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  • Jon Lester dominates Cardinals to win 19th
    Jon Lester was brilliant in Sunday night's victory over the Cardinals, racking up seven strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings of shutout baseball.

    Advice: The veteran southpaw scattered just three hits and a walk on the masterful evening. He has been absolutely outstanding down the stretch and has built up a very strong case for the National League Cy Young Award. Now 19-4 on the season, he'll carry a 2.28 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 191/49 K/BB ration into his final regular season tune-up against the Reds in Cincinnati on Friday. Yesterday, 8:28 pm
  • Carlos Martinez logs quality start in loss
    Carlos Martinez logged a quality start in Sunday's loss to the Cubs, allowing just two runs on six hits over his six innings of work.

    Advice: The right-hander walked four and punched out six on the night. He made it through the first four frames unscathed before David Ross belted a solo homer in the fifth inning. Addison Russell then tacked on an RBI double the following inning to complete the damage. Martinez has had an excellent season overall, compiling a 3.15 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 165/69 K/BB ratio over 188 2/3 innings. He'll take his final turn of the regular season on Friday against the Pirates. Yesterday, 8:19 pm
  • Glasnow allows four runs in loss to Nats
    Tyler Glasnow gave up four runs -- three earned -- over three innings Sunday in the Pirates' loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: It was the third major league start for Glasnow, who had been operating out of the Bucs' bullpen since his early-September return from a shoulder injury. He gave up seven hits and walked one. It's not clear if there is another start in store for the youngster. Yesterday, 2:49 pm
  • E-Rod strikes out 13, BoSox win 11th straight
    Eduardo Rodriguez struck out a career-high 13 over 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball, netting a no-decision in Sunday's 3-2 extra-innings win over the Rays.

    Advice: It was a record-setting day for the Red Sox, as Rodriguez combined with the bullpen to strike out 21 Rays batters over the first nine innings. The left-hander lost out on a win when Tampa knotted things up in the eighth inning, but much more important is that E-Rod is hitting his stride as the playoffs near with a 2.03 ERA over his last eight starts. Boston is playing its best baseball of the year, as well, with 11 straight victories. Rodriguez will close out his regular season at home against the Blue Jays. Yesterday, 2:22 pm
  • Volquez allows four runs but Royals win
    Edinson Volquez surrendered four earned runs over 2 2/3 innings but the Royals beat the Tigers on Sunday.

    Advice: Tigers starter Matt Boyd was far worse, yielding four runs in the top of the first inning without recording an out. Volquez walked four and gave up six hits, including a Victor Martinez grand slam in the bottom of the third. He'll try for better in his final start of the 2016 season next weekend versus Cleveland. Yesterday, 2:17 pm
  • Michael Pineda whiffs seven over solid 5 2/3
    Michael Pineda held the Blue Jays to one run over 5 2/3 innings while recording seven strikeouts in a no-decision Sunday.

    Advice: Pineda was inefficient as he often can be, but the only run he allowed on the day was a solo home run to Jose Bautista in the fourth inning. It was the big right-hander's fifth straight no-decision, and he hasn't picked up a victory since August 5. Pineda's final start of the season will come Friday against the Orioles. Yesterday, 1:54 pm
  • Ken Giles works scoreless ninth for 14th save
    Ken Giles earned his 14th save of the year Sunday in the Astros' victory over the Angels.

    Advice: Giles was hit on the wrist by a batting practice ball on Saturday but escaped without any major injuries. He walked one and struck out two in a hitless ninth inning Sunday at Minute Maid Park. Yesterday, 1:42 pm
    5:10 pm vs Sea
  • Bundy goes five strong in win over D'Backs
    Dylan Bundy worked five innings of one-run ball Sunday in the Orioles' 2-1 win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Bundy yielded just three hits -- two singles and a double -- while walking one and whiffing five. It was a promising bounceback outing from the 23-year-old right-hander, who had struggled in his previous three starts. He owns a 4.02 ERA and 104 strikeouts in 109 2/3 innings this season for Baltimore. Yesterday, 1:29 pm
  • Josh Tomlin terrific but takes loss Sunday
    Josh Tomlin was dealt a tough-luck loss Sunday, yielding two runs -- one earned -- over 6 2/3 innings in a loss to the White Sox.

    Advice: He struck out just one on the day, but Tomlin was good in this one with just five hits allowed and no walks. However, unfortunately for Tomlin and the Indians, Carlos Rodon was dominant. Tomlin has been much better since re-entering the rotation, permitting just one earned run in each of his three outings. He'll conclude his regular season with a start versus the Royals. Yesterday, 1:12 pm
  • A.J. Cole ejected from Sunday's game
    A.J. Cole was ejected from Sunday's start versus the Pirates for intentionally throwing a pitch at Jung Ho Kang.

    Advice: Kang faked a tag on Bryce Harper at third base in the top of the third inning, leading to an awkward slide from Harper and an apparent hand injury. Cole and the Nationals took exception, and the righty threw one behind Kang's head and was immediately thrown out. A brawl ensued, and Sean Rodriguez was also ejected. It seems likely that Cole will receive a suspension, and Rodriguez probably will, as well. Yesterday, 12:08 pm
  • Sonny Gray (forearm) to start on Wednesday
    Sonny Gray (forearm) will start on Wednesday against the Angels.

    Advice: Gray has been on the shelf since early August with inflammation in his right forearm, but he's been throwing off a mound for a couple weeks and is ready to test things out in a game. He's expected to go only 1-2 innings in the outing and can be safely avoided in fantasy leagues for the final week. Yesterday, 11:06 am
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm @LAA
  • Gray (forearm) likely to start this week
    Sonny Gray (forearm) said he "threw everything I had and wasn’t holding back" in a 48-pitch live batting practice session Saturday.

    Advice: A's manager Bob Melvin said of Gray that the "fit him in somewhere" this week provided that he feels fine Sunday. The skipped indicated that an appearance from Gray in the final week would be as a starter. Gray holds a 5.74 ERA in 116 innings this season and should be avoided in fantasy leagues this week, but it looks like the righty will be able to go into the winter feeling positive about his health. Yesterday, 9:56 am
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm @LAA
  • Rubby De La Rosa (elbow) to see Dr. Andrews
    Rubby De La Rosa (elbow) will visit with Dr. James Andrews on Monday.

    Advice: De La Rosa has tried to pitch through a sprained ulnar collateral ligament but is still feeling soreness and tightness in his elbow. He's already had one Tommy John surgery and it's possible he'll require another. De La Rosa is arbitration-eligible for a second time this winter. Yesterday, 9:39 am
    4:05 pm @Was
  • Bumgarner coughs up five runs in six innings
    Madison Bumgarner escaped with a no-decision after allowing five runs in six innings but the Giants went on to beat the Padres 9-6 in extra innings on Saturday.

    Advice: He put up zeroes in the first three innings but gave up a solo homer in the fourth, a two-run homer in the fifth and another two-run homer in the sixth. He has given up a career-high 26 homers this season, but his home runs allowed rate is still better than league average. Today he surrendered only one hit that didn't leave the yard. He punched out five and issued one free pass. He helped himself at the plate by going 2-for-3 and scoring a run. The five runs allowed were the most he has given up in a game this year. His 2.71 ERA in 219 1/3 innings is still spectacular even after the poor outing. He is likely to get one more start in the regular season. Saturday, 10:36 pm
  • Bettis pounded for seven runs in 4 2/3 frames
    Chad Bettis was demolished for seven runs -- five earned -- over 4 2/3 innings in a loss to the Dodgers on Saturday.

    Advice: He can't blame this one on Coors Field either. He struggled to throw strikes, walking four on 105 pitches in the short and ugly outing. He gave up eight hits and struck out three. Bettis gave up four runs in the second inning, two more in the fourth and was chased after giving up an RBI single to opposing pitcher Clayton Kershaw in the fifth. His record falls to 13-8 with a 4.92 ERA in 179 1/3 innings. Saturday, 9:52 pm
  • Straily limits Brewers to one run in 14th win
    Dan Straily held the Brewers to one run over 6 2/3 innings in a win Saturday.

    Advice: Straily yielded five hits and issued two free passes in the victory, his third in a row and 14th on the year. Anybody who said they saw this coming from the 27-year-old is a liar. Straily is now 14-8 with a 3.74 ERA and 1.18 WHIP through 33 games -- including 30 starts -- this season, and he's cemented a spot in the Reds' rotation heading into next year. Straily will make his final start of this season Thursday against the Cardinals. Saturday, 9:45 pm
  • Update: Ken Giles' X-rays come back negative
    X-rays on Ken Giles' injured right wrist came back negative.

    Advice: Well that's a relief. Giles went down with a scary wrist injury after getting smoked by a line drive in batting practice but it looks like he's going to be okay. The Astros are calling his injury a "right wrist contusion." It's safe to assume Giles won't be available against Oakland on Saturday (he probably wouldn't have been anyway after blowing a two-run lead the night before) but he shouldn't miss much time. Consider him day-to-day. Saturday, 4:07 pm
    5:10 pm vs Sea
  • Rubby De La Rosa unlikely to return in 2016
    Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale conceded that Rubby De La Rosa (elbow) is unlikely to return this season.

    Advice: Momentum was building for a comeback in late September but De La Rosa simply ran out of time. Originally slated for Tommy John surgery after tearing his UCL, De La Rosa chose the rehab route instead. It looks like he'll be fine for spring training next season. Saturday, 3:41 pm
    4:05 pm @Was
  • Giles (wrist) carted off during batting practice
    Ken Giles was carted off after taking a line drive off his right wrist during Saturday's batting practice.

    Advice: Giles was warming up in the outfield when a ball struck his wrist. He went down immediately and seemed to be in a great deal of pain. Beat writers described it as a "scary scene." Giles is obviously headed for X-rays and manager A.J. Hinch did not seem optimistic about his status. This comes less than 24 hours after Giles blew a two-run lead in an ugly loss to Oakland. Luke Gregerson will likely handle closer duties during his absence. Saturday, 2:29 pm
    5:10 pm vs Sea
  • Sonny Gray (forearm) to face live hitters
    Sonny Gray (forearm) is scheduled to throw a live batting practice session on Saturday.

    Advice: The right-hander has been sidelined since early August due to inflammation in his right forearm, but has yet to give up hope on a return this season. He could make a start in the final week of the season, though he's probably best avoided for fantasy purposes. Saturday, 10:59 am
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm @LAA
  • Tyler Glasnow to start for Pirates on Sunday
    Pirates manager Clint Hurdle announced Friday that Tyler Glasnow will start for the Pirates on Sunday against the Nationals.

    Advice: It will be the third start of the right-hander's young career. The 23-year-old hurler owns a 4.11 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 15/8 K/BB ratio across 15 1/3 innings with the big league club this season. He's worth a look as a streaming option. Saturday, 6:35 am
  • Giles melts down in loss to Angels
    Ken Giles blew a save in epic fashion Friday against the Angels, giving up six runs on three hits and three walks.

    Advice: Now that’s a meltdown. Giles gave up a leadoff single to Cliff Pennington before serving up a game-tying homer to Yunel Escobar. Things only got worse from there, as Mike Trout drew a walk with one out and eventually stole second base. The Astros elected to intentionally walk Albert Pujols after that, but C.J. Cron responded with an RBI single. Giles then uncorked a wild pitch and walked Andrelton Simmons to load the bases before being pulled. All three runs eventually came around to score. Giles’ ERA jumped from 3.47 to 4.31 with the nightmare performance. Not the best timing for fantasy owners. Friday, 9:08 pm
    5:10 pm vs Sea
  • Dylan Bundy to start for O's on Sunday
    Dylan Bundy will start for the Orioles on Sunday in place of Kevin Gausman.

    Advice: Gausman is having his next start pushed back due to a minor intercostal strain. The O's had planned to give Bundy a little bit of extra rest and have him pitch on Tuesday or Wednesday, but he'll take the ball on Sunday against the Diamondbacks instead. Thursday, 3:55 pm
  • Lester fires another gem to improve to 18-4
    Jon Lester was brilliant again Tuesday, yielding a lone run over seven innings in a 6-1 win over the Reds.

    Advice: Lester scattered six hits while striking out five and not walking a batter on the night. The win was his ninth in a row to improve him to 18-4 on the year, and the southpaw owns a sparkling 2.36 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 184/48 K/BB ratio through 30 starts. He'll continue stating his Cy Young case Monday at the Pirates. Tuesday, 8:46 pm
  • Eduardo Rodriguez terrific over 6 1/3 Tuesday
    Eduardo Rodriguez struck out seven while holding the Orioles to two runs across 6 1/3 innings in a 5-2 victory Tuesday.

    Advice: Rodriguez had a no-hitter with two outs in the fifth inning until Trey Mancinci broke that up with a solo home run. The left-hander yielded only four hits and one walk on the night to go along with his seven punchouts. The inconsistency with Rodriguez can be frustrating, but he's mostly been very good since the beginning of August with a 3.26 ERA. He'll face the Rays in Tampa on Sunday. Tuesday, 8:18 pm
  • Michael Pineda strikes out 11 in no-decision
    Michael Pineda lasted just 5 1/3 innings but recorded 11 strikeouts in a no-decision Tuesday as the Yankees downed the Rays 5-3.

    Advice: He needed 98 pitches to get through his 5 1/3 frames, but that can happen when you pile up 11 punchouts. Pineda surrendered a two-run triple to Brad Miller in the third inning but held the Rays off the scoreboard otherwise and was let off the hook when the Yanks rallied for four runs in the seventh inning. He'll take on the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on Sunday. Tuesday, 7:45 pm
  • Josh Tomlin holds Royals in check Tuesday
    Josh Tomlin limited the Royals to just one run across 6 2/3 innings but settled for a no-decision in a 2-1 victory.

    Advice: He matched zeroes with Edinson Volquez for much of the night, as it was 1-1 headed into the ninth when Brandon Guyer ended it with a walk-off RBI double. Tomlin has pitched well in each of his two starts since rejoining the Tribe's rotation, yielding just two runs over 11 2/3 innings. He'll try to keep it going against the White Sox on Sunday. Tuesday, 7:19 pm
  • Edinson Volquez pitches well in no-decision
    Edinson Volquez limited the Indians to one run over 6 2/3 innings but had to settle for a no-decision Tuesday.

    Advice: Volquez served up a solo home run to Carlos Santana in the third, but that's the only time the Tribe was able to dent the scoreboard against him. It's the 33-year-old's first quality start in over a month and just the third time since the beginning of July that he went more than six frames. Volquez faces the Tigers in Detroit this weekend. Tuesday, 7:15 pm
  • Gray (forearm) throws 48-pitch 'pen session
    Sonny Gray (forearm) threw a 48-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday afternoon.

    Advice: Gray is now scheduled to face live hitters over the weekend. He could make a start for the A's in the final week of the regular season, but the right-hander will be on a pitch count in that one and not worth using in a down-to-the-wire fantasy league. Gray, out since early August with forearm inflammation, holds an ugly 5.74 ERA in 116 innings this year. Tuesday, 4:23 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm @LAA
  • Madison Bumgarner strikes out 10 Dodgers
    Madison Bumgarner struck out 10 in seven scoreless innings Monday in a no-decision against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Bumgarner finished the seventh by touching off a benches-clearing incident with Yasiel Puig, repeatedly telling Puig "don't look at me" while at the same time staring him down. Before that happened, it seemed likely that Bumgarner would be back out for the eighth; he finished the seventh at 97 pitches. Instead, he was done and the bullpen blew the game in the ninth. Monday, 10:38 pm
  • Carlos Martinez picks up 15th victory Monday
    Carlos Martinez lasted just five frames but notched his 15th win over the season Monday, allowing two runs in a 5-3 victory over the Rockies.

    Advice: Martinez needed 102 pitches to cover his five innings and it looked like he might not last that long. After hitting a two-run double in the fourth and then scoring on a single, Martinez needed oxygen in the dugout and then still didn't look right when he came back out for the bottom of the frame, needing a visit from the trainer. He gutted it out, though, and the Cards' bullpen provided good work over the next four innings. Martinez will take on the Cubs at Wrigley in his next start. Monday, 8:56 pm
  • A.J. Cole lasts just four innings Monday
    A.J. Cole gave up only two runs but lasted just four innings in Monday's loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: Cole had thrown just 79 pitches, but the Nationals had a scoring opportunity in the top of the fifth inning and elected to pinch-hit for their starter. He struck out three while permitting four hits and a couple walks. Cole hasn't gone more than five innings in any of his last three outings. He'll face the Pirates on Sunday. Monday, 7:23 pm
  • Dylan Bundy struggles against Red Sox
    Dylan Bundy was touched up for five runs over five innings of work in Monday's loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: He gave up six hits and walked a pair, needing a career-high 99 pitches to get through his five frames. Both David Ortiz and Mookie Betts took Bundy deep. Not surprisingly for a guy who's pitched so little the last couple years, Bundy appears to have hit a wall with a 6.62 ERA and 21 walks over his last 34 innings. He'll try to rebound this weekend versus the Diamondbacks. Monday, 6:54 pm
  • Sonny Gray (forearm) set for bullpen Tue.
    Sonny Gray (forearm) is scheduled to throw 30 pitches in his bullpen session on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Athletics haven't officially ruled him out for the year, but he won't be worth adding in fantasy leagues even if he manages to return. Gray has been out since early August with a muscle strain and inflammation in his forearm. Monday, 3:42 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm @LAA
  • Chad Bettis defeats Padres to win 13th game
    Chad Bettis picked up his 13th victory of the season on Sunday, limiting the Padres to three runs on five hits over 5 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Bettis punched out three and issued just one walk on the afternoon. He allowed just a solo home run to Adam Rosales through the first five innings, then the Padres tacked on a pair while chasing him in the sixth. He'll carry a 4.79 ERA and 1.37 WHIP into Saturday's start against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Sep 18, 4:36 pm
  • Tyler Glasnow goes three scoreless in relief
    Tyler Glasnow pitched three scoreless innings, striking out four, in relief of Ivan Nova against the Reds on Sunday.

    Advice: The Pirates haven't ruled out giving Glasnow another start this season, and the fact that he threw 55 pitches today probably helps his case. Still, he's not on the schedule right now. Sep 18, 1:12 pm
  • Sonny Gray (forearm) to throw off mound
    Sonny Gray (forearm) will throw another bullpen session Tuesday.

    Advice: Gray has been on the shelf since early August with a muscle strain and inflammation in his forearm, but he's not giving up hope for a late-season return. However, given how poorly he pitched before being hurt, fantasy owners have no incentive to wait around for the righty. Sep 18, 11:01 am
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm @LAA
  • Rubby De La Rosa might not be shut down
    Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said Saturday that Rubby De La Rosa (elbow) might pitch again this season after all.

    Advice: The D'Backs announced Thursday that De La Rosa would be shut down, but Hale reversed course Saturday, saying the righty could pitch again if he shows improved command in bullpen sessions and in a simulated game. De La Rosa missed 3 1/2 months due to a sprained UCL and looked off in two appearances this month, but the club thinks his issues are more mental than physical. Sep 18, 6:47 am
    4:05 pm @Was
  • Giles fans two in ninth for 11 save Saturday
    Ken Giles punched out two batters in a perfect ninth inning to earn a save versus the Mariners on Saturday.

    Advice: The 25-year-old reliever got off to a brutal start to the season and quickly lost his ninth-inning job. He has pitched well since early May and has regained the mantle as closer. Giles now has 11 saves and a 3.64 ERA. He has a very impressive 92 strikeouts in 60 1/3 innings. Sep 17, 10:02 pm
    5:10 pm vs Sea
  • Rubby De La Rosa being shut down for year
    Due to lingering health concerns, Rubby De La Rosa will not pitch again this season.

    Advice: De La Rosa was just activated from the 60-day disabled list on September 9. He had previously been sidelined by a sprained UCL in his right elbow. While he did make two appearances after being activated, manager Chip Hale did not like what he saw in those outings and the Diamondbacks have decided it would be best not to risk further injury. De La Rosa will continue to throw, but his 2016 season has been put to rest. He finished the abbreviated campaign holding a 4.26 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 54/20 K/BB ratio over 50 2/3 innings. Sep 15, 9:36 pm
    4:05 pm @Was
  • Rodriguez lasts just 2 1/3 innings versus NYY
    Eduardo Rodriguez was chased after 2 1/3 innings Thursday against the Yankees, allowing four runs on eight hits in the no-decision.

    Advice: Rodriguez clearly didn't have it on this night, and Red Sox manager John Farrell made the right call in a game that the Sox ended up coming back to win. The 23-year-old has had some clunkers this year but had been pretty good leading up to Thursday, giving up more than three runs just once in his previous 10 starts. It all adds up to a 4.98 ERA and 1.34 WHIP for the southpaw through 17 starts. He'll try to right the ship Tuesday against the Orioles. Sep 15, 8:47 pm
  • Volquez shelled for eight earned by Athletics
    Edinson Volquez was knocked around to the tune of nine runs -- eight earned -- over 3 1/3 innings in a loss to the Athletics on Thursday.

    Advice: Volquez allowed seven hits, including a three-run homer, and walked four in the defeat, dropping him to 10-11 with a 5.40 ERA in 31 starts. Advanced peripherals say there's not a huge difference between this year's version and the Edinson Volquez who posted ERAs of 3.04 and 3.55, respectively, in the previous two years, but whatever run-suppression magic he had hasn't been there in 2016. The right-hander will next take the hill Tuesday against the Indians. Sep 15, 7:49 pm
  • D'Backs to reevaluate De La Rosa's health
    Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said the team will reevaluate Rubby De La Rosa's health.

    Advice: De La Rosa was lifted after throwing 45 pitches over one-plus innings Wednesday night against the Rockies. He's trying to work through a sprained UCL in his right elbow without going under the knife. "We’re going to look at his health," said Hale. "He didn’t seem to have the same kind of stuff coming out. Again the command was not good." Sep 14, 10:55 pm
    4:05 pm @Was
  • Rubby De La Rosa lifted in second
    Rubby De La Rosa was taken out after allowing one run in one-plus innings Wednesday in his start against the Rockies.

    Advice: The Diamondbacks probably shouldn't have brought De La Rosa back at all, but they wanted to see if he could work his way back from his sprained UCL without surgery. The plan was for him to throw another two or three innings tonight (he threw two in his first start back from the DL last week), but with his pitch count up to 45 with no outs in the second, he had to be lifted. Sep 14, 10:40 pm
    4:05 pm @Was
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