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  • Bergman allows two runs in three innings
    Christian Bergman gave up two runs in three innings, taking a no-decision as the Rockies came back to beat the Giants on Sunday.

    Advice: Both runs came in the first inning on RBI singles by Matt Duffy and Buster Posey. They were two of six hits Bergman would allow along with a walk while recording zero strikeouts. The right-hander finishes the season with a 4.74 ERA, a 1.42 WHIP, and a 37/15 K/BB ratio over 68 1/3 innings. Fantasy owners can feel free to ignore Bergman in 2016. 56 minutes ago
  • Josh Smith gives up two runs in season finale
    Josh Smith turned in a decent effort in the Reds season finale on Sunday, allowing two runs on seven hits over four innings in a loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: Smith struck out four and walked two on the day. While the Reds have struggled mightily with rotation depth all season long, it doesn't look as though Smith will be a prime candidate to hold a spot next spring after going 0-4 with a 6.89 ERA and 1.93 WHIP in his time with the big league club. Today, 3:40 pm
    L, 4-0 ^ @Pit
  • Jeff Manship finishes with 0.92 ERA
    Jeff Manship retired both batters he faced Sunday to finish the season with a 0.92 ERA.

    Advice: Manship had a career 6.46 ERA in 10 starts and 62 relief appearances before the Indians called him up in mid-June. All he's done since is pitch 39 1/3 innings and allow four runs. He'll enter next year pretty much assured of a gig for the first time in eight big-league seasons. Today, 3:38 pm
  • Montas pitches well but loses finale to DET
    Frankie Montas pitched well but lost to the Tigers on Sunday, giving up only one run in four innings.

    Advice: Montas allowed two hits and three walks while striking out seven. The lone run scored early on a Nick Castellanos RBI double. The right-hander has hammered in his first major league start on September 23 and finishes the season with a 4.80 ERA, a 1.53 WHIP, and a 20/9 K/BB ratio in 15 major league innings. Today, 3:30 pm
  • Garces coughs up two runs over two innings
    Frank Garces limited the Dodgers to two runs on two hits over two innings in Sunday's loss.

    Advice: Garces struck out two and walked two over his short appearance. Both runs came home via a two-run homer by Joc Pederson in the second inning. Mostly a bullpen pitcher by trade, the 25-year-old southpaw finishes out the 2015 season holding a 5.21 ERA, 1.66 WHIP and 30/22 K/BB ratio over 38 innings. Today, 3:25 pm
  • Bassitt goes six frames in a no-decision
    Chris Bassitt got a no-decision after giving up two runs in six innings during Sunday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: Both runs scored on outs, as Logan Morrison hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning and Jesus Sucre hit an RBI ground out in the sixth. On the afternoon, Bassitt allowed five hits and five walks while striking out three. He finishes with a 3.56 ERA, a 1.26 WHIP, and a 64/30 K/BB ratio in 86 innings. Today, 3:15 pm
    L, 3-2 ^ @Sea
  • Jorge Lopez struggles in loss on Sunday
    Jorge Lopez struggled in a losing effort against the Cubs in Sunday's season finale, surrendering three runs on six hits over his five innings of work.

    Advice: Lopez walked three and struck out three on the afternoon. All of the damage against him came in the first inning, and the right-hander was able to settle in nicely afterwards, but it was too little, too late. He posted a 5.40 ERA and 1.90 WHIP in his brief time with the big league club after earning minor league Pitcher of the Year honors for a fantastic campaign with Double-A Biloxi. He'll be a candidate for a rotation spot next spring. Today, 3:15 pm
    L, 3-1 vs ^ ChC
  • Nuno strong over six innings in season finale
    Vidal Nuno took a no-decision in his final start of the season, yielding two runs over six innings as the Mariners eked out a win over the Athletics on Sunday.

    Advice: Nuno gave up a sacrifice fly and a solo home run in the third inning to account ofr the damage. Overall, he allowed six hits and a walk while striking out four. The lefty closes the book on his season with a 4.10 ERA, a 1.30 WHIP, and an 81/22 K/BB ratio over 89 innings. Today, 3:13 pm
    W, 3-2 vs ^ Oak
  • Roark hurls six shutout innings vs Mets
    Tanner Roark turned in a nice start to close out his regular season in Sunday's loss to the Mets, spinning six shutout innings.

    Advice: It might be a lost season for the Nationals, but Roark at least went out in style. He scattered three hits while striking out six and walking one over his six shutout innings. The 29-year-old right-hander finishes out his 2015 campaign holding a 4.38 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 70/26 K/BB ratio across 111 innings. Today, 2:54 pm
    L, 1-0 ^ @NYM
  • Conley finishes season with six solid frames
    Adam Conley took a no-decision, giving up two runs in six innings, as the Marlins lost Sunday's season finale to the Phillies.

    Advice: Conley allowed two RBI doubles, one to Andres Blanco in the fourth and one to Aaron Altherr in the fifth. They were two of six hits he permitted along with a walk and two strikeouts. The rookie impressed in 11 starts and four relief appearances, finishing with a 3.76 ERA, a 1.28 WHIP, and a 59/21 K/BB ratio over 67 innings. Today, 2:46 pm
    L, 7-2 ^ @Phi
  • Spencer Patton recalled from Triple-A
    Rangers recalled RHP Spencer Patton from Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: The Rangers are desperate for some bullpen help as they try to wrap up the American League West. Patton holds a 9.00 ERA in 24 innings this season with the big club. Today, 9:14 am
  • Frank Garces to start on Sunday
    Frank Garces will start on Sunday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: It will be a "bullpen day" for San Diego, as Garces has essentially been a one-inning reliever. He owns a 5.00 ERA over 39 relief appearances this season and obviously should be avoided in fantasy leagues. Today, 8:01 am
  • Joaquin Benoit wants to keep playing
    Joaquin Benoit said Saturday that he wants to play "a couple more years."

    Advice: Benoit turned 38 in July, but he's showed no signs of slowing down with a 2.34 ERA and 63/23 K/BB ratio over 65 1/3 innings this season. The Padres hold an $8 million option on him for 2016, which is reasonable especially considering they'd owe him a $1.5 million buyout if they declined it. However, it appears the club might not be anxious to commit that much to a setup man when they already owe a big chunk of change to closer Craig Kimbrel. Benoit will have no trouble finding a taker for his services if the Padres do indeed let him walk. Today, 7:58 am
  • Chris Reed outrighted to Triple-A
    Marlins sent LHP Chris Reed outright to Triple-A New Orleans.

    Advice: He's now off the 40-man roster. A former first-round pick, Reed made a full-time move to reliever this season but responded with a 5.20 ERA between Double- and Triple-A. Today, 5:40 am
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    L, 7-2 @Phi
  • Donn Roach outrighted to Triple-A
    Blue Jays sent RHP Donn Roach outright to Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: Roach had been designated for assignment, but he's cleared waivers and will remain in the organization. He posted a 3.34 ERA at the Triple-A level this season but struck out only 53 over 143 innings. Today, 5:38 am
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  • Sean Nolin allows three runs to Mariners
    Sean Nolin allowed three runs over five innings Saturday in a no-decision against the A's.

    Advice: Nolin's debut this year was delayed by shoulder problems, but he was healthy enough to get a chance last month and he ended up with a 5.28 ERA in six starts. Particularly unimpressive was his 15/12 K/BB ratio in 29 innings. Maybe he'll be stronger next year, but he probably won't be much of a threat to make the A's out of spring training. Yesterday, 11:13 pm
  • Carson Smith records 22nd hold
    Carson Smith got four outs for his 22nd hold before Tom Wilhelmsen blew a save Saturday against the A's.

    Advice: The main reason Smith hasn't spent the last month closing is because the Mariners don't want to have to pay him big bucks in arbitration a couple of years down the line. He's recovered from his midseason malaise by going the last 18 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run (and just one unearned). Yesterday, 11:09 pm
  • Marlins' Ramos earns second save of the day
    A.J. Ramos earned his 32nd save of the year in the second half of Saturday's doubleheader against the Phillies.

    Advice: He also got a save in the early game, becoming the first pitcher in Marlins history to earn two saves in the same day. Ramos has a cool 2.31 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, and 86 strikeouts in 70 innings this season for the Fish. He probably won't be used in Sunday's season finale. Yesterday, 7:48 pm
  • Britton earns 36th save as O's beat Yankees
    Zach Britton picked up his 36th save of the season as the Orioles swept Saturday's doubleheader against the Yankees.

    Advice: Britton allowed a one-out single to Alex Rodriguez, but pinch-runner Rico Noel was promptly caught stealing second base. Britton then induced a game-ending groundout from Chase Headley. The left-hander has an outstanding 1.98 ERA in 63 2/3 innings this season. Yesterday, 6:42 pm
  • Estrada pitches into seventh fanning nine
    Marco Estrada pitched well in earning a Saturday no-decision against the Rays, surrendering two runs on three hits over 6 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Estrada struck out nine without walking a batter on the evening. Both runs on his line came courtesy of solo home runs, with John Jaso jacking one in the first inning and Asdrubal Cabrera cracking another in the seventh. The 32-year-old right-hander pitched to a 3.13 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 131/55 K/BB ratio over 181 innings during the 2015 campaign. The postseason now awaits. Yesterday, 6:17 pm
  • Ken Giles blows save in Phillies' loss to MIA
    Ken Giles blew a save opportunity in the Phillies' loss to the Marlins on Saturday.

    Advice: Giles retired the first batter he faced, Dee Gordon, but Christian Yelich singled, Martin Prado hit an RBI triple, and then the Marlins took the lead on a Marcell Ozuna RBI single. Giles has been a little shaky over the last week or so, but he still boasts a 1.83 ERA. Yesterday, 4:34 pm
    W, 7-2 vs Mia
  • Santiago Casilla's $6.5 million option vested
    Santiago Casilla's $6.5 million option for 2016 vested on Saturday.

    Advice: And the Giants will happily pay it. Casilla finished his 55th game of the season in Saturday's win over the Rockies, earning his 38th save and dropping his ERA to 2.79. He should remain a high quality fantasy closer next year. Yesterday, 4:27 pm
  • Hector Santiago bounced in rough fifth inning
    Hector Santiago was forced out of Saturday's start against the Rangers in the fifth inning after surrendering four runs on five hits.

    Advice: Santiago punched out five and walked one on the day. He carried a 5-1 lead into the bottom of the fifth inning in a must-win game for the Angels, but poor defense and ineffectiveness caused his exit after allowing the first three hitters to reach. The season was a success for the left-hander who posted a 9-9 record, 3.64 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 162/71 K/BB ratio over 180 2/3 innings. Yesterday, 2:14 pm
  • Rivero notches save against Mets
    Felipe Rivero tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning Saturday against the Mets for his second save of the season.

    Advice: Rivero struck out the side on 11 pitches. The southpaw is filling in at closer with Jonathan Papelbon suspended and he's proving that he deserves a bigger responsibility in 2016. Yesterday, 1:18 pm
  • Darren O'Day interested in return to Orioles
    Darren O'Day said Saturday that the Orioles have put out feelers to see if he's interested in a return to the club next season.

    Advice: There is mutual interest on the end of the 32-year-old right-hander as well. He has had another outstanding season out of the Orioles bullpen, registering a 1.54 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 81/14 K/BB ratio over 64 1/3 innings and has converted a career-high six saves. Given the shortage of quality bullpen arms around the league, O'Day should certainly be in line for a nice payday this winter. Yesterday, 8:10 am
  • Alex Wood earns win over Padres
    Alex Wood beat the Padres by allowing two runs over seven innings on Friday.

    Advice: Wood finishes the regular season 12-12 with a 3.84 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. Much more was expected after he finished with a 2.78 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP in 2014, but he will get a chance to redeem himself in the postseason. Friday, 9:58 pm
    Player Note
    Alex Wood LAD - SP,RP
    W, 6-3 vs SD
  • Felipe Rivero records first save
    Felipe Rivero recorded his first major league save with two perfect innings Thursday against the Braves.

    Advice: Rivero has alternated between serving as a specialist and pitching in middle relief this year, with decent results in both roles. We wouldn't count on him getting another save this weekend, but who can really tell with Jonathan Papelbon and Drew Storen out? Thursday, 8:35 pm
  • Donn Roach designated for assignment
    Blue Jays designated RHP Donn Roach for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Jonathan Diaz. It's the fourth time Roach has been designated for assignment since last winter. Wednesday, 9:05 am
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  • Bassit struggles, allows six runs in a loss
    Chris Bassitt struggled in Tuesday's loss to the Angels, surrendering six runs in 3 2/3 innings.

    Advice: The Angels never homered, but they used four extra base hits, four singles, and a walk to plate their six runs. Bassitt also struck out four in the outing. The right-hander now has a 3.60 ERA, a 1.23 WHIP, and a 61/25 K/BB ratio over 80 innings. He has one more outing left on the schedule, a road start against the Mariners. Tuesday, 10:50 pm
    L, 3-2 ^ @Sea
  • Nuno gives up three runs in a no-decision
    Vidal Nuno went five innings and gave up three runs, taking a no-decision in Tuesday's win over the Astros.

    Advice: Nuno allowed a run in the first inning on a ground out, then held serve until the fifth, when Marwin Gonzalez hit a solo home run and George Springer hit an RBI double. Overall, he gave up six hits, walked none, and struck out five. Nuno, across nine starts and 22 relief appearances, has a 4.19 ERA, a 1.31 WHIP, and a 58/16 K/BB ratio over 68 2/3 innings. Tuesday, 10:39 pm
    W, 3-2 vs ^ Oak
  • Bergman goes five innings, takes no-decision
    Christian Bergman gave up three runs in five innings, taking a no-decision in Tuesday's 11-inning loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Bergman allowed an RBI single to Paul Goldschmidt and two run-scoring outs to account for the damage. Overall, he gave up five hits and a walk while striking out three in the effort. The right-hander has a subpar 4.68 ERA with a 1.38 WHIP and a 37/14 K/BB ratio over 65 1/3 innings. Tuesday, 10:28 pm
  • Lopez solid over five frames in his MLB debut
    Jorge Lopez, making his major league debut, earned the win after giving up three runs in five innings versus the Padres on Tuesday.

    Advice: Lopez turned in a terrific year with Double-A Biloxi, earning him Pitcher of the Year honors in the Brewers' organization. The Padres were able to rap eight hits and draw two walks, but the right-hander used seven strikeouts to navigate his way through the outing. If Lopez is allowed to start again, it'll come at home against the Cubs to finish off the calendar. Tuesday, 10:18 pm
    L, 3-1 vs ^ ChC
  • Big first inning dooms Smith against Cubs
    Josh Smith allowed four runs, all in the first inning, over five innings in Tuesday's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: All nine Cubs hitters came to the plate in the first, as the Cubs used three hits, a walk and a HBP to do their damage. Walks were an issue for Smith, who issued five, but he also struck out seven in the outing. The loss dropped him to 0-3 on the year, leaving him with a 7.22 ERA and 1.95 WHIP. He'll have one last shot at that elusive win when he takes on the Pirates in Sunday's regular season finale. Tuesday, 9:49 pm
    L, 4-0 ^ @Pit
  • Giles allows homer, but still earns 14th save
    Ken Giles served up a two-run home run, but held on for his 14th save in Tuesday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: Giles issued a leadoff walk to David Wright, but followed that up with a ground out and a strikeout. Lucas Duda kept hope alive for the Mets, belting a two-run homer to the opposite field. Giles hung on for the save by striking out Travis d'Arnaud. The homer was only the third the right-hander has allowed in 112 2/3 career innings. Giles moves to 14-for-15 in save chances since taking over for Jonathan Papelbon. Overall, he carries a 1.61 ERA and an 83/24 K/BB ratio over 67 innings. Tuesday, 6:58 pm
    W, 7-2 vs Mia
  • Conley solid vs. Rays, but takes no-decision
    Adam Conley got a no-decision, giving up two runs in six innings, as the Marlins fell to the Rays on Tuesday.

    Advice: Conley allowed a solo home run to Mikie Mahtook in the third inning and a sacrifice fly to Kevin Kiermaier in the fourth. Overall, he gave up five hits and two walks while striking out five. The lefty now has a 2.75 ERA over his last seven starts. On the season, Conley carries a 3.84 ERA, a 1.30 WHIP, and a 57/20 K/BB ratio over 61 innings. He'll finish out the season with a road start against the Phillies. Tuesday, 6:46 pm
    L, 7-2 ^ @Phi
  • Roark holds Braves to two runs in loss
    Tanner Roark pitched well but took the loss Tuesday, allowing two runs over 6 2/3 innings against the Braves.

    Advice: A.J. Pierzynski had Roark's number, homering twice against Roark and finishing with three hits. Otherwise, Roark dominated the Braves' lineup, allowing just two other hits and walking one. Roark struck out four in the game. The do-it-all right-hander has a 4.63 ERA and 1.34 WHIP through 105 innings this year. Roark is on track to start the Nats' season finale against the Mets on Sunday. Tuesday, 6:45 pm
    L, 1-0 ^ @NYM
  • Santiago serves up four runs over 5 2/3 IP
    Hector Santiago gave up four runs (three earned) in 5 2/3 innings but took a no-decision as the Angels walked off winners over the Athletics on Monday.

    Advice: Santiago only allowed three hits and two walks while striking out four, but he also hit two batters. Albert Pujols victimized him in the sixth inning for a solo home run to tie the game at 4-4. The lefty now has a 3.52 ERA, a 1.25 WHIP, and a 157/70 K/BB ratio over 176 2/3 innings. Santiago will make his final regular season start on the road against the Rangers. Monday, 10:37 pm
  • Estrada pitches into 8th in a no-decision
    Marco Estrada pitched well in a no-decision, allowing three runs in 7 1/3 innings as the Blue Jays took down the Orioles on Monday.

    Advice: Estrada made a mistake in the second inning, serving up a three-run home run to Ryan Flaherty, but that would be all of the damage the Orioles could do. He gave up four hits and a walk overall while striking out two. The right-hander stands with a 3.15 ERA, a 1.07 WHIP, and a 122/55 K/BB ratio over 174 1/3 innings. Estrada will make his final regular season start in Tampa against the Rays. Monday, 6:49 pm
  • Zach Britton fires scoreless inning in return
    Zach Britton (lat) returned to game action on Sunday, firing a scoreless inning in a losing effort against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Britton had been on the shelf since last Sunday due to a strained lat muscle. The 27-year-old southpaw has been outstanding this season, compiling a 2.01 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 77/14 K/BB ratio over 62 2/3 innings while converting 34 of his 38 save chances. Sep 27, 8:22 pm
  • Wood shelled for eight runs by Rockies
    Alex Wood was rocked in Sunday's loss to the Rockies, allowing eight runs on 11 hits over 5 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Oh dear. Wood coughed up a run in the second inning, a run in the third, four in the fourth and another two in the sixth. Despite the ugly outing, he still holds a 3.89 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 135/58 K/BB ratio across 182 2/3 innings. The 24-year-old southpaw will look to rebound in a home start against the Padres next weekend as he wraps up his regular season. Sep 27, 4:34 pm
    Player Note
    Alex Wood LAD - SP,RP
    W, 6-3 vs SD
  • Casilla locks down save No. 37 against A's
    Santiago Casilla earned his 37th save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning in Sunday's 5-4 win over the A's.

    Advice: Casilla did issue a two-out walk to Coco Crisp, but he struck out Billy Burns to prevent the tying run from touching home. He's pitched to a 2.93 ERA with a 60/22 K/BB ratio over 55 1/3 innings while converting 37-of-42 save opportunities in 2015. The 37 saves are a career-high. Sep 27, 4:27 pm
  • Giants knock Nolin for five runs in 2 1/3 IP
    Sean Nolin struggled in Sunday's loss to the Giants, surrendering five runs (three earned) on seven hits over just 2 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Nolin might have allowed five runs, but it could have been worse. Three of the five scored on sacrifice flies, while the other two came home on RBI singles. Had the Giants squared up the ball a little better, this start could have been a disaster. As is, it pushed his ERA from 4.57 to a still shoddy 5.25. The 25-year-old southpaw also holds a tough 1.67 WHIP over 24 innings. He'll head to Safeco to tango with the Mariners next weekend before the season closes out for the Athletics. Sep 27, 4:20 pm
  • Vidal Nuno to start on short rest Tuesday
    Vidal Nuno will start Tuesday against the Astros.

    Advice: The Mariners moved him up a day to give James Paxton more time to recover from a torn fingernail. Since holding the Rangers to one hit in seven shutout innings on September 9, Nuno is 0-2 with a 9.72 ERA. Sep 26, 3:46 pm
    W, 3-2 vs ^ Oak
  • Zach Britton expects to be available Saturday
    Zach Britton (lat) expects to be available out of the Orioles bullpen on Saturday.

    Advice: Britton has been sidelined since Sunday due to a strained lat muscle. Darren O'Day has filled in admirably in his absence, so it'll be interesting to see where Buck Showalter turns should a save situation arise on Saturday. Sep 26, 10:32 am
  • Zach Britton (lat) throws bullpen session
    Zach Britton (lat) threw a bullpen session on Friday.

    Advice: He wasn't initially scheduled to throw off a mound but felt so good after playing catch and long-tossing that he decided to try things on the bump. Britton wasn't sure when he'd be cleared to return to action but indicated it could be Friday or Saturday. "Felt good," Britton said. "We kind of took it step by step. I wanted to play catch and see how it felt. Went to long-toss and felt good. Then I threw a flat ground and felt great. I got on a mound and threw about 10-15. I tried to let some go and simulate a game or a situation, but it's obviously impossible to do that. But it felt great. The plan now I guess is, it's really up to Dave, Dom and Buck what they want to do. But it felt good, so kind of going from there. See where we are for tonight or tomorrow." Darren O'Day has been handling the ninth inning in Britton's absence. Sep 25, 2:16 pm
  • Orioles nick Roark for three runs in five IP
    Tanner Roark surrendered three runs on five hits over five innings in Thursday afternoon's no-decision against the Orioles.

    Advice: Roark struck out one and walked two on the afternoon. He coughed up a two-run homer to Jonathan Schoop in the fourth inning but otherwise kept the O's off the scoreboard. Through 99 1/3 innings, he's pitched to a 4.76 ERA and 1.37 WHIP. The 28-year-old right-hander is set to make a home start against the Reds next time he toes the rubber. Sep 24, 4:27 pm
    L, 1-0 ^ @NYM
  • Bassitt (shoulder) tosses three innings
    In his return to the rotation against the Rangers on Thursday, Chris Bassitt (shoulder) allowed three runs on six hits over three innings.

    Advice: Bassitt had missed the bulk of September due to a sore right shoulder, but returned to action on Thursday. He threw 73 pitches (51 strikes) over his three innings of work while striking out three and walking one. A first-inning Shin-Soo Choo RBI double plated the first run on his line. Adrian Beltre subsequently knocked home Choo with a single. An inning later, Delino DeShields worked an RBI single to finish off the scoring against Bassitt. Assuming the 26-year-old right-hander maintains his health, he'll carry a 3.07 ERA and 1.17 WHIP into a road date with the Angels for his final start of the season. Sep 24, 4:00 pm
    L, 3-2 ^ @Sea
  • MRI shows no major damage for Zach Britton
    An MRI taken earlier this week on Zach Britton's left lat showed no major structural damage.

    Advice: But he does have a mild strain and it's not clear when he might be ready to pitch again. Darren O'Day is a must-own right now in all fantasy leagues that are still running and still allowing roster moves. There's a chance Britton won't return at all. Sep 24, 11:49 am
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