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  • Antonio Senzatela takes first loss
    Antonio Senzatela took his first loss Thursday after allowing four runs in six innings against the Nationals.

    Advice: Four runs in six innings against the Nationals in Coors Field actually seems like a pretty good showing; consider that the Nationals totaled 42 runs over their other 30 offensive innings in the series. Senzatela, now 3-1 with a 2.81 ERA, would be intriguing for fantasy purposes if he pitched anywhere else. Today, 3:51 pm
  • Latos goes six scoreless versus Cardinals
    Mat Latos tossed six scoreless innings Thursday in a no-decision versus the Cardinals.

    Advice: Latos walked four but held the Cardinals to three hits in the afternoon outing at Busch Stadium. Toronto lost the game in the 11th inning after Roberto Osuna blew his third save of the season in the bottom of the ninth. Today, 2:26 pm
    L, 8-4 @StL ; Top 5, 1-6 @StL
  • 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. Today, 2:15 pm
    60-Day DL
    Top 7, 0-1 vs NYY
  • Hector Neris notches third save
    Hector Neris needed just seven pitches to pick up his third save of the year Thursday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Six of those were strikes. Neris protected a 2-1 lead after Joaquin Benoit set him up in the eighth. The Phillies' front office wanted Benoit getting these saves, but Pete Mackanin has gotten his way so far. While no one has named Neris the closer, it's clear he's Mackanin's choice. Today, 1:51 pm
  • Edinson Volquez drops to 0-4
    Edinson Volquez fell to 0-4 after allowing three runs -- two earned -- in 5 2/3 innings Thursday against the Phillies.

    Advice: Volquez still doesn't have a quality start in five tries. In fact, he's pitched six innings just once. He was supposed to be the Marlins' starter to work deepest into games, but he's averaging right at five innings an outing right now. Today, 1:50 pm
  • 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. Today, 10:57 am
    60-Day DL
    Top 7, 0-1 vs NYY
  • So-so start for Fedde on Wednesday
    Nationals prospect Eric Fedde gave up four runs in seven innings for Double-A Harrisburg on Wednesday.

    Advice: Fedde did strike out five and walked just two, so it wasn't a terrible start by any means. The 2014 first-round pick had been outstanding in his previous starts, however, showing a 92-94 mph fastball and excellent slider. This is the Nationals best pitching prospect, and assuming they don't trade him for a closer, he could be a part of the rotation at some point in 2018. Today, 10:43 am
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    W, 16-5 @Col
  • Yarbrough impresses
    Rays prospect Ryan Yarbrough struck out eight hitters in 6 1/3 innings for Triple-A Durham on Wednesday.

    Advice: Yarbrough allowed just two runs on six hits and two walks in his just over six innings. Acquired in the Drew Smyly deal, Yarbrough doesn't get a ton of hype, but with a strong change and a sinking fastball, his stuff is better than advertised. He also throws those pitches and an average breaking-balls for strikes, so he absolutely has the ability to pitch in the back of a rotation. Just don't expect anything more. Today, 10:34 am
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  • 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. Today, 10:21 am
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    W, 16-5 @Col
  • 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. Today, 10:08 am
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    W, 5-1 @SF
  • Shaky start for Giolito
    White Sox pitching prospect Lucas Giolito gave up four runs in five innings on Monday for Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Giolito also gave up five hits and two walks, but did strike out seven in the outing. This is not the first time that Giolito has gotten off to a slow start, but it's still slightly concerning. You should still expect Reynaldo Lopez to get the call to the show first, even if Giolito has more upside. Today, 10:01 am
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  • 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. Today, 8:28 am
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    L, 2-1 vs Sea
  • 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. Today, 8:19 am
  • 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. Today, 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. Yesterday, 11:32 pm
    7:07 pm vs Oak
  • D'Backs demote Godley
    Diamondbacks optioned RHP Zack Godley to Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: Godley gave up two runs over five innings against the Padres in his spot start Wednesday in place of Shelby Miller. It's possible he'll rejoin the rotation next weekend, but the Diamondbacks don't need him before then, since they have Monday off. Yesterday, 10:45 pm
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    6:40 pm vs SD
  • Zack Godley called up for Wednesday's start
    Diamondbacks recalled RHP Zack Godley from Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: Silvino Bracho was optioned to Reno in the corresponding roster move. Godley will draw the start Wednesday against the Padres. The right-hander holds a 5.34 ERA across 36 major league appearances (15 starts). Yesterday, 3:35 pm
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    6:40 pm vs SD
  • 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. Yesterday, 3:00 pm
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    W, 16-5 @Col
  • Godley to start Wednesday versus Padres
    Zack Godley will start for the Diamondbacks on Wednesday against the Padres.

    Advice: The rest of the Arizona rotation will shift back one day. Godley is filling in for Shelby Miller, who could be out for a while with a right elbow injury. Godley was off to a nice start this year with Triple-A Reno but probably won't work too well as a streaming option. Tuesday, 3:46 pm
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    6:40 pm vs SD
  • 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
    7:07 pm vs Oak
  • Neris allows run in non-save situation
    Hector Neris allowed a run in a non-save situation Sunday versus the Braves.

    Advice: Neris gave up two walks and two hits in an ugly ninth inning, but the Phillies were able to hang on for a 5-2 victory. Neris also struggled in an appearance Friday against Atlanta but earned his second save of the season. He'll continue to split save opportunities with Joaquin Benoit. Sunday, 1:21 pm
  • 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
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    W, 5-1 @SF
  • 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
    7:07 pm vs Oak
  • Antonio Senzatela runs record to 3-0
    Antonio Senzatela allowed just one earned run and four hits with no walks over seven innings in a victory Saturday against the Giants.

    Advice: Senzatela also struck out three batters in the 90-pitch quality start, running his record to 3-0 while lowering his ERA to 2.08. The Venezuelan right-hander has rattled off three straight quality starts, lasting at least seven innings in each of the outings. Despite the solid showings his fantasy ceiling remains rather limited since half of his games are at Coors Field. Saturday, 10:28 pm
  • Neris and Benoit continue to share closer job
    Phillies' manager Pete Mackanin reiterated after Friday's game that Joaquin Benoit and Hector Neris will continue to share the closer's role.

    Advice: Benoit worked a perfect eighth inning on Friday while Neris allowed a run but converted his second straight save in the ninth. While it's nice that Mackanin trusts both hurlers in the ninth innings, fantasy owners would welcome more clarity to this situation in the coming weeks. Saturday, 5:34 am
  • Mat Latos gives up four runs to Angels
    Mat Latos yielded four runs in five innings Friday in a no-decision against the Angels.

    Advice: Latos allowed six hits, walked three and struck out one. Probably any other AL offense would have touched him up for more than four runs tonight. Saturday, 1:05 am
    L, 8-4 @StL ; Top 5, 1-6 @StL
  • Neris overcomes long ball, rain to earn save
    Hector Neris allowed a solo homer to Adonis Garcia and battled a 26-minute rain delay, but was able to escape with his second save of the season on Friday.

    Advice: Neris was tasked with protecting a two-run advantage in the ninth inning and made things interesting by allowing a home run to Garcia before a 26-minute rain delay. After the delay, he allowed a pair of singles but was able to battle back and retire the Braves without further damage. He seems to have leapfrogged Joaquin Benoit for save chances, but with his struggles here it's anyone's guess who Pete Mackanin will turn to the next time the Phillies have a lead to protect in the ninth inning. Friday, 7:20 pm
  • Blue Jays purchase contract of Mat Latos
    Blue Jays purchased the contract of RHP Mat Latos from Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: The Jays have been hit hard with injuries in their starting rotation, so the veteran right-hander will get a chance to pitch in the big leagues again. Despite his solid run with the White Sox to begin the 2016 season, he isn't a recommended fantasy option in any format. Friday, 4:18 pm
    L, 8-4 @StL ; Top 5, 1-6 @StL
  • Mackanin: Neris would get save chance Friday
    Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said that Hector Neris would be used if the team gets a save chance on Friday.

    Advice: Neris was somewhat surprisingly used in a save chance Thursday against the Mets and closed things out. While Mackanin still doesn't appear ready to officially name Neris his closer, it certainly looks like he's first in line for save opportunities at the moment. Joaquin Benoit appears poised for a setup role again, although we can't rule out him netting a stray save from time to time. Friday, 1:29 pm
  • Mackanin mum on Phillies' closer situation
    Phillies manager Pete Mackanin declined to name a closer after using Hector Neris to close out Thursday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: Joaquin Benoit took over closer duties from Jeanmar Gomez last week but may have ruined his opportunity by allowing a walk-off home run to Bryce Harper on Sunday. Benoit pitched the eighth inning on Thursday before giving way to Neris in the ninth. Neris has been the Phillies' best reliever since Ken Giles left and probably should have been pitching the ninth inning all along. He needs to be owned in all leagues. Thursday, 8:11 pm
  • Giolito strikes out eight
    White Sox pitching prospect Lucas Giolito gave up three runs and struck out eight in just under six innings for Triple-A Charlotte on Wednesday.

    Advice: Giolito gave up three runs in his 5 1/3 innings on Wednesday on four hits with three walks along with the eight punch outs. This marks the second straight year that the talented right-hander has struggled to start the season, which is frustrating, but also a good reminder not to panic. He still has upper-echelon stuff, and he should be a part of the White Sox rotation before the end of the year. Thursday, 10:09 am
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  • Volquez knocked for four runs in defeat
    Edinson Volquez surrendered four runs on five hits over three innings in Wednesday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: The Marlins handed Volquez a 2-0 lead heading into the bottom of the first inning. That would not last for long, as the veteran right-hander proceeded to give up one run in the first inning, two in the second and one more in the third before being relieved of duty. His overall results through four starts have been somewhat mixed, with two starts of two or fewer runs allowed and two of four or more. This all equals out to an unappealing 4.82 ERA and 1.66 WHIP. A road date with the Phillies shows next on his schedule. Wednesday, 4:29 pm
  • Jays to start Latos this weekend vs. Angels
    Mat Latos will start for the Blue Jays this weekend against the Angels.

    Advice: Toronto needs two emergency starters with J.A. Happ (elbow) and Aaron Sanchez (blister) both hitting the disabled list this week. Casey Lawrence will get the other vacant rotation spot. Latos had allowed three runs -- one earned -- on six walks and seven hits through nine innings (two starts) this season with Triple-A Buffalo. He makes for a poor streaming option. Wednesday, 10:26 am
    L, 8-4 @StL ; Top 5, 1-6 @StL
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