Posted: Thursday September 20, 2012 6:40PM ; Updated: Thursday September 20, 2012 6:40PM
Michael Beller
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MLB fantasy waiver wire: McLouth finds Orioles move to his liking

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Nate McLouth has hit .325 with five homers in September while batting leadoff

Alexi Ogando is likely to close for Rangers with Joe Nathan and Mike Adams hurt

Nats reliever Drew Storen hasn't allowed a run in 14 of his last 15 outings

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Nate McLouth's .325 batting average out of the leadoff spot in September has been crucial to the Orioles' playoff hopes.
Nate McLouth's .325 batting average out of the leadoff spot in September has been crucial to the Orioles' playoff hopes.
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The Waiver Wire is here to offer up the choicest cuts of waiver wire goodness, paying attention to mixed, as well as AL- and NL-only leagues. Every league is different, and some players listed here may not be available if you play in a deep mixed league. However, we'll try to address everyone's needs, whether the depth of your league resembles a kiddie pool or the Atlantic Ocean.

Nate McLouth, Orioles -- Against all odds, McLouth has turned it on in September, hitting .324/.397/.500 with a homer, five doubles, five RBI and two steals. When he came over from the Pirates, he was carrying a .140/.210/.175 line. That slash for the season is up to .274/.348/.438. He'll be starting every day and batting leadoff for the time being, so he's worth an add while he's swinging a hot bat.

Ricky Nolasco, Marlins -- Nolasco had a rough outing against the Reds over the weekend, but he won his three previous starts, which included two shutouts. In that stretch, he allowed one earned run with 16 strikeouts and one walk in 25 innings. His ERA before that stretch was up a 5.07. It's now down to 4.42. He'll make two more starts this year, the first against the Mets in New York and the second at home against the Phillies.

Alexi Ogando, Rangers -- With Joe Nathan and Mike Adams dealing with injuries, Ogando figures to step in as the Rangers' closer. The power righty has been quietly dominant this season, posting a 0.99 WHIP and 59 strikeouts in 59.1 innings. He has allowed seven home runs, resulting in an ERA of 3.03, but he's easily the best arm in Ron Washington's bullpen. Of course, that doesn't guarantee with Washington at the helm, but Ogando should be closing games for Texas with Nathan and Adams on the shelf.

DeWayne Wise, White Sox -- Speaking of turnarounds, Wise hit .262/.286/.492 in limited action with the Yankees this year before becoming a member of the White Sox. Since landing in Chicago, he has been one of the team's biggest contributors, hitting .288/.319/.472 with five homers, six doubles, 20 RBI and 10 steals. He's playing basically every day, and offers a solid power-speed combo. He has earned a look for the last few weeks of the season.

AL-only

Josh Donaldson, A's -- Donaldson had a huge August, hitting .344/.408/.625 in 64 at-bats. He has slowed down a bit in September, but is still carrying a .255/.345/.431 line for the month. He's starting every day and is worth adding in AL-only leagues.

Gavin Floyd, White Sox -- Floyd threw seven strong innings against the Royals Tuesday, allowing two runs on five hits with three strikeouts. He's a strong addition to an AL-only staff for the final two weeks of the season.

NL-only

Drew Storen, Nationals -- Storen hasn't allowed a run in 14 of his last 15 outings, a stretch that covers 13 innings. He picked up a save last week, but even if he isn't closing he offers value in rates and strikeouts.

Darin Ruf, Phillies -- Ruf hit 38 homers in the minors this year, and will spend the rest of the season with the big league club. He may not get a ton of playing time with the Phillies back in playoff contention, but he's worth a flier if you have a need for power.

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