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  • Iwakuma shuts out Twins until ninth inning
    Hisashi Iwakuma turned in a dominant performance in earning a no-decision against the Twins on Sunday, allowing just three hits and one run over 8 2/3 innings before the Mariners picked up a 4-1 win in extra innings.

    Advice: Iwakuma struck out eight and walked one in the spectacular performance, but he would not earn a victory. After Nelson Cruz homered in the top of the ninth to give the Mariners a 1-0 lead, Iwakuma would trot out to try for the complete game and subsequently allow a solo home run to Brian Dozier. The Mariners would eventually win 4-1 in 11 innings. No-decision aside, it was a great start. He's been inconsistent since returning from injury in early July, but outings like this are a reminder that expectations should be initially tempered when a player returns from a long stint on the disabled list. For the season, Iwakuma holds a 4.31 ERA and 1.12 WHIP. There's still room for improvement on that ERA mark. He'll try to build off Sunday's strong start when he faces the Rangers in Seattle next time he toes the rubber. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:27 pm
  • Garcia limits COL to a run in a no-decision
    Jaime Garcia held the Rockies to one run in five-plus innings, but was left with a no-decision as the Cardinals pulled out a walk-off 3-2 victory against the Rockies on Sunday.

    Advice: Garcia had kept the Rockies off the board in his first five innings, but allowed a leadoff single to D.J. LeMahieu in the sixth before departing. Reliever Steve Cishek struggled and allowed Garcia's runner to score in a two-run frame. Garcia gave up only two hits and struck out four, but also walked four in an inefficient, 88-pitch outing. The lefty has a 1.98 ERA, a 0.92 WHIP, and a 41/13 K/BB ratio over 59 innings in nine starts this season. He'll toe the rubber against the Brewers in a road start next. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:14 pm
  • Flande sufficient over 5 IP in a no-decision
    Yohan Flande allowed two runs in five innings, taking a no-decision in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: He made a mistake in his final inning, serving up a two-run home run to Randal Grichuk in the fifth inning to break a scoreless tie. The scattered four hits overall, walking none and striking out three. Across two starts and seven relief appearances, the lefty has a 3.67 ERA, a 1.22 WHIP, and a 17/7 K/BB ratio in 27 innings. He's slated for a road start against the Nationals next. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:10 pm
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  • Yankees sting Samardzija for nine runs
    Jeff Samardzija was rocked in Sunday's 12-3 loss to the Yankees, allowing nine runs on eight hits over 4 2/3 innings.

    Advice: After surrendering a solo home run to Jacoby Ellsbury to open the game, Samardzija would not allow another run until the fourth inning. At which point, the Yankees erupted for five runs. The Bombers achieved this feat without an extra-base hit in the frame, as they slowly and methodically wore Samardzija down with a barrage of singles. The 30-year-old right-hander would trot back out for the fifth inning and the Yankees would greet him with an additional three runs to end his afternoon. This start was something of a disaster, but he had been pitching to a 2.66 ERA over his last eight starts. Overall, Samardzija holds a 4.19 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 114/29 K/BB ratio across 153 innings. A road start against the Royals is up next on the docket. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:54 pm
  • Richard excels in spot start duty against MIL
    Making a spot start against the Brewers on Sunday, Clayton Richard fired six innings of one-run ball.

    Advice: Richard is only up for this start, as the Cubs needed a warm body in the rotation as they await the arrival of the recently acquired Dan Haren. He made the most of the opportunity, with the only run against him scoring on a Hernan Perez RBI ground out in the second inning. A return to Triple-A Iowa is imminent, but Richard could see additional spot duty depending on the future state of the Cub rotation. He holds a 4.29 ERA in 21 innings at the big league level this season. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:41 pm
  • McHugh improves to 13-5 with win over ARI
    Collin McHugh turned in an impressive start in Sunday's 4-1 win over the Diamondbacks, tossing seven innings of one-run ball.

    Advice: McHugh struck out six and walked one while scattering eight hits over his seven innings of work. The lone run to score against him came home on an RBI double by Jake Lamb in the second inning. This would be the only run the Astros allowed in the game. McHugh moved to 13-5 with the victory and now holds a 4.27 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 108/34 K/BB ratio across 139 innings. A road start against the A's awaits him on the schedule. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:30 pm
  • Familia expected to be available on Sunday
    Mets manager Terry Collins expects Jeurys Familia to be available on Sunday.

    Advice: The All-Star right-hander has worked three days in a row, but it looks to be all hands on deck for a division showdown against the Nationals. He'll throw before the game to test his arm, and if he is unable to go, Tyler CLippard would close for the Mets. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:28 pm
  • Osuna allows a homer, but snags the save
    Roberto Osuna recorded four outs for his seventh save, wrapping up Sunday's 5-2 victory over the Royals.

    Advice: Osuna allowed a two-out, two-run home run to Ben Zobrist immediately upon entering, but struck out Lorenzo Cain to end the eighth inning with the Jays still ahead 3-2. Then the Jays got both runs back for him. In the top of the ninth, he got Eric Hosmer to ground out, then erased a Kendry Morales single when Salvador Perez grounded into a game-ending double play. Osuna is 7-for-8 in save chances on the year with a 2.27 ERA and a 53/11 K/BB ratio in 47 2/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:06 pm
  • Morton goes 7 scoreless innings, defeats Reds
    Charlie Morton got the win on Sunday after delivering seven scoreless innings against the Reds.

    Advice: Morton scattered five hits, didn't issue a walk, and struck out seven in the effort, which featured both benches emptying. The right-hander needed the start, as he had struggled in his previous three outings. He's currently sitting on a 4.19 ERA, a 1.28 WHIP, and a 48/24 K/BB ratio over 77 1/3 innings. Morton starts at home against the Dodgers next. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:36 pm
  • Erik Goeddel (elbow) begins rehab assignment
    Erik Goeddel (elbow) began a minor league rehab assignment with High-A St. Luice on Sunday.

    Advice: Goeddel has been on the shelf since June 12 with a strained right elbow. Prior to his injury, he had registered a 1.96 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 23/7 K/BB ratio over 23 innings with the Mets. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:18 pm
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  • Carter Capps leaves game with elbow stiffness
    Carter Capps was forced to leave Sunday's game against the Padres with right elbow stiffness.

    Advice: The injury is believed to be minor, and the Marlins are listing the hard-throwing right-hander as day-to-day. He owns an outstanding 1.16 ERA, 0.81 WHIP and 58/7 K/BB ratio in just 31 innings on the season. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:04 pm
  • Phil Klein recalled from Triple-A
    Rangers recalled RHP Phil Klein from Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Klein was just sent down last week but returns with Tanner Scheppers (knee) going on the disabled list. He holds a 5.82 ERA in 17 innings this season. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:16 am
  • A's could shut down Jesse Hahn (forearm)
    Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that it's possible Jesse Hahn (forearm) "will remain shut down."

    Advice: The A's said in mid-July that Hahn, who is battling right forearm inflammation, would be shut down for at least a month. Given that they're out of playoff contention, it's possible they'll play it safe and just shut the righty down for the rest of the season. Forearm injuries often wind up leading to Tommy John surgery, and Hahn has already had the operation once. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:13 am
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  • Clayton Richard recalled from Triple-A
    Cubs recalled LHP Clayton Richard from Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: He'll make a spot start Sunday before Dan Haren joins the rotation later this week. Richard holds a 5.40 ERA over 15 innings with the Cubs. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:13 am
  • Alfredo Simon pushed back due to sore groin
    Alfredo Simon's next scheduled start will be pushed back to Saturday due to a lingering groin injury.

    Advice: Simon first tweaked the groin in his July 25 outing and it nagged at him during his start this past Thursday. He told Tigers manager Brad Ausmus he could pitch through it, but the skipper wants to be careful. "I'm concerned about it," Ausmus said. "And I don't get concerned about many things. Just because he felt good in his bullpen before his last start and then didn't look real good, so we'll give him these extra days. ... Obviously, if we have to adjust, we will." Rotoworld.com Today, 7:35 am
  • Hamels gives up five runs in Rangers debut
    Cole Hamels surrendered five runs in 7 2/3 innings against the Giants in his debut for the Rangers on Saturday.

    Advice: Hamels, coming off his no-hitter against the Cubs, retired his first six tonight before Brandon Belt homered to start the third. The Giants totaled three runs then, but Hamels kept them scoreless into the seventh afterwards. Despite giving up a Buster Posey homer in that frame, he came back out for the eighth. He retired the first two batters he faced, only to get pulled after a Joe Panik double. The Rangers still led 7-4 at that point, but Panik scored off Tanner Scheppers, as did two others, and Hamels lost his chance at a win. Hamels threw just 97 pitches, so there was little reason not to use him in the eighth. If only he had been left in to attack Matt Duffy after the Panik double, he might have gotten his win after all. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:23 pm
  • Clayton Richard to pitch Sunday vs. Brewers
    Clayton Richard will start Sunday's game against the Brewers.

    Advice: Richard won't be in the majors long as the Cubs are likely to option him back to Triple-A Iowa when Dan Haren joins the rotation sometime next week. Richard is 1-0 in three appearances for the Cubs this year with a disappointing 5.40 ERA. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:30 pm
  • Rangers complete Cole Hamels deal
    Rangers acquired LHP Cole Hamels, LHP Jake Diekman and cash from the Phillies for C Jorge Alfaro, RHP Jake Thompson, OF Nick Williams, RHP Alec Asher, LHP Matt Harrison and RHP Jerad Eickhoff.

    Advice: The Rangers have themselves a co-ace with Yu Darvish to put in front of their 2016 rotation, and since the Phillies ate $9.5 million of the $82 million he's still owed and took back Harrison's $33 million, he won't break the budget. Of course, they had to give up three top prospects to get him, but since they managed to hold on to their two best in Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara, it's hard to blame them for making the deal. They'd still seem to be long shots to reach the postseason this year, but this can't hurt their chances. Hamels loses some fantasy value with the deal, since he's going to the tougher league and a hitter's park, but at least he's looking at getting run support for the first time in years. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:31 am
  • Jeff Samardzija remains unlikely to be dealt
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that teams have "checked back in" with the White Sox on Jeff Samardzija, but it's "still not that likely" he's traded.

    Advice: The White Sox sit only 3.5 games out of a Wild Card spot and appear poised to hold their assets and possibly even add to the club. FOX Sports' Jon Morosi says the club is keeping an open mind and hasn't completely ruled out dealing Samardzija. The righty's fantasy owners surely would prefer a trade given the home park he's in and the poor defense behind him. The good news is that he's been really good of late in spite of those factors, posting a 2.66 ERA over his last eight starts. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:31 am
  • Yankees talking to Marlins about Capps
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees "may turn to" Carter Capps if they're unable to complete a deal for Craig Kimbrel.

    Advice: They've also been connected to Aroldis Chapman, although it could all be a ploy to get San Diego to lower their asking price for Kimbrel. Capps isn't as flashy of a name as either of the aforementioned closers, but he's been one of the best relievers in baseball this season with a 1.21 ERA and ridiculous 56 strikeouts over 29 2/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:56 am
  • Rangers and Phillies deal announced on Friday
    Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that the eight-player trade between the Rangers and Phillies involving Cole Hamels is complete, but won't be announced until Friday.

    Advice: The deal had officially been approved by Major League baseball and will get completed, it just won't become official until Friday. Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman will be heading to the Rangers in exchange for Matt Harrison and five prospects: Jorge Alfaro, Jake Thompson, Nck Williams, Alec Asher and Jerad Eickhoff. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:02 pm
  • SEA telling teams Iwakuma won't be traded
    According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Mariners are telling teams that they plan to keep Hisashi Iwakuma.

    Advice: Seattle is well under .500 and Iwakuma is due to become a free agent this offseason, so it's an odd stance for the M's to take. The 34-year-old right-hander has posted a rough-looking 5.10 ERA in 47 2/3 innings this summer, but his peripherals are much better and he'd surely fetch some prospects in this market. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:45 am
  • Rangers send six players to Phils for Hamels
    Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Phillies will acquire Matt Harrison, Alec Asher, Jake Thompson, Jerad Eickhoff, Jorge Alfaro, and Nick Williams in exchange for Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman.

    Advice: Alfaro, Williams, and Thompson are the three best prospects in the deal, and represent a nice return package for the Phillies. The Rangers get another ace to pair with Yu Darvish for the next few seasons as they strive to return to glory in the American League West. Hamels has a cool 3.64 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 137/39 K/BB ratio in 128 2/3 innings this season and he's coming off a no-hitter last Saturday against the Cubs. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:05 pm
  • Rangers agree to acquire Hamels from Phillies
    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports confirms that the Rangers have agreed to a deal to acquire Cole Hamels from the Phillies.

    Advice: TR Sullivan of MLB.com had first reported that the two sides were very close on ironing out a deal. Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reported that Jorge Alfaro, Jerad Eickhoff and and Nick Williams will head to the Phillies, while Jake Diekman will join the Rangers. The Phillies will also send cash to the Rangers as part of the deal. Expect everything to be finalized and officially announced on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:29 pm
  • Rangers getting close to deal for Cole Hamels
    TR Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the Rangers are getting close to acquiring Cole Hamels from the Phillies.

    Advice: While the two sides are reportedly at the finish line of a potential deal, there has been no word as to what the Phillies would receive in return. Sullivan expects a deal to be finalized on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:51 pm
  • Rangers 'clear-cut favorite' for Cole Hamels
    According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Rangers are "now the clear-cut favorite" to land Cole Hamels.

    Advice: Nightengale says the Dodgers prefer David Price, and the Tigers made it public Wednesday that they're going to begin selling parts. Hamels is also drawing interest from the Astros, but word from Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle is that the Astros expect the ace left-hander to land elsewhere. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported Wednesday afternoon that the Giants are "fading" in the Hamels chase. It's all coming together for Texas. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:53 pm
  • Rangers option Phil Klein to Triple-A
    Rangers optioned RHP Phil Klein to Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Klein owns a 5.82 ERA in 17 innings this season at the major league level. He'll get another shot at some point. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:46 pm
  • Astros don't expect to land Cole Hamels
    Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros "remain in the Cole Hamels race" but expect him to land elsewhere.

    Advice: That's seemed to be the feeling for a while, as the Astros have made a nice effort for Hamels but can't seem to convince the left-hander to consider accepting a trade there. The Rangers and Dodgers are looking like the teams to beat for the southpaw. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:10 am
  • Giants 'fading' in race for Cole Hamels
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Giants are "fading" in the pursuit of Cole Hamels.

    Advice: It's not a surprise. The Giants would like a frontline starter to pair with Madison Bumgarner, but they have a weak farm system and, thus, can't compete for Hamels if there's a bidding war. San Francisco might have to set their sights a bit lower in their desire for a starter. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:15 am
  • Salisbury predicts Cole Hamels to Rangers
    Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com "strongly believes" that the Phillies will trade Cole Hamels to the Rangers.

    Advice: Salisbury is well-connected with the Phillies and it's the second time in the last few days that he's listed the Rangers as the favorites for Hamels' services. The Dodgers will likely be their biggest competitors, with the Astros, Yankees, Giants, Cubs, Red Sox and Diamondbacks also in the mix. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:48 am
  • Report: White Sox will be buyers at deadline
    Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press hears that the White Sox will be buyers at the trade deadline.

    Advice: This comes on the heels of FOX Sports' Jon Morosi saying that he thinks it's likelier that the Tigers trade David Price than the White Sox trade Jeff Samardzija. Chicago has won six straight to creep back into the Wild Card race and it appears they'll be content with a compensation pick for Samardzija rather than a package of prospects. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:03 am
  • White Sox could hang on to Jeff Samardzija
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi thinks there's a "better chance" that the Tigers trade David Price than the White Sox trade Jeff Samardzija.

    Advice: The White Sox suddenly have a better record than the Tigers after winning six straight and might decide to make a run at a Wild Card spot. It's certainly still possible another club makes an offer for Samardzija that they can't refuse, but the righty has pitched really well of late and Chicago could just settle on receiving draft pick compensation for him if he leaves as a free agent. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:17 am
  • Iwakuma pounded in a loss to the Diamondbacks
    Hisashi Iwakuma served up six runs to the Diamondbacks in 5 2/3 innings, leaving with a loss on Tuesday.

    Advice: Iwakuma was on a roll entering Tuesday's outing, with three quality outings in a row. But the D'Backs weren't impressed, pounding out 10 hits against the right-hander. He also walked one and struck out five as he watched his ERA balloon to 5.10. Iwakuma will try to right his ship when he takes the mound against the Twins in Minnesota. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:13 pm
  • McHugh allows five runs, gets win vs. Angels
    Collin McHugh allowed five runs over five innings but earned the win Tuesday against the Angels.

    Advice: McHugh wasn't terribly sharp -- he gave up seven hits and walked four in the game -- but he was the sharper of the two starters, and that was good enough to earn him the victory. It was still a less-than-encouraging showing from the 28-year-old, who now owns a 4.43 ERA and 1.32 WHIP through 21 starts. He'll look for his 13th win of the year Sunday against the Diamondbacks. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:24 pm
  • Morton gives up three runs against Twins
    Charlie Morton allowed three runs over 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Twins on Tuesday.

    Advice: Morton gave up six hits and walked four while striking out five in the outing. The start was the third straight in which Morton has failed to register a quality start. Morton didn't factor in the decision, remaining 6-4 with a 4.61 ERA and 1.34 WHIP through 12 starts. Morton will take on the Reds on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:52 pm
  • Flande limits Cubs to one run in five innings
    Yohan Flande held the Cubs to one run over five innings in a win on Tuesday.

    Advice: Flande gave up four hits and three walks, giving up only a single run. The southpaw also struck out four in the outing. The start was his first of the year for the Rockies after making 10 starts last season. He likely garnered another start with Tuesday's effort, which will come Sunday at the Cardinals. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:25 pm
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  • Garcia allows three runs over six in return
    Jaime Garcia pitched well in defeat in his return to the mound Tuesday, allowing three runs over six innings in a loss to the Reds.

    Advice: Garcia only yielded four hits while walking two on the night, but one of those was a three-run homer by Joey Votto in the sixth inning. He was otherwise sharp, striking out five while throwing just 80 pitches. Garcia was activated from the disabled list earlier Tuesday after missing a month with a groin strain. He owns a 2.00 ERA and 0.89 WHIP despite a 3-4 record, and Garcia will square off with the Rockies on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:59 pm
  • Samardzija allows four runs over eight in win
    Jeff Samardzija allowed four runs over eight innings in Tuesday's win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: Samardzija cruised through most of the first eight innings, allowing only two runs, but he stumbled trying to close out the game in the ninth. The right-hander allowed a run and another inherited runner scored after he left, depriving him of a quality start and marring his overall line on the night. Samardzija gave up seven hits and a walk in the game, striking out three in what could be his final start with the White Sox. If he's still in a Sox uniform come Sunday, Samardzija will take on the Yankees. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:15 pm
  • Cardinals activate Garcia from disabled list
    Cardinals activated LHP Jaime Garcia from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Garcia has missed over a month with a groin strain, but he'll make his return Tuesday against the Reds. The southpaw has a 1.69 ERA and 32/7 K/BB ratio in 48 innings over seven starts this season and should be relevant in mixed fantasy leagues as long as he has a rotation spot. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:35 am
  • 'Several teams' interested in Hisashi Iwakuma
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Mariners have heard from "several teams" interested in Hisashi Iwakuma.

    Advice: However, Morosi adds that Seattle "still hasn't committed firmly to trading him." The Mariners are, at best, on the fringe of the Wild Card race and Iwakuma is a free agent after this season, but it doesn't appear they're ready to give up yet. Iwakuma has been limited to just seven starts this season due to injury but has been really good the last three times out, allowing a total of just four runs. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:08 pm
  • Yohan Flande to make start on Tuesday
    Yohan Flande will start Tuesday's game versus the Cubs.

    Advice: Flande has been pitching in long relief and holds a 4.24 ERA and 1.29 WHIP over seven appearances this season. He could remain in the rotation if he pitches well, but we're not betting on it. Rotoworld.com Jul 27, 4:32 pm
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  • Jeurys Familia expected to keep closer job
    Newsday's Marc Carig was told by a Mets source that Jeurys Familia will remain the team's closer following the acquisition of Tyler Clippard.

    Advice: Familia has blown both of his save chances since the All-Star break, but he's been fantastic for pretty much the entire season and deserves to keep his job. Clippard will be used in the eighth inning but does offer some protection for the ninth should Familia stumble some more. Rotoworld.com Jul 27, 4:25 pm
  • Phil Klein recalled from Triple-A
    Rangers recalled RHP Phil Klein from Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Klein has put up an 8.25 ERA in eight appearances -- two starts -- this season. He'll be used in long relief. Rotoworld.com Jul 27, 1:49 pm
  • Blue Jays most aggressive on Jeff Samardzija
    According to Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com, the Blue Jays have been most aggressive on Jeff Samardzija.

    Advice: Hayes adds that the Giants are also interested. Samardzija owns a 3.91 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and 108/26 K/BB ratio in 140 1/3 innings this season with the White Sox and he's been especially dominant lately. The 30-year-old impending free agent should yield a nice return package. It looked for a while like the Pale Hose might have to sell low on him. Rotoworld.com Jul 27, 9:41 am
  • Familia falters but Mets still pull out a win
    Jeurys Familia forked over two runs in the ninth inning to blow a save opportunity, but the Mets were still able to defeat the Dodgers in 10 innings on Sunday.

    Advice: Familia allowed back-to-back one-out doubles to Adrian Gonzalez and Justin Turner to bring in one run, then allowed a game-tying RBI single to Yasmani Grandal to tie the game. He was able to escape the inning by striking out Yasiel Puig and getting Andre Ethier to ground out. Familia has blown each of his last two save chances but is 27-for-31 overall with a 1.70 ERA and a 49/13 K/BB ratio over 47 2/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Jul 26, 1:44 pm
  • Jaime Garcia (groin) to return on Tuesday
    Jaime Garcia (groin) will rejoin the Cardinals' rotation on Tuesday against the Reds.

    Advice: It was expected and manager Mike Matheny confirmed the news on Sunday. Garcia has missed over a month of action with a strained groin but spun five hitless innings in his lone rehab start last week to show the Cards that he was ready. Fantasy owners can feel free to plug the southpaw back into their lineups for the upcoming week. Rotoworld.com Jul 26, 10:13 am
  • Alfredo Simon goes six strong versus BOS
    Alfredo Simon hurled six innings of one-run ball in the Tigers' defeat of the Red Sox on Saturday.

    Advice: Simon was sharp against a struggling Boston offense, surrendering only five hits and two walks over six strong frames. The only Red Sox run came on a Mookie Betts groundout in the bottom of the fifth inning. Simon has been very inconsistent this season, now the owner of a 9-6 record, 4.46 ERA, and 1.46 WHIP. He faces the Orioles on the road next. Rotoworld.com Jul 25, 4:15 pm
  • Jaime Garcia (groin) could return Tuesday
    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Jaime Garcia (groin) could return to the rotation Tuesday against the Reds.

    Advice: It would be a home start for Garcia, who has excellent career numbers at Busch Stadium. He threw the first five innings of a combined no-hitter Thursday at Low-A Peoria. It was his lone rehab start. Tim Cooney was optioned to Triple-A Memphis on Saturday to open up a rotation spot. Rotoworld.com Jul 25, 1:33 pm
  • Jays in 'active discussions' for Samardzija
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays "remain in active discussions" with the White Sox about Jeff Samardzija.

    Advice: The Jays will almost surely add an impact starter at the trade deadline and Samardzija could be the most likely target, as they've been linked to him for a while now. The big right-hander has disappointed overall with the White Sox this season but has been terrific of late with a 1.71 ERA in four July starts. Samardzija, of course, will be a free agent after this season. Rotoworld.com Jul 24, 8:47 am
  • Clayton Richard optioned to Triple-A
    Cubs optioned LHP Clayton Richard to Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Richard had to be designated for assignment earlier this week given his major league service time, but he had an option left so the Cubs are now using it after he cleared waivers. He'll stick around as depth. Rotoworld.com Jul 24, 5:49 am
  • Jaime Garcia combines on no-hitter in rehab
    Jaime Garcia (groin) threw the first five innings of a combined no-hitter in his first minor league rehab start with Class-A Peoria on Thursday.

    Advice: The southpaw struck out six in the contest and didn't issue a walk. It looks like he's ready to rejoin the Cardinals rotation and he should be cleared to do so next week. Rotoworld.com Jul 23, 7:55 pm
  • Jeff Samardzija goes eight strong to win
    Jeff Samardzija held the Indians to one run in eight innings Thursday to pick up his seventh victory.

    Advice: It'd be best for Samardzija's future if he got a trade, but he's made that a little less likely to happen by allowing a total of six runs over 31 2/3 innings in his last four starts, three of which turned into wins for the White Sox. It's still more likely than not that he'll go, but the White Sox think they might yet have a wild card run in them. Rotoworld.com Jul 23, 7:14 pm
  • Iwakuma duels Price to standstill
    Hisashi Iwakuma earned a strong no-decision in Thursday afternoon's contest with the Tigers, allowing two runs on six hits over seven innings.

    Advice: Iwakuma and David Price were locked in a fun little pitcher's duel on Thursday. For most of the game, Price held a 2-1 advantage, but the M's managed to tie things up with a Mark Trumbo single in the seventh. They would go on to win in 12 innings, though Iwakuma was long gone by that point. For his part, the pitcher allowed a two-run double to Victor Martinez in the first inning before settling down to shutout the Tigers over the next six innings. He struck out seven and walked two on the day. After missing over two months with a strained lat muscle, the Japanese import finally appears to be rounding into form and should be seriously considered for deeper mixed-league formats. Overall, he's the owner of a 4.50 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 32/7 K/BB ratio over 42 innings. He's never posted an ERA higher than 3.52 in his career. He'll try to keep his good roll going in a home start against the Diamondbacks next time he toes the rubber. Rotoworld.com Jul 23, 2:43 pm
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