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  • Ross Ohlendorf called up by Rangers
    Rangers purchased the contract of RHP Ross Ohlendorf from Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Ohlendorf has battled a groin issue for much of the season but re-signed with the Rangers last month after being released. He'll be used in low-leverage situations. Today, 6:30 am
  • Shawn Kelley exits with forearm strain
    Shawn Kelley left Tuesday's game versus the Rangers with a right forearm strain.

    Advice: "I just felt some tightness in my forearm, just some discomfort, tingling," said Kelley. The reliever has had Tommy John surgery twice before, but he noted that the discomfort was on the outside of his forearm, so there shouldn't be any worry about an elbow injury. Today, 6:16 am
  • Shoemaker pitches seven innings of 1-run ball
    Matt Shoemaker pitched seven innings of one-run ball to earn the win as the Angels beat the Athletics 6-2 on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Athletics' only run came in the first inning on Brett Lawrie's solo home run. It was one of only five hits Shoemaker allowed along with a pair of walks and five strikeouts. He's been a bit all-or-nothing lately, holding the opposition to one or fewer runs in five of his last seven outings, and allowing six-plus runs in the other two. On the season, the right-hander has a 4.31 ERA with a 1.23 WHIP and a 115/33 K/BB ratio over 131 2/3 innings. Shoemaker will face the Dodgers at home next. Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Martin gives up 5 runs in 3 innings, loses
    Cody Martin made his first major league start and lost to the Angels on Tuesday after allowing five runs over three innings.

    Advice: Martin put up a 5.40 ERA as a reliever with the Braves this year before the A's purchased him in early July. The right-hander gave up six hits and a walk without recording a strikeout. Four of the runs came in a tough third inning. Martin will try for better results in next week's home start against the Astros. Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • Jansen needs only 8 pitches for 28th save
    Kenley Jansen needed only eight pitches to retire the Giants in the ninth inning for his 28th save as the Dodgers won 2-1 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Jansen quickly dispatched the Giants, getting Buster Posey to pop up, Marlon Byrd to ground out, and Alejandro De Aza to fly out. The closer moves to 28-for-30 in save chances with a 2.27 ERA and a 65/5 K/BB ratio in 39 2/3 innings. Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • Wilhelmsen stifles Astros for seventh save
    Tom Wilhelmsen threw a perfect ninth inning against the Astros on Tuesday to earn his seventh save.

    Advice: Wilhelmsen struck out one in the scoreless inning of work. Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon's vote of confidence last week wasn't terribly confident, but Wilhelmsen has done nothing to suggest he isn't capable of handling the job. The big righty is now 7-for-7 in save chances with a 3.60 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 48/24 K/BB ratio in 50 innings this year. Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Villanueva strikes out six in 3 1/3 innings
    Carlos Villanueva struck out six over 3 1/3 scoreless innings Tuesday against the Nationals.

    Advice: After Marco Gonzales failed to make it through three innings, Villanueva came on to give the Cardinals 3 1/3 innings of one-hit ball. The Cards would eventually come back to win the game in the ninth. Performances like that have been commonplace for the 31-year-old long reliever this season, as Villanueva now has a 2.19 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 47/19 K/BB ratio over 53 1/3 innings of work. The veteran journeyman has been an unheralded godsend to the Cards this season. Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • Gonzales gives up four runs in spot start
    Marco Gonzales allowed four runs on seven hits over 2 2/3 innings against the Nationals on Tuesday.

    Advice: Gonzales, filling in for Carlos Martinez, was shaky in his first start of 2015. The southpaw allowed a homer among the Nats' seven hits, also walking one and striking out one. Gonzales will likely stay with the club through September but isn't guaranteed another start. Yesterday, 9:37 pm
  • Rondon closes out Royals to earn third save
    Bruce Rondon pitched a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday against the Royals to earn his third save.

    Advice: It wouldn't be a Bruce Rondon appearance if he didn't play with at least a little fire, issuing a two-out walk to Ben Zobrist and promptly letting Zobrist steal second with Lorenzo Cain, one of the game's best hitters, at the plate, but Rondon got Cain to ground out to end it. He struck out one in the inning. Save chances have been scarce in recent weeks but it appears the 24-year-old is still the man for the job. Rondon has a shaky 6.56 ERA and 1.54 WHIP through 23 1/3 innings. Yesterday, 9:16 pm
  • Rondon works a 1-2-3 ninth for his 25th save
    Hector Rondon finished Tuesday's 5-4 win versus the Reds with a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his 25th save.

    Advice: Rondon needed 12 pitches, getting Todd Frazier to ground out before striking out Ivan De Jesus, Jr. and Eugenio Suarez consecutively to end the game. The right-hander is 25-for-29 in save chances with a 1.53 ERA and a 59/14 K/BB ratio in 59 innings. Yesterday, 8:19 pm
  • Erik Goeddel activated from disabled list
    Mets activated RHP Erik Goeddel from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Goeddel has been out since mid-June with a right elbow strain. He'll be used in long relief. Yesterday, 6:30 pm
  • Chris Bassitt (shoulder) doesn't need MRI
    Chris Bassitt (shoulder) doesn't need an MRI after all and hopes to rejoin the Athletics' rotation before long.

    Advice: Bassitt was scratched from a scheduled start Tuesday with a sore right shoulder, but the feeling is that a little rest an strength work will get him over the hump. It's great news for a guy who's been a pleasant surprise for Oakland this season. Yesterday, 3:27 pm
  • Cardinals recall Marco Gonzales to start
    Cardinals recalled LHP Marco Gonzales from Triple-A Memphis.

    Advice: Gonzales will make a spot start Tuesday night against the Nationals. He's filling in for Carlos Martinez, who will take a turn off because of a minor back injury (and to protect his workload). Gonzales will probably move to long relief after Tuesday's start. Yesterday, 1:37 pm
  • Athletics recall Cody Martin
    Athletics recalled RHP Cody Martin from Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: The A's traded for Martin in early July. He'll have a chance to impress with rosters expanding, as he's scheduled to start Tuesday's contest against the Angels. Over 88 1/3 Triple-A innings, he posted a 4.08 ERA while striking out 84. He struggled in 21 2/3 relief innings at the big league level earlier this season to the tune of a 5.40 ERA. Yesterday, 12:58 pm
  • Tigers recall reliever Kyle Ryan
    Tigers recalled LHP Kyle Ryan from Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: Ryan's been hit hard in previous major league opportunities this season, having allowed 23 runs on 39 hits over 33 1/3 innings (including five starts). That works out to a tough 5.94 ERA. He should see work out of the pen in low-leverage situations. Yesterday, 9:29 am
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  • Cubs call up Trevor Cahill from Triple-A
    Cubs purchased the contract of RHP Trevor Cahill from Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Cahill struck out seven and walked three over 7 2/3 scoreless innings in Triple-A after signing with the Cubs last month. The 27-year-old has really struggled in the majors this season and will likely pitch in mop-up duty. Yesterday, 7:36 am
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  • Rays recall RHP Yates from Triple-A
    Rays recalled RHP Kirby Yates from Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Another bullpen arm for the Rays. Yates has allowed home runs in each of his last five appearances in the majors and owns a 9.82 ERA over 11 innings overall. Yesterday, 6:37 am
  • Chris Bassitt nursing shoulder soreness
    Chris Bassitt will undergo an MRI Monday after experiencing right shoulder soreness.

    Advice: Bassitt began feeling soreness after his previous start. He had been slated to start on Tuesday, but Cody Martin will be called up to take the ball instead. Obviously, more will be known about Bassitt's status after the exam results come back. He's been a nice surprise for the A's with a 2.82 ERA and 1.13 WHIP over 73 1/3 innings. Monday, 5:35 pm
  • Cody Martin to start on Tuesday
    Cody Martin will start on Tuesday versus the Angels.

    Advice: Acquired last month from the Braves for international bonus slot money, Martin holds a 5.40 ERA but a 24/7 K/BB ratio over 21 2/3 relief innings in the majors this season. He's put up a 4.08 mark with 84 punchouts across 88 1/3 Triple-A frames. Chris Bassitt had been scheduled to start Tuesday but will be pushed back. Monday, 4:20 pm
  • Marco Gonzales to make spot start Tuesday
    Marco Gonzales will be recalled to start on Tuesday versus the Nationals in place of Carlos Martinez (back).

    Advice: Gonzales has been limited to just 75 1/3 innings this season due to a pectoral/shoulder issue, but he's posted a 3.26 ERA since returning from a setback in mid-July. It's possible he could be in line for a few starts this month as the Cardinals look to rest Martinez and Michael Wacha. Monday, 2:59 pm
  • Wilhelmsen earns fifth save in win over CWS
    Tom Wilhelmsen locked down his fifth save of the season with a perfect ninth inning in Friday's 2-0 win over the White Sox.

    Advice: Wilhelmsen entered with the Mariners clinging to a 2-0 lead. He made sure that slight advantage held up, recording three outs without issue. He's now 5-for-5 in save chances and has pitched to a 3.78 ERA with a 45/23 K/BB ratio over 47 2/3 innings. Friday, 9:53 pm
  • Shoemaker allows one hit into eighth vs DET
    Matt Shoemaker was fantastic in his return to the Angels rotation on Wednesday, allowing just one hit over 7 1/3 innings in a 2-0 win over the Tigers.

    Advice: Shoemaker was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake on August 16, but he rejoined the rotation on Thursday to pitch his best game of the season. The 28-year-old right-hander struck out five and walked one, with only an Anthony Gose single registering for a hit over his 7 1/3 innings of work. Don't expect these kinds of starts on a regular basis, but Shoemaker can be used as a match-up play in select situations. He takes a 4.48 ERA and 1.24 WHIP into his next start, a road showdown with the A's. Thursday, 12:56 pm
  • Angels recall Shoemaker for Thursday start
    Angels recalled RHP Matt Shoemaker from Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Shoemaker will rejoin the Angels' starting rotation on Thursday afternoon against the Tigers. He's been a disappointment this season in the followup to his breakout 2014, but there might be a matchup or two where he makes sense as a fantasy streamer. Shoemaker, 28, holds a 3.76 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 8.2 K/9 in 258 1/3 career major league frames. Thursday, 7:43 am
  • Jansen closes out the Reds for his 25th save
    Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his 25th save as the Dodgers beat the Reds 7-4 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Jansen allowed an infield single and a walk with two outs, but struck out Eugenio Suarez looking to end the contest. The hard-throwing right-hander carries a 2.52 ERA with a 63/5 K/BB ratio in 35 2/3 innings while going 25-for-27 in save situations. Wednesday, 8:03 pm
  • Bassitt struggles early in loss to Mariners
    Chris Bassitt had a rough day Wednesday, allowing four runs on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: Rather, Bassitt had a rough first inning. The M's plated all four of their runs and collected six of their seven hits in the frame before Bassitt settled down. He did walk five to go with his seven hits allowed, so it wasn't as though he was the victim of bad fortune. It was a hiccup for the right-hander, who has been largely good this year. Bassitt will carry a 1-6 record, 2.82 ERA and 1.13 WHIP into Tuesday's contest against the Angels. Wednesday, 4:02 pm
  • Matt Shoemaker expected to start Thursday
    Matt Shoemaker is expected to start on Thursday versus the Tigers.

    Advice: The Angels need a fifth starter with Nick Tropeano being sent down last week and they'll give Shoemaker another shot. He's been terribly inconsistent for the Halos with a 4.76 ERA over 117 1/3 innings this season. Wednesday, 12:20 pm
  • McClendon: Wilhelmsen is closer 'as we speak'
    Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Wednesday that Tom Wilhelmsen is the team's closer "as we speak."

    Advice: It's not a surprise, as Wilhelmsen has converted each of the club's last two save chances without much difficulty. Carson Smith is still probably the team's best reliever and perhaps their closer of the future, but he's going through a rough patch right now so it makes sense to give Wilhelmsen a shot. Wednesday, 11:43 am
  • Rondon preserves three-run lead for 24th save
    Hector Rondon earned his 24th save with a scoreless ninth inning as the Cubs bested the Giants 8-5 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Rondon got two quick outs, but allowed a single to Brandon Belt to extend the game. Belt went to second base on fielder's indifference, then third on a wild pitch, but the right-hander struck out Justin Maxwell to end the game. Rondon has turned in a superb year, going 24-for-28 in save situations with a 1.55 ERA and a 57/14 K/BB ratio in 58 innings. Tuesday, 10:56 pm
  • Wilhelmsen slams door on Mariners, gets save
    Tom Wilhelmsen picked up his fourth save with a scoreless ninth inning facing the Athletics in Tuesday's 6-5 victory.

    Advice: Wilhelmsen worked around a two-out Sam Fuld double as Josh Reddick lined out to end the game. The right-hander got the save on Monday as well and appears to be the Mariners' leading ninth-inning option at the moment. He's 4-for-4 in save chances with a 3.86 ERA and a 45/23 K/BB ratio in 46 2/3 innings. Tuesday, 10:44 pm
  • Tom Wilhelmsen would close on Monday
    Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said that Tom Wilhelmsen would like see the save chance if one came up on Monday.

    Advice: Wilhelmsen closed out the Mariners' win on Sunday, coming into the game after Carson Smith. McClendon hasn't officially anointed Wilhelmsen as the club's new ninth-inning man, but it does appear he's the preferred option at the moment over the struggling Smith. Pick him up in fantasy leagues if he's still on your waiver wire. Monday, 4:08 pm
  • Wilhelmsen picks up save versus White Sox
    Tom Wilhelmsen earned his third save of the 2015 season in the Mariners' win over the White Sox on Sunday.

    Advice: And the other two saves came in extra-inning situations. Carson Smith is struggling and Fernando Rodney has been pushed off the 40-man roster, so Wilhelmsen could vulture some more save opportunities down the stretch. "We had better results today," Mariners skipper Lloyd McClendon told after Sunday's win. "We'll see. Right now we're going to match up the best way we can and put guys in the best position you possibly can for them to succeed." Aug 24, 8:31 am
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