Fantasy Baseball Category Killers: Saves

Fantasy Baseball Category Killers: Saves

By Rob Steingall
CSNChicago.com

Brandon League, Mariners: It appears League is climbing his way out of manager Eric Wedge's doghouse, as the manager said recently that he'd be putting his former closer back in the roll sooner than later. Those words should have you immediately rushing to your league waiver wire, especially if you're in the hunt for saves.

Jose Valverde, Tigers: The Tigers closer simply hasn't been very good this year after posting an epic '11 campaign. The good news here is that he's locked down his last three saves without giving up a run, so things could be turning around. He may be doctoring the baseball http:mlb.sbnation.com20126113078206jose-valverde-spitball-detroit-tigers..., but why should we care? He's on the discount shelf right now, so buy if the price is right.  

Huston Street, Padres: He was pitching well before his injury, and has picked right up after returning from the disabled list, collecting a save and win in his first two appearances. His job is safe as long as he's healthy, which seems to always been the problem. Street is a high riskhigh reward option moving forward, but one stock I'd be happy to own.

Ryan Cook, Athletics: When Brian Fuentes is your closer, you'd better be all over the next in line when the inevitable implosion occurs, and Cook looks like that guy. While Grant Balfour also lurks, the A's would be better served to have a cheap young option in the ninth, making Cook the obvious candidate moving forward.
Jason Motte, Cardinals: He's been shaky the past few weeks (6.75 ERA), and his most recent performance (1.0 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO) could have fantasy owners looking to dump him. Motte stills plays on a very good Cardinals team and has plenty of job security, so capitalize on the opportunity to grab him on the cheap.

Watch: Ben Zobrist belts 'Let It Go' at Disneyland

Watch: Ben Zobrist belts 'Let It Go' at Disneyland

In case you were wondering whether Ben Zobrist knows all the words to "Let It Go," he does.

The Cubs' All-Star second baseman spent at least part of the team's off day with his family at Disneyland, and he posted this Instagram video of him and his daughter screaming along to the song from the movie "Frozen."

Check it out:

Some great family time for Zobrist. His wife has a challenger for the family's best singer. But not really.

Hank Aaron to follow Michael Jordan as honorary captain at Michigan

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Hank Aaron to follow Michael Jordan as honorary captain at Michigan

Back in June, Jim Harbaugh asked Hank Aaron if he'd be an honorary captain at a Michigan football game this season.

Aaron has taken him up on it.

A look at Michigan's official website revealed to the Internet that one of the greatest baseball players of all-time will be the honorary captain for Michigan's Homecoming game against Illinois on Oct. 22.

Harbaugh chatted with Hammerin' Hank and donned a No. 44 Braves jersey during a stop in Atlanta on his whirlwind satellite-camp tour this summer, with Aaron sporting a Michigan hat.

Aaron will follow Michael Jordan, another all-time great who will serve as Michigan's honorary captain for the season-opener against Hawaii.

But while Jordan's connection to Michigan is all business — the Wolverines are the first football team to be outfitted by Jordan Brand — Aaron has a different reason to visit Ann Arbor, as his granddaughter attends the university.

(h/t Wolverine 24/7)

CSN to feature one inning of Vin Scully during Sunday's Cubs-Dodgers game

CSN to feature one inning of Vin Scully during Sunday's Cubs-Dodgers game

Baseball fans are in for a treat when they tune in to CSN for Sunday's Cubs-Dodgers broadcast.

CSN will carry the live audio call for one inning of Los Angeles Dodgers legendary broadcaster Vin Scully's final Cubs-Dodgers game. CSN will have the SportsNet LA audio feed with Scully's live game call during the third inning.

Scully, in his 67th and final year of calling Dodgers games, has earned multiple awards during his career including the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting excellence, a Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award, induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame, along with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Leading up to Sunday's telecast, fans are encouraged to post their favorite memories of Scully by using #VinOnCSN on Twitter. CSN will also feature a select number of tweets on air during the telecast.

In honor of #VinOnCSN, check out Scully's iconic speech from "Field of Dreams" in the video below.