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  • Strasburg lands on DL with neck problem
    Nationals placed RHP Stephen Strasburg on the 15-day disabled list with neck tightness.

    Advice: A 15-day break certainly can't hurt Strasburg after the roughest patch he's dealt with as a pro. Considering that the Nats are labeling this tightness, as opposed to even a strain or something worse, it doesn't figure that he'll be out for long. A.J. Cole and Taylor Jordan should be the top candidates to replace him in the rotation. It might come down to whether Jordan is needed in the pen before Strasburg's turn comes up.
    25 minutes ago
    Disabled List
    1:10 pm @Cin
  • Hellweg (elbow) headed to Brevard County
    Johnny Hellweg (elbow) is expected to join High-A Brevard County next week.

    Advice: Hellweg underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last April and then suffered a back injury last month during his rehab. But the 26-year-old right-hander is finally ready to pitch in live games and could become an option for the Brewers' rotation in the second half.
    Today, 10:20 am
    Not Active
    1:10 pm vs Ari
  • Eddie Butler to start for Rockies on Saturday
    Eddie Butler will start for the Rockies against the Phillies on Saturday afternoon.

    Advice: Jorge De La Rosa was scratched from his scheduled start with a cut on his left middle finger, so Butler will move up a day to take his place. He owns a 4.60 ERA, 1.88 WHIP and troublesome 23/27 K/BB ratio over 43 innings on the year.
    Today, 8:06 am
  • De La Rosa (finger) scratched from start
    Jorge De La Rosa was scratched from his scheduled start against the Phillies on Saturday.

    Advice: The veteran left-hander is still dealing with a cut on the middle finger of his pitching hand. Once again, Eddie Butler will fill in for him on Saturday and doesn't make for an attractive streaming option, even against the offensively-challenged Phillies.
    Today, 8:02 am
  • Francisco Liriano strikes out 11 Padres
    Francisco Liriano tossed six shutout innings and struck out 11 Padres on Friday.

    Advice: Liriano left with a two-run lead, but that was promptly blown in the seventh. He has just two wins on the year, even though he's allowed one or no runs five times in 10 starts. His fantasy value hasn't matched how well he's pitched.
    Yesterday, 11:05 pm
  • Tim Hudson pitches Giants past Braves
    Tim Hudson pitched seven strong innings, allowing just one run, in a win over the Braves on Friday.

    Advice: It was the first time Hudson faced the Braves since wrapping up his nine-year stint in Atlanta in 2013 (he did pitch against them once while with the A's). He's struggled to string together consecutive quality starts this season, but he still looks pretty good when he's on. His days as a mixed-league starter seem over, but he should provide value in NL-only leagues the rest of the way.
    Yesterday, 11:00 pm
  • Mike Foltyniewicz strikes out eight
    Mike Foltynewicz surrendered two runs in 6 2/3 innings and struck out eight versus the Giants on Friday.

    Advice: Folty has turned in two really nice starts in a row, and he's walked a total of three batters in his last three outings after issuing 10 free passes in his first three. We wouldn't count on the walk rate staying so low, but if it does, he could quickly become a force to be reckoned with. Most likely, more inconsistency is on the way.
    Yesterday, 10:56 pm
  • Taijuan Walker goes eight scoreless in win
    Taijuan Walker allowed just two hits over eight scoreless innings Friday in defeat the Indians.

    Advice: We give up. Walker is simply inscrutable. He struck out eight and walked none in this one after entering the day with a 39/23 K/BB ratio in 43 innings. The win was just his second to go along with five losses, and even after the gem, his ERA stands at 6.18. The talent is certainly there to produce more outings like this, but who knows what might materialize next?
    Yesterday, 10:53 pm
  • Trevor Bauer strikes out 10 Mariners
    Trevor Bauer allowed two runs over seven innings and struck out 10 against the Mariners on Friday.

    Advice: Bauer has pitched at least seven innings in four starts, giving up five runs over 29 1/3 innings during that span. He did take the loss tonight, but his ERA is down to 2.97.
    Yesterday, 10:48 pm
  • Sonny Gray goes eight strong to beat Yankees
    Sonny Gray pitched eight innings of two-run ball to beat the Yankees on Friday.

    Advice: It's the ninth time in 11 starts this season that Gray has allowed two runs or fewer. He's looking like a legitimate AL Cy Young contender with his 6-2 record and 1.82 ERA.
    Yesterday, 10:44 pm
  • Hector Santiago shuts down Tigers
    Hector Santiago blanked the Tigers for 7 1/3 innings Friday in the Angels' 2-0 victory.

    Advice: Santiago allowed three hits, walked three and struck out seven in his fifth straight quality start. His peripherals aren't nearly as impressive as his 2.18 ERA, but something about his 89-93 mph fastball is getting him a lot of easy outs.
    Yesterday, 10:38 pm
  • Anibal Sanchez strikes out nine in loss
    Anibal Sanchez struck out nine while allowing two runs in seven innings Friday against the Angels.

    Advice: Sanchez took his sixth loss, but this still qualifies as an encouraging outing, even if he did give up his 12th homer of the season to Albert Pujols. It's the third time in four starts that he's struck out at least nine.
    Yesterday, 10:34 pm
  • McCullers has brief outing vs. White Sox
    Lance McCullers gave up two runs (one earned) and lasted just 4 1/3 innings Friday against the White Sox.

    Advice: McCullers was pulled after loading the bases in the fifth inning. The rookie right-hander notched seven strikeouts in his brief outing, but he allowed a bunch of baserunners, giving up five hits and two walks while hitting two batters. He has failed to complete five innings in two out of his first three starts in the majors. He'll look to go a bit longer against the Orioles next week in another home start.
    Yesterday, 9:40 pm
  • Rodon takes no-decision vs. Astros
    Carlos Rodon yielded three runs (one earned) over 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Astros on Friday.

    Advice: In a battle of rookies, Rodon had the upper hand on this night. The southpaw allowed just one run over the first five innings before a pair of errors allowed two runs to score in the sixth. He struck out four and walked none, which is a nice sign of progress considering that he issued 15 walks over his first three starts. He'll bring a 3.45 ERA into a start against the Rangers on the road next week.
    Yesterday, 9:40 pm
  • Nelson gives up four runs in no-decision
    Jimmy Nelson took a no-decision Friday after allowing four runs over six innings against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Nelson gave up seven hits, including a pair of solo home runs. While he didn't get the win, he struck out eight and didn't walk a batter, which is a good sign. He had walked nine batters over his previous two starts. The 25-year-old will bring a 3.90 ERA into a challenging assignment against the Cardinals on the road next week.
    Yesterday, 9:14 pm
  • De La Rosa gives up four runs in no-decision
    Rubby De La Rosa gave up four runs over five innings in a no-decision against the Brewers on Friday.

    Advice: Most of the damage came on the home run ball, as De La Rosa served up a leadoff blast to Carlos Gomez in the first before Adam Lind connected for a two-run shot in the third. De La Rosa struck out four and walked a pair in the no-decision and now has a 4.50 ERA through 10 starts. He's been prone to the home run ball, giving up 10 of them in 64 innings, but his 59/16 K/BB ratio hints at some upside.
    Yesterday, 9:14 pm
  • Trevor May fans five in no-decision on Friday
    Trevor May pitched decently in a no-decision against the Blue Jays on Friday, allowing four runs on eight hits over his six innings of work.

    Advice: May punched out five on the night while issuing just one free pass. The Twins staked him to an early 4-0 lead after one inning, but he was unable to hold on to earn his fourth victory of the season. He'll carry a 5.07 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 41/9 K/BB ratio into Wednesday's start against the Red Sox in Boston.
    Yesterday, 8:27 pm
  • Gallardo goes six innings in win
    Yovani Gallardo gave up two runs (one earned) over six innings in a win over the Red Sox on Friday.

    Advice: Both runs scored in the fourth inning via a sacrifice fly by Xander Bogaerts and an RBI single from Blake Swihart. Gallardo allowed just four hits and walked three while striking out five batters. The veteran right-hander has won three out of his last four starts and has allowed three earned runs or fewer in nine out of his 11 starts this season. He'll carry a 3.88 ERA into a start against the White Sox next week at home.
    Yesterday, 8:16 pm
  • Strasburg leaves with left trap muscle issue
    Stephen Strasburg was removed from Friday's start against the Reds after facing just five batters due to an issue with his left trap muscle.

    Advice: He'll be re-evaluated on Saturday. With the shoulder ailment that he has been dealing with in recent weeks, combined with this new injury and his poor performance to date, a trip to the disabled list seems like a logical conclusion for the right-hander, but we'll know more on his status on Saturday. Taylor Jordan filled in admirably on Friday and would be the logical candidate to join the rotation should Strasburg require an extended absence.
    Yesterday, 7:54 pm
    Disabled List
    1:10 pm @Cin
  • Edinson Volquez fans nine in no-decision
    Edinson Volquez racked up nine strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Cubs on Friday.

    Advice: The right-hander allowed three runs on six hits and a walk on the afternoon, and left in line for a victory, though his bullpen was unable to hold onto his lead. He has been a tremendous addition to the Royals rotation, posting a 2.95 ERA and 48/21 K/BB ratio over his 61 innings. He'll look to get back in the win column on Thursday when he does battle against the Indians.
    Yesterday, 6:36 pm
  • Strasburg departs with apparent arm injury
    Stephen Strasburg was removed from Friday's outing against the Reds with an apparent shoulder injury.

    Advice: He faced just five batters before departing with the team trainer. The right-hander obviously hasn't been right all season, and a trip to the disabled list looks increasingly likely.
    Yesterday, 5:03 pm
    Disabled List
    1:10 pm @Cin
  • Drew Pomeranz to make rehab start Sunday
    Drew Pomeranz (shoulder) is scheduled to make his first minor league rehab start with High-A Stockton on Sunday.

    Advice: He will work two innings in his first outing and build up from there. Barring any setbacks, he should be ready to rejoin the rotation in late June
    Yesterday, 4:43 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs NYY
  • Cubs promote Edwards to Triple-A
    Cubs prospect RHP C.J. Edwards has been promoted to Triple-A Iowa from Double-A Tennessee.

    Advice: Edwards is moving up to the minor league’s highest level after posting a 2.66 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 36/17 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 23 2/3 innings out of the bullpen for Tennessee. The 23-year-old right-hander appeared in 13 games for the Smokies and was 4-for-5 in save opportunities. Edwards had been especially dominant of late, rattling off seven consecutive hitless innings with 12 strikeouts in his last four appearances. The Cubs decision to move Edwards to the bullpen this season appears to be paying immediate dividends, and it’s almost a foregone conclusion we’ll see him pitching at Wrigley Field at some point this summer.
    Yesterday, 1:37 pm
    Not Active
    4:15 pm vs KC
  • Dillon Gee (groin) to return June 2
    Dillon Gee (groin) is slated to rejoin the Mets' rotation on Tuesday in San Diego.

    Advice: The club plans to operate with a six-man rotation for a while. Gee has been out since early May with a strained groin but got through a couple rehab starts with no issues. He holds a 3.86 ERA and 1.35 WHIP over five starts this season.
    Yesterday, 12:35 pm
    15-Day DL
    1:10 pm vs Mia
  • Jason Hammel pushed back to Sunday
    Jason Hammel's next scheduled start has been pushed back from Saturday to Sunday.

    Advice: Hammel has been dealing with a fingernail issue on his pitching hand, and although it doesn't seem like a big deal, the Cubs are using the opportunity to give him an extra day of rest. He's flip-flopping spots with Tsuyoshi Wada, who moves up from Sunday to Saturday.
    Yesterday, 10:14 am
  • Uncle! Buck: Farmer gets blasted in loss
    Buck Farmer was detonated by the Angels on Thursday, yielding seven runs on nine hits over five innings of a 12-2 loss.

    Advice: He gave up twice as many homers (two) as he struck out. Farmer was making his season debut in a spot start in place of the injured Kyle Lobstein (shoulder). We are about to see how much faith the Tigers currently have in the 24-year-old, because a quick hook back to the minors is certainly in play here. In four career MLB appearances (two starts), Farmer has a 11.57 ERA.
    Thursday, 10:34 pm
    Player Note
    Buck Farmer Det - SP,RP
    7:05 pm @LAA
  • Graveman gives up 3 runs in a ND vs. Yankees
    Kendall Graveman allowed three runs on seven hits across 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Yankees on Thursday.

    Advice: He struck out four and walked two. Same old story, here: The 24-year-old is effective when he keeps his mediocre stuff down, but it gets hit hard when left up in the zone (Brian McCann provided a nice example in the second inning). The A's probably wouldn't tolerate him in the rotation if they were contending, but they can afford to let him take his lumps. In fairness, Graveman has looked much better in his two starts since returning from demotion. Overall, he has a 5.79 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP.
    Thursday, 10:11 pm
  • Tigers recall RHP Farmer from Triple-A
    Tigers recalled RHP Buck Farmer from Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: He'll take the place of Kyle Lobstein (shoulder) in Detroit's rotation and will start against the Angels on Thursday. The 24-year-old struggled in his first stint in the majors last year, but he had a 2.98 ERA and 50/19 K/BB ratio in 51 1/3 innings over nine starts this season in Triple-A. He should be relevant in AL-only leagues as long as he has a rotation spot.
    Thursday, 2:34 pm
    Player Note
    Buck Farmer Det - SP,RP
    7:05 pm @LAA
  • Gee allows three runs in final rehab start
    Dillon Gee (groin) allowed three runs -- two earned -- over 6 1/3 innings in his final rehab start with Double-A Binghamton on Wednesday.

    Advice: Gee allowed just five hits while walking two and striking out four in the outing. He'll rejoin the Mets' rotation next week in San Diego. The club will operate with a six-man rotation for now, meaning nobody will be displaced when Gee returns.
    Wednesday, 5:36 pm
    15-Day DL
    1:10 pm vs Mia
  • Drew Pomeranz (shoulder) to throw off mound
    Drew Pomeranz (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session on Thursday.

    Advice: Pomeranz played catch a few days after being placed on the disabled list with a sore shoulder and is now ready for mound work, so it's safe to say the cortisone injection he received has worked. The left-hander could be ready for a rehab assignment before long.
    Wednesday, 10:53 am
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs NYY
  • Sonny Gray (ankle) throws 'pen session
    Sonny Gray (ankle) threw a bullpen session Tuesday with no issues.

    Advice: Gray had to exit Sunday's game with an ankle injury, but he's ready to roll for Friday's matchup against the Yankees. The right-hander boasts a 1.77 ERA over his first 10 starts this season.
    Tuesday, 4:25 pm
  • De La Rosa (hand) expects to start Saturday
    Jorge De La Rosa (hand) expects to take his next turn in the Rockies' rotation on Saturday.

    Advice: De La Rosa had to be scratched Tuesday in Cincinnati with a cut on his pitching hand, but it's no big deal. Chris Rusin is filling in against the Reds and then De La Rosa will be back at it Saturday in Philadelphia.
    Tuesday, 1:32 pm
  • De La Rosa scratched due to cut on hand
    Jorge De La Rosa was scratched from Tuesday's start against the Reds after suffering a cut on his pitching hand.

    Advice: Thomas Harding of writes that the cut developed before his most recent start. No word on how long he'll be sidelined. The Rockies have called up Chris Rusin to start in his place.
    Tuesday, 12:25 pm
  • Butler allows four runs in no-decision
    Eddie Butler surrendered four earned runs in six innings Monday in a no-decision against the Reds.

    Advice: Todd Frazier got him with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first and then Billy Hamilton smacked an RBI single in the bottom of the fourth. Marlon Byrd capped off the scoring for Cincinnati with a solo shot in the sixth. Colorado won it when Nolan Arenado hit a run-scoring sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth. Butler, 24, is 2-5 with a 4.60 ERA, 1.88 WHIP, and 23/27 K/BB ratio in 43 innings this season. He gets the Phillies on the road next time out.
    Monday, 1:14 pm
  • Gallardo goes six strong in win over Yankees
    Yovani Gallardo fired six innings of two-run ball in Sunday's victory over the Yankees, allowing just four hits and a walk along the way.

    Advice: Gallardo punched out six on the night. All of the damage against him came in the first inning on a two-out, two-run single by Brian McCann. He was able to settle in nicely afterwards though, keeping his team in the game and allowing the Rangers offense to come from behind. Now 4-6 on the season, he'll head into Friday's start against the Red Sox with a 4.13 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 40/16 K/BB ratio through 56 2/3 innings on the year.
    Sunday, 8:34 pm
  • Tim Hudson obliterated in loss at Coors Field
    Tim Hudson was obliterated in a loss to the Rockies at Coors Field on Sunday, surrendering eight runs on six hits over 3 2/3 innings.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander also issued a pair of walks while striking out just one. All of the damage except for one run came in the fourth inning, where the Rockies ambushed Hudson to score seven runs, the last two which rode home on a three-run blast by Nolan Arenado after Hudson had departed. Now 2-4 on the season, he'll look to improve upon an unsightly 5.04 ERA and 1.37 WHIP when he takes on the Braves at home on Friday.
    Sunday, 6:23 pm
  • Hammel strikes out nine, allows four runs
    Jason Hammel allowed four runs in seven innings during Sunday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Hammel struck out nine and walked one in the contest. Three of the four runs against came in the third inning, when he allowed a sacrifice fly and a two-run homer by Paul Goldschmidt. Goldschmidt also knocked him for an RBI single in the first. This season, Hammel has posted a 2.98 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 58/7 K/BB across 60 1/3 innings. He'll face off with the Royals in his next start.
    Sunday, 3:44 pm
  • Sanchez hit hard again in a no-decision
    Anibal Sanchez got a no-decision after giving up seven runs in 5 2/3 innings versus the Astros as the Tigers lost on Sunday.

    Advice: The Astros stormed for three quick runs against Sanchez in the first inning, with two scoring on an Evan Gattis triple. Sanchez then balked to bring in Gattis. Sanchez settled down from there with four scoreless innings, but in the sixth, Gattis hit a solo home run and rookie Preston Tucker hit a pinch-hit three-run blast. Overall, Sanchez yielded eight hits and walked two while striking out 11. It's the second start in a row he's allowed seven runs. He has an unsightly 6.12 ERA with a 1.33 WHIP and a 59/17 K/BB ratio in 60 1/3 innings. Sanchez will vie for better results in a road start against the Angels next.
    Sunday, 1:57 pm
  • Santiago can't match Miley in pitcher's duel
    Despite allowing just three runs in 6 2/3 innings, Hector Santiago was saddled with the loss against the Red Sox on Sunday.

    Advice: Santiago probably couldn't have foreseen Wade Miley pitching well, but these things happen sometimes. It's not that Santiago pitched poorly. He struck out six and walked just one while scattering seven hits over 6 2/3 innings. The suddenly-hot Napoli touched up Santiago in the second inning with a long two-run homer. Santiago also allowed a less loud run in the form of a Dustin Pedroia sacrifice fly in the fifth. The outing bumped his ERA slightly and he holds a 2.47 mark, as well as a 1.23 WHIP and 50/22 K/BB ratio across 54 2/3 innings. Now that he's finished with the East Coast, he'll head back home for a start against the Tigers.
    Sunday, 1:49 pm
  • Foltynewicz brilliant in win over Brewers
    Mike Foltynewicz threw a beautiful game in Sunday's 2-1 win over the Brewers, tossing 7 2/3 innings of three-hit, one-run ball.

    Advice: Just magnificent. Foltynewicz struck out seven and walked just one in his domination of the Brewers. Outside of an Elian Herrera sacrifice fly in the seventh inning, Folty was almost perfect. He's been up-and-down, as rookies tend to be, but starts like Sunday's are confirmation of the talent that's there. He's now putting up a 4.25 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 30/12 K/BB ratio over 29 2/3 innings. Foltynewicz will try to back it up with another strong outing when he faces the red-hot Giants on the road in his next start.
    Sunday, 1:38 pm
  • Nelson walks five in loss to Braves
    Jimmy Nelson couldn't find the strike zone in Sunday's loss to the Braves, walking five as he allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Nelson threw just 60 of his 108 pitches for strikes. In addition to the five walks, he scattered five hits and struck out four. Both runs against him came in the sixth inning, when A.J. Pierzynski hit into a run-scoring fielder's choice and Andrelton Simmons managed an RBI single. When Nelson's able to control his stuff, he's an effective pitcher. He's posting a 3.67 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 47/23 K/BB ratio in 56 1/3 innings, numbers he'll take into a home start against the Diamondbacks next time through the rotation.
    Sunday, 1:37 pm
  • Liriano fans twelve as Pirates beat Mets
    Francisco Liriano was near-unhittable in a 9-1 win over the Mets on Sunday, striking out 12 and allowing one run in six innings.

    Advice: Perhaps the only downside of striking out 12 batters is that it pumps up the pitch count. Indeed, Liriano had thrown 112 pitches by the time he exited the game after six, but these are just minor quibbles. Liriano was locked in from the word "go" and the only run to touch the plate came on a Wilmer Flores RBI single in the fifth inning. Flores was the only Mets regular Liriano failed to strike out. The non-regular? Pitcher Jon Niese, who went 1-for-2 without a whiff. Strange times, strange times. Liriano now boasts a 3.86 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 64/23 K/BB ratio in 53 2/3 innings. Those numbers are skewed slightly high by a two-inning, seven-run debacle against the Twins in Liriano's last start. He's having a very good season. We'll see if he can strike out his opposing number when he takes to the road against the Padres in his next outing.
    Sunday, 1:27 pm
  • Bauer dominates Reds over 7 2/3 IP in a win
    Trevor Bauer limited the Reds to one run over 7 2/3 innings in a sterling performance en route to a win on Sunday.

    Advice: Bauer allowed only five hits with no walks and four strikeouts. His only mistake came in the seventh inning, resulting in a solo home run to Marlon Byrd. It's his third start in a row he's pitched into the eighth inning while allowing exactly one run. Bauer has certainly lived up to his prospect hype through nine starts this season, owning a 3.02 ERA with a 1.16 WHIP and a 55/22 K/BB ratio in 56 2/3 innings. He'll take on the Mariners at Safeco Field next.
    Sunday, 1:23 pm
  • Gray (ankle) not expected to miss next start
    Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Sunday that he doesn't expect Sonny Gray (ankle) to miss his next scheduled start.

    Advice: Gray was forced to leave Sunday's game against the Rays with an ankle injury, though X-rays came back negative. It looks like he should be good to go for Friday's matchup against the Yankees.
    Sunday, 1:22 pm
  • Taijuan Walker knocked around by Toronto
    Taijuan Walker was touched up for four runs over just 5 2/3 innings in Sunday's loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Things started out well enough for Walker, as he held the Jays off the scoreboard for the first four innings. That's when things unraveled, with both Ryan Goins and Edwin Encarnacion taking him deep in the fifth. Walker walked four on the day while yielding six hits. The youngster will take a disappointing 7.33 ERA into next weekend's start against the Indians.
    Sunday, 1:10 pm
  • X-rays on Sonny Gray's ankle are negative
    X-rays on Sonny Gray's right ankle came back negative.

    Advice: Gray was hit on the ankle by a comebacker during Sunday's start in Tampa. He's escaped with merely a bruise and should be ready to roll later this week for his next scheduled start.
    Sunday, 12:28 pm
  • Sonny Gray leaves start with bruised ankle
    Sonny Gray had to exit Sunday's start against the Rays with a right ankle contusion.

    Advice: Gray was hit by a comebacker in the fourth inning. He initially stayed in and completed five scoreless frames, but the ankle must have swelled up on him. Gray should be fine for his next start.
    Sunday, 12:00 pm
  • Drew Pomeranz (shoulder) to play catch Monday
    Drew Pomeranz (shoulder) will play catch on Monday.

    Advice: It will be the first time he's thrown since he went on the disabled list with a sprained left AC joint. Pomeranz was given a cortisone injection late last week and could be looking at a relatively short stay on the disabled list.
    Sunday, 8:50 am
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs NYY
  • Buck Farmer to start for Tigers on Thursday
    Buck Farmer will be recalled to start for the Tigers on Thursday in Anaheim.

    Advice: Farmer is taking Kyle Lobstein's (shoulder) spot in the rotation. The 24-year-old was knocked around during his time with the big club last season but is off to a great start this year at Triple-A Toledo with a 2.98 ERA and 50 strikeouts over 51 1/3 innings. He could be worth a shot in AL-only leagues.
    Sunday, 8:23 am
    Player Note
    Buck Farmer Det - SP,RP
    7:05 pm @LAA
  • Gee (groin) to make another rehab start
    Dillon Gee (groin) will make one more rehab start.

    Advice: The Mets had been expected to add Gee to the mix this week as part of a six-man rotation, but they'll wait until the first week of June to make the move. Gee has put up a 3.86 ERA and 1.35 WHIP over five starts this season.
    Sunday, 7:42 am
    15-Day DL
    1:10 pm vs Mia
  • Rubby De La Rosa allows four runs to Cubs
    Rubby De La Rosa allowed four earned runs over six innings Saturday in the Diamondbacks' loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: De La Rosa appeared headed for another good outing before the top of the fifth inning, when he hit Kris Bryant with the bases loaded and then Anthony Rizzo followed with a bases-clearing three-run double. De La Rosa yielded just four hits in all and struck out eight. The 26-year-old right-hander has emerged as a solid mixed-league starter and has a favorable matchup next week in Milwaukee.
    Saturday, 10:29 pm
  • Volquez allows two in rain-shortened start
    Edinson Volquez allowed two runs in six innings before rain ended his day against the Cardinals, in a game that was called 3-2 in the Royals' favor in the middle of the sixth.

    Advice: Volquez maneuvered through six innings, but the tarp came on in the middle of the sixth to end his night, indeed to end the game. The only runs on his line came via a Yadier Molina RBI ground out in the second inning and a shallow single to center by Matt Carpenter in the sixth. Volquez allowed just four hits in the outing, striking out one and walking three. He's given up three runs or fewer earned runs in eight of his nine starts (in the lone outlier, he surrendered four) and holds a 2.77 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 49/20 K/BB ratio over 55 1/3 innings. He'll try to keep up this consistent roll when he faces the Cubs in a road start next time out.
    Saturday, 7:18 pm
  • Graveman goes six shutout innings vs. Rays
    Kendall Graveman pitched six shutout innings Saturday in the A's 5-0 blanking of the Rays.

    Advice: That four-week stay at Triple-A seemed to do him some good. Graveman struck out six and gave up only three hits, lowering his ERA from 8.27 (where it sat when he was demoted on April 26) all the way down to 6.04. The 24-year-old should get another turn in the A's rotation, and it's likely to be next Thursday against the Yankees.
    Saturday, 4:22 pm
  • McCullers solid over six in first MLB victory
    Lance McCullers held the Tigers to two runs over six innings Saturday to earn his first MLB win.

    Advice: McCullers also pitched well Monday in his major league debut, limiting the A's to one run over 4 2/3 innings in a no-decision. His task was a bit tougher Saturday against a dangerous Tigers lineup and he rose to the challenge to lead the Astros to their 28th victory in 44 games. McCullers, a 21-year-old highly-thought-of prospect, could be up in the bigs for good. He gets the White Sox next at home.
    Saturday, 4:14 pm
  • Strasburg shelled for six runs in loss to PHI
    Stephen Strasburg was shelled for six runs -- five earned -- over 3 2/3 innings as the Nationals fell to the Phillies on Saturday.

    Advice: Strasburg had a mostly-clean first two innings, but the Phillies tallied four runs in the third and another two in the fourth to drive the struggling right-hander from the game. He now has a 6.50 ERA and 1.69 WHIP in 44 1/3 innings this season. Maybe that shoulder is still barking.
    Saturday, 3:45 pm
    Disabled List
    1:10 pm @Cin
  • Athletics recall Kendall Graveman from minors
    Athletics recalled RHP Kendall Graveman from Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: The right-hander will start for the A's on Saturday in place of the injured Drew Pomeranz. After struggling in the big league rotation, Graveman seems to have righted the ship, posting a 1.85 ERA over four starts at Triple-A.
    Saturday, 6:49 am
  • Carlos Rodon's next start pushed back
    Carlos Rodon's next scheduled start will be pushed back.

    Advice: It's all part of the plan to limit Rodon's innings this season. Hector Noesi will start on Monday against the Blue Jays in the lefty's vacated spot. Rodon should get a start later in the week, although the White Sox haven't revealed the exact day it will happen.
    Friday, 2:14 pm
  • Mets considering going with six-man rotation
    Dillon Gee (groin) will rejoin the Mets on Sunday in Pittsburgh.

    Advice: Manager Terry Collins indicated that Gee will rejoin the rotation but also that Noah Syndergaard will stick around, so it sounds like the club is poised to go with a six-man rotation at least for a while. Gee posted a 3.86 ERA and 1.35 WHIP over five starts before going on the disabled list earlier this month with a groin injury.
    Friday, 1:51 pm
    15-Day DL
    1:10 pm vs Mia
  • De La Rosa allows three runs vs. Phils
    Jorge De La Rosa yielded three runs over 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Phillies on Thursday.

    Advice: De La Rosa had his best start of the season last time out before leaving with a minor groin injury, but he followed it up with yet another poor outing. The veteran southpaw surrendered five hits and three walks, including a solo homer to Ryan Howard. He has thrown five innings or fewer in five out of his six starts this season and now owns a brutal 6.51 ERA. He'll get the Reds in Cincinnati next time out.
    Thursday, 3:43 pm
  • Pomeranz gets cortisone shot in shoulder
    Drew Pomeranz received a cortisone shot for his sprained left AC joint.

    Advice: Pomeranz will resume throwing once the cortisone shot does its job. There's no clear timetable for his return. Kendall Graveman is set to take his place in Oakland's starting rotation.
    Thursday, 2:24 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs NYY
  • A's to call up Graveman for Saturday start
    Kendall Graveman will be recalled from Triple-A Nashville to start Saturday against the Rays.

    Advice: That was the expectation already, but it's now official. Graveman, who will be replacing the injured Drew Pomeranz (shoulder) in the starting rotation, struggled to the tune of an 8.27 ERA over four starts prior to being demoted last month. However, he has bounced back in Triple-A by posting a 1.85 ERA over four starts.
    Thursday, 2:11 pm
  • Carlos Rodon walks five against Indians
    Despite walking five, Carlos Rodon limited the Indians to one run in six innings on Wednesday.

    Advice: Rodon has been effective in two of his three starts, but he's walked 15 over 15 innings in the process. His control won't remain quite that bad, but it's going to remain a problem and prevent him from working deep into games, limiting his fantasy value somewhat.
    Wednesday, 8:46 pm
  • Kendall Graveman expected to start Saturday
    Kendall Graveman is expected to be recalled to start on Saturday in Tampa.

    Advice: He'll take Drew Pomeranz's (shoulder) spot in the rotation. Graveman was demoted last month after posting an 8.27 ERA and 2.02 WHIP over his four starts, but he's rebounded at Triple-A Nashville with a 1.85 ERA across four outings. It's not clear how long Pomeranz will be out, but Graveman could receive at least a couple starts.
    Wednesday, 9:54 am
  • Drew Pomeranz (shoulder) placed on DL
    Athletics placed LHP Drew Pomeranz on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 19, with a sprained left AC joint.

    Advice: It's an ailment he's dealt with before and he didn't seem concerned, as the southpaw was even able to play catch Tuesday. However, the A's have obviously decided to exercise caution here. It's not clear at this point how long Pomeranz will be sidelined. Arnold Leon has replaced him on the roster.
    Wednesday, 7:05 am
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs NYY
  • Hudson tosses 6 1/3 scoreless as Giants win
    Tim Hudson stymied the Dodgers in a win on Tuesday, tossing 6 1/3 scoreless innings.

    Advice: Hudson scattered five hits and a pair of walks while striking out two. The Dodgers did have their opportunities, particularly early, but the right-hander was able to induce ground balls to help himself out of trouble. Hudson has had his share of struggles this season, but Tuesday's outing brings his ERA down to 4.01 with a 1.32 WHIP and a 25/13 K/BB ratio in 51 2/3 innings. He'll look to keep it going at Coors Field against the Rockies in his next outing.
    Tuesday, 10:19 pm
  • Hammel solid over 7 innings in a Cubs loss
    Jason Hammel delivered seven strong innings, yielding only two unearned runs, but took a no-decision as the Cubs lost late to the Padres on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Cubs' defense cost Hammel a win as he was otherwise denying the Padres. Kris Bryant made a throwing error in the fifth inning on a Justin Upton ground ball, which later led to a run. Starlin Castro made a fielding error to kick off the seventh, and that too led to a run later on. Hammel allowed only three hits on the evening with no walks and eight strikeouts. The right-hander has allowed two runs or fewer in four of his last five outings and now sports a 2.70 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, and a 49/6 K/BB ratio in 53 1/3 innings. Hammel will do battle against the Diamondbacks in Arizona the next time he starts.
    Tuesday, 10:07 pm
  • Gray allows three runs in loss to Astros
    Sonny Gray allowed three runs over five innings in Tuesday's loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Gray didn't have his best stuff, giving up seven hits -- including a two-run homer -- while walking three in the start. The home run was just his second allowed in nine starts. Despite the loss, Gray's ERA is still a stellar 1.92. Gray has now lost two in a row after a 4-0 start, and he'll look to get back in the win column Sunday at the Rays.
    Tuesday, 9:16 pm
  • Bauer holds White Sox to one run in victory
    Trevor Bauer struck out seven over 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball Tuesday, leading the Indians to a 3-1 win over the White Sox.

    Advice: Bauer scattered four hits and three walks in the outing, his second straight allowing just one run in 7 1/3 innings. This time, though, he earned the win. It was his first since April 15, moving him to 3-1 with a 3.31 ERA and 1.24 WHIP. An interleague matchup with the Reds looms on Sunday.
    Tuesday, 9:01 pm
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