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Jesse Chavez, Drew Pomeranz being considered for spot start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9:43 pm ET) Athletics pitchers Jesse Chavez and Drew Pomeranz are being considered for a spot start next week, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

The A's want to line up their pitching staff so that their top four pitchers will face off against the Angels in an upcoming series. The team would add either Chavez or Pomeranz for a spot start in this scenario. 


Garrett Richards potentially still worth keeping


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7:30 pm ET) What a sad day for Garrett Richards and his Fantasy owners. What an unfortunate end to a brilliant season that probably hasn't gotten the pub it deserved.

He was the ace for the best team in baseball at the time of his injury. And because his breakthrough was so unexpected, he was a waiver claim in most Fantasy leagues. With that kind of production at that low of a cost -- and from a dual-eligible pitcher, no less -- you could argue Richards was the most valuable player in Fantasy for the 5 1/2 months he was healthy.

But now, he's not -- and because an injury no one would have expected. We've all learned to brace ourselves for the next torn up elbow, but not knee -- not for a pitcher, anyway -- which means we don't really know what comes next. The timetable for Richards is 6-9 months, which is an extremely wide range. It gives him some hope of returning by opening day but also allows for him to miss up to half the season.

My guess he misses some time -- enough to diminish his keeper value in a league where you keep just a handful of players, and all on equal terms. But if you keep as many as one-third of your players, and you keep them relative to what they cost you, again, given the price tag for Richards coming into the year, I'd hold on to him.


Hyun-Jin Ryu able to throw bullpen session Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7:19 pm ET) Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu was able to throw a bullpen session Thursday, according to MLB.com.

Ryu is working his way back from a glut injury. He's not expected to go on a rehab assignment. Ryu has been sidelined since August 13 due to the injury. He has a 3.28 ERA over 137 1/3 innings. 


Gio Gonzalez tosses fantastic start, but can't win


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7:07 pm ET) Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez turned in a fantastic start Thursday against the Diamondbacks. 

Gonzalez allowed four hits over seven scoreless innings. He struck out six and walked three during the outing. Gonzalez did a good job limiting the Diamondbacks early. He was able to get through the first two innings by facing the minimum six batters. He did allow a hit in the second, but got out of it with a double-play. Gonzalez was also challenged in the third, putting the first two men on. After a sac bunt moved them into scoring position, Gonzalez was able to keep them from scoring. He loaded the bases in the fifth inning, but was able to get Cliff Pennington to pop out to end the threat. 

Gonzalez was matched by Wade Miley throughout the start, and ultimately wound up with a no-decision. He'll take on the Phillies in his next start.


Wade Miley struggles with control, but manages good start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7:02 pm ET) Diamondbacks pitcher Wade Miley struggled with his control Thursday, but still managed a strong start.

Miley allowed eight hits over 6 2/3 scoreless innings. He struck out four and walked six during the outing. Wiley worked his way out of trouble a number of times during the game. The Nationals put two men on base in each of the first three innings, but Miley kept them from scoring. Miley was able to pitch out of a bases-loaded situation in the fifth, striking out Adam LaRoche. He again escaped the sixth after putting two men on base. 

Miley went up against Gio Gonzalez, who kept Arizona off the scoreboard. Miley picked up a no-decision for his efforts. He’ll take on the Dodgers in his next start.


Brandon McCarthy hitting his stride


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6:11 pm ET) Brandon McCarthy has had a wild career, hasn't he? Between the minor-league accolades, the early struggles with the White Sox and Rangers, the eventual breakthrough with the Athletics, the career-threatening head injury and the disastrous stay in Arizona, nailing down just who he is has been an exercise in futility.

Which is why I don't mind just riding the wave with him.

The signs for what he's doing now where there even before joining the Yankees. He may have had a 3-10 record and 5.01 ERA in 18 starts with the Diamondbacks, but he also had a 3.82 FIP, which estimates what a pitcher's ERA really should be. And that FIP would have been even lower if not for a suspiciously high home run rate for a pitcher who induces as many ground balls as he does.

I'll admit I didn't put much stock in that argument at the time of the trade, believing McCarthy's FIP was inflated by a couple of high-strikeout games earlier in the season and that the home runs would only increase in Yankee Stadium. Instead, the strikeouts have become more frequent and the home runs less frequent.

It culminated with a complete-game shutout Thursday afternoon against the Astros, his fifth start in eight as a Yankee with seven or more strikeouts. Looks like the Athletics version of McCarthy is back.


David Holmberg called up for start Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5:16 pm ET) Reds pitcher David Holmberg has been called up for Thursday's start against the Braves.

Holmberg has been pegged for the start for a few days, so the move isn't a surprise. He's posted a 4.64 ERA over 87 1/3 innings at Triple-A.


Reds shake up bullpen prior to Thursday's game


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5:13 pm ET) The Reds have optioned J.J. Hoover and Carlos Contreras to Triple-A prior to Thursday's game, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer

Pedro Villarreal and David Holmberg have been called up to take their roster spots. Holmberg will get the start for Cincinnati Thursday. 


Garrett Richards out six to nine months with knee injury


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4:57 pm ET) Angels pitcher Garrett Richards will have surgery to repair a torn patellar tendon.

The injury is expected to keep Richards out of action for six to nine months. Richards will have surgery next week, and has already been placed on the 60-day disabled list. He injured his knee while running to cover first during Wednesday night's start against the Red Sox. Richards had a 2.61 ERA over 168 2/3 innings this year.


Still no timetable for Homer Bailey's return


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4:44 pm ET) There's no timetable for Reds pitcher Homer Bailey yet, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Bailey did have a PRP injection to combat the injury. He's been sidelined since August 7 with elbow and neck issues. Bailey had a 3.71 ERA over 145 2/3 innings prior to the injury.


Alex Cobb comes out ahead in pitcher's duel


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4:32 pm ET) Rays pitcher Alex Cobb got the best of former teammate David Price Thursday, as he came out ahead in a 1-0 win over the Tigers.

Cobb was at the top of his game in the pitcher's duel, as he tossed seven shutout innings in the win. He allowed just two hits and a pair of walks, while striking out six batters on 101 pitches.

Cobb opened the season with losses in three of his first four decisions, but is unbeaten since June 13. He is 9-6 with a 3.01 ERA overall, heading into his start Tuesday against the Orioles. 


Rays get best of David Price in return


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4:29 pm ET) Tigers pitcher David Price tossed the ball well against his former teammates Thursday, but the Rays still got the best of him as Detroit fell, 1-0.

Price tossed an eight-inning complete game in the loss, and allowed just one unearned run in the first inning. He was pretty much flawless otherwise, allowing just one hit and no walks while striking out nine batters on 100 pitches in the tough-luck loss.

Price is 1-1 in four starts since joining the Tigers, as his record now stands at 12-9 for the season. He has allowed eight runs in 30 2/3 innings with Detroit to lower his season ERA to 3.00, heading into his start against the Yankees next Wednesday. 


Phil Hughes wins fourth straight


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4:23 pm ET) Twins pitcher Phil Hughes twirled yet another gem Thursday, in a 4-1 win over the Indians, his fourth straight.

Hughes allowed just one run for the fourth start in a row, while completing seven full innings yet again. He scattered five hits without walking a batter, and struck out eight over 97 pitches for the win.

Hughes improved his record to 14-8 with the win, while lowering his ERA to 3.65. He will try to stretch his winning streak to five starts when he takes on the Royals Wednesday. 


Corey Kluber takes rare loss despite quality start


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4:17 pm ET) Indians pitcher Corey Kluber stumbled just a bit Thursday against the Twins, and it led to him dropping his first decision since late June in a 4-1 loss.

Kluber still came away from the outing with a quality start, his seventh in a row, but struggled with his command a bit. Kluber walked four batters and allowed six hits en route to three runs allowed over seven innings, though he also struck out eight batters in the loss.

Kluber falls to 13-7 as his six-decision winning streak came to an end, while his ERA rose slightly to 2.46. He still ranks third in the American League in ERA heading into his next start, set for Wednesday against the White Sox. 


Dallas Keuchel a tough-luck loser Thursday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3:39 pm ET) Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel threw the ball well Thursday, but came out on the wrong side of a pitcher's duel in a 3-0 loss to the Yankees.

Keuchel tossed an eight-inning complete game in the start, and had trouble in just one inning, as he allowed three runs in the third. He was charged with three earned runs on seven hits overall, while striking out five batters and throwing 65 of 96 pitches for strikes in the loss.

Keuchel is now winless in his last four starts, despite tossing three quality starts in that time. He heads into his next start, set for Tuesday against the A's, with a 10-9 record and 3.12 ERA on the season. 


Brandon McCarthy overpowers Astros in complete-game win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3:27 pm ET) Yankees pitcher Brandon McCarthy tossed another gem Thursday, as he dominated the Astros in a complete-game shutout win.

McCarthy tossed his first complete game of the season, as he mowed through the Astros on 107 pitches. He allowed just four hits -- two doubles -- in the game, while retiring eight batters on strikeouts and 11 on groundballs in the 3-0 win.

McCarthy has been lights out since joining the Yankees, posting a 5-2 record and 1.90 ERA in his eight starts. He will try to keep the good times rolling when he takes on the Tigers Tuesday.


David Phelps to make return as reliever


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3:13 pm ET) Yankees pitcher David Phelps will make his return to the club as a member of the bullpen, MLB.com reports Thursday.

Phelps, who is working his way back from a right elbow injury, is still in the process of beginning to throw. At this point, there is no timetable for his return to the team, but there is not enough time left in the season for him to rehab and return as a starter.

"I think at this stage, we're going day by day," Phelps said. "We'll hopefully amp it up when we get through this week. I took two weeks off, it's not like I'll be on the mound this weekend."


Matt Moore to begin throwing soon, aiming for May return


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3:00 pm ET) Rays pitcher Matt Moore is recovering as expected from Tommy John surgery, and he told MLB.com Thursday he could begin a throwing program soon.

"I have sock throws starting this coming Monday," Moore said. "I'll do those six times, two weeks worth, Monday, Wednesday, Friday times two. After that, I'll be at 20 weeks. That will be five months [since his surgery] and I'll start my throwing program."

Moore is aiming for a May 2015 return to the majors, after missing all but two starts this season while recovering. Though he did add he might hit the brakes in his recovery a bit, if he feels rushed at the beginning of next season.

"If it was June, honestly, I think it would be best for all parties," he added. "Our squad in general and myself, just to make sure that we're not trying to get to May [and rushing things]."


Felix Doubront set for rehab finale at Double-A


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(2:07 pm ET) Cubs pitcher Felix Doubront is set to make his final rehab appearance for Double-A Tennessee Sunday, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Doubront, who is working his way back from a calf injury, has yet to pitch in a game for the Cubs since being acquired. He has allowed six runs in 10 innings so far on his rehab assignment.  


Edwin Jackson hits DL with strained lat


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:58 pm ET) Cubs pitcher Edwin Jackson was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, due to a strained right lat.

Jackson was chased in the third inning of his start Wednesday after allowing eight hits and seven runs, and it appears the injury is at least part of the reason. The team had discussed moving him to a bullpen role after Wednesday's outing, but that decision will have to wait until after this injury heals. At this point, there is no timetable for his return.

Jackson has struggled mightily this season even before the injury, with his ERA ballooning to 6.09 in 26 starts. 


Yohan Pino set to start in Saturday's doubleheader


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:03 pm ET) The Twins will recall pitcher Yohan Pino for Saturday's doubleheader against the Tigers, manager Ron Gardnehire told MLB.com Thursday.

Pino will start the first game of the doubleheader, his first start since he was sent down last week. Pino's stay with the team will not last long, as he will be called up and sent down as the team's 26th man for the doubleheader. 


Justin Verlander appears set for Saturday start after bullpen


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11:40 am ET) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander seems likely to make his scheduled start Saturday against the Twins, after getting through a bullpen session Thursday.

Verlander, who missed his last turn in the rotation with shoulder soreness, got through a 35-pitch session without issue. According to MLive.com, he walked into manager Brad Ausmus's office after the session to deliver a high five, undoubtedly a good sign.

Verlander has not pitched since lasting just one inning in his Aug. 9 start against Pittsburgh. 


Masahiro Tanaka set for live BP Saturday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11:12 am ET) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka will take another step forward this weekend, as he is set to face hitters in a live batting practice session Saturday, manager Joe Girardi announced.

Tanaka, who is working his way back from a partially torn UCL, will face hitters for the first time since suffering the injury. He has been working in bullpen sessions in recent weeks as part of his rehab, and the next step will likely be determined after he gets through Saturday's session.

Tanaka has been out since early July due to the injury, but remains hopeful he will be able to return to action this season.  


Following bullpen struggles, Chase Whitley sent down


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10:47 am ET) The Yankees optioned pitcher Chase Whitley to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Thursday, to clear a roster spot for a callup.

Whitley has spent the last month pitching out of the Yankees bullpen, but has struggled in that role. He has allowed 10 runs over his last 7 1/3 innings, raising his season ERA to 5.43 overall.  


Eric Stults tosses five one-run innings vs. Dodgers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:26 am ET) Padres pitcher Eric Stults earned a win Wednesday, allowing just one earned run on four hits and one walk in five innings while striking out five in his team's 4-1 victory over the Dodgers.

Stults (6-13) moved to 3-0 over his last four starts, and he's only allowed four earned runs in 24 2/3 innings during that stretch. Wednesday's sole run came on a third-inning sacrifice fly, and the San Diego starter also managed to deliver his own RBI single in the second inning. Stults owns a 4.53 ERA and 86:34 K:BB ratio in 135 innings. He's scheduled to face the Brewers Monday.


 
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Which of these third basemen would you want on your teams for the second half?

Nolan Arenado, Rockies
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Todd Frazier, Reds
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Martin Prado, Diamondbacks
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Kyle Seager, Mariners
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Pedro Alvarez, Pirates
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