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  • Royals option Brian Flynn back to Triple-A
    Royals optioned LHP Brian Flynn to Triple-A Omaha.

    Advice: The 26-year-old southpaw continues to shuffle back and forth between the Royals and Triple-A whenever the big league club needs an extra arm. Flynn owns a 4.91 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 6/4 K/BB ratio over 7 1/3 innings with the Royals. Rotoworld.com 32 minutes ago
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  • Royals activate Chris Young from 15-day DL
    Royals activated RHP Chris Young from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander will work out of the bullpen, at least initially, upon his return. He registered a troublesome 6.88 ERA in his seven starts before hitting the disabled list, so he'll have to prove his worth in long relief before he gets another shot at the starting rotation. Rotoworld.com 34 minutes ago
  • Robbie Ray gives up five runs in loss
    Robbie Ray allowed five runs in 4 2/3 innings Friday in a loss to the Padres.

    Advice: The Diamondbacks need Ray to step it up with Shelby Miller and Rubby De La Rosa absent, but here he is 2-4 with a 4.67 ERA. Quite a bit more was expected from him going into the season. He's still fine to own in NL-only leagues, but he's not really even a streaming option in mixed leagues right now. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:28 pm
  • Matt Shoemaker carries shutout into ninth
    Matt Shoemaker took a shutout into the ninth before being charged with two runs in 8 1/3 innings Friday in a defeat of the Astros.

    Advice: Shoemaker struck out 11 before giving up singles to two of the three batters he faced in the ninth. Cam Bedrosian entered then and allowed both inherited runners to score, ending Shoemaker's scoreless streak that started with 7 1/3 shutout frames against the Orioles on Saturday. Shoemaker still seems risky in mixed leagues, but he should certainly be grabbed in any AL-only leagues in which he's available. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Mike Fiers tagged for seven runs
    Mike Fiers was pounded for seven runs in 3 2/3 innings by the Angels on Friday.

    Advice: This is the first time Fiers has gotten lit up, but even his good starts haven't been great. He's 3-3 with a 5.20 ERA after this one, and he'd seem to be in serious jeopardy of losing his spot. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Chris Devenski goes 4 1/3 scoreless in relief
    Chris Devenski pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings after Mike Fiers' early exit Friday against the Angels.

    Advice: The 59-pitch outing was his second in relief since he was bumped from the Astros rotation last week. He would be the obvious choice to step in now if the team decided to demote Fiers. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • Michael Fulmer goes 7 2/3 scoreless
    Michael Fulmer shut out the A's for 7 2/3 innings to win Friday.

    Advice: Fulmer struck out just three, but that, combined with only one walk surrendered, helped him work deep into the game against arguably the AL's weakest offense. He's 4-1 with a 3.97 ERA and a 36/11 K/BB ratio in 34 innings since joining the Tigers. He's establishing himself as a mixed-league option. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:04 pm
  • Sean Manaea gives up three runs in loss
    Sean Manaea yielded three runs in six-plus innings Friday in a loss to the Tigers.

    Advice: If only just barely, it was still Manaea's second quality start in six tries since he was called up at the end of April. His rotation spot seems rather secure, even if his performance hasn't justified it yet. He'll face the Twins at home next time out. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:01 pm
  • Zach Davies knocked around again on Friday
    Zach Davies was knocked around again on Friday, surrendering five runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings against the Reds.

    Advice: Fortunately for Davies, the Brewers provided a boatload of run support for him and he still came away with a victory. The right-hander struck out four and didn't issue a walk in the ballgame. Now 2-3 on the season, he'll look to further improve upon a troublesome 6.05 ERA and 1.51 WHIP when he does battle against the Cardinals on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:48 pm
  • John Lamb demolished in loss to Brewers
    John Lamb was demolished in Friday's loss to the Brewers, getting shelled for six runs on seven hits over 3 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Lamb walked three and struck out three on the evening. The Brewers scratched out single runs in the first and third innings, then broke the game open with a four-run fourth. Lamb has been brutal in his limited time in the rotation, registering a 6.85 ERA, 1.82 WHIP and 14/12 K/BB ratio in 23 2/3 innings over five starts. It doesn't get any easier for the young southpaw either, as he'll travel to Coors Field to take on the Rockies on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:38 pm
  • Chatwood spins gem vs. Giants at Coors Field
    Tyler Chatwood allowed just an unearned run over seven innings in Friday’s 5-2 win over the Giants.

    Advice: And at Coors Field, to boot. Chatwood allowed just four hits and walked none while striking out three batters. He’s the first Rockies pitcher to throw seven innings or more with zero earned runs and zero walks at Coors Field since Juan Nicasio did it on July 15, 2011. Yep, it has been a while. Chatwood entered Friday’s action with a 6.65 ERA in four starts at home this season, so we wouldn’t say that he has turned a new leaf here. While the peripherals aren’t overly impressive, he has managed a 2.69 ERA through 10 starts overall. He remains a decent matchup play, though this start won’t change the fact that he’s best utilized on the road. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:35 pm
  • Jon Niese fires six innings of one-run ball
    Jon Niese picked up his fifth victory of the season on Friday, firing six innings of one-run ball against the Rangers in Arlington.

    Advice: Niese walked one and struck out two in the stellar outing. The only blemish on his evening was a solo home run off the bat of Adrian Beltre in the sixth inning. He'll look to build on this strong outing when he brings a 4.42 ERA and 1.42 WHIP into Wednesday's start against the Marlins in Miami. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:29 pm
  • Duffy gives up five runs vs. White Sox
    Danny Duffy was tagged with five runs over 5 1/3 innings against the White Sox on Friday.

    Advice: Duffy held the White Sox off the board through the first five innings, but he completely unraveled in the sixth. After loading the bases on three straight singles, he served up a grand slam to Melky Cabrera and a solo blast to Todd Frazier. He was in line for the loss before the Royals staged a comeback in the late innings. The Royals have been building up his workload slowly, so it’s understandable that Duffy just wore down. The southpaw struck out five and walked none and will look to bounce back next week against the Rays. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:54 pm
  • Mike Wright struggles in no-decision vs Tribe
    Mike Wright struggled in a no-decision against the Indians on Friday, allowing three runs on six hits and a pair of walks over 4 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Wright struck out four on the evening. The O's offense staked him to an early 3-0 lead, but he let the Indians chip away with single runs in the second, fourth and fifth innings to even things up. He'll look to improve upon a disappointing 5.05 ERA and 1.40 WHIP when he does battle against the hot-hitting Red Sox on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:17 pm
  • Josh Collmenter activated from DL
    Diamondbacks activated RHP Josh Collmenter from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Collmenter has been out all season with a shoulder injury. It's possible he'll be needed to make some starts with both Shelby Miller (finger) and Rubby De La Rosa (elbow) on the disabled list. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:41 pm
  • Chris Young will come back as reliever
    Royals manager Ned Yost said Friday that when Chris Young (forearm) returns from the disabled list, it will be as a reliever.

    Advice: He could be activated as soon as this weekend. Yost did at that he expects Young to eventually rejoin the rotation, but for now he'll be used in long relief. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:19 pm
  • White/Sox Royals rained out on Thursday
    Thursday's game between the White Sox and Royals has been postponed due to rain.

    Advice: No makeup date has been announced. Danny Duffy and Miguel Gonzalez had been the scheduled starters. They'll start Friday's game instead. That's a huge break for Kansas City as Chris Sale's start has been pushed back to Monday against the Mets. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:23 pm
  • Yost says Chris Young close to being activated
    Royals manager Ned Yost said Chris Young (forearm) looked "fantastic" in Thursday's simulated game.

    Advice: Young was placed on the disabled list with a strained forearm earlier this month but has made a quick recovery and should return to the Royals' rotation in relatively short order. The right-hander pitched surprisingly well during Kansas City's postseason run last year but has struggled to a 6.88 ERA over seven starts in 2016. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:14 pm
  • Chris Young (forearm) throws 35-pitch pen
    Chris Young (forearm) threw a successful 35-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday.

    Advice: Young said it went well, and that he's planning for a simulated appearance Thursday or Friday. The veteran right-hander has been on the disabled list since May 12 with a forearm strain and he had a brutal 6.88 ERA over his first seven starts. He shouldn't be owned in standard fantasy formats. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:04 pm
  • Collmenter (shoulder) could return soon
    Josh Collmenter (shoulder) could be activated from the disabled list this weekend.

    Advice: He's scheduled for one more minor league rehab start on Tuesday night. Collmenter has been on the disabled list since the end of spring training with tightness in his right shoulder. He owns an uninspiring 6.43 ERA and 2.00 WHIP in 14 minor league innings so far. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:20 pm
  • Shoemaker dazzles with 12 strikeouts vs O's
    Matt Shoemaker was brilliant in earning a no-decision in Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Orioles, fanning 12 over 7 1/3 innings of shutout ball.

    Advice: Shoemaker scattered three hits and did not walk a batter. Manager Mike Scioscia let him give the eighth inning a crack, but lifted him after a passed-ball strikeout allowed Jonathan Schoop to reach with one out. Alas, Shoemaker will need to put in a few more starts like this if he wants to drag his numbers back to respectability. He still holds a 6.81 ERA, 1.57 WHIP and 34/13 K/BB ratio through eight starts (37 1/3 innings). A home date with the Astros awaits him next time out. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:22 pm
  • Niese is stingy over seven innings versus Rox
    Jon Niese kept the potent Rockies offense largely in check Saturday, allowing one run on four hits over seven innings in a no-decision.

    Advice: Niese gave up an RBI double to Mark Reynolds in the top of the first inning but was otherwise strong, walking one while striking out four. It was the continuation of a string of improved starts for the southpaw, who now has three straight quality starts under his belt. That all adds up to a 4.75 ERA and 1.43 WHIP in nine starts overall. Niese will look to keep the ball rolling Friday at the Rangers in an interleague date. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:19 pm
  • Chatwood holds Bucs to one run in no-decision
    Tyler Chatwood limited the Pirates to one run over six innings but settled for a no-decision Saturday.

    Advice: Chatwood allowed six hits and walked two, but he was matched by counterpart Jon Niese, who also allowed one run during his tenure. Chatwood has quietly put together a very good 2016 thus far, posting a 3.02 ERA and 1.22 WHIP through nine starts. He's one of the reasons the Rockies are in second place in the NL West. Speaking of the NL West, Chatwood will take on the division-rival Giants on Friday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:16 pm
  • Mike Fiers strong in home loss to Rangers
    Mike Fiers took a tough-luck loss against the Rangers on Saturday, allowing two runs on six hits over seven innings.

    Advice: Fiers pitched well enough to win, but his offense backed him with just one run. For the evening, he struck out six without walking a batter. He served up a solo home run to Elvis Andrus in the second inning and an RBI single to pugilist Rougned Odor in the third to account for the scoring on his line. That makes two impressive starts in a row for the 30-year-old right-hander, who has allowed just three runs on nine hits in his last 14 innings. For the season, he holds a 4.35 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 37/7 K/BB ratio over nine appearances (eight starts) covering 51 2/3 innings. A road jaunt against the Angels shows next on his schedule. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:59 pm
  • Zach Davies yields four runs in no-decision
    Zach Davies allowed four runs over 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Mets on Saturday.

    Advice: Davies gave up a home run to the first batter he faced, Curtis Granderson, and the last batter he faced, Yoenis Cespedes. In between he gave up three more hits and walked two while striking out five. He owns a 5.75 ERA through seven starts, and he'll next take the hill Friday against the Reds. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:34 pm
  • Fulmer punches out 11 in win over Rays
    Michael Fulmer struck out 11 while allowing one run over seven innings in the Tigers' 5-4 win on Saturday.

    Advice: Fulmer was dealing, allowing just four hits -- including an Evan Longoria solo homer -- and a walk with the career-best 11 punchouts. The seven innings pitched were also a high through his first five major league starts. Dingers have been a bit of a problem -- he's now given up five in those five starts -- but the 23-year-old showed why the Tigers coveted him as the centerpiece for Yoenis Cespedes at last year's trade deadline. Fulmer will work on his 5.13 ERA and 1.63 WHIP Friday at the A's. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:29 pm
  • Lamb guts out quality start against Mariners
    John Lamb allowed four runs -- three earned -- on six hits over six innings in a loss to the Mariners on Saturday.

    Advice: It was a gutsy performance from the left-hander, who didn't have his best stuff but managed to turn in a quality start anyway. The M's did all their damage on homers, with Leonys Martin taking Lamb deep in the second inning before Franklin Gutierrez hit a three-run bomb in the fourth. Lamb walked three while striking out three on the afternoon. The strikeout potential he flashed last season hasn't showed itself yet this year, as he has just an 11/9 K/BB ratio over four starts to go with a 5.40 ERA and 1.65 WHIP. He may still be working his way into form after December back surgery sidelined him through April, but Lamb will need to show progress Friday at the Brewers to remain on the NL-only radar. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:19 pm
  • Ray lasts just five innings in loss to Cards
    Robbie Ray allowed two runs -- one earned -- over five innings in Saturday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: His final line doesn't look that bad -- Ray gave up just three hits but walked four while striking out five -- but he was terribly inefficient, needing 102 pitches to get through five innings. It was still, by most accounts, a step in the right direction, leaving him with a 4.18 ERA, 1.61 WHIP and 52/24 K/BB ratio through 47 1/3 innings this year. Ray will look to get back in the win column, and to pitch deeper into the game, Friday against the Padres. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:03 pm
  • Manaea gives up five runs in loss to Yankees
    Sean Manaea took a step backward Saturday, giving up five runs on six hits over 6 2/3 innings in a loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: Manaea showed progress in earning his first MLB victory against the Rangers his last time out, but the Yankees got to him four times in the fourth inning and added another in the seventh to stick him with his second loss of the year. His earned run average actually went down with the loss, dropping from 7.91 to 7.62, an illustration of how much he struggled upon being promoted. The A's aren't going anywhere fast, so they can afford to let Manaea learn at the big league level if they so desire. That next lesson should come Friday against the Tigers. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:57 pm
  • Duffy goes 4 1/3 scoreless vs. White Sox
    Danny Duffy started and pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings Saturday against the White Sox.

    Advice: The biggest problem for Duffy on Saturday afternoon was that he wasn't rewarded for his good work, being removed after 63 pitches as he continues to build up his stamina. The no-decision doesn't take away from the fact that he was once again strong, scattering four hits without walking a batter and striking out three. In two starts he's pitched a combined 7 1/3 scoreless, giving him a 2.13 ERA and 1.14 WHIP through 25 1/3 innings overall. He'll have another crack at these White Sox -- and that elusive first win -- on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:19 pm
  • Duffy limited to around 60 pitches Saturday
    Danny Duffy will be limited to around 60 pitches for Saturday's start against the White Sox.

    Advice: Duffy continues to fill in for injured starter Kris Medlen, though he isn't yet stretched out and can't work deep into the ballgame. For that reason alone, he's an avoid in all daily formats and doesn't make for an attractive streaming option. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:10 am
  • Devenski moving back to Astros' bullpen
    Chris Devenski is moving back to the Astros' bullpen.

    Advice: Houston was rolling with a six-man rotation for a bit, but Devenski will now return to the long relief role that he occupied at the opening of the 2016 season. The 25-year-old right-hander owns a cool 3.24 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 28/9 K/BB ratio over his first 33 1/3 innings (four starts, six relief appearances) with the Astros. He'll be thrown right back into the rotation mix if there's an injury. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:55 am
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