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  • Dodgers to designate Baker for assignment
    Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports that the Dodgers plan to designate Scott Baker for assignment.

    Advice: After using seven relievers in Sunday's 13-inning affair the Dodgers will need a fresh arm in the bullpen and it seems Baker is the odd-man out. He posted a troublesome 5.73 ERA in his 11 innings for the Dodgers. The veteran right-hander should attract interest elsewhere from team's in need of rotation depth.
    Today, 6:02 pm
    W, 1-0 vs Ari
  • Weaver shellacked for five runs in loss
    Jered Weaver allowed five runs in five innings during Sunday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Weaver served up back-to-back home runs to Joe Panik and Nori Aoki to start the game. It didn't get much better after that. The Giants racked up 10 hits against the right-hander in his five innings and cruised behind a throwback performance from Tim Lincecum. Weaver struck out just two batters and is averaging what would be a career-low of 4.0 K/9. With diminished stuff, Weaver's numbers are looking pretty bad this season. He's the unfortunate owner of a 6.49 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 15/5 K/BB over 34 1/3 innings. Of those 15 strikeouts, five came in an early April start. Weaver has a home date with the molten-hot Astros in his next start.
    Today, 5:25 pm
  • Brett Anderson logs six shutout frames Sunday
    Brett Anderson hurled six shutout frames in a no-decision against the Diamondbacks on Sunday.

    Advice: The veteran southpaw punched out four on the afternoon while allowing only five hits and walking none. He went toe-to-toe with Chase Anderson who flipped up zeroes on the other side of the scoreboard though, and neither hurler came away with a decision. Locked into an injury-ravaged Dodgers rotation, Anderson sports a 4.21 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 15/4 K/BB ratio over 25 2/3 innings. He'll draw a tough assignment next time out, taking on the Rockies at Coors Field on Friday.
    Today, 5:14 pm
  • James Shields serves up three homers in win
    James Shields served up three home runs against the Rockies on Sunday and still wound up with a victory despite allowing five runs on nine hits over his 5 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Shields punched out seven on the afternoon and didn't issue a free pass. Charlie Blackmon got him for a solo homer in the first inning and Nolan Arenado would add a pair of long balls before his day was through. Even with the rough outing, "Big Game" James has acclimated himself nicely to the Padres, registering a 3.72 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 48/9 K/BB ratio across 36 1/3 innings. He'll do battle against the Diamondbacks next in Arizona on Friday.
    Today, 4:43 pm
  • Hammel hurls quality start vs Brewers
    Jason Hammel allowed three runs on five hits over six innings in Sunday's game against the Brewers.

    Advice: Hammel struck out three and walked one here, with the Brewers tagging the 32-year-old right-hander with a solo home run by Aramis Ramirez in the second inning, an RBI-single by Carlos Gomez in the third and a sacrifice fly by Khris Davis in the fourth. Hammel's control has been impeccable through five starts--Sunday's walk was just the second he's issued this season. He boasts a 26/2 K/BB ratio over 31 1/3 innings, pairing that with a 3.73 ERA and 1.01 ERA. He'll take those numbers against the Brewers again in his next start.
    Today, 4:01 pm
    L, 5-3 vs ^ Mil
  • Worley goes six strong in no-decision vs. STL
    Vance Worley tossed six innings of one-run ball but took a no-decision Sunday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Worley yielded just four hits and a walk while striking out five, and the only major blemish on his afternoon was a Matt Carpenter solo jack. But the Pirates' offense managed only two runs on 11 hits in the 14-inning loss at Busch Stadium. Worley will carry a 2-2 record, 3.90 ERA, and 1.40 WHIP into his next start against these same Cardinals. He only has fringe streamer value in standard fantasy leagues.
    Today, 3:46 pm
  • Sanchez allows three runs in win over Royals
    Anibal Sanchez posted a strong start against the Royals on Sunday, surrendering three runs on four hits over 7 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Sanchez struck out four and walked one in what was one of his better starts this season. The Royals were unable to dent the scoreboard through the first six innings. They scored two in the seventh and another two in the eighth, but the Tigers were able to hang on for the 6-4 victory. Sanchez moved to 2-3 with the win and the outing lowered his ERA to 5.11. He also holds a 1.16 WHIP and a 35/9 K/BB over 37 innings. The last time the 31-year-old posted an ERA higher than 4.00 was in 2008. He'll attempt to put up another good start against the Royals in his next start, this time at home.
    Today, 3:33 pm
  • Despite walk, Gregerson picks up sixth save
    Luke Gregerson earned his sixth save on Sunday, walking one and striking out one Mariner in a scoreless ninth.

    Advice: After walking Rickie Weeks, Gregerson induced a double-play grounder from Brad Miller to end the game. It's been a sketchy few days for Gregerson, who allowed two home runs on Friday. He picked up the save in that one, too. While he's now 6-for-7 in save chances, he'll have to pitch more tightly if he expects to keep up the good percentage. For the season, he holds a 2.77 and 10/2 K/BB ratio over 13 innings.
    Today, 2:30 pm
  • Hernandez allows five runs in win over M's
    Roberto Hernandez surrendered five runs (four earned) over six innings in Sunday's contest with the Mariners.

    Advice: The Mariners scored their five runs on eight hits. Hernandez struck out two and walked one in what was a relatively uneventful start until the start of the seventh inning, when the M's put up a four-spot. Despite squandering a 6-1 lead, the Astros still managed to win 7-6 as they pushed their current winning streak to 10 games. For his part, Hernandez's numbers this season have been serviceable. He owns a 4.25 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 18/9 K/BB ratio over 29 2/3 innings. He'll face the Angels in his next start.
    Today, 2:11 pm
  • Britton shuts door on Rays for his fifth save
    Zach Britton picked up his fifth save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning, closing out the Orioles' 4-2 win against the Rays on Sunday.

    Advice: Britton issued a leadoff walk to James Loney, but got consecutive strikeouts of Tim Beckham and Asdrubal Cabrera before getting Rene Rivera to ground out to end the game. Britton is 5-for-6 in save chances so far with a 1.69 ERA and a 15/3 K/BB ratio in 10 1/3 innings.
    Today, 1:57 pm
  • Doug Fister blanks Mets over 6 1/3 frames
    Doug Fister spun 6 2/3 scoreless innings in Sunday's 1-0 victory over the Mets.

    Advice: He yielded just five hits -- four singles -- without issuing a walk and striking out three. It's a nice bounce-back effort from Fister after he was touched up for four runs each of his previous two times out. He improved his ERA to 2.61 for the season, although he's struck out just 14 over his 31 innings. Fister will take on the Braves in his next trip to the hill.
    Today, 1:41 pm
  • Dillon Gee wild in loss to Nationals
    Dillon Gee managed to only give up one run but wasn't sharp Sunday, yielding six hits and five walks over five frames in a loss.

    Advice: Gee did record five punchouts, but he needed 94 pitches to get through five innings and was flirting with trouble all day. Although he wasn't great in this one, the right-hander has overall rebounded from a slow first two starts, allowing just four runs across his last three outings. He'll face the Phillies next weekend.
    Today, 1:34 pm
    L, 1-0 vs ^ Was
  • Drew Storen converts seventh save
    Drew Storen nailed down his seventh save of the season with a perfect ninth inning in Sunday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: It was a stress-free, 1-2-3 frame, as Storen induced a groundout and a pair of popouts. He has one blown save this season but the Nationals' closer has been quite reliable overall, putting up a 1.64 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 11/3 K/BB ratio over 11 innings.
    Today, 1:29 pm
  • Cueto takes loss, gives up 5 ER to the Braves
    Johnny Cueto fell to 2-3 on the season after yielding five runs in six innings to the Braves on Sunday.

    Advice: The Braves jumped on Cueto early, scoring three times: once on a Freddie Freeman double and twice on a Kelly Johnson home run. Jonny Gomes swatted a solo home run in the third, and Cameron Maybin tacked on the Braves' fifth run with a single in the sixth. Cueto, overall, gave up nine hits and a walk while striking out only two. The right-hander has otherwise been terrific this season and still carries a 2.72 ERA with a 0.86 WHIP and a 40/6 K/BB ratio in 43 innings. He will try to redeem himself when he travels to Chicago to take on the White Sox in his next outing.
    Today, 1:19 pm
  • Joel Peralta (neck) still shut down
    Joel Peralta (neck) has yet to resume a throwing program.

    Advice: Peralta hasn't made any progress after being diagnosed late last month with a strained neck. He'll remain shut down until he starts feeling better.
    Today, 11:42 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 1-0 vs Ari
  • Morton (hip) out until late May/early June
    Charlie Morton (hip) isn't expected to be activated until late May/early June.

    Advice: Morton threw six innings and 93 pitches in an extended spring training game Saturday and will next have a bullpen session Tuesday. He's expected to begin a rehab assignment after that and could use his entire 30-day allotment before rejoining the Pirates' rotation.
    Today, 10:08 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 3-2 @StL
  • Jordan Walden (biceps) placed on DL
    Cardinals placed RHP Jordan Walden on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 30, with right biceps inflammation.

    Advice: Walden had complained of stiffness in his shoulder, but it's apparently his biceps that's the concern. It's not clear at this point how long he might be sidelined, but that it's being diagnosed as merely inflammation suggests that he's not dealing with any structural damage. Sam Tuivailala has taken Walden's spot in the bullpen.
    Today, 9:59 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 3-2 vs Pit
  • Wright (shoulder) ready for game action
    Wesley Wright (shoulder) will appear in an extended spring training game on May 19.

    Advice: He should be ready for a rehab assignment shortly after that. Out since mid-April with inflammation in his left shoulder, Wright could rejoin the Orioles' bullpen before the end of the month.
    Today, 9:00 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-2 vs TB
  • Latos (hamstring) cleared for Tuesday start
    Mat Latos (hamstring) has been cleared to start on Tuesday versus the Nationals.

    Advice: Latos had to exit his last outing with a strained left hamstring, but he's apparently made a nice recovery over the last few days. The veteran right-hander is off to a disappointing start this season with a 6.86 ERA over his first five starts.
    Today, 8:25 am
  • Holland (pectoral) expected to return Tuesday
    Greg Holland (pectoral) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday.

    Advice: Holland got through a simulated game on Saturday with no issues. As long as he bounces back OK, he'll resume his closing duties on Tuesday, pushing Wade Davis back to a setup role. "I felt really good," Holland said. "It was exciting. I was able to execute most of my pitches. With that layoff, without really getting off the mound and facing hitters, it was very encouraging."
    Today, 7:59 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 6-4 vs Det
  • Samuel Deduno to get another start
    Samuel Deduno will start on Wednesday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Deduno earned another outing after tossing four innings of one-run ball on Friday versus the Mariners. "I thought he competed very well," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "I think he had quite a few first-pitch strikes. I think his fastball was in the zone, which helped his breaking ball." Deduno could hold down the fifth spot in the rotation until Brett Oberholtzer (blister) is ready.
    Today, 7:52 am
  • O'Sullivan (knee) set for rehab assignment
    Sean O'Sullivan (knee) will begin a rehab assignment with Low-A Lakewood on Thursday.

    Advice: It's uncertain how many rehab outings he'll need. With David Buchanan being sent to Triple-A, it appears that O'Sullivan will retain his rotation spot for now even with Chad Billingsley (elbow) returning from the disabled list.
    Today, 7:00 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 6-2 @Mia
  • Hatcher earns second save as Dodgers win
    Chris Hatcher picked up his second save of the season Saturday in the Dodgers' win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Hatcher gave up a one-out single to Jordan Pacheco, but the game ended when Pacheco was then struck by a batted ball on his way to third base following a David Peralta single up the middle. It was the second game that ended that way on Saturday. Hatcher hasn't been great at limiting hits or runs this season, but he does have good swing-and-miss stuff and he should be the Dodgers' primary fill-in at closer until Kenley Jansen (foot) is ready.
    Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • Baker surrenders four runs in loss to Arizona
    Scott Baker surrendered four earned runs in four frames Saturday in a no-decision against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Los Angeles scored three runs between the seventh and eighth innings, saving Baker from the loss. He gave up seven hits, including a first-inning homer to Paul Goldschmidt and a fourth-inning homer to Aaron Hill. Baker has an ugly 5.73 ERA in 11 innings (two starts) this season for the Dodgers. He gets the Brewers on the road next.
    Yesterday, 10:08 pm
    W, 1-0 vs Ari
  • Hellickson yields three runs, D'Backs lose
    Jeremy Hellickson yielded three runs over 5 1/3 innings Saturday in the Diamondbacks' loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Hellickson struck out six Los Angeles batters and walked just one, but the Dodgers tagged him for six hits -- including a Justin Turner home run and doubles from Adrian Gonzalez and Yasmani Grandal. Hellickson escaped with a no-decision, but he's 1-3 with a rough 5.20 ERA and 1.66 WHIP in 27 2/3 innings this season. The 28-year-old right-hander doesn't have much fantasy promise at this point.
    Yesterday, 10:04 pm
  • Kimbrel collects seventh save, Pads top Rox
    Craig Kimbrel tossed a perfect ninth inning Saturday in the Padres' defeat of the Rockies.

    Advice: Kimbrel struck out two of the three batters he faced, throwing 11 of his 14 pitches for strikes. He's now 7-for-7 in save opportunities with San Diego and should remain a top tier fantasy closer all season.
    Yesterday, 10:00 pm
  • Storen's perfect ninth secures sixth save
    Drew Storen pitched a clean ninth inning against the Mets on Saturday, picking up his sixth save of the season.

    Advice: Storen came into a 1-0 game and put out any hope the Mets had of coming away with a late win. It took just nine pitches (seven strikes) for Storen to end things. Storen holds a 1.80 ERA and a 9/3 K/BB over 10 innings. He's now converted six out of seven opportunities and continues to act as a solid, if unspectacular, closer.
    Yesterday, 8:00 pm
  • Walden dealing with right shoulder stiffness
    Jordan Walden acknowledged Saturday that he's dealing with some "stiffness" in his right shoulder.

    Advice: Walden said he's not concerned about the discomfort, but more should be known Sunday. The 27-year-old setup man has registered a stellar 0.87 ERA with 12 strikeouts in 10 1/3 innings this season for the Cardinals.
    Yesterday, 3:17 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 3-2 vs Pit
  • Gregerson holds on for fifth save of season
    Luke Gregerson allowed two home runs in the ninth inning Friday against the Mariners, but managed to hold on for his fifth save of the season.

    Advice: Gregerson was handed a three-run lead, but gave up a leadoff homer to Nelson Cruz and a one-out blast to Logan Morrison. However, he was able to get Brad Miller to ground out and struck out Rickie Weeks swinging for the final out of the ballgame. He's 5-for-6 in save chances and has a 3.00 ERA with a 9/1 K/BB ratio over 12 innings. The Astros have won eight straight games and are tied with the Royals for the AL's best record at 16-7.
    Friday, 9:04 pm
  • Deduno gives up one run in spot start
    Making a spot-start, Samuel Deduno held the Mariners to one run over four innings on Friday.

    Advice: Deduno threw 61 pitches and did pretty much as well as the Astros could have hoped under the circumstances. The only run scored on an RBI double by Robinson Cano in the third. Deduno struck out four and walked two and figures to move back into middle relief.
    Friday, 9:03 pm
  • Holland (pectoral) to throw sim game Saturday
    Greg Holland (pectoral) will throw a simulated game on Saturday.

    Advice: It's not clear whether he'll require a rehab assignment before returning, but either way Holland appears to be nearing activation. The closer is eligible to return on Sunday after missing the last couple weeks with a Grade 1 pectoral strain.
    Friday, 2:43 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 6-4 vs Det
  • Charlie Morton (hip) won't begin rehab yet
    Charlie Morton (hip) will pitch in another extended spring training game on Saturday rather than begin a rehab assignment at High-A Bradenton.

    Advice: No reason was given for the change, but it doesn't look like a setback. Morton had been slated to throw seven innings and/or 90 pitches for Bradenton but will instead do it at the Pirates' spring training complex. He remains ticketed for a return to the big club's rotation pretty soon.
    Friday, 2:39 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 3-2 @StL
  • Latos gets a no-decision with 5 IP vs. Mets
    Mat Latos allowed three runs in five innings, taking a no-decision in Wednesday's win versus the Mets.

    Advice: Latos wasn't sharp early, but settled in as the game progressed. He issued a first-inning, two-run home run to Michael Cuddyer. Overall, though, he allowed five hits and a pair of walks while striking out three. After a nightmarish first start of the season, Latos has been progressively getting better. He owns a 6.86 ERA with a 1.76 WHIP and a 17/9 K/BB ratio in 21 innings. Perhaps in his next start, on the road against the Nationals, he can pitch into the sixth inning for the second time in 2015.
    Wednesday, 7:20 pm
  • Mat Latos departs with left hamstring strain
    Mat Latos exited Wednesday's game against the Mets with a left hamstring strain.

    Advice: It initially appeared to be a knee injury, as Latos grabbed his left knee before walking off with a trainer. The Marlins are saying he's day-to-day with the hamstring strain, but it certainly would seem to put his next start in jeopardy. He allowed three earned runs in five innings, actually lowering his ERA from 7.31 to 6.86.
    Wednesday, 6:11 pm
  • Latos leaves game with possible knee injury
    Mat Latos left Wednesday's game against the Mets with a possible knee injury.

    Advice: Latos singled but grabbed his knee as he reached first base. The right-hander left with a trainer shortly after. The Marlins should provide an update on Latos, who allowed three runs over five innings before exiting, soon.
    Wednesday, 5:41 pm
  • Samuel Deduno to start vs. Mariners Friday
    Samuel Deduno is expected to start on Friday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Deduno holds a 2.89 ERA over five relief appearances this season. The 31-year-old went just 2 1/3 innings and threw 38 pitches in his last outing, so he'll obviously be on a pitch count. He could hold down the fifth spot in the rotation until Brett Oberholtzer (blister) is ready.
    Wednesday, 12:01 pm
  • Hernandez gets the win with a quality start
    Roberto Hernandez pitched well enough for the win, giving up three runs in six innings, as the Astros demolished the Padres by a 14-3 margin on Tuesday.

    Advice: Hernandez never pitched from a deficit, as the Astros tacked on runs the longer the game went on. The right-hander gave up six hits and a walk while striking out six. He did allow two home runs, to Wil Myers and to Justin Upton, in the outing. Hernandez now owns a 3.80 ERA with a 1.14 WHIP, and a 16/7 K/BB ratio in 23 2/3 innings. He'll face the Mariners at home in his next start.
    Tuesday, 10:50 pm
  • Weaver serves up 6 runs in 7 IP, falls to 0-3
    Jered Weaver fell to 0-3 after yielding six runs over seven innings in Tuesday's 6-2 loss to the Athletics.

    Advice: Weaver took the mound in the first inning with a 2-0 lead, but immediately gave back the runs and then some. The A's scored five runs on a two-run Josh Reddick single and a three-run Brett Lawrie home run. Josh Reddick tacked on in the sixth with a solo homer. Overall, Weaver gave up six hits, walked none, and struck out only one. It marked the first time he pitched into the seventh inning. As that might indicate, Weaver hasn't gotten off to the best start, as he carries a 5.83 ERA with a 1.33 WHIP and a 13/4 K/BB ratio in 29 1/3 innings. Weaver matches up with the Giants in San Francisco next.
    Tuesday, 9:26 pm
  • Sanchez gives up nine hits in loss to Twins
    Anibal Sanchez allowed nine hits and three runs over seven innings in Tuesday's loss to the Twins.

    Advice: The final line actually looked worse than it was, with eight of the nine hits going for singles. Sanchez also showed good control, striking out six while not walking a batter. The Twins were just able to scratch one more run across than their opponents. Sanchez will carry a 1-3 record, 5.46 ERA and 1.28 WHIP into Sunday's contest against the Royals in Kansas City.
    Tuesday, 8:18 pm
  • Storen closes out Nationals' comeback win
    Drew Storen held the Braves scoreless in the ninth inning for his fifth save, finishing off the Nationals' 13-12 comeback win on Tuesday.

    Advice: It didn't look like Storen would be needed, but Uggla put the Nationals ahead with a three-run home run in the top of the ninth. Storen worked around a one-out walk of A.J. Pierzynski to pick up his fifth save in six tries. He owns a 2.25 ERA with a 9/3 K/BB ratio in eight innings thus far.
    Tuesday, 8:15 pm
  • Morton (hip) beginning rehab assignment Sat.
    Charlie Morton (hip) will begin a rehab assignment at High-A Bradenton on Saturday.

    Advice: He'll go seven innings and/or 90 pitches. Morton has been fully recovered from hip surgery for a while, but the Pirates have had him work on his mechanics in extended spring training. Manager Clint Hurdle wasn't sure how many rehab starts Morton would need before being activated. "We're taking 'em one at a time," Hurdle said.
    Tuesday, 8:05 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 3-2 @StL
  • Cueto tosses eight strong innings as Reds win
    Johnny Cueto held the Brewers to two runs over eight innings of work in Tuesday to earn his second win of the season.

    Advice: Both runs came on solo home runs. Aramis Ramirez took him deep in the fifth and Ryan Braun went yard in the seventh. They accounted for two of the mere three hits the right-hander allowed, along with zero walks and six strikeouts. Last season's runner-up in NL Cy Young balloting, Cueto owns a terrific 1.95 ERA, a 0.83 WHIP, and a 38/5 K/BB ratio in 37 innings. He'll take on the Braves in Atlanta in his next start.
    Tuesday, 6:26 pm
  • Holland (pectoral) may return early next week
    Greg Holland threw a bullpen session Tuesday for the first time since landing on the disabled list on April 18 with a Grade 1 pectoral strain.

    Advice: Royals manager Ned Yost said after the workout that he thinks Holland could be ready by early next week. Wade Davis has been filling in at closer for Kansas City and has been fantastic, but the job is Holland's. He had converted four saves in four opportunities without allowing a run before suffering the pectoral injury.
    Tuesday, 1:20 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 6-4 vs Det
  • Shields fans 12 Astros but takes no-decision
    James Shields got a no-decision, allowing three runs (one earned) in six innings as the Padres lost 9-4 to the Astros on Monday.

    Advice: Shields was terrific, finishing the night with 12 strikeouts. The Padres scored their first run against him in the fourth inning when Jed Lowrie smacked a solo home run. They scored two more in the fifth, helped in part by a fielding error by shortstop Alexi Amarista. Shields limited the Astros to just six hits and a walk. He's sitting with a productive 2.90 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and a 41/9 K/BB ratio in 31 innings. Shields will go for his third win of the season in a home start against the Rockies next.
    Monday, 10:55 pm
  • Anderson leaves during rough 5th inning vs SF
    Brett Anderson's shaky fifth inning ended his evening, resulting in a no-decision as the Dodgers beat the Giants on Monday.

    Advice: Anderson had shut the Giants out over his first four frames, but the Giants hit him around for three runs in the fifth. After Anderson got two quick ground outs, the Giants strung together a walk, two singles, and a double to reduce a four-run deficit to a one-run deficit. Over 4 2/3 innings, Anderson gave up five hits, walked two, and struck out three. The lefty has pitched into the sixth inning just once in four starts and has a 5.49 ERA. Anderson toes the slab against the Diamondbacks at home in his next outing.
    Monday, 10:21 pm
  • Worley takes the loss with 6 IP vs. the Cubs
    Vance Worley took the loss on Monday against the Cubs, giving up four runs in six innings.

    Advice: The Cubs did most of the damage with a three-run first inning, scoring once on an Anthony Rizzo double and twice on a Kris Bryant single. Overall, Worley yielded nine hits, walked one, and struck out three. The right-hander takes a 4.50 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, and an 18/9 K/BB ratio over 24 innings into a road start against the Cardinals.
    Monday, 7:41 pm
  • Hammel dazzles Pirates with 8 shutout frames
    Jason Hammel earned the win on Monday after blanking the Cubs over eight innings.

    Advice: Despite solid peripherals, Hammel carried a 5.19 ERA over three starts entering the night. He dominated the Pirates, holding them to just four hits (all singles) without issuing a walk and striking out seven. He lowered his ERA to 3.55 and boasts a 1.03 WHIP with a 23/1 K/BB ratio in 25 1/3 innings. Hammel will search for his third win of the season at home against the Brewers in his next start.
    Monday, 7:38 pm
    L, 5-3 vs ^ Mil
  • Fister struggles again, Nats lose to Braves
    Doug Fister's struggles continued as he yielded five runs (four earned) in 5 2/3 innings in an 8-4 loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Fister held the Braves to two runs over his first five innings, but he contributed to a three-run sixth inning to end his evening. He allowed 10 hits, walked two, and struck out three in the effort. He has allowed five runs in back-to-back starts. Fister will attempt to rebound in New York when he takes on the Mets in his next start. He owns a 3.28 ERA with a 1.46 ERA and a mediocre 11/9 K/BB ratio in 24 2/3 innings.
    Monday, 7:36 pm
  • Gee hurls 70-pitch masterpiece as Mets win
    Dillon Gee allowed just one run, needing only 70 pitches to get through 7 2/3 innings in a no-decision versus the Marlins on Monday.

    Advice: Gee had shut the Marlins out through seven, but got into two-out trouble in the eighth. Justin Bour, Gee Gordon, and Martin Prado hit consecutive singles to plate the game's first run to chase Gee from the game. The Mets came back in the next frame to take Gee out of the running for the loss. Overall, the right-hander gave up six hits, walked none, and struck out three. Gee has been solid over his last two starts, lowering his ERA to 4.26. He'll look to keep it going over the weekend at home against the Nationals next.
    Apr 27, 6:10 pm
    L, 1-0 vs ^ Was
  • Gregerson pitches perfect ninth for save
    Luke Gregerson pitched a clean ninth inning against the A's on Sunday, notching his fourth save of the season.

    Advice: The Astros scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning on an Evan Gattis double and Gregerson made sure that his teammates' comeback efforts were not in vain, nailing down the save to secure a 7-6 win. It was a nice rebound, as it comes just two days after Gregerson blew a 10th inning opportunity. He's now 4-for-5 in save opportunities and sports an even 2.00 ERA and 8/1 K/BB ratio over nine innings.
    Apr 26, 4:55 pm
  • Hellickson gives up four runs in loss to Bucs
    Jeremy Hellickson struggled in a losing effort against the Pirates on Sunday, surrendering four runs on seven hits in his 4 1/3 innings of work.

    Advice: Hellickson did manage to rack up six strikeouts on the afternoon while issuing a pair of free passes. The Pirates struck for two in the first on a two-run single by Pedro Alvarez and added a pair on the fifth on a Neil Walker double. Hellickson has had a rough time in the D'Backs rotation thus far, registering a 5.24 ERA, 1.75 WHIP and 16/8 K/BB ratio over his 22 1/3 innings. He'll look to turn things around on Saturday when he takes on the Dodgers in Los Angeles.
    Apr 26, 4:33 pm
  • Kimbrel secures sixth save of the season
    Craig Kimbrel pitched a perfect ninth inning against the Dodgers on Sunday, striking out two and locking down his sixth save of the year.

    Advice: Kimbrel had allowed runs in each of his last two appearances, but there were no dramatics on Sunday. He entered the ninth inning with his team up 3-1 and went right at the Dodgers, fanning the first two hitters before getting Yasmani Grandal to foul out to end the game. Of Kimbrel's 13 pitches, 10 went for strikes. He's now 6-for-6 in save chances and holds a 2.16 ERA and 10/3 K/BB ratio over 8 1/3 innings. As long he's healthy, any little bumps in the road are just that.
    Apr 26, 4:02 pm
  • Baker pitches competently in loss to Padres
    Scott Baker allowed three runs in seven innings in a loss to the Padres on Sunday.

    Advice: Considering that Baker had been toiling away for Triple-A Oklahoma City prior to the game, this was a pretty impressive start. He lasted seven innings and struck out six while allowing just four hits and three runs. If Baker continues throwing well, there's no reason why the Dodgers wouldn't keep him in the rotation, especially given the tenuous nature of the team's pitching staff. Brandon McCarthy (elbow) and Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) are both out for the foreseeable future and on top of that, the Dodgers are about to embark on a 17-game stretch without a day off. Long-time Twin Baker struggled in 2014, posting a 5.47 ERA in 80 2/3 innings for the Rangers, but the move to the NL should benefit the 33-year-old right-hander. He could be worth a look as a streaming option.
    Apr 26, 3:42 pm
    W, 1-0 vs Ari
  • Joel Peralta (shoulder) lands on DL
    Dodgers placed RHP Joel Peralta on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 24, with right shoulder soreness.

    Advice: Peralta first started dealing with a shoulder issues in spring training and it's dragged into the season. It's not clear at this point how long he might be sidelined.
    Apr 26, 11:19 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 1-0 vs Ari
  • Scott Baker called up from Triple-A
    Dodgers purchased the contract of RHP Scott Baker from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: He'll get the ball on Sunday against the Padres. With Brandon McCarthy (elbow) presumably out for a while and Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) still on the shelf, Baker could stick around for a bit if he pitches well. He came within one pitch of a seven-inning perfect game for Oklahoma City his last time out.
    Apr 26, 10:07 am
    W, 1-0 vs Ari
  • Holland (pectoral) cleared to resume throwing
    Greg Holland (pectoral) will play catch on Sunday.

    Advice: It will be the first time he's thrown since being diagnosed with a Grade 1 right pectoral strain. Holland is eligible to be activated from the disabled list in a week, though it's possible he'll need a little more time than that. Wade Davis will continue to serve as the Royals' closer in the meantime.
    Apr 26, 8:53 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 6-4 vs Det
  • 'Dead arm' could send Joel Peralta to the DL
    Joel Peralta is dealing with "dead arm" and may require a stint on the disabled list.

    Advice: Peralta doesn't have any pain but his shoulder feels weak. Dead arm happens to pitchers often in spring training but isn't as common during the regular season. Peralta has done well as the Dodgers' fill-in closer, converting all three of his save opportunities without allowing a run. If Peralta lands on the DL, Los Angeles would likely turn to Chris Hatcher in the ninth inning. Kenley Jansen (foot) is nearing a rehab assignment but might not be back with the team until mid-May.
    Apr 25, 3:14 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 1-0 vs Ari
  • Scott Baker to start for Dodgers on Sunday
    Scott Baker will be called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City to make a spot start for the Dodgers on Sunday against the Padres.

    Advice: With a tough schedule coming up where the team plays on 17 consecutive days, the Dodgers want to give their regular starters an extra day of rest while they have the chance. It had been reported that the club would give Joe Wieland a start, but they've decided to go with Baker instead. The 33-year-old came within one pitch of a seven-inning perfect game for Oklahoma City his last time out. He could be worth a look as a streaming option.
    Apr 25, 5:59 am
    W, 1-0 vs Ari
  • Luke Gregerson blows first save
    Luke Gregerson blew his first save Friday after giving up two runs in the 10th against the A's.

    Advice: Gregerson came in after the Astros scored twice in the top of the inning, but he faltered for the first time this year. Part of the blame goes to Jose Altuve, who should have had Stephen Vogt at first for the final out of the game, except he made a high underhand toss of the wet ball, giving Vogt time to race down the line and beat it out. The two runs Gregerson allowed were the first he's given up this season.
    Apr 24, 11:02 pm
  • Latos pitches into seventh against Nationals
    Mat Latos hurled 6 1/3 innings of two-run ball against the Nationals on Friday, though he did not factor into the decision.

    Advice: Latos gave up a sacrifice fly to Bryce Harper in the first inning and an RBI single to Harper in the sixth. That was all the Nationals would muster against the right-hander. He's allowed four runs over his last 11 1/3 innings to help drop his ERA to 7.31, which tells you just how poorly he pitched to open the year. Latos spoke of mechanical issues during spring training and it appears that he might have started to iron those out. He'll look to post another quality start when he toes the rubber against the division-leading Mets in his next outing.
    Apr 24, 7:06 pm
  • Royals to re-evaluate Holland on Saturday
    The Royals will re-evaluate Greg Holland (pectoral) on Saturday to see if he can begin a throwing program.

    Advice: Holland was diagnosed with a Grade 1 pectoral strain late last week. He told reporters that he was ready to start throwing this coming weekend, but the Royals are being rightly cautious here and will make sure Holland isn't rushing anything before they set him on a throwing program. Wade Davis has done a stellar job closing in his absence and the team has no reason to push Holland back into action faster than necessary.
    Apr 23, 2:28 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 6-4 vs Det
  • Sanchez takes no-decision in duel with Yanks
    Anibal Sanchez allowed just one run over 6 1/3 innings but got a no-decision as the Tigers lost to the Yankees on Thursday.

    Advice: Sanchez and counterpart Masahiro Tanaka were both equally effective on this particular afternoon, resulting in no-decisions for both. Sanchez allowed just one hit, but issued four walks. He was able to limit what the Yankees could do by striking out eight batters. In his first two starts, Sanchez has been dominant twice and extremely hittable twice, so it's tough to gauge exactly where he's at. He owns a 5.96 ERA, a 1.28 WHIP, and a 25/8 K/BB ratio in 22 2/3 innings. Sanchez will have a favorable match-up in his next start, as he'll take on the Twins in Minnesota.
    Apr 23, 1:49 pm
  • Weaver effective despite eight hits allowed
    Jered Weaver held the A's to one run on eight hits over six innings in Wednesday's loss.

    Advice: Weaver tossed in three strikeouts without walking a batter. The hit total looks disturbing, but he managed to keep the A's off of the scoreboard because none of the hits went for extra-bases. The only run on his line scored via a Billy Butler groundout. The outing dropped Weaver's ERA to 5.24. While he's still capable of holding teams down from time to time, the right-hander's dipping velocity and diminished stuff makes him generally unappealing for fantasy purposes. He'll attempt to knock the ERA under 5.00 against these same A's next time he toes the rubber.
    Apr 22, 10:43 pm
  • Hernandez limits M's to three runs in loss
    Roberto Hernandez surrendered three runs over seven innings in a low-scoring loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: Hernandez pitched his best game since winning the No. 5 spot in the rotation out of spring training. He struck out two, walked one and served up six hits. Only one of those six left the ballpark, courtesy of Mike Zunino in the third inning. Hernandez mostly kept things under control and managed to give the Astros seven innings. While he's far from flashy, he does currently have an ERA of 3.57 and a WHIP of 1.13. Still, given his career track record, it's difficult to recommend him except in the most favorable of conditions.
    Apr 22, 9:57 pm
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