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  • De La Rosa solid in 5 2/3 IP in no-decision
    Rubby De La Rosa scattered two runs in 5 2/3 innings, but got a no-decision in Tuesday's 10-inning loss versus the Dodgers.

    Advice: Both runs scored on a Yasmany Tomas home run in the second inning. De La Rosa allowed six hits and a walk overall while striking out seven. He's put together four terrific starts in a row now but still has a mediocre 4.60 ERA with a 1.24 WHIP and a 94/26 K/BB ratio in 101 2/3 innings. De La Rosa will look to keep it going when he faces the Rockies at home in his next start.
    48 minutes ago
  • Frias goes 5 innings in no-decision vs DBacks
    Carlos Frias allowed three runs in five innings, getting a no-decision as the Dodgers needed 10 innings to fend off the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

    Advice: Frias gave up seven hits and walked three while striking out only one batter. Nick Ahmed struck the big blow in the fourth inning with a two-run home run. Things could've gone a lot worse for Frias. The young right-hander now owns a 4.39 ERA with a 1.55 WHIP and a 40/24 K/BB ratio in 69 2/3 innings. He'll have a decent match-up his next time out as he'll face the Phillies at home.
    50 minutes ago
    W, 6-4 ^ @Ari
  • Hawkins nabs first save since April 7 vs. A's
    LaTroy Hawkins enjoyed a 1-2-3 ninth inning to earn his second save in Tuesday's 2-1 victory against the Athletics.

    Advice: With John Axford back on the 7-day family medical emergency list, Hawkins was called upon to finish out Tuesday's game. He used 14 pitches to get a ground out, a pop-up, and a line out to end the contest. He hadn't saved a game since April 7. Hawkins may not see all of the save chances with Axford out, as Scott Oberg and Tommy Kahnle are candidates as well. Hawkins has a 5.27 ERA and a 14/3 K/BB ratio in 13 2/3 innings this season.
    Today, 10:21 pm
  • Bassitt pitches well in relief of Sonny Gray
    Chris Bassitt, making a spot start, limited the Rockies to one run in five innings, but suffered a tough luck loss on Tuesday.

    Advice: Sonny Gray was scratched due to an illness, so Bassitt was called up from Triple-A Nashville. The right-hander scattered five hits, walked none, and struck out three in the effort. As Gray will presumably be over his illness soon, Bassitt is likely headed back to Triple-A.
    Today, 10:16 pm
    L, 2-1 vs ^ Col
  • De La Rosa blanks the A's over seven frames
    Jorge De La Rosa kept the Athletics off the board over seven innings en route to a win on Tuesday.

    Advice: De La Rosa worked his way around four hits and four walks to keep the A's scoreless. Aside from one poor start against the Brewers, the lefty had a great June, ending the month with a 3.16 ERA across six starts. On the season, he has a 4.59 ERA with a 1.48 WHIP and a 60/35 K/BB ratio in 64 2/3 innings. De La Rosa will start on the road against the Diamondbacks next.
    Today, 10:13 pm
  • Nova allows two solo homers to take a loss
    Ivan Nova allowed two solo home runs, proving to be his undoing over 5 1/3 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Angels.

    Advice: They both came in the sixth inning, back-to-back shots from Albert Pujols and Erick Aybar. Nova struck out David Freese, but then allowed a double to Matt Joyce to end his evening. He gave up eight hits and two walks overall while striking out seven. The right-hander has been solid in two starts since being activated, as he pitched 6 2/3 innings of shutout ball against the Phillies in his previous start. Nova will face the Athletics at home next.
    Today, 9:54 pm
  • Heaney hurls seven strong innings to beat NYY
    Andrew Heaney pitched seven innings of one-run ball, allowing only two hits to earn a win over the Yankees on Tuesday.

    Advice: Heaney has looked sharp in two major league starts thus far. The Yankees' only run came courtesy Mark Teixeira's home run in the second inning. Along with allowing only two hits, Heaney walked two and struck out seven. Though he has been traded twice already, the lefty is a well-regarded prospect, so it wouldn't be surprising if he kept it up for a while. Mixed leaguers should feel comfortable adding him. Heaney's next start, however, will come at Coors Field against the Rockies.
    Today, 9:47 pm
  • Miller homers as Mariners blank the Padres
    Brad Miller launched a two-run home run in a 2-for-4 effort as the Mariners shut the Padres out 5-0 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Miller took Ian Kennedy out to right-center in the fourth inning for a two-run homer, making it a 4-0 Mariners lead at the time. It's his seventh homer of the season. He looks certain to surpass his career high of 10 set last season. He's also knocked in 22 runs while batting a passable .237/.316/.404.
    Today, 9:43 pm
    New Player Note
    Brad Miller Sea - 2B,SS,OF
    W, 5-0 ^ @SD
  • Solarte prevents Padres from getting no-hit
    Yangervis Solarte gave the Padres reason to smile in Tuesday's loss to the Mariners, as his seventh-inning double prevented a no-hitter.

    Advice: Mariners starter Mike Montgomery hadn't allowed a hit with one out in the seventh inning when Solarte stepped to the plate. He saved his team from ignominy with a double, but he was ultimately stranded. Solarte had consecutive multi-hit games coming into Tuesday, but otherwise hasn't done much at the plate in 2015, batting .247/.299/.344 with two home runs and 28 RBI.
    Today, 9:41 pm
    L, 5-0 vs ^ Sea
  • Nunez' three-hit night leads Twins past Reds
    Eduardo Nunez finished 3-for-4 with an RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base as the Twins trumped the Reds 8-5 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Nunez and the Twins racked up 15 hits against Anthony DeSclafani and the Reds bullpen. The shortstop had three of them, collecting two singles and a double. He also stole his third base of the season. Nunez' usage has been inexplicable at times -- the light-hitting shortstop has served as the team's designated hitter in 11 games this year -- but he's put up decent numbers through 33 games, hitting .305/.350/.516 with 11 RBI and 13 runs scored. Perhaps he'll begin garnering more of the playing time at short with his hot hitting.
    Today, 9:35 pm
    W, 8-5 ^ @Cin
  • Montgomery flirts with no-no, shuts Pads out
    Mike Montgomery flashed terrific stuff in a shutout of the Padres on Tuesday, losing a bid for a no-hitter in the seventh inning.

    Advice: Montgomery has been on fire since debuting in the majors for the first time at the beginning of June. On Tuesday, he brought a no-hitter into the seventh inning, but lost it with one out when Yangervis Solarte doubled. It was the only hit he allowed in nine innings along with four walks and seven strikeouts. Montgomery now has tossed back-to-back shutouts. The left-hander, through six starts, owns a stellar 1.62 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, and a 29/12 K/BB ratio in 44 1/3 innings. He'll start in Oakland against the Athletics next.
    Today, 9:35 pm
  • Suarez blasts second home run against Twins
    Eugenio Suarez hit his second home run of the season in Tuesday's loss to the Twins.

    Advice: Suarez hit a solo shot off Phil Hughes in the third inning to get the Reds on the board. The homer was his second in 17 games this season. Suarez took over for Zack Cozart at shortstop and has held his own, hitting .328/.369/.475. Despite that, his offensive upside is limited and he can be ignored in most fantasy formats.
    Today, 9:34 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.
    Today, 9:31 pm
  • Grichuk homers among three hits vs. White Sox
    Randal Grichuk went 3-for-5 with a home run in a loss against the White Sox on Tuesday.

    Advice: Grichuk had three of the Cardinals' eight hits on the evening, including the homer off Sox ace Chris Sale in the fourth inning. Grichuk also doubled in the game, falling a triple shy of the cycle. The outfielder has gotten regular playing time in the absence of Matt Holliday and has thrived, hitting .284/.318/.574 with seven homers, 21 RBI and 23 runs scored in 46 games. The club may have to find more opportunities for him when Holliday returns in July.
    Today, 9:00 pm
  • Jungmann notches quality start as Brewers win
    Taylor Jungmann notched a quality start in Tuesday's win versus the Phillies, allowing three runs (two earned) in six innings.

    Advice: Two runs scored on ground outs in the second and third innings. Carlos Ruiz slugged a solo home run off of him in the sixth. Jungmann gave up five hits and a pair of walks while striking out four on the evening. The right-hander has been solid in five starts thus far, sporting a 2.79 ERA with a 1.21 WHIP and a 23/8 K/BB ratio over 29 innings. Jungmann will try to keep it going when he starts against the Reds on the road next.
    Today, 9:00 pm
  • Rockies to go with committee at closer
    The Rockies are expected to go with a committee at closer while John Axford is on the family medical emergency list.

    Advice: Nick Groke of the Denver Post lists LaTroy Hawkins, Scott Oberg and Tommy Kahnle as ninth-inning options for manager Walt Weiss. Hawkins is probably the favorite out of the gate, as he has closer experience and has pitched very well since returning from the disabled list, allowing just one run with a 7/1 K/BB ratio over 6 2/3 innings.
    Today, 7:27 pm
  • A's recall RHP Bassitt from Triple-A
    Athletics recalled RHP Chris Bassitt from Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: The A's have yet to announce a corresponding roster move. Bassitt will start against the Rockies on Tuesday in place of Sonny Gray, who was scratched due to illness. The 26-year-old has posted a 3.71 ERA and 64/18 K/BB ratio over 63 innings this season in Triple-A.
    Today, 12:32 pm
    L, 2-1 vs ^ Col
  • A's calling up Bassitt to start Tuesday
    The Athletics are calling up right-hander Chris Bassitt from Triple-A Nashville to start Tuesday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Sonny Gray has been scratched from the assignment. Bassitt, 26, owns a 3.71 ERA and 64/18 K/BB ratio over 63 innings this season in Triple-A.
    Today, 11:33 am
    L, 2-1 vs ^ Col
  • Suarez knocks in 3 runs, steals two bases
    Eugenio Suarez went 3-for-5 with a double, three RBI, and two stolen bases as the Reds held on to beat the Twins on Monday.

    Advice: Suarez had logged four straight multi-hit games between June 21-25 and did it again on Monday. He doubled in two runs in the third inning and singled in a run in the sixth in a slugfest. Suarez is filling in for the injured Zack Cozart and has done well thus far, batting .316/.361/.421 with nine RBI and three stolen bases in 62 plate appearances.
    Yesterday, 8:04 pm
  • Anthony DeSclafini gives up one earned run
    Anthony DeSclafini surrendered four runs -- one earned -- in six innings Thursday against the Pirates.

    Advice: A Eugenio Suarez error fueled the three-run second inning, but it's still on DeSclafini that he gave up a two-run single to A.J. Burnett afterwards. DeSclafini ended up allowing six hits, walking two and striking out five. He hit a little rough patch in the first half of May, but he has a 2.89 ERA over his last seven starts.
    Thursday, 10:02 pm
  • De La Rosa impressive in no-decision
    Rubby De La Rosa spun seven innings of one-run ball Thursday in a no-decision against the Rockies.

    Advice: De La Rosa left with the lead, but the Diamondbacks' bullpen quickly coughed it up in the eighth inning. Still, it was a very impressive outing at a tough place to pitch. De La Rosa gave up just five hits and one walk while striking out five, with the only damage coming on a solo homer from Nolan Arenado in the sixth. The 26-year-old has allowed just two earned runs in 22 innings over his last three starts, improving his ERA from 5.84 to 4.69 in the process. He'll try to keep it going against the Dodgers next week at home.
    Thursday, 4:02 pm
  • Frias spins 5 shutout frames to beat the Cubs
    Carlos Frias hurled five innings of shutout ball to earn a win versus the Cubs on Thursday.

    Advice: Frias, on 82 pitches, worked around seven hits and three walks with five strikeouts to keep the Cubs off the board. The 25-year-old right-hander has been more miss than hit lately for fantasy purposes and should continue to be passed over despite Thursday's results. He has a 4.31 ERA, a 1.52 WHIP, and a 39/21 K/BB ratio over 64 2/3 innings. Frias will face the Diamondbacks in Arizona next.
    Thursday, 2:54 pm
    W, 6-4 ^ @Ari
  • Jungmann tosses 5 scoreless innings vs. Mets
    Taylor Jungmann shut the Mets out over five innings but took a no-decision as the Brewers ultimately lost on Thursday.

    Advice: Jungmann was inefficient, needing 91 innings to get through five innings, but worked around four hits, a pair of walks, and a hit batsman with five strikeouts. The 25-year-old has been solid in four starts thus far, giving up only seven runs in 23 innings (2.74 ERA) with a 1.22 WHIP and a 19/6 K/BB ratio. Jungmann has what appears to be a favorable match-up coming up, as he'll take on the Phillies in a road start next week.
    Thursday, 2:05 pm
  • Jorge De La Rosa exits game with finger issue
    Jorge De La Rosa left Thursday's start against the Diamondbacks after five innings due to a finger injury.

    Advice: It's the same injury he's been dealing with for a few weeks now. De La Rosa tossed five scoreless innings before exiting and allowed four hits and three walks while striking out three.
    Thursday, 1:57 pm
  • Heaney goes six strong in first Angels start
    Andrew Heaney allowed just one run over six innings Wednesday in a no-decision versus the Astros.

    Advice: Anaheim didn't win the game until the bottom of the 13th inning. Heaney cruised while he was in, yielding only four hits and one walk while whiffing five. He gave up an RBI double to Carlos Correa in the top of the sixth inning, but that was all the offense Houston could muster on the afternoon. Heaney didn't have great numbers this season at Triple-A Salt Lake, but the former top prospect is an intriguing talent and should get a few more looks while Jered Weaver recovers from a hip injury.
    Wednesday, 5:39 pm
  • Nova shuts down Phillies in return from TJS
    Ivan Nova delivered 6 2/3 shutout innings Wednesday in the Yankees' 10-2 pounding of the Phillies.

    Advice: It was Nova's first major league start since undergoing Tommy John surgery last April and he looked as sharp as anyone could have hoped for, yielding only three hits and two walks while pitching into the seventh inning. Now we'll see how he handles a real offense next week in Anaheim. Expectations should be tempered as Nova works back to full strength, though he could make for a decent fantasy streamer in the right matchups.
    Wednesday, 1:30 pm
  • Andrew Heaney to start for Angels Wednesday
    Angels recalled LHP Andrew Heaney from Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Heaney will get the ball on Wednesday against the Astros and is in line to receive a few starts in place of Jered Weaver (hip). The left-hander has been inconsistent at Salt Lake this season, posting a 4.71 ERA and 74/25 K/BB ratio over 78 1/3 innings. Wednesday's originally scheduled starter, Matt Shoemaker, has been pushed back to Friday.
    Wednesday, 9:32 am
  • Ivan Nova (elbow) returns from disabled list
    Yankees activated RHP Ivan Nova from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Nova will make his season debut on Wednesday versus the Phillies after successfully completing his rehab from Tommy John surgery. It's a nice first matchup for the right-hander, but fantasy owners might want to him him a start or two before sticking him into their lineup.
    Wednesday, 8:49 am
  • Mike Montgomery hurls shutout to beat Royals
    Mike Montgomery struck out 10 in a complete-game shutout Tuesday against the Royals.

    Advice: Mike Montgomery! Who knew? The former Royals prospect, who was part of the Wil Myers-James Shields trade, was looked at as a reliever by the Rays this spring before being traded to the Mariners for Erasmo Ramirez. Give the Mariners some credit for the pickup, but it's not like they knew what they had here when they left him in Triple-A for the first two months of the season. Montgomery has a 2.05 ERA in five starts since his callup. He struck out just 12 batters in his first four starts, but he was missing bats tonight. He can't be this good, but he's showing enough to suggest that he'll be a fourth or fifth starter going forward.
    Tuesday, 9:55 pm
  • Andrew Heaney most likely to replace Weaver's Alden Gonzalez reports that Andrew Heaney is the "most likely" candidate to take Jered Weaver's (hip) spot in the rotation.

    Advice: The Angels don't need a fifth starter this week, but the spot will come up at least twice (June 30 and July 11) before Weaver will be ready to return. Heaney has been up and down at Triple-A Salt Lake this season, posting a 4.71 ERA but also a 74/25 K/BB ratio over 78 1/3 innings.
    Tuesday, 6:55 pm
  • Nova (elbow) to make season debut Wednesday
    Ivan Nova (elbow) will make his season debut on Wednesday against the Phillies.

    Advice: Nova was knocked around in his final rehab start, but he's feeling healthy and showing good velocity so the Yankees are ready to stick him back into their rotation. The club will go with a six-man rotation for at least one turn, so Nathan Eovaldi and Adam Warren are both safe for now. Fantasy owners should probably give Nova at least a start or two before putting him back into their lineups.
    Jun 22, 1:05 pm
  • Grichuk homers twice, drives in four vs. PHI
    Randal Grichuk finished 3-for-5 with two homers, four RBI, and three runs scored as the Cardinals pounded the Phillies 10-1 on Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park.

    Advice: Grichuk struck out in his first at-bat and flied out in his second at-bat, but he clubbed a three-run shot to dead center in the top of the sixth inning, doubled in the top of the eighth, and added a solo blast to left field in the top of the ninth. The 23-year-old outfielder is now sporting a .911 OPS in 38 games this season. He's worth starting in mixed fantasy leagues while Matt Holliday (quad) is on the shelf.
    Jun 20, 7:17 pm
  • Frias allows six runs over 5 1/3 IP vs SF
    Carlos Frias couldn't find traction in a loss to the Giants on Saturday, allowing six runs on five hits over 5 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Four of the six runs against Frias scored via a pair of two-run homers by Justin Maxwell and Brandon Belt in the fifth and sixth innings, respectively. Frias struck out just two while walking one on the way to dropping his record to 4-5. With a 4.68 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 34/18 K/BB ratio in 59 2/3 innings, there's not a ton to recommend here for fantasy purposes, and given the Dodgers' free-spending ways, it's not a given that the team will stand pat with the rotation as the trade deadline nears. Frias will try to rebound from this poor outing when he takes to the road to face the Cubs next Thursday afternoon.
    Jun 20, 7:13 pm
    W, 6-4 ^ @Ari
  • DeScalfani surrenders three runs in 5 IP
    Anthony DeSclafani failed to give the Reds length in Saturday's loss to the Marlins, yielding three runs on four hits in five innings.

    Advice: All three runs off DeSclafani scored in the fourth inning when the 25-year-old right-hander allowed a monster solo homer to Derek Dietrich (the bomb was measured at an estimated 439 feet), an RBI ground out to Justin Bour and an RBI double to J.T. Realmuto. DeSclafani struck out three and walked three in the contest. He's pitched well on the whole this season and holds a 3.48 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 56/33 K/BB ratio over 82 2/3 innings. He'll take to the road against the Pirates in his next start.
    Jun 20, 6:48 pm
  • De La Rosa goes seven in win over Padres
    Rubby De La Rosa yielded two runs (one earned) over seven-plus innings Friday in a 4-2 win over the Padres.

    Advice: De La Rosa had a bases-loaded walk in the fifth inning and the second run scored after Daniel Hudson replaced him following back-to-back errors. He fanned six and walked three for his sixth win of the season. After back-to-back awful starts, De La Rosa has now turned in consecutive strong effort to bring his ERA down to 4.96 for the year. He faces a challenging matchup next time out against the Rockies on the road.
    Jun 20, 11:59 am
  • Jungmann gives up four runs in win
    Taylor Jungmann allowed four runs over six innings in a 9-5 win over the Rockies on Friday.

    Advice: Jungmann allowed eight hits and a walk while striking out four. Fortunately for him, his offense did more damage against Jorge De La Rosa. Coors Field is not an easy assignment for a pitcher, let alone one who was making just his third major league start, so the Brewers couldn't have asked for much more under the circumstances. The win snapped the team's six-game losing streak. Jungmann will bring a 3.50 ERA into a start against the Mets next week at home.
    Jun 19, 9:51 pm
  • De La Rosa gives up six runs in loss
    Jorge De La Rosa was tagged for six runs in five innings Friday in a loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: De La Rosa gave up home runs to Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez in the first inning, which set the tone for the night. He allowed a season-high 11 hits in the loss. The veteran southpaw came into Friday's outing with three straight solid starts, but control has been an issue for him throughout the season. He has walked 28 batters in just 52 2/3 innings. It's hard to survive in Coors Field that way.
    Jun 19, 9:50 pm
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