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Fri Sep 3000:51Shohei Ohtani Flirts With No-NoShohei OhtaniDH/PH/SPAngelsFree Agent
Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani flirted with a no-hitter in Thursday's 4-2 win over the Athletics as a two-out single in the eighth ended his bid at history. He would allow a second hit to the next batter, but he finished the inning unscathed and ended his night with 10 strikeouts and one walk allowed. Ohtani also helped his cause by going 2-for-4 at the dish with a pair of singles and one RBI to take his slash line to a crisp .275/.358/.529. The 28-year-old will have one more shot to build upon another MVP-caliber season as he'll take a 2.35 ERA and 1.03 WHIP in a rematch with the Athletics.
Fri Sep 3000:44Carlos Rodon Records 14th WinCarlos RodónSPWhite SoxFree Agent
San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Carlos Rodon took his record to 14-8 on Thursday as his club defeated the Rockies 6-4. The left-hander was dominant by striking out 10 over six-shutout frames while walking no one and allowing just two hits in his 95-pitch effort. Rockies leadoff man Yonathan Daza was the only batter to record a hit off Rodon as he would retire 15 batters in a row at one point in the game. Rodon has put up a terrific encore season by pitching to a 2.88 ERA and 1.03 WHIP through 178 IP in his Giants debut as he'll look to end his season on another high note versus the Padres next week.
Fri Sep 3000:23Avisail Garcia Slugs Grand Slam ThursdayAvisaíl GarcíaRFWhite SoxFree Agent
Miami Marlins outfielder Avisail Garcia hit a go-ahead grand slam in the eighth inning on Thursday to propel his team to a 4-2 win over the Brewers. His two-out shot off Freddy Peralta just cleared the right-center field fence for his only hit of the ball game as he finished the game going 1-for-4. The 31-year-old didn't live up to expectations in 2022 by hitting .230 with eight homers, 30 runs, 35 RBI, and four steals through 94 games as he's dealt with injuries nearly all season. At least he can finish out his season on a high note after his late-game heroics, but his stock is trending down heading into the offseason.
Fri Sep 3000:13Eric Lauer Strikes Out NineEric LauerSPPadresFree Agent
Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Eric Lauer performed well on Thursday as he fired five-shutout frames in the team's 4-2 loss to the Marlins. The lefty struck out nine batters on the night, including four straight to begin the game, without walking a batter and allowing just one single in his 71-pitch effort. He was in line for the win until the bullpen blew it in the late innings, but it was good to see him dominate after struggling in his first game back off the IL last week. Lauer will take a 3.83 ERA and 1.24 WHIP into his final start of the season in a home showdown with the Diamondbacks.
Thu Sep 2921:52Kyle Schwarber Reaches Base Twice On ThursdayKyle SchwarberLFCubsFree Agent
Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Kyle Schwarber was 0-for-2 in Thursday's 2-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs but did walk twice. He's been struggling to hit recently, batting .185 in his last 15 games, but still has five home runs in that span. Overall, it's been a productive season for Schwarber, who's slugged 42 HRs and has slashed .212/.315/.483 with 95 runs, 87 RBI, and nine stolen bases over 149 games. The lefty is a must-start in every league unless fantasy managers are going all in for batting average.
Thu Sep 2921:38Jeffrey Springs Shuts Out Guardians Through Six InningsJeffrey SpringsRPRangersFree Agent
Tampa Bay Rays left-hander Jeffrey Springs tossed six quality innings on Thursday against the Cleveland Guardians, allowing three hits, striking out five, and walking no one. He didn't get the win, though, as the Rays ended up losing 2-1. Springs is in the midst of his best season, as he owns a 2.45 ERA and 1.07 WHIP with nine wins and 141 strikeouts across 132.1 innings (24 starts). Despite playing for the Rays, the 30-year-old has thrown at least five innings in 11 of his last 12 starts. Springs has been a great fantasy asset for most of the season, and that shouldn't change the rest of the way.
Thu Sep 2920:19Trayce Thompson Scratched From Lineup ThursdayTrayce ThompsonCF/RFWhite SoxFree Agent
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Trayce Thompson (personal) has been scratched from the starting lineup on Thursday against the division-rival San Diego Padres due to a personal issue. Manager Dave Roberts said Thompson will be away from the team for a day, so he could return on Friday. With Thompson out, Miguel Vargas will get the start in left field and will bat seventh in the lineup against Padres right-handed opener Steven Wilson. Vargas will be a low-upside DFS play on Thursday night. The 22-year-old Cuban rookie will be playing in just his 13th major-league game. In his 39 at-bats so far, he has just seven hits (a homer) and five RBI.
Source: 570 LA Sports - David
Thu Sep 2918:53Avisail Garcia, Joey Wendle Back From IL, Garrett Cooper To ILAvisaíl GarcíaRFWhite SoxFree Agent
Joey Wendle2B/3BRaysFree Agent
Garrett Cooper1BMarlinsFree Agent
The Miami Marlins activated outfielder Avisail Garcia (hamstring), infielder Joey Wendle (hamstring) and pitcher Tommy Nance (groin) from the injured list on Thursday. The Marlins also placed infielder/outfielder Garrett Cooper (pinkie) on the 10-day injured list with a pinkie fracture and Steven Okert (triceps) on the 15-day injured list with left triceps tightness. Jesus Sanchez was recalled and Jerar Encarnacion and Luke Williams were optioned to Triple-A Jacksonville. Garcia is starting in right field and batting cleanup on Thursday, while Wendle is at the 6 and hitting seventh against Milwaukee Brewers left-hander ... [More]
Source: Miami Herald - Jordan
Thu Sep 2918:36Brendan Rodgers Activated, Connor Joe Goes On Injured ListConnor Joe1BRedsFree Agent
Brendan RodgersFree Agent
The Colorado Rockies activated second baseman Brendan Rodgers (hamstring) from the injured list on Thursday and placed outfielder Connor Joe (ribs) on the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move. Rodgers went on the IL a week ago and will be back for the final handful of games in the 2022 regular season. It remains to be seen if he'll be back in the starting lineup on Thursday against the San Francisco Giants. The 26-year-old is returning to a .261/.319/.396 slash line with 11 homers, 61 RBI and 68 runs in 502 at-bats this year. Joe will miss the rest of the regular season with his injury. He'll finish his season hitting .238/.338/.359 with seven home runs, 28 RBI, 56 runs scored and six stolen bases in 111 games in his second season in Colorado.
Source: MLB Roster
Thu Sep 2918:16Corey Seager Not Starting Against MarinersCorey SeagerSSDodgersFree Agent
Texas Rangers shortstop Corey Seager (forearm) is not in the starting lineup on Thursday against the Seattle Mariners. Seager will miss his second straight game due to a bruised left forearm that he suffered on Tuesday. The 28-year-old remains day-to-day after X-rays came back negative on his arm. With Seager out again Thursday, rookie Josh H. Smith will start at shortstop and hit ninth in the batting order against Mariners left-hander Marco Gonzales. DFS gamers can probably do a lot better than Smith in the nine-hole on Thursday. The 25-year-old rookie has just 38 hits in his first 190 MLB at-bats this year with two home runs, 16 RBI, 22 runs scored and four stolen bases.
Source: Baseball
Thu Sep 2918:10Justin Turner Riding Pine Again ThursdayJustin Turner3BDodgersFree Agent
Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner (leg) remains out of the starting lineup on Thursday against the division-rival San Diego Padres. Turner is dealing with an injured left leg and could be out for another few games as the Dodgers look to rest him up before the postseason. LA has already locked up the National League West and the top seed in the National League, so they have nothing left to play for heading into the final few games of the regular season. Max Muncy is starting at third base and is hitting fifth on Thursday against Padres right-handed opener Steven Wilson. Muncy is hitting exactly .200 on the season, but he does have 21 home runs. He's gone hitless in his last 13 at-bats with three strikeouts over four games.
Source: Baseball
Thu Sep 2918:04Jesse Winker Returns To Thursday's LineupJesse WinkerLF/RFRedsFree Agent
Seattle Mariners outfielder Jesse Winker (wrist) is back in the starting lineup on Thursday against the Texas Rangers and right-hander Jon Gray, serving as the designated hitter and batting sixth. Winker will return to action after missing the last two games due to a bruise left wrist. He's really struggled in the month of September, going 8-for-45 (.178) with no homers, two RBI and 13 strikeouts in his 17 games. The 29-year-old left-handed hitter has a .219/.343/.340 slash line with 13 home runs, 50 RBI and 48 runs scored on the season in 447 at-bats in his first year in Seattle after he made the All-Star team for the first time with the Cincinnati Reds in 2021.
Source: Baseball
Thu Sep 2917:52Javier Baez Keeps Up Hot September In Thursday's GameJavier Báez2B/3B/SSCubsFree Agent
Detroit Tigers shortstop Javier Baez had a solid day at the plate on Thursday, going 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, and two runs in the 10-3 win against the Kansas City Royals. September's been the best month of the 29-year-old's season, as he's sporting a .902 OPS with five long balls. However, the first year in Detroit hasn't been kind to Baez, who has a .241/.281/.396 slash line with 16 HRs, 62 runs, 63 RBI, and nine stolen bases across 139 games. The mix of power and speed is still there but doesn't compare to his 31 homers and 18 SBs from a season ago. Baez is still startable in many leagues, especially during his hot streak.
Thu Sep 2917:39Alex Verdugo Doubles During Thursday's WinAlex VerdugoCFDodgersFree Agent
Boston Red Sox outfielder Alex Verdugo had a pair of hits, including a double, and scored twice in Thursday's 5-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. It brought the 26-year-old's batting average to .285. Verdugo's pretty one-dimensional, though, as he has just 11 HRs and one stolen base with 72 runs and 74 RBI over 147 games. The former top prospect's still deserving of a starting job in most fantasy leagues and will contribute to batting average the rest of the way as the season comes to a close.
Thu Sep 2917:04Willi Castro Done For The SeasonWilli Castro2BTigersFree Agent
Detroit Tigers infielder/outfielder Willi Castro (hamstring) is done for the rest of the season due to a left hamstring injury. Zack Short, Daz Cameron, Josh Lester, Brendon Davis and Luis Garcia are the on-roster candidates to replace Castro for the conclusion of the 2022 regular season. Castro was forced to leave Thursday's game early against the Kansas City Royals with a strained left hamstring. The 25-year-old utility man will finish his season with a .237/.280/.353 slash line, seven home runs, 30 RBI, 46 runs scored and nine stolen bases in 390 plate appearances over 111 games for Detroit.
Source: MLive - Evan
Thu Sep 2916:01Yandy Diaz Still Absent ThursdayYandy Díaz3B/DHRaysFree Agent
Tampa Bay Rays infielder Yandy Diaz (shoulder) remains out of the starting lineup on Thursday for the series finale against the Cleveland Guardians. Diaz hasn't played in over a week due to a shoulder injury. He was in the original lineup on Wednesday but was scratched. Fantasy managers can only hope the 31-year-old can return at some point this weekend for the final few games of the regular season. Isaac Paredes is getting another start at third base on Thursday and will hit eighth against Guardians right-hander Cal Quantrill. Paredes has gone just 3-for-21 (.143) with a homer, RBI and four strikeouts in his last nine games. He's hitting only .217 on the year as a whole, but he has plenty of power (20 home runs in 360 plate appearances).
Source: Baseball
Thu Sep 2911:59Yoan Moncada Still Out ThursdayYoán Moncada2BWhite SoxFree Agent
Chicago White Sox third baseman Yoan Moncada (foot) remains out of the starting lineup on Thursday against the Minnesota Twins. Moncada fouled a ball off the top of his foot on Tuesday and will miss his second straight game, but he's considered day-to-day right now. It's been a tough year for the 27-year-old Cuban, as he's hitting just .212/.278/.358 with 12 home runs, 49 RBI, 39 runs scored and two stolen bases in 372 at-bats in an injury-riddled campaign. Josh Harrison will get another start at the hot corner on Thursday and will hit eighth against Twins right-hander Louie Varland. Harrison has gone 10-for-27 (.370) in his last nine games, but he has very little pop and will be a low-upside DFS play.
Source: Baseball
Thu Sep 2911:52Trevor Story Not Expected To Return This YearTrevor StorySSRockiesFree Agent
Boston Red Sox second baseman Trevor Story (heel, illness) is now sick and is very unlikely to return again this season. Time is running out for Story to return to the Red Sox's lineup, so fantasy managers shouldn't expect him to contribute within the next week. If it's indeed the case, the 29-year-old slugger will finish his first season with the Red Sox with a .238/.303/.434 slash line, 16 home runs, 66 RBI, 53 runs scored and 13 stolen bases in 396 plate appearances over 94 games played. There's a good chance he'll move to shortstop next year with Xander Bogaerts fully expected to opt out of his contract this winter. Christian Arroyo and Enrique Hernandez will continue splitting time at the keystone the rest of the way with Story unlikely to return.
Source: - Chris
Thu Sep 2911:47Chas McCormick Goes Deep Against D-BacksChas McCormickRFAstrosFree Agent
Houston Astros outfielder Chas McCormick drove in the team's only two runs on Wednesday in a 5-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks, going 3-for-3 with a home run, two RBI, a run scored and a walk. McCormick is in the midst of a six-game hitting streak right now, going 9-for-23 with a homer, two RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base. On the season as a whole, the 27-year-old outfielder is batting .241/.327/.405 with 14 home runs, 43 RBI, 44 runs scored and four stolen bases in 394 plate appearances and 114 games in just his second major-league season. Keep riding McCormick while he's hot at the plate to finish off the 2022 regular season.
Thu Sep 2911:32Mark Melancon Picks Up 18th Save WednesdayMark MelanconRPGiantsFree Agent
Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Mark Melancon picked up his 18th save of the season on Wednesday in the 5-2 win over the Houston Astros. In his inning of work, Melancon didn't allow a hit or a run while walking none and striking out none. Melancon has a 4.67 ERA (4.04 FIP) and a 1.54 WHIP on the year, but he's been better in the season's final month, posting a 2.70 ERA (5.82 FIP) with a save and four strikeouts in 10 innings pitched. Fantasy managers shouldn't expect another save before the end of the regular season, though, as the 37-year-old's previous save before Wednesday night came all the way back on Aug. 17.