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  • Godley yields three runs in six innings
    Zack Godley proved mortal on Friday, allowing three runs in six innings of work in Friday's no-decision effort.

    Advice: He held the Dodgers to four base hits and two walks. He struck out four in the quality start. He now has an unattractive 5.63 ERA and 1.50 WHIP. Next on tap is a tough matchup versus the Nationals. Today, 12:11 am
  • Finnegan tosses six scoreless to beat Friars
    Brandon Finnegan shut out the Padres for six innings to lead the Reds to a 6-0 victory on Friday night.

    Advice: He limited the opposition to four base hits while striking out five. His record moves to 6-8 with a 4.68 ERA. Finnegan has struggled in two categories this year -- home runs and walks. Neither of those burned him tonight, although he did walk three. He has given up 22 home runs and a hefty 59 walks in 117 1/3 innings this year. Yesterday, 11:35 pm
  • Jackson coughs up six runs on Friday
    Edwin Jackson was hammered for six earned runs in five innings in a loss to the Reds on Friday.

    Advice: He gave up four runs in the first inning and two more in the fifth. He managed to keep the ball in the ballpark but was peppered for 10 base hits and two walks. His ERA climbs to 5.46 in 28 innings split between the Marlins and Padres. He has more walks (16) than strikeouts (15) on the year. Yesterday, 11:33 pm
  • Kelly gets one out for his sixth save on Fri.
    Shawn Kelly chalked up his sixth save by retiring one batter in the ninth inning on Friday.

    Advice: He was brought in with two outs and a runner on first base in the ninth inning. He gave up a single before striking out Eduardo Nunez to end the game. Kelley is now the favorite for saves in Washington, apparently taking over the closer's role from Jonathan Papelbon. Kelly deserves it. He has a fantastic 60/7 K/BB ratio in 38 1/3 innings this year. Yesterday, 11:02 pm
  • Blanco goes 2-for-3 with an RBI and a steal
    Gregor Blanco went 2-for-3, drove in a run and stole a base on Friday.

    Advice: He drove in the Giants' only run of the night with an RBI single in the second inning. The stolen base was his sixth of the season. He is batting .242 in 211 at-bats and is not a good fantasy option unless you play in a deep NL-only league. Yesterday, 10:45 pm
  • Porcello yields two runs in complete game win
    Rick Porcello gave up only two runs in a dominant complete game five-hitter to lead the Red Sox to a 6-2 victory over the Angels on Friday.

    Advice: He fanned three batters without issuing any walks to raise his record to an impressive 14-2. The win puts him in a four-way tie for the major league lead. Only three starting pitchers have a better walk rate than Porcello this year. He will take his 3.47 ERA into a matchup with the Mariners on Wednesday. Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Lincecum walks six, allows four runs Friday
    Tim Lincecum had yet another bad outing, giving up four runs in five innings in a loss to the Red Sox on Friday.

    Advice: He allowed five hits and walked six batters as his record fell to 2-5 with the loss. When a pitcher gives up four runs in five innings and actually lowers his ERA you know something has gone badly wrong. Today's game was a microcosm of his season. The home run he gave up to Jackie Bradley Jr. was the 10th one he has given up in only 35 innings this year. He has a very poor 31/21 K/BB ratio. He has given up an unbelievable 59 hits in those 35 innings. The Angels are desperate for starting pitching but they surely can't run Lincecum and his 8.49 ERA out there forever. Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Guerra carries shutout into ninth vs. Pirates
    Junior Guerra almost went the distance Friday against the Pirates, allowing just one run over 8 2/3 innings as part of a 3-1 victory.

    Advice: Guerra entered the ninth with a chance at his first career shutout (and complete game), but he allowed the first two batters to reach base before a run eventually scored on a fielder’s choice. He then gave up a single to Starling Marte before getting the hook. While Guerra ran out of gas at the end, it was still an excellent outing. He gave up just four hits and one walk while striking out five batters. The 31-year-old journeyman now owns a surprising 2.70 ERA and 85/34 K/BB ratio in 103 1/3 innings through 16 starts this season. He could be an interesting trade chip for Milwaukee. Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Brault goes six innings in loss
    Making his second major league start, Steven Brault took the loss Friday against the Brewers after giving up three runs in six innings.

    Advice: Brault surrendered seven hits and three walks, but the big blow was a two-run homer to Chris Carter in the first inning. He threw just 58 out of 106 pitches for strikes, but managed to work around trouble and keep the Pirates in the game. It’s unclear what the plan is beyond Friday, but the young southpaw should get more opportunities down the stretch. Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Carter launches two-run homer in win
    Chris Carter launched a two-run homer Friday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Carter took Steven Brault deep in the first inning and that was more than enough for Junior Guerra. The 29-year-old has amassed 23 homers this season, but this was his first since his two-homer game against the Cardinals on July 8. He’s batting just .173 this month, so he’ll be happy to see the calendar flip to August. Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • Griffin gives up two runs in victory
    A.J. Griffin yielded two runs in 5 2/3 innings in an 8-3 victory over the Royals on Friday.

    Advice: The only damage was a two-run homer off the bat of Eric Hosmer in the sixth. While Griffin failed to complete six innings, this was his longest start in seven chances since coming off the disabled list last month. It also gave him his first win since April. Still, he struck out just one batter and owns an underwhelming 12/11 K/BB ratio over his last five starts. Yesterday, 9:35 pm
  • Volquez goes six innings in loss to Rangers
    Edinson Volquez was tagged for six runs (five earned) over six innings in a loss to the Rangers on Friday.

    Advice: Volquez put himself in an early hole after giving up three runs in the first inning and never really recovered. He allowed nine hits (including two homers) in all while walking two and striking out five. The veteran right-hander was on a nice roll coming into Friday’s outing, but this wasn’t what the Royals wanted to see with the trade deadline coming up on Monday. Interestingly, the Rangers are reportedly one of the teams interested in him. Volquez now has a 4.70 ERA through 22 starts on the year. Yesterday, 9:34 pm
  • Profar homers, scores three runs on Friday
    Jurickson Profar went 2-for-3 with a solo homer, a walk, and three runs scored Friday against the Royals.

    Advice: Profar, who batted leadoff, went opposite-field off Edinson Volquez in the sixth. It’s worth noting that he made the start in left field. He previously made four starts at the position in 2013, but this was his first with the Rangers this year. There’s always the chance that Profar could be traded in a blockbuster deal by Monday’s deadline, but his versatility could come in handy for the Rangers down the stretch. Yesterday, 9:33 pm
    New Player Note
    Jurickson Profar Tex - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    5:05 pm vs KC
  • Joe Mauer delivers walk-off win on Friday
    Joe Mauer delivered a walk-off victory for the Twins in the 12th inning on Friday with a pinch-hit bases-loaded walk.

    Advice: It's only the second walk-off that Mauer has recorded in his career. It has been a disappointing season offensively for him, slashing just .263/.363/.376 with eight homers and 33 RBI. Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • Nolasco outstanding in no-decision vs. ChiSox
    Ricky Nolasco delivered an outstanding performance in a no-decision against the White Sox on Friday, allowing one run on three hits over eight innings.

    Advice: Nolasco surrendered a leadoff home run to Adam Eaton to start the ballgame, then limited the White Sox to just two hits and a walk over the rest of his outing. The right-hander struck out six on the evening. While he still isn't trustworthy in mixed leagues, he had delivered two strong outings in a row and could be worth a look in a decent matchup against the Indians in Cleveland on Wednesday. Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • Steven Brault recalled from Triple-A
    Pirates recalled LHP Steven Brault from Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: Brault will start on Friday against the Brewers. He allowed one earned run over four innings against the Cardinals earlier this month in his major league debut. Yesterday, 1:29 pm
  • Shawn Kelley retires final batter for save
    Shawn Kelley struck out the only batter he faced to pick up his fifth save of the season in Thursday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: Jonathan Papelbon started the inning but was pulled after allowing a one-out single and walk. Oliver Perez came on to retire two of the three batters he faced while allowing one inherited runner to score. Kelley then finished things off with a strikeout of Angel Pagan. Nationals manager Dusty Baker was non-committal after the game when asked about his ninth-inning situation, but Kelley may now be the favorite for saves. Of course, there's a pretty decent chance the Nats will acquire a reliever over the weekend. Yesterday, 5:39 am
  • Profar snares three hits and scores a run
    Jurickson Profar went 3-for-5 and scored a run in the Rangers' loss on Wednesday.

    Advice: One of the hits was a double. The former top overall prospect in baseball is finally healthy enough to help his fantasy owners. He is hitting .296/.349/.414 in 162 at-bats. Having played multiple games at every position except pitcher and catcher this year, his positional eligibility provides a huge boost to his fantasy value. Profar looks set to play pretty much every day moving forward unless the Rangers bring in some competition via trade or promotion. Wednesday, 8:35 pm
    New Player Note
    Jurickson Profar Tex - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    5:05 pm vs KC
  • Steven Brault to see Friday start vs Brewers
    Pirates prospect Steven Brault will start against the Brewers on Friday.

    Advice: Brault has made one start with the big league team this season, yielding two runs (one earned) against the Cardinals on July 5. In a larger sample, the 24-year-old southpaw holds a 2.15 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, and 66/22 K/BB ratio in 11 appearances -- 10 starts -- covering 50 1/3 innings with Triple-A Indianapolis. He draws a nice matchup against the Brewers and makes for a playable DFS option this weekend. Wednesday, 7:14 pm
  • Rangers interested in SP Edinson Volquez
    Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Rangers have expressed interest in acquiring veteran right-hander Edinson Volquez from the Royals.

    Advice: Grant notes that the entire Rangers brass in charge of player personnel was on hand for Volquez's start on Sunday and the club has admitted that they're seeking a major upgrade to their rotation. The Royals haven't yet decided if they'll be buyers or sellers at next week's trade deadline. The right-hander's next start is conveniently against the Rangers in Arlington on Friday, so all he may need to do is change dugouts if a deal gets consummated. Sunday, 7:19 pm
  • Rick Porcello scuffles in win over Twinkies
    Rick Porcello pitched poorly in Sunday's win over the Twins, yielding five runs (four earned) on six hits over 6 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Porcello did strike out eight, but he struggled to maintain his consistency and surrendered a pair of runs in the second, one in the fifth and two more in the seventh before being relieved of duty. The 27-year-old right-hander still holds a perfectly reasonable 3.57 ERA and 1.15 WHIP for the season as a whole. He will hit the road for a date with the Angels next time he toes the rubber. Sunday, 4:04 pm
  • Guerra goes six-plus but Brewers fall to CHC
    Junior Guerra yielded just one unearned run over 6 1/3 innings Sunday in a no-decision against the Cubs.

    Advice: That run came on a Ben Zobrist single in the top of the sixth inning, after Anthony Rizzo had reached base on a fielding error by Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett. Chicago's offense then went off for five runs against the Milwaukee bullpen in the top of the seventh, ultimately winning the game 6-5. Guerra will carry a shiny 2.85 ERA into his next start at home against the Pirates. Sunday, 3:35 pm
  • Griffin goes five strong as Rangers top KC
    A.J. Griffin limited the Royals to one run over five innings Sunday in a no-decision.

    Advice: The one run he allowed came on a fourth-inning Kendrys Morales solo shot. Griffin left the game at 89 pitches with Texas trailing 1-0, but the Rangers scored in the sixth and seventh and went on to win 2-1. Griffin will carry a 4.06 ERA into his next start at home versus this same Kansas City club. Sunday, 2:32 pm
  • Volquez goes six strong but Royals lose
    Edinson Volquez tossed six innings of one-run ball but the Royals fell to the Rangers on Sunday.

    Advice: The reigning World Series champs are now under .500 (48-49) for the year and quickly falling out of contention for a spot in the 2016 postseason. Volquez did his part Sunday, but the Kansas City offense could only muster one run of support. The right-hander has been steady since a brutal 11-run outing June 25 versus Houston. He gets the Rangers again next, this time on the road. Sunday, 2:29 pm
  • Godley picks up win despite disaster outing
    Zack Godley failed to inspire in Sunday's win over the Reds, yielding five runs on 10 hits over 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Remarkably, Godley somehow picked up in the win in this one. He should probably send a fruit basket to Reds starter Brandon Finnegan, who performed the tall task of pitching worse than Godley's five runs allowed. Through eight major league appearances (four starts) this season, the 26-year-old right-hander holds a 5.88 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and 20/10 K/BB ratio over 26 frames. He has a Friday night date with the Dodgers looming on the schedule. Sunday, 2:28 pm
  • Lincecum shelled for eight runs by Astros
    Tim Lincecum was brutalized for eight runs in 1 1/3 innings Sunday in a loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Lincecum yielded homers to Jose Altuve and Luis Valbuena in the Astros' four-run first inning and then Altuve went yard again off the veteran right-hander in Houston's four-run second. Lincecum now has an 8.70 ERA and 2.30 WHIP in 30 innings (seven starts) with the Angels. He probably shouldn't get another turn in the rotation, but Anaheim is pretty desperate. Sunday, 2:22 pm
  • Finnegan lit on fire for six runs against ARI
    Brandon Finnegan was horrific in Sunday's loss to the Diamondbacks, allowing six runs on seven hits over five innings.

    Advice: Five of the six runs on Finnegan's line came courtesy of a trio of home runs by Yasmany Tomas, Welington Castillo and Paul Goldschmidt. Tomas and Goldschmidt notched solo shots in the second and fifth innings, respectively, while Castillo came through with a three-run tater in the third. With that disaster squared away, Finnegan will hit the road for a date with the Padres next time he toes the rubber. He will carry a bloated 4.93 ERA and 1.44 WHIP into that affair. Sunday, 2:20 pm
  • Jackson notches quality start in no-decision
    Edwin Jackson turned in a quality start on Saturday, yielding two runs in six innings but took a no-decision versus the Nationals.

    Advice: He struck out only one batter and walked three but managed to deliver good results nonetheless. This was his second start since joining the Padres last week after starting the season in the Marlins' bullpen. He has walked more batters than he has struck out this year, which is obviously a harbinger of doom in the long run. He will take his 4.30 ERA into a home matchup with the Reds next week. Saturday, 7:50 pm
  • Joe Mauer not in Twins lineup on Saturday
    Joe Mauer is absent from the Twins starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Just a routine day of rest for the veteran first baseman with a tough opposing southpaw on the hill. Kennys Vargas will start in his place at first base and bat sixth against David Price and the Red Sox. Saturday, 12:48 pm
  • Rays demanding Profar if dealing with Texas
    Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Rays have demanded Jurickson Profar be included if they are to deal one of their available starting pitchers to the Rangers.

    Advice: Chris Archer, Jake Odorizzi and Matt Moore are all said to be available for the right price, and it appears that price must include Profar if the Rangers are going to land a major upgrade to their starting rotation. The Rangers have said no thus far, but as things get closer to the trade deadline we'll see if their position changes. Saturday, 11:32 am
    New Player Note
    Jurickson Profar Tex - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    5:05 pm vs KC
  • Jurickson Profar goes hitless in loss
    Jurickson Profar went 0-for-3 with a HBP on Friday to drop his average under .300 for the first time since his second game of the season.

    Advice: Profar is hitting .229 with just two extra-base hits (both homers) in 83 at-bats since June 11. He could get more consistent playing time now with Prince Fielder done, but the Rangers might get more production from giving those at-bats to Joey Gallo instead. Friday, 8:26 pm
    New Player Note
    Jurickson Profar Tex - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    5:05 pm vs KC
  • Lincecum yaks up pair of homers vs Rangers
    Tim Lincecum pitched poorly in Tuesday's win over the Rangers, surrendering five runs (three earned) on nine hits over five innings.

    Advice: Lincecum did strike out seven, but there were few other positives to garner from the outing. Robinson Chirinos homered twice off the former ace, swatting a long solo homer in the second and a slightly-less-long two-run shot in the fourth. With Tyler Skaggs closing in on a return from Tommy John surgery and Lincecum cradling a tough 6.59 ERA and 2.09 WHIP through six starts, The Freak could find himself out a rotation spot in the near future. Tuesday, 10:12 pm
  • Godley surrenders four in place of Miller
    Zack Godley took a loss in his return to the rotation against the Blue Jays on Tuesday, surrendering four runs (three earned) on six hits over five innings.

    Advice: Godley was called-up from Triple-A to take the place of Shelby Miller in the rotation. Against the Blue Jays, he struck out seven and walked one. Three of the four runs on his line scored on an Edwin Encarnacion home run in the third inning. He will carry a 5.31 ERA and 1.48 WHIP (20 1/3 innings) into a road showdown with the Reds next time he toes the rubber. Tuesday, 9:43 pm
  • Guerra turns in another good start vs. Bucs
    Junior Guerra allowed two runs on three hits over six innings in a no-decision Tuesday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Two of those hits, and two of his three walks, came in the first inning before Guerra settled down to blank the Pirates over his final five frames. Unfortunately for Guerra, his offense wasn't able to get much going, either, leaving his record at 6-2 with a strong 3.06 ERA and 1.06 WHIP. A tough test awaits the 31-year-old on Sunday when the Brewers take on the Cubs. Tuesday, 9:11 pm
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