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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
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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1Chris Davis, BAL, 1B-11
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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Carlos Frias expected to go Sunday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4:40 pm ET) Dodgers pitcher Carlos Frias is expected to start Sunday against the Cubs. 

Frias is coming off a disaster start Wednesday. He allowed eight runs in just two-thirds of an inning. Frias has a 6.58 ERA over 26 innings. 


Hyun-Jin Ryu hoping to begin throwing program
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4:36 pm ET) Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu is hoping to begin throwing this weekend, according to MLB.com.

Ryu will either throw Saturday or Sunday. He received a shot in his shoulder, and will need a few days before his arm feels better. He expressed optimism that he would pitch in the playoffs. 


Welington Castillo leaves game with rib injury
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4:32 pm ET) Cubs catcher Welington Castillo left Friday's game with a rib injury.

Castillo was pulled in the bottom of the first inning, and did not receive a plate appearance. He was replaced by Rafael Lopez. 


Charlie Morton scratched from Sunday start
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4:28 pm ET) Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton has been scratched from his Sunday start, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Morton felt pain during a recent bullpen session and will not start. Vance Worley will get the call Sunday in place of Morton. 


Vance Worley getting a start Sunday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4:23 pm ET) Pirates pitcher Vance Worley will get a start Sunday, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Worley will replace Charlie Morton in the rotation. Morton had some pain during a recent bullpen session, and will be unable to go. Worley has a 3.18 ERA over 96 1/3 innings. 


Jason Heyward out Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4:19 pm ET) Braves outfielder Jason Heyward was not in the team's starting lineup Friday.

Heyward injured his thumb Wednesday, and was sent for an MRI. He will not play Friday, and it's unclear how long the issue will keep him on the bench. 


Paul Konerko able to return Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4:16 pm ET) White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko has returned to action Friday.

Konerko has not played since September 2 due to a hand injury. He will play first base for the White Sox Friday. 


Nick Markakis sits again Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4:13 pm ET) Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis was not in the team's starting lineup Friday.

Markakis is dealing with a shoulder injury. He was initially expected to play Friday, but still had some pain. He's hoping to return to the lineup Saturday. 


Arismendy Alcantara fine for Friday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:03 am ET) Cubs rookie outfielder Arismendy Alcantara has returned to action for the Friday afternoon game against the visiting Dodgers. He had been sidelined since Tuesday with a wrist injury.

Alcantara will try to improve on a stat line of .212/.261/.363.


Shelby Miller OK for next start despite shin bruise
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:42 am ET) Red-hot Cardinals right-hander Shelby Miller has assured that a bruised right shin sustained Thursday against Milwaukee will not affect his preparation for his next start Tuesday against the Cubs.

Miller took a one-hopper off the bat of Ryan Braun in the sixth inning that prompted a visit from the trainer. He finished the inning before coming out of the game after 82 pitches.

The 23-year-old starter has been on a roll with four earned runs allowed in his last 34 innings pitched covering five starts.


 
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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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