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  • Oliver Perez (back) struggles in return Tues.
    Oliver Perez (back) allowed a run on two hits and a walk Tuesday in his return to action.

    Advice: Perez had been unavailable for a handful of days due to tightness in his back. The veteran lefty has struggled mightily in August and now has a 5.71 ERA for the year. Today, 5:36 am
  • Ross Stripling to start for Dodgers on Thurs.
    Ross Stripling will start against the Giants on Thursday.

    Advice: The Dodgers had to place both Brett Anderson (blister) and Scott Kazmir (neck, back) on the disabled list Tuesday, leaving them to scramble for warm rotational bodies. Stripling will fit that bill on Thursday. He has made 15 total appearances this season (11 starts) and owns a 4.04 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 53/23 K/BB ratio over 71 1/3 innings. Yesterday, 11:52 pm
  • Maeda surrenders three runs over five IP
    Kenta Maeda turned in a serviceable start in Tuesday's win over the Giants, allowing three runs on six hits over five innings.

    Advice: Maeda struck out four and walked four on the evening. The Giants struck for a pair of runs via RBI singles by Angel Pagan and Buster Posey in the third, then tacked on one more courtesy of a Brandon Belt RBI double in the fifth inning. Through his first 141 2/3 major league innings, the 28-year-old right-hander holds a 3.37 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 142/39 K/BB ratio. A home showdown with the Cubs awaits him next time he takes the mound. Yesterday, 11:34 pm
  • Bumgarner roughed up for five runs in loss
    Madison Bumgarner fell to 12-8 in Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers, surrendering five runs on nine hits over five innings.

    Advice: Bumgarner has now surrendered nine runs over his last 10 innings in what has been something of a miniature slump. On Tuesday, the Dodgers burned him for solitary runs in each of the first three innings before knocking him out after scoring two runs in the fifth. Fantasy owners shouldn't be concerned, here, as Bumgarner still holds a 2.44 ERA and 1.05 WHIP for the season. He will look to rebound in a home start against the Braves next time out. Yesterday, 11:23 pm
  • Manaea fans eight over seven innings in win
    Sean Manaea was superb in Tuesday's 9-1 win over the Indians, yielding one run on three hits over seven innings.

    Advice: Manaea induced eight strikeouts and walked two during this charmed outing. A Chris Gimenez solo home run in the sixth inning represented his only real spot of trouble. With the victory, Manaea improved to 5-8 with a 4.53 ERA and 1.27 WHIP. He will tango with the Astros on the road next time he toes the rubber. Yesterday, 10:56 pm
  • Salazar crushed for six runs in defeat
    Danny Salazar was rocked in Tuesday's loss to the A's, surrendering six runs on eight hits over four-plus innings.

    Advice: Salazar has now made two starts since coming off the disabled list, neither of which has panned out particularly well. He lasted just one inning in his first outing back and while he managed to clear that low bar on Tuesday, he didn't particularly clear it in effective fashion. Khris Davis mashed a three-run homer off the 26-year-old right-hander in the first inning and the A's would go on to score twice more in the third and once more in the fifth. Prior to hitting the disabled list with right elbow inflammation at the beginning of August, Salazar held a 3.38 ERA. That has been bumped to 3.90 with his recent ineffective results. A road start against the Angels shows next on his schedule as he looks to return to pre-injury form. Yesterday, 10:50 pm
  • Bradley surrenders three runs over five IP
    Archie Bradley allowed three runs on seven hits over five innings in Tuesday's no-decision against the Braves.

    Advice: Bradley fanned seven and walked three on the evening. Two of the three runs on his line scored in the first inning courtesy of an RBI single by Nick Markakis and an RBI double by Tyler Flowers. The final run would come home on Matt Kemp's sacrifice fly in the fourth. For the season, the 24-year-old right-hander owns a rocky 5.06 ERA and 1.57 WHIP. A home start against the Reds shows next on his schedule. Yesterday, 10:36 pm
  • Whalen can't survive three innings vs. ARI
    Robert Whalen proved ineffective in Tuesday's no-decision against the Diamondbacks, yielding four runs on two hits over 2 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Woefully short start for Whalen, due mainly to the fact that he could not locate the ball. He walked four on the evening and threw just 34 of 65 pitches for strikes. The 22-year-old right-hander has allowed at least three runs in each of his first five major league starts. Holding a 6.57 ERA and 1.30 WHIP, he can be avoided for fantasy purposes until he starts to pitch more consistently. A road showdown with the Giants shows next on his schedule. Yesterday, 10:35 pm
  • Arrieta dazzles with two-hit gem against SD
    Jake Arrieta was phenomenal in Tuesday's 5-3 win over the Padres, tossing eight innings of two-hit, shutout ball.

    Advice: Don't let the 5-3 final fool you. Arrieta was absolutely lights out and the three runs on the Padres' side of the ledger all scored in the ninth inning, after the ace right-hander had exited stage left. He struck out six and walked two on the evening, finishing out having thrown 99 pitches (59 strikes). It wasn't his most efficient outing in terms of his control, but eight innings of shutout ball is eight innings of shutout ball. Arrieta will bring a sharp 2.62 ERA and 1.04 WHIP into a home start against the Pirates next time out. Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Friedrich proves ineffective in loss to Cubs
    Christian Friedrich failed to impress in Tuesday's loss to the Cubs, surrendering five runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Friedrich struck out just two while walking four. Three of the five runs on his line came home via the home run, with Kris Bryant cracking a solo shot in the third and Addison Russell mashing a two-run shot as part of a three-run fifth. Friedrich will carry a limp 4.89 ERA and 1.49 WHIP into a road start against the Braves next time he toes the rubber. Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • Sabathia limits M's to three hits over 7 IP
    CC Sabathia was fantastic in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Mariners, firing seven innings of three-hit, one-run ball.

    Advice: Sabathia struck out seven and walked just one in what was one of his stronger starts of the season. The only run to score on his watch came in the third inning, when Ketel Marte picked up an RBI single off the veteran southpaw. The shiny outing must have felt all the sweeter for what came before, as Sabathia was shelled for seven runs by the Blue Jays last time out. He will try to replicate Tuesday's results when he brings his 4.33 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 117/52 K/BB ratio (137 1/3 innings) into a road date with the Royals next time he toes the rubber. Yesterday, 9:58 pm
  • Walker fails to notch quality start in return
    Making his return to the big league mound in Tuesday's loss to the Yankees, Taijuan Walker allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits over 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Walker made a trio of starts for Triple-A Tacoma after being bombed by the Angels for six runs following a DL-stint for foot tendinitis. He was called up for Tuesday's start against the Yankees and pitched a serviceable -- if unspectacular -- game. The 24-year-old right-hander struck out five and walked three while allowing a run in the second inning, two in the fifth and one final run in the sixth. He will take a 4.14 ERA and 1.21 WHIP into a road start against the White Sox as he tries to ease back into the major league flow. Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Mets recall Goeddel after Niese injury
    Mets recalled RHP Erik Goeddel from Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: Goeddel was just sent down on Saturday, but the Mets recalled him with Jon Niese landing on the disabled list due to a left knee injury. In 28 bullpen innings with the Mets this season, Goeddel held a 4.18 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 27/7 K/BB ratio. His is a serviceable filler arm out of the pen, but there is no fantasy intrigue here. Yesterday, 9:56 pm
  • Mets place Niese on DL due to knee injury
    Mets placed LHP Jon Niese on the 15-day disabled list with a left knee injury.

    Advice: Niese was forced out of Tuesday's start versus the Cardinals after feeling a shooting pain in his left knee. He managed to record just one out in the first inning before being attended to by the training staff. In a corresponding move, Erik Goeddel was recalled from Triple-A. At this early stage, there is no timetable for Niese's return. Yesterday, 9:54 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Garcia shelled for six runs over four innings
    Jaime Garcia was touched up for six runs on seven hits over four innings Tuesday, taking the loss against the Mets.

    Advice: Garcia was in a three-run hole by the fourth batter of the game, but his offense was able to back him up with three runs of their own in the bottom half of the frame. Undaunted by his team's show of solidarity, Garcia proceeded to surrender two more runs in the second inning and a run in the fourth for good measure. Two of those seven hits left the yard, a troubling trend for the southpaw who has now given up six homers in his last three starts. Amazingly, he'd been on a three-game winning streak prior to Tuesday, dropping to 10-9 with a 4.37 ERA and 1.34 WHIP with the loss. An interleague date with the Athletics is on tap for Sunday. Yesterday, 9:45 pm
  • Gsellman earns first MLB win against Cards
    Robert Gsellman earned his first major league win Tuesday, tossing 3 2/3 scoreless innings in relief against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Gsellman was thrust into a difficult position for his first MLB appearance, asked to take over for injured starter Jon Niese after Niese faced just four batters. The 23-year-old answered the bell, though, holding the Cardinals to two hits and three walks while striking out two in his debut. He was rewarded with the win for his efforts, another first. Gsellman was recalled on Monday as a likely bullpen arm, but if Niese or starter Steven Matz is forced to miss a turn it will likely be Gsellman who is asked to take the ball instead. Yesterday, 9:40 pm
  • Anderson yields three runs over five vs. Rox
    Chase Anderson allowed three runs on six hits, striking out seven, in five innings against the Rockies on Tuesday.

    Advice: All three runs came on one swing by Nolan Arenado in the third inning. Anderson was otherwise strong, although he once again failed to pitch deep into a game. The good news for Anderson is that he still hasn't lost a start since July 9; the bad news is that he's just 7-10 overall with a 4.99 ERA and 1.42 WHIP. The 28-year-old will look to keep his non-losing streak going when he squares off with the Pirates on Sunday. Yesterday, 9:27 pm
  • Gray fans 10 over six innings against Brewers
    Jon Gray struck out 10 while allowing two runs over six innings against the Brewers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Gray gave up just four hits and walked three, but he didn't factor in the decision. Even so, it was a promising turn for the 24-year-old, who hadn't struck out more than six in a game in his previous five starts before Tuesday. It's been an up and down year for the rookie, who owns a 4.61 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 142/46 K/BB ratio over 23 starts. Gray will next take on the Dodgers on Monday. Yesterday, 9:23 pm
  • Trevor May (back) aiming to return in Sept.
    Trevor May (back) said Tuesday that he is aiming to return for "the last few weeks of the season."

    Advice: May has been on the disabled list since August 10 with a lower back strain and Twins manager Paul Molitor said last week that the right-hander still has some "imbalance," but a bone scan turned up clean and he has begun playing catch on flat ground at 90 feet. "It’s good to have goals," May said Tuesday. "I would love to get back the last few weeks of the season and show I’m healthy going into the offseason. There’s probably going to be some changes up there in the front office. You’ve got to be healthy. You’ve got to be ready." Yesterday, 5:24 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Andrew Miller notches second save for Tribe
    Andrew Miller threw a scoreless ninth against the A's on Monday for a save in a 1-0 game.

    Advice: Cody Allen got the save Sunday and Miller hadn't pitched in four days, so it made all kinds of sense to go to Miller after Carlos Carrasco pitched eight scoreless innings tonight. Allen still looks like the favorite for saves in Cleveland. Monday, 10:05 pm
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