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  • Jhoulys Chacin gives up two runs in victory
    Jhoulys Chacin surrendered two runs on four hits over six innings in Thursday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: Chacin struck out four and walked one in the outing. Outside of RBI singles allowed to Denard Span and Eduardo Nunez in the sixth inning, he kept the scoreboard clean. Chacin will bring a 4.26 ERA and 1.29 WHIP into a home start against the Mets next time out. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:25 pm
  • Brandon McCarthy crushed for six runs vs. ATL
    Brandon McCarthy surrendered six runs on nine hits over four innings in Thursday's loss to the Braves.

    Advice: The Dodgers have looked like an unstoppable freight train this season, but that train slowed for at least one night. A three-run fourth inning knocked McCarthy out of the game, with the key blow coming in the form of a two-run homer by Kurt Suzuki. McCarthy struck out five and walked one in the dismal showing. He will try for better times in a home start against the Twins next time he takes to the mound. The veteran right-hander will carry a 3.84 ERA and 1.23 WHIP into that one. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:10 pm
  • David Phelps to be a starter next year?
    Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto said the team could use David Phelps in the starting rotation in the future, but not this season.

    Advice: The Mariners acquired Phelps Thursday in a deal that sent four prospects to Miami. Phelps has made 64 big league starts and could return to that role at some point but for now, the Mariners are content using him out of the pen. The 30-year-old right-hander has contributed a 3.45 ERA with 18 holds this season. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:54 pm
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  • Gallardo returning to Seattle's rotation
    Yovani Gallardo will start Sunday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Gallardo was moved to the bullpen about a month ago but a spot opened up for him when the Mariners sent struggling rookie Sam Gaviglio down to Triple-A. The 31-year-old has gone 3-7 with a 6.30 ERA over 14 starts this year. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:14 pm
  • Dodgers designate Sergio Romo for assignment
    Dodgers designated RHP Sergio Romo for assignment.

    Advice: That clears a roster spot for Grant Dayton, who is back from the 10-day DL. Romo's Dodgers career ends with a brutal 6.12 ERA over 30 outings. Injuries have hampered Romo over the last few years including a stint on the disabled list last month. Despite his struggles this season, the 34-year-old has a proven track record and shouldn't take long to resurface. Perhaps the Rays, who were interested in Ramos this offseason and are looking to bolster their bullpen, will consider him. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:37 pm
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  • Mariners demote right-hander Sam Gaviglio
    Mariners optioned RHP Sam Gaviglio to Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: That clears a spot for reliever Max Povse. Gaviglio has lost his last four starts while contributing a 6.65 ERA during that span. He'll be back eventually. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:25 pm
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  • Mariners call up RHP Max Povse
    Mariners recalled RHP Max Povse from Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: The Mariners cleared a roster spot for him by sending Sam Gaviglio down to Triple-A. The right-hander holds a dreadful 10.13 ERA in the majors this year, though that's come from an extremely small sample size (2 2/3 innings). He'll work in middle relief. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:24 pm
  • Francisco Liriano pulled from start in second
    Francisco Liriano was lifted after allowing three runs -- two earned -- in 1 2/3 innings Thursday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: In Liriano's defense, he was iffy to pitch today after leaving his last outing with soreness in his neck and upper back. He showed little on the mound in retiring just five of the 11 hitters he faced. If he's still not healthy, the DL will be an option. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:14 pm
  • Wright (shoulder) to work two innings Sat.
    Mike Wright (shoulder) will pitch two innings in Saturday's rehab appearances with the Gulf Coast Orioles.

    Advice: Wright is hoping for a better outing Saturday after being lit up for four runs in 2/3 of an inning in his first rehab appearance on Monday. The 27-year-old has spent the past month recovering from shoulder bursitis. Look for him to return as a long reliever. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:47 pm
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  • Luis Castillo has rough first inning in loss
    Luis Castillo surrendered four runs in six innings and struck out seven Thursday in a loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: The first inning started with a walk, a double and a three-run homer from Jake Lamb. Castillo was pretty great the rest of the way, allowing no more walks and just two more hits, but the damage was already done. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:51 pm
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  • TEX activates closer candidate Keone Kela
    Rangers activated RHP Keone Kela from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: Kela missed around three weeks of action with a sore right shoulder. The 24-year-old returns Thursday to a shiny 2.64 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, and 42/13 K/BB ratio covering 30 2/3 innings and he could very well be the favorite for saves down the stretch in Texas. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:35 pm
  • Lance Lynn strong versus Mets
    Lance Lynn pitched six innings of one-run ball Thursday in a no-decision against the Mets.

    Advice: Lynn had a brief rough spell in June, but he's allowed just the one run over 19 1/3 innings in his last three starts, bringing his ERA back down to 3.30. He should bring back a quality prospect if the Cardinals decide to sell. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:33 pm
  • Rays release right-hander Danny Farquhar
    Rays released RHP Danny Farquhar.

    Advice: Farquhar was pushed off the Rays' 40-man roster before the All-Star break and he is now officially a free agent. The 30-year-old right-hander posted a 4.11 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, and 33/22 K/BB ratio in 35 innings this season out of the Tampa Bay bullpen. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:04 pm
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  • Mariners get David Phelps for four prospects
    Mariners acquired RHP David Phelps from the Marlins for OF Brayan Hernandez, RHP Brandon Miller, RHP Pablo Lopez, and RHP Lukas Schiraldi.

    Advice: Word of the deal was first reported late Wednesday night by MLB.com's Mark Feinsand. It just took a little while longer for the Marlins to pick through the Mariners' minor league system. Phelps will work as a setup man in Seattle for young closer Edwin Diaz, and it should be a good fit. The 30-year-old right-hander boasts a 2.69 ERA and 11.1 K/9 in 133 2/3 innings since the beginning of the 2016 season and he's averaging a career-best 94.4 mph on his fastball this summer. Phelps will be arbitration-eligible in 2018 with free agency coming in 2019. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:51 am
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  • Mets activate Josh Smoker from the DL
    Mets activated LHP Josh Smoker from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: Smoker wound up missing five weeks with a left shoulder strain. He's also been diagnosed with loose bodies in his left elbow, but that will probably be taken care of with offseason surgery. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:45 am
  • Confirmed: David Phelps traded to Mariners
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports confirms that David Phelps has been traded to the Mariners.

    Advice: Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports says the Marlins will receive four minor leaguers in return, and one of them is 19-year-old outfielder Brayan Hernandez. Phelps figures to slide into a setup role with Seattle, giving the Mariners an improved bridge to young closer Edwin Diaz. The 30-year-old right-hander has a 3.45 ERA and 51 strikeouts in 47 innings this season, and a 2.69 ERA and 11.1 K/9 in 133 2/3 innings since the beginning of 2016. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:22 am
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  • Mariners 'fairly close' on David Phelps trade
    According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Mariners are "fairly close" on a trade for Marlins right-hander David Phelps.

    Advice: MLB.com's Mark Feinsand was first to report word of the Mariners' growing interest in Phelps late Wednesday night. The 30-year-old reliever hasn't been as effective this season as he was in 2016, but he would still fit nicely into a setup role in Seattle and he is controllable through 2018. It sounds like there could be something official soon, though FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal tweeted early Thursday morning that the Marlins are "not in love" with the offerings in the Mariners' farm system. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:17 am
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  • Mariners talking to Fish about David Phelps
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal confirms that the Mariners are talking to the Marlins about right-hander David Phelps.

    Advice: Rosenthal adds, however, that there is "no match" at this point and might never be one because the Marlins are "not in love" with the players in the Mariners' minor league system. Phelps, 30, has posted a sharp 2.69 ERA and 11.1 K/9 over his last 133 2/3 innings dating back to the beginning of the 2016 season -- some of that as a starter. He also carries one more year of contractual control in 2018. Miami should be able to get a decent prospect or two in return for him. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:02 am
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  • Lorenzen pitches two extra innings for win
    Michael Lorenzen pitched two shutout innings against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday and was credited with the win for his efforts.

    Advice: He worked the 10th and 11th innings and did not allow a hit. He notched two strikeouts and issued one base-on-balls. The former starter has seen his stuff improve after being moved to the bullpen. He is now 5-2 with a 3.83 ERA and 1.30 WHIP. He's generated 45 strikeouts and 22 walks in 49 1/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • Sam Gaviglio gives up five runs to Astros
    Sam Gaviglio gave up five runs in six innings Tuesday in a loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Gaviglio was recalled earlier in the day after an 11-day stint in Triple-A. He gave up seven runs in his start before being sent down, so his ERA has jumped from 3.48 to 4.62 as a result of these last two outings. His rotation status is likely to be evaluated on a start-to-start basis. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:31 pm
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  • Francisco Liriano (neck) to start Thursday?
    Francisco Liriano (neck, back) threw a successful bullpen session on Tuesday afternoon.

    Advice: The expectation is that Liriano will start Thursday against the Red Sox, but the Blue Jays aren't going to make that official until they see how the veteran lefty feels on Wednesday. Liriano exited his last start Saturday against the Tigers after experiencing tightness around his upper back and neck. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:47 pm
  • Sam Gaviglio recalled from Triple-A
    Mariners recalled RHP Sam Gaviglio from Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: Gaviglio was sent down to the minors before the All-Star break with the Mariners not needing him for a while, but he'll rejoin the rotation Tuesday in Houston. The rookie holds a 4.31 ERA over 56 1/3 frames this season and should be avoided for fantasy purposes. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:07 am
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  • Keone Kela (shoulder) to throw 'pen session
    Keone Kela (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session Tuesday.

    Advice: The Rangers will then decide after that whether Kela is ready to be activated on Thursday or if he'll need a short rehab assignment first. The hard-throwing reliever figures to be right back in the mix for saves with the Rangers once he returns, as he looked to be the head of a committee before he went down with a shoulder issue. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:57 pm
  • Royals 'very aggressive' in talks for SP Lynn
    USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Royals have been "very aggressive" in trade talks with the Cardinals regarding Lance Lynn.

    Advice: He notes that Kansas City has been "very aggressive" in talks for Sonny Gray, as well, as they seem dead set on adding rotation help before the deadline. Nightengale also adds that the Cardinals have told teams that "they may buy and sell at the same time." Lynn would make sense as a guy that they'd sell as an impending free agent, as they have some viable options to plug into their rotation like Luke Weaver and Tyler Lyons. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:10 pm
  • Wright (shoulder) begins rehab stint
    Mike Wright (shoulder) gave up four runs over two-third of an inning Monday in his first minor league rehab appearance with the Gulf Coast League Orioles.

    Advice: Not the best results, but Wright is finally over his bout of shoulder bursitis. He'll likely pitch in long relief upon his return. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:55 am
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  • Francisco Liriano (neck) doesn't need MRI
    Francisco Liriano (neck/back) doesn't need an MRI.

    Advice: Liriano said early Sunday that his neck and back were still "really sore" after he was removed from Saturday's start, but it sounds like he must be feeling better after undergoing treatment. His status for his next scheduled start is still uncertain. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 11:52 am
  • Liriano's (neck) next start in question
    Francisco Liriano (neck/back) said Sunday that he's unsure whether he'll be ready to make his next start.

    Advice: Liriano said he's still "really sore" after leaving Saturday's outing with an injured neck and back. The Blue Jays haven't placed him on the disabled list yet, so it appears they'll give the southpaw a few days to see if he feels better. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:41 am
  • Jhoulys Chacin sharp in no-decision
    Jhoulys Chacin allowed three earned runs while scattering six hits over six innings in a no-decision against the Giants on Saturday.

    Advice: Chacin walked four and struck out four in the 102-pitch quality start. He hasn't lost in three starts in the month of July, posting a 2-0 record and 2.08 ERA while striking out 16 batters over 17 1/3 innings. If he can cut down on his walks he could be an effective option in mixed formats, but for now he is best used in NL-only play. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:27 pm
  • Castillo registers quality start against Nats
    Luis Castillo allowed three runs over six innings in a loss to the Nationals on Saturday.

    Advice: Castillo and Nationals starter Max Scherzer combined to allow three runs over the game's first six innings; the teams' bullpens gave up 14 runs before it was all said and done. Even so, it was Castillo who took the loss despite allowing just three hits on the night. Four walks didn't help his cause, but the 24-year-old did strike out six. Castillo has been very good through five major league starts, posting a 3.41 ERA with 36 strikeouts in 29 innings of work. The Reds haven't rewarded his efforts with much support, but such is life for a below-.500 team. Castillo will next take the hill Thursday against the Diamondbacks. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:14 pm
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  • Lynn fires 6 1/3 scoreless in win over Bucs
    Lance Lynn scattered eight hits over 6 1/3 scoreless innings in the Cardinals' 4-0 shutout of the Pirates on Saturday.

    Advice: Lynn wasn't flawless, but he made pitches when he needed to, and the Pirates weren't able to come up with a big hit in certain spots. The right-hander also made use of three strikeouts without walking a batter. He's now rattled off two straight scoreless starts to improve his record to 8-6 with a 3.40 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in 19 starts overall. The 30-year-old will next take on the Mets on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:20 pm
  • Francisco Liriano exits with neck tightness
    Francisco Liriano left Saturday's start against the Tigers with neck tightness.

    Advice: Liriano never looked right on Saturday, scattering three hits, five runs and four walks over two-plus innings. He walked the bases loaded in the third before finally getting the hook. It's unclear if he'll be ready to make his next turn Thursday against Boston. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:33 pm
  • Wright (shoulder) nearing rehab assignment
    Mike Wright (shoulder) will begin a minor league rehab assignment on Monday.

    Advice: Wright resumed throwing about two weeks ago and is finally ready to test his arm against minor league competition. After landing on the DL in late May, Wright is finally nearing a return from shoulder bursitis. He'll occupy a long relief role upon activation. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:34 pm
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  • Gaviglio likely to return Tuesday vs. Houston
    Mariners manager Scott Servais said the team will likely call up Sam Gaviglio to start Tuesday against the Astros.

    Advice: That will be the first time the Mariners need a fifth starter. Gaviglio was optioned to the minors during the All-Star break but that had more to do with roster maneurving than his performance. The rookie has had mixed results this year, logging a 4.31 ERA over 10 starts for Seattle. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:31 pm
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  • McCarthy gives up four runs in no-decision
    Brandon McCarthy surrendered four runs in 4 2/3 innings against the Marlins on Friday.

    Advice: The Dodgers grabbed the lead in the top of the fifth inning, but McCarthy gave up three runs in the bottom of the frame before being pulled. This was just the second time in his last nine starts that he gave up more than two earned runs. He’ll attempt to rebound against the Braves in his next outing. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:33 pm
  • D'Backs have 'significant interest' in Phelps
    Craig Mish of Fantasy Sports Radio on SiriusXM reports that the Diamondbacks are showing "significant interest" in David Phelps.

    Advice: Mish adds that it's possible the D'Backs could be interested in a trade that involves both Phelps and A.J. Ramos, although the Marlins would figure to net more in a trade if they dealt the relievers separately. Phelps and Ramos both have one year of arbitration eligibility remaining and it's clear that the out-of-contention Marlins aren't interested in paying them raises this winter. Adding Phelps would help Arizona fortify a bullpen that includes the shaky Fernando Rodney in the ninth inning. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:11 am
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  • Keone Kela (shoulder) nearing return
    Keone Kela (shoulder) accompanied the Rangers on their trip to Kansas City.

    Advice: Kela is nearing a return after missing the past two weeks with shoulder soreness. "I threw this week during the All-Star break and my arm felt great and responded well the next day," he said. "I feel ready, my mind's there." It doesn't look like Kela will be activated on Friday but he should be back at some point during the Rangers' upcoming road trip. Kela could become a closer option upon his return as the Rangers have struggled to find consistency in the ninth inning. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:58 pm
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