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  • Shoemaker holds Padres scoreless over 7 IP
    Matt Shoemaker hurled seven scoreless innings but got a no-decision as the Angels lost 4-0 in 10 innings on Tuesday.

    Advice: Shoemaker was locked in a pitcher's duel with opposing starter Odrisamer Despaigne. The right-hander allowed only four hits -- all singles -- along with a walk and six strikeouts. He's had a forgettable 2015 campaign, carrying a 5.44 ERA with a 1.17 WHIP and a 48/10 K/BB ratio in 51 1/3 innings, but he has plenty of time to turn things around. He has allowed 13 home runs, a rate of more than two per nine innings, which is not something he is likely to sustain over the long haul. Shoemaker will take on the Tigers in a home start next.
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  • Despaigne blanks Angels over six innings
    Odrisamer Despaigne held the Angels scoreless over six innings of work but got a no-decision as the Padres won in 10 innings on Tuesday.

    Advice: Despaigne scattered five hits -- all singles -- without issuing a walk and striking out five. The Angels only had a runner reach scoring position three times and they, obviously, failed each time. Despaigne's most recent two starts have been much better than his first two starts after rejoining the rotation in early May but he still carries a lackluster 5.23 ERA with a 1.31 WHIP and a 21/11 K/BB ratio in 41 1/3 innings. Despaigne matches up against the Pirates at home in his next start.
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  • Pelfrey goes seven solid innings to top BoSox
    Mike Pelfrey allowed just one run over seven innings of work Tuesday, helping the Twins to squeak by the Red Sox 2-1.

    Advice: Pelfrey allowed a second inning RBI single by Mike Napoli, but he was otherwise stellar in the outing. The right-hander yielded just five hits and a walk in total, striking out four. The win ran his record to 4-1, and Pelfrey owns a 2.77 ERA and 1.25 WHIP through nine starts. He'll have a shot at duplicating his success when the two clubs square off again Monday at Fenway Park.
    50 minutes ago
  • Chavez takes a tough luck loss, falls to 1-5
    Jesse Chavez wasn't provided any run support, taking the loss despite holding the Tigers to an unearned run over eight innings.

    Advice: Chavez allowed a first-inning run on a Rajai Davis sacrifice fly and it turned out to be the game-deciding run as the A's fell 1-0. Chavez gave up only five hits and a pair of walks while striking out four. The right-hander is 1-5 since entering the Athletics' rotation in late April, but has a 2.80 ERA with a 36/14 K/BB ratio in 45 innings as a starter. Chavez will try to get back in the win column over the weekend at home against the Yankees.
    53 minutes ago
  • Price blanks Athletics over 7 frames in a win
    David Price fired seven innings of scoreless baseball en route to a win on Tuesday against the Athletics.

    Advice: Price scattered five hits -- four of which were singles -- and a walk while striking out three on the night. The Tigers' offense had opportunities to provide him more run support, but they were caught stealing in three of four attempts. Luckily, the one run was good enough to net Price the win. He's 4-1 now with a 2.97 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP, and a 57/14 K/BB ratio in 66 2/3 innings. Price finishes off a road trip against the Angels in his next start.
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  • Teheran hit hard, gives up 8 runs to Dodgers
    Julio Teheran was bruised badly by the Dodgers, allowing eight runs in 4 1/3 innings as the Braves were shut out 8-0 on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Dodgers peppered right field with hits in a six-run fourth inning. Adrian Gonzalez tacked on two more with an opposite-field home run in the fifth. Teheran allowed 10 hits in total with three walks and one strikeout. It appeared the right-hander was figuring things out as three of his previous four May starts had gone well, but Tuesday's outing brings his ERA back up to 4.91 with a 1.56 WHIP and a 48/22 K/BB ratio in 55 innings. Teheran will vie for redemption in San Francisco against the Giants.
    Today, 9:57 pm
  • Buchholz allows two runs in loss to Twins
    Clay Buchholz allowed two runs over 7 1/3 innings in a loss to the Twins on Tuesday.

    Advice: Buchholz allowed back-to-back RBI doubles in the first inning, but he settled down to keep the Twins off the scoreboard for the rest of his time. Buchholz finished with seven hits and a walk while striking out four. The loss dropped him to 2-6, but Buchholz actually lowered his ERA to 4.33 in the start. He'll try to get back in the win column Sunday at the Rangers.
    Today, 9:52 pm
  • Kershaw goes seven scoreless to beat Braves
    Clayton Kershaw tossed seven scoreless innings to pick up the win on Tuesday versus the Braves.

    Advice: As strange as it sounds, Tuesday's outing was Kershaw's first in which he held the opposition scoreless. Kershaw scattered only four hits while striking out 10 and issuing no walks. He entered the game with a .347 BABIP and a 4.32 ERA, suggesting some of his struggles may just be bad luck. Kershaw's ERA is down to 3.86 with a 1.16 WHIP and an 83/16 K/BB ratio over 65 1/3 innings. The lefty goes up against the Rockies at Coors Field in his next start.
    Today, 9:50 pm
  • Garza gives up five runs in loss to Giants
    Matt Garza allowed five runs on eight hits over five innings in a loss to the Giants on Tuesday.

    Advice: Garza allowed two home runs among his eight hits, giving up runs in three of his five innings of work. He also walked three, but on the bright side, he struck out seven in the start. Garza is still winless in May, and the loss dropped him to 2-7 with a 6.00 ERA and 1.58 WHIP. Garza will look to start off June on the right foot when he takes on the Cardinals on Monday.
    Today, 9:19 pm
  • Bumgarner holds Brewers to three runs in win
    Madison Bumgarner held the Brewers to three runs over six innings in a win on Tuesday.

    Advice: Bumgarner allowed just four hits and two walks, but a couple big hits did most of the damage against the southpaw. He was still good enough to get the win, improving to 6-2 with a 3.00 ERA and 1.13 WHIP. Bumgarner will look to stay on a roll Sunday against the Braves.
    Today, 9:18 pm
  • Colome allows two runs against Mariners
    Alex Colome gave up two runs over 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Mariners on Tuesday.

    Advice: Things got off to a rocky start for Colome, as four of the first five hitters singled to produce two runs in the top of the first inning. Colome settled down to allow just one more hit and one more walk over the next 4 1/3 innings. He was unable to improve his 3-1 record but he did lower his ERA to 4.55. The right-hander will next take on the Angels on Monday.
    Today, 8:32 pm
  • Happ earns quality start in ND versus Rays
    J.A. Happ registered a quality start but didn't factor in the decision Tuesday, allowing three runs over six innings against the Rays.

    Advice: Happ gave up seven hits and a walk in the outing. He struck out three in the game. The southpaw hasn't won since May 9, but he still hasn't lost since April 17. Happ remains 3-1 with a 3.71 ERA and 1.22 WHIP. He'll try to get his next win Sunday against the Indians.
    Today, 8:32 pm
  • deGrom pitches into the 8th in a no-decision
    Jacob deGrom pitched well on Tuesday, yielding two runs in 7 1/3 innings, but got a no-decision as the Mets needed 10 innings to pull out a 5-4 win against the Phillies on Tuesday.

    Advice: DeGrom was pitching a shutout, but the Phillies keyed back-to-back one-out singles against him in the eighth inning to chase him from the game. Reliever Hansel Robles came in and allowed both of deGrom's runners to score and was on the hook for two more as the Mets fell behind 4-3. DeGrom allowed only six hits without issuing a walk and striking out nine. He owns a terrific 2.71 ERA with a 1.08 WHIP and a 63/13 K/BB ratio in 63 innings. A road start with the Padres awaits him.
    Today, 7:45 pm
  • Tillman falters late, takes loss vs. Astros
    Chris Tillman allowed only two runs in seven innings but got the loss on Tuesday against the Astros.

    Advice: Tillman blanked the Astros through six frames, but in the seventh, he allowed a leadoff double to Evan Gattis and back-to-back, two-out run-scoring hits to Chris Carter and Jason Castro. He gave up only five hits overall while walking three and striking out five. Tillman will bring a 5.59 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, and a 34/25 K/BB ratio over 48 1/3 innings into a home start against the Rays next.
    Today, 7:32 pm
  • Feldman delivers six solid innings for a win
    Scott Feldman gave up only one run in six innings to get the win Tuesday facing the Orioles.

    Advice: Feldman was in line for the loss after giving up a sixth-inning sacrifice fly to Chris Davis, but the Astros rallied in the seventh to take the lead. The right-hander gave up five hits, walked three, and struck out two in what was his best outing since April 8. Feldman owns an uninspiring 4.80 ERA with a 1.37 WHIP and a 37/14 K/BB ratio in 60 innings. He'll match up with the Orioles again in his next start, but he'll have home-field advantage.
    Today, 7:24 pm
  • Vargas allows an early homer, takes the loss
    Jason Vargas went only four innings, allowing two runs, in a loss to the Yankees on Tuesday.

    Advice: Both runs came in the first inning on a Mark Teixeira home run. He allowed four hits and a walk while striking out six. Vargas needed 76 pitches to get through four innings and did not take the mound in the fifth. The Royals were just being a bit cautious as Vargas hadn't pitched since May 5 due to a flexor strain in his left elbow. He'll take a 5.16 ERA, a 1.45 WHIP, and a 20/11 K/BB ratio in 29 2/3 innings into a start at Wrigley Field against the Cubs.
    Today, 6:50 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 5-1 ^ @NYY
  • Samuel Deduno (back) set for rehab assignment
    Samuel Deduno (back) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Oklahoma City on Friday.

    Advice: He was cleared for game work after getting through another bullpen session Tuesday with no issues. Deduno should be ready for activation sometime next week.
    Today, 6:28 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-1 @Bal
  • Kelly (elbow) to make first start of season
    Casey Kelly (elbow) will make his first start of the season for Double-A San Antonio on Thursday.

    Advice: It will be just his fifth start since he had Tommy John surgery in 2013, as Kelly has battled elbow issues during his recovery. He's posted a 3.79 ERA over 14 relief appearances in the minors this season as the Padres attempt to ease him back into things. Injuries have posed a major roadblock for the former top prospect, but he's still just 25.
    Today, 5:32 pm
    Not Active
    W, 4-0 @LAA
  • Brett Anderson's back feeling fine
    Brett Anderson's back felt fine on Tuesday.

    Advice: Anderson dealt with stiffness in his back during Monday's start. He remained in the game, though, and will be ready to go this weekend against the Cardinals.
    Today, 4:27 pm
  • Oberholtzer (blister) to begin rehab Wed.
    Brett Oberholtzer (blister) is set to begin a rehab assignment Wednesday with Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: The left-hander has been on the disabled list since May 14 with a blister on his pitching hand and might be in the minors for a while because of how well prospect Lance McCullers has pitched in his absence. Oberholtzer allowed a run on five hits over three innings in his one start with the Astros.
    Today, 2:53 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-1 @Bal
  • Cain (elbow) faced live hitters on Tuesday
    Matt Cain threw to hitters Tuesday for the first time since suffering a flexor strain in his right arm.

    Advice: Cain tossed 25 pitches to a group of Giants batters and reported no issues after the simulated appearance. He still has a long road ahead, but this is obviously a big step for the rehabbing right-hander. Look for Cain to make his 2015 debut sometime in July.
    Today, 2:24 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 6-3 @Mil
  • De La Rosa (hand) expects to start Saturday
    Jorge De La Rosa (hand) expects to take his next turn in the Rockies' rotation on Saturday.

    Advice: De La Rosa had to be scratched Tuesday in Cincinnati with a cut on his pitching hand, but it's no big deal. Chris Rusin is filling in against the Reds and then De La Rosa will be back at it Saturday in Philadelphia.
    Today, 1:32 pm
  • Harvey (arm) throws successful 'pen session
    Matt Harvey (arm) threw a bullpen session Tuesday.

    Advice: And the reports were good. Mets manager Terry Collins suggested Sunday that the ace right-hander is going through a period of "dead arm," but that's a pretty common thing for pitchers. Harvey, who allowed seven runs in four innings Saturday in the Mets' loss to the Pirates, is a pretty good bet to bounce back Friday versus the Marlins.
    Today, 1:28 pm
  • Deduno (back) throws another 'pen session
    Samuel Deduno (back) threw another successful bullpen session on Tuesday afternoon.

    Advice: Deduno should soon be cleared for simulated action. He's been out since May 18 with a lower back strain and will be used in a long relief role when he returns to the Twins.
    Today, 1:25 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-1 @Bal
  • Montero (shoulder) played catch Tuesday
    Rafael Montero (shoulder) played catch Tuesday and plans to get back on a mound Wednesday.

    Advice: Montero has been bothered by discomfort in his right rotator cuff since mid-April, but tests have ruled out anything serious and he's now beginning to make some progress after a significant shutdown period. The young right-hander could become an option for the Mets at some point in late June or early July.
    Today, 1:07 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 5-4 vs Phi
  • De La Rosa scratched due to cut on hand
    Jorge De La Rosa was scratched from Tuesday's start against the Reds after suffering a cut on his pitching hand.

    Advice: Thomas Harding of writes that the cut developed before his most recent start. No word on how long he'll be sidelined. The Rockies have called up Chris Rusin to start in his place.
    Today, 12:25 pm
  • Joe Kelly on 'thin ice' with Red Sox
    According to Sean McAdam of, Joe Kelly is "clearly on thin ice" with the Red Sox.

    Advice: Kelly was blasted for seven runs in just 1 2/3 innings Monday against the Twins and now owns a 6.24 ERA for the year. The plans calls for him to get one more start to show that he's making progress. If he stumbles, the Red Sox could demote him to Triple-A and call up prospect Eduardo Rodriguez to take his place in the rotation.
    Today, 8:49 am
  • Anderson goes a season-high seven innings
    Brett Anderson pitched a season-high seven innings, allowing only two runs, in a no-decision on Monday as the Dodgers beat the Braves.

    Advice: Anderson hasn't been much of an innings eater despite pitching relatively well, coming into Monday's start averaging 5 1/3 innings per start. Both runs came in on RBI singles in the fourth and fifth innings, accounting for two of the seven hits he yielded along with a pair of walks and three strikeouts. Anderson now has a 3.47 ERA, a 1.36 WHIP, and a 34/11 K/BB ratio in 49 1/3 innings. He has a road date with the Cardinals next.
    Yesterday, 8:13 pm
  • Kelly hammered in loss to Twins
    Joe Kelly was crushed for seven runs in just 1 2/3 innings Monday in a loss to the Twins.

    Advice: Kelly came into Monday's outing with back-to-back solid starts, but this was anything but. After giving up a sacrifice fly in the first inning, he allowed six runs in the second before being chased from the game. The big blow was a three-run homer off the bat of Trevor Plouffe. He allowed nine of the 14 batters he faced to reach base and failed to record a strikeout. Kelly now owns an ugly 6.24 ERA through nine starts this season and his time in Boston's rotation could be nearing an end.
    Yesterday, 2:30 pm
  • Oberholtzer (blister) set for rehab outing
    Brett Oberholtzer (blister) is expected to make a rehab start late this week at Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: Lance McCullers has been really good, so the Astros might ask Oberholtzer to make multiple rehab starts and then they could put him in the bullpen when he's deemed healthy. The left-hander has been on the disabled list since May 14 with a blister on his pitching hand.
    Yesterday, 9:52 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-1 @Bal
  • Vargas (elbow) to start for Royals on Tuesday
    Jason Vargas (elbow) will start for the Royals on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

    Advice: Vargas missed around three weeks with a flexor strain in his left elbow. He'll be rushed back without making a rehab start because the Royals need him to cover Danny Duffy's spot. Duffy landed on the 15-day disabled list Monday with inflammation in his left shoulder.
    Yesterday, 7:11 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 5-1 ^ @NYY
  • Collins suggests Harvey battling 'dead arm'
    Mets manager Terry Collins suggested Sunday that Matt Harvey may be going through a period of "dead arm."

    Advice: Harvey had the worst outing of his career Saturday in the Mets' loss to the Pirates, yielding seven earned runs in four innings. But he was dominant against the Cardinals in his start before and the "dead arm" thing is really just speculation from Collins anyway. "I have not talked to Matt yet, but it looks like he might be going through some of that dead arm stuff that sometimes happens," said the Mets' skipper. "He’s going to pitch Friday with five days rest, be ready to go."
    Yesterday, 6:02 am
  • Dodgers, A's talked Chavez trade over winter
    Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers and Athletics discussed a trade involving Jesse Chavez over the offseason.

    Advice: They could wind up revisiting the talks, as the A's have baseball's worst record and the Dodgers are in need of rotation help following season-ending injuries to Brandon McCarthy (elbow) and Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder). Chavez began the season in Oakland's bullpen but joined the rotation late last month and has posted a 2.89 ERA and 41/13 K/BB ratio over 43 2/3 innings. The Dodgers are also known to have engaged in trade discussions with the Phillies over the winter regarding Cole Hamels, so it's possible they'll try to reel in a bigger fish than Chavez.
    Sunday, 10:41 am
  • Brett Oberholtzer (blister) to throw live BP
    Brett Oberholtzer (blister) is expected to throw a live batting practice session on Sunday.

    Advice: That he hasn't started his rehab assignment yet means he won't be activated on May 29 when first eligible. Lance McCullers has pitched well, so Oberholtzer might be bound for the bullpen or possibly Triple-A Fresno,
    Sunday, 7:05 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-1 @Bal
  • Rafael Montero (shoulder) not progressing
    Rafael Montero has not made significant progress in his recovery from right rotator cuff inflammation.

    Advice: "The last time I talked to the people in Florida about Rafi, he hadn’t even started playing catch. That was a week ago," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "I haven’t heard his name brought up any time I have called down there, so I am assuming he is not doing anything more, if he is doing anything, than playing catch." Obviously, it doesn't sound like Montero will be an option for the Mets anytime soon. He's been sidelined since late April.
    Sunday, 6:36 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 5-4 vs Phi
  • Harvey surrenders seven runs in loss to Bucs
    Matt Harvey surrendered seven earned runs in four innings Saturday in the Mets' loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: It was the worst outing of his young career. Pittsburgh got the scoring started in the bottom of the first inning, with Andrew McCutchen slugging a two-run bomb to center field. Pedro Alvarez then cranked a solo homer in the second, and the Bucs tacked on four more runs in the fourth. Harvey should bounce back next week in a start at home against the Marlins.
    Saturday, 4:01 pm
  • Matt Cain throws successful bullpen session
    Matt Cain (elbow) threw a successful bullpen session on Friday, mixing in offspeed pitches with fastballs.

    Advice: Giants manager Bruce Bochy came away from the session encouraged. As long as he doesn't experience any unusual soreness on Saturday, he'll proceed to the next stage of his rehab which will be facing live hitters for the first time on Tuesday. While he's finally making tangible progress, he still isn't expected to return to the Giants before July.
    Friday, 6:15 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 6-3 @Mil
  • Samuel Deduno (back) to throw off mound
    Samuel Deduno (back) will throw a bullpen session Saturday.

    Advice: Deduno was sent for an MRI on his ailing back, but it evidently came back clean and he's ready to throw again. He'll be used in long relief once activated.
    Friday, 1:15 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-1 @Bal
  • Despaigne gives up two runs in loss to Cubs
    Odrisamer Despaigne yielded two runs on six hits across six innings in a 3-0 loss to the Cubs on Thursday.

    Advice: Across the way, Kyle Hendricks was painting a complete game shutout, so Despaigne had little chance in this one. He didn't pitch poorly, striking out four and walking two. Now 2-3 with a 6.11 ERA and 1.39 WHIP, Despaigne is just keeping Brandon Morrow's spot warm.
    Thursday, 8:28 pm
  • Alex Colome goes five scoreless
    Alex Colome blanked the A's for five innings Thursday, combining with four relievers on a 3-0 shutout.

    Advice: Colome, coming off rough outings against the Yankees and Twins, worked around a leadoff triple in the first inning tonight, never allowing another extra-base hit in the contest. He's now 3-1 with a 4.81 ERA. Oddly enough, the only start in which he's gone longer than five innings is the one in which he gave up eight runs to the Yankees.
    Thursday, 7:46 pm
  • Julio Teheran strikes out eight in win
    Julio Teheran held the Brewers to one run and two hits over seven innings in a victory Thursday.

    Advice: Teheran struck out eight, besting his previous season high by two. He's now 3-0 with a 1.82 ERA in his four home stats this season, compared to 1-1 with a 5.88 ERA in five starts on the road. We wouldn't read too much into it, though.
    Thursday, 7:26 pm
  • Matt Garza gives up four runs in loss
    Matt Garza was charged with four runs in 6 1/3 innings Thursday in a loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Garza was left in to give up 10 runs last time out. Tonight, he allowed one run through six innings, then got charged with three runs as part of the Braves' seven-run seventh inning. It seems like Craig Counsell doesn't have a very good read on him yet. Garza's ERA has ballooned from 4.04 to 5.71 as a result of the outings.
    Thursday, 7:24 pm
  • Clay Buchholz solid in defeat
    Clay Buchholz yielded three runs -- two earned -- and five hits in 7 1/3 innings Thursday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Boston's pitching has come around just as the offense has evaporated. Buchholz has turned in three straight quality starts, lowering his ERA from 6.03 to 4.56. He has a 58/15 K/BB ratio in 53 innings.
    Thursday, 7:09 pm
  • Matt Shoemaker gives up eight runs in loss
    Matt Shoemaker was lit up for eight runs -- seven earned -- in six innings by the Blue Jays on Thursday.

    Advice: Shoemaker gave up two homers tonight, bringing his season total to 13 in 44 1/3 innings. Last year, he gave up a total of 14 in 136 innings. That's really the only difference between the campaigns; he has a fine 42/9 K/BB ratio and he's not giving up a ton of singles. One would think he's not going to maintain a 6.29 ERA all year, but the slight dip in his velocity has ruined his margin for error and his fantasy value.
    Thursday, 6:54 pm
  • Oberholtzer to begin his rehab assignment
    Brett Oberholtzer (blister) threw a successful bullpen session without issues on Thursday and is expected to head out on a minor league rehab assignment.

    Advice: Oberholtzer is eligible to return from the disabled list on May 29. It's unclear if his return will bump Lance McCullers back down to the minor leagues, or if Oberholtzer could be used out of the bullpen.
    Thursday, 4:59 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-1 @Bal
  • Bumgarner outduels Kershaw to earn fifth win
    Madison Bumgarner picked up his fifth victory of the season on Thursday, scattering seven hits over 6 1/3 scoreless innings against the Dodgers.

    Advice: The reigning World Series MVP punched out six on the afternoon and walked two. He out-dueled opposing left-hander Clayton Kershaw and even helped out his own cause by taking Kershaw deep for a solo homer to get the Giants on the board in the third inning. Off to another fantastic start this season, Bumgarner will carry a 2.84 ERA and 53/10 K/BB ratio into Tuesday's matchup against the Brewers in Milwaukee.
    Thursday, 4:40 pm
  • Kershaw struggles again in loss to Giants
    Clayton Kershaw struggled again in Thursday's loss to the Giants, allowing four runs on seven hits over 7 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Kershaw punched out seven on the afternoon while issuing a pair of walks. Two of the four runs scored after Kershaw had departed in the eighth inning, though he did allow a solo homer to opposing hurler Madison Bumgarner in the third inning. Now 2-3 on the season, he'll look to improve upon his troublesome 4.32 ERA when he does battle against the Braves on Tuesday.
    Thursday, 4:35 pm
  • De La Rosa allows three runs vs. Phils
    Jorge De La Rosa yielded three runs over 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Phillies on Thursday.

    Advice: De La Rosa had his best start of the season last time out before leaving with a minor groin injury, but he followed it up with yet another poor outing. The veteran southpaw surrendered five hits and three walks, including a solo homer to Ryan Howard. He has thrown five innings or fewer in five out of his six starts this season and now owns a brutal 6.51 ERA. He'll get the Reds in Cincinnati next time out.
    Thursday, 3:43 pm
  • Tillman allows one run in 3 IP vs M's
    Chris Tillman surrendered one run and walked three over three innings against the Mariners on Thursday.

    Advice: Thursday's contest was delayed for more than an hour, and with Tillman nursing a back injury, it made little sense for the Orioles to trot him back out with the long stoppage of play. It's not like Tillman was lighting the world on fire prior to the cessation of baseball. He walked three and struck out two and while it's certainly possible that his back woes might have affected his control, the walks are nothing new for Tillman, who holds a 6.10 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and a 29/22 K/BB ratio in 41 1/3 innings. He gets the Astros at home in his next scheduled start as he tries to find some semblance of consistency to his season.
    Thursday, 3:24 pm
  • Happ allows four in rain-shortened start
    J.A. Happ allowed four runs in two innings against the Orioles on Thursday.

    Advice: Neither Happ nor Orioles starter Chris Tillman were long for this game, as the contest was delayed for a long stretch during the third inning. Rain or no, Happ started out terribly enough, allowing a two-out grand slam to Steve Pearce in the first inning. He struck out three and walked two in his short time on the mound. While his 3.61 ERA and 1.20 WHIP are fine, as is his 37/11 K/BB ratio over 47 1/3 innings, owners should be cautioned that the last time Happ posted an ERA under 4.22 was in 2010. In his continued quest to defy his own history, Happ will take to the road for a start against the Rays in his next outing.
    Thursday, 3:23 pm
  • DeGrom had hip, shoulder issues
    Jacob deGrom was pulled after eight scoreless innings Thursday against the Cardinals because he has dealt with hip and shoulder soreness in recent weeks.

    Advice: Mets manager Terry Collins planned to pull deGrom at 110 pitches no matter what, so he decided to take him out after he reached 104 through eight innings. The hip stiffness developed during a start two weeks ago and he felt some shoulder soreness after sitting through the Mets' 10-run inning last weekend against the Brewers. It's worth noting that deGrom had a stint on the DL last summer due to "fatigue" in his shoulder, but he insisted after Thursday's game that both issues are being managed and have calmed down. DeGrom owns a 2.75 ERA through nine starts this season.
    Thursday, 2:59 pm
  • Tigers pile up 10 hits versus Feldman
    Scott Feldman didn't have his best stuff in Thursday's no-decision against the Tigers, as he allowed 10 hits and five runs (four earned) over six innings.

    Advice: Feldman started the game well enough, but he ran into trouble in the middle innings, with the Tigers scoring a pair of runs in the fourth on a two-run homer by Nick Castellanos and another pair in the fifth on an RBI groundout and a run-scoring single by Miguel Cabrera. Feldman's peripheral numbers were almost non-existent--he struck out just two and walked just one. With the no-decision, his record held steady at 3-4 and he now holds a 5.17 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 35/11 K/BB ratio over 54 innings. His next start will be a road tilt with the Orioles.
    Thursday, 1:53 pm
  • Price whiffs season-high 12 against Astros
    David Price had everything working in a no-decision against the Astros on Thursday afternoon, striking out 12 and allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits over 6 2/3 innings of work.

    Advice: The Tigers gave Price a 5-0 lead, but despite a very, very strong start, he faltered late (the Astros scored three times in seventh before Price was lifted) and did not factor in the decision, though his team did manage to eke out a 6-5 win in 11 innings. Despite the late disappointment, the 12 strikeouts marked a season high for Price, who now holds a strong 54/13 K/BB ratio over 59 2/3 innings. He allowed just five hits while walking one in the contest. With the outing, Price dropped his ERA and WHIP to 3.32 and 1.21, respectively. A road start against the A's is up next for the ace southpaw.
    Thursday, 1:51 pm
  • DeGrom K's 11, allows just one hit over eight
    Jacob DeGrom pitched superbly in a 5-0 win over the Cardinals on Thursday, delivering eight innings of shutout ball while allowing just one hit and striking out 11.

    Advice: This marks back-to-back sharp starts for deGrom, a welcome sign for a pitcher who has had his rough moments this season. Against the 27-13 Cardinals, deGrom tossed a one-hitter and looked every bit the Top-30 fantasy performer that many projected him to be entering the season. He didn't walk a batter in the contest. DeGrom now boasts a 2.75 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and holds a 54/13 K/BB ratio over 55 2/3 innings. A home start against the Phillies is up next as deGrom tries to make it three straight dominant outings.
    Thursday, 12:40 pm
  • Anderson takes a 4-0 loss to the Giants
    Brett Anderson gave up three runs on six hits in 6 2/3 innings of a Wednesday loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Across the bump, Tim Lincecum was absolutely dealing, giving Anderson little chance tonight. Anderson has been everything the Dodgers has asked for thus far, posting a 3.61 ERA and 1.35 WHIP in eight starts. Same story, here: If he stays healthy, Anderson is going to be a valuable fixture in a big league rotation.
    Wednesday, 9:59 pm
  • Pelfrey tosses 6 innings of 1-run ball vs PIT
    Mike Pelfrey allowed only one run over six innings in a no-decision against the Pirates as the Twins pulled out a 13-inning victory on Wednesday.

    Advice: The only damage came in the first inning when Starling Marte doubled in Neil Walker. Pelfrey gave up a mere five hits on the evening while walking none and striking out five. An afterthought in the Twins' initial rotation plans, the right-hander has pitched remarkably well over eight starts, sporting a 3.00 ERA with a 1.31 WHIP and a 22/15 K/BB ratio over 45 innings. The mediocre K/BB ratio makes us apprehensive to trust Pelfrey over the long haul. He'll take on the Red Sox at home next.
    Wednesday, 8:17 pm
  • Joe Kelly strikes out seven Rangers
    Joe Kelly surrendered two runs in seven innings and struck out seven against the Rangers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Kelly still hasn't won since April 11, but he has given himself some job security with two fine outings in a row. He has a 5.13 ERA for the season, though it comes with a 1.31 WHIP and 43 strikeouts in 47 1/3 innings.
    Wednesday, 7:53 pm
  • Oberholtzer (blister) to throw live BP
    Brett Oberholtzer (blister) will throw live batting practice after another bullpen session on Thursday.

    Advice: He'll then likely be ready for a rehab assignment if all goes well. Oberholtzer is eligible to return from the disabled list on May 29 and could be ready at that time.
    Wednesday, 9:13 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-1 @Bal
  • Samuel Deduno (back) undergoes MRI
    Samuel Deduno (back) underwent an MRI Tuesday.

    Advice: Deduno landed on the disabled list Monday with a lower back strain, although the pain is more in his right hip. The Astros are calling the MRI precautionary, but we won't know how long he might be out until the results come back.
    Wednesday, 7:01 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-1 @Bal
  • Jorge De La Rosa (groin) cleared for Thursday
    Jorge De La Rosa (groin) has been cleared to make his scheduled start on Thursday versus the Phillies.

    Advice: De La Rosa had to leave his last outing after tweaking his left groin, but he threw on Tuesday with no issues. The lefty shut the Dodgers out over 7 1/3 innings in his last start before exiting.
    Tuesday, 7:33 pm
  • Chris Tillman (back) cleared for Thursday
    Chris Tillman (back) has officially been cleared to start Thursday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Tillman has been pushed back a few days due to back stiffness, but he was cleared after getting through a game of catch Tuesday with no issues. He'll take a disappointing 6.34 ERA and 1.64 WHIP into Thursday's outing.
    Tuesday, 7:08 pm
  • Matt Cain (elbow) to throw breaking balls
    Matt Cain's (elbow) next step will be to throw breaking balls on flat ground.

    Advice: Cain has already been throwing off a mound, but this will be the first time he's thrown breaking pitches since being diagnosed with a right flexor tendon strain. No timetable has been set for Cain's return, but the veteran right-hander is aiming to be back before the All-Star break.
    Tuesday, 5:01 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 6-3 @Mil
  • Vargas (elbow) to throw simulated game Fri.
    Jason Vargas (elbow) is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Friday.

    Advice: Vargas made it through another bullpen session Tuesday without issue. If his simulated game goes smoothly on Friday, the left-hander could be cleared to rejoin the Royals' starting rotation next week. He has been out since May 6 with a flexor strain in his left elbow.
    Tuesday, 1:55 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 5-1 ^ @NYY
  • Tillman (back) expects to pitch Thursday
    Chris Tillman (back) expects to be able to pitch Thursday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Tillman had to be scratched from Sunday's outing due to back stiffness, but he said Tuesday that he's feeling "great" and "swell." The Orioles will see how he responds to playing catch before making it official.
    Tuesday, 12:24 pm
  • Harvey blanks Cards over 8 in a no-decision
    Matt Harvey shut out the Cardinals over eight innings in a no-decision on Monday as the Mets eventually walked off winners in the 14th inning.

    Advice: Harvey was in line for the win, but Jeurys Familia blew the save in the ninth. The right-hander gave up only six hits and a walk while striking out nine. With the outing, Harvey got his ERA below 2.00 at 1.98 along with a 0.91 WHIP and a 56/8 K/BB ratio in 54 2/3 innings. Harvey will make his third attempt at his sixth win over the weekend in Pittsburgh against the Pirates.
    May 18, 8:29 pm
  • Brett Oberholtzer (blister) to throw Tuesday
    Brett Oberholtzer (blister) will throw a bullpen session Tuesday.

    Advice: He should be cleared for a rehab assignment as soon as his blister allows. Oberholtzer spent the first six weeks of the season recovering from a blister, only to have it open back up on him during his first start with the Astros.
    May 18, 3:57 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-1 @Bal
  • Astros place Samuel Deduno on 15-day DL
    Astros placed RHP Samuel Deduno on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain.

    Advice: Deduno has posted an ugly 6.86 ERA, 1.57 WHIP, and 17/9 K/BB ratio in 21 innings this season for Houston. Top pitching prospect Lance McCullers is making his major league debut on Monday night against the A's and could be stick around if the outing goes well. Deduno will likely work in long relief when his health returns.
    May 18, 12:08 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-1 @Bal
  • Chris Tillman (back) won't return on Tuesday
    Chris Tillman (back) will not return to the Orioles rotation on Tuesday, and manager Buck Showalter confirmed Sunday that Miguel Gonzalez will start in the series-opener against the Mariners.

    Advice: He's leaning towards using Wei-Yin Chen on Wednesday, which would give Tillman a couple of extra days of rest before potentially returning on Thursday. Before he was scratched from Sunday's start, he posted a horrifying 6.34 ERA and 1.64 WHIP through 38 1/3 innings.
    May 17, 1:27 pm
  • Jorge De La Rosa tests out groin injury
    Jorge De La Rosa (groin) did some jogging prior to Sunday's game.

    Advice: De La Rosa tweaking his nagging left groin injury during Saturday's start. It sounds like he'll be fine for his next outing, but check back later in the week just to be safe.
    May 17, 11:31 am
  • Jason Vargas (elbow) throws off mound Sun.
    Jason Vargas (elbow) threw a bullpen session on Sunday.

    Advice: It's the first time he's thrown off a mound since being diagnosed with a left flexor tendon strain. Vargas is eligible to return from the disabled list on Friday, although it's unclear whether he might have a shot to return at that time. Danny Duffy's spot in the rotation looks to be the most vulnerable.
    May 17, 9:48 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 5-1 ^ @NYY
  • Chris Tillman (back) could start Tuesday
    Chris Tillman (back) could return to the Orioles' rotation Tuesday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Tillman had to be scratched from Sunday's outing due to back stiffness, but he has reported improvement with the malady. The Orioles' Opening Day starter sports a disappointing 6.34 ERA, 1.64 WHIP, and 27/19 K/BB ratio in 38 1/3 innings this season.
    May 17, 8:58 am
  • Jesse Chavez pitches well in no-decision
    Jesse Chavez allowed two earned runs in six innings Saturday in a no-decision against the White Sox.

    Advice: Chavez gave up eight hits and walked two in the good-but-not-great outing. He struck out three. The right-hander has an impressive 2.63 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 35/12 K/BB ratio in 37 2/3 innings this season with the A's and should have a long leash by now on his rotation spot. Chavez will take on the Rays at Tropicana Field next week.
    May 16, 9:24 pm
  • De La Rosa dominant in victory over Dodgers
    Jorge De La Rosa fired 7 1/3 shutout innings Saturday in the Rockies' 7-1 victory over the Dodgers.

    Advice: It was a surprising performance from De La Rosa, who entered the outing with a brutal 9.56 ERA and 2.19 WHIP but carved his way through a dangerous Dodgers lineup with ease. The left-hander allowed only two hits, struck out three, and didn't walk a batter. He'll try to keep it rolling next week in a start at Coors Field against the Phillies.
    May 16, 9:19 pm
  • Shoemaker bests Jimenez in pitcher's duel
    Matt Shoemaker pitched seven innings of one-run ball in Saturday's win over the Orioles.

    Advice: In a game that was delayed by rain for an hour before getting underway, Matt Shoemaker proved himself an all-weather pitcher. He allowed a home run to Steve Pearce in the fourth inning, but otherwise didn't run into much trouble. Over his seven innings on the mound, Shoemaker surrendered just three hits while striking out seven without walking a batter. This was the best we've seen from Shoemaker so far this season. The start lowered his ERA to 5.63 and his WHIP to 1.17, numbers that should drop if he's able to find a semblance of his 2014 velocity. He'll try to replicate Saturday's results when he faces the Blue Jays in a road start next time he toes the rubber.
    May 16, 7:55 pm
  • Scott Feldman strikes out 10 in quality start
    Scott Feldman pitched a quality start against the Blue Jays on Saturday, striking out 10 and allowing three runs over 6 2/3 innings.

    Advice: The 10 strikeouts were a season high for Feldman. All three runs against him came in the first inning, when Russell Martin hit a two-run triple and Justin Smoak tacked on an RBI single. With the solid start, Feldman improved to 3-4 with a 5.06 ERA and 1.33 WHIP. His next match-up figures to be a tough one, as he has a road start against the Tigers on the docket.
    May 16, 7:22 pm
  • DeGrom allows one run in win over Brewers
    Jacob deGrom cruised to a win over the Brewers on Saturday, allowing one run on five hits over six innings.

    Advice: DeGrom would have needed to toss batting practice to lose this one after the Brewers allowed 10 runs in the fourth inning. He did his part to make sure the game remained a laugher, striking out six, walking one and allowing just a sixth-inning sacrifice fly to Ryan Braun. DeGrom also went 3-for-3 at the plate, so that's fun. Through eight starts, he now holds a 3.21 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 43/13 K/BB ratio in 47 2/3 innings. He's been inconsistent at times this season, but overall, the reigning NL Rookie of the Year has shown more good than bad. A home start against the world-leading Cardinals is up next for the pitcher.
    May 16, 7:13 pm
  • Mets score 10 runs in fourth against Garza
    Matt Garza melted down against the Mets during Saturday's 14-1 loss, surrendering 10 runs in just 3 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Garza had allowed just one run entering the fourth inning. Then he allowed many, many more. A Wilmer Flores grand slam will get the headlines, but it was surrounded by a bevy of RBI hits to lead to a 10-run frame. Garza allowed 13 base-runners in the game total, with 10 hits surrendered to go with three walks. The outing looks even worse given that it came on the heels of his best start of the season, a nine-strikeout, three-hit gem over seven innings against the Cubs. Garza now holds a somewhat skewed 5.72 ERA, 1.58 WHIP and 35/22 K/BB ratio across 45 2/3 innings. He's better than those numbers and will face off with the Braves on the road in his next start, as he attempts to normalize his stats.
    May 16, 7:10 pm
  • David Price allows three runs in no-decision
    David Price allowed three earned runs over 6 2/3 innings Saturday in a no-decision against the Cardinals.

    Advice: The game was delayed by rain after Price threw two pitches, and he gave up a first-inning home run to Matt Carpenter shortly after play resumed. Price then allowed a solo shot to Peter Bourjos in the bottom of the second and another solo shot to Jhonny Peralta in the bottom of the sixth. Detroit wound up winning in the 10th. Price will take a 3-1 record, 3.40 ERA, and 1.25 WHIP into his next start at home against the Astros.
    May 16, 4:43 pm
  • Alex Colome hit hard in no-decision
    Alex Colome was hit hard in a no-decision against the Twins on Saturday, allowing three runs on six hits over 3 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Colome also issued a walk while failing to record a strikeout. The Rays are short on rotation options at the moment, but he'll have to improve upon his 6.05 ERA if he has plans on remaining in the rotation once Matt Moore returns.
    May 16, 3:01 pm
  • Tillman scratched Sunday due to stiff back
    Chris Tillman has been scratched from his scheduled start Sunday against the Angels due to back stiffness.

    Advice: Orioles manager Buck Showalter told reporters that the issue is minor and that Tillman could make his next start in the club's upcoming Tuesday-Thursday series against the Mariners. Tillman has a rough 6.34 ERA, 1.64 WHIP, and 27/19 K/BB ratio in 38 1/3 innings this season.
    May 16, 1:48 pm
  • Clayton Kershaw notches 100th victory
    Clayton Kershaw recorded his 100th career win after allowing three runs in 6 2/3 innings Friday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Kershaw pitched six scoreless innings, but he had to sweat this one out after a four-run seventh brought the Rockies to within 5-4. Fortunately, the pen held on from there. Kershaw struck out 10 and walked three. He still has a 4.24 ERA this season, but he's getting closer.
    May 15, 11:07 pm
  • Odrisamer Despaigne gives up seven runs
    Odrisamer Despaigne was pounded for seven runs in three innings by the Nationals on Friday.

    Advice: Despaigne had a couple of nice starts last month, but he's been positively lit up his last two times out. Maybe some of it is the irregular schedule. His previous start, when he gave up eight runs, came on eight days' rest. This one came on seven days' rest. Despaigne might head back to the bullpen now or possibly even Triple-A.
    May 15, 10:14 pm
  • J.A. Happ goes seven strong
    J.A. Happ pitched seven innings of one-run ball Friday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Happ struck out just three and got 11 flyball outs, versus six on the ground. It's not exactly how one would draw it up, but it worked for him tonight, and he brought his ERA down to 2.98. He'll face the Orioles in Baltimore next time out, so if he gives up as many flyballs again, odds are that one or two will leave the yard.
    May 15, 9:54 pm
  • Clay Buchholz strikes out 11
    Clay Buchholz fanned 11 while limiting the Mariners to one run in eight innings Friday.

    Advice: It's Buchholz's third dominant outing of the season, though his other starts have been bad enough to leave him with a 4.93 ERA. He'll remain inconsistent and annoying to his fantasy owners, but it's hard not to like his 54/13 K/BB ratio through 45 2/3 innings.
    May 15, 9:52 pm
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