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  • Danny Salazar strikes out eight in win
    Danny Salazar struck out eight in six scoreless innings Thursday to beat the White Sox.

    Advice: Salazar finally managed to go without allowing a homer for the first time in seven starts this year. He has a brilliant 60/9 K/BB ratio in 43 2/3 innings, but because of the seven bombs, his ERA stands at 3.50.
    Yesterday, 8:20 pm
  • Wandy Rodriguez earns win over Red Sox
    Wandy Rodriguez pitched 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball Thursday in a win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: Rodriguez struck out five and walked two. He's allowed exactly one run in four of his six starts for the Rangers, going 2-2 with a 3.38 ERA overall. Mixed leaguers could take a chance on him next week for his starts in Cleveland and at home against Boston. The Indians lineup is mostly left-handed, and the Red Sox aren't hitting lefties at all.
    Yesterday, 7:13 pm
  • Clay Buchholz solid in defeat
    Clay Buchholz yielded three runs -- two earned -- and five hits in 7 1/3 innings Thursday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Boston's pitching has come around just as the offense has evaporated. Buchholz has turned in three straight quality starts, lowering his ERA from 6.03 to 4.56. He has a 58/15 K/BB ratio in 53 innings.
    Yesterday, 7:09 pm
  • Matt Shoemaker gives up eight runs in loss
    Matt Shoemaker was lit up for eight runs -- seven earned -- in six innings by the Blue Jays on Thursday.

    Advice: Shoemaker gave up two homers tonight, bringing his season total to 13 in 44 1/3 innings. Last year, he gave up a total of 14 in 136 innings. That's really the only difference between the campaigns; he has a fine 42/9 K/BB ratio and he's not giving up a ton of singles. One would think he's not going to maintain a 6.29 ERA all year, but the slight dip in his velocity has ruined his margin for error and his fantasy value.
    Yesterday, 6:54 pm
  • Brandon Morrow throws successful bullpen
    Brandon Morrow (shoulder) threw a successful 32-pitch bullpen session without any issues on Thursday.

    Advice: It was the first bullpen that the right-hander has thrown since being placed on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation. He was able to throw all of his pitches without any difficulty, which is an encouraging sign. He'll repeat the process again on Saturday, and if all goes well could then be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment.
    Yesterday, 5:14 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Tanaka goes three scoreless in rehab start
    Masahiro Tanaka (forearm, wrist) allowed just two hits over three scoreless innings of work in his first minor league rehab start with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday.

    Advice: Tanaka struck out two on the day and didn't issue a walk, throwing 41 pitches in his three frames. Going only three innings in this one, he's likely to need another rehab start before being ready to rejoin the Yankees rotation. Before hitting the disabled list, he posted a 3.22 ERA and 24/7 K/BB ratio over his 22 1/3 innings.
    Yesterday, 5:03 pm
    15-Day DL
  • De La Rosa allows three runs vs. Phils
    Jorge De La Rosa yielded three runs over 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Phillies on Thursday.

    Advice: De La Rosa had his best start of the season last time out before leaving with a minor groin injury, but he followed it up with yet another poor outing. The veteran southpaw surrendered five hits and three walks, including a solo homer to Ryan Howard. He has thrown five innings or fewer in five out of his six starts this season and now owns a brutal 6.51 ERA. He'll get the Reds in Cincinnati next time out.
    Yesterday, 3:43 pm
  • Tillman (back) allows one run in 3 IP vs M's
    Chris Tillman (back) surrendered one run and walked three over three innings against the Mariners on Thursday.

    Advice: Thursday's contest was delayed for more than an hour, and with Tillman nursing a back injury, it made little sense for the Orioles to trot him back out with the long stoppage of play. It's not like Tillman was lighting the world on fire prior to the cessation of baseball. He walked three and struck out two and while it's certainly possible that his back woes might have affected his control, the walks are nothing new for Tillman, who holds a 6.10 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and a 29/22 K/BB ratio in 41 1/3 innings. He gets the Astros at home in his next scheduled start as he tries to find some semblance of consistency to his season.
    Yesterday, 3:24 pm
  • Happ allows four in rain-shortened start
    J.A. Happ allowed four runs in two innings against the Orioles on Thursday.

    Advice: Neither Happ nor Orioles starter Chris Tillman were long for this game, as the contest was delayed for a long stretch during the third inning. Rain or no, Happ started out terribly enough, allowing a two-out grand slam to Steve Pearce in the first inning. He struck out three and walked two in his short time on the mound. While his 3.61 ERA and 1.20 WHIP are fine, as is his 37/11 K/BB ratio over 47 1/3 innings, owners should be cautioned that the last time Happ posted an ERA under 4.22 was in 2010. In his continued quest to defy his own history, Happ will take to the road for a start against the Rays in his next outing.
    Yesterday, 3:23 pm
  • Pomeranz gets cortisone shot in shoulder
    Drew Pomeranz received a cortisone shot for his sprained left AC joint.

    Advice: Pomeranz will resume throwing once the cortisone shot does its job. There's no clear timetable for his return. Kendall Graveman is set to take his place in Oakland's starting rotation.
    Yesterday, 2:24 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Indians option House to Triple-A
    Indians activated LHP T.J. House from the 15-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Columbus.

    Advice: This means that Shaun Marcum will keep the No. 5 spot in the starting rotation for now. House tossed eight scoreless innings with a 9/1 K/BB ratio over two minor league rehab starts, but the Indians apparently want to see more sustained success before giving him another shot.
    Yesterday, 2:18 pm
    Not Active
  • Tigers pile up 10 hits versus Feldman
    Scott Feldman didn't have his best stuff in Thursday's no-decision against the Tigers, as he allowed 10 hits and five runs (four earned) over six innings.

    Advice: Feldman started the game well enough, but he ran into trouble in the middle innings, with the Tigers scoring a pair of runs in the fourth on a two-run homer by Nick Castellanos and another pair in the fifth on an RBI groundout and a run-scoring single by Miguel Cabrera. Feldman's peripheral numbers were almost non-existent--he struck out just two and walked just one. With the no-decision, his record held steady at 3-4 and he now holds a 5.17 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 35/11 K/BB ratio over 54 innings. His next start will be a road tilt with the Orioles.
    Yesterday, 1:53 pm
  • Price whiffs season-high 12 against Astros
    David Price had everything working in a no-decision against the Astros on Thursday afternoon, striking out 12 and allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits over 6 2/3 innings of work.

    Advice: The Tigers gave Price a 5-0 lead, but despite a very, very strong start, he faltered late (the Astros scored three times in seventh before Price was lifted) and did not factor in the decision, though his team did manage to eke out a 6-5 win in 11 innings. Despite the late disappointment, the 12 strikeouts marked a season high for Price, who now holds a strong 54/13 K/BB ratio over 59 2/3 innings. He allowed just five hits while walking one in the contest. With the outing, Price dropped his ERA and WHIP to 3.32 and 1.21, respectively. A road start against the A's is up next for the ace southpaw.
    Yesterday, 1:51 pm
  • Smyly (shoulder) needs eight weeks of rehab
    Drew Smyly's rehabilitation from a torn left labrum is expected to take eight weeks.

    Advice: Followup tests showed the tear wasn't all that significant, and now the Rays are optimistic that he will be able to pitch again this season. But it's going to be at least two months, and probably three. Smyly, 25, boasts a 1.96 ERA, 0.76 WHIP, and 65/14 K/BB ratio in 64 1/3 innings since joining Tampa Bay last summer.
    Yesterday, 12:54 pm
    60-Day DL
  • Garcia pitches seven innings in debut vs Mets
    Jaime Garcia had control issues but still managed to work seven innings against the Mets on Thursday, walking five and allowing two runs in the 5-0 loss.

    Advice: Garcia had been on the shelf with a shoulder injury for the first month and a half. The rust showed against the Mets, as he threw just 60 of his 102 pitches for strikes and walked five. While he only struck out two, there were definitely positives to take away from the game. Even with the five walks, Garcia still managed to gut out seven innings. And it's not like the Mets were batting him around the yard, as Garcia limited them to five hits and pulled off a nice Houdini act when he escaped a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the fourth allowing just one run. All in all, not bad. Garcia holds a 3.50 ERA for his career over 594 2/3 innings and should have value and potential upside in mixed-league formats. Just know that continued health is far from a given here. He hasn't made more than 20 starts in a season since 2011.
    Yesterday, 12:42 pm
  • Latos (leg) struggles to hold down D-Backs
    Mat Latos (leg) surrendered six runs in 5 1/3 innings during Thursday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Latos struck out seven, walked two and gave up seven hits over his 5 1/3 innings of work. The Marlins gifted him with a 3-1 lead after the first inning, but he relinquished said lead during a four-run sixth. Following an RBI double by Cliff Pennington, Latos left the game trailing 4-3. The subsequent runs on his line scored after reliever Steve Cishek entered. Latos had to leave his last start after being hit in the left leg with a comebacker, but he looked more or less like Mat Latos against the Diamondbacks. For all the good and bad that entails. He now sports a bloated 6.12 ERA and 1.59 WHIP. Unless any post-game injury concerns crop up, Latos will have a chance to rebound in a road start against the Pirates next time he toes the rubber.
    Yesterday, 12:20 pm
  • Bradley knocked for nine hits, four runs
    Archie Bradley second start off the DL lasted longer than his first, as the pitcher allowed four runs on nine hits over five innings of work in Thursday afternoon's win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Bradley managed just two innings of work in his first start (against the Phillies) after being hit by a Carlos Gonzalez liner to the head in late April, but he showed a bit more efficiency in Thursday's showdown with the Marlins. The entire thing could have been a fiasco, as Bradley loaded the bases with no outs and a run already in in the very first inning, but he managed to escape the frame allowing just a run-scoring double play and a single. Down 3-1, he pitched without much incident through the rest of his five innings. Overall, he allowed nine hits, struck out four and walked two. Bradley's a talented young pitcher, but until he's able to reign in the runners on base, it's hard to recommend him beyond keeper and NL-only formats. This season, he holds a 4.00 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and a 19/16 K/BB, numbers which he'll take into tough road action against the Cardinals.
    Yesterday, 12:19 pm
  • Ryu has his season-ending shoulder surgery
    Hyun-Jin Ryu underwent season-ending surgery Thursday to fix a labrum injury in his left shoulder.

    Advice: The procedure was called a "labral repair." Ryu will wind up missing the entire 2015 season, but he should be ready for the start of spring training next February. The 28-year-old left-hander from South Korea boasts a 3.17 ERA over his first 344 major league innings. He is under contract with Los Angeles through 2018.
    Yesterday, 11:16 am
    60-Day DL
  • Lincecum blanks LAD for seven shutout innings
    Tim Lincecum fired seven innings of shutout baseball against the Dodgers on Wednesday, allowing only three hits and striking out four in a 4-0 victory.

    Advice: He walked two in the gem. Lincecum has been a real fantasy find to this juncture, going 4-2 with a 2.08 ERA and 1.22 WHIP. Because of track record and poor peripherals -- including a 36/21 K/BB rate over 47 2/3 innings -- we get anxiety about extolling his future fantasy virtue. If ever there was a week to play him, however, next week is it: A two-start gem of a matchup gift in Milwaukee and then home against Atlanta.
    Wednesday, 10:06 pm
  • Anderson takes a 4-0 loss to the Giants
    Brett Anderson gave up three runs on six hits in 6 2/3 innings of a Wednesday loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Across the bump, Tim Lincecum was absolutely dealing, giving Anderson little chance tonight. Anderson has been everything the Dodgers has asked for thus far, posting a 3.61 ERA and 1.35 WHIP in eight starts. Same story, here: If he stays healthy, Anderson is going to be a valuable fixture in a big league rotation.
    Wednesday, 9:59 pm
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