Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on September 24, 2012 @ 09:08:29 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Paul Konerko | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 1B Paul Konerko is now 2-for-22 lifetime against Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Jered Weaver.

1B | Albert Pujols | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols reached the 100-RBI mark for the 11th time in 12 big league seasons with a two-run double as the Angels won 4-1 over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday, Sept. 23.

1B | Ryan Howard | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard hit his 300th career home run Saturday, Sept. 23, against Atlanta Braves SP Mike Minor.

1B | Mark Teixeira | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira (calf) was able to do some light running as well as field some ground balls without any problem Saturday, Sept. 22. He also took batting practice outdoors before the game Saturday. He said there is no timetable for his return because he is still concerned about running and diving for groundballs.

1B | Joey Votto | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 1B Joey Votto is hitting .342 in 13 games since returning from the disabled list, but he has yet to hit a home run.


Second Baseman

2B | Robert Andino | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles INF Robert Andino (head) is in the starting lineup against the Boston Red Sox Sunday, Sept. 23.

2B | Dustin Ackley | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 2B Dustin Ackley (neck) was out of the lineup Saturday, Sept. 22, against the Texas Rangers due to his stiff neck. Manager Eric Wedge said Ackley should be fine by Sunday, Sept. 23.

2B | Darwin Barney | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 2B Darwin Barney hit a two-out, two-run homer to tie the score at 4-4 in a game the team eventually won, 5-4, in 11 innings Friday, Sept. 21, against the St. Louis Cardinals. Barney has 25 hits in September, matching his highest output of any month this season, with eight games yet to play. The 26-year-old is hitting .352 this month.

2B | Neil Walker | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates 2B Neil Walker (back) was back out of the lineup Friday, Sept. 21, against the Houston Astros due to his back issue.

2B | Dustin Pedroia | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia went 0-for-16 in the four-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays this week.


Shortstop

SS | Hanley Ramirez | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez (shin) left the game Sunday, Sept. 23, after he fouled a ball off his left shin.

SS | Everth Cabrera | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres SS Everth Cabrera had four hits and three steals Sunday, Sept. 23.

SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter will bat leadoff and serve as the designated hitter against the Oakland Athletics Sunday, Sept. 23. INF Eduardo Nunez will play shortstop and bat ninth. OF Ichiro Suzuki will bat second.

SS | Andrelton Simmons | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Braves SS Andrelton Simmons (ankle, shoulder) is being held out of the lineup against the Philadelphia Phillies Saturday, Sept. 22, as a precautionary measure. He is likely to return Sunday, Sept. 23.

SS | Paul Janish | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Atlanta Braves SS Paul Janish (shoulder) could be sidelined for three to four weeks because of a dislocated left shoulder.

SS | Peter Kozma | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SS Peter Kozma stole home during the team's game Friday, Sept. 21, against the Chicago Cubs. It was the first steal of home since Kerry Robinson accomplished it in 2002.

SS | Jed Lowrie | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros SS Jed Lowrie (knee) is pleased with the progress of his right knee and was happy to be able to play back-to-back nine-inning games Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 18 and 19, in St. Louis without having any issues. Lowrie continues to build up strength in his legs after missing 52 games with an injury to his right ankle and leg. The Astros are taking it slow with Lowrie to make sure they don't jeopardize his health. "My knee feels 100 percent," Lowrie said. "My knee feels great. I think it's a matter of getting into shape where I can play every day. That's something that, in my estimation and from what the doctors and the training staff have told me, is completely expected."

SS | Zack Cozart | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SS Zack Cozart (oblique) returns to the lineup Friday, Sept. 21, after missing 14 games with a strained left oblique.

SS | Yunel Escobar | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SS Yunel Escobar is not in the starting lineup following the conclusion of his three-game suspension Friday, Sept. 21. "When we met earlier today it became increasing clear during that discussion that he needs another day to get back and be ready to play a major league game," skipper John Farrell said. "It's not so much staying in shape or baseball activity, it's just about how he's dealing with the fallout of what he did. He's remorseful for what took place, and as a result he needs another day to get things in line." Escobar could return Saturday, Sept. 22.

SS | Troy Tulowitzki | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki (groin) will work out Friday, Sept. 21, but he won't be activated from the disabled list. However, he could return during the team's current homestand.

SS | Jean Segura | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SS Jean Segura is hitting .464 over his last 10 games.


Third Baseman

3B | Chris D. Johnson | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks 3B Chris D. Johnson (hand) was hit on the left hand Sunday, Sept. 23, and left the game. X-rays were negative, and he's day to day.

3B | Evan Longoria | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays 3B Evan Longoria is starting at third base against the Toronto Blue Jays Sunday, Sept. 23, and C Stephen Vogt is making his first start behind the plate.

3B | Michael Young | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers DH Michael Young extended his hitting streak to 11 games on Saturday, Sept. 22.

3B | Adrian Beltre | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre (abdominal) returned to the starting lineup Saturday, Sept. 22, against the Seattle Mariners.

3B | Miguel Cabrera | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera swatted his 42nd home run Saturday, Sept. 22, against the Minnesota Twins, moving him into the major league lead with Texas Rangers OF Josh Hamilton. He has 131 RBIs, leading Hamilton by eight in that category, and he leads the American League with a .332 batting average.

3B | Chipper Jones | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 3B Chipper Jones is in the starting lineup against the Philadelphia Phillies Saturday, Sept. 22, but is likely to get the day off Sunday, Sept. 23.

3B | Mark Reynolds | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 3B Mark Reynolds has gone six straight games with at least one RBI which ties a career high.

3B | Eric Sogard | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics INF Eric Sogard (back) is participating in baseball activities but isn't close to returning. "He's doing some baseball activity, but I don't think you're looking at a potential option in the coming days," manager Bob Melvin said. "We'll see where he's at when we get home, but it's not something we're looking at now, certainly on this road trip."

3B | Wilson Betemit | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 3B Wilson Betemit (wrist) received a cortisone shot in his right wrist, and he'll head back to Baltimore to visit with a team doctor. The team doesn't expect him to return this year.

3B | Danny Valencia | Boston Red Sox | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Boston Red Sox recalled RPs Pedro Beato and Zach Stewart and 3B Danny Valencia from Triple-A Pawtucket Friday, Sept. 21.


Catcher

C | Ryan Hanigan | Cincinnati Reds | Injury
Cincinnati Reds C Ryan Hanigan (shoulder) left the game Sunday, Sept. 23, with a bruised right shoulder.

C | Joe Mauer | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins C Joe Mauer drove in four runs in the first game of a doubleheader Sunday, Sept. 23.

C | Carlos Santana | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians C Carlos Santana had two homers and five RBI Sunday, Sept. 23.

C | Salvador Perez | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals C Salvador Perez (hands) will return to the lineup on Monday, Sept. 24, after sitting out the weekend to let his hands heal from being banged and bruised by foul balls.

C | A.J. Ellis | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Entering play Sunday, Sept. 23, Los Angeles Dodgers C A.J. Ellis is hitless in his last 28 at-bats.

C | Yadier Molina | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals C Yadier Molina (back) is out of the starting lineup against the Chicago Cubs Sunday, Sept. 23, because of lower back spasms.

C | Wilin Rosario | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies C Wilin Rosario is scheduled to play winter ball in his native Dominican Republic and will participate in various drills during the offseason designed by catching coach Jerry Weinstein to improve his defense. One of the drills involves a pitching machine intentionally throwing balls into the dirt (from a distance of less than 60 feet, 6 inches), forcing Rosario to quickly move his body to block pitches. Rosario leads the majors with 20 passed balls this season.

C | Yasmani Grandal | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres C Yasmani Grandal (head) was scratched from the lineup Saturday, Sept. 22, against the San Francisco Giants due to precautionary reasons. He was hit in the mask by a foul ball Friday, Sept. 21.

C | Ali Solis | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres C Yasmani Grandal (head) left the game against the San Francisco Giants Friday, Sept. 21, during the seventh inning, after taking a foul ball off his mask. He was replaced in the game by C Ali Solis.

C | Yorvit Torrealba | Milwaukee Brewers | Transaction
The Milwaukee Brewers acquired C Yorvit Torrealba from the Toronto Blue Jays for cash considerations.

C | Alex Avila | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers C Alex Avila (head) is back in the lineup Friday, Sept. 21.

C | Ryan Lavarnway | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox C Ryan Lavarnway has seven RBIs in his last seven games.


Outfielder

OF | Mike Morse | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Mike Morse is out of the lineup Monday, Sept. 24.

OF | Carlos Gomez | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Carlos Gomez (quadriceps, foot) is in the lineup Monday, Sept. 24.

OF | Mike Trout | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Mike Trout leads the majors with 122 runs scored and is two shy of the franchise record.

OF | Carlos Gonzalez | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez (hamstring) remained out Sunday, Sept. 23.

OF | Justin Upton | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Justin Upton extended his hitting streak to 10 games Sunday, Sept. 23.

OF | Matt Holliday | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Matt Holliday (back) left the game Sunday, Sept. 23, when his back tightened up.

OF | Che-Hsuan Lin | Boston Red Sox | Transaction
The Boston Red Sox recalled OF Che-Hsuan Lin from Triple-A Pawtucket.

OF | Brandon Barnes | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros OF Brandon Barnes, who was called up by the parent club in August, plans to play for about a month with Caracas of the Venezuelan Winter League immediately after end of the season. Barnes played in Australia last winter. "There's great competition out there, and it will help me to go and play," he said. "I'll keep refining my approach at the plate and just learn new things as I go along."

OF | Ezequiel Carrera | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Ezequiel Carrera has played pretty much every day since his promotion on Aug. 3, but manager Manny Acta is looking for more improvement. "Carrera has come up this year, his swing is a little bit better, more consistent. But he still needs to continue in his control of the strike zone," Acta said. "His walk-to-strikeout ratio's not good. It's not just necessarily about walking. It's about controlling the strike zone so you can handle better pitches and get a higher on-base percentage."

OF | Carlos Beltran | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Carlos Beltran (illness) is not in the starting lineup against the Chicago Cubs Sunday, Sept. 23, because of what manager Mike Matheny suspects is food poisoning. However, he is expected to be available off the bench.

OF | Michael Cuddyer | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Michael Cuddyer (oblique) has resumed working out in the batting cage.

OF | Logan Schafer | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Logan Schafer will start in center field against the Washington Nationals Sunday, Sept. 23. OF Carlos Gomez (foot, quadriceps) jammed a quadriceps muscle while running to first base Saturday, Sept. 22, and was seen limping after the game.

OF | Coco Crisp | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp (eye) visited a doctor in New York Sunday, Sept. 23. His eyes were dilated and it is unlikely that he'll be available to play against the New York Yankees.

OF | Jacoby Ellsbury | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Boston Red Sox OF Jacoby Ellsbury (lat) is not in the starting lineup against the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, Sept. 23.

OF | Ryan Kalish | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Ryan Kalish (shoulder) has been shut down for the remainder of the season.

OF | Raul Ibanez | New York Yankees | Fantasy
A pinch-hit homer by New York Yankees OF Raul Ibanez on Saturday, Sept. 22, snapped the hitter's 0-for-18 slump at the plate.

OF | Scott Cousins | Miami Marlins | Transaction, Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Scott Cousins was recalled by the parent club on Saturday, Sept. 22.

OF | Norichika Aoki | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Norichika Aoki went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored Saturday, Sept. 22, against the Washington Nationals. That extends his hitting streak to 12 games, tying San Francisco Giants 2B Marco Scutaro for the longest active hitting streak in the National League.

OF | Alex Gordon | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Alex Gordon (hand) returned to the lineup Saturday, Sept. 22, against the Cleveland Indians.

OF | Gerardo Parra | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Gerardo Parra (hand) suffered a right hand injury Friday, Sept. 21, and had X-rays Saturday, Sept. 22. Manager Kirk Gibson said the team is still awaiting results.

OF | Ryan Braun | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Saturday, Sept. 22, that OF Ryan Braun (groin) is playing with "a couple of groin issues." Roenicke said Braun will continue to play because of the team's chase for a postseason spot.

OF | Michael Bourn | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Michael Bourn (thumb) suffered a jammed left thumb Saturday, Sept. 22, against the Philadelphia Phillies. He will not play Sunday, Sept. 23, but is hopeful of returning to the lineup Tuesday Sept. 25, against the Miami Marlins. Bourn was tested after the game, and he does not have a break or any torn ligaments.

OF | Josh Reddick | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin dropped struggling OF Josh Reddick to the No. 6 spot in the batting order against the New York Yankees Saturday, Sept. 22. He is hitless in his last 13 at-bats and struck out four times Friday, Sept. 21. OF Yoenis Cespedes was moved to the No. 3 spot in the batting order, with 1B Brandon Moss batting cleanup.

OF | Lucas Duda | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OF Lucas Duda was pulled from the game against the Miami Marlins Friday, Sept. 21, for not hustling after hitting a blooper into shallow left field during the bottom of the first inning. "I know he didn't do it on purpose," manager Terry Collins said. "But as I told him when he came off the field, we've made a statement here. We're not going to play the game like that, especially right now. Had we won 10 of the last 12 or 15 of the last 20, you can kind of turn your head. But I couldn't turn my head tonight."

OF | Giancarlo Stanton | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said OF Giancarlo Stanton (oblique) will not play against the New York Mets Saturday, Sept. 22.

OF | Mike Baxter | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OF Lucas Duda left the ballgame Friday, Sept. 21, against the Miami Marlins. No reason was immediately given for Duda's departure. OF Mike Baxter took Duda's place.

OF | Justin Ruggiano | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Justin Ruggiano (shoulder) left the game Friday, Sept. 21, against the New York Mets due to a sprained right shoulder.

OF | Ryan Ludwick | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Ryan Ludwick (groin) remains out of the lineup Friday, Sept. 21, as he works his way back from tightness in his groin. "He's OK. We're in a very advantageous position to allow our guys to take an extra day of rest just to make sure they don't reinjure something," acting manager Chris Speier said. "We're in a pretty good position."

OF | Alfonso Soriano | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs OF Alfonso Soriano matched his career high with his 104th RBI of the season Friday, Sept. 21. Soriano set that mark with the Texas Rangers in 2005.

OF | Corey Hart | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Corey Hart is taking the day off Friday, Sept. 21.

OF | Dayan Viciedo | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 1B Paul Konerko (back) and OF Dayan Viciedo are back in the lineup Friday, Sept. 21.

OF | Shane Victorino | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Shane Victorino (wrist) isn't playing Friday, Sept. 21, due to a sore left wrist. OF Juan Rivera is starting in Victorino's place. No X-rays or other tests have been scheduled, and he's optimistic he'll return in a day or two.

OF | Drew Stubbs | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Ryan Ludwick, OF Drew Stubbs and INF Todd Frazier are out of the lineup Friday, Sept. 21.

OF | Andruw Jones | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Ichiro Suzuki is hitting .321 in 54 games since coming over from the Seattle Mariners, and he has effectively become an everyday player with OF Andruw Jones cooling off down the stretch.


Starting Pitcher

SP | A.J. Burnett | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates SP A.J. Burnett allowed a run on four hits over eight innings while fanning a season-high 11 in his win over the Houston Astros.

SP | Cliff Lee | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee allowed a run and struck out 11 in eight innings in his loss to the Atlanta Braves Sunday, Sept. 23.

SP | Felix Doubront | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SP Felix Doubront allowed a run over seven innings and fanned 11 in his no-decision against the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, Sept. 23.

SP | Cole Hamels | Philadelphia Phillies | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies have shuffled their rotation in anticipation for the final stretch of the season. After an off day Monday, Sept. 24, SP Cole Hamels will pitch on Sept. 25, followed by SP Kyle Kendrick the next day. Either SP Tyler Cloyd or SP Roy Halladay will go Sept. 26.

SP | Yusmeiro Petit | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SP Yusmeiro Petit made his team debut Sunday, Sept. 23, against the San Diego Padres. He allowed two runs on seven hits over 4 2/3 innings, walked four and struck out one in a 6-4 loss, but Petit was not credited with the decision.

SP | Ricky Nolasco | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins SP Ricky Nolasco struck out five in seven innings, allowing five hits and two runs, as he picked up a no-decision Sunday, Sept. 23, against the New York Mets. In Nolasco's previous four starts, he was 3-0 with four earned runs and 20 strikeouts against one walk in 30 innings.

SP | Chris Young | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets SP Chris Young allowed one earned run in six innings Sunday, Sept. 23, but a throwing error by C Kelly Shoppach allowed the tying run to score for the Miami Marlins. Young struck out five and walked two but did not get the decision; he is still winless this season at Citi Field.

SP | John Lackey | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SP John Lackey (elbow) tossed 26 pitches over two perfect innings and struck out three batters in an intrasquad instructional league game Sunday, Sept. 23.

SP | Tim Lincecum | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said SP Tim Lincecum will start against the Tuesday, Sept. 25, with the everyday starting lineup playing even though they have already clinched the NL West. The regular starting rotation order will follow Lincecum, although they are expected to make tweaks eventually to align the rotation for the playoffs.

SP | Chris Sale | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox SPs Chris Sale and Francisco Liriano will start the first two games of the team's series against the Cleveland Indians beginning Monday, Sept. 24.

SP | R.A. Dickey | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets SP R.A. Dickey (19-6) allowed two runs on six hits over eight innings in a victory over the Miami Marlins Saturday, Sept. 22, with two walks and four strikeouts. Dickey improved to 5-0 with a 1.38 ERA against the Marlins this season.

SP | Samuel Deduno | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Samuel Deduno will make his next start against the New York Yankees Wednesday, Sept. 26, on three days' rest.

SP | Edgar G. Gonzalez | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Houston Astros SP Edgar G. Gonzalez (hamstring) is considered day-to-day with a strained right hamstring.

SP | Aaron Cook | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Aaron Cook will start against the Baltimore Orioles Friday, Sept. 28.

SP | Gio Gonzalez | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez reached 20 victories with a win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday, Sept. 22. Gonzalez also became the first Washington pitcher with 200 strikeouts since Walter Johnson with the 1916 Senators.

SP | Doug Fister | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers SP Doug Fister gave up seven hits for his first career shutout Saturday, Sept. 22, as the Tigers topped the Minnesota Twins 8-0.

SP | Jake Westbrook | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Jake Westbrook (oblique) may be out for the remainder of the regular season following an aborted bullpen session Saturday, Sept. 22. "Knowing that I feel it then in the first 10 pitches, when I start getting after it, it's not going to be much better. It has slowly gotten worse each day. I was hoping I could bounce back. That's not the case," Westbrook said. SP Lance Lynn will now start on Sept. 24.

SP | Blake Beavan | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SP Blake Beavan threw seven shutout innings on Saturday, Sept. 22, as his team won 1-0 over the Texas Rangers.

SP | Matt Harrison | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers SP Matt Harrison dropped to 17-10 overall and saw his nine-game winning streak against the Seattle Mariners snapped. Seattle beat the Rangers 1-0 on Saturday, Sept. 22.

SP | Mat Latos | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
The Cincinnati Reds clinched the National League Central Division title Saturday, Sept. 22, after knocking off the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-0. They did it without manager Dusty Baker, who is in the hospital due to an irregular heartbeat. SP Mat Latos picked up his 13th win, allowing six hits and no walks over eight innings.

SP | Wandy Rodriguez | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
The Pittsburgh Pirates will use SP Kyle McPherson to start Monday, Sept. 24, against the New York Mets, followed by SPs Wandy Rodriguez, Jeff Locke and Kevin Correia.

SP | Kris Medlen | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Braves SPs Kris Medlen and Paul Maholm will flip-flop spots in the starting rotation. Medlen will start against the Miami Marlins Tuesday, Sept. 25, which would put him on pace to start the NL Wild Card game.

SP | Rick Porcello | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SP Rick Porcello will start Wednesday, Sept. 26, against the Kansas City Royals.

SP | Wei-Yin Chen | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Wei-Yin Chen will start the first game of a doubleheader against the Toronto Blue Jays Monday, Sept. 24, but the starter for the second game has not yet been announced. SP Joe Saunders is expected to start Tuesday, Sept. 25, with SP Miguel Gonzalez likely to start Wednesday, Sept. 26, on regular rest.

SP | Ricky Romero | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SPs Henderson Alvarez, Ricky Romero, Aaron Laffey and Carlos Villanueva will pitch in a four-game series against the Baltimore Orioles beginning Monday, Sept. 24.

SP | Tim Hudson | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy,
The Atlanta Braves will align their starting rotation so that SP Kris Medlen is on pace to start the Wild Card game, with SP Tim Hudson starting Game 1 of the National League Division Series.

SP | Max Scherzer | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating previous reports, Detroit Tigers SP Max Scherzer (shoulder) will start the first game of a doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins Sunday, Sept. 23, with SP Drew Smyly starting the nightcap.

SP | Clayton Kershaw | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating previous reports, there now appears to be a better than 50 percent chance that Los Angeles Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw (hip) will start against the Washington Nationals Sunday, Sept. 23.

SP | Chris Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SPs Lance Lynn, Jaime Garcia and Chris Carpenter will pitch against the Houston Astros in a three-game series beginning Monday, Sept. 24.

SP | Ervin Santana | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Ervin Santana (9-12) tied a career high with 11 strikeouts in a victory over the Chicago White Sox Friday, Sept. 21. He allowed one run on two hits and one walk over seven innings. Santana is 4-2 with a 3.08 ERA over his last 10 outings and has posted a 2.88 ERA since Aug. 1 - the sixth-best mark in the American League.

SP | Ryan Vogelsong | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SP Ryan Vogelsong (13-9) allowed one run on five hits over six innings in a victory over the San Diego Padres Friday, Sept. 21, with one walk and four strikeouts. He had posted a 10.31 ERA in his previous seven starts before Friday's win. "I'd been trying to tweak some stuff here for a while," Vogelsong said. "I finally found something that felt comfortable and easy to repeat. Somehow I got twisted around there along the way. It took me a while to get back into something that felt right."

SP | Zach Stewart | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Zach Stewart will start Sunday, Sept. 30, against the Baltimore Orioles.

SP | Andrew Cashner | San Diego Padres | Injury
The San Diego Padres have shut down SP Andrew Cashner (lat) for the rest of the season because he continues to have problems with his lat muscle.

SP | Roberto Hernandez | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SP Roberto Hernandez (ankle) threw a simulated game on Friday, Sept. 21, and manager Manny Acta said the pitcher is not quite there yet. "He threw three innings of a simulated game and did some pitchers' fielding practice. He still doesn't look confident enough running around and moving around to send him out there to compete in a game," Acta said.

SP | James Shields | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Thanks in part to SP James Shields' performance Friday, Sept. 21, the Tampa Bay Rays pitchers now have 1,275 strikeouts as a team. That breaks the old record of 1,266, set in 2001 by the New York Yankees.

SP | Michael Fiers | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Despite his recent struggles, Milwaukee Brewers SP Michael Fiers is safe in the rotation for the time being. "He doesn't think it's anything physical," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "That's what's bothering him. He says, 'Why am I throwing the ball all over the place now?' So it's either the thought process or something mechanically out of whack.

SP | Jordan Zimmermann | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
The Washington Nationals shuffled their rotation so that SP Jordan Zimmermann will start Monday, Sept. 24, against the Milwaukee Brewers, with SP John Lannan working Tuesday, Sept. 25. The team might tweak their rotation further to use more left-handed pitchers in their series with the Phillies.

SP | Chad Billingsley | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Chad Billingsley (elbow) played catch Friday, Sept. 21, and the team will decide if he needs Tommy John surgery after the season.

SP | Ted Lilly | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Ted Lilly (shoulder) underwent arthroscopic shoulder surgery Friday, Sept. 21, to clean up his labrum. He's expected to resume throwing in six to eight weeks, and he should be ready for spring training next year.

SP | Aaron Harang | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw (hip) is not being ruled out for the start against the Cincinnati Reds Sunday, Sept. 23, but SP Aaron Harang is tentatively scheduled for the start on three days of rest. Kershaw felt great in his 20-pitch bullpen session Friday, Sept. 21, and doesn't think he's lost any arm strength.

SP | Jeff Niemann | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays SP Jeff Niemann (shoulder) made 35 throws from 60 feet Friday, Sept. 21, and he said he felt good. He will attempt to play catch every other day, but he doesn't know when he'll get back on a mound. Niemann is hopeful he can return to pitch before the end of the season.

SP | Randy Wolf | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Randy Wolf is likely to start Saturday, Sept. 22, against the Boston Red Sox unless he's needed in relief before then.

SP | Jason Hammel | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Jason Hammel (knee) has thrown off a half mound but isn't ready to work off a full mound until he is completely pain-free. The Orioles have talked about Hammel making an adjustment to his mechanics to take some stress off of his knee. Hammel admits that he may have come back a week too early initially, but he's optimistic he can return this year.

SP | Daisuke Matsuzaka | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Daisuke Matsuzaka will have his next turn in the rotation skipped, but manager Bobby Valentine said Matsuzaka will make another start before the end of the year.

SP | Troy Patton | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Transaction
Baltimore Orioles DH Jim Thome (back) and P Troy Patton (ankle) were activated from the 15-day disabled list.

SP | C.J. Wilson | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia said SP C.J. Wilson will remain in the starting rotation despite not making it past three innings in his start Thursday, Sept. 20, against the Texas Rangers.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Heath Bell | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins RP Heath Bell said he's changing his offseason workouts. "I'm just going to go back to my old routines, the old way I used to work out,'' Bell said. "Everybody told me I needed to get a personal trainer… My old routine was I just did it myself because I wasn't fortunate to have the money and this and that… If you're doing things yourself, you got to be more accountable. If you have somebody telling you to do something, you're listening to people.''

RP | Jason Motte | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals CL Jason Motte became the third pitcher in franchise history with 40 saves in a season Sunday, Sept. 23.

RP | Jeremy Accardo | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
The Oakland Athletics selected the contract of RP Jeremy Accardo from Triple-A Sacramento on Sunday, Sept. 23.

RP | Huston Street | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres CL Huston Street pitched the ninth inning Sunday, Sept. 23, for his first save since Aug. 10, his 22nd of the season and 200th of his career. His scoreless streak ended at 21 2/3 innings, but the Padres won 6-4 over the San Francisco Giants.

RP | Frank Francisco | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets manager Terry Collins said RP Frank Francisco (elbow) does not have structural damage in his ailing elbow but he will be sidelined for at least several more days. There is a possibility he could be finished for the season.

RP | Grant Balfour | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics RP Evan Scribner is unavailable against the New York Yankees Sunday, Sept. 23, but RPs Grant Balfour and Pat Neshek are expected to be available to pitch.

RP | Alfredo Aceves | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox RP Alfredo Aceves was charged with three runs while getting only two outs in the 12th inning Saturday, Sept. 22, against the Baltimore Orioles. Aceves has given up 22 runs in 24 1/3 innings since the beginning of August, raising his ERA to 5.31 from 3.83.

RP | Aroldis Chapman | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds RP Aroldis Chapman (shoulder) worked a scoreless inning Saturday, Sept. 22, against the Los Angeles Dodgers, allowing one walk and no walks. It was his first appearance since Sept. 10 due to a tired shoulder.

RP | Matt Capps | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins RP Matt Capps (shoulder) is scheduled to throw a 45-pitch simulated game Saturday, Sept. 22, and is expected to be activated from the disabled list Monday, Sept. 24.

RP | Pedro Strop | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter gave RP Pedro Strop the day off against the Boston Red Sox Friday, Sept. 21.

RP | Tyler Clippard | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals RPs Tyler Clippard and Sean Burnett have posted ERAs of 8.64 and 9.82, respectively, during the month of September.

RP | Rafael Soriano | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees RPs David Robertson and Rafael Soriano are expected to be unavailable against the Oakland Athletics Saturday, Sept. 22. Soriano experienced a dead arm during his outing Friday, Sept. 21, when he blew his fourth save of the year, while Robertson has appeared in each of the last three games.

RP | Ernesto Frieri | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia said Friday, Sept. 21, that he will "match up" with RPs Scott Downs, Ernesto Frieri and Kevin Jepsen in the ninth inning, meaning Frieri is no longer the clear-cut closer.

RP | Drew Storen | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson said RPs Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard will split the closing duties down the stretch. "I have confidence in both of them closing," Johnson said. "Depending on the rest situation or depending on what I think is the matchups, either one of them could be going eighth and the other one ninth." Johnson feels Clippard is the better matchup against lefty sticks, and Storen seems to be more effective against right-handed hitters.

RP | Jordan Norberto | Oakland Athletics | Injury,
Oakland Athletics RP Jordan Norberto (shoulder) has yet to resume playing catch, but he's close.

RP | Mitchell Boggs | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny isn't declaring RPs Mitchell Boggs and Jason Motte unavailable Friday, Sept. 21, but he's away that both relievers have had heavy workloads recently and may need to be rested. Motte has appeared in five straight games and Boggs pitched in all three of the team's last three games. RP Fernando Salas has been fresh, and he could be used more often in late-game situations as a result.

RP | Edward Mujica | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals CL Jason Motte, RP Mitchell Boggs and RP Edward Mujica may be unavailable Friday, Sept. 21.

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