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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
2Derek Holland, TEX, SP10
3Jake Marisnick, HOU, RF9
4Alexi Amarista, SD, SS9
5Ricky Nolasco, MIN, SP8
6Norichika Aoki, KC, RF7
7Josh Collmenter, ARI, SP7
8Drew Storen, WAS, RP6
9C.J. Wilson, LAA, SP5
10Jake Peavy, SF, SP5
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1Martin Prado, NYY, 2B-11
2Juan Lagares, NYM, CF-10
3Matt Shoemaker, LAA, SP-9
4Glen Perkins, MIN, RP-9
5Nolan Arenado, COL, 3B-8
6Hyun-Jin Ryu, LAD, SP-6
7Mike Minor, ATL, SP-6
8Roenis Elias, SEA, SP-6
9Tyson Ross, SD, SP-5
10Giancarlo Stanton, MIA, RF-5
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Player News
Ivan Nova hoping to return in May
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5:05 pm ET) Yankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova, who had Tommy John surgery in late April, hasn't had any setbacks so far and is aiming to return in May, manager Joe Girardi told the Wall Street Journal. He began a throwing program in late August.

Adam Eaton out due to personal matter
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(4:56 pm ET) CSNChicago.com reports that Adam Eaton has been away from the White Sox, as he has been dealing with a family matter. Eaton was away for Sunday's game at the Rays, and he is also out of the starting lineup for Monday's series opener at the Tigers. Moises Sierra is starting in center field in Eaton's absence.

It is not yet known when Eaton will return to the team.


Steve Pearce looking at Wednesday return
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4:55 pm ET) Orioles outfielder Steve Pearce was out of the lineup for a third straight game because of a sore wrist Monday at the Yankees, and according to MASNsports.com, he's not aiming to return until Wednesday.

Pearce, who received a cortisone shot in his wrist Saturday, was red hot before the injury, batting .405 (15 for 37) with four home runs in 11 games.


Brian Dozier to rest after heating up
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(4:44 pm ET) Twins manager Ron Gardenhire left Brian Dozier out of the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Diamondbacks. Doug Bernier got the start at second base in Dozier's place.

Dozier has a modest four-game hitting streak, but it represents his best stretch during an otherwise difficult month of September. He is 7 for 17 (.412) with a home run over the last four games, but prior to that, he was batting .136 for the month.


Chris Young out of rotation for now
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4:42 pm ET) Mariners starting pitcher Chris Young will not make his scheduled start Thursday at Toronto, according to MLB.com, though manager Lloyd McClendon didn't rule out him starting in the playoffs should the Mariners advance.

"I think he's probably out of gas from the starting standpoint," McClendon said. "Having said that, 8-10 days from now, who knows."

Though Young has been a key part of the Mariners' success this season, he has struggled in his last five starts, compiling an 8.35 ERA. His 165 innings this year are 50 more than he had last year and his most since he had 173 for the Padres in 2007. He will work out of the bullpen for now.


Joe Mauer to grab some pine
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(4:37 pm ET) Joe Mauer was left out of the Twins' starting lineup for Monday's game versus the Diamondbacks, as Chris Parmelee got the nod at first base. It is only the third time that Mauer has not started a game since he returned on Aug. 11 after spending time on the disabled list with a strained oblique.

Tyson Ross turns focus to 2015
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4:30 pm ET) Padres starting pitcher Tyson Ross, who missed his last start because of discomfort in his lower forearm, realizes he may have pitched for the last time this season, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

"I think the focus now is the long term, the 2015 season," he said. "I'd like to pitch, but I also need to get ready for next season and pitching deep into October."

Though Ross played catch Thursday and Friday, he hasn't exactly stayed in his routine since the injury, spending much of his time in the training room, which also diminishes his chances of returning this season.

"If he can amass the same number of innings or more next year, they're probably more important than the innings he might pitch the remainder of this week," manager Bud Black said.


Aaron Hicks returns from brief respite
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(4:28 pm ET) Aaron Hicks was in the Twins' starting lineup for Monday's game against the Diamondbacks. He missed the previous two games with a sore back.

Masahiro Tanaka gets good reviews
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4:21 pm ET) Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka said he felt no pain in his right elbow after making his first start in more than three months Sunday against Toronto.

"Obviously, I'm very relieved," Tanaka said through a translator. "I don't exactly remember when, but gradually, as the game went on, I guess I stopped thinking about it."

Pitching coach Larry Rothschild was pleased as well, according to MLB.com.

"His warmups were really good. The sim games, the last one, the warmups were OK. Today there was a difference and you could see it right away in the force with which he threw the ball and the quickness to his arm, all of the things that you saw before he went on the DL. Warming up today, you could see it."

Tanaka will make another start Saturday at Boston to give the Yankees an even better indication if he can avoid surgery to repair the partially torn UCL in his right elbow.

"It's possible that he can get through this for quite a while. It's possible that it comes up and bites him, and that's it," Rothschild said. "We're hopeful that's it's the earlier scenario and that he's going to be fine and have a nice, long career with no problems."


Jason Heyward misses another start
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(4:15 pm ET) Jason Heyward was not in the Braves' starting lineup for Monday's game against the Pirates, as Emilio Bonifacio got the start in right field. Heyward did not play at all during the Braves' three-game weekend series against the Mets due to a thumb injury. He remains day to day.

 
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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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