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  • Weaver limits Jays to two runs for ninth win
    Jered Weaver held the Blue Jays to two runs -- one earned -- over 5 2/3 innings in a win Thursday.

    Advice: Weaver scattered five hits, including a solo home run, and three walks while striking out four. The win was his first in over a month, improving him to 9-11 overall. The veteran right-hander, who some have begun to speculate might hang it up after this season, will carry a 5.31 ERA and 1.52 WHIP into Tuesday's interleague matchup with the Reds. 39 minutes ago
  • Happ gives up four runs in taking fourth loss
    J.A. Happ allowed four runs over five innings in a loss to the Angels on Thursday.

    Advice: Happ allowed six hits and a walk, taking a loss for the first time since June 6. He's now had two consecutive starts where he's allowed four runs, not a worrisome development but a few chinks in the armor in what has been a stellar year for the southpaw. Happ is now 17-4 with a 3.19 ERA and 1.15 WHIP over 25 starts. He'll try to get back in the win column Tuesday against the Orioles. 42 minutes ago
    L, 6-3 vs LAA
  • Scherzer punches out 10 over eight scoreless
    Max Scherzer struck out 10 batters over eight scoreless innings as the Nationals blanked the Orioles 4-0 on Thursday.

    Advice: Scherzer gave up just two hits on the night without walking a batter. It was the 11th time in 27 starts that he's registered double-digit strikeouts this year. The right-hander is now 14-7 with a 2.92 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 227/44 K/BB ratio overall. An attractive date with the Phillies is on tap for Tuesday. 50 minutes ago
    W, 4-0 vs Bal
  • Jimenez holds Nationals to one run over six
    Ubaldo Jimenez limited the Nationals to one run over six innings but took the loss Thursday.

    Advice: Jimenez gave up just five hits without issuing a walk, but he and his Orioles teammates were just outclassed by Nats starter Max Scherzer. It was an unfortunate result for the right-hander, who was making a start in place of the injured Chris Tillman. He fell to 5-11 with the loss, now owning a 6.62 ERA and 1.85 WHIP on the year. The right-hander will likely get another turn given Thursday's performance, likely Tuesday against the Blue Jays. Today, 7:26 pm
  • Miller's demotion could delay free agency
    Shelby Miller's time in the minor leagues this year could delay his free agency.

    Advice: If Miller isn't called up before Thursday, he won't accrue enough days on the active roster to reach four years of service time in the big leagues. That would push his free agency back from 2018 to 2019, giving the Diamondbacks an extra year of team control. Arizona's decision to acquire Miller for top prospect Dansby Swanson was one of the more misguided trades in recent memory. Today, 6:33 pm
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    Bot 6, 0-3 vs Atl
  • De La Rosa (elbow) to throw sim game on Monday
    Rubby De La Rosa (elbow) will throw a simulated game on Monday.

    Advice: If that goes well, he'll then report to High-A Visalia where he'll begin a minor league rehab assignment. It's taken De La Rosa three months to recover from a sprained UCL. He opted for rehab instead of Tommy John surgery after consulting with Dr. James Andrews. The right-hander should be back for the final few weeks of the regular season. Today, 4:49 pm
    60-Day DL
    Bot 6, 0-3 vs Atl
  • Tillman expected to throw on flat ground Tuesday
    Chris Tillman (shoulder) is expected to throw on flat ground on Tuesday.

    Advice: Shoulder inflammation sent Tillman to the disabled list earlier this week but he's hoping to return after the minimum 15 days. The right-hander has easily been Baltimore's best starting pitcher this year with 15 wins and a respectable 3.76 ERA over 26 outings. Ubaldo Jimenez has absorbed Tillman's spot in the starting rotation. Today, 3:58 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 4-0 @Was
  • Lucas Giolito expected to return on Sunday
    Lucas Giolito is expected to start Sunday against the Rockies.

    Advice: He'll take over for Reynaldo Lopez, who was dropped from the rotation and sent down to the minor leagues on Thursday. Giolito might not be long for the rotation with Stephen Strasburg (elbow) and Joe Ross (shoulder) both close to returning, but with rosters expanding soon, the Nats can afford to keep him around as a reliever. The right-hander made three starts for Washington last month but was sent down to work on his control after allowing nine walks in only 11 innings of work. Today, 3:53 pm
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    W, 4-0 vs Bal
  • Strasburg (elbow) resumes playing catch
    Stephen Stasburg (elbow) has felt good playing catch the last two days.

    Advice: Given his history with Tommy John surgery it's natural to press the panic button whenever we hear about Strasburg's elbow. Fortunately the soreness is in a different part of his elbow than the UCL, which is the ligament most commonly associated with major elbow injuries. The Nationals are considering Strasburg's latest trip to the disabled list precautionary and are hoping he'll be back early next month. The 28-year-old got off to a solid start this year but has slumped since the All-Star break with a 6.28 ERA over seven second-half starts. Today, 2:24 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-0 vs Bal
  • Daniel Norris earns victory over Twins
    Daniel Norris yielded two runs in 6 1/3 innings Thursday in a win over the Twins.

    Advice: It's Norris's longest outing in seven starts this year. He has a 2.91 ERA in four starts since being called up Aug. 8, though his 13/8 K/BB ratio and 27 hits allowed in 21 1/3 innings aren't so impressive. He's not an option in mixed leagues yet. Today, 1:55 pm
  • Collins thinks deGrom looks 'run down'
    The Mets are considering pushing back Jacob deGrom's next start.

    Advice: Manager Terry Collins said the right-hander looks "run down." DeGrom seems to have hit a wall over his last two starts, going 0-2 during that stretch with a miserable 12.10 ERA. If Steven Matz (shoulder) returns from the disabled list on Tuesday as expected, the Mets can probably push deGrom back a day. Including the playoffs, deGrom has logged 359 innings since the start of 2015. Today, 1:40 pm
  • Clay Buchholz headed back to the bullpen
    Clay Buchholz will move to the bullpen when Eduardo Rodriguez (hamstring) returns to the starting rotation Sunday against the Royals.

    Advice: Steven Wright (shoulder) is also returning this weekend. Buchholz is coming off arguably his best start of the season (6 1/3 IP, 5 H, 1 R Tuesday against Tampa Bay) and has been a much improved pitcher in the second half with a 3.00 ERA over 11 appearances. There's a good chance we'll see him back in the rotation at some point this year. Today, 1:20 pm
  • Jake Odorizzi holds down Red Sox
    Jake Odorizzi limited the Red Sox to one run in seven innings for a victory on Thursday.

    Advice: A first-half disappointment, Odorizzi has allowed six earned runs in seven starts, lowering his ERA from 4.39 to 3.53. He's showing why the Rays had such a hefty price on his head in trade talks last month. Today, 1:17 pm
  • Drew Pomeranz strikes out 11 Rays
    Drew Pomeranz took a loss against the Rays after allowing two runs and striking out 11 in six-plus innings.

    Advice: Working in a 1-1 game, Pomeranz gave up a single and an RBI double to open the seventh before being lifted. The Red Sox went on to lose 2-1. It's still worth wondering if Pomeranz will fade down the stretch as his innings count continues to build, but he's been very good lately after a rough first three starts for the Red Sox. Today, 1:13 pm
  • Mariners DFA left-hander Wade LeBlanc
    Mariners designated LHP Wade LeBlanc for assignment.

    Advice: LeBlanc had registered a 4.50 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 41/9 K/BB ratio in 50 innings (eight starts, three relief appearances) for the Mariners. He could have some appeal on waivers as a long reliever or swingman. Today, 9:29 am
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    L, 7-6 @CWS
  • Mariners activate Paxton for Thursday start
    Mariners activated LHP James Paxton from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Paxton will return to the Mariners' starting rotation on Thursday night against the White Sox after missing the last 17 days with a bruised left elbow. He has a cool 3.53 ERA and 73/18 K/BB ratio in 81 2/3 innings this season with Seattle and should be safe for immediate activation in fantasy leagues. Today, 9:27 am
  • E-Rod (hamstring) says he's ready for Sunday
    Eduardo Rodriguez (hamstring) has declared himself ready to start Sunday versus the Royals.

    Advice: Rodriguez went all-out in a bullpen session Thursday at Tropicana Field and experienced no lingering discomfort in his left hamstring. He last started August 16 against the Orioles and made it through just four innings (hitless innings, by the way) before feeling hamstring tightness. The young left-hander owns a sharp 2.52 ERA in 39 1/3 innings (seven starts) since being recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket in mid-July. Today, 9:05 am
    L, 2-1 @TB
  • Hector Santiago (thumb) expected back Wed.
    Hector Santiago (thumb) is expected to return to the Twins' rotation next Wednesday in Cleveland.

    Advice: Santiago had to be scratched from his scheduled start this Friday night against the Blue Jays because of a bruised left thumb. He has an awful 10.89 ERA in 19 innings (four starts) for the Twins since being acquired from the Angels at the August 1 trade deadline. Today, 8:58 am
    L, 8-5 vs Det
  • Mike Minor (shoulder) shut down for season
    Mike Minor (shoulder) has officially been shut down for the year.

    Advice: Minor had another setback with his troublesome left shoulder in a rehab start Friday with Triple-A Omaha and Royals GM Dayton Moore confirmed Wednesday that the 28-year-old southpaw has simply run out of time. Minor hasn't appeared in a major league game since 2014, and he hasn't been effective since 2013. Kansas City owes him $4 million next year. Today, 6:26 am
    60-Day DL
    W, 5-2 @Mia
  • Jordan Zimmermann (lat) set for rehab outing
    Jordan Zimmermann (lat) is set to begin a rehab assignment Friday with Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: Zimmermann received clearance after making it through another bullpen session on Wednesday. The right-hander has been out since August 6 with a strained lat muscle and may require multiple rehab outings. He had allowed 32 runs -- 29 earned -- over his last 31 innings with Detroit, ballooning his season ERA to 4.44. Today, 6:05 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 8-5 @Min
  • Julio Teheran gives up six runs to Arizona
    Julio Teheran was charged with six runs in six innings Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Teheran's stuff hasn't looked particularly crisp since he came off the disabled list last week, and it's worth wondering if he can recapture his first-half success before the season ends. He allowed 11 hits in all tonight, two of them homers. Yesterday, 10:48 pm
  • Rich Hill goes six scoreless in Dodgers debut
    Finally making his Dodgers debut, Rich Hill earned a win after shutting out the Giants for six innings on Wednesday.

    Advice: Hill allowed five hits, all of them singles, and walked none to outduel Johnny Cueto in what ended up being a 1-0 game. He came out after 81 pitches, which seemed appropriate after his lengthy DL stint due to a blister. The veteran left-hander should be able to throw closer to 100 pitches next time out against the Rockies. Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • Johnny Cueto loses 1-0 game
    Johnny Cueto took the loss in a 1-0 game Wednesday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Cueto pitched six innings and gave up a homer to Justin Turner in the fourth as the only damage. Cueto fell to 1-3 since the All-Star break after finishing the first half 13-1. He hasn't been that bad, though; he has a 3.91 ERA and a 43/10 K/BB ratio in his eight starts since the break. Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • Carlos Martinez goes eight in victory
    Carlos Martinez held the Mets to one run in eight innings to cruise to a win Wednesday.

    Advice: Martinez threw 97 pitches in the gem. He also had a couple of hits, raising his average to .255 this season. Martinez will carry a 12-7 record into his next start against the Brewers on Monday. Yesterday, 9:32 pm
  • Jacob deGrom gives up five runs in loss
    Jacob deGrom surrendered five runs and 12 hits in 4 2/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: DeGrom has followed up a couple of awesome months with a pair of ugly starts the last six days. He gave up three homers tonight after allowing a total of 12 in 22 starts coming in. It doesn't seem like his stuff has fallen off suddenly, so let's assume he'll bounce back next time out when he faces the Marlins. Yesterday, 9:29 pm
  • Miley holds Nats to two runs in five frames
    Wade Miley earned a win against the Nationals by holding them to two runs over five innings on Wednesday.

    Advice: He gave up seven hits, including a solo homer by Danny Espinosa. His six strikeouts helped quell some threats. It was a short outing but the Orioles will take it. Miley has not been good this year. Tonight's pleasant outing improves his record to 8-10 with an unsightly 5.51 ERA. His owners must soon decide if they are brave enough (or desperate enough) to use him in a two-start week against the Blue Jays and Yankees beginning on Monday. Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • Rich Hill (finger) activated from Dodgers DL
    Dodgers activated LHP Rich Hill from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Hill came over to the Dodgers from the A's before the trade deadline, but he had yet to actually start for them due to a blister on his left hand. That will be remedied on Wednesday evening when he toes the rubber against the Giants. The veteran southpaw last pitched on July 17. Prior to the burdensome injury, he held a 2.25 ERA across 14 starts. Yesterday, 3:38 pm
  • Shelby Miller to make Triple-A start Thursday
    Shelby Miller will make another start at Triple-A Reno on Thursday.

    Advice: Miller has pitched well in his four outings down on the farm since being optioned to Triple-A in mid-July. Diamondbacks chief baseball officer Tony La Russa said on Monday that the 25-year-old right-hander has shown enough that a return to the majors could be coming soon. The situation will be reevaluated after Miller's Thursday outing. He struggled mightily in 14 starts with the big league club earlier this season, sporting a 7.14 ERA in that space. Hopefully his time at Triple-A has allowed him to work out some of the kinks here. Yesterday, 3:24 pm
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    Bot 6, 0-3 vs Atl
  • Twins to skip Santiago (thumb) on Friday
    Hector Santiago (thumb) has been scratched from his scheduled Friday start against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Santiago is dealing with a bruised left thumb. He was shelled by the Royals in his last start, but there has been no word that the thumb injury was the cause for the eight runs he surrendered over 4 2/3 frames. Pat Dean will start in his place on Friday. Yesterday, 2:52 pm
    L, 8-5 vs Det
  • Red Sox waiting to announce Sunday starter
    Red Sox manager John Farrell said that the team will not decide on a Sunday starter until Eduardo Rodriguez (hamstring) tosses a Thursday bullpen.

    Advice: Rodriguez is fresh off a simulated start on Tuesday in which he threw 59 pitches. He initially felt his left hamstring tighten up during a mid-August contest against the Orioles. The 23-year-old southpaw was subsequently scratched from a scheduled start against the Tigers due to lingering discomfort. Should his Thursday bullpen go off without a hitch, he could start against the Royals in Fenway on Sunday. Yesterday, 2:21 pm
    L, 2-1 @TB
  • O's place Chris Tillman (shoulder) on the DL
    Orioles placed RHP Chris Tillman on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 21, with right shoulder inflammation.

    Advice: He is eligible to return from the disabled list September 5 and the O's are hoping he will be ready on that date. Tillman missed a start one week ago after complaining of shoulder discomfort and then got lit up for six earned runs over just two innings Saturday versus the Astros. That blunder aside, he has been the Orioles' most reliable pitcher in 2016 by far. Ubaldo Jimenez and his 6.94 ERA will start in Tillman's place Thursday versus the Nationals. Yesterday, 6:33 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 4-0 @Was
  • Ubaldo Jimenez to start Thursday vs. Nats
    Ubaldo Jimenez will make a spot start for the Orioles on Thursday versus the Nationals.

    Advice: He'll be filling in for Chris Tillman, who is headed to the 15-day disabled list with shoulder discomfort. Jimenez owns a 6.94 ERA and 1.91 WHIP in 18 starts and four relief appearances this season with Baltimore and shouldn't be trusted as a fantasy option against Washington. Tuesday, 8:32 pm
  • Tillman (shoulder) likely headed to 15-day DL
    Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Tuesday that Chris Tillman (shoulder) is likely headed to the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Tillman has been bothered by shoulder discomfort for over a week and had a bad day of side work on Tuesday. He definitely won't be making his next scheduled start Thursday against the Nationals. Look for something more official out of Baltimore on Wednesday. Tuesday, 7:42 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 4-0 @Was
  • Buchholz strikes out nine in win over Rays
    Clay Buchholz struck out nine while allowing one run over 6 1/3 innings in Tuesday's 2-1 win over the Rays.

    Advice: Buchholz scattered five hits and two walks in the start, which was supposed to be his last before Steven Wright rejoined the rotation this week. That may be thrown into question with the good turn, his second in a row allowing just one run over six or more innings. Of course, he's got a 5.18 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in 107 2/3 innings, so the Sox would be justified in sending him back to the bullpen as well. We'll know their plans soon enough. Tuesday, 7:32 pm
  • Rubby De La Rosa (elbow) near rehab games
    Rubby De La Rosa (elbow) is expected to begin a rehab assignment early next week.

    Advice: De La Rosa came out of a side session Monday feeling good and will throw another one in a couple days. His elbow MRI was sent to Dr. James Andrews last week and the famous surgeon recommended a rehab program rather than surgery. The right-hander is aiming to return to the Diamondbacks at some point in September, even if it's in a bullpen role. He's had to scrap his changeup for now because that pitch causes him the most discomfort. Tuesday, 4:36 pm
    60-Day DL
    Bot 6, 0-3 vs Atl
  • E-Rod (hamstring) throws sim game Tues.
    Eduardo Rodriguez (hamstring) threw 59 pitches in a simulated start on Tuesday.

    Advice: If he wakes up Wednesday feeling fine, the Red Sox will likely clear him to rejoin the rotation over the weekend. Rodriguez had to be scratched from his scheduled start on Sunday versus the Tigers with lingering tightness in his left hamstring. The tightness also forced him from his previous outing against the Orioles. Tuesday, 2:18 pm
    L, 2-1 @TB
  • Tillman (shoulder) questionable for Thursday
    Chris Tillman (shoulder) is now questionable for his Thursday start against the Nationals.

    Advice: Tillman has been bothered by shoulder discomfort for the last few weeks and apparently had a bad between-starts workout on Tuesday afternoon. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he'll make a decision about the scheduled Thursday start on Wednesday. There probably won't be an update before then. Tuesday, 1:32 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 4-0 @Was
  • Hill (blister) to make Dodgers debut Wednesday
    Rich Hill (blister) will start Wednesday's game against the Giants.

    Advice: At long last, Hill is finally ready to make his Dodgers' debut after missing over a month with a painful blister. Hill has pitched brilliantly when healthy this year, providing a stellar 2.25 ERA over 14 starts. Ross Stripling was expected to lose his spot in the Dodgers' rotation upon Hill's return but he might stick around now that Scott Kazmir is dealing with back and neck issues. Tuesday, 10:57 am
  • Weaver not ready to decide on future
    Jered Weaver isn't ready to say whether he will retire after the season.

    Advice: Weaver, 33, is finishing the final season of his five-year, $85 million contract with the Angels. He owns a career-worst 5.47 ERA through 24 starts and while his velocity has ticked up slightly, it's fair to wonder how much longer he can hang on. "There’s still a lot of season left," Weaver said over the weekend. "When the time comes to answer those questions, I will." The Southern California native has spent his entire 11-year career with the Angels. It's unclear whether he'd be willing to pitch elsewhere. Tuesday, 6:12 am
  • Nats believe Strasburg's elbow not serious
    Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Monday that he believes Stephen Strasburg's elbow is structurally sound.

    Advice: For what it's worth, Rizzo is basing part of his assessment on Strasburg's pre-extension physical earlier this season. Nationals manager Dusty Baker indicated Monday that Strasburg will likely go for an MRI soon, but the team doesn't appear overly concerned about the situation, at least publicly. We should know more about his status in the next few days. Monday, 2:55 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-0 vs Bal
  • Rodriguez (hammy) to throw sim. game Tuesday
    Eduardo Rodriguez (hamstring) will throw a three-inning simulated game on Tuesday.

    Advice: Rodriguez was scratched from Sunday's scheduled start against the Tigers due continued tightness in his left hamstring. The hope is that he'll show enough progress Tuesday to be cleared to return to action. Monday, 2:36 pm
    L, 2-1 @TB
  • Stephen Strasburg elbow issue not structural
    According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Stephen Strasburg's elbow issue is "not structural" and the Nationals believe he could pitch through it if this were the postseason.

    Advice: Strasburg was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday with soreness in his right elbow after posting a 14.66 ERA over his last three starts, including a nine-run drubbing last Wednesday versus the Rockies. There are red flags everywhere on this one, but the Nats are maintaining that he only needs a couple weeks of rest. For now anyway. A.J. Cole will start in Strasburg's place on Monday night against the Orioles. Monday, 10:58 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-0 vs Bal
  • Nationals place Strasburg (elbow) on the DL
    Nationals placed RHP Stephen Strasburg on the 15-day disabled list with a sore right elbow.

    Advice: Strasburg got lit up for nine earned runs over just 1 2/3 innings in his last start Wednesday versus the Rockies, but he claimed to be feeling fine after the career-worst outing. Obviously that wasn't entirely true. A.J. Cole will step in and start Monday versus the Orioles. It's not clear how long Strasburg might be sidelined. Monday, 10:32 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-0 vs Bal
  • Shelby Miller could be close to return
    Diamondbacks chief baseball officer Tony La Russa indicated Sunday that Shelby Miller is close to returning to the major league rotation.

    Advice: Miller registered his fourth consecutive quality start on Saturday at Triple-A Reno, throwing eight innings and allowing three runs versus the Triple-A affiliate of the Giants. "We’ll brainstorm about if his next start is with us or the one after," La Russa said Sunday. "This is all good. He’s getting some real good experience, having some success and figuring things out, getting his delivery together and his mind right." Miller has a brutal 7.14 ERA in 14 starts this season with Arizona. Monday, 10:06 am
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    Bot 6, 0-3 vs Atl
  • D'Backs owner shot down Shelby Miller deal
    According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Diamondbacks ownership shot down a trade at the non-waiver deadline that would have sent Shelby Miller to the Marlins.

    Advice: Nightengale's source claims that owner Ken Kendrick and president Derrick Hall intervened on the deal because it "just wouldn't look good" after what the Snakes had to give up for Miller last winter. Diamondbacks ownership also reportedly vetoed a plan to replace manager Chip Hale this summer with Triple-A skipper Phil Nevin -- a plan devised by chief baseball officer Tony La Russa and general manager Dave Stewart. This whole thing's a mess. We wouldn't be surprised to see a major front-office shakeup this fall in Arizona. Monday, 6:15 am
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    Bot 6, 0-3 vs Atl
  • Buchholz to start for Red Sox on Tuesday
    Clay Buchholz will make another start for the injured Steven Wright on Tuesday.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander has actually done a decent job filling in this time around and could be worth a look as a streaming option in mixed leagues. He's slated to return to the bullpen once Wight returns over the weekend however. Sunday, 2:38 pm
  • James Paxton (elbow) expected back Thursday
    James Paxton (elbow) is expected to rejoin the Mariners' rotation on Thursday versus the White Sox.

    Advice: Paxton tossed three scoreless innings in a rehab start for Triple-A Tacoma on Saturday and, more importantly, felt fine physically. He departed an outing two weeks ago after being hit on the left elbow by a comebacker. Sunday, 11:40 am
  • Mike Minor (shoulder) suffers setback
    Mike Minor left a rehab start on Friday with stiffness in his surgically-repaired left shoulder.

    Advice: It's unclear at this point how serious the setback is, but Royals general manager Dayton Moore said in a radio interview on 610 Sports Radio that it effectively rules Minor out as an option for the major league club in September. "We're not too optimistic that he's going to be in a position to help us this year based on some news we got after the game last night," Moore said. Minor hasn't pitched in the majors since 2014 due to shoulder problems. Sunday, 11:19 am
    60-Day DL
    W, 5-2 @Mia
  • Zimmermann (lat) slated for rehab start Fri.
    Jordan Zimmermann (lat) is on track to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo on Friday.

    Advice: Zimmermann got through a simulated game Sunday with no issues and is slated for another bullpen session Wednesday. The veteran right-hander is expected to make three rehab starts for the Mud Hens, so he's still about three weeks away from rejoining the Tigers' rotation. Sunday, 9:09 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 8-5 @Min
  • Eduardo Rodriguez (hamstring) scratched Sun.
    Eduardo Rodriguez (hamstring) has been scratched from his scheduled start on Sunday versus the Tigers.

    Advice: Rodriguez was pulled from his last outing with a tight left hamstring and he still felt it during a between-starts bullpen session. The left-hander will not be placed on the disabled list, so it sounds like he's expected to start sometime later this week. Henry Owens will be recalled to make a spot start. Sunday, 5:18 am
    L, 2-1 @TB
  • Pomeranz yields one run in five frames in win
    Drew Pomeranz held the Tigers to just one run on four hits while striking out three in five innings to earn a win in the Red Sox' 3-2 victory.

    Advice: He gave up four hits and did not walk anyone. The lone run he allowed was a James McCann solo homer. The win gets him over the .500 mark at 10-9 with a stellar 2.95 ERA. He struggled early in his Red Sox tenure but has righted the ship in his last four starts. He has a nice date with the Rays next on the docket. Saturday, 10:27 pm
  • Norris surrenders three runs in five innings
    Daniel Norris surrendered three runs on eight hits in his five innings of work and took a loss to the Red Sox on Saturday.

    Advice: He fanned four batters and allowed two walks. The deciding blow was a two-run home run by David Ortiz. Norris is now 1-2 with a 3.81 ERA after six starts. The 23-year-old has yet to establish himself as a bonafide major leaguer but is likely to have a nice career as a mid-rotation starter. Saturday, 10:19 pm
  • Scherzer give up four runs in 6 1/3 in win
    Max Scherzer was charged with four runs in 6 1/3 innings but still earned a win, striking out six and walking three as the Nationals beat the Braves 11-9 on Saturday.

    Advice: He gave up three runs in the second inning. He was relieved in the seventh inning with a runner on base that later came around to score on a Blake Treinen wild pitch. It was not one of Scherzer's best outings but he got the win nonetheless as the Nationals' offense erupted for 11 runs. Scherzer helped himself in that regard, going 2-for-4 at the plate while driving in two runs and scoring another. He now has a 13-7 record with a 3.05 ERA and continues to lead the majors with 217 strikeouts in 174 innings. Saturday, 8:34 pm
    W, 4-0 vs Bal
  • Santiago battered again, this time by Royals
    Hector Santiago got knocked around again Saturday, giving up 11 hits and eight runs over 4 2/3 innings in a loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Santiago's issue on Saturday -- well, one of his issues -- was homers, as he served up three to Royals hitters. He's now given up seven home runs in four starts since joining the Twins, all losses. His struggles are in stark contrast to the run he was on before the trade, as Santiago had rattled off six straight wins prior to being dealt from the Angels. There's just not much nice to say about Santiago these days. The southpaw will carry a 10-8 record, 5.16 ERA and 1.40 WHIP into Friday's start against the Blue Jays. Saturday, 8:03 pm
    L, 8-5 vs Det
  • Tillman coughs up six runs in two innings
    Chris Tillman walked five batters on the way to giving up six earned runs in just two innings in a loss to the Astros on Saturday.

    Advice: He couldn't find the plate and failed to strike anyone out. He gave up a two-run homer to the second batter of the game. He pitched into the third inning but was pulled after hitting the first batter and walking the next three to bring in a run without a bat ever hitting the ball. Tillman was pitching on nine days rest after being pushed back due to a tender shoulder. He has been very effective this year after a down season last year. Tillman now has a 15-5 record and 3.76 ERA. Saturday, 7:59 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 4-0 @Was
  • Odorizzi allows lone run over six innings
    Jake Odorizzi gave up a single run over six innings in Saturday's win over the Rangers.

    Advice: As has been his bugaboo all year, the Rangers' run came on a solo homer, but he was otherwise stingy, allowing six hits and a walk while striking out four on the evening. The win was his fifth in a row to run his record to 8-5, and Odorizzi now owns a 3.63 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 26 starts. He'll try to extend his winning streak to six straight when he faces the Red Sox on Thursday. Saturday, 6:40 pm
  • Wade LeBlanc earns win over Brewers
    Wade LeBlanc moved to 3-0 for the Mariners after allowing three runs in 5 1/3 innings Friday against the Brewers.

    Advice: LeBlanc yielded three homers, but he had sufficient support from the Mariners' offense to overcome it. It's likely that LeBlanc's status at the back of the Seattle rotation will be evaluated after each one of his starts. He should get another turn next week, but ideally, he'd be replaced by Taijuan Walker pretty soon. Friday, 11:37 pm
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    L, 7-6 @CWS
  • Jered Weaver gives up four homers to Yanks
    Jered Weaver served up four home runs balls while giving up five runs in 4 2/3 innings Friday against the Yankees.

    Advice: It's really quite impressive that Weaver has managed to keep it together as well as he has this year, given that he's pitching without a fastball. Not that a 5.47 ERA is truly getting the job done, but it's not like the Angels have better alternatives at the moment. Friday, 11:26 pm
  • Cueto limits Mets to one run in seven in win
    Johnny Cueto fired seven innings of one-run ball in an 8-1 win over the Mets on Friday.

    Advice: Cueto came into Friday’s game with a 5.55 over his last four starts, so this was nice to see. Of course, it helped that he was facing the scuffling Mets. He struck out only two batters, but didn’t walk anyone and the only mistake was a long solo homer to Curtis Granderson in the second inning. Cueto will try to build off this one when he faces the Dodgers in a critical NL West showdown next week in Los Angeles. Friday, 10:28 pm
  • Julio Teheran gives up three runs in return
    Julio Teheran gave up three runs on six hits over five innings of work in his return to the Braves rotation on Friday.

    Advice: The Braves' ace walked three and struck out five on the night. The Nats pushed a run across in the first inning against him, then Teheran battled back to fire three scoreless innings before they scratched out another pair in his final inning of work. He appears fully recovered from his strained lat and fantasy owners should have no qualms about using him for Wednesday's matchup against the Diamondbacks in Arizona. Friday, 8:29 pm
  • Wade Miley hit hard in no-decision on Friday
    Wade Miley was hit hard in a no-decision against the Astros on Friday, allowing six runs on six hits in only 1 2/3 innings.

    Advice: On the plus side, all five of the outs that he did record came via strikeouts and he didn't walk a batter. George Springer tagged him for a solo homer to lead off the game, then the Astros tacked on five runs before chasing the veteran southpaw in the second inning. He'll try to turn things around and improve upon a troublesome 5.58 ERA and 1.43 WHIP when he takes on the Nationals in Washington on Wednesday. Friday, 7:53 pm
  • Hill (blister) expected to start next week
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Friday that Rich Hill (blister) is "penciled" into the rotation next week.

    Advice: We've heard that a few times before. Hill got through a simulated game on Thursday with no issues, so unless he has yet another setback with his blister it appears he'll finally make his Dodgers' debut sometime next week. He last started on July 17, when he was still a member of the Athletics. Friday, 2:31 pm
  • Julio Teheran (lat) activated for Fri. start
    Braves activated RHP Julio Teheran from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Teheran will start on Friday against the Nationals. The righty first injured his lat nearly a month ago but has been cleared to return after allowing just one earned run while striking out five and walking none in a five-inning rehab start with Triple-A Gwinnett. Friday, 11:42 am
  • Rodriguez (hamstring) on track for Sunday
    Eduardo Rodriguez (hamstring) remains on track to start Sunday against the Tigers.

    Advice: Rodriguez exited his last outing versus the Orioles with tightness in his left hamstring, but he'll be fine. The left-hander had tossed four hitless innings while striking out seven before leaving his last start. Friday, 5:54 am
    L, 2-1 @TB
  • Giants rock deGrom for eight runs in 5 IP
    Jacob deGrom was shelled in Thursday's 10-7 loss to the Giants, surrendering eight runs on 13 hits over five innings.

    Advice: After tossing three scoreless frames, deGrom ran into trouble and then some. He coughed up five runs in the fourth inning and another three in the fifth before his evening was mercifully ended. The start bumped his ERA from 2.30 to a still-respectable 2.73 mark. DeGrom also holds a 1.11 WHIP and 134/30 K/BB ratio across 22 starts. Thursday's result wasn't particularly appealing, but sometimes you just don't have it. He will try to rebound in a road date with the Cardinals next time he toes the rubber. Thursday, 10:51 pm
  • Paxton (elbow) to make rehab start Saturday
    James Paxton (elbow) felt good after Thursday's bullpen session.

    Advice: Paxton is slated to pitch three innings Saturday in a rehab start for Triple-A Tacoma. It's unclear if Paxton will need another rehab start after that or if he'll be ready to rejoin the Mariners' starting rotation. Paxton was placed on the disabled list after taking a comebacker off his left elbow in a start against the Angels on August 7. Thursday, 4:54 pm
  • Clay Buchholz strong for six innings
    Clay Buchholz pitched six innings of one-run ball Thursday in a no-decision against the Tigers.

    Advice: Buchholz made his case to remain in the rotation following Steven Wright's return from the disabled list. He might head back to the bullpen anyway, but it would likely be just temporary; he'll be needed to make more starts in September. Thursday, 1:45 pm
  • Tillman (shoulder) to start Saturday vs. HOU
    Chris Tillman (shoulder) has been confirmed as the starter for Saturday's game against the Astros.

    Advice: Tillman had his start pushed back a few days because of shoulder discomfort but he threw off flat ground on Thursday and appears to be a go for Saturday. The 28-year-old has easily been the Orioles' best starter this year, going 15-4 with a 3.46 ERA in 25 outings. Thursday, 1:42 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 4-0 @Was
  • Teheran (lat) cleared to return Friday vs WSH
    Julio Teheran (lat) will be activated from the disabled list and start Friday versus the Nationals.

    Advice: As expected. Teheran allowed just one earned run while striking out five and walking none in a five-inning rehab start last Sunday with Triple-A Gwinnett. The 25-year-old right-hander was placed on the disabled list August 1 because of a lat strain. He owns a shiny 2.81 ERA, 0.965 WHIP, and 119/29 K/BB ratio in 134 2/3 innings this season with Atlanta. Thursday, 12:02 pm
  • Rich Hill (blister) to throw sim game Thurs.
    Rich Hill (blister) is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Thursday in Arizona.

    Advice: Dodgers manager Dave Roberts expressed hope after the workout that Hill might return at some point during next week's home series against the struggling Giants, which runs from Tuesday to Thursday. Hill last started on July 17, when he was still a member of the Athletics. A pesky blister on his left hand has caused his stay on the disabled list to last for a month, with at least one more week yet to follow. Wednesday, 5:20 pm
  • Rockies pound Strasburg for nine earned runs
    Stephen Strasburg was obliterated in Wednesday's 12-10 loss to the Rockies, yielding nine runs on nine hits over 1 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Seven of the nine runs on Strasburg's line came home in a nightmare first inning. One run scored in the frame courtesy of a Nolan Arenado RBI single, while the other six came on a trio of RBI doubles by Gerardo Parra, Tony Walters and opposing pitcher Jon Gray. We will just chalk this up as an aberration for Strasburg -- though he has struggled by degrees in each of his last three starts. Even after Wednesday's debacle, he still holds a 3.59 season ERA. A road showdown with the Orioles is next on his schedule. Wednesday, 4:37 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-0 vs Bal
  • Carlos Martinez shines over seven vs. Astros
    Carlos Martinez held the Astros to one run over seven innings Wednesday in the Cardinals' 8-2 rout.

    Advice: Martinez actually carried a no-hitter into the bottom of the sixth inning, but Teoscar Hernandez promptly broke it up with a double that hopped just over the third base bag and leaked down the left field line. Martinez was brilliant, yielding only three total hits and one walk while striking out seven. He probably could have worked into the ninth inning, but manager Mike Matheny pulled him at 79 pitches with the visiting Cardinals leading big. Martinez, 24, now boasts a 3.24 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and 119/51 K/BB ratio in 144 1/3 innings this season. He gets the Mets at home next in a matchup that could be very important to the National League Wild Card race. Wednesday, 2:20 pm
  • Chris Tillman (shoulder) ready for Sat. start
    Chris Tillman (shoulder) said that he expects to start against the Astros on Saturday.

    Advice: Tillman tossed seven innings of two-run ball against the A's in his last start, but felt discomfort in his shoulder after the outing. He had been scheduled to start versus the Red Sox on Wednesday. Saturday against the Astros is the new plan and barring an unexpected setback, the 28-year-old right-hander sounds as though he will be able to make that one. Wednesday, 1:10 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 4-0 @Was
  • Happ yields four runs but records 17th win
    J.A. Happ yielded four earned runs over 7 1/3 innings Wednesday in a win over the Yankees.

    Advice: Happ wasn't at his sharpest, surrendering three home runs, but he did strike out nine and he managed to collect his 17th win of the season with the help of the Blue Jays' offensive attack. Happ's ERA is back up in the 3.00s (3.05) after dipping down to 2.96 following his six scoreless innings of work last week against the Rays. He is probably going to get some Cy Young votes if he can finish the season strong. Wednesday, 1:07 pm
    L, 6-3 vs LAA
  • Eduardo Rodriguez (hammy) on track for Sun.
    Red Sox manager John Farrell said Wednesday that it looks like Eduardo Rodriguez (hamstring) will make his next start Sunday against the Tigers.

    Advice: Rodriguez left his start Tuesday night against the Orioles after experiencing tightness in his left hamstring, but he felt good after the game and even better when he reported back to Camden Yards on Wednesday afternoon. This doesn't sound like a hamstring strain. Rodriguez had thrown four hitless innings Tuesday versus the O's and boasts a 2.52 ERA with 39 strikeouts in 39 1/3 innings since his return to the major league rotation in mid-July. Wednesday, 11:51 am
    L, 2-1 @TB
  • Rubby De La Rosa to rehab his elbow injury
    Rubby De La Rosa will attempt to rehabilitate his right elbow injury.

    Advice: De La Rosa's elbow MRI was sent to Dr. James Andrews this week and the famous surgeon recommended a rehab program rather than a surgical procedure. De La Rosa will attempt to throw a bullpen session this weekend and is aiming to rejoin the Diamondbacks in September, though it will probably be in a relief role. He's going to scrap his changeup because throwing that pitch causes his elbow the most discomfort. Wednesday, 11:01 am
    60-Day DL
    Bot 6, 0-3 vs Atl
  • Farrell: E-Rod (hammy) could take next turn
    Red Sox manager John Farrell said he's optimistic Eduardo Rodriguez (hamstring) won't have to miss a turn in the starting rotation.

    Advice: Rodriguez left his start Tuesday against the Orioles after four hitless innings because of tightness in his left hamstring, but the leg loosened up as the night went on and Farrell told reporters after the game that he felt the team caught the issue before it became something serious. Rodriguez has been excellent in three of his last four outings. Tuesday, 7:45 pm
    L, 2-1 @TB
  • Chris Tillman (shoulder) pushed to Saturday
    Chris Tillman's next start has been pushed from Wednesday against the Red Sox to Saturday against the Astros due to right shoulder discomfort.

    Advice: Dylan Bundy will take the bump on Wednesday night in his place. Tillman held the A's to two runs over seven innings in his last start, moving to 15-4 on the year with a 3.46 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 126/53 K/BB ratio in 151 innings. Hopefully this is nothing serious. Tuesday, 7:37 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 4-0 @Was
  • E-Rod left his start with hamstring tightness
    Eduardo Rodriguez departed his start Tuesday against the Orioles because of left hamstring tightness.

    Advice: Rodriguez was able to walk off the field under his own power, so we can hope he did not suffer a hamstring strain. The young left-hander was working on a no-hitter through four innings at Camden Yards, having racked up seven strikeouts against one walk. He will be reevaluted on Wednesday. Tuesday, 5:52 pm
    L, 2-1 @TB
  • Eduardo Rodriguez leaves start due to injury
    Eduardo Rodriguez left his start Tuesday against the Orioles with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: Rodriguez had worked four innings of hitless ball with seven strikeouts and a walk. There should be an update out of Baltimore within the next hour or so. Tuesday, 5:40 pm
    L, 2-1 @TB
  • Paxton (elbow) to throw 'pen session Thurs.
    James Paxton (elbow) plans to throw a bullpen session Thursday.

    Advice: Paxton was placed on the disabled list Tuesday with a bruised left elbow, but the move was made retroactive to August 8 and he could return to the Mariners' rotation late next week after one rehab start. The southpaw was struck in the elbow by a comebacker during an outing August 7 against the Angels. He still has some swelling, but it's getting better. Tuesday, 4:15 pm
  • Mariners place James Paxton (elbow) on DL
    Mariners placed LHP James Paxton on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 8, with a bruised left elbow.

    Advice: Paxton took a comebacker off his pitching elbow during a start August 7 against the Angels and is still being bothered by discomfort. It's obviously not something to mess with. Ariel Miranda is starting in his place on Tuesday night against the Angels. Tuesday, 2:08 pm
  • Zimmermann (lat) throws 20-pitch 'pen session
    Jordan Zimmermann (lat) threw a successful 20-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday.

    Advice: He'll do a similar workout on Thursday before advancing to a simulated outing on Sunday. Zimmermann has been on the disabled list since August 6 because of a strained lat muscle. He probably won't be back in the Tigers' starting rotation until early September, even though his rehab appears to be moving swiftly. Tuesday, 1:27 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 8-5 @Min
  • Max Scherzer struggles at Coors
    Max Scherzer struggled through four innings Monday, allowing four runs and seven hits in a no-decision against the Rockies.

    Advice: It's Scherzer's shortest start in almost exactly a year; he gave up six runs in three innings Aug. 14, 2015 against the Giants. In his previous 24 starts this year, he had gone at least six innings 22 times and five innings the other two outings. Fortunately, the Nationals pen picked him up tonight in what turned out to be a 5-4 win. Monday, 9:29 pm
    W, 4-0 vs Bal
  • Daniel Norris walks four batters Monday
    Daniel Norris was charged with two runs -- one earned -- over 5 1/3 innings in Monday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: He was lucky to get charged with just the one earned run considering that he walked four batters, allowed six hits and struck out just one. The left-hander has given just one earned run in each of his two starts since rejoining the Tigers' rotation but has walked six and struck out only four over 9 1/3 frames. Norris faces the Red Sox over the weekend. Aug 15, 7:50 pm
  • James Paxton (elbow) won't start Tuesday
    James Paxton (elbow) won't start Tuesday against the Angels.

    Advice: Paxton took a line drive off his throwing elbow in his most recent start last Sunday and is still feeling some discomfort. The disabled list would appear to be a strong possibility at this point. Ariel Miranda will start in his place on Tuesday. Aug 15, 4:10 pm
  • Pomeranz pitches into eighth in win over CLE
    Drew Pomeranz limited the Indians to two runs over 7 2/3 innings Monday for his ninth win of 2016.

    Advice: Pomeranz scattered five hits and two walks over those 7 2/3 frames, striking out six. He gave up a solo homer to Rajai Davis in the bottom of the fourth inning and then Davis smacked an RBI double in the bottom of the eighth, but that was all the offense Cleveland could muster in the overcast afternoon tilt at Progressive Field. Pomeranz will carry a sharp 2.99 ERA into his next start on the road versus the Tigers. Aug 15, 1:21 pm
  • Zimmermann (lat) threw again Sunday
    Jordan Zimmermann (lat) threw for the third day in a row on Sunday, stretching out to 120 feet.

    Advice: But it does not sound like his return to the Tigers is imminent. "Right now, I don’t think there’s any plan to get him on the mound, at least not yet," manager Brad Ausmus told reporters Sunday evening. Zimmermann was placed on the disabled list August 6 with a strained lat muscle. That injury typically requires 4-6 weeks of rest and rehab for a starting pitcher. Aug 15, 8:47 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 8-5 @Min
  • Rich Hill (hand) moving his rehab to Arizona
    Rich Hill (blister) will travel to the Dodgers' spring training complex in Arizona this week.

    Advice: He had been scheduled to make a rehab start with Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday, but that plan was scratched following a bullpen session Sunday at Dodger Stadium. Hill hasn't pitched in a game since July 17 -- when he was a member of the Athletics -- and is still experiencing problems with a severe blister on his left hand. The hope is that the dry air in Arizona will help the healing process. He is scheduled to face hitters in a simulated setting on Wednesday and Thursday, then the Dodgers will try to come up with a new timetable for his L.A. debut. Aug 15, 6:09 am
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