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  • Cishek bends but doesn't break for 17th save
    Steve Cishek worked around a one-out double in the ninth inning to protect a one-run lead and nail down his 17th save.

    Advice: Cishek is quietly having an excellent season in his first year in Seattle. He has a 2.62 ERA and has fanned 41 batters in 34 1/3 innings. He has converted 17 of 21 save opportunities. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:12 pm
  • Gomez snares 20th save with perfect inning
    Jeanmar Gomez slammed the door on the Giants with a perfect ninth inning to notch his 20th save of the season on Saturday.

    Advice: Gomez does not post elite stats but he has gotten the job done all season. Only five closers have more saves than Gomez this year. He has a 3.09 ERA with 24 strikeouts and nine walks in 35 innings. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:42 pm
  • Wright coughs up eight runs to the Rangers
    Steven Wright got smacked around for eight runs (only three were earned) on seven hits during his 4 2/3 innings of work in a loss to the Rangers on Saturday.

    Advice: Wright didn't pitch as badly as it seems. The Red Sox' defense let him down multiple times. The home run Wright gave up to Ian Desmond today was only the fifth one the knuckleballer has allowed this season, which is a huge reason why he has a league-leading 2.18 ERA after 15 starts. Now 8-5, Wright draws a favorable matchup with the Angels on Friday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • de la Cruz could take Blair's rotation spot
    Joel de la Cruz is a candidate to start Wednesday's game against the Indians.

    Advice: That would have been Aaron Blair's turn to pitch but the Braves optioned him to Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday. De la Cruz was called up last month but the Braves sent him down before he got a chance to pitch in a game. The 27-year-old holds a 4.68 ERA over 21 appearances (five starts) for Gwinnett this season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:01 pm
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  • O'Day (hamstring) throws a bullpen on Saturday
    Darren O'Day (hamstring) threw a bullpen session between games on Saturday.

    Advice: The Orioles were hosting a doubleheader against Tampa Bay. O'Day will throw another bullpen session before advancing to simulated work when the Orioles begin their road trip on Tuesday. It's unclear if he'll need a rehab assignment before returning to the Baltimore pen. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:40 pm
    15-Day DL
    10:35 am vs TB
     
  • T.J. McFarland optioned after doubleheader
    Orioles optioned LHP T.J. McFarland to Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: McFarland was only up for the Orioles' doubleheader Saturday against Tampa Bay. He actually picked up a win in the nightcap, scattering three hits and one walk over two shutout frames. McFarland will continue to shuttle between Baltimore and Norfolk throughout the year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:36 pm
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  • Ryan Webb (pectoral) activated from 15-day DL
    Rays activated RHP Ryan Webb from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Tyler Sturdevant was optioned to Triple-A Durham in the corresponding move. Webb needed about a month to recover from a strained pectoral muscle. He was only so-so during his four-game rehab stint, recording a 7.36 ERA over four outings for High-A Charlotte and Triple-A Durham. The right-hander will be used in middle relief. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:32 pm
  • Danny Farquhar sent down after doubleheader
    Rays optioned RHP Danny Farquhar to Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Farquhar appeared in the second game of Tampa Bay's doubleheader on Saturday, allowing a solo home run to Orioles catcher Matt Wieters in the eighth inning. He'll continue to bounce back and forth between Tampa Bay and Durham. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:25 pm
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  • Familia works out of jam to earn 26th save
    Jeurys Familia worked out of a two-on, one-out jam against the Braves on Saturday to earn his 26th save.

    Advice: Familia, protecting a one-run lead in the 11th inning, gave up a leadoff single and a one-out walk, but he got Nick Markakis to ground into a double play to end the game. The 26-year-old remains a perfect 26-for-26 in save opportunities and owns a 2.89 ERA in 38 appearances. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:02 pm
  • Smith (hamstring) to begin rehab assignment
    Joe Smith (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Inland Empire on Sunday.

    Advice: Smith is close to returning from a strained hamstring he suffered in early June. If all goes well, Smith should be back in the Angels' pen sometime next week. He'll serve as the bridge to closer Huston Street. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:01 pm
    15-Day DL
    12:35 pm vs Oak
     
  • Kela (elbow) to throw another bullpen Sunday
    Keone Kela (elbow) will throw another bullpen session on Sunday.

    Advice: He's about two months removed from minor elbow surgery. Kela said he felt great during Friday's bullpen session and has added a two-seam fastball to his repertoire. The hope is that he joins the Texas bullpen around the All-Star break. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:57 pm
    60-Day DL
    12:05 pm vs Bos
     
  • Sanchez yields four runs in rotation return
    Anibal Sanchez allowed four runs over five innings in a loss to the Indians on Saturday.

    Advice: Sanchez, making his first start in nearly a month after being exiled to the bullpen, gave up two home runs among his five hits allowed. He also walked two while striking out three. He owned a 1.86 ERA and 1.14 WHIP as a reliever but has been decidedly less effective as a starter, going 3-7 with a cumulative ERA now over 6. Sanchez, if he sticks in the rotation after Saturday, will take another shot at turning things around Friday at the Rays. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:26 pm
  • Gausman holds Rays scoreless over 7 2/3 IP
    Kevin Gausman fired 7 2/3 scoreless innings Saturday as the Orioles defeated the Rays 5-0 in the first game of a doubleheader.

    Advice: It was his first win in 13 starts this season. Gausman was brilliant, giving up just four hits (all of them singles) while walking none and striking out seven. It was just the second time he had completed seven innings in a start this season. He had allowed 10 runs over his last two starts, so the gem was nice to see. We know the talent is there, but consistency continues to be an issue. The 25-year-old will bring a 3.93 ERA into a start against the Mariners next Friday on the road. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:29 pm
  • Romero gets hit by eighth-inning line drive
    Enny Romero took a line drive off his left hand Saturday against the Orioles.

    Advice: Manny Machado nearly drilled him in the head with a screaming line drive with two outs in the eighth inning. Instead, Romero got his hand up just in time and deflected it off his left palm. It was the last at-bat of the game for the Orioles and it's doubtful Romero would have returned for another inning had there been one. Fortunately, his X-rays came back negative. Consider him day-to-day. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:19 pm
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    10:35 am @Bal
     
  • Chapman converts 15th save of season
    Aroldis Chapman pitched a scoreless ninth inning Saturday to finish off a 2-1 victory over the Twins for his 15th save of the season.

    Advice: Chapman gave up a two-out single to Joe Mauer before striking out Brian Dozier swinging to end it. The fireballing-lefty has struck out at least one batter in 20 of his 21 appearances this season and owns a 2.70 ERA and 31/3 K/BB ratio in 20 innings. He’s now 15-for-16 in save chances. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:11 pm
  • Kelly could start for Braves next week
    Casey Kelly could take Aaron Blair's spot in the Braves' rotation next Wednesday against the Indians.

    Advice: Blair was demoted after an ugly start Friday against the Mets. Kelly, who was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett earlier this month, owns a 5.79 ERA and 5/6 K/BB ratio in 18 2/3 innings over one start and seven relief appearances with the Braves this season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:03 pm
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  • Medlen (shoulder) moving up to Triple-A
    Kris Medlen (shoulder) will continue his minor league rehab assignment Saturday with Triple-A Omaha.

    Advice: Medlen, who is coming back from a Grade 1 strain of his rotator cuff, posted a 7.20 ERA and 8/2 K/BB ratio in five innings over two starts with Double-A Northwest Arkansas. He appears on track to return in early July. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:54 am
    15-Day DL
    11:15 am vs Hou
     
  • Braves recall LHP Marksberry from Triple-A
    Braves recalled LHP Matt Marksberry from Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: He'll take Aaron Blair's spot on the active roster. Marksberry made one appearance with the Braves back in April and owns a 2.84 ERA and 25/14 K/BB ratio over 25 1/3 innings this season in Triple-A. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:37 am
  • Rockies call up Flande from Triple-A
    Rockies purchased the contract of RHP Yohan Flande from Triple-A Albuquerque.

    Advice: Flande, 30, owns a 4.25 ERA and 27/14 K/BB ratio in 42 1/3 innings over one start and 17 relief appearances this season in Triple-A. He'll provide some bullpen depth after Friday's marathon. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:06 am
  • Red Sox call up RHP Cuevas from Triple-A
    Red Sox recalled RHP William Cuevas from Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: Cuevas made one appearance for the Red Sox back in April and owns a 3.30 ERA and 48/29 K/BB ratio in 73 2/3 innings across 12 start in Triple-A. The 25-year-old will operate in middle relief. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:39 am
  • D-Backs call up RHP Bracho from Triple-A
    Diamondbacks recalled RHP Silvino Bracho from Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: He'll replace Zack Godley in Arizona's bullpen. Bracho has allowed six runs (five earned) with a 3/5 K/BB ratio over six innings in the majors this season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:35 am
  • Rays call up RHP Farquhar from Triple-A
    Rays recalled RHP Danny Farquhar from Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Farquhar will be the 26th man in Saturday's doubleheader with the Orioles. The 29-year-old has allowed two runs with a 5/0 K/BB ratio over 5 1/3 innings with the Rays this season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:35 am
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  • Orioles call up LHP T.J. McFarland
    Orioles recalled LHP T.J. McFarland from Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: He'll serve as the 26th man for Saturday's doubleheader against the Rays. McFarland owns a 5.14 ERA, 1.52 WHIP and 6/7 K/BB ratio over 21 innings with the Orioles this season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:28 am
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  • Romo (elbow) not ready to join Giants
    Sergio Romo (elbow) could make his next minor league rehab appearance on Saturday or Sunday.

    Advice: There was some talk of Romo rejoining the Giants this weekend, but he gave up two runs on three hits over one-third of an inning during his most recent rehab appearance on Thursday. The Giants want to see better results before bringing him back. Romo has been sidelined since April 10 with a strained flexor tendon. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:25 am
    60-Day DL
    1:05 pm vs Phi
     
  • Carlos Estevez blows save for Rockies
    Carlos Estevez blew a save after giving up two runs in the ninth Friday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Technically, it's Estevez's third blown save, though it's his first in six chances since he replaced the injured Jake McGee in the closer's role. It's just the second time in 11 appearances in June in which he's allowed a run. He should remain the primary option there until McGee returns. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:37 pm
  • Sanchez is quality vs White Sox on Friday
    Aaron Sanchez held the White Sox to two runs in six innings to earn a quality start in a no-decision on Friday.

    Advice: He allowed eight hits and one walk while striking out four. Sanchez now has a 3.33 ERA with 93 strikeouts and 32 walks in 97 1/3 innings. Still very young (he turns 24 next week), the right-hander has a career 2.87 ERA in 222 2/3 innings for a team that plays in a ballpark that is unfriendly to pitchers. Compared to last year, Sanchez has made big improvements to both his walk and strikeout rates. A large part of his success comes from keeping the ball on the ground to avoid home runs. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:05 pm
  • Robertson evades trouble for 19th save
    David Robertson collected his 19th save despite loading the bases with Blue Jays in the ninth inning on Friday.

    Advice: Robertson induced a fly-out to right from Devon Travis before walking Darwin Barney. Ezequiel Carrera and Josh Donaldson both got cheap singles to load the bases. Robertson then fanned Edwin Encarnacion and got Michael Saunders to pop out to end the game. Robertson has walked too many batters to be dominant this year but has still been very effective, blowing only two saves. He remains locked in as the White Sox closer. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:51 pm
  • Familia converts four-out save vs. Braves
    Jeurys Familia survived some drama for a four-out save in Friday’s win over the Braves.

    Advice: Familia entered the game with one on in the bottom of the eighth and managed to induce a ground out from Adonis Garcia to end the threat, but he got into immediate trouble in the ninth by giving up a single to Tyler Flowers and hitting Erick Aybar with a pitch. Chase d’Arnaud attempted to move the runners into scoring position with a bunt, but Wilmer Flores started an unusual double play after diving for the ball. Familia struck out Jace Peterson swinging for the final out, but the ball got away and he needed an excellent throw from Travis d’Arnaud and a brilliant stretch from James Loney at first base to get the out. Familia now owns the team record with 25 consecutive saves to begin a season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:05 pm
  • Chapman notches 14th save in dominant frame
    Aroldis Chapman delivered a dominant ninth inning Friday against the Twins for his 14th save of the season.

    Advice: Chapman struck out the side and needed just 11 pitches (all of them strikes) to get through it. His first 10 pitches were all fastballs and ranged from 101-103 mph. He then broke off a 90 mph change up to strike out Kurt Suzuki looking to end the ballgame. Just nasty. Chapman owns a 2.84 ERA and 30/3 K/BB ratio over 19 innings this season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:16 pm
  • Smith (hamstring) could begin rehab on Sunday
    Joe Smith (hamstring) could begin a rehab assignment as early as Sunday.

    Advice: He's hoping to be activated for the start of the Angels' 10-game road trip that begins on July 1. Smith threw off a mound on Thursday for the second time since straining his left hamstring earlier this month. The right-hander will return to a setup role ahead of closer Huston Street. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:03 pm
    15-Day DL
    12:35 pm vs Oak
     
  • Sergio Romo (elbow) could be activated soon
    Sergio Romo (elbow) could be activated from the disabled list this weekend.

    Advice: Romo tossed a scoreless inning for Triple-A Sacramento on Wednesday and will pitch again Thursday night. After that, the Giants will decide whether to activate him or have Romo make another rehab appearance. Romo has been sidelined for the last two months with a strained flexor tendon. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:51 pm
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    1:05 pm vs Phi
     
  • Steve Cishek takes loss in 10th
    Steve Cishek took a loss after giving up one run in 1 2/3 innings Thursday against the Tigers.

    Advice: Cishek, who hadn't pitched in six days, worked a scoreless ninth in a tie game, but he couldn't get through the 10th, losing the game on a wild pitch. It was his second loss of the year. He's 16-for-20 in save situations. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:10 pm
  • O'Day (hamstring) set for half-mound workout
    Darren O'Day (hamstring) is scheduled to throw from a half-mound on Thursday.

    Advice: If that goes smoothly, his next step will be full-mound work. And the rest of his rehab should progress quickly from there. O'Day has been on the disabled list since June 2 because of a right hamstring strain. Look for him to return to the O's around early July. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:43 am
    15-Day DL
    10:35 am vs TB
     
  • Familia tallies his 24th save of the season
    Jeurys Familia collected his 24th save of the season Wednesday against the Royals.

    Advice: Familia worked a 1-2-3 top of the ninth inning, striking out one of the three batters he faced. The right-hander is now 24-for-24 in save opportunities this season. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:22 pm
  • Familia strikes out two to earn 23rd save
    Jeurys Familia struck out two over a scoreless inning of work to earn his 23rd save Tuesday against the Royals.

    Advice: Familia gave up a hit but no other damage in the inning. The reliever still hasn't blown a save in 23 chances this year, owning a 3.18 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in the process. His 23 saves are most in the National League. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:33 pm
  • Webb (pectoral) makes third rehab appearance
    Ryan Webb (pectoral) struck out two batters over a scoreless inning Monday in his latest rehab appearance with Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Webb, out since May 26 with a right pectoral strain, has allowed two runs on four hits and one walk in 2 2/3 innings over three appearances in Triple-A. It's not clear what the next step will be, but he's getting close to being activated. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:37 am
  • Kevin Gausman drops to 0-5
    Kevin Gausman fell to 0-5 after giving up four runs in five innings Monday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Gausman deserves some wins; he pitched eight scoreless innings once and has allowed just one run on three other occasions. Still, the run support hasn't been there, and now his ERA has climbed from 3.45 to 4.37 in his last two starts. He'll bounce back, but he's probably not going to have a whole lot of value in mixed leagues. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:03 pm
  • Robertson strike out two to earn 17th save
    David Robertson struck out two in a scoreless 10th inning against the Red Sox on Monday to earn his 17th save.

    Advice: Robertson gave up a harmless two-out single to David Ortiz, but he struck out Hanley Ramirez to end the threat and the game. The save chance came a day after Robertson sustained his first loss of the season on Sunday. He's got a 3.81 ERA and 1.41 WHIP to go with 32 strikeouts in 28 1/3 innings on the year. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:30 pm
  • Wright goes nine innings against White Sox
    Steven Wright allowed only an unearned run over nine innings of work but didn't factor in the decision Monday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Wright scattered five hits and three walks while striking out six on the night. On any other night he would have likely had his fourth complete game of the season, but he settled for lowering his ERA to a microscopic 2.01 with a 1.10 WHIP in 14 starts. The knuckleball is a fickle mistress, but it has treated Wright very well thus far this year. He'll attempt to keep the ball dancing Saturday against the Rangers. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:26 pm
  • Smith (hamstring) to throw bullpen soon
    Joe Smith (hamstring) is expected to throw a bullpen session in the next day or two.

    Advice: Smith was placed on the disabled list earlier this month due to a nagging left hamstring injury, but he's finally feeling some improvement. There's no clear timetable for his return, but he could progress quickly if he feels good this week. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:52 pm
    15-Day DL
    12:35 pm vs Oak
     
  • Darren O'Day (hamstring) simulates delivery
    Darren O'Day (hamstring) simulated his delivery on flat ground Sunday.

    Advice: O'Day's recovery from a strained hamstring has gone slower than expected, but he's finally showing some improvement. He'll need at least a couple simulated games and/or rehab outings before being activated and there's no word on when he'll be ready for those. Rotoworld.com Jun 19, 9:10 am
    15-Day DL
    10:35 am vs TB
     
  • Keone Kela (elbow) to throw off mound
    Keone Kela (elbow) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Friday.

    Advice: It will be the first time he's thrown off the bump since having surgery in April to remove a bone spur from his right elbow. Kela will begin a rehab assignment shortly if all goes well and is hoping to rejoin the Rangers' bullpen just before the All-Star break. Rotoworld.com Jun 19, 7:31 am
    60-Day DL
    12:05 pm vs Bos
     
  • Ryan Webb (pectoral) nearing return
    Ryan Webb (pectoral) is expected to make at least one more rehab appearance before being activated.

    Advice: Webb has made two rehab appearances to this point as he works his way back from a pectoral strain. It seems likely that he'll be activated later this week if all goes well. Rotoworld.com Jun 19, 7:15 am
  • Orioles option T.J. McFarland to Triple-A
    Orioles optioned LHP T.J. McFarland to Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: McFarland is the odd-man out with Yovani Gallardo and J.J. Hardy returning from the disabled list on Saturday. The 27-year-old southpaw owns a 5.14 ERA, 1.52 WHIP and 6/7 K/BB ratio over 21 innings with the big league club this year. He'll be back with the O's at some point this summer. Rotoworld.com Jun 18, 12:14 pm
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    10:35 am vs TB
     
  • Sanchez gives up two runs in victory
    Aaron Sanchez yielded two runs in six innings Friday in a victory over the Orioles.

    Advice: Sanchez was shaky early before settling down with the benefit of a huge lead. He struck out six and walked a pair in the victory and now sits at 7-1 with a 3.35 ERA on the year. A move to the bullpen looms later this summer, but he’ll remain valuable in fantasy leagues until that time comes. Rotoworld.com Jun 17, 7:18 pm
  • Sergio Romo (elbow) resumes rehab Friday
    Sergio Romo (elbow) will resume his minor league rehab assignment with an inning of work at Single-A San Jose on Friday.

    Advice: Romo had battled almost all the way back from his elbow issue last month when he suffered a setback. It's unclear what role that he'll have upon his eventual return as Hunter Strickland seems to have settled in nicely in the eighth inning role. Rotoworld.com Jun 17, 3:43 pm
    60-Day DL
    1:05 pm vs Phi
     
  • Smith (hamstring) not throwing off mound yet
    Joe Smith (hamstring) has yet to resume throwing off a mound.

    Advice: He is making progress, though, according to Angels manager Mike Scioscia. "It’s calmed down a little bit," Scioscia said. "They have a better idea of what they are dealing with. We are hoping shortly he’ll turn the corner on this." Rotoworld.com Jun 17, 7:53 am
    15-Day DL
    12:35 pm vs Oak
     
  • Chapman fires scoreless inning for 12th save
    Aroldis Chapman threw a perfect ninth inning against the Twins on Thursday to earn his 12th save.

    Advice: Chapman needed 10 pitches to cut through the Twins' hitters, striking out one without allowing a baserunner. He's now got 12 saves in 13 chances with a 2.25 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 23/3 K/BB ratio over 16 innings since his return from suspension in early May. The southpaw's success and the Yankees' lack thereof could make him a trade candidate as the July deadline appears on the horizon. Rotoworld.com Jun 16, 9:35 pm
  • Darren O'Day (hamstring) still without a timetable
    Darren O'Day said his recovery from a hamstring strain has gone slower than expected.

    Advice: O'Day hasn't thrown off a mound yet and isn't sure when he's going to. The right-hander is eligible to come off the disabled list on Friday but that's obviously not going to happen. The Orioles would love to have a healthy O'Day in the late innings but they're in good hands right now with Brad Brach (1.04 ERA) setting up for stud closer Zach Britton. Rotoworld.com Jun 16, 1:26 pm
    15-Day DL
    10:35 am vs TB
     
  • Braves option Casey Kelly to AAA Gwinnett
    Braves optioned RHP Casey Kelly to Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Kelly has posted a 5.79 ERA, 1.71 WHIP, and 5/6 K/BB ratio in 18 2/3 innings this season at the major league level. Tyrell Jenkins will take the vacant roster spot. Rotoworld.com Jun 16, 7:20 am
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    10:35 am vs NYM
     
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