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Jason Hammel scheduled to return Thursday against Texas


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:33 am ET) Athletics pitcher Jason Hammel will return to the starting rotation on Thursday against the Rangers, MLB.com reports. Hammel missed his previous turn to attend the birth of his child. He owns a 3.54 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP over 170 1/3 innings of work.

Ricky Nolasco gets roughed up by Twins


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:20 am ET) Twins pitcher Ricky Nolasco took another step back Monday night at home against the Diamondbacks, dropping to 5-12 on the year. He was shelled for five runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out five over 4 2/3 innings of a 6-2 defeat.

Nolasco owns a 5.47 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP over 26 starts (153 innings). He will make his final start of the season Saturday at Detroit.


Derek Holland picks up second win of the season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) Rangers pitcher Derek Holland improved to 2-0 with a solid outing Monday night at home against Houston. He allowed three runs -- two earned -- on seven hits and one walk while striking out two over seven innings of a 4-3 victory.

Holland owns a 1.31 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP over five starts (34 1/3 innings). His final start of the season will come Saturday at home against Oakland.


Nick Tropeano gets hit hard in loss to Texas


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) Astros pitcher Nick Tropeano was hit hard in a loss to the Rangers in Arlington on Monday, dropping to 1-2 on the year. He allowed four runs on five hits and two walks while striking out three over 6 2/3 innings of a 4-3 defeat.

Tropeano owns a 3.78 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP over three starts (16 2/3 innings). His final start of the season will come Sunday in New York against the Mets.


Danny Duffy goes six scoreless in first game back from injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) Royals pitcher Danny Duffy turned in an impressive performance Monday night against the Indians in Cleveland, improving to 9-11 on the year. Making his first start back from a left shoulder injury, he allowed six hits and two walks while striking out five over six scoreless innings.

Duffy owns a 2.32 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP over 147 1/3 innings of work. He will make his final start of the regular season on Saturday against the White Sox.


Michael Pineda spins 7 1/3 innings of one-hit ball


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda got back on track with a gem Monday night at home against Baltimore, improving to 4-5 on the year. He allowed one hit and one walk while striking out eight over 7 1/3 scoreless innings of a 5-0 victory.

Pineda owns a 1.93 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP over 12 starts (70 innings). He will look to end the season at .500 on Sunday against the Red Sox in Boston.


Wei-Yin Chen suffers fifth loss of the season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen took the loss Monday night against the Yankees in New York, dropping to 16-5 on the year. He allowed four runs -- two earned -- on six hits and two walks while striking out four over six innings of a 5-0 defeat.

Chen owns a 3.56 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP over 30 starts (179 2/3 innings). His final start of the regular season will come Sunday in Toronto.


J.A. Happ gets back on track Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ got back on track with a dominant outing Monday night at home against Seattle, improving to 11-10 on the year. He allowed two runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out five over seven innings of a 14-4 victory.

Happ owns a 4.27 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP over 151 2/3 innings of work. He will look to end the year two games over .500 on Sunday at home against Baltimore.


James Paxton gets shelled for nine runs in loss to Toronto


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) Mariners pitcher James Paxton failed to make it past the third inning in a loss to the Blue Jays on Monday, dropping to 6-4 on the year. He coughed up nine runs -- eight earned -- on seven hits and six walks while striking out one over 2 2/3 innings of a 14-4 defeat.

Paxton owns a 3.03 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP over 12 starts (68 1/3 innings). He will make his final start of the regular season on Saturday at home against the Angels.


Kyle Lobstein goes seven strong in loss to White Sox


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) Tigers starting pitcher Kyle Lobstein bounced back with a quality start but was charged with the loss Monday night against the White Sox. He allowed two runs on five hits and one walk while striking out five over seven innings of a 2-0 defeat.

Lobstein owns a 3.38 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP over 34 2/3 innings of work. He will make his final appearance of the regular season Saturday at home against Minnesota.


Chris Bassitt blanks Tigers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) White Sox pitcher Chris Bassitt picked up his first career win Monday night against the Tigers in Detroit. He allowed six hits and one walk while striking out three over 7 2/3 scoreless innings of work in a 2-0 victory.

Over his last three starts covering 17 1/3 innings, Bassitt has allowed four earned runs. He owns a 3.65 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP over 24 2/3 innings of work. He will make his final start of the season on Sunday against Kansas City.


Matt Shoemaker not expected to pitch in final week of season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) Angels manager Mike Scioscia told reporters the chances of pitcher Matt Shoemaker pitching in the final week of the regular season are "very remote," per MLB.com on Monday. Shoemaker won seven straight decisions before going down with a strained oblique. His status for the postseason remains uncertain. 

Collin McHugh shut down for final week of season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) The Astros have shut down pitcher Collin McHugh for the remainder of the season, according to the Houston Chronicle on Monday.

McHugh was expected to make one final start before the end of the season, but it appears the team wanted to take a cautious approach with his workload. McHugh ends his season with an 11-9 record in 25 starts. He posted a 2.73 ERA, a 1.02 WHIP with a 157:41 K:BB ratio over 154 2/3 innings pitched.


Roenis Elias shut down for 4-6 weeks


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) Mariners pitcher Roenis Elias was diagnosed with a strained flexor bundle in his left elbow, according to ESPN on Monday. His season will come to an end, as the team will shut him down for 4-6 weeks. Elias posted a 3.85 ERA and 143:64 K:BB ratio in 163 2/3 innings.

Tommy Milone could return Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) Twins pitcher Tommy Milone threw approximately 30-35 pitches in a bullpen session on Monday. Milone, who missed Sunday's start with neck stiffness, could return to the mound as early as Thursday, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Rehabbing Taylor Guerrieri eager to return


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/22/2014) 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.


Roenis Elias could still pitch in relief


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/22/2014) 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.


CC Sabathia throwing for first the time since surgery


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) 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
(9/22/2014) 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.


Ivan Nova hoping to return in May


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/22/2014) Yankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova, who had Tommy John surgery in late April, hasn't had any setbacks so far and is aiming to return in May, manager Joe Girardi told the Wall Street Journal. He began a throwing program in late August.

Chris Young out of rotation for now


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/22/2014) Mariners starting pitcher Chris Young will not make his scheduled start Thursday at Toronto, according to MLB.com, though manager Lloyd McClendon didn't rule out him starting in the playoffs should the Mariners advance.

"I think he's probably out of gas from the starting standpoint," McClendon said. "Having said that, 8-10 days from now, who knows."

Though Young has been a key part of the Mariners' success this season, he has struggled in his last five starts, compiling an 8.35 ERA. His 165 innings this year are 50 more than he had last year and his most since he had 173 for the Padres in 2007. He will work out of the bullpen for now.


Masahiro Tanaka gets good reviews


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/22/2014) Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka said he felt no pain in his right elbow after making his first start in more than three months Sunday against Toronto.

"Obviously, I'm very relieved," Tanaka said through a translator. "I don't exactly remember when, but gradually, as the game went on, I guess I stopped thinking about it."

Pitching coach Larry Rothschild was pleased as well, according to MLB.com.

"His warmups were really good. The sim games, the last one, the warmups were OK. Today there was a difference and you could see it right away in the force with which he threw the ball and the quickness to his arm, all of the things that you saw before he went on the DL. Warming up today, you could see it."

Tanaka will make another start Saturday at Boston to give the Yankees an even better indication if he can avoid surgery to repair the partially torn UCL in his right elbow.

"It's possible that he can get through this for quite a while. It's possible that it comes up and bites him, and that's it," Rothschild said. "We're hopeful that's it's the earlier scenario and that he's going to be fine and have a nice, long career with no problems."


Hisashi Iwakuma blames 'bad balance'


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/22/2014) Coming off a stretch of six straight shaky starts during which he has compiled a 9.12 ERA, Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma blamed his struggles on mechanics, according to the Seattle Times -- specifically, not landing properly on his plant leg.

"I'm physically healthy," Iwakuma said through interpreter Antony Suzuki. "There's no issue with that. This late in the season, we're all tired and feel fatigued at times, so we're trying to overcome that. But like I said the other day in Anaheim, it's more the balance for myself. I'm still kind of working on making my adjustments because of my bad balance. I'm not able to get ahead early in the count and that's kind of messing up my game plan."

Manager Lloyd McClendon is getting frustrated with Iwakuma's performance with the team fighting to make the playoffs for the first time since 2001.

"I'm not sure," McClendon said. "I'd be lying if I said I wasn't concerned. He had six days' rest. I thought he'd be a lot sharper today."


Danny Duffy set for Monday start


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/22/2014) Danny Duffy was in the Royals' starting lineup for Monday's game versus the Indians, as expected. He had his last two turns in the rotation skipped, as he recovered from inflammation in his left shoulder.

Orioles shuffle starting rotation


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/22/2014) The Orioles will start right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez at the Yankees on Tuesday, allowing them to stick to their plan of giving each of their starting pitchers an extra day of rest heading into the postseason.

"There's a fine line between not having enough rest and having too much rest, so we're trying to have every guy that pitches get one extra day before the start," manager Buck Showalter told the Baltimore Sun. “We're going to try to give everybody, so you're not too far away from the ball but you get a little extra rest. They all seem to respond well to that."

While left-hander Wei-Yin Chen will start Monday at the Yankees, right-hander Chris Tillman won't start again until Friday at Toronto. Miguel Gonzalez will start the team's final game Sunday at Toronto.

As of now, Bud Norris and Kevin Gausman are scheduled to start Wednesday's and Thursday's games at the Yankees, but that could change. Jimenez could end up making a second start before season's end.


 
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Fan Poll

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%

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