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  • Zack Godley to leave rotation soon
    Zack Godley is expected to move into a relief role soon as a way to conserve his innings.

    Advice: This is Godley first full season as a starter, and he's already thrown 101 1/3 innings after tossing just 55 1/3 frames as a reliever last year. The 25-year-old is likely due for one more start with the big club before Chase Anderson (triceps) returns later this week. "He could be (a reliever) here, maybe he would go to the bullpen in the minor leagues and then come back up sometime in September," Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said. "But we have to be very careful." Rotoworld.com Today, 6:06 am
  • Chase Anderson (triceps) to make rehab start
    Chase Anderson (triceps) will begin a rehab assignment with the Diamondbacks' rookie-level Arizona League team on Sunday.

    Advice: He's slated to throw four innings or 60 pitches in what could be his lone rehab outing. Out the last two weeks with right triceps inflammation, Anderson is expected to replace Zack Godley in the rotation when he returns. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:02 am
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  • Clayton Kershaw (hip) goes eight strong Sat.
    Clayton Kershaw (hip) limited the Angels to just two hits over eight scoreless innings in Saturday's 3-1 victory.

    Advice: Kershaw had his start pushed back a couple times due to a hip issue, but it obviously didn't affect him on Saturday. The left-hander struck out seven and walked only one on the day, throwing 115 pitches. Kershaw hasn't allowed a single run and sports an absurd 45/1 K/BB ratio over his last four outings. He'll try to extend his 37-inning scoreless streak next weekend in Pittsburgh. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:40 am
  • Chris Heston gives up three runs to Rangers
    Chris Heston surrendered three runs in 4 2/3 innings in a no-decision Saturday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Heston had his worst start in months, but his five-game winning streak remained intact thanks to ample run support. It's just the third time this season that he's failed to make it through five innings. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:26 pm
  • Hunter Strickland perfect for two innings
    Hunter Strickland pitched two perfect innings Saturday to pick up a win in relief against the Rangers.

    Advice: Incredibly enough, Strickland still hasn't given up a homer in 35 career regular-season innings. He gave up a whopping six in 8 1/3 innings in the postseason last year. He's back looking like a future closer now, and he might pick up the odd save down the stretch if Santiago Casilla battles more physical problems. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:25 pm
  • Hamels gives up five runs in Rangers debut
    Cole Hamels surrendered five runs in 7 2/3 innings against the Giants in his debut for the Rangers on Saturday.

    Advice: Hamels, coming off his no-hitter against the Cubs, retired his first six tonight before Brandon Belt homered to start the third. The Giants totaled three runs then, but Hamels kept them scoreless into the seventh afterwards. Despite giving up a Buster Posey homer in that frame, he came back out for the eighth. He retired the first two batters he faced, only to get pulled after a Joe Panik double. The Rangers still led 7-4 at that point, but Panik scored off Tanner Scheppers, as did two others, and Hamels lost his chance at a win. Hamels threw just 97 pitches, so there was little reason not to use him in the eighth. If only he had been left in to attack Matt Duffy after the Panik double, he might have gotten his win after all. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:23 pm
  • Aaron Brooks pitches 7 1/3 innings in victory
    Making his A's debut, Aaron Brooks held the Indians to one run and five hits in 7 1/3 innings in a victory Saturday.

    Advice: Pitching for the Royals, Brooks gave up seven runs in two-thirds of an inning in his first big league start on May 31. He allowed three runs in 3 1/3 innings in his second start this June 21 against the Red Sox. This was his third start. If keeps improving at this rate, he'll allow -4 runs in 13 innings next time out. Still, we're a bit skeptical. He's a risky pickup in AL-only leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:06 pm
  • Cody Anderson gives up four runs in loss
    Cody Anderson yielded four runs -- three earned -- in 6 2/3 innings Saturday in a loss to the A's.

    Advice: It was better than his previous two starts, but still a far cry from his first four. If Anderson isn't better next time out, his rotation spot could come up for grabs. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:03 pm
  • Bryan Mitchell struggles in loss to White Sox
    Bryan Mitchell didn't fool many hitters in Saturday's loss to the White Sox.

    Advice: Mitchell let up four runs and seven hits before getting the hook from manager Joe Girardi after only four innings of work. It looks like Mitchell is on his way out of the rotation as the Yankees are planning to call up top prospect Luis Severino for Wednesday's start against the Red Sox. Mitchell could be headed back to the minors. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:03 pm
  • Matt Wisler struggles in loss to Phillies
    Matt Wisler got lit up in Saturday's loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: The Phils got to him for seven runs and eight hits over 4 2/3 innings. The 22-year-old watched his ERA rise from 3.43 to 4.44. Wisler hadn't lost a decision since June 25 against Washington. He'll look for better result when he toes the rubber Thursday against Miami. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:40 pm
  • Rays will send Matt Moore to Triple-A Durham
    Matt Moore will be sent down to Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: The move will be made official on Monday. Moore hasn't looked right since coming back from Tommy John surgery. In six starts, he's 1-3 with a horrifying 8.78 ERA. Opponents have hit .365 against him with four homers in 26 2/3 innings. For now, the Rays will go with a four-man rotation of Chris Archer, Nathan Karns, Jake Odorizzi and Erasmo Ramirez. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:33 pm
  • Aaron Brooks officially recalled
    Athletics recalled RHP Aaron Brooks from Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: He'll start Saturday's game against Cleveland. Oakland acquired Brooks Tuesday in the trade that sent Ben Zobrist to Kansas City. The 25-year-old has a 6-5 record in 18 Triple-A appearances this year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:28 pm
  • Matt Moore knocked around in loss to Red Sox
    Matt Moore was knocked around in Saturday's loss to the Red Sox, allowing six runs on nine hits in just three innings of work.

    Advice: Moore walked one and struck out two on the afternoon. As can be expected for a young hurler returning from Tommy John surgery, Moore has been very inconsistent through his first six starts. He owns a troublesome 8.78 ERA, 2.06 WHIP and 17/13 K/BB ratio through 26 2/3 innings. He'll strive for better results when he takes on the Mets at home on Friday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:16 pm
  • White Sox recall Scott Carroll from Triple-A
    White Sox recalled RHP Scott Carroll from Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Carroll seems to be the go-to guy anytime the White Sox need a fresh arm in the bullpen. The 30-year-old has appeared in 12 games for the big league club this season, posting a 3.28 ERA, 1.54 WHIP and 15/9 K/BB ratio over 24 2/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:39 pm
  • Orioles recall Jorge Rondon from Triple-A
    Orioles recalled RHP Jorge Rondon from Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: The 27-year-old hurler was claimed off waivers from the Rockies in early May and has posted a 2.01 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 35/10 K/BB ratio over 40 1/3 innings at Triple-A Norfolk. He'll work in middle relief for the Orioles. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:35 pm
  • Kenley Jansen records 18th save
    Pitching while dealing with a virus, Kenley Jansen gave up a run in the ninth on his way to his 18th save Friday.

    Advice: Jansen's stuff wasn't quite there tonight, but he had just enough to get the job done against the Angels. He might get Saturday off after laboring through 26 pitches in this one, potentially opening up a save chance for J.P. Howell or Pedro Baez. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:19 am
  • Martinez allows two runs in win over Giants
    Nick Martinez allowed two runs over 6 1/3 innings in Friday's 6-3 win over the Giants.

    Advice: Martinez allowed runs in the first and second, but managed to hold the Giants off the board the rest of the way. He struck out four and walked a pair en route to his first win since way back on June 9. The 24-year-old has faded since a hot start to the season and now owns a 4.01 ERA and 68/41 K/BB ratio over 112 1/3 innings. Derek Holland (shoulder) could take Martinez's rotation spot before long, but he lines up for a start against the Astros next week at home. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:53 pm
  • Kershaw (hip) scratched from Friday start
    Clayton Kershaw was scratched from his scheduled start on Friday due to his hip issue.

    Advice: The same ailment scratched him on Wednesday. He is now scheduled to start on Saturday after an extra day of rest. Zack Greinke will start in his place against the Angels on Friday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:17 pm
  • Rangers complete Cole Hamels deal
    Rangers acquired LHP Cole Hamels, LHP Jake Diekman and cash from the Phillies for C Jorge Alfaro, RHP Jake Thompson, OF Nick Williams, RHP Alec Asher, LHP Matt Harrison and RHP Jerad Eickhoff.

    Advice: The Rangers have themselves a co-ace with Yu Darvish to put in front of their 2016 rotation, and since the Phillies ate $9.5 million of the $82 million he's still owed and took back Harrison's $33 million, he won't break the budget. Of course, they had to give up three top prospects to get him, but since they managed to hold on to their two best in Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara, it's hard to blame them for making the deal. They'd still seem to be long shots to reach the postseason this year, but this can't hurt their chances. Hamels loses some fantasy value with the deal, since he's going to the tougher league and a hitter's park, but at least he's looking at getting run support for the first time in years. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:31 am
  • Rangers and Phillies deal announced on Friday
    Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that the eight-player trade between the Rangers and Phillies involving Cole Hamels is complete, but won't be announced until Friday.

    Advice: The deal had officially been approved by Major League baseball and will get completed, it just won't become official until Friday. Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman will be heading to the Rangers in exchange for Matt Harrison and five prospects: Jorge Alfaro, Jake Thompson, Nck Williams, Alec Asher and Jerad Eickhoff. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:02 pm
  • Yanks call up RHP Mitchell
    Yankees recalled RHP Bryan Mitchell from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

    Advice: It's unclear whether he's being recalled to start or pitch out of the bullpen. Mitchell has made six appearances with the Yankees this season and owns a 3.12 ERA and 61/37 K/BB ratio over 75 innings in Triple-A. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:36 pm
  • Yankees recall Bryan Mitchell for spot start
    Yankees recalled RHP Bryan Mitchell from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

    Advice: Mitchell will make a spot start for the Yankees on Thursday night against the Rangers. It would have been Michael Pineda's turn, but Pineda had to be scratched on Thursday afternoon after being diagnosed with a forearm strain. Mitchell could take more than one turn, but the 24-year-old is not going to be a good fantasy streamer. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:57 am
  • Rangers send six players to Phils for Hamels
    Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Phillies will acquire Matt Harrison, Alec Asher, Jake Thompson, Jerad Eickhoff, Jorge Alfaro, and Nick Williams in exchange for Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman.

    Advice: Alfaro, Williams, and Thompson are the three best prospects in the deal, and represent a nice return package for the Phillies. The Rangers get another ace to pair with Yu Darvish for the next few seasons as they strive to return to glory in the American League West. Hamels has a cool 3.64 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 137/39 K/BB ratio in 128 2/3 innings this season and he's coming off a no-hitter last Saturday against the Cubs. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:05 pm
  • Rangers agree to acquire Hamels from Phillies
    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports confirms that the Rangers have agreed to a deal to acquire Cole Hamels from the Phillies.

    Advice: TR Sullivan of MLB.com had first reported that the two sides were very close on ironing out a deal. Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reported that Jorge Alfaro, Jerad Eickhoff and and Nick Williams will head to the Phillies, while Jake Diekman will join the Rangers. The Phillies will also send cash to the Rangers as part of the deal. Expect everything to be finalized and officially announced on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:29 pm
  • Rangers getting close to deal for Cole Hamels
    TR Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the Rangers are getting close to acquiring Cole Hamels from the Phillies.

    Advice: While the two sides are reportedly at the finish line of a potential deal, there has been no word as to what the Phillies would receive in return. Sullivan expects a deal to be finalized on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:51 pm
  • Clayton Kershaw pushed back until Friday
    Clayton Kershaw will make his next start on Friday against the Angels.

    Advice: Kershaw was scratched from his scheduled start on Wednesday due to a minor hip issue. The Dodgers believe a couple of days off will do the trick and that the southpaw won't require an extended absence. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:39 pm
  • Rangers 'clear-cut favorite' for Cole Hamels
    According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Rangers are "now the clear-cut favorite" to land Cole Hamels.

    Advice: Nightengale says the Dodgers prefer David Price, and the Tigers made it public Wednesday that they're going to begin selling parts. Hamels is also drawing interest from the Astros, but word from Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle is that the Astros expect the ace left-hander to land elsewhere. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported Wednesday afternoon that the Giants are "fading" in the Hamels chase. It's all coming together for Texas. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:53 pm
  • Astros don't expect to land Cole Hamels
    Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros "remain in the Cole Hamels race" but expect him to land elsewhere.

    Advice: That's seemed to be the feeling for a while, as the Astros have made a nice effort for Hamels but can't seem to convince the left-hander to consider accepting a trade there. The Rangers and Dodgers are looking like the teams to beat for the southpaw. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:10 am
  • Giants 'fading' in race for Cole Hamels
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Giants are "fading" in the pursuit of Cole Hamels.

    Advice: It's not a surprise. The Giants would like a frontline starter to pair with Madison Bumgarner, but they have a weak farm system and, thus, can't compete for Hamels if there's a bidding war. San Francisco might have to set their sights a bit lower in their desire for a starter. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:15 am
  • Salisbury predicts Cole Hamels to Rangers
    Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com "strongly believes" that the Phillies will trade Cole Hamels to the Rangers.

    Advice: Salisbury is well-connected with the Phillies and it's the second time in the last few days that he's listed the Rangers as the favorites for Hamels' services. The Dodgers will likely be their biggest competitors, with the Astros, Yankees, Giants, Cubs, Red Sox and Diamondbacks also in the mix. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:48 am
  • Kershaw (hip) pushed back to Sat. or Sun.
    Clayton Kershaw (hip) has been scratched from Wednesday's scheduled start versus the Athletics.

    Advice: It's unclear when Kershaw's hip/glute started bothering him, but it's not seen as a major issue. The Dodgers hope the left-hander will be ready to start on Saturday or Sunday against the Angels. Mike Bolsinger will take the ball Wednesday instead. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:18 am
  • Kershaw (hip) could be scratched from start
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Clayton Kershaw could scratched from Wednesday's scheduled start versus the Athletics due to a hip/glute issue.

    Advice: It doesn't appear to be a big concern, as Kershaw would simply be pushed back to Friday. The Dodgers will make a decision later Wednesday. If Kershaw is scratched, Mike Bolsinger will move up to take the ball Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:39 am
  • Godley wins again in his second MLB start
    Zack Godley won again in his second major league start, allowing three runs in six innings on Tuesday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Godley allowed a pair of solo home runs to Mike Zunino and Nelson Cruz to account for most of the damage. He gave up seven hits and three walks overall while striking out four. The 25-year-old will try to make it three in a row in a road start against the Nationals next. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:16 pm
  • Aaron Brooks to start for A's Saturday
    Aaron Brooks will be recalled to start on Saturday against the Indians.

    Advice: Acquired from the Royals in the Ben Zobrist deal, Brooks holds a 3.71 ERA over 18 appearances -- 17 starts -- at Triple-A this season. The A's will keep Drew Pomeranz in the bullpen. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:23 pm
  • A's acquire RHP Brooks from Royals
    Athletics acquired RHP Aaron Brooks from the Royals in the Ben Zobrist deal.

    Advice: Brooks doesn't miss many bats and has struggled in his limited opportunities in the majors, but he has excellent control and has pitched well in the Pacific Coast League over the past two seasons. The 25-year-old could be a useful depth arm for Oakland, but there's not a lot of upside here. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:02 pm
  • Heston picks up eleventh win against Brewers
    Chris Heston pitched seven innings and allowed only two runs to earn his 11th win of the season on Monday facing the Brewers.

    Advice: The Brewers ended Heston's shutout bid, when they used a walk, a double, and a single to plate two runs. The right-hander worked around five hits and three walks while striking out four on the evening. Heston owns a terrific 11-5 record with a 3.14 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP, and a 99/35 K/BB ratio over 126 innings. He hasn't lost since June 14 and will look to keep that streak going over the weekend in a road start against the Rangers. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:01 pm
  • Anderson knocked around in loss to the Royals
    Cody Anderson was hit around in Monday's loss to the Royals, yielding seven runs in 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Anderson entered the start having allowed seven runs in 33 innings spanning five starts. He doubled that with Monday's effort. The Royals got to him early, as Eric Hosmer hit a three-run homer in the first and Omar Infante tacked on a solo shot in the second. Anderson allowed eight hits and a pair of walks overall while striking out two. He'll bring a 3.26 ERA, a 1.03 WHIP, and a 14/5 K/BB ratio over 38 2/3 innings into his next start in Oakland versus the Athletics. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:27 pm
  • Martinez roughed up by Angels in five-plus IP
    Nick Martinez struggled in Sunday's loss to the Angels, yielding four runs on six hits over five-plus innings.

    Advice: Two of the six hits Martinez allowed left the ballpark, as Mike Trout launched a solo shot off the pitcher in the first inning and C.J. Cron touched him up for another solo homer in the fourth. He was pulled after walking Conner Gillaspie to open the sixth inning. The walk was one of three he issued on the day, to go against five strikeouts. The 24-year-old right-hander's made two starts since being recalled from Triple-A on July 20 and has allowed 11 runs in nine innings during this second crack at the rotation. That his ERA still sits at 3.99 is a testament to how well he was pitching when the team first called him up. At 47-50, the Rangers should be motivated to find another starter at the trade deadline unless they've completely given up on the season. Rotoworld.com Jul 26, 4:11 pm
  • Wisler goes seven strong, Braves beat Cards
    Matt Wisler limited the Cardinals to two runs over seven innings Sunday in the Braves' 3-2 victory.

    Advice: Wisler got to face a lineup that did not include Yadier Molina or Jhonny Peralta and for the most part cruised, scattering seven hits over his seven strong innings. The 22-year-old right-hander now stands 5-1 with a 3.43 ERA over his first seven major league starts. He isn't going to miss many bats, but Wisler works efficiently and looks like a decent matchup-to-matchup play in mixed fantasy leagues going forward. A date with the Phillies is next. Rotoworld.com Jul 26, 2:25 pm
  • Moore mediocre again in loss to the Orioles
    Matt Moore's struggles continued in a loss to the Orioles on Sunday, serving up five runs in five innings.

    Advice: The Orioles jumped on him for three runs in the first inning, then Caleb Joseph tacked on two more with a home run in the fourth. Moore was, at the very least, able to complete the fifth inning for only the second time in five starts. He allowed eight hits and a pair of walks while striking out four. The lefty owns a terrible 7.61 ERA with a 1.90 WHIP and a 15/12 K/BB ratio over 23 2/3 innings. Moore will get the ball in Boston against the Red Sox next. Rotoworld.com Jul 26, 1:04 pm
  • Godley blanks Brewers for 6 innings in debut
    In his MLB debut, Zack Godley fired six shutout innings and struck out seven Brewers on Thursday.

    Advice: He scattered four hits and didn't walk a batter in the gem. Godley, acquired from the Cubs in the Miguel Montero in December, is the first hurler in the modern era (1900-present) to hurl at least six shutout innings while striking out seven and walking one, according to the Arizona Republic. The 25-year-old right-hander has very little experience above A-ball and wasn't an elite prospect, but he's earned another turn, likely next week against Seattle. Rotoworld.com Jul 23, 10:07 pm
  • Clayton Kershaw shuts out Mets, of course
    Clayton Kershaw didn't even come close to throwing a no-hitter while striking out 11 in a shutout of the Mets on Thursday.

    Advice: With everyone simply assuming he would go 27 up, 27 down against a comatose Mets lineup, Kershaw gave up three hits. THREE! He merely maintained the no-no into the seventh. It was the biggest letdown since the last time he faced the Mets on July 3 and gave up a run. Kershaw has pitched 26 scoreless innings with a 38/0 K/BB ratio in his last three starts, but we're still pretty disappointed in him right now. Rotoworld.com Jul 23, 6:53 pm
  • Diamondbacks call up Godley for MLB debut
    Diamondbacks purchased the contract of RHP Zack Godley from Double-A Mobile.

    Advice: Godley will make his major league debut in a start Thursday against the Brewers. The 25-year-old right-hander has posted a promising 2.72 ERA and 86 strikeouts in 89 1/3 innings this season between High-A and Double-A, and he may be worth a look in some deeper mixed formats. Godley was acquired from the Cubs this past winter in the Miguel Montero trade. Rotoworld.com Jul 23, 11:55 am
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