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  • Scott Baker to start for Dodgers on Sunday
    Scott Baker will be recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City to make a spot start for the Dodgers on Sunday against the Padres.

    Advice: With a tough schedule coming up where the team plays on 17 consecutive days, the Dodgers want to give their regular starters an extra day of rest while they have the chance. The 33-year-old came within one pitch of a seven-inning perfect game for Oklahoma City his last time out. He could be worth a look as a streaming option.
    Today, 5:59 am
    Not Active
    1:05 pm vs NYM
  • McGee (elbow) to throw bullpen on Saturday
    Jake McGee (elbow) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Saturday.

    Advice: McGee had his minor league rehab assignment pushed back after he experienced general soreness after an appearance in extended spring training last week. If all goes well, he should begin that rehab assignment at some point during the week, with a return to the Rays bullpen not long after.
    Today, 5:46 am
    15-Day DL
    3:10 pm vs Tor
  • Heston smashed for six runs in loss to Rocks
    Chris Heston was knocked around over 5 1/3 innings on Friday, allowing six runs on 11 hits to the Rockies.

    Advice: Heston fell to 2-2 with the tough outing. The Rockies put up two runs in the second inning, another run in the third, then finished Heston off with a three run sixth. Coming into the game, Heston--who is filling in for the injured Matt Cain--had an ERA of just 0.87. The poor outing bumped it to 2.77. He's is still usable in NL-only leagues, though owners should watch him closely to see if the bloom has begun to wear off the rose. The 27-year-old right-hander is set to face the Dodgers in his next start.
    Yesterday, 11:44 pm
  • Luke Gregerson blows first save
    Luke Gregerson blew his first save Friday after giving up two runs in the 10th against the A's.

    Advice: Gregerson came in after the Astros scored twice in the top of the inning, but he faltered for the first time this year. Part of the blame goes to Jose Altuve, who should have had Stephen Vogt at first for the final out of the game, except he made a high underhand toss of the wet ball, giving Vogt time to race down the line and beat it out. The two runs Gregerson allowed were the first he's given up this season.
    Yesterday, 11:02 pm
  • Chad Qualls records second save
    Chad Qualls retired the only batter he faced Friday to pick up his second save against the A's.

    Advice: Qualls was the third pitcher of the 11th, getting Brett Lawrie to fly out to center to end the game with the tying run on second. It's Qualls' second save in four days, but the Astros won't be replacing Luke Gregerson anytime soon.
    Yesterday, 11:00 pm
  • Martinez fans eight Brewers in shutout win
    Carlos Martinez struck out eight and did not allow a run in Friday's 3-0 win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Martinez was, in a word, brilliant. The Brewers managed just four hits off of the 23-year-old, only one of which went for extra bases. The seven innings pitched marked Martinez's longest outing of the year as he improved to 2-0. In 20 innings, the right-hander has allowed just 11 hits. Martinez is facing an innings limit and will have to maintain his health, but his 1.35 ERA and 0.90 WHIP speak for themselves. He'll look to stay on a good roll when he faces the Phillies in his next start.
    Yesterday, 10:55 pm
  • Yimi Garcia closes out the Padres
    Yimi Garcia got to close Friday and struck out two in a perfect ninth against the Padres.

    Advice: Garcia has looked like the Dodgers' best reliever dating back to the spring, so he was due to get a look in the ninth at some point. Of course, it's probably too late for him to rack up a bunch of saves, what with Kenley Jansen's return getting nearer. But those with an open roster spot could pick him up anyway.
    Yesterday, 10:39 pm
  • Keone Kela takes first loss
    Working the seventh with a one-run lead, Keone Kela gave up a two-run homer to the Angels on Friday, taking his first blown save and first loss.

    Advice: Kela still has a decent enough 3.52 ERA, but he has allowed 10 hits and four walks over 7 2/3 innings, suggesting that he might not be ready for prime time just yet. The Rangers are still searching for their ideal setup combination in front of Neftali Feliz.
    Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • Mark Melancon notches fourth save
    Mark Melancon pitched a flawless ninth in a three-run game for his fourth save against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Melancon will remain quite shaky while dealing with diminished velocity, but the Pirates don't want to make a switch unless they have to. He's helped the cause with easy saves the last two days.
    Yesterday, 9:49 pm
  • Danny Duffy doesn't allow earned run Friday
    Danny Duffy delivered a strong outing in Friday's no-decision against the White Sox, allowing just an unearned run on six hits over 5 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Duffy punched out three and walked one in the contest. The only damage against him came on an RBI ground out by Tyler Flowers in the fourth inning, scoring Alexei Ramirez who had reached on an error. Duffy will bring a 4.15 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 16/7 K/BB ratio into Wednesday's outing against the Indians in Cleveland.
    Yesterday, 9:08 pm
  • Pedro Strop (foot) unavailable on Friday
    Pedro Strop was unavailable on Friday due to a foot issue.

    Advice: The injury appears to be minor and Strop is expected to be available for Saturday's contest. He has been exceptional in the early going in a setup role for the Cubs, hurling 7 1/3 scoreless innings with a 0.55 WHIP and 10/2 K/BB ratio.
    Yesterday, 8:47 pm
  • Rays option RHP Jose Dominguez to Triple-A
    Rays optioned RHP Jose Dominguez to Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: The 24-year-old didn't allow a run in his 5 2/3 innings with the big league club, posting a 5/2 K/BB ratio. He should get another opportunity in Tampa Bay relatively soon.
    Yesterday, 7:42 pm
    Not Active
    3:10 pm vs Tor
  • Papelbon (illness) unavailable on Friday
    Jonathan Papelbon was unavailable on Friday due to illness.

    Advice: Papelbon wasn't even with the team on Friday, he was at home in bed. He may need another day or two before he's able to rejoin the active ranks. Ken Giles would get the call in any save chances while the veteran right-hander is sidelined.
    Yesterday, 7:00 pm
  • Alex Wood pitches well in no-decision Friday
    Alex Wood pitched well in a no-decision against the Phillies on Friday, hurling 5 2/3 innings of shutout baseball.

    Advice: Wood allowed just five hits and two walks while striking out one. He did struggle with his command though, which led to an elevated pitch count (101) and a departure before finishing the sixth inning. The young southpaw now boasts a 3.00 ERA on the season, though he has fanned just 12 hitters in 24 innings and carries a troublesome 1.50 WHIP. He'll look to get back in the win column on Wednesday when he takes on the Nationals.
    Yesterday, 6:45 pm
    New Player Note
    Alex Wood Atl - SP,RP
    4:05 pm @Phi
  • Mariners recall Lucas Luetge from Triple-A
    Mariners recalled LHP Lucas Luetge from Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: The 28-year-old hurler appeared in 12 games for the Marlins in 2014, posting a 5.00 ERA and 1.22 WHIP over nine innings. His stay is likely to be short lived as the M's must decide how to handle Hisashi Iwakuma's vacant rotation spot on Sunday.
    Yesterday, 6:12 pm
  • Padres recall Quackenbush from Triple-A
    Padres recalled RHP Kevin Quackenbush from Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Quackenbush was squeezed out of the team's Opening Day bullpen with the late addition of Craig Kimbrel, but has certainly proven to be a more than capable option as both a middle reliever and setup man. As long as he performs, he should remain in San Diego the duration of the season.
    Yesterday, 4:10 pm
  • Rangers designate RHP Verrett for assignment
    Rangers designated RHP Logan Verrett for assignment.

    Advice: The 24-year-old hurler appeared in four games for the Rangers, posting a 6.00 ERA and 1.67 WHIP over nine innings of work. He has a live arm and should attract interest from other teams looking for bullpen depth.
    Yesterday, 4:05 pm
    Not Active
    6:05 pm @LAA
  • Casey Janssen (shoulder) throws off mound
    Casey Janssen (shoulder) threw bullpen sessions on Wednesday and Friday this week.

    Advice: Assuming he recovers fine, he'll be cleared to throw a simulated game. It's not clear whether the Nationals will ask Janssen to go out on a rehab assignment before being activated, but it appears he's turned a corner with his shoulder ailment.
    Yesterday, 2:33 pm
    15-Day DL
    1:10 pm @Mia
  • Sugar Ray Marimon optioned to Triple-A
    Braves optioned RHP Sugar Ray Marimon to Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Marimon allowed five runs over 7 1/3 relief frames during his time with the big club. He should get another opportunity later this season.
    Yesterday, 12:36 pm
    Not Active
    4:05 pm @Phi
  • Michael Kohn called up from Triple-A
    Braves purchased the contract of RHP Michael Kohn from Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: He'll give the club another much-needed fresh bullpen arm. Kohn has struck out a batter per inning in parts of four seasons in the majors but has had a terrible time throwing strikes consistently.
    Yesterday, 12:32 pm
  • Brandon Finnegan recalled from Double-A
    Royals recalled LHP Brandon Finnegan from Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

    Advice: Finnegan will likely only be up briefly, as the Royals needed a fresh bullpen arm. The young left-hander posted a 3.86 ERA over two starts with Northwest Arkansas.
    Yesterday, 12:29 pm
  • Soriano has had 'some contact' with Mariners
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that "there has been some contact" between the Mariners and Rafael Soriano's agent, Scott Boras.

    Advice: Heyman also reiterates that the Tigers have expressed some interest and, in his opinion, "remain the most logical fit." He lists the Pirates, Indians and Dodgers as "three other logical suitors," but it's unclear if they've expressed interest to Boras. The agent told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe on Thursday that calls on his client are "increasing." It's looking unlikely at the moment that Soriano will be able to land a closer job, but he could certainly help someone as a setup man.
    Yesterday, 9:05 am
    Not Active
    1:10 pm @Mia
  • Braves to promote Michael Kohn, John Cornely
    Chris Cotillo of reports that the Braves will call up Michael Kohn and John Cornely prior to Friday's game in Philadelphia.

    Advice: The club needs a couple fresh bullpen arms after their relievers were overworked in the series versus the Mets. Kohn held a 3.04 ERA in 23 2/3 innings with the Angels last season.
    Yesterday, 7:43 am
  • Brewers stretching Tyler Thornburg out
    Tyler Thornburg will be used as a starter at Triple-A Colorado Springs.

    Advice: The Brewers are lacking in rotation depth, so it's a move that makes sense. Thornburg came up through the minors as a starter and started some during spring training, so it shouldn't take him too long to get stretched out. "He's got to get back to pitching the way he should be pitching," manager Ron Roenicke said. "And then, whether you need a starter or a reliever, if he's lights out pitching as a starter and we think that piece is what we need in the bullpen, (he'll get that opportunity)."
    Yesterday, 5:40 am
    Not Active
    4:10 pm vs StL
  • Juan Jaime outrighted to Triple-A
    Braves sent RHP Juan Jaime outright to Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: It's a tad surprising that he cleared waivers, as there's usually always one team willing to take a shot on a guy who can tough the upper-90s with his fastball. However, it appears that not only the Braves are skeptical about Jaime's ability to ever throw strikes consistently.
    Yesterday, 5:07 am
    Not Active
    4:05 pm @Phi
  • Ryan Madson goes two hitless in relief
    Ryan Madson pitched a pair of hitless innings Thursday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Madson's comeback is off to a terrific start, with just one run and five hits allowed over 7 2/3 innings. It doesn't really make him an AL-only option, but it's nice rooting for him.
    Thursday, 9:44 pm
  • Melancon bounces back for his third save
    Mark Melancon retired the Cubs in order to pick up his third save of the season in Thursday's win over the Cubs.

    Advice: Melancon's velocity was still low, but the Cubs were ineffective nevertheless. The right-hander got a flyout, strikeout and then ground out to end it. Melancon got a vote of confidence from manager Clint Hurdle on Thursday, a day after melting down in the ninth inning. However, fantasy owners will want to continue monitoring Melancon's velocity and the bullpen situation in Pittsburgh as the calendar turns to May.
    Thursday, 12:49 pm
  • Boras says calls on Soriano are 'increasing'
    Rafael Soriano's agent Scott Boras said Thursday that the calls on his client are "increasing."

    Advice: It figures that teams would get more desperate for relief depth as the season rolls along. Soriano posted a decent 3.19 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 59/19 K/BB ratio in 62 innings last summer for Washington while also earning 32 saves, but he is 35 years old and doesn't have the best clubhouse reputation.
    Thursday, 9:42 am
    Not Active
    1:10 pm @Mia
  • Pirates sticking with Mark Melancon at closer
    Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Wednesday that he's sticking with Mark Melancon at closer.

    Advice: Melancon blew a save in brutal fashion Tuesday night against the Cubs, yielding three runs in the top of the ninth inning with diminished velocity on his cutter. He has surrendered six runs in 6 1/3 innings this season and will be given the night off Wednesday. It might be smart to stash Tony Watson in fantasy leagues, though the Bucs would likely try a committee first if they do eventually abandon Melancon.
    Wednesday, 1:25 pm
  • Tyler Thornburg optioned to Triple-A
    Brewers optioned RHP Tyler Thornburg to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

    Advice: Thornburg was off to a rough start in Milwaukee's bullpen, posting a 5.59 ERA over six appearances. He's being replaced by Rob Wooten.
    Wednesday, 7:58 am
    Not Active
    4:10 pm vs StL
  • Qualls picks up first save with a clean ninth
    Chad Qualls struck out two batters in a clean ninth inning to record his first save as the Astros earned a 6-3 victory over the Mariners on Tuesday.

    Advice: Qualls was filling in for regular closer Luke Gregerson, who had pitched on three consecutive days with a total of 41 pitches. Qualls made quick work of the Mariners, striking out Kyle Seager and Justin Ruggiano before getting Logan Morrison to ground out to shortstop to end the game. Barring injuries, Qualls shouldn't see save situations with any regularity.
    Tuesday, 10:23 pm
  • Melancon blows two-run lead as Pirates lose
    Mark Melancon blew the save in Tuesday's loss to the Cubs, serving up three runs in an inning of work.

    Advice: Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported continued lower velocity for Melancon. His cutter sat in the high 80's after averaging close to 92 MPH last season. The right-hander loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth inning before Starlin Castro plated two with a single to tie the game, and Welington Castillo put the Cubs on top with a ground out. The Pirates, obviously, have to be concerned about Melancon's velocity and may have to consider making a change if his struggles persist. He has allowed six runs with a 4/3 K/BB ratio in 6 1/3 innings so far.
    Tuesday, 7:29 pm
  • Jake McGee has rehab assigment delayed
    Jake McGee (elbow) said Tuesday that his minor league rehab assignment has been delayed after his body felt sore after an extended spring training appearance last week.

    Advice: McGee was originally slated to join Triple-A Durham on Monday, but it's now a day-to-day type of situation. The good news is that he says his elbow feels fine, but he might not be ready by the start of May as some fantasy owners were hoping.
    Tuesday, 1:03 pm
    15-Day DL
    3:10 pm vs Tor
  • Gregerson grabs third save in win vs Mariners
    Luke Gregerson picked up his third save of the season, closing out the Astros' 7-5 win over the Mariners on Monday.

    Advice: Gregerson brought the tying run to the plate after issuing a two-out walk to Kyle Seager, but he got Seth Smith to strike out swinging to end the ballgame. Gregerson remains unscored upon while converting all three save opportunities with a 7/1 K/BB ratio in seven innings.
    Monday, 10:46 pm
  • Scott Baker nearly perfect for Oklahoma City
    Scott Baker lost a perfect game in the seventh inning Monday in a start for Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Addison Russell broke it up with a two-out single. Baker held on for the shutout, lowering his ERA to 1.06 in the process. With the Dodgers in need of a starter, Baker could get the call Saturday against San Diego. David Huff got first dibs at the No. 5 spot but was quickly sent down to Triple-A after a tough outing on April 14.
    Monday, 1:36 pm
    Not Active
    1:05 pm vs NYM
  • Jake McGee (elbow) set for rehab assignment
    Jake McGee (elbow) is scheduled to join Triple-A Durham on Monday for a rehab assignment.

    Advice: McGee has already pitched in a few extended spring training games without issue. He expects to make several appearances for Durham before joining the Rays' bullpen around May 1. The left-handed closer is on his way back from December elbow surgery. He saved 19 games last season alongside a 1.89 ERA and should promptly steal ninth-inning duties back from Brad Boxberger.
    Monday, 5:49 am
    15-Day DL
    3:10 pm vs Tor
  • Duffy lasts five innings in win over A's
    Danny Duffy pitched five innings of two-run ball in Sunday's win over the A's.

    Advice: While Duffy allowed just four hits and struck out five, he also handed out five free passes. The two runs came courtesy of Ben Zobrist, who hit him up with an RBI single in the third and an RBI single in the fifth. Duffy's 1.112 WHIP last season would seem to indicate that the walks will come down eventually, though it should be noted that prior to 2014, he had never put up a WHIP lower than 1.35. We don't see him as mixed-league dependable at the moment, but he's a pitcher who could trend in a positive direction over the course of the season. He'll toe the mound against the White Sox next.
    Sunday, 3:15 pm
  • Chris Heston earns win over Arizona
    Chris Heston held the Diamondbacks to one run in 7 2/3 innings in a victory Saturday.

    Advice: Heston has a 0.87 ERA in three starts in place of Matt Cain in the Diamondbacks rotation. We still wouldn't recommend him in mixed leagues -- his stuff isn't all that impressive -- but he's certainly worth playing in NL-only leagues for however long he's in the Giants rotation.
    Saturday, 10:09 pm
  • Martinez gives up just one run in win
    Carlos Martinez held the Reds to just one run over six innings in a 5-2 victory on Saturday.

    Advice: Facing the Reds for a second straight start, Martinez gave up just three hits and a pair of walks while notching three strikeouts. The only run scored on a solo homer from Zack Cozart in the fifth inning. The 23-year-old owns a 2.08 ERA with a 13/5 K/BB ratio over his first 13 innings of work this season. He's likely going to face an innings limit, but there's breakout potential here.
    Saturday, 3:00 pm
  • Papelbon notches third save of season
    Jonathan Papelbon tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning Saturday against the Nationals for his third save of the season.

    Advice: He struck out one in the frame. Papelbon has been spotless on the young season, allowing just one hit with a 4/0 K/BB ratio across 5 1/3 innings of work.
    Saturday, 1:46 pm
  • Alex Wood posts quality start in no-decision
    Alex Wood posted a quality start in a no-decision against the Blue Jays on Saturday, allowing three runs on nine hits over 6 2/3 innings of work.

    Advice: Wood walked two and failed to record a strikeout in the ballgame. All of the damage against him came on a three-run uprising before he was chased in the seventh. Wood has struggled in the early going, registering a 3.93 ERA and 1.58 WHIP through his first three starts. He'll hope for better results when he takes on the Phillies in Philadelphia on Friday.
    Saturday, 12:58 pm
    New Player Note
    Alex Wood Atl - SP,RP
    4:05 pm @Phi
  • Mark Melancon secures first save of 2015
    Mark Melancon picked up his first save of the 2015 season, needing just two pitches to record the final out against the Brewers on Friday.

    Advice: The Pirates began the ninth inning with a four-run advantage, but Antonio Bastardo got himself into a jam before Melancon was called in to put out the fire. He's been shaky in the early going, posting a 6.23 ERA and 1.38 WHIP over his first 4 1/3 innings.
    Friday, 7:10 pm
  • McGee (elbow) throws in ext. spring game
    Jake McGee (elbow) threw an inning Thursday in an extended spring training game.

    Advice: Rays manager Kevin Cash said that McGee felt good. It's unclear what the next step will be, but he could soon be cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment. If all goes well, he figures to join the Rays' bullpen in late April or early May. McGee is currently working his way back from December arthroscopic elbow surgery.
    Thursday, 2:47 pm
    15-Day DL
    3:10 pm vs Tor
  • Jake McGee (elbow) cleared for rehab games
    Jake McGee (elbow) is scheduled to make his first appearance Thursday in an extended spring training game.

    Advice: It's another big step for the rehabbing left-hander, who figures to join the Rays' bullpen sometime in late April or early May. McGee, who saved 19 games in 2014 alongside a sparkling 1.89 ERA, is on his way back from December arthroscopic elbow surgery. Brad Boxberger has been the primary closer for Tampa Bay in his absence.
    Thursday, 6:16 am
    15-Day DL
    3:10 pm vs Tor
  • Jose Dominguez recalled from Triple-A
    Rays recalled RHP Jose Dominguez from Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: He takes Kirby Yates' spot on the roster. Dominguez allowed 10 earned runs over 14 2/3 innings the last two seasons with the Dodgers before arriving in Tampa over the winter in the Joel Peralta deal. The hard thrower will work in middle relief.
    Wednesday, 11:36 am
    Not Active
    3:10 pm vs Tor
  • Pirates will be eyeing Melancon's velocity
    Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said that while he's not concerned, he will be keeping an eye on Mark Melancon's velocity.

    Advice: Melancon is averaging just 88.7 mph with his fastball so far this season, which is a notable drop from the 91.6 mph he averaged last year. Pitchers sometimes take a little while before their velocity returns, and obviously that's what the Pirates are hoping will occur here. "We’re going watch and we’re going to communicate," Hurdle said. "Concern is not a word that I’m going to use. Disappointed is not a word I’m going to use."
    Wednesday, 6:59 am
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