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  • Jennings scratched from High-A rehab game
    Desmond Jennings (hamstring) was scratched from what should have been his second rehab game Wednesday due to a stiff neck.

    Advice: The hope is that he can play Thursday night and remain on track to rejoin the Rays early next week. Jennings, out since July 1 with a left hamstring strain, went 1-for-4 in his rehab debut Tuesday with High-A Charlotte. 24 minutes ago
  • Boxberger (oblique) on track for Friday
    Brad Boxberger made his second appearance in as many days Wednesday with High-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Boxberger faced two batters, walking one and striking out the other. He is on track to rejoin the Rays' bullpen on Friday after missing nearly two full months with a left oblique strain. Boxberger also had an abdominal injury before that and has been limited to just one appearance this season at the major league level. 28 minutes ago
    15-Day DL
  • Hammel allows one run in seven innings Wed.
    Jason Hammel led the Cubs to an 8-1 victory over the White Sox on Wednesday by tossing seven innings of one run baseball for his 10th win.

    Advice: The only run he allowed came on a home run by opposing pitcher Anthony Ranaudo. Hammel struck out seven batters, walked two and gave up just five hits. His record improves to 10-5 with a 3.23 ERA in 114 1/3 innings. Hammel draws two starts next week. The first will be at home versus the Marlins on Monday, then he will travel to Oakland for an interleague game using the designated hitter on Sunday. Yesterday, 9:45 pm
  • Bryant hits 26th home run of the season Wed.
    Kris Bryant connected for his 26th home run of the season on Wednesday.

    Advice: He went 1-for-3 with two runs scored on the night. The solo home run came off Anthony Ranaudo in the sixth inning to provide the first of eight Cubs runs in the game. He is batting .283/.377/.550 with 81 runs and 66 RBI. Yesterday, 9:34 pm
    5:05 pm vs CWS
  • Ranaudo loses game in quality start on Wed.
    Anthony Ranaudo allowed three runs on two hits (both were homers) in 6 2/3 innings and took a loss to the Cubs on Wednesday.

    Advice: He pitched five scoreless innings before faltering in the sixth inning. He gave up four bases-on-balls and struck out three. The only two hits he allowed were home runs to Kris Bryant and Javier Baez. Ranaudo launched a solo blast of his own in the fifth inning but that won't help his fantasy owners. He was making his first start since being called up from Triple-A. He made two relief appearances for the Rangers early in the season before the White Sox picked him up. It remains to be seen if he will stay in the White Sox' rotation moving forward. He is not a recommended pick-up in standard fantasy leagues despite tonight's solid outing. Yesterday, 9:30 pm
  • Russell blasts grand slam on Wednesday
    Addison Russell cranked a grand slam against the White Sox on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was his only hit of the night but it was a big one. It was his 12th home run of the season in 379 plate appearances. He has a .248 batting average, 40 runs and 60 RBI in the Cubs strong lineup. Those are essentially league-average numbers, which is very good considering he is only 22 years old and still developing. Yesterday, 9:20 pm
  • Frazier goes 2-for-4 as White Sox lose
    Todd Frazier went 2-for-4 with a double on Wednesday night as the White Sox lost to their crosstown rivals.

    Advice: The multiple hits were a rarity for Frazier this season. He is batting only .215 but has 29 home runs to go with 58 runs and 67 RBI. He has added eight sneaky stolen bases as well. Yesterday, 9:14 pm
  • Manaea yields three runs, fans nine in 6 2/3
    Sean Manaea struck out nine batters and gave up three runs on 11 hits in 6 2/3 innings to take a no-decision in the Athletics' 6-4 win over the Rangers on Wednesday.

    Advice: His record holds at 3-5 with a 4.57 ERA. He has struck out 75 batters while issuing only 20 free passes in 86 2/3 innings. The rookie left-hander won't pitch again until next Wednesday against the Angels in Anaheim. Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • Duffey could start Monday despite troubles
    Twins manager Paul Molitor said that Tyler Duffey has not been taken off his scheduled Monday start.

    Advice: Duffey was eviscerated to the tune of five runs on eight hits over 1 1/3 innings in Wednesday's loss to the Braves. Predictably, Molitor wasn't exactly jumping up-and-down at the prospect of handing the ball back to him for Monday's start against the Indians, but he did offer a half-hearted vote of confidence. "Right now he's scheduled to start Monday," Molitor said. "That's about all I can say about that right now." The 25-year-old right-hander holds a 6.12 ERA for the season as a whole. Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Madson earns save but gives up a run on Wed.
    Ryan Madson pitched a shaky ninth inning but earned a save despite giving up a run on Wednesday.

    Advice: He has 22 saves but has also blown six already. At 7.36 K/9 Madson does not have the premium strikeout rate that is the hallmark of reliable closers. He has a 3.89 ERA in 44 innings and is a trade candidate this week. His owners may want to handcuff Ryan Dull quickly. Yesterday, 9:03 pm
  • Danny Duffy logs quality start against Angels
    Danny Duffy logged a quality start in a no-decision against the Angels on Wednesday, allowing three runs on seven hits over his six-plus innings of work.

    Advice: The southpaw walked two and punched out five on the evening. After keeping the Angels off the scoreboard through the first four innings, the Angels scratched out single runs in each of the next three frames. Duffy has been a tremendous addition to the Royals rotation this season, compiling a 3.22 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 110/22 K/BB ratio over 100 2/3 innings. He'll take on the Rays in Tampa Bay his next time out on Monday. Yesterday, 8:49 pm
  • Tyler Duffey obliterated in loss to Braves
    Tyler Duffey was obliterated on Wednesday, giving up five runs on eight hits in just 1 1/3 innings in a losing effort against the Braves.

    Advice: Duffey walked one and didn't record a strikeout in the abbreviated outing. Just when Twins fans thought it couldn't get any worse after Duffey surrendered six runs over 2 1/3 innings his last time out, he was even worse against a struggling Braves offense on Wednesday. This could be the straw that forces him out of the Twins rotation before he has a chance to take on the Indians in Cleveland on Monday. Yesterday, 8:32 pm
  • Oh pitches perfect inning for sixth save
    Seung Hwan Oh struck out one batter in a spotless ninth inning to earn his sixth save on Wednesday.

    Advice: The 34-year-old rookie has been rock solid all season. He has fanned 69 batters with 14 walks and only 30 hits in 52 1/3 innings. He is now the Cardinals' closer and seems unlikely to relinquish that role anytime soon. Yesterday, 8:18 pm
  • Estevez locks down 10th save on Wednesday
    Carlos Estevez pitched a clean ninth inning with one strikeout to lock down his 10th save of the season on Wednesday.

    Advice: He stumbled into the closer's role in Colorado a few weeks ago after the guys ahead of him got hurt, and has pitched plenty well enough to hold onto the job for awhile. Pitching in Coors Field would leave even the best relievers prone to the occasional blowup. Estevez's high walk rate is reason for concern but it hasn't hurt him too badly yet. He has 42 strikeouts and 17 walks in 37 1/3 innings to go with his 3.86 ERA. Yesterday, 7:47 pm
  • Matt Moore locks down Dodgers into seventh
    Matt Moore was on his game in Wednesday's win over the Dodgers, allowing just one run (none earned) on four hits over 6 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Moore struck out five on the afternoon, but he also issued four walks. Even with that inefficiency, he exited with two outs in the seventh having thrown only 98 pitches (57 strikes). The unearned run that scored against him came when catcher Luke Maile made a throwing error on a Joc Pederson steal in the second inning. The error allowed Pederson to scoot on home. Moore is a potential trade chip for the Rays as they near the trade deadline. Should he make his next start with his current club, it would come at home against the Royals next Tuesday. He has pitched to a 4.08 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 109/40 K/BB ratio across 130 innings. Yesterday, 5:23 pm
  • Matt Duffy designated for assignment by TEX
    Rangers designated INF Matt E. Duffy for assignment.

    Advice: Poor, poor Duffy. He just hasn't a great go of things lately. The Astros designated him for assignment on July 16. He was subsequently scooped up off waivers by the Rangers on July 23, but just four days later, has once again been DFA'ed. The 27-year-old infielder has received only 12 major league plate appearances in his career to-date. Yesterday, 4:10 pm
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    5:05 pm vs KC
  • Daniels: Lucas Harrell acquired as a starter
    Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said that the newly acquired Lucas Harrell will pitch out of the rotation.

    Advice: The Rangers acquired Harrell and reliever Dario Alvarez in a trade with the Braves earlier on Wednesday. Harrell's future role with the team wasn't immediately obvious -- they could have started him or shifted him to the bullpen as a long-arm -- but Daniels cleared up the matter. Harrell will start, with his first outing in a Rangers uniform set for Sunday's showdown with the Royals. The 31-year-old right-hander held a 3.38 ERA and a 21/12 K/BB ratio in five starts (29 1/3 innings) with the Braves. Yesterday, 4:04 pm
  • Plouffe (ribs) live BP moved up to Friday
    Trevor Plouffe (rib) will participate in live batting practice on Friday.

    Advice: Plouffe has had no setbacks in his recovery from a fractured rib and the Twins are encouraged enough in his progress that they will push up his scheduled batting practice to Friday. Assuming that goes smoothly, he should be able to begin a rehab assignment in short order. In 58 games prior to the injury, Plouffe was hitting .252/.283/.399 with seven homers and 27 RBI. Yesterday, 3:45 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Bal
  • Rangers trade for Harrell, Alvarez from ATL
    Rangers acquired RHP Lucas Harrell and LHP Dario Alvarez from the Braves for INF Travis Demeritte.

    Advice: Harrell made five starts for the Braves this season. The 31-year-old Harrell worked to a 3.38 ERA with a 21/12 K/BB ratio across 29 1/3 innings prior to the trade. He figures to take a spot in the rotation unless the Rangers are interested in using him as a potential long-arm out of the pen. Yesterday, 2:59 pm
  • Worley unlikely to start against Blue Jays
    Orioles manager Buck Showalter said that Vance Worley will probably be skipped over in the rotation against the Blue Jays this weekend.

    Advice: Per Showalter, Worley should be available out of the bullpen for the key weekend series between the two AL East contenders. Worley should feel comfortable enough there -- the 29-year-old right-hander has actually mostly pitched out of the pen this season, with 22 relief appearances compared to just four starts. Depending on how the Orioles want to play this, he could return to a starting role next week. Yesterday, 1:55 pm
  • White Sox place Lawrie (hamstring) on DL
    White Sox placed INF Brett Lawrie on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 22, with a hamstring strain.

    Advice: Lawrie suffered the injury last Thursday and wasn't making enough progress on the side. He should be ready in early August. Carlos Sanchez will join the White Sox in a corresponding 25-man roster move. Yesterday, 12:07 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:05 pm @ChC
  • Nelson Cruz (foot) out Wednesday vs. Bucs
    Nelson Cruz (foot) is out of the Mariners' starting lineup Wednesday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Cruz left Tuesday's game after fouling a ball off his foot. It's just sore, and he's considered day-to-day. Seth Smith is starting in right field for the M's on Wednesday night at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. Yesterday, 12:05 pm
  • Padres recall Buddy Baumann from AAA
    Padres recalled LHP Buddy Baumann from Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Baumann has a promising 1.33 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, and 23/9 K/BB ratio in 20 1/3 innings this year at Triple-A. He's faced one batter at the MLB level in his career. Yesterday, 7:16 am
  • Padres recall Alexi Amarista from Triple-A
    Padres recalled INF/OF Alexi Amarista from Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Amarista will fill in for Yangervis Solarte, who was placed on the family leave list in a corresponding move. Amarista, 27, has hit .239/.299/.261 in 98 plate appearances this year at the major league level. Yesterday, 7:10 am
  • Baker hints he could make change at closer
    Nationals manager Dusty Baker suggested late Tuesday that he's considering a change at closer.

    Advice: Papelbon blew his second straight save opportunity on Tuesday night against the Indians, yielding three runs on two walks and two hits. He did not record an out. "It’s too soon after," Baker said in his postgame press conference. "I mean, that’s his job. That’s what he’s getting paid for. I don’t know. We just have to go back to the drawing board. It’s too early to say after the game." Washington was heavily interested in Aroldis Chapman before he went to the Cubs. Maybe there's a plan now that involves Andrew Miller. If no outside upgrade is made and Papelbon's struggles continue, Shawn Kelley could become the guy. Yesterday, 5:03 am
  • Archer strikes out eight in loss to Dodgers
    Chris Archer pitched well in Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers, allowing three runs (one earned) on four hits over seven innings.

    Advice: Archer struck out eight without walking a batter. He was ultra-efficient with his pitches and finished the evening having thrown just 84 (60 strikes). Corey Seager and Justin Turner burned him for RBI singles in the third inning, with the final run on his line coming home on a monster solo homer by Yasmani Grandal in the seventh. Whether he makes another start with the Rays remains to be seen. ESPN's Jayson Stark reported earlier in July that a rival executive sees a 70% chance that Archer is traded to the Dodgers prior to the deadline. He has pitched to a 4.42 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 155/51 K/BB ratio over the course of 130 1/3 innings. Tuesday, 10:11 pm
  • Gee rocked for 10 hits, five runs by Angels
    Dillon Gee's return to the rotation didn't go quite as planned Tuesday, allowing 10 hits and five runs over five innings in a loss to the Angels.

    Advice: Gee didn't have many answers for the Angels' bats, as four of the 10 hits went for extra bases, including a home run off the bat of Carlos Perez. It wasn't an encouraging showing after Gee had been bumped from the rotation by Brian Flynn last week. Given his 4.54 ERA and 1.60 WHIP, there's a decent chance the Royals once again look for a better option before Gee's turn comes up this weekend. Tuesday, 9:04 pm
    Player Note
    Dillon Gee KC - SP,RP
    5:05 pm @Tex
  • Papelbon suffers epic meltdown versus Indians
    Jonathan Papelbon melted down in grand fashion Tuesday, allowing three runs without recording an out in a blown save against the Indians.

    Advice: Papelbon also took the loss in the disastrous outing, yielding two hits and two walks before being removed. The blown save was his fourth of the year, as was the loss. He's now allowed seven runs in his last two appearances, a fact that surely stings more considering the Nats were among the runners up for Aroldis Chapman when he was dealt to the Cubs. Perhaps they're not done looking for late-inning relief help. Tuesday, 8:13 pm
  • Harrell throws six scoreless innings vs. MIN
    Lucas Harrell tossed six scoreless innings as the Braves shut out the Twins 2-0 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Harrell gave up just four hits, all singles, and walked three over his six innings. It was his best start of five to date and got him back on track after he'd lost two straight. The right-hander has a decent 3.38 ERA and 1.26 WHIP in those five outings, and he could be pitching himself out of Atlanta and into a playoff race. We'll know soon enough. Tuesday, 7:54 pm
  • Nelson Cruz left game due to foot soreness
    Nelson Cruz was lifted from Tuesday's game against the Pirates because of a sore foot.

    Advice: Cruz fouled a ball off his foot early Tuesday night and looked to be laboring as he ran from first base to third base on a Kyle Seager double in the top of the seventh. It doesn't sound like anything too serious, but the big slugger figures to get a full day off Wednesday as a precautionary measure. Tuesday, 7:53 pm
  • Brett Lawrie (hamstring) to be placed on DL
    Brett Lawrie is headed to the disabled list with a hamstring strain.

    Advice: Lawrie suffered the injury last Thursday and hasn't played since, so the move will be made retroactive to July 22. Carlos Sanchez is expected to replace him. Look for an official update on Wednesday. Tuesday, 7:22 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:05 pm @ChC
  • Nelson Cruz exits game with apparent injury
    Nelson Cruz made an early exit from Tuesday's game against the Pirates with an apparent leg injury.

    Advice: Cruz was moving gingerly as he went from first to third on a Kyle Seager double in the top of the seventh inning and Franklin Gutierrez took over in right field in the bottom of the seventh. There should be an update from the Mariners within the hour. Tuesday, 6:31 pm
  • Oakland sticking with Ryan Madson at closer
    Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday that he will stick with Ryan Madson at closer.

    Advice: Madson blew his sixth save of the season in Monday's loss to the Rangers and has watched his ERA rise every month -- from 1.42 at the end of April, to 2.42 at the end of May, to 3.00 at the end of June, to the 3.77 mark where it sits now. Ryan Dull probably deserves a shot, but it's not going to happen yet. "At this point, we still have confidence in him," Melvin said of Madson. "He’s throwing as hard as he has all year here the last couple times out, he’s performed really well the last couple of times before (Monday)." Tuesday, 4:50 pm
  • Oh earns his fifth save of the season Tues.
    Seung Hwan Oh earned his fifth save of the season Tuesday in the first half of a doubleheader against the Mets.

    Advice: Curtis Granderson opened the bottom of the ninth inning with a single to left field, but he was cut down at second base moments later after trying to tag up on a long fly ball from Yoenis Cespedes. Cardinals center fielder Tommy Pham made an absolutely perfect throw. Oh then induced an easy groundout from James Loney to end the scoreless frame. Tuesday, 4:37 pm
  • Jennings (hamstring) to begin rehab Tues.
    Desmond Jennings (hamstring) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Tuesday with High-A Charlotte.

    Advice: He's been working out with the Charlotte Stone Crabs since the weekend and has now been cleared to play in live games. Jennings will probably spend the rest of this week in the minor leagues. He has been out since July 1 because of a left hamstring strain. Tuesday, 2:54 pm
  • Trevor Plouffe (rib) nearing rehab assignment
    Trevor Plouffe (rib) hopes to begin a minor league rehab assignment by the end of this week.

    Advice: But manager Paul Molitor cautioned that the middle of next week is more likely. Plouffe has been on the disabled list since July 4 with a fractured rib. He was batting just .252/.283/.399 with seven home runs and 27 RBI in 58 games before the injury. Tuesday, 2:30 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Bal
  • Lawrie (hamstring) out again Tuesday
    Brett Lawrie (hamstring) is out of the starting lineup again Tuesday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Lawrie hasn't played since leaving Thursday's game with tightness in his left hamstring. It's unclear if the White Sox are thinking about a stint on the disabled list. Tyler Saladino will continue to fill in at second base. Tuesday, 12:27 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:05 pm @ChC
  • Addison Russell starts, goes 0-for-3
    Addison Russell went 0-for-3 with a walk Monday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Russell started at shortstop tonight after leaving Sunday's game with a bruised left heel. Monday, 9:09 pm
  • Ryan Madson blows sixth save
    Ryan Madson took his sixth blown save after giving up a two-run homer to the Rangers in Monday's loss.

    Advice: Madson has given up a whopping five homers and 10 runs in his last 12 innings of work, so his time as a closer could be coming to a close. Ryan Dull has looked like Oakland's best reliever all season long and is worthy of an opportunity. Monday, 8:37 pm
  • Ranaudo to start vs. Cubs on Wednesday
    Anthony Ranaudo will start against the Cubs on Wednesday.

    Advice: Ranaudo will start in place of Jacob Turner, who allowed 12 runs in 7 1/3 innings over two starts. Ranaudo posted a 3.03 ERA and 71/12 K/BB ratio over 92 innings in Triple-A this season, but obviously this is a matchup to avoid in fantasy leagues. Monday, 2:34 pm
  • Boxberger (oblique) won't return before Fri.
    Brad Boxberger (oblique) will not be activated from the disabled list before Friday.

    Advice: Boxberger has allowed two runs in three innings on his minor league rehab assignment, and he has yet to pitch on back-to-back days. That is scheduled to happen this week, with the Rays likely hoping to see better results. Boxberger has been limited to one appearance at the major league level this season because of oblique and abdominal issues. Monday, 3:03 am
    15-Day DL
  • Worley saddled with no-decision vs Indians
    Vance Worley took a no-decision in Sunday's win over the Indians, allowing two runs on five hits over seven innings.

    Advice: Worley struck out three and walked three on the afternoon. Both runs on his line scored in the fourth, with Tyler Naquin burning him for an RBI double and Roberto Perez lofting a sacrifice fly. While the 28-year-old right-hander's 1.35 WHIP is cause for some concern, his 3.09 ERA looks shiny enough. A difficult road showdown with the Blue Jays shows next on his schedule. Sunday, 2:59 pm
  • Papelbon allows four runs in loss to Padres
    Jonathan Papelbon surrendered four earned runs in the top of the ninth inning Sunday as the Nationals fell to the Padres.

    Advice: Papelbon was called upon with the game tied 6-6 but couldn't hold the line, yielding a walk and four hits while recording only two outs. He watched his season ERA jump from 2.56 all the way to 3.62. Sunday, 2:15 pm
  • Addison Russell exits game with heel injury
    Addison Russell exited Sunday's game against the Brewers with a bruised left heel.

    Advice: He fouled a ball off the heel Saturday and it got progressively sore on him Sunday. The Cubs are saying his removal was precautionary, so consider Russell day-to-day. Javier Baez is likely to fill in at shortstop for any amount of time that Russell might miss. Sunday, 1:03 pm
  • Dillon Gee expected to start on Tuesday
    Dillon Gee is expected to start on Tuesday against the Angels.

    Advice: Gee was swapped out in favor of Brian Flynn for one turn in the rotation, but it appears the Royals will go back to Gee now. The right-hander holds a 4.19 ERA over 19 appearances -- five starts -- for Kansas City this season. Sunday, 1:00 pm
    Player Note
    Dillon Gee KC - SP,RP
    5:05 pm @Tex
  • Addison Russell exits with undisclosed injury
    Addison Russell departed Sunday's game against the Brewers with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: Russell was pulled after flying out to end the fourth inning. He didn't suffer any obvious injury, but the Cubs should provide more on his status shortly. Sunday, 12:47 pm
  • Anthony Ranaudo recalled from Triple-A
    White Sox recalled RHP Anthony Ranaudo from Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Ranaudo holds a 3.03 ERA and 71/12 K/BB ratio over 92 Triple-A innings this season. He'll be utilized in a relief role for now. Sunday, 9:59 am
  • Pirates among teams in on Moore, Odorizzi
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Pirates are "among the teams evaluating" Matt Moore and Jake Odorizzi.

    Advice: Tyler Glasnow (shoulder) and Chad Kuhl (biceps) both went down with injuries Saturday, which is surely related to the Pirates being in the market for a starter. They'll have some competition, as Moore and Odorizzi are both hot commodities, especially with it being a relatively light market for starting pitching. Sunday, 7:37 am
  • Cruz homers twice, plates seven runs in rout
    Nelson Cruz had a monster day at the dish on Saturday, blasting two long balls and plating seven runs in a 14-5 rout of the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Cruz got the party started in the third inning with a grand slam off of Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey. He then capped off the offense for the M's with a towering three-run shot off Drew Storen in the eighth. He finished the afternoon 2-for-5 and is now hitting an impressive .288/.372/.548 with 25 homers and 65 RBI on the year. Saturday, 1:28 pm
  • Rangers claim Matt E. Duffy off waivers
    Rangers claimed INF Matt E. Duffy off waivers from the Astros, optioned to Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Duffy was designated for assignment earlier in the week by the Astros to make room on their roster for Yulieski Gurriel. The 27-year-old struggled in his limited time with the Astros but will provide nice organizational depth for the Rangers. Saturday, 12:44 pm
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    5:05 pm vs KC
  • Sean Manaea goes eight scoreless
    Sean Manaea tossed eight scoreless innings against the Rays in a no-decision Friday.

    Advice: It's a career high in innings for Manaea, who was allowed to cross the century mark in pitches thrown for just the second time (he threw 103 tonight). He's allowed two runs over 20 innings in his last three starts, taking his ERA from 5.85 to 4.61. He's still a fringy mixed-league play, but he has things going in the right direction. Friday, 9:37 pm
  • Carlos Estevez records eighth save
    Carlos Estevez worked out of a bases-loaded jam for his eighth save Friday against the Braves.

    Advice: The Braves helped Estevez with a sac bunt after the first two reached in a 4-3 game. Estevez went on to walk Erick Aybar, but he was able to retire Chase d'Arnaud and Jace Peterson to end the game. Friday, 9:13 pm
  • Hammel gives up two runs in win
    Jason Hammel gave up two runs over five-plus innings Friday in a 5-2 win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Hammel was pulled after giving up a leadoff double in the sixth. All told, he gave up four hits and walked a pair while striking out four. After going winless in six straight starts, he has now won back-to-back outings. He has had a knack for falling apart in the second half in recent years, but he’s bucking that trend so far. He’ll take a 3.35 into a start against the crosstown White Sox next week. Friday, 8:51 pm
  • Danny Duffy goes 6 2/3 strong in victory
    Danny Duffy limited the Rangers to one run in 6 2/3 innings Friday in the Royals' 3-1 win.

    Advice: Rougned Odor's homer was the only damage in the Royals' four-hitter. Duffy, who was deemed unworthy of a rotation spot this spring, looks like one of the AL's best left-handers now. He's 6-1 with a 3.14 ERA. Friday, 8:31 pm
  • Brett Lawrie (hamstring) set to undergo MRI
    Brett Lawrie (hamstring) will undergo an MRI Friday.

    Advice: Lawrie was forced to leave Thursday's game with tightness in his left hamstring, and he was still feeling sore when he got to the ballpark Friday. Obviously more will be known about his status when the test results are in. Tyler Saladino is filling in at second base Friday. Friday, 2:38 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:05 pm @ChC
  • Plouffe (rib) throws, does some running
    Trevor Plouffe (rib) threw from 90 feet and did some light running on Friday.

    Advice: He'll take swings off a tee soon. Plouffe is nearly three weeks removed from a cracked rib but appears to finally be making some progress. He'll likely need a rehab assignment before returning. Friday, 1:37 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Bal
  • Vance Worley to make another start Sunday
    Vance Worley will start on Sunday against the Indians.

    Advice: Worley allowed three runs over 4 1/3 innings in a spot start Tuesday against the Yankees, but Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he was pleased with how the righty pitched. The veteran righty holds a 5.40 ERA in three starts and a 2.23 mark in 18 relief appearances this season. Friday, 6:40 am
  • Moore limits A's to four hits over seven IP
    Matt Moore pitched well in Thursday's win over the A's, allowing three runs on four hits over seven innings.

    Advice: Moore struck out six and walked two on the evening. All three runs on his line came home when Jake Smolinski cracked a three-run homer in the bottom of the second inning. The 27-year-old southpaw is a potential trade candidate as the deadline nears and will carry a 4.31 ERA and 1.27 WHIP into a road showdown with the Dodgers next time he toes the rubber. Friday, 12:15 am
  • Duffey battered for six runs by Red Sox
    Tyler Duffey wasn't long for Thursday's game, allowing six runs on nine hits over 2 1/3 innings in a loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: It perhaps should have been a sign that Duffey was in for a rough night when Mookie Betts hit the first pitch he saw over the Green Monster. Duffey would allow three runs in the frame and another three in the third inning before getting the hook. The loss was his first in over a month, but the right-hander owns an unsightly 5.71 ERA and 1.46 WHIP through 16 starts this year. An interleague date with the Braves is on tap for Wednesday. Thursday, 7:02 pm
  • Brett Lawrie leaves with tight hamstring
    Brett Lawrie was forced to leave Thursday's game against the Tigers with tightness in his left hamstring.

    Advice: The injury is believed to be minor and the club considers him day-to-day. Tyler Saladino replaced him on Thursday and could start in his place on Friday if Lawrie is unable to return. Thursday, 6:48 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:05 pm @ChC
  • Padres optioned INF/OF Amarista to AAA
    Padres optioned INF/OF Alexi Amarista to Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Amarista was sent out with Brett Wallace returning from the paternity leave list. The 27-year-old is batting .239/.299/.261 in 98 plate appearances at the major league level this year. Thursday, 1:07 pm
  • '70 percent' chance Archer goes to Dodgers?
    A rival executive told ESPN's Jayson Stark that be believes there is a "70 percent" chance Chris Archer winds up with the Dodgers before the August 1 trade deadline.

    Advice: Stark describes this executive as somebody from a "team that's been talking to the Rays." Archer has had a disappointing 2016 season overall, but he struck out 11 batters in a win Wednesday at Coors Field and he was among the best pitchers in baseball in 2015. The 27-year-old right-hander is on a team-friendly contract that could potentially run through 2021. The asking price will be high, but the Dodgers have the kind of loaded farm system necessary to pull this off. Thursday, 11:10 am
  • Jennings (hamstring) running at Charlotte
    Desmond Jennings (hamstring) has been doing light running with High-A Charlotte.

    Advice: That's where he could begin a minor league rehab assignment in about a week. Jennings was placed on the disabled list July 4, retroactive to July 1, with a left hamstring strain. He may be ready to return the first week of August, but the 29-year-old outfielder is batting .202 this season and probably won't be a factor in fantasy leagues down the stretch. Thursday, 8:53 am
  • Seung Hwan Oh saves both games on Wednesday
    Seung Hwan Oh retired the Padres in order in the ninth inning on Wednesday night, preserving a one-run lead and earning his second save of the day.

    Advice: Oh needed just 15 pitches to retire the side in the first game on Wednesday, recording a pair of strikeouts in the process. He was even better in the night cap, needing only 11 pitches this time around, including a pair of punch outs. He owns a sparkling 1.68 ERA and 0.85 WHIP on the season while striking out 65 batters in 48 1/3 innings. He looks very secure in the closer's role. Wednesday, 8:31 pm
  • Archer strikes out 11 as Rays roll over COL
    Chris Archer was marvelous in Wednesday's 11-3 win over the Rockies, striking out 11 batters while allowing two runs over six innings.

    Advice: Archer scattered four hits over his six innings of work. Both runs on his line scored in the bottom of the second inning. With this strong outing in the books, he will carry a 4.60 ERA and 1.39 WHIP into a home date with the Dodgers next time out. Archer is a prime candidate for a second-half rebound, though whether that comes with the Rays or another club is a whole other story. Wednesday, 4:37 pm
  • Seung Hwan Oh earns third save of season
    Seung Hwan Oh earned his third save of the season Wednesday afternoon against the Padres.

    Advice: Oh struck out two of the three batters he faced in a dominant 15-pitch ninth inning as the Cardinals grabbed the first game of a doubleheader versus the Friars. He can run away with the ninth-inning job in St. Louis with Trevor Rosenthal continuing to struggle. Oh has a 1.71 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 47 1/3 innings for the year. Wednesday, 1:56 pm
  • Lucas Harrell allows four runs in loss
    Lucas Harrell surrendered four earned runs over six innings Wednesday in a loss to the Reds.

    Advice: Harrell was pitching pretty well until the bottom of the sixth, when the Reds took the lead on a Jose Peraza two-run single and a Tucker Barnhart two-run homer. Harrell pitched well in his first two starts with the Braves and he even showed flashes Wednesday, but his last two overall lines do not look pretty. He gets the Twins on the road next. Wednesday, 12:17 pm
  • Frazier rocks two-run homer against M's
    Todd Frazier went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Mariners.

    Advice: Frazier offered a nice bit of insurance with his two-run homer in the top of the ninth. It pushed the White Sox advantage from 3-1 to 5-1. They would tack on one more run in the frame to win 6-1. The slugger is slashing .215/.302/.481 with 27 homers and 61 RBI over the course of 339 at-bats. Even by Frazier's all-or-nothing standards, that .215 average is a bit on the low side. Last season, he hit .255, much closer to his career mark of .251. Tuesday, 11:00 pm
  • Worley gives up three runs in spot start
    Vance Worley allowed three runs over 4 1/3 innings in a spot start Tuesday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Making just his third start of the year, Worley gave up three hits, including a two-run home run, while walking four. He's been pretty good in relief for the O's this year, owning a 3.16 ERA overall in 51 1/3 innings of work, and it's likely that he'll return to that role following Tuesday's spot start. Tuesday, 7:21 pm
  • Boxberger (oblique) set for rehab game
    Brad Boxberger (oblique) will make another rehab appearance Thursday with High-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Boxberger allowed a solo home run in his rehab debut Monday with Charlotte, but he retried the other three batters he faced and Rays manager Kevin Cash offered a good report on the right-hander Tuesday evening. Boxberger has made just one appearance at the major league level this season due to abdominal and oblique injuries, so the Rays are probably going to ease him back. Tuesday, 4:41 pm
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  • Carlos Estevez records sixth save
    Carlos Estevez worked a hitless ninth against the Rays on Monday for his sixth save.

    Advice: Estevez has two saves in three days after going nearly four weeks without one. Jake McGee's struggles since returning should result in Estevez holding down the closer gig for at least a couple of more weeks. Monday, 9:53 pm
  • Vance Worley to start for Orioles on Tuesday
    Vance Worley will start for the Orioles on Tuesday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Worley has been working as the long man out of the O's bullpen, most recently working 1 2/3 innings in Sunday's loss to the Rays. Since he isn't fully stretched out, it's hard to imagine him working longer than five innings on Tuesday, making him an even more unappealing fantasy option than he already is. Jul 17, 9:08 pm
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