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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. 14 minutes ago
  • Eric Lauer solid in Tuesday's no-decision
    Eric Lauer allowed one unearned run, three hits and two walks with seven strikeouts over six innings Tuesday in a no-decision against the Athletics.

    Advice: Lauer threw 63 of his 96 pitches for strikes in the quality start, including 15 of 22 first-pitch strikes. One of his walks were also of the intentional variety. He also made up for his other walk with a free pass of his own in two plate appearances. Lauer tied a career high with his six innings, and it was the second time he has exited without yielding an earned run. Next up for the lefty is a battle Sunday in San Francisco opposite fellow rookie Dereck Rodriguez. 31 minutes ago
  • Paul Blackburn posts no-decision on road
    Paul Blackburn allowed two earned runs, four hits and two walks with four strikeouts over five innings in a no-decision Tuesday in San Diego.

    Advice: Blackburn was much better than his last time out, but he still recorded just 11 first-pitch strikes to the 21 batters he faced. He is tentatively scheduled to work next Sunday on the road against the White Sox, but he remains an extremely shaky fantasy option despite the seemingly favorable matchup. 47 minutes ago
  • 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
  • German Marquez works six innings vs. NYM
    German Marquez allowed four earned runs, six hits and two walks with four strikeouts over six innings in a no-decision Tuesday against the Mets.

    Advice: Marquez threw 62 of his 95 pitches for strikes in the so-so outing, throwing first-pitch strikes to 13 of the 24 batters he faced while also uncorking a wild pitch. He has been a disaster at home, going 1-4 with a 7.45 ERA across eight outings at Coors Field while posting a 3-3 record and respectable 3.07 ERA in seven starts on the road. Opponents are hitting just .214 against him away from home, too. Unfortunately for his fantasy owners he'll be back home on Sunday against Miami. Yesterday, 10:29 pm
  • Jason Vargas hammered at Coors Field
    Jason Vargas allowed seven earned runs, nine hits and no walks with no strikeouts over 2 1/3 innings in a loss Tuesday in Colorado.

    Advice: Vargas threw just 30 of his 52 pitches for strikes, including just seven first-pitch strikes to the 16 batters he faced, and he hit a batter while serving up three homers. All three of the blasts came in a disastrous third inning. His ERA has been north of 7.39 for the entire season, and it currently sits at 8.60. There is absolutely no reason for fantasy owners to look his way until he pieces together a few quality starts. He hasn't lasted longer than five innings in nine outings this season, so he has a long way to go to respectability. Yesterday, 10:16 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
  • Straily ejected for throwing at Buster Posey
    Dan Straily was ejected from Tuesday's game against the Giants after hitting Buster Posey with a pitch in the bottom of the second inning.

    Advice: This came a half-inning after Lewis Brinson got plunked. Straily broke Evan Longoria's hand with a pitch last week, and Brinson was buzzed by a Hunter Strickland pitch on Monday night. The bad blood continues to grow between these two teams. Straily wound up being charged with four earned runs over 1 1/3 innings as his season ERA jumped from 4.23 to 4.89. Yesterday, 7:58 pm
  • Luke Weaver scuffles again on Tuesday
    Luke Weaver’s struggles continued again Tuesday, as he permitted four runs over five frames but escaped with a no-decision in the Cardinals’ 7-6 win over the Phillies.

    Advice: Weaver served up a pair of gopher balls and also issued four walks, including one with the bases loaded. The right-hander is normally a good control pitcher but has mysteriously dealt with bouts of wildness this season. Weaver has allowed four runs in three straight outings to push his ERA up to 4.69. He’s certainly better than what he’s showing, but we wouldn’t blame anyone for cutting the young righty loose in standard mixed leagues at this point. Weaver is slated to face the Brewers in Milwaukee on Sunday. Yesterday, 7:49 pm
  • Mike Soroka gives up four runs to Jays
    Mike Soroka yielded four runs in 4 2/3 innings to take a no-decision Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Soroka took an 8-2 lead into the bottom of the fifth, but the Braves had to get him out of there after a single, two doubles and a walk. The win ended up going to Sam Freeman, who pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings after coming in to start the sixth. The 20-year-old Soroka is plenty capable, but he can't afford to string together a few bad outings and expect to retain his rotation spot. Yesterday, 7:31 pm
  • David Hess can’t get through five
    David Hess started strong but hit a wall Tuesday, allowing five runs over just 4 2/3 innings in the Orioles' loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: Hess yielded just a solo home run and one walk through the first four frames, but things quickly fell apart in the fifth. He permitted four hits, two walks and four runs to eight hitters before finally being pulled. Hess has now posted two straight clunkers and can’t be trusted in fantasy leagues, especially since he’s not missing bats. He’s lined up to face the Braves on Sunday. Yesterday, 7:26 pm
  • Clevinger punches out 10, allows 1 ER in win
    Mike Clevinger fanned 10 while limiting the White Sox to one run in 7 2/3 innings in a victory Tuesday.

    Advice: Half of Clevinger's six wins have come against the White Sox; he's allowed three earned runs and fanned 28 over 22 1/3 innings in his three starts against the team. His control still rates as uneven, but he's been so much better at avoiding walks than he was last year, making it quite possible that he'll maintain the strong results. Yesterday, 7:19 pm
  • Dodgers recall Brock Stewart as 26th man
    Dodgers recalled RHP Brock Stewart from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Stewart will serve as the 26th man for the Dodgers in the second half of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Cubs. He has posted a 5.60 ERA in two starts and six relief appearances this year the major league level. Yesterday, 4:45 pm
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  • 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
  • Foltynewicz (triceps) on track to return Sun.
    Mike Foltynewicz (triceps) is tentatively scheduled to come off the disabled list Sunday.

    Advice: Atlanta is lining up Sean Newcomb and Julio Teheran to pitch the first two games of this weekend's series against the Orioles, and the hope is that Foltynewicz will be ready to pitch the finale on Sunday. The 26-year-old right-hander first has to make it through a couple more side sessions. He had a 2.16 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 94/33 K/BB ratio through 79 innings this season with the Braves when he landed on the disabled list June 16, retroactive to June 13, with right triceps tightness. Yesterday, 2:24 pm
    10-Day DL
  • Pomeranz (biceps) plays long toss Tuesday
    Drew Pomeranz (biceps, neck) played long toss in the outfield on Tuesday.

    Advice: Pomeranz also then threw some pitches on flat ground. Pomeranz landed on the disabled list June 2 with left biceps tendinitis and had more recently developed some neck stiffness. There is currently no timetable for his return to the Red Sox starting rotation. Steven Wright will continue to hold down his spot. Yesterday, 12:53 pm
    10-Day DL
  • Whitley continues dominance since return
    Astros RHP prospect Forrest Whitley struck out seven hitters over four scoreless innings on Monday for Double-A Corpus Christi.

    Advice: Whitley has been sensational in his three starts back from a 50-game suspension, and he has yet to allow a run. He's showing four swing-and-miss pitches, and he's throwing them all for strikes. There's no guarantee that he gets a call-up to join the loaded Houston pitching staff this year, and even if he does it'll be in a bullpen role. His ability to miss bats would still make him fantasy relevant, and the long-term future is much, much brighter. Yesterday, 10:20 am
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  • Kershaw (back) making rehab start Saturday
    Clayton Kershaw (back) will make a minor league rehab start Saturday for Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Kershaw hinted at possibly rejoining the Dodgers' rotation this weekend after completing a simulated game on Monday, but the Dodgers don't want to rush his return. Instead, he'll throw four innings in Triple-A on Saturday, setting up his activation for a probable return next Thursday against the Cubs. Kershaw has made just one start dating back to May 1, but the Dodgers have done a great job holding down the fort. Yesterday, 8:20 am
    10-Day DL
  • Darvish (triceps) to throw simulated game Wed
    Yu Darvish (triceps) is scheduled to throw a simulated game Wednesday.

    Advice: Darvish was originally scheduled to throw on Tuesday, but it was pushed back because of the doubleheader. Either way, he's making progress. Pending how he feels coming out of the simulated game, it's possible the next step could be a minor league rehab assignment. Yesterday, 8:07 am
    10-Day DL
  • 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
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