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  • Chavez unimpressive in a no-decision vs. LAD
    Jesse Chavez scuffled Wednesday night against the Dodgers, surrendering three runs over five innings in a no-decision.

    Advice: Chavez got a gift when opposing starter Clayton Kershaw was scratched before first pitch, but he couldn't capitalize. The 31-year-old hurler hasn't completed seven innings in a month-and-a-half and he'd given up four runs in three of his four July outings before tonight, causing his ERA to jump from 3.02 to 3.53 after tonight's outing. He'll try to turn things around against the Orioles on Monday, kicking off a two-start week. 33 minutes ago
    L, 10-7 ^ @LAD
  • Colby Lewis beats Yankees for 11th win
    Colby Lewis allowed two runs over six innings Wednesday in a win over the Yankees.

    Advice: Lewis struck out five and walked none in winning for the 11th time this season. He's one of just 12 pitchers in baseball with that many victories, though his ERA is a far less impressive 4.42. In fairness, the ERA reflects a couple of huge beatings and doesn't perfectly reflect how well he's pitched, either. Still, there isn't really any mixed-league value here. Today, 9:45 pm
    W, 5-2 vs ^ NYY
  • Shin-Soo Choo goes 3-for-4
    Shin-Soo Choo went 3-for-4 with an RBI in Wednesday's win over the Yankees.

    Advice: Choo was hitting eighth tonight despite his recent success. He's batting .387 with nine RBI in nine games since the All-Star break. Still, he's probably not going to get another look at the top of the order unless Delino DeShields Jr. slumps. Today, 9:38 pm
  • Carlos Beltran hits eighth homer
    Carlos Beltran hit his eighth homer Wednesday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Beltran didn't get to partake in the fun of Tuesday's 21-5 game, having received the night off. The homer was his first in eight games since he returned from the disabled list. He's 5-for-26 with two RBI overall in that span. Today, 9:36 pm
  • Anthony DeSclafini blanks Cardinals for seven
    Anthony DeSclafini shut out the Cardinals for seven innings, allowing just three hits, to win Wednesday.

    Advice: DeSclafini won for the first time since June 9. He's been pretty mediocre since opening the season with a 1.04 ERA in April, but there's little reason to disappoint. Some thought he might be a long-term reliever when the Reds picked him up from the Marlins in the Mat Latos trade, but he's shown enough to suggest he'll last a middle-of-the-rotation guy instead. Today, 9:24 pm
  • Angels option Mike Morin back to Triple-A
    Angels optioned RHP Mike Morin to Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: The 24-year-old right-hander has struggled in his 29 appearances with the Angles this season, compiling a 7.43 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 23/7 K/BB ratio over 23 innings. He'll look to get back on track in the minors before hopefully rejoining the Angels bullpen later in the summer. Today, 9:12 pm
  • Jose Quintana wins second straight start
    Jose Quintana held the Red Sox to two runs in 6 1/3 innings to pick up a win on Wednesday.

    Advice: Quintana got a month's worth of run support tonight, as the White Sox busted out for nine runs to give him his sixth win of the season. It's the first time they've done so well in one of his starts since July 2014. With a shutout of the Indians last time out, Quintana has won back-to-back starts for the first time this season. Today, 9:02 pm
  • Roberto Hernandez designated for assignment
    Astros designated RHP Roberto Hernandez for assignment.

    Advice: The 34-year-old right-hander posted 4.36 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 42/26 K/BB ratio in his 84 2/3 innings with the Astros. He'll look to latch on elsewhere to continue his big league career. Today, 8:42 pm
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    W, 6-3 vs LAA
  • Baez goes yard twice in Tuesday's return
    Cubs SS prospect Javier Baez blasted two home runs Tuesday in a win for Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: it was his first game back in Triple-A after missing close to two months with a broken finger. Tuesday marked Baez's third multi-homer game of 2015. He's dominated the minor leagues this season, hitting .325 across 157 at-bats while posting a stellar .399 on base percentage. The 22-year-old has come up in trade rumors and could be dealt ahead of Friday's deadline. Starlin Castro, the Cubs' current shortstop, could also be available. Today, 1:27 pm
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    W, 3-2 vs x Col
  • Josh Rutledge recalled from Triple-A
    Red Sox recalled INF Josh Rutledge from Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: Acquired earlier this week for Shane Victorino, Rutledge will provide infield depth with Dustin Pedroia (hamstring) and Brock Holt (knee) banged up. He's hit .274/.323/.403 at Triple-A this season. Today, 12:51 pm
    L, 9-2 vs x CWS
  • Padres talking to Cubs about Javier Baez
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Padres have discussed Javier Baez with the Cubs.

    Advice: FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reported on Monday that they've also talked to the Cubs about Starlin Castro as they look for a long-term solution at shortstop. The Cubs are interested in a few of the Padres' starters, namely Tyson Ross and Andrew Cashner, so the two sides could be a match. Baez has spent all season at Triple-A Iowa, batting .317/.387/.572 with 10 homers over 38 games in an injury-shortened campaign. Today, 11:39 am
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  • Chris Capuano designated for assignment
    Yankees designated LHP Chris Capuano for assignment.

    Advice: The move comes after Capuano allowed five runs over just two-thirds of an inning in a spot start Tuesday. The left-hander held a 6.97 ERA and 1.77 WHIP over 16 appearances -- four starts -- this season for the Yanks. He should be able to catch on elsewhere pretty quickly on a minor league deal. Today, 10:54 am
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    L, 5-2 @Tex
  • Dallas Beeler optioned to Triple-A
    Cubs optioned RHP Dallas Beeler to Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Beeler was terrible again in a spot start Tuesday, yielding four runs over 1 1/3 innings. It seems unlikely that the Cubs will give him any more starts this season. Today, 8:06 am
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    W, 3-2 vs Col
  • Tyler Holt recalled from Triple-A
    Indians recalled OF Tyler Holt from Triple-A Columbus.

    Advice: He's taking David Murphy's spot on the roster. Holt has spent almost all season at Columbus, hitting .286/.369/.348 with 20 steals. He'll back up at all three outfield spots. Today, 5:54 am
  • Cain struggles in a loss against the Brewers
    Matt Cain yielded four runs in six innings, taking the loss on Tuesday versus the Brewers.

    Advice: The Brewers jumped on him for two runs in the first inning, then tacked on single runs in the third and fourth. Cain allowed eight hits overall, walked none, and struck out three. He's alternated good and bad starts since making his season debut on July 2, carrying a 4.50 ERA with a 1.32 WHIP and a 23/7 K/BB ratio in 28 innings. If the pattern holds, Cain is on track for good fortune in Atlanta against the Braves in his next start. Yesterday, 9:57 pm
    W, 5-0 vs Mil
  • Capuano coughs up five runs in early exit
    Chris Capuano wasn't long for Tuesday's game, allowing five runs over 2/3 of an inning against the Rangers before exiting.

    Advice: Amazingly, Capuano escaped with a no-decision in the game, as the Yankees were able to do even more damage against Rangers starter Martin Perez. The start was just Capuano's fourth of the year and his first since May 29. The Yankees certainly don't want another outing like Tuesday's, so the club may look to acquire another starter ahead of Friday's trade deadline. Capuano now owns a 6.97 ERA and 1.77 WHIP on the year. Yesterday, 9:50 pm
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    L, 5-2 @Tex
  • Kang blasts game-winning homer against Twins
    Jung-Ho Kang went 2-for-4 with a game-winning home run as the Pirates outlasted the Twins 8-7 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Kang was hit by a pitch and scored in the sixth inning and came up with the game tied in the top of the ninth. Against Twins closer Glen Perkins, Kang launched a solo homer to give the Pirates the lead and ultimately the win. The shortstop has seven multi-hit games in his last nine contests, raising his season line to .289/.367/.426 with six homers and 32 RBI. Yesterday, 9:16 pm
    W, 10-4 ^ @Min
  • Beeler lasts just 1 1/3 innings against Rox
    Dallas Beeler allowed four runs over 1 1/3 innings Tuesday in a loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: Making a spot start, the right-hander gave up four runs before he even got out of the first inning. Beeler hasn't been long for any of his three starts, as he's only lasted beyond the second inning in one thus far this year. He owns a 9.72 ERA and will almost certainly be returned to Triple-A Iowa shortly. Yesterday, 8:29 pm
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    W, 3-2 vs Col
  • Cubs recall Dallas Beeler from AAA Iowa
    Cubs recalled RHP Dallas Beeler from Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Beeler is making a spot start for the Cubs on Tuesday against the Rockies. He's not a good streamer. Yesterday, 1:41 pm
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    W, 3-2 vs Col
  • Chris Capuano to start on Tuesday
    Chris Capuano will start on Tuesday against the Rangers.

    Advice: It will presumably just be a spot start. Capuano holds a 5.64 ERA and 1.55 WHIP over 15 appearances -- three starts -- this season and allowed four runs over an inning of work in his last game. Monday, 8:39 pm
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    L, 5-2 @Tex
  • Red Sox acquire Josh Rutledge from Angels
    Red Sox acquired INF Josh Rutledge from the Angels in exchange for OF Shane Victorino and cash.

    Advice: Rutledge entered spring training as the favorite to start at second base, but he lost out on that spot and has been at Triple-A Salt Lake all season, hitting .274/.323/.403. He's merely a depth guy at this point. Monday, 3:10 pm
    L, 9-2 vs x CWS
  • Dallas Beeler to start on Tuesday
    Dallas Beeler will be recalled to start on Tuesday versus the Rockies.

    Advice: Beeler has been knocked around for a 6.43 ERA in two spot starts this season, but the Cubs will give him another shot. He can be ignored in fantasy leagues. Monday, 1:58 pm
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    W, 3-2 vs Col
  • Jesse Chavez gives up four runs in loss
    Jesse Chavez was lifted after allowing four runs in three innings Friday against the Giants.

    Advice: Chavez took the loss, but he still has a 3.45 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. He is a trade candidate with the A's selling, though there's certainly no urgency for the A's to shed his modest his salary. It might actually take a bigger return than the one they got for Scott Kazmir to pry him away. Friday, 10:47 pm
    L, 10-7 ^ @LAD
  • Colby Lewis pitches into eighth in victory
    Colby Lewis held the Angels to two runs over 7 2/3 innings in the Rangers' 4-2 win Friday.

    Advice: Lewis just upped his record to 10-4, though his 4.49 ERA is quite a bit less impressive. The poor ERA is partly a result of him being left in to give up 10 earned runs against the Angels on July 5 and nine earned runs against the Indians on May 27, but the 10-4 record probably overstates how well he's pitched. Nonetheless, he could be trade fodder if the Rangers decide to sell. Friday, 10:13 pm
    W, 5-2 vs ^ NYY
  • DeSclafani gives up three runs in no-decision
    Anthony DeSclafani yielded three runs over seven innings a no-decision against the Rockies on Friday.

    Advice: DeSclafani held the Rockies scoreless over the first four innings before giving up two runs in the fifth and a solo shot to Carlos Gonzalez in the sixth. He struck out five and walked two en route to completing seven innings for the first time since June 4, but he's winless over his last seven starts. He'll try to change that when he faces the Cardinals in St. Louis next week. Friday, 9:43 pm
  • Jose Quintana throws first career shutout
    Jose Quintana threw his first career shutout as part of a 6-0 win over the Indians on Friday.

    Advice: Quintana needed 120 pitches to go the distance. The southpaw scattered seven hits while walking none and striking out eight. It was his first win since July 1. Quintana has again been a very solid option in fantasy leagues this season, posting a 3.56 ERA and 113/27 K/BB ratio in 129 innings across 20 starts. He'll face the struggling Red Sox next week in Boston. Friday, 7:29 pm
  • Cubs option Dallas Beeler back to Triple-A
    Cubs optioned RHP Dallas Beeler to Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: The 26-year-old right-hander struggled in his two starts with the big league club, posting a 6.43 ERA, 2.00 WHIP and 6/4 K/BB ratio in seven innings. He should get another opportunity the next time the Cubs need a spot starter. Thursday, 7:57 pm
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  • Beeler's 5-run second results in no-decision
    Dallas Beeler allowed five runs (three earned) in two innings, taking a no-decision as the Cubs won late versus the Reds on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Reds stormed for five runs in the second inning, aided in part by a Starlin Castro fielding error. Beeler allowed six hits and two walks without registering a strikeout in a lackluster performance. He performed reasonably well as a spot starter in another doubleheader on July 7 against the Cardinals. The Cubs will likely send him back to Triple-A Iowa. Wednesday, 7:08 pm
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    W, 3-2 vs Col
  • Cain limits Padres to one run in 7-1 victory
    Matt Cain held the Padres to one run over six innings to earn the victory in the Giants' 7-1 win Wednesday.

    Advice: Cain has now alternated good and not-so-good starts since being activated from the disabled list on July 2. On Wednesday, the right-hander scattered five hits and a walk, yielding only a Jedd Gyorko solo homer on the afternoon. Cain also struck out six in the outing. He's now 2-1 with a 4.09 ERA through four starts. He'll look to improve on those numbers Tuesday against the Brewers. Wednesday, 4:06 pm
    W, 5-0 vs Mil
  • Dallas Beeler recalled from Triple-A
    Cubs recalled RHP Dallas Beeler from Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: He'll start the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Reds. Beeler, who allowed two runs over five innings in a spot start earlier this month, could also be in line for another start next week. However, there's a good chance the Cubs might trade for a pitcher by then. Wednesday, 8:48 am
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    W, 3-2 vs Col
  • Choo hits for the cycle, Rangers roll Rockies
    Shin-Soo Choo hit for the cycle Tuesday, finishing 4-for-5 with a home run, three RBI, three runs scored and a stolen base as the Rangers skunked the Rockies 9-0.

    Advice: Choo's night was reminiscent of the player the Rangers thought they were getting when they signed him prior to the 2014 season. The 33-year-old had an RBI double in the second inning, hit a solo homer in the fourth and added an RBI single in the fifth before his climactic ninth-inning triple completed the cycle in his final at-bat. It was a night to remember among a number of nights both Choo and the Rangers would like to forget. Tuesday, 10:16 pm
  • Baez (finger) nearing rehab games in AZ
    Javier Baez (finger) is performing the full range of baseball activities in Arizona.

    Advice: Baez should soon begin playing in games for one of the Cubs' low-level minor league affiliates -- probably one in Arizona. He's been out of commission for Triple-A Iowa since June 7 due to a fractured left ring finger. The 22-year-old infield prospect could help the Cubs by the end of season, even if it's only in a role as a bench bat. Tuesday, 2:34 pm
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    W, 3-2 vs x Col
  • Beltran not in Tuesday's lineup
    Carlos Beltran is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Orioles.

    Advice: Beltran will sit against left-hander Wei-Yin Chen. Chris Young starts in right field and will bat sixth. Tuesday, 12:31 pm
  • Dallas Beeler to start during doubleheader
    Dallas Beeler will be called up to start the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Reds.

    Advice: Beeler allowed two runs over five innings in a spot start during a doubleheader earlier this month. Despite that, he should be avoided in fantasy leagues given his 6.02 ERA at Triple-A Iowa this season. Jul 20, 3:02 pm
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    W, 3-2 vs Col
  • Shin-Soo Choo not in Monday's lineup
    Shin-Soo Choo is not in the Rangers' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Choo has now started just one game since the All-Star break and figures to continue to be benched when a lefty is on the mound. Josh Hamilton is in right field Monday, while Ryan Rua is in left. Jul 20, 2:11 pm
  • Jesse Chavez fans nine in impressive victory
    Jesse Chavez was brilliant in Sunday's victory over the Twins, racking up nine strikeouts over six scoreless innings.

    Advice: The right-hander allowed just three hits on the afternoon and walked one. With all of the injuries to the A's rotation this season, Chavez has been a lifesaver, compiling a 3.21 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 93/27 K/BB ratio across 106 2/3 innings. He'll look to carry over this impressive outing when he does battle against the Giants in San Francisco on Saturday. Jul 19, 3:59 pm
    L, 10-7 ^ @LAD
  • Beltran (oblique) returns from disabled list
    Yankees activated OF Carlos Beltran from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: He missed two and a half weeks with a strained left oblique. Beltran started off with a brutal April but has been good since then, batting .299/.346/.494 with seven home runs. He's in right field and hitting sixth Sunday. Jul 19, 8:07 am
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