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  • Giants making 'strong push' for Cole Hamels
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Giants are making a "strong push" to acquire Cole Hamels from the Phillies.

    Advice: Rosenthal notes that the Giants have $50 million coming off the payroll at the end of the season, so adding Hamels wouldn't break the bank. The Giants' biggest competition might be the division rival Dodgers, though the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Diamondbacks, and Astros have also been mentioned as possibilities. 30 minutes ago
  • Chafin closes out 10-inning win over Mariners
    Andrew Chafin pitched a scoreless 10th inning, closing out Monday's 4-3 win against the Mariners.

    Advice: Regular closer Brad Ziegler had pitched on each of the previous three days, so Chafin filled in on Monday. He allowed a one-out hit to Kyle Seager, who advanced to second base on a ground out. The lefty then intentionally walked Robinson Cano before getting Seth Smith to strike out to end the game. Brad Ziegler will continue getting the ball in save opportunities for the D'Backs, but there's a chance he could be traded. In that case, Chafin would be a candidate to pick up saves. Yesterday, 10:55 pm
  • Ray fires seven strong innings vs. Mariners
    Robbie Ray pitched well in a no-decision, halting the Mariners at two runs in seven innings in Monday's 10-inning victory.

    Advice: Ray allowed six hits and two walks while striking out eight. The first run came in on Logan Morrison's RBI single in the fifth inning, and the second was courtesy Robinson Cano in the sixth on a solo homer. Ray has been terrific in 11 starts this year, boasting a 2.70 ERA with a 1.13 WHIP and a 58/17 K/BB ratio over 66 2/3 innings. He'll face off with the Astros at Minute Maid Park in his next outing. Yesterday, 10:52 pm
  • Montgomery pitches into 7th in no-decision
    Mike Montgomery picked up a no-decision, allowing three runs (two earned) in 6 2/3 innings as the Mariners lost in 10 innings to the Diamondbacks on Monday.

    Advice: Montgomery allowed two solo home runs: to Paul Goldschmidt in the first inning, and to Welington Castillo in the second. The D'backs tacked on an extra run in the second, helped by a Brad Miller fielding error. The lefty, overall, yielded five hits and four walks while striking out five. Despite a solid 3.20 ERA, Montgomery has battled control issues and a proneness to home runs lately: he has walked 13 batters and allowed seven home runs in 26 innings in July. He'll aim for improvement over the weekend when he faces the Twins on the road. Yesterday, 10:49 pm
  • Heston picks up eleventh win against Brewers
    Chris Heston pitched seven innings and allowed only two runs to earn his 11th win of the season on Monday facing the Brewers.

    Advice: The Brewers ended Heston's shutout bid, when they used a walk, a double, and a single to plate two runs. The right-hander worked around five hits and three walks while striking out four on the evening. Heston owns a terrific 11-5 record with a 3.14 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP, and a 99/35 K/BB ratio over 126 innings. He hasn't lost since June 14 and will look to keep that streak going over the weekend in a road start against the Rangers. Yesterday, 10:01 pm
  • Lohse pitches into seventh, but loses to SFG
    Kyle Lohse yielded four runs over 6 2/3 innings, taking his 12th loss of the season on Monday versus the Giants.

    Advice: The Giants put up a three-spot in the fourth inning, which included a two-run Brandon Crawford home run. Gregor Blanco ripped a pinch-hit RBI double in the seventh. Lohse, overall, gave up five hits and three walks, and failed to register a strikeout. The right-hander owns an abysmal 6.24 ERA with a 1.44 WHIP and an 83/29 K/BB ratio over 119 2/3 innings. He faces the Cubs in a home start next. Yesterday, 9:58 pm
  • 'Several teams' interested in Hisashi Iwakuma
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Mariners have heard from "several teams" interested in Hisashi Iwakuma.

    Advice: However, Morosi adds that Seattle "still hasn't committed firmly to trading him." The Mariners are, at best, on the fringe of the Wild Card race and Iwakuma is a free agent after this season, but it doesn't appear they're ready to give up yet. Iwakuma has been limited to just seven starts this season due to injury but has been really good the last three times out, allowing a total of just four runs. Yesterday, 9:08 pm
  • Hendricks takes no-decision with 5 subpar IP
    Kyle Hendricks served up four runs in five innings, taking a no-decision in Monday's walk-off, 9-8 victory over the Rockies.

    Advice: Hendricks allowed a two-run home run to Carlos Gonzalez in the third inning and a two-run single to D.J. LeMahieu in the fourth, but the Cubs rallied for six runs in the bottom half of the fourth. The right-hander, overall, gave up seven hits and three walks while striking out four. Hendricks owns a productive 3.81 ERA on the season with a 1.17 WHIP and a 97/23 K/BB ratio over 115 2/3 innings. He'll toe the rubber in Milwaukee against the Brewers this weekend. Yesterday, 8:54 pm
  • De La Rosa smoked in 3 2/3 IP in no-decision
    Jorge De La Rosa allowed six runs in 3 2/3 innings in a no-decision as the Rockies were defeated by the Cubs on Monday.

    Advice: All six runs came across in the fourth inning on two walks, four singles, and a double. They accounted for all seven base runners De La Rosa allowed while striking out two. He started to pitch better in late June through mid-July, but has allowed six runs in back-to-back outings. He has a 5.03 ERA on the year with a 1.43 WHIP and an 88/46 K/BB ratio over 90 1/3 innings. De La Rosa has a tough matchup ahead of him, as he'll face the Cardinals in St. Louis over the weekend. Yesterday, 8:51 pm
  • Chris Capuano to start on Tuesday
    Chris Capuano will start on Tuesday against the Rangers.

    Advice: It will presumably just be a spot start. Capuano holds a 5.64 ERA and 1.55 WHIP over 15 appearances -- three starts -- this season and allowed four runs over an inning of work in his last game. Yesterday, 8:39 pm
  • Hamels has told Astros he won't go there
    ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the Astros "were told weeks ago" that Cole Hamels would not approve a trade to Houston.

    Advice: It apparently hasn't kept the Astros from pursuing him, as both Stark and his colleague, Jerry Crasnick, are hearing that Houston is making a late push for the left-hander. Whether they'd be able to offer the best package and talk the left-hander into changing his mind remains to be seen. Yesterday, 7:09 pm
  • Astros 'making big push' for Cole Hamels
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Astros "remain in the thick" of the bidding for Cole Hamels and are "making a big push" for the left-hander.

    Advice: The Astros acquired Scott Kazmir last week but apparently aren't done in their search for frontline pitching. Houston is on Hamels' no-trade list and it's been reported previously that he might not be willing to waive it in order to go to the Astros. The Rangers are viewed by most as the favorites at the moment to land Hamels. Yesterday, 6:03 pm
  • Yohan Flande to make start on Tuesday
    Yohan Flande will start Tuesday's game versus the Cubs.

    Advice: Flande has been pitching in long relief and holds a 4.24 ERA and 1.29 WHIP over seven appearances this season. He could remain in the rotation if he pitches well, but we're not betting on it. Yesterday, 4:32 pm
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  • Weaver (hip) to make rehab start on Thursday
    Jered Weaver (hip) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Inland Empire on Thursday.

    Advice: Weaver's recovery from left hip irritation has dragged on a bit longer than expected, and with the Angels' rotation pitching so well they can afford to take their time. It's possible Thursday's rehab start will be the only one Weaver requires. Yesterday, 2:13 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Hou
  • Diamondbacks showing interest in Cole Hamels
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Diamondbacks have reached out to the Phillies to express their interest in Cole Hamels.

    Advice: The D'Backs can't be considered real contenders this season, but they'd be looking at Hamels as more of a long-term play since he's under contract through 2018 with an option for 2019. Arizona is one of 20 clubs on Hamels' no-trade list, although the southpaw has noted that he'd be willing to consider a deal to any club. Yesterday, 2:10 pm
  • Edwin Jackson released by Cubs
    Cubs released RHP Edwin Jackson.

    Advice: It was a formality after he was designated for assignment earlier this month. The Cubs had to eat roughly $15 million that they still owed to Jackson, but he should receive interest elsewhere now that he can be had at the veteran minimum. Yesterday, 1:56 pm
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  • Zack Wheeler (elbow) resumes throwing
    Zack Wheeler (elbow) has resumed throwing.

    Advice: Wheeler is four months removed from Tommy John surgery. If all goes according to plan with his rehab, he should rejoin the Mets' starting rotation around mid-2016. Yesterday, 11:38 am
    60-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs SD
  • Blue Jays most aggressive on Jeff Samardzija
    According to Dan Hayes of, the Blue Jays have been most aggressive on Jeff Samardzija.

    Advice: Hayes adds that the Giants are also interested. Samardzija owns a 3.91 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and 108/26 K/BB ratio in 140 1/3 innings this season with the White Sox and he's been especially dominant lately. The 30-year-old impending free agent should yield a nice return package. It looked for a while like the Pale Hose might have to sell low on him. Yesterday, 9:41 am
  • Rangers not close to Cole Hamels deal yet
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Rangers and Phillies "remain in dialogue" about a Cole Hamels trade, but a deal isn't close at this point.

    Advice: The Rangers appear to have moved to the front of the pack in the race for Hamels, but it sounds like nothing is imminent. Texas isn't a legitimate contender this season, but they'd be eyeing the future in acquiring Hamels, who is under contract through 2018 with an option for 2019. Sunday, 10:17 am
  • Rangers the 'lead team' in Hamels trade talks
    Jim Salisbury of reports that the Rangers are the "lead team" in the Cole Hamels trade discussions.

    Advice: The report comes on the heels of FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal saying that there is "momentum building" toward a Hamels deal. The Rangers aren't real playoff contenders this season, but Hamels is under contract through at least 2018 and would represent a dynamic 1-2 punch with Yu Darvish over the next few years. The Cubs, Dodgers, Yankees and Giants are viewed as the biggest challengers to the Rangers for Hamels' services. Sunday, 7:35 am
  • 'Momentum building' toward Cole Hamels trade
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that there is "momentum building" toward a trade of Cole Hamels.

    Advice: Rosenthal says that trade proposals for Hamels have improved since the left-hander threw a no-hitter versus the Cubs on Saturday, with clubs offering better players and asking for the Phillies to cover less of the southpaw's contract. He also notes that the Cubs, Dodgers, Rangers, Yankees and Giants have shown the most interest in Hamels of late. Sunday, 7:05 am
  • Hamels gets his first no-no at Wrigley Field
    Cole Hamels pitched the first no-hitter of his career on Saturday afternoon against the Cubs.

    Advice: It ended on a Kris Bryant fly to deep center field that Odubel Herrera nearly lost on the warning track. Hamels walked two but struck out 13 in what might be his final appearance as a member of the Phillies. It gave the franchise its 13th no-hitter, and it was the first no-hitter thrown against the Cubs in 50 years. The 31-year-old left-hander will carry a 3.64 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and a 137/39 K/BB ratio (through 128 2/3 innings) into trade deadline week. Saturday, 3:47 pm
  • Yankees have inquired about Cole Hamels
    Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Yankees have contacted the Phillies about acquiring Cole Hamels.

    Advice: Rosenthal notes that the Phillies like Aaron Judge, but he's one of the prized young prospects that the Yankees aren't planning to move at the trade deadline. Hamels would provide a much needed upgrade atop the Yankees rotation if they are able to acquire the veteran southpaw. Saturday, 9:28 am
  • Mets have discussed trading Zack Wheeler
    Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports that the Mets have discussed trading Zack Wheeler.

    Advice: While they are unlikely to move the young right-hander, he is being discussed in potential deals as the Mets continue to search for offensive upgrades. Wheeler is in the process of recovering from Tommy John surgery and isn't slated to return to action until midway through the 2016 season. Saturday, 8:18 am
    60-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs SD
  • Rangers, Phils have 're-opened' Hamels talks's TR Sullivan reports that the Rangers and Phillies have "re-opened" trade talks involving Cole Hamels.

    Advice: Sullivan's sources described the chances of the two sides coming together on a deal as "maybe." Texas has been linked often with Hamels even though they're not real playoff contenders, as they'd consider the left-hander a long-term play. Hamels is making $22.5 million this season and is guaranteed $73.5 million from 2016-2018. Friday, 12:33 pm
  • Jays in 'active discussions' for Samardzija
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays "remain in active discussions" with the White Sox about Jeff Samardzija.

    Advice: The Jays will almost surely add an impact starter at the trade deadline and Samardzija could be the most likely target, as they've been linked to him for a while now. The big right-hander has disappointed overall with the White Sox this season but has been terrific of late with a 1.71 ERA in four July starts. Samardzija, of course, will be a free agent after this season. Friday, 8:47 am
  • Jeff Samardzija goes eight strong to win
    Jeff Samardzija held the Indians to one run in eight innings Thursday to pick up his seventh victory.

    Advice: It'd be best for Samardzija's future if he got a trade, but he's made that a little less likely to happen by allowing a total of six runs over 31 2/3 innings in his last four starts, three of which turned into wins for the White Sox. It's still more likely than not that he'll go, but the White Sox think they might yet have a wild card run in them. Thursday, 7:14 pm
  • Jered Weaver to throw bullpen session Friday
    Jered Weaver (hip) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Friday.

    Advice: Weaver had hoped to return to the Angels rotation immediately following the All-Star break, but he has been slow to progress in his recovery from his left hip irritation. If everything goes well on Friday, he could be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment, where he'll likely make just one start before his return. Thursday, 6:01 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Hou
  • Iwakuma duels Price to standstill
    Hisashi Iwakuma earned a strong no-decision in Thursday afternoon's contest with the Tigers, allowing two runs on six hits over seven innings.

    Advice: Iwakuma and David Price were locked in a fun little pitcher's duel on Thursday. For most of the game, Price held a 2-1 advantage, but the M's managed to tie things up with a Mark Trumbo single in the seventh. They would go on to win in 12 innings, though Iwakuma was long gone by that point. For his part, the pitcher allowed a two-run double to Victor Martinez in the first inning before settling down to shutout the Tigers over the next six innings. He struck out seven and walked two on the day. After missing over two months with a strained lat muscle, the Japanese import finally appears to be rounding into form and should be seriously considered for deeper mixed-league formats. Overall, he's the owner of a 4.50 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 32/7 K/BB ratio over 42 innings. He's never posted an ERA higher than 3.52 in his career. He'll try to keep his good roll going in a home start against the Diamondbacks next time he toes the rubber. Thursday, 2:43 pm
  • Ray falls back to earth in loss to the Fish
    Robbie Ray coughed up five runs (four earned) across 4 2/3 innings Wednesday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Ray whiffed four, issued three free passes and gave up five hits. It was a disappointing outing from the resurgent 23-year-old, who had allowed two runs or fewer in seven of his last nine starts coming in. We endorse Ray as a consistent NL-only play. Mixed leaguers may also want to take a look at Ray's upcoming two-start week; the matchup in Seattle is ideal, while the date in Houston brings risk. Wednesday, 10:01 pm
  • Weaver (hip) not yet ready to return to Halos
    Jered Weaver (hip) said he's "not yet" ready to return to the Angels' rotation.

    Advice: "Not yet," Weaver said Wednesday, following a 60-pitch simulated game on Tuesday. "It's just not there yet." It was originally hoped Weaver could return to the Angels' rotation following the simulated game, but now it appears he'll need another sim game or a rehab start before returning. Either way, Tuesday was a step in the right direction and he seems to be close to a return. Wednesday, 8:14 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Hou
  • Montgomery demolished in a loss to the Tigers
    Mike Montgomery surrendered eight runs (six earned) in 2 2/3 innings in Wednesday's loss to the Tigers.

    Advice: All eight runs scored in the third inning. Nick Castellanos struck the big blow with a grand slam, accounting for the first four runs. Montgomery allowed six hits, walked five, and struck out two in a nightmarish performance. The lefty has otherwise been solid in 10 starts, sporting a 3.25 ERA with a 1.19 WHIP and a 45/21 K/BB ratio over 63 2/3 innings. Montgomery will attempt to rebound next week at home versus the Diamondbacks. Wednesday, 7:27 pm
  • De La Rosa shelled for six runs vs Rangers
    Jorge De La Rosa was crushed by the Rangers on Wednesday afternoon, allowing six runs on five hits over six innings.

    Advice: The Rangers put up five runs in the first two innings on De La Rosa, but he settled in after the rough start, allowing only one more run for the remainder of his time on the mound. He struck out eight and walked two in the contest. While he's striking out batters at a nice clip, the consistency simply hasn't been there on other fronts. De La Rosa will take a 4.62 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 86/44 K/BB ratio (over 87 2/3 innings) into his next start, a road outing against the Cubs. Wednesday, 4:02 pm
  • Lohse pounded for five runs by Indians
    Kyle Lohse fooled nobody in Wednesday afternoon's loss to the Indians, surrendering five runs on 10 hits over five innings.

    Advice: Of the 10 hits Lohse allowed, two left the ballpark in the form of a solo home run by Francisco Lindor in the first inning and a three-run shot by Michael Brantley in the third. The veteran right-hander struck out three and walked three in the ugly outing. His numbers for the season? Also less than shiny, as he now holds a 6.29 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 83/26 K/BB ratio over 113 innings. Assuming he hasn't pitched his way out of the Brewer rotation, he'll take to the road to face the Giants in his next start. Wednesday, 2:39 pm
  • Four-run first dooms Hendricks despite 9 K's
    Kyle Hendricks struggled early in yielding five overall runs on seven hits over six innings during Wednesday afternoon's 9-1 loss to the Reds.

    Advice: Hendricks started out the proceedings poorly enough, allowing two-run doubles to Todd Frazier and Eugenio Suarez in the first inning to fall into a 4-0 hole. He calmed down after the rough open, but the early troubles would ultimately result in a loss, dropping his record to 4-5 on the season. Hendricks struck out nine and walked two in the contest. Despite the relatively tough start, he's more than held his own in 2015 and is pitching to a 3.66 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 93/20 K/BB ratio over 110 2/3 innings. A date with the Rockies at Wrigley is up next on his schedule. Wednesday, 12:23 pm
  • Weaver (hip) could rejoin rotation next week
    Jered Weaver (hip) could rejoin the Angels' rotation next week.

    Advice: Weaver threw a successful 60-pitch simulated game on Tuesday. "The way he pitched today, that stuff is pretty much what we’ve seen Weave have," manager Mike Scioscia said. It's possible the Halos will have Weaver make a rehab start first, although from the way Scioscia is talking it sounds like he thinks the right-hander is ready to rejoin the big club's rotation. Wednesday, 7:11 am
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Hou
  • Heston flirts with no-no again, gets 10th win
    Chris Heston flirted with a no-hitter but settled for shutting the Padres out on one hit over 7 1/3 innings, earning his 10th win on Tuesday.

    Advice: Heston, who authored a no-hitter on June 9 against the Mets, no-hit the Padres through five innings on Tuesday, but Melvin Upton, Jr. broke it up with a leadoff single in the sixth. The right-hander walked two while striking out six in the sterling effort. He has a 3.18 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP, and a 95/32 K/BB ratio over 119 innings to date. Heston will face the Brewers at home next. Tuesday, 10:04 pm
  • Jered Weaver not expected back this week
    Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Monday that Jered Weaver (hip) is a "long shot" to pitch on Friday when the club needs another starter.

    Advice: Weaver will throw a simulated game on Tuesday, and it appears that the Angels will either have him thrown an additional sim game after that or possibly make a rehab start. Nick Tropeano looks like the most likely candidate for a spot start on Friday. Monday, 4:53 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Hou
  • CHW listening; Samardzija 'most likely to go'
    According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the White Sox are in "listening mode" and Jeff Samardzija is "most likely to go."

    Advice: Samardzija is a free agent this offseason and the White Sox currently stand 13 games back of the Royals in the American League Central standings. There's no reason to keep him around beyond the July 31 deadline if he can fetch some young talent. The 30-year-old right-hander has been good but not great in his first year with Chicago, carrying a 4.08 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 105/26 K/BB ratio through 132 1/3 innings. Monday, 8:29 am
  • Cubs designate Edwin Jackson for assignment
    Cubs designated RHP Edwin Jackson for assignment.

    Advice: In the third year of a four-year, $52 million contract, it has come to this. The 31-year-old right-hander has actually done a decent job out of the Cubs bullpen this season, registering a 3.19 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, and 23/12 K/BB ratio over 31 innings, but his ERA overall as a member of the Cubs is 5.37. He is now off their 40-man roster. There could be teams interested in giving him an opportunity to start again. Jul 19, 6:00 pm
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  • Zack Wheeler (elbow) to throw this week
    Zack Wheeler (elbow) will begin a throwing program this week.

    Advice: It's a big step in the right-hander's long road back from Tommy John surgery. Wheeler isn't expected to be ready to rejoin the Mets' rotation until around midseason next year. Jul 19, 9:11 am
    60-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs SD
  • Iwakuma fans five in victory over Yankees
    Hisashi Iwakuma racked up five strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings as he defeated the Yankees in New York on Saturday.

    Advice: The right-hander allowed just two runs on five hits in the contest. All of the damage against him came on a two-run homer off the bat of Brian McCann in the fourth inning. After delivering a clunker in his return from the disabled list, Iwakuma has now won two consecutive starts and looks to be getting stronger as he goes. He'll take on the Tigers in Detroit his next time out on Thursday. Jul 18, 1:22 pm
  • Robbie Ray strikes out eight Giants
    Robbie Ray yielded two runs in five innings and struck out eight Friday against the Giants.

    Advice: It's a new career high in strikeouts for Ray. His last five starts haven't matched his first four, but he's still pitching plenty well enough to keep his rotation spot. With no walks tonight, he has a 46/12 K/BB ratio in 55 innings. Jul 17, 10:53 pm
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