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|9/20/2014||Christian Colon, 2B (KC)||The Royals have placed Colon on the disabled list with a broken finger.
Analysis: He isn't a big fantasy option. The move is retroactive to Sept. 7.
|9/20/2014||Jacoby Ellsbury, CF (NYY)||Ellsbury strained his right hamstring in Friday's contest against Toronto, and he's having an MRI to assess the damage.
Analysis: Manager Joe Girardi said there's a chance Ellsbury could miss the rest of the season, but he's waiting for the results of the MRI.
|9/19/2014||Alex Avila, C (Det)||Avila remained sidelined by concussion-like symptoms Friday, and manager Brad Ausmus was uncertain when the veteran backstop will be able to return to the lineup.
Analysis: Rookie catcher James McCann started in Avila's place as Detroit began a crucial three-game series against the Royals, who were a half-game back in the AL Central. Avila took a foul ball off his mask two weeks ago in Cleveland and didn't catch the next four games. He then left Sunday's game against the Indians with some light-headedness.
|9/19/2014||Scott Feldman, P (Hou)||Feldman gave up one run, four hits and a walk in eight innings Thursday in Houston's 2-1 loss in 13 innings to Cleveland.
Analysis: Feldman (8-11, 3.82 ERA) is 2-2 with a 2.00 ERA in his last six starts and has received a combined 12 runs of support.
|9/19/2014||Danny Salazar, P (Cle)||Salazar gave up one run in 7 1-3 innings and struck out nine Thursday but extended his winless stretch to three games after Cleveland's 2-1 victory in 13 innings against Houston.
Analysis: Salazar (6-7, 4.02 ERA) was 0-1 with a 7.84 ERA in his prior two starts.
|9/19/2014||Jason Heyward, RF (Atl)||Heyward has a brace on his bruised left thumb and is out of Friday's lineup against the New York Mets.
Analysis: Heyward was injured Wednesday while getting hit by a pitch from Washington's Ross Detwiler. He stayed in the game two innings after getting hit before leaving. He's received treatment the last two days. X-rays taken on Heyward's hand were negative. Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez says Heyward, a 2012 Gold Glove winner who throws with his right hand, could be available to help defensively in late innings.
|9/19/2014||Robbie Grossman, LF (Hou)||Grossman had three hits in a 2-1 loss in 13 innings to Cleveland on Thursday night.
Analysis: Grossman, now batting .226, is 14 for 43 (.326) in his last nine games.
|9/19/2014||Jose Ramirez, SS (Cle)||Ramirez had three hits and scored two runs in a 2-1 win in 13 innings against Houston on Thursday.
Analysis: Ramirez, now batting .254, was 3 for 23 (.111) in his previous seven games.
|9/19/2014||Nick Martinez, P (Tex)||Martinez earned his first win in five starts in Thursday's 7-2 victory over Oakland.
Analysis: Martinez (4-11, 4.85 ERA) allowed two runs and three hits in 5 2-3 innings. The seven runs of support were two more than in his previous four games.
|9/19/2014||Jake Smolinski, SS (Tex)||Smolinski had his first four-hit game and drove in a run in a 7-2 win over Oakland on Thursday.
Analysis: Smolinski is batting .408 (20 for 49) with eight RBIs in his first 14 major league games.
|9/19/2014||Sonny Gray, P (Oak)||Texas roughed up Gray for four runs in the first inning en route to a 7-2 win Thursday.
Analysis: Gray (13-9, 3.28 ERA) allowed five runs in five innings and saw his winless stretch reach five starts. The right-hander is also 1-6 with a 4.64 ERA in 10 starts since earning AL pitcher of the month honors for July. He was 5-0 with a 1.03 ERA in five starts that month. He's 0-2 with a 4.78 ERA in his last five outings.
|9/19/2014||Wade LeBlanc, P (LAA)||LeBlanc went 5 1-3 scoreless innings Thursday against Seattle but did not get a decision in a 3-1 loss.
Analysis: LeBlanc (0-1, 5.24 ERA) pitched three-hit ball into the sixth inning of his second start for the major league-leading Los Angeles Angels, who scratched ace Jered Weaver and fielded a lineup of reserves a day after clinching the AL West title. LeBlanc gave up six runs in 3 1-3 innings in his other start for the Angels, a 7-1 loss to Miami on Aug. 25.
|9/19/2014||Felix Hernandez, P (Sea)||Hernandez pitched seven scoreless innings and struck out 11 on Thursday against the Los Angeles Angels but did not get a decision in a 3-1 win.
Analysis: The AL Cy Young Award candidate, 14-5 with a 2.07 ERA, is making a strong case with his performances this month. He's 1-0 with a 0.96 ERA in four starts in September.
|9/19/2014||Gerrit Cole, P (Pit)||Cole allowed two runs in seven-plus innings in a 3-2 victory over Boston on Thursday and won a season-high third consecutive start.
Analysis: Cole (10-5, 3.85 ERA) has benefited from a combined 19 runs of support in his three games. He has a 3.79 ERA in that stretch along with 21 strikeouts and one walk in 19 innings.
|9/19/2014||Shane Greene, P (NYY)||Greene pitched 6 2-3 scoreless innings Thursday against Toronto but did not get a decision in a 3-2 victory.
Analysis: Greene (5-3, 3.24 ERA) has allowed two earned runs in 17 innings in his last three starts.
|9/19/2014||Welington Castillo, C (ChC)||Castillo was pulled from Friday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers due to a left rib contusion.
Analysis: Castillo was struck by a foul ball in the first inning on Friday. A trainer and manager Rick Renteria came out to check on him, but Castillo managed to finish the top of the first. Rafael Lopez hit for Castillo in the bottom half, and then stayed in the game to catch. The Cubs announced the injury in the fourth inning, and said Castillo is undergoing further evaluation.
|9/19/2014||Derek Jeter, SS (NYY)||Jeter homered deep into the left-field seats against R.A. Dickey in the sixth inning, earning a standing ovation from his adoring fans and helping the New York Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 on Thursday night.
Analysis: Jeter, New York's 40-year-old captain, ended a 158 at-bat homerless streak with the drive, just the fourth home run of his 20th and final major league season. The home run was his first at Yankee Stadium since July 28, 2013. Jeter's average had dipped below .250 during an 0-for-28 slide - the second-longest of his career - before he singled at Tampa Bay on Wednesday night. Jeter also had an infield single for his first multihit game since Aug. 26.
|9/19/2014||Paul Konerko, 1B (CWS)||Konerko is back in the starting lineup after being out since early September because of a broken left hand.
Analysis: Konerko was listed to hit sixth in the posted lineup for Friday night's game at Tampa Bay. He hurt the hand in a game Sept. 2 against Minnesota. Konerko is retiring after this season, his 18th in the big leagues. The White Sox will honor him during a pregame ceremony on Sept. 27.
|9/19/2014||Ben Revere, CF (Phi)||Revere collected three more hits in Thursday's 7-3 loss at San Diego.
Analysis: Revere, 5 for 10 with three RBIs over the last two days, ranks among the NL leaders with a .309 average.
|9/19/2014||Alexi Amarista, SS (SD)||Amarista went 2 for 3 with a homer and two RBIs in Thursday's win over Philadelphia.
Analysis: Amarista is batting .423 with two homers and eight RBIs over a seven-game stretch.
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