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1Drew Storen, WAS, RP19
2Xander Bogaerts, BOS, SS15
3Drew Hutchison, TOR, SP15
4Alejandro De Aza, BAL, LF14
5Jordy Mercer, PIT, SS13
6Steve Pearce, BAL, 1B12
7Chris Young, NYY, LF11
8Dan Haren, LAD, SP10
9Adam Lind, TOR, DH10
10Carl Crawford, LAD, LF9
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2David Wright, NYM, 3B-18
3Chris Davis, BAL, 1B-16
4Drew Smyly, TB, SP-13
5Mat Latos, CIN, SP-9
6Michael Wacha, STL, SP-9
7Brock Holt, BOS, 3B-9
8Jimmy Rollins, PHI, SS-8
9Hyun-Jin Ryu, LAD, SP-8
10Dustin Ackley, SEA, LF-8
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Digging a little deeper on Jacob deGrom
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5:46 pm ET) While some baseball fans probably hadn't heard of Jacob deGrom prior to his record-tying performance against the Marlins on Monday, most Fantasy owners were plenty familiar with his work already. That's what happens when a midseason waiver claim goes 8-2 with a 1.93 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 9.6 strikeouts per nine innings during a 14-start stretch.

But is he really that good? Understand I'm not being literal here. Only a handful of pitchers in baseball history have been that good over a full season. But is deGrom really a strikeout-per-inning, top-30 type with the potential, maybe, to pitch like an ace? I'm starting to believe he is.

I won't spoil it here, but when I took a deeper look at deGrom's last 14 starts -- or really, his season as a whole -- in the Fantasy Baseball Today blog, I liked what I saw. In terms of swinging strike percentage, he's in elite company, and his velocity speaks for itself.

Plus, he throws strikes, keeps the ball in the yard, basically does everything that makes for a successful pitcher even apart from the strikeout rate. I don't think it's a stretch to say he could be next year's Corey Kluber.


Shin-Soo Choo to undergo ankle surgery Wednesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:41 pm ET) Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle to repair torn cartilege Wednesday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Choo won't begin his running program for six-to-eight weeks while recovering from the surgery. He was ruled out for the season in August due to bone spurs in his elbow.


Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton back in lineup Tuesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:38 pm ET) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols and outfielder Josh Hamilton are back in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Mariners.

Pujols left Monday's game with a hamstring injury, but it won't cost him any time. Hamilton, who will be the team's designated hitter Tuesday, has been out since Sept. 4 while recovering from a right shoulder injury.


Nolan Arenado has chest contusion, early onset pneumonia
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:36 pm ET) An MRI on injured Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado has revealed that Arenado is dealing with a chest contusion and early onset pneumonia, the team announced Tuesday.

Arenado is at home resting Tuesday while recovering. He has hit .287/.328/.500 with 18 home runs and 61 RBI in 432 at-bats.


Dodgers send Stephen Fife to DL, add Daniel Coulombe
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:32 pm ET) The Dodgers recalled pitcher Stephen Fife from Triple-A Albuquerque Tuesday and placed him on the 60-day disabled list. He underwent Tommy John surgery in August.

The move opens up a 40-man roster spot for pitcher Daniel Coulombe, who was brought up from Double-A Chattanooga in a corresponding move. Coulombe has posted a 2.89 ERA and 92:27 K:BB ratio in 65 1/3 innings between high class A Rancho Cucamonga and Chattanooga.


Edwin Jackson to draw start Friday vs. Dodgers
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:22 pm ET) Cubs pitcher Edwin Jackson is set to start Friday against the Dodgers, the team announced Tuesday.

Jackson has been out since Aug. 20 due to a strained lat muscle. He'll return to a 6.09 ERA and 123:61 K:BB ratio in 139 innings.


Astros shut down George Springer
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:16 pm ET) Astros outfielder George Springer has been shut down for the remainder of the season, the team announced Tuesday.

Springer has been sidelined since mid-July due to a quad strain after suffering a setback during a minor-league rehab assignment in early August. The team will take precautions now in the hopes of having him available for a full season next year.


Rusney Castillo to make first MLB start Wednesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:13 pm ET) Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo will make the first major-league start of his career Wednesday in center field, the Boston Globe reports.

The Red Sox will get a good look at the prized international signee over the remainder of the season in anticipation of Castillo potentially manning center field full time in 2015. He inked a seven-year contract with Boston in August.


Francisco Cervelli returns to lineup Tuesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:10 pm ET) Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli is back in the starting lineup Tuesday.

Cervelli has played just once in September while dealing with migraines. He returns to a .280/.341/.441 line wtih two home runs and 11 RBI in 118 at-bats.


Mark Teixeira sidelined by wrist discomfort
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:08 pm ET) Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is out of the lineup Tuesday due to discomfort in his surgically-repaired wrist, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The wrist may be contributing to the first baseman's continued struggles at the plate, as he has hit just .178/.288/.289 with one home run in 45 at-bats in September. Manager Joe Girardi said Tuesday that it's up to Teixeira to tell the team when he's ready to resume action, MLB.com reports.


 
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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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