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  • Velasquez strikes out seven over five innings
    Vincent Velasquez allowed one run on five hits over five innings in Sunday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: Velasquez struck out seven and walked one on the afternoon. The lone run to score on his watch came home courtesy of a Curtis Granderson sacrifice fly in the first inning. And that was it. For the season, the 24-year-old right-hander holds a 4.21 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 144/45 K/BB ratio across 124 innings. A home start against the Braves shows next on his schedule. Today, 2:54 pm
  • Dyson pitches into, out of danger for save
    Sam Dyson pitched into danger but earned his 29th save Sunday versus the Indians.

    Advice: Dyson gave up a leadoff single to Francisco Lindor in the top of the ninth inning and then issues back-to-back one-out walks to Carlos Santana and Jose Ramirez, but he rallied to strike out Tyler Naquin and then got Abraham Almonte to fly out to end it. Dyson has struggled lately, but his job seems safe for now. Today, 2:54 pm
  • Rays option Steve Geltz back to Triple-A
    Rays optioned RHP Steve Geltz to Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Geltz was just with the club for one day as an extra bullpen arm and will head back down to make room on the roster for Alex Cobb who is set to be activated on Monday. Expect to see Geltz back with the big league club when rosters expand later this week. Today, 2:53 pm
    Not Active
    W, 10-4 @Hou
  • Fister can't make it out of fifth versus Rays
    Doug Fister failed to make it out of the fifth inning Sunday in the Astros' loss to the Rays.

    Advice: He gave up four runs -- two earned -- on seven hits and a walk while striking out just one Tampa Bay hitter. Fister was coming off an excellent start last Monday versus the Pirates. He'll carry a 12-9 record and 3.60 ERA into his next scheduled outing on the road versus the Rangers. Today, 2:36 pm
    L, 10-4 vs TB
  • Angels knock Anibal Sanchez for five runs
    Anibal Sanchez was ineffective in Sunday's loss to the Angels, surrendering five runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Sanchez managed to hold the Angels off the scoreboard until the fifth, when Jefry Marte cracked a two-run home run to left-center. Three more runs would score in the sixth to finish off the fade. With the loss, the veteran right-hander's record dropped to 7-13. He will bring a 5.92 ERA and 1.47 WHIP into a road showdown with the Royals next time he takes the mound. Today, 2:19 pm
    L, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Watson earns save as Bucs sweep Brewers
    Tony Watson notched his 10th save Sunday in the Pirates' 3-1 defeat of the Brewers.

    Advice: That concluded a big four-game sweep for the Bucs, who are very much alive in the National League Wild Card race despite selling off veteran closer Mark Melancon (and starter Francisco Liriano) at the August 1 trade deadline. Watson has converted 10 straight saves this month since Melancon's departure. The lefty has a 2.57 ERA for the year. Today, 1:56 pm
  • Gausman silences Bomber bats in 5-0 win
    Kevin Gausman was sharp in Sunday's 5-0 win over the Yankees, striking out nine over seven shutout innings.

    Advice: Gausman wasn't unhittable -- he scattered seven of them -- but this was perhaps his best overall start of the season. The flame-throwing right-hander did not walk a batter on the afternoon and finished his seven brilliant innings having thrown 108 pitches (75 strikes). Gausman has not allowed a run in either of his past two starts. For the season as a whole, the 25-year-old holds a 3.73 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 140/38 K/BB ratio over 140 innings. The Yankees will have the displeasure of facing him again in Camden Yards next time he takes the mound. Today, 1:55 pm
    W, 5-0 @NYY
  • Ivan Nova leaves start with hamstring issue
    Ivan Nova was forced to leave Sunday's start against the Brewers due to left hamstring discomfort.

    Advice: Prior to departing, the right-hander pitched brilliantly, allowing only one run on three hits over six strong innings. He's currently being evaluated and treated by the Pirates medical staff. Expect an update on his status shortly. Today, 1:44 pm
    W, 3-1 @Mil
  • Perdomo allows one run in complete game W
    Luis Perdomo excelled in Sunday's 3-1 win over the Marlins, tossing a complete game while yielding just one run.

    Advice: Perdomo walked three against three strikeouts, but he managed to keep the Marlins in check despite the lack of whiffs. The lone run to score on his watch came when Xavier Scruggs picked up a shallow RBI double in the second inning. Otherwise, nothing doing for the fish. This makes two beautiful outings in a row for Perdomo, who fired seven innings of one-run ball against the Diamondbacks last time out. He will try to make it three consecutive gems when he takes his lowering-by-degrees 5.84 ERA and 1.70 WHIP into a road showdown with the Dodgers next time he toes the rubber. Today, 1:38 pm
    W, 3-1 @Mia
  • Derek Law goes on DL with elbow strain
    Giants placed RHP Derek Law on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow strain.

    Advice: Law said he hasn't felt any pain but hasn't been able to get full extension. He underwent an MRI and is awaiting the results. Law's absence will be felt for however long he's sidelined given his 1.94 ERA and 47/9 K/BB ratio over 51 innings. Worth noting is that he had Tommy John surgery back in 2014. Today, 11:03 am
  • Michael Blazek (forearm) resumes throwing
    Michael Blazek (forearm) has resumed a throwing program.

    Advice: His recovery from a forearm strain has gone more slowly than expected, but Blazek has made strides recently and a recent MRI revealed good news. He's hoping for a mid-September return. Today, 10:26 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 3-1 vs Pit
  • Guerra (elbow) expected back next weekend
    Junior Guerra (elbow) is on track to rejoin the Brewers' rotation next weekend in Pittsburgh.

    Advice: Guerra threw 3 1/3 scoreless innings in a rehab start with Triple-A Colorado Springs on Saturday. He'll be examined by the Brewers' medical staff before officially being cleared to rejoin the rotation later this week, assuming all is well. Guerra holds a 2.93 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in 107 1/3 innings this season and should be scooped up in fantasy leagues where he was dropped. Today, 9:59 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 3-1 vs Pit
  • A.J. Schugel recalled from Triple-A
    Pirates recalled RHP A.J. Schugel from Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: Schugel will provide a fresh relief arm for the Bucs. He's put up a 3.86 ERA and 43/13 K/BB ratio over 49 relief innings with the big club this season. Today, 9:54 am
  • T.J. McFarland designated for assignment
    Orioles designated LHP T.J. McFarland for assignment.

    Advice: McFarland was pummeled for four runs over two-thirds of an inning Saturday in his lone appearance after returning from the disabled list. He stands a good chance at clearing waivers. Today, 8:17 am
    Not Active
    W, 5-0 @NYY
  • Oliver Drake recalled from Triple-A
    Orioles recalled RHP Oliver Drake from Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: Drake has allowed six runs over 5 2/3 relief innings with the Orioles this season. He'll be used in low-leverage situations. Today, 8:16 am
  • Orioles bring back reliever Tommy Hunter
    Orioles signed RHP Tommy Hunter to a one-year contract.

    Advice: Hunter was released by the Indians last week after struggling on a rehab assignment. He held a decent 3.74 ERA and 17/5 K/BB ratio over 21 1/3 innings before his back injury, though, and is worth a shot at the prorated veteran minimum. Hunter, of course, spent 2011-15 with the Orioles. Today, 8:12 am
    W, 5-0 @NYY
  • Joel de la Cruz to be skipped by Braves
    The Braves will skip Joel de la Cruz's next start.

    Advice: De la Cruz has allowed nine runs over his last two starts and could be wearing down since he did more relieving than starting at Triple-A this season. Matt Wisler will start on regular rest Tuesday in de la Cruz's place. Today, 6:29 am
  • Chafin (shoulder, groin) expected back soon
    Andrew Chafin (shoulder, groin) is expected to be activated from the disabled list not long after rosters expand on September 1.

    Advice: Chafin has been on the DL since early July with a shoulder issue and encountered a setback on his rehab assignment when he strained his groin. He's been able to throw off a mound in spite of the groin problem, though, and might rejoin the D'Backs bullpen later this week. Today, 6:19 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 11-2 vs Cin
  • John Gant optioned to Triple-A
    Braves optioned RHP John Gant to Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: He's clearing out to make room for Sunday's starter, Aaron Blair. Gant will rejoin the Braves' bullpen in September for expanded rosters. Today, 5:30 am
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    L, 13-4 @SF
  • Steve Geltz recalled from Triple-A
    Rays recalled RHP Steve Geltz from Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: He's posted a 6.75 ERA in his time with the Rays this season. Geltz will provide a fresh relief arm. Today, 5:25 am
    Not Active
    W, 10-4 @Hou
  • Tyler Sturdevant optioned to Triple-A
    Rays optioned RHP Tyler Sturdevant to Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Sturdevant has put up a 3.93 ERA over 16 relief appearances for the Rays. He'll return when rosters expand. Today, 5:23 am
    Not Active
    W, 10-4 @Hou
  • Suarez gives up three runs in 4 1/3 innings
    Albert Suarez got hit with a loss after giving up three runs in 4 1/3 innings to the Braves on Saturday.

    Advice: All of the damage came on a three-run bomb by Matt Kemp in the fourth inning. Suarez fanned five batters while giving up two free passes and five base hits. He is now 3-2 with a 4.35 ERA in 60 innings split between the rotation and the bullpen. He has also been called up and sent down to Triple-A multiple times this year. He is no more than a shaky streamer in fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 9:50 pm
  • Johnson tosses perfect ninth for 13th save
    Jim Johnson kept the Giants off the bases in a clean ninth inning to snare his 13th save of the season on Saturday.

    Advice: He induced three consecutive groundouts to close out the game without any drama. Johnson has been a steady presence in the back of the Atlanta bullpen. He has 49 strikeouts and 18 walks in 49 1/3 innings. Johnson took over the closer's role when Arodys Vizcaino got hurt and didn't give it back when Vizcaino returned. Yesterday, 9:43 pm
  • Clayton Richard hurls seven shutout innings
    Clayton Richard was outstanding in Saturday's victory over the Marlins, allowing eight hits and a walk over seven scoreless innings.

    Advice: Richard struck out three on the night. He wasn't completely dominant and allowed plenty of baserunners, but was able to bear down and make big pitches when he needed to and didn't allow the Marlins to mount any serious threats. The veteran southpaw will bring a 3.51 ERA and 1.62 WHIP into Saturday's matchup against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. He could be worth a look as a spot starter in deeper mixed leagues. Yesterday, 7:37 pm
  • Mariners place Tom Wilhelmsen on 15-day DL
    Mariners placed RHP Tom Wilhelmsen on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain.

    Advice: His injury, as well as recent overuse of the bullpen, is the reason the M's needed to recall a couple of fresh arms on Saturday. The 32-year-old hurler has pitched well for the Mariners, registering a 3.20 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 15/7 K/BB ratio over 19 2/3 innings. Yesterday, 12:31 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 4-1 @CWS
  • Giants recall Albert Suarez to start Saturday
    Giants recalled RHP Albert Suarez from Triple-A Sacramento.

    Advice: The 26-year-old hurler has appeared in 16 games for the Giants this season (six starts), compiling a 4.20 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 40/17 K/BB ratio. He could be worth a look as a streaming option against the Braves on Saturday. Yesterday, 12:11 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. Friday, 10:39 pm
  • 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. Friday, 12:42 pm
    Not Active
    W, 5-0 @NYY
  • Indians release right-hander Tommy Hunter
    Indians released RHP Tommy Hunter.

    Advice: Hunter had been sidelined since mid-July with a non-displaced fracture in his lower back and was struggling badly on his minor league rehab assignment. The 30-year-old right-hander is now a free agent. Thursday, 12:55 pm
    W, 5-0 @NYY
  • Rays call Sturdevant up to big league club
    Rays recalled RHP Tyler Strudevant from Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Strudevant pitched to a 4.08 ERA and 12/6 K/BB ratio in 17 2/3 innings previous innings with the Rays this season. Prior to the call-up, He had been toiling away in Durham since the middle of July. There is no fantasy intrigue here. Wednesday, 8:42 pm
    Not Active
    W, 10-4 @Hou
  • Dyson tosses perfect inning for 28th save
    Sam Dyson tossed a spotless ninth inning to protect a one-run lead and earn his 28th save of the season on Wednesday.

    Advice: He induced three consecutive ground-outs and got through the inning on only eight pitches. He is not a big strikeout guy but he has been effective at keeping the ball on the ground this year. He has a 2.83 ERA with 41 strikeouts in 57 1/3 innings. Wednesday, 7:47 pm
  • Blazek's forearm rehab slow-going so far
    Brewers manager Craig Counsell told reporters Wednesday that Michael Blazek's forearm rehab is "going a little slower than we anticipated."

    Advice: Counsell added that there's no way of telling at this point when Blazek might return. The right-hander landed on the disabled list August 14 with a forearm strain. He had a disappointing 5.58 ERA, 1.88 WHIP, and 36/25 K/BB ratio through 40 1/3 innings this season out of the Milwaukee bullpen. Wednesday, 9:50 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 3-1 vs Pit
  • Sanchez allows three runs in win over Twins
    Anibal Sanchez allowed three runs over seven innings in Tuesday's win over the Twins.

    Advice: Sanchez yielded six hits, including a Brian Dozier home run, while not issuing a free pass and striking out two. It was the fourth time in his last five starts that Sanchez has registered a quality start, but he's just 2-1 in that span and 7-12 overall. Still, it's a good sign that he's beginning to find his form after much of the year has been hard on the 32-year-old. Sanchez will carry a 5.83 ERA into Sunday's start against the Angels. Tuesday, 8:43 pm
    L, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Kevin Gausman works six scoreless vs. Nats
    Kevin Gausman twirled six shutout innings in Tuesday's 8-1 victory over the Nationals.

    Advice: It wasn't all that pretty, as Gausman recorded only two strikeouts and needed 110 pitches to get through his six frames. However, five of the six hits he gave up were singles and he managed to keep the Nats off the scoreboard in his best start in a month. Gausman will carry a 3.92 ERA into the Bronx this weekend. Tuesday, 8:23 pm
    W, 5-0 @NYY
  • Ivan Nova hurls complete game versus Astros
    Ivan Nova spun his first complete game since 2013 on Tuesday, holding the Astros to one run over nine innings in a 7-1 victory.

    Advice: He had a chance for a "Maddux" but gave up back-to-back doubles to start the ninth. Nova then rebounded to retire the next three batters, throwing just 98 pitches while holding the Astros to one run on six hits and a walk with six strikeouts. The former Yankee has looked like a shrewd pick-up by the Pirates, as he's put up a 3.20 ERA and 1.105 WHIP over four starts with his new club. He'll face the Brewers in Milwaukee on Sunday. Tuesday, 8:01 pm
    W, 3-1 @Mil
  • Junior Guerra (elbow) cleared for rehab start
    Junior Guerra (elbow) is scheduled to make a rehab start Saturday with Triple-A Colorado Springs.

    Advice: If it goes smoothly, he should be cleared to return to the Brewers' rotation late next week. Guerra has been on the disabled list since August 8, retroactive to August 4, with right elbow inflammation. He owns a sharp 2.93 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in 107 1/3 innings this season with Milwaukee. Tuesday, 3:20 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 3-1 vs Pit
  • Doug Fister spins seven shutout innings Mon.
    Doug Fister whiffed six batters over seven shutout frames in Monday's 3-1 victory over the Pirates.

    Advice: Fister had the sinker going in this one, as he surrendered just three hits and a walk over seven brilliant innings. He had thrown only 92 pitches through his seven frames but was pinch-hit for in the top of the eighth as the Astros tried to tack on runs. Fister's game score of 76 was his highest mark of the season. He'll take on the Rays on Sunday. Aug 22, 6:57 pm
    L, 10-4 vs TB
  • Hunter (back) won't return until September
    Tommy Hunter (back) has been informed that he's not likely to return until after rosters expand on September 1.

    Advice: Hunter, out since mid-July with a non-displaced fracture in his lower back, has allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks over four innings since beginning a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus earlier this month. The Indians want him to get more work in the minors before bringing him back. The 30-year-old owns a 3.74 ERA and 17/5 K/BB ratio over 21 1/3 innings this season. Aug 22, 6:24 pm
    W, 5-0 @NYY
  • Perdomo fires seven scoreless innings in win
    Luis Perdomo was brilliant in Sunday's victory over the Diamondbacks, allowing only an unearned run on five hits over seven strong innings.

    Advice: Perdomo punched out five and didn't issue a free pass in the ballgame. The only blemish on his night was an RBI single by Brandon Drury in the seventh inning that plated a runner who had reached on a defensive miscue. Even with this strong effort though, Perdomo owns a mortifying 6.24 ERA and 1.76 WHIP on the season. He should still be avoided for Sunday's matchup against the Marlins in Miami. Aug 21, 4:29 pm
    W, 3-1 @Mia
  • Nats crush Joel de la Cruz for six runs
    Joel de la Cruz had nothing in Sunday's no-decision against the Nationals, surrendering six runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Bryce Harper and Chris Heisey managed the big blows against de la Cruz on Sunday, with Harper cranking a three-run home run in the third inning and Heisey notching a slightly less damaging two-run shot of his own in the sixth. The disappointing outing bumped de la Cruz's ERA from 3.72 to 4.47 (44 1/3 innings). He will try for better times in a road date with the Giants next time he toes the rubber. Aug 21, 3:25 pm
  • Velasquez shelled for five runs by Cardinals
    Vincent Velasquez was blasted for five earned runs over six innings Sunday in a loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Velasquez gave up homers to Brandon Moss and Stephen Piscotty, and has now surrendered eight home runs over his last three starts. It's probably time for the Phillies to go ahead and shut him down. The 24-year-old right-hander has already thrown over 30 more innings than he did in 2015 and his fastball velocity was noticeably lacking on Sunday. Aug 21, 1:56 pm
  • John Gant activated from disabled list
    Braves activated RHP John Gant from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: He's been out since late June with a strained oblique. Gant will be used in long relief for now but could get another shot to start eventually. Aug 21, 7:57 am
    Not Active
    L, 13-4 @SF
  • Junior Guerra (elbow) to throw sim game Mon.
    Junior Guerra (elbow) will throw a simulated game on Monday.

    Advice: Guerra was given clearance for the sim game after getting through a bullpen session Friday with no issues. It's possible the right-hander will go directly back into the Brewers' rotation if things go well Monday, although there's also a chance he'll make a rehab start first. "Everything checked out good today (with Guerra)," manager Craig Counsell said. "He’s champing at the bit and wants to push this forward, so it’s all positive. We’re looking at the calendar and the schedule, and what we could get to in number of pitches if he was to start (for the Brewers). It’s really worried about what we want to expose him to in his first time back." Aug 21, 6:54 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 3-1 vs Pit
  • 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. Aug 20, 9:23 pm
  • Richard yields two runs and two hits in six
    Clayton Richard held the Diamondbacks to two hits and two unearned runs but still got hit with a loss on Saturday.

    Advice: Maybe he deserved a better fate, but both unearned runs scored due to his own throwing errors. He issued three free passes and punched out five in the game. His record falls to 0-3 with a 4.44 ERA. This was his second start after pitching 27 games in relief this year. He has a scary 18/15 K/BB ratio in 26 1/3 innings. Aug 20, 9:09 pm
  • Guerra (elbow) to throw bullpen session Fri.
    Junior Guerra (elbow) will throw a bullpen session on Friday.

    Advice: He's thrown on flat ground for a few days with no issues and is ready to test things out from the bump. The Brewers think Guerra could rejoin the rotation without making a rehab start first, so he might be ready for activation early next week if all goes well. Aug 19, 6:27 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 3-1 vs Pit
  • Gausman allows five runs in win over Astros
    Kevin Gausman allowed five runs -- four earned -- over 6 2/3 innings in a win over the Astros on Thursday.

    Advice: Gausman gave up two home runs among his seven hits allowed, with both coming in the sixth inning or later. Gausman was surely given a little longer leash Thursday after his teammates gave up 15 runs of support. The win moved him to 4-10 overall, with a 4.11 ERA and 1.32 WHIP through 22 starts. An interleague date with the Nationals is up next on Tuesday. Aug 18, 7:32 pm
    W, 5-0 @NYY
  • Braves keeping Jim Johnson at closer for now
    The Braves will stay with Jim Johnson at closer while they ease Arodys Vizcaino into action.

    Advice: Vizcaino is back after missing a month with a strained oblique but the Braves will wait before reinserting him into the closer role. The Braves also plan to keep Mauricio Cabrera in the eighth inning, at least for now. Vizcaino should eventually regain the closer job but Johnson's window of fantasy relevance hasn't quite closed yet. Aug 18, 2:32 pm
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