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Stephen Strasburg continues strong late-season stretch


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(4:22 pm ET) Stephen Strasburg tossed seven scoreless innings against the Marlins on his way to his 13th win of the season on Sunday. In holding the Marlins to just three hits and two walks, Strasburg turned in his eighth start out his last 11 in which he has allowed no more than one earned run.

Strasburg struck out five batters in the Nationals' 2-1 victory. He improved his record to 13-11 and his ERA to 3.23. He is next scheduled to face the Marlins again on Friday.


Carlos Beltran putting off elbow surgery


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(4:07 pm ET) According to MLB.com, Carlos Beltran has opted not to have surgery on his right elbow until after the season, opening up the possibility that he could play during the regular season's final week. Beltran has reported feeling more pain recently as a result of bone spurs in the elbow, and he was too sore to start Sunday's game against the Blue Jays.

However, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said, "We're going to wait to see if he can help us any time in the course of this week because we're still fighting." Beltran last played on Friday, serving as the Yankees' designated hitter against the Blue Jays.


Marcell Ozuna sustains ankle sprain


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(3:51 pm ET) Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna left Sunday's game against the Nationals after turning over his right ankle running into second base. According to the Palm Beach Post, X-rays on Ozuna's ankle were negative, and he has been diagnosed with a sprain.

Right fielder Enrique Hernandez shifted to center field to replace Ozuna, while Garrett Jones replaced Hernandez defensively.


Xander Bogaerts exits early with stiff neck


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(3:44 pm ET) Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts left Sunday's game at the Orioles in the bottom of the second inning, and according to MassLive.com, he had a stiff neck. Jemile Weeks replaced Bogaerts in the game.

Bogaerts made just one plate appearance, and he grounded out.


Chris Sale to be limited to one more start


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(3:38 pm ET) Chris Sale had his next start pushed back from Tuesday to Wednesday, as reported by MLB.com, eliminating the possibility of him making two starts in the season's final week. Wednesday's outing against the Tigers will be Sale's final start of the 2014 season.

Scott Carroll will toe the slab for the White Sox in a spot start on Tuesday. Sale will enter his final start with a 12-4 record and a 2.20 ERA.


Anibal Sanchez could be activated this week


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(3:21 pm ET) MLive.com reports that Anibal Sanchez pitched a simulated game on Sunday, and he could return to the Tigers' pitching staff as soon as Wednesday. The date of Sanchez's activation from the disabled list depends on how well he feels on Monday.

It is not yet known what Sanchez's role will be when he returns, but Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said he has discussed the possibility of both starting and relief roles with Sanchez. The last time Sanchez made a relief appearance was in his 2006 rookie season with the Marlins.

Sanchez has been out since Aug. 8 with a pectoral injury.


Marcus Stroman serving reduced suspension


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(3:05 pm ET) MLB.com reports that Marcus Stroman dropped his appeal of a suspension for throwing near the head of Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph in a Sept. 15 start. The suspension was reduced from six games to five games, and he began serving it on Sunday.

Stroman will miss his next scheduled start on Thursday against the Mariners, but he will be able to start one of the games in the Blue Jays' weekend series against the Orioles.


Mets may shut down Jacob deGrom after Sunday start


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(2:55 pm ET) According to the Newark Star-Ledger, Sunday's start at the Braves could be the last of the season for the Mets' Jacob deGrom. Coming into Sunday's game, deGrom had made 21 starts totalling 134 1/3 innings. Adding in his work at Triple-A Las Vegas, deGrom has pitched 172 2/3 innings this season, which is 25 1/3 innings more than his previous high.

Manager Terry Collins told the Star-Ledger the team would make a decision regarding deGrom's status after Sunday's game.


Red Sox shuffle rotation for final week


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(2:25 pm ET) WEEI.com reports that Brandon Workman and Rubby De La Rosa have been removed from the Red Sox's rotation for the final week of the season. Clay Buchholz, Anthony Ranaudo and Allen Webster are set to make starts against the Rays, and then Joe Kelly and Buchholz will start the last two games of the team's season-ending series against the Yankees.

Friday's starter in the series opener against the Yankees is still to be named, but Steven Wright is a candidate to get the nod. Wright has posted a 3.38 ERA in five relief appearances this season.


Angel Pagan, Michael Morse could miss next series


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(2:12 pm ET) According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the Giants may have to do without Angel Pagan and Michael Morse for their upcoming three-game series against the Dodgers, which begins on Monday.

Pagan missed Saturday's game -- his fourth absence over the last five games -- with a back injury, and he was out of the starting lineup again for Sunday's game at the Padres. Morse was out for Saturday and Sunday as well, as he hurt his oblique in Friday's game. That was Morse's only appearance since Aug. 31, as an oblique injury had kept him out all month.


Chris Dominguez set to make first start


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(1:59 pm ET) For the first time in his major league career, Chris Dominguez is in the Giants' starting lineup. He is listed as the team's left fielder, as Gregor Blanco was shifted to center field to fill in for the injured Angel Pagan (back).

Dominguez has already appeared in three games for the Giants, and he batted .274 with 21 home runs and 21 stolen bases for Triple-A Fresno.


Alex Rios' season is over


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(1:39 pm ET) The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Rangers outfielder Alex Rios has been shut down for the remainder of the season. Rios has been out since Sept. 4 with an infected thumb.

Rios played 131 games for Texas this season and hit .280 with four home runs, 54 RBI, 54 runs and 17 stolen bases.


Domonic Brown still out of the lineup


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(1:32 pm ET) Domonic Brown was not in the Phillies' starting lineup for Sunday's game at the Athletics, as Grady Sizemore got the start in left field. Brown had missed the previous two games with a right wrist injury.

Juan Uribe makes speedy return


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(1:08 pm ET) After missing Saturday's game with a minor side injury, Juan Uribe was back in the Dodgers' starting lineup for Sunday's series finale at the Cubs. He was penciled in as the team's third baseman, hitting in the seventh spot in the order.

Collin McHugh ready to make Sunday start


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(12:58 pm ET) Collin McHugh was listed as the Astros' starting pitcher for Sunday's series finale against the Mariners. He left his most recent start, which was on Monday against the Indians, after sustaining a contusion to his left forearm.

Jason Kipnis to return from two-game absence


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(12:46 pm ET) Jason Kipnis was in the Indians' starting lineup as the team's designated hitter for Sunday's game at the Twins. He missed the last two games due to a hamstring injury.

Dallas Keuchel done for 2014


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(12:34 pm ET) The Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros will shut down starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel for the remainder of this season. Keuchel made what turned out to be his final start on Saturday, holding the Mariners to one run over eight innings and picking up a win.

The lefty, who has the highest ground ball rate of all qualifying starters in the majors, finishes his third season with the Astros with a 12-9 record and 2.93 ERA.


Jacoby Ellsbury intends to return this season


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(12:27 pm ET) MLB.com reports that Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is working with trainers on a plan that would enable him to play before the end of the season. He missed Saturday's game against the Blue Jays with a hamstring injury and was out of Sunday's starting lineup as well.

An MRI revealed that Ellsbury sustained a mild right hamstring strain, and Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he would receive "a few days off" before the team would assess the situation.


Masahiro Tanaka back from DL stint


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(12:12 pm ET) Masahiro Tanaka was activated from the 15-day disabled list in order to start Sunday's game for the Yankees against the Blue Jays. He has been out for more than two months with a partially torn UCL.

Sore shoulder keeps Nick Markakis sidelined


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(12:06 pm ET) Nick Markakis was not in the Orioles' starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Red Sox. He has not played since Tuesday, when he was hit in the shoulder by an Aaron Loup pitch.

According to MLB.com, X-rays showed that Markakis did not sustain any structural damage to his shoulder, but he continues to deal with soreness in the area where he was hit.


Welington Castillo returns from rib injury


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(11:56 am ET) After missing Saturday's game with a rib injury, catcher Welington Castillo was back in the Cubs' starting lineup for Sunday's contest against the Dodgers. Castillo sustained the injury in Friday's game.

Adam Lind still out with back issue


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(11:43 am ET) For the second game in a row, Adam Lind was out of the Blue Jays' starting lineup with a back injury. Dan Johnson got the start at first base for Sunday's game at the Yankees.

Lind remains day to day with the injury.


Nationals rest several regulars


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(11:36 am ET) For their Sunday matchup at the Marlins, the Nationals left Ian Desmond, Denard Span, Jayson Werth and Wilson Ramos out of their starting lineup. Ryan Zimmerman, who made his return from a two-month hiatus due to a hamstring injury on Saturday, was also not in Sunday's lineup.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis ready to return for finale


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(11:22 am ET) After missing the last two games, Kirk Nieuwenhuis was in the Mets' starting lineup for Sunday's series finale at the Braves. Nieuwenhuis had been out due to passing a kidney stone on Thursday.

Dilson Herrera still out on Sunday


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(11:18 am ET) Dilson Herrera was out of the Mets' lineup for Sunday's game at the Braves. He exited Saturday's contest with a leg injury. Wilmer Flores got the start at second base in place of Herrera.

 
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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%

Total Votes: 3,689