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First Baseman

1B | Lance Berkman | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 1B Lance Berkman (knee) is unlikely to return for the playoffs.

1B | Paul Goldschmidt | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks 1B Paul Goldschmidt (back) missed his third straight game with a sore back Sunday, Sept. 30.

1B | Eric Hosmer | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous item, Kansas City Royals 1B Eric Hosmer (shoulder) is thought to have fraying in his right shoulder instead of a slight tear, so there is a chance he might play in the season-ending series against the Detroit Tigers.

1B | Chris Davis | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
The top three players in the Baltimore Orioles lineup on Sunday, Sept. 30, OF Nate McLouth, SS J.J. Hardy and 1B Chris Davis, combined to go 6-for-10 with three homers and five runs.

1B | Paul Konerko | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 1B Paul Konerko (hand) will undergo surgery after the season to remove a floating bone fragment from his left hand. "It is something I need to take care of," he said. "I don't feel it has impacted anything I've done this year. It is just time to get it out of the way." Konerko has had the fragment in his hand since 2009 and has taken occasional shots and treatment whenever it flared up. Recovery time is expected to be four to six weeks.

1B | Mark Teixeira | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira (calf) will visit a doctor in New York Monday, Oct. 1. If all goes well, he could play that day against the Boston Red Sox. Although manager Joe Girardi is unsure if he would be used as a first baseman or designated hitter.

1B | Jason Giambi | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 1B Jason Giambi (hernia) has a hernia in his right groin, and the team has shut him down for the season.

1B | Ryan Howard | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said 1B Ryan Howard (toe) will miss the rest of the season after breaking his big toe. He suffered the injury when he dropped the lead pipe that he usually swings in the on-deck circle on his foot.

1B | Steve Pearce | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles have claimed OF Steve Pearce off waivers from the New York Yankees and added him to the 40-man roster. In a corresponding move, P Oliver Drake (shoulder) has been placed on the 60-day disabled list.


Second Baseman

2B | Brandon Phillips | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 2B Brandon Phillips (leg) left the game Sunday, Sept. 30, with tightness in his left leg.

2B | Marco Scutaro | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants INF Marco Scutaro (illness) returned to action against the San Diego Padres Saturday, Sept. 29, and went 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 17 games.

2B | Jayson Nix | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees INF Jayson Nix (hip) is expected to miss 10 to 14 days because of a strained left hip.

2B | Darwin Barney | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 2B Darwin Barney did not start Saturday, Sept. 29, against the Arizona Diamondbacks, one day after his errorless streak ended at 141 games.

2B | Ryan Flaherty | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 2B Ryan Flaherty went 2-for-4 with his first career grand slam and a career-high five RBIs against the Boston Red Sox Friday, Sept. 28.

2B | Robinson Cano | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 2B Robinson Cano (hand) is in the starting lineup Saturday, Sept. 29. He underwent X-rays on his hand but they came back negative.

2B | Dan Uggla | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 2B Dan Uggla (hand) cut his right hand and required stitches to stop the bleeding when he reached into an ice bin for a drink during the team's playoff celebration earlier this week. Uggla played Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 26 and 27, and doesn't plan on missing any games because of the injury now that the stitches have been replaced by three staples.

2B | Eduardo Escobar | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins INF Eduardo Escobar (elbow) left the game Friday, Sept. 28, against the Detroit Tigers after being hit on the left elbow by a pitch. X-rays were negative, and he'll have more tests Saturday, Sept. 29.

2B | Mark Ellis | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers 2B Mark Ellis (illness) returned to the lineup Friday, Sept. 28, against the Colorado Rockies.

2B | Chase Utley | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said it's unlikely 2B Chase Utley will shift over to third base. "It will always be sitting there for us," Manuel said.

2B | Neil Walker | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates 2B Neil Walker (back) is done for the season with a herniated disk in his back.


Shortstop

SS | Pete Kozma | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SS Pete Kozma is hitting .338 on the season.

SS | Asdrubal Cabrera | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera went 3-for-5 with a grand slam Sunday, Sept. 30.

SS | Rafael Furcal | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SS Rafael Furcal (elbow) continues to feel pain in his right elbow and does not know if he'll be able to contribute again this season regardless of how deep into October the Cardinals play. Furcal plans to meet with doctors in the middle of this week to see if he can begin a throwing program.

SS | Troy Tulowitzki | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki (leg) was able to play in an instructional league game Saturday, Sept. 29. He played five innings, and it reportedly went well. He might be able to return before the season ends.

SS | Marwin Gonzalez | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros interim manager Tony DeFrancesco said INF Marwin Gonzalez (ankle) is expected to be limited to duties as a late-inning defensive replacement, if that, for the rest of the season. The team does not want him to hit because he has reinjured his ankle multiple times while running the bases.

SS | Alexei Ramirez | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox SS Alexei Ramirez, who had a .279 career average and an average of 17 home runs and 71 RBIs coming into the season, is hitting .269 with nine homers, 72 RBIs and 20 steals in 2012. Yet he believes something is off. "It's just something that I'm definitely, I feel like I'm a little bit off at the plate. When the offseason comes up, all I'm going to do is work a lot harder to get back what I've had," Ramirez said.

SS | Jose Iglesias | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SS Jose Iglesias has elected to spend the winter training in his hometown of Miami to build more strength. He thinks that will have a more positive impact on his offensive development than going to play winter ball somewhere. "Oh, absolutely," said Iglesias. "I'll be in Miami working out. I want to get stronger and healthier and play 162 games next year, hopefully. That's my goal."

SS | Willie Bloomquist | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson indicated Friday, Sept. 28, that SS Willie Bloomquist (back) is unlikely to return this season. "What do we have to gain?," Gibson said. "It doesn't seem very smart or reasonable."

SS | Jordy Mercer | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates INFs Jordy Mercer, Josh Harrison and Brock Holt will mix in at second base in the final week of the season with 2B Neil Walker (back) shut down.

SS | Tsuyoshi Nishioka | free agent | Transaction
The Minnesota Twins released INF Tsuyoshi Nishioka. Nishioka approached the team about the move, and the team isn't responsible for the $3.25 million remaining on his deal.


Third Baseman

3B | Adrian Beltre | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre (shoulder) left the second game of a doubleheader Sunday, Sept. 30 with a strained left shoulder.

3B | David Freese | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 3B David Freese (ankle) was back in the starting lineup Sunday, Sept. 30, after missing one week due to a right ankle sprain. He served as a pinch-hitter the night before.

3B | Mike Moustakas | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 3B Mike Moustakas (groin) left in the sixth inning with left groin tightness Sunday, Sept. 30, against the Cleveland Indians.

3B | Chase Headley | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres 3B Chase Headley went 1-for-3 with a home run, three RBIs, a walk and three runs scored against the San Francisco Giants Saturday, Sept. 29. The home run was his 30th of the season, making him the first Padre to accomplish the feat since Adrian Gonzalez had 31 two years ago. Headley is currently tied with Ryan Braun for most RBIs in the National League with 112.

3B | David Wright | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets 3B David Wright has been given a day off Sunday, Sept. 30, by manager Terry Collins.

3B | Josh Donaldson | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics 3B Josh Donaldson's game-tying homer forced extra innings and OF Brandon Moss ended the game in the 10th inning with a three-run homer as Oakland stopped the Seattle Mariners, 7-4.

3B | Lonnie Chisenhall | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians 3B Lonnie Chisenhall (forearm) said Saturday, Sept. 28, that he has decided against playing winter ball this offseason. He wants to give his arm the entire offseason to heal.

3B | Logan Forsythe | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres INF Logan Forsythe (knee) was out of the lineup for a second straight game Friday, Sept. 28, against the San Francisco Giants.

3B | Mike Olt | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers 3B Mike Olt (foot) has gone through baseball activities, including running, but he's still not available off the bench.

3B | Will Middlebrooks | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 3B Will Middlebrooks (wrist) took swings off a tee Friday, Sept. 28. His wrist was sore but held up well.


Catcher

C | Jose Molina | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury
Tampa Bay Rays C Jose Molina (quadriceps) missed his fifth straight game Sunday, Sept. 30.

C | Brian Schneider | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies have selected the contract of P Tyson Brummett from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He will join the club in Washington Monday, Oct. 1. In a corresponding move, C Brian Schneider (hamstring, ankle) has been transferred from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

C | Buster Posey | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants C Buster Posey (throat) went 2-for-2 with a walk and a run scored against the San Diego Padres Saturday, Sept. 29, before being removed in the sixth inning. Manager Bruce Bochy said Posey's voice was raspy as a result of being hit in the throat by a pitch that bounced in the dirt Friday, Sept. 28. He is scheduled to get the day off Sunday, Sept. 30.

C | Matt Wieters | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles C Matt Wieters will return to the starting lineup against the Boston Red Sox Saturday, Sept. 29. OF Lew Ford (groin, hip), who underwent an MRI exam on his hip earlier in the week, will serve as the designated hitter.

C | Brian McCann | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Atlanta Braves C Brian McCann (knee, shoulder) has been battling a sore right shoulder recently, in addition to a sore right knee.

C | Russell Martin | New York Yankees | Fantasy
Entering play Saturday, Sept. 29, New York Yankees C Russell Martin had six home runs and 16 RBIs this month and was hitting .298 over the last 19 games after having entered September batting only .198.

C | Hector Sanchez | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Friday, Sept. 28, that C Hector Sanchez is likely to serve as the catcher for SP Tim Lincecum Sunday, Sept. 30, and into the playoffs. 1B Brandon Belt might be used in left field on those days with C Buster Posey playing at first base.


Outfielder

OF | Michael Bourn | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Michael Bourn (thumb) returned to the lineup Sunday, Sept. 30.

OF | Mike Trout | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Mike Trout became the first rookie to ever hit 30 homers and steal 40 bases Sunday, Sept. 30.

OF | Jarrod Dyson | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Jarrod Dyson stole his 30th base on Sunday, Sept. 30. Together with SS Alcides Escobar's 32 steals, the team has two 30-steal players for the first time since 1985.

OF | Ryan Ludwick | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Ryan Ludwick was held out an extra day from the lineup Sunday, Sept. 30, due to wet grounds. He was supposed to return to the lineup but OF Chris Heisey took his place.

OF | Carlos Beltran | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Carlos Beltran hit two-run homers from both sides of the plate and drove in five runs Sunday, Sept. 30, as the Cardinals defeated the Washington Nationals 10-4.

OF | Lucas Duda | New York Mets | Fantasy
The New York Mets are unlikely to trade 1B/OF Lucas Duda during the offseason because they feel his potential outweighs anything they would receive in return.

OF | Michael Brantley | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians acting manager Sandy Alomar Jr. said SS Asdrubal Cabrera (back) and OF Michael Brantley (groin) will return to the starting lineup before the end of the regular season.

OF | Adam Eaton | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Adam Eaton (wrist) suffered a broken right wrist after he was hit by a pitch from Chicago Cubs RP Jeffrey Beliveau Saturday, Sept. 29. He will need six to eight weeks to recover.

OF | Corey Hart | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 1B Corey Hart went 2-for-4 with a pair of home runs, four RBIs and a walk against the Houston Astros Saturday, Sept. 29. Entering the game, he had been in a 4-for-28 slump since returning from missing eight games due to plantar fascitis in his left foot. He was seen grimacing while rounding the bases after his first homer but remained in the game. "As long as I can jog it's a lot easier," Hart said. "So, it was a little easier (Saturday night). I'm trying to go as long as I can."

OF | Franklin Gutierrez | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Franklin Gutierrez (neck) went hitless in his return to the lineup Saturday, Sept. 29, after he sat the previous day due to a stiff neck.

OF | Dexter Fowler | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Dexter Fowler (wrist) had an MRI on his left wrist Saturday, Sept. 29, and it showed inflammation of a tendon. He will wear a brace for two weeks, and won't be able to hit again this season. Fowler remains available as a defensive replacement.

OF | Tyler Colvin | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Tyler Colvin (elbow) was scratched Saturday, Sept. 29, against the Los Angeles Dodgers due to a sore left elbow.

OF | Matt Holliday | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Matt Holliday (elbow) was back in the lineup Saturday, Sept. 29, against the Washington Nationals. Holliday went 1-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout.

OF | Alejandro De Aza | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox OF Alejandro De Aza (illness) was scratched from the lineup against the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday, Sept. 29, because of flulike symptoms.

OF | Ryan Braun | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
For the second time in his career, Milwaukee Brewers OF Ryan Braun has reached the 30-30 club. He stole his 30th base of the season against the Houston Astros Friday, Sept. 28, and leads the National League with 41 home runs. Tommy Harper is the only other player in franchise history to accomplish the feat, doing so in 1970.

OF | Michael Cuddyer | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Michael Cuddyer (oblique) will not be able to return this season but will continue to work out with the team during the last few games of the season. Cuddyer said he believes he could have returned if he had more time.

OF | Carl Crawford | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said there is a chance OF Carl Crawford (elbow) could be ready for the start of the 2013 season even though he has undergone Tommy John surgery. He said Crawford will begin hitting in a few months so that part of his game should be fine for spring training. Colletti said Crawford's arm may not be 100 percent once the season starts but should be fine at some point in May.

OF | Carlos Gonzalez | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez (hamstring) was able to run Friday, Sept. 28, but he is not ready to play. There remains a possibility he will not return this season.

OF | Andrew McCutchen | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen (knee) returned to the lineup Friday, Sept. 28, against the Cincinnati Reds. Like each of his teammates, he was hitless against SP Homer Bailey, who spun the season's seventh no-hitter.

OF | Chris B. Young | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Chris B. Young (quadriceps) is expected back in the lineup again this season by manager Kirk Gibson. Young has been battling a strained right quadriceps.

OF | Coco Crisp | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp (eye) returned to the starting lineup Friday, Sept. 28, against the Seattle Mariners.

OF | Josh Willingham | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Josh Willingham (shoulder) is dealing with a sprained left shoulder and could miss the team's final six games.

OF | Jacoby Ellsbury | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Jacoby Ellsbury (lat) is expected to play Saturday, Sept. 29, if he doesn't suffer any setbacks in batting practice Friday, Sept. 28.

OF | Sam Fuld | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Sam Fuld (hamstring) is returning to the lineup Friday, Sept. 28, with OF Desmond Jennings taking the day off.

OF | Nolan Reimold | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Nolan Reimold (neck) is progressing and thinks he'll be ready to participate fully in spring training next year. However, his neck is not fully healed right now.

OF | Giancarlo Stanton | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton (rib cage) returned to the lineup Friday, Sept. 28.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Josh Johnson | Miami Marlins | Fantasy,
Miami Marlins SP Josh Johnson was scratched from his start Monday, Oct. 1, and will not pitch again this year. SP Wade LeBlanc will start instead.

SP | Tim Lincecum | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants SP Tim Lincecum will be in the team's playoff rotation.

SP | Mike Fiers | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SP Mike Fiers struck out 10 in six innings, but allowed five runs in his loss to the Houston Astros Sunday, Sept. 30.

SP | Jordan Lyles | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros SP Jordan Lyles allowed four hits and a walk while fanning three in a complete-game shutout of the Milwaukee Brewers Sunday, Sept. 30.

SP | Cole Hamels | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SP Cole Hamels allowed a run over seven innings and struck out eight to beat the Miami Marlins Sunday, Sept. 30. He finishes the season 17-6 with a 3.05 ERA and 216 strikeouts.

SP | Steven Johnson | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Steven Johnson (knee) will have his left knee examined via MRI on Monday, Oct. 1. Johnson was hit with a comebacker ball in the fourth inning of the game Saturday, Sept. 29, and X-rays were negative on his right foot, with Johnson sporting a walking brace as he met with reporters. He also twisted his left knee on the comebacker.

SP | Kris Medlen | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
The Atlanta Braves won Sunday, Sept. 30, for a major league record 23rd straight time in games started by SP Kris Medlen, beating the New York Mets 6-2. Medlen (10-1) gave up one unearned run and three hits in six innings, adding to his momentum heading into the postseason.

SP | Henderson Alvarez | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SP Henderson Alvarez finished the season Sunday, Sept. 30, with two runs allowed on seven hits in six innings of work as the Blue Jays lost 9-6 to the New York Yankees.

SP | Zach McAllister | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SP Zach McAllister won for the first time in nine starts Sunday, Sept. 30, in a 15-3 win over the Kansas City Royals. It was his first win since beating the Boston Red Sox on Aug. 11. The rookie was 4-1 with a 3.17 ERA in his first eight starts after being called up from Triple-A Columbus. He has yielded three runs or fewer in 16 of 22 starts overall.

SP | Tyler Chatwood | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP Tyler Chatwood finished the 2012 season Saturday, Sept. 29, with 125 innings pitched, but he wants to log around 150 so Chatwood will pitch in the instructional league Thursday, Oct. 4, followed by a stint in the Arizona Fall League. "I want to build off my finish. Working with (pitching coach) Bo (McLaughlin), we have figured some things out," said Chatwood, who has experienced success by staying taller in his delivery.

SP | Jonathon Niese | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets SP Jonathon Niese (heart) will undergo an offseason procedure to permanently correct a rapid heartbeat problem that has surfaced occasionally in recent years.

SP | Roberto Hernandez | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians acting manager Sandy Alomar Jr. said P Roberto Hernandez (ankle) could be available out of the bullpen for the final four games of the regular season.

SP | Tim Hudson | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said the team will use three starting pitchers (Kris Medlen, Tim Hudson and either Mike Minor or Paul Maholm), seven relievers and three catchers on the 25-man roster if they host a Wild Card game.

SP | Max Scherzer | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers SP Max Scherzer (shoulder) played catch Saturday, Sept. 29, without any issues and could start the team's regular-season finale Wednesday, Oct. 3. Scherzer will do a long-toss session on Sept. 30.

SP | Brett Anderson | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Brett Anderson (oblique), who strained his right oblique Sept. 19 after a strong return from last year's Tommy John surgery, played toss from 120 feet before the game. He will pitch a bullpen session as soon as Monday, Oct. 1, and could be back if the A's make the playoffs.

SP | Jason Vargas | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SP Jason Vargas struck out seven and walked none in seven innings of work but did not get the decision Saturday, Sept. 29, against the Oakland Athletics. Vargas is 3-1 and has allowed only 10 runs in six starts against Oakland this season.

SP | Trevor Cahill | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Trevor Cahill improved to 13-12 overall, including a 4-1 mark in his final five starts of the season, in an 8-2 win over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday, Sept. 29. Cahill struck out a season-high nine and walked three. He was two outs shy of his third career shutout when Cubs OF Alfonso Soriano hit his 32nd home run of the season in the ninth inning.

SP | Chris Sale | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox SP Chris Sale (17-8) struck out seven batters Saturday, Sept. 29, but he was still charged with a 10-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. Sale, who has pitched 192 innings in his first year as a starter, lasted just 3 1/3 innings, gave up seven hits and was charged with five runs while walking three.

SP | Matt Moore | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays SP Matt Moore, who was 0-4 in his previous five starts, retired the first 13 batters Saturday, Sept. 29, against the Chicago White Sox in a 10-4 victory. Moore (11-11) went 5 1/3 innings with two walks and four strikeouts in outpitching White Sox SP Chris Sale.

SP | Zack Greinke | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy,
The game between the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Saturday, Sept. 29, has been postponed due to rain. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader Sunday, Sept. 30. SP Yu Darvish will work in Game 1 against SP Zack Greinke, while SP Derek Holland will work against SP Ervin Santana in the nightcap.

SP | Tyler Cloyd | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies SP Tyler Cloyd (arm) has been shut down for the remainder of the season due to a tired arm. The team has not announced a replacement starter for Tuesday, Oct. 2.

SP | Jason Hammel | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Jason Hammel (knee) remains on track to work in a simulated game Monday, Oct. 1, and he might pitch later in the week if needed.

SP | Randy Wolf | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Randy Wolf (elbow) will fly to Los Angeles Monday, Oct. 1, and will meet with renowned Dr. Lewis Yocum sometime next week to discuss surgery options.

SP | Gio Gonzalez | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Saturday, Sept. 29, that SP Gio Gonzalez is the pitcher he wants to use to start Game 1 in the preseason, but the entire rotation depends on a bunch of variables.

SP | Ricky Romero | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP Ricky Romero (knee) went for precautionary tests on his knee after his outing Saturday, Sept. 29. The pain was where the quadriceps meets the kneecap.

SP | Clayton Kershaw | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw (13-9) allowed five hits over eight scoreless innings in a victory over the Colorado Rockies Friday, Sept. 28, with two walks and 10 strikeouts. He leads the National League with a 2.58 ERA and trails New York Mets SP R.A. Dickey in the strikeout race, 222-221. Kershaw is scheduled to start the last game of the regular season against the San Francisco Giants Wednesday, Oct. 3.

SP | Fernando Abad | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Houston Astros SP Fernando Abad (oblique) has been shut down for the rest of the season after he experienced more soreness in his oblique while throwing a bullpen session Friday, Sept. 28. SPs Lucas Harrell and Bud Norris will be moved up and SP Edgar G. Gonzalez will start the final game of the regular season.

SP | Ian Kennedy | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Ian Kennedy (15-11) allowed three runs on four hits over 5 2/3 innings in a victory over the Chicago Cubs Friday, Sept. 28, with six walks and five strikeouts. He issued one more walk in this game than in his previous four starts combined and allowed his second-highest walk total in 109 career starts. On a positive note, Kennedy became the fourth pitcher in Arizona history to post consecutive seasons of at least 15 wins and the fifth pitcher in franchise history to toss at least 200 innings in consecutive years.

SP | Cliff Lee | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee has set a modern-era Major League record by pitching at least six innings without allowing more than one walk in each of his last 16 starts. He allowed one run on three hits over seven innings in a no-decision against the Miami Marlins Friday, Sept. 28, with no walks and five strikeouts.

SP | Mark Buehrle | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins SP Mark Buehrle allowed one run on six hits over eight innings in a no-decision against the Philadelphia Phillies Friday, Sept. 28, with no walks and eight strikeouts. The outing pushed Buehrle over the 200-inning mark for the 12th consecutive season.

SP | Felix Hernandez | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SP Felix Hernandez has expressed a desire to pitch for his native Venezuela in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, so a spring program will be created for him after the regular season ends.

SP | A.J. Griffin | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP A.J. Griffin appears to be in line to start the team's regular-season finale against the Texas Rangers Wednesday, Oct. 3. He allowed one run on four hits in a victory against the Seattle Mariners Friday, Sept. 28, with two walks and four strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.

SP | Drew Smyly | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SP Drew Smyly is expected to pitch the final game of the regular season Wednesday, Oct. 3, in place of SP Max Scherzer (shoulder). "Mark this down and take it to the bank: Scherzer won't pitch unless he is physically ready to pitch, under any circumstances," manager Jim Leyland said.

SP | Chris Tillman | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Chris Tillman (9-2) allowed one unearned run on one hit over eight innings in a victory over the Boston Red Sox Friday, Sept. 28, with two walks and four strikeouts. Tillman's nine wins this year are more than he had in his first three major league seasons combined.

SP | Jered Weaver | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Jered Weaver (20-4) became the first American League pitcher to win 20 games this season Friday, Sept. 28, with a victory over the Texas Rangers. He allowed two runs on five hits over seven innings, with two walks and five strikeouts. Since Sept. 13, Weaver is 4-0 with a 1.98 ERA over 27 1/3 innings.

SP | Ivan Nova | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Friday, Sept. 28, that SP Ivan Nova (shoulder) remains in line to pitch Tuesday, Oct. 2, against the Boston Red Sox. "We haven't changed anything," Girardi said.

SP | Samuel Deduno | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan indicated Friday, Sept. 28, that SP Samuel Deduno (eye) is "more than likely" done for the season.

SP | Jorge De La Rosa | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SPs Jhoulys Chacin, Jorge De La Rosa and Juan Nicasio will all report to the instructional league. Nicasio will head there Monday, Oct. 1, and the other two when the regular season is completed.

SP | Kevin Millwood | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners SP Kevin Millwood (shoulder) said Friday, Sept. 28, that he is considering retirement. "I'm going to go home and just relax and play with my kids and see what happens, see how I feel and see what pops into my head," Millwood said. "I don't have any definite plans right now on next year, but I'm sure at some point in the offseason it'll hit me on what I want to do."

SP | Julio Teheran | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SPs Randall Delgado and Julio Teheran might be called upon to work Wednesday, Sept. 28, unless the team is still alive for the National League East Division title. SP Ben Sheets might also work a few innings, according to manager Fredi Gonzalez.

SP | Brandon McCarthy | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Brandon McCarthy (head) was cleared Friday, Sept. 28, to sit in the dugout during games, and he plans to play catch Saturday, Sept. 29. McCarthy remains on target for the start of next season.

SP | Homer Bailey | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds SP Homer Bailey picked up the seventh no-hitter of the 2012 MLB season Friday, Sept. 28, against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Back in 1884, there were eight no-hitters, the most-ever in a single season. The Pirates were last no-hit back in 1971. The last no-hitter by a Reds pitcher was actually a perfect game in 1988 by P Tom Browning.

SP | Brian Duensing | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Samuel Deduno (eye) sounds very questionable to make his next and final start of the season Tuesday, Oct. 2. P Brian Duensing could replace him for the start.

SP | Jose Quintana | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox SP Jose Quintana will make the start Sunday, Sept. 30.

SP | Joe Saunders | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Joe Saunders will start the team's game Sunday, Sept. 30, with SP Wei-Yin Chen going Monday, Oct. 1, against the Tampa Bay Rays.

SP | Dillon Gee | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets SP Dillon Gee (shoulder) threw 25 pitches in a bullpen session Monday, Sept. 24. He's done with baseball activities for the immediate future and indicated his winter buildup to spring training should be the same as any other offseason. Gee fully expects the clotting issue is now behind him and will not recur.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Huston Street | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres CL Huston Street blew his first save and allowed three runs Sunday, Sept. 30.

RP | Jim Johnson | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles CL Jim Johnson nailed down his 50th save Sunday, Sept. 30.

RP | Mark Melancon | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Entering play Sunday, Sept. 30, Boston Red Sox RP Mark Melancon had allowed one run on four hits through seven appearances this month, with one walk and 12 strikeouts. Manager Bobby Valentine credits his recent success to an improved curveball. "We're getting swings and misses on it and we're getting called strikes," Valentine said. "The righthanded hitters are buckled a little. I believe that pitch has improved with arm speed and deception." Melancon has also displayed an improved fastball to both sides of the plate in recent outings, reaching speeds of 97 mph.

RP | Eric O'Flaherty | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said RP Eric O'Flaherty (back) was unavailable against the New York Mets Saturday, Sept. 29, due to back stiffness. As a result, RP Jonny Venters pitched the eighth inning instead of O'Flaherty.

RP | Mike Adams | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Texas Rangers RP Mike Adams (shoulder, fingers) has been diagnosed with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, which causes numbness and tingling in the fingers because of a bone in the upper body pressing against a nerve. He will miss the remainder of the regular season and is questionable for the playoffs. Adams will remain in Texas to visit several doctors and determine a course of action while the team goes on a road trip.

RP | Koji Uehara | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers RP Koji Uehara has retired 20 consecutive batters over his last 11 appearances, with 12 of those outs coming via strikeout.

RP | Octavio Dotel | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers RP Octavio Dotel (biceps) left the game Friday, Sept. 28, against the Minnesota Twins due to a sore biceps muscle. Manager Jim Leyland said he is concerned.

RP | Bobby Parnell | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets RP Bobby Parnell will serve as the team's closer for the remaining games with RP Frank Francisco (elbow) sidelined.



 


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