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  • Hellickson has 27/2 K/BB rt. in last 4 starts
    Jeremy Hellickson tossed seven innings of one-run ball and struck out six in Thursday's triumph over the Rockies.

    Advice: He only allowed three hits and didn't walk a batter. Don't look now, but Hell Boy boasts a 27/2 K/BB rate over his last four starts, bagging quality starts in three of them. At long last he can be trusted in NL-only leagues. He gets the Rangers next time around.
    Today, 10:03 pm
  • Rusin allows only 1 ER in loss to the D'Backs
    Chris Rusin allowed six hits and three runs -- one earned -- over six frames in a loss to Arizona on Thursday.

    Advice: Rusin whiffed six and walked two. He's now 3-3 with a 4.27 ERA in 46-plus innings, surpassing expectations, but that will change any day now, as his 1.55 WHIP and 32/14 K/BB rate both portend rough times ahead. Steer clear in fantasy.
    Today, 9:56 pm
    L, 8-1 ^ @Ari
  • Kazmir paints 8 shutout innings in gem vs M's
    Scott Kazmir fired eight innings of shutout ball, scattering two hits, against the Mariners in Thursday's 4-0 victory.

    Advice: He punched out seven and walked zero in the dominant outing. This was the second time in less than a month that Kazmir threw eight shutout innings. Kazmir (5-5, 2.56 ERA) has a tougher assignment next time out in New York against the Yankees.
    Today, 9:47 pm
    W, 4-0 vs ^ Sea
  • Elias gives up 3 runs in loss to the A's
    Roenis Elias surrendered three runs on three hits across six innings in a loss to the A's on Thursday.

    Advice: He struck out seven and walked one. Elias was touched for two runs in the first, mostly settling in for a smooth five innings to come after that. Unfortunately, Scott Kazmir put up eight zeroes across from him, dropping Elias to 4-6 with a 4.27 ERA and 1.24 WHIP.
    Today, 9:43 pm
  • Ross gives up three runs in no-decision
    Tyson Ross was handed a no-decision Thursday after allowing three runs over six innings against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Ross collected his first career home run in the no-decision. He struggled with his control once again, walking five batters while throwing 69 out of 115 pitches for strikes. Ross has now walked five batters in three out of his last four starts. While he has struck out 111 batters in 102 1/3 innings this season, he's averaging 4.69 BB/9. He has been a source of frustration for fantasy owners during the first half.
    Today, 9:08 pm
  • Cooney handed no-decision vs. Padres
    Tim Cooney allowed three runs (two earned) over six innings in a no-decision against the Padres.

    Advice: Cooney allowed four hits (including two home runs) and walked two while striking out six. He kept the Cardinals in the game, which is exactly what they were asking for. Jaime Garcia (groin) is only expected to miss one start, so Cooney will likely be sent right back down to Triple-A.
    Today, 9:06 pm
    L, 5-3 vs ^ SD
  • Young gives up one run in loss
    Chris Young gave up one run over 5 1/3 innings in a loss to the Twins on Thursday.

    Advice: His only blemish was an RBI triple from Danny Santana in the fifth inning, but it was enough to put him on the losing side. Young gave up a total of six hits while walking one and striking out a pair. After being hammered for seven runs against the Red Sox on June 21, the veteran right-hander has turned in back-to-back solid starts. He'll bring a 2.64 ERA into a start against the Rays next week.
    Today, 8:38 pm
    L, 2-0 vs ^ Min
  • Matt Garza gives up four runs in no-decision
    Matt Garza struggled in a no-decision against the Phillies on Thursday, giving up four runs on 10 hits over his six frames.

    Advice: Garza struck out three on the night while issuing one free pass. He left with his team maintaining a 7-4 advantage, but the Brewers bullpen was unable to hold on and provide his fifth victory. Mired in a high disappointing season, he'll carry a 5.55 ERA and 68/33 K/BB ratio into Tuesday's matchup against the Braves.
    Today, 7:47 pm
  • Billingsley hit hard in return to rotation
    Chad Billingsley was hit hard in his return to the Phillies starting rotation on Thursday, allowing six runs on 10 hits over his five innings of work.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander walked three and struck out one on the evening. The Brewers jumped on him early and often in this one, pushing three runs across in the first inning and never looking back. While Billingsley has been awful this season, as evidenced by his 7.71 ERA and 8/6 K/BB ratio in 21 innings, the Phillies don't have any better options so he'll get the ball again on Tuesday against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.
    Today, 7:43 pm
  • Gausman fans seven over 6 1/3 shutout frames
    Kevin Gausman dazzled in a spot start against the Rangers on Thursday, racking up seven strikeouts over 6 1/3 scoreless innings.

    Advice: Gausman surrendered just four hits and two walks in the impressive outing. While he's supposed to be heading back to Triple-A Norfolk, it's hard to envision the Orioles keeping the struggling Bud Norris in the rotation much longer with Gausman ready to take over. His fantasy value the remainder of the season entirely hinges on him securing a spot in the starting rotation.
    Today, 7:25 pm
    L, 2-0 vs ^ Tex
  • Scherzer handed complete-game loss vs. Braves
    Max Scherzer gave up two runs over 8 1/3 innings in a complete-game loss against the Braves on Thursday.

    Advice: The game was tied 1-1 until Scherzer gave up a walk-off single to Cameron Maybin in the bottom of the ninth. While he took the loss, it was still a heck of an outing. Scherzer allowed a total of five hits and no walks while striking out nine batters. He now has a 42/1 K/BB ratio over his last four starts and has gone the distance in three of them. Quite a run for someone who had one complete game over his first 210 starts in the majors.
    Today, 7:11 pm
  • Reds promote Robert Stephenson to Triple-A
    Reds promoted top pitching prospect Robert Stephenson to Triple-A Louisville.

    Advice: The 22-year-old right-hander compiled a 3.68 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 89/43 K/BB ratio over 78 1/3 innings at Double-A Pensacola, and has been especially strong over his last ten starts with a 2.36 ERA and .166 batting average against. It wouldn't be surprising to see him debut with the Reds later in the season.
    Today, 5:30 pm
    Not Active
  • Bradley dealing with shoulder inflammation
    Archie Bradley was diagnosed with right shoulder inflammation after getting a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews.

    Advice: In other words, Andrews confirmed the diagnosis of team doctors. The good news is that there's no structural damage, but there's no clear timetable for Bradley's return.
    Today, 2:59 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 8-1 vs Col
  • Ventura likely to make another rehab start
    Yordano Ventura (hand) will likely make another minor league rehab start.

    Advice: Ventura, out since June 13 with ulnar neuritis, allowed just one run over 5 1/3 innings Wednesday at Triple-A Omaha. He still felt a very slight numbness in his hand, so the Royals want to play things safe before activating him.
    Today, 2:25 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 2-0 vs Min
  • Harrison (back) to join Rangers next week
    Matt Harrison (back) is expected to be activated to start Tuesday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: It's been a long road back for Harrison, who had spinal fusion surgery last June. The 29-year-old posted a 6.23 ERA and 21/15 K/BB ratio in 34 2/3 innings over six minor league rehab starts between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock. He's a wait-and-see option in fantasy leagues right now.
    Today, 2:01 pm
    60-Day DL
    W, 2-0 @Bal
  • Liriano shuts out Tigers over seven innings
    Francisco Liriano kept the Tigers off the scoreboard in Thursday's 8-4 win, scattering five hits over seven innings of shutout work.

    Advice: The start might not have been perfect (Liriano walked three against five strikeouts), but the southpaw didn't allow a run and improved his record to 5-6 in the process. He's been remarkably consistent this season and holds a 2.99 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and a 113/31 K/BB ratio over 102 1/3 innings. Up next on the docket for Liriano, a home date with the Padres.
    Today, 1:46 pm
  • Ryan walks five in just four innings vs PIT
    Kyle Ryan struggled with his control against the Pirates on Thursday, walking five and allowing two runs over four-plus innings.

    Advice: Ryan was yanked after walking the first two batters to start the fifth inning. One of those runners would come around to score to account for the final run on his line. He now holds a 4.55 ERA and 1.45 WHIP. The Tigers might continue to fly with him at the back of the rotation, but he's been far from impressive in a starting role to this point and the team figures to search out solutions as the trade deadline nears. Should Ryan be given another start, he's scheduled to face off with the Mariners.
    Today, 1:45 pm
    L, 8-4 vs ^ Pit
  • Cards call up LHP Cooney from Triple-A
    Cardinals recalled LHP Tim Cooney from Triple-A Memphis.

    Advice: Cooney will start Thursday in place of Jaime Garcia, who came down with some cramping in his left groin. It's likely to just be a spot start, so he figures to be sent down to Triple-A after the game.
    Today, 1:25 pm
    L, 5-3 vs ^ SD
  • DeGrom struggles in loss to Cubs
    Jacob deGrom was not on his game in Thursday's loss to the Cubs, lasting just 5 1/3 innings and allowing four runs (three earned) over 5 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Well that was somewhat unexpected. It's not that deGrom pitched horribly--the Cubs scored solitary runs in the first and fifth innings before dropping in two more in the sixth. He just pitched flatly, as evidenced by the strikeout magician's mere two K's on the day. The Cubs pecked deGrom to death with seven hits. We'll chalk this loss up to a meaningless blip on the radar, as the right-hander's season numbers remain superb. He's currently pitching to a 2.30 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 102/20 K/BB ratio over 105 2/3 innings. A Wednesday afternoon road start against the Giants is up next on the schedule as he tries to get back on a roll.
    Today, 1:00 pm
    L, 6-1 vs ^ ChC
  • Cain knocked around for five in season debut
    Matt Cain struggled in his first start of the 2015 season, allowing five runs on seven hits over five innings in Thursday's 5-4 loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: Cain sat out the first three months of the season with a flexor tendon strain in his right arm. The rust showed. The fourth inning was particularly rough for the 30-year-old right-hander, who served up two homers in the frame, including a solo shot to opposing pitcher Jose Fernandez. Cain also walked four against just two strikeouts in the contest. None of this is good, but Cain should be rostered in most mixed league formats. In his career, he has posted ERA marks higher than 4.00 just three times in ten seasons (2006, 2013, 2014). He'll face the Mets in a home start next time he toes the rubber.
    Today, 11:57 am
  • Kevin Gausman recalled for Thursday's start
    Orioles recalled RHP Kevin Gausman from Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: Tyler Wilson was sent down in the corresponding roster move. Thursday's start against Texas will be Gausman's second of the season. He scattered two runs over five innings in a no-decision June 20 against Toronto. The Orioles played a doubleheader on Sunday and want to keep their starters on normal rest. Gausman will probably return to Norfolk after Thursday's outing.
    Today, 11:55 am
    L, 2-0 vs ^ Tex
  • Billingsley (lat) activated for Thursday's game
    Phillies activated RHP Chad Billingsley from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: He'll take Aaron Harang's spot in the starting rotation. If Billingsley wins Thursday against Milwaukee, it will be his first victory in the majors since April 10, 2013. He went 1-1 with a 5.06 ERA during a three-game rehab stint with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
    Today, 10:46 am
  • Manaea (abdomen) sharp in return to High-A
    Royals prospect LHP Sean Manaea (abdomen) allowed three runs (one earned) on six hits in five innings on Monday for High-A Wilmington.

    Advice: He struck out eight batters in the outing without issuing a walk. Manaea was moved up to Wilmington after making his season debut in the Rookie Arizona League the previous week. The 23-year-old left-hander posted a 3.11 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, .228 opponents’ batting average, 4.0 BB/9 and 10.8 K/9 in 121 2/3 innings (25 starts) last season in his professional debut for Wilmington. Assuming he stays healthy, Manaea likely will spend a majority of the 2015 season at Double-A Northwest Arkansas.
    Today, 10:38 am
    Not Active
    L, 2-0 vs Min
  • Zimmer promoted to Double-A
    Royals prospect RHP Kyle Zimmer has been promoted to Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

    Advice: Zimmer’s season didn’t begin until late May as a result of setbacks in his recovery from a shoulder injury. However, the 22-year-old right-hander has been sharp over the last month while working out of the bullpen for Low-A Lexington, posting a 1.13 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 21/6 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 16 innings (nine appearances). He’ll now return to the Texas League, where he made four outstanding starts (18 2/3 IP, 1.93 ERA, 27/5 K/BB) at the end of the 2013 season. Zimmer has struggled to stay healthy during his career, but the 2012 first-rounder's upside is still huge.
    Today, 9:57 am
    Not Active
    L, 2-0 vs Min
  • Matt Harrison (back) ready to join Rangers
    Matt Harrison (back) said he's ready to return to the Rangers' starting rotation.

    Advice: He scattered three runs over six innings Wednesday in his sixth rehab start for Triple-A Round Rock. Harrison's 30-day rehab window expires on Thursday so the Rangers have to make a decision on where he'll make his next start. They could go with a six-man rotation and address the situation after the All-Star break. Rookie Chi Chi Gonzalez has lost three of his last four starts and could be the odd man out when Harrison returns.
    Today, 9:52 am
    60-Day DL
    W, 2-0 @Bal
  • Ventura (hand) sharp in rehab start at Omaha
    Yordano Ventura (hand) allowed just one run over 5 1/3 innings Wednesday at Triple-A Omaha.

    Advice: Ventura walked three but struck out four and gave up only three hits. It may be enough to convince the Royals that the 24-year-old right-hander is ready to return from the disabled list. He's been on the shelf since June 13 with ulnar neuritis.
    Today, 6:05 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 2-0 vs Min
  • Cooney to make spot start on Thursday
    Tim Cooney will make a spot start for the Cardinals on Thursday night against the Padres.

    Advice: It is Jaime Garcia's turn in the rotation, but he has been scratched with cramping in his left groin. Cooney struggled earlier this season in his major league debut against the Phillies and doesn't look like an overly attractive play Thursday versus San Diego.
    Today, 5:55 am
    L, 5-3 vs ^ SD
  • Giants activate Matt Cain for Thursday debut
    Giants activated RHP Matt Cain from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Cain will make his 2015 regular-season debut Thursday in the Giants' series finale against the Marlins after missing three months with a flexor tendon strain in his right arm. The veteran right-hander pitched pretty well on his minor league rehab tour and is worth owning in most mixed fantasy leagues. Tim Lincecum (forearm) was placed on the disabled list Thursday in a corresponding roster move.
    Today, 5:45 am
  • Tim Lincecum (forearm) placed on 15-day DL
    Giants placed RHP Tim Lincecum on the 15-day disabled list with a right forearm contusion.

    Advice: Lincecum suffered a bad bruise Saturday in his start against the Rockies. He may be moved to the bullpen once he's back to 100 percent health. Matt Cain (elbow) is taking over the vacant rotation spot.
    Today, 5:41 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 5-4 @Mia
  • Matt Wisler allows just one hit in victory
    Matt Wisler allowed one hit over 5 1/3 scoreless innings in defeating the Nationals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Wisler walked five, which is the biggest reason he didn't work very deep into this one. Still, he struck out six and that lone hit against him was a single. With two fine performances in three starts, he's worth sticking with in mixed leagues for now.
    Yesterday, 10:21 pm
    W, 2-1 vs Was
  • Ray surrenders four runs in loss to Dodgers
    Robbie Ray couldn't quite manage a quality start in Wednesday night's loss to the Dodgers, tossing six innings of four-run ball.

    Advice: Ray struck out six and walked two in the contest. Three of the four runs against him scored in the third inning, when he allowed a pair of RBI doubles and an RBI single. With the loss, the 23-year-old southpaw dropped to 2-4 on the season. Despite Wednesday's relatively unimpressive performance against the Dodgers, Ray's pitched well since returning to the Snakes' starting rotation on June 5 and currently holds a 2.55 ERA and 1.05 WHIP. He'll try to rebound when he faces the Rangers in his next scheduled start.
    Yesterday, 9:47 pm
    W, 8-1 vs Col
  • Edinson Volquez gives up five runs to Astros
    Edinson Volquez yielded five runs in five innings Wednesday in a no-decision against the Astros.

    Advice: Volquez struck out eight and walked just one while aiming for his fifth straight win tonight, but he was undone by a couple of homers. It's the first time all year that he's allowed five earned runs.
    Yesterday, 9:36 pm
  • Matt Cain (arm) will debut Thursday vs. MIA
    Matt Cain (forearm) will return to the Giants' starting rotation on Thursday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Cain had been lined up to make his 2015 regular-season debut on Friday, but the Giants need him to step up and take Tim Lincecum's spot. Lincecum is headed to the disabled list with a forearm bruise. Cain has been decent on his lengthy minor league rehab assignment and is worth a shot in most mixed fantasy leagues.
    Tuesday, 2:48 pm
  • Lincecum (forearm) to be placed on DL Sat.
    Tim Lincecum (forearm) will be placed on the disabled list Thursday.

    Advice: Lincecum suffered a right forearm contusion in his start Saturday against the Rockies. It's not a serious injury, but the Giants need a spot for Matt Cain anyway.
    Tuesday, 2:41 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 5-4 @Mia
  • Chad Billingsley (lat) set to return Thursday
    The Phillies will activate Chad Billingsley (lat) from the disabled list Thursday against the Brewers.

    Advice: Lat and shoulder injuries have sidelined Billingsley for the last six weeks. He went 1-1 with a 5.06 ERA in three rehab starts for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. With Billingsley back in the rotation, left-hander Adam Morgan is likely headed to Triple-A.
    Monday, 10:07 am
  • Ventura (hand) to make another rehab start
    Yordano Ventura (hand) will make at least one more rehab start with Triple-A Omaha.

    Advice: Ventura had been slated for just one rehab outing, but the Royals changed their minds after the righty gave up three runs on three hits and three walks over just four innings Friday. "The stuff was OK," manager Ned Yost said. "Ninety-seven miles per hour. Decent curveball. (We need to) just get him back into a good rhythm, just get him back into a good spot. So when he comes up here, he’s ready to go." The decision to hold back Ventura means Joe Blanton will get at least one more start.
    Sunday, 7:07 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 2-0 vs Min
  • Kevin Gausman to start on Thursday
    Kevin Gausman will be recalled to start on Thursday versus the Rangers.

    Advice: The Orioles considered starting Gausman for one of the games during Sunday's doubleheader, but he'll make an abbreviated start for Triple-A Norfolk instead before taking the ball for the O's on Thursday. Gausman has compiled a 4.24 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 14/6 K/BB ratio over 17 innings with the big league club this season.
    Sunday, 6:53 am
    L, 2-0 vs ^ Tex
  • Jeremy Hellickson gives up seven runs in loss
    Jeremy Hellickson gave up seven runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings Saturday in a loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Hellickson started on five days' rest tonight after dealing with back and side injuries last time out. Whether that had any effect on his performance tonight is unclear; he had a bad outing, but then, it's not unusual for him to have bad outings. He's 5-5 with a 5.38 ERA for the season.
    Saturday, 10:27 pm
  • Rusin allows 10 hits, five runs vs. Giants
    Chris Rusin allowed 10 hits and five runs -- two earned -- over 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Giants on Saturday.

    Advice: Rusin was twice given multiple-run leads only to hand them back. It was the third time in his last four starts that Rusin has allowed nine hits or more, but he narrowly escaped taking his third loss in his last four games. Rusin remains 3-2 with a 4.69 ERA and 1.59 WHIP. He'll look for a better result Thursday against the Diamondbacks.
    Saturday, 4:33 pm
    L, 8-1 ^ @Ari
  • Young turns in quality start in win over A's
    Chris Young allowed two runs -- one earned -- over six innings in a win over the A's on Saturday.

    Advice: Young bounced back from a bad outing against the Red Sox his last time out to register a quality start in the win. The right-hander gave up just four hits and a walk in his six innings, with both runs scoring on throwing errors. The win improved his record to 7-3 with a 2.71 ERA and 0.99 WHIP overall. Young will try to keep rolling Thursday against the Twins.
    Saturday, 4:01 pm
    L, 2-0 vs ^ Min
  • Kazmir allows three runs in loss to Royals
    Scott Kazmir allowed three runs over seven innings in Saturday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Kazmir gave up seven hits and a walk in the loss, striking out six. The loss was his first since June 5, dropping him to 4-5 on the year. The southpaw has a 2.79 ERA and 1.20 WHIP through 15 starts. Kazmir will face off against division foes in the Mariners on Thursday.
    Saturday, 3:57 pm
    W, 4-0 vs ^ Sea
  • Tim Lincecum leaves with forearm contusion
    Tim Lincecum suffered a right forearm contusion Saturday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Lincecum was having a pretty rough day even before the injury, surrendering three runs on just 41 pitches. Putting Lincecum on the disabled list would save him the embarrassment of being sent to the bullpen, which is sure to happen once Matt Cain (elbow) and Jake Peavy (back) finish their rehab assignments.
    Saturday, 2:52 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 5-4 @Mia
  • Lincecum leaves after getting hit by liner
    Tim Lincecum left Saturday's game against the Rockies after taking a line drive off his right arm.

    Advice: D.J. LeMahieu drilled him right above his pitching elbow. Lincecum allowed four hits, three runs and two walks over 1 2/3 innings before exiting. Yusmeiro Petit entered the game in his place. With Matt Cain (elbow) and Jake Peavy (back) slated to rejoin the rotation next week, this may have been Lincecum's last start for a while.
    Saturday, 1:51 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 5-4 @Mia
  • Kevin Gausman to start for Orioles on Sunday
    Kevin Gausman will be recalled from Triple-A to start one game in Sunday's doubleheader against the Indians.

    Advice: Chris Tillman, who was scheduled to start on Saturday, is expected to work in the other game. Gausman has compiled a 4.24 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 14/6 K/BB ratio over 17 innings with the big league club this season.
    Saturday, 11:06 am
    L, 2-0 vs ^ Tex
  • Edinson Volquez holds down A's in victory
    Edinson Volquez held the A's to one run over seven innings in winning Friday.

    Advice: The Royals aren't hitting like they did early in the year... except when Volquez is on the mound. They've averaged 5.8 runs in his last 10 starts and won nine of those games. Volquez actually pitched better while amassing a 2-3 record and a 2.10 ERA in his first five starts. He's 6-1 with a 3.64 ERA since.
    Friday, 10:50 pm
  • Tyson Ross goes six in win over Arizona
    Despite walking five, Tyson Ross beat the Diamondbacks by allowing two runs in six innings and striking out seven on Friday.

    Advice: It's a pretty typical Ross start this season. That he hasn't been the same fantasy pitcher last year is part his high walk and part the Padres' terrible defense. We'd say the latter is a bigger factor than the former, though both are problems. He's struck out 105 and allowed just three homers in 95 2/3 innings, so even with the 48 walks, he should have a much better ERA than his current 3.57 mark.
    Friday, 10:05 pm
  • Robbie Ray goes six solid innings in loss
    Robbie Ray yielded three runs -- two earned -- in six innings Friday against the Padres.

    Advice: Ray struck out five and walked none. He's the Diamondbacks' best starter right now, but he shouldn't be used in mixed leagues next week, what with his lone start coming against the Dodgers.
    Friday, 10:02 pm
    W, 8-1 vs Col
  • Francisco Liriano goes seven strong innings
    Francisco Liriano went seven strong innings in Friday's no-decision against the Braves, allowing just two runs on six hits.

    Advice: Liriano struck out three on the evening while walking three. He walked a Ryan Lavarnway with the bases loaded in the second inning, then kept the Braves off the board aside from Juan Uribe's solo homer in the sixth inning. He's enjoying another terrific season, registering a 3.21 ERA and 108/31 K/BB ratio over 95 1/3 innings. He'll take on the Tigers in Detroit his next time out on Thursday.
    Friday, 8:07 pm
  • Scherzer allows two runs in eight IP in win
    In his first start since his no-hitter, Max Scherzer allowed two runs over eight innings in a 5-2 win over the Phillies on Friday.

    Advice: It was his 100th career victory. Early on, it looked like Scherzer had a chance at pulling a Johnny Vander Meer with back-to-back no-hitters, but he gave up a double to Freddy Galvis with one out in the sixth inning for his first baserunner of the night. Domonic Brown had an RBI double one inning later before Ben Revere added a solo homer in the eighth. Still, it was another excellent outing from Scherzer, who allowed five hits in all while walking none and striking out seven. He's now 9-5 on the year to go along with a 1.79 ERA. He'll try to keep his dominant run going when he faces the Braves next week on the road.
    Friday, 7:10 pm
  • Archie Bradley (shoulder) to see Dr. Andrews
    Archie Bradley is scheduled to visit Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on his right shoulder irritation.

    Advice: Bradley hit the disabled list three weeks ago with the ailment and was told that there was no structural damage, but struggled in his first minor league rehab start and didn't feel right afterwards. More will be known after the exam, but don't expect to see him back in Arizona's rotation anytime soon.
    Friday, 4:23 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 8-1 vs Col
  • Matt Wisler struggles in loss to Nationals
    Matt Wisler struggled in his second major league start on Thursday, surrendering six runs (four earned) on nine hits over four innings in a loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: Wisler didn’t walk or strike out a batter in the contest. The Nationals scratched out a run in the first, scored a pair of unearned runs in the second inning and broke the game open with a three-run uprising in the third, highlighted by a two-run homer by Ian Desmond. As good as Wisler was in his first outing, inconsistency is certainly the expectation for the 22-year-old hurler. He’ll hope for better results on Wednesday in a rematch against these same Nationals.
    Thursday, 4:13 pm
    W, 2-1 vs Was
  • deGrom brilliant in 8 shutout innings vs. MIL
    Jacob deGrom pitched brilliantly on Thursday in a winning effort, firing eight scoreless innings versus the Brewers.

    Advice: The Brewers never really had much of a shot, even as the Mets struggled to score runs. DeGrom scattered four hits, three of which were singles, while striking out seven and issuing zero walks. The right-hander hit the skids in late April and early May but has since rebounded by limiting opponents to two earned runs or fewer in eight consecutive starts, which has lowered his ERA to 2.15 with a 0.93 WHIP and a 100/18 K/BB ratio over 100 1/3 innings. deGrom will look to continue his run of dominance next week at home against the Cubs.
    Thursday, 2:02 pm
    L, 6-1 vs ^ ChC
  • Manaea pitches well in 2015 debut
    Royals prospect LHP Sean Manaea (abdomen) allowed one earned run in five innings on Wednesday in his season debut for the Arizona League Royals.

    Advice: He allowed two hits and a walk in the outing, striking out six. Manaea, 23, had been sidelined this season with an abdominal strain, which is why he was assigned to the Arizona League for his 2015 debut. Viewed as one of the top left-handed pitching prospects in the game, Manaea pitched to a 3.11 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, .228 opponents’ batting average, 4.0 BB/9 and 10.8 K/9 in 121 2/3 innings (25 starts) last season in his professional debut for High-A Carolina. He’ll likely move up to Double-A Northwest Arkansas after a series of rehab starts at lower levels.
    Thursday, 12:37 pm
    Not Active
    L, 2-0 vs Min
  • Bradley sent to Phoenix for shoulder exam
    Archie Bradley has been sent to Phoenix for a reevaluation of his throwing shoulder.

    Advice: Bradley allowed three earned runs in four innings Wednesday in his first rehab start with Triple-A Reno and didn't feel quite right after the outing. The 22-year-old right-hander has been on the major league disabled list since June 4 with shoulder tendinitis.
    Thursday, 10:12 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 8-1 vs Col
  • Harrison (back) struggles at Double-A Frisco
    Matt Harrison (back) allowed five earned runs over six innings Wednesday at Double-A Frisco.

    Advice: Harrison finished the outing strong, but he again experienced early-inning woes due to a lack of velocity and lifeless breaking stuff. "I didn’t feel as loose in the beginning. I wasn’t getting extension on the ball and was leaving some balls flat and up," Harrison said. "After that third inning, I felt great. There was more life on the ball. The off-speed stuff was better. Hopefully, we can do that all at the beginning of a game." It's not clear when he might be ready for another shot with the Rangers.
    Thursday, 7:25 am
    60-Day DL
    W, 2-0 @Bal
  • Elias bombed for 7 runs in 4th inning of loss
    Roenis Elias was shelled in a loss to the Royals on Wednesday, yielding seven runs on five hits across 3 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Elias breezed through three shutout innings until the wheels fell off abruptly in the fourth. The 26-year-old left-hander struck out two and walked one in the clunker. He'll tote a 4.25 ERA and 1.29 WHIP into his next start in San Diego.
    Wednesday, 10:02 pm
  • Hellickson (back, side) set for next start
    Jeremy Hellickson (back, side) will make his next scheduled start Saturday.

    Advice: It wasn't initially clear that Hellickson had sustained an injury, but he underwent an MRI on his back and side after his Sunday start. The results came back clean, though, and Hellickson will be good to go Saturday at the Padres.
    Wednesday, 4:16 pm
  • Hale: Bradley will have to earn rotation spot
    Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said Archie Bradley (shoulder) will have to pitch well in his rehab starts to earn a rotation spot.

    Advice: There's obviously nothing Bradley could do about the right shoulder tendinitis that sidelined him in early June, but the 22-year-old wasn't pitching terribly well prior to hitting the disabled list. Bradley had a 5.80 ERA and 1.63 WHIP in 35 2/3 innings before the injury. Despite being in win-now mode, expect the club to be careful with its former first-round pick.
    Wednesday, 4:04 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 8-1 vs Col
  • Ventura (hand) to make rehab start Friday
    Yordano Ventura (hand) will make a rehab start with Triple-A Omaha on Friday.

    Advice: Ventura will throw five innings or 75 pitches, whichever comes first. He'll need at least the one rehab start before returning to the Royals. His next step will likely be determined with how Friday's start goes.
    Wednesday, 3:56 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 2-0 vs Min
  • Tim Lincecum might be bound for bullpen
    Tim Lincecum might be moved to the bullpen when Jake Peavy (back) and Matt Cain (elbow) rejoin the rotation next week.

    Advice: Lincecum got off to a fine start this season but has hit a wall of late, putting up a 7.00 ERA over his last six starts. The Giants currently have Peavy and Cain lined up to replace Lincecum and Tim Hudson (ankle), who could be placed on the disabled list. Lincecum has thrived when used as a reliever in the postseason and that might be the best role for him at this point.
    Wednesday, 7:17 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 5-4 @Mia
  • Ventura (hand) ready for rehab assignment
    Yordano Ventura (hand) will either begin a rehab assignment or throw a simulated game on Friday.

    Advice: It doesn't really matter which one he does, as he's slated for five innings and/or 75 pitches either way. Ventura, who is dealing with ulnar neuritis in his right hand, could be ready to rejoin the Royals' rotation next week if Friday's session goes well.
    Wednesday, 6:37 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 2-0 vs Min
  • Matt Cain (forearm) on track to return July 3
    Matt Cain (forearm) is on track to rejoin the Giants' rotation on July 3.

    Advice: Cain holds a 4.61 ERA but a 15/3 K/BB ratio over 13 2/3 innings in his first three rehab starts. The veteran right-hander is trying to pitch through a strained flexor tendon and isn't a great bet to make in through the season, but fantasy owners can probably roll with him as long as he's healthy. Go ahead and stash Cain away if he's on your waiver wire.
    Tuesday, 4:53 pm
  • Ryan struggles in no-decision vs. the Indians
    Kyle Ryan lasted only 3 2/3 innings, allowing three runs, but got a no-decision as the Tigers beat the Indians on Monday.

    Advice: The Indians rallied for three runs in the third inning to erase a three-run deficit. Ryan's struggles continued in the fourth, when he loaded the bases with two outs. Blaine Hardy relieved him and got Jason Kipnis to line out, preventing all three inherited runners from scoring. Ryan gave up six hits overall while walking two and failing to record a strikeout. The lefty has made only three starts this year but might get another shot. He's on track to face the White Sox at home next.
    Jun 22, 8:10 pm
    L, 8-4 vs ^ Pit
  • Yordano Ventura (hand) will need rehab start
    Royals manager Ned Yost said Monday that Yordano Ventura (hand) will likely need at least one rehab start before returning.

    Advice: Ventura hasn't pitched since June 12 because of ulnar neuritis in his right hand. He's eligible to return on Sunday, but it's not clear at this point how far the right-hander is away from a rehab assignment.
    Jun 22, 4:02 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 2-0 vs Min
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