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  • Glasnow allows four runs in loss to Nats
    Tyler Glasnow gave up four runs -- three earned -- over three innings Sunday in the Pirates' loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: It was the third major league start for Glasnow, who had been operating out of the Bucs' bullpen since his early-September return from a shoulder injury. He gave up seven hits and walked one. It's not clear if there is another start in store for the youngster. 55 minutes ago
  • 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. Today, 2:30 pm
  • Finnegan goes five scoreless vs. Reds
    Brandon Finnegan tossed five scoreless innings Sunday in the Reds' win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Finnegan closed out his 2016 with a bang, striking out four without issuing a walk and holding the Brewers to just three hits. Cincinnati will now shut him down. The 23-year-old left-hander finishes with a cool 3.98 ERA and 145 strikeouts in 172 innings. Today, 2:27 pm
  • E-Rod strikes out 13, BoSox win 11th straight
    Eduardo Rodriguez struck out a career-high 13 over 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball, netting a no-decision in Sunday's 3-2 extra-innings win over the Rays.

    Advice: It was a record-setting day for the Red Sox, as Rodriguez combined with the bullpen to strike out 21 Rays batters over the first nine innings. The left-hander lost out on a win when Tampa knotted things up in the eighth inning, but much more important is that E-Rod is hitting his stride as the playoffs near with a 2.03 ERA over his last eight starts. Boston is playing its best baseball of the year, as well, with 11 straight victories. Rodriguez will close out his regular season at home against the Blue Jays. Today, 2:22 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. Today, 2:20 pm
  • Volquez allows four runs but Royals win
    Edinson Volquez surrendered four earned runs over 2 2/3 innings but the Royals beat the Tigers on Sunday.

    Advice: Tigers starter Matt Boyd was far worse, yielding four runs in the top of the first inning without recording an out. Volquez walked four and gave up six hits, including a Victor Martinez grand slam in the bottom of the third. He'll try for better in his final start of the 2016 season next weekend versus Cleveland. Today, 2:17 pm
  • Jake Odorizzi lasts just three innings
    Jake Odorizzi had his shortest outing of the season Sunday, lasting just three innings while allowing two runs in a no-decision versus the Red Sox.

    Advice: He was lucky to permit just the two runs, as Odorizzi yielded four hits and three walked while throwing a whopping 84 pitches over his three frames. It's a hard one for his fantasy owners to swollen as they come down the stretch, but the matchup was certainly a difficult one. Odorizzi has been excellent overall in the second half (2.81 ERA) and should be better next weekend in Texas. Today, 2:16 pm
  • Boyd fails to record out in loss to Royals
    Matt Boyd failed to record an out Sunday in the Tigers' loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Boyd gave up four runs on two singles, a double, a triple, and a homer in a nightmare of a first inning. This after he worked eight innings Tuesday against the Twins. The young lefty may have hit a wall here in late September. Today, 2:14 pm
    L, 12-9 vs KC
  • Michael Pineda whiffs seven over solid 5 2/3
    Michael Pineda held the Blue Jays to one run over 5 2/3 innings while recording seven strikeouts in a no-decision Sunday.

    Advice: Pineda was inefficient as he often can be, but the only run he allowed on the day was a solo home run to Jose Bautista in the fourth inning. It was the big right-hander's fifth straight no-decision, and he hasn't picked up a victory since August 5. Pineda's final start of the season will come Friday against the Orioles. Today, 1:54 pm
  • Gsellman works seven scoreless vs. Phils
    Robert Gsellman delivered seven scoreless innings Sunday in the Mets' rout of the Phillies.

    Advice: Gsellman was backed by a 17-run outburst from the Mets offense. He did his part by yielding just three hits -- all singles -- and striking out eight against two walks. The rookie right-hander has registered an impressive 2.56 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 35 strikeouts over his first 38 2/3 innings as a major leaguer. A rematch with the Phillies is next. Today, 1:51 pm
  • Musgrove cruises over seven against Angels
    Joe Musgrove was excellent on Sunday afternoon in Houston, allowing just one run over seven innings in the Astros' 4-1 victory over the Angels.

    Advice: The one run he gave up came on an RBI single up the middle by Rafael Ortega in the top of the fourth inning. Musgrove struck out four, didn't walk a batter, and scattered seven hits. The rookie right-hander now holds a 4.06 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 55/16 K/BB ratio over 62 innings this year. He'll finish the regular season with a road start against this same Angels squad. Today, 1:48 pm
    W, 4-1 vs LAA
  • Josh Tomlin terrific but takes loss Sunday
    Josh Tomlin was dealt a tough-luck loss Sunday, yielding two runs -- one earned -- over 6 2/3 innings in a loss to the White Sox.

    Advice: He struck out just one on the day, but Tomlin was good in this one with just five hits allowed and no walks. However, unfortunately for Tomlin and the Indians, Carlos Rodon was dominant. Tomlin has been much better since re-entering the rotation, permitting just one earned run in each of his three outings. He'll conclude his regular season with a start versus the Royals. Today, 1:12 pm
    L, 3-0 vs CWS
  • Jarred Cosart (elbow) undergoes MRI, X-ray
    Jarred Cosart has undergone an MRI and X-ray on his right elbow.

    Advice: Cosart exited Saturday's start versus the Giants with what the Padres think is a bone spur in the righty's elbow. He's almost surely done for the season. Cosart holds an ugly 6.00 ERA over 13 starts this season. Today, 12:18 pm
    Bot 6, 3-3 vs SF
  • A.J. Cole ejected from Sunday's game
    A.J. Cole was ejected from Sunday's start versus the Pirates for intentionally throwing a pitch at Jung Ho Kang.

    Advice: Kang faked a tag on Bryce Harper at third base in the top of the third inning, leading to an awkward slide from Harper and an apparent hand injury. Cole and the Nationals took exception, and the righty threw one behind Kang's head and was immediately thrown out. A brawl ensued, and Sean Rodriguez was also ejected. It seems likely that Cole will receive a suspension, and Rodriguez probably will, as well. Today, 12:08 pm
  • Sonny Gray (forearm) to start on Wednesday
    Sonny Gray (forearm) will start on Wednesday against the Angels.

    Advice: Gray has been on the shelf since early August with inflammation in his right forearm, but he's been throwing off a mound for a couple weeks and is ready to test things out in a game. He's expected to go only 1-2 innings in the outing and can be safely avoided in fantasy leagues for the final week. Today, 11:06 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 7-1 vs Tex
  • Homer Bailey (biceps) not expected back
    Reds manager Bryan Price said Sunday it's "not impossible but improbable" that Homer Bailey (biceps) will pitch again this season.

    Advice: Bailey has been throwing off a mound and is feeling good, but it's been four weeks since he's last pitched and he's running out of time to make it back. "If there’s more time left in the season, he’d go someplace and pitch in a game somewhere (in the minor leagues) and come back here and be activated," Price said. "We can’t really provide him with that opportunity unless we want to send him to Arizona. That … doesn’t make sense at this point in time." With Bailey looking like a no-go for the final week, he'll finish the season having posted a 6.65 ERA over just six starts. Today, 10:53 am
    W, 4-2 @Mil
  • Gray (forearm) likely to start this week
    Sonny Gray (forearm) said he "threw everything I had and wasn’t holding back" in a 48-pitch live batting practice session Saturday.

    Advice: A's manager Bob Melvin said of Gray that the "fit him in somewhere" this week provided that he feels fine Sunday. The skipped indicated that an appearance from Gray in the final week would be as a starter. Gray holds a 5.74 ERA in 116 innings this season and should be avoided in fantasy leagues this week, but it looks like the righty will be able to go into the winter feeling positive about his health. Today, 9:56 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 7-1 vs Tex
  • Rubby De La Rosa (elbow) to see Dr. Andrews
    Rubby De La Rosa (elbow) will visit with Dr. James Andrews on Monday.

    Advice: De La Rosa has tried to pitch through a sprained ulnar collateral ligament but is still feeling soreness and tightness in his elbow. He's already had one Tommy John surgery and it's possible he'll require another. De La Rosa is arbitration-eligible for a second time this winter. Today, 9:39 am
    L, 2-1 @Bal
  • Jose Fernandez killed in boating accident
    Andy Slater of 940-AM WINZ reports that Jose Fernandez was killed early Sunday morning in a boating accident.

    Advice: He was one of three people killed in a crash off of Miami Beach. The Marlins have cancelled Sunday's game against the Braves following this unfathomably tragic news. Fernandez turned just 24 at the end of July and, of course, had already been through plenty with what he experienced in defecting from Cuba. Our thoughts go out to Fernandez's family and the Marlins during this horrific tragedy. Today, 5:50 am
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  • Bumgarner coughs up five runs in six innings
    Madison Bumgarner escaped with a no-decision after allowing five runs in six innings but the Giants went on to beat the Padres 9-6 in extra innings on Saturday.

    Advice: He put up zeroes in the first three innings but gave up a solo homer in the fourth, a two-run homer in the fifth and another two-run homer in the sixth. He has given up a career-high 26 homers this season, but his home runs allowed rate is still better than league average. Today he surrendered only one hit that didn't leave the yard. He punched out five and issued one free pass. He helped himself at the plate by going 2-for-3 and scoring a run. The five runs allowed were the most he has given up in a game this year. His 2.71 ERA in 219 1/3 innings is still spectacular even after the poor outing. He is likely to get one more start in the regular season. Yesterday, 10:36 pm
  • Asher earns win despite four unearned runs
    Alec Asher allowed four runs -- all unearned -- over five innings in a win over the Mets on Saturday.

    Advice: Two errors that contributed to a four-run fifth inning -- with the Phillies ahead 10-0 at that point -- marred Asher's final line, but he gave up just five hits without walking a batter in the victory. Asher has now allowed just four earned runs in four starts this year, posting a 1.66 ERA and 0.92 WHIP while going 2-0 in those starts. A rematch with the Mets on Friday looms in Asher's final start of 2016. Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • Kershaw fires seven shutout innings vs Rox
    Clayton Kershaw shut down the Rockies for seven scoreless innings on three hits as the Dodgers won 14-1 on Saturday.

    Advice: He struck out six and didn't walk anybody. It was another vintage Kershaw outing. He improved his record to 12-3 with a remarkable 1.65 ERA. He has punched out 168 batters and walked only 10 in 142 innings. He missed a couple months to a back injury but has returned with a vengeance. With the Dodgers likely to clinch a division title before his next turn, it remains to be seen if Kershaw will get another start in the regular season. Yesterday, 10:02 pm
  • Bettis pounded for seven runs in 4 2/3 frames
    Chad Bettis was demolished for seven runs -- five earned -- over 4 2/3 innings in a loss to the Dodgers on Saturday.

    Advice: He can't blame this one on Coors Field either. He struggled to throw strikes, walking four on 105 pitches in the short and ugly outing. He gave up eight hits and struck out three. Bettis gave up four runs in the second inning, two more in the fourth and was chased after giving up an RBI single to opposing pitcher Clayton Kershaw in the fifth. His record falls to 13-8 with a 4.92 ERA in 179 1/3 innings. Yesterday, 9:52 pm
  • Straily limits Brewers to one run in 14th win
    Dan Straily held the Brewers to one run over 6 2/3 innings in a win Saturday.

    Advice: Straily yielded five hits and issued two free passes in the victory, his third in a row and 14th on the year. Anybody who said they saw this coming from the 27-year-old is a liar. Straily is now 14-8 with a 3.74 ERA and 1.18 WHIP through 33 games -- including 30 starts -- this season, and he's cemented a spot in the Reds' rotation heading into next year. Straily will make his final start of this season Thursday against the Cardinals. Yesterday, 9:45 pm
  • Blair gives up five runs in loss to Marlins
    Aaron Blair allowed five runs over 3 1/3 innings in a loss to the Marlins on Saturday.

    Advice: Blair gave up six hits and walked three, and the right-hander failed to register a strikeout in the outing. The start came five days after he bested Mets stud Noah Syndergaard, speaking to the volatility the 24-year-old has brought to the table this year. Blair owns an 8.02 ERA in 14 starts overall, and a date with the Tigers on Friday could be a rough way to end a trying rookie season. Yesterday, 9:14 pm
  • Chen allows two runs over four versus Braves
    Wei-Yin Chen allowed two runs over four innings of work Saturday against the Braves.

    Advice: In his second start since coming off the disabled list, Chen threw 62 pitches -- four fewer than in his first start -- while allowing four hits and not issuing a walk. It was a similar line to his last start against the Nationals, and Chen now owns a 5.02 ERA and 1.28 WHIP through 21 starts this year. Chen will make his final start of 2016 Friday against the Nationals. Yesterday, 9:08 pm
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  • Cosart exits with right elbow inflammation
    Jarred Cosart (elbow) left Saturday's game against the Giants with right elbow inflammation.

    Advice: He didn't look right from the start, allowing three hits, two walks and three earned runs before exiting with two outs in the first inning. Only 13 of his 28 pitches went for strikes. With only a week left in the regular season, it's likely that Cosart has thrown his final pitch of 2016. The right-hander is winless in 13 starts with a 6.04 ERA. Yesterday, 7:34 pm
    Bot 6, 3-3 vs SF
  • Rubby De La Rosa unlikely to return in 2016
    Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale conceded that Rubby De La Rosa (elbow) is unlikely to return this season.

    Advice: Momentum was building for a comeback in late September but De La Rosa simply ran out of time. Originally slated for Tommy John surgery after tearing his UCL, De La Rosa chose the rehab route instead. It looks like he'll be fine for spring training next season. Yesterday, 3:41 pm
    L, 2-1 @Bal
  • Jose Fernandez pushed back to Monday
    Jose Fernandez will have his start pushed back to Monday.

    Advice: He was slated to get the ball Sunday versus Atlanta but now he'll start against the Mets on Monday. Fernandez has already logged 182 1/3 innings this year and there's a good chance the Marlins will shut him down after his next start. Adam Conley will toe the rubber in Sunday's series finale. Yesterday, 1:24 pm
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  • Sonny Gray (forearm) to face live hitters
    Sonny Gray (forearm) is scheduled to throw a live batting practice session on Saturday.

    Advice: The right-hander has been sidelined since early August due to inflammation in his right forearm, but has yet to give up hope on a return this season. He could make a start in the final week of the season, though he's probably best avoided for fantasy purposes. Yesterday, 10:59 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 7-1 vs Tex
  • Tyler Glasnow to start for Pirates on Sunday
    Pirates manager Clint Hurdle announced Friday that Tyler Glasnow will start for the Pirates on Sunday against the Nationals.

    Advice: It will be the third start of the right-hander's young career. The 23-year-old hurler owns a 4.11 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 15/8 K/BB ratio across 15 1/3 innings with the big league club this season. He's worth a look as a streaming option. Yesterday, 6:35 am
  • Bailey's (biceps) status still undetermined
    Reds manager Bryan Price said Wednesday that if Homer Bailey (biceps) isn't ready to start by Sunday in Milwaukee, it's "unlikely" he would make another start this season.

    Advice: Bailey felt fine during a lengthy bullpen session Tuesday, but the club still hasn't decided when or if he'll rejoin the rotation. "If you haven’t seen him on the mound in Milwaukee and we’ve gone through that series, and I can’t say the first day in St. Louis that we have him scheduled for a start or two, I would say it would be unlikely that he would make a start or two the rest of the year," Price said. Friday, 6:26 am
    W, 4-2 @Mil
  • Brandon Finnegan to make one more start
    Brandon Finnegan will make one more start before being shut down.

    Advice: The Reds were considering shutting him down after his last start -- which was his 30th of the season -- but it was an abbreviated outing, so he'll get one more at an undetermined date. Finnegan has thrown 167 innings this season, which is a significant jump over the 105 1/3 he threw in 2015 but not too much more than the 145 2/3 he threw in 2014 between college and the pros. Friday, 6:20 am
  • 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. Wednesday, 5:46 pm
  • Joe Musgrove keeps A's in check into sixth
    Joe Musgrove pitched well in Tuesday's no-decision against the A's, surrendering one run on two hits over 5 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Musgrove's outing was only marred by a few control issues, as he walked three over his 5 1/3 innings of work. The lone run to score on his watch came home on an RBI ground out by Stephen Vogt in the sixth. Since being blasted by the Rangers on September 3, the 23-year-old right-hander has allowed just six runs over his last 17 innings (three starts). He will carry a 4.42 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 51/16 K/BB ratio (55 frames) into a home date with the Angels next time he takes the mound. Tuesday, 10:09 pm
    W, 4-1 vs LAA
  • Robert Gsellman pitches well but takes loss
    Robert Gsellman pitched well in a tough-luck loss Tuesday, striking out six while holding the Braves to two runs over 5 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Gsellman shut the Braves out through the first five frames, but he quickly got into trouble in the sixth with a couple one-out singles and a walk to load the bases. Matt Kemp then lifted a ball to right center that should have went for a sac fly, but it fell for a single. Gsellman was then pulled, and Josh Smoker walked in a run to charge another run to the starter. The right-hander will try to get back in the win column versus the Phillies on Sunday. Tuesday, 8:41 pm
  • Eduardo Rodriguez terrific over 6 1/3 Tuesday
    Eduardo Rodriguez struck out seven while holding the Orioles to two runs across 6 1/3 innings in a 5-2 victory Tuesday.

    Advice: Rodriguez had a no-hitter with two outs in the fifth inning until Trey Mancinci broke that up with a solo home run. The left-hander yielded only four hits and one walk on the night to go along with his seven punchouts. The inconsistency with Rodriguez can be frustrating, but he's mostly been very good since the beginning of August with a 3.26 ERA. He'll face the Rays in Tampa on Sunday. Tuesday, 8:18 pm
  • Boyd delivers eight strong in win over Twins
    Matt Boyd allowed a run on three hits over eight stout innings in the Tigers' 8-1 win over the Twins on Tuesday.

    Advice: A Robbie Grossman solo homer in the seventh inning was the only damage Boyd allowed on the evening. The lefty was otherwise stellar, walking just one while striking out seven over his eight innings of work. It was a nice showing after he lasted just 3 2/3 innings his last time out. Boyd is now 6-4 with a 4.16 ERA in 97 1/3 innings on the year. He'll look to keep rolling Sunday against the Royals. Tuesday, 8:17 pm
    L, 12-9 vs KC
  • Michael Pineda strikes out 11 in no-decision
    Michael Pineda lasted just 5 1/3 innings but recorded 11 strikeouts in a no-decision Tuesday as the Yankees downed the Rays 5-3.

    Advice: He needed 98 pitches to get through his 5 1/3 frames, but that can happen when you pile up 11 punchouts. Pineda surrendered a two-run triple to Brad Miller in the third inning but held the Rays off the scoreboard otherwise and was let off the hook when the Yanks rallied for four runs in the seventh inning. He'll take on the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on Sunday. Tuesday, 7:45 pm
  • Josh Tomlin holds Royals in check Tuesday
    Josh Tomlin limited the Royals to just one run across 6 2/3 innings but settled for a no-decision in a 2-1 victory.

    Advice: He matched zeroes with Edinson Volquez for much of the night, as it was 1-1 headed into the ninth when Brandon Guyer ended it with a walk-off RBI double. Tomlin has pitched well in each of his two starts since rejoining the Tribe's rotation, yielding just two runs over 11 2/3 innings. He'll try to keep it going against the White Sox on Sunday. Tuesday, 7:19 pm
    L, 3-0 vs CWS
  • Edinson Volquez pitches well in no-decision
    Edinson Volquez limited the Indians to one run over 6 2/3 innings but had to settle for a no-decision Tuesday.

    Advice: Volquez served up a solo home run to Carlos Santana in the third, but that's the only time the Tribe was able to dent the scoreboard against him. It's the 33-year-old's first quality start in over a month and just the third time since the beginning of July that he went more than six frames. Volquez faces the Tigers in Detroit this weekend. Tuesday, 7:15 pm
  • Jose Fernandez whiffs 12 in eight-inning gem
    Jose Fernandez was dominant Tuesday, striking out 12 while allowing only three hits across eight scoreless innings in a 1-0 win over the Nationals.

    Advice: Tanner Roark pitched well himself in this one, but Fernandez wasn't going to be denied. The big righty didn't walk anyone and allowed just one runner to reach second base through his first seven frames. He pitched out of a jam in his last inning with runners on the corners and one out, getting a strikeout and groundout. Fernandez now has nine 11-plus strikeout games this season and an absurd 253 strikeouts over 182 1/3 innings on the year. The Marlins could shut him down after Sunday's start against the Braves if they fall out of contention next week. Tuesday, 6:40 pm
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  • Homer Bailey (biceps) throws 'pen session
    Homer Bailey (biceps) threw a lengthy bullpen session on Tuesday.

    Advice: The workout was originally scheduled for Wednesday, but Bailey felt so good after his last throwing session that he asked to move it up a day. The right-hander tossed about 30 warmup pitches before facing four batters who stood in the box but did not swing. It was almost like a simulated game. Bailey, out since August 28 with biceps tendinitis, is aiming to make one more start for the Reds before the end of the 2016 regular season. Tuesday, 6:02 pm
    W, 4-2 @Mil
  • Gray (forearm) throws 48-pitch 'pen session
    Sonny Gray (forearm) threw a 48-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday afternoon.

    Advice: Gray is now scheduled to face live hitters over the weekend. He could make a start for the A's in the final week of the regular season, but the right-hander will be on a pitch count in that one and not worth using in a down-to-the-wire fantasy league. Gray, out since early August with forearm inflammation, holds an ugly 5.74 ERA in 116 innings this year. Tuesday, 4:23 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 7-1 vs Tex
  • Fernandez preparing for two more starts
    Jose Fernandez said Monday that he's preparing for two more starts.

    Advice: The Marlins have wanted to keep Fernandez in the range of 180 innings in his first full season back from Tommy John surgery and he's currently sitting at 174 1/3 innings for the year. As of now, he's lined up to start Tuesday against the Nationals and Sunday against the Braves. The Marlins are back at .500 and sit four games back in the Wild Card race, so he could be ready to go for the final week of the season if they make a late push. He's likely to be shut down for the final week if they are officially eliminated. Tuesday, 6:07 am
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  • Clayton Kershaw strong against Giants
    Clayton Kershaw allowed just an unearned run and three hits over six innings Monday against the Giants.

    Advice: The run scored after an infield single, a steal with a throwing error that allowed the runner to go to third and then a wild pitch. Kershaw, though, was Kershaw; he struck out seven and walked one in the 88-pitch outing. He should be ready to throw 100 pitches next time out. Monday, 10:39 pm
  • Madison Bumgarner strikes out 10 Dodgers
    Madison Bumgarner struck out 10 in seven scoreless innings Monday in a no-decision against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Bumgarner finished the seventh by touching off a benches-clearing incident with Yasiel Puig, repeatedly telling Puig "don't look at me" while at the same time staring him down. Before that happened, it seemed likely that Bumgarner would be back out for the eighth; he finished the seventh at 97 pitches. Instead, he was done and the bullpen blew the game in the ninth. Monday, 10:38 pm
  • Aaron Blair out-pitches Thor on Monday
    Aaron Blair pitched the best game of his young career Monday, holding the Mets to two runs over six frames in a 7-3 victory.

    Advice: This looked like one of the biggest mismatches of the season on paper with Noah Syndergaard going up against Blair, who entered with an 8.23 ERA over his first 12 major league starts. However, Thor was knocked out after 3 2/3 innings and Blair went six strong, needing just 86 pitches. That's baseball. The rookie right-hander gets the Marlins in Miami this weekend and will still be hard to trust in fantasy leagues. Monday, 7:48 pm
  • Wei-Yin Chen lasts 4 1/3 frames in return
    Making his first start in two months, Wei-Yin Chen yielded three runs over 4 1/3 frames in a 4-3 victory over the Nationals.

    Advice: Chen faced the minimum through four innings but quickly ran into trouble in the fifth, permitting two one-out singles and then a three-run homer to Danny Espinosa. The left-hander was probably gassed after a long layoff, and the Marlins overall were probably encouraged with what they saw. He gave up just four hits, didn't walk anyone and struck out three. Chen should be able to go a bit deeper into this weekend's start versus the Braves. Monday, 7:27 pm
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  • A.J. Cole lasts just four innings Monday
    A.J. Cole gave up only two runs but lasted just four innings in Monday's loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: Cole had thrown just 79 pitches, but the Nationals had a scoring opportunity in the top of the fifth inning and elected to pinch-hit for their starter. He struck out three while permitting four hits and a couple walks. Cole hasn't gone more than five innings in any of his last three outings. He'll face the Pirates on Sunday. Monday, 7:23 pm
  • Sonny Gray (forearm) set for bullpen Tue.
    Sonny Gray (forearm) is scheduled to throw 30 pitches in his bullpen session on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Athletics haven't officially ruled him out for the year, but he won't be worth adding in fantasy leagues even if he manages to return. Gray has been out since early August with a muscle strain and inflammation in his forearm. Sep 19, 3:42 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 7-1 vs Tex
  • Bailey (biceps) to throw another bullpen Wed.
    Homer Bailey (biceps) is scheduled to throw another bullpen session on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Reds will make a call from there about whether he's ready to make another start. Bailey, who is coming back from Tommy John surgery, has been out since August 28 with biceps tendinitis. Sep 19, 2:29 pm
    W, 4-2 @Mil
  • Marlins activate LHP Chen (elbow) from DL
    Marlins activated LHP Wei-Yin Chen from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Chen has been out since late July with a left elbow sprain, but he'll make his return in a start Monday against the Nationals. The 31-year-old had a disappointing 4.99 ERA in 19 starts prior to the injury and makes for a risky play in mixed fantasy leagues. Sep 19, 1:04 pm
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  • Kershaw on pitch count of 90-100 on Monday
    Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times says Clayton Kershaw will be on a pitch count of 90-100 on Monday night against the Giants.

    Advice: That's a nice increase for Kershaw, who threw 64 pitches over five scoreless innings in his second start off the disabled list last Wednesday versus the Yankees. The ace left-hander is an obvious must-play the rest of the way after missing more than 10 weeks with a herniated disc in his back. He owns a dominant 1.81 ERA, 0.73 WHIP, and 155/9 K/BB ratio in 129 total innings this season. Sep 19, 9:55 am
  • Chad Bettis defeats Padres to win 13th game
    Chad Bettis picked up his 13th victory of the season on Sunday, limiting the Padres to three runs on five hits over 5 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Bettis punched out three and issued just one walk on the afternoon. He allowed just a solo home run to Adam Rosales through the first five innings, then the Padres tacked on a pair while chasing him in the sixth. He'll carry a 4.79 ERA and 1.37 WHIP into Saturday's start against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Sep 18, 4:36 pm
  • Jarred Cosart hit hard in loss at Coors Field
    Jarred Cosart was hit hard in a losing effort against the Rockies at Coors Field on Sunday, allowing five runs on five hits in 3 2/3 innings.

    Advice: The right-hander walked four and struck out four in the ballgame. He navigated through the first three innings without any difficulty, but the Rockies broke through with five runs in the fourth to chase him, including a two-run homer by Mark Reynolds. Cosart will continue to take his turn in the rotation despite a very disappointing 5.63 ERA and 1.70 WHIP. He should be ignored for Saturday's start against the Giants. Sep 18, 4:32 pm
    Bot 6, 3-3 vs SF
  • Odorizzi goes six strong versus Orioles
    Jake Odorizzi tossed six innings of one-run ball Sunday in a no-decision against the Orioles.

    Advice: Odorizzi did his part, yielding just five hits and walking none while striking out three. The one run he gave up came on a Manny Machado solo shot in the bottom of the sixth inning. Odorizzi left with the game tied 1-1 and then Mark Trumbo put the O's ahead for good with a dinger in the bottom of the eighth. It's been a very good second half for the 26-year-old right-hander, who gets the Red Sox at home next. Sep 18, 1:46 pm
  • Tyler Glasnow goes three scoreless in relief
    Tyler Glasnow pitched three scoreless innings, striking out four, in relief of Ivan Nova against the Reds on Sunday.

    Advice: The Pirates haven't ruled out giving Glasnow another start this season, and the fact that he threw 55 pitches today probably helps his case. Still, he's not on the schedule right now. Sep 18, 1:12 pm
  • Sonny Gray (forearm) to throw off mound
    Sonny Gray (forearm) will throw another bullpen session Tuesday.

    Advice: Gray has been on the shelf since early August with a muscle strain and inflammation in his forearm, but he's not giving up hope for a late-season return. However, given how poorly he pitched before being hurt, fantasy owners have no incentive to wait around for the righty. Sep 18, 11:01 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 7-1 vs Tex
  • Reds could shut Brandon Finnegan down
    The Reds are considering shutting Brandon Finnegan down.

    Advice: Finnegan has thrown 167 innings this season in his first full year as a starter at the professional level. The left-hander has posted a respectable 4.10 ERA, but he leads all of baseball with his 84 walks and the National League with 29 home runs allowed. Sep 18, 7:46 am
  • Rubby De La Rosa might not be shut down
    Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said Saturday that Rubby De La Rosa (elbow) might pitch again this season after all.

    Advice: The D'Backs announced Thursday that De La Rosa would be shut down, but Hale reversed course Saturday, saying the righty could pitch again if he shows improved command in bullpen sessions and in a simulated game. De La Rosa missed 3 1/2 months due to a sprained UCL and looked off in two appearances this month, but the club thinks his issues are more mental than physical. Sep 18, 6:47 am
    L, 2-1 @Bal
  • Finnegan chased after 2 1/3 against Pirates
    Brandon Finnegan allowed five runs -- two earned -- over 2 1/3 innings in a loss to the Pirates in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader.

    Advice: The Bucs got to Finnegan for four runs in the second inning, aided by a fielding error, and added a run in the third before Finnegan's night ended. The silver lining is that all seven of the Pirates' hits were singles, so it wasn't as though he was getting shelled. The three walks didn't help -- he leads the National League with 84 walks issued this year -- and Finnegan struck out just one, so it certainly wasn't his best outing regardless. The southpaw is 9-11 with a 4.10 ERA through 30 starts, and he'll look to get back in the win column Friday against the Brewers. Sep 17, 7:44 pm
  • Wei-Yin Chen (elbow) to start on Monday
    Wei-Yin Chen (elbow) will rejoin the Marlins' rotation on Monday versus the Nationals.

    Advice: It had been looking like a longshot for a while that Chen would make it back for a meaningful role this season, but he's gotten through a couple simulated games recently with no issues. The lefty has been out since late July with a left elbow sprain. Sep 16, 2:26 pm
    vs Atl
  • Rubby De La Rosa being shut down for year
    Due to lingering health concerns, Rubby De La Rosa will not pitch again this season.

    Advice: De La Rosa was just activated from the 60-day disabled list on September 9. He had previously been sidelined by a sprained UCL in his right elbow. While he did make two appearances after being activated, manager Chip Hale did not like what he saw in those outings and the Diamondbacks have decided it would be best not to risk further injury. De La Rosa will continue to throw, but his 2016 season has been put to rest. He finished the abbreviated campaign holding a 4.26 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 54/20 K/BB ratio over 50 2/3 innings. Sep 15, 9:36 pm
    L, 2-1 @Bal
  • Rodriguez lasts just 2 1/3 innings versus NYY
    Eduardo Rodriguez was chased after 2 1/3 innings Thursday against the Yankees, allowing four runs on eight hits in the no-decision.

    Advice: Rodriguez clearly didn't have it on this night, and Red Sox manager John Farrell made the right call in a game that the Sox ended up coming back to win. The 23-year-old has had some clunkers this year but had been pretty good leading up to Thursday, giving up more than three runs just once in his previous 10 starts. It all adds up to a 4.98 ERA and 1.34 WHIP for the southpaw through 17 starts. He'll try to right the ship Tuesday against the Orioles. Sep 15, 8:47 pm
  • Volquez shelled for eight earned by Athletics
    Edinson Volquez was knocked around to the tune of nine runs -- eight earned -- over 3 1/3 innings in a loss to the Athletics on Thursday.

    Advice: Volquez allowed seven hits, including a three-run homer, and walked four in the defeat, dropping him to 10-11 with a 5.40 ERA in 31 starts. Advanced peripherals say there's not a huge difference between this year's version and the Edinson Volquez who posted ERAs of 3.04 and 3.55, respectively, in the previous two years, but whatever run-suppression magic he had hasn't been there in 2016. The right-hander will next take the hill Tuesday against the Indians. Sep 15, 7:49 pm
  • D'Backs to reevaluate De La Rosa's health
    Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said the team will reevaluate Rubby De La Rosa's health.

    Advice: De La Rosa was lifted after throwing 45 pitches over one-plus innings Wednesday night against the Rockies. He's trying to work through a sprained UCL in his right elbow without going under the knife. "We’re going to look at his health," said Hale. "He didn’t seem to have the same kind of stuff coming out. Again the command was not good." Sep 14, 10:55 pm
    L, 2-1 @Bal
  • Rubby De La Rosa lifted in second
    Rubby De La Rosa was taken out after allowing one run in one-plus innings Wednesday in his start against the Rockies.

    Advice: The Diamondbacks probably shouldn't have brought De La Rosa back at all, but they wanted to see if he could work his way back from his sprained UCL without surgery. The plan was for him to throw another two or three innings tonight (he threw two in his first start back from the DL last week), but with his pitch count up to 45 with no outs in the second, he had to be lifted. Sep 14, 10:40 pm
    L, 2-1 @Bal
  • Joe Musgrove goes 6 1/3 innings in victory
    Joe Musgrove yielded three runs in 6 1/3 innings in a victory over the Rangers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Musgrove struck out seven and walked two in helping the Astros to salvage at least the finale of the three-game series. The 23-year-old rookie still has a 4.71 ERA for the Astros, but his 47/13 K/BB ratio in 49 2/3 innings is pretty impressive. He'll be a nice play in mixed leagues next week, as he'll likely get to pitch in Oakland and at home against the Angels. Sep 14, 9:03 pm
    W, 4-1 vs LAA
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