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  • Volquez interested in staying with Pirates
    Edinson Volquez is interested in re-signing with the Pirates.

    Advice: Volquez has rebounded with a 3.15 ERA and 130/70 K/BB ratio in 185 2/3 innings this season and credits the Pirates' coaches for his turnaround, so it makes sense that he's open to staying, but he would also like to parlay his success into a multi-year contract. "You always want to sign for more than one year," said Volquez. "Especially now that I'm 31 years old, I'd like to sign with someone for two or three years and stay a little bit longer."
    Today, 6:31 am
  • Haren's player option for 2015 is triggered
    Dan Haren's $10 million player option for 2015 was triggered during Monday's start against the Giants.

    Advice: Haren got there by crossing the 180-inning threshold for the season, which also secured him a $500,000 bonus. The veteran right-hander will make a decision on whether to accept the option after the season.
    Today, 5:57 am
  • Haren works 7 frames in ND versus the Giants
    Dan Haren yielded two runs -- one earned -- in seven innings in a no-decision versus the Giants Monday.

    Advice: He was coming off an additional day of rest, as Los Angeles decided to give Jamey Wright a spot start in Sunday's series finale at Chicago so Haren could take the ball against the hated Giants instead. Haren reversed a troubling trend: Dodgers' starters came into tonight in a terrible funk, having posted a 8.88 ERA over 25 1/3 innings while failing to work five innings even once in the last seven games. The bullpen (5.97 ERA) wasn't much better during that stretch. Fortunately, both showed up tonight (well, until Kevin Correia was called up in the 13th, anyway). Haren (13-11, 4.03 ERA) welcomes the Rockies to Los Angeles on Saturday.
    Yesterday, 11:36 pm
  • Peavy holds the Dodgers to 2 runs in 7 frames
    Jake Peavy limited the Dodgers to two runs over seven innings in Monday's no-decision

    Advice: Peavy struck out four and walked one. He was going for his career-high fifth consecutive victorious start. Peavy started his Giants' career 0-3 with a 4.82 ERA, but has gone 6-1 with a 1.47 ERA over his last eight starts since winning his first game of the season. Peavy (7-13, 3.78 ERA) has a nice matchup to close out the year when he hosts the Padres on Saturday.
    Yesterday, 11:35 pm
  • Samardzija works 7 innings, allows 0 ER in W
    Jeff Samardzija gave up one run -- zero earned -- in seven innings to beat the Angels 8-4 on Monday.

    Advice: Samardzija whiffed three, issued zero free passes, and scattered five hits. The right-hander was probably wondering where all these runs had been over the last month. He had hurled 15 shutout innings over his past two starts and emerged with a pair of no-decisions. In fact, he had gone 0-2 in his last four starts despite a 1.50 ERA, receiving just five runs of support total. It's been that kind of season for the right-hander, who didn't have many offensive helpers on the Cubs either. Samardzija will get the ball in Texas on Saturday.
    Yesterday, 10:30 pm
  • Wilson ripped for 6 runs (4 ER) in 2/3 inning
    The wheels fell off of C.J. Wilson on Monday, as he surrendered six runs -- four earned -- in just 2/3 of an inning Monday in a loss to the A's.

    Advice: Wilson only gave up two hits while throwing 35 pitches. Instead, he was done in by an inability to locate the plate from the very beginning. Wilson walked four, the first two of which forced home a run. You could be forgiven for being surprised that the veteran picked this game to bomb. He had been 5-0 with a 2.79 ERA in his last eight starts against the A's. Wilson fired seven shutout innings and yielded only one hit in Wednesday's 5-0 win over the Mariners, helping the Angels to clinch the AL West; he came into play today 3-0 with a 2.45 ERA over his last three starts. Wilson is currently scheduled to take the ball in Los Angeles' last regular season game on Sunday against the Mariners, though plans could change as playoffs machinations begin.
    Yesterday, 10:28 pm
  • Stults pitches 6+ shutout innings vs. Rockies
    Eric Stults shut out the Rockies over 6 1/3 innings, scattering seven hits, in Monday's 1-0 triumph.

    Advice: Stults struck out five and walked one. In so doing, the left-hander managed to stay tied with Philadelphia's A.J. Burnett for the most losses in the majors (8-17). That isn't to say he's pitching poorly. On the contrary, Stults, who was 3-13 with a 5.22 on July 27, has gone 5-4 with a 2.90 ERA in his 10 starts since. Stults' final assignment of the season takes place in San Francisco on Saturday.
    Yesterday, 10:00 pm
  • Matzek loses to Padres despite allowing 1 run
    Tyler Matzek tossed six innings of one-run ball on Monday against the Padres.

    Advice: Unfortunately, that run came in the first inning, and the Padres proceeded to slap nine consecutive zeroes across the Rockies. Colorado had been going for their longest winning streak (7) in 17 months. Matzek pitched well, striking out eight and walking one. He enjoys facing San Diego. In his last start against the Padres, on September 5, Matzek hurled a three-hitter in his first career complete game. He ends the season on a high note, going 4-2 with a 1.55 ERA in his last six starts. Overall, Matzek went 6-10 with a 4.05 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 91/44 K/BB rate.
    Yesterday, 9:59 pm
  • Josh Collmenter pitchers D'backs past Twins
    Josh Collmenter improved to 11-8 by holding the Twins to two runs in 6 1/3 innings on Monday.

    Advice: One would think Collmenter might wear down under this much heavier-than-expected workload, but he's been better than ever of late, turning in six straight quality starts. During that stretch, he's allowed just one homer in 42 innings. Beforehand, he had given up 17 in 129 1/3 innings, which is much closer in line with his track record.
    Yesterday, 8:58 pm
  • Travis Wood gives up seven runs in loss
    Travis Wood was tagged for seven runs -- six earned -- in five innings Monday in a loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Wood isn't expected to start again this season, so unless he gets into a game in relief, he'll finish up with a 5.03 ERA. It's a far cry from last year's 3.11 mark, and the Cubs have to already be debating whether it's going to be worth keeping him around as they seek to upgrade their rotation this winter. Unfortunately, he's not going to have much trade value at all.
    Yesterday, 8:14 pm
  • Francisco Liriano earns victory in 1-0 game
    Francisco Liriano blanked the Braves for six innings and struck out seven in a victory Monday.

    Advice: Andrew McCutchen's sixth-inning homer made a winner of Liriano in a 1-0 game. Liriano has won four straight starts, allowing just one run in 26 innings in the process. The potential is there for him to be really dangerous in October.
    Yesterday, 7:50 pm
  • Shoemaker not expected back this week
    Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Monday that the chances of Matt Shoemaker (oblique) pitching this week are "very remote."

    Advice: The good news is that Shoemaker played catch Monday and Scioscia said he's "very encouraged" about the right-hander's chances of being ready for the postseason. The Angels would obviously prefer the rookie right-hander getting a tune-up before the playoffs, but obviously the main goal is to have him available for postseason play, and it sounds like they will.
    Yesterday, 5:26 pm
  • Astros shut down right-hander Collin McHugh
    Collin McHugh has been shut down for the season due to his innings workload.

    Advice: Between the majors and minors, McHugh has tossed a career-high 173 2/3 innings this season. That's only 8 1/3 more than he threw in 2013 and four more than he threw in 2012, but the Astros have obviously decided it's enough. McHugh was one of the biggest breakout surprises this season, posting a 2.73 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 157/41 K/BB ratio over 154 2/3 big league innings.
    Yesterday, 4:16 pm
  • Roenis Elias (elbow) out 4-6 weeks
    Roenis Elias will need 4-6 weeks of rehab after an MRI revealed a strained left flexor bundle in his elbow.

    Advice: The Mariners were leaving open the possibility that Elias could make an appearance in relief this week, but obviously that's not going to happen. The good news is that it doesn't appear he'll need surgery and he should have a relatively normal offseason. Elias had a solid rookie year after surprisingly cracking the rotation out of spring training, posting a 3.85 ERA and 1.31 WHIP over 29 starts.
    Yesterday, 3:31 pm
  • Marco Gonzales (flu) doesn't make trip
    Marco Gonzales did not travel with the Cardinals to Chicago due to the flu.

    Advice: There's been a bug going around the Cards' clubhouse, and Gonzales is the latest victim. With John Lackey and Michael Wacha back in he rotation, Gonzales is really only a long relief guy at the moment.
    Yesterday, 3:15 pm
  • Tanaka on track to pitch Saturday vs. Red Sox
    Masahiro Tanaka feels good and is on track to start against the Red Sox on Saturday.

    Advice: Good news. Tanaka looked sharp in his first start since July 8 on Sunday against the Blue Jays, allowing one run over 5 1/3 innings while striking out four and walking none. He threw 70 pitches in his return, but will be bumped up to 85 pitches for his final start of the season on Saturday. There haven't been many success stories with pitchers rehabbing a UCL tear, but things are looking up for Tanaka at the moment.
    Yesterday, 1:02 pm
  • Collin McHugh returned to action on Sunday September 21.
    Yesterday, 1:12 am
  • McHugh turns in quality start in win over M's
    Collin McHugh allowed three runs over six innings in a win over the Mariners on Sunday.

    Advice: McHugh gave up just four hits on the afternoon, with Michael Saunders' two-run homer doing most of the damage against him. McHugh walked just one while striking out six. McHugh still hasn't lost since the month of July, and he's now 11-9 with a 2.73 ERA on the year. The right-hander has one final start left in his stellar 2014 campaign, facing the Mets on Saturday.
    Sunday, 4:03 pm
  • Tanaka pitches well in first start since July
    Masahiro Tanaka tossed 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball Sunday in the Yankees' 5-2 win over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: It was Tanaka's first start since July 8 and he looked great, scattering five hits and fanning four batters over his five-plus frames. Tanaka did not issue a walk and went to only one three-ball count. He's been successful so far in his attempt to rehab a partially-torn ulnar collateral ligament and will look to put a promising stamp on his rookie season this week in Boston. Tanaka is 13-4 with a 2.47 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and 139/19 K/BB ratio in 134 2/3 major league innings.
    Sunday, 1:28 pm
  • Roenis Elias (elbow) could return as reliever
    Roenis Elias (elbow) could pitch in relief during the final week if his MRI results come back clean.

    Advice: The Mariners are confident that Elias' elbow injury is minor, but we'll know for sure on Monday. He won't start again and it seems unlikely that he'll pitch in relief, but the M's aren't closing the door on the possibility.
    Sunday, 9:34 am
  • Masahiro Tanaka activated for Sunday start
    Yankees activated RHP Masahiro Tanaka from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Tanaka will make his return to the Yankees' rotation on Sunday versus the Blue Jays. He'll be limited to 70-75 pitches and might be a tad rusty given his two-and-a-half month layoff, but fantasy owners can probably go ahead and roll the dice on the right-hander.
    Sunday, 8:14 am
  • Volquez magnificent in a no-decision vs. MIL
    Edinson Volquez was handed a no-decision Saturday despite tossing seven scoreless innings against the Brewers.

    Advice: Following Saturday's outing, Volquez has managed to lower his ERA by 76 points since the beginning of August. The right-hander yielded three hits and three walks while striking out six in the effort. He'll take a 3.15 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, and a 130/70 K/BB ratio into his final start of the season on Thursday in Atlanta against the Braves.
    Saturday, 7:47 pm
  • Travis Wood to make final start on Monday
    Travis Wood will make his final start of the 2014 season on Monday when the Cubs host the Cardinals.

    Advice: Fantasy owners who are looking to stream pitchers over the final week of the season should note that Wood is no longer scheduled for two starts. Kyle Hendricks, who starts on Tuesday, will start the season finale against the Brewers in Milwaukee on Sunday.
    Saturday, 8:37 am
  • Roenis Elias (elbow) injury not serious
    Roenis Elias' left elbow injury is not considered serious.

    Advice: He underwent a precautionary MRI, but Elias' exam with doctors went well and there wasn't a high level of concern. The left-hander won't pitch again this season, but it's sounding like he'll have a relatively normal offseason.
    Friday, 3:01 pm
  • Samardzija works 8 shutout innings in ND
    Jeff Samardzija shut out the Rangers for eight innings on Wednesday, striking out 10, but he was left with a no-decision when the bullpen imploded in a 6-1 loss.

    Advice: A crushing loss for the A's, who gave up six runs in the top of the ninth inning against a 58-92 team. The heartbreaker allowed the Angels to clinch the AL West for the first time since 2009. As for Samardzija, he must feel like he's pitching for the Cubs again. He's hurled 15 shutout innings over his past two starts and emerged with a pair of no-decisions. Overall, he's 6-12 with a 2.98 ERA and 1.07 WHIP.
    Wednesday, 10:51 pm
  • Stults doesn't reach the 5th inning in defeat
    Eric Stults allowed four runs on six hits over 4 1/3 innings in Wednesday's loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: This outing was the norm earlier in the season, but odds are that it will annoy some fantasy owners perusing box scores online on Thursday morning. Consider: On July 27, the left-hander sat at 3-13 with a 5.22 ERA. Not even Rotoworld could have predicted what happened next: Stults went 4-3 with a 2.81 ERA in his next eight starts entering play today. If you decided to play with fire in the fantasy playoffs, you just got burned. The 34-year-old hosts the Rockies in a decent matchup on Tuesday.
    Wednesday, 10:22 pm
  • Wilson gives up 1 hit over 7 shutout frames
    C.J. Wilson fired seven shutout innings and yielded only one hit in Wednesday's 5-0 win over the Mariners.

    Advice: The Angels magic number to win the AL West has dropped to 1. Wilson whiffed seven and walked three in this gem, the lefty's third straight victory, a trick he pulled off for the first time this season. You shouldn't take that to mean he'd pitched particularly well prior to tonight, however, as Wilson allowed six runs (five earned) over 11 1/3 frames in the first two wins but received 23 runs of support. He didn't need much help tonight. Now 13-9 with a 4.42 ERA, Wilson has a pivotal matchup against the A's on deck.
    Wednesday, 10:03 pm
  • Liriano holds Red Sox to one run as PIT wins
    Francisco Liriano navigated around control problems, allowing one run over six innings to pick up his sixth win of the season on Wednesday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Liriano walked five, the most he'd allowed in a single start since July 13. Otherwise, he scattered three hits and struck out two in the effort. Liriano's scoreless innings streak ended at 20 when he allowed a run to score on a Xander Bogaerts ground out in the fifth inning. The lefty owns a 3.45 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, and 163/73 K/BB ratio. He'll match-up with the Braves in Atlanta on Monday next.
    Wednesday, 7:57 pm
  • Roenis Elias (elbow) likely done for year
    Roenis Elias is scheduled to fly back to Seattle to undergo an MRI on his left elbow.

    Advice: Elias was forced to leave Tuesday's start against the Angels with what the Mariners are now calling "flexor bundle tightness" in his throwing elbow. There should be more clarity on his status soon, but Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon acknowledged Wednesday that he's likely done for the year. No word yet on who will replace him in the rotation Sunday against the Astros, but Taijuan Walker is a strong possibility.
    Wednesday, 3:42 pm
  • Shoemaker (oblique) still feeling soreness
    Matt Shoemaker (oblique) reported improvement Wednesday, but still feels some soreness.

    Advice: Shoemaker left Monday's start against the Mariners with a "very mild" left oblique strain. The Angels are confident that he'll be ready for the postseason, but he's not going to throw until he's 100 percent.
    Wednesday, 3:37 pm
  • Peavy holds the Snakes to 1 run in 7+ frames
    Jake Peavy worked 7 2/3 innings and allowed only one run in Tuesday's victory over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Peavy, who struck out four and walked one, is on fire right now. His Giants tenure didn't start out the best, you may recall. He went 0-3 with a 4.82 ERA and received only six runs of support total in his first three starts with San Francisco, but the right-hander came into play today 5-1 with a 1.12 ERA over his last six starts, getting an average of 6.92 runs per game of support. He only got two runs tonight, but that turned out to be the perfect number. Peavy, who has a 2.16 ERA overall with the Giants, has a big road start on deck against the Dodgers.
    Tuesday, 9:26 pm
  • Collmenter works 8 innings in loss to Giants
    Josh Collmenter painted eight innings of two-run ball but took the loss in Tuesday's 2-1 setback against the Giants.

    Advice: Collmenter pitched beautifully, but unfortunately he had to lock horns with a dealing Jake Peavy. The right-hander only struck out one, but he didn't walk a batter. He's only four earned runs and 14 hits across 35 2/3 innings in his last five starts, good for a 1.01 ERA. Collmenter (10-8, 3.60 ERA) has a nice matchup on deck with a date versus the Twins in Minnesota.
    Tuesday, 9:23 pm
  • Haren touched for five runs in loss to Rox
    Dan Haren allowed five runs over five innings in a loss to the Rockies on Tuesday.

    Advice: Haren actually gave up just four hits, but the Rockies managed to turn them into five runs. The line looks bad, but it was Haren's first loss since August 17, and the right-hander is still 13-11 with a 4.14 ERA after a string of above-average starts. Haren will try to get back in the win column at the Cubs on Sunday.
    Tuesday, 9:03 pm
  • Matzek scatters 11 hits in win over Dodgers
    Tyler Matzek surrendered 11 hits but managed to hold the Dodgers to two runs over 5 1/3 innings in a win Tuesday.

    Advice: Matzek managed to escape danger until the sixth inning, when four hits and a run spelled the end of his night. The left-hander struck out six before exiting. It wasn't his strongest outing, but the win was his fourth in his last five starts to bring his record to 6-10. He hasn't allowed more than three runs in a start since August 13. Matzek will look to keep that going Sunday against the Diamondbacks.
    Tuesday, 8:57 pm
  • Roenis Elias leaves start with stiff elbow
    Roenis Elias exited Tuesday's start against the Angels with left elbow stiffness.

    Advice: Well, that's no good. Elias allowed two runs on five hits and a walk and had surrendered a leadoff single in the fourth inning before departing. More info on his long-term outlook probably won't be available until Wednesday, but the rookie's season is almost surely over.
    Tuesday, 8:46 pm
  • Roenis Elias exits start with injury
    Roenis Elias left Tuesday's start against the Angels with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: Elias allowed a leadoff single to Josh Hamilton in the bottom of the fourth before the Mariners' trainer visited him on the mound and eventually walked off with him. It's not clear at this point what he's dealing with, but an update should be available shortly.
    Tuesday, 8:20 pm
  • Shoemaker has 'very mild' oblique strain
    Matt Shoemaker has been diagnosed with a "very mild" left oblique strain.

    Advice: Shoemaker had to exit Monday's outing with the injury. The Angels are calling him day-to-day, with the right-hander saying he's "very optimistic" about being ready for the postseason. Still, he will miss at least one start, with one late-season tune-up before the playoffs probably representing the best-case scenario.
    Tuesday, 4:06 pm
  • Tanaka (elbow) scheduled to return Sunday
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Tuesday that Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) is tentatively scheduled to return to the rotation Sunday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Tanaka gave up six hits but went five scoreless innings Monday in an instructional league game at the Yankees' spring training complex in Tampa, Florida. The right-hander will likely be limited to 75 pitches in his first game back in the bigs. He was diagnosed in early July with a partially-torn ligament in his right elbow -- an injury that almost always leads to Tommy John surgery.
    Tuesday, 2:00 pm
  • Matt Shoemaker to undergo MRI on left side
    Matt Shoemaker will undergo an MRI after leaving Monday's start with a "little" discomfort on the left side of his rib cage.

    Advice: Shoemaker allowed one run over 7 2/3 innings against the Mariners before exiting. He said after the game that he's not overly concerned, but naturally the Angels aren't going to take any chances.
    Tuesday, 5:27 am
  • Shoemaker allows only 1 run in win vs Seattle
    Matt Shoemaker yielded only five hits and one runs over 7 2/3 innings in an 8-1 victory over the Mariners on Monday.

    Advice: Shoemaker allowed five hits, but he didn't walk anyone. He struck out five. Shoemaker is one of the hottest pitchers in the game right now; he's won seven straight decisions and came into the game with a 1.32 ERA across his last seven outings. Shoemaker improved to 16-4 with a 3.04 ERA. He's going to show up on plenty Rookie of the Year ballots. Shoemaker squares off against the Rangers on Saturday.
    Monday, 10:10 pm
  • Travis Wood goes six scoreless
    Travis Wood tossed six scoreless innings, allowing three hits, against the Reds on Monday.

    Advice: Wood's two best starts since the All-Star break have both come against that motley crew the Reds are currently calling their lineup. He lowered his ERA from 5.03 to 4.86 tonight. Next up is a start against the Dodgers, which probably won't be so easy.
    Monday, 8:27 pm
  • McHugh exits game after taking comebacker
    Collin McHugh left Monday's start versus the Indians with a bruised left forearm.

    Advice: McHugh took a comebacker off the bat of Lonnie Chisenhall to force his exit. He was in the midst of another excellent outing, yielding just one unearned run on five hits and no walks while striking out seven. The Astros expect McHugh to be ready for his next start.
    Monday, 7:45 pm
  • Tanaka could pitch for Yanks this weekend
    Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said Monday that Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) could rejoin the team's starting rotation this weekend.

    Advice: Tanaka gave up six hits over five scoreless innings Monday in an instructional league game in Tampa, Florida. Assuming he feels good Tuesday, the Yankees could clear him to return. The team mostly wants to get a feeling on his progress going into the offseason, so we wouldn't count on him in fantasy leagues. Tanaka was diagnosed with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow in July.
    Monday, 1:48 pm
  • Tanaka (elbow) goes five scoreless in Tampa
    Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) tossed five scoreless innings Monday in an instructional league game at the Yankees' spring training complex in Tampa, Florida.

    Advice: Tanaka gave up six hits to an opposing lineup filled with young Yankees minor leaguers -- most of them teenagers -- but he pitched out of those threats and, most importantly, felt no discomfort in his right elbow. There's been some speculation that Tanaka might rejoin the Yankees' rotation this coming weekend, but nothing is set in stone. He was diagnosed with a partially-torn UCL in early July.
    Monday, 11:31 am
  • Gonzales fans nine as Cards defeat Rockies
    Marco Gonzales struck out nine while holding the Rockies to one run over 5 2/3 innings in the Cardinals' 4-1 win Sunday.

    Advice: Gonzales gave up an RBI double to Brandon Barnes in the second inning, one of only four hits he allowed, but he kept the Rockies under wraps for the rest of the day. He did walk four, a downside, but the nine strikeouts were certainly a career best. He's won three straight decisions to move to 3-2. With Michael Wacha's status still up in the air, it's unclear when or if Gonzales will get another start.
    Sep 14, 4:24 pm
  • Edinson Volquez earns 12th win against Cubs
    Edinson Volquez gave up three runs -- one earned -- over seven innings in Sunday's win over the Cubs.

    Advice: Volquez fell in a hole early after an error led to two Cubs runs in the second inning. He gave up another in the third, but he settled down to keep them off the board after that. He walked five, an issue for Volquez his entire career, while striking out five as well. The win was his 12th of the year, his highest single-season total since 2008. Volquez will take on the Brewers on Saturday.
    Sep 14, 1:32 pm
  • C.J. Wilson strikes out six in win
    C.J. Wilson surrendered three runs -- two earned -- in five innings Friday in a victory over the Astros.

    Advice: Wilson walked three, but two of those were intentional free passes to Chris Carter. He struck out six. Wilson really hasn't turned in a dominant effort in months, but with the way the Angels offense is clicking, he hasn't needed to. He's currently 12-9 despite a 4.61 ERA.
    Sep 12, 11:26 pm
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