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  • Cashner goes five innings in a no-decision
    Andrew Cashner yielded four runs in five innings, taking a no-decision as the Padres lost to the Rangers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Cashner served up two runs on a Prince Fielder home run in the first inning, one run on a Shin-Soo Choo double in the third, and one more run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly. On the evening, the right-hander gave up eight hits and struck out four without issuing a walk. Cashner will take a 4.15 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, and a 134/48 K/BB ratio over 156 innings into a home start against the Dodgers. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:58 pm
  • Gallardo allows 4 runs in no-decision vs. SD
    Yovani Gallardo took a no-decision in Tuesday's win over the Padres, allowing four runs in five innings.

    Advice: All four runs were driven in by Matt Kemp, who plated two with a double in the third inning, then hit a two-run homer in the fifth. Gallardo, overall, gave up six hits and a walk while striking out two. The right-hander is near the end of a great year for the Rangers, currently sporting a 3.27 ERA with a 1.35 WHIP and a 101/59 K/BB ratio over 159 2/3 innings. He'll take on the Mariners at Safeco Field in his next start. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:56 pm
  • Kendrick allows one run over four in return
    Kyle Kendrick allowed one run over four innings in his return to the mound against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

    Advice: Kendrick was activated from the 15-day disabled list earlier in the day after missing a month with right shoulder inflammation, and he pitched well in his return. A Paul Goldschmidt solo homer was the only damage against him, and Kendrick gave up three hits and two walks in total. Kendrick should be able to go a little deeper his next time out, tentatively scheduled for Sunday against the Giants. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:34 pm
  • De La Rosa throws quality start for 12th win
    Rubby De La Rosa allowed three runs over six innings to earn the win in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Rockies.

    Advice: De La Rosa gave up six hits, including a Nolan Arenado home run, without walking a batter in the start. The win was his sixth in his last seven decisions and moved him to 12-6 through 27 starts. De La Rosa will look to improve on his 4.46 ERA and 1.30 WHIP while adding to his win collection next week against the Giants. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:31 pm
  • Shoemaker pitches seven innings of 1-run ball
    Matt Shoemaker pitched seven innings of one-run ball to earn the win as the Angels beat the Athletics 6-2 on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Athletics' only run came in the first inning on Brett Lawrie's solo home run. It was one of only five hits Shoemaker allowed along with a pair of walks and five strikeouts. He's been a bit all-or-nothing lately, holding the opposition to one or fewer runs in five of his last seven outings, and allowing six-plus runs in the other two. On the season, the right-hander has a 4.31 ERA with a 1.23 WHIP and a 115/33 K/BB ratio over 131 2/3 innings. Shoemaker will face the Dodgers at home next. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Bumgarner pitches well in a loss to Dodgers
    Madison Bumgarner gave up two runs in seven innings but lost to the Dodgers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Bumgarner was opposite Zack Greinke, who pitched just a little bit better. The Dodgers plated a run in the third inning on an Adrian Gonzalez single, and Joc Pederson added what proved to be a crucial run with a seventh-inning solo home run. Overall, the lefty allowed eight hits and a walk while striking out eight. Bumgarner will bring a sterling 2.96 ERA with a 1.03 WHIP and a 200/31 K/BB ratio over 182 2/3 innings into a start at Coors Field against the Rockies. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • Greinke outduels Bumgarner for his 15th win
    Zack Greinke earned his 15th win, limiting the Giants to one run over 7 1/3 innings on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Giants finally broke through for a run in the eighth inning with three consecutive one-out singles, chasing Greinke from the game. The right-hander scattered five hits and a walk overall while striking out five. The current front-runner for the NL Cy Young Award, Greinke boasts a 15-3 record with a 1.59 ERA, a 0.85 WHIP, and a 169/32 K/BB ratio over 186 2/3 innings. He'll start on the road against the Angels next. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • Roenis Elias allows four runs in no-decision
    Roenis Elias allowed four runs over 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Astros on Tuesday.

    Advice: Elias gave up five hits and four walks while striking out four in the game. He still hasn't won since June 19 -- granted, a span of just five appearances -- leaving him with a 4-7 record, 4.35 ERA and 1.27 WHIP overall. Elias will search for that elusive fifth victory Monday against the Rangers. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:58 pm
  • Villanueva strikes out six in 3 1/3 innings
    Carlos Villanueva struck out six over 3 1/3 scoreless innings Tuesday against the Nationals.

    Advice: After Marco Gonzales failed to make it through three innings, Villanueva came on to give the Cardinals 3 1/3 innings of one-hit ball. The Cards would eventually come back to win the game in the ninth. Performances like that have been commonplace for the 31-year-old long reliever this season, as Villanueva now has a 2.19 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 47/19 K/BB ratio over 53 1/3 innings of work. The veteran journeyman has been an unheralded godsend to the Cards this season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • Gonzales gives up four runs in spot start
    Marco Gonzales allowed four runs on seven hits over 2 2/3 innings against the Nationals on Tuesday.

    Advice: Gonzales, filling in for Carlos Martinez, was shaky in his first start of 2015. The southpaw allowed a homer among the Nats' seven hits, also walking one and striking out one. Gonzales will likely stay with the club through September but isn't guaranteed another start. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:37 pm
  • Ross walks six Cardinals in abbreviated start
    Joe Ross allowed three runs, issuing six walks, over 2 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Cardinals on Tuesday.

    Advice: Ross cruised through the first two innings before falling off the rails in the third. The right-hander walked four in the frame, including three straight to walk in a run, before being yanked. He allowed just one hit while striking out three prior to exiting. The start was out of the ordinary for Ross, who was largely a revelation for the Nationals through his first 11 starts. Ross will carry a 3.50 ERA and 1.07 WHIP into Sunday's game against the Braves. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:37 pm
  • Cueto gives up four runs in loss to Tigers
    Johnny Cueto didn't have his best stuff Tuesday, allowing nine hits and four runs over six innings in a loss to the Tigers.

    Advice: It was another subpar start in a Royals uniform for Cueto, who is now 2-4 with a 4.21 ERA through seven starts as an American League pitcher. Arguably most troubling is the fact that he struck out just two in the game, the sixth time in his last 10 contests that he's struck out four or fewer. Alas, Cueto still owns a 3.04 ERA overall, and it's not as though the Royals will stop running him out every five days. He'll look to get things straightened out Sunday against the White Sox. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:12 pm
  • Verlander holds Royals to two earned runs
    Justin Verlander allowed four runs -- two earned -- over 6 2/3 innings in a win over the Royals on Tuesday.

    Advice: Errors in two separate innings contributed to two of the Royals' runs against the right-hander, and he also served up a solo homer to Kendrys Morales in the outing. In total, Verlander gave up seven hits and a walk while striking out four. It wasn't quite a one-hit complete game, but they're both wins in the scorebook. Verlander will take a 3-6 record, 3.40 ERA and 1.08 WHIP into Sunday's game against the Indians. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Scott Feldman (shoulder) to have MRI Wed.
    Scott Feldman (shoulder) will undergo an MRI on Wednesday.

    Advice: Feldman revealed after Tuesday's start that his shoulder discomfort gradually built up during the game before it finally forced him to exit in the third. The Astros are currently rolling with a six-man rotation, but it looks like they might be forced to go back to a traditional five-man set. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:59 pm
  • Nelson holds Pirates to one run in victory
    Jimmy Nelson limited the Pirates to one run over seven innings in a win Tuesday.

    Advice: Nelson scattered four hits without walking a soul in the victory, his 11th of the season. The right-hander struck out six in the effort. It was a strong rebound performance after Nelson had walked eight and allowed five runs over 3 1/3 innings his last time out. Nelson is now 11-10 with a 3.70 ERA through 27 starts this year. He'll next face the Reds on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:17 pm
  • Michael Foltynewicz placed on disabled list
    Braves placed RHP Michael Foltynewicz on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 26, with costochondritis.

    Advice: Foltynewicz was scratched from Monday's start due to the illness and the Braves have decided to go ahead and place him on the disabled list even with rosters expanded. It's unclear how long he'll be sidelined. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:47 pm
    15-Day DL
    9:10 am vs Mia
     
  • Scott Feldman exits start with sore shoulder
    Scott Feldman left Tuesday's start against the Mariners with right shoulder discomfort.

    Advice: Feldman might have been pitching hurt all night, as he entered the game on a hot streak and then proceeded to allow three runs on three hits and five walks over 2 2/3 frames. It's unclear at this point whether he'll be sent for an MRI, but it would seem likely. The Astros should have more on his status after the game. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:37 pm
  • Lincecum could need season-ending hip surgery
    CBS Sport' Jon Heyman reports that Tim Lincecum will visit hip specialist Dr. Marc Philippon on Wednesday and a determination will be made whether he needs surgery.

    Advice: Lincecum has already seen multiple doctors and has been diagnosed with a degenerative hip condition in both hips. Heyman says the righty "hasn't been experiencing severe pain," but he "has been hampered by an instability" in his hips. Lincecum has reportedly been told by doctors that he could be ready for spring training if he has the procedure and "they've further suggested that he should be able to return to form," according to Heyman. The righty will be a free agent this winter. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:23 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:10 pm @LAD
     
  • Mike Bolsinger recalled from Triple-A
    Dodgers recalled RHP Mike Bolsinger from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Bolsinger has put up a 2.83 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 78/31 K/BB ratio over 89 innings with the Dodgers this season. He'll be used in long relief for now but could get a start at some point this month. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:08 pm
  • Steven Matz activated from disabled list
    Mets activated LHP Steven Matz from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Matz will rejoin the Mets' rotation this weekend against the Marlins. The young left-hander has been on the disabled list since early July with a partial tear of his left lat muscle. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:58 pm
  • Josh Johnson (elbow) nears rehab assignment
    Josh Johnson (elbow) thinks he could begin a rehab assignment this weekend.

    Advice: Johnson got through a 15-pitch simulated game on Tuesday with no issues and believes he's ready for game action. It sounds like the right-hander could join the Padres at some point later this month, although with him the next setback is usually right around the corner. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:59 pm
    60-Day DL
    7:10 pm vs Tex
     
  • Daniel Norris (oblique) ahead of schedule
    Daniel Norris (oblique) played catch Tuesday and Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said the lefty is "actually a little ahead of schedule."

    Advice: There had been some fear that Norris' strained oblique would end his season, but it's looking like there's a good chance he'll make it back for a couple starts. Norris holds a 5.06 ERA over four starts since arriving with the Tigers via trade. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:33 pm
    15-Day DL
     
  • Cardinals recall Marco Gonzales to start
    Cardinals recalled LHP Marco Gonzales from Triple-A Memphis.

    Advice: Gonzales will make a spot start Tuesday night against the Nationals. He's filling in for Carlos Martinez, who will take a turn off because of a minor back injury (and to protect his workload). Gonzales will probably move to long relief after Tuesday's start. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:37 pm
  • Matz (lat) to join NYM rotation this weekend
    Steven Matz (lat) will join the Mets' rotation this weekend against the Marlins.

    Advice: Matz is going to be filling in for Noah Syndergaard, who will skip a turn in the rotation as a way to protect his rookie workload. New York will presumably then shift to a six-starter mix. Matz has been on the disabled list since early July with a partial tear of his left lat muscle. He has a good fantasy matchup in Miami. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:18 pm
  • White Sox recall prospect Erik Johnson
    White Sox recalled RHP Erik Johnson from Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Johnson seen major league starts in 2013 and 2014, but he's pitched at Triple-A Charlotte for the whole of 2015. His numbers at the level have been stellar, including a 2.37 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 136/41 K/BB ratio in 132 2/3 innings. The 25-year-old right-hander could represent an intriguing flier for deeper AL-only formats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:11 pm
  • Rockies activate Kendrick from DL
    Rockies activated RHP Kyle Kendrick from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Right shoulder inflammation sidelined Kendrick for the entirety of August. His numbers are enough to inflame any shoulder, as he was pitching to a 6.43 ERA over 21 starts. The 31-year-old right-hander is not a palatable fantasy option. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:08 am
  • Phils transfer LHP Harrison to 60-day DL
    Phillies transferred LHP Matt Harrison from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Harrison was placed on the disabled list with back inflammation after being acquired from the Rangers in the Cole Hamels deal at the end of July. The southpaw won't pitch again this season, but remains under contract through 2017. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:18 am
    60-Day DL
    4:10 pm @NYM
     
  • Phils transfer RHP Billinsgley to 60-day DL
    Phillies transferred RHP Chad Billingsley from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Billingsley landed on the disabled list in mid-July with a right flexor strain and has been officially ruled out for the season. The Phillies gambled on the former Dodger by giving him a one-year, $1.5 million deal over the winter, but he ended up making just seven starts while posting a 5.84 ERA. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:10 am
    60-Day DL
    4:10 pm @NYM
     
  • Bettis struggles, but takes a no-decision
    Chad Bettis struggled, allowing four runs in six innings, but left with a no-decision as the Rockies came back to beat the Diamondbacks on Monday.

    Advice: Bettis allowed 11 hits, setting a season-high. Three of the runs came in during the third inning, including two on an A.J. Pollock home run. The right-hander walked none and struck out four on the evening as well. Bettis will head into a home start versus the Giants with a 4.78 ERA, a 1.43 WHIP, and a 73/32 K/BB ratio over 86 2/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:22 pm
    Player Note
    Chad Bettis Col - SP,RP
    5:40 pm vs Ari
     
  • Steven Matz (lat) terrific in final tune-up
    Steven Matz (lat) allowed just one hit over 5 1/3 scoreless innings in his final rehab start with Double-A Binghamton on Monday.

    Advice: He walked two and struck out four. Matz has now yielded just two runs across 15 rehab innings this month. The Mets haven't announced a date when he will rejoin the rotation, but there's a good chance it will come this weekend in Miami. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:20 pm
  • Chad Billingsley (elbow) ruled out for season
    Chad Billingsley (elbow) has officially been ruled out for the season.

    Advice: Billingsley had been holding out hope of returning from a strained flexor in his right elbow. He does not need surgery. "It's unfortunate," Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said. "We had high hopes for him coming back. He had made a lot of progress. It just didn't work out for us." Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:14 pm
    60-Day DL
    4:10 pm @NYM
     
  • Marco Gonzales to make spot start Tuesday
    Marco Gonzales will be recalled to start on Tuesday versus the Nationals in place of Carlos Martinez (back).

    Advice: Gonzales has been limited to just 75 1/3 innings this season due to a pectoral/shoulder issue, but he's posted a 3.26 ERA since returning from a setback in mid-July. It's possible he could be in line for a few starts this month as the Cardinals look to rest Martinez and Michael Wacha. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:59 pm
  • Foltynewicz scratched Monday; Miller starting
    Michael Foltynewicz has been scratched from his scheduled start Monday due to fever and viral symptoms.

    Advice: Shelby Miller is going to take the mound instead against the Marlins. He'll be pitching on regular rest because of Thursday's team off day. Foltynewicz, who owns a rough 5.71 ERA in 86 2/3 innings this year, should be ready to rejoin the rotation later in the week. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:36 pm
    15-Day DL
    9:10 am vs Mia
     
  • Tim Lincecum (hips) suffers setback
    Tim Lincecum (hips) recently had a setback while rehabbing at the Giants' spring training complex.

    Advice: Lincecum was diagnosed with a degenerative hip condition in mid-July but will now send his MRIs to another specialist. According to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News, the right-hander is "exploring all treatment options." His status for the remainder of the season is up in the air. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 11:27 am
    15-Day DL
    7:10 pm @LAD
     
  • Kendrick to return Tuesday against Arizona
    Kyle Kendrick (shoulder) will start one of the games in Tuesday's doubleheader against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Kendrick missed all of August with right shoulder inflammation. He's been among the worst starters in MLB this year, winning just three of his 21 starts with a brutal 6.43 ERA. The 31-year-old makes for a poor streaming option against the D-backs. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:09 pm
  • Daniel Norris feeling improvement in oblique
    Daniel Norris has reported feeling improvement in his injured oblique and could be cleared to begin playing catch next week.

    Advice: There had been some fear within the Tigers organization that Norris could be lost for the remainder of the season, but it appears as though the southpaw is doing everything in his power to make his way back. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:43 am
    15-Day DL
     
  • Cards score five against De La Rosa
    Jorge De La Rosa struggled in Thursday's loss to the Cardinals, allowing five runs on five hits over five innings.

    Advice: In what was a sub-par start, De La Rosa walked four and allowed two home runs over just five innings. Tony Cruz took the 26-year-old right-hander yard for a solo shot in the second inning, while Brandon Moss cranked a two-run bomb in the fifth inning. The loss was De La Rosa's first since the All-Star Break. He'll look to rebound from this start when he takes his 4.46 ERA and 1.31 WHIP into a Tuesday afternoon road showdown with the Rockies. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:07 pm
  • Roenis Elias loses in return
    Roenis Elias lost to the White Sox in his return to the rotation, allowing four runs -- three earned -- in 6 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Elias should be a solid enough starter for the Mariners the rest of the way, but with the rest of the team treading water, he wouldn't seem to have any mixed-league value at all. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:28 pm
  • Joe Ross earns win over old team
    Joe Ross allowed just an unearned run and one hit over six innings to beat the Padres on Thursday.

    Advice: Wil Myers was pretty impressive before getting hurt this year, but the Padres would sure love to have Ross and Trea Turner back right now. Ross has a 3.24 ERA and a very impressive 1.01 WHIP in his 11 major league starts. He'll be worth using in mixed leagues until the Nats shut him down, something that figures to happen within two or three weeks. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:30 pm
  • Steven Matz set to rejoin Mets on Tuesday
    Steven Matz (lat) will make one more start with Double-A Binghamton on Monday before rejoining the Mets on Tuesday.

    Advice: It's unclear when he'll take his first turn through the Mets rotation, but that should come over the weekend. He has been sidelined since early July due to a partial tear of his lat muscle, but has looked terrific on his rehab assignment. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:12 pm
  • Bumgarner racks up 12 strikeouts in victory
    Madison Bumgarner delivered another dazzling performance in Thursday's victory over the Cubs, racking up 12 strikeouts over six innings of one-run ball.

    Advice: The All-Star southpaw allowed just two hits and a pair of walks on the afternoon. He is in the midst of another brilliant season, compiling a 2.97 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 192/30 K/BB ratio over 175 2/3 innings. He'll head in search of his 17th victory when he does battle against the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:08 pm
  • Gallardo allows three hits in 5 1/3 innings
    Yovani Gallardo effectively limited the Blue Jays in Thursday's win, hurling 5 1/3 innings of shutout baseball.

    Advice: Gallardo allowed a mere three hits while striking out two and walking three. He had thrown 101 pitches (58 strikes) at the time he was relieved of duty with an out in the sixth. The shutout effort lowered his ERA to 3.14. His 1.34 WHIP is slightly less shiny, but it's still been a respectable season for the 29-year-old right-hander. A road date with the Padres awaits Gallardo next time he toes the rubber. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:51 pm
  • Matz (lat) to make another rehab start
    Steven Matz (lat) is expected to start either Monday or Tuesday with Double-A Binghamton.

    Advice: Matz, out since early July with a partial tear of his lat muscle, allowed just one hit over six scoreless innings Wednesday in his second minor league rehab start with Double-A Binghamton. He fanned six and walked none while throwing 56 pitches. The southpaw could be an option to rejoin the Mets' rotation in early September. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:36 pm
  • Shoemaker allows one hit into eighth vs DET
    Matt Shoemaker was fantastic in his return to the Angels rotation on Wednesday, allowing just one hit over 7 1/3 innings in a 2-0 win over the Tigers.

    Advice: Shoemaker was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake on August 16, but he rejoined the rotation on Thursday to pitch his best game of the season. The 28-year-old right-hander struck out five and walked one, with only an Anthony Gose single registering for a hit over his 7 1/3 innings of work. Don't expect these kinds of starts on a regular basis, but Shoemaker can be used as a match-up play in select situations. He takes a 4.48 ERA and 1.24 WHIP into his next start, a road showdown with the A's. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:56 pm
  • Greinke flummoxes Reds with nine strikeouts
    Zack Greinke poured in a strong start in Thursday's 1-0 win over the Reds, tossing seven shutout innings.

    Advice: Greinke scattered four hits while striking out nine and walking two. None of the hits went for extra-bases. With his strong seven innings, he improved to 14-3 on the season. He backs that record with a 1.61 ERA, 0.85 WHIP and 164/31 K/BB ratio across 179 1/3 innings. A home start against the in-state rival Giants crops up next on Greinke's schedule. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:39 pm
  • Angels recall Shoemaker for Thursday start
    Angels recalled RHP Matt Shoemaker from Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Shoemaker will rejoin the Angels' starting rotation on Thursday afternoon against the Tigers. He's been a disappointment this season in the followup to his breakout 2014, but there might be a matchup or two where he makes sense as a fantasy streamer. Shoemaker, 28, holds a 3.76 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 8.2 K/9 in 258 1/3 career major league frames. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:43 am
  • Johnny Cueto gives up three homers
    Johnny Cueto was tagged for six runs and three homers in five innings by the Orioles on Wednesday.

    Advice: Cueto is now just 2-3 with a 3.95 ERA since coming over from the Reds. Still, since the Royals' lead is comfy, there's no griping yet, at least none apart from his fantasy owners. The three homers he allowed tonight were one more than he had allowed in his previous 10 starts combined. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:57 pm
  • Nelson can't finish the 4th, loses 10th game
    Jimmy Nelson was handed his 10th loss after allowing five runs in 3 1/3 innings versus the Indians on Wednesday.

    Advice: Jason Kipnis cleared the bases with a double in the second inning (helped by a Khris Davis error). Lonnie Chisenhall scored on a wild pitch in the third and hit an RBI single in the fourth. It wasn't a good outing for Nelson despite allowing only four hits and striking out four, as he walked eight batters. The right-hander now has a 3.81 ERA with a 1.27 WHIP and a 136/60 K/BB ratio over 158 1/3 innings. He will look for better results in his next start at home against the Pirates. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:14 pm
  • Verlander flirts with no-no, shuts out Angels
    Justin Verlander flirted with a no-hitter, but settled for a one-hit shutout of the Angels on Wednesday.

    Advice: Verlander lost his no-hit bid with no outs in the ninth inning when Chris Iannetta hit a double that hit the chalk down the left field line. The right-hander struck out Kaleb Cowart, got David DeJesus to pop out, and Kole Calhoun to fly out to end the game. He struck out nine and walked two in the effort. It seems Verlander is back on track, as he has allowed only four runs (one earned) in his last four starts spanning 29 innings. Overall this season, he has a 3.45 ERA, a 1.07 WHIP, and a 71/20 K/BB ratio over 86 innings. Verlander will take on the Blue Jays in Toronto next. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:11 pm
  • Lincecum (hips) could rejoin team by Sept. 1
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Tim Lincecum (hips) will be ready to return by September 1.

    Advice: Lincecum or Tim Hudson could even supplant Matt Cain in the rotation, Bochy hinted. Lincecum has been out since the end of June, first with a forearm contusion and later with degenerative hips. Even if he does return to the rotation, there is little left in the fantasy tank for Lincecum. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:16 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:10 pm @LAD
     
  • Matz (lat) likely to make another rehab start
    Steven Matz (lat) is likely to make one more rehab start after Wednesday's at Double-A Binghamton.

    Advice: Matz went 2 2/3 innings last Thursday with High-A St. Lucie and will probably try to go four frames on Wednesday night at Double-A. He'll then stretch out to six or even six-plus in his next outing. The young left-hander should become an option for the Mets' starting rotation in the second week of September. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:26 pm
  • Matt Shoemaker expected to start Thursday
    Matt Shoemaker is expected to start on Thursday versus the Tigers.

    Advice: The Angels need a fifth starter with Nick Tropeano being sent down last week and they'll give Shoemaker another shot. He's been terribly inconsistent for the Halos with a 4.76 ERA over 117 1/3 innings this season. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:20 pm
  • Roenis Elias to start on Thursday
    Roenis Elias will start on Thursday against the White Sox.

    Advice: He's taking the rotation spot of Vidal Nuno, who is moving back to the Mariners' bullpen. Elias holds a 4.22 ERA over 14 appearances -- 13 starts -- for the M's this season. He's worth using in AL-only formats. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:30 am
  • Kendrick (shoulder) nears rehab assignment
    Kyle Kendrick (shoulder) is expected to be cleared for a rehab assignment after getting through a 45-pitch simulated game Tuesday with no issues.

    Advice: "He looked good," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "No issues. Feels healthy. Probably the next step is talking about getting him out in a rehab start." Kendrick should be a couple weeks away from rejoining the Rockies' rotation. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:47 am
  • Foltynewicz hurt by Braves' defense in a loss
    Michael Foltynewicz allowed four runs (all unearned) in five innings, resulting in a loss to the Astros on Tuesday.

    Advice: Adonis Garcia made a fielding error in the first inning which helped the Rockies score twice. Garcia committed another error to allow Nick Hundley to reach to lead off the fourth, and the Rockies would go on to score twice more. It wasn't a bad effort by Foltynewicz, as he limited the opposition to five hits and a walk while striking out three. The inconsistent right-hander has a 5.71 ERA, a 1.63 WHIP, and a 77/29 K/BB ratio over 86 2/3 innings. He'll hope for better defense when he hosts the Marlins in his next start. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:59 pm
    15-Day DL
    9:10 am vs Mia
     
  • Bettis strong over five innings to down ATL
    Chad Bettis pitched five innings of one-run ball to earn the win against the Braves on Tuesday.

    Advice: Bettis, in his return from the disabled list, allowed an RBI single to Nick Markakis in the fifth inning, the only blemish on his line. He scattered five hits and a pair of walks while striking out four. His 4.69 ERA isn't pretty, but it's weighed down heavily by a poor start against the Angels on July 7. Bettis will look to put together another strong effort next week at home against the Diamondbacks. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:56 pm
    Player Note
    Chad Bettis Col - SP,RP
    5:40 pm vs Ari
     
  • Joe Ross expected to be shut down eventually
    The Nationals are expected to shut Joe Ross down at some point.

    Advice: Ross has pitched 136 2/3 innings this season between the majors and minors, which is 14 1/3 frames more than his previous career high. The Nats aren't revealing what his innings limit is, but they admit he's approaching it. "That’s a decision that we’ll have to make if and when we have to make it. But, he’s in uncharted territory. So, it’s a start-to-start, day to day, if you will," manager Matt Williams said. "And we’ll have to see where he goes from here, but we want to be prepared if in fact that time come. Where it’s time to shut him down, then we have somebody that is stretched out and ready to go." Tanner Roark is expected to enter the rotation when Ross is shut down. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:49 pm
  • Kendrick (shoulder) to throw sim. game
    Kyle Kendrick (shoulder) is set to throw a simulated game on Sunday.

    Advice: Kendrick has been out all month with right shoulder tendinitis, but he should be back with the Rockies in September at this rate. The 30-year-old has really struggled this season, posting a 6.43 ERA over 21 starts. No pitcher (min. 100 IP) in MLB has a higher ERA. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:48 am
  • Feldman goes eight scoreless, but Astros lose
    Scott Feldman pitched eight scoreless innings, but was left with a no-decision as the Astros fell to the Yankees on Monday.

    Advice: Feldman traded zeroes with opposing starter Nate Eovaldi for all eight innings, scattering six hits with no walks and six strikeouts. He has been quite good over his last six starts, brandishing a 1.80 ERA. On the season, the right-hander has a 3.75 ERA with a 1.27 WHIP and a 59/22 K/BB ratio over 105 2/3 innings. Feldman will face the Twins at the end of a road trip next. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:26 pm
  • Chad Bettis activated from disabled list
    Rockies activated RHP Chad Bettis from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Bettis will rejoin the rotation on Tuesday versus the Braves. He missed just over a month of action with inflammation in his pitching elbow but was unscored upon in two rehab outings to show the Rockies he was ready. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:51 pm
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  • Chad Bettis to start for Rockies on Tuesday
    Chad Bettis (elbow) will return from the disabled list to start for the Rockies on Tuesday.

    Advice: The right-hander has been sidelined since July 19 due to inflammation in his pitching elbow, but has looked sharp on his minor league rehab assignment. He returns to a 4.88 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 65/30 K/BB ratio through 75 2/3 innings on the season. Rotoworld.com Aug 23, 4:57 pm
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    Chad Bettis Col - SP,RP
    5:40 pm vs Ari
     
  • Josh Johnson (elbow) to throw simulated game
    Josh Johnson (elbow) will throw a simulated game this week.

    Advice: Johnson has gotten through a couple bullpen sessions without a setback, which qualifies as a major feat for him. He's dealt with nerve issues as he works back from a second Tommy John surgery and there remains no timetable for his return. Rotoworld.com Aug 23, 11:34 am
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  • Roenis Elias recalled from Triple-A
    Mariners recalled LHP Roenis Elias from Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: Elias is getting another chance despite a 7.34 ERA at Tacoma. He'll work in long relief. Rotoworld.com Aug 23, 5:45 am
  • Greinke allows two solo homers in loss
    Zack Greinke took the loss in a 3-1 defeat at the hands of the Astros on Saturday, allowing three runs on three hits over seven innings.

    Advice: Greinke fanned five without walking a batter, but his strong start wasn't quite enough to prevent him from falling to a still fantastic 13-3. Two of the three runs came home on solo homers, with Luis Valbuena and Jose Altuve dinging him for solo shots in the second and sixth innings, respectively. Greinke remains a top NL Cy Young contender thanks to a 1.67 ERA, 0.85 WHIP and 155/29 K/BB ratio through 172 1/3 innings. He'll look to return to the win column when he faces off with the Reds in a road start on Thursday afternoon. Rotoworld.com Aug 22, 9:17 pm
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