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  • Reed tosses shutout 9th to close out the Bucs
    Addison Reed protected a three-run lead in the ninth for his 27th save as the Diamondbacks topped the Pirates 7-4 on Thursday.

    Advice: It was nice to see him get back on the horse one day after serving up a three-run homer versus the Reds (he earned the save anyway). Reed induced a ground out from Jordy Mercer, struck out pinch-hitter Travis Snider, gave up a double to Josh Harrison, and then struck out the talented rookie Gregory Polanco on high cheese to shut off the lights. Reed has allowed only one run over his last eight appearances, slashing his ERA from 4.42 to 3.86.
    Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Collmenter works 5+ innings in ND vs. Bucs
    Josh Collmenter yielded three runs on four hits over 5 1/3 innings Thursday versus the Pirates in a no-decision Diamondbacks' victory.

    Advice: Collmenter struck out four and walked two. He came into tonight with a 1.59 ERA in four career starts against the Pirates and 5-2 with a 2.89 ERA in his last 10 starts at Chase Field. Collmenter remains 8-5 to go with a 4.07 ERA and 1.30 WHIP. He gets the Royals in Arizona next time around.
    Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • Locke chased for 6 runs in loss to Snakes
    Jeff Locke was ripped for six runs -- four earned -- over 5 1/3 innings in the Pirates' 7-4 setback against the Diamondbacks on Thursday.

    Advice: Locke gave up nine hits, and it wasn't all soft stuff, particularly in the sixth inning, when he simply ran out of gas. In that frame, pinch-hitter Andy Marte smacked a two-run homer and Aaron Hill punched out a solo round-tripper. He was also obliterated Saturday against the Rockies, yielding six earned runs in 6 2/3 innings, but posted a 2.38 ERA in his eight starts before that. The regression doctor has had an appointment with Locke for some time. Locke (3.77 ERA) welcomes the Marlins to town on Wednesday hoping the routine checkup doesn't reveal further deterioration.
    Yesterday, 10:00 pm
  • Kershaw strikes out 9 in CG victory over ATL
    Clayton Kershaw dazzled again in Thursday's victory over the Braves, racking up nine strikeouts and allowing only one run in a 2-1 complete-game victory.

    Advice: Kershaw walked none and allowed nine hits in his 10th straight victory -- his first regular season win over the Braves, the only NL team he'd never vanquished in the regular season -- and the Dodgers' sixth consecutive win. He's allowed only nine runs in 86 innings over his last 11 starts. Having improved to 13-2 with a 1.71 ERA, Kershaw hosts the crosstown Angels on Tuesday.
    Yesterday, 9:51 pm
  • Teheran stuck on wrong side of 2-1 loss
    Julio Teheran pitched a gem but had the misfortune of running into Clayton Kershaw on Thursday, allowing two runs and striking out nine over eight innings in a 2-1 loss.

    Advice: Teheran exorcised some Dodgers Stadium demons; he coughed up six runs and eight hits over 2 2/3 innings in Game 3 of Atlanta's 13-6 loss in the NL division series last year. He has now yielded three runs or less and worked at least seven innings in seven of his past nine outings. Teheran brings a 10-7 record, 2.69 ERA and 1.04 WHIP into a scheduled start versus Seattle next week.
    Yesterday, 9:49 pm
  • Janssen preserves one-run lead for 18th save
    Casey Janssen worked around a two-out walk in the ninth inning, helping the Blue Jays defeat the Astros by a 6-5 margin on Thursday.

    Advice: Janssen is happy to see July end, as he ends the month with a 5.56 ERA. He had a relatively easy ninth inning on Thursday, though. He has blown only two saves since making his season debut on May 12 and owns a 2.86 ERA with a 16/3 K/BB ratio.
    Yesterday, 8:16 pm
  • McAllister struggles in start vs. Mariners
    Zach McAllister failed to make it out of the fourth inning, allowing four runs in 3 1/3 innings, as the Indians fell to the Mariners on Thursday.

    Advice: The Mariners hung a three-spot on McAllister in the third, as Dustin Ackley ripped a two-run home run and Robinson Cano later doubled in another run. Overall, the right-hander yielded eight hits, did not walk a batter, and did not record a strikeout. 2014 has been tough for the 26-year-old, as he has a 5.91 ERA, a 1.52 WHIP, and a 54/26 K/BB ratio. He'll try to turn things around at home against the Reds next Tuesday.
    Yesterday, 7:44 pm
  • Neil Ramirez expected back when eligible
    Neil Ramirez (triceps) expects to be activated from the disabled list when his 15 days are up.

    Advice: Ramirez is out with a sore right triceps muscle that he said "started creeping in the last couple outings." He's feeling much better, though, after getting on a program with Cubs athletic trainer PJ Mainville and strength coach Tim Buss. "I've been feeling better this year than I have in the past couple years, so everything I've been doing is starting to help out," Ramirez said. "I want to finish the year strong and build up strength." Ramirez had been optioned to Triple-A before it was rescinded and he was placed on the DL. However, it's possible he'll return with the big club since he got two weeks of rest, which was the team's primary goal in sending him down.
    Yesterday, 7:16 pm
    Disabled List
    7:10 pm @LAD
  • Ubaldo Jimenez to make another rehab start
    Ubaldo Jimenez (ankle) will make another rehab start with Triple-A Norfolk on Sunday or Monday.

    Advice: Jimenez pitched well in his first rehab outing with Short Season-Aberdeen on Tuesday, but he only went 4 2/3 innings and the Orioles want to build his stamina up a bit more. The veteran right-hander should rejoin the rotation late next week.
    Yesterday, 5:15 pm
    Disabled List
    4:05 pm vs Sea
  • John Danks gives up four runs to Tigers
    John Danks gave up four runs in five innings Thursday in a no-decision versus the Tigers.

    Advice: It couldn't have been a fun outing for Danks with the trade rumors hanging over his head. He remains with the White Sox for now, but he almost certainly will clear waivers, making him a possibility for an August deal.
    Yesterday, 3:43 pm
  • Joakim Soria takes loss to White Sox
    Joakim Soria continued to struggle as a Tiger on Thursday, taking a loss after giving up a run in an inning against the White Sox.

    Advice: Soria has made three appearances for his new team, allowing runs in all of them, and his ERA has jumped from 2.70 to 3.86. Mixed leaguers might as well go ahead and drop him, as it certainly doesn't look like he'll be taking over for Joe Nathan in the ninth.
    Yesterday, 3:42 pm
  • Jason Lane outrighted to Triple-A
    Padres sent LHP Jason Lane outright to Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: He had been designated for assignment but has cleared waivers and will remain in the organization. Lane tossed six-plus innings of one-run ball in his first major league start on Monday.
    Yesterday, 2:18 pm
    Not Active
    7:10 pm vs Atl
  • O's nab lefty reliever Andrew Miller from BOS
    Orioles acquired LHP Andrew Miller from the Red Sox for LHP Eduardo Rodriguez.

    Advice: It's likely that Boston didn't want to ship Miller to a division rival, but there wasn't a lot they could do when Dan Duquette put Rodriguez on the table. This is a steep price, but Baltimore absolutely had to bulk up its bullpen for the stretch run, and they weren't going to do better than Miller. The left-hander boasts a 2.34 ERA and 69/13 K/BB ratio in 42 1/3 innings this year and now teams with Zach Britton and Brian Matusz to give Baltimore an elite trio of southpaw relievers.
    Yesterday, 12:13 pm
  • Tigers are not trading for LHP Andrew Miller
    ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes reports that the Tigers are not getting left-hander Andrew Miller.

    Advice: Detroit was said to be close to a deal for the reliever, but those talks have apparently fallen flat. Miller, who owns a 2.34 ERA and 69/13 K/BB ratio in 42 1/3 innings this year, is drawing interest from a range of teams. He should be traded somewhere by the deadline.
    Yesterday, 11:27 am
  • Report: Beane listening to Hammel offers
    The Athletics are getting "flooded" with calls on Jason Hammel, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

    Advice: "Weren't planning to trade him, but..." Rosenthal tweeted. Billy Beane is going all in on this season, so you'd expect him to only consider a Hammel package that brought back immediate help -- perhaps a bat to slot at designated hitter, or another outfielder to cover for Yoenis Cespedes' move to Boston or Coco Crisp's nagging neck injury? Either way, Beane has the luxury of listening with Jon Lester, Jeff Samardzija, Sonny Gray, Scott Kazmir and Jesse Chavez forming an outstanding rotation, even without Hammel.
    Yesterday, 10:51 am
  • Tigers 'making a big push' for Andrew Miller
    The Tigers are "making a big push" for Andrew Miller, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick.

    Advice: Detroit, which acquired Joakim Soria from the Rangers last week, would like to upgrade its supply of left-handed relievers, which currently counts Ian Krol, Phil Coke and Blaine Hardy amongst its ranks. Miller would be a godsend. He's posted a 2.34 ERA and 69/13 K/BB ratio over 42 1/3 innings this year and is arguably the top available left-hander out there.
    Yesterday, 10:19 am
  • Boston 'swarmed' by Andrew Miller proposals
    The Red Sox are "getting swarmed" by Andrew Miller offers, reports USA Today's Bob Nightengale.

    Advice: "Once he's dealt, dominos will fall," an executive told Nightengale. Presumably, that means teams looking for relievers refuse to move onto second options before Boston chooses a Miller package. You can't blame the Red Sox for being choosy: Miller has been one of the game's best left-handed relievers over the last three years, boasting a 2.78 ERA in 140 appearances. He's been even better in 2014, collecting a 2.34 ERA and 69/13 K/BB ratio over 42 1/3 innings. The Braves, Pirates and Royals have all been connected to the lefty reliever, and ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported Wednesday that Boston wants a top prospect in return. They have four hours left to find one.
    Yesterday, 9:07 am
  • Hahn allows 1 run to Cards over seven innings
    Jesse Hahn fired seven innings of one-run ball, allowing four hits, in a 12-1 victory over the Cardinals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Hahn, who was lifted after 95 pitches having run out of gas, whiffed a trio and also walked two. This was the right-hander's seventh win in his last eight starts. Hahn, a 2010 sixth-round pick who came to San Diego along with Alex Torres for Logan Forsythe, Brad Boxberger, Matt Andriese, and Maxx Tissenbaum in January, entered this evening 6-1 with a 1.47 ERA in seven starts since returning to the rotation on June 14. The 24-year-old right-hander boasts a 1.88 ERA and 1.01 WHIP over his first nine major league outings. Hahn has a nice matchup on deck, getting the Twins in the Twin Cities on Tuesday.
    Wednesday, 10:32 pm
  • Marlins discussing Danks trade with White Sox
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports the Marlins and White Sox have discussed a possible trade involving John Danks.

    Advice: The Marlins are in a difficult position, stuck somewhere between a buyer and a seller. With their recent winning streak, though, it appears they've become buyers. Danks is signed through 2016, so any team taking him on would also have concerns about the $28.5 million he's owed over the duration of his deal.
    Wednesday, 7:19 pm
  • Yanks not interested in picking up Danks' tab
    Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports the Yankees aren't interested in the $28.5 million John Danks will make in the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

    Advice: Danks will make $14.5 million in each of the next two seasons before becoming a free agent, and the Yankees aren't wild about taking on that kind of salary. It appears the White Sox would need to be willing to eat some of that salary, and it's unclear whether they'd be willing to do that at this point. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman has reported the Yankees' continued interest in the left-hander in recent days.
    Wednesday, 4:03 pm
  • Hammel shelled for eight runs by Astros
    Jason Hammel was hammered for eight earned runs in 4 1/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Hammel now has a 9.53 ERA and 2.12 WHIP in four starts with Oakland. The A's are known to be in the market for another starting pitcher with the July 31 trade deadline on the horizon, so the right-hander could soon be out of a rotation spot. If not, he'll get the Rays next.
    Wednesday, 2:04 pm
  • Reed serves up homer but able to convert save
    Addison Reed allowed a three-run homer but was able to convert his 26th save Wednesday versus the Reds.

    Advice: Eury De La Rosa gave up a leadoff single and a one-out walk in the bottom of the ninth inning before the D'Backs turned the keys over to their closer. Reed then yielded a two-out three-run shot to Devin Mesoraco but rallied to fan Ryan Ludwick for the final out. Reed, who has an underwhelming 3.95 ERA on the season, could be available at Thursday's July 31 trade deadline.
    Wednesday, 12:42 pm
  • Red Sox' asking price for Miller is high
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Red Sox are asking for teams' best prospects in trade talks for Andrew Miller.

    Advice: As Crasnick notes, they'll surely have to drop their demands in order to get anything done. Miller is having a fantastic season, posting a 2.40 ERA and 66/13 K/BB ratio over 41 1/3 innings, but clubs aren't going to surrender top talent for him. The Braves, Pirates and Royals have all been connected to the lefty reliever.
    Wednesday, 9:03 am
  • Ubaldo Jimenez (ankle) solid in rehab start
    Ubaldo Jimenez (ankle) allowed one unearned run on five hits and three walks while striking out three over 4 2/3 frames in his first rehab start with Short Season-Aberdeen.

    Advice: Orioles manager Buck Showalter said before he knew the results of the appearance that it's possible Jimenez will be rejoin the big club's rotation after the outing. "We'll see, if it goes well,'' Showalter said. "We can pitch him at [Triple-A] Norfolk or activate him. We'll see [after] tonight." Jimenez has been out since mid-July with a sprained right ankle.
    Wednesday, 6:09 am
    Disabled List
    4:05 pm vs Sea
  • Soria hammered by White Sox in rough outing
    Joakim Soria, making only his second relief appearance since joining the Tigers on July 23, allowed four runs while recording only one out against the White Sox on Tuesday.

    Advice: Soria allowed an unearned run while facing four batters and recording one out on Saturday, and things got much worse on Tuesday. The veteran reliever faced seven batters, and it went as such: single, bases-clearing double, two-run home run, solo home run, ground out, single, single. Obviously, it's hardly how the Tigers have expected things to go thus far, but it's been par for their bullpen this season. Soria has a 3.71 ERA, a 1.12 WHIP, and a 43/5 K/BB ratio in 34 innings.
    Tuesday, 7:48 pm
  • Janssen allows homer, but still gets the save
    Casey Janssen allowed a ninth-inning solo home run, but managed to escape with his 17th save as the Blue Jays earned a 4-2 victory over the Red Sox on Tuesday.

    Advice: Xander Bogaerts greeted Janssen with a solo shot to lead off the ninth inning, but the right-hander was able to get the next three batters he faced in short order. July has been troublesome for Janssen, as he has allowed runs in five of 11 appearances in the month while sporting a 6.10 ERA. On the season, he is 17-for-19 in save opportunities with a 2.96 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, and a 16/2 K/BB ratio in 27 1/3 innings.
    Tuesday, 7:31 pm
  • Neil Ramirez placed on DL with sore triceps
    Cubs placed RHP Neil Ramirez on the 15-day disabled list with a sore right triceps muscle.

    Advice: Ramirez was optioned to Triple-A Iowa last week, but that has now been voided because of this triceps injury. The 25-year-old right-hander has registered a brilliant 0.96 ERA and 36/10 K/BB ratio in 28 innings of relief this season out of the Chicago bullpen.
    Tuesday, 2:39 pm
    Disabled List
    7:10 pm @LAD
  • Padres designate Jason Lane for assignment
    Padres designated LHP Jason Lane for assignment.

    Advice: Lane tossed six-plus innings of one-run ball in his first major league start Monday afternoon against the Braves, but he didn't figure into the San Diego rotation going forward. The former outfielder could draw interest on waivers as a left-handed reliever.
    Tuesday, 1:08 pm
    Not Active
    7:10 pm vs Atl
  • Royals interested in Boston's Andrew Miller
    Rob Bradford of reports that the Royals are one of multiple teams interested in Andrew Miller.

    Advice: The Pirates and Braves have also been linked to Miller in recent days. The 29-year-old left-hander owns a fine 2.45 ERA and 65/13 K/BB ratio over 40 1/3 innings this season. He's due to become a free agent this offseason.
    Tuesday, 6:50 am
  • D'Backs would consider trading closer Reed
    ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the Diamondbacks are telling teams that "they'd talk" about trading Addison Reed.

    Advice: It's not clear at this point whether they've had any real discussions with other teams, but it appears they're at least willing to entertain the possibility of a deal. Reed has had an up-and-down season for the D'Backs but his numbers overall (3.89 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 47/11 K/BB ratio over 41 2/3 innings) have been pretty good. He'll be eligible for arbitration for the first time this winter. Stark also notes that the D'Backs are listening on Aaron Hill, Oliver Perez and, "for the right offer," Martin Prado and Josh Collmenter. They're expected to hang on to Brad Ziegler.
    Monday, 5:36 pm
  • Jason Lane allows just one run but takes loss
    Jason Lane allowed just one run over six-plus innings but took the loss Monday against the Braves.

    Advice: The one run he allowed was on an Evan Gattis solo shot that led off the bottom of the seventh inning. And that was enough for Atlanta on a day that the San Diego offense managed just five total hits and zero runs. Lane was sharp in his first major league start, striking out two Braves hitters and issuing no walks. He could get another turn in the Padres' rotation soon.
    Monday, 11:48 am
    Not Active
    7:10 pm vs Atl
  • Bud Black: Jesse Hahn has '5-10 starts left'
    Padres manager Bud Black said this weekend that Jesse Hahn has "between five and 10 starts left."

    Advice: Hahn threw just 69 innings last season in the Rays' minor league system after returning from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and has already totaled 87 innings this season between Double-A San Antonio and big-league San Diego. The 24-year-old right-hander boasts a 2.12 ERA and 1.05 WHIP over his first eight major league outings, but enjoy the ride while you still can. He won't be much help down the stretch.
    Monday, 10:00 am
  • Padres recall Jason Lane for Monday start
    Padres recalled LHP Jason Lane from Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Lane will make a spot start for the Padres on Monday afternoon against the Braves. The former outfielder tossed 4 1/3 scoreless innings of relief for San Diego earlier this season, but he is not a good fantasy option.
    Monday, 7:40 am
    Not Active
    7:10 pm vs Atl
  • Yankees still interested in John Danks
    According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Yankees remain interested in White Sox hurler John Danks.

    Advice: The idea to acquire Ian Kennedy from the Padres seems to be losing steam, which makes Danks among the most likely trade targets for the Yankees to acquire. The veteran southpaw is 9-6 on the season with a 4.40 ERA and 1.39 WHIP.
    Sunday, 4:10 pm
  • Janssen earns save as Blue Jays beat Yanks
    Casey Janssen earned his 16th save of 2014 in the Blue Jays' 5-4 win over the Yankees on Sunday.

    Advice: Janssen was called on to protect Toronto's one-run lead after Dioner Navarro hit a go-ahead RBI single in the top of the ninth inning. The right-hander did so effortlessly, retiring all three batters he faced -- one via strikeout. Janssen has a 2.73 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, and 16/2 K/BB ratio in 26 1/3 innings this season.
    Sunday, 1:40 pm
  • Jason Lane to start for Padres Monday
    Jason Lane will be called up to start on Monday against the Braves.

    Advice: It's expected to just be a spot start, as the anticipation is that Ian Kennedy (oblique) will only miss one turn. A former outfielder, Lane struck out four in 4 1/3 scoreless relief innings with the Padres earlier this season. He can be ignored in fantasy leagues.
    Sunday, 12:14 pm
    Not Active
    7:10 pm vs Atl
  • Pirates interested in Andrew Miller
    Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the Pirates are interested in Andrew Miller.

    Advice: The Braves are also in on Miller, with CBS Sports' Jon Heyman calling the left-hander their "prime bullpen target." The interest in Miller is no surprise given his 2.31 ERA and absurd 64/12 K/BB ratio over 39 1/3 innings this season.
    Sunday, 9:49 am
  • Clayton Kershaw pitches two-hit shutout
    Clayton Kershaw tossed a two-hitter Saturday as the Dodgers beat the Giants 5-0.

    Advice: Kershaw didn't threaten another no-hitter in this one -- Gregor Blanco delivered a clean single to center with one out in the first -- but he did notch his ninth career shutout. He faced just three batters over the minimum for his ninth straight win. It was a little bit of an off night for him for strikeouts, but he did finish with seven, reaching that mark for the 12th straight outing. The last pitcher with as many seven-strikeout games in a row was Tim Lincecum in 2009.
    Saturday, 9:51 pm