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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
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1Steve Pearce, BAL, 1B13
2Drew Storen, WAS, RP12
3Adam Lind, TOR, DH10
4Xander Bogaerts, BOS, SS9
5Derek Holland, TEX, SP9
6A.J. Pollock, ARI, CF9
7Wilmer Flores, NYM, SS9
8Drew Hutchison, TOR, SP8
9Alejandro De Aza, BAL, LF8
10Juan Uribe, LAD, 3B8
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1Mat Latos, CIN, SP-10
2Chris Davis, BAL, 1B-9
3Hyun-Jin Ryu, LAD, SP-8
4Dustin Pedroia, BOS, 2B-7
5Brock Holt, BOS, 3B-7
6Giancarlo Stanton, MIA, RF-6
7Martin Prado, NYY, 2B-6
8Michael Wacha, STL, SP-6
9David Wright, NYM, 3B-6
10Drew Smyly, TB, SP-6
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Jon Lester turns in fantastic start Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:39 am ET) Athletics pitcher Jon Lester turned in a great start Friday against the Phillies. 

Lester allowed one run on five hits over seven innings. He struck out seven and walked two during the outing. Lester gave up his only run in the fourth inning. With one out in the inning, Lester allowed a solo home run against Ryan Howard. The run didn’t impact him too much, as Lester tossed three more scoreless innings before being pulled. 

With the win, Lester improved to 16-10. He’ll take on the Angels in his next start. 


Edwin Encarnacion belts 33rd home run Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:36 am ET) Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion clubbed his 33rd home run Friday against the Yankees. 

Encarnacion struck in the first inning. With a man on, Encarnacion belted an 81 mph slider out to left for the two run shot. He finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and two RBI.


David Buchanan posts quality start in losing effort
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:35 am ET) Phillies pitcher David Buchanan posted another quality start in a losing effort Friday night in Oakland, dropping to 6-8 on the year. The right-hander permitted three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out six over 6 2/3 innings of a 3-1 defeat.

Over his last four starts covering 23 innings, Buchanan has allowed 11 earned runs. He owns a 3.77 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP over 19 starts (112 1/3 innings). His final start of the season will come Thursday in Miami.


Yoenis Cespedes belts home run Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:29 am ET) Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes belted his 22nd home run Friday against the Orioles. 

Cespedes struck in the fourth inning. With the bases empty, Cespedes belted an 80 mph slider out to center for a solo shot. He finished 1 for 5, with one run scored and one RBI. 


David Ortiz clubs two home runs Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:23 am ET) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz belted two home runs Friday against the Orioles.

Ortiz first struck at the start of the fourth inning. With the bases empty, Ortiz clubbed a 92 mph fastball out to right center for a solo shot. He would strike again in the top of the 10th inning. With a man on, Ortiz took an 88 mph fastball out to right for the two-run shot. He would also single earlier in the contest. He finished 3 for 5, with two runs scored and three RBI. 


Kyle Seager hits three-run bomb Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:18 am ET) Mariners infielder Kyle Seager clubbed a three-run homer Friday against the Astros.

Seager struck in the fourth inning. With two men on, he belted an 88 mph sinker out to right center for the three-run shot. Seager also singled earlier in the contest. He finished 2 for 5, with one run scored and three RBI. 


Dustin Ackley belts two home runs Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:15 am ET) Mariners outfielder Dustin Ackley clubbed two home runs Friday against the Astros.

Ackley struck in the third inning. He worked a five-pitch at-bat against Brad Peacock, belting a 79 mph knuckle curve to left. He struck again in the eighth, hitting another solo shot on a 90 mph fastball. Ackley finished 2 for 4, with three runs scored and two RBI. 


Kevin Gausman leaves with blister Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:08 am ET) Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman left with a blister Friday, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Gausman said a blister developed during the first inning, and forced him out of the game after the fifth. He was pulled after throwing 91 pitches. Gausman said the injury didn't bother him while on the mound. 


Edward Mujica picks up a save Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Red Sox closer Edward Mujica picked up his seventh save Friday against the Orioles. 

Mujica entered with a two-run lead, and managed to shut the door. After quickly getting a groundout, Mujica allowed a single against the second batter he faced. That was quickly erased, as he picked up a game-ending double play. It was Mujica's seventh save of the year. 


Brad Peacock struggles Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Astros starter Brad Peacock had a rough start Friday against the Mariners.

Peacock allowed seven runs, two earned, on six hits over 3 1/3 innings. He struck out two and walked four during the outing. Peacock did well in his first two innings, but ran into trouble in the third. Dustin Ackley belted a solo shot off Peacock tying the game 1-1. Things really fell apart in the fourth, though. After two errors put two men on base, Peacock gave up a three-run homer to Mike Zunino. After two walks, he allowed an RBI single against Robinson Cano. Peacock was pulled from the game at that point. The next batter would club a three-run shot. Two of those runs were charged to Peacock, though they were unearned due to the errors.

With the loss, Peacock dropped to 4-9. He’ll take on the Rangers in his next start. 


 
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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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