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  • Kevin Correia to be released by Giants
    Kevin Correia is expected to be granted his release by the Giants, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports.

    Advice: Correia had a June 1 opt out. Even with all of the Giants' injuries, he hadn't been called up to the majors yet this season. He had a 3.58 ERA in six starts for Triple-A Sacramento.
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  • Diamondbacks' Reed could resume closing
    The Arizona Republic's Nick Piecoro reports that the Diamondbacks are moving closer to putting Addison Reed back into the closer's role.

    Advice: Brad Ziegler is a better pitcher than Reed, but the Diamondbacks would still be better off with Ziegler in a setup role, since he can be better spotted against right-handed hitters then than he can as the ninth-inning guy. Reed doesn't have such significiant platoon splits.
    Today, 12:37 pm
  • Rafael Soriano changes agents, ready to pitch
    Free agent Rafael Soriano, armed with a new agent, said he's been working out and will be ready to pitch whenever he signs with a club.

    Advice: Soriano now comes with new representation after failing to find a deal under the Scott Boras umbrella. The Cubs are believed to be interested in him. He indicated that he'd be fine with a role other than closing.
    Today, 12:06 pm
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  • Nationals recall RHP Hill from Triple-A
    Nationals recalled RHP Taylor Hill from Triple-A Syracuse.

    Advice: Hill had a 4.35 ERA and a 26/9 K/BB ratio in 51 2/3 innings for Syracuse. This will probably be a short stay for him; while there's the chance he could stick as the replacement for Stephen Strasburg in the rotation, that role is more likely to go to A.J. Cole.
    Today, 11:27 am
  • Hellweg (elbow) headed to Brevard County
    Johnny Hellweg (elbow) is expected to join High-A Brevard County next week.

    Advice: Hellweg underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last April and then suffered a back injury last month during his rehab. But the 26-year-old right-hander is finally ready to pitch in live games and could become an option for the Brewers' rotation in the second half.
    Today, 10:20 am
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  • Rays activate then option C.J. Riefenhauser
    Rays activated LHP C.J. Riefenhauser from the 15-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Riefenhauser was sidelined for a month with inflammation in his left shoulder. The 25-year-old left-hander has thrown just 6 2/3 career innings in the major leagues.
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  • Eddie Butler to start for Rockies on Saturday
    Eddie Butler will start for the Rockies against the Phillies on Saturday afternoon.

    Advice: Jorge De La Rosa was scratched from his scheduled start with a cut on his left middle finger, so Butler will move up a day to take his place. He owns a 4.60 ERA, 1.88 WHIP and troublesome 23/27 K/BB ratio over 43 innings on the year.
    Today, 8:06 am
  • Broxton removed from primary setup role
    Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Saturday that Jonathan Broxton is no longer the team's primary setup man.

    Advice: This comes on the heels of Broxton allowing a game-changing home run to Nick Ahmed that broke a 4-4 tie in the eighth inning on Friday. Jeremy Jeffress is the primary beneficiary of this switch, as he'll now do most of his work in the eighth inning and would be called upon should anything happen to closer Francisco Rodriguez.
    Today, 8:04 am
  • De La Rosa (finger) scratched from start
    Jorge De La Rosa was scratched from his scheduled start against the Phillies on Saturday.

    Advice: The veteran left-hander is still dealing with a cut on the middle finger of his pitching hand. Once again, Eddie Butler will fill in for him on Saturday and doesn't make for an attractive streaming option, even against the offensively-challenged Phillies.
    Today, 8:02 am
  • Francisco Liriano strikes out 11 Padres
    Francisco Liriano tossed six shutout innings and struck out 11 Padres on Friday.

    Advice: Liriano left with a two-run lead, but that was promptly blown in the seventh. He has just two wins on the year, even though he's allowed one or no runs five times in 10 starts. His fantasy value hasn't matched how well he's pitched.
    Yesterday, 11:05 pm
  • Mike Foltyniewicz strikes out eight
    Mike Foltynewicz surrendered two runs in 6 2/3 innings and struck out eight versus the Giants on Friday.

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

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

    Advice: Rodney surrendered an RBI triple to Ryan Raburn before getting Michael Brantley to fly out to end the game. Just nine of his 21 pitches were strikes. Lloyd McClendon has been stubbornly patient with him, but this can't be allowed to go on for much longer. Rodney has allowed runs in seven of 10 appearances this month.
    Yesterday, 10:50 pm
  • Trevor Bauer strikes out 10 Mariners
    Trevor Bauer allowed two runs over seven innings and struck out 10 against the Mariners on Friday.

    Advice: Bauer has pitched at least seven innings in four starts, giving up five runs over 29 1/3 innings during that span. He did take the loss tonight, but his ERA is down to 2.97.
    Yesterday, 10:48 pm
  • Sonny Gray goes eight strong to beat Yankees
    Sonny Gray pitched eight innings of two-run ball to beat the Yankees on Friday.

    Advice: It's the ninth time in 11 starts this season that Gray has allowed two runs or fewer. He's looking like a legitimate AL Cy Young contender with his 6-2 record and 1.82 ERA.
    Yesterday, 10:44 pm
  • Hector Santiago shuts down Tigers
    Hector Santiago blanked the Tigers for 7 1/3 innings Friday in the Angels' 2-0 victory.

    Advice: Santiago allowed three hits, walked three and struck out seven in his fifth straight quality start. His peripherals aren't nearly as impressive as his 2.18 ERA, but something about his 89-93 mph fastball is getting him a lot of easy outs.
    Yesterday, 10:38 pm
  • Anibal Sanchez strikes out nine in loss
    Anibal Sanchez struck out nine while allowing two runs in seven innings Friday against the Angels.

    Advice: Sanchez took his sixth loss, but this still qualifies as an encouraging outing, even if he did give up his 12th homer of the season to Albert Pujols. It's the third time in four starts that he's struck out at least nine.
    Yesterday, 10:34 pm
  • McCullers has brief outing vs. White Sox
    Lance McCullers gave up two runs (one earned) and lasted just 4 1/3 innings Friday against the White Sox.

    Advice: McCullers was pulled after loading the bases in the fifth inning. The rookie right-hander notched seven strikeouts in his brief outing, but he allowed a bunch of baserunners, giving up five hits and two walks while hitting two batters. He has failed to complete five innings in two out of his first three starts in the majors. He'll look to go a bit longer against the Orioles next week in another home start.
    Yesterday, 9:40 pm
  • De La Rosa gives up four runs in no-decision
    Rubby De La Rosa gave up four runs over five innings in a no-decision against the Brewers on Friday.

    Advice: Most of the damage came on the home run ball, as De La Rosa served up a leadoff blast to Carlos Gomez in the first before Adam Lind connected for a two-run shot in the third. De La Rosa struck out four and walked a pair in the no-decision and now has a 4.50 ERA through 10 starts. He's been prone to the home run ball, giving up 10 of them in 64 innings, but his 59/16 K/BB ratio hints at some upside.
    Yesterday, 9:14 pm
  • Nelson gives up four runs in no-decision
    Jimmy Nelson took a no-decision Friday after allowing four runs over six innings against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Nelson gave up seven hits, including a pair of solo home runs. While he didn't get the win, he struck out eight and didn't walk a batter, which is a good sign. He had walked nine batters over his previous two starts. The 25-year-old will bring a 3.90 ERA into a challenging assignment against the Cardinals on the road next week.
    Yesterday, 9:14 pm
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