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  • Urias fans 10 in six scoreless innings
    Dodgers prospect LHP Julio Urias was brilliant on Monday for Double-A Tulsa, allowing one hit while striking out 10 batters in six shutout innings.

    Advice: It was an outstanding bounce-back performance for the 18-year-old phenom, who surrendered five earned runs in six innings his last time out. Urias has been scored in just one of his four starts this season, and he now owns a 2.18 ERA, 0.77 WHIP and 26/3 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 20 2/3 innings. The sky is the limit with Urias, the consensus top left-handed pitching prospect in baseball, though it’s hard to envision the Dodgers rushing him to the major leagues this season, even with the ongoing concerns regarding the team’s starting rotation.
    33 minutes ago
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    7:10 pm vs SF
  • Gray surrenders seven runs on 10 hits
    Rockies prospect RHP Jon Gray was rocked for seven earned runs on 10 hits in just 3 2/3 innings on Monday for Triple-A Albuquerque.

    Advice: He struck out three and walked a pair in the outing. It’s been a brutal start to the season for the 23-year-old Gray, who is widely regarded as one of baseball’s premier pitching prospects. His 10.70 ERA through four starts is a product of 32 hits allowed and eight walks in 17 2/3 innings, though he has fanned 17 batters during that span. While the Pacific Coast League is notorious for being hitter friendly, Gray’s struggles are tied to his decreased fastball velocity and inability to throw his slider with consistent bite, neither of which was perceived as a potential issue when he was drafted. Gray still has a bright future in the major leagues, but it seems as though he’s more likely to serve as a mid-rotation starter than an ace.
    40 minutes ago
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    6:40 pm @Ari
  • Lively throws seven scoreless frames
    Phillies prospect RHP Ben Lively fired seven shutout innings on Monday for Double-A Reading, striking out seven batters.

    Advice: Lively allowed six hits and one walk in the outing, throwing 66 of 98 pitches for strikes. The 23-year-old owns a 1.42 ERA and 1.05 WHIP through three starts this season, and he’s held opposing hitters to a .212 average while registering a 15/6 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 19 innings. Lively has posted outstanding numbers during his three-year career in the minors, with a 2.47 ERA, 10.3 K/9 and 3.0 BB/9 in 211 innings. However, the quality of the right-hander’s stuff as well as his pitchability suggests the upside of a fourth or fifth starter at maturity. Given the state of the Phillies’ rotation, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Lively reach the major leagues later this season.
    49 minutes ago
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    5:15 pm @StL
  • Wednesday's game to start at 2:05 ET
    Wednesday's game between the White Sox and Orioles will start at 2:05 p.m. ET.

    Advice: For safety reasons related to the ongoing protests in Baltimore, the game will be closed to the public. In addition, the Orioles announced that this weekend's series against the Rays, which was previously going to take place in Baltimore, will be moved to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. However, the Orioles will serve as the home team for those games. As for the postponed games from Monday and Tuesday, they will be made up as part of a doubleheader on May 28.
    Today, 11:55 am
    PPD vs ^ CWS
  • Yanks recall RHP Whitley from Triple-A
    Yankees recalled RHP Chase Whitley from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

    Advice: Whitley was called up to make a spot-start Tuesday night against the Rays. He's not a recommended fantasy option outside of AL-only leagues and will likely be sent back down after the game.
    Today, 11:39 am
    4:05 pm vs ^ TB
  • Nats call up A.J. Cole for MLB debut
    Nationals recalled RHP A.J. Cole from Triple-A Syracuse.

    Advice: With Max Scherzer (thumb) pushed back, the Nationals considered using Tanner Roark for a spot start Tuesday against the Braves, but they ultimately opted for Cole to pitch in what will be his major league debut. Scherzer is expected to be fine in a couple of days, so Cole will likely be sent right back down after the game. The 23-year-old posted a 2.40 ERA and 10/1 K/BB ratio over his first 15 innings in Triple-A this season.
    Today, 11:32 am
  • Jimenez to start Wednesday vs. White Sox
    Ubaldo Jimenez is lined up to start Wednesday against the White Sox.

    Advice: He'll oppose Jeff Samardzija. This was the original matchup for Tuesday, but the game was postponed due to the ongoing protests in Baltimore. As of now, it's not certain that Wednesday's game will be played either.
    Today, 11:21 am
    PPD vs ^ CWS
  • Matzek (hammy) expected to make next start
    Rockies manager Walt Weiss expects Tyler Matzek (hamstring) to make his next start.

    Advice: Matzek had to leave Monday's start against the Diamondbacks after five innings due to a left hamstring cramp, but the Rockies don't expect it to be a long-term issue. The southpaw owns a 2.70 ERA across his first four starts this season, but he has an underwhelming 13/13 K/BB ratio in 20 innings.
    Today, 9:18 am
  • White Sox/Orioles game postponed Tuesday
    Tuesday's game between the White Sox and Orioles has been postponed due to the ongoing protests in Baltimore.

    Advice: For the second straight day, the Orioles made the decision to cancel the game after consulting with MLB and state and local officials. No makeup date has been announced. The status for the remainder of the games this week is unclear.
    Today, 8:25 am
    PPD vs ^ CWS
  • Mets call up Rafael Montero for Tuesday start
    Mets recalled RHP Rafael Montero from Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: Montero is being called up make a spot start Tuesday against the Marlins, which will enable the other Mets starters to all get an extra day of rest. Dillon Gee is coming off back-to-back solid starts, so it's unlikely that Montero will displace him in the starting rotation even with a strong performance.
    Today, 7:05 am
  • Anderson struggles, takes the loss vs Rockies
    Chase Anderson struggled early in a loss against the Rockies, giving up five runs in 5 1/3 innings on Monday.

    Advice: Justin Morneau slugged a three-run home run in the first inning to put Anderson behind the eight-ball early. Overall, Anderson surrendered eight hits with two walks while striking out four. It was Anderson's worst start of the four he's made to this point. He'll bring a 4.24 ERA and a 20/6 K/BB ratio over 23 1/3 innings into a road start against the Dodgers next.
    Yesterday, 10:31 pm
  • Matzek earns second win in brief outing
    Tyler Matzek improved to 2-0 after limiting the Diamondbacks to two runs over five innings on Monday.

    Advice: Matzek had to leave after five frames due to a left hamstring cramp. Over his five innings, he worked around five hits and three walks, yielding the only two runs in his fifth and final inning. He struck out three on the evening. The lefty hasn't pitched deep into games, but sports a 2.70 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, and a 13/13 K/BB ratio in 20 innings. If Matzek's hamstring problem isn't serious, he'll match up with the Padres at Petco Park next.
    Yesterday, 10:28 pm
  • Anderson leaves during rough 5th inning vs SF
    Brett Anderson's shaky fifth inning ended his evening, resulting in a no-decision as the Dodgers beat the Giants on Monday.

    Advice: Anderson had shut the Giants out over his first four frames, but the Giants hit him around for three runs in the fifth. After Anderson got two quick ground outs, the Giants strung together a walk, two singles, and a double to reduce a four-run deficit to a one-run deficit. Over 4 2/3 innings, Anderson gave up five hits, walked two, and struck out three. The lefty has pitched into the sixth inning just once in four starts and has a 5.49 ERA. Anderson toes the slab against the Diamondbacks at home in his next outing.
    Yesterday, 10:21 pm
  • Lincecum takes second loss in 4 IP vs. LAD
    Tim Lincecum got the loss on Monday versus the Dodgers, serving up four runs in four innings of work.

    Advice: The Dodgers scored all four runs in the third inning, but Lincecum just wasn't sharp in general. He gave up eight hits and three walks while striking out only two. The right-hander still sports a productive 3.27 ERA with a 1.22 WHIP and a 16/10 K/BB ratio in 22 innings. Lincecum will look for better results in his next start at home against the Angels.
    Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • Tyler Matzek dealing with hamstring cramp
    Tyler Matzek had to leave Monday's outing versus the Diamondbacks with a left hamstring cramp.

    Advice: It's probably the best-case scenario, as a cramp isn't nearly as bad as a strain. Consider Matzek day-to-day.
    Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Jonathan Pettibone moved to 60-day DL
    Phillies transferred RHP Jonathan Pettibone from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Severino Gonzalez. Pettibone will now be out until at least June while working his way back from shoulder surgery.
    Yesterday, 8:11 pm
    60-Day DL
    5:15 pm @StL
  • A.J. Cole to make spot start Tuesday
    A.J. Cole will make his major league debut on Tuesday versus the Braves.

    Advice: The Nationals have decided to keep Tanner Roark in the bullpen rather than giving him the spot start. Ranked by Baseball America before the season as the team's No. 6 prospect, Cole boasts a 2.40 ERA and 10/1 K/BB ratio over his first 15 innings at Triple-A Syracuse this season. He'll be making just the one start, as Max Scherzer (thumb) is expected to be ready in a couple days.
    Yesterday, 7:53 pm
  • Karns can't exit the fifth in a no-decision
    Nate Karns pitched well on Monday, but couldn't make it out of the fifth inning, earning a no-decision as the Rays fell to the Yankees.

    Advice: Karns had racked up a lot of pitches and appeared to tire towards the end of his outing. He got two quick outs, but walked Steven Drew, allowed an infield single to Didi Gregorius, and walked Jacoby Ellsbury to load the bases before giving way to reliever Brandon Gomes. Gomes allowed one of Karns' runners to score with a walk of his own. Overall, Karns allowed the one run on three hits and two walks while fanning five. Walks continue to be an issue for the right-hander, as he has 16 of them in 28 1/3 innings. Karns will head into a road start against the Orioles with a 4.76 ERA.
    Yesterday, 7:20 pm
  • Warren tosses 5 2/3 effective innings vs Rays
    Adam Warren held the Rays to just one run in 5 2/3 innings of work in a no-decision as the Yankees won on Monday.

    Advice: Warren blanked the Rays through five frames before relenting in the sixth. He threw 81 pitches, 56 of which were strikes. In total, he yielded five hits, walked none, and struck out six. He'll head into a Sunday start in Boston with a 4.35 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, and a 12/8 K/BB ratio in 20 2/3 innings.
    Yesterday, 7:16 pm
  • Cosart blanks Mets over eigth in no-decision
    Jarred Cosart was terrific in Monday's start against the Mets, tossing eight shutout innings, but got a no-decision in the Marlins' loss.

    Advice: Cosart and opposing starter Dillon Gee were trading zeroes for nearly eight innings. If Steve Cishek hadn't blown the save, Cosart would have deservedly earned a win for his outing. He limited the Mets to just two hits while walking three and striking out two. Despite a mediocre 13/6 K/BB ratio in 25 1/3 innings, Cosart has a solid 2.49 ERA and he'll stand a decent chance of lowering it further as his next start comes at home versus the Phillies.
    Yesterday, 6:14 pm
  • Monday's White Sox/Orioles game postponed
    Monday's game between the White Sox and Orioles has been postponed due to the protests in Baltimore.

    Advice: The decision was made after the O's consulted with the Baltimore City Police Department. No makeup date has been scheduled yet. Ubaldo Jimenez and Hector Noesi had been slated to start Monday.
    Yesterday, 3:27 pm
    PPD vs ^ CWS
  • Chase Whitley to start for Yankees on Tuesday
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi announced Sunday that Chase Whitley will make a spot start on Tuesday against the Rays.

    Advice: That will give Masahiro Tanaka an extra day of rest with his start pushed back until Wednesday. Despite the strong matchup against the Rays, Whitley is not a recommend streaming option outside of AL-only formats.
    Sunday, 1:57 pm
    4:05 pm vs ^ TB
  • Giants/Rockies postponed because to rain
    Sunday's game between the Giants and Rockies has been postponed due to rain.

    Advice: No makeup date has been announced yet. Scheduled starters Tim Lincecum and Tyler Matzek will presumably be pushed back a day.
    Sunday, 10:52 am
  • Adam Warren notches first victory
    Adam Warren picked up his first win after allowing four runs in 5 2/3 innings Wednesday against the Tigers.

    Advice: After David Price gave up six in the first, Warren walked four of the first five batters he faced and allowed four runs to put the Tigers right back in the game. However, whereas Price failed to bounce back, Warren pitched scoreless ball from there, also never walking another batter. He'll face the Rays next time out, and he's still a solid play in AL-only leagues.
    Wednesday, 8:42 pm
  • Nate Karns gives up five runs to Red Sox
    Nate Karns yielded five runs in six innings Wednesday in a no-decision versus the Red Sox.

    Advice: Karns walked four batters for the third time in four starts and gave up his fourth and fifth homers of the year. The ability is there, but until he cuts back on the walks, he'll be a liability. At this rate, he's going to lose his rotation spot to one of the Rays' rehabbing starters.
    Wednesday, 7:50 pm
  • Cosart hurls 6 solid innings in win vs. Phils
    Jarred Cosart held the Phillies to one run over six innings in a win on Wednesday.

    Advice: Cosart, facing the team that drafted him, limited the Phillies to four hits while issuing zero walks and striking out four. The only mistake he made came in the second inning when Cody Asche ripped a solo home run to right field. He was fortunate that the Phillies fell apart in the later innings, allowing him to sneak away with a win in what was a low-scoring affair. Cosart, now 1-1, will take his 3.63 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and 10/4 K/BB ratio in 17 1/3 innings into a home start next week against the Mets.
    Wednesday, 7:07 pm
  • Jimenez allows two home runs, leading to loss
    Ubaldo Jimenez was doomed by a pair of two-run home runs served up in five innings of work in a loss to the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

    Advice: Jimenez allowed two-run home runs in consecutive innings: to Justin Smoak in the fourth, and to Devon Travis in the fifth. The right-hander overall gave up six hits, walked three, and struck out six in the effort. The four runs represent the first four he has allowed this season. He'll carry a 2.30 ERA, a 0.89 WHIP, and a 16/7 K/BB ratio over 15 2/3 innings into a home start against the White Sox.
    Wednesday, 6:59 pm
    PPD vs ^ CWS
  • A.J. Cole stingy in start for Syracuse
    Nationals prospect A.J. Cole fired six shutout frames Tuesday for Triple-A Syracuse.

    Advice: Cole has actually been hit fairly hard this year (18 hits in 15 innings), but he's kept the damage to a minimum (2.40 ERA). He's been throwing strikes, walking just one of the 63 batters he's faced this year. The 23-year-old has the goods, but it's going to be tough for him to break into the Nationals' star-studded rotation.
    Wednesday, 11:23 am
  • Anderson lasts only 4 innings as Dodgers lose
    Brett Anderson lasted only four innings on Tuesday, giving up four runs in the process, as the Dodgers fell to the Giants on Tuesday.

    Advice: Anderson allowed nine hits on the evening. Because he struck out just one hitter, he had to rely on balls in play finding gloves, and they weren't finding them at the frequency needed for a successful night. Seven of the nine hits were mere singles. Anderson will look to lower his 4.80 ERA when he takes on the Padres in San Diego next.
    Tuesday, 10:50 pm
  • Lincecum hurls six solid frames as Giants win
    Tim Lincecum allowed just one run over six innings to help lead the Giants past the Dodgers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Lincecum worked around five hits and three walks, relenting just once in the fifth inning when Alex Guerrero plated a run with a double. The right-hander struck out five on the evening as he picked up his first win. It's been a while since Lincecum was an effective starting pitcher, but he has been solid in his first three starts, owning a 2.00 ERA with a 1.22 WHIP, and a 14/7 K/BB ratio in 18 innings. Lincecum will face the Rockies at Coors Field in his next outing, which may prove to be a troublesome endeavor.
    Tuesday, 10:47 pm
  • Anderson pitches well in no-decision vs. TEX
    Chase Anderson got a no-decision, giving up one run over seven innings to the Rangers, but the Diamondbacks lost 7-1 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Anderson was terrific, limiting the Rangers to three hits while walking none and striking out five. His offense didn't give him much support and the bullpen started a grease fire once Anderson was out of the game. The 27-year-old right-hander has been solid over his first three outings, sporting a 3.00 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP, and a 16/4 K/BB ratio in 18 innings. Anderson will compete for his first win of the season when he faces the Rockies at home next.
    Tuesday, 9:56 pm
  • Matzek battles control in no-decision vs. SD
    Tyler Matzek walked six batters over five decisions in a no-decision as the Rockies lost to the Padres on Tuesday.

    Advice: Considering how often walks come back to haunt, Matzek was lucky to allow just the two runs. He also scattered four hits while striking out three. Tuesday's control problems aside, Matzek has had good results, sporting a 2.40 ERA. He'll try to pick up his second win of the season when he takes on the Giants at home next.
    Tuesday, 8:57 pm
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