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  • Hester signs minor-league deal with Phillies
    Phillies signed C John Hester to a minor league contract.

    Advice: The deal includes an invitation to spring training. The 31-year-old was outrighted off the Angels' 40-man roster in March and spent the year with their Triple-A affiliate, batting .261/.338/.411 in 71 games. With the Angels' claiming of Jackson Williams off waivers, Hester found a new organization where he might get a shot to provide some catching depth. Rotoworld.com
    36 minutes ago
     
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    L, 4-1 x @Sea
  • Angels claim C Jackson Williams from Rox
    Angels claimed C Jackson Williams off waivers from the Rockies.

    Advice: Williams underwent surgery in late September to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, but he should be ready for the start of spring training in 2015. The 28-year-old will function as organizational catching depth for the Angels. He was the 43rd overall pick in the 2007 MLB Amateur Draft but owns a weak .235/.307/.361 career batting line at the Triple-A level. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:18 pm
     
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    L, 10-5 x @LAD
  • Haren undergoes arthroscopic shoulder surgery
    Dan Haren underwent arthroscopic surgery Wednesday afternoon on his left shoulder.

    Advice: It was a minor procedure on his non-throwing arm, and Haren should be fully recovered by the beginning of spring training next February. His $10 million option for 2015 vested near the end of the September, so the soft-tossing right-hander will presumably have a spot in the Los Angeles rotation next year. Haren registered a 2.09 ERA over his final seven starts in 2014. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:05 pm
  • Twins decline option on Jared Burton
    Twins declined RHP Jared Burton's $3.6 million club option for 2015.

    Advice: Burton will receive a $200,000 buyout and hit free agency. It's an expected move after he posted a mediocre 4.36 ERA and 46/25 K/BB ratio over 64 innings this past season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:00 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
    Today, 12:26 pm
     
    W, 9-3 vs x SD
  • Royals stick with regular lineup for WS Gm 2
    Alcides Escobar will bat leadoff in Game 2 of the World Series against the Giants on Wednesday.

    Advice: Royals manager Ned Yost isn't making any changes following Tuesday's Game 1 loss. The full lineup: Escobar SS, Nori Aoki RF, Lorenzo Cain CF, Eric Hosmer 1B, Billy Butler DH, Alex Gordon LF, Salvador Perez C, Omar Infante 2B, Mike Moustakas 3B. Yordano Ventura will oppose Jake Peavy. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:17 pm
  • 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
     
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  • Cubs' Russell plays second base in AFL
    Cubs prospect Addison Russell has played second base in the Arizona Fall League.

    Advice: Cubs president Theo Epstein said earlier this month that Russell would prepare to play multiple positions and the 20-year-old made his first start at second base last Monday. "Everything's going good," said Russell. "I missed nine weeks so not only the at-bats, I need to get some reps at short and possibly at second. That's what I'm working on right now." The Cubs still have Starlin Castro at shortstop, so they are simply keeping their options open. The logjam could ultimately be resolved with a trade. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:31 am
     
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    W, 5-2 x @Mil
  • Sabathia (knee) nearly 100 percent
    CC Sabathia (knee) is throwing twice a week and he feels "pretty much back to 100 percent."

    Advice: Sabathia had season-ending arthroscopic debridement surgery on his right knee in July as well as a bone spur removed. He began throwing off flat-ground in September. The original plan called for him to throw off a mound before Thanksgiving, but now he plans to wait until spring training. "Now that I know I feel pretty good, I don’t think there’s any reason for me to crank it up (until February)," said Sabathia. After being limited to just eight starts this season, the 34-year-old southpaw is owed $48 million from 2015-2016 while his contract includes a $25 million vesting option or $5 million buyout for 2017. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:34 am
     
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    W, 9-5 @Bos
  • 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
  • Amaro expects Burnett to return in 2015
    Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. indicated Tuesday that he expects A.J. Burnett to return next season.

    Advice: Burnett has a $12.75 million player option for 2015 and has five days after the World Series to decide whether to accept or decline. The 37-year-old has hinted at retirement and hasn't made an official decision on his future, but Amaro believes that he'll be back. "I’m really kind of neutral on it," said Amaro. "I knew what it took to get him back and pitching this year. I would assume that he’d want to pitch again. I don’t have that information, but my inclination is that he’s going to want to pitch. He’s a competitive guy." Burnett posted a 4.59 ERA and 190/96 K/BB ratio over 213 2/3 innings this season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:41 am
  • Salvador Perez homers for Royals' lone run
    Salvador Perez smacked a solo homer for the Royals' only run in Tuesday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Madison Bumgarner left a 1-2 cutter over the plate with two outs in the seventh, and Perez put it into the bullpen. It was all the Royals could manage offensively, as they were thwarted in their one rally in the third inning. Alcides Escobar, Billy Butler and Mike Moustakas had the other Royals' hits. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:46 pm
  • Vargas to start Game 4 of World Series
    Jason Vargas will start in Game 4 of the World Series against the Giants on Saturday.

    Advice: Jeremy Guthrie will get the nod for Game 3. Vargas has allowed three runs with an 8/4 K/BB ratio in 11 1/3 innings over two starts this postseason. He'll face Ryan Vogelsong. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:59 pm
  • Royals starting Guthrie in Game 3 of WS
    Jeremy Guthrie will start Game 3 of the World Series against the Giants on Friday.

    Advice: He'll square off against Tim Hudson in San Francisco. Guthrie allowed one run over five innings in Game 3 of the ALCS against the Orioles last Tuesday. Jason Vargas will follow him in Game 4. Guthrie is now lined up for a potential Game 7. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:52 pm
  • 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
  • Nix replaces Colon on Royals' WS roster
    Jayson Nix has replaced Christian Colon on the Royals' roster for the World Series.

    Advice: Colon logged two plate appearances between the ALDS and ALCS while serving as a backup infielder. Nix was claimed off waivers from the Pirates in late August and appeared in seven games for the Royals down the stretch. This is the Royals' only roster change for the World Series against the Giants. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:57 am
     
    Player Note
    Jayson Nix KC - 2B,3B,SS
    W, 6-4 x @CWS
  • 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
  • Vargas pitches well, KC completes ALCS sweep
    Jason Vargas limited the Orioles to one run over 5 1/3 innings Wednesday in Game 4 of the ALCS.

    Advice: The Royals could have gone with staff ace James Shields in this one because of Monday's rainout, but they stuck by Vargas and he delivered, yielding just two hits over his five-plus frames. Royals manager Ned Yost wisely went to the bullpen in the top of the sixth inning and the KC relief corps was again dominant, finishing off the ALCS sweep. The Royals are headed to their first World Series in 29 years. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:20 pm
  • Royals down Orioles to take 3-0 ALCS lead
    Jeremy Guthrie lasted just five innings but yielded only one run as the Royals beat the Orioles 2-1 Tuesday to take a 3-0 ALCS lead.

    Advice: Guthrie wasn't particularly sharp, as the Orioles stung a bunch of balls and ran the veteran right-hander's pitch count up to 94 through five frames. He was able to hold them to one run on three hits and two walks, though, and the offense did just enough while the bullpen shut it down. The Royals have won all seven of their games this postseason, including six of them either by one run or when they took the lead in the ninth inning or beyond. They'll turn to Jason Vargas on Wednesday as they look to close things out. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:28 pm
  • Royals sticking with Vargas in Game 4
    Jason Vargas remains the Royals' scheduled starter for Game 4 of the ALCS on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Royals could have pushed James Shields up to start on regular rest following Monday's rainout, but manager Ned Yost has decided to stick with Vargas. The veteran left-hander allowed just two runs over six strong innings in Game 1 of the ALDS against the Angels. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:17 pm
  • Guthrie still on to start Game 3 for Royals
    Jeremy Guthrie will start Game 3 of the ALCS against the Orioles on Tuesday.

    Advice: Monday's game was postponed to Tuesday due to rain, but there won't be any changes with the scheduled pitching matchup of Guthrie and Wei-Yin Chen. This will be Guthrie's first career postseason appearance. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 13, 1:55 pm
  • Game 3 of O's/Royals ALCS postponed
    Game 3 of the ALCS between the Orioles and Royals has been postponed.

    Advice: It's expected to rain all night in Kansas City, so MLB understandably went ahead and canceled the game rather than wait out the situation. Game 3 will now be played Tuesday at 8:07 p.m. ET. Games 4 and 5 will follow on Wednesday and Thursday, both at 4:07 p.m. ET. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 13, 1:32 pm
  • Escobar batting leadoff for Royals in Game 3
    Alcides Escobar is batting leadoff for the Royals in Game 3 of the ALCS on Monday in Kansas City.

    Advice: But it's expected to rain all night in western Missouri, so the game will likely be pushed back to Tuesday. Here's the Royals' full Game 3 lineup for whenever play begins: Alcides Escobar SS, Norichika Aoki RF, Lorenzo Cain CF, Eric Hosmer 1B, Billy Butler DH, Alex Gordon LF, Salvador Perez C, Omar Infante 2B, Mike Moustakas 3B. Jeremy Guthrie will be on the mound against the Orioles. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 13, 12:49 pm
  • Jason Vargas officially named Game 4 starter
    Jason Vargas was officially named the Royals' ALCS Game 4 starter on Sunday.

    Advice: Manager Ned Yost had indicated that they were leaning towards Vargas in Game 4, and now he's made it official. Jeremy Guthrie will get the ball in Game 3 on Monday as Kansas City looks to take a 3-0 lead in the series. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 12, 11:41 am
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