Indians' Mike Napoli: Held out again Wednesday
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(2:54 pm ET) Napoli is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Tigers.

The rest of the Indians' regulars will return to action Wednesday after much of the team was held out Tuesday following a division-clinching win the night before, but Napoli will get a second straight day off after going hitless in eight of his last nine games. Carlos Santana will man first base for the Indians on Wednesday night.

Blue Jays' Devon Travis: Sitting out for second straight day
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(2:44 pm ET) Travis (shoulder) is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Orioles, Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star reports.

Travis hoped to return to action Wednesday after sitting out Tuesday's game with a sore shoulder, but he will get another day to rest and recover. Ryan Goins will get the start at second base in Travis' place, and Ezequiel Carrera will again replace him atop the order.

Yankees' Aaron Hicks: Not in Wednesday's lineup
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(2:30 pm ET) Hicks is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Red Sox.

Hicks started six of the last eight games in right field, but he went just 1-for-8 over the last two days, so he will give way to Mason Williams on Wednesday night.

Tigers' Nick Castellanos: Returns to starting lineup
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(2:24 pm ET) Castellanos is in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Indians.

Castellanos doubled in a pinch-hit Tuesday in his first plate appearance since Aug. 6, and he will be in the lineup Wednesday for the first time since the same day. Castellanos will hit seventh in the Tigers' batting order and play third base, a position he figures to fill regularly the rest of the way.

Mariners' Franklin Gutierrez: Suffers eye injury, available if need
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(12:58 pm ET) Gutierrez broke some blood vessels in his left eye but said he is available for Wednesday's game, the Seattle Times' Ryan Divish reports.

Divish said Gutierrez is available "if needed" Wednesday, so it sounds like he is day-to-day. He apparently broke the blood vessels while sneezing, which makes the injury all the more odd. Gutierrez typically only plays against lefties, whom he's abusing to the tune of a .287/.382/.525 slash line in 212 plate appearances this year. The Mariners aren't scheduled to face a lefty again until the final game of the season against Sean Manaea and the A's, so Gutierrez could be held out of the lineup until then.

Rangers' Tony Barnette: Returns from oblique injury
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(11:40 am ET) Barnette returned from an oblique injury to pick up a win in Tuesday's game after tossing a scoreless sixth inning while allowing two hits and striking out two.

A.J. Griffin did not pitch long enough to qualify for the win, so Barnette moved to 7-3 on the season after his scoreless sixth. Look for him to continue to work in middle relief for the Rangers over the season's final days.

Astros' Alex Bregman: In lineup Wednesday
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(10:08 am ET) Bregman (hamstring) is in the lineup Wednesday against the Mariners, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Bregman has been working back from a hamstring injury, and as of Tuesday morning, it was unclear whether he'd be able to return to action in 2016. The infielder made a surprise appearance in Tuesday night's matchup with Seattle, entering as a pinch hitter and going 1-for-1 at the plate with an RBI single. Bregman was initially scheduled to fly to Florida to work in the Astros' Instructional League, but he'll instead remain in Houston and get the starting nod at third base Wednesday afternoon. It will be Bregman's first start since Sept. 14.

Red Sox's Brock Holt: Starts at third base Tuesday
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(6:30 am ET) Holt went 1-for-2 as Boston's starting third baseman in Tuesday night's loss to the Yankees. It was the fourth start in the last five games for Holt.

Each of the last two seasons, Holt's bat waned in the second half of the season under the 162-game grind, but injuries have limited to 89 games and he's relatively fresh in September. He's riding a modest four-game hit streak (6-for-15) and has started at third base three times in the last nine games. Holt appears to be heating up at the right moment; his resurgence comes at a time when manager John Farrell is looking for someone to earn the starting nod at the hot corner as Boston enters the postseason. Holt, Travis Shaw and Aaron Hill are in the mix at third base, but none have provided a consistent bat.

Angels' Ricky Nolasco: Earns eight win against A's
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(2:54 am ET) Nolasco (8-14) allowed one unearned run on five hits and two walks over eight innings in a win Tuesday over the Athletics.

Nolasco is ending the season on absolute fire. He hasn't allowed an earned run in his past three starts, and he also threw a complete game shutout August 31 against the Reds. He owns a 1.47 ERA with a 31:8 K:BB innings since then, a performance that should all but certainly earn him a spot in the Angels rotation next season.

Athletics' Daniel Mengden: Takes ninth loss against Angels
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(2:50 am ET) Mengden (2-9) allowed eight runs on nine hits and a walk over three innings in a loss Tuesday to the Angels.

Mengden has now allowed six or more runs four times in 14 starts (28 percent). He has been nasty at times, with 71 strikeouts in 72 innings, but he has walked 33 batters (4.1 BB/9) and simply hasn't been able to overcome the constant flow of baserunners he has allowed. His ERA climbed all the way to 6.50 as a result of the blowup.

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