Jed Lowrie exits after getting hit in foot
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/21/2014) Athletics shortstop Jed Lowrie was hit in the foot by a pitch in his first at-bat Sunday against the Phillies, but the Athletics didn't remove him from the game until the fifth inning. Nick Punto took his place.

"He's all right," manager Bob Melvin told "Just got it pretty good on the foot. As a shortstop you have to have your range, and on the ball in the hole he was having a little trouble getting over there."

Lowrie is day to day.

Xander Bogaerts should be back Tuesday
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/21/2014) Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who left Sunday's game with a stiff neck, should be back in the lineup Tuesday against the Rays, according to the Providence Journal. The injury was the aftereffect of him getting hit by a ricocheted ball in batting practice.

Though Bogaerts is having a so-so rookie season, he has been terrific in September, batting .312 (24 for 77) with four home runs and an .840 OPS.

Ryan Rua's first homer is a big one
by Larry Hartstein |
(9/21/2014) 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.

Xander Bogaerts exits early with stiff neck
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/21/2014) Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts left Sunday's game at the Orioles in the bottom of the second inning, and according to, he had a stiff neck. Jemile Weeks replaced Bogaerts in the game.

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

Nationals rest several regulars
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/21/2014) 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.

Dilson Herrera still out on Sunday
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/21/2014) 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.

Jimmy Rollins may not play again
by Chris Cwik |
(9/20/2014) Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins may not play again this season, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer

Rollins is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury, and manager Ryne Sandberg is unclear if he'll play again. "I'm not going one way or another on it," Sandberg told reporters. Rollins has hit .243/.323/.394 over 538 at-bats.

Eduardo Escobar out Saturday, plays catch
by R.J. White |
(9/20/2014) Twins infielder Eduardo Escobar is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Indians.

Escobar played catch before the game at a distance of about 100 feet, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. He hasn't played since Tuesday due to a jammed shoulder.

Ryan Rua delivers four-hit performance Friday
by R.J. White |
(9/20/2014) Rangers outfielder Ryan Rua went 4 for 5 with an RBI and two runs scored in his team's 12-3 win over the Angels Friday.

Rua initially struggled at the plate upon his promotion in late August, but he's collected six multi-hit performances in his last 11 games, including a 9-for-18 stretch with two doubles and six runs scored in his last four games. He has hit .320/.338/.387 in 75 at-bats.

Alexi Amarista swats two homers in three-game stretch
by R.J. White |
(9/20/2014) Padres infielder Alexi Amarista knocked two home runs in a three-game stretch this week to extend his quality play over the last week-plus.

Amarista is batting .400/.406/.667 with two home runs and 10 RBI over his last eight games, and he's 7 for 15 with the pair of home runs in his last four games. His hot streak has improved his line to .246/.293/.325 with five home runs, 37 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 391 at-bats.

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