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  • Detwiler abused by Mariners in no-decision
    Ross Detwiler was abused over 2 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Mariners on Sunday, allowing five runs on seven hits and a walk.

    Advice: Detwiler also failed to record a strikeout in the abbreviated outing. All of the damage against him came via the long ball, with Nelson Cruz blasting a pair of home runs and Austin Jackson adding on a solo shot. With an 11.68 ERA and 2.51 WHIP through three starts, it's very possible that this is the final start Detwiler makes for the Rangers.
    48 minutes ago
  • Carlos Rodon to join Sox bullpen on Monday
    Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Carlos Rodon will be recalled from Triple-A Charlotte on Monday.

    Advice: Rodon will pitch out of the bullpen initially, but it's only a matter of time before he replaces Hector Noesi in the team's rotation. If he's unowned in any mixed leagues, now is the time to scurry to the waiver wire and secure the studly young left-hander.
    Today, 3:05 pm
    Not Active
    L, 9-1 @Det
  • Vic Black heading for MRI on shoulder/neck
    Vic Black is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his shoulder/neck.

    Advice: Black had been expected to rejoin the Mets bullpen next week, but his velocity has been down in his minor league rehab appearances, and the Mets want to ensure that everything is alright. They should have an update on his status on Monday.
    Today, 2:11 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 7-6 vs Mia
  • Kelvin Herrera tossed for throwing at Lawrie
    Kelvin Herrera was ejected from Sunday's game against the Athletics for throwing at Brett Lawrie.

    Advice: Lawrie was drilled by Yordano Ventura on Saturday after he had slid hard into second base earlier in the series, which led to a benches clearing altercation. Herrera didn't actually succeed in drilling Lawrie, throwing well behind him, but the intent was quite clear.
    Today, 1:44 pm
  • Storen escapes two-out danger for 4th save
    Drew Storen got into two-out trouble but escaped with his fourth save as the Nationals topped the Phillies on Sunday.

    Advice: Storen allowed a leadoff single to Ryan Howard, then a two-out single to Ben Revere to bring the tying run to the plate in the form of pinch-hitter Chase Utley. Storen got Utley to tap out back to the mound for a 1-3 putout to end the game. The 27-year-old has had only one hiccup in five appearances and is now 4-for-4 in save opportunities with a 1.80 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP.
    Today, 1:26 pm
  • Familia dances around leadoff walk for a save
    Jeurys Familia worked around a leadoff walk to convert his sixth save as the Mets defeated the Marlins on Sunday.

    Advice: With a one-run lead, Familia walked Reid Brignac to start the ninth inning. Brignac was promptly moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Dee Gordon, but Familia got back-to-back ground outs to third base to end the game. Despite the win, it was a terrible afternoon for the Mets. Nevertheless, Familia moved to 6-for-6 in save chances since taking over for the injured and suspended Jenrry Mejia.
    Today, 1:11 pm
  • John Axford moved to restricted list
    Rockies placed RHP John Axford on the restricted list.

    Advice: It's a paper move, as Axford had already been on the family medical emergency list after his son, Jameson, was bitten twice by a rattlesnake. The reliever is eligible to be activated at any time, though it's unclear when it will happen.
    Today, 11:27 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 7-0 @LAD
  • Gonzalez Germen added to Cubs' roster
    Cubs purchased the contract of RHP Gonzalez Germen from Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Germen had been unscored upon in his first four appearances at Iowa. He'll give the Cubs' taxed bullpen another arm.
    Today, 10:24 am
  • Carlos Carrasco to start on Tuesday instead
    Carlos Carrasco (jaw) has had his next start pushed back from Monday to Tuesday.

    Advice: He hasn't had a setback with his bruised jaw, but rather the Indians have just decided to keep Trevor Bauer on regular rest and flip-flop the order of the two. Carrasco, of course, had to leave his last outing after being hit in the side of the face with a comebacker, but he escaped serious injury.
    Today, 8:05 am
  • Familia to serve as closer over Parnell
    Mets manager Terry Collins said Sunday that Jeurys Familia will continue to serve as the team's closer even after Bobby Parnell (elbow) and Vic Black (shoulder) return.

    Advice: It's no surprise given how well he's pitched (2.70 ERA, 9/1 K/BB ratio over 6 2/3 innings, 5-for-5 in save chances) and the fact that Parnell's velocity has been down during his rehab assignment. Parnell could be another couple weeks away from being activated and Familia is talented enough to run away with the job.
    Today, 7:25 am
  • Chris Capuano (quad) to throw live BP
    Chris Capuano (quad) will throw a 45-pitch live batting practice session on Sunday.

    Advice: It's not clear what the plan is for Capuano after that, but he might be ready to begin a rehab assignment. The left-hander could challenge Adam Warren for the fifth spot in the Yankees' rotation once he's deemed ready.
    Today, 7:07 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 5-3 @TB
  • Jeff Francis called up from Triple-A
    Blue Jays purchased the contract of LHP Jeff Francis from Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: The Vancouver, British Columbia native will give the Jays some long relief depth. Francis tossed five scoreless innings in his lone start for Buffalo.
    Today, 6:49 am
  • Colt Hynes optioned to Triple-A
    Blue Jays optioned LHP Colt Hynes to Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: Hynes struggled in his five appearances with the big club, posting a 6.00 ERA and 3.33 WHIP. He's replaced in the bullpen by Jeff Francis.
    Today, 6:47 am
    Not Active
    L, 5-2 vs Atl
  • Joel Peralta records third save
    Joel Peralta earned save No. 3 in Saturday's victory over the Rockies.

    Advice: Peralta pitched a hitless ninth in a 6-3 game in his first appearance in five days. The 39-year-old right-hander had been bothered by a sore neck. With six straight scoreless appearances to begin the season, he looks like the Dodgers' full-time closer in Kenley Jansen's absence.
    Yesterday, 10:24 pm
  • Fernando Rodney works perfect ninth
    Fernando Rodney pitched a perfect ninth against the Rangers for his third save Saturday.

    Advice: It was Rodney's first appearance since he took a loss and a blown save on Tuesday. He lowered his ERA from 16.20 to 12.46 with the outing.
    Yesterday, 10:16 pm
  • Chris Heston earns win over Arizona
    Chris Heston held the Diamondbacks to one run in 7 2/3 innings in a victory Saturday.

    Advice: Heston has a 0.87 ERA in three starts in place of Matt Cain in the Diamondbacks rotation. We still wouldn't recommend him in mixed leagues -- his stuff isn't all that impressive -- but he's certainly worth playing in NL-only leagues for however long he's in the Giants rotation.
    Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • Mets' Familia notches another save
    Jeurys Familia tossed a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the Marlins for his fifth save of the season.

    Advice: Familia struck out two in the inning and worked around a two-out single to lock down the win. Pushed into the closer role after Jenrry Mejia's elbow injury and PED suspension, the 25-year-old appears poised to run away with the opportunity. He's currently tied with Atlanta's Jason Grilli for the major league lead in saves.
    Friday, 7:29 pm
  • Vic Black could return within a week
    Vic Black (shoulder) could rejoin the Mets' bullpen within the next week.

    Advice: Black has already made one rehab appearance. He'll be used in a setup role once activated.
    Friday, 1:37 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 7-6 vs Mia
  • Jeurys Familia notches fourth save
    Jeurys Familia pitched a perfect ninth for a save against the Marlins on Thursday.

    Advice: Familia got Wednesday off after pitching three straight days, but he was right back in the saddle tonight. One wonders if the Mets will risk using him for the fifth time in six days if they generate another save chance tomorrow. They could turn to Jerry Blevins or Carlos Torres instead, since they don't want to burn Familia out in April.
    Thursday, 7:33 pm
  • M's, McClendon sticking with closer Rodney
    Mariners skipper Lloyd McClendon said late Tuesday that he is committed to Fernando Rodney at closer.

    Advice: Rodney gave up four runs to the A's in a non-save situation on Saturday and he blew a save Tuesday night against the Dodgers, but the M's won't abandon ship yet. "Here’s the deal," said McClendon. "People fly off the handle and say, `Rodney stinks. We need to change. Get another closer.’ OK, when that doesn’t work out, then what? You want me to go back? Or do you want me to try somebody else? That’s how all hell breaks loose."
    Thursday, 5:43 am
  • Joel Peralta being treated for a stiff neck
    Joel Peralta is being treated for a stiff neck.

    Advice: So he'll presumably be unavailable to pitch in Wednesday night's series finale against the Mariners. That makes Chris Hatcher the best bet for saves.
    Wednesday, 4:00 pm
  • Familia getting night off on Wednesday
    Jeurys Familia will be unavailable Wednesday.

    Advice: Familia has pitched three days straight, so he's getting the night off Wednesday against the Phillies. Carlos Torres and Jerry Blevins are the most likely fill-in options if a save opportunity arises.
    Wednesday, 1:09 pm
  • Carlos Carrasco (jaw) to start on Monday
    Carlos Carrasco (jaw) will start on Monday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Carrasco was hit in the left side of his face with a comebacker during Tuesday's game, but he miraculously escaped with only a bruised jaw. The Indians have pushed his next start back one day, which means they'll need someone to take the ball on Sunday against the Twins.
    Wednesday, 7:42 am
  • Rodney struggles again, blows his first save
    Fernando Rodney blew the save on Tuesday, serving up a walk-off two-run single to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Rodney allowed four runs in a non-save situation against the Athletics on Sunday after notching his first two save opportunities. Against the Dodgers, he allowed back-to-back singles to start the ninth inning. He was helped by a Carl Crawford sharp grounder to third base, as Kyle Seager threw home to induce a run-down. However, he seemed to pitch around Adrian Gonzalez and walked him to load the bases. Howie Kendrick then lined a two-run single to right field to bring in the tying and game-winning runs. It's Rodney's first blown save since July 20 last year. Rodney's hold on the closer's role is secure for now, especially after leading the league with 48 saves in 2014, but he'll be under the microscope after his last two outings.
    Tuesday, 10:56 pm
  • Familia allows homer but still gets 3rd save
    Jeurys Familia allowed a solo home run but was still able to record his third save of the season in Tuesday's win versus the Phillies.

    Advice: After Familia got the first out of the inning, Jeff Francoeur crushed a home run to left field to bring the Phillies to within one run. Familia, however, recovered with consecutive strikeouts of Odubel Herrera and Freddy Galvis to wrap up his third save. Despite the small hiccup, Familia should be reliable in the closer's role while Jenrry Mejia serves his 80-game suspension and Bobby Parnell continues to rehab.
    Tuesday, 7:44 pm
  • Carrasco showing no signs of head injury
    Carlos Carrasco has shown no symptoms of a concussion or head injury at this point.

    Advice: Carrasco is being treated for a jaw contusion and that's it, which qualifies as fantastic news. He had X-rays at Lutheran Hospital in Cleveland, which came back negative. The pitcher had to leave Tuesday's start against the White Sox after being hit by a comebacker that glanced off his glove and then connected with the left side of his face. It's way too soon to know whether Carrasco has a chance to make his next start, but it sounds like he's going to be fine.
    Tuesday, 6:37 pm
  • Carrasco leaves after taking liner to face
    Carlos Carrasco had to leave Tuesday's start against the White Sox after being hit in the left cheek with a line drive.

    Advice: It was an ugly scene in Cleveland, as Melky Cabrera's comebacker appeared to deflect off Carrasco's wrist before catching him in the face. The pitcher immediately slumped to the ground face-first in pain before trainers rushed to his side. Carrasco eventually was helped to a cart before being driven off the field. The 28-year-old will obviously go through a battery of tests before more is known about his status. Zach McAllister replaced him on the mound.
    Tuesday, 4:19 pm
  • Black (shoulder) ready for rehab stint
    Vic Black (shoulder) has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with High-A St. Lucie.

    Advice: Black was sidelined for most of the spring with shoulder tendinitis, but he's feeling better now. He might only need a few appearances before joining the Mets' bullpen.
    Tuesday, 12:56 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 7-6 vs Mia
  • Detwiler serves up a pair of homers in a loss
    Ross Detwiler allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings as he took the loss Monday against the Angels.

    Advice: Detwiler had pitched well until the fifth inning, when he served up a pair of two-run home runs to Collin Cowgill and David Freese to fall behind 5-3. Overall, he gave up eight hits, walked four, and struck out three. His first two starts have been subpar but the Rangers don't have any better options at the moment. Detwiler is irrelevant in mixed leagues and very risky in AL-only leagues.
    Monday, 8:51 pm
  • Heston takes loss against Rockies
    Chris Heston yielded two runs (one earned) in seven innings in a loss to the Rockies on Monday.

    Advice: Heston earned his first major league win last week against the Diamondbacks and he was plenty effective in this one, allowing seven hits and two walks to go along with five strikeouts. While the 27-year-old took the loss, the Giants have to be thrilled with what they have seen from him so far. He lines up for a start against the Diamondbacks this weekend at home.
    Apr 13, 5:32 pm
  • Jeurys Familia earns second save
    Jeurys Familia pitched a hitless ninth for his second save Monday versus the Phillies.

    Advice: Familia walked one and threw just six of his 15 pitches for strikes, but that was good enough today. He's 2-for-2 closing out games since Jenrry Mejia went down, and he should be available to close tomorrow.
    Apr 13, 1:26 pm
  • Peralta notches second save of season
    Joel Peralta earned his second save of the season in Sunday's win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Peralta needed to record just one out to secure the save. The Dodgers entered the inning up 7-0, but Paco Rodriguez and Chris Hatcher allowed four runs while recording two outs. Peralta entered with a runner on second and got Ender Inciarte to line to center, securing the team win and the personal save. Peralta is acting as a somewhat fill-in at closer as Kenley Jansen works his way back from a foot injury. He should continue to see most of the ninth inning chances until Jansen returns in mid-May.
    Apr 12, 5:22 pm
  • Rodney absolutely melts down against OAK
    Fernando Rodney allowed four runs in the ninth inning of an eventual 8-7 win over the A's on Sunday.

    Advice: The Mariners handed Rodney a 7-3 lead and he then proceeded to undo all of their hard work. Josh Reddick led off the inning with a double. Rodney then walked Marcus Semien before allowing a two-run double to Sam Fuld and an infield single to Mark Canha. After a walk to Ben Zobrist and a run-scoring Billy Butler double-play, the score was 7-6 Mariners with two outs. An Eric Sogard single tied the score at seven. Got all that? In a disturbing quirk of scoring, Rodney picked up the "win" after Nelson Cruz homered in the 10th.
    Apr 12, 4:36 pm
  • Familia sets down Braves for his first save
    Jeurys Familia retired the side in order in the ninth inning, earning his first save of the season as the Mets topped the Braves on Sunday.

    Advice: Familia got A.J. Pierzynski to ground out, Jonny Gomes to strike out, and Phil Gosselin to fly out to preserve the Mets' one-run lead. Familia should get plenty of save opportunities since the injured Jenrry Mejia (elbow) was suspended 80 games after testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing drug. Familia finished with a 2.21 ERA and a 73/32 K/BB ratio in 77 1/3 innings last season and should be able to handle closing duties well.
    Apr 12, 1:16 pm
  • John Axford goes on family leave
    John Axford has been placed on the family medical emergency list.

    Advice: Axford's son, Jameson, is doing well after being bitten twice by a rattlesnake, but his father will be away from the team for a bit while the youngster changes hospitals. Scott Oberg has taken Axford's spot on the roster.
    Apr 12, 11:11 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 7-0 @LAD
  • Rodney picks up second save, M's top A's
    Fernando Rodney picked up his second save of the season Saturday in the Mariners' defeat of the A's.

    Advice: Rodney retired all three batters he faced in the bottom of the 11th inning -- one via strikeout. The veteran right-hander should be a high-level fantasy closer throughout the season on a good Mariners team.
    Apr 11, 4:53 pm
  • Vic Black (shoulder) set for rehab assignment
    Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Thursday that Vic Black (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment "within the next two days."

    Advice: Black has been battling shoulder tendinitis for the better part of a month but is ready for game action again. He shouldn't need too many rehab appearances before rejoining the Mets' bullpen.
    Apr 10, 7:02 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 7-6 vs Mia
  • Joel Peralta earned first save on Wednesday
    Joel Peralta earned his first save Wednesday night in the Dodgers' defeat of the Padres.

    Advice: Peralta gave up a one-out single to Wil Myers in the top of the ninth inning, but he then got Derek Norris to fly out and Matt Kemp to strike out swinging. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly hasn't officially named a fill-in closer for Kenley Jansen (foot), but Peralta looks like the best bet right now. Jansen isn't due back until mid-May, so Peralta needs to be owned in all standard mixed fantasy leagues.
    Apr 9, 7:01 am
  • Detwiler knocked around in season debut
    Ross Detwiler allowed eight runs (six earned) on nine hits in 4 1/3 innings during Wednesday's 10-0 loss to the A's.

    Advice: Ouch. The lefty struck out two and walked two in the contest, which turned into a laugher. The A's ripped it open in the third inning, scoring five runs. The big blow was a three-run triple by first baseman Mark Canha. Detwiler worked exclusively out of the bullpen in 2014, so it might take a few starts for him to work his way back into a starting mentality, but another start or two like this and there's going to be some rumbling about his place in the rotation. He's never averaged more than 5.8 K/9 in a given season and while his ERA has consistently fallen under 4.00 throughout his career, he's not mixed-league relevant and has little use in AL-only leagues until he puts up steadier starting numbers.
    Apr 8, 10:32 pm
  • Heston tosses sharp game in Cain's absence
    Chris Heston allowed two runs on three hits over six innings in Wednesday's win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Heston was making a spot start in place of Matt Cain, who is rehabbing an arm injury. The 26-year-old struck out five and walked two while picking up the win. It was a nice outing considering the circumstances, and he'll get another turn in the Giants' rotation next Monday -- San Francisco's home opener against the Rockies. Heston pitched to a 3.38 ERA and 1.17 ERA in 28 Triple-A starts last season.
    Apr 8, 10:04 pm
  • John Axford notches save
    After LaTroy Hawkins blew a save in the ninth, John Axford pitched a perfect 10th to earn a save against the Brewers.

    Advice: Hawkins is vulnerable, but we'd expect that Adam Ottavino, who pitched a hitless eighth tonight, is second in line for saves ahead of Axford. Of course, that could always change if Axford pitches well in the coming weeks. He does, after all, have closer experience.
    Apr 8, 9:02 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 7-0 @LAD
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