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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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1Steve Pearce, BAL, 1B14
2Drew Storen, WAS, RP12
3Wilmer Flores, NYM, SS10
4Xander Bogaerts, BOS, SS9
5Derek Holland, TEX, SP9
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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Freddie Freeman lacking home-run power in recent weeks
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10:50 am ET) Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman has managed just one home run since Aug. 15.

Freeman maintains great overall numbers while playing virtually every inning of every game for the Braves this season, but only five of his 18 home runs have come in the second half. Despite the relative lack of power, he soared in August, hitting .330/.444/.476 in 103 at-bats. Overall, Freeman has hit .290/.387/.469 with 18 home runs and 73 RBI in 576 at-bats.


Logan Morrison excelling on road trip
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10:43 am ET) Mariners first baseman Logan Morrison has swung a hot bat during the team's current road trip, going 6 for 14 with two doubles and a home run in four games.

Morrison has been particularly productive in his last 10 games, going 11 for 29 while smacking three home runs and chipping in a stolen base Friday. His recent hot streak has boosted his OPS over .700 for the first time since the All-Star break. Morrison has hit .251/.306/.396 with nine home runs, 33 RBI and five stolen bases in 303 at-bats.


Welington Castillo out of lineup Saturday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10:09 am ET) Cubs catcher Welington Castillo is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Dodgers.

Castillo left Friday's game in the first inning with a rib injury. He has hit .238/.299/.382 with 11 home runs and 42 RBI in 361 at-bats.


Indians optimistic Jason Kipnis returns this weekend
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10:04 am ET) Indians manager Terry Francona is optimistic that second baseman Jason Kipnis will return to action this weekend, MLB.com reports.

Kipnis is day-to-day with a hamstring injury after exiting Thursday's game. However, he felt much better by the time he got to the ballpark Friday. "He showed up and actually exhibited pretty good strength," Francona said Friday before the game. "He's sore enough where we're not going to play him today. We would see about tomorrow, but I think we're more in that range, as opposed to four or five days. I think when you say 'day to day,' we really are legitimately day to day."


Mike Zunino knocks 21st home run Friday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:58 am ET) Mariners catcher Mike Zunino went 2 for 5 with a three-run home run in his team's 10-5 win over the Astros Friday.

Zunino broke a 1-1 tie with his fourth-inning blast, putting his team up for good and earning a critical win as the Mariners chase a potential Wild Card berth. Despite displaying quality power numbers this season, Zunino has struggled to consistently deliver hits. He owns a .199/.256/.409 line with 21 home runs and 57 RBI in 413 at-bats.


Alex Avila still out of lineup Saturday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:55 am ET) Tigers catcher Alex Avila remains out of the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Royals.

Avila reportedly felt "disoriented" after taking some swings in the batting cages recently, and his post-concussion symptoms may end up keeping him sidelined for the rest of the regular season. The Tigers are concerned about the catcher, ESPN reports.


Kennys Vargas blasts ninth home run Friday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:51 am ET) Twins desginated hitter Kennys Vargas went 2 for 5 with a solo home run in his team's 5-4 win over the Indians Friday.

Vargas has homered twice in his last three games while delivering six hits in 14 at-bats. On the negative side, he added three strikeouts to his two hits Friday. Vargas owns a .295/.310/.495 with nine home runs and 37 RBI in 190 at-bats.


Oswaldo Arcia swats 19th home run Friday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:49 am ET) Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia excelled in his return to action Friday, going 3 for 4 with a home run and two RBI in his team's 5-4, 10-inning victory over the Indians.

Arcia put the first run of the game on the board in the third inning, slugging a solo home run to right field. He then added an RBI single in the seventh inning to bring his team within one before the Twins plated a runner in the ninth and another in the 10th to pick up a walkoff win. Arcia has hit .237/.308/.469 with 19 home runs and 54 RBI in 337 at-bats.


Michael Brantley slugs 20th home run Friday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:45 am ET) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley went 2 for 5 with a solo home run in his team's 5-4 loss to the Twins Friday.

Brantley also added a double while extending his hitting streak to 10 games. He's also collected at least one hit in 22 of his last 23 games. Setting career highs virtually across the board in 2014, Brantley has delivered his first 20-20 campaign this year, hitting .322/.380/.502 with 20 home runs, 95 RBI and 22 stolen bases in 584 at-bats.


Logan Forsythe slugs sixth home run Friday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:41 am ET) Rays second baseman Logan Forsythe went 2 for 3 with a double, a home run and three RBI in his team's 4-3 defeat against the White Sox.

Forsythe hadn't collected an extra-base hit since homering on Aug. 14, but he was swung a hot bat Friday, driving in two runs with a first-inning double before smacking a solo home run in the fourth inning to put his team up 3-0. Unfortunately, that was all the offense they'd find, leading to a loss after the White Sox scored four times in the fifth inning. Forsythe has hit .231/.296/.343 with six home runs, 26 RBI and two stolen bases in 286 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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