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  • Red Sox transfer Robbie Ross to 60-day DL
    Red Sox transferred LHP Robbie Ross to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Nothing has changed in the recovery for the left-hander, this was done merely as a procedural move to free up a roster spot for the promotion of Rafael Devers on Monday. Yesterday, 9:26 pm
    10-Day DL
    7:10 pm @Sea
  • Red Sox option Kyle Martin back to Triple-A
    Red Sox optioned RHP Kyle Martin to Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: Martin was only with the club for a couple of days as an extra bullpen arm. The 26-year-old owns a 3.86 ERA, 1.71 WHIP and 1/2 K/BB ratio in 2 1/3 innings at the big league level this season. He should get another chance with the Red Sox when rosters expand in September. Yesterday, 9:25 pm
  • Matt Grace wobbly in relief of Strasburg
    After Stephen Strasburg left Sunday's win over the Diamondbacks due to an undisclosed injury, Matt Grace came in to allow two runs on three hits over 2 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Strasburg managed two innings before being sidelined by possible injury, after which Grace came on to try to give the Nationals a little length. Two runs scored against him in the fifth inning and he finished up his long-relief duty having struck out one and walked one. In 23 appearances this season, Grace is pitching to a 3.65 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 15/10 K/BB ratio. Yesterday, 5:38 pm
  • Ross Stripling allows one run in long relief
    Coming on to replace an injured Clayton Kershaw (back), Ross Stripling tossed three innings of one-run ball in Sunday's 10-inning win over the Braves.

    Advice: Kershaw managed just two innings before a tight back forced him out of action. Enter Stripling, who struck out two, walked two and allowed two hits (including an RBI double to Brandon Phillips) over his three innings of work. He owns a 3.55 ERA and 1.31 WHIP in 27 appearances this season. Yesterday, 5:07 pm
  • Garcia earns first save Sunday vs. Braves
    Luis Garcia earned his first save of the season Sunday in the Phillies' win over the Braves.

    Advice: Garcia worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning on just nine total pitches, striking out one of the three batters he faced. The 30-year-old right-hander owns a shiny 2.25 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in 40 innings this season and could get more save opportunities down the stretch as the Phillies finish out a disappointing 2017 campaign. Yesterday, 1:55 pm
  • Cueto (blisters) resumes throwing program
    Johnny Cueto (blisters) has resumed playing light catch.

    Advice: Cueto is a little over a week removed from being placed on the disabled list due to multiple blisters on his pitching hand. He's doing much better now and it sounds like he should be able to rejoin the Giants' rotation in relatively short order. Yesterday, 12:17 pm
    10-Day DL
    7:15 pm vs Pit
  • Anthony Banda optioned to Triple-A
    Diamondbacks optioned LHP Anthony Banda to Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: Banda allowed four runs and struck out five over 5 2/3 frames against the Nationals on Saturday in his major league debut. It was a spot start while Taijuan Walker was on paternity leave. Yesterday, 5:59 am
    Not Active
    6:40 pm vs Atl
  • Rob Scahill designated for assignment
    Brewers designated RHP Rob Scahill for assignment.

    Advice: It's the second time in the last month and third time since January that he's been designated for assignment. Scahill can elect free agency if he wants. Yesterday, 5:55 am
    Not Active
  • Ariel Miranda holds his own against Yanks
    Ariel Miranda allowed two earned runs, five hits and a walk with four strikeouts across 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision Saturday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Miranda has made three appearances in the month of July, posting a 7.31 ERA across 16 innings with no decisions. He'll look to keep things trending in the right direction in his next scheduled outing Friday against the Mets. Yesterday, 2:54 am
  • J.C. Ramirez shows well at home
    J.C. Ramirez allowed three runs - one earned - and five hits with three walks and six strikeouts across six innings in a win against the Red Sox on Saturday.

    Advice: Ramirez has alternated wins and losses in the month of July, posting quality starts in two of his past three outings while lasting at least six innings in each appearance. The win at home was a rarity, as he is still just 2-5 with a 5.10 ERA over 10 starts and one relief appearance at the Big A. He is 7-3 with a 3.60 ERA in nine starts and two relief outings. His next scheduled start is set for July 27 in Cleveland. Yesterday, 1:37 am
  • German Marquez sharp in win against Pirates
    German Marquez allowed two earned runs, three hits and two walks with nine strikeouts over seven innings in a win against the Pirates on Saturday.

    Advice: Marquez had a dismal month of June, going 1-2 with a 5.48 ERA over five outings. He has picked up the pace rather nicely in July, posting three consecutive victories and quality starts. He'll look to extend that run in his next scheduled outing Friday in Washington opposite Stephen Strasburg. Saturday, 11:52 pm
  • Anthony Banda knocked around in debut
    Anthony Banda allowed four earned runs, seven hits and no walks with five strikeouts across 5 2/3 innings in a loss against the Nationals on Saturday.

    Advice: Banda threw 55 of his 82 pitches for strikes in his major league debut. He didn't fare much worse or much better than his time at the Triple-A level. He has a 5.08 ERA with a 1.43 WHIP and 93/43 K/BB ratio. He can be avoided in most fantasy formats for now. Saturday, 11:09 pm
    Not Active
    6:40 pm vs Atl
  • Sean Doolittle picks up second save for Nats
    Sean Doolittle allowed one unearned run with a walk and a strikeout for his second save Saturday in Arizona.

    Advice: Doolittle threw 13 of his 18 pitches for strikes, and needed to work a little overtime after Anthony Rendon's throwing error extended the inning and helped a run come in. Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle have been a nice one-two punch in the eighth and ninth inning, which is exactly what Washington hoped after acquiring them. Saturday, 10:59 pm
  • Stephenson lets in five runs in 5 1/3 on Sat.
    Robert Stephenson coughed up five runs in 5 1/3 innings and was charged with a loss to the Marlins in his first start of the season on Saturday.

    Advice: He might have been OK if he hadn't had to face J.T. Realmuto in the ballgame. The Marlins' backstop ripped Stephenson for a pair of two-run homers to single-handedly ruin his day. Stephenson allowed eight hits and two walks while notching five strikeouts. He spent time in the Reds' bullpen early in the season, fared poorly and was sent back to Triple-A to pitch in the rotation. He turned in a 3.79 ERA in 40 1/3 innings on the farm and was rewarded with a call to the majors. The rebuilding Reds will probably give him some more chances but fantasy owners should look elsewhere. He has an 8.10 ERA and 1.97 ERA with 32 strikeouts and nine home runs in 30 major-league innings this year. Saturday, 10:08 pm
  • McHugh gives up four runs in season debut
    Collin McHugh gave up four runs in 4 2/3 innings while making his season debut against the Orioles on Saturday.

    Advice: He made it through the first four innings allowing one hit and no runs but then fell apart in the fifth. He allowed a pair of two-run homers in that frame, one to Adam Jones and the other to Jonathan Schoop. McHugh struck out four and walked two in the outing. He had missed the entire season before today with an elbow injury. The Astros' starting rotation will be rather crowded when ace Dallas Keuchel returns to action in the coming days. McHugh will face the Tigers on the road on Friday. Saturday, 9:47 pm
  • Pelfrey keeps Royals in check in no-decision
    Mike Pelfrey held the Royals to one run on two hits, albeit with six walks, over five innings in a no-decision Saturday.

    Advice: Pelfrey had trouble throwing strikes but it worked for him, as he kept the Royals offense off-balance for most of the night. Unfortunately for Big Pelf, he pitches for the White Sox, so he can't have nice things like wins. The no-decision leaves his record at 3-7 with a 4.46 ERA and 1.45 WHIP through 18 appearances, including 16 starts, to date. The 33-year-old will seek the elusive win Thursday against the Cubs. Saturday, 9:31 pm
  • Johnny Cueto (blister) still not throwing
    Johnny Cueto (blister) has yet to resume throwing.

    Advice: Cueto's pitching hand is covered in blisters and obviously needs time to heal. With the Giants going nowhere, there's no reason to rush his recovery. Beat reporter Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle said it will be "a good while" before he returns to the Giants' rotation. Saturday, 4:00 pm
    10-Day DL
    7:15 pm vs Pit
  • Reds recall Stephenson for Saturday start
    Reds recalled RHP Robert Stephenson from Triple-A Louisville.

    Advice: He'll get the start against the Marlins on Saturday night. The 24-year-old has been a disaster in 13 appearances out of the Reds' bullpen this season, posting an 8.03 ERA, 1.99 WHIP and 27/16 K/BB ratio, but looked much better in the rotation at Triple-A. Still, this is a situation where daily players would be wise to fire up a Marlins' stack or two on Saturday. Saturday, 9:19 am
  • Diamondbacks promote Banda for Saturday start
    Diamondbacks recalled LHP Anthony Banda from Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: The 23-year-old southpaw will make his big league debut on Saturday against the Nationals. While he's talented, he owns a troublesome 5.08 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 93/43 K/BB ratio across 101 innings at Triple-A Reno. He should be avoided for his debut against a hard-hitting Nationals' squad. Saturday, 7:02 am
    Not Active
    6:40 pm vs Atl
  • Robert Stephenson to start for Reds Saturday
    Robert Stephenson will be recalled to start Saturday against the Marlins.

    Advice: He's taking Scott Feldman's (knee) spot in the rotation. Stephenson really struggled earlier this season for the Reds, but he's pitched well at Triple-A Louisville with a 3.79 ERA and 45/13 K/BB ratio over 40 1/3 innings. The righty boasts a 34/3 K/BB ratio across 27 1/3 frames covering his last five starts. Friday, 10:13 am
  • Red Sox recall Kyle Martin from Pawtucket
    Red Sox recalled RHP Kyle Martin from Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: This will be the first major league callup for the 26-year-old right-hander, who owns a 3.47 ERA in 267 1/3 career minor league innings. Martin figures to operate as a mop-up man with Boston. Wednesday, 11:40 am
  • Sean Doolittle nails down first save
    Sean Doolittle allowed a run, a hit and a walk in the ninth inning in Tuesday's road outing against the Angels, but he held on for his first save.

    Advice: Doolittle followed up Ryan Madson's scoreless eighth inning, as the Nats showed off their two new toys in the back end of the bullpen in the 4-3 victory at Anaheim. Doolittle and Madson were acquired from the A's on Sunday for a trio of players. The two relievers might share ninth-inning duties in Washington moving forward. Wednesday, 2:17 am
  • McHugh (elbow) will make season debut Sat.
    Collin McHugh (elbow) will make his season debut Saturday in Baltimore.

    Advice: McHugh got the go-ahead after allowing just one unearned run over six innings Sunday in his final rehab start with Double-A Corpus Christi. The 30-year-old right-hander might carry sneaky fantasy value in the second half on a very good Astros team. He had a 3.71 ERA, 1.249 WHIP, and 8.4 K/9 in 543 innings for Houston between 2014-2016. Tuesday, 2:13 pm
  • Ariel Miranda gives up two homers to Astros
    Ariel Miranda pitched 5 2/3 innings and allowed five runs in a no-decision versus the Astros on Monday.

    Advice: Miranda seems to be losing it some; he allowed two runs or fewer in 12 of his first 17 stats, but he's given up 11 runs his last two times out. He's up to 22 homers allowed in 109 2/3 innings, which is why he has a 4.35 ERA despite an excellent 1.16 WHIP. Monday, 9:29 pm
  • German Marquez strikes out nine in win
    German Marquez yielded three runs in 6 2/3 innings and struck out nine in beating the Padres on Monday.

    Advice: Marquez was lit up for eight runs by the Nationals in his 2017 debut on April 25. Since then, he's 7-3 with a 2.96 ERA and a 74/25 K/BB ratio in 79 innings. Just 22, he should rightfully be viewed as one of the NL's top young pitchers. Monday, 9:18 pm
  • Nats 'still weighing trading for a closer'
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Nationals are "still weighing trading for a closer."

    Advice: Heyman notes that new acquisitions Ryan Madson and/or Sean Doolittle "could close" for the Nats, but the club wouldn't mind adding a ninth inning man and use Madson and Doolittle in setup roles. Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported earlier Monday that Washington was still in on Justin Wilson, and David Robertson and Zach Britton are potential options, as well. The Nationals had trade talks with the White Sox about Robertson over the offseason. Monday, 5:25 pm
  • McHugh goes six innings in final rehab start
    Collin McHugh (elbow) pitched well in his final rehab start for Double-A Corpus Christi on Sunday, allowing just an unearned run over six innings.

    Advice: McHugh scattered four hits and a walk in the ballgame. He's expected to rejoin the Astros' rotation next weekend against the Orioles in Baltimore. Jul 16, 6:35 pm
  • Nationals acquire Doolittle, Madson from A's
    Nationals acquired LHP Sean Doolittle and RHP Ryan Madson from the Athletics in exchange for RHP Blake Treinen, LHP Jesus Luzardo and 3B Sheldon Neuse.

    Advice: FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal was first to report the deal and it's now official. The Nationals have had the worst bullpen in baseball this season, so adding two relievers in the midst of terrific years certainly helps. Doolittle and Madson might share the closer job in Washington for now, and it wouldn't be a surprise if the Nats are still in the market for another reliever. Treinen could potentially be in the mix for saves in Oakland, although probably not right away. Jul 16, 10:04 am
  • J.C. Ramirez so-so in Saturday's home loss
    J.C. Ramirez allowed four earned runs, eight hits and a walk with five strikeouts over six innings in Saturday's loss against Tampa Bay.

    Advice: Ramirez was a little shaky, tossing a wild pitch and finding the strike zone with just 61 of his 91 offerings. He has actually been much better on the road than at home, going 1-5 with a 5.50 ERA across 10 appearances (nine starts) at the Big A and 7-3 with a 3.60 ERA over 11 road appearances (nine starts). Unfortunately for Ramirez and his fantasy owners, the Angels will be home for his next start July 22 against David Price and the Red Sox. Jul 16, 12:24 am
  • Pelfrey yields two runs in 4 2/3 vs Mariners
    Mike Pelfrey allowed two runs -- one earned -- in 4 2/3 innings and took a no-decision in Saturday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: He allowed just four hits and one walk while striking out two -- but one of those hits was a solo homer by Kyle Seager in the second inning. Pelfry's record holds at 3-7 with a 4.64 ERA and 1.44 WHIP through 15 starts. He has a woeful 48/33 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 73 2/3 innings. Jul 15, 8:24 pm
  • Nats pursuing both Doolittle and Madson
    According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Nationals are looking to acquire both Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson from the Athletics.

    Advice: The Nats have had their eye on Madson for a while but this is the first time they've been linked to Doolittle. It's a good match on paper with the rebuilding A's looking to bottom out and Washington searching high and low for bullpen help. Doolittle and Madson would both be huge upgrades for the Nats, but they won't come cheap. Washington has also been mentioned as suitors for Brad Hand, Raisel Iglesias, Pat Neshek and Justin Wilson. Jul 15, 5:30 pm
  • Johnny Cueto (blisters) heads to 10-day DL
    Giants placed RHP Johnny Cueto on the 10-day disabled list with blisters.

    Advice: Madison Bumgarner was activated in the corresponding move. Cueto is dealing with at least three blisters on his throwing hand and will take five days off from throwing. The right-hander has had a rough year and seems to be pretty down on himself, saying he's felt "like a rookie" at times. Matt Cain will take over Cueto's spot in the starting rotation. Jul 15, 4:01 pm
    10-Day DL
    7:15 pm vs Pit
  • Johnny Cueto dealing with blister issue
    Johnny Cueto's early exit from Friday's start was partially due to blisters on two of his fingers and thumb.

    Advice: Cueto was ineffective against the Padres on Friday, but was also removed after just 82 pitches which was a bit curious. It's unclear if he'll be able to make his next scheduled start or if he'll be skipped once through the rotation to give the blisters time to heal. Jul 15, 7:39 am
    10-Day DL
    7:15 pm vs Pit
  • Johnny Cueto lifted after four innings
    Johnny Cueto was pulled after allowing three runs in four innings Friday against the Padres.

    Advice: It would have been worse if Cueto had been facing a decent offense. Even against the Padres, he walked three and gave up six hits while throwing 82 pitches to get 12 outs. He finished June in rather encouraging fashion, but he's given up nine runs and walked nine over 10 innings in his two starts this month. It just doesn't look like the Cueto of 2016 is going to make an appearance. Jul 14, 10:48 pm
    10-Day DL
    7:15 pm vs Pit
  • Matt Grace notches one-out save
    Matt Grace notched a one-out save in Friday’s victory over the Reds.

    Advice: It was the first save of his career. Gio Gonzalez got Joey Votto to fly out to begin the ninth inning, but Nationals manager turned to Matt Albers from there. However, Albers loaded the bases before Grace was called on to face Tucker Barnhart. He ended up needing just one pitch, as Barnhart grounded out to second base to end the game. The Nationals’ closer situation remains a huge question mark, but it will almost certainly be addressed by the time July 31 rolls around. Jul 14, 8:06 pm
  • Mike Pelfrey to start for White Sox Saturday
    Mike Pelfrey will start for the White Sox on Saturday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Derek Holland, who had been scheduled to work on Saturday, will flip with Pelfrey and pitch on Sunday instead. Jul 14, 5:13 pm
  • McHugh (elbow) to make final rehab start
    Collin McHugh (elbow) will make what's expected to be his final rehab start with Double-A Corpus Christi on Sunday.

    Advice: McHugh is scheduled for six innings and/or 90-95 pitches. The right-hander has posted a 6.00 ERA and 9/3 K/BB ratio in nine innings through three rehab starts to this point. McHugh has been out all season with a posterior impingement in his right elbow and it's debatable whether he'd offer the Astros a rotation upgrade at this point. Jul 14, 1:43 pm
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