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Hector Velazquez is likely to start for the Red Sox on Sunday against the Indians.

Velazquez has made seven starts for the Red Sox this season, but his last three appearances have been in relief. He's not a good streaming option.
Sep 21 - 6:00 PM

Chris Sale is slated to to throw five innings and/or 75 pitches in Friday's start versus the Indians.

Sale went three innings and threw 42 pitches over three scoreless frames against the Mets on Sunday. Obviously, even though he'll be limited to just five innings Friday, Sale should be started in fantasy leagues. He's slated to make one more start next week before the postseason.
Sep 21 - 5:58 PM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that he Orioles are not expected to bring back manager Buck Showalter next season.

Showalter's contract will run out after this season and it appears he's in his final days as O's skipper. It's not a surprise, of course, with Baltimore entering play Friday with a league-worst 44-108 record. Nightengale adds that general manager Dan Duquette, whose deal also runs out after this season, is expected to receive an extension.
Sep 21 - 5:34 PM

James Paxton (illness) hopes to rejoin the Mariners' rotation on Monday or Tuesday.

Paxton has missed the last two weeks of action because of a combination of pneumonia and the flu. He will throw a full bullpen session Friday and if that goes well will be re-inserted back into Seattle's rotation early next week.
Sep 21 - 5:30 PM

Lance McCullers (forearm) could be activated from the disabled list as soon as Monday.

McCullers threw a simulated game at the Astros' spring training complex Friday with no issues and will rejoin the team Friday night. He's slated to be added to the Astros' bullpen next week and will be used as a reliever during the postseason. McCullers has been out since early August with a forearm strain.
Sep 21 - 5:28 PM

Carlos Correa will not play for the remainder of the Astros' homestand because of nagging back soreness.

Correa's back issue is probably the biggest question mark facing the Astros heading into the postseason. He missed seven weeks with the injury and has batted an ugly .174/.257/.223 over 34 games since returning. Correa will play during the Astros' road trip next week, but it will be difficult for fantasy owners to rely on him down the stretch.
Sep 21 - 5:22 PM

Tanner Roark (paternity) has rejoined the Nationals but the team has yet to decide whether he'll make his scheduled start Saturday versus the Mets.

Roark wasn't able to do his normal between-starts bullpen session, although that's not a huge deal. He seems likely to still start Saturday, although the Nats will wait until after Friday's game to make a decision.
Sep 21 - 5:00 PM

Adam Eaton has been out of the Nationals' lineup lately because of soreness in his left knee.

It's the same knee that he blew out last season, causing him to miss most of the year. Manager Davey Martinez said Friday that Eaton is OK and they are just resting him to be careful. Eaton has started just one of the last five games and Victor Robles could continue seeing starts down the stretch.
Sep 21 - 4:58 PM

Ryan Braun (back) is back in the Brewers' lineup Friday.

It's Braun's first start since Sunday, as he's been battling a back issue. He's in left field and batting fifth against Ivan Nova and the Pirates.
Sep 21 - 4:32 PM

Lorenzo Cain (intercostal) remained out of the Brewers' lineup Friday.

He hasn't played since tweaking an intercostal muscle on Tuesday. The Brewers are considering Cain day-to-day. Curtis Granderson is getting a start in his place.
Sep 21 - 4:30 PM

Alex Cobb (blister) will throw a light bullpen session Friday.

Cobb threw a regular 'pen session Wednesday with no issues. The blister on his right index finger is doing better and it sounds like he should be able to make a start next week.
Sep 21 - 4:19 PM

Carlos Correa is not in the Astros' lineup Friday.

Correa wasn't in Wednesday's lineup before Thursday's off day, either, as it appears the Astros are giving the slumping shortstop an extended mental break. He's batting just .174/.257/.223 over 34 games since returning from a seven-week absence due to a back injury. Alex Bregman is at shortstop and J.D. Davis is at third base.
Sep 21 - 4:18 PM

Victor Martinez's final major league game will be on Saturday against the Royals.

Martinez won't be in the lineup Sunday and he wants his last at-bats to come in Detroit. V-Mart will travel will the Tigers on their final road trip next week but won't play. The 39-year-old will retire after the season following a 16-year major league career.
Sep 21 - 4:05 PM

Indians activated RHP Trevor Bauer from the 10-day disabled list.

Bauer will rejoin the Indians' rotation Friday against the Red Sox after missing six weeks with a fractured fibula. He's only expected to go a couple innings Friday, so he's not a recommended fantasy option even versus Boston's post-clinch lineup.
Sep 21 - 4:00 PM

Mookie Betts is absent from the Red Sox' lineup Friday.

Manager Alex Cora's post-clinch lineup is a doozy, as J.D. Martinez is the only everyday player represented. Betts still hasn't played the outfield since Sunday while battling through a side injury.
Sep 21 - 3:56 PM



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