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  • Perez in Giants' lineup for Game 4 vs. Royals
    Juan Perez is starting in left field for the Giants in World Series Game 4 on Saturday night against the Royals.

    Advice: The left-handed Travis Ishikawa has started the first three games of the World Series, but righty Perez gets the nod against Royals left-handed starter Jason Vargas. The Giants' full lineup for Game 4: Gregor Blanco CF, Joe Panik 2B, Buster Posey C, Hunter Pence RF, Pablo Sandoval 3B, Brandon Belt 1B, Juan Perez LF, Brandon Crawford SS, Ryan Vogelsong SP. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:17 pm
  • Royals stick with same lineup for Game 3
    The Royals will utilize the same lineup they used in Friday's victory over the Giants in Game 4 on Saturday.

    Advice: That means that Jarrod Dyson will remain in center field and hit eighth with Lorenzo Cain handling right field defensively and Nori Aoki stowed away on the bench. Ned Yost's moves worked out brilliantly in Game 3 as Cain played a flawless right field and made several plays that Aoki otherwise wouldn't have. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:44 pm
  • Jeurys Familia undergoes successful surgery
    Jeurys Familia underwent successful surgery on Friday to repair bilateral sports hernias.

    Advice: It's the same issue that bullpen mate Jenrry Mejia had surgically repaired earlier this month. The 25-year-old right-hander was one of the top relievers in the Mets bullpen in 2014, posting a 2.21 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 73/32 K/BB ratio over 77 1/3 innings. He's expected to be fully healthy and ready to go for spring training. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:05 pm
  • Byron Buxton tallies three hits in win Friday
    Twins top prospect Byron Buxton tallied three hits in Arizona Fall League play on Friday as Salt River dispatched of Glendale 8-1.

    Advice: Buxton finished the afternoon 3-for-5 with a double, pair of runs scored and two RBI. He also showed off his wheels, swiping a pair of bases. Through 12 games in the Fall showcase, he's slashing .264/.316/.302 with six RBI, four stolen bases and an 11/4 K/BB ratio. The 20-year-old is expected to open the 2015 season at Double-A New Britain. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:09 am
     
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    L, 3-0 x @Det
  • Raul Mondesi excels in Fall League victory
    Royals prospect Raul Mondesi had a strong day at the dish in Friday's victory over Mesa in Arizona Fall League action, going 2-for-5 with a pair of runs scored.

    Advice: Mondesi also swiped his third base of the Fall season in the contest. The 19-year-old struggled at High-A Wilmington in 2014, slashing just .211/.256/.354 with eight homers, 33 RBI and 17 stolen bases in his 110 games. He's expected to return to Wilmington for the start of the 2015 season and remains firmly entrenched in the Royals future plans. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:05 am
     
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    W, 6-4 x @CWS
  • Dave Martinez leading candidate for manager
    According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, Dave Martinez is the leading candidate to succeed Joe Maddon as the manager of the Rays.

    Advice: Martinez has been the Rays bench coach for the past seven seasons and seems like the obvious fit. He has also generated interest as a managerial candidate around the league in recent seasons. Topkin also mentions several other potential candidates including Gabe Kapler, Tim Bogar, Joe McEwing and Charlie Montoyo. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:41 am
  • Bucs designate Jeanmar Gomez for assignment
    Pirates designated RHP Jeanmar Gomez for assignment.

    Advice: The 26-year-old right-hander was arbitration eligible for the first time this winter. In 44 appearances out of the Pirates bullpen in 2014, Gomez registered a 3.19 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 38/23 K/BB mark in 62 innings. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:11 am
     
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  • Pirates designate John Axford for assignment
    Pirates designated RHP John Axford for assignment.

    Advice: The 31-year-old hurler entered the 2014 campaign as the Indians closer, but lost his role to Cody Allen and was dealt to the Pirates mid-season. He finished the year with a 3.95 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 63/36 K/BB ratio over 54 2/3 innings. He still has a power arm, which will interest teams looking for bullpen depth, but his inability to find the plate consistently limits his upside. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:08 am
     
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  • Pirates activate Charlie Morton from DL
    Pirates activated RHP Charlie Morton from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Morton underwent surgery in late September to repair a torn labrum in his right hip. Even the most optimistic estimates have him sidelined until March, so it's unlikely that he'll be ready for Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:05 am
  • Pirates acquire Justin Sellers from Indians
    Pirates acquired INF Justin Sellers from the Indians for cash considerations.

    Advice: The 28-year-old utility infielder owns a troublesome career slash of .198/.280/.294 over 99 big league contests. He'll be nothing more than additional depth in the infield for the Pirates. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:02 am
  • Phillies activate Cliff Lee from 60-day DL
    Phillies activated LHP Cliff Lee from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: The 36-year-old left-hander was shelved in late-July due to a continuance of a flexor pronator strain in his pitching elbow. He was able to avoid surgery, getting treated instead with platelet-rich plasma injections. He's on track to begin a throwing program in November, though a possible recurrence of this issue certainly needs to be factored in when thinking of calling Lee's name in fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:52 am
  • Phillies activate Mario Hollands from DL
    Phillies activated LHP Mario Hollands from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Nothing more than a procedural move here that puts Hollands back on the team's 40-man roster. The 26-year-old southpaw was shut down in early September due to a flexor strain in his pitching elbow after posting a 4.40 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 35/21 K/BB ratio in 47 frames. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:49 am
  • Royals designate Liam Hendriks for assignment
    Royals designated RHP Liam Hendriks for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Moises Sierra who was claimed off waivers from the White Sox on Friday. The 25-year-old Australian hurler appeared in nine games between the Blue Jays and Royals in 2014, compiling a 5.23 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 23/7 K/BB ratio over 32 2/3 innings. With the ability to start and work in relief, he shouldn't have any trouble finding another team willing to give him a shot. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:45 am
     
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  • James Shields makes adjustments in bullpen
    James Shields said Friday that he made some mechanical adjustments during Friday's bullpen session and is confident that he will be much better in Game 5 of the World Series.

    Advice: Shields was bounced from Game 1 against the Giants before he recorded an out in the fourth inning and had looked extremely hittable this entire postseason as he sports an 8.05 ERA and 2.00 WHIP over his four starts spanning 17 innings. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:01 pm
  • Dyson starting over Aoki in WS Game 3
    Jarrod Dyson is starting in center field and batting eighth in Friday's World Series Game 3.

    Advice: Lorenzo Cain has shifted over to right field, and Nori Aoki is on the bench. With the tough outfield at AT&T Park and flyball pitcher Jeremy Guthrie on the mound, Royals manager Ned Yost has elected to go with his best defensive outfield. Alex Gordon has moved up to the No. 2 spot in the lineup that was vacated by Aoki, while Mike Moustakas has moved up from the No. 9 spot to Gordon's old No. 5 spot. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:13 pm
  • No progress in Orioles/Markakis talks
    Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that there has been "no substantial progress" made in extension talks between the Orioles and impending free agent Nick Markakis.

    Advice: The common thought has been that Markakis is likely to stay in Baltimore, but it appears the two sides have some significant ground to make up. It's not clear what kind of figures are currently being exchanged between the two parties. Markakis will officially become a free agent five days after the World Series ends, at which point he'll be able to negotiate with any club. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:06 am
     
    W, 1-0 ^ @Tor
  • Jarrod Dyson could start Game 3
    Royals manager Ned Yost indicated Thursday that Jarrod Dyson could start over Norichika Aoki in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday.

    Advice: That would mean putting Dyson in center and shifting Lorenzo Cain over to handle the tough right field at AT&T Park. Aoki would also offer more than Dyson off the bench as a pinch-hitter. Dyson is hitless in seven at-bats this postseason, while Aoki is just 7-for-34 at the dish. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:18 pm
  • Three Frames James: Shields chased early
    James Shields lasted just three-plus innings Tuesday against the Giants, allowing five runs on seven hits and a walk in the World Series Game 1 loss.

    Advice: The Giants jumped on Shields early with two singles and an RBI double after the first four hitters of the game. Shields caught a break when Buster Posey was easily thrown out at home on a silly send from third base coach Tim Flannery, but the next batter, Hunter Pence, smashed a two-run shot over the center field wall. Pence also scored in the fourth after a leadoff double on a Michael Morse single that chased Shields. The Royals’ ace now has a 7.11 ERA over four starts this postseason. Despite Shields' struggles, Royals manager Ned Yost said after the game that the righty would get the ball in a potential Game 5. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:55 pm
  • James Shields passed kidney stone during ALCS
    James Shields revealed Monday that he passed a kidney stone during the ALCS.

    Advice: Shields began feeling pain on October 12, and it made the Royals' decision to start Jason Vargas instead of Shields on regular rest in Game 4 on October 15 an easy one. He underwent a CT scan to determine the source of his discomfort but by then the team deduced he had already passed the stone. "It was excruciating pain," Shields said. "I wasn’t feeling good." Shields will get the ball in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:41 pm
  • Giants 'team to watch' with Nick Markakis
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Giants are "one team to watch" with impending free agent Nick Markakis.

    Advice: Cafardo also list the Mets as a possible contender for Markakis' services, though it sounds like he's just speculating on potential landing spots more than anything else. The Orioles will decline their part of Markakis' $17.5 million mutual option for 2015, but the common feeling is that they'll wind up working out a deal to retain the outfielder. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:39 am
     
    W, 1-0 ^ @Tor
  • James Shields will start World Series Game 1
    Royals manager announced Saturday that James Shields will get the ball for Game 1 of the World Series against the Giants.

    Advice: No surprises here, as Big Game James is the true ace of the Royals staff. Yordano Ventura will follow him in Game 2 with Jason Vargas and Jeremy Guthrie likely to follow in the next two contests. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 12:06 pm
  • Shields re-signing with Royals 'not hopeful'
    Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports that while the Royals will attempt to re-sign impending free agent James Shields, "it is not hopeful."

    Advice: Major league sources told Martino that they're expecting a team like the Red Sox to offer Shields a 4-5 year deal, and he says it's "difficult to imagine the Royals matching such an offer." It's no surprise, as Shields would presumably have to take a discount to stay in Kansas City. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported earlier this month that Shields should get a deal similar to Anibal Sanchez's five-year, $80 million pact. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:57 pm
  • O's plan to decline option on Markakis
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Orioles plan to decline their part of Nick Markakis' $17.5 million mutual option for 2015.

    Advice: He'll receive a $2 million buyout and become a free agent. The decision isn't a big surprise, as his production simply doesn't warrant the bloated salary. Still, the Orioles are interested in bringing him back for less. Markakis has spent his entire nine-year career with the Orioles and batted .276/.342/.386 with 14 home runs and 50 RBI over 155 games this past season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:04 am
     
    W, 1-0 ^ @Tor
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