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  • Tanner Roark goes seven innings in victory
    Tanner Roark yielded two runs and four hits in seven innings in a win over the Phillies on Monday.

    Advice: Because the Nationals scored three runs in the top of the eighth, Roark won despite being outpitched by opposing starter Jeremy Hellickson, who allowed one run in seven innings. Roark improved to 4-4 with a 2.70 ERA. Today, 7:21 pm
  • Hector Neris gives up three runs in loss
    Hector Neris gave up three runs in two-thirds of an inning to take a blown save and a loss Monday against the Nationals.

    Advice: Neris has been one of the NL's best relievers this year, but he didn't have it tonight and Phillies manager Pete Mackanin probably should have realized that before allowing him to face seven batters (three of whom he walked). Neris, who leads the NL with 27 appearances, saw his ERA jump from 1.29 to 2.20. Today, 7:17 pm
  • Marco Estrada goes eight scoreless in win
    Marco Estrada blanked the Yankees for eight innings, allowing just three hits, in a victory Monday.

    Advice: Estrada was at 108 pitches after eight, so he wasn't allowed to go for his first career complete game. He's been one of the AL's better pitchers the last two years, but since debuting with the Nationals in 2008, he's never finished any of his 109 career starts. Today, 6:47 pm
  • Drew Storen gets third save
    Drew Storen got two outs with a two-run lead for his third save of the year Monday against the Yankees.

    Advice: The Jays didn't want to use Roberto Osuna tonight, so they turned to Aaron Loup to start the ninth in a 4-0 game. After he surrendered a two-run homer with one out, Storen took over and retired two of the three batters he faced. Storen has picked up three saves this year, but his ERA stands at 6.75. Today, 6:45 pm
  • Ivan Nova gives up four runs to Jays
    Ivan Nova yielded four runs in six innings Monday in a loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Nova is 2-2 with a 3.41 ERA in five starts since replacing Luis Severino in the Yankees rotation. That's solid work, but we still wouldn't recommend using him in anything other than deep AL-only leagues. He'll face the Orioles in Baltimore next time out. Today, 6:44 pm
  • Hector Rondon notches save No. 9
    Hector Rondon nailed down his ninth save of the season with a perfect ninth inning in Monday's win over the Dodgers.

    Advice: Entering to protect a two-run lead, Rondon cruised through the ninth on 13 pitches, striking out Howie Kendrick and inducing a couple groundouts. The Cubs lost starter Jason Hammel to a hamstring cramp after two innings but still managed to toss a one-hitter, as the bullpen put up seven spotless frames. Rondon hasn't pitched a ton this season because the Cubs are crushing everyone, but he's a perfect 9-for-9 in save opportunities and boasts a 1.04 ERA, 0.63 WHIP and 27/2 K/BB ratio over 17 1/3 innings. Today, 5:52 pm
  • Edwin Escobar pummeled in first MLB start
    Edwin Escobar's first start in the majors didn't go well, as he was lit up for eight runs -- seven earned -- over just 3 1/3 frames in a loss to the Astros.

    Advice: The D'Backs surely didn't want to have to turn to Escobar in this one,as his numbers in the upper minors have been rather lackluster. But, with Shelby Miller (finger) and Rubby De La Rosa (elbow) on the shelf, they didn't have many options. There's a good chance Arizona will go with someone else this weekend against the Cubs. If Escobar gets trotted out there again, it will be ugly. Today, 5:23 pm
  • J.C. Ramirez records first career save
    J.C. Ramirez notched his first career save by retiring the only batter he faced in Monday's win over the Rockies.

    Advice: Don't read too much into this. Ramirez had to relieve closer Tony Cingrani, who entered the ninth with a six-run lead looking to get some work in but departed having allowed three runs. Ross Ohlendorf, who looks to be second in line for saves in Cincy, struck out two in a perfect eighth inning. Anything can happen in the Reds' mess of a bullpen, but we wouldn't pick up Ramirez, whose ERA on the year sits at 5.21. Today, 5:06 pm
  • Angels option RHP Morin to Triple-A
    Angels optioned RHP Mike Morin to Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Morin gets the boot after giving up the deciding homer in extras on Sunday. The 25-year-old struggled to the tune of a 5.48 ERA over 25 appearances this season. Today, 2:39 pm
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  • Huston Street (oblique) activated from DL
    Angels activated RHP Huston Street from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Street has been sidelined since April 23 with an oblique strain. Joe Smith filled in at closer during his absence, but he'll move back into a set-up role. Today, 2:32 pm
  • Red Sox option RHP Hembree to Triple-A
    Red Sox optioned RHP Heath Hembree to Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for Eduardo Rodriguez to make his long-awaited season debut on Tuesday. Hembree owns a 2.14 ERA and 18/5 K/BB ratio over 21 innings this season and should be back eventually. Today, 1:53 pm
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  • Steven Wright throws complete game vs. O's
    Steven Wright allowed two runs in a complete-game 9-2 victory over the Orioles on Monday.

    Advice: It was his third complete game of the season, which ties him with Chris Sale, Clayton Kershaw, and Johnny Cueto for the MLB lead. Not a bad group. He threw a career-high 122 pitches to go the distance. The knuckleballer walked five and struck out seven. Wright gave up just four hits, including three of them in a two-run fifth inning. However, he bounced back from there by retiring 13 out of the final 15 batters he faced. Wright has now thrown seven innings or more in four out of his last five starts. He’ll bring a surprising 2.45 ERA into a start against the Blue Jays at home this weekend. Today, 1:51 pm
  • Familia bounces back with dominant save
    Jeurys Familia tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning against the White Sox on Monday for his 17th save of the season.

    Advice: It was a dominant frame from Familia, who induced a comebacker and notched two strikeouts. The 26-year-old had a pair of rough outings over the weekend and hasn’t been as sharp overall as he was last season, but like Matt Harvey’s performance, this was an encouraging day for him. Today, 12:49 pm
  • Blue Jays recall Ryan Tepera from AAA
    Blue Jays recalled RHP Ryan Tepera from Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: Tepera has surrendered five hits, three walks, and three earned runs in 2 1/3 innings this season out of the Toronto bullpen. He will pitch in middle relief. Today, 12:25 pm
  • Tony Zych (shoulder) nearing mound work
    Tony Zych (rotator cuff tendinitis) is aiming to begin throwing off a mound in a week.

    Advice: He's been playing catch without issue for the last two weeks, but mound work is always the major test. Zych was placed on the disabled list May 4. He had a 3.00 ERA and 19 strikeouts over his first 12 innings this season. Today, 10:52 am
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  • T.J. McFarland (knee) activated at AAA
    T.J. McFarland (knee) has been activated from the disabled list at Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: McFarland could quickly move to the major league level now that his left knee is healed. The right-hander had a 4.73 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 13 1/3 innings of relief earlier this season for the Orioles. Today, 9:39 am
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  • Will Smith (knee) expected back Thursday
    Will Smith (knee) is expected to be activated Thursday.

    Advice: Smith joined back up with the Brewers on Monday in Milwaukee after making three minor league rehab appearances between High-A Brevard County and Double-A Biloxi. He'll throw a simulated game Monday before taking a couple days of rest. The lefty reliever has been on the disabled list since the end of spring training with a torn LCL in his right knee. Today, 9:20 am
    15-Day DL
  • Romo (elbow) will not return before Thursday
    Sergio Romo (elbow) won't be activated from the disabled list before Thursday.

    Advice: Romo experienced some fatigue after making back-to-back rehab appearances last week at Triple-A Sacramento. But it doesn't sound like a major setback, and Romo is actually slated to pitch this Monday and Tuesday at High-A San Jose before possibly returning to the Giants on Thursday. The setup man has been on the disabled list since April 14 with a flexor muscle strain in his right arm. Today, 9:02 am
    15-Day DL
  • Braves sign Dale Thayer to minors contract
    Braves signed RHP Dale Thayer to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Thayer opted out of his minor league deal with the Dodgers in early May after opening the season with a 6.75 ERA in eight innings at Triple-A Albuquerque. He'll act as organizational bullpen depth for Atlanta. Today, 7:52 am
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  • White Sox option Kahnle back to Charlotte
    White Sox optioned RHP Tommy Kahnle to Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Kahnle gave up two hits and two walks without recording an out Saturday in a crushing loss to the Royals. Chicago's bullpen surrendered seven runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to fall 8-7. Today, 7:23 am
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