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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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1Steve Pearce, BAL, 1B14
2Drew Storen, WAS, RP12
3Derek Holland, TEX, SP10
4Wilmer Flores, NYM, SS10
5Xander Bogaerts, BOS, SS9
6A.J. Pollock, ARI, CF9
7Adam Lind, TOR, DH9
8Alejandro De Aza, BAL, LF9
9Drew Hutchison, TOR, SP8
10Juan Uribe, LAD, 3B8
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1Mat Latos, CIN, SP-10
2Hyun-Jin Ryu, LAD, SP-9
3Chris Davis, BAL, 1B-9
4Martin Prado, NYY, 2B-7
5Dustin Pedroia, BOS, 2B-7
6Brock Holt, BOS, 3B-7
7Giancarlo Stanton, MIA, RF-6
8Michael Wacha, STL, SP-6
9David Wright, NYM, 3B-6
10Drew Smyly, TB, SP-6
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Jason Kipnis, Zach Walters remain sidelined Saturday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4:12 pm ET) Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis and outfielder Zach Walters are not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Twins.

Kipnis left Thursday's game with a hamstring injury, but manager Terry Francona expressed optimism that he would be able to return this weekend. Walters has been dealing with an intercostal strain and may be able to pinch hit if needed.


Kevin Gausman to test finger Sunday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3:51 pm ET) Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman said Saturday that the blister on his middle finger feels better, and he'll throw Sunday to test it, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Gausman developed the blister in the first inning but didn't come out of the game until after his fifth frame. He expects to be good to go to make his next start.


Eduardo Escobar out Saturday, plays catch
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3:49 pm ET) Twins infielder Eduardo Escobar is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Indians.

Escobar played catch before the game at a distance of about 100 feet, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. He hasn't played since Tuesday due to a jammed shoulder.


Juan Lagares, Kirk Nieuwenhuis out of lineup Saturday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3:46 pm ET) Mets outfielders Juan Lagares and Kirk Nieuwenhuis are not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Braves.

Lagares has been sidelined since Tuesday with a hyperextended elbow. Nieuwenhuis passed a kidney stone Thursday and remains day-to-day.


Nationals activate Ryan Zimmerman from DL
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3:12 pm ET) The Nationals activated outfielder Ryan Zimmerman from the disabled list Saturday.

Zimmerman has been sidelined since July 22 with a hamstring injury. Multiple injuries have limited him to 195 at-bats this season, and he owns a .282/.345/.456 line with five home runs and 36 RBI.


Nick Markakis remains out of lineup Saturday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3:10 pm ET) Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Red Sox.

Markakis has been out since Tuesday while recovering from a shoulder injury. He has hit .272/.336/.375 with 12 home runs and 44 RBI in 621 at-bats.


Evan Gattis, Jason Heyward out of lineup Saturday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3:04 pm ET) Braves catcher Evan Gattis and outfielder Jason Heyward are not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Mets.

Gattis hasn't played since Sept. 7 as he continues to deal with a kidney stone. Heyward injured his thumb Wednesday and hasn't played since.


Cubs juggle rotations plan for final week
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2:59 pm ET) The Cubs have swapped two scheduled starters for next week's series against the Cardinals, with Kyle Hendricks now scheduled to pitch Tuesday and Jake Arrieta moving to Wednesday, MLB.com reports.

The change was made to give Hendricks one extra start before the end of the season, as he'll be lined up to pitch the season finale Sunday.


Edwin Encarncion has mild back inflammation, starts Saturday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:52 pm ET) A precautionary MRI on the injured back of Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion revealed that he is dealing with minor inflammation, Sportsnet reports.

Encarnacion slugged his 33rd home run of the season Friday and is back in the starting lineup Saturday, so the minor injury hasn't cost him playing time. He has hit .262/.350/.552 with 33 home runs and 89 RBI in 446 at-bats.


Adam Lind out of lineup Saturday with back issue
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:32 pm ET) Blue Jays designated hitter Adam Lind is out of the starting lineup Saturday due to a back issue, Sportsnet reports.

Lind's back locked up, leaving him likely unavailable for Saturday's matchup with the Yankees, but he should be fine in a day or two. He has hit .321/.384/.489 with six home runs and 38 RBI in 274 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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