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  • Chatwood limits Mets to one run in win
    Tyler Chatwood spun seven innings of one-run ball in a 6-1 win over the Mets on Friday.

    Advice: Perhaps Chatwood should change his nickname to Hawk or Animal, because he’s a Road Warrior. While he walked four batters, the only damage came on a solo homer from James Loney in the second inning. He now owns a 1.30 ERA through nine starts on the road this season. Not surprisingly, he hasn’t been nearly as effective at home, where he has a 5.69 ERA in 10 starts. He gets the Dodgers at Coors Field next week. 44 minutes ago
  • Matz gives up two runs in loss to Rockies
    Steven Matz took the loss Friday against the Rockies after giving up two runs over six innings.

    Advice: Things could have been worse, as Matz gave up a season-high 10 hits while also walking a batter, but he managed to avoid the big inning. But the Mets couldn’t get anything going against Tyler Chatwood and an RBI single from Nick Hundley in the sixth put him in line for the loss. Matz hasn’t been the same since the bone spur in his elbow surfaced, but he continues to hang in there for now. He’ll bring a 3.35 ERA into the Subway Series against the Yankees next week. 44 minutes ago
    L, 6-1 vs ^ Col
  • Velasquez pitches well in loss to Braves
    Vincent Velasquez pitched well in a losing effort against the Braves on Friday, allowing two runs on seven hits over his six frames.

    Advice: The hard-throwing right-hander walked two and struck out five. With scouts and talent evaluators from many clubs on hand, Velasquez didn't do anything to hurt his trade stock. He sits at 8-3 on the season with a 3.32 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 108/36 K/BB ratio over 97 2/3 innings. Should he remain with the Phillies, his next start will come on Thursday against the Giants. 46 minutes ago
  • Matt Boyd strikes out six in win over Astros
    Matt Boyd wasn't as sharp as he had been his last two starts, but still wound up victorious despite allowing three runs on four hits over five frames against the Astros.

    Advice: Boyd punched out six Astros on the night while issuing only one free pass. The young left-hander allowed a two-run homer to Jose Altuve in the first inning, but settled in very nicely afterwards and kept the Astros at bay the remainder of his night save for a solo homer from Jake Marisnick in the third inning. With Jordan Zimmermann and Daniel Norris on the fast track toward a return to the Tigers rotation, it's unclear if Boyd will have a chance to take the mound again on Thursday against the White Sox. Today, 7:34 pm
    W, 14-6 vs ^ Hou
  • Odorizzi blanks Yankees in victory
    Jake Odorizzi fired 6 2/3 scoreless innings in Friday’s 5-1 win over the Yankees.

    Advice: The Rays have now racked up nine straight quality starts. Odorizzi scattered six hits (all of them singles) while walking none and striking out five. He has now thrown 14 2/3 scoreless innings over his last two starts to go along with a 10/0 K/BB ratio. He has improved his ERA from 4.39 to 3.88 in the process. He’ll try to keep it going next week in a start against the Royals. Today, 7:30 pm
  • Colome notches two saves vs. Yankees
    Alex Colome notched a two-out save against the Yankees on Friday.

    Advice: Erasmo Ramirez got the call for the ninth inning initially, as the Rays had a four-run lead, but he was pulled after giving up a pair of one-out singles. Colome quickly put out the fire after getting Brett Gardner on a force out and Jacoby Ellsbury to fly out. After blowing his first save of the season last Saturday, he has converted each of his last two chances. He now owns a 2.23 ERA and 45/12 K/BB ratio over 36 1/3 innings this season to go along with 23 saves. Today, 7:29 pm
  • Nova gives up five runs against Rays
    Ivan Nova was tagged for five runs over 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Rays on Friday.

    Advice: There have been all sorts of rumors about Nova in recent days, but an outing like this one isn’t going to help his trade value. It was ugly from the start, as he served up a pair of solo homers in the first inning. He fanned three and walked three in his shortest start since June 21. Nova now has a 4.90 ERA and 75/25 K/BB ratio over 97 1/3 innings on the year. His future in New York remains up in the air. Today, 7:29 pm
    L, 5-1 ^ @TB
  • Estrada strikes out six in win over Orioles
    Marco Estrada earned his sixth victory of the season on Friday, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits over six innings against the Orioles.

    Advice: Estrada racked up six strikeouts on the night while issuing a pair of walks. The O's got to him early, with a two-run double from Mark Trumbo in the first inning, but the right-hander was able to settle in nicely afterwards. He has been tremendous for the Jays this season, registering a 3.02 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 108/42 K/BB ratio across 116 1/3 innings. He'll take on the Astros his next time out in Houston on Wednesday. Today, 7:20 pm
    W, 6-5 vs ^ Bal
  • Kevin Gausman hammered in loss to Jays
    Kevin Gausman was hammered in a losing effort against the Blue Jays on Friday night, allowing six runs on six hits in only three innings.

    Advice: The right-hander walked three and struck out four in the ballgame. The Jays jumped on him early in this one, with Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and Troy Tulowitzki each belting solo homers in the first inning. They pushed across three more runs in the third inning to chase Gausman. Now 2-8 on the season, he'll bring a 4.18 ERA and 1.32 WHIP into Thursday's start against the Rangers. Today, 7:15 pm
    L, 6-5 ^ @Tor
  • Brett Anderson to make two more rehab starts
    Brett Anderson (back) is expected to make two more minor league rehab starts before rejoining the Dodgers.

    Advice: Anderson will throw five innings in his next start and then seven frames the following outing. As long as he makes it through both of those starts without any issues, he'll be cleared to debut with the Dodgers in mid-August. Today, 4:17 pm
    60-Day DL
    Top 6, 3-0 vs Ari
  • Lester fans seven over six shutout frames
    John Lester was dominant in Friday's victory over the Mariners, racking up seven strikeouts over six shutout innings.

    Advice: The veteran southpaw scattered four hits and a pair of walks on the afternoon. He has been tremendous for the Cubs this season, registering a 2.95 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 125/38 K/BB ratio over 128 1/3 innings while posting an 11-4 record. He'll look to replicate this fine outing when he does battle against the Marlins on Wednesday. Today, 3:59 pm
    W, 12-1 vs ^ Sea
  • Iwakuma throttled in loss to Cubs on Friday
    Hisashi Iwakuma was throttled in a loss to the Cubs on Friday afternoon, giving up five runs on eight hits in just three innings of work.

    Advice: Iwakuma walked one and struck out two in the ballgame. The Cubs jumped on him early in this one, scratching out three runs in the second inning and adding another pair in the third on a two-run blast from Jason Heyward. He'll carry a 4.21 ERA and 1.32 WHIP into Wednesday's start against the Red Sox. Today, 3:55 pm
  • Rangers 'all over' Velasquez; deal unlikely
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers are "all over" Vincent Velasquez, but a trade is "unlikely."

    Advice: Rosenthal says the Rangers have done extensive background work on Velasquez and other cost-controlled starters. However, a trade for Velasquez, not surprisingly, looks like a big long-shot. The Phillies have the young right-hander under control through 2021. Today, 2:39 pm
  • Tyler Glasnow (shoulder) plays catch
    Tyler Glasnow (shoulder) played catch from 90 feet on Friday.

    Advice: It's the first time he's thrown since going down with shoulder inflammation. The Pirates don't think Glasnow will be on the shelf for terribly long, but there's currently no timetable for his return. Today, 2:18 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 3-1 @Mil
  • Andrew Cashner to make Marlins debut Sunday
    Andrew Cashner will make his Marlins debut on Sunday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Colin Rea will take the ball on Saturday, as both new acquisitions will pitch on regular rest. Cashner and Rea were acquired from the Padres on Friday in a seven-player trade. Today, 1:23 pm
  • Rich Hill (blister) won't start on Sunday
    Rich Hill (blister) will not start for the Athletics on Sunday against the Indians.

    Advice: Hill threw a bullpen session Friday without a covering on his blistered left middle finger. While the blister is doing better, he's still not ready to take the ball. That means he will not make another start before the trade deadline and will have gone over two weeks in between starts. It obviously is going to affect his trade market, although he still seems likely to be dealt. Sonny Gray will start on regular rest Sunday. Today, 12:59 pm
    L, 5-3 @Cle
  • Morosi: Nats would trade Giolito for Miller
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Nationals are willing to trade Lucas Giolito for Andrew Miller straight up.

    Advice: However, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports says that the Yankees would not do a Miller-for-Giolito one-for-one deal. Giolito's three starts for the Nats have been up and down, but he's still viewed as one of the best pitching prospects in the game and the Yankees would have control of him for many years. Still, it sounds like they'd want even more for Miller, who is owed $9 million in 2017 and 2018. Today, 10:49 am
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  • Jarred Cosart lands with Padres in trade
    Padres acquired RHPs Jarred Cosart, Carter Capps and Luis Castillo and 1B Josh Naylor from the Marlins in exchange for RHPs Andrew Cashner, Colin Rea, Tayron Guerrero and cash considerations.

    Advice: Cosart is a formerly a nice prospect but is a couple years removed from any amount of success. He'll be arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter and will try to get his career back on track in a new organization. He figures to join the Padres' rotation. Today, 10:34 am
  • Marlins trade for Cashner, Rea now official
    Marlins acquired RHPs Andrew Cashner, Colin Rea, Tayron Guerrero and cash considerations from the Padres in exchange for RHPs Jarred Cosart, Carter Capps and Luis Castillo and 1B Josh Naylor.

    Advice: The previously reported deal has now become official. Cashner holds a 4.76 ERA over 16 starts this season, but he's pitched well in his last three outings and the Marlins are hopeful that he can stay hot down the stretch. He's slated for free agency this winter. Today, 10:26 am
  • Blue Jays in on Jeremy Hellickson
    SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports that the Blue Jays are "considering many starting options," with Jeremy Hellickson, Rich Hill and the Rays' starters on their radar.

    Advice: Cotillo adds that the Blue Jays are looking at potential bullpen options, as well. Hellickson seems like a poor fit back in the American League and at Rogers Centre, but he has pitched well lately. Hill is still dealing with a blister issue and is next start remains up in the air. Today, 10:16 am
  • Rangers the 'most aggressive' for Chris Sale
    USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Rangers "continue to be the most aggressive team" in the pursuit of Chris Sale.

    Advice: Nightengale says the White Sox are asking for Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara in any deal involving Sale and it doesn't appear they're willing to budge. You can understand why their asking price would be so sky-high, but it's also understandable why the Rangers are declining. Sale still seems unlikely to be traded before the deadline, although a lot can change between now and Monday afternoon. Today, 9:59 am
  • Walker (foot) to make rehab start on Monday
    Taijuan Walker (foot) will make a rehab start with Triple-A Tacoma on Monday.

    Advice: Walker got through another bullpen session Friday with no issues, clearing the way for his return to game action. He's only missed about three weeks of action, so Walker might need just the one rehab outing before rejoining the Mariners' rotation. Today, 9:23 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 12-1 @ChC
  • Matt Moore likeliest Rays SP to be traded
    Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Matt Moore is "emerging as the likeliest trade candidate" from the Rays' rotation.

    Advice: The Rays are listening on Jake Odorizzi, Drew Smyly and even Chris Archer, but Moore has always seemed to be the most likely to be shipped elsewhere. Swingman Erasmo Ramirez could also be traded. Moore has been frustratingly inconsistent in his time in Tampa but holds a 2.39 ERA over his last nine starts and the Rays have club options on him through 2019 totaling a reasonable $26.5 million. The Rangers and Pirates are among the teams poking around. Today, 8:24 am
  • Jarred Cosart parts of Andrew Cashner deal
    ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that Jarred Cosart is one of the pieces headed to San Diego in the Andrew Cashner/Colin Rea trade.

    Advice: It looks like we have all the details of the deal now, as Cashner and Rea will go to Miami and Cosart, first base prospect Josh Naylor and pitching prospect Luis Castillo will be sent to San Diego. Cosart was once a decent prospect but has flamed out the last couple seasons and been particularly awful this year with a 5.95 ERA in the majors and poor numbers at Triple-A, as well. He'll be arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. Today, 7:26 am
  • Olney: Marlins to acquire Andrew Cashner
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Marlins "have an agreement in place" to acquire Andrew Cashner from the Padres.

    Advice: They're also getting Colin Rea and Tyron Guerrero and reportedly giving up Jarred Cosart, Carter Capps, Josh Naylor and Luis Castillo. Cashner has put up an unimpressive 4.76 ERA over 16 starts this season, but he's pitched well in his last three outings and the Marlins are obviously hoping to catch lighting in a bottle here. The 29-year-old righty will be a free agent this offseason. Today, 5:07 am
  • Roark proves effective in win over Giants
    Tanner Roark pitched well in Thursday's win over the Giants, firing seven innings of four-hit, one-run ball.

    Advice: Roark struck out three and walked three on the evening. Only a Conor Gillaspie RBI ground out in the second inning prevented him from a potential shutout. The 29-year-old right-hander has allowed one or fewer earned runs over seven or more innings in eight outings. That is the second-most in the majors, with only Jon Lester's nine such starts besting it. Roark will carry a 2.96 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 113/41 K/BB ratio (136 2/3 frames) into a road duel with the Diamondbacks next time he toes the rubber. Yesterday, 10:50 pm
  • Cueto labors through five innings vs Nats
    Johnny Cueto failed to provide length in Thursday's loss to the Nationals, allowing three runs on eight hits over five innings.

    Advice: Strange night for Cueto, who struck out just three and walked two on the evening. Those low numbers would outwardly seem to lend toward a lower pitch count, but Cueto had already thrown 101 pitches (63 strikes) by the time he was relieved of duty before the start of the sixth inning. Since the Giants booted back up after the All-Star break, the ace has surrendered eight runs on 20 hits in three starts (16 innings). He has allowed at least three earned runs in five of his last seven outings. Despite a bit of a slowdown since a hot start, he owns a 2.63 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 131/30 K/BB ratio over 147 1/3 innings for the season as a whole. A road showdown with the Phillies shows next on his schedule. Yesterday, 10:47 pm
  • Jered Weaver holds Red Sox to one run
    Jered Weaver pitched surprisingly well in Thursday's no-decision against the Red Sox, tossing 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball.

    Advice: Weaver scattered six, walked two and struck out two on the evening. The only run to score on his watch came when Mookie Betts notched a sacrifice fly in the third inning. For Weaver, this is about as good as it gets, particularly given the strength of the opponent. The 33-year-old right-hander still holds an uninspiring 5.14 ERA and 1.45 WHIP. A home date with the A's shows next on his schedule. Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Hamels whiffs 12 over eight strong innings
    Cole Hamels struck out 12 while allowing two runs over eight innings, leading the Rangers to a 3-2 win over the Royals on Thursday.

    Advice: Hamels gave up six hits, including a solo homer, and walked one in the victory, throwing a season-high 123 pitches before exiting. It may not be any coincidence that his 12 punchouts were also a season high, giving him 132 strikeouts in 133 1/3 innings on the year. The southpaw improved to 12-2 with his third straight win, and he'll take a 2.84 ERA and 1.26 WHIP into Wednesday's start at the Orioles. Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Marlins, Rangers leading in pursuit of Cashner
    Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports the Marlins and Rangers are currently ahead in the race to acquire Andrew Cashner.

    Advice: Both teams are looking to add a starter for the stretch run. Cashner is in the last year of his contract so he'd only be a rental. The Orioles have also shown interest though perhaps not as much as Texas or Miami. The Padres have turned this season into an all-out fire sale, unloading assets such as James Shields, Fernando Rodney, Drew Pomeranz and Melvin Upton. There's a good chance Cashner's start against Toronto on Tuesday was his last as a member of the Padres' organization. Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Sale gives up two runs after suspension
    Chris Sale allowed two runs over six innings in a loss to the Cubs on Thursday.

    Advice: Sale, making his first start in 10 days after being scratched and ultimately suspended for five games for his actions prior to last Sunday's scheduled start, looked rusty early, allowing runs in two of the first three innings before settling down. He gave up six hits and three walks in total while striking out four. Sale fell to 14-4 with the loss. He'll sport a 3.17 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 133/32 K/BB ratio heading into Wednesday's start against the Tigers. Yesterday, 8:31 pm
  • Taijuan Walker drawing heavy trade interest
    Taiwan Walker (foot) is drawing strong trade interest, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

    Advice: Nightengale didn't mention which teams were interested, though he did say there will be scouts on hand for Walker's bullpen session Friday at Wrigley Field. Walker pitched a simulated game on Wednesday and is close to returning from a foot injury. He could be a good fit for the Marlins who are looking to add a controllable starting pitcher. Walker won't hit free agency until 2021. Yesterday, 6:19 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 12-1 @ChC
  • Fish interested in Cashner, Miley, Hellickson's Joe Frisaro mentioned Andrew Cashner as one of several pitchers tied to the Marlins in recent trade discussions.

    Advice: Per Frisaro, the Fish are also after Seattle left-hander Wade Miley and Phillies right-hander Jeremy Hellickson. The rebuilding Padres have already traded away James Shields, Drew Pomeranz, Fernando Rodney and Melvin Upton and it looks like Cashner might be the next to go. The Orioles are also in the hunt for Cashner, who is 4-7 with a 4.76 ERA in 16 starts this season. Yesterday, 5:30 pm
  • ChiSox reinstate Chris Sale for Thurs. start
    White Sox reinstated LHP Chris Sale from suspension.

    Advice: Sale was handed a five-game suspension from the White Sox on Sunday after taking a knife to throwback jerseys that he did not want to wear. The incident led to the White Sox scratching him from his scheduled start Saturday against the Tigers, so he'll be working on nine days of rest in his return Thursday versus the Cubs. Yesterday, 10:42 am
  • Report: O's trying hard for Andrew Cashner
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Orioles are "trying hard" for Andrew Cashner.

    Advice: Baltimore badly needs rotation help -- Ubaldo Jimenez and his 7.38 ERA are starting Thursday against the Twins -- and Cashner is almost certain to be dealt somewhere by the August 1 trade deadline. Rosenthal says the O's are not necessarily the front-runner for the 29-year-old right-hander, with the Rangers, Marlins, and Giants also lurking. Cashner, an impending free agent, owns a 4.76 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, and 67/30 K/BB ratio in 79 1/3 innings this season. Yesterday, 7:00 am
  • Matt Moore locks down Dodgers into seventh
    Matt Moore was on his game in Wednesday's win over the Dodgers, allowing just one run (none earned) on four hits over 6 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Moore struck out five on the afternoon, but he also issued four walks. Even with that inefficiency, he exited with two outs in the seventh having thrown only 98 pitches (57 strikes). The unearned run that scored against him came when catcher Luke Maile made a throwing error on a Joc Pederson steal in the second inning. The error allowed Pederson to scoot on home. Moore is a potential trade chip for the Rays as they near the trade deadline. Should he make his next start with his current club, it would come at home against the Royals next Tuesday. He has pitched to a 4.08 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 109/40 K/BB ratio across 130 innings. Wednesday, 5:23 pm
  • Glasnow (shoulder) nearing step forward
    Pirates trainer Todd Tomczyk said that Tyler Glasnow (shoulder) could pick up a baseball "in the coming days."

    Advice: That "in the coming days" comment might not be the most concrete assessment, but regardless of the particulars, Glasnow's health has been improving since he was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder injury on July 24. The Pirates figure to play matters cautiously with their stud 22-year-old right-hander and there is no current timetable for his return. Wednesday, 2:36 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 3-1 @Mil
  • Hill (finger) to toss pen session w/o cover
    Rich Hill (finger) said that he will not be wearing a covering on his blistered left middle finger during Friday's bullpen session.

    Advice: Friday will mark the first time Hill has attempted to throw the ball off a mound without a covering on his blister. He said that the skin on the impacted area still feels thin, but hopes for it to thicken the more he pitches. He could start against the Indians on Sunday, though that will largely depend on how he feels after his bullpen. Wednesday, 2:22 pm
    L, 5-3 @Cle
  • Walker (foot) might only need one rehab start
    Mariners manager Scott Servais said that Taijuan Walker (foot) will be reevaluated after he makes his first start on a rehab assignment.

    Advice: Walker tossed a three-inning simulated game on Wednesday. He will have a bullpen session on Friday and (assuming no setbacks) could begin a minor league rehab assignment on Monday. Servais said that once he makes that start, the team will reevaluate to determine whether he is ready to be activated from the disabled list. Right foot tendinitis has plagued him this summer. He hasn't pitched since July 1. Wednesday, 1:07 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 12-1 @ChC
  • Walker (foot) nearing rehab assignment
    Taijuan Walker (foot) threw a successful three-inning simulated game on Wednesday.

    Advice: He'll throw a bullpen session in two days and could then be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment -- possibly as soon as Monday at Triple-A Tacoma. Walker has been on the disabled list since July 5 due to tendinitis in his right foot. He's on track for an early-August activation, assuming no setbacks. Wednesday, 11:53 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 12-1 @ChC
  • Brett Anderson (back) cleared for rehab start
    Brett Anderson (back) is scheduled to go three innings in a rehab start Thursday with High-A Rancho Cucamonga.

    Advice: It will be his rehab debut, and he'll probably have another 3-4 minor league outings on top of it before the Dodgers consider him a realistic option for their starting rotation. Anderson has been out all season following March back surgery. He is aiming to make his first start for Los Angeles in mid-August. Wednesday, 10:26 am
    60-Day DL
    Top 6, 3-0 vs Ari
  • Phils want top prospect for Jeremy Hellickson
    Rival executives talking to the Phillies about Jeremy Hellickson tell ESPN's Jayson Stark that the club is asking for "one of your top five prospects."

    Advice: The quality of that top five obviously varies greatly from organization to organization, but the point is the Phillies want something significant in return for the 29-year-old right-hander, who boasts a 3.65 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 107/28 K/BB ratio in 125 2/3 innings this season. Stark says Philadelphia would be content with getting a draft pick when Hellickson departs via free agency this winter. He is probably well on his way to a qualifying offer, and he is a Scott Boras client. Wednesday, 10:22 am
  • Giants in 'active talks' for Andrew Cashner
    According to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports, the Giants "remain in active talks" with the Padres to acquire starting pitcher Andrew Cashner.

    Advice: There was a report that Cashner might be traded before his start Tuesday night in Toronto, and there was also talk of that happening before his outing last Thursday in St. Louis. He pitched pretty well in both of those starts and seems likely to get moved to a contender by the August 1 trade deadline despite his 4.76 overall ERA. There has also been interest from the Marlins, Orioles, and Rangers. Wednesday, 7:52 am
  • Rich Hill (blister) could start Sunday in CLE
    Rich Hill (finger) is tentatively scheduled to return to the A's rotation Sunday in Cleveland.

    Advice: Hill first has to make it through a bullpen session Friday. He hasn't appeared in a game since July 17 because of a blister on his left middle finger, but his recent throwing sessions with a protective cover have gone well. The veteran southpaw is one of Oakland's top trade chips leading up to the August 1 deadline, boasting a 2.25 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 90/28 K/BB ratio in 76 innings this season. Tuesday, 9:29 pm
    L, 5-3 @Cle
  • Andrew Cashner gives up three runs to Jays
    Andrew Cashner pitched six innings and allowed three runs Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: It was a solid outing for Cashner in what was most likely his final start for the Padres. He gave up two homers, but he still managed a quality start on the road against a fine offense. His ERA stands at 4.76. Tuesday, 8:33 pm
  • Padres making progress toward Cashner trade
    According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, the Padres are making progress on an Andrew Cashner trade.

    Advice: Morosi says a deal could be finalized before Cashner's scheduled start Tuesday night in Toronto. There's known to be interest from the Marlins, Orioles, and Rangers. Cashner, 29, holds a 4.79 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, and 61/27 K/BB ratio in 73 1/3 innings this year with San Diego. He can become a free agent in the offseason. Tuesday, 1:16 pm
  • Walker (foot) to throw sim game Wed.
    Taijuan Walker (foot) is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Wednesday.

    Advice: Mariners manager Scott Servais told reporters that he wants to see Walker "get after it" to really test his right foot. A minor league rehab game could follow if the workout goes smoothly. Walker has been on the disabled list since July 5 with lingering foot tendinitis. Tuesday, 1:00 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 12-1 @ChC
  • Hill (finger) to throw bullpen Wednesday
    Rich Hill (finger) is scheduled to throw his next bullpen session on Wednesday.

    Advice: Hill has been throwing with a protective cover on his finger and it's unclear whether he has made enough progress to shed it. The southpaw hasn't pitched since July 17, but the A's remain hopeful he'll be able to make a start before the end of the team's current road trip. It's worth noting that the road trip runs right through the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline. Monday, 8:51 pm
    L, 5-3 @Cle
  • Jeremy Hellickson goes six scoreless Monday
    Jeremy Hellickson improved his trade stock by holding the Marlins to one hit over six shutout frames in Monday's 4-0 victory.

    Advice: Hellickson recorded just one strikeout, but he also permitted only one hit and one walk. He had thrown just 70 pitches through six innings, but the Phillies elected to pinch-hit for him in the top of the seventh when they had a scoring opportunity. Hellickson will go into the trade deadline having yielded just one run over 14 frames. If he's not dealt by then, he'll get the Braves this weekend. Monday, 8:09 pm
  • Jarred Cosart spins five shutout innings
    Jarred Cosart held the Phillies off the scoreboard over five frames but took a no-decision Monday.

    Advice: Cosart held the Phils to just three hits and one walk, but he racked up a high pitch count (92) as he often does, leading to him being pulled after just five innings. With the Marlins almost surely slated to acquire a starter or two this week, Cosart could be sent back to Triple-A. If he gets another start, it will come this weekend versus the Cardinals. Monday, 8:04 pm
  • Yankees have turned attention to dealing Nova
    Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that moving Ivan Nova has become "the next priority" for the Yankees following the Aroldis Chapman deal.

    Advice: ESPN's Buster Olney reported earlier in the day Monday that team executives have been pushing for a trade involving Nova, so things could come together quickly now that the Chapman deal is finalized. "They're focused on him," a major-league source told Feinsand. "They're looking at the guys with expiring contracts first - though not Beltran right now." Nova, an impending free agent, has posted a 4.65 ERA and 72/22 K/BB ratio over 93 innings this season. In a weak market for starters, he could draw some interest as rotation depth. Monday, 5:45 pm
    L, 5-1 ^ @TB
  • Chris Sale to start vs. Cubs on Thursday
    Chris Sale will make his return Thursday against the Cubs.

    Advice: The White Sox suspended Sale for five games after he cut up some throwback uniforms with a knife as a bizarre form of protest. There's a chance that Thursday could be a final start with the White Sox, as the trade deadline is approaching and there has been quite a bit of a chatter about a possible deal. Of course, it would require a monster haul for Chicago to part with him and they might not see the sort of offers they want. Monday, 2:32 pm
  • Hill describes blister as 'hot spot'
    Rich Hill described the blister on his left middle finger as "a little hot spot," but said that it's healing.

    Advice: Hill, who left a start on July 17 after just five pitches, threw a bullpen session Sunday while wearing a protective cover on his finger. It's unclear when he'll be ready to return to action, but some clarity would be nice as August 1 approaches. The southpaw is one of the top starting pitchers on the trade market. Monday, 2:16 pm
    L, 5-3 @Cle
  • Rangers showing interest in Vince Velasquez
    According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, the Rangers are expressing interest in Vincent Velasquez.

    Advice: Velasquez is a 24-year-old with five years of contractual control and he's been having a very good season for Philadelphia, so the asking price is going to be astronomical. The right-hander holds a 3.34 ERA and 103 strikeouts in 91 2/3 innings this year. Texas has been connected to just about every pitcher in baseball. Monday, 9:04 am
  • Yankees have been pushing Ivan Nova trade
    Rival executives tell ESPN's Buster Olney that the Yankees have been pushing an Ivan Nova trade.

    Advice: Nova is due to become a free agent after the 2016 season and doesn't seem like a qualifying offer candidate, so the Yankees might as well try to get something out of him. The 29-year-old right-hander has pitched very well in his last two starts but owns a pedestrian 4.65 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, and 72/22 K/BB ratio in 93 innings overall this season. Maybe a move to the National League would work. Monday, 8:34 am
    L, 5-1 ^ @TB
  • Chatwood goes five scoreless versus Braves
    Tyler Chatwood walked eight batters but held the Braves scoreless over five innings Sunday for his ninth win of the season.

    Advice: That pretty much sums up the current state of the Atlanta offense. Chatwood threw just 51 of his 97 pitches for strikes and put nine batters on base, but the Braves couldn't manage a run until the top of the seventh inning and fell 7-2. Chatwood stands 9-6 with a 3.65 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, and 66/46 K/BB ratio in 103 2/3 innings this season. He'll take on the Mets at home next. Sunday, 4:17 pm
  • Nationals option Lucas Giolito back to minors
    Nationals optioned RHP Lucas Giolito to Triple-A Syracuse.

    Advice: Giolito allowed four runs -- two earned -- over 3 1/3 innings Sunday in the Nationals' loss to the Padres. It was his third career start at the major league level. Joe Ross (shoulder) could be activated to fill the rotation vacancy later this week. Or maybe the Nats will try Reynaldo Lopez again. Sunday, 3:41 pm
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  • Lester allows four runs in no-decision
    Jon Lester surrendered four earned runs over four innings Sunday in a no-decision against the Brewers.

    Advice: Lester struggled from the jump in this one, yielding two runs in the bottom of the first inning on two walks, three singles, and three stolen bases. Chicago's offense rallied to grab a 6-5 victory, with Joe Nathan earning his first major league win since September 2014. Lester will try to bounce back next time out against the Mariners. Sunday, 3:31 pm
    W, 12-1 vs ^ Sea
  • Velasquez allows four runs in Phillies' loss
    Vince Velasquez surrendered four runs in six innings Sunday as the Phillies fell to the Pirates.

    Advice: Velasquez escaped with a no-decision because the Pirates didn't take the lead for good until the bottom of the seventh inning, when rookie Adam Frazier hit a go-ahead pinch-hit solo homer off Phillies reliever Edubray Ramos. Velasquez yielded seven hits and walked four in the ugly afternoon outing at PNC Park. He'll try to bounce back next time out against the Braves. Sunday, 3:22 pm
  • Brett Anderson (back) nearing rehab games
    Brett Anderson (back) could begin a minor league rehab assignment Thursday.

    Advice: Anderson made it through another simulated game Sunday without issue. The left-hander has been on the disabled list all year following March back surgery and will likely require 3-4 minor league rehab starts. A mid-August season debut appears possible. Sunday, 3:03 pm
    60-Day DL
    Top 6, 3-0 vs Ari
  • Giolito allows four runs, Nats fall to Padres
    Lucas Giolito allowed four runs -- two earned -- over 3 1/3 innings Sunday in the Nationals' loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Giolito escaped with a no-decision because the Padres didn't grab the lead for good until the top of the ninth inning, when they plated four runs against Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon. Giolito walked three and gave up four hits while recording zero strikeouts. He might be headed right back to the minor leagues with Joe Ross (shoulder) making swift progress in his rehab. Sunday, 2:11 pm
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  • Jarred Cosart recalled from Triple-A
    Marlins recalled RHP Jarred Cosart from Triple-A New Orleans.

    Advice: Cosart will join the rotation on Monday against the Phillies, starting in place of the injured Wei-Yin Chen (elbow). Given how often the Marlins have been connected to pitching heading into the trade deadline, it's possible it'll just be a spot start for Cosart, although he could change minds with a strong showing. He holds a 7.98 ERA in three starts for Miami this season and a 4.14 mark in 12 starts at New Orleans. Sunday, 1:40 pm
  • Matz tosses six shutout innings vs Marlins
    Steven Matz was sharp in Sunday's win over the Marlins, firing six shutout innings.

    Advice: Matz scattered four hits, walked two and struck out six on the afternoon. It was a nice rebound outing for the youngster, who surrendered four runs to the Cubs last time he toed the rubber. The 25-year-old southpaw has pitched to a 3.36 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 101/26 K/BB ratio across 107 innings. A home date with the Rockies shows next on his schedule. Sunday, 1:05 pm
    L, 6-1 vs ^ Col
  • Glasnow might have been hurt before start
    Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Sunday that Tyler Glasnow's shoulder might have been bothering him before his start on Saturday.

    Advice: Glasnow was pulled in the third inning against the Phillies. The good news is that Huntington thinks the injury was caught before it got too bad, although the GM noted that Glasnow should've alerted the staff sooner that he wasn't 100 percent. Glasnow hasn't undergone any tests and it doesn't appear at this point that he will, so he might not be sidelined for terribly long. Sunday, 10:46 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 3-1 @Mil
  • White Sox suspend Chris Sale for five games
    The White Sox have suspended Chris Sale five games for his conduct in a clubhouse incident prior to Saturday's game.

    Advice: Sale cut up some throwback uniforms with a knife after getting into a heated argument with the front office about not wanting to wear the uniforms Saturday. The left-hander is tentatively slated to rejoin the White Sox' rotation on Thursday against the Cubs. General manager Rick Hahn said that the incident won't affect the club's decision on whether to trade the lefty or not, although that could just be GM speak. Sunday, 9:57 am
  • Chris Sale won't be at ballpark Sunday's Scott Merkin reports that Chris Sale is not expected to be at the ballpark on Sunday.

    Advice: Sale was scratched from Saturday's start and sent home after a run-in with the front office regarding throwback uniforms that he didn't want to wear. The White Sox have listed him as the scheduled starter on Thursday against the Cubs, although that could be tentative. Sale has also been mentioned as a trade candidate. Sunday, 8:22 am
  • Lucas Giolito recalled for Sunday's start
    Nationals recalled RHP Lucas Giolito from Triple-A Syracuse.

    Advice: Giolito will rejoin the Nats' rotation on Sunday against the Padres. He's been up and down in his two starts with the big club and probably isn't guaranteed anything beyond Sunday with Joe Ross (shoulder) due back soon. However, Giolito certainly makes for an interesting streaming option against San Diego. Sunday, 7:47 am
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  • Pirates among teams in on Moore, Odorizzi
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Pirates are "among the teams evaluating" Matt Moore and Jake Odorizzi.

    Advice: Tyler Glasnow (shoulder) and Chad Kuhl (biceps) both went down with injuries Saturday, which is surely related to the Pirates being in the market for a starter. They'll have some competition, as Moore and Odorizzi are both hot commodities, especially with it being a relatively light market for starting pitching. Sunday, 7:37 am
  • Glasnow (shoulder) placed on disabled list
    Pirates placed RHP Tyler Glasnow on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder injury.

    Advice: Glasnow departed Saturday's start against the Phillies with a sore shoulder. It's unclear at this point whether he might be dealing with any structural issues, but obviously the Pirates don't want to take any chances here. The club could offer more on a potential timetable for Glasnow later Sunday. Sunday, 7:32 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 3-1 @Mil
  • Ventura won't say when Sale will start again
    White Sox manager Robin Ventura on Saturday wouldn't say when Chris Sale would make his next start.

    Advice: Sale was scratched from Saturday's start and sent home after a dust-up with the front office regarding throwback uniforms that he didn't want to wear. "I'll talk about the game, but any of that stuff, we'll wait on that," Ventura said. "I'm not going to discuss what went on in there. But (it's) unfortunate he didn't start tonight. Proud of the guys who filled in." Jose Quintana will start as scheduled on Sunday. Miguel Gonzalez is currently slated to take the ball Monday, although that seems like a spot Sale could easily slide into, assuming he and the front office work out their issues. The left-hander might be traded prior to the deadline. Sunday, 6:33 am
  • Colome gives up two home runs to blow save
    Alex Colome entered the ninth inning with a two-run lead but gave up a game-tying two-run bomb to Jake Smolinski and a walk-off blast to Ryon Healy to blow the save and take a loss on Saturday.

    Advice: It was a very rare poor game for Colome, who snapped his streak of 21 consecutive saves. This was his first blown save of the season. The bad game lifted his ERA from 1.59 to 2.34 on the season. His job security at closer should still be strong. Saturday, 9:24 pm
  • Hamels gives up unearned run in win over KC
    Cole Hamels allowed only an unearned run over 5 1/3 innings of work in a win over the Royals on Saturday.

    Advice: Hamels wasn't as efficient as he was in a dominant win over the Cubs his last time out, giving up five hits and walking three on Saturday, but the result was the same. The southpaw has now won six of his last seven decisions and is 11-2 on the year. Hamels owns a shiny 2.87 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 120/50 K/BB ratio ahead of Thursday's rematch with these same Royals. Saturday, 9:17 pm
  • Gausman tosses seven shutout innings Saturday
    Kevin Gausman shut out the Indians for seven innings, striking out seven, walking three and giving up only four hits as the Orioles won 5-2 on Saturday.

    Advice: The win was only the second of the season for Gausman even though he has pitched well. His record improves to 2-7 with a 3.77 ERA in 17 starts. He has fanned 95 batters and walked only 23 in 100 1/3 innings. Saturday, 8:53 pm
    L, 6-5 ^ @Tor
  • Cosart to start Monday versus Phillies
    Jarred Cosart will be called up from Triple-A to start Monday against the Phillies.

    Advice: Wei-Yin Chen has been scratched with an undisclosed injury. Cosart owns a rough 7.98 ERA in 14 2/3 innings this season at the MLB level and hasn't been dominant at Triple-A. There are better fantasy streaming options. Saturday, 8:45 pm
  • Weaver chased after four innings by Astros
    Jered Weaver lasted just four innings Saturday, giving up six runs on seven hits in a loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Weaver wasn't terribly effective against most of the lineup, but Evan Gattis especially gave Weaver fits, hitting two homers off the right-hander. The clunker actually came after a few strong outings from the 33-year-old, who fell to 8-8 with the loss. Weaver will carry a 5.32 ERA and 1.45 WHIP into Thursday's contest against the potent Red Sox offense. Saturday, 7:24 pm
  • Cueto goes six strong in a no-decision
    Johnny Cueto allowed just one unearned run over six innings Saturday in a no-decision versus the Yankees.

    Advice: San Francisco wound up winning in 12 innings. The one run Cueto surrendered came on a Mark Teixeira single in the bottom of the fourth inning, when a Mac Williamson fielding error allowed Didi Gregorius to score. Cueto struck out nine and walked just one. He stands 13-2 with a 2.53 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and 128/28 K/BB ratio in 142 1/3 innings this season. Saturday, 5:41 pm
  • Nova goes seven strong in no-decision
    Ivan Nova threw seven innings of one-run ball Saturday in a no-decision against the Giants.

    Advice: Nova got only one run of support from the Yankees offense and the Giants wound up winning the game 2-1 in 12 innings. Nova struck out seven and scattered six hits. He's been good now in three of his last four starts and will try to keep it working next week against the Rays. He has a 4.65 ERA for the year. Saturday, 5:38 pm
    L, 5-1 ^ @TB
  • Sale sent home for cutting up throwback uni
    Tommy Stokke of FanRag Sports reports Chris Sale was sent home from U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday after cutting up throwback jerseys that he did not want to wear.

    Advice: This story takes another fascinating turn. Via FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal: "Sale asked that they not wear (throwbacks) on his day because they are uncomfortable. Things escalated when they wouldn't relent." Sale went after the jerseys with a knife during pregame batting practice, and then apparently exchanged some words with members of the White Sox front office for putting merchandise sales ahead of winning. He could be traded before the August 1 deadline, though that wouldn't really have anything to do with this odd incident. Matt Albers is starting in Sale's place on Saturday night against the Tigers. Saturday, 5:17 pm
  • Sale altercation was with front office staff
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick hears the Chris Sale clubhouse incident was with front office staff.

    Advice: Crasnick says the incident began with something "silly" and blew up into a bigger argument. It did not get physical, per a press release from the club, but the words exchanged were serious enough to cause the White Sox to scratch their ace from his scheduled start Saturday night against the Tigers. Matt Albers is going to take the mound instead versus Detroit. Saturday, 4:24 pm
  • Report: Sox still talking to teams about Sale
    According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the White Sox are talking to teams about Chris Sale.

    Advice: That's not exactly breaking news -- trade rumors have swirled around Sale for weeks -- but Passan's report is relevant because those discussions are ongoing even after the ace left-hander was scratched from his scheduled start Saturday against the Tigers because of a pregame clubhouse incident. We don't have any details about that incident, only that it was non-physical and did not cause an injury. This could be a very busy night for Sale's Rotoworld profile. Saturday, 3:59 pm
  • Glasnow left start because of shoulder injury
    Tyler Glasnow was pulled from his second major league start Saturday due to shoulder discomfort.

    Advice: Shoulder troubles rarely end well, but there's no word yet as to the severity of this particular issue. Glasnow figures to see a specialist within the next couple of days. He gave up two runs in three-plus innings Saturday versus the Phillies, hitting two batters and walking three. Saturday, 3:28 pm
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    L, 3-1 @Mil
  • Rich Hill (blister) to throw pen session Sun.
    Rich Hill (blister) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Sunday.

    Advice: He'll wear a cover on his finger where a blister has developed and is refusing to go away -- that cover, by the way, can't be worn in a live game. The veteran left-hander lasted just five pitches in his first start out of the All-Star break, back on July 17. Hill is one of Oakland's better trade chips leading up to the August 1 deadline, but he obviously needs to get past this. There is no timetable for his return to the Athletics' rotation. Saturday, 3:23 pm
    L, 5-3 @Cle
  • Glasnow leaves game with an apparent injury
    Tyler Glasnow left his start Saturday against the Phillies with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Glasnow had hit two Phillies batters and gave up a run in both the first and second. He exited with zero outs in the top of the fourth. This was the 22-year-old top prospect's second start in the major leagues. Saturday, 2:46 pm
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    L, 3-1 @Mil
  • Giolito returning to start Sunday vs. Padres
    Lucas Giolito will return to the majors to start Sunday at home against the Padres.

    Advice: It's a nice matchup for a talented pitcher, but it will likely be a spot start with Joe Ross (shoulder) nearing his return. Giolito allowed four earned runs in 7 2/3 innings (two starts) three weeks ago with Washington. Those were his first two MLB outings. Maybe he can force the Nationals to keep him on the major league roster if he dominates on Sunday. Saturday, 2:33 pm
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  • Iwakuma cruises to easy victory over Jays
    Hisashi Iwakuma was staked to a huge lead early on Saturday and cruised through six innings of two-run ball in an easy victory over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: The Mariners provided him with 11 runs of support in the ballgame, making it so all Iwakuma had to do was throw strikes and avoid any major rallies against him. All told, he surrendered just four hits and three walks while striking out three. Now 11-6 on the season, he'll carry a 3.96 ERA and 1.28 WHIP into Saturday's start against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Saturday, 1:28 pm
  • Pirates recall Glasnow for Saturday start
    Pirates recalled RHP Tyler Glasnow from Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: Glasnow will make his second start with the Pirates on Saturday at home against the Phillies. If he pitches well, he could make a case for remaining in the rotation for the remainder of the season. Saturday, 10:30 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 3-1 @Mil
  • Marlins among many discussing Andrew Cashner
    Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Marlins are among the teams that have been discussing Andrew Cashner with the Padres.

    Advice: The Orioles are also known to be negotiating with the Padres. The Marlins could become a legitimate title contender in the National League with the addition of a second starter behind Jose Fernandez, and Cashner could fit the bill potentially. Saturday, 9:53 am
  • Jake Odorizzi holds A's scoreless for eight
    Jake Odorizzi blanked the A's for eight innings on Friday.

    Advice: It didn't get him a win, as the game stayed scoreless into extra innings, but it was a second straight positive outing for the right-hander. Even if he hasn't pitched quite as well as hoped this year, he still has considerable trade value heading into the deadline. He has a 4.10 ERA and a 110/35 K/BB ratio in 118 2/3 innings. Friday, 9:39 pm
  • Tanner Roark gives up five runs in loss
    Tanner Roark struggled in a losing effort against the Padres on Friday, surrendering five runs on four hits over his five innings of work.

    Advice: Roark walked two and struck out four on the night. Most of the damage against him was inflicted by Matt Kemp, who blasted a pair of home runs and plated four. Even with the rough outing, Roark still owns a 3.05 ERA and 1.17 WHIP on the season. He'll look to get back in the win column on when he takes on the Giants in San Francisco on Thursday. Friday, 8:02 pm
  • Estrada goes six innings in return from DL
    Making his return from the disabled list, Marco Estrada took the loss Friday after giving up two runs in six innings against the Mariners.

    Advice: Estrada struck out three and walked one. The difference in the ballgame was an RBI double by Seth Smith in the fifth inning. While he took the loss, it was a solid effort in his return from a back injury. This was the first time since May 30 that he didn’t give up a home run. He’ll bring a 2.94 ERA into a start against the Padres next week. Friday, 7:36 pm
    W, 6-5 vs ^ Bal
  • Tyler Glasnow to start for Pirates Saturday
    Pirates manager Clint Hurdle confirmed Friday that Tyler Glasnow will start on Saturday against the Phillies.

    Advice: It will be the first start in Pittsburgh for the 22-year-old southpaw. He gave up four runs on three hits and a pair of walks over 5 1/3 innings in his major league debut against the Cardinals on July 7. If he pitches well, he could stake his claim to a rotation spot for the remainder of the season. Friday, 7:13 pm
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    L, 3-1 @Mil
  • Rich Hill (blister) plays catch again Friday
    Rich Hill (blister) played catch again on Friday without any issues.

    Advice: There is still no timetable to get the veteran left-hander back on the mound, as they are playing things very cautiously not to make the injury worse. It seems likely that he'll be ready to pitch at some point next week, which could be his only showcase for team's interested in acquiring Hill before the trade deadline. Friday, 4:34 pm
    L, 5-3 @Cle
  • Taijuan Walker (foot) throws bullpen session
    Taijuan Walker (foot) threw a bullpens session Friday with no issues.

    Advice: He should be ready to make a rehab start soon. Walker has battled tendinitis in his right foot for a while now before finally being placed on the DL earlier this month, but it appears he's feeling better. He should return in late July or early August. Friday, 1:00 pm
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    L, 12-1 @ChC
  • Marco Estrada (back) activated for Fri. start
    Blue Jays activated RHP Marco Estrada from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Estrada will rejoin the Jays' rotation on Friday against the Mariners after missing a couple weeks of action with a back issue. The right-hander boasts a 2.93 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 99/39 K/BB ratio over 104 1/3 innings this season. Friday, 12:24 pm
    W, 6-5 vs ^ Bal
  • Tyler Glasnow could start on Saturday
    Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Thursday that Tyler Glasnow is "definitely one of the guys we’re talking about" when it comes to who will start on Saturday.

    Advice: Glasnow had been listed as Triple-A Indianapolis' starter for that day, but now Chad Kuhl is listed in that spot. Kuhl is less than 10 days from being optioned, so he can't be recalled unless someone goes on the disabled list. Glasnow is looking like the heavy favorite to take the ball against the Phillies on Saturday. Friday, 7:30 am
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    L, 3-1 @Mil
  • Rich Hill (blister) plays catch again Thurs.
    Rich Hill (blister) played catch Thursday for the second straight day.

    Advice: However, he did so with a covering on the finger where he has a blister. Hill will not be ready to start on Sunday, as the A's will give the ball to Jesse Hahn. The left-hander should be ready at some point next week, which would likely be his last chance to start prior to the trade deadline. Friday, 7:22 am
    L, 5-3 @Cle
  • Moore limits A's to four hits over seven IP
    Matt Moore pitched well in Thursday's win over the A's, allowing three runs on four hits over seven innings.

    Advice: Moore struck out six and walked two on the evening. All three runs on his line came home when Jake Smolinski cracked a three-run homer in the bottom of the second inning. The 27-year-old southpaw is a potential trade candidate as the deadline nears and will carry a 4.31 ERA and 1.27 WHIP into a road showdown with the Dodgers next time he toes the rubber. Friday, 12:15 am
  • Marlins showing interest in Hellickson
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Marlins are interested in a potential trade for Jeremy Hellickson.

    Advice: Nothing imminent here. Rosenthal's report backs a Monday update from's Joe Frisaro who likewise relayed that the Marlins were intrigued by Hellickson. President of baseball operations Michael Hill got a personal taste of his work in Philadelphia on Wednesday, as he was in town to watch the hurler toss eight inning of one-run ball against his squad. Hellickson struck out eight in the contest. He holds a 3.84 ERA over 119 2/3 innings. FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Orioles are also interested in the 29-year-old right-hander. Wednesday, 8:24 pm
  • Hellickson yields one run in eight innings
    Jeremy Hellickson struck out eight batters and held the Marlins to one run in eight innings to lead the Phillies to a 4-1 win on Wednesday.

    Advice: He yielded five hits and no walks, with the only damage being a solo homer by Chris Johnson. The win lifts his record to 7-7 with a 3.84 ERA in 119 2/3 innings. After three poor seasons he has bounced back to fantasy relevancy this year. Wednesday, 7:21 pm
  • Rich Hill (blister) doubtful for Sunday start
    Rich Hill (blister) is doubtful to be ready Sunday.

    Advice: That's the next time Oakland needs a starting pitcher, but Hill's blister is not quite healed. This obviously comes with bad timing for the A's, who will be trying to trade the veteran southpaw ahead of the August 1 deadline. He boasts a 2.25 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 90/28 K/BB ratio in 76 innings this season but has made just three starts since the end of May. Wednesday, 12:13 pm
    L, 5-3 @Cle
  • Velasquez holds Marlins to one run over seven
    Vincent Velasquez yielded a lone run to the Marlins over seven innings of work Tuesday but didn't factor in the decision.

    Advice: Velasquez allowed just three hits while walking four, and Christian Yelich's solo home run was all the Marlins could muster against the right-hander during his seven innings of work. Alas, he didn't earn a win for his efforts, remaining at 8-2 while lowering his ERA to 3.15. Another favorable matchup awaits Velasquez Sunday when the Phillies visit the Pirates. Tuesday, 8:52 pm
  • Giolito sharp over 6 2/3 innings at AAA
    Lucas Giolito allowed just one unearned run over 6 2/3 innings Tuesday in a start for Triple-A Syracuse.

    Advice: He scattered seven hits and two walks over his 6 2/3 frames, striking out seven. 70 of his 104 pitches went for strikes. This was actually the Triple-A debut for Giolito, who jumped from Double-A Harrisburg directly to Washington last month for his first MLB start. He should get another shot with the Nats within the next few weeks. Tuesday, 5:38 pm
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  • Rich Hill (hand) questionable for next start
    A's manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday that it's too early to tell whether Rich Hill (blister) is going to be able to take his next turn in the rotation.

    Advice: Hill left his last start Sunday versus the Blue Jays after aggravating a blister on his throwing hand. It's something that has been bothering him since before the All-Star break. Melvin said the A's are trying to avoid placing Hill on the disabled list -- he is one of their top trade chips -- but couldn't offer up any guarantees. Tuesday, 4:29 pm
    L, 5-3 @Cle
  • Estrada (back) expects to return this Friday
    Marco Estrada (back) expects to return to the Blue Jays' rotation Friday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Estrada threw a successful bullpen session Tuesday and declared himself ready. If he gets the official go-ahead, the veteran right-hander will wind up having missed just one turn in the Blue Jays' rotation because of the All-Star break. He had a sparkling 2.93 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, and 99/39 K/BB ratio over his first 104 1/3 innings this season. Tuesday, 4:06 pm
    W, 6-5 vs ^ Bal
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