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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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1Wilmer Flores, NYM, SS13
2Jake Marisnick, HOU, RF10
3Alexi Amarista, SD, SS8
4Derek Holland, TEX, SP7
5Norichika Aoki, KC, RF7
6Josh Collmenter, ARI, SP7
7Ricky Nolasco, MIN, SP7
8Wilin Rosario, COL, C6
9Chris Coghlan, CHC, LF6
10Logan Morrison, SEA, 1B6
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1Glen Perkins, MIN, RP-9
2Matt Shoemaker, LAA, SP-8
3Juan Lagares, NYM, CF-8
4Nolan Arenado, COL, 3B-7
5Martin Prado, NYY, 2B-7
6Roenis Elias, SEA, SP-6
7Tyson Ross, SD, SP-5
8Giancarlo Stanton, MIA, RF-5
9Hyun-Jin Ryu, LAD, SP-5
10Mike Minor, ATL, SP-5
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Sonny Gray strikes out 12 in loss vs. Angels
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:12 am ET) Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray took a loss Tuesday, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks in seven innings while striking out 12 in his team's 2-0 defeat against the Angels.

Gray (13-10) struck out eight of the first 11 batters he faced, but an unearned run scored on a strike-'em-out, throw-'em-out double play in the second inning. He then surrendered a solo home run in the sixth while the Oakland offense couldn't break through against the Angels. Gray owns a 3.21 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 178:74 K:BB ratio in 210 innings. He's scheduled to face the Rangers in the regular-season finale Sunday.


Wade LeBlanc delivers scoreless start in win vs. A's
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:11 am ET) Angels pitcher Wade LeBlanc earned a win Tuesday, giving up five hits and one walk in 5 1/3 scoreless innings while striking out one in his team's 2-0 victory over the A's.

LeBlanc (1-1) was removed after 5 1/3 scoreless innings for the second straight start, and he's managed to string together 15 2/3 scoreless innings over his last six outings after struggling initially upon joining the Angels. He owns a 4.23 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 18:7 K:BB ratio in 27 2/3 innings. LeBlanc isn't scheduled for another start.


Kenley Jansen racks up 44th save Tuesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:04 am ET) Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen recorded his 44th save Tuesday, giving up one hit in a scoreless ninth inning to finish off his team's 4-2 victory over the Giants.

Jansen had turned in four straight two-strikeout performances before failing to record a strikeout Tuesday, but he needed only 11 pitches to get through the inning despite giving up a hit. He owns a 2.80 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 99:19 K:BB ratio in 64 1/3 innings.


Justin Turner slugs two home runs vs. Giants Tuesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:02 am ET) Dodgers second baseman Justin Turner went 2 for 4 with two solo home runs in his team's 4-2 win over the Giants Tuesday.

Turner had just one home run in 35 September at-bats coming into Tuesday but put his team on the board with a first-inning blast and followed it up with another in the eighth. Turner has hit .333/.397/.482 with seven home runs, 41 RBI and six stolen bases in 282 at-bats.


Zack Greinke tosses eight two-run innings in win vs. Giants
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:01 am ET) Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke earned a win Tuesday, allowing two earned runs on six hits in eight innings while striking out five and walking none in his team's 4-2 victory over the Giants.

Greinke (16-8) pitched very well after being staked to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, but his one blemish came against the opposing pitcher, with Madison Bumgarner slugging a two-run home run. He hadn't surrendered a home run in four straight starts before Bumgarner's blast. Greinke owns a 2.74 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 201:42 K:BB ratio in 197 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Rockies in the season finale, but the Dodgers could choose to save him for the playoffs depending on how the next few days go.


Madison Bumgarner serves up three blasts in loss Tuesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:01 am ET) Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner took a loss Tuesday, allowing four earned runs on six hits in 7 1/3 innings while striking out six in his team's 4-2 defeat against the Dodgers.

Bumgarner (18-10) took his first loss since Aug. 8 thanks to three home runs by the Dodgers. The starter dominated from the second inning through the seventh, but he gave up two blasts in the first inning to fall behind 3-0 before surrendering another in the eighth to give the Dodgers an insurance run. Bumgarner owns a 2.98 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 219:43 K:BB ratio in 217 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to close the season out Sunday against the Padres but could be held for the one-game Wild Card round.


Edwin Encarnacion homers, drives in four runs Tuesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2014) Blue Jays designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion went 2 for 3 with a walk, a home run and four RBI in his team's 10-2 victory over the Mariners Tuesday.

Encarnacion drove home a run with a single in the first inning and picked up a second RBI with a bases-loaded walk during a seven-run fifth inning. He then capped his night with a two-run home run in the sixth. Encarnacion has hit .272/.359/.561 with 34 home runs and 97 RBI in 460 at-bats.


Dalton Pompey slugs first home run Tuesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2014) Blue Jays outfielder Dalton Pompey went 1 for 3 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 10-2 win over the Mariners Tuesday.

Not only did Pompey hit his first career home run Tuesday, but it came off Mariners ace Felix Hernandez. It was just his fourth hit in 22 at-bats over 12 appearances with the major-league club.


Nelson Cruz launches 40th home run Tuesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2014) Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz went 3 for 5 with a solo home run in his team's 5-4 win over the Yankees Tuesday.

Cruz knocked his major-league-leading 40th home run in the fifth inning to put his team up 5-1, and they were able to hang on for a win in the later innings. It's his first career 40-homer season. Cruz has hit .270/.334/.529 with 107 RBI in 596 at-bats.


Pat Neshek takes loss vs. Cubs Tuesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2014) Cardinals pitcher Pat Neshek was stuck with a loss Tuesday, giving up one earned run on two hits and one walk in 1 2/3 innings while striking out three in his team's 4-3 walkoff defeat against the Cubs.

Neshek (7-2) pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning but gave up a one-out double in the 10th, with the runner advancing to third base on a groundout. After an intentional walk, the reliever surrendered a single to bring home the game-ending run. Neshek owns a 1.49 ERA, 0.72 WHIP and 68:9 K:BB ratio in 66 1/3 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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