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  • Verlander retires first 16 batters Wednesday
    Justin Verlander spanned 5 2/3 innings on Wednesday night, allowing four hits, three runs and a walk in a no-decision against Seattle.

    Advice: Verlander collected a season-high 11 strikeouts. He tormented Seattle early, taking a perfect game into the sixth inning. Jarrod Dyson ruined his bid for perfection with a bunt single that eventually sparked a three-run rally. Verlander handed the bullpen a one-run lead but Shane Greene promptly gave it up by allowing four runs in the seventh inning. Last year’s Cy Young runner-up will carry a six-start winless streak into his next outing Tuesday against the Royals. Yesterday, 11:59 pm
  • James Paxton hit hard on Wednesday
    James Paxton was touched up for nine hits and four runs (three earned) over 5 1/3 innings Wednesday in the Mariners’ come-from-behind win over the Tigers.

    Advice: He tallied eight strikeouts and two walks. James McCann took Paxton deep in the third while Justin Upton got to him for RBI singles in the fourth and sixth innings. It was another tough outing for Paxton, who has pitched to a sluggish 6.94 ERA since coming off the disabled list last month. He’ll look to redeem himself Tuesday against the Phillies. Yesterday, 11:54 pm
  • Rich Hill earns his fourth victory
    Rich Hill limited the Mets to four hits and one run over five solid innings Wednesday in the Dodgers’ 8-1 victory.

    Advice: It looked like Hill might be in for a rough night after Curtis Granderson took him deep in the game’s first at-bat, but he wouldn’t allow another run after that. Hill walked three while recording a season-high eight strikeouts. While Hill appears to have overcome his blister issues (knock on wood), his high-walk rate has kept him from pitching deep into games. He hasn’t logged more than five innings in any of his nine starts this year. Yesterday, 11:04 pm
  • Newcomb allows one run in six innings Wed.
    Sean Newcomb allowed only one run in six innings but was denied a win when the Giants tied the game in the ninth inning on Wednesday.

    Advice: He surrendered just three base hits and one walk while fanning three in the premium outing. The one run he allowed came when Brandon Belt laced a triple that scored Hunter Pence in the second inning. This was Newcomb's third major league start. He owns a shiny 1.96 ERA and 1.04 WHIP. He has 13 strikeouts and seven walks in 18 1/3 innings. He had a 2.97 ERA in 11 starts at Triple-A before his call to the bigs. Yesterday, 10:55 pm
  • Fiers excellent in victory over Athletics
    Mike Fiers yielded three hits and one run over six stellar frames Wednesday in the Astros’ victory over the Athletics.

    Advice: He struck out five and walked three. Fiers was a little erratic early, hitting a batter and walking two others over his first two innings, but he settled down after that. Oakland’s only run off Fiers came in the seventh inning when Luke Gregerson allowed one of two inherited runners to score. Fiers benefited from strong defense as the Astros were able to turn three double plays. The veteran right-hander is now 4-0 with a 1.72 ERA over his last five starts. Yesterday, 10:37 pm
  • Samardzija allows three runs in seven innings
    Jeff Samardzija struck out eight batters while allowing three runs in seven innings and settled for a no-decision against the Braves on Wednesday.

    Advice: He did not issue a free pass in the ballgame. He surrendered six base hits, including home runs by Matt Adams and Tyler Flowers. Samardzija has run into some tough luck this year despite having excellent peripherals. His record holds at 2-9 with a 4.74 ERA after 15 starts. He has punched out 112 batters against just 13 walks in 98 2/3 innings. Yesterday, 10:37 pm
  • Biagini wins despite four runs in 5 2/3 Wed.
    Joe Biagini collected a win over the Rangers despite allowing four runs in 5 2/3 innings on Wednesday.

    Advice: It helps when your teammates spot you a 7-0 lead in the early going. Biagini gave up seven hits and one walk while fanning five batters on the evening. He gave up a two-run shot to Shin-Soo Choo and a solo homer to Joey Gallo. He is now 2-6 with a 4.45 ERA and 1.18 WHIP. He has 53 strikeouts and 14 walks in 62 2/3 innings spread over nine starts and 14 relief outings. Yesterday, 10:21 pm
  • Sean Manaea comes up short versus Astros
    Sean Manaea scattered seven hits and three runs over six innings Wednesday in Oakland's 4-1 loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Manaea held the Astros scoreless over his first five innings but coughed up three runs in the sixth. Five of the seven hits he allowed came in that inning. Most pitchers would be thrilled allowing just three runs to the best team in baseball, though Manaea probably would have appreciated some run support as the A’s were flummoxed all night by Astros starter Mike Fiers. Wednesday ended the left-hander’s six-game unbeaten streak. He’ll face the Astros again on Tuesday. Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Ross coughs up seven runs in three innings
    Tyson Ross was pummeled for seven runs in three innings by the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

    Advice: He gave up seven hits and four of them went for extra bases, including a two-run bomb by the light-hitting Darwin Barney. Ross gave up six runs in the first frame alone. He struck out two and walked one. He was making his second start of the season after an extended recovery from shoulder injuries. He made it through only one game last year and missed the first two-and-a-half months of this year. He had a very nice three-year run in San Diego from 2013-2015 and his fantasy owners hope he can get back somewhere close to that form again. Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • Guerra gives up three runs in six innings Wed
    Junior Guerra struggled to throw strikes but was able to turn in a quality start in a 4-3 win over the Pirates on Wednesday.

    Advice: When he left the game his squad was trailing, so he didn't get credit for the win when they pulled ahead later in the contest. Guerra walked five batters while striking out six and yielding seven base hits. He gave up an RBI double to Josh Harrison in the third inning and another one to John Jaso in the fifth before surrendering a solo home run to Josh Bell in the sixth. Guerra has a pretty 3.11 ERA through seven starts even though he has walked almost as many batters as he has struck out. He has 27 strikeouts and 22 walks in 37 2/3 innings. He turned in a 2.81 ERA in 20 starts as a 31-year-old rookie last season. Yesterday, 9:56 pm
  • Williams turns in quality start vs Brewers
    Trevor Williams gave up three runs in six-plus innings versus the Brewers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He struck out seven batters against two walks while surrendering six base knocks in the quality start. He held his opponents to just one run through six innings but then allowed the first two hitters of the seventh inning to reach base before being relieved. Both of those runners came around to score against the bullpen. Williams has made nine starts and six relief appearances while struggling to a 5.09 ERA in 58 1/3 innings. He makes for a risky play next week even though he will likely get two starts. Yesterday, 9:32 pm
  • Taiwan Walker solid in win over Colorado
    Taijuan Walker scattered six hits and three runs over six innings Wednesday in the Diamondbacks’ 16-5 win over the Rockies.

    Advice: He fanned eight hitters and walked four. Walker didn’t have his best stuff but soldiered through for his sixth victory of the year. He served up a solo blast to Mark Reynolds in the second inning while letting two runs come across on a fifth-inning double by Nolan Arenado. All things considered, allowing three runs at Coors Field isn’t a bad outing. The 24-year-old has a favorable matchup coming up against the Phillies on Monday. Yesterday, 9:25 pm
  • Jeff Hoffman unravels in ugly loss to Arizona
    Jeff Hoffman took it on the chin in Wednesday’s loss to the Diamondbacks, relinquishing eight hits, nine runs and two walks over 3 2/3 innings.

    Advice: He tallied two strikeouts while throwing 45 of his 68 pitches for strikes. Hoffman cruised through the first three innings, allowing just one base-runner during that span. It all went downhill from there as the D’Backs tagged Hoffman for nine runs on seven hits in the fourth inning. He couldn’t finish the frame, allowing six straight batters to reach before finally getting the hook from manager Bud Black. Hoffman took his first loss of the year while watching his ERA skyrocket from 2.25 to 4.29. He’ll try to get back on track Monday against the Giants. Yesterday, 9:23 pm
  • Carrasco fans 10 in six shutout innings Wed.
    Carlos Carrasco punched out 10 batters while firing six shutout innings to lead his team to a 5-1 win over the Orioles on Wednesday.

    Advice: He gave up seven hits without walking a batter and reached double figures in strikeouts for the first time this year. All of the hits he allowed were singles. Carrasco moves to 8-3 with a very nice 2.99 ERA and stellar 1.02 WHIP after 14 starts. He has 89 strikeouts and 22 walks in 87 1/3 innings. His fantasy owners are looking forward to his two-start week coming up. Yesterday, 9:22 pm
  • Gausman allows three runs n 5 2/3, fans nine
    Kevin Gausman yielded three runs while fanning nine batters in 5 2/3 innings and took a loss to the Indians on Wednesday.

    Advice: The big blow was a two-run shot by Francisco Lindor in the fifth inning. He gave up six hits and two walks as his disappointing season continued. Gausman falls to 3-7 with an ugly 6.47 ERA after 16 starts. His game has taken a big step backward after turning in a 3.61 ERA in 30 starts a year ago. The 26-year-old could find himself back in the minors soon. Yesterday, 9:01 pm
  • Wily Peralta lands on DL with calf strain
    Brewers placed RHP Wily Peralta on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to June 20, with a right calf strain.

    Advice: There is no current timetable for Peralta's return. Prior to suffering the calf strain, the 28-year-old right-hander had been pitching to an unpalatable 7.21 ERA and 1.71 WHIP in 17 appearances (eight starts). The Brew Crew shifted him over to the bullpen in mid-May. Yesterday, 4:49 pm
    10-Day DL
    11:10 am vs Pit
  • Wheeler (biceps) expected to miss one start
    Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said that Zack Wheeler (biceps) is only expected to miss one start.

    Advice: Wheeler landed on the 10-day disabled list with biceps tendinitis Wednesday, retroactive to June 20. He had been shellacked for 15 runs in 3 2/3 innings over his last two starts, with his ERA skyrocketing from 3.45 to 5.29 in that short space. If nothing else, this (hopefully) short disabled list stint could help him to clear his head. Yesterday, 4:11 pm
    10-Day DL
    7:10 pm @LAD
  • Bumgarner (shoulder) throws simulated game
    Madison Bumgarner (shoulder) threw a successful simulated game on Wednesday.

    Advice: Bumgarner made 35 pitches in two innings during Wednesday's simulated game. Next up, three scheduled innings in an Arizona Rookie League game on Sunday. So long as he makes it through the weekend with no discomfort or setback, he would then head out on a minor league rehab assignment. The ace southpaw figures to be ready to rejoin the Giants' rotation some time around the All-Star Break. Yesterday, 3:18 pm
    60-Day DL
    4:35 pm @Atl
  • Zack Wheeler (biceps) placed on 10-day DL
    Mets placed RHP Zack Wheeler on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to June 20, with biceps tendinitis.

    Advice: And the hits just keep coming for the Mets. It is not quite clear exactly when Wheeler sustained the injury, but he has been rocked in his last two starts, coughing up a combined 15 runs over just 3 2/3 frames. Those disastrous outings bumped his ERA from 3.45 to 5.29. There is no current timetable for his return. Yesterday, 2:59 pm
    10-Day DL
    7:10 pm @LAD
  • Blue Jays call up right-hander Cesar Valdez
    Blue Jays recalled RHP Cesar Valdez from Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: With Leonel Campos hitting the disabled list with a groin injury, Valdez earns the call to the bigs. He will work in middle relief with the Jays. The veteran right-hander was claimed off waivers from the A's at the beginning of May and holds a rough 8.71 ERA in five appearances covering 10 1/3 innings at the major league level this season. Yesterday, 1:44 pm
  • Erasmo Ramirez gets win over Reds
    Erasmo Ramirez pitched 5 1/3 innings of two-run ball and struck out six Wednesday against the Reds.

    Advice: Ramirez could have been facing a demotion to the bullpen if he struggled in this one, but he picked up his first win since May 24. He still hasn't thrown more than six innings in any of his eight starts this year, and there probably will come a time in which the Rays will try someone else. Yesterday, 1:04 pm
  • Doug Fister opts out of MLB deal with Angels
    Angels released RHP Doug Fister.

    Advice: Fister had a June 21 opt-out in his one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Angels and he has decided to exercise it. The 33-year-old right-hander posted a 4.02 ERA and 10/5 K/BB ratio in 15 2/3 innings (three starts) at Triple-A Salt Lake. He's now free to sign with a new team. Yesterday, 12:38 pm
    Not Active
    4:05 pm @NYY
  • Straily goes six strong, Marlins beat Nats
    Dan Straily tossed six innings of one-run ball Wednesday in a no-decision versus the Nationals.

    Advice: Miami's offense was held hitless for seven innings by opposing starter Max Scherzer before breaking through for two runs in the bottom of the eighth to capture the lead for good. Straily cleared the way for that surprising comeback, yielding just three hits and a walk over six very good frames. He struck out six. The 28-year-old right-hander now boasts a 3.43 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 86/27 K/BB ratio in 84 innings (15 starts) this season. A home matchup with the Mets is next. Yesterday, 12:14 pm
  • Scherzer brings no-no into eighth, takes loss
    Max Scherzer carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning Wednesday in Miami but wound up taking a loss.

    Advice: Scherzer couldn't corral a high-chopper off the bat of A.J. Ellis with one out in the bottom of the eighth, giving the Marlins their first hit of the game. T.J. Riddle followed with a groundout, but J.T. Realmuto reached on an error by first baseman Adam Lind, Dee Gordon drew a hit-by-pitch, and pinch-runner Jose Urena scored the tying run on a wild delivery from a fatigued Mad Max. Giancarlo Stanton then put the Marlins ahead for good with an RBI line drive to left field. Scherzer finished the afternoon with 11 strikeouts. He yielded just two hits and walked one. Yesterday, 12:06 pm
  • Jordan Zimmermann whiffs seven in no-decision
    Jordan Zimmermann allowed three earned runs, six hits and three walks with seven strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings in a no-decision Tuesday in Seattle.

    Advice: Zimmermann threw 64 of his 106 pitches for strikes. He is enjoying his best stretch of the season, posting four consecutive quality starts while posting a respectable 2.70 ERA to lower his overall number from 6.47 to 5.25 just since May 28. The key to his turnaround has been a lack of homers. He allowed 16 homers through his first 55 2/3 innings over 10 starts, but he has served up just two long balls in 26 2/3 innings in June. Yesterday, 1:30 am
  • Derek Holland crushed in loss to Twins
    Derek Holland was crushed in Tuesday's loss to the Twins, giving up seven runs on nine hits in only 2 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Holland struck out three and walked one in the abbreviated outing. The Twins scored a pair in the first inning on a two-run homer by Miguel Sano then rallied for five to chase the left-hander in the third. After a strong start to the season, he has come crashing back to Earth, sporting a 4.48 ERA and 1.53 WHIP on the season. He'll look to get back in the win column on Sunday when he takes on the Athletics. Tuesday, 9:24 pm
  • Zack Wheeler hammered in Los Angeles
    Zack Wheeler was tagged for seven earned runs, eight hits and no walks with two strikeouts in just two innings of work in a loss Monday at L.A. Dodgers.

    Advice: Wheeler threw 33 of his 52 pitches for strikes with three balls leaving the yard. His ERA has shot up from 3.45 to 5.29 just over the past two starts. He'll look to get back on track in his next scheduled start on Sunday against the struggling Giants. Tuesday, 1:02 am
    10-Day DL
    7:10 pm @LAD
  • Bumgarner's (shoulder) next sim game Wed.
    Madison Bumgarner (shoulder) next simulated game is scheduled for Wednesday.

    Advice: MadBum's first simulated game on Saturday went well and he should be able to up his pitch count from 25 on Wednesday. The left-hander should rejoin the Giants' rotation at the start of the second half if he continues to progress without setbacks. Sunday, 10:43 am
    60-Day DL
    4:35 pm @Atl
  • Scioscia: No decision yet on Doug Fister
    Angels manager Mike Scioscia is still deciding where Doug Fister will make his next start.

    Advice: Fister made his third start for Triple-A Salt Lake on Friday and can opt out of his deal if he's not called up by Wednesday. The Angels just lost Matt Shoemaker to a forearm injury, though it's possible he only misses one start. Fister hasn't looked particularly sharp in the minors, producing a 4.02 ERA over 15 2/3 innings. Saturday, 4:35 pm
    Not Active
    4:05 pm @NYY
  • Bumgarner throws 40 pitches in sim game
    Madison Bumgarner (shoulder) threw 40 pitches during a simulated game on Saturday.

    Advice: Bumgarner reportedly felt fine after his session. Per Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area, Bumgarner will throw two more simulated games before beginning a rehab assignment. The Giants' ace is scheduled to return around the All-Star break. Saturday, 4:04 pm
    60-Day DL
    4:35 pm @Atl
  • Sean Manaea whiffs seven in no-decision
    Sean Manaea allowed five earned runs, eight hits and two walks with seven strikeouts over six innings in a no-decision Friday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Manaea had his streak of winning five straight starts broken up by the no-decision. The five runs allowed tied the total amount of runs he yielded over his past four outings. He'll look to right the ship next time out Wednesday, but it's an unfavorable matchup against Dallas Keuchel and the Astros. Saturday, 1:27 am
  • Jeff Samardzija punished at Coors Field
    Jeff Samardzija was battered for eight earned runs, 11 hits and a walk over six innings in a loss Friday at Colorado.

    Advice: Samardzija threw 78 of his 110 pitches for strikes as he dropped the ninth of his 11 decisions. It wasn't all terrible, as he did belt a two-run homer in the loss. He had his ERA trending in the right direction recently, but this stinker made his ERA mushroom from 4.31 to 4.81 to undo all of his good work over the past five outings. He'll look to bounce back June 21 in a favorable matchup with Bartolo Colon and the Braves in Atlanta. Saturday, 12:08 am
  • Carlos Carrasco on target on Friday night
    Carlos Carrasco allowed just one earned run, four hits and three walks with seven strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings in a victory Friday night in Minnesota.

    Advice: Carrasco threw 64 of his 113 pitches for strikes in the quality start, improving to 7-3 while lowering his ERA to 3.21. He has won five of his past six decisions, but this was just his second quality start over the past six outings dating back to May 9. Carrasco has saved his best for AL Central foes, as he is 4-2 with a 2.68 ERA across seven starts. Friday, 11:33 pm
  • Mike Fiers goes seven strong against Boston
    Mike Fiers held the Red Sox to one run and five hits over seven innings in a no-decision Friday.

    Advice: Fiers has lowered his ERA from 5.21 to 4.00 by giving up five earned runs over 25 1/3 innings in his last four starts. Mixed leaguers should still be able to do better in general, but he does have favorable back-to-back starts against the A's coming up. Friday, 10:12 pm
  • Tyson Ross wins in return from disabled list
    Making his season debut, Tyson Ross pitched 5 2/3 innings of two-run ball Friday against the Mariners.

    Advice: He allowed two hits, walked three and struck out five. We weren't expecting much from Ross based on his rehab performances, so it was a nice surprise to see him come out like this in his first major league start since April 4, 2016. He still doesn't seem like a very good bet in mixed leagues, but it'd be great if he proved us wrong. Friday, 9:54 pm
  • James Paxton gets hit hard by Rangers
    James Paxton was tagged for seven runs in 3 2/3 innings Friday in a loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Paxton was awesome before landing on the disabled list and strong in his first start back, but the results from his last three outings are concerning; he's given up 14 runs and walked nine in 12 2/3 innings. If his arm is sound, he'll figure it out soon enough, but we do worry that there's still something going on in there. Friday, 9:52 pm
  • Dan Straily combines on shutout of Braves
    Dan Straily allowed four hits over 6 1/3 innings and combined with three relievers on a shutout of the Braves on Friday.

    Advice: Straily struck out eight and walked none. Another manager would have let him try to complete seven at 91 pitches, but the Marlins' plan all along has been to ride their pen this year. Straily improved to 5-4 with a 3.58 ERA. He's struck out 80 in 78 innings. Friday, 9:40 pm
  • Sean Newcomb gives up three runs in loss
    Sean Newcomb lost to the Marlins after allowing three runs in six innings Friday.

    Advice: Newcomb had his A+ control in his major league debut last week. Tonight was more of a C, as he walked four in his six innings. Still, he kept it together and gave the Braves a quality start. That's important that he can keep his team in the game and not burn out the pen when he's not at his best. Friday, 9:38 pm
  • Max Scherzer strikes out 10 in win
    Max Scherzer limited the Mets to one run in eight innings and struck out 10 in a victory Friday.

    Advice: Scherzer has eight 10-strikeout games this year. He's given up more than three runs just once in 14 starts, that coming on April 28 against the Mets. It looks like it's going to be one heck of a Cy Young race in the NL if he and Clayton Kershaw stay healthy. Friday, 9:07 pm
  • Erasmo Ramirez gives up 10 runs in loss
    Erasmo Ramirez was lit up for 10 runs -- eight earned -- in 4 2/3 innings Friday in a loss to the Tigers.

    Advice: Kevin Cash has the slowest hook in the business, which takes a toll on the ERAs of his starters. Most managers wouldn't have let Ramirez come back out after he gave up five runs in the fourth inning tonight, but Cash let him give up four more runs, ruining any chances the Rays might have had of coming back. Ramirez's ERA jumped from 4.20 to 5.17. Friday, 8:49 pm
  • Joe Biagini gets roughed up by White Sox
    Joe Biagini was charged with seven runs -- six earned -- in one-plus innings Friday in his start against the White Sox.

    Advice: Biagini gave up as many earned runs in one-plus innings tonight as he did in 20 innings over his previous three starts. He figures to stay in the rotation until Aaron Sanchez gets back, at which point he could return to the pen. Friday, 8:31 pm
  • Williams gives up three runs in no-decision
    Trevor Williams wasn't at his best in a no-decision against the Cubs on Friday, giving up three runs on four hits over five innings of work.

    Advice: Williams punched out three and issued a pair of free passes in the ballgame. All of the damage against him was done in the first inning, where Ian Happ scampered home on a wild pitch and Willson Contreras delivered a two-run double. Williams was able to settle in nicely afterwards, doing enough to keep his team in the game and allow a comeback. He'll carry a 5.16 ERA and 1.32 WHIP into a tough matchup against the Brewers in Milwaukee on Wednesday. He should be avoided for fantasy purposes. Friday, 7:59 pm
  • Gausman crushed again in loss to Cardinals
    Kevin Gausman was crushed again in Friday's loss to the Cardinals, giving up five runs on nine hits in his 5 2/3 innings of work.

    Advice: The right-hander also walked three while striking out seven on the evening. Paul DeJong was responsible for inflicting most of the damage against him, with a two-run homer in the fourth and an RBI single in the sixth. Gausman has been a dumpster fire for most of the season, checking in with a 6.60 ERA and 1.92 WHIP. He shouldn't be started in any fantasy leagues at this point for Wednesday's start against the Indians. Friday, 7:14 pm
  • Bumgarner (shoulder) reporting to Arizona
    Madison Bumgarner (shoulder) is reporting to the Giants' spring training facility in Arizona.

    Advice: Bumgarner was scheduled to travel with his teammates and throw a simulated game Sunday at Coors Field, but the Rockies have a pregame event planned for that morning. The ace left-hander will work out in a more controlled environment instead. He is on track to return to the Giants' rotation around mid-July, though we're still pretty early in the rehab process at this point. Friday, 2:28 pm
    60-Day DL
    4:35 pm @Atl
  • Tyson Ross (shoulder) activated, starts Fri.
    Rangers activated RHP Tyson Ross from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Ross will make his Rangers debut on Friday night against the Mariners, despite posting a rough 7.71 ERA and 11/11 K/BB ratio over 18 2/3 innings on his four-start minor league rehab assignment. It will be his first start at the major league level since Opening Day in 2016. Friday, 1:35 pm
  • Hoffman allows one run in win over SFG
    Jeff Hoffman surrendered one run on seven hits over five innings while taking a no-decision in Thursday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: Hoffman struck out two and walked three on the evening. The lone run on his line came when he walked opposing number Matt Moore with the bases loaded in the second inning. In three starts since being called up on June 6, the 24-year-old right-hander has allowed just three runs on 14 hits over 18 1/3 innings. He will try to keep this roll going in a home start against the Diamondbacks next time he toes the rubber. Thursday, 9:48 pm
  • Verlander goes seven strong against Rays
    Justin Verlander limited the Rays to two runs over seven innings in a no-decision Thursday.

    Advice: Verlander allowed runs in the second and third innings but settled in after that, keeping the Rays off the scoreboard despite allowing six hits and issuing five walks on the evening. He left in line for his fifth win but the Tigers bullpen couldn't hang on to the lead, leaving Verlander's record at 4-4 with a 4.50 ERA and 1.49 WHIP in 14 starts. The 34-year-old has been shaky this year but fared well against the Mariners, the team he'll next face, in a start in late April. That meeting will come Tuesday. Thursday, 9:37 pm
  • Madison Bumgarner to throw sim game Sunday
    Madison Bumgarner (shoulder) will pitch a simulated game Sunday at Coors Field.

    Advice: Bumgarner was able to throw his full arsenal of pitches during Wednesday's bullpen session and will now try his hand in a simulated game. After that, he'll continue rehabbing at the team's spring training facility in Scottsdale before heading out on a minor league rehab assignment. Bumgarner is probably looking at a mid-July return. Thursday, 4:22 pm
    60-Day DL
    4:35 pm @Atl
  • Rich Hill gives up seven runs in loss
    Rich Hill was lit up for seven runs in four-plus innings by the Indians on Thursday.

    Advice: The Dodgers talked about moving Hill to the pen because of his blister problems earlier this year. They might look at it again now because of his performance, which has been worse than Kenta Meada's was. Hill has a 5.14 ERA, and he hasn't lasted longer than five innings in any of his eight starts. His K/BB ratio sits at 35/23. He'll probably get it together if he stays healthy, but he's not one of the Dodgers' five best starters at this moment. Thursday, 1:13 pm
  • Walker yields one run in five innings Wed.
    Taijuan Walker beat the Tigers by allowing one run in five innings in his first start since being activated from the disabled list on Wednesday.

    Advice: He missed three weeks with a finger blister. He allowed six hits and one walk while striking out six in the ballgame. Walker improves to 5-3 with a fine 3.32 ERA and middling 1.30 WHIP through 10 starts. He has 52 strikeouts and 19 walks in 57 innings. He lines up to face the Rockies at Coors Field next Wednesday. Wednesday, 7:20 pm
  • Zimmermann allows two runs in eight innings
    Jordan Zimmermann allowed two runs in eight innings to take a tough-luck loss to the Diamondbacks in Wednesday's interleague matchup.

    Advice: He gave up two tallies in the first inning and then hung zeroes on the board through the eighth. He fanned six batters while surrendering six hits and no walks. It was his best start of the season and the first time he has made it past the sixth inning all year. Zimmermann falls to 5-5 with a 5.35 ERA and 1.47 WHIP after 13 starts. Fantasy owners don't like the fact he has recorded only 48 strikeouts in 75 2/3 innings. Wednesday, 7:08 pm
  • Brewers not giving up on scuffling Peralta
    Brewers general manager David Stearns said that the team is not giving up on Wily Peralta as a reliever despite his recent struggles.

    Advice: Peralta has given up runs in each of his last six appearances and owns a rough 6.66 ERA and 1.63 WHIP in 52 2/3 innings. The Brewers will continue to give him opportunities, but to this point, the bullpen experiment has not been a smooth one. Wednesday, 1:17 pm
    10-Day DL
    11:10 am vs Pit
  • Bumgarner (shoulder) threw all pitches Wed.
    Madison Bumgarner (shoulder) threw his entire arsenal of pitches in a bullpen session Wednesday.

    Advice: The next step for Bumgarner will be a simulated game in Denver, as long as he makes to the weekend without experiencing any renewed discomfort. The ace left-hander is currently on track to rejoin the Giants' starting rotation shortly after the All-Star break, but there are still many hurdles to clear. He's been out since mid-April with a complete and partial tear of the two tendons that connect the AC joint in his throwing shoulder. Wednesday, 11:41 am
    60-Day DL
    4:35 pm @Atl
  • Taijuan Walker (blister) activated Wednesday
    Diamondbacks activated RHP Taijuan Walker from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: Walker will start for Arizona on Wednesday night against the Tigers after missing over three weeks with a blister on his right index finger. The 24-year-old has posted a strong 3.46 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, and 46/18 K/BB ratio in 52 innings (nine starts) this season, though he skipped a minor league rehab assignment and could show some rust against a good Detroit offense. Wednesday, 9:42 am
  • Zack Wheeler destroyed in loss to Cubs
    Zack Wheeler was destroyed in Tuesday's loss to the Cubs, allowing eight runs on six hits in only 1 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Wheeler also issued three free passes while striking out three in his abbreviated outing. He surrendered a leadoff home run to Anthony Rizzo and it was all downhill from there. The biggest blow against him came on a grand slam off the bat of Ian Happ during their seven-run uprising in the second. Wheeler will look to improve upon his 4.48 ERA and 1.46 WHIP when he does battle against the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Monday. Tuesday, 8:36 pm
    10-Day DL
    7:10 pm @LAD
  • Derek Holland holds down Orioles in win
    Derek Holland scattered eight hits while allowing one run in six innings Tuesday against the Orioles.

    Advice: Holland bounced back from giving up 14 runs and six homers over seven innings in his previous two starts. Those were ugly outings, but he's given the White Sox nine quality starts in 13 tries this year. Tuesday, 8:24 pm
  • Zimmermann (hamstring) to start Wed.
    Jordan Zimmermann (hamstring) is scheduled to start Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Zimmermann took a comebacker off his hamstring during his last start Friday against the Red Sox, but he only suffered a bruise. The 31-year-old right-hander holds a disappointing 5.72 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, and 42/22 K/BB ratio in 67 2/3 innings (12 starts) this season with Detroit. Tuesday, 1:55 pm
  • Sean Newcomb officially set to start Friday
    Braves manager Brian Snitker on Monday officially announced that Sean Newcomb will start Friday versus the Marlins.

    Advice: He certainly earned another turn after allowing just one unearned run while striking out seven over 6 1/3 innings against the Mets this past Saturday. The control issues Newcomb had in the minors could pop up at any time, and he's not guaranteed anything beyond Friday. However, you could do worse if you're looking for a streaming option. Monday, 3:30 pm
  • Tyson Ross (shoulder) lined up to start Fri.
    Tyson Ross (shoulder) is tentatively scheduled to make his Rangers debut on Friday versus the Mariners.

    Advice: Manager Jeff Banister hedged his bets and wouldn't fully commit to Ross on Friday, but all signs point to it happening. Ross posted a 7.71 ERA and 11/11 K/BB ratio over 18 2/3 frames in his four rehab starts and allowed eight runs in his last outing, so he's not a recommended fantasy option for the time being. Monday, 2:42 pm
  • James Paxton roughed up for first loss
    James Paxton allowed four earned runs, eight hits and three walks with just three strikeouts over four innings in a loss Sunday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Paxton allowed a double to Kevin Pillar to start the game, and he served up a two-run homer to Josh Donaldson to fall behind 2-0 after just two batters. It was a rare poor outing for Paxton, who was attempting to become the eighth starting pitching in franchise history to win his first six decisions of the season. Jun 11, 9:32 pm
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