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  • Casilla preserves Bumgarner gem for 8th save
    Santiago Casilla worked a scoreless ninth inning for his eighth save as the Giants enjoyed a 2-0 win over the Padres on Monday.

    Advice: Casilla worked around a one-out Brandon Belt fielding error, which allowed Justin Upton to reach safely and bring the tying run to the plate. He struck out Yangervis Solarte, then got Jedd Gyorko to fly out to right field to end the game. Casilla is 8-for-10 in save situations thus far with a 2.13 ERA and a 9/4 K/BB ratio in 12 2/3 innings.
    Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Ross solid through seven innings in a loss
    Tyson Ross was solid on Monday in a losing effort against the Giants, yielding two runs in seven innings.

    Advice: Both runs scored in the third, when Ross issued three walks -- the only three he allowed -- to help the Giants take an early lead. Other than that, he held the Giants' bats silent. He gave up seven hits and struck out five. Ross has battled control problems through six starts this season, leaving him 1-3 with a 4.15 ERA, a 1.59 WHIP, and a 42/21 K/BB ratio in 34 2/3 innings. He'll try to get back in the win column over the weekend in a road start against the Diamondbacks.
    Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • Bumgarner flirts with no-no in win vs. Padres
    Madison Bumgarner flirted with a no-hitter in Monday's win against the Padres, tossing 7 1/3 scoreless innings.

    Advice: Justin Upton singled to lead off the seventh inning, ending Bumgarner's attempt at a no-hitter. Yangervis Solarte followed up with a single himself, but Bumgarner saw himself out of the no-out jam with no further damage. They were the only two hits he allowed. He issued only one walk while striking out six. The lefty has put together back-to-back dominant outings, lowering his ERA to 3.03. Bumgarner also owns a 1.06 WHIP with a 32/6 K/BB ratio in 38 2/3 innings. He'll take on the Marlins at home next.
    Yesterday, 10:02 pm
  • Hernandez improves to 5-0 with 7 strong IP
    Felix Hernandez was his usual dominant self on Monday, limiting the Angels to one run over seven innings in a win as the Mariners escaped with a 3-2 victory.

    Advice: King Felix allowed his only run in the seventh inning when Matt Joyce hit a solo home run to right-center. It was one of only six hits Angels hitters recorded. Hernandez also walked only one while striking out eight. As expected, Hernandez has dominated the competition to begin the 2015 season, boasting a 1.73 ERA with a 0.84 WHIP and a 44/7 K/BB ratio in 41 2/3 innings. Hernandez will take the mound at home against the Athletics next.
    Yesterday, 9:58 pm
  • Shoemaker goes toe-to-toe with King Felix
    Matt Shoemaker pitched quite well on Monday, but relented late as he allowed three runs in 7 1/3 innings in a loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: Shoemaker and opposing starter Felix Hernandez traded goose eggs, bringing a scoreless ballgame into the seventh inning. Nelson Cruz got the scoring started with a solo home run and Logan Morrison followed up with one of his own. Seth Smith added a third solo home run in the eighth, chasing Shoemaker from the game. Shoemaker only allowed four hits on the night along with one walk while striking out 10. Despite the loss, Monday's effort was the best Shoemaker has looked in five starts. He has a 5.40 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and a 27/6 K/BB ratio in 28 1/3 innings. He'll have to deal with the first-place Astros at home the next time he takes the mound.
    Yesterday, 9:56 pm
  • Rodney gives up a HR but still gets the save
    Fernando Rodney allowed a solo home run but still managed to close out the Mariners' win over the Angels on Monday.

    Advice: Rodney allowed a one-out solo home run to David Freese to bring the score to 3-2. He got Johnny Giavotella to line out, then issued a walk to Matt Joyce. Collin Cowgill pinch-ran, but was caught stealing at second base to end the game. As usual, a Rodney save opportunity provided lots of drama. He's 8-for-9 in save chances this season despite a 5.56 ERA and an 11/7 K/BB ratio in 11 1/3 innings.
    Yesterday, 9:49 pm
  • Wood shaky, goes 5 IP in a no-decision
    Travis Wood got a no-decision on Monday, allowing six runs in five innings, as the Cubs lost 10-9 to the Cardinals.

    Advice: The Cubs staked Wood to a 5-0 lead in the top half of the first inning, but Wood immediately gave four back in the bottom half when he served up a grand slam to Mark Reynolds. He would settle down until the sixth inning, when he allowed three consecutive singles, leading to three runs. He left with no outs in favor of reliever Jason Motte. Overall, Wood gave up six hits, walked two, and struck out five. He'll head into a weekend road start against the Brewers with a 4.40 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and a 31/8 K/BB ratio in 28 2/3 innings.
    Yesterday, 9:10 pm
  • Martinez whipped for seven runs in 3 2/3 IP
    Carlos Martinez lucked into a no-decision after giving up seven runs in 3 2/3 innings as the Cardinals held off the Cubs on Monday.

    Advice: Martinez walked three of the first four batters he faced to open the game, then watched as the Cubs plated five runs in four consecutive singles. Anthony Rizzo added a solo home run in the second and Miguel Montero brought in the Cubs' seventh run with a double in the fourth, chasing Martinez from the game. Overall, he gave up nine hits, walked four, and struck out four. Martinez had been brilliant in his first four starts, so treat Monday's outing as an outlier. He still has a 3.64 ERA with a 1.35 WHIP and a 28/14 K/BB ratio in 29 2/3 innings. Martinez will look for redemption over the weekend when he takes on the Pirates in Pittsburgh.
    Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • Maness records second save in win over Cubs
    Seth Maness allowed a run but still managed to grab his second save of the season in Monday's victory versus the Cubs.

    Advice: Maness allowed a two-out solo home run to Addison Russell to cut the Cardinals' lead in half, but he got Dexter Fowler to line out to end the game. As regular closer Trevor Rosenthal had pitched in three consecutive games to open up the month of May, and blew a save on the 3rd, Maness got a rare save chance. The right-hander, with a 3.27 ERA and a 6/0 K/BB ratio in 11 innings, shouldn't see many more save situations the rest of the way.
    Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Keuchel fires 8 strong innings in no-decision
    Dallas Keuchel got a tough-luck no-decision after yielding only one run in eight innings in Monday's loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Keuchel did his best to extend the Astros' winning streak to 11 games, but he faltered late to take himself out of the running for a win. The lefty gave up only five hits and two walks while striking out eight, giving up his only run in the eighth inning on an RBI single to Jake Smolinski. Keuchel has a fantastic 0.80 ERA, 0.76 WHIP, and a 30/13 K/BB ratio in 45 innings. He'll look to improve to 4-0 in his next start on the road against the Angels.
    Yesterday, 8:10 pm
  • Detwiler hangs with Keuchel in no-decision
    Ross Detwiler was terrific in a no-decision on Monday against the Astros, giving up just one run in seven innings of work.

    Advice: Detwiler matched opposing starter Dallas Keuchel pitch-for-pitch through seven innings. He limited the Astros to just four hits and a pair of walks while striking out seven. It's easily his best outing of the season, as he had otherwise been a disaster in the starting rotation. He has a 6.57 ERA, 1.82 WHIP, and a 17/11 K/BB ratio in 24 2/3 innings. Detwiler will take on the Rays on the road next.
    Yesterday, 8:06 pm
  • Buchholz's struggles continue, falls to 1-4
    Clay Buchholz continued to struggle on the mound on Monday, taking his fourth loss after yielding five runs in 6 1/3 innings against the Rays.

    Advice: Buchholz wasn't sharp early, allowing two runs in each of the first two innings, but he settled down until the seventh, when the Rays plated one more run and knocked him out of the game. The right-hander gave up nine hits in total while walking two and striking out seven. Half his starts have been decent and the other half has been disastrous. As a result, he carries a 6.03 ERA with a 1.60 WHIP and a 40/10 K/BB ratio in 31 1/3 innings. Buchholz will try to turn things around in Toronto against the Blue Jays in his next outing.
    Yesterday, 7:54 pm
  • Odorizzi fires 7 strong innings vs. Red Sox
    Jake Odorizzi picked up his third win on Monday, holding the Red Sox to one run over seven innings.

    Advice: Odorizzi scattered seven hits without issuing a walk and striking out six. The Red Sox plated their only run in the second inning following a Xander Bogaerts triple. The 25-year-old Odorizzi has been close to lights-out through his first six starts, owning a 2.21 ERA with a 0.89 WHIP and a 32/8 K/BB ratio in 40 2/3 innings. He'll test his stuff next in a home start versus the Rangers.
    Yesterday, 7:51 pm
  • Cain (elbow) not far off from mound work
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Monday that Matt Cain (elbow) is "getting close to where he will throw a bullpen."

    Advice: Cain has been throwing on flat ground for the last week. Bochy cautioned, however, that the club would proceed cautiously with the right-hander, so he figures to be a long ways off from a rehab assignment. "We're going to slow-play him and make sure he doesn't have another setback," the skipper added.
    Yesterday, 7:50 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:15 pm vs SD
  • Rodriguez works a perfect 9th for fifth save
    Francisco Rodriguez struck out a pair of batters in a perfect ninth inning, picking up his fifth save as the Brewers won 4-3 against the Dodgers on Monday.

    Advice: Rodriguez struck out Joc Pederson, got Jimmy Rollins to ground out, and struck out Howie Kendrick to end the contest. In doing so, he helped Craig Counsell get his first win in his first game as the Brewers' new manager. Rodriguez has converted all five save chances and boasts a 1.80 ERA with a 12/2 K/BB ratio in 10 innings.
    Yesterday, 7:35 pm
  • Kershaw falters late in no-decision vs. MIL
    Clayton Kershaw faltered late, resulting in a no-decision after yielding three runs in 7 1/3 innings as the Dodgers lost to the Brewers on Monday.

    Advice: Kershaw limited the Brewers to just one run in his first seven frames, but they rallied against the lefty to knock him out with just one out in the eighth inning. Hector Gomez hit a solo home run and Adam Lind doubled, forcing manager Don Mattingly to relieve Kershaw with Chris Hatcher, who also couldn't get the job done. Overall, Kershaw only allowed five hits and walked none while striking out eight. The Dodgers have been unusually impotent in Kershaw's first six starts, losing four of them. He has a 3.72 ERA with a 1.14 WHIP and a 51/7 K/BB ratio in 38 2/3 innings. He'll try for better results in his next start at Coors Field against the Rockies.
    Yesterday, 7:29 pm
  • Hatcher can't fend off Brewers in blown save
    Chris Hatcher couldn't clean up Clayton Kershaw's mess in the eighth inning, as was handed a blown save after allowing one run in two-thirds of an inning in Monday's loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: Kershaw entered the eighth inning with a 3-1 lead, but allowed a one-out solo home run followed by a double, prompting manager Don Mattingly to bring Hatcher into the game. Hatcher immediately served up an RBI double to Carlos Gomez to tie the game, then saw Ryan Braun bring in the go-ahead run on a two-out infield single. With the Dodgers' bullpen in a state of flux, Hatcher has seen plenty of high-leverage situations but hasn't done a great job. He has a 7.20 ERA with a 1.40 WHIP and a 15/3 K/BB ratio in 10 innings. Hatcher's only two saves came nearly a month apart (April 6 and May 2). He may still see some save situations as the Dodgers are currently utilizing a closer-by-committee strategy until Kenley Jansen returns from the disabled list.
    Yesterday, 7:26 pm
  • Zimmermann takes no-decision vs. Marlins
    Jordan Zimmermann delivered his best outing of the young season in a no-decision, holding the Marlins to two runs (one earned) in seven innings of work in Monday's win.

    Advice: Marcell Ozuna singled in a run in the first inning, providing the Marlins their only run until the seventh, when Justin Bour hit a solo home run. Zimmermann only allowed six hits in total while walking none and striking out four. He got off to a slow start, but the Nationals hope Monday's outing is a sign he's turned the page. He has a 4.15 ERA, a 1.27 WHIP, and a 22/6 K/BB ratio in 34 2/3 innings. Zimmermann toes the rubber against the Braves next.
    Yesterday, 7:01 pm
  • A.J. Griffin (elbow) nears rehab assignment
    A.J. Griffin (elbow) is close to beginning a rehab assignment.

    Advice: Griffin is a tad behind fellow Tommy John rehabber Jarrod Parker, but his recovery is also moving along nicely. The righty threw another simulated game over the weekend and is nearly ready to test things out in real game action. He'll likely need all 30 of his allotted rehab days.
    Yesterday, 3:40 pm
    60-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Min
  • Mike Kickham designated for assignment
    Mariners designated LHP Mike Kickham for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Joe Beimel. Kickham has a 7.29 ERA and has walked a whopping 28 batters over 21 innings at Triple-A Tacoma this season.
    Yesterday, 3:37 pm
    Not Active
    7:05 pm @LAA
  • Casey Fien (shoulder) to resume throwing
    Casey Fien (shoulder) will resume a throwing program on Thursday.

    Advice: Fien has been shut down for the last week with a posterior deltoid issue behind his right shoulder. It sounds like he'll have a shot to return when he's eligible or shortly after.
    Yesterday, 2:39 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Oak
  • Hyun-Jin Ryu transferred to 60-day DL
    Dodgers transferred LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: The move clears space on the 40-man roster for Matt West. Ryu wasn't going to return until at least early June, anyway, so this doesn't change his timetable. He's expected to throw live batting practice at some point this week.
    Yesterday, 2:07 pm
    60-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Mil
  • Jarrod Parker goes 4 1/3 in third rehab start
    Jarrod Parker (elbow) allowed three earned runs over 4 1/3 innings Sunday in a rehab start at Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: Parker walked one and struck out four. It was the third rehab outing for the 26-year-old right-hander, who underwent the second Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery of his career last March. He should become an option for the A's starting rotation later this month.
    Yesterday, 9:57 am
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Min
  • McGee (elbow) set for third rehab appearance
    Jake McGee (elbow) is set to make his third rehab appearance Tuesday with Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: McGee has logged two scoreless appearances so far for Durham, but he did walk two batters in his latest outing. Rays manager Kevin Cash said this weekend that McGee will have to work multiple innings and on back-to-back days before the team considers activating him, so it could be another week or longer before we see the left-hander in the bigs. McGee posted a 1.89 ERA in 71 1/3 innings last season but needed elbow surgery in December. He should be saving games for Tampa Bay by mid-to-late May.
    Yesterday, 6:01 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Bos
  • Adam Warren struggles, still defeats Red Sox
    Adam Warren picked up his second victory of the season on Sunday despite allowing four runs on four hits over his 5 2/3 innings of work.

    Advice: Warren fanned two and walked two on the evening. After being staked to an early lead, Warren cruised through four innings unscathed before running into a buzzsaw in the sixth. Two of the four runs charged to him scored on a Mike Napoli home run after he left the game. Warren will bring a 4.78 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 14/10 K/BB ratio into his next start against the Orioles on Friday.
    Sunday, 9:02 pm
    Player Note
    Adam Warren NYY - SP,RP
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • Ryu (shoulder) to face hitters this week
    Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) is expected to throw live batting practice at some point this week.

    Advice: Ryu has been throwing off a mound for a week and is nearing the next step. A rehab assignment will be just around the corner after he faces hitters. Ryu is still weeks away from a return, but he's finally showing some real progress. The Dodgers could really use him after losing Brandon McCarthy (elbow).
    Sunday, 8:30 am
    60-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Mil
  • Hatcher earns second save as Dodgers win
    Chris Hatcher picked up his second save of the season Saturday in the Dodgers' win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Hatcher gave up a one-out single to Jordan Pacheco, but the game ended when Pacheco was then struck by a batted ball on his way to third base following a David Peralta single up the middle. It was the second game that ended that way on Saturday. Hatcher hasn't been great at limiting hits or runs this season, but he does have good swing-and-miss stuff and he should be the Dodgers' primary fill-in at closer until Kenley Jansen (foot) is ready.
    Saturday, 10:11 pm
  • Jake McGee (elbow) has rehab extended
    Rays manager Kevin Cash indicated Friday that Jake McGee isn't expected to return to the Rays bullpen until late-May.

    Advice: McGee has already made two minor league rehab appearances with High-A Charlotte and had been expecting to rejoin the Rays at some point next week. Cash however, said that he'll need to have several more appearances first, working in multiple innings and on back-to-back days. That puts his return closer to the end of the month than the beginning. Brad Boxberger will continue to see the bulk of save chances in his absence.
    Friday, 9:03 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Bos
  • Cain (elbow) to throw off flat ground soon
    Matt Cain (elbow) is scheduled to begin throwing off flat ground in 7-to-10 days.

    Advice: If all goes well with that, he'll progress to mound work. He's still a long ways away from a potential return to the Giants rotation, which means Chris Heston is secure in his spot for the foreseeable future.
    Friday, 5:17 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:15 pm vs SD
  • Fernando Rodney unavailable on Thursday
    Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Thursday that he's unlikely to use Fernando Rodney if a save situation arises, as the veteran right-hander has saved three consecutive games.

    Advice: In the event that the M's do have a lead to protect in the ninth inning on Thursday, Danny Farquhar would be the most likely candidate to get the ball. Rodney will be back to his regular closing duties on Friday.
    Thursday, 3:26 pm
  • Twins place Casey Fien (shoulder) on the DL
    Twins placed RHP Casey Fien on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain.

    Advice: Fien has been bothered by shoulder discomfort for much of April and aggravated the injury Wednesday in an appearance against the Tigers. It's not certain how long he'll be out, but it figures to be a while.
    Thursday, 10:31 am
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Oak
  • Shoemaker allows 3 runs in no-decision vs A's
    Matt Shoemaker yielded three runs in 5 2/3 innings on Wednesday in a no-decision as the Angels beat the A's 6-3.

    Advice: Shoemaker was activated from the bereavement list (to tend to an unspecified personal issue) earlier in the day. He didn't end up missing a start. Shoemaker has been more lucky than good in accruing a 2-1 record. He's surrendered a .301 opponent's batting average in posting a 6.00 ERA and 1.43 WHIP through four outings. The right-hander gets the Mariners next week.
    Wednesday, 10:12 pm
  • Felix Hernandez beats Rangers
    Felix Hernandez upped his record to 4-0 after allowing two runs over 6 2/3 innings Wednesday against the Rangers.

    Advice: It wasn't peak Hernandez tonight, but it didn't need to be. He struck out four and threw 114 pitches to get his 20 outs. Factor in the light-hitting opponent and it's probably his worst outing to date, which just illustrates how terrific he is.
    Wednesday, 8:37 pm
  • Martinez moves to 3-0 with a win vs. Phillies
    Carlos Martinez limited the Phillies to two runs over six innings to improve to 3-0 with Wednesday's win.

    Advice: The Phillies had a few opportunities to tack on more runs, but their poor fundamentals bailed Martinez out. Ben Revere failed to execute a bunt in the third inning and was caught in a rundown between third base and home in the fifth. Martinez allowed six hits and walked three batters while striking out only three.
    Wednesday, 7:52 pm
  • Zimmermann goes seven and knocks in three
    Jordan Zimmermann got the win on Wednesday against the Braves, yielding four runs (three earned) in seven innings.

    Advice: Zimmermann also helped his own cause, knocking in three runs with a single to left-center in the fourth inning to give the Nationals a 5-3 lead at the time. On the pitching end of things, the right-hander gave up eight hits and a walk while striking out seven. A.J. Pierzynski knocked in two runs in the first inning with a single but Zimmermann was otherwise stingy. He's now 2-2 with a 4.88 ERA, a 1.40 WHIP, and an 18/6 K/BB ratio in 27 2/3 innings. He'll look to lower his ERA when he faces the Marlins at home in his next start.
    Wednesday, 6:58 pm
  • Griffin (elbow) to throw next sim game Sat.
    A.J. Griffin (elbow) will throw another simulated game Saturday.

    Advice: Griffin will throw three innings in the sim game, after which he'll start a rehab assignment. Griffin can spend up to 30 days on the rehab assignment, so early June is a likely return date for the right-hander.
    Wednesday, 5:30 pm
    60-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Min
  • Parker (elbow) goes five innings Tuesday
    Jarrod Parker (elbow) threw five innings and 71 pitches in a rehab start with High-A Stockton Tuesday.

    Advice: Parker allowed three runs -- two earned -- while striking out seven in the start. His next step will be advancing to pitch for Triple-A Nashville. Parker is progressing nicely in his return from Tommy John surgery and could be back with the A's sometime in May.
    Wednesday, 5:23 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Min
  • Keuchel throws eight strong to down Padres
    Dallas Keuchel went eight innings, allowing just one run on three hits, as the Astros completed a sweep of the Padres with a 7-2 win Wednesday.

    Advice: Perhaps even more impressively, two of the three hits allowed by Keuchel came in the first inning. Following a Matt Kemp RBI double in the first, Keuchel allowed only a single to opposing pitcher Andrew Cashner over the rest of the outing. The southpaw struck out four and didn't walk a batter. Keuchel now owns a 3-0 record and an identical 0.73 ERA and WHIP on the season. He'll go to work again Monday when the Astros face the Rangers.
    Wednesday, 3:33 pm
  • Fien leaves game with apparent injury
    Casey Fien left an appearance Wednesday against the Tigers because of an apparent injury.

    Advice: Fien departed with a trainer shortly after Miguel Cabrera launched a two-run homer to put Detroit up 10-7 in the top of the ninth inning. Fien had some right shoulder issues earlier this month and could now be looking at an extended stay on the disabled list.
    Wednesday, 1:33 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Oak
  • Matt Shoemaker activated from bereavement
    Angels activated RHP Matt Shoemaker from the bereavement list.

    Advice: Shoemaker will rejoin the rotation on Wednesday in Oakland. The right-hander holds a 6.46 ERA through three starts this season.
    Wednesday, 8:23 am
  • Ross takes the loss as Padres fall to Astros
    Tyson Ross got the loss on Tuesday versus the Astros, serving up four runs in five innings.

    Advice: Ross was hurt by center fielder Wil Myers in the first inning, as a deep fly ball hit by Evan Gattis ricocheted off of Myers' glove, then off of his head over the fence in center field for a home run. Ross otherwise wasn't that bad, giving up five hits and two walks while striking out nine. It was good to see him limit the walks, as he entered the start with 16 over his first four starts. The talented right-hander will bring a 4.55 ERA, a 1.63 WHIP, and a 37/18 K/BB over 27 2/3 innings ratio into a start against the Giants at AT&T Park.
    Tuesday, 10:47 pm
  • Casilla uses 10 pitches to pick up 6th save
    Santiago Casilla needed only 10 pitches to mow down the Dodgers for his sixth save of the season on Tuesday.

    Advice: Casilla got Howie Kendrick and Scott Van Slyke to ground out before striking out pinch-hitter Adrian Gonzalez to end the contest, preserving a one-run lead. Casilla is 6-for-7 in save opportunities with a 2.79 ERA and an 8/4 K/BB ratio on the year.
    Tuesday, 10:18 pm
  • Kershaw takes tough-luck loss vs. Giants
    Clayton Kershaw was out-dueled by Madison Bumgarner in a loss to the Giants on Tuesday, yielding two runs in seven innings of work.

    Advice: Buster Posey proved to be an issue for Kershaw, as he was responsible for both runs. Posey singled in a run in the first inning, then clubbed a solo home run to left-center in the fourth. They were two of the seven hits Kershaw gave up without issuing a walk and striking out eight. Kershaw, sporting a 3.73 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP, and a 43/7 K/BB ratio in 31 1/3 innings, has a fantastic match-up in his next start as he'll face the lowly Brewers in Milwaukee.
    Tuesday, 10:15 pm
  • Bumgarner stymies Dodgers over 8 innings
    Madison Bumgarner dominated the Dodgers in a win on Tuesday, yielding just one run over eight innings.

    Advice: The Dodgers pushed across their only run in the fourth inning on a Howie Kendrick ground out. It was that kind of night as Bumgarner was dominant, giving up just five hits and a walk while striking out nine. The Giants and fantasy owners alike are glad to see a return to form as Bumgarner entered the start with a 4.63 ERA over his first four outings. Now with a 3.73 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP, and a 26/5 K/BB ratio in 31 1/3 innings, the lefty looks ahead to a home match-up with the Padres.
    Tuesday, 10:12 pm
  • Wood strikes out nine Pirates to earn win
    Travis Wood struck out nine while holding the Pirates to two runs over seven innings in Tuesday's win.

    Advice: Wood allowed five hits without walking a batter, and Starling Marte's two-run homer in the fourth accounted for all the Pirates' scoring on the night. The southpaw has now had two stellar starts and two so-so ones on the season, resulting in a 3.04 ERA, 1.06 WHIP 26/6 K/BB ratio. Wood will next do battle with the Cardinals Monday in St. Louis.
    Tuesday, 8:41 pm
  • Rodney earns sixth save with perfect inning
    Fernando Rodney worked a perfect ninth inning to earn his sixth save of the season Tuesday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Rodney struck out Carlos Peguero and Adam Rosales before getting Rougned Odor to pop out to end the game. Rodney had some troubles in the middle of April but he's now worked five scoreless innings in succession. The right-hander still owns a 5.79 ERA due to his early struggles.
    Tuesday, 8:02 pm
  • Detwiler allows two runs over 5 1/3 vs. M's
    Ross Detwiler allowed two runs over 5 1/3 innings in a loss to the Mariners on Tuesday.

    Advice: The fourth inning was Detwiler's undoing, as he allowed a leadoff triple to Nelson Cruz before Rickie Weeks hit a solo home run two batters later. Detwiler gave up five hits and two walks in all, striking out five. It hasn't been pretty for the left-hander -- he's now 0-3 with an 8.66 ERA and 2.59 WHIP on the year -- but perhaps he can carry over the decent start when the Rangers travel to face the Astros next week.
    Tuesday, 7:59 pm
  • A.J. Griffin (elbow) throws simulated game
    A.J. Griffin (elbow) threw 2 1/3 innings in a simulated game on Monday.

    Advice: Griffin will pitch in front of Oakland's front office and training staff on Wednesday before heading back to extended spring training. He remains on pace for a return sometime in June. "We're just taking it one day at a time right now, barring any setbacks," Griffin said.
    Tuesday, 7:41 pm
    60-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Min
  • Buchholz can't make it out of the 3rd in loss
    Clay Buchholz lasted only 2 2/3 innings, allowing five runs (four earned) in a loss to the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

    Advice: Tuesday marked Buchholz's second poor outing out of his first five starts of the season. The Blue Jays jumped out for five runs in the third inning, knocking the right-hander out early with two outs in the frame. Buchholz yielded six hits, walked one, and struck out four. He'll bring a 5.76 ERA, a 1.56 WHIP, and a 33/8 K/BB ratio over 25 innings into a home start against the Rays next.
    Tuesday, 7:40 pm
  • Odorizzi allows 4 runs in loss to the Yankees
    Jake Odorizzi got the loss on Tuesday versus the Yankees, serving up four runs over 6 1/3 innings.

    Advice: The right-hander allowed two runs in two separate innings. In the first, the Yankees scored twice on a Brett Gardner ground out and a Brian McCann double. In the fifth, McCann doubled again, but brought in two runs. Overall, Odorizzi gave up nine hits without issuing a walk and striking out four. Tuesday's outing was his toughest of the year, which speaks to how well he has pitched. Odorizzi owns a 2.41 ERA with a 0.73 WHIP, and a 26/8 K/BB ratio in 33 2/3 innings. He'll have to face the Red Sox at Fenway Park his next time out.
    Tuesday, 7:18 pm
  • Matt Cain (elbow) plays catch with no issues
    Matt Cain (elbow) played catch from 60 feet on Tuesday with no issues.

    Advice: It's the first time he's done any throwing since being diagnosed with a right flexor tendon strain. "It was good, it was really good," said Cain, who will play catch again on Wednesday. The right-hander obviously remains a long ways away from a return to the Giants' rotation, but this was a nice step.
    Tuesday, 4:56 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:15 pm vs SD
  • Rodney escapes danger for his 5th save
    Fernando Rodney escaped ninth-inning danger to grab his fifth save as the Mariners earned a 3-1 victory over the Rangers on Monday.

    Advice: The ninth inning, as they usually are with Rodney, was interesting. He allowed the Rangers to put the tying run on base with two outs following a single and a walk. Robinson Chirinos, however, flied out to center field to end the game. It hasn't been easy, but Rodney has put together five consecutive scoreless outings, but he still sports a poor 6.48 ERA and an 8/6 K/BB ratio in 8 1/3 innings. Rodney is 5-for-6 in save chances.
    Monday, 8:59 pm
  • Warren tosses 5 2/3 effective innings vs Rays
    Adam Warren held the Rays to just one run in 5 2/3 innings of work in a no-decision as the Yankees won on Monday.

    Advice: Warren blanked the Rays through five frames before relenting in the sixth. He threw 81 pitches, 56 of which were strikes. In total, he yielded five hits, walked none, and struck out six. He'll head into a Sunday start in Boston with a 4.35 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, and a 12/8 K/BB ratio in 20 2/3 innings.
    Monday, 7:16 pm
    Player Note
    Adam Warren NYY - SP,RP
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • McGee (elbow) cleared for rehab assignment
    Jake McGee (elbow) is due to begin a rehab assignment Tuesday with High-A Charlotte.

    Advice: McGee was originally slated to join Charlotte on Monday, but the Rays wanted to see a couple more bullpen sessions from the left-hander, who's coming off December elbow surgery. He's now trending toward an early-May debut, and the talented 28-year-old should move back into Tampa Bay's ninth-inning gig rather quickly. McGee posted a 1.89 ERA in 71 1/3 innings last season.
    Monday, 12:08 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Bos
  • K-Rod earns third save as Brewers top Cards
    Francisco Rodriguez notched his third save of the season Sunday in the Brewers' 6-3 win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Rodriguez delivered a perfect ninth inning, getting Kolten Wong to ground out and Peter Bourjos and Tony Cruz to fly out on just 10 total pitches. It was career save No. 351 for K-Rod, whose fantasy stock should rise rapidly as the Brewers work out of their early-season rut.
    Apr 26, 2:27 pm
  • Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) throws off mound
    Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Sunday.

    Advice: It's the first time he's thrown off the bump since his left shoulder soreness cropped up in mid-March. The Dodgers have understandably proceeded cautiously with the southpaw, but Ryu has progressed well in recent weeks. He's still a long ways away from a return, however.
    Apr 26, 10:35 am
    60-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Mil
  • Casilla blows save in win over Rockies
    Santiago Casilla blew the save on Saturday, allowing one run on two hits in 2/3 of an inning.

    Advice: Casilla entered the game with one out and the Giants clinging to a one-run lead. After allowing singles to Nick Hundley and D.J. LaMahieu, Casilla induced a grounder from Drew Stubbs to score a run. The Giants would ultimately win the game on a Joe Panik bunt. Casilla had been a perfect 5-for-5 on saves coming into the game. The rough outing bumped his ERA up to 3.12, but he remains a serviceable, if unspectacular, ninth-inning option.
    Apr 25, 9:15 pm
  • Ryu (shoulder) to throw bullpen session
    Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session in the next couple days.

    Advice: Ryu started playing catch again a week ago and now he's ready to take another step forward. The 28-year-old could throw as early as Sunday. Scott Baker is filling in as the No. 5 starter, a role he'll relinquish when Ryu is healthy enough to return to the rotation.
    Apr 25, 4:02 pm
    60-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Mil
  • 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.
    Apr 25, 5:46 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Bos
  • Dallas Keuchel goes nine scoreless
    Dallas Keuchel was denied a victory after throwing nine scoreless innings Frida against the A's.

    Advice: The game was still scoreless when the Astros finally came through with two in the top of the 10th. That would have put Keuchel in line for the victory, but Luke Gregerson couldn't nail down the save. Keuchel has given up runs in just one of four starts to date and is sporting a 0.64 ERA. So, maybe he's a little over his head, but he should remain a solid mixed-league starter all year long.
    Apr 24, 11:04 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.
    Apr 24, 10:55 pm
  • Felix Hernandez notches 10th career shutout
    Felix Hernandez pitched his 10th career shutout Friday as the Mariners beat the Twins 2-0.

    Advice: Hernandez struck out nine and walked none in the five-hitter. All of the Twins' hits were singles, and they made him throw just 102 pitches in his nine innings. Not only was the shutout his first since 2012, but it was actually his first complete game since his last shutout; he never went the distance in his near-Cy Young campaign last year.
    Apr 24, 9:31 pm
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