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  • Padres considering six-man starting rotation
    Padres manager Andy Green said he'll consider using a six-man starting rotation when Andrew Cashner returns from a neck injury.

    Advice: Cashner is expected to join the rotation after making a rehab start for High-A Lake Elsinore on Tuesday. With only a couple weeks until the All-Star break, the Padres can roll with six starters and reset their rotation after the break. It might not be a bad idea to give San Diego's inexperienced starters some extra rest. Drew Pomeranz has never thrown more than 96 2/3 innings in a season while Christian Friedrich and Colin Rea haven't topped 100 frames since 2014. Today, 6:21 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 3-0 @Cin
  • Carrasco twirls four-hitter to down Tigers
    Carlos Carrasco threw a four-hit, complete-game shutout in a 6-0 win over the Tigers on Saturday.

    Advice: Carrasco has gotten progressively better with each start this month, and on Saturday he gave up just four hits and a walk while striking out seven. The complete game was his first this year and the seventh of his career. Carrasco improved to 3-2 with a 2.73 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 49/13 K/BB ratio over 56 innings of work. He'll try to keep rolling Thursday against the Blue Jays. Today, 4:36 pm
  • Carlos Frias could start Wednesday's game
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Carlos Frias is a candidate to start Wednesday's game against the Brewers.

    Advice: That would have been Nick Tepesch's turn in the rotation but he was designated for assignment following a disastrous outing Friday against Pittsburgh. Roberts said rehabbing left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) is not a candidate to start Wednesday's game. Frias was with the Dodgers last week but didn't make an appearance. Wednesday could be a bullpen game for the Dodgers if they opt to keep Frias in Triple-A. Today, 4:35 pm
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    L, 6-1 @Pit
  • Sanchez yields four runs in rotation return
    Anibal Sanchez allowed four runs over five innings in a loss to the Indians on Saturday.

    Advice: Sanchez, making his first start in nearly a month after being exiled to the bullpen, gave up two home runs among his five hits allowed. He also walked two while striking out three. He owned a 1.86 ERA and 1.14 WHIP as a reliever but has been decidedly less effective as a starter, going 3-7 with a cumulative ERA now over 6. Sanchez, if he sticks in the rotation after Saturday, will take another shot at turning things around Friday at the Rays. Today, 4:26 pm
    L, 6-0 vs ^ Cle
  • Velasquez discussed innings limit with Boras
    Vincent Velasquez said he's discussed an innings limit with agent Scott Boras.

    Advice: Here we go again. Boras butted heads with the Mets over Matt Harvey's innings limit last year and also went toe to toe with the Marlins over Jose Fernandez. Now it's the Phillies' turn to go 15 rounds with Boras. The Phillies won't be in the playoff race this year, which should make the decision to shut Velasquez down a little easier. "The agents and I discussed it a little bit, but I don't know the definite answer, an exact amount of innings," said Velasquez. "I'd want to say roughly like maybe 150 or something, maybe 160 tops." The right-hander has never logged more than 125 innings in a season. He's only at 61 2/3 innings now so there's still a long way to go before Velasquez hits his limit, whatever that might be. Today, 4:18 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Chi Chi Gonzalez to join Rangers' rotation
    Chi Chi Gonzalez will make his season debut for the Rangers Monday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Gonzalez will fill the rotation spot left by Colby Lewis, who was just placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained lat. The 24-year-old has had a rocky year in the minor leagues with three wins and a 5.04 ERA in 14 starts for Triple-A Round Rock. Gonzalez won't be a recommended fantasy option when he takes the mound Monday at Yankee Stadium. Today, 3:37 pm
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    Bot 5, 3-2 vs Bos
  • Bartolo Colon (thumb) all set for Sunday's Anthony DiComo confirmed Bartolo Colon (thumb) will start Sunday's game against the Braves.

    Advice: Colon left his last start early after taking a comebacker off his right thumb, but his status for Sunday was never in much doubt. The 43-year-old left the team briefly to attend his son's graduation in New Jersey but joined the team in Atlanta on Saturday. With Zack Wheeler's rehab from Tommy John surgery stalled, Colon's spot in the Mets' rotation should be safe for another month or two. Today, 1:47 pm
    W, 1-0 @Atl
  • Gausman holds Rays scoreless over 7 2/3 IP
    Kevin Gausman fired 7 2/3 scoreless innings Saturday as the Orioles defeated the Rays 5-0 in the first game of a doubleheader.

    Advice: It was his first win in 13 starts this season. Gausman was brilliant, giving up just four hits (all of them singles) while walking none and striking out seven. It was just the second time he had completed seven innings in a start this season. He had allowed 10 runs over his last two starts, so the gem was nice to see. We know the talent is there, but consistency continues to be an issue. The 25-year-old will bring a 3.93 ERA into a start against the Mariners next Friday on the road. Today, 1:29 pm
    W, 5-0 vs ^ TB ; W, 8-6 vs TB
  • Santana tosses five innings of one-run ball
    Ervin Santana took a no-decision after tossing five innings of one-run ball Saturday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Santana held the Yankees scoreless before giving up an RBI single to Carlos Beltran in his final inning of work. He fanned two and walked a pair in the no-decision and has now delivered back-to-back encouraging starts against New York. He’ll try to carry that momentum into a start against the Rangers next Friday at home. Today, 1:10 pm
  • Dodgers designate Tepesch for assignment
    Dodgers designated RHP Nick Tepesch for assignment.

    Advice: Not surprising after Tepesch gave up five runs over four innings on Friday against the Pirates. The recently-acquired Chris Taylor will take his place on the active roster. Today, 12:47 pm
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    L, 6-1 @Pit
  • Diamondbacks option Godley to Triple-A
    Diamondbacks optioned RHP Zack Godley to Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: The Diamondbacks intend to add a fresh arm to their bullpen on Saturday. Godley allowed two runs on three hits and a walk over an inning of work on Friday and owns a 4.35 ERA in five appearances with Arizona this season. Today, 5:17 am
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    L, 11-6 @Col
  • Jered Weaver gets pulled in fifth
    Jered Weaver was lifted after allowing four runs in 4 2/3 innings Friday against the A's.

    Advice: Weaver hurled a shutout of the A's last weekend. This time, Oakland was ready for his 82-mph fastball, and he failed to last five innings for the third time this year. There's still not any fantasy potential here. Yesterday, 10:55 pm
  • Volquez receives epic beat down from Astros
    Edinson Volquez was pounded into the Stone Age on Friday, yielding 12 runs (11 earned) to the Astros while retiring just three batters.

    Advice: Volquez failed to strike anybody out but walked three and allowed eight hits. The Astros scored nine times off Volquez in the first inning, including a grand slam off the bat of George Springer. Volquez then allowed the first three batters of the second inning to reach base and was pulled from the game. Dillon Gee came on and promptly allowed all three of the inherited runners to score. You could try, but it's very hard to have a worse outing than this one. Volquez saw his ERA jump from 4.12 to 5.15 with the ugly start. He was very good the last two years but you just can't trust him right now. Yesterday, 10:39 pm
  • Carlos Martinez sharp again
    Carlos Martinez held the Mariners to one run in seven innings in a no-decision Friday.

    Advice: Martinez has allowed a total of two runs in 22 1/3 innings in his last three starts, lowering his ERA from 3.76 to 3.02. Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Rodon pitches well in no-decision vs Toronto
    Carlos Rodon struck out eight batters and gave up only two runs but was pulled one out short of a quality start and had to settle for a no-decision as the White Sox beat the Blue Jays 3-2 on Friday.

    Advice: He gave up two walks and six hits, none of which left the yard. Home runs have been a problem for Rodon this year but not tonight. His ERA improves to 4.09 with an 82/29 K/BB in 81 1/3 innings. He has a good matchup versus the Twins in his next start on Thursday. Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Tepesch gives up five runs vs. Pirates
    Nick Tepesch was tagged for five runs over four innings Friday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Tepesch gave up four runs in the second inning before allowing a solo homer to Jung Ho Kang in the third. He was just called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City for the start and chances are he’ll head right back down to the minors from here. Yesterday, 7:43 pm
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    L, 6-1 @Pit
  • Cashner (neck) throws side session
    Andrew Cashner (neck) threw a side session Friday afternoon.

    Advice: Cashner, who is making his way back from a neck strain, threw 25 pitches before taking a break and returning for a few more pitches. The next step is expected to be a minor league rehab start. He's tentatively scheduled to pitch with High-A Lake Elsinore on June 28. Yesterday, 3:20 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 3-0 @Cin
  • Nick Tepesch called up from Triple-A
    Rangers purchased the contract of RHP Nick Tepesch from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Tepesch will take the ball on Friday against the Pirates just a few weeks after catching on with the Dodgers on a minor league deal. He's not guaranteed more than the one start and is a poor bet for fantasy purposes. Yesterday, 12:34 pm
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    L, 6-1 @Pit
  • Vincent Velasquez (biceps) expected back Mon.
    Vincent Velasquez (biceps) is expected to rejoin the Phillies' rotation on Monday versus the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Velasquez tossed five frames of one-run ball in a rehab start Wednesday and that's all he's going to need before being re-inserted into the rotation. He's expected to replace Adam Morgan among the Phillies' starting five. Velasquez has missed just over two weeks with a right biceps strain. Yesterday, 8:04 am
    15-Day DL
  • Colon (thumb) to throw bullpen session Thursday
    Bartolo Colon (thumb) will throw a bullpen session on Thursday.

    Advice: Colon had his last start cut short after taking a comebacker off his right thumb. However, he escaped with just a bruise and should be fine for his next start Sunday against Atlanta. The 43-year-old holds a steady 3.00 ERA across 81 innings this season. Thursday, 1:20 pm
    W, 1-0 @Atl
  • Dodgers to call up Nick Tepesch on Friday
    According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Dodgers will call up Nick Tepesch to start Friday night against the Pirates.

    Advice: Tepesch signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers on June 6 after getting released by the Rangers and has registered a cool 2.00 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 17/3 K/BB ratio over 18 innings (three starts) at Triple-A Oklahoma City. He's not a terrible streaming option against a fading Pirates club, but this probably won't be a long-term stay. Thursday, 9:10 am
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    L, 6-1 @Pit
  • Velasquez (biceps) posts strong rehab start
    Vincent Velasquez (biceps) said that he felt "back to normal" following Wednesday's rehab outing at Double-A Reading.

    Advice: Velasquez surrendered a leadoff homer to shortstop Todd Haskins, but settled down to allow just one other hit over his five innings of work. He threw 76 pitches during his time on the mound. Velasquez is hoping this will be the only minor league work he needs. Should he be reinserted back into the rotation, his next start would likely come against the Diamondbacks on June 27. He has been on the shelf with a right biceps strain since June 8. Wednesday, 7:23 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Colon (thumb) expected to make next start
    Bartolo Colon (thumb) is expected to make his next start Sunday against the Braves.

    Advice: Colon left his start Tuesday against the Royals after taking a comebacker off his right thumb, but X-rays turned up negative and the swelling had mostly subsided by Wednesday morning. Colon, 43, has a 3.00 ERA and 1.19 WHIP in 81 innings this season for New York. Wednesday, 7:38 am
    W, 1-0 @Atl
  • X-rays clean on Bartolo Colon's right thumb
    X-rays turned up negative on Bartolo Colon's right thumb.

    Advice: Colon was struck in the thumb by a Whit Merrifield liner in the first inning of his start Tuesday night against the Royals, but he escaped that scary scene with a contusion. The big right-hander will be reevaluated later this week. He shouldn't need a 15-day disabled list stint. Tuesday, 4:37 pm
    W, 1-0 @Atl
  • Colon struck with comebacker in first inning
    Bartolo Colon was lifted in the first inning of his start Tuesday against the Royals after taking a Whit Merrifield line drive off his right wrist.

    Advice: Merrifield was the very first batter of the game and launched a screamer back at Colon, who looked to be grabbing at both his wrist and thumb as he made his way off the field. Hansel Robles took over with one out in the top of the first. Colon is likely undergoing X-rays. Tuesday, 4:17 pm
    W, 1-0 @Atl
  • Cashner (neck) throws bullpen session Tues.
    Andrew Cashner (neck) threw a successful bullpen session Tuesday.

    Advice: It was his first mound workout since he landed on the disabled list June 11 with a neck strain. Cashner won't be ready for activation when first eligible, but early July sounds about right. "I don't think he's like a long ways off, but getting back in the 15 (days) is probably a little ambitious," manager Andy Green said. "He's going to have to be stretched out a little bit in his next side session, make sure everything feels good." Tuesday, 3:36 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 3-0 @Cin
  • Dodgers option Carlos Frias to AAA OKC
    Dodgers optioned RHP Carlos Frias to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Frias was only up in the majors for two days and did not make an appearance out of the Los Angeles bullpen. The right-hander has an uninspiring 4.60 ERA in 31 1/3 innings this season between Double-A and Triple-A. Tuesday, 2:07 pm
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    L, 6-1 @Pit
  • Colon to start against Royals on Tuesday
    Bartolo Colon will start against the Royals on Tuesday.

    Advice: Colon was previously scheduled to start Wednesday, but the Mets decided to flip him with Noah Syndergaard. The veteran right-hander allowed two runs over 7 2/3 innings in his last start last Thursday against the Pirates and owns a 3.01 ERA on the year. Tuesday, 11:14 am
    W, 1-0 @Atl
  • Kevin Gausman drops to 0-5
    Kevin Gausman fell to 0-5 after giving up four runs in five innings Monday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Gausman deserves some wins; he pitched eight scoreless innings once and has allowed just one run on three other occasions. Still, the run support hasn't been there, and now his ERA has climbed from 3.45 to 4.37 in his last two starts. He'll bounce back, but he's probably not going to have a whole lot of value in mixed leagues. Monday, 9:03 pm
    W, 5-0 vs ^ TB ; W, 8-6 vs TB
  • Frias could start Friday vs. Pirates
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Monday that Carlos Frias is an option to start Friday versus the Pirates.

    Advice: Frias was called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Sunday and threw a bullpen session on Monday. Things could change if he's needed in relief early this week, but it appears that the Dodgers are lining him up for the assignment. He has limited fantasy appeal. Monday, 4:41 pm
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    L, 6-1 @Pit
  • Velasquez (biceps) to make rehab start Wed.
    Vincent Velasquez (biceps) will make a minor league rehab start Wednesday with Double-A Reading.

    Advice: Velasquez, who has been sidelined since June 8 with a right biceps strain, believes that he will only require one rehab start. The 24-year-old owns a 3.65 ERA and 73/22 K/BB ratio in 61 2/3 innings over 12 starts this season. Monday, 1:57 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Weaver throws shutout versus Athletics
    Jered Weaver threw his first shutout of the season Sunday in the Angels' 2-0 defeat of the A's.

    Advice: We didn't know he could still do that. Weaver yielded just three hits and a walk against one strikeout, needing only 95 pitches to complete nine scoreless frames. He induced 20 fly balls and seven grounders. The veteran right-hander still holds an ugly 5.10 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, and 47/21 K/BB ratio in 84 2/3 innings for the year. Monday, 5:36 am
  • Carrasco pitches into eighth against CWS
    Carlos Carrasco provided the Indians depth in taking a no-decision against the White Sox on Sunday, yielding two runs on five hits over 7 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Carrasco did walk four, but his was otherwise a strong performance. A Jose Abreu RBI double in the first and a solo home run by Melky Cabrera in the fourth inning accounted for the scoring on his line. The 29-year-old right-hander was making just his eighth start of the season, as he was waylaid by a hamstring strain near the end of April and ultimately ended up missing just over a month's worth of action. He will take a 3.26 ERA and 1.21 WHIP into a road start against the Tigers next time out. Sunday, 2:51 pm
  • Rodon strikes out eight into seventh inning
    Carlos Rodon was sharp in earning a no-decision against the Indians on Sunday, striking out eight while allowing two runs over 6 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Rodon surrendered a Mike Napoli sacrifice fly in the first inning and a Juan Uribe solo homer in the fourth, but otherwise kept the scoreboard clean. The 24-year-old southpaw scattered eight hits into the seventh. He has posted a quality start in four of his last six starts and will bring a 4.16 ERA and 1.49 WHIP into a home showdown with the Blue Jays next time he toes the rubber. Sunday, 2:39 pm
  • Santana pitches into eighth inning vs. NYY
    Ervin Santana pitched into the eighth inning for a win on Sunday afternoon against the Yankees.

    Advice: Santana was charged with two earned runs and one unearned. He struck out four, walked none, and scattered six hits over his 7 1/3 official frames. The right-hander moved to 2-7 and dropped his ERA under 5.00. Sunday, 2:28 pm
  • Carlos Frias recalled from Triple-A
    Dodgers recalled RHP Carlos Frias from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Frias has put up a 4.60 ERA over 31 1/3 innings between Double- and Triple-A this season. He's an option to take Mike Bolsinger's rotation spot but could also be used in long relief. Sunday, 9:54 am
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    L, 6-1 @Pit
  • Volquez hit hard but gets the win anyway
    Edinson Volquez pitched poorly but snagged a win against the Tigers on Saturday, allowing five runs on eight hits in 6 1/3 innings.

    Advice: He struck out six and walked none. Volquez sports a 7-6 record, 4.12 ERA and 1.35 WHIP with 73 strikeouts and 33 walks in 91 2/3 innings. Volquez was a desirable pitcher to own the last two years but he is drifting out of that class this year. It is hard to trust him against good hitting teams right now. His next start will come Friday at home versus the Astros. Saturday, 9:38 pm
  • Cardinals waste seven scoreless from C-Mart
    Carlos Martinez threw seven shutout innings but didn't factor in the decision Saturday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Martinez was brilliant, allowing just four singles and issuing one free pass before exiting. He left with a lead and a chance at his fourth straight win, but the bullpen stumbled and cost him the victory. Even so, it was another very strong turn for the 24-year-old, who owns a 3.17 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 66/27 K/BB ratio over 82 1/3 innings of work this year. Another interleague date, this time with the Mariners, is on tap for Friday. Saturday, 8:30 pm
  • Andrew Cashner (neck) could play catch Friday
    Andrew Cashner (neck) could play catch on Friday.

    Advice: Padres manager Andy Green said that Cashner "was beginning to throw" Thursday, but the team decided to hold off for at least one more day. He's missed the last week of action with a strained neck and probably won't return before the end of the month at this point. Friday, 7:03 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 3-0 @Cin
  • Colon tosses 7 2/3 strong innings versus Bucs
    Bartolo Colon held the Pirates to two runs over 7 2/3 innings, striking out eight, in a win Tuesday.

    Advice: The rest of the Mets' rotation gets the praise, but Colon now owns a 3.01 ERA over 80 2/3 innings this season. On Thursday, he gave up seven hits without walking a batter. He's now 6-3 on the year and will square off with the Royals in an interleague tilt on Wednesday. Thursday, 7:07 pm
    W, 1-0 @Atl
  • Kevin Gausman gives up six runs to Boston
    Kevin Gausman lasted just three innings and gave up six runs Wednesday in a loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: Gausman has given up more than four runs twice in 11 starts this season. Both of those outings have come versus Boston. He has a 3.00 ERA against the rest of the league. Gausman will get two starts next week, one in Texas and one at home versus the Rays. Those aren't the easiest assignments, but he's still a decent play in mixed leagues. Wednesday, 7:40 pm
    W, 5-0 vs ^ TB ; W, 8-6 vs TB
  • Vince Velasquez (biceps) played catch Tues.
    Vince Velasquez (biceps) played catch Tuesday afternoon in Toronto.

    Advice: "I feel good," Velasquez said after the workout. "Everything is clicking pretty well. I'm just taking it easy. It felt weird throwing a little bit, though. I hadn't thrown for five days." The young starter was placed on the 15-day disabled list June 10 because of a right biceps strain, but the Phillies have maintained that was a precautionary move. Velasquez should be back in the Philadelphia rotation before the end of June. Wednesday, 7:34 am
    15-Day DL
  • Santana coughs up 10 hits in loss to Angels
    Ervin Santana proved ineffective in Tuesday's loss to the Angels, allowing five runs on 10 hits over five innings.

    Advice: Santana struck out just one on the evening. Three of the five runs on his line scored courtesy of the home run, with Johnny Giavotella clocking a two-run shot in the second inning and Kole Calhoun notching a solo dinger of his own one frame later. With the loss, Santana fell to 1-7. His 5.10 ERA and 1.50 WHIP are equally disappointing. He will start at home against the Yankees next time he takes the mound. Tuesday, 11:25 pm
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