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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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1Steve Pearce, BAL, 1B14
2Drew Storen, WAS, RP12
3Derek Holland, TEX, SP10
4Wilmer Flores, NYM, SS10
5Xander Bogaerts, BOS, SS9
6A.J. Pollock, ARI, CF9
7Adam Lind, TOR, DH9
8Alejandro De Aza, BAL, LF9
9Drew Hutchison, TOR, SP8
10Juan Uribe, LAD, 3B8
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1Mat Latos, CIN, SP-10
2Hyun-Jin Ryu, LAD, SP-9
3Chris Davis, BAL, 1B-9
4Martin Prado, NYY, 2B-7
5Dustin Pedroia, BOS, 2B-7
6Brock Holt, BOS, 3B-7
7Giancarlo Stanton, MIA, RF-6
8Michael Wacha, STL, SP-6
9David Wright, NYM, 3B-6
10Drew Smyly, TB, SP-6
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Justin Grimm picks up win vs. Dodgers Saturday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:00 pm ET) Cubs pitcher Justin Grimm took home a win Saturday, walking one in a scoreless eighth inning in his team's 8-7 victory over the Dodgers.

Grimm (5-2) needed just 10 pitches to get through the inning despite walking a batter. It was just the second walk he has issued since July 25. Grimm owns a 3.80 ERA and 68:27 K:BB ratio in 66 1/3 innings.


Brian Wilson takes loss Saturday vs. Cubs
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4:58 pm ET) Dodgers pitcher Brian Wilson was hung with a loss Saturday, allowing two earned runs on three hits in two-thirds of an inning in his team's 8-7 defeat against the Cubs.

Tasked with protecting a one-run lead in the eighth inning, Wilson (2-4) surrendered a two-run home run with one out to put the Dodgers behind for good in a game they led 7-2 in the middle of the seventh. Wilson hadn't surrendered an earned run in more than a month heading into Saturday's game. He owns a 4.86 ERA and 54:28 K:BB ratio in 46 1/3 innings.


Felix Doubront chased in third inning vs. Dodgers
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4:54 pm ET) Cubs pitcher Felix Doubront didn't factor into the decision Saturday, allowing six earned runs on six hits and two walks in 2 1/3 innings while striking out two in his team's 8-7 win over the Dodgers.

Doubront gave up just three runs in 18 innings over his first three starts with the Cubs after coming over via trade, but things fell apart Saturday. He surrendered a two-run home run to Alex Gonzalez in the first inning and a three-run blast to Gonzalez in the third as part of the rough start, but the offense came back to take the lead in the eighth. Doubront owns a 5.54 ERA and 51:32 K:BB ratio in 79 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Brewers next Saturday in what would be his final outing of the year.


Roberto Hernandez lasts four innings vs. Cubs Saturday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4:53 pm ET) Dodgers pitcher Roberto Hernandez didn't factor into the decision Saturday, allowing two earned runs on six hits and two walks in just four-plus innings while striking out four in his team's 8-7 loss to the Cubs.

Hernandez threw more than 30 pitches in the first inning, which included a solo home run, and ended up being removed with 88 pitches to his credit after giving up a double and a walk to lead off the fifth. Hernandez owns a 4.08 ERA and 102:69 K:BB ratio in 159 innings. He's scheduled to face the Rockies Friday.


Joe Nathan pulls through for 33rd save Saturday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4:40 pm ET) Tigers closer Joe Nathan gave up two hits Saturday but was able to strand runners on second and third base to earn his 33rd save in his team's 3-2 win over the Royals.

Nathan allowed a pair of one-out singles before a groundout advanced both runners and put the potential tying run just 90 feet away. Nathan was able to get the next batter to ground out to first base and give his team a win, increasing the Tigers' lead to two-and-a-half games over the Royals in the AL Central. Nathan owns a 5.01 ERA and 52:28 K:BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings.


Torii Hunter smashes 17th home run Saturday vs. Royals
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4:36 pm ET) Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter went 2 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 3-2 win over the Royals Saturday.

Hunter put the first run of the game for either side on the board with his shot to left field in the fourth inning. He's recorded two hits in each of his last six games, driving home at least one run in five of them. Hunter has hit .288/.321/.452 with 17 home runs and 81 RBI in 518 at-bats.


James Shields surrenders three runs in loss vs. Tigers
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4:36 pm ET) Royals pitcher James Shields took a loss Saturday, allowing three earned runs on six hits and one walk in 6 2/3 innings while striking out six in his team's 3-2 defeat against the Tigers.

Shields (14-8) entered the seventh inning with the team's locked up 1-1 in the cruicial AL Central battle, but the Tigers recorded three singles and a walk in the inning to bring home two runs and chase the starter from the game. Shields owns a 3.18 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 176:42 K:BB ratio in 221 innings. He'll make his last start of the regular season Thursday hoping his team is still alive in the race for the division crown.


Max Scherzer allows one run in win vs. Royals
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4:36 pm ET) Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer earned a big win Saturday, giving up just one earned run on seven hits and one walk in seven innings while striking out six in his team's 3-2 victory over the Royals.

Scherzer (17-5) held the Royals to only an RBI single in the fifth inning to help Detroit extend the lead for the AL Central title to two-and-a-half games. He threw 113 pitches in the win, giving him 10 straight starts with at least 100 pitches. Scherzer owns a 3.19 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 243:59 K:BB ratio in 214 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Twins Thursday.


Josh Hamilton out of lineup Saturday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4:35 pm ET) Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Rangers. A CT scan of Hamilton's ribcage revealed that he's dealing with inflammation, and he remains day-to-day.

Jason Kipnis, Zach Walters remain sidelined Saturday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4:12 pm ET) Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis and outfielder Zach Walters are not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Twins.

Kipnis left Thursday's game with a hamstring injury, but manager Terry Francona expressed optimism that he would be able to return this weekend. Walters has been dealing with an intercostal strain and may be able to pinch hit if needed.


 
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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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