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  • Zack Wheeler finishes strong in loss to Nats
    Zack Wheeler overcame a difficult first inning on Sunday to give the Mets seven strong innings of four-run ball against the Nationals.

    Advice: Wheeler was behind from the get-go in this one, grazing Adam Eaton with a pitch to lead off the game before allowing an infield single to Trea Turner and a single to Bryce Harper. After getting Ryan Zimmerman on strikes, Daniel Murphy unloaded the bases with one mighty swing. Wheeler didn't lose his composure though, allowing just two additional hits and one walk through the seventh inning, striking out six in the process. While his 5.40 ERA looks troublesome at a glance, he owns a 1.11 WHIP and 21/6 K/BB ratio across 21 2/3 innings. Expect better results in a rematch against these Nationals in Washington on Saturday. Yesterday, 7:55 pm
  • Gallardo pitches into seventh in win over A's
    Yovani Gallardo surrendered one run on four hits over 6 1/3 innings in Sunday's win over the A's.

    Advice: Gallardo struck out seven and walked one on the afternoon. The only run to score against him came when Matt Joyce lofted a sacrifice fly in the seventh. The veteran right-hander will bring a 4.84 ERA, 1.57 WHIP and 16/7 K/BB ratio (four starts) into a road date with the defending AL champion Indians next time out. Yesterday, 4:57 pm
  • Stroman fires off second complete game
    Marcus Stroman tossed a complete game in Sunday's 6-2 win over the Angels, surrendering two runs (one earned) on seven hits.

    Advice: Second complete game of the season for Stroman, who struck out five and walked one on the afternoon. He surrendered solitary runs in the third and ninth innings, but otherwise kept the scoreboard clean. This was a huge rebound performance for Stroman, who was rocked for six runs on 11 hits by the Red Sox in his last outing. He will try to replicate Sunday's result in a home start against the Rays next time he toes the rubber. Yesterday, 3:43 pm
  • Samardzija dinged for seven runs in defeat
    Jeff Samardzija struggled in Sunday's loss to the Rockies, yielding seven runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Samardzija had allowed three runs through the first five innings and looked to be in decent shape heading into the sixth, at which point everything collapsed for the veteran right-hander. Gerardo Parra and Trevor Story both picked up RBI hits to drive Samardzija from the game, with Story later coming home against the bullpen to finish off the scoring on his line. This makes three dismal starts in a row for Samardzija, who has surrendered 16 runs in his last 17 1/3 innings. He will carry a 7.40 ERA and 1.52 WHIP into a home start against the Padres next time he toes the rubber. Until he shows some sign of righting his season, it will be tough to rely on him for fantasy purposes. Yesterday, 2:58 pm
  • Nelson allows four runs in loss to Cards
    Jimmy Nelson surrendered four runs -- three earned -- over 5 1/3 innings Sunday in a loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Nelson had real problems with his control in this one, issuing six walks while also yielding five hits. The 27-year-old right-hander has struggled in two straight outings and now stands 1-1 on the season with a 4.56 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, and 21/9 K/BB ratio in four starts covering 23 2/3 innings. He'll try to right the ship in his next start at home versus the Braves. Yesterday, 2:36 pm
  • Derek Holland fans six in win over Indians
    Derek Holland picked up his second victory of the season on Sunday, limiting the Indians to just one run on three hits over six strong innings.

    Advice: The veteran southpaw walked three on the afternoon. The only damage against him came on a solo homer off the bat of Francisco Lindor in the fourth inning. Holland has actually done a very nice job so far for the White Sox, compiling a 1.99 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 19/9 K/BB ratio in 22 2/3 innings. He could be worth a look as a streaming option against a depleted Tigers' offense in Detroit on Saturday. Yesterday, 2:32 pm
  • Danny Salazar struggles in loss to White Sox
    Danny Salazar struggled in Sunday's loss to the White Sox, allowing four runs on seven hits in his five innings of work.

    Advice: On the plus side for fantasy owners, he was able to rack up nine strikeouts on the day while walking three. White Sox jumped on him right out of the gate, pushing three runs across in the opening inning. Salazar now sports a disappointing 4.37 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 36/11 K/BB ratio in 22 2/3 innings on the season. He'll try to get back in the win column on Saturday when he does battle against the Mariners. Yesterday, 2:27 pm
  • Eduardo Rodriguez goes six scoreless Sun.
    Eduardo Rodriguez worked six scoreless innings Sunday as the Red Sox defeated the Orioles.

    Advice: Rodriguez issued five walks but gave up only one hit and struck out seven, earning his first win of the 2017 season. The 24-year-old left-hander boasts an impressive 3.12 ERA with 22 strikeouts in 17 1/3 innings so far for Boston, but he's yielded 12 walks. He'll need better control in his next start against the defending World Series-champion Cubs. Yesterday, 2:17 pm
  • Folty goes seven strong, Braves fall to Phils
    Mike Foltynewicz tossed seven innings of one-run ball Sunday in a no-decision versus the Phillies.

    Advice: Folty did his part, yielding just four hits and two walks while striking out nine, but Braves reliever Arodys Vizcaino had a dreadful showing in the eighth and Atlanta ultimately lost 5-2. Foltynewicz will carry a cool 3.20 ERA into his next start on the road against the Brewers. Yesterday, 1:24 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. Yesterday, 11:33 am
    10-Day DL
  • Sonny Gray (lat) to make rehab start Thursday
    Sonny Gray (lat) will make his next rehab start at Triple-A Nashville on Thursday.

    Advice: Gray was terrific in his first outing Saturday at High-A Stockton, allowing only one hit while striking out six over five scoreless innings. He threw 47 pitches in that start and will get his pitch count up to 75 Thursday. Assuming everything goes well, Gray will rejoin the A's rotation after that. Yesterday, 11:29 am
    10-Day DL
  • Chris Bassitt (elbow) moved to 60-day DL
    Athletics transferred RHP Chris Bassitt from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Ryan LaMarre. Bassitt is looking at a midseason return from Tommy John surgery. Yesterday, 9:12 am
    60-Day DL
  • Price (elbow) to throw off mound again Monday
    David Price (elbow) will throw a 45-50 pitch bullpen session on Monday.

    Advice: It will come after he had a 30-pitch bullpen session Friday where he threw his curveball. Assuming Monday's session goes well, the Red Sox will then map out a rehab assignment plan for Price. That doesn't necessarily mean the next time he throws will be in game action, but at least we should have a clearer picture on a potential timetable. Yesterday, 8:25 am
    10-Day DL
  • Matt Wisler recalled from Triple-A
    Braves recalled RHP Matt Wisler from Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Wisler, of course, is a starter by trade, but he'll be used in long relief for now. He held a 3.50 ERA in his first three starts for Gwinnett. Yesterday, 7:33 am
  • Aaron Blair optioned to Triple-A
    Braves optioned RHP Aaron Blair to Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Blair was only up for a couple days and didn't appear in a game. He'll return to Gwinnett's rotation. Yesterday, 7:32 am
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  • Tyler Skaggs posts first win of 2017
    Tyler Skaggs allowed just two earned runs while scattering seven hits and two walks over seven innings to earn his first win Saturday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Skaggs struck out four batters in the 100-pitch quality start, throwing 63 of his pitches for strikes. He has back-to-back quality starts while striking out 13 batters over his past 14 frames. If he is able to cobble together a win streak with another quality start or two he might be worth a look in deeper mixed fantasy play. He is slated to face the Athletics at the Big A on Thursday in another favorable matchup. Saturday, 11:47 pm
  • Ray yields five runs over 5 1/3, wins anyway
    Robbie Ray wasn't very good Saturday, allowing five runs on nine hits over 5 1/3 innings, but he still earned the win against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Such is the nature of the win statistic, which awarded Ray for getting through five innings and being only slightly less bad than Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda on this day. Ray gave up a leadoff homer to Kike Hernandez among his nine hits allowed, and he also walked two while whiffing six. The win, deserving or otherwise, improved Ray to 2-0 on the year with a 3.42 ERA. He'll have a good shot at remaining undefeated when the D'backs face the Padres on Thursday. Saturday, 10:34 pm
  • 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. Saturday, 9:45 pm
  • Kennedy keeps Rangers to one run over seven
    Ian Kennedy held the Rangers to a lone run over seven innings of work in Saturday's no-decision.

    Advice: Kennedy served up a solo homer to Mike Napoli to lead off the second inning but nothing more, allowing four hits and three walks in total. Unfortunately for the right-hander, he once again was left with nothing to show for it. He's now 0-2 on the year but with a 2.08 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 22/12 K/BB ratio. The wins will come, and in waves, if he continues to pitch this well. Friday against the Twins seems like a good spot for his first. Saturday, 9:09 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. Saturday, 9:05 pm
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