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  • Jon Lester to make next start Friday vs. SF
    Jon Lester will make his next start Friday at home against the Giants.

    Advice: Lester only pitched 1 2/3 innings of Monday's postponed game against the Pirates, so he'll move up a day in the rotation. Kyle Hendricks will start Saturday. Today, 1:42 pm
  • Cubs activate Tsuyoshi Wada, option him
    Cubs activated LHP Tsuyoshi Wada from the 15-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Wada is recovered from the shoulder problems he began experiencing in late June, but there's no longer a spot for him in the Cubs' starting rotation. The 34-year-old left-hander owns a cool 3.73 ERA, 1.277 WHIP, and 31/11 K/BB ratio in 31 1/3 innings (seven starts) this season with Chicago. He should get another look if there's an injury on the north side. Today, 1:40 pm
    Not Active
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • Michael Pineda (forearm) ruled out for August
    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has ruled out Michael Pineda (forearm) returning in August.

    Advice: It's not a big surprise. Pineda was shut down last week with a right flexor forearm muscle strain and is still a few days away from throwing. The Yankees will likely have him make a couple of minor league rehab starts, so a return in September is more realistic. Today, 12:41 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Bos
  • Blue Jays' Sanchez suspended three games
    Aaron Sanchez was suspended three games by MLB for throwing at Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar on Sunday.

    Advice: Things were tense all weekend between the clubs and Sunday's incident caused both benches to empty. Sanchez is expected to appeal the suspension. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons has also received a one-game suspension for coming back onto the field following his ejection earlier in the game. Today, 12:08 pm
  • Tigers calling up Matt Boyd
    Matt Boyd will be called up from Triple-A Toledo to start Wednesday against the Royals.

    Advice: Boyd, who was acquired from the Blue Jays in last week's David Price deal, will start in Buck Farmer's place. The 24-year-old struggled in his first two major league starts this season, but he has posted a 1.65 ERA with 8.5 K/9 and 2.1 BB/9 over 19 starts between Double- and Triple-A. Those in mixed formats can wait and see, but he should be relevant in AL-only formats. Today, 11:43 am
    Not Active
    4:08 pm vs KC
  • C.J. Wilson to get second opinion on elbow
    C.J. Wilson is scheduled to meet with with Dr. Neal ElAttrache on August 11 for a second opinion on his elbow.

    Advice: Wilson has been pitching through bone spurs and is currently leaning toward season-ending surgery, but he won't make a final decision until he meets with ElAttrache. The Angels have approached him about potentially putting off surgery and pitching out of the bullpen down the stretch, but there's still a good chance that his season is over. Today, 10:50 am
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs Cle
  • Cosart to see specialist this week
    Jarred Cosart (inner ear disorder) is scheduled to see a specialist this week in Chicago.

    Advice: Cosart landed on the disabled list in May due to vertigo and had a setback last month. The inner-ear disorder is on his right side and has impacted his "balance and gravity," but he's currently taking medication and has been throwing in recent days. More should be known this week, but he's hoping to be an option for the Marlins later this month or in September. Today, 7:24 am
    Not Active
    4:10 pm vs NYM
  • Tigers calling up LHP Boyd?
    James Wagner of the Toledo Blade writes that Matt Boyd's locker was empty after Tuesday's game with Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: This would seem to indicate that Boyd could be on his way to the majors. Acquired from the Blue Jays last week in the David Price deal, the southpaw threw two innings and 40 pitches in his organizational debut on Saturday, which some have speculated was a sign that he would be called up to start on short rest. Jason Beck of writes that it's unlikely he'll pitch Tuesday, but that Wednesday is a strong possibility. Stay tuned. Today, 5:52 am
    Not Active
    4:08 pm vs KC
  • Fiers starts Sunday against the Athletics
    Mike Fiers will start Sunday against the Athletics.

    Advice: Fiers made his Astros debut in relief Monday against the Rangers and was knocked around for six runs on seven hits and three walks over five innings. The Astros are calling up Dan Straily to pitch Tuesday. Today, 5:38 am
  • Kluber struggles, gives up 5 runs and 10 hits
    Corey Kluber yielded five runs in 5 2/3 innings, taking his 12th loss of the season on Monday versus the Angels.

    Advice: Kluber served up 10 hits, including a two-run home run to Conor Gillaspie. He also walked none while striking out four. The right-hander, last year's AL Cy Young Award winner, has been inconsistent this year, sitting on a 3.60 ERA with a 1.12 WHIP and a 176/32 K/BB ratio over 162 2/3 innings. Kluber squares off at home against the Twins next. Yesterday, 10:15 pm
  • Richards fans 11 as Angels beat the Indians
    Garrett Richards allowed four runs and struck out a season-high 11 batters in 7 1/3 innings as the Angels hung on to beat the Indians on Monday.

    Advice: Richards fell behind 3-0 after the first inning, but corrected course after that. He gave up four hits and three walks along with the 11 K's. The right-hander moves to 11-8 on the year with a 3.46 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP, and a 102/44 K/BB ratio over 130 innings. Richards will take the hill at home against the Orioles in his next start. Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • Chavez chased by the Orioles after 3 2/3 IP
    Jesse Chavez was chased after 3 2/3 innings, giving up six runs to the Orioles in Monday's loss.

    Advice: Chris Davis put Chavez against the ropes early with a three-run home run in the first inning. Caleb Joseph added a two-run blast in the fourth. Overall, the right-hander allowed nine hits and two walks while striking out only one. It ranks as Chavez's poorest start of the year, but he still holds a 3.88 ERA with a 1.31 WHIP and a 100/33 K/BB ratio over 118 1/3 innings. He'll toe the rubber at home against the Astros in his next outing. Yesterday, 9:58 pm
  • Hernandez allows 11 hits but gets 13th win
    Felix Hernandez won his 13th game of the season, giving up four runs in 6 2/3 innings versus the Rockies on Monday.

    Advice: Hernandez was coming off of a beating against the Diamondbacks in which he gave up 12 hits. He gave up 11 hits this time around, but the Rockies could only capitalize for four runs. He also walked one while striking out nine. Though Hernandez's numbers are down from last year's effort -- when he finished second in AL Cy Young Award balloting -- his 3.13 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 140/41 K/BB ratio in 143 2/3 innings are quite good nevertheless. He'll host the Rangers in his next start. Yesterday, 9:29 pm
  • Butler hit around for seven runs in 4 innings
    Eddie Butler faltered in a loss to the Mariners on Monday, allowing seven runs in four innings.

    Advice: He didn't have anything working on this particular evening, as the Mariners bashed three homers, including back-to-back solo taters by Kyle Seager and Nelson Cruz in the second inning. The lefty allowed seven hits and a walk while striking out two. Butler owns a poor 5.45 ERA on the year along with a 1.79 WHIP and a 38/37 K/BB ratio over 69 1/3 innings. He'll attempt to defeat the Nationals in a road start next. Yesterday, 9:24 pm
  • Quintana solid in a no-decision vs. the Rays
    Jose Quintana held the Rays to two runs in six innings, but took a no-decision as the White Sox lost late on Monday.

    Advice: Quintana allowed an RBI double in the first inning and a sacrifice fly in the fifth, accounting for the damage. He scattered seven hits and a walk while striking out seven, but the White Sox wouldn't score until he was out of the game. Despite having only six wins, Quintana has a solid 3.50 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and 123/29 K/BB ratio over 141 1/3 innings. He will face the tough Royals on the road in his next start. Yesterday, 9:10 pm
  • Karns pitches well in a no-decision vs. CHW
    Nate Karns pitched well, allowing two runs in 5 1/3 innings, but got a no-decision as the Rays rallied late to overcome the White Sox on Monday.

    Advice: Karns was working on a shutout until Jose Abreu bashed a two-run home run in the sixth inning, chasing the right-hander from the game. He gave up only three hits and a pair of walks while striking out seven. Karns has limited the opposition to two or fewer runs in 16 of 21 starts, resulting in a 3.37 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP, and a 113/42 K/BB ratio over 120 1/3 innings. He'll do battle with the Mets at home next. Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • Cubs/Pirates postponed due to rain
    Monday's game between the Cubs and Pirates has been postponed due to rain.

    Advice: No makeup date has been announced. Jon Lester lasted just 1 2/3 innings and Francisco Liriano two frames in a game that was delayed twice by rain before finally getting called. It's unclear when Lester and Liriano will make their next start. Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • C.J. Wilson to undergo surgery, out for 2015
    C.J. Wilson will undergo surgery to repair a left elbow impingement and is expected to miss the remainder of the 2015 season.

    Advice: Wilson alerted the Angels to the news prior to the trade deadline. He has been pitching with bone spurs in his elbow since April, but his range of motion has diminished recently which necessitated the surgery. He should be fully healthy and ready to go for the start of the 2015 season. Saturday, 11:50 am
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs Cle
  • C.J. Wilson diagnosed with elbow impingement
    Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that C.J. Wilson has been diagnosed with a left elbow impingement.

    Advice: The injury is more serious than the mild inflammation that landed the southpaw on the disabled list. An MRI earlier in the year revealed bone spurs in his elbow. Wilson indicated that he will need to undergo surgery to repair, though it's unclear if that procedure will happen immediately or after the season. There is no clear timetable for his return from the disabled list at the moment. Saturday, 10:42 am
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs Cle
  • C.J. Wilson to announce MRI results Saturday
    C.J. Wilson (elbow) will announce his own MRI results on Saturday.

    Advice: Wilson was placed on the disabled list on Friday with what was supposed to be minor elbow inflammation, so the fact that Wilson wants to announce the news himself could mean there is a more serious ailment at play. Stay tuned. Saturday, 8:57 am
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs Cle
  • Nathan Karns pushed back until Monday
    Nathan Karns will make his next start on Monday against the White Sox.

    Advice: He gets moved back a day as Jake Odorizzi will take the hill on Sunday against the Red Sox. It's a tough blow for fantasy owners in weekly formats who used Karns this week, as he loses a double, though it's made up next week with the White Sox and Mets on tap. Saturday, 8:37 am
  • C.J. Wilson (elbow) lands on disabled list
    Angels placed LHP C.J. Wilson on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 29, with left elbow inflammation.

    Advice: Wilson had fluid drained from the elbow earlier this season and he's now having trouble with it again. It doesn't appear he has any structural issues, so the lefty should be back at some point in August. Jered Weaver (hip) will take his rotation spot. Friday, 2:30 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs Cle
  • Aaron Sanchez records first hold
    Aaron Sanchez struck out two in a perfect eighth inning for his first hold Thursday against the Royals.

    Advice: Barring a late acquisition, it looks like this is the new blueprint for the Jays: LaTroy Hawkins in the seventh, Sanchez in the eighth and Roberto Osuna in the ninth. Sanchez has little fantasy value at the moment, but he'd become interesting in a hurry if Osuna begins to struggle. Thursday, 8:46 pm
  • Astros bolster rotation by adding Mike Fiers
    Astros acquired RHP Mike Fiers and OF Carlos Gomez from the Brewers for OF Domingo Santana, OF Brett Phillips, LHP Josh Hader, RHP Adrian Houser and international bonus slot #76.

    Advice: The Astros now boast a very strong top four hurlers in their rotation, as Fiers likely slots in behind Dallas Keuchel, Scott Kazmir and Lance McCullers. The 30-year-old right-hander boasts a 3.89 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 121/43 K/BB ratio through 118 frames on the year and should benefit from a move away from the launching pad that is Miller Park. Thursday, 5:05 pm
  • Astros acquire Mike Fiers to bolster rotation
    According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Astros have acquired Mike Fiers along with Carlos Gomez from the Brewers in exchange for prospects.

    Advice: Fiers will certainly help to bolster the Astros rotation, that now boasts Dallas Keuchel, Scott Kazmir and Lance McCullers at the top. The 30-year-old owns a 3.89 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 121/43 K/BB ratio over 118 innings on the season. Thursday, 4:39 pm
  • Pineda (forearm) hopes to throw in 7-10 days
    Michael Pineda (forearm) hopes to resume throwing in 7-10 days.

    Advice: Pineda felt discomfort after his last bullpen session and was placed on the disabled list Thursday. The expectation is that he could be out for around a month. Thursday, 2:29 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Bos
  • Yankees put Pineda (forearm) on 15-day DL
    Yankees placed RHP Michael Pineda on the 15-day disabled list with a right flexor forearm muscle strain.

    Advice: It's a Grade 1 strain -- the least severe, but still quite serious. Andrew Miller missed a month earlier this year with the same injury. CC Sabathia is starting in Pineda's place Thursday night against the Rangers. It's time for the unusually-quiet Yanks to dive head-first into the trade market. Thursday, 12:02 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Bos
  • Pineda (forearm) headed to the disabled list
    Michael Pineda is headed to the disabled list with a Grade 1 strain in his right forearm.

    Advice: It's the same injury that Andrew Miller suffered earlier this summer and he wound up missing a month. Bryan Mitchell has been called up to start in Pineda's place on Thursday night against the Rangers. It's a tough blow for the Yankees, who are probably going to get much more aggressive on the trade market. Thursday, 11:29 am
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Bos
  • Pineda dealing with a forearm muscle strain
    Joel Sherman of the New York Post was told that Michael Pineda is dealing with a right forearm muscle strain, not an elbow issue.

    Advice: Sherman says it's not considered serious, but Pineda has been scratched from his scheduled start Thursday night against the Rangers and it's not clear when he might be ready to pitch next. Bryan Mitchell will take the mound for the Yankees, who may now have a little more urgency to add a starter ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. Thursday, 10:55 am
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Bos
  • Tigers get Boyd, two others for Price
    Tigers acquired LHPs Matt Boyd, Jairo Labourt, and Daniel Norris from the Blue Jays for LHP David Price.

    Advice: Boyd, a 6-foot-3 southpaw, boasts a 1.68 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, and 107/24 K/BB ratio in 112 2/3 innings this season between Double-A and Triple-A. He made two starts earlier this year for Toronto and neither went particularly well, but the 24-year-old former sixth-round pick looks like a nice long-term rotation piece for the retooling Tigers. Thursday, 10:34 am
    Not Active
    4:08 pm vs KC
  • Pineda scratched Thursday with elbow issue
    According to Mike Francesa of WFAN, Michael Pineda has been scratched from his scheduled start Thursday night against the Rangers due to an elbow issue.

    Advice: "He’s not pitching tonight, and he might be badly hurt," Francesa told WFAN co-hosts Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts on Thursday afternoon. Pineda was rocked for five runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings last Friday against the Twins, which may have been a strong signal that something was wrong. The 26-year-old is probably going to undergo a range of tests on his right elbow. It could be time for the Yankees to jump into the trade market. Thursday, 10:26 am
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Bos
  • TB listening to offers for starter Nate Karns
    Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Rays are listening to offers for Nate Karns.

    Advice: Passan says Karns is drawing interest "from a number of teams," and rightly so. The 27-year-old right-hander has posted an impressive 3.37 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 106/40 K/BB ratio across 115 innings this season for Tampa Bay and he is under contractual control through 2020. It'll probably take a big return for the Rays to move him. Thursday, 8:21 am
  • 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. Wednesday, 10:40 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. Wednesday, 9:02 pm
  • Richards falters late, loses to the Astros
    Garrett Richards came apart late, allowing four runs in 6 1/3 innings in a loss to the Astros on Wednesday.

    Advice: Richards had a no-hitter through the first four innings, but the Astros manufactured a pair of runs in the fifth, then clubbed a solo home run in both the sixth and seventh. Overall, the right-hander gave up seven hits and two walks while striking out three. Richards has cobbled together a fine season, currently holding a 3.38 ERA with a 1.19 WHIP and a 91/41 K/BB ratio over 122 2/3 innings. He'll take a crack at the struggling Indians at home next week. Wednesday, 8:05 pm
  • Fiers logs quality start in loss to Giants
    Mike Fiers logged a quality start in Wednesday's loss to the Giants, allowing only two runs on four hits over six-plus frames.

    Advice: The right-hander racked up five strikeouts on the afternoon while walking one. The two teams had been locked in a scoreless tie heading into the seventh inning, where Fiers allowed the first two men to reach before turning the game over to the bullpen, who subsequently allowed the two runners to score. A popular name in trade rumblings, Fiers will take on the Padres at home on Monday if he remains a Brewer through the deadline. Wednesday, 6:32 pm
  • Felix Hernandez hit hard in loss to D'Backs
    Felix Hernandez was hit hard in a losing effort against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday, allowing seven runs on 12 hits over 6 2/3 innings.

    Advice: On the plus side, he did manage to strike out seven while issuing just one walk in the rough outing. His primary nemesis in this one was Welington Castillo who blasted a pair of home runs. Even with this debacle, Hernandez will carry a 3.02 ERA and 131/40 K/BB ratio into a tough matchup against the Rockies at Coors Field on Monday. Wednesday, 4:45 pm
  • Lester strikes out 14 in win over the Rockies
    Jon Lester limited the Rockies to two runs over eight innings Wednesday in the Cubs' 3-2 victory.

    Advice: Lester struck out 14 and walked just one in the dominant outing on a hot, sunny day at Wrigley Field. The left-hander has been on a roll for the last couple of months, now boasting a 3.26 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 136/32 K/BB ratio in 132 2/3 total innings. He will get the Pirates on the road next time out. Wednesday, 2:07 pm
  • Corey Kluber goes the distance versus Royals
    Corey Kluber went the distance against the Royals Wednesday, recording six strikeouts while allowing just one run in a 12-1 victory.

    Advice: He missed out on a shutout when Alex Rios had an RBI groundout in the ninth inning, but that's hardly anything to quibble over. Kluber permitted just five base knocks on the day and issued just one free pass as the Tribe rolled to a win. The reigning American League Cy Young winner has a superb 172/32 K/BB ratio over 157 innings this season to go along with a 3.44 ERA. He'll get the Angels on the road next. Wednesday, 1:11 pm
  • Jarred Cosart (vertigo) still sidelined
    Jarred Cosart (vertigo) remains shut down at Triple-A New Orleans.

    Advice: Cosart had a recurrence of vertigo earlier this month and it's unclear when he'll be ready to return to the mound. "He actually is having one final evaluation and then the medication will begin," Marlins manager Dan Jennings said. "Hopefully they've now identified everything that was causing the situation." Wednesday, 7:39 am
    Not Active
    4:10 pm vs NYM
  • C.J. Wilson allows six runs in loss to Astros
    C.J. Wilson struggled against the Astros on Tuesday, allowing six runs over four innings in a loss.

    Advice: Wilson served up two homers among his six hits allowed, and three walks didn't help, either. Wilson fell to 8-8 with a 3.89 ERA and 1.24 WHIP with the loss. The southpaw will take the mound against the Dodgers on Sunday in an interleague matchup. Tuesday, 9:28 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs Cle
  • Karns stymies Tigers, allows one run in 6 IP
    Nate Karns got the win on Monday against the Tigers after limiting them to a lone run in six innings of work.

    Advice: Karns tossed six shutout innings, but allowed a leadoff home run to Yoenis Cespedes in the seventh. Victor Martinez added a single before the right-hander was lifted. They were two of three hits he allowed on the night with no walks and three strikeouts. Karns has limited the opposition to two or fewer runs in seven of his last eight starts and now boasts a 3.37 ERA with a 1.21 WHIP and a 106/40 K/BB ratio over 115 innings. He'll face the Red Sox at Fenway Park next. Monday, 7:54 pm
  • Jays 'still talking' Fiers trade with Brewers
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Blue Jays are "still talking" a Mike Fiers trade with the Brewers.

    Advice: Fiers has pitched really well of late and is under team control through 2018, so the Brewers figure to ask for quite a bit in return for him. Rosenthal notes that he's not the only arm the Blue Jays are looking at, though, as they're also interested in Jeff Samardzija and Johnny Cueto and would be after David Price if he becomes available. Jul 26, 7:47 am
  • Blue Jays activate Aaron Sanchez from DL
    Blue Jays activated RHP Aaron Sanchez from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Sanchez will work out of the bullpen for the Blue Jays this time around and should find his way into high-leverage situations fairly quickly. For those speculating on saves in deep leagues, he could be worth a look. Jul 25, 10:24 am
  • 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. Jul 24, 10:47 pm
  • Felix Hernandez earns 12th victory
    Felix Hernandez yielded two runs -- one earned -- over seven innings in beating the Blue Jays on Friday.

    Advice: Hernandez struck out seven and walked one in earning his 12th win. He's allowed a total of four runs in his last five starts, a stretch that has lowered his ERA from 3.24 to 2.59. Let's not count him out of the Cy Young mix just yet. Jul 24, 10:35 pm
  • Butler allows three runs in no-decision
    Eddie Butler was handed a no-decision Friday after allowing three runs over six innings against the Reds.

    Advice: All three runs scored in the fourth inning. Butler allowed six hits and three walks (two of them intentional) while striking out three. Things could have been worse, but he managed to strike out opposing pitcher Anthony DeSclafani with runners on twice to avoid further damage. Butler has a 4.77 ERA with more walks (33) than strikeouts (32) over 12 starts this season and can be avoided in fantasy leagues. Jul 24, 9:43 pm
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