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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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1Wilmer Flores, NYM, SS12
2Derek Holland, TEX, SP10
3Drew Storen, WAS, RP10
4Steve Pearce, BAL, 1B9
5A.J. Pollock, ARI, CF7
6Xander Bogaerts, BOS, SS6
7Alejandro De Aza, BAL, LF6
8David Freese, LAA, 3B6
9Juan Uribe, LAD, 3B6
10Jake Peavy, SF, SP5
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Player% ±
1Martin Prado, NYY, 2B-9
2Mat Latos, CIN, SP-9
3Hyun-Jin Ryu, LAD, SP-8
4Giancarlo Stanton, MIA, RF-6
5Glen Perkins, MIN, RP-6
6Chris Davis, BAL, 1B-6
7Hector Santiago, LAA, SP-6
8Nolan Arenado, COL, 3B-5
9Jimmy Rollins, PHI, SS-5
10John Lackey, STL, SP-5
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Four-hit game extends torrid month for Matt Kemp
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(7:12 pm ET) Matt Kemp registered his sixth multi-hit game in September with a 4 for 5 effort in the Dodgers' 8-5 win over the Cubs on Sunday. Kemp slugged a two-run homer off Cubs starter Jacob Turner in the third inning, highlighting an afternoon that produced four RBI and a run.

The home run was Kemp's seventh in September and his 23rd of the season. He is now batting .329 (24 for 73) for the month.


Michael Cuddyer slugs 10th home run Sunday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7:10 pm ET) Rockies first baseman Michael Cuddyer went 1 for 4 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 8-3 win over the Diamondbacks Sunday.

Cuddyer has destroyed the Diamondbacks this weekend, going 7 for 14 at the plate and homering in each of his three games played. His big performance included seven RBI in Friday's win before getting Saturday off. Cuddyer has hit .333/.378/.602 with 10 home runs and 30 RBI in 171 at-bats.


Mark Trumbo homers twice vs. Rockies Sunday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7:07 pm ET) Diamondbacks first baseman Mark Trumbo went 2 for 4 with two home runs and three RBI in his team's 8-3 loss to the Rockies Sunday.

Trumbo was the only Arizona hitter to get anything done Sunday, knocking a two-run home run in the sixth inning and following up with a solo blast in the ninth. He's started to get rolling near the end of the season, going 11 for 32 with three home runs and 13 RBI in his last eight games. Trumbo has hit .239/.300/.403 with 11 home runs and 53 RBI in 305 at-bats.


Christian Bergman allows two runs in win Sunday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7:04 pm ET) Rockies pitcher Christian Bergman earned a win Sunday, giving up two earned runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings while striking out three in his team's 8-3 victory over the Diamondbacks.

Bergman (3-4) tossed five scoreless innings as his team jumped out to a 6-0 lead. He then surrendered a two-run home run to Mark Trumbo that ended up not having an impact on the final outcome. Bergman owns a 5.29 ERA and 27:10 K:BB ratio in 49 1/3 innings. He's schedule to close out the season next Sunday against the Dodgers.


Collin McHugh stays hot with win over M's
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(7:03 pm ET) Despite allowing more runs than he had in any start since July 27, Collin McHugh pitched well in the Astros' 8-3 win over the Mariners on Sunday. McHugh yielded three runs over his six innings, and it marked the first time in 10 starts that he allowed more than two runs.

Only five batters reached base against McHugh, and of the four hits he allowed, only Michael Saunders' two-run homer was for extra bases. In addition to issuing only one walk, McHugh struck out six Mariners.

McHugh is set to make one more start this season, which will come next weekend at the Mets. He is now 11-9 with a 2.73 ERA.


Wade Miley surrenders six runs in loss vs. Rockies
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7:00 pm ET) Diamondbacks pitcher Wade Miley took a loss Sunday, allowing six earned runs on eight hits and four walks in 4 1/3 innings while striking out four in his team's 8-3 defeat against the Rockies.

Miley (8-12) surrendered one run in the second inning and two more in the third before the Rockies pushed three more across in the fifth. It's the second time in three games he hasn't finished five innings, though those two outings are his only non-quality starts in his last eight games. Miley owns a 4.35 ERA and 177:72 K:BB ratio in 196 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to make his last start of the season Saturday against the Cardinals.


Hisashi Iwakuma turns in another subpar start
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(6:46 pm ET) Hisashi Iwakuma entered Sunday's game against the Astros looking for his first quality start of September, and he left with his quest unfulfilled. Iwakuma lasted only 4 1/3 innings in the Mariners' 8-3 loss, as he coughed up four runs on six hits and three walks, though he did manage to strike out eight batters.

In his final regular season opportunity to break his slump, Iwakuma will face the Angels on Friday. He heads into that start with a 14-9 record and 3.54 ERA.


Rick Porcello has rare sub-quality start
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(6:37 pm ET) Heading into Sunday's game against the Royals, Rick Porcello had notched 21 quality starts in 29 tries, but he fell short in the Tigers' 5-2 loss. Porcello lasted only 3 1/3 innings for his third-shortest start of the season, and he allowed four runs on nine hits and two walks. He also struck out only one batter.

Porcello is slated to make one final start, as he is scheduled to face the Twins on Friday. He will enter that contest with a 15-12 record and a 3.31 ERA.


Corey Kluber matches career strikeout high
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(6:10 pm ET) Corey Kluber tied a career-best -- one he set in his previous start -- by striking out 14 Twins in the Indians' 7-2 win on Sunday. After getting 14 Ks against the Astros on Tuesday, Kluber repeated the feat and catapulted himself into the major league lead with 258 strikeouts.

Kluber lasted eight innings, holding the Twins to two runs on seven hits and a walk. He is now 17-9 with a 2.53 ERA. The 28-year-old is now set to make his final appearance of the season on Saturday against the Rays.


Jordan Zimmermann suffers bruised pitching shoulder
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6:00 pm ET) Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann suffered a bruised throwing shoulder Saturday when he got hit by a line drive off the bat of Casey McGehee, reports the Washington Post. Zimmermann narrowly avoided being struck in the face.

"It happened so fast, I don't even think my reaction was fast enough to do anything," he said. "It just happened to be that shoulder was in the right spot in the right time."

Zimmermann said his shoulder is sore but he doesn't think it will affect him going forward. It's unclear if he'll make his next scheduled start against the Marlins.


 
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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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