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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, SS16
2Jake Marisnick, HOU, RF10
3Derek Holland, TEX, SP9
4Alexi Amarista, SD, SS9
5Norichika Aoki, KC, RF7
6Ricky Nolasco, MIN, SP7
7Wilin Rosario, COL, C6
8Josh Collmenter, ARI, SP6
9Chris Coghlan, CHC, LF6
10Logan Morrison, SEA, 1B6
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1Glen Perkins, MIN, RP-10
2Juan Lagares, NYM, CF-10
3Martin Prado, NYY, 2B-9
4Matt Shoemaker, LAA, SP-9
5Nolan Arenado, COL, 3B-8
6Roenis Elias, SEA, SP-7
7Giancarlo Stanton, MIA, RF-6
8Hyun-Jin Ryu, LAD, SP-6
9Tyson Ross, SD, SP-5
10Mat Latos, CIN, SP-5
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David Freese sidelined Tuesday with back issue
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7:10 pm ET) Angels third baseman David Freese is not in the starting lineup Tuesday due to a minor back issue, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Freese is suffering from some tightness in the middle of his back. He has hit .260/.321/.383 with 10 home runs and 55 RBI in 454 at-bats.


Howie Kendrick back in lineup Tuesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7:01 pm ET) Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick returned to the starting lineup Tuesday.

Kendrick was held out of Monday's game with a hamstring injury. He returns to a .292/.347/.395 line with seven home runs, 72 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 600 at-bats.


Abraham Almonte remains sidelined Tuesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6:19 pm ET) Padres outfielder Abraham Almonte is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Rockies.

Almonte hasn't started since last Wednesday as he continues to deal with the affereffects of an ankle sprain. He has hit .230/.275/.333 with three home runs and 15 RBI in 204 at-bats.


Astros announce rotation plans for final series
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6:17 pm ET) The Astros named the team's probable starters for the final series of the season this weekend against the Mets, MLB.com reports.

Brad Peacock will get the start Friday as expected, while Samuel Deduno is slated to take the mound Saturday. Nick Tropeano has been tabbed to make the team's final start Sunday.


Jurickson Profar to be shut down for 2-3 months
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6:13 pm ET) Rangers infielder Jurickson Profar is expected to be shut down for two-to-three months, FOXSportsSouthwest.com reports.

Profar has been sidelined the entire season due to shoulder injuries, and he's expected to visit with multiple doctors this offseason in an attempt to get healed up before the beginning of the 2015 season.


Blue Jays set rotation plans, send Marcus Stroman to bullpen
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6:10 pm ET) The Blue Jays have named Daniel Norris the starter for Thursday's game against the Orioles, with Marcus Stroman being sent to the bullpen upon his return from suspension, MLB.com reports.

Red Sox scratch Xander Bogaerts, Will Middlebrooks Tuesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6:06 pm ET) The Red Sox scratched infielders Xander Bogaerts and Will Middlebrooks from the starting lineup Tuesday. Bogaerts is still dealing with neck stiffness, while Middlebrooks has a sprained right hand, the Boston Herald reports.

Jenrry Mejia to undergo sports hernia surgery next week
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6:02 pm ET) Mets closer Jenrry Mejia is scheduled to undergo sports hernia surgery on Oct. 2, ESPNNewYork.com reports.

Mejia has pitched with the injury through the second half of the season, and he should remain available over the final week before having the procedure. He owns a 3.77 ERA and 94:40 K:BB ratio in 90 2/3 innings along with 27 saves.


Steve Pearce's return pushed back to Thursday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:56 pm ET) Orioles outfielder Steve Pearce will take batting practice Wednesday before potentially returning to the lineup Thursday, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Pearce, who has been recovering from a wrist injury, had been aiming for a Wednesday return. He has hit .297/.376/.557 with 20 home runs and 48 RBI in 327 at-bats.


Jonathan Papelbon returns from suspension
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:52 pm ET) Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon returns from a seven-game suspension Tuesday, and he'll immediately slide back into a ninth-inning role, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

"He’s our closer right now, as we speak," manager Ryne Sandberg said.

Papelbon was ejected after making an obsence gesture to the crowd upon blowing a three-run lead in his last outing. The league later slapped him with a seven-game suspension. Papelbon owns a 2.10 ERA and 61:15 K:BB ratio in 64 1/3 innings to go with 37 saves.


 
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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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