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  • Adrian Beltre (back) excused from workout
    Adrian Beltre (back) was excused from the Rangers team workout on Saturday in order to stay home and rest.

    Advice: He's still considered day-to-day and the Rangers are hopeful that he'll be able to return to the lineup for Game 3 on Sunday. With a two-game advantage in the series though, they can afford to be patient and not rush him back as the situation isn't dire. Today, 9:59 am
  • Chris Coghlan not in Cubs lineup on Saturday
    Chris Coghlan is not in the Cubs starting lineup for Game 2 of the NLDS against the Cardinals on Saturday.

    Advice: Coghlan drew a start in the first game, but manager Joe Maddon has opted to use Austin Jackson in left field against left-hander Jaime Garcia. Today, 9:56 am
    W, 3-1 ^ @Mil
  • Kyle Schwarber not in Cubs lineup Saturday
    Kyle Schwarber is not in the Cubs starting lineup for Game 2 of the NLDS on Saturday.

    Advice: Schwarber blasted a two-run homer in the Wild Card game, then reached base three times in Friday's loss to the Cardinals. He'll take a seat against left-hander Jaime Garcia though, with Jorge Soler starting in right field and batting second for the Cubs. Today, 9:54 am
  • Alex Avila unlikely to return to Tigers
    Tigers general manager Al Avila announced Saturday that he doesn't expect to re-sign catcher Alex Avila this winter.

    Advice: In what has to be a tough decision, the elder Avila noted that re-signing his son is not considered a priority and that his son is likely to find a better opportunity elsewhere this offseason. The 28-year-old slashed a disappointing .191/.339/.287 with four homers and 13 RBI over 67 games in an injury-plagued 2015 season. Today, 9:48 am
    W, 6-0 x @CWS
  • Yadier Molina (thumb) feels good after Friday
    Yadier Molina confirmed after Friday's game that he felt "very good" and classified his thumb injury as "no problem at all".

    Advice: That's certainly encouraging news for the Cardinals, as they will seemingly have their leader in the lineup for the duration of the postseason. Though he went 0-for-3 with a strikeout at the dish, the value that he provides behind the plate and in calling games is immeasurable. Today, 8:01 am
    L, 6-0 x @Atl; L, 2-0 x @Atl
  • Justin De Fratus elects to become free agent
    Justin De Fratus has elected free agency.

    Advice: The 27-year-old hurler had been outrighted to Triple-A earlier in the week but has refused that assignment. He registered a 5.51 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and 68/32 K/BB ratio over 80 innings with the Phillies during the 2015 campaign. Today, 5:51 am
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    W, 7-2 vs Mia
  • Erik Kratz elects to become free agent
    Erik Kratz has elected free agency.

    Advice: The veteran backstop traveled through four organizations during the 2015 season, spending time with the Royals, Red Sox, Mariners and Phillies. He appeared in just 16 games at the big league level, slashing .192/.214/.269 with three RBI. He'll look to score a minor league deal this winter with an opportunity to compete for a backup catcher job. Today, 5:49 am
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    W, 7-2 vs ^ Mia
  • Chase d'Arnaud elects to become free agent
    Chase d'Arnaud has elected free agency.

    Advice: The veteran infielder was sent outright to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Wednesday, but refused the assignment and will explore the open market instead. The 28-year-old is a career .205/.231/.277 hitter with no homers and seven RBI in 166 big league at-bats. Today, 5:46 am
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  • Braves send Ryan Kelly outright to Triple-A
    Braves sent RHP Ryan Kelly outright to Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: The 27-year-old had a dominant season at Triple-A before getting his shot with the Braves, but stumbled to a 7.02 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and 10/6 K/BB ratio over 16 2/3 innings in his first major league action. He should get another chance with the Braves at some point in 2016. Today, 5:43 am
    W, 6-0 vs StL; W, 2-0 vs StL
  • Braves outright Ryan Lavarnway to Triple-A
    Braves sent C Ryan Lavarnway outright to Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: The 28-year-old backstop appeared in 37 big league games between the Orioles and Braves in 2015, hitting a meager .191/.283/.319 with two homers, six RBI and a 28/12 K/BB ratio. The former top prospect may never live him to the massive hype that once surrounded him, but he still provides solid depth behind the plate. Today, 5:41 am
    W, 6-0 vs ^ StL; W, 2-0 vs ^ StL
  • Braves outright Sugar Ray Marimon to Triple-A
    Braves sent RHP Sugar Ray Marimon outright to Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: The 27-year-old hurler cracked the big leagues for the first time in 2015, but posted a troublesome 7.36 ERA, 1.71 WHIP and 14/14 K/BB ratio over 25 2/3 innings. He'll continue to function as organizational bullpen depth for the Braves. Today, 5:38 am
  • Familia locks down four-out save in Game 1
    Jeurys Familia retired all four hitters that he faced on Friday, recording the final four outs to preserve a two-run lead and a critical Mets victory in Game 1 of the NLDS in Los Angeles.

    Advice: The 26-year-old right-hander finished a league-leading 65 games for the Mets during the regular season and saved 43 ballgames. He carried that dominance over into the postseason, carving up the opposition to dispel a threat in the eighth inning and completely shut them down in the ninth. Yesterday, 10:08 pm
  • Daniel Murphy homers to spark Mets offense
    Daniel Murphy blasted a solo homer off Clayton Kershaw in the fourth inning of Friday's Game 1 victory over the Dodgers.

    Advice: Murphy's blast opened the scoring in a contest where both starting pitchers were locked in and racking up strikeouts. It was certainly a memorable way for the 30-year-old infielder to begin his postseason career. Yesterday, 10:08 pm
    W, 1-0 vs ^ Was
  • David Wright delivers clutch two-run single
    David Wright delivered a clutch two-out, two-run single in the seventh inning on Friday, propelling the Mets to a 3-1 victory over the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLDS in Los Angeles.

    Advice: The Mets struggled to get anything going offensively against Clayton Kershaw, but were able to force the left-hander from the game in the seventh after loading the bases on three walks. That's where Wright stepped to the plate against Pedro Baez and lined a single to center field, plating a pair of runs that proved to be the difference in the ballgame. He finished the night 1-for-3 plus a walk. Yesterday, 10:08 pm
    W, 1-0 vs ^ Was
  • Gonzalez plates lone run in loss to Mets
    Adrian Gonzalez went 1-for-4 and drove home the Dodgers lone run as they fell to the Mets in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday evening.

    Advice: After being shut down by Jacob deGrom for the first seven innings, the Dodgers were able to mount a rally against Tyler Clippard in the eighth. Howie Kendrick shut a double up the gap in left-center and Gonzalez followed with a sharp single to cash him in. It won't get any easier for the Mets on Saturday as they're set to do battle against Noah Syndergaard. Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Jacob deGrom magnificent, fans 13 Dodgers
    Jacob deGrom was magnificent in his postseason debut on Friday, tying Tom Seaver's franchise record with 13 strikeouts over seven scoreless frames as the Mets captured Game 1 of the NLDS.

    Advice: DeGrom scattered just five hits and one intentional walk in his brilliant performance. It was the highest individual strikeout total in postseason history at Dodger Stadium, and also represented the first time in big league history that opposing starters had each fanned 11 or more hitters in a game. The next time that the 27-year-old hurler takes the hill will be in a decisive Game 5 of this series, or to begin the NLCS should the Mets successfully dispatch of the Dodgers. Yesterday, 10:07 pm
    W, 1-0 vs ^ Was
  • Kershaw strikes out 11 in Game 1 loss to Mets
    Clayton Kershaw racked up 11 strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings in a losing effort against the Mets in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday.

    Advice: The All-Star southpaw also issued four free passes on the night. He was engaged in an outstanding pitcher's duel with Jacob deGrom of the Mets, with the Dodgers trailing 1-0 heading to the seventh inning. Kershaw was able to record two outs in the frame, but walked the bases loaded and was given the hook in favor of Pedro Baez. Baez surrendered a two-run single to David Wright to close the book on Kershaw. With the loss, Kershaw falls to 1-6 in his postseason career. He'll get another opportunity in Game 4 of the series, if necessary. Yesterday, 10:04 pm
  • Kyle Schwarber reaches three times in loss
    Kyle Schwarber was the lone offensive threat for the Cubs, going 2-for-3 plus a walk as they dropped Game 1 of the NLDS against the Cardinals on Friday.

    Advice: Aside from Schwarber, the entire Cubs offense mustered just a single from Addison Russell against John Lackey and company. Once again drawing a start in right field, Schwarber continues to be a difference-maker in the middle of the Cubs lineup. Expect him to see the bulk of the action in right field for the Cubs throughout the postseason. Yesterday, 6:41 pm
  • John Lackey dominates Cubs in Game 1 win
    John Lackey was in complete command on Friday, limiting the Cubs to just two singles and a walk over 7 1/3 scoreless innings as the Cardinals grabbed Game 1 of the NLDS.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander punched out five on the night. No stranger to the bright lights of the postseason, the 36-year-old hurler was tabbed to start Game 1 after improbably delivering his finest season as a professional. He didn't disappoint on Friday, baffling Cubs hitters the entire evening before leaving to a standing ovation in the eighth inning. He'll get the ball again should the series go to a decisive fifth game. Yesterday, 6:41 pm
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; L, 2-0 @Atl
  • Jon Lester fans nine, out-dueled by Lackey
    Jon Lester racked up nine strikeouts over 7 1/3 innings against the Cardinals in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday, but wound up on the losing end of the decision after allowing three runs on five hits and a walk.

    Advice: Lester settled in nicely after allowing an RBI single to Matt Holliday in the first inning. He was locked in a tremendous pitcher's duel with John Lackey, with the game remaining 1-0 heading into the eighth inning. That's where the Cardinals finally broke through, with Tommy Pham blasting a solo home run. After allowing Matt Carpenter to reach, Lester was pulled from the game and Pedro Strop allowed his inherited runner to score on a two-run blast by Stephen Piscotty. Lester is likely to take the hill again in Game 4 of the series, if necessary. Yesterday, 6:38 pm
  • Adrian Beltre uncertain on Game 3 status
    Adrian Beltre (back) said after Friday's game that he's feeling better, but is still uncertain on his status for Game 3 of the ALDS.

    Advice: Beltre looked very uncomfortable during Friday's contest, and obviously wasn't feeling well enough to appear as a pinch hitter, even as the game extended for 14 innings. The Rangers remain hopeful that he'll be able to return on Sunday. Yesterday, 4:51 pm
  • Wade Davis slams door on Astros in ninth
    Wade Davis slammed the door on the Astros in the ninth inning on Friday, protecting a one-run advantage and pulling the Royals even in the best-of-five ALDS.

    Advice: Taking the hill with a one-run lead, Davis made things interesting by issuing a one-out walk to Preston Tucker. He was able to pick off pinch-runner Carlos Gomez though, then induce a game-ending groundout from Jose Altuve. He has transitioned to the closer's role seamlessly in the wake of Greg Holland's injury. Yesterday, 4:37 pm
  • Cecil suffers 'pretty significant' calf tear
    Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said after Friday's loss that Brett Cecil suffered a "pretty significant" tear of his left calf.

    Advice: And the hits just keep on coming for the Jays. They will head to Texas down 2-0 in the series after losing in extra innings Friday and will now be without one of their best relievers possibly for the remainder of the postseason. Yesterday, 2:57 pm
  • Cole Hamels settles in after rough start
    Cole Hamels started slow but finished strong Friday versus the Blue Jays, allowing four runs – two earned – over seven innings in a 6-4 extra innings win.

    Advice: Hamels was spotted a 2-0 lead before even taking the mound but proceeded to allow a home run in the bottom of the first and then two more in the second after his offense added another run. He exited the contest down 4-3 but finished strongly and watched the Rangers’ offense come back to win it in extras. Hamels will be in line to pitch Game 5 back in Toronto if there is one, but that’s looking unlikely at this point. Texas will take a surprising 2-0 series lead back home. Yesterday, 2:54 pm
    W, 9-2 vs ^ LAA
  • Ruben Tejada starting at SS in Game 1
    Ruben Tejada is starting at shortstop and batting eighth in Game 1 of the NLDS versus the Dodgers.

    Advice: Wilmer Flores has been battling strep throat of late, and while he's available off the bench, the Mets are going with the stronger defender at shortstop in Tejada. Also noteworthy is that Michael Cuddyer is in left field over Michael Conforto, as expected, versus lefty Clayton Kershaw. Yesterday, 2:09 pm
    W, 1-0 vs ^ Was
  • Brett Cecil to undergo MRI on calf
    Brett Cecil will undergo an MRI on his left calf.

    Advice: Cecil departed Friday's game with tightness in the calf. We'll have to wait and see what the MRI says, but his availability for the remainder of the series is certainly in question. Cecil held a 2.48 ERA and 70/13 K/BB ratio over 54 1/3 relief innings during the regular season. Yesterday, 1:21 pm
  • Brett Cecil dealing with calf tightness
    Brett Cecil is dealing with tightness in his left calf.

    Advice: Cecil suffered the injury while tagging out Mike Napoli in a rundown in the eighth inning of Friday's game and limped off the field gingerly. It's unclear at this point whether it might affect his availability for Game 3. Losing Cecil would obviously be a big blow to the Blue Jays' bullpen. Yesterday, 12:23 pm
  • Yadier Molina starting at catcher in Game 1
    Yadier Molina (thumb) is starting at catcher and batting seventh for the Cardinals in Friday's Game 1 of the NLDS.

    Advice: Molina hasn't played since September 20 because of a sprained left thumb, but he's feeling well enough to give it a go with the help of a splint. Stephen Piscotty is handling first base for the Cards, as they're going with an outfield of Matt Holliday, Jason Heyward and Randal Grichuk. Yesterday, 10:21 am
    L, 6-0 x @Atl; L, 2-0 x @Atl
  • Chris Coghlan starting in LF Friday
    Chris Coghlan is starting in left field and batting sixth in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday.

    Advice: Coghlan's presence in the lineup isn't a surprise, as he has eight hits in 17 career at-bats against Cardinals starter John Lackey. Kris Bryant is back at third base after starting in left field in the Wild Card Game, and David Ross is catching Jon Lester as usual. Yesterday, 10:15 am
    W, 3-1 ^ @Mil
  • Cubs could try to extend Arrieta this winter
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Cubs "will try to lock up" Jake Arrieta over the offseason.

    Advice: projects Arrieta to earn $10.6 million this winter in his second year of salary arbitration, but it appears the Cubs will attempt to ink the right-hander to a long-term extension. Arrieta is a Boras client, so it remains to be seen whether a long-term deal will be doable. The righty will turn 30 next spring, but obviously it will still cost a boatload to lock him up after what could be a Cy Young-winning campaign. Yesterday, 9:38 am
  • Chris Gimenez starting at catcher Friday
    Chris Gimenez is starting at catcher and hitting eighth for the Rangers in Friday's Game 2 of the ALDS.

    Advice: Robinson Chirinos homered in Game 1 Thursday, but he's on the bench the next day with the Rangers preferring to pair Gimenez with Cole Hamels. Gimenez hit .255/.330/.490 with five homers in 36 games for Texas this season. Yesterday, 6:59 am
    W, 9-2 vs ^ LAA
  • Adrian Beltre (back) not in Game 2 lineup
    Adrian Beltre (back) is not in the lineup for Game 2 of the ALDS on Friday.

    Advice: Beltre was hobbled greatly by back spasms in Game 1, forcing him to depart in the third inning. With the quick turnaround and especially with the Rangers winning the first game, it's no surprise to see him sitting this one out. Look for him to try and return to action in Game 3 after the off day. Hanser Alberto is handling third base Friday. Yesterday, 6:27 am
  • Molina (thumb) says catching more difficult
    Yadier Molina said Thursday that his ailing left thumb gives him more issues catching than hitting.

    Advice: Most assumed the opposite would be true. "Catching," Molina said when asked what is most difficult. "I was thinking it was going to be the hitting part. But hitting was feeling good. Some of the pitches, I had trouble with. It’s not pain. It’s about weakness. My hand is not strong enough to hold the ball like I used to, when I’m healthy." Molina declined to offer a percentage of the health of his thumb, although it's obvious that he's well less than 100 percent. However, all signs point to him being in the lineup for Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday. Yesterday, 6:16 am
    L, 6-0 x @Atl; L, 2-0 x @Atl
  • Beltre (back) labeled day-to-day after MRI
    An MRI on Adrian Beltre's back revealed no structural damage following Thursday's ALDS Game 1 win over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Beltre was yanked from Thursday's win after he hit an RBI single in the third inning. While he looked to be in clear pain during the game, silver linings abounded after the game. An MRI revealed that Beltre's suffering from a back strain rather than a more serious herniated disk. He received a cortisone shot and should be considered day-to-day. While he hasn't been ruled out for Game 2, the quick turnaround to Friday's 12:45 ET contest makes his starting chances somewhat unlikely. Thursday, 4:43 pm
  • Adrian Beltre to undergo MRI for back injury
    Adrian Beltre will undergo an MRI to determine whether his lower back stiffness is due to a muscular issue.

    Advice: Beltre knocked an RBI single during the third inning of Thursday's win over the Blue Jays in Game 1 of the ALDS, but he could barely run out of the box after the hit. A trainer then tended to him on the field before he was officially lifted from action in the next inning. He'll under go an MRI to determine the exact source of his lower back stiffness. The results of the scan should shed light on the veteran's status for the rest of the ALDS. His presence in the lineup for Friday's Game 2 would count as a surprise. Thursday, 4:01 pm
  • Beltre exits in third with back injury
    Andrian Beltre was lifted after the third inning during Thursday's Game 1 ALDS showdown with the Blue Jays due to lower back stiffness.

    Advice: Beltre looked like he was in serious pain out of the box when he hit an RBI single with two outs in the third inning. Trainers subsequently huddled around him. While he stayed in the game to run after the single, he was lifted after the middle of the inning was through. Hanser Alberto subsequently replaced him at third base. The veteran should be considered day-to-day moving forward. Given that Game 2 in this series is slated for 12:45 ET on Friday, his status for that game could be in jeopardy. Thursday, 1:31 pm
  • Yadier Molina (thumb) 'ready to go' for NLDS
    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny confirmed Thursday that Yadier Molina (thumb) will be on the NLDS roster.

    Advice: "Yadier Molina looks great and will be ready to go," said the Cardinals skipper. Molina suffered a ligament in his left (glove-side) thumb on September 20 and didn't appear in a game for the Cards over the final two weeks, but he's been fitted with a custom splint and will apparently start behind the plate in Game 1 on Friday night against the Cubs. Thursday, 11:43 am
    L, 6-0 x @Atl; L, 2-0 x @Atl
  • Schwarber crushes massive homer off Cole
    Kyle Schwarber launched a two-run home run and finished 2-for-3 with three RBI in Wednesday's 4-0 Wild Card win over the Pirates.

    Advice: Schwarber was a one-man show in the early innings of Wednesday's elimination game win, knocking in the first run of the game with an RBI single in the first inning before following that up in third inning with an impressive display of power. In that frame, the 22-year-old outfielder jumped on a wayward pitch by Pirates ace Gerrit Cole and demolished it for a two-run homer that cleared the stands and landed in the Allegheny River. Schwarber and the rest of his teammates will now head to St. Louis, where they're set to face the Cardinals in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday. Wednesday, 8:16 pm
  • Arrieta shuts out Bucs, Cubs advance to DS
    Jake Arrieta turned in a gem in Wednesday's 4-0 Wild Card win over the Pirates, tossing a complete game shutout with 11 strikeouts.

    Advice: Arrieta limited the Pirates to four singles while striking out 11 over his nine innings of work. He did not walk a batter in the contest. Working with the lead throughout, he cruised through his first five innings before a rocky sixth put it all in jeopardy. In that frame, the Pirates loaded the bases via a single by Travis Snider, a Josh Harrison hit-by-pitch and a hard-hit grounder by Andrew McCutchen that resulted in an infield error. Starling Marte then stepped up as the potential tying run, but Arrieta bore down to induce a double play to end the frame. Threat eradicated, shutout intact. A date with the Cardinals awaits in the NLDS. Jon Lester and John Lackey are slated to pitch in Game 1 on Friday. Wednesday, 8:03 pm
  • Phillies outright Kratz to Triple-A
    Phillies sent C Erik Kratz outright to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: Kratz had himself quite a ride this season. He started the year with the Royals, was subsequently designated for assignment in June before being picked up by the Red Sox, who then designated him for assignment, at which point he was picked up by the Mariners in early July, released in mid-July and signed by the Phillies on July 17. Phew. Across all of that action, he accrued five hits in 26 at-bats. He slashed .256/.351/.471 in the minors over 172 at-bats, which isn't too shabby considering his decidedly jumbled season. Wednesday, 1:48 pm
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    W, 7-2 vs ^ Mia
  • Phillies outright De Fratus to Triple-A
    Phillies sent RHP Justin De Fratus outright to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: De Fratus turned in 80 innings with the Phillies this season, pitching to a 5.51 ERA and 1.55 WHIP. Needless to say, there's little reason to expect fantasy value from him heading into 2016. Wednesday, 1:34 pm
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    W, 7-2 vs Mia
  • Phillies outright d'Arnaud to minors
    Phillies sent INF Chase d'Arnaud outright to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: d'Arnaud got a crack at the major league roster in mid-September following Cesar Hernandez's season-ending thumb injury. While up with the big club, the 28-year-old infielder was 3-for-17 with a triple. He hit just .268/.317/.354 in the minors. Wednesday, 1:27 pm
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    W, 7-2 vs x Mia
  • Schwarber in RF, Bryant in LF for WC game
    Kyle Schwarber will start in right field for Wednesday's Wild Game game against the Pirates.

    Advice: It's not a big surprise, as Cubs manager Joe Maddon has hinted at the possibility in recent days. Schwarber has mostly played left field, but there isn't as much ground to cover in right field at PNC Park. Kris Bryant will make the start in left field while Tommy La Stella will play third base and bat fifth. The full lineup: Dexter Fowler CF, Schwarber RF, Bryant LF, Anthony Rizzo 1B, La Stella 3B, Starlin Castro 2B, Miguel Montero C, Addison Russell SS, Jake Arrieta P. Wednesday, 11:40 am
  • Cards remain optimistic about Molina's status
    Yadier Molina (thumb) responded well after participating in baseball activities Tuesday.

    Advice: Molina, who was recently fitted with a custom splint for his sprained left thumb, took part in hitting, catching, and blocking balls on Tuesday. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Wednesday that he's now even more optimistic that he'll be on the NLDS roster. The Cardinals will meet the winner of the National League Wild Card game beginning Friday. Wednesday, 10:47 am
    L, 6-0 x @Atl; L, 2-0 x @Atl
  • Lackey to start Game 1 of NLDS for Cardinals
    John Lackey will start Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday.

    Advice: He's the natural choice, especially with Carlos Martinez (shoulder) done for the season. Lackey posted a career-best 2.77 ERA over 32 starts this season. He'll face the winner of Wednesday's Wild Card game between the Cubs and Pirates. Wednesday, 10:30 am
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; L, 2-0 @Atl
  • Cubs announce roster for Wild Card game
    Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks are on the Cubs' roster for Wednesday's Wild Card game against the Pirates.

    Advice: Lester and Hendricks will provide some insurance behind NL Cy Young hopeful Jake Arrieta. The Cubs are carrying 10 pitchers and 15 position players for the one-game playoff in Pittsburgh. Wednesday, 7:27 am
  • Clayton Kershaw to start Game 1 of NLDS
    Clayton Kershaw will start Game 1 of the NLDS against the Mets.

    Advice: Zack Greinke has had a Cy Young-worthy season, but so has Kershaw and he's the obvious choice for Game 1. Kershaw will be looking to improve upon his career 5.12 postseason ERA as he matches up against Jacob deGrom in Game 1. He'll be followed by Greinke and Brett Anderson. Tuesday, 4:36 pm
  • Cards optimistic Yadi (thumb) plays in NLDS
    Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Monday that the club is "optimistic" Yadier Molina (thumb) will be on their NLDS roster.

    Advice: Molina has missed the last two weeks after being diagnosed with a sprained left thumb. He's still not 100 percent, but the Cards will make a custom splint for him to wear so that he can hit and catch. The club has indicated that hitting will likely be the bigger issue for Molina, but they'll be happy to have his elite defense even if he can't offer much at the plate. St. Louis hosts the winner of the National League Wild Card game in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday. Monday, 2:51 pm
    L, 6-0 x @Atl; L, 2-0 x @Atl
  • Kershaw fans seven in brief action vs Padres
    Making his final start of the season, Clayton Kershaw struck out seven Padres across 3 2/3 scoreless innings on Sunday.

    Advice: Even in a predictably short start, Kershaw still struck out seven. The ace southpaw is now set to start Game 1 of the NLDS against the Mets on Friday. During regular season play, he held a 2.13, 0.88 WHIP and 301/42 K/BB ratio across 232 2/3 innings. Sunday, 3:25 pm
  • Beltre clobbers homer to help defeat Angels
    Adrian Beltre went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and three total RBI in Sunday's season-ending win over the Angels.

    Advice: Beltre rocked a two-run homer in the fifth and followed it up with a little RBI infield single in the seventh. The veteran third baseman closes out the 2015 season with a .287/.334/.453 batting line, 18 homers and 83 RBI. He's managed to drag the numbers up to respectability after a sluggish first half. Sunday, 3:24 pm
  • Hamels fans eight in CG, Rangers win West
    Cole Hamels flashed what the Rangers have to look forward to in the playoffs during Sunday's 9-2 win over the Angels, throwing a two-run complete game while striking out eight.

    Advice: While starters left and right were logging four and five inning starts on Sunday, Hamels turned in an actual performance. He allowed just three hits over his nine innings of work, also striking out eight and walking two. Both runs against him scored in the first inning, when Albert Pujols cracked a two-run home run. Otherwise, nothing doing for the Angel offense. Hamels finishes out the regular season with a 3.66 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 78/23 K/BB ratio across 83 2/3 innings since joining the Rangers prior to the trade deadline. Texas is your AL West champion. Sunday, 3:12 pm
    W, 9-2 vs ^ LAA
  • deGrom strikes out seven in playoff tune-up
    In his final start of the regular season, Jacob deGrom struck out seven over four scoreless, hit-less innings against the Nationals on Sunday.

    Advice: Outside of two walks, deGrom pitched a perfect four innings. He finishes the 2015 regular season with a 2.54 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 205/38 K/BB ratio over 191 innings. Next stop, the NLCS, where he'll face off with Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw in Game 1 on Friday. Sunday, 2:55 pm
    W, 1-0 vs ^ Was
  • John Lackey struggles in abbreviated outing
    John Lackey allowed three runs over just four innings in Sunday's loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Lackey was undone by a couple bloop RBI singles in the first inning and then hung a curveball to Adonis Garcia in the fourth that Garcia put over the fence. He struck out four and didn't walk anyone in what was just a tune-up outing as the Cardinals prepare for the postseason. Lackey finishes the year with a fantastic 2.77 ERA across 33 starts. Sunday, 12:34 pm
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; L, 2-0 @Atl
  • Yadier Molina to have thumb re-evaluated Mon.
    Yadier Molina will have his ailing left thumb re-evaluated on Monday.

    Advice: Molina was prescribed another week of rest when he visited the doctor last Monday. He said Sunday that the thumb is "getting stronger every day," but we won't know about his status for the NLDS until after Monday's exam. Tony Cruz has been handling the catching duties for St. Louis with Yadi sidelined. Sunday, 11:45 am
    L, 6-0 x @Atl; L, 2-0 x @Atl
  • deGrom could go on short rest in Game 4
    Mets manager Terry Collins on Sunday said the club has discussed the possibility of bringing back Jacob deGrom on short rest to start Game 4 of the NLDS.

    Advice: They would consider it only if they're trailing in the series and likely only if Steven Matz (back) is unable to go. The other option for Game 4 if Matz isn't healthy is Bartolo Colon. If deGrom starts Game 4, Noah Syndergaard would get the ball in Game 5. Sunday, 9:22 am
    W, 1-0 vs ^ Was
  • Kyle Schwarber sitting out on Sunday
    Kyle Schwarber is not in the Cubs' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting a breather. The Cubs have Chris Denorfia and Chris Coghlan at the corner outfield spots. Sunday, 8:13 am
  • Clayton Kershaw to start Game 1 of NLDS
    Clayton Kershaw will start Game 1 of the NLDS Friday against the Mets.

    Advice: Kershaw had another unbelievable year, winning 16 games with a 2.16 ERA and a league-leading 294 strikeouts. The three-time Cy Young winner hasn't had much success in the postseason (1-5, 5.12 ERA in 11 appearances) but he's been lights out against the Mets, holding them to one run and eight hits over 16 innings this year. Saturday, 8:32 pm
  • Jacob deGrom will get ball for Game 1 of NLDS
    Manager Terry Collins said Jacob deGrom will be the Mets' starter for Game 1 of the NLDS against the Dodgers.

    Advice: He was the obvious choice with Matt Harvey expected to be held back until Game 3. DeGrom owns the majors' fifth lowest WHIP (0.99) and the sixth lowest ERA (2.60). Last season's NL Rookie of the Year is 0-2 with a 3.66 ERA in three career starts against the Dodgers. Saturday, 8:02 pm
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  • Cardinals/Braves postponed due to rain
    Saturday's Cardinals/Braves game has been postponed due to rain.

    Advice: They'll play a doubleheader on Sunday with the first game beginning at 1 PM ET. The second game will begin a half hour after the first. Saturday's probables, John Lackey and Shelby Miller, will pitch Sunday instead. Lackey leads the Cardinals in ERA this season at 2.69. Saturday, 7:34 pm
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  • Wright to sit out second game of doubleheader
    David Wright is not in the Mets' lineup for the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Nationals.

    Advice: Wright went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts in the afternoon portion of Saturday's double dip. Kelly Johnson will spell Wright at third base and hit sixth in Saturday's nightcap. Saturday, 3:15 pm
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  • Ruben Tejada expected to start in playoffs
    Mets manager Terry Collins said Saturday that Ruben Tejada would likely be his starter at shortstop for Game 1 of the NLDS against the Dodgers.

    Advice: While Wilmer Flores offers much more offensively, Tejada is the more sure-handed fielder and runs should be at a premium with Clayton Kershaw on the hill for the Dodgers. Flores has also been dealing with strep throat in recent days though, and his health may prelude him from playing a major role early in October. Saturday, 7:57 am
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  • Arieta tosses six scoreless in final start
    Making his final start of the regular season against the Brewers on Friday, Jake Arrieta tossed six innings of shutout ball in the 6-1 victory.

    Advice: Arrieta finishes off a Cy Young-caliber 2015 campaign with a fitting shutout. He struck out seven Brewers without walking a batter, allowing just two hits on the evening. He had thrown just 72 pitches after six innings, but the team's clearly trying to preserve him for a possible postseason run. We'll see if a 1.77 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 236/48 K/BB ratio across 229 innings will be enough to earn the 29-year-old right-hander the NL Cy Young, or if it will be snatched from his grasp by either Clayton Kershaw or Zack Greinke . Friday, 8:52 pm
  • Wade Davis unavailable with stiff back
    Wade Davis was unavailable for Thursday's game against the White Sox due to a stiff back.

    Advice: The issue is believed to be minor and Davis is considered day-to-day. Ryan Madson filled in admirably in his absence, working a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his third save of the season. Thursday, 9:37 pm
  • Beltre leads Rangers back to postseason
    Adrian Beltre went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI as the Rangers beat the Angels 5-3 on Thursday to clinch a postseason spot.

    Advice: The Rangers still have some work to do to win the AL West, but they'll play in the postseason regardless. Beltre has led the offense the last three days, driving in seven runs in the three straight victories. He's up to 77 RBI in 140 games for the season. Thursday, 8:53 pm
  • Schwarber starting at catcher on Thursday
    Kyle Schwarber is starting at catcher in the Cubs' series finale Thursday against the Reds.

    Advice: It's his first start behind the plate since August 31. Schwarber, who's been playing primarily in left field, will bat seventh Thursday versus Reds lefty John Lamb. Thursday, 6:42 am
  • Murphy swats three-run homer in Mets' loss
    Daniel Murphy hit a three-run home run in a 1-for-5 effort as the Mets fell to the Phillies on Wednesday.

    Advice: Murphy punished a wild Alec Asher, drilling a three-run home run to right-center in the first inning, staking the Mets to an early 3-0 lead. The second baseman is on an 11-game hitting streak, nearing season's end with a .284/.325/.455 triple-slash line, 14 home runs, and 73 RBI. Wednesday, 8:22 pm
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  • Lester stymies Reds over 8 terrific frames
    Jon Lester was brilliant in defeating the Reds on Wednesday, pitching eight innings of one-run ball.

    Advice: Lester yielded only three hits while walking none and striking out nine. The lone run came in early on a Jay Bruce sacrifice fly in the first inning. Lester ends his regular season with an 11-12 record, a 3.34 ERA, a 1.12 WHIP, and a 207/47 K/BB ratio over 205 innings. The Cubs will square off with the Pirates in the NL Wild Card play-in game for the right to play the Cardinals. Wednesday, 7:23 pm
  • Gonzalez gets the night off against Giants
    Adrian Gonzalez is not in the Dodgers' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: After clinching the NL West crown on Tuesday, a number of regulars were out of the Dodgers' lineup for Wednesday's series finale. Yasmani Grandal got the start at first in place of Gonzalez. Wednesday, 3:50 pm
  • Kershaw masterful as Dodgers clinch NL West
    Clayton Kershaw pitched a one-hit shutout as the Dodgers clinched the NL West on Tuesday versus the Giants.

    Advice: Kershaw allowed one hit and one walk while striking out 13, retiring the final 19 batters he faced. The Dodgers backed him with eight runs of support, so it was an easy night. The lefty now has a 2.16 ERA, a 0.89 WHIP, and a 294/42 K/BB ratio over 229 innings. Kershaw is still six strikeouts shy of 300; he's looking to become the first pitcher to strike out 300 since Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson in 2002. Tuesday, 10:05 pm
  • Schwarber has two hits, run scored vs. Reds
    Kyle Schwarber went 2-for-3 with a run scored in Tuesday's win over the Reds.

    Advice: Schwarber also walked twice, reaching base in four of his five plate appearances on the evening. One of those walks and his run came in the Cubs' four-run first inning as they got to Reds starter Josh Smith early. Schwarber, who has cooled considerably since lighting the world on fire after his promotion in late July, is hitting .247/.357/.502 with 16 homers, 43 RBI and 50 runs scored overall. Tuesday, 9:58 pm
  • Beltre drives in go-ahead run to top Tigers
    Adrian Beltre finished 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored as the Rangers outlasted the Tigers 7-6 on Tuesday.

    Advice: In a game where all the offense came before the fifth inning, it was Beltre's RBI double in the fourth that proved to be the game-winning hit. Beltre also provided an RBI infield single in the second. The seemingly ageless third baseman is having a down year by his standards, but Beltre is still batting a serviceable .281/.328/.436 with 16 homers, 72 RBI and 78 runs scored and a handful of games left on the schedule. Tuesday, 9:18 pm
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