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  • A's concerned with Bassitt's velocity drop
    Athletics manager Bob Melvin said the club might want to get Chris Bassitt "checked out" due to a drop in velocity.

    Advice: According to Brooks Baseball, Bassitt was sitting around 92 mph with his fastball on Thursday against the Tigers while giving up seven runs on 10 walks over 3 2/3 innings. That's a couple ticks down from where he was when the season began. For what it's worth, Bassitt claims that he's fine physically. Today, 2:06 pm
    L, 7-3 ^ @Det
  • Harvey (groin) throws in ext. spring training
    Hunter Harvey (groin) tossed two innings Thursday in extended spring training.

    Advice: Harvey recently had a setback with a groin injury, but the Orioles are now hoping that he'll be able to join a minor league affiliate soon. The 21-year-old is one of the team's top prospects, but he missed all of last season with forearm and elbow issues. Today, 1:44 pm
    Not Active
    Bot 3, 4-2 vs CWS
  • 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. Today, 10:37 am
    PPD vs ^ Pit
  • Alvarez (shoulder) to throw four rehab frames
    Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) is scheduled to throw four innings at High-A Stockton on Saturday.

    Advice: Alvarez has posted a 1.80 ERA through two rehab starts, yielding four hits and no walks in five innings. The right-hander could become an option for the A's rotation in early-to-mid May if everything continues to go smoothly. He made just four appearances last season for the Marlins before coming down with shoulder problems that eventually required major surgery. Oakland took a smart one-year, $4.25 million gamble on the 26-year-old Alvarez this winter. Today, 8:33 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 7-3 @Det
  • Justin Nicolino allows just two hits in debut
    Justin Nicolino won his 2016 debut by shutting out the Dodgers for 7 1/3 innings on Wednesday.

    Advice: Outings like this won't be routine from Nicolino; he can get some grounders, but he'll strike out too few batters to hold teams completely in check with much frequency. He definitely deserves the long look in the Marlins rotation and he might offer a little NL-only value, but mixed leaguers should avoid. Today, 12:28 am
  • Scott Kazmir solid against Marlins
    Scott Kazmir pitched six innings of two-run ball in a loss to the Marlins on Wednesday.

    Advice: Kazmir's hand issues didn't seem to limit him tonight, as he struck out six and walked one in the 113-pitch outing. All seven hits he allowed were singles, many of them grounders sneaking through the infield. Today, 12:24 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. Today, 12:16 am
  • Hisashi Iwakuma drops to 0-3
    Hisashi Iwakuma fell to 0-3 after giving up five runs in five innings Wednesday against the Astros.

    Advice: Iwakuma struck out seven, but he couldn't contain Jose Altuve, who had a homer and two doubles off him. He did pretty well against everyone else. After five starts, Iwakuma has a 4.65 ERA, but his 25/9 K/BB ratio is solid. It's not time to give up on him in mixed leagues just yet. Today, 12:07 am
  • Jon Niese gives up five runs to Rockies
    Jon Niese yielded five runs and 10 hits in five-plus innings Wednesday in a no-decision versus the Rockies.

    Advice: Niese left with a 7-4 lead in the sixth, but the bullpen couldn't hold it. It's not like Niese can complain, though; he's currently sitting at 3-0 despite a 5.08 ERA. There's little here to suggest he'll be useful in mixed leagues going forward. Yesterday, 11:06 pm
  • Jon Gray gives up six runs in loss
    Jon Gray was tagged for six runs in 3 2/3 innings by the Pirates on Wednesday.

    Advice: Gray allowed hits to nine of the 21 batters he faced, and he's sporting an 11.42 ERA in two starts since coming off the disabled list. He's still one of the best bets among Rockies starters, but if he's not better next time out, there's the chance he could be replaced in the rotation. Yesterday, 11:03 pm
    PPD vs Pit
  • Wainwright picks up first win of 2016 season
    Adam Wainwright notched his first win of the season on Wednesday night against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Wainwright finally seemed to have better feel for his off-speed stuff, though Brandon Drury smacked a hanging curve for a two-run shot in the bottom of the second and Paul Goldschmidt hit a solo bomb to deep center in the bottom of the fourth. Waino issued only one walk and struck out five, moving to 1-3 on the year as the Cardinals backed him with 11 runs on 14 hits. He'll try to stay in the groove he found Wednesday in his next start at home against the punchless Phillies. Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Corbin allows seven runs in loss to Cardinals
    Patrick Corbin gave up seven runs in 5 2/3 innings Wednesday as the Diamondbacks fell to the Cardinals.

    Advice: And all of those runs were earned. Corbin got into trouble right out of the gate, yielding a run on a hit and a walk in the top of the first inning. He settled in for a little while after that, but the Cardinals pounced for another run in the fifth before going off for five runs in the sixth. Corbin, sitting on a 4.88 season ERA, will try to get back on the right track in his next start at Marlins Park. That place is a little more friendly than Chase Field. Yesterday, 10:16 pm
  • Steven Wright strikes out eight in win
    Steven Wright pitched seven solid innings, allowing two runs -- one earned -- and striking out eight, to defeat the Braves on Wednesday.

    Advice: Wright survived a whopping four passed balls from Ryan Hanigan, who is still trying to learn to handle the knuckleballer (it was supposed to be Blake Swihart's job). He has a 1.37 ERA after four starts, so it's really beginning to look like he's in the rotation to stay. Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Verlander pitches quality start in win
    Justin Verlander tossed a quality start on Wednesday against the Athletics, surrendering three runs in 6 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Verlander wasn't overly sharp on Wednesday. He only threw 59 of his 102 pitches for strikes and narrowly avoided disaster in the third inning, striking out Chris Coghlan and popping up Josh Reddick to escape a one-out, bases-loaded situation. The right-hander also allowed his sixth homer of the year, which has become a legitimate problem. The strikeouts have returned, which is nice, but he's scuffled to a 5.46 ERA in 29 2/3 innings. He'll next take the mound against the Indians on the road. Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Bud Norris pulled in second inning
    Bud Norris was lifted after giving up six runs in 1 1/3 innings Wednesday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Since opening the year with a quality start against the Nationals, Norris has given up 19 earned runs in 15 2/3 innings. The Braves probably aren't in any position to give up on him just yet, but they are in need of some sort of shakeup and might make a change for change's sake. Yesterday, 9:01 pm
  • Alvarez (shoulder) throws off flat ground
    Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) threw off flat ground on Wednesday.

    Advice: According to John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group, the next stretch of Alvarez's rehab will be determined within the next few days. He has been throwing issue-free bullpen sessions and simulated games. The 26-year-old right-hander made just four starts last year before shoulder woes eventually led to surgery in July. Yesterday, 2:17 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 7-3 @Det
  • Marlins recall LHP Justin Nicolino for start
    Marlins recalled LHP Justin Nicolino from Triple-A New Orleans.

    Advice: Nicolino will start for Miami on Wednesday night against the Dodgers. He's posted decent numbers in the majors in the past, but the 24-year-old lefty doesn't miss many bats and he makes for a poor fantasy streaming versus Los Angeles. It's long clear how long the Marlins plan to keep him up. Yesterday, 12:22 pm
  • Nicolino to start for Marlins on Wednesday
    Justin Nicolino will be called up to start Wednesday versus the Dodgers.

    Advice: He's taking the rotation spot left vacant by Jarred Cosart, who was demoted to Triple-A New Orleans on Tuesday after posting a 7.98 ERA in three starts. Nicolino had a good showing this spring and he's had some success at the major league level, but the Dodgers make him a poor fantasy streaming option. Tuesday, 4:19 pm
  • Kazmir (hand, wrist) plans to start Wednesday
    Scott Kazmir confirmed Tuesday that he will make his scheduled start Wednesday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Kazmir has been experiencing discomfort around his left wrist and thumb since spring training, but he's going to try to keep pitching through it. The left-hander has posted a 6.63 ERA through four starts with Los Angeles. He signed a three-year, $48 million contract over the winter. Tuesday, 3:25 pm
  • Hunter Harvey (groin) set for EST game
    Hunter Harvey (groin) is scheduled to throw two innings Thursday at extended spring training.

    Advice: It'll be his first live action since he suffered a setback with his groin in early April. Harvey, 21, will likely report to High-A ball once he's deemed healthy. The former first-round pick owns a shiny 2.87 ERA and 139/39 K/BB ratio in 113 professional innings. Tuesday, 1:56 pm
    Not Active
    Bot 3, 4-2 vs CWS
  • Kazmir (wrist, thumb) plans to start Wed.
    Scott Kazmir is still planning to make his scheduled start Wednesday versus the Marlins.

    Advice: Kazmir has been experiencing discomfort since spring training in the area between his left wrist and thumb, and he threw on flat ground instead of doing his usual between-starts bullpen session on Sunday. This is a situation worth monitoring. The left-hander owns a rough 6.63 ERA through four appearances with Los Angels. Monday, 6:01 am
  • Chatwood gives up three in loss to Dodgers
    Tyler Chatwood only went four innings against the Dodgers on Saturday night and gave up three earned runs on six hits and two walks, striking out four.

    Advice: Chatwood barely kept the dangerous Dodgers at bay all night. He teed up a two-run homer to A.J. Ellis in the second inning, but it could’ve gotten much worse in the third had Joc Pederson not lined out to second base with the bases loaded. The right-hander thrives when he pounds the strike zone and induces a myriad of ground balls. On Friday, he needed 95 pitches to span four innings, and only 52 of those pitches went for strikes. That won’t often end well, especially at Coors Field. Nonetheless, Chatwood has been pretty good this year, posting a 3.47 ERA and a pair of wins in 23 1/3 innings. Saturday, 8:39 pm
    PPD vs ^ Pit
  • Kazmir dealing with wrist/thumb discomfort
    Scott Kazmir said he's felt discomfort in the area between his left wrist and thumb since spring training.

    Advice: Kazmir said the injury occurred while batting last month. The left-hander isn't expected to miss any starts, but the injury could explain why he's struggled this year. Kazmir has pitched to a 1-1 record with a disappointing 6.63 ERA over four outings. Saturday, 3:02 pm
  • Chris Bassitt crushed in loss to Blue Jays
    Chris Bassitt was crushed by the Blue Jays on Saturday, surrendering six runs on nine hits over his five frames in a losing effort.

    Advice: Bassitt walked a pair and punched out five on the afternoon. He was a victim of the long ball, as Josh Donaldson clubbed a three-run homer against him and Troy Tulowitzki tacked on a solo shot. With this rough outing, Bassitt now owns a 4.44 ERA and 1.48 WHIP on the year and could be a candidate to lose his rotation spot once Henderson Alvarez is ready to return. He'll look for better results against the Tigers in Detroit on Thursday. Saturday, 12:54 pm
    L, 7-3 ^ @Det
  • Hisashi Iwakuma goes eight in no-decision
    Moved up to pitch in Felix Hernandez's slot, Hisashi Iwakuma held the Angels to two runs in eight innings on Friday.

    Advice: The runs came on solo homers from Kole Calhoun and C.J. Cron. The Angels couldn't get anything else going, even though Iwakuma struck out just three on the night. Unfortunately, the performance still wasn't good enough to get Iwakuma his first win, though the Mariners did prevail in extra innings. Iwakuma is 0-2 with a 3.81 ERA and an 18/7 K/BB ratio after four starts. Friday, 10:43 pm
  • Adam Wainwright gives up three runs in loss
    Adam Wainwright gave up three runs in six innings Friday in a loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Well, it's a little better, though maybe not so much after considering the opponent. Wainwright did lower his ERA from 8.27 to 7.25, though. He's going to keep improving, so don't sell low. Friday, 10:23 pm
  • Kazmir struggles again, gives up four runs
    Scott Kazmir struggled once again, giving up four earned runs in just five innings against the Rockies on Friday, but he ultimately didn't factor in the decision.

    Advice: It's been a tough year for the left-hander, and Coors Field was a brutal venue in which to turn things around. The two homers did much of the damage, to be fair, while he struck out three and only issued a single walk. He left the game with a bruised left thumb. It's unclear if he'll make his next start as scheduled. Fantasy owners are probably best leaving him on the bench, though, as he has a 6.63 ERA in 19 innings and there haven't been too many bright spots. Friday, 9:59 pm
  • Gray whiffs 10 in first start of season.
    Jon Gray finished Friday's start with a mixed performance, as he struck out 10 but he also surrendered a couple of homers and five earned runs against the Dodgers.

    Advice: This was Gray's first start of the 2016 season. He'd missed much of the spring with an abdomen injury, but he managed to strike out 10 batters in just five innings of work on Friday. While that's encouraging, the right-hander still calls Coors Field home, which resulted in a pair of homers and seven hits. That's just the cost of doing business in the high altitude. We'll wait to see how he does away from home before we draw too many conclusions. Friday, 9:54 pm
    PPD vs Pit
  • Steven Wright earns win despite walking five
    Steven Wright earned his first victory of the 2016 campaign on Friday, limiting the Astros to only one unearned run on four hits over 6 2/3 innings of work.

    Advice: Wright punched out six on the night while issuing five free passes. The 31-year-old knuckleballer has pitched well through his first three starts, compiling a 1.40 ERA and 8.10 K/9. He'll look to keep things rolling when he squares off against the Braves on Wednesday. It's the type of matchup that could make him an appealing streaming option in AL-only or deeper mixed leagues. Friday, 9:34 pm
  • Norris picks up third loss of season
    Bud Norris needed 88 pitches to limp through four innings against the Mets on Friday, in which he gave up five runs (four earned) on a couple of home runs to pick up his third loss of the season.

    Advice: The grand slam from Curtis Granderson did most of the damage; however, Norris was far from sharp the rest of the night. Another long ball from Granderson, which came with two outs in the top of the fourth, ultimately did in the right-hander. He left the game with a 6.75 ERA and has a 5.76 FIP through four starts. With rumors that the Braves could be calling up Aaron Blair in the upcoming week, Norris’s job could be on the chopping block. Friday, 9:29 pm
  • Young whiffs 10 to pick up first win
    Chris Young struck out 10 and picked up his first win of the season in six strong innings against the Orioles on Friday.

    Advice: Young was dominant on Friday. He only allowed five baserunners, collecting 10 of his 18 outs via the strikeout. Early in the season, a start like this can erase many past transgressions, so suddenly he's striking out over a batter per inning (9.15 K/9) and appears to just be suffering from some bad BABIP luck. That's obviously not true, but it does illustrate what one excellent start can do to early-season pitching numbers. He's now 1-3 with a 6.41 ERA and 4.87 FIP in 19 2/3 innings. Friday, 9:10 pm
  • Verlander punches out 10 in loss to Indians
    Justin Verlander punched out 10 Indians on Friday, but wound up on the losing end of the decision after allowing two runs on four hits and a pair of walks over his seven frames.

    Advice: Verlander surrendered a solo homer to Carlos Santana leading off the ballgame and another to Marlon Byrd in the seventh that proved to be the difference in the contest. Aside from the two long balls though, Verlander looked to be in vintage form in this one, which is an encouraging sign moving forward. He'll carry a 5.79 ERA and 1.37 WHIP into Wednesday's start against the Athletics. Friday, 7:04 pm
  • Jon Gray (abdomen) activated from DL
    Rockies activated RHP Jon Gray from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Gray will make his season debut on Friday versus the Dodgers after recovering from an abdominal strain. While an exciting young arm, Gray posted a 5.53 ERA and 1.62 WHIP over his first 40 2/3 major league innings in 2015 and isn't a recommended option in mixed leagues. Friday, 2:29 pm
    PPD vs Pit
  • Alvarez (shoulder) moves rehab to Nashville
    Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) will move his rehab to Triple-A Nashville on Monday.

    Advice: Alvarez is nearing a return from shoulder surgery. The right-hander scattered three hits and one run over three innings in his first rehab appearance Wednesday for High-A Stockton. He's expected to throw around 45 pitches on Monday. Thursday, 2:44 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 7-3 @Det
  • Jon Gray (abdomen) to start Friday vs. LAD
    Jon Gray (abdomen) will make his regular-season debut on Friday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Rockies manager Walt Weiss confirmed the assignment on Wednesday morning. Gray could make for a decent fantasy streaming option this season in the right matchups, but it's probably best to ignore him Friday night at Coors Field with a good Los Angeles lineup coming to town. The young right-hander posted a 5.53 ERA, 1.62 WHIP, and 40/14 K/BB ratio over his first 40 2/3 major league innings in 2015. Wednesday, 8:38 am
    PPD vs Pit
  • Henderson Alvarez set for rehab assignment
    Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) is expected to begin a rehab assignment with High-A Stockton on Wednesday.

    Advice: Alvarez has made it through multiple bullpen sessions and simulated games without issue. He could become an option for the A's rotation in mid-to-late May and is an intriguing name for deep mixed fantasy leaguers. The right-hander was limited to four starts last season because of a shoulder problem that eventually required surgery, but he registered a 2.65 ERA across 187 innings for the Marlins in 2014. Tuesday, 1:29 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 7-3 @Det
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