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  • John Lackey whiffs 11, picks up win No. 4
    John Lackey recorded 11 strikeouts while holding the Nationals to two runs over seven innings in Friday's 8-6 victory.

    Advice: The Nats got single tallies in the first (on an Anthony Rendon homer) and second (on a Max Scherzer single) innings, but Lackey cruised after that. It was a great outing made all the more impressive when you consider that the wind was blowing out at Wrigley Field. Lackey has mixed in a couple clunkers among his six starts, so his ERA is still at 4.02. However, he boasts a 1.09 WHIP and 40/10 K/BB ratio over 40 1/3 innings. The veteran righty will take on the Padres at home next week. 55 minutes ago
  • Max Scherzer serves up four homers Friday
    Max Scherzer served up four home runs and allowed seven runs over five frames in Friday's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: A little context is needed, as the wind was blowing out at Wrigley Field on Friday. However, Scherzer giving up taters isn't anything new. The eight home runs he's served up this season are the most in the majors, and that's after he allowed 27 dingers last season. The longball is a major reason why Scherzer's ERA now sits at 4.60. He'll try to get back on track next week against his former team, the Tigers, at home. Today, 2:44 pm
  • Miguel Gonzalez to start for White Sox Mon.
    Miguel Gonzalez will start for the White Sox on Monday in Texas.

    Advice: Erik Johnson started Thursday but was optioned back to Triple-A Charlotte after the game. Gonzalez first outing with the Pale Hose didn't go well, as he allowed 11 hits and five runs over 5 1/3 innings. Still, he'll have a chance to stick around for a while with John Danks no longer in the picture. Today, 2:40 pm
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  • McCarthy (elbow) nearing rehab assignment
    Brandon McCarthy (elbow) could be ready for a rehab assignment within the next 10-14 days.

    Advice: The would put him on track potentially to rejoin the Dodgers' rotation by mid-June if all goes well. Working his way back from Tommy John surgery, McCarthy has been throwing off a mound for a while now and is doing well. Today, 2:35 pm
    60-Day DL
  • Ryu (shoulder, groin) close to rehab starts
    Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder, groin) could be 10-14 days away from beginning a rehab assignment.

    Advice: Ryu is working his way back from shoulder surgery and had a setback last month when he strained his groin. He's been throwing for a couple weeks now, though, and isn't far from being ready for games. If all goes well, he could rejoin the Dodgers in mid-June. Today, 2:32 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Bolsinger (oblique) nears rehab assignment
    Mike Bolsinger (oblique) could begin a rehab assignment within the next 10-14 days.

    Advice: Bolsinger has been out since late in spring training with a strained oblique, but he's evidently turned a corner of late. He'll be an option for the back-end of the Dodgers' rotation once he's ready, although the club is also slated to get Brandon McCarthy (elbow) and Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder, groin) back before too long. Today, 2:30 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Alvarez could just need two more rehab starts
    Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) might only need two more rehab starts before joining the Athletics' rotation.

    Advice: Manager Bob Melvin said Friday that the club got a good report on Alvarez's last rehab outing on Thursday when he allowed one run over 4 2/3 innings. Barring a setback, he'll be in the A's rotation before the end of the month. Today, 2:26 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Shane Greene's blister splits open
    The blister on Shane Greene's right middle finger split open while he was throwing Thursday.

    Advice: It's unclear at this point how long this will set him back. Greene just resumed throwing on Tuesday. The setback means Michael Fulmer should remain in the Tigers' rotation for a while longer. Today, 2:20 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Ivan Nova taking Sabathia's rotation spot
    Ivan Nova will take CC Sabathia's (groin) spot in the Yankees' rotation.

    Advice: Sabathia is expected to be sidelined for at least three weeks. Nova has put up a 5.14 ERA over six relief appearances this season. He'll likely only be able to go about five innings in his first outing, but it shouldn't be a big deal getting him stretched out. Today, 12:58 pm
  • Homer Bailey (elbow) resumes throwing
    Homer Bailey (elbow) has resumed a throwing program.

    Advice: Bailey was shut down for a little less than a week after not recovering well from his most recent rehab starts. He's only playing catch now and it will probably be a little while before he's game-ready again. Today, 12:51 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Henry Owens optioned to Triple-A
    Red Sox optioned LHP Henry Owens to Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: Owens posted a 5.11 ERA while walking 13 over 12 1/3 innings in his three starts with the big club. The Red Sox haven't revealed who will take his spot in the rotation. Today, 12:37 pm
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  • Brian Flynn recalled from Triple-A
    Royals recalled LHP Brian Flynn from Triple-A Omaha.

    Advice: Flynn holds a 3.94 ERA and 14/9 K/BB ratio over 16 innings for Omaha this season. He hasn't appeared in the majors since 2014. Today, 11:50 am
  • Angels confirm Heaney has UCL damage
    Angels general manager Billy Eppler said Friday that tests on Andrew Heaney's left elbow "ranged from normal wear and tear consistent with age and usage to some degree of tear."

    Advice: In other words, his ulnar collateral ligament is compromised, but the damage appears to be minimal enough that Heaney will try to rehab it first. "Opting for conservative care like other pitchers have done," Eppler said. Even if the rehab works, Heaney is going to be sidelined for a while longer and the chances of the ligament eventually blowing out are pretty high. Today, 10:05 am
    15-Day DL
  • Report: Richards needs Tommy John surgery
    Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reports that Garrett Richards has a torn right ulnar collateral ligament and is expected to need Tommy John surgery.

    Advice: Multiple other outlets have confirmed the report. The Angels cited fatigue and dehydration when they scratched Richards from Friday's scheduled start versus the Rays, but Passan says they found the UCL tear while examining the righty on Thursday. It's absolutely brutal news for the club, as Richards is far and away their best starter. Assuming he goes under the knife, he would be sidelined until around midseason next year. Passan says that Andrew Heaney has UCL damage, too, but will try to rehab the injury for now. The Angels should have an update on their pitchers later Friday. Today, 7:22 am
  • Rusin fails to earn win despite 17 runs
    Chris Rusin was ineffective in Thursday's win over the Giants, surrendering seven runs on 13 hits over 4 1/3 innings.

    Advice: The Rockies scored 13 runs in the top of the fifth inning to take a 17-3 lead, but despite that monstrous lead, Rusin would immediately run into trouble in the bottom of the frame and was pulled with one out. The Giants would score four runs before the longest fifth inning in the history of mankind (estimated) finally came to a close. Rusin will take a 4.33 ERA and 1.33 WHIP into his next scheduled start, a home showdown with the Diamondbacks. Yesterday, 10:44 pm
  • Rockies romp as Matt Cain surrenders 8 runs
    Matt Cain was obliterated in Thursday's 17-7 loss to the Rockies, surrendering eight runs (six earned) on 10 hits over four-plus innings.

    Advice: We will give you a moment to hide the children before we go over Cain's stats. The veteran right-hander surrendered two home runs and did not strike out a batter. He didn't walk one, either. With almost everything falling in the strike zone, the Rockies teed off. They pounced for three runs in the first inning -- highlighted by a two-run homer from wunderkind Nolan Arenado -- an additional run in the second, and then, the fifth inning happened. Cain would start the inning and promptly surrender the rest of his runs in the frame. Trevor Story walloped a home run to lead off the frame, which was followed by a Carlos Gonzalez double, a Brandon Crawford error and an RBI single by Gerardo Para. Cain would be lifted for Vin Mazzaro at that point. Cain has now allowed at least six runs in three of his six starts. He is scheduled to face the Blue Jays next time out. That should be interesting. Yesterday, 10:41 pm
  • Mets fall to Padres as deGrom takes first L
    Jacob deGrom tasted defeat for the first time this season as he fell to 3-1, yielding three runs on eight hits over five innings in Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Thursday's start was deGrom's shortest of the young season. He had managed to pitch into the sixth inning in his other three outings. The 27-year-old right-hander struck out two and walked one in what was a relatively subdued performance. While deGrom has yet to surpass six strikeouts in any one game this season, his 1.99 ERA shows no outward damage. His 1.24 WHIP looks decent enough as well, though that's a bit off his career mark of 1.04. DeGrom will look to return to his winning ways in a road start against the Dodgers next time he toes the rubber. Yesterday, 9:55 pm
  • Miley earns quality start in no-decision
    Wade Miley allowed two runs over six innings in a no-decision Thursday against the Astros.

    Advice: Miley allowed five hits and two walks while striking out five. It wasn't quite the complete-game shutout he tossed his last time out, but Miley still left in line for his third win before the bullpen failed to hold the lead. Still, it was another promising turn after a poor month of April. Miley will carry a 4.74 ERA and 1.32 WHIP into Tuesday's start against the Rays. Yesterday, 9:40 pm
  • RHP Erik Johnson optioned back to Triple-A
    White Sox optioned RHP Erik Johnson to Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Johnson was called up less than 12 hours ago to start against the Red Sox, but the White Sox won't be starting him again for the time being. Versus Boston, the 26-year-old right-hander surrendered four earned runs over five innings. While he could see future major league time this season, there's little to excite on a fantasy level. Yesterday, 9:38 pm
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  • Hendricks spins six scoreless to top Nats
    Kyle Hendricks threw six shutout innings en route to the Cubs' 5-2 win over the Nationals on Thursday.

    Advice: Hendricks allowed just two hits while walking two over his six innings of work. The right-hander struck out four. The win was his first since his season debut despite owning a nice 3.10 ERA and 1.00 WHIP through five starts. He's now 2-2 and will attempt to get over the .500 mark against the Padres on Tuesday. Yesterday, 9:32 pm
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