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    1Bartolo Colon, NYM, SP2
    2Nick Martinez, TEX, SP2
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    4Nick Markakis, BAL, RF1
    5Michael Pineda, NYY, SP1
    6R.A. Dickey, TOR, SP1
    7Alfredo Simon, CIN, SP1
    8Curtis Granderson, NYM, RF1
    9Henderson Alvarez, MIA, SP1
    10Clay Buchholz, BOS, SP1
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    2David Freese, LAA, 3B-3
    3Joc Pederson, LAD, LF-3
    4Tyson Ross, SD, SP-2
    5Jacob deGrom, NYM, SP-2
    6Marcell Ozuna, MIA, CF-2
    7Shelby Miller, STL, SP-2
    8Matt Shoemaker, LAA, SP-2
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    Red Sox want to talk extension with Yoenis Cespedes
    by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
    (9/29/2014) Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington told MLB.com the team plans to discuss a contract extension with outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, who hit .260 with 22 homers and 100 RBI. Cespedes is owed $10.5 million next season, the final year of his contract.

    Josh Donaldson says his knee feels more 'stable'
    by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
    (9/29/2014) Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson, who's been dealing with a knee injury, said he's encouraged because it feels more "stable" than it did the past couple days, reports CSNCalifornia.com. Donaldson should be in the lineup when Oakland visits the Royals in Tuesday's Wild Card game.

    Kirk Nieuwenhuis to stay in the hospital longer
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    (9/29/2014) Updating an earlier report, Mets outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis is expected to remain in the hospital the next few days while undergoing tests related to the infection he contracted, reports Newsday.

    Tanner Roark expected to come out of the bullpen
    by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
    (9/29/2014) Nationals pitcher Tanner Roark is expected to be used as a reliever in the NLDS despite going 15-10 with a 2.85 ERA in 31 starts this season, reports MLB.com.

    Mariners bring Jesus Montero back to 40-man roster
    by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
    (9/29/2014) The Mariners activated designated hitter Jesus Montero from the suspended list, which puts him back on the 40-man roster. Montero was suspended after getting into an altercation in late August with a team employee in the minors.

    Corey Hart designated for assignment
    by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
    (9/29/2014) The Mariners designated Corey Hart for assignment. The designated hitter had six homers and 23 RBI in 232 at-bats.

    Wade Miley, Josh Collmenter 'are locks' for Arizona rotation in 2015
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (9/29/2014) New Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart said Monday starting pitchers Josh Collmenter and Wade Miley "are locks" for the rotation in 2015, according to FOX Sports Arizona. Stewart added the team will "have a nice competition for the other spots."

    A's reliever Eric O'Flaherty (elbow) throws live BP Monday
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (9/29/2014) Athletics reliever Eric O'Flaherty threw live batting practice Monday after missing eight days due to a sore elbow, according to Yahoo! Sports.

    Offseason foot surgery not needed for Red Sox OF Allen Craig
    by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
    (9/29/2014) Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington told reporters that outfielder Allen Craig will not need surgery to repair his foot, per MassLive.com.

    Craig suffered Lisfranc tear which interrupted his 2013 season and led to a disappointing .215 batting average in 2014. He is hopeful that a full offseason will have his foot back at 100 percent.

    "He's just focused on having a good offseason," Cherington said. "I think we've done everything we can to make sure that the foot is OK going forward. No further testing needed."


    Red Sox 3B Will Middlebrooks chooses not to play winter ball
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (9/29/2014) Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks will forgo playing winter ball and instead spend the offseason in Dallas working out in prep for the 2015 season, according to The Providence Journal.

    The Red Sox wanted Middlebrooks to make up for some of the at-bats he lost this season due to injury. However, Middlebrooks decided it was best for him to work on being 100 percent by spring training.

    "He’s made a decision he’s going to focus on other things," general manager Ben Cherington said. "He feels like he can address what he needs to address without playing winter ball, so that’s the decision that he’s made. Ultimately, the offseason belongs to the players."


     
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    Which of these third basemen would you want on your teams for the second half?

    Nolan Arenado, Rockies
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    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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