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  • Twins continue to monitor Sonny Gray
    According to LaVelle E. Neal of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Twins "continue to monitor the market" for Sonny Gray.

    Advice: Add another team to Gray's growing list of suitors. The Twins are finalizing a trade for Braves lefty Jaime Garcia but apparently that won't stop them from pursuing Gray. Minnesota is clearly all-in but with so many other teams in the running, acquiring Gray is probably a long shot. 43 minutes ago
  • Fulmer, Tigers have night to forget versus KC
    Michael Fulmer allowed eight runs -- five earned -- over 2 2/3 innings in a loss to the Royals on Thursday.

    Advice: If one believed in signs, a throwing error allowing the first batter of the game to reach may have been an indication of things to come for Fulmer and the Tigers. The Royals would go on to score four runs in the frame, and they hung four more -- this time all of them earned -- on the 24-year-old in the third inning before he was removed. Some days you're the windshield, some days you're the bug. The good news for Fulmer is that he's had a lot more days when he's been the windshield this year, rendering Thursday's outing as an outlier. Even with the loss, Fulmer is 10-7 with a 3.35 ERA and 1.11 WHIP through 19 starts. He'll have a chance to exorcise some demons when the Tigers host the Royals next Tuesday. 59 minutes ago
  • Twins and Braves finalizing Jaime Garcia deal
    According to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Twins and Braves are not expected to complete their Jaime Garcia trade on Thursday night but the deal is "very close to final."

    Advice: The trade is expected to be a one-for-one swap with the Braves acquiring a minor leaguer from the Twins. Per Berardino, the Braves are paying only a small portion of Garcia's remaining $4.79 million salary with Minnesota covering the rest. The two sides are sifting through medical records as we speak. That process could take a while given Garcia's lengthy injury history. Assuming all the medical reports check out, Garcia could be in line to make his Twins debut this weekend against the Tigers. Today, 7:04 pm
  • David Phelps to be a starter next year?
    Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto said the team could use David Phelps in the starting rotation in the future, but not this season.

    Advice: The Mariners acquired Phelps Thursday in a deal that sent four prospects to Miami. Phelps has made 64 big league starts and could return to that role at some point but for now, the Mariners are content using him out of the pen. The 30-year-old right-hander has contributed a 3.45 ERA with 18 holds this season. Today, 4:54 pm
  • Gallardo returning to Seattle's rotation
    Yovani Gallardo will start Sunday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Gallardo was moved to the bullpen about a month ago but a spot opened up for him when the Mariners sent struggling rookie Sam Gaviglio down to Triple-A. The 31-year-old has gone 3-7 with a 6.30 ERA over 14 starts this year. Today, 4:14 pm
  • Doug Fister gives up six runs to Jays
    Doug Fister was allowed to give up six runs in 4 1/3 innings Thursday in a loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: In Fister's defense, four of the runs should have been unearned; Brock Holt lost Steve Pearce's popup in the sun with two outs and the bases loaded in the third and had it bounce off his glove for a hit. Still, Fister wasn't any good at any point today -- he walked four and threw just 53 of 100 pitches for strikes -- and he should have been working with a shorter leash. John Farrell was asleep at the wheel, though; he didn't even bother to challenge Russell Martin's plate block in the second inning, potentially costing the Red Sox a monster frame (they went on to score three times anyway). Fister shouldn't be long for the Red Sox roster now that Eduardo Rodriguez and Brian Johnson are healthy. Today, 2:12 pm
  • Wright (shoulder) to work two innings Sat.
    Mike Wright (shoulder) will pitch two innings in Saturday's rehab appearances with the Gulf Coast Orioles.

    Advice: Wright is hoping for a better outing Saturday after being lit up for four runs in 2/3 of an inning in his first rehab appearance on Monday. The 27-year-old has spent the past month recovering from shoulder bursitis. Look for him to return as a long reliever. Today, 1:47 pm
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  • Jameson Taillon strikes out eight in win
    Jameson Taillon improved to 6-3 after allowing two runs over 5 1/3 innings in Thursday's win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Taillon struck out eight today. He's fanned 22 batters in 15 1/3 innings this month, which includes his two high strikeout games of the year (eight today and nine against the Phillies on July 4). It seems like a pretty strong second half is on the way. Today, 1:20 pm
  • Patrick Corbin works into eighth in win
    Patrick Corbin allowed just one run over 7 1/3 innings in pitching the Diamondbacks past the Reds on Thursday.

    Advice: Corbin has turned in three straight quality starts and five in six outings. It's helped a bunch that he's faced a light schedule during that stretch (really, he's faced a light one all year), but anyone who remained patient with him is reaping the rewards. Today, 12:53 pm
  • Luis Castillo has rough first inning in loss
    Luis Castillo surrendered four runs in six innings and struck out seven Thursday in a loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: The first inning started with a walk, a double and a three-run homer from Jake Lamb. Castillo was pretty great the rest of the way, allowing no more walks and just two more hits, but the damage was already done. Today, 12:51 pm
  • Mets prospect Szapucki gets Tommy John
    Mets pitching prospect Thomas Szapucki underwent Tommy John surgery Thursday in New York City.

    Advice: Another one bites the dust. Szapucki, considered the No. 4 prospect in the Mets' system, had posted a 2.79 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 27/10 K/BB ratio over 29 innings (six starts) this season with Low-A Columbia. The 21-year-old left-hander will be sidelined until sometime in late 2018. Today, 12:46 pm
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  • Seth Lugo holds Cardinals to one run
    Seth Lugo held the Cardinals to one run over 6 2/3 innings on Thursday.

    Advice: Lugo allowed four hits, walked one and struck out five. It's his fifth quality start in seven tries this year. It remains to be seen whether his elbow will hold up, but he's at least a streaming option in mixed leagues at the moment and he has a nice matchup against the Padres coming up. Today, 12:35 pm
  • Lance Lynn strong versus Mets
    Lance Lynn pitched six innings of one-run ball Thursday in a no-decision against the Mets.

    Advice: Lynn had a brief rough spell in June, but he's allowed just the one run over 19 1/3 innings in his last three starts, bringing his ERA back down to 3.30. He should bring back a quality prospect if the Cardinals decide to sell. Today, 12:33 pm
  • Adleman allows three runs in six innings Wed.
    Tim Adleman struck out seven batters while allowing three runs in six innings against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He surrendered seven base hits without issuing a walk in the quality start. The 29-year-old second-year player has been a serviceable innings-eater for the Reds' devastated starting rotation this year. He has a 5-7 record with a 4.96 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in 17 starts and one relief appearance. He lines up for starts against the Indians and Marlins next week. Yesterday, 10:15 pm
  • Alex Meyer shuts down Nationals in win
    Alex Meyer allowed just one hit in seven innings versus the team that drafted him as the Angels beat the Nationals 7-0 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Meyer was the Nationals’ first-round pick in 2011 before being traded to the Twins for Denard Span a year and a half later. He went on to reach the majors with Minnesota, but the Angels picked him up along with Ricky Nolasco in a four-player deal at last year’s trade deadline. This makes three of his last five outings in which Meyer has allowed no runs. Unfortunately, he’s given up five runs in the other two in that span. Consistency isn’t likely to come soon, but the Angels have to be pleased with his progress overall; he’s a very respectable 4-5 with a 3.74 ERA. Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Gio Gonzalez gives up four runs in loss
    Gio Gonzalez lost after allowing four runs in 5 2/3 innings Wednesday against the Angels.

    Advice: A rare rough outing for Gonzalez this year. In fact, it’s the first time he’s given up four runs since May 19 and just the third time in 20 starts total. He’s now lost four of his last five outings, but that’s a lot more about run support than anything he’s done wrong. The potent Nationals offense just hasn’t been as kind to him as it has to the rest of the team’s starters. Yesterday, 10:12 pm
  • Kenta Maeda notches win over White Sox
    Kenta Maeda allowed one run over five innings Wednesday in a victory over the White Sox.

    Advice: Maeda could have had another inning in him after throwing 83 pitches through five, but the Dodgers are always careful with him; he hasn't topped 92 pitches since May 10 and his season high is 104 pitches. Thanks to the strong team supporting him, Maeda is 8-4 with his 4.23 ERA. He's pitched exactly five innings in five of those wins. Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Carlos Rodon gives up four homers in loss
    Carlos Rodon was tagged for five runs and four homers in 3 2/3 innings by the Dodgers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Rodon's bad start in Coors last time out wasn't all that big of a deal, but four homers in 3 2/3 innings in Chicago is awfully disappointing. He had given up one homer in 16 2/3 innings over his first three starts. Unfortunately, Rodon's tough schedule continues with the Cubs and Indians up next week. He should have some mixed-league value in the end, but one shouldn't want him starting against all of these contenders. Yesterday, 9:18 pm
  • Jason Hammel pitches into seventh
    Jason Hammel yielded one run in 6 1/3 innings versus the Tigers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Hammel wasn't involved in the decision in this one, but the Royals won one of his starts for the first time since June 19. He's been pitching well for the most part; he's lowered his ERA from 6.18 at the end of May to 4.81 now by allowing three runs or fewer in eight of nine outings. Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • Cole allows one run, fans 10 in seven frames
    Gerrit Cole punched out 10 batters while allowing one run in seven innings as his club defeated the Brewers 3-2 in extra innings on Wednesday.

    Advice: He didn't get the win but he certainly deserved one. The big right-hander gave up a run in the first inning, then marched through six scoreless frames before being relieved after tossing 103 pitches. He surrendered six hits and didn't walk a batter in the sterling effort. It was the third strong start in a row for Cole after he struggled through the month of June. His record holds at 7-7 with a 4.18 ERA in 20 starts. He has 108 strikeouts and 27 walks in 120 2/3 innings. Yesterday, 9:04 pm
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