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  • Jimmy Nelson goes seven scoreless
    Jimmy Nelson pitched seven shutout innings for the second straight start Thursday in a no-decision against the Cubs.

    Advice: This one was better than last week's, in which he allowed five hits and struck out five. Tonight, he allowed just two hits and struck out eight. It's certainly encouraging for the Brewers that Nelson is in the midst of a second-half surge, but we're still not sure he has a lot to offer mixed leaguers, especially with runs and wins becoming tougher to come by. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:24 pm
  • J.A. Happ gives up seven runs in loss
    J.A. Happ was lifted after giving up seven runs -- six earned -- in 3 1/3 innings Thursday against the Twins.

    Advice: Happ should be pretty much done as a starter after this. It's just too bad Vidal Nuno can't replace him right now, since he's not stretched out at all. Happ is 4-6 with a 4.64 ERA, and the Mariners have lost 10 of his last 11 starts. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:16 pm
  • Scott Kazmir goes 7 2/3 scoreless in win
    Scott Kazmir tossed 7 2/3 innings of shutout ball against the Angels on Thursday.

    Advice: Kazmir ended up allowing just two runs -- one earned -- in 34 innings for the July, though with just two wins, it might not be enough to get him Pitcher of the Month honors. His overall ERA is all of the way down to 2.10. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:53 pm
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  • Matt Shoemaker goes seven scoreless
    Matt Shoemaker blanked the Astros for seven innings, allowing just three hits and striking out seven, in a no-decision Thursday.

    Advice: Shoemaker was supposed to be bumped from the Angels rotation by now. Instead, he's back looking like a legitimate mixed-league SP with his performance of late. It's going to leave the Angels with a very difficult call to make on Jered Weaver. Their current five would seem to be their best five. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:48 pm
  • Carrasco makes it 3 straight CG for Tribe SPs
    Carlos Carrasco fired a complete game Thursday against the Athletics, allowing only one run on two hits in a 3-1 triumph.

    Advice: Both hits came in the first inning. The dominant outing wasn't much of a surprise. Against a punchless lineup in a spacious park, Carrasco -- 3-0 with a 1.98 ERA in his previous four road starts -- did not disappoint. He struck out seven and was never in danger of getting pulled, finishing off Oakland in a tidy 103 pitches. It was the third consecutive complete game thrown by an Indians starter. Carrasco improves to 11-8 with a 4.03 ERA and 1.15 WHIP. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:39 pm
  • CC Sabathia gives up five runs to Rangers
    CC Sabathia gave up five runs in five innings Thursday in a no-decision versus the Rangers.

    Advice: Any chance of Sabathia losing his rotation spot probably vanished with Michael Pineda's injury. Still, things aren't getting any better for him. He's allowed five runs in back-to-back outings, pushing his ERA back up to 5.54. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:38 pm
  • Bassitt only gets 1 run support again in loss
    Chris Bassitt gave up three earned runs across seven frames in Thursday's 3-1 loss to the Indians.

    Advice: Bassitt surrendered six hits and one walk while punching out six. It wasn't an altogether bad outing, but life isn't fair: Bassitt has received five runs of support combined in five starts for Oakland. That helps explain why he's 0-4 despite a 3.10 ERA. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:34 pm
  • Giants agree to deal with Reds for Mike Leake
    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Giants have agreed to a deal with the Reds for Mike Leake.

    Advice: The Reds will receive minor leaguers Keury Mella and Adam Duvall in return. The Giants get the rotation help that they so desperately coveted without having to sacrifice their entire future. It's also a huge win for Mike Leake, who gets to pitch in his home state while moving from one of the top offensive parks in the league to a pitcher's paradise in San Francisco. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:34 pm
  • Carlos Martinez gives up five runs to Rockies
    Carlos Martinez allowed five runs and 10 hits in five innings Thursday against the Rockies.

    Advice: A surprising off day for Martinez, particularly given that this one was at home in St. Louis. It's the first time since way back on May 9 that he's allowed more than three runs and the first time in 27 career starts that he's allowed 10 hits. Hopefully it was just a blip. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • David Holmberg beats Pirates in season debut
    Making his 2015 debut, David Holmberg gave the Reds six innings of two-run ball in a win over the Pirates on Thursday.

    Advice: Holmberg had just a 4.40 ERA and a 61/38 K/BB ratio in 108 1/3 innings for Triple-A Louisville this season, so it remains to be seen if he's anything more than a stopgap for the Reds while Brandon Finnegan and John Lamb bide their time. A couple more outings like this would better his chances of securing a rotation spot for the rest of the season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • A.J. Burnett gives up eight runs in loss
    A.J. Burnett lasted just 4 1/3 innings and gave up eight runs -- seven earned -- Thursday in a loss to the Reds.

    Advice: Burnett struggled in his previous two starts, but his velocity was just fine in those, even a little better than usual. Tonight, he just didn't have it, and the Reds were all over him. Maybe the Pirates need to give him a little break in order to prepare him for the stretch run. That's probably up to him, though. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Giants in active discussions on Mike Leake
    Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports that the Reds are in active discussions with the Reds about acquiring right-hander Mike Leake.

    Advice: The Giants have been mentioned as possible suitors for nearly every starting pitcher on the market thus far, they simply haven't had the necessary pieces to land any of the top options. They could have enough to get Leake though, and he would certainly help to add stability to the back of their rotation as they attempt to defend their World Series title. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Miguel Gonzalez gives up five runs to Tigers
    Miguel Gonzalez surrendered five runs and 10 hits in 3 1/3 innings Thursday against the Tigers.

    Advice: It's the third time in six starts that Gonzalez has allowed at least five runs. On the other hand, he's pitched well and won each of the other three outings in that span. He's not all that much of a fantasy starter, but he's still helping the Orioles. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:30 pm
  • Chris Sale has rare tough outing
    Chris Sale was lit up by the Red Sox on Thursday, surrendering seven runs and 12 hits in five innings.

    Advice: That's the most hits he's even given up in a start. It follows an outing just 11 days ago in which he gave up 11 hits. Still, we wouldn't expect that this is the start of a trend for Sale. He still struck out seven and didn't give up any homers tonight. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:17 pm
  • Shelby Miller gives up four runs in loss
    Shelby Miller was tagged for four runs and 11 hits in six innings Thursday in a loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: This makes six straight losses for Miller. The Braves have lost each of his last eight starts, though that's more because they've scored a total of nine runs in those eight games than anything Miller has done wrong. He's not pitching quite as well as he did during the first three months, but he's not exactly struggling, either. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:43 pm
  • Cubs pushing hard to acquire Tyson Ross
    Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Cubs are pushing hard to acquire Tyson Ross from the Padres.

    Advice: Rival executives are convinced that the right-hander will be moved before Friday's trade deadline, with the Cubs as the club showing the most interest at the moment. The 28-year-old right-hander is relatively inexpensive and under team control through 2017, meaning the Padres should be able to net a nice return package. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:14 pm
  • Five teams in the mix for Yovani Gallardo
    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Cubs, Blue Jays, Dodgers, Yankees and Giants are all in the mix to acquire Yovani Gallardo from the Rangers.

    Advice: As perhaps the top hurler left on the open market, the price for Gallardo has likely risen now that Johnny Cueto, David Price and Cole Hamels have already been dealt. With the recent injuries in the Yankees rotation, they may be the most desperate club at the moment. Expect the bidding to escalate quickly. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:58 pm
  • Dodgers designate Beachy for assignment
    Dodgers designated RHP Brandon Beachy for assignment.

    Advice: The Dodgers were forced to cut a few very talented players as a result of Thursday's massive 13-player three-team trade. Beachy should attract interest from several clubs, and the Dodgers could flip him in another trade shortly. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:26 pm
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  • Niese tosses 6 IP of one-run ball vs Padres
    Jonathan Niese tossed a solid outing in a Thursday afternoon no-decision against the Padres, allowing one run on six hits over six innings.

    Advice: Niese left the game holding a 7-1 lead after six innings. The bullpen would allow a whopping seven runs to lose said advantage, but Niese deserved better than an ND. He surrendered an RBI single to Matt Kemp in his final inning of work, but otherwise kept the Padres from touching home plate. After holding a 4.42 ERA on May 30, he's managed to work that down to a 3.63 mark through strong work in June and July. His 1.37 WHIP remains a touch on the high side and as the owner of an 80/36 K/BB ratio over 121 1/3 innings, the strikeouts aren't coming at a mind-blowing pace, but he holds value in deeper NL-only formats. A road date with the Marlins is up next on the lefty's schedule. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:35 pm
  • Mets light up Cashner for seven runs
    Andrew Cashner struggled mightily at times in a no-decision against the Mets on Thursday afternoon, yielding seven runs (five earned) on six hits over 5 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Cashner struck out three and walked two in the contest. The Mets scored a solitary run against him in the first inning on a Daniel Murphy sacrifice fly, then brought home three more runs in the fifth, all on a Curtis Granderson home run. They would drive him from the game in the following frame, but he wiggled off the hook and picked up a no-decision, thanks to the combustive properties of the Mets' bullpen. The 28-year-old right-hander holds decent, if unspectacular, numbers overall, including a 4.13 ERA and 1.32 WHIP. Assuming he doesn't move at the trade deadline, Cashner's scheduled to face the Brewers in a road outing next time he toes the rubber. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:34 pm
  • Pineda (forearm) hopes to throw in 7-10 days
    Michael Pineda (forearm) hopes to resume throwing in 7-10 days.

    Advice: Pineda felt discomfort after his last bullpen session and was placed on the disabled list Thursday. The expectation is that he could be out for around a month. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:29 pm
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  • Pirates DFA right-hander Vance Worley
    Pirates designated RHP Vance Worley for assignment.

    Advice: The move opens a roster spot for Joe Blanton, who was acquired from the Royals late Wednesday night. Worley, 27, had a 3.78 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, and 47/19 K/BB ratio in 69 innings (eight starts, 12 relief appearances) this season for the Pirates. He is sure to draw some interest on waivers. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:30 pm
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  • Reds recall David Holmberg from Triple-A
    Reds recalled LHP David Holmberg from Triple-A Louisville.

    Advice: Holmberg will start for the Reds on Thursday night against the Marlins. The 24-year-old left-hander has posted some rather underwhelming numbers this season in the minors and shouldn't be considered a fantasy option. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:08 pm
  • Yankees put Pineda (forearm) on 15-day DL
    Yankees placed RHP Michael Pineda on the 15-day disabled list with a right flexor forearm muscle strain.

    Advice: It's a Grade 1 strain -- the least severe, but still quite serious. Andrew Miller missed a month earlier this year with the same injury. CC Sabathia is starting in Pineda's place Thursday night against the Rangers. It's time for the unusually-quiet Yanks to dive head-first into the trade market. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:02 pm
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  • Scherzer fires seven shutout innings vs MIA
    Max Scherzer was in control throughout Thursday afternoon's 1-0 win over the Marlins, allowing just three hits and no runs over seven innings.

    Advice: Scherzer had no margin for error in the contest, as the Nationals scored one run in the game, total. That's all Max Scherzer needs, apparently, as he allowed just three singles in a dominant performance. Perhaps the most notable aspect of the start was that the normally walk-stingy Scherzer handed out three free passes against six strikeouts. We're nitpicking, just because he's been so awesome this year. He'll carry a sharp 2.22 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 172/19 K/BB ratio across 150 innings into his next start, a home date with the Diamondbacks. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:59 am
  • Pineda (forearm) headed to the disabled list
    Michael Pineda is headed to the disabled list with a Grade 1 strain in his right forearm.

    Advice: It's the same injury that Andrew Miller suffered earlier this summer and he wound up missing a month. Bryan Mitchell has been called up to start in Pineda's place on Thursday night against the Rangers. It's a tough blow for the Yankees, who are probably going to get much more aggressive on the trade market. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:29 am
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  • Pineda dealing with a forearm muscle strain
    Joel Sherman of the New York Post was told that Michael Pineda is dealing with a right forearm muscle strain, not an elbow issue.

    Advice: Sherman says it's not considered serious, but Pineda has been scratched from his scheduled start Thursday night against the Rangers and it's not clear when he might be ready to pitch next. Bryan Mitchell will take the mound for the Yankees, who may now have a little more urgency to add a starter ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:55 am
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  • Blue Jays, Tigers announce David Price deal
    Blue Jays acquired LHP David Price from the Tigers for LHPs Daniel Norris, Jairo Labourt, and Matt Boyd.

    Advice: Price had been drawing heavy interest from the Dodgers, Yankees, Cubs, and Giants, but the Blue Jays beat all the other offers. It's a risky play to give up so much young, cost-controlled talent for what could be a 2-3 month rental -- Price is eligible for free agency after the World Series -- but the Jays feel they can make a postseason push and they've now combined two of the top trade targets on this year's market. Troy Tulowitzki was acquired from the Rockies earlier this week. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:48 am
  • Pineda scratched Thursday with elbow issue
    According to Mike Francesa of WFAN, Michael Pineda has been scratched from his scheduled start Thursday night against the Rangers due to an elbow issue.

    Advice: "He’s not pitching tonight, and he might be badly hurt," Francesa told WFAN co-hosts Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts on Thursday afternoon. Pineda was rocked for five runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings last Friday against the Twins, which may have been a strong signal that something was wrong. The 26-year-old is probably going to undergo a range of tests on his right elbow. It could be time for the Yankees to jump into the trade market. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:26 am
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  • Confirmed: Blue Jays acquire ace David Price
    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports confirms that the Blue Jays have acquired David Price from the Tigers.

    Advice: Daniel Norris, Jairo Labourt, and Matt Boyd are the three pitching prospects headed to Detroit in return, per USA Today's Bob Nightengale. There was talk Thursday morning that the Dodgers were the heavy favorite to land Price, but Toronto simply stepped up with a better package. Price, 29, has a 2.53 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and a 138/29 K/BB ratio in 146 innings this season. He'll likely be no more than a rental for the Jays, but it's a huge boost to that previously-underwhelming pitching staff. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:35 am
  • Blue Jays closing in on trade for David Price
    According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Blue Jays are "closing in" on a David Price trade.

    Advice: Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports is hearing the same, and says a deal could be consummated soon. Toronto already grabbed Troy Tulowitzki from the Rockies, and the club now appears to be on the verge of making a major splash in the starting pitching department. Price, 29, owns a 2.53 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and a 138/29 K/BB ratio in 146 innings this season for the Tigers. He has also been drawing interest from the Dodgers, Yankees, and Giants. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:05 am
  • Blue Jays 'making major push' for David Price
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Blue Jays are "making a major push" for David Price.

    Advice: USA Today's Bob Nightengale wrote earlier that some MLB executives are "absolutely convinced" Price is going to wind up with the Dodgers, but the Jays appear prepared to make Los Angeles work for it. Price, 29, is the biggest fish on the starting pitching market now that Cole Hamels has been dealt to the Rangers. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:45 am
  • Morrow won't make rehab start Thursday
    Brandon Morrow (shoulder) will not make his scheduled rehab start on Thursday.

    Advice: He's going to visit Dr. Heinz Hoenecke in San Diego instead. Morrow allowed two runs over 2 1/3 innings last Saturday at Triple-A El Paso and came out of the appearance with more shoulder discomfort. The right-hander has been out since early May and might have to be written off for the rest of the 2015 season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:52 am
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  • Blue Jays interested in SP Yovani Gallardo
    MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan reports that there's a possibility of Yovani Gallardo being traded to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Texas just beefed up its rotation with the Cole Hamels trade, but the club is still buried in the American League Wild Card race and could sell some parts. Gallardo is due to become a free agent this winter. If the price is right, it sounds like the Rangers will move him. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:46 am
  • Tyson Ross drawing 'intense' trade interest
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Tyson Ross is drawing "intense interest" from many.

    Advice: Heyman suspects that the Astros may be at the forefront, though he also ties in the Blue Jays, Cubs, Dodgers, and "many, many others." Ross, 28, owns a 3.03 ERA and 332 strikeouts in 323 1/3 innings since the beginning of the 2014 season and he is under contract through 2017. Everybody loves a good, cost-controlled starting pitcher. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:45 am
  • MLB execs think David Price headed to LAD
    According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, MLB executives are "absolutely convinced" that Tigers lefty David Price is going to wind up with the Dodgers.

    Advice: Nightengale suspects that Los Angeles will fork over top pitching prospect Julio Urias to get it done. Price is also drawing heavy interest from the Yankees, Giants, and Blue Jays, but the Dodgers have the young talent to beat all the other suitors. And they'll be a good bet to lock Price up long term once they have him in their grasp. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:37 am
  • Chavez unimpressive in a no-decision vs. LAD
    Jesse Chavez scuffled Wednesday night against the Dodgers, surrendering three runs over five innings in a no-decision.

    Advice: Chavez got a gift when opposing starter Clayton Kershaw was scratched before first pitch, but he couldn't capitalize. The 31-year-old hurler hasn't completed seven innings in a month-and-a-half and he'd given up four runs in three of his four July outings before tonight, causing his ERA to jump from 3.02 to 3.53 after tonight's outing. He'll try to turn things around against the Orioles on Monday, kicking off a two-start week. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:40 pm
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  • Rangers remain open to dealing Gallardo
    According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, the Rangers remain open to the idea of trading Yovani Gallardo.

    Advice: Even though Wednesday's acquisition of Cole Hamels sets the Rangers up to compete in 2016, Gallardo is an impending free agent and could net the club a nice return in the trade market. The veteran right-hander owns a 3.19 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 83/46 K/BB ratio over 121 1/3 innings on the season. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:47 pm
  • Tyson Ross holds Mets to one run
    Tyson Ross pitched five innings of one-run ball Wednesday in a victory over the Mets.

    Advice: Maybe Ross's status as a trade candidate had something to do with him exiting after 83 pitches and not being pushed to pitch a sixth inning. His control wasn't the best tonight, as it often hasn't been this year, but he's just so darn difficult to get the ball in the air against. The homer he allowed to Lucas Duda tonight was just the fourth he's given up in 127 2/3 innings this season. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:41 pm
  • Dodgers, Yankees, Jays, Giants in on Price
    According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Dodgers, Yankees, Giants and Blue Jays are the four main teams vying to acquire David Price from the Tigers.

    Advice: All four teams have been in contact with the Tigers. In a move that came as a surprise to virtually no one, Dave Dombrowski announced Wednesday that the Tigers would listen to offers on their impending free agents, which immediately added another elite hurler to the trade market. With four big market clubs in the bidding, expect the Tigers to net a decent haul for the All-Star left-hander. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:46 pm
  • Tyson Ross is Blue Jays 'top trade target'
    ESPN's Jim Bowden reports that Tyson Ross has become the Blue Jays' "top trade target."

    Advice: The issue, however, is how eager the Padres are to move him given his skill level and the fact that he's under team control through 2017. San Diego is also listening on James Shields, Andrew Cashner and Ian Kennedy and they'd surely prefer to trade any of those three over Ross. The Jays have also been connected to Jeff Samardzija, Mike Leake and others. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:45 pm
  • Stark: Tigers tell teams they will be sellers
    ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the Tigers called teams Wednesday to tell them they were "rebooting" and will listen to trade offers for David Price, Yoenis Cespedes and others.

    Advice: One of the big questions this week has been whether the Tigers will be buyers or sellers at the deadline, and now we have our answer. Price instantly becomes one of the most attractive trade chips and will surely bring a boatload even though he's slated for free agency after the season. Cespedes should also bring back quite a bit and the Tigers figure to shop Joakim Soria and others, as well. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:33 pm
  • Mike Leake one of SPs Blue Jays considering
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Mike Leake is one of the starters the Blue Jays are considering.

    Advice: Rosenthal says that the Jays' targets are "all at similar talent levels," which suggests that they aren't in the market for an ace if they're considering Leake. Toronto is "looking for the best acquisition cost," Rosenthal adds. Leake certainly didn't hurt his trade value with eight shutout innings against the Cardinals on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:01 am
  • Jays, Yanks, Dodgers could battle for Price
    USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Dodgers, Yankees and Blue Jays are "poised to have an all-out bidding war" for David Price "once they get the go-ahead."

    Advice: To this point, the Tigers have remained steadfast in their desire to compete for a playoff spot this season rather than be sellers. But, it's getting harder by the day for them to view themselves as real contenders, so they could reverse course soon. Price would be one of a few assets they could barter off, with Yoenis Cespedes and Joakim Soria being a couple others. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:11 am
  • Leake tosses eight scoreless against Cards
    Mike Leake threw eight shutout innings in Tuesday's win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: In what was possibly his last start as a member of the Reds, Leake showed off for potential suitors. The right-hander scattered four hits and a walk over eight innings, striking out three. It was his fourth straight start allowing zero or one run, improving to 9-5 with a 3.56 ERA and 1.15 WHIP on the year. In the event Leake survives the trade deadline as a member of the Reds, he'll take on the Pirates on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:03 pm
  • Price hit around by the Rays in losing effort
    David Price lost to the Rays on Tuesday, surrendering five runs in six innings of work.

    Advice: The Rays jumped on him for three runs in the fourth inning, two of which came on the first of Curt Casali's two home runs. Casali victimized Price again for a solo shot in the sixth. The lefty, overall, allowed seven hits and a pair of walks while striking out four. He stands with a terrific 2.53 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and a 138/29 K/BB ratio in 146 innings. If Price remains with the Tigers through the trade deadline, he's on tap to finish out a road trip in Baltimore against the Orioles. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:00 pm
  • Jon Niese activated from paternity list
    Mets activated LHP Jon Niese from the paternity leave list.

    Advice: Niese will rejoin the rotation on Thursday. He was knocked around in his last start but had been pitching really well before that. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:33 pm
  • Tigers have Mike Leake on their radar
    Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Tigers have Reds right-hander Mike Leake on their radar.

    Advice: The Tigers are three games under .500 at 48-51, but they are just 4 1/2 games out of the Wild Card and haven't given up on the possibility of contention. Leake would certainly help their rotation. The 27-year-old owns a 3.78 ERA over 20 starts this season and has been on a roll of late. The impending free agent figures to draw a lot of interest. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:49 am
  • Ross is 'focus' in Cubs' talks with Padres
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Tyson Ross has been the "focus" of the Cubs' trade talks with the Padres.

    Advice: The Padres appear willing to trade anyone from their rotation, but Ross would probably be the least likely to be dealt since he's under team control through 2017. The Cubs have also expressed interest in Ian Kennedy and there's been some speculation that they could consider James Shields. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:03 pm
  • Morosi: Tigers remain in 'buy' mode for now
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Tigers remain in "buy" mode.

    Advice: However, he also notes that a poor performance in their early-week series in Tampa could lead to them putting David Price on the trade market. They could also shop Yoenis Cespedes if they wind up altering their course. The Tigers are four games out of a Wild Card spot at the moment and are expected to get Miguel Cabrera (calf) back in about three weeks. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:30 pm
  • TOR, HOU, LAD, TEX interested in Tyson Ross
    Tyson Ross has drawn interest from the Blue Jays, Astros, Dodgers, and Rangers, reports CBS Sports' Jon Heyman.

    Advice: Heyman calls Ross "an extremely popular man on the trade market," and rightly so. The 28-year-old right-hander is under contractual control through 2017 and boasts a 3.05 ERA and 9.2 K/9 in 318 1/3 innings since the beginning of the 2014 season. It's going to take a big return for the Padres to give him up, but it does sound like they're listening. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:18 am
  • Dodgers view Gallardo as secondary option
    Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports that the Dodgers currently view Yovani Gallardo as a secondary option if they are unable to land Cole Hamels or David Price.

    Advice: It's a near certainty that the Rangers deal the right-hander before next week's deadline, and they may not be able to wait for the rest of the pitching market to play out before pulling the trigger. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:17 pm
  • Gallardo surrenders five runs in no-decision
    Yovani Gallardo allowed five earned runs in four innings Saturday in a no-decision versus the Angels.

    Advice: Texas won the game with a three-run top of the eighth inning. Gallardo was very little help, coughing up eight hits and three walks in a crucial showcase start. The 29-year-old right-hander is one of the more talked-about players on the trade block and could be done in a Rangers uniform. His ERA is back above 3.00. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:53 pm
  • Burnett fans eight, allows five runs in loss
    A.J. Burnett struggled for a second straight start in Saturday's loss to the Nationals, allowing five runs on 11 hits over 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Burnett's now surrendered 11 runs in his last 11 2/3 innings. On Saturday, the Nationals slowly bled him to death, scoring a run in the second, two in the fourth and one in each of the next two innings. The veteran right-hander did strike out eight, but that does little to overshadow what was a poor start. Despite the recent rough stretch, Burnett is the current owner of a 2.68 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 110/34 K/BB ratio over 131 1/3 innings. He'll match up with the Reds on the road in his next scheduled start as he tries to keep from sliding further. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:22 pm
  • Sabathia rocked for five runs in ND vs MIN
    CC Sabathia was smacked around by the Twins in a Saturday no-decision, allowing five runs on six hits over 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Sabathia's been one of the worst starters in the majors this season, and that trend continued on Saturday, when the Twins lit him up for five runs over 5 2/3 innings. All five runs came home via the long ball, with Aaron Hicks lighting the veteran southpaw up for a two-run shot in the first inning, and fellow old person Torii Hunter crushing a three-run homer off him in the third inning. Despite the struggles, Alex Rodriguez would homer three times and take Sabathia off the hook for the loss. Still, his overall numbers are cringe-worthy, as he now holds a 5.38 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 94/24 K/BB ratio across 112 1/3 innings. He'll take to the road against the Rangers in his next start as he attempts to save what's turning into a lost season. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:24 pm
  • Sale shuts down Indians over seven innings
    Chris Sale picked up his ninth win of the season after holding the Indians to one run over seven innings in Saturday's 10-3 victory.

    Advice: Sale didn't post any eye-popping numbers in the start, fanning just seven, but casual dominance is still dominance. He allowed an RBI single to Jesus Aguilar in the fifth inning, but otherwise kept the Indians off the board. With the win, the ace southpaw improved to 9-5. He holds a 2.85 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 170/24 K/BB ratio across 132 2/3 innings, numbers which he'll take into his next start, a road outing against the Red Sox. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:10 pm
  • Carrasco shelled in loss to White Sox
    Carlos Carrasco struggled in Saturday's loss to the White Sox, yielding six runs on seven hits over four innings.

    Advice: Carrasco had issues out of the gate in this one, with five runs scoring in the first inning. Melky Cabrera, Jose Abreu and Tyler Flowers all burned him for RBI singles to account for the slew of runs in the frame. He calmed down after the barrage, but his team was unable to claw their way out from the early deficit. Overall, he struck out five and walked two over his four innings of work. Carrasco has shown an ability to dominate at times, but he's yet to put together a truly consistent stretch this season, as evidenced by his 4.26 ERA. He pairs that ERA with a 1.21 WHIP and 133/26 K/BB ratio over 118 1/3 innings and is scheduled to take to the road against the A's in his next start. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:06 pm
  • Morrow goes only 2 1/3 innings in rehab
    Brandon Morrow (shoulder) allowed three hits and two earned runs over 2 1/3 innings Saturday in his first rehab start with Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Morrow sat 92-95 mph with his fastball and topped out at 99 mph, but the results weren't all that great. The oft-injured right-hander is probably going to make several rehab starts before he is again considered for a rotation spot in San Diego. Morrow has been out since early May with a shoulder issue. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:45 pm
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  • Carlos Martinez stellar again, Cards top ATL
    Carlos Martinez hurled eight shutout innings Saturday in the Cardinals' 1-0 blanking of the Braves.

    Advice: Martinez allowed some leadoff hits, but four doubleplay groundballs helped him avoid any major threats. He probably could have gone for the shutout, but Cardinals manager Mike Matheny lifted him in the bottom of the eighth inning for pinch-hitter Stephen Piscotty, who drove in the game's only run. Martinez, 23, has a brilliant 2.34 ERA with 121 strikeouts in 119 1/3 innings this season. He'll get the Rockies at home next. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:36 pm
  • Shelby Miller pitches into eighth in loss
    Shelby Miller was charged with one run over 7 1/3 innings Saturday in a loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Miller had allowed just one hit over seven scoreless innings when the bottom of the eighth inning began at Busch Stadium, Shelby's old stomping ground. Yadier Molina singled, Randal Grichuk drew a walk, and then pinch-hitter Stephen Piscotty laced a one-out RBI sacrifice fly to right field off Braves reliever Luis Avilan. Miller will carry a 2.27 ERA into his next start on the road against the Phillies. He's having a tremendous first year with Atlanta. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:31 pm
  • Gonzalez improves to 9-6 with win over Rays
    Miguel Gonzalez pitched well in Saturday's win over the Rays, allowing just one run on five hits over 7 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Gonzalez struck out five without issuing a walk. The only run on his line came in the eighth inning, when Curt Casali took him deep for a solo homer. In the strong outing, the 31-year-old right-hander pitched past the sixth inning for the first time in his last seven starts. He now holds a 3.99 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 80/32 K/BB ratio over 106 innings and will close out the month of July with a home start against the Tigers. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:39 pm
  • Happ doesn't make it out of second inning
    J.A. Happ didn't make it out of the second inning Saturday in the Mariners' loss to Toronto.

    Advice: Happ walked four and was officially charged with three earned runs in 1 2/3 innings. The veteran left-hander owns an ugly 4.31 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, and 78/31 K/BB ratio in 104 1/3 total frames this year for Seattle. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:46 pm
  • Bassitt allows two runs over six innings
    Chris Bassitt gave up two earned runs in six innings Saturday as the A's fell to the Giants.

    Advice: Bassitt gave up only five hits, walked none, and struck out four, but the Oakland offense mustered only one run of support. Bassitt should remain in the rotation and looks capable of providing some fantasy value down the stretch. A date with the Indians is next. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:10 pm
  • Athletics recall Chris Bassitt from Triple-A
    Athletics recalled RHP Chris Bassitt from Triple-A Sacramento.

    Advice: The right-hander has acclimated himself nicely in three starts with the Athletics, sporting a 2.93 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 17/11 K/BB ratio over 27 2/3 innings. He'll try his luck against the Giants in San Francisco on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:06 am
  • Mets place Jon Niese on paternity leave list
    Mets placed LHP Jon Niese on the paternity leave list.

    Advice: He will be away from the club for up to three days. Logan Verett has been recalled from Triple-A to take his place on the active roster. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:38 am
  • Jesse Chavez gives up four runs in loss
    Jesse Chavez was lifted after allowing four runs in three innings Friday against the Giants.

    Advice: Chavez took the loss, but he still has a 3.45 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. He is a trade candidate with the A's selling, though there's certainly no urgency for the A's to shed his modest his salary. It might actually take a bigger return than the one they got for Scott Kazmir to pry him away. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:47 pm
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  • Andrew Cashner goes seven strong in victory
    Andrew Cashner won for just the fourth time this season after limiting the Marlins to one run in seven innings Friday.

    Advice: Cashner allowed five hits, walked one and struck out five. He's been quite the fantasy disappointment this season, partly because he's been backed up by a weak defense, but a big second-half surge is a possibility if he remains healthy. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:29 pm
  • Jimmy Nelson shuts down Diamondbacks
    Jimmy Nelson shut out the Diamondbacks for seven innings to win Friday.

    Advice: Nelson allowed five hits, walked three and struck out five. Patrick Corbin seemed to have the more dominant outing for the other club, but since he gave up a homer to Ryan Braun, he came out on the losing end. Nelson has won five of his last six starts, loweing his ERA from 4.64 to 3.97 in the process. He's still not exactly excelling -- he's given up at least three earned runs in five of eight starts -- but he's been solid enough. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:05 pm
  • Pineda gives up five runs in loss to Twins
    Michael Pineda was chased after giving up five runs over 5 2/3 innings Friday against the Twins.

    Advice: Pineda wasn't fooling anyone on this night, allowing eight hits, including a two-run homer to Miguel Sano. He struck out four in the loss. After back-to-back bumpy starts, Pineda's ERA now sits at 3.97 on the year. He'll attempt to bounce back next week in a road start against the Rangers. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:35 pm
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  • Kazmir hurls seven scoreless in Astros debut
    Scott Kazmir hurled seven scoreless innings on Friday, allowing just three hits and a walk as he defeated the Royals in his Astros debut.

    Advice: Kazmir punched out three on the evening. Through one start at least, the veteran southpaw has proven to be everything that the Astros had hoped for when he was acquired from the Athletics. He has been outstanding through 19 starts on the season, compiling a 2.24 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 104/36 K/BB ratio across 116 2/3 innings. He'll do battle against the Angels on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:55 pm
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  • Scherzer gives up five runs in no-decision
    Max Scherzer gave up five runs in five innings in a no-decision against the Pirates on Friday.

    Advice: It was an out of character outing for Scherzer, who allowed seven hits, including three home runs. It was the first time he had allowed three home runs in a game since September 15, 2011 as a member of the Tigers. The only bright side for fantasy owners is that he managed eight strikeouts before exiting. He'll attempt to bounce back against the Marlins on the road. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:52 pm
  • Niese gives up six runs in loss
    Jon Niese was blasted for six runs over three innings Friday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: With his wife close to giving birth, it wasn't clear whether Niese would even be able to make the start. He ended up pitching, but it would be understandable if his mind was elsewhere. The southpaw was knocked around for eight hits, including a pair of home runs. Niese entered Friday's start with a 2.28 ERA over his previous eight outings, so he'll attempt to put this clunker in the rear view mirror next week. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:03 pm
  • Jon Niese will still start for Mets on Friday
    Jon Niese will make his scheduled start for the Mets on Friday.

    Advice: Niese's wife is in labor, so there's always a chance that Niese could make a quick exit in the ballgame to attend the birth of his child. He'll hopefully give the Mets at least a few solid innings before handing the ball over to the bullpen. He can easily be avoided in DFS tonight. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:20 pm
  • Jon Niese could be scratched from start
    Jon Niese could be scratched from Friday's scheduled start against the Dodgers because his wife is in labor.

    Advice: The Mets haven't ruled out him making the start yet, but it's up in the air. If Niese is scratched, they'll pull someone out of the bullpen for a spot start. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:13 pm
  • Blue Jays 'made big push' for Carlos Carrasco
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Blue Jays "made a big push" for Carlos Carrasco, but "didn't get it done."

    Advice: This backs up Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports' report from Thursday that the Jays had talked to the Indians about the right-hander. It doesn't look like a trade will happen, though. Carrasco is signed a team-friendly four-year, $22 million contract and has flashed ace ability, so it wouldn't really make sense for Cleveland to trade him. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:50 am
  • Ross gives up hree earned runs in loss
    Tyson Ross allowed four runs (three earned) over 5 2/3 innings Thursday in a loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: What's strange about the poor outing is that Ross struck out eight, walked zero and gave up no homers. That second bit is shocking given his ineffectiveness tonight, as Ross entered last in the bigs with 4.38 walks per nine (but also leading the league with 0.23 homers allowed per nine innings). Ross gets the Mets next time. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:21 pm
  • Kazmir to make Astros' debut Friday
    Scott Kazmir will make his Astros' debut Friday against the Royals.

    Advice: Kazmir was acquired from the Athletics on Thursday in exchange for catcher Jacob Nottingham and right-hander Daniel Mengden. The Houston native owns a 2.38 ERA over 18 starts this season and should form a potent 1-2 punch with Dallas Keuchel atop the Astros' rotation. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:07 pm
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  • Indians willing to listen on Carrasco, others
    According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Indians are "willing to listen on pitching, particularly Carlos Carrasco."

    Advice: Passan notes that the Indians and Blue Jays have talked and suggests that Carrasco could be a fit for Toronto. Carrasco has taken a step back this season after his tremendous 2014, but he'd still be a tremendous addition for any contender. The 28-year-old right-hander boasts a 3.19 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and 268/53 K/BB ratio over his last 248 1/3 innings. He signed a team-friendly four-year, $22 million contract extension this spring. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:37 am
  • Dodgers, Rangers have talked about Gallardo
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Dodgers and Rangers have talked about Yovani Gallardo.

    Advice: Morosi is also tying the Royals to Gallardo, who has posted a surprising 2.91 ERA in 117 1/3 innings this season for the Rangers. There's little doubt that the Dodgers will acquire a starting pitcher ahead of the July 31 trade deadline and the list of possible targets is long and wide-ranging. Gallardo, 29, is earning $14 million this year. He can become a free agent in the fall. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:11 am
  • Astros, Athletics finalize Scott Kazmir trade
    Astros acquired LHP Scott Kazmir from the Athletics for C Jacob Nottingham and RHP Daniel Mengden.

    Advice: Kazmir enters the Astros rotation after delivering a 2.38 ERA, 1.085 WHIP, and 101/35 K/BB ratio in 109 2/3 innings for Oakland. His fantasy stock may take a little hit in the move to a more power-friendly park, but it's a terrific baseball move for Houston. Nottingham and Mengden weren't necessarily considered top prospects before the 2015 season, though they've both been showing positive signs of development in the lower levels of the minor leagues. More rebuilding pieces for the constantly-rebuilding A's. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:26 am
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  • Astros acquire lefty Scott Kazmir from OAK
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Astros have acquired starter Scott Kazmir from the A's.

    Advice: Kazmir was due to start for Oakland in Thursday's series finale against the Blue Jays, but he'll board a plane to Houston instead. The 31-year-old left-hander took a shutout into the ninth inning in his last turn in the A's rotation and he boasts a stellar 2.38 ERA 1.085 WHIP, and 101/35 K/BB ratio through 109 2/3 total innings this season. It's a big boost for the Astros, who have fallen behind the red-hot Angels in the American League West standings. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:12 am
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  • Royals 'considering' Gallardo, Cueto, others
    According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, the Royals are "considering Yovani Gallardo and Johnny Cueto, among many other options for their rotation."

    Advice: Cueto would obviously be the biggest splash, but Gallardo isn't a bad target either for the starter-needing Royals. Gallardo has revitalized his career this season in an unlikely spot -- Arlington, Texas -- boasting a 2.91 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and 80/43 K/BB ratio in 117 1/3 innings. The 29-year-old right-hander would obviously come much cheaper than Cueto in terms of prospects. Kansas City just lost Jason Vargas to Tommy John surgery. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:20 am
  • Leake dominates over eight innings
    Mike Leake tossed a superb game in Wednesday's 9-1 win over the Cubs, scattering four hits and yielding just one run over eight innings.

    Advice: Only the possibly-immortal Kyle Schwarber managed to put a dent in Leake's line, as the rookie's RBI single in the third would be the lone run-scoring hit allowed by the pitcher. Leake struck out six without walking a batter and has been on an absolute roll as of late. In his last 21 innings, he's given up just two runs. With the Reds taking on water at 42-50, he's a prime candidate for trade and his 3.78 ERA and 1.18 WHIP are likely to draw some interest from contending teams. He'll try to make it four straight dominant starts when he takes to the road against the Cardinals in his next scheduled start. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:26 pm
  • Morrow (shoulder) ready for rehab games
    Brandon Morrow (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A El Paso this weekend.

    Advice: Morrow was cleared for game action after getting through another bullpen session Wednesday with no issues. Out since early May with shoulder issues, Morrow is expected to need most, if not all, of his allotted 30 rehab days. That puts him on track to return in late August if all goes well. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:45 am
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  • Shoemaker fans 10 over six shutout innings
    Matt Shoemaker dominated the Twins in Tuesday's win, striking out 10 batters in six shutout innings.

    Advice: The right-hander held the Twins to two hits (both singles) and three walks in the effort, what turned out to be one of his best starts of the season. Shoemaker has a mediocre 4.55 ERA with a 1.27 WHIP, and an 84/24 K/BB ratio over 97 innings, but we'd bet on that ERA coming down as the season wanes. He'll take on the Rangers at home next. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:15 pm
  • Astros have discussed Ross, Cashner with Pads
    Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros have "had at least a preliminary conversation" with the Padres about Tyson Ross and Andrew Cashner.

    Advice: They've also talked with the Phillies about Cole Hamels, although there's been some feeling that Hamels would reject a trade to the Astros. Houston has been connected to Johnny Cueto, as well. Both Ross and Cashner would be more than rentals for the Astros, as Ross is under team control through 2017 and Cashner through 2016. Drellich does add that the Astros "do seem prepared to part with top prospects, however, even for a rental." Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:41 pm
  • Rangers 'listening' on Yovani Gallardo
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers are "listening" on Yovani Gallardo even while involved in Cole Hamels trade talks.

    Advice: Rosenthal says that the Rangers could both buy and sell, as they're not really contenders this season but could go after Hamels as a long-term play. Gallardo is in the midst of a nice season, having put up a 2.91 ERA across 20 starts for the Rangers. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:57 pm
  • Jon Niese 'never was' available for trade
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Jon Niese "doesn't seem available."

    Advice: "He never was," one Mets source told Heyman. It's a surprising revelation given how often Niese's name has been involved in trade rumors (the Dodgers and Cubs were reportedly interested last month). But, the left-hander has been pitching really well of late and it appears the Mets are inclined to keep him. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:15 pm
  • Dodgers option RHP Beachy to Triple-A
    Dodgers optioned RHP Brandon Beachy to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for Carl Crawford's return from the disabled list. Beachy lasted just four innings in each of his first two starts since returning from Tommy John surgery. The move likely clears the way for Zach Lee to pitch against the Mets this weekend. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:53 am
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