Delino DeShields
Rangers' Delino DeShields Jr.: Not starting Friday
Delino DeShields, LF, TEX
5:39 PM
News: DeShields is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the A's.

DeShields has put together a solid .275/.354/.374 line over 112 games this season. He's also managed to steal 29 bases and score 72 runs in that time. However, despite his production, it's possible that DeShields could see less time in the lineup as the season comes to a close. With Carlos Gomez back in full health, the Rangers may opt to platoon DeShields in left field with Nomar Mazara.

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Boog Powell
Athletics' Boog Powell: Dealing with swollen knee
Boog Powell, CF, OAK
5:21 PM
News: Powell had an MRI on his knee and is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Rangers, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Friday will mark the fifth consecutive game in which Powell has been withheld from the starting lineup, and it appears that a knee issue is the cause for his absence. Fortunately, the MRI came back negative, so Powell avoided incurring structural damage. As long as his knee's swelling is reduced, Powell would like to return before the season comes to an end. Chad Pinder is starting in center field and hitting seventh Friday night with Powell out.

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Brett Gardner
Yankees' Brett Gardner: Not starting Friday
Brett Gardner, LF, NYY
3:13 PM
News: Gardner (shoulder) is out of the lineup Friday against the Blue Jays.

The Yankees had Thursday off, but Gardner will sit out Friday so that his shoulder can have a bit more time to recover after being hit by a pitch in Wednesday's contest. At this point in time, he should be considered day-to-day. Clint Frazier will start in left field and hit ninth in Friday's series opener against Toronto.

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Steve Pearce
Blue Jays' Steve Pearce: Remains out Friday
Steve Pearce, LF, TOR
3:09 PM
News: Pearce (back) is out of the lineup for Friday's game versus the Yankees.

Teoscar Hernandez will hit leadoff and start in left field yet again as Pearce remains out with a back injury. Having missed 13 consecutive games, the Blue Jays haven't given any indication as to when Pearce will be set to return.

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Seth Smith
Orioles' Seth Smith: Sitting again Friday
Seth Smith, RF, BAL
2:20 PM
News: Smith is not in the lineup for Friday's game against Tampa Bay.

Although the right-handed Alex Cobb is starting for the Rays, the Orioles will keep Smith out of the lineup for the fifth consecutive game. Smith has played 12 games since the start of September, over which he's gone just 3-for-29 (.103). Austin Hays will get the nod to patrol right field Friday with Smith out of the lineup.

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Willie Calhoun
Rangers' Willie Calhoun: Playing time dries up
Willie Calhoun, LF, TEX
9:24 AM
News: Calhoun didn't appear in the Rangers' 4-2 win over the Mariners on Thursday.

Calhoun has been glued to the bench for the past four games, as the returns of Adrian Beltre (hamstring), Carlos Gomez (ankle) and Nomar Mazara (quadriceps) from injuries have pushed the top prospect to the bench. Until the Rangers are officially eliminated from playoff contention, it's not expected that Calhoun will pick up consistent at-bats.

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Carlos Gomez
Rangers' Carlos Gomez: Plates two in return to lineup
Carlos Gomez, CF, TEX
8:28 AM
News: Gomez went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI during Thursday's win over Seattle.

Gomez doubled in a pinch-hit appearance Tuesday, so it was encouraging to see him have another strong outing in his first full game back since missing time with an ankle injury. The outfielder has been limited to just 101 games this season, but he's still provided a fantasy punch when healthy with 17 homers, 51 RBI, 13 stolen bases, 51 runs and a .256/.342/.468 slash line. Gomez has the potential to finish the season strong, too.

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Shin-Soo Choo
Rangers' Shin-Soo Choo: Hits 20th homer
Shin-Soo Choo, RF, TEX
8:10 AM
News: Choo went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored during Thursday's win over Seattle.

It's been another solid cross-category showing from the veteran outfielder, as Choo is now up to 20 homers, 75 RBI, 12 stolen bases and 93 runs with a .264/.359/.421 slash line. Those numbers move the needle in the majority of settings, and Choo's role in the top third of the Texas lineup has helped his fantasy floor and game-to-game consistency.

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Mike Trout
Angels' Mike Trout: Reaches base four times
Mike Trout, CF, LAA
2:57 AM
News: Trout went 2-for-2 with a pair of walks and a run scored in Thursday's 4-1 loss to the Indians.

Trout's bat has uncharacteristically gone cold this month, as he has gone just 15-for-61 (.246) through 18 September starts. In true superstar fashion, he has still provided fantasy value during his hitting slump with two homers, six steals and 14 runs scored.

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Nicky Delmonico
White Sox's Nicky Delmonico: Still dealing with wrist pain
Nicky Delmonico, LF, CHW
9/21/2017
News: Delmonico admitted to dealing with "a little pain here and there" and his right wrist, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Delmonico added that he's feeling better since he received a cortisone shot last week, but his production has fallen off since he was activated from the 10-day disabled list. He's batting .179 (7-for-39) over 12 games. Delmonico thinks the wrist issue will clear up once the season is over, which doesn't sound very promising for his immediate fantasy value.

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