UPDATES & NEWS
Alex Cobb got smoked for seven runs on 10 hits and a walk with two strikeouts over just 4.1 innings against the Mariners on Saturday.
Boy, this one was just ugly, wasn't it? Perhaps a bad omen is when Cole Gillespie hits his first home run of the year off you, but things just got way out of hand in the fourth and fifth innings. He lost his command of the strike zone, his pitches didn't seem to have much life to them and the Mariners just put on a big hit parade to chase him in the fifth inning. That's now two suspect outings in his last three starts, so suddenly next week's start in Houston isn't looking so enticing. The Astros are young and can be susceptible to the strikeout, but know that you're taking a distinct risk by starting Cobb against them while he's pitching this way. ANALYST: Howard Bender
The Dodgers have traded LHP Xavier Cedeno to the Rays for cash.
The Dodgers had designated Cedeno for assignment to make room on their 40-man roster for Sergio Santos. Cedeno has a 5.24 ERA in 55 career big-league innings across five seasons. He has 8.84 K/9 over his career, but he needs to cut back on the walks if he is ever going to have a meaningful bullpen role in the big leagues. The Rays have a deep bullpen that is only going to get deeper when Jake McGee returns, and there is little chance Cedeno makes an impact this season. Analysis: Steve Pimental
The Celtics are willing to trade a first rounder to dump Gerald Wallace.
Wallace played just 32 games this season for a Celtics team largely devoid of talent. The Celtics have a couple of first-rounders to spare, but that still seems like a high price to pay just to get rid of him. Wallace is unlikely to play much wherever he ends up, but it is always possible a change of scenery could be just what he needs. Wallace and a pick could be an enticing package for the Knicks and Lakers, both teams with cap space desperately in need of warm bodies and draft picks. Wallace could even have fringe fantasy value with one of those teams. Analysis: Steve Pimental