Albert Pujols exits game with hamstring issue
by Igor Mello |
(9/15/2014) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols left Monday's game against the Mariners with a left hamstring issue, according to USA Today.

Pujols hit a bases-clearing double in the third inning and grabbed the underside of his left thigh as he approached second base, which caused him to leave the game. He is hitting .274/.328/.469 with 26 homers and 97 RBI over 595 at-bats. His status remains uncertain for Tuesday.

Chris Davis to stay fresh in instructional league
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/15/2014) Orioles slugger Chris Davis is expected to report to the organization's spring training complex in Sarasota, Fla., to play in some instructional league games while serving his 25-game suspension, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Davis tested positive for amphetamines and began serving his suspension Sept. 12. Instructional league games begin Monday and end Oct. 7. Davis is eligible to return Oct. 14 -- or Game 4 of the ALCS, provided the Orioles advance that far.

Jose Abreu ties White Sox rookie record
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/15/2014) After going three weeks without a home run, White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu homered for the second time in as many days Sunday against the Twins, finishing 2 for 4 with two RBI. The solo shot in the ninth inning gave him 35 on the season, tying the White Sox rookie record set by Ron Kittle in 1983.

"He's a good hitter so this isn't a surprise that he hit a home run,” manager Robin Ventura told "He's been pretty consistent just as a hitter. The power's going to be there. He went through a little stretch where he wasn't hitting many home runs, but it's there."

In addition to the home runs, Abreu is also batting .322 on the season, including .354 since the beginning of June -- a span of 89 games.

"He's a better hitter than he is a power hitter and he's a heck of a power hitter too, so that’s the way I look at him," teammate Paul Konerko said. "He's not just a slugger."

Stephen Vogt probably won't be back Tuesday
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/15/2014) Athletics first baseman Stephen Vogt, who has been out since Sept. 3 with an ankle injury, is having his timetable pushed back again, according to After being unable to return as hoped for the Athletics' last series at Seattle, he's now unlikely to play Tuesday against the Rangers and isn't particularly close to returning.

"[Saturday] he was a little bit sore, based on what they had him do the day before," manager Bob Melvin said. "But I said from the beginning this may be a while. I'm almost positive he won't be available the day we get back, and a lot of times with these type of things, there is one day that maybe gets you going in the right direction. He's not there yet."

Melvin added that he hopes Vogt will be able to return before the Athletics go on the road again Sept. 5, but that even in an emergency situation, he wouldn't be able to play right now.

Vogt has been swinging a bat, but the Athletics want him to be able to run at full speed before returning.

Hitters to sit in Week 25
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) Thinking about starting Carl Crawford, Kurt Suzuki, Mike Napoli, Rougned Odor, Trevor Plouffe or Javier Baez in Fantasy Week 25 (Sept. 15-21)? You might want to think again.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.

Hitters to start in Week 25
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) Looking for a sleeper hitter for Fantasy Week 25 (Sept. 15-21)? Russell Martin, Steve Pearce, Jed Lowrie, Xander Bogaerts, Josh Rutledge and Michael Cuddyer might just fit the bill.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.

Jose Abreu taters for first time in three weeks
by Marty Gitlin |
(9/14/2014) So much for the power outage of White Sox slugger Jose Abreu. Abreu slammed a solo home run in the ninth inning Sunday that went for naught in a loss to Minnesota. It was his first since Aug. 22.

Abreu had already ripped a run-scoring single in the fourth inning as his stat line improved to .322/.384/.604 on the season.

Steve Pearce slugs 17th home run Saturday
by R.J. White |
(9/13/2014) Orioles first baseman Steve Pearce went 2 for 4 with a double and a solo home run in his team's 3-2 loss to the Yankees Saturday.

Pearce hit his first home run of the month in the sixth inning Tuesday to cut his team's deficit to one run, but the Orioles weren't able to find any more offense in the game. He has hit .287/.364/.529 with 17 home runs and 40 RBI in 310 at-bats.

Edwin Encarnacion swats 31st home run Saturday
by R.J. White |
(9/13/2014) Blue Jays designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion went 1 for 3 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 6-3 win over the Rays Saturday.

Encarnacion followed a tiebreaking home run by Adam Lind in the seventh inning with one of his own, giving the Blue Jays' lead a little extra cushion. He has hit .262/.351/.551 with 31 home runs and 84 RBI in 423 at-bats.

David Ortiz, Mike Napoli return to lineup Saturday
by R.J. White |
(9/13/2014) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz and first baseman Mike Napoli returned to the lineup Saturday after missing Friday's game against the Royals. Ortiz was held out Friday with a foot injury, while Napoli has dealt with injuries to his finger and toe.

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