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  • Bumgarner goes six strong in no-decision
    Madison Bumgarner held the Diamondbacks to two runs over six innings Wednesday in a no-decision.

    Advice: San Francisco won the game in the top of the ninth inning on a pinch-it two-run single from Matt Duffy. Bumgarner gave up seven hits and two walks, but he kept the D'Backs from inflicting serious damage over his six frames. He struck out six, and now owns a 2.91 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 214/43 K/BB ratio in 210 innings this season. A hugely-important road start against the rival Dodgers is next. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:19 pm
  • Shoemaker (oblique) still feeling soreness
    Matt Shoemaker (oblique) reported improvement Wednesday, but still feels some soreness.

    Advice: Shoemaker left Monday's start against the Mariners with a "very mild" left oblique strain. The Angels are confident that he'll be ready for the postseason, but he's not going to throw until he's 100 percent. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:37 pm
  • Wacha (shoulder) to return Saturday vs. CIN
    Michael Wacha (shoulder) will return to the Cardinals' rotation Saturday against the Reds.

    Advice: Wacha reported feeling "great" after a 30-pitch bullpen session on Sunday and then extended himself without issue in another bullpen session Wednesday, so he's been given the go-ahead to pitch this weekend versus the visiting Reds. The 23-year-old right-hander has been battling a shoulder issue since June. The Cardinals want to see what he's capable of before October arrives. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:52 pm
  • Edwin Escobar recalled from Triple-A
    Red Sox recalled LHP Edwin Escobar from Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: Esocobar tossed a scoreless relief inning last month in his major league debut before being sent back down. He'll give the Red Sox some bullpen length down the stretch. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:28 am
  • Gio Gonzalez scratched from Wednesday's start
    Gio Gonzalez has been scratched from Wednesday's start against the Braves.

    Advice: The Nationals clinched the National League East Tuesday, so they'll give the ball to Blake Treinen Wednesday and give Gonzalez some extra rest. The Nats will also undoubtedly have many backups in the lineup, which is good news for Braves starter Alex Wood. Gonzalez will now presumably get the ball on Thursday in Miami instead. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:53 am
  • Brad Peacock (back) to rejoin rotation Friday
    Brad Peacock (back) will rejoin the Astros' rotation on Friday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Peacock had Monday's scheduled outing pushed back due to lower back tightness, but he's recovered nicely since then, throwing a successful bullpen session Tuesday. "I felt really good actually," Peacock said. "I let it go and it felt good, so they're putting me in on Friday." Peacock holds a 2.90 ERA with 29 strikeouts over 31 innings across his last six starts. He's worth using in AL-only formats. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:15 am
  • Charlie Morton was activated from the DL on Tuesday September 16. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:40 am
  • Rasmus doesn't allow a run across 4 innings
    Cory Rasmus fired four shutout innings against the Mariners on Tuesday.

    Advice: Rasmus only allowed one hit and no walks in the mini-gem, striking out four. Instead of doing the predictable thing and trading for a mediocre starter to fill Garrett Richards' old rotation spot, Angels manager Mike Scioscia decided to make the turn a bullpen day, always to be kicked off by Rasmus. This was Rasmus' fourth consecutive start, and he hasn't thrown more than 49 pitches in any of them (43 tonight). Rasmus (2.57 ERA) has a nice matchup on deck with the Rangers coming to town, but don't expect him to pitch long enough to have a shot at a win. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:29 pm
  • Kennedy allows 3 runs in victory over Phills
    Ian Kennedy improved to 11-13 after surrendering three runs across six innings as the Padres beat the Phillies on Tuesday.

    Advice: Kennedy struck out seven and walked four, racing to 111 pitches before Bud Black's hook came. On the bright side, he snapped a two-start losing streak; in those outings, he gave up double-digit hits in consecutive starts for the first time. Now sporting a 3.80 ERA and 1.32 WHIP, Kennedy welcomes San Francisco to town on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:26 pm
  • SP Burnett coughs up 4 ER to Padres in loss
    A.J. Burnett coughed up five runs -- four earned -- in 5 2/3 innings Tuesday as the Phillies fell to the Padres.

    Advice: Burnett struck out four, walked four, and gave up eight hits, one of which was a two-run homer by Alexi Amarista. For whatever reason, Burnett had all kinds of trouble with San Diego's slap-hitting infielder. This start was actually a bit better than his most recent work, as the veteran had gone 2-7 with a 5.68 ERA in his last nine starts. Burnett's next outing takes place in Oakland on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:26 pm
  • Tepesch allows 3 runs, hangs on to beat A's
    Nick Tepesch yielded three earned runs in six innings Tuesday in a victory over the A's.

    Advice: Tepesch wasn't impressive -- striking out one and walking two -- but Scott Kazmir languished across the way, allowing him to hang in there for a victory. He hadn't secured one of those since August 6, a string of six starts. Tepesch's overall numbers remain poor (5-11, 4.47 ERA), but he had a 3.89 ERA in seven starts since the beginning of August entering tonight's game. The 25-year-old squares off against the Angels this weekend. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:12 pm
  • Kazmir shaky in setback against the Rangers
    Scott Kazmir was punted around for six runs -- four earned -- on nine hits over 4 1/3 innings Tuesday in the A's 6-3 loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Kazmir got through the first three innings without a hitch, but things fell apart in the fourth, when Jake Smolinski's two-run homer kicked off a three-run frame. After three of the first four batters reached in the fifth inning, Bob Melvin had seen enough. This start continues a disturbing trend. Even coming off a complete game against the White Sox in which he allowed just one run, Kazmir had gone 0-3 with an 8.20 ERA over his last four starts. Many owners don't have a better option to replace him with, so hope for the best when Kazmir (3.44 ERA) hosts Philadelphia on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • Lynn holds Brewers to one run in no-decision
    Lance Lynn held the Brewers to just one run over seven innings but settled for a no-decision Tuesday.

    Advice: Lynn gave up just five hits and a walk on the evening, with Gerardo Parra's solo home run in the fourth inning serving as the Brewers' only run against him. He exited in line for his 16th win before a Trevor Rosenthal blown save left him without a hand in the decision. Still, it was another terrific outing from the 27-year-old. Lynn owns a 15-9 record and 2.68 ERA heading into Sunday's contest against the Reds. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:27 pm
  • Peralta stumbles early, recovers vs. Cards
    Wily Peralta allowed two early runs but recovered to hold the Cardinals to just those two runs over seven innings in a no-decision Tuesday.

    Advice: It couldn't have started much worse for Peralta, as the Cardinals strung together three straight singles to lead off the game. He then walked Matt Adams to bring in a run, but a Jhonny Peralta double play and a weak groundout from Yadier Molina limited the damage. Peralta then straightened it out, giving up just two hits over the next six innings. He remains 16-10 with a 3.70 ERA on the year, and Peralta will look to improve on those numbers Sunday at the Pirates. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:24 pm
  • Collmenter works 8 innings in loss to Giants
    Josh Collmenter painted eight innings of two-run ball but took the loss in Tuesday's 2-1 setback against the Giants.

    Advice: Collmenter pitched beautifully, but unfortunately he had to lock horns with a dealing Jake Peavy. The right-hander only struck out one, but he didn't walk a batter. He's only four earned runs and 14 hits across 35 2/3 innings in his last five starts, good for a 1.01 ERA. Collmenter (10-8, 3.60 ERA) has a nice matchup on deck with a date versus the Twins in Minnesota. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:23 pm
  • Morton fires 5 shutout frames in his return
    Charlie Morton returned to the Pirates' rotation and hurled five shutout innings in Tuesday's 4-0 defeat of the Red Sox.

    Advice: Morton had missed a month dealing with a sports hernia but didn't seem too bothered by it against the Red Sox. The right-hander scattered four hits and a pair of walks while striking out six. He'll go into the latter half of September with a 3.72 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and 126/57 K/BB ratio. Morton will make a home start against the Brewers on Sunday in his next outing. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:49 pm
  • Shoemaker has 'very mild' oblique strain
    Matt Shoemaker has been diagnosed with a "very mild" left oblique strain.

    Advice: Shoemaker had to exit Monday's outing with the injury. The Angels are calling him day-to-day, with the right-hander saying he's "very optimistic" about being ready for the postseason. Still, he will miss at least one start, with one late-season tune-up before the playoffs probably representing the best-case scenario. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:06 pm
  • Matt Shoemaker to undergo MRI on left side
    Matt Shoemaker will undergo an MRI after leaving Monday's start with a "little" discomfort on the left side of his rib cage.

    Advice: Shoemaker allowed one run over 7 2/3 innings against the Mariners before exiting. He said after the game that he's not overly concerned, but naturally the Angels aren't going to take any chances. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:27 am
  • Shoemaker allows only 1 run in win vs Seattle
    Matt Shoemaker yielded only five hits and one runs over 7 2/3 innings in an 8-1 victory over the Mariners on Monday.

    Advice: Shoemaker allowed five hits, but he didn't walk anyone. He struck out five. Shoemaker is one of the hottest pitchers in the game right now; he's won seven straight decisions and came into the game with a 1.32 ERA across his last seven outings. Shoemaker improved to 16-4 with a 3.04 ERA. He's going to show up on plenty Rookie of the Year ballots. Shoemaker squares off against the Rangers on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:10 pm
  • Brad Peacock sidelined with back injury
    Brad Peacock will not make his scheduled start on Monday against the Indians due to lower back tightness.

    Advice: He could rejoin the rotation at some point in the final weeks, but there's no timetable for his return. The Astros had been going with six starters, so they'll just return to a regular five-starter setup for now. Collin McHugh will move up to start on Monday and is now in line for a two-start week. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:04 am
  • Michael Wacha throws bullpen session
    Michael Wacha said he "felt great" after a 30-pitch bullpen session Sunday.

    Advice: The Cardinals decided to skip Wacha's turn in the rotation, but they've insisted it's so they can clean up his mechanics rather than it being a setback with the righty's shoulder. Wacha remains hopeful of rejoining the rotation at some point, though it's not clear when that might be. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:30 am
  • Charlie Morton to rejoin rotation on Tuesday
    Charlie Morton (sports hernia) will rejoin the Pirates' rotation on Tuesday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Morton is dealing with a sports hernia that will require surgery after the season, but he'll try to gut it out in the final weeks. Vance Worley will move to the bullpen to accommodate him. Morton holds a 3.84 ERA and 1.27 WHIP across 25 starts this season. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:11 am
  • Madison Bumgarner shuts down Dodgers
    Madison Bumgarner shut out the Dodgers for seven innings in the Giants' 9-0 drubbing Friday.

    Advice: Bumgarner struck out nine to up his season total to 208, the most by a left-hander in Giants history. He's won each of his last five starts, and he's 18-9 with a 2.91 ERA for the season. With the victory, the Giants are now just two games back of the Dodgers in the NL West. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:22 pm
  • Gonzalez takes loss against Mets
    Gio Gonzalez fell to 8-10 after giving four runs (three earned) over 6 2/3 innings Friday against the Mets.

    Advice: It was his first loss since August 10. Gonzalez allowed six hits and one walk, with the big blow coming on Travis d'Arnaud doubled which plated three runs (one of them on an error). The southpaw fanned seven and walked one in the loss and now has a 3.79 ERA and 145/54 K/BB ratio in 144 2/3 innings over 25 starts. He'll try to get back in the win column next week with a road start against the Braves. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:32 pm
  • Cardinals to skip Michael Wacha's next start
    The Cardinals have decided to skip Michael Wacha's next scheduled start on Sunday.

    Advice: It doesn't appear as if Wacha has had a setback physically, but rather the Cards want him to work on his command before he toes the rubber again. "Asking a lot for a guy to get sharp in September," manager Mike Matheny said. The right-hander could still get in three starts before the end of the regular season as he tries to fine-tune for the playoffs. Marco Gonzales will start on Sunday versus the Rockies. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:52 pm
  • Rasmus makes another spot start for Halos
    Cory Rasmus made another spot start for the Angels and took a no-decision, allowing one run over 3 1/3 innings against the Rangers on Thursday.

    Advice: Rasmus has been used exclusively as a reliever since A-ball, so he doesn't have the endurance of a typical spot starter. As such, he's lasted a total of eight innings in three starts for the Angels since August 30. Against the Rangers, he yielded only two hits while striking out three and issuing zero walks. He'll bring a 2.80 ERA and a 47/15 K/BB ratio into Tuesday's home start against the Mariners. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:43 pm
  • Burnett shaky in 6th, results in 16th loss
    A.J. Burnett fell to 8-16 after yielding four runs over six innings as the Phillies were defeated by the Pirates on Thursday.

    Advice: Burnett becomes the first Phillies pitcher to lose 16 games since Mark Leiter lost 17 in 1997. He was fine until he tired in the sixth inning, relenting three runs. Overall, Burnett gave up six hits and three walks while fanning seven. It's been a forgettable year for the 37-year-old, as he now owns a 4.34 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, and 176/83 K/BB ratio. Burnett will take on the Padres in San Diego on Tuesday next. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:48 pm
  • Scott Kazmir takes loss in 1-0 game
    Scott Kazmir took a tough loss in a 1-0 game Thursday, holding the White Sox to four hits over eight innings in a complete game.

    Advice: It was Kazmir's second complete game of this season and just the third of his career. He had been in the midst of a tough stretch, giving up 16 runs over 10 2/3 innings in his previous three starts, but you never would have known it from his performance today. He'll get the struggling Rangers next time out. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:04 pm
  • Lance Lynn goes distance in 1-0 loss
    Lance Lynn took a complete-game loss after giving up one run and three hits in eight innings Thursday against the Reds.

    Advice: That's a tough way for a pitcher to lose his first game in six weeks. For the year, Lynn is 15-9, with the Cardinals having scored a total of nine runs in his losses. Lynn has now allowed three runs or fewer in 13 straight starts. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:13 pm
  • Collmenter works 6 SO innings in ND vs. SFG
    Josh Collmenter painted six shutout innings in Wednesday's no-decision against the Giants.

    Advice: Collmenter scattered three hits and struck out three in remaining stuck one win shy of a new career high. He's 2-0 in his last four starts, having held opposing offenses to two earned runs and 14 hits across 27 2/3 innings. The right-hander attributes his recent success locating the ball intelligently and mixing up his pitches. Collmenter (10-7, 3.67 ERA) has a rematch against San Francisco on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:41 pm
  • Kennedy coughs up 4 runs in loss to Dodgers
    Ian Kennedy surrendered three runs on 10 hits over six innings in another lackluster performance against the Dodgers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Kennedy struck out five and walked one. It wasn't a train wreck of an outing, but Kennedy had no room for error across from a dealing Dan Haren. Kennedy hates facing Los Angeles, coming in this game 0-4 with a 4.91 ERA in his last eight starts against the Dodgers. Make that 0-5 in his last nine. Kennedy (10-13, 3.77 ERA) gets the Phillies next week. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:00 pm
  • Matt Shoemaker notches 15th victory
    Matt Shoemaker rebounded from last Friday's poor showing to hold the Rangers to one run in 6 2/3 innings in Wednesday's victory.

    Advice: After getting a couple of first-inning runs, Shoemaker had it easy in this one against the depleted Rangers offense. He allowed seven hits, but all were singles and he didn't walk anyone. He struck out two. Shoemaker improved to 15-4 with a 3.16 ERA. He's not going to win Rookie of the Year, but he'll place second or third on a bunch of ballots. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:59 pm
  • Marcell Ozuna notches 16th victory
    Wily Peralta finally picked up his 16th win after limiting the Marlins to one run in 6 2/3 innings Wednesday.

    Advice: Peralta had taken three straight losses since nothing his 15th victory on Aug. 17. He was strong tonight, shutting out the Marlins for six innings prior to Marcell Ozuna's solo homer in the seventh. For the year, he has a 3.75 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP, with 22 homers allowed in 177 2/3 innings. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:43 pm
  • Morton (sports hernia) throws simulated game
    Charlie Morton (sports hernia) threw a five-inning, 86-pitch simulated game Tuesday.

    Advice: The Pirates will meet next Monday to decide what to do with Morton. They could bring him back as a reliever, but manager Clint Hurdle has indicated that he prefers to keep Morton in reserve as a starter should a need arise in the rotation. "Charlie wants to be a part of it. [We'll] keep an active, live arm that might get to a point where he can give us five innings, can throw 85 pitches," Hurdle said. "You can lose a pitcher in a day. You can lose two pitchers in two days. If it gets to a point where the pain plateaus and he starts feeling better, then we'll have another option." Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:02 am
  • Michael Wacha not sharp in loss against Reds
    Michael Wacha struggled in his second start coming off the disabled list, giving up six runs -- five earned -- over four innings in a loss to the Reds.

    Advice: Wacha didn't have much working on this night, giving up six hits -- including four extra-base hits -- and walking three. He was on a pitch count, so the four innings of work weren't unexpected. It will still be a few starts before Wacha has his arm strength back, and until then it's tough to expect to get much from him for fantasy purposes. He'll next take the mound against the Rockies on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:50 pm
  • Peacock holds Seattle scoreless for 5 innings
    Brad Peacock hurled five shutout innings in a Monday no-decision against the Mariners.

    Advice: Peacock struck out six, walked two and scattered four hits. Unfortunately, he was pitching across from Felix Hernandez, so the game was tied 0-0 when Peacock made his way through the Safeco Field bowels to the shower area. The right-hander exorcised his Mariners demons tonight. Peacock came into the night having coughed up eight runs over 11 1/3 innings in two appearances against Seattle this year. Peacock is scheduled to take on the Indians next Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:56 pm
  • Cory Rasmus to make another start Thursday
    Cory Rasmus will make another start for the Angels on Thursday night against the Rangers.

    Advice: Rasmus was excellent in his first spot start last Saturday, striking out six batters over three scoreless innings against the A's. But he struggled in a similar role this weekend against the Twins and will be a poor fantasy bet versus the Rangers. The Angels are essentially using Rasmus as their fifth starter. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 8, 7:58 am
  • Gio holds Phillies to one earned in victory
    Gio Gonzalez held the Phillies to two runs -- one earned -- over six innings in a win Sunday.

    Advice: Gio gave up just five hits on the day while striking out three. Most importantly, he didn't walk a batter for the first time all season. The win moved him to 8-9 with a 3.78 ERA overall this season. He'll look to pull his record even when the Nationals visit the Mets on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 7, 2:18 pm
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