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  • Phils scheduling hernia surgery for Burnett
    The Phillies are in the process of scheduling hernia surgery for A.J. Burnett.

    Advice: Burnett pitched through the injury for most of the season while posting a 4.59 ERA and 190/96 K/BB ratio over 213 2/3 innings. The 37-year-old has a $12.75 million player option for 2015, but he's still undecided about continuing his career.
    35 minutes ago
  • Peavy on roster for Wild Card Game vs. Bucs
    Jake Peavy is on the Giants' roster for Wednesday's Wild Card Game against the Pirates.

    Advice: Tim Lincecum is also on the roster. Peavy won't be used if all goes as planned for the Giants, but they want him around for insurance for Madison Bumgarner. The Giants are also going with three catchers, which will enable them to use Andrew Susac's bat off the bench.
    Today, 10:12 am
  • Overbay is '99.9 percent sure' he will retire
    Lyle Overbay said on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM on Wednesday that he's "99.9 percent sure" that he'll retire.

    Advice: Overbay appeared in 121 games with the Brewers this season while batting just .233/.328/.333 with four home runs and 28 RBI. Assuming he's done, the 37-year-old will finish his career with a .266 batting average to go along with 1,355 hits, 151 home runs and 675 RBI over 14 seasons.
    Today, 9:11 am
    L, 5-2 vs x ChC
  • Ben Revere undergoes right ankle surgery
    Ben Revere underwent right ankle surgery this week.

    Advice: Revere had screws removed from the ankle and will be in a boot for two weeks. However, he should be fine by the time spring training rolls around. The 26-year-old outfielder batted .306/.325/.361 over 151 games this season while finishing fourth in the majors with 49 steals.
    Today, 9:08 am
    L, 2-1 vs ^ Atl
  • Carlos Ruiz undergoes left shoulder surgery
    Carlos Ruiz underwent left shoulder surgery this week.

    Advice: Ruiz recently said that he has been playing through left shoulder soreness all season, so he finally got the issue addressed. The good news is that he is expected to be ready for spring training. The 35-year-old batted .252/.347/.370 with six home runs and 31 RBI over 110 games this season. He's owed $8.5 million in each of the next two season and his contract includes a $4.5 million club option for 2017 or a $500,000 buyout.
    Today, 9:05 am
  • Alomar, Tracy among candidates for AZ mgr.
    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that Sandy Alomar, Jr. and Jim Tracy are candidates for the Diamondbacks' managerial vacancy.

    Advice: Alomar has five spent seasons with the Indians as the first base, third base and bench coach. Tracy has previously managed with the Dodgers, Pirates, and Rockies. Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish adds that Jay Bell, Andy Green, Phil Nevin, and Turner Ward are other candidates for the job. More figure to be added to the list.
    Today, 9:00 am
  • Pirates release roster for Wild Card Game
    Vance Worley is on the Pirates' roster for Wednesday's Wild Card Game against the Giants.

    Advice: Francisco Liriano and Gerrit Cole are not on the roster, so Worley and Jeff Locke will serve as Edinson Volquez insurance out of the bullpen. With Russell Martin nursing a hamstring injury, the Pirates will carry three catchers, will Chris Stewart and Tony Sanchez also on the roster. The Pirates will reset if they make it through to the NLDS.
    Today, 8:51 am
  • Mariners' Taijuan Walker will pitch in AFL
    Taijuan Walker will pitch 30 innings in the Arizona Fall League.

    Advice: Walker missed some time this season with a shoulder injury, so the Mariners want to get him some more innings going into the offseason. The 22-year-old posted a 2.61 ERA and 34/18 K/BB ratio in 38 innings across five starts and three relief appearances in the majors this year and should be a popular late-round flier in mixed leagues in 2015.
    Today, 8:24 am
  • Adam Dunn says he still plans to retire
    Adam Dunn acknowledged after the Athletics' loss to the Royals in the Wild Card Game on Tuesday that he still plans to retire.

    Advice: "That's probably it," said Dunn, who waited 14 seasons and 2,001 career games to get to the playoffs, the longest such streak of any active player. The 34-year-old didn't make an appearance in Tuesday's Wild Card Game, but he has no regrets. "Not at all," said Dunn. "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. He's as good as there is out there. You wish the best for a guy like that. He's awesome. Awesome." If this is the end for Dunn, he'll finish with 462 career home runs, tying him for 35th on the all-time list.
    Today, 5:51 am
    W, 4-0 ^ @Tex
  • James Shields up-and-down in KC win
    James Shields allowed four runs over five innings in the Royals' 9-8 extra-innings victory over the Athletics in Tuesday's Wild Card Game.

    Advice: Shields served up a two-run shot to Brandon Moss in the first inning but then held the A's off the scoreboard for the next four frames. However, manager Ned Yost elected to pull him after a single and a walk to start off the sixth, and Yordano Ventura promptly gave up a gopher ball to Moss. The Royals battled back to tie it in the ninth and eventually won it on a walk-off single from Salvador Perez in the 12th. Shields will likely start Game 3 of the ALDS against the Angels on Sunday.
    Yesterday, 10:34 pm
  • Sean Doolittle blows save for A's
    Sean Doolittle yielded a run in the ninth inning to blow the save in Tuesday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Doolittle didn't pitch poorly, as he gave up a bloop single to Josh Willingham to start the inning and then watched the Royals score following a sac bunt, stolen base and sac fly. He then stayed in to pitch a scoreless 10th inning. The A's took the lead again in the 12th inning, but Dan Otero and Jason Hammel combined to surrender a pair of runs.
    Yesterday, 10:27 pm
  • Jon Lester falters late in loss to Royals
    Jon Lester was charged with six runs over 7 1/3 innings in Tuesday's Wild Card Game loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Lester really settled in after a rocky start, but A's manager Bob Melvin stuck with him too long in the eighth inning after he was well past 100 pitches. He wound up getting charged with three runs that frame, two of which that scored after he exited. It wasn't the ideal finish for the impending free agent, but Lester will still get a boatload of cash this winter.
    Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Royals down A's on Perez's walk-off single
    Salvador Perez made his one hit Tuesday count, as he delivered a two-out, walk-off RBI single in the 12th inning of the Wild Card Game win over the Athletics.

    Advice: Perez was having an awful game up to that point, going 0-for-5 with a couple strikeouts, including one in the eighth with the tying run on third base and one out. He finally came through in extras, though, pulling a ball down the third-base line just past Josh Donaldson to score Christian Colon from second base. The Royals will face the Angels in the ALDS.
    Yesterday, 10:14 pm
  • Brandon Moss' two homers not enough for A's
    Brandon Moss had a two-run homer and a three-run shot in Tuesday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Moss did all he could, getting the A's on board with a two-run blast in the first inning before putting them ahead with a three-run dinger in the sixth. He also drew a walk in one of his six plate appearances. It wasn't enough in the back-and-forth game, though, as the Royals ultimately prevailed in extras. Moss had just two longballs since the beginning of August before smacking a pair Tuesday.
    Yesterday, 10:03 pm
    W, 4-0 ^ @Tex
  • Crisp leaves game with hamstring injury
    Coco Crisp left Tuesday's game against the Royals with a right hamstring injury.

    Advice: Crisp tweaked his hamstring on a swing in the top of the 11th. He took the field for the bottom of the frame but decided he couldn't go. It's an ailment that could conceivably keep him out a while if the A's advance, but more should be known about his status after the game.
    Yesterday, 9:14 pm
  • Adam Dunn not in lineup for Wild Card game
    Adam Dunn is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's Wild Card game against the Royals.

    Advice: Dunn is in the playoffs for the first time in his long career, but it looks like he'll be limited to pinch-hitter duty. The full lineup hasn't been announced yet, but Geovany Soto will catch Jon Lester while Brandon Moss will serve as DH and Sam Fuld will play left.
    Yesterday, 11:08 am
    W, 4-0 ^ @Tex
  • James Shields to start for Royals in WC Game
    Royals manager Ned Yost officially announced Sunday that James Shields would start for the Royals in Tuesday's Wild Card Game against the Athletics.

    Advice: "Big Game James" had been tabbed to work a potential Game 163 had the Royals and Tigers tied for the Central Division crown. Now instead he'll go on Tuesday on regular rest. He has actually been significantly better on the road this season, with a 4-6 record, 3.51 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 76/17 K/BB ratio over 102 2/3 innings in 15 starts at Kauffmann Stadium this season. The game will be played in KC.
    Sunday, 6:17 pm
  • Jon Lester to start for A's in Wild Card Game
    Athletics manager Bob Melvin announced Sunday that Jon Lester will start for the Athletics in Tuesday's Wild Card Game against the Royals in Kansas City.

    Advice: The news doesn't come as a tremendous surprise, given his terrific track record in the postseason. Since joining the A's, the veteran southpaw has compiled a 2.35 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and 71/16 K/BB ratio over 76 2/3 innings. He'll square off against James Shields to see who gets the right to take on the Angels in the Division Series.
    Sunday, 6:12 pm
  • Moss doubles, scores in win over Rangers
    Brandon Moss doubled and scored in Sunday's win over the Rangers.

    Advice: Moss led off the second inning with a double, scoring on Josh Reddick's RBI triple. It was an up-and-down season for the 31-year-old, who hit .268/.349/.530 with 21 home runs and 66 RBI before the All-Star break before slumping to a .170 average and .577 OPS in the second half. It all adds up to a .234/.334/.438 line with 25 home runs and 81 RBI in 2014.
    Sunday, 3:15 pm
    W, 4-0 ^ @Tex
  • Ben Revere steals 49th base in loss to Braves
    Ben Revere went 1-for-4 with a stolen base in a loss to the Braves on Sunday.

    Advice: Revere led off the game with a single and stole second, his 49th stolen base of the year. It was a very good year for the 26-year-old, finishing with 71 runs scored and a .306 batting average. His 49 steals were third-most in the National League this year.
    Sunday, 2:43 pm
    L, 2-1 vs ^ Atl
  • Burnett allows four runs in loss to Braves
    A.J. Burnett surrendered four earned runs in 6 2/3 innings Saturday in a loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Justin Upton and B.J. Upton both homered against him. Burnett will finish the 2014 season with an 8-18 record, 4.59 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, and 190/96 K/BB ratio in 213 2/3 innings. The 37-year-old is considering retirement. He'll have surgery next week for a hernia that bothered him for much of 2014.
    Saturday, 7:21 pm
  • Peavy goes five strong as Giants beat Padres
    Jake Peavy fired five innings of one-run ball in the Giants' 3-1 defeat of the Padres on Saturday.

    Advice: Peavy has been battling an illness, so the Giants opted to lift him early. He allowed just four hits and struck out three, continuing his extended run of dominance. The right-hander could be the NLDS Game 1 starter for the Giants if they're able to advance past the Wild Card round.
    Saturday, 3:50 pm
  • Paul Goldschmidt (hand) took BP Saturday
    Paul Goldschmidt took batting practice on the field Saturday for the first time since fracturing his left hand in early August.

    Advice: The workout went well, and Goldschmidt is on track to be 100 percent healthy by the start of spring training next year. The first baseman batted .300/.396/.542 with 19 home runs and 69 RBI in 109 games this season.
    Saturday, 2:14 pm
  • Adam Dunn plates two in victory over Rangers
    Adam Dunn drove home a pair of runs as the A's topped the Rangers on Friday in Arlington.

    Advice: Dunn got the A's on the board with a two-run double in the third inning, and they wouldn't relinquish the lead. Since joining the A's in a deadline deal, he's hitting .217 (13-for-60) with a pair of homers and 10 RBI.
    Friday, 8:36 pm
    W, 4-0 ^ @Tex
  • Vance Worley pitches Pirates past the Reds
    Vance Worley picked up a no-decision despite allowing one run over 6 1/3 innings as the Pirates defeated the Reds on Friday.

    Advice: Worley's effort helped the Pirates remain in the thick of things for the NL Central title, moving temporarily to a half-game behind the Cardinals. The right-hander scattered nine hits, issued no walks, and struck out four. Worley ends the regular season at 8-4 with a 2.85 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and a 79/22 K/BB ratio. He could be the fourth starter for the Pirates should they make it into the NLDS.
    Friday, 7:03 pm
  • Shields takes a no-decision against White Sox
    James Shields yielded three runs over six innings en route to a no-decision as the Royals picked up a win against the White Sox on Thursday.

    Advice: Two of the three runs scored on Josh Phegley's two-run home run in the second inning. Overall, Shields relented five hits and a pair of walks while striking out four in his final start of the regular season. He's done well for the Royals in 2014, going 14-8 with a 3.21 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and a 180/44 K/BB ratio. In the likely event the Royals clinch the second Wild Card, Shields will oppose Jon Lester of the Athletics to kick off the American League side of post-season play.
    Thursday, 8:52 pm
  • Crisp reaches base 5 times but A's still lose
    Coco Crisp reached base in all five of his plate appearances, on two singles and three walks, but the Athletics were handed a walk-off loss against the Rangers on Thursday.

    Advice: Crisp was also caught stealing for just the fifth time in 24 attempts when he tried to swipe second base in the third inning. The speedy outfielder has been solid out of the lead-off spot for the A's, hitting .253/.344/.373 with nine home runs, 47 RBI, and 67 runs scored.
    Thursday, 8:06 pm
  • Moss (hip) back in OAK lineup on Thursday
    Brandon Moss (hip) is back in the A's starting lineup on Thursday night against the Rangers.

    Advice: Moss was diagnosed Wednesday with torn cartilage in his hip and will need offseason surgery, but he's going to try to play through it for Oakland's final four regular-season games and into the playoffs. Moss is batting fifth and playing left field on Thursday.
    Thursday, 12:42 pm
    W, 4-0 ^ @Tex
  • Brandon Moss to have offseason hip surgery
    Brandon Moss was out of the A's lineup Wednesday with a hip injury that will require offseason surgery.

    Advice: Moss underwent an MRI on the injury earlier this week and doctors recommended a microfracture procedure. He was given a cortisone injection and is committed to playing through the discomfort until the A's are eliminated. "It was worse that we thought it would be," the first baseman said Wednesday night. "The shot should help me get through the rest of the season, but it won't fix it."
    Thursday, 5:59 am
    W, 4-0 ^ @Tex
  • Walker goes the distance, but falls to Jays
    Taijuan Walker tossed an eight-inning complete game, allowing only one run, but suffered the loss on Wednesday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Walker was out-dueled by Mark Buehrle, who was just a bit better on this particular evening. The right-hander limited the Jays to four hits and a walk while striking out six. The only run scored in the bottom of the eighth on a Ryan Goins RBI single. Walker didn't pitch deep in games after returning from his right shoulder injury in late June, but posted solid results in five starts and three relief appearances, ending his season with a 2.61 ERA, a 1.29 WHIP, and a 34/18 K/BB ratio in 38 innings.
    Wednesday, 6:16 pm
  • Lester gives up five runs in final '14 start
    Jon Lester allowed five runs -- three earned -- on eight hits over seven innings in Wednesday's loss to the Angels.

    Advice: Lester gave up his share of timely hits, but the Athletics committing two errors behind him didn't help the cause, either. He helped his own cause by striking out seven without walking a batter in the loss. Lester's regular season ends with a 16-11 record, 2.46 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 220/48 K/BB ratio over 219 2/3 innings between the Red Sox and A's. The lefty will be the Athletics' ace in the postseason before hitting the free agent market this winter.
    Wednesday, 4:07 pm
  • Peavy holds the Dodgers to 2 runs in 7 frames
    Jake Peavy limited the Dodgers to two runs over seven innings in Monday's no-decision

    Advice: Peavy struck out four and walked one. He was going for his career-high fifth consecutive victorious start. Peavy started his Giants' career 0-3 with a 4.82 ERA, but has gone 6-1 with a 1.47 ERA over his last eight starts since winning his first game of the season. Peavy (7-13, 3.78 ERA) has a nice matchup to close out the year when he hosts the Padres on Saturday.
    Monday, 11:35 pm
  • Doolittle strikes out four over two innings
    Sean Doolittle worked two perfect innings Sunday, striking out four in an extra-innings win over the Phillies.

    Advice: The A's, desperate to get a win any way they could, used Doolittle in the ninth and 10th in hopes of keeping the Phillies off the scoreboard. Doolittle obliged, retiring all six batters he faced. He then earned his second win of the season when the A's walked off in the bottom of the 10th inning. Doolittle has a dominant 2.82 ERA, 0.73 WHIP and 87/7 K/BB ratio over 60 2/3 innings this season.
    Sep 21, 6:47 pm
  • Burnett yields six runs over 4 1/3 versus A's
    A.J. Burnett was wild Sunday, walking six while allowing six runs over 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Athletics.

    Advice: Burnett gave up just three hits, but the six free passes -- including one with the bases loaded -- did him in. It's nothing new for Burnett, who has a MLB-most 93 walks allowed this year. His teammates managed to save him from taking his 18th loss, but Burnett's ERA is up to 4.57 with the rough outing. He's got one final start left this year, and that will come Saturday against the Braves.
    Sep 21, 6:31 pm
  • Worley tosses eight scoreless to best Brewers
    Vance Worley threw eight scoreless innings, allowing just four hits, in Sunday's 1-0 defeat of the Brewers.

    Advice: Worley was dominant in the start, giving up just four singles without walking a batter in silencing the Brewers' bats. He struck out five in the win. After a rough stretch in the middle of August, Worley has bounced back to win three straight, improving his record to 8-4. Worley has been a tremendous find for the Bucs this season, and he'll take a 2.93 ERA in his final start of the season against the Reds on Friday.
    Sep 21, 1:25 pm
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