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Alcantara (wrist) out again Thursday 09-18-2014
Arismendy Alcantara CF CHC
Arismendy Alcantara (wrist) is out of the Cubs' lineup again Thursday.

Carrie Muskat on Twitter
Alcantara suffered a right wrist sprain when he slammed into the outfield wall on Monday and will miss his third straight game Thursday, but he plans to hit in the cage and take batting practice. If all goes well, he could play Friday.
Angels' regulars resting Thursday vs. M's 09-18-2014
Mike Trout CF LAA
Mike Trout is not in Thursday's lineup against the Mariners.

Eric Kay on Twitter
Not surprisingly, the Angels' regulars are sitting after the team wrapped up the AL West on Wednesday night. Here's the lineup King Felix will face: Tony Campana CF, Gordon Beckham SS, Brennan Boesch RF, C.J. Cron DH, Efren Navarro 1B, Grant Green 2B, Hank Conger C, Luis Jimenez 3B, Shawn O'Malley LF.
Arenado (pneumonia) could miss rest of season 09-18-2014
Nolan Arenado 3B COL
Nolan Arenado (pneumonia) could miss the rest of the season.

Patrick Saunders on Twitter
Holt (concussion) to resume activities 09-18-2014
Brock Holt 3B BOS
Brock Holt (concussion) will resume baseball activities Friday.

Sean McAdam on Twitter
Holt was diagnosed with a concussion last week, but he got positive news in a checkup on Thursday. While he's making progress, it's unclear if he'll play again this season. Red Sox manager John Farrell has mentioned the possibility of sending him to the instructional league next month so that he can go into the offseason with some peace of mind.
Mercer (back) returns to Pirates' lineup 09-18-2014
Jordy Mercer SS PIT
Jordy Mercer (back) has returned to the Pirates' lineup Thursday against the Red Sox.

Pittsburgh Pirates on Twitter
Mercer had his back tighten up on him Tuesday and ended up missing consecutive games, but he's feeling better now. He'll bat seventh against Brandon Workman.
Dickerson not in Thursday's lineup 09-18-2014
Corey Dickerson CF COL
Corey Dickerson is not in the Rockies' lineup Thursday against the Diamondbacks.

Patrick Saunders on Twitter
He'll take a seat with left-hander Vidal Nuno pitching for Arizona. Brandon Barnes is starting in left field.
Blackmon not in Thursday's lineup 09-18-2014
Charlie Blackmon CF COL
Charlie Blackmon is not in Thursday's lineup against the Diamondbacks.

Patrick Saunders on Twitter
He's sitting with southpaw Vidal Nuno on the mound. Drew Stubbs will start in center field.
Crawford not in Thursday's lineup 09-18-2014
Carl Crawford LF LAD
Carl Crawford is not in Thursday's lineup against the Cubs.

Eric Stephen on Twitter
He's taking a seat again with left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada on the mound for Chicago. Scott Van Slyke will make another start in left.
Hanley (elbow) back in Thursday's lineup 09-18-2014
Hanley Ramirez SS LAD
Hanley Ramirez (elbow) is back in Thursday's lineup against the Cubs.

Eric Stephen on Twitter
Ramirez has missed the last two games with a strained right elbow, but he'll try to give it a go. He'll bat fifth against southpaw Tsuyoshi Wada.
Perez dealing with 'dead arm' 09-18-2014
Oliver Perez P ARZ
Oliver Perez has been shut down indefinitely with what the Diamondbacks are calling "a dead arm."

Arizona Republic
Perez has logged a career-high 65 appearances this season and admitted to some soreness after showing diminished velocity over the weekend, so the Diamondbacks are being cautious. He hasn't officially been shut down for the year yet.
Fernandez (elbow) to have checkup Thursday 09-18-2014
Jose Fernandez P MIA
Jose Fernandez (elbow) will have a checkup Thursday.

Manny Navarro on Twitter
If all goes well, he should begin a throwing program on October 1. Fernandez underwent Tommy John surgery in mid-May and will likely miss most of the first half next season.
LeBlanc to start Thursday vs. Mariners 09-18-2014
Wade LeBlanc P LAA
Wade LeBlanc will start Thursday against the Mariners.

Pedro Moura on Twitter
LeBlanc was originally scheduled to start Saturday against the Rangers, but the Angels decided to scratch Jered Weaver after wrapping up the AL West on Wednesday night. The southpaw is not a fantasy option.
Jered Weaver scratched from Thursday's start 09-18-2014
Jered Weaver P LAA
Jered Weaver has been scratched from Thursday's start against the Mariners.

Pedro Moura on Twitter
It's not injury-related, as the Angels wrapped up the division Wednesday night and will give him a day to rest after the celebration. Wade LeBlanc will start instead.
LaRoche out of lineup Thursday 09-18-2014
Adam LaRoche 1B WAS
Adam LaRoche is out of the Nationals' lineup Thursday against the Marlins.

Washington Nationals on Twitter
Most the Nationals' regulars are back in the lineup Thursday, but LaRoche will sit for a second straight day. Kevin Frandsen is starting at first base.
Anthony Rizzo out of Cubs' lineup Thursday 09-18-2014
Anthony Rizzo 1B CHC
Anthony Rizzo is not in the Cubs' starting lineup on Thursday night against the Dodgers.

Carrie Muskat on Twitter
Rizzo missed nearly three weeks between late August and mid-September with a back problem, and the Cubs are planning to rest him every other day down the stretch as to avoid a re-injury. Mike Olt is starting at first base on Thursday versus Los Angeles.
David Ortiz (family) back in lineup Thursday 09-18-2014
David Ortiz DH BOS
David Ortiz is back in the Red Sox starting lineup on Thursday night versus the Pirates.

Sean McAdam on Twitter
Ortiz was away from the Red Sox for much of this week due to a private family emergency. He is starting at first base for Boston on Thursday at PNC Park.
Rusney Castillo not in Red Sox lineup Thurs. 09-18-2014
Rusney Castillo CF BOS
Rusney Castillo is not in the Red Sox starting lineup Thursday night against the Pirates.

Ian Browne on Twitter
Castillo will get a day off after netting one infield single in four at-bats Wednesday in his major league debut. The 27-year-old will be eased into action over these final 10 games. Jackie Bradley Jr. is starting in center field on Thursday in Pittsburgh.
Nationals claim Pedro Florimon off waivers 09-18-2014
Pedro Florimon SS WAS
Nationals claimed INF Pedro Florimon off waivers from the Twins. Florimon is a .204/.266/.300 career hitter in 692 career plate appearances at the major league level, but he is athletic enough to play all around the infield. The Nats designated outfielder Eury Perez for assignment to open up a 40-man roster spot.
Reddick (neck) out of A's lineup Thursday 09-18-2014
Josh Reddick RF OAK
Josh Reddick is out of the A's starting lineup on Thursday due to a sore neck and ankle.

John Shea on Twitter
Reddick underwent an MRI on Thursday morning that showed no structural damage. He's considered day-to-day. Sam Fuld is starting in right field versus Texas.
Nationals designate Eury Perez for assignment 09-18-2014
Eury Perez CF WAS
Nationals designated OF Eury Perez for assignment. Perez has a decent .310/.354/.411 batting line with 63 stolen bases in 193 career games at Triple-A. The 24-year-old outfielder should draw interest on waivers.
Vogt (ankle) out of A's lineup again Thursday 09-18-2014
Stephen Vogt C OAK
Stephen Vogt (ankle) is out of the A's starting lineup again on Thursday versus the Rangers.

John Shea on Twitter
Vogt hasn't started in over two weeks because of a sprained left ankle. He was able to pinch-hit Wednesday, but Billy Burns pinch-ran for Vogt after he drew a walk in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Taijuan Walker to start Friday versus Astros 09-18-2014
Taijuan Walker P SEA
Taijuan Walker will start for the Mariners on Friday night against the Astros.
He'll be filling in for Roenis Elias, who is likely done for the season with elbow troubles. Walker owns a 2.96 ERA and 21/15 K/BB ratio in 24 1/3 innings (three starts and three relief appearances) this season for the Mariners and makes for an intriguing fantasy streamer against the punchless 'Stros.
LeBlanc to start for Angels on Saturday 09-18-2014
Wade LeBlanc P LAA
Wade LeBlanc has been confirmed as the Angels' starter for Saturday's game against the Rangers.

Mike DiGiovanna on Twitter
That was confirmed after the Halos clinched the American League West championship on Wednesday night. LeBlanc owns a rough 6.88 ERA and 1.47 WHIP in 17 innings this season for Anaheim. He's filling in for Matt Shoemaker, who remains sidelined with an oblique strain.
Teixeira (wrist) goes 0-for-3 in return Wed. 09-18-2014
Mark Teixeira 1B NYY
Mark Teixeira (wrist) went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout Wednesday against the Rays. Teixeira sat out Tuesday with discomfort in his surgically-repaired wrist. He told reporters that he's committed to playing through the pain through the end of the season and will then undergo a full examination to determine what sort of offseason treatment is necessary. The 34-year-old first baseman is batting .217/.320/.400 with 21 homers and 58 RBI in 116 games.
Hechavarria (shoulder) goes 1-for-3 in return 09-18-2014
Adeiny Hechavarria SS MIA
Adeiny Hechavarria (shoulder) went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Wednesday's win. Hechavarria missed Tuesday's game with a sore left shoulder. It was never a serious concern. The 25-year-old shortstop is batting .281/.313/.365 this season.
Stephen Vogt C OAK
Stephen Vogt returned to action on Wednesday September 17.
Mark Teixeira 1B NYY
Mark Teixeira returned to action on Wednesday September 17.
Seth Smith LF SD
Seth Smith returned to action on Wednesday September 17.
Adeiny Hechavarria SS MIA
Adeiny Hechavarria returned to action on Wednesday September 17.
Doolittle melts down, A's struggles continue 09-18-2014
Sean Doolittle P OAK
Sean Doolittle imploded in a big way on Wednesday, allowing five runs while only recording one out in the ninth inning against the Rangers. A's skipper Bob Melvin called upon Doolittle with a 1-0 lead. The left-hander got the first batter out, but the situation unraveled quickly from there. Two straight hits were followed by an intentional walk, which itself was bookended by a J.P. Arencibia homer. A rattled Doolittle walked Robinson Chirinos before he finally got the hook; Chirinos later came around to score. Doolittle hadn't allowed a run since July 6 prior to tonight. The A's are now 17-27 since the beginning of August, including 6-12 in one-run games and 6-15 in road contests. That rotten stretch gift-wrapped the AL West for the Angels. If the A's don't pick it up quickly, they could get passed by the Mariners and miss the playoffs altogether.
Rosales goes 3-for-4 with a steal in victory 09-18-2014
Adam Rosales 3B TEX
Adam Rosales went 3-for-4 with a steal in Wednesday's 6-1 win against the A's. He's 6-for-12 (.500) with two walks over his last three games, the past two of which have come against his former team. Which must be sweet. You might recall last year's Rosales transaction shenanigans between these two clubs. If not, here's your primer: The A's DFA'd him on Deadline Day, the Rangers claimed him on August 2, they DFA'd him on August 5, the A's claimed him back on August 8 and DFA'd him on August 10. The Rangers got him back for good on yet another claim two days later. Rosales has surprisingly turned into a productive AL-only player as the season winds down. He's now slashing .297/.371/.445 across 46 games.
Holland continues to excel since DL return 09-18-2014
Derek Holland P TEX
Derek Holland had another quality start in Wednesday's no-decision against the A's, surrendering just one run on four hits over 6 1/3 innings. He struck out five and walked three. Holland has been sensational since returning from knee surgery. He has a 0.99 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 22/3 K/BB ratio across 27 1/3 innings. He'll look to keep the momentum going on Monday versus Houston.
Samardzija works 8 shutout innings in ND 09-18-2014
Jeff Samardzija P OAK
Jeff Samardzija shut out the Rangers for eight innings on Wednesday, striking out 10, but he was left with a no-decision when the bullpen imploded in a 6-1 loss. A crushing loss for the A's, who gave up six runs in the top of the ninth inning against a 58-92 team. The heartbreaker allowed the Angels to clinch the AL West for the first time since 2009. As for Samardzija, he must feel like he's pitching for the Cubs again. He's hurled 15 shutout innings over his past two starts and emerged with a pair of no-decisions. Overall, he's 6-12 with a 2.98 ERA and 1.07 WHIP.
Revere goes 2-for-5 with a steal in win 09-18-2014
Ben Revere CF PHI
Ben Revere went 2-for-5 with a double, steal and two RBI against the Padres on Wednesday. He's swiped three bags over the past four games and now has 46 total, good for third best in the National League. Hopefully this game will break him out of his funk. Revere entered play batting just .171 in his last 11 games.
OF Brown has 2 hits in win agaisnt Padres 09-18-2014
Domonic Brown LF PHI
Domonic Brown went 2-for-4 with a run scored in the Phillies' win over the Padres on Wednesday. It's been a long, lonely, treacherous season for the 2013 revelation. But he just finished off a solid series at Petco, going 4-for-11 (.363) with a homer and a steal. Hey, his owners will take whatever they can get at this point. Brown, slashing .234/.286/.353, is very likely playing out the string on his Phillies' career. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported earlier this month that the Phillies will look to trade Brown this winter.
Hamels dominates Padres, allows 1 ER in 7 IP 09-18-2014
Cole Hamels P PHI
Cole Hamels painted seven innings of one-run ball as the Phillies sunk the Padres 5-2 on Wednesday. Hamels struck out nine, walked one and scattered seven hits. Only Cameron Maybin's RBI single in the fourth, which gave San Diego a 1-0 lead, did any damage. Fortunately for Hamels, his teammates had his back and scored four runs in the top half of the next frame. Hamels, who improved to 9-7 with a 2.47 ERA, will be in Miami next time around.
Stults doesn't reach the 5th inning in defeat 09-18-2014
Eric Stults P SD
Eric Stults allowed four runs on six hits over 4 1/3 innings in Wednesday's loss to the Phillies. This outing was the norm earlier in the season, but odds are that it will annoy some fantasy owners perusing box scores online on Thursday morning. Consider: On July 27, the left-hander sat at 3-13 with a 5.22 ERA. Not even Rotoworld could have predicted what happened next: Stults went 4-3 with a 2.81 ERA in his next eight starts entering play today. If you decided to play with fire in the fantasy playoffs, you just got burned. The 34-year-old hosts the Rockies in a decent matchup on Tuesday.
Cron goes 2-for-3 with HR vs. the Mariners 09-18-2014
C.J. Cron 1B LAA
C.J. Cron went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer in a win over the Mariners on Wednesday. Cron had gone 1-for-10 with zero RBI in his previous five games since going deep for the last time. At this point in his career, Cron is a bit of an all-or-nothing proposition. The .482 slugging percentage is spectacular, but he'll want to get on base at a better than .301 clip in future campaigns.
Pujols goes 0-for-4 with 2 strikeouts 09-18-2014
Albert Pujols 1B LAA
Albert Pujols finished 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts in Wednesday's 5-0 win against the Mariners. Pujols returned to the lineup yesterday after leaving Monday's game early due to a left hamstring cramp. The veteran went 1-for-3 on Tuesday and cashed in RBI No. 98. He'd plated 15 runners over his last 12 games coming into play today. Pujols retains a solid .272/.326/.465 slash line.
Wilson gives up 1 hit over 7 shutout frames 09-18-2014
C.J. Wilson P LAA
C.J. Wilson fired seven shutout innings and yielded only one hit in Wednesday's 5-0 win over the Mariners. The Angels magic number to win the AL West has dropped to 1. Wilson whiffed seven and walked three in this gem, the lefty's third straight victory, a trick he pulled off for the first time this season. You shouldn't take that to mean he'd pitched particularly well prior to tonight, however, as Wilson allowed six runs (five earned) over 11 1/3 frames in the first two wins but received 23 runs of support. He didn't need much help tonight. Now 13-9 with a 4.42 ERA, Wilson has a pivotal matchup against the A's on deck.
Paxton strikes out 8 over 6+ frames in loss 09-18-2014
James Paxton P SEA
James Paxton worked 6 2/3 innings and allowed three runs in Wednesday's loss to the Angels. Paxton matched Angels starter C.J. Wilson frame by scoreless frame until the seventh, when everything unraveled, though it looked worse on the box score than it was in reality. The left-hander induced a pop out in foul territory from Albert Pujols and then yielded a pair of singles. A throwing error allowed a run in and left a runner on second, so Paxton intentionally walked Erick Aybar. He got Chris Iannetta looking, but then Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon inserted Danny Farquhar. The reliever promptly gave up a homer. Paxton might forgive McClendon for not allowing him to clean his own mess, as the skipper has had kind words to say about Paxton recently, including calling him "the glue to this rotation." Paxton (6-3, 2.03 ERA) pitches north of the border in Toronto on Monday.