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  • Paxton (lat) completes final AAA rehab start
    James Paxton (lat) threw 4 1/3 innings of one-run ball Sunday in his final rehab start at Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: Paxton gave up six hits and walked three, but the most important thing is that he was pain-free. The left-hander is expected to rejoin the Mariners' starting rotation on August 2 in Baltimore and could hold considerable fantasy value down the stretch. He had a 2.25 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, and 13/2 K/BB ratio over his first 12 innings (two starts) this season before straining his lat in early April.
    45 minutes ago
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  • Kennedy (oblique) expected to return on Sat.
    Ian Kennedy (oblique) is expected to return to the Padres' rotation on Saturday versus the Braves.

    Advice: Kennedy was scratched from his scheduled turn Monday due to soreness in his left oblique, but it's not a major concern. He is expected to throw a side session on Wednesday. Jason Lane will start in his place for the Padres on Monday afternoon at Turner Field in Atlanta.
    Today, 8:08 am
  • Padres recall Jason Lane for Monday start
    Padres recalled LHP Jason Lane from Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Lane will make a spot start for the Padres on Monday afternoon against the Braves. The former outfielder tossed 4 1/3 scoreless innings of relief for San Diego earlier this season, but he is not a good fantasy option.
    Today, 7:40 am
  • 'Growing expectation' that BOS trades Lester
    According to ESPN's Buster Olney, there is a "growing expectation from rival execs" that the Red Sox will move Jon Lester before the July 31 trade deadline.

    Advice: The Red Sox have failed to work out a long-term contract extension with Lester, who can become a free agent after this season, and so they might as well get something for him before he hits the open market. The Dodgers are known to have interest and many other contending teams will likely be in contact with the Boston front office over the next couple of days. Lester, 30, boasts a 2.52 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 149/32 K/BB ratio in 143 innings this year for the 48-57 Red Sox.
    Today, 7:32 am
  • Cashner (shoulder) throws a bullpen session
    Andrew Cashner (shoulder) threw a 31-pitch bullpen session on Sunday afternoon at Turner Field.

    Advice: "I kinda surprised myself with my command," Cashner said after the workout. "It was coming out good." He threw only fastballs and changeups, and is still a long way from returning to the Padres' starting rotation. But it was a significant step in the right direction. The right-hander has been out since late June with a shoulder injury.
    Today, 6:43 am
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  • Mike Adams (shoulder) throws off mound soon
    Mike Adams (shoulder) hopes to begin throwing off a mound during the first week of August.

    Advice: Adams, who's been out since June 7 with fraying in his right shoulder labrum, was recently transferred to the 60-day disabled list. The right-hander could return in late August if he's able to avoid setbacks, but he admitted to reporters Sunday that he won't be 100 percent. Adams holds a $6 million club option for next season.
    Today, 6:18 am
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  • Pirates interested in Rockies' LaTroy Hawkins
    According to's Thomas Harding, the Pirates have interest in Rockies closer LaTroy Hawkins.

    Advice: The Bucs are looking for some easy and inexpensive ways to upgrade their bullpen, and the 41-year-old Hawkins fits that mold. He has posted a 3.09 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 35 innings this season out of the Colorado bullpen on a salary of just $2.25 million. Hawkins also carries a $2.25 million club option for the 2015 campaign.
    Today, 6:10 am
  • Elias gives up one run over five against O's
    Roenis Elias allowed one run over five innings in a no-decision against the Orioles on Sunday.

    Advice: Elias gave up four hits and walked three on the day while striking out six. The lefty has now turned in two straight starts with one run allowed after hitting a rough patch earlier this month. It all adds up to a 4.31 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 110/45 K/BB ratio over 123 1/3 innings. He'll draw the same Orioles squad his next time out when the Mariners visit Baltimore on Saturday.
    Yesterday, 5:39 pm
  • Chen tagged for six runs in loss to Indians
    Bruce Chen allowed six runs on eight hits over five innings in Sunday's loss to the Indians.

    Advice: Chen took a 2-0 lead into the fourth inning but proceeded to allow six runs over the next two-plus innings of work. Jason Vargas continues to inch closer to being activated, meaning Chen's days in the rotation are limited. He owns a 6.42 ERA and 1.67 WHIP on the year.
    Yesterday, 4:14 pm
  • Salazar gives up three runs in win over KC
    Danny Salazar allowed three runs on seven hits over seven innings in a win over the Royals on Sunday.

    Advice: Salazar continued to give the Indians reason to keep him around going forward, striking out seven while not walking a batter. He earned his second straight win and second win in two starts since being recalled from the minors on July 22. Justin Masterson will be back with the club on Friday, meaning the Tribe will need to lose one of their current starters, but Salazar's upside and recent performance has fantasy owners hoping the team will keep him in the rotation going forward.
    Yesterday, 4:10 pm
  • Yankees still interested in John Danks
    According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Yankees remain interested in White Sox hurler John Danks.

    Advice: The idea to acquire Ian Kennedy from the Padres seems to be losing steam, which makes Danks among the most likely trade targets for the Yankees to acquire. The veteran southpaw is 9-6 on the season with a 4.40 ERA and 1.39 WHIP.
    Yesterday, 4:10 pm
  • Mejia finishes off Brewers to earn 15th save
    Jenrry Mejia worked around two hits to close out the Brewers on Sunday for his 15th save of the season.

    Advice: Mejia made things interesting, as Jean Segura's single put two runners on with two outs, but he got Lyle Overbay to ground out to end it. It hasn't always been pretty, but Mejia has now converted 15 of 17 save opportunities and has blown just one save since June 7. He's locked in as the Mets closer, and he's a mixed league asset as such.
    Yesterday, 3:25 pm
  • Dodgers among teams interested in Jon Lester
    Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Red Sox are listening to offers on Jon Lester and that the Dodgers are among the teams inquiring.

    Advice: The Red Sox are still seeking a huge return package for the All-Star southpaw. The Red Sox have been rumored to have interest in Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, so perhaps there could be something brewing here. Lester has made it clear that he wouldn't be open to signing an extension as a condition of any deal, and that his preference would be to re-sign with the Red Sox.
    Yesterday, 3:14 pm
  • Uehara strikes out three Rays for 21st save
    Koji Uehara allowed a hit but recorded all three outs via strikeout to earn the save against the Rays on Sunday.

    Advice: Uehara gave up a leadoff single to Yunel Escobar to start the ninth before fanning Sean Rodriguez, Curt Casali and Kevin Kiermaier to end it. The right-hander has now struck out 63 while walking just six in 47 2/3 innings of work. Uehara has 21 saves, a 1.51 ERA and 0.76 WHIP on the season.
    Yesterday, 2:29 pm
  • Webster earns first victory in win over Rays
    Allen Webster walked five and allowed three hits but held the Rays to two runs over 5 1/3 innings to earn the win in his season debut Sunday.

    Advice: Webster was recalled in the wake of the Jake Peavy trade, and he delivered in his first start of 2014. The right-hander wasn't dominant, but the only damage came on a two-run double by Desmond Jennings in the third inning. Webster likely earned another start with the good outing, and that should come next weekend against the Yankees.
    Yesterday, 2:18 pm
  • Carroll allows one run over six against Twins
    Scott Carroll limited the Twins to four hits and one run over six innings but settled for a no-decision on Sunday.

    Advice: Carroll had a nice bounce back from allowing five runs in his last start. Unfortunately for the 29-year-old, his bullpen couldn't hold the lead. Carroll struck out four while walking one. Carroll owns a 4.29 ERA and 1.48 WHIP through 79 2/3 innings, and he'll get a shot at the Twins again when they square off on Saturday.
    Yesterday, 1:59 pm
  • Roberto Hernandez picks up fifth win
    Roberto Hernandez held the Diamondbacks to two runs over seven innings in Sunday's 4-2 victory.

    Advice: The sinkerballer registered just one strikeout, but he yielded only four hits and didn't walk a batter, requiring just 75 pitches to complete the seven frames. Hernandez holds a 3.65 ERA since the beginning of May, though it's come along with a 46/43 K/BB ratio. He'll take on the Nationals on the road in his next outing.
    Yesterday, 1:47 pm
  • Janssen earns save as Blue Jays beat Yanks
    Casey Janssen earned his 16th save of 2014 in the Blue Jays' 5-4 win over the Yankees on Sunday.

    Advice: Janssen was called on to protect Toronto's one-run lead after Dioner Navarro hit a go-ahead RBI single in the top of the ninth inning. The right-hander did so effortlessly, retiring all three batters he faced -- one via strikeout. Janssen has a 2.73 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, and 16/2 K/BB ratio in 26 1/3 innings this season.
    Yesterday, 1:40 pm
  • Jason Lane to start for Padres Monday
    Jason Lane will be called up to start on Monday against the Braves.

    Advice: It's expected to just be a spot start, as the anticipation is that Ian Kennedy (oblique) will only miss one turn. A former outfielder, Lane struck out four in 4 1/3 scoreless relief innings with the Padres earlier this season. He can be ignored in fantasy leagues.
    Yesterday, 12:14 pm
  • Ian Kennedy (oblique) to miss start Monday
    Ian Kennedy will not make his scheduled start on Monday versus the Braves due to left oblique soreness.

    Advice: Kennedy is not expected to require a disabled list stint, but he'll have one turn skipped. It's poor timing, of course, given that the Padres are considering trading the right-hander before the deadline. Jason Lane will start in Kennedy's place.
    Yesterday, 11:55 am
  • Boone Logan ready for rehab assignment
    Boone Logan (diverticulitis) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Colorado Springs on Monday.

    Advice: Logan hasn't pitched since before the All-Star break due to diverticulitis, which is an inflamed Colon. He's better now, though, and should rejoin the Rockies' bullpen later this week if all goes well.
    Yesterday, 10:14 am
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  • Paxton (lat) on track for August 2 return
    James Paxton (lat) is on track to rejoin the Mariners' rotation on August 2 in Baltimore.

    Advice: Paxton will make what is expected to be his final rehab start Sunday for Triple-A Tacoma. He'll throw 75-80 pitches in the outing and should be activated next weekend if all goes well. The left-hander has been on the shelf since early April with a strained left lat.
    Yesterday, 8:39 am
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  • Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez pitching well as RP
    Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez holds a 2.25 ERA with 20 strikeouts over 12 innings for Double-A Reading since being moved to the bullpen.

    Advice: He's been clocked as high as 97 mph. Gonzalez is still throwing all four of his pitches in relief and eventually could be moved back into the rotation, but for now the Phillies will stick with what's working. "Right now he is doing what he needs to do," said director of player development Joe Jordan. "Long-term, he can end up in the rotation." Gonzalez could get a cup of coffee with the Phils in September.
    Yesterday, 7:18 am
  • Ricky Nolasco to throw 3-4 bullpen sessions
    Ricky Nolasco (elbow) is expected to throw 3-4 bullpen sessions before beginning a rehab assignment.

    Advice: Nolasco will throw off a mound Sunday for the first time since being shut down with flexor pronator stiffness. He'll need 2-3 additional bullpen sessions after that before being cleared for game action, though it's not clear how many rehab starts he'll need. Nolasco should rejoin the Twins' rotation sometime in August if all goes well.
    Yesterday, 7:06 am
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  • Allen Webster recalled from Triple-A
    Red Sox recalled RHP Allen Webster from Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: He'll start Sunday versus the Rays following the trade of Jake Peavy. The Red Sox likely would have gone with Brandon Workman but he just pitched for the PawSox on Thursday. Webster will have to pitch well to stick around.
    Yesterday, 5:36 am
  • Cashner set to throw bullpen session on Sun.
    Andrew Cashner (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session on Sunday.

    Advice: Cashner has been out since June 23 because of a right shoulder injury. Although he now seems to progressing in the right direction, he'll most likely miss the majority of August. Sunday's bullpen session will be his first since he landed on the disabled list.
    Saturday, 8:35 pm
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  • Allen Webster will start for the Red Sox Sun.
    Allen Webster will start for the Red Sox on Sunday versus the Rays.

    Advice: Webster has a 3.10 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP this season for Triple-A Pawtucket. He's taking the rotation spot left vacant by the Jake Peavy trade but will probably have to pitch well against Tampa Bay to hold the job.
    Saturday, 2:15 pm
  • Lester willing to return to Red Sox if traded
    Jon Lester admitted Friday that even if he is traded before next week's non-waiver trade deadline, he would be open to returning to the Red Sox as a free agent next season.

    Advice: Lester hasn't hidden his desire to remain with the Red Sox, and as they currently sit in the cellar of the American League East, it's an idea that may make sense for them as an organization. If they can flip the star southpaw for the best prospects they can get at the deadline, and then re-sign him over the Winter, the organization will be strengthened.
    Saturday, 7:48 am
  • Mejia notches 14th save of season
    Jenrry Mejia tossed a scoreless ninth inning against the Brewers on Friday for his 14th save of the season.

    Advice: Mejia put himself in some early trouble with a leadoff walk to Jonathan Lucroy, but he secured the victory by striking out the next three batters he faced. The 24-year-old owns a 2.03 ERA and 33/13 K/BB ratio in 31 innings since moving to the bullpen. He's 14-for-16 in save chances.
    Friday, 9:07 pm
  • John Danks fans five in victory over Twins
    John Danks picked up his ninth victory of the season on Friday, limiting the Twins to four runs on six hits over seven innings of work.

    Advice: Danks punched out five on the night without walking a batter. Staked to a big early lead, Danks was in cruise control most of the night, throwing plenty of strikes and giving the White Sox bullpen a bit of a rest. He'll bring a 4.40 ERA and 1.39 WHIP into Thursday's matchup against the Tigers in Detroit.
    Friday, 8:08 pm
  • Lester goes six innings in no-decision
    Jon Lester gave up two runs over six innings against the Rays on Friday.

    Advice: His lone mistake was a two-run homer by Desmond Jennings in the fifth inning. He left in line for the win, but the Rays took the lead in the seventh inning. The southpaw struck out seven and walked one in the no-decision and now owns a dominant 0.93 ERA and 34/3 K/BB ratio in 29 innings over four starts this month. He has allowed two earned runs or fewer in eight straight starts. He'll try to keep it going when he makes his final start of July next week against the Blue Jays.
    Friday, 7:56 pm
  • Yanks 'not being aggressive' for Kennedy
    Chris Cotillo of reports that the Yankees "are not being aggressive" in their pursuit of Ian Kennedy.

    Advice: It essentially backs up what CBS Sports' Jon Heyman said, as Heyman noted Thursday night that while the Yanks like Kennedy, they're not prepared to give up both third base prospect Eric Jagielo and pitching prospect Ian Clarkin for him. That was the proposed package that ESPN's Jim Bowden reported, but it would be a steep price given that they were the Yankees' two first-round picks last season. San Diego is listening on Kennedy, but he's under control next season so they don't feel obligated to move him now.
    Friday, 6:35 am
  • Yankees talking Kennedy deal with Padres
    ESPN's Jim Bowden reports that the Yankees and Padres are discussing a trade that would send Ian Kennedy to New York in exchange for third base prospect Eric Jagielo and pitching prospect Ian Clarkin.

    Advice: CBS Sports' Jon Heyman says that the Yankees are indeed interested in Kennedy but not if it means giving up both Jagielo and Clarkin. It would be Kennedy's second stint in New York if the trade did go through, as he was drafted by the Yanks and spent his first three big league seasons there. Needless to say, it would be just about the worse-case scenario for his fantasy value going from Petco Park to Yankee Stadium. Kennedy is making $6.1 million this season and is eligible for arbitration for a final time this winter.
    Thursday, 8:04 pm
  • Padres 'need to be overwhelmed' for Kennedy
    According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Padres "have sent word to some teams that they would need to be overwhelmed to trade" starting pitcher Ian Kennedy.

    Advice: This could be a negotiating ploy on the part of the Padres, or it might just be serious. Kennedy is under contractual control (via arbitration) through the 2015 season, so the San Diego front office can slow-play this and wait for the best offer -- even if it doesn't come until this winter or next summer. The 29-year-old right-hander owns an impressive 3.66 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 143/42 K/BB ratio in 135 1/3 innings (22 starts) this season.
    Thursday, 8:17 am
  • Red Sox table extension talks with Jon Lester
    Red Sox principal owner John Henry told the Boston Herald that extension talks with impending free agent Jon Lester have been tabled until after the 2014 season.

    Advice: Lester doesn't want to be distracted any longer by in-season contract negotiations and probably wants a taste of the open market -- where there could be crazy money flying around this winter. The 30-year-old left-hander is putting together the best season of his career at the perfect time, boasting a 2.50 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 142/31 K/BB ratio in 137 innings. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported earlier this month that the Red Sox were prepared to offer him "$100 million for five years, or thereabouts."
    Thursday, 6:56 am
  • Hawkins struggles in non-save situation Wed.
    LaTroy Hawkins allowed two runs and stranded the bases loaded in a non-save situation against the Nationals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Hawkins entered the game with a four-run lead and got two quick outs before the Nationals strung together four straight hits. A fielding error loaded the bases with the winning run at first, but Ian Desmond struck out to end the threat. Hawkins has a 3.09 ERA after Wednesday's outing, and the struggles of Rex Brothers and Adam Ottavino have given the 41-year-old some job protection in his hold on the Rockies' closer role.
    Wednesday, 5:00 pm
  • Ricky Nolasco to throw 'pen session Sun.
    Ricky Nolasco (elbow) will throw a bullpen session on Sunday.

    Advice: Nolasco has been long-tossing this week as he works his way back from flexor pronator stiffness and is ready to test things out from the bump. There's no timetable for his return, but his situation will clarify if Sunday's 'pen session goes well.
    Wednesday, 9:55 am
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  • Scott Carroll returned to action on Tuesday July 22.
    Wednesday, 2:02 am
  • Mejia notches 13th save in win over SEA
    Jenrry Mejia pitched a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his thirteenth save of the year on Tuesday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Mejia did walk one batter, but otherwise put up zeroes across the stat-line. The scoreless inning dropped his ERA to 3.80. While the ERA doesn't look particularly sparkling for a closer, Mejia has only given up one run over his last ten appearances. He also has 66 strikeouts in just over 66 innings and is 13-for-15 in save chances since assuming the closer's role.
    Tuesday, 10:54 pm
  • Hernandez takes no-decision in 14-inning loss
    Roberto Hernandez got a no-decision, allowing three runs in 5 2/3 innings, as the Phillies lost 9-6 in 14 innings to the Giants on Tuesday.

    Advice: Hernandez was making his first start since July 9. He out-dueled Giants starter Yusmeiro Petit, but the Phillies' bullpen could not hold the lead. Hernandez allowed five hits, walked three, and struck out only one in the effort. He has had an uninspiring season, carrying a 4.25 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, and 71/54 K/BB ratio. Hernandez matches up next against the D'Backs at home on Sunday.
    Tuesday, 10:12 pm
  • Chen holds White Sox to one run in victory
    Bruce Chen held the White Sox to one run over five innings in a win Tuesday.

    Advice: Chen's only mistake was a home run by Adam Dunn, but the left-hander limited the Sox to four hits and no runs over the rest of his time on the mound. It was his first win since April 19 and just his second win overall. Chen has filled in admirably in Jason Vargas' absence, but with Vargas nearing a return Chen will soon fade back into fantasy irrelevance.
    Tuesday, 9:11 pm
  • Carroll touched for 11 hits, five runs vs. KC
    Scott Carroll was roughed up for 11 hits and five runs over five innings in a loss to the Royals on Tuesday.

    Advice: The right-hander, who had allowed just three hits and zero runs over his past two starts combined, gave up five extra-base hits, including a home run, in the loss. He also walked two and struck out three. Carroll owns a 4.52 ERA and 1.53 WHIP through 73 2/3 innings, and he's a non-factor for fantasy purposes going forward.
    Tuesday, 9:06 pm