Drew Smyly
Rays' Drew Smyly: Takes it on the chin from Royals
Drew Smyly, SP, TB
10:48 PM
News: Smyly (2-7) lasted just four innings, allowing eight runs on 12 hits while walking one and striking out three in Tuesday's loss to the Royals.

The left-hander's rough month came to a head Tuesday night in what was his worst defeat of the year. Smyly has now struck out a season low in consecutive weeks. It's hard not to wonder if Smyly's early-season success was simply a mirage. It's probably wise not to count much on the 26-year-old until he makes some sort of adjustment.

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CC Sabathia
Yankees' CC Sabathia: Takes loss despite quality start against Blue Jays
CC Sabathia, SP, NYY
10:30 PM
News: Sabathia (3-4) gave up two runs on five hits and a walk with four strikeouts over six innings in a loss Tuesday against Toronto.

Sabathia got off to a slow start, but he has found himself over his past five starts, all quality starts with a combined 30 strikeouts against just eight walks. His fastball is sitting in the high-80s, but he is having success mixing his pitches and leaning on his changeup and slider, which he threw 14 times each. He still drew eight swinging strikes despite his lack of big-time stuff, and it's starting to look like Sabathia is getting a hang of his post-peak repertoire as his ERA is now down to 2.85.

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Colby Lewis
Rangers' Colby Lewis: Improves to 5-0 with win in Cleveland
Colby Lewis, SP, TEX
10:12 PM
News: Lewis (5-0) allowed just two hits and two walks over six shutout innings in Tuesday's victory over the Indians, striking out two.

Lewis continues to thrive late in his career, following up last season's 17-9 mark with an undefeated start through the month of May in 2016. There are some troubling signs for the 36-year-old, though, as he has totaled just three strikeouts in 11 innings over his last two outings, and is pitching no better than his career average according to FIP and xFIP. Still, the Rangers' top-10 offense gives the veteran a decent shot of winning every time out, and that will once again be the case in his next start against the Astros on Monday.

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James Paxton
Mariners' James Paxton: To be recalled Wednesday
James Paxton, SP, SEA
10:06 PM
News: Paxton will be recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday, the Tacoma News-Tribune's Bob Dutton reports.

A corresponding move has not yet been announced, and it is unclear what role Paxton will serve with the big league club. None of their starters are dealing with known injuries, so Paxton could just be headed for a bullpen role. The former top prospect has a 3.97 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 50 strikeouts in 47.2 innings with Tacoma, so he certainly hasn't warranted a long-term role change, but the Mariners' current needs may dictate a short-term deviation from his developmental track.

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Hisashi Iwakuma
Mariners' Hisashi Iwakuma: Wins fourth game of season Tuesday
Hisashi Iwakuma, SP, SEA
7:46 PM
News: Iwakuma (4-4) went seven strong innings during Tuesday's win against San Diego, allowing four runs on five hits while striking out five.

Iwakuma pitched well enough to get the win, and even though he allowed three homers, the offense bailed him out scoring 16 runs in the first five innings. The 35-year-old Japanese now has gone at least seven innings on consecutive starts, and seems to be turning things around after an inconsistent start to the season. His next start is scheduled for Sunday against the Rangers on the road.

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C.J. Wilson
Angels' C.J. Wilson: MRI shows no new damage
C.J. Wilson, SP, LAA
6:38 PM
News: Wilson's MRI showed no new damage to his left shoulder, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.

He reported feeling "awful" during his bullpen session Saturday, prompting the follow-up exam. The phrasing here, with the team saying there was nothing "new" revealed in the MRI, suggests Wilson is still dealing with some tendinitis. Wilson will remain shut down indefinitely.

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Lance McCullers
Astros' Lance McCullers: Fans seven during Tuesday's win
Lance McCullers, SP, HOU
6:04 PM
News: McCullers (2-1) went five innings during Tuesday's win against the Diamondbacks, allowing three runs on six hits and four walks while striking out seven.

McCullers continues to struggle with his control, and he's issued at least three walks in each of his four starts this year. That being said, he remains a great source for strikeouts since he's fanned 24 in his last 16 frames, so at least he keeps missing bats on a consistent basis. He's won his last two outings, and he will try to keep it going in his next start against Oakland at home Sunday.

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Sonny Gray
Athletics' Sonny Gray: Throws sim game Tuesday, scheduled for bullpen Thursday
Sonny Gray, SP, OAK
6:04 PM
News: Gray (back) threw a three-inning simulated game Tuesday and he will throw a bullpen session Thursday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

Gray threw roughly 50 pitches during his sim game Tuesday and told reporters that he felt great during his outing. He's scheduled for a bullpen session Thursday and if all goes well, he may not even require a minor league rehab appearance before coming off the disabled list.

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Rich Hill
Athletics' Rich Hill: To throw bullpen Wednesday
Rich Hill, SP, OAK
5:54 PM
News: Hill (groin) is set to throw a bullpen Wednesday before the A's determine whether he'll make his next scheduled start over the weekend, John Hickey of the San Jose Mercury News reports.

Although Hill is improving, according to Hickey, he'll still need to come out of Wednesday's bullpen without too much lingering soreness in order to make his next scheduled start. He'll already have an extra built-in day off this week, but it's unclear at this point whether that added time off will be enough to get him back on the hill. Wednesday's bullpen session figures to shed more light on Hill's status heading into the weekend.

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Mike Minor
Royals' Mike Minor: Dealing with shoulder fatigue
Mike Minor, SP, KC
5:50 PM
News: Minor (shoulder) is experiencing some rotator cuff fatigue, Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star reports.

This setback will bring Minor's rehab assignment to an abrupt halt, but manager Ned Yost was adamant that it's nothing serious. The training staff will give Minor a look over this week to determine when he may be able to resume his rehab. Minor went six innings for Triple-A Omaha on Monday, allowing four runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out four (83 pitches).

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