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  • Blanco's leadoff homer not enough for Giants
    Gregor Blanco hit a leadoff home run in Wednesday's Game 2 of the World Series, but it wasn't enough to get the Giants a win.

    Advice: Blanco turned around a Yordano Ventura 98 mph fastball on the eighth pitch of the at-bat, sending it over the right field wall to give the Giants the early lead. To say it was unexpected is an understatement, as Blanco has just 15 homers in 1,948 regular season at-bats in his career. He finished 1-for-3 with a walk, and the Giants head back home tied 1-1 in the series. Rotoworld.com
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  • Indians expected to exercise option on Aviles
    The Indians are expected to exercise their 2015 option on Mike Aviles.

    Advice: Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said a few weeks ago that he was undecided on Aviles and his $3.5 million option, but Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the team is leaning toward bringing him back. Aviles hit just .247/.273/.343 last season but appeared at six different positions and offers a veteran presence. The Indians don't officially have to make a decision on the 33-year-old until three days after the end of the World Series. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:05 pm
     
    New Player Note
    Mike Avilés Cle - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    W, 7-2 vs x TB
  • No changes to Giants' lineup for WS Game 2
    Michael Morse will serve as the designated hitter again in Game 2 of the World Series against the Royals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Giants manager Bruce Bochy is sticking with the same lineup which led to victory in Game 1: Gregor Blanco CF, Joe Panik 2B, Buster Posey C, Pablo Sandoval 3B, Hunter Pence RF, Brandon Belt 1B, Morse DH, Travis Ishikawa LF, Brandon Crawford SS. Jake Peavy will make the start against Yordano Ventura. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:26 pm
     
    W, 9-3 vs x SD
  • Hunter leaning toward returning in 2015
    Torii Hunter indicated Wednesday that he's leaning toward continuing his playing career in 2015.

    Advice: Hunter hinted at retirement after the Tigers were bounced from the ALDS, but he has softened his stance since. While the 39-year-old hasn't made a final decision yet, he's clearly leaning in the direction of playing at least one more season. "I haven't even thought about it," said Hunter. "I'm traveling as we speak to watch my three boys play college football. There's definitely a good chance I will play again though." An impending free agent, Hunter would like to stay with the Tigers, but it's unclear whether the interest is mutual. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:22 am
     
    W, 3-0 vs ^ Min
  • Bautista: Jays have 50-50 shot at Cabrera
    Jose Bautista said on Sportsnet 590 The FAN on Tuesday that he believes the Blue Jays have a "50-50" chance of re-signing Melky Cabrera.

    Advice: The Blue Jays are expected to make a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer to Cabrera, but they'll have to compete with the open market in order to keep him. "I think he’s going to allow the team a chance to come and match any offer that he might get out on the free agent market," said Bautista. "I think the Blue Jays are going to have a shot at bringing him back, so hopefully for our fan base and for my sake – making my job easier and having him on base a lot, because he does get on base a lot with his bat – hopefully the team does take that chance and re-sign him somehow." Cabrera batted .301/.351/.458 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI over 139 games this season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:19 am
     
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    L, 1-0 vs x Bal
  • Pence belts two-run shot in win over Royals
    Hunter Pence launched a two-run homer and reached base four times in Tuesday's World Series Game 1 win over the Royals.

    Advice: The Giants first dented the scoreboard on Pablo Sandoval's first-inning double, but Pence provided the big blow with a laser to center field that cleared the wall for a two-run shot. He later added a double and also drew a pair of walks. Every player in the Giants' lineup had a hit save for Travis Ishikawa, who was lifted after just one at-bat. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:54 pm
     
    W, 9-3 vs ^ SD
  • Rusney Castillo injures hand in AFL
    Rusney Castillo suffered a minor hand injury Monday in the Arizona Fall League.

    Advice: Castillo will likely sit out much of this week as a precautionary measure, but he should ultimately be fine. The 27-year-old center fielder is batting .278/.333/.361 with three doubles, three walks, and six strikeouts in 39 plate appearances for the Surprise Saguaros. With good power and speed, he has the potential to carry significant fantasy value in 2015. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:47 pm
     
    L, 9-5 vs ^ NYY
  • Morse in lineup as DH for Game 1 of WS
    Michael Morse is in the starting lineup as the designated hitter for Game 1 of the World Series against the Royals.

    Advice: Morse was limited to pitch-hitting duties during the NLCS, but the Giants can use him as their DH under American League rules. The full lineup: Gregor Blanco CF, Joe Panik 2B, Buster Posey C, Pablo Sandoval 3B, Hunter Pence RF, Brandon Belt 1B, Morse DH, Travis Ishikawa LF, Brandon Crawford SS. Madison Bumgarner will match up against James Shields. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:28 pm
     
    W, 9-3 vs x SD
  • Yost sticks with normal lineup for WS Game 1
    Lorenzo Cain will bat third in Game 1 of the World Series against the Giants on Tuesday night.

    Advice: Royals manager Ned Yost is sticking with what got him here. The full lineup: Alcides Escobar SS, Nori Aoki RF, Cain CF, Eric Hosmer 1B, Butler DH, Alex Gordon LF, Salvador Perez C, Omar Infante 2B, Mike Moustakas 3B. James Shields will oppose Madison Bumgarner. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:48 am
  • Yoenis Cespedes signs on with Roc Nation
    Yoenis Cespedes is now represented by Roc Nation Sports.

    Advice: Cespedes was previously represented by Adam Katz of Wasserman Media Group, who negotiated his four-year, $36 million deal with the Athletics. The Cuban slugger is just the latest high-profile baseball name to align with Roc Nation, joining Robinson Cano, CC Sabathia, and Rusney Castillo. Cespedes is due to become a free agent after the 2015 and is clearly preparing for a big payday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:11 pm
     
    L, 9-5 vs ^ NYY
  • Morse to serve as Giants' DH in World Series
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Monday that Michael Morse will be the team's DH in the World Series.

    Advice: Morse didn't make a start in the NLCS, but he did slug a big game-tying home run in the Giants' series-deciding Game 5 win over the Cardinals. He missed most of September with an oblique injury, which is why he was left off the roster for the NLDS and limited to pinch-hitting duties in the Championship Series. Travis Ishikawa will be the Giants' primary left fielder in the Fall Classic against the Royals. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:50 pm
     
    W, 9-3 vs x SD
  • Taveras, Grichuk to compete for RF duties
    Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said Monday that Oscar Taveras and Randal Grichuk should be ready to compete for the starting right field job next spring.

    Advice: Grichuk served as the Cards' primary right fielder down the stretch in 2014 and then into the playoffs while questions emerged about Taveras' work ethic and physical conditioning. Taveras is the better prospect by far and will presumably arrive in Jupiter, Florida next February in tip-top shape. He'll have big time fantasy upside if he wins the competition. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:10 am
     
    W, 1-0 ^ @Ari
  • Jon Jay to have scope on his left wrist
    Jon Jay will have a scope on his left wrist this week.

    Advice: The rehab for such a procedure takes 6-8 weeks, so Jay should be 100 percent healthy for the start of spring training next February. The 29-year-old batted .303 with a .372 on-base percentage in 140 games this season for St. Louis and should open 2015 as the Cardinals' primary center fielder. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:18 am
     
    Player Note
    Jon Jay StL - OF
    W, 1-0 x @Ari
  • Moya homers, scores three times in AFL win
    Tigers prospect Steven Moya went 2-for-4 with a homer and three runs scored as Glendale topped Surprise 9-4 in Arizona Fall League action on Saturday.

    Advice: The regular season MVP of the Eastern League, Moya has continued to impress in the Fall season, slashing .303/.515/.876 with a homer and eight RBI in eight games. Should the Tigers opt against bringing back Torii Hunter, Moya could be a candidate to open the season as the starting right fielder. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:26 pm
     
    W, 3-0 vs x Min
  • 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
  • Red Sox could make Yoenis Cespedes available
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that "word has spread" that the Red Sox could make Yoenis Cespedes available for trade this offseason.

    Advice: General manager Ben Cherington said last month that the team would like to discuss an extension with Cespedes, but it seems the outfielder might prefer to play out the final year of his contract before testing free agency. Cafardo also notes that Cespedes doesn't really want to play right field "or work on his defense." The Red Sox figure to make at least one trade this winter given their glut of outfielders, and it sounds like Cespedes might be the one to go. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:00 am
     
    L, 9-5 vs ^ NYY
  • Holliday notches three hits in loss to Giants
    Matt Holliday went 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored in Wednesday's loss to the Giants in Game 4 of the NLCS.

    Advice: With runners on first and second in the first inning Holliday popped out, but he atoned for it with hits in each of his next three at-bats. It was needed, as he had one hit in 13 at-bats in the series coming into the game. Unfortunately for Holliday, he was also a strikeout victim to end the game representing the tying run. The Cardinals now trail 3-1 in the series, so while a comeback isn't likely they'll need Holliday to have more games like Wednesday's if they want to stand a shot. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:16 pm
     
    W, 1-0 x @Ari
  • Vogt undergoes successful right foot surgery
    Stephen Vogt underwent successful foot surgery on Tuesday.

    Advice: Vogt had surgery to repair the plantar plates in his right foot, which he tore around midseason. He also had some scar tissue removed during the procedure. He'll need six-to-eight weeks to recover, which gives him plenty of time to be ready to go by spring training. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:39 pm
     
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    Stephen Vogt Oak - C,1B,OF
    W, 4-0 ^ @Tex
  • Cruz says he wants to stay with Orioles
    Nelson Cruz said after Wednesday's elimination from the ALCS that he would like to stay with the Orioles.

    Advice: The Orioles are expected to offer him a $15.3 million qualifying offer after the World Series, but Cruz will certainly aim higher after a season in which he hit 40 homers and had 108 RBI. He'll almost surely get a multi-year offer from a team, so the O's will have to pony up if they want to keep the 34-year-old. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:59 pm
     
    W, 1-0 ^ @Tor
  • Lorenzo Cain wins AL Championship Series MVP
    Lorenzo Cain was named as the American League Championship Series MVP following Wednesday's 2-1 win over the Orioles.

    Advice: Cain went hitless in three at-bats in the series-winning game, but the outfielder finished 8-for-15 (.533) with an RBI, a stolen base and five runs scored. Cain also played tremendous defense in center field throughout the series. He's hitting .387/.412/.484 in his first MLB postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:24 pm
  • Grichuk starting in RF again in NLCS Game 4
    Randal Grichuk is starting in right field for the Cardinals in Game 4 of the NLCS against the Giants.

    Advice: Grichuk will again get the nod over Oscar Taveras. It's the same eight position players that the Cardinals used in Game 3 of this series, with A.J. Pierzynski again filling in for injured catcher Yadier Molina. Here's the full lineup card: Matt Carpenter 3B, Jon Jay CF, Matt Holliday LF, Matt Adams 1B, Jhonny Peralta SS, Kolten Wong 2B, A.J. Pierzynski C, Randal Grichuk RF, Shelby Miller SP. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:30 pm
  • Cruz in LF, Young at DH for ALCS Game 4
    Delmon Young will start at DH in Game 4 of the ALCS against the Royals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Orioles manager Buck Showalter has shaken things up a bit with his team facing elimination. With Young at DH, Nelson Cruz will start in left while Steve Pearce will move up to the second spot in the order. The full lineup: Nick Markakis RF, Pearce 1B, Adam Jones CF, Cruz LF, Young DH, J.J. Hardy SS, Caleb Joseph C, Ryan Flaherty 3B, Jonathan Schoop 2B. Miguel Gonzalez will make the start for Baltimore. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:39 am
     
    W, 1-0 x @Tor
  • Orioles will make qualifying offer to Cruz
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Orioles plan to make a qualifying offer to Nelson Cruz.

    Advice: Of course, the Orioles have reportedly been pushing to sign him to an extension, so this is assuming he opts to test free agency. As reported last week, the qualifying offer this offseason will increase to $15.3 million. Cruz struggled to find a long-term deal last winter, partially because he was tied to a qualifying offer, but he shouldn't have any trouble this time around after batting .271/.333/.525 with 40 home runs and 108 RBI this season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:21 am
     
    W, 1-0 ^ @Tor
  • 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
  • Rangers to decline Alex Rios' option for 2015
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Rangers have informed Alex Rios that they will decline his $13.5 million option for 2015.

    Advice: An expected move, Rios will receive a $1 million buyout and become a free agent. The 33-year-old outfielder batted .280/.311/.398 with just four homers over 131 games this season before being shut down in September with a thumb injury. However, he should be able to find a starting gig somewhere this offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:33 am
     
    L, 4-0 vs x Oak
  • Lorenzo Cain stays hot with two more hits
    Lorenzo Cain went 2-for-4 and scored a run in Tuesday's ALCS Game 3 victory over the Orioles.

    Advice: The Royals didn't do a whole lot on offense, putting together just seven singles and one walk, but they were able to scratch out one run on a groundout and another on a sac fly. Cain has been a beast so far in the series, going 8-for-12 at the dish while scoring five runs. Eric Hosmer also had a couple hits for the Royals, while Alex Gordon and Billy Butler tallied the RBIs. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:12 pm
  • Oscar Taveras admits to gaining weight
    Oscar Taveras on Tuesday admitted that he's "gained a few pounds."

    Advice: MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch says it's been speculated that Taveras has gained about 20 pounds since undergoing ankle surgery last August. "I’m a little heavy; I’ve gained a few pounds," Taveras said. "But I’m working on that, and physically I feel good." The comments come two days after Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said that he hopes Taveras not starting in the playoffs would be a "wake up" for him and that the team will give him conditioning suggestions over the offseason. Taveras wants to play winter ball, but Mozeliak said getting the outfielder in better shape is a bigger priority than getting him more at-bats. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:58 pm
     
    W, 1-0 ^ @Ari
  • Randal Grichuk goes deep in Cards' loss
    Randal Grichuk smacked a solo homer in one of his four plate appearances in Tuesday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Grichuk again started over Oscar Taveras even though there was a right-hander on the mound. While he misplayed a catchable ball in tough conditions in the first inning that helped lead to three runs, he made up for it with a blast off the foul pole in the seventh inning that knotted things up. The rookie is hitting just .185/.214/.407 overall this postseason but has gone deep twice. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:37 pm
  • Jon Jay stays hot with three hits
    Jon Jay went 3-for-5 and scored two runs in Tuesday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: He singled and scored the Cardinals' first run in the fourth, singled and scored again in the sixth and added one more base knock in the 10th. Jay has had a fantastic postseason as the team's main No. 2 hitter, putting together a .500/.577/.500 batting line. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:31 pm
     
    Player Note
    Jon Jay StL - OF
    W, 1-0 x @Ari
  • Bernadina elects to become a free agent
    Roger Bernadina has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: Bernadina batted .167/.304/.258 in 80 plate appearances this season between the Reds and Dodgers, and he owns a weak .236/.307/.354 batting line for his career. The 30-year-old outfielder may have to settle for a minor league deal on the open market. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:48 pm
     
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    W, 10-5 vs x Col
  • Markakis at leadoff for O's in ALCS Game 3
    Nick Markakis is batting leadoff for the Orioles in Game 3 of the ALCS on Tuesday night.

    Advice: The skies have finally cleared in Kansas City. Here's the full O's lineup: Markakis RF, Alejandro De Aza LF, Adam Jones CF, Nelson Cruz DH, Steve Pearce 1B, J.J. Hardy SS, Ryan Flaherty 3B, Nick Hundley C, Jonathan Schoop 2B. Wei-Yin Chen is on the mound. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:21 pm
     
    W, 1-0 ^ @Tor
  • Royals sticking with same lineup for Game 3
    Lorenzo Cain will bat third in Game 3 of the ALCS against the Orioles on Tuesday.

    Advice: It's take two for the clubs, as Monday's scheduled game was rained out. Cain is 6-for-8 with two walks over the first two games of the ALCS and Ned Yost isn't going to mess with what's working. The full lineup: Alcides Escobar SS, Nori Aoki RF, Cain CF, Eric Hosmer 1B, Billy Butler DH, Alex Gordon LF, Salvador Perez C, Omar Infante 2B, Mike Moustakas 3B. Jeremy Guthrie will oppose Wei-Yin Chen. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:49 pm
  • Ryan Braun (thumb) resumes swinging bat
    Ryan Braun swung a bat Sunday for the first time undergoing surgery on his right thumb and reported feeling "pretty good."

    Advice: Braun underwent a cryotherapy procedure on his right thumb on October 2. There isn't much of a track record with this type of procedure with a baseball player's thumb, but the Brewers are hoping that it will cut down on the pain and allow him to grip the bat properly again. He still has some hurdles to cross, but the early news is promising. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 13, 2:56 pm
     
    L, 5-2 vs ^ ChC
  • Oscar Taveras belts pinch-hit homer in win
    Oscar Taveras belted a game-tying pinch-hit home run in the seventh inning on Sunday, helping to propel the Cardinals to a victory over the Giants in Game 2 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Taveras, who has seen very limited playing time over the past month, entered as a pinch-hitter for the pitcher's spot in the lineup and promptly deposited a Jean Machi offering over the wall in right field to tie the game at 3-3. With his offensive potential, it wouldn't be surprising to see him replace Randall Grichuk in the starting lineup at some point in the series. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 12, 9:06 pm
     
    W, 1-0 ^ @Ari
  • Gregor Blanco has two hits in loss to Cards
    Gregor Blanco had a nice night at the plate in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals, going 2-for-5 with an RBI.

    Advice: Blanco singled home Brandon Crawford in the seventh inning to give the Giants a 3-2 lead. That advantage would prove to be very short-lived though as the Cardinals blasted solo home runs in each of the next three innings to put the game away. Blanco has struggled in his role as a table-setter in the postseason, hitting just .125 (4-for-32) with one run scored. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 12, 9:04 pm
  • Hunter Pence plates run in loss to Cardinals
    Hunter Pence went 1-for-4 with an RBI as the Giants dropped Game 2 of the NLCS to the Cardinals on Sunday in St. Louis.

    Advice: Pence's run-scoring single off Lance Lynn in the sixth inning tied the score at 2-2. He's now hitting .241 (7-for-29) with four runs scored and an RBI in postseason play. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 12, 9:02 pm
     
    W, 9-3 vs ^ SD
  • Randal Grichuk back in lineup Sunday
    Randal Grichuk is in right field and batting eighth in Sunday's NLCS Game 2.

    Advice: Grichuk has just two singles in 19 at-bats since homering off Clayton Kershaw in his first postseason at-bat, but Cardinals manager Mike Matheny is continuing to roll with him in right field over Oscar Taveras. Preceding Grichuk in the Cards' lineup will be Matt Carpenter, Jon Jay, Matt Holliday, Matt Adams, Jhonny Peralta, Yadier Molina and Kolten Wong. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 12, 1:03 pm
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