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First Baseman

1B | Adrian Gonzalez | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez will take a 15-game hitting streak into the 2013 season after extending the string Wednesday, Oct. 3.

1B | Mark Teixeira | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira was dropped to sixth in the batting order Wednesday, Oct. 3, after going 0-for-6 and leaving eight men on base Tuesday, Oct. 2. 2B Robinson Cano and OF Nick Swisher moved up to fourth and fifth, respectively. Swisher is batting .393 (22-for-56) with four home runs and 14 RBIs in his last 15 games.

1B | Jason Giambi | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 1B Jason Giambi (hernia) will undergo surgery on his hernia next week.

1B | Gaby Sanchez | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle acknowledged that there will be some tough competitions for roster spots next season, most notably at first base between 1Bs Garrett Jones and Gaby Sanchez, but he also has a decent idea of who his starters will be. "(Andrew) McCutchen will play center, (Clint) Barmes will play short, (Pedro) Alvarez will play third, (Neil) Walker will play second, and (catcher Michael) McKenry is going to be back," Hurdle said in his final pregame media session of the season. "Jones, going in, has added value to find a spot for him." OFs Alex Presley and Jose Tabata will have to fight off OFs Starling Marte and Travis Snider to regain their starting outfield roles.

Second Baseman

2B | Dustin Ackley | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 2B Dustin Ackley (ankle) will have surgery to remove a bone spur from his left ankle in the offseason.

2B | Robinson Cano | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees 2B Robinson Cano and OF Curtis Granderson each hit two homers Wednesday, Oct. 3. Cano was 4-for-4 with six RBI and Granderson drove in four runs.

2B | Brian Roberts | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 2B Brian Roberts (hip), who had been in Sarasota, Fla., rehabbing from hip surgery, has rejoined the team and will travel with the O's throughout the postseason. "This is something that I've wanted to experience for a long time," Roberts said. "It doesn't take a genius to know it would feel a lot better on the field, but at the same time, I'm extremely happy for the organization and the city and the fans and the Angelos family and everyone who's worked so hard through so many struggles the last 15 years to experience this."


SS | Trevor Plouffe | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Trevor Plouffe (foot) left the regular season finale Wednesday, Oct. 3, due to an apparent foot injury.

SS | Brendan Ryan | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge said Wednesday, Oct. 3, that he envisions SS Brendan Ryan as his starting shortstop in 2013. Ryan is entering the final season of arbitration eligibility, so he remains under team control even though his two-year contract expires this year.

SS | Tsuyoshi Nishioka | Japanese League | Transaction
Free-agent INF Tsuyoshi Nishioka (Twins) agreed to a deal with the Hanshin Tigers of the Japanese League Wednesday, Oct. 3

SS | Troy Tulowitzki | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki (groin) will train differently in the offseason as he recovers from surgery to his left groin. Tulowitzki will take part in pilates and physical therapy along with position-specific workouts. He showed improvement in his limited time in the instructional league. Tulowitzki worked on some balance issues at the plate Tuesday, Oct. 2.

Third Baseman

3B | Josh Vitters | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 3B Josh Vitters and OF Brett Jackson were told they're likely to begin next season at Triple-A.

3B | Chase Headley | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres 3B Chase Headley finished the season with a league-leading 115 RBI.

3B | Edwin Encarnacion | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 1B Edwin Encarnacion (shoulder) missed the game Wednesday, Oct. 3.

3B | Evan Longoria | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays 3B Evan Longoria hit three solo homers in the season finale Wednesday, Oct. 3. He finished the season hitting .289 with 17 homers and 55 RBI.

3B | Scott Moore | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros INF Scott Moore (shoulder) missed the game Wednesday, Oct. 3.

3B | Kevin Youkilis | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 3B Kevin Youkilis is unsure of his return to Chicago next season despite the fact he solidified a troubled spot for the White Sox at third base. The White Sox have an option on a contract for Youkilis for 2013 at $14 million, and it's assumed the team will not pick it up. "What I learned this year is baseball is a business," he said. "For me, personally, I have enjoyed it and have had a lot of fun. It has been great for my family in Cincinnati to come up and watch. As for the future, who knows what is going to happen? Now that I have a family, they will come first in my decisions."

3B | Logan Forsythe | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres INF Logan Forsythe (knee) was given the day off Wednesday, Oct. 3, due to soreness in his right knee.

3B | Wilson Betemit | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles INF Wilson Betemit (wrist) will report to the team's spring training facility in Florida Thursday, Oct. 4. He is nearly ready to resume baseball activities, according to manager Buck Showalter.

3B | Miguel Cabrera | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera went 0-for-2 during the game Wednesday, Oct. 3, against the Kansas City Royals, but it was good enough to end up batting .330. With his 44 home runs and 139 RBIs, he ended up claiming Major League Baseball's first Triple Crown since 1967 when Carl Yastrzemski of the Boston Red Sox won it in 1967.

3B | David Wright | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said the team is hoping to reach contract extensions with 3B David Wright and SP R.A. Dickey shortly after the season ends.


C | Brian McCann | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves C Brian McCann will not start at catcher in the Wild Card game against the St. Louis Cardinals Friday, Oct. 5, because manager Fredi Gonzalez said the Cardinals like to run, and McCann is "beat up, banged up." C David Ross will receive the start instead.

C | Buster Posey | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants C Buster Posey won the National League batting title with a .336 average. He becomes the first Giants player since Barry Bonds in 2004 and the first National League catcher since 1942 to win the title.

C | John Jaso | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners C John Jaso and Ps Shawn Kelley, Josh Kinney and Jason Vargas are each eligible for arbitration this offseason.


OF | Corey Hart | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
The Milwaukee Brewers plan to keep OF Corey Hart at first base and OF Norichika Aoki in right field next year. 1B Mat Gamel would come off the bench.

OF | Shin-Soo Choo | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Shin-Soo Choo ended the season with a 13-game hitting streak.

OF | Casper Wells | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Casper Wells had a career-high five RBI Wednesday, Oct. 3.

OF | Lucas Duda | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets OF Lucas Duda (head) was hit in the back of the helmet by a pitch and left the game Wednesday, Oct. 3.

OF | Mike Morse | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Mike Morse (hamstring) received treatment for a sore left hamstring Wednesday, Oct. 3.

OF | Josh Willingham | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
The Minnesota Twins are happy with the way OF Josh Willingham's season turned out despite injuries that sapped him in the final week. "He's had a career year," general manager Terry Ryan said. "We were desperate for a right-handed bat to put between those two lefties (Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau). When it was apparent that Michael (Cuddyer) maybe was not coming back we started to turn our attention to other right-handed bats, and Josh was at the top of the list."

OF | Carlos Quentin | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Carlos Quentin (knee) will have surgery on his right knee in the near future, general manager Josh Byrnes said Wednesday, Oct. 3. Quentin said he'll be ready for the start of spring training 2013.

OF | Adam L. Jones | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Adam L. Jones played in his 162nd game of the season Wednesday, Oct. 3, against the Tampa Bay Rays, becoming the first Oriole to play every game since former SS Miguel Tejada in 2006. He is just the eighth player since 1954 to play in 162 games or more for Baltimore in one season.

OF | Matt Kemp | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Dodgers OF Matt Kemp (shoulder) said Wednesday, Oct. 3, that he will have shoulder surgery Friday, Oct. 5.

OF | Domonic Brown | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Domonic Brown (knees) will undergo an MRI exam on his knees following the season.

OF | Nyjer Morgan | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Nyjer Morgan has a new agent in Rex Gary.

OF | Alfonso Soriano | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs OF Alfonso Soriano said he's open to being traded in the offseason. "I just want to have one more shot to go to the World Series before I (retire)," Soriano said. He said he'll consider retiring from the sport when his current contract is up after two more years.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Shelby Miller | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Shelby Miller allowed one hit and two walks while fanning seven in six shutout innings in his no-decision against the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday, Oct. 3.

SP | Brandon Morrow | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SP Brandon Morrow allowed a run over eight frames and struck out a season-high 11 batters in his win over the Minnesota Twins Wednesday, Oct. 3.

SP | Garrett Richards | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Garrett Richards is likely to rejoin the rotation for the 2013 season, barring any setbacks. "Garrett handled himself well at various points this season as a starter. He's got the pitch mix, he's got the delivery," Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said.

SP | Chad Billingsley | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Chad Billingsley (elbow) said he remains optimistic he can avoid Tommy John elbow surgery and expects to know by the end of October. Billingsley spent the last five weeks of the season on the disabled list with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament. He chose rest and platelet-rich plasma injections over surgery.

SP | Steven Johnson | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Steven Johnson (knee) is an option to start Friday, Oct. 5, in the wild card game. Johnson threw 15 pitches off a mound Wednesday, Oct. 3, and said he is ready to pitch whenever the team needs him.

SP | Hisashi Iwakuma | Seattle Mariners | Free Agents, Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma finished the season 9-5 with a 3.16 ERA, and a 2.56 ERA since moving into the rotation in midseason. His ERA was the lowest as a rookie in club history for anyone making 10 or more starts. He is uncertain about his future, and he is now a free agent.

SP | Brandon McCarthy | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin considers it a possibility that SP Brandon McCarthy (oblique) could pitch in the postseason at some point. "It wouldn't surprise me if he was able to do that," Melvin said. That was the opposite of what general manager Billy Beane said Wednesday, basically saying it was unlikely to happen.

SP | Jered Weaver | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Jered Weaver (fatigue) was lifted from his start after one inning Wednesday, Oct. 3, against the Seattle Mariners due to what the team termed "general fatigue."

SP | Jeff Niemann | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays SP Jeff Niemann (shoulder) threw off a mound for the first time Wednesday, Oct. 3, since leaving his last start Sept. 1 with a sore right shoulder. He threw around 30 fastballs and didn't have any setbacks. Niemann doesn't think he'll need an MRI exam or to undergo surgery on his shoulder. He could also play winter ball this offseason.

SP | Clayton Kershaw | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw (hip) will not need to have offseason surgery on his right hip, and he's starting the team's season finale against the San Francisco Giants Wednesday, Oct. 3.

SP | Yovani Gallardo | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said SP Yovani Gallardo is completely healthy, and the team scratched him from his final start due to concerns about his workload this year.

SP | Max Scherzer | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SP Max Scherzer (ankle, shoulder) will start in the regular season finale Wednesday, Oct. 3.

SP | Brett Anderson | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane said SP Brett Anderson (oblique) is "more than unlikely" to pitch in the playoffs. Anderson was tender Tuesday, Oct. 2, from his bullpen session Monday, Oct. 1.

SP | Matt Harrison | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Matt Harrison is likely to start the team's second game of the postseason.

SP | Yu Darvish | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Yu Darvish will start the team's first playoff game, whether it's the Wild Card game Friday, Oct. 5, or during the weekend in the Divisional Series. "He's got stuff, and he's figured out how to use his repertoire now," manager Ron Washington said. "I like the way he goes out there and competes now."

SP | Jhoulys Chacin | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Jhoulys Chacin allowed one run or less for the sixth time in nine starts against the Arizona Diamondbacks Tuesday, Oct. 2, since he returned from the disabled list Aug. 21. "I have got the feeling back for all my pitches. And today, I feel like I didn't even pitch. I feel fresh," Chacin said. "That's a good sign." He'll throw a side session Monday, Oct. 15, before starting two games in the instructional league. After that, he'll head to Venezuela for winter ball, and he plans to throw six to seven games there.

SP | John Lannan | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP John Lannan could be in the playoff starting rotation if they face the Atlanta Braves in the Division Series. Lannan has a 3.20 ERA in 98 1/3 innings against the Atlanta Braves in his career, and Atlanta has struggled against lefties this season. The Braves went 30-31, 17th in the majors, against lefties this year. They went 63-37 against right-handers, which was the best in the majors.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Bobby Parnell | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets RP Bobby Parnell ended his season with an 11 1/3-inning scoreless streak.

RP | Kenley Jansen | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
os Angeles Dodgers CL Kenley Jansen (heart) is scheduled to meet with head athletic trainer Sue Falsone and the cardiac surgeon, Dr. Koonlawee Nademanee, early next week to determine when and where Jansen will have his cardiac ablation surgery to correct an arrhythmia that hospitalized him in September. It's expected to happen before the end of October.

RP | Huston Street | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy,
San Diego Padres RP Huston Street (biceps) was given the day off Wednesday, Oct. 3, in the regular season finale due to soreness in his right biceps.

RP | Joe Thatcher | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy,
San Diego Padres RP Joe Thatcher (knee) will have patellar tendon debridement surgery Oct. 10 in San Diego, and he will have to wear a leg brace for one month. "From what I understand, they are going to remove the damaged parts of the tendon and also staple the healthy parts together," Thatcher said.

RP | Rafael Soriano | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees RP Rafael Soriano may not be available to pitch in the regular season finale against the Boston Red Sox Wednesday, Oct. 3, after throwing a season-high 43 pitches in an extra-innings victory Tuesday, Oct. 2. He's blown a save and given up three runs in 4 1/3 innings (6.23 ERA) since throwing 32 pitches in a doubleheader Sept. 19.

RP | Mike Adams | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers RP Mike Adams (neck, shoulder) is hoping to throw off a mound Friday, Oct. 5, to determine if will be able to pitch in the playoffs. His neck strain is feeling better, but he said he'll have to fight through his Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.


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