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  • Barnette (oblique) picks up win vs. Brewers
    Tony Barnette (oblique) worked a scoreless sixth inning, earning a win, on Tuesday versus the Brewers.

    Advice: Barnette gave up two singles but also struck out two batters in a clean sixth frame with the Rangers trailing 4-3. They would take the lead about 15 minutes later on a two-run double by Jonathan Lucroy. Barnette has been a terrific offseason find for Texas, boasting a 2.11 ERA in 59 2/3 innings of relief. He spent six years in Japan (2010-2015) reinventing himself after flaming out as a starter in the Diamondbacks' minor league system. 44 minutes ago
    5:05 pm vs Mil
  • Paul Clemens handcuffs Dodgers over 5 IP
    Paul Clemens pitched well in Tuesday's win over the Dodgers, surrendering one run on three hits over five innings.

    Advice: Chase Utley burned Clemens for a solo home run in the third inning, but he kept the scoreboard clean otherwise. This was the 28-year-old right-hander's final start of the 2016 season. He finishes out holding a 4.27 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 46/29 K/BB ratio over 65 1/3 innings (16 appearances, 12 starts). Yesterday, 10:46 pm
  • German Marquez schooled for six runs in loss
    German Marquez was hit hard in Tuesday's loss to the Giants, surrendering six runs on 12 hits over 4 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Oh dear. The Giants scored solitary runs off Marquez in the first and third innings before finally busting through for a big frame in the fifth. Among the damage in the frame, back-to-back solo home runs by Buster Posey and Hunter Pence. Prior to Tuesday's meltdown, the 21-year-old right-hander had pitched well enough in his first taste of major league ball, allowing four runs on 10 hits over 10 1/3 innings. He remains a work-in-progress. As currently scheduled, Marquez will have one little sip of October air when he starts against the Brewers in Sunday's regular-season finale. Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Jim Johnson nails down 18th save Tuesday
    Jim Johnson had a 1-2-3 inning to record his 18th save of the season Tuesday versus the Phillies.

    Advice: The Braves erased a 6-0 deficit in this one, completing the comeback following a rain delay with two runs in the bottom of the eighth. Johnson then closed things out with ease. The veteran reliever could be helping out a contender right now, but at least he gets to improve his resume as he enters free agency. Johnson boasts a 2.92 ERA and is striking out over a batter per inning for the first time in his career. Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Ryan Vogelsong roughed up by Cubs
    Ryan Vogelsong was touched up for four runs while walking five batters over five innings in Tuesday's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: The five free passes were a season-high for the struggling right-hander. Over his last six starts, Vogelsong has yet to go more than five innings and has allowed at least four runs in five of six outings. Vogelsong's turn comes up Sunday in St. Louis, but the Pirates might give that start to someone else. Yesterday, 8:28 pm
  • Luis Cessa holds Red Sox in check Tuesday
    Luis Cessa limited the Red Sox to two runs over six innings Tuesday, taking a no-decision in a 6-4 victory.

    Advice: Cessa recorded just two strikeouts, but he easily out-pitched David Price in this one, permitting only five hits and one walk on the night. He departed the game in line for his fifth win but saw it slip away when the bullpen coughed up a pair of runs in the seventh. The Yanks then went back ahead in the bottom of the frame. Cessa hasn't gotten many swings and misses, but he's thrown strikes consistently and has been pretty steady for the Bombers. He'll get the Orioles on Sunday in his final start of the season. Yesterday, 8:17 pm
    4:05 pm vs Bos
  • Tyler Clippard nets shaky save Tuesday
    Tyler Clippard yielded a hit and a walk but hung on to record a save Tuesday versus the Red Sox.

    Advice: Dellin Betances has struggled of late and had pitched the last two days, so the Yankees turned to Clippard to protect a two-run lead. He yielded a out-out double to Andrew Benintendi and then walked Dustin Pedroia to bring the go-ahead run to the plate. However, Clippard then buckled down and got Xander Bogaerts to pop out and David Ortiz to strike out to end it. He's pitched well since joining the Yanks with a 2.66 ERA and a strikeout per inning. Yesterday, 8:06 pm
  • Mike Clevinger roughed up by Tigers
    Mike Clevinger coughed up five runs over just two innings of work in a loss to the Tigers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Detroit didn't have any trouble squaring up Clevinger in this one, knocking him out with seven hits -- including a home run -- and a couple walks to go along with five runs. The rookie had been pitching well of late and still has a shot to make a start for the Tribe in the ALDS. He'll have a final tune-up Sunday in Kansas City. Yesterday, 7:43 pm
  • Kevin Gausman struggles against Blue Jays
    Kevin Gausman allowed five runs -- four earned -- over six innings in Tuesday's loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: The good news is Gausman didn't appear to be affected at all by the minor intercostal strain he dealt with in his last start. However, he wasn't terribly sharp in this one, yielding seven hits -- including a homer homers -- and two walks. Gausman has been the Orioles' best starter for the last month but has struggled his last two times out. He'll conclude his regular season Sunday in the Bronx. Yesterday, 7:28 pm
  • Matt Koch solid in spot start versus Nats
    Matt Koch held the Nationals to two runs over five innings in a spot start Tuesday.

    Advice: Koch allowed just a hit by pitch over over his first five innings, but he might have tired in the sixth in yielding a single and walk to start off the frame. He was pulled at that point and the Diamondbacks' bullpen allowed both inherited runners to score in addition to two more runs on top of it. It's unclear whether Koch will get another start on Sunday. Yesterday, 7:05 pm
  • Giants DFA right-hander Matt Reynolds
    Giants designated RHP Matt Reynolds for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a 40-man roster spot for Tony Sanchez, who joined the Giants as an emergency backup catcher on Tuesday. Reynolds allowed five earned runs on seven hits and five walks in six innings this season out of the San Francisco bullpen. Yesterday, 5:04 pm
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    7:15 pm vs Col
  • Steven Wright (shoulder) throws 'pen session
    Steven Wright (shoulder) threw a light bullpen session on Tuesday in Fort Myers, Florida.

    Advice: He's scheduled for a more intense mound workout on Friday at Fenway Park. Wright can be ruled out for the remainder of the 2016 regular season, but he could be an option for the Red Sox in some capacity during the playoffs. Yesterday, 2:09 pm
    4:05 pm @NYY
  • Dillon Gee (lungs, shoulder) done for year
    Dillon Gee has been shut down for the season due to blood clots in his lung and shoulder.

    Advice: Gee experienced shortness of breath following an appearance Sunday in Detroit and had to be hospitalized overnight. He's feeling better now, but the Royals are going to play it safe with the 30-year-old right-hander for obvious reasons. Gee finishes 2016 with a 4.68 ERA in 14 starts and 19 relief appearances. Yesterday, 1:25 pm
    4:15 pm vs Min
  • Joaquin Benoit diagnosed with a tear in calf
    Joaquin Benoit has been diagnosed with a torn muscle in his calf.

    Advice: He won't pitch again in the regular season, but it sounds like the veteran reliever could be an option at some point in October if the Blue Jays are able to make a deep postseason run. Benoit suffered the injury during Monday's benches-clearing fracas with the Yankees. He had registered a fantastic 0.38 ERA in 23 2/3 innings with Toronto. Yesterday, 1:22 pm
    4:07 pm vs Bal
  • Benoit (calf) left clubhouse on crutches
    Joaquin Benoit (calf) was seen leaving the clubhouse on crutches.

    Advice: That doesn't sound good. Benoit reportedly injured his calf in the scrum during Monday's benches-clearing brawl. While no official diagnosis has been announced, it sounds like it's potentially serious. Monday, 9:14 pm
    4:07 pm vs Bal
  • Benoit injures calf during brawl
    Joaquin Benoit injured his calf during Monday's benches-clearing brawl with the Yankees.

    Advice: Mae notes that it could be similar to the calf injury Brett Cecil suffered during the playoffs last year. Obviously that would be a tough blow ahead of the postseason, but we should know more about his status soon. Monday, 7:52 pm
    4:07 pm vs Bal
  • Benoit needed help getting off field
    Joaquin Benoit needed help getting off the field following Monday's benches-clearing brawl with the Yankees.

    Advice: Uh oh. It's unclear what caused the injury, but Benoit was seen limping off the field. It would be a big loss for the Blue Jays, as Benoit owns a 0.38 ERA over 25 appearances since coming over to the Blue Jays in July. Monday, 5:36 pm
    4:07 pm vs Bal
  • Barnette (oblique) not available Monday
    Tony Barnette (oblique) is not available for Monday's game.

    Advice: Barnette hasn't appeared in a game since September 4 due to an oblique strain, but he made it through a live batting practice session on Saturday with no issues. The Rangers will give him an extra day of rest before potentially using him in Tuesday's game. Barnette owns a 2.15 ERA and 47/15 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings this season. Monday, 3:29 pm
    5:05 pm vs Mil
  • Koch to start Tuesday vs. Nationals
    Matt Koch will start Tuesday against the Nationals.

    Advice: Koch has appeared in five games since his call-up earlier this month, but this will be his first start in the majors. Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale estimated that he can likely get up to around 75 pitches. He can be avoided in fantasy leagues with this matchup. Monday, 2:09 pm
  • Rob Zastryzny to start Thursday vs. Bucs
    Rob Zastryzny will make his first major league start this Thursday against the Pirates.

    Advice: It'll be part of a bullpen game for the National League Central-champion Cubs, with Zastryzny probably covering the first 2-3 innings. The 24-year-old southpaw has registered an impressive 1.46 ERA with 13 strikeouts over his first 12 1/3 major league frames. He could make the 25-man postseason roster as a lefty relief specialist. Monday, 5:55 am
  • Kevin Gausman (intercostal) to start Tuesday
    Kevin Gausman (intercostal) felt good during Saturday's bullpen session and will start Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Gausman felt some oblique soreness after his last start but said it was just a cramp. He had been scheduled to start Sunday against the Diamondbacks but Dylan Bundy will get the nod instead with Gausman slotting in after the team's off day on Monday. Despite an 8-11 record, Gausman leads the Orioles in ERA (3.57) and strikeouts (166) this season. Saturday, 2:42 pm
  • Wright (shoulder) scratched from pen session
    Steven Wright (shoulder) isn't ready to throw a bullpen session.

    Advice: Wright was scheduled to throw a pen session on Sunday but the team realized he wasn't ready. He'll continue with his throwing program but the odds of Wright making it back by the end of the regular season are incredibly slim. Boston could stash him on the postseason roster but even that seems overly optimistic. Frankly, the Red Sox don't need him. Wright was Boston's best pitcher in the first half but David Price and Clay Buchholz have been lights out since the All-Star break while Rick Porcello has emerged as a leading contender for the AL Cy Young Award. Saturday, 1:39 pm
    4:05 pm @NYY
  • Matt Reynolds gives up four runs
    Matt Reynolds gave up four runs without retiring a batter after entering Friday's game against the Padres.

    Advice: How could Bruce Bochy let this happen? He plugged in one of his weakest relievers down 3-2 in the fifth and allowed five straight batters to reach (one in the middle was intentionally walked) before finally making the move to the vastly superior George Kontos. It was another big mishap from a manager who has struggled mightily in running a bullpen lately. Friday, 11:59 pm
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    7:15 pm vs Col
  • Gausman (intercostal) expected Tues. or Wed.
    Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Friday that Kevin Gausman (intercostal) is feeling better and is expected to be ready to start Tuesday or Wednesday.

    Advice: Gausman had to be pushed back from Sunday with a minor intercostal issue, but the O's expect him to be fine. If the right-hander is ready to take the ball on Tuesday, he would have time to get in two starts before the end of the regular season. Friday, 1:38 pm
  • Steven Wright (shoulder) to throw off mound
    Steven Wright (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session Sunday.

    Advice: Wright first injured his shoulder back on August 7 during a pinch-running appearance. Red Sox manager John Farrell conceded that if the knuckleballer made it back this season, it would likely be in a relief role. "Just off the top of your head, you’d say yeah, just because of the number of pitches he might be capable of," Farrell said. "But the biggest thing we’ve got to determine is if he’s ready for that next step of intensity." Friday, 5:49 am
    4:05 pm @NYY
  • Clevinger allows two runs over five versus KC
    Mike Clevinger allowed two runs over five innings against the Royals on Thursday.

    Advice: A two-run home run by Alcides Escobar was the only damage against Clevinger on the evening. He was otherwise solid, allowing just four hits and two walks in all. The 25-year-old will carry a 4.65 ERA into Tuesday's start against the Tigers. Thursday, 8:18 pm
  • Vogelsong allows two runs over four innings
    Ryan Vogelsong surrendered two runs on two hits over four innings in Thursday's loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: Vogelsong struck out seven and walked two on the evening. A two-run home run by Scooter Gennett spelled the entirety of the scoring damage. As currently scheduled, the veteran right-hander will make starts against the Cubs and the Cardinals before the regular season closes out. Over 72 1/3 innings, Vogelsong has pitched to a 4.85 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 55/32 K/BB ratio. A facial fracture cost him a large chunk of the season. Thursday, 8:04 pm
  • Cessa keep Rays to two runs over six innings
    Luis Cessa held the Rays to two runs over six innings but took the loss in Thursday's game.

    Advice: Cessa gave up six hits, including a solo homer to Corey Dickerson, and walked two while fanning six in the contest. The loss was his third in a row, and the longball has been an issue for Cessa in his seven starts, but he's actually been better as a starter than he has as a reliever this year. The 24-year-old will carry a 4.30 ERA and 1.14 WHIP into Tuesday's start against the rival Red Sox. Thursday, 7:17 pm
    4:05 pm vs Bos
  • Gausman pushed back with intercostal strain
    Kevin Gausman will not start on Sunday against the Diamondbacks due to soreness in his intercostal area.

    Advice: Orioles manager Buck Showalter thinks the ailment could have been caused by Gausman being a bit dehydrated. He's hopeful that the injury is minor and that the right-hander will be ready to pitch on Tuesday or Wednesday in Toronto. "He’s got a little something bothering him that we think should manage hopefully by Tuesday or Wednesday," Showalter said. "We hope he’s our starting pitcher Tuesday or Wednesday, that’s what we’re hoping for. It won’t be Sunday. We have an off-day there to play with, see how things manage the next few days." Dylan Bundy will be moved up to start Sunday. Thursday, 3:05 pm
  • Johnson earns shaky save vs Mets on Wed.
    Jim Johnson earned the save in a 4-3 victory over the Mets on Wednesday but needed an outfielder to leap over the wall and pull back a home run to avoid a loss.

    Advice: Johnson allowed a leadoff single to Brandon Nimmo before striking out Jay Bruce. He then walked Travis d'Arnaud to put the winning run aboard. Johnson got Asdrubal Cabrera to fly out to bring Yoenis Cespedes to the plate. Cespedes launched a deep drive to right-center field but Ender Inciarte scaled the wall to prevent the home run and end the game. Johnson now has 17 saves and a 2.97 ERA in 60 2/3 innings. Wednesday, 8:58 pm
  • Steven Wright (shoulder) throws from 120 feet
    Steven Wright (shoulder) threw from 120 feet out on Wednesday.

    Advice: Wright is starting into a throwing program in Fort Myers, Florida. He has been sidelined since August 31 due to a bout of right shoulder bursitis and his status for the remainder of the season and postseason remains up in the air. Boston manager John Farrell would not commit to when the knuckleballer will begin to throw off the mound, though there's talk of it happening this weekend as the Red Sox are visiting the Rays in Tampa Bay. Wednesday, 6:03 pm
    4:05 pm @NYY
  • German Marquez goes five strong vs. STL
    German Marquez tossed five innings of one-run ball Wednesday in a win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Marquez was handed a big early lead and was able to run with it, yielding just four hits and a walk while striking out three. It was the first-ever major league start for the 21-year-old right-hander, who could be a big part of the Rockies' future. If he stays on turn, Marquez will get the Giants at AT&T Park next. Wednesday, 3:11 pm
  • Vogelsong to remain in Pirates rotation
    Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Tuesday that Ryan Vogelsong will remain in the starting rotation.

    Advice: Vogelsong has a 10.19 ERA over his last four starts and he got hammered for six runs -- four earned -- over 4 2/3 innings last Friday by the last-place Reds. But the 75-75 Pirates really don't have anything to lose. "An opportunity to go back out there and get something done," Hurdle said. "We’re probably banking on his experience as well in a rotation that’s very young right now." Wednesday, 8:19 am
  • Clemens pitches well outside of home run
    Paul Clemens kept the Diamondbacks at bay in Tuesday's win, yielding two runs (none earned) on three hits over 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Clemens couldn't quite manage a quality start, but it was a nice start nonetheless. Paul Goldschmidt burned him for a two-run home run in the sixth inning for his lone spot of trouble. The 28-year-old right-hander will carry a 4.48 ERA and 1.56 WHIP into a home start against the Dodgers next time he toes the rubber. As currently scheduled, that would be his last start of the 2016 campaign. Tuesday, 11:25 pm
  • Jim Johnson records 16th save Tuesday
    Jim Johnson pitched around a two-out single to record his 16th save of the season in Tuesday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: Johnson yielded a two-out single to Asdrubal Cabrera to bring Yoenis Cespedes to the plate as the winning run, but he got the slugger swinging at a two-strike curveball to end it. The veteran reliever has had a nice bounce-back season with a 3.02 ERA and 62/19 K/BB ratio over 59 2/3 frames. Tuesday, 8:34 pm
  • Kevin Gausman gives up five to Red Sox
    Kevin Gausman was charged with five runs over 6 1/3 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: Gausman wasn't nearly as sharp as he has been lately, as he gave up 10 hits -- including a pair of home runs -- while walking one. Orioles manager Buck Showalter probably left him in too long, as his 101st and final pitch of the night was a three-run homer served up to David Ortiz. Gausman entered the start having allowed just three runs over his last five outings. He'll face the Diamondbacks on Sunday. Tuesday, 8:10 pm
  • Wright (shoulder) resumes throwing
    Steven Wright (shoulder) has resumed a throwing program in Fort Myers, Florida.

    Advice: Wright hasn't pitched since August 31 due to right shoulder bursitis. The Red Sox hope to get a look at him throwing off a mound when the club travels to play the Rays this weekend, but he's obviously running out of time to contribute. Monday, 2:26 pm
    4:05 pm @NYY
  • Vogelsong could be dumped from rotation
    Pirates GM Neal Huntington hinted Sunday that Ryan Vogelsong could be removed from the rotation.

    Advice: Vogelsong was lit up for six runs -- four earned -- over 4 2/3 innings Friday night by the last-place Reds and holds a brutal 10.19 ERA over his last four outings. "It certainly is a valid question, as to who gives us the best chance to win the next time or two times from now when his rotation spot comes up," said Huntington. "Ryan feels there’s a mechanical adjustment that he can and will make moving forward. It’s hard to walk away from his first stretch of starts for us." Monday, 7:53 am
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