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First Baseman

1B | Joey Votto | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker said 1B Joey Votto is healthy, but he's not as strong as he was before knee surgery.

1B | Chris McGuiness | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 1B Chris McGuiness, one of the team's rising prospects, fell a triple shy of the cycle and drove in three runs as Surprise beat Peoria, 8-4, for its first win of the season in Arizona Fall League action. McGuiness, who had 23 homers and 77 RBIs for Double-A Frisco this year, went 4-for-5 with an RBI double in the third inning and a two-run homer in the fourth a day after going hitless in his AFL debut.


Second Baseman

2B | Ryan Flaherty | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 2B Ryan Flaherty hit a solo home run in the third inning in Game 3 of the American League Division Series against the New York Yankees Wednesday, Oct. 10. It was the first homer by an Orioles rookie in the club's 58-year history. Of course, in the fifth inning, fellow first-year player SS Manny Machado also launched a solo shot.

2B | Danny Espinosa | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson isn't worried about 2B Danny Espinosa's 1-for-6 start to the National League Division Series with three strikeouts. "He's just a young hitter, aggressive, tons of talent," Johnson said about Espinosa. "He just needs to stay within himself. He's made a lot of strides this year. The conditions in St. Louis were pretty tough. ... My guys, to a man, all had problems picking up the ball and the spin on the ball."

2B | Brooks Conrad | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents
Tampa Bay Rays 2B Brooks Conrad refused his minor league assignment, making him a free agent.


Shortstop

SS | Manny Machado | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SS Manny Machado swatted a solo home run in the fifth inning in Game 3 of the American League Division Series against the New York Yankees Wednesday, Oct. 10. He is the second-youngest player in Major League Baseball history to hit a postseason homer, and the youngest ever in American League history. Although not on the Yankees playoff roster, OF Andruw Jones, who homered at age 19, was in the dugout for the home team. Jones did it at the old Yankees Stadium in 1996 while a member of the Atlanta Braves.

SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Wednesday, Oct. 10, that he was uncertain if SS Derek Jeter (ankle) will play in Game 4 of the American League Division Series against the Baltimore Orioles. Jeter hurt himself on a foul ball in the first inning.


Third Baseman

3B | Scott Rolen | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 3B Scott Rolen is back in the lineup for Game 5 of the NLDS.

3B | Miguel Cabrera | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera has not driven in a run during the current American League Division Series.

3B | Pablo Sandoval | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Angel Pagan, 3B Pablo Sandoval and OF Gregor Blanco all homered Wednesday, Oct. 10, in an 8-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds in Game 4 of the National League Division Series.

3B | Michael Young | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers team president Nolan Ryan said he expects 3B/DH Michael Young to return to the club in some capacity. "Yes, I do. Michael is our veteran player. He played a role this year as DH and as the ultimate utility man for us, and so do I expect him back? Yeah. And do I think he'll play that role? Yeah, I do in some degree in that role," Ryan told KESN-FM (103.3) in Dallas.

3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez was hitless in three at-bats with two strikeouts in Game 3 of the American League Division Series against the Baltimore Orioles Wednesday, Oct. 10. In the ninth inning, he was lifted for pinch-hitter OF Raul Ibanez, who delivered a solo homer to tie the game and force extra innings. Ibanez then won it in the 12th inning with another solo shot. It was the fourth straight postseason game which Rodriguez had two or more strikeouts.

3B | Wilson Betemit | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles 3B Wilson Betemit (wrist) and SP Zach Britton could both return to play in the ALCS should the team advance past the New York Yankees. Betemit has been serving as the designated hitter in instructional league games in Florida, and he'll play third base Thursday, Oct. 11. Britton tossed three innings in a simulated game Tuesday, Oct. 9, and he could be an option to start.

3B | Eric Chavez | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez, who is 1-for-9 with five strikeouts in the first two games of the American League Division Series, is still in the No. 3 spot in the batting order for Game 3 Wednesday, Oct. 10. He'll serve as the designated hitter, with 3B Eric Chavez playing third base and batting ninth.

3B | Todd Frazier | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 3B Todd Frazier and C Dioner Navarro are starting in Game 4 of the Divisional Series Wednesday, Oct. 10.


Catcher

C | Buster Posey | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants C Buster Posey will start at first base in Game 4 of the National League Division Series Wednesday, Oct. 10, with C Hector Sanchez behind the plate. 1B Brandon Belt will be on the bench. Sanchez caught 25 of SP Barry Zito's 32 regular season starts.

C | Tim Federowicz | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers C Tim Federowicz could serve as the backup to C A.J. Ellis next season. Federowicz hit .294 with 11 home runs, 76 RBIs and a .371 on-base percentage with Triple-A Albuquerque. "We have much more confidence in him than we did a year ago," general manager Ned Colletti said. "Not that we didn't a year ago, but his experience is vastly greater."


Outfielder

OF | Josh Reddick | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Josh Reddick has struck out eight times in the four American League Division Series games against the Detroit Tigers, setting an Oakland record for most in a postseason series.

OF | Raul Ibanez | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez was hitless in three at-bats with two strikeouts in Game 3 of the American League Division Series against the Baltimore Orioles Wednesday, Oct. 10. In the ninth inning, he was lifted for pinch-hitter OF Raul Ibanez, who delivered a solo homer to tie the game and force extra innings. Ibanez then won it in the 12th inning with another solo shot. It was the fourth straight postseason game which Rodriguez had two or more strikeouts.

OF | Quintin Berry | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Quintin Berry is hitting second in the order for Game 4 of the American League Division Series Wednesday, Oct. 10.

OF | Matt Holliday | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Matt Holliday (leg) left the game after fouling a ball off his left leg in the eighth inning of the NLDS Wednesday, Oct. 10.

OF | Hunter Pence | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Hunter Pence (cramps) is in the starting lineup for Game 4 of the National League Division Series Wednesday, Oct. 10.

OF | Jason Repko | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents
Boston Red Sox OF Jason Repko elected for free agency Tuesday, Oct. 9.

OF | Shelley Duncan | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents
Cleveland Indians OF Shelley Duncan and C Luke Carlin refused their minor league assignments, making them free agents.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Madison Bumgarner | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SPs Ryan Vogelsong and Madison Bumgarner are available in the bullpen for Game 5 of the NLDS. SP Tim Lincecum is unavailable.

SP | Barry Zito | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SP Tim Lincecum pitched 4 1/3 innings of relief in Game 4 of the NLDS and allowed one run while fanning six. SP Barry Zito lasted just 2 2/3 innings.

SP | Chris Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Chris Carpenter allowed seven hits and two walks over 5 2/3 scoreless innings to beat the Washington Nationals Wednesday, Oct. 10. He now has 10 career postseason victories, which ties him for seventh all-time.

SP | Mat Latos | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SP Mat Latos will start the fifth and deciding game of the National League Division Series Thursday, Oct. 11, against the San Francisco Giants.

SP | Matt Cain | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SP Matt Cain will start the fifth and deciding game of the National League Division Series Thursday, Oct. 11, against the Cincinnati Reds.

SP | Hiroki Kuroda | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Hiroki Kuroda allowed two earned runs, five hits and a walk over 8 1/3 innings in a no-decision in Game 3 of the American League Division Series against the Baltimore Orioles. He struck out three batters in the 105-pitch quality start.

SP | Joe Saunders | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Joe Saunders will start in Game 4 of the American League Division Series against the New York Yankees, manager Buck Showalter confirmed after the team's Game 3 loss. Saunders is 3-1 with a 5.82 ERA in six career starts against the Yankees, and he has pitched just once in the Bronx, way back on Aug. 11, 2006.

SP | Jaime Garcia | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, St. Louis Cardinals SP Jaime Garcia (shoulder) will visit an orthopedic surgeon in New York Thursday, Oct. 11, knowing that shoulder surgery is a distinct possibility.

SP | Jason Hammel | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Jason Hammel would start a potential Game 5 of the Division Series against the New York Yankees Friday, Oct. 12. SPs Chris Tillman and Joe Saunders are candidates to start Game 4 Thursday, Oct. 11.

SP | Phil Hughes | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said SP Phil Hughes will start Game 4 of the American League Division Series Thursday, Oct. 11, even if the team loses Game 3 to the Baltimore Orioles. New York would rather have SP CC Sabathia start on regular rest for a potential Game 5 Friday, Oct. 12, and they don't want to pitch SP Andy Pettitte on short rest.

SP | Felix Hernandez | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy,
There have been reports that the Seattle Mariners are "working pretty hard" on a contract extension for SP Felix Hernandez that "may have something done right before or after the World Series." However, general manager Jack Zduriencik isn't commenting on the reports. Hernandez has two years and $40.5 million remaining on his current five-year, $78 million deal that was signed in 2010.

SP | Mike Leake | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
The Cincinnati Reds have hit .397 (23-for-58) against Cincinnati Reds SP Mike Leake. 3B Pablo Sandoval is 7-for-10 with two home runs against Leake.

SP | Stephen Strasburg | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals players are still bitter over the team's decision to shut down SP Stephen Strasburg this year. "If we had (Strasburg), we'd be up 2-0," an anonymous player said.

SP | Ross Ohlendorf | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents,
San Diego Padres SP Ross Ohlendorf refused his minor league assignment, making him a free agent.

SP | Shawn Hill | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents,
Toronto Blue Jays SP Shawn Hill refused his minor league assignment, making him a free agent.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Jose Valverde | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers CL Jose Valverde blew a 3-1 lead when he allowed a game-tying double to Oakland Athletics OF Seth Smith and a game-winning single to OF Coco Crisp. The Tigers lost 4-3, evening the American League Division Series at two games apiece and forcing a fifth and deciding game.

RP | Miguel Gonzalez | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Miguel Gonzalez was outstanding in his first career postseason start in Game 3 of the American League Division Series against the New York Yankees Wednesday, Oct. 10. He allowed just one earned run, five hits and no walks with eight strikeouts over seven innings in a no-decision. Gonzalez watched the bullpen blow a 2-1 lead in the ninth inning, and then the team ended up losing in 12 frames.

RP | Jim Johnson | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles RP Jim Johnson allowed a game-tying home run in the bottom of the ninth inning in Game 3 of the American League Division Series against the New York Yankees Wednesday, Oct. 10. It was his second blown save of the series.

RP | Jesse Litsch | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents,
Toronto Blue Jays RP Jesse Litsch (shoulder, biceps) was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list Wednesday, Oct. 10, and opted for free agency rather than accepting a minor league assignment.

RP | Sergio Romo | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants RP Sergio Romo said he's available to pitch in Game 4 of the Division Series against the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday, Oct. 10, despite tossing two scoreless innings in Game 3. It was only the second time all year that Romo threw two innings in an outing.

RP | Jim Hoey | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents,
Toronto Blue Jays RP Jim Hoey refused his minor league assignment, making him a free agent.

RP | Doug Slaten | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents,
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Doug Slaten refused his minor league assignment, making him a free agent.



 


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