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Athletics' Bruce Maxwell: Not likely to play this weekend
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Maxwell (head) is unlikely to catch through the weekend, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Maxwell exited Wednesday's win over the Tigers in the ninth inning after taking a foul ball off the center of his mask. While he reported feeling better Friday, he apparently continues to feel some of after-effects. Josh Phegley filled in behind the dish against the Rangers on Friday and veteran Dustin Garneau is also available.

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Mariners' James Paxton: Increase in velocity a positive sign
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Paxton, who threw 73 pitches in Thursday's start against the Rangers, saw his fastball reach as high as 98.4 mph during the outing, Josh Horton of MLB.com reports. "It just felt like when I needed something, I could go get it, velocity-wise," Paxton said. "The velocity was better, and I was executing pitches in better locations as a whole."

The figure is impressive in and of itself, but also represents a very encouraging improvement over what Paxton was able to muster in his first start back from a disabled list stint due to a pectoral injury. The southpaw had only hit the low 90s with his fastball in that appearance, but he managed to average 94.7 mph Thursday. He's poised to potentially make two more starts before season's end, with the first slated to come against the Athletics next Tuesday.

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Reds' Scooter Gennett: Blasts 27th homer of year Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gennett went 1-for-4 with a grand slam and a walk Friday against the Red Sox.

Gennett left the yard for the 27th time this season to give the Reds a first-inning lead in a game they'd go on to lose. He continues to reward fantasy owners for spending a late draft pick on him this season, as he has a .297 batting average to go along with a .548 slugging percentage.

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Reds' Sal Romano: Lasts just four innings in Friday defeat
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Romano (5-7) allowed five runs on five hits and four walks while striking out three across four innings to take the loss Friday against the Red Sox.

Romano was provided a 4-1 lead in the first inning before giving up four runs in the fourth inning, which resulted in him dropping his seventh decision of the season. This was the first time he's allowed more than three earned runs in a start since August 13, and aside from his outing, he's been a solid fantasy option over the last full month. He'll make his next start Thursday against the Brewers.

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Red Sox's Rafael Devers: Crushes first homer of September on Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Devers went 2-for-4 with a double and a three-run homer Friday against the Reds.

Devers smashed his ninth homer of the season as part of a four-run fourth inning that helped deliver the Red Sox a come-from-behind victory. After raking throughout the months of July and August, he's hit just a single homer this month although he's still batting over .300 in September.

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