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  • Edwin Jackson (lat) to return to Cubs on Fri.
    Edwin Jackson (lat) is scheduled to return to the Cubs' starting rotation on Friday.

    Advice: Jackson has been out for almost four weeks with a right lat strain. He's 6-14 this season with a 6.09 ERA and is a bad fantasy option Friday versus the Dodgers.
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  • John Lackey (arm) on track to start Friday
    John Lackey (arm) threw a bullpen session on Tuesday evening at Busch Stadium.

    Advice: Lackey was skipped from his last turn in the Cardinals' starting rotation due to a case of dead arm, but he is in line to return Friday and is expected to do just that. The veteran right-hander owns a rough 5.05 ERA in 46 1/3 innings since joining St. Louis.
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  • Tanaka (elbow) scheduled to return Sunday
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Tuesday that Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) is tentatively scheduled to return to the rotation Sunday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Tanaka gave up six hits but went five scoreless innings Monday in an instructional league game at the Yankees' spring training complex in Tampa, Florida. The right-hander will likely be limited to 75 pitches in his first game back in the bigs. He was diagnosed in early July with a partially-torn ligament in his right elbow -- an injury that almost always leads to Tommy John surgery.
    Today, 2:00 pm
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  • Anibal Sanchez (pec) throws bullpen session
    Anibal Sanchez (pectoral) threw another short bullpen session on Tuesday and felt no pain.

    Advice: Sanchez will toss a longer bullpen session later this week and should then be cleared for simulated action. He's not going to return before the end of the regular season, but the right-hander could be available for the playoffs. Sanchez has been out since August 8 with a pectoral strain. He suffered a setback on August 25.
    Today, 1:50 pm
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  • Matt Shoemaker to undergo MRI on left side
    Matt Shoemaker will undergo an MRI after leaving Monday's start with a "little" discomfort on the left side of his rib cage.

    Advice: Shoemaker allowed one run over 7 2/3 innings against the Mariners before exiting. He said after the game that he's not overly concerned, but naturally the Angels aren't going to take any chances.
    Today, 5:27 am
  • Chad Qualls returned to action on Monday September 15.
    Today, 1:30 am
  • Shoemaker allows only 1 run in win vs Seattle
    Matt Shoemaker yielded only five hits and one runs over 7 2/3 innings in an 8-1 victory over the Mariners on Monday.

    Advice: Shoemaker allowed five hits, but he didn't walk anyone. He struck out five. Shoemaker is one of the hottest pitchers in the game right now; he's won seven straight decisions and came into the game with a 1.32 ERA across his last seven outings. Shoemaker improved to 16-4 with a 3.04 ERA. He's going to show up on plenty Rookie of the Year ballots. Shoemaker squares off against the Rangers on Saturday.
    Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Iwakuma yields 7 runs in loss to the Angels
    Hisashi Iwakuma was knocked around by the Angels on Monday, allowing seven runs on six hits across 3 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Iwakuma struck out four, walked two and gave up a homer. Seattle dug itself into an 8-0 hole before getting on the board in the eighth inning. The Japanese right-hander, who came into this outing 5-0 with a 1.75 ERA in seven career outings against the Angels, picked the wrong time to fall apart, allowing the Angels to improve to 94-56. Iwakuma (14-8, 3.42 ERA) is scheduled to take on the Astros in Houston on Saturday.
    Yesterday, 10:08 pm
  • Miley tosses 7 innings of one-run ball in win
    Wade Miley held the Giants at bay on Monday, allowing only one run on seven hits across seven innings of a 6-2 win.

    Advice: Miley struck out four and didn't walk a batter. Miley entered play 0-4 in his previous seven outings, but toting a 2.86 ERA in his last six, so he must have been pretty pleased to receive six runs of support tonight. The left-hander had a shouting match with skipper Kirk Gibson in his last start against the Dodgers, but Miley indicated he was just blowing off steam from a less-than-stellar night. No frustration tonight in improving to 8-11 with a 4.17 ERA. Miley caps a two-week start by traveling to Coors Field on Sunday.
    Yesterday, 9:43 pm
  • Vogelsong gives up 4 runs in loss to Snakes
    Ryan Vogelsong allowed four runs over 5 2/3 innings as the Giants dropped a 6-2 decision versus the Diamondbacks on Monday.

    Advice: Vogelsong didn't have his best stuff tonight, though that only manifested on the scoreboard on Mark Trumbo's grand slam. He walked four and allowed six hits. The right-hander came into tonight with a 1.38 ERA in his last two starts against the Diamondbacks, having received exactly zero runs of support in both games. San Francisco's offense couldn't get going tonight, either. Vogelsong (8-11, 3.98 ERA) will be in San Diego this weekend for a Sunday matinee against the Padres.
    Yesterday, 9:42 pm
  • Cashner needs only 92 pitches in 2-hit CGSO
    Andrew Cashner spun a two-hit shutout on Monday in a 1-0 win versus the Phillies.

    Advice: Interestingly, his complete-game shutout came on the same night Anthony Rizzo, for whom he was once traded, hit a walk-off homer. Cashner struck out seven and walked one, needing only 92 pitches, otherwise known as a "Maddux," to finish off the Phillies. The 27-year-old right-hander remains hot, having gone 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA in his last five starts coming into tonight. Of his four wins, Cashner has needed to throw complete games to secure two of them. Now 4-7 with a 2.20 ERA, Cashner hosts the Giants on Saturday.
    Yesterday, 9:38 pm
  • Roberto Hernandez pulled in fourth
    Roberto Hernandez surrendered two runs in 3 2/3 innings before being removed from Monday's start against the Rockies.

    Advice: The Dodgers decided to give Hernandez one more try as a starter, but he certainly didn't do much with it. Perhaps he'll trade spots with Kevin Correia now.
    Yesterday, 9:37 pm
  • Williams gives up an unearned run in loss
    Jerome Williams surrendered a mere unearned run, scattering three hits over 7 2/3 innings, in Monday's tough-luck 1-0 setback against the Padres.

    Advice: Williams struck out six and walked two. He picked an interesting night on which to put forth his best performance of the season, having served up nine runs over 10 innings in his last two starts. The right-hander had a 6.71 ERA between his work with the Astros and Rangers earlier this year, but he's turned things around with a 2.84 ERA since he joined the National League. Williams faces a familiar AL West foe when he squares off against the A's in Oakland on Sunday.
    Yesterday, 9:31 pm
  • John Danks goes six scoreless
    John Danks blanked the Royals for six innings, but was left with nothing to show for it Monday.

    Advice: Danks exited with a 3-0 lead, only to have it blown with one run in the seventh, one in the eighth and two in the ninth. As a result, Danks remains winless in his last nine starts.
    Yesterday, 9:01 pm
  • Jake Petricka takes blown save, loss
    Jake Petricka took his fifth blown save and his fifth loss after giving up two runs in the ninth Monday against the Royals.

    Advice: Petricka came in with two outs in the eighth and bailed Zach Putnam out of a jam, but he gave up two doubles to tie the game in the ninth. The Royals went on to win on a little grounder up the middle that Alexei Ramirez couldn't handle. It was ruled an infield single that allowed the runner to score all of the way from second, so the run was earned, even though that seemed rather ridiculous. We would hope this doesn't cost Petricka additional save chances down the stretch.
    Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Joakim Soria records 18th save
    With Joe Nathan needing the day off, Joakim Soria got the ninth for the Twins on Monday and pitched a scoreless inning for his 18th save.

    Advice: The Tigers blew Max Scherzer's lead while holding Soria back for the ninth, but the offense responded, putting the Tigers back on top in the top of the inning. Soria's save was his first in nine appearances since he was acquired from the Rangers. Nathan, who had thrown 45 pitches in two days, should be back in the closer's role on Tuesday.
    Yesterday, 8:48 pm
  • Chad Qualls picks up save in return
    Chad Qualls notched a save Monday in his first appearance since Sept. 6, pitching a scoreless ninth in the Astros' 3-1 win over the Indians.

    Advice: The Astros went right back to Qualls in the closer's role tonight, and he retired three of the four batters he faced in his return from a hip problem. Since he needed just 10 pitches, he could get the call again in a save chance on Tuesday.
    Yesterday, 8:41 pm
  • Travis Wood goes six scoreless
    Travis Wood tossed six scoreless innings, allowing three hits, against the Reds on Monday.

    Advice: Wood's two best starts since the All-Star break have both come against that motley crew the Reds are currently calling their lineup. He lowered his ERA from 5.03 to 4.86 tonight. Next up is a start against the Dodgers, which probably won't be so easy.
    Yesterday, 8:27 pm
  • Alfredo Simon goes seven scoreless
    Alfredo Simon shut out the Cubs for seven innings in a no-decision Monday.

    Advice: Simon owes his All-Star appearance to the Cubs this year; he's 3-0 with a 1.10 ERA in five starts against them and 11-10 with a 3.83 ERA versus everyone else. The win tonight was just his third against seven losses since the All-Star break.
    Yesterday, 8:24 pm
  • Stephen Strasburg goes seven scoreless
    Stephen Strasburg blanked the Braves for seven innings, striking out seven, in a victory Monday.

    Advice: Strasburg walked none for the fourth straight start. He had been 3-7 with a 4.61 ERA against the Braves in his career, including a loss last Wednesday, but he had an easy time tonight. The only time the outcome seemed in doubt was when Rafael Soriano took over in the ninth. Since the Nationals held on to win 4-2, Strasburg moved to 12-11 with a 3.34 ERA.
    Yesterday, 7:28 pm
  • Tyson Ross' next start to be pushed back
    Tyson Ross' next scheduled start will be pushed back a few days because the right-hander is dealing with general soreness after his last outing.

    Advice: Ross was rocked for six runs -- four earned -- in three innings Saturday in an uncharacteristically poor showing. It doesn't appear to be something to be overly concerned about at the moment. Robbie Erlin will get the ball on Thursday versus the Phillies, with Ross hoping to start over the weekend or possibly early next week.
    Yesterday, 4:30 pm
  • Qualls (hip) available to pitch Monday
    Chad Qualls (hip) is available to pitch Monday.

    Advice: Qualls hasn't pitched since September 6 due to an issue with his right hip. It's unlikely that the Astros will trust him with save chances right away, so hang on to Josh Fields and Tony Sipp in fantasy leagues.
    Yesterday, 2:21 pm
  • D-Backs call up LHP Chafin from AAA
    Diamondbacks recalled LHP Andrew Chafin from Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: He'll join the big club now that Reno's season has come to an end. Chafin made a spot-start with the D-Backs in August, but figures to pitch in long relief the rest of the way.
    Yesterday, 2:07 pm
  • Anibal Sanchez (pectoral) throws off mound
    Anibal Sanchez (pectoral) threw 25 pitches off the mound Monday and felt good.

    Advice: Sanchez landed on the disabled list a month ago with a strained pectoral muscle and had a setback in late August, but he's beginning to make some progress. He's slated to throw again tomorrow before the next step is decided. It might be late for him to start again for the Tigers during the regular season, but he could have a role come postseason time.
    Yesterday, 2:01 pm
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  • Tanaka could pitch for Yanks this weekend
    Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said Monday that Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) could rejoin the team's starting rotation this weekend.

    Advice: Tanaka gave up six hits over five scoreless innings Monday in an instructional league game in Tampa, Florida. Assuming he feels good Tuesday, the Yankees could clear him to return. The team mostly wants to get a feeling on his progress going into the offseason, so we wouldn't count on him in fantasy leagues. Tanaka was diagnosed with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow in July.
    Yesterday, 1:48 pm
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  • Tanaka (elbow) goes five scoreless in Tampa
    Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) tossed five scoreless innings Monday in an instructional league game at the Yankees' spring training complex in Tampa, Florida.

    Advice: Tanaka gave up six hits to an opposing lineup filled with young Yankees minor leaguers -- most of them teenagers -- but he pitched out of those threats and, most importantly, felt no discomfort in his right elbow. There's been some speculation that Tanaka might rejoin the Yankees' rotation this coming weekend, but nothing is set in stone. He was diagnosed with a partially-torn UCL in early July.
    Yesterday, 11:31 am
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  • John Lackey going through 'dead arm' phase
    John Lackey admitted Sunday that he's going through a "dead arm" phase.

    Advice: It's not a surprise given that Lackey's velocity and results have been down in recent outings. The Cardinals are skipping his next turn in the rotation in hopes that he'll be able to regain his form next weekend.
    Sunday, 9:56 am
  • Cardinals to skip John Lackey's turn
    The Cardinals have elected to skip John Lackey's next turn in the rotation.

    Advice: Lackey's velocity has been down and he's struggled in his last three outings, so the Cards will give him some extra rest. They'll go with Lance Lynn, Adam Wainwright and Shelby Miller on regular rest against the Brewers on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. Lackey will take the ball next weekend versus the Reds.
    Sunday, 8:20 am
  • Chad Qualls (hip) reports improvement
    Chad Qualls (hip) said Saturday that he's feeling better.

    Advice: Qualls is dealing with an issue in his right hip that he thinks might be nerve-related. He's not sure when (or if) he'll be cleared to return to action, but it does appear a bit of progress is being made. The Astros have used Josh Fields and Tony Sipp in the ninth inning with Qualls out.
    Sunday, 7:41 am
  • Jackson (lat) expected to make one more start
    The Cubs are hopeful that Edwin Jackson (lat) will make it back for one more start this season.

    Advice: The Cubs are already using six starters, but they apparently are anticipating Jackson's return before the end of the year and would also like to find a start for Eric Jokisch. Jackson has missed the last three and a half weeks with a right lat strain. He owns an ugly 6.09 ERA this season.
    Sunday, 6:03 am
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  • Tyson Ross allows six runs in loss to D'Backs
    Tyson Ross surrendered six runs -- four earned -- in three innings Saturday in a loss to Arizona.

    Advice: It was one of the ugliest outings of the season for Ross, who entered the start with a 2.66 ERA and watched it rise to 2.81. The 27-year-old right-hander might be hitting a wall here in mid-September. He's thrown 195 2/3 innings this season after totaling 136 2/3 innings between the minors and majors in 2013. Ross will get the Phillies at home next time out.
    Saturday, 8:33 pm
  • Anibal Sanchez (pec) to throw off mound Mon.
    Anibal Sanchez (pectoral) is expected to begin throwing off a mound on Monday.

    Advice: Sanchez has been playing long-toss for about a week with no complications and is ready to take the next step in his rehab from a pectoral strain. The right-hander probably won't make it back before the end of the regular season, but he could be an option for the Tigers' postseason roster if everything goes smoothly from here. Sanchez has been out since August 8. He suffered a setback August 25.
    Saturday, 1:15 pm
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  • Chad Qualls could have nerve issue in hip
    Chad Qualls is dealing with an issue in his right hip that he thinks might be nerve-related.

    Advice: The ailment was originally described as a glute problem, but it appears it's more in his hip. "I don't know if it's just tight hip or something like that that's putting pressure on kind of a nerve back there, get like just a warm feeling - just in like a six-inch feeling just down kind of the side of my leg. When I sit down or laid down it wouldn't hurt, and then if I walk around it gets irritated." Qualls is receiving treatment and is being considered day-to-day, but there's no guarantee that he makes it back this season. Josh Fields and Tony Sipp have picked up saves for the Astros over the last week and both need to be owned in fantasy leagues.
    Friday, 7:44 am
  • Jake Petricka records 13th save
    Jake Petricka pitched a scoreless ninth for his 13th save Thursday against the A's.

    Advice: Petricka also earned a save last night after a long layoff that includes a few days away to attend the birth of his child. There's a good chance he'll get Friday off now, so perhaps Zach Putnam will pick up a save opp.
    Thursday, 2:06 pm
  • Soria (oblique) allows run in return on Wed.
    Joakim Soria (oblique) allowed a run Wednesday in his return to the Tigers' bullpen.

    Advice: Soria had been out for a full month with an oblique strain. He gave up a triple to the first batter he faced in the ninth inning Wednesday -- speedster Lorenzo Cain -- and then Alcides Escobar drove Cain in with a sacrifice fly to put a cap on the Royals' 3-0 win. Soria was able to retire the next two batters. He will be eased back into high-leverage situations.
    Thursday, 1:31 am
  • Vogelsong shuts out Snakes for 6 2/3 frames
    Ryan Vogelsong worked 6 2/3 shutout innings, allowing two hits, in a no-decision against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

    Advice: Vogelsong wasn't perfect, of course, striking out only two and walking five. He was yanked before reaching seven innings after cracking 100 pitches. Vogelsong appeared to turn the corner last month, going 3-1 with a 2.58 ERA in six starts, but was then eviscerated for a career-high eight runs (on four homers) over five innings at Colorado in his first start of September. Hopefully that start was a one-outing aberration. Vogelsong has a rematch against the Diamondbacks next week.
    Wednesday, 10:44 pm
  • Iwakuma yields 4 runs in loss to the Astros
    Hisashi Iwakuma worked just 4 1/3 innings on Wednesday, allowing four runs on six hits in Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Iwakuma did strike out six batters, but a two-out three-run Astros' rally in the second inning did him in. He's been in a real funk recently, logging a 7.24 ERA across his last three starts before tonight, though he did enter tonight 4-0 with a 2.31 ERA over his last five outings against division rivals, and 5-1 in his last six home appearances. Iwakuma (14-7, 3.11 ERA) better get it together, because he has a big start on deck with a date against the Angels scheduled for Tuesday.
    Wednesday, 10:22 pm
  • Matt Shoemaker notches 15th victory
    Matt Shoemaker rebounded from last Friday's poor showing to hold the Rangers to one run in 6 2/3 innings in Wednesday's victory.

    Advice: After getting a couple of first-inning runs, Shoemaker had it easy in this one against the depleted Rangers offense. He allowed seven hits, but all were singles and he didn't walk anyone. He struck out two. Shoemaker improved to 15-4 with a 3.16 ERA. He's not going to win Rookie of the Year, but he'll place second or third on a bunch of ballots.
    Wednesday, 8:59 pm
  • Jake Petricka perfect for 12th save
    Jake Petricka pitched a perfect ninth for his 12th save as the White Sox beat the A's 2-1 on Wednesday.

    Advice: The White Sox scored twice in the bottom of the eighth to take an unexpected lead. Petricka, who hadn't worked since Sept. 2 after missing the weekend to be with his wife and newborn, was probably going to pitch the ninth either way. He's not assured every remaining save chance for the White Sox, but he remains the best bet in their pen.
    Wednesday, 8:52 pm
  • 37-pitch first inning dooms Williams in loss
    Jerome Williams lost his first game since joining the Phillies, surrendering four runs over five innings against the Pirates on Wednesday.

    Advice: Williams needed 37 pitches to get out of the first inning after the Pirates plated two runs on a Russell Martin single. To Williams' credit, he settled down until the fifth, when the Pirates pushed across two more runs. All in all, the right-hander gave up seven hits and a walk while striking out a season-high eight. Williams has been solid since joining the Phillies, but his last two starts have been mediocre. He owns a 3.44 ERA and a 26/13 K/BB ratio in red pinstripes. The Padres await him in his next start, which will occur in San Diego on Monday.
    Wednesday, 7:35 pm
  • Simon goes seven strong to beat Cardinals
    Alfredo Simon limited the Cardinals to two runs over seven innings Wednesday for his 14th win.

    Advice: It was a big bounceback outing for Simon, who was lit up for six runs over four innings in a loss to the lowly Mets last Friday and has struggled for much of the second half. He held the Cardinals to five hits and struck out five. The right-hander will carry a 14-10 record, 3.48 ERA, and 1.21 WHIP into his next start on the road against the Cubs.
    Wednesday, 7:04 pm
  • Lackey ejected in third inning against Reds
    John Lackey was ejected in the third inning of Wednesday's start against the Reds for arguing balls and strikes.

    Advice: Lackey was apparently displeased with home plate umpire Tom Hallion's strike zone, and his thoughts weren't appreciated. Lackey had allowed two runs on four hits over his two innings of work before being tossed. Tyler Lyons replaced him on the mound.
    Wednesday, 5:05 pm
  • Strasburg allows three runs in loss to Braves
    Stephen Strasburg allowed three runs on seven hits over six innings in Wednesday's loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Strasburg also struck out eight without walking a batter, but the seven hits allowed were enough to do him in. One of those was a B.J. Upton solo home run, and the other Upton, Justin, delivered an RBI single as well. The loss was his first since August 8 and dropped him to 11-11. Strasburg will have his shot at payback when he faces off with the Braves in Atlanta on Monday.
    Wednesday, 4:19 pm
  • Anibal Sanchez (pectoral) plays catch in cage
    Anibal Sanchez (pectoral) played catch in an indoor batting cage Wednesday and felt good.

    Advice: It's another nice step in the right direction, but Sanchez is not close to pitching off a mound and remains unlikely to return to action before the end of the regular season. He's been out since August 8 with a strained pectoral muscle and had to be shut down again on August 25 after suffering a significant setback.
    Wednesday, 1:34 pm
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  • Tanaka to appear in minor league game Monday
    Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) will appear in an Instructional League game at the Yankees' minor league complex Monday.

    Advice: It was reported previously that Tanaka could rejoin the Yankees' rotation if his next throwing session goes well, putting him in line possibly to return during the September 19-21 series against the Blue Jays. Tanaka and the Yankees want to find out if the righty is able to pitch through a partially torn UCL before they go into the offseason.
    Wednesday, 1:02 pm
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  • Tanaka (elbow) could return September 19-21
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Tuesday that it's possible Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) will rejoin the rotation during the September 19-21 series against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Tanaka had a successful three-inning simulated game on Tuesday and is expected to either throw another simulated game or perhaps appear in an instructional league game on Sunday. If things go well Sunday, he could be cleared to return. Tanaka and the Yankees want to find out if the righty is able to pitch through a partially torn UCL before they go into the offseason. "I think he wants to feel that he can go home and have a normal offseason and he can be healthy and come back," Girardi said. "I do believe it's important to him."
    Wednesday, 6:52 am
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  • Cashner gives up 2 runs in win against LAD
    Andrew Cashner surrendered two earned runs in seven innings Tuesday in a 6-3 win against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Cashner mostly danced around nine hits, but he did make a big mistake in serving up Adrian Gonzalez's two-homer in the sixth inning; before tonight, he'd never given up a homer to Los Angeles (46 innings). He struck out two and walked one. The win snapped his winless streak at 11 starts. Cashner kicks off a two-start week with an outing against the Phillies on Monday in Petco.
    Tuesday, 10:30 pm
  • Chad Qualls dealing with glute injury
    Chad Qualls was unavailable to pitch Tuesday due to a right glute issue.

    Advice: It explains why Josh Fields was used in the ninth inning and converted his second straight save. Qualls is being listed as day-to-day, so it shouldn't be a long-term issue. Still, the veteran reliever has also struggled lately, so picking up Fields just in case might not be a bad idea.
    Tuesday, 10:26 pm
  • Hernandez yields 2 ER over 3 frames to loss
    Roberto Hernandez coughed up five runs -- two earned -- over three innings Tuesday in a loss to the Padres.

    Advice: He gave up a career-high four home runs in his last outing -- last week against the Nationals -- and coughed up another tonight. The right-hander toted a 8.78 ERA across three career starts at Dodger Stadium to the mound this evening, and then pitched so poorly that Don Mattingly refused to send him out for the fourth inning. Hernandez (8-11, 4.04 ERA) punches the clock next week on Blake Street when he tangles with the Rockies in Denver.
    Tuesday, 10:26 pm
  • Miley only finishes 2 innings in dud vs. LAD
    Wade Miley made it through just two innings, allowing three runs on four walks and five hits, in Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: This epic dud came out of nowhere, and comes at a most inopportune time with fantasy playoffs beginning in head-to-head formats. Miley was 0-2 with a 1.69 ERA in his last four starts, but he received a grand total of only three runs during that time. He didn't receive any support this time either -- Arizona lost 5-1 -- but Miley wouldn't have been around for a decision even if his teammates had decided to lug their lumber to the yard. The left-hander hosts San Francisco this weekend looking to get back on track.
    Tuesday, 9:49 pm
  • Danks surrenders four runs in loss to A's
    John Danks gave up four runs -- two earned -- over six innings in a loss to the Athletics on Tuesday.

    Advice: It was a prototypical start for the left-hander -- seven hits, a walk, and just three strikeouts. Also prototypical was the decision, as Danks has now lost five straight decisions dating back to July. Danks will take a 9-11 record and 5.05 ERA into Sunday's matchup with the Twins.
    Tuesday, 9:01 pm
  • Soria (oblique) to be activated on Wednesday
    Joakim Soria (oblique) will be activated Wednesday.

    Advice: Soria made a successful 25-pitch simulated appearance on Monday and then followed it up with a pain-free game of catch Tuesday afternoon. He will likely pitch in low-leverage situations out of the gate.
    Tuesday, 1:20 pm
  • Soria (oblique) to play catch Tuesday
    Joakim Soria (oblique) is scheduled to play catch Tuesday.

    Advice: Soria made it through a 25-pitch simulated game on Monday with no issues. Barring any setbacks Tuesday, he should be cleared to rejoin the Tigers' bullpen.
    Tuesday, 12:47 pm
  • Yanks' Tanaka (elbow) throws simulated game
    Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) threw about 44 pitches in a simulated game Tuesday.

    Advice: The session was split up into three innings. Tanaka had a brief shutdown two weeks ago due to arm fatigue, but he appears to be back on track. The right-hander is currently attempting to rehab a partially-torn elbow ligament and the Yankees want some sort of resolution on his status going into the offseason.
    Tuesday, 12:24 pm
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  • Soria (oblique) makes simulated appearance
    Joakim Soria (oblique) threw around 25 pitches in a simulated appearance Monday afternoon.

    Advice: Soria worked in both fastballs and breaking balls, and reported no abnormal discomfort during or afterward. The right-hander should be ready to return to the Tigers' bullpen by the end of this week, though he'll likely pitch in low-leverage situations out of the gate because he was unable to go on a rehab assignment. Soria been sidelined since early August with an oblique strain.
    Sep 8, 9:51 am
  • Anibal Sanches does light tossing Sunday
    Anibal Sanchez (pectoral) did some light tossing on Sunday, throwing 30 times from a distance of 45 feet.

    Advice: While only a beginning step in the recovery process, it's a positive sign for Sanchez who has been completely shut down since suffering a setback on August 25. It remains unlikely that he returns before the end of the regular season.
    Sep 7, 7:05 pm
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  • Hammel fans seven in no-decision vs. Astros
    Jason Hammel struck out seven while allowing two runs over 6 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Astros on Sunday.

    Advice: Hammel held the Astros scoreless until the seventh, when they plated both their runs against the right-hander. He gave up five hits and a walk on the day. It was another good start for Hammel after a rough beginning with the A's. He's now got a 4.70 ERA in the American League, and he'll look to improve on those numbers Friday at the Mariners.
    Sep 7, 6:51 pm
  • Ross gives up three-run homer in loss to Rox
    Tyson Ross gave up a three-run homer, the only runs he allowed, over 5 2/3 innings in Sunday's loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: Ross was far from effective, giving up seven hits and walking four, but he did well to keep the damage to just the three-run home run. Ross also struck out seven in the game. The loss pulled his record back to an even 13-13, and Ross owns a 2.66 ERA. Ross has an easier task up next, taking on the Diamondbacks on Saturday.
    Sep 7, 6:12 pm
  • Wood lasts 1 2/3 innings in loss to Pirates
    Travis Wood lasted just 1 2/3 innings Sunday, allowing seven runs on nine hits in a loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: Wood had trouble keeping the ball in the yard, as three of the nine hits against him went for homers. The loss continued a bad trend for the southpaw, as he's earned just one win since the middle of June. Wood is now 8-12 with a 5.15 ERA. He'll get a shot at redemption when the Cubs take on the Pirates next weekend.
    Sep 7, 3:49 pm
  • Tanaka (elbow) throws successful 'pen session
    Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) threw all of his pitches during a successful 34-pitch bullpen session Saturday.

    Advice: It was the first time he's thrown from a mound since a brief shutdown period due to arm fatigue. "I feel that it's way stronger than it was, so way better," Tanaka said through his interpreter. The right-hander will either throw live batting practice or a simulated game next. Yankees manager Joe Girardi remains hopeful that Tanaka will return at some point this month. "That is the goal," he said, adding "You have to get him in games to resolve the situation. That's the bottom line because you can't wait until next spring to resolve it. So it needs to resolve, and we'll do everything we can to get him in games before we leave."
    Sep 7, 7:03 am
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  • Chad Qualls blows sixth save of the season
    Chad Qualls blew his sixth save of the season Saturday in the Astros' loss to the A's.

    Advice: And it was his fifth blown save of the year against Oakland. Qualls was called on in the bottom of the ninth with runners at first and third and the Astros leading by two. He gave up a game-tying double to Josh Reddick and then Jed Lowrie hit a walkoff single. Yikes.
    Sep 6, 3:56 pm
  • Jake Petricka out this weekend due to baby
    Jake Petricka will not be available this weekend against the Indians, as he just welcomed a new child.

    Advice: Zach Putnam will presumably handle save opportunities in Petricka's place. Petricka has a cool 2.73 ERA with 11 saves on the season for the White Sox. He should be back in the Chicago bullpen Monday against the Athletics.
    Sep 6, 2:21 pm
  • Matt Shoemaker pulled after four
    Matt Shoemaker lasted just four innings and gave up three runs Friday versus the Twins.

    Advice: Quite a comedown for a guy who entered the night on a 21 2/3-inning scoreless streak over his previous three starts. Shoemaker allowed six hits, walked three and struck out just two in this one. Oswaldo Arcia homered off him. The Angels really can't afford to have Shoemaker wear down now; they may not need him overly much this month, but he's a huge part of their October plans. He's due to face the Rangers next.
    Sep 5, 9:56 pm
  • Simon crushed by Mets over four innings
    Alfredo Simon gave up six runs in just four innings on Friday.

    Advice: Simon simply didn't have it in this one. He gave up an RBI-single to Travis d'Arnaud and an RBI-double to Curtis Granderson in the first inning, a bases-loaded walk to Lucas Duda in the second and a three-run home run to d'Arnaud in the fourth. Simon allowed eight hits, struck out five and walked three. The shellacking pushed his ERA to 3.52 and his WHIP up to 1.21. It was a bad outing, but nothing a pitcher of Simon's caliber can't get past. He'll try to do just that against the Cardinals in his next start.
    Sep 5, 9:54 pm
  • Strasburg tosses six innings of one-run ball
    Stephen Strasburg allowed one run over six innings in pitching to a no-decision on Friday.

    Advice: It wasn't Strasburg's most dominant outing ever (just six innings pitched) and he was long gone before a decision was rendered. The Phillies ultimately came away with a 9-8 win. Strasburg gave up just four hits while striking out five in his time on the mound. He also did not walk a batter. The 26-year old has a 3.43 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. He's struck out 210 in 183 innings while pitching to an 11-10 record. While these numbers are not bad by any metric, we're still waiting for Strasburg to put together that one WOW season befitting of his arm and talent.
    Sep 5, 9:19 pm
  • Williams roughed up in five innings vs Nats
    Jerome Williams surrendered five runs (four earned) in five innings in Friday's 9-8 win over the Nationals.

    Advice: Williams did not factor into the decision. He served up a two-run home run to Adam LaRoche in the first inning and was off to the run-allowing races after that. He proceeded to give up a sacrifice fly in the fourth and a two-run double to Anthony Rendon in the fifth. Williams struck out three and walked two to go with the nine hits he allowed. Despite the rough outing, he still holds an ERA of 2.84 with the Phillies, though his overall ERA of 5.34 looks considerably less shiny.
    Sep 5, 9:13 pm
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