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  • Zach Neal gets lit up by Mariners
    Making his first major league start, Zach Neal was pounded for seven runs in four innings by the Mariners on Wednesday.

    Advice: Neal is a solid Triple-A pitcher, but that's probably all he is. He's probably going to be sent back to Nashville now. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:27 pm
  • Torres picks up surprise save in extras
    Carlos Torres got the surprise save by pitching a perfect 13th inning of Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Braves.

    Advice: Torres breezed through a 1-2-3 inning to secure his first save since 2014. He's been a workhorse for the Brewers' bullpen, as he's already covered 23 1/3 innings and has a respectable 3.47 ERA with 22 strikeouts. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:15 pm
  • Guerra throws five scoreless in no-decision
    Junior Guerra struck out six and walked four over five scoreless frames against the Braves on Wednesday night.

    Advice: Guerra continued to find success with his splitter, and he’s now fanned 17 batters in his last two starts. His command wavered, especially against lefties, but that’s to be expected with the 31-year-old reliever-turned-starter. Guerra has a 3.30 ERA in 30 innings for the Brewers and should continue to be a sneaky source of strikeouts, even if he’ll potentially hurt a fantasy squad’s ratios. He’ll next get the Cardinals at Miller Park in a tough matchup. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Melancon saves game number 16 for Pirates
    Mark Melancon worked around a two-out double to throw a scoreless inning and record his 16th save in Wednesday's 5-4 win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Melancon made things interesting with a two-out double to Chris Owings, but he jammed Yasmany Tomas with two strikes and got him to lift a weak fly ball to right field for the final out of the evening. He has 16 saves and a 2.21 ERA in 20 1/3 innings. All is well in Pittsburgh. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:03 pm
  • Steven Wright goes seven innings for win
    Steven Wright yielded three runs -- two earned -- in seven innings to defeat the Rockies on Wednesday.

    Advice: Wright worked around three wild pitches and four passed balls from Ryan Hanigan to turn in his eighth quality start in nine tries. The Red Sox are just 4-5 when he pitches, since they've mostly been saving their outbursts for their other starters. His ERA stands at 2.52. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:00 pm
  • Estrada throws quality start versus Yankees
    Marco Estrada picked up his second win of the campaign, surrendering three runs in seven innings of work against the Yankees on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was vintage Estrada on Wednesday. He induced fly ball after fly ball, a couple of which went over the fence, but most fell harmlessly into catcher’s gloves. The right-hander has a .213 BABIP and had a .216 BABIP all last year -- something that’s heavily aided by his fly-ball tendencies. Estrada is a sneaky-good pickup in fantasy leagues. Owners largely expect him to regress, but don’t really understand why he consistently outperforms his FIP. He now has a 2.76 ERA in 58 2/3 innings for the Blue Jays in 2016 after a strong 3.13 ERA a year ago. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:12 pm
  • Furbush (shoulder) experiences setback
    Charlie Furbush (shoulder) felt soreness following a live batting practice session last Thursday.

    Advice: "I thought I had a good live BP, but they just wanted me to speak with the team doctor and not have to worry about it and have it set me back at all," Furbush said. "So I'm just taking a couple days off here. [The doctor will] see me again this weekend and I'll be right back at it as soon as I get the clearance." Once he receives the clearance, he will likely head to Arizona to take part in extended spring training action, with a rehab assignment to follow that. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:55 pm
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  • Jepsen locks down fourth save of the season
    Kevin Jepsen earned his fourth save of the season Wednesday in the Twins' 7-5 win over the Royals.

    Advice: Jepsen worked around a Jarrod Dyson one-out double to preserve the Twins' two-run lead. It was only the 12th win of the season for Minnesota. Jepsen is operating as the club's fill-in closer with Glen Perkins (shoulder) sidelined indefinitely, but there haven't been many opportunities for saves. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:44 pm
  • Jeanmar Gomez collects 17th save vs. Tigers
    Jeanmar Gomez earned his 17th save of the season in Wednesday afternoon's 8-5 defeat of the Tigers.

    Advice: Gomez retired Cameron Maybin, J.D. Martinez, and Miguel Cabrera in order in the bottom of the ninth inning to preserve Philly's three-run lead. The 28-year-old right-hander has been one of the biggest surprises of the 2016 fantasy season so far, boasting a 2.45 ERA in 25 2/3 frames. He is 17-for-18 in save opportunities. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:34 pm
  • Rockies activate Motte (shoulder) off the DL
    Rockies activated RHP Jason Motte from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Motte will finally join the Colorado bullpen on Wednesday after missing the first eight weeks of the season with a shoulder strain. He had a 3.18 ERA and five strikeouts in 5 2/3 minor league rehab innings. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:00 pm
  • Rockies place Logan (shoulder) on the DL
    Rockies placed LHP Boone Logan on the 15-day disabled list with left shoulder inflammation.

    Advice: Shoulder injuries are always tricky, so it's not worth guessing how long he might be out. Jason Motte has been activated in a corresponding move and will take over the vacant spot in the Rockies' bullpen. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:58 pm
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  • Blue Jays option Pat Venditte back to AAA
    Blue Jays optioned SHP Pat Venditte to Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: The switch-pitcher has a 4.05 ERA in 6 2/3 innings this season with Toronto and a 4.33 ERA for his career. He'll probably be up and down all season for the Jays. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:31 am
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  • Pirates recall Lobstein from AAA level
    Pirates recalled LHP Kyle Lobstein from Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: Lobstein is filling in for lefty Tony Watson, who went on the paternity leave list Wednesday in a corresponding move. Lobstein, 26, holds a 5.24 career ERA. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:24 am
  • A's recall Zach Neal for Wednesday start
    Athletics recalled RHP Zach Neal from Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: Neal will start for the A's on Wednesday afternoon against the Mariners. He has a 2.53 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, and 21/4 K/BB ratio in 42 2/3 innings this season at the Triple-A level, but the 27-year-old isn't the most attractive fantasy streaming option versus Seattle. This might just be a spot start. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:06 am
  • Angels DFA left-hander Lucas Luetge
    Angels designated LHP Lucas Luetge for assignment.

    Advice: The left-hander did not get an appearance in his three-day stay at the major league level. Luetge had a 2.33 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 19 1/3 innings at Triple-A before his callup. He could draw interest on waivers. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:33 am
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  • Twins transfer Perkins to the 60-day DL
    Twins transferred LHP Glen Perkins from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Perkins remains out indefinitely with ongoing discomfort in his strained left shoulder. This move clears a 40-man roster spot for lefty reliever Buddy Boshers. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:11 am
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  • Motte (shoulder) nearing return to Rockies
    Jason Motte (shoulder) struck out two batters over a scoreless inning Monday in his latest minor league rehab appearance with Triple-A Albuquerque.

    Advice: Motte, who has been out since spring training with a shoulder strain, owns a 3.18 ERA and 5/3 K/BB ratio over 5 2/3 innings during his rehab stint. His next appearance could be with the Rockies. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:42 am
  • A's calling up Neal to start Wednesday
    The Athletics will call up right-hander Zach Neal to start Wednesday against the Mariners.

    Advice: He'll fill Sonny Gray's spot in the starting rotation. Neal, 27, owns a 2.53 ERA and 21/4 K/BB ratio in 42 2/3 innings over seven starts with Triple-A Nashville. It might just be a spot-start, so most fantasy owners can steer clear. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:17 pm
  • Melancon earns his 15th save of the season
    Mark Melancon earned his 15th save of the season Monday in the Pirates' defeat of the Rockies.

    Advice: Melancon was called on in the top of the ninth inning after Jared Hughes had allowed two baserunners. Melancon gave up a run on a DJ LeMahieu sacrifice fly, but that run was charged to Hughes and the Pittsburgh closer induced a game-ending flyout from Ryan Raburn moments later. Melancon has a 2.33 ERA in 19 1/3 innings this season, and he's 15-for-16 in save opportunities. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:02 pm
  • Lucas Luetge called up from Triple-A
    Angels purchased the contract of LHP Lucas Luetge from Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Luetge has posted a 2.33 ERA and 17/10 K/BB ratio over 19 1/3 innings for Salt Lake this season. He'll be used in middle relief. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 11:02 am
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  • Glen Perkins (shoulder) suffers setback
    Glen Perkins felt stiffness in his left shoulder while long-tossing last week and his scheduled bullpen session for Monday has been pushed back.

    Advice: The closer noted that the soreness has moved from the back to the front of his left shoulder. He'll shut things down for a week. Perkins has missed most of the season with a strained left shoulder and had resumed throwing on flat ground a little over a week ago. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:26 am
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  • Melancon converts save No. 14
    Mark Melancon fired a scoreless ninth inning against the Rockies on Friday for his 14th save.

    Advice: Holding a one-run lead, Melancon surrendered a one-out single to DJ LeMahieu before Daniel Descalso singled with two outs, but he survived after Charlie Blackmon lined out to left field to end it. He’s now 14-for-15 in save chances this year to go along with a 2.50 ERA and 13/4 K/BB ratio in 18 innings. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:18 pm
  • Estrada goes eight strong innings vs. Twins
    Marco Estrada pitched eight solid innings against the Twins on Thursday, allowing two runs -- one earned -- in a no-decision.

    Advice: Estrada gave up just three hits and a walk while striking out nine, but he didn't get a win for his efforts. Still, it was the latest good outing in what has been a strong follow-up campaign to his impressive 2015 season. Estrada has now allowed three or fewer hits in four of his eight starts and owns a 50/19 K/BB ratio over 51 2/3 innings of work. He'll carry a 2.61 ERA and 1.05 WHIP into Wednesday's start at the Yankees. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:48 pm
  • Junior Guerra fans 11 in beating Cubs
    Junior Guerra yielded three runs in seven innings and fanned 11 as the Brewers beat the Cubs 5-3 on Thursday.

    Advice: The Brewers are now 4-0 in Guerra's starts, even though he gave up four runs in each of the first two. The 31-year-old journeyman had almost as many strikeouts today as in his first three starts combined (13). He still seems like a weak bet in fantasy leagues, but he's a nice story, regardless. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:07 pm
  • Wright takes loss despite crisp performance
    Steven Wright came away with a tough-luck loss against the Royals on Wednesday, surrendering just three runs on five hits in an eight-inning complete game.

    Advice: The rubber-armed Wright struck out six while walking just one. A sixth-inning sacrifice fly surrendered to Lorenzo Cain would snap a 2-2 tie and serve as the deciding run. Wright has allowed two or fewer runs in six of his eight starts and will carry a strong 2.52 ERA and 1.08 WHIP into his next scheduled start, a home start against the Rockies in what could be a slugfest of a series. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:50 pm
  • Jeanmar Gomez nets MLB-leading 16th save
    Jeanmar Gomez nailed down his 16th save of the season Wednesday in the Phillies' 4-2 defeat of the Marlins.

    Advice: Gomez retired all three batters he faced in the top of the ninth inning, striking out Giancarlo Stanton to end it. Gomez leads the major leagues in saves (by a three-save margin) and the Phillies can take over sole possession of first place in the National League East if Washington loses Wednesday night. What in the world is going on? Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:54 pm
  • Mark Melancon converts 13th save
    Mark Melancon nailed down his 13th save of the season with a scoreless frame in Tuesday's win over the Braves.

    Advice: Daniel Castro reached against Melancon on a two-out single, but the closer got Jeff Francoeur to ground into a fielder's choice to preserve the three-run victory. It appears Melancon's depressed strikeout rate might be here to stay, but he's still been plenty effective with a 2.65 ERA and 13 saves in 14 chances. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:30 pm
  • Jeanmar Gomez converts 15th save
    Jeanmar Gomez gave up a run but hung on to collect his 15th save of the season on Tuesday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Entering to protect a three-run lead, Gomez gave up two hits and walked a batter while surrendering a run, but he eventually retired the opposition. Not surprisingly, the 28-year-old journeyman has begun to show some cracks of late with a 5.40 ERA over his last seven appearances. However, he's 15-for-16 in save opportunities. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:40 pm
  • Blue Jays recall Pat Venditte from Triple-A
    Blue Jays recalled SHP Pat Venditte from Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: The ambidextrous Venditte has allowed three earned runs on five hits and four walks in 3 2/3 innings with the Blue Jays this season. He'll operate in middle relief. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:39 am
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  • Mark Melancon nails down 12th save
    Mark Melancon converted his 12th save of the season with a perfect ninth inning in Monday's win over the Braves.

    Advice: The closer got a strikeout and a couple groundouts to easily seal the three-run victory. Melancon is striking out fewer batters for the second straight season but holds a 2.81 ERA and 1.13 WHIP and has nailed down 12 of 13 save opportunities. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:59 pm
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