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  • Dereck Rodriguez strikes out six in win
    Dereck Rodriguez allowed three earned runs, seven hits and no walks with six strikeouts over five innings in a no-decision Tuesday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Rodriguez threw just 60 of his 92 pitches for strikes, exhibiting a lack of control. He also hit two batters and threw first-pitch strikes to just 12 of the 24 batters he faced. He'll look to atone in his next scheduled start in a head-to-head rookie battle with southpaw Eric Lauer and the Padres at AT&T Park on Sunday. 13 minutes ago
  • Blake Treinen strikes out the side
    Blake Treinen worked around a single while striking out the side in a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday in San Diego for his 16th save.

    Advice: Treinen has been lights out, as he just continues to pound the strike zone. He threw 13 of his 16 pitches for strikes, lowering his ERA to 1.03. He has converted 16 of his 18 save chances, and he is likely going to be rewarded with an All-Star appearance at this rate. Treinen has yielded just two earned runs over his past 23 innings across 20 appearances. 42 minutes ago
  • Blake Parker shaky in two-inning save
    Blake Parker allowed two earned runs and two hits with no walks and four strikeouts over two innings in a save Tuesday against Arizona.

    Advice: Parker served up a two-run homer to the red-hot Paul Goldschmidt, but other than that he was pretty decent in the six-out save chance. He threw 20 of his 31 pitches for strikes and he threw first-pitch strikes to seven of the eight batters he faced. Parker has converted eight of his 10 save chances in the back-end of Mike Scioscia's shaky bullpen, but he is still a risky fantasy option. Yesterday, 11:22 pm
  • Felix Pena wild in home no-decision
    Felix Pena allowed just one earned run, two hits and three walks with six strikeouts over four innings in a no-decision Tuesday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Pena limited the damage despite throwing just 48 of his 74 pitches for strikes while registering two wild pitches and a hit batsman. He might continue to rack up starts while Garrett Richards (hamstring) and Nick Tropeano (shoulder) are on the shelf, but Pena is still not a recommended fantasy option until he starts to go deeper into games and exhibits a little more control. If he continues to start his next scheduled outing would be Monday in Kansas City. Yesterday, 11:17 pm
  • Matt Koch roughed up in Southern California
    Matt Koch allowed five earned runs, seven hits and two walks with no strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings in a loss on the road against the Angels on Tuesday.

    Advice: Koch was a bit wild in this one, throwing first-pitch strikes to 17 of the 27 batters he faced and he was charged with a pair of wild pitches, too. It was his first loss in four decisions dating back to his last setback on May 22. He was due for a stinker. Koch will look to bounce back on Monday night in Miami to kick off a two-start week. Yesterday, 10:56 pm
  • Bochy: Dyson to be primary fill-in at closer
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday night that Sam Dyson will serve as the team's primary closer for now.

    Advice: Hunter Strickland broke his right (pitching) hand when he punched a door out of frustration following a blown save Monday against the Marlins and is expected to miss the next 6-8 weeks. Dyson earned the first save in Strickland's absence on Tuesday versus Miami, inducing a game-ending double play from Brian Anderson after Will Smith issued a walk to Yadiel Rivera and struck out Derek Dietrich to begin the top of the ninth inning. Dyson holds an impressive 2.45 ERA and 0.97 WHIP in 33 innings this season. Mark Melancon and Tony Watson also make for good stashes in mixed fantasy leagues in case Dyson can't keep it going. Yesterday, 10:29 pm
  • Sergio Romo gets two outs for save
    Sergio Romo retired two of the three Astros he faced for his fourth save Tuesday.

    Advice: Fortunately, the Astros that Romo faced were Max Stassi, Tyler White and Jake Marisnick. The Rays could have brought him in to face Jose Altuve a batter earlier, but Jose Alvarado was left in for that assignment (Altuve flied out). It's hard to believe the Rays have any real faith in Romo, but they'll likely keep using him in the ninth when the matchups warrant it. Yesterday, 8:52 pm
  • Mike Montgomery strong over six frames
    Mike Montgomery held the Dodgers to one run over six innings Tuesday in the Cubs’ 2-1 extra-innings win in the second game of a doubleheader.

    Advice: Montgomery walked four batters, and it finally came around to bite him when one of the free passes scored in the sixth inning. Still, it was another terrific effort from the left-hander, as he’s now surrendered one run in four straight outings. Montgomery boasts a 1.21 ERA and 0.84 WHIP over five starts since joining the Cubs’ rotation, giving him mixed league value even though he’s not missing bats (19 strikeouts over 29 2/3 frames). He gets the Reds in Cincinnati on Sunday. Yesterday, 8:38 pm
  • Corey Knebel nails down seventh save
    Corey Knebel struck out a pair in a scoreless ninth inning to notch a save Tuesday in Pittsburgh.

    Advice: Tasked with protecting a one-run lead, Knebel issued a two-out walk to Gregory Polanco to put the tying run on base, but he struck out Jordy Mercer swinging to end it. The hard-throwing right-hander has converted seven of nine save opportunities this season and has struck out 23 over 15 2/3 frames. Yesterday, 8:02 pm
  • Jordan Hicks blows save but gets win
    Jordan Hicks allowed a game-tying, two-run double but then wound up with a victory Tuesday in Philadelphia.

    Advice: Hicks was called upon with two outs and two runners on in the eighth inning to try to get the four-out save with Bud Norris unavailable, but he promptly gave up a two-run double to Rhys Hoskins. Matt Carpenter put the Cardinals back on top with a solo shot in the top of the ninth inning and Hicks then closed the door. The rookie flamethrower is clearly second in line for saves in St. Louis behind Norris. Yesterday, 7:45 pm
  • Sean Doolittle yields run but gets save
    Sean Doolittle served up a solo home run but hung on to collect the save Tuesday against the Orioles.

    Advice: Joey Rickard left the yard with one out in the ninth inning, but Doolittle bounced back to retire the next two batters to preserve the two-run victory. It's the first time in a month that the closer has given up a run. New acquisition Kelvin Herrera pitched a perfect eighth inning ahead of Doolittle. Yesterday, 7:24 pm
  • O'Day unavailable Tuesday with sore hammy
    Darren O'Day was unavailable for Tuesday night's game against the Nationals due to a sore hamstring.

    Advice: If it lingers for longer than a couple of days, the O's may have to consider placing him back on the disabled list. O'Day just missed a month of action with a hyperextended right elbow. The veteran setup man has a 3.12 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, and 23/2 K/BB ratio in 17 1/3 innings this season. Yesterday, 7:23 pm
  • Giants recall Pierce Johnson from Triple-A
    Giants recalled RHP Pierce Johnson from Triple-A Sacramento.

    Advice: Johnson will take the bullpen spot left vacant by Hunter Strickland, who broke his hand when he punched a door out of frustration on Monday. Johnson holds a 5.46 ERA in 31 1/3 innings this season at the MLB level. Yesterday, 5:06 pm
  • Tillman (back) ready for rehab assignment
    Chris Tillman (back) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Wednesday with Low-A Aberdeen.

    Advice: Tillman figures to make at least two starts on the farm before the Orioles consider plugging him back into their rotation. The 30-year-old right-hander had a 10.46 ERA and 2.21 WHIP through seven starts this season with Baltimore when he landed on the disabled list May 11 because of a lower back strain. Yesterday, 2:49 pm
    10-Day DL
  • Jansen earns 18th save Tuesday in Chicago
    Kenley Jansen earned his 18th save of the season on Tuesday afternoon against the Cubs.

    Advice: Los Angeles took a 4-3 lead in the top of the ninth inning and Jansen slammed the door on the Cubs in the bottom of the ninth, retiring all three batters he faced on a total of just 12 pitches. The 30-year-old right-hander has a 2.41 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, and 34/9 K/BB ratio in 33 2/3 innings this season. His struggles from April are way in the rear view by now. Yesterday, 2:07 pm
  • Kintzler (forearm) throwing on flat ground
    Brandon Kintzler (forearm) has begun throwing on flat ground.

    Advice: Kintzler was placed on the disabled list June 10 with a flexor strain in his right forearm. If everything goes smoothly with his rehab, he could return to the Nationals' bullpen sometime in early July. Yesterday, 1:44 pm
    10-Day DL
  • Cardinals activate Greg Holland from DL
    Cardinals activated RHP Greg Holland from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: Holland allowed four runs on five hits (including two homers) and four walks over five innings during his rehab assignment, though he showed better control in his final three appearances and had a scoreless outing last time out. Still, the Cardinals figure to use him in lower-leverage situations initially. Holland had a horrifying 9.45 ERA and 10/15 K/BB ratio in 13 1/3 innings prior to hitting the disbaled list with a right hip impingement late last month. Yesterday, 12:49 pm
  • Red Sox recall LHP Scott from Triple-A
    Red Sox recalled LHP Robby Scott from Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: Scott will rejoin Boston's bullpen after putting up a strong 1.48 ERA and 37/8 K/BB ratio over 24 1/3 innings in Triple-A. The move gives the Red Sox a second left-hander out of the pen alongside Brian Johnson. Yesterday, 10:27 am
  • Musgrove fined for throwing at Owings
    MLB issued a $1,000 fine to Joe Musgrove for intentionally hitting Chris Owings of the Diamondbacks with a pitch last Monday.

    Advice: Musgrove threw at Owings in response to his teammate Josh Harrison getting plunked. Usually pitchers will just say to the media that a pitch got away, but Musgrove admitted after the game that he did it on purpose. He said Monday that he doesn't plan to appeal the fine, but that he might be more careful about his comments in the future. Yesterday, 6:49 am
  • Barraclough gets sixth save on Monday
    Kyle Barraclough picked up his sixth save of the season while working a perfect ninth against the Giants on Monday.

    Advice: Barraclough struck out one while not allowing any baserunners in the save. The right-hander has been just as effective working out of the closer role, and in addition to the six saves, he owns a minuscule 1.11 ERA and 0.77 WHIP over 32 1/3 innings in 33 appearances. Monday, 10:08 pm
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