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NO WEAK LINKS ! Pt. 3 (ID# 44482)
  • Longoria has go-ahead double vs. Red Sox
    Evan Longoria delivered a go-ahead three-run double in a 6-4 win over the Red Sox on Friday.

    Advice: The Red Sox held a 3-2 lead going into the bottom of the seventh inning, but Ben Zobrist singled home a run (with some help from Jonny Gomes) to tie things up and Longoria eventually put the Rays in front with a bases-loaded double down the left field line. The 28-year-old has driven in nine runs over six games since the All-Star break.
    23 minutes ago
  • Lester goes six innings in no-decision
    Jon Lester gave up two runs over six innings against the Rays on Friday.

    Advice: His lone mistake was a two-run homer by Desmond Jennings in the fifth inning. He left in line for the win, but the Rays took the lead in the seventh inning. The southpaw struck out seven and walked one in the no-decision and now owns a dominant 0.93 ERA and 34/3 K/BB ratio in 29 innings over four starts this month. He has allowed two earned runs or fewer in eight straight starts. He'll try to keep it going when he makes his final start of July next week against the Blue Jays.
    24 minutes ago
  • Zobrist has four hits Friday vs. Red Sox
    Ben Zobrist went 4-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored Friday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Only one of Zobrist's four hits left the infield, but the one that did tied the game in the seventh inning. The Rays would eventually take the lead in the frame, which they wouldn't relinquish. Zobrist, like David Price, has seen his name surface in trade rumors over the past few weeks, but a deal appears unlikely now that the Rays have turned things around in a hurry.
    25 minutes ago
    W, 6-4 vs ^ Bos
  • Wade Miley hit hard in loss to Phillies
    Wade Miley was hit hard in a losing effort against the Phillies on Friday, surrendering six runs (five earned) on eight hits over his five innings.

    Advice: Miley also issued three walks while punching out six on the night. The Phillies jumped on him for a pair of runs in the first inning, and added on in every inning against him except the fourth. The southpaw had been brilliant in his previous four starts, and will look to get back on track when he takes on the Reds in Cincinnati on Wednesday.
    45 minutes ago
  • Simon gives up three runs in loss to Nats
    Alfredo Simon yielded three runs over 4 1/3 innings in Friday's loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: It was his shortest outing since May 27. Simon allowed nine hits and two walks, so he was at 89 pitches before being pulled with one out in the fifth. Things could have been worse, but J.J. Hoover bailed him out of a jam. Simon has now lost back-to-back starts for the first time this season. He'll attempt to get back on the winning side next week against the Diamondbacks.
    46 minutes ago
    L, 4-1 vs ^ Was
  • Kyle Gibson (back) likely to start on Tuesday
    Kyle Gibson (back) will throw a bullpen session on Saturday, and if all goes well he will make his next start on Tuesday against the Royals.

    Advice: He had been scheduled to start on Wednesday, but was scratched due to back stiffness. The 26-year-old owns an 8-8 record, 4.19 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 54/30 K/BB ratio over 107 1/3 innings through his first 19 starts.
    Today, 4:48 pm
  • Kohl Stewart (shoulder) goes on Low-A DL
    Twins pitching prospect Kohl Stewart has been placed on Low-A Cedar Rapids' disabled list due to a right shoulder impingement.

    Advice: Stewart dealt with a shoulder issue toward the end of last season and is having problems again, though the Twins at this point don't appear to be overly concerned. The No. 4 overall pick in last year's draft, Stewart owns a 2.42 ERA through 81 2/3 innings of work at the minor league level this season.
    Today, 1:39 pm
    Not Active
    L, 9-5 vs CWS
  • J.T. Realmuto recalled from Triple-A
    Marlins recalled C J.T. Realmuto from Triple-A New Orleans.

    Advice: He'll serve as the Marlins' third catcher. Realmuto had four hits in 20 at-bats earlier this season for the big club.
    Today, 1:23 pm
  • Matt Albers moved to 60-day DL
    Astros transferred RHP Matt Albers from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: The move clears space on the 40-man roster for Gregory Petit. Albers has been out since late April with right shoulder tendinitis and isn't close to returning.
    Today, 1:16 pm
    Disabled List
    L, 2-0 vs Mia
  • Anthony Bass optioned to Triple-A
    Astros optioned RHP Anthony Bass to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Bass allowed 10 earned runs over nine relief innings after being activated from the DL earlier this month. He should get another chance later this season.
    Today, 1:15 pm
    Not Active
    L, 2-0 vs Mia
  • Gus Schlosser optioned to Triple-A
    Braves optioned RHP Gus Schlosser to Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Schlosser was only up for a couple days in his most recent stint with the big club and didn't appear in a game. He returns to a 3.65 ERA over 81 1/3 Triple-A frames.
    Today, 12:12 pm
    Not Active
    L, 5-2 vs SD
  • Padres recall Jesse Hahn to start Friday
    Padres recalled RHP Jesse Hahn from Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Hahn will start on Friday in Atlanta after being sent down before the All-Star break in order to keep pitching. The young right-hander has been superb over his 40 2/3 innings with the Padres, putting up a 2.21 ERA and 1.06 WHIP with 47 strikeouts.
    Today, 10:40 am
  • No timetable for Michael Bourn (hamstring)
    Indians manager Terry Francona said Thursday that there remains no timetable for Michael Bourn's (hamstring) return.

    Advice: "When he's ready to play, he's ready to play," Francona said. Bourn played catch in the outfield on Thursday but has yet to test out his strained left hamstring with any running. He's already missed nearly three weeks, so it sounds like he'll be lucky to make it back within the projected 3-4 week timetable that was offered when he went down.
    Today, 6:19 am
    Disabled List
    L, 6-4 x @KC
  • Blake Beavan activated, then optioned
    Mariners activated RHP Blake Beavan from the 60-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-a Tacoma.

    Advice: Beavan is over his shoulder issue, but he'll join Tacoma's rotation rather than the big league roster. The righty allowed two runs over four frames in his lone start for the M's.
    Today, 5:37 am
    Not Active
    Bot 4, 0-1 vs Bal
  • Richards gets knocked around in loss to DET
    Garrett Richards surrendered four runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out five in Thursday's setback against the Tigers.

    Advice: This was the first time Richards has allowed more than three earned runs in a start since May 30, the first time he's surrendered as many as seven hits since May 19, and the first time he hasn't completed seven innings of work since June 20. The right-hander has dazzled in his breakout campaign to the tune of an 11-3 record and 2.62 ERA. Don't be surprised if his production drops off, however -- Richards has never thrown more than 157 innings in a season, and he now sits at 137 1/3. The good news is that Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said earlier this week that the club has no plans to limit his workload.
    Yesterday, 10:32 pm
  • Jesse Hahn to start for Padres on Friday
    Jesse Hahn will be recalled to start on Friday in Atlanta.

    Advice: Hahn was sent down over the All-Star break in order to keep pitching. The rookie has been excellent over 40 2/3 innings for San Diego, posting a 2.21 ERA and 1.06 WHIP with 47 strikeouts. He should be scooped back up in leagues where he was dropped.
    Yesterday, 3:20 pm
  • Gibson (back) unlikely to start Saturday
    Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said that Kyle Gibson (back) is "real iffy" for Saturday's start.

    Advice: Gibson was scratched from Wednesday's scheduled out due to a stiff back and now it appears that next Tuesday is more likely for his return. If Gibson is officially scratched, the Twins will likely call up Logan Darnell to fill in.
    Yesterday, 2:40 pm
  • Albers (shoulder) not close to return
    Matt Albers (shoulder) isn't close to returning to action.

    Advice: Albers has made slow progress since he landed on the disabled list in late April with right shoulder tendinitis. Similar to the Jesse Crain situation, Astros GM Jeff Luhnow said Thursday that the hope is he'll be ready to throw off a mound in the next 10 days, but he's still a ways off from pitching with the big club again.
    Yesterday, 2:17 pm
    Disabled List
    L, 2-0 vs Mia
  • Red Sox table extension talks with Jon Lester
    Red Sox principal owner John Henry told the Boston Herald that extension talks with impending free agent Jon Lester have been tabled until after the 2014 season.

    Advice: Lester doesn't want to be distracted any longer by in-season contract negotiations and probably wants a taste of the open market -- where there could be crazy money flying around this winter. The 30-year-old left-hander is putting together the best season of his career at the perfect time, boasting a 2.50 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 142/31 K/BB ratio in 137 innings. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported earlier this month that the Red Sox were prepared to offer him "$100 million for five years, or thereabouts."
    Yesterday, 6:56 am
  • Twins prospect Stewart scratched from start
    Twins prospect RHP Kohl Stewart was scratched from his scheduled start at Low-A Cedar Rapids on Wednesday due to shoulder soreness.

    Advice: Twins director of minor league operations Brad Steil said Stewart is dealing with "a little shoulder soreness," an affliction he dealt with toward the end of the 2013 season as well. It's not a huge cause for concern for the No. 4 overall pick in 2013, and he should be back on the mound sooner than later. Stewart owns a 2.42 ERA through 81 2/3 innings of work at the minor league level this season.
    Wednesday, 8:03 pm
    Not Active
    L, 9-5 vs CWS
  • Gus Schlosser recalled from Triple-A
    Braves recalled RHP Gus Schlosser from Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: He'll be up for a couple days while Anthony Varvaro is on paternity leave. Schlosser has a 4.50 ERA and 0.92 WHIP over 12 innings with the Braves this season.
    Wednesday, 12:14 pm
    Not Active
    L, 5-2 vs SD
  • Twins hope Gibson (back) can start Sat.
    The Twins are hoping Kyle Gibson (back) will be ready to start on Saturday.

    Advice: Gibson was scratched from Wednesday's scheduled out due to a stiff back, but the hope is that it's a short-term concern. If Gibson isn't ready, the Twins are expected to call up Logan Darnell to fill in.
    Wednesday, 9:18 am
  • Kyle Gibson (back) scratched Wednesday
    Kyle Gibson has been scratched from Wednesday's scheduled start against the Indians due to a stiff back.

    Advice: Gibson felt his back lock up while throwing a bullpen session. He should be fine for his next outing or maybe even later in the week, but the Twins wanted to play it safe. Anthony Swarzak will make a spot start in Gibson's place.
    Tuesday, 8:56 pm
  • Angels won't limit Garrett Richards' workload
    Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said Monday that the club has no plans to temporarily shut down Garrett Richards in order to limit his workload.

    Advice: Richards is already at 131 1/3 innings, just a tad shy of the 145 innings he threw last season. He has never thrown more than 157 innings in a season before in pro ball, but Dipoto said there haven't been any discussions about giving him a break. "Not at all," said Dipoto. "Garrett has thrown from end to end in a season. His innings have not escalated to the point where they're 200-plus, but Garrett throws the ball as easily as anybody you'll ever see. It's not a violent delivery, it's not a violent package. He maintains velocity pretty easily." Richards is currently on pace for 216 2/3 innings and could pitch more if the Angels play deep into October.
    Tuesday, 6:41 am
  • Lester hurls 8 shutout frames for 10th win
    Jon Lester picked up his 10th win of the season after shutting out the Royals over eight innings on Sunday.

    Advice: Lester was, once again, phenomenal. The lefty limited the Royals to four hits and two walks while striking out eight. He has now allowed one earned run or fewer in seven out of his last nine outings. Lester's ERA is down to 2.50 with a 1.12 WHIP and a 142/29 K/BB ratio in 137 innings. He'll look to continue the success when he takes on the Rays in Tampa on Friday.
    Sunday, 1:41 pm
  • Garrett Richards goes eight strong
    Garrett Richards limited the Mariners to one run and three hits in eight innings on Saturday.

    Advice: Richards wasn't involved in the decision in his latest gem, so his seven-game winning streak is still intact. He's allowed a total of four hits in 15 innings against the Mariners this season, and he's 11-2 with a 2.47 ERA overall. Yeah, he really should have been an All-Star.
    Saturday, 10:19 pm