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  • Trevor Cahill struggles versus Giants
    Trevor Cahill gave up six runs -- five earned -- in 3 2/3 innings Friday versus the Giants.

    Advice: The Padres are looking to trade Cahill before the deadline, so this was a very disappointing result for them. Cahill ended up walking four and throwing exactly have of his 86 pitches for strikes. He's due to face the Mets next if he's still a member of the Padres organization. 42 minutes ago
  • Alex Wood gives up nine runs in loss
    Alex Wood finally had an off night on Friday, giving up nine runs -- seven earned -- in 4 2/3 innings versus the Braves to take his first loss of the season.

    Advice: Wood had been 11-0 with a 1.56 ERA. He gave up more earned runs tonight than he had in his previous 10 starts combined (six runs in 62 innings). He hurt his own cause in the fourth, when he tried to handle a popup and dropped it, scoring two runs. He also gave up a grand slam to opposing starter Jaime Garcia, which wasn't ideal. Today, 10:53 pm
  • Tyler Flowers homers, knocks in four
    Tyler Flowers had a three-run homer, an RBI single and a walk Friday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Flowers' average finally started to drop last month, but he's helped make up for it with some additional power; five of his eight homers have come since June 12. He's been one of the NL's most valuable catchers in both fantasy and real baseball this year. Today, 10:50 pm
  • Chris Sale shuts down Angels in win
    Chris Sale shut out the Angels for six innings, striking out nine, in Boston's 6-2 win Friday.

    Advice: Sale should have been able to cruise after getting a five-run lead in the top of the first tonight, but it took him 112 pitches to get through six innings. The Red Sox won't complain, though. Sale had at least nine strikeouts for the 17th time in 20 starts this season. Only five different pitchers have managed 20 nine-strikeout games in a season. Today, 10:42 pm
  • Ricky Nolasco takes 11th loss
    Ricky Nolasco fell to 4-11 after giving up six runs in four innings Friday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: The Red Sox racked up six hits and five runs in the first before remembering that their offense isn't very good this year. They accumulated just three hits and one more run over the rest of the night. Today, 10:39 pm
  • Ryan Madson works eighth in tie game
    Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless eighth inning in a tie game Friday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Madson has pitched the eighth inning in both of his appearances since being acquired by the Nationals. He still could end up with saves if Sean Doolittle gets hurt (always possible) or struggles (seemingly less likely), but he seems to be the clear No. 2 choice at the moment. Today, 10:22 pm
  • Andrew Moore gives up five runs to Yanks
    Andrew Moore gave up five runs and nine hits in six innings Friday in a loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: Moore turned in three straight quality starts to open his career, but he's given up 10 runs in nine innings his last two times out. The Marco Gonzales addition definitely takes away some of Moore's margin for error; if he doesn't bounce back next time out, a switch could come. Today, 10:13 pm
  • Aaron Judge hits 31st homer in win
    Aaron Judge took Andrew Moore way deep at Safeco on Friday for his first homer of the second half.

    Advice: It was a three-run shot that barely stayed in Safeco and was estimated at 440 feet. Judge had gone 10 straight games without a homer or extra-base hit of any kind, allowing Giancarlo Stanton to catch him atop the MLB home run leaderboard. Judge is back in front with 31 now. Today, 10:10 pm
  • Shields gives up six runs vs. Royals
    James Shields was knocked around for six runs over 4 1/3 innings against the Royals on Friday.

    Advice: Shields didn’t factor into the decision. He gave up 10 hits (including a solo homer to Mike Moustakas) and walked three. He’s now allowed six runs in three out of his six starts since returning from the disabled list. His days of fantasy relevance appear numbered. Today, 10:07 pm
  • Kennedy hit hard against White Sox
    Ian Kennedy was tagged for six runs (five earned) over four innings in a no-decision against the White Sox on Friday.

    Advice: It was his shortest outing since May 31. The big blow was a bases-clearing triple from Yoan Moncada in the third inning. Kennedy came into Friday’s outing with four straight starts of at least six innings and three earned runs or fewer allowed. He’ll try to get back on track next week against the Tigers on the road. Today, 10:07 pm
  • Gordon drives in three runs vs. White Sox
    Alex Gordon went 3-for-4 with a walk, three RBI, and a run scored Friday versus the White Sox.

    Advice: Gordon got the Royals on the board with an RBI single in the second inning and later tied things up with a two-run double in the fifth. After going without a multi-hit game in 15 straight games, he has now done so in consecutive games. The 33-year-old has a disappointing .203/.295/.307 batting line. Today, 10:06 pm
  • Moncada drives in four runs vs. Royals
    Yoan Moncada drove in four runs in Friday’s extra-inning loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Get excited, White Sox fans and fantasy owners. Called up after this week’s Todd Frazier trade, Moncada plated a run with a ground out in the second inning before collecting his first hit with Chicago on a bases-clearing triple in the third. Talk about easy speed. Moncada’s penchant for the strikeout will likely cut into his batting average upside in the short-term, but he’s capable of producing across the board in fantasy leagues. Today, 10:05 pm
  • Hoffman rocked in loss to Pirates
    Jeff Hoffman was rocked for seven runs over three-plus innings in Friday’s loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: Hoffman was in trouble throughout. He was pulled after the first three batters reached to begin the fourth inning. The rookie right-hander gave up nine hits while walking four. He now has a 7.79 ERA at home this season compared to a 2.45 on the road. Today, 9:46 pm
  • Bell has four-hit, four RBI night vs. Rockies
    Josh Bell went 4-for-6 with four RBI and a run scored Friday versus the Rockies.

    Advice: It was the first four-hit game of his career. Bell had a single, a double, and a triple, so only a home run was missing from a possible cycle. The 24-year-old doesn’t stand out on the surface with his .248 batting average, but he has 17 homers and a respectable .807 OPS through 96 games. Today, 9:45 pm
  • Arenado homers, drives in two Friday
    Nolan Arenado went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, and two runs scored in a loss to the Pirates on Friday.

    Advice: Arenado singled home a run in the first inning and connected for a solo homer in the sixth. He has knocked in 12 runs over his last four games and ranks tops in the majors with 82 RBI. The star third baseman has a chance to top his career-high of 133 RBI from last season. Today, 9:44 pm
  • White Sox acquire Mark Lowe from Mariners
    White Sox acquired RHPs Mark Lowe and Jean Machi from the Mariners for cash considerations.

    Advice: Lowe was a disaster for the Tigers in 2016 and hasn't been any better in the minor leagues this season where he owns a 6.23 ERA and 1.77 WHIP across 39 frames at Triple-A Tacoma. He'll add organizational bullpen depth for the White Sox. Today, 9:24 pm
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  • Urena gives up one run in win over Reds
    Jose Urena held the Reds to just one run over six-plus frames as part of a 3-1 victory on Friday.

    Advice: The lone run scored on a sacrifice fly. Urena went back out for the seventh inning, but he was pulled after the first two batters reached base. He fanned four and walked a pair in the victory and now sits at 8-4 with a 3.78 ERA and 65/35 K/BB ratio over 95 1/3 innings this season. He gets the Rangers next on the road. Today, 9:21 pm
  • Gennett doubles, walks against Marlins
    Scooter Gennett went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk in Friday’s loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: The Reds managed just four hits on the night, with the lone run scoring on a sacrifice fly from Billy Hamilton in the third inning. Gennett started at second base on Friday and should be locked in there if the Reds end up trading All-Star shortstop Zack Cozart this month. Jose Peraza would simply slide over to shortstop. Today, 9:20 pm
  • Dietrich hitless against Reds
    Derek Dietrich went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Friday’s win over the Reds.

    Advice: Filling in for the injured Martin Prado (knee) at third base, Dietrich is batting just .239/.316/.374 through 79 games this season. The 28-year-old had an .800 OPS in 218 games between 2015-2016, so he’s capable of being useful in deeper mixed fantasy leagues. Today, 9:19 pm
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  • Mahtook collects two hits as Tigers beat KC
    Mikie Mahtook went 2-for-3 with a triple and a run scored as the Tigers topped the Royals on Friday evening.

    Advice: Mahtook is getting a chance to play everyday, even against right-handed pitching, since the club dealt J.D. Martinez to the Diamondbacks. He has been terrific overall this season, slashing .289/.309/.478 with six homers, 21 RBI and a stolen base. Today, 9:00 pm
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