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Week 26 pitching options
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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
2Drew Storen, WAS, RP13
3Adam Lind, TOR, DH11
4Xander Bogaerts, BOS, SS10
5A.J. Pollock, ARI, CF10
6Alejandro De Aza, BAL, LF10
7Drew Hutchison, TOR, SP9
8Derek Holland, TEX, SP9
9Chris Young, NYY, LF9
10David Freese, LAA, 3B8
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2Mat Latos, CIN, SP-11
3Hyun-Jin Ryu, LAD, SP-10
4Dustin Pedroia, BOS, 2B-8
5David Wright, NYM, 3B-8
6Brock Holt, BOS, 3B-8
7Giancarlo Stanton, MIA, RF-7
8Michael Wacha, STL, SP-7
9Drew Smyly, TB, SP-7
10Jimmy Rollins, PHI, SS-6
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Seth Maness collects one-out save Friday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11:13 pm ET) Cardinals relief pitcher Seth Maness picked up a one-out save Friday night at home against the Reds. Maness need two pitches to force Ryan Ludwick to fly out to center field to close out a 2-1 victory. He owns a 2.70 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP over 76 2/3 innings of work.

John Lackey rediscovers winning path vs. Reds
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11:07 pm ET) Cardinals starting pitcher John Lackey put together a dominant outing to get in the win column Friday night at home against the Reds, improving to 3-2 on the year. He allowed one run on six hits and no walks while striking out five over 7 2/3 innings of a 2-1 victory. Of his 87 pitches, 66 were strikes.

Over his last four starts covering 22 innings, Lackey has allowed 11 earned runs. He owns a 3.86 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP over 30 starts (191 1/3 innings). Lackey will make his final start of the regular season Wednesday in Chicago against the Cubs.

Allen Webster can't win one Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11:04 pm ET) Red Sox pitcher Allen Webster turned in a strong start Friday against the Orioles.

Webster allowed one run on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out three and walked one during the outing. Webster allowed his only run during the third inning. With two outs, Webster walked a batter to load the bases. Nelson Cruz delivered an RBI single, giving the Orioles the lead. Webster would work out of the inning without giving up another run. Webster would settle in after giving up the run, going 2 2/3 scoreless innings before leaving the game.

Webster was in line for the win, but the Orioles mounted a comeback. He earned the no-decision for his efforts. Webster will take on the Rays in his next start. 


Kevin Gausman avoids the loss Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11:03 pm ET) Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman avoided the loss Friday against the Red Sox.

Gausman allowed three runs, two earned, on seven hits over five innings. He struck out three and did not issue any walks during the outing. Gausman was solid early, turning in three straight scoring innings to open the game. Things took a turn in the fourth, as the inning started with two solo home runs. He allowed an additional run in the fifth inning on an error. The run did not count as earned.

The Orioles managed a comeback, giving Gausman a no-decision. He’ll take on the Yankees in his next start.


David Holmberg serves up two homers in loss to Cardinals
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:56 pm ET) Reds pitcher David Holmberg turned in another solid outing but came away with a tough-luck loss Friday night against the Cardinals in St. Louis, dropping to 1-2 on the year.

The opening inning proved to be costly for Holmberg. He permitted solo home runs to Randal Grichuk and Matt Holliday in the opening frame for his only damage of the night. He yielded two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out three over six innings of a 2-1 defeat. Of his 106 pitches, 63 were strikes.

Holmberg owns a 5.25 ERA over 24 innings of work. He will make his final start of the season Thursday at home against Milwaukee.


Zach Putnam gets two out save
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10:55 pm ET) White Sox reliever Zach Putnam picked up a two out save Friday against the Rays.

Putnam entered with a one-run lead, and managed to shut the door. He made things interesting, giving up a hit against his first batter, but managed strikeouts against the next two hitters to end the game. It was Putnam's sixth save of the season.


Jose Quintana wins one Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10:51 pm ET) White Sox pitcher Jose Quintana turned in a strong start Friday against the Rays.

Quintana allowed three runs, one earned, on nine hits over 7 1/3 innings. He struck out six and did not issue any walks during the outing. The Rays started the scoring early, picking up two runs on a first inning error. With two outs, Wil Myers managed to reach on a fielding error by second baseman Marcus Semien. Logan Forsythe then doubled two runs home. Both runs were unearned by Quintana. Forsythe would tag Quintana for an earned run in the fourth inning. He hit a solo home run to leadoff the inning. 

With the win, Quintana improved to 9-10. He’ll take on the Tigers in his next start. 


Jeremy Hellickson turns in rough start Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10:49 pm ET) Rays pitcher Jeremy Hellickson had a rough start Friday against the White Sox.

Hellickson allowed four runs on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings. He struck out one and walked two during the outing. Hellickson got off to a strong start, turning in four scoreless innings to start the game. He seemed to tire in the top of the fifth inning. Hellickson walked the leadoff hitter, and gave up a double to the second batter. Both of those runs came around after two straight run-scoring singles. Avisail Garcia drove in two more runs on a double later in the inning. 

With the loss, Hellickson dropped to 1-4. He’ll take on the Red Sox in his next start. 


Julio Teheran goes seven innings strong in tough-luck loss
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:48 pm ET) Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran hurled seven dominant innings in a tough-luck loss to the Mets at home Friday night, dropping to 13-13 on the year. He permitted two runs on seven hits and no walks while striking out six over seven innings of a 5-0 defeat.

Over his last three starts covering 20 1/3 innings, Teheran has allowed six earned runs. He owns a 2.88 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP over 32 starts (216 innings). Teheran will have one more chance to climb over .500 before the end of the season. That opportunity will come Wednesday at home against Pittsburgh.


Zack Wheeler jumps one game over .500 Friday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:47 pm ET) Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler turned in a gem Friday night against the Braves in Atlanta, improving to 11-10 on the year. The right-hander permitted five hits and two walks while striking out seven over six innings of a 5-0 victory.

Wheeler has permitted just one earned run over his last two starts away from home (12 innings). He owns a 3.49 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP over 31 starts (180 1/3 innings). His final start of the season will come Thursday at Washington.

 
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Fan Poll

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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