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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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1Steve Pearce, BAL, 1B14
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5David Wright, NYM, 3B-8
6Brock Holt, BOS, 3B-8
7Giancarlo Stanton, MIA, RF-7
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Mark Buehrle struggles through start Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9:59 pm ET) Blue Jays pitcher Mark Buehrle struggled against the Yankees Friday.

Buehrle allowed five runs on eight hits over six innings. He struck out three and walked two during the outing. The Yankees got to Buehrle pretty early. A run-scoring single by Brian McCann in the first inning opened up the scoring. After a scoreless second, Buehrle had issues in the third and fourth innings. To start the third, Buehrle gave up a single to Ichiro Suzuki. Jacoby Ellsbury followed that up with a two-run homer. Ellsbury struck again in the fourth inning. With the bases loaded, he knocked in two more runs on a single. 

With the loss, Buehrle dropped to 12-10. He’ll take on the Mariners in his next start.


Hiroki Kuroda picks up the win Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9:58 pm ET) Yankees pitcher Hiroki Kuroda turned in a strong start Friday against the Blue Jays.

Kuroda allowed three runs, two earned, on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out seven and did not issue any walks during the outing. Kuroda got himself in trouble during the first inning. After a leadoff double, Kuroda gave up a two-run blast against Edwin Encarnacion. He would settle in over the next three innings, but allowed another run in the fifth. After a throwing error put a runner on third, Kuroda gave up a run-scoring groundout. Since the run scored due to the error, it was unearned.

With the win, Kuroda improved to 11-9. He’ll take on the Orioles in his next start. 


Jacoby Ellsbury heading for MRI
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9:56 pm ET) Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury will head for an MRI, according to the New York Daily News.

Ellsbury left Friday's game with a hamstring issue. He was removed in the fifth inning, and will be sent for an MRI in order to determine the severity of the injury. 


Kirk Nieuwenhuis takes a breather after passing kidney stone
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9:13 pm ET) Mets outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis was held out of action Friday night against the Braves, one day removed from passing a kidney stone, MLB.com reports.

Nieuwenhuis told the manager he's available as a pinch hitter and could be back in action a early as Saturday. He is hitting .242 with three homers and 14 RBI over 99 at-bats.


Jacoby Ellsbury leaves game early Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8:55 pm ET) Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury left Friday's game early.

Ellsbury appeared to injury his hamstring, though the team has not officially announced an injury. He left the game at the start of the fifth inning. He finished 2 for 3, with two runs scored and three RBI. Earlier in the contest, Ellsbury slugged his 16th home run. 


Domonic Brown scratched Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8:15 pm ET) Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown has been scratched from his Friday start, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The team has yet to announce why Brown has been scratched from the start. He will be replaced by Grady Sizemore. 


Glen Perkins shut down with arm issue
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8:05 pm ET) Twins reliever Glen Perkins has been shut down due to a forearm strain and nerve irritation, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

The news is actually somewhat positive for Perkins. His throwing elbow and UCL have no damage at this time, and he's expected to be ready for Spring Training. Perkins finished the year with a 3.65 ERA over 61 2/3 innings. 


A.J. Ellis adds a pinch of power Friday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7:42 pm ET) Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis added a pinch of power Friday afternoon against the Cubs, homering twice and plating four runs in a 14-5 victory.

Ellis launched a two-run home run in the opening frame off Eric Jokisch. With two outs in the third inning, Ellis took Jokisch deep again for a two-run shot. He finished 2 for 4 with a walk, three runs scored and four RBI. He is hitting .193 with three homers and 23 RBI over 264 at-bats.

Michael Morse still a no-go Friday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7:32 pm ET) Giants outfielder Michael Morse was held out of the starting lineup Friday night in San Diego. Morse has been sidelined since Aug.31 because of a strained oblique, and remains without a timetable for return. Morse hit .280/.338/.477 with 16 home runs and 61 RBI in 436 at-bats.

Angel Pagan back at leadoff spot Friday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7:30 pm ET) Giants outfielder Angel Pagan returned to the leadoff spot Friday night in San Diego. Pagan was sidelined since Sunday because of back injuries. He hit .302/.342/.391 with three home runs, 27 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 381 at-bats prior to the injury.

 
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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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