Description: Kansas City center fielder Lorenzo Cain was 2-for-6 with two RBI, two runs and a stolen base against the Athletics on Tuesday in the American League Wild Card game.
Insight: Cain doubled to start the scoring in the third and singled to begin the rally in the eighth. In both frames, he came around to score. Cain also had the second of five Kansas City steals in the eighth and ninth innings. The Royals will begin their series against the Angels on Thursday.
Description: Royals 1B/DH Billy Butler went 2-for-4 with two RBI in the American League Wild Card game against the Athletics on Tuesday.
Insight: Butler singled in the bottom of the first to drive in a run and then singled in the eighth to help Kansas City rally to close the deficit and eventually tie the game the next inning. The Royals will play the Angels in the ALDS starting on Friday.
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp left Tuesday night's AL Wild Card game with a right hamstring injury.
Insight: Crisp tweaked his hamstring on a swing in the top of the 11th. TBS reported it could possibly be cramps. Crisp tried to play center in the bottom of the inning but decided to take himself out. Whether it is a strain or just cramps, it doesn't matter since Oakland has been eliminated.
Description: Athletics starter Jon Lester allowed six runs over seven 1/3 innings, struck out five and walked two in the loss to the Royals in the American League Wild Card game on Tuesday.
Insight: Lester settled in after a rocky start that led to three Kansas City runs in the first three innings. Manager Bob Melvin likely stuck with Lester for too long as the Royals rallied in the eigth inning. Easy to second guess now. Lester was charged with three runs in the eighth, two of which scored after he exited. This was likely his last game for Oakland as Lester is a free agent this winter.
Description: Athletics closer Sean Doolittle allowed a run in the ninth to blow a save in the American League Wild Card game against the Royals on Tuesday.
Insight: Doolittle did all he could but was not able to prevent the Royals from scratching out a run to tie. Pinch-hitter Josh Willingham hit a bloop single to start the inning. Pinch runner Jarrod Dyson took second on a sacrifice bunt, stole third and then scored on a sacrifice fly. Doolittle stayed in the game to pitch a scoreless 10th.
Description: Royals starter James Shields allowed four runs over five plus innings in the Royals' 9-8 thrilling victory over the Athletics in the American League Wild Card game on Tuesday.
Insight: Shields tossed up a two-run bomb to Brandon Moss four batters into the game, but he settled down nicely to have a couple 1-2-3 innings. He started the sixth, but manager Ned Yost took him out after Shields allowed a single and walk to start the inning. Relief starting pitcher Yordano Ventura then gave up another home run to Moss and officially closed the book on Shields. Kansas City rallied in the eighth, ninth and 12th to win, 9-8. Shields expects to start Game 3 of the ALDS against the Angels on Sunday.
Description: Adam Dunn admitted that despite the extra-inning loss in the American League Wild Card game to the Royals on Tuesday that his career is still likely over.
Insight: Dunn plans to retire after playing 14 seasons in the league. Dunn had the longest active streak without a playoff appearance, which stood at 2,001 career games. He did not make an appearance in the game Tuesday, but Dunn told MLB.com he does not hold any regrets. "Let's not make a bigger deal out of it. I love Bob [Melvin]. He's one of the best managers I've ever played for." The 34-year-old is 35th all-time with 462 home runs.
Description: Royals catcher Salvador Perez hit a walk off single in the bottom of the 12th to finish off the Athletics and cap off a dramatic Kansas City comeback to defeat Oakland, 9-8, in the American League Wild Card game on Tuesday.
Insight: Perez was 0-for-5 before the single down the third baseline that scored Christian Colon with two outs. Perez had a chance to drive in the tying run from third base in the eighth with one out and failed to deliever but came through in the 12th. Kansas City advances to face the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the ALDS.
Description: Athletics 1B/OF Brandon Moss hit two home runs in Tuesday's Wild Card game loss to the Royals.
Insight: Moss hit a two-run homer to start the high-scoring affair in the top of the first and then gave the A's a 5-3 lead on a three-run shot to dead center in the sixth. Oakland tacked on two more runs to go up 7-3, but the Athletics were unable to hold the lead. Oakland led again 8-7 in the 12th but allowed two runs in the bottom of the inning as the Athletics officially capped off their season collapse.
Description: Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said Tuesday that pitching prospect Danny Hultzen "should be" 100 percent for spring training according to MLB.com.
Insight: Hultzen is making his way back from rotator cuff surgery and threw his third and final instructional league outing Tuesday. He will be shut down until spring training. Hultzen was the No. 2 overall pick in 2011.
Description: Athletics catcher Geovany Soto left Tuesday's Wild Card game with a left thumb injury.
Insight: Soto suffered the injury on a tag at the plate in the first inning. He remained in the game one more inning, but told the coaching staff that he could no longer receive the ball behind the plate. Derek Norris takes over at catcher for the rest of the game.
Description: Giants' Travis Ishikawa will start in left field for Wednesday's Wild Card game according to Alex Pavlovic of Mercury News.
Insight: With Angel Pagan and Michael Morse out with injuries, the Giants are searching for viable replacements in left and center field. Gregor Blanco will play center while Ishikawa will be in left. Ishikawa played opening day this season at PNC Park, the site of the NL Wild Card game, but as a Pittsburgh Pirate at first base.
Description: Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw will likely pitch on short rest in a potential NLDS Game 4 according to ESPN Los Angeles.
Insight: If Don Mattingly could, he would pitch Kershaw everyday. In a 5-game series, it makes the Dodgers awfully tough to beat when Kershaw is pitching two of the first four games of the series. Throw in the fact that Zach Greinke pitches Game 2, it is virtually impossible to win just two games and force a Game 5. This strategy worked last year, so why not try it again against the Cardinals, the team that knocked the Dodgers out in the NLCS a year ago.
Description: Giants left fielder Michael Morse is likely to be left off the National League Wild Card roster on Wednesday due to a strained left oblique according to Mercury News.
Insight: There was a previous possibility of him being on the roster as a potential pinch-hitter, but that seems unlikely at this point. Even if the Giants advance, Morse doesn't look like he will be much of a factor this October.
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton (shoulder) told Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register that he is ready to play in the ALDS which starts on Thursday.
Insight: Hamilton took batting practice, threw long toss, and ran the bases without any setbacks the last two days. He has played just one game since Sept. 4, but the Angels will likely put him in the lineup on Thursday.
Description: Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz had successful surgery Tuesday to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee according to MassLive.com.
Insight: Buchholz should be ready to go by February. The Red Sox pitcher will hope to bounce back in 2015 after finishing this season with a 5.34 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in 170 1/3 innings. Buchholz was much better in 2013 with a 1.74 ERA in 108 1/3 innings.
Description: Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon completely expects to play in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday against the Cardinals according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Irritation in his right hip kept Gordon out of the final regular season game, but he went through a full workout on Tuesday and said he felt fine. Gordon finished with a .289 average with 64 stolen bases in 148 games this season.
Description: Pirates catcher Russell Martin is expected to start Wednesday's Wild Card game against the Giants according to Mercury News.
Insight: Martin left Friday's game after reinjurying his left hamstring. He did not return the entire weekend, but that will not keep him out of the single elimination Wild Card affair on Wednesday. Pittsburgh still plans to carry a third catcher just in case.
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran underwent surgery Tuesday to remove a bone spur in his right eblow according to MLB.com.
Insight: There is no danger of Beltran missing spring training as he should be able to return to all baseball activities in 12 weeks. He had a bad season, hitting .233/.301/.402 with 15 home runs and 49 RBI, but he should be much better after healing from the injury.
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp is a career .125 batter (3-for-24) versus Royals right-hander James Shields.
Insight: Leadoff hitters are supposed to get on base to be effective and this one has a problem against Shields, so shouldn't be used in fantasy lineups. Crisp batted .248 this season with nine homers, 47 RBI, 68 runs and 19 steals.
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick is a lifetime .318 hitter with three home runs and a 1.182 OPS versus Royals right-hander James Shields.
Insight: Reddick managed just 363 at-bats this season, but did hit 12 homers with a respectable .763 OPS. He finished the regular season with three consecutive multi-hit games and should be a viable fantasy option in this favorable matchup.
Description: Don't be surprised if IF Jayson Nix finds his way into the starting lineup against Oakland left-hander Jon Lester.
Insight: The utility infielder has done nothing all season, batting just 120 between Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and the Royals, but he's a career .308 hitter (8-for-26) with three home runs in their matchups.
Description: Yankees manager Joe Girardi told ESPN New York on Monday that he expects Alex Rodriguez to be the team's third baseman next season.
Insight: Girardi went on to say A-Rod doesn't automatically have the job, but he should be able to be the everyday third baseman if healthy. Even though this news likely makes Yankee fans want to puke, the team could really use a power right-handed bat. That's if Rodriguez can be somewhat of his old self.
Reality seems to have set in for Rodriguez, who must have figured out he stood almost no chance of winning this case in federal court. A-Rod will sit out the entire 2014 season as he serves a 162-game PED suspension. Rodriguez will not be reporting to spring training later this month.
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson told Comcast SportsNet California that his left knee feels more stable than it did a few days ago.
Insight: Donaldson did not run very much on Monday, but he is expected to be in the lineup on Tuesday against the Royals in the AL Wild Card game. His knee has been an issue for the second half of the season, but Donaldson has still been able to hit .280 over that time. His power, however, seems to have been effected as he has just nine homers since the break.
Description: Nationals starter Tanner Roark will pitch out of the bullpen in the NLDS according to Bill Ladson of MLB.com
Insight: It speaks volumes as to how good the Washington rotation is that Roark, who was 15-10 with a 2.85 ERA and 1.09 WHIP, cannot get a starting spot in the playoffs. Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmerman, Gio Gonzalez and Doug Fister will be the four playoff starters.
Description: Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said Monday that the team is interested in signing outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to a long-term contract.
Insight: Cespedes will make $10.5 million in 2015, the final season of his current deal before he hits free agency. The outfielder said he has not yet decided if he wants to resign with Boston. Cespedes hit .269 with five home runs and 33 RBI in 51 games with Boston. With the Athletics and the Red Sox, Cespedes had a career-high 100 RBI in 2014.
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton (shoulder) did a full workout without any setbacks according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Hamilton took batting practice, threw long toss and ran the bases. He will do the same on Tuesday, and then if all goes well, face live pitching on Wednesday. The Angels are hoping he can start Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday.
Description: Angels starter Matt Shoemaker (oblique) played catch on Monday without any setbacks and will throw another bullpen session Tuesday according to the Orange County Register.
Insight: Shoemaker still expects to start Game 3 of the ALDS on Oct. 5. He has been out with a strained oblique since Sept. 16. Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson are slated to start Games 1 and 2 for the Angels.
Description: The Red Sox have not decided whether they'll tender a qualifying offer to free agent closer Koji Uehara according to Brian MacPherson.
Insight: The problem is the one-year qualifying offer on this year's market is expected to be around $15.1 million. That is quite a hefty price for a 40-year-old closer that blew three saves after Aug. 21. We expect the Red Sox to try and bring Uehara back but will try and negotiate with him on the open market.
Description: Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz will have surgery Tuesday to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.
Insight: Buchholz should be ready to go by February. He wasn't very good this season, going 8-10 with a 5.31 ERA and 1.40 WHIP to the disappointment of fantasy owners who remember he went 12-1 with a 1.74 ERA and 1.025 WHIP in 2013.
Description: Tigers starter David Price pitched seven 1/3 scoreless innings to lead Detroit to the American League Central title with a 3-0 victory over the Twins on Sunday.
Insight: The Tigers can all collectively exhale as Price delievered what he was brought to do when Detroit traded for him. Price allowed four hits and struck out eight to finish the season 15-12 with a 3.26 ERA. The Tigers have now won four straight AL Central championships.
Description: Dodgers starter Zack Greinke wins 17th game in finale.
Insight: The Dodgers did not want to overwork him, as he only threw 77 pitches. Greinke went five innings of one-run ball on four hits, while striking out six. He finishes the year at 17-8 with a 2.71 ERA. Greinke should be starting Game 2 of the NLDS.
Description: Yankees right hander Michael Pineda struck out 10 and allowed just one run and three hits in six 1/3 innings on Sunday to win the season finale.
Insight: The Red Sox did not have their best lineup out on the field, but he would have performed well against the Boston "A Team" as well. In his last 13 2/3 innings, Pineda struck out 18 hitters. He finishes the year with a 1.89 ERA and looks to be the Yankees best starter going into 2015.
Description: Athletics shortstop Jed Lowrie had a two-run single in the season finale against the Rangers.
Insight: Lowrie provided some much needed insurance with his two RBI in the ninth inning to extend the Athletics lead to 4-0. Overall however, Lowrie had a down season compared to his numbers last year. He hit .249/.321/.355 with six home runs and 50 RBI this season.
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez hit his 27th homer in Sunday's finale.
Insight: He was 2-for-2 with three RBI and two runs scored, before being removed from the game. Gonzalez finishes the year with a .276/.335/.482 line, with an NL leading 116 RBI. Great year for the Dodgers first baseman.
Description: Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright did not pitch Sunday against Arizona.
Insight: With Pittsburgh losing earlier, the Cardinals wrapped up ther NL Central, allowing Wainwright to rest. Four relievers combined for the 1-0 win, with Justin Masterson earning the victory. Wainwright will start Game 1 of the Divisional Series.
Description: Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI to lead the Tigers to a division title sealing victory.
Insight: Kinsler hit four homers in the final 14 regular season games, which is more than he had in the previous two and a half months. Kinsler has struggled getting on base lately, but he will remain Detroit's lead off man for the ALDS.
Description: Tigers closer Joe Nathan threw a perfect ninth inning to preserve a 3-0 lead and capture his 35th save of the season on Sunday.
Insight: The Tigers scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth to give Nathan a three-run cushion. Nathan ends the season with a 4.81 ERA, the 10th highest mark in the history of the league to have recorded 30 saves or more. Since July, his ERA has been under 3.50, but overall, there still isn't much confidence he will get the job done in the playoffs.
Description: Rays starter Alex Cobb allowed four runs on 10 hits over six innings in a loss to the Indians on Sunday.
Insight: The 10 hits was a season-high, so Cobb was certainly hoping for a better start to cap off his superb season. Even with the tough Sunday, Cobb was 10-9 with a 2.87 ERA, 149 strikeouts in 166 1/3 innings this year. Cobb posted a 1.78 ERA after July 1.
Description: Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz allowed four runs over six innings in a loss to the Yankees in the season finale.
Insight: All four runs came in the third inning, which included four hits. One of the hits was Derek Jeter's last of his career. Buchholz improved as the season went, but still struggled at times and finished with a 5.34 ERA.
Description: Rangers pitcher Nick Martinez allowed two runs over five 2/3 innings in Sunday's loss to the Athletics.
Insight: Martinez tossed up four hits, did not walk a batter and struck out two. Unfortunately, Martinez ran into Sonny Gray, who pitched a complete-game shutout for the Athletics. Gray finishes the year 5-12 with 4.55 ERA in 140 1/3 innings this year.
Description: Astros second baseman Jose Altuve registered two hits and finished with a .341 batting average to win the American League batting title.
Insight: Altuve had to talk his way into the lineup as the Astros wanted him to sit and protect the batting title lead. He came into the day with a three point lead over Detroit's Victor Martinez, who went 0-for-3 on Sunday. Altuve had a fantastic year: .341/.377/.453 with seven home runs, 59 RBI, and 56 stolen bases.
Description: Angels starter Matt Shoemaker (oblique) completed a bullpen session on Sunday and remains confident that he will pitch in the ALDS according to the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Shoemaker has been out since Sept. 16 with a left oblique strain. He admitted that he felt a little bit of tightness in his oblique, but Shoemaker said he feels like he can pitch through it. The Angels are planning to start Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson in Games 1 and 2, so expect Shoemaker to start in Game 3.
Description: Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter singled in his last at-bat at the major league level.
Insight: Jeter went 1-for-2 before leaving in the third inning on Sunday. He lined out to shortstop Jemile Weeks in his first at-bat and then hit an infield single in his second plate appearance. Manager Joe Girardi replaced Jeter after the infield single. Jeter finishes sixth all-time with 3,465 hits.
Jeter will cap off his Hall of Fame career batting second one more time for the pinstripes. He registered an infield single before exiting the game on Saturday in a blow out. Hopefully, Jeter plays the entire game on Sunday.
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton (shoulder) will take batting practice on Monday according to Orange County Register.
Insight: Hamilton will also take batting practice on Tuesday and hopefully face live pitching on Wednesday. Hamilton has received an incredible 12 cortisone shots over the last two weeks to try and shed the pain in his right shoulder. The playoffs start on Thursday for the Angels.
Description: Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels goes eight innings, but loses.
Insight: Stop us if you heard this before. Hamels pitches great, but does not get the run support. Today, he allowed just two runs on three hits, while striking out seven. Hamels finishes 2014 at 9-9 and a 2.46 ERA.
Description: Reds starter Johnny Cueto does it all in 20th victory of season.
Insight: Not only did he go eight innings of one-run ball on six hits, while striking out seven, but Cueto also had the go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning. He had a monster season, going 20-9 with a 2.25 ERA. Target him early in 2015.
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond belts 24th homer of year.
Insight: It was the only run Washington needed, as Jordan Zimmerman tossed a no-hitter. Desmond finishes the year with a .255/.313/.430 line with 91 RBI. Consider him a top shortstop prospect heading into the 2015 fantasy season.
Description: Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter will DH in his final major league game on Sunday.
Insight: Jeter will cap off his Hall of Fame career batting second one more time for the pinstripes. He registered an infield single before exiting the game on Saturday in a blow out. Hopefully, Jeter plays the entire game on Sunday.
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton is sitting out on Sunday.
Insight: Barring a pinch-hitting appearance, Upton finishes an impressive year slashing .270/.342/.491 with 29 homers and 102 RBI. His brother B.J. is sitting as well today. Ryan Doumit and Emilio Bonifacio are starting in left field and center field, respectively.
Description: Mariners ace Felix Hernandez will need to bounce back from the worst start of his career in order for Seattle to make the playoffs.
Insight: Seattle won and Oakland lost on Saturday as the Mariners stayed alive in the wild card chase. The Mariners send King Felix to the mound after he gave up eight runs to the Blue Jays on Tuesday. Hernandez told mynorthwest.com that he has put the game behind him and that he is going to "Keep fighting, it won't happen again." We wouldn't count on two rough starts in a row from King Felix.
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira has just four hits against Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz in 23 career at-bats, but two of them are home runs.
Insight: Teixeira also has five RBI, two walks and seven strikeouts against the right hander. Like many Yankees, Teixeira has been extremely disappointing this year, hitting .217 with 22 home runs and 61 RBI.
Description: Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is a career .357 (5-for-14) hitter against Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon.
Insight: After an 0-for-4 on Saturday, Altuve's average has dopped to .340, which is only three percentage points ahead of Detroit's Victor Martinez for the American League lead. With nothing to play for on Sunday, make sure Altuve is not sitting out to ensure he keeps the batting title before inserting him in your fantasy lineup.
Description: Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton (concussion) remains out of the lineup for the season finale against Pittsburgh.
Insight: With the Reds out of contention, it made sense for them not to rush Hamilton. He finishes the year as a favorite for the NL Rookie of the Year Award, as he slashed .250/.292/.355 and had 56 stolen bases. Jason Bourgeois gets the start in center field.
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer is not a good fantasy start on the last day of the season.
Insight: Not many are against Tigers pitcher David Price, but Mauer is just 3-for-20 against Price in his career. One of those hits is a double while Mauer also has two RBI, four walks and six strikeouts against the Tiger lefty.
Description: Orioles center fielder Adam Jones really struggles against Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey.
Insight: Jones is 3-for-22 (.136) with five strikeouts in his lifetime against the knuckleballer. One of those three hits, however, was a home run. Jones is batting .281 with 29 home runs and 96 RBI iin 640 at-bats this season.
Description: Rangers RHP Scott Baker allowed two earned runs in four innings of a spot start against the Athletics on Saturday.
Insight: The Rangers scratched Derek Holland right before the game due to a migraine. Baker pretty very well on the short notice. He finishes the year with a 5.47 ERA in seven starts and 18 relief appearances.
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson went 3-for-4 with a home run in a loss to the Rangers on Saturday.
Insight: It was unclear whether Donaldson would even start as the third baseman banged both his knees on Friday. Donaldson did not look to good running the bases Saturday, but his production at the plate was not effected. He hit a solo bomb in the first and added two singles. Donaldson is batting .257 with 29 home runs and 98 RBI in 157 games this season.
Description: Mariners left-hander James Paxton pitched five 2/3 innings and allowed one run in a no-decision against the Angels on Saturday.
Insight: Paxton had a horrible start in his last outing, giving up eight earned runs in less than three innings, so this was a big bounce-back game for him. He finishes the regular season 6-4 with a 3.04 ERA in 13 starts. Paxton missed most of the first four months with a strained lat.
Description: Angels starter C.J. Wilson threw six innings and allowed one run on four hits in a no-decision against the Mariners on Saturday.
Insight: It did not really matter what the result was for Wilson as long as he threw a good game. He lasted just two-thirds of an inning in his last outing against the Athletics and likely wanted to correct his mistakes before the playoffs. Wilson finishes the regular season 13-10 with a 4.54 ERA and is expected to start Game 2 of the ALDS.
Description: Mariners LF/1B Logan Morrison went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and walk to help keep Seattle alive for the final wild card spot with a 2-1 extra-inning victory over the Angels on Saturday.
Insight: Seattle will need to beat Los Angeles again on Sunday and hope Oakland loses to Texas in order to force a one-game playoff. The Mariners will start their ace Felix Hernandez. Morrison is hitting .259 with 11 home runs and 38 RBI in 332 at-bats this season.
Description: Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright will try to clinch NL Central for St. Louis on Sunday.
Insight: They can do it with a win or a Pirates loss. The Cardinals have the guy they want on the mound, as Wainwright is 20-9 with a 2.38 ERA and 1.03 WHIP in 2014. He has been even more impressive of late, going 3-0 with an astounding 0.38 ERA and 0.79 WHIP. If your championship matchup is close, and you have this guy on your roster, you have to feel good going into today.
Description: Twins starter Tommy Milone threw a scoreless inning in his return to the mound on Saturday.
Insight: Milone had not pitched since Sept. 2 due to shoulder fatigue and a neck injury. He did not receive another start, but the scoreless inning is encouraging. Milone finishes the year with a 6-4 record and 4.19 ERA in 118 innings.
Description: Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann could be in line for a pitcher's duel on Sunday.
Insight: Zimmerman may not be asked to go to far into the game, as Washington has already locked up home-field advantage throughout the National League Playoffs. Yet, it does not take away from the intrigue. Zimmerman is 3-0 with a 1.45 ERA and 0.96 WHIP over his last three starts. Opposing starter, Miami's Henerson Alvarez comes in on fire as well, going 2-0 with a 1.31 ERA and 1.11 WHIP throughout his past three starts. Expect a low-scoring game.
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley recorded his 200th hit of the season in a loss to the Rays on Saturday.
Insight: Brantley is the first Indian to reach the 200-hit plateau in single season since Kenny Lofton did it in 1996. Brantley is also the first Indian to have 200 hits, 20 home runs, 40 doubles, and 20 stolen bases in one season. In addition, he is sitting with 97 RBI with a game to go.
Description: Rangers reliever Neftali Feliz saved his 13th game of the season on Saturday as Texas defeated Oakland, 5-4.
Insight: Feliz did allow two base runners, but catcher Robinson Chirinos threw the first one out who was trying to steal second and Feliz stranded the second one at first base. Feliz has saved 13 out of 14 of his opportunities and has a 1.99 ERA in 31 2/3 innings this year.