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  • Rusin fails to earn win despite 17 runs
    Chris Rusin was ineffective in Thursday's win over the Giants, surrendering seven runs on 13 hits over 4 1/3 innings.

    Advice: The Rockies scored 13 runs in the top of the fifth inning to take a 17-3 lead, but despite that monstrous lead, Rusin would immediately run into trouble in the bottom of the frame and was pulled with one out. The Giants would score four runs before the longest fifth inning in the history of mankind (estimated) finally came to a close. Rusin will take a 4.33 ERA and 1.33 WHIP into his next scheduled start, a home showdown with the Diamondbacks. Yesterday, 10:44 pm
  • Rockies romp as Matt Cain surrenders 8 runs
    Matt Cain was obliterated in Thursday's 17-7 loss to the Rockies, surrendering eight runs (six earned) on 10 hits over four-plus innings.

    Advice: We will give you a moment to hide the children before we go over Cain's stats. The veteran right-hander surrendered two home runs and did not strike out a batter. He didn't walk one, either. With almost everything falling in the strike zone, the Rockies teed off. They pounced for three runs in the first inning -- highlighted by a two-run homer from wunderkind Nolan Arenado -- an additional run in the second, and then, the fifth inning happened. Cain would start the inning and promptly surrender the rest of his runs in the frame. Trevor Story walloped a home run to lead off the frame, which was followed by a Carlos Gonzalez double, a Brandon Crawford error and an RBI single by Gerardo Para. Cain would be lifted for Vin Mazzaro at that point. Cain has now allowed at least six runs in three of his six starts. He is scheduled to face the Blue Jays next time out. That should be interesting. Yesterday, 10:41 pm
  • Owens issues six free passes in short start
    Henry Owens handed out six walks over three innings, allowing two runs, in a no-decision against the White Sox on Thursday.

    Advice: Owens yielded just two hits -- one of which was a home run -- but the inefficiency killed him. It wasn't just this start, either, as he now has 13 walks through 12 1/3 innings overall. Things could have been much worse, as he escaped with a 5.11 ERA and 2.11 WHIP through three starts. Assuming Eduardo Rodriguez won't be back by then, Owens could draw another start Tuesday against the Athletics, but he won't be long for the rotation with many more like this. Yesterday, 10:26 pm
  • Colin Rea tosses three-hit masterpiece
    Colin Rea was magnificent in Thursday's 5-3 win over the Mets, surrendering just three hits and one run over eight-plus innings.

    Advice: Rea struck out five and walked one, but even if he wasn't blowing away batter after batter, he pitched masterfully. The Mets did not pick up their first hit until the seventh inning, when Yoenis Cespedes finally managed a two-out single. They would not score until the ninth, when Curtis Granderson greeted Rea with a solo home run. He was lifted for a reliever at that point. For the season, Rea, 25, holds a 3.82 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 27/14 K/BB ratio across 35 1/3 innings. The Cubs are up next in what should prove an interesting test. Yesterday, 9:56 pm
  • Miley earns quality start in no-decision
    Wade Miley allowed two runs over six innings in a no-decision Thursday against the Astros.

    Advice: Miley allowed five hits and two walks while striking out five. It wasn't quite the complete-game shutout he tossed his last time out, but Miley still left in line for his third win before the bullpen failed to hold the lead. Still, it was another promising turn after a poor month of April. Miley will carry a 4.74 ERA and 1.32 WHIP into Tuesday's start against the Rays. Yesterday, 9:40 pm
  • RHP Erik Johnson optioned back to Triple-A
    White Sox optioned RHP Erik Johnson to Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Johnson was called up less than 12 hours ago to start against the Red Sox, but the White Sox won't be starting him again for the time being. Versus Boston, the 26-year-old right-hander surrendered four earned runs over five innings. While he could see future major league time this season, there's little to excite on a fantasy level. Yesterday, 9:38 pm
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  • Anderson (oblique) to throw bullpen Friday
    Tyler Anderson (oblique) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Friday.

    Advice: He's working at the Rockies' spring training facility in Scottsdale. If Friday's session goes according to plan, Anderson could set out on a rehab assignment sometime next week. It's taken him almost two months to recover from a strained right oblique. Yesterday, 8:41 pm
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    7:15 pm @SF
  • Anderson yields seven runs in loss to Reds
    Chase Anderson allowed seven runs -- six earned -- over five innings in a loss to the Reds on Thursday.

    Advice: Anderson walked two and gave up six hits, two of which left the yard. That's been a problem for the right-hander of late -- he's allowed eight home runs in his last four starts, all losses. He has a 6.44 ERA and 1.84 WHIP through six starts, with an eye on stopping the bleeding Tuesday at the Marlins. Yesterday, 8:32 pm
  • Simon goes 7 2/3 innings in earning first win
    Alfredo Simon allowed three runs over 7 2/3 innings in Thursday's win over the Brewers.

    Advice: The win was the first of the year for Simon. He had his sinker working in this one, recording 16 ground ball outs to just two in the air. He also struck out five. It was something to build on for the 34-year-old, who still owns a 9.86 ERA and 2.19 WHIP through Thursday's start. He'll look to make it two in a row Tuesday against the Pirates. Yesterday, 8:29 pm
  • Ray gives up two runs in loss to Marlins
    Robbie Ray allowed two runs over 5 1/3 innings in Thursday's loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: Ray gave up six hits and a walk, striking out five in the loss. He's had some clunkers, but the poor guy can't catch a break, either -- Thursday was the third consecutive game his team was shut out in one of his starts. Through six starts, the southpaw has a 4.70 ERA, 1.63 WHIP and 32/16 K/BB ratio over 30 2/3 innings. It doesn't get much easier Tuesday when Ray takes on the Rockies in Colorado. Yesterday, 8:00 pm
  • Twins waive left-hander Tommy Milone
    The Twins have placed left-hander Tommy Milone on waivers, per Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press.

    Advice: Casey Fien was also waived. Milone was demoted to the bullpen last week after going winless in his first four starts with a 5.79 ERA. His lone relief outing went just as poorly as Milone scattered two hits and three runs in just 3 1/3 innings Tuesday in a loss to Houston. The 29-year-old can't reject a minor league assignment if he clears waivers. Yesterday, 5:31 pm
  • Wily Peralta (paternity) to start Monday's game
    Wily Peralta will start Monday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Peralta was placed on paternity leave Thursday following the birth of his daughter. With Peralta unable to make his scheduled start Friday, Tyler Cravy will fill in against the Reds. Zach Davies had been scheduled to start Monday's game but he'll be pushed back a day. Yesterday, 3:12 pm
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  • Wily Peralta placed on paternity leave
    Brewers placed RHP Wily Peralta on the paternity leave list.

    Advice: Peralta's daughter was born on Thursday. Tyler Cravy was called up Triple-A Colorado Springs and will start in Peralta's place Friday against Cincinnati. Peralta should be fine to make his next scheduled start Wednesday against the Marlins. Yesterday, 2:00 pm
    4:10 pm @Cin
  • Jerad Eickhoff takes fourth loss
    Jerad Eickhoff fell to 1-4 after allowing three runs in six-plus innings Thursday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Eickhoff gave up a solo homer in the first, but he proceeded to shut the Cardinals down through the sixth. The seventh started with a walk to Yadier Molina, and Eickhoff then appeared to tweak an ankle while attempting to make a pickoff throw to first. He was checked by the trainer and left in just long enough to give up one more hit. Both runners came around to score later in the frame, making Eickhoff's day look quite a bit worse than it was. Yesterday, 1:42 pm
  • White Sox recall Erik Johnson from AAA
    White Sox recalled RHP Erik Johnson from Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Johnson will start Thursday against the Red Sox in place of veteran left-hander John Danks, who was pushed off Chicago's 40-man roster earlier this week. Johnson holds a rough 4.17 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, and 6.9 K/9 in 86 1/3 career major league innings and probably won't be worth a fantasy stream at any point. Yesterday, 12:28 pm
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  • Matt Moore might be skipped on next turn
    Matt Moore could be skipped on his next turn through the Rays' rotation.

    Advice: Moore got pounded for seven runs on eight hits over just 4 1/3 innings Tuesday against the Dodgers and the Rays face a lefty-mashing team this weekend in the Angels. It might be a good time to get the 26-year-old southpaw a breather. Matt Andriese or Erasmo Ramirez could fill in versus Anaheim. Yesterday, 6:01 am
  • Phil Hughes gives up six runs in loss
    Phil Hughes was tagged for six runs in two innings by the Astros on Wednesday.

    Advice: Hughes is 1-5 with a 5.85 ERA. Things don't seem hopeless here -- his 22/8 K/BB ratio and four homers allowed in 32 1/3 innings aren't so bad -- but with Minnesota's defense downgraded and the team simply looking like a trainwreck overall, his fantasy upside seems pretty well shot. Wednesday, 9:11 pm
  • Moore yields seven runs in loss to Dodgers
    Matt Moore allowed seven runs on eight hits over 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Dodgers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Moore served up a couple homers along with walking three batters on the night. The start was his worst of 2016, leaving him with a 4.95 ERA and 1.21 WHIP through six starts on the year. What's more, he's now lost three straight starts. He'll look to get back in the win column Monday at the Mariners. Tuesday, 7:24 pm
  • Erik Johnson to start Thursday vs. Red Sox
    Erik Johnson will join the White Sox starting rotation Thursday and face the Red Sox.

    Advice: He's replacing veteran starter John Danks, who was pushed off the 40-man roster on Tuesday afternoon. Johnson owns an ugly 4.17 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, and 6.9 K/9 in 86 1/3 career major league innings. Tuesday, 1:25 pm
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  • Peralta earns win despite 13 hits allowed
    Despite allowing five runs on 13 hits over 5 2/3 innings, Wily Peralta somehow picked up a win against the Marlins on Sunday.

    Advice: Peralta should send a fruit basket and some sort of sympathy card to Marlins starter Tom Koehler, as the latter actually managed to pitch worse (allowing eight runs into the third) and gave Peralta a shot at a cheap victory. Neither pitcher struck out a batter. Victory is victory, of course. A victory for fantasy owners would be to bench the talented-but-struggling Peralta until he shows signs of righting the ship. At the moment, he holds a 7.50 ERA, 1.93 WHIP and 18/13 K/BB ratio across 30 innings. A road start against the Reds shows next on his schedule. Sunday, 3:21 pm
    4:10 pm @Cin
  • Miley throws complete-game shutout vs Royals
    Wade Miley dazzled the home crowd with a complete-game shutout against the Royals on Saturday night, allowing just five hits and walking no one.

    Advice: The lefty entered the game having allowed 18 earned runs in 23 innings through his first four starts, but he was brilliant on Saturday night. He didn't allow a Royals batter to reach second base after the third inning, and he retired the last eight batters that he faced. He lowered his ERA to 5.06 on the year. Miley now has two wins in a row and will take that winning streak on the road to Houston for his next scheduled start. Saturday, 10:15 pm
  • Rea allows two runs over six innings in win
    Colin Rea picked up a quality start and his second win of the season on Saturday versus the Dodgers, allowing two runs in six innings.

    Advice: This is realistically what Rea can be at the big-league level, a guy who throws strikes, eats innings and collects quality starts. He'll struggle when he falls behind in counts -- like he did to Chase Utley in the third inning -- but he always seems to be just effective enough. The right-hander has allowed more than three runs in just one outing this year and now owns a 4.61 ERA in 27.1 innings with an unimpressive 22/13 K/BB ratio. He'll next get the red-hot Mets at home. Saturday, 9:48 pm
  • Rusin goes five scoreless in his first start
    Chris Rusin baffled the Diamondbacks in Saturday's victory, tossing five scoreless innings on just one hit, while striking out six.

    Advice: Rusin was lifted after five innings, as it was only his first start of the year and he’s not yet stretched out, but he was very good in a difficult ballpark. The lefty had a 77.8 percent ground-ball rate and struck out more than a batter per inning. Yeah, he walked three, but getting out of Arizona with only one hit allowed is a job well done -- especially when the other option was trotting Jordan Lyles out for another start. Rusin still isn’t worth picking up in fantasy leagues, even with the strong showing. He has a 1.69 ERA in 16 innings and will face the Giants on the road, if he continues to get the ball every fifth day. Saturday, 9:03 pm
  • Anderson gets lit up for six against Marlins
    Chase Anderson got lit up once again in Saturday’s loss to the Marlins, giving up six runs (five earned) on nine hits and four walks in just 4 1/3 innings.

    Advice: After 11 scoreless innings to begin the 2016 campaign, Anderson has imploded for 15 earned runs in 13 1/3 innings, resulting in three-consecutive losses. The most concerning part of his tailspin has been the six homers allowed -- three of which came on Saturday night. The right-hander now owns a 5.55 ERA on the year, and his 5.96 FIP suggests that it’s truly been as bad as it seems. Saturday, 8:15 pm
  • Simon lasts four innings in loss to Pirates
    Alfredo Simon lasted only four innings in Saturday's loss to the Pirates, allowing six hits and walking four.

    Advice: Simon needed 98 pitches to get through his four innings. Simon has now failed to last five innings in three of his four starts this year, and he went only five in the other. Not surprisingly, the 34-year-old has a 13.50 ERA and 2.85 WHIP on the year. The Reds aren't going anywhere this season, but they might be better served to give a young pitcher a chance to see what he can do instead of running Simon out there every fifth day. Saturday, 7:39 pm
  • Eickhoff registers quality start versus Tribe
    Jerad Eickhoff allowed three runs over six innings in a no-decision against the Indians on Saturday.

    Advice: Eickhoff gave up six hits without walking a batter and striking out four. A bad start against the Brewers his last time out has marred his numbers to an extent, but the 25-year-old has been largely good through five starts. The right-hander now owns a 4.15 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 32/5 K/BB ratio over 30 1/3 innings heading into Thursday's start at the Cardinals. Saturday, 7:19 pm
  • Bruce Bochy not considering rotation shakeup
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy has not considered shaking up the starting rotation.

    Advice: Aging starters Matt Cain (0-3, 7.00 ERA) and Jake Peavy (1-2, 8.61) have both struggled this year but Bochy doesn't see any big changes coming. "I have too much confidence in these two guys," said Bochy. "I don't think there are options that are going to make this staff better." The Giants, who have won every even-year World Series this decade, are off to a disappointing 12-13 start and rank 22nd in the league in starter ERA (4.64). Saturday, 5:33 pm
  • Mets embarrass Matt Cain in Saturday's loss
    Matt Cain got knocked around in Saturday’s loss to the Mets, allowing seven hits and six runs over six innings.

    Advice: He finished with five strikeouts and one walk. Cain couldn’t solve Michael Conforto (3-for-4 with three RBI) and served up a home run to light-hitting Wilmer Flores in the sixth inning. He tried to back the Mets off the plate after a rocky first inning but ended up hitting two batters and allowing two more runs in the second. Not much has gone right for Cain this season. The 31-year-old is now winless in five starts with a brutal 7.00 ERA. He won’t be a fantasy option next time out against the Rockies. Saturday, 4:43 pm
  • Robbie Ray gives up five runs to Rockies
    Robbie Ray was tagged for five runs and four homers in four-plus innings by the Rockies on Friday.

    Advice: It could have been worse, considering that Ray gave up two walks and three more hits in addition to the four homers. Ray hadn't allowed a single homer through four starts this year and he gave up just nine in 127 2/3 innings last season, so tonight was certainly something of a fluke. Still, he's more of a streamer/spot-starter in mixed leagues than an every-week option. Friday, 10:20 pm
  • Phil Hughes struggles in loss to Tigers
    Phil Hughes struggled in a losing effort against the Tigers on Friday, surrendering four runs on seven hits over his five frames.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander walked two and struck out two on the night. The Tigers jumped on him early in this one, pushing three runs across in the top half of the first inning. Hughes' nemesis Miguel Cabrera then added a solo shot in the fifth inning to complete the damage against him. He'll carry a 1-4 record, 4.45 ERA and 1.25 WHIP into Wednesday's start against the Astros in Houston. Friday, 8:20 pm
  • Owens goes six innings in no-decision
    Henry Owens was handed a no-decision Friday after yielding two runs over six innings against the Yankees.

    Advice: Below 90 mph for the great majority of the night, Owens gave up six hits (including a solo homer to Alex Rodriguez), walked three, and also hit a batter. He was fortunate that his line didn’t look much worse. The soft-tossing lefty might get another start or two while the club waits for Eduardo Rodriguez (knee), but he’s not a recommended fantasy option. Friday, 7:14 pm
  • Tommy Milone moved to Twins' bullpen
    Tommy Milone has been moved to the Twins' bullpen.

    Advice: There had been whispers of him having a start skipped, but apparently he'll be removed from the rotation altogether. Milone has posted a 5.40 ERA over five starts this season. Ricky Nolasco will move up to start Sunday and Alex Meyer will replace Milone in the rotation. Friday, 2:28 pm
  • Tommy Milone could have turn skipped
    Tommy Milone could have his next turn in the rotation skipped.

    Advice: Milone's spot comes up Sunday, but the Twins could start Ricky Nolasco on regular rest or possibly go with Alex Meyer. The left-hander holds a 5.40 ERA in his five starts and his time in the Twins' rotation might come to a close soon. Friday, 1:55 pm
  • Moore gives up homer to mar solid start
    Matt Moore struck out nine and only allowed three runs in seven innings of work on Wednesday night, but it wasn’t enough to beat the Orioles.

    Advice: Moore has flashed great stuff this spring and often looks to be cruising, but one or two mistakes have kept him from posting dominant numbers. On Wednesday, it was a two-out meatball to Joey Rickard in the fifth inning. It resulted in a two-out, three-run homer -- the only blemish on the night for Moore. The southpaw still appears poised to take the next step at any time. He has now has a 35:7 K:BB ratio and a 3.66 ERA. He’ll next get the Los Angeles Dodgers at home on Tuesday. Wednesday, 7:02 pm
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