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  • Miley gets shelled in four innings
    Wade Miley served up a trio of homers and only lasted four innings against the Twins on Saturday, ultimately getting tagged for five earned runs.

    Advice: It was vintage Miley -- strikeout a ton, walk a couple, and give up the long ball. He struck out six, walked four, and allowed three homers. This is why Miley had a 4.46 ERA with the Red Sox in 2015 and now has a 4.95 ERA with the Mariners. The 29-year-old is what he is at this point and, in terms of fantasy leagues, that’s not a top-75 starter. He’ll look to get back on track against the Padres on the road. Yesterday, 10:42 pm
  • Hughes roughed up a bit in win
    Phil Hughes gave up four earned runs on nine hits and three walks in just 4 2/3 innings in Saturday’s win over the Mariners.

    Advice: It could’ve been worse. The Mariners had the bases loaded four different times against Hughes, but hitters went 0-for-4 with a double play in those situations. That helped the right-hander limit the damage, despite the 12 baserunners. He now has a 5.74 ERA with only 30 strikeouts in 53 1/3 innings and will next get the Rays at home. Yesterday, 10:41 pm
  • Vargas gets shelled versus Diamondbacks
    Cesar Vargas got shelled on Saturday against the Diamondbacks, surrendering seven runs in just 1 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Vargas allowed six hits -- one of them being a two-run shot from Paul Goldschmidt -- and two walks, so it was an all-around miserable outing for the young righty. Considering he had never made a start above Double-A prior to this year, fantasy owners should expect a few blow-up starts as he acclimates to the big leagues, especially given his penchant for the free pass. The ground-ball specialist may be able to carve out a back-end role in San Diego; however, that’s not too interesting in fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 10:35 pm
  • Greinke gives up four runs in win
    Zack Greinke was responsible for four runs in six innings of work in Saturday’s win over the Padres.

    Advice: Greinke saw his quality start spoiled by a three-run sixth, an inning that featured three doubles and a walk. It marked his fifth start in which he allowed four or more runs. The right-hander had only two of such outings in all of 2015. He now owns a 4.71 ERA with 60 strikeouts in 70 2/3 innings this year and will next face the Astros in an interleague match-up. Yesterday, 10:34 pm
  • Keuchel goes seven strong in win over Angels
    Dallas Keuchel recovered from a shaky start to limit the Angels to two runs over seven innings in Saturday's 4-2 win.

    Advice: Keuchel gave up back-to-back solo homers to Mike Trout and Albert Pujols in the first inning but settled down to put up six zeroes in his final six innings of work. The southpaw gave up just one other hit, didn't walk a batter and struck out five on the night. It ranked among his best starts of the season, improving him to 3-6 with a 5.58 ERA and 1.47 WHIP through 11 outings. We'll see if Keuchel can use the start as a springboard or if it was an aberration when he takes on the Diamondbacks on Thursday. Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Weaver allows four runs in loss to Astros
    Jered Weaver allowed four runs over six innings in a loss to the Astros on Saturday.

    Advice: Weaver matched Astros starter Dallas Keuchel through five innings, each pitcher allowing two runs, but a Jason Castro two-run home run in the sixth inning broke the tie and sealed Weaver's fate. The right-hander gave up six hits and walked three on the evening. Weaver's record fell to 4-4 with the loss, and he owns a 5.40 ERA and 1.51 WHIP through 10 starts. An interleague matchup with the Pirates is on tap for Friday. Yesterday, 10:04 pm
  • Maeda's X-rays on hand come back negative
    Kenta Maeda underwent X-rays on his right hand after Saturday's win over the Mets, but they came back negative.

    Advice: Maeda got struck by a sharp comebacker on Saturday. He stayed in the game, and the post-game X-rays came back negative. Manager Dave Roberts indicated that he should make his next start without issue. Yesterday, 7:56 pm
  • Collins concerned Thor may face suspension
    Noah Syndergaard was ejected after throwing at Chase Utley on Saturday, and manager Terry Collins is worried he'll face a suspension.

    Advice: Syndergaard got tossed without any warnings being issued beforehand, which is causing some frustration among the Mets' faithful, but we'll likely have to wait a couple of days before Major League Baseball makes any decision on a suspension. Yesterday, 7:52 pm
  • Gonzalez knocked around in loss to Cardinals
    Gio Gonzalez was hit hard by the Cardinals on Saturday, allowing six runs over 4 2/3 innings in a loss.

    Advice: Gio gave up six hits, including a home run to Matt Holliday, while walking four in the outing. The loss was his second in a row and his second bad showing, raising his ERA to 3.57. He'll try to get back on the winning path Friday when the Nats visit the Reds. Yesterday, 7:37 pm
  • Bumgarner holds Rox to one run in no-decision
    Madison Bumgarner pitched well at Coors Field on Saturday, limiting the Rockies to one run over six innings, but didn't factor in the decision.

    Advice: Bumgarner left with a 4-1 lead, but his bullpen subsequently gave up four runs in the bottom of the seventh. Preserving that lead included a high-wire act in the sixth inning, when the Rockies loaded the bases with no outs, but Bum struck out Ryan Raburn and got a double play from Cristhian Adames to end the threat. The southpaw struck out six while walking two and allowing five hits on the afternoon. Bumgarner owns a 2.12 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 83/22 K/BB ahead of a start against the Braves on Thursday. Yesterday, 5:29 pm
  • Jimenez battered again, this time by Indians
    Ubaldo Jimenez gave up six runs for the third straight start -- although just three were earned -- in a loss to the Indians on Saturday.

    Advice: A fielding error in the first inning made three of the Indians' four runs unearned, but it's not as though Jimenez was much better. The right-hander lasted just 1 2/3 innings, allowing five hits and walking three before exiting. He's now 2-6 with a 6.36 ERA for a team with aspirations of winning the AL East. It's hard to imagine they'll continue running him out there much longer when he's pitching like this, but his next scheduled start, until further notice, is set for Thursday against the Red Sox. Yesterday, 5:18 pm
  • Syndergaard ejected for throwing at Utley
    Noah Syndergaard was ejected from Saturday night's game against the Dodgers for throwing in the general direction of Chase Utley in the third inning.

    Advice: Syndergaard appeared to try and hit Utley with a pitch, but missed. He was immediately ejected and manager Terry Collins was subsequently ejected for arguing. It's assumed that Syndergaard was responding to Utley's take-out slide on Ruben Tejada last October. The right-hander had only allowed two hits in 2 1/3 scoreless innings prior to his getting sent off. Yesterday, 5:05 pm
  • Salazar yields two runs in win over Orioles
    Danny Salazar allowed two runs over six innings in a win over the Orioles on Saturday.

    Advice: Salazar gave up six hits and walked two to earn his fifth win of the year. He continues to be one of the best pitchers in the American League, posting a 2.39 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 72/28 K/BB ratio over 60 1/3 innings of work. He's presently second in the league in strikeouts and fourth in ERA among qualified starters. Salazar will next take on the Royals on Thursday. Yesterday, 5:02 pm
  • Pineda continues to struggle in loss to Rays
    Michael Pineda's rough 2016 season continued Saturday, allowing six runs over 3 2/3 innings in a loss to the Rays.

    Advice: Pineda gave up nine hits, including a two-run home run to Evan Longoria, while striking out just three. The loss was his sixth in 10 starts this year, and Pineda now owns a 6.92 ERA and 1.65 WHIP. He's just giving up too much contact, and they're hitting it too hard. He'll keep searching for a former dominance Thursday against the Tigers. Yesterday, 4:45 pm
  • Yordano Ventura knocked around by White Sox
    Yordano Ventura was knocked around again in Saturday's no-decision against the White Sox, surrendering six runs on nine hits over his seven innings of work.

    Advice: The right-hander struck out four and didn't walk a batter. To his credit, Ventura was able to settle down after the White Sox had scored six times in the first four innings, and was able to give his club seven innings and save the bullpen. He has been a major disappointment this season, compiling a 5.17 ERA and 1.53 WHIP over 55 2/3 innings in his first 10 starts. He'll try to right the ship on Thursday against the Indians in Cleveland. Yesterday, 3:45 pm
  • Marcus Stroman hit hard by Red Sox Saturday
    Marcus Stroman was hit hard in a no-decision against the Red Sox on Saturday, allowing seven runs on 11 hits over 5 1/3 innings of work.

    Advice: The right-hander punched out five while walking one on the afternoon. He made it through the first three innings unscathed, but the Red Sox offense woke up the second time through the order. Xander Bogaerts and Travis Shaw each blasted home runs as part of the damage against Stroman. He'll look to improve upon a 4.46 ERA and 1.25 WHIP when he does battle against these same Red Sox in Boston on Friday. Yesterday, 3:29 pm
  • Porcello gives up four runs in no-decision
    Rick Porcello struggled in a no-decision against the Blue Jays on Saturday, surrendering four runs on seven hits over his 6 2/3 innings.

    Advice: The right-hander racked up five strikeouts on the afternoon while walking just one. The Jays scratched out three runs against him in the third inning, but Porcello was able to bear down and keep them off the board after that until a Russell Martin solo shot in the sixth. He'll carry a 3.68 ERA and 1.10 WHIP into Thursday's start against the Orioles in Baltimore. Yesterday, 3:28 pm
  • White Sox showing interest in Shields
    The White Sox and Padres are reportedly engaged in trade talks surrounding James Shields.

    Advice: According to sources, these talks have "energy" and could lead to the right-hander moving to the Midwest to help the White Sox's starting rotation. Shields knows the AL Central well, pitching for the Royals in 2013 and 2014, but has seen his stuff decline the past two years. His 3.06 ERA is likely attractive to the White Sox; however, his velocity is down and his 3.88 FIP suggests he's more of a mid-rotation starter than an impact arm at this point in his career. Yesterday, 3:24 pm
  • Jerad Eickhoff fans seven in loss to Cubs
    Jerad Eickhoff suffered his seventh loss of the season on Saturday, allowing four runs on eight hits over his six frames against the Cubs.

    Advice: Eickhoff racked up seven strikeouts on the afternoon while walking only one. The Cubs jumped on him right out of the gate, with Dexter Fowler blasting a leadoff home run in a two-run first inning. The young right-hander will look for better results next time out when he does battle against the Brewers at home on Thursday. Yesterday, 1:47 pm
  • Dodgers option Julio Urias back to Triple-A
    Dodgers optioned LHP Julio Urias to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: While he struggled in his big league debut on Friday, Urias flashed the skills and talent that have made him the top pitching prospect in the game. He'll continue to bide his time at Triple-A for now, but will almost assuredly get another chance with the Dodgers later in the season. Yesterday, 10:57 am
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  • Garza to begin rehab assignment on Tuesday
    Matt Garza (lat) is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment with Class-A Wisconsin on Tuesday.

    Advice: He'll need a couple of rehab starts before he's ready to go. Garza plans on making his season debut on or around June 14. If you're struggling for pitching depth in deeper mixed leagues, he could be worth a look as a low-cost addition. Yesterday, 10:42 am
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  • Royals option Brian Flynn back to Triple-A
    Royals optioned LHP Brian Flynn to Triple-A Omaha.

    Advice: The 26-year-old southpaw continues to shuffle back and forth between the Royals and Triple-A whenever the big league club needs an extra arm. Flynn owns a 4.91 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 6/4 K/BB ratio over 7 1/3 innings with the Royals. Yesterday, 8:39 am
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  • Matt Shoemaker carries shutout into ninth
    Matt Shoemaker took a shutout into the ninth before being charged with two runs in 8 1/3 innings Friday in a defeat of the Astros.

    Advice: Shoemaker struck out 11 before giving up singles to two of the three batters he faced in the ninth. Cam Bedrosian entered then and allowed both inherited runners to score, ending Shoemaker's scoreless streak that started with 7 1/3 shutout frames against the Orioles on Saturday. Shoemaker still seems risky in mixed leagues, but he should certainly be grabbed in any AL-only leagues in which he's available. Friday, 10:13 pm
  • Sean Manaea gives up three runs in loss
    Sean Manaea yielded three runs in six-plus innings Friday in a loss to the Tigers.

    Advice: If only just barely, it was still Manaea's second quality start in six tries since he was called up at the end of April. His rotation spot seems rather secure, even if his performance hasn't justified it yet. He'll face the Twins at home next time out. Friday, 10:01 pm
  • Zach Davies knocked around again on Friday
    Zach Davies was knocked around again on Friday, surrendering five runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings against the Reds.

    Advice: Fortunately for Davies, the Brewers provided a boatload of run support for him and he still came away with a victory. The right-hander struck out four and didn't issue a walk in the ballgame. Now 2-3 on the season, he'll look to further improve upon a troublesome 6.05 ERA and 1.51 WHIP when he does battle against the Cardinals on Wednesday. Friday, 9:48 pm
  • Jon Niese fires six innings of one-run ball
    Jon Niese picked up his fifth victory of the season on Friday, firing six innings of one-run ball against the Rangers in Arlington.

    Advice: Niese walked one and struck out two in the stellar outing. The only blemish on his evening was a solo home run off the bat of Adrian Beltre in the sixth inning. He'll look to build on this strong outing when he brings a 4.42 ERA and 1.42 WHIP into Wednesday's start against the Marlins in Miami. Friday, 9:29 pm
  • Urias fails to make it out of 3rd in debut
    Julio Urias struggled in his major league debut Friday night against the Mets, allowing three runs in five hits and four walks over 2 2/3 innings.

    Advice: This just in: Pitching in the majors is hard. All three runs scored in the first inning. Urias was pulled in the third inning after loading the bases. The stuff looked good - the 19-year-old worked in the mid-90s with his fastball and broke off a few good breaking balls — but the command and control weren't there for him on this night. He threw just 42 out of 81 pitches for strikes. On the bright side, things can only get better from here. This is just the beginning. Friday, 7:52 pm
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  • Dodgers call up Julio Urias for MLB debut
    Dodgers purchased the contract of LHP Julio Urias from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Urias will make his major league debut on Friday against the Mets. The top prospect has put up a 1.10 ERA, 0.78 WHIP and 44/8 K/BB ratio through 41 innings this season at Oklahoma City and was in the midst of a 27-inning scoreless streak at the time of his promotion. He's filling in for Alex Wood (triceps) and might be sent down after the start, although the Dodgers have discussed using Urias as a reliever. Friday, 1:25 pm
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  • Urias to split time between pen and rotation
    Dodgers GM Andrew Friedman expects Julio Urias to balance time between the bullpen and the starting rotation this year.

    Advice: Urias is a future top-of-the-rotation starter but the Dodgers understandably want to limit his workload in year one. "Julio is an extremely talented pitching prospect whose talent is a little bit ahead of his development," said Friedman. The Dodgers haven't decided if Urias will stick around after Friday's start against the Mets. Urias is starting in place of Alex Wood, who was scratched with forearm tightness. Thursday, 5:20 pm
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  • Urias will make MLB debut Friday at Mets
    Dodgers top pitching prospect Julio Urias will make his major league debut Friday against the Mets.

    Advice: Here we go. Urias has been regarded as one of the top young pitching talents in baseball since age 16 and he will debut Friday night at Citi Field at the age of 19. The left-hander was sporting a dominant 1.10 ERA, 0.78 WHIP, and 44/8 K/BB ratio through 41 innings this season at Triple-A Oklahoma City. He'll be filling in Friday for Alex Wood, who has been scratched due to left triceps tightness. It's not clear what the plan is beyond Friday's game. Thursday, 7:35 am
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  • Shields allows two runs in no-decision
    James Shields pitched respectably in Wednesday's no-decision against the Giants, surrendering two runs on five hits over six innings.

    Advice: Shields struck out six and walked one on the afternoon. RBI singles by Kelby Tomlinson and Matt Duffy in the second and sixth innings, respectively, accounted for the scoring on the veteran right-hander's line. He will carry a 3.06 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 56/23 K/BB ratio (64 2/3 innings) into his next scheduled start, a road date with the Mariners. Wednesday, 4:09 pm
  • Garza (lat) to throw 60-pitch pen on Wed.
    Matt Garza (lat) is scheduled to throw a 60-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday.

    Advice: If that goes smoothly, he'll throw live batting practice Saturday and continue ramping up from there. "No setbacks," Garza told reporters Tuesday. "I’m pumped." The 32-year-old right-hander expects to be ready to make his 2016 debut by the middle of June. Tuesday, 2:58 pm
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  • 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. Monday, 8:33 pm
  • Bumgarner does it all in victory over Cubs
    Madison Bumgarner pitched another outstanding ballgame on Sunday night, firing 7 2/3 scoreless innings in a victory over the Cubs.

    Advice: Bumgarner allowed just three hits and a pair of walks while striking out six on the night. He worked his way out of a bases loaded jam in the first inning and was basically untouchable the rest of the evening. He also contributed with the stick, plating the game's lone run with an RBI double in the fifth inning. Now 6-2 on the season, he'll carry an outstanding 2.31 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 77/20 K/BB ratio into a tough matchup against the Rockies at Coors Field on Saturday. May 22, 7:48 pm
  • Jered Weaver fans six in victory over Orioles
    Jered Weaver delivered a strong performance in Sunday's victory over the Orioles, allowing just two runs on five hits over seven frames.

    Advice: Weaver punched out six in the ballgame and walked only one. He kept the O's off the board until his final inning of work where Jonathan Schoop belted a two-run homer. Knowing that his fastball is among the worst in the game, Weaver threw primarily breaking balls the entire game on Sunday and the strategy paid off for him. It'll be interesting to see if he does the same on Saturday against the Astros. May 22, 5:26 pm
  • Ubaldo Jimenez blasted again in loss to Halos
    Ubaldo Jimenez was blasted again in Sunday's loss to the Angels, giving up six runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Jimenez walked three and struck out three in the contest. After scratching out a run in the second inning, the Angels erupted for five in the third. It's actually a minor miracle that Jimenez was able to regain his composure and pitch into the sixth inning. While he'll remain in the rotation for now, he owns a troublesome 6.04 ERA and 1.78 WHIP on the season and shouldn't be in any fantasy lineups for Saturday's start against the Indians in Cleveland. May 22, 5:21 pm
  • Michael Pineda defeats A's to earn second win
    Michael Pineda earned his second victory of the season on Sunday, limiting the Athletics to three runs on six hits over his six frames.

    Advice: Pineda racked up six strikeouts in the contest while issuing only one free pass. While he has shown flashes of his elite talent, the results this season have mostly been terrible for the right-hander, who sports a 6.34 ERA, 1.59 WHIP and 56/15 K/BB ratio over 49 2/3 innings. He'll look to carry over momentum from this start when he takes on the Rays in Tampa Bay on Saturday. May 22, 4:42 pm
  • Eickhoff blanks Braves over seven innings
    Jerad Eickhoff was a man possessed in Sunday's 5-0 win over the Braves, firing seven scoreless innings.

    Advice: Eickhoff scattered five hits, walked one and struck out three on the afternoon. He finished his seven innings having thrown just 85 pitches (57 strikes). For the season, this was his third outing of seven innings and his second of seven shutout innings. He will carry a 3.86 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 43/11 K/BB ratio (53 2/3 innings) into his next scheduled outing, a road showdown with the Cubbies. May 22, 3:00 pm
  • Porcello earns win No. 7 in Sunday affair
    Rick Porcello allowed two runs over 5 2/3 innings while improving to 7-2 in Sunday's win over the Indians.

    Advice: Porcello struck out five and walked one on the afternoon. A two-run single by Jason Kipnis in the second inning accounted for all the scoring noise on his watch. While fantasy owners should continue rolling with the 27-year-old right-hander so long as he has the hot hand (3.47 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 54/13 K/BB ratio over 57 innings), just keep in mind that Porcello had held an ERA south of 4.00 just twice in seven major league seasons entering 2016. Four of those seven seasons saw him posting ERA's over 4.50. A road start against the Blue Jays shows next on his schedule as he looks to continue to show those career numbers who is boss. May 22, 2:34 pm
  • Salazar ineffective against Red Sox machine
    Danny Salazar struggled to hold the Red Sox at bay in Sunday's loss, yielding four runs on eight hits over 4 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Salazar struck out six and walked three on the afternoon. The Red Sox struck for three runs through the first two innings, then held back before adding one more against Salazar in the fifth when allegedly-retiring human David Ortiz crushed a solo home run. The tepid outing was enough to push Salazar's ERA over 2.00, but that sentence in itself says plenty about just how well the 26-year-old right-hander was pitching entering Sunday's action. He will carry a 2.32 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 67/26 K/BB ratio (54 1/3 innings) into a home start against the Orioles next time out. May 22, 2:26 pm
  • Yordano Ventura surrenders three earned
    Yordano Ventura surrendered three earned runs over six innings Sunday in a loss to the White Sox.

    Advice: Ventura walked four and gave up six hits, including a solo homer to Todd Frazier. The hard-throwing right-hander carries an underwhelming 4.81 ERA and 1.56 WHIP in 48 2/3 innings this season, along with a hideous 34/33 K/BB ratio. He gets the White Sox at home next. May 22, 2:18 pm
  • Greinke dominates for eight versus Cardinals
    Zack Greinke held the Cardinals to one run over eight innings Sunday in the Diamondbacks' 7-2 victory.

    Advice: That's the second good start in a row for Greinke, whose ERA is finally under 5.00. He gave up only five hits and one walk while striking out seven. The one run against him came on a Brandon Moss solo shot in the bottom of the fourth. Greinke, signed to a $206.5 million free agent contract this winter, will try to stay hot in his next turn at home against the Padres. May 22, 2:14 pm
  • Reds ding Miley for four runs in six innings
    Wade Miley couldn't quite manage a quality start in Sunday's win over the Reds, yielding four runs on eight hits over six innings.

    Advice: Miley allowed three runs in the first inning courtesy of a two-run double by Brandon Phillips and a sacrifice fly by Joey Votto. The Reds wouldn't score again until the fourth inning, when Adam Duvall cracked a solo home run. For the season, Miley holds an utterly average 4.50 ERA and 1.23 WHIP across nine starts. A home date with the Twins awaits him next time he toes the rubber. May 22, 2:07 pm
  • Keuchel surrenders seven runs to Rangers
    Dallas Keuchel surrendered seven earned runs over six innings Sunday in a loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Yet another brutal outing from the reigning 2015 American League Cy Young Award winner, who now stands 2-6 with a 5.92 ERA through 10 starts this year. He struck out six Sunday and issued only one walk, but the Rangers made a whole lot of hard contact. Keuchel will look to straighten things out in his next start on the road against the Angels. May 22, 1:56 pm
  • Stroman pitches into eighth in win over Twins
    Marcus Stroman fired 7 2/3 innings of one-run ball Sunday in the Blue Jays' 3-1 defeat of the Twins.

    Advice: Stroman carved his way easily through the punchless Minnesota batting order, yielding just three hits and two walks while striking out three. The one run he gave up came on a Kurt Suzuki groundout in the bottom of the second inning. Stroman now stands 5-1 on the season with a 3.89 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 46/19 K/BB ratio in 69 1/3 innings. He'll try to keep it all working next time out against the Red Sox. May 22, 1:51 pm
  • Hughes allows three runs over six in loss
    Phil Hughes allowed three earned runs over six innings Sunday in a loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Toronto scored all three of those runs in the top of the first, on solo homers by Jose Bautista and Josh Donaldson and an RBI double from Troy Tulowitzki. Hughes did settle in after that, but he got very little help from the Minnesota offense in falling to 1-7 on the year. A road start against the Mariners is next. May 22, 1:48 pm
  • Syndergaard fans 11 Brewers over seven IP
    Noah Syndergaard was superb in Sunday's 3-1 win over the Brewers, firing seven innings of one-run ball while striking out 11.

    Advice: Syndergaard scattered six hits and did not walk a batter. Only an unearned run that scored on a Jonathan Lucroy RBI single in the first inning prevented the ace southpaw from hurling seven innings of shutout ball. He has now recorded double-digit strikeouts in back-to-back games. With the win, Syndergaard jumped his record to 5-2. He will carry a 1.94 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 76/9 K/BB ratio (60 1/3 innings) into his next scheduled start, a home showdown with the Dodgers. May 22, 1:21 pm
  • Cesar Vargas shines in no-decision vs LAD
    Cesar Vargas was on his game in taking a no-decision against the Dodgers on Saturday, surrendering two runs on four hits over seven innings.

    Advice: Vargas struck out seven and walked one on the evening. Matt Kemp gave him a brief 1-0 lead in the sixth inning, but Vargas would allow a two-run homer to Trayce Thompson half-an-inning later. The Padres would come back with a run of their own in the bottom of the frame to prevent Vargas from picking up the loss. For the season, the 24-year-old right-hander holds a 3.34 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 27/13 K/BB ratio across 32 1/3 innings. The WHIP pops off the stat sheet, but Vargas has survived it, somehow, allowing two or fewer runs in five of his six starts. That sixth start saw him blown up for six runs by the Cubs. He will hit the road for a date with the Diamondbacks next time he takes the ball. May 21, 10:56 pm
  • Shoemaker dazzles with 12 strikeouts vs O's
    Matt Shoemaker was brilliant in earning a no-decision in Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Orioles, fanning 12 over 7 1/3 innings of shutout ball.

    Advice: Shoemaker scattered three hits and did not walk a batter. Manager Mike Scioscia let him give the eighth inning a crack, but lifted him after a passed-ball strikeout allowed Jonathan Schoop to reach with one out. Alas, Shoemaker will need to put in a few more starts like this if he wants to drag his numbers back to respectability. He still holds a 6.81 ERA, 1.57 WHIP and 34/13 K/BB ratio through eight starts (37 1/3 innings). A home date with the Astros awaits him next time out. May 21, 10:22 pm
  • Niese is stingy over seven innings versus Rox
    Jon Niese kept the potent Rockies offense largely in check Saturday, allowing one run on four hits over seven innings in a no-decision.

    Advice: Niese gave up an RBI double to Mark Reynolds in the top of the first inning but was otherwise strong, walking one while striking out four. It was the continuation of a string of improved starts for the southpaw, who now has three straight quality starts under his belt. That all adds up to a 4.75 ERA and 1.43 WHIP in nine starts overall. Niese will look to keep the ball rolling Friday at the Rangers in an interleague date. May 21, 7:19 pm
  • Zach Davies yields four runs in no-decision
    Zach Davies allowed four runs over 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Mets on Saturday.

    Advice: Davies gave up a home run to the first batter he faced, Curtis Granderson, and the last batter he faced, Yoenis Cespedes. In between he gave up three more hits and walked two while striking out five. He owns a 5.75 ERA through seven starts, and he'll next take the hill Friday against the Reds. May 21, 6:34 pm
  • Manaea gives up five runs in loss to Yankees
    Sean Manaea took a step backward Saturday, giving up five runs on six hits over 6 2/3 innings in a loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: Manaea showed progress in earning his first MLB victory against the Rangers his last time out, but the Yankees got to him four times in the fourth inning and added another in the seventh to stick him with his second loss of the year. His earned run average actually went down with the loss, dropping from 7.91 to 7.62, an illustration of how much he struggled upon being promoted. The A's aren't going anywhere fast, so they can afford to let Manaea learn at the big league level if they so desire. That next lesson should come Friday against the Tigers. May 21, 3:57 pm
  • Shields not quite good enough in loss to SF
    James Shields fell to 2-6 in Thursday's loss to the Giants, surrendering three runs (two earned) on nine hits over 6 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Shields has pitched better than that dismal 2-6 record. On Thursday, the Giants knocked him for solitary runs in the first, fourth and seventh innings. Alas, Giants starter Jeff Samardzija was just a touch better. For the season, the artist formerly known as Big Game James holds a 3.07 ERA, 1.33 ERA and 50/22 K/BB ratio across 58 2/3 innings (nine starts). There is no shame in owning him in most formats. He will have another crack at the Giants next time he toes the rubber. May 19, 9:23 pm
  • Garza (lat) to throw another bullpen Sunday
    Matt Garza (lat) said he felt good after Thursday's bullpen session.

    Advice: He's scheduled to throw another bullpen session on Sunday. Garza's recovery from a strained lat has gone slower than expected but he hasn't suffered any setbacks and could be back with the Brewers early next month. The 32-year-old is coming off one of his worst seasons (6-14, 5.63 ERA in 2015) and can probably be ignored for fantasy purposes. May 19, 3:49 pm
    60-Day DL
    11:10 am vs Cin
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