Royals done sitting Billy Butler
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/21/2014) Though Billy Butler looked like he may have lost his DH job to Josh Willingham for the first couple weeks after Eric Hosmer returned from a hand injury, Royals manager Ned Yost told the Kansas City Star Sunday that the longtime Royal will play every day the rest of the way.

Butler went 2 for 4 with an RBI Sunday against the Tigers. It was just his sixth start in the team's last 15 games.

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.

Astros relievers have hurt obliques
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/21/2014) According to the Houston Chronicle, Astros relievers Darin Downs and Josh Fields are both nursing oblique injuries. Because Downs aggravated a previous injury, he could possibly miss the rest of the season.

Downs last pitched in a game Friday. Fields, who was beginning to earn some save opportunities, hasn't pitched since Sept. 9.

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.

Neftali Feliz notches 11th save in 12 chances
by Larry Hartstein |
(9/21/2014) Rangers closer Neftali Feliz pitched a perfect ninth inning, striking out the side, to close out a 2-1 win over the Angels and earn his 11th save in 12 chances. Feliz blew away the Angels on 12 pitches.

He has 20 strikeouts in 28 2/3 innings.

Scott Kazmir struggles continue Sunday against Phillies
by Marty Gitlin |
(9/21/2014) Athletics left-hander Scott Kazmir continued his second-half free-fall Sunday against Philadelphia.

Kazmir yielded six earned runs on 11 hits in 5 1/3 innings with one walk and nine strikeouts to take a no-decision. He has allowed 27 earned runs in his last 28 1/3 innings as his ERA has skyrocketed from 2.37 to 3.63 since late July.

He will try to turn it around Friday in Texas in his final start of the regular season.

Nick Tepesch goes seven strong innings
by Larry Hartstein |
(9/21/2014) Rangers pitcher Nick Tepesch allowed one run over seven innings Sunday against the Angels, but did not get a decision in Texas' 2-1 win. Tepesch struck out three, walked two and yielded four hits.

Tepesch (5-10, 4.14 ERA) has given up two earned runs in his last two starts covering 13 innings. He's scheduled to face the Athletics at home Saturday.

Collin McHugh stays hot with win over M's
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/21/2014) Despite allowing more runs than he had in any start since July 27, Collin McHugh pitched well in the Astros' 8-3 win over the Mariners on Sunday. McHugh yielded three runs over his six innings, and it marked the first time in 10 starts that he allowed more than two runs.

Only five batters reached base against McHugh, and of the four hits he allowed, only Michael Saunders' two-run homer was for extra bases. In addition to issuing only one walk, McHugh struck out six Mariners.

McHugh is set to make one more start this season, which will come next weekend at the Mets. He is now 11-9 with a 2.73 ERA.

Hisashi Iwakuma turns in another subpar start
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/21/2014) Hisashi Iwakuma entered Sunday's game against the Astros looking for his first quality start of September, and he left with his quest unfulfilled. Iwakuma lasted only 4 1/3 innings in the Mariners' 8-3 loss, as he coughed up four runs on six hits and three walks, though he did manage to strike out eight batters.

In his final regular season opportunity to break his slump, Iwakuma will face the Angels on Friday. He heads into that start with a 14-9 record and 3.54 ERA.

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