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  • Jansen escapes jam to grab his 14th save
    Kenley Jansen got into a ninth inning jam and escaped, converting his 14th save in Monday's 10-7 victory over the Phillies.

    Advice: Jansen walked Carlos Ruiz and allowed a single to Cody Asche to bring the tying run to the plate with no outs. He struck out Domonic Brown, got Jeff Francoeur to fly out, and struck out Andres Blanco to end the game. Jansen had allowed runs in each of his previous three performances. The hard-throwing right-hander is 14-for-15 in save chances with a 1.83 ERA and a 34/2 K/BB ratio in 19 2/3 innings.
    Yesterday, 11:44 pm
  • Garcia struggles in a spot start vs. Phillies
    Yimi Garcia, making his first major league start, gave up two runs in two innings but got a no-decision as the Dodgers eventually overcame the Phillies on Monday.

    Advice: Garcia allowed a two-run home run to Freddy Galvis in the second inning, accounting for the damage. It was one of four hits he allowed while walking none and striking out two. The Dodgers were hurting for rotation help, but Garcia will likely head back to the bullpen after this.
    Yesterday, 11:41 pm
  • O'Sullivan hammered in a loss to the Dodgers
    Sean O'Sullivan threw a career-high 123 pitches in 5 1/3 innings, yielding seven runs (six earned) but got a no-decision as the Phillies lost to the Dodgers on Monday.

    Advice: The Phillies backed him up with plenty of run support, but it went for naught. Yasmani Grandal struck the big blow, swatting a three-run home run to tie the game at 6-6 in the fifth inning. Overall, he relented eight hits and a pair of walks while striking out three. O'Sullivan has an unsightly 6.08 ERA with a 1.61 WHIP and a 35/20 K/BB ratio over 71 innings. He'll close out the first half with a start in San Francisco against the Giants.
    Yesterday, 11:39 pm
  • Iwakuma struggles in his return to the mound
    Hisashi Iwakuma, making his first start since April 20, yielded five runs in five innings in Monday's 12-5 loss to the Tigers.

    Advice: The first four runs each came as a result of a solo home run, hit by Nick Castellanos, Victor Martinez, J.D. Martinez, and Yoenis Cespedes. Iwakuma allowed a single after the Cespedes home run in the sixth inning before departing. All told, he gave up eight hits, walked none, and struck out three. He now has a 7.17 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, and a 14/3 K/BB ratio in 21 1/3 innings across four starts. Iwakuma will try to stabilize in his final start before the All-Star break, at home against the Angels.
    Yesterday, 10:42 pm
  • Simon struggles, but lucks out with a win
    Alfredo Simon continued to struggle but lucked out with a win on Monday, allowing five runs in 5 2/3 innings against the Mariners,

    Advice: Simon allowed two runs on a run-scoring triple and a run-scoring double, hit consecutively in the fourth inning. He then served up a three-run home run to Logan Morrison in the fifth. Overall, he surrendered eight hits and three walks while striking out four. Simon has been abysmal over his last four starts, sporting a 10.18 ERA. On the season, the right-hander has a 4.18 ERA with a 1.39 WHIP and a 74/33 K/BB ratio in 97 innings. He matches up with the Twins in Minnesota next.
    Yesterday, 10:36 pm
  • Familia closes out the Giants for 23rd save
    Jeurys Familia worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning to snag his 23rd save as the Mets beat the Giants 3-0 on Monday.

    Advice: There was some hard contact, but the Mets gloves were in the right spot for line drives from Matt Duffy and Buster Posey. Familia then struck out Angel Pagan to end the ballgame. A National League finalist for the Final Vote for the 2015 All-Star Game, the right-hander has saved 23 games in 25 chances with a 1.13 ERA and a 41/12 K/BB ratio in 39 2/3 innings.
    Yesterday, 9:43 pm
  • Heston's 7 1/3 shutout innings not enough
    Chris Heston tossed 7 1/3 shutout innings, but the Giants weren't able to score and wound up losing to the Mets on Monday.

    Advice: Heston and opposing starter Jon Niese were trading zeroes on the scoreboard. Ultimately, the Giants' bullpen couldn't hold. Heston allowed three hits, walked four, and struck out two on the evening. The right-hander owns a solid 3.51 ERA with a 1.21 WHIP and an 82/30 K/BB ratio in 105 innings on the year. He'll close out the first half with a terrific match-up as he'll face the Phillies at home.
    Yesterday, 9:40 pm
  • Niese blanks Giants over 8 innings in a win
    Jon Niese kept the Giants off the board over eight innings, earning his fourth win of the season on Monday.

    Advice: Niese limited the Giants to five base runners (three hits and two walks) while striking out four. The lefty hit the kids in May but has racked up quality starts in each of his last six starts. As a result, his ERA is down to 3.58 with a 1.42 WHIP and a 67/33 K/BB ratio in 98 innings. The Mets, who have been attempting to trade him, couldn't be happier. Niese will take on the Diamondbacks at home in his final first half start.
    Yesterday, 9:38 pm
  • Felix Doubront to start on Tuesday
    Felix Doubront has officially been confirmed as the Blue Jays' starter on Tuesday in Chicago.

    Advice: It had been the assumption that he was taking the ball as long as he wasn't need in relief the last couple days, and he was not. Doubront posted a 2.44 ERA and 43/18 K/BB ratio over 48 innings at Triple-A Buffalo and allowed one run over 2 1/3 relief frames last Friday with the big club.
    Yesterday, 9:19 pm
  • Lackey hurls 7 shutout innings to beat Cubs
    John Lackey hurled seven shutout innings to earn the win against the Cubs on Monday.

    Advice: Opposing starter Jon Lester was attempting to throw a no-hitter, but Lackey was still able to outlast him. He limited the Cubs to six hits and a walk while striking out four. Aside from one horrific start on June 8, Lackey has been brilliant this season, sporting a 3.09 ERA with a 1.23 WHIP and an 81/27 K/BB ratio in 110 2/3 innings. He makes one more first half start in Pittsburgh against the Pirates ahead of the All-Star break.
    Yesterday, 9:14 pm
  • Lester gets 1st career hit, flirts with no-no
    Jon Lester brought a no-hitter into the seventh inning, but ultimately lost it and the game on Monday after giving up two unearned runs in seven innings against the Cardinals.

    Advice: The highlight of the game may have been Jon Lester ending a career-long 0-for-66 skid at the plate when he beat out an infield single in the second inning. He brought a no-hit bid into the seventh inning but lost it when Jhonny Peralta, fittingly, reached on an infield single. Kris Bryant later committed an error, which set up two unearned runs. Lester allowed two hits overall, walked two, and struck out eight on the evening. Lester has pitched quite well after a tough April, owning a 3.48 ERA on the year with a 1.28 WHIP and a 101/30 K/BB ratio in 103 1/3 innings. He wraps up his first half with a home start against the White Sox.
    Yesterday, 9:11 pm
    10:20 am vs StL; 5:05 pm vs StL
  • Chen effective in seven innings vs. the Twins
    Wei-Yin Chen tossed seven innings of two-run ball, but was left with a no-decision as the Orioles lost 4-2 to the Twins in 10 innings on Monday.

    Advice: Chen allowed four hits and three walks while striking out five. Like opposing starter Phil Hughes, the only two runs the lefty allowed scored on solo home runs: to Torii Hunter in the first inning and to Aaron Hicks in the second. Chen's underrated season continues, as he is brandishing a 2.82 ERA with a 1.10 WHIP and an 83/25 K/BB ratio in 102 innings. He will close out the first half with a home start against the Nationals.
    Yesterday, 8:12 pm
  • Keuchel wins again, extends AL lead to 11
    Dallas Keuchel won his AL-leading 11th game on Monday, allowing three runs in six innings as the Astros topped the Indians 9-4.

    Advice: Keuchel was relatively hittable, allowing a season-high nine hits, but gave up only one walk and struck out eight to limit the damage. Along with a terrific 11-3 record, the newly-minted AL All-Star has a 2.14 ERA with a 0.99 WHIP and a 110/32 K/BB ratio over 130 1/3 innings. Keuchel's final start of the first half will occur in Tampa against the Rays.
    Yesterday, 7:58 pm
  • Desclafani goes 5 2/3 in no-decision vs. Nats
    Anthony DeSclafani got a no-decision after yielding two runs in 5 2/3 innings, but the Reds pulled out a late victory on Monday against the Nationals.

    Advice: DeSclafani allowed five hits and walked four while striking out six. Despite allowing only two runs, it registers among his poorer outings on the season. He owns a 3.65 ERA, a 1.37 WHIP, and a 74/41 K/BB ratio over 101 innings. DeSclafani will take on the Marlins in a road start next.
    Yesterday, 7:32 pm
  • Fister strong in six innings against the Reds
    Doug Fister limited the Reds to two runs (one earned) over six innings, but took a no-decision as the Nationals ended up losing on Monday.

    Advice: Fister allowed his first run on an RBI double to the opposing pitcher. It may as well have been an earned run as it was set up by Fister's throwing error. His second run scored on a Eugenio Suarez RBI single in the sixth inning. Overall, Fister gave up eight hits and a walk while striking out two. He'll bring a 4.08 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, and a 31/14 K/BB ratio over 64 innings into a start in Baltimore against the Orioles.
    Yesterday, 7:29 pm
  • Max Scherzer among NL pitchers in ASG
    Max Scherzer was among the pitchers named to next week's National League All-Star Game.

    Advice: Scherzer will be a candidate to start if the Nationals decide to not start him on Sunday. The starters joining Scherzer on the NL squad will be Madison Bumgarner, A.J. Burnett, Gerrit Cole, Jacob deGrom, Zack Greinke, Shelby Miller and Michael Wacha. The NL relievers are Aroldis Chapman, Mark Melancon, Jonathan Papelbon, Francisco Rodriguez and Trevor Rosenthal. Johnny Cueto, Jeurys Familia, Clayton Kershaw, Carlos Martinez and Troy Tulowitzki are the Final Vote candidates.
    Yesterday, 4:33 pm
  • Rays/Royals game postponed due to rain
    Monday's game between the Rays and Royals was postponed due to rain.

    Advice: They'll play a split doubleheader on Tuesday. Edinson Volquez, who had been scheduled for Monday, will be pushed back a day to start during the double-dip. Alex Colome will be skipped by the Rays.
    Yesterday, 4:22 pm
  • Justin Germano signs with Korean club
    Justin Germano has signed with the KT Wiz in Korea.

    Advice: It will be Germano's third stint with an Asian club. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman says he'll earn $180,000 plus $50,000 in incentives, which should be a nice little pay increase after the Mariners released him last week from his minor league deal.
    Yesterday, 2:45 pm
    Not Active
    7:10 pm vs Det
  • Tom Gorzelanny outrighted to Triple-A
    Tigers sent LHP Tom Gorzelanny outright to Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: Not surprisingly, Gorzelanny cleared waivers after being removed from the 40-man roster, although it's a little surprising that he's decided to accept a Triple-A assignment. He'll try to iron out his issues and earn a spot back in the big league bullpen.
    Yesterday, 2:42 pm
    Not Active
    7:10 pm @Sea
  • Yimi Garcia to start on Monday
    Yimi Garcia will start Monday's game versus the Phillies.

    Advice: Eric Surkamp had been expected to get the call, but he'll instead follow Garcia in what will be a bullpen game. Garcia hasn't started a game since 2011 in rookie ball.
    Yesterday, 2:24 pm
  • Royals designate Jason Frasor for assignment
    Royals designated RHP Jason Frasor for assignment.

    Advice: Well, this one is a surprise. Frasor has been lucky to post a 1.54 ERA this season considering his 4.03 FIP and 18/15 K/BB ratio over 23 1/3 innings, but he's been a mostly reliable reliever since arriving in Kansas City last July. He's making just $1.25 million this season and has a $2 million mutual option for 2016. The Royals seem likely to be able to find someone wanting to trade for Frasor.
    Yesterday, 2:00 pm
    Not Active
    11:10 am vs TB; 5:10 pm vs TB
  • Hisashi Iwakuma (lat) back from disabled list
    Mariners activated RHP Hisashi Iwakuma from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: The right-hander has been sidelined since late April due to a strained lat muscle. He also had a blister issue in his last rehab start, but manager Lloyd McClendon said that Iwakuma will not be under a strict pitch count Monday when he takes on the Tigers. Fantasy owners can probably feel free to go ahead and ride with him.
    Yesterday, 1:54 pm
  • Dallas Beeler to start during doubleheader
    Dallas Beeler will start the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader versus the Cardinals.

    Advice: He'll be up as the 26th man and be sent back down after the spot start. Beeler has struck out 50 over 58 1/3 frames at Triple-A Iowa this season, but he's also posted a 6.33 ERA. Needless to say, fantasy owners can steer clear.
    Yesterday, 1:48 pm
    Not Active
    10:20 am vs StL; 5:05 pm vs StL
  • Cravy to take Garza's spot in rotation
    With Matt Garza (shoulder) out injured, RHP Tyler Cravy will take his place in the rotation.

    Advice: Cravy held a 3.79 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 66/26 K/BB ratio in 78 1/3 innings covering 14 starts for Triple-A Colorado Springs. It's difficult to recommend him for fantasy purposes, but desperate owners should at least keep an eye on him to see if there's short term benefit here.
    Yesterday, 12:39 pm
    5:10 pm vs ^ Atl
  • Nationals recall Solis from Triple-A
    Nationals recalled LHP Sammy Solis from Double-A Harrisburg.

    Advice: This should just be a temporary stay for Solis. He's filling the vacated roster spot of David Carpenter, who was placed on the paternity leave list on Monday.
    Yesterday, 11:57 am
  • Brewers place Garza (shoulder) on DL
    Brewers placed RHP Matt Garza on the disabled list, retroactive to July 3, with right shoulder tendinitis.

    Advice: This is somewhat surprising, as there was little indication that Garza was dealing with arm troubles. It's unknown if this has been impacting his recent performance, but in his last two starts, he's been hit hard to the tune of 11 runs on 23 hits over 11 1/3 innings. For the season, Garza holds a 5.55 ERA and 68/33 K/BB ratio. No timetable has been set for his return as of yet.
    Yesterday, 11:50 am
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Atl
  • Spruill sent outright to Triple-A Pawtucket
    Red Sox sent RHP Zeke Spruill outright to Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: Spruill was put on waivers by the Red Sox on July 3. He's cleared them and has been sent outright to Triple-A Pawtucket, where he'll return to a tough 5.40 ERA over 53 1/3 innings.
    Yesterday, 10:52 am
    Not Active
    4:10 pm vs Mia
  • No restrictions to be placed on Iwakuma (lat)
    According to Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon, there will be "no restrictions" on Hisashi Iwakuma (lat) when he returns to start against the Tigers on Monday.

    Advice: Iwakuma last started on April 20. While McClendon and the team are not placing any restrictions on Iwakuma, it's reasonable to assume that he'll be at least be relatively limited in the number of pitches he throws in his first few starts back. He sported a 6.61 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 11/3 K/BB ratio over 16 1/3 innings and three starts prior to the DL stint.
    Yesterday, 8:04 am
  • Iwakuma to rejoin Mariners rotation on Monday
    Hisashi Iwakuma (lat) will rejoin the Mariners rotation on Monday against the Tigers.

    Advice: The right-hander has been sidelined since April 21 due to a strained lat muscle. In three starts with the M's before hitting the disabled list, he registered a 6.61 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 11/3 K/BB ratio across 16 1/3 innings.
    Saturday, 6:23 am
  • Iwakuma (lat) won't be back this weekend
    The Mariners will not activate Hisashi Iwakuma (lat) from the disabled list to start on Sunday.

    Advice: Mike Montgomery will stay on turn and take the ball Sunday. The Mariners have not made a decision on the next step for Iwakuma, but it's possible he'll make another rehab start. He could also rejoin Seattle's rotation early next week.
    Friday, 2:53 pm
  • Zeke Spruill designated for assignment
    Red Sox designated RHP Zeke Spruill for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Noe Ramirez. Spruill has put up a 5.40 ERA over 53 1/3 innings at Triple-A Pawtucket this season.
    Friday, 2:13 pm
    Not Active
    4:10 pm vs Mia
  • Tom Gorzelanny designated for assignment
    Tigers designated LHP Tom Gorzelanny for assignment.

    Advice: Gorzelanny was awful in 30 appearances for the Tigers, putting up a 6.75 ERA and 2.00 WHIP. He figures to clear waivers and should get a shot somewhere else given his track record.
    Friday, 12:14 pm
    Not Active
    7:10 pm @Sea
  • Felix Doubront called up from Triple-A
    Blue Jays purchased the contract of LHP Felix Doubront from Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: The Jays need a fifth starter following the demotion of Matt Boyd, although it's unclear whether Doubront will immediately be thrust into the rotation. The left-hander has earned a shot with some nice work at Buffalo, where he's posted a 2.44 ERA and 43/18 K/BB ratio over 48 innings.
    Friday, 9:37 am
  • Tyler Cravy recalled to from Triple-A
    Brewers recalled RHP Tyler Cravy from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

    Advice: Cravy tossed seven frames of one-run ball in his major league debut last month but was sent back down after the game. He will be used in long relief.
    Friday, 6:59 am
    5:10 pm vs ^ Atl
  • Matt Garza gives up four runs in no-decision
    Matt Garza struggled in a no-decision against the Phillies on Thursday, giving up four runs on 10 hits over his six frames.

    Advice: Garza struck out three on the night while issuing one free pass. He left with his team maintaining a 7-4 advantage, but the Brewers bullpen was unable to hold on and provide his fifth victory. Mired in a high disappointing season, he'll carry a 5.55 ERA and 68/33 K/BB ratio into Tuesday's matchup against the Braves.
    Thursday, 7:47 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Atl
  • Scherzer handed complete-game loss vs. Braves
    Max Scherzer gave up two runs over 8 1/3 innings in a complete-game loss against the Braves on Thursday.

    Advice: The game was tied 1-1 until Scherzer gave up a walk-off single to Cameron Maybin in the bottom of the ninth. While he took the loss, it was still a heck of an outing. Scherzer allowed a total of five hits and no walks while striking out nine batters. He now has a 42/1 K/BB ratio over his last four starts and has gone the distance in three of them. Quite a run for someone who had one complete game over his first 210 starts in the majors.
    Thursday, 7:11 pm
  • Iwakuma (lat) throws a successful bullpen
    Hisashi Iwakuma (lat) threw a successful bullpen session on Thursday without any issues.

    Advice: It's unclear if he's going to need one final minor league rehab start, or be cleared to rejoin the Mariners rotation immediately. M's manager Lloyd McClendon said he'll elaborate on the team's rotation plan on Friday.
    Thursday, 4:05 pm
  • Mariners cut veteran Justin Germano
    Mariners released RHP Justin Germano.

    Advice: He and left-hander Rafael Perez both opted out of their minor league contracts. Germano pitched well for Triple-A Tacoma, recording a 2.83 ERA over 18 outings before his release. The 32-year-old has made 96 major league appearances with seven different teams.
    Thursday, 10:23 am
    Not Active
    7:10 pm vs Det
  • Doug Fister gives up four runs in loss
    Doug Fister was tagged for four runs in six innings by the Braves in a loss Wednesday.

    Advice: It was just one bad inning, as Fister allowed two homers and all four runs in the fourth. His velocity was about the same as last time out, which was better than in his return from the DL but not where he was last year. He's probably just a fifth starter in mixed leagues as is.
    Wednesday, 10:20 pm
  • Jansen notches 13th save in win over D-Backs
    Kenley Jansen allowed a late run but still managed to pick up his 13th save of the season in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Jansen trotted into the game with his team up 4-2. The two-run cushion turned out to be necessary. After striking out the first batter of the frame, Jansen coughed up a solo homer to David Peralta before recording the last two outs minus any issues. Jansen's allowed runs in each of his last two appearances, but owners should look to a 13-for-14 save chance record, 1.53 ERA and stellar 30/1 K/BB ratio over 17 2/3 innings rather than these little blips of trouble on the radar. As long as he's healthy, he remains one of the top closers in the game.
    Wednesday, 10:16 pm
  • Edinson Volquez gives up five runs to Astros
    Edinson Volquez yielded five runs in five innings Wednesday in a no-decision against the Astros.

    Advice: Volquez struck out eight and walked just one while aiming for his fifth straight win tonight, but he was undone by a couple of homers. It's the first time all year that he's allowed five earned runs.
    Wednesday, 9:36 pm
  • Jon Lester goes seven scoreless
    Jon Lester blanked the Mets for seven innings on Wednesday.

    Advice: Lester struck out seven and walked none in one of his best starts as a Cub. Granted, the Mets aren't really hitting anyone at the moment, but as difficult of a year as Lester has had, he'll take what he can get. Unfortunately, that didn't include a win, as the Cubs didn't take the lead until the 11th.
    Wednesday, 7:54 pm
    10:20 am vs StL; 5:05 pm vs StL
  • Simon clobbered by the Pirates in a loss
    Alfredo Simon was shelled in a loss to the Pirates on Wednesday, serving up six runs in 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Simon allowed 15 hits, the second time a pitcher has done that this season, joining Tim Hudson. Hudson and Simon are the only two starters to have accomplished the ignominious feat since the start of the 2012 season. Simon did refrain from issuing any walks and he struck out seven, so there's that. The right-hander has a 3.94 ERA, a 1.36 WHIP, and a 70/30 K/BB ratio in 91 1/3 innings. He'll try for better results in a road start against the Mariners.
    Wednesday, 7:39 pm
  • Chris Heston gives up three runs to Marlins
    Chris Heston yielded three runs in six innings Wednesday in a no-decision against the Marlins.

    Advice: Heston left with a lead, but the bullpen couldn't make it stand. He struck out just one tonight, but 14 of his other 17 outs came on the ground. He's going to survive the returns of Jake Peavy and Matt Cain from the disabled list.
    Wednesday, 7:16 pm
  • Chen dominating over 8 innings vs. Rangers
    Wei-Yin Chen tossed eight dominant innings in a win against the Rangers on Wednesday, allowing only two runs.

    Advice: Chen scattered four hits and a walk while striking out two. Both runs came on solo home runs by Shin-Soo Choo and Ryan Rua in the third and fourth innings, respectively. Chen had also pitched well on Friday in his return to the Orioles' rotation. He now owns a 2.84 ERA with a 1.11 WHIP and a 78/22 K/BB ratio over 95 innings. The lefty will take on the Twins on the road in his next outing.
    Wednesday, 6:27 pm
  • Jansen allows a run following his first walk
    Kenley Jansen allowed a run but still snagged his 12th save of the season as the Dodgers pulled out a 6-4 victory in 10 innings against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

    Advice: With two outs, Jansen issued his first walk of the season to his 56th batter. Paul Goldschmidt then punished him for the walk with an RBI double. Jansen bounced back to strike out Yasmany Tomas to end the game. The right-hander is 12-for-13 in save chances this season with a 1.08 ERA and a 28/1 K/BB ratio in 16 2/3 innings.
    Tuesday, 11:00 pm
  • DeSclafani allows 11 hits, six runs in loss
    Anthony DeSclafani allowed six runs on 11 hits over 6 2/3 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Twins.

    Advice: DeSclafani managed to stay mostly dry through the first six innings, allowing three runs but keeping the Twins from putting up a crooked number, but things didn't go so well in the seventh. Two inherited runners being allowed to score didn't help his cause. On the bright side, he did strike out seven in the effort. The loss dropped DeSclafani to 5-6 with a 3.68 ERA and 1.35 WHIP through 16 starts. The 25-year-old will try to bounce back Monday at the Nationals.
    Tuesday, 9:31 pm
  • Keuchel goes eight scoreless, earns 10th win
    Dallas Keuchel threw eight scoreless innings as the Astros shut out the Royals 4-0 on Tuesday.

    Advice: The southpaw scattered seven hits without walking a batter, mixing in seven strikeouts over his eight innings. Such lines have become pretty common for Keuchel, who improved to 10-3 with a 2.03 ERA and 0.96 WHIP with the victory. His career high in wins is 12, achieved last year, but Keuchel is threatening to match that by the All-Star break. He'll attempt to take one step closer Monday at the Indians.
    Tuesday, 8:36 pm
  • Iwakuma doesn't think blister is big issue
    Hisashi Iwakuma (lat) doesn't think the blister that forced him from his rehab start Tuesday will be an issue.

    Advice: Iwakuma noted that he's had numerous blister problems over the years and that the Mariners' training staff knows how to treat them. It remains to be seen whether the M's share his opinion, but either way this isn't a big setbacks. Iwakuma could rejoin Seattle's rotation as soon as Sunday.
    Tuesday, 8:24 pm
  • Iwakuma (lat) exits rehab start with blister
    Hisashi Iwakuma (lat) had to leave Tuesday's rehab start with Triple-A Tacoma due to a blister on his pitching hand.

    Advice: He pitched well before exiting, allowing just one run on five hits and one walk while striking out six. Iwakuma's splitter has often given him blister issues, but it's unclear at this point if this is a notable setback. Tuesday's rehab start likely was going to be his last, although the Mariners hadn't confirmed as much. More should be known about Iwakuma on Wednesday.
    Tuesday, 8:01 pm
  • Jon Niese on wrong end of low-scoring affair
    Jon Niese was on the wrong end of a low-scoring affair Tuesday, taking the loss despite allowing one run over seven innings against the Cubs.

    Advice: Niese allowed a lone run on four hits while also walking four on the evening. The lefty struck out five in the losing effort. It has become a bit of a pattern for Niese, who fell to 3-8 despite a decent 3.90 ERA. Niese still hasn't won since May 9, but he'll look to correct that Sunday at the Dodgers.
    Tuesday, 6:38 pm
  • O'Sullivan beat up by the Brewers in a loss
    Sean O'Sullivan didn't have anything working in a loss to the Brewers on Monday, surrendering six runs on 12 hits in five innings.

    Advice: O'Sullivan limited the Brewers to only three runs through five innings, but things fell apart in the sixth inning when he allowed four straight hits before departing. Justin De Fratus came in and allowed two more hits before plugging the leaky ship. Along with the 12 hits, O'Sullivan walked one and struck out three. His ERA moves up to 5.76 with a 1.58 WHIP and a 33/18 K/BB ratio in 66 2/3 innings. Not that fantasy owners care, but he'll take the ball next in Atlanta to face the Braves this weekend.
    Monday, 7:54 pm
  • Dodgers not in active discussions for Niese
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers are "not in active discussions" with the Mets regarding Jon Niese.

    Advice: He adds that Niese is just "one of many pitchers" the Dodgers are considering. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman has also reported that the Cubs -- another club connected to Niese -- had discussions about the lefty but are "not on him now." Niese may very well wind up being traded, but Heyman says his market is "less than robust at present."
    Monday, 2:33 pm
  • Jansen works around leadoff 2B for 11th save
    Kenley Jansen allowed a leadoff double, but worked around it for his 11th save in Sunday's 2-0 win against the Marlins.

    Advice: Christian Yelich greeted Jansen with a leadoff double, which allowed the Marlins to bring the potential tying run to the plate on three separate occasions. Jansen struck out Adeiny Hechavarria and Marcell Ozuna consecutively before getting Derek Dietrich to foul out to end the contest. Jansen has been utterly dominant since debuting in mid-May, now 11-for-12 in save opportunities with a 0.57 ERA and a 26/0 K/BB ratio in 15 2/3 innings.
    Jun 28, 1:20 pm
  • Rosenthal: Dodgers showing interest in Niese
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers are interested in Jon Niese.

    Advice: It was Rosenthal who previously reported that the Cubs had interest in the lefty, and it appears we can add another team to the list. Niese has been up-and-down in 2015, posting a 4.12 ERA and just 58 strikeouts over 83 innings, but he would figure to offer both the Dodgers and Cubs a more stable option for the back-end of their rotation.
    Jun 28, 11:20 am
  • Rosenthal: Cubs have discussed Jon Niese
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cubs "have discussed" Jon Niese.

    Advice: Rosenthal cautions, though, that the Cubs "would probably prefer someone better." Niese has been solid in June with a 3.46 ERA, but he's been inconsistent overall this season with a 4.12 ERA and just 58 strikeouts over 83 innings. Chicago is happy with their first four starters but would like to upgrade the No. 5 spot.
    Jun 28, 8:49 am
  • Edinson Volquez holds down A's in victory
    Edinson Volquez held the A's to one run over seven innings in winning Friday.

    Advice: The Royals aren't hitting like they did early in the year... except when Volquez is on the mound. They've averaged 5.8 runs in his last 10 starts and won nine of those games. Volquez actually pitched better while amassing a 2-3 record and a 2.10 ERA in his first five starts. He's 6-1 with a 3.64 ERA since.
    Jun 26, 10:50 pm
  • Lackey allows two runs in no-decision
    John Lackey allowed two runs over seven innings Friday in a no-decision against the Cubs.

    Advice: Lackey allowed eight hits and three walks, so the Cubs had their share of chances, but he managed to keep the damage to a minimum and keep the Cardinals in the ballgame. He struck out five in the no-decision. The veteran right-hander had a really rough outing in Coors Field earlier this month, but he has allowed two earned runs or fewer in three straight starts since. He'll carry a 3.35 ERA into a start against the Padres next week at home.
    Jun 26, 9:32 pm
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