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Daily Box Score Review – Sept. 20, 2011

The biggest news of the day occurred at Yankee Stadium where Mariano Rivera reached the career milestone of his 602nd save. Rivera is now the career leader as he passed Trevor Hoffman. Congratulations to Rivera, who owns a career earned run average of 2.22!

Curtis Granderson just keeps poppin’ home runs. He hit No. 42 as the New York Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins, 6-4. Granderson is wrapping up his “grandest” season ever and should be in the MVP conversation.

Roy Halladay suffered his sixth loss of the season to St. Louis, 4-3. Halladay allowed four runs over eight innings, which was far from terrible. This was Halladay’s first non-quality start over his last eight outings. Keep him started.

Lance Berkman hit his 31st home run of the season. Although the veteran has made an impressive comeback from last season, he has also experienced a tale of two halves. Before the All-Star break, Berkman hit 24 home runs, but has posted only seven since. The Cardinal slugger is ending the season well with a solid September, so keep him started.

After losing the matinee of a doubleheader 6-5, the Boston Red Sox sought revenge by piling 18 runs in the nightcap. Jacoby Ellsbury, Marco Scutaro, Adrian Gonzalez and Dustin Pedroia each posted three-hit games to lead the way for the Red Sox.

Baltimore’s Nolan Reimold also had a productive doubleheader by going 3-for-8 with a home run, two runs scored and four runs batted in on the day. This was Reimold’s fourth home run of September. He may be worth a look in deep leagues.

The Seattle Mariners’ shockingly scored 12 runs, nine in the third inning, beating Cleveland 12-6 in a rain-shortened game. Mike Carp recorded his 11th home run along with five runs batted in. After a scorching August, September has been relatively quiet. Carp has the ability to heat up quickly, so keep an eye on him in all league formats if he is available or on your bench.

Asdrubal Cabrera continues to hit the cover off the ball. He launched his 23rd home run in a three-hit effort. Cabrera is one of the most surprising sleepers of the season and should continue to start in all leagues.

The Los Anglees Angels continue to lose pace of the Texas Rangers for the AL West pennant. Toronto’s Ricky Romero threw nine innings with five strikeouts, but received a no decision against the Angels as the Blue Jays won 3-2 in 10 innings. Romero has won eight of his last 11 starts and has lowered his earned run average to 2.98.

Chicago’s Geovany Soto hit two home runs on Monday in the Cubs’ 5-2 win over the Brewers. Although his power numbers has been decent, Soto has experienced a down year especially in batting average and runs batted in. Soto still has the pop to remain in your lineup down the stretch.

Arizona’s Ian Kennedy earned his 20th win with an excellent, eight-inning performance with 12 strikeouts and only one hit allowed in a 1-0 win over Pittsburgh. Kennedy has won 12 of his last 14 starts and has posted career numbers.

San Diego’s Corey Luebke won his sixth game of the season with a brilliant outing by allowing two earned runs on one hit in San Diego’s 8-2 win over Colorado. Luebke has struggled this month, but rebounded well against a tough road matchup against Colorado.  He is a great spot start in deep leagues.

Good luck in the final full week of the season!

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