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  • Norris continues to confound with fourth save
    Bud Norris pitched a scoreless ninth inning Thursday to close out a 2-1 win over the Athletics.

    Advice: Norris issued a one-out walk to Yonder Alonso but pitched around any further damage, finishing off the A's without incident. He's now a perfect 4-for-4 in save opportunities since taking over for the injured Cam Bedrosian, and the 32-year-old has a legit 2.84 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 15/5 K/BB ratio over 12 2/3 innings. Bedrosian was similarly dominant before hitting the shelf, but Norris may actually be forcing his way into manager Mike Scioscia's plans at closer and is worth an add in mixed leagues to find out. Yesterday, 9:48 pm
  • Buddy Boshers joining Twins on Friday
    Buddy Boshers will be recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Friday.

    Advice: He'll take the roster spot vacated by Hector Santiago, who will be away from the team while he attends his grandmother's funeral. Under normal circumstances the Twins would have to keep Boshers in the minors for at least 10 days (he was optioned to Rochester after Sunday's game), but that rule is being waived because Santiago is going on the bereavement list. Boshers tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings in his only outing for the Twins this year. Yesterday, 4:29 pm
    Not Active
    5:15 pm @KC
  • Jordan Lyles gives up four runs in relief
    Jordan Lyles gave up four runs in 1 1/3 innings out of the pen Thursday against the Nationals.

    Advice: One of the odder decisions of the offseason was the Rockies choosing to pay Lyles $3.175 million in arbitration rather than just non-tender him. Had they went that route, they might have been able to bring him back on a minor league deal anyway. Lyles is sporting a 9.28 ERA through 10 2/3 innings out of the pen. Yesterday, 3:49 pm
  • Carson Smith (elbow) had a setback
    Carson Smith (elbow) recently had a setback in his recovery from Tommy John surgery.

    Advice: That might explain why Smith was just transferred to the 60-day DL. Smith has resumed long tossing but hasn't thrown off a mound in two weeks. The Red Sox were hoping to have Smith back in early June but that's no longer an option. The 27-year-old has yet to pitch a game for the Red Sox since arriving in a trade with Seattle in December 2015. Yesterday, 2:15 pm
    60-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs ChC
  • Burdi continues to impress
    White Sox prospect Zach Burdi pitched two scoreless innings in relief for Triple-A Charlotte on Wednesday.

    Advice: In just under eight innings, Burdi has struck out 13 hitters, and opposing batters are hitting just .219 against him. With a triple-digit fastball, nasty slider and impressive change, he has the stuff to be a dominant closer at the next level. Don't be surprised if he's closing out games for the White Sox before the end of the 2017 season. Yesterday, 11:52 am
    Not Active
    4:10 pm @Det
  • Locke (biceps) nearing rehab assignment
    Jeff Locke (biceps) has been pitching simulated games in Jupiter, Florida.

    Advice: And if everything continues to go smoothly the left-hander should soon be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment. Locke has been out all season because of tendinitis in his left biceps. "I know he's feeling good," manager Don Mattingly told on Thursday. "Not one report I've read that he's had any negative effect to what he's doing. He's really getting closer." Yesterday, 11:00 am
    10-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Pit
  • Red Sox transfer Carson Smith to 60-day DL
    Red Sox transferred RHP Carson Smith from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: The move clears a 40-man roster spot for infielder Chase d'Arnaud, who was claimed off waivers from the Braves on Thursday. Smith is still working his way back from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. He should be ready sometime in June. Yesterday, 10:57 am
    60-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs ChC
  • Jacob Turner sticking around as reliever
    Jacob Turner will be kept around to serve as a long man out of the Nationals' bullpen.

    Advice: There was some thought that he might be designated for assignment after his spot start Monday, but the Nationals decided to option Matt Grace instead. Turner pitched pretty well in that outing on Monday, holding the Rockies to three runs over six innings at power-friendly Coors Field. Yesterday, 10:44 am
  • Six shutout innings for Lee
    Orioles pitching prospect Chris Lee pitched six shutout innings for Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday.

    Advice: Lee allowed five scattered hits, walked just one and struck out four. Lee needed a start like this, as he'd struggled mightily in his first three outings for Norfolk. With an above-average fastball and slider and useful change, he should have more outings like this coming. He could get a chance to start for the Orioles at some point in 2017. Yesterday, 10:25 am
    Not Active
    4:05 pm @NYY
  • Nationals option Matt Grace to Syracuse
    Nationals optioned LHP Matt Grace to Triple-A Syracuse.

    Advice: Grace was only in the majors for a day and threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief against the Rockies. The 28-year-old left-hander will be back up eventually. Yesterday, 10:21 am
    Not Active
    4:05 pm vs NYM
  • Dodgers option Liberatore back to AAA
    Dodgers optioned LHP Adam Liberatore to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: The move clears a 25-man roster spot for Julio Urias, who will join the Dodgers' starting rotation Thursday against the Giants. Liberatore has made just one appearance this season at the major league level and it wasn't a good one. Yesterday, 10:08 am
    Not Active
    7:10 pm vs Phi
  • Danny Barnes to serve as 26th man Thurs.
    Danny Barnes will serve as the Blue Jays' 26th man for Thursday's doubleheader in St. Louis.

    Advice: He's only eligible to pitch in the night game. The 27-year-old right-hander has worked 3 2/3 scoreless innings of relief this season at the major league level. Yesterday, 9:07 am
    Not Active
    4:07 pm vs TB
  • Tigers option Kyle Ryan to AAA Toledo
    Tigers optioned LHP Kyle Ryan to Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: The move clears a 25-man roster spot for shortstop Jose Iglesias, who's been activated from the 7-day concussion disabled list. Ryan has allowed five runs on nine hits and seven walks in 5 2/3 innings of relief this season for Detroit. Yesterday, 8:28 am
    Not Active
    4:10 pm vs CWS
  • Cishek (hip) works scoreless Double-A frame
    Steve Cishek (hip) worked a scoreless rehab inning Wednesday night with Double-A Arkansas.

    Advice: A positive step for the veteran reliever, who had yielded two runs on four hits and three walks in 2 1/3 innings over his first three rehab outings. Cishek is expected to make another appearance on Thursday and could join the Mariners' active roster this weekend if that goes smoothly. Yesterday, 8:20 am
    10-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Cle
  • Tuivailala serving as 26th man on Thursday
    Sam Tuivailala will serve as the Cardinals' 26th man in Thursday's doubleheader against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Tuivailala is only be eligible to pitch in the second game. The hard-throwing right-hander allowed one run over three innings of relief earlier this season for St. Louis before getting optioned to Triple-A Memphis. Yesterday, 8:19 am
    Not Active
    5:15 pm vs Cin
  • Braves add Jason Motte to MLB bullpen
    Braves purchased the contract of RHP Jason Motte from Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Motte signed a minor league contract with Atlanta earlier this month after getting released by the Rockies at the end of spring training. The former closer will work in middle relief for the Braves. Yesterday, 7:46 am
  • Bud Norris records third save
    Bud Norris pitched a perfect ninth against the A's for his third save Wednesday.

    Advice: Norris got two strikeouts, both looking, in protecting the three-run lead tonight. He's 3-for-3 in saves since Cam Bedrosian went down. Wednesday, 11:32 pm
  • Matt Grace called up to replace Koda Glover
    Nationals recalled LHP Matt Grace from Triple-A Syracuse.

    Advice: He'll replace Koda Glover, who was placed on the disabled list with a left hip impingement. Grace has posted an underwhelming 5.63 ERA in five outings including one start for Syracuse this year. He'll be used in middle relief. Wednesday, 3:00 pm
    Not Active
    4:05 pm vs NYM
  • Cishek (hip) struggling on rehab assignment
    Steve Cishek (hip) has allowed two runs on four hits and three walks in 2 1/3 innings over his first three rehab outings with Double-A Arkansas and Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: And the Mariners don't plan on activating him from the disabled list until he shows better effectiveness. "I’d like him to iron out some of the mechanical stuff," manager Scott Servais said Tuesday. "He’s going through spring training. It just happens to be in late April." Cishek underwent major hip surgery last October. Tuesday, 2:20 pm
    10-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Cle
  • Bud Norris notches second save
    Bud Norris recorded his second save Monday in the Angels' 2-1 win over the Jays.

    Advice: Norris gave up a single and a walk to start the inning, but he was able to strike out Chris Coghlan and induce a double-play ball from Devon Travis to end the game. Expect him to keep getting save chances until Cam Bedrosian returns. Monday, 10:45 pm
  • Jacob Turner turns in quality start
    Jacob Turner pitched well in his spot start Monday, allowing three runs over six innings against the Rockies in Coors Field.

    Advice: Turner left with a 4-3 lead, but it didn't survive the seventh. He'll likely be sent down for a fresh arm now, though the Nationals would risk losing him on waivers. Monday, 9:54 pm
  • Jacob Turner called up for spot start
    Nationals purchased the contract of RHP Jacob Turner from Triple-A Syracuse.

    Advice: Turner will make a spot start on Monday in Colorado with Stephen Strasburg going on paternity leave. Needless to say, it's a situation to avoid for fantasy owners. Monday, 2:09 pm
  • Jacob Turner to start for Nationals on Monday
    Nationals manager Dusty Baker confirmed Sunday that Jacob Turner will be recalled from Triple-A Syracuse to start on Monday against the Rockies in Colorado.

    Advice: The Nationals were forced to shuffle their rotation with Stephen Strasburg going on paternity leave and Baker didn't want one of the club's prospects to be forced into making their MLB debut against the Rockies at Coors Field. Turner owns a career 5.09 ERA and 1.51 WHIP in 323 1/3 big league innings and will be a popular target to attack in daily fantasy on Monday. Sunday, 8:27 pm
  • Twins option Buddy Boshers back to Triple-A
    Twins optioned LHP Buddy Boshers to Triple-A Rochester

    Advice: The 28-year-old pitched well against the Tigers on Sunday, hurling 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief, but because of that he wouldn't be available the next few days. The Twins won't announce a corresponding roster move until Monday. Sunday, 3:16 pm
    Not Active
    5:15 pm @KC
  • Adam Liberatore recalled from Triple-A
    Dodgers recalled LHP Adam Liberatore from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Liberatore didn't win an Opening Day roster spot despite some nice work for the Dodgers last season, but he's back up after allowing just one run in his first six relief appearances at Oklahoma City. He'll be used as a lefty specialist. Sunday, 10:39 am
    Not Active
    7:10 pm vs Phi
  • Buddy Boshers recalled from Triple-A
    Twins recalled LHP Buddy Boshers from Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: Boshers had a nice 37/7 K/BB ratio over 36 relief innings for the Twins last season. He'll be used as a lefty specialist. Sunday, 6:14 am
    Not Active
    5:15 pm @KC
  • Bud Norris nails down first save
    Bud Norris allowed a single in a scoreless ninth inning for his first save of the season Saturday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Norris needed just six pitches in the tidy effort, throwing five for strikes, filling in rather admirably for the injured Cam Bedrosian (groin). If Norris continues to serve in the closer's role with Bedrosian on the shelf he would have some nice short-term fantasy appeal in AL-only play. Saturday, 11:51 pm
  • Danny Barnes optioned to Triple-A Buffalo
    Blue Jays optioned RHP Danny Barnes to Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: The Blue Jays badly needed a fresh arm following Friday's 13-inning win over the Angels. Barnes hurled two scoreless innings in that game. Leonel Campos was called up from Buffalo in the corresponding move. Saturday, 6:28 pm
    Not Active
    4:07 pm vs TB
  • Cishek (hip) moves rehab to AAA Tacoma
    Steve Cishek (hip) has shifted his minor league rehab assignment to Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: Cishek looked sharp in a scoreless frame Monday with Double-A Arkansas, his first live appearance since undergoing hip surgery last October. Cishek is expected to pitch 2-3 times with Tacoma before joining the Mariners' active roster next week in a setup role. Thursday, 6:41 am
    10-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Cle
  • Blue Jays recall RHP Branes from Triple-A
    Blue Jays recalled RHP Danny Barnes from Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: Barnes, 27, had allowed two runs in six innings over his first four appearances in Triple-A this year. He put up a 3.95 ERA over 12 appearances with the Blue Jays last season. He'll operate in middle relief. Tuesday, 10:42 am
    Not Active
    4:07 pm vs TB
  • Cishek (hip) begins rehab assignment
    Steve Cishek (hip) tossed a scoreless inning Monday in his first minor league rehab appearance with Double-A Arkansas.

    Advice: It was his first appearance since undergoing hip surgery last October. The plan calls for him to make three or four more appearances in the minors before joining the Mariners' bullpen. Barring any setbacks, he's on track to return by the end of the month. Tuesday, 7:31 am
    10-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Cle
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