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  • Tigers going to slow down Justin Verlander
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Saturday that they are going to slow Justin Verlander (triceps) down.

    Advice: Verlander isn't going to touch a baseball until Sunday as he continues to battle through a triceps injury. At this point, he's going to need at least one minor league rehab start, probably more. Fantasy owners shouldn't count on getting the right-hander active for another couple of weeks.
    34 minutes ago
    15-Day DL
    10:08 am vs CWS
  • Reds activate Homer Bailey on Saturday
    Reds activated RHP Homer Bailey from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Bailey will make his season debut against the Cardinals in St. Louis on Saturday. His return has bumped Raisel Iglesias from the Reds rotation and down to Triple-A Louisville. Fantasy owners may want to hold him out of lineups for his first start to measure his effectiveness.
    38 minutes ago
  • Jaime Garcia (shoulder) still six weeks away
    Jaime Garcia (shoulder) faced live hitters for the first time on Friday but is still at least six weeks away from a potential return to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak indicated that Garcia's goal is to come back as a starting pitcher, but likened his progress to this point as being at the beginning of spring training. The Cardinals will obviously play things cautiously in his recovery, so fantasy owners shouldn't count on anything out of the left-hander until around midseason.
    Today, 6:21 am
    15-Day DL
    11:15 am vs Cin
  • Clayton Kershaw fans 12 in victory
    Clayton Kershaw is on the board with his first win after surrendering three runs -- one earned -- in six innings Friday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Kershaw struck out 12 and lowered his ERA from 5.84 to 4.42. He still wasn't at his absolute best, but he's going to be just fine.
    Yesterday, 10:58 pm
  • Kyle Kendrick gives up six runs in loss
    Kyle Kendrick was tagged for six runs in 4 2/3 innings by the Dodgers in Friday's loss.

    Advice: Kendrick has followed up his surprising Opening Day win (seven scoreless against the Brewers) by giving up 14 runs his last two times out. This would be a bigger problem if anyone out there actually owned him in a fantasy league.
    Yesterday, 10:56 pm
  • Josh Collmenter hurls shutout against Giants
    Josh Collmenter pitched his second career shutout and went 3-for-5 with an RBI at the plate Friday against the Giants.

    Advice: He ended up with almost as many hits as the four he allowed on the night. He struck out just two, but allowing the Giants to put the ball in play hasn't hurt many pitchers of late (Collmenter being one exception, having given up five runs in a loss to the Giants on Opening Day). Collmenter's previous shutout came last May 29 against the Reds. Unless the Diamondbacks decide to rearrange their rotation and pitch him Wednesday against the Rangers, he's due to face the Pirates next time out.
    Yesterday, 10:44 pm
  • Jake Peavy gives up four runs to Arizona
    Jake Peavy yielded four runs and eight hits in 3 2/3 innings Friday in a loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: It's worth wondering if the Giants would have allowed Peavy to pitch Sunday if they hadn't already lost Matt Cain to the DL. He hasn't been effective either time out while trying to manage his troublesome back, and he still might need a DL stint.
    Yesterday, 10:39 pm
  • Yovani Gallardo goes six scoreless in win
    Yovani Gallardo tossed six scoreless innings Friday for the win as the Rangers beat the Mariners 3-1.

    Advice: Gallardo has won back-to-back starts since his Opening Day debacle, bringing his ERA down to 3.45 in the process. It does come with a 1.66 WHIP, though. He's strictly an AL-only guy at this stage of his career.
    Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • J.A. Happ allows two runs in loss
    J.A. Happ yielded two runs in seven innings Friday in a loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Happ has given the Mariners consecutive quality starts with no victories to show for it. His next start will come against the Astros, giving him a chance to rack up more strikeouts than the four he's totaled in his first two starts.
    Yesterday, 10:21 pm
  • Kluber gives up two runs in no-decision
    Corey Kluber took a no-decision Friday after allowing two runs over eight innings against the Twins.

    Advice: Kluber had a perfect game until giving up a leadoff single to Oswaldo Arcia in the bottom of the sixth inning. He ended up allowing two runs in the frame, which cost him a chance at a win. Still, it was a very solid outing, as he gave up just three hits and one walk while striking out eight batters. The 2014 AL Cy Young Award winner is still looking for his first win, but he has a 2.49 ERA and 25/4 K/BB ratio through 21 2/3 innings. This is no one-year wonder.
    Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Pelfrey goes five innings in no-decision
    Mike Pelfrey allowed one run over five innings Friday in a no-decision against the Indians.

    Advice: The only run scored on a wild pitch in his final inning of work. It wasn't as strong of an outing as it appeared, as Pelfrey walked four batters while striking out just two. Still, the Twins will take it. The veteran right-hander owns a 4.50 ERA through two starts and will get the Royals next week. He's not a fantasy option.
    Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Cueto strikes out 10 batters in loss
    Johnny Cueto struck out 10 batters, but gave up four runs over seven innings in a loss to the Cardinals on Friday.

    Advice: Cueto held the Cardinals to just one run over the first six innings, but he got into some trouble in the seventh before intentionally walking Jon Jay to load the bases. Yadier Molina then hit a bases-clearing double. That was the ballgame. This was the ninth double-digit strikeout game of Cueto's career. He'll attempt to get back in the win column next week against the Brewers on the road.
    Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • Michael Wacha holds Reds to one run in win
    Michael Wacha fired seven innings of one-run ball in a 6-1 win over the Reds on Friday.

    Advice: Wacha surrendered a solo homer to Joey Votto in the first inning, but held the Reds off the board the rest of the way. He allowed just five hits and one walk to go along with four strikeouts. The Cardinals put him in line for the win with a rally in the bottom of the seventh. Wacha has won each of his first two starts this season and owns a 1.35 ERA and 6/2 K/BB ratio over 13 1/3 innings. He has major upside if he can stay healthy.
    Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • Jered Weaver pitches well in no-decision
    Jered Weaver pitched well in a no-decision against the Astros on Friday, allowing just two runs on six hits across six frames.

    Advice: Weaver punched out three on the night without issuing a walk. He departed with a 3-2 lead and in line for a victory, though his bullpen was unable to hold on for him. Even with the strong outing Friday, he'll head into Wednesday's start against the Athletics with an unsightly 6.61 ERA and 1.53 WHIP.
    Yesterday, 8:47 pm
  • Roberto Hernandez fans six in no-decision
    Roberto Hernandez racked up six strikeouts in a no-decision against the Angels on Friday.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander allowed three runs on three hits and a walk over his six innings of work. A major question mark heading into the season, Hernandez has posted a 3.38 ERA and 1.22 WHIP through his first two starts. While he's unlikely to be an every week starter in mixed leagues, he could be worth a look as a spot play for Wednesday's matchup against the Mariners in Seattle.
    Yesterday, 8:37 pm
  • Max Scherzer dominates in win over Phillies
    Max Scherzer dominated the Phillies on Friday, allowing just one run over eight innings in a 7-2 victory.

    Advice: Scherzer cruised for the most part, giving up just four hits to go along with nine strikeouts and no walks. The only run scored on a ground out from Freddy Galvis in the third. The high-priced right-hander has been as advertised thus far, putting up a 0.83 ERA and 25/4 K/BB ratio in 21 2/3 innings across his first three starts with the Nationals. He's a no-doubt fantasy ace.
    Yesterday, 7:12 pm
  • Vance Worley fans six in victory over Brewers
    Vance Worley pitched well in Friday's victory over the Brewers, allowing just two runs on six hits over six strong innings.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander racked up six strikeouts on the evening while walking four, needing 93 pitches to get through his six frames. After a disastrous opening to the season, Worley needed a strong outing to secure his spot in the Pirates rotation, and he certainly delivered. He'll carry a 5.84 ERA and 1.54 WHIP into Wednesday's matchup against the Cubs.
    Yesterday, 7:08 pm
  • Nelson lasts five innings in loss to Pirates
    Jimmy Nelson pitched decently in a losing effort against the Pirates on Friday, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits over his five innings of work.

    Advice: Nelson punched out three on the night and didn't walk a batter. He was lifted in the fifth inning for a pinch hitter after throwing only 73 pitches. He was also victimized by poor defense, as a passed ball by Jonathan Lucroy contributed to the Pirates scoring. He'll carry a 1.50 ERA and 12/2 K/BB ratio into Wednesday's matchup against the Reds.
    Yesterday, 7:05 pm
  • Ubaldo Jimenez tossed for hitting Sandoval
    Ubaldo Jimenez was ejected from Friday's game against the Red Sox after hitting Pablo Sandoval with a pitch.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander hadn't allowed a hit through his 3 2/3 innings of work before getting the gate from home plate umpire Jordan Baker. There had been no warning of either bench, though Sandoval did slide hard into second base and take out Jonathan Schoop earlier in the contest which could have prompted the retaliation.
    Yesterday, 5:28 pm
  • James Shields moves to 2-0 with victory
    James Shields allowed four runs -- three earned -- over six innings to pick up a win in Friday's 5-4 victory over the Cubs.

    Advice: Shields ruined Kris Bryant Day by striking out the wunderkind swinging all three times they faced. He punched out a total of nine on the day, giving up five hits while walking a pair. Shields and Padres were down 4-2 when the righty was pinch-hit for, but Wil Myers saved the day with a three-run blast. The right-hander will carry a 2.84 ERA into a tough matchup in Colorado next week.
    Yesterday, 2:46 pm
  • Jason Hammel takes no-decision Friday.
    Jason Hammel was charged with four runs over 6 1/3 frames in Friday's loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Hammel was pulled in the seventh inning with two runners on and a 4-2 lead before watching Brian Schlitter serve up a three-run dinger to Wil Myers. The right-hander struck out five on the day, yielding seven hits and one walk. Hammels boasts an 11/1 K/BB ratio through his first 12 1/3 innings, suggesting that his 5.11 ERA is likely to come down in a hurry. He takes on the Pirates in Pittsburgh next.
    Yesterday, 2:42 pm
  • David Price whiffs nine over eight innings
    David Price didn't get a win but was excellent Friday, spinning eight frames of one-run ball in a 2-1 victory over the White Sox.

    Advice: Price recorded nine strikeouts, yielded four hits and two walks on the day. Avisail Garcia got to him with an opposite-field homer in the second inning, but that was the only run and only extra-base hit the White Sox were able to muster. The Tigers won it with a walk-off single in the ninth inning by Jose Iglesias after a blown call at second base (and blown challenge opportunity by manager Robin Ventura). Price will take a microscopic 0.40 ERA into next week's outing against the Yankees.
    Yesterday, 2:07 pm
  • Jeff Samardzija terrific in no-decision
    Jeff Samardzija was superb but settled for a no-decision Friday, tossing eight innings of one-run ball in a loss to the Tigers.

    Advice: He was tagged for a long solo shot in the fourth inning by Yoenis Cespedes, but that's all the Tigers were able to muster off of the White Sox' right-hander. Samardzija struck out eight batters on the day, walked just one and yielded eight hits. It's his best start so far in three tries in a Pale Hose uniform. Samardzija gets the Indians next.
    Yesterday, 1:57 pm
  • Verlander (triceps) ruled out for Tuesday
    Justin Verlander (triceps) has been ruled out for Tuesday's start against the Yankees.

    Advice: It was the presumption after Verlander had to cut short a simulated game Wednesday due to fatigue. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said that the right-hander had some "normal soreness" Thursday one day after the sim game. The next step for Verlander hasn't been determined yet. "We'll cross that when we get to it," Ausmus said when asked about a rehab assignment. Kyle Lobstein will get another start in Verlander's place.
    Yesterday, 10:29 am
    15-Day DL
    10:08 am vs CWS
  • Kennedy (hamstring) to appear in ext. spring
    Ian Kennedy (hamstring) will throw 75-90 pitches in an extended spring training game on Monday.

    Advice: He was cleared for game action after getting through a bullpen session Friday with no issues. That the Padres have decided to give him an extended spring training start rather than send him on an official rehab assignment should be irrelevant. Kennedy will be eligible for activation five days after Monday's appearance and should be penciled in to rejoin the rotation on April 25 versus the Dodgers.
    Yesterday, 9:13 am
    Disabled List
  • Bradley posts second straight quality start
    Archie Bradley surrendered a pair of runs across 6 2/3 innings in Thursday's no-decision win versus the Giants.

    Advice: He struck out four, walked two and surrendered four hits. Bradley outdueled Clayton Kershaw in his debut and acquitted himself well against the defending champs in his second outing. He has a 1.42 ERA across two trips. Bradley will go for three straight quality starts to begin his career next week against the Rangers.
    Thursday, 11:44 pm
  • Kennedy (hamstring) throws bullpen session
    Ian Kennedy (hamstring) threw a bullpen session Wednesday.

    Advice: Kennedy hit the disabled list after suffering a hamstring strain in his 2015 debut. He'll throw another bullpen session Friday, after which he will go on a rehab assignment. It sounds as though he won't miss much more than the minimum, a good sign for Kennedy owners.
    Wednesday, 6:03 pm
    Disabled List
  • Verlander (triceps) felt fatigue in sim game
    Justin Verlander (triceps) said he cut his simulated game short on Wednesday due to fatigue.

    Advice: He said his triceps never grabbed on him, but it felt a little "achy." Verlander added that he was able to throw all of his pitches over the 45-pitch sim game and said that his concern level was "lower" than it was before the session. That's all well and good, but his recovery from a strained right triceps seems to be moving along pretty slowly. Consider the right-hander out indefinitely.
    Wednesday, 12:53 pm
    15-Day DL
    10:08 am vs CWS
  • Verlander (triceps) cuts simulated game short
    Justin Verlander (triceps) only went three innings in a simulated game Wednesday.

    Advice: He had been scheduled to go at least four, with the possibility of more, so this probably isn't a good sign. At the very least, Verlander almost surely won't rejoin the rotation early next week now. At the worst, he might have had another setback. The Tigers should provide an update on his status shortly.
    Wednesday, 11:39 am
    15-Day DL
    10:08 am vs CWS
  • Sim game could be final step for Verlander
    Justin Verlander (triceps) could potentially rejoin the Tigers' rotation after his simulated game Wednesday.

    Advice: Verlander is scheduled to go at least four innings, but the club could stretch him out further if he feels good. Manager Brad Ausmus isn't ruling out a rehab start, though. "If he only throws 60 pitches and he doesn't feel great, now it's tough to throw him into a major league game when he's got a 75-pitch count," Ausmus said. "We have to wait and see before any decision is made on that."
    Tuesday, 5:54 pm
    15-Day DL
    10:08 am vs CWS
  • Ian Kennedy (hamstring) nearing mound work
    Ian Kennedy (hamstring) is 2-3 days away from throwing a bullpen session.

    Advice: Padres manager Bud Black noted that Kennedy will likely need a rehab assignment before being activated, but it will probably be just one start. The veteran right-hander has a shot to be activated when first eligible later this month.
    Monday, 4:30 pm
    Disabled List
  • Jaime Garcia (shoulder) throwing off mound
    Jaime Garcia (shoulder) has resumed throwing off a mound.

    Advice: He threw a bullpen session Sunday and will throw another one Wednesday. Assuming he recovers well, he'll then throw live batting practice on Friday. Garcia had a setback with his pitching shoulder at the end of spring training, but the Cardinals consider it a stamina issue more than anything else, so the goal is for the lefty to get stretched out without tiring. "As you saw in spring training, when Jaime was throwing, he seemed to do very well when he was in that 30-to-40 pitch range," general manager John Mozeliak said. "But when that started to expand, that's when things got a little more difficult for him. … He could certainly be a long man. But I think his goal is still to get back and be a starter, and I think that's how he wants us to push him."
    Monday, 2:52 pm
    15-Day DL
    11:15 am vs Cin
  • Peavy inconsistent in first start of season
    Jake Peavy (back) allowed four runs over four innings in Sunday's loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Four runs, four innings, four hits against. And on either side of the Connect Four game, three walks and five strikeouts. All four runs came via one swing of the bat, as Will Nieves took Peavy deep for a grand slam in the fourth inning. Peavy had been somewhat questionable coming into the start of the season, as he's been dealing with discomfort in the lower back. Assuming he didn't re-aggravate the injury against the Padres, he'll try to pitch a little deeper into the game when he takes on the Diamondbacks in his next outing.
    Sunday, 6:08 pm
  • Dodgers rack up nine hits against Collmenter
    Josh Collmenter allowed nine hits and three earned runs over five innings against the Dodgers on Sunday.

    Advice: This marks two straight starts in which Collmenter has failed to make it past the fifth inning. He was pulled despite throwing just 74 pitches. The Dodgers slashed him for solitary runs in the third, fourth and fifth, with Yasiel Puig capping off the scoring on Collmenter's line with a solo home run. While he's struggled early this season, Collmenter has never posted an ERA higher than 3.69. He'll try to move the numbers in that direction when he takes on the defending champion Giants in his next start.
    Sunday, 5:05 pm
  • Scherzer takes no-decision in 6 IP vs. Phils
    Max Scherzer needed 102 pitches to get through six innings against the Phillies on Sunday, but he gave up only one run over six innings in the Nationals' 10-inning 4-3 win.

    Advice: The Phillies are running a mostly punchless lineup out on a regular basis, but they managed to force Scherzer into throwing a lot of pitches. The only damage done came on a Cody Asche RBI single in the fifth inning. Scherzer yielded six hits and two walks while fanning eight on the afternoon. He'll have the luxury of facing the Phillies again on Friday at home in his next start.
    Sunday, 2:14 pm
  • Verlander to throw simulated game Wednesday
    Justin Verlander (triceps) is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Wednesday in Pittsburgh.

    Advice: Verlander threw 45 pitches in a bullpen session on Sunday and said that everything went great, so this is the next step in his recovery process. It's unclear if he would then be cleared to rejoin the Tigers rotation if Wednesday goes well or if he'll require a minor league rehab start first. Either way, fantasy owners in weekly formats shouldn't count on the right-hander next week.
    Sunday, 1:51 pm
    15-Day DL
    10:08 am vs CWS
  • Bailey (elbow) on pace for April 18 return
    Homer Bailey (elbow) is on pace to rejoin the Reds' rotation on April 18 in St. Louis.

    Advice: That's assuming his presumed only rehab start with Triple-A Louisville on Sunday goes well. Bailey threw five innings in a minor league game Wednesday and will hopefully be able to go a little beyond that Sunday. Mixed leaguers might be wise to hold him out of their lineup this week so that they can first see what he looks like. Raisel Iglesias will start Sunday for the Reds but is then headed to the bullpen or Triple-A.
    Sunday, 5:45 am
  • Jered Weaver gives up six runs in loss
    Jered Weaver was roughed up by the Royals on Saturday, allowing six runs in 4 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Weaver's velocity is a major issue at this point. He'll finesse his way to the occasional strong outing, but consistently shutting down major league offenses will be too much for him unless his fastball comes back a bit. He gave up homers to Mike Moustakas and Salvador Perez in this one.
    Saturday, 11:54 pm
  • James Shields defeats Giants
    James Shields held the Giants to one run and three hits over seven innings in winning Saturday.

    Advice: Shields struck out seven in his first win as a member of the Padres. The only damage against him was, surprisingly enough, a Joaquin Arias homer. He'll carry a 2.08 ERA into his start against the Cubs in Chicago on Friday.
    Saturday, 11:49 pm
  • Archie Bradley holds Dodgers to one hit
    Archie Bradley held the Dodgers to one hit over six innings in Arizona's 6-0 victory Saturday.

    Advice: Bradley did walk four and throw 112 pitches in six innings, but it was still a fine major league debut for the 22-year-old. Diamondbacks pitchers allowed just two hits on all, with Randall Delgado giving up the other in the ninth. Bradley struck out six. He'll surely be picked up in all mixed leagues in which he's available after this one, but given his control issues, he's still far from a lock to prove useful as a rookie.
    Saturday, 11:33 pm
  • Clayton Kershaw gives up six runs in loss
    Clayton Kershaw struggled through 6 1/3 innings on Saturday, allowing six runs -- five earned -- and 10 hits in a loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: It's not very often that Kershaw struggles in back-to-back starts, but here he is with a 5.84 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP after outings against the Padres and Diamondbacks. Maybe he was a little off tonight because he's dreading his root canal Monday. There aren't any major concerns as of yet.
    Saturday, 11:30 pm
  • Hammel posts quality start to pick up win
    Jason Hammel allowed three runs in six innings against the Rockies on Saturday.

    Advice: Hammel did yield eight hits, but the Chicago offense spotted him plenty of runs and he was able to secure the win. He struck out six and did not issue a walk. The runs on his line came in the form of a two-run homer by Nolan Arenado in the second and an RBI single by Justin Morneau in the third. Hammel's ability to strike out batters and limit walks allows him to survive starts like Saturday's, where he's giving up hits. He'll face the Padres in his next appearance.
    Saturday, 9:15 pm
  • Cubs demolish Kyle Kendrick for eight runs
    Kyle Kendrick allowed eight runs on eight hits over five innings in a loss to the Cubs on Saturday.

    Advice: It's been a tale of two starts for Kendrick, who threw seven scoreless innings against the Brewers on Opening Day but looked like a batting practice pitcher on Saturday at Coors Field. Not only did he allow eight hits -- three of which left the park -- but he also walked five. Chris Coghlan and Mike Olt hit back-to-back dingers in the third inning and Starlin Castro added a solo shot in the fifth. Outings like this are why Kendrick shouldn't be touched in fantasy. His next start will come against the Dodgers' high-octane offense.
    Saturday, 9:07 pm
  • Gallardo strikes out seven Astros in win
    Yovani Gallardo allowed two runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings in Saturday's win over the Astros.

    Advice: Gallardo struck out seven and walked one. Marwin Gonzalez hit a solo home run off the right-hander in the third inning, the only run-scoring hit Gallardo allowed. The other run on his line came courtesy of reliever Jon Edwards, who allowed an inherited runner to score on a bases-loaded walk. Gallardo's an innings eater, with 192 1/3 pitched last season, but the offseason acquisition has yet to make it through six innings in either of his first two starts for Texas. He'll try to get back to his bullpen-saving ways when he faces off with the Mariners in his next start.
    Saturday, 8:44 pm
  • Hernandez surrenders five runs to Rangers
    Roberto Hernandez allowed five runs (one earned) over 4 2/3 innings Saturday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Hernandez wasn't effective in the contest, but his teammates did him no favors. Chris Carter and Colby Rasmus both committed errors in the three-run fifth inning that more or less put the game away. In addition to five hits allowed, Hernandez also walked four batters and struck out two. The 34-year-old won the fifth spot in the Astros' rotation during spring training, but with a career WHIP of 1.413 and a career ERA of 4.58, he's not fantasy relevant. Hernandez's next start will come against the Angels.
    Saturday, 8:33 pm
  • Ubaldo dominates Blue Jays in season debut
    Ubaldo Jimenez struck out eight and walked one, allowing just one hit over seven shutout innings in a win over the Blue Jays on Saturday.

    Advice: We did not see this coming. In spring training, Jimenez wasn't even guaranteed a spot in the starting rotation. He did seem to round into form as the weather warmed, allowing just one run over his final 11 spring innings, but still. The only hit that the Blue Jays managed against the veteran was a Jose Reyes single in the fourth. Considering his 4.81 ERA and 1.52 WHIP over 125 1/3 innings last season, we'll need to see Jimenez repeat his success before we're convinced this is anything more than a blip on the radar. He'll try to keep the good times rolling when he faces the Red Sox in his next start.
    Saturday, 7:10 pm
  • Brewers knock Worley around for six runs
    Vance Worley surrendered six runs on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings against the Brewers on Saturday.

    Advice: In addition to the six runs and seven hits allowed, Worley walked two and struck out four. The big hits against him were a two-run double by Hector Gomez in the second and a two-run homer by Jean Segura in the fourth. Worley will move back to the bullpen when Charlie Morton (hip) returns, though he should see his share of spot starts throughout the season.
    Saturday, 6:47 pm
  • Nelson blanks the Pirates, strikes out nine
    Jimmy Nelson did not allow a run over his seven innings of work in Saturday's 6-0 win over the Pirates.

    Advice: Working as the Brewers' fifth starter, Nelson showcased the ability that made him a fantasy sleeper in spring drafts. He struck out nine and walked two while holding the Pirates to two hits. In 2014, Nelson's first year of extended big league action, he posted a 4.93 ERA and 57/29 K/BB over 69 1/3 innings. At 25 years old, he still has room to improve. He'll face the Pirates again in his next start and it will be interesting to see how he does facing the same team in back-to-back outings.
    Saturday, 6:43 pm
  • Kluber fans 10 batters, Tribe fall to Tigers
    Corey Kluber yielded two earned runs over 6 1/3 innings Saturday in the Indians' loss to the Tigers.

    Advice: Kluber served up a leadoff homer to Anthony Gose in the top of the first inning and Victor Martinez punched in a run on a doubleplay groundout in that same frame. Kluber settled in nicely from there, striking out 10 batters against just one walk in what turned out to be a no-decision. The 2014 American League Cy Young Award winner boasts a 2.63 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, and 17/3 K/BB ratio through 13 2/3 innings this season. A road start against the Twins is next.
    Saturday, 5:39 pm
  • Price allows three unearned runs to Indians
    David Price surrendered three unearned runs in the Tigers' win over the Indians on Saturday.

    Advice: Price threw 8 2/3 shutout innings in his debut Monday against the Twins and he was cruising in this one until the bottom of the sixth inning, when Mike Aviles and Carlos Santana both drew walks and then Yan Gomes reached on a throwing error by Price. Ryan Raburn followed with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly and Jerry Sands hit a two-run double. Price issued three total walks and struck out six. He'll carry a 1-0 record and 0.00 ERA into his start next week against the White Sox.
    Saturday, 5:33 pm
  • Happ goes six-plus in Mariners' win over A's
    J.A. Happ held the A's to two run over 6 1/3 innings Saturday in the Mariners' extra-innings victory.

    Advice: Happ was efficient and effective, needing only 82 pitches to get through his six-plus frames. He walked none and struck out one. The 32-year-old left-hander gets the Rangers at home next week. He's only a fringe option in AL-only fantasy leagues.
    Saturday, 4:51 pm
  • Pelfrey gives up four runs in no-decision
    Mike Pelfrey gave up four runs in five innings Saturday in a no-decision against the White Sox.

    Advice: Pelfrey was given an early 4-0 lead, but quickly squandered it. All told, he allowed seven hits (including two home runs) and one walk while striking out two. The veteran right-hander was originally expected to begin the season in the bullpen, but he got a second chance in the rotation after Ervin Santana was handed an 80-game PED suspension. We have seen enough from him in recent years to know that this isn't going to go well.
    Saturday, 2:40 pm
  • Samardzija goes seven innings in no-decision
    Jeff Samardzija was handed a no-decision Saturday after allowing four runs over seven innings against the Twins.

    Advice: He struck out six and walked none. Samardzija gave up all four runs in the second inning, but settled down quite nicely from there and kept the White Sox in the ballgame. They eventually notched their first win of the season. This was an improvement from Samardzija's Opening Day start, but he'll look for his first win when he faces the Tigers on the road next week.
    Saturday, 2:40 pm
  • Michael Wacha earns first victory of 2015
    Michael Wacha earned a victory in his 2015 season debut on Saturday, limiting the Reds to one run on five hits over his 6 1/3 frames.

    Advice: Wacha struck out a pair and walked one on the day, throwing just 76 pitches before manager Mike Matheny turned it over to the Cardinals bullpen. The only blemish on his day was a solo home run off the bat of Todd Frazier in the first inning. He'll look to replicate this effort in a rematch against Johnny Cueto and the Reds at home on Friday.
    Saturday, 12:56 pm
  • Cueto pitches well in loss to Cardinals
    Johnny Cueto pitched well in a losing effort against the Cardinals on Saturday afternoon, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits over his seven innings of work.

    Advice: He issued just one walk and punched out four on the afternoon. The Cardinals scratched out an unearned run in the second inning and Matt Adams tagged Cueto with a solo shot in the fourth, that was the extent of the damage against him. Through two starts, the talented right-hander owns a 0.64 ERA, 0.71 WHIP and 14/2 K/BB ratio over 14 innings. He'll look to get back in the win column on Friday when he does battle against these same Cardinals in St. Louis.
    Saturday, 12:53 pm
  • Verlander throws 30 pitches off mound Friday
    Justin Verlander (triceps) threw 30 pitches off a mound on Friday and said afterwards that everything went well.

    Advice: Verlander mixed in all of his pitches except for his curveball during the session. If everything feels good on Saturday, he'll throw a bullpen on Sunday. Barring any setbacks, he could then be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment before rejoining the Tigers rotation next weekend against the White Sox.
    Friday, 5:33 pm
    15-Day DL
    10:08 am vs CWS
  • Padres place Ian Kennedy on 15-day DL
    Padres placed RHP Ian Kennedy on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

    Advice: Kennedy sustained the injury during Friday's outing against the Dodgers. Odrisamer Despaigne will take his place in the Padres starting rotation beginning with Tuesday's outing against the Diamondbacks.
    Friday, 4:38 pm
    Disabled List
  • Kennedy (hamstring) to be placed on DL
    Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Padres will place Ian Kennedy (hamstring) on the disabled list later Friday.

    Advice: It's confirmation of what FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reported earlier Friday. The move is not yet official, but when it is the Padres will call up Chris Rearick to take Kennedy's spot on the roster. Assuming Kennedy's rotation spot will be Odrisamer Despaigne. It's uncertain at this point how much time Kennedy will miss, but the Padres called his left hamstring strain "mild."
    Friday, 2:20 pm
    Disabled List
  • Johnny Cueto looking for $200 million deal?
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Johnny Cueto "is believed to be seeking $200 million, or thereabouts," in a long-term contract.

    Advice: Cueto has had health issues from time to time, but it's hard to blame him for thinking he could get $200 million considering his 2.48 ERA over the last four seasons while pitching half his games at Great American Ball Park. It's no surprise, given the demands, that the Reds never appeared close to locking Cueto up to a long-term deal. He'll hit the free agent market next winter.
    Friday, 2:14 pm
  • Ian Kennedy (hamstring) likely headed for DL
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that Ian Kennedy (hamstring) will "likely" be placed on the disabled list.

    Advice: Kennedy suffered a strained left hamstring during his season debut Thursday. While the strain is considered mild, the Padres will be cautious here. They have a capable fill-in in Odrisamer Despaigne, who should slide into the rotation next week. Kennedy will likely only miss a couple weeks.
    Friday, 10:26 am
    Disabled List
  • Kennedy could hit DL with hamstring strain
    Padres manager Bud Black said after Friday's game that Ian Kennedy has been diagnosed with a mild hamstring strain.

    Advice: Black conceded that Kennedy could land on the disabled list with the injury. In that event, Odrisamer Despaigne would be called upon to fill his spot in the rotation. More should be known about his status on Friday.
    Thursday, 8:21 pm
    Disabled List
  • Verlander feels great after throwing Thursday
    Justin Verlander (triceps) indicated that he felt great after Thursday's throwing session.

    Advice: As long as he still feels good when he wakes on on Friday, he could throw a light bullpen session. The Tigers remain optimistic that he's going to miss just one start, and there's a chance that he rejoins the Tigers rotation next weekend. Fantasy owners may want to give him a start to ensure that he's right before inserting him back into lineups.
    Thursday, 5:12 pm
    15-Day DL
    10:08 am vs CWS
  • Ian Kennedy leaves with left hamstring strain
    Ian Kennedy was forced to leave his season debut against the Dodgers on Thursday in the third inning due to a left hamstring strain.

    Advice: Kennedy had gone 2 1/3 innings, allowing two hits and a pair of walks while striking out two. While it doesn't sound like a serious issue, it could force the right-hander to the disabled list. He was replaced by Odrisamer Despaigne, who would be the candidate to take his place in the rotation if he was forced to miss any additional time.
    Thursday, 4:51 pm
    Disabled List
  • Verlander (triceps) to play catch on Thursday
    Justin Verlander (triceps) is expected to do some flat-ground throwing on Thursday.

    Advice: Verlander has been ruled out for Sunday's start in Cleveland, but the Tigers hope he'll be ready to jump into the rotation on the next turn. He'll first have to show that he can throw on flat ground and off a mound without issue. The veteran right-hander is on the disabled list for the first time in his career with triceps tendinitis.
    Thursday, 7:51 am
    15-Day DL
    10:08 am vs CWS
  • Jake Peavy (back) on track to start Sunday
    Jake Peavy (back) is on track to start for the Giants Sunday.

    Advice: There was some question as to whether Peavy would be ready to go after he was sidelined by lower back discomfort, but he threw a bullpen Wednesday and came out of it alright. It appears he'll avoid a disabled list stint for now.
    Wednesday, 5:06 pm
  • Kershaw (mouth) having root canal Monday
    Clayton Kershaw (mouth) will have a root canal Monday.

    Advice: Kershaw is getting a tooth fixed after taking a liner off the jaw during spring training. The procedure shouldn't affect his pitching schedule. Kershaw will still take the hill Saturday against the Diamondbacks.
    Wednesday, 4:24 pm
  • Peavy (back) feels better, DL trip undecided
    Jake Peavy (back) said he felt much better Wednesday and was going to throw a bullpen session before making a decision about the disabled list.

    Advice: Peavy was throwing the bullpen session Wednesday afternoon, so a decision either way on the disabled list should be known before Thursday. The right-hander was previously slated to pitch Sunday, but the Giants have since indicated that game's starter is TBD. More will be known after Peavy's throwing session.
    Wednesday, 3:47 pm
  • Verlander (triceps) might be back next week
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said he's "extremely optimistic" that Justin Verlander (triceps) will be able to make his next start.

    Advice: Verlander was placed on the disabled list Wednesday and will miss Sunday's outing in Cleveland, but it sounds like there's a good chance he'll be ready for his next turn after that. The right-hander long-tossed Tuesday with no issues and is slated to do it again on Thursday. The DL stint is Verlander's first, but the Tigers won't mind it so much if he only misses a little over a week of action. Kyle Lobstein is starting Sunday in Verlander's place.
    Wednesday, 7:20 am
    15-Day DL
    10:08 am vs CWS
  • Jake Peavy (back) likely headed for the DL
    Jake Peavy is expected to be placed on the disabled list after feeling more discomfort in his back during a bullpen session Tuesday.

    Advice: His back just isn't loosening up for him. Peavy said he still wants to pitch Sunday, but all indications are that a DL stint is in order. It's yet another injury blow for the Giants, who now could go with Ryan Vogelsong and Chris Heston in the rotation for a while with both Peavy and Matt Cain (forearm) out. Yusmeiro Petit is also an option, but manager Bruce Bochy has indicated a preference to keep him in long relief.
    Wednesday, 5:31 am
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