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  • White Sox recall Daniel Webb from AAA
    White Sox recalled RHP Daniel Webb from Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Webb will serve as the 26th man for the White Sox in Thursday's doubleheader at Baltimore's Camden Yards. The 25-year-old right-hander did the same thing in April.
    36 minutes ago
  • Orioles recall Tyler Wilson from AAA level
    Orioles recalled RHP Tyler Wilson from Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: Wilson will start the first half of the Orioles' doubleheader Thursday against the White Sox. The 25-year-old right-hander has posted a decent 3.29 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 32/7 K/BB ratio in 41 innings this season at the Triple-A level, but he's not the most attractive fantasy streaming option against a good White Sox offense.
    51 minutes ago
    10:05 am vs ^ CWS; 1:35 pm vs CWS
  • Grant Balfour, 37, leaning toward retirement
    Grant Balfour is said to be leaning toward retirement.

    Advice: Balfour opted out of his minor league contract with the Rays on Wednesday after allowing nine hits and four walks in 9 2/3 innings at Triple-A Durham. The 37-year-old right-hander is still hauling in $7 million this season from a deal signed with Tampa Bay two offseasons ago. If this is indeed it, Balfour, a native of Australia, will finish his major league career with a cool 3.49 ERA, 1.219 WHIP, and 84 saves.
    Today, 5:43 am
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  • Grilli escapes danger to lock down 14th save
    Jason Grilli coughed up a run in the ninth against the Dodgers on Wednesday but held on to notch his 14th save in a 3-2 win.

    Advice: With one out, Grilli served up an Alex Guerrero solo homer to right. Andre Ethier next singled, but Grilli ended the affair in a timely fashion after that. It's highly questionable whether Grilli is a superior ninth inning option to Jim Johnson -- who tossed another scoreless eighth and boasts a 2.42 ERA -- but the former is 14-for-15 in save chances (ranking No. 2 in the NL in saves) and isn't in danger of losing his job at the moment. Of course, with a 4.41 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP, a big implosion or two could change that.
    Yesterday, 10:24 pm
  • Wood beats Dodgers in return to the mound
    Alex Wood permitted just one run and struck out six over seven frames in Wednesday's win over the Dodgers.

    Advice: He scattered seven hits and declined to issue a free pass. The stellar showing was good to see after Wood was scratched from his last start on Friday because of a stomach virus. He showed no ill effects here, keeping at bay a dangerous Dodgers lineup in Los Angeles. Wood has a decent 3.50 ERA, but it comes with a terrible 1.50 WHIP and only 38 strikeouts over 54 innings.
    Yesterday, 10:16 pm
    New Player Note
    Alex Wood Atl - SP,RP
  • Greinke yields 1 ER or less in each May start
    Zack Greinke painted six innings of one-run ball and struck out nine in a no-decision against the Braves on Wednesday.

    Advice: Greinke will not make another start in May, which means he didn't give up more than one run in any start this month. Thus far, Greinke's surface level performance has given off whiffs of his dominant 2009 with the Royals. Why will he not accrue 10.1 WAR again or continue to pitch quite this well? Diminishing stuff (it's still good): Greinke struck out 242 in 2009, whereas he's whiffed 49 in 61 innings this year. Tonight, he set a new season-high in strikeouts by two.
    Yesterday, 10:14 pm
  • Cashner gets back in the win column vs. LAA
    Andrew Cashner yielded three runs on eight hits across seven innings Wednesday in a 5-4 victory versus the Angels.

    Advice: Cashner struck out six and walked one. The right-hander is pitching pretty well on the whole this season -- he has a 3.00 ERA and 1.27 WHIP through 10 starts -- but the win improves his record to a still unsightly 2-7 and the Padres are 2-8 in his starts. Between shoddy defense and an offense that no-shows his outings, Cashner would be forgiven for feeling persecuted. His prognosis will improve as his luck normalizes, as it did tonight (zero errors, five runs of support).
    Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • SP Richards falters in loss vs. the Padres
    Garrett Richards lasted 6 2/3 innings and allowed five runs -- three earned -- on eight hits in a loss Wednesday to the Padres.

    Advice: He whiffed six and issued two free passes. Richards (3.12 ERA) still doesn't look like the pitcher he was prior to tearing the patellar tendon in his left knee last August, but he's given us encouraging signs. Perhaps the biggest was the quick return of his high-octane velocity. Richards has struggled with his command. He's walked fewer than two batters in just one of eight starts.
    Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Brad Ziegler blows save in ninth
    Brad Ziegler took a blown save and a loss after giving up two runs -- one earned -- in the ninth Wednesday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Ziegler blew the save immediately, giving up a leadoff homer to Jason Heyward in the ninth. After that came a single, a groundout, an intentional walk, a walk and then what looked like an inning-ending double play ball. It turned out to be the game-winner for the Cardinals since a sliding Peter Bourjos hit catcher Jordan Pacheco's leg as he was making the home-to-first relay, sending the throw into right field. Ziegler should hang on to closing duties for now. It was his first blown save in three tries since he replaced Addison Reed.
    Yesterday, 9:08 pm
  • Estrada solid in 7 innings against White Sox
    Marco Estrada gave up three runs in seven innings, taking a no-decision as the Blue Jays lost in 10 innings on Wednesday.

    Advice: Estrada fell behind in the third inning when Jose Abreu brought in two runs with a double. The third run came in the sixth on a J.B. Shuck single. He allowed eight hits in total while walking none and striking out two. Estrada has been mediocre since moving into the rotation in early May, sporting a 5.02 ERA and a 22/9 K/BB ratio in 28 2/3 innings as a starter. He'll look for better results in his next start, which comes on the road against the Nationals.
    Yesterday, 1:24 pm
  • Samardzija limits Jays to a run in 7 innings
    Jeff Samardzija got a no-decision despite limiting the Blue Jays to one unearned run in 7 innings as the White Sox pulled out a win in 10 innings on Wednesday.

    Advice: Samardzija scattered eight hits and a walk while striking out five. The lone run scored in the seventh on a Josh Donaldson sacrifice fly. After a rough April, Samardzija has mostly pitched well in May, lowering his ERA to 3.84 with a 1.25 WHIP and a 54/13 K/BB ratio in 68 innings. He'll face the Rangers in a road start next.
    Yesterday, 1:21 pm
  • Young suffers his first loss, felled by NYY
    Chris Young suffered his first loss of the season, yielding four runs in six innings versus the Yankees on Wednesday.

    Advice: Young entered the start having allowed just two runs (one earned) in 22 2/3 innings as a starter. Home runs hurt him on Wednesday, allowing a solo shot to Brian McCann in the second inning and a three-run blast in the third to Alex Rodriguez. They accounted for two of seven hits on the afternoon along with two walks and seven strikeouts. Now 4-1 with a 1.55 ERA, a 0.86 WHIP, and a 30/11 K/BB ratio in 40 2/3 innings, Young will try to bounce back in a home start against the Indians.
    Yesterday, 1:08 pm
  • King Felix tosses a shutout to improve to 8-1
    Felix Hernandez tossed a four-hit shutout against the Rays on Wednesday, improving to 8-1.

    Advice: Hernandez scattered four hits -- all singles -- and a walk while striking out eight to cinch his second shutout of the season. The right-hander has been predictably stellar through 10 starts, sitting on a 1.91 ERA with a 0.89 WHIP and a 71/15 K/BB ratio in 70 2/3 innings. Hernandez will look for his ninth win in his next start at home against the Yankees.
    Yesterday, 12:33 pm
  • Grant Balfour opts out of minors deal
    Rays released RHP Grant Balfour.

    Advice: Balfour exercised the opt-out deal in his contract that was agreed upon when he re-signed with the Rays at the beginning of this month. The veteran reliever struck out 11 while posting a 2.79 ERA over 9 2/3 innings for Triple-A Durham. He shouldn't have an issue catching on elsewhere quickly, though it remains to be seen whether he'll be able to land a major league contract.
    Yesterday, 6:52 am
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  • Phil Coke released by Cubs
    Cubs released LHP Phil Coke.

    Advice: Coke is now free to sign elsewhere after the Cubs designated him for assignment last week. He's reportedly already received interest from multiple clubs.
    Yesterday, 5:53 am
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  • Chavez takes a tough luck loss, falls to 1-5
    Jesse Chavez wasn't provided any run support, taking the loss despite holding the Tigers to an unearned run over eight innings.

    Advice: Chavez allowed a first-inning run on a Rajai Davis sacrifice fly and it turned out to be the game-deciding run as the A's fell 1-0. Chavez gave up only five hits and a pair of walks while striking out four. The right-hander is 1-5 since entering the Athletics' rotation in late April, but has a 2.80 ERA with a 36/14 K/BB ratio in 45 innings as a starter. Chavez will try to get back in the win column over the weekend at home against the Yankees.
    Tuesday, 10:08 pm
    7:05 pm vs NYY
  • Phil Coke receiving interest from six teams
    Chris Cotillo of reports that Phil Coke has received interest from at least six teams.

    Advice: Coke has been placed on release waivers and will officially become a free agent on Thursday. It sounds like he could land a big league contract despite posting a 6.30 ERA over 16 appearances before the Cubs designated him for assignment.
    Tuesday, 6:20 pm
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  • Dodgers, A's talked Chavez trade over winter
    Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers and Athletics discussed a trade involving Jesse Chavez over the offseason.

    Advice: They could wind up revisiting the talks, as the A's have baseball's worst record and the Dodgers are in need of rotation help following season-ending injuries to Brandon McCarthy (elbow) and Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder). Chavez began the season in Oakland's bullpen but joined the rotation late last month and has posted a 2.89 ERA and 41/13 K/BB ratio over 43 2/3 innings. The Dodgers are also known to have engaged in trade discussions with the Phillies over the winter regarding Cole Hamels, so it's possible they'll try to reel in a bigger fish than Chavez.
    Sunday, 10:41 am
    7:05 pm vs NYY
  • Orioles option Tyler Wilson to Triple-A
    Orioles optioned RHP Tyler Wilson to Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: He was sent out to open a spot in the bullpen for Oliver Drake. The 25-year-old posted a 4.50 ERA, 2.50 WHIP and 1/0 K/BB ratio in his two innings with the big league club. He should get another opportunity with the Orioles at some point during the season.
    Saturday, 7:30 am
    10:05 am vs ^ CWS; 1:35 pm vs CWS
  • Chris Young blanks Cardinals for win
    Chris Young spun six scoreless frames in Friday's 5-0 win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Young's hot start continues. The tall right-hander scattered six hits while walking two batters and striking out a pair. He has allowed a total of one earned run over his four starts this season and owns a 0.78 ERA and 23/9 K/BB ratio in 34 2/3 innings on the year. Not bad for a guy who had to wait until March to sign with a team. Young will face an interesting test next week when he takes on the Yankees in New York.
    Friday, 10:02 pm
  • Zack Greinke strong against Padres
    Zack Greinke pitched 7 2/3 innings of one-run ball against the Padres on Friday.

    Advice: That was good enough to lower Greinke's ERA from 1.52 all of the way down to 1.48. He's allowed exactly one run in eaco of his last four starts.
    Friday, 9:56 pm
  • Richards wins despite shaky outing
    Garrett Richards allowed a season-high five runs over six-plus innings in Friday's 12-5 win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: Back in the place where he tore the patellar tendon in his left knee last August, Richards wasn't particularly sharp, as he gave up nine hits and two walks while hitting a batter. He was pulled with the bases loaded in the seventh inning. Fortunately for him, he got plenty of run support. Oddly, Richards struck out just one of the 29 batters he faced Friday. He hasn't exactly looked like the ace he was prior to his knee surgery, but he still owns a quality 2.98 ERA through his first seven starts this season.
    Friday, 9:16 pm
  • Alex Wood expected to make his next start
    Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Friday that Alex Wood will make his next scheduled start on Wednesday against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

    Advice: Wood was scratched from his scheduled start on Friday due to a stomach virus. Gonzalez also noted that Wood could be available out of the bullpen the next couple of days.
    Friday, 8:40 pm
    New Player Note
    Alex Wood Atl - SP,RP
  • Jeff Samardzija strikes out nine in victory
    Jeff Samardzija held the Twins to two runs and three hits over eight innings in a victory Friday.

    Advice: Samardzija fanned nine, besting his previous season high in strikeouts by two. He's now 4-2 with a 4.28 ERA and a 49/12 K/BB ratio in 51 innings for the season. If he keeps striking out four batters for each one he walks (hardly an impossibility, considering he was at nearly 5:1 last season), his ERA should continue to drop.
    Friday, 8:17 pm
  • King Felix tops Blue Jays for seventh win
    Felix Hernandez notched his MLB-leading seventh victory after tossing of one-run ball in a 4-3 win over the Blue Jays on Friday.

    Advice: The only run scored on a solo homer from Edwin Encarnacion in the first inning. Otherwise, he was dominant, allowing just four hits in all against two walks and eight strikeouts. King Felix improved to 7-1 with the victory and now owns a 2.19 ERA and 63/14 K/BB ratio in 61 1/3 innings over nine starts. He's been exactly what fantasy owners were hoping for when they paid a high price in drafts this spring.
    Friday, 7:17 pm
  • Estrada takes loss against Mariners
    Marco Estrada was charged with four runs in seven innings in a loss to the Mariners on Friday.

    Advice: It was his longest outing of the season. Estrada gave up a solo shot to Nelson Cruz, but the big blow was a three-run inning in the fourth. He walked three and struck out five in the loss and now owns a 3.90 ERA and 31/14 K/BB ratio in 32 1/3 innings over four starts and six relief appearances this season. He lines up for a start against the
    Friday, 7:15 pm
  • Alex Wood scratched due to stomach virus
    Alex Wood has been scratched from Friday's scheduled start against the Brewers due to a stomach virus.

    Advice: Eric Stults will fill in. Wood should be feeling up to rejoining the rotation in a couple days, although it's unclear at the moment when the Braves will slot him back in.
    Friday, 12:51 pm
    New Player Note
    Alex Wood Atl - SP,RP
  • Grilli shuts down Rays to grab his 12th save
    Jason Grilli pitched a scoreless ninth against the Rays, picking up his 12th save as the Braves won 2-1 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Grilli allowed a two-out single to Brandon Guyer, but got Kevin Kiermaier to ground out to end the contest. Despite some struggles and some issues with back spasms, Grilli is 12-for-13 in save opportunities with a 4.73 ERA and a 19/5 K/BB ratio in 13 1/3 innings.
    Wednesday, 7:58 pm
  • Phil Coke designated for assignment
    Cubs designated LHP Phil Coke for assignment.

    Advice: Coke held a 6.30 ERA over 16 appearances to earn a ticket off the 40-man roster. He'll clear waivers given his $2.25 million salary.
    Tuesday, 3:08 pm
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  • Astros recently scouted Jeff Samardzija
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Astros recently scouted White Sox right-hander Jeff Samardzija.

    Advice: It might not mean much, as Rosenthal writes that they are "examining a long list of potentially available starting pitchers," so it was likely just a matter of due diligence. However, the White Sox could make Samardzija if they continue to struggle. The 30-year-old is due to become a free agent this winter.
    Tuesday, 8:34 am
  • Tyler Wilson recalled from Triple-A
    Orioles recalled RHP Tyler Wilson from Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: Wilson has posted a 3.43 ERA with 29 strikeouts over 39 1/3 innings at Norfolk this season. He's expected to work in long relief.
    Monday, 4:48 pm
    10:05 am vs ^ CWS; 1:35 pm vs CWS
  • Cubs to designate Phil Coke for assignment
    Jesse Rogers of reports that the Cubs will designate Phil Coke for assignment.

    Advice: The Cubs are off Monday, so the move is not expected to be made official until Tuesday. Coke has struggled for the Cubbies this season with a 6.30 ERA over 16 appearances, so the news shouldn't come as much of a surprise. The veteran left-hander figures to catch on quickly elsewhere on a minor league deal after he clears waivers.
    Monday, 3:42 pm
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