Week Ahead: Final Countdown

Week Ahead: Final Countdown
How the time flies. The MLB season is coming to an end, and Nick Nelson previews the final week here.
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Trevor Cahill fell to 3-12 after allowing five runs in five innings in a loss to the Rockies on Saturday.

Cahill allowed 10 hits, two of which were home runs to Josh Rutledge and Corey Dickerson. He did manage to strikeout eight and didn't issue a walk. Cahill's nightmarish season will mercifully end soon. He's sitting on a 5.55 ERA with a 1.58 WHIP. Cahill will make his final start of the season at home on Friday against the Cardinals.
Sep 20 - 7:06 PM

Jake Lamb went 1-for-4 with a solo home run, providing the D'Backs their only run in a loss to the Rockies on Saturday.

Lamb took Eddie Butler out to right field for a solo shot but it was all the noise they'd make on a quiet afternoon. It's Lamb's fourth homer of the season and he has 11 RBI with a .235/.276/.408 to go with it.
Sep 20 - 7:03 PM

Eddie Butler earned his first major league win after limiting the D'Backs to one run over six innings on Saturday.

It was a marked improvement over his previous start in which he allowed six runs over 5 1/3 innings against the Dodgers on June 6. The rookie right-hander scattered five hits and a walk while striking out one. The only mistake he made occurred in the fifth inning, when Jake Lamb hit a solo home run. It is not known yet whether Butler will get another turn in the rotation.
Sep 20 - 7:02 PM

Angel Pagan isn't expected to play again this weekend due to back soreness.

Pagan started Friday, going 0-for-2 with a walk and a steal in his first appearance in five days. His back felt worse afterwards, and he's considered questionable for the Dodgers series that begins Monday. Juan Perez is in center tonight, with Gregor Blanco playing left. Barring a positive report tomorrow, Pagan won't be an option in mixed leagues for the final week of the season.
Sep 20 - 7:00 PM

Michael Morse in unavailable Saturday due to more soreness in his oblique.

Morse came off the bench Friday in his first appearance since Aug. 31, and his oblique obviously didn't react very well afterwards. He's not expected to play at all this weekend, and his status for next week's Dodgers serious is up in the air.
Sep 20 - 6:57 PM

Odrisamer Despaigne, who shut out the Giants for seven innings Friday, has soreness in his right lat area.

The Padres will probably let Despaigne's side session determine whether he'll make his final scheduled start Wednesday against the Rockies. That's a nice matchup for him, coming at home, but he looks like a risky play right now.
Sep 20 - 6:25 PM

Mark Teixeira exited Saturday's game because of renewed soreness in his troublesome right wrist.

It might be time for Teixeira to shut it down. Brendan Ryan replaced him at first base today. The Yankees could give Brian McCann some starts there during the final week, opening up time for Francisco Cervelli, John Ryan Murphy and Austin Romine behind the plate.
Sep 20 - 6:22 PM

Steve Pearce was scratched from the Orioles starting lineup on Saturday due to a sore right wrist.

The injury is believed to be minor, the Orioles are simply playing things cautiously. The 31-year-old is having a breakout season, slashing .297/.376/.557 with 20 homers and 48 RBI in his 98 games.
Sep 20 - 6:16 PM
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