Albert Pujols Officially Shut Down for the Year

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Albert Pujols has consistently said that he intended to return to the Angels lineup at some point before the end of the season. On Monday, the Angels quickly put an end to any such comeback by announcing that Pujols has been shut down for the rest of the season. Pujols was placed on the disabled list at the end of July with a partially torn plantar fascia in his left foot. He was able to get rid of his walking boot in the past few days, but the Angels rather Pujols focus on 2014 rather than play a few meaningless games down the stretch this year. Pujols batted just .258 with 17 home runs and 64 RBI in 99 games this season. And guess what Angel fans - he is 33 years old with eight more years left on this back loaded contract.   

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Red Sox Call Up Xander Bogaerts

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The Boston Red Sox are suddenly 3-7 in their last ten games and need a spark these days. After all the drama on Sunday night, they called down to Triple-A Pawtucket and officially promoted Xander Bogaerts. In 60 games with Pawtucket, Bogaerts was hitting .284 with a .369 OBP, .453 slugging percentage and nine home runs. He's spent most of his time at his natural position of shortstop, but he's also seen action in nine games at third base. The Red Sox have struggled against lefties and Bogaerts could provide some improvement in that area given that he was hitting .298 with 16 walks and just seven strikeouts against southpaws. Bogaerts was ranked fourth on Baseball America's Midseason Top 50 list. He should be owned in all fantasy formats.  

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