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Thu Sep 1620:10Salvador Perez Ties Record For Home Runs By CatcherSalvador PerezCRoyalsFree Agent
Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez homered for the third consecutive game on Thursday. This one was a particularly notable homer as it was his 45th of the year. He is now tied with Reds legend Johnny Bench for the most home runs by a catcher in a single season. Bench set the mark over 50 years ago in 1970. Perez has been absolutely on fire over the last two months. 24 of his 45 home runs on the year have come since July 24. He's tied with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. for the MLB lead in home runs and he leads the majors in RBI with 112.
Source: ESPNRotoBaller.com
Thu Sep 1618:33Wander Franco Could Be Activated During Rays HomestandWander FrancoSSRaysFree Agent
Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Wander Franco (hamstring) could be activated off the injured list at some point over the team's current 10-game homestand. Manager Kevin Cash told the media he hasn't ruled out activating Franco on his first day of eligibility next Tuesday, but that he also thinks that would be too soon. The 20-year-old rookie has found his groove at the big-league level, slashing .285/.347/.463 with seven home runs, 36 RBI, two stolen bases, and 49 runs scored on 70 hits. Fantasy managers should keep an eye out for updates as the homestand progresses.
Source: Steve CarneyRotoBaller.com
Thu Sep 1618:22Jonathan Loaisiga Will Start Throwing On FridayJonathan Loáisiga RPYankeesFree Agent
New York Yankees relief pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga (shoulder) will start throwing on Friday, manager Aaron Boone told reporters on Thursday. The 26-year-old right-hander was placed on the injured list on September 5 with a strained rotator cuff. There is still no exact timeline set for when he will return, so fantasy managers should keep an eye out for updates. Loaisiga is having his best season at the major league level, tallying a 9-4 record with a 2.25 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and 66:15 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 68 innings pitched.
Source: Justin ShackilRotoBaller.com
Thu Sep 1618:10DJ LeMahieu Gets Day Off ThursdayDJ LeMahieu2BYankeesFree Agent
New York Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu is not in Thursday's lineup against the Baltimore Orioles. The team has made no indication that the 33-year-old veteran is injured, so he is likely getting a scheduled day off. LeMahieu has been solid at the plate as of late, slashing .320/.379/.440 through his last seven games with one home run, two RBI, and five runs scored on eight hits. Hopefully, for fantasy managers, he can keep this streak alive to finish off the season.
Source: Talkin' YanksRotoBaller.com
Thu Sep 1617:52Jake Odorizzi Could Return When First EligibleJake OdorizziSPAstrosFree Agent
Houston Astros starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi (foot) has been diagnosed with a mid-foot sprain. He told reporters on Thursday that he was optimistic he'd be able to return to the rotation after the minimum 10 days. He landed on the injured list this past Tuesday, so he'll be first eligible to return on Friday, September 24. The initial fear was that he could have suffered a Lisfranc injury, which would have sidelined him for the rest of the year. Based on the encouraging news Thursday, there's a chance Odorizzi could still make two starts before the season is over. He currently has a 4.22 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP over 22 games (21 starts) on the year.
Source: Chandler RomeRotoBaller.com
Thu Sep 1617:46Akil Baddoo Sitting Against Rays On ThursdayAkil BaddooCFTigersFree Agent
Detroit Tigers outfielder Akil Baddoo is heading to the bench for Thursday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Robbie Grossman is leading off in the game and starting in the outfield alongside Derek Hill and Eric Haase. Baddoo has been the team's primary leadoff hitter for a big chunk of the season, but he hasn't been producing much over the past few months. He slashed .200/.200/.280 in August and has a .239/.340/.435 slash line so far in September. The 23-year-old rookie has 14 stolen bases on the year, but he hasn't so much as attempted a stolen base since late July.
Source: ESPNRotoBaller.com
Thu Sep 1617:31Austin Meadows On The Bench Again ThursdayAustin MeadowsRF/DHRaysFree Agent
Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Austin Meadows is out of the starting lineup for the second consecutive game on Thursday as the team prepares to face Tyler Alexander and the Detroit Tigers. Kevin Kiermaier, Manuel Margot and Randy Arozarena are manning the outfield for the game. It's a bit surprising to see Meadows sitting out two consecutive games without any news of an injury. He's certainly been struggling a bit lately as he's slashed just .206/.200/.500 over his first nine games of September. We'll see if he's back in the lineup for Game 2 of the team's series against the Tigers on Friday.
Source: ESPNRotoBaller.com
Thu Sep 1617:19Shohei Ohtani Won't Make His Next Start On FridayShohei OhtaniDH/SPAngelsFree Agent
Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher/designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (arm) is not going to make his scheduled start against the Oakland Athletics on Friday. Ohtani reportedly felt sore after playing catch on Wednesday. According to beat reporter Jeff Fletcher, the team still hopes that he will pitch again this year. There have been no talks of shutting him down at this point. Additionally, Angels manager Joe Maddon stated that Ohtani isn't scheduled to see a doctor due to the soreness. Maddon believes that it could just be late season fatigue. The Angels' two-way star has made 21 starts on the year and has gone 9-2 with a 3.36 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP.
Source: Jeff FletcherRotoBaller.com
Thu Sep 1617:13Trey Mancini And Pedro Severino Remain Out On ThursdayPedro SeverinoCOriolesFree Agent
Trey ManciniDHOriolesFree Agent
Baltimore Orioles first baseman/outfielder Trey Mancini (oblique) and catcher Pedro Severino (leg) are out of the starting lineup once again on Thursday. Mancini is dealing with oblique and abdominal injuries. He was originally slated to start Wednesday's game, but was eventually scratched. This will be his third time out of the lineup over the past four games. Severino, meanwhile, injured his leg in Tuesday's game and this will be his second straight game on the bench. Austin Wynns is catching on Thursday while Cedric Mullins is slotting in at designated hitter and Ryan McKenna is manning center field.
Source: ESPNRotoBaller.com
Thu Sep 1617:08Daniel Lynch Exits Thursday's Start With Calf TightnessDaniel LynchSPRoyalsFree Agent
Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Daniel Lynch (calf) was removed from his start against the Oakland Athletics after two innings due to left calf tightness. Joel Payamps entered the game in the third inning to take over. Lynch struggled over the two innings he was able to pitch on Thursday, allowing two hits, one walk and three runs (one earned) while striking out one. We don't know anything about the severity of the injury at this point, but we should get an update from the team after the game. Going into Thursday's game, the rookie left-hander had started 12 games on the year, posting a 5.37 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP.
Source: Alec LewisRotoBaller.com
Thu Sep 1617:03Framber Valdez Scratched From Thursday's StartFramber ValdezSPAstrosFree Agent
Houston Astros starting pitcher Framber Valdez (hand) has been scratched from his start against the Texas Rangers on Thursday. Luis Garcia, who was originally slated to pitch on Friday, will now start Thursday's game instead. Valdez reportedly suffered a small cut on his left hand (his throwing hand) on Wednesday. He is being considered day-to-day. The 27-year-old left-hander has struggled so far in September, giving up eight earned runs over 11 innings. He has a 3.26 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP over 19 starts on the year.
Source: Chandler RomeRotoBaller.com
Thu Sep 1614:03Brandon Marsh Hitting Leadoff On ThursdayBrandon MarshRFAngelsFree Agent
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Brandon Marsh is batting leadoff against the Chicago White Sox and right-hander Reynaldo Lopez on Thursday. It'll be a tough matchup with Lopez on the mound, but Marsh is hitting .333 with a .362 on-base percentage, two home runs, and a stolen base in his last 69 plate appearances dating back to August 24. If this becomes a regular occurrence and Marsh hits leadoff on a daily basis, it'll only boost his fantasy value and upside down the stretch as hitting leadoff for the Angels generally means hitting in front of Shohei Ohtani.
Source: Los Angeles AngelsRotoBaller.com
Thu Sep 1613:51Yasmani Grandal Isn't Starting On ThursdayYasmani GrandalCWhite SoxFree Agent
Chicago White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal isn't in Thursday's lineup against the Los Angeles Angels and right-hander Alex Cobb. Grandal has been one of fantasy baseball's most productive catchers when healthy this season, especially in leagues where on-base percentage is part of the scoring. The veteran is batting .237 with a .416 on-base percentage and 20 home runs in 311 plate appearances. Zack Collins will start in Grandal's place at catcher and bat eighth against the Angels. You're probably better off looking elsewhere for streaming help. Collins is batting .202 with a .324 on-base percentage, four home runs, and a stolen base in 211 plate appearances this season.
Source: Chicago White SoxRotoBaller.com
Thu Sep 1613:46Yoan Moncada On The Bench ThursdayYoán Moncada3BWhite SoxFree Agent
Chicago White Sox third baseman Yoan Moncada isn't starting on Thursday. The White Sox will take on the Los Angeles Angels and right-hander Alex Cobb but will do so with one of their best hitters in Moncada on the bench. The 26-year-old is batting .269 with a .380 on-base percentage, 12 home runs, and three stolen bases in 552 plate appearances this season. Romy Gonzalez will move into the lineup at third base and hit seventh on Thursday. Gonzalez has three hits so far in 16 plate appearances for the White Sox this season. Fantasy managers are probably best off looking elsewhere for streaming help.
Source: Chicago White SoxRotoBaller.com
Thu Sep 1613:41Yan Gomes Isn't In Thursday's LineupYan GomesCAthleticsFree Agent
Oakland Athletics catcher Yan Gomes is on the bench for Thursday's matchup with the Kansas City Royals and left-handed starter Daniel Lynch. Gomes is batting .255 with a .299 on-base percentage and 13 home runs in 331 plate appearances this season. Instead, it'll be Sean Murphy starting behind the plate against the Royals. Murphy is batting seventh and could be worth a look for fantasy managers in search of streaming help at catcher. In 416 plate appearances this season, the 26-year-old is batting .218 with a .310 on-base percentage and 16 home runs.
Source: Oakland AthleticsRotoBaller.com
Thu Sep 1612:26Miguel Sano Homers In Blowout LossMiguel Sanó1BTwinsFree Agent
Minnesota Twins first/third baseman Miguel Sano went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, and three RBI in Wednesday's loss to the Indians. Sano enjoyed a strong day at the dish, ripping a 108.2 MPH double before clobbering a 113.7 MPH, three-run homer, his 28th of the year. The slugger is batting just .234 and has struck out 20 times in 47 September at-bats but has great power upside, as evidenced by his five homers during the month. He'll look to keep his strong month going on Friday against the Blue Jays.
Source: Baseball SavantRotoBaller.com
Thu Sep 1612:21Janson Junk Pitches Well In WinJanson JunkSPAngelsFree Agent
Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Janson Junk (0-1) put up good results in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Chicago White Sox but didn't factor into the decision. He went 4.1 innings while allowing three hits, no walks, and added two strikeouts. The only run he surrendered came from a Yoan Moncada solo shot in the fourth inning. Junk has made two starts now in his brief career and owns a 2.25 ERA with an 11.8 K% and 2.9 BB%, after sporting a 2.81 ERA with 97 strikeouts over 93 Triple-A innings this year. Junk should be left on the waiver wire, as he's thrown just eight innings in his two starts and probably won't go deep into games for the remainder of the season.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Thu Sep 1612:17Brett Gardner Stays Hot In Wednesday's WinBrett GardnerLFYankeesFree Agent
New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI, and a run scored in a 4-3 win over the Orioles Wednesday. Gardner was busy at the dish, singling ad scoring in the third innings, then later driving in a pair with another base hit. The veteran outfielder is batting .325 with two homers, two doubles, a triple, eight RBI, and six runs scored in 40 at-bats in September. He can't be trusted in season-long formats but is a sneaky-good DFS play while he's hitting this well for New York.
Source: ESPNRotoBaller.com
Thu Sep 1612:04Carlos Santana Gets A Breather ThursdayCarlos Santana1BRoyalsFree Agent
Kansas City Royals first baseman Carlos Santana is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Oakland Athletics, according to MLB.com. Santana has been dreadful with the bat this season, slashing .219/.322/.359 with 19 HRs, 63 RBI, and 63 runs in 141 games. He's only relevant in deep leagues at this point, thanks to his double-digit home run potential. With Santana on the bench, Ryan O'Hearn will head to first base, while Salvador Perez will DH, and Sebastian Rivero will start at catcher. He's appeared in just 13 games this season and has put up poor numbers thus far. He has .464 OPS with no home runs and should be left alone on the waiver wire.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Thu Sep 1611:55Gio Urshela Belts Two-Run Homer In VictoryGio Urshela3BYankeesFree Agent
New York Yankees third baseman/shortstop Gio Urshela went 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Orioles. Urshela belted a two-run homer in the third inning on a ball that left his bat at 102.6 MPH. After a quiet start to September, Urshela appears to be trending in the right direction, as he's 3-for-7 over his last two games. The 29-year-old is set to see consistent playing time moving forward, with the Yankees making him their starting shortstop down the stretch. The two-position eligibility could make Urshela a nice pick-up down the stretch if his bat starts to come to life.
Source: Baseball SavantRotoBaller.com
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