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Taijuan Walker will start for the Mariners on Friday night against the Astros.

He'll be filling in for Roenis Elias, who is likely done for the season with elbow troubles. Walker owns a 2.96 ERA and 21/15 K/BB ratio in 24 1/3 innings (three starts and three relief appearances) this season for the Mariners and makes for an intriguing fantasy streamer against the punchless 'Stros.
Sep 18 - 12:09 PM

Wade LeBlanc has been confirmed as the Angels' starter for Saturday's game against the Rangers.

That was confirmed after the Halos clinched the American League West championship on Wednesday night. LeBlanc owns a rough 6.88 ERA and 1.47 WHIP in 17 innings this season for Anaheim. He's filling in for Matt Shoemaker, who remains sidelined with an oblique strain.
Sep 18 - 10:50 AM

Mark Teixeira (wrist) went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout Wednesday against the Rays.

Teixeira sat out Tuesday with discomfort in his surgically-repaired wrist. He told reporters that he's committed to playing through the pain through the end of the season and will then undergo a full examination to determine what sort of offseason treatment is necessary. The 34-year-old first baseman is batting .217/.320/.400 with 21 homers and 58 RBI in 116 games.
Sep 18 - 8:45 AM

Adeiny Hechavarria (shoulder) went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Wednesday's win.

Hechavarria missed Tuesday's game with a sore left shoulder. It was never a serious concern. The 25-year-old shortstop is batting .281/.313/.365 this season.
Sep 18 - 8:40 AM

Stephen Vogt (ankle) drew a walk as a pinch-hitter in Wednesday night's loss to the Rangers.

But he then had to be pinch-run for by Billy Burns. Vogt hasn't started a game in two weeks due to a sprained left ankle. He should be getting pretty close.
Sep 18 - 4:58 AM

Seth Smith (hamstring) struck out as a pinch-hitter in Wednesday's loss to the Phillies.

Smith was held out of the Padres' starting lineup due to a tweaked hamstring. He remains day-to-day.
Sep 18 - 4:58 AM

Sean Doolittle imploded in a big way on Wednesday, allowing five runs while only recording one out in the ninth inning against the Rangers.

A's skipper Bob Melvin called upon Doolittle with a 1-0 lead. The left-hander got the first batter out, but the situation unraveled quickly from there. Two straight hits were followed by an intentional walk, which itself was bookended by a J.P. Arencibia homer. A rattled Doolittle walked Robinson Chirinos before he finally got the hook; Chirinos later came around to score. Doolittle hadn't allowed a run since July 6 prior to tonight. The A's are now 17-27 since the beginning of August, including 6-12 in one-run games and 6-15 in road contests. That rotten stretch gift-wrapped the AL West for the Angels. If the A's don't pick it up quickly, they could get passed by the Mariners and miss the playoffs altogether.
Sep 18 - 2:15 AM

Adam Rosales went 3-for-4 with a steal in Wednesday's 6-1 win against the A's.

He's 6-for-12 (.500) with two walks over his last three games, the past two of which have come against his former team. Which must be sweet. You might recall last year's Rosales transaction shenanigans between these two clubs. If not, here's your primer: The A's DFA'd him on Deadline Day, the Rangers claimed him on August 2, they DFA'd him on August 5, the A's claimed him back on August 8 and DFA'd him on August 10. The Rangers got him back for good on yet another claim two days later. Rosales has surprisingly turned into a productive AL-only player as the season winds down. He's now slashing .297/.371/.445 across 46 games.
Sep 18 - 2:04 AM

Derek Holland had another quality start in Wednesday's no-decision against the A's, surrendering just one run on four hits over 6 1/3 innings.

He struck out five and walked three. Holland has been sensational since returning from knee surgery. He has a 0.99 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 22/3 K/BB ratio across 27 1/3 innings. He'll look to keep the momentum going on Monday versus Houston.
Sep 18 - 1:57 AM

Jeff Samardzija shut out the Rangers for eight innings on Wednesday, striking out 10, but he was left with a no-decision when the bullpen imploded in a 6-1 loss.

A crushing loss for the A's, who gave up six runs in the top of the ninth inning against a 58-92 team. The heartbreaker allowed the Angels to clinch the AL West for the first time since 2009. As for Samardzija, he must feel like he's pitching for the Cubs again. He's hurled 15 shutout innings over his past two starts and emerged with a pair of no-decisions. Overall, he's 6-12 with a 2.98 ERA and 1.07 WHIP.
Sep 18 - 1:51 AM

Ben Revere went 2-for-5 with a double, steal and two RBI against the Padres on Wednesday.

He's swiped three bags over the past four games and now has 46 total, good for third best in the National League. Hopefully this game will break him out of his funk. Revere entered play batting just .171 in his last 11 games.
Sep 18 - 1:41 AM

Domonic Brown went 2-for-4 with a run scored in the Phillies' win over the Padres on Wednesday.

It's been a long, lonely, treacherous season for the 2013 revelation. But he just finished off a solid series at Petco, going 4-for-11 (.363) with a homer and a steal. Hey, his owners will take whatever they can get at this point. Brown, slashing .234/.286/.353, is very likely playing out the string on his Phillies' career. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported earlier this month that the Phillies will look to trade Brown this winter.
Sep 18 - 1:37 AM

Cole Hamels painted seven innings of one-run ball as the Phillies sunk the Padres 5-2 on Wednesday.

Hamels struck out nine, walked one and scattered seven hits. Only Cameron Maybin's RBI single in the fourth, which gave San Diego a 1-0 lead, did any damage. Fortunately for Hamels, his teammates had his back and scored four runs in the top half of the next frame. Hamels, who improved to 9-7 with a 2.47 ERA, will be in Miami next time around.
Sep 18 - 1:29 AM

Eric Stults allowed four runs on six hits over 4 1/3 innings in Wednesday's loss to the Phillies.

This outing was the norm earlier in the season, but odds are that it will annoy some fantasy owners perusing box scores online on Thursday morning. Consider: On July 27, the left-hander sat at 3-13 with a 5.22 ERA. Not even Rotoworld could have predicted what happened next: Stults went 4-3 with a 2.81 ERA in his next eight starts entering play today. If you decided to play with fire in the fantasy playoffs, you just got burned. The 34-year-old hosts the Rockies in a decent matchup on Tuesday.
Sep 18 - 1:22 AM

C.J. Cron went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer in a win over the Mariners on Wednesday.

Cron had gone 1-for-10 with zero RBI in his previous five games since going deep for the last time. At this point in his career, Cron is a bit of an all-or-nothing proposition. The .482 slugging percentage is spectacular, but he'll want to get on base at a better than .301 clip in future campaigns.
Sep 18 - 1:12 AM



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