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Week 26 pitching options
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Gerrit Cole is on a roll and should be trusted in the important final scoring period. Al Melchior provides the best options in Week 26 Fantasy First Pitch. Full story
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    Most Added Players
    Player% ±
    1Bartolo Colon, NYM, SP2
    2Nick Martinez, TEX, SP2
    3Chris Bassitt, CHW, SP2
    4Nick Markakis, BAL, RF1
    5Michael Pineda, NYY, SP1
    6R.A. Dickey, TOR, SP1
    7Alfredo Simon, CIN, SP1
    8Curtis Granderson, NYM, RF1
    9Henderson Alvarez, MIA, SP1
    10Clay Buchholz, BOS, SP1
    Most Dropped Players
    Player% ±
    1Trevor Plouffe, MIN, 3B-3
    2David Freese, LAA, 3B-3
    3Joc Pederson, LAD, LF-3
    4Tyson Ross, SD, SP-2
    5Jacob deGrom, NYM, SP-2
    6Marcell Ozuna, MIA, CF-2
    7Shelby Miller, STL, SP-2
    8Matt Shoemaker, LAA, SP-2
    9Marcus Stroman, TOR, SP-2
    10Russell Martin, PIT, C-2
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    Player News
    Lyle Overbay expected to retire
    by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
    (5:43 pm ET) Brewers first baseman Lyle Overbay said Wednesday that he's "99.9 percent sure" he'll retire this offseason, MLB Network Radio reports.

    Overbay wrapped up his 2014 season with a .233/.328/.333 line along with four home runs and 35 RBI in 258 at-bats while playing with the Brewers for the first time since 2005. If this is the end, he'll finish his career with a .266/.347/.429 line along with 151 home runs, 675 RBI and 19 stolen bases in 5,102 at-bats over 14 years with six different teams.


    Yordano Ventura draws Game 2 nod
    by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
    (5:26 pm ET) Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura will start Game 2 of the American League Division Series Friday against the Angels, the Los Angeles Times reports.

    Ventura gave up four earned runs in four innings in his final start of the season Sunday. He was then used in relief during Tuesday's wild-card win, surrendering two earned runs while recording just one out. Ventura finished his rookie season with a 14-10 record, 3.20 ERA and 159:69 K:BB ratio in 183 innings.


    Chris Tillman gets nod for Game 1 of ALDS
    by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
    (5:21 pm ET) Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman has drawn the nod for Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Tigers Thursday.

    Tillman has been a force in the Orioles rotation over the last three seasons, going 38-16 with a 3.42 ERA and 395:158 K:BB ratio in 499 2/3 innings. That included a 13-6 record, 3.34 ERA and 150:66 K:BB ratio in 207 1/3 innings in 2014.

    Manager Buck Showalter has informed his players of his rotation plans after Game 1, but he won't announce them until after Thursday's game, the Baltimore Sun reports.


    Pedro Alvarez, Chris Stewart out of wild-card lineup
    by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
    (5:09 pm ET) Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez (foot) and catcher Chris Stewart (wrist) are not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's wild-card game against the Giants. Alvarez hasn't played since Sept. 5, while Stewart sits in favor of regular starter Russell Martin.

    Report: Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud undergoes elbow surgery
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (4:17 pm ET) Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud had successful surgery Wednesday to remove a bone spur from his right elbow, a source told the New York Daily News.

    Kevin Gausman to work out of Orioles' bullpen during ALDS
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (4:13 pm ET) Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman said he has been told he will pitch out of the bullpen during the ALDS against the Tigers, according to The Baltimore Sun. Gausman went 7-7 with a 3.57 ERA and 1.32 WHIP in 20 starts for Baltimore this season.

    Pirates catcher Russell Martin starts Wednesday vs. Giants
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (4:07 pm ET) As expected, Pirates catcher Russell Martin made it into the starting lineup for Wednesday's wild-card game against the Giants. He had been out since aggravating a hamstring injury Friday.

    Michael Morse left off roster for wild-card game
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (4:03 pm ET) Giants outfielder Michael Morse was left off the roster for Wednesday's wild-card game against the Pirates due to an oblique injury that has kept him out since Sept. 20.

    Jered Weaver will be on the hill for Angels Thursday
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (3:55 pm ET) Angels starting pitcher Jered Weaver will oppose Royals starting pitcher Jason Vargas in Game 1 of the ALDS Thursday, according to the Los Angeles Times. Weaver is 2-1 with a 2.61 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in six postseason appearances (three starts).

    Royals going with Jason Vargas as Game 1 starter in ALDS
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (3:51 pm ET) Royals starting pitcher Jason Vargas will start Game 1 of the ALDS against the Angels, according to The Kansas City Star. Vargas was 11-10 with a 3.71 ERA and 1.27 WHIP over 30 starts during the regular season.

     
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    Fan Poll

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

    Nolan Arenado, Rockies
    17%
    Manny Machado, Orioles
    25%
    Todd Frazier, Reds
    33%
    Martin Prado, Diamondbacks
    4%
    Kyle Seager, Mariners
    17%
    Pedro Alvarez, Pirates
    4%

    Total Votes: 3,689


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