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  • Andriese posts another solid start
    Matt Andriese tossed seven innings of two run (one earned) ball against the Royals.

    Advice: Andriese’s surprising run rolls on. The 26-year-old righty gave up five hits and two walks while striking out three batters. His ERA is now down to a stellar 2.36 for the season after five starts and 34 1/3 innings. Be careful though because his lowly 5.24 K/9 is not the mark of an ace. Expect some rocky outings to boost his ERA upward. Yesterday, 9:08 pm
  • Tanner Roark goes seven innings in victory
    Tanner Roark yielded two runs and four hits in seven innings in a win over the Phillies on Monday.

    Advice: Because the Nationals scored three runs in the top of the eighth, Roark won despite being outpitched by opposing starter Jeremy Hellickson, who allowed one run in seven innings. Roark improved to 4-4 with a 2.70 ERA. Yesterday, 7:21 pm
  • Marco Estrada goes eight scoreless in win
    Marco Estrada blanked the Yankees for eight innings, allowing just three hits, in a victory Monday.

    Advice: Estrada was at 108 pitches after eight, so he wasn't allowed to go for his first career complete game. He's been one of the AL's better pitchers the last two years, but since debuting with the Nationals in 2008, he's never finished any of his 109 career starts. Yesterday, 6:47 pm
  • Drew Storen gets third save
    Drew Storen got two outs with a two-run lead for his third save of the year Monday against the Yankees.

    Advice: The Jays didn't want to use Roberto Osuna tonight, so they turned to Aaron Loup to start the ninth in a 4-0 game. After he surrendered a two-run homer with one out, Storen took over and retired two of the three batters he faced. Storen has picked up three saves this year, but his ERA stands at 6.75. Yesterday, 6:45 pm
  • Hector Rondon notches save No. 9
    Hector Rondon nailed down his ninth save of the season with a perfect ninth inning in Monday's win over the Dodgers.

    Advice: Entering to protect a two-run lead, Rondon cruised through the ninth on 13 pitches, striking out Howie Kendrick and inducing a couple groundouts. The Cubs lost starter Jason Hammel to a hamstring cramp after two innings but still managed to toss a one-hitter, as the bullpen put up seven spotless frames. Rondon hasn't pitched a ton this season because the Cubs are crushing everyone, but he's a perfect 9-for-9 in save opportunities and boasts a 1.04 ERA, 0.63 WHIP and 27/2 K/BB ratio over 17 1/3 innings. Yesterday, 5:52 pm
  • Edwin Escobar pummeled in first MLB start
    Edwin Escobar's first start in the majors didn't go well, as he was lit up for eight runs -- seven earned -- over just 3 1/3 frames in a loss to the Astros.

    Advice: The D'Backs surely didn't want to have to turn to Escobar in this one, as his numbers in the upper minors have been rather lackluster. But, with Shelby Miller (finger) and Rubby De La Rosa (elbow) on the shelf, they didn't have many options. There's a good chance Arizona will go with someone else this weekend against the Cubs. If Escobar gets trotted out there again, it will be ugly. Yesterday, 5:23 pm
  • Angels option RHP Morin to Triple-A
    Angels optioned RHP Mike Morin to Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Morin gets the boot after giving up the deciding homer in extras on Sunday. The 25-year-old struggled to the tune of a 5.48 ERA over 25 appearances this season. Yesterday, 2:39 pm
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  • Huston Street (oblique) activated from DL
    Angels activated RHP Huston Street from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Street has been sidelined since April 23 with an oblique strain. Joe Smith filled in at closer during his absence, but he'll move back into a set-up role. Yesterday, 2:32 pm
  • Red Sox option RHP Hembree to Triple-A
    Red Sox optioned RHP Heath Hembree to Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for Eduardo Rodriguez to make his long-awaited season debut on Tuesday. Hembree owns a 2.14 ERA and 18/5 K/BB ratio over 21 innings this season and should be back eventually. Yesterday, 1:53 pm
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  • Steven Wright throws complete game vs. O's
    Steven Wright allowed two runs in a complete-game 9-2 victory over the Orioles on Monday.

    Advice: It was his third complete game of the season, which ties him with Chris Sale, Clayton Kershaw, and Johnny Cueto for the MLB lead. Not a bad group. He threw a career-high 122 pitches to go the distance. The knuckleballer walked five and struck out seven. Wright gave up just four hits, including three of them in a two-run fifth inning. However, he bounced back from there by retiring 13 out of the final 15 batters he faced. Wright has now thrown seven innings or more in four out of his last five starts. He’ll bring a surprising 2.45 ERA into a start against the Blue Jays at home this weekend. Yesterday, 1:51 pm
  • Familia bounces back with dominant save
    Jeurys Familia tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning against the White Sox on Monday for his 17th save of the season.

    Advice: It was a dominant frame from Familia, who induced a comebacker and notched two strikeouts. The 26-year-old had a pair of rough outings over the weekend and hasn’t been as sharp overall as he was last season, but like Matt Harvey’s performance, this was an encouraging day for him. Yesterday, 12:49 pm
  • T.J. McFarland (knee) activated at AAA
    T.J. McFarland (knee) has been activated from the disabled list at Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: McFarland could quickly move to the major league level now that his left knee is healed. The right-hander had a 4.73 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 13 1/3 innings of relief earlier this season for the Orioles. Yesterday, 9:39 am
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  • Romo (elbow) will not return before Thursday
    Sergio Romo (elbow) won't be activated from the disabled list before Thursday.

    Advice: Romo experienced some fatigue after making back-to-back rehab appearances last week at Triple-A Sacramento. But it doesn't sound like a major setback, and Romo is actually slated to pitch this Monday and Tuesday at High-A San Jose before possibly returning to the Giants on Thursday. The setup man has been on the disabled list since April 14 with a flexor muscle strain in his right arm. Yesterday, 9:02 am
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    4:10 pm @Atl
  • Braves sign Dale Thayer to minors contract
    Braves signed RHP Dale Thayer to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Thayer opted out of his minor league deal with the Dodgers in early May after opening the season with a 6.75 ERA in eight innings at Triple-A Albuquerque. He'll act as organizational bullpen depth for Atlanta. Yesterday, 7:52 am
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  • White Sox option Kahnle back to Charlotte
    White Sox optioned RHP Tommy Kahnle to Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Kahnle gave up two hits and two walks without recording an out Saturday in a crushing loss to the Royals. Chicago's bullpen surrendered seven runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to fall 8-7. Yesterday, 7:23 am
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  • D'Backs recall Edwin Escobar for Monday start
    Diamondbacks recalled RHP Edwin Escobar from Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: He will debut for the Diamondbacks on Monday against the Astros. Escobar posted underwhelming numbers in the minor leagues and should be avoided for fantasy purposes. Sunday, 5:09 pm
  • Street (oblique) could be activated Monday
    Huston Street (oblique) could be activated from the disabled list on Monday.

    Advice: Street made it through an appearance in extended spring training on Saturday with no issues. He could skip a rehab assignment and join the Angels on Monday, although the club hasn't ruled out having him pitch in a minor league game. Joe Smith will return to a setup role when Street is ready. Sunday, 11:12 am
  • Familia gives up four runs vs. Dodgers
    Jeurys Familia gave up four runs in a non-save situation Friday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Asked to hold a 5-1 lead, Familia gave up back-to-back singles to begin the ninth inning before striking out Joc Pederson swinging. Yasiel Puig followed with a single before Familia walked Yasmani Grandal to force in a run. He got the second out by striking out pinch-hitter Trayce Thompson swinging, but Chase Utley followed with a double to the right-center field gap to clear the bases and tie the ballgame. Familia struck out Corey Seager to get out of the frame and actually ended up the winning pitcher after Curtis Granderson led off the bottom of the ninth with a home run. The ugly outing increased his ERA from 2.01 to 3.47 on the year. Friday, 7:51 pm
  • Edwin Escobar to start for D'Backs on Monday
    Edwin Escobar will start for the Diamondbacks on Monday against the Astros.

    Advice: It'll be the first big league start for the 24-year-old southpaw. He has been uninspiring in five starts at Triple-A Reno this season, compiling a 4.68 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 17/6 K/BB ratio across 25 innings. He can be safely avoided for fantasy purposes. Friday, 3:56 pm
  • Andriese throws quality outing against MIA
    Matt Andriese allowed three earned runs in six innings, striking out six, in Wednesday’s loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: Andriese had a tough time with the middle of the Marlins’ lineup. They accounted for all of his three runs allowed, all in the third inning, but the 2-5 hitters for the Marlins went 5-for-11 with a pair of doubles. The right-hander still tossed a quality start, but it was far from impressive and a reminder that he’s far from a touted prospect. The 2.63 ERA belies an undercurrent of mediocrity, as he owns a 5.60 K/9 and is being bolstered by an unsustainable .225 BABIP. Buyer beware. Wednesday, 8:08 pm
  • Steven Wright goes seven innings for win
    Steven Wright yielded three runs -- two earned -- in seven innings to defeat the Rockies on Wednesday.

    Advice: Wright worked around three wild pitches and four passed balls from Ryan Hanigan to turn in his eighth quality start in nine tries. The Red Sox are just 4-5 when he pitches, since they've mostly been saving their outbursts for their other starters. His ERA stands at 2.52. Wednesday, 8:00 pm
  • Estrada throws quality start versus Yankees
    Marco Estrada picked up his second win of the campaign, surrendering three runs in seven innings of work against the Yankees on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was vintage Estrada on Wednesday. He induced fly ball after fly ball, a couple of which went over the fence, but most fell harmlessly into catcher’s gloves. The right-hander has a .213 BABIP and had a .216 BABIP all last year -- something that’s heavily aided by his fly-ball tendencies. Estrada is a sneaky-good pickup in fantasy leagues. Owners largely expect him to regress, but don’t really understand why he consistently outperforms his FIP. He now has a 2.76 ERA in 58 2/3 innings for the Blue Jays in 2016 after a strong 3.13 ERA a year ago. Wednesday, 7:12 pm
  • T.J. McFarland (knee) to throw simulated game
    T.J. McFarland (knee) will throw a simulated game on Friday or Saturday.

    Advice: McFarland injured his left knee making a start for Triple-A Norfolk on Friday, but on the positive side, no structural damage was found when he underwent an MRI. Assuming his simulated game goes well, he could return to minor league action in relatively short order. Wednesday, 4:55 pm
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  • Rondon earns his eighth save of the season
    Hector Rondon tallied his eighth save of 2016 as the Cubs beat the Cardinals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Stephen Piscotty and Matt Adams opened the bottom of the ninth inning with back-to-back singles, but Rondon rallied to strike out both Yadier Molina (after Molina showed bunt) and the hot-hitting Randal Grichuk. Jedd Gyorko grounded back to the mound for the final out. Rondon has a 1.58 ERA and 95 strikeouts in 85 1/3 innings since the beginning of the 2015 season and he is 10-for-10 lifetime in save opportunities against the rival Redbirds. Wednesday, 2:50 pm
  • Familia earns his 16th save of the season
    Jeurys Familia picked up his 16th save of the season Wednesday afternoon against the Nationals.

    Advice: Familia worked around a pair of singles to preserve the Mets' two-run lead. The 26-year-old closer has a 2.01 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 18/4 K/BB ratio in 22 1/3 innings this season. He struck out one on Wednesday. Wednesday, 1:05 pm
  • Roaro yields two runs in loss to Mets
    Tanner Roark held the Mets to two runs -- one earned -- over seven innings but took a loss on Wednesday.

    Advice: Roark got zero run support from the Nationals offense, falling to 3-4 on the year. He does have a 2.71 ERA in 63 innings (10 starts) this season, and he's whiffed 58 batters in 63 innings. The right-hander will hope for better luck next time out against the Phillies. Wednesday, 1:03 pm
  • Romo (elbow) set to begin rehab assignment
    Sergio Romo (elbow) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Monday with Triple-A Sacramento.

    Advice: Romo, who is coming back from a flexor strain, is expected to pitch Monday, Wednesday, and Friday before making back-to-back appearances on Sunday and Monday. As long as there are no issues, he should rejoin the Giants after that. Monday, 6:11 pm
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    4:10 pm @Atl
  • Street (oblique) nearing rehab assignment
    Huston Street (oblique) will head to extended spring training on Friday.

    Advice: Street, who is working his way back from a left oblique strain, should move on to a minor league rehab assignment from there. Barring any setbacks, he should return to the ninth inning for the Angels right around the end of the month. Monday, 3:00 pm
  • White Sox recall Tommy Kahnle from AAA
    White Sox recalled RHP Tommy Kahnle from Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Kahnle will serve as the 26th man in Monday's doubleheader against the Indians. The right-hander struck out two over a scoreless frame earlier this month for the White Sox in his only other appearance at the major league level this season. He'll head right back to Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday. Monday, 10:30 am
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  • No structural damage in knee for McFarland
    The Orioles received some good news on Sunday when an MRI revealed no structural damage in the left knee of T.J. McFarland.

    Advice: McFarland underwent the exam as a precautionary measure after injuring his start at Triple-A Norfolk on Friday. He should only miss a couple of days after receiving a cortisone injection. May 22, 3:56 pm
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  • Huston Street (oblique) to throw sim game
    Huston Street (oblique) will throw a simulated game on Monday.

    Advice: Street is coming along nicely in his rehab from a strained oblique. It's unclear whether he'll need a rehab assignment, but a return before the end of the month looks doable. May 22, 8:17 am
  • Report: Blue Jays shopping Drew Storen
    Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun reports that the Blue Jays have told teams Drew Storen is available via trade.

    Advice: The Jays surely aren't in sell mode even after a disappointing start, but it does appear they're willing to deal their setup man for the right return. Storen holds a 7.80 ERA on the season and has seen his velocity drop, although he boasts a 16/4 K/BB ratio across 15 innings. He'll be a free agent after the season. Elliott says scouts from the Braves, Rockies, Royals, Dodgers, Marlins, Padres and Giants were watching the Jays-Twins series this weekend. May 22, 5:15 am
  • T.J. McFarland (knee) headed for MRI
    T.J. McFarland will undergo an MRI after injuring his left knee in Friday's start for Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: He'll be evaluated by team orthopedist Dr. Michael Jacobs. McFarland only expects to be out a few days but the Orioles still felt it necessary to give him an MRI. "Stay on the safe side, see what we're dealing with," said manager Buck Showalter. The Orioles optioned McFarland to Norfolk back on May 7. May 21, 7:57 pm
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