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Almora came into the game and was one of three Cubs to score in the seventh inning.

Fantasy Impact: He is very talented. Monitor his situation going into 2017, as he needs a path to playing time in order to help his owners.

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Contreras put the ball into play in the seventh inning and forced the defense to make a play. The defense committed an error and a run scored. Contreras would later come around to score in the inning.

Fantasy Impact: His future is bright and he is a keeper in dynasty formats. His value in 2017 redraft leagues will be tied to what role Schwarber comes back to.

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Russell reached base in the seventh inning and would come around to score as the Cubs staged a comeback attempt before falling 8-4.

Fantasy Impact: His window is closing on the drive for 100 RBI but he is still producing for his owners.

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La Stella came in off the bench and singled in the seventh inning. That single would drive in two runs and close the gap to 7-4. The Cubs would still lose 8-4.

Fantasy Impact: He needs a lot of help to get a chance that allows for him to be much of a fantasy factor.

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Rizzo came up in the top of the first inning and drove a pitch into the stands to make it 1-0. It would be the only lead of the game for the Cubs as they would give up the next seven in a 8-4 loss.

Fantasy Impact: Rizzo is up to 32 HR with 106 RBI. However, the most important fantasy news might be that he played 1/3 of an inning designated as the second basemen. Depending on how your league manager's settings, you will want to ask them if this will give Rizzo second basemen eligibility for next season. If he gets the eligibility, he becomes a top of the first round candidate instead of an end-of-first one.

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Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Urena pitched five innings and gave up five runs on eight hits and two walks, striking out two.

Fantasy Impact: Urena may be a part of next season's starting rotation thanks to a few excellent starts, but he's horribly inconsistent and seems unable to work around any time he does not have his absolute best "stuff" on the mound.

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No decision for Cole Hamels

Thu, Sep 29th 12:51am EDT
By Mitch Cox

TEX

Cole Hamels allowed eight hits and five runs, three of them earned, in seven innings of work, but did not figure in the decision as the Rangers rallied for an 8-5 win over the Brewers on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Hamels struck out six but did not walk a batter on the night. He left the game with his team trailing 5-4, but the Rangers put a four-spot on the board in the eighth inning to win the game.

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Jose De Leon allowed four hits (one home run), five runs (three earned), walked three, and struck out one in 2 1/3 innings Wednesday against the San Diego Padres. 42-of-69 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: The 24-year old righty compiled a 6.35 ERA, 1.53 WHIP with 15 strikeouts in 17 innings during his first stint in the big leagues. The experience should be beneficial. We could see De Leon in the rotation next year, but that will depend on his development in the offseason.

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They lead all of baseball in come-from-behind wins, and the Texas Rangers did it again tonight, thanks to a three run homer by Carlos Gomez. Gomez put together his second straight three-hit night, but his biggest hit broke a 5-5 tie in the ninth inning and pushed Texas to the 8-5 victory.

Fantasy Impact: Adding a red-hot Gomez to the rest of this lineup has got to scare the rest of the AL playoff participants.

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Hyun-Jin Ryu underwent arthroscopic left elbow surgery on Wednesday. (Source: Los Angeles Dodgers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ryu is expected to be ready for next season, but we heard the same thing prior to this year. I'd be skeptical about Ryu's return, as he's had multiple injuries, and has logged a ton of mileage on his arm. Prior to joining the Dodgers, Ryu threw 1,269 innings in Korea.

Category: Injury Updates


Shelby Miller pitched five shutout innings in Wednesday's rain-shortened win over the Nationals.

Fantasy Impact: Miller struck out five and walked one in five innings of work. He had thrown just 74 pitches (52 strikes) before rain eventually led the game to be called. The Diamondbacks won the shortened contest by a 3-0 score. It has been an up-and-down season for the 25-year-old overall. He struggled early and was sent down to the minors for a stretch to try on his stuff midway through the campaign. He finishes the year with a 6.15 ERA, 1.67 WHIP and 70/42 K/BB ratio over 101 innings.

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Chris Owings went 2-for-3 with a run scored and two steals in Wednesday's rain-shortened win over the Nationals.

Fantasy Impact: The five-inning game was called following a long delay. With the two steals, Owings has swiped an even 20 on the season. That mark tops the career-best 18 that he notched in 2015.

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He also extended his on-base streak to 46 games. Freeman is simply locked in and seeing the ball very well. The addition of Matt Kemp, who bats behind him, has proven to be an extremely good move that has forced pitchers to change their approach towards the Braves lineup in general and how they pitch Freeman specifically.

Fantasy Impact: I expect the Braves to field a solid offense in 2017 and Freeman will be one of the major pieces. Those that can will want to give serious consideration to rostering him in 2017.

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The strong-armed Braves pitcher allowed two hits and one run (earned) while walking three and striking out five in the five innings he pitched Wednesday night. With the win, Folty's record stands at 9-5 while the Braves climbed to 65-92. He will not be starting any more games this year but may get in a relief appearance on Sunday against the Tigers.

Fantasy Impact: Folty is still a tad bit inefficient and inconsistent for most but the Braves hope he develops into a consistent starter for the 2017 season.

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Roberto Osuna entered the ninth with the Jays ahead 2-1. After retiring the first batter, Osuna allowed a single to Jonathan Schoop before Hyun Soo Kim gave the Orioles a 3-2 lead with a pinch hit home run.

Fantasy Impact: Osuna has now blown five saves on the year, and the loss moves him to 3-3 on the year. Osuna has only thrown a third of an inning more so far this year, so fatigue shouldn't be a factor. He's going to need to be better if the Jays have any hopes of making a run, especially with Grilli struggling and Benoit shelved for the year.

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Swanson is sporting a stout stat line of .299/.349/.419 since being called up in August and tonight hit his sixth double in that time span.

Fantasy Impact: He hit out of the sixth spot tonight but it is likely he will end up in the #2 spot, probably not until 2017. He looks very comfortable both offensively and defensively as he has acclimated himself to the pros very quickly. Swanson is slated to be the Braves shortstop for many years to come and should be given strong consideration to be on fantasy rosters next year.

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Bud Norris released by Dodgers

Wed, Sep 28th 9:02pm EDT
By Stan Son

The Dodgers released Bud Norris. (Source: Ken Gurnick on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Norris was acquired from Atlanta for minor league pitchers Phil Pfeifer and Caleb Dirks. He posted a 6.54 ERA with the Dodgers and bounced around between the bullpen and starting rotation.

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Getting another catching start during Wednesday afternoon's 12-4 series loss to the Seattle Mariners, Evan Gattis went 2-for-4 with a single and his 32nd home run of the year. He also tallied a line out and a fly out in the game. In spite of this, Gattis is holding very strong at a .249 average and .828 OPS on the season.

Fantasy Impact: El Oso Blanco seems to have broken out of the previous slump he had the week before, where he only hit .182 over a 7 game stretch. But this second half continues to be kind to Gattis and his new approach, with a second half slash line of .285/.357/.607 since the All Star Break. Additionally, the positional stats continue to astonish, with the top 10 consensus ranked catcher slashing .292/.352/.665 when playing as a backstop. With the Astros on the verge of playoff elimination, you may not be able to use Evan Gattis very much longer in 2016. However, fantasy owners, stock up on El Oso Blanco for 2017 without fail!

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Keeping to right field during Wednesday afternoon's 12-4 series loss to the Seattle Mariners, George Springer went 1-for-5 with his 29th home run on the year. That would be the only hit he would have in the game, as he also tallied a trio of ground outs and a strikeout. Springer holds firmly to a .262 average and .822 OPS on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Springer has been slashing .483/.516/.586 over the past 7 games. His change in approach is paying off for this top 5 consensus ranked outfielder. With the Astros on the verge of playoff elimination, fantasy owners may not be able to use George Springer for much longer this season. However, keep him very much in mind for 2017!

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Austin Romine went 2-for-4 in a 6-4 win over the Red Sox.

Fantasy Impact: Austin Romine on the season is hitting .244 with four homers and 24 RBI. Romine has played sporadically in a catcher platoon and has slashed .244/.270/.392 with four homers and 24 RBI over 153 at-bats in 2016. His performance has deteriorated in the second half in particular, with a .170/.235/.255 during that span.

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