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  • Finnegan tosses six scoreless to beat Friars
    Brandon Finnegan shut out the Padres for six innings to lead the Reds to a 6-0 victory on Friday night.

    Advice: He limited the opposition to four base hits while striking out five. His record moves to 6-8 with a 4.68 ERA. Finnegan has struggled in two categories this year -- home runs and walks. Neither of those burned him tonight, although he did walk three. He has given up 22 home runs and a hefty 59 walks in 117 1/3 innings this year. 57 minutes ago
  • Scherzer gives up one run in seven innings
    Max Scherzer held the Giants to one run in seven innings as the Nationals won 4-1 on Friday.

    Advice: He fanned six while walking two and giving up five base hits. He jumped over Jose Fernandez to retake the major league lead with 187 strikeouts in 148 2/3 innings. Scherzer is now 11-6 with a 2.85 ERA. Next on the docket is a Tuesday start in Arizona. Yesterday, 11:06 pm
  • Samardzija surrenders four runs in six frames
    Jeff Samardzija was touched up for four runs on seven hits in six innings of work in a loss to the Nationals on Friday.

    Advice: He managed only two strikeouts while walking two and surrendering seven base hits. His record falls to 9-7 with a 4.30 ERA. He will try to turn things around on Thursday in Philadelphia. Yesterday, 11:03 pm
  • Porcello yields two runs in complete game win
    Rick Porcello gave up only two runs in a dominant complete game five-hitter to lead the Red Sox to a 6-2 victory over the Angels on Friday.

    Advice: He fanned three batters without issuing any walks to raise his record to an impressive 14-2. The win puts him in a four-way tie for the major league lead. Only three starting pitchers have a better walk rate than Porcello this year. He will take his 3.47 ERA into a matchup with the Mariners on Wednesday. Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Lincecum walks six, allows four runs Friday
    Tim Lincecum had yet another bad outing, giving up four runs in five innings in a loss to the Red Sox on Friday.

    Advice: He allowed five hits and walked six batters as his record fell to 2-5 with the loss. When a pitcher gives up four runs in five innings and actually lowers his ERA you know something has gone badly wrong. Today's game was a microcosm of his season. The home run he gave up to Jackie Bradley Jr. was the 10th one he has given up in only 35 innings this year. He has a very poor 31/21 K/BB ratio. He has given up an unbelievable 59 hits in those 35 innings. The Angels are desperate for starting pitching but they surely can't run Lincecum and his 8.49 ERA out there forever. Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Guerra carries shutout into ninth vs. Pirates
    Junior Guerra almost went the distance Friday against the Pirates, allowing just one run over 8 2/3 innings as part of a 3-1 victory.

    Advice: Guerra entered the ninth with a chance at his first career shutout (and complete game), but he allowed the first two batters to reach base before a run eventually scored on a fielder’s choice. He then gave up a single to Starling Marte before getting the hook. While Guerra ran out of gas at the end, it was still an excellent outing. He gave up just four hits and one walk while striking out five batters. The 31-year-old journeyman now owns a surprising 2.70 ERA and 85/34 K/BB ratio in 103 1/3 innings through 16 starts this season. He could be an interesting trade chip for Milwaukee. Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Brault goes six innings in loss
    Making his second major league start, Steven Brault took the loss Friday against the Brewers after giving up three runs in six innings.

    Advice: Brault surrendered seven hits and three walks, but the big blow was a two-run homer to Chris Carter in the first inning. He threw just 58 out of 106 pitches for strikes, but managed to work around trouble and keep the Pirates in the game. It’s unclear what the plan is beyond Friday, but the young southpaw should get more opportunities down the stretch. Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Griffin gives up two runs in victory
    A.J. Griffin yielded two runs in 5 2/3 innings in an 8-3 victory over the Royals on Friday.

    Advice: The only damage was a two-run homer off the bat of Eric Hosmer in the sixth. While Griffin failed to complete six innings, this was his longest start in seven chances since coming off the disabled list last month. It also gave him his first win since April. Still, he struck out just one batter and owns an underwhelming 12/11 K/BB ratio over his last five starts. Yesterday, 9:35 pm
  • Volquez goes six innings in loss to Rangers
    Edinson Volquez was tagged for six runs (five earned) over six innings in a loss to the Rangers on Friday.

    Advice: Volquez put himself in an early hole after giving up three runs in the first inning and never really recovered. He allowed nine hits (including two homers) in all while walking two and striking out five. The veteran right-hander was on a nice roll coming into Friday’s outing, but this wasn’t what the Royals wanted to see with the trade deadline coming up on Monday. Interestingly, the Rangers are reportedly one of the teams interested in him. Volquez now has a 4.70 ERA through 22 starts on the year. Yesterday, 9:34 pm
  • Nolasco outstanding in no-decision vs. ChiSox
    Ricky Nolasco delivered an outstanding performance in a no-decision against the White Sox on Friday, allowing one run on three hits over eight innings.

    Advice: Nolasco surrendered a leadoff home run to Adam Eaton to start the ballgame, then limited the White Sox to just two hits and a walk over the rest of his outing. The right-hander struck out six on the evening. While he still isn't trustworthy in mixed leagues, he had delivered two strong outings in a row and could be worth a look in a decent matchup against the Indians in Cleveland on Wednesday. Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • Jose Quintana punches out nine in no-decision
    Jose Quintana pitched well in a no-decision against the Twins on Friday, punching out nine over 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball.

    Advice: Quintana allowed seven hits and a walk in the ballgame. The only damage against him came on an RBI single by Kennys Vargas in the sixth inning. The veteran southpaw has been outstanding for the White Sox this season, compiling a 2.89 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 125/33 K/BB ratio over 137 innings. He'll look to continue his dominance when he takes on the Tigers in Detroit on Thursday. Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Kevin Gausman hammered in loss to Jays
    Kevin Gausman was hammered in a losing effort against the Blue Jays on Friday night, allowing six runs on six hits in only three innings.

    Advice: The right-hander walked three and struck out four in the ballgame. The Jays jumped on him early in this one, with Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and Troy Tulowitzki each belting solo homers in the first inning. They pushed across three more runs in the third inning to chase Gausman. Now 2-8 on the season, he'll bring a 4.18 ERA and 1.32 WHIP into Thursday's start against the Rangers. Yesterday, 7:15 pm
  • Tyler Glasnow (shoulder) plays catch
    Tyler Glasnow (shoulder) played catch from 90 feet on Friday.

    Advice: It's the first time he's thrown since going down with shoulder inflammation. The Pirates don't think Glasnow will be on the shelf for terribly long, but there's currently no timetable for his return. Yesterday, 2:18 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Mil
  • John Gant (oblique) ready for rehab start
    John Gant (oblique) will begin a rehab assignment with Low-A Rome on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's slated to make at least three rehab starts before being activated from the disabled list. The Braves seem likely to put him back in their rotation when he's ready. Yesterday, 1:52 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Phi
  • Steven Brault recalled from Triple-A
    Pirates recalled LHP Steven Brault from Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: Brault will start on Friday against the Brewers. He allowed one earned run over four innings against the Cardinals earlier this month in his major league debut. Yesterday, 1:29 pm
  • Morosi: Nats would trade Giolito for Miller
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Nationals are willing to trade Lucas Giolito for Andrew Miller straight up.

    Advice: However, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports says that the Yankees would not do a Miller-for-Giolito one-for-one deal. Giolito's three starts for the Nats have been up and down, but he's still viewed as one of the best pitching prospects in the game and the Yankees would have control of him for many years. Still, it sounds like they'd want even more for Miller, who is owed $9 million in 2017 and 2018. Yesterday, 10:49 am
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  • Steven Brault to see Friday start vs Brewers
    Pirates prospect Steven Brault will start against the Brewers on Friday.

    Advice: Brault has made one start with the big league team this season, yielding two runs (one earned) against the Cardinals on July 5. In a larger sample, the 24-year-old southpaw holds a 2.15 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, and 66/22 K/BB ratio in 11 appearances -- 10 starts -- covering 50 1/3 innings with Triple-A Indianapolis. He draws a nice matchup against the Brewers and makes for a playable DFS option this weekend. Wednesday, 7:14 pm
  • Glasnow (shoulder) nearing step forward
    Pirates trainer Todd Tomczyk said that Tyler Glasnow (shoulder) could pick up a baseball "in the coming days."

    Advice: That "in the coming days" comment might not be the most concrete assessment, but regardless of the particulars, Glasnow's health has been improving since he was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder injury on July 24. The Pirates figure to play matters cautiously with their stud 22-year-old right-hander and there is no current timetable for his return. Wednesday, 2:36 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Mil
  • Rangers interested in SP Edinson Volquez
    Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Rangers have expressed interest in acquiring veteran right-hander Edinson Volquez from the Royals.

    Advice: Grant notes that the entire Rangers brass in charge of player personnel was on hand for Volquez's start on Sunday and the club has admitted that they're seeking a major upgrade to their rotation. The Royals haven't yet decided if they'll be buyers or sellers at next week's trade deadline. The right-hander's next start is conveniently against the Rangers in Arlington on Friday, so all he may need to do is change dugouts if a deal gets consummated. Sunday, 7:19 pm
  • Rick Porcello scuffles in win over Twinkies
    Rick Porcello pitched poorly in Sunday's win over the Twins, yielding five runs (four earned) on six hits over 6 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Porcello did strike out eight, but he struggled to maintain his consistency and surrendered a pair of runs in the second, one in the fifth and two more in the seventh before being relieved of duty. The 27-year-old right-hander still holds a perfectly reasonable 3.57 ERA and 1.15 WHIP for the season as a whole. He will hit the road for a date with the Angels next time he toes the rubber. Sunday, 4:04 pm
  • Nationals option Lucas Giolito back to minors
    Nationals optioned RHP Lucas Giolito to Triple-A Syracuse.

    Advice: Giolito allowed four runs -- two earned -- over 3 1/3 innings Sunday in the Nationals' loss to the Padres. It was his third career start at the major league level. Joe Ross (shoulder) could be activated to fill the rotation vacancy later this week. Or maybe the Nats will try Reynaldo Lopez again. Sunday, 3:41 pm
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  • Guerra goes six-plus but Brewers fall to CHC
    Junior Guerra yielded just one unearned run over 6 1/3 innings Sunday in a no-decision against the Cubs.

    Advice: That run came on a Ben Zobrist single in the top of the sixth inning, after Anthony Rizzo had reached base on a fielding error by Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett. Chicago's offense then went off for five runs against the Milwaukee bullpen in the top of the seventh, ultimately winning the game 6-5. Guerra will carry a shiny 2.85 ERA into his next start at home against the Pirates. Sunday, 3:35 pm
  • Quintana goes 6 2/3 scoreless vs. Tigers
    Jose Quintana tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings Sunday in a no-decision versus the Tigers.

    Advice: Quintana should have collected his ninth win, but White Sox closer David Robertson allowed three solo homers in the top of the ninth inning as the Tigers tied the game. Chicago rallied to win in the bottom of the ninth, with Melky Cabrera providing the walkoff hit. Quintana, 27, stands 8-8 with a shiny 2.97 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 116/32 K/BB ratio in 130 1/3 innings this season. He'll face the Twins next. Sunday, 3:07 pm
  • Griffin goes five strong as Rangers top KC
    A.J. Griffin limited the Royals to one run over five innings Sunday in a no-decision.

    Advice: The one run he allowed came on a fourth-inning Kendrys Morales solo shot. Griffin left the game at 89 pitches with Texas trailing 1-0, but the Rangers scored in the sixth and seventh and went on to win 2-1. Griffin will carry a 4.06 ERA into his next start at home versus this same Kansas City club. Sunday, 2:32 pm
  • Volquez goes six strong but Royals lose
    Edinson Volquez tossed six innings of one-run ball but the Royals fell to the Rangers on Sunday.

    Advice: The reigning World Series champs are now under .500 (48-49) for the year and quickly falling out of contention for a spot in the 2016 postseason. Volquez did his part Sunday, but the Kansas City offense could only muster one run of support. The right-hander has been steady since a brutal 11-run outing June 25 versus Houston. He gets the Rangers again next, this time on the road. Sunday, 2:29 pm
  • Lincecum shelled for eight runs by Astros
    Tim Lincecum was brutalized for eight runs in 1 1/3 innings Sunday in a loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Lincecum yielded homers to Jose Altuve and Luis Valbuena in the Astros' four-run first inning and then Altuve went yard again off the veteran right-hander in Houston's four-run second. Lincecum now has an 8.70 ERA and 2.30 WHIP in 30 innings (seven starts) with the Angels. He probably shouldn't get another turn in the rotation, but Anaheim is pretty desperate. Sunday, 2:22 pm
  • Finnegan lit on fire for six runs against ARI
    Brandon Finnegan was horrific in Sunday's loss to the Diamondbacks, allowing six runs on seven hits over five innings.

    Advice: Five of the six runs on Finnegan's line came courtesy of a trio of home runs by Yasmany Tomas, Welington Castillo and Paul Goldschmidt. Tomas and Goldschmidt notched solo shots in the second and fifth innings, respectively, while Castillo came through with a three-run tater in the third. With that disaster squared away, Finnegan will hit the road for a date with the Padres next time he toes the rubber. He will carry a bloated 4.93 ERA and 1.44 WHIP into that affair. Sunday, 2:20 pm
  • Giolito allows four runs, Nats fall to Padres
    Lucas Giolito allowed four runs -- two earned -- over 3 1/3 innings Sunday in the Nationals' loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Giolito escaped with a no-decision because the Padres didn't grab the lead for good until the top of the ninth inning, when they plated four runs against Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon. Giolito walked three and gave up four hits while recording zero strikeouts. He might be headed right back to the minor leagues with Joe Ross (shoulder) making swift progress in his rehab. Sunday, 2:11 pm
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  • Samardzija rocked for five runs by Yankees
    Jeff Samardzija struggled in Sunday's loss to the Yankees, yielding five runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Samardzija managed just three strikeouts on the afternoon. One more than the number of home runs he surrendered. Both of those shots came early, with Carlos Beltran smacking one in the first and the ghost of Mark Teixeira lifting one in the second. The other three runs on Samardzija's line would score in a three-run sixth. The veteran right-hander will carry a 4.22 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 97/32 K/BB ratio (128 innings) into a home showdown with the Nationals next time out. As a team, the Giants have lost seven of their first eight games coming out of the All-Star break. Sunday, 1:44 pm
  • Glasnow might have been hurt before start
    Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Sunday that Tyler Glasnow's shoulder might have been bothering him before his start on Saturday.

    Advice: Glasnow was pulled in the third inning against the Phillies. The good news is that Huntington thinks the injury was caught before it got too bad, although the GM noted that Glasnow should've alerted the staff sooner that he wasn't 100 percent. Glasnow hasn't undergone any tests and it doesn't appear at this point that he will, so he might not be sidelined for terribly long. Sunday, 10:46 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Mil
  • Lucas Giolito recalled for Sunday's start
    Nationals recalled RHP Lucas Giolito from Triple-A Syracuse.

    Advice: Giolito will rejoin the Nats' rotation on Sunday against the Padres. He's been up and down in his two starts with the big club and probably isn't guaranteed anything beyond Sunday with Joe Ross (shoulder) due back soon. However, Giolito certainly makes for an interesting streaming option against San Diego. Sunday, 7:47 am
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  • Glasnow (shoulder) placed on disabled list
    Pirates placed RHP Tyler Glasnow on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder injury.

    Advice: Glasnow departed Saturday's start against the Phillies with a sore shoulder. It's unclear at this point whether he might be dealing with any structural issues, but obviously the Pirates don't want to take any chances here. The club could offer more on a potential timetable for Glasnow later Sunday. Sunday, 7:32 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Mil
  • Gausman tosses seven shutout innings Saturday
    Kevin Gausman shut out the Indians for seven innings, striking out seven, walking three and giving up only four hits as the Orioles won 5-2 on Saturday.

    Advice: The win was only the second of the season for Gausman even though he has pitched well. His record improves to 2-7 with a 3.77 ERA in 17 starts. He has fanned 95 batters and walked only 23 in 100 1/3 innings. Saturday, 8:53 pm
  • Scherzer fans 10 Padres in no-decision Sat.
    Max Scherzer struck out 10 batters without walking anybody and held the Padres to two runs in seven innings, but had to settle for a no-decision as the Nationals beat the Padres 3-2 on Saturday.

    Advice: The only damage was a two-run homer by Ryan Schimpf in the second inning. Scherzer leads the majors with 181 strikeouts and has walked only 35 in 141 2/3 innings. He has a stellar 2.92 ERA. The only thing keeping him from being a fantasy monster is his relatively modest 10-6 record. Saturday, 7:55 pm
  • Glasnow left start because of shoulder injury
    Tyler Glasnow was pulled from his second major league start Saturday due to shoulder discomfort.

    Advice: Shoulder troubles rarely end well, but there's no word yet as to the severity of this particular issue. Glasnow figures to see a specialist within the next couple of days. He gave up two runs in three-plus innings Saturday versus the Phillies, hitting two batters and walking three. Saturday, 3:28 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Mil
  • Glasnow leaves game with an apparent injury
    Tyler Glasnow left his start Saturday against the Phillies with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Glasnow had hit two Phillies batters and gave up a run in both the first and second. He exited with zero outs in the top of the fourth. This was the 22-year-old top prospect's second start in the major leagues. Saturday, 2:46 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Mil
  • Giolito returning to start Sunday vs. Padres
    Lucas Giolito will return to the majors to start Sunday at home against the Padres.

    Advice: It's a nice matchup for a talented pitcher, but it will likely be a spot start with Joe Ross (shoulder) nearing his return. Giolito allowed four earned runs in 7 2/3 innings (two starts) three weeks ago with Washington. Those were his first two MLB outings. Maybe he can force the Nationals to keep him on the major league roster if he dominates on Sunday. Saturday, 2:33 pm
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  • Pirates recall Glasnow for Saturday start
    Pirates recalled RHP Tyler Glasnow from Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: Glasnow will make his second start with the Pirates on Saturday at home against the Phillies. If he pitches well, he could make a case for remaining in the rotation for the remainder of the season. Saturday, 10:30 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Mil
  • Jeff Samardzija and Cueto flipped in rotation
    Jeff Samardzija has had his scheduled start against the Yankees pushed back to Sunday.

    Advice: That means it'll be Johnny Cueto, not Samardzija, taking on Ivan Nova and the Yankees on Saturday. Make sure to adjust your lineups accordingly if you had planned on attacking Samardzija in daily leagues. Saturday, 8:48 am
  • Tyler Glasnow to start for Pirates Saturday
    Pirates manager Clint Hurdle confirmed Friday that Tyler Glasnow will start on Saturday against the Phillies.

    Advice: It will be the first start in Pittsburgh for the 22-year-old southpaw. He gave up four runs on three hits and a pair of walks over 5 1/3 innings in his major league debut against the Cardinals on July 7. If he pitches well, he could stake his claim to a rotation spot for the remainder of the season. Friday, 7:13 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Mil
  • Tyler Glasnow could start on Saturday
    Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Thursday that Tyler Glasnow is "definitely one of the guys we’re talking about" when it comes to who will start on Saturday.

    Advice: Glasnow had been listed as Triple-A Indianapolis' starter for that day, but now Chad Kuhl is listed in that spot. Kuhl is less than 10 days from being optioned, so he can't be recalled unless someone goes on the disabled list. Glasnow is looking like the heavy favorite to take the ball against the Phillies on Saturday. Friday, 7:30 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Mil
  • Quintana impresses in win over Mariners
    Jose Quintana pitched well in Tuesday's win over the Mariners, allowing one run on six hits over six innings.

    Advice: Quintana struck out seven and walked three on the evening. It actually looked like he might be in for a huge strikeout game, as he recorded five over the first two innings. Alas, grander possibilities faded away over the next four frames. No matter. The only run to score during his six innings of work came when Robinson Cano rocked a solo home run off him in the fourth inning. Quintana -- an All-Star replacement for Danny Santana (elbow) earlier this month -- will carry a 3.13 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 112/31 K/BB ratio (123 2/3 innings) into a home start against the Tigers next time he toes the rubber. Tuesday, 10:45 pm
  • Lincecum yaks up pair of homers vs Rangers
    Tim Lincecum pitched poorly in Tuesday's win over the Rangers, surrendering five runs (three earned) on nine hits over five innings.

    Advice: Lincecum did strike out seven, but there were few other positives to garner from the outing. Robinson Chirinos homered twice off the former ace, swatting a long solo homer in the second and a slightly-less-long two-run shot in the fourth. With Tyler Skaggs closing in on a return from Tommy John surgery and Lincecum cradling a tough 6.59 ERA and 2.09 WHIP through six starts, The Freak could find himself out a rotation spot in the near future. Tuesday, 10:12 pm
  • Guerra turns in another good start vs. Bucs
    Junior Guerra allowed two runs on three hits over six innings in a no-decision Tuesday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Two of those hits, and two of his three walks, came in the first inning before Guerra settled down to blank the Pirates over his final five frames. Unfortunately for Guerra, his offense wasn't able to get much going, either, leaving his record at 6-2 with a strong 3.06 ERA and 1.06 WHIP. A tough test awaits the 31-year-old on Sunday when the Brewers take on the Cubs. Tuesday, 9:11 pm
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