Josh Tomlin
Indians' Josh Tomlin: Remains homer-prone in blowout loss
Josh Tomlin, SP, CLE
7:41 PM
News: Tomlin (11-8) was smacked around for eight runs (seven earned) on six hits and two walks over just 4.1 innings in Thursday's 9-0 loss to Texas.

As has typically been the case Tomlin struggled with the long ball, serving up his 33rd and 34th home runs of the year. The veteran righty has now given up homers in an insane 14 consecutive starts, and he's allowed multiple homers eight times in that span. In fact, Tomlin's only had two homer-free starts all season. He also has failed to finish five innings on four occasions during his current five-game losing streak.

Analysis: 

Cole Hamels
Rangers' Cole Hamels: Continues Cy Young push with eight-inning gem
Cole Hamels, SP, TEX
7:41 PM
News: Hamels (14-4) struck out eight and scattered two hits over eight scoreless innings in a dominant performance against Cleveland on Thursday.

He's now just 0.01 behind Danny Duffy for the American League ERA lead thanks to a run of brilliant work since the All-Star break. Hamels' outstanding second-half run (a 5-2 record, 1.59 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 58:14 K:BB in 56.2 innings) has put him squarely into the running for the AL Cy Young Award. His overall WHIP's still rather uninspiring -- at 1.23, it's the worst among the AL's top 15 in ERA -- mostly due to an elevated walk rate. But on the whole, it's hard for the Rangers or fantasy owners to quibble with the stats Hamels has given them in this season of high-powered offense.

Analysis: 

James Paxton
Mariners' James Paxton: Tosses five innings in return from DL
James Paxton, SP, SEA
7:40 PM
News: Paxton allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out five over five innings in his return from the disabled list Thursday against the White Sox.

He left with a lead, but it didn't hold up thank to Seattle's bullpen and defense. Nonetheless, this represents a solid return for Paxton, who continues to show much-improved control. He's walked only six batters in his last seven starts -- a massive sea change from last year's ugly 3.90 BB/9. With his seemingly relatively minor elbow injury behind him, look for Paxton to offer more length in future starts.

Analysis: 

Michael Kopech
Red Sox's Michael Kopech: Third straight with double-digit punchouts
Michael Kopech, SP, BOS
7:39 PM
News: Kopech pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing one hit and two walks while striking out 10 for High-A Salem on Wednesday.

Kopech is emerging as one of the most overpowering pitchers in the minors. Wednesday's outing was his third consecutive with double-digit strikeouts as the young right-hander has piled up a 13.7 K/9 rate in 11 combined games between short-season Lowell and Salem.

Analysis: 

Steven Wright
Red Sox's Steven Wright: Activated from disabled list
Steven Wright, SP, BOS
7:38 PM
News: The Red Sox activated Wright (shoulder) from the disabled list Friday.

Wright is ready to return to action after missing three weeks with a shoulder injury suffered while baserunning. He will jump right back into the Red Sox's rotation Friday night against the Royals, and will be looking to pick up where he left off: Wright threw a shutout in his last start Aug. 5.

Analysis: 

Jhoulys Chacin
Angels' Jhoulys Chacin: Will not start Saturday
Jhoulys Chacin, SP, LAA
7:37 PM
News: Chacin has been replaced as the starting pitcher for Saturday's game against the Tigers by Brett Oberholtzer, Pedro Moura of the LA Times reports.

Chacin tossed 5.2 scoreless innings and picked up the win in his last start Sunday, but the Angels apparently want to give Oberholtzer a shot to start, and Chacin will cede his spot to accommodate. Chacin figures to work in long relief for the Angels moving forward.

Analysis: 

Alex Wimmers
Twins' Alex Wimmers: Called up by Twins
Alex Wimmers, SP, MIN
7:37 PM
News: The Twins recalled Wimmers from Triple-A Rochester on Friday, MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports.

The 2010 first-round pick took a rocky road to the majors, but he finally earned his first call-up by posting a 3.62 ERA and striking out 50 batters over 49.2 innings in 39 appearances with Rochester this season. He was working as a closer with Rochester but figures to open in middle relief with the Twins.

Analysis: 

Garrett Richards
Angels' Garrett Richards: Increases throwing activity
Garrett Richards, SP, LAA
7:35 PM
News: Richards (elbow) played catch from 90 feet Thursday, Pedro Moura of the LA Times reports.

Over the last week, Richards has steadily increased his throwing distance by 15 feet per session. Although it's promising that Richards says his arm feels normal, he still has a long way to go. His current goal is to throw off a mound by mid-September, then pitch with one of the Angels' minor league affiliates before the season comes to a close.

Analysis: 

Lance McCullers
Astros' Lance McCullers: Plays light catch Friday
Lance McCullers, SP, HOU
7:18 PM
News: McCullers (elbow) played light catch Friday, the Houston Chronicle reports. "Getting his arm back in shape, which is good news," manager A.J. Hinch said. "He hasn't felt any issues, he hasn't felt any pain or anything like that, so it's a step in the right direction."

The skipper added that McCullers is "still a ways away from aggressive catch, mound activity or anything like that," but Friday's work represented a positive step forward following a three-week long shutdown period. McCullers would seem to have a chance to return during the regular season but it's no lock, as the team will continue to be cautious, and he won't have much of a window to help owners if he does make it back.

Analysis: 

Edinson Volquez
Royals' Edinson Volquez: Beats Marlins for 10th win of 2016
Edinson Volquez, SP, KC
8/25/2016
News: Volquez (10-10) pitched five innings, allowing two unearned runs on three hits and one walk while striking out two Marlins in Thursday's win.

For the first time since June 29 -- a span of 10 starts - Volquez made it through an outing without allowing an earned run, lowering his ERA to 4.88, its best mark since late-July. Thursday was a nice touch on an otherwise awful month up to this point. Through five starts in August, the righty owns a 5.81 ERA and 1.60 WHIP in five starts (26.1 innings). Volquez will make one more start before turning the calendar to September when he takes the hill Tuesday against the Yankees.

Analysis: 

More Updates