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Pedro Alvarez could return for postseason
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10:12 pm ET) Though Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez, who hasn't played since Sept. 5, has been ruled out for the rest of the regular season, he could potentially return for the NLDS if the Pirates advance that far, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune. The Pirates are currently tied with the Giants for the top wild card spot.

Alvarez had lost his starting third base job to Josh Harrison even before the injury, but he had begun transitioning to first base, making five starts there.


Jason Heyward has swelling in the thumb
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10:08 pm ET) Braves outfielder Jason Heyward, who was out of the lineup for a third straight game Sunday against the Mets because of a thumb injury, hasn't been able to grip a bat yet because of swelling in the thumb, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He remains day to day.

Chaz Roe designated for assignment
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10:05 pm ET) The Yankees designated right-hander Chaz Roe for assignment Sunday. Roe made three appearances for them in September, allowing two earned runs on three hits and three walks in two innings.

Astros relievers have hurt obliques
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10:03 pm ET) According to the Houston Chronicle, Astros relievers Darin Downs and Josh Fields are both nursing oblique injuries. Because Downs aggravated a previous injury, he could possibly miss the rest of the season.

Downs last pitched in a game Friday. Fields, who was beginning to earn some save opportunities, hasn't pitched since Sept. 9.


Ryan Vogelsong hurt by poor defense
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8:08 pm ET) Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong took the loss in Sunday's 8-2 defeat to the Padres, but it wasn't all his fault. He allowed four runs (two earned) and four hits over five-plus innings as the Giants committed two errors. Vogelsong struck out five and walked one.

Vogelsong (8-12) has gone seven innings just once in his past seven starts. He'll face the Padres again at home Friday.


Ian Kennedy hits milestone with Padres
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8:03 pm ET) Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy fanned five in an 8-2 victory over the Giants on Sunday, giving him a career-high 201 strikeouts and making him just the fourth San Diego pitcher to fan 200 in a season. Kennedy allowed two runs on five hits and a walk in 6 2/3 innings as he improved to 12-13.

Kennedy, who has a 3.76 ERA, will face the Giants again Friday in San Francisco.


Ryan Rua's first homer is a big one
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7:49 pm ET) Rangers left fielder Ryan Rua belted his first career homer in the ninth inning Sunday to lift Texas to a 2-1 win over the Angels. Rua's solo shot off Huston Street was his first home run in 83 major-league at-bats.

He's hitting .313 with 10 RBI.


A.J. Burnett clobbered Sunday against Athletics
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7:46 pm ET) Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett received plenty of run support Sunday in Oakland, but pitched too poorly to take advantage and came away with a no-decision.

Burnett surrendered six runs on three hits and six walks over 4 1/3 innings. It was his fourth six-walk game of the year. Burnett fanned three along the way. He was all but doomed by a three-run first inning and was knocked out after allowing a two-run double to Geovany Soto in the fifth.

He will try to perform better against Atlanta on Saturday.


Neftali Feliz notches 11th save in 12 chances
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7:43 pm ET) Rangers closer Neftali Feliz pitched a perfect ninth inning, striking out the side, to close out a 2-1 win over the Angels and earn his 11th save in 12 chances. Feliz blew away the Angels on 12 pitches.

He has 20 strikeouts in 28 2/3 innings.


Scott Kazmir struggles continue Sunday against Phillies
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7:41 pm ET) Athletics left-hander Scott Kazmir continued his second-half free-fall Sunday against Philadelphia.

Kazmir yielded six earned runs on 11 hits in 5 1/3 innings with one walk and nine strikeouts to take a no-decision. He has allowed 27 earned runs in his last 28 1/3 innings as his ERA has skyrocketed from 2.37 to 3.63 since late July.

He will try to turn it around Friday in Texas in his final start of the regular season.


 
 
 
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