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  • Smith coughs up five runs in loss to Brewers
    Josh Smith was hit up for five runs over 4 1/3 innings in Saturday's loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: This was Smith's third start in a row for the Reds. It did little to show that he deserves a fourth outing. Smith struck out two and walked three, running into trouble in the fourth and fifth innings to account for the five runs scored against his line. Triple-A Louisville seems like a probable destination for the pitcher following this performance, though the Reds have not announced a move on that front as of yet.
    45 minutes ago
    L, 7-3 vs ^ Mil
  • Blanton allows four runs to Twins in 5 IP
    Joe Blanton surrendered four runs on nine hits in five innings of work against the Twins on Saturday.

    Advice: Three of those four runs scored in the first inning, when Blanton served up a two-run homer to Joe Mauer and an RBI out to Aaron Hicks. He settled down after the initial hiccup and finished with four strikeouts and no walks. Pitching between the bullpen and the rotation, Blanton is the owner of a 3.74 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and a 30/7 K/BB ratio over 33 2/3 innings. Up next on the schedule, a Thursday afternoon home date with the Rays.
    Today, 8:00 pm
    L, 5-3 vs ^ Min
  • Wood surrenders four runs in win over PHI
    Alex Wood danced around trouble to allow four runs on 10 hits over six innings in Saturday's win over the Phillies.

    Advice: Wood struck out four and walked two in the contest. While he didn't pitch great, opposing starter Kevin Correia was worse and Wood was the beneficiary of nine runs scored by the Brave offense. The 24-year-old southpaw is the owner of a 3.34 ERA and 1.41 WHIP. He'll face off with the Rockies in Denver next time he takes the ball.
    Today, 7:25 pm
    W, 9-5 vs ^ Phi
  • Correia crushed for nine runs in 3 1/3 IP
    Kevin Correia was hit early and often in Saturday's loss to the Braves, yielding nine runs on 10 hits over 3 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Correia found himself in trouble almost immediately, starting the game in single-double-walk fashion. Four runs would come in to score on a pair of RBI singles and an RBI fielder's choice before the inning ended, and the Braves would put up another four-run frame in the fourth to end his evening. He entered the game holding a 3.60 ERA and 1.65 WHIP over his first four starts with the Phillies, but following Saturday's debacle, he's now allowed five or more runs in three of his five starts.
    Today, 7:24 pm
    L, 9-5 ^ @Atl
  • Richard pitches into seventh against Marlins
    Clayton Richard pitched well with a big lead in Saturday's win over the Marlins, tossing 6 1/3 innings of two-run ball.

    Advice: Richard did surrender eight hits, but only two runs came in to score--one of which came on a Kris Bryant error in the fourth inning. It certainly helped that the Cubs jumped out to a 7-0 lead after two innings. Overall, he struck out four and walked one while picking up his first win with the Cubs since coming over from the Pirates' minor league system on July 3. Richard last pitched in the bigs back in 2013.
    Today, 6:59 pm
    W, 7-2 vs ^ Mia
  • Atchison joins Twins on minor league deal
    Twins signed RHP Scott Atchison to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Atchison posted a 6.86 ERA in 23 games before getting released by the Indians last week. The 39-year-old has logged 298 appearances over nine big league seasons.
    Today, 6:14 pm
    Not Active
    L, 1-0 @Pit
  • D-backs option Matt Stites to Triple-A Reno
    Diamondbacks optioned RHP Matt Stites to Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: Stites' stint with Arizona was short and sweet. He allowed one hit over two scoreless outings, throwing a combined 18 pitches in 1 1/3 innings. The 25-year-old right-hander missed the first two months of the season with a strained right flexor tendon. He'll be back with Arizona as soon as a roster spot opens up.
    Today, 4:34 pm
    Not Active
    Bot 5, 4-2 vs Col
  • Cubs designate Gonzalez Germen for assignment
    Cubs designated RHP Gonzalez Germen for assignment.

    Advice: Germen posted a 3.78 ERA in 24 relief outings for Triple-A Iowa and also had a brief stint with the Cubs in April. The 27-year-old has now been designated for assignment four times since December.
    Today, 3:57 pm
    Not Active
    W, 7-2 vs Mia
  • John Axford reinstated from emergency list
    Rockies activated RHP John Axford from the 7-day family emergency list.

    Advice: Axford should immediately resume his role as closer. This year he's converted 13-of-14 save chances while posting a respectable 2.42 ERA. The Rockies sent Justin Miller to Triple-A Albuquerque to open up a roster spot.
    Today, 3:36 pm
  • Cingrani getting stretched out in minors
    Reds manager Bryan Price said moving Tony Cingrani (shoulder) into the starting rotation is a "possibility."

    Advice: Cincinnati plans to stretch Cingrani out in the minor leagues while he rehabs his injured shoulder. Cingrani went 2-7 with a 4.68 ERA in 11 starts for the Reds last season. The Reds are expected to deal Johnny Cueto before the trade deadline, which would create an opening in the starting rotation.
    Today, 2:05 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 7-3 vs Mil
  • Carlos Martinez allows one run in no-decision
    Carlos Martinez delivered another strong outing in a no-decision against the Padres on Saturday, surrendering just one run on eight hits over 6 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Martinez walked a pair and struck out five on the afternoon. The only damage against him came on a solo home run off the bat of Yangervis Solarte in the fourth inning. The 23-year-old right-hander has been outstanding for the Cardinals, posting a 2.70 ERA, 3.18 xFIP and 105/41 K/BB ratio across 100 innings. He'll look to finish the first half strong when he takes on the Pirates in Pittsburgh on Thursday.
    Today, 2:00 pm
  • Walden won't be back before All-Star break
    Jordan Walden (biceps) won't return until after the All-Star break.

    Advice: He's been out with right biceps inflammation. Walden has progressed to throwing off a mound and is scheduled to throw three bullpen sessions next week. After that, he'll go on a minor league rehab assignment. The right-hander has allowed just one run in 12 outings this season.
    Today, 1:46 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 2-1 vs SD
  • Chris Bassitt to start Sunday versus Seattle
    Chris Bassitt will start Sunday against the Mariners.

    Advice: He's filling in for Sonny Gray, who had his start pushed back to Tuesday because of an illness. Bassitt pitched well in Tuesday's loss to Colorado, scattering one run and five hits over five innings. He's likely headed back to Triple-A after his next start.
    Today, 1:11 pm
  • Betances blows save, gets win Saturday
    Dellin Betances blew a save Saturday against the Rays, but the Yankees eventually walked off with a 3-2 victory.

    Advice: Asked to get a four-out save, Betances retired Evan Longoria to end the top of the eighth inning, but he allowed a single to James Loney to begin the ninth before Steven Souza took him deep for a game-tying two-run homer. It was his first home run allowed since last August 13. The Yankees went on to win 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth after Brad Boxberger couldn't handle a sacrifice bunt, so Betances actually ended up with the victory. This was his second blown save in nine chances this season.
    Today, 1:07 pm
  • Roark allows two runs in relief Saturday
    Tanner Roark allowed two runs over 4 1/3 innings of relief Saturday against the Giants.

    Advice: Roark entered the game in the fourth inning after Stephen Strasburg left with an apparent side injury. He pitched well under the circumstances, allowing four hits while walking none and striking out three. The Nationals stretched him out to 61 pitches, so he's an obvious alternative for the rotation if Strasburg needs a stint on the DL. It's also possible that Joe Ross could be called back up from the minors. It's nice to have quality options.
    Today, 11:38 am
  • Mariners reinstate Rollins from suspension
    Mariners reinstated LHP David Rollins from the restricted list.

    Advice: Rollins had to serve an 80-game suspension for use of performance-enhancing drugs. The Rule 5 pick appeared in seven games on his minor league rehab assignment at Triple-A Tacoma, hurling 9 1/3 shutout innings. He'll work in middle relief for the M's.
    Today, 9:52 am
  • Cardinals recall Mitch Harris from Triple-A
    Cardinals recalled RHP Mitch Harris from Triple-A Memphis.

    Advice: The 29-year-old right-hander has appeared in 16 games already with the Cardinals this season, posting a 3.63 ERA, 1.85 WHIP and 9/10 K/BB ratio over 17 1/3 innings. He'll function in middle relief for the Cardinals.
    Today, 8:47 am
  • Andrew Miller throws successful bullpen
    Andrew Miller (forearm) threw 30 pitches in a successful bullpen session on Saturday.

    Advice: The left-hander indicated afterwards that he would like to go out on a minor league rehab assignment, to simulate as close to MLB game speed as possible, before rejoining the bullpen. It's unclear if he'll step right back into the closer's role upon his return, or wind up in some sort of timeshare with Dellin Betances.
    Today, 8:32 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 3-2 vs TB
  • Red Sox option Noe Ramirez back to Triple-A
    Red Sox optioned RHP Noe Ramirez to Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: It was a very short-lived stay for Ramirez on the big league roster, as he allowed four runs (two earned) in his lone inning of work on Friday, his first day with the team. He should get another opportunity at some point this summer.
    Today, 8:14 am
    Not Active
    W, 6-1 vs Hou
  • Mariners option Tom Wilhelmsen to Triple-A
    Mariners optioned RHP Tom Wilhelmsen to Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: The 31-year-old right-hander has struggled out of the Mariners bullpen this season, posting a 4.68 ERA, 1.72 WHIP and 28/11 K/BB mark over 25 innings. He'll look to get back on track in the minor leagues before hopefully rejoining the M's bullpen later in the season.
    Today, 6:18 am
    Not Active
    L, 2-0 @Oak
  • Mariners option Vidal Nuno to Triple-A Tacoma
    Mariners optioned LHP Vidal Nuno to Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: The 27-year-old left-hander pitched very well out of the Mariners bullpen, registering a 2.53 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 10/1 K/BB ratio in 10 2/3 innings. It's unclear exactly why he's being sent out though, unless they prefer to stretch him back out as a starter at Triple-A.
    Today, 6:16 am
    Not Active
    L, 2-0 @Oak
  • Rays purchase contract of Everett Teaford
    Rays purchased the contract of LHP Everett Teaford from Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: The 31-year-old will provide depth to the Rays bullpen with his ability to work multiple innings. In 13 starts at Triple-A Durham he has registered a 5.56 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 46/18 K/BB ratio across 68 frames.
    Today, 6:05 am
  • Rays option Riefenhauser back to Triple-A
    Rays optioned LHP C.J. Riefenhauser to Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: The 25-year-old southpaw has really struggled in his limited time with the Rays this season, posting a 9.95 ERA, 1.90 WHIP and 2/4 K/BB ratio in 6 1/3 innings of work. He'll continue to provide bullpen depth in the minor leagues.
    Today, 6:02 am
    Not Active
    L, 3-2 @NYY
  • Carson Smith gives up two runs to A's
    Working the ninth with the Mariners up by six, Carson Smith allowed two runs in his inning Friday against the A's.

    Advice: The Mariners haven't had any save chances since Fernando Rodney got the nod over Smith last Friday against the Angels. It might well be that Rodney gets the call again next time out. Smith hasn't done anything wrong, but Lloyd McClendon wants Rodney to win back the job.
    Yesterday, 10:15 pm
  • Evan Scribner gives up two homers
    Evan Scribner gave up two homers in two innings of relief Friday against the Mariners.

    Advice: The home run ball is Scribner's bugaboo, and while he's one candidate to step in as Oakland's closer once Tyler Clippard is traded, those flyball tendencies might cause Edward Mujica to get the job instead. Scribner has given up nine homers this year, which is why his ERA stands at 3.64 despite a crazy 44/3 K/BB ratio in 42 innings.
    Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Cingrani throws two scoreless rehab innings
    Tony Cingrani (shoulder) threw a pair of scoreless innings in his first minor league rehab game with Triple-A Louisville on Friday.

    Advice: The 25-year-old southpaw struck out three on the day, while allowing just one walk. He is expected to rejoin the Reds at some point before the All-Star break.
    Yesterday, 3:17 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 7-3 vs Mil
  • Cubs acquire Clayton Richard from Pirates
    Cubs acquired LHP Clayton Richard from the Pirates in exchange for cash considerations; purchased his contract from Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Richard could have opted out of his deal, but instead the Pirates will get a little money to move him elsewhere. The veteran left-hander will start on Saturday versus the Marlins, as the Cubs have sent down Donn Roach. Richard hasn't pitched in the majors since 2013 but has had a nice year at Triple-A Indianapolis, posting a 2.09 ERA over nine starts. He struck out just 25 over 56 innings.
    Yesterday, 2:37 pm
    W, 7-2 vs ^ Mia
  • Noe Ramirez called up from Triple-A
    Red Sox purchased the contract of RHP Noe Ramirez from Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: Ramirez, 25, boasts a 2.42 ERA and 23/11 K/BB ratio over 26 innings for Pawtucket this season. He'll be making his major league debut when he gets into a game.
    Yesterday, 2:03 pm
    Not Active
    W, 6-1 vs Hou
  • Betances records four outs for his 7th save
    Dellin Betances recorded four outs to snag his seventh save as the Yankees wrapped up a 3-1 win against the Angels on Wednesday.

    Advice: Betances came in to get the final out of the eighth inning after Mike Trout had homered off of Justin Wilson. He got Albert Pujols to ground out. The ninth inning was troublesome, as Betances walked Erick Aybar to start off the frame. Aybar then stole second. With two outs, Betances issued another walk to Chris Iannetta to put the tying run on base. He bounced back to strike out C.J. Cron to end the contest. Since taking over for the injured Andrew Miller, Betances is 6-for-6 in save chances and overall sports a 1.13 ERA with a 64/18 K/BB ratio in 39 2/3 innings.
    Wednesday, 7:50 pm
  • Andrew Miller (forearm) throws 20 pitches
    Andrew Miller (forearm) threw 20 pitches off a mound Wednesday without issue.

    Advice: Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said after the workout that there is a possibility Miller returns before the All-Star break. Miller has been out since June 10 with a strained left forearm and Dellin Betances has been perfect so far in four fill-in save opportunities. There's not a clear picture of how this will all shake out.
    Wednesday, 1:22 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 3-2 vs TB
  • Bassitt pitches well in relief of Sonny Gray
    Chris Bassitt, making a spot start, limited the Rockies to one run in five innings, but suffered a tough luck loss on Tuesday.

    Advice: Sonny Gray was scratched due to an illness, so Bassitt was called up from Triple-A Nashville. The right-hander scattered five hits, walked none, and struck out three in the effort. As Gray will presumably be over his illness soon, Bassitt is likely headed back to Triple-A.
    Tuesday, 10:16 pm
  • C.J. Riefenhauser recalled from Triple-A
    Rays recalled LHP C.J. Riefenhauser from Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Riefenhauser has allowed five runs over 5 2/3 innings this season. He'll be used in middle relief.
    Tuesday, 8:39 pm
    Not Active
    L, 3-2 @NYY
  • Axford placed on family emergency list
    Rockies placed RHP John Axford on the 7-day family emergency list.

    Advice: Manager Walt Weiss said that the reliever "just has things to take care of at home." He did note that Axford's son, Jameson, who was bitten by a rattlesnake during spring training, is fine. It's not clear how long Axford will be away. LaTroy Hawkins, Scott Oberg and Tommy Kahnle could be in the mix for saves in Axford's absence.
    Tuesday, 5:46 pm
  • Axford not listed on Rockies' lineup card
    John Axford was not listed on the Rockies' lineup card prior to Tuesday's game.

    Advice: Chris Cotillo of hears that his absence isn't related to an injury or trade and that the Rockies will "release something soon" about the reliever. Axford had to miss time earlier this season when his son, Jameson, was bitten by a rattlesnake, so hopefully it's not related to that. An update on Axford should come shortly.
    Tuesday, 4:14 pm
  • Diamondbacks recall Matt Stites from Triple-A
    Diamondbacks recalled RHP Matt Stites from Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: Stites has a 3.00 ERA in nine appearances this season at the Triple-A level. The 25-year-old right-hander will pitch in low-leverage situations for the Diamondbacks.
    Tuesday, 2:28 pm
    Not Active
    Bot 5, 4-2 vs Col
  • A's recall RHP Bassitt from Triple-A
    Athletics recalled RHP Chris Bassitt from Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: The A's have yet to announce a corresponding roster move. Bassitt will start against the Rockies on Tuesday in place of Sonny Gray, who was scratched due to illness. The 26-year-old has posted a 3.71 ERA and 64/18 K/BB ratio over 63 innings this season in Triple-A.
    Tuesday, 12:32 pm
  • Cards transfer Walden to 60-day DL
    Cardinals transferred RHP Jordan Walden from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for Marcus Hatley on the 40-man roster. Walden has been out for two months with a right shoulder strain and hopes to return around the All-Star break.
    Tuesday, 12:11 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 2-1 vs SD
  • A's calling up Bassitt to start Tuesday
    The Athletics are calling up right-hander Chris Bassitt from Triple-A Nashville to start Tuesday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Sonny Gray has been scratched from the assignment. Bassitt, 26, owns a 3.71 ERA and 64/18 K/BB ratio over 63 innings this season in Triple-A.
    Tuesday, 11:33 am
  • Blanton doesn't last long in loss to Astros
    Joe Blanton had a short evening, going only 2 2/3 innings after giving up five runs in Monday's loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Blanton had pitched well in his first two starts back in the rotation ahead of Monday's start, but the Astros had him figured out. They plated two runs in the second and three in the third on five hits and four walks. The right-hander struck out only two. Including his time in the bullpen, Blanton owns a 3.14 ERA with a 1.15 WHIP and a 26/7 K/BB ratio in 28 2/3 innings. He has a date at home against the Twins in his next start.
    Monday, 8:20 pm
    L, 5-3 vs ^ Min
  • Cingrani (shoulder) to begin rehab Friday
    Tony Cingrani (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville on Friday.

    Advice: If all goes well, he could be back with the Reds by the All-Star break. The 25-year-old went on the disabled list earlier this month with a strained left shoulder. All 24 of Cingrani's appearances this year have come out of the bullpen.
    Monday, 12:25 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 7-3 vs Mil
  • Martinez punches out six in win over Cubs
    Carlos Martinez delivered an outstanding performance in Sunday's victory over the Cubs, surrendering just one run on two hits over six strong innings.

    Advice: Martinez punched out six on the night and walked three. The only blemish on his evening was a sacrifice fly off the bat of Anthony Rizzo in the third inning. Now 9-3 on the season, the terrific young right-hander owns a 2.80 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 100/39 K/BB ratio over 93 1/3 innings. He'll look to continue his dominance when he does battle against the Padres on Saturday.
    Sunday, 10:07 pm
  • Roark hit around by the Phillies in a loss
    Tanner Roark took a beating, yielding eight runs in 3 1/3 innings in a loss in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Phillies.

    Advice: Death by singles. 11 of the 12 hits Roark allowed were of the one-base variety, but the Phillies did a good job of bunching them up, plating four runs in each of the second and fourth innings. Roark also walked one without recording a strikeout. He should return to the Nationals' bullpen after this effort. He has a 4.34 ERA, a 1.32 WHIP, and a 26/11 K/BB ratio in 56 innings.
    Sunday, 6:42 pm
  • Smith mediocre, suffers 1st major league loss
    Josh Smith was handed a loss on Sunday against the Mets, yielding three runs (one earned) in five innings.

    Advice: Smith gave up four hits and four walks while striking out three. Opposing pitcher Steven Matz struck the big blow, pushing Eugenio Suarez for a fielding error earlier in the inning and Smith for intentionally walking Eric Campbell to get to him, drilling a two-run double. There's a good chance Smith gets a bus ticket back to Triple-A Louisville following the start.
    Sunday, 4:44 pm
    L, 7-3 vs ^ Mil
  • Indians release veteran Scott Atchison
    Indians released RHP Scott Atchison.

    Advice: The 39-year-old was designated for assignment earlier in the week after posting a 6.86 ERA and 12/4 K/BB ratio over 19 2/3 innings out of the Tribe's bullpen. It's unclear if he'll look to latch on elsewhere or decide to call it a career.
    Sunday, 2:09 pm
    Not Active
    L, 1-0 @Pit
  • Tanner Roark to start second game Sunday
    Tanner Roark will start the second game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Phillies.

    Advice: The 28-year-old right-hander owns a 3.25 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 26/10 K/BB ratio over 52 2/3 innings on the season. He should make for a nice streaming option against the struggling Phillies offense.
    Sunday, 1:38 pm
  • Wood goes 7 1/3 scoreless in win over Bucs
    Alex Wood twirled 7 1/3 scoreless innings as the Braves edged the Pirates 2-1 on Sunday.

    Advice: Wood was stingy in picking up his fifth victory, allowing just five hits without walking a batter. The southpaw also struck out eight on the day. The win was his first since June 1, a fact that speaks more to the Braves' struggles than to Wood's effectiveness. The 24-year-old will carry a 3.17 ERA into Saturday's matchup with the Phillies.
    Sunday, 1:27 pm
    W, 9-5 vs ^ Phi
  • Correia keeps Phils in game, but suffers loss
    Kevin Correia pitched reasonably well in Sunday's loss to the Nationals, serving up three runs (one earned) in 5 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Correia had shut the Nationals out through four innings, but an error by Jeff Francoeur in right field in the fifth inning helped set up the Nationals for their first run. In the sixth, a passed ball by Cameron Rupp on reliever Jake Diekman's pitch allowed a runner Correia had put on to score. All told, Correia allowed seven hits and three walks while striking out four. In four starts with the Phillies, he owns a 3.60 ERA with a 1.65 WHIP, and a 13/7 K/BB ratio in 20 innings. He'll match up with the Braves in a road start next.
    Sunday, 1:27 pm
    L, 9-5 ^ @Atl
  • Carson Smith gets hold against Angels
    Carson Smith picked up a hold Friday after getting two outs in the eighth inning against the Angels.

    Advice: With Mike Trout and Albert Pujols coming up in a 3-1 game, Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon chose to go to his best reliever in the eighth rather than save him for the ninth. Smith actually failed to retire either -- Trout singled and Pujols walked -- but Smith went on to get a double play ball to escape the jam and earn a hold. He's still probably the favorite for saves in Seattle at the moment.
    Friday, 10:33 pm
  • Betances notches four-out save vs. Astros
    Dellin Betances turned in a four-out save against the Astros on Friday for his fifth save of the season.

    Advice: Betances entered the game with one on and two out in the bottom of the eighth and got Evan Gattis to strike out swinging. He then turned in a 1-2-3 ninth inning to finish off the victory. It was nice to see after he was hit hard by the Phillies last time out. Betances owns a 1.21 ERA through 33 appearances this season to go along with 61 strikeouts and 16 walks over 37 1/3 innings.
    Friday, 9:00 pm
  • Axford holds on for 13th save
    John Axford held on Thursday against the Diamondbacks to convert his 13th save of the season.

    Advice: The Rockies grabbed a 6-2 lead in the bottom of the eighth inning, so Boone Logan came on for the top of the ninth. However, he allowed the first two batters to reach before Axford was called on to put out the fire. Danny Dorn drove in one run with a ground out and Paul Goldschmidt followed with a sacrifice fly, but Axford was able to strike out Yasmani Tomas swinging to end it. The 32-year-old has had a couple of bumpy outings of late, but he still owns a solid 2.42 ERA through 24 appearances this season.
    Thursday, 4:02 pm
  • Carlos Martinez could exceed 170 innings
    According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, Cardinals officials believe Carlos Martinez can exceed 170 innings.

    Advice: But he probably won't go much longer than that. Martinez threw only 99 2/3 innings between the minors and majors in 2014, working primarily as a reliever. The 23-year-old right-hander boasts a 2.89 ERA and 94 strikeouts through 87 1/3 frames (14 starts) this season. He's currently on pace for 199 1/3 innings, so a shutdown period may be coming if the Cardinals want him available for October.
    Thursday, 6:06 am
  • John Axford blows first save
    John Axford took his first blown save and loss after giving up three runs in the ninth versus the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

    Advice: Well, it was bound to happen at some point. Axford allowed three hits and walked two before being yanked with two outs in the ninth, turning a 7-5 lead into an 8-7 deficit. He's 12-for-13 saving games this year, so his job remains quite secure.
    Wednesday, 10:27 pm
  • Wood allows 10 hits, three runs in loss
    Alex Wood allowed 10 hits and three runs in Tuesday's loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: Wood did his best to limit the damage, as nine of the 10 Nationals hits against him were singles. He also walked one and struck out two in the start. It's been that kind of year for Wood, who owns a nice 3.44 ERA but a less attractive 1.44 WHIP through 14 starts. Wood will try to be more efficient Sunday when the Braves visit the Pirates.
    Tuesday, 9:14 pm
    W, 9-5 vs ^ Phi
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