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  • Padres recall Buddy Baumann from AAA
    Padres recalled LHP Buddy Baumann from Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Baumann has a promising 1.33 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, and 23/9 K/BB ratio in 20 1/3 innings this year at Triple-A. He's faced one batter at the MLB level in his career. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:16 am
  • Blue Jays option Bo Schultz to Buffalo
    Blue Jays optioned RHP Bo Schultz to Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: The move clears a roster spot for Joaquin Benoit, who was acquired from the Mariners late Tuesday night for Drew Storen. Schultz has a 3.27 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 7/2 K/BB ratio in 11 innings this season at the MLB level. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:55 am
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    9:37 am vs SD
     
  • Baker hints he could make change at closer
    Nationals manager Dusty Baker suggested late Tuesday that he's considering a change at closer.

    Advice: Papelbon blew his second straight save opportunity on Tuesday night against the Indians, yielding three runs on two walks and two hits. He did not record an out. "It’s too soon after," Baker said in his postgame press conference. "I mean, that’s his job. That’s what he’s getting paid for. I don’t know. We just have to go back to the drawing board. It’s too early to say after the game." Washington was heavily interested in Aroldis Chapman before he went to the Cubs. Maybe there's a plan now that involves Andrew Miller. If no outside upgrade is made and Papelbon's struggles continue, Shawn Kelley could become the guy. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:03 am
  • Liberatore (sore knee) unavailable Tuesday
    Adam Liberatore was unavailable Tuesday because of a sore right knee.

    Advice: Liberatore tweaked his knee while covering first base Sunday in St. Louis. "It's not serious," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after Tuesday's win over the Rays. "There was a little bit of swelling. It wasn't great. It was one of those you don't want to keep pushing it." Liberatore, 29, has an impressive 1.35 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, and 39/12 K/BB ratio in 33 1/3 innings this season out of the Los Angeles bullpen. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:46 am
    Day-to-Day
    12:10 pm vs TB
     
  • Bud Norris brilliant into seventh vs Rays
    Bud Norris turned in a gem in Tuesday's win over the Rays, hurling 6 1/3 innings of scoreless ball.

    Advice: Norris struck out six and walked two on the evening. He allowed a double to Evan Longoria and a single to Steve Pearce. And that was it. Pearce's single with one out in the seventh inning would cause manager Dave Roberts to make the call to the bullpen. The crisp outing is made all the more remarkable for the fact that Norris threw 23 pitches out of the pen in the 15th and 16th innings against the Cardinals on Friday. His last three starts prior to Tuesday saw him allow 14 runs on 21 hits in 15 innings. The outing before that stretch? Six innings of two-hit, shutout ball. Norris' inconsistency equals out to a 4.27 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 92/35 K/BB ratio over 99 innings between the Braves and Dodgers. He will try to keep things together in a home start against the Red Sox next time he toes the rubber. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • Gee rocked for 10 hits, five runs by Angels
    Dillon Gee's return to the rotation didn't go quite as planned Tuesday, allowing 10 hits and five runs over five innings in a loss to the Angels.

    Advice: Gee didn't have many answers for the Angels' bats, as four of the 10 hits went for extra bases, including a home run off the bat of Carlos Perez. It wasn't an encouraging showing after Gee had been bumped from the rotation by Brian Flynn last week. Given his 4.54 ERA and 1.60 WHIP, there's a decent chance the Royals once again look for a better option before Gee's turn comes up this weekend. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Miller converts ninth save, Yanks top Astros
    Andrew Miller struck out two in a scoreless inning of work to earn his ninth save as the Yankees bested the Astros 6-3 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Miller is now 2-for-2 converting save chances since taking over for the departed Aroldis Chapman. What happens with the Yankees' bullpen will be fascinating to watch over the next few days, as the club seems intent on keeping Miller but would almost certainly deal him for the right return. With a 1.39 ERA, 0.77 WHIP and 77/7 K/BB ratio in 45 1/3 innings, he won't come cheap. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:58 pm
  • Fister gives up nine hits, six runs vs. Yanks
    Doug Fister allowed six runs on nine hits over 4 2/3 innings in a loss to the Yankees on Tuesday.

    Advice: Fister didn't get rocked -- none of the Yankees' nine hits left the yard, and only two went for extra bases -- but it certainly wasn't the same pitcher who threw seven scoreless innings his last time out. The loss was Fister's fourth in his last six starts, dropping his record to 10-7 with a 3.73 ERA and 1.28 WHIP. The 32-year-old has another tough test on tap Monday when he faces the Blue Jays. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:49 pm
    5:10 pm vs NYY
     
  • Steven Wright gives up eight runs to Tigers
    Steven Wright gave up eight runs in 4 2/3 innings Tuesday against the Tigers.

    Advice: Wright has admitted to some issues with the heat, as sweaty hands make it difficult for him to get a proper grip on his knuckler. That was probably an issue tonight, with a game-time temperature of 92 degrees at Fenway. Wright tossed a gem last time out against the Twins, but he has a 6.37 ERA in five starts this month. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:19 pm
  • Blue Jays acquire Benoit for Drew Storen
    Blue Jays acquired RHP Joaquin Benoit from the Mariners for RHP Drew Storen.

    Advice: These are two big-name relievers, but they've both been awful this season and it's really just a minor trade. Storen was actually designated for assignment by the Blue Jays earlier this week. Benoit, 39, had a 5.18 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, and 28/15 K/BB ratio through 24 1/3 innings this year with Seattle. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:14 pm
  • Papelbon suffers epic meltdown versus Indians
    Jonathan Papelbon melted down in grand fashion Tuesday, allowing three runs without recording an out in a blown save against the Indians.

    Advice: Papelbon also took the loss in the disastrous outing, yielding two hits and two walks before being removed. The blown save was his fourth of the year, as was the loss. He's now allowed seven runs in his last two appearances, a fact that surely stings more considering the Nats were among the runners up for Aroldis Chapman when he was dealt to the Cubs. Perhaps they're not done looking for late-inning relief help. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:13 pm
  • M's acquire Drew Storen for Joaquin Benoit
    Mariners acquired RHP Drew Storen and cash from the Blue Jays for RHP Joaquin Benoit.

    Advice: Storen was designated for assignment by Toronto on Sunday morning after posting a 6.21 ERA in 38 relief appearances. He's making an $8.375 million salary in 2016, and the Jays will cover the majority of what's left. Benoit has also been pretty terrible this season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:11 pm
  • Johnson picks up third save against Twins
    Jim Johnson pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Twins on Tuesday to earn his third save.

    Advice: Johnson struck out one in the perfect inning. It was a rare clean inning for Johnson, who owns a 4.58 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in 35 1/3 innings of work this year. Despite those numbers, it seems he'll continue to fill in until closer Arodys Vizcaino returns. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:48 pm
  • Oakland sticking with Ryan Madson at closer
    Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday that he will stick with Ryan Madson at closer.

    Advice: Madson blew his sixth save of the season in Monday's loss to the Rangers and has watched his ERA rise every month -- from 1.42 at the end of April, to 2.42 at the end of May, to 3.00 at the end of June, to the 3.77 mark where it sits now. Ryan Dull probably deserves a shot, but it's not going to happen yet. "At this point, we still have confidence in him," Melvin said of Madson. "He’s throwing as hard as he has all year here the last couple times out, he’s performed really well the last couple of times before (Monday)." Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:50 pm
  • Oh earns his fifth save of the season Tues.
    Seung Hwan Oh earned his fifth save of the season Tuesday in the first half of a doubleheader against the Mets.

    Advice: Curtis Granderson opened the bottom of the ninth inning with a single to left field, but he was cut down at second base moments later after trying to tag up on a long fly ball from Yoenis Cespedes. Cardinals center fielder Tommy Pham made an absolutely perfect throw. Oh then induced an easy groundout from James Loney to end the scoreless frame. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:37 pm
  • Doolittle (shoulder) doing sock throws
    Sean Doolittle (shoulder) has begun doing sock throws.

    Advice: Which are basically just range-of-motion exercises with a band or an actual baseball sock. Doolittle is still at least a couple weeks away from returning to the Oakland bullpen. He has been on the disabled list since June 26 with a left shoulder strain. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:30 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:05 pm @Tex
     
  • A's recall Wendelken from AAA Nashville
    Athletics recalled RHP J.B. Wendelken from Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: Wendelken has allowed five earned runs in 2 1/3 innings this season at the major league level. The right-hander will presumably work in a mop-up role. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:51 pm
  • Rangers DFA right-hander Kyle Lohse
    Rangers designated RHP Kyle Lohse for assignment.

    Advice: Lohse allowed 13 earned runs in two starts with Texas. He'll probably pass through waivers unclaimed, at which point the veteran right-hander can either elect to become a free agent or accept a spot back at Triple-A. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:09 pm
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    5:05 pm vs Oak
     
  • Vogelsong (eye) to start Wednesday at AAA
    Ryan Vogelsong (eye) will make another rehab start Wednesday with Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said he's hoping Vogelsong can go seven innings, or around 90-95 pitches. The veteran right-hander yielded two unearned runs over four innings last Wednesday at Triple-A Indy, throwing 60 pitches. He's been sidelined since taking a Jordan Lyles pitch to the face on May 23. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:03 pm
    60-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Sea
     
  • Jays option RHP Tepera to Triple-A
    Blue Jays optioned RHP Ryan Tepera to Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: The move clears the way for the newly-acquired Melvin Upton on the active roster. Tepera was just called up over the weekend, but didn't make an appearance during his brief stay with the big club. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:42 pm
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    9:37 am vs SD
     
  • Cards to call up Sam Tuivailala
    The Cardinals will call up right-hander Sam Tuivailala from Triple-A Memphis to serve as the 26th man for Tuesday's doubleheader agianst the Mets.

    Advice: Tuivailala has made three appearances in the majors this season and owns a 5.45 ERA over 32 games in Triple-A. On the plus side, he has struck out 54 batters in 36 1/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:44 am
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    4:10 pm @NYM
     
  • Trevor Rosenthal (shoulder) placed on DL
    Cardinals placed RHP Trevor Rosenthal on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 25, with right shoulder inflammation.

    Advice: Specifically, he's dealing with a rotator cuff injury, which could help explain his struggles. Rosenthal walked three batters in his most recent appearance on Friday and hasn't shown any signs of turning things around since being removed from the closer role. He owns an ugly 5.13 ERA and 2.04 WHIP over 40 appearances this season. It's unclear how long he'll be sidelined, but he was already demoted to a lower-leverage role. The Cardinals figure to look to the trade market for bullpen help before August 1. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:38 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @NYM
     
  • Cardinals call up LHP Dean Kiekhefer
    Cardinals recalled LHP Dean Kiekhefer from Triple-A Memphis.

    Advice: He'll replace the injured Trevor Rosenthal (shoulder) on the active roster. Kiekhefer has posted a 5.73 ERA and 9/2 K/BB ratio over 11 innings at the major league level this season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:36 am
  • No timetable for Uehara's return
    Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Monday that there's no clear timetable for Koji Uehara's return from his strained right pectoral muscle.

    Advice: "The injury is unusual. There’s not a lot of track record on this one," said Dombrowski. "So I do not have any idea. I know he’ll be out 15 days, but I can’t tell you if it’s going to be soon after that or long after that." Uehara suffered the injury last Tuesday and received a platelet-rich plasma on Friday to help with the healing process. The Red Sox are hopeful he'll be able to return this season, but his status is up in the air right now. The recently-acquired Brad Ziegler is filling in at closer right now, but Craig Kimbrel (knee) is expected to return next week. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:22 am
    15-Day DL
    10:35 am vs Det
     
  • Nats activate Solis from 15-day DL
    Nationals activated LHP Sammy Solis from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Solis, out since July 7 with right knee inflammation, was cleared to return after making two appearances on a minor league rehab assignment. He returns to a 2.43 ERA and 34/16 K/BB ratio in 29 2/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:23 am
  • Raisel Iglesias perfect for two innings
    Raisel Iglesias pitched two perfect innings out of the pen for his fourth hold Monday against the Giants.

    Advice: Iglesias has been the Reds' best reliever since coming off the disabled list, but the team has continued to use him as a multi-inning guy, suggesting that he won't soon be a threat for saves. He's allowed just one run in 20 1/3 innings over his 10 appearances as a reliever. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:56 pm
  • Ryan Madson blows sixth save
    Ryan Madson took his sixth blown save after giving up a two-run homer to the Rangers in Monday's loss.

    Advice: Madson has given up a whopping five homers and 10 runs in his last 12 innings of work, so his time as a closer could be coming to a close. Ryan Dull has looked like Oakland's best reliever all season long and is worthy of an opportunity. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:37 pm
  • Andrew Miller notches eighth save
    Andrew Miller picked up his eighth save Monday with a scoreless ninth against the Astros.

    Advice: Barring a trade, Miller will finish out the year as the Yankees' closer, making him a top-10 fantasy reliever. He has a 1.42 ERA this season. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:17 pm
  • Yanks' sense is they will keep Andrew Miller
    According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the "Yankees' sense right now" is that Andrew Miller will not be traded ahead of the August 1 deadline.

    Advice: But that could change over the next couple of days, depending on the offers that come in. New York got a terrific haul for impending free agent Aroldis Chapman on Monday, landing shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres, outfield prospect Billy McKinney, right-hander Adam Warren, and minor league outfielder Rashad Crawford from the Cubs. Miller, under contract through 2018, owns a dominant 1.45 ERA, 0.76 WHIP, and 74/7 K/BB ratio in 43 1/3 innings this season for the fourth-place Yankees. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:49 am
  • Papelbon allows four runs in loss to Padres
    Jonathan Papelbon surrendered four earned runs in the top of the ninth inning Sunday as the Nationals fell to the Padres.

    Advice: Papelbon was called upon with the game tied 6-6 but couldn't hold the line, yielding a walk and four hits while recording only two outs. He watched his season ERA jump from 2.56 all the way to 3.62. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:15 pm
  • Dillon Gee expected to start on Tuesday
    Dillon Gee is expected to start on Tuesday against the Angels.

    Advice: Gee was swapped out in favor of Brian Flynn for one turn in the rotation, but it appears the Royals will go back to Gee now. The right-hander holds a 4.19 ERA over 19 appearances -- five starts -- for Kansas City this season. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:00 pm
  • Ryan Tepera recalled from Triple-A
    Blue Jays recalled RHP Ryan Tepera from Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: He's taking Drew Storen's spot in the bullpen. Tepera holds a 5.79 ERA over five relief appearances with the Jays this season. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:44 am
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  • Blue Jays designate Storen for assignment
    Blue Jays designated RHP Drew Storen for assignment.

    Advice: What a disaster of a season it's been for Storen, who has posted a 6.21 ERA over 38 appearances with the Jays. His velocity has also been down a bit, although he's struck out a batter per inning. Storen will almost surely clear waivers given his $8.375 million salary, although it's possible the Jays will be able to work out a trade. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:42 am
  • Uehara (pectoral) might not return this year
    Red Sox manager John Farrell said Saturday that he is "hopeful" Koji Uehara (pectoral) can return this season.

    Advice: Which of course means it's possible he will not return this season. Uehara was placed on the disabled list Wednesday with a strained pectoral, a unique injury for a pitcher. He got platelet-rich plasma treatment on Friday to try to expedite the healing. "There is no number of days that says Koji's going to put a ball back in his hand," Farrell told reporters Saturday. "He’s just getting past the soreness." Brad Ziegler is now serving as the primary closer in Boston with Craig Kimbrel (knee) also on the shelf. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 1:49 pm
    15-Day DL
    10:35 am vs Det
     
  • Bud Norris takes loss in 16th
    Two days after starting, Bud Norris took a loss in relief after giving up a homer in the 16th inning Friday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Norris pitched a scoreless 15th, but he gave up the homer with one out in the 16th. It's unclear if he'll make his next start as scheduled on Tuesday, though he should have sufficient time to recover. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:36 pm
  • Koji Uehara (pectoral) receives PRP injection
    Koji Uehara (pectoral) has been given a platelet-rich plasma injection.

    Advice: The hope is that it will help speed up the healing process with Uehara's right pectoral strain. At the moment, there's no timetable for the reliever's return. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:45 pm
    15-Day DL
    10:35 am vs Det
     
  • Sammy Solis (knee) set for rehab appearance
    Sammy Solis (knee) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Potomac.

    Advice: He'll likely need just one appearance, as Solis is eligible for activation this weekend and is expected to return then. He holds a 2.43 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 34/16 K/BB ratio in 29 2/3 innings of relief this season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:46 pm
  • Wright strikes out nine in win over Twins
    Steven Wright showed some pre-break form Tuesday, striking out nine while allowing two runs -- one earned -- over eight innings in a win over the Twins.

    Advice: Wright had been regressing toward the mean in his past four starts, but the knuckleballer was able to keep the Twins off-guard for most of the night Tuesday. He allowed just four hits and a walk, lowering his ERA to 2.67 with a 1.15 WHIP in 19 starts overall. Wright will take a 12-5 record into Tuesday's contest against the Tigers. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:01 pm
  • Solis (knee) threw off mound Wednesday
    Sammy Solis (knee) threw off a mound Wednesday without issue.

    Advice: Solis was placed on the disabled list July 17, retroactive to July 8, with inflammation in his right knee. He is eligible to return this weekend and could do just that. The left-hander boasts a 2.43 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 34/16 K/BB ratio in 29 2/3 innings of relief this season at the major league level. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:16 am
  • Farrell calls Uehara pectoral injury 'unique'
    Red Sox manager John Farrell said that Koji Uehara's pectoral strain is "a unique injury for a pitcher."

    Advice: Uehara underwent an MRI on Wednesday, but his outlook for the future remains somewhat uncertain. Said Farrell, "It obviously confirms a strain. To what extent? We’re still getting our arms around that. This is a unique injury for a pitcher. I guess the best thing I can tell you is the MRI does confirm the strain." He went on to say that it is too early to place a timetable on Uehara's return. For a 41-year-old pitcher, that is less-than-encouraging news. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:05 pm
    15-Day DL
    10:35 am vs Det
     
  • Seung Hwan Oh saves both games on Wednesday
    Seung Hwan Oh retired the Padres in order in the ninth inning on Wednesday night, preserving a one-run lead and earning his second save of the day.

    Advice: Oh needed just 15 pitches to retire the side in the first game on Wednesday, recording a pair of strikeouts in the process. He was even better in the night cap, needing only 11 pitches this time around, including a pair of punch outs. He owns a sparkling 1.68 ERA and 0.85 WHIP on the season while striking out 65 batters in 48 1/3 innings. He looks very secure in the closer's role. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:31 pm
  • Norris pounded for six runs on three homers
    Bud Norris struck out eight batters in five innings but gave up six runs in the process, taking a loss to the Nationals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Three of the seven hits he gave up sailed over the wall. He falls to 5-8 with a 4.53 ERA in 91 1/3 innings. Norris had a good stretch of starts in May and June but has since reverted to his usual mediocre self. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:14 pm
  • Fister shuts down OAK over seven frames
    Doug Fister was on his game in Wednesday's win over the A's, tossing seven shutout innings.

    Advice: Fister allowed four hits, walked two and struck out five on the afternoon. He finished off the superlative effort having thrown exactly 100 pitches (65 strikes). As usual, the veteran right-hander has been a consistent -- if unspectacular -- fantasy option this season. He will carry a 3.42 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 74/40 K/BB ratio (118 1/3 innings) into his next start at home against the Yankees. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:13 pm
    5:10 pm vs NYY
     
  • Uehara (pectoral) to have Wednesday MRI
    Koji Uehara (pectoral) is undergoing an MRI.

    Advice: Uehara hit the disabled list with a right pectoral strain on Wednesday. The Red Sox expect to have a more clear idea of the severity of his injury and a potential timetable for his return once the MRI results come back. With Uehara, Craig Kimbrel (knee) and Junichi Tazawa (shoulder) all on the disabled list, the recently acquired Brad Ziegler is expected to receive the bulk of save opportunities until the bullpen regains some semblance of health. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:59 pm
    15-Day DL
    10:35 am vs Det
     
  • Seung Hwan Oh earns third save of season
    Seung Hwan Oh earned his third save of the season Wednesday afternoon against the Padres.

    Advice: Oh struck out two of the three batters he faced in a dominant 15-pitch ninth inning as the Cardinals grabbed the first game of a doubleheader versus the Friars. He can run away with the ninth-inning job in St. Louis with Trevor Rosenthal continuing to struggle. Oh has a 1.71 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 47 1/3 innings for the year. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:56 pm
  • Giants continue to lurk for Miller, Chapman
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Giants are "lingering" in the trade market for Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman.

    Advice: While Crasnick notes that they are interested in the two Yankee bullpen aces, he adds the caveat that the team "might be out-gunned" by the Cubs and Nationals. In addition to Miller and Chapman, Crasnick relays that they have scouted the Phillies' Jeanmar Gomez and David Hernandez, plus Brewers relievers Will Smith and Jeremy Jeffress. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:41 pm
  • Vogelsong (eye) goes four innings at AAA
    Ryan Vogelsong (eye) yielded two unearned runs over four innings Wednesday with Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: Vogelsong threw 60 pitches, 43 of which were strikes, while striking out two and walking none. The veteran righty should be ready to return to the Pirates by the end of July, probably in a long relief role. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:56 am
    60-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Sea
     
  • Red Sox place Koji Uehara (pec) on the DL
    Red Sox placed RHP Koji Uehara on the 15-day disabled list with a right pectoral strain.

    Advice: Uehara suffered the injury Tuesday night against the Giants. This could be a lengthy absence for the 41-year-old right-hander, who had been filling in at closer for the Red Sox. That job should now fall to Brad Ziegler, who's made three scoreless appearances since joining Boston from Arizona. Ziegler has a 2.61 ERA for the year. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:21 am
    15-Day DL
    10:35 am vs Det
     
  • Dean Kiekhefer to serve as 26th man
    Dean Kiekhefer will serve as the Cardinals' 26th man for Wednesday's doubleheader against the Padres.

    Advice: He'll be called up ahead of Game 2 and then sent right back to Triple-A Memphis on Thursday. Kiekhefer allowed seven earned runs in 11 innings earlier this season with St. Louis, though the 27-year-old southpaw was pretty stingy against left-handed hitters. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:25 am
  • Angels rock Kyle Lohse for seven runs
    Kyle Lohse was obliterated in Tuesday's loss to the Angels, yielding seven runs on six hits over 4 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Yikes. Just bad news all around. Lohse failed to strike out a batter on the evening, but he was kind enough to hand out three free passes to the Halos. Albert Pujols connected for three-run homers in the fourth and fifth innings to account for the majority of the damage on Lohse's line. This was the veteran right-hander's second start of the season since the Rangers signed him in mid-May. He has surrendered 14 runs over 9 1/3 innings in those two outings. Lohse can be safely avoided for fantasy purposes. He will play host to the A's in his next scheduled start. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:12 pm
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    5:05 pm vs Oak
     
  • Jim Johnson takes blown save in ninth
    Jim Johnson blew a two-run lead by giving up four hits in the ninth Tuesday against the Reds.

    Advice: Johnson was the pick to close with Arodys Vizcaino hurt, but he was singled to death. The last of them was a Billy Hamilton grounder to short that would have been an out for anyone else, though Johnson had already blown the lead by that point. Since Johnson doesn't really seem up for the job, the Braves should mix and match in the ninth with Vizcaino out. Mauricio Cabrera might be the best option. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:10 pm
  • Koji Uehara diagnosed with strained pectoral
    Koji Uehara has been diagnosed with a strained right pectoral muscle.

    Advice: "I can't tell you at this time how much time Koji will miss," manager John Farrell said. But it figures to involve a 15-day disabled list stint at the very least. Uehara strained the pectoral muscle Tuesday night in the ninth inning of Boston's 4-0 win over the visiting Giants. He had been filling in at closer for the Red Sox, who may now have to turn to newcomer Brad Ziegler. There will be a reevaluation of the entire situation Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:12 pm
    15-Day DL
    10:35 am vs Det
     
  • Uehara lifted from game with shoulder injury
    Koji Uehara left Tuesday's game against the Giants with an apparent right shoulder injury.

    Advice: Uehara summoned a trainer after his seventh pitch of the ninth inning and walked off holding his throwing shoulder. This type of thing doesn't usually turn out well. Look for an update soon from Boston. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:51 pm
    15-Day DL
    10:35 am vs Det
     
  • Rosenthal won't be used in high-leverage role
    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Monday that he'll no longer use Trevor Rosenthal in high-leverage situations.

    Advice: Rosenthal lost his closer job last month and hasn't shown any signs of turning things around. He now owns a 5.64 ERA and 2.04 WHIP over 37 appearances this season. While the Cardinals will save him for lower-leverage situations, Jonathan Broxton is expected to take over his seventh-inning role. The Cardinals figure to look for bullpen help leading into the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:53 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @NYM
     
  • Rosenthal: Miller is Indians' top trade target
    Andrew Miller is expected to be the Indians' top trade target, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

    Advice: Cleveland's bullpen consists of entirely right-handed arms and the Indians are intrigued by the possibility of using Miller in a setup role. Of course, the Yankees will be inundated with offers for Miller, who figures to be one of the most coveted relievers available at the trade deadline. The Nationals, Rangers and Cubs have all shown interest and more suitors should emerge as August 1 approaches. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:18 am
  • Yankees scouting Nationals' Triple-A team
    Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post reports the Yankees had scouts in Syracuse this weekend.

    Advice: Syracuse, of course, is home to the Nationals' Triple-A affiliate. Washington has shown keen interest in both Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller and it appears the Yankees are looking for a possible match in the Nationals' minor league system. ESPN's Buster Olney previously said the team would only part with Miller for "the best of the best prospects," and we assume the same goes for Chapman. Rotoworld.com Jul 18, 7:50 am
  • Nationals place Sammy Solis on 15-day DL
    Nationals placed LHP Sammy Solis on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 8, with right knee inflammation.

    Advice: The left-hander has been battling what manager Dusty Baker termed a "cranky" right knee. Solis has done a nice job out of the Nationals bullpen this season, compiling a 2.43 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 34/16 K/BB ratio across 29 2/3 innings. To fill his spot on the roster, Reynaldo Lopez will be called up from Double-A to join the Nationals rotation. Rotoworld.com Jul 17, 8:55 pm
  • Buddy Baumann optioned to Triple-A
    Padres optioned LHP Buddy Baumann to Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Baumann retired the only batter he faced in his brief time with the big club. He should get another shot later this summer. Rotoworld.com Jul 17, 11:31 am
  • Andrew Miller 'on the radar' of Rangers
    Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Andrew Miller is "on the radar" of the Rangers.

    Advice: The Rangers are looking at both starters and relievers, although Wilson indicates that a reliever is less of a priority. The Yankees have essentially told Miller that they've have to be blown away by an offer in order to consider trading him, so it remains to be seen whether Texas will be willing to offer enough to pry the reliever away. Rotoworld.com Jul 17, 9:31 am
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