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  • Molitor noncommittal on Milone's next start
    Twins manager Paul Molitor wouldn't commit to Tommy Milone making another start.

    Advice: Milone was unimpressive in Thursday's loss to the White Sox, allowing five earned runs in only 3 1/3 innings. Jose Berrios flirted with a no-hitter in his last start for Triple-A Rochester and could be ready for another shot at the major leagues. Milone holds an underwhelming 6.23 ERA in seven outings for the Twins this year. 29 minutes ago
  • Warren expected to start Tuesday or Wednesday
    Adam Warren is expected to join the Cubs' rotation as a spot starter Tuesday or Wednesday against the Reds.

    Advice: Manager Joe Maddon wants to give his starters an extra day of rest heading into the All-Star break. Warren was sent to the minors last week to get stretched out and is scheduled to start Thursday night's game for Triple-A Iowa. Warren owns a mediocre 4.56 ERA in 25 relief outings for the Cubs this year. 32 minutes ago
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  • Zach Davies gives up three homers in loss
    Zach Davies gave up six runs in 4 1/3 innings Thursday in a loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Davies gave up three homers at Miller Park today. It's far from the ideal place for him to pitch, given that he's neither a groundball pitcher nor a huge strikeout guy, but he has been more effective there than on the road this year, even though nine of the 12 homers he's allowed have come in Milwaukee. He's 5-4 with a 4.22 ERA. Today, 3:04 pm
  • Athletics option Zach Neal back to Triple-A
    Athletics optioned RHP Zach Neal to Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: The 27-year-old hurler posted a troublesome 8.04 ERA, 1.59 WHIP and 5/0 K/BB ratio over 15 2/3 innings with the A's. He should get another chance at some point this summer. Today, 1:59 pm
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  • A.J. Griffin strikes out eight Yankees
    A.J. Griffin held the Yankees to one run and two hits over five innings on Thursday.

    Advice: He struck out eight in the 88-pitch outing. The Rangers are treading carefully with Griffin, who was making his second start after a DL stint due to shoulder stiffness. He's excelled in his limited action this year, posting a 2.93 ERA and striking out 42 in 43 innings. Today, 1:55 pm
  • Taylor Jungmann sent down to Double-A
    The Brewers have reassigned RHP Taylor Jungmann to Double-A Biloxi.

    Advice: Jungmann enjoyed a productive rookie season in 2015 (9-8, 3.77 ERA in 21 starts) but was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs after losing four of his first five starts with a hideous 9.15 ERA. He fared even worse in Colorado Springs (1-3, 9.87 ERA in eight starts), prompting the Brewers to give him a three-week break at the team's spring training facility in Arizona. "We try to evaluate each situation uniquely and we decided that in this case, it was best for Taylor to head to Biloxi," said GM David Stearns. "Colorado Springs was not a conducive environment to get him back on track, and we believe Biloxi is a better fit right now." Jungmann will make his first start for Biloxi Thursday against Birmingham. Today, 1:25 pm
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  • Joe Kelly (groin) throwing off mound
    Joe Kelly (groin) will throw a bullpen session Friday.

    Advice: It's his first time throwing off a mound since going down with a groin injury three weeks ago. Kelly will rejoin Triple-A Pawtucket's rotation when he's ready. Today, 1:00 pm
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  • Caleb Cotham (shoulder) ready for rehab games
    Caleb Cotham (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Pensacola on Thursday.

    Advice: Cotham has been out all month with shoulder inflammation. He would appear to have a shot to make it back before the All-Star break. Today, 12:41 pm
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  • Erasmo Ramirez 'still in play' for Dodgers
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal hears that Erasmo Ramirez is "still in play" for the Dodgers even after they acquired Bud Norris.

    Advice: Rosenthal does note, however, that the "need is not as acute" anymore. Ramirez has been used almost exclusively as a reliever with the Rays this season but probably wouldn't take too long to get stretched out to start. Today, 12:06 pm
  • Andrew Cashner (neck) on track for Sunday
    Andrew Cashner (neck) is expected to rejoin the Padres' rotation on Sunday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Cashner tossed three scoreless innings for High-A Lake Elsinore on Tuesday, and that was enough to convince the Padres he was ready. The right-hander has put up a disappointing 4.75 ERA over 11 starts this season. The Padres are considering going with six starters for a while rather than remove someone from the rotation to accommodate Cashner. Today, 10:11 am
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  • Blue Jays could consider Hutchison as RP
    Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said Friday that the club could consider calling up Drew Hutchison to be used in a relief role.

    Advice: The Jays have had all kinds of trouble bridging the gap from their starters to closer Roberto Osuna, so potentially considering Hutchison as a relief option makes sense. Nearly all of his appearances as a pro have come as a starter, but he could potentially be a weapon in relief. "He’s one of our best pitchers," Atkins said of Hutchison. "If we get to a point where our starting pitching isn’t in need of him any longer, and we feel like we can get into the post-season without him as a starting pitcher, then he will absolutely be a part of the solution." Today, 9:12 am
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  • Chad Green to make spot start Sunday
    Chad Green will be recalled to start on Sunday versus the Padres.

    Advice: He's making a spot start, as the Yankees wanted to push CC Sabathia back a day to give him a little extra rest. Green has put up a 7.20 ERA in his brief time with the big club this season but boasts a 1.54 ERA with a strikeout per inning at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Deep leaguers might consider him as a streaming option in a juicy matchup. Today, 8:08 am
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  • Giants to forgo DH, let Bumgarner hit
    The Giants will forgo the DH and have Madison Bumgarner bat in his start in Oakland on Thursday.

    Advice: If the Giants really thought batting Bumgarner in a game in Oakland were a smart play, it'd probably make more sense to actually let him DH once. By forgoing the DH while he's pitching, it means they'll be pinch-hitting for the pitcher after he leaves. On the other hand, it is Bumgarner in Oakland, so he's a threat to go eight or nine innings anyway. Bumgarner is hitting .175/.261/.350 with two homers in 40 at-bats this year. Yesterday, 10:52 pm
  • Jameson Taillon defeats Mariners
    Jameson Taillon defeated the Mariners by allowing one run in six innings on Wednesday.

    Advice: Taillon struck out six and walked none in his second big-league victory. He's issued a total of six walks in five starts for the Pirates, so control isn't any kind of issue. He's not getting as many swings and misses on his fastball as one would like to see from someone who throws in the mid-90s, but he's been pretty impressive anyway, particularly for someone who has missed so much time as a professional. Next up for him is a showdown in St. Louis. Yesterday, 10:44 pm
  • Wade Miley gives up five runs to Pirates
    Wade Miley lasted four innings and gave up five runs in a loss to the Pirates on Wednesday.

    Advice: Miley was making his return after missing a couple of weeks with a shoulder impingement. He had a 5.28 ERA before getting hurt, so there's no telling from his performance whether the Mariners rushed him back or not; he just hasn't been consistent or good. His rotation spot should be safe until Felix Hernandez comes back, but he needs to do better if he wants to keep it for the long haul. Yesterday, 10:40 pm
  • Nate Karns dominates in relief
    In his first appearance after being moved to the pen, Nate Karns struck out six in two scoreless innings Wednesday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Karns still looked like one of the Mariners' five-best starters even with his modestly disappointing start this year, but tonight showed why the move to the pen could work out anyway. The team could finish the year with Karns and Edwin Diaz as its two best relievers. Yesterday, 10:36 pm
  • Edinson Volquez goes 6 2/3 scoreless
    Edinson Volquez bounced back from last week's debacle against the Astros to hold the Cardinals scoreless for 6 2/3 innings on Wednesday.

    Advice: Volquez gave up 11 earned runs in one-plus innings last Friday, taking his ERA from 4.12 to 5.15. This brings it back down to 4.80. He allowed six hits, walked one and struck out four. Volquez has a two-start week versus the Blue Jays and Mariners lined up next. Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • Carlos Martinez goes six scoreless
    Carlos Martinez shut out the Royals for six-plus innings in a no-decision Wednesday.

    Advice: Run support has been an issue for Martinez of late, as he's received three straight no-decisions while allowing a total of one run in 20 innings. In his last six starts, he has a 1.06 ERA and one homer allowed. Yesterday, 10:17 pm
  • Jonathan Broxton gives up run to Royals
    Working the eighth in a scoreless game, Jonathan Broxton gave up a run on two hits and a walk Wednesday against the Royals.

    Advice: Broxton is technically in the Cardinals' closer mix now that Trevor Rosenthal is out of the picture, but it's hard to imagine that Mike Matheny sees him a better option than Kevin Siegrist or Seung-Hwan Oh in close games. Even the struggling Rosenthal seems more trustworthy. Rosenthal did pitch a scoreless 11th inning in this one. Oh, who also worked in a tie game, gave up an unearned run in his inning. Yesterday, 10:14 pm
  • Guerra fires eight shutout innings at Dodgers
    Junior Guerra was magnificent in a 7-0 Brewers win over the Dodgers on Wednesday, firing eight scoreless innings while allowing only two hits and two walks.

    Advice: He struck out seven batters. Guerra improved his record to 5-1 and is now sitting on a 3.25 ERA. He has 60 strikeouts and 21 walks in 69 1/3 innings across 11 starts. The 31-year-old rookie has a challenging two-start week versus the Nationals and Cardinals coming up. Yesterday, 9:35 pm
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