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  • Chi Chi Gonzalez struggles in no-decision
    Chi Chi Gonzalez gave up five runs on 10 hits and two walks over five frames but escaped with a no-decision in Monday's 9-6 win over the Yankees.

    Advice: He needed 87 pitches to cover the five innings, striking out just two batters. Gonzalez was up for a start with the Rangers dealing with multiple injuries to their rotation. He could get another shot this weekend in Minnesota but can be ignored for fantasy purposes. Yesterday, 11:58 pm
  • Sam Dyson nails down 16th save
    Sam Dyson converted his 16th save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning in Monday's win over the Yankees.

    Advice: The Rangers plated four runs in the top of the ninth inning after a rain delay of three hours and 35 minutes, resulting in Dyson netting a save around 2:45 am. He's nailed down 16-of-17 save chances this season. Yesterday, 11:54 pm
  • Ivan Nova goes five versus Rangers
    Ivan Nova was charged with four runs over five innings of work in Monday's loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: He yielded six hits and walked three, settling for a no-decision in the rain-lengthened game. Nova has given up at least four runs in six out of his last seven starts and might not be long for the rotation. He's slated to face the Padres this weekend. Yesterday, 11:52 pm
    4:05 pm vs Tex
  • Will Harris gets save for Astros
    Will Harris pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth to earn his seventh save as the Astros topped the Angels 4-2 on Monday.

    Advice: The ninth started with a strikeout/wild pitch that allowed Johnny Giavotella to reach. Back-to-back singles followed, loading the bases with no outs. Fortunately, Harris had the bottom of the Angels' order to deal with at that point and no pinch-hitters in sight. He struck out Jett Bandy and then induced a comebacker from Andrelton Simmons that turned into a 1-2-3 double play. Yesterday, 11:00 pm
  • Matt Shoemaker goes six scoreless
    Matt Shoemaker was denied a win after throwing six scoreless innings Monday against the Astros.

    Advice: Par for the course for Shoemaker of late. He left with a 2-0 lead, but Mike Morin and Deolis Guerra combined to blow that in the seventh. Shoemaker finishes June 0-3 despite a 2.14 ERA and a 45/5 K/BB ratio in 42 innings over six starts. Yesterday, 10:58 pm
  • Daniel Mengden beats Giants for first victory
    Daniel Mengden surrendered two runs in 7 2/3 innings Monday to beat the Giants for his first career victory.

    Advice: Mengden lost each of his first three starts, though given his 3.00 ERA, it was hardly deserved. He was threatening a shutout tonight because the Giants got to him for a run in the eighth. The A's decided to take no chances afterwards and lifted him from an 8-1 game. An inherited runner came around to score off Fernando Rodriguez. Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • Jeff Samarzjia gives up six runs in loss
    Jeff Samardzija was tagged for six runs in six innings by the A's on Monday.

    Advice: Samardzija has allowed six runs three times in June after never doing so in April or May. He's given up nine homers this month after allowing a total of three in the first two months. Hopefully, Dave Righetti and company can quickly figure out what's caused this and get him turned around. Yesterday, 10:17 pm
  • Vincent Velasquez excels in return from DL
    Vincent Velasquez pitched five scoreless innings and struck out seven as the Phillies shut out the Diamondbacks 8-0 on Monday.

    Advice: It was a surprise that the Phillies let Velasquez return from his biceps strain so soon, but it was a minor injury. He's still likely to be shut down at some point in the second half in order to prevent him from racking up too high of an innings count. Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Jon Gray strikes out eight in victory
    Jon Gray pitched seven innings and allowed four runs Monday in a win over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Gray was allowed to start on four days' rest tonight despite complaining of fatigue and a heavy arm last time out. He was plenty effective, too, striking out eight and walking none. He's lasted seven innings in six of his 13 starts. Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • Drew Storen gives up four runs to Rockies
    Drew Storen gave up four runs while retiring just one batter Monday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Storen gave up two singles and hit two batters before being pulled. Jesse Chavez took over and merely added fuel to the fire in what turned out to be a six-run inning for the Rockies. Storen had been doing solid work the last two months after a horrid April, but tonight's showing pushed his ERA back up to 6.28. His struggles are the biggest reason the Jays will be on the hunt for another setup man next month. Yesterday, 9:25 pm
  • Syndergaard indeed pitching through bone spur
    Marc Carig of Newsday reports that despite Noah Syndergaard's denial, he is indeed pitching with a bone spur in his elbow.

    Advice: Syndergaard denied reports after Monday's game, but Mike Puma of the New York Post adds that it's at the pitcher's "insistence" that the club doesn't acknowledge the bone spur. The cat is out of the bag now, though the severity of the bone spur isn't known and it's possible he'll be able to pitch through it, as many pitchers do. The question is how effective he'll be. Syndergaard showed his normal velocity Monday against the Nationals, but he struggled with his control while giving up a season-high five runs over three innings. Yesterday, 9:24 pm
  • Danny Duffy goes eight strong versus Cards
    Danny Duffy had it going Monday, striking out eight while limiting the Cardinals to two runs over eight frames in a 6-2 victory.

    Advice: Duffy served up a two-run homer to Matt Holliday in the first inning but was essentially untouchable after that, permitting just four baserunners over his final seven frames. The left-hander gave up six hits and didn't walk anyone. It was a fine bounce-back outing after Duffy had struggled in his last two trips to the hill. Duffy will go up against the Phillies this weekend. Yesterday, 9:01 pm
  • Rich Hill (groin) makes rehab start
    Rich Hill (groin) allowed one run in three-plus innings Monday in a minor league rehab start with High-A Stockton.

    Advice: Hill struck out six and walked none while throwing 44 out of 66 pitches for strikes. The A's have yet to make an official decision, but he could potentially be cleared to make his return this weekend against the Pirates. Hill has been sidelined for about a month with a right groin strain. Yesterday, 8:46 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:15 pm @SF
  • Noah Syndergaard struggles in loss to Nats
    Noah Syndergaard was touched up for five runs over just three innings of work in Monday's loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: He yielded seven hits and walked three. The night could have been even worse, as Syndergaard managed to pitch out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the first inning before the Nats eventually got to him in the third. Thor has now had an ordinary outing followed by a bad one, which is troubling with reports saying he's pitching through a bone spur. Worth noting, though, is that his velocity was fine Monday, as he hit 100 mph multiple times. Syndergaard gets the Cubs this weekend. Yesterday, 8:20 pm
  • Syndergaard denies he has bone spur in elbow
    Noah Syndergaard denied that he has a bone spur in his pitching elbow. Yesterday, 8:08 pm
  • Syndergaard also pitching through bone spur
    Noah Syndergaard is also pitching through a bone spur in his throwing elbow, per Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News. Yesterday, 7:44 pm
  • Wilson to go for second opinion on shoulder
    C.J. Wilson will go for a second opinion on his left shoulder.

    Advice: Wilson has been battling a shoulder issue since February and Angels general manager Billy Eppler said Monday that it's still "not firing" the way he'd like. He's obviously still a ways off from rejoining the Angels. Yesterday, 6:12 pm
    60-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs Hou
  • Richards has 'progressive healing' in elbow
    Angels general manager Billy Eppler said Monday that Garrett Richards has shown "progressive healing" in the ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow.

    Advice: Richards received a stem-cell injection six weeks ago in his efforts to avoid Tommy John surgery. Monday's exam was good news, but he's scheduled to be evaluated again in six weeks before the next step is determined. If Richards ends up needing Tommy John surgery, he would miss the entire 2017 season. Yesterday, 5:25 pm
    60-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs Hou
  • Rangers option Claudio to Triple-A
    Rangers optioned LHP Alex Claudio to Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: The move cleared a spot for Monday's starter, Chi Chi Gonzalez. Claudio has a 4.50 ERA and 11/4 K/BB ratio over 18 innings this season and should get another chance soon. Yesterday, 4:51 pm
    Not Active
    4:05 pm @NYY
  • Rangers call up RHP Rodriguez from Triple-A
    Rangers recalled RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez from Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Rodriguez was called up to make his major-league season debut Monday against the Yankees. The 24-year-old had a 5.04 ERA across 14 starts in Triple-A this season and isn't a recommended fantasy option. Yesterday, 4:50 pm
  • Rockies will wait on decision at closer
    Rockies manager Walt Weiss said Monday that the club will wait to decide if Jake McGee (knee) will regain the closer job after he comes back from the disabled list.

    Advice: McGee, out since June 10 with left knee inflammation, is set to begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with Class A Modesto and appears on track to rejoin the Rockies on Saturday. Carlos Estevez has had a couple of shaky appearances recently, so his case to keep the job might have taken a hit, but Weiss said they haven't made a final decision yet. "That’s one of the conversations we need to have," said Weiss. "The bullpen is ever-evolving." McGee had 15 saves with a 4.98 ERA and 15/6 K/BB ratio in 21 2/3 innings prior to hitting the disabled list. Yesterday, 4:30 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:40 pm vs Tor
  • A's designate Surkamp for assignment
    Athletics designated LHP Eric Surkamp for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for the newly-claimed Nick Tepesch on the 40-man roster. Surkamp has posted an ugly 6.98 ERA in nine starts with the A's this season. Yesterday, 3:23 pm
    Not Active
    7:15 pm @SF
  • Kershaw has had back discomfort for weeks
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after Monday's game that Clayton Kershaw has been dealing with lower back discomfort for the last few weeks.

    Advice: That's what carrying the Dodgers' rotation will do to a guy. Kershaw had a rare off-night Sunday against the Pirates on Sunday, allowing four runs over six innings, but the Dodgers maintain that he'll be ready to make his next scheduled start Friday versus the Rockies. Yesterday, 1:41 pm
  • Liriano gives up five runs in loss
    Francisco Liriano surrendered five runs (four earned) in 4 1/3 innings in Monday’s loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Liriano gave up one run over the first four innings before the Dodgers got to him for four runs in the fifth. He struck out three and walked five in the loss, as his control problems continue. The southpaw leads the majors with 54 walks in 82 2/3 innings. He can’t be trusted in fantasy leagues right now. Yesterday, 1:31 pm
  • Rays bring back Danny Farquhar
    Rays recalled RHP Danny Farquhar from Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: It's been a whirlwind 48 hours for Farquhar, who was recalled Saturday, sent down after the game and is now headed back to Tampa Bay. The Rays cleared a spot for Farquhar by designating Ryan Webb for assignment. Yesterday, 12:41 pm
  • Steve Delabar to play in Japan
    Steve Delabar has signed a contract with Japan's Hiroshima Carp.

    Advice: Delabar will head overseas after getting released by the Reds on Friday. The 32-year-old holds a 4.07 ERA over 190 relief appearances for three major league teams. He registered a 6.75 ERA in seven outings for the Reds this year. Yesterday, 11:27 am
    Not Active
    4:10 pm vs ChC
  • Kershaw dealing with minor back discomfort
    Clayton Kershaw was treated for minor back discomfort after pitching Sunday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Kershaw endured his worst start of the season on Sunday but manager Dave Roberts insists his ineffectiveness had nothing to do with his ailing back. Roberts added that the injury has been an "off-and-on issue." Kershaw put in his usual post-start workout Monday morning and isn't expected to miss any time. He's in line to pitch Friday against the Rockies. Yesterday, 11:11 am
  • Jumbo Diaz headed back to the majors
    Reds recalled RHP Jumbo Diaz from Triple-A Louisville.

    Advice: The Angels claimed J.C. Ramirez off waivers, opening up a roster spot for Diaz. The 32-year-old has done solid work as Louisville's closer, converting 11-of-12 saves with a pristine 0.75 ERA. Unfortunately that success has not carried over to the big leagues. He holds a disappointing 6.30 ERA in 11 games for the Reds this season. Yesterday, 10:16 am
  • Cubs call up 40-year-old RHP Joel Peralta
    Cubs purchased the contract of RHP Joel Peralta from Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Gerardo Concepcion was optioned to Triple-A in the corresponding roster move. Before his call-up, Peralta posted a 4.50 ERA with two saves over five outings for Iowa. The 40-year-old joined the Cubs on a minor league deal earlier this month after being released by Seattle. Yesterday, 9:51 am
  • Darvish to pitch simulated game Wednesday
    Yu Darvish (shoulder, neck) will throw a simulated game on Wednesday.

    Advice: Darvish threw all of his pitches during a 30-pitch bullpen session on Sunday. It was Darvish's first time on the mound since injuring his neck earlier this month. He'll throw about three innings on Wednesday. The right-hander landed on the disabled list in just his third game back from Tommy John surgery. Yesterday, 7:41 am
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm @NYY
  • Kershaw struggles in Sunday's loss to Pirates
    Clayton Kershaw had a rare off-night on Sunday, surrendering four runs on nine hits over six innings in a losing effort against the Pirates.

    Advice: The All-Star southpaw struck out four and walked two on the evening. This marked the first time all season that Kershaw has issued more than one walk. All of the damage against him was done with two outs in the second inning, where Adam Frazier delivered an RBI single and David Freese smacked a three-run double. Even with this poor outing, Kershaw still owns a stellar 11-2 record, 1.79 ERA and 0.73 WHIP on the season. He'll take on the Rockies his next time out at home on Friday. Sunday, 7:50 pm
  • Phillies activate Vincent Velasquez from DL
    Phillies activated RHP Vincent Velasquez from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: He'll return to the Phillies rotation on Monday against the Diamondbacks. Prior to being shut down for two weeks due to a right biceps strain, Velasquez posted a 3.65 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 73/22 K/BB ratio over 61 2/3 innings. Fantasy owners in weekly leagues will likely want to roll the dice on his first start back, as he's on tap for two starts next week. Sunday, 5:09 pm
  • Danny Farquhar sent down after doubleheader
    Rays optioned RHP Danny Farquhar to Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Farquhar appeared in the second game of Tampa Bay's doubleheader on Saturday, allowing a solo home run to Orioles catcher Matt Wieters in the eighth inning. He'll continue to bounce back and forth between Tampa Bay and Durham. Saturday, 8:25 pm
  • Yu Darvish (neck) to throw bullpen on Sunday
    Yu Darvish (shoulder, neck) will throw a bullpen session on Sunday.

    Advice: This will be his first mound session since being placed on the disabled list with neck and shoulder discomfort earlier this month. If his bullpen session goes well, the next step would be either a simulated game or a rehab assignment. Darvish is 2-0 with a 2.87 ERA in three starts this season. He missed all of last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Saturday, 4:54 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm @NYY
  • Velasquez discussed innings limit with Boras
    Vincent Velasquez said he's discussed an innings limit with agent Scott Boras.

    Advice: Here we go again. Boras butted heads with the Mets over Matt Harvey's innings limit last year and also went toe to toe with the Marlins over Jose Fernandez. Now it's the Phillies' turn to go 15 rounds with Boras. The Phillies won't be in the playoff race this year, which should make the decision to shut Velasquez down a little easier. "The agents and I discussed it a little bit, but I don't know the definite answer, an exact amount of innings," said Velasquez. "I'd want to say roughly like maybe 150 or something, maybe 160 tops." The right-hander has never logged more than 125 innings in a season. He's only at 61 2/3 innings now so there's still a long way to go before Velasquez hits his limit, whatever that might be. Saturday, 4:18 pm
  • Chi Chi Gonzalez to join Rangers' rotation
    Chi Chi Gonzalez will make his season debut for the Rangers Monday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Gonzalez will fill the rotation spot left by Colby Lewis, who was just placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained lat. The 24-year-old has had a rocky year in the minor leagues with three wins and a 5.04 ERA in 14 starts for Triple-A Round Rock. Gonzalez won't be a recommended fantasy option when he takes the mound Monday at Yankee Stadium. Saturday, 3:37 pm
  • A's option Surkamp to make room for Overton
    Athletics optioned LHP Eric Surkamp to Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: The A's needed to clear a roster spot for Dillon Overton, who is set to make his major league debut on Saturday. With Surkamp back in the minors, Sean Manaea (elbow) should return to the A's rotation Wednesday against San Francisco. Surkamp is winless in nine starts this season with a disastrous 6.98 ERA. Saturday, 2:31 pm
    Not Active
    7:15 pm @SF
  • Rays call up RHP Farquhar from Triple-A
    Rays recalled RHP Danny Farquhar from Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Farquhar will be the 26th man in Saturday's doubleheader with the Orioles. The 29-year-old has allowed two runs with a 5/0 K/BB ratio over 5 1/3 innings with the Rays this season. Saturday, 7:35 am
  • Jon Gray (shoulder) cleared for Monday start
    Jon Gray (shoulder) has been cleared to start Monday versus the Blue Jays after getting through a 14-pitch bullpen session Friday with no issues.

    Advice: Gray had to be pulled from his last start because of shoulder fatigue, but it's apparently no big deal. He'll face a stiff test in going up against the tough Toronto offense at Coors Field. Friday, 2:48 pm
  • Jake McGee (knee) nearing rehab stint
    Jake McGee (knee) will begin a rehab assignment if a bullpen session Sunday goes well.

    Advice: McGee threw a 20-pitch bullpen session Friday with no issues. It's unclear how many rehab appearances the closer will need before being activated, but McGee isn't far off. Friday, 2:14 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:40 pm vs Tor
  • Steve Delabar released by Reds
    Reds released RHP Steve Delabar.

    Advice: He was outrighted off the 40-man roster a month ago and is now out of the organization. Delabar has missed bats but also walked a ton of batters both at Triple-A and in the majors this season, which is pretty typical of him. Friday, 1:39 pm
    Not Active
    4:10 pm vs ChC
  • Vincent Velasquez (biceps) expected back Mon.
    Vincent Velasquez (biceps) is expected to rejoin the Phillies' rotation on Monday versus the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Velasquez tossed five frames of one-run ball in a rehab start Wednesday and that's all he's going to need before being re-inserted into the rotation. He's expected to replace Adam Morgan among the Phillies' starting five. Velasquez has missed just over two weeks with a right biceps strain. Friday, 8:04 am
  • Surkamp to start Friday instead of Saturday
    Eric Surkamp's start has been moved up to Friday.

    Advice: The A's have been trying to piece together their rotation with Rich Hill (groin) and Sean Manaea (elbow) both hurt. Surkamp was originally slated to start Saturday's game against the Angels but instead he'll move up a day and pitch on five days rest. Dillon Overton could be in line to start Saturday. The left-hander has won seven straight for Triple-A Nashville and would be pitching on normal rest. Zach Neal and Jesse Hahn are also candidates to start. Thursday, 5:27 pm
    Not Active
    7:15 pm @SF
  • Jon Gray (shoulder) expects to make next start
    Jon Gray (shoulder) plans to make his next start Monday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Gray left Wednesday's outing with a tired shoulder but doesn't see it as a long-term issue. "I passed all the strength tests," said Gray. "My shoulder’s just a little bit fatigued, but I think I will be back out there." Even if Gray does pitch Monday, he won't be a recommended fantasy play against a tough Blue Jays lineup at Coors Field. Thursday, 4:05 pm
  • Syndergaard (elbow) cleared to start vs. Nats
    Noah Syndergaard (elbow) has been cleared to take his next turn Monday in Washington, D.C.

    Advice: Syndergaard made an early exit from his start Wednesday against the Royals after experiencing renewed discomfort in his right elbow, but an MRI came back clean and he was prescribed anti-inflammatory medication. Syndergaard also had some elbow troubles last month, but tests taken then also turned up negative. The ace right-hander looks like a safe start in all fantasy formats Monday versus the rival Nationals. Thursday, 12:56 pm
  • Samardzija gets hammered for three home runs
    Jeff Samardzija coughed up six runs in only three innings of work but was spared a loss as the Giants came back to defeat the Pirates on Wednesday.

    Advice: He walked two batters and struck out two. Three home run balls proved to be Samardzija's undoing tonight, the biggest being a three-run blast by Gregory Polanco in the second inning. The six runs allowed ties a season high. Samardzija now has a 3.59 ERA and 1.16 WHIP with 77 strikeouts and 22 walks over 97 2/3 innings. His record holds at 8-4. He will travel across the bridge to Oakland for his next start on Monday. Wednesday, 8:55 pm
  • Liriano disappoints again in Pirates' loss
    Francisco Liriano surrendered four runs on six hits and three walks in his five innings of work in a no-decision effort vs the Giants on Wednesday.

    Advice: On the bright side he whiffed six hitters. After three solid seasons in Pittsburgh, Liriano has been a big disappointment to his fantasy owners this year. He is still striking out a lot of batters but his 5.63 BB/9 is a killer. He managed to escape without allowing a home run tonight but has allowed 14 homers in 14 starts this year. Liriano will take his ugly 5.17 ERA into his next start against the Dodgers on Monday in the first of his two starts next week. Wednesday, 8:49 pm
  • MRI shows no damage in Syndergaard elbow
    No structural damage was found in the MRI of Noah Syndergaard's right elbow.

    Advice: "Thor" exited Wednesday's start against the Royals after six innings and Mets manager Terry Collins acknowledged after the game that Syndergaard right elbow had flared up. But the big right-hander got the all-clear after a meeting with Dr. David Altchek. Syndergaard has been prescribed anti-inflammatory medication and should soon be cleared to resume his normal work, though he could still be held out of Monday's start as a precautionary measure. He also had tests run on his elbow last month. Wednesday, 7:50 pm
  • Syndergaard, Cespedes could avoid trips to DL
    The New York Post's Mike Puma and Ken Davidoff report that the Mets are hopeful that Noah Syndergaard (elbow) and Yoenis Cespedes (wrist) will avoid the disabled list.

    Advice: Syndergaard's elbow "flared up" (per manager Terry Collins) on him after he tossed six innings of three-run ball against the Royals on Wednesday, while Cespedes came down with left wrist discomfort in the fifth inning. Both players subsequently traveled to the hospital. At least for now, it looks like they might have escaped missing any significant amount of time, but elbows and wrists are fickle. Fantasy owners should stay tuned until the Mets offer official word one way or another. Wednesday, 7:40 pm
  • Velasquez (biceps) posts strong rehab start
    Vincent Velasquez (biceps) said that he felt "back to normal" following Wednesday's rehab outing at Double-A Reading.

    Advice: Velasquez surrendered a leadoff homer to shortstop Todd Haskins, but settled down to allow just one other hit over his five innings of work. He threw 76 pitches during his time on the mound. Velasquez is hoping this will be the only minor league work he needs. Should he be reinserted back into the rotation, his next start would likely come against the Diamondbacks on June 27. He has been on the shelf with a right biceps strain since June 8. Wednesday, 7:23 pm
  • Darvish (shoulder) could throw bullpen Sat.
    Rangers pitching coach Doug Brocail said that Yu Darvish (shoulder, neck) could throw a bullpen session on Saturday.

    Advice: Darvish remains a ways away from a return to the big league team. Brocail said that he won't be taking part in a rehab or simulated game for at least another week. A mid-June MRI did not reveal any structural damage, but expect the Rangers to continue to take it slow with their ace right-hander, especially given that he is just coming off of a lengthy recovery from Tommy John surgery. Wednesday, 5:34 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm @NYY
  • Mengden tosses quality start against Brewers
    Daniel Mengden turned in a quality start in Wednesday's loss to the Brewers, allowing three runs on seven hits over six innings.

    Advice: Mengden has now made three major league starts. He has seen his strikeout totals rise in each one, topping out with nine strikeouts on Wednesday. The 23-year-old right-hander holds a 3.00 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 21/6 K/BB ratio over 18 innings. Despite this nice work, Mengden's record sits at 0-3. He will try to shore up win No. 1 in a road start against the Giants next time out. Wednesday, 3:51 pm
  • Will Harris allows run but earns sixth save
    Will Harris tallied his sixth save of the season Wednesday in the Astros' 3-2 defeat of the Angels.

    Advice: Harris gave up three singles and one earned run before ending the game on a Mike Trout lineout with Houston still leading 3-2. It was only the third run allowed by Harris this season. He has a shiny 0.83 ERA and 32/6 K/BB ratio in 32 2/3 total innings. Wednesday, 2:35 pm
  • Shoemaker pitches into eighth in loss
    Matt Shoemaker allowed three earned runs over 7 1/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Shoemaker was dominating until the bottom of the sixth, when Jose Altuve slugged a solo home run. Marwin Gonzalez then tripled home George Springer in the bottom of the eighth and scored the Astros' third run on a Carlos Correa groundout. Shoemaker gave up eight total hits while also walking two. He'll try for better next week against these same Astros. Wednesday, 2:27 pm
  • Orioles showing interest in Francisco Liriano
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Orioles are interested in Francisco Liriano.

    Advice: Morosi further reports that the Pirates are still viewing their season as salvageable, though, making any potential Liriano trade more difficult to consummate. They currently sit at 34-37. This season, Liriano has pitched to a tough 5.03 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and 74/46 K/BB ratio over 73 1/3 innings. Wednesday, 2:09 pm
  • Jon Gray experiences heavy arm in loss to NYY
    Rockies manager Walt Weiss said that Jon Gray was lifted from Wednesday's start against the Yankees due to fatigue and a heavy arm.

    Advice: Gray allowed four runs over four innings in Wednesday's loss. This doesn't sound like a serious injury, but the 24-year-old right-hander's status for his next scheduled start against the Blue Jays has not yet been determined. Wednesday, 1:57 pm
  • Syndergaard visiting doctor for elbow issue
    Noah Syndergaard will visit Dr. David Altchek after experiencing more elbow discomfort on Wednesday.

    Advice: Syndergaard tossed six innings of three-run ball in Wednesday's win over the Royals, but his elbow began to bother him near the end of the start -- hence why he was only able to toss six innings. The young ace is flying back to New York while the Mets head to Atlanta for a four-game weekend set. Syndergaard also had tests run on his elbow last month, but they showed nothing abnormal. Wednesday, 1:43 pm
  • Syndergaard earns eighth win versus KC
    Noah Syndergaard allowed three earned runs over six innings Wednesday in a win over the Royals.

    Advice: Syndergaard was working on a little bit of extra rest, but he looked sharp until the Royals' two-run fifth inning. Kansas City would add one more run in the sixth, but New York wound up winning this edition of the 2015 World Series rematch 4-3. Syndergaard struck out four and walked none. He'll carry an 8-2 record and 2.08 ERA into his next start on the road against the Nationals. Wednesday, 1:28 pm
  • Duffy yields three earned in no-decision
    Danny Duffy yielded three earned runs over 4 2/3 innings Wednesday in a no-decision against the Mets.

    Advice: Duffy struck out eight but walked four and gave up four hits. One of those hits was a two-run homer by Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera in the bottom of the fifth inning. Duffy has now struggled in two straight outings, and it's the home run balls that have really killed him. He still has a respectable 3.38 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 71/16 K/BB ratio in 58 2/3 innings for the year. Wednesday, 1:25 pm
  • A's Rich Hill (groin) cleared for rehab start
    Rich Hill (groin) is scheduled to make a rehab start Monday with High-A Stockton.

    Advice: If it goes well, he should be cleared to return to the Athletics' rotation the following weekend. Hill has been on the disabled list since May 30 because of a strained right groin. He had a sharp 2.25 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 74/24 K/BB ratio in 64 innings before the injury. Wednesday, 11:30 am
    15-Day DL
    7:15 pm @SF
  • Ivan Nova hit hard in loss to Rockies Tuesday
    Ivan Nova was hit hard in a losing effort against the Rockies on Tuesday, surrendering five runs on eight hits over his four innings.

    Advice: Nova walked two and struck out one in the ballgame. Charlie Blackmon was his nemesis, blasting a pair of solo homers against him in this one. Nova has struggled for most of the season, compiling a troublesome 5.18 ERA and 1.38 WHIP over 64 1/3 innings. He'll look to get back on track on Monday against the Rangers. Tuesday, 10:26 pm
    4:05 pm vs Tex
  • Syndergaard pushed back to Wednesday
    Noah Syndergaard will have his next scheduled start pushed back to Wednesday against the Royals.

    Advice: It's a last-minute change for the Mets, as Syndergaard was previously scheduled to pitch Tuesday night in the World Series rematch. Now Bartolo Colon will move up a day to start in his place. The move appears to be strategic, as it lines up Syndergaard to start against the Nationals next Monday. Tuesday, 11:11 am
  • Clayton Kershaw picks up 11th win
    Clayton Kershaw allowed one run over seven innings and struck out eight in defeating the Nationals on Monday.

    Advice: The much-anticipated Kershaw-Stephen Strasburg showdown didn't materialize tonight, and while emergency replacement Yusmeiro Petit did solid work, he couldn't hang with Kershaw in what ended up being a 3-1 game. Kershaw moved to 11-1 with a 1.57 ERA. He went without walking a batter for the eighth time in 15 starts. Monday, 10:20 pm
  • Velasquez (biceps) to make rehab start Wed.
    Vincent Velasquez (biceps) will make a minor league rehab start Wednesday with Double-A Reading.

    Advice: Velasquez, who has been sidelined since June 8 with a right biceps strain, believes that he will only require one rehab start. The 24-year-old owns a 3.65 ERA and 73/22 K/BB ratio in 61 2/3 innings over 12 starts this season. Monday, 1:57 pm
  • Dyson earns 11th save, Rangers sweep STL
    Sam Dyson earned his 11th save of the season Sunday in the Rangers' 5-4 defeat of the Cardinals.

    Advice: Dyson gave up a leadoff single to Greg Garcia to open the bottom of the ninth inning and then issued a two-out walk to Matt Carpenter, but Aledmys Diaz hit into an easy groundout to end it and give the visiting Rangers a three-game sweep. Dyson now has a 2.04 ERA on the season and he hasn't blown a save opportunity since officially taking over as the Rangers' closer in mid-May. Jun 19, 2:38 pm
  • Matt Shoemaker gives up two runs to A's
    Matt Shoemaker yielded two runs -- one earned -- in six innings Friday in a no-decision against the Athletics.

    Advice: Shoemaker struck out seven and walked one, which qualifies as his worst K/BB ratio in his last six starts. He has a 1.88 ERA and a 55/2 K/BB ratio in those six outings, but the Angels offense has been so bad that the team has won just two of those games (and only one of those was credited to Shoemaker). Jun 17, 10:59 pm
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