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  • Orioles designate Ondrusek for assignment
    Orioles designated RHP Logan Ondrusek for assignment.

    Advice: The right-hander had been optioned back to Triple-A Norfolk on Friday, but the club needed to open a spot on the 40-man roster for Julio Borbon on Saturday. He should clear waivers and continue to provide bullpen depth for the O's. Today, 9:13 am
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  • Blue Jays designate Aaron Loup for assignment
    Blue Jays designated LHP Aaron Loup for assignment.

    Advice: Loup owns a troublesome 7.45 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 11/2 K/BB ratio over 9 2/3 innings with the Jays this season. He's likely to pass through waivers and continue to function as bullpen depth for the Jays. Today, 7:40 am
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    Top 1, 0-0 vs Min
  • Blue Jays recall Bo Schultz from Triple-A
    Blue Jays recalled RHP Bo Schultz from Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: Schultz has been shuttled back and forth between Triple-A and the big leagues several times this season, but could be up to stay now with rosters set to expand in September. The 30-year-old right-hander owns a 3.00 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 7/2 K/BB ratio across 12 big league innings this season. Today, 7:38 am
  • Mike Montgomery strikes out five Dodgers
    Mike Montgomery gave up three runs in five innings Friday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Montgomery kept the Cubs in the game despite allowing six hits, walking four and hitting a batter. It's unclear whether he'll get another start next week. We'd rather see Montgomery in the bullpen than in the rotation. Yesterday, 11:06 pm
  • Bud Norris solid versus Cubs
    Bud Norris yielded two runs in five innings Friday against the Cubs.

    Advice: It was a decent bounce-back outing for Norris, who struggled last week in his first start off the DL and then pitched in relief Monday. He might be a swingman throughout September, depending on how the Dodgers' injured starters fare. If he pitches on four days' rest next time out, he'll be facing the Rockies at Coors, which is a matchup fantasy leaguers should want no part of. Yesterday, 11:04 pm
    1:05 pm vs ChC
  • Daniel Hudson takes blown save
    Given the save chance Friday, Daniel Hudson took a blown save after giving up a run against the Reds.

    Advice: At least it was just the one run, which is better than the previous Diamondbacks closers had done of late. Manager Chip Hale indicated that Hudson and Randall Delgado would be his preferred late-inning relievers after Enrique Burgos blew his most recent chance. Delgado pitched a scoreless eighth tonight, so perhaps he'll get the next save chance now. Still, Hudson probably deserves one more chance, since he had been on quite the roll of late. Yesterday, 10:41 pm
  • Brandon Finnegan fans 12 Diamondbacks
    Brandon Finnegan struck out 12 while allowing two runs in six innings Friday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: This makes five quality starts in six outings for Finnegan, who, despite his recent success, entered the night as the NL leader in homers and walks allowed. He's making it tough on the Reds as they try to decide how to handle him in September. On the one hand, he's doing his best work of the season. On the other, he's thrown 40 more innings than he did last year. It's probably in his best interests to curtail his workload some. Yesterday, 10:39 pm
  • Colome gives up back-to-back HRs vs. Astros
    Alex Colome gave up back-to-back homers to blow a save and take the loss Friday against the Astros.

    Advice: It was a night to forget for Colome. The Rays pulled ahead in the top of the ninth inning when Mikie Mahtook slugged a solo homer off Ken Giles, but Colome failed to retire a batter in the bottom of the frame. He gave up a leadoff homer to Carlos Correa to tie things up before Evan Gattis followed that up with a long walk-off homer. This was just Colome’s second blown save in 30 chances this season. He hadn’t allowed a run since July 23, so his job is secure. Yesterday, 10:08 pm
  • Phelps struggles Friday against Padres
    David Phelps was chased after giving up four runs (three earned) in 3 2/3 innings Friday against the Padres.

    Advice: After turning in four straight promising starts since his return to the rotation, Phelps delivered a dud on Friday. He actually held the Padres hitless (with two walks) over the first three innings before things fell apart for him in a 24-pitch fourth inning. It was a disappointing performance for the 29-year-old considering the promising matchup, but he has the Mets and Phillies coming up next. Yesterday, 9:20 pm
  • Alex Reyes to start for Cardinals on Saturday
    Alex Reyes will make his first major league start on Saturday in place of Mike Leake, who is dealing with shingles.

    Advice: The 21-year-old right-hander has been impressive in his time out of the Cardinals bullpen, posting a 13/4 K/BB ratio over 9 1/3 scoreless innings. He's worthy of a look in all formats for as long as he's in the rotation. He'll get the Athletics at home Saturday in a relatively juicy matchup. Yesterday, 9:16 pm
    4:15 pm vs Oak
  • Joe Smith to begin rehab assignment Saturday
    Joe Smith (hamstring) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa on Saturday.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander has struggled in his limited time with the Cubs, allowing three runs on six hits and four walks over his 3 2/3 innings. He has been on the shelf since August 17 due to a strained hamstring. Yesterday, 9:10 pm
    15-Day DL
    1:05 pm @LAD
  • Wright takes loss in return from DL
    Steven Wright took the loss in his return from the disabled list Friday, giving up five runs over six innings against the Royals.

    Advice: Wright really struggled with his command and control in the first inning and gave up all five runs in the process (via homers from Eric Hosmer and Alex Gordon). He settled down nicely from there, but the damage was done. The knuckleballer struck out just one batter on the night. He now owns a 3.18 ERA through through 23 starts on the year and will square off against the Rays next week at home. Yesterday, 7:47 pm
  • Jeremy Jeffress placed on restricted list
    Rangers placed RHP Jeremy Jeffress on the restricted list.

    Advice: Jeffress was arrested early Friday morning on suspicion of DWI. He's expected to be removed from the restricted list and be available on Saturday. Yesterday, 1:20 pm
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    5:05 pm vs Cle
  • Logan Ondrusek optioned to Triple-A
    Orioles optioned RHP Logan Ondrusek to Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: Ondrusek's latest stint only lasted one day and he gave up three runs over an inning of work. He'll be back when rosters expand. Yesterday, 1:11 pm
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  • T.J. McFarland activated from disabled list
    Orioles activated LHP T.J. McFarland from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: McFarland has been out for the last two months with left knee tendinitis. He'll be used in low-leverage situations. Yesterday, 12:42 pm
  • Heath Hembree optioned to Triple-A
    Red Sox optioned RHP Heath Hembree to Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: He's posted a 2.40 ERA and 1.40 WHIP over 30 relief appearances for the Red Sox this season. Hembree will return when rosters expand. Yesterday, 9:11 am
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    4:10 pm vs KC
  • Wright (shoulder) activated for Friday start
    Red Sox activated RHP Steven Wright from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: He'll rejoin the Red Sox' rotation on Friday against the Royals after missing three weeks with a jammed shoulder that he suffered while pinch-running. Wright has mostly faded the last couple months after a terrific start to the season, although he did throw a shutout in his last outing. Yesterday, 9:10 am
  • Report: Jeremy Jeffress arrested for DWI
    Rebecca Lopez of WFAA-TV in Dallas reports that Jeremy Jeffress was arrested early Friday morning on suspicion of DWI.

    Advice: No further details are available at this time, but more information should come out later Friday. Worth noting is that Jeffress has been suspended twice in the past for testing positive for marijuana. Yesterday, 6:24 am
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    5:05 pm vs Cle
  • Orioles recall Logan Ondrusek from Norfolk
    Orioles recalled RHP Logan Ondrusek from Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: Baltimore needs a fresh bullpen arm after a messy game Wednesday night against the Nationals, and with Ubaldo Jimenez scheduled to start on Thursday. Ondrusek, 31, has allowed four earned runs in 5 1/3 innings this season at the major league level. Thursday, 8:44 am
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  • Hudson moving into late-inning role with ARI
    Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said late Wednesday that Daniel Hudson will likely be moved into a late-inning role.

    Advice: Hale didn't officially anoint Hudson as the team's new closer, but it's a decent bet he gets the next save opportunity. Hudson earned his 17th hold of the season on Wednesday night against the Braves and has now gone 10 straight appearances without allowing a run after struggling badly in July. Enrique Burgos, meanwhile, has surrendered seven earned runs over his last three innings of work, including four earned Wednesday versus Atlanta. Hale also mentioned Randall Delgado as a possible late-inning guy for the stretch run. Arizona's bullpen is such a mess. Thursday, 6:14 am
  • Steven Wright (shoulder) expected back Fri.
    Steven Wright (shoulder) threw a 60-pitch bullpen session Tuesday at Tropicana Field.

    Advice: "Obviously see how [Wednesday] goes, but today, to get through that, it’s big," he said after the workout. "It’s still a little achy, but when I get out on the mound it doesn’t really bother me. I think it’s just something from not throwing consistently like I have been." Wright has been cleared to return to the Red Sox rotation this Friday against the Royals. The knuckleballer holds an impressive 3.01 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and 123/51 K/BB ratio in 146 2/3 innings this season with Boston. Tuesday, 3:56 pm
  • Wright (shoulder) on track to start Friday
    Steven Wright (shoulder) will start Friday against the Royals if all goes well in his bullpen session Tuesday.

    Advice: Wright threw off a mound on Sunday and said Monday that he's now pain-free. The knuckleballer hasn't pitched since his three-hit shutout against the Dodgers back on August 5. Clay Buchholz is expected to move back to the bullpen assuming Wright is cleared to return this weekend. Monday, 2:18 pm
  • Aaron Loup recalled from Triple-A
    Blue Jays recalled LHP Aaron Loup from Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: Loup has posted a 6.00 ERA over 10 appearances this season. He'll be used in middle relief. Sunday, 7:50 am
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    Top 1, 0-0 vs Min
  • Montgomery allows one run over 4 1/3 innings
    Mike Montgomery held the Rockies to one run over 4 1/3 innings Saturday.

    Advice: Montgomery, joining the rotation with John Lackey on the shelf, struck out five and allowed just one hit, a solo homer in the fifth inning. He threw 60 pitches and was given the hook for pitch count reasons, certainly not because he was ineffective. With Lackey still sidelined, Montgomery will likely get at least one more turn in the rotation, which is slated to come Friday against the Dodgers. He's not a great streaming option, given the pitch-count limitations and opponent, but desperate owners may take a flyer. Saturday, 9:37 pm
  • Finnegan carries no-no into seventh, Reds win
    Brandon Finnegan took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and settled for throwing seven shutout innings of work in an 11-1 beatdown of the Dodgers on Saturday.

    Advice: Finnegan walked two and struck out eight, with Adrian Gonzalez' leadoff single in the seventh inning scuttling any chances of seeing history. Still, it was a dominant performance from a pitcher who has shown at points that he can be dominant as a major league starter. The win improved Finnegan to 8-9 with a 4.32 ERA and 1.37 WHIP through 25 starts. The southpaw will look for an encore performance Friday against the Diamondbacks. Saturday, 9:23 pm
  • Phelps fans nine Bucs over six scoreless
    David Phelps struck out nine over six scoreless innings in a 3-1 Marlins victory over the Pirates on Saturday.

    Advice: Phelps yielded just two hits while walking two in the contest, leaving the Pirates offense without an answer for most of the evening. The right-hander has now allowed just three runs in four starts since moving to the rotation in the beginning of August, lowering his season ERA to 2.28. Phelps has always been a slightly intriguing pitcher for his strikeout ability, and he can't be overlooked in deeper mixed leagues given recent results. Phelps will next take on the Padres on Friday. Saturday, 7:14 pm
  • Wright will throw off a mound on Sunday
    Steven Wright (shoulder) will throw off a mound on Sunday.

    Advice: He'll do the same thing on Tuesday and if all goes well, he'll be ready to return to the starting rotation. Wright injured his shoulder after pinch-running for David Ortiz in a game earlier this month. Clay Buchholz will move back to the pen when Wright is healthy. Saturday, 6:43 pm
  • Norris struggles in return from DL
    Bud Norris was far from sharp in his return from the disabled list on Friday against the Reds, giving up six runs in 3 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Norris has been out all month with a mid-back strain. The veteran right-hander gave up seven hits (including a three-run homer to Joey Votto) and walked four. He was at 94 pitches before being pulled in the fourth inning. Norris has generally been up and down since being acquired from the Braves at the end of June. He’ll try to bounce back next week in an important matchup against the Giants. Friday, 8:56 pm
    1:05 pm vs ChC
  • Steven Wright (shoulder) unlikely for Tuesday
    Steven Wright (shoulder) will not rejoin the Red Sox' rotation on Tuesday as initially hoped.

    Advice: Wright continues to feel better, but the decision has been made to have him throw another flat ground session this weekend rather than a bullpen session. It appears that Clay Buchholz will get another start in his place. Friday, 1:57 pm
  • Bud Norris activated for Friday start
    Dodgers activated RHP Bud Norris from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Norris will rejoin the rotation on Friday against the Reds. He missed a couple weeks of action with a back injury but threw 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball during a rehab start to gain clearance to return to the majors. Friday, 1:25 pm
    1:05 pm vs ChC
  • Wright (shoulder) to throw off mound Sunday
    Steven Wright (shoulder) is slated to throw a bullpen session on Sunday.

    Advice: He played catch again Thursday with no issues. Assuming Wright gets through his bullpen session Sunday without any problems, he'll rejoin the Red Sox' rotation on Tuesday in Tampa Bay. "Even over the past couple days he’s commented about further improvement, the way he’s feeling, so we’re still targeting Tuesday (as his next start)," manager John Farrell said. Friday, 5:52 am
  • McFarland (knee) to next pitch on Thursday
    T.J. McFarland (knee) will pitch on Thursday as he continues his rehab assignment with High-A Frederick.

    Advice: McFarland has been sidelined by left knee tendinitis for over a month. He continues to move along in his recovery and could return to the major league mound before the start of September. Wednesday, 3:09 pm
  • Cubs place Joe Smith on 15-day disabled list
    Cubs placed RHP Joe Smith on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain.

    Advice: Smith has been a bust so far with the Cubs, yielding three earned runs on four walks and six hits over just 3 2/3 innings of work. He has a 4.14 ERA in 41 1/3 total innings this year. The veteran setup man will likely go on a lengthy minor league rehab assignment before returning to the Chicago bullpen. Wednesday, 12:33 pm
    15-Day DL
    1:05 pm @LAD
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