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  • 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). Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:46 pm
  • Maeda surrenders three runs over four innings
    Kenta Maeda allowed three runs on three hits over four innings in Tuesday's loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Maeda struck out five and walked one on the evening. All three runs on his line came home courtesy of a three-run homer by Hunter Renfroe in the first inning. He wouldn't allow another run the rest of the way. While this might outwardly seem like a short start, the Dodgers are already preparing for the playoffs, with Maeda slated to start in Game 3 of the NLDS -- no need to push his arm. First up, though, the 28-year-old right-hander will take the ball against the Giants on Sunday, in the regular-season finale. He will carry a 3.28 ERA and 1.09 WHIP (31 starts) into that one. Expect a similarly truncated outing. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:44 pm
  • Matt Moore fans 11 as Giants roll Rockies
    Matt Moore was phenomenal in Tuesday's 12-3 romp-of-a-win against the Rockies, striking out 11 while allowing one run on six hits over 7 2/3 innings.

    Advice: This was peak Matt Moore. Not only did he strike out 11, he failed to walk a batter in the win. Moore had the luxury of an offensive surge from the Giants and held a 6-1 advantage after five innings. That lead would only grow as the game wandered into the later innings. Since coming over to the Giants from the Rays at the trade deadline, Moore has been something of a mixed bag, pitching to a mediocre 4.48 ERA and 1.43 WHIP over 60 1/3 innings, but counteracting that by degrees with several brilliant starts in the vain of Tuesday's. He is currently scheduled to start Sunday's regular-season finale against the Dodgers. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:24 pm
  • Cobb struggles early and often in loss to Sox
    Alex Cobb allowed eight runs on eight hits over three innings in a loss to the White Sox on Tuesday.

    Advice: Cobb didn't discriminate with his awfulness, allowing at least two runs in each of his three innings of work. That included a pair of homers, a two-run job in the first inning and a three-run shot in the third. After posting a nice 3.06 ERA through his first three starts back from Tommy John surgery, Cobb has now allowed 15 runs in his last 4 1/3 innings. He'll get one more chance to get some work in during the 2016 season on Sunday, when the Rays travel to take on the Rangers. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:23 pm
  • Sale holds Rays to three runs for 17th win
    Chris Sale allowed three runs over seven innings against the Rays on Tuesday to earn his 17th win of the season.

    Advice: Sale gave up eight hits while striking out seven in the victory. The southpaw is seventh in the American League with his 3.21 ERA and ranks third with his 227 strikeouts, and with the Cy Young race being wide open it's conceivable that Sale could find his name at or near the top of a lot of writers' lists when it's all said and done. The 27-year-old will have one more shot at making a good impression when he faces off against the Twins on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Julio Teheran roughed up by Phillies
    Julio Teheran yielded six runs over four frames but escaped with a no-decision in Tuesday's 7-6 win over the Phillies.

    Advice: Teheran blinked and was down 4-0, as Ryan Howard launched a grand slam off of him in the first inning. The score was 6-0 when a rain delay arrived and the Braves then scored seven unanswered runs the rest of the way. Teheran has been a little hit-or-miss since returning from a lat injury last month. He'll finish off his season on Sunday versus the Tigers. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • Jerad Eickhoff pitches well before rain delay
    Jerad Eickhoff tossed four innings of one-run ball before exiting following a rain delay Tuesday versus the Braves.

    Advice: It's too bad for Eickhoff's fantasy owners, as he had struck out five while yielding only a Freddie Freeman solo shot before the skies opened up. It was surely set to be the righty's seventh straight quality start. Eickhoff's season will conclude against the Mets on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:00 pm
  • Waino gets win despite 10 hits, five runs
    Adam Wainwright got the win Tuesday despite allowing 10 hits and five runs over 5 2/3 innings against the Reds.

    Advice: That's sort of been the story for Wainwright in recent starts -- in four of his past five outings, the right-hander has failed to get out of the sixth inning while allowing at least four runs, and yet he's 4-1 in his last five starts. That doesn't mean he's pitching well, though, and the Cardinals will need him to be better if they're still in the playoff hunt when he takes the mound Sunday against the Pirates. The 35-year-old will carry a 4.67 ERA and 1.40 WHIP into that contest. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • Nolasco sharp over eight innings vs. A's
    Ricky Nolasco was on point in Tuesday's win over the A's, surrendering just one run (none earned) on five hits over eight innings.

    Advice: Nolasco struck out four and walked two on the evening. The only run to score on his watch came when Ryon Healy picked up an RBI double in the sixth inning. The veteran right-hander has finished out the season nicely, with Tuesday's run the first he has surrendered in his last three outings. For the season as a whole, he pitched to a 4.42 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 144/44 K/BB ratio over 197 2/3 innings (32 starts between the Twins and Angels). Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • Stephenson falls apart late against Cardinals
    Robert Stephenson allowed five runs on five hits over four innings of work in a loss to the Cardinals on Tuesday.

    Advice: Stephenson got through the first two innings without issue and allowed a solo homer in the third, but it was a four-run fourth inning that spelled his doom. All four runs came on one swing by Aledmys Diaz. The 23-year-old fell to 2-3 with a 6.27 ERA and 1.55 WHIP in seven starts, and he'll have one more start in 2016 when he squares off with the Cubs in Sunday's regular season finale. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:49 pm
  • Angels crush Daniel Mengden for eight runs
    Daniel Mengden was demolished in Tuesday's loss to the Angels, yielding eight runs on nine hits over three-plus innings.

    Advice: Mengden surrendered one run in the first inning. The fourth would prove considerably worse. That is when the seven other runs on his line touched home, the key blow coming via a grand slam by Jefry Marte. Alas, Mengden will have no further chances for redemption this season, as Tuesday's outing served as his final start of 2016. The 23-year-old right-hander has mostly struggled in his first season in the bigs, pitching to a 6.50 ERA, 1.61 WHIP and 71/33 K/BB ratio over 72 innings. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:45 pm
  • Felix allows 10 hits, four earned to Astros
    Felix Hernandez gave up 10 hits and eight runs -- four earned -- over 5 2/3 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Astros.

    Advice: King Felix allowed two runs out of the gate but settled in after that, hurling four scoreless frames before the fateful six-run sixth inning. Hernandez got himself into some trouble in that inning, but a two-out error by first baseman Adam Lind prolonged the inning and paved the way for four more unearned runs to cross the plate before the bleeding stopped. The loss dropped the 30-year-old to 11-7 with a 3.71 ERA through 24 starts. His last start of the 2016 season will come Sunday against the Athletics. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:29 pm
  • Fiers gives up eight hits, four runs to M's
    Mike Fiers allowed four runs on eight hits over five innings Tuesday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Fiers struggled early, giving up runs in each of the first three innings, before settling down to toss two scoreless frames to end his outing. He didn't walk a batter and struck out five in the no-decision. Fiers had some ups and downs in 2016, but he finishes with an 11-8 mark, 4.48 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 31 games, including 30 starts. The Astros will have to decide this winter whether those numbers are good enough to earn him a look at a rotation spot next spring. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:24 pm
  • Cueto (groin) cleared to start this Thursday
    Johnny Cueto (groin) has been cleared to start Thursday at home against the Rockies.

    Advice: Cueto suffered a mild groin strain in his September 20 start at Dodger Stadium, but he made it through a bullpen session Tuesday without issue and was given the go-ahead to pitch Thursday by San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy. It could be a very important game for the Wild Card-hunting Giants. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:58 pm
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  • De Leon to start Wednesday vs. Padres
    Jose De Leon will start Wednesday against the Padres.

    Advice: De Leon was originally scheduled start on Tuesday, but Kenta Maeda will move up a day to start instead. The rookie right-hander has posted a 5.52 ERA through his first three starts in the majors. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:28 am
  • Maeda starting Tuesday, De Leon on Wednesday
    Kenta Maeda has been moved up to start Tuesday against the Padres.

    Advice: He'll swap spots with rookie Jose De Leon, who will be pushed back to Wednesday. Maeda allowed two runs (one earned) over five innings in his most recent start last Wednesday against the Giants and owns a 3.20 ERA over 30 starts in his first year in MLB. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:26 am
  • Mike Fiers fans nine as Astros fall to Angels
    Mike Fiers took the tough-luck loss in Thursday's game against the Angels, striking out nine while allowing two runs over 6 1/3 innings.

    Advice: The nine strikeouts were a season-best for Fiers, who scattered four hits over his 6 1/3 innings of work. One of those four hits went for a two-run home run courtesy of Albert Pujols in the first inning. Fiers' final outing of the season is currently scheduled to come at home against the Mariners. He will carry a 4.40 ERA and 1.35 WHIP (163 2/3 innings) into that outing. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:15 pm
  • Nolasco blanks Astros over seven innings
    Ricky Nolasco was fantastic in Thursday's 2-0 win over the Astros, firing seven innings of shutout ball.

    Advice: Nolasco has not allowed a run in either of his past two starts, a span of 13 innings. On Thursday, he struck out five, walked one and scattered five hits over seven frames. The veteran right-hander finished out having thrown 97 pitches (61 strikes). Even with his recent shutout ways, Nolasco still holds an unappealing 4.60 ERA. His final start of the 2016 campaign will come at home against the A's. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:15 pm
  • Cueto (groin) could still start on Sunday
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Thursday that there is still a chance Johnny Cueto makes his scheduled start against the Padres on Sunday.

    Advice: Cueto will test out his injured groin by playing catch on Friday. If all goes well, he could be cleared to start as anticipated. The Giants obviously won't risk the right-hander's health if he isn't ready though. Expect an update from the team after his throwing session on Friday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:30 pm
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  • Kenta Maeda earns 16th victory
    Kenta Maeda picked up his 16th win after allowing two runs -- one earned -- in five innings Wednesday against the Giants.

    Advice: Maeda struck out six and walked two before leaving after 88 pitches. The Dodgers are handling him increasingly carefully; he's gotten between 15 and 19 outs in each of his last 11 starts, never throwing more than 104 pitches in that span. It's worked out well; he's 8-2 during the stretch. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:31 pm
  • Matt Moore pounded by Dodgers
    Matt Moore was lit up for six runs in one-plus innings by the Dodgers on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was a disaster; Moore faced 11 batters and nine reaches base safely (seven hits, one walk, one HBP). It was also the polar opposite of his previous outing at Dodger Stadium, when he came within one out of a no-hitter on Aug. 25. As per usual, he's been up and down since joining the Giants. In his 10 starts, he's allowed two runs or fewer six times and five runs or more three times. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:27 pm
  • Stephenson coughs up four in 3 2/3 frames
    Robert Stephenson was charged with four runs in just 3 2/3 innings during a loss to the Cubs on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Cubs got to him early with two runs in the first. He gave up eight hits but seven of them were singles. He served up a solo shot to Dexter Fowler in the fourth inning. Stephenson fanned two and walked two. Free passes have been a problem for Stephenson throughout his minor league career. Despite his huge potential he can't be recommended as a fantasy option until he develops the ability to throw strikes. The rookie is 2-2 with a 5.59 ERA in six starts. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:49 pm
  • Cobb gets shucked by Yankees on Wednesday
    Alex Cobb got taken out behind the woodshed on Wednesday as he was whipped for seven runs in just 1 1/3 innings in a loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: New York's batters had no trouble squaring up his pitches tonight. He gave up nine hits and a walk while retiring only four batters -- two via the strikeout. He was making his fourth start of the season. He entered the game with a 3.06 ERA and doubled it in a hurry, departing with a 6.16 ERA. He missed all of last year and most of this year recovering from arm surgery. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:45 pm
  • Eickhoff wins with quality start vs White Sox
    Jerad Eickhoff was quality on Wednesday, giving up three runs on six hits in seven innings of work in an 8-3 victory over the White Sox.

    Advice: He allowed a home run to the first batter of the game and then posted zeroes until the seventh inning when he gave up two more solo homers. He registered six punchouts against only one walk. The win improves his record to 11-14 with a 3.75 ERA in his first full season in the majors. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:16 pm
  • Sale falls apart in loss to Philies Wednesday
    Chris Sale got whacked for six runs in four innings and was charged with a loss to the Phillies in Wednesday's interleague matchup.

    Advice: He struck out five and didn't walk anybody, but he allowed seven base hits and beaned two batters. Six of those runners ended up touching the plate. It was a rare bad outing for Sale, who falls to 16-9 with a 3.23 ERA. He will get at least one and maybe two more shots to match his career high of 17 wins in a season. His velocity and strikeout rate fell noticeably this year but he remains one of the best pitchers in baseball. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:13 pm
  • Cueto (groin) unlikely to make his next start
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Wednesday that Johnny Cueto (groin) will likely be unable to make his scheduled Sunday start against the Padres.

    Advice: Cueto was lifted from Tuesday's game against the Dodgers in the bottom of the sixth inning after suffering a Grade 1 left groin strain, which is an injury that typically requires 1-3 weeks of rest and rehab. Bochy is making plans for another (yet to be named) pitcher to start in Cueto's place on Sunday. Jake Peavy, Ty Blach, and Matt Cain are among the candidates who could take the mound for that one. It's possible Cueto will be able to return to the Giants' rotation early next week, but it's not something to bank on. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:28 pm
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  • Felix Hernandez blanks Blue Jays over seven
    Felix Hernandez took a no-decision but pitched stupendously in Wednesday's 2-1, 12-inning win over the Blue Jays, firing seven innings of two-hit, shutout ball.

    Advice: King Felix wasn't striking out batters left and right (he finished with four whiffs on the afternoon) and he struggled with his control at times (he walked three), but no matter. This was a clutch performance in a big spot as the Mariners cling to hope for a late Wild Card run. The veteran hurler finished his seven innings of work having thrown 112 pitches, 64 for strikes. Hernandez holds a 3.61 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 116/63 K/BB ratio across 144 2/3 innings for the season as a whole. Up next on the docket is a potentially huge road date with the Astros. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:13 pm
  • Daniel Mengden surrenders four runs to Astros
    Daniel Mengden couldn't quite supply a quality start in Wednesday's loss to the Astros, yielding four runs on six hits over 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Mengden struck out seven and walked two on the afternoon. The Astros burned him for one run in the fifth inning, then drove him from the game completely with a three-run sixth. The key blow in that frame was a two-run home run off the bat of Evan Gattis. Mengden, 23, will carry a tough 5.74 ERA and 1.54 WHIP into a road start against the Angels next time out. That will likely be his final start of the season. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:51 pm
  • Cueto will undergo MRI on groin Wednesday
    Johnny Cueto (groin) will undergo an MRI on Wednesday.

    Advice: Cueto departed Tuesday's start against the Dodgers in the sixth inning with a left groin strain. He initially stayed in but then pulled himself after throwing a couple balls to walk Andrew Toles. Giants beat writers indicated that Cueto seemed upbeat in the clubhouse after the game, but we'll just have to see what the MRI says before we know whether it's possible he can make his next start Sunday in San Diego. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:29 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:25 pm
  • Johnny Cueto diagnosed with left groin strain
    Johnny Cueto has been diagnosed with a left groin strain.

    Advice: The grade of strain is unknown, but even minor groin strains usually require at least two weeks of rest and rehab for starting pitchers. Cueto suffered the potentially-season-ending injury in the sixth inning of his start Tuesday night against the rival Dodgers, after throwing 5 1/3 shutout innings. He has a 2.79 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in 212 2/3 total innings this year. There should be more information on Cueto's status coming Wednesday and Thursday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:55 pm
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  • Wainwright's arm, bat lead Cards past Rockies
    Adam Wainwright allowed four runs -- including three home runs -- over 5 1/3 innings in a win over the Rockies on Tuesday.

    Advice: Wainwright surrendered seven hits, including three solo homers to Daniel Descalso, Charlie Blackmon and Gerardo Parra, and he also walked two on the night. Fortunately for Wainwright, pitchers get a chance to help their own cause in the National League, and he did so with a two-run double in the second inning and a two-RBI single in the fifth. The 35-year-old will take the wins any way he can get them at this stage of his career, and he moved to 12-9 with a 4.57 ERA and 1.38 with Tuesday's victory. Wainwright will go for two in a row when he squares off with the Reds on Monday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:35 pm
  • Cueto removed from start vs. LAD with injury
    Johnny Cueto was pulled from his start Tuesday against the Dodgers with an apparent groin injury.

    Advice: Cueto grabbed at his groin after a pitch to Andrew Toles in the bottom of the sixth inning and a trainer came out to visit. Cueto stayed in the game after three practice pitches, but he never looked quite right and manager Bruce Bochy called for the hook after a wild pitch in the dirt gave Toles a one-out walk. This could be another massive blow for the Giants, who lost Brandon Crawford to a dislocated left pinkie in the second inning of Tuesday's game. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:22 pm
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  • Teheran goes seven frames of one-run ball
    Julio Teheran continued to torment the Mets on Tuesday, tossing seven innings of one-run ball in a 5-4 victory.

    Advice: Teheran yielded an RBI double to Asdrubal Cabrera with no one out in the third inning, but he then retired 15 of the final 16 batters he faced. It wasn't a dominant out with just one strikeout, but Teheran now boasts a career 2.36 ERA against the Mets. He'll take on the Marlins in Miami on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:47 pm
  • De Leon struggles against D'Backs on Sunday
    Jose De Leon struggled in a no-decision against the Diamondbacks on Sunday, allowing four runs on seven hits in just 3 2/3 innings.

    Advice: De Leon walked two and struck out two on the afternoon. The rookie right-hander wasn't sharp in this one, and the Diamondbacks made him pay early and often, including a two-run homer by Mitch Haniger. He'll look to put this one behind him and get back on track when he takes on the Rockies at home on Friday. Rotoworld.com Sep 18, 6:21 pm
  • Nolasco hurls six shutout frames to beat Jays
    Ricky Nolasco turned in six shutout frames to lead the Angels to a 6-1 victory over the Blue Jays on Saturday.

    Advice: He rang up seven strikeouts while walking two and allowing five base hits. The nice outing improves his unsightly record to 6-14 with a 4.78 ERA. He has accumulated an uninspiring 135 punchouts in 182 2/3 innings. The 33-year-old veteran is nothing more than an innings-eater on a bad team and is not a recommended option for the fantasy playoffs despite pitching well tonight. Rotoworld.com Sep 17, 11:00 pm
  • Fiers fires six shutout frames in Sat. win
    Mike Fiers earned a 2-1 win over the Mariners by firing six innings of shutout baseball on Saturday.

    Advice: He surrendered only three hits and one base-on-balls while ringing up four strikeouts. The win advances his record to 11-7 with a 4.46 ERA in 157 1/3 innings. This was a nice bounce-back effort after getting pounded by the Cubs in his last outing. He has not been able to match his performance of the last two seasons, largely due to an elevated home run rate and a depressed strikeout rate. He has a juicy matchup with the Angels on tap next. Rotoworld.com Sep 17, 10:17 pm
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