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  • Luke Hochevar showing symptoms of TOS
    Royals placed RHP Luke Hochevar on the 15-day disabled list with symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome.

    Advice: That's never good. Matt Harvey just underwent season-ending surgery to relieve his TOS symptoms and Hochevar could be headed down a similar path. Hochevar is slated to meet with Texas-based Dr. Greg Pearl, who is one of the nation's leading TOS specialists. The right-hander had been the subject of trade rumors but those are probably on hold now that Hochevar is dealing with a potentially serious shoulder issue. 52 minutes ago
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    5:05 pm @Tex
  • Jeremy Jeffress nails down save No. 24
    Jeremy Jeffress recorded his 24th save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth inning in Thursday's victory over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Jeffress had to go through a 10-pitch battle with Jake Lamb with one out but eventually got him to ground out in a perfect frame. He's been good all year but has really turned it on of late, as the closer has allowed just one earned run over his last 16 appearances. He'll be a sought after commodity leading up to the trade deadline. Today, 2:22 pm
  • Tyler Anderson goes six strong in no-decision
    Tyler Anderson held the Mets to one run over six innings Thursday, taking a no-decision in a 2-1 victory.

    Advice: Anderson picked up five strikeouts while allowing seven hits and zero walks. He was in line to take a tough-luck loss before the Rockies rallied for a pair of runs in the ninth inning. Anderson has been the Rockies' most reliable starter since entering the rotation, putting up a 3.33 ERA and 1.28 WHIP over nine outings. He'll try to keep it going his next time out versus the Dodgers. Today, 1:47 pm
  • Casey Kelly to start Sunday versus Phillies
    Casey Kelly is expected to start Sunday against the Phillies.

    Advice: The Braves need someone to take the spot of Lucas Harrell, who was traded to Texas on Wednesday. Kelly made 10 appearances for the Braves earlier this year, collecting a 5.82 ERA while mostly working out of the bullpen. Aaron Blair is close to returning to the Braves' rotation so this might be the only start Casey gets. Today, 1:41 pm
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    4:10 pm vs Phi
  • Familia blows second straight save chance
    Jeurys Familia blew his second straight save chance Thursday, allowing two runs on two hits and two walks in a loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: Mets manager Terry Collins said that Familia would be unavailable after pitching the last two days, but the closer apparently approached the skipper and told him he wanted to pitch. The Rockies didn't hit anything hard, as one hit was a grounder up the middle and the other was a bunt single that catcher Rene Rivera should've fielded. Familia has blown two straight save opportunities after converting 52 in a row. Today, 1:38 pm
  • Nick Martinez sent down for Dario Alvarez
    Rangers optioned RHP Nick Martinez to Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Dario Alvarez, who the Rangers acquired in a trade with Atlanta earlier this week, was activated in the corresponding roster move. Martinez was lit up in a spot start against Oakland on Tuesday night (4 IP, 6 H, 5 ER) and now carries an uninspiring 7.18 ERA over seven appearances for the Rangers this year. He'll return to Texas when rosters expand in September, if not sooner. Today, 1:28 pm
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    5:05 pm vs KC
  • Braves recall lefty Matt Marksberry
    Braves recalled LHP Matt Marksberry from Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Marksberry allowed two earned runs in 1 2/3 innings of work with the Braves back in June. He will function as a lefty specialist in his return to the majors. Today, 12:44 pm
  • Braves add RP Jose Ramirez from AAA
    Braves purchased the contract of RHP Jose Ramirez from Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Ramirez was pushed off the Braves' 40-man roster back in April after two disastrous outings, but he has pitched very well at Triple-A. The right-hander will presumably step into a middle relief role in Atlanta. Today, 12:43 pm
  • ChiSox reinstate Chris Sale for Thurs. start
    White Sox reinstated LHP Chris Sale from suspension.

    Advice: Sale was handed a five-game suspension from the White Sox on Sunday after taking a knife to throwback jerseys that he did not want to wear. The incident led to the White Sox scratching him from his scheduled start Saturday against the Tigers, so he'll be working on nine days of rest in his return Thursday versus the Cubs. Today, 10:42 am
  • Minor (shoulder) set for rehab assignment
    Mike Minor (shoulder) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Thursday with Triple-A Omaha.

    Advice: It will be his first time pitching in a minor league game since May 30, when he had to shut down his rehab assignment because of rotator cuff fatigue. Minor missed the entire 2015 season with a torn labrum in his left shoulder and hasn't thrown a pitch at the major league level in 2016. Maybe he could become an option for the Royals in late August, but it's not something to count on. Today, 8:55 am
    60-Day DL
    5:05 pm @Tex
  • KC trying to package Kennedy, Davis; to LAD?
    Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Royals are trying to package Ian Kennedy in a Wade Davis trade, with the Dodgers "a strong match."

    Advice: Los Angeles badly wants Davis, as reported earlier by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, and the club has deep enough pockets to comfortably take on what remains on the ill-advised five-year, $70 million free agent contract that Kennedy received this winter from Kansas City. Kennedy has been a big disappointment in his first year with the Royals, currently holding a 4.41 ERA through 20 starts. He could eat some innings for a contender, but that's probably about it. Today, 7:31 am
  • Cardinals looking into Angels' Joe Smith
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Cardinals are "said to have looked at Joe Smith."

    Advice: St. Louis is on a wide-reaching search for relief help with Trevor Rosenthal falling apart this summer. Smith isn't the most exciting name on the market and he owns an underwhelming 4.08 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, and 24/13 K/BB ratio in 35 1/3 innings this season. The 32-year-old impending free agent right-hander should come rather cheap. Today, 6:24 am
  • Boxberger (oblique) on track for Friday
    Brad Boxberger made his second appearance in as many days Wednesday with High-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Boxberger faced two batters, walking one and striking out the other. He is on track to rejoin the Rays' bullpen on Friday after missing nearly two full months with a left oblique strain. Boxberger also had an abdominal injury before that and has been limited to just one appearance this season at the major league level. Today, 5:01 am
    15-Day DL
  • Hammel allows one run in seven innings Wed.
    Jason Hammel led the Cubs to an 8-1 victory over the White Sox on Wednesday by tossing seven innings of one run baseball for his 10th win.

    Advice: The only run he allowed came on a home run by opposing pitcher Anthony Ranaudo. Hammel struck out seven batters, walked two and gave up just five hits. His record improves to 10-5 with a 3.23 ERA in 114 1/3 innings. Hammel draws two starts next week. The first will be at home versus the Marlins on Monday, then he will travel to Oakland for an interleague game using the designated hitter on Sunday. Yesterday, 9:45 pm
  • Duffey could start Monday despite troubles
    Twins manager Paul Molitor said that Tyler Duffey has not been taken off his scheduled Monday start.

    Advice: Duffey was eviscerated to the tune of five runs on eight hits over 1 1/3 innings in Wednesday's loss to the Braves. Predictably, Molitor wasn't exactly jumping up-and-down at the prospect of handing the ball back to him for Monday's start against the Indians, but he did offer a half-hearted vote of confidence. "Right now he's scheduled to start Monday," Molitor said. "That's about all I can say about that right now." The 25-year-old right-hander holds a 6.12 ERA for the season as a whole. Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Tyler Duffey obliterated in loss to Braves
    Tyler Duffey was obliterated on Wednesday, giving up five runs on eight hits in just 1 1/3 innings in a losing effort against the Braves.

    Advice: Duffey walked one and didn't record a strikeout in the abbreviated outing. Just when Twins fans thought it couldn't get any worse after Duffey surrendered six runs over 2 1/3 innings his last time out, he was even worse against a struggling Braves offense on Wednesday. This could be the straw that forces him out of the Twins rotation before he has a chance to take on the Indians in Cleveland on Monday. Yesterday, 8:32 pm
  • Collins rules Jeurys Familia out for Thursday
    Mets manager Terry Collins said that Jeurys Familia will not be available for Thursday's game against the Rockies.

    Advice: Familia has pitched in back-to-back games. Wednesday's was an outright disaster, as he entered in the ninth with the Mets holding a 4-3 lead over the Cardinals only to surrender a game-tying RBI double to Yadier Molina and a go-ahead RBI double to Kolten Wong. The Mets lost 5-4. Thursday's forced off-day should just be considered a breather for Familia, who had not blown a save opportunity prior to Wednesday's meltdown. Addison Reed will handle any save chance that might come the team's way on Thursday. Yesterday, 8:11 pm
  • Martinez serves up three homers to Athletics
    Nick Martinez allowed five runs, including three home runs, over four innings in Tuesday's loss to the Athletics.

    Advice: Martinez gave up homers to Coco Crisp, Josh Reddick and Marcus Semien, accounting for four of the five runs allowed and three of the Athletics' six hits against him. It wasn't the outing he was hoping for in his return to the bigs, as the start was his first in nearly a month after being sent to Triple-A on July 9. Martinez holds a 7.18 ERA and 1.97 WHIP as a member of the Rangers this year, and it's hard to imagine they'll give him another start given the results. Tuesday, 9:46 pm
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    5:05 pm vs KC
  • Rangers recall Nick Martinez for start Tues.
    Rangers recalled RHP Nick Martinez from Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Martinez will start Tuesday night against the Athletics. He owns a rough 6.45 ERA in four starts and two relief appearances this season at the major league level. Tuesday, 1:10 pm
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    5:05 pm vs KC
  • Smith was unavailable due to back tightness
    Joe Smith was unavailable Monday because his back tightened up.

    Advice: Some speculated about a trade when Smith didn't pitch in the seventh inning Monday, but he's not going anywhere yet. Fortunately, the back issue appears to be minor and he should be good to go Tuesday. Monday, 8:43 pm
  • Nick Martinez to start Tuesday vs. Athletics
    The Rangers will call up Nick Martinez to start Tuesday against the Athletics.

    Advice: It was assumed after Martinez was scratched from his start at Triple-A on Sunday, but it's now official. He'll essentially take Kyle Lohse's spot in the rotation. Martinez has posted an ugly 6.45 ERA over four starts and two relief appearances with the Rangers this season, but he has had better results since being sent down to the minors earlier this month. Still, he's not a recommended fantasy option. Monday, 8:28 pm
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    5:05 pm vs KC
  • Chris Sale to start vs. Cubs on Thursday
    Chris Sale will make his return Thursday against the Cubs.

    Advice: The White Sox suspended Sale for five games after he cut up some throwback uniforms with a knife as a bizarre form of protest. There's a chance that Thursday could be a final start with the White Sox, as the trade deadline is approaching and there has been quite a bit of a chatter about a possible deal. Of course, it would require a monster haul for Chicago to part with him and they might not see the sort of offers they want. Monday, 2:32 pm
  • Boxberger (oblique) won't return before Fri.
    Brad Boxberger (oblique) will not be activated from the disabled list before Friday.

    Advice: Boxberger has allowed two runs in three innings on his minor league rehab assignment, and he has yet to pitch on back-to-back days. That is scheduled to happen this week, with the Rays likely hoping to see better results. Boxberger has been limited to one appearance at the major league level this season because of oblique and abdominal issues. Monday, 3:03 am
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  • White Sox suspend Chris Sale for five games
    The White Sox have suspended Chris Sale five games for his conduct in a clubhouse incident prior to Saturday's game.

    Advice: Sale cut up some throwback uniforms with a knife after getting into a heated argument with the front office about not wanting to wear the uniforms Saturday. The left-hander is tentatively slated to rejoin the White Sox' rotation on Thursday against the Cubs. General manager Rick Hahn said that the incident won't affect the club's decision on whether to trade the lefty or not, although that could just be GM speak. Sunday, 9:57 am
  • Chris Sale won't be at ballpark Sunday's Scott Merkin reports that Chris Sale is not expected to be at the ballpark on Sunday.

    Advice: Sale was scratched from Saturday's start and sent home after a run-in with the front office regarding throwback uniforms that he didn't want to wear. The White Sox have listed him as the scheduled starter on Thursday against the Cubs, although that could be tentative. Sale has also been mentioned as a trade candidate. Sunday, 8:22 am
  • Ventura won't say when Sale will start again
    White Sox manager Robin Ventura on Saturday wouldn't say when Chris Sale would make his next start.

    Advice: Sale was scratched from Saturday's start and sent home after a dust-up with the front office regarding throwback uniforms that he didn't want to wear. "I'll talk about the game, but any of that stuff, we'll wait on that," Ventura said. "I'm not going to discuss what went on in there. But (it's) unfortunate he didn't start tonight. Proud of the guys who filled in." Jose Quintana will start as scheduled on Sunday. Miguel Gonzalez is currently slated to take the ball Monday, although that seems like a spot Sale could easily slide into, assuming he and the front office work out their issues. The left-hander might be traded prior to the deadline. Sunday, 6:33 am
  • Anderson gives up three in six frames for win
    Tyler Anderson turned in a quality start at Coors Field, yielding three runs in six innings to help the Rockies beat the Braves 8-4 on Saturday.

    Advice: The rookie continues to impress. He struck out six batters, walked one and gave up eight base hits, none of which left the yard. It was his seventh start since being called up, and five of them have come at Coors Field. He is 3-3 with a 3.56 ERA. He has a 41/10 K/BB ratio in 48 innings. Perhaps most impressively, he has given up only four home runs, and two of those came on the road. Saturday, 10:11 pm
  • Sale sent home for cutting up throwback uni
    Tommy Stokke of FanRag Sports reports Chris Sale was sent home from U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday after cutting up throwback jerseys that he did not want to wear.

    Advice: This story takes another fascinating turn. Via FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal: "Sale asked that they not wear (throwbacks) on his day because they are uncomfortable. Things escalated when they wouldn't relent." Sale went after the jerseys with a knife during pregame batting practice, and then apparently exchanged some words with members of the White Sox front office for putting merchandise sales ahead of winning. He could be traded before the August 1 deadline, though that wouldn't really have anything to do with this odd incident. Matt Albers is starting in Sale's place on Saturday night against the Tigers. Saturday, 5:17 pm
  • Sale altercation was with front office staff
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick hears the Chris Sale clubhouse incident was with front office staff.

    Advice: Crasnick says the incident began with something "silly" and blew up into a bigger argument. It did not get physical, per a press release from the club, but the words exchanged were serious enough to cause the White Sox to scratch their ace from his scheduled start Saturday night against the Tigers. Matt Albers is going to take the mound instead versus Detroit. Saturday, 4:24 pm
  • Report: Sox still talking to teams about Sale
    According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the White Sox are talking to teams about Chris Sale.

    Advice: That's not exactly breaking news -- trade rumors have swirled around Sale for weeks -- but Passan's report is relevant because those discussions are ongoing even after the ace left-hander was scratched from his scheduled start Saturday against the Tigers because of a pregame clubhouse incident. We don't have any details about that incident, only that it was non-physical and did not cause an injury. This could be a very busy night for Sale's Rotoworld profile. Saturday, 3:59 pm
  • Sale sent home following clubhouse incident
    Chris Sale was scratched from his scheduled start Saturday night against the Tigers because of a pregame "clubhouse incident."

    Advice: Sale was sent home from U.S. Cellular Field and the White Sox will start Matt Albers instead. Via a statement from the White Sox: "The incident, which was non-physical in nature, currently is under further investigation by the club. The White Sox will have no additional comment until the investigation is completed." Odd stuff. Saturday, 3:50 pm
  • Chris Sale scratched Saturday due to the flu
    Chris Sale was scratched from his scheduled start Saturday due to the flu.

    Advice: The initial report didn't include the reason for the scratch, so trade speculation swirled for a few minutes. But it's just a minor illness. Matt Albers will start against the Tigers in Sale's place. Saturday, 3:02 pm
  • Hammel gives up two runs in win
    Jason Hammel gave up two runs over five-plus innings Friday in a 5-2 win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Hammel was pulled after giving up a leadoff double in the sixth. All told, he gave up four hits and walked a pair while striking out four. After going winless in six straight starts, he has now won back-to-back outings. He has had a knack for falling apart in the second half in recent years, but he’s bucking that trend so far. He’ll take a 3.35 into a start against the crosstown White Sox next week. Friday, 8:51 pm
  • Familia converts 50th straight save
    Jeurys Familia secured his 50th consecutive regular season save in Friday's 5-3 win over the Marlins.

    Advice: It wasn’t easy, as Familia threw 23 pitches and gave up one run on two hits and a walk. He ultimately put out the fire by getting Adeiny Hechavarra on a ground out to end the game. Familia’s control hasn’t been as sharp this season, as he has 18 walks in 45 1/3 innings after walking just 19 batters in 78 innings last year. But he continues to get the job done for New York. Friday, 7:52 pm
  • Mets monitoring reliever Joe Smith
    Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets are "monitoring" Joe Smith, Chris Withrow and Jeremy Jeffress.

    Advice: The Mets have been connected to Jeffress previously, but Smith's and Withrow's names are new as the club seeks relief help. Smith, who began his career with the Mets, has had a down season with a 4.36 ERA and 24/13 K/BB ratio over 33 innings, but that might mean the Mets can get him at a discount. Friday, 9:40 am
  • Duffey battered for six runs by Red Sox
    Tyler Duffey wasn't long for Thursday's game, allowing six runs on nine hits over 2 1/3 innings in a loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: It perhaps should have been a sign that Duffey was in for a rough night when Mookie Betts hit the first pitch he saw over the Green Monster. Duffey would allow three runs in the frame and another three in the third inning before getting the hook. The loss was his first in over a month, but the right-hander owns an unsightly 5.71 ERA and 1.46 WHIP through 16 starts this year. An interleague date with the Braves is on tap for Wednesday. Thursday, 7:02 pm
  • Kennedy bombed for seven earned runs in loss
    Ian Kennedy was shelled for seven earned runs in 4 1/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Indians.

    Advice: Cleveland went off for four home runs against Kennedy, with Mike Napoli, Jason Kipnis, Tyler Naquin, and Carlos Santana all getting in on the act. Naquin then homered again off Royals reliever Peter Moylan. Kennedy had been in a decent groove, but his ERA jumped from 3.86 to 4.28 on Wednesday afternoon in Kansas City. A matchup at home against the Angels is next. Wednesday, 2:34 pm
  • Familia pulls escape act to earn 33rd save
    Jeurys Familia loaded the bases with no outs but somehow escaped Tuesday's game against the Cubs with his 33rd save of the season.

    Advice: Familia issued two walks to lead off the inning, and a Javier Baez bunt single spelled real trouble for the reliever trying to protect a one-run lead. But Familia got pinch-hitter Matt Szczur to ground into a forceout at home, and he then coaxed a ground ball double play from potential NL MVP Kris Bryant to end the threat and the game. It wasn't pretty, but saves are saves, and Familia now has 33 of them in 33 chances this year. Tuesday, 7:57 pm
  • Boxberger (oblique) set for rehab game
    Brad Boxberger (oblique) will make another rehab appearance Thursday with High-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Boxberger allowed a solo home run in his rehab debut Monday with Charlotte, but he retried the other three batters he faced and Rays manager Kevin Cash offered a good report on the right-hander Tuesday evening. Boxberger has made just one appearance at the major league level this season due to abdominal and oblique injuries, so the Rays are probably going to ease him back. Tuesday, 4:41 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Mike Minor (shoulder) nearing rehab games
    Mike Minor (shoulder) threw a successful simulated game on Tuesday in Kansas City.

    Advice: Royals manager Ned Yost said Minor looked really good during the workout and suggested that the left-hander could be close to restarting a minor league rehab assignment. Minor missed the entire 2015 season with a torn labrum in his left shoulder and he hasn't thrown a pitch in the majors this year. Tuesday, 2:38 pm
    60-Day DL
    5:05 pm @Tex
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