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  • John Danks goes six scoreless
    John Danks blanked the Royals for six innings, but was left with nothing to show for it Monday.

    Advice: Danks exited with a 3-0 lead, only to have it blown with one run in the seventh, one in the eighth and two in the ninth. As a result, Danks remains winless in his last nine starts.
    53 minutes ago
  • Jake Petricka takes blown save, loss
    Jake Petricka took his fifth blown save and his fifth loss after giving up two runs in the ninth Monday against the Royals.

    Advice: Petricka came in with two outs in the eighth and bailed Zach Putnam out of a jam, but he gave up two doubles to tie the game in the ninth. The Royals went on to win on a little grounder up the middle that Alexei Ramirez couldn't handle. It was ruled an infield single that allowed the runner to score all of the way from second, so the run was earned, even though that seemed rather ridiculous. We would hope this doesn't cost Petricka additional save chances down the stretch.
    54 minutes ago
  • Joakim Soria records 18th save
    With Joe Nathan needing the day off, Joakim Soria got the ninth for the Twins on Monday and pitched a scoreless inning for his 18th save.

    Advice: The Tigers blew Max Scherzer's lead while holding Soria back for the ninth, but the offense responded, putting the Tigers back on top in the top of the inning. Soria's save was his first in nine appearances since he was acquired from the Rangers. Nathan, who had thrown 45 pitches in two days, should be back in the closer's role on Tuesday.
    Today, 8:48 pm
  • Zach McAllister loses to Astros
    Zach McAllister yielded two runs in six innings Monday in a no-decision against the Astros.

    Advice: McAllister was making his first major league start since July 31; his previous two appearances this month came out of the pen. He struck out six and walked none in a solid effort, but he still fell to 3-7.
    Today, 8:39 pm
  • Travis Wood goes six scoreless
    Travis Wood tossed six scoreless innings, allowing three hits, against the Reds on Monday.

    Advice: Wood's two best starts since the All-Star break have both come against that motley crew the Reds are currently calling their lineup. He lowered his ERA from 5.03 to 4.86 tonight. Next up is a start against the Dodgers, which probably won't be so easy.
    Today, 8:27 pm
    W, 1-0 vs ^ Cin
  • Alfredo Simon goes seven scoreless
    Alfredo Simon shut out the Cubs for seven innings in a no-decision Monday.

    Advice: Simon owes his All-Star appearance to the Cubs this year; he's 3-0 with a 1.10 ERA in five starts against them and 11-10 with a 3.83 ERA versus everyone else. The win tonight was just his third against seven losses since the All-Star break.
    Today, 8:24 pm
  • Stephen Strasburg goes seven scoreless
    Stephen Strasburg blanked the Braves for seven innings, striking out seven, in a victory Monday.

    Advice: Strasburn walked none for the fourth straight start. He had been 3-7 with a 4.61 ERA against the Braves in his career, including a loss last Wednesday, but he had an easy time tonight. The only time the outcome seemed in doubt was when Rafael Soriano took over in the ninth. Since the Nationals held on to win 4-2, Strasburg moved to 12-11 with a 3.34 ERA.
    Today, 7:28 pm
  • Jonathan Papelbon suspended seven games
    Jonathan Papelbon has been suspended seven games by Major League Baseball for his actions following Sunday's appearance.

    Advice: Papelbon was ejected by umpire Joe West after grabbing his crotch on his way to the Phillies' dugout. The reliever will not appeal, so his suspension begins Monday. Ken Giles will be in line for saves over the next week.
    Today, 6:03 pm
  • Tommy Milone's (neck) MRI shows inflammation
    An MRI on Tommy Milone's neck showed only inflammation.

    Advice: The Twins are hopeful that Milone will return before the end of the month, but it's no guarantee. The left-hander has put up a 7.84 ERA over five starts with the Twins.
    Today, 4:53 pm
  • Tyson Ross' next start to be pushed back
    Tyson Ross' next scheduled start will be pushed back a few days because the right-hander is dealing with general soreness after his last outing.

    Advice: Ross was rocked for six runs -- four earned -- in three innings Saturday in an uncharacteristically poor showing. It doesn't appear to be something to be overly concerned about at the moment. Robbie Erlin will get the ball on Thursday versus the Phillies, with Ross hoping to start over the weekend or possibly early next week.
    Today, 4:30 pm
    W, 1-0 vs Phi
  • Duffy (shoulder) out until Sept. 22
    The Royals don't intend for Danny Duffy (shoulder) to start again until next Monday against the Indians.

    Advice: Duffy left his last start on September 6 with a sore shoulder and is slated to pitch in a simulated game Tuesday. Barring any setbacks, he should be cleared to return.
    Today, 2:47 pm
  • Hendriks to start Tuesday vs. White Sox
    Liam Hendriks will start Tuesday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Danny Duffy (shoulder) had hoped to make the start, but the Royals will have him throw a simulate game instead. Hendriks gave up three runs (two earned) over 2 1/3 innings last Thursday against the Red Sox and can't be trusted in most fantasy leagues.
    Today, 2:18 pm
  • Duffy (shoulder) to pitch in sim. game Tue.
    Danny Duffy (shoulder) will pitch in a simulated game Tuesday.

    Advice: Duffy left his last start on September 6 with a sore shoulder, but he now feels healthy and ready to pitch. However, the Royals aren't ready to throw him back into game action. Liam Hendriks will start Tuesday against the White Sox.
    Today, 2:15 pm
  • Anibal Sanchez (pectoral) throws off mound
    Anibal Sanchez (pectoral) threw 25 pitches off the mound Monday and felt good.

    Advice: Sanchez landed on the disabled list a month ago with a strained pectoral muscle and had a setback in late August, but he's beginning to make some progress. He's slated to throw again tomorrow before the next step is decided. It might be late for him to start again for the Tigers during the regular season, but he could have a role come postseason time.
    Today, 2:01 pm
    Disabled List
    W, 8-6 @Min
  • Vance Worley moved to the Pirates' bullpen
    Vance Worley has been moved to the bullpen.

    Advice: Charlie Morton will return from the disabled list and claim the vacant rotation spot Tuesday night against the Red Sox. Worley has pitched well in a starting role this season for the Bucs and should be a useful weapon in long relief down the stretch.
    Today, 6:38 am
  • Verlander says blister 'flared up' on Sunday
    Justin Verlander acknowledged after his start Sunday that a blister "flared up" on his right hand.

    Advice: Verlander allowed three earned runs on six hits and three walks over 5 2/3 innings, but the Tigers were able to pull out a 6-4 victory against the Indians. Verlander said he doesn't expect the blister to be a major issue going forward. He's 13-12 this season with a 4.81 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in 190 2/3 innings.
    Today, 5:54 am
  • Papelbon melts down, allows four runs vs. MIA
    Jonathan Papelbon had a major meltdown in the ninth inning Sunday, allowing four runs for a blown save and taking the loss against the Marlins.

    Advice: Papelbon entered with a three-run lead, but the Marlins came up with four hits and a walk to tie the score before Papelbon could record the second out. A wild pitch, indicative of the kind of day Papelbon had, ended up bringing in the winning run. The blown save was his fourth of the year and his first since July 22. Despite the ugly outing, it has still been a very good year for the 33-year-old.
    Yesterday, 2:14 pm
  • Duffy (shoulder) throws successful bullpen
    Danny Duffy (shoulder) felt no pain during a light bullpen session Sunday.

    Advice: Although he's yet to be officially cleared, Duffy remains hopeful of starting on Tuesday versus the White Sox. The left-hander exited his last outing on September 6 after just one pitch with a sore shoulder, but he's made nice progress since then. The Royals should announce soon whether or not Duffy will get the ball Tuesday.
    Yesterday, 9:16 am
  • Tommy Milone (neck) might be out for season
    Tommy Milone (neck) might not pitch again this season.

    Advice: Milone tried to throw a bullpen session Saturday but said "it was not good." He had been nursing a fatigued shoulder, but the lefty felt pain shoot up his neck while long-tossing Wednesday and again throughout his session Saturday. "I could feel it on pretty much every throw," Milone said. "It wasn't bad but I could tell I was holding back. I was trying to not make my neck hurt. The last two pitches I tried to let it go like I would normally in a game. And it didn't feel good. We shut it down." Anthony Swarzak will start on Monday versus the Tigers assuming he isn't needed in the bullpen Sunday.
    Yesterday, 6:26 am
  • Tyson Ross allows six runs in loss to D'Backs
    Tyson Ross surrendered six runs -- four earned -- in three innings Saturday in a loss to Arizona.

    Advice: It was one of the ugliest outings of the season for Ross, who entered the start with a 2.66 ERA and watched it rise to 2.81. The 27-year-old right-hander might be hitting a wall here in mid-September. He's thrown 195 2/3 innings this season after totaling 136 2/3 innings between the minors and majors in 2013. Ross will get the Phillies at home next time out.
    Saturday, 8:33 pm
    W, 1-0 vs Phi
  • Duffy (shoulder) expects to start on Tuesday
    Danny Duffy (shoulder) will throw a light bullpen session on Sunday.

    Advice: Duffy has been sidelined since September 6 with left shoulder soreness but an MRI taken earlier this week came up negative and he said Thursday that he is no longer feeling discomfort. He expects to returns to the Royals' rotation Tuesday against the White Sox.
    Saturday, 1:15 pm
  • Anibal Sanchez (pec) to throw off mound Mon.
    Anibal Sanchez (pectoral) is expected to begin throwing off a mound on Monday.

    Advice: Sanchez has been playing long-toss for about a week with no complications and is ready to take the next step in his rehab from a pectoral strain. The right-hander probably won't make it back before the end of the regular season, but he could be an option for the Tigers' postseason roster if everything goes smoothly from here. Sanchez has been out since August 8. He suffered a setback August 25.
    Saturday, 1:15 pm
    Disabled List
    W, 8-6 @Min
  • Tommy Milone unlikely to start on Monday
    Tommy Milone (neck) is unlikely to start on Monday.

    Advice: Milone had his start pushed back until Monday due to Friday's rain out, but his neck soreness continues to be an issue. Fantasy owners shouldn't count on him over the final two weeks of the season.
    Saturday, 10:40 am
  • Tommy Milone pushed back to Monday
    Tommy Milone's next scheduled start has been pushed back to Monday versus the Tigers following Friday's rainout.

    Advice: The postponement will allow the Twins to give Milone some extra rest since he's battled shoulder issues this month. The lefty holds a 7.84 ERA over five starts since joining the Twins.
    Friday, 1:29 pm
  • Hendricks yanked in the third in loss to BOS
    Liam Hendriks lasted only 2 1/3 innings, allowing three runs (two earned), in a loss to the Red Sox on Thursday.

    Advice: Hendriks didn't have much going for him, though he was the unfortunate victim of an Eric Hosmer error in the second. In the third, however, Hendriks allowed two singles, two walks, and hit a batter in a two-run inning. He now sports a 5.06 ERA and if he's granted another opportunity to start in a pennant chase, it'll come against the White Sox next week.
    Thursday, 8:56 pm
  • Danny Duffy (shoulder) says he's pain-free
    Danny Duffy said Thursday that he no longer feels any pain in his left shoulder.

    Advice: That's certainly good news, but he still has a ways to go before he's cleared to rejoin the rotation. Duffy isn't sure when he'll be cleared to resume throwing, but he hasn't ruled out making his next scheduled start on Tuesday. The left-hander would have to throw a bullpen session by Sunday for Tuesday's outing to be a possibility.
    Thursday, 3:20 pm
  • Jake Petricka records 13th save
    Jake Petricka pitched a scoreless ninth for his 13th save Thursday against the A's.

    Advice: Petricka also earned a save last night after a long layoff that includes a few days away to attend the birth of his child. There's a good chance he'll get Friday off now, so perhaps Zach Putnam will pick up a save opp.
    Thursday, 2:06 pm
  • Soria (oblique) allows run in return on Wed.
    Joakim Soria (oblique) allowed a run Wednesday in his return to the Tigers' bullpen.

    Advice: Soria had been out for a full month with an oblique strain. He gave up a triple to the first batter he faced in the ninth inning Wednesday -- speedster Lorenzo Cain -- and then Alcides Escobar drove Cain in with a sacrifice fly to put a cap on the Royals' 3-0 win. Soria was able to retire the next two batters. He will be eased back into high-leverage situations.
    Thursday, 1:31 am
  • Jake Petricka perfect for 12th save
    Jake Petricka pitched a perfect ninth for his 12th save as the White Sox beat the A's 2-1 on Wednesday.

    Advice: The White Sox scored twice in the bottom of the eighth to take an unexpected lead. Petricka, who hadn't worked since Sept. 2 after missing the weekend to be with his wife and newborn, was probably going to pitch the ninth either way. He's not assured every remaining save chance for the White Sox, but he remains the best bet in their pen.
    Wednesday, 8:52 pm
  • Worley labors through five, but gets 7th win
    Vance Worley labored through five innings, allowing three runs, but went home with his seventh win as the Pirates topped the Phillies on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Phillies made their former hurler work, forcing him to toss 92 pitches in his five frames. The right-hander, however, yielded only four hits and two walks while striking out four. After getting off to a hot start upon his 2014 debut in mid-June, Worley has been pedestrian since August 13, posting a 4.81 ERA over his last six starts. On the season, he has a 3.18 ERA with a 1.26 WHIP and a 70/22 K/BB ratio. He'll have to take on the Red Sox at home on Tuesday when he toes the slab next.
    Wednesday, 7:30 pm
  • Simon goes seven strong to beat Cardinals
    Alfredo Simon limited the Cardinals to two runs over seven innings Wednesday for his 14th win.

    Advice: It was a big bounceback outing for Simon, who was lit up for six runs over four innings in a loss to the lowly Mets last Friday and has struggled for much of the second half. He held the Cardinals to five hits and struck out five. The right-hander will carry a 14-10 record, 3.48 ERA, and 1.21 WHIP into his next start on the road against the Cubs.
    Wednesday, 7:04 pm
  • Strasburg allows three runs in loss to Braves
    Stephen Strasburg allowed three runs on seven hits over six innings in Wednesday's loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Strasburg also struck out eight without walking a batter, but the seven hits allowed were enough to do him in. One of those was a B.J. Upton solo home run, and the other Upton, Justin, delivered an RBI single as well. The loss was his first since August 8 and dropped him to 11-11. Strasburg will have his shot at payback when he faces off with the Braves in Atlanta on Monday.
    Wednesday, 4:19 pm
  • Anibal Sanchez (pectoral) plays catch in cage
    Anibal Sanchez (pectoral) played catch in an indoor batting cage Wednesday and felt good.

    Advice: It's another nice step in the right direction, but Sanchez is not close to pitching off a mound and remains unlikely to return to action before the end of the regular season. He's been out since August 8 with a strained pectoral muscle and had to be shut down again on August 25 after suffering a significant setback.
    Wednesday, 1:34 pm
    Disabled List
    W, 8-6 @Min
  • Tommy Milone to rejoin rotation on Saturday
    Tommy Milone (shoulder) will rejoin the Twins' rotation on Saturday in Chicago.

    Advice: Milone missed a start due to mild shoulder fatigue, but it appears he's now over it. The left-hander has struggled with a 7.84 ERA over five starts since joining the Twins and should be avoided in fantasy leagues for now.
    Wednesday, 12:05 pm
  • Danks surrenders four runs in loss to A's
    John Danks gave up four runs -- two earned -- over six innings in a loss to the Athletics on Tuesday.

    Advice: It was a prototypical start for the left-hander -- seven hits, a walk, and just three strikeouts. Also prototypical was the decision, as Danks has now lost five straight decisions dating back to July. Danks will take a 9-11 record and 5.05 ERA into Sunday's matchup with the Twins.
    Tuesday, 9:01 pm
  • Papelbon notches 36th save in win vs. Pirates
    Jonathan Papelbon worked around a lead-off single in the ninth inning to wrap up his 36th save of the season in a win against the Pirates on Tuesday.

    Advice: Gregory Polanco reached on an infield single, and the Pirates gave up an out to bunt him over to second base. A ground out and a strikeout later, however, ended the Pirates' threat. Papelbon has now converted 13 consecutive saves and is 36-for-39 overall with a 1.61 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and a 58/14 K/BB ratio.
    Tuesday, 7:10 pm
  • Soria (oblique) to be activated on Wednesday
    Joakim Soria (oblique) will be activated Wednesday.

    Advice: Soria made a successful 25-pitch simulated appearance on Monday and then followed it up with a pain-free game of catch Tuesday afternoon. He will likely pitch in low-leverage situations out of the gate.
    Tuesday, 1:20 pm
  • Soria (oblique) to play catch Tuesday
    Joakim Soria (oblique) is scheduled to play catch Tuesday.

    Advice: Soria made it through a 25-pitch simulated game on Monday with no issues. Barring any setbacks Tuesday, he should be cleared to rejoin the Tigers' bullpen.
    Tuesday, 12:47 pm
  • Soria (oblique) makes simulated appearance
    Joakim Soria (oblique) threw around 25 pitches in a simulated appearance Monday afternoon.

    Advice: Soria worked in both fastballs and breaking balls, and reported no abnormal discomfort during or afterward. The right-hander should be ready to return to the Tigers' bullpen by the end of this week, though he'll likely pitch in low-leverage situations out of the gate because he was unable to go on a rehab assignment. Soria been sidelined since early August with an oblique strain.
    Sep 8, 9:51 am
  • MRI shows no damage in Duffy's left shoulder
    An MRI taken Sunday on Danny Duffy's left shoulder showed no major structural damage.

    Advice: Duffy has been diagnosed with left rotator cuff inflammation and the hope is that he will only have to miss one turn in the Royals' rotation (though that's probably overly optimistic). The young southpaw was lifted from his start Saturday evening against the Yankees after grimacing on his opening pitch. Duffy owns an outstanding 2.42 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in 141 1/3 innings this season for American League Central-leading Kansas City.
    Sep 8, 8:11 am
  • Anibal Sanches does light tossing Sunday
    Anibal Sanchez (pectoral) did some light tossing on Sunday, throwing 30 times from a distance of 45 feet.

    Advice: While only a beginning step in the recovery process, it's a positive sign for Sanchez who has been completely shut down since suffering a setback on August 25. It remains unlikely that he returns before the end of the regular season.
    Sep 7, 7:05 pm
    Disabled List
    W, 8-6 @Min
  • Ross gives up three-run homer in loss to Rox
    Tyson Ross gave up a three-run homer, the only runs he allowed, over 5 2/3 innings in Sunday's loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: Ross was far from effective, giving up seven hits and walking four, but he did well to keep the damage to just the three-run home run. Ross also struck out seven in the game. The loss pulled his record back to an even 13-13, and Ross owns a 2.66 ERA. Ross has an easier task up next, taking on the Diamondbacks on Saturday.
    Sep 7, 6:12 pm
    W, 1-0 vs Phi
  • Wood lasts 1 2/3 innings in loss to Pirates
    Travis Wood lasted just 1 2/3 innings Sunday, allowing seven runs on nine hits in a loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: Wood had trouble keeping the ball in the yard, as three of the nine hits against him went for homers. The loss continued a bad trend for the southpaw, as he's earned just one win since the middle of June. Wood is now 8-12 with a 5.15 ERA. He'll get a shot at redemption when the Cubs take on the Pirates next weekend.
    Sep 7, 3:49 pm
    W, 1-0 vs ^ Cin
  • Danny Duffy could have biceps tendinitis
    Royals manager Ned Yost said Sunday that there's a "good possibility" Danny Duffy is dealing with biceps tendinitis.

    Advice: It would qualify as good news following Duffy's exit from Saturday's game after one pitch. The Royals said at the time that he was dealing with a sore shoulder, but the pain is apparently more in his biceps area. An official diagnosis on Duffy won't be available until Monday, as he'll get an MRI Sunday evening. If he's indeed dealing with biceps tendinitis, it might not be a long-term issue.
    Sep 7, 7:54 am
  • Jake Petricka out this weekend due to baby
    Jake Petricka will not be available this weekend against the Indians, as he just welcomed a new child.

    Advice: Zach Putnam will presumably handle save opportunities in Petricka's place. Petricka has a cool 2.73 ERA with 11 saves on the season for the White Sox. He should be back in the Chicago bullpen Monday against the Athletics.
    Sep 6, 2:21 pm
  • Danny Duffy diagnosed with shoulder soreness
    Danny Duffy is dealing with left shoulder soreness.

    Advice: That's the initial diagnosis from the Royals after Duffy exited his start Saturday against the Yankees following an uncomfortable opening pitch. Tests will be run and more details should be revealed Sunday. This could obviously be a terrible development for American League Central-leading Kansas City.
    Sep 6, 1:47 pm
  • Danny Duffy leaves game with injury Saturday
    Danny Duffy left Saturday's start against the Yankees with an apparent shoulder injury.

    Advice: Duffy flinched on his first pitch of the game and then left with a trainer. This could be very bad news for the Royals as they make their run for the playoffs. Duffy is 8-11 with 2.42 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP on the season.
    Sep 6, 1:25 pm
  • Simon crushed by Mets over four innings
    Alfredo Simon gave up six runs in just four innings on Friday.

    Advice: Simon simply didn't have it in this one. He gave up an RBI-single to Travis d'Arnaud and an RBI-double to Curtis Granderson in the first inning, a bases-loaded walk to Lucas Duda in the second and a three-run home run to d'Arnaud in the fourth. Simon allowed eight hits, struck out five and walked three. The shellacking pushed his ERA to 3.52 and his WHIP up to 1.21. It was a bad outing, but nothing a pitcher of Simon's caliber can't get past. He'll try to do just that against the Cardinals in his next start.
    Sep 5, 9:54 pm
  • Strasburg tosses six innings of one-run ball
    Stephen Strasburg allowed one run over six innings in pitching to a no-decision on Friday.

    Advice: It wasn't Strasburg's most dominant outing ever (just six innings pitched) and he was long gone before a decision was rendered. The Phillies ultimately came away with a 9-8 win. Strasburg gave up just four hits while striking out five in his time on the mound. He also did not walk a batter. The 26-year old has a 3.43 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. He's struck out 210 in 183 innings while pitching to an 11-10 record. While these numbers are not bad by any metric, we're still waiting for Strasburg to put together that one WOW season befitting of his arm and talent.
    Sep 5, 9:19 pm
  • Vance Worley fans six Cubs in no-decision
    Vance Worley racked up six strikeouts on Friday, but had to settle for a no-decision against the Cubs after allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits over his 4 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Worley struggled with his command, issuing four walks on the afternoon. The Cubs struck for a pair of runs in the third inning, then tacked on a run in the fifth on an RBI single by Chris Valaika. Worley will look to get back in the win column when he takes on the Red Sox at home on Thursday.
    Sep 5, 3:57 pm
  • Joakim Soria throws off mound
    Joakim Soria (oblique) threw 39 pitches off the mound Friday and says he'll be ready to face hitters next week.

    Advice: It's going to be too late for Soria to go on a rehab assignment once he's ready to return, so he'll probably pitch in low-leverage situations in the majors initially. That could happen in 7-10 days.
    Sep 5, 1:30 pm
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