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Week 26 pitching options
Gerrit Cole ((USATSI))
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
    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.

    Orioles 3B Manny Machado has full range of motion in right knee
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (3:44 pm ET) Orioles third baseman Manny Machado told reporters Wednesday he has full range of motion in his right knee coming off surgery in late August, according to MASNsports.com. He could begin jogging in a pool next week.

    Mariners already have D.J. Peterson on radar for 2015 season
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (2:48 pm ET) The Mariners are expected to be in the market this offseason for a right-handed power bat, but if they can't find an external option, then an internal option could be prospect D.J. Peterson, according to The News Tribune.

    "His age and experience might be working against him," general manager Jack Zduriencik said, "but this is also a pretty good hitter. You don’t shut the door on it. You leave it open and see what he does.

    "Coming out of Double-A to the big leagues is challenging, but he’s going to be in the Fall League. There are a lot of people who’ve been around him who think this guy is the real deal. We’ll bring him into spring training. He’ll get a fair shot. What happens, happens."

    Peterson has primarily played third base in the minors, but he is expected to see significant time at first base in the Arizona Fall League. With Kyle Seager blocking his path at third base, Peterson's fastest route to the majors could be first base.

    "I played a lot of first base in college," Peterson said. "It’s a position that I’m acquainted with. I’m very used to it. It wouldn’t be too much of an adjustment."


    Marlins SP Jose Fernandez makes 25 tosses from 30 feet
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (2:19 pm ET) Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez, who is coming off Tommy John surgery in May, made 25 throws from 30 feet Wednesday. He reported feeling good after the throwing session.

    Cardinals announce rotation for NLDS
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (2:03 pm ET) Cardinals manager Mike Matheny announced the team's rotation for NLDS against the Dodgers. Adam Wainwright will pitch in the series opener, and he will be followed by Lance Lynn, John Lackey and Shelby Miller.

    Michael Wacha will be pitching out of the bullpen for St. Louis.


    Phillies' Cliff Lee to begin full throwing program in November
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (12:16 pm ET) The Phillies announced Wednesday starting pitcher Cliff Lee had an MRI on his left elbow Friday. The MRI showed Lee's flexor tendon is healing well.

    Lee, who missed the final two months of the season due to a Grade 2 flexor pronator strain, will begin a full throwing program in November and is expected to be ready for spring training.


    Phillies OF Ben Revere undergoes surgery to remove screws from ankle
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (12:12 pm ET) The Phillies announced Wednesday outfielder Ben Revere had surgery Tuesday to remove screws from his right ankle. Revere will be in a walking boot for about two weeks, but he is expected to be ready for the start of spring training.

    Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz undergoes minor shoulder surgery
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (12:10 pm ET) The Phillies announced Wednesday catcher Carlos Ruiz underwent minor arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder Monday. Ruiz will begin rehabbing the injury immediately and will return to Philadelphia in November for a follow-up exam.

    The Phillies are expecting Ruiz to be ready for the start of spring training.


    Franklin Gutierrez expressing interest in returning in 2015
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (10:31 am ET) Mariners outfielder Franklin Gutierrez, who spent the 2014 season on the restricted list due to health reasons, has expressed interest in returning in 2015, according to MLB.com.

    "He’s in Florida, working out. He has some interest in coming back next year. We’re going to talk to him and we’ll see what happens," general manager Jack Zduriencik said. "He left in a good frame of mind. We’ll have to see where it’s at, but he’s spoken to our guys more than once about his desire in coming back next year. It would be as a non-roster player."


    Mariners' James Paxton will not throw competitively during offseason
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (10:24 am ET) Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said starting pitcher James Paxton will not throw competitively during the offseason, according to MLB.com. Paxton was limited to 13 starts this season due to a lat injury.

     
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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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