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    • Dustin Pedroia BOS 2B
      Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia: Getting limited innings in field
      1h ago

      Dustin Pedroia has played just 12 innings at second base over the past eight games as the Boston Red Sox look to manage his sore left knee, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.

      Pedroia was kept off the turf in Tampa Bay last weekend, playing exclusively at designated hitter. To complicate matters, he fouled a ball off his nose earlier this week. The Red Sox are managing Pedroia to keep him relevant through the end of the season and the playoffs. As such, the Red Sox may not push him too hard this weekend when they play in Cincinnati, without the luxury of the DH. If Pedroia is rested at all this weekend, Brock Holt will likely fill in at a second base.

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    • James Paxton SEA SP
      Mariners' James Paxton: Fires just 3.2 frames in loss
      1h ago

      James Paxton (12-5) allowed two runs on four hits and two walks through just 3.2 innings to take the loss against Texas on Thursday.

      Paxton is working his way back from a pectoral injury, and while this was a better showing than his first start off the disabled list, the hard-throwing lefty still hasn't found his pre-injury form. The plan was for the Seattle Mariners to squeeze in two more starts for Paxton before the end of the season. He takes a 3.03 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 10.3 K/9 into his next projected outing against the Athletics at the Oakland Coliseum.

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    • Cole Hamels TEX SP
      Rangers' Cole Hamels: Breezes through Mariners for 11th win
      1h ago

      Cole Hamels (11-4) allowed a single run on three hits and two walks while striking out eight batters through eight innings to take the win over Seattle on Thursday.

      The veteran lefty has found a groove of late with a 2.53 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 8.4 K/9 through his past three starts. Hamels had allowed 21 runs through 28.1 innings over a five-game stretch before his recent rebound, so this mid-September surge has helped stabilized season-long numbers (3.80 ERA, 1.14 WHIP). It's definitely worth highlighting his career-worst 6.1 K/9, which is significantly lower than the 8.6 mark he posted through his first 11 seasons in the majors. Hamels has a daunting matchup against the Astros up next.

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    • Brian McCann HOU C
      Astros' Brian McCann: Supplies Houston's offense Thursday
      2h ago

      Brian McCann went 1-for-1 with a walk and a solo home run in Thursday's 3-1 loss to the White Sox.

      The Houston Astros ' vaunted attack was held in check by seven Chicago relievers after starter Carson Fulmer (blister) exited after facing just three batters. McCann's third-inning homer was all they could muster. It was McCann's 15th long ball of the season and just the second since July 25. The 33-year-old catcher has been managed to a certain extent this season; Thursday's contest was his 91st game played, the fewest games he's played in a season since his rookie year when he played 59 in 2005 for the Braves. That was also the only season in which he had fewer than 15 home runs.

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    • Chris Volstad CHW SP
      White Sox's Chris Volstad: Wins in relief
      2h ago

      Chris Volstad (1-0) allowed one run on three hits while striking out two over 4.1 relief innings to pick up the win in Thursday's 3-1 victory over Houston.

      Volstad came on early when starter Carson Fulmer was removed after a third of an inning due to a blister. The 30-year-old Volstad had been a starter for the Chicago White Sox 's Triple-A affiliate in Charlotte before getting a September callup to supplement the bullpen. Fulmer has two more turns through the rotation before the end of the season. If he's unable to go next Tuesday, Volstad's impressive showing Thursday should put him in line for a spot start.

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    • Ricardo Pinto PHI RP
      Phillies' Ricardo Pinto: Tagged with second loss Thursday
      2h ago

      Ricardo Pinto (1-2) was tagged with a loss after allowing two runs on two hits in Thursday's 5-4 loss to the Dodgers.

      Pinto allowed a solo homer to Andre Either and then Cody Bellinger drove in Chris Taylor after the latter had tripled in his at-bat. Pinto has struggled a bit since rejoining the Philadelphia Phillies in late August, allowing seven runs on 11 hits, including two homers, in nine appearances. The 23-year-old will likely get a chance to win a bullpen spot next spring, but given his struggles in the majors this year, he may find himself back at Triple-A Lehigh Valley next year for additional seasoning.

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    • Brian McCann HOU C
      Astros' Brian McCann: Supplies Houston's offense Thursday
      2h ago

      Brian McCann went 1-for-1 with a walk and a solo home run in Thursday's 3-1 loss to the White Sox.

      The Houston Astros ' vaunted attack was held in check by seven Chicago relievers after starter Carson Fulmer (blister) exited after facing just three batters. McCann's third-inning homer was all they could muster. It was McCann's 15th long ball of the season and just the second since July 25. The 33-year-old catcher has been managed to a certain extent this season; Thursday's contest was his 91st game played, the fewest games he's played in a season since his rookie year when he played 59 in 2005 for the Braves. That was also the only season in which he had fewer than 15 home runs.

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    • Manny Pina MIL C
      Brewers' Manny Pina: Gets day off Thursday
      16h ago

      Manuel Elias Pina is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Cubs.

      As has been the case recently, Pina will give way to Stephen Vogt behind the dish with a right-handed pitcher (Jake Arrieta) toeing the rubber for the opposition. Expect Pina to be available off the bench as a defensive replacement.

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    • Russell Martin TOR C
      Blue Jays' Russell Martin: Not in Thursday's lineup
      17h ago

      Russell Martin is out of the lineup Thursday against the Royals, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.

      Martin receives a standard day off following a pair of starts behind the plate, while Luke Maile gets the nod in his place. Over the course of the 2017 season, Martin is hitting .222/.349/.382 with 12 home runs and 30 RBI.

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    • Tyler Flowers ATL C
      Braves' Tyler Flowers: Returns for series finale
      18h ago

      Tyler Flowers (hand) is back in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Nationals.

      As expected, Flowers will return after missing a week with a hand injury, which was the result of a hit-by-pitch. He will step into the five hole in his first game back, looking to build on his impressive .289/.376/.467 line against right-handed pitching for the season.

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    • Wilson Ramos TB C
      Rays' Wilson Ramos: Out of Thursday lineup
      18h ago

      Wilson Ramos is not in the lineup against Baltimore on Thursday, Marc Topkin of The Tampa Bay Times reports.

      Ramos will get the series opener off following a pair of starts behind the plate, including a three-hit day with two RBI during Wednesday's victory over the Cubs. In his place, Jesus Sucre will handle the catching duties.

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    • Tyler Flowers ATL C
      Braves' Tyler Flowers: Expected back Thursday
      19h ago

      Tyler Flowers (hand) is expected to return to the lineup Thursday against the Nationals, MLB.com reports.

      R.A. Dickey was hoping to have Flowers back behind the plate Thursday to catch his knuckleball, and it seems the training staff is happy enough with Flowers' progress to sign off on his return. Flowers was hit on the hand by a pitch Sept. 13, just days after his return from a wrist injury. He should split the workload fairly evenly with Kurt Suzuki the rest of the way.

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    • Matt Carpenter STL 1B
      Cardinals' Matt Carpenter: Leaves after fouling ball off foot
      9h ago

      Matt Carpenter left Thursday's game partially due to manager Mike Matheny's desire to get more speed in the game, and partially because he fouled a ball off his foot, Derrick Goold of the St. Loius Post-Dispatch reports. He finished the game 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.

      Harrison Bader pinch hit for Carpenter in a close game, so his ailing foot likely had a part to play in the veteran exiting before the game's conclusion. It remains to be seen if this is an issue that will linger, but he should be considered day-to-day for now.

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    • Yonder Alonso SEA 1B
      Mariners' Yonder Alonso: Heads to bench Thursday
      15h ago

      Yonder Alonso is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Rangers.

      Alonso has struggled against southpaws all season, hitting just .183/.266/.423 in 71 at-bats, so he gets the day off with lefty Cole Hamels toeing the rubber for the Rangers. In his place, Danny Valencia is starting at first base and batting sixth.

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    • Matt Adams ATL 1B
      Braves' Matt Adams: Remains out Thursday
      18h ago

      Matt Adams (hamstring) is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Nationals.

      Adams' hamstring injury continues to linger, so he'll stick on the bench for another game as Lane Adams draws the start in left field. He's been able to make a couple of pinch hit appearances since injuring his hamstring Sept. 10, but it's still unclear when he'll be able to rejoin the starting nine.

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    • Paul Goldschmidt ARI 1B
      Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt: Draws closer to 20-20 season
      22h ago

      Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for-3 with a walk, two RBI, one run and a stolen base in Wednesday's 13-7 win over the Padres.

      After swiping 13 bases in the first half, Goldschmidt has been less aggressive since the All-Star break, attempting only six steals in 59 games. Even so, in collecting his 18th stolen base of the season, Goldschmidt still has a good chance at turning in a third consecutive campaign of at least 20 steals and 20 homers, an impressive achievement for any player, much less a first baseman.

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    • Efren Navarro DET 1B
      Tigers' Efren Navarro: Reaches base twice Wednesday
      23h ago

      Efren Navarro went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Wednesday's loss to the Athletics.

      Miguel Cabrera was the DH in this one, which allowed Navarro to snag a start at first base. The 31-year-old journeyman is simply a depth option at this point, but he could garner a few more starts the rest of the way as the Detroit Tigers have nothing to play for.

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    • Matt Carpenter STL 1B
      Cardinals' Matt Carpenter: Homers in win over Reds
      1d ago

      Matt Carpenter went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and two runs scored during Wednesday's win over Cincinnati.

      The veteran is turning in an interesting September with an impressive .931 OPS despite going just 7-for-36 at the dish. Considering he's playing through a nagging shoulder ailment, his .500 slugging percentage for the month is especially impressive. Still, he's probably best viewed as a boom-or-bust option over the final weeks of the campaign, and there is always a chance Carpenter is shut down ic the St. Louis Cardinals get mathematically eliminated from the postseason.

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    • Dustin Pedroia BOS 2B
      Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia: Getting limited innings in field
      1h ago

      Dustin Pedroia has played just 12 innings at second base over the past eight games as the Boston Red Sox look to manage his sore left knee, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.

      Pedroia was kept off the turf in Tampa Bay last weekend, playing exclusively at designated hitter. To complicate matters, he fouled a ball off his nose earlier this week. The Red Sox are managing Pedroia to keep him relevant through the end of the season and the playoffs. As such, the Red Sox may not push him too hard this weekend when they play in Cincinnati, without the luxury of the DH. If Pedroia is rested at all this weekend, Brock Holt will likely fill in at a second base.

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    • Ben Zobrist CHC 2B
      Cubs' Ben Zobrist: Heads to bench Thursday
      18h ago

      Ben Zobrist is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Brewers.

      Zobrist is just 1-for-19 (.053) over his previous five starts, so he'll get the day off to clear his head as the Chicago Cubs kick off a crucial four-game series against the Brewers. Javier Baez is starting at second base and batting eighth in his stead.

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    • Yolmer Sanchez CHW 2B
      White Sox's Yolmer Sanchez: Out of lineup Thursday
      18h ago

      Yolmer Sanchez is not in the lineup against the Astros on Thursday.

      Sanchez retreats to the bench following a pair of starts, including a 1-for-3 day at the plate with a double and one RBI during Wednesday's game. In his place, Tyler Saladino draws a start at the hot corner.

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    • Breyvic Valera STL 2B
      Cardinals' Breyvic Valera: Rejoins big-league club
      19h ago

      Breyvic Valera was recalled from Triple-A Memphis on Thursday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

      Memphis fell in the Triple-A National Championship game earlier in the week, freeing Valera up to return to the major-league team for the final week-plus. Valera is a versatile defender and a switch hitter who put together a solid .314/.368/.450 line with Memphis this season, but the 25-year-old lacks standout power or speed, profiling best as a utility player at the highest level.

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    • Jason Kipnis CLE 2B
      Indians' Jason Kipnis: Day off Thursday
      20h ago

      Jason Kipnis is not in the lineup against the Angels on Thursday.

      Kipnis receives a breather following three straight starts, which marked the first time he's been on the field since Aug. 22, due to a hamstring strain. He started to shake the rust off at the plate during Wednesday's victory, going 2-for-4 with a double and one RBI, earning his first hit since coming off the DL.

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    • Robinson Cano SEA 2B
      Mariners' Robinson Cano: On base three times in loss
      21h ago

      Robinson Cano went 2-for-4 with a two-run single, a walk and a run in Wednesday's 8-6 loss to the Rangers.

      Despite the disappointing team outcome, Cano's third multi-hit effort in the last five games was a bright spot. The 34-year-old second baseman has a five-game hitting streak and is tearing the cover off the ball overall in September, generating a .366/.423/.521 line and .402 wOBA over 78 plate appearances while also driving in 14 runs.

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    • Christian Villanueva SD 3B
      Padres' Christian Villanueva: Homers again Thursday
      5h ago

      Christian Villanueva went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in Thursday's 3-0 win over the Rockies.

      Villanueva followed his first-career homer Wednesday with an encore performance Thursday. The 26-year-old has started three of the San Diego Padres ' last four games -- all against southpaws, but he could begin receiving starts against righties following his strong major-league debut. He's worth a flyer for power in deeper formats in the event he can carve out an everyday role.

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    • Manny Machado BAL 3B
      Orioles' Manny Machado: Launches 33rd home run despite illness
      11h ago

      Manny Machado went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Thursday's 3-1 win over the Rays.

      Machado's two-run shot in the first inning made it 2-0 before Rays starter Matt Andriese could record a single out. The star slugger was almost kept out of the lineup due to an illness, but manager Buck Showalter's decision to dress Machado paid off big time in what ended as a two-run victory. While a slow start had the infielder slashing just .238/.306/.426 back on July 29, Machado's season line is up to .264/.318/.487 now.

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    • Miguel Sano MIN 3B
      Twins' Miguel Sano: Unlikely to return in regular season
      16h ago

      Miguel Sano (lower leg) is "unlikely" to return before the end of the regular season, according to manager Paul Molitor, MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports.

      Sano just hasn't been able to make many strides during his recovery up to this point, and Molitor has come to the realization that it's becoming even more and more unlikely that he'll be able to rejoin the club this month. Molitor also stated that there isn't any sort of deadline date in which Sano has to return or else he's shut down, which likely has everything to do with the fact that the Minnesota Twins are fighting for the second wild-card berth in the American League. Needless to say, there remains no timetable for his recovery at this moment. In the meantime, Sano will continue to receive treatments and mix in baseball activities when he can, according to LaVelle E. Neal of the Star Tribune.

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    • Cory Spangenberg SD 3B
      Padres' Cory Spangenberg: Heads to bench Thursday
      16h ago

      Cory Spangenberg is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Rockies.

      Spangenberg will head to the bench for a second straight contest, and the third time in four games, as the San Diego Padres continue to give Christian Villanueva looks at third base. With Spangenberg riding the pine, Villanueva will bat sixth and man the hot corner.

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    • Manny Machado BAL 3B
      Orioles' Manny Machado: '50-50' to play Thursday
      17h ago

      Manny Machado (illness) is in the lineup, but could be scratched following a pregame workout as manager Buck Shower said he's only "50-50" to play Thursday against Tampa Bay, Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com.

      Although Machado was initially plugged into Baltimore's lineup, it appears as though it's up in the air as to whether he will actually stay there. The third baseman missed Wednesday's game due to an illness, but is hitting second at his normal position for Thursday's contest. There will likely be an update regarding his status within the next hour.

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    • Manny Machado BAL 3B
      Orioles' Manny Machado: Back in action Thursday
      17h ago

      Manny Machado (illness) is in the lineup Thursday against the Rays.

      Machado is back in the starting nine after missing Wednesday's game due to an illness. The third baseman will return to his typical position and bat second in the order for the series opener.

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    • Tim Anderson CHW SS
      White Sox's Tim Anderson: Career-best 12-game hitting streak
      9h ago

      Anderson, Tim went 1-for-4 with a home run and a strikeout in Thursday's 3-1 win over the Astros.

      He extended his hitting streak to a career-high 12 games, as he continues his torrid close to the season. Anderson was hitting .232/.254/.347 on Aug. 1, and now he is slashing .263/.280/.417 with 17 home runs and 14 steals (on 15 attempts). His impressive tools have never been up for debate, but his approach still leaves a lot to be desired. Considering the way he is closing out his season, Anderson should enter 2018 as a strong power/speed target later in drafts.

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    • Stephen Drew WAS SS
      Nationals' Stephen Drew: Hoping to return next week
      16h ago

      Stephen Drew (abdomen) said he hopes to play in some games next week, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.

      Drew, who suffered a torn abdominal muscle at the end of July, remains set on returning before the end of the season. It was originally thought that he wouldn't be able to return this season, but the 34-year-old has been steadily ramping up his baseball activity in recent days and it now looks like a possibility. If he continues to trend in the right direction, Drew could potentially return to game action sometime next week, though it's unlikely that he'll be included on the Washington Nationals ' postseason roster even if he does return.

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    • Orlando Arcia MIL SS
      Brewers' Orlando Arcia: Not in Thursday's lineup
      16h ago

      Arcia, Orlando is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Cubs.

      Arcia will open on the bench for a second time in six games as manager Craig Counsell continues to give Eric Sogard starts around the infield. The 23-year-old has turned in a passable .271/.364/.354 line with seven RBI and a 9:7 K:BB through 18 games in September.

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    • Tim Beckham BAL SS
      Orioles' Tim Beckham: Held out again Thursday
      17h ago

      Tim Beckham (mouth) is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Rays.

      Beckham will miss a second straight game after getting a wisdom tooth removed. In his place, J.J. Hardy draws another start at shortstop. Beckham should be considered day-to-day ahead of Friday's affair.

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    • Ryan Goins TOR SS
      Blue Jays' Ryan Goins: Not in starting nine Thursday
      17h ago

      Ryan Goins is out of the lineup Thursday against Kansas City, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.

      Goins heads to the bench in favor of Darwin Barney after starting the past three contests. Since the beginning of September, Goins is hitting just .224/.281/.310 with one home run and four RBI.

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    • Adeiny Hechavarria TB SS
      Rays' Adeiny Hechavarria: Not in Thursday's lineup
      18h ago

      Adeiny Hechavarria is out of the lineup against Baltimore on Thursday, Marc Topkin of The Tampa Bay Times reports.

      Hechavarria receives a rare day off for the first time since Aug. 24 while Daniel Robertson gets a start at short. Over the last eight games, Hechavarria is hitting .310/.375/.655 and will likely be back in the lineup for Friday's contest.

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    • Scott Schebler CIN RF
      Reds' Scott Schebler: Homers twice in loss to Cards
      25m ago

      Scott Schebler went 2-for-5 with two solo home runs during Thursday's loss to St. Louis.

      The outfielder had just a single homer, five RBI and seven runs through his previous 20 games, so Thursday's showing was a welcomed power outburst for fantasy owners. It's been a breakout showing for Schebler, as he's up to 29 homers, 63 RBI and 62 runs with a .236/.314/.497 slash line through just 132 games.

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    • Mike Trout LAA CF
      Angels' Mike Trout: Reaches base four times
      5h ago

      Mike Trout went 2-for-2 with a pair of walks and a run scored in Thursday's 4-1 loss to the Indians.

      Trout's bat has uncharacteristically gone cold this month, as he has gone just 15-for-61 (.246) through 18 September starts. In true superstar fashion, he has still provided fantasy value during his hitting slump with two homers, six steals and 14 runs scored.

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    • Curtis Granderson LAD LF
      Dodgers' Curtis Granderson: Smacks 25th homer
      5h ago

      Curtis Granderson went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Thursday's 5-4 win over the Phillies.

      Manager Dave Roberts has stuck with Granderson through his early September struggles (.103/.239/.103 through first 14 games), and he rewarded his manager's decision with two homers over his last four contests. The 36-year-old won't help fantasy owners in the batting average department (batting .206 this season), but he can certainly help in the power department while serving as the Los Angeles Dodgers ' primary left fielder.

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    • Nicky Delmonico CHW LF
      White Sox's Nicky Delmonico: Still dealing with wrist pain
      10h ago

      Nicky Delmonico admitted to dealing with "a little pain here and there" in his right wrist, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports.

      Delmonico added that he's feeling better since he received a cortisone shot last week, but his production has fallen off since he was activated from the 10-day disabled list. He's batting .179 (7-for-39) over 12 games. Delmonico thinks the wrist issue will clear up once the season is over, which doesn't sound very promising for his immediate fantasy value.

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    • Melky Cabrera KC RF
      Royals' Melky Cabrera: Drives in only run in three-hit effort
      11h ago

      Melky Cabrera went 3-for-4 with an RBI in Thursday's 1-0 win at Toronto.

      Cabrera drove in the game's lone run with a single in the third inning, but was also caught stealing later in that frame. The veteran outfielder continues to bat third in the order for Kansas City's underwhelming offense and needs just five RBI to match his career high of 87 set during his first stint with the Kansas City Royals back in 2011.

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    • Nick Williams PHI RF
      Phillies' Nick Williams: Lifts 11th homer in loss to Dodgers
      14h ago

      Williams, Nick went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run in Thursday's loss to the Dodgers.

      The 24-year-old is now up to 11 homers through 74 big-league games, but he also struck out three times in this one, marking his fifth straight start with multiple strikeouts. Williams will have a tough time maintaining a high average with all those strikeouts, but his spot in the heart of the batting order is conducive to compiling counting stats.

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    • Tyler Anderson COL SP
      Rockies' Tyler Anderson: Fans six in losing effort
      40m ago

      Tyler Anderson (5-6) allowed three runs on six hits and a walk while striking out six batters through 5.2 innings to take the loss against San Diego on Thursday.

      The Colorado Rockies couldn't muster the offense to help out Anderson on Thursday, which snapped a two-game winning streak off the disabled list for the lefty. Anderson missed approximately two months with a knee injury, so posting a 1.72 ERA, 0.77 WHIP and 7.5 K/9 through three outings since returning from the DL is an encouraging stretch. He projects to face the Marlins at Coors Field in his final start of the campaign.

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    • James Paxton SEA SP
      Mariners' James Paxton: Fires just 3.2 frames in loss
      1h ago

      James Paxton (12-5) allowed two runs on four hits and two walks through just 3.2 innings to take the loss against Texas on Thursday.

      Paxton is working his way back from a pectoral injury, and while this was a better showing than his first start off the disabled list, the hard-throwing lefty still hasn't found his pre-injury form. The plan was for the Seattle Mariners to squeeze in two more starts for Paxton before the end of the season. He takes a 3.03 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 10.3 K/9 into his next projected outing against the Athletics at the Oakland Coliseum.

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    • Cole Hamels TEX SP
      Rangers' Cole Hamels: Breezes through Mariners for 11th win
      1h ago

      Cole Hamels (11-4) allowed a single run on three hits and two walks while striking out eight batters through eight innings to take the win over Seattle on Thursday.

      The veteran lefty has found a groove of late with a 2.53 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 8.4 K/9 through his past three starts. Hamels had allowed 21 runs through 28.1 innings over a five-game stretch before his recent rebound, so this mid-September surge has helped stabilized season-long numbers (3.80 ERA, 1.14 WHIP). It's definitely worth highlighting his career-worst 6.1 K/9, which is significantly lower than the 8.6 mark he posted through his first 11 seasons in the majors. Hamels has a daunting matchup against the Astros up next.

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    • Chris Volstad CHW SP
      White Sox's Chris Volstad: Wins in relief
      2h ago

      Chris Volstad (1-0) allowed one run on three hits while striking out two over 4.1 relief innings to pick up the win in Thursday's 3-1 victory over Houston.

      Volstad came on early when starter Carson Fulmer was removed after a third of an inning due to a blister. The 30-year-old Volstad had been a starter for the Chicago White Sox 's Triple-A affiliate in Charlotte before getting a September callup to supplement the bullpen. Fulmer has two more turns through the rotation before the end of the season. If he's unable to go next Tuesday, Volstad's impressive showing Thursday should put him in line for a spot start.

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    • Clayton Richard SD SP
      Padres' Clayton Richard: Validates contract extension
      5h ago

      Clayton Richard (8-14) shutout the Rockies over 7.1 innings, allowing seven hits and a walk while striking out eight and earning the win Thursday.

      Richard received a two-year contract extension Wednesday, and he rewarded the San Diego Padres ' decision with one of his finest outings of the season. The veteran southpaw maintained his excellent 3.5 GB/FB ratio with 12 groundballs Thursday. Richard has been coming on strong lately, tossing three quality starts over his last four outings. The 33-year-old has some deep-league streaming appeal for his final start of the season next Wednesday against the Dodgers, who he held to three runs over six innings in their previous meeting Sept. 2.

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    • Tanner Roark WAS SP
      Nationals' Tanner Roark: Takes loss against Braves
      8h ago

      Tanner Roark (13-10) allowed three runs on six hits while striking out seven batters through seven innings to take the loss against Atlanta on Thursday.

      This was a solid showing from Roark, as the Washington bats generated just two runs. Roark has allowed two runs or fewer in 11 of 12 starts since the All-Star break, so after a rough patch to begin the season, he's been a solid fantasy asset in the second half. The 30-year-old righty projects to make his final start of the season on the road against Philadelphia.

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    • Xavier Cedeno TB RP
      Rays' Xavier Cedeno: Officially activated from DL
      11m ago

      Xavier Cedeno was officially activated from the disabled list Thursday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

      The move had been fully expected after Cedeno had completed a multi-outing rehab stint by pitching in the Triple-A title game for Durham on Tuesday. The veteran southpaw is likely to see a handful of appearances before the season concludes after having been sidelined since April 21.

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    • Arodys Vizcaino ATL RP
      Braves' Arodys Vizcaino: Rebounds for 12th save
      18m ago

      Arodys Vizcaino struck out the side during a scoreless ninth inning to convert his 12th save of the season during Thursday's win over Washington.

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      Keone Kela recorded his second save of the season despite allowing a solo home run in the ninth inning of Thursday's win over Seattle.

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      Ricardo Pinto (1-2) was tagged with a loss after allowing two runs on two hits in Thursday's 5-4 loss to the Dodgers.

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      Brad Hand struck out the side in a perfect ninth inning for his 20th save of the season against the Rockies on Thursday.

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      Raisel Iglesias allowed two runs on three hits while striking out two batters during Thursday's loss to St. Louis.

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      Edwin Encarnacion went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's win over the Angels.

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      Matt Davidson was scratched from Thursday's lineup against the Astros due to flu-like symptoms.

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      Matt Davidson was scratched from Thursday's lineup against the Astros.

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      Albert Pujols went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 6-5 loss to the Indians.

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