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  • Francisco Liriano strikes out 11 Padres
    Francisco Liriano tossed six shutout innings and struck out 11 Padres on Friday.

    Advice: Liriano left with a two-run lead, but that was promptly blown in the seventh. He has just two wins on the year, even through he's allowed one or no runs five times in 10 starts. His fantasy value hasn't matched how well he's pitched.
    Yesterday, 11:05 pm
  • Tim Hudson pitches Giants past Braves
    Tim Hudson pitched seven strong innings, allowing just one run, in a win over the Braves on Friday.

    Advice: It was the first time Hudson faced the Braves since wrapping up his nine-year stint in Atlanta in 2013 (he did pitch against them once while with the A's). He's struggled to string together consecutive quality starts this season, but he still looks pretty good when he's on. His days as a mixed-league starter seem over, but he should provide value in NL-only leagues the rest of the way.
    Yesterday, 11:00 pm
  • Mike Foltyniewicz strikes out eight
    Mike Foltynewicz surrendered two runs in 6 2/3 innings and struck out eight versus the Giants on Friday.

    Advice: Folty has turned in two really nice starts in a row, and he's walked a total of three batters in his last three outings after issuing 10 free passes in his first three. We wouldn't count on the walk rate staying so low, but if it does, he could quickly become a force to be reckoned with. Most likely, more inconsistency is on the way.
    Yesterday, 10:56 pm
  • Taijuan Walker goes eight scoreless in win
    Taijuan Walker allowed just two hits over eight scoreless innings Friday in defeat the Indians.

    Advice: We give up. Walker is simply inscrutable. He struck out eight and walked none in this one after entering the day with a 39/23 K/BB ratio in 43 innings. The win was just his second to go along with five losses, and even after the gem, his ERA stands at 6.18. The talent is certainly there to produce more outings like this, but who knows what might materialize next?
    Yesterday, 10:53 pm
  • Fernando Rodney struggles, earns save anyway
    Fernando Rodney recorded his 14th save despite giving up a run in the ninth Friday against the Indians.

    Advice: Rodney surrendered an RBI triple to Ryan Raburn before getting Michael Brantley to fly out to end the game. Just nine of his 21 pitches were strikes. Lloyd McClendon has been stubbornly patient with him, but this can't be allowed to go on for more longer. Rodney has allowed runs in seven of 10 appearances this month.
    Yesterday, 10:50 pm
  • Seth Smith hits fifth homer
    Batting cleanup for the first time this season, Seth Smith homered and walked against the Indians on Friday.

    Advice: The Mariners hit Nelson Cruz third tonight with Robinson Cano sitting again, leaving Smith to hit cleanup. Even though it worked, we wouldn't expect Smith to remain there Saturday.
    Yesterday, 10:46 pm
  • Brett Lawrie hits fourth homer
    Brett Lawrie hit his fourth homer Friday in the win over the Yankees.

    Advice: Lawrie is batting .296 in May after coming in at .229 in April. Still, we'd be more encouraged if it didn't come with a 27/3 K/BB ratio. Incidentally, that's identical to his mark from April. He actually has a 44/2 K/BB ratio against righties and a 10/4 K/BB ratio versus lefties.
    Yesterday, 10:43 pm
  • Hector Santiago shuts down Tigers
    Hector Santiago blanked the Tigers for 7 1/3 innings Friday in the Angels' 2-0 victory.

    Advice: Santiago allowed three hits, walked three and struck out seven in his fifth straight quality start. His peripherals aren't nearly as impressive as his 2.18 ERA, but something about his 89-93 mph fastball is getting him a lot of easy outs.
    Yesterday, 10:38 pm
  • Soto has go-ahead double vs. Astros
    Geovany Soto had a go-ahead two-run double as the White Sox topped the Astros 6-3 in 11 innings on Friday.

    Advice: Soto entered the game after Jose Abreu exited in the eighth inning with a swollen finger and went on to have the big hit in extras. After making the White Sox out of spring training on a minor league deal, the 32-year-old backstop is batting .203/.250/.344 with two home runs and nine RBI in a part-time role this season.
    Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • Rodon takes no-decision vs. Astros
    Carlos Rodon yielded three runs (one earned) over 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Astros on Friday.

    Advice: In a battle of rookies, Rodon had the upper hand on this night. The southpaw allowed just one run over the first five innings before a pair of errors allowed two runs to score in the sixth. He struck out four and walked none, which is a nice sign of progress considering that he issued 15 walks over his first three starts. He'll bring a 3.45 ERA into a start against the Rangers on the road next week.
    Yesterday, 9:40 pm
  • Beckham has sac fly, home run vs. Astros
    Gordon Beckham had a sacrifice fly and a solo home run Friday against the Astros.

    Advice: Beckham, who entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the fifth inning, tied things up with his solo homer in the eighth and the White Sox eventually won in extras. The 28-year-old has done a nice job in a utility role this season, batting .260 with three home runs, 13 RBI, and a .772 OPS over 37 games.
    Yesterday, 9:39 pm
  • Ziegler notches third save of season
    Brad Ziegler allowed a run, but managed to hold on for his third save of the season Friday against the Brewers.

    Advice: After entering the bottom of the ninth inning with a three-run lead, Ziegler allowed a leadoff double to Gerardo Parra before getting Ryan Braun to ground out. Elian Herrera followed with another ground out to knock in a run, but Ziegler got Aramis Ramirez to fly out to end the ballgame. The sidearmer doesn't miss many bats, so he's not the prototypical closer-type, but he's the best option in Arizona's bullpen right now.
    Yesterday, 9:15 pm
  • Nelson gives up four runs in no-decision
    Jimmy Nelson took a no-decision Friday after allowing four runs over six innings against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Nelson gave up seven hits, including a pair of solo home runs. While he didn't get the win, he struck out eight and didn't walk a batter, which is a good sign. He had walked nine batters over his previous two starts. The 25-year-old will bring a 3.90 ERA into a challenging assignment against the Cardinals on the road next week.
    Yesterday, 9:14 pm
  • Peralta homers against Brewers on Fri.
    David Peralta went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI, two walks, and two runs scored in Friday's win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Batting out of the cleanup spot,, Peralta had an RBI double in the first inning and a solo homer in the third. The 27-year-old has quietly been very useful in fantasy leagues this season, batting .258 with five home runs, 24 RBI, and an .812 OPS over 44 games.
    Yesterday, 9:13 pm
  • Lind homers in loss to Diamondbacks
    Adam Lind went 3-for-3 with a home run and three RBI in Friday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Lind launched a two-run homer off Rubby De La Rosa in the bottom of the third inning before adding an RBI double in the fifth. The 31-year-old came into Friday's action hitting just .187 this month. He'll likely be happy to see the calendar flip to June.
    Yesterday, 9:13 pm
  • Brad Ziegler blows save in ninth
    Brad Ziegler took a blown save and a loss after giving up two runs -- one earned -- in the ninth Wednesday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Ziegler blew the save immediately, giving up a leadoff homer to Jason Heyward in the ninth. After that came a single, a groundout, an intentional walk, a walk and then what looked like an inning-ending double play ball. It turned out to be the game-winner for the Cardinals since a sliding Peter Bourjos hit catcher Jordan Pacheco's leg as he was making the home-to-first relay, sending the throw into right field. Ziegler should hang on to closing duties for now. It was his first blown save in three tries since he replaced Addison Reed.
    Wednesday, 9:08 pm
  • Brett Lawrie hitless in return to action
    Brett Lawrie (back) went 0-for-4 at the plate in his return to the lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Lawrie had missed the last three games with back tightness. The third baseman sports a pedestrian .272/.303/.355 batting line this season.
    Wednesday, 5:15 am
  • Rodney allows three runs in second blown save
    Fernando Rodney allowed three runs to take a blown save against the Rays on Tuesday, earning the win instead.

    Advice: It actually could have been worse for Rodney, as he allowed two runs before even recording an out. After Evan Longoria's two-run double, Rodney pulled it together, but he wasn't able to hold onto the lead. Rodney now owns an unsightly 6.98 ERA and 1.71 WHIP, and the Mariners may be forced to look elsewhere for saves shortly.
    Tuesday, 8:45 pm
  • Rodney has rare stress-free 9th for a save
    Fernando Rodney worked a stress-free ninth inning to pick up his 13th save in Monday's 4-1 victory over the Rays.

    Advice: Rodney got two ground outs before Joey Butler reached base on a single to shallow right field, but he was able to get Evan Longoria to fly out to end the game. The veteran closer has been anything but a sure thing taking the mound in the ninth inning, but he's now 13-for-14 in save chances with a 5.89 ERA and an 18/8 K/BB ratio in 18 1/3 innings.
    Monday, 7:16 pm
  • Brett Lawrie (back) expected back Tuesday
    Brett Lawrie (back) is expected to return to the lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Lawrie has missed the last three games with back tightness, but he's apparently made improvement. The third baseman is batting .279/.310/.364 with two home runs and 16 RBI this season for the A's.
    Monday, 3:14 pm
  • Brett Lawrie out of A's lineup again Monday
    Brett Lawrie is out of the A's lineup again Monday.

    Advice: Lawrie hasn't played since Friday, and A's manager Bob Melvin acknowledged Sunday that the 25-year-old is "a little banged up." Max Muncy will handle the hot corner in Monday's afternoon opener against the Tigers.
    Monday, 10:14 am
  • Tim Hudson obliterated in loss at Coors Field
    Tim Hudson was obliterated in a loss to the Rockies at Coors Field on Sunday, surrendering eight runs on six hits over 3 2/3 innings.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander also issued a pair of walks while striking out just one. All of the damage except for one run came in the fourth inning, where the Rockies ambushed Hudson to score seven runs, the last two which rode home on a three-run blast by Nolan Arenado after Hudson had departed. Now 2-4 on the season, he'll look to improve upon an unsightly 5.04 ERA and 1.37 WHIP when he takes on the Braves at home on Friday.
    Sunday, 6:23 pm
  • Santiago can't match Miley in pitcher's duel
    Despite allowing just three runs in 6 2/3 innings, Hector Santiago was saddled with the loss against the Red Sox on Sunday.

    Advice: Santiago probably couldn't have foreseen Wade Miley pitching well, but these things happen sometimes. It's not that Santiago pitched poorly. He struck out six and walked just one while scattering seven hits over 6 2/3 innings. The suddenly-hot Napoli touched up Santiago in the second inning with a long two-run homer. Santiago also allowed a less loud run in the form of a Dustin Pedroia sacrifice fly in the fifth. The outing bumped his ERA slightly and he holds a 2.47 mark, as well as a 1.23 WHIP and 50/22 K/BB ratio across 54 2/3 innings. Now that he's finished with the East Coast, he'll head back home for a start against the Tigers.
    Sunday, 1:49 pm
  • Lind fails to record hit against Foltynewicz
    Adam Lind went 0-for-3 with a strikeout and a walk in Sunday's loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Given that the Brewers managed just three hits total against Mike Foltynewicz and the Braves, Lind shouldn't feel too bad about taking the 0-for-3. The veteran first baseman has gone hit-less in his last eight at-bats, but is doing well on the macro level, with a .271/.361/.493 batting line, plus seven homers, 19 RBI and 17 runs scored.
    Sunday, 1:43 pm
  • Foltynewicz brilliant in win over Brewers
    Mike Foltynewicz threw a beautiful game in Sunday's 2-1 win over the Brewers, tossing 7 2/3 innings of three-hit, one-run ball.

    Advice: Just magnificent. Foltynewicz struck out seven and walked just one in his domination of the Brewers. Outside of an Elian Herrera sacrifice fly in the seventh inning, Folty was almost perfect. He's been up-and-down, as rookies tend to be, but starts like Sunday's are confirmation of the talent that's there. He's now putting up a 4.25 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 30/12 K/BB ratio over 29 2/3 innings. Foltynewicz will try to back it up with another strong outing when he faces the red-hot Giants on the road in his next start.
    Sunday, 1:38 pm
  • Nelson walks five in loss to Braves
    Jimmy Nelson couldn't find the strike zone in Sunday's loss to the Braves, walking five as he allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Nelson threw just 60 of his 108 pitches for strikes. In addition to the five walks, he scattered five hits and struck out four. Both runs against him came in the sixth inning, when A.J. Pierzynski hit into a run-scoring fielder's choice and Andrelton Simmons managed an RBI single. When Nelson's able to control his stuff, he's an effective pitcher. He's posting a 3.67 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 47/23 K/BB ratio in 56 1/3 innings, numbers he'll take into a home start against the Diamondbacks next time through the rotation.
    Sunday, 1:37 pm
  • Liriano fans twelve as Pirates beat Mets
    Francisco Liriano was near-unhittable in a 9-1 win over the Mets on Sunday, striking out 12 and allowing one run in six innings.

    Advice: Perhaps the only downside of striking out 12 batters is that it pumps up the pitch count. Indeed, Liriano had thrown 112 pitches by the time he exited the game after six, but these are just minor quibbles. Liriano was locked in from the word "go" and the only run to touch the plate came on a Wilmer Flores RBI single in the fifth inning. Flores was the only Mets regular Liriano failed to strike out. The non-regular? Pitcher Jon Niese, who went 1-for-2 without a whiff. Strange times, strange times. Liriano now boasts a 3.86 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 64/23 K/BB ratio in 53 2/3 innings. Those numbers are skewed slightly high by a two-inning, seven-run debacle against the Twins in Liriano's last start. He's having a very good season. We'll see if he can strike out his opposing number when he takes to the road against the Padres in his next outing.
    Sunday, 1:27 pm
  • Taijuan Walker knocked around by Toronto
    Taijuan Walker was touched up for four runs over just 5 2/3 innings in Sunday's loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Things started out well enough for Walker, as he held the Jays off the scoreboard for the first four innings. That's when things unraveled, with both Ryan Goins and Edwin Encarnacion taking him deep in the fifth. Walker walked four on the day while yielding six hits. The youngster will take a disappointing 7.33 ERA into next weekend's start against the Indians.
    Sunday, 1:10 pm
  • Brett Lawrie expected to sit again Sunday
    Athletics manager Bob Melvin said that Brett Lawrie is "a little banged up" and he plans to rest the third baseman for a second straight day Sunday.

    Advice: The skipper wouldn't reveal exactly what Lawrie is dealing with, but whatever it is appears to be minor. He should be back in there on Monday.
    Sunday, 6:42 am
  • Rodney nets save with perfect ninth inning
    Fernando Rodney worked a perfect ninth inning with a pair of strikeouts on Saturday, protecting a one-run lead to earn his 12th save of the season.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander has been far from good this season, registering a 6.23 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and 18/8 K/BB ratio through his first 17 1/3 innings, but he looked like the dominant closer of old at least for one afternoon. His hold on the the closer's gig grows more firm with each successful conversion.
    Saturday, 12:38 pm
  • Brett Lawrie not in Athletics lineup Saturday
    Brett Lawrie is not in the Athletics starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Max Muncy is getting the call at the hot corner and batting fifth in the A's lineup against opposing right-hander Nathan Karns. Lawrie should be back in there for Sunday's series finale. The 25-year-old is hitting .279/.310/.364 with two homers and 16 RBI in 43 games.
    Saturday, 8:58 am
  • Rodney converts 11th save of season
    Fernando Rodney worked around trouble to convert his 11th save of the season Friday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Rodney entered the ninth with a three-run lead, but gave up a two-run homer to Chris Colabello to cut things close. However, he was able to retire the final two batters he faced to finish off the victory. Rodney has only blown one save this season, but he has been scored upon in four straight appearances and has an ugly 6.61 ERA and 1.71 WHIP on the year. He's on shaky ground.
    Friday, 7:15 pm
  • Carlos Rodon's next start pushed back
    Carlos Rodon's next scheduled start will be pushed back.

    Advice: It's all part of the plan to limit Rodon's innings this season. Hector Noesi will start on Monday against the Blue Jays in the lefty's vacated spot. Rodon should get a start later in the week, although the White Sox haven't revealed the exact day it will happen.
    Friday, 2:14 pm
  • Adam Lind not in Friday's lineup
    Adam Lind is not in the Brewers' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's receiving a day of rest with the Braves throwing lefty Alex Wood. Jason Rogers is starting at first base.
    Friday, 11:29 am
  • Carlos Rodon walks five against Indians
    Despite walking five, Carlos Rodon limited the Indians to one run in six innings on Wednesday.

    Advice: Rodon has been effective in two of his three starts, but he's walked 15 over 15 innings in the process. His control won't remain quite that bad, but it's going to remain a problem and prevent him from working deep into games, limiting his fantasy value somewhat.
    Wednesday, 8:46 pm
  • Peralta knocks in three runs in D'Backs win
    David Peralta singled twice and knocked in three runs over five plate appearances in Wednesday's victory against the Marlins.

    Advice: Peralta knocked in a first-inning run on a ground out, added a sacrifice fly in the seventh, and added more insurance with an RBI single in the ninth. The outfielder maintains a productive .276/.327/.500 batting line with four home runs and 18 RBI.
    Wednesday, 7:25 pm
  • Rodney inefficient, but gets the job done
    Fernando Rodney made it difficult for himself, but still picked up his 10th save despite allowing a run in the ninth inning of Wednesday's 4-2 win versus the Orioles.

    Advice: Rodney served up back-to-back singles, putting runners on first and third to open the ninth inning. He then got back-to-back strikeouts of Chris Davis and Steve Pearce, but J.J. Hardy singled to right-center to bring in a run and put the tying run on base. Rodney was able to get Travis Snider to end the game with a ground out. As usual, Rodney made getting the save an ordeal, but he's 10-for-11 in conversions with a 5.87 ERA and a 16/8 K/BB ratio in 15 1/3 innings. He has allowed runs in four of five May appearances. Despite the high conversion rates, the Mariners can't feel comfortable with the way he's been pitching.
    Wednesday, 7:19 pm
  • Hudson tosses 6 1/3 scoreless as Giants win
    Tim Hudson stymied the Dodgers in a win on Tuesday, tossing 6 1/3 scoreless innings.

    Advice: Hudson scattered five hits and a pair of walks while striking out two. The Dodgers did have their opportunities, particularly early, but the right-hander was able to induce ground balls to help himself out of trouble. Hudson has had his share of struggles this season, but Tuesday's outing brings his ERA down to 4.01 with a 1.32 WHIP and a 25/13 K/BB ratio in 51 2/3 innings. He'll look to keep it going at Coors Field against the Rockies in his next outing.
    Tuesday, 10:19 pm
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