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    • Jordan Hicks STL RP
      Cardinals' Jordan Hicks: Usage being monitored
      35m ago

      Hicks, who's thrown 75 innings this season after making the jump from High-A to the majors, is being used judiciously in September in anticipation of a possible postseason run, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports. "We're mindful of everyone's health, but clearly with Jordan, we're a little more mindful," manager Mike Shildt said. "I don't think Jordan has any restrictions. I don't see any limitations on him moving forward."

      Hicks' 70 appearances lead the Cardinals and have him tied for ninth among National League relievers, while also qualifying as the second-highest number of frames he's thrown in his professional career. Shildt has managed his young phenom carefully during the current month, with Hicks having last pitched on back-to-back days back on Sept. 3-4 and having enjoyed a six-day layoff between appearances earlier in September as well. The 22-year-old right-hander is on pace for his fewest innings in a full month this season, but the extra rest should leave him well-positioned to serve as a key cog in a postseason relief corps if the Cardinals are able to qualify for the playoffs.

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    • Julio Urias LAD SP
      Dodgers' Julio Urias: Sharp in second relief appearance
      1h ago

      Urias fired a pair of scoreless innings while giving up a hit and striking out four in Sunday's 14-0 win over San Diego.

      Urias made his second relief appearance following his 2018 debut Sept. 15. Both outings came in situations where the Dodgers held double-digit leads, so it appears that the 22-year-old is being eased back in a low-leverage role after missing significant time with a shoulder injury.

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    • Ramon Laureano OAK CF
      Athletics' Ramon Laureano: Rips two-bagger in loss
      1h ago

      Laureano went 2-for-4 with a double in a loss to the Twins on Sunday.

      Despite a disappointing day for the Athletics in which they failed to clinch a postseason berth, Laureano continued his stretch of stellar offensive play. The rookie has now hit safely in five straight, with four multi-hit efforts included in that span. The combination of 21 hits and eight walks during September has led to a .361 on-base percentage for the month and pushed his season figure to an even more impressive .370.

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    • Chris Taylor LAD SS
      Dodgers' Chris Taylor: Gets on base three times, scores twice
      1h ago

      Taylor started in left field and went 1-for-3 with a pair of walks and a pair of runs scored in Sunday's 14-0 rout over the Padres.

      Taylor has lived up to his super-utility role, starting four of the Dodgers' last five games while manning three different defensive positions. The 27-year-old's uptick in playing time was due in large part to the slew of left-handed starters the club faced this week. Taylor should be in line for at least a few more starts next week with southpaws scheduled for three of the final six games of the regular season, starting with Arizona's Robbie Ray on Monday.

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    • Guillermo Heredia SEA CF
      Mariners' Guillermo Heredia: Makes most of opportunities in loss
      1h ago

      Heredia laced an RBI double, walked twice and stole a base over three plate appearances in a loss to the Rangers on Sunday.

      The Rangers will be glad to be rid of Heredia, who went 4-for-6 with a pair of two-baggers, two RBI, two walks, Sunday's steal and two runs over the two weekend games of the series. The Cuban outfielder has hit safely in four straight and boosted his season average 13 points to .230 during September by going 8-for-19 thus far during the month.

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    • Harrison Bader STL CF
      Cardinals' Harrison Bader: Another productive day in win
      1h ago

      Bader went 2-for-3 with an RBI fielder's choice, a double and two runs in a win over the Giants on Sunday.

      Bader extended his hit streak to six games with his first multi-hit effort since Sept. 7. The rookie has developed into a fairly consistent source of offense in the second half with regular playing time, and he's supplemented his solid pop (19 doubles, two triples, 12 home runs) with 15 stolen bases in 18 attempts.

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    • Austin Barnes LAD C
      Dodgers' Austin Barnes: Smacks third homer
      11h ago

      Barnes went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run Sunday against the Padres.

      Barnes took Joey Lucchesi deep in the fourth inning to record his third home run of the season. The long ball was Barnes' second in his past nine appearances -- dating back to Sept. 4 -- illustrating just how little he has produced this season. Across 236 plate appearances, he's hit just .202/.328/.273.

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    • Roberto Perez CLE C
      Indians' Roberto Perez: Suffers shoulder bruise
      12h ago

      Perez was removed from Sunday's game against the Red Sox due to a right shoulder contusion, Bill Koch of the Providence Journal reports.

      Perez acquired the injury early in the game when he was clipped by a foul ball. Given the nature of the injury, he shouldn't miss much if any time.

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    • Cam Gallagher KC C
      Royals' Cameron Gallagher: Knocks in two vs. Detroit
      14h ago

      Gallagher went 1-for-4 with two RBI in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Tigers.

      Gallagher plated a pair of runs in the sixth inning on a single to left field, handing his club a two-run lead. Despite a key hit in the series finale, the 25-year-old has struggled at the dish of late, recording a base hit in just three of his previous 10 games. He'll look to finish the season on a high note, although he may not see many more opportunities behind Salvador Perez.

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    • Chad Wallach MIA C
      Marlins' Chad Wallach: Belts first homer
      15h ago

      Wallach went 3-for-4 with a three-run home run and two runs scored in Sunday's 6-0 win over the Reds.

      Wallach delivered a three-run blast over the fence in left center during the third inning. He'd been hitless in his previous four games leading up to the series finale but managed to push his RBI total to five while recording his second multi-hit game of the season. The 26-year-old has gone 7-for-41 through 13 games this season for the Marlins.

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    • Yan Gomes CLE C
      Indians' Yan Gomes: Out of lineup Sunday
      17h ago

      Gomes is not starting Sunday against the Red Sox.

      Gomes sits after starting four of the last five games. Roberto Perez will work behind the plate.

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    • Blake Swihart BOS C
      Red Sox's Blake Swihart: Heads back to bench
      18h ago

      Swihart is out of the lineup Sunday against the Indians, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

      Swihart had started each of the Red Sox's last three games, with his assignments coming at first base, in right field and behind the plate. The 26-year-old's versatility bodes well for his odds of finding steady at-bats during the final week of the regular season, but he'll likely retreat to the bench on a full-time basis once the playoffs get underway.

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    • Matt Carpenter STL 1B
      Cardinals' Matt Carpenter: Slugs No. 36 in win
      1h ago

      Carpenter went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run in a win over the Giants on Sunday.

      Carpenter put a bow on the scoring for the Cardinals with an impressive 425-foot shot right in the eighth, surprisingly his first homer of September. Carpenter has reached safely in six straight games, but he's slumped badly at the plate during the month to the tune of a .178/.315/.247 line across 89 plate appearances. While a .255 BABIP during that stretch could be partly to blame, a bigger culprit is the eight-point-plus bump in strikeout rate (20.8 percent to 29.2 percent) that Carpenter has seen compared to August.

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    • Matt Olson OAK 1B
      Athletics' Matt Olson: Cranks 28th homer
      12h ago

      Olson went 3-for-4 with a solo home run in Oakland's 5-1 loss to the Twins on Sunday.

      It was a quiet day for the Oakland offense against Minnesota starter Kyle Gibson, but Olson managed to account for his team's only run with this second-inning solo shot. He's having a terrific season at the plate for the Athletics, with a .786 OPS, 28 homers and 32 doubles through 560 at-bats.

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    • Max Muncy LAD 1B
      Dodgers' Max Muncy: Drives in four
      12h ago

      Muncy went 2-for-2 with four RBI and a run scored Sunday against the Padres.

      Muncy entered the game in the fourth inning as a pinch hitter and went on to deliver a pair of two-RBI singles after remaining in the game as a defensive replacement. While his production has slowed a bit in the final month of the season, Muncy has still managed three home runs while driving in 12 across 46 at-bats. His value could be in for a hit in the upcoming week, however, as the Dodgers are scheduled to face three southpaws, against whom Muncy frequently sits.

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    • Jose Martinez STL 1B
      Cardinals' Jose Martinez: Doubles twice in win
      14h ago

      Martinez went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI in Sunday's win over the Giants.

      With his Cardinals already up 4-0, Martinez knocked a two-run double as part of a five-run sixth inning to really put things out of reach. The 30-year-old first baseman is batting .304 with 82 RBI in 510 at-bats this season.

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    • Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B
      Cubs' Anthony Rizzo: Scores, drives in run in win
      14h ago

      Rizzo went 2-for-4 with a walk, a double, an RBI and a run scored in Sunday's 6-1 win over the White Sox.

      Rizzo filled the stat sheet in this one, and he's up to 69 runs scored and 96 RBI this year. If he can collect four RBI in the final week of the season, the slugger will reach 100 for the fourth straight year.

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    • Cody Bellinger LAD 1B
      Dodgers' Cody Bellinger: Not starting Sunday
      19h ago

      Bellinger is not in the lineup Sunday against the Padres.

      Bellinger will hit the bench with the lefty Joey Lucchesi on the mound. Enrique Hernandez gets the start in center field.

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    • Joey Wendle TB 2B
      Rays' Joey Wendle: On base three more times in win
      1h ago

      Wendle went 1-for-2 with an RBI double, two walks and a run in a win over the Blue Jays on Sunday.

      As he's done virtually all season, Wendle both set the table and had a direct hand in run production as well. The 28-year-old's .417 on-base percentage during September has one-upped an already impressive .373 August figure, and an outstanding second half of the season overall has his season line sitting at a fantasy-friendly .301/.356/.439.

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    • Brandon Lowe TB 2B
      Rays' Brandon Lowe: Slugs sixth homer
      2h ago

      Lowe went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in a win over the Blue Jays on Sunday.

      Lowe's 392-foot shot off Jose Manuel Fernandez with Joey Wendle aboard in the eighth closed out the scoring on the day for the Jays. The rookie has been knocking the cover off the ball more often than not in September, as 10 (three doubles, two triples, five homers) of his 14 hits during the month have now gone for extra bases, and he's made hard contact at an impressive 39.0 percent rate during that span.

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    • Josh Harrison PIT 2B
      Pirates' Josh Harrison: Plates two runs vs. Brewers
      13h ago

      Harrison went 1-for-3 with a double, two RBI and a run scored in Sunday's loss to Milwaukee.

      Harrison doubled home a pair in the fifth inning, cutting the deficit to five runs. He's struggled to get on the field in September while dealing with a nagging hamstring injury, appearing in just five games. He's pieced together a .252/.294/.368 with eight home runs and 37 RBI in 95 contests this season.

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    • Ben Zobrist CHC 2B
      Cubs' Ben Zobrist: Collects three hits in win
      14h ago

      Zobrist went 3-for-6 with a run scored in Sunday's 6-1 win over the White Sox.

      Zobrist posted his second straight multi-hit performance, and he's batting a robust .314/.387/.450 this season. After a disappointing 2017 campaign, the veteran has been a solid fantasy contributor in 2018, compiling at-bats while once again manning several positions in the field for the Cubs.

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    • Breyvic Valera BAL 2B
      Orioles' Breyvic Valera: Dealing with fractured finger
      18h ago

      Updating a previous report, Valera was diagnosed with a fractured left middle finger Sunday after undergoing followup X-rays, according to Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports.

      When Valera departed in the top of the fifth inning of Sunday's game against the Yankees with the injury, the Orioles quickly announced he was only dealing with a bruised finger. The issue proved to be more significant once the Orioles sent him in for scans, however, with the injury likely spelling an end to Valera's season. If that's the case, the 26-year-old will wrap up the 2018 campaign with a .286/.325/.343 slash line across 75 plate appearances, which included no home runs and only one stolen base.

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    • Breyvic Valera BAL 2B
      Orioles' Breyvic Valera: Diagnosed with bruised finger
      18h ago

      Valera departed Sunday's game against the Yankees with a bruised left index finger, Rich Dubroff of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports.

      Valera sustained the injury in the top of the fifth inning, when he was tagged out at home plate on a headfirst slide. The 26-year-old delivered his first extra-base hit of the season before departing with the injury, which doesn't sound like anything too significant. Steve Wilkerson replaced Valera at second base.

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    • Travis Shaw MIL 3B
      Brewers' Travis Shaw: Launches 31st home run
      13h ago

      Shaw went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run, two walks and two runs scored in Sunday's series finale against Pittsburgh.

      Shaw went deep in the second inning to extend Milwaukee's lead to six. The 28-year-old slugged two homers and drove in four runs to go with four walks over the weekend series against the Pirates. Shaw owns a .242/.348/.484 slash line with 83 RBI and an .832 OPS through 146 games this season. The Brewers are set to open a three-game set with the Cardinals on Monday.

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    • Kris Bryant CHC 3B
      Cubs' Kris Bryant: May get another day off
      15h ago

      Bryant (shoulder) might be held out for another day, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

      Bryant was held out of Sunday's series finale due to left shoulder fatigue, and manager Joe Maddon could rest Bryant for Monday as a precaution. If Bryant doesn't play, David Bote will likely pick up the start at the hot corner. The Cubs are slated to begin a three-game series with the Pirates on Monday.

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    • Kris Bryant CHC 3B
      Cubs' Kris Bryant: Rested with shoulder fatigue
      20h ago

      Bryant is being rested Sunday against the White Sox due to left shoulder fatigue, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

      Manager Joe Maddon put a positive spin on the issue, saying that there was no pain but simply a lack of strength. Still, it's hard not to worry about shoulder issues cropping up again for Bryant after they cost him over a month earlier in the season.

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    • Taylor Ward LAA 3B
      Angels' Taylor Ward: Not in Sunday's lineup
      21h ago

      Ward is out of the lineup for Sunday's series finale against Houston.

      Ward is 1-for-30 with 11 strikeouts in his last 32 plate appearances, so he'll head to the bench Sunday. Kaleb Cowart will bat seventh and start at third base for the Angels.

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    • Johan Camargo ATL 3B
      Braves' Johan Camargo: Out of lineup
      21h ago

      Camargo is not starting Sunday against Philadelphia.

      The Braves are resting five starters after clinching a playoff berth Saturday. Rio Ruiz will get the start at third base.

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    • David Bote CHC 3B
      Cubs' David Bote: Picks up start Sunday
      21h ago

      Bote is starting at third base and batting sixth in Sunday's game against the White Sox.

      With Kris Bryant getting a day off, Bote slides in to face White Sox lefty starter Carlos Rodon. The return of Bryant from the disabled list at the beginning of the month has cost Bote some playing time, and he's not helping himself with a .195/.267/.293 slash line in September.

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    • Chris Taylor LAD SS
      Dodgers' Chris Taylor: Gets on base three times, scores twice
      1h ago

      Taylor started in left field and went 1-for-3 with a pair of walks and a pair of runs scored in Sunday's 14-0 rout over the Padres.

      Taylor has lived up to his super-utility role, starting four of the Dodgers' last five games while manning three different defensive positions. The 27-year-old's uptick in playing time was due in large part to the slew of left-handed starters the club faced this week. Taylor should be in line for at least a few more starts next week with southpaws scheduled for three of the final six games of the regular season, starting with Arizona's Robbie Ray on Monday.

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    • Yairo Munoz STL SS
      Cardinals' Yairo Munoz: Timely hitting in win
      1h ago

      Munoz went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI singles and a run in a win over the Giants on Sunday.

      Munoz drew another start for Kolten Wong (hamstring) at second base and put it to good use, driving in his first runs since Sept. 9. The rookie has bounced back during the current month after a rough August during which he hit just .214 with zero home runs, as he's now posting a solid .273 figure in September following Sunday's production. However, defense continues to be a concern, as Munoz's pair of errors against the Giants brought his season total to 16.

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    • Brandon Crawford SF SS
      Giants' Brandon Crawford: Goes deep for 14th time
      1h ago

      Crawford went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's 9-2 loss to St. Louis.

      Crawford was the lone bright spot for the Giants in an otherwise lifeless showing against starter Miles Mikolas. The 31-year-old needed exactly one extra game (four plate appearances) to match last year's mark of 14 homers. Crawford's .256/.322/.397 slash line is right on par with his 2017 marks, providing another season of modest production at the shortstop position.

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    • Edmundo Sosa STL SS
      Cardinals' Edmundo Sosa: Called up to big-league club
      2h ago

      Sosa was recalled from Triple-A Memphis on Sunday, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.

      Sosa was added to the active roster Sunday in a move that manager Mike Shildt labeled as "independent" of Kolten Wong's current hamstring issues that have kept him out of the lineup for the last two games. Sosa has played second base, third base and shortstop over his minor-league career, and he slashed a solid .262/.321/.408 with 18 extra-base hits (13 doubles, five home runs) and 27 RBI across 56 games with Triple-A Memphis this past season. Shildt indicated Sosa is likely to be utilized as a pinch-runner and defensive replacement over the final week of the regular season.

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    • Xander Bogaerts BOS SS
      Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts: Experiencing shoulder soreness
      12h ago

      Bogaerts was removed from Sunday's game against Cleveland due to left shoulder soreness, Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports.

      Bogaerts was lifted from the contest as a precaution, and he'll be considered day-to-day moving forward. The Red Sox may elect to rest him until the postseason, given they've already clinched the division title.

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    • Manny Machado LAD SS
      Dodgers' Manny Machado: Homers again
      12h ago

      Machado went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, two RBI and two runs scored Sunday against the Padres.

      Machado took Joey Lucchesi deep in the second inning to homer in his second consecutive game. He now has 37 long balls on the season, tying his career-best mark that was set in 2016. It's been another strong all-around season for Machado, as he's also chipped in 14 stolen bases and could bat better than .300 for the first time in his career.

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    • Ramon Laureano OAK CF
      Athletics' Ramon Laureano: Rips two-bagger in loss
      1h ago

      Laureano went 2-for-4 with a double in a loss to the Twins on Sunday.

      Despite a disappointing day for the Athletics in which they failed to clinch a postseason berth, Laureano continued his stretch of stellar offensive play. The rookie has now hit safely in five straight, with four multi-hit efforts included in that span. The combination of 21 hits and eight walks during September has led to a .361 on-base percentage for the month and pushed his season figure to an even more impressive .370.

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    • Guillermo Heredia SEA CF
      Mariners' Guillermo Heredia: Makes most of opportunities in loss
      1h ago

      Heredia laced an RBI double, walked twice and stole a base over three plate appearances in a loss to the Rangers on Sunday.

      The Rangers will be glad to be rid of Heredia, who went 4-for-6 with a pair of two-baggers, two RBI, two walks, Sunday's steal and two runs over the two weekend games of the series. The Cuban outfielder has hit safely in four straight and boosted his season average 13 points to .230 during September by going 8-for-19 thus far during the month.

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    • Harrison Bader STL CF
      Cardinals' Harrison Bader: Another productive day in win
      1h ago

      Bader went 2-for-3 with an RBI fielder's choice, a double and two runs in a win over the Giants on Sunday.

      Bader extended his hit streak to six games with his first multi-hit effort since Sept. 7. The rookie has developed into a fairly consistent source of offense in the second half with regular playing time, and he's supplemented his solid pop (19 doubles, two triples, 12 home runs) with 15 stolen bases in 18 attempts.

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    • Tommy Pham TB LF
      Rays' Tommy Pham: Keeps rolling in win
      1h ago

      Pham went 1-for-2 with two walks, a stolen base and two runs in a win over the Blue Jays on Sunday. He's now reached safely in a career-high 25 straight games.

      Pham's on-base streak also qualifies as the best in the American League at present. The slugging outfielder has excelled since arriving in Tampa from St. Louis at the trade deadline, slashing .347/.444/.620 over 144 plate appearances while compiling a .446 wOBA and .273 ISO during that stretch.

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    • Melky Cabrera CLE RF
      Indians' Melky Cabrera: Drives in two
      9h ago

      Cabrera went 1-for-2 with a walk, double and two RBI on Sunday against the Red Sox.

      Cabrera gave the Indians the lead with a two-RBI double in the fourth inning, recording his 37th and 38th RBI of the season. He has now collected at least one hit in five of his last six games, during which he's scored three runs and driven in five. He'll continue to see the majority of his at-bats against right-handed pitchers, with Brandon Guyer taking over against lefties.

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    • Nomar Mazara TEX RF
      Rangers' Nomar Mazara: Snaps RBI drought
      10h ago

      Mazara went 1-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a run scored in Sunday's win over Seattle.

      Mazara was one of six consecutive batters to reach base in the four-run sixth inning, during which he laced a two-run double that snapped a stretch of 35 at-bats without an RBI. His .337 OPS during the RBI drought suggests Mazara is fading down the stretch for a third straight September, but overall he has a .797 OPS during the month this season.

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    • Julio Urias LAD SP
      Dodgers' Julio Urias: Sharp in second relief appearance
      1h ago

      Urias fired a pair of scoreless innings while giving up a hit and striking out four in Sunday's 14-0 win over San Diego.

      Urias made his second relief appearance following his 2018 debut Sept. 15. Both outings came in situations where the Dodgers held double-digit leads, so it appears that the 22-year-old is being eased back in a low-leverage role after missing significant time with a shoulder injury.

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    • Adam Plutko CLE SP
      Indians' Adam Plutko: Baseline quality start
      10h ago

      Plutko allowed three earned runs on five hits and three walks while striking out two across six innings Sunday against the Red Sox. He did not factor into the decision.

      Plutko turned in his first quality start since Aug. 18, though he wasn't overly impressive, walking more batters than he struck out. After making his last appearance out of the bullpen, Plutko got the chance to start again as the Indians elected to give their top pitchers a few extra days of rest prior to the playoffs. The 26-year-old has been fairly effective in his rookie campaign -- he has a 5.21 ERA and 1.30 WHIP across 76 innings -- but has struggled with the long ball, surrendering 2.4 HR/9.

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    • Anibal Sanchez ATL SP
      Braves' Anibal Sanchez: Five strong innings in win over Phillies
      10h ago

      Sanchez (7-6) allowed one run on four hits with no walks across five innings Sunday to earn the win against the Phillies. He recorded one strikeout.

      Sanchez needed just 57 pitches to work through five frames, throwing 74 percent of those for strikes as he kept the visitors' bats in check. He induced nine groundball outs to help mitigate the damage, with the only run against his ledger coming on a solo home run in the third inning. Sanchez's performance extends a solid run of form in which he's allowed two earned runs or fewer in five of his last six starts. He'll take a sharp 2.96 ERA into his final start of the regular season next weekend against this same Phillies club.

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    • Tyler Skaggs LAA SP
      Angels' Tyler Skaggs: Hit hard in loss to Astros
      10h ago

      Skaggs (8-9) allowed four runs on five hits and one walk across 2.1 innings Sunday to take the loss against the Astros. He did not record a strikeout.

      Skaggs struggled in the first inning, allowing a two-run home run to Yulieski Gurriel before Evan Gattis' RBI single extended the deficit. He allowed another run on two hits and a hit batsman in the third before his removal with one out. Skaggs pitched well in his first start back from a five-week absence, but he struggled in this outing against one of the toughest lineups in baseball. He now owns a 3.91 ERA for the season and will make his final start of the campaign Saturday against the Athletics.

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    • Erick Fedde WAS SP
      Nationals' Erick Fedde: Struggles versus Mets
      10h ago

      Fedde allowed three runs on five hits and four walks across 3.1 innings Sunday in a no-decision against the Mets. He struck out two.

      Fedde endured a bumpy first inning in which he allowed two hits, a walk and a stolen base but was able to escape with just one run across. He then ran into trouble in the fourth inning, when he put two runners on with no outs and watched as both later scored against the bullpen. Fedde has struggled over his last two starts, allowing five earned runs across 7.2 innings while posting an 8:8 K:BB. His ERA now sits at a disappointing 5.24 for the season, and he's scheduled to make his final start Saturday against the Rockies.

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    • Steven Matz NYM SP
      Mets' Steven Matz: Struggles in abbreviated start
      10h ago

      Matz allowed three runs on five hits and three walks across three innings Sunday in a no-decision against the Nationals. He struck out four.

      Matz struggled mightily in the third inning, when he allowed three runs on three hits, a walk and a hit batsman before retiring the side. He had already labored through 78 pitches by that time and didn't come back out for the fourth. Matz had compiled a solid 2.29 ERA over his previous six starts, so this rocky outing came as a bit of a surprise. He'll look to close out on a high in his final start of the season Saturday against the Marlins.

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    • Jordan Hicks STL RP
      Cardinals' Jordan Hicks: Usage being monitored
      35m ago

      Hicks, who's thrown 75 innings this season after making the jump from High-A to the majors, is being used judiciously in September in anticipation of a possible postseason run, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports. "We're mindful of everyone's health, but clearly with Jordan, we're a little more mindful," manager Mike Shildt said. "I don't think Jordan has any restrictions. I don't see any limitations on him moving forward."

      Hicks' 70 appearances lead the Cardinals and have him tied for ninth among National League relievers, while also qualifying as the second-highest number of frames he's thrown in his professional career. Shildt has managed his young phenom carefully during the current month, with Hicks having last pitched on back-to-back days back on Sept. 3-4 and having enjoyed a six-day layoff between appearances earlier in September as well. The 22-year-old right-hander is on pace for his fewest innings in a full month this season, but the extra rest should leave him well-positioned to serve as a key cog in a postseason relief corps if the Cardinals are able to qualify for the playoffs.

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    • Shane Carle ATL RP
      Braves' Shane Carle: Records first save of season
      10h ago

      Carle worked around a pair of walks in a scoreless inning of work to earn his first save of the season Sunday against the Phillies.

      Carle entered with a one-run lead in the ninth and made things interesting before closing out the game. He walked two batters and hit another to load the bases, but he retired Wilson Ramos to end the threat. Carle got the nod to close despite the fact that Arodys Vizcaino and A.J. Minter were both available, but there's nothing to suggest he's a lock to receive the next save opportunity for the club.

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    • Hector Velazquez BOS RP
      Red Sox's Hector Velazquez: Lasts only 3.1 innings
      10h ago

      Velazquez allowed two earned runs on four hits and no walks while striking out three across 3.1 innings Sunday against the Indians. He did not factor into the decision.

      Velazquez pitched effectively for the majority of his start but was pulled after allowing two of the first three batters he faced in the fourth inning to reach base. This was only a spot start for Velazquez, and he hadn't thrown more than 50 pitches in an appearance since Sept. 5. That explains his short outing and makes it difficult to expect much of an impact from him prior to season's end.

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      10h ago

      Swarzak worked around a walk with a pair of strikeouts across 1.2 scoreless innings Sunday to earn his fourth save of the season against the Nationals.

      Swarzak ended a rally by the home team in the eighth inning, walking a runner a board before getting the final two outs. He came back out for the ninth and hit the first batter he faced before retiring the next three in order. Swarzak allowed two runs without recording an out in his previous appearance, so this was a nice bounce-back performance for any fantasy owners who were speculatively deploying him.

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      11h ago

      Davis got the save against the Diamondbacks on Sunday, striking out one without allowing a baserunner over a scoreless ninth inning to close out Colorado's 2-0 victory.

      It the 41st save of the year for Davis, who has settled down in recent appearances after a string of rough outings had pushed his ERA up over 5.00. That's now down to 4.26 following this outing, to go along with a 1.07 WHIP and 74 strikeouts over 63.1 innings.

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    • Mychal Givens BAL RP
      Orioles' Mychal Givens: Notches ninth save
      14h ago

      Givens tossed a perfect ninth inning to lock down his ninth save in a 6-3 win over the Yankees Sunday.

      Givens retired the side on just 11 pitches and has now converted seven of nine save opportunities since the beginning of August. The 28-year-old has a 4.15 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP and a 76:30 K:BB for 2018.

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      10h ago

      Gattis went 3-for-3 with a walk and two RBI in Sunday's win over the Angels.

      After going hitless in 16 at-bats, Gattis has erupted for five hits over seven at-bats in games Saturday and Sunday. Prior to his two-game uprising, Gattis had appeared in just 11 of 28 games, as a slump coincided with the hot bat of Tyler White, who took over as the primary designated hitter. Injuries to Carlos Correa (back) and George Springer (thumb, leg) may lead to some at-bats for Gattis over the final week, but he remains in a bench role.

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    • C.J. Cron TB DH
      Rays' C.J. Cron: Slams 28th homer
      15h ago

      Cron went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a solo homer in Tampa Bay's 5-2 win Sunday against the Blue Jays.

      Serving as the designated hitter, Cron provided the Rays' second run with a double in the sixth inning before adding a solo homer in the eighth. Cron leads the Rays with 28 home runs and 70 RBI, and he has raised his batting average to .257 for the season.

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    • J.D. Martinez BOS DH
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      18h ago

      Martinez is out of the lineup Sunday against the Indians, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

      Martinez will rest for the second Sunday in a row with the Red Sox having already secured their spot in the postseason and well on their way to clinching the best record in baseball. The slugger will most likely get another day off or two during the final week of the regular season, but it will be tough for fantasy owners to justify benching a player slashing .332/.415/.588 in the second half.

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    • Kendrys Morales TOR DH
      Blue Jays' Kendrys Morales: Out of Sunday's lineup
      21h ago

      Morales is not in the lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Rays.

      Morales will sit for the second straight game and hasn't started back-to-back contests since Sept. 13. Teoscar Hernandez will bat seventh as the designated hitter.

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    • Ji-Man Choi TB DH
      Rays' Ji-Man Choi: Remains out Sunday
      23h ago

      Choi (knee) is not in the lineup Sunday against the Blue Jays, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

      Choi exited Friday's game with a sore left knee and will be held from the lineup for the second consecutive day. C.J. Cron will bat cleanup as the Rays' designated hitter for the series finale.

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    • Victor Martinez DET DH
      Tigers' Victor Martinez: Takes final bow
      1d ago

      Martinez recorded a first-inning infield single Saturday and was removed for a pinch runner in what's expected to wind up as his final major-league at-bat.

      V-Mart rolled one through the hole between first and second in the opening inning, and he beat the throw for an infield single before being removed from the game to an ovation from teammates, Royals and attendees. Martinez, 39, has experienced a precipitous power decline in later seasons, leaving the yard just nine times in 2018, but he'll finish a steady and often elite 16-year career with a .295 average, 2,153 hits, 246 homers and 1,178 RBI in 1,972 games.

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