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  • Cubs in 'ongoing dialogue' for Carrasco
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cubs are among the teams in "ongoing dialogue" with the Indians regarding Carlos Carrasco.

    Advice: The Cubs seem determined to land a cost-controlled young starter, as they've also been talking to the Padres about Tyson Ross. It would take a hefty price to get Carrasco, as he's on a team-friendly four-year, $22 million contract and has flashed ace ability. ESPN's Jerry Crasnick hears that the Red Sox are one of the clubs also in on Carrasco. Rotoworld.com 44 minutes ago
  • Cubs discussing Tommy Hunter with Orioles
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cubs have discussed Tommy Hunter with the Orioles.

    Advice: The O's are expected to add payroll from an offensive standpoint, so they're looking to shed some elsewhere. Hunter is making $4.65 million this season before hitting free agency this winter. Rotoworld.com 47 minutes ago
  • Orioles trying to acquire Revere and Parra
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Orioles are trying to acquire both Ben Revere and Gerardo Parra.

    Advice: Picking up two corner outfielders would allow them to move Chris Davis back to first base. Revere is making $4.1 million this season and is under team control through 2017, while Parra will be a free agent this winter. Rotoworld.com 53 minutes ago
  • Anthony Recker optioned to Triple-A
    Mets optioned C Anthony Recker to Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: Recker has hit just .123/.254/.228 over 22 games for the Mets this season. He's no longer needed with Travis d'Arnaud back. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:28 am
  • Giants pick up SP Mike Leake from Reds
    Giants acquired RHP Mike Leake from the Reds in exchange for 1B Adam Duvall and RHP Keury Mella.

    Advice: The Giants were unable to land the frontline starter they sought, but Leake isn't a bad backup plan. The right-hander boasts a 3.56 ERA on the season and has put up a 2.59 mark since the beginning of June. He'll bump Tim Hudson to the bullpen. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:14 am
  • Hector Rondon records 14th save
    Hector Rondon recorded his second save in two days Thursday with a perfect ninth against the Brewers.

    Advice: It looks like the closing gig is Rondon's again, which begs the question of why he was ever lifted from the spot in the first place. He could be a top-10 closer the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:24 pm
  • Aaron Hicks goes 3-for-4 with a homer
    Aaron Hicks went 3-for-4 with a homer and a walk from the two hole Thursday against the Mariners.

    Advice: The Twins never would have asked for this much from Hicks, but they're getting it. He's had multiple hits in five straight games, raising his average from .259 to .299. If the Twins keeps batting him second, he might even offer some mixed-league value down the stretch. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:14 pm
  • Austin Jackson homers against Twins
    Austin Jackson homered, doubled and walked versus the Twins on Thursday.

    Advice: Jackson has been quite the bust offensively in his Mariners career, but at least he's had a bit to offer fantasy leaguers these last two months (.267 average, four homers, five steals) than he did previously. It's just not quite enough to give him mixed-league value. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:12 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:48 pm
  • Carrasco makes it 3 straight CG for Tribe SPs
    Carlos Carrasco fired a complete game Thursday against the Athletics, allowing only one run on two hits in a 3-1 triumph.

    Advice: Both hits came in the first inning. The dominant outing wasn't much of a surprise. Against a punchless lineup in a spacious park, Carrasco -- 3-0 with a 1.98 ERA in his previous four road starts -- did not disappoint. He struck out seven and was never in danger of getting pulled, finishing off Oakland in a tidy 103 pitches. It was the third consecutive complete game thrown by an Indians starter. Carrasco improves to 11-8 with a 4.03 ERA and 1.15 WHIP. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:39 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:38 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:34 pm
  • Mark Teixeira goes 3-for-4, homers twice
    Mark Teixeira went 3-for-4 with a pair of homers and a steal versus the Rangers on Thursday.

    Advice: Teixeira is even hitting for average lately, coming in at .313 in 83 at-bats during July. What's odd about it is that he's striking out more than he did while his average was so low early on. But his BABIP was definitely due for the correction. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:33 pm
  • John Axford blows his fifth save
    John Axford took his fifth blown save after giving up two runs and three walks in the ninth Thursday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: The Rockies would probably be ready to make LaTroy Hawkins their closer right now if they didn't just trade him. As is, maybe they'll give Axford a little more rope. Rafael Betancourt has a 4.88 ERA that's worse than Axford's mark, so he isn't really making a case for the job. Tommy Kahnle is the sleeper here, even though he has a 1.48 WHIP to go along with his 2.96 ERA. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:21 pm
  • D.J. LeMahieu goes 3-for-4 against Cards
    D.J. LeMahieu went 3-for-4 on Thursday, raising his average to .325.

    Advice: That's three three-hit games in four days for the NL All-Star. Still, LeMahieu's value is down since the start of the week, since he's now batting lower in the Rockies order following the Jose Reyes acquisition. With Reyes taking over the second spot, LeMahieu hit sixth tonight. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:19 pm
  • A.J. Burnett gives up eight runs in loss
    A.J. Burnett lasted just 4 1/3 innings and gave up eight runs -- seven earned -- Thursday in a loss to the Reds.

    Advice: Burnett struggled in his previous two starts, but his velocity was just fine in those, even a little better than usual. Tonight, he just didn't have it, and the Reds were all over him. Maybe the Pirates need to give him a little break in order to prepare him for the stretch run. That's probably up to him, though. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:05 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Phillies' next trade could involve Ben Revere
    According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Phillies' next trade could involve Ben Revere.

    Advice: Rosenthal says at least one American League club has expressed interest in the 27-year-old speedster, who entered play Thursday with a .298/.335/.376 slash line and 24 stolen bases in 95 games. Revere, who's under contractual control through 2017, would be a nice bench addition for any contending team. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:06 am
  • Rondon picks up 13th save of the season
    Hector Rondon notched picked up his 13th save of the season Wednesday afternoon against the Rockies.

    Advice: Rondon walked one but struck out two of the four batters he faced in a mostly clean ninth frame. Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Tuesday evening that Rondon could reclaim closer duties at some point, and it looks like we may already be headed in that direction. Maddon had been using a ninth-inning committee. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:04 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:01 am
  • Hector Rondon could get another shot to close
    Cubs manager Joe Maddon indicated Tuesday that Hector Rondon could get another shot in the closer role.

    Advice: "Of course he could, and I anticipate he will at some point," Maddon said. "I think (Pedro) Strop has that kind of stuff, too. Strop and Rondon are two physically gifted, stuff-wise, closers. We have to get to the point where they are mentally able to deal with that role on a nightly basis. And the big thing is not after they've done well. How do you deal with it after you've not done so well." It's somewhat encouraging for Rendon owners, although Maddon certainly didn't commit to using him in the ninth inning. Jason Motte seems likely to be pulled off the role for now, but we could just see Maddon play the matchups. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:28 am
  • Hicks drives in three runs in loss to Pirates
    Aaron Hicks went 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored Tuesday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Rather than one big hit, Hicks drove in runs in three different innings in the loss. That included an RBI triple in the sixth inning. Since being activated from the disabled list on July 3, Hicks is hitting .323 (21-for-65) with three homers, 14 RBI and 12 runs scored. Still just 25, Hicks may finally be delivering on some of the promise he showed as a prospect. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:10 pm
  • LeMahieu falls homer shy of cycle in Rox win
    D.J. LeMahieu went 3-for-4 with a double, triple and two runs scored in the Rockies' 7-2 win over the Cubs on Tuesday.

    Advice: LeMahieu got the scoring started with an RBI double in the first inning, coming around to score later in the inning. He fell a homer shy of a cycle, but that's not terribly surprising given that he's hit just 13 homers in 469 career games. Still, the 27-year-old is on fire in July, riding an 18-game hitting streak en route to a .324/.381/.423 overall line. His 56 runs scored are eighth-most in the National League. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:44 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:03 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. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:49 am
  • Axford blows save, allows walk-off 2-run HR
    John Axford blew the save in Monday's loss to the Cubs, serving up a walk-off two-run home run to Kris Bryant with two outs in the ninth inning.

    Advice: The Rockies had stormed for four runs against Rafael Soriano to take an 8-7 lead, but Axford couldn't hold it. He allowed a one-out single to Dexter Fowler, then Bryant hit a walk-off two-run home run to left-center with two outs. It's his fourth blown save of the season and his third in his last four appearances. He has allowed runs in each of those four outings. Axford is 16-for-20 in save chances overall with a 3.90 ERA and a 29/16 K/BB ratio in 30 innings. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:48 pm
  • Burnett fans eight, allows five runs in loss
    A.J. Burnett struggled for a second straight start in Saturday's loss to the Nationals, allowing five runs on 11 hits over 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Burnett's now surrendered 11 runs in his last 11 2/3 innings. On Saturday, the Nationals slowly bled him to death, scoring a run in the second, two in the fourth and one in each of the next two innings. The veteran right-hander did strike out eight, but that does little to overshadow what was a poor start. Despite the recent rough stretch, Burnett is the current owner of a 2.68 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 110/34 K/BB ratio over 131 1/3 innings. He'll match up with the Reds on the road in his next scheduled start as he tries to keep from sliding further. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:22 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:24 pm
  • Carrasco shelled in loss to White Sox
    Carlos Carrasco struggled in Saturday's loss to the White Sox, yielding six runs on seven hits over four innings.

    Advice: Carrasco had issues out of the gate in this one, with five runs scoring in the first inning. Melky Cabrera, Jose Abreu and Tyler Flowers all burned him for RBI singles to account for the slew of runs in the frame. He calmed down after the barrage, but his team was unable to claw their way out from the early deficit. Overall, he struck out five and walked two over his four innings of work. Carrasco has shown an ability to dominate at times, but he's yet to put together a truly consistent stretch this season, as evidenced by his 4.26 ERA. He pairs that ERA with a 1.21 WHIP and 133/26 K/BB ratio over 118 1/3 innings and is scheduled to take to the road against the A's in his next start. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:06 pm
  • Ben Revere not in Phillies lineup on Saturday
    Ben Revere is not in the Phillies starting lineup for Saturday's contest against the Cubs.

    Advice: It doesn't appear to be anything more than a day of rest for Revere, who has been a popular name in trade rumblings this week. Odubel Hererra will start in his place in center field and will bat second for the Phillies against Jake Arrieta. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:03 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. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:05 pm
  • Axford blows save Friday vs. Reds
    John Axford blew a save Friday after giving up a solo homer to Joey Votto.

    Advice: Axford has now allowed four runs on four hits and five walks in 2 2/3 innings over his last three appearances, which includes two blown saves. And two wins, by the way. The 32-year-old has looked like a potential trade chip for Colorado, but his recent performances could turn teams away. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:45 pm
  • Teixeira has three hits, rare steal in loss
    Mark Teixeira went 3-for-4 with a rare stolen base Friday against the Twins.

    Advice: All three hits were singles. Teixeira has five multi-hit games in his last six and has pulled his batting average up from .239 to .260 on the year. With 26 home runs, 65 RBI, and a .918 OPS, he continues to have a tremendous bounceback season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:32 pm
  • Blue Jays 'made big push' for Carlos Carrasco
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Blue Jays "made a big push" for Carlos Carrasco, but "didn't get it done."

    Advice: This backs up Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports' report from Thursday that the Jays had talked to the Indians about the right-hander. It doesn't look like a trade will happen, though. Carrasco is signed a team-friendly four-year, $22 million contract and has flashed ace ability, so it wouldn't really make sense for Cleveland to trade him. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:50 am
  • Indians willing to listen on Carrasco, others
    According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Indians are "willing to listen on pitching, particularly Carlos Carrasco."

    Advice: Passan notes that the Indians and Blue Jays have talked and suggests that Carrasco could be a fit for Toronto. Carrasco has taken a step back this season after his tremendous 2014, but he'd still be a tremendous addition for any contender. The 28-year-old right-hander boasts a 3.19 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and 268/53 K/BB ratio over his last 248 1/3 innings. He signed a team-friendly four-year, $22 million contract extension this spring. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:37 am
  • Teixeira slugs 24th homer to beat the Orioles
    Mark Teixeira went 2-for-4 with a double and a two-run home run, helping the Yankees take down the Orioles on Wednesday.

    Advice: Teixeira pushed the Yankees' lead to 3-0 in the first inning when he sent a Kevin Gausman offering over the fence in right field for a two-run homer. The first baseman has logged multiple hits in four consecutive games, pushing his batting line up to .256/.361/.557 with 24 home runs and 65 RBI. His next home run, number 25, will be his best in a single season since he hit 39 in 2011. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:49 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:26 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:15 pm
  • Axford blows save but Rockies walk off to win
    John Axford blew the save but got the win as the Rockies walked off 8-7 winners versus the Rangers on Monday.

    Advice: Axford issued a leadoff walk to Leonys Martin, then watched Adrian Beltre double him home with two outs in the ninth inning to tie the game up at 7-7. The right-hander was happy to see Ben Paulsen drive home the walk-off run in the bottom half of the inning. Axford has otherwise been reliable in the ninth inning for the Rockies this season, brandishing a 2.60 ERA with a 25/13 K/BB ratio in 27 2/3 innings while converting the save in 16 of 18 opportunities. The floundering Rockies could trade Axford in the days leading up to the July 31 trade deadline. Depending on where he would end up, Axford's value could be helped or hurt, so he's someone to watch closely in the next week and a half. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:35 pm
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