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  • Osuna picked up first win of season
    Roberto Osuna entered in a non-save situation in the ninth inning of Wednesday night's game against the Rangers, but was rewarded with his first win of the season.

    Advice: It's hard to remember that Osuna is only 21 years old and never pitched above High-A before making the jump to the majors. He's emerged as one of the best relievers in the league. It's not supposed to be that easy. The righty worked an easy ninth inning in a tie game on Wednesday, and Russell Martin's walk-off single ensured that Osuna would pick up his first win of the year and only the second major-league run of his career. He now has a 2.08 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP in 13 innings. Rotoworld.com 36 minutes ago
  • Sanchez gives up three runs in no-decision
    Aaron Sanchez took a no-decision after seven quality innings of three-run ball against the Rangers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Things got off to a shaky start, as Sanchez allowed three base hits to the first three batters he faced, but the right-hander recovered nicely to collect his fifth quality start of the season. Aside from the six-run disaster against the Athletics on April 22, Sanchez has only surrendered six earned runs in 34 innings. Overall, he has a 2.82 ERA with a strong 3.32 FIP, indicating that his strong start perhaps has some staying power. He'll look to carry over his momentum when he takes the rubber against the Giants on the road on Monday. Rotoworld.com 50 minutes ago
    W, 4-3 vs ^ Tex
     
  • Zych (rotator cuff) likely out 4-6 weeks
    Tony Zych (rotator cuff tendinitis) is expected to be out four-to-six weeks.

    Advice: Zych was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday. After a followup examination, the four-to-six-week timetable for his return was established. In his first 10 appearances (12 innings) this season, the 25-year-old right-hander held a 3.00 ERA with 19 strikeouts. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:57 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 9-8 @Oak
     
  • Bo Schultz (hip) heading up to Double-A
    Bo Schultz (hip) is being moved up to Double-A New Hampshire as he continues his rehab work.

    Advice: Schultz underwent labrum surgery on his hip over the offseason. The procedure has sidelined him through the first month of the season. He began a rehab assignment with Advanced-A Dunedin near the end of April and his bump to Double-A rehab work is a nice sign for his progression. Last season, the 30-year-old right-hander pitched to a 3.56 ERA and 31/14 K/BB ratio across 43 innings. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:38 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-3 vs Tex
     
  • Chatwood shuts out Padres over eight innings
    Tyler Chatwood pitched marvelously in Wednesday's 2-0 win over the Padres, tossing eight innings of shutout ball.

    Advice: Chatwood allowed just three hits on the afternoon. He also struck out seven against one walk in what was an ultra-efficient outing. The 26-year-old right-hander finished his eight innings having thrown 99 pitches (61 strikes). Relying on anybody in the Rockies' pitching staff for fantasy purposes carries its own set of risks, but there is no denying Chatwood's overall body of work. Through 37 2/3 innings, he holds a 2.15 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 27/8 K/BB ratio. Up next on his schedule, a home showdown with the Diamondbacks. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:23 pm
  • Medlen crushed for nine runs by Nats
    Kris Medlen was crushed for nine runs -- six earned -- over two-plus innings Wednesday in a loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: Washington pounced for six runs in the top of the first inning and four more in the third, eventually winning 13-2 in the matinee at Kauffman Stadium. The ugly, ugly loss pushes Medlen's record to 1-3 and his ERA to 6.85. He simply needs to be better next week at Yankee Stadium. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:28 pm
    L, 13-2 vs ^ Was
     
  • Joe Smith picks up second save of season
    Joe Smith earned his second save of the season Wednesday in the Angels' 7-3 defeat of the Brewers.

    Advice: Smith worked both the eighth and ninth Wednesday afternoon in Milwaukee, yielding just one hit and striking out two. He carries huge fantasy potential while Huston Street (oblique) is out, and Street could be out a while. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:20 pm
  • Showalter won't rule out Britton (ankle)
    Orioles manager Buck Showalter would not rule out Zach Britton (ankle) for a possible appearance in Wednesday's contest with the Yankees.

    Advice: Showalter indicated that he wants more information on Britton's current health before he makes an informed decision as to the closer's availability. The 28-year-old left-hander sprained his left ankle over the weekend while attempting to field a bunt. Until Britton returns to action (which should be soon), Darren O'Day should continue to see save opportunities. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:49 pm
    Day-to-Day
    L, 7-0 vs NYY
     
  • Nicasio allows four runs in loss to the Cubs
    Juan Nicasio allowed four runs -- one earned -- over 4 1/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: The three unearned runs came in the third inning, when Andrew McCutchen couldn't corral a hot shot to center field by Anthony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist followed with a three-run shot. It's possible that error on McCutchen gets changed to a hit for Rizzo. Nicasio, a popular fantasy sleeper this spring, stands 3-3 with a 3.16 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, and 32/15 K/BB ratio over 31 1/3 innings with the Bucs. He gave up eight hits and walked three on Wednesday. A road start against the Reds is next. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:12 pm
    L, 6-2 vs ^ ChC
     
  • Indians outright Ross Detwiler to AAA level
    Indians sent LHP Ross Detwiler outright to Triple-A Columbus.

    Advice: Detwiler was designated for assignment by the Tribe at the end of April and accepted the Triple-A demotion after passing through waivers unclaimed. He had a 5.79 ERA in seven relief appearances this season for Cleveland. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:41 pm
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    W, 4-0 vs Det
     
  • Yankees recall lefty James Pazos from AAA
    Yankees recalled LHP James Pazos from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

    Advice: Pazos had a 3.00 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 12 innings this season at the Triple-A level, but control remains a serious issue for the 24-year-old left-hander. He's walked 90 batters in 211 2/3 professional frames. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:36 pm
  • Britton (ankle) throws successful pen session
    Zach Britton (ankle) threw a 10-pitch bullpen session Wednesday without issue.

    Advice: Britton has been on the shelf since spraining his left ankle last Saturday, but his return now appears imminent. Darren O'Day has been serving as the O's fill-in closer and earned his second save of 2016 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:31 pm
    Day-to-Day
    L, 7-0 vs NYY
     
  • Matt Andriese fans 14 in no-decision Tuesday
    Rays RHP prospect Matt Andriese tallied a career-high 14 strikeouts over seven shutout frames Tuesday for Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Andriese went up against Pirates top prospect Jameson Taillon in an epic pitcher's duel. Neither starter allowed a run in their combined 14 innings of work. Andriese actually made 25 appearances for the Rays last season, so he isn't really a prospect anymore. The 26-year-old has done a fine job for Durham this year, earning a 3.41 ERA with an 11.54 K/9 over six starts. Andriese may make a few spot starts here and there, but he's going to have a tough time cracking Tampa Bay's loaded starting rotation. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:40 am
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    W, 8-5 vs LAD
     
  • Beimel is auditioning for teams this week
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that Joe Beimel is auditioning for interested teams this week.

    Advice: Beimel is 39 years old and had some shoulder problems in 2015, but he should be able to find an opportunity somewhere. The free agent left-hander holds a 3.12 ERA, 1.278 WHIP, and 47/30 K/BB ratio over his last 92 1/3 major league innings dating back to the beginning of the 2014 season. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:40 am
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    W, 9-8 @Oak
     
  • Boxberger (abdomen) throws another bullpen
    Brad Boxberger (abdomen) threw another successful 30-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday.

    Advice: Boxberger worked in some changeups and sliders in anticipation of the next step of his rehab, which will be facing live hitters. He'll head to the Rays' spring training complex Friday to begin simulated work. The right-hander is probably two weeks away -- maybe a little less -- from joining the back end of the Tampa Bay bullpen. Rays fill-in closer Alex Colome is sitting on a 3.00 ERA and five saves. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:08 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 8-5 vs LAD
     
  • Papelbon melts down in ninth against Royals
    Jonathan Papelbon went off the rails Tuesday, allowing three runs in two-thirds of an inning in a loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Called on to protect a two-run lead, Papelbon instead allowed two quick singles to start the inning. One out later, Mike Moustakas tied the game with a two-run single, and two batters later -- after a line out and, you guessed it, a single -- Lorenzo Cain ended Papelbon's nightmare with a walk-off single as well. The blown save was Pap's second of the season, leaving his ERA at 4.50 with a 1.42 WHIP through 13 appearances. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:16 pm
  • Young removed before getting through five
    Chris Young lasted just 4 2/3 innings Tuesday, allowing two runs on five hits in a no-decision against the Nationals.

    Advice: Young's final line doesn't look awful, but he served up two home runs and got into a bases loaded jam in the fifth when Royals manager Ned Yost finally pulled the plug. It was the third time in six starts that Young has failed to get out of the fifth inning, and he's gone six innings or more just once. He's got a 5.76 ERA and 1.45 WHIP heading into Monday's start at the Yankees. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:08 pm
  • Roark alllows four runs to Royals in ND
    Tanner Roark gave up four runs over 7 1/3 innings in a no-decision Tuesday against the Royals.

    Advice: Roark exited with the lead but was let down by closer Jonathan Papelbon, denying him his third win. He gave up six hits, walking two while striking out four in the outing. Roark has been very good this season despite his 2-2 record, posting a 2.58 ERA and 1.17 WHIP with 34 strikeouts in 38 1/3 innings. A stiffer test will come Sunday when the Nationals visit the Cubs. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:04 pm
  • Gregerson works easy ninth to close out Twins
    Luke Gregerson worked a perfect ninth inning against the Twins on Tuesday to earn his sixth save.

    Advice: Gregerson got a strikeout and two groundouts, needing 12 pitches to put away the Twins. He has yet to blow a save in six chances, owning a 1.64 ERA, 0.64 WHIP with eight strikeouts in 11 innings of work. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:43 pm
  • Jeffress cuts through Angels for seventh save
    Jeremy Jeffress worked a perfect ninth inning against the Angels to earn his seventh save Tuesday.

    Advice: Jeffress took out the bottom of the Angels' lineup to preserve the one-run victory. The right-hander is a perfect seven-for-seven in save opportunities this year, owning a 3.09 ERA through 12 appearances. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • Guerra earns win in first major league start
    Junior Guerra allowed four runs over six innings to earn the win over the Angels in his 2016 debut on Tuesday.

    Advice: Guerra gave up seven hits and a walk while striking out three in the outing. The 31-year-old wasn't only making his 2016 debut, he was also making his first-ever MLB start. Guerra will try to make it two for two when he faces the Reds on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Shawn Tolleson blows save against Jays
    Shawn Tolleson blew his second save of the season by serving up a solo homer to Justin Smoak in the ninth inning of Tuesday's loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Tolleson nearly lost the game in the ninth, too, loading the bases on a double and a couple walks before getting Jose Bautista to fly out to end the threat. The Jays won it in the 10th with another Smoak longball. Tolleson now holds a 5.73 ERA on the season, although that number is skewed due to one awful appearance. But, while he's pitched well overall, he might not be able to afford many more showings like he had Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:40 pm
  • Blue Jays recall Chad Girodo from AAA level
    Blue Jays recalled LHP Chad Girodo from Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: Girodo will give the Blue Jays a fresh bullpen arm. The left-hander spent one day in the majors late last month and threw two scoreless innings of relief. He has very good career numbers in the minor leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:18 pm
  • O'Day picks up save in O's win over Yankees
    Darren O'Day picked up a save Tuesday in the Orioles' win over the Yankees.

    Advice: O'Day got the call in the ninth with Zach Britton nursing an ankle injury and worked around a Carlos Beltran leadoff single to net his second save of the season. O'Day's other save was on April 7 against the Twins, with Britton getting a routine day off. Britton isn't expected to be out much longer, so there's no reason to go nuts for O'Day in a non-holds league. He is a truly excellent setup man, though. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:10 pm
  • Sergio Romo (elbow) throwing at 90 feet
    Sergio Romo (elbow) has stretched his flat-ground throwing to 90 feet.

    Advice: And he's experienced no issues thus far, though these are just the initial steps. Romo landed on the disabled list April 14 with a right flexor strain and will probably continue to be eased along in his rehab. We wouldn't expect him to be an option for the Giants' bullpen again until sometime after mid-May. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:48 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 7-4 @Cin
     
  • Mariners lose Tony Zych to rotator cuff issue
    Mariners placed RHP Tony Zych on the 15-day disabled list with rotator cuff tendinitis.

    Advice: Zych was rocking a 3.00 ERA and 19 strikeouts through 12 innings this season out of the Mariners' bullpen, and he boasts a 2.67 ERA in 30 1/3 career major league frames. It's not clear when the 25-year-old right-hander might be able to pitch again. Steve Johnson got the callup from Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday to provide relief depth. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:17 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 9-8 @Oak
     
  • Reds option Drew Hayes back to AAA level
    Reds optioned RHP Drew Hayes to Triple-A Louisville.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for John Lamb, who will start in place of the injured Jon Moscot (shoulder) on Tuesday night against the Giants and Jeff Samardzija. Hayes had a 7.56 ERA in 8 1/3 innings of relief. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:59 pm
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    W, 7-4 vs SF
     
  • Zach Britton (ankle) could return this week
    Zach Britton (ankle) will play catch Tuesday and could return this week.

    Advice: Britton sprained his left ankle Saturday while trying to field an Adam Eaton bunt, but X-rays and an MRI both revealed no structural damage. He should be back soon, but Darren O'Day could vulture a save chance or two this week, so he's worth stashing for now in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:32 pm
    Day-to-Day
    L, 7-0 vs NYY
     
  • Brewers recall RHP Guerra from Triple-A
    Brewers recalled RHP Junior Guerra from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

    Advice: Guerra will start Tuesday against the Angels. Claimed off waivers from the White Sox last October, the 31-year-old had a 4.63 ERA and 23/9 K/BB ratio in 23 1/3 innings over four starts in Triple-A. He made three relief appearances for the White Sox last season, but this will be his first major league start. Fantasy owners have better options to choose from. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:36 am
  • Shawn Tolleson converts ninth save
    Shawn Tolleson nailed down his ninth save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning in Monday's win over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Tolleson allowed a leadoff single to Justin Smoak but then induced three straight fielder's choices to escape. While the closer's ERA still sits at an ugly 5.40, that's the result of one poor appearance. He's converted nine of 10 save opportunities and his job is very safe at the moment. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:22 pm
  • Britton (ankle) expects to pitch again soon
    Zach Britton (ankle) expects to be available out of the Orioles' bullpen within the next few days.

    Advice: Britton sprained his left ankle Saturday while trying to field an Adam Eaton bunt. X-rays turned up negative and he told reporters Monday that he's already feeling much better. He should return at some point this week. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:44 am
    Day-to-Day
    L, 7-0 vs NYY
     
  • Zach Britton (ankle) to undergo MRI on Monday
    Zach Britton will undergo an MRI exam on his injured ankle on Monday.

    Advice: X-rays came back negative on Sunday, but the O's want to make sure there isn't any structural damage. As long as the results come back as expected, Britton could avoid a trip to the disabled list and only miss a couple of days. Darren O'Day is the most likely candidate to see save chances in his absence. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:18 pm
    Day-to-Day
    L, 7-0 vs NYY
     
  • Brad Boxberger (abdomen) to face hitters soon
    Brad Boxberger (abdomen) will throw live batting practice late this week.

    Advice: Boxberger threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Saturday and will throw one more 'pen session early this week before being allowed to face hitters. He's not far off from a rehab assignment and is poised to return in mid-May. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:46 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 8-5 vs LAD
     
  • Junior Guerra to start on Tuesday for Brewers
    The Brewers will recall Junior Guerra on Tuesday to make his first major league start against the Angels.

    Advice: A waiver claim from the White Sox last October, Guerra is a former infielder and reliever who turned 31 in January. He's put up a 4.63 ERA and 23/9 K/BB ratio over 23 1/3 innings for Triple-A Colorado Springs this season. The right-hander is a wild card but could potentially be an interesting gamble in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:13 am
  • O's not naming closer while Britton out
    Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Sunday that he's not naming a closer while Zach Britton (ankle) is sidelined.

    Advice: It's not surprising with it looking like Britton will only be out a few days. Darren O'Day is probably first in line for saves while Britton is out, but Brad Brach and Mychal Givens are also possibilities. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:52 am
  • X-rays on Zach Britton's ankle are negative
    X-rays on Zach Britton's left ankle came back negative.

    Advice: Britton is using crutches and in a soft boot on Sunday, but he's feeling much better and expects to avoid the disabled list. The closer still figures to be unavailable for a few games, which means Darren O'Day or possibly Brad Brach or Mychal Givens could receive some save chances. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:53 am
    Day-to-Day
    L, 7-0 vs NYY
     
  • Zach Britton leaves with a sprained left ankle
    Zach Britton exited Saturday's game against the White Sox with a sprained left ankle.

    Advice: He limped off in the ninth inning after trying to field a bunt by Adam Eaton, who reached on an infield single. Britton tried to flip the ball with his glove but couldn't connect with first baseman Chris Davis. He was later charged with a run when Vance Worley allowed the inherited runner to score. Manager Buck Showalter said Britton will be re-evaluated on Sunday before more is known. Darren O'Day would likely take over the closer role if Britton ends up missing significant time. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:30 pm
    Day-to-Day
    L, 7-0 vs NYY
     
  • Tyler Chatwood goes 6 1/3 scoreless in win
    Tyler Chatwood scattered five hits over 6 1/3 innings and combined with three relievers on a shutout of the Diamondbacks on Friday.

    Advice: It's not saying a whole lot, but Chatwood certainly looks like the Rockies' ace from here; he's keeping the ball on the ground and he's amassed a 20/7 K/BB in 29 2/3 innings. It's been good for a 3-2 record and a 2.73 ERA to date. We're guessing he'll continue to be an above average starter, but with Coors weighing him down, he's a streaming option in mixed leagues at best. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:22 pm
  • Kris Medlen allows one run in loss
    Kris Medlen lost despite holding the Mariners to one run and one hit in 5 1/3 innings on Friday.

    Advice: The one hit was a Seth Smith homer, dooming Medlen to a loss in a 1-0 game. The right-hander also walked five batters, which shortened his night but didn't lead to any additional runs. He's still on shaky ground in the Royals' rotation, but tonight's performance should help his cause a bit. He's 1-2 with a 4.87 ERA. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:09 pm
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  • Papelbon notches eighth save of season
    Jonathan Papelbon tossed a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the Cardinals to convert his eighth save of the season.

    Advice: Asked to hold a one-run lead, Papelbon issued a leadoff walk to pinch-hitter Kolten Wong, but he induced a double play from Brandon Moss before getting Matt Carpenter to ground out to end it. The veteran closer owns a 2.61 ERA and 7/1 K/BB ratio over 10 1/3 innings so far this season. He should find himself among the league leaders in saves on this club. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:16 pm
  • Tolleson converts eighth save of season
    Shawn Tolleson fired a 1-2-3 ninth inning Friday against the Angels on Friday for his eighth save.

    Advice: Tolleson whiffed two batters in the frame. The 28-year-old gave up five runs in a disaster outing back on April 6, so he still has an ugly 6.00 ERA, but he has allowed just one run over his last nine appearances. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:41 pm
  • Juan Nicasio fans eight Reds in dominant win
    Juan Nicasio was in dominant form in Friday's victory over the Reds, punching out eight over seven shutout innings of baseball.

    Advice: Nicasio surrendered just three hits and a walk in the impressive outing. Through five starts he certainly looks to be another successful reclamation project for Pirates' pitching coach Ray Searage, as Nicasio has compiled a 3.33 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 29/12 K/BB ratio across 27 innings. He needs to be owned and started in all mixed leagues at this point for Wednesday's start against the Cubs. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:50 pm
    L, 6-2 vs ^ ChC
     
  • Zach Britton secures sixth save on Friday
    Zach Britton worked a scoreless ninth inning against the White Sox on Friday to secure his sixth save of the season.

    Advice: Britton retired all three hitters that he faced in order, one of them via the strikeout, to protect a three-run advantage. He now boasts a 1.93 ERA, 0.75 WHIP and 11/2 K/BB ratio through 9 1/3 innings while making good on all six of his save opportunities. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:28 pm
    Day-to-Day
    L, 7-0 vs NYY
     
  • Aaron Sanchez outstanding in win over Rays
    Aaron Sanchez delivered an outstanding performance in Friday's victory over the Rays, racking up six strikeouts over seven scoreless innings of work.

    Advice: Sanchez scattered six hits and a pair of walks on the night, never letting the Rays mount a serious threat against him. His transition to the starting rotation has gone incredibly well thus far, as Sanchez has compiled a 2.59 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 29/8 K/BB ratio over 30 1/3 innings, that despite allowing six runs in his last outing. He'll look to replicate this fine effort when he takes on the Rangers at home on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:59 pm
    W, 4-3 vs ^ Tex
     
  • Ross Detwiler designated for assignment
    Indians designated LHP Ross Detwiler for assignment.

    Advice: Detwiler holds a 5.79 ERA this season and a 7.14 mark since the beginning of 2015. He'll surely have to settle for a minor league deal somewhere. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:51 am
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    W, 4-0 vs Det
     
  • Roark goes seven scoreless vs. Phillies
    Tanner Roark didn’t factor into the decision, but fired seven scoreless frames against the Phillies on Thursday.

    Advice: Roark held the Phillies to just two hits (both singles) and a pair of walks while striking out six. He now has 14 consecutive scoreless innings under his belt and owns a 2.03 ERA and 30/13 K/BB ratio in 31 innings over five starts. We wouldn’t count on more 15-strikeout games in his future, but he’s proving to be an asset in mixed leagues again in his return to the rotation. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:25 pm
  • Pirates vs. Rockies postponed at Coors Field
    Thursday's game between the Pirates and Rockies has been postponed due to wet weather in Denver.

    Advice: It was actually snowing at one point this morning at Coors Field. Tyler Chatwood was set to go for the Rockies and Juan Nicasio was scheduled for the Bucs. Those starters will presumably be pushed back to Friday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:37 am
  • Chris Young gives up three runs in loss
    Chris Young gave up three runs in 5 1/3 innings Wednesday against the Royals to fall to 1-4 on the season.

    Advice: Young gave up two homers, accounting for the three runs. He was strong his previous time out against the Orioles, but that's still his only quality start in five tries this year. His rotation spot might be tenuous. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:16 am
  • Joe Smith to fill in at closer for the Angels
    Joe Smith is expected to fill in at closer for the Angels while Huston Street recovers from an oblique strain.

    Advice: Street suffered the strain during his warmup throws Wednesday and could be sidelined for over a month. Smith was used in the ninth inning Wednesday night against the Royals and converted his first save of the 2016 season with a scoreless frame. The right-hander is an obvious must-add in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:35 pm
  • Britton locks down fifth save of the year
    Zach Britton worked around a two-out RBI single to the Rays' Steve Pearce in Wednesday's 3-1 win, locking down his fifth save of the year.

    Advice: Britton has been so dominant over the past three years that his current 2.16 ERA would be higher than any of his full-season ERAs since 2013. The lefty has 10 strikeouts in 8 1/3 innings and remains one of the premier closers in Major League Baseball. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:27 pm
    Day-to-Day
    L, 7-0 vs NYY
     
  • Schultz (hip) to begin rehab assignment Thurs
    Bo Schultz (hip) will begin a rehab assignment with Advanced-A Dunedin on Thursday.

    Advice: Offseason labrum surgery on his hip has kept Schultz on the sideline through spring training and the first month of the season. Of late, he has been pitching in extended spring training. In 43 innings with the Blue Jays last season, the 30-year-old right-hander held a 3.56 ERA and 31/14 K/BB ratio. While he could contribute to the bullpen once healthy, he doesn't offer any fantasy upside. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:04 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-3 vs Tex
     
  • Boxberger (abdomen) throws 25-pitch bullpen
    Brad Boxberger (abdomen) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday.

    Advice: According to the Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin, Boxberger's bullpen consisted mostly of fastballs, with five or six changeups tossed into the mix. The 27-year-old right-hander is recovering from a mid-March core muscle surgery. He could rejoin the Rays by the middle of May if he doesn't hit any bumps in his rehab over the next few weeks. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:06 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 8-5 vs LAD
     
  • Boxberger (abdomen) cleared to advance rehab
    Brad Boxberger (abdomen) has been cleared by his surgeon to begin intensive baseball activities.

    Advice: Boxberger has already been throwing bullpen sessions and should be just about ready to face live hitters. The right-hander needed surgery on March 18 for a core muscle. He's on track for a mid-May activation date. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:33 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 8-5 vs LAD
     
  • Romo (flexor strain) to play catch Friday
    Sergio Romo (flexor strain) will play catch on Friday.

    Advice: Romo landed on the disabled list earlier this month with a right flexor strain and he's now ready to test his progress. He's still a ways off from rejoining the Giants' bullpen. Rotoworld.com Apr 25, 5:20 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 7-4 @Cin
     
  • Roberto Osuna converts sixth save
    Roberto Osuna nailed down his sixth save of the season with a perfect ninth inning in Sunday's win over the Athletics.

    Advice: Osuna retired the side in order on just nine pitches, picking up a strikeout along the way. The young reliever holds a 2.89 ERA on the year and has converted all six of his save opportunities. Rotoworld.com Apr 24, 1:09 pm
  • Nicasio picks up second loss of season
    Juan Nicasio issued four walks and three hits in five innings, yet he managed to strand five baserunners and only give up two runs in Saturday’s loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Nicasio blew everyone away with a phenomenal spring training, but the regular-season results haven’t been awe-inspiring. Despite the healthy number of strikeouts, his walk rate rose to 4.95 BB/9 after Saturday night’s performance. He has a 4.50 ERA in 20 innings of work and could be one of the prime candidates to move to the bullpen when the Pirates ultimately promote Tyler Glasnow and/or Jameson Taillon this summer. Just another cautionary tale when it comes to trusting spring-training numbers, it seems. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 9:03 pm
    L, 6-2 vs ^ ChC
     
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