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  • Johnny Cueto goes nine to beat Padres
    Johnny Cueto pitched a two-hit shutout Monday against the Padres to improve to 7-1 on the season.

    Advice: There's no telling whether his elbow will hold up for the long haul, but Cueto is an elite hurler again following that rough spell in Kansas City. Evading the home run ball has always been his strongest suit, and now that he's in a pitcher's park, rather than hitter friendly Cincinnati, he's doing better than ever, serving up just two long balls in 75 2/3 innings to date this year. Yesterday, 10:27 pm
  • Drew Pomeranz goes seven scoreless
    Drew Pomeranz blanked the Giants for seven innings in a no-decision Monday.

    Advice: Pomeranz deserves much better than a 4-4 record for his performance so far. He's sporting a 1.70 ERA in nine starts, with 60 strikeouts in 53 innings. That's pretty good for a guy who was acquired for two players the Padres were thinking of non-tendering and who very nearly didn't make the rotation out of spring training. Yesterday, 10:23 pm
  • Rich Hill goes eight scoreless in win
    Rich Hill scattered eight hits over eight innings as the A's topped the Mariners 5-0 on Monday.

    Advice: Ryan Madson finished the shutout. Despite all of those curveballs, Hill didn't walk anyone tonight, and every hit he gave up was a single. He's now 7-3 with a 2.18 ERA, and he's really the only thing keeping the A's afloat. Yesterday, 10:08 pm
  • Taijuan Walker allows one earned run in loss
    Taijuan Walker was charged with five runs -- one earned -- in 7 1/3 innings Monday in a loss to the A's.

    Advice: It'd probably be for the best if unearned runs were simply abolished from our precious statistics, but then every once in a while, you get a situation in which a pitcher is charged with a bunch of runs that he had very little hand in. That was the case with Walker tonight. It took two Chris Taylor errors to open the door for a four-run eighth inning, and with runners on second and third with one out, manager Scott Servais had Walker intentionally walk the light-hitting Billy Burns before pulling him. All three baserunners later came around to score against the pen. Walker deserved much better, but at least the festivities didn't hurt his ERA. Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Kershaw throws two-hitter for third shutout
    Clayton Kershaw's third shutout of the month was a two-hitter Monday in the Dodgers' 1-0 win over the Reds.

    Advice: Three shutouts in a year is really impressive these days. Kershaw has that many this month alone. Only two other teams in baseball have as many complete games this year (the Giants and White Sox) as Kershaw has shutouts this month. Overall, Kershaw is 7-1 with a 1.48 ERA, and if anything, that underestimates how well he's pitched. Yesterday, 9:49 pm
  • Ian Kennedy has abbreviated outing Monday
    Ian Kennedy was charged with two runs over 3 1/3 innings and took a no-decision in Monday's 10-4 win over the Twins.

    Advice: Kennedy gave up five hits, walked one and struck out three. He remained in the game after a 41-minute rain delay in the bottom of the third inning but wasn't in there for long. The right-hander has scuffled a bit the last few times out but still sports a nice 3.38 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 53/18 K/BB ratio over 53 1/3 innings. He'll get the White Sox over the weekend. Yesterday, 9:45 pm
  • Brandon Finnegan takes hard-luck loss
    Brandon Finnegan went the distance in Monday's loss to the Dodgers, allowing one run in eight innings.

    Advice: At least the Reds won't go the whole year without a complete game now. They had two last year, both from guys who were later traded (Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake). Finnegan was really effective tonight, but he struck out just two and walked four. He can't be owned in mixed leagues right now. Yesterday, 9:44 pm
  • Ricky Nolasco pounded for six runs
    Ricky Nolasco was blasted for six runs over just 2 2/3 innings in Monday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: About the only positive thing you can say for Nolasco is that at least he was so bad that he got pulled before the rain delay hit. He yielded eight hits and two walks on the night in the horrendous showing. Nolasco's ERA is at a season-high 5.54, and he hasn't notched a quality start in over a month. He'll face the Mariners this weekend. Yesterday, 9:39 pm
  • Cody Anderson strikes out nine in victory
    Cody Anderson fanned nine while allowing one run over seven innings to beat the White Sox in the second game of Monday's doubleheader.

    Advice: Anderson had a 7.99 ERA in six starts and a relief appearance before being recalled to make the start tonight. He's expected to stick around and start against the Orioles this weekend, and while he'll be too risky to use then, he still could have some AL-only value this year. Yesterday, 9:20 pm
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    5:10 pm @CWS
  • Erik Johnson gives up three homers in loss
    Erik Johnson lost to the Indians after giving up five runs in 6 2/3 innings on Monday.

    Advice: Johnson surrendered three homers tonight. He gave up two in his first spot start against the Red Sox on April 5. Overall, he's surrendered 19 homers in 98 innings as a major leaguer since debuting in 2013, and that's just not going to cut it. Yesterday, 9:18 pm
    Not Active
    5:10 pm vs Cle
  • Adam Wainwright notches quality start
    Adam Wainwright was charged with three runs over six innings Monday, netting a no-decision in a 4-3 win over the Cubs.

    Advice: The Cubs didn't exactly knock Wainwright around the park, as all seven of their hits off the tall right-hander were singles. However, Waino issued three walks and struck out only four, eventually getting off the hook when the Cards' offense rallied late. Wainwright has mostly pitched better of late but is still looking like a borderline play, at best, in mixed leagues right now. He'll have another tough matchup against the Nationals this weekend. Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • John Lackey takes no-decision against Cards
    John Lackey struck out nine while allowing three runs over seven frames to take a no-decision in Monday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Lackey out-pitched Adam Wainwright, notching nine strikeouts while walking just one and allowing four hits. However, one of the hits was a pinch-hit, two-run homer by Matt Adams in the seventh inning. Lackey boasts a 3.38 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 61/13 K/BB ratio over 61 1/3 frames on the season, as the 37-year-old looks like he has plenty left in the tank. He'll face the Phillies this weekend. Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Joe Smith records sixth save Monday
    Joe Smith issued a walk but hung on to capture his sixth save of the season in Monday's win over the Rangers.

    Advice: Protecting a two-run lead, Smith walked Elvis Andrus to lead off the ninth inning, but he got a couple flyouts and a strikeout to end it. It was a nice bounce-back showing after Smith gave up a three-run homer in a blown save over the weekend. Huston Street (hamstring) is due back soon, but Smith will continue to close for the Halos until then. Yesterday, 8:47 pm
  • Gio Gonzalez blasted for seven runs
    Gio Gonzalez was lit up for seven runs over five innings of work in Monday's loss to the Mets.

    Advice: Gonzalez managed seven strikeouts and didn't issue a walk, but it was ugly aside from that. The left-handed surrendered a trio of home runs and a season-high 10 hits on the night. Gonzalez will try to bounce back this weekend against the Cardinals. Yesterday, 8:33 pm
  • Matt Moore struggles against Marlins
    Matt Moore was touched up for five runs on 10 hits and a walk over five frames in Monday's loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: The Rays gave Moore a couple extra days of rest before this outing, but it didn't help. The left-hander's downward spiral after a promising start continues, and he now is looking at an ERA sitting at a season-high 5.47. Moore probably can't afford many other slip-ups before the Rays consider making a change in their rotation. He'll face the Yankees next. Yesterday, 8:16 pm
  • Romo (elbow) set to begin rehab assignment
    Sergio Romo (elbow) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Monday with Triple-A Sacramento.

    Advice: Romo, who is coming back from a flexor strain, is expected to pitch Monday, Wednesday, and Friday before making back-to-back appearances on Sunday and Monday. As long as there are no issues, he should rejoin the Giants after that. Yesterday, 6:11 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:15 pm vs SD
  • Alvarez (shoulder) to resume throwing Tuesday
    Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) will resume playing catch on Tuesday.

    Advice: Alvarez has been shut down for a week after feeling some discomfort in his surgically-repaired shoulder during a minor league rehab start, but he's going to try ramping things up again. The A's will likely see how the shoulder responds Tuesday before deciding on the next step, so a potential timetable remains up in the air. Yesterday, 6:07 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:10 pm @Sea
  • White Sox recall RHP Johnson from Triple-A
    White Sox recalled RHP Erik Johnson from Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Johnson will start the second game of Monday's doubleheader against the Indians. The White Sox sent down Carlos Sanchez in a corresponding roster move. Yesterday, 5:53 pm
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    5:10 pm vs Cle
  • Robertson notches 12th save of season
    David Robertson tossed a scoreless ninth inning Monday against the Indians for his 12th save of the season.

    Advice: With the White Sox holding a one-run lead, Robertson walked Rajai Davis to begin the ninth inning. Davis eventually stole second base, but Robertson managed to strike out Michael Martinez before getting Carlos Santana to ground out to end it. The 31-year-old is tied for the AL lead with 12 saves to go along with a 0.96 ERA and 22/7 K/BB ratio over 18 2/3 innings. Yesterday, 5:49 pm
  • Wheeler (elbow) throws from pitching rubber
    Zach Wheeler (elbow) threw off the pitching rubber Monday for the first time since his Tommy John surgery.

    Advice: Wheeler threw 10 fastballs and felt fine. He's expected to progress to a full bullpen session in the next couple of weeks. The young right-hander still has some hurdles to cross, but the Mets continue to estimate a return around the early part of July. Yesterday, 4:32 pm
    60-Day DL
    4:05 pm @Was
  • Dodgers recall RHP Bolsinger from Triple-A
    Dodgers recalled RHP Mike Bolsinger from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Bolsinger will presumably make the start Tuesday against the Reds. The 28-year-old gave up three runs in 4 1/3 innings last Wednesday against the Angels before being sent down to Triple-A. Yesterday, 3:40 pm
  • Lincecum throws simulated game
    Tim Lincecum threw a simulated game on Monday.

    Advice: Lincecum will throw one more before getting into game action with Triple-A Salt Lake. He's expected to make at least two starts in the minors before joining the Angels, which puts him on track for around mid-June. Yesterday, 3:02 pm
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    5:05 pm @Tex
  • Street (oblique) nearing rehab assignment
    Huston Street (oblique) will head to extended spring training on Friday.

    Advice: Street, who is working his way back from a left oblique strain, should move on to a minor league rehab assignment from there. Barring any setbacks, he should return to the ninth inning for the Angels right around the end of the month. Yesterday, 3:00 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:05 pm @Tex
  • Orioles sign Duensing to minors deal
    Orioles signed LHP Brian Duensing to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Duensing opted out of a minor league contract with the Royals last week after posting a 3.10 ERA over 12 outings with Triple-A Omaha. The 33-year-old will serve as minor league depth with his new organization. Yesterday, 2:03 pm
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    5:10 pm @Min
  • White Sox recall Tommy Kahnle from AAA
    White Sox recalled RHP Tommy Kahnle from Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Kahnle will serve as the 26th man in Monday's doubleheader against the Indians. The right-hander struck out two over a scoreless frame earlier this month for the White Sox in his only other appearance at the major league level this season. He'll head right back to Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday. Yesterday, 10:30 am
  • Alex Reyes dominant in Triple-A debut Sun.
    Alex Reyes struck out eight batters over four scoreless innings Sunday in his debut with Triple-A Memphis.

    Advice: Reyes missed the first seven weeks of the 2016 season while serving out a 50-game marijuana suspension. He looked dominant in his first taste of Triple-A on Sunday, though the hard-throwing right-hander did issue three walks. "It was tough to get in a rhythm today," Reyes told "I felt like I didn't throw enough strikes, but my fastball was explosive and I threw some pretty good changeups. I couldn't really find a good rhythm with my breaking ball, but I'll work on it during my next start and it should come back." Reyes could be an option for the Cardinals' rotation by mid-June. Yesterday, 6:36 am
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    4:10 pm vs ChC
  • David Robertson earns his 11th save of 2016
    David Robertson notched his 11th save of the season Sunday as the White Sox beat the Royals 3-2.

    Advice: Robertson needed just eight pitches to retire three batters and preserve Chicago's one-run lead. He struck out Kendrys Morales for the final out. Robertson has a tremendous 1.02 ERA, 0.79 WHIP, and 20/6 K/BB ratio in 17 2/3 innings this season for the American League Central-leading White Sox. Sunday, 2:25 pm
  • Tim Lincecum to report to Triple-A soon
    Tim Lincecum is expected to join Triple-A Salt Lake's rotation around the end of May.

    Advice: Linececum is still throwing at extended spring training for now. He'll make at least two starts for Salt Lake before joining the Angels' rotation, putting him in line to return to the majors in mid-June if all goes well. Sunday, 11:14 am
    Not Active
    5:05 pm @Tex
  • Huston Street (oblique) to throw sim game
    Huston Street (oblique) will throw a simulated game on Monday.

    Advice: Street is coming along nicely in his rehab from a strained oblique. It's unclear whether he'll need a rehab assignment, but a return before the end of the month looks doable. Sunday, 8:17 am
    15-Day DL
    5:05 pm @Tex
  • Smith allows three-run homer to blow save
    Joe Smith surrendered a three-run home run to Matt Wieters in the ninth inning of Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Orioles.

    Advice: The Angels were on the verge of picking up a beautifully pitched 1-0 win when Smith came on for the ninth inning save. After he recorded the first two outs without issue, matters escalated at alarming speeds. Chris Davis started the comeback with a single. Smith, himself, then helped out matters for the O's by walking Mark Trumbo. After the walk, the closer looked visibly frustrated with himself and drew a mound visit from catcher Jett Bandy. Said meeting did not help, as Matt Wieters proceeded to rock a three-run homer deep into the California night. This was Smith's second blown save of the season. Huston Street is expected to be ready to return from his oblique injury and retake the ninth inning by early June. Saturday, 10:24 pm
  • Erik Johnson to start second game on Monday
    White Sox manager Robin Ventura announced that Erik Johnson will start the second game of Monday's doubleheader against the Indians.

    Advice: He has made one other start for the big league club this season, allowing four runs on eight hits over five innings in a losing effort against the Red Sox. He'll look for better results on Monday, but will head back to Triple-A regardless of the outcome. Saturday, 11:53 am
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    5:10 pm vs Cle
  • Cody Anderson will start for Indians Monday
    Cody Anderson will be recalled to pitch the second game of Monday's doubleheader against the Twins.

    Advice: He'll serve as the 26th man for the twin bill. He owns a horrifying 7.99 ERA through his first 32 2/3 innings thus far and doesn't make for an attractive streaming option. Saturday, 11:19 am
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    5:10 pm @CWS
  • Lincecum likely to need 20-30 days in minors
    Angels general manager Billy Eppler said Friday that he expects Tim Lincecum to need 20-30 days in the minors before joining the major league rotation.

    Advice: That puts him in line to make his Angels' debut around the middle of June. Lincecum's one-year contract with the Angels became official on Friday, and Eppler says the veteran right-hander has "earned" the right to tell the club when he's ready to start a major league game. Friday, 2:10 pm
    Not Active
    5:05 pm @Tex
  • Tim Lincecum passes Angels physical
    Angels signed RHP Tim Lincecum to a one-year, $2.5 million contract; optioned him to Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: The deal was completed after Lincecum passed his physical on Thursday. His salary is prorated, so his actual earnings will be closer to $2 million. The contract also comes with $1.7 million in incentives. Lincecum is well past his prime but the Angels are desperate for pitching with Garrett Richards (elbow), Andrew Heaney (elbow) and C.J. Wilson (shoulder) all battling injuries. The two-time Cy Young winner will likely build up his pitch count in the minor leagues before joining the Angels' rotation. Thursday, 5:40 pm
    Not Active
    5:05 pm @Tex
  • Dodgers demote Bolsinger after spot start
    Dodgers optioned RHP Mike Bolsinger to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Bolsinger allowed three runs in 4 1/3 innings Wednesday in his season debut. Apparently, it wasn't enough to keep him in the starting rotation. He'll resurface in Los Angeles at some point this season. Veteran reliever Chin-hui Tsao was called up to take Bolsinger's roster spot. Thursday, 3:29 pm
  • Tim Lincecum taking Angels physical Thurs.
    Tim Lincecum is taking his physical with the Angels on Thursday in Anaheim.

    Advice: If he passes, his major league contract with the Halos will become official. Lincecum agreed to the framework of a deal on Monday afternoon and could join the Angels' rotation sometime next month if everything goes smoothly from here. He is coming off major hip surgery, so this physical isn't necessarily a sure thing. Lincecum, 31, posted a 4.13 ERA and 60/38 K/BB ratio in 76 1/3 innings last season for the Giants. Thursday, 1:00 pm
    Not Active
    5:05 pm @Tex
  • Mike Bolsinger takes loss in season debut
    Making his season debut, Mike Bolsinger pitched 4 1/3 innings and allowed three runs Wednesday in a loss to the Angels.

    Advice: Bolsinger was slated to be a part of the Dodgers rotation before suffering a strained oblique in spring training, costing him the first month. The Dodgers activated him tonight even though he probably could have used one or two more rehab starts. He might now be sent down to make them. Wednesday, 10:29 pm
  • Lackey only allows one run in no-decision
    John Lackey only allowed one run in six innings, striking out five, but ultimately settled for a no-decision in Wednesday’s extra-inning affair with the Brewers.

    Advice: Lackey didn’t experience too much trouble in Wednesday’s start, but catcher David Ross helped immensely by catching a pair of potential base stealers and picking off Jonathan Lucroy at second base. On the mound, the right-hander now has four-consecutive quality starts and has only allowed six earned runs in his last 29 innings pitched. Lackey owns a 3.31 ERA with 52 strikeouts in 54 1/3 innings. Wednesday, 10:12 pm
  • Johnny Cueto goes the distance in win vs. SD
    Johnny Cueto went the distance for the Giants on Wednesday, allowing one run and four hits in a victory over the Padres.

    Advice: After a rough go of it during the regular season for the Royals following last year's trade, Cueto is back pitching now like he did as a Red; he's 6-1 with a 2.70 ERA after nine starts. The complete game was his second of the year and 14th ever. A juicy rematch with the Padres is next. Wednesday, 10:05 pm
  • Finnegan strikes out six in no-decision
    Brandon Finnegan allowed four runs (three earned) over 5 2/3 innings, striking out six and walking none, in Wednesday’s extra-inning loss to the Indians.

    Advice: It was nice to see Finnegan fan six on Wednesday because he had only struck out nine batters in his previous 15 innings and hadn’t struck out more than five in a game since his debut on April 6. The lefty hasn’t been able to quiet the fears that he’s a long-term reliever. He has walked too many and has proven too home-run prone; however, the 23-year-old southpaw has a decent swinging-strike rate that could translate to more strikeouts as the year progresses. He has a 4.44 ERA on the year and is next scheduled to face the Dodgers in a tough road match-up. Wednesday, 8:37 pm
  • Wainwright turns in best start of 2016 season
    Adam Wainwright tossed 6 2/3 shutout innings Wednesday in the Cardinals' 2-0 blanking of the Rockies.

    Advice: It was easily the best start of the season for Wainwright, who scattered six hits and a walk over his 6 2/3 scoreless frames. He ran into some trouble in the top of the first on a Charlie Blackmon triple and another Aledmys Diaz error, but the veteran right-hander was able to work out of it and didn't really have another problem until the seventh. Waino dropped his season ERA nearly a whole run, from 6.80 to 5.92. He's going to need to stay in this groove next week against the rival Cubs. Wednesday, 8:11 pm
  • Gio throws 6 1/3 of one-run ball against Mets
    Gio Gonzalez delivered 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball Wednesday in the Nationals' 7-1 defeat of the Mets.

    Advice: Gonzalez was yet again sharp, issuing only one walk and five hits while pitching into the bottom of the seventh at New York's Citi Field. He struck out five. The left-hander now boasts a 1.86 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 40/13 K/BB ratio over 48 1/3 innings this season and he gets the division-rival Mets again next week. This time the game will be played in D.C. Wednesday, 7:54 pm
  • Walker takes the loss in Wednesday's start
    Taijuan Walker got tagged for four runs (three earned) on five hits, two of those being homers, on Wednesday against the Orioles.

    Advice: It’s been a tough stretch for Walker, who impressed in April and appeared in the midst of a breakout. In his last three starts, though, he’s allowed 11 runs (eight earned) and five home runs in just 12 2/3 innings. It conjures memories of last year’s disappointing performance, when he served up a whopping 25 homers in 29 starts and posted a 4.56 ERA. Still, it’s too early to panic. The 23-year-old boasts a 2.95 ERA with a 8.65 K/9. He’ll look to get back on track against the Athletics next week. Wednesday, 7:16 pm
  • Huston Street (oblique) throws bullpen
    Huston Street (oblique) threw a 25-pitch bullpen on Wednesday.

    Advice: Street is scheduled to throw another bullpen on Friday. He is shooting for a late May or early June return, with Memorial Day weekend a possibly at the end of the month. A left oblique strain felled him in late April. Joe Smith will continue to close until Street is ready to return. Wednesday, 6:20 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:05 pm @Tex
  • Hill yields just one run to Rangers over six
    Rich Hill pitched well in Wednesday's win over the Rangers, allowing just one run on three hits over six innings.

    Advice: Hill struck out six against one walk. The only run to score on his watch -- indeed, the only run the Rangers scored in the game -- came when Prince Fielder hit an RBI single in the sixth inning. Otherwise, Hill had matters completely under control. He might be growing long in the tooth at age 36, but he has pitched admirably this season. Through nine starts, he holds a 2.54 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 59/21 K/BB ratio over 49 2/3 innings. A road start against the Mariners shows next on his schedule. Wednesday, 3:14 pm
  • Kennedy lasts into sixth while fanning nine
    Ian Kennedy had the strikeout working in Wednesday's no-decision against the Red Sox, whiffing nine batters while allowing two runs over 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Kennedy was rocked for seven runs by the Yankees last time out, but he managed to keep the molten hot offense of the Red Sox in check on Wednesday. The 31-year-old right-hander surrendered an RBI single to David Ortiz in the fourth and a solo homer to Chris Young in the fifth to account for the runs on his line. With this outing in the books, he holds a 3.24 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 50/17 K/BB ratio across 50 innings. He will take to the road for a date with the Twins next time he toes the rubber. Wednesday, 1:40 pm
  • Nolasco allows four runs in loss to Tigers
    Ricky Nolasco allowed four runs -- two earned -- over five innings Wednesday in a loss to the Tigers.

    Advice: Nolasco struck out six and only issued only walk, but the dangerous Detroit offense pounded him for nine hits. Nolasco will carry a 1-2 record and 4.74 ERA into his next start at home against the Royals. The right-hander holds a cool 43/9 K/BB ratio in 49 1/3 innings, but we wouldn't trust him in a standard mixed fantasy league. Wednesday, 1:11 pm
  • Henderson Alvarez shoulder MRI inconclusive
    An MRI taken Tuesday on the right shoulder of Henderson Alvarez came back inconclusive.

    Advice: The results are being sent to Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion. Alvarez was shut down this week after experiencing soreness in his surgically-repaired right shoulder coming out of a decent five-inning minor league rehab start Sunday with Triple-A Nashville. It was supposed to be his final rehab outing before joining the A's. Wednesday, 11:21 am
    15-Day DL
    7:10 pm @Sea
  • Matt Moore's next start is Monday in MIA
    Matt Moore's next start will be Monday in Miami.

    Advice: This will allow the struggling left-hander two additional days of rest, and it also pits him against the Marlins instead of the right-handed sluggers of Detroit. Moore showed promise in the early going this season, but he's had a tough time reaching the fifth inning lately and owns a 5.09 ERA in eight total starts for the year. "It's not the easy thing to do, to make adjustments in season," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "We had an opportunity to do it with this off day (Thursday), so we jumped on it." Wednesday, 6:49 am
  • Kershaw continues roll with 11 strikeouts
    Clayton Kershaw recorded his sixth consecutive game with double-digit strikeouts in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Angels.

    Advice: Kershaw continued to showcase beautiful pinpoint control. This was the fifth time in nine starts in which he did not walk a batter. Those other four starts saw him walking just one in each. On Tuesday, the lone run to score against him came courtesy of an RBI single by Shane Robinson in the second inning. That was one of four hits allowed over his eight innings of work. Kershaw now holds a 1.67 ERA, 0.70 WHIP and 88/4 K/BB ratio across 69 innings. The Padres will have the displeasure of hosting him in his next scheduled start. Tuesday, 9:40 pm
  • Romo (elbow) throws in extended spring game
    Sergio Romo (elbow) threw in an extended spring training game Tuesday without issue.

    Advice: He'll throw another inning at extended spring training Friday and then the Giants could send him out on a minor league rehab assignment. Romo was placed on the disabled list April 14 with a right flexor strain. He should be back before the end of May if everything goes smoothly from here. Tuesday, 5:34 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:15 pm vs SD
  • Street (oblique) will throw 'pen session Wed.
    Huston Street (oblique) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Wednesday.

    Advice: Street told reporters Tuesday that he's hoping to be ready around Memorial Day weekend (May 30), but he still has some hurdles to clear. The veteran closer has been on the disabled list since April 24 with a left oblique strain. Joe Smith is filling in at closer. Tuesday, 5:23 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:05 pm @Tex
  • Dodgers activate Bolsinger for Wed. start
    Dodgers activated RHP Mike Bolsinger from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Bolsinger will make a spot start for the Dodgers on Wednesday against the Angels. Out all season with a strained oblique, he yielded two runs over eight rehab innings with Triple-A Oklahoma City. The right-hander could be optioned right back to OKC after the game. Tuesday, 2:13 pm
  • Alex Reyes expected to join Memphis May 22
    Alex Reyes is expected to debut for Triple-A Memphis on May 22.

    Advice: That's barring any rainouts. Reyes is nearing the end of his 50-game marijuana suspension and mowing down hitters around the Cardinals' spring training complex in Jupiter, Florida. The hard-throwing right-hander could be a fast-riser if things go well at Memphis out of the gate. Reyes, 21, registered a 2.49 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 151/49 K/BB ratio in 101 1/3 innings last season between rookie ball, High-A Palm Beach, and Double-A Springfield. He'll be making his Triple-A debut. Tuesday, 1:58 pm
    Not Active
    4:10 pm vs ChC
  • Indians option RHP Anderson to Triple-A
    Indians optioned RHP Cody Anderson to Triple-A Columbus.

    Advice: Anderson was tagged for six runs over 4 1/3 innings on Monday against the Reds and now owns a 7.99 ERA for the year. He has allowed 10 homers in just 32 2/3 innings, which isn't going to get it done. He'll try to earn his way back in the minors. Tuesday, 10:35 am
    Not Active
    5:10 pm @CWS
  • Bolsinger (oblique) to start Wed. vs. Angels
    Mike Bolsinger (oblique) will be activated from the disabled list to start Wednesday against the Angels.

    Advice: It will be a spot-start to give the other starters an extra day of rest. Bolsinger, who began the year on the DL with a strained oblique, has posted a 2.25 ERA and 7/3 K/BB ratio in eight innings across two minor league rehab starts with Triple-A Oklahoma City. Tuesday, 5:15 am
  • Henderson Alvarez has setback with shoulder
    Henderson Alvarez felt soreness in his surgically-repaired shoulder during his most recent minor league rehab start on Sunday.

    Advice: Alvarez had to exit the start one inning early and was in Oakland on Monday to be examined by doctors. It's unfortunate, as the hope was that he would be ready to join the major league rotation this weekend against the Yankees. That plan is obviously on hold for now. More should be known about his status on Tuesday. Monday, 8:42 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:10 pm @Sea
  • Anderson gives up six runs vs. Reds
    Cody Anderson was chased after giving up six runs over 4 1/3 innings Monday against the Reds.

    Advice: Anderson allowed nine hits, including two home runs. He has now served up 10 home runs in just 32 2/3 innings this season and owns an ugly 7.99 ERA on the year. It’s hard to imagine him keeping a rotation spot for much longer. Monday, 6:43 pm
    Not Active
    5:10 pm @CWS
  • Report: Lincecum, Angels closing in on deal
    MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports that Tim Lincecum is nearing agreement on a contract with the Angels.

    Advice: Lincecum was also reportedly drawing interest from the Giants and White Sox, but per Heyman, the two-time NL Cy Young winner could have a contract inked with the Angels by the end of Monday. Lincecum, 31, held a 4.13 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 60/38 K/BB ratio across 76 1/3 innings with the Giants last season. He has not posted an ERA under 4.00 since 2011 and offers more name value than actual fantasy value. Monday, 12:43 pm
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  • Brian Duensing opts out of minor league deal
    Brian Duensing has opted out of his minor league deal with the Royals.

    Advice: Duensing exercised his opt-out clause after going 1-0 with a 3.10 ERA in 12 outings for Triple-A Omaha. The 33-year-old boasts 354 games of major league experience, all with Minnesota. Some bullpen-needy team will take a chance on him. Monday, 8:17 am
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  • Brian Duensing asks for release from Royals
    Jeffrey Flanagan of reports that Brian Duensing has requested his release from the Royals.

    Advice: The opt-out date in his contract with Triple-A Omaha was May 15, so it appears he has chosen to explore his options elsewhere. The 33-year-old southpaw owns a 3.10 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 19/5 K/BB ratio over 20 1/3 innings at Omaha. Given the struggles that the Twins have had finding left-handers in their bullpen, a reunion between the two seems like it could be in play. May 15, 3:59 pm
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  • Alvarez gives up two runs in final rehab game
    Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) allowed two runs on six hits over five innings of work in his final minor league rehab start on Sunday.

    Advice: He's expected to rejoin the Athletics rotation next weekend against the Yankees. While he doesn't possess much strikeout potential, he's certainly worth a look in AL-only and deeper mixed leagues, especially pitching half of his games at a pitcher-friendly ballpark in Oakland. May 15, 3:38 pm
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  • Matt Moore coughs up pair of homers vs A's
    Matt Moore couldn't find his groove in earning a no-decision against the A's on Sunday, yielding four runs on seven hits over five innings.

    Advice: Moore pitched well in stretches, but made several costly mistakes to Danny Valencia. Valencia whacked a solo home run off him in the first inning and followed that up with a two-run shot in the fifth to account for three of the four runs on Moore's line. He struck out three and walked one on the afternoon. The 26-year-old southpaw will carry a tough 5.09 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 46/15 K/BB ratio (46 innings) into his next scheduled start, a road date with the Tigers. May 15, 1:18 pm
  • Alvarez (shoulder) likely activated this week
    Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) is expected to join the Athletics' rotation next weekend against the Yankees.

    Advice: Alvarez will make what's expected to be his final rehab start with Triple-A Nashville on Sunday. The right-hander holds a 3.06 ERA and 12/5 K/BB ratio over 17 2/3 innings in his first five rehab outings. Alvarez is making his way back from shoulder surgery and should provide a boost for the A's. May 15, 10:01 am
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  • Hill gives up three runs in win over Rays
    Rich Hill yielded three runs in six innings in Friday’s 6-3 win over the Rays.

    Advice: Hill gave up two runs in the first inning, but settled down from there. He finished with seven strikeouts and four walks. Perhaps most importantly, he made it through six innings and gave a taxed A’s bullpen a bit of a break. The 36-year-old is 5-3 with a 2.68 ERA and 53/20 K/BB ratio in 43 2/3 innings across eight starts. If he keeps this up, he’ll make for an interesting trade target this summer. May 13, 10:04 pm
  • Nolasco gives up four runs vs. Indians
    Ricky Nolasco yielded four runs in six innings Friday in a no-decision against the Indians.

    Advice: Nolasco gave up four hits (including two home runs) and a season-high three walks while striking out three batters. He had the lead going into the bottom of the sixth inning, but gave up a single and two walks before Marlon Byrd tied the game with a sacrifice fly. The veteran right-hander now owns a 4.87 ERA and 37/8 K/BB ratio in 44 1/3 innings through seven starts. He has a date with the Tigers on tap for next week. May 13, 9:27 pm
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