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  • Weaver (hip) to make another rehab start
    Jered Weaver (hip) will make another rehab start with High-A Inland Empire on Tuesday.

    Advice: Weaver threw 63 pitches while allowing one unearned run over 3 2/3 innings for Inland Empire last Thursday in his first rehab outing. Tuesday's rehab start should be his final one before rejoin the Angels' rotation. Cory Rasmus is making a start Sunday and should get another one after that before giving way to Weaver. Today, 11:36 am
    15-Day DL
  • Brad Hand moving into Marlins' rotation
    Brad Hand will start on Tuesday versus the Mets.

    Advice: Hand has worked mostly in long relief this season, but he'll get a chance to start following the trade of Dan Haren. The left-hander holds a 5.12 ERA over 45 2/3 innings this season and can be avoided in fantasy leagues. Today, 10:40 am
  • Morrow (shoulder) getting second opinion
    Brandon Morrow (shoulder) will receive a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache this week.

    Advice: Morrow was scratched from his rehab start last Thursday due to more shoulder discomfort. A subsequent exam by Padres team physician Dr. Heinz Hoenecke on Friday resulted in a diagnosis of shoulder inflammation, which is what Morrow has been dealing with for three months. However, he wants to get another opinion to see if anything else is going on. The right-hander would seem to be a long shot to pitch for the Padres again this season. Today, 10:19 am
    60-Day DL
    L, 5-2 @Mia
  • Vidal Nuno to start on Tuesday
    Vidal Nuno will start on Tuesday in Colorado.

    Advice: He's taking J.A. Happ's spot in the rotation. Nuno boasts a 2.02 ERA and 38/8 K/BB ratio over 35 2/3 relief innings between the D'Backs and Mariners this season. The downside is that he hasn't thrown more than 2 2/3 innings in any appearance this month, so he'll be pretty limited from a pitch count perspective on Thursday. Today, 9:34 am
  • Tanner Scheppers (knee) goes on DL
    Rangers placed RHP Tanner Scheppers on the 15-day disabled list with left knee inflammation.

    Advice: Scheppers evidently suffered the injury on Saturday. It's unclear at this point how long he'll be sidelined. Phil Klein has taken his spot in the bullpen. Today, 9:15 am
  • A's could shut down Jesse Hahn (forearm)
    Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that it's possible Jesse Hahn (forearm) "will remain shut down."

    Advice: The A's said in mid-July that Hahn, who is battling right forearm inflammation, would be shut down for at least a month. Given that they're out of playoff contention, it's possible they'll play it safe and just shut the righty down for the rest of the season. Forearm injuries often wind up leading to Tommy John surgery, and Hahn has already had the operation once. Today, 9:13 am
    15-Day DL
    Bot 1, 0-1 vs Cle
  • A.J. Burnett (elbow) set to undergo MRI
    A.J. Burnett (elbow) will undergo an MRI on Monday.

    Advice: Burnett admitted that he's had elbow pain off and on for a while and during his last start on Thursday it was "a little more than I expected, a little more than I could tolerate." The right-hander will not have surgery and conceded that it's possible he's thrown his last pitch. "I don't expect it to go away and I don't expect it to get better," he said. J.A. Happ has taken Burnett's spot in the Pirates' rotation. Today, 8:52 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 3-0 @Cin
  • Twins' Tommy Milone (elbow) headed to DL
    Twins placed LHP Tommy Milone on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 1, with a mild left flexor strain.

    Advice: Milone began feeling soreness after Friday's outing. That the Twins are calling the soreness mild is good news, but it's unclear how long the left-hander might be sidelined. Tyler Duffey will take Milone's spot in the rotation. Today, 8:43 am
    15-Day DL
    Bot 9, 1-1 vs Sea
  • Porcello (triceps) placed on disabled list
    Red Sox placed RHP Rick Porcello on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 30, with right triceps inflammation.

    Advice: Porcello began feeling soreness a day after he was ripped for six runs -- five earned -- and 10 hits in two-plus innings on Wednesday versus the White Sox. The Red Sox don't think it's a long-term issue, so he should rejoin the rotation later this month. Brian Johnson and Henry Owens are options to take his spot in the rotation. Today, 8:35 am
    15-Day DL
  • Clayton Richard recalled from Triple-A
    Cubs recalled LHP Clayton Richard from Triple-A Iowa.

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

    Advice: Simon first tweaked the groin in his July 25 outing and it nagged at him during his start this past Thursday. He told Tigers manager Brad Ausmus he could pitch through it, but the skipper wants to be careful. "I'm concerned about it," Ausmus said. "And I don't get concerned about many things. Just because he felt good in his bullpen before his last start and then didn't look real good, so we'll give him these extra days. ... Obviously, if we have to adjust, we will." Today, 7:35 am
  • Zack Godley to leave rotation soon
    Zack Godley is expected to move into a relief role soon as a way to conserve his innings.

    Advice: This is Godley first full season as a starter, and he's already thrown 101 1/3 innings after tossing just 55 1/3 frames as a reliever last year. The 25-year-old is likely due for one more start with the big club before Chase Anderson (triceps) returns later this week. "He could be (a reliever) here, maybe he would go to the bullpen in the minor leagues and then come back up sometime in September," Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said. "But we have to be very careful." Today, 6:06 am
  • Chase Anderson (triceps) to make rehab start
    Chase Anderson (triceps) will begin a rehab assignment with the Diamondbacks' rookie-level Arizona League team on Sunday.

    Advice: He's slated to throw four innings or 60 pitches in what could be his lone rehab outing. Out the last two weeks with right triceps inflammation, Anderson is expected to replace Zack Godley in the rotation when he returns. Today, 6:02 am
    15-Day DL
  • Clayton Kershaw (hip) goes eight strong Sat.
    Clayton Kershaw (hip) limited the Angels to just two hits over eight scoreless innings in Saturday's 3-1 victory.

    Advice: Kershaw had his start pushed back a couple times due to a hip issue, but it obviously didn't affect him on Saturday. The left-hander struck out seven and walked only one on the day, throwing 115 pitches. Kershaw hasn't allowed a single run and sports an absurd 45/1 K/BB ratio over his last four outings. He'll try to extend his 37-inning scoreless streak next weekend in Pittsburgh. Today, 5:40 am
  • Chris Heston gives up three runs to Rangers
    Chris Heston surrendered three runs in 4 2/3 innings in a no-decision Saturday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Heston had his worst start in months, but his five-game winning streak remained intact thanks to ample run support. It's just the third time this season that he's failed to make it through five innings. Yesterday, 11:26 pm
  • Hamels gives up five runs in Rangers debut
    Cole Hamels surrendered five runs in 7 2/3 innings against the Giants in his debut for the Rangers on Saturday.

    Advice: Hamels, coming off his no-hitter against the Cubs, retired his first six tonight before Brandon Belt homered to start the third. The Giants totaled three runs then, but Hamels kept them scoreless into the seventh afterwards. Despite giving up a Buster Posey homer in that frame, he came back out for the eighth. He retired the first two batters he faced, only to get pulled after a Joe Panik double. The Rangers still led 7-4 at that point, but Panik scored off Tanner Scheppers, as did two others, and Hamels lost his chance at a win. Hamels threw just 97 pitches, so there was little reason not to use him in the eighth. If only he had been left in to attack Matt Duffy after the Panik double, he might have gotten his win after all. Yesterday, 11:23 pm
  • Aaron Brooks pitches 7 1/3 innings in victory
    Making his A's debut, Aaron Brooks held the Indians to one run and five hits in 7 1/3 innings in a victory Saturday.

    Advice: Pitching for the Royals, Brooks gave up seven runs in two-thirds of an inning in his first big league start on May 31. He allowed three runs in 3 1/3 innings in his second start this June 21 against the Red Sox. This was his third start. If keeps improving at this rate, he'll allow -4 runs in 13 innings next time out. Still, we're a bit skeptical. He's a risky pickup in AL-only leagues. Yesterday, 11:06 pm
  • Cody Anderson gives up four runs in loss
    Cody Anderson yielded four runs -- three earned -- in 6 2/3 innings Saturday in a loss to the A's.

    Advice: It was better than his previous two starts, but still a far cry from his first four. If Anderson isn't better next time out, his rotation spot could come up for grabs. Yesterday, 11:03 pm
  • Billingsley to have elbow examined next week
    Chad Billingsley will travel to Los Angeles to have his elbow examined next week.

    Advice: This has all the makings of a season-ending injury. Billingsley has had trouble staying on the field his entire career. He's made just nine starts since 2013 and another Tommy John surgery could put his career in jeopardy. The Phillies knew they were rolling the dice when they signed Billingsley last offseason. Fortunately for Philadelphia, it was only a one-year commitment. Yesterday, 8:17 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 9, 2-6 vs Atl
  • John Danks quiets Yankees in Saturday's win
    John Danks held the Yankees in check Saturday by allowing just one run in 5 2/3 innings as the White Sox held on for an 8-2 victory.

    Advice: Maybe the Yankees should have paced themselves. After scoring 13 runs on Friday, New York couldn't muster much of anything against Danks, managing only four walks and three hits. Danks tied a season-high with eight strikeouts in the win. The 30-year-old hasn't exactly been the model of consistency this season (6-8, 4.80 ERA) but he must be doing something right having not lost since June 22. Yesterday, 7:48 pm
  • Garza pitches well outside of Rizzo homer
    Matt Garza tossed a quality start in Saturday's loss to the Cubs, allowing three runs on four hits over six innings.

    Advice: Garza's name was floated about in various rumors prior to the trade deadline, but the veteran right-hander remains a Brewer for the time being. He struck out five and walked four in Saturday's contest with the Cubs. Anthony Rizzo burned him for a three-run homer in the third inning, but Garza otherwise kept the scoreboard clean. His overall numbers are poor, as he holds a 5.17 ERA and 1.53 WHIP, but he'll toss up a respectably veteran outing from time to time. The Padres are up next on his schedule. Yesterday, 7:30 pm
  • Aaron Brooks officially recalled
    Athletics recalled RHP Aaron Brooks from Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: He'll start Saturday's game against Cleveland. Oakland acquired Brooks Tuesday in the trade that sent Ben Zobrist to Kansas City. The 25-year-old has a 6-5 record in 18 Triple-A appearances this year. Yesterday, 3:28 pm
  • Clayton Richard to pitch Sunday vs. Brewers
    Clayton Richard will start Sunday's game against the Brewers.

    Advice: Richard won't be in the majors long as the Cubs are likely to option him back to Triple-A Iowa when Dan Haren joins the rotation sometime next week. Richard is 1-0 in three appearances for the Cubs this year with a disappointing 5.40 ERA. Yesterday, 1:30 pm
  • C.J. Wilson to undergo surgery, out for 2015
    C.J. Wilson will undergo surgery to repair a left elbow impingement and is expected to miss the remainder of the 2015 season.

    Advice: Wilson alerted the Angels to the news prior to the trade deadline. He has been pitching with bone spurs in his elbow since April, but his range of motion has diminished recently which necessitated the surgery. He should be fully healthy and ready to go for the start of the 2015 season. Yesterday, 11:50 am
    15-Day DL
  • C.J. Wilson diagnosed with elbow impingement
    Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that C.J. Wilson has been diagnosed with a left elbow impingement.

    Advice: The injury is more serious than the mild inflammation that landed the southpaw on the disabled list. An MRI earlier in the year revealed bone spurs in his elbow. Wilson indicated that he will need to undergo surgery to repair, though it's unclear if that procedure will happen immediately or after the season. There is no clear timetable for his return from the disabled list at the moment. Yesterday, 10:42 am
    15-Day DL
  • C.J. Wilson to announce MRI results Saturday
    C.J. Wilson (elbow) will announce his own MRI results on Saturday.

    Advice: Wilson was placed on the disabled list on Friday with what was supposed to be minor elbow inflammation, so the fact that Wilson wants to announce the news himself could mean there is a more serious ailment at play. Stay tuned. Yesterday, 8:57 am
    15-Day DL
  • Jake Odorizzi moves up to pitch on Sunday
    Jake Odorizzi will have his next start bumped up a day, as he'll pitch on Sunday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Nathan Karns, who had been scheduled to pitch Sunday, will move back a day and work against the White Sox on Monday. The Rays simply wanted to change the order of their rotation, there isn't believed to be anything physically wrong with Karns. Yesterday, 8:36 am
  • Danny Salazar limits A's to one hit
    Danny Salazar shut down the A's on Friday, allowing just an unearned run and one hit over eight innings to earn his ninth win.

    Advice: Salazar didn't have a big strikeout game, finishing with just four, but maybe that will be good for him; he really doesn't need to try to strike out everyone in order to succeed. The potential is still there for him to turn into one of the AL's best starters. Yesterday, 12:11 am
  • Tommy Milone gives up four runs in loss
    Tommy Milone gave up four runs and 11 hits in six innings Friday in a loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: This makes three subpar starts in a row for Milone, taking his ERA from 2.83 to 3.77. It'd seem to be time for the Twins to give Trevor May another shot at the back of their rotation. Friday, 11:45 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 9, 1-1 vs Sea
  • Michael Wacha goes seven scoreless in win
    Michael Wacha shut out the Rockies for seven innings, striking out seven, in a victory Friday.

    Advice: Wacha is the fifth pitcher to reach 12 wins this season, but this the first time he's pitched at least seven scoreless innings in a start. Randy Choate and Seth Maness finished the six-hit shutout tonight. Friday, 11:39 pm
  • Kershaw (hip) scratched from Friday start
    Clayton Kershaw was scratched from his scheduled start on Friday due to his hip issue.

    Advice: The same ailment scratched him on Wednesday. He is now scheduled to start on Saturday after an extra day of rest. Zack Greinke will start in his place against the Angels on Friday. Friday, 3:17 pm
  • Pirates place A.J. Burnett on 15-day DL
    Pirates placed RHP A.J. Burnett on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation.

    Advice: That could help to explain the Pirates acquiring J.A. Happ from the Mariners before the trade deadline, as the veteran southpaw will slide into the rotation to replace Burnett. It's unclear at the moment how much time Burnett may miss. Friday, 3:03 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 3-0 @Cin
  • C.J. Wilson (elbow) lands on disabled list
    Angels placed LHP C.J. Wilson on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 29, with left elbow inflammation.

    Advice: Wilson had fluid drained from the elbow earlier this season and he's now having trouble with it again. It doesn't appear he has any structural issues, so the lefty should be back at some point in August. Jered Weaver (hip) will take his rotation spot. Friday, 2:30 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Rangers complete Cole Hamels deal
    Rangers acquired LHP Cole Hamels, LHP Jake Diekman and cash from the Phillies for C Jorge Alfaro, RHP Jake Thompson, OF Nick Williams, RHP Alec Asher, LHP Matt Harrison and RHP Jerad Eickhoff.

    Advice: The Rangers have themselves a co-ace with Yu Darvish to put in front of their 2016 rotation, and since the Phillies ate $9.5 million of the $82 million he's still owed and took back Harrison's $33 million, he won't break the budget. Of course, they had to give up three top prospects to get him, but since they managed to hold on to their two best in Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara, it's hard to blame them for making the deal. They'd still seem to be long shots to reach the postseason this year, but this can't hurt their chances. Hamels loses some fantasy value with the deal, since he's going to the tougher league and a hitter's park, but at least he's looking at getting run support for the first time in years. Friday, 9:31 am
  • A.J. Burnett gives up eight runs in loss
    A.J. Burnett lasted just 4 1/3 innings and gave up eight runs -- seven earned -- Thursday in a loss to the Reds.

    Advice: Burnett struggled in his previous two starts, but his velocity was just fine in those, even a little better than usual. Tonight, he just didn't have it, and the Reds were all over him. Maybe the Pirates need to give him a little break in order to prepare him for the stretch run. That's probably up to him, though. Thursday, 9:05 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 3-0 @Cin
  • Rangers and Phillies deal announced on Friday
    Todd Zolecki of reports that the eight-player trade between the Rangers and Phillies involving Cole Hamels is complete, but won't be announced until Friday.

    Advice: The deal had officially been approved by Major League baseball and will get completed, it just won't become official until Friday. Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman will be heading to the Rangers in exchange for Matt Harrison and five prospects: Jorge Alfaro, Jake Thompson, Nck Williams, Alec Asher and Jerad Eickhoff. Thursday, 8:02 pm
  • Morrow won't make rehab start Thursday
    Brandon Morrow (shoulder) will not make his scheduled rehab start on Thursday.

    Advice: He's going to visit Dr. Heinz Hoenecke in San Diego instead. Morrow allowed two runs over 2 1/3 innings last Saturday at Triple-A El Paso and came out of the appearance with more shoulder discomfort. The right-hander has been out since early May and might have to be written off for the rest of the 2015 season. Thursday, 7:52 am
    60-Day DL
    L, 5-2 @Mia
  • Rick Porcello gives up 10 hits in two-plus
    Rick Porcello was pounded for six runs -- five earned -- and 10 hits in two-plus innings by the White Sox on Wednesday.

    Advice: Just when it looked like Porcello might have gotten it together (5 ER in 18 IP last three starts), he finds himself right back at square one tonight. He's lost nine of his last 10 decisions, and his ERA is back up to 5.81 now. This is just completely and totally a lost year for him. Wednesday, 8:59 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Rangers send six players to Phils for Hamels
    Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Phillies will acquire Matt Harrison, Alec Asher, Jake Thompson, Jerad Eickhoff, Jorge Alfaro, and Nick Williams in exchange for Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman.

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

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

    Advice: While the two sides are reportedly at the finish line of a potential deal, there has been no word as to what the Phillies would receive in return. Sullivan expects a deal to be finalized on Thursday. Wednesday, 6:51 pm
  • Clayton Kershaw pushed back until Friday
    Clayton Kershaw will make his next start on Friday against the Angels.

    Advice: Kershaw was scratched from his scheduled start on Wednesday due to a minor hip issue. The Dodgers believe a couple of days off will do the trick and that the southpaw won't require an extended absence. Wednesday, 3:39 pm
  • Rangers 'clear-cut favorite' for Cole Hamels
    According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Rangers are "now the clear-cut favorite" to land Cole Hamels.

    Advice: Nightengale says the Dodgers prefer David Price, and the Tigers made it public Wednesday that they're going to begin selling parts. Hamels is also drawing interest from the Astros, but word from Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle is that the Astros expect the ace left-hander to land elsewhere. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported Wednesday afternoon that the Giants are "fading" in the Hamels chase. It's all coming together for Texas. Wednesday, 1:53 pm
  • Astros don't expect to land Cole Hamels
    Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros "remain in the Cole Hamels race" but expect him to land elsewhere.

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

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

    Advice: Salisbury is well-connected with the Phillies and it's the second time in the last few days that he's listed the Rangers as the favorites for Hamels' services. The Dodgers will likely be their biggest competitors, with the Astros, Yankees, Giants, Cubs, Red Sox and Diamondbacks also in the mix. Wednesday, 9:48 am
  • Kershaw (hip) pushed back to Sat. or Sun.
    Clayton Kershaw (hip) has been scratched from Wednesday's scheduled start versus the Athletics.

    Advice: It's unclear when Kershaw's hip/glute started bothering him, but it's not seen as a major issue. The Dodgers hope the left-hander will be ready to start on Saturday or Sunday against the Angels. Mike Bolsinger will take the ball Wednesday instead. Wednesday, 9:18 am
  • Kershaw (hip) could be scratched from start
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Clayton Kershaw could scratched from Wednesday's scheduled start versus the Athletics due to a hip/glute issue.

    Advice: It doesn't appear to be a big concern, as Kershaw would simply be pushed back to Friday. The Dodgers will make a decision later Wednesday. If Kershaw is scratched, Mike Bolsinger will move up to take the ball Wednesday. Wednesday, 8:39 am
  • Godley wins again in his second MLB start
    Zack Godley won again in his second major league start, allowing three runs in six innings on Tuesday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Godley allowed a pair of solo home runs to Mike Zunino and Nelson Cruz to account for most of the damage. He gave up seven hits and three walks overall while striking out four. The 25-year-old will try to make it three in a row in a road start against the Nationals next. Tuesday, 10:16 pm
  • C.J. Wilson allows six runs in loss to Astros
    C.J. Wilson struggled against the Astros on Tuesday, allowing six runs over four innings in a loss.

    Advice: Wilson served up two homers among his six hits allowed, and three walks didn't help, either. Wilson fell to 8-8 with a 3.89 ERA and 1.24 WHIP with the loss. The southpaw will take the mound against the Dodgers on Sunday in an interleague matchup. Tuesday, 9:28 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Odorizzi limits Tigers to a lone run in a win
    Jake Odorizzi got the win with six innings of one-run ball versus the Tigers as the Rays skated to a 10-2 victory on Tuesday.

    Advice: Yoenis Cespedes belted a solo home run to right-center in the fourth inning, accounting for the scant damage. Odorizzi scattered six hits and a walk while striking out eight in the sterling effort. In 16 starts, the right-hander has a 2.76 ERA with a 1.11 WHIP and an 82/26 K/BB ratio in 97 2/3 innings. Odorizzi is scheduled to take on the White Sox in a road start next. Tuesday, 8:04 pm
  • Aaron Brooks to start for A's Saturday
    Aaron Brooks will be recalled to start on Saturday against the Indians.

    Advice: Acquired from the Royals in the Ben Zobrist deal, Brooks holds a 3.71 ERA over 18 appearances -- 17 starts -- at Triple-A this season. The A's will keep Drew Pomeranz in the bullpen. Tuesday, 5:23 pm
  • A's acquire RHP Brooks from Royals
    Athletics acquired RHP Aaron Brooks from the Royals in the Ben Zobrist deal.

    Advice: Brooks doesn't miss many bats and has struggled in his limited opportunities in the majors, but he has excellent control and has pitched well in the Pacific Coast League over the past two seasons. The 25-year-old could be a useful depth arm for Oakland, but there's not a lot of upside here. Tuesday, 12:02 pm
  • Heston picks up eleventh win against Brewers
    Chris Heston pitched seven innings and allowed only two runs to earn his 11th win of the season on Monday facing the Brewers.

    Advice: The Brewers ended Heston's shutout bid, when they used a walk, a double, and a single to plate two runs. The right-hander worked around five hits and three walks while striking out four on the evening. Heston owns a terrific 11-5 record with a 3.14 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP, and a 99/35 K/BB ratio over 126 innings. He hasn't lost since June 14 and will look to keep that streak going over the weekend in a road start against the Rangers. Monday, 10:01 pm
  • Danks hammered in a no-decision vs. Red Sox
    John Danks was lucky to get a no-decision after allowing seven runs (six earned) in 4 1/3 innings as the White Sox won a slugfest against the Red Sox on Monday.

    Advice: Danks was in line for the loss when he exited with one out in the fifth. He gave up nine hits -- including a two-run home run to David Ortiz -- while walking one and striking out two. The lefty had held the opposition scoreless in three of his last four starts, but still owns a poor 4.97 ERA on the year with a 1.45 WHIP and a 75/30 K/BB ratio over 108 2/3 innings. Danks will look for better results over the weekend in a home start against the Yankees. Monday, 8:19 pm
  • Anderson knocked around in loss to the Royals
    Cody Anderson was hit around in Monday's loss to the Royals, yielding seven runs in 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Anderson entered the start having allowed seven runs in 33 innings spanning five starts. He doubled that with Monday's effort. The Royals got to him early, as Eric Hosmer hit a three-run homer in the first and Omar Infante tacked on a solo shot in the second. Anderson allowed eight hits and a pair of walks overall while striking out two. He'll bring a 3.26 ERA, a 1.03 WHIP, and a 14/5 K/BB ratio over 38 2/3 innings into his next start in Oakland versus the Athletics. Monday, 7:27 pm
  • Weaver (hip) to make rehab start on Thursday
    Jered Weaver (hip) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Inland Empire on Thursday.

    Advice: Weaver's recovery from left hip irritation has dragged on a bit longer than expected, and with the Angels' rotation pitching so well they can afford to take their time. It's possible Thursday's rehab start will be the only one Weaver requires. Monday, 2:13 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Garza surrenders three runs against D-Backs
    Matt Garza was saddled with the loss in Sunday's contest with the Diamondbacks after allowing three runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Garza struck out five and walked three on the afternoon. He allowed an RBI triple to Jake Lamb in the fifth inning and a shallow two-run double to a pinch-hitting Chris Owings in the sixth. A possible trade piece at the deadline, Garza holds a slew of ho-hum numbers and is currently pitching to a 5.04 ERA and 1.55 WHIP. Assuming he's still with the Brewers when August rolls around, he'll face the Cubs in his next scheduled start. Jul 26, 5:01 pm
  • Wacha struggles again, Cards fall to ATL
    Michael Wacha allowed three earned runs over six innings Sunday in a loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Wacha again struggled with his fastball command, walking three and surrendering five hits, including a sixth-inning home run to Adonis Garcia. Wacha still has a cool 11-4 record, 3.27 ERA, and 1.12 WHIP, but he's been showing some concerning signs throughout July. The 24-year-old right-hander will try to right the ship next time out against the Rockies. Jul 26, 2:22 pm
  • Salazar's strong effort wasted in loss to CHW
    Danny Salazar held the White Sox to two runs in 6 2/3 innings, but still lost on Sunday.

    Advice: The Indians weren't able to give Salazar any run support against Carlos Rodon, so he took a tough-luck loss. The right-hander served up a solo home run in the third inning to Carlos Sanchez and an RBI single to Melky Cabrera in the seventh. They accounted for two of six hits. Salazar also walked three and struck out eight. He'll bring a 3.72 ERA, a 1.14 WHIP, and a 132/32 K/BB ratio over 111 1/3 innings into a road start versus the Athletics. Jul 26, 1:18 pm
  • Burnett fans eight, allows five runs in loss
    A.J. Burnett struggled for a second straight start in Saturday's loss to the Nationals, allowing five runs on 11 hits over 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Burnett's now surrendered 11 runs in his last 11 2/3 innings. On Saturday, the Nationals slowly bled him to death, scoring a run in the second, two in the fourth and one in each of the next two innings. The veteran right-hander did strike out eight, but that does little to overshadow what was a poor start. Despite the recent rough stretch, Burnett is the current owner of a 2.68 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 110/34 K/BB ratio over 131 1/3 innings. He'll match up with the Reds on the road in his next scheduled start as he tries to keep from sliding further. Jul 25, 8:22 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 3-0 @Cin
  • Milone allows four runs in no-decision vs NYY
    Tommy Milone pitched reasonably well in a Saturday no-decision against the Yankees, yielding four runs on four hits over six innings.

    Advice: The Twins jumped Milone out to a 5-0 lead, but the Yankees bled that away with a solo homer by Alex Rodriguez in the fourth and three more runs in the seventh (including another Rodriguez homer). Despite the late struggles, Milone was still in line for the win until the Twins bullpen coughed up four runs in the top of the ninth inning. He struck out four and walked one in the contest. Milone's been solid for the Twins since entering the rotation in early June and currently holds a 3.58 ERA and 1.23 WHIP. He'll host the Mariners in his next start. Jul 25, 7:30 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 9, 1-1 vs Sea
  • Morrow goes only 2 1/3 innings in rehab
    Brandon Morrow (shoulder) allowed three hits and two earned runs over 2 1/3 innings Saturday in his first rehab start with Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Morrow sat 92-95 mph with his fastball and topped out at 99 mph, but the results weren't all that great. The oft-injured right-hander is probably going to make several rehab starts before he is again considered for a rotation spot in San Diego. Morrow has been out since early May with a shoulder issue. Jul 25, 6:45 pm
    60-Day DL
    L, 5-2 @Mia
  • Alfredo Simon goes six strong versus BOS
    Alfredo Simon hurled six innings of one-run ball in the Tigers' defeat of the Red Sox on Saturday.

    Advice: Simon was sharp against a struggling Boston offense, surrendering only five hits and two walks over six strong frames. The only Red Sox run came on a Mookie Betts groundout in the bottom of the fifth inning. Simon has been very inconsistent this season, now the owner of a 9-6 record, 4.46 ERA, and 1.46 WHIP. He faces the Orioles on the road next. Jul 25, 4:15 pm
  • Blue Jays not interested in Garza or Lohse
    Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports that the Blue Jays have spoken to the Brewers in recent days, but do not have interest in either Matt Garza or Kyle Lohse.

    Advice: The Blue Jays desperately need to find a way to upgrade their pitching staff, so if they don't have interest in the Brewers starters, perhaps its closer Francisco Rodriguez who they have interest in. Jul 25, 12:05 pm
  • Porcello fares well against his former team
    Rick Porcello fared well in a no-decision against his former club on Friday, allowing just one run on five hits over seven strong innings.

    Advice: Porcello punched out six on the night and didn't issue a free pass. The only blemish on his evening was an RBI single by Ian Kinsler in the third inning. While he has been a major disappointment for the Red Sox this season, he owns a 2.50 ERA and 14/4 K/BB ratio over 18 innings in his last three starts, so perhaps he's turning the corner. He'll take on the White Sox his next time out on Wednesday. Jul 24, 8:01 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Clayton Richard optioned to Triple-A
    Cubs optioned LHP Clayton Richard to Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Richard had to be designated for assignment earlier this week given his major league service time, but he had an option left so the Cubs are now using it after he cleared waivers. He'll stick around as depth. Jul 24, 5:49 am
  • Godley blanks Brewers for 6 innings in debut
    In his MLB debut, Zack Godley fired six shutout innings and struck out seven Brewers on Thursday.

    Advice: He scattered four hits and didn't walk a batter in the gem. Godley, acquired from the Cubs in the Miguel Montero in December, is the first hurler in the modern era (1900-present) to hurl at least six shutout innings while striking out seven and walking one, according to the Arizona Republic. The 25-year-old right-hander has very little experience above A-ball and wasn't an elite prospect, but he's earned another turn, likely next week against Seattle. Jul 23, 10:07 pm
  • Clayton Kershaw shuts out Mets, of course
    Clayton Kershaw didn't even come close to throwing a no-hitter while striking out 11 in a shutout of the Mets on Thursday.

    Advice: With everyone simply assuming he would go 27 up, 27 down against a comatose Mets lineup, Kershaw gave up three hits. THREE! He merely maintained the no-no into the seventh. It was the biggest letdown since the last time he faced the Mets on July 3 and gave up a run. Kershaw has pitched 26 scoreless innings with a 38/0 K/BB ratio in his last three starts, but we're still pretty disappointed in him right now. Jul 23, 6:53 pm
  • Jered Weaver to throw bullpen session Friday
    Jered Weaver (hip) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Friday.

    Advice: Weaver had hoped to return to the Angels rotation immediately following the All-Star break, but he has been slow to progress in his recovery from his left hip irritation. If everything goes well on Friday, he could be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment, where he'll likely make just one start before his return. Jul 23, 6:01 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Diamondbacks call up Godley for MLB debut
    Diamondbacks purchased the contract of RHP Zack Godley from Double-A Mobile.

    Advice: Godley will make his major league debut in a start Thursday against the Brewers. The 25-year-old right-hander has posted a promising 2.72 ERA and 86 strikeouts in 89 1/3 innings this season between High-A and Double-A, and he may be worth a look in some deeper mixed formats. Godley was acquired from the Cubs this past winter in the Miguel Montero trade. Jul 23, 11:55 am
  • SP Wilson wins despite inefficient outing
    C.J. Wilson held the Twins to two runs on six hits but could complete only five innings in Wednesday's win.

    Advice: He was inefficient -- requiring 105 pitches to finish five frames -- but got the job done. The left-hander struck out five and walked two. Wilson, who came into tonight 2-1 with a 2.36 ERA in his last four starts, has seen his ERA drop from 3.92 to 3.59 across five outings. Wilson, whom CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports may become available on the trade market, will earn $20 million in the final year of his contract next year. First things first: He gets the Astros next week. Jul 22, 10:15 pm
    15-Day DL
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