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  • Torres picks up surprise save in extras
    Carlos Torres got the surprise save by pitching a perfect 13th inning of Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Braves.

    Advice: Torres breezed through a 1-2-3 inning to secure his first save since 2014. He's been a workhorse for the Brewers' bullpen, as he's already covered 23 1/3 innings and has a respectable 3.47 ERA with 22 strikeouts. 33 minutes ago
  • C.J. Wilson (shoulder) pitches well in High-A
    C.J. Wilson (shoulder) threw four-plus innings of one-run ball Wednesday in his minor league rehab debut with High-A Inland Empire.

    Advice: Wilson needed just 56 pitches to make it into the top of the fifth inning, when he was yanked after yielding a leadoff single. The veteran left-hander whiffed four batters and issued zero walks. He'll try to replicate those results in his second minor league rehab start next week with an eye on rejoining the Angels' rotation by mid-June. Wilson has been on the disabled list all season with left shoulder trouble. 35 minutes ago
    60-Day DL
  • Foltynewicz fans seven in strong outing
    Mike Foltynewicz fanned seven in 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball in Wednesday night’s extra-inning loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: Although Foltynewicz walked four, he largely overpowered the Brewers with a fastball that sat 96-97 mph in the sixth inning and a slider that regularly threatened 90 mph. That resulted in seven strikeouts. He’s still more of a thrower than a pitcher, so when the Brewers forced him to throw strikes with his breaking ball, he issued a quartet of walks. Still, the right-hander is showing some promise, and the Braves can afford to be patient, as he is just 24 years old, after all. Folty now owns a 3.95 ERA in 27 1/3 innings this year. He’ll next get the Giants at home. 42 minutes ago
  • Guerra throws five scoreless in no-decision
    Junior Guerra struck out six and walked four over five scoreless frames against the Braves on Wednesday night.

    Advice: Guerra continued to find success with his splitter, and he’s now fanned 17 batters in his last two starts. His command wavered, especially against lefties, but that’s to be expected with the 31-year-old reliever-turned-starter. Guerra has a 3.30 ERA in 30 innings for the Brewers and should continue to be a sneaky source of strikeouts, even if he’ll potentially hurt a fantasy squad’s ratios. He’ll next get the Cardinals at Miller Park in a tough matchup. 44 minutes ago
  • Ramos locks down save with scoreless ninth
    A.J. Ramos secured his 15th save of the year with a scoreless inning in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Rays.

    Advice: Ramos issued a one-out walk -- he now has 13 in just 20 innings this year -- but easily dispatched Corey Dickerson and Brandon Guyer to lock down the ninth. He now has a 1.80 ERA and a 10.80 K/9 on the year, and Ramos is 15-for-15 in save opportunities. Today, 8:22 pm
  • Collin McHugh strikes out 10
    Collin McHugh allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings Wednesday in a no-decision against the Orioles.

    Advice: McHugh struck out 10, but he gave up eight hits, three of them coming before he was pulled in the sixth. McHugh has been a disappointment this year, but he's largely kept the Astros in games since getting absolutely blitzed in his season debut against the Yankees on April 6. He has a 4.30 ERA and a 48/11 K/BB ratio in 52 1/3 innings since. Today, 8:19 pm
  • Estrada throws quality start versus Yankees
    Marco Estrada picked up his second win of the campaign, surrendering three runs in seven innings of work against the Yankees on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was vintage Estrada on Wednesday. He induced fly ball after fly ball, a couple of which went over the fence, but most fell harmlessly into catcher’s gloves. The right-hander has a .213 BABIP and had a .216 BABIP all last year -- something that’s heavily aided by his fly-ball tendencies. Estrada is a sneaky-good pickup in fantasy leagues. Owners largely expect him to regress, but don’t really understand why he consistently outperforms his FIP. He now has a 2.76 ERA in 58 2/3 innings for the Blue Jays in 2016 after a strong 3.13 ERA a year ago. Today, 7:12 pm
  • Quintana solid in quality start vs Indians
    Jose Quintana turned in a quality start in Wednesday's loss to the Indians, surrendering three runs on five hits over six innings.

    Advice: Quintana struck out eight and walked just one on the afternoon. He has now tossed at least six innings in nine of his 10 starts. With Wednesday's quality start under his belt, he will carry a 2.22 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 60/12 K/BB ratio (65 innings) into a road tilt with the Mets next time he toes the rubber. Today, 2:20 pm
  • Jepsen locks down fourth save of the season
    Kevin Jepsen earned his fourth save of the season Wednesday in the Twins' 7-5 win over the Royals.

    Advice: Jepsen worked around a Jarrod Dyson one-out double to preserve the Twins' two-run lead. It was only the 12th win of the season for Minnesota. Jepsen is operating as the club's fill-in closer with Glen Perkins (shoulder) sidelined indefinitely, but there haven't been many opportunities for saves. Today, 1:44 pm
  • Rockies activate Motte (shoulder) off the DL
    Rockies activated RHP Jason Motte from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Motte will finally join the Colorado bullpen on Wednesday after missing the first eight weeks of the season with a shoulder strain. He had a 3.18 ERA and five strikeouts in 5 2/3 minor league rehab innings. Today, 1:00 pm
  • Braves claim Dario Alvarez from the Mets
    Braves claimed LHP Dario Alvarez off waivers from the Mets; assigned him to Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Alvarez was designated for assignment by New York on May 23 to open up a 40-man roster spot for utilityman Ty Kelly. The left-hander had a brutal 9.98 ERA over 17 appearances this season at the Triple-A level. It's a "why not?" situation for Atlanta. Today, 12:29 pm
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  • Pirates recall Lobstein from AAA level
    Pirates recalled LHP Kyle Lobstein from Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: Lobstein is filling in for lefty Tony Watson, who went on the paternity leave list Wednesday in a corresponding move. Lobstein, 26, holds a 5.24 career ERA. Today, 11:24 am
  • Angels DFA left-hander Lucas Luetge
    Angels designated LHP Lucas Luetge for assignment.

    Advice: The left-hander did not get an appearance in his three-day stay at the major league level. Luetge had a 2.33 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 19 1/3 innings at Triple-A before his callup. He could draw interest on waivers. Today, 9:33 am
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  • Harvey to take his next turn in NYM rotation
    Matt Harvey will take his next turn in the Mets' rotation Monday versus the White Sox.

    Advice: There was some talk of skipping Harvey or even trying a phantom disabled list stint after he got lit up for five runs over five innings Tuesday against the Nationals. The right-hander has allowed 19 runs -- 16 earned -- over his last 13 1/3 innings (three starts) and owns a rough 6.08 ERA for the year. But there will be no drastic changes yet. Today, 8:05 am
  • Loup (elbow) throws scoreless inning at AAA
    Aaron Loup (elbow) threw another scoreless inning Tuesday night at Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: Loup got roughed up in his rehab debut May 14 at High-A Dunedin, but he's made four scoreless appearances since with four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings. The left-hander should be cleared to join Toronto's bullpen this weekend. He's been out all year because of a flexor strain in his pitching elbow. Today, 6:06 am
    15-Day DL
  • Graveman unspectacular in no-decision
    Kendall Graveman surrendered two runs on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings in Tuesday's no-decision against the Mariners.

    Advice: Graveman struck out three and walked two on the evening. He allowed an RBI double to Robinson Cano in the first inning and an RBI single to Nelson Cruz in the third, but otherwise came away unscathed in terms of scoring damage. The 25-year-old right-hander owns an uncomfortable 5.36 ERA, 1.60 WHIP and 36/19 K/BB ratio over 47 innings. A home start against the Twins shows next on his schedule. Yesterday, 10:33 pm
  • Jeff Samardzija holds Padres to one run
    Jeff Samardzija pitched well in Tuesday's win over the Padres, hurling 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball.

    Advice: The only blemish on Samardzija's night came in the form of a solo home run by Jon Jay in the sixth inning. Otherwise, smooth sailing for the 31-year-old right-hander. With the win, he improved to 7-2. Next up, a road start against the Braves. Samardzija will carry a 2.54 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 62/16 K/BB ratio over 71 innings into that one. Yesterday, 10:14 pm
  • Tillman limits Astros to two runs over seven
    Chris Tillman held the Astros to two runs over seven innings in a no-decision Tuesday.

    Advice: Tillman yielded just three hits and three walks, but a Luis Valbuena two-run homer in the fifth inning was enough to saddle Tillman with a no-decision. Still, it was the latest in a string of strong starts from the 28-year-old. Tillman now has seven consecutive quality starts dating back to mid-April, and the right-hander is 6-1 with a 2.61 ERA and 1.13 WHIP overall. Tillman will try to keep the train rolling Sunday at the Indians. Yesterday, 9:55 pm
  • Santana smacked for nine hits, six runs by KC
    Ervin Santana was battered by the Royals for nine hits and six runs over 3 2/3 innings in a loss Tuesday.

    Advice: The start was, by almost any measure, his worst of the season to date, dropping his record to 1-3 overall. Through his first seven starts, Santana owned a 3.13 ERA; after Tuesday, it sits at 4.17, with a 1.49 WHIP to boot. The 33-year-old has generally been one of the few bright spots in an otherwise dismal season for the Twins, and he'll attempt to get back on track Monday at the Athletics. Yesterday, 9:15 pm
  • Volquez goes 6 2/3 innings for fifth victory
    Edinson Volquez allowed four runs -- two earned -- over 6 2/3 innings in a win over the Twins on Tuesday.

    Advice: The start was reminiscent of most of Volquez' starts in recent weeks -- lots of baserunners, and lots of ground balls to help limit the damage. The win moved him to 5-4 on the year with a 3.67 ERA and 1.39 WHIP. Volquez will next face the White Sox on Sunday. Yesterday, 9:11 pm
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