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  • Bryan Morris (groin) shut down for season
    The Marlins have officially shut Bryan Morris (groin) down for the season.

    Advice: Morris aggravated his right groin injury back on September 9 and the club has decided it's best not to push him to make it back this month. It's an unfortunate ending to what has been a terrific season for the righty, as he posted a 1.82 ERA with 50 strikeouts over 64 1/3 innings.
    Today, 1:28 pm
  • Carlos Frias to start for Dodgers Sunday
    Carlos Frias is expected to start on Sunday in Chicago.

    Advice: That's assuming he's not needed in relief before then. The Dodgers are expected to push Dan Haren back a day to Monday for the beginning of a three-game series versus the Giants. Frias was blasted for eight earned runs while recording only two outs on Wednesday in Colorado. It will be a "bullpen start" for Los Angeles.
    Today, 8:46 am
  • Nicasio likely to remain reliever in 2015
    Rockies manager Walt Weiss indicated Thursday that Juan Nicasio is likely to remain in a relief role next season.

    Advice: Nicasio was demoted to the minors in June after posting a 5.92 ERA over 14 starts, but he holds a much better 3.78 mark and 15/4 K/BB ratio over 16 2/3 frames since returning as a reliever. "I think he's responded well to (the reliever) role," Weiss said. "I think it suits him, in my opinion. To me, going out there and being able to sprint for an inning or two works. He likes to go and attack hitters. With a bullpen role he doesn't have to think about scouting reports as much."
    Today, 7:13 am
  • Perkins has nerve irritation in left elbow
    LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Glen Perkins is dealing with "some nerve irritation and maybe a slight muscle strain" in his left elbow.

    Advice: Neal adds that the ailment "doesn't appear to be serious." However, with just a week and a half left in the season, the closer will undoubtedly be shut down. The good news is that it doesn't sound like it will be a long-term issue for Perkins. Jared Burton will continue to fill in as the Twins' closer.
    Today, 6:30 am
  • Wade LeBlanc to start again next week
    Wade LeBlanc will get another start next Tuesday in Oakland.

    Advice: LeBlanc earned the nod after tossing 5 1/3 shutout innings in a no-decision against the Mariners on Thursday. It could conceivably set him up to start the regular season finale, as well, though the Angels aren't thinking that far ahead yet. LeBlanc can be ignored in fantasy leagues.
    Today, 5:45 am
  • Rodney earns 46th save as M's top Angels
    Fernando Rodney allowed one run in the ninth inning against the Angels on Thursday but hung on to earn his 46th save of the season.

    Advice: Rodney, tasked with protecting a 3-0 lead against an Angels team that more or less got the night off after clinching the AL West, retired the first batter of the frame before coughing up a Hank Conger homer to right. He evaded further danger, and struck out one, to improve to 46-for-49 in save opportunities to go with a 2.70 ERA and 1.34 WHIP.
    Yesterday, 10:26 pm
  • LeBlanc throws 5 1/3 shutout innings in ND
    Wade LeBlanc had by far his best showing of 2014 on Thursday, tossing 5 1/3 shutout innings in a no-decision against the Mariners.

    Advice: This start was pushed up -- LeBlanc was originally scheduled to start Saturday against the Rangers -- because the Angels scratched Jered Weaver after clinching the AL West on Wednesday. Don't look now, but LeBlanc is pitching well in September, allowing only one run across 11 2/3 frames (0.77 ERA), including five relief appearances and this start. We still wouldn't trust him in fantasy if the Angels call his number again. After all, the journeyman entered this month with a 10.13 ERA.
    Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Allen fans two in the 13th for his 22nd save
    Cody Allen struck out a pair of batters in a scoreless 13th inning, picking up his 22nd save in Thursday's win against the Astros.

    Advice: Though Allen allowed a one-out single to Robbie Grossman, he was never in any real danger. The right-hander is now 22-for-25 in save chances with a 2.03 ERA and an 87/26 K/BB ratio in 66 2/3 innings.
    Yesterday, 9:49 pm
  • Reed suffers 6th blown save in walk-off loss
    Addison Reed blew his sixth save of the season, allowing a walk-off two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth as the D'Backs fell to the Rockies on Thursday.

    Advice: Reed has now allowed runs in each of his last three appearances, though Rosario's blast was his first home run allowed since July 30. Reed just hasn't had a very good season, now the owner of an ugly 4.40 ERA with a 1.24 WHIP and a 66/15 K/BB ratio.
    Yesterday, 8:35 pm
  • Workman falls to 1-10 with loss to Pirates
    Brandon Workman watched his record drop to 1-10 with a loss on Thursday after allowing three runs (two earned) in five innings against the Pirates.

    Advice: Workman allowed plenty of base runners, as the Pirates racked up seven hits and three walks in the right-hander's five innings. One of the hits was a solo home run by Starling Marte. Workman will bring a 5.17 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, and a 70/36 K/BB ratio into Wednesday's home start against the Rays, in which he'll search for his second win of the season.
    Yesterday, 7:26 pm
  • Hand struggles, suffers eighth loss vs. Nats
    Brad Hand suffered his eighth loss of the season after allowing six runs (five earned) over five innings on Thursday against the Nationals.

    Advice: Hand was around the zone a lot, throwing 55 of 76 pitches for strikes, but the Nationals were able to take advantage of it. The lefty allowed eight hits, struck out four, and didn't issue a walk. Hand will take a 4.59 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, and 65/36 K/BB ratio into Wednesday's start at home against the Phillies.
    Yesterday, 7:16 pm
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  • Greene blanks Jays but gets a no-decision
    Shane Greene shut the Blue Jays out over 6 2/3 innings but was given a no-decision as the Yankees walked off winners on Thursday.

    Advice: Greene lost his chance at the win when Shawn Kelley gave up a game-tying home run to Jose Bautista in the eighth. Greene scattered three hits and a pair of walks while striking out six. The right-hander has put together a good half-season in the Bronx, sitting on a 3.24 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and 76/26 K/BB ratio. Greene starts next at home against the Orioles on Tuesday.
    Yesterday, 6:57 pm
  • Nick Martinez picks up win over A's
    Nick Martinez yielded two runs and three hits in 5 2/3 innings Thursday in a victory over the A's.

    Advice: Martinez threw just 43 of his 79 pitches for strikes, walking three, but the A's couldn't rally after spotting the Rangers four runs in the first. The 24-year-old Martinez improved to 4-11 with a 4.85 ERA. That comes with an unimpressive 70/55 K/BB ratio and 18 homers allowed in 128 innings.
    Yesterday, 4:22 pm
  • Padres could ease Benoit into closer role
    The Padres could ease Joaquin Benoit (shoulder) back into game action before using him in save situations.

    Advice: Benoit is expected to be available out of the bullpen starting on Friday after missing the last few weeks with a shoulder issue. With the veteran reliever likely to pitch in a low-leverage situation or two before returning to the ninth inning, fantasy owners shouldn't drop Kevin Quackenbush just yet.
    Yesterday, 3:56 pm
  • Perez dealing with 'dead arm'
    Oliver Perez has been shut down indefinitely with what the Diamondbacks are calling "a dead arm."

    Advice: Perez has logged a career-high 65 appearances this season and admitted to some soreness after showing diminished velocity over the weekend, so the Diamondbacks are being cautious. He hasn't officially been shut down for the year yet.
    Yesterday, 1:23 pm
  • LeBlanc to start Thursday vs. Mariners
    Wade LeBlanc will start Thursday against the Mariners.

    Advice: LeBlanc was originally scheduled to start Saturday against the Rangers, but the Angels decided to scratch Jered Weaver after wrapping up the AL West on Wednesday night. The southpaw is not a fantasy option.
    Yesterday, 1:13 pm
  • LeBlanc to start for Angels on Saturday
    Wade LeBlanc has been confirmed as the Angels' starter for Saturday's game against the Rangers.

    Advice: That was confirmed after the Halos clinched the American League West championship on Wednesday night. LeBlanc owns a rough 6.88 ERA and 1.47 WHIP in 17 innings this season for Anaheim. He's filling in for Matt Shoemaker, who remains sidelined with an oblique strain.
    Yesterday, 7:50 am
  • Doolittle melts down, A's struggles continue
    Sean Doolittle imploded in a big way on Wednesday, allowing five runs while only recording one out in the ninth inning against the Rangers.

    Advice: A's skipper Bob Melvin called upon Doolittle with a 1-0 lead. The left-hander got the first batter out, but the situation unraveled quickly from there. Two straight hits were followed by an intentional walk, which itself was bookended by a J.P. Arencibia homer. A rattled Doolittle walked Robinson Chirinos before he finally got the hook; Chirinos later came around to score. Doolittle hadn't allowed a run since July 6 prior to tonight. The A's are now 17-27 since the beginning of August, including 6-12 in one-run games and 6-15 in road contests. That rotten stretch gift-wrapped the AL West for the Angels. If the A's don't pick it up quickly, they could get passed by the Mariners and miss the playoffs altogether.
    Wednesday, 11:15 pm
  • Glen Perkins will undergo MRI exam Thursday
    Glen Perkins will undergo an MRI exam on his left elbow/biceps area on Thursday.

    Advice: Perkins looked abysmal on Tuesday night, surrendering a three-run home run to J.D. Martinez en route to blowing his seventh save of the season. He certainly hasn't looked right as of late, posting a 14.21 ERA and 2.21 WHIP over his last eight outings (6 1/3 innings), so hopefully Thursday's exam will provide some answers. Casey Fien or Jared Burton would likely get the call to work the ninth inning in his absence.
    Wednesday, 4:53 pm
  • Wade LeBlanc likely to start on Saturday
    Wade LeBlanc is the most likely candidate to start for the Angels on Saturday.

    Advice: Angels skipper Mike Scioscia said he wouldn't announce his starter until after Wednesday night's game, but LeBlanc is the most logical choice. With a 6.88 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 14/6 K/BB ratio through his 17 frames, he isn't a good streaming option in mixed leagues.
    Wednesday, 4:38 pm
  • Frias allows 10 hits, eight runs in the first
    Carlos Frias didn't make it out of the first inning Wednesday against the Rockies, allowing eight earned runs while recording only two outs.

    Advice: Frias is the first pitcher in baseball's modern era to give up 10 hits and record fewer than three outs. A spot start at Coors Field was a tall task on paper for the 24-year-old right-hander, and the Rockies brutalized him right out of the gate. He is doubtful to get another start this season.
    Wednesday, 3:25 pm
  • Glen Perkins (neck) won't pitch Wednesday
    Glen Perkins (neck) won't pitch on Wednesday night.

    Advice: Perkins, who's been dealing with neck discomfort all month, allowed a three-run homer to blow a save opportunity on Tuesday. He was scheduled to be examined by Twins team doctors on Wednesday afternoon. Jared Burton will close if needed Wednesday versus Detroit.
    Wednesday, 2:25 pm
  • Angels to have bullpen start on Saturday
    The Angels will make a "bullpen start" on Saturday against the Rangers in place of the injured Matt Shoemaker (oblique).

    Advice: It will be either Wade LeBlanc or Michael Roth who will start the game, but the Angels will utilize many of the 18 pitchers they're carrying. Shoemaker might miss more than just the one start, so LeBlanc and/or Roth could be needed for another start next week.
    Wednesday, 8:14 am
  • Allen called on for four-out save vs. Astros
    Cody Allen was asked to get four outs Tuesday, pitching 1 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the save against the Astros.

    Advice: With runners on first and second and two outs, Allen was called on to face Jason Castro. He got Castro to pop out, ending the threat, and he proceeded to toss a scoreless ninth to earn his 21st save. The 25-year-old has emerged as a legitimate closer this year, owning a 2.06 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 85/26 K/BB ratio over 65 2/3 innings.
    Tuesday, 8:38 pm
  • Perkins serves up three-run homer vs. Tigers
    Glen Perkins served up a three-run home run to blow a save opportunity against the Tigers Tuesday.

    Advice: Perkins put runners on the corners with one out and a two-run lead. He then got the dangerous Victor Martinez to pop out, lending hope to the idea that he might get out of the jam unscathed. A J.D. Martinez three-run homer dashed that hope, serving Perkins with his seventh blown save of the season. He stuck around to get the win, but it's little consolation for Perkins' owners. The closer has now allowed runs in four of his last five outings.
    Tuesday, 8:19 pm
  • Benoit (shoulder) shooting for Friday return
    Joaquin Benoit (shoulder) could rejoin the Padres' bullpen on Friday.

    Advice: Benoit threw a bullpen session Sunday with no issues and will throw another 'pen session Wednesday. If that goes well, he'll be cleared to return to action. It remains to be seen whether the reliever will immediately regain his closer job, but he certainly needs to be owned in fantasy leagues.
    Tuesday, 4:15 pm
  • Bryan Morris (groin) might be done for season
    Bryan Morris might be done for the season after aggravating his right groin injury on September 9.

    Advice: The Marlins haven't officially ruled him out, but his return isn't looking likely at this point. "I aggravated it pretty good during that game in Milwaukee," Morris said. "In all reality for it to heal all the way up it's going to take four to six weeks. Obviously we didn't have four to six weeks at the time. I don't know where we're going from here. I just know right now we're not doing anything." If he's indeed done, Morris ends his season having posted a 1.82 ERA over and a 0.66 mark with the Marlins.
    Tuesday, 3:40 pm
  • Reed allows two runs in non-save situation
    Addison Reed gave up four hits and two runs in a non-save situation against the Padres on Sunday.

    Advice: Brought in to preserve a four-run lead, Reed instead allowed hits to three of the first four batters he faced. With two runners on and two outs, Cameron Maybin represented the winning run, grounding out to end the game. Reed has allowed runs in two of his last three appearances to raise his ERA to 3.83. Reed has 31 saves in his first year in the desert.
    Sunday, 7:20 pm
  • Perkins works around homer to earn 34th save
    Glen Perkins allowed a solo home run but nothing more, earning the save in Sunday's win over the White Sox.

    Advice: After blowing a save and taking the loss Saturday, Perkins got right back on the horse to get the save Sunday. He served up a solo homer to Jose Abreu -- not the first pitcher to get victimized by Abreu -- but he closed out the game without incident after that. He's been shaky since late August, but Perkins is still the guy in Minnesota and he needs to be started while he's getting saves.
    Sunday, 2:24 pm
  • Joaquin Benoit (shoulder) nearing a return
    Joaquin Benoit (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session Sunday.

    Advice: He's expected to need only one additional 'pen session after that before being cleared to return to action. It's not clear whether Benoit will immediately regain his closer job or be eased back into things, but fantasy owners should scoop him up now if they're in need of saves.
    Sunday, 8:05 am
  • Sean Doolittle picks up save in return
    Sean Doolittle threw a scoreless 10th inning for a save against the Mariners in his return from the disabled list Saturday.

    Advice: Doolittle hadn't had a hitter take a swing off him in three weeks, but the A's threw him right back into the closer's role and he turned in an easy nine-pitch inning to finish a 3-2 victory, which evened the crucial series ahead of Sunday's finale. Jon Lester and Chris Young will go in that one.
    Saturday, 10:01 pm
  • Fernando Rodney takes loss in 10th
    Fernando Rodney walked four and took a loss after giving up the go-ahead run in the 10th Saturday against the A's.

    Advice: Rodney hasn't had many off nights this year, but these kinds of things can happen with him. He only got out of the inning because Josh Reddick decided to take a big cut after a 2-0 pitch (and six straight balls total) and lined out to a diving Chris Taylor at shortstop. Since Rodney was pitching in a tie game, he remains 45-for-48 in his save chances.
    Saturday, 9:54 pm
  • Perkins blows his seventh save of the season
    Glen Perkins blew his seventh save of the season as the Twins dropped the second half of a doubleheader Saturday night against the White Sox.

    Advice: The Twins also lost the first game, 5-1. They carried a 6-5 lead into the bottom of the fifth inning in the nightcap, but Perkins walked Jose Abreu and then served up a two-run walkoff shot to Dayan Viciedo. He was bothered earlier this month by a neck injury and might not be completely over it yet.
    Saturday, 8:23 pm
  • Greene Ks nine in win over Orioles
    Shane Greene struck out nine batters and allowed two runs over 5 1/3 innings in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Orioles.

    Advice: Greene gave up an RBI single to Nelson Cruz in the third inning, but managed to strand runners at second and third to avoid any further damage. The only other run scored on a solo homer from Steve Pearce in the sixth. The 25-year-old right-hander has only completed seven innings three times in 12 starts, but he owns a solid 3.56 ERA and 70/24 K/BB ratio over 68 1/3 innings. He lines up for a start against the Blue Jays next week.
    Saturday, 3:15 pm
  • Sean Doolittle activated from disabled list
    Athletics activated LHP Sean Doolittle from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Doolittle has missed the last three weeks with with an intercostal strain, but he's thrown off a mound a couple times this week with no issues and is ready to go. The left-hander should immediately resume his role as Oakland's closer.
    Friday, 10:37 am
  • Glen Perkins (neck) cleared to return
    Glen Perkins (neck) was cleared to return to action Thursday.

    Advice: Perkins hasn't pitched since last Friday due to soreness in his neck, but he's made significant progress in recent days and is ready for the next save chance when it presents itself. The left-hander holds a 2.88 ERA and 65/10 K/BB ratio over 59 1/3 innings this season while converting 33-of-38 save opportunities.
    Friday, 6:37 am
  • Martinez suffers 11th loss against the Angels
    Nick Martinez saw his record drop to 3-11 after allowing four runs (two earned) in six innings of work as the Rangers suffered a 7-3 loss to the Angels on Thursday.

    Advice: The Angels did their damage in the second and third innings, scoring twice in each frame. Martinez gave up four hits and a walk while striking out three in the effort. His rookie campaign has not gone very well, as he'll take a 4.93 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, and 68/52 K/BB ratio into a start in Oakland against the Athletics on Wednesday.
    Thursday, 8:47 pm
  • Doolittle (intercostal) expected back Friday
    A's manager Bob Melvin said he "fully expects" Sean Doolittle (intercostal) to return Friday.

    Advice: Doolittle threw 20 pitches with hitters standing in the box on Wednesday and woke up Thursday with no abnormal discomfort. The left-hander has been out since August 24 with a strained intercostal muscle but should jump right back into his ninth-inning role. Eric O'Flaherty can be dropped in fantasy leagues.
    Thursday, 9:40 am
  • Doolittle (intercostal) throws again Wed.
    Sean Doolittle (intercostal) threw 20 pitches with hitters standing in Wednesday.

    Advice: It's another, albeit not major, step for Doolittle, who threw the same number of pitches without hitters standing in the box on Monday. The left-hander said the session went well. With little left to prove, he should be days away from activation at this point.
    Wednesday, 3:12 pm
  • Workman allows six runs in loss to Orioles
    Brandon Workman allowed six runs -- five earned -- over three innings Wednesday in a loss to the Orioles.

    Advice: Workman made it through the first two frames unscathed, but the O's poured on six runs in the top of the third to take a commanding lead in the matinee. Workman is now 1-9 on the year with a 5.27 ERA. He will take on the Pirates at PNC Park next time out.
    Wednesday, 2:02 pm
  • Glen Perkins (neck) expects to pitch on Wed.
    Glen Perkins (neck) is aiming to return Wednesday.

    Advice: Perkins has been sidelined since Friday due to soreness in his neck, but an MRI taken this weekend showed no structural damage and he felt fine after throwing off a mound on Tuesday afternoon. Jared Burton has been serving as the Twins' fill-in at closer.
    Tuesday, 1:05 pm
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