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  • Raisel Iglesias perfect for two innings
    Raisel Iglesias pitched two perfect innings out of the pen for his fourth hold Monday against the Giants.

    Advice: Iglesias has been the Reds' best reliever since coming off the disabled list, but the team has continued to use him as a multi-inning guy, suggesting that he won't soon be a threat for saves. He's allowed just one run in 20 1/3 innings over his 10 appearances as a reliever. 43 minutes ago
  • Jake Peavy gives up three homers in loss
    Jake Peavy gave up three homers and six runs over five-plus innings Monday in a loss to the Reds.

    Advice: Peavy had a great run in late May and June, but he's given up 20 runs -- 17 earned -- over 25 1/3 innings in his last five starts. His rotation spot could again come into jeopardy if he's not better next time out. 44 minutes ago
    L, 7-5 vs ^ Cin
  • Jake Arrieta gives up four runs to White Sox
    Jake Arrieta surrendered four runs in six innings Monday in a no-decision against the White Sox.

    Advice: It looked like it'd be a second straight fine outing for Arrieta, but then Todd Frazier connected on a three-run homer with two outs in the sixth, ruining his night. The Cubs went on to lose the game, the fourth straight time they've lost one of Arrieta's starts. In fact, they're just 3-7 in his outings since their streak of 23 straight wins with him on the mound ended in May. Today, 9:17 pm
  • Chase Anderson only goes five but gets win
    Chase Anderson lasted just five frames but picked up a win Monday, permitting two runs in a 7-2 victory over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Anderson recorded five strikeouts, but he allowed seven hits and one walk and got his pitch count up to 93 after his five frames, necessitating an early exit. Of course, an early exit is nothing new for Anderson, as he hasn't gone more than five innings in a start since June 8. His next outing will come against the Pirates. Today, 9:14 pm
  • Braden Shipley struggles in MLB debut
    Braden Shipley's major league debut didn't go well, as he allowed six runs over 5 1/3 innings in a loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: Shipley served up a homer to the second batter he faced -- Scooter Gennett -- and wound up allowing three longballs on the night. He also walked four batters and gave up eight hits overall. It was a forgettable major league debut, but Shipley should get another shot this weekend against the Dodgers. Today, 9:11 pm
  • Hector Santiago picks up ninth win
    Hector Santiago yielded two runs in 5 1/3 innings Monday in a victory over the Royals.

    Advice: The Angels will probably get decent offers for Santiago, who has pitched well after a June swoon and now stands at 9-4 with a 4.28 ERA this season. It just remains to be seen whether Arte Moreno will be content to tank the rest of the season away. Injuries have killed the Angels' pitching depth, so if they trade Santiago and/or Matt Shoemaker, they stand to be one of the league's worst teams down the stretch. Today, 8:59 pm
  • Verlander holds Red Sox to one run over six
    Justin Verlander held the mighty Red Sox offense to one run over six innings in Monday's 4-2 victory.

    Advice: The Red Sox ran up his pitch count as they do with most opposing hurlers, as Verlander needed 110 pitches to get through his six frames. The right-hander held the Red Sox in check, though, as he gave up just five hits and two walks while striking out five. Verlander has yielded just six runs over his last five starts since his blowout outing against the Indians. He'll face the Astros his next time out. Today, 8:53 pm
  • Hill (finger) to throw bullpen Wednesday
    Rich Hill (finger) is scheduled to throw his next bullpen session on Wednesday.

    Advice: Hill has been throwing with a protective cover on his finger and it's unclear whether he has made enough progress to shed it. The southpaw hasn't pitched since July 17, but the A's remain hopeful he'll be able to make a start before the end of the team's current road trip. It's worth noting that the road trip runs right through the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline. Today, 8:51 pm
    L, 7-6 @Tex
  • Drew Pomeranz pitches well in loss
    Drew Pomeranz pitched well but took a loss Monday, holding the Tigers to two runs over six frames while striking out seven.

    Advice: Pomeranz was in the midst of a gem before Jose Iglesias took him over the Green Monster with a two-run shot in the sixth inning. He gave up just four hits and walk two on the night to go along with his seven punchouts. It was obviously a major step forward after Pomeranz was knocked around in his first outing for Boston. He'll get the Angels over the weekend. Today, 8:46 pm
    L, 4-2 vs ^ Det
  • Daniel Mengden lifted in fifth
    Daniel Mengden was lifted after allowing four runs in 4 2/3 innings Monday in a no-decision against the Rangers.

    Advice: Mengden doesn't have a single quality start in five tries this month; he's given up 23 earned runs over 23 innings. It's time for him to head back to Triple-A, though whether that happens could hinge on Rich Hill's status. One thing is for sure: Jesse Hahn is more deserving of the rotation spot right now (though there might be room for both). Today, 8:40 pm
  • Dallas Keuchel strong in loss to Yankees
    Dallas Keuchel pitched 7 2/3 innings of two-run ball in a loss to the Yankees on Monday.

    Advice: The Bombers didn't exactly tee off on Keuchel, but they did enough to beat him for the first time since 2014. Including last year's wild card game, Keuchel has a 1.38 ERA in six career starts against the Yankees. Today, 8:17 pm
  • Jarred Cosart spins five shutout innings
    Jarred Cosart held the Phillies off the scoreboard over five frames but took a no-decision Monday.

    Advice: Cosart held the Phils to just three hits and one walk, but he racked up a high pitch count (92) as he often does, leading to him being pulled after just five innings. With the Marlins almost surely slated to acquire a starter or two this week, Cosart could be sent back to Triple-A. If he gets another start, it will come this weekend versus the Cardinals. Today, 8:04 pm
  • Colin Rea registers quality start Monday
    Colin Rea walked four batters but managed to record a quality start Monday, allowing three runs over six frames in a loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Rea is still walking way too many guys for someone who doesn't miss a ton of bats. He was able to limit the damage somewhat but still took his second straight loss. The right-hander will carry an unappealing 4.98 ERA and 1.46 WHIP into this weekend's outing against the Reds. Today, 7:02 pm
  • Marlins have inquired about Angels' Santiago
    Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Marlins have inquired on Angels' starters, including left-hander Hector Santiago.

    Advice: The Marlins have also presumably asked about Matt Shoemaker, who has been on a heck of a roll over the past two months. ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported earlier Monday that the Angels are listening to offers on Santiago, who is under team control for one more season. The southpaw has a 4.32 ERA and 96/47 K/BB ratio over 110 1/3 innings this season. The Marlins are known to be in the market for starting pitching, especially with Wei-Yin Chen (elbow) going down. Today, 3:12 pm
  • Chris Sale to start vs. Cubs on Thursday
    Chris Sale will make his return Thursday against the Cubs.

    Advice: The White Sox suspended Sale for five games after he cut up some throwback uniforms with a knife as a bizarre form of protest. There's a chance that Thursday could be a final start with the White Sox, as the trade deadline is approaching and there has been quite a bit of a chatter about a possible deal. Of course, it would require a monster haul for Chicago to part with him and they might not see the sort of offers they want. Today, 2:32 pm
    W, 5-4 vs ChC
  • Hill describes blister as 'hot spot'
    Rich Hill described the blister on his left middle finger as "a little hot spot," but said that it's healing.

    Advice: Hill, who left a start on July 17 after just five pitches, threw a bullpen session Sunday while wearing a protective cover on his finger. It's unclear when he'll be ready to return to action, but some clarity would be nice as August 1 approaches. The southpaw is one of the top starting pitchers on the trade market. Today, 2:16 pm
    L, 7-6 @Tex
  • McFarland (knee) nearing return to mound
    T.J. McFarland (knee) is close to getting back to throwing off a mound.

    Advice: McFarland landed on the disabled list at the end of June with left knee inflammation and even paid a visit to Dr. James Andrews earlier this month, but he's slowly working his way back to action. The southpaw had a 5.63 ERA over 15 appearances before hitting the DL. Today, 1:57 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 3-2 vs Col
  • Kimbrel (knee) could go on rehab stint Sat.
    Craig Kimbrel (knee) could begin a minor league rehab assignment as soon as Saturday.

    Advice: Kimbrel, who is coming back from left knee surgery, threw around 20 pitches off the mound on Monday and is scheduled to throw another bullpen session on Wednesday. If all goes well, he could rejoin the Red Sox as soon as next Monday in Seattle. Brad Ziegler will continue to fill in at closer for now. Today, 1:39 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 4-2 vs Det
  • Jimenez expected to return Tuesday
    Ubaldo Jimenez is expected to rejoin the Orioles on Tuesday.

    Advice: Jimenez has been away on paternity leave since Saturday. Despite a lengthy absence, he's considered an option to start Thursday against the Twins. Today, 1:34 pm
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    W, 3-2 vs Col
  • D-Backs call up prospect Braden Shipley
    Diamondbacks purchased the contract of RHP Braden Shipley from Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: Shipley will make his major league debut Monday against the Brewers. The 25-year-old posted a 3.70 ERA and 77/22 K/BB ratio in 119 1/3 innings over 19 starts this season in Triple-A. It's unclear if he'll keep a rotation spot once Zack Greinke (oblique) is ready to return.Daily Slant: Shipley was the 15th overall pick back in the 2013 draft, but hasn't been great at the AAA level with just a 15.5 K% in 119.1 IP on the season. While the Brewers do strike out a ton against RHP (26.3 K%), they are in a nice spot tonight with one of the highest team totals on the slate. All of the bats in the top six of the order are squarely in play, and stacking up any combination of them is a fine GPP move. Today, 1:14 pm
  • D-Backs option Silvino Bracho to Triple-A
    Diamondbacks optioned RHP Silvino Bracho to Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: The move clears the way for Braden Shipley on the active roster. Bracho has a 6.75 ERA and 11/7 K/BB ratio over 14 2/3 innings in the majors this season. He should be back up again later this summer. Today, 1:11 pm
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    L, 7-2 @Mil
  • Padres recall Keith Hessler from El Paso
    Padres recalled LHP Keith Hessler from Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Hessler will be available out of the Padres' bullpen on Monday night in Toronto. The left-hander has allowed 10 runs in six innings this year in the major leagues. Today, 1:01 pm
  • Kimbrel (knee) throws 20 pitches off a mound
    Craig Kimbrel (knee) threw around 20 pitches off the mound at Fenway Park on Monday.

    Advice: The workout was observed by Red Sox manager John Farrell, two coaches, two trainers, and two physical therapists. It ended with a round of fist-bumps, which is usually a positive sign. Kimbrel will throw off a mound again Wednesday and could then be cleared to face live hitters. He is on track to return to the Boston bullpen early next week in Seattle. Brad Ziegler is currently filling in at closer. Today, 12:02 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 4-2 vs Det
  • Phillies return Daniel Stumpf to Royals
    Phillies returned Rule 5 Draft pick LHP Daniel Stumpf to the Royals.

    Advice: Stumpf was designated for assignment by the Phillies last week and the Royals took the opportunity to reacquire the left-hander. He will be sent to Triple-A Omaha. Today, 11:54 am
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    L, 6-2 vs LAA
  • Cubs, Yanks finalize Aroldis Chapman trade
    Cubs acquired LHP Aroldis Chapman from the Yankees in exchange for SS Gleyber Torres, RHP Adam Warren, OF Billy McKinney, and OF Rashad Crawford.

    Advice: There had been reports of the Cubs attempting to work out a contract extension with Chapman, but the impending free agent left-hander is apparently intent on hitting the open market this winter. New York also tried an extension with Chapman back in June, but those talks obviously failed. The fire-balling 28-year-old will take over at closer on the north side of Chicago, with Hector Rondon shifting into a setup role. Chapman owns a dominant 2.01 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and 44/8 K/BB ratio in 31 1/3 innings since returning in May from a domestic violence suspension. Today, 11:29 am
  • Halos reportedly listening on Hector Santiago
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports the Angels are listening on starting pitcher Hector Santiago.

    Advice: And several clubs have already inquired, per Crasnick's sources. Santiago is sporting a career-worst 4.32 ERA in 110 1/3 innings this season, but the 28-year-old left-hander managed a sharp 3.55 ERA in 532 2/3 innings between 2011 and 2015. He is eligible for arbitration for the third and final time in 2017. Today, 11:05 am
  • Cubs will not have Aroldis Chapman extension
    According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the Cubs will not have a contract extension in place with Aroldis Chapman when their trade for the closer becomes official.

    Advice: They tried hard, as did the Yankees before agreeing to this five-player swap, but Chapman is apparently intent on testing the free agent waters following the 2016 season. He is headed to the Cubs in exchange for shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres, outfield prospect Billy McKinney, right-hander Adam Warren, and minor league outfielder Rashad Crawford. Chapman will take over at closer on the north side of Chicago, with Hector Rondon moving to a setup role. Today, 9:49 am
  • Rangers showing interest in Vince Velasquez
    According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, the Rangers are expressing interest in Vincent Velasquez.

    Advice: Velasquez is a 24-year-old with five years of contractual control and he's been having a very good season for Philadelphia, so the asking price is going to be astronomical. The right-hander holds a 3.34 ERA and 103 strikeouts in 91 2/3 innings this year. Texas has been connected to just about every pitcher in baseball. Today, 9:04 am
  • Cubs, Yankees reach Aroldis Chapman deal
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Yankees and Cubs have agreed to an Aroldis Chapman trade.

    Advice: New York will get shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres, outfield prospect Billy McKinney, right-hander Adam Warren, and one other player. The trade feels like a huge score for the Yankees, but this is the go-for-it of all go-for-its with the Cubs, who haven't won a World Series title since 1908. Chapman will take over at closer in Chicago, with Hector Rondon shifting to a setup role. The flame-throwing 28-year-old left-hander owns a 2.16 ERA and 590 strikeouts in 350 1/3 career major league innings. Today, 9:00 am
  • Marlins interested in Seattle's Wade Miley
    Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports the Marlins have interest in Seattle starter Wade Miley.

    Advice: Miley struggled in 2014 with the Red Sox and has been even worse since the offseason trade that sent him to the Mariners. Miami, a half-game up on the second Wild Card, should probably shoot a little higher. The 29-year-old left-hander is sitting on a 5.23 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, and 73/33 K/BB ratio through 105 innings this season, and he's owed $8.97 million in 2017. Today, 8:51 am
  • Yankees to get four players in Chapman deal
    According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Yankees will get four players from the Cubs in the yet-to-be-finalized Aroldis Chapman trade.

    Advice: Top shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres is the centerpiece, but Sherman hears the Yankees are also getting Adam Warren back from the Cubs -- he was traded to Chicago last winter in the Starlin Castro trade -- as well as two other prospects. Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner has apparently signed off on the deal, so it's not clear what the hold-up might be. There's been talk of the Cubs possibly trying to work out a pre-trade contract extension with Chapman, who can become a free agent five days after the 2016 World Series. Today, 6:51 am
  • Boxberger (oblique) won't return before Fri.
    Brad Boxberger (oblique) will not be activated from the disabled list before Friday.

    Advice: Boxberger has allowed two runs in three innings on his minor league rehab assignment, and he has yet to pitch on back-to-back days. That is scheduled to happen this week, with the Rays likely hoping to see better results. Boxberger has been limited to one appearance at the major league level this season because of oblique and abdominal issues. Today, 3:03 am
    15-Day DL
  • Huston Street among Giants' trade targets
    According to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Angels closer Huston Street is among the Giants' trade targets leading up to the August 1 deadline.

    Advice: He's probably more of a backup plan, as the Giants have been linked to a number of other relievers having far better seasons. Street, 32, owns a rough 5.03 ERA and 1.93 WHIP in 19 2/3 innings this year out of the Anaheim bullpen. He has missed time with oblique and hamstring injuries. The right-hander is under contract for $9 million in 2017 and carries a $10 million club option for 2018. Today, 3:00 am
  • Kimbrel (knee) to throw bullpen on Monday
    Craig Kimbrel (knee) played catch without any issues on Sunday and is expected to throw a bullpen session on Monday.

    Advice: If that goes well, he'll repeat the process on Wednesday. Assuming all goes well with both bullpens, Kimbrel will progress to either a minor league rehab assignment or a simulated game. He's on track to return to the Red Sox bullpen in early August. Yesterday, 7:12 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 4-2 vs Det
  • Chapman to clubs looking likelier, not done
    Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that a deal that would send Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs isn't completed yet, but looks even likelier.

    Advice: The Yankees would receive multiple pieces in return including Gleyber Torres. It sounds as though this deal is going to get done soon, though it may not end up getting finished on Sunday night. Yesterday, 6:08 pm
  • Cubs, Yanks working toward Chapman trade
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Cubs and Yankees are working to finalize an Aroldis Chapman trade.

    Advice: Cubs shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres is believed to be in the package that would head to New York, along with another piece or two. Chapman, a 28-year-old impending free agent, has registered a stellar 2.01 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and 44/8 K/BB ratio in 31 1/3 innings since returning in May from a domestic violence suspension. There's a report from Rian Watt of Baseball Prospectus suggesting that the Cubs are trying to work out a contract extension with Chapman on top of the trade. That could be the major hold-up. Yesterday, 4:58 pm
  • Velasquez allows four runs in Phillies' loss
    Vince Velasquez surrendered four runs in six innings Sunday as the Phillies fell to the Pirates.

    Advice: Velasquez escaped with a no-decision because the Pirates didn't take the lead for good until the bottom of the seventh inning, when rookie Adam Frazier hit a go-ahead pinch-hit solo homer off Phillies reliever Edubray Ramos. Velasquez yielded seven hits and walked four in the ugly afternoon outing at PNC Park. He'll try to bounce back next time out against the Braves. Yesterday, 3:22 pm
  • Steinbrenner hasn't OK'd selling just yet
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner "has not given authorization to sell top guys" yet.

    Advice: The Aroldis Chapman rumors have been swirling, but it doesn't appear Steinbrenner is ready to give up on the season just yet with the Yanks having won six of their last eight games to pull within shouting distance of a Wild Card spot. Ultimately, it would be hard to see the Bombers not selling, but perhaps it will depend on how they play this week. The Nationals, Cubs and Indians look like the three favorites to land Chapman. Yesterday, 2:14 pm
  • Jarred Cosart recalled from Triple-A
    Marlins recalled RHP Jarred Cosart from Triple-A New Orleans.

    Advice: Cosart will join the rotation on Monday against the Phillies, starting in place of the injured Wei-Yin Chen (elbow). Given how often the Marlins have been connected to pitching heading into the trade deadline, it's possible it'll just be a spot start for Cosart, although he could change minds with a strong showing. He holds a 7.98 ERA in three starts for Miami this season and a 4.14 mark in 12 starts at New Orleans. Yesterday, 1:40 pm
  • Miley limits Blue Jays to two runs in defeat
    Wade Miley pitched well in Sunday's loss to the Blue Jays, yielding two runs on four hits over six innings.

    Advice: Fine effort from Miley, who struck out four and walked two on the afternoon. Edwin Encarnacion burned him for a solo home run in the fourth inning and Josh Donaldson drove in the second run on his line via an RBI double play in the sixth inning. Even with this respectable performance under his belt, Miley still holds a tough 5.23 ERA and 1.42 WHIP. He will try to build on Sunday's outing when he hits the road for an outwardly dreadful match-up with the Cubs next time out. Yesterday, 12:31 pm
  • Report: Indians have best offer for Chapman
    Bruce Levine of WSCR-AM and reports that the Indians "have the best names on the table" for Aroldis Chapman.

    Advice: Previous reports have had both the Nationals and Cubs out in front in the sweepstakes for Chapman. There's also been a "mystery team" floated. In other words, welcome to the trade deadline. The Indians already have a capable closer in Cody Allen, but adding Chapman would bolster their bullpen for a possible playoff run. Yesterday, 10:58 am
  • White Sox suspend Chris Sale for five games
    The White Sox have suspended Chris Sale five games for his conduct in a clubhouse incident prior to Saturday's game.

    Advice: Sale cut up some throwback uniforms with a knife after getting into a heated argument with the front office about not wanting to wear the uniforms Saturday. The left-hander is tentatively slated to rejoin the White Sox' rotation on Thursday against the Cubs. General manager Rick Hahn said that the incident won't affect the club's decision on whether to trade the lefty or not, although that could just be GM speak. Yesterday, 9:57 am
    W, 5-4 vs ChC
  • Cubs push past Nats as leaders for Chapman?
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Nationals "are trailing at least three other teams" in the pursuit of Aroldis Chapman.

    Advice: It's a notable change, as they had been viewed as the favorite. It was Heyman who previously reported that the Yankees wanted Joe Ross but the Nats weren't willing to part with him, so perhaps that could be a deal killer between the two teams. Heyman backs up FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal's previous report about the Cubs possibly jumping into the lead for Chapman, as he says they're "pushing hard" for the reliever. The Indians and Giants are in on Chapman, as well, although Alex Pavlovic of hears that the Giants "aren't in the final mix" for the reliever. Yesterday, 9:13 am
  • Chris Sale won't be at ballpark Sunday's Scott Merkin reports that Chris Sale is not expected to be at the ballpark on Sunday.

    Advice: Sale was scratched from Saturday's start and sent home after a run-in with the front office regarding throwback uniforms that he didn't want to wear. The White Sox have listed him as the scheduled starter on Thursday against the Cubs, although that could be tentative. Sale has also been mentioned as a trade candidate. Yesterday, 8:22 am
    W, 5-4 vs ChC
  • Cubs 'strong in mix' for Aroldis Chapman
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cubs are "strong in mix" for Aroldis Chapman.

    Advice: The Nationals have been perceived as the favorites to land Chapman and they still might be, but the Cubs appear to be a threat. Rosenthal adds that there are "at least two other clubs involved" for Chapman in addition to the Cubs, noting that Giants, Dodgers and Indians in addition to the aforementioned Nats have been connected to the reliever. Yesterday, 8:12 am
  • Ventura won't say when Sale will start again
    White Sox manager Robin Ventura on Saturday wouldn't say when Chris Sale would make his next start.

    Advice: Sale was scratched from Saturday's start and sent home after a dust-up with the front office regarding throwback uniforms that he didn't want to wear. "I'll talk about the game, but any of that stuff, we'll wait on that," Ventura said. "I'm not going to discuss what went on in there. But (it's) unfortunate he didn't start tonight. Proud of the guys who filled in." Jose Quintana will start as scheduled on Sunday. Miguel Gonzalez is currently slated to take the ball Monday, although that seems like a spot Sale could easily slide into, assuming he and the front office work out their issues. The left-hander might be traded prior to the deadline. Yesterday, 6:33 am
    W, 5-4 vs ChC
  • Cosart to start Monday versus Phillies
    Jarred Cosart will be called up from Triple-A to start Monday against the Phillies.

    Advice: Wei-Yin Chen has been scratched with an undisclosed injury. Cosart owns a rough 7.98 ERA in 14 2/3 innings this season at the MLB level and hasn't been dominant at Triple-A. There are better fantasy streaming options. Saturday, 8:45 pm
  • Sale sent home for cutting up throwback uni
    Tommy Stokke of FanRag Sports reports Chris Sale was sent home from U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday after cutting up throwback jerseys that he did not want to wear.

    Advice: This story takes another fascinating turn. Via FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal: "Sale asked that they not wear (throwbacks) on his day because they are uncomfortable. Things escalated when they wouldn't relent." Sale went after the jerseys with a knife during pregame batting practice, and then apparently exchanged some words with members of the White Sox front office for putting merchandise sales ahead of winning. He could be traded before the August 1 deadline, though that wouldn't really have anything to do with this odd incident. Matt Albers is starting in Sale's place on Saturday night against the Tigers. Saturday, 5:17 pm
    W, 5-4 vs ChC
  • Sale altercation was with front office staff
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick hears the Chris Sale clubhouse incident was with front office staff.

    Advice: Crasnick says the incident began with something "silly" and blew up into a bigger argument. It did not get physical, per a press release from the club, but the words exchanged were serious enough to cause the White Sox to scratch their ace from his scheduled start Saturday night against the Tigers. Matt Albers is going to take the mound instead versus Detroit. Saturday, 4:24 pm
    W, 5-4 vs ChC
  • Braden Shipley to make MLB debut Monday
    Diamondbacks pitching prospect Braden Shipley will be called up to make his major league debut Monday in Milwaukee.

    Advice: Shipley will be filling in for Zack Greinke, who remains sidelined with an oblique injury. The former first-round draft pick (15th overall in 2013) has registered a 3.70 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, and 77/22 K/BB ratio in 119 1/3 innings this season at Triple-A Reno. It's not clear whether he'll get another turn after Monday. Saturday, 4:15 pm
  • Report: Sox still talking to teams about Sale
    According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the White Sox are talking to teams about Chris Sale.

    Advice: That's not exactly breaking news -- trade rumors have swirled around Sale for weeks -- but Passan's report is relevant because those discussions are ongoing even after the ace left-hander was scratched from his scheduled start Saturday against the Tigers because of a pregame clubhouse incident. We don't have any details about that incident, only that it was non-physical and did not cause an injury. This could be a very busy night for Sale's Rotoworld profile. Saturday, 3:59 pm
    W, 5-4 vs ChC
  • Sale sent home following clubhouse incident
    Chris Sale was scratched from his scheduled start Saturday night against the Tigers because of a pregame "clubhouse incident."

    Advice: Sale was sent home from U.S. Cellular Field and the White Sox will start Matt Albers instead. Via a statement from the White Sox: "The incident, which was non-physical in nature, currently is under further investigation by the club. The White Sox will have no additional comment until the investigation is completed." Odd stuff. Saturday, 3:50 pm
    W, 5-4 vs ChC
  • O's place Ubaldo on paternity leave
    Orioles placed RHP Ubaldo Jimenez on the paternity leave list.

    Advice: Jimenez was excused from the Orioles on Saturday with his wife going into labor. He'll be gone for 3-7 days. The right-hander hasn't pitched since July 8 anyway. Saturday, 3:43 pm
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    W, 3-2 vs Col
  • Rich Hill (blister) to throw pen session Sun.
    Rich Hill (blister) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Sunday.

    Advice: He'll wear a cover on his finger where a blister has developed and is refusing to go away -- that cover, by the way, can't be worn in a live game. The veteran left-hander lasted just five pitches in his first start out of the All-Star break, back on July 17. Hill is one of Oakland's better trade chips leading up to the August 1 deadline, but he obviously needs to get past this. There is no timetable for his return to the Athletics' rotation. Saturday, 3:23 pm
    L, 7-6 @Tex
  • Chris Sale scratched Saturday due to the flu
    Chris Sale was scratched from his scheduled start Saturday due to the flu.

    Advice: The initial report didn't include the reason for the scratch, so trade speculation swirled for a few minutes. But it's just a minor illness. Matt Albers will start against the Tigers in Sale's place. Saturday, 3:02 pm
    W, 5-4 vs ChC
  • Craig Kimbrel (knee) near rehab assignment?
    Craig Kimbrel (knee) could begin a minor league rehab assignment late next week.

    Advice: Kimbrel is set to throw a bullpen session Sunday or Monday and he'll do the same on Wednesday. If that all goes well, the next step may be a minor league game. "That could be done at (Triple-A) Pawtucket," Red Sox manager John Farrell said Saturday. "We could be looking at an appearance at Pawtucket. We're not scripting it out past Wednesday, because we could go one of two ways here." Brad Ziegler is filling in at closer for the Red Sox with Koji Uehara (pectoral) possibly done for the year. Saturday, 2:10 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 4-2 vs Det
  • Ubaldo Jimenez (baby) excused from O's
    Ubaldo Jimenez has been excused from the Orioles with his wife going into labor.

    Advice: Jimenez could be placed on the paternity leave list if his absence lasts longer than a day or two. The right-hander hasn't appeared in a game for the O's since July 8, when he yielded five earned runs in 1 1/3 innings. Saturday, 1:27 pm
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    W, 3-2 vs Col
  • Orioles could send Jimenez in trade for Upton
    Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that the Orioles have discussed a potential trade that would send Ubaldo Jimenez and a prospect to the Padres for Melvin Upton.

    Advice: Jimenez would only be included in any deal to help offset the money remaining on Upton's contract, as his actual value is very limited. The veteran right-hander is owed roughly $18 million through next season while Upton is owed more than $22 million over the same time frame. Friday, 10:00 pm
    Not Active
    W, 3-2 vs Col
  • Rich Hill (blister) plays catch again Friday
    Rich Hill (blister) played catch again on Friday without any issues.

    Advice: There is still no timetable to get the veteran left-hander back on the mound, as they are playing things very cautiously not to make the injury worse. It seems likely that he'll be ready to pitch at some point next week, which could be his only showcase for team's interested in acquiring Hill before the trade deadline. Friday, 4:34 pm
    L, 7-6 @Tex
  • White Sox fielding trade inquiries on Sale
    Jon Heyman of TodaysKnuckleball and FanRag Sports reports that the White Sox "are being inundated with calls of interest in ace Chris Sale."

    Advice: The report comes on the heels of one from FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, who said that the White Sox were offered a "king's ransom" for Sale earlier this week and replied with a flat "no." Heyman says that the White Sox "are contemplating a serious sale," but it's unclear at this point whether they'll move Sale or Jose Quintana. He adds that the Red Sox are "greatly interested" in Sale and Quintana but "the list of interested suitors is expected to be extremely long" should the Pale Hose wind up putting them on the trade block. Friday, 1:20 pm
    W, 5-4 vs ChC
  • Daniel Stumpf designated for assignment
    Phillies designated LHP Daniel Stumpf for assignment.

    Advice: The Rule 5 pick was suspended shortstop after Opening Day for PEDs and made only seven relief appearances before the Phillies decided to give up on him. He'll be offered back to the Royals if he clears waivers. Friday, 1:13 pm
    Not Active
    L, 6-2 vs LAA
  • Rich Hill (blister) plays catch again Thurs.
    Rich Hill (blister) played catch Thursday for the second straight day.

    Advice: However, he did so with a covering on the finger where he has a blister. Hill will not be ready to start on Sunday, as the A's will give the ball to Jesse Hahn. The left-hander should be ready at some point next week, which would likely be his last chance to start prior to the trade deadline. Friday, 7:22 am
    L, 7-6 @Tex
  • Padres option Keith Hessler back to AAA
    Padres optioned LHP Keith Hessler to Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Hessler served as the 26th man for Wednesday's doubleheader against the Cardinals but did not pitch. He has allowed 10 runs in six innings this year in the majors. Thursday, 8:26 am
  • Santiago lasts five innings, beats Rangers
    Hector Santiago lasted just five innings against the Rangers on Wednesday, but still ended up with a victory after allowing three runs on five hits.

    Advice: Santiago walked three and struck out three on the evening, laboring through 100 pitches in his five frames. The Rangers scratched out a pair of runs against him in the third inning, then added in the fourth on a solo homer by Mitch Moreland. Now 8-4 on the season, Santiago will carry a 4.32 ERA and 1.29 WHIP into Tuesday's start against the Royals in Kansas City. Wednesday, 10:04 pm
  • Anderson surrenders three runs in four frames
    Chase Anderson was charged with three runs on six hits in his four innings of action in a no-decision on Wednesday.

    Advice: If he had lasted one more inning he would have been credited with a win despite the poor effort. Short outings have been the norm for Anderson. He has started 18 games but has pitched only 90 innings. His 69/35 K/BB ratio, 4-10 record and 5.50 ERA make him a poor option for fantasy rosters. Wednesday, 9:15 pm
  • Pomeranz smoked for five runs in Sox debut
    Drew Pomeranz made his first start with the Red Sox on Wednesday and it wasn't pretty as he gave up five runs in only three innings.

    Advice: The Red Sox pulled out the victory but Pomeranz didn't stick around long enough to qualify for the win. He struck out four batters and walked two while giving up eight hits, including two home runs. He now has a 2.83 ERA with 119 strikeouts and 43 walks in 105 innings. He no longer has the luxury of pitching in the safety of Petco Park, but he will have the powerful Red Sox offense to save his bacon on off days like this one. Wednesday, 8:39 pm
    L, 4-2 vs ^ Det
  • Mengden walks five as A's fall to Astros
    Daniel Mengden struggled with his control in Wednesday's loss to the Astros, walking five while allowing three runs over five innings.

    Advice: Mengden struck out five on the afternoon. Luis Valbuena brought home the first run on his line with an RBI ground out in the first inning. One frame later, the 23-year-old right-hander surrendered an RBI double to George Springer before issuing a bases-loaded walk to Carlos Correa. For the season, he holds a 5.52 ERA and 1.55 WHIP. He has barely scratched the win column, as his record now sits at 1-5. A road start against the Rangers shows next on his schedule, though one has to wonder how much longer the A's will keep trotting him out before trying something different. Wednesday, 5:27 pm
  • Hessler joins Padres for doubleheader
    Padres recalled LHP Keith Hessler from Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Hessler almost certainly will not be up for long, but the Padres wanted an additional arm for the second game of their doubleheader against the Cardinals. In his six prior major league innings this season, the 27-year-old left-hander had surrendered a whopping 10 runs. Wednesday, 4:55 pm
  • Kimbrel (knee) takes to flat ground for catch
    Craig Kimbrel (knee) played catch on flat ground Wednesday.

    Advice: Kimbrel underwent a left knee arthroscopy and a partial medial meniscectomy just before the All-Star Game. At the time of the procedure, it was thought he would miss 3-6 weeks, which would put him in line to return in early to mid-August. Brad Ziegler will close in his absence. Wednesday, 3:13 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 4-2 vs Det
  • Colin Rea allows four runs in loss to STL
    Colin Rea allowed four earned runs over six innings Wednesday in a loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Rea was gifted a two-run lead in the top of the first inning but couldn't make it stick, yielding one run in the second, two in the fourth, and one more in the sixth. He has a 5.01 ERA for the year. Wednesday, 2:03 pm
  • Verlander goes eight strong in no-decision
    Justin Verlander pitched eight innings of one-run ball but took a no-decision Wednesday versus the Twins.

    Advice: Francisco Rodriguez surrendered three runs (one earned) in the ninth inning to give the Twins the game. Verlander did his part, yielding just two hits and two walks while striking out nine. The one run he gave up came on a first-inning solo shot by Joe Mauer. Verlander will carry a cool 3.74 ERA and 1.08 WHIP into his next start on the road against the Red Sox. He has a stellar 139/37 K/BB ratio in 132 1/3 innings this season. Wednesday, 1:19 pm
  • Rich Hill (blister) doubtful for Sunday start
    Rich Hill (blister) is doubtful to be ready Sunday.

    Advice: That's the next time Oakland needs a starting pitcher, but Hill's blister is not quite healed. This obviously comes with bad timing for the A's, who will be trying to trade the veteran southpaw ahead of the August 1 deadline. He boasts a 2.25 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 90/28 K/BB ratio in 76 innings this season but has made just three starts since the end of May. Wednesday, 12:13 pm
    L, 7-6 @Tex
  • Keith Hessler to serve as the 26th man
    Keith Hessler will serve as the 26th man for Wednesday's doubleheader against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Hessler will join the Padres' bullpen for the second game. The lefty has allowed 10 runs over just six innings of relief this season at the major league level. Wednesday, 9:57 am
  • Street (hamstring) earns his eighth save
    Huston Street (hamstring) picked up his eighth save of the season Tuesday versus the Rangers.

    Advice: Street was forced from an appearance Sunday against the Orioles due to hamstring cramps, but it was obviously nothing serious. He worked around a leadoff single Tuesday, retiring the final three batters he faced to preserve the Angels' two-run lead. Wednesday, 5:39 am
  • Keuchel holds A's to two runs into seventh
    Dallas Keuchel pitched well in earning a no-decision against the A's on Tuesday, allowing two runs on five hits over 6 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Keuchel did walk three, but overall, this was another step in the right direction for the embattled ace. He was actually pitching a shutout into the seventh, but was lifted with one out after running into trouble. Ken Giles would surrender a two-run double to Ryon Healy to bring home the two runs on Keuchel's line. The 28-year-old southpaw will carry a 4.70 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 110/40 K/BB ratio (126 1/3 innings) into a home start against the Yankees next time he toes the rubber. Very quietly, Keuchel has been pulling his act together after a horrific start. He has allowed more than two earned runs just once in his last six outings. Tuesday, 11:01 pm
  • Miley surrenders three runs against CWS
    Wade Miley turned in a quality start in Tuesday's loss to the White Sox, allowing three runs on six hits over 6 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Brett Lawrie and Melky Cabrera touched up Miley for solo home runs in the first and seventh innings, respectively, to account for the loudest damage on the southpaw's line. He now holds a dreadful 5.36 ERA and 1.44 WHIP over 99 innings. A road date with the Pirates shows next on his schedule. Tuesday, 10:39 pm
  • Velasquez holds Marlins to one run over seven
    Vincent Velasquez yielded a lone run to the Marlins over seven innings of work Tuesday but didn't factor in the decision.

    Advice: Velasquez allowed just three hits while walking four, and Christian Yelich's solo home run was all the Marlins could muster against the right-hander during his seven innings of work. Alas, he didn't earn a win for his efforts, remaining at 8-2 while lowering his ERA to 3.15. Another favorable matchup awaits Velasquez Sunday when the Phillies visit the Pirates. Tuesday, 8:52 pm
  • Arrieta limits Mets to one run over seven
    Jake Arrieta held the Mets to one run over seven innings but settled for a no-decision Tuesday.

    Advice: It's not surprising that a game started by Arrieta and Noah Syndergaard is decided by the bullpens. For his part, Arrieta gave up five hits and a walk while striking out eight. It was certainly closer to the Arrieta we're used to seeing than the guy who gave up 15 runs in 16 1/3 innings heading into the All-Star break. The 30-year-old will look to build on the strong start when he faces the crosstown-rival White Sox on Monday. Tuesday, 7:50 pm
  • Boxberger (oblique) set for rehab game
    Brad Boxberger (oblique) will make another rehab appearance Thursday with High-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Boxberger allowed a solo home run in his rehab debut Monday with Charlotte, but he retried the other three batters he faced and Rays manager Kevin Cash offered a good report on the right-hander Tuesday evening. Boxberger has made just one appearance at the major league level this season due to abdominal and oblique injuries, so the Rays are probably going to ease him back. Tuesday, 4:41 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Rich Hill (hand) questionable for next start
    A's manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday that it's too early to tell whether Rich Hill (blister) is going to be able to take his next turn in the rotation.

    Advice: Hill left his last start Sunday versus the Blue Jays after aggravating a blister on his throwing hand. It's something that has been bothering him since before the All-Star break. Melvin said the A's are trying to avoid placing Hill on the disabled list -- he is one of their top trade chips -- but couldn't offer up any guarantees. Tuesday, 4:29 pm
    L, 7-6 @Tex
  • Report: Tigers could be in on Rich Hill
    Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports said the Tigers have been "calling around on starting pitching."

    Advice: Passan considers them a dark horse to land Rich Hill, who has also drawn interest from the Blue Jays, Dodgers, Marlins, Orioles, Rangers and Red Sox. Hill's trade market should expand once teams feel confident about his health. He had his last start moved back because of a blister and then lasted just five pitches Sunday against Toronto. Aside from his blister issues and a groin injury that sidelined him for all of June, Hill has had a renaissance year for the A's, contributing a stellar 2.25 ERA over 14 appearances. Jul 18, 10:28 am
    L, 7-6 @Tex
  • Rich Hill leaves start with blister issue
    Rich Hill was forced to leave Sunday's start against the Blue Jays due to a recurrence of the blister on his pitching hand.

    Advice: Hill was scratched from Friday's start due to the issue and apparently he was too eager to get back. Hill threw just five pitches before departing. Consider him day-to-day, but his next start looks to be in jeopardy. Jul 17, 1:39 pm
    L, 7-6 @Tex
  • Brad Boxberger (oblique) set for rehab games
    Brad Boxberger (oblique) will begin a rehab assignment at High-A Charlotte on Monday.

    Advice: It's unclear how many rehab appearances Boxberger will need before being activated. He's been limited to just one game this season due to abdominal and oblique injuries and has seen Alex Colome take hold of the Rays' closer job in his absence. Jul 17, 7:25 am
    15-Day DL
  • Daniel Mengden gives up six earned runs
    Daniel Mengden allowed seven runs -- six earned -- in just 3 1/3 innings Friday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Mengden had a 2.81 ERA in four starts last month after being called up to make his major league debut. In July, he's at 10.80 through three starts. He's probably one more bad outing away from a return trip to Triple-A. Jul 15, 10:52 pm
  • Hector Santiago goes seven scoreless in win
    Hector Santiago blanked the White Sox for seven innings in the Angels' 7-0 victory on Friday.

    Advice: Santiago allowed five hits, walked none and struck out seven. He has a 1.39 ERA in three career starts against his former team. It's too bad he hasn't been able to channel that same kind of energy while facing other teams lately. Jul 15, 10:15 pm
  • Verlander strikes out 10 in win over Royals
    Justin Verlander turned in an excellent outing to beat the Royals 4-2 on Friday, striking out 10 while allowing only two runs (one earned) in seven innings.

    Advice: The dominant outing boosts his record to 9-6 with a 3.91 ERA in 124 1/3 innings. He has a 130/35 K/BB ratio. Despite no longer having elite velocity, his 9.41 K/9 is the second-best strikeout rate of his career. Verlander is not a perennial Cy Young contender anymore but he can still help his fantasy owners win. Jul 15, 8:37 pm
  • Hill (blister) to start Sunday vs. Blue Jays
    Rich Hill (blister) is in line to start Sunday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Hill was originally scheduled to start the opener of the second half on Friday, but he came down with a blister and the A's didn't want to take any chances. The southpaw was able to make it through a bullpen session Friday without incident, so he should be good to go moving forward. Jul 15, 3:10 pm
    L, 7-6 @Tex
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