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  • Zimmermann to begin rehab on Sunday
    Jordan Zimmermann (neck) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo on Sunday.

    Advice: Zimmermann has been sidelined since the end of June with a strained neck, so he's likely to need at least two rehab starts before he's deemed ready to rejoin the Tigers rotation. Matt Boyd will continue to hold down that rotation spot for the time being. 57 minutes ago
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @CWS
  • Marlins among many discussing Andrew Cashner
    Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Marlins are among the teams that have been discussing Andrew Cashner with the Padres.

    Advice: The Orioles are also known to be negotiating with the Padres. The Marlins could become a legitimate title contender in the National League with the addition of a second starter behind Jose Fernandez, and Cashner could fit the bill potentially. Today, 9:53 am
  • Jeff Samardzija and Cueto flipped in rotation
    Jeff Samardzija has had his scheduled start against the Yankees pushed back to Sunday.

    Advice: That means it'll be Johnny Cueto, not Samardzija, taking on Ivan Nova and the Yankees on Saturday. Make sure to adjust your lineups accordingly if you had planned on attacking Samardzija in daily leagues. Today, 8:48 am
  • Orioles in the mix for Andrew Cashner as well
    Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Orioles are pursuing Andrew Cashner from the Padres but that it isn't related to any potential trade for Melvin Upton.

    Advice: The O's are looking at both Padres in separate deals, not as a package play. The O's are in desperate need of an upgrade in their starting rotation, and the hard-throwing right-hander could be just the guy for the job. Today, 6:24 am
  • Tyler Lyons goes 4 2/3 innings in relief
    Tyler Lyons pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings out of the pen Friday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Lyons appeared likely to start for the Cardinals on Sunday, but that should be off the table after 53 pitches tonight. They'll probably call up a minor leaguer. Yesterday, 10:37 pm
    4:15 pm vs LAD
  • Bud Norris takes loss in 16th
    Two days after starting, Bud Norris took a loss in relief after giving up a homer in the 16th inning Friday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Norris pitched a scoreless 15th, but he gave up the homer with one out in the 16th. It's unclear if he'll make his next start as scheduled on Tuesday, though he should have sufficient time to recover. Yesterday, 10:36 pm
  • Julio Teheran (lat) thinks he'll avoid DL
    Julio Teheran was diagnosed with a mild lat strain which caused him to leave Friday's start against the Rockies prematurely.

    Advice: The right-hander thinks that the issue is minor and that he'll be able to avoid a trip to the disabled list, though a lot will depend on how he responds in the next couple of days. Yesterday, 10:35 pm
    5:10 pm @Col
  • Wacha goes six innings in no-decision
    Michael Wacha gave up two runs over six innings Friday in a no-decision against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Wacha had the lead until he gave up a game-tying homer to Howie Kendrick in his final inning of work. He gave up 10 hits and walked a batter, so he’s fortunate his line didn't look worse. Still, it was an improvement after he was chased after just four innings last time out. Wacha owns a 4.37 ERA through 20 starts this season and will face the Marlins next time out. Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • Orioles could send Jimenez in trade for Upton
    Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that the Orioles have discussed a potential trade that would send Ubaldo Jimenez and a prospect to the Padres for Melvin Upton.

    Advice: Jimenez would only be included in any deal to help offset the money remaining on Upton's contract, as his actual value is very limited. The veteran right-hander is owed roughly $18 million through next season while Upton is owed more than $22 million over the same time frame. Yesterday, 10:00 pm
  • Jake Odorizzi holds A's scoreless for eight
    Jake Odorizzi blanked the A's for eight innings on Friday.

    Advice: It didn't get him a win, as the game stayed scoreless into extra innings, but it was a second straight positive outing for the right-hander. Even if he hasn't pitched quite as well as hoped this year, he still has considerable trade value heading into the deadline. He has a 4.10 ERA and a 110/35 K/BB ratio in 118 2/3 innings. Yesterday, 9:39 pm
  • Jacob Turner struggles against former club
    Jacob Turner struggled in a no-decision against the Tigers on Friday, allowing four runs on five hits in just 3 1/3 innings.

    Advice: The right-hander did manage to strike out six in the ballgame while issuing four free passes. Turner became the first big league pitcher since Jaime Garcia in 2011 to throw 100 or more pitches in an outing that lasted 3 1/3 innings or less. He has now been blasted in each of his two starts since replacing the injured Carlos Rodon in the White Sox rotation. It's unlikely that he'll have a chance to extend that streak to three. Yesterday, 9:20 pm
  • Lance McCullers Ks 10 in win over Angels
    Lance McCullers struck out 10 batters over eight-plus innings of one-run ball in a 2-1 win over the Angels on Friday.

    Advice: It was his longest outing of the season. McCullers gave up four hits and walked four while striking out Mike Trout three times. The young right-hander struck out the side in the eighth inning, so he entered the ninth inning with a chance to go the distance, but he was pulled after walking the first two batters he faced. Still, it was a fantastic outing. His 10 strikeouts tied a season-high. McCullers has a 3.33 ERA with 90 strikeouts in 70 1/3 innings through 12 starts this season, but walks (42) have been a big issue for him. He has now walked four batters in three straight starts. Yesterday, 9:19 pm
  • Shoemaker gives up two runs in loss to 'Stros
    Matt Shoemaker took another loss Friday after giving up two runs over 6 2/3 innings against the Astros.

    Advice: He struck out five and walked one. The Astros got to him with RBI singles in the fifth and seventh innings and Shoemaker didn’t get much help from his offense against Lance McCullers. Of course, that’s nothing new. Shoemaker dropped to 5-10 with the loss, but at least saw his ERA drop down to 3.99. Despite the lack of run support, he needs to be owned in most fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 9:18 pm
  • Jon Gray strikes out eight in victory
    Jon Gray struck out eight in seven innings of one-run ball Friday in a victory over the Braves.

    Advice: Gray has allowed two earned runs or fewer in 11 of his 17 starts this season, which is pretty incredible for a rookie pitcher in Coors. Overall, he's 6-4 with a 4.12 ERA and 111 strikeouts in 102 2/3 innings. Yesterday, 9:17 pm
  • Kyle Gibson outstanding in win over Red Sox
    Kyle Gibson delivered an outstanding performance in Friday's victory over the Red Sox, allowing just two hits over eight innings of one-run ball.

    Advice: Gibson walked one and punched out six on the evening. He gave up a leadoff home run to Mookie Betts to begin the ballgame, then shut down the vaunted Red Sox offense for eight innings. He'll look to further improve upon a 4.67 ERA and 1.39 WHIP when he squares off against Orioles at home on Thursday. Yesterday, 9:14 pm
  • Eduardo Rodriguez fans eight in loss Friday
    Eduardo Rodriguez pitched well in Friday's loss to the Twins, allowing just two runs on six hits over 5 1/3 innings.

    Advice: The southpaw fanned eight on the night and walked only one. Brian Dozier tagged him for a solo homer in the second inning and Miguel Sano delivered an RBI double in the sixth that proved to be the difference in the contest. Rodriguez has looked incredibly sharp in each of his first two starts since returning from Triple-A and should be owned in all mixed leagues at this point for Wednesday's matchup against the Tigers. Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Julio Teheran leaves with apparent injury
    Julio Teheran was removed from Friday's start against the Rockies in the fifth inning due to an apparent injury.

    Advice: Teheran may have tweaked something in his side while attempting to reach for a ground ball. The Braves should have an update on his status shortly. Any sort of injury or time missed though would certainly be a major blow to the right-hander's trade value, with the deadline only a week away. Yesterday, 7:32 pm
    5:10 pm @Col
  • Orioles scouted Andrew Cashner on Thursday
    Jon Heyman of TodaysKnuckleball and FanRag Sports reports that the Orioles scouted Andrew Cashner's start on Thursday.

    Advice: They saw him pitch well, as Cashner struck out eight while holding the Cardinals to one run over 5 2/3 innings. The Orioles were also connected to Cashner back in February before they signed Yovani Gallardo. The Rangers and Blue Jays are also known to have interest in the righty even though he's put up a 4.79 ERA this season. Yesterday, 11:28 am
  • Jordan Zimmermann (neck) nears rehab games
    Jordan Zimmermann (neck) could begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo as soon as this weekend.

    Advice: Zimmermann threw a 40-pitch bullpen session Thursday, which was his second time throwing from the bump since going down with a strained neck. He's expected to need two rehab starts before being activated from the disabled list. "We’ll see how far he goes in the first one," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "I’d say he probably needs two. But we’ll let him tell us how he feels and see how deep he goes in the first one." Yesterday, 7:40 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @CWS
  • Cashner fans eight, allows one run vs. Cards
    Andrew Cashner struck out eight while allowing one run over 5 2/3 innings against the Cardinals on Thursday.

    Advice: Cashner was close to dominant, allowing just three hits without issuing a walk before exiting. Unfortunately for him, his bullpen couldn't hold the lead, denying him of his second straight win. Still, Cashner has now struck out 17 while allowing two runs over his past two starts, upping his trade value just in time for the Padres to try to get something nice for him ahead of the trade deadline. If he's still around, the 29-year-old is slated to take on the Blue Jays on Tuesday. Thursday, 8:25 pm
  • Rosenthal: Cashner trade not imminent
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Padres do not expect to trade Andrew Cashner before his Thursday start against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Jon Morosi (also of FOX Sports) had previously reported that the Padres were hoping to move Cashner prior to his next start, but according to one of Rosenthal's sources, there is a "99.9% chance nothing will happen [before Thursday's scheduled outing]." The Rangers and Marlins are two of the teams rumored to be kicking the tires on the 29-year-old right-hander. Wednesday, 8:16 pm
  • Norris pounded for six runs on three homers
    Bud Norris struck out eight batters in five innings but gave up six runs in the process, taking a loss to the Nationals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Three of the seven hits he gave up sailed over the wall. He falls to 5-8 with a 4.53 ERA in 91 1/3 innings. Norris had a good stretch of starts in May and June but has since reverted to his usual mediocre self. Wednesday, 8:14 pm
  • Rangers continue to bat around Cashner trade
    MLB Daily Dish's Chris Cotillo reports that the Rangers remain in trade talks regarding Andrew Cashner.

    Advice: According to FOX Sports Jon Morosi, the Padres are hoping to trade Cashner before his scheduled Thursday start. The Rangers have been heavily linked to the 29-year-old right-hander, but Morosi colleague Ken Rosenthal relayed on Tuesday that "a surprising number of clubs" are interested in Cashner's services, not just Texas. Expect movement one way or another very, very soon. Wednesday, 2:33 pm
  • Cashner drawing interest from multiple teams
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal writes that Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner is drawing trade interest from "a surprising number of clubs."

    Advice: The Rangers are among them, as has been reported in multiple outlets. Cashner owns a 5.05 ERA this season, so he doesn't come without risk, but there's a lack of quality pitching on the market. For what it's worth, Cashner struck out nine over six innings of one-run ball in his most recent start Friday against the Giants. He's due to hit free agency this winter. Tuesday, 6:11 am
  • Zimmermann (neck) throws bullpen session
    Jordan Zimmermann (neck) threw 25 pitches in a bullpen session on Monday.

    Advice: Zimmermann reported feeling good and will throw again on Thursday in Chicago. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has said that he'll need to make at least two rehab starts before being activated, so a return in the early part of August appears possible. The veteran right-hander has been out since the end of June with a strained neck. Monday, 1:17 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @CWS
  • Jacob Turner hammered in spot start
    Jacob Turner was hammered for eight earned runs over four innings Sunday in a loss to the Angels.

    Advice: Turner was making a spot start in place of Carlos Rodon, who landed on the disabled list before the All-Star break with a wrist sprain. Turner gave up seven hits, including two homers, and he also issued a pair of walks. The right-hander will probably head right back to Triple-A Charlotte on Monday. Sunday, 3:35 pm
  • Jon Gray strikes out eight in strong ND
    Jon Gray scooped up a no-decision against the Braves on Sunday, tossing seven shutout innings.

    Advice: Gray and Julio Teheran locked horns for an old-fashioned pitching duel. Neither man bested the other, with both taking no-decisions before the Braves finally won the scoring-adverse affair with a run in the bottom of the ninth. For the season, Gray holds a 4.33 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 103/32 K/BB ratio over 95 2/3 innings. A home rematch with these same Braves shows next on his schedule. Sunday, 2:40 pm
  • Gibson lit up for four runs in loss to Tribe
    Kyle Gibson was lit up for four earned runs in six innings Sunday as the Twins fell to the Indians.

    Advice: Gibson surrendered 10 hits, including a home run to Mike Napoli in the top of the second inning that set the tone for the Indians' 6-1 win. Gibson stands 2-6 on the year with a 5.12 ERA and 1.52 WHIP in 63 1/3 innings. He'll face a dangerous Red Sox offense next. Sunday, 2:34 pm
  • Teheran stellar in no-decision against COL
    Julio Teheran picked up a no-decision in a fine performance against the Rockies on Sunday, tossing seven innings of shutout ball.

    Advice: Teheran's was one of a number of remarkable pitching performances on Sunday. He struck out five, walked one and allowed just three hits on the afternoon. Despite this sharp work, no decision came his way, as Jon Gray essentially matched him pitch-for-pitch. This sterling outing just added to what has been a lovely campaign for Teheran, who will carry a 2.79 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 112/26 K/BB ratio (125 2/3 innings) into a road outing against these same Rockies next time he toes the rubber. Given the way he has pitched this season, it wouldn't be a shock if he conquered Coors. Sunday, 2:34 pm
    5:10 pm @Col
  • Wacha charged with three runs in loss to MIA
    Michael Wacha was charged with three earned runs in just four innings Sunday in the Cardinals' loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: Miami scored its first run on a Jeff Mathis bunt single in the top of the fourth inning and then Ichiro Suzuki walked to lead off the fifth inning followed by a Martin Prado ground-rule double and a Christian Yelich two-run single. Wacha was pulled at that point, having yielding seven total hits and two total walks. He struck out four. The young right-hander will carry a disappointing 4.45 ERA into his next start at home against the Dodgers. Sunday, 2:22 pm
  • Odorizzi strikes out seven in win over O's
    Jake Odorizzi came through with a nice showing in Sunday's win over the Orioles, surrendering two runs on seven hits over six innings.

    Advice: Odorizzi allowed a sacrifice fly to Manny Machado in the first inning and a solo home run to Pedro Alvarez in the sixth, but otherwise kept the scoreboard free and clear from damage. He struck out seven and walked just one on the afternoon. Through 20 starts, the 26-year-old right-hander holds a 4.39 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 105/35 K/BB ratio. He has the talent to pitch better than that in the second half and will look to build on Sunday's performance when he hits the road for a date with the A's in his next scheduled start. Sunday, 1:37 pm
  • Rangers showing interest in Andrew Cashner
    Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the Rangers are "targeting" Andrew Cashner.

    Advice: He's one of a handful of starters that Texas is looking at. Cashner is in the midst of a disappointing season that's seen him post a 5.05 ERA over 14 starts, although he did pitch well his last time out. The righty is likely to be dealt in the next couple weeks given that he's on the out-of-contention Padres and is slated for free agency this winter. Sunday, 9:28 am
  • Samardzija gives up five runs in five innings
    Jeff Samardzija surrendered five runs -- four earned -- on five hits in five innings but escaped with a no-decision against the Padres on Saturday.

    Advice: He walked four and struck out four. Two of the five hits he allowed were solo home runs. Now with a 4.05 ERA and 1.21 WHIP, Samardzija will travel to New York for an interleague match-up with the Yankees next Saturday. Saturday, 10:06 pm
  • Shoemaker fans 13 in complete game shutout
    Matt Shoemaker struck out 13 batters in a masterful, complete-game, shutout victory over the White Sox by a score of 1-0 on Saturday.

    Advice: This was an epic pitcher's duel between Shoemaker and James Shields. Shoemaker gave up six hits to Shields' two, but Shoemaker was able to keep the White Sox from scoring all night. The 13 strikeouts were a career high. He now has 110 strikeouts against only 22 walks in 106 innings. He will take a 5-9 record and 4.08 ERA on the road against Houston next week. Saturday, 9:08 pm
  • McCullers fans eight, allows one run in loss
    Lance McCullers struck out eight while allowing one run over 5 1/3 innings but took the loss Saturday against the Mariners.

    Advice: McCullers was on the wrong end of a 1-0 final, dropping him to 4-4 in 11 starts. His control is still an issue -- McCullers walked four on Saturday and has 38 walks in those 11 starts -- but he's now struck out 80 over 62 1/3 innings of work this year. McCullers will look for a better fate Friday against the Angels. Saturday, 7:12 pm
  • E-Rod goes seven strong in return to Red Sox
    Eduardo Rodriguez allowed a lone run over seven innings as the Red Sox topped the Yankees 5-2 on Saturday.

    Advice: Rodriguez was in command all afternoon, allowing just four hits -- including a Brett Gardner solo home run -- and walking two. He registered just one strikeout, which came in his final inning of work, but his dominance wasn't in question. It was a promising showing from the 23-year-old, who was making his first start for the club since his June 27 demotion. Healthy and effective, Rodriguez should stay in the Sox' rotation this time around. His next turn will come Friday against the Twins. Saturday, 6:11 pm
  • Jacob Turner to start Sunday vs. Angels
    White Sox purchased the contract of RHP Jacob Turner from Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: He'll start on Sunday against the Angels in place of Carlos Rodon (wrist). Sunday will be Turner's first appearance in the big leagues since 2014. The former first-round pick has had an up-and-down year for Charlotte, recording a 4.71 ERA over 18 starts. The White Sox will make a corresponding roster move after tonight's game. Saturday, 5:54 pm
  • Zimmermann to throw bullpen session Monday
    Jordan Zimmermann (neck) threw long tosses from 140 feet on Saturday.

    Advice: He's slated to throw a bullpen session on Monday. Manager Brad Ausmus said Zimmermann will need to make at least two rehab starts before he's ready to join the Tigers' rotation. A strained neck sent Zimmermann to the disabled list earlier this month. Saturday, 3:38 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @CWS
  • Bud Norris gives up four runs to Arizona
    Bud Norris allowed four runs in five innings Friday against the Diamondbacks, but it was good enough to get him a win.

    Advice: Norris is 2-0 with a 3.94 ERA in three starts since coming over from the Braves. He'll get the Nationals in Washington next time out, so he doesn't look like a streaming play then. Friday, 11:03 pm
  • Andrew Cashner strikes out nine in win
    Andrew Cashner pitched six innings of one-run ball and struck out nine in defeating the Giants on Friday.

    Advice: Someone had a productive All-Star break. Cashner hadn't struck out more than six in any of his previous 13 starts this season. He also went without a walk for the first time (excluding his one-third of an inning start last month when he hurt his neck). A couple of more outings like this and he'll be another fine piece of trade bait for the Padres. Friday, 10:33 pm
  • Zimmermann (neck) played catch Friday
    Jordan Zimmermann (neck) played catch Friday for the first time since landing on the disabled list.

    Advice: Zimmermann also got an adjustment from a chiropractor on Friday morning and reported feeling great after the workout. He's been on the disabled list since July 4, retroactive to July 2, because of a neck and probably isn't going to be able to make it back before the beginning of August. But it should be too much longer. Friday, 2:03 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @CWS
  • Eduardo Rodriguez up to start versus Yanks
    Red Sox recalled LHP Eduardo Rodriguez from Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: Rodriguez will start Boston's first game out of the All-Star break Friday night against the rival Yankees. He owns a brutal 8.59 ERA in six starts this year at the major league level, but the young southpaw is healthier now after battling a knee injury all spring and his numbers have been very good at Triple-A. E-Rod is worth a shot in deeper formats under the hope that he can return to his 2015 big-league form. Friday, 7:37 am
  • Braves set rotation for weekend series vs COL
    The Braves rotation is set for this weekend's series against the Rockies, with Lucas Harrell (Friday), Michael Foltynewicz (Saturday) and Julio Teheran (Sunday) all scheduled to start.

    Advice: The Braves needed to wait to see if Teheran would pitch in the All-Star Game before they officially locked their rotation into place. He did, indeed, toss a scoreless inning in the Midsummer Classic. With that recent performance in the books, the team will hold off on starting him until Sunday. Wednesday, 1:23 pm
    5:10 pm @Col
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