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  • Iwakuma limits Pirates to two runs in win
    Hisashi Iwakuma pitched well in Tuesday's win over the Pirates, yielding two runs on six hits over 6 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Nice rebound outing for Iwakuma, who surrendered five runs in his last start. He found much smoother sailing on Tuesday. For the season, the veteran right-hander owns a 4.34 ERA and 1.33 WHIP. He will face off with the Orioles in a home start next time he toes the rubber. 27 minutes ago
  • Niese proves ineffective in loss to M's
    Jon Niese failed to impress in Tuesday's loss to the Mariners, yielding five runs (four earned) on nine hits over 4 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Niese surrendered a pair of solitary runs in the third and fourth innings before coughing up a three-spot in the fifth. He struck out just two (against two walks) on the evening. The 29-year-old southpaw will carry a difficult 5.07 ERA and 1.53 WHIP into a road showdown with the Cardinals next time he toes the rubber. 32 minutes ago
  • Urias gets first MLB victory against Brewers
    Julio Urias earned his first major league win Tuesday, limiting the Brewers to two runs over six innings as the Dodgers held on to win 6-5.

    Advice: Urias gave up just two hits but walked six while striking out six as well. The 19-year-old has gotten progressively better over his seven starts, having allowed two runs or fewer in each of his last five outings. He's now got a 4.09 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 41/15 K/BB ratio over 33 innings in the bigs. He'll try to make it a winning streak Sunday against the Rockies. Today, 9:49 pm
  • Lucroy has two doubles, two RBI vs. Dodgers
    Jonathan Lucroy went 2-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI and a run scored Tuesday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Lucroy hit a two-run double in the eighth inning to pull the Brewers within two runs, but the comeback wasn't to be. Despite the team's lack of success, the 30-year-old is having a fine offensive season. Lucroy now has 38 RBI and 38 runs scored to go with a .302/.360/.504 line through 71 games. Today, 9:48 pm
    L, 6-5 vs ^ LAD
  • Jansen works perfect ninth to earn 23rd save
    Kenley Jansen struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday against the Brewers to earn his 23rd save.

    Advice: Jansen required just 10 pitches to finish the deed. The save was his eighth appearance in a row without allowing a run, lowering his ERA to 1.38 for the year. The right-hander has a 0.67 WHIP and 39/5 K/BB ratio over 32 2/3 innings this season. Today, 9:45 pm
  • Granderson fighting through calf strain
    Mets manager Terry Collins said that Curtis Granderson is dealing with a "small" calf strain.

    Advice: Granderson was pulled from Tuesday's game against the Nationals after he had issues getting loose following a rain delay. This calf strain also kept him out of action on Sunday, but doesn't sound like a potential long-term injury. Unless the Mets indicate otherwise, Granderson should be considered day-to-day moving forward. Today, 9:29 pm
    L, 5-0 ^ @Was
  • Giolito pitches well in rain-shortened debut
    Lucas Giolito had to leave his major league debut early after a rain delay but held the Mets scoreless over four innings Tuesday in a 5-0 victory.

    Advice: It's a shame, as Giolito had allowed just one hit (a bloop single) and had been efficient through four frames, throwing only 45 pitches. He issued two walks and recorded one strikeout, sitting around 95 mph while featuring a hammer curveball. The Nationals didn't promise Giolito anything beyond tonight's outing, but he's surely going to get the ball this weekend again against the Reds. Today, 9:28 pm
  • Matt Harvey gets loss in rain-delayed game
    Matt Harvey was stuck with a loss after allowing one run over 3 2/3 frames against the Nationals.

    Advice: Harvey wasn't pitching particularly well, as he had given up four hits and walked three. However, he surely had a lot more in him but was pulled following a rain delay of nearly an hour and a half. It was Harvey's 10th loss of the season, which leads the National League. He'll face the Cubs on Sunday. Today, 9:24 pm
  • Bryce Harper homers as Nats take down Mets
    Bryce Harper doubled and ripped a two-run homer in Tuesday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: Harper lined a Jerry Blevins offering into the right-field bullpen with one out in the fifth inning. It was his 16th longball of the season but just his third in June. The reigning National League MVP is sporting a disappointing .258 average but has made up for it and then some with a .403 on-base percentage. Today, 9:21 pm
    W, 5-0 vs ^ NYM
  • Jon Lester allows one run over 7 2/3 frames
    Jon Lester had to settle for a no-decision but was excellent Tuesday, holding the Reds to one run over 7 1/3 innings in a 7-2 extra-innings victory.

    Advice: Lester held the Reds off the scoreboard until Billy Hamilton slugged a solo home run to lead off the eighth inning. He recorded only four strikeouts but wound up allowing just three hits and one walk on the night. Lester lost out on a win when Hector Rondon blew a save, but it was another stellar outing in what has been an excellent season. He'll bring a 2.03 ERA into New York against the Mets on Sunday. Today, 9:14 pm
  • John Lamb pitches well in no-decision
    John Lamb struck out seven while holding the Cubs to two runs over six frames in Tuesday's extra-innings loss.

    Advice: Lamb was headed for a loss despite pitching well before the Reds tied things up with two outs in the ninth on a Eugenio Suarez RBI single. The left-hander yielded six hits and walked one. Lamb has been inconsistent since returning from the disabled list and has a disappointing 41 strikeouts over 58 2/3 frames. He'll get the Nationals on Sunday. Today, 9:08 pm
    L, 7-2 vs ^ ChC
  • Javier Baez smacks grand slam Tuesday
    Javier Baez was hitless in his first six trips to the plate but launched a grand slam in his seventh at-bat in the 15th inning of Tuesday's win over the Reds.

    Advice: Now that's how you turn your night around. Baez lifted a JJ Hoover offering over the center field wall, giving the Cubs some cushion in the extra-inning marathon. The free swinger is hitting just .256/.301/.430 with 40 strikeouts over 172 at-bats, but he's slugged seven homers. Today, 9:03 pm
    New Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
    W, 7-2 ^ @Cin
  • Billy Hamilton homers in loss to Cubs
    Billy Hamilton ripped a solo homer in Tuesday's extra-innings loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: Hamilton broke up Jon Lester's shutout with a solo shot to lead off the eighth inning. The Reds then tied things up in the ninth before eventually falling in the 15th. The dinger was Hamilton's lone hit on the night. Today, 9:00 pm
  • Granderson pulled after long rain delay
    Curtis Granderson was pulled from Tuesday's game against the Nationals when he had difficulty getting loose after a long rain delay.

    Advice: The veteran outfielder has logged a lot of innings this season, so manager Terry Collins opted to play things safe when Granderson tightened up. He should be back in the lineup in the next day or two. Today, 7:55 pm
    L, 5-0 ^ @Was
  • Rich Hill says he'll face Pirates on Saturday
    Rich Hill (groin) said Tuesday that he's ready to return to the Athletics rotation on Saturday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Hill struck out six batters over three-plus innings in a rehab start with High-A Stockton on Monday. After a brilliant stat to the season, he has been sidelined since May 30 with his groin issue. He'll return to a stellar 2.25 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 74/24 K/BB ratio in 64 innings of work. Today, 5:15 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Nats call up Giolito for MLB debut vs. Mets
    Nationals purchased the contract of RHP Lucas Giolito from Double-A Harrisburg.

    Advice: Giolito will skip Triple-A and make his major league debut Tuesday against the Mets. The Nationals haven't committed to him beyond this start, but he has the talent and ability to run away with the opportunity. Armed with a mid-to-high 90s fastball and a power curveball, the 21-year-old had a 3.17 ERA and 72/34 K/BB ratio in 71 innings over 14 starts this season in Double-A. His control can be an issue at times, but he needs to be owned in most fantasy leagues. Today, 8:08 am
  • Boxberger (oblique) nearing return to mound
    Brad Boxberger (oblique) is tentatively scheduled to throw off the mound Thursday.

    Advice: Boxberger required core muscle surgery in February and suffered a left oblique strain in his season debut on May 31. He just resumed playing catch last week, so he's slowly ramping up his throwing program. It's been a nightmare first half for him, but he should be able to contribute out of the Rays' bullpen at some point after the All-Star break. Today, 7:16 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 8-2 vs Bos
  • Rich Hill (groin) makes rehab start
    Rich Hill (groin) allowed one run in three-plus innings Monday in a minor league rehab start with High-A Stockton.

    Advice: Hill struck out six and walked none while throwing 44 out of 66 pitches for strikes. The A's have yet to make an official decision, but he could potentially be cleared to make his return this weekend against the Pirates. Hill has been sidelined for about a month with a right groin strain. Yesterday, 8:46 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Jansen notches four-out save vs. Pirates
    Kenley Jansen notched a four-out save Monday against the Pirates for his 22nd save of the season.

    Advice: Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was serious about not getting swept, so he brought in Jansen to face Josh Harrison with two outs and nobody on in the eighth. Jansen responded by striking out Harrison swinging to end the frame. He retired the first two batters he faced in the ninth, including a strikeout of Gregory Polanco, but he issued a two-out walk to John Jaso. Jaso stole second base to move into scoring position, but Jansen was able to get Jordy Mercer on a fly out to end it. Jansen hasn’t allowed a run in his last seven appearances and owns a 1.42 ERA and 37/5 K/BB ratio over 31 2/3 innings on the year. Yesterday, 1:32 pm
  • Top prospect Lucas Giolito to debut Tuesday
    Nationals RHP prospect Lucas Giolito will be called up from Double-A Harrisburg to make his major league debut Tuesday against the Mets.

    Advice: Manager Dusty Baker said "he's ready for the task." We think so too. Baseball's consensus No. 1 prospect has pitched to a steady 3.17 ERA over 14 starts for Double-A Harrisburg this year while mixing in 100 mph heat and a devastating power curve. The 21-year-old will take Stephen Strasburg's spot in the starting rotation. If he's as good as advertised, Giolito could be in the majors for good. Make sure to scoop Giolito up in your league if he's still available. Yesterday, 12:38 pm
  • Curtis Granderson sitting out on Sunday
    Curtis Granderson is not in the Mets' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a routine day off. Brandon Nimmo is in right field for his major league debut Sunday, and Kelly Johnson is in left and in the leadoff spot. The Mets are also resting Asdrubal Cabrera and Travis d'Arnaud, as Matt Reynolds is at shortstop and Rene Rivera is catching. Sunday, 7:58 am
    L, 5-0 ^ @Was
  • Billy Hamilton sitting out on Sunday
    Billy Hamilton is not in the Reds' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a routine day off. Jose Peraza will handle center field. Sunday, 6:58 am
  • Hamilton gets two hits and steals a base
    Billy Hamilton netted two hits, a run, a walk and his 17th stolen base of the season on Friday.

    Advice: One of the hits was a triple. After a brutally bad season at the plate last year, Hamilton has made modest strides this year. He will never help his fantasy owners in the home run or RBI categories, but his ability to steal bases by the dozen could make him a fantasy star if he could just score some runs and hit for a decent batting average. He hit .226 last year and has improved to .261 this year. Friday, 8:41 pm
  • Lamb allows four runs over 5 1/3 against Pads
    John Lamb allowed four runs -- three earned -- over 5 1/3 innings Thursday against the Padres.

    Advice: Lamb was actually the better of the two starting pitchers -- better being a relative term -- but he ended up without a say in the decision after his bullpen failed to protect a one-run lead. It's not as though Lamb was terribly deserving of what would have been his second win, as he gave up four hits and walked three on the night. The southpaw now holds a 4.78 ERA and 1.50 WHIP through 10 starts. Life doesn't get much easier Tuesday against the Cubs. Thursday, 8:47 pm
    L, 7-2 vs ^ ChC
  • Harvey keeps Braves to two runs over six
    Matt Harvey limited the Braves to two runs on eight hits over six innings in a no-decision on Thursday.

    Advice: Harvey struck out just three but didn't walk a batter, and he left in line for his fifth win before the bullpen blew the lead. It still wasn't vintage Harvey, but he's been pretty good for about a month now despite a 4-9 record overall. Harvey will try to continue working on his 4.64 ERA and 1.38 WHIP Tuesday at the Nationals. Thursday, 7:53 pm
  • Lester limits Marlins to two runs over seven
    Jon Lester held the Marlins to two runs over seven innings, striking out seven, in a no-decision Thursday.

    Advice: Lester gave up a pair of solo homers to Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna but gave up just three other hits and walked three on the night. The no-decision snapped a five-start winning streak, but he still hasn't sustained a loss in over a month. The southpaw has a 2.10 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 99/23 K/BB ratio over 15 starts. Lester will look to keep the winning going Tuesday against the Reds. Thursday, 6:58 pm
  • Jon Niese gives up five runs to Giants
    Jon Niese was tagged for five runs in six innings by the Giants in Thursday's loss.

    Advice: About the only good thing one can say about Niese's season is that he's gone at least five innings in all 15 of his starts. He has a 4.93 ERA, and he's given up 18 homers in 87 2/3 innings. Two years ago, he surrendered 17 homers in 187 2/3 innings for the Mets. His career high for homers allowed is 22, but he's set to blow past that. Thursday, 1:22 pm
  • Julio Urias strikes out six Nationals
    Julio Urias surrendered two runs in five innings and struck out six Wednesday against the Nationals.

    Advice: Urias gave up two runs in the second, but he handled the Nationals nicely from there in the 94-pitch outing. He's slated to make one more start next week before the Dodgers remove him from the rotation. Wednesday, 10:58 pm
  • Iwakuma allows three HRs in a loss on Wed
    Hisashi Iwakuma was charged with five earned runs across 4 2/3 innings in a loss on Wednesday, allowing 11 base hits including three home runs.

    Advice: He struck out five and walked three. Iwakuma was actually lucky to escape with "only" five runs considering he allowed 14 baserunners. All three homers came with the bases empty. Iwakuma's ERA rises to 4.45 while his record falls to 6-6. He is lined up for two starts next week, facing the Pirates and the Orioles. Wednesday, 7:28 pm
  • A's Rich Hill (groin) cleared for rehab start
    Rich Hill (groin) is scheduled to make a rehab start Monday with High-A Stockton.

    Advice: If it goes well, he should be cleared to return to the Athletics' rotation the following weekend. Hill has been on the disabled list since May 30 because of a strained right groin. He had a sharp 2.25 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 74/24 K/BB ratio in 64 innings before the injury. Wednesday, 11:30 am
    15-Day DL
  • Harper launches solo homer in loss to Dodgers
    Bryce Harper went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and a stolen base in Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Harper connected for a solo homer off Dodgers starter Scott Kazmir in the first inning. The dinger was his 15th of the season. Those 15 bombs, plus his 43 RBI, are nice enough, but after a scalding-hot start to the 2016 campaign, Harper has cooled off to a relatively modest .258/.403/.498. For reference's sake, when he won the NL MVP in 2015, that came on the strength of a .330/.460/.649 triple-slash. Harper owners shouldn't panic, but disappointment is a reasonable emotion to feel given expectations. Still plenty of time for the young superstar to right the mostly-upright ship. Tuesday, 10:04 pm
    W, 5-0 vs ^ NYM
  • Urias scheduled for at least two more starts
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Julio Urias will get at least one more start after Wednesday.

    Advice: Urias is on the verge of shifting to the bullpen to calm his workload, but he'll start Wednesday versus the Nationals and probably next Tuesday against the Brewers before making that move. The 19-year-old left-hander has been getting better with every outing and should be a weapon in relief down the stretch. He shut out the Brewers over five innings last Friday, striking out eight. Tuesday, 4:45 pm
  • Kenley Jansen becomes Dodgers' save king
    Kenley Jansen pitched a perfect ninth Monday against the Nationals to move into first place on the Dodgers' save list.

    Advice: Jansen passed Eric Gagne with his 162nd career save. He's earned 20 of those this season. Jun 20, 10:16 pm
  • Urias still on track to start Wednesday
    Julio Urias remains on track to start Wednesday against the Nationals.

    Advice: Urias is coming off a brilliant outing against the Brewers on Friday in which he struck out eight batters over five innings. The Dodgers remain committed to limiting his workload, so his time in the rotation could be coming to a close soon. Jun 20, 4:47 pm
  • Boxberger (abdomen) to play catch Monday
    Brad Boxberger is scheduled to play catch Monday for the first time since landing on the disabled list June 1 with a strained left oblique.

    Advice: He has essentially been shut down for the last three weeks. Boxberger missed the first two months of the 2016 season after undergoing core muscle surgery in February and then strained his oblique May 31 on the same side as that abdominal procedure. It's been a frustrating first half, and he probably won't be ready to pitch again for the Rays until sometime after the All-Star break. Jun 20, 6:06 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 8-2 vs Bos
  • Jonathan Lucroy not in Sunday's lineup
    Jonathan Lucroy is not in the Brewers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a simple day off. Martin Maldonado will do the catching. Jun 19, 10:29 am
    L, 6-5 vs ^ LAD
  • Lester tops Pirates for fifth straight win
    Jon Lester allowed three runs over six innings in a win over the Pirates on Saturday.

    Advice: Lester yielded seven hits and three walks while striking out seven in the contest. It qualifies as his worst start in his past five, but all have been wins as he's now 9-3 on the year. He'll carry a 2.06 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 92/20 K/BB ratio into Thursday's start at the Marlins. Jun 18, 9:16 pm
  • Niese gives up three dingers in loss to Cubs
    Jon Niese allowed four runs on six hits, including three home runs, over 5 1/3 innings in Saturday's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: Niese gave up solo shots to Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and David Ross, giving him 17 home runs allowed in 14 starts this year. He also walked four in the game, another issue that has plagued him for much of the year. The southpaw dropped to 6-4 with a 4.74 ERA and 1.48 WHIP with the loss, and he'll next take on the Giants on Thursday. Jun 18, 9:13 pm
  • Julio Urias goes five scoreless
    Julio Urias shut out the Brewers for five innings and struck out eight in a no-decision Friday.

    Advice: It's the best we've seen from Urias so far. The 19-year-old lefty is expected to make one more start for the Dodgers before being lifted from the rotation. Jun 17, 11:14 pm
  • John Lamb punches out eight in no-decision
    John Lamb delivered an impressive performance in Friday's no-decision against the Astros, allowing only one run on three hits over 5 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Lamb punched out eight on the night while walking four. The only blemish on his night was an RBI single off the bat of Carlos Gomez in the sixth inning. The talented young southpaw will show flashes of dominance, but is likely to be far too inconsistent to trust in mixed leagues this season. He'll look to further improve upon his 4.75 ERA and 1.52 WHIP when he takes on the Padres on Thursday. Jun 17, 9:18 pm
    L, 7-2 vs ^ ChC
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