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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. 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. Yesterday, 10:16 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 9:48 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. 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. 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. Yesterday, 9:34 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. Yesterday, 9:07 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. 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. Yesterday, 8:30 pm
  • Steven Wright strikes out eight White Sox
    Knuckleballer Steven Wright yielded two runs in seven innings and struck out eight in a win the White Sox on Thursday.

    Advice: Wright should have a chance to sink or swim as a starter these next couple of months. There's little reason to be excited about him, but it'd be a nice lift for the Red Sox if he shows he can be a cheap fourth starter going forward. Yesterday, 8:21 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. Yesterday, 5:26 pm
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    7:10 pm vs LAA
  • 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. Yesterday, 3:35 pm
  • Yanks call up RHP Mitchell
    Yankees recalled RHP Bryan Mitchell from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

    Advice: It's unclear whether he's being recalled to start or pitch out of the bullpen. Mitchell has made six appearances with the Yankees this season and owns a 3.12 ERA and 61/37 K/BB ratio over 75 innings in Triple-A. Yesterday, 2:36 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 12:30 pm
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    4:10 pm @Cin
  • 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. Yesterday, 12:08 pm
  • Yankees recall Bryan Mitchell for spot start
    Yankees recalled RHP Bryan Mitchell from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

    Advice: Mitchell will make a spot start for the Yankees on Thursday night against the Rangers. It would have been Michael Pineda's turn, but Pineda had to be scratched on Thursday afternoon after being diagnosed with a forearm strain. Mitchell could take more than one turn, but the 24-year-old is not going to be a good fantasy streamer. Yesterday, 10:57 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. Yesterday, 7:52 am
    60-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Anthony DeSclafini blanks Cardinals for seven
    Anthony DeSclafini shut out the Cardinals for seven innings, allowing just three hits, to win Wednesday.

    Advice: DeSclafini won for the first time since June 9. He's been pretty mediocre since opening the season with a 1.04 ERA in April, but there's little reason to disappoint. Some thought he might be a long-term reliever when the Reds picked him up from the Marlins in the Mat Latos trade, but he's shown enough to suggest he'll last a middle-of-the-rotation guy instead. Wednesday, 9:24 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. Wednesday, 11:01 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. Tuesday, 8:03 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. 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. Tuesday, 10:49 am
  • 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. Saturday, 7:24 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. Saturday, 6:45 pm
    60-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Saturday, 8:38 am
  • 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. Friday, 10:05 pm
  • DeSclafani gives up three runs in no-decision
    Anthony DeSclafani yielded three runs over seven innings a no-decision against the Rockies on Friday.

    Advice: DeSclafani held the Rockies scoreless over the first four innings before giving up two runs in the fifth and a solo shot to Carlos Gonzalez in the sixth. He struck out five and walked two en route to completing seven innings for the first time since June 4, but he's winless over his last seven starts. He'll try to change that when he faces the Cardinals in St. Louis next week. Friday, 9:43 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. 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. 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. Friday, 1:13 pm
  • 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. 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. Wednesday, 11:45 am
    60-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • 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. Tuesday, 10:15 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. Tuesday, 4:15 pm
  • Steven Wright optioned to Triple-A
    Red Sox optioned RHP Steven Wright to Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: Wright was touched up for six runs in five innings in a spot start during Monday's doubleheader. He holds a 4.84 ERA in the majors this season. Tuesday, 3:17 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. Tuesday, 11:53 am
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    7:10 pm vs LAA
  • Wright ineffective in a loss to the Angels
    Steven Wright gave up six runs in five innings to take the loss in the second game of Monday's doubleheader against the Angels.

    Advice: Wright served up solo home runs to two of the best hitters in baseball this season, Albert Pujols and Mike Trout. Walks and singles contributed to a four-run third inning for the Angels. All told, Wright allowed six hits and three walks while striking out three in his first start in the big leagues since June 4. He owns a 4.84 ERA, a 1.30 WHIP, and a 27/16 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings. If the Red Sox tab Wright for another start, he'd be on schedule to face the Tigers at home. Monday, 9:59 pm
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