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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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1Wilmer Flores, NYM, SS16
2Derek Holland, TEX, SP11
3Jake Marisnick, HOU, RF9
4Alexi Amarista, SD, SS9
5Norichika Aoki, KC, RF8
6Ricky Nolasco, MIN, SP8
7Josh Collmenter, ARI, SP7
8Wilin Rosario, COL, C6
9Drew Storen, WAS, RP6
10David Freese, LAA, 3B6
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1Martin Prado, NYY, 2B-12
2Glen Perkins, MIN, RP-10
3Juan Lagares, NYM, CF-10
4Matt Shoemaker, LAA, SP-9
5Nolan Arenado, COL, 3B-8
6Roenis Elias, SEA, SP-7
7Hyun-Jin Ryu, LAD, SP-6
8Mike Minor, ATL, SP-6
9Tyson Ross, SD, SP-5
10Giancarlo Stanton, MIA, RF-5
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Wei-Yin Chen suffers fifth loss of the season
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:33 pm ET) Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen took the loss Monday night against the Yankees in New York, dropping to 16-5 on the year. He allowed four runs -- two earned -- on six hits and two walks while striking out four over six innings of a 5-0 defeat.

Chen owns a 3.56 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP over 30 starts (179 2/3 innings). His final start of the regular season will come Sunday in Toronto.


J.A. Happ gets back on track Monday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:31 pm ET) Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ got back on track with a dominant outing Monday night at home against Seattle, improving to 11-10 on the year. He allowed two runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out five over seven innings of a 14-4 victory.

Happ owns a 4.27 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP over 151 2/3 innings of work. He will look to end the year two games over .500 on Sunday at home against Baltimore.


James Paxton gets shelled for nine runs in loss to Toronto
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(10:28 pm ET) Mariners pitcher James Paxton failed to make it past the third inning in a loss to the Blue Jays on Monday, dropping to 6-4 on the year. He coughed up nine runs -- eight earned -- on seven hits and six walks while striking out one over 2 2/3 innings of a 14-4 defeat.

Paxton owns a 3.03 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP over 12 starts (68 1/3 innings). He will make his final start of the regular season on Saturday at home against the Angels.


Kyle Lobstein goes seven strong in loss to White Sox
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(10:22 pm ET) Tigers starting pitcher Kyle Lobstein bounced back with a quality start but was charged with the loss Monday night against the White Sox. He allowed two runs on five hits and one walk while striking out five over seven innings of a 2-0 defeat.

Lobstein owns a 3.38 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP over 34 2/3 innings of work. He will make his final appearance of the regular season Saturday at home against Minnesota.


Jake Petricka converts four-out save
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(10:18 pm ET) White Sox closer Jake Petricka struck out one and retired the final four batters in order for the save Monday night in Detroit. He needed 20 pitches to close out a 2-0 victory. Petricka has converted 14 of 18 save chances, with a 2.75 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP over 72 innings of relief.

Chris Bassitt blanks Tigers
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(10:16 pm ET) White Sox pitcher Chris Bassitt picked up his first career win Monday night against the Tigers in Detroit. He allowed six hits and one walk while striking out three over 7 2/3 scoreless innings of work in a 2-0 victory.

Over his last three starts covering 17 1/3 innings, Bassitt has allowed four earned runs. He owns a 3.65 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP over 24 2/3 innings of work. He will make his final start of the season on Sunday against Kansas City.


Michael Taylor dealing with knee injury
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:01 pm ET) White Sox outfielder Michael Taylor has been dealing with a right knee injury, stemmed from a slide last week, according to MLB.com. Taylor underwent an MRI, which came back clean. No word on his availability for the final week of the regular season.

Josh Hamilton not expected back at least until the weekend
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9:30 pm ET) Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton hit off a tee on Monday, as he continues to make progress from injuries to the shoulder and chest. However, manager Mike Scioscia told reporters that Hamilton will remain sidelined at least until the final weekend of the regular season, the Orange County Register reports.

Hamilton is hitting .263/.331/.414 with 10 home runs and 44 RBI in 338 at-bats.

Matt Shoemaker not expected to pitch in final week of season
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9:21 pm ET) Angels manager Mike Scioscia told reporters the chances of pitcher Matt Shoemaker pitching in the final week of the regular season are "very remote," per MLB.com on Monday. Shoemaker won seven straight decisions before going down with a strained oblique. His status for the postseason remains uncertain. 

Collin McHugh shut down for final week of season
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7:55 pm ET) The Astros have shut down pitcher Collin McHugh for the remainder of the season, according to the Houston Chronicle on Monday.

McHugh was expected to make one final start before the end of the season, but it appears the team wanted to take a cautious approach with his workload. McHugh ends his season with an 11-9 record in 25 starts. He posted a 2.73 ERA, a 1.02 WHIP with a 157:41 K:BB ratio over 154 2/3 innings pitched.


 
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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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