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1Mike Fiers, MIL, RP48
2Carlos Carrasco, CLE, RP28
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4Tsuyoshi Wada, CHC, SP25
5Matt Shoemaker, LAA, SP17
6Norichika Aoki, KC, RF16
7Kyle Hendricks, CHC, SP15
8Jason Vargas, KC, SP14
9Carl Crawford, LAD, LF13
10Michael Cuddyer, COL, RF11
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2Jesse Hahn, SD, SP-23
3Troy Tulowitzki, COL, SS-17
4Charlie Morton, PIT, SP-14
5Jed Lowrie, OAK, SS-12
6J.P. Arencibia, TEX, C-12
7Shelby Miller, STL, SP-10
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Zach Walters on the verge of mattering
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6:36 pm ET) For the fourth time with the Indians and the seventh time in 72 big-league at-bats this year, Zach Walters homered Thursday. And judging by his 29 homers in 487 at-bats at Triple-A last year and his 17 homers in 268 at-bats at Triple-A this year, it's something he'll continue to do.

Though he's been playing DH for the Indians, Walters' most important attribute is that he's eligible at shortstop. Offensive production as a whole is scarce at the position, and power hitting especially.

So it's a match made in Fantasy heaven, at least in theory -- the same one that had Fantasy owners flocking to Javier Baez upon his arrival.

But while Baez has long been touted as a face-of-the-franchise type, Walters was just a spare part for the Nationals -- one easily expended at the trade deadline. While the disparity no doubt says something about Walters' upside, it may say even more about his downside. Quite simply, his shortcomings may prove to be more than he can overcome.

He's a swing-at-anything type, striking out more than 100 times more than he walked at Triple-A last year. He hit only .253 as a result, which doesn't bode well for his chances in the majors. If you need cheap homers, he's a sneaky way to get them out of a middle infield spot. Just don't expect much more than a .200 batting average from him.


Zach Walters officially on home run binge
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6:35 pm ET) Indians infielder Zach Walters continued his home run binge Thursday against the Twins. 

Walters struck in the fifth inning. He took an 89 mph cutter from Phil Hughes out to right for the solo shot. He finished 1 for 3, with one run scored and one RBI. Walters struck out in his other two at-bats. Walters has now homered in four of his last eight games.


Stolmy Pimentel to start rehab assignment Thursday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6:20 pm ET) Pirates reliever Stolmy Pimentel will begin a rehab assignment Thursday, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Pimentel will throw one inning with the Double-A club in Altoona. He'll start Thursday's game and toss an inning. Pimentel has been out since August 13 with an ankle injury. He's posted a 5.40 ERA over 31 2/3 innings. 


Brandon Belt says he'll be back this season
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6:14 pm ET) Giants first baseman Brandon Belt said he expects to be back before the end of the season, according to 95.7 The Game.

Belt will be re-evaluated in three weeks. He's been out since August 6 due to concussion-related issues. Belt has hit .237/.296/.446 over 186 at-bats. 


Brandon McCarthy hitting his stride
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6:11 pm ET) Brandon McCarthy has had a wild career, hasn't he? Between the minor-league accolades, the early struggles with the White Sox and Rangers, the eventual breakthrough with the Athletics, the career-threatening head injury and the disastrous stay in Arizona, nailing down just who he is has been an exercise in futility.

Which is why I don't mind just riding the wave with him.

The signs for what he's doing now where there even before joining the Yankees. He may have had a 3-10 record and 5.01 ERA in 18 starts with the Diamondbacks, but he also had a 3.82 FIP, which estimates what a pitcher's ERA really should be. And that FIP would have been even lower if not for a suspiciously high home run rate for a pitcher who induces as many ground balls as he does.

I'll admit I didn't put much stock in that argument at the time of the trade, believing McCarthy's FIP was inflated by a couple of high-strikeout games earlier in the season and that the home runs would only increase in Yankee Stadium. Instead, the strikeouts have become more frequent and the home runs less frequent.

It culminated with a complete-game shutout Thursday afternoon against the Astros, his fifth start in eight as a Yankee with seven or more strikeouts. Looks like the Athletics version of McCarthy is back.


Angels acquire Gordon Beckham from White Sox
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5:40 pm ET) The Angels have acquired second baseman Gordon Beckham from the White Sox Thursday, according to the Los Angeles Times

Beckham has hit .221/.263/.336 over 390 at-bats. In return, the White Sox will receive a player to be named later or cash. 


Joey Votto calls out his critics
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5:36 pm ET) Reds first baseman Joey Votto responded to comments that he's not tough enough to play, according to MLB.com.

Votto stressed that he's dealing with a serious injury, and tried to play through the pain earlier in the season. He reiterated that he didn't ask to be injured, and would return as soon as he's healthy.

"The second I’m capable of playing and I’m no longer injured, I’ll be back on the field," Votto said. "In the meantime, you can assume I’m injured. I shouldn’t get some sort of different treatment, as if this is — I’ve noticed little comments here and there and just a general perception that this is something I elected to do. I didn’t elect to be injured. I am injured. People get injured. I am injured. What can I do? At some point I’ll be back playing like I was playing before."

Votto has been sidelined since July 5 with a quad injury. He's hit .255/.390/.409 over 220 at-bats. 


Yan Gomes left after being hit with deflected ball
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5:31 pm ET) Indians catcher Yan Gomes left Thursday's game after being hit in the head with a deflected ball, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

Gomes was initially taken out with an illness, but that doesn't appear to be the case. The team doctor did not say whether Gomes was dealing with a concussion. He'll continue to be monitored for now. 


Bradin Hagens outrighted from 40-man roster
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5:20 pm ET) Diamondbacks pitcher Bradin Hagens has been outrighted from the 40-man roster, according to azcentral.com.

Hagens posted a 3.95 ERA over two minor-league levels this season. He received a brief stint in the majors, but only pitched 2 2/3 innings. 


David Holmberg called up for start Thursday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5:16 pm ET) Reds pitcher David Holmberg has been called up for Thursday's start against the Braves.

Holmberg has been pegged for the start for a few days, so the move isn't a surprise. He's posted a 4.64 ERA over 87 1/3 innings at Triple-A.


 
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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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