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  • Collmenter pitches well in a no-decision
    Josh Collmenter yielded only one run over 6 1/3 innings but was handed a no-decision as the D'Backs came back late and defeated the Rockies 5-2 on Friday.

    Advice: Collmenter and Bergman were locked in a pitcher's duel -- or, more accurately, an offensive ceasefire -- for much of the evening. The right-hander gave up only two hits without walking a batter while striking out five. Collmenter has pitched well over his last two starts and now sports a 3.94 ERA, a 1.25 WHIP, and a 100/34 K/BB ratio. He'll take on the Padres in San Diego on Wednesday next.
    Today, 9:42 pm
  • Baker gives up two runs in win over Astros
    Scott Baker yielded two runs over 6 1/3 innings Friday in a win over the Astros.

    Advice: Baker gave up six hits (including a solo homer to Jason Castro) and one walk to go along with three strikeouts. He now has wins in each of his last three appearances, the first in a relief appearance and the most recent two in starts. He'll look for four in a row when he faces the Royals last week, but most fantasy owners have better options at their disposal.
    Today, 9:37 pm
  • Reed strikes out two to grab his 31st save
    Addison Reed recorded a pair of strikeouts in a perfect ninth inning as he notched his 31st save in Friday's win against the Rockies.

    Advice: The D'Backs had taken a 5-2 lead in the bottom of the eighth, so Reed had plenty of breathing room. Reed is 31-for-36 in save chances with a 3.61 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP, and a 62/12 K/BB ratio in 52 1/3 innings.
    Today, 9:36 pm
  • Mike MIkolas scratched from Saturday start
    Mike Mikolas was scratched from Saturday's start against the Astros due to shoulder fatigue.

    Advice: Robbie Ross will be recalled from Triple-A Round Rock to take his place on Saturday. Mikolas, coming off the finest start of his career, will hopefully only need a couple of days of rest before he is able to rejoin the Rangers rotation.
    Today, 9:01 pm
  • Capuano earns first win with Yankees
    Chris Capuano earned his first win as a Yankee after giving up three runs (two earned) over 6 1/3 innings against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: It was his first win in seven starts with Yankees. He trailed 1-0 through six innings, but hung around just long enough to get a lead. The veteran southpaw allowed eight hits and one walk while striking out four batters. He now owns a 4.21 ERA and 37/7 K/BB ratio over 36 1/3 innings with New York.
    Today, 8:56 pm
  • Robertson notches four-out save
    David Robertson notched a four-out save Friday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Robertson entered the game with one on and two out in the eighth inning before striking out Colby Rasmus swinging. He then delivered a perfect ninth inning to lock down the victory. The first-year closer now has 35 saves on the year, good enough for third in the American League.
    Today, 8:56 pm
  • Scott Carroll hit hard in defeat vs. Tigers
    Scott Carroll was hit hard in a losing effort against the Tigers on Friday, surrendering seven runs (three earned) on 10 hits over his five frames.

    Advice: Carroll struck out two on the evening without walking a batter. The Tigers jumped on him early in this one, scratching out a pair of runs in the third inning, and tacking on five more in the third with the help of a defensive miscue. With a 5.07 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and 52/38 K/BB ratio, he should be avoided in all fantasy formats for Friday's matchup against the Indians in Cleveland.
    Today, 8:41 pm
  • Craig Kimbrel notches 40th save on Friday
    Craig Kimbrel notched his 40th save of the season on Friday, working a scoreless ninth inning to protect a two-run lead against the Marlins.

    Advice: The undisputed top closer in baseball, Kimbrel is in the midst of another outstanding season, compiling a 1.70 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 84/24 K/BB ratio over his 53 innings.
    Today, 7:58 pm
  • Melancon notches 25th save of season
    Mark Melancon tossed a perfect ninth inning Friday against the Reds for his 25th save of the season.

    Advice: Melancon notched one strikeout in the inning and needed just 12 pitches to finish off the victory. He has five straight scoreless appearances and three saves since his blown save against the Nationals on August 17.
    Today, 7:46 pm
  • Koehler pitches well in no-decision vs Braves
    Tom Koehler delivered a quality start in a no-decision against the Braves on Friday, surrendering just two runs on four hits over his six innings of work.

    Advice: Koehler walked three and whiffed six on the night. All of the damage against him came on one swing of the bat by Justin Upton in the sixth inning. He has been a pleasant surprise for the Marlins this season, registering a 3.79 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 126/58 K/Bb ratio over his 161 1/3 innings. He'll head in search of his 10th victory when he does battle against the Mets on Wednesday in Miami.
    Today, 7:43 pm
  • DeGrom solid in seventh win of season
    Jacob deGrom improved to 7-6 on the year after giving up an unearned run over six innings in Friday's 4-1 win over the Phillies.

    Advice: The only run scored in his final inning of work following a throwing error by Lucas Duda. The game was tied before the Mets rallied for three runs without a hit in the bottom of the seventh. DeGrom limited the Phillies to four hits and two walks while notching five strikeouts. Back to full health and rocking a 2.94 ERA over 18 starts, the 26-year-old is gaining momentum as a candidate for the National League Rookie of the Year Award.
    Today, 6:53 pm
  • Mejia notches 20th save of season
    Jenrry Mejia tossed a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the Phillies for his 20th save of the season.

    Advice: Mejia struck out three in the inning and worked around a one-out error from Dilson Herrera. The 24-year-old has been dealing with physical ailments and recently hit a bit of a rough patch, but he has delivered three straight scoreless appearances. It looks like he's back on track.
    Today, 6:51 pm
  • Yusmeiro Petit to start for Giants on Tuesday
    Yusmeiro Petit will make another start for the Giants on Tuesday against the Rockies in Colorado.

    Advice: With as well as he's currently pitching, it's hard to justify Tim Lincecum taking back his place in the rotation. If Petit has another good outing in the house of horrors that is Coors Field, he may be given an opportunity to possess the rotation spot for the remainder of the season.
    Today, 4:45 pm
  • Cubs to utilize six-man rotation in September
    The Cubs plan to use a six-man rotation in the month of September, with Felix Doubront remaining after his spot start on Saturday.

    Advice: That means that Jacob Turner, Kyle Hendricks, Travis Wood, Jake Arrieta and Tsuyoshi Wada will all receive extra rest down the stretch run. While it's helpful to keep all of their arms fresh, it's a blow to the fantasy value of all involved hurlers.
    Today, 3:43 pm
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  • Jason Motte (back) throws off mound
    Jason Motte (back) threw a bullpen session Friday.

    Advice: It's the third time he's thrown off a mound since landing on the disabled list. Motte's next step isn't clear, but he seems to be progressing towards and early September return.
    Today, 2:53 pm
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  • Dane De La Rosa outrighted to Triple-A
    Angels sent RHP Dane De La Rosa outright to Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: He's now off the 40-man roster. The team's main internal candidates to start on Saturday are already on the 40-man roster, so this move will undoubtedly lead to trade speculation.
    Today, 2:25 pm
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  • Venters to undergo third Tommy John surgery
    Jonny Venters (elbow) has decided to undergo a third Tommy John surgery.

    Advice: Venters has spent all season rehabbing from the second Tommy John surgery of his career and found out from an MRI on Thursday that his UCL snapped again. The odds are long that he'll ever make it back and be effective, and if he does we're unlikely to see him before 2016. Venters is arbitration-eligible for a fine time this winter.
    Today, 1:31 pm
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  • Rich Hill designated for assignment
    Yankees designated LHP Rich Hill for assignment.

    Advice: He was made expendable after the Yankees acquired Josh Outman. Hill didn't allow any runs over six appearances for the Yanks. He should catch on elsewhere quickly.
    Today, 12:34 pm
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  • Evan Reed called up from Triple-A
    Tigers purchased the contract of RHP Evan Reed from Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: Reed was removed from the 40-man roster earlier this season but is now getting another shot after posting a 4.24 ERA and 26/5 K/BB ratio over 23 1/3 frames for Toledo. The righty recently had sexual assault charges against him dismissed.
    Today, 11:16 am
  • Thatcher's (ankle) 'pen session goes poorly
    Joe Thatcher (ankle) recently tried to throw off a mound but said "it didn't go well."

    Advice: Despite the setback, the veteran left-hander is still hoping to return in mid-September. He's been out since early August with a sprained left ankle. "My arm is in shape," he said, "so as soon as my ankle is ready, I'll be ready to go. There's no build-up process."
    Today, 7:32 am
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  • Yusmeiro Petit expected to get another start
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy indicated after Thursday's game that Yusmeiro Petit would receive another start.

    Advice: Bochy had promised Petit just the one start as the club skipped the struggling Tim Lincecum. However, after Petit struck out nine over six frames of one-run ball, it sounds like he'll remain in the rotation and Lincecum in the bullpen for the time being. "These are the things we'll talk about," Bochy said. "But it's hard to change things after an effort like that. And it gives Timmy a chance to continue to work on some things."
    Today, 7:17 am
  • Yusmeiro Petit sets MLB record in victory
    Yusmeiro Petit set a major league record with 46 straight batters retired on his way to allowing one run over six innings Thursday in a win over the Rockies.

    Advice: Petit retired the first eight batters he faced today to overtake Mark Buehrle's major league record of 45 consecutive batters retired. He then immediately gave up a double to opposing starter Jordan Lyles and a soft RBI single to Charlie Blackmon, but he buckled down after that. He ended up allowing four hits, walking none and striking out nine in his first start since replacing Tim Lincecum in the rotation. He'll get the Rockies again next week, and while that will be at Coors, he still looks like a decent play in mixed leagues.
    Yesterday, 3:54 pm
  • Braves' Venters has re-tear of UCL in elbow
    Jonny Venters has been diagnosed with a re-tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow following an MRI.

    Advice: Awful news for Venters, who has spent all season rehabbing from the second Tommy John surgery of his career. He'll now need a third operation if he hopes to continue his career.
    Yesterday, 1:56 pm
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  • Tigers to call up RHP Evan Reed
    The Tigers will call up right-hander Evan Reed from Triple-A Toledo prior to Friday's game.

    Advice: The Tigers optioned Kyle Lobstein back to Triple-A after Thursday's game. Reed posted a 4.91 ERA in 25 2/3 innings with the Tigers earlier this season.
    Yesterday, 1:31 pm
  • Kimbrel ties for NL lead with his 39th save
    Craig Kimbrel moved into a tie for the National League lead in saves with 39 after pitching a scoreless ninth inning in Wednesday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: Kimbrel was in danger immediately, allowing the first two batters he faced to reach base on a single and a walk. But a sac bunt, a fielder's choice ground out, and a weak fly out later, Kimbrel was able to wrap up the game for his 39th save. He's tied with Trevor Rosenthal and Francisco Rodriguez for the league lead. The flame-thrower is 39-for-43 in save chances with a 1.73 ERA, a 0.94 WHIP, and an 84/24 K/BB ratio.
    Wednesday, 7:15 pm
  • Mark Melancon nails down save No. 24
    Mark Melancon converted his 24th save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning in Wednesday's win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Melancon allowed a first-pitch single to Jhonny Peralta to lead off the ninth but then got two lineouts and a flyout to end it. The right-hander has nailed down 24-of-28 save chances this season and holds a 2.11 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 52/9 K/BB ratio over 55 1/3 frames.
    Wednesday, 12:54 pm
  • Melancon finishes off Cardinals for 23rd save
    Mark Melancon tossed a scoreless ninth inning against the Cardinals to earn his 23rd save on Tuesday.

    Advice: Melancon issued a walk in the inning, but the Cardinals never really threatened to deprive him of the save. The right-hander struck out one, giving him a 52/9 K/BB ratio over 54 1/3 innings, and he owns a 2.15 ERA and 0.92 WHIP overall.
    Tuesday, 7:08 pm
  • Mejia closes out Braves, earns 19th save
    Jenrry Mejia finished off the Braves on Tuesday, throwing a scoreless ninth inning to earn his 19th save.

    Advice: In his first save opportunity in almost two weeks, Mejia converted his 19th save in 22 chances. It wasn't entirely clean -- Justin Upton led off the inning with a single before being erased on a double play -- but he finished it off in style, striking out Evan Gattis to end the game. He's still a shaky proposition every time out, but as long as he's earning saves for the Mets he needs to be owned in fantasy leagues.
    Tuesday, 6:47 pm
  • Venters shut down with lingering elbow pain
    Jonny Venters has been shut down again due to lingering discomfort in his surgically-repaired elbow.

    Advice: He'll visit Dr. James Andrews later this week. Venters has struggled to make a full recovery from his second Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and can probably be ruled out for the remainder of the 2014 season.
    Tuesday, 2:05 pm
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  • 8 Miles: Mikolas tosses 8 shutout innings
    Miles Mikolas painted eight shutout innings, striking out five, in a 2-0 victory Monday against the Mariners.

    Advice: If Mikolas was Ace of Base, this start, easily the best of his career, would have been I Saw the Sign. Mikolas has been so startlingly inconsistent that very few fantasy owners were able to profit from this gem -- who would have entrusted a pitcher with a 1-5 record and 7.48 ERA with a starting fantasy spot, even in a deeper AL-only league? Mikolas hopes to stay hot in the state of Texas with a scheduled date in Houston set for Saturday.
    Monday, 10:09 pm
  • Yusmeiro Petit moves into Giants' rotation
    Yusmeiro Petit will start on Thursday versus the Rockies in place of Tim Lincecum.

    Advice: He's only guaranteed the one start for now, but the switch will become permanent if Petit pitches well. The right-hander has quietly retired 38 straight batters in relief and holds a 3.59 ERA and 87/17 K/BB ratio over 80 1/3 frames this season. However, he's posted a 6.32 ERA over six spot starts, so he's far from a sure thing.
    Monday, 4:58 pm
  • Joe Thatcher (ankle) does some running
    Joe Thatcher (ankle) has begun running and hopes to throw a bullpen session on Saturday.

    Advice: It's good news, though he's still at least a couple weeks away from a return. Thatcher has been sidelined since early August with a sprained left ankle.
    Monday, 3:48 pm
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  • Baker limits Royals to one run over five
    Scott Baker limited the Royals to one run over five innings in a win on Sunday.

    Advice: Baker gave up five hits, with a Billy Butler solo home run counting as the only run against. The win was his first in five starts and his second win overall this season. He's mostly been a spot starter for the Rangers, so it's unclear if or when he will get another start.
    Sunday, 3:54 pm
  • Jenrry Mejia returns to action Saturday
    Jenrry Mejia threw a perfect inning in his return to action Saturday.

    Advice: Mejia has been nursing a back injury of late and has also dealt with hernia and calf issues. However, there are no plans right now to place him on the DL, so he'll just tough it out. Jeurys Familia should be rostered just in case, though.
    Sunday, 1:41 am
  • DeGrom struggles in first start back from DL
    Jacob deGrom was rocked for five earned runs in six innings Saturday in a loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: DeGrom was pretty good through the first three frames but seemed to run out of gas late in his first start since being diagnosed August 11 with right rotator cuff tendinitis. The 26-year-old allowed two runs in the fourth and then three in the fifth. He watched his ERA rise from 2.87 to 3.13.
    Saturday, 9:11 pm
  • Mets activate Jacob deGrom for Sat. start
    Mets activated RHP Jacob deGrom from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: The 26-year-old right-hander is starting for the Mets on Saturday night against the Dodgers after missing a couple weeks with rotator cuff tendinitis. He owns an excellent 2.87 ERA and 94/33 K/BB ratio in 100 1/3 innings this season as a rookie.
    Saturday, 6:19 pm
  • Scott Baker will start on Sunday vs. Royals
    Scott Baker will start on Sunday against the Royals.

    Advice: Baker told the Rangers he can give them 75 pitches. He has a 5.75 ERA and 1.21 WHIP over 61 innings this season and is a poor fantasy streamer versus Kansas City.
    Saturday, 2:09 pm
  • Carroll allows five runs en route to 8th loss
    Scott Carroll was sacked with his eighth loss of the season after allowing five runs (four earned) in six innings as the White Sox fell to the Yankees on Saturday.

    Advice: Carroll's tough season continues. Along with three walks, the right-hander allowed seven hits, four of which went for extra bases, and did not record a strikeout. He now carries an ugly 5.05 ERA with a 1.53 WHIP and a 50/38 K/BB ratio. Carroll will look for improvement in his next start at home against the Tigers on Friday.
    Saturday, 1:22 pm
  • Robertson strikes out 2 en route to 34th save
    David Robertson recorded a pair of strikeouts in a scoreless ninth inning, picking up his 34th save in Saturday's win over the White Sox.

    Advice: Robertson allowed a one-out walk, but still made easy work of the White Sox. The heir to Mariano Rivera is 34-for-36 in save chances this season with a 2.94 ERA, a 1.06 WHIP, and a 75/19 K/BB ratio.
    Saturday, 1:19 pm
  • Collmenter works 8+ frames in gem vs. Pads
    Josh Collmenter fired 8 1/3 innings of one-run ball (none earned), striking out eight, to baffle the Padres in a 5-1 win on Friday.

    Advice: He let only four runners grace the base paths, and they all came via singles. Two of them occurred in the ninth inning, with Alexi Amarista crossing home on a Miguel Montero passed ball after Collmenter was lifted for Matt Stites. This performance came out of left field, as it was the first time Collmenter has cracked six innings worked, allowed less than three earned runs, or earned a win in over a month. Collmenter is nothing special, but he's been an appreciated back-end starter in NL-only formats, going 9-7 with a 4.05 ERA and 1.25 WHIP.
    Friday, 9:10 pm
  • Reed has sexual assault charges dismissed
    The sexual assault charges against Evan Reed have been dismissed.

    Advice: Reed had been charged with two counts of third-degree sexual assault as a result of an incident that occurred on March 30 in a Detroit hotel room. Allegedly, the pitcher met a 45-year-old woman at a bar, took her back to his room, and assaulted her. Prosecutors, however, failed to convince the judge there was probable cause that a crime was committed -- mostly because of a lack of evidence. Reed could have faced up to 15 years behind bars if the case had gone to trial.
    Thursday, 1:44 pm
  • Petit to 'start' suspended game against Cubs
    Yusmeiro Petit will "start" when the Giants resume their suspended game against the Cubs on Thursday.

    Advice: It's not quite a start, since the game will pick up in the bottom of the fifth inning, but Petit will be on the mound when the game resumes. He last pitched 10 days ago and has been a reliever since a spot start on July 22, so the Giants will likely only ask for two or three innings from the 29-year-old. Petit owns a 3.89 ERA through 74 innings of work this year.
    Wednesday, 8:47 pm
  • Mejia unavailable Wednesday with back issue
    Mets manager Terry Collins said Jenrry Mejia was unavailable Wednesday with a back issue.

    Advice: Mejia has been hobbled by a hernia recently, but Collins made sure to differentiate. The 24-year-old is still the Mets' closer, but he's been rendered less effective by the various ailments in recent weeks. He'll still get the occasional save, but it won't come without some headaches for fantasy owners going forward.
    Wednesday, 4:38 pm
  • deGrom set to be activated, start Saturday
    Jacob deGrom (shoulder) will be activated and start Saturday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Everything has gone well with deGrom's recovery from rotator cuff tendinitis. His return will be welcomed by fantasy owners, as the 26-year-old is 6-5 with a 2.87 ERA and 94/33 K/BB ratio over 100 1/3 innings thus far this season.
    Wednesday, 4:25 pm
  • David Robertson gives up homer in loss
    David Robertson took his fourth loss after giving up a three-run homer in a tie game Tuesday against the Astros.

    Advice: It was the first homer allowed by Robertson since June 1, but he was still booed off the mound by the Yankee Stadium faithful as he left. Because it was a tie game, he remained 33-for-35 in save chances this year. He had allowed a total of one hit in six scoreless innings this month.
    Tuesday, 8:20 pm
  • Motte (back) plays catch for first time Tues.
    Jason Motte (back) played catch on Tuesday.

    Advice: Motte made about 15 throws from 90 feet in his first throwing workout since landing on the disabled list in early August with a lower back sprain. He is tracking toward an early-September return to the St. Louis bullpen.
    Tuesday, 1:04 pm
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