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  • Matt Moore fans seven into sixth inning in W
    Matt Moore pitched well in Wednesday's win over the Diamondbacks, striking out seven while allowing one run on five hits over 5 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Moore came within one out of a no-hitter last time he toed the rubber. While he didn't reach those heights of grandeur on Wednesday, he pitched well nonetheless. The lone run to score on his watch came when Welington Castillo picked up an RBI via a ground out in the sixth inning. In six starts with the Giants after being traded over from the Rays at the end of July, Moore has pitched to a 3.16 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 36/21 K/BB ratio. A road showdown with the Rockies shows next on his schedule. Today, 5:02 pm
    W, 4-2 vs Ari
  • Joel de la Cruz to start on Friday vs. PHI
    Joel de la Cruz will start against the Phillies on Friday.

    Advice: De la Cruz has been hit hard of late (nine runs allowed in his last two outings), but the Braves needed a replacement starter after they opted to skip an also-struggling Aaron Blair to allow Blair time to work on his mechanics. de la Cruz holds a 4.47 ERA through 44 1/3 innings and does not make for a palatable fantasy option. Particularly given how he has been pitching of late. Today, 4:53 pm
  • Bud Norris to start second game of DH
    Bud Norris will start the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Rockies.

    Advice: Rich Hill was expected to start that second game, but was scratched due to a lingering blister. While Norris will take his place in Game 2, manager Dave Roberts said that this will be a "bullpen game," meaning that Norris likely won't be asked to pitch very deep. Today, 3:42 pm
    L, 7-0 @Col ; Bot 5, 2-6 @Col
  • Phelps (oblique) expects to return soon
    David Phelps (oblique) said Wednesday that he will begin throwing again in four days.

    Advice: Phelps strained his left oblique on August 27 and was subsequently placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday evening. He indicated that he only expects to miss a few starts, but a more concrete timetable should be knocked into place once he is further removed from the initial injury. Oblique strains typically require four weeks of rest and rehab for starting pitchers. Today, 3:31 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Rich Hill (blister) scratched Wednesday night
    Rich Hill (blister) has been scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday night against the Rockies.

    Advice: Bud Norris will take the mound instead to kick off what will essentially be a bullpen game for Los Angeles. Hill threw 40 warmup tosses before Tuesday's game at Coors Field was postponed due to rain and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts admitted Wednesday afternoon that he was concerned about aggravating the blister that recently cost the veteran left-hander five weeks. Hill went six scoreless innings in his Dodgers debut last Wednesday versus the Giants. He will aim to make his second start for Los Angeles sometime this weekend. Today, 3:18 pm
    L, 7-0 @Col ; Bot 5, 2-6 @Col
  • Tyler Anderson blanks Dodgers into seventh
    Tyler Anderson was marvelous in Wednesday's win over the Dodgers, firing 6 1/3 innings of scoreless ball.

    Advice: Anderson scattered six hits, walked two and struck out five on the afternoon. He finished his fine outing having thrown 97 pitches (67 strikes). In 89 1/3 frames this season, Anderson holds a 3.43 ERA and 1.21 WHIP. A home start against the Giants shows next on his schedule. Today, 3:15 pm
    W, 7-0 vs LAD ; Bot 5, 6-2 vs LAD
  • Shoulder injury still affecting Steven Wright
    Steven Wright said that his shoulder has "just been off" in his two starts since returning from the disabled list.

    Advice: "It was hard for me to throw a pitch with conviction. A little bit is trusting the arm to make sure that it's good. It feels OK," Wright said. The knuckleballer has coughed up nine earned runs over 10 innings in two outings against the Royals and Rays since being activated from the disabled list on August 26. Unless this proves to be a case of more than simply needing to knock off the rust, Wright should be able to settle into a grove in time. He held a 3.01 ERA prior to hitting the disabled list in early August. Today, 3:12 pm
    W, 8-6 vs TB
  • Orioles DFA Lobstein after trading for him
    Orioles designated LHP Kyle Lobstein for assignment.

    Advice: Lobstein came over to the Orioles from the Pirates via a trade earlier on Wednesday. The O's opted to DFA him in order to clear space for outfielder Drew Stubbs, whom they claimed within hours of trading for Lobstein. The 27-year-old southpaw held a 3.96 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, and 15/12 K/BB ratio over 25 innings with Pittsburgh prior to these recent transaction adventures. Today, 2:26 pm
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    Bot 8, 1-5 vs Tor
  • Felix Hernandez lit up for six earned runs
    Felix Hernandez was hammered for six earned runs over four innings Wednesday in a loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Hernandez had been on a roll since returning from a calf injury in late July, but his August will end with a big splat. Texas got to the right-hander for four hits, including a Carlos Gomez grand slam in the bottom of the fourth inning. He walked four and struck out only three. A rematch with the Rangers is next. Today, 2:13 pm
  • Smyly allows five runs versus Boston
    Drew Smyly was knocked around for five earned runs over five innings Wednesday versus the Red Sox.

    Advice: The loss went to Erasmo Ramirez, who surrendered two earned runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to give Boston the lead for good. Smyly walked two and gave up seven hits, including a fifth-inning grand slam to Hanley Ramirez. The right-hander has a disappointing 4.94 ERA in 155 innings this season. Today, 1:53 pm
  • Steven Wright escapes with no-decision
    Steven Wright gave up four earned runs in four innings Wednesday in a no-decision versus the Rays.

    Advice: Wright was backed by eight runs on 12 hits from the Red Sox offense and escaped a loss that he probably deserved. The knuckleballer walked three and surrendered seven hits, including two home runs. He has now allowed nine earned runs in 10 innings since returning August 26 from a shoulder injury. Today, 1:51 pm
    W, 8-6 vs TB
  • Braves to skip Aaron Blair next rotation turn
    Aaron Blair will be skipped over next time through the rotation.

    Advice: Blair was lit up for five runs on eight hits in four tough innings against the Giants in his last start. The Braves would like the 24-year-old right-hander to focus on his mechanics out of the spotlight and have yet to announce when he will make his next start. Today, 1:25 pm
  • Verlander solid over seven innings vs. CHW
    Justin Verlander held the White Sox to two earned runs over seven innings Wednesday in a no-decision.

    Advice: Detroit won the game 3-2 on a walkoff RBI sac fly from Tyler Collins in the bottom of the ninth inning. Verlander yielded just three hits (two homers) and walked none while striking out nine. The veteran right-hander has an impressive 3.30 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, and 198/46 K/BB ratio through 188 innings this season and he'll get this same White Sox club next week. Today, 1:16 pm
  • Royals recall Scott Alexander from AAA
    Royals recalled LHP Scott Alexander from Triple-A Omaha.

    Advice: Alexander will take over for Chien-Ming Wang, who landed on the disabled list in a corresponding move with biceps tendinitis. The lefty holds a 4.85 ERA in 13 innings this season at the major league level. Today, 12:56 pm
  • Royals place Wang (biceps) on 15-day DL
    Royals placed RHP Chien-Ming Wang on the 15-day disabled list with biceps tendinitis.

    Advice: It's not clear how long he might be out. Scott Alexander was called up in a corresponding move. Today, 12:55 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 6, 4-3 vs NYY
  • Marlins lose David Phelps to strained oblique
    Marlins placed RHP David Phelps on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 27, with a left oblique strain.

    Advice: Phelps was scheduled to start Wednesday night against the Mets, but the Marlins will have to go with Jake Esch instead. Oblique injuries typically require 4-6 weeks of rest and rehab for pitchers, so this could very well end Phelps' season. He was sporting a 2.52 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 101/32 K/BB ratio through 78 2/3 innings (five starts, 50 relief appearances) this year with Miami. Today, 12:39 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Jays option RP Bo Schultz to Buffalo
    Blue Jays optioned RHP Bo Schultz to Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: Schultz has a 4.15 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 13 innings this season out of the Toronto bullpen. He'll probably be brought back when Buffalo wraps up its schedule. Today, 12:30 pm
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  • Cubs option Spencer Patton to AAA
    Cubs optioned RHP Spencer Patton to Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Patton will likely return to the majors when Iowa's season ends. The right-hander holds a 4.67 ERA and 16/11 K/BB ratio in 17 1/3 innings this season with Chicago. Today, 12:13 pm
    Not Active
    Bot 5, 2-1 vs Pit
  • Indians send Armstrong to Low-A Lake County
    Indians optioned RHP Shawn Armstrong to Low-A Lake County.

    Advice: Armstrong will be back up when Lake County's season ends on Monday. The right-hander has posted a 2.45 ERA in 3 2/3 innings this season out of the Cleveland bullpen. Today, 11:55 am
    Not Active
    Top 9, 8-3 vs Min
  • Orioles acquire Kyle Lobstein from Pittsburgh
    Orioles acquired LHP Kyle Lobstein from the Pirates for LHP Zach Phillips.

    Advice: Lobstein was designated for assignment by the Bucs on Tuesday to open a 40-man roster spot for Kelvin Marte. The lefty had a 3.96 ERA in 25 innings with Pittsburgh, though his control remains a major problem. Today, 11:33 am
    Not Active
    Bot 8, 1-5 vs Tor
  • Paxton (fingernail) on track for next start
    James Paxton applied nail-hardener to his left middle finger late Tuesday and said it should allow him to take his next turn in the Mariners' rotation.

    Advice: Paxton's fingernail ripped off in the third inning of his start Tuesday night against the Rangers. He also had the same issue last September. "I put the nail-hardener on there and it’s feeling pretty good," the lefty said Wednesday morning. "It’s a fake nail, but it’s not an acrylic nail. It’s some powdered stuff with some glue. They thought this would be my best option, so we’re going to give it a try. We’re going to let it sit, dry out and harden for the next couple of days. Then get back to it. Hopefully, it stays on, and I can battle my way through the rest of the season." Today, 10:44 am
    L, 14-1 @Tex
  • Roberts has concern about Hill's finger Wed.
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts acknowledged there is some concern about Rich Hill's finger holding up for Wednesday night's start against the Rockies.

    Advice: Hill threw 40 warmup pitches on Tuesday night before that game was eventually postponed due to rain. He's still on for the second half of Wednesday's split doubleheader at Coors Field, but it sounds like the Dodgers are going to be watching him closely. It could be a relatively short outing for the veteran left-hander, who missed five weeks between July 17 and August 24 with a severe blister on his pitching hand. He shut out the Dodgers over six innings last Wednesday in his Dodgers debut. Today, 10:18 am
    L, 7-0 @Col ; Bot 5, 2-6 @Col
  • Papelbon now unlikely to sign with new team
    Rob Bradford of writes Wednesday that the "likelihood of Jonathan Papelbon joining the Red Sox, or really any other team, now seems non-existent."

    Advice: Bradford heard from a source that Papelbon has no plans of signing a new deal before midnight on Wednesday, which means he won't be on a roster by September 1 and is not going to be eligible for postseason play. Boston reached out a few weeks ago when the veteran right-hander was released by the Nationals, but it doesn't sound like the two sides ever engaged in any sort of contract negotiations. Papelbon, 35, will finish the 2016 season having registered a 4.37 ERA and 1.46 WHIP across 37 appearances, all with Washington. Today, 9:47 am
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  • Ziegler (flu) remains unavailable on Wed.
    Brad Ziegler (flu) remains unavailable Wednesday.

    Advice: And he won't fly on the team charter to the West Coast after Wednesday's game, though the Red Sox are hoping he can make that trip on his own Friday. Ziegler has been fighting a bad case of the flu, so the Red Sox are keeping him away from their other players. Today, 8:56 am
    W, 8-6 vs TB
  • Volquez chased early in start against Yankees
    Edinson Volquez allowed nine hits and four runs over 3 1/3 innings against the Yankees on Tuesday.

    Advice: Volquez didn't have much of anything going, and the quick hook was the third consecutive start in which Volquez has failed to make it out of the sixth inning. He now owns a 5.01 ERA in 28 starts this year, a disappointing mark after the 33-year-old posted a 3.55 ERA for the Royals last season. Volquez will try to take advantage of a bad Twins team when the two meet on Monday. Yesterday, 10:40 pm
    Top 6, 4-3 vs NYY
  • Tanaka gives up two runs before rain delay
    Masahiro Tanaka allowed two runs over five innings in a rain-shortened start Tuesday against the Royals.

    Advice: Tanaka was at 71 pitches when the rain came, and after the delay he was out of the game. It was a shame, as he'd allowed just four hits without issuing a walk and seemed on his way to another strong outing. The no-decision leaves his record at 11-4, and the right-hander owns a 3.12 ERA and 1.06 WHIP through 27 starts this year. A matchup with the division-rival Blue Jays is up next for Tanaka on Monday. Yesterday, 10:37 pm
  • Weaver pitches into seventh as Halos top Reds
    Jered Weaver turned in a nice performance in Tuesday's win over the Reds, surrendering two runs on eight hits over 6 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Weaver struck out five without walking a batter in what was about as clean a start as the veteran right-hander has tossed this season. He kept the Reds off the scoreboard completely until Eugenio Suarez hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning. This makes back-to-back respectable outings for Weaver, who holds a rough 5.21 ERA and 1.51 WHIP for the season as a whole. A road showdown with the Mariners shows next on his schedule. Yesterday, 10:08 pm
  • Hamels gotten to for six runs versus Mariners
    Cole Hamels allowed six runs on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision Tuesday against the Mariners.

    Advice: The silver lining, if there is one, is that six of the Mariners' seven hits were singles, and the other was a double, so it's not like he was getting pounded. Of course, he also issued four free passes to go with his seven hits allowed, so Hamels deserves plenty of the blame for the bad outing. That he still owns a 2.91 ERA through 27 starts following Tuesday's outing speaks to the kind of year the 32-year-old is having in Arlington. Hamels will carry a 14-4 record into Monday's rematch with the M's in Seattle. Yesterday, 9:32 pm
  • Julio Teheran superb in win over Padres
    Julio Teheran notched eight strikeouts while holding the Padres to two runs over seven terrific innings in a 7-3 victory Tuesday.

    Advice: He gave up six hits and didn't walk anyone in what was easily his best of three starts since returning from the disabled list. It was obviously an easy matchup for Teheran, but it should give his fantasy owners confidence down the stretch that he's healthy. He has another juicy matchup this weekend in Philadelphia. Yesterday, 9:12 pm
  • Paxton (fingernail) expects to take next turn
    James Paxton (finger) expects to take his next turn in the Mariners' rotation.

    Advice: Paxton tore the nail off his left middle finger in the third inning of his start Tuesday night against the Rangers. He pitched two more innings after that but was limited to fastballs and curves. The lefty tore the same nail last September and had to be shut down early, though he really only missed one start. Paxton holds a 3.83 ERA and 82/20 K/BB ratio in 91 2/3 innings this season for Seattle. Yesterday, 9:03 pm
    L, 14-1 @Tex
  • Dodgers @ Rockies postponed by rain Tues.
    Tuesday night's game between the Rockies and Dodgers was postponed due to rain in Denver.

    Advice: The game will be made up with a split doubleheader on Wednesday. Tyler Anderson was scheduled to pitch for the host Rockies on Tuesday night at Coors Field and it was supposed to be Rich Hill making his second start for the visiting Dodgers. Anderson will handle the early game for the Rockies on Wednesday and Hill is going to pitch the later game for Los Angeles. Yesterday, 8:16 pm
    W, 7-0 vs LAD ; Bot 5, 6-2 vs LAD
  • Ziegler day-to-day with flu symptoms
    Brad Ziegler was unavailable Tuesday due to the flu.

    Advice: He was sent home before the game, an eventual 4-3 loss to the Rays. Ziegler is day-to-day. Yesterday, 7:34 pm
    W, 8-6 vs TB
  • Pirates DFA left-hander Kyle Lobstein
    Pirates designated LHP Kyle Lobstein for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a 40-man roster spot for Kelvin Marte, who joined the Pirates' bullpen in a corresponding move. Lobstein, 27, had a 3.96 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, and 15/12 K/BB ratio in 25 innings of relief this season with the Pirates. He was demoted to Triple-A on July 7. Yesterday, 4:49 pm
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    Bot 8, 1-5 vs Tor
  • Indians recall Shawn Armstrong from AAA
    Indians recalled RHP Shawn Armstrong from Triple-A Columbus.

    Advice: Armstrong will be available out of the Cleveland bullpen Monday night against the visiting Twins. He holds a 3.00 ERA in three innings this season at the MLB level. Monday, 12:29 pm
    Not Active
    Top 9, 8-3 vs Min
  • Aaron Blair hit hard in loss to Giants Sunday
    Aaron Blair was hit hard in Sunday's loss to the Giants, surrendering five runs on eight hits in only four innings of work.

    Advice: Blair struck out three and didn't walk a batter on the afternoon. His difficulty stemmed from his inability to keep the ball in the yard, as Joe Panik blasted a pair of homers against him and Denard Span added a solo shot. The rookie right-hander now sits at 0-6 on the season with a troublesome 8.23 ERA and 1.77 WHIP. He'll try to right the ship on Saturday against the Phillies in Philadelphia. Sunday, 4:49 pm
  • Joel de la Cruz to be skipped by Braves
    The Braves will skip Joel de la Cruz's next start.

    Advice: De la Cruz has allowed nine runs over his last two starts and could be wearing down since he did more relieving than starting at Triple-A this season. Matt Wisler will start on regular rest Tuesday in de la Cruz's place. Sunday, 6:29 am
  • Aaron Blair recalled from Triple-A
    Braves recalled RHP Aaron Blair from Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Blair will rejoin the rotation on Sunday versus the Giants. He's been a mess in his previous chances, posting a 7.99 ERA over 11 starts. Blair should be avoided in fantasy leagues. Sunday, 5:28 am
  • Braves calling up Aaron Blair for Sun. start
    The Braves will call up right-hander Aaron Blair to start Sunday against the Giants.

    Advice: John Gant will be sent down to Triple-A in order to make room for him on the active roster. Blair holds an ugly 7.99 ERA and 29/29 K/BB ratio in 50 2/3 innings over 11 starts this season and can be avoided in fantasy leagues. Saturday, 8:54 pm
  • Blue Jays recall Bo Schultz from Triple-A
    Blue Jays recalled RHP Bo Schultz from Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: Schultz has been shuttled back and forth between Triple-A and the big leagues several times this season, but could be up to stay now with rosters set to expand in September. The 30-year-old right-hander owns a 3.00 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 7/2 K/BB ratio across 12 big league innings this season. Saturday, 7:38 am
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  • Bud Norris solid versus Cubs
    Bud Norris yielded two runs in five innings Friday against the Cubs.

    Advice: It was a decent bounce-back outing for Norris, who struggled last week in his first start off the DL and then pitched in relief Monday. He might be a swingman throughout September, depending on how the Dodgers' injured starters fare. If he pitches on four days' rest next time out, he'll be facing the Rockies at Coors, which is a matchup fantasy leaguers should want no part of. Friday, 11:04 pm
    L, 7-0 @Col ; Bot 5, 2-6 @Col
  • Smyly goes six innings in no-decision
    Drew Smyly yielded three runs (two earned) over six innings Friday in a no-decision against the Astros.

    Advice: Smyly gave up a two-spot in the first inning before Jake Marisnick took him deep in the second inning. He fanned eight and walked a pair in the no-decision and has now gone at least six innings in seven consecutive starts. The southpaw has posted a disappointing 4.80 ERA this season, but he has been pretty solid during the second half. Friday, 10:07 pm
  • Phelps struggles Friday against Padres
    David Phelps was chased after giving up four runs (three earned) in 3 2/3 innings Friday against the Padres.

    Advice: After turning in four straight promising starts since his return to the rotation, Phelps delivered a dud on Friday. He actually held the Padres hitless (with two walks) over the first three innings before things fell apart for him in a 24-pitch fourth inning. It was a disappointing performance for the 29-year-old considering the promising matchup, but he has the Mets and Phillies coming up next. Friday, 9:20 pm
    15-Day DL
  • King Felix limits White Sox to one run in win
    Felix Hernandez gave up just one run in 7 1/3 innings in a 3-1 victory over the White Sox on Friday.

    Advice: His only mistake was a solo homer by Todd Frazier in the seventh. Hernandez gave up eight hits and walked a pair while striking out five. He loaded the bases in the eighth inning before getting pulled, but fortunately for him, Edwin Diaz was able to put out the fire. While his stuff might not be what it once was, King Felix is now 5-0 since returning from the disabled list last month and has allowed two runs or fewer in four consecutive starts. He’ll bring a 3.14 ERA into a tough matchup against the Rangers on the road next week. Friday, 8:54 pm
  • Wright takes loss in return from DL
    Steven Wright took the loss in his return from the disabled list Friday, giving up five runs over six innings against the Royals.

    Advice: Wright really struggled with his command and control in the first inning and gave up all five runs in the process (via homers from Eric Hosmer and Alex Gordon). He settled down nicely from there, but the damage was done. The knuckleballer struck out just one batter on the night. He now owns a 3.18 ERA through 23 starts on the year and will square off against the Rays next week at home. Friday, 7:47 pm
    W, 8-6 vs TB
  • Verlander punches out eight in win over Halos
    Justin Verlander earned his 14th victory of the season on Friday, allowing just two runs on four hits over 7 2/3 innings against the Angels.

    Advice: Verlander punched out eight on the night while issuing one free pass. Albert Pujols tagged him for a solo homer in the first inning, then he was able to settle in nicely and keep the Angels off the board until Kole Calhoun's RBI double in the eighth. He has been fantastic since his rocky start to the season and now sports a stellar 3.33 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 189/46 K/BB ratio over 181 innings. He'll take on the White Sox his next time out at home on Wednesday. Friday, 7:18 pm
  • Wright (shoulder) activated for Friday start
    Red Sox activated RHP Steven Wright from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: He'll rejoin the Red Sox' rotation on Friday against the Royals after missing three weeks with a jammed shoulder that he suffered while pinch-running. Wright has mostly faded the last couple months after a terrific start to the season, although he did throw a shutout in his last outing. Friday, 9:10 am
    W, 8-6 vs TB
  • Moore loses no-hitter with two outs in ninth
    Matt Moore came within one out of a no-hitter in Thursday's 4-0 win over the Dodgers.

    Advice: Moore struck out seven and walked three on the evening. Manager Bruce Bochy was noticeably agitated in the dugout as the 27-year-old southpaw's pitch count began to balloon in a 24-pitch eighth inning. Moore had thrown 120 total pitches by the end of that frame, but despite the high count, Bochy decided to trot him out for the ninth. He retired Kike Hernandez on a sinking liner to start the frame -- Denard Span made a spectacular sliding catch on that one -- then induced a ground out from Howie Kendrick. Corey Seager would break up the near no-no via a flare single to right with two outs in the frame. Ouch. He finished the game having thrown 133 pitches (88 strikes). Since coming over to the Giants at the trade deadline, Moore has pitched to a 3.41 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 29/20 K/BB ratio over 31 2/3 innings (five starts). He will look to build off of Thursday's stellar outing in a home start against the Diamondbacks next time he toes the rubber. Thursday, 10:31 pm
    W, 4-2 vs Ari
  • Hamels twirls eight shutout innings vs. Tribe
    Cole Hamels allowed just two hits over eight shutout innings, striking out eight, as the Rangers skunked the Indians 9-0 on Thursday.

    Advice: Hamels was brilliant, yielding just a pair of singles and not walking a batter in his eight innings. The start was his sixth consecutive quality start and the eighth in a row in which he's allowed three or fewer runs. It shouldn't be surprising, then, that the southpaw is 14-4 with a 2.67 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in 26 starts total. Hamels will try to keep rolling Tuesday against the Mariners. Thursday, 9:12 pm
  • Volquez yields just two unearned runs in win
    Edinson Volquez allowed two unearned runs over five innings of work in a win over the Marlins on Thursday.

    Advice: Volquez was efficient despite the relatively short start, as he gave up just three hits and a walk in his five innings. He fell victim to the National League rules, unfortunately, getting pinch-hit for in the top of the sixth inning. It was still good enough to get him his 10th win, lowering his ERA to 4.88 through 27 starts. He'll try to make it 11 when he faces the Yankees on Tuesday. Thursday, 8:33 pm
    Top 6, 4-3 vs NYY
  • Weaver limits Jays to two runs for ninth win
    Jered Weaver held the Blue Jays to two runs -- one earned -- over 5 2/3 innings in a win Thursday.

    Advice: Weaver scattered five hits, including a solo home run, and three walks while striking out four. The win was his first in over a month, improving him to 9-11 overall. The veteran right-hander, who some have begun to speculate might hang it up after this season, will carry a 5.31 ERA and 1.52 WHIP into Tuesday's interleague matchup with the Reds. Thursday, 8:01 pm
  • Mariners activate Paxton for Thursday start
    Mariners activated LHP James Paxton from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Paxton will return to the Mariners' starting rotation on Thursday night against the White Sox after missing the last 17 days with a bruised left elbow. He has a cool 3.53 ERA and 73/18 K/BB ratio in 81 2/3 innings this season with Seattle and should be safe for immediate activation in fantasy leagues. Thursday, 9:27 am
    L, 14-1 @Tex
  • Julio Teheran gives up six runs to Arizona
    Julio Teheran was charged with six runs in six innings Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Teheran's stuff hasn't looked particularly crisp since he came off the disabled list last week, and it's worth wondering if he can recapture his first-half success before the season ends. He allowed 11 hits in all tonight, two of them homers. Wednesday, 10:48 pm
  • Rich Hill goes six scoreless in Dodgers debut
    Finally making his Dodgers debut, Rich Hill earned a win after shutting out the Giants for six innings on Wednesday.

    Advice: Hill allowed five hits, all of them singles, and walked none to outduel Johnny Cueto in what ended up being a 1-0 game. He came out after 81 pitches, which seemed appropriate after his lengthy DL stint due to a blister. The veteran left-hander should be able to throw closer to 100 pitches next time out against the Rockies. Wednesday, 10:11 pm
    L, 7-0 @Col ; Bot 5, 2-6 @Col
  • Tanaka tosses seven scoreless vs. Mariners
    Masahiro Tanaka delivered seven shutout innings Wednesday in the Yankees' 5-0 blanking of the Mariners.

    Advice: Tanaka scattered seven hits -- six singles, one double -- over his seven scoreless frames while striking out five and issuing just one walk. The third-inning walk to Seth Smith was Tanaka's first free pass in 34 innings this month. Tanaka, 27, now boasts an 11-4 record, 3.11 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and 142/28 K/BB ratio over 168 innings (26 starts) this season. He gets the Royals on the road next. Wednesday, 4:35 pm
  • Rich Hill (finger) activated from Dodgers DL
    Dodgers activated LHP Rich Hill from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Hill came over to the Dodgers from the A's before the trade deadline, but he had yet to actually start for them due to a blister on his left hand. That will be remedied on Wednesday evening when he toes the rubber against the Giants. The veteran southpaw last pitched on July 17. Prior to the burdensome injury, he held a 2.25 ERA across 14 starts. Wednesday, 3:38 pm
    L, 7-0 @Col ; Bot 5, 2-6 @Col
  • Tyler Anderson strikes out 10 batters in loss
    Tyler Anderson struck out 10 batters over five innings but took a loss Wednesday versus the Brewers.

    Advice: Anderson gave up two earned runs on two walks and three hits and then the Colorado bullpen did him one better, surrendering five more runs on two walks and seven hits. Anderson has shown good flashes at times this year. He's sitting on a 4-5 record, 3.69 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 77/20 K/BB ratio through 83 innings. Wednesday, 2:17 pm
    W, 7-0 vs LAD ; Bot 5, 6-2 vs LAD
  • BoSox still waiting on decision from Papelbon
    Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski reiterated Wednesday morning that the team is still waiting on a decision from free agent Jonathan Papelbon.

    Advice: Dombrowski and Co. reached out to Papelbon last week after he was released by the Nationals, but there has been no movement toward a contract agreement. "We did express some interest, but he has to decide what he wants to do," Dombrowski told MLB Network Radio. "We are open, we did call, he has to decide." Papelbon had a 4.37 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in 35 innings this season with Washington. Wednesday, 9:59 am
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  • Steven Wright (shoulder) expected back Fri.
    Steven Wright (shoulder) threw a 60-pitch bullpen session Tuesday at Tropicana Field.

    Advice: "Obviously see how [Wednesday] goes, but today, to get through that, it’s big," he said after the workout. "It’s still a little achy, but when I get out on the mound it doesn’t really bother me. I think it’s just something from not throwing consistently like I have been." Wright has been cleared to return to the Red Sox rotation this Friday against the Royals. The knuckleballer holds an impressive 3.01 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and 123/51 K/BB ratio in 146 2/3 innings this season with Boston. Tuesday, 3:56 pm
    W, 8-6 vs TB
  • Hill (blister) to make Dodgers debut Wednesday
    Rich Hill (blister) will start Wednesday's game against the Giants.

    Advice: At long last, Hill is finally ready to make his Dodgers' debut after missing over a month with a painful blister. Hill has pitched brilliantly when healthy this year, providing a stellar 2.25 ERA over 14 starts. Ross Stripling was expected to lose his spot in the Dodgers' rotation upon Hill's return but he might stick around now that Scott Kazmir is dealing with back and neck issues. Tuesday, 10:57 am
    L, 7-0 @Col ; Bot 5, 2-6 @Col
  • Weaver not ready to decide on future
    Jered Weaver isn't ready to say whether he will retire after the season.

    Advice: Weaver, 33, is finishing the final season of his five-year, $85 million contract with the Angels. He owns a career-worst 5.47 ERA through 24 starts and while his velocity has ticked up slightly, it's fair to wonder how much longer he can hang on. "There’s still a lot of season left," Weaver said over the weekend. "When the time comes to answer those questions, I will." The Southern California native has spent his entire 11-year career with the Angels. It's unclear whether he'd be willing to pitch elsewhere. Tuesday, 6:12 am
  • Wright (shoulder) on track to start Friday
    Steven Wright (shoulder) will start Friday against the Royals if all goes well in his bullpen session Tuesday.

    Advice: Wright threw off a mound on Sunday and said Monday that he's now pain-free. The knuckleballer hasn't pitched since his three-hit shutout against the Dodgers back on August 5. Clay Buchholz is expected to move back to the bullpen assuming Wright is cleared to return this weekend. Aug 22, 2:18 pm
    W, 8-6 vs TB
  • Papelbon reunion with Red Sox looks unlikely
    Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports that a reunion between Jonathan Papelbon and the Red Sox looks unlikely.

    Advice: With the depth of the Red Sox bullpen, both in the big leagues and at Triple-A, there really isn't room for the veteran hurler to work in middle relief. He'll continue to look for work, but it's no longer a given that he'll land another opportunity before the end of the season. Aug 21, 5:39 pm
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  • Nats crush Joel de la Cruz for six runs
    Joel de la Cruz had nothing in Sunday's no-decision against the Nationals, surrendering six runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Bryce Harper and Chris Heisey managed the big blows against de la Cruz on Sunday, with Harper cranking a three-run home run in the third inning and Heisey notching a slightly less damaging two-run shot of his own in the sixth. The disappointing outing bumped de la Cruz's ERA from 3.72 to 4.47 (44 1/3 innings). He will try for better times in a road date with the Giants next time he toes the rubber. Aug 21, 3:25 pm
  • Smyly picks up win despite allowing four runs
    Drew Smyly improved to 6-11 in Sunday's win over the Rangers, surrendering four runs on five hits over 6 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Smyly was victimized by a pair of home runs in this one, with Delino DeShields notching a two-run shot in the first inning and Drew Stubbs smacking a solo shot in the fifth. The 27-year-old southpaw finished the afternoon with seven strikeouts against one walk. Sunday's outing wasn't a disaster by any means and Smyly has pitched well of late, entering his showdown with the Rangers holding a 2.25 WHIP and 0.94 WHIP over his last five starts. A road date with the Astros shows next on his schedule. Aug 21, 2:39 pm
  • Verlander effective in victory over Red Sox
    Justin Verlander turned in a nice performance in Sunday's win over the Red Sox, surrendering just one run on three hits over six innings.

    Advice: Verlander fanned five and walked just one on the afternoon. A Dustin Pedroia sacrifice fly in the sixth inning was the only damage that the high-scoring Sox could manage against the veteran right-hander. Verlander might no longer be an outright fantasy ace, but still holds a sharp 3.38 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 181/45 K/BB ratio over 173 1/3 innings. He will try to keep the good times rolling in a home start against the Angels next time he toes the rubber. Aug 21, 1:59 pm
  • James Paxton (elbow) expected back Thursday
    James Paxton (elbow) is expected to rejoin the Mariners' rotation on Thursday versus the White Sox.

    Advice: Paxton tossed three scoreless innings in a rehab start for Triple-A Tacoma on Saturday and, more importantly, felt fine physically. He departed an outing two weeks ago after being hit on the left elbow by a comebacker. Aug 21, 11:40 am
    L, 14-1 @Tex
  • Shawn Armstrong optioned to Triple-A
    Indians optioned RHP Shawn Armstrong to Triple-A Columbus.

    Advice: Armstrong's latest stint with the big club only lasted a couple days and he didn't make an appearance. He'll return in September. Aug 21, 5:41 am
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    Top 9, 8-3 vs Min
  • King Felix yields two runs in eight innings
    Felix Hernandez struck out eight batters while yielding two runs over eight innings in an 8-2 defeat of the Brewers on Saturday.

    Advice: He gave up seven hits and one base-on-balls in the interleague matchup. He is now 8-4 with a 3.26 ERA. With 96 punchouts and 46 walks in 110 1/3 innings he is throwing just a notch or two below the elite status that he maintained for the last decade. Aug 20, 9:48 pm
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