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  • Mike Fiers gives up four runs to Twins
    Mike Fiers allowed four runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings Wednesday versus the Twins.

    Advice: Fiers was served a win on a silver platter tonight, what with the Astros scoring six runs in the first two innings and nine through four. Fiers, though, gave up three in the third and one in the fourth and was finally pulled in the fifth with his pitch count up to 95. He's put himself in position to lose his rotation spot following the return of Lance McCullers from the DL. Today, 9:15 pm
    W, 16-4 vs ^ Min
  • Phil Hughes gives up six runs in loss
    Phil Hughes was tagged for six runs in two innings by the Astros on Wednesday.

    Advice: Hughes is 1-5 with a 5.85 ERA. Things don't seem hopeless here -- his 22/8 K/BB ratio and four homers allowed in 32 1/3 innings aren't so bad -- but with Minnesota's defense downgraded and the team simply looking like a trainwreck overall, his fantasy upside seems pretty well shot. Today, 9:11 pm
  • Mike Leake gives up four runs to Phillies
    Mike Leake was lifted after allowing four runs in five innings Wednesday against the Phillies.

    Advice: Leake had a very good spring, but he's opened the regular season by giving up four or five runs in six straight outings. We wouldn't go dropping him in mixed leagues -- he's just in such a good situation in St. Louis -- but it'd be great to see some improvement from him next time out against the Angels. Today, 8:47 pm
    W, 5-4 vs ^ Phi
  • Clay Buchholz beats White Sox for first win
    Clay Buchholz held the White Sox to two runs and three hits in seven innings Wednesday to pick up his first win.

    Advice: This was being termed a big start for Buchholz after he came in 0-3 with a 6.51 ERA. It wasn't really -- his rotation spot wasn't in any jeopardy -- but he and the Red Sox are surely happy that he turned in his first really positive effort of the year. He struck out six and walked two on the night. Buchholz should be a pretty good play in mixed leagues next week with home starts against the A's and Astros. Today, 8:29 pm
  • De La Rosa can't escape sixth inning in loss
    Rubby De La Rosa couldn’t escape the sixth inning in Wednesday’s loss to the Marlins, serving up four runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: De La Rosa missed middle-middle on a 94 mph fastball to Giancarlo Stanton, something that rarely results in anything other than pain. His two-run blast capped the Marlins’ three-run third inning and ultimately ensured that the right-hander wouldn’t have a chance to pick up his fourth win of the season. De La Rosa continues to have a massive home-run problem -- he has his whole career -- and unless that’s somehow magically solved, the 27-year-old will always have issues with run prevention. He owns a 4.60 ERA in 29 1/3 innings this year. Today, 7:32 pm
  • Kluber pitches five-hit shutout, silences DET
    Corey Kluber twirled a gem with Wednesday's complete-game shutout against the Tigers, striking out seven and scattering five hits.

    Advice: Kluber spun his wheels out of the gate in 2016, but has been brilliant in his last three starts. He's only allowed three earned runs in his last 24 innings, striking out 23 batters and walking just two. The right-hander benefited from some nifty defense at the hands of Francisco Lindor on Wednesday, but that isn't projected to change anytime soon. In other words, that's a feature, not a bug. Kluber has won two of his last three games and has a 3.35 ERA with a 2.57 FIP in 43 innings. He'll next get the Astros on the road. Today, 5:43 pm
    W, 4-0 vs ^ Det
  • Chatwood shuts out Padres over eight innings
    Tyler Chatwood pitched marvelously in Wednesday's 2-0 win over the Padres, tossing eight innings of shutout ball.

    Advice: Chatwood allowed just three hits on the afternoon. He also struck out seven against one walk in what was an ultra-efficient outing. The 26-year-old right-hander finished his eight innings having thrown 99 pitches (61 strikes). Relying on anybody in the Rockies' pitching staff for fantasy purposes carries its own set of risks, but there is no denying Chatwood's overall body of work. Through 37 2/3 innings, he holds a 2.15 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 27/8 K/BB ratio. Up next on his schedule, a home showdown with the Diamondbacks. Today, 3:23 pm
  • Garrett Richards (fatigue) heading to doctor
    Garrett Richards (fatigue) will see a doctor.

    Advice: Richards was battling with signs of dehydration this past weekend and's Alden Gonzalez relayed earlier on Wednesday that hard-throwing right-hander "seems questionable" for his scheduled start on Friday. Richards, himself, indicated that he continues to feel fatigued. His visit to the doctor should help shed light on his short-term starting status. Today, 3:03 pm
    W, 7-3 @Mil
  • Medlen crushed for nine runs by Nats
    Kris Medlen was crushed for nine runs -- six earned -- over two-plus innings Wednesday in a loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: Washington pounced for six runs in the top of the first inning and four more in the third, eventually winning 13-2 in the matinee at Kauffman Stadium. The ugly, ugly loss pushes Medlen's record to 1-3 and his ERA to 6.85. He simply needs to be better next week at Yankee Stadium. Today, 2:28 pm
    L, 13-2 vs ^ Was
  • Santiago yields three runs in no-decision
    Hector Santiago yielded three earned runs over 5 1/3 innings Wednesday in a no-decision in Milwaukee.

    Advice: It could have been worse, as Santiago walked four and gave up eight hits. He also struggled in his last start Friday in Arlington, Texas, and he will face an unfamiliar foe next time out in the Cardinals. But the 28-year-old lefty has a strong 3.58 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 32/13 K/BB ratio in 37 2/3 total innings this season and remains a must-start in standard leagues. Today, 2:17 pm
  • Nicasio allows four runs in loss to the Cubs
    Juan Nicasio allowed four runs -- one earned -- over 4 1/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: The three unearned runs came in the third inning, when Andrew McCutchen couldn't corral a hot shot to center field by Anthony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist followed with a three-run shot. It's possible that error on McCutchen gets changed to a hit for Rizzo. Nicasio, a popular fantasy sleeper this spring, stands 3-3 with a 3.16 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, and 32/15 K/BB ratio over 31 1/3 innings with the Bucs. He gave up eight hits and walked three on Wednesday. A road start against the Reds is next. Today, 1:12 pm
    L, 6-2 vs ^ ChC
  • Indians outright Ross Detwiler to AAA level
    Indians sent LHP Ross Detwiler outright to Triple-A Columbus.

    Advice: Detwiler was designated for assignment by the Tribe at the end of April and accepted the Triple-A demotion after passing through waivers unclaimed. He had a 5.79 ERA in seven relief appearances this season for Cleveland. Today, 12:41 pm
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    W, 4-0 vs Det
  • Tallion logs seven shutout innings Tuesday
    Pirates RHP prospect Jameson Taillon scattered two hits and one walk over seven shutout innings Tuesday in a no-decision for Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: He lowered his ERA from 1.54 to 1.19 while pushing his season strikeout total to 26. Taillon is now tied with Lehigh Valley's Zach Eflin for the International League lead in WHIP (0.76). The 24-year-old has handed out just three free passes in 30 1/3 innings this season. Finally healthy after spending all of last year recovering from Tommy John surgery, Taillon is poised to make his Pirates debut this summer. Today, 10:28 am
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    L, 6-2 vs ChC
  • Giants have increasing interest in Lincecum
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Wednesday that he has increasing interest in free agent Tim Lincecum.

    Advice: Lincecum is scheduled to throw a showcase for interested teams on Friday in Arizona, and over 20 major league clubs are expected to have a representative in attendance. Bochy and the Giants are viewing Lincecum as a potential long reliever. The two-time National League Cy Young Award winner probably prefers to start. Today, 9:11 am
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    L, 7-4 @Cin
  • Garrett Richards questionable for Fri. start?
    Garrett Richards "seems questionable" for his Friday start, per's Alden Gonzalez.

    Advice: Richards battled some dehydration this past weekend and did not throw his usual between-starts bullpen session on Tuesday or Wednesday. There should be a status update soon from the Angels. The 27-year-old right-hander holds a 2.34 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 34 2/3 innings this season and was supposed to open the Angels' weekend series against the visiting Rays. Today, 9:08 am
    W, 7-3 @Mil
  • Iwakuma sparkles in throwing four-hit gem
    Hisashi Iwakuma was fantastic in Tuesday's 8-2 win over the A's, firing seven innings of four-hit, one-run ball.

    Advice: Lovely work by Iwakuma, who struck out three and walked two. The strikeout total is modest enough, but the A's simply couldn't square the veteran right-hander up at any point. He did not allow an extra-base hit on the evening. The only run to score against him came in the sixth, when Jed Lowrie burned him for an RBI single. Otherwise, Iwakuma cruised. Through six starts (38 innings), he holds a 4.03 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 28/11 K/BB ratio. In his four major league seasons prior to 2016, Iwakuma never finished with an ERA higher than 3.54 (2015). He will hit the dusty trail for a road outing against the Astros next time out. Yesterday, 9:51 pm
  • Mets not planning to watch Lincecum
    Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets don't plan to attend Tim Lincecum's showcase on Friday.

    Advice: Finally, news of a team who won't be in attendance. More than a dozen teams reportedly will be, including the likes of the Angels, Mariners, Dodgers, Cubs, Padres, Giants, Athletics, Rangers, Astros, White Sox, Nationals, and Orioles. The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner is rehabbing from hip surgery and hopes to land a starting job somewhere. Yesterday, 10:56 am
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    L, 7-4 @Cin
  • Report: Angels to attend Lincecum's showcase
    Alden Gonzalez of reports that the Angels will attend Tim Lincecum's showcase on Friday in Arizona.

    Advice: The Angels are expected to be one of around 20 teams in attendance. It's worth a shot to at least take a look, as the club could use the rotation depth. C.J. Wilson (shoulder), Tyler Skaggs (elbow, shoulder), and Andrew Heaney (forearm) are all on the disabled list while Matt Shoemaker was recently demoted after posting a 9.15 ERA over five starts. Monday, 3:27 pm
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    L, 7-4 @Cin
  • Tim Lincecum to host showcase on Friday
    Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that Tim Lincecum will finally hold his long-awaited showcase for interested teams on Friday in Scottsdale, Arizona.

    Advice: At least 20 teams have expressed interest in attending the showcase at one point or another to see what the two-time National League Cy Young award winner has left in the tank. The 31-year-old has reportedly been throwing in the 90-91 mph range. With so many teams starved for rotation help, he shouldn't have much difficulty landing a job. Sunday, 3:20 pm
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    L, 7-4 @Cin
  • Mike Fiers allows two runs in seven innings
    Mike Fiers pitched seven innings of two-run ball Friday against the Athletics.

    Advice: Fiers has pitched quite well his last two times out, lowering his ERA from 6.48 to 4.97. It should be good enough to help him stay in the rotation following Lance McCullers' return from the DL. Friday, 10:39 pm
    W, 16-4 vs ^ Min
  • Tyler Chatwood goes 6 1/3 scoreless in win
    Tyler Chatwood scattered five hits over 6 1/3 innings and combined with three relievers on a shutout of the Diamondbacks on Friday.

    Advice: It's not saying a whole lot, but Chatwood certainly looks like the Rockies' ace from here; he's keeping the ball on the ground and he's amassed a 20/7 K/BB in 29 2/3 innings. It's been good for a 3-2 record and a 2.73 ERA to date. We're guessing he'll continue to be an above average starter, but with Coors weighing him down, he's a streaming option in mixed leagues at best. Friday, 10:22 pm
  • Kris Medlen allows one run in loss
    Kris Medlen lost despite holding the Mariners to one run and one hit in 5 1/3 innings on Friday.

    Advice: The one hit was a Seth Smith homer, dooming Medlen to a loss in a 1-0 game. The right-hander also walked five batters, which shortened his night but didn't lead to any additional runs. He's still on shaky ground in the Royals' rotation, but tonight's performance should help his cause a bit. He's 1-2 with a 4.87 ERA. Friday, 10:09 pm
    L, 13-2 vs ^ Was
  • Leake gives up five runs in loss
    Mike Leake struggled again Friday, allowing five runs over seven innings in a loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: Leake gave up four runs in the fourth inning, including a two-run homer by Danny Espinosa. He struck out two and walked one in the loss. Signed to a five-year, $80 million deal over the winter, Leake is 0-3 with a disappointing 5.83 ERA through five starts. He’ll try to get in the win column next week against the Phillies at home. Friday, 9:15 pm
    W, 5-4 vs ^ Phi
  • Santiago gives up four runs vs. Rangers
    Hector Santiago was tagged for four runs over 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the Rangers on Friday.

    Advice: It was the first time this season that Santiago failed to complete six innings. He gave up eight hits in all (including a solo homer to Ryan Rua) while walking one. After striking out 27 batters over his first 26 2/3 innings of work this season, Santiago struck out just one of the 24 batters he faced on Friday. He’ll bring a 3.34 ERA into a start against the Brewers next week. Friday, 8:40 pm
  • Phil Hughes struggles in loss to Tigers
    Phil Hughes struggled in a losing effort against the Tigers on Friday, surrendering four runs on seven hits over his five frames.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander walked two and struck out two on the night. The Tigers jumped on him early in this one, pushing three runs across in the top half of the first inning. Hughes' nemesis Miguel Cabrera then added a solo shot in the fifth inning to complete the damage against him. He'll carry a 1-4 record, 4.45 ERA and 1.25 WHIP into Wednesday's start against the Astros in Houston. Friday, 8:20 pm
  • Kluber goes seven innings in no-decision
    Corey Kluber gave up three runs (two earned) in seven innings as part of a no-decision against the Phillies on Friday.

    Advice: All three runs scored in the fifth inning. Kluber gave up five hits in all while striking out six and walking none. The 30-year-old was a bit of a disappointment through his first three starts, but he’s moving in the right direction now. While his ERA sits at 4.24, he has a solid 35/5 K/BB ratio over 34 innings. Friday, 7:55 pm
    W, 4-0 vs ^ Det
  • Juan Nicasio fans eight Reds in dominant win
    Juan Nicasio was in dominant form in Friday's victory over the Reds, punching out eight over seven shutout innings of baseball.

    Advice: Nicasio surrendered just three hits and a walk in the impressive outing. Through five starts he certainly looks to be another successful reclamation project for Pirates' pitching coach Ray Searage, as Nicasio has compiled a 3.33 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 29/12 K/BB ratio across 27 innings. He needs to be owned and started in all mixed leagues at this point for Wednesday's start against the Cubs. Friday, 7:50 pm
    L, 6-2 vs ^ ChC
  • Ross Detwiler designated for assignment
    Indians designated LHP Ross Detwiler for assignment.

    Advice: Detwiler holds a 5.79 ERA this season and a 7.14 mark since the beginning of 2015. He'll surely have to settle for a minor league deal somewhere. Friday, 11:51 am
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    W, 4-0 vs Det
  • Lincecum could have showcase next week
    MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports that Tim Lincecum could have a showcase for teams next week.

    Advice: We've been waiting for said showcase for months now, but 20 teams are expected to be in attendance whenever it finally takes place. Heyman hears that Lincecum was "consistently" in the 90-91 mph range on Monday and is likely to throw again this weekend. The 31-year-old is coming off hip surgery and had a 4.13 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, and 60/38 K/BB ratio in 76 1/3 innings last season for the Giants. It's tough to have high expectations at this point. Friday, 10:24 am
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    L, 7-4 @Cin
  • Rubby De La Rosa fans 10 in shutout win
    Rubby De La Rosa was clutch in Thursday's 3-0 win over the Cardinals, striking out 10 over seven shutout innings.

    Advice: De La Rosa allowed just two hits on the evening. He walked two and exited having thrown a tidy 94 pitches (65 strikes). It was a sparkling outing any way you cut it. Through four starts (seven appearances), the 27-year-old right-hander holds a 4.18 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 28/8 K/BB ratio. A road date with the Marlins shows next on his schedule as he tries to build on Thursday's fantastic start. Thursday, 9:10 pm
  • Clay Buchholz struggles in loss to Braves
    Clay Buchholz had a hard time Thursday, allowing five runs on eight hits over 6 1/3 innings in a loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Buchholz has been remarkably consistent in a bad way this season, allowing exactly five runs in four of his five starts. On Thursday, he walked four to go with his eight hits allowed while striking out just two. Not surprisingly, he's still winless heading into May, as the loss dropped him to 0-3 with a 6.51 ERA and 1.59 WHIP. A date with the White Sox looms on Tuesday. Thursday, 8:02 pm
  • Pirates vs. Rockies postponed at Coors Field
    Thursday's game between the Pirates and Rockies has been postponed due to wet weather in Denver.

    Advice: It was actually snowing at one point this morning at Coors Field. Tyler Chatwood was set to go for the Rockies and Juan Nicasio was scheduled for the Bucs. Those starters will presumably be pushed back to Friday. Thursday, 10:37 am
  • Hisashi Iwakuma drops to 0-3
    Hisashi Iwakuma fell to 0-3 after giving up five runs in five innings Wednesday against the Astros.

    Advice: Iwakuma struck out seven, but he couldn't contain Jose Altuve, who had a homer and two doubles off him. He did pretty well against everyone else. After five starts, Iwakuma has a 4.65 ERA, but his 25/9 K/BB ratio is solid. It's not time to give up on him in mixed leagues just yet. Thursday, 12:07 am
  • Garrett Richards gets first victory
    Garrett Richards finally got his first win in his fifth opportunity by holding the Royals to an unearned run over 6 2/3 innings on Monday.

    Advice: Richards walked five and threw 115 pitches in the 6 2/3 innings, so it still wasn't easy. Nonetheless, he now has a victory to go along with his three losses and fine 2.35 ERA. He's struck out 30 in 30 2/3 innings. Apr 25, 10:27 pm
    W, 7-3 @Mil
  • Leake allows five runs in no-decision
    Mike Leake allowed five runs -- three earned -- over five innings Sunday in a no-decision versus the Padres.

    Advice: Another iffy outing from the 28-year-old right-hander, who has surrendered at least four runs in each of his first four starts with St. Louis. He gave up seven hits Sunday and walked two, and he probably would have fallen to 0-3 on the year but the Cardinals managed a late comeback at Petco Park. Leake, who signed a five-year, $80 million contract with the Cardinals this offseason, will try to settle in next time out against the Nationals. Apr 24, 5:16 pm
    W, 5-4 vs ^ Phi
  • Jameson Taillon hurls six scoreless innings
    Pirates RHP prospect Jameson Taillon surrendered just one hit over six shutout frames Saturday in a win for Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: Taillon matched a season-high with six strikeouts. He retired the first seven hitters he faced before Carlos Triunfel took first on a hit-by-pitch. Taillon has looked sharp in his return from Tommy John surgery, winning two of his first three starts with a minuscule 1.65 ERA. The former first-round pick has yet to allow a walk in 2016. The 24-year-old's long-awaited big league debut should come later this year. Apr 24, 12:29 pm
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    L, 6-2 vs ChC
  • Santiago strikes out seven in win over Ms
    Hector Santiago continued his fine month of April on Saturday, as the Mariners could only scrape together two runs on four hits and two walks.

    Advice: Santiago has been sneaky good throughout his major-league career with a 3.51 ERA in 553 1/3 innings, but he only now seems to have a firm grip on a starting role. He struck out seven batters on Saturday night, with the only notable blemish being a solo homer from Nelson Cruz on a 3-1 pitch, but that’ll happen against elite sluggers like Cruz. Santiago has now struck out 27 batters in 26 2/3 innings and has a 2.70 ERA. He should be owned in all leagues. Apr 23, 10:04 pm
  • De La Rosa throws six strong, picks up win
    Rubby De La Rosa tossed six strong innings against the Pirates on Saturday night, striking out six and allowing just one run to pick up his second win of the year.

    Advice: De La Rosa’s box score looked clean aside from the solo homer by Sean Rodriguez, but he did squirm out of a dangerous situation in the first. With runners at second and third with one out, he struck out Starling Marte and got Francisco Cervelli to harmlessly ground out to keep the game tied at zero. No Pirates hitter advanced past first base on the right-hander the rest of the night. He remains a shaky play in fantasy, due to his propensity to get blasted on any given night, but he’ll occasionally twirl a gem and remind fantasy owners what he could be. De La Rosa has a 5.94 ERA in 16 2/3 innings. Apr 23, 9:06 pm
  • Nicasio picks up second loss of season
    Juan Nicasio issued four walks and three hits in five innings, yet he managed to strand five baserunners and only give up two runs in Saturday’s loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Nicasio blew everyone away with a phenomenal spring training, but the regular-season results haven’t been awe-inspiring. Despite the healthy number of strikeouts, his walk rate rose to 4.95 BB/9 after Saturday night’s performance. He has a 4.50 ERA in 20 innings of work and could be one of the prime candidates to move to the bullpen when the Pirates ultimately promote Tyler Glasnow and/or Jameson Taillon this summer. Just another cautionary tale when it comes to trusting spring-training numbers, it seems. Apr 23, 9:03 pm
    L, 6-2 vs ^ ChC
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