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  • Lugo yields two runs in 5 1/3 frames in win
    Seth Lugo surrendered two runs in 5 1/3 innings as the Mets prevailed 5-2 over the Marlins on Wednesday.

    Advice: He gave up a two-run jack to Martin Prado in the first inning then hung zeroes until being relieved in the sixth inning. He allowed five hits and issued three free passes while striking out just two in the ballgame. His 6.33 strikeouts per nine innings leaves something to be desired but you can't argue with a 2.67 ERA and 5-2 record in 64 innings. Don't expect it to last -- he had a 6.50 ERA in 73 1/3 minor league innings this year. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:29 pm
    W, 5-2 @Mia
     
  • Urena yields five runs in five frames in loss
    Jose Urena was touched up for five runs over five innings in a loss to the Mets on Wednesday.

    Advice: He struck out two, walked two and allowed eight hits -- including a pair of two-run homers. James Loney took him deep in the second inning. The ice-cold Jay Bruce went yard in the fifth. Urena split time this season between the bullpen and the rotation, ending up with a miserable 6.13 ERA and a 4-9 record. He fanned only 58 batters in 83 2/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:26 pm
    L, 5-2 vs NYM
     
  • Familia reaches 50 saves on Wednesday
    Jeurys Familia struck out two in a perfect ninth inning versus the Marlins on Wednesday to notch his 50th save of the season.

    Advice: He is the first pitcher to hit the 50 save mark this season. It is highly doubtful anyone else will get there. He saved 43 games last year. Familia is rocking a cool 2.62 ERA with 80 strikeouts in 75 2/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:25 pm
  • Seung Hwan Oh has renewed groin discomfort
    Seung Hwan Oh said he felt renewed discomfort in his groin in the ninth inning Wednesday.

    Advice: Oh was pulled after trying to field a comebacker off the bat of Jose Peraza in the top of the ninth inning. He spun quickly to throw to first base after picking up the ball and did not look comfortable in that process. This could be the end of the road for the impressive South Korean rookie, assuming the Cardinals can't climb into a National League Wild Card spot and advance to the NLDS. They fell 2-1 to the lowly Reds on Wednesday night in St. Louis. Kevin Siegrist may be called on for save chances over these final four regular-season tilts. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:24 pm
    Day-to-Day
    L, 2-1 vs Cin
     
  • Iglesias earns save as Reds top Cardinals
    Raisel Iglesias picked up his fifth save of the season Wednesday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Iglesias worked two scoreless innings to close out the 2-1 victory at Busch Stadium. He surrendered a leadoff triple to Kolten Wong in the bottom of the ninth but induced two groundouts and a shallow pop-up to stymie that threat. Iglesias has taken over at closer for the Reds with Tony Cingrani hitting some late-season speed bumps. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:17 pm
  • Drew Pomeranz (forearm) to throw pen Thursday
    Drew Pomeranz (forearm) will throw a bullpen session on Thursday.

    Advice: Pomeranz has already been scratched from his scheduled Thursday start against the Yankees due to left forearm soreness and concerns about his overall workload. He has thrown a career-high 169 1/3 innings this season. "We talked about maybe trying to get ready for a spot in the bullpen [for the postseason]," Pomeranz said Wednesday. "I don't know how everything was playing out, but that's what we decided on." Rotoworld.com Today, 5:42 pm
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    L, 5-3 @NYY
     
  • Neftali Feliz (arm) won't pitch again in 2016
    Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said that Neftali Feliz (arm) is almost certainly done for the 2016 season.

    Advice: No surprise here. Feliz was just recently cleared to throw off of flat ground as he continues to rehab from a bout of right arm discomfort. With mere days remaining in the regular season, a return to the major league mound would have been miraculous. The 28-year-old right-hander finishes out the 2016 season holding a 3.52 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 61/21 K/BB ratio over 53 2/3 frames. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:46 pm
    Day-to-Day
    W, 8-4 vs ChC
     
  • Dodgers release right-hander Bud Norris
    Dodgers released RHP Bud Norris.

    Advice: Norris was designated for assignment last week and passed through waivers unclaimed. The 31-year-old right-hander pitched to a rough 5.10 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 102/49 K/BB ratio across 113 innings between the Braves and Dodgers this season. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:56 pm
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    L, 6-5 @SD
     
  • Doug Fister blasted in Astros' loss to M's
    Doug Fister was torched for five earned runs in just 1 1/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: Fister walked one and gave up five hits, including a three-run homer to Robinson Cano in the top of the first inning. The impending free agent right-hander posted an 11.79 ERA across six ugly starts in September and finishes the 2016 season with a record of 12-13. Fister may have to settle for a get-right one-year deal on the open market, though the lack of quality starting pitching options will probably help his case. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:44 pm
    L, 12-4 vs Sea
     
  • Roberto Osuna will be available Wednesday
    Roberto Osuna will be available out of the bullpen in Wednesday's game against the Orioles.

    Advice: Osuna was given a day off on Monday, as he had thrown 38 pitches over the weekend. He returned to action against the O's on Tuesday and allowed two hits in a scoreless inning of work. For the season, he has pitched to a 2.57 ERA with an 81/13 K/BB ratio across 70 innings. Osuna is 35-of-39 in save chances this season. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:23 pm
  • Barnette (oblique) picks up win vs. Brewers
    Tony Barnette (oblique) worked a scoreless sixth inning, earning a win, on Tuesday versus the Brewers.

    Advice: Barnette gave up two singles but also struck out two batters in a clean sixth frame with the Rangers trailing 4-3. They would take the lead about 15 minutes later on a two-run double by Jonathan Lucroy. Barnette has been a terrific offseason find for Texas, boasting a 2.11 ERA in 59 2/3 innings of relief. He spent six years in Japan (2010-2015) reinventing himself after flaming out as a starter in the Diamondbacks' minor league system. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:56 am
  • Paul Clemens handcuffs Dodgers over 5 IP
    Paul Clemens pitched well in Tuesday's win over the Dodgers, surrendering one run on three hits over five innings.

    Advice: Chase Utley burned Clemens for a solo home run in the third inning, but he kept the scoreboard clean otherwise. This was the 28-year-old right-hander's final start of the 2016 season. He finishes out holding a 4.27 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 46/29 K/BB ratio over 65 1/3 innings (16 appearances, 12 starts). Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:46 pm
  • German Marquez schooled for six runs in loss
    German Marquez was hit hard in Tuesday's loss to the Giants, surrendering six runs on 12 hits over 4 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Oh dear. The Giants scored solitary runs off Marquez in the first and third innings before finally busting through for a big frame in the fifth. Among the damage in the frame, back-to-back solo home runs by Buster Posey and Hunter Pence. Prior to Tuesday's meltdown, the 21-year-old right-hander had pitched well enough in his first taste of major league ball, allowing four runs on 10 hits over 10 1/3 innings. He remains a work-in-progress. As currently scheduled, Marquez will have one little sip of October air when he starts against the Brewers in Sunday's regular-season finale. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Jim Johnson nails down 18th save Tuesday
    Jim Johnson had a 1-2-3 inning to record his 18th save of the season Tuesday versus the Phillies.

    Advice: The Braves erased a 6-0 deficit in this one, completing the comeback following a rain delay with two runs in the bottom of the eighth. Johnson then closed things out with ease. The veteran reliever could be helping out a contender right now, but at least he gets to improve his resume as he enters free agency. Johnson boasts a 2.92 ERA and is striking out over a batter per inning for the first time in his career. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Ryan Vogelsong roughed up by Cubs
    Ryan Vogelsong was touched up for four runs while walking five batters over five innings in Tuesday's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: The five free passes were a season-high for the struggling right-hander. Over his last six starts, Vogelsong has yet to go more than five innings and has allowed at least four runs in five of six outings. Vogelsong's turn comes up Sunday in St. Louis, but the Pirates might give that start to someone else. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:28 pm
    W, 8-4 vs ChC
     
  • Luis Cessa holds Red Sox in check Tuesday
    Luis Cessa limited the Red Sox to two runs over six innings Tuesday, taking a no-decision in a 6-4 victory.

    Advice: Cessa recorded just two strikeouts, but he easily out-pitched David Price in this one, permitting only five hits and one walk on the night. He departed the game in line for his fifth win but saw it slip away when the bullpen coughed up a pair of runs in the seventh. The Yanks then went back ahead in the bottom of the frame. Cessa hasn't gotten many swings and misses, but he's thrown strikes consistently and has been pretty steady for the Bombers. He'll get the Orioles on Sunday in his final start of the season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:17 pm
    Player Note
    Luis Cessa NYY - SP,RP
    W, 5-3 vs Bos
     
  • Tyler Clippard nets shaky save Tuesday
    Tyler Clippard yielded a hit and a walk but hung on to record a save Tuesday versus the Red Sox.

    Advice: Dellin Betances has struggled of late and had pitched the last two days, so the Yankees turned to Clippard to protect a two-run lead. He yielded a out-out double to Andrew Benintendi and then walked Dustin Pedroia to bring the go-ahead run to the plate. However, Clippard then buckled down and got Xander Bogaerts to pop out and David Ortiz to strike out to end it. He's pitched well since joining the Yanks with a 2.66 ERA and a strikeout per inning. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:06 pm
  • Mike Clevinger roughed up by Tigers
    Mike Clevinger coughed up five runs over just two innings of work in a loss to the Tigers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Detroit didn't have any trouble squaring up Clevinger in this one, knocking him out with seven hits -- including a home run -- and a couple walks to go along with five runs. The rookie had been pitching well of late and still has a shot to make a start for the Tribe in the ALDS. He'll have a final tune-up Sunday in Kansas City. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:43 pm
  • Aaron Sanchez strikes out 10, moves to 14-2
    Aaron Sanchez struck out 10 batters while spinning six innings of one-run ball in Tuesday's 5-1 victory over the Orioles.

    Advice: It was an intriguing pitching matchup with Sanchez and Kevin Gausman going up against two good offenses, but Sanchez easily bested his counterpart in this one. The righty walked three but permitted only five hits to go along with his 10 punchouts. He's posted quality starts in four of his last five tries and has yielded just one run in each of his last two outings, as Sanchez doesn't appear to be tiring down the stretch. He'll face the Red Sox Sunday to finish out the regular season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:32 pm
    L, 3-2 vs Bal
     
  • Mark Melancon nets 44th save Tuesday
    Mark Melancon tossed a perfect ninth inning to notch his 44th save of the season in Tuesday's win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Called upon to protect a two-run lead, Melancon had a stress-free ninth with a couple groundouts and a strikeout. The veteran closer has nailed down 44-of-48 save opportunities this season, including 14-of-15 since joining the Nationals. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:01 pm
  • Steven Wright (shoulder) throws 'pen session
    Steven Wright (shoulder) threw a light bullpen session on Tuesday in Fort Myers, Florida.

    Advice: He's scheduled for a more intense mound workout on Friday at Fenway Park. Wright can be ruled out for the remainder of the 2016 regular season, but he could be an option for the Red Sox in some capacity during the playoffs. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:09 pm
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    L, 5-3 @NYY
     
  • Pomeranz (arm) won't start Thursday at NYY
    Drew Pomeranz has been scratched from his scheduled start Thursday against the Yankees due to soreness in his left forearm and concerns about his overall workload.

    Advice: Henry Owens will take the mound instead at Yankee Stadium. According to the Red Sox, if Pomeranz pitches again this season it will be out of the bullpen. The southpaw holds a 3.35 ERA in a career-high 169 1/3 frames this year. He is eligible for salary arbitration this winter after earning $1.35 million in 2016. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:01 pm
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    L, 5-3 @NYY
     
  • Blue Jays add Chris Smith to MLB bullpen
    Blue Jays purchased the contract of RHP Chris Smith from Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: Smith will give the Jays some additional bullpen depth with Joaquin Benoit likely to miss the remainder of the season with a torn calf muscle. Smith, 28, had a cool 1.93 ERA and 81/22 K/BB ratio in 60 2/3 innings this season between Double-A and Triple-A. This will be his first taste of the majors. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:50 pm
    L, 3-2 vs Bal
     
  • Dillon Gee (lungs, shoulder) done for year
    Dillon Gee has been shut down for the season due to blood clots in his lung and shoulder.

    Advice: Gee experienced shortness of breath following an appearance Sunday in Detroit and had to be hospitalized overnight. He's feeling better now, but the Royals are going to play it safe with the 30-year-old right-hander for obvious reasons. Gee finishes 2016 with a 4.68 ERA in 14 starts and 19 relief appearances. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:25 pm
    Player Note
    Dillon Gee KC - SP,RP
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    W, 5-2 vs Min
     
  • Joaquin Benoit diagnosed with a tear in calf
    Joaquin Benoit has been diagnosed with a torn muscle in his calf.

    Advice: He won't pitch again in the regular season, but it sounds like the veteran reliever could be an option at some point in October if the Blue Jays are able to make a deep postseason run. Benoit suffered the injury during Monday's benches-clearing fracas with the Yankees. He had registered a fantastic 0.38 ERA in 23 2/3 innings with Toronto. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:22 pm
    Day-to-Day
    L, 3-2 vs Bal
     
  • Edwin Diaz takes third blown save
    Edwin Diaz blew his second save in a week Monday after giving up two runs in the ninth against the Astros.

    Advice: On the plus side, the Mariners went on to win both of those blown saves. Those are also the only two times in ten appearances this month that he's been scored upon. Overall, Diaz is 17-for-20 saving games. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:31 pm
    Player Note
    Edwin Díaz Sea - SP,RP
    W, 12-4 @Hou
     
  • Benoit (calf) left clubhouse on crutches
    Joaquin Benoit (calf) was seen leaving the clubhouse on crutches.

    Advice: That doesn't sound good. Benoit reportedly injured his calf in the scrum during Monday's benches-clearing brawl. While no official diagnosis has been announced, it sounds like it's potentially serious. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:14 pm
    Day-to-Day
    L, 3-2 vs Bal
     
  • Benoit injures calf during brawl
    Joaquin Benoit injured his calf during Monday's benches-clearing brawl with the Yankees.

    Advice: Mae notes that it could be similar to the calf injury Brett Cecil suffered during the playoffs last year. Obviously that would be a tough blow ahead of the postseason, but we should know more about his status soon. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:52 pm
    Day-to-Day
    L, 3-2 vs Bal
     
  • Benoit needed help getting off field
    Joaquin Benoit needed help getting off the field following Monday's benches-clearing brawl with the Yankees.

    Advice: Uh oh. It's unclear what caused the injury, but Benoit was seen limping off the field. It would be a big loss for the Blue Jays, as Benoit owns a 0.38 ERA over 25 appearances since coming over to the Blue Jays in July. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:36 pm
    Day-to-Day
    L, 3-2 vs Bal
     
  • Barnette (oblique) not available Monday
    Tony Barnette (oblique) is not available for Monday's game.

    Advice: Barnette hasn't appeared in a game since September 4 due to an oblique strain, but he made it through a live batting practice session on Saturday with no issues. The Rangers will give him an extra day of rest before potentially using him in Tuesday's game. Barnette owns a 2.15 ERA and 47/15 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings this season. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:29 pm
  • Osuna, Benoit expected to get night off Mon.
    Roberto Osuna and Joaquin Benoit are expected to get the day off Monday.

    Advice: Osuna has thrown 38 pitches over the past two days (including his blown save on Sunday) while Benoit threw 24 pitches on Sunday. Jason Grilli would likely get a save chance if needed Monday versus the Yankees. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:44 pm
  • Melancon tallies 43rd save versus former club
    Mark Melancon earned his 43rd save of the season Sunday in the Nationals' 10-7 defeat of the Pirates.

    Advice: A nice bounceback outing from the veteran closer, who blew a save against his former team on Friday night. He worked a 1-2-3 inning Sunday on just 12 pitches, striking out one. Melancon has a 1.76 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, and 61/12 K/BB ratio in 66 1/3 innings this season, and now 13 saves as a member of the Nationals. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:52 pm
  • Iglesias earns save as Reds top Brewers
    Raisel Iglesias struck out all three batters he faced Sunday to earn his fourth save.

    Advice: Iglesias needed just 15 total pitches to carve up Chris Carter, Hernan Perez, and Orlando Arcia. The right-hander has now earned the Reds' last two saves with Tony Cingrani hitting a rough patch. Iglesias carries sneaky fantasy value into the final week. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:30 pm
  • Edwin Diaz earns 17th save, M's defeat Twins
    Edwin Diaz tallied his 17th save Sunday in the Mariners' defeat of the Twins.

    Advice: Diaz struck out one in a scoreless 1-2-3 ninth to preserve the Mariners' one-run lead. It was a reassuring outing from the hard-throwing 22-year-old right-hander, who blew a save Wednesday when he surrendered a game-tying solo home run to Jose Bautista. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:20 pm
    Player Note
    Edwin Díaz Sea - SP,RP
    W, 12-4 @Hou
     
  • Roberto Osuna blows save, gets win
    Roberto Osuna blew a save but picked up a win Sunday, allowing two runs in his inning of work against the Yankees.

    Advice: Osuna was tasked with protecting a one-run lead in the top of the ninth but coughed it up on a one-out RBI single from Mason Williams and a sac fly from Ronald Torreyes. However, the Blue Jays then rallied with two runs over their own in the bottom of the frame to make Osuna a winner. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:45 pm
  • Wright (shoulder) scratched from pen session
    Steven Wright (shoulder) isn't ready to throw a bullpen session.

    Advice: Wright was scheduled to throw a pen session on Sunday but the team realized he wasn't ready. He'll continue with his throwing program but the odds of Wright making it back by the end of the regular season are incredibly slim. Boston could stash him on the postseason roster but even that seems overly optimistic. Frankly, the Red Sox don't need him. Wright was Boston's best pitcher in the first half but David Price and Clay Buchholz have been lights out since the All-Star break while Rick Porcello has emerged as a leading contender for the AL Cy Young Award. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 1:39 pm
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    L, 5-3 @NYY
     
  • Melancon blows save Friday vs. Pirates
    Facing his former team for the first time since the July's trade, Mark Melancon blew a save Friday against the Pirates.

    Advice: It was his first blown save with the Nationals and of course it came against his former team. Melancon gave up the tying run on a double from Sean Rodriguez with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. He bounced back with a scoreless 10th inning, but the Pirates eventually won the game in the 11th. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:34 pm
  • Fister goes five innings in no-decision
    Doug Fister gave up two runs over five innings a no-decision against the Angels on Friday.

    Advice: Both runs scored in the second inning. Fister managed to finish five innings for just the third time in his last eight starts. The control has gotten worse and he has an ugly 7.36 ERA over his last nine starts, so there’s little fantasy appeal here. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:07 pm
    L, 12-4 vs Sea
     
  • Pomeranz gives up one run in win over Rays
    Drew Pomeranz limited the Rays to one run over five innings in a 2-1 victory on Friday.

    Advice: The only run scored on a Mikie Mahtook homer in the second inning. Pomeranz has now allowed 14 homers in just 67 1/3 innings with the Red Sox. Still, Friday was a step forward for him. He gave up four hits without walking a batter and struck out four. There’s some concern over his career-high workload this season, so it’s unclear when he’ll start next. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:13 pm
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    L, 5-3 @NYY
     
  • Aaron Sanchez to pitch every fifth day
    Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Thursday that Aaron Sanchez will pitch every fifth day for as long as the club is still playing.

    Advice: The Jays have done their best to space out Sanchez's starts in the second half after reversing course and deciding he'd remain in the rotation rather than be sent to the bullpen. However, he'll now remain on turn the rest of the way as the Jays fight to secure a playoff spot. It's worth noting that team president Mark Shapiro has indicated previously there's an innings threshold Sanchez wouldn't go past, although he didn't say what it was. The right-hander is currently at 179 innings for the season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:03 am
    L, 3-2 vs Bal
     
  • Steven Wright (shoulder) to throw off mound
    Steven Wright (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session Sunday.

    Advice: Wright first injured his shoulder back on August 7 during a pinch-running appearance. Red Sox manager John Farrell conceded that if the knuckleballer made it back this season, it would likely be in a relief role. "Just off the top of your head, you’d say yeah, just because of the number of pitches he might be capable of," Farrell said. "But the biggest thing we’ve got to determine is if he’s ready for that next step of intensity." Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:49 am
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    L, 5-3 @NYY
     
  • Lugo yields three runs over five versus Phils
    Seth Lugo allowed three runs over five innings in a no-decision Thursday against the Phillies.

    Advice: Lugo was cruising along until Ryan Howard and Cameron Rupp hit back-to-back solo homers in the fifth inning to complicate his night. He gave up four hits and walked two in all, striking out four before exiting. Even with the relatively pedestrian performance, Lugo holds a 2.61 ERA and 1.06 WHIP through Thursday's start. The 26-year-old will square off with the Marlins next on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:41 pm
    W, 5-2 @Mia
     
  • Clevinger allows two runs over five versus KC
    Mike Clevinger allowed two runs over five innings against the Royals on Thursday.

    Advice: A two-run home run by Alcides Escobar was the only damage against Clevinger on the evening. He was otherwise solid, allowing just four hits and two walks in all. The 25-year-old will carry a 4.65 ERA into Tuesday's start against the Tigers. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:18 pm
  • Vogelsong allows two runs over four innings
    Ryan Vogelsong surrendered two runs on two hits over four innings in Thursday's loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: Vogelsong struck out seven and walked two on the evening. A two-run home run by Scooter Gennett spelled the entirety of the scoring damage. As currently scheduled, the veteran right-hander will make starts against the Cubs and the Cardinals before the regular season closes out. Over 72 1/3 innings, Vogelsong has pitched to a 4.85 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 55/32 K/BB ratio. A facial fracture cost him a large chunk of the season. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:04 pm
    W, 8-4 vs ChC
     
  • Urena yanked after three innings vs. Braves
    Jose Urena lasted just three innings Thursday, allowing five runs in a loss to the Braves.

    Advice: A Matt Kemp two-run homer was among the bigger blows, but Urena gave up just four hits and a walk in total. It was the second straight start in which he's exited before seeing the fourth inning, and Urena now owns a 5.95 ERA and 1.40 WHIP through 78 2/3 innings of work. The Mets will get their shot at Urena when the two clubs meet early next week. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:46 pm
    L, 5-2 vs NYM
     
  • Cessa keep Rays to two runs over six innings
    Luis Cessa held the Rays to two runs over six innings but took the loss in Thursday's game.

    Advice: Cessa gave up six hits, including a solo homer to Corey Dickerson, and walked two while fanning six in the contest. The loss was his third in a row, and the longball has been an issue for Cessa in his seven starts, but he's actually been better as a starter than he has as a reliever this year. The 24-year-old will carry a 4.30 ERA and 1.14 WHIP into Tuesday's start against the rival Red Sox. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:17 pm
    Player Note
    Luis Cessa NYY - SP,RP
    W, 5-3 vs Bos
     
  • Johnson earns shaky save vs Mets on Wed.
    Jim Johnson earned the save in a 4-3 victory over the Mets on Wednesday but needed an outfielder to leap over the wall and pull back a home run to avoid a loss.

    Advice: Johnson allowed a leadoff single to Brandon Nimmo before striking out Jay Bruce. He then walked Travis d'Arnaud to put the winning run aboard. Johnson got Asdrubal Cabrera to fly out to bring Yoenis Cespedes to the plate. Cespedes launched a deep drive to right-center field but Ender Inciarte scaled the wall to prevent the home run and end the game. Johnson now has 17 saves and a 2.97 ERA in 60 2/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:58 pm
  • Steven Wright (shoulder) throws from 120 feet
    Steven Wright (shoulder) threw from 120 feet out on Wednesday.

    Advice: Wright is starting into a throwing program in Fort Myers, Florida. He has been sidelined since August 31 due to a bout of right shoulder bursitis and his status for the remainder of the season and postseason remains up in the air. Boston manager John Farrell would not commit to when the knuckleballer will begin to throw off the mound, though there's talk of it happening this weekend as the Red Sox are visiting the Rays in Tampa Bay. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:03 pm
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    L, 5-3 @NYY
     
  • Diaz surrenders Bautista homer to blow save
    Edwin Diaz blew his second save of the season when he surrendered a game-tying solo home run to Jose Baustia in the ninth inning of Wednesday's 2-1, 12-inning win over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Diaz came on with two outs in the eighth inning as the M's looked to hang for a 1-0 victory. He fanned Josh Donaldson to close out that frame, then opened the ninth by striking out Edwin Encarnacion. No such luck next batter. Jose Bautista would make contact -- and then some -- with an epic game-tying shot. Diaz rebounded to record the final two outs in the ninth without issue and Seattle went on to win the game on a Robinson Cano sacrifice fly in the 12th inning. For the season, the flame-throwing 22-year-old Diaz has pitched to a 2.33 ERA and 80/15 K/BB ratio over 46 1/3 innings. He is now 16-for-18 in save chances. That ninth-inning run surrendered on Wednesday was the first run he has allowed since August 30. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:46 pm
    Player Note
    Edwin Díaz Sea - SP,RP
    W, 12-4 @Hou
     
  • Sanchez limits Mariners to one run over six
    Aaron Sanchez pitched well in Wednesday's no-decision against the Mariners, surrendering one run on four hits over six innings.

    Advice: Sanchez struck out five and walked three on the afternoon. The only run to score over his six innings of work came home courtesy of an RBI single by Nori Aoki in the third inning. The score would remain 1-0 until the ninth, when Jose Bautista took Sanchez off the hook with a game-tying solo homer. For the season, Sanchez now holds a 3.12 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 145/58 K/BB ratio over 179 innings. He will do battle with the Orioles next time he toes the rubber. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:13 pm
    L, 3-2 vs Bal
     
  • Neftali Feliz (arm) cleared for flat ground
    Neftali Feliz (arm) has been cleared to throw off of flat ground.

    Advice: Feliz sought a second opinion from Dr. James Bradley and has now received the green light for flat ground work. Right arm discomfort pushed him to the sidelines in early September. There is still no timetable for his return. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:43 pm
    Day-to-Day
    W, 8-4 vs ChC
     
  • German Marquez goes five strong vs. STL
    German Marquez tossed five innings of one-run ball Wednesday in a win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Marquez was handed a big early lead and was able to run with it, yielding just four hits and a walk while striking out three. It was the first-ever major league start for the 21-year-old right-hander, who could be a big part of the Rockies' future. If he stays on turn, Marquez will get the Giants at AT&T Park next. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:11 pm
  • Vogelsong to remain in Pirates rotation
    Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Tuesday that Ryan Vogelsong will remain in the starting rotation.

    Advice: Vogelsong has a 10.19 ERA over his last four starts and he got hammered for six runs -- four earned -- over 4 2/3 innings last Friday by the last-place Reds. But the 75-75 Pirates really don't have anything to lose. "An opportunity to go back out there and get something done," Hurdle said. "We’re probably banking on his experience as well in a rotation that’s very young right now." Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:19 am
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  • Clemens pitches well outside of home run
    Paul Clemens kept the Diamondbacks at bay in Tuesday's win, yielding two runs (none earned) on three hits over 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Clemens couldn't quite manage a quality start, but it was a nice start nonetheless. Paul Goldschmidt burned him for a two-run home run in the sixth inning for his lone spot of trouble. The 28-year-old right-hander will carry a 4.48 ERA and 1.56 WHIP into a home start against the Dodgers next time he toes the rubber. As currently scheduled, that would be his last start of the 2016 campaign. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:25 pm
  • Jim Johnson records 16th save Tuesday
    Jim Johnson pitched around a two-out single to record his 16th save of the season in Tuesday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: Johnson yielded a two-out single to Asdrubal Cabrera to bring Yoenis Cespedes to the plate as the winning run, but he got the slugger swinging at a two-strike curveball to end it. The veteran reliever has had a nice bounce-back season with a 3.02 ERA and 62/19 K/BB ratio over 59 2/3 frames. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:34 pm
  • Dodgers DFA right-hander Bud Norris
    Dodgers designated RHP Bud Norris for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a 40-man roster spot for Alex Wood, who was activated off the 60-day disabled list Tuesday and will work out of the Dodgers' bullpen down the stretch. Norris had a 5.10 ERA through 19 starts and 16 relief appearances this season with Los Angeles. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:22 pm
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  • Pomeranz on track to make next start
    Drew Pomeranz is on track to make his next scheduled start Friday against the Rays.

    Advice: Red Sox manager John Farrell acknowledged that the team is trying to determine if Pomeranz's workload has impacted his command, but they aren't ready to make a change yet. The southpaw has allowed nine runs in 5 2/3 innings over his last two starts. He's logged a career-high 164 1/3 innings this year. Rotoworld.com Sep 19, 2:35 pm
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  • Wright (shoulder) resumes throwing
    Steven Wright (shoulder) has resumed a throwing program in Fort Myers, Florida.

    Advice: Wright hasn't pitched since August 31 due to right shoulder bursitis. The Red Sox hope to get a look at him throwing off a mound when the club travels to play the Rays this weekend, but he's obviously running out of time to contribute. Rotoworld.com Sep 19, 2:26 pm
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  • Vogelsong could be dumped from rotation
    Pirates GM Neal Huntington hinted Sunday that Ryan Vogelsong could be removed from the rotation.

    Advice: Vogelsong was lit up for six runs -- four earned -- over 4 2/3 innings Friday night by the last-place Reds and holds a brutal 10.19 ERA over his last four outings. "It certainly is a valid question, as to who gives us the best chance to win the next time or two times from now when his rotation spot comes up," said Huntington. "Ryan feels there’s a mechanical adjustment that he can and will make moving forward. It’s hard to walk away from his first stretch of starts for us." Rotoworld.com Sep 19, 7:53 am
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  • Drew Pomeranz knocked around in no-decision
    Drew Pomeranz was knocked around in Sunday's no-decision against the Yankees, surrendering four runs on seven hits in only 3 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Pomeranz struck out three while walking two on the evening. He departed after surrendering a pair of runs in the fourth inning and with his club trailing 4-0, but the Red Sox offense was able to take him off the hook, while the Red Sox bullpen spun 5 1/3 innings of shutout baseball the rest of the way. He'll look to turn his season around when he squares off against the Rays in Tampa Bay on Friday. Rotoworld.com Sep 18, 8:48 pm
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  • Oh earns 18th save as Cardinals top Giants
    Seung Hwan Oh earned his 18th save Sunday as the Cardinals defeated the Giants.

    Advice: He struck out Brandon Belt in a 1-2-3 ninth inning to ice a big 3-0 victory for the visiting Redbirds, who are now just one game back of the Giants for the second National League Wild Card spot. Oh missed some time this month with a groin injury, but he seems to be back on track now. The South Korean right-hander has a brilliant 1.79 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and 98/18 K/BB ratio in his first 75 1/3 major league innings. Rotoworld.com Sep 18, 4:01 pm
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  • Doug Fister obliterated in loss to Mariners
    Doug Fister was obliterated in Sunday's loss to the Mariners, surrendering seven runs on eight hits over his 3 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Fister walked two and struck out three on the forgettable afternoon. Seth Smith single-handedly inflicted most of the pain against him, blasting a solo homer in the third inning and adding a three-run blast in the fourth. Fister will look to improve upon his 4.45 ERA and 1.41 WHIP when he takes on the Angels at home on Friday. Rotoworld.com Sep 18, 3:46 pm
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  • Lugo holds Twins to one run over five innings
    Seth Lugo allowed a lone run over five innings in a no-decision Saturday against the Twins.

    Advice: Lugo gave up four hits, including a solo home run, and walked four, but he managed to limit the damage in his five innings of work. He's now allowed two runs or fewer in each of his last five starts. The 26-year-old has been a godsend for the banged-up Mets, posting a 2.35 ERA over 53 2/3 innings, and he'll need to continue to be sharp given the recent news about Jacob deGrom. Lugo's next outing will come Thursday against the Phillies. Rotoworld.com Sep 17, 9:39 pm
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  • Oh earns win with two scoreless innings Sat.
    Seung Hwan Oh turned in two scoreless innings and was credited with a win as the Cardinals rallied in the ninth inning to beat the Giants on Saturday.

    Advice: He allowed a pair of singles with two outs in the ninth inning but was able to slam the door. It was his fifth win of the season. He has 97 strikeouts in 74 1/3 innings so it was a bit surprising he didn't fan anyone in two innings tonight. This was Oh's first action in more than a week due to a sore groin. He has a 1.82 ERA and is very likely to hold onto the closer's role even though Trevor Rosenthal is back from the disabled list. Rotoworld.com Sep 17, 9:38 pm
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