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  • Claudio works two innings to earn sixth save
    Alex Claudio allowed a run over two innings of work, earning his sixth save Thursday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Jose Abreu crushed an off-speed offering in the ninth inning to make it a one-run game, but Claudio was able to shut the door to earn the save. He struck out three in his two innings of work. The southpaw isn't a conventional closer type, having struck out just 46 in 65 innings this year, but he's got a strong 2.49 ERA and 1.05 WHIP and has actually recorded 10 strikeouts in his last 5 1/3 innings for good measure. It's not the most lucrative job in the world, saves-wise, but Claudio has a hold on the Rangers' closer gig as things stand, and that's worth something in our game. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:26 pm
  • Doolittle punches out two as Nats top Padres
    Sean Doolittle registered his 10th save with the Nationals courtesy of a scoreless ninth inning in Thursday's win over the Padres.

    Advice: Doolittle came in to start the ninth with the Nationals up just 2-1. He proceeded to strike out two, wrapping up the save needing 13 pitches (eight strikes). The southpaw reliever is now 10-for-10 in save opportunities since coming over to the Nationals from the A's in July. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:30 pm
  • Edwin Jackson mystifies Padres over seven
    Edwin Jackson surrendered one run on eight hits over seven innings in Thursday's win over the Padres.

    Advice: Jackson has been surprisingly reliable in seven starts this season, having allowed two or fewer runs in five of them. In Thursday's contest, the well-traveled veteran kept the scoreboard clean outside of a third-inning RBI single by Jose Pirela. He struck out four and walked one over his seven innings of work. Jackson will bring a sharp 2.92 ERA and 1.11 WHIP into a road outing against the Astros next time he toes the rubber. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • Jhoulys Chacin walks four in losing effort
    Jhoulys Chacin was unable to find the plate in Thursday's loss to the Nationals, walking four while allowing one run over five innings.

    Advice: Chacin surrendered just three hits and one run -- on an Adam Lind sacrifice fly in the third inning -- but control issues forced him to an early exit after five innings. He threw just 63 of his 104 pitches for strikes. Chacin has walked four batters in each of his last two starts and has handed out at least three free passes in six of his last 10 outings. He will carry a 3.98 ERA and 1.28 WHIP into a road showdown with the Cardinals next time he toes the rubber. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:17 pm
  • Sam Dyson able to work around walk for save
    Sam Dyson recorded his 10th save of the season via a scoreless ninth inning in Thursday's win over the Phillies.

    Advice: With the Giants holding a 5-4 advantage entering the ninth, Dyson recorded the first two outs without issue before losing a touch of command. He walked Andres Blanco and fell behind Cesar Hernandez before coming back to strike him out looking to end the contest. Dyson has been money with the Giants, especially of late -- he has not allowed a hit in any of his last four appearances. Since the Rangers traded him over to the National League, the reliever owns a 2.05 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 21/12 K/BB ratio in 26 1/3 frames. He is 10-for-11 in save chances since putting on the San Francisco uniform. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:15 pm
  • Betances gets another save call, answers bell
    Dellin Betances worked a flawless ninth inning Thursday against the Mets to earn his eighth save.

    Advice: Betances surely didn't think he'd be needed in a game that was 7-1 entering the ninth, but a meltdown by Bryan Mitchell forced the right-hander into the contest to protect what was suddenly a two-run lead with no outs. Betances did so and with little trouble, needing just 11 pitches to end the threat. He's now got a 2.15 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 79/33 K/BB ratio over 46 innings of work this year, proving to be a more-than-capable closer in the instance of injury or ineffectiveness of Aroldis Chapman. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:30 pm
  • Severino fans nine in win over crosstown Mets
    Luis Severino struck out nine over 6 1/3 innings, allowing only an unearned run, in Thursday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: Severino walked three while allowing just four hits, dominating the hapless Mets for most of the night. It was a great showing after he got knocked around by the Red Sox his last time out. The 23-year-old, who had to fight for a rotation spot in spring training, has been one of the season's breakout stars, posting a 3.18 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 175/41 K/BB ratio while going 10-5 through 24 starts. He'll look to keep his fantastic season going Wednesday against the Tigers. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:22 pm
  • Beck leaves after taking liner off shoulder
    Chris Beck left Thursday's game against the Rangers with a bruised right shoulder.

    Advice: It's been a rough night for White Sox pitchers with Reynaldo Lopez (side) and now Beck both going down with injuries. Beck, who came on in relief of Lopez in the fifth, took an Adrian Beltre line drive off his shoulder and allowed a two-run homer to Nomar Mazara before exiting. Those were the only two batters he faced. Beck sports an ugly 5.87 ERA over 46 relief innings this year. He's day-to-day. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:36 pm
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  • Reynaldo Lopez leaves with side tightness
    Reynaldo Lopez left Thursday's start against the Rangers with tightness in his right side.

    Advice: He'll be reevaluated on Friday. Lopez had a rough night, allowing five hits, six runs (five earned) and four walks with six strikeouts before exiting with one out in the fifth inning. The 23-year-old has pitched to a mediocre 6.10 ERA in two starts since getting called up from Triple-A Charlotte earlier this month. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:34 pm
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  • Feldman still struggling with knee injury
    Scott Feldman said his knee bothered him Thursday against the Cubs.

    Advice: The right-hander got blown up for six runs in only 3 2/3 innings Thursday and his fastball was barely hitting 82 mph. Feldman hasn't looked right since coming off the DL earlier this month and admitted as much after the game. "If it doesn’t get any better, I don’t think I can pitch like that anymore," he said. "We’ll see." If anything, Feldman's knee seems to be getting worse, not better. With nothing left to play for this year, the Reds may consider shutting Feldman down for the season. Headed for free agency this winter, Thursday may very well have been Feldman's final start in a Reds uniform. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:02 pm
  • Scott Feldman gets roughed up by Cubs
    Scott Feldman was tagged for six runs in 3 2/3 innings by the Cubs on Thursday.

    Advice: The Reds scored nine times in the second, so Feldman should have been able to cruise to a victory in this one. Instead, he gave up one run in the bottom of the second and then five more in the fourth, leading to his removal. He's allowed nine runs in 8 2/3 innings since coming off the disabled list. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:28 pm
  • Buddy Boshers optioned to Triple-A Rochester
    Twins optioned LHP Buddy Boshers to Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: The left-hander has been in a rut lately, allowing five runs over his last two outings (1 IP). Perhaps a change of scenery in Rochester will do him some good. Regardless, he should be back when rosters expand in September. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:46 pm
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  • Red Sox DFA right-hander Noe Ramirez
    Red Sox designated RHP Noe Ramirez for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a 40-man roster spot for Roenis Elias, who has been activated off the 60-day disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket. Ramirez was sporting a decent 3.51 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 57/16 K/BB ratio in 48 2/3 innings of relief this season with Pawtucket and could draw some interest on waivers. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:35 am
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  • Grant Dayton (neck) to return on Sept. 1?
    Grant Dayton (neck) said he's expecting to be activated from the disabled list on September 1.

    Advice: Dayton will spend one week pitching in rehab games with Double-A Tulsa and the next week appearing in rehab games at Triple-A Oklahoma City. He'll then be ready to rock when rosters expand. The lefty reliever has struggled with his command in 2017 and the Dodgers have fared just fine without him, so a slow process seems like the wise process here. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:24 am
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    4:10 pm @Det
     
  • Jake Petricka takes blown save, loss
    Aaron Bummer and Jake Petricka combined to give up three runs in the ninth in a loss to the Dodgers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Juan Minaya, who threw 23 pitches Tuesday, faced just two hitters while finishing the eighth tonight. Gregory Infante then got the first out with a 4-2 lead in the ninth, only to be replaced by Aaron Bummer. A single followed, and in came Petricka, who entered the night with an 8.05 ERA and a 1.895 WHIP in 19 innings. The end result was unsurprising; Petricka retired none of the three batters he faced as the Dodgers came back to win. We can't imagine Petricka will see a ninth-inning lead again anytime soon. Minaya really seems like the best choice for Renteria. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:06 pm
  • Miller (knee) impresses in first rehab outing
    Andrew Miller (knee) tossed a scoreless inning Wednesday in a rehab appearance for Triple-A Columbus.

    Advice: Miller fanned two hitters while throwing 10 of his 12 pitches for strikes. The left-hander didn't show any signs of rust in his first and perhaps only rehab outing and could be back in the Indians' pen as soon as this weekend. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:05 pm
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  • Dayton to begin rehab assignment this weekend
    Grant Dayton (neck) will begin a minor league rehab assignment this weekend.

    Advice: The Dodgers haven't announced where he'll begin his rehab, though the plan is for him to make at least five appearances. Dayton landed on the DL with neck stiffness late last month. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:25 pm
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    4:10 pm @Det
     
  • Sean Doolittle records save No. 9
    Sean Doolittle notched his ninth save for the Nationals and 12th save of the season Tuesday against the Angels.

    Advice: On to protect a two-run lead, Doolittle induced a couple groundouts and a strikeout to easily nail down the victory. The left-hander is unscored up in his last nine appearances and is a perfect 9-for-9 in save opportunities since joining the Nats. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:03 pm
  • Grant Dayton (neck) nearing rehab games
    Grant Dayton (neck) is nearing a minor league rehab assignment.

    Advice: Dayton has been on the disabled list since July 28 with a neck injury. The left-handed reliever holds a 4.94 ERA and 20/12 K/BB ratio in 23 2/3 innings this season at the major league level. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:33 pm
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  • Betances earns seventh save on Monday
    Dellin Betances earned his seventh save of the season on Monday against the Mets.

    Advice: Aroldis Chapman was given the night off after blowing a save in ugly fashion on Sunday against the rival Red Sox. Betances is back to his old dominant self after running into some issues around mid-season, but he's not going to unseat Chapman from the primary ninth-inning role. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:44 pm
  • Miller (knee) to make rehab appearance Wed.
    Andrew Miller (knee) will make a minor league rehab appearance on Wednesday.

    Advice: Miller threw his second bullpen session in three days on Sunday and is now ready to test himself in game action. The southpaw should only need one appearance before being activated. The relief ace has been out since the start of August with patella tendinitis in his right knee. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:13 am
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    5:15 pm @KC
     
  • Sam Dyson earns ninth save on Sunday
    Sam Dyson earned his ninth save of the year on Sunday afternoon against the Nationals.

    Advice: Dyson retired all three batters he faced in an easy 10-pitch ninth inning to protect the Giants' two-run lead. He has looked like a new man since arriving in San Francisco, though Mark Melancon is now off the disabled list and will eventually reclaim closer duties. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:30 pm
  • Andrew Miller (knee) throws bullpen session
    Andrew Miller (knee) threw another bullpen session on Sunday morning.

    Advice: Miller appears to be recovered from his right knee tendinitis, but the Indians might ask him to make one minor league rehab appearance before they bring him back from the disabled list. The left-hander owns a dominant 1.67 ERA, 0.76 WHIP, and 78/15 K/BB ratio through 54 innings this season. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:49 am
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    5:15 pm @KC
     
  • Jhoulys Chacin goes five in no-decision
    Jhoulys Chacin allowed one earned run, four hits and four walks with three strikeouts over five innings in a no-decision Saturday on the road against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Chacin's five innings tied his lowest over his past 13 starts dating back to May 28. Part of the problem has been walks lately, as he has issued 22 walks over his past 46 2/3 innings. He also hasn't been very good on the road, going 4-6 with a 6.90 ERA over 12 road outings. However, Chacin is 7-2 with a 1.86 ERA through 12 outings at home. He'll be back at Petco Park on Thursday against the Nationals. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:14 am
  • Jackson yields one run in win over Giants
    Edwin Jackson gave up just one run in six innings to earn a 3-1 win over the Giants on Saturday.

    Advice: He struck out five batters, walked one and surrendered five base hits, including a solo home run by second baseman Joe Panik in the first inning. Jackson was released by the Orioles after making three relief appearances early in the season. He signed with the Nationals, spent time in the minor leagues and is now back in the majors having success as a starter with one of the best teams in baseball. He has a 3-2 record with a 3.86 ERA in 35 innings total. His next start will come in a tasty matchup on the road versus the Padres on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:02 pm
  • Doolittle fans two in ninth for a save vs SF
    Sean Doolittle retired the side in order to snare a save versus the Giants on Saturday.

    Advice: He notched a pair of strikeouts and made it look easy. It was his eighth save since joining the Nationals and 11th overall. He has a 3.34 ERA with 41 strikeouts in 32 1/3 innings and seems to have a solid grip on the closer's job in Dusty Baker's bullpen. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:49 pm
  • Feldman (knee) goes four innings in return
    Scott Feldman (knee) allowed three runs in four innings in his return from the disabled list against the Brewers on Saturday.

    Advice: Feldman gave up seven hits and a walk while striking out six in the outing, throwing 83 pitches before exiting. It was his first start in nearly a month, after he left his July 17 with right knee inflammation. Feldman owns a 4.43 ERA and 1.34 WHIP in 20 starts overall. He'll continue working to rebuild his stamina Thursday against the Cubs. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:42 pm
  • Red Sox hang 10 runs on Severino Saturday
    Luis Severino imploded on Saturday, yielding eight hits and 10 runs (eight earned) over 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: The 10 runs were a season-worst for Severino, who finished the afternoon with four strikeouts and two walks. Andrew Benintendi was Severino’s kryptonite on Saturday, taking him deep for a pair of three-run homers. New York’s porous defense didn’t help matters with Todd Frazier and Didi Gregorius both committing costly errors. The loss snapped Severino’s six-start unbeaten streak. The 23-year-old will take a 3.32 ERA into his next outing Thursday against the Mets. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:25 pm
  • Reds activate Scott Feldman from 10-day DL
    Reds activated RHP Scott Feldman from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: Feldman will return to the Reds' starting rotation on Saturday against the Brewers. The right-hander owns a 4.34 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 86/34 K/BB ratio across 103 2/3 innings on the season. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:33 pm
  • Reynaldo Lopez holds down Royals over six
    Reynaldo Lopez allowed two runs on four hits over six innings in Friday's win over the Royals.

    Advice: Making his first start with the White Sox since coming over from the Nationals in the Adam Eaton trade, Lopez struck out six while walking three in this Friday night affair. Mike Moustakas tormented him with a pair of solo home runs, but he otherwise kept the scoreboard clean over his six innings of work. The 23-year-old right-hander will take to the road for a date with the Rangers in his next scheduled outing. Prior to his call-up on Friday, Lopez held a 2.70 ERA and 63/15 K/BB ratio over his last 46 2/3 frames at Triple-A. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:02 pm
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  • Nationals and Giants postponed due to rain
    Friday's game between the Giants and Nationals was postponed due to rain.

    Advice: No word yet on a date to reschedule. It's also unclear if Friday's scheduled starters will get pushed back to work on Saturday or if their respective clubs will simply skip them this turn through the rotation. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:44 pm
  • White Sox call up Lopez for Friday start
    White Sox recalled RHP Reynaldo Lopez from Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Lopez will make his White Sox debut in a starting role against the Royals tonight. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:50 am
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  • Doolittle retires Marlins to earn 10th save
    Sean Doolittle worked a scoreless ninth inning Thursday to earn the save against the Marlins.

    Advice: Doolittle gave up a hit but nothing more, preserving a one-run lead to earn the save. It was his 10th save of the year and his seventh since joining the Nats on July 16. Since that deal, he has a 3.60 ERA and a solid 3.45 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 39/6 K/BB ratio over 31 1/3 innings overall. The 30-year-old has emerged as the go-to reliever in the Nationals' pen. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:08 pm
  • Scott Feldman (knee) tosses bullpen session
    Scott Feldman (knee) threw a bullpen session on Wednesday.

    Advice: Feldman also took part in running, fielding and agility drills. Said the veteran right-hander, "I hope I feel good tomorrow. I felt good today. I did all the stuff they wanted me to do. Hopefully it responds well and is good to go." The hope, here, is that Feldman will be able to return to the rotation against the Brewers on Saturday. He has been out of action for the past three weeks due to right knee inflammation. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:35 pm
  • Sam Dyson tosses clean ninth for eighth save
    Sam Dyson fired off a clean ninth inning to pick up his eighth save of the season in Wednesday's win over the Cubs.

    Advice: The Giants held a 3-1 lead entering the ninth inning and Dyson came on to keep the score right there. He needed just 10 pitches (six strikes) to record the save. After struggling to a terrifying 10.80 ERA in 17 appearances with the Rangers earlier in the season, Dyson has found new life with the Giants. Since joining the boys from the bay, the right-handed reliever is the owner of a 2.22 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 19/11 K/BB ratio in 23 appearances covering 24 1/3 innings. He is 8-for-9 in save opportunities since coming over in trade. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:30 pm
  • Sam Dyson nails down seventh save
    Sam Dyson allowed a walk while recording a strikeout in a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday against the Cubs for his seventh save.

    Advice: Dyson was brutal to start the season in Texas, but that all appears to be a distant memory. He has converted seven of his eight save chances since coming over from the Rangers, and he has allowed just two earned runs over his past 18 2/3 innings across the past 16 appearances. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:27 am
  • Reynaldo Lopez set for White Sox debut Fri.
    Reynaldo Lopez will be called up to make his White Sox debut on Friday against the Royals.

    Advice: Mike Pelfrey has been bumped to the bullpen to open a rotation spot for the 23-year-old top pitching prospect. Lopez, acquired from the Nationals in the offseason Adam Eaton trade, has registered a 2.70 ERA and 63/15 K/BB ratio over his last 46 2/3 innings at Triple-A Charlotte. White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said he'll be up for good. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:07 pm
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    5:05 pm @Tex
     
  • Tito: Andrew Miller (knee) making progress
    Indians manager Terry Francona said Tuesday that Andrew Miller is making progress in his recovery from right knee tendinitis.

    Advice: Francona did not offer an exact timetable for Miller's activation from the disabled list, but it sounds like this won't be a lengthy absence. Miller was sporting a dominant 1.67 ERA, 0.76 WHIP, and 78/15 K/BB ratio through 54 innings this season out of the Indians' bullpen. He's been out since August 2. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:02 pm
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    5:15 pm @KC
     
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