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  • Jansen gets four outs for his 31st save
    Kenley Jansen got the last four outs of the game without allowing any base-runners to earn his 31st save of the season.

    Advice: He is as lights-out solid as closers can get. He has a 1.37 ERA with 59 strikeouts and only seven walks in 46 innings. His 31 saves rank third in the majors. Despite those great numbers he has blown five saves this year. Today, 12:04 am
  • Finnegan tosses six scoreless to beat Friars
    Brandon Finnegan shut out the Padres for six innings to lead the Reds to a 6-0 victory on Friday night.

    Advice: He limited the opposition to four base hits while striking out five. His record moves to 6-8 with a 4.68 ERA. Finnegan has struggled in two categories this year -- home runs and walks. Neither of those burned him tonight, although he did walk three. He has given up 22 home runs and a hefty 59 walks in 117 1/3 innings this year. Yesterday, 11:35 pm
  • Jackson coughs up six runs on Friday
    Edwin Jackson was hammered for six earned runs in five innings in a loss to the Reds on Friday.

    Advice: He gave up four runs in the first inning and two more in the fifth. He managed to keep the ball in the ballpark but was peppered for 10 base hits and two walks. His ERA climbs to 5.46 in 28 innings split between the Marlins and Padres. He has more walks (16) than strikeouts (15) on the year. Yesterday, 11:33 pm
  • Kelly gets one out for his sixth save on Fri.
    Shawn Kelly chalked up his sixth save by retiring one batter in the ninth inning on Friday.

    Advice: He was brought in with two outs and a runner on first base in the ninth inning. He gave up a single before striking out Eduardo Nunez to end the game. Kelley is now the favorite for saves in Washington, apparently taking over the closer's role from Jonathan Papelbon. Kelly deserves it. He has a fantastic 60/7 K/BB ratio in 38 1/3 innings this year. Yesterday, 11:02 pm
  • Guerra carries shutout into ninth vs. Pirates
    Junior Guerra almost went the distance Friday against the Pirates, allowing just one run over 8 2/3 innings as part of a 3-1 victory.

    Advice: Guerra entered the ninth with a chance at his first career shutout (and complete game), but he allowed the first two batters to reach base before a run eventually scored on a fielder’s choice. He then gave up a single to Starling Marte before getting the hook. While Guerra ran out of gas at the end, it was still an excellent outing. He gave up just four hits and one walk while striking out five batters. The 31-year-old journeyman now owns a surprising 2.70 ERA and 85/34 K/BB ratio in 103 1/3 innings through 16 starts this season. He could be an interesting trade chip for Milwaukee. Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Jeffress secures 25th save of season
    Jeremy Jeffress needed just one pitch to secure his 25th save of the season Friday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Junior Guerra ran into some trouble in his bid for a shutout, so Jeffress got the call with the tying run on first. However, he quickly sent Brewers fans home happy by inducing a grounder from Jung Ho Kang. Jeffress is now 25-for-26 in save opportunities this season to go along with a 2.11 ERA. He’s been a popular name in trade rumors this month, but the Brewers understandably want a nice haul for him. It’s worth stashing Will Smith just in case someone meets their asking price. Of course, Smith is also a trade candidate. Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Urena rocked for eight runs in loss
    Jose Urena was rocked for eight runs in 4 1/3 innings Friday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Ouch. Urena gave up a three-spot in the third before he was chased as part of a six-run fifth inning. He gave up eight hits (including a two-run homer to Jeremy Hazelbaker) and walked four. Urena was coming off back-to-back solid starts, but he could lose a rotation spot with Andrew Cashner and Colin Rea now in the fold. Yesterday, 8:58 pm
    4:10 pm vs StL
  • Allen notches 22nd save of season
    Cody Allen tossed a scoreless ninth inning against the Athletics on Friday for his 20th save of the season.

    Advice: Allen struck out two batters in the frame and worked around a pair of singles. The 27-year-old took the loss in a non-save situation against the Orioles on Sunday, but he has bounced back with back-to-back scoreless appearances. Allen is 20-for-22 in save chances this season to go along with a 2.44 ERA, but rumors continue to circulate about the Indians looking for an impact bullpen arm. Yesterday, 8:35 pm
  • Velasquez pitches well in loss to Braves
    Vincent Velasquez pitched well in a losing effort against the Braves on Friday, allowing two runs on seven hits over his six frames.

    Advice: The hard-throwing right-hander walked two and struck out five. With scouts and talent evaluators from many clubs on hand, Velasquez didn't do anything to hurt his trade stock. He sits at 8-3 on the season with a 3.32 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 108/36 K/BB ratio over 97 2/3 innings. Should he remain with the Phillies, his next start will come on Thursday against the Giants. Yesterday, 7:57 pm
  • Nova gives up five runs against Rays
    Ivan Nova was tagged for five runs over 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Rays on Friday.

    Advice: There have been all sorts of rumors about Nova in recent days, but an outing like this one isn’t going to help his trade value. It was ugly from the start, as he served up a pair of solo homers in the first inning. He fanned three and walked three in his shortest start since June 21. Nova now has a 4.90 ERA and 75/25 K/BB ratio over 97 1/3 innings on the year. His future in New York remains up in the air. Yesterday, 7:29 pm
  • Estrada strikes out six in win over Orioles
    Marco Estrada earned his sixth victory of the season on Friday, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits over six innings against the Orioles.

    Advice: Estrada racked up six strikeouts on the night while issuing a pair of walks. The O's got to him early, with a two-run double from Mark Trumbo in the first inning, but the right-hander was able to settle in nicely afterwards. He has been tremendous for the Jays this season, registering a 3.02 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 108/42 K/BB ratio across 116 1/3 innings. He'll take on the Astros his next time out in Houston on Wednesday. Yesterday, 7:20 pm
  • Brad Ziegler unavailable for Friday's game
    Brad Ziegler is unavailable should a save situation arise on Friday against the Angels.

    Advice: Ziegler had a rough night on Thursday, blowing a save in the ninth inning in the opening game against the Halos. Matt Barnes would get the call should the Red Sox have a lead to protect in the ninth inning on Friday. Yesterday, 5:34 pm
  • Rangers 'all over' Velasquez; deal unlikely
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers are "all over" Vincent Velasquez, but a trade is "unlikely."

    Advice: Rosenthal says the Rangers have done extensive background work on Velasquez and other cost-controlled starters. However, a trade for Velasquez, not surprisingly, looks like a big long-shot. The Phillies have the young right-hander under control through 2021. Yesterday, 2:39 pm
  • Luke Hochevar likely to have TOS surgery
    Luke Hochevar is expected to undergo season-ending surgery to repair thoracic outlet syndrome.

    Advice: He'll receive a second opinion first but is expected ultimately to go under the knife. The Royals have a $7 million club option on Hochevar for next season, but they'll surely exercise a $500,000 buyout instead. Yesterday, 2:36 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:05 pm @Tex
  • John Gant (oblique) ready for rehab start
    John Gant (oblique) will begin a rehab assignment with Low-A Rome on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's slated to make at least three rehab starts before being activated from the disabled list. The Braves seem likely to put him back in their rotation when he's ready. Yesterday, 1:52 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Phi
  • Orioles ink Ondrusek to major league contract
    Orioles signed RHP Logan Ondrusek to a one-year contract.

    Advice: Ondrusek has been pitching in Japan the last two years, posting a 2.45 ERA with a strikeout per inning for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows. He'll be used in middle relief. Yesterday, 1:49 pm
  • Report: 'Strong' interest in Jim Johnson
    Robert Murray of reports that Jim Johnson is drawing "strong" trade interest.

    Advice: SB Nation's Chris Cotillo takes it a step further, saying saying the Braves are "moving toward" a trade of the reliever. The Mets are one club known to have shown interest in the veteran reliever. Johnson has posted a 2.08 ERA ERA since returning from the disabled list in early June and could land somewhere to help out in middle relief. Yesterday, 12:45 pm
  • Brad Boxberger (oblique) back from DL
    Rays activated RHP Brad Boxberger from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Boxberger has been limited to just one appearance this season due to abdominal and oblique injuries. He could see some save chances down the stretch if the Rays trade Alex Colome. Yesterday, 12:31 pm
  • Indians, Giants also in on Mark Melancon
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that, in addition to the Nationals, the Indians and Giants have also inquired on Mark Melancon.

    Advice: The Pirates are fielding offer for their closer even as they're in the Wild Card hunt. Rosenthal says they're looking for a seventh-inning reliever type in addition to a prospect for Melancon. Yesterday, 12:10 pm
  • Tigers ink Cesar Ramos to minors deal
    Tigers signed LHP Cesar Ramos to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Ramos elected free agency earlier this month after being removed from the Rangers' 40-man roster. The left-hander will provide some versatile depth with the ability to start or relieve. Yesterday, 11:45 am
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    4:10 pm vs Hou
  • Ryan Weber recalled from Triple-A
    Braves recalled RHP Ryan Weber from Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Weber has struggled in his five appearances with the big club this season, posting a 9.28 ERA. He'll work in middle relief. Yesterday, 11:41 am
    4:10 pm vs Phi
  • Carter Capps goes to Padres in trade
    Padres acquired RHP Carter Capps from the Marlins in the Andrew Cashner trade.

    Advice: Capps is making his way back from Tommy John surgery and might not be ready for the start of next season. He's been a dominant relief arm when healthy, though, posting a 1.16 ERA and 58/7 K/BB ratio over 31 innings last season. If he can stay off the DL, the Padres have a potential closer option in Capps. Yesterday, 10:35 am
    60-Day DL
    5:40 pm vs Cin
  • Marlins get Tayron Guerrero from Padres
    Marlins acquired RHP Tayron Guerrero from the Padres in the Andrew Cashner deal.

    Advice: Guerrero made one appearance for the Padres earlier this season and holds a 5.30 ERA and 36/19 K/BB ratio over 35 2/3 relief innings between Double- and Triple-A. The numbers aren't impressive, but Guerrero is 25 and can hit 100 mph, so it's no surprise the Marlins wanted him as a secondary piece in the deal. Yesterday, 10:31 am
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    4:10 pm vs StL
  • Nationals among teams in on Mark Melancon
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Nationals have inquired on Mark Melancon.

    Advice: Rosenthal adds that there are "multiple teams" pursuing the closer, with SB Nation's Chris Cotillo saying the Mets might be one of them. The Pirates are in the thick of the Wild Card hunt, but it appears they still might consider trading Melancon, who is an impending free agent. Rosenthal notes that the Nats have also inquired on Wade Davis, as they seem likely to acquire a reliever this weekend with Jonathan Papelbon struggling. Yesterday, 8:57 am
  • Heyman: Five teams in on Andrew Miller
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Nationals, Cardinals, Indians, Rangers and Giants are in on Andrew Miller.

    Advice: He cautions, however, that the chances of Miller being traded "remain slim." The Yankees remain in the Wild Card hunt and Miller is under control through 2018 relatively cheaply, so it's going to take a whole lot to get them to change their minds about dealing the shutdown reliever. Yesterday, 8:11 am
  • Carter Capps also part of haul for Padres
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Carter Capps is also going to the Padres in the Andrew Cashner deal.

    Advice: He adds that Tayron Guerrero is headed to the Marlins, too, as this trade just keeps getting bigger. Capps is currently recovering from Tommy John surgery but has been dominant when healthy, posting a 1.16 ERA and 58/7 K/BB ratio over 31 innings last season. He's a big health risk with his unorthodox delivery and big velocity but should be a shutdown reliever as long as the Padres can keep him on the mound. Guerrero has flashed triple-digit heat himself and is under team control for many years. Yesterday, 8:04 am
    60-Day DL
    5:40 pm vs Cin
  • T.J. McFarland (knee) throws off mound
    T.J. McFarland (knee) threw a bullpen session on Thursday.

    Advice: It's the first time he's thrown off the bump since going down with left knee tendinitis a month ago. A timetable for McFarland isn't known, but it appears he's making progress. Yesterday, 6:29 am
    15-Day DL
    10:07 am @Tor
  • Shawn Kelley retires final batter for save
    Shawn Kelley struck out the only batter he faced to pick up his fifth save of the season in Thursday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: Jonathan Papelbon started the inning but was pulled after allowing a one-out single and walk. Oliver Perez came on to retire two of the three batters he faced while allowing one inherited runner to score. Kelley then finished things off with a strikeout of Angel Pagan. Nationals manager Dusty Baker was non-committal after the game when asked about his ninth-inning situation, but Kelley may now be the favorite for saves. Of course, there's a pretty decent chance the Nats will acquire a reliever over the weekend. Yesterday, 5:39 am
  • Roark proves effective in win over Giants
    Tanner Roark pitched well in Thursday's win over the Giants, firing seven innings of four-hit, one-run ball.

    Advice: Roark struck out three and walked three on the evening. Only a Conor Gillaspie RBI ground out in the second inning prevented him from a potential shutout. The 29-year-old right-hander has allowed one or fewer earned runs over seven or more innings in eight outings. That is the second-most in the majors, with only Jon Lester's nine such starts besting it. Roark will carry a 2.96 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 113/41 K/BB ratio (136 2/3 frames) into a road duel with the Diamondbacks next time he toes the rubber. Thursday, 10:50 pm
  • Ziegler, Han-Ram combine to blow save
    Brad Ziegler coughed up a 1-0 ninth-inning lead in Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Angels.

    Advice: Ziegler entered in the ninth attempting to secure the win for David Price, who gave the Red Sox eight shutout innings. It was not to be. After loading the bases with one out, Ziegler surrendered an infield grounder to Daniel Nava. Enter Hanley Ramirez, who fired home in an attempt to secure the first out on what might have been a game-ending double play. That was the idea, anyway, but Ramirez sailed the throw high to allow two runners to race home. Ballgame. This was Ziegler's third blown save of the season, his first in eight appearances with the Red Sox since coming over from the Diamondbacks via trade earlier this month. He has now allowed runs in back-to-back appearances and might be in line for a breather as this four-game set with the Angels unfolds. Thursday, 10:36 pm
  • Luke Hochevar showing symptoms of TOS
    Royals placed RHP Luke Hochevar on the 15-day disabled list with symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome.

    Advice: That's never good. Matt Harvey just underwent season-ending surgery to relieve his TOS symptoms and Hochevar could be headed down a similar path. Hochevar is slated to meet with Texas-based Dr. Greg Pearl, who is one of the nation's leading TOS specialists. The right-hander had been the subject of trade rumors but those are probably on hold now that Hochevar is dealing with a potentially serious shoulder issue. Thursday, 2:31 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:05 pm @Tex
  • Jeremy Jeffress nails down save No. 24
    Jeremy Jeffress recorded his 24th save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth inning in Thursday's victory over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Jeffress had to go through a 10-pitch battle with Jake Lamb with one out but eventually got him to ground out in a perfect frame. He's been good all year but has really turned it on of late, as the closer has allowed just one earned run over his last 16 appearances. He'll be a sought after commodity leading up to the trade deadline. Thursday, 2:22 pm
  • Boxberger (oblique) on track for Friday
    Brad Boxberger made his second appearance in as many days Wednesday with High-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Boxberger faced two batters, walking one and striking out the other. He is on track to rejoin the Rays' bullpen on Friday after missing nearly two full months with a left oblique strain. Boxberger also had an abdominal injury before that and has been limited to just one appearance this season at the major league level. Thursday, 5:01 am
  • Ziegler yields go-ahead homer to Cabrera
    Brad Ziegler allowed a go-ahead homer in the top of the ninth inning Wednesday as the Red Sox fell to the Tigers.

    Advice: Ziegler entered a 3-3 game and retired the first two batters he faced -- Ian Kinsler and Jose Iglesias -- but Cabrera launched a two-out solo bomb to right-center to put the Tigers on top. Ziegler is still the best bet for save opportunities in Boston until Craig Kimbrel (knee) returns from the disabled list. Wednesday, 1:38 pm
  • Miller converts ninth save, Yanks top Astros
    Andrew Miller struck out two in a scoreless inning of work to earn his ninth save as the Yankees bested the Astros 6-3 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Miller is now 2-for-2 converting save chances since taking over for the departed Aroldis Chapman. What happens with the Yankees' bullpen will be fascinating to watch over the next few days, as the club seems intent on keeping Miller but would almost certainly deal him for the right return. With a 1.39 ERA, 0.77 WHIP and 77/7 K/BB ratio in 45 1/3 innings, he won't come cheap. Tuesday, 8:58 pm
  • Johnson picks up third save against Twins
    Jim Johnson pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Twins on Tuesday to earn his third save.

    Advice: Johnson struck out one in the perfect inning. It was a rare clean inning for Johnson, who owns a 4.58 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in 35 1/3 innings of work this year. Despite those numbers, it seems he'll continue to fill in until closer Arodys Vizcaino returns. Tuesday, 7:48 pm
  • Andrew Miller notches eighth save
    Andrew Miller picked up his eighth save Monday with a scoreless ninth against the Astros.

    Advice: Barring a trade, Miller will finish out the year as the Yankees' closer, making him a top-10 fantasy reliever. He has a 1.42 ERA this season. Monday, 8:17 pm
  • Yankees have turned attention to dealing Nova
    Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that moving Ivan Nova has become "the next priority" for the Yankees following the Aroldis Chapman deal.

    Advice: ESPN's Buster Olney reported earlier in the day Monday that team executives have been pushing for a trade involving Nova, so things could come together quickly now that the Chapman deal is finalized. "They're focused on him," a major-league source told Feinsand. "They're looking at the guys with expiring contracts first - though not Beltran right now." Nova, an impending free agent, has posted a 4.65 ERA and 72/22 K/BB ratio over 93 innings this season. In a weak market for starters, he could draw some interest as rotation depth. Monday, 5:45 pm
  • McFarland (knee) nearing return to mound
    T.J. McFarland (knee) is close to getting back to throwing off a mound.

    Advice: McFarland landed on the disabled list at the end of June with left knee inflammation and even paid a visit to Dr. James Andrews earlier this month, but he's slowly working his way back to action. The southpaw had a 5.63 ERA over 15 appearances before hitting the DL. Monday, 1:57 pm
    15-Day DL
    10:07 am @Tor
  • Yanks' sense is they will keep Andrew Miller
    According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the "Yankees' sense right now" is that Andrew Miller will not be traded ahead of the August 1 deadline.

    Advice: But that could change over the next couple of days, depending on the offers that come in. New York got a terrific haul for impending free agent Aroldis Chapman on Monday, landing shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres, outfield prospect Billy McKinney, right-hander Adam Warren, and minor league outfielder Rashad Crawford from the Cubs. Miller, under contract through 2018, owns a dominant 1.45 ERA, 0.76 WHIP, and 74/7 K/BB ratio in 43 1/3 innings this season for the fourth-place Yankees. Monday, 11:49 am
  • Rangers showing interest in Vince Velasquez
    According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, the Rangers are expressing interest in Vincent Velasquez.

    Advice: Velasquez is a 24-year-old with five years of contractual control and he's been having a very good season for Philadelphia, so the asking price is going to be astronomical. The right-hander holds a 3.34 ERA and 103 strikeouts in 91 2/3 innings this year. Texas has been connected to just about every pitcher in baseball. Monday, 9:04 am
  • Yankees have been pushing Ivan Nova trade
    Rival executives tell ESPN's Buster Olney that the Yankees have been pushing an Ivan Nova trade.

    Advice: Nova is due to become a free agent after the 2016 season and doesn't seem like a qualifying offer candidate, so the Yankees might as well try to get something out of him. The 29-year-old right-hander has pitched very well in his last two starts but owns a pedestrian 4.65 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, and 72/22 K/BB ratio in 93 innings overall this season. Maybe a move to the National League would work. Monday, 8:34 am
  • Boxberger (oblique) won't return before Fri.
    Brad Boxberger (oblique) will not be activated from the disabled list before Friday.

    Advice: Boxberger has allowed two runs in three innings on his minor league rehab assignment, and he has yet to pitch on back-to-back days. That is scheduled to happen this week, with the Rays likely hoping to see better results. Boxberger has been limited to one appearance at the major league level this season because of oblique and abdominal issues. Monday, 3:03 am
  • Kenley Jansen slasms the door on Cardinals
    Kenley Jansen slammed the door on the Cardinals in the ninth inning on Sunday, working a scoreless frame to protect a three-run advantage.

    Advice: Jansen induced a ground ball from Kolten Wong, then fanned Alberto Rosario and Randal Grichuk to retire the Cardinals without issue. He has once against been one of the most dominant closers in baseball this season, compiling a 1.45 ERA and 0.69 WHIP while converting 29 saves in 34 chances. Sunday, 9:01 pm
  • Guerra goes six-plus but Brewers fall to CHC
    Junior Guerra yielded just one unearned run over 6 1/3 innings Sunday in a no-decision against the Cubs.

    Advice: That run came on a Ben Zobrist single in the top of the sixth inning, after Anthony Rizzo had reached base on a fielding error by Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett. Chicago's offense then went off for five runs against the Milwaukee bullpen in the top of the seventh, ultimately winning the game 6-5. Guerra will carry a shiny 2.85 ERA into his next start at home against the Pirates. Sunday, 3:35 pm
  • Velasquez allows four runs in Phillies' loss
    Vince Velasquez surrendered four runs in six innings Sunday as the Phillies fell to the Pirates.

    Advice: Velasquez escaped with a no-decision because the Pirates didn't take the lead for good until the bottom of the seventh inning, when rookie Adam Frazier hit a go-ahead pinch-hit solo homer off Phillies reliever Edubray Ramos. Velasquez yielded seven hits and walked four in the ugly afternoon outing at PNC Park. He'll try to bounce back next time out against the Braves. Sunday, 3:22 pm
  • Finnegan lit on fire for six runs against ARI
    Brandon Finnegan was horrific in Sunday's loss to the Diamondbacks, allowing six runs on seven hits over five innings.

    Advice: Five of the six runs on Finnegan's line came courtesy of a trio of home runs by Yasmany Tomas, Welington Castillo and Paul Goldschmidt. Tomas and Goldschmidt notched solo shots in the second and fifth innings, respectively, while Castillo came through with a three-run tater in the third. With that disaster squared away, Finnegan will hit the road for a date with the Padres next time he toes the rubber. He will carry a bloated 4.93 ERA and 1.44 WHIP into that affair. Sunday, 2:20 pm
  • Urena limits Mets to one run over six frames
    Jose Urena turned in a tidy performance in Sunday's loss to the Mets, surrendering one run on four hits over six innings.

    Advice: Urena struck out four without walking a batter. The lone run to score on his watch came when Jose Reyes sped around the bases for an RBI triple in the third inning. This was Urena's second start of the season. Through his first 11 1/3 innings out of the rotation, he has allowed just one run. The 24-year-old right-hander has no fantasy value as a reliever (his previous role this season), but would start to become an interesting possibility for those in deeper NL-only formats should he continue to pitch well as a starter. A home date with the Cardinals surfaces next on his schedule. Sunday, 1:17 pm
    4:10 pm vs StL
  • Jackson notches quality start in no-decision
    Edwin Jackson turned in a quality start on Saturday, yielding two runs in six innings but took a no-decision versus the Nationals.

    Advice: He struck out only one batter and walked three but managed to deliver good results nonetheless. This was his second start since joining the Padres last week after starting the season in the Marlins' bullpen. He has walked more batters than he has struck out this year, which is obviously a harbinger of doom in the long run. He will take his 4.30 ERA into a home matchup with the Reds next week. Saturday, 7:50 pm
  • Nova goes seven strong in no-decision
    Ivan Nova threw seven innings of one-run ball Saturday in a no-decision against the Giants.

    Advice: Nova got only one run of support from the Yankees offense and the Giants wound up winning the game 2-1 in 12 innings. Nova struck out seven and scattered six hits. He's been good now in three of his last four starts and will try to keep it working next week against the Rays. He has a 4.65 ERA for the year. Saturday, 5:38 pm
  • Melancon picks up 29th save versus Phillies
    Mark Melancon picked up save No. 29 in the Pirates' 7-4 defeat of the Phillies on Saturday.

    Advice: Melancon racked up two strikeouts in a perfect ninth inning. He is sporting a fantastic 1.55 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, and 38/9 K/BB ratio in 40 2/3 innings this season for the Pirates, who are trying to stay within striking distance of a Wild Card spot. They might consider trading their impending free agent closer if things go south. Saturday, 4:51 pm
  • Jansen blows fifth save of season
    Kenley Jansen blew his fifth save of the season Friday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: The Dodgers pulled in front in the top of the ninth inning thanks to a solo homer off the bat of the red-hot Justin Turner, but the Cardinals answered right back in the bottom of the frame with a game-tying blast from the equally-hot Jedd Gyorko. Jansen came into Friday’s action having allowed just one home run over his first 41 2/3 innings of work this season. Hey, he was probably due for an off-night. He remains one of the game’s best. Friday, 10:04 pm
  • Tanner Roark gives up five runs in loss
    Tanner Roark struggled in a losing effort against the Padres on Friday, surrendering five runs on four hits over his five innings of work.

    Advice: Roark walked two and struck out four on the night. Most of the damage against him was inflicted by Matt Kemp, who blasted a pair of home runs and plated four. Even with the rough outing, Roark still owns a 3.05 ERA and 1.17 WHIP on the season. He'll look to get back in the win column on when he takes on the Giants in San Francisco on Thursday. Friday, 8:02 pm
  • Estrada goes six innings in return from DL
    Making his return from the disabled list, Marco Estrada took the loss Friday after giving up two runs in six innings against the Mariners.

    Advice: Estrada struck out three and walked one. The difference in the ballgame was an RBI double by Seth Smith in the fifth inning. While he took the loss, it was a solid effort in his return from a back injury. This was the first time since May 30 that he didn’t give up a home run. He’ll bring a 2.94 ERA into a start against the Padres next week. Friday, 7:36 pm
  • Cesar Ramos designated for assignment
    Rangers designated LHP Cesar Ramos for assignment.

    Advice: Ramos has put up an awful 6.04 ERA while splitting time between the bullpen and rotation. He could clear waivers. Friday, 1:11 pm
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    4:10 pm vs Hou
  • Marco Estrada (back) activated for Fri. start
    Blue Jays activated RHP Marco Estrada from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Estrada will rejoin the Jays' rotation on Friday against the Mariners after missing a couple weeks of action with a back issue. The right-hander boasts a 2.93 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 99/39 K/BB ratio over 104 1/3 innings this season. Friday, 12:24 pm
  • Melancon closes out Brewers to win 28th save
    Mark Melancon pitched a scoreless ninth inning Thursday against the Brewers to earn his 28th save.

    Advice: Melancon struck out one in the clean inning of work. It was a refreshing turn after the veteran had blown his previous two save chances. Even with the blown saves, Melancon is having another tremendous year, owning a 1.59 ERA and 1.01 WHIP through 39 2/3 innings. Thursday, 7:27 pm
  • Kenley Jansen converts save No. 28
    Kenley Jansen allowed a hit but tossed a scoreless frame to pick up his 28th save of the season in Thursday's win over the Nationals.

    Advice: Daniel Murphy flew out after a 10-pitch battle and Bryce Harper then singled, but Jansen set the Nats down easily after that. He's blown four saves this season but remains one of the best closers in the game with a 1.30 ERA and 0.70 WHIP. Thursday, 1:12 pm
  • Giants continue to lurk for Miller, Chapman
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Giants are "lingering" in the trade market for Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman.

    Advice: While Crasnick notes that they are interested in the two Yankee bullpen aces, he adds the caveat that the team "might be out-gunned" by the Cubs and Nationals. In addition to Miller and Chapman, Crasnick relays that they have scouted the Phillies' Jeanmar Gomez and David Hernandez, plus Brewers relievers Will Smith and Jeremy Jeffress. Wednesday, 1:41 pm
  • Ziegler likely to see saves with Uehara down
    Brad Ziegler is likely to see regular save chances with Koji Uehara (pectoral) landing on the disabled list.

    Advice: Ziegler has made three scoreless appearances since joining the Red Sox, all in non-save situations. He has a 2.61 ERA in 41 1/3 innings for the year. Craig Kimbrel (knee) and Uehara are both out through at least mid-August, so Ziegler could suddenly have tremendous fantasy value. Wednesday, 11:23 am
  • Guerra turns in another good start vs. Bucs
    Junior Guerra allowed two runs on three hits over six innings in a no-decision Tuesday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Two of those hits, and two of his three walks, came in the first inning before Guerra settled down to blank the Pirates over his final five frames. Unfortunately for Guerra, his offense wasn't able to get much going, either, leaving his record at 6-2 with a strong 3.06 ERA and 1.06 WHIP. A tough test awaits the 31-year-old on Sunday when the Brewers take on the Cubs. Tuesday, 9:11 pm
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