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  • Kole Calhoun LAA RF
    Angels' Kole Calhoun: Hits two-run shot Wednesday
    2m ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Kole Calhoun went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in a win over the A's on Wednesday.

    Calhoun seemed to hit a wall in July and August, but has really picked up to the pace to close out the season, as he is slugging .591 in his last 88 at-bats. The fact that he has yet to reach the 20-homer mark is likely disheartening to owners, but he increased his walk rate by more than three percent from 2015, and should remain a solid late-round option on 2017 draft boards.

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  • Yasmany Tomas ARI RF
    Diamondbacks' Yasmany Tomas: Late scratch with stiff neck
    4m ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Yasmany Tomas was a late scratch Thursday with a stiff neck.

    It's unclear how serious the injury is, but he should be considered day-to-day for now with just three games remaining this season after Thursday's affair. Mitch Haniger was added to the lineup in Tomas' place.

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  • Wilson Ramos WAS C
    Nationals' Wilson Ramos: May be unable to catch in 2017
    14m ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Given the extent of Wilson Ramos ' knee injury, he is unsure if he will be able to play in the National League in 2017, MLB.com's William Ladson reports. "Unfortunately this injury... may affect whether I am able to stay with a NL team," Ramos said.

    He is expected to have surgery on a torn ACL this weekend, and it's the surgery could also reveal a torn meniscus, which would add to the length of time he will miss. Ramos is going to be a free agent this winter, and it sounds like there is a very real chance that he will be forced to sign with an American League team so that he can be deployed as a designated hitter, at least in 2017. It's unclear whether this means he might be completely done as a catcher, or whether he simply won't be able to catch initially when he returns at some point next summer. Needless to say, his value in dynasty leagues has taken a huge hit because of this unfortunate knee injury.

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  • A.J. Cole WAS SP
    Nationals' A.J. Cole: Expected to start Friday
    20m ago • By RotoWire Staff

    A.J. Cole is still expected to start Friday's game against the Marlins while he appeals his suspension, CSN Mid-Atlantic's Chase Hughes reports.

    He was suspended for five games for intentionally throwing at Jung Ho Kang over the weekend, but as he is appealing, the suspension is unlikely to be enforced in time for him to miss Friday's scheduled start.

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  • Daniel Murphy WAS 2B
    Nationals' Daniel Murphy: Likely out until postseason
    24m ago • By RotoWire Staff

    The Washington Nationals expect to get Daniel Murphy (glute) back for Game 1 of the NLDS on Oct. 7, the Washington Post's Chelsea Janes reports. "We expect him to be ready for the 7th," manager Dusty Baker said.

    This certainly sounds like Murphy won't return during the regular season. Wilmer Difo and Stephen Drew should continue to split time at the keystone over the final four games.

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  • Miguel Cabrera DET 1B
    Tigers' Miguel Cabrera: Playing through knee injury
    1h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Miguel Cabrera (knee) remains in the lineup Thursday, hitting third and manning first base against the Indians.

    He hit a home run and narrowly missed hitting a second big fly in Wednesday's rain-shortened game, and while manager Brad Ausmus admitted after the game that Cabrera is hobbled by a knee issue, it seems unlikely he will miss time as long as the Detroit Tigers stay in the postseason hunt. They enter Thursday one game back of the Orioles in the hunt for the second wild card spot in the American League.

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  • Wilson Ramos WAS C
    Nationals' Wilson Ramos: May be unable to catch in 2017
    14m ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Given the extent of Wilson Ramos ' knee injury, he is unsure if he will be able to play in the National League in 2017, MLB.com's William Ladson reports. "Unfortunately this injury... may affect whether I am able to stay with a NL team," Ramos said.

    He is expected to have surgery on a torn ACL this weekend, and it's the surgery could also reveal a torn meniscus, which would add to the length of time he will miss. Ramos is going to be a free agent this winter, and it sounds like there is a very real chance that he will be forced to sign with an American League team so that he can be deployed as a designated hitter, at least in 2017. It's unclear whether this means he might be completely done as a catcher, or whether he simply won't be able to catch initially when he returns at some point next summer. Needless to say, his value in dynasty leagues has taken a huge hit because of this unfortunate knee injury.

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  • Wilson Ramos WAS C
    Nationals' Wilson Ramos: Could have torn meniscus in addition to ACL tear
    1h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Surgery on Wilson Ramos ' torn ACL could reveal possible meniscus tears as well, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports.

    He expects to have surgery to repair the ACL tear this weekend, and it sounds like the extent of the injury could go beyond the ACL tear. Ramos can safely be ruled out for the first month or two of the 2017 season, and if surgery reveals further damage to his knee, he could be out even longer. This will obviously have a major impact on his free agency this winter, but it still seems like the Washington Nationals are an ideal fit, as they don't have a solid replacement if he were to leave and he has developed a solid rapport with the pitching staff.

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  • Welington Castillo ARI C
    Diamondbacks' Welington Castillo: Out of Thursday's lineup
    1h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Welington Castillo is out of Thursday's lineup against the Nationals, CSN Mid-Atlantic's Chase Hughes reports.

    He started the last seven games for the Arizona Diamondbacks , but will be replaced behind the dish by Tuffy Gosewisch on Thursday. Castillo mad significant gains in batting average and OBP this season over his 2015 numbers, but his owners likely drafted him with hopes of him replicating the 19 homers he hit last year, so the fact that he only has 14 long balls on the season comes as something of a disappointment.

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  • Nick Hundley COL C
    Rockies' Nick Hundley: Out of lineup Wednesday
    18h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Nick Hundley is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Giants.

    The Colorado Rockies are using most of their left-handed options Wednesday against San Francisco righty Jeff Samardzija. With that, Tony Wolters will draw in behind the plate while Hundley gets the night off.

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  • Francisco Cervelli PIT C
    Pirates' Francisco Cervelli: Ailing hand may lead to shutdown
    18h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Francisco Cervelli (hand) may be shut down for the remainder of the season, Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    The veteran catcher has been battling a left hand injury, which led manager Clint Hurdle to say Wednesday that the club intends to "back off" Cervelli for the rest of the season. The Pittsburgh Pirates are carrying Eric Fryer and Jacob Stallings on the active roster right now, so it seems that those two will assume the catching duties for the remaining few games with Cervelli ailing.

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  • J.T. Realmuto MIA C
    Marlins' J.T. Realmuto: Out of lineup Wednesday
    20h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    J.T. Realmuto is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Mets.

    Jeff Mathis will take over behind the plate as Realmuto sits for the first time since Sept. 18. Realmuto's contact rate has dipped this year and that dip has not come with much of an uptick in power, but the 25-year-old has routinely found holes (.360 BABIP) and he runs more than any other player at the position. He's done enough across the board to be a top-5 catcher in terms of earned fantasy value this season.

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  • Miguel Cabrera DET 1B
    Tigers' Miguel Cabrera: Playing through knee injury
    1h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Miguel Cabrera (knee) remains in the lineup Thursday, hitting third and manning first base against the Indians.

    He hit a home run and narrowly missed hitting a second big fly in Wednesday's rain-shortened game, and while manager Brad Ausmus admitted after the game that Cabrera is hobbled by a knee issue, it seems unlikely he will miss time as long as the Detroit Tigers stay in the postseason hunt. They enter Thursday one game back of the Orioles in the hunt for the second wild card spot in the American League.

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  • Miguel Cabrera DET 1B
    Tigers' Miguel Cabrera: Drives game-winning homer in five-inning game
    5h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Miguel Cabrera went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer in Wednesday's game against Cleveland.

    Cabrera thought his first-inning drive was gone, only to watch it hit off the wall. His fifth-inning drive, on the other hand, had little doubt, a classic Cabrera opposite-field swing toward the right-field corner. The slugger's 36th home run of the season was his 306th as a Tiger, tying him with Hank Greenberg for third in franchise history. It wound up being a game-winning deep fly as the game would end after five innings due to rain. Cabrera is hitting .400 with 14 RBI and three home runs over his last 11 games to help the Detroit Tigers stay in the playoff hunt.

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  • Mark Teixeira NYY 1B
    Yankees' Mark Teixeira: Smashes game-winning grand slam in ninth
    11h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Mark Teixeira went 1-for-3 with a walk-off grand slam in a 5-3 victory over the Red Sox on Wednesday.

    It might not have any lasting impact on the playoff standings, but this one was for the ages. Teixeira is in his final week of professional baseball, and with the bases loaded and New York down two runs, Teixeira belted one 409 feet to win the game. It was his second straight game with a homer and third since Sept. 20. He is hitting .205, but Teixeira has 15 bombs on the year.

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  • Adrian Gonzalez LAD 1B
    Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez: Departs in fifth inning Wednesday
    12h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Adrian Gonzalez was replaced by Rob Segedin at first base in the fifth inning of Wednesday's game against Padres, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

    It could be just a case of giving the veteran some rest with the Los Angeles Dodgers locked into the playoffs, but no specific reason for his departure has surfaced to this point. Los Angeles finishes off their series against the Padres on Thursday, so it will be interesting to see if he rejoins the lineup.

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  • Miguel Cabrera DET 1B
    Tigers' Miguel Cabrera: Dealing with knee contusion
    13h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Manager Brad Ausmus indicated after Wednesday's game that Miguel Cabrera is hobbled by a "contusion" and has "got some fluid in his knee, so it's going to be sore sometimes," Matthew B. Mowery of the Oakland Press reports.

    Cabrera's injury doesn't appear to be anything serious and he played the entire game (rain shortened it to five innings). Given the Detroit Tigers ' current battle for a playoff spot, it would likely require a lot for the veteran slugger to miss a contest. Regardless, it may be something worth monitoring ahead of Thursday's series finale against the Indians.

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  • Eric Hosmer KC 1B
    Royals' Eric Hosmer: Extends career-high homer total to 25
    14h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Eric Hosmer went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Wednesday's contest against the Twins.

    Hosmer's third-inning blast extended his career-high total to 25, and pushed his career-best RBI mark to 103. The first baseman is hitting just .250 this month, but he's fairly compensated by mashing five homers, tallying 21 RBI and scoring 14 runs during September.

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  • Daniel Murphy WAS 2B
    Nationals' Daniel Murphy: Likely out until postseason
    24m ago • By RotoWire Staff

    The Washington Nationals expect to get Daniel Murphy (glute) back for Game 1 of the NLDS on Oct. 7, the Washington Post's Chelsea Janes reports. "We expect him to be ready for the 7th," manager Dusty Baker said.

    This certainly sounds like Murphy won't return during the regular season. Wilmer Difo and Stephen Drew should continue to split time at the keystone over the final four games.

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  • Jason Kipnis CLE 2B
    Indians' Jason Kipnis: Out of Thursday's lineup
    1h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Jason Kipnis is out of Thursday's lineup against the Tigers, the Akron Beacon Journal's Ryan Lewis reports.

    There is a solid chance that Thursday's game will get rained out, in which case the two teams may need to make the game up Monday. If they are somehow able to squeeze the game in, Michael Martinez will start at second base for the Cleveland Indians and hit ninth Thursday.

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  • Daniel Murphy WAS 2B
    Nationals' Daniel Murphy: Still sidelined Thursday
    2h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Daniel Murphy (glute) is out of Thursday's lineup against the Diamondbacks, CSN Mid-Atlantic's Chase Hughes reports.

    Murphy will miss his eighth game in a row with the glute strain, and it remains to be seen if he will be able to return during the regular season. Wilmer Difo will start at second base and hit second Thursday.

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  • Rougned Odor TEX 2B
    Rangers' Rougned Odor: Homers, ending brutal slump
    11h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Rougned Odor went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer against the Brewers on Wednesday.

    His first-inning blast gave the Texas Rangers a 3-2 lead in a game they'd go on to win 8-5. This was huge for Odor, as he'd been in the midst of an awful slump recently -- just 1-for-29 over an eight-game stretch. He hadn't homered in more than two weeks, dating back to Sept. 12. Even that doesn't take much of the shine off Odor's star, though, as he's now doubled last season's homer total.

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  • DJ LeMahieu COL 2B
    Rockies' DJ LeMahieu: Out of lineup Wednesday
    18h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    DJ LeMahieu is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Giants.

    The Colorado Rockies are going with a decidedly left-handed lineup against San Francisco's Jeff Samardzija on Wednesday, plugging Daniel Descalso in at second base in place of LeMahieu. Samardzija has given up 41 XBH to left-handed batters this season, including 12 home runs. LeMahieiu figures to draw back in Thursday against Johnny Cueto.

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  • Tyler Saladino CHW 2B
    White Sox's Tyler Saladino: Out of Wednesday's lineup
    20h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Tyler Saladino (back) is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Rays, the Chicago Sun-Times' Daryl Van Schouwen reports.

    He will miss his sixth game in a row Wednesday as his back seems to still be giving him trouble. Carlos Sanchez will get another start at second base, hitting seventh Wednesday.

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  • Alex Bregman HOU 3B
    Astros' Alex Bregman: Drives in a run in return to starting lineup
    2h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Alex Bregman went 1-for-4 with an RBI in his return to the lineup Wednesday against the Mariners.

    Making his first start since Sept. 14 after dealing with a hamstring injury, Bregman was back in the two-hole and delivered an RBI single in the fifth inning. Prior to his injury, the 22-year-old was on fire, hitting .316 with three home runs and 12 RBI over 13 games in September. His return to the lineup is a welcome sight for the Houston Astros , who are barely clinging onto playoff hope. However, another loss or Orioles win would eliminate them from contention.

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  • Todd Frazier CHW 3B
    White Sox's Todd Frazier: Notches first 40-homer season
    10h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Todd Frazier reached the 40-homer mark for the first time Wednesday, hitting a solo shot that accounted for all the scoring in a 1-0 win over Tampa Bay.

    Not only that, but the guy's got a 12-game hitting streak going in which he's hitting .391, finally pulling up a batting average that'd been struggling all year long, He's still hitting just .228, but that's the only place in Frazier's fantasy line where there's room for complaint.

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  • Kyle Seager SEA 3B
    Mariners' Kyle Seager: Adds to career numbers with homer versus Astros
    12h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Kyle Seager went 2-for-5 with a three-run homer in a 12-4 victory over the Astros on Wednesday.

    That gives Seager 30 dingers this season, the most of his career. He is also hitting a career-best .281 with a .863 OPS. His previous career-high OPS was .788 back in 2014. Seager is also one RBI away from 100 and two doubles shy of tying his career high of 37.

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  • Eduardo Nunez SF 3B
    Giants' Eduardo Nunez: Questionable to play this weekend
    17h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Manager Bruce Bochy said Wednesday that Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) is questionable to play this weekend, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports.

    It was reported Tuesday that Nunez would only be out two-to-three days with the hamstring issue but it now sounds like there's a chance he doesn't return to action this week. If this is it for Nunez, his regular-season campaign will end on a bit of a sour note but he's still had a career year between Minnesota and San Francisco, batting .288 with 16 homers, 40 steals, 73 runs scored and 67 RBI.

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  • Renato Nunez OAK 3B
    Athletics' Renato Nunez: Remains out of lineup Wednesday
    18h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Renato Nunez (back) is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Angels.

    Though he's listed as available off the bench for Wednesday's contest, Nunez will not get the start and it's unclear if he'll even get into the game. He was held out of Tuesday's lineup with a stiff back and it appears that the ailment is still bothering him. Stephen Vogt will DH in Nunez's place Wednesday.

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  • Yunel Escobar LAA 3B
    Angels' Yunel Escobar: Out of lineup Wednesday
    18h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Yunel Escobar (shoulder) is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game.

    Kaleb Cowart will start at third base Wednesday with Escobar still dealing with a shoulder injury. Escobar left Tuesday's contest with soreness in his throwing (right) shoulder and it's unclear when he'll get back on the field this season. Cowart figures to get most of the starts at third base should Escobar miss additional time.

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  • Jonathan Villar MIL SS
    Brewers' Jonathan Villar: Flashes power again
    11h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Jonathan Villar blasted a two-run homer for his only hit of the night in Wednesday's loss to Texas.

    He's on another power burst, having ripped three in the last three games to bring his season total to 19 -- that's nine more than Villar hit in the prior three seasons put together. Those homers look awfully nice next to the infielder's 60 steals as he continues rounding out one of this season's most impressive (and unexpected) stat lines.

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  • Zack Cozart CIN SS
    Reds' Zack Cozart: Transferred to 60-day disabled list
    22h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    The Cincinnati Reds transferred Zack Cozart (knee) to the 60-day disabled list Wednesday.

    Cozart had an outside shot to play before the regular season ended, but his move to the 60-day DL means he will not play again until 2017. He hit a career-high 16 home runs this season and posted a .733 OPS, so he figures to head into next year as a regular shortstop. Whether that is for the Reds remains to be seen, however, as he could bring prospects on the trade market to a Cincinnati team that may be looking at another rebuilding season.

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  • Brandon Crawford SF SS
    Giants' Brandon Crawford: Leads league in triples
    23h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Brandon Crawford went 4-for-5 with a two triples, two RBI and a pair of runs scored in Tuesday's blowout win over the Rockies.

    Crawford had missed some time with a finger injury last week, but Tuesday's performance is as good as any indicator that he is fully healthy. His two triples Tuesday brought his season total to 11, which puts him in a tie for the league lead in that category.

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  • Didi Gregorius NYY SS
    Yankees' Didi Gregorius: Reaches 20-homer mark for first time
    1d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Didi Gregorius went 3-for-4 with a solo homer Tuesday against the Red Sox.

    Gregorius was one of three New York Yankees to hit one out against Boston starter David Price, continuing his season-long trend of excelling against lefties. The 26-year-old shortstop is putting together by far his finest campaign to date, as he now has 20 homers after never managing to top nine in a season since breaking into the majors in 2012.

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  • Tim Anderson CHW SS
    White Sox's Tim Anderson: Homers in win over Rays
    1d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Tim Anderson hit his eighth homer in a 3-for-5 game with two runs scored and three RBI Tuesday against the Rays.

    The surprising pop Anderson showed early on in his season had yet to show up in September. This was his first homer of the month, and he entered Tuesday's game with just a .250/.289/.304 line in 23 September games. Anderson hasn't shown much plate discipline, but he still owns a decent .278/.300/.411 line on the season, and if he can maintain this level of power, he'll have a future at shortstop for the Chicago White Sox .

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  • Eduardo Escobar MIN SS
    Twins' Eduardo Escobar: Homers Tuesday in Kansas City
    2d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Eduardo Escobar went 2-for-4 with a walk, solo homer and scored twice in Tuesday's game against the Royals.

    Escobar's fourth-inning blast was his sixth of the season, and his first in the team's last 51 games. Tuesday also marked the switch-hitting infielder's first RBI and run since Sept. 15, as Escobar has had a brutal final month of the 2016 campaign. Entering the contest, he was hitting a pathetic .089/.150/.089 through 56 September at-bats, light years beyond his worst numbers for any month this year.

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  • Kole Calhoun LAA RF
    Angels' Kole Calhoun: Hits two-run shot Wednesday
    2m ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Kole Calhoun went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in a win over the A's on Wednesday.

    Calhoun seemed to hit a wall in July and August, but has really picked up to the pace to close out the season, as he is slugging .591 in his last 88 at-bats. The fact that he has yet to reach the 20-homer mark is likely disheartening to owners, but he increased his walk rate by more than three percent from 2015, and should remain a solid late-round option on 2017 draft boards.

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  • Yasmany Tomas ARI RF
    Diamondbacks' Yasmany Tomas: Late scratch with stiff neck
    4m ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Yasmany Tomas was a late scratch Thursday with a stiff neck.

    It's unclear how serious the injury is, but he should be considered day-to-day for now with just three games remaining this season after Thursday's affair. Mitch Haniger was added to the lineup in Tomas' place.

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  • Bryce Harper WAS RF
    Nationals' Bryce Harper: Remains out Thursday
    2h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Bryce Harper (thumb) is out of Thursday's lineup against the Diamondbacks, CSN Mid-Atlantic's Chase Hughes reports.

    This doesn't come as a major surprise, as the Washington Nationals are being cautious with their star right fielder with the division sewn up. Thursday marks the fourth game in a row that Harper will miss with the thumb injury, with Michael Taylor getting the start in right field.

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  • Hyun Soo Kim BAL LF
    Orioles' Hyun Soo Kim: Hits game-winning homer as pinch hitter Wednesday
    3h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Hyun Soo Kim entered as a pinch hitter in the top of the ninth inning Wednesday. He hit a game-winning two-run homer off Toronto's closer Roberto Osuna.

    Kim, who refused an option to the Minor Leagues this spring, has developed into one of the Baltimore Orioles ' most consistent -- and popular -- players. He delivered the biggest hit of his young MLB career on Wednesday, pinch hitting for Nolan Reimold. Kim sent the ninth pitch he saw from Osuna into the O's bullpen for the go-ahead drive, his sixth homer of the season.

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  • Brock Holt BOS LF
    Red Sox's Brock Holt: Second straight start at third base
    6h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Brock Holt was Boston's starting third baseman for Wednesday night's game against the Yankees. It was the first time he started two consecutive games at third base since Aug. 16-17.

    Holt walked twice and went 0-for-1 before being lifted for a pinch hitter in the eighth inning against a left-handed pitcher. As manager John Farrell wrestles with an unsettled situation at third base, he appears content to play the platoon splits -- Holt is getting starts against right-handers over Travis Shaw, while Aaron Hill gets the nod against lefties.

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  • Roman Quinn PHI CF
    Phillies' Roman Quinn: Will test oblique Thursday
    7h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Roman Quinn will do some jogging and light throwing Thursday to see how his left oblique feels before the Philadelphia Phillies make a decision on shutting him down for the rest of the season, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports.

    Quinn suffered an oblique injury on a swing in the fifth inning of Tuesday's game. He missed six weeks earlier this year with an injury to the same oblique. It seems highly likely the Phillies will shut Quinn down to avoid any further aggravation to the area since they have nothing to play for this season.

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  • A.J. Cole WAS SP
    Nationals' A.J. Cole: Expected to start Friday
    20m ago • By RotoWire Staff

    A.J. Cole is still expected to start Friday's game against the Marlins while he appeals his suspension, CSN Mid-Atlantic's Chase Hughes reports.

    He was suspended for five games for intentionally throwing at Jung Ho Kang over the weekend, but as he is appealing, the suspension is unlikely to be enforced in time for him to miss Friday's scheduled start.

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  • Danny Salazar CLE SP
    Indians' Danny Salazar: Prepping for postseason bullpen role
    1h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Danny Salazar threw a 30-plus pitches off a mound Wednesday, and appears on track to be available out of the bullpen in the ALDS, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports.

    He only threw fastballs and changeups, as those would be the two pitches Salazar would use as a reliever. Apparently it hurts his arm too much to throw curveballs. Depending on how deep the Cleveland Indians go in the postseason, there's a chance Salazar could make a start at some point, but it would likely be a shortened start, the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Paul Hoynes reports.

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  • Jameson Taillon PIT SP
    Pirates' Jameson Taillon: Beats Cubs, finishes 2016 strong
    1h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Jameson Taillon limited the Cubs to one run on one hit and three walks in six innings Wednesday. He struck out four.

    The rookie ended his campaign on a high note, allowing only a first-row homer to Anthony Rizzo. The right-hander emerged as the team's ace, compiling a 3.38 ERA and 1.12 WHIP in 104 innings. Including minor league action, he totaled 165.2 innings after missing the two previous seasons. The workload didn't slow Taillon down and he's put himself in position for an even greater role in 2017.

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  • Steven Wright BOS SP
    Red Sox's Steven Wright: Will join team Friday
    6h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Steven Wright (shoulder) will join the Boston Red Sox on Friday and pitch in the bullpen, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.

    It's unclear if Abraham means Wright will actually pitch in a game out of the bullpen or merely throw a bullpen session, but it's an encouraging sign for the right-hander who hasn't pitched since Aug. 31.

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  • Aaron Nola PHI SP
    Phillies' Aaron Nola: Starts throwing program
    7h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Aaron Nola (elbow) started a throwing program this week in Clearwater, Fla., Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.

    GM Matt Klentak said Nola has felt good so far. He will begin throwing on flat ground, increase his throwing distance and then move to the mound to face hitters. Klentak indicated the Philadelphia Phillies will be conservative with the pace when ramping things up. The team remains hopeful Nola will be ready for Spring Training.

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  • Luis Perdomo SD SP
    Padres' Luis Perdomo: Wins final start despite three homers in five innings
    9h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Luis Perdomo (9-10) gave up five runs on seven hits -- including three homers -- and a walk Wednesday, but still recorded a win against the Dodgers.

    In a rare occurrence, the San Diego Padres ' offense mustered enough firepower to overcome Perdomo's ineffectiveness. He ends the 2016 campaign with a 5.71 ERA and 105:46 K:BB with 21 homers allowed in 146.2 innings; those numbers will leave him out of consideration in the vast majority of next year's drafts.

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  • Brett Cecil TOR RP
    Blue Jays' Brett Cecil: Makes 15th straight scoreless appearance
    4h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Brett Cecil picked up his eighth hold of the season, pitching one inning and striking out two Wednesday against Baltimore.

    The southpaw was called upon in a pressing spot on Wednesday, entering with a pair of runners on base and one out in the top of the seventh. Cecil successfully work around the trouble while extending his streak to 15 straight scoreless outings. The 30-year-old should continue getting opportunities to pitch in high-leverage situations with Joaquin Benoit possibly out for the season because of a torn left calf muscle. Cecil has been a rare bright spot in the Jays' struggling bullpen during the final month.

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  • Jason Grilli TOR RP
    Blue Jays' Jason Grilli: Contributes to disappointing loss Wednesday
    4h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Although he earned his 22nd hold of the season, Jason Grilli contributed to the Orioles' comeback win by allowing two hits, including a solo homer, over 0.2 innings Wednesday.

    Grilli is just one of the Jays' relievers that has struggled in recent weeks. The righty has allowed five runs over his last inning of work (he recorded just one out while surrendering four runs in his last appearance), and after starting September with a 3.08 ERA, that mark has ballooned to 4.01.

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    Blue Jays' Roberto Osuna: Fails to close out pivotal game Wednesday
    4h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Osuna blew the save and took the loss after allowing three hits, including a two-run homer, in Wednesday's game against Baltimore.

    With the Toronto Blue Jays so close to seeing their AL Wild Card magic number drop to two games, closer Roberto Osuna was instead charged with a second blown save in his last three appearances. Osuna's latest outing was his fourth in five days, and it's possible that fatigue is playing a role in his recent performance.

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    Orioles' Zach Britton: Picks up 47th save in pivotal game against Jays
    4h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Zach Britton nailed down his 47th save of the year, pitching a clean ninth inning while striking out two in Wednesday's contest against Toronto.

    Britton was afforded the save chance after Hyun Soo Kim hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning. The Baltimore Orioles ' closer has allowed just four runs all season, and three of those came in the first month of the campaign. Britton is on the verge of completing a perfect season, as he currently sits 47-for-47 in save chances.

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  • Craig Kimbrel BOS RP
    Red Sox's Craig Kimbrel: Fails, but Boston clinches division
    6h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Craig Kimbrel failed to convert a save opportunity Wednesday, allowing a hit and three walks while being charged with four runs and the loss in Boston's 5-3 loss to the Yankees. Despite the blown save, the Boston Red Sox clinched the AL East when Toronto lost earlier in the evening.

    The rain was falling in New York when Kimbrel entered the game, which may have contributed to his location problems -- just 13 of his 28 pitches were strikes. He was yanked in favor of Joe Kelly, who served up a grand slam to Mark Teixeira. The performance was shocking after Kimbrel had been lights out since mid-August.

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    Phillies' Edubray Ramos: Dealing with elbow soreness
    7h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Edubray Ramos is day-to-day with a sore elbow, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports.

    Manager Pete Mackanin said the elbow issue is not serious. Given how late it is in the season, the Philadelphia Phillies could opt to shut Ramos down rather than risk further aggravation to his elbow.

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    Indians' Carlos Santana: Out of Thursday's lineup
    1h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Carlos Santana is out of Thursday's lineup against the Tigers, the Akron Beacon Journal's Ryan Lewis reports.

    There is a solid chance that Thursday's game will be rained out, but Santana will get the day off either way. If the game does get played, Jesus Aguilar will start at first base and hit seventh while Mike Napoli gets the nod at DH in the cleanup spot.

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    Astros' Evan Gattis: Slugs 32nd homer Wednesday
    2h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Evan Gattis went 2-for-4 with his 32nd home run of the season during Wednesday's 12-4 loss to Seattle.

    Gattis, who took Mariners reliever Nick Vincent deep for a solo shot in the sixth inning, has already got the first 30-homer season of his career under his belt. With three games left to play in the regular season, he'll look to finish with career-best marks in OBP (.318), SLG (.827) and ISO (.260).

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    Angels' Albert Pujols: Remains out Wednesday
    18h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Albert Pujols (foot) remains out of the lineup Wednesday against the A's, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.

    Pujols has been hampered by a sore foot and will miss a second straight start, affording Mike Trout another day as the DH. Manager Mike Scioscia said Tuesday that he wasn't sure if Pujols will play again in 2016, as the injury has "gotten to a point now where we don't want to put him at risk." The Los Angeles Angels are off Thursday.

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    Angels' Albert Pujols: Dealing with sore foot
    2d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Albert Pujols is out of Tuesday's lineup due to foot soreness, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.

    Pujols played through a foot injury at the latter end of August and beginning of September, but it's unknown if his latest ailment is the same issue. His availability for the remainder of the week should be known in the near future.

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    Angels' Albert Pujols: Out of Tuesday's lineup
    2d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Albert Pujols is out of the lineup Tuesday against the A's, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.

    The Los Angeles Angels will opt to put Rafael Ortega in center field and move Mike Trout to DH while Pujols gets the day off. Pujols has increased his production at the plate as of late, as he's hit .327/.373/.491 with two home runs and nine RBI over the last 14 games.

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    White Sox's Justin Morneau: Homers in win over Rays
    2d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Justin Morneau homered and knocked in three in a 2-for-3 game Monday against the Rays.

    Morneau was hitting a brutal .224/.296/.306 without a home run in 14 games in September before Monday's slump-busting performance. He owns just a .258/.296/.437 line on the year. Morneau has already said he is undecided on his playing status for 2017, and his performance this year hasn't suggested he has much left in the tank.

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