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  • Mat Latos pitches well in return to rotation
    Mat Latos held the Cubs to two runs over 4 2/3 innings Saturday in a no-decision.

    Advice: Latos was skipped on his last turn through the Dodgers' rotation and pitched pretty well in his return to action Saturday all things considered. The right-hander walked three but struck out five and yielded only four hits. He'll face the Padres on the road next. Yesterday, 9:44 pm
  • Lester allows five earned in loss to Dodgers
    Jon Lester gave up five earned runs over six innings Saturday in a loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Lester didn't issue a walk and struck out seven, but the Dodgers tagged him for eight hits and took advantage of his inability to control the running game with three stolen bases. Lester should be able to bounce back in his next start at home against the Diamondbacks. Yesterday, 9:42 pm
  • Samardzija knocked for five runs
    Jeff Samardzija fell to 8-11 in Saturday's loss to the Mariners, coughing up five runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Samardizja's struggled with consistency throughout the season and Saturday's loss saw more of the same, as he put the White Sox in a 5-0 hole through four innings, but also ended his time on the mound with eight strikeouts. Weird. The 30-year-old right-hander will take a sketchy 4.85 ERA and 1.29 WHIP into his next start, a road tilt with the Royals. Yesterday, 8:31 pm
  • Pomeranz picks up save as A's top D'Backs
    Drew Pomeranz picked up his third save of the season Saturday in the A's defeat of the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Pomeranz struck out all three batters he faced in the bottom of the ninth inning. The left-hander has been granted the A's last two save opportunities and looks to be the guy to own in Oakland for the stretch run. Yesterday, 7:56 pm
  • Gregerson notches 25th save in win over Twins
    Luke Gregerson earned his 25th save of the season in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Twins, striking out two in a perfect ninth.

    Advice: Gregerson came on in the ninth with the Astros holding a 4-1 lead. He made sure it stayed that way, striking out Eddie Rosario and Torii Hunter before inducing a Kurt Suzuki fly out to end the game. The 31-year-old right-hander is 25-for-30 in save chances with a 2.82 ERA and 47/10 K/BB ratio over 51 innings. After some scuffles in late July and early August, he hasn't allowed a run in his last nine innings. Yesterday, 7:51 pm
  • Fiers allows three hits over six innings
    Mike Fiers pitched well in Saturday's win over the Twins, allowing one run on three hits over six innings.

    Advice: Fiers no-hit the Dodgers last Friday and turned in another strong performance on Saturday. Though three hits did fall in this time around. The only Twin run to score in the game came on a Trevor Plouffe double play ball in the fourth. Otherwise, Fiers and the Astro bullpen got the job done. The 30-year-old right-hander improved to 2-0 with his new team while lowering his ERA to 2.25 across 32 AL innings. These same Twins will come to Houston next time Fiers is tasked with a start. Yesterday, 7:40 pm
  • Zimmermann limits Marlins to one run in 7 IP
    Jordan Zimmermann turned in a nice start in Saturday's 5-1 win over the Marlins, throwing seven innings of one-run ball.

    Advice: Zimmermann scattered seven hits while striking out four and walking one. Justin Bour managed a solo homer against Zimmy in the seventh, but it was otherwise a trouble-free outing for the 29-year-old right-hander. Turning the corner to September, he'll look to improve on a 3.45 ERA and 1.22 WHIP while taking on the Braves. Yesterday, 6:51 pm
  • Medlen pitches into sixth in second start
    Making his second start of the season in Saturday's contest with the Rays, Kris Medlen allowed three runs on four hits over 5 1/3 innings.

    Advice: All three runs on Medlen's line scored in the fourth, when he was burned by an Asdrubal Cabrera RBI single and a two-run Kevin Kiermaier homer. The 29-year-old right-hander has allowed six runs over 11 1/3 innings in his first two starts this season. He's taking the place of Jeremy Guthrie in the Royal rotation and will face the White Sox at home in his next outing as he continues to work back into shape after a long, Tommy John-forced lay-off. Yesterday, 6:34 pm
  • Mets acquire Addison Reed from the D'Backs
    Mets acquired RHP Addison Reed from the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Adam Rubin of ESPN New York had the news first. It's been a mostly disappointing 2015 season for Reed, who went from closing games for the Diamondbacks to open the year to pitching out of the bullpen at Triple-A Reno in June. He has been much better lately and the Mets will hope he can stay on that roll. Arizona will get two minor league pitchers in return. Yesterday, 4:35 pm
  • deGrom fans 10 but takes loss vs. Red Sox
    Jacob deGrom struck out 10 batters over six innings but took a loss Saturday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: He was cruising until the top of the sixth, when Mookie Betts singled, Pablo Sandoval hit an RBI double, Travis Shaw drew a walk, and Brock Holt hit into a fielder's choice that drove in Boston's second run. It was a rare hiccup for deGrom, who stands 12-7 with a 2.32 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, and 171/34 K/BB ratio in 163 innings this season. He'll face the Marlins on the road next week. Yesterday, 4:06 pm
  • Report: Mets claim Marc Rzepczynski on waivers
    Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports the Mets have claimed LHP Marc Rzepczynski on waivers.

    Advice: It's unclear how long the Mets have to complete a deal. Rzepczynski has bounced around this season, making 45 appearances for the Indians and another 15 for San Diego. The lefty specialist would be an upgrade over recent pickup Eric O'Flaherty (7.90 ERA). Yesterday, 2:42 pm
  • Robbie Ray will have his next start pushed back
    Robbie Ray's next start will be pushed back to Monday.

    Advice: Ray was supposed to pitch Sunday against the Athletics but will get an extra day of rest after laboring through his last outing (3 IP, 5 H, 6 ER Tuesday against St. Louis). The left-hander is a dismal 0-6 since the All-Star break with a 5.93 ERA. The Diamondbacks are expected to call up a spot starter from Triple-A to pitch Sunday's series finale. Yesterday, 2:33 pm
  • Gavin Floyd will join Indians on September 1
    The Indians will activate right-hander Gavin Floyd (elbow) from the disabled list on Tuesday.

    Advice: Floyd has spent most of the season recovering from elbow surgery. He struggled in his first rehab appearance but looked much better in his last outing (3 IP, 3 H, 0 R). The 32-year-old will pitch out of the bullpen for Cleveland. Yesterday, 2:00 pm
    60-Day DL
    10:10 am vs LAA
  • Ryan Madson dealing with a dead arm
    Ryan Madson hasn't pitched since August 22 because of a dead arm.

    Advice: Prior to this season, Madson hadn't pitched in the big leagues since 2011, so the fatigue is understandable. He's been a valuable setup man for Kansas City, posting a 2.45 ERA across 55 appearances. Opponents have hit just .207 against the right-hander this year. Yesterday, 1:53 pm
  • Buck Farmer hit hard in loss to Blue Jays
    Buck Farmer was knocked around in Saturday's loss to the Blue Jays, allowing five runs on eight hits over his four innings of work.

    Advice: Farmer walked two and struck out two on the afternoon. The big blow against him came on a three-run blast off the bat of Edwin Encarnacion in the first inning. The fact that Farmer continues to occupy a spot in the Tigers rotation despite his 8.27 ERA and 1.81 WHIP speaks volumes about how their season has gone. He'll strive for better results when he takes on the Indians on Friday. Yesterday, 1:34 pm
  • Braves recall Jacob Brigham from Triple-A
    Braves recalled RHP Jacob Brigham from Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Brigham is taking the place of Williams Perez on the active roster. He has struggled in his limited time with the big league club, registering a 4.80 ERA, 1.53 WHIP and 9/4 K/BB ratio over 15 innings. Yesterday, 12:08 pm
  • White Sox active Daniel Webb from DL
    White Sox activated RHP Daniel Webb from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: As the White Sox get Webb back into the mix, they lose Zach Putnam who is heading to the disabled list with a strained groin. The 26-year=old right-hander has done a decent job for the White Sox this season, compiling a 2.49 ERA and 15/12 K/BB ratio over 21 2/3 innings, though that comes with a troublesome 1.71 WHIP. Yesterday, 11:45 am
  • White Sox place Zach Putnam on 15-day DL
    White Sox placed RHP Zach Putnam on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 27, with a right groin strain.

    Advice: Putnam tweaked his groin when warming up in the bullpen last week. He should be ready to rejoin the bullpen in mid-September. Yesterday, 11:42 am
    15-Day DL
    11:10 am vs Sea
  • Daniel Norris feeling improvement in oblique
    Daniel Norris has reported feeling improvement in his injured oblique and could be cleared to begin playing catch next week.

    Advice: There had been some fear within the Tigers organization that Norris could be lost for the remainder of the season, but it appears as though the southpaw is doing everything in his power to make his way back. Yesterday, 9:43 am
    15-Day DL
  • Athletics recall Aaron Brooks from Triple-A
    Athletics recalled RHP Aaron Brooks from Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: The A's have opted to play things cautiously with Felix Doubront and push his start back until Monday, meaning Brooks will start in his place on Saturday against the Diamondbacks. He was destroyed by the Blue Jays in his last spot start and isn't a recommended streaming option, especially against the high-powered D'Backs offense. Yesterday, 5:26 am
  • Glen Perkins will resume closing for Twins
    Glen Perkins (back) struck out two in a scoreless inning of work on Friday in his return to the mound.

    Advice: Perkins has been dealing with a back issue and was briefly pulled from his ninth inning duties until manager Paul Molitor felt that he was fully healthy and could be counted on to remain in that role. Apparently he saw all that he needed on Friday, saying afterwards that Perkins would move back to the closer's role. Yesterday, 5:13 am
  • Chase Anderson solid versus A's
    Chase Anderson pitched six innings of two-run ball Friday against the A's.

    Advice: Anderson has allowed two runs in 12 2/3 innings since his aborted demotion to Triple-A last week. Of course, it's helped that he's faced the Reds and A's in those two starts. Friday, 10:25 pm
  • Jungmann keeps Reds off scoreboard
    Taylor Jungmann turned in a solid performance in Friday's win over the Reds, firing six innings of scoreless ball.

    Advice: Jungmann allowed just three hits while striking out five and walking three over his six innings of work. The shutout performance lowered his ERA from an already stellar 2.66 to an even more stellar 2.48. A home start against the Pirates is upcoming as the 25-year-old right-hander looks to hit the stretch run on fire. Friday, 10:23 pm
  • Kazmir pitches seven strong in loss to Twins
    Scott Kazmir pitched well in Friday's loss to the Twins, yielding three runs on three hits over seven innings.

    Advice: The Twins notched a run on the board with a solo homer by Eduardo Nunez in the third, then posted two more in the fourth to account for the rest of the offense in the game. Kazmir struck out six and walked one on the evening. Despite a 7-9 record, he's been money all season long and holds a 2.45 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 137/48 K/BB ratio over 154 innings. He'll have a chance at revenge for Friday's loss next time he takes the ball, as the Twins will be traveling to Houston to play in Kazmir's crib. Friday, 9:24 pm
  • Tazawa struggles in save opportunity
    Junichi Tazawa pitched terribly in the 10th inning of Friday's win over the Mets, walking four and allowing one run in 2/3 of an inning.

    Advice: Tazawa came on with the Red Sox holding a 6-3 lead in the 10th inning, then proceeded to almost blow that advantage. The strangest bit of his appearance is that he picked up the first two outs relatively easily. Then, things became considerably less easy, as Tazawa walked four straight batters to force in a run. Craig Breslow had to come out of the pen to relieve the closer in mid-inning, something that's rarely seen. We'll see if the Sox opt to continue sticking with him in this role, but Friday's appearance could not have been encouraging. Tazawa's now the owner of a 3.79 ERA. Friday, 9:09 pm
  • Perkins won't regain closer role immediately
    Twins manager Paul Molitor said that Glen Perkins (back) is expected to be available Friday but won't return to his closer role immediately.

    Advice: Molitor wants Perkins to show that he can be healthy and effective until he puts him back in the ninth inning. It will probably only take an appearance or two, but until then Kevin Jepsen will continue to handle the closing duties. Friday, 2:38 pm
  • Perkins expected to be available on Friday
    Paul Molitor is very optimistic that Glen Perkins (back) will be available on Friday.

    Advice: The southpaw was unavailable on Wednesday and Thursday due to lower back spasms, but is expected to be ready enough to pitch on Friday. Kevin Jepsen has been filling in as the closer in his absence. Thursday, 7:21 pm
  • Perkins (back) will be gametime decision Thu.
    Twins manager Paul Molitor said that Glen Perkins (back) will be a game-time decision Thursday.

    Advice: Perkins was unavailable for Wednesday's game due to lower back spasms and he's no sure thing to pitch Thursday, either. Molitor wants to stay away from using Kevin Jepsen on Thursday, so things could get interesting if Perkins is also unavailable. Casey Fien or Trevor May would be the most likely options in a save situation. Thursday, 1:39 pm
  • Junichi Tazawa notches third save
    Junichi Tazawa recorded his third save with a scoreless ninth Wednesday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Tazawa allowed a leadoff single, only because he failed to cover first base on the grounder to the right side. He then retired three in a row. Tazawa was coming off a horrible outing Sunday against the Royals in which he gave up four runs and could have allowed more. The Red Sox, though, are sticking with him as the closer. Wednesday, 8:43 pm
  • Perkins unavailable due to lower back spasms
    Glen Perkins was unavailable for Wednesday's game due to lower back spasms.

    Advice: The good news is that his neck injury wasn't the reason Perkins was passed over for the save chance. That honor went to Kevin Jepsen, who closed out the Rays with little issue. Perkins should be fine moving forward, but Jepsen remains a necessary handcuff until Perkins is clear of all his ailments. Wednesday, 7:59 pm
  • Jacob deGrom had food poisoning Monday
    Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports that Jacob deGrom was dealing with food poisoning during his start on Monday.

    Advice: It's helps explain why he pitched uncharacteristically poorly, yielding seven runs -- six earned -- in 2 2/3 innings. DeGrom had an IV on Tuesday and is feeling much better. He'll be fine for his next outing. Wednesday, 12:52 pm
  • Robbie Ray shellacked in loss to Cardinals
    Robbie Ray was knocked around by the Cardinals on Tuesday, allowing six runs over three innings in a loss.

    Advice: Ray's command failed him in the outing, as the southpaw walked five and gave up another five hits before exiting. He's now lost six straight decisions, although most haven't been as lopsided as Tuesday's contest. Even so, Ray is now 3-10 with a 3.86 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 79/32 K/BB ratio through 16 starts. An interleague date with the Athletics is on tap for Sunday. Tuesday, 10:31 pm
  • Zach Putnam (groin) available to pitch
    Zach Putnam (groin) is available to pitch Tuesday.

    Advice: He had been unavailable for a few days after tweaking his right groin while warming up in the bullpen last Friday. Putnam boasts a 2.93 ERA with 54 strikeouts over 40 innings for the White Sox this season. Tuesday, 7:01 pm
    15-Day DL
    11:10 am vs Sea
  • Floyd (elbow) to make second rehab start Sat.
    Gavin Floyd (elbow) will make his second rehab start Saturday for Double-A Akron.

    Advice: Floyd tossed three scoreless innings Monday in a rookie league game. The veteran right-hander needed surgery in March to repair a re-break of the right olecranon bone in his pitching elbow and might not make an appearance at the major league level this season. He will become a free agent five days after the 2015 World Series. Tuesday, 2:57 pm
    60-Day DL
    10:10 am vs LAA
  • Samardzija serves up five runs in 5 2/3 IP
    Jeff Samardzija earned his 10th loss on Monday against the Red Sox, serving up five runs in 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Rusney Castillo was Samardzija's worst enemy, accounting for all five runs. He hit a three-run home run in the second inning and a two-run double in the sixth. Overall, the right-hander allowed eight hits, walked two, and struck out seven. Samardzija continues to pitch inconsistently, carrying a 4.75 ERA with a 1.27 WHIP and a 134/37 K/BB ratio over 171 1/3 innings. He'll try for better results in a home start against the Mariners. Monday, 8:49 pm
  • deGrom hit hard by the Phillies, but Mets win
    Jacob deGrom lucked out with a no-decision as the Mets beat the Phillies on Monday despite his allowing seven runs (six earned) in 2 2/3 innings.

    Advice: The Phillies were hitting everything the right-hander was throwing. Ryan Howard punished him with a three-run opposite-field home run in the first inning. Cameron Rupp hit a tape-measure solo homer to the bullpens in center field, and Domonic Brown laced a three-run shot in the third inning. DeGrom, overall, yielded eight hits and three walks while striking out three. It did a number on his ERA, raising it from 1.98 to 2.29. He still has an excellent 0.94 WHIP with a 161/32 K/BB ratio over 157 innings. DeGrom will try to rebound at home against the Red Sox in his upcoming outing. Monday, 8:35 pm
  • Medlen solid in his first start of the season
    Kris Medlen, making his first start of the season, got the win on Monday against the Orioles after giving up three runs in six innings.

    Advice: Medlen was the pitcher of record when the Royals scored seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take an 8-3 lead. The right-hander had allowed a two-run home run to Adam Jones in the first inning and an RBI double to Steve Clevenger in the fourth, two of the five hits he'd surrender while striking out six and walking none. Medlen took the rotation spot of Jeremy Guthrie, so he'll draw another start this weekend against the Rays in Tampa. Monday, 8:06 pm
  • Farmer falters late in no-decision vs. Reds
    Buck Farmer was on the hook for three runs in 5 1/3 innings, taking a no-decision in Monday's 12-5 loss to the Reds.

    Advice: Farmer had shut out the Reds over his first five innings, but allowed a solo home run to Eugenio Suarez and a two-run home run to Brandon Phillips before departing in what turned out to be a 10-run outburst by the Reds' offense. The right-hander gave up three hits and three walks while striking out three. Farmer has operated as a swingman for the Tigers but hasn't been much help, holding a 7.80 ERA with a 1.73 WHIP and a 18/13 K/BB ratio over 30 innings. With the Tigers' rotation hurt by injuries, Farmer could draw another start over the weekend in Toronto against the Blue Jays, which just spells trouble. Monday, 7:59 pm
  • Junichi Tazawa to remain Red Sox' closer
    Red Sox interim manager Torey Lovullo said Monday that he will stick with Junichi Tazawa as the team's closer.

    Advice: Tazawa allowed four earned runs on six hits en route to blowing a save on Sunday, but the Red Sox will keep him in the ninth inning for now. "I think we're going to stay with Taz, for sure," Lovullo said. "He's probably going to get a day off today. He threw 30-31 pitches. We want to give him the ball in the ninth inning, just because you might have a situation where you don't get the job done and don't execute, it wouldn't help him right now to just pull it away from him. That's not what we're about. We want to be consistent with what’s happening every day, and Taz is our closer and we like him in that situation." If Boston does eventually decide to make a change, Jean Machi is likely next in line for saves. Monday, 5:03 pm
  • Zach Putnam nursing minor leg injury
    Zach Putnam will be unavailable for the third straight game Monday due to a sore leg.

    Advice: "We need to stay away from him (Monday)," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "We don't think it's anything serious." Putnam has had a fine season while helping to set up for David Robertson, posting a 2.93 ERA with 54 strikeouts over 40 innings. Monday, 4:12 pm
    15-Day DL
    11:10 am vs Sea
  • Lester brilliant but falls short of shutout
    Jon Lester fell one out shy of a shutout Monday, allowing one run over 8 2/3 frames but settling for a no-decision in a 2-1 win over the Indians.

    Advice: Gunning for the first shutout by a Cubs lefty since 2006, Lester hit Abraham Almonte with a pitch to lead off the ninth inning and Francisco Lindor reached on an infield single with one out. He struck out Michael Brantley but then allowed a run-scoring single to Carlos Santana. Lester was then pulled, and Hector Rondon wound up picking up the victory after retiring one batter when Kris Bryant hit a walk-off homer in the ninth. The southpaw surrendered six hits, walked one and struck out six on the day, lowering his ERA to 3.44. He gets the Dodgers this weekend. Monday, 2:59 pm
  • Aaron Brooks likely to return to OAK rotation
    Aaron Brooks is likely to return to the A's starting rotation this week.

    Advice: Kendall Graveman's oblique strain has opened a spot in the Oakland starting rotation. Brooks has been lit up in a couple cups of coffee at the major league level and shouldn't be a consideration in most fantasy formats. Monday, 8:36 am
  • Perkins picks up victory in return to action
    Glen Perkins (neck) returned to action on Sunday, working a scoreless inning against the Orioles to earn his second win of the season.

    Advice: Perkins wasn't supposed to be available until Tuesday, but was called upon in the 11th inning of a tied game on Sunday. He did show a bit of rust, allowing a pair of hits in his lone frame, but was able to bear down and avoid any damage. He should resume his normal role as the Twins closer beginning on Tuesday. Aug 23, 9:08 pm
  • Tazawa blows save as Red Sox fall to Royals
    Junichi Tazawa blew a save in brutal fashion Sunday afternoon against the Royals, allowing four earned runs on six hits in the top of the ninth inning.

    Advice: Tazawa was dreadful from the jump, and the Boston dugout let him wear it. He faced eight batters, and seven of them reached base. It actually could have been an uglier outing, but the Red Sox cut down two Kansas City runners. The back end of the Boston bullpen is a mess. Aug 23, 2:33 pm
  • Anderson blanks Reds over 6 2/3 innings
    Chase Anderson got the win on Sunday, delivering 6 2/3 scoreless innings versus the Reds.

    Advice: Anderson limited the Reds to five hits and three walks while striking out two. He needed that performance as his second half has been shaky, including a demotion to Triple-A. The right-hander will head into a home start against the Athletics with a 4.28 ERA, a 1.31 WHIP, and an 86/33 K/BB ratio over 128 1/3 innings. Aug 23, 1:15 pm
  • Glen Perkins (neck) feels 'great' off mound
    Twins manager Paul Molitor said that Glen Perkins (neck) "felt great" during a bullpen session Sunday.

    Advice: Perkins received two cortisone shots last Wednesday to treat a bulging disk in his neck. The left-hander will be available as the Twins' closer again starting on Tuesday following Monday's off day. Kevin Jepsen will return to a setup role at that time. Aug 23, 8:45 am
  • Perkins (neck) likely to be available Tuesday
    Glen Perkins (neck) felt "great" while playing catch Saturday and is expected to be available to pitch on Tuesday.

    Advice: Perkins will is expected to test things out with a bullpen session on Sunday and could possibly talk his way into being available if a save situation comes up. However, the Twins most likely will wait until after Monday's off day. Perkins received two cortisone shots on Wednesday to treat a bulging disk in his neck. Aug 23, 6:56 am
  • Kazmir strikes out eight Dodgers in 6 IP
    Scott Kazmir kept the Dodgers in check during Saturday's win, surrendering one run on six hits over six innings.

    Advice: Kazmir fanned eight and walked just one. The only run to score against him came home in the sixth inning when Justin Turner managed an RBI single. Otherwise, the southpaw controlled the action. As he's done for most of the season. Kazmir boasts a 2.39 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 131/47 K/BB ratio across 147 innings. He'll hit the dusty trail for a road start against the Twins next time he toes the rubber. Aug 22, 9:19 pm
  • Jungmann hit up for five runs vs Nationals
    Taylor Jungmann struggled in Saturday's loss to the Nationals, allowing five runs on seven hits over four innings.

    Advice: Jungmann struck out five and walked three on the evening. Michael Taylor burned him for a two-run homer in the second inning and the Nationals tacked up three more in the fourth to drive Jungmann from the game. We'll chalk this up to an anomaly. Since entering the Brewer rotation in early June, the 25-year-old right-hander holds a 2.66 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 78/29 K/BB ratio over 84 2/3 innings. He'll try to bounce back from Saturday's tough outing when he tangos with the Reds in his next start. Aug 22, 8:22 pm
  • Mike Fiers tosses no-hitter vs. Dodgers
    Mike Fiers tossed his first career no-hitter in a 3-0 win over the Dodgers on Friday.

    Advice: Not only was it his first career no-hitter, it was also his first career complete game. Fiers needed a career-high 134 pitches in order to get it done. He struck out 10 batters and walked three to secure the fifth no-hitter of the 2015 MLB season. It was the 11th no-hitter in franchise history and the first since six pitchers combined to shut down the Yankees on June 11, 2003. Aug 21, 7:53 pm
  • Norris (oblique) to miss at least four weeks
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Friday that he expects Daniel Norris (oblique) to be sidelined for at least four weeks.

    Advice: For what it's worth, the left-hander thinks it will be 3-6 weeks. Norris should make it back before the end of the season, but he would probably only have time to get in 2-3 starts, at best. It's an unfortunate blow to the southpaw and to the Tigers. Aug 21, 1:32 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Royals moving Kris Medlen into rotation
    Kris Medlen will start on Monday against the Orioles.

    Advice: He's taking the rotation spot of Jeremy Guthrie, who is finally headed to the bullpen after posting a 5.65 ERA over 23 starts. Medlen has looked good after working his way back from a second Tommy John surgery, posting a 2.51 ERA and 14/5 K/BB ratio over 14 1/3 innings. He's gone at least three innings in two of his last three appearances, so Medlen should be able to get through 5-6 frames Monday provided he's pitching well. He's worth adding in mixed leagues. Aug 21, 1:03 pm
  • Daniel Webb (back) beginning rehab assignment
    Daniel Webb (back) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte on Friday.

    Advice: Webb has been battling a mid-right back strain for a couple weeks but is ready for game action. He should be activated after a rehab appearance or two. Aug 21, 10:07 am
  • Medlen could get shot in Royals' rotation
    Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that "it appears more likely" Kris Medlen, not Chris Young, would replace Jeremy Guthrie in the rotation if the Royals make a change.

    Advice: Manager Ned Yost wouldn't commit to Guthrie making his next scheduled start on Monday after he was knocked around again in his last outing. Young holds a 3.49 ERA in 16 starts this season, but Medlen boasts a 2.51 ERA with a strikeout per inning in seven relief appearances. He would be worth using in mixed leagues should the Royals move him into the rotation. Aug 21, 7:51 am
  • Junichi Tazawa picks up second save
    Junichi Tazawa earned a save for the second straight day with a perfect ninth against the Royals on Thursday.

    Advice: Tazawa only had to protect a three-run lead tonight, but he did it with ease, throwing nine of his 10 pitches for strikes. The Red Sox might not want to use him if they have another save situation on Friday, but he'd definitely seem to be the closer now. Aug 20, 7:49 pm
  • Buck Farmer will start for Tigers on Monday
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus announced Thursday that Buck Farmer will start on Monday against the Reds.

    Advice: With Daniel Norris and Anibal Sanchez both heading to the disabled list on Thursday, there had been hope and speculation that top prospect Michael Fulmer would get the call, but the Tigers will roll with Randy Wolf and Farmer instead for the time being. The 24-year-old right-hander owns an uninspiring 8.39 ERA, 1.87 WHIP and 15/10 K/BB ratio over 24 2/3 innings with the Tigers this season. Aug 20, 7:18 pm
  • Perkins (neck) hopes to return by Tuesday
    Glen Perkins (neck) hopes to return by Tuesday at the latest.

    Advice: Perkins received an injection Wednesday for a neck issue which has bothered him since late June. He's already feeling much better and hopes to play catch on Thursday or Friday. Barring a setback, it looks like Kevin Jepsen will only be a temporary fill-in. Aug 20, 1:09 pm
  • Daniel Norris (oblique) put on the 15-day DL
    Tigers placed LHP Daniel Norris on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique.

    Advice: Norris suffered the oblique injury Wednesday night at Wrigley Field and will probably be sidelined until mid-September. The 22-year-old starter was acquired from the Blue Jays last month in the David Price trade and should be a big part of the Tigers' future. Aug 20, 12:50 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Diamondbacks recall Anderson from AAA
    Diamondbacks recalled RHP Chase Anderson from Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: Anderson's demotion to the minors lasted a mere 24 hours. He's being added back to the rotation with Jeremy Hellickson (glute) hitting the disabled list. Anderson, 27, owns a 7.65 ERA over his last eight starts and probably shouldn't be used in standard mixed leagues Sunday against the Reds. Aug 20, 12:04 pm
  • Daniel Norris (oblique) headed to 15-day DL
    Daniel Norris (oblique) is headed to the disabled list.

    Advice: Norris suffered a right oblique strain in his start Wednesday night at Wrigley Field. That's typically a 3-4 week injury for pitchers. Norris, acquired from the Blue Jays in last month's David Price trade, owns a 5.06 ERA and 16/5 K/BB ratio through 21 1/3 innings (four starts) with Detroit. The 22-year-old left-hander will likely be sidelined until mid-September. Aug 20, 8:01 am
    15-Day DL
  • Samardzija limits Angels to one run in 7 IP
    Jeff Samardzija kept the Angels in check during Wednesday's loss, allowing one run on eight hits over seven innings.

    Advice: Samardzija and Angels starter Jered Weaver were locked in a scoreless pitcher's duel through five innings, but it would be Samardzija who broke first. The veteran right-hander served up a solo home run to Carlos Perez with one out in the sixth, the only run to score against him over seven innings. It was enough to drop him to 8-9 on the season. Despite the strong start, Samardzija's struggled to find some level of consistency for the season as a whole, hence his 4.64 ERA and 1.25 WHIP. He'll work to build off Wednesday's nice outing in a scheduled home date with the Red Sox next time he toes the rubber. Aug 19, 10:04 pm
  • Norris (oblique) to undergo MRI on Thursday
    Daniel Norris (oblique) will undergo an MRI on Thursday.

    Advice: Norris exited Wednesday's start against the Cubs in the fifth inning after throwing a curveball. The MRI should shed more light on his status moving forward. A trip to the disabled list is not out of the question, but for now he should be considered day-to-day. Aug 19, 9:27 pm
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  • Jon Lester gets pounded by Tigers
    Jon Lester was lit up for seven runs and three homers in 2 1/3 innings by the Tigers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Lester's four-game winning streak was snapped. It was both his shortest outing of the season and his most runs allowed as a Cub. He was supposed to get away from the Tigers now that he's in the NL, but he's faced them twice this season and gotten rocked both times. Just two of his 11 career regular-season starts against the Tigers were quality starts. Aug 19, 9:08 pm
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