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  • Adam Ottavino throws from flat ground
    Adam Ottavino (elbow) began throwing from flat ground on Thursday.

    Advice: It's the first time the right-hander has been able to throw since undergoing Tommy John surgery in May. He won't be ready to rejoin the Rockies bullpen until midway through the 2016 season. Today, 5:55 pm
    60-Day DL
  • Cubs designate Brian Schlitter for assignment
    Cubs designated RHP Brian Schlitter for assignment.

    Advice: Schlitter was the roster casualty to create room on the 40-man for Fernando Rodney who was acquired from the Mariners on Thursday. He could attract interest on waivers from teams in search of bullpen depth. Today, 5:11 pm
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  • Cubs option Zac Rosscup back to Triple-A
    Cubs optioned LHP Zac Rosscup to Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: He was sent out to make room for the newly-acquired Fernando Rodney on the active roster. He should rejoin the bullpen once rosters expand for September. Today, 5:08 pm
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  • Cubs acquire Fernando Rodney from M's
    Cubs acquired RHP Fernando Rodney from the Mariners for a player to be named later.

    Advice: Rodney will join the bullpen on Friday. He'll help provide depth in the late innings for the Cubs with Jason Motte on the disabled list. The 38-year-old hurler posted a troublesome 5.68 ERA and 1.50 WHIP over 50 2/3 innings with the Mariners. Today, 5:07 pm
  • Orioles option Jorge Rondon back to Triple-A
    Orioles optioned RHP Jorge Rondon to Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: Rondon continues to shuffle back and forth any time the team needs a fresh arm in the bullpen. He'll assuredly be back as depth once rosters expand in September. Today, 5:03 pm
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  • Estrada strikes out six over six innings
    Marco Estrada pitched effectively in Thursday's loss to the Rangers, yielding one run on four hits over six innings.

    Advice: Estrada struck out six and walked three while scattering four hits over his six innings of work. Mitch Moreland burned him for an RBI single in the first for the only run he allowed in the game. The right-hander has pitched to a 3.19 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 101/43 K/BB ratio over 129 2/3 innings. Up next on his schedule, a home start against the Indians. Today, 2:50 pm
  • Perkins (back) will be gametime decision Thu.
    Twins manager Paul Molitor said that Glen Perkins (back) will be a game-time decision Thursday.

    Advice: Perkins was unavailable for Wednesday's game due to lower back spasms and he's no sure thing to pitch Thursday, either. Molitor wants to stay away from using Kevin Jepsen on Thursday, so things could get interesting if Perkins is also unavailable. Casey Fien or Trevor May would be the most likely options in a save situation. Today, 1:39 pm
  • Shoemaker allows one hit into eighth vs DET
    Matt Shoemaker was fantastic in his return to the Angels rotation on Wednesday, allowing just one hit over 7 1/3 innings in a 2-0 win over the Tigers.

    Advice: Shoemaker was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake on August 16, but he rejoined the rotation on Thursday to pitch his best game of the season. The 28-year-old right-hander struck out five and walked one, with only an Anthony Gose single registering for a hit over his 7 1/3 innings of work. Don't expect these kinds of starts on a regular basis, but Shoemaker can be used as a match-up play in select situations. He takes a 4.48 ERA and 1.24 WHIP into his next start, a road showdown with the A's. Today, 12:56 pm
  • Johnson earns 10th save with perfect ninth
    Jim Johnson pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his 10th save of the season in Thursday's 1-0 win over the Reds.

    Advice: With Kenley Jansen unavailable for the day, the Dodgers trotted Johnson out for the ninth as they clung to a 1-0 lead. Johnson refused to wilt under pressure and retired Eugenio Suarez, Jay Bruce and Jason Bourgeois in order to secure the tight save. Since being acquired by the Dodgers, the veteran relief arm has allowed 15 runs in 7 2/3 innings. Eight of those runs came in a single appearance, as the Pirates rocked him in 2/3 of an inning on August 9. Today, 12:53 pm
  • DeSclafani saddled with 1-0 loss vs Dodgers
    Anthony DeSclafani was on his game in Thursday's loss to the Dodgers, allowing just one run on six hits over seven innings.

    Advice: DeSclafani bounced back nicely from a six-run fiasco against the Diamondbacks in his last start, holding off the Dodger offense over seven innings. The only run to score against him--and to score in the game--came home on a double play ball by Yasmani Grandal in the second inning. For the afternoon, he struck out six and walked one. He'll head to Wrigley Field in his next start, carrying a 3.84 ERA and 1.36 WHIP along with him. Today, 12:36 pm
  • Braves release veteran righty Jason Frasor
    Braves released RHP Jason Frasor.

    Advice: Frasor strained his shoulder earlier this month and won't pitch again in 2015. The veteran right-hander looked good in his short stay with the Braves and should have offers on the table this winter if he wants to continue his playing career. Frasor will finish the season with a 1.29 ERA in 28 total innings between Atlanta and Kansas City. Today, 12:03 pm
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  • Marlins activate Andre Rienzo from the DL
    Marlins activated RHP Andre Rienzo from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Rienzo missed three weeks with a laceration on his left knee. He'll return to a middle relief role. Today, 10:31 am
  • Marlins option Scott McGough to AAA NOLA
    Marlins optioned RHP Scott McGough to Triple-A New Orleans.

    Advice: McGough allowed three earned runs over 3 2/3 innings of relief with Miami. He could be back in September. Today, 10:29 am
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  • Rangers recall Nick Martinez from Triple-A
    Rangers recalled RHP Nick Martinez from Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Martinez has a rough 4.09 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, and 73/44 K/BB ratio in 121 innings this year for Texas. He will pitch in relief in his return to the Rangers' active roster. Today, 8:46 am
  • Rangers option Spencer Patton to Triple-A
    Rangers optioned RHP Spencer Patton to Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Patton was lit up for five earned runs without recording an out on Wednesday against the Blue Jays. He has a 9.00 ERA in 24 innings this season with the Rangers. Today, 8:43 am
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  • Rosenthal earns 40th save in win over ARI
    Trevor Rosenthal notched his 40th save of the season in Wednesday's 3-1 win over the Diamondbacks, striking out two and walking one in a scoreless ninth inning.

    Advice: Rosenthal came on looking to secure the win for John Lackey. He struck out Paul Goldschmidt and David Peralta to open the ninth inning, but followed those two strikeouts with a walk to Aaron Hill, bringing the tying run to the plate in the form of Jake Lamb. Rosenthal then bared down to induce a fly out from Lamb to end the game. The 25-year-old has been among the best closers in baseball this season, converting 40-of-42 opportunities while holding a 1.54 ERA and 66/20 K/BB ratio over 58 1/3 innings. He's tied with Pirates closer Mark Melancon for the major league saves lead. Yesterday, 9:46 pm
  • Chris Perez decides to retire from baseball
    Chris Perez has retired from baseball.

    Advice: The news comes courtesy of the official transactions page for the International League, where Perez had been with Triple-A Norfolk in the Orioles' organization. He never pitched for Norfolk, as his only six appearances this season came with the Brewers' Triple-A affiliate in Colorado Springs. Perez looked to be on track for a promising career, making two All-Star teams while saving 98 games in his first three years with the Indians. It's been a disaster on and off the field since then, though, and he most recently made news with a 50-game suspension for a second positive test for a drug of abuse. Perez turned just 30 last month. Yesterday, 11:55 am
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  • Felix Doubront (foot) cleared for Saturday
    Felix Doubront (foot) has been cleared for his next scheduled start on Saturday in Arizona.

    Advice: Doubront exited Monday's outing after just two innings due to a right foot contusion, but he ran and threw without issue Wednesday. The left-hander holds a 2.41 ERA over 18 2/3 innings since joining the A's. Yesterday, 11:26 am
  • Duffy limits O's to two runs in five innings
    Danny Duffy held the Orioles to two runs over 5 2/3 innings, earning the win on Tuesday.

    Advice: Duffy relented both runs in the fourth inning when the O's followed up a two-out walk with three consecutive singles. Overall, the lefty allowed five hits, walked two, and struck out five. Since returning from the disabled list on June 24, Duffy has a 3.18 ERA over 12 starts. He'll close out the month of August for the Royals with a road start versus the Rays next. Tuesday, 10:16 pm
  • Robertson slams door on Red Sox for 26th save
    David Robertson pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his 26th save against the Red Sox on Tuesday.

    Advice: Robertson struck out two in the perfect inning of work. The right-hander has been shaky in August but has still converted 26-of-30 save chances on the year. Robertson has a 2.76 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 68/11 K/BB ratio over 49 innings in his first year in Chicago. Tuesday, 10:01 pm
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