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  • Morton strikes out 12 in win over Athletics
    Charlie Morton gave up four runs over seven innings and struck out a career-high 12 batters in Friday’s 9-4 victory over the Athletics.

    Advice: Khris Davis proved to be his nemesis on Friday, slugging a three-run homer in the first inning and a solo shot in the third, but otherwise Morton managed to keep the A’s in check. While the veteran right-hander hit a couple of batters, he only gave up five hits and didn’t walk anyone. This was his longest outing since August 2, 2015. Morton’s velocity uptick made him an interesting name to follow coming out of spring training, but he hasn’t done much to grab the attention of fantasy owners until now. He’ll try to build off this one when he bring a 4.50 ERA into a start against the Rangers next week. Rotoworld.com 20 minutes ago
  • Cotton takes loss against Astros
    Jharel Cotton was tagged with six runs (three earned) over 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Astros on Friday.

    Advice: Cotton had a 3-0 lead before even throwing a pitch, but he gave it right back in the bottom of the first inning. The A’s grabbed the lead again in the third, but Cotton again failed to hold it through the middle innings. The young right-hander gave up 10 hits and walked one while striking out four. Hyped as a possible breakout pick in fantasy drafts this spring, Cotton owns a disappointing 5.00 ERA and 19/12 K/BB ratio in 27 innings through five starts. He gets the Twins next on the road. Rotoworld.com 21 minutes ago
  • Kyle Gibson gives up three runs to Royals
    Kyle Gibson surrendered three runs in 5 1/3 innings Friday in a no-decision versus the Royals.

    Advice: The good news is that the Twins went on to win. Gibson, though, hasn't lasted six innings in any of his five starts this year, and he's sporting an 8.03 ERA. A quality start or two would be nice. He'll get his next chance Thursday against the A's. Rotoworld.com 33 minutes ago
  • Joakim Soria gives up four runs in loss
    Joakim Soria, who had thrown 10 scoreless innings this season, gave up four runs -- three earned -- in two-thirds of an inning to take a loss Friday against the Twins.

    Advice: Soria was about due for a bad day, but this one was extra demoralizing for the Royals, who fell to 7-15 after taking a 4-2 lead to the eight. Soria, who could be trade bait as the Royals fall out of contention, has a 2.53 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 10 2/3 innings. Rotoworld.com 38 minutes ago
  • Lance Lynn earns win over Reds
    Lance Lynn pitched six innings of one-run ball to beat the Reds on Friday night.

    Advice: Lynn lowered his ERA to 2.45 and upped his record to 3-1. He's right back to where he was before blowing out his elbow ligament. Unfortunately, the Cardinals aren't quite as good offensively or defensively as they were when Lynn won 60 games from 2012-15. Rotoworld.com 47 minutes ago
    W, 7-5 vs Cin
     
  • Johnson notches save vs. Brewers
    Jim Johnson pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning Friday against the Brewers for his fourth save of the season.

    Advice: Johnson threw 15 pitches in the frame and struck out a pair. It was nice to see coming off a pair of shaky appearances. The veteran right-hander is 4-for-6 in save chances to go along with a 4.66 ERA and 12/2 K/BB ratio in 9 2/3 innings. Rotoworld.com 49 minutes ago
  • Tim Adleman gives up six runs to Cards
    Tim Adleman surrendered six runs -- five earned -- in 5 1/3 innings Friday in a loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Adleman will battle, but the stuff isn't there for him to be an asset as a major league starting pitcher. He gave up two homers, a double and five singles in his 5 1/3 innings tonight. Rotoworld.com 49 minutes ago
  • Colon gives up six runs in no-decision
    Bartolo Colon gave up six runs in five innings in a no-decision against the Brewers on Friday.

    Advice: Colon gave up 10 hits, including homers to Orlando Arcia and Ryan Braun. The 43-year-old has had a couple of good starts mixed in with some shaky ones. While he’s sporting a typical solid 23/7 K/BB ratio over 29 innings, he owns a 5.59 ERA through five starts. He’s too unpredictable to trust in mixed fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com 49 minutes ago
  • Anderson gives up four runs in no-decision
    Chase Anderson took a no-decision after allowing four runs in six innings Friday against the Braves.

    Advice: The Braves scored all four runs in the third inning, including a bases-clearing double from Matt Kemp. Prior to the third inning, Anderson had allowed just three earned runs through his first four starts. The 29-year-old still owns a stingy 2.10 ERA and 1.07 WHIP, but we’re not expecting that to continue. He’ll get the Cardinals in St. Louis in his next outing. Rotoworld.com 50 minutes ago
  • Alvarez notches save against Rangers
    Jose Alvarez pitched a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the Rangers for his first career save.

    Advice: Alvarez needed only nine pitches to set the side down in order. The 27-year-old lefty owns a 2.08 ERA and 8/2 K/BB ratio through 8 2/3 innings this season. Bud Norris has reeled off four saves with Cam Bedrosian (groin) sidelined, but he got the day off after pitching in back-to-back games on Wednesday and Thursday. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:26 pm
  • Martinez allows three runs in no-decision
    Nick Martinez allowed three runs over six innings in a no-decision against the Angels on Friday.

    Advice: All of the damage was via the long ball, as Martinez gave up a solo homer to Yunel Escobar in the first inning and a two-run shot to Mike Trout in the sixth. He struck out seven and walked none in the no-decision. The 26-year-old has pitched well filling in for A.J. Griffin (gout), allowing four runs in 13 innings with a 10/1 K/BB ratio over two starts. Griffin is expected to make his return next week. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:25 pm
    L, 6-3 vs LAA
     
  • Conley hammered for nine runs in loss
    Adam Conley was hammered for nine runs over 1 2/3 innings in Friday’s loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: It was an ugly one. Conley gave up a solo homer to Jordy Mercer in the first inning before completely imploding in the second. The southpaw yielded five hits and three walks while also hitting a batter. His ERA jumped from 3.00 to 6.86 with the clunker. He’ll try to bounce back next week against the Rays on the road. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:58 pm
    L, 12-2 vs Pit
     
  • Arrieta gives up five runs in loss
    Jake Arrieta lasted just 4 1/3 innings and gave up five runs in a loss to the Red Sox on Friday.

    Advice: All five runs scored in a marathon 42-pitch first inning, which included a solo homer off the bat of Andrew Benintendi. While Arrieta settled down from there, it ended up being his shortest outing since way back on August 28, 2014. He has now given up at least four runs in the first inning in back-to-back starts. Arrieta is sitting on a 4.66 ERA through five starts, which isn’t exactly what fantasy owners were hoping for on draft day. His 34/8 K/BB ratio points toward better times ahead, though he has really hurt himself by giving up six homers in 29 innings. He gets the Phillies next at home. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:12 pm
  • Kimbrel strikes out three for eighth save
    Craig Kimbrel struck out three batters in a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the Cubs for his eighth save of the season.

    Advice: Kimbrel gave up a two-out double to Ben Zobrist to make things interesting, but he managed to strike out Addison Russell swinging to end it. It has been a dominant start to the year for Kimbrel, who has struck out 20 batters in 10 1/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:11 pm
  • Mike Pelfrey struggles in no-decision Friday
    Mike Pelfrey struggled in a no-decision against his former team on Friday, allowing three runs on six hits and four walks over 4 2/3 innings.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander struck out two on the night. With as bad as he was, he was actually able to minimize the damage overall and kept his team in the game after the Tigers struck for two runs in the first inning. He now owns a 5.00 ERA and 1.67 WHIP on the season and remains an unappealing fantasy option in all formats. He'll take another turn in the White Sox' rotation on Wednesday against the Royals in Kansas City. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:07 pm
  • Edwin Diaz locks down four-out save Friday
    Edwin Diaz earned his fourth save of the season on Friday, recording the final four outs to preserve a two-run victory over the Indians.

    Advice: Diaz was called upon to face Edwin Encarnacion in the eighth inning with a runner at second base and he responded by striking him out. He then stayed in for the night, striking out a pair and getting a weak pop up. Diaz owns a 3.60 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 12/5 K/BB ratio through 10 innings on the year while converting four of his first five save chances. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:46 pm
  • Blake Snell struggles with command Friday
    Blake Snell struggled with his command in a no-decision against the Blue Jays, allowing two runs on six hits over his five innings of work.

    Advice: Snell walked three and struck out three on the night. His inability to find the strike zone consistently led to an elevated pitch count of 96 through his five frames, forcing his early exit. All of the damage against him came in his final inning, where Darwin Barney delivered an RBI single and another run scored on a double play ball. Snell, still winless on the season, will carry a 3.42 ERA and 1.48 WHIP into Wednesday's start against the Marlins. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:27 pm
  • Giants confirm Grade 2 sprain for Bumgarner
    The Giants confirmed Friday that Madison Bumgarner is dealing with a Grad 2 shoulder sprain.

    Advice: Tentatively, the Giants expect their star southpaw to return around the All-Star break. While the diagnosis hasn't changed, at least there now appears to be a clear timetable for his return to the Giants' rotation and fantasy owners can expect to have him back for the second half of the season, barring any setbacks. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:46 pm
    10-Day DL
    W, 4-3 vs SD
     
  • Anderson Espinoza (elbow) shut down again
    Padres pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza has again been shut down with right elbow soreness.

    Advice: The top prospect was shut down for a couple weeks earlier this month due to forearm tightness. The good news is an MRI didn't reveal anything serious. "This is a young man who throws very, very hard," Padres farm director Sam Geaney said. "He hasn’t to this point had any extreme workloads, but I think when you generate as much velocity as he does, these kinds of things happen. Often times it can take six to eight weeks for something like this to resolve itself and get back to normal." Rotoworld.com Today, 3:04 pm
    Not Active
    L, 4-3 @SF
     
  • Sammy Solis (elbow) gets good news on MRI
    An MRI on Sammy Solis's left elbow revealed nerve inflammation.

    Advice: Solis was sent for an MRI after feeling tingling in his fingers when he tried to play catch a few days ago. There's no timetable for his return, but the good news is he doesn't have any ligament damage. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:35 pm
    10-Day DL
    L, 7-5 vs NYM
     
  • Sammy Solis (elbow) undergoes MRI
    Sammy Solis underwent an MRI on his ailing left elbow.

    Advice: Solis tried playing catch a few days ago but said he had tingling in his fingers. It's obviously not a good sign, but more will be known after the exam results are in. Solis is a key part of the Nats bullpen, so losing him for a significant period of time would be a blow. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:32 pm
    10-Day DL
    L, 7-5 vs NYM
     
  • Andrew Bailey (shoulder) nearing mound work
    Andrew Bailey (shoulder) will resume throwing off a mound in the middle or end of next week.

    Advice: Bailey has already been long-tossing. Working his way back from right shoulder inflammation, Bailey should rejoin the Angels' bullpen sometime next month. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:48 am
    10-Day DL
    W, 6-3 @Tex
     
  • Chris Tillman (shoulder) joins O's in NYC
    Chris Tillman (shoulder) has joined the Orioles in New York.

    Advice: The Orioles still need to decide whether Tillman will rejoin their rotation on Tuesday in Boston. Tillman struggled in his three rehab starts and was sitting in the upper-80s in Thursday's outing, so it's possible the O's will have him make another tune-up start. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:25 am
    10-Day DL
    L, 14-11 @NYY
     
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:48 pm
    Player Note
    Bud Norris LAA - SP,RP
    W, 6-3 @Tex
     
  • Graveman pitches well in loss to Angels
    Kendall Graveman allowed two runs on six hits over six innings but took the loss Thursday against the Angels.

    Advice: Graveman pitched fairly well in his first start off the disabled list, but it wasn't enough to overcome a poor offensive showing from his teammates. The right-hander didn't walk a batter and struck out four in his first start since April 14. Through four starts on the year, Graveman is 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA and 1.00 WHIP and while he does few things that move the fantasy needle, he makes for a palatable last starter in deep mixed leagues. If nothing else, his next start Wednesday against the Twins could be a decent streaming opportunity. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:44 pm
  • Nolasco limits A's to one run over 5 2/3
    Ricky Nolasco held the Athletics to a lone run over 5 2/3 innings in a win Thursday.

    Advice: Nolasco gave up just three hits and walked two while striking out four in the contest. It was the third time in five outings he's fallen short of a quality start, but he's been close in two others, including Thursday. It's not anything to write home about, but a positive takeaway, at least. In total, Nolasco is 2-2 with a 4.13 ERA and 1.24 WHIP, and he'll try to improve on those numbers Wednesday at the Mariners. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • Tillman goes five innings in last rehab start
    Chris Tillman (shoulder) scattered eight hits, six runs (four earned) and one walk over five innings in Thursday's rehab start for High-A Frederick.

    Advice: He added two strikeouts while throwing 48 of his 71 pitches for strikes. Obviously the results weren't there for Tillman, but the right-hander said his shoulder felt good and that's all the Orioles were concerned about. He's tentatively expected to return against the Red Sox Tuesday at Fenway Park. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:53 pm
    10-Day DL
    L, 14-11 @NYY
     
  • Graveman activated for Thursday's start
    Athletics activated RHP Kendall Graveman from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: Matt Olson was optioned to Triple-A Nashville in the corresponding roster move. Graveman is back after missing one start with a strained shoulder. He'll be on a slightly reduced pitch count when he takes the mound Thursday against the Angels. Graveman is undefeated with a 2.00 ERA in three starts this year. Daily Slant: Kendall Graveman generated some excitement again this year when he showed increased velocity this spring. While he started the season at 94.5 mph, he’s dropped 0.4 mph in each of his subsequent starts and is throwing his sinker 90% of the time. He’s not generating a higher than average rate of ground balls with it and he generated just two swinging strikes in his last start, though was at least league average in his two previous starts. It’s tough to get excited about all sinkers, especially when a big part of DFS success revolves around strikeouts. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:54 pm
  • Jim Johnson gives up two runs to Mets
    After entering the ninth with a four-run lead, Jim Johnson gave up two runs before finishing off the Mets on Thursday.

    Advice: Johnson had a strong spring and a fine first couple of weeks, but he's given up four runs and seven hits over his last two appearances. It probably hasn't helped that today was just his second appearance in 10 days. His closing gig is safe, but it'd be nice to see him bounce back next time out. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:31 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:32 pm
    Player Note
    Bud Norris LAA - SP,RP
    W, 6-3 @Tex
     
  • Graveman on 'slightly' reduced pitch count
    Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Kendall Graveman will be on a "slightly" reduced pitch count when he returns from the disabled list Thursday against the Angels.

    Advice: Graveman only missed one turn through the rotation while nursing a strained shoulder. The A's are going to be cautious with him in his first start back but it won't be long until the training wheels come off. Graveman turned in a 2.00 ERA in his first three starts before getting hurt. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:27 pm
  • Graveman (shoulder) returns Thursday at LAA
    Kendall Graveman (shoulder) will return to the A's rotation Thursday in Anaheim.

    Advice: Graveman got the go-ahead after making it through a 42-pitch bullpen session on Monday without issue. The 26-year-old right-hander wound up missing just one turn and will return Thursday to a 2-0 record, 2.00 ERA, and 1.00 WHIP through three starts covering 18 innings. With the velocity spike he's shown this season, Graveman deserves to be owned in deeper mixed fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:22 pm
  • Bumgarner doesn't need surgery on shoulder
    Madison Bumgarner will not require surgery on his injured left shoulder.

    Advice: That's the initial evaluation anyway, after a round of tests overseen by Dr. Kenneth Akizuki. Bumgarner is hoping to begin rehab activities in 4-5 days but probably won't be ready to resume throwing off a mound for two months. The ace left-hander suffered a strained AC joint and a rib cage bruise last Thursday in a dirt-bike accident. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:00 pm
    10-Day DL
    W, 4-3 vs SD
     
  • Graveman (shoulder) threw side session Tues
    Kendall Graveman (shoulder) threw a successful 42-pitch bullpen session on Monday.

    Advice: Graveman reported no day-after discomfort on Tuesday and is on track to return to the Oakland rotation Thursday in Anaheim. The 26-year-old right-hander was sporting an excellent 2-0 record, 2.00 ERA, and 1.00 WHIP through three starts (18 innings) this season, showing improved fastball velocity. This shoulder issue will hopefully be a minor blip. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:54 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:45 pm
    Player Note
    Bud Norris LAA - SP,RP
    W, 6-3 @Tex
     
  • Ricky Nolasco to start on Thursday
    Ricky Nolasco will start on Thursday against the Athletics.

    Advice: Nolasco will have gone eight days in between outings, as the Angels wanted him to work on his mechanics on the side. The veteran right-hander holds a 4.76 ERA and 17/3 K/BB ratio over his first 22 2/3 innings this season. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:10 pm
  • Tillman (shoulder) set for next rehab start
    Chris Tillman (shoulder) is slated to throw around 75 pitches in his next rehab start Thursday for High-A Frederick.

    Advice: Tillman allowed three runs over 3 2/3 innings Saturday in his second rehab start, but he said he felt better than his first. The hope is that he could be ready to be activated on May 2 against the Red Sox, but it depends on how things go on Thursday. The veteran right-hander has been dealing with shoulder issues since the offseason. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:31 pm
    10-Day DL
    L, 14-11 @NYY
     
  • M's looking to get Diaz more work
    Mariners manager Scott Servais is mulling over using Edwin Diaz in high-leverage situations earlier in games in order to get him more regular work.

    Advice: With the Mariners off to a disappointing start, Diaz has only made six appearances this season and just one since April 16. The hard-throwing 23-year-old hasn't been particularly sharp, which Servias believes is because of a lack of consistent work. "He needs to pitch," said Servais. "I don’t just want to stick him down there and wait because he’s the closer. He is so young. It may depend on where we are in the game. He hasn’t pitched much lately at all." It's a smart idea to use him outside of the constraints of the closer role if the situation warrants, though fantasy owners could miss on a save chance or two if he follows through with his idea. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:21 am
  • Kyle Gibson crushed in loss to Tigers Sunday
    Kyle Gibson was crushed in Sunday's loss to the Tigers, allowing seven runs (six earned) on eight hits in just 2 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Gibson struck out three and walked two in the short outing. Alex Avila tagged him for a two-run homer in the second inning and the Tigers rallied for five more in the third to chase the veteran right-hander. He'll try to regroup and improve upon his troublesome 9.00 ERA and 1.94 WHIP when he takes the hill against the Royals in Kansas City on Friday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:47 pm
  • Kimbrel earns seventh save Sunday vs. O's
    Craig Kimbrel earned his seventh save of the season Sunday as the Red Sox beat the Orioles.

    Advice: Kimbrel was called into the game with two outs in the bottom of the ninth after Joe Kelly gave up a run on three hits and promptly induced a pop-out from Manny Machado to end it. Kimbrel has a stellar 1.93 ERA, 0.64 WHIP, and 17/2 K/BB ratio in 9 1/3 innings this season. He is 7-for-8 in save opportunities. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:22 pm
  • Graveman (shoulder) on track for Thursday
    Kendall Graveman (shoulder) will throw another bullpen session Monday and is on track to start Thursday in Anaheim.

    Advice: Graveman went on the disabled list a week ago with a shoulder injury, but the move has looked precautionary from the beginning, as the righty resumed throwing a day after going on the DL. The righty has put up a 2.00 ERA in his first three starts and should be started in deeper fantasy leagues this week. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 11:33 am
  • Nolasco pushed back to work on mechanics
    Ricky Nolasco will have his next scheduled start pushed back a few days so that he can work on his mechanics.

    Advice: Nolasco pitched well in his last start, but evidently the Angels think he has some things to iron out. It's unclear when he'll start again, but Thursday would make sense. Jesse Chavez will start Monday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:30 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:51 pm
    Player Note
    Bud Norris LAA - SP,RP
    W, 6-3 @Tex
     
  • Lynn fans seven, holds Brewers to one run
    Lance Lynn struck out seven while limiting the Brewers to one run over six innings in the Cardinals' 4-1 win Saturday.

    Advice: Lynn gave up just three hits and walked two, sticking around just long enough to get the win. It was his second in as many starts, and the right-hander has allowed just one run in those two starts. Through four starts overall, Lynn is 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 20/8 K/BB ratio. He'll next take on the Reds on Friday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:26 pm
    W, 7-5 vs Cin
     
  • Anderson stymies Cards, but doesn't get win
    Chase Anderson allowed only an unearned run over six innings but didn't factor in the decision Saturday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Anderson yielded six hits and a walk while striking out six, and he left with the game tied at 1-1. It was the third time in four starts that the right-hander has turned in a performance of six innings or more with one or fewer runs allowed. That's good for a 1.13 ERA and 1.04 WHIP. Anderson will look to keep it going Friday against the Braves. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:45 pm
  • Martinez holds Royals to one run over seven
    Nick Martinez limited the Royals to one run over seven innings but settled for a no-decision Saturday.

    Advice: Martinez, making his first start of 2017, kept the Royals offense in check for most of the night, giving up just four hits -- all singles -- and walking one over his seven innings. The 26-year-old got the start in place of A.J. Griffin, and his performance guarantees he'll get another. That start will likely come next weekend against the Angels. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:05 pm
    L, 6-3 vs LAA
     
  • Pelfrey allows two earned over 4 1/3 in loss
    Mike Pelfrey allowed four runs -- two earned -- over 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Indians on Saturday.

    Advice: The start, in place of the injured James Shields, was his first of the year and first as a member of the White Sox. Given that he was released by the Tigers this spring despite them having to pay him $8 million anyway, it may be best if the start was also his last for the Sox. Alas, it won't be, and he'll have a chance to exact some revenge on the Tigers when the two teams meet Friday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:34 pm
  • Snell yields three runs in five innings Sat.
    Blake Snell allowed a pair of homers but held the Astros to three runs in five innings on Saturday.

    Advice: He surrendered only three hits on the evening but two of them were of the four-base variety. Evan Gattis and Jose Altuve hit solo jacks off him. Snell also struggled with his control, walking five batters and managing only 39 strikes among his 87 pitches. He struck out four but didn't stick around long enough to be the pitcher of record when the Rays seized the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. The young left-hander owns a 3.38 ERA with 15 strikeouts and 15 walks in 21 1/3 innings. He has two losses and is still looking for his first win of the season. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:46 pm
  • Morton coughs up five runs in five innings
    Charlie Morton was touched up for five runs in five innings in a loss to the Rays on Saturday.

    Advice: He cruised through the first four innings before things started falling apart in the fifth. He surrendered a two-run double to Evan Longoria in that frame before the Rays strung together a bunch of singles in the sixth to plate three more runs charged to Morton. He gave up a total of eight hits and two walks while punching out six. This was the first clunker of the season for the 33-year-old. His record falls to 1-2 as his ERA climbs to 3.86 through four starts. He has 19 strikeouts and eight walks in 21 innings in his first campaign with the Astros. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:24 pm
  • Cotton yields two runs in six innings in win
    Jharel Cotton gave up two runs in six innings against the Mariners on Saturday and earned a win for his efforts.

    Advice: He allowed six hits and two walks while striking out two. He was taken deep by Robinson Cano in the first inning. The second run came home on a Nelson Cruz sacrifice fly in the third. Cotton improves to 2-2 with a 4.76 ERA through four starts. He has registered 15 strikeouts and 11 walks in 22 2/3 innings. He will face the Astros on the road on Friday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:56 pm
  • Surgery unlikely for Madison Bumgarner
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy doesn't think Madison Bumgarner's injuries will require surgery.

    Advice: If you’ve read this site at all in the last 24 hours, you’ll know that Bumgarner suffered rib and shoulder injuries in a dirt-bike accident on Thurday. He was wearing a sling when he showed up to the ballpark on Friday and will be evaluated by Dr. Kenneth Akizuki on Monday. The Giants originally gave a timetable of 6-8 weeks for his recovery but there have been rumblings Bumgarner might miss more than two months. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:23 pm
    10-Day DL
    W, 4-3 vs SD
     
  • Tillman to start for Frederick on Thursday
    Chris Tillman (shoulder) will make another rehab start Thursday for High-A Frederick.

    Advice: Tillman had been slated to start for Frederick on Saturday but due to poor weather conditions, he'll instead travel to Harrisburg and make the start for Double-A Bowie. He could be ready to rejoin the Orioles rotation after Thursday's outing. He got a late start this year while battling shoulder issues. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:03 pm
    10-Day DL
    L, 14-11 @NYY
     
  • Jake Arrieta struggles, earns win vs. Reds
    Jake Arrieta improved to 3-0 on the season with Saturday's victory over the Reds despite allowing five runs (four earned) on eight hits over his six innings of work.

    Advice: Arrieta racked up eight strikeouts on the afternoon and didn't walk a batter. He also helped his own cause with an RBI triple in the fifth inning. Nearly all of the damage against him came in the first inning where Joey Votto blasted a three-run homer and Eugenio Suarez added a solo shot. The veteran right-hander now sports a 3.65 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 29/5 K/BB ratio through 24 2/3 innings on the season. He'll look to continue his winning ways on Friday against the Red Sox in Boston. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 1:36 pm
  • Tillman to start for Double-A Bowie Saturday
    Chris Tillman (shoulder) will make his minor league rehab start with Double-A Bowie on Saturday.

    Advice: Tillman had been scheduled to pitch for High-A Frederick, but weather concerns have forced the O's to change their plans. He's expected to need one additional rehab start after this before he's ready to rejoin the Orioles' rotation. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:39 am
    10-Day DL
    L, 14-11 @NYY
     
  • Giants worry Bumgarner could miss more time
    Buster Olney of ESPN reports that there is concern in the Giants' organization that Madison Bumgarner (shoulder) will be sidelined for longer than two months.

    Advice: The Giants have yet to announce a time frame for his recovery and won't until he's re-evaluated next week, but early estimates were between six and eight weeks. Obviously, the longer his absence extends, the more it hurts the Giants' playoff hopes. Ty Blach will hold down his spot in the rotation until the star southpaw is able to return. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:52 am
    10-Day DL
    W, 4-3 vs SD
     
  • Adam Conley solid in no-decision
    Adam Conley pitched six innings of one-run ball in a no-decision against the Padres on Friday.

    Advice: It's the first time in four appearances this year that Conley has pitched against someone other than the Mets. He's been effective in each of his starts, though he has walked seven in 18 innings. He's set to take on the Phillies on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:03 pm
    L, 12-2 vs Pit
     
  • Adleman gives up two runs in no-decision
    Tim Adleman limited the Cubs to two runs over six innings Friday, but was handed a no-decision.

    Advice: Adleman was pushed into the rotation after throwing four innings in relief on Sunday, but he was equal to the task in a tough matchup. While Adleman gave up solo homers to Jason Heyward and Javier Baez along the way, he managed to hold Chicago’s lineup off the board otherwise. He struck out seven and walked a pair and was in line for the victory before Anthony Rizzo's game-tying blast in the ninth. If his efforts on the mound weren’t impressive enough, Adleman also had a two-run double in the fourth inning. He has likely earned another start, but we’d still be careful about trusting him in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:45 pm
  • Nick Martinez to start for Rangers Saturday
    Rangers recalled RHP Nick Martinez from Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: He'll start for the Rangers on Saturday against the Royals in place of the injured A.J. Griffin. The 26-year-old right-hander posted a 5.59 ERA and 1.65 WHIP over 38 2/3 innings for the Rangers in 2016. He should not be considered as a streaming option. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:10 pm
    L, 6-3 vs LAA
     
  • Colon gives up four runs in loss to Phillies
    Bartolo Colon struggled in Friday's loss to the Phillies, allowing four runs on 11 hits over his seven frames.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander walked one and struck out four on the evening. The Phillies got to him early in this one, scratching out a run in the second inning and adding a pair in the third. Colon settled in afterwards though and was able to keep his team in the game. He'll carry a 4.50 ERA and 1.08 WHIP into Thursday's matchup against the Mets in New York. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:19 pm
  • White Sox purchase contract of Mike Pelfrey
    White Sox purchased the contract of RHP Mike Pelfrey from Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: He'll take the spot of the injured James Shields in the White Sox rotation. Pelfrey registered a 5.07 ERA and 1.73 WHIP in 119 innings with the Tigers in 2016 and isn't a recommended option in any fantasy format. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:13 pm
  • Graveman (shoulder) throws bullpen session
    Kendall Graveman (shoulder) said he felt great after throwing a successful bullpen session on Friday.

    Advice: All indications are that the right-hander will miss just one start and be able to take his regularly scheduled turn in the rotation against the Angels next week. Cesar Valdez, who filled in for him on Thursday, has already been sent back to Triple-A. Rotoworld.com Friday, 4:27 pm
  • MadBum injures shoulder in dirt bike accident
    Giants placed LHP Madison Bumgarner on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 19, with bruised ribs and a Grade 1-2 strain of his left shoulder AC joint.

    Advice: Bumgarner suffered the injuries during a dirk bike accident on Thursday. Seriously. He will be re-evaluated next week, but FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal hears that the left-hander is expected to be sidelined for 6-8 weeks. It's the first time in his career that Bumgarner has been placed on the disabled list. Ty Blach seems likely to take his spot in the Giants' rotation, although Tyler Beede and Chris Stratton are also options. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:42 pm
    10-Day DL
    W, 4-3 vs SD
     
  • Chris Tillman starting for Frederick Saturday
    Chris Tillman (shoulder) will make another rehab start Saturday for High-A Frederick.

    Advice: Tillman allowed one run in 2 2/3 innings Monday in his first rehab start for Double-A Bowie. He admitted to being rusty in that outing and will probably need at least one more start in the minors after Saturday. Tillman led Baltimore with a career-high 16 wins last season. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:15 pm
    10-Day DL
    L, 14-11 @NYY
     
  • Craig Kimbrel blows save, gets win
    Craig Kimbrel gave up a leadoff homer to blow a save Thursday, but he ended up with a win after pitching two scoreless innings against Toronto.

    Advice: Kimbrel caught a bad break right off the bat, when his first curve to Kendrys Morales wasn't called a strike despite catching plenty of the plate. He grooved the next pitch, a fastball, and Morales hit it out to center, tying the game at 1-1. Kimbrel was dominant after that, striking out five of the remaining six batters he faced. He looks much sharper than he did during the latter portion of last season. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:58 pm
  • Madison Bumgarner gives up one run in loss
    Madison Bumgarner lost after holding the Royals to one run in six innings on Wednesday.

    Advice: Bumgarner is now 0-3, even though he has a 3.00 ERA and an even more impressive 1.518 OPS. Of course, he didn't get to hit in this one in Kansas City. Maybe he should have... the Giants had just four hits in the shutout loss. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:00 pm
    10-Day DL
    W, 4-3 vs SD
     
  • Sammy Solis (elbow) heading to 10-day DL
    Nationals placed LHP Sammy Solis on the 10-day disabled list with left elbow inflammation.

    Advice: Just when Solis might be healthy enough to return to action is not yet known. The 28-year-old southpaw struggled prior to going down injured, surrendering four runs on four hits over 4 1/3 innings. He walked three in that space. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:03 pm
    10-Day DL
    L, 7-5 vs NYM
     
  • Ricky Nolasco solid for six innings in win
    Ricky Nolasco pitched six innings and allowed two runs Tuesday in a win over the Astros.

    Advice: It's his first win in four starts. Nolasco has a 17/3 K/BB ratio in 22 2/3 innings, but because he's given up seven homers, he's sporting a 4.76 ERA. He's strictly an AL-only pitcher. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:29 pm
  • Tim Adleman to start vs. Cubs on Friday
    Tim Adleman will start against the Cubs on Friday.

    Advice: The right-hander arrived from Triple-A Louisville over the weekend and pitched well in long relief Sunday versus the Brewers, but he makes for a poor streaming option Friday against one of the best teams in baseball. Adleman will probably be shuttled back and forth between the minors and majors throughout 2017. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:28 pm
  • Padres' Espinosa to begin throwing program
    Padres prospect right-hander Anderson Espinoza (forearm) is expected to begin a throwing program this week.

    Advice: Espinosa was placed on the 7-day disabled list at High-A Lake Elsinore earlier this month due to right forearm tightness. The 19-year-old is one of the top pitching prospects in the game, so the Padres are playing things extra safe with him. He's unlikely to make his season debut until May. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:57 am
    Not Active
    L, 4-3 @SF
     
  • Jharel Cotton gives up five runs in loss
    Jharel Cotton gave up five runs in 5 1/3 innings Monday in a loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Cotton was more unlucky than bad in his first start before pitching really well last time out. Tonight, was less about luck; he walked the first two batters of the fifth and went on to give up a pair of doubles in the four-run frame. He should do better next time out against the Mariners. Rotoworld.com Apr 17, 10:46 pm
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