Jeremy Jeffress
Rangers' Jeremy Jeffress: Makes return from restricted list with solid outing
Jeremy Jeffress, RP, TEX
8:54 AM
News: Jeffress tossed 1.1 scoreless innings in his return from the restricted list Monday.

Jeffress' performance this week will likely determine if he'll be added to Texas' bullpen mix for the first round of the postseason that begins next week.

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Darrell Ceciliani
Blue Jays' Darrell Ceciliani: Enters Monday for first time in 15 games
Darrell Ceciliani, CF, TOR
7:44 AM
News: Ceciliani entered Monday's game versus the Yankees as a pinch runner, but did not play the field or get an at-bat.

Monday marked the first time Ceciliani has stepped between the lines since Sept. 9. After striking out in his only at-bat of the month, the outfielder didn't appear in the team's next 15 games, the longest such stretch in Ceciliani's short MLB career. Simply put, the 26-year-old is only on the team because of roster expansions, and he's not expected to contribute during the final weeks.

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Russell Martin
Blue Jays' Russell Martin: Produces in feisty loss to rival Yanks
Russell Martin, C, TOR
7:32 AM
News: Martin went 0-for-3 with two walks, an RBI and scored a run in Monday's win over the Yankees.

Aside from racking up a few stats Monday, Martin was also an active participant in a pair of bench-clearing skirmishes. More important to fantasy owners, the struggling catcher notched his first RBI and first run since Sept. 20. Although Martin is hitting just .164 this month, he's been able to stay afloat due to good plate discipline. The veteran owns a decent .313 OBP thanks in part to the 15 walks he's drawn in September.

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Mike Trout
Angels' Mike Trout: Homers in win over Athletics
Mike Trout, CF, LAA
3:28 AM
News: Trout hit a solo homer and walked twice in a 2-for-2 game Monday against the A's.

Trout has a ridiculous 21:19 BB:K in 23 games this season as he has continued to demolish American League pitching even as his Angels limp to the finish line. He owns a .312/.465/.545 line with four home runs and six stolen bases to close the season, neatly in line with his .318/.441/.560 marks for the full season. Trout's team may be eliminated, but he still deserves consideration for MVP honors with his performance.

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Andrew Bailey
Angels' Andrew Bailey: Picks up sixth save against Athletics
Andrew Bailey, RP, LAA
3:18 AM
News: Bailey earned his sixth save with a scoreless ninth Monday against Oakland.

Bailey is a perfect six-for-six in save opportunities since taking over Sept. 4 and has only given up three runs since then, all in a non-save situation. He has just six strikeouts in 9.1 innings, but has walked just one batter. Given his past experience as closer and his success this September, expect somebody to give him a shot to either close or play a setup role come 2017.

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Sean Manaea
Athletics' Sean Manaea: Gives up one run over seven innings in no-decision
Sean Manaea, SP, OAK
3:10 AM
News: Manaea allowed one run on four hits and a walk with three strikeouts over seven innings in a no-decision Monday against the Angels.

Manaea had a 4.73 ERA and 1.31 WHIP on Aug. 17, but he is closing the season on a high note. In his past five starts, he hasn't allowed more than one earned run, and he owns a 0.64 ERA and 0.78 WHIP with a 27:8 K:BB in 28.1 innings. Perhaps most importantly, Manaea had allowed 18 home runs in his first 19 appearances; in his five outings since, he has surrendered just a pair.

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Jaime Garcia
Cardinals' Jaime Garcia: Lasts one inning, takes 13th loss against Reds
Jaime Garcia, SP, STL
3:02 AM
News: Garcia (10-13) lasted just one inning and allowed two runs on four hits in a loss Monday to the Reds.

Brandon Phillips stole third base off Garcia, who didn't appear to look him back at all, and that may have been the real reason why Garcia wasn't even allowed back for the second inning -- after all, he threw just 21 pitches, and worse first innings have been endured. Garcia hasn't won a game since Aug. 16; in eight starts since, he has a 7.36 ERA, 1.64 WHIP, and 0-5 record. His season will all but certainly end with a 4.67 ERA in 32 starts, the worst of his career as a regular starter.

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Tim Adleman
Reds' Tim Adleman: Earns third win against Cardinals
Tim Adleman, SP, CIN
2:56 AM
News: Adleman (3-4) allowed just two runs on four hits and struck out four over seven innings in the win Monday over St. Louis.

Adelman has three quality starts in his past four outings and has allowed more than three runs just once in 12 starts this season. He pitches to contact and has just a 6.0 K/9, and his lack of swing and miss stuff probably limits him to a mid-rotation ceiling. Still, Adelman is having a breakout age 28 season, and with the Reds containing few sure thing starting pitchers, he's putting himself in great position to win a job in 2017.

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Steve Selsky
Reds' Steve Selsky: Homers in five-hit game against St. Louis
Steve Selsky, RF, CIN
2:54 AM
News: Selsky homered, drove in four and scored twice in a 5-for-5 game Monday against the Cardinals.

Selsky had just nine major league hits in 18 games entering Monday. The 27-year-old 33rd-round pick had himself a night he'll never forget. Unfortunately, he has struck out an absurd 15 times in just 39 plate appearances (38.4 percent). He hit .280/.363/.459 in 85 games for Cincinnati's Triple-A squad this year, but his power has been inconsistent in the minors. He'll need to show he can put the ball over the fence consistently if he wants a sustained chance at a major league role in the future.

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Adam Duvall
Reds' Adam Duvall: Blasts two homers against Cardinals
Adam Duvall, LF, CIN
2:48 AM
News: Duvall homered twice, scored four runs and knocked in five in a 4-for-6 game Monday against the Cardinals.

Duvall now has three multi-homer games this season and his five RBI marks his most of the campaign. He is hitting .242/.296/.505 this season, and despite his obvious power, his brutal 38:155 K:BB seems likely to restrict him to a role player, as he doesn't provide much when he isn't mashing the ball over the fence.

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