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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
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1Steve Pearce, BAL, 1B14
2Drew Storen, WAS, RP12
3Derek Holland, TEX, SP10
4Wilmer Flores, NYM, SS10
5Xander Bogaerts, BOS, SS9
6A.J. Pollock, ARI, CF9
7Adam Lind, TOR, DH9
8Alejandro De Aza, BAL, LF9
9Drew Hutchison, TOR, SP8
10Juan Uribe, LAD, 3B8
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Player% ±
1Mat Latos, CIN, SP-10
2Hyun-Jin Ryu, LAD, SP-9
3Chris Davis, BAL, 1B-9
4Martin Prado, NYY, 2B-7
5Dustin Pedroia, BOS, 2B-7
6Brock Holt, BOS, 3B-7
7Giancarlo Stanton, MIA, RF-6
8Michael Wacha, STL, SP-6
9David Wright, NYM, 3B-6
10Drew Smyly, TB, SP-6
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Nick Markakis remains out of lineup Saturday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3:10 pm ET) Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Red Sox.

Markakis has been out since Tuesday while recovering from a shoulder injury. He has hit .272/.336/.375 with 12 home runs and 44 RBI in 621 at-bats.


Evan Gattis, Jason Heyward out of lineup Saturday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3:04 pm ET) Braves catcher Evan Gattis and outfielder Jason Heyward are not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Mets.

Gattis hasn't played since Sept. 7 as he continues to deal with a kidney stone. Heyward injured his thumb Wednesday and hasn't played since.


Cubs juggle rotations plan for final week
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2:59 pm ET) The Cubs have swapped two scheduled starters for next week's series against the Cardinals, with Kyle Hendricks now scheduled to pitch Tuesday and Jake Arrieta moving to Wednesday, MLB.com reports.

The change was made to give Hendricks one extra start before the end of the season, as he'll be lined up to pitch the season finale Sunday.


Edwin Encarncion has mild back inflammation, starts Saturday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:52 pm ET) A precautionary MRI on the injured back of Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion revealed that he is dealing with minor inflammation, Sportsnet reports.

Encarnacion slugged his 33rd home run of the season Friday and is back in the starting lineup Saturday, so the minor injury hasn't cost him playing time. He has hit .262/.350/.552 with 33 home runs and 89 RBI in 446 at-bats.


Adam Lind out of lineup Saturday with back issue
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:32 pm ET) Blue Jays designated hitter Adam Lind is out of the starting lineup Saturday due to a back issue, Sportsnet reports.

Lind's back locked up, leaving him likely unavailable for Saturday's matchup with the Yankees, but he should be fine in a day or two. He has hit .321/.384/.489 with six home runs and 38 RBI in 274 at-bats.


Jacoby Ellsbury out of lineup Saturday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:10 pm ET) Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Blue Jays.

Ellsbury is expected to undergo an MRI Saturday after being removed from action the previous day with a hamstring injury. He has hit .271/.328/.419 with 16 home runs, 70 RBI and 39 stolen bases in 575 at-bats.


Domonic Brown out of lineup Saturday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:07 pm ET) Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the A's.

Brown was scratched from Friday's lineup due to a right hand sprain, and he appears set to miss a second straight game with the issue. He has hit .237/.288/.356 with 10 home runs, 61 RBI and seven stolen bases in 452 at-bats.


David Peralta returns to lineup Saturday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:39 pm ET) Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta is back in the starting lineup Saturday.

Peralta hasn't started since Sept. 5 due to a back injury, but he was able to pinch hit Friday. He has hit .292/.325/.459 with seven home runs, 34 RBI and six stolen bases in 305 at-bats during his rookie campaign.


Josh Hamilton day-to-day with inflammation
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:37 pm ET) Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton underwent a CT scan on the front and back of his ribcage, and the diagnosis is that he's dealing with inflammation, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Hamilton is day-to-day while recovering from the injury. He has hit .263/.331/.414 with 10 home runs and 44 RBI in 338 at-bats.


Hyun-Jin Ryu begins throwing Saturday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:10 pm ET) Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu began a throwing program Saturday by playing catch before his team's game against the Cubs, the Orange County Register reports.

Ryu will likely miss the remainder of the regular season, but he's hoping his shoulder injury will recover enough to allow him to pitch in the playoffs. He owns a 3.38 ERA and 139:29 K:BB ratio in 152 innings.


 
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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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