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  • Logan Verrett likely to join Mets on Tue.
    Logan Verrett is likely to be called up from Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday, reports Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

    Advice: It's a logical move, as there's no immediate role for Rafael Montero after he threw 100 pitches over five scoreless innings on Monday. Verrett was optioned to Triple-A earlier this month after posting a 5.36 ERA and 59/40 K/BB ratio over 85 2/3 innings. Yesterday, 5:38 am
  • Reed leaves start due to back spasms
    Cody Reed left a start Monday with Triple-A Louisville due to back spasms.

    Advice: Fortunately, it had nothing to do with his arm. Reed was making his second start in Triple-A on Monday since he was demoted by the Reds after posting a 7.36 ERA over 10 starts. He should be fine for his next turn. Yesterday, 5:35 am
    Not Active
    4:05 pm @LAA
  • Jake Arrieta gives up six runs to Pirates
    Jake Arrieta stumbled Monday, giving up six runs in 6 1/3 innings against the Pirates.

    Advice: Arrieta has thrown eight scoreless innings twice this month, but at no point has he really resembled the guy who won Cy Young honors last year or the one who opened this season with a 0.84 ERA through six starts. He's still better than fine, but he's not quite dominant. He gave up two homers tonight, bringing his total to nine allowed in his last 10 starts. He gave up a total of four homers in his first 16 starts of this year and 10 in 33 starts last year. Monday, 10:30 pm
  • Steven Brault gives up three runs to Cubs
    Steven Brault gave up three runs -- two earned -- in four innings Monday in his start against the Cubs.

    Advice: Brault kept the Pirates in the game, which is all the team really could have been hoping for when they called him up before the game. He might get more starts in September, but the Pirates do have alternatives, including Drew Hutchison and Tyler Glasnow. Monday, 10:27 pm
    Not Active
    5:05 pm @ChC
  • Matt Shoemaker strikes out seven in win
    Matt Shoemaker yielded two runs in seven innings Monday in a win over the Reds.

    Advice: Shoemaker struck out seven and walked none. It's the ninth time this year he's gone without walking a batter in a start. He deserves better than his 7-10 record and probably better than his 3.91 ERA; his FIP is about 2/5ths of a run lower. Monday, 10:19 pm
  • Dan Straily gives up seven runs in loss
    Dan Straily was pounded for seven runs in 2 2/3 innings by the Angels on Monday.

    Advice: Straily has been a pretty great stopgap for the Reds this year, but he sure didn't have it tonight, giving up four homers to the 17 batters he faced. He had gone 10 straight starts without ever giving up four runs, much less four homers. He's now 10-7 with a 3.92 ERA. Monday, 10:16 pm
  • Jon Gray goes six scoreless in win
    Jon Gray struck out eight over six scoreless innings Monday in a defeat of the Dodgers.

    Advice: Just when it seemed like Gray was out of gas, he's come back with a couple of nice starts. He's struck out as many batters in his last two outings (18) as he did in his previous four. The Rockies will want to be careful for Gray in September, which could mean shutting him down a little early. He's currently slated to face the Diamondbacks on Sunday, but the Rockies have Thursday off and could shuffle their rotation some. Monday, 9:44 pm
    12:10 pm vs LAD ; 5:10 pm vs LAD
  • Yu Darvish strikes out nine in nice showing
    Yu Darvish recorded nine strikeouts while allowing three runs over 6 2/3 innings in Monday's 6-3 win over the Mariners.

    Advice: Two of the runs charged to Darvish scored after he exited, as Franklin Gutierrez hit a pinch-hit, two-run double off of reliever Jake Diekman in the seventh inning. Still, it was the right-hander's eighth straight quality start, and he continues to pile up strikeouts. Darvish now holds a 3.01 ERA and 90/21 K/BB ratio over 71 2/3 innings this season. He'll take on the Astros on Sunday. Monday, 9:21 pm
  • Dillon Gee holds down Yankees in win
    Dillon Gee held the Yankees to one run over six innings in a victory Monday.

    Advice: Gee's rotation spot was in doubt for a spell, but then setbacks from Kris Medlen and Mike Minor took away Kansas City's alternatives. He's done pretty well his last three times out, allowing a total of five runs in 18 1/3 innings. He's still a risky play in AL-only leagues. Monday, 9:16 pm
    Player Note
    Dillon Gee KC - SP,RP
    5:15 pm vs NYY
  • Michael Pineda gives up five runs in loss
    Michael Pineda was charged with five runs in six-plus innings Monday in a loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Pineda fanned eight. He bounced back nicely from a three-run first, shutting the Royals out over the following five innings. He was sent back out for the seventh afterwards and then pulled after a pair of singles. Both runners later came around to score as part of a five-run inning for the Royals. Monday, 9:15 pm
  • Hisashi Iwakuma roughed up in Texas
    Hisashi Iwakuma was lit up for five runs over three innings in Monday's loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: This game was essentially over after the third inning, as the Rangers plated one run in the first against Iwakuma and four more in the third. August concluded on a sour note for the right-hander, but it was a good month for him overall with a 3.28 ERA. He'll get the Angels for his first start of September. Monday, 9:14 pm
  • Iwakuma's option vests for 2016
    According to MLB Trade Rumors, Hisashi Iwakuma's 2017 option has vested.

    Advice: Iwakuma got there when he reached 162 innings for the year in a start against the Yankees last week. While the option is worth $14 million, his contract also stipulates that he must finish the season without suffering a specific injury. The 35-year-old has struggled a bit recently, but he has managed to remain healthy so far. But nothing is guaranteed yet. Iwakuma's contract also includes a club/vesting option for 2018. Monday, 8:31 pm
  • Roark baffles Phillies over seven scoreless
    Tanner Roark yielded only four hits and one walk across seven shutout innings in Monday's 4-0 victory over the Phillies.

    Advice: All four base hits were singles, and Roark recorded five strikeouts. The Phils never advanced past second base against the right-hander all night. It's the eighth time this season that Roark has gone seven or more scoreless innings in a start this season, which is the highest total in the big leagues. He'll bring a 2.87 ERA into New York against the Mets this weekend. Monday, 7:20 pm
    4:05 pm @Phi
  • Sean Manaea left game with sore back
    Sean Manaea was diagnosed with a right rhomboid strain.

    Advice: In other words, he's dealing with a sore back. Manaea was forced to exit Monday's start against the Astros after 3 1/3 innings, but the Athletics are calling him day-to-day. Monday, 7:03 pm
    11:10 am @Hou
  • Manaea exits start with apparent injury
    Sean Manaea exited Monday's start against the Astros in the bottom of the fourth inning with an apparent injury.

    Advice: The exact nature of the injury isn't yet clear. Manaea allowed two runs (both unearned) on one hit and two walks over 3 1/3 innings before Chris Smith replaced him. The A's should pass along an update soon. Monday, 6:16 pm
    11:10 am @Hou
  • Gray (forearm) played catch Sunday
    Sonny Gray (forearm) played catch Sunday.

    Advice: Gray has been sidelined since August 6 due to a muscle strain and inflammation in his right forearm, but he's starting to ramp things up again in hopes to rejoin the A's by the end of the season. It would be for peace of mind more than anything else, so don't expect a meaningful contribution even if it does happen. Monday, 4:21 pm
    15-Day DL
    11:10 am @Hou
  • Pirates recall LHP Brault from AAA
    Pirates recalled LHP Steven Brault from Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: Brault will start in place of Gerrit Cole (elbow) in a tough matchup against the Cubs on Monday. The southpaw has made a pair of starts with the Pirates this season and owns a 3.91 ERA over 15 starts and one relief appearance in Triple-A. Monday, 4:07 pm
    Not Active
    5:05 pm @ChC
  • McCullers (elbow) plays catch again Mon.
    Lance McCullers (elbow) played catch from a distance of 60-90 feet.

    Advice: McCullers landed on the disabled list in early August with discomfort in his right elbow, but he was able to resume throwing on Friday. He's making incremental progress, but it's unclear if there will be enough time for him to make it back this season. Monday, 3:41 pm
    15-Day DL
    11:10 am vs Oak
  • Sonny Gray (forearm) to resume throwing
    Sonny Gray (forearm) is slated to resume a throwing program this week.

    Advice: Gray has been shut down for the last three weeks with a muscle strain and inflammation in his right forearm, but he's apparently experienced improvement of late. A return before the end of the season is possible but not a given, especially with the minor league season likely ending before Gray would be ready for a rehab assignment. He's posted a 5.74 ERA over 21 starts this season. Sunday, 10:24 am
    15-Day DL
    11:10 am @Hou
  • Lance McCullers (elbow) resumes throwing
    Lance McCullers (elbow) resumed a throwing program on Friday.

    Advice: He played catch Friday and said he felt fine the day after on Saturday. Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Saturday that it will be a while before McCullers can throw aggressively on flat ground or off a mound, so his return isn't imminent. Still, it's a nice step. Sunday, 8:30 am
    15-Day DL
    11:10 am vs Oak
  • Pirates to call up Steven Brault
    The Pirates will call up left-hander Steven Brault from Triple-A Indianapolis to start Monday against the Cubs.

    Advice: He'll start in place of Gerrit Cole, who is getting his elbow checked out on Sunday. Brault has made two starts with the Pirates this season and owns a 3.91 ERA with 10.2 K/9 and 4.4 BB/9 over 15 starts and one relief appearance in Triple-A. He can be avoided in fantasy leagues with this matchup. Saturday, 7:56 pm
    Not Active
    5:05 pm @ChC
  • Roark toasted for five runs in five innings
    Tanner Roark was charged with five runs -- four earned -- in five innings and got hit with a loss to the Orioles on Wednesday.

    Advice: He gave up seven hits and walked three while fanning four in the ballgame. He struggled to throw strikes and the patient Oriole hitters caused him to rack up 111 pitches in just five frames. Roark's stats will take a hit after this one but they still look good for the season. He has a 13-7 record with a 2.99 ERA in 169 1/3 innings. Wednesday, 8:57 pm
    4:05 pm @Phi
  • Shoemaker fires six scoreless frames in win
    Matt Shoemaker didn't have his strikeout stuff working but managed to cobble together six shutout innings in the Angels' 8-2 victory over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: He fanned three while allowing just three hits and one walk. It has been an up-and-down year for Shoemaker but today was all up. His 8-13 record is not pretty but his 3.98 ERA is impressive considering how terribly he began the season. He has punched out 134 batters while walking just 30 in his 25 starts. Wednesday, 8:35 pm
  • Darvish coughs up five runs in six innings
    Yu Darvish struggled with his control on Wednesday, which led to five walks and five runs -- three earned -- in six innings of work during a no-decision versus the Reds in a game the Rangers eventually won 6-5.

    Advice: He gave up just four base hits while striking out five batters. A throwing error by Elvis Andrus led to the two unearned runs. Darvish hit his first career home run to help atone for his sub-par performance on the mound. Darvish has a 2.91 ERA despite tonight's poor outing and will take his next turn on Monday against the Mariners in the first of a two-start week. Wednesday, 7:52 pm
  • Gee yields three runs in 5 1/3 frames
    Dillon Gee was charged with three runs in 5 1/3 innings in a loss to the Marlins on Wednesday.

    Advice: Gee hung zeroes on the scoreboard until the 6th inning when all three runs scored. After getting the first batter out he allowed four consecutive singles to bring in two runs. He was then relieved by Peter Moylan, who gave up a sacrifice fly to let in the third run charged to Gee. The one bad inning spoiled what was shaping up to be an impressive outing. He now has a 5-7 record and 4.55 ERA with 80 strikeouts and 30 walks in 99 innings. Wednesday, 7:19 pm
    Player Note
    Dillon Gee KC - SP,RP
    5:15 pm vs NYY
  • Iwakuma's quality start not enough vs. NYY
    Hisashi Iwakuma turned in a quality start in Wednesday's loss to the Yankees, surrendering three runs on six hits over six innings.

    Advice: Iwakuma struck out three and walked two in the contest. Gary Sanchez burned him for a solo home run in the first inning (Gary Sanchez does that to people), while a Tyler Austin RBI single in the second and a Brett Gardner sacrifice fly in the fourth completed the scoring on his line. This is just what Iwakuma does. He has allowed more than three runs just twice in his last 10 starts. The veteran right-hander will carry a 3.81 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 118/36 K/BB ratio (163 innings) into a road date with the Rangers next time he toes the rubber. Wednesday, 5:36 pm
  • Manaea fans eight over seven innings in win
    Sean Manaea was superb in Tuesday's 9-1 win over the Indians, yielding one run on three hits over seven innings.

    Advice: Manaea induced eight strikeouts and walked two during this charmed outing. A Chris Gimenez solo home run in the sixth inning represented his only real spot of trouble. With the victory, Manaea improved to 5-8 with a 4.53 ERA and 1.27 WHIP. He will tango with the Astros on the road next time he toes the rubber. Tuesday, 10:56 pm
    11:10 am @Hou
  • Arrieta dazzles with two-hit gem against SD
    Jake Arrieta was phenomenal in Tuesday's 5-3 win over the Padres, tossing eight innings of two-hit, shutout ball.

    Advice: Don't let the 5-3 final fool you. Arrieta was absolutely lights out and the three runs on the Padres' side of the ledger all scored in the ninth inning, after the ace right-hander had exited stage left. He struck out six and walked two on the evening, finishing out having thrown 99 pitches (59 strikes). It wasn't his most efficient outing in terms of his control, but eight innings of shutout ball is eight innings of shutout ball. Arrieta will bring a sharp 2.62 ERA and 1.04 WHIP into a home start against the Pirates next time out. Tuesday, 10:22 pm
  • Gray fans 10 over six innings against Brewers
    Jon Gray struck out 10 while allowing two runs over six innings against the Brewers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Gray gave up just four hits and walked three, but he didn't factor in the decision. Even so, it was a promising turn for the 24-year-old, who hadn't struck out more than six in a game in his previous five starts before Tuesday. It's been an up and down year for the rookie, who owns a 4.61 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 142/46 K/BB ratio over 23 starts. Gray will next take on the Dodgers on Monday. Tuesday, 9:23 pm
    12:10 pm vs LAD ; 5:10 pm vs LAD
  • Dan Straily shuts down Rangers over six
    Dan Straily held the Rangers off the scoreboard for six innings in Tuesday's 3-0 victory.

    Advice: He surrendered just three singles and two walks while recording five strikeouts. Straily looked like he was hitting a wall in June, but he's now gone 10 straight outings without allowing more than three runs. He boasts a 2.43 ERA since the beginning of July. Straily will try to keep it going the next time out in Anaheim. Tuesday, 7:11 pm
  • Time running out for Sonny Gray to return
    Sonny Gray (elbow) said Monday that he hopes to pitch again this season, but that he's not ready to resume throwing.

    Advice: And with the minor league season coming to an end in the first week of September, the potential for a return is looking more unrealistic by the minute. "I’m hoping; I’d like to get out there again," said Gray. "But I’m not ready to throw now. I know that even if they cleared me to throw when I go in there to talk to them, I’d be forcing it by going out there today." Athletics manager Bob Melvin said that Gray could potentially work toward coming back to throw in the bullpen for pregame work only, but it appears that his return to game action could have to wait until 2017. Assuming Gray is done, he'll finish the year with a brutal 5.74 ERA over 21 starts. Tuesday, 6:34 am
    15-Day DL
    11:10 am @Hou
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