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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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Most Added Players
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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
10Chris Coghlan, CHC, LF6
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1Martin Prado, NYY, 2B-12
2Juan Lagares, NYM, CF-10
3Matt Shoemaker, LAA, SP-9
4Glen Perkins, MIN, RP-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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Jed Lowrie back in action Monday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6:07 pm ET) Athletics shortstop Jed Lowrie returned to the starting lineup Monday night against the Angels, one day removed from getting hit in the foot by a pitch, per Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. He is hitting .245 with six homers and 46 RBI over 474 at-bats this season.

Rehabbing Taylor Guerrieri eager to return
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6:05 pm ET) Rays starting pitcher Taylor Guerrieri, who had Tommy John surgery in July 2013, should be recovered for the start of spring training, according to MLB.com, and is ready to get back to being one of the organization's top prospects after a season that was marred by both the injury and a 50-game suspension for a second positive test for a drug of abuse.

"I want to stay healthy," Guerrieri said. "I never want to go through this process again. And I've made great strides in my work ethic, my personality, too. Being injured will definitely humble you. All around, I would say it's a good thing that it happened."

Guerrieri, the 24th overall pick in the 2011, was brilliant in his first stint with the Rays in 2012, compiling a 1.04 ERA, 0.77 WHIP and 7.8 strikeouts per nine innings in 12 starts for short-season Class A Hudson Valley. He wasn't quite as dominant before the injury was discovered in 2013, but he still managed a 2.01 ERA in 14 starts for low Class A Bowling Green.

In five starts rehabilitating at Rookie ball this year, he didn't allow an earned run, striking out 10 in 9 1/3 innings.


Jared Burton named the closer for Arizona series
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5:50 pm ET) Jared Burton is expected to remain the closer for the Twins in their upcoming series against the Diamondbacks, while Glen Perkins works his way back from neck and shoulder injuries. Burton has converted 2 of 3 save chances this season, with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP over 62 innings of work.

Alex Avila no longer dealing with concussion, still awaiting clearance
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5:49 pm ET) Tigers trainer Kevin Rand told reporters that catcher Alex Avila is no longer experiencing  concussion-like symptoms. However, he is still awaiting clearance from Major League Baseball, the Detroit Free Press reports. Avila will not be in the starting lineup Monday night against the White Sox.

Roenis Elias could still pitch in relief
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5:49 pm ET) Though Mariners left-hander Roenis Elias has likely made his last start this season, both because of his sore left elbow and the number of innings he's thrown as a rookie, he could still return as a reliever, according to MLB.com. His role would be limited even if that's the case, though.

"I certainly think he's more than capable, if we decide to put him in the bullpen, of getting a lefty out in a big situation," manager Lloyd McClendon said.


Neftali Feliz back in form
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5:44 pm ET) Rangers closer Neftali Feliz's perfect ninth inning Sunday at the Angels really accentuated how far he's come in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. Though it was his fourth straight perfect appearance, his three strikeouts were as many as he had in his previous seven appearances combined. Better yet, he had the stuff to back it up, according to the Dallas Morning News.

"I really liked the fastball today," interim manager Tim Bogar said. "He was aggressive with it and has shown the confidence to really let it go. When you go through an arm injury, it takes time to get that confidence back. He's back."

Indeed, according to BrooksBaseball.net, Feliz's average fastball velocity is at 95.6 mph in September, up from 93.7 mph in August and 92.9 mph in July. In 2011, his last year as a full-time reliever, it was at 97.3 mph. On Sunday, it was at 97.0 mph.

Feliz had a short response when asked if the Rangers need to shop for a closer this offseason.

"No. I'm 100 percent," he said.


Yankees DFA Josh Outman
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5:28 pm ET) The Yankees designated pitcher Josh Outman for assignment on Monday. Outman registered a 3.28 ERA over 24 2/3 innings of work before he was DFA'd by the Indians. He only pitched 3 2/3 innings before he was DFA'd by the Yankees.

Lisalverto Bonilla will get one last start on Wednesday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5:24 pm ET) Rangers pitcher Lisalverto Bonilla will make his final start of the season Wednesday against the Astros, according to ESPN Dallas. Bonilla is 2-0 with a 4.30 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP over 14 2/3 innings of work this season.

CC Sabathia throwing for first the time since surgery
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5:21 pm ET) Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia threw for the first time since having knee surgery, ESPN New York reports Monday. Sabathia had season-ending surgery in late July before receiving a stem cell injection in early August. He should be fully recovered by spring training.

Anibal Sanchez coming back Tuesday
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5:12 pm ET) The Tigers will activate right-hander Anibal Sanchez from the 15-day DL Tuesday, according to MLB.com. Sanchez, who has been out since Aug. 8 with a strained pectoral, threw a simulated game Sunday. 

Sanchez didn't have a chance to go on a minor-league rehab assignment because of the timing of his recovery, so he'll pitch out of the bullpen.


 
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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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