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  • Red Sox option Steven Wright to Triple-A
    Red Sox optioned RHP Steven Wright to Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: Over the course of two stints with the Red Sox this season, Wright holds a 4.15 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 24/13 K/BB ratio covering 43 1/3 innings (including four starts). The 30-year-old knuckleballer will return to Pawtucket until the Red Sox need an extra long arm in the pen.
    Today, 10:16 am
  • No restrictions to be placed on Iwakuma (lat)
    According to Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon, there will be "no restrictions" on Hisashi Iwakuma (lat) when he returns to start against the Tigers on Monday.

    Advice: Iwakuma last started on April 20. While McClendon and the team are not placing any restrictions on Iwakuma, it's reasonable to assume that he'll be at least be relatively limited in the number of pitches he throws in his first few starts back. He sported a 6.61 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 11/3 K/BB ratio over 16 1/3 innings and three starts prior to the DL stint.
    Today, 8:04 am
    15-Day DL
    7:10 pm vs ^ Det
  • Zimmermann fans eight in win over Giants
    Jordan Zimmermann pitched brilliantly in Sunday's victory over the Giants, allowing just one run on three hits over seven strong innings.

    Advice: The right-hander racked up eight strikeouts on the evening while issuing just one walk. The only blemish on his night came on a solo home run by Brandon Crawford in the fourth inning. The 29-year-old is enjoying another terrific season, compiling a 3.04 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 77/20 K/BB ratio over 106 2/3 innings. He'll look to wrap up the first half on a high note when he squares off against the Orioles in Baltimore on Saturday.
    Yesterday, 8:17 pm
  • C.J. Wilson cruises to victory over Rangers
    C.J. Wilson cruised to an easy victory over the Rangers on Sunday, allowing three runs on six hits in his six frames.

    Advice: Wilson walked two and punched out four in the contest. The Angels provided 12 early runs of support for the left-hander, and all he had to do was throw strikes and keep the Rangers from mounting any major rallies. He's enjoying a nice first half, compiling a 3.82 ERA and 93/34 K/BB ratio in 108 1/3 innings. He'll make his final start of the first half on Saturday against the Mariners in Seattle.
    Yesterday, 7:19 pm
  • Rubby De La Rosa shelled for six runs
    Rubby De La Rosa struggled in Sunday's loss to the Rockies, allowing six runs on eight hits over five-plus innings.

    Advice: De La Rosa was bit by the home run bug, serving up a three-run shot to Troy Tulowitzki in the first inning and a two-run bomb to Carlos Gonzalez in the sixth. The rough start pushed an already lackluster ERA from 4.60 to 4.89. In addition, De La Rosa holds a 1.27 WHIP and 97/27 K/BB ratio over 106 2/3 innings. The strikeouts are there, and De La Rosa had pitched well in his previous four starts, but these kinds of big letdowns are ERA killers. He'll try to get back on the right track when he takes on the Mets at Citi Field in the Diamondbacks' final game before the All-Star Break.
    Yesterday, 4:52 pm
  • Matz dazzles in second major league start
    Steven Matz pitched brilliantly in his second career start, hurling six innings of shutout ball while striking out eight in an 8-0 win over the Dodgers.

    Advice: In addition to the eight strikeouts, Matz walked two and allowed just two hits over his six innings of work. Over his first two major league starts (covering 13 2/3 innings), he's allowed just seven hits and two runs and has posted a 14/5 K/BB ratio. If you're looking for a wider scale on which to judge him, he posted a 2.19 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 94/31 K/BB ratio over 90 1/3 innings for Triple-A Las Vegas prior to earning the promotion at the end of June. If he's still available on the waiver wire, he should be given strong consideration as a pick-up. He'll take on the Diamondbacks in a home start next Sunday afternoon.
    Yesterday, 4:15 pm
  • Bolsinger coughs up four runs in five innings
    Mike Bolsinger tossed an unimpressive start in a loss to the Mets on Sunday, surrendering four runs on nine hits over five innings.

    Advice: We'll be nice to Bolsinger, who left his last start due to food poisoning. Three of the four runs against him scored in the fourth inning, but outside of that frame, he mostly limited the damage. When not being attacked by food, Bolsinger's pitched well this season and currently holds a 3.09 ERA and 1.28. A home start against the Brewers is upcoming on the schedule before he heads into the All-Star Break.
    Yesterday, 4:13 pm
  • Derek Holland throws another bullpen session
    Derek Holland (shoulder) threw 30 pitches in a successful bullpen session on Sunday.

    Advice: He's scheduled to repeat the process again on Tuesday and Thursday, and if all goes well he could then be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment. Holland remains on track to rejoin the Rangers rotation in late July.
    Yesterday, 2:53 pm
    60-Day DL
  • Hamels blanks Braves over seven innings
    Cole Hamels took a no-decision despite tossing seven shutout innings, as the Phillies needed 10 innings to earn a 4-0 win against the Braves on Sunday.

    Advice: Hamels may not have won, but at least the Phillies' six-game losing streak was snapped. The lefty limited the Braves to six hits while striking out six and issuing zero walks. Hamels hasn't won since May 23, but has a 3.02 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and a 119/35 K/BB ratio in 113 1/3 innings. He'll toe the rubber in San Francisco against the Giants in his next outing.
    Yesterday, 1:57 pm
  • Quality start not enough to earn Kennedy win
    Ian Kennedy was saddled with the loss in Sunday's showdown with the Cardinals after allowing three runs on seven hits over six innings pitched.

    Advice: Kennedy pitched well and struck out four without walking a batter, but he was done in by Tommy Phan, whose bat accounted for a two-run homer in the third and an RBI double in the sixth. Kennedy now holds a 4.84 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 74/23 K/BB ratio. He's a better pitcher than that ERA, but has yet to show any kind of sustained consistency. He'll try to improve off this quality start when he takes the ball on a road date with the Rangers next weekend.
    Yesterday, 1:55 pm
  • Braves waste Miller's 6 1/3 shutout innings
    Shelby Miller's 6 1/3 scoreless innings went to waste as the Braves lost in 10 innings to the Phillies on Sunday.

    Advice: Miller scattered seven hits and two walks while striking out eight, nearly matching opposing starter Cole Hamels in zeroes. He left with a runner on second base and one out in the seventh as Luis Avilan relieved him, and the Phillies were again kept off the board. Miller, despite pitching tremendously, hasn't gotten a win since May 17. He's 5-4 with a 2.07 ERA, a 1.10 WHIP, and an 88/34 K/BB ratio in 108 2/3 innings. Miller will start at Coors Field against the Rockies next.
    Yesterday, 1:54 pm
  • Estrada strong in five innings to beat Tigers
    Marco Estrada limited the Tigers to two runs in five innings, snagging a win on his birthday as the Blue Jays won on Sunday.

    Advice: Not a bad way to celebrate a 32nd birthday. Estrada kept the Tigers off the board until the fifth inning, when Ian Kinsler knocked in two runs with a triple. He allowed five hits overall with a walk and three strikeouts. Estrada has been solid since joining the rotation in early May, sporting a 4.00 ERA with a 56/23 K/BB ratio across 12 starts. He'll make a road start in Kansas City against the Royals next.
    Yesterday, 1:40 pm
  • Santana shreds Royals for 8 K's in 8 IP
    Ervin Santana was almost untouchable in Sunday's no-decision against the Royals, striking out eight and allowing just two runs on three hits over eight innings in the team's 3-2 loss.

    Advice: Given that Santana had been sitting on the restricted list for his use of performance-enhancing drugs over the last 80 games, few could have expected him to come roaring out in mid-season form. That he did, though, that he did. After eight innings, Santana had thrown just 93 pitches. He posted sub-4.00 ERAs in each of his last two seasons and mixed league formats would do well to consider him as a pickup if he's floating out there.
    Yesterday, 1:39 pm
  • Verlander falters late, allows 7 ER to Jays
    Justin Verlander faltered late in Sunday's loss to the Blue Jays, ultimately allowing seven runs in five innings of work.

    Advice: Verlander had limited the Jays to just one run over his first four innings, but the Jays used a walk, two singles, a double, and two home runs to score six runs in the fifth. Verlander, overall, gave up seven hits, walked two, and struck out five on 94 pitches. The veteran right-hander's results haven't been that impressive in his first four starts of the season, carrying a 6.75 ERA with a 1.59 WHIP and a 12/10 K/BB ratio in 22 2/3 innings. He'll try to turn things around in Minnesota against the Twins.
    Yesterday, 1:37 pm
  • Nova struggles in 5 innings, loses to Rays
    Ivan Nova wasn't sharp in a loss to the Rays on Sunday, allowing four runs (three earned) in five innings.

    Advice: Nova looked good in his first two starts since his activation from the disabled list, but he didn't have much working on Sunday. The Rays racked up six hits and drew three walks while striking out only once. Nevertheless, Nova owns a 2.65 ERA, a 1.41 WHIP, and a 9/7 K/BB ratio in 17 innings over three starts. He'll take the mound at Fenway Park against the Red Sox in his next start.
    Yesterday, 1:16 pm
  • Gray (illness) cleared to return Tuesday
    Sonny Gray (illness) has officially been cleared to rejoin the Athletics' rotation on Tuesday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Gray missed one turn in the rotation and had another one pushed back after needing a brief stay in the hospital due to salmonella. He's back on track now, though, and will take the ball on Tuesday in New York. Chris Bassitt, who has filled in for Gray, will likely be sent down after Sunday's start.
    Yesterday, 12:19 pm
  • Taylor Jordan recalled from Triple-A
    Nationals recalled RHP Taylor Jordan from Triple-A Syracuse.

    Advice: Jordan will be used in long relief for now but is an option to take Stephen Strasburg's (oblique) spot in the rotation eventually. He's allowed 10 runs over 10 2/3 innings in the majors this season.
    Yesterday, 11:54 am
  • Marco Gonzales (shoulder) throws live BP
    Marco Gonzales (shoulder) threw live batting practice on Sunday.

    Advice: Gonzales has been on the shelf mid-May while dealing with an impingement in his left shoulder. There's no timetable for his return, but it looks like he should be ready for game action again soon.
    Yesterday, 11:16 am
    Not Active
    5:05 pm @ChC
  • Jaime Garcia (groin) placed on disabled list
    Cardinals placed LHP Jaime Garcia on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 25, with a left groin strain.

    Advice: Garcia got through a bullpen session on Saturday without any apparent issues with his groin, but he reported some discomfort when he arrived at the park Sunday. The Cardinals are hoping he'll be ready to go right after the All-Star break. Tyler Lyons and Tim Cooney will now start during Tuesday's doubleheader versus the Cubs.
    Yesterday, 10:01 am
    15-Day DL
    5:05 pm @ChC
  • Justin Masterson moved to 'pen for a week
    Justin Masterson will pitch out of the bullpen for the remainder of the first half.

    Advice: The Red Sox don't need a fifth starter during the remaining week. With Masterson being used in relief, Wade Miley will move up to pitch Tuesday and Rick Porcello will take the ball Wednesday.
    Yesterday, 8:36 am
  • Wada (shoulder) ready for rehab assignment
    Tsuyoshi Wada (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Tennessee on Monday.

    Advice: Wada is just two weeks removed from his last start, so he might need just the one rehab outing before being activated. Clayton Richard is currently filling in as the Cubs' fifth starter.
    Yesterday, 8:16 am
    15-Day DL
    5:05 pm vs StL
  • Tomlin (shoulder) close to rehab assignment
    Indians manager Terry Francona said Saturday that Josh Tomlin (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment "pretty soon."

    Advice: Tomlin has been throwing off a mound at the Tribe's spring training complex. Working his way back from surgery on his right AC join, Tomlin is hoping to be an option for the Indians at some point in the second half.
    Yesterday, 6:18 am
    Player Note
    Josh Tomlin Cle - SP,RP
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Hou
  • T.J. House (shoulder) shut down again
    T.J. House (shoulder) will be shut down for two weeks before resuming a throwing program.

    Advice: A second opinion confirmed that House is dealing with tendinitis in his left shoulder. The southpaw hasn't appeared in a game in a month and it sounds like it will be a while before he's ready for game action again.
    Yesterday, 6:16 am
    Not Active
    4:10 pm vs Hou
  • Hector Santiago goes seven scoreless in win
    Hector Santiago blanked the Rangers for seven innings, allowing just three hits, as the Angels rolled to a 13-0 win on Saturday.

    Advice: It was an easy win for Santiago, but it's still impressive that he was able to thrive despite some long waits. He's allowed a total of two runs in his last three starts, and his ERA is all of the way down to 2.40. It might well earn him a spot on the All-Star team.
    Saturday, 10:23 pm
  • Wandy Rodriguez gives up five runs to Angels
    Wandy Rodriguez gave up five runs in five innings Saturday in a loss to the Angels.

    Advice: Rodriguez managed to survive the Orioles earlier in the week, but he's given up 28 hits and eight walks over 14 innings in his last three starts. The Rangers will stick with him, but AL-only leaguers don't have as much reason to do so.
    Saturday, 10:21 pm
  • Jaime Garcia (groin) on track for Tuesday
    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny indicated Saturday that Jaime Garcia (groin) remains on track to return to the rotation on Tuesday.

    Advice: Garcia's bullpen session on Saturday was the last remaining hurdle, and Matheny indicated that everything went well. He owns a terrific 1.69 ERA and 0.88 WHIP on the season, but has been limited to just 48 innings due to injuries.
    Saturday, 11:13 am
    15-Day DL
    5:05 pm @ChC
  • Red Sox recall Steven Wright from Triple-A
    Red Sox recalled RHP Steven Wright from Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: The 30-year-old knuckleballer owns a 4.15 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 24/13 K/BB ratio over 43 1/3 innings with the big league club this season. He'll function in long relief.
    Saturday, 8:13 am
  • Iwakuma to rejoin Mariners rotation on Monday
    Hisashi Iwakuma (lat) will rejoin the Mariners rotation on Monday against the Tigers.

    Advice: The right-hander has been sidelined since April 21 due to a strained lat muscle. In three starts with the M's before hitting the disabled list, he registered a 6.61 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 11/3 K/BB ratio across 16 1/3 innings.
    Saturday, 6:23 am
    15-Day DL
    7:10 pm vs ^ Det
  • Twins activate Ervin Santana for Sunday start
    Twins activated RHP Ervin Santana from the restricted list.

    Advice: Santana has finally finished serving his 80-game suspension for use of performance-enhancing drugs. He will make his Twins debut on Sunday against the Royals. He was terrific in three minor league rehab starts with Triple-A Rochester, registering a 1.74 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 11/4 K/BB ratio over 20 2/3 innings. He's worth a look in any mixed leagues where he remains available.
    Saturday, 5:32 am
  • Masterson rocked for five runs in fourth
    Justin Masterson unraveled in the fourth inning of Friday's loss to the Astros, allowing all five runs on his line before exiting with two outs in the frame.

    Advice: Masterson was cruising through the first three innings, but the cruise hit a whirlpool in the fourth when Masterson allowed seven hits and five runs in the frame. There was no huge hit, just a parade of singles and doubles. With the debacle, Masterson saw his ERA jump from an already poor 5.58 to an even more questionable 6.14. He's also pitching to a 1.68 WHIP. Given that he just reentered the rotation on June 28, it's likely he'll get at least one more start, but the numbers are discouraging. Said start would come in a high-profile environment, as the Red Sox will be facing the Yankees at Fenway when Masterson's next slated to take the ball.
    Friday, 8:51 pm
  • Sonny Gray (illness) could return on Tuesday
    Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Friday that he'd like to have Sonny Gray (illness) return to the rotation on Tuesday.

    Advice: That way, the right-hander would be able to make two starts before the All-Star break. He had to have his last start skipped and required hospitalization due to a nasty bout of salmonella, but he seems to be doing much better now. Chris Bassitt will start in his place again on Sunday, so look for Gray to take Tuesday's series opener against the Yankees in New York.
    Friday, 4:06 pm
  • Iwakuma (lat) won't be back this weekend
    The Mariners will not activate Hisashi Iwakuma (lat) from the disabled list to start on Sunday.

    Advice: Mike Montgomery will stay on turn and take the ball Sunday. The Mariners have not made a decision on the next step for Iwakuma, but it's possible he'll make another rehab start. He could also rejoin Seattle's rotation early next week.
    Friday, 2:53 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:10 pm vs ^ Det
  • Derek Holland (shoulder) throws off mound
    Derek Holland (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Friday.

    Advice: It's the first time he's thrown off a mound since he went down with a subscapular strain in his left shoulder in early April. There's currently no timetable for Holland's return, but he should be able to begin a rehab assignment before long.
    Friday, 2:47 pm
    60-Day DL
  • Sonny Gray (illness) expected to avoid DL
    Sonny Gray (illness) is not expected to need a stint on the disabled list.

    Advice: Gray has started to feel much better the last couple days after being knocked out for a while with a bout of salmonella. He should be ready to rejoin the Athletics' rotation early next week.
    Friday, 2:42 pm
  • Sonny Gray (illness) could be placed on DL
    Sonny Gray (illness) could be placed on the disabled list.

    Advice: Gray has been released from the hospital after a nasty bout with salmonella, but he only resumed eating solid food on Thursday and is still weak. A backdated DL move would leave Gray eligible to return as soon as July 11, just before the All-Star break. Chris Bassitt will fill in for Gray again on Sunday.
    Friday, 10:26 am
  • Hamels 'unlikely' to approve trade to Astros
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the "word for now seems to be that it's unlikely" Cole Hamels would approve a trade to the Astros.

    Advice: Heyman says that Houston "would love" the southpaw, but "there still is no reason to believe its feeling is reciprocated by Hamels." The left-hander could always change his mind, of course, and it also might wind up being a moot point if another teams offers a better trade package. The Astros certainly appear to be in the market for a big arm this month.
    Friday, 6:01 am
  • Sonny Gray was ill with salmonella poisoning
    Athletics head trainer Nick Paparesta said Thursday that the cause of Sonny Gray's illness proved to be salmonella.

    Advice: The right-hander missed his scheduled start on Tuesday and had to be hospitalized due to the severity of the illness. He's expected to make a full recovery and should be ready to rejoin the A's rotation at some point next week.
    Thursday, 4:48 pm
  • Iwakuma (lat) throws a successful bullpen
    Hisashi Iwakuma (lat) threw a successful bullpen session on Thursday without any issues.

    Advice: It's unclear if he's going to need one final minor league rehab start, or be cleared to rejoin the Mariners rotation immediately. M's manager Lloyd McClendon said he'll elaborate on the team's rotation plan on Friday.
    Thursday, 4:05 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:10 pm vs ^ Det
  • Sonny Gray (illness) released from hospital
    Sonny Gray (illness) was released from the hospital Wednesday.

    Advice: Gray had been hospitalized since Tuesday due to "severe gastroenteritis." Despite feeling better, there's no clear picture of when the right-hander might make his next start.
    Wednesday, 4:08 pm
  • Jaime Garcia (groin) won't start on Thursday
    Jaime Garcia (groin) won't make his next scheduled start Thursday against the Padres.

    Advice: Garcia is expected to avoid the disabled list, but he was unable to complete scheduled throwing sessions on Saturday and Monday due to ongoing cramping in his left groin. He should be fine after one skipped turn in the Cardinals' rotation. Tim Cooney is probably going to fill in on Thursday versus San Diego.
    Wednesday, 1:51 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:05 pm @ChC
  • Sonny Gray (illness) remains hospitalized
    Sonny Gray remains hospitalized due to "severe gastroenteritis," according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

    Advice: The illness has dragged on longer than expected, but it's possible Gray could be discharged later Wednesday or Thursday. His status for his next scheduled start on Sunday remains up in the air, so the A's are keeping Chris Bassitt around in case he's needed again.
    Wednesday, 11:23 am
  • De La Rosa solid in 5 2/3 IP in no-decision
    Rubby De La Rosa scattered two runs in 5 2/3 innings, but got a no-decision in Tuesday's 10-inning loss versus the Dodgers.

    Advice: Both runs scored on a Yasmany Tomas home run in the second inning. De La Rosa allowed six hits and a walk overall while striking out seven. He's put together four terrific starts in a row now but still has a mediocre 4.60 ERA with a 1.24 WHIP and a 94/26 K/BB ratio in 101 2/3 innings. De La Rosa will look to keep it going when he faces the Rockies at home in his next start.
    Tuesday, 10:58 pm
  • Verlander notches quality start in his return
    Justin Verlander gave up three runs (two earned) in six innings, taking a no-decision in Tuesday's 14-inning loss against the Pirates.

    Advice: Verlander had his previous start skipped due to mid-back stiffness. He wasn't terribly effective, but the Pirates didn't capitalize nearly often enough. The right-hander allowed six hits, walked five, and struck out only three. Control usually isn't an issue with Verlander, so one has to wonder if his back was a contributing factor on Tuesday. He'll have to work through a tough Blue Jays lineup at home in his next start.
    Tuesday, 10:07 pm
  • Nova allows two solo homers to take a loss
    Ivan Nova allowed two solo home runs, proving to be his undoing over 5 1/3 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Angels.

    Advice: They both came in the sixth inning, back-to-back shots from Albert Pujols and Erick Aybar. Nova struck out David Freese, but then allowed a double to Matt Joyce to end his evening. He gave up eight hits and two walks overall while striking out seven. The right-hander has been solid in two starts since being activated, as he pitched 6 2/3 innings of shutout ball against the Phillies in his previous start. Nova will face the Athletics at home next.
    Tuesday, 9:54 pm
  • Kennedy serves up two homers in loss to SEA
    Ian Kennedy gave up four runs over five innings to take the loss on Tuesday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Mike Zunino ripped a solo home run in the third inning to open the scoring. An Austin Jackson RBI single and a two-run Brad Miller home run created a three-run fourth to account for the rest of the offense. Kennedy allowed five hits and a walk overall while striking out five. The right-hander has looked competent at times this season, but hasn't been able to gather any momentum. He has a 5.23 ERA with a 1.34 WHIP and a 70/23 K/BB ratio in 74 innings. Kennedy will try to change his luck with a road start against the Cardinals in his next trip out to the mound.
    Tuesday, 9:39 pm
  • Hamels pitches well but gets a no-decision
    Cole Hamels pitched effectively against the Brewers, giving up only two runs in seven innings, but was left with a no-decision in Tuesday's loss.

    Advice: Both runs scored in the first inning on Aramis Ramirez's two-out, two-run single. Hamels was solid the rest of the way, giving up only five hits and a walk overall while striking out seven. The lefty owns a 3.22 ERA with a 1.15 WHIP and a 113/35 K/BB ratio over 106 1/3 innings. Hamels will make an afternoon start in Atlanta next.
    Tuesday, 8:58 pm
  • Iwakuma doesn't think blister is big issue
    Hisashi Iwakuma (lat) doesn't think the blister that forced him from his rehab start Tuesday will be an issue.

    Advice: Iwakuma noted that he's had numerous blister problems over the years and that the Mariners' training staff knows how to treat them. It remains to be seen whether the M's share his opinion, but either way this isn't a big setbacks. Iwakuma could rejoin Seattle's rotation as soon as Sunday.
    Tuesday, 8:24 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:10 pm vs ^ Det
  • Iwakuma (lat) exits rehab start with blister
    Hisashi Iwakuma (lat) had to leave Tuesday's rehab start with Triple-A Tacoma due to a blister on his pitching hand.

    Advice: He pitched well before exiting, allowing just one run on five hits and one walk while striking out six. Iwakuma's splitter has often given him blister issues, but it's unclear at this point if this is a notable setback. Tuesday's rehab start likely was going to be his last, although the Mariners hadn't confirmed as much. More should be known about Iwakuma on Wednesday.
    Tuesday, 8:01 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:10 pm vs ^ Det
  • Miller ineffective in a loss against the Nats
    Shelby Miller was ineffective in a loss to the Nationals on Tuesday, serving up five runs (four earned) over five innings.

    Advice: Miller did strike out a season-high 10 batters, but allowed eight hits and three walks. The Nats scored four of their five runs in the first inning, and tacked on that fifth run in the third inning thanks to an A.J. Pierzynski throwing error. Miller has only twice in 16 starts allowed four-plus runs, but both have occurred in June. He still owns an outstanding 2.20 ERA with a 1.07 WHIP and an 80/32 K/BB ratio over 102 1/3 innings. Miller will face a low-scoring Phillies lineup at home his next turn through the rotation.
    Tuesday, 7:34 pm
  • Zimmermann blanks Braves over 7 2/3 innings
    Jordan Zimmermann again held the opposition scoreless, this time silencing the Braves' bats in 7 2/3 innings of work to earn a win on Tuesday.

    Advice: Zimmermann tossed eight scoreless innings in his last start and hasn't allowed a run since the sixth inning on June 17 against the Rays. On Tuesday, he scattered six hits with no walks and six strikeouts. Zimmermann may be starting to catch his stride, sitting on a 3.16 ERA with a 1.27 WHIP and a 69/19 K/BB ratio in 99 2/3 innings. He'll try to keep it going in a home start versus the Giants next.
    Tuesday, 7:31 pm
  • Estrada struggles in a loss to the Red Sox
    Marco Estrada yielded four runs (two earned) in 2 1/3 innings, suffering a loss against the Red Sox on Tuesday.

    Advice: Estrada flirted with a perfect game in his previous outing, so he really stunk by comparison. The right-hander was hurt by a Devon Travis error on leadoff hitter Mookie Betts' grounder, which helped lead to two runs scoring. But Estrada also walked four and allowed three hits while striking out only one batter. He'll try for better results next time when he takes on the Tigers in Detroit. He now has a 3.58 ERA with a 1.15 WHIP and a 64/27 K/BB ratio over 75 1/3 innings.
    Tuesday, 7:21 pm
  • Sonny Gray (illness) still in hospital
    Sonny Gray remains hospitalized due to the flu.

    Advice: Gray, who had to be scratched from Tuesday's scheduled outing, first started feeling under the weather Monday night and is still being taken care of. Athletics manager Bob Melvin did say the righty is feeling better, but it was too soon to tell when he'd be ready to start again.
    Tuesday, 4:27 pm
  • Garcia (groin) did not throw bullpener Mon.
    Jaime Garcia (groin) did not throw a bullpen session on Monday.

    Advice: And he also had to skip a side session Saturday due to ongoing cramping in his left groin. It's not clear whether Garcia will be able to start Thursday against the White Sox. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny expects to have some kind of answer on that by Wednesday afternoon.
    Tuesday, 2:05 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:05 pm @ChC
  • Sonny Gray scratched Tuesday due to illness
    Sonny Gray was scratched from Tuesday's start against the Rockies due to illness.

    Advice: He should be back to normal in the next couple of days. The A's are calling up Chris Bassitt to fill in.
    Tuesday, 11:47 am
  • Sonny Gray scratched from Tuesday's start
    Sonny Gray has been scratched from Tuesday's start against the Rockies.

    Advice: No word on the reason for the change. Chris Bassitt will start in his place.
    Tuesday, 11:27 am
  • Wilson, backed by strong defense, beats NYY
    C.J. Wilson limited the Yankees to one run in six innings to pick up the win on Monday.

    Advice: Wilson scattered five hits and a three walks while striking out five. A lot of credit has to go to center fielder Mike Trout, though, as he made a handful of outstanding catches to save Wilson's hide. The lefty lowered his ERA to 3.78 with the effort and has a 1.19 WHIP with an 89/32 K/BB ratio over 102 1/3 innings. He'll face the Rangers in Texas next.
    Monday, 10:11 pm
  • Mike Bolsinger exits with food poisoning
    Mike Bolsinger left Monday's start against the Diamondbacks after four innings due to a bout of food poisoning.

    Advice: You couldn't tell from his results that Bolsinger had been battling food poisoning, as he tossed four shutout frames before exiting. Evidently it just became too much, though, and the Dodgers didn't want to push him any further. He'll probably be fine for his next turn later this week.
    Monday, 8:14 pm
  • Rodriguez tosses 5 solid innings to beat O's
    Wandy Rodriguez earned the win, limiting the Orioles to one run in five innings as the Rangers sealed an 8-1 victory on Monday.

    Advice: Rodriguez was routed in his most recent start against the Athletics, so Monday's performance was a nice bounce-back effort. The lefty worked around eight hits and two walks with seven strikeouts. He'll carry a 3.91 ERA, a 1.43 WHIP, and a 61/28 K/BB ratio over 73 2/3 innings into a home start against the Angels next weekend.
    Monday, 7:38 pm
  • Hector Santiago strong versus Mariners
    Hector Santiago pitched seven strong innings, allowing one run and three hits, Sunday against the Marlins.

    Advice: He struck out six and walked two. Unfortunately, the end result was another no-decision for Santiago, who finishes the month of June with an 0-1 record and a 3.68 ERA. The Angels did win three of his five starts, though.
    Jun 28, 4:53 pm
  • Matz puts on a show in his major league debut
    Steven Matz, making his major league debut, tossed 7 2/3 innings of two-run ball for the win and went 3-for-3 with four RBI at the plate as the Mets took down the Reds on Sunday.

    Advice: Matz allowed a leadoff home run to Brandon Phillips to start the game (and his major league career), but he settled down from there. He scattered five hits and three walks while striking out six. He gave himself a 2-1 lead in the second inning with a two-run double, then padded his lead with a two-run single in the sixth. He's the first pitcher to drive in four runs in his debut. Matz's next turn will come next weekend in Los Angeles against the Dodgers.
    Jun 28, 4:39 pm
  • Cubs place Tsuyoshi Wada on 15-day DL
    Cubs placed LHP Tsuyoshi Wada on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 23, with left deltoid inflammation.

    Advice: Wada exited Monday's start due to a cramping issue and didn't recover in time to make his scheduled start on Saturday. Donn Roach filled in for Saturday's start and could get another trip through the Cubs rotation with Wada on the shelf.
    Jun 28, 2:32 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:05 pm vs StL
  • Masterson sharp in 5 frames in return for BOS
    Justin Masterson, making his first start since May 12, held the Rays to one unearned run in five innings en route to a win on Sunday.

    Advice: Masterson is taking the rotation spot of Joe Kelly and pitched well enough to warrant that decision, scattering five hits with no walks and six strikeouts. The lone run came across in the fifth, helped in part by a passed ball from catcher Blake Swihart. In eight starts overall this season, Masterson has a 5.58 ERA, a 1.59 WHIP, and a 30/19 K/BB ratio in 40 1/3 innings. He'll start against the Astros at home next weekend.
    Jun 28, 1:35 pm
  • Verlander (back) cleared to start on Tuesday
    Justin Verlander (back) has been cleared to rejoin the Tigers' rotation on Tuesday versus the Pirates.

    Advice: Verlander missed his last start with mid-back stiffness, but he's progressed well since then and will avoid the disabled list. The veteran right-hander has allowed eight runs over 11 2/3 innings in his two starts this season.
    Jun 28, 7:22 am
  • Ervin Santana to make season debut July 5
    Ervin Santana will make his Twins debut on July 5 versus the Royals.

    Advice: Santana is eligible to return from his PED suspension on July 4, but the Twins have lined him up to take the ball a day later. The veteran right-hander holds a 2.84 ERA and 6/4 K/BB ratio over 12 2/3 innings across two starts for Triple-A Rochester as he gears up to join the big club next weekend.
    Jun 28, 6:24 am
  • Mets recall Steven Matz to make MLB debut
    Mets recalled LHP Steven Matz from Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: Matz will make his major league debut on Sunday against the Reds as the Mets move into a six-man rotation. One of the top pitching prospects in the game, Matz boasts a 2.19 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 94/31 K/BB ratio over 90 1/3 innings at Las Vegas this season in one of the bigger hitter-friendly environments in the minors. Scoop him up in fantasy leagues if he happens to still be on your waiver wire.
    Jun 28, 5:21 am
  • Jaime Garcia misses side session Saturday
    Jaime Garcia (groin) wasn't able to throw a side session on Saturday.

    Advice: The Cardinals are deciding whether to skip his next turn or push his start from Tuesday to Wednesday. Garcia has gone 3-3 with a 1.69 ERA in seven starts since coming off the disabled list. He's day-to-day.
    Jun 27, 3:03 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:05 pm @ChC
  • Iwakuma to make at least one more rehab start
    Hisashi Iwakuma (lat) will make another rehab start at Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday before being reevaluated.

    Advice: If all goes well after that outing, there's a chance that the M's could reinsert him into the starting rotation. Iwakuma has been sidelined since April 21 due to a strained lat.
    Jun 26, 4:01 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:10 pm vs ^ Det
  • Wada (shoulder) hopes to miss just one start
    Tsuyoshi Wada (shoulder) will not make his scheduled start on Saturday versus the Cardinals.

    Advice: Wada exited Monday's start with cramping in his left deltoid. He played catch Friday and the hope is that he'll miss just the one turn, but the Cubs will wait to see how he feels Saturday. Donn Roach is filling in against the Cards.
    Jun 26, 2:02 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:05 pm vs StL
  • Verlander (back) aiming to return Tuesday
    Justin Verlander (back) is shooting to rejoin the Tigers' rotation on Tuesday.

    Advice: Verlander had his last turn skipped due to mid-back stiffness. There was some hope that he could pitch over the weekend, but the Tigers have decided not to push things. He's feeling better, though, and should be able to take the ball against the Tigers.
    Jun 26, 1:15 pm
  • Jaime Garcia (groin) expected to be fine
    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said that he expects Jaime Garcia (groin) to "stay with his normal (between starts) program."

    Advice: Garcia had to leave Wednesday's start with a cramp near his left groin, but the lefty said Thursday that he felt fine and wasn't limited at all. The schedule will give him an extra day of rest before his next start and it seems like he should be fine to take the ball against the White Sox next week.
    Jun 26, 5:55 am
    15-Day DL
    5:05 pm @ChC
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