ERA while splitting time between the bullpen and rotation. He could clear waivers. Friday, 1:11 pm
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  • Taijuan Walker (foot) throws bullpen session
    Taijuan Walker (foot) threw a bullpens session Friday with no issues.

    Advice: He should be ready to make a rehab start soon. Walker has battled tendinitis in his right foot for a while now before finally being placed on the DL earlier this month, but it appears he's feeling better. He should return in late July or early August. Friday, 1:00 pm
    15-Day DL
  • 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
  • Wright strikes out nine in win over Twins
    Steven Wright showed some pre-break form Tuesday, striking out nine while allowing two runs -- one earned -- over eight innings in a win over the Twins.

    Advice: Wright had been regressing toward the mean in his past four starts, but the knuckleballer was able to keep the Twins off-guard for most of the night Tuesday. He allowed just four hits and a walk, lowering his ERA to 2.67 with a 1.15 WHIP in 19 starts overall. Wright will take a 12-5 record into Tuesday's contest against the Tigers. Thursday, 7:01 pm
  • Marlins showing interest in Hellickson
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Marlins are interested in a potential trade for Jeremy Hellickson.

    Advice: Nothing imminent here. Rosenthal's report backs a Monday update from's Joe Frisaro who likewise relayed that the Marlins were intrigued by Hellickson. President of baseball operations Michael Hill got a personal taste of his work in Philadelphia on Wednesday, as he was in town to watch the hurler toss eight inning of one-run ball against his squad. Hellickson struck out eight in the contest. He holds a 3.84 ERA over 119 2/3 innings. FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Orioles are also interested in the 29-year-old right-hander. Wednesday, 8:24 pm
  • Hellickson yields one run in eight innings
    Jeremy Hellickson struck out eight batters and held the Marlins to one run in eight innings to lead the Phillies to a 4-1 win on Wednesday.

    Advice: He yielded five hits and no walks, with the only damage being a solo homer by Chris Johnson. The win lifts his record to 7-7 with a 3.84 ERA in 119 2/3 innings. After three poor seasons he has bounced back to fantasy relevancy this year. Wednesday, 7:21 pm
  • Colin Rea allows four runs in loss to STL
    Colin Rea allowed four earned runs over six innings Wednesday in a loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Rea was gifted a two-run lead in the top of the first inning but couldn't make it stick, yielding one run in the second, two in the fourth, and one more in the sixth. He has a 5.01 ERA for the year. Wednesday, 2:03 pm
  • Nationals option Reynaldo Lopez to AAA
    Nationals optioned RHP Reynaldo Lopez to Triple-A Syracuse.

    Advice: Lopez was lit up for six runs on 10 hits over 4 2/3 innings Tuesday in his major league debut against the Dodgers. The 23-year-old right-hander has posted very good numbers this season in the minors and should get another shot at some point this season, even if it comes in long relief. Wednesday, 12:20 pm
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  • Lopez shelled for 10 hits, six runs in debut
    Reynaldo Lopez' major league debut Tuesday didn't go as planned, as the right-hander allowed six runs on 10 hits over 4 2/3 innings in a loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Lopez did strike out nine, flashing the potential that has made him one of the brightest young pitching prospects in baseball, but it doesn't mean much when you're giving up 10 hits at the same time. Better days are ahead for the 23-year-old, assuming the Nationals don't demote him in short order. As it is, Lopez' next start is scheduled for Sunday against the Padres. Tuesday, 8:25 pm
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  • Giolito sharp over 6 2/3 innings at AAA
    Lucas Giolito allowed just one unearned run over 6 2/3 innings Tuesday in a start for Triple-A Syracuse.

    Advice: He scattered seven hits and two walks over his 6 2/3 frames, striking out seven. 70 of his 104 pitches went for strikes. This was actually the Triple-A debut for Giolito, who jumped from Double-A Harrisburg directly to Washington last month for his first MLB start. He should get another shot with the Nats within the next few weeks. Tuesday, 5:38 pm
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    7:15 pm @SF
  • Nats officially promote SP Reynaldo Lopez
    Nationals purchased the contract of RHP Reynaldo Lopez from Triple-A Syracuse.

    Advice: Lopez will make his major league debut in a start Tuesday night against the Dodgers. The 23-year-old has compiled a 3.19 ERA and 109/31 K/BB ratio over 87 1/3 innings this season between Double- and Triple-A. It's unclear how long he'll stick around, but he's worth monitoring in mixed fantasy leagues. Tuesday, 11:26 am
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    7:15 pm @SF
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