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  • Sean Manaea strong against Angels
    Sean Manaea held the Angels to one run and four hits over seven innings in a no-decision Monday.

    Advice: It's the first run he's allowed in three starts this month. Not a lot has gone right for the A's this year, but it's great that Manaea has stayed healthy. If that continues, he should be a top-of-the-rotation guy next year. Yesterday, 11:56 pm
  • Hisashi Iwakuma goes six against Astros
    Hisashi Iwakuma pitched six innings of one-run ball Monday against the Astros.

    Advice: Iwakuma was in line for the victory when he left, but Edwin Diaz blew the save, leaving Iwakuma with a no-decision for the first time in 24 starts since May 14. Jake Odorizzi has had like 36 no-decisions since then. Yesterday, 9:33 pm
  • Edwin Diaz takes third blown save
    Edwin Diaz blew his second save in a week Monday after giving up two runs in the ninth against the Astros.

    Advice: On the plus side, the Mariners went on to win both of those blown saves. Those are also the only two times in ten appearances this month that he's been scored upon. Overall, Diaz is 17-for-20 saving games. Yesterday, 9:31 pm
  • Collin McHugh solid against Mariners
    Collin McHugh pitched seven innings and allowed two runs Monday in a no-decision against the Mariners.

    Advice: McHugh pitched well enough to win his fourth straight start, but he didn't get a lot of help tonight. The Astros ended up dropping the game in 11 innings, making it the first time in eight starts that they've lost a McHugh outing. Yesterday, 9:28 pm
  • Martin Perez gives up eight runs in loss
    Martin Perez was lit up for eight runs in 6 2/3 innings Monday in a loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: Not that it probably mattered in a game in which the Rangers scored just three runs, but how do you let Perez give up eight runs, the last three coming in the seventh, while employing a 20-man September bullpen? Perez had been on little role lately, turning in four straight quality starts, but he still doesn't inspire much confidence. He's 10-11 with a 4.37 ERA for the season. Yesterday, 9:18 pm
  • Benoit (calf) left clubhouse on crutches
    Joaquin Benoit (calf) was seen leaving the clubhouse on crutches.

    Advice: That doesn't sound good. Benoit reportedly injured his calf in the scrum during Monday's benches-clearing brawl. While no official diagnosis has been announced, it sounds like it's potentially serious. Yesterday, 9:14 pm
  • Tim Adleman holds Cardinals in check
    Tim Adleman limited the Cardinals to two runs over seven innings in a 15-2 victory Monday.

    Advice: The Reds' offense provided the right-hander with plenty of breathing room, but the Cards never really threatened Adleman much in this one. He gave up just four hits on the night and didn't walk anyone, recording four strikeouts along the way. The 28-year-old has managed a respectable 3.90 ERA and 1.18 WHIP over 12 starts for the Reds and his last outing will come this weekend against the Cubs. Yesterday, 9:12 pm
  • James Shields picks up win over Rays
    James Shields held the Rays to one run in six innings Monday to improve to 6-18 on the season.

    Advice: It won't be a 20-loss season for Shields, thanks in part to the Rays starting four-ninths of a major league lineup tonight. Seriously. Catcher Curt Casali, who has hit .147 in 143 at-bats against right-handers this season, was the designated hitter. The designated hitter! Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Drew Smyly gives up three runs in loss
    Drew Smyly yielded three runs in five innings Monday in a loss to the White Sox.

    Advice: It's the home run ball that's been Smyly;s bugaboo all season long, but he went without allowing a bomb for the first time in eight starts tonight and still wasn't very good. Someone with a 167/49 K/BB ratio in 175 innings should have a much better ERA than 4.88, which is where Smyly stands now. Yesterday, 8:59 pm
  • Jaime Garcia lasts one inning Monday
    Jaime Garcia lasted just one inning Monday against the Reds, allowing two runs on four hits.

    Advice: Garcia received another chance in the rotation after a nice relief outing last week, but this one wound up amounting to another relief appearance. He gave up a pair of home runs in the first and also showed no interest in holding baserunners, as the Reds stole three bases in the first and had another one overturned only after Jose Peraza slid off the bag. The Cardinals' bullpen wasn't any better, with Michael Wacha and Luke Weaver also getting knocked around. It will likely be either Garcia or Weaver on Saturday versus the Pirates, and neither option looks appealing right now. Yesterday, 8:59 pm
  • Andrew Miller notches 10th victory
    Andrew Miller picked up his 10th win in relief Monday, striking out four in 1 2/3 scoreless innings against the Tigers.

    Advice: Miller joins Baltimore's Brad Brach among relievers winning 10 games this year. No reliever did it last year. Miller has a 1.69 ERA and an incredible 42/2 K/BB ratio in 26 2/3 innings since joining the Indians. Yesterday, 8:50 pm
  • J.A. Happ superb in no-decision Monday
    J.A. Happ was terrific in a no-decision Monday, allowing two runs -- one earned -- over 7 1/3 innings against the Yankees.

    Advice: Happ recorded only two strikeouts, but he also walked just one while giving up six hits. The left-hander lost out on his 21st win of the season when the Yankees got to the Blue Jays' bullpen in the ninth. Happ has now gone four straight starts having not allowed more than two runs. He'll get the Red Sox this weekend to close out his regular season. Yesterday, 7:48 pm
  • Dellin Betances struggles again Monday
    Dellin Betances was pulled from an appearance Monday without recording an out.

    Advice: Betances walked a couple batters and committed an error to load the bases with no one out. He was then pulled in favor of Tommy Layne, who allowed a couple of inherited runners to score but eventually closed out the victory. Betances has really struggled of late, allowing eight runs over his last four appearances and 11 runs over his last eight. He's not in danger of losing his closer job, but it's obviously not the way he wants to pitch down the stretch. Yesterday, 7:44 pm
  • Kluber exits start with right groin tightness
    Corey Kluber exited Monday's start against the Tigers with right groin tightness.

    Advice: Kluber allowed two runs on five hits and one walk over four innings before leaving the ballgame. The Indians' rotation has already taken multiple hits down the stretch, so this isn't an encouraging development. We should know more about the severity soon. Yesterday, 6:09 pm
  • Richards (elbow) to face hitters Wednesday
    Garrett Richards (elbow) is slated to face live hitters on Wednesday.

    Advice: Assuming all goes well, Richards will make his first appearance in the instructional league next Monday. The 28-year-old was diagnosed with a torn right ulnar collateral ligament back in May, but he decided to undergo stem cell treatments in hopes of avoiding Tommy John surgery. Yesterday, 4:31 pm
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  • Jeffress available for Monday's game
    Rangers manager Jeff Banister said that he would like to get Jeremy Jeffress into Monday's game.

    Advice: Jeffress returned to the Rangers on Friday after a stint in rehab following an arrest for suspicion of DWI last month, but he has yet to appear in a game. He's likely to be eased back into high-leverage situations. Yesterday, 3:23 pm
  • Danny Salazar (forearm) throws off mound
    Danny Salazar (forearm) threw 20-plus pitches off the mound on Monday.

    Advice: Salazar threw all fastballs at about 75 percent intensity, but it was a step in the right direction. Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway said "it would be nice" to get him a relief appearance before the playoffs, though it's unclear whether he'll have enough time to do so. Yesterday, 2:13 pm
  • Koch to start Tuesday vs. Nationals
    Matt Koch will start Tuesday against the Nationals.

    Advice: Koch has appeared in five games since his call-up earlier this month, but this will be his first start in the majors. Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale estimated that he can likely get up to around 75 pitches. He can be avoided in fantasy leagues with this matchup. Yesterday, 2:09 pm
  • De La Rosa to have stem cell treatment
    Rubby De La Rosa will undergo stem cell treatment on his ailing right elbow.

    Advice: De La Rosa went the rest and rehab route with his sprained ulnar collateral ligament, but he's still feeling soreness and tightness in his elbow. This appears to be a last-ditch effort to avoid his second Tommy John surgery. Yesterday, 2:07 pm
  • Rob Zastryzny to start Thursday vs. Bucs
    Rob Zastryzny will make his first major league start this Thursday against the Pirates.

    Advice: It'll be part of a bullpen game for the National League Central-champion Cubs, with Zastryzny probably covering the first 2-3 innings. The 24-year-old southpaw has registered an impressive 1.46 ERA with 13 strikeouts over his first 12 1/3 major league frames. He could make the 25-man postseason roster as a lefty relief specialist. Yesterday, 5:55 am
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