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  • Blanton doesn't last long in loss to Astros
    Joe Blanton had a short evening, going only 2 2/3 innings after giving up five runs in Monday's loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Blanton had pitched well in his first two starts back in the rotation ahead of Monday's start, but the Astros had him figured out. They plated two runs in the second and three in the third on five hits and four walks. The right-hander struck out only two. Including his time in the bullpen, Blanton owns a 3.14 ERA with a 1.15 WHIP and a 26/7 K/BB ratio in 28 2/3 innings. He has a date at home against the Twins in his next start.
    Today, 8:20 pm
    L, 6-1 ^ @Hou
  • Leake struggles in no-decision against Twins
    Mike Leake gave up seven runs in four innings, taking a no-decision as the Reds slugged their way to an 11-7 victory on Monday against the Twins.

    Advice: Leake was handed a 9-1 lead after three innings, but gave six of those runs back in the top of the fourth. He allowed nine hits and a walk overall while striking out five. Monday's outing breaks a streak of five consecutive starts in which he held the opposition to three runs or fewer. Leake owns a 4.38 ERA, a 1.26 WHIP, and a 65/27 K/BB ratio over 100 2/3 innings. He'll start at home against the Brewers next.
    Today, 8:13 pm
    W, 11-7 vs ^ Min
  • O'Sullivan beat up by the Brewers in a loss
    Sean O'Sullivan didn't have anything working in a loss to the Brewers on Monday, surrendering six runs on 12 hits in five innings.

    Advice: O'Sullivan limited the Brewers to only three runs through five innings, but things fell apart in the sixth inning when he allowed four straight hits before departing. Justin De Fratus came in and allowed two more hits before plugging the leaky ship. Along with the 12 hits, O'Sullivan walked one and struck out three. His ERA moves up to 5.76 with a 1.58 WHIP and a 33/18 K/BB ratio in 66 2/3 innings. Not that fantasy owners care, but he'll take the ball next in Atlanta to face the Braves this weekend.
    Today, 7:54 pm
  • Nelson mediocre, but lucks out with a win
    Jimmy Nelson didn't have his best stuff on Monday, yielding four runs in five innings, but still walked away with a win against the Phillies.

    Advice: The Phillies jumped on Nelson for two runs in each of the first two innings. To Nelson's credit, he stopped the bleeding from there, giving up six hits and a pair of walks overall while striking out three. Nelson has had an inconsistent year, now owning a 4.48 ERA with a 1.30 WHIP and a 78/35 K/BB ratio in 96 1/3 innings. His next turn through the rotation comes over the weekend in Cincinnati against the Reds.
    Today, 7:52 pm
  • Rodriguez tosses 5 solid innings to beat O's
    Wandy Rodriguez earned the win, limiting the Orioles to one run in five innings as the Rangers sealed an 8-1 victory on Monday.

    Advice: Rodriguez was routed in his most recent start against the Athletics, so Monday's performance was a nice bounce-back effort. The lefty worked around eight hits and two walks with seven strikeouts. He'll carry a 3.91 ERA, a 1.43 WHIP, and a 61/28 K/BB ratio over 73 2/3 innings into a home start against the Angels next weekend.
    Today, 7:38 pm
  • Norris hammered again in loss to the Rangers
    Bud Norris served up four home runs, leading to five runs in six innings, taking the loss on Monday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Norris hasn't pitched well all year, but home runs were never the problem. They were on Monday, allowing the Rangers to go yard once in four consecutive innings between the second and fifth innings, leading to all five runs. Norris allowed nine hits and a walk overall while striking out four. Norris owns a 6.79 ERA with a 1.62 WHIP and a 39/19 K/BB ratio over 55 2/3 innings. One has to wonder how much longer the first-place Orioles will tolerate him in the rotation. He's on track to face the White Sox in Chicago next.
    Today, 7:35 pm
    L, 8-1 vs ^ Tex
  • Karns' quality start not enough for the Rays
    Nate Karns gave up two runs in six innings en route to a loss against the Indians on Monday.

    Advice: The Indians got to Karns early for a run in each of the first two innings, which proved to be enough run support for Cody Anderson. Karns danced around nine hits and a pair of walks with seven strikeouts. It could've been a lot worse. Karns' solid 2015 campaign continues as he now sports a 3.26 ERA with a 1.26 WHIP and an 84/36 K/BB ratio in 91 innings. He will toe the rubber at Yankee Stadium in his next start.
    Today, 7:05 pm
  • Dickey notches quality start but loses to BOS
    R.A. Dickey notched a quality start, yielding three runs in six innings, but took the loss on Monday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Dickey punctuates a strong June with another quality start. He pitched reasonably well, giving up the three runs on six hits and three walks while striking out three, but Clay Buchholz was nearly untouchable. Dickey gave up two runs in the third inning on a two-run Xander Bogaerts double, then one more in the fifth on Brock Holt's RBI single. Dickey still owns a disappointing 4.85 ERA with a 1.34 WHIP and a 63/40 K/BB ratio in 102 innings. He'll try to knuckleball his way past the Tigers in Detroit next.
    Today, 6:43 pm
    L, 3-1 vs ^ Bos
  • Jered Weaver (hip) throws bullpen session
    Jered Weaver (hip) threw a bullpen session on Monday.

    Advice: He threw all fastballs during the 20-pitch session and felt good afterwards. Weaver will toss another bullpen session in a few days and will incorporate all of his pitches that time. The veteran right-hander has missed the last week of action with left hip irritation and isn't expected to rejoin the Angels' rotation until after the All-Star break.
    Today, 4:20 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-1 vs NYY
  • Corbin (elbow) on track for July 7-8 return
    Patrick Corbin (elbow) will make his season debut for the Diamondbacks on either July 7 or 8 in Texas.

    Advice: Corbin will make one final rehab start on Thursday to complete his rehab from Tommy John surgery. The left-hander has put up a 4.76 ERA and 11/7 K/BB ratio over 17 innings across four rehab starts to this point but has reportedly been hitting the mid-90s on the radar gun. Despite the nice velocity, fantasy owners should probably take a wait-and-see approach with Corbin rather than trusting him right away.
    Today, 3:45 pm
    60-Day DL
    Bot 8, 8-6 vs LAD
  • Odorizzi (oblique) set for rehab start Wed.
    Jake Odorizzi (oblique) will begin a rehab assignment on Wednesday at High-A Charlotte.

    Advice: The outing had been scheduled for Thursday, but the Rays moved it up a day so he wouldn't be on the same schedule as Matt Moore. Odorizzi could require just the one rehab start before being activated, although it's possible the club will ask him to make two starts.
    Today, 1:24 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 7-1 vs Cle
  • Cingrani (shoulder) to begin rehab Saturday
    Tony Cingrani (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville on Saturday.

    Advice: If all goes well, he could be back with the Reds by the All-Star break. The 25-year-old went on the disabled list earlier this month with a strained left shoulder. All 24 of Cingrani's appearances this year have come out of the bullpen.
    Today, 12:25 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 11-7 vs Min
  • Marlins put Latos and Haren on the trading block
    Fox Sports' Jon Morosi reports the Marlins have received "multiple trade inquiries" on starters Mat Latos and Dan Haren.

    Advice: Morosi added that teams are also interested in Tom Koehler and reliever Brad Hand. With Jose Fernandez moving into the rotation this week, the Marlins have a surplus of starting pitching. Miami could use a power bat with Giancarlo Stanton (broken hand) out of the lineup.
    Today, 9:10 am
  • Taijuan Walker's start pushed up to Wednesday
    Taijuan Walker will have his start pushed up to Wednesday against the Padres.

    Advice: He was supposed to pitch on Thursday but manager Lloyd McClendon tweaked the rotation so the Mariners wouldn't feature two lefties against San Diego's predominantly right-handed lineup. Wednesday's original starter, Roenis Elias, will now pitch Thursday at Oakland.
    Today, 7:10 am
  • Martinez punches out six in win over Cubs
    Carlos Martinez delivered an outstanding performance in Sunday's victory over the Cubs, surrendering just one run on two hits over six strong innings.

    Advice: Martinez punched out six on the night and walked three. The only blemish on his evening was a sacrifice fly off the bat of Anthony Rizzo in the third inning. Now 9-3 on the season, the terrific young right-hander owns a 2.80 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 100/39 K/BB ratio over 93 1/3 innings. He'll look to continue his dominance when he does battle against the Padres on Saturday.
    Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Odorizzi (oblique) set for rehab start Thurs.
    Jake Odorizzi (oblique) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Charlotte on Thursday.

    Advice: He was cleared for game action after competing a 51-pitch live batting practice session on Saturday with no issues. There's a chance Odorizzi will have to make two rehab starts, although it's likely he'll need just the one if all goes well. He's been on the shelf since early June with a left oblique strain.
    Yesterday, 8:38 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 7-1 vs Cle
  • Patrick Corbin k's five in rehab start Friday
    Patrick Corbin (elbow) punched out five hitters over six innings of work in his latest minor league rehab start with Double-A Mobile on Friday.

    Advice: Corbin gave up two runs on four hits and a pair of walks in the outing. He built his stamina up to 87 pitches in this outing and will require just one more rehab start before rejoining the Diamondbacks rotation.
    Saturday, 5:55 am
    60-Day DL
    Bot 8, 8-6 vs LAD
  • Taijuan Walker goes seven strong in win
    Taijuan Walker pitched seven innings of one-run ball to defeat the Angels on Friday.

    Advice: A Mike Trout homer was the only damage as Walker struck out six and walked none. Walker has a 23/0 K/BB ratio in his last three starts and a 44/3 K/BB ratio in his last six. He's become the mixed-league force everyone was hoping he'd be based on his outstanding spring.
    Friday, 10:34 pm
  • Carlos Martinez could exceed 170 innings
    According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, Cardinals officials believe Carlos Martinez can exceed 170 innings.

    Advice: But he probably won't go much longer than that. Martinez threw only 99 2/3 innings between the minors and majors in 2014, working primarily as a reliever. The 23-year-old right-hander boasts a 2.89 ERA and 94 strikeouts through 87 1/3 frames (14 starts) this season. He's currently on pace for 199 1/3 innings, so a shutdown period may be coming if the Cardinals want him available for October.
    Thursday, 6:06 am
  • Wandy Rodriguez gets pounded by A's
    Wandy Rodriguez was lit up for eight runs in four innings by the A's on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's the first time in 12 starts this year that Rodriguez has allowed more than five runs and just the third time he's given up more than three. The Rangers had won each of his last six starts before dropping this one tonight. At least Rodriguez will miss the series in Toronto against the Blue Jays this weekend. However, his matchup against the Orioles in Baltimore next Tuesday isn't a favorable one for lefties, either.
    Wednesday, 8:17 pm
  • Nelson dominates Mets over eight innings
    Jimmy Nelson pitched eight innings of one-run ball to earn the win in a dominating performance against the Mets on Wednesday.

    Advice: Nelson limited the Mets to two hits and a walk while striking out five. The lone run scored in the fourth inning on Curtis Granderson's solo home run. The Mets have hit the skids offensively, but Nelson's performance shouldn't be discredited. Despite some struggles, he has shown promise throughout the season and now owns a 4.34 ERA with a 1.28 WHIP and a 75/33 K/BB ratio over 91 1/3 innings. Nelson will face the light-hitting Phillies in a road start next.
    Wednesday, 7:46 pm
  • Leake solid over seven to earn his 5th win
    Mike Leake gave up two runs in seven innings, picking up the win as the Reds topped the Pirates 5-2 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Leake scattered eight hits -- six of which were mere singles -- while striking out five and issuing no walks. In the month of June, the right-hander has compiled a 2.45 ERA, making inroads on an ERA that ballooned in May. Overall, he has a 3.91 ERA with a 1.21 WHIP and a 60/26 K/BB ratio over 96 2/3 innings. Leake's next date will be with the Twins at home.
    Wednesday, 7:41 pm
    W, 11-7 vs ^ Min
  • Bud Norris allows five unearned runs in loss
    Bud Norris allowed five runs, all of them unearned, over 5 2/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to Boston.

    Advice: Two errors, one of them committed by Norris, fueled Boston's five-run rally in the sixth inning. It was shaping up as Norris' best outing of the year until then. Even afterwards, it still did wonders for his ERA, which dropped from 7.57 to 6.70.
    Wednesday, 7:11 pm
    L, 8-1 vs ^ Tex
  • Latos bit by the home run bug in loss to STL
    Mat Latos yielded five runs in seven innings, taking the loss versus the Cardinals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Latos was bitten by the home run bug, issuing a two-run homer to Kolten Wong in the third inning and then a three-run jack to Jason Heyward in the seventh. They were only two of only three hits the right-hander allowed while walking two and striking out three. Latos was starting to make some headway but still owns an ugly 5.49 ERA with a 1.44 WHIP and a 56/22 K/BB ratio in 62 1/3 innings. He'll face the Giants at home next.
    Wednesday, 6:46 pm
  • Nate Karns pitches well in no-decision
    Nate Karns was dealt a hard-luck no-decision Wednesday, tossing six scoreless frames in an extra-innings loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Karns walked three, but he yielded just three singles and struck out five. He was pulled after allowed the first two batters to reach in the seventh and it turned out to be a good move after Kevin Jepsen escaped the jam. Karns has been quite reliable for the Rays with a 3.28 ERA and 1.22 WHIP over 15 starts. He'll get the Indians next.
    Wednesday, 1:11 pm
  • Sean O'Sullivan knocked around by Yankees
    Sean O'Sullivan was knocked around Tuesday, allowing 10 hits and six runs over 4 1/3 innings against the Yankees.

    Advice: O'Sullivan gave up four home runs on the night, serving up jacks to Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Alex Rodriguez and Garrett Jones. He didn't take the loss -- CC Sabathia wasn't much better on the other side -- but the no-decision left him still without a win since May 17. The right-hander will carry a 5.34 ERA and 1.50 WHIP into Monday's contest with the Nationals.
    Tuesday, 9:16 pm
  • Odorizzi (oblique) out until after AS break
    Jake Odorizzi (oblique) isn't expected to rejoin the Rays' rotation until after the All-Star break.

    Advice: It was reported Monday that Odorizzi was two weeks away from a return, but that's apparently not the case. Officially, the Rays aren't setting a timetable for the righty's return, but the feeling is that it will take until after the break to build him back up. "No issue with the side or the oblique," manager Kevin Cash said. "But we have to build him back up. We have to be smart."
    Tuesday, 7:30 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 7-1 vs Cle
  • Martinez earns eighth win against Marlins
    Carlos Martinez allowed three runs over seven innings Tuesday, earning the victory in the Cardinals' 4-3 win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Martinez was on the verge of a disastrous outing, allowing three runs on five hits through his first two innings of work, but he settled in nicely. Martinez held the Marlins scoreless over the next five innings and finished with nine strikeouts in the game. The quality start was the seventh consecutive for Martinez, who now owns a 2.89 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 94/36 K/BB ratio this year. Martinez will next take the hill Sunday against the Cubs.
    Tuesday, 7:16 pm
  • Dickey registers quality start against Rays
    R.A. Dickey allowed three runs over seven innings in a loss to the Rays on Tuesday.

    Advice: Dickey gave up eight hits and walked three over his seven innings of work. His two strikeouts were his lowest output since May 10. Dickey fell to 3-7 with the loss, owning a 4.88 ERA and 1.33 WHIP through 15 starts. The knuckleballer will next face the division-rival Red Sox on Monday.
    Tuesday, 6:30 pm
    L, 3-1 vs ^ Bos
  • Tony Cingrani (shoulder) resumes throwing
    Tony Cingrani (shoulder) has resumed a throwing program.

    Advice: It's not clear when he'll be cleared for mound work, but the Reds expect Cingrani back prior to the All-Star break. He's been on the shelf for the last week with a strained left shoulder.
    Tuesday, 5:05 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 11-7 vs Min
  • Corbin (elbow) to make two more rehab starts
    Patrick Corbin (elbow) will make two more rehab starts before rejoining the Diamondbacks' rotation.

    Advice: Corbin holds a 6.55 ERA and 6/5 K/BB ratio over 11 innings in his first three rehab outings. It's not a pretty bottom line, but the good news is that he's reportedly hitting the mid-90s on the radar gun. The lefty is a worth stash for fantasy owners, but they probably shouldn't be expecting a whole lot right out of the gate.
    Tuesday, 4:39 pm
    60-Day DL
    Bot 8, 8-6 vs LAD
  • Blanton throws 6 innings of 1-run ball vs SEA
    Joe Blanton tossed six innings of one-run ball, limiting the Mariners to two hits in Monday's win.

    Advice: Blanton had made his first start on Wednesday, earning his first win since 2013. He was even better on Monday, yielding only two hits while walking none and striking out seven. The 34-year-old did not pitch in the majors in 2014 but is looking quite strong thus far. That being said, any value he has is constricted to AL-only leagues. Blanton will match up with the Athletics in Oakland next.
    Jun 22, 9:47 pm
    L, 6-1 ^ @Hou
  • Weaver's (hip) MRI shows no structural damage
    An MRI on Jered Weaver's left hip showed no structural damage.

    Advice: It's obviously good news, but the Angels aren't expecting Weaver back until after the All-Star break. He'll be shut down for five days before being re-evaluated. Due to off days and the All-Star break, the Angels might only need a rotation replacement for Weaver for two starts.
    Jun 22, 5:12 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-1 vs NYY
  • Odorizzi (oblique) two weeks away from return
    Jake Odorizzi (oblique) is two weeks away from being activated from the disabled list.

    Advice: Odorizzi threw a 40-pitch bullpen session on Monday with no issues. He'll throw another 'pen session Wednesday before tossing live batting practice Saturday. If all of that goes well, he'll be cleared to begin a rehab assignment next. Odorizzi has been out since early June with a left oblique strain.
    Jun 22, 1:29 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 7-1 vs Cle
  • Blue Jays activate Dickey from bereavement
    Blue Jays activated RHP R.A. Dickey from the bereavement list.

    Advice: Dickey was given a few days off following the death of his father. The veteran knuckleballer is scheduled to start for the Jays on Tuesday night at the Rays' Tropicana Field. He's posted a promising 2.88 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 25 innings (four starts) this month.
    Jun 22, 9:38 am
    L, 3-1 vs ^ Bos
  • Jered Weaver lands on DL with hip irritation
    Angels placed RHP Jered Weaver on the 15-day disabled list with left hip irritation.

    Advice: He'll undergo several tests on Monday to see if he has any structural damage. Weaver has posted a 4.75 ERA over 15 starts this season. The Angels don't need a fifth starter until next week, so they'll operate with a four-man alignment for a while.
    Jun 21, 10:55 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-1 vs NYY
  • Odorizzi (oblique) needs two rehab starts
    Jake Odorizzi (oblique) is expected to need two rehab starts before being activated from the disabled list.

    Advice: Odorizzi resumed throwing off a mound Saturday and will throw a full bullpen session on Monday. It's not clear whether he'll be cleared for a rehab assignment at that point, but he's getting close to game action. Odorizzi should make it back to the Rays' rotation in early July.
    Jun 21, 7:41 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 7-1 vs Cle
  • Walker fans 11 as Mariners take down Astros
    Taijuan Walker held the Astros to three runs over 6 1/3 innings Saturday for his fifth win.

    Advice: Walker served up solo homers to Evan Gattis and Luis Valbuena in the top of the second inning, but he was otherwise very sharp. The 22-year-old right-hander struck out 11 batters and didn't walk anybody. He's been locked in since the last week of May and will try to keep it all working next time out against the Angels.
    Jun 20, 10:07 pm
  • Weaver allows four earned in loss to the A's
    Jered Weaver surrendered four earned runs over 5 2/3 innings Saturday in a loss to the A's.

    Advice: Another rough outing for the soft-tossing veteran right-hander, who is now 4-8 with a 4.75 ERA in 15 starts this season. Weaver gave up six hits and a walk. He'll try to get on track next week at home against the Astros.
    Jun 20, 4:09 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-1 vs NYY
  • Karns allows one run in win over Indians
    Nate Karns yielded one run over 5 1/3 innings in Friday's 4-1 win over the Indians.

    Advice: Karns was pulled with two on and one out in the sixth and Xavier Cedeno was able to keep Cleveland off the board. The only run scored on a wild pitch in the first inning. Karns struck out four and walked one en route to his first win since May 13. The 27-year-old hasn't pitched deep into games this season, but he owns a solid 3.53 ERA and 72/31 K/BB ratio in 79 innings through 14 starts.
    Jun 19, 7:53 pm
  • Leake hurls seven shutout innings in victory
    Mike Leake hurled seven innings of shutout baseball as the Reds shut out the Marlins in Cincinnati on Friday.

    Advice: Leake surrendered just two hits and three walks on the night while racking up seven strikeouts. Aside from Marcell Ozuna who reached base three times, Leake kept the Marlins hitters baffled all evening, as they never mounted a serious scoring threat. Now 4-4 on the season, he'll look to further improve upon his 4.01 ERA and 1.22 WHIP when he does battle against the Pirates in Pittsburgh on Thursday.
    Jun 19, 6:50 pm
    W, 11-7 vs ^ Min
  • Odorizzi (oblique) to throw off mound Sat.
    Jake Odorizzi (oblique) will throw off a mound on Saturday.

    Advice: He'll then throw a full bullpen session on Monday, as Odorizzi has been playing catch and is now ready to try things from the bump. It's not clear at this point when he might be ready for a rehab assignment, but it shouldn't be long assuming he can avoid a setback.
    Jun 19, 8:08 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 7-1 vs Cle
  • R.A. Dickey goes on bereavement list
    Blue Jays placed RHP R.A. Dickey on the bereavement list.

    Advice: Dickey's father died earlier this week. He'll be back for his next scheduled start on Tuesday.
    Jun 19, 7:29 am
    L, 3-1 vs ^ Bos
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