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  • Bumgarner whiffs seven in no-decision Sunday
    Madison Bumgarner was terrific in a no-decision against the Phillies on Sunday, racking up seven strikeouts over six innings of one-run ball.

    Advice: Bumgarner allowed just four hits and a walk on the afternoon. The only blemish on his day was an RBI double by Pedro Florimon in the second inning. He departed in line for his fourth victory of the season (after his own go-ahead RBI single in the fifth), but the Giants' bullpen was unable to oblige. Bumgarner will bring a 2.87 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 74/14 K/BB ratio into Saturday's start against the Diamondbacks in Arizona. Today, 4:29 pm
  • Kyle Freeland punches out seven in loss
    Kyle Freeland struggled with his command in Sunday's loss to the Brewers, issuing five free passes in his 5 2/3 innings of work.

    Advice: All told, Freeland surrendered two runs on four hits while punching out seven in the contest. He gave up a solo homer to Jesus Aguilar in the second inning, then a sacrifice fly to Ryan Braun in the fifth, but he was able to limit the damage otherwise. The left-hander will carry a respectable 3.71 ERA and 1.38 WHIP into Saturday's start against the Braves in Atlanta. Today, 4:17 pm
  • Miguel Gonzalez fans six in win over Rangers
    Miguel Gonzalez was outstanding in Sunday's victory over the Rangers, racking up six strikeouts over six innings of shutout baseball.

    Advice: Gonzalez scattered four hits and four walks on the afternoon. The Rangers entered the day with one of the highest implied team totals on the board, but the crafty right-hander had other ideas in mind. Gonzalez now sports a 4.44 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 71/45 K/BB ratio over 119 2/3 innings on the season. He'll look to replicate this fine effort when he takes on the Tigers on Friday. Today, 3:31 pm
  • Hammel allows three runs in win over Tribe
    Jason Hammel surrendered three earned runs over six innings Sunday in a win over the Indians.

    Advice: It wasn't the sharpest performance, but Hammel easily out-dueled Indians starter Danny Salazar, who was lit up for six earned runs on 12 hits. Hammel is now 6-9 on the season with a 4.73 ERA and 1.35 WHIP. He'll take on the Indians again next time out -- this time on the road. Today, 2:34 pm
  • Tillman yields four runs in no-decision
    Chris Tillman yielded four earned runs over 5 1/3 innings Sunday in a no-decision versus the Angels.

    Advice: Tillman issued six walks and gave up four hits, including two home runs, in the eventual 5-4 loss to the visiting Halos. Tillman is 1-7 with a hideous 7.75 ERA and 1.99 WHIP in 74 1/3 innings this season. Today, 2:15 pm
  • Snell goes seven shutout innings vs. Seattle
    Blake Snell delivered seven shutout innings Sunday in the Rays' 3-0 blanking of the Mariners.

    Advice: It was the best performance of the season for Snell, who struck out eight batters and limited the Mariners to two walks and two hits. He has now earned victories in back-to-back outings, after entering the month of August with a record of 0-6. The talented young left-hander will try to keep it all working in his next start on the road against the Cardinals. Today, 1:04 pm
  • Colome earns 36th save Sunday vs. SEA
    Alex Colome earned his 36th save of the season Sunday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Colome surrendered a one-out single to Yonder Alonso but he retired the next two batters he faced to seal a 3-0 shutout victory for Tampa Bay. The right-hander holds a 3.13 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 46/21 K/BB ratio in 54 2/3 innings this season. Today, 1:00 pm
  • Verlander dominates LAD over eight innings
    Justin Verlander worked eight innings of one-run ball Sunday in the Tigers' 6-1 win over the Dodgers.

    Advice: Verlander was in vintage form against the best team in baseball, yielding just two hits and one walk while striking out nine Los Angeles batters. The one run against him came on a solo shot by new Dodgers outfielder Curtis Granderson in the top of the sixth inning. Verlander, 34, now stands 9-8 on the season with a 3.96 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and 159/64 K/BB ratio over 159 frames. He'll face the White Sox in Chicago next. Today, 12:53 pm
  • Maeda allows four runs in loss to Tigers
    Kenta Maeda allowed four earned runs over six innings Sunday in a loss to the Tigers.

    Advice: Maeda struck out seven batters and didn't issue a walk, but the Tigers rattled off five hits against him -- including two doubles and a Justin Upton two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth. Maeda is now 11-5 on the season with a 3.88 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 111/27 K/BB ratio in 111 1/3 innings. He'll face the Brewers at home next. Today, 12:46 pm
  • McCullers (back) throws simulated game
    Lance McCullers (back) threw a three-inning, 45-pitch simulated game Sunday.

    Advice: McCullers could be cleared to begin a rehab assignment this week. The Astros have yet to decide how many rehab starts the right-hander will require, but it will be at least a couple. McCullers has been on the shelf since late July with a back injury. Today, 9:56 am
    10-Day DL
    L, 3-2 vs Oak
  • Jimmie Sherfy recalled from Triple-A
    Diamondbacks recalled RHP Jimmie Sherfy from Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: Sherfy holds a 3.33 ERA and 58/10 K/BB ratio over 46 innings at Reno this season. He'll be making his major league debut when he gets into a game. Today, 9:17 am
  • Alec Asher recalled from Triple-A
    Orioles recalled RHP Alec Asher from Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: Asher has posted a 5.53 ERA over 21 appearances -- six starts -- for the Orioles this season. He'll give the bullpen some length. Today, 8:21 am
    L, 5-4 vs LAA
  • Jerad Eickhoff unable to make it through five
    Jerad Eickhoff allowed four runs on eight hits over 4 2/3 innings in Saturday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: Eickhoff was not exactly cruising in this one, but he was more than adequate compared to opposing starter Ty Blach. The Giants burned Eickhoff for a run in the first inning, two in the second and one more in the fourth to account for the damage on his line. He will bring a 4.46 ERA and 1.49 WHIP into a home start against the Marlins in his next scheduled outing. Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Derek Holland undone by six-run third inning
    Derek Holland was rocked for seven runs on six hits over 2 2/3 innings in Saturday's loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Holland walked four and struck out one in the rough outing. Six of the seven runs on his line scored in the third inning, with the big blow coming in the form of a three-run home run by Rougned Odor. He has surrendered 14 runs on 13 hits over just 4 2/3 innings in his last two outings. The veteran southpaw will carry a bloated 6.07 ERA and 1.68 WHIP into a home start against the Twins next time he toes the rubber. Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • Stephenson bests Braves for first win of '17
    Robert Stephenson allowed two runs -- one earned -- over five innings in a win over the Braves on Saturday.

    Advice: Stephenson gave up a solo homer in the third inning but not much else, giving up just three hits and walking three in his five innings of work. It was just the second win of his big league career and his first this year in 18 appearances. Just four of those have been starts, and the 24-year-old owns an ugly 6.13 ERA and 1.72 WHIP even after Saturday's outing. The big right-hander will have a shot at making it a winning streak Friday when he faces off against the Pirates. Yesterday, 9:13 pm
  • Orioles tap Chris Tillman to start Sunday
    Chris Tillman will start Sunday against the Angels.

    Advice: It was the expected move, though the Orioles waited to announce it until after Saturday's game in case Tillman was needed out of the pen. Tillman was ousted from the rotation earlier this month after a string of awful outings. He's gone 1-7 with a brutal 8.10 ERA over 15 starts this season and shouldn't be on the streaming radar. Yesterday, 8:59 pm
  • McCullers (back) throws bullpen session
    Lance McCullers (back) threw another bullpen session Thursday at Minute Maid Park.

    Advice: It was his second mound workout since he landed on the disabled list in late July with back discomfort. McCullers should soon advance to live batting practice and could be ready for a minor league rehab assignment by the middle of next week. The young starter is tracking toward an early-September return. Thursday, 9:48 am
    10-Day DL
    L, 3-2 vs Oak
  • Rehab assignment 'in sight' for McCullers
    Lance McCullers (back) is slated to throw another bullpen session on Thursday.

    Advice: It will be his second bullpen session since going down with a back injury at the end of last month. Manager A.J. Hinch seems to be pleased with McCullers' progress and says there's a rehab assignment "in sight." McCullers earned his first All-Star nod earlier this year but has pitched to a disastrous 9.42 ERA over three second-half starts. Wednesday, 3:55 pm
    10-Day DL
    L, 3-2 vs Oak
  • Stephenson returning to Reds' rotation Sat.
    Robert Stephenson will start Saturday against the Braves.

    Advice: That's unless Stephenson is needed out of the pen on Wednesday. Stephenson landed on the DL with a shoulder bruise earlier this month and logged two innings as a reliever when he returned Sunday against the Brewers. The 24-year-old has taken his lumps this year, going winless with a 6.64 ERA over 17 major league appearances including three starts. Wednesday, 3:11 pm
  • DET, HOU familiar on Verlander proposals
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi writes that the Tigers and Astros have "talked enough about" a potential Justin Verlander trade that "each side has a good understanding of the other's position."

    Advice: Morosi notes that there is no momentum toward a deal at this point, but that could change with a single phone call because of the discussions that have already taken place. Verlander allowed five runs over six innings in a loss to the Rangers on Tuesday and holds an underwhelming 4.11 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 25 total starts this season. The 34-year-old right-hander is also owed nearly $60 million on a contract that runs through 2019. Wednesday, 11:13 am
  • Miguel Gonzalez sharp in no-decision
    Miguel Gonzalez allowed one earned run, five hits and three walks with four strikeouts over six innings in a no-decision on the road Tuesday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Gonzalez has posted quality starts in five of his past six outings, including each of his past two contests. He only has two victories to show for his efforts, as run support hasn't exactly been a forte of the White Sox for most of the season. He'll look to get back into the win column on the road Sunday in Texas. Wednesday, 12:41 am
  • Jason Hammel so-so against former team
    Jason Hammel allowed four earned runs, eight hits and a walk with six strikeouts over six innings in a no-decision at Oakland on Tuesday.

    Advice: Hammel served up three homers against his former team, throwing 67 of his 101 pitches for strikes. It was rather surprising considering he had served up just one long ball across his past 30 1/3 innings over five outings. He'll look to get back on track in his next scheduled start Tuesday at home against the Rockies. Tuesday, 10:47 pm
  • Kyle Freeland sharp in no-decision
    Kyle Freeland allowed three earned runs, four hits and two walks with five strikeouts across six innings in a no-decision Tuesday against the Braves.

    Advice: Freeland threw 57 of his 87 pitches for strikes in the quality start. More importantly, he didn't show any ill effects of the strained left groin which landed him on the 10-day disabled list in early August. He'll toe the slab again on Sunday against the visiting Brewers. Tuesday, 9:29 pm
  • Justin Verlander gives up three homers
    Justin Verlander was tagged for five runs in six innings by the Rangers in a loss Tuesday.

    Advice: Verlander gave up homers to Robinson Chirinos, Joey Gallo and Mike Napoli, with the latter two coming back-to-back in the fourth. He ended up with eight strikeouts and no walks, but the homers were enough to doom him tonight. It's the second time this year he's given up three in a start. Tuesday, 8:54 pm
  • Madison Bumgarner gives up four runs in win
    Madison Bumgarner gave up four runs over six innings in a victory Tuesday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Bumgarner got some rare run support tonight, as the Giants scored more than three runs for just the third time in his 11 starts this year. He's now 3-5 with a 2.99 ERA. He allowed a total of two runs in his previous two wins. Tuesday, 8:09 pm
  • Blake Snell decent over six in Toronto
    Blake Snell gave up four runs over six frames in Tuesday’s 6-4 victory over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: The big blow came when the left-hander served up a three-run shot to Josh Donaldson in the fifth inning. Snell pitched well aside from that unfortunate frame, yielding seven hits and a walk while recording four strikeouts. It’s the first time this season that Snell has gone six-plus innings in consecutive starts. With Alex Cobb (toe) out until at least next week, Snell will get another start Sunday against the Mariners. Tuesday, 7:40 pm
  • Alex Colome records save No. 35
    Alex Colome notched a pair of strikeouts in a 1-2-3 ninth inning to record the save in Tuesday's win over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Tasked with protecting a two-run lead, Colome disposed of the Jays with ease on 12 pitches with a pair of punchouts and a groundout back to the mound. Colome has allowed just one runner to reach base (via a walk) in five appearances this month. Tuesday, 7:39 pm
  • Rockies activate Kyle Freeland (groin) off DL
    Rockies activated LHP Kyle Freeland from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: Freeland will return to the Rockies' starting rotation on Tuesday night against the visiting Braves after missing exactly 10 days with a left groin strain. The rookie southpaw is 11-7 with a 3.70 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, and 77/44 K/BB ratio through 121 2/3 innings this season. Tuesday, 1:51 pm
  • McCullers (back) threw bullpen session Mon.
    Lance McCullers (back) threw a bullpen session Monday at Minute Maid Park.

    Advice: It was his first bullpen session since he landed on the disabled list at the end of July due to back discomfort. There's no clear timetable for his return to the Astros' rotation, but he's moving in the right direction. Tuesday, 11:11 am
    10-Day DL
    L, 3-2 vs Oak
  • Astros, Tigers haven't spoken for a few days
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports writes that the Astros and Tigers haven't spoken about a Justin Verlander deal in the past few days and are still far apart.

    Advice: The last contact between the two sides was last week, so it appears that nothing much has changed since a recent report from Jon Morosi of However, there's still time to get something done by the end of the month. Verlander has dropped off from his resurgent 2016, but he owns a strong 1.91 ERA across his last seven starts and would undoubtedly provide a boost to the win-now Astros. Tuesday, 9:36 am
  • Report: Astros still talking Verlander deal
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Tigers are discussing a possible Justin Verlander trade with the Astros.

    Advice: Jon Morosi of reported last week that the two sides were in touch and apparently they continue to discuss a deal. There are still some hurdles to a possible trade, as Verlander is still owed around $60 million through 2019. The Tigers are willing to cover some of that, but they want a sizable haul to give up a player of Verlander's stature. The 34-year-old cleared revocable waivers earlier this month, so the Tigers can talk trade with any team. Verlander has a full no-trade clause and would have to sign off on any deal. Tuesday, 8:33 am
  • Jerad Eickhoff yanked after five
    Jerad Eickhoff allowed two runs -- one earned -- over five innings Monday in a no-decision against the Padres.

    Advice: Eickhoff didn't embarrass himself, but it would have been nice if he could have gone a little deeper in this one. He walked three and threw 90 pitches before the Phillies opted to bat for him in the top of the sixth. Eickhoff has another favorable matchup coming up against the Giants. Monday, 11:20 pm
  • Maeda pitches into sixth allowing four runs
    Kenta Maeda surrendered four runs (three earned) on four hits over 5 1/3 innings in Sunday's win over the Padres.

    Advice: Maeda punched out eight batters while walking just one on the afternoon. Cory Spangenberg proved to be his nemesis in this one, cracking a solo home run in the first inning and a two-run dinger in the sixth. This was the 29-year-old right-hander's first start in which he allowed more than two runs since the beginning of July. He will look to bounce back when he carries a 3.76 ERA and 1.13 WHIP into a road showdown with the Tigers in his next scheduled outing. Sunday, 4:11 pm
  • Derek Holland clobbered in loss to Royals
    Derek Holland was clobbered in Sunday's loss to the Royals, giving up seven runs on seven hits in his two-plus innings of work.

    Advice: Holland also issued three walks and struck out two in the rough outing. The Royals pushed four runs across against him in the second inning then three more before he recorded an out in the third. Holland now sports a miserable 5.68 ERA and 1.64 WHIP on the season. He'll hope for better when he takes on the Rangers in Arlington on Saturday. Sunday, 2:56 pm
  • Reds activate Robert Stephenson from DL
    Reds activated RHP Robert Stephenson from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: Stephenson will be available out of the Reds' bullpen on Sunday after missing exactly 10 days with a bruised right shoulder. He should return to the rotation sometime next week. The 24-year-old has an ugly 6.98 ERA, 1.85 WHIP, and 38/27 K/BB ratio in 40 innings this season at the major league level. Sunday, 7:46 am
  • Freeland pain-free after 35-pitch pen session
    Kyle Freeland (groin) completed a 35-pitch bullpen session on Saturday.

    Advice: It was a pain-free session for Freeland, who landed on the DL with a strained groin last week. Despite his quick recovery, Freeland may need a rehab start or two before he's ready to rejoin the Rockies' rotation. The 24-year-old rookie has been arguably the Rockies' best starter this year, producing a 3.79 ERA over 21 starts. Saturday, 1:11 pm
  • Hammel strikes out seven, yields two runs
    Jason Hammel struck out seven while allowing two runs over five-plus innings in a no-decision Thursday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Hammel gave up just three hits and a walk in his five frames and actually left with a two-run lead that quickly evaporated, denying him a decision in the game. Still, it was the latest good showing in a string of decent starts -- he's now allowed three runs or fewer in each of his last seven starts. Despite that, he's just 5-9 with a 4.68 ERA on the year. Hammel has a good shot at another quality outing Tuesday when the Royals face the A's. Thursday, 10:13 pm
  • Colome locks down Indians for 34th save
    Alex Colome struck out one in a perfect ninth inning Thursday against the Indians to earn his 34th save.

    Advice: Colome had no trouble protecting a three-run lead, making quick work of the heart of the Indians' order en route to the save. His 34 saves lead the American League, and Colome owns a nice 3.31 ERA over 51 2/3 innings of work. It's not always as neat and tidy as Thursday's save, but you can't argue with the effectiveness. Thursday, 9:37 pm
  • Snell turns in strong outing in Rays return
    Blake Snell held the Indians to one run over 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision Thursday.

    Advice: Snell gave up a run in the first inning, surely prompting some Rays fans to say, "Here we go again," but the 24-year-old straightened out to put up zeroes the rest of the way. He walked two and gave up just four hits on the night, using four strikeouts to hold the Tribe down. Unfortunately he didn't get a win for his efforts, but it's still a showing to build on for the talented southpaw. He'll carry some momentum and a 4.69 ERA into Tuesday's start against the Blue Jays. Thursday, 9:29 pm
  • Stephenson (shoulder) due back on Sunday
    Robert Stephenson (shoulder) is expected to return to the Reds' rotation Sunday against the Brewers.

    Advice: It's the first day he's eligible for activation from the 10-day disabled list. Stephenson suffered a bruised right shoulder while attempting a diving catch in his last start August 2 against the Pirates. The 24-year-old right-hander is 0-4 with a 6.98 ERA, 1.85 WHIP, and 38/27 K/BB ratio in 40 innings this season at the major league level. Thursday, 7:34 am
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