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  • Eric Hosmer drives home game-winning run
    Eric Hosmer went 1-for-4 and drove home the eventual game-winning run on Friday as the Royals topped the Giants in Game 3 of the World Series in San Francisco.

    Advice: Hosmer’s two-out RBI single came off tough opposing southpaw Javier Lopez after an 11-pitch battle in the sixth inning, increasing the Royals advantage to 3-0 at the time. That run would prove to stand tall though after the Giants pushed across a pair in the bottom of the sixth inning. Hosmer has had a tremendous postseason, slashing .359/.479/.564 with a pair of long balls and nine RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:36 pm
     
    W, 6-4 ^ @CWS
  • Posey plates one as Giants drop Game 3
    Buster Posey went 0-for-4 with an RBI as the Giants dropped Game 3 of the World Series to the Royals in San Francisco on Friday.

    Advice: Posey came to the plate in a huge situation in the sixth inning, with the potential tying runs in scoring position and just one out. While Posey was able to deliver an RBI with a ground out that pulled the Giants to within a run at 3-2, their scoring threat fizzled. The All-Star backstop is now hitting .268/.311/.268 with no homers and six RBI in the postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:31 pm
     
    W, 9-3 vs ^ SD
  • Morse collects pinch-hit RBI double in loss
    Michael Morse came through in a big way for the Giants in Friday’s loss to the Royals, smashing an RBI double as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning.

    Advice: Morse came on to hit for Tim Hudson in the sixth inning after Brandon Crawford had singled, and swatted a massive foul drive down the left field line that narrowly missed being a two-run home run. The Giants could certainly use his bat in the lineup against southpaw Jason Vargas on Saturday, but it’s unclear if he feels well enough to man left field defensively. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:28 pm
     
    W, 9-3 vs x SD
  • Konerko and Rollins share Clemente Award
    Paul Konerko and Jimmy Rollins were announced as co-winners of the 2014 Roberto Clemente Award on Friday.

    Advice: The annual award, in existence since 1971, recognizes the MLB player who "best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual's contribution to his team" and is voted on by fans and members of the baseball media. This marks the first time that the award has been shared. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:25 pm
     
    L, 6-4 vs ^ KC
  • Victor Martinez to seek four-year contract
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that impending free agent Victor Martinez will be looking for a four-year contract this winter.

    Advice: Martinez will turn 36 in December, but you can hardly blame him for shooting for a four-year deal after he batted .335/.409/.565 with 32 homers and 103 RBI this season. The Tigers would love to keep him, but they could balk at giving him another four-year pact. Regardless, V-Mart will be in high demand this offseason with offense down across baseball. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:55 pm
  • Giants sticking with same lineup in Game 3
    Travis Ishikawa is in left field and batting seventh for Friday's World Series Game 3.

    Advice: Giants manager Bruce Bochy is sticking with the same lineup, which means Ishikawa is still in left and Michael Morse is back on the bench after serving as the DH in Kansas City. They'll square off against the Royals' Jeremy Guthrie. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:18 pm
  • Miguel Cabrera undergoes surgery on ankle
    Miguel Cabrera underwent surgery Wednesday to remove bone spurs from his right ankle and repair a stress fracture in the navicular bone at top of his foot.

    Advice: It had been known that Cabrera dealt with bone spurs down the stretch, but the stress fracture is a new revelation. The slugger will be re-evaluated in three months, so there would seem to be a chance that he'll be slowed at the beginning of spring training. Barring a setback, however, it shouldn't affect his availability for Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:00 am
     
    W, 3-0 vs ^ Min
  • Brandon Moss undergoes surgery on hip labrum
    Brandon Moss underwent surgery Thursday to repair a torn labrum and also fix an impingement in his right hip.

    Advice: Moss was bothered by the hip ailment for much of the second half and it showed at the plate, as he hit just .162 with a .575 OPS in 162 plate appearances after August 1. He'll be on crutches for four weeks and is expected to be able to run in 12 weeks. Moss might be eased into things at the beginning of spring training but should be fine by Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:38 pm
     
    W, 4-0 ^ @Tex
  • Mets interested in outfielder Michael Cuddyer
    According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, the Mets have "concrete" interest in impending free agent outfielder Michael Cuddyer.

    Advice: Martino hears from "people familiar with the Mets' thinking" that the team would like to sign Cuddyer to a two-year deal this winter to provide power to their lineup and veteran presence to their clubhouse. The 35-year-old batted .332/.376/.579 in an injury-shortened 2014 for the Rockies. He posted a .919 OPS, 20 home runs, and 84 RBI across 130 games with Colorado in 2013. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:06 am
     
    L, 10-5 x @LAD
  • Adam Lind drawing interest from other teams
    According to Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun, the Blue Jays have received calls about Adam Lind.

    Advice: "I hear the Blue Jays are getting a lot of interest on Lind and not just from American League teams," an unnamed executive told the Sun. "I’ve heard three or four clubs." Lind struggles mightily against left-handed pitching, but he mashes righties and is only due $7.5 million in 2015 and $8 million in 2016 (via a pair of club options). That relatively low price tag makes him an attractive trade target for teams that want to upgrade offensively but won't be able to compete for the bigger bats on the open market this winter. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:49 am
     
    L, 1-0 vs ^ Bal
  • Colabello to undergo tests on right thumb
    Chris Colabello is scheduled to undergo X-rays and an MRI on his right thumb this week.

    Advice: Colabello has been bothered by discomfort in the thumb since getting jammed by a Grant Balfour pitch on April 23 in Tampa Bay. That set off an 8-for-73 slump, and he finished the 2014 season with a rough .229/.282/.380 slash line. It's not clear how Colabello fits into the Twins' plans for 2015. There's talk that he might be shopped to a Korean team. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:32 am
     
    L, 3-0 x @Det
  • Butler has two RBI, Royals prevail in Game 2
    Billy Butler went 2-for-3 with two RBI, driving in the game-winning run as the Royals bested the Giants 7-2 in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday.

    Advice: Butler delivered two of the game's biggest hits, swatting an RBI single in the first inning to get the Royals on the board and roping a single over Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford in the sixth that gave the Royals a 3-2 lead. They wouldn't look back, putting up four more runs in the inning en route to the five-run win. Once in danger of losing his starting job, Country Breakfast has come up big time and again this postseason. Going to a National League park for three games Butler may have trouble finding at-bats, but he'll likely be the first man off the bench for manager Ned Yost in pinch-hitting spots. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:37 pm
  • 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
    Wednesday, 12:26 pm
     
    W, 9-3 vs x SD
  • 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
    Tuesday, 12:28 pm
     
    W, 9-3 vs x SD
  • 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
  • Adam LaRoche wants to re-sign with Nationals
    Adam LaRoche said he hopes to re-sign with the Nationals this winter.

    Advice: "If it was up to me, I’m signing a deal with D.C. that puts me there for the rest of my career," he said. LaRoche and the Nationals actually have a mutual $15 million option for 2015, but the Nats will likely decline the option with an eye on moving Ryan Zimmerman to first base next season. LaRoche hit .259/.362/.455 with 26 home runs this season, and he shouldn't have a problem finding another landing spot in free agency. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:04 pm
     
    W, 1-0 vs ^ Mia
  • Ishikawa's walk-off HR sends Giants to WS
    Travis Ishikawa launched a walk-off, three-run homer in the ninth inning Thursday to propel the Giants over the Cardinals in Game 5 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Ishikawa had a misplay in left field in the third inning that gave the Cards their first run, but he certainly made up for it in a big way. After Michael Morse tied things up with a pinch-hit homer in the eighth, Ishikawa deposited a Michael Wacha pitch just over the wall in right field to send the Giants to their third World Series in the last five years. They'll face the Royals in Game 1 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:38 pm
  • Davis likely to be traded again this winter
    Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports that the Pirates are likely to trade Ike Davis this offseason.

    Advice: Although the Pirates haven't officially committed to moving Pedro Alvarez to first base next season, the expectation is that a position switch is coming. That, of course, would leave Davis without a position. Davis is arbitration-eligible again this winter after making $3.5 million in 2014, so he could wind up being non-tendered if the Pirates are unable to find a trade partner. Martino says the Marlins like Davis and could have interest. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:01 pm
     
    L, 4-1 ^ @Cin
  • Giants make no changes to lineup for Game 5
    Travis Ishikawa is in left field for the Giants in Game 5 of the NLCS Thursday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Michael Morse will again be in a pinch-hitting role. Here's the full lineup for the Giants, who can advance to the World Series with a victory over the Cardinals and Adam Wainwright: Gregor Blanco CF, Joe Panik 2B, Buster Posey C, Pablo Sandoval 3B, Hunter Pence RF, Brandon Belt 1B, Travis Ishikawa LF, Brandon Crawford SS, Madison Bumgarner SP. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:32 pm
  • Posey drives in three, Giants take Game 4
    Buster Posey went 2-for-3 with three RBI as the Giants came back to edge the Cardinals 6-4 in Wednesday's NLCS Game 4.

    Advice: Posey was just 2-for-13 without an RBI in the NLCS coming into the game, but he remedied that with an RBI sacrifice fly in the first inning. He contributed an RBI single in the third inning and added another RBI with a single in the sixth to push the Giants' lead to two. Posey and the Giants hold a 3-1 series lead and are one game away from their third World Series appearance in five years with their ace, Madison Bumgarner, taking the mound Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:27 am
     
    W, 9-3 vs ^ SD
  • 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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    W, 4-0 ^ @Tex
  • Royals stick with regular lineup in Game 4
    Eric Hosmer will bat cleanup in Game 4 of the ALCS against the Orioles on Wednesday.

    Advice: Ned Yost isn't making any changes with the Royals on the verge of a trip to the World Series. The full lineup: SS Alcides Escobar, RF Norichika Aoki, CF Lorenzo Cain, 1B Eric Hosmer, DH Billy Butler, LF Alex Gordon, C Salvador Perez, 2B Omar Infante, 3B Mike Moustakas. Jason Vargas will oppose Miguel Gonzalez. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:32 am
     
    W, 6-4 ^ @CWS
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