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  • Lester masterful in Saturday's no-decision
    Jon Lester yielded three hits and two runs over eight sparkling frames Saturday in a no-decision against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Lester racked up 10 strikeouts and didn’t allow a free pass. The left-hander was brilliant on Saturday, going toe-to-toe with Adam Wainwright in an epic pitcher’s duel at Wrigley Field. Lester retired the first 17 hitters he faced before Wainwright broke up his perfect game with a two-out single in the sixth inning. Despite his dominance, Lester ended the afternoon on a sour note by allowing back-to-back home runs to Paul DeJong and Randal Grichuk in the eighth inning. Lester has been picture-perfect since his meltdown against the Pirates on July 9 (10 runs in 2/3 of an inning), compiling a stunning 1.80 ERA over his last two outings. He’ll take a 7-6 record into his next start Thursday against the White Sox. Today, 4:57 pm
  • Bullpen lets Wainwright down in loss to Cubs
    Adam Wainwright scattered four hits and two runs over 7 2/3 innings Saturday in a no-decision against the Cubs.

    Advice: Wainwright struck out three and didn’t walk anyone. He also had a productive day offensively, driving a single to left field to break up Jon Lester’s perfect game in the sixth inning. Wainwright was brilliant for much of the afternoon but ran out of gas in the eighth, allowing a single to Jon Jay and an RBI double to Ben Zobrist before turning it over to the bullpen. Matt Bowman and Brett Cecil predictably blew the lead as the Cubs stormed back for a 3-2 victory. Wainwright has found his groove lately, delivering a solid 3.29 ERA during his six-start unbeaten streak. He’ll look to extend that streak Thursday against Arizona. Today, 4:56 pm
  • Johnny Cueto (blister) still not throwing
    Johnny Cueto (blister) has yet to resume throwing.

    Advice: Cueto's pitching hand is covered in blisters and obviously needs time to heal. With the Giants going nowhere, there's no reason to rush his recovery. Beat reporter Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle said it will be "a good while" before he returns to the Giants' rotation. Today, 4:00 pm
    10-Day DL
  • Sanchez (blister) plans to return this year
    When asked if the Blue Jays would consider shutting him down for the season, Aaron Sanchez (blister) said "absolutely not."

    Advice: Sanchez has had an immensely frustrating season while battling chronic blister issues. Blisters seem to be on the rise across baseball, an issue teammate Marcus Stroman attributes to the league's use of "juiced" balls. Sanchez, who was just placed on the disabled list for the fourth time this year, is hoping to strike up a text message conversation with Dodgers starter Rich Hill, who has also struggled with blisters in the past. The right-hander led the AL in ERA last year but has made just eight starts in 2017. Today, 3:34 pm
    10-Day DL
  • Chad Bettis (cancer) moves rehab to ABQ
    Chad Bettis (cancer) will make his next rehab start Sunday for Triple-A Albuquerque.

    Advice: He'll log between 60 and 65 pitches. The right-hander will make another start for the Isotopes on Friday and is expected to throw about 80 pitches in that outing. After that, he should be ready to join the Rockies' rotation. Bettis looked sharp in his first two rehab appearances, allowing just one run over 4 2/3 innings for Double-A Hartford. The 28-year-old missed the first half of the season while undergoing treatment for testicular cancer. Today, 3:20 pm
    60-Day DL
  • Hector Santiago to begin rehab assignment
    Hector Santiago (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday.

    Advice: He'll throw between 30 and 35 pitches on Tuesday. Santiago will need at least three minor league outings before he's ready to rejoin the Twins' starting rotation. Upper back inflammation has kept the left-hander out for the past few weeks. Today, 1:57 pm
    10-Day DL
  • Indians activate Danny Salazar from 10-day DL
    Indians activated RHP Danny Salazar from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: He'll rejoin the Indians' rotation on Saturday against the Blue Jays. Prior to landing on the shelf with his shoulder woes, Salazar compiled a 5.40 ERA, 1.58 WHIP and 77/28 K/BB ratio across 55 innings. Today, 12:22 pm
  • Cubs shift Mike Montgomery back to bullpen
    Cubs' manager Joe Maddon announced Saturday that Mike Montgomery has been moved back to the bullpen effective immediately.

    Advice: With Kyle Hendricks set to return on Monday, Montgomery will move back to his flexible role in the bullpen. The 28-year-old southpaw boasts a 3.83 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 65/38 K/BB ratio over 80 innings on the season. Today, 11:00 am
  • Kyle Hendricks to rejoin Cubs on Monday
    Kyle Hendricks (hand) will rejoin the Cubs' rotation on Monday.

    Advice: Hendricks has been sidelined for the past six weeks while recovering from tendinitis in his hand. The right-hander owns a 4.09 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 51/21 K/BB ratio across 61 2/3 innings on the season. Today, 10:50 am
    10-Day DL
  • Twins deal for Garcia stalled due to medicals
    Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the potential deal between the Braves and Twins for Jaime Garcia stalled out due to the Braves' medical concern over one of the Twins' prospects that would have headed back in the trade.

    Advice: Rosenthal notes that while both sides are now working alternative trade possibilities, the two sides could still revive the deal and get something done. Today, 9:28 am
  • Reds recall Stephenson for Saturday start
    Reds recalled RHP Robert Stephenson from Triple-A Louisville.

    Advice: He'll get the start against the Marlins on Saturday night. The 24-year-old has been a disaster in 13 appearances out of the Reds' bullpen this season, posting an 8.03 ERA, 1.99 WHIP and 27/16 K/BB ratio, but looked much better in the rotation at Triple-A. Still, this is a situation where daily players would be wise to fire up a Marlins' stack or two on Saturday. Today, 9:19 am
  • Jeff Samardzija gives up five runs to Padres
    Jeff Samardzija was lifted after allowing five runs in 4 1/3 innings Friday versus the Padres.

    Advice: Samardzija seemed to be trending in the right direction last month, but now he's gotten roughed up by one of the game's worst offenses in back-to-back starts, yielding 12 runs in 10 1/3 innings versus the Padres. His ERA is back over 5.00 (at 5.05) for the first time since mid-May. Yesterday, 11:20 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 11:17 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 10:53 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 10:39 pm
  • Max Scherzer gives up three homers
    Max Scherzer gave up five runs and three homers in five innings Friday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Incredibly, Scherzer gave up homers to the first three batters he faced tonight. He went on to allow one more run in the first and another in the second before getting it together and finishing the outing strong. It's just the second time this year that he's allowed five runs, the other coming April 28 against the Mets. He gave up as many homers to those first three batters as he had in his previous nine starts combined. Yesterday, 10:25 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Bailey gives up two runs in loss
    Homer Bailey yielded two runs over six innings in a loss to the Marlins on Friday.

    Advice: Bailey held the Marlins off the board after giving up two runs in the first inning. He fanned three and walked a pair in the loss. It was a step in the right direction after Bailey was hammered for eight runs in four innings last time out against the Nationals. The oft-injured 31-year-old has an 8.56 ERA through six starts and will need to show more consistency before being deployed in most fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 9:21 pm
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