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Josh Reddick (back) was held out of the Astros lineup on Saturday.

Reddick left Friday's game with back soreness, so he'll get an extra day to rest as a precautionary measure. Derek Fisher is starting in his place in right field and batting seventh.
Sep 23 - 10:43 AM

George Springer is not in the Astros starting lineup on Saturday.

It's just a regular day of rest for the All-Star outfielder. Cameron Maybin is starting in center field and batting eighth on Saturday.
Sep 23 - 10:40 AM

Carlos Correa is absent from the Astros' starting lineup on Saturday.

Manager A.J. Hinch wants to get all of his regulars a few days off over the final week-plus of the regular season. Alex Bregman is starting at shortstop on Saturday.
Sep 23 - 10:36 AM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times believes that the Rays could decide to skip Alex Cobb's final start of the season.

The right-hander is in his first full season back from Tommy John surgery and has already logged 179 1/3 innings. Rather than push him any further, the Rays may decide to just sit him down as they are out of contention. He has had a very solid season overall, registering a 12-10 record, 3.66 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 128/44 K/BB ratio. He'll be one of the top starting pitchers available on the free agent market this winter and has positioned himself very well for a nice payday.
Sep 23 - 9:09 AM

Justin Verlander gave up just one hit over seven scoreless frames in Friday’s 3-0 victory over the Angels.

Verlander and Garrett Richards matched each other through six innings, but the Astros pulled away in the seventh when Yuli Gurriel took Yusmeiro Petit deep. Verlander struck out six and walked a pair in the victory. He's now 4-0 with a 0.64 ERA and 32/5 K/BB ratio in 28 innings through four starts with his new team.
Sep 23 - 2:12 AM

Garrett Richards allowed just one hit over six scoreless innings in a no-decision against the Astros on Friday.

Richards struck out six and walked just one while throwing 51 out of 85 pitches for strikes. The only hit was a double from Josh Reddick in the first inning. The Angels have to thrilled with how Richards has looked since returning. He should be ready for something approaching a normal starter’s workload when he pitches against the White Sox next week.
Sep 23 - 2:11 AM

Ken Giles worked out of a jam for his 33rd save of the season Friday versus the Angels.

It wasn’t easy, as Giles gave up leadoff single to Ben Revere before walking Kole Calhoun. That brought Mike Trout to the plate as the tying run, but Giles got him to ground into a double play. Justin Upton then fouled out to first base to end the game. Giles has a ridiculous 1.27 ERA in 27 appearances during the second half.
Sep 23 - 2:10 AM

Yuli Gurriel carried the load for the Astros’ offense by slugging a three-run homer in Friday’s win over the Angels.

His seventh-inning blast against Yusmeiro Petit was the only offense of the night for either team. He’s now up to 18 homers and 72 RBI to go along with a .299/.330/.488 batting line. He’s hitting .354 (17-for-48) this month.
Sep 23 - 2:09 AM

Jose Altuve went 1-for-3 with a stolen base and a run scored in Friday’s win over the Angels.

Altuve singled to begin the bottom of the seventh inning and proceeded to steal second base before Yulieski Gurriel followed with a three-run homer. The stolen base was his 32nd of the season, though it was just his first since September 3. He’s one behind Whit Merrifield for the American League lead. The 27-year-old is batting .346/.409/.555 with 24 homers, 80 RBI, and 105 runs scored through 146 games this season. He’s looking like the odds-on favorite for AL MVP honors.
Sep 23 - 2:09 AM

Mike Trout went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Friday’s loss to the Astros.

Trout had a chance to play hero in the ninth inning, as he represented the potential tying run, but he grounded into a double play against Astros’ closer Ken Giles. He’s the greatest player on the planet and continues to get on base at a ridiculous clip, but his September has been rather quiet compared to his usual lofty standards. He’s hitting .231 (15-for-65) with two homers, five RBI, six steals, and 15 runs scored over 19 games.
Sep 23 - 2:08 AM

Yoan Moncada slugged a go-ahead two-run homer in Friday’s 7-6 victory over the Royals.

The blast capped a five-run fourth inning against Jason Hammel. Moncada got off to a slow start upon his promotion in July, but he’s hitting .351 (20-for-57) with five homers, 11 RBI, two steals, and 15 runs scored over his last 13 games.
Sep 23 - 1:45 AM

Reynaldo Lopez notched the win despite allowing six runs (two earned) on 10 hits over 6 1/3 innings on Friday against the Royals.

All six runs scored in the third inning. Lopez gave up a solo homer to Alcides Escobar in the frame, but errors from Yoan Moncada and Tim Anderson opened the door for more damage. Fortunately for fantasy owners, the runs weren’t earned and the White Sox were able to stage a comeback to put Lopez in line for the victory. Lopez failed to strike out any of the 29 batters he faced and now has just four strikeouts combined over his last four starts. It’s hard to see him having much success if he doesn’t miss more bats.
Sep 23 - 1:45 AM

Jason Hammel was tagged for seven runs in 3 1/3 innings Friday against the Royals.

Hammel appeared to be sitting pretty after the Royals plated six runs in the third inning, but he gave the lead back with a five-spot in the fourth, including homers from Matt Davidson and Yoan Moncada. All told, he allowed eight hits while striking out four and walking none. He’s now allowed 18 runs over his last three starts, with his ERA ballooning to 5.32 for the year. He’ll finish his season with a start against the Tigers next week.
Sep 23 - 1:44 AM

Juan Minaya escaped an eventful ninth inning Friday against the Royals for his sixth save of the season.

Minaya gave up a one-out single to Whit Merrfield, who stole second base before Lorenzo Cain singled to right field. Avisail Garcia then threw Merrfield out at the plate before Cain was cut down trying to get to second base. It wasn’t exactly the cleanest inning, but Minaya will take it. The 27-year-old owns a 4.87 ERA and 48/20 K/BB ratio through 40 2/3 innings.
Sep 23 - 1:44 AM

Matt Davidson (illness) went 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBI in his return to action Friday against the Royals.

Davidson got the White Sox on the board with a double in the second inning before homering off Jason Hammel in a five-run fourth inning. The 26-year-old has amassed 26 home runs this season, though his shaky approach has resulted in a .222 batting average and a .264 on-base percentage. Davidson was scratched from Thursday’s lineup with flu-like symptoms, but he should be fine moving forward.
Sep 23 - 1:44 AM



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