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5Jordy Mercer, PIT, SS13
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5Mat Latos, CIN, SP-9
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Drew Storen slams door Tuesday, Nationals earn NL East crown
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:53 pm ET) Nationals closer Drew Storen earned his seventh save Tuesday, pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning to slam the door on the team's 3-0 win over the Braves and give the Nationals the team's second division title in three years.

Storen needed just seven pitches to make quick work of the Braves in the ninth inning Tuesday, and he's now delivered 15 scoreless innings since giving up his last earned run at the beginning of August. Storen owns a 1.23 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 42:11 K:BB ratio in 51 1/3 innings.


Aaron Harang strikes out eight in loss vs. Nationals
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:50 pm ET) Braves pitcher Aaron Harang took a loss Tuesday, giving up two earned runs on five hits and two walks in seven innings while striking out eight in his team's 3-0 defeat against the Nationals.

Harang (11-11) delivered five scoreless innings before serving up a two-run home run in the sixth, and it would be all the scoring the Nationals would need to win the game and clinch the NL East title. Harang owns a 3.68 ERA and 149:67 K:BB ratio in 190 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Pirates Monday.


Tanner Roark leads Nationals to division-clinching win
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:50 pm ET) Nationals pitcher Tanner Roark earned a win Tuesday, giving up just five hits in seven scoreless innings while striking out four and walking none as the Nationals clinched the NL East crown with a 3-0 victory over the Braves.

Roark (14-10) had given up a home run in each of his four starts since tossing seven scoreless innings on Aug. 20, but he was able to keep the ball in the park and duplicate the excellent line Tuesday. He owns a 2.85 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 137:39 K:BB ratio in 192 1/3 innings. Roark is slated to face the Marlins Sunday in what should be penultimate start of the regular season.


Juan Lagares hyperextends elbow Tuesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8:37 pm ET) Mets outfielder Juan Lagares left Tuesday's game against the Marlins with a hyperextended right elbow, the team announced.

Lagares went 0 for 2 at the plate and had to come out prior to the beginning of the fifth inning. The hitless performance gives him a .281/.321/.382 line with four home runs, 47 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 416 at-bats.


Drew Pomeranz to fill in for Jason Hammel Saturday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8:26 pm ET) Athletics pitcher Jason Hammel will miss Saturday's scheduled start due to the birth of his second child, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Drew Pomeranz will make a spot start in his place.

Hanley Ramirez scratched Tuesday with strained elbow
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7:30 pm ET) Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez was scratched from Tuesday's starting lineup due to an elbow strain.

Ramirez has been on fire at the plate lately, going 9 for 17 over his last five games. He has hit .278/.362/.445 with 13 home runs, 69 RBI and 14 stolen bases.


Matt Shoemaker to miss next scheduled start
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7:28 pm ET) Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker will miss Saturday's scheduled start due to a strained oblique, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Shoemaker described the strain as "very mild," but the team will move ahead cautiously. He could make one more regular-season start if he recovers well enough over the next several days.


Seth Smith scratched from lineup with hamstring tweak
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7:25 pm ET) Padres outfielder Seth Smith was scratched from Tuesday's starting lineup due to a tweaked hamstring, U-T San Diego reports.

Smith is just 1 for 23 over his last seven games. He has hit .266/.367/.444 with 12 home runs and 44 RBI in 414 at-bats.


Joaquin Benoit could return Friday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7:13 pm ET) Padres clsoer Joaquin Benoit will throw a bullpen session Wednesday and could return to action as early as Friday, U-T San Diego reports.

Benoit has been out since Aug. 26 while recovering from a shoulder injury. He owns a 1.58 ERA and 60:14 K:BB ratio in 51 1/3 innings.


Nick Castellanos scratched from lineup with foot issue
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7:09 pm ET) Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos was a late scratch from Tuesday's starting lineup due to left foot soreness, the team announced.

Castellanos fouled a ball off his left foot in Monday's game, and the team has decided to let him rest the injured foot Tuesday rather than risk further injury. The third baseman has hit .266/.313/.405 with 10 home runs and 60 RBI in 496 at-bats.


 
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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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