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  • Vogelsong struggles in 2 2/3, earns a ND
    Ryan Vogelsong couldn't make it out of the third inning, giving up four runs in 2 2/3 innings but got a no-decision as the Giants toppled the Royals in Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday.

    Advice: Vogelsong had no issue with the Royals in the first two frames, but they hung a four-spot on him in the top of the third, chasing him from the game in the process. It's worth noting that Vogelsong wasn't hit particularly hard; rather, the Royals used their speed and favorable hit placement. Overall, Vogelsong gave up the four runs on seven hits and a walk with two strikeotus. The Giants will go with Madison Bumgarner in Game 5, then Jake Peavy and Tim Hudson in Games 6 and 7 so Vogelsong is likely done starting. He could contribute out of the bullpen. Rotoworld.com
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  • Pence's 3 RBI aid in Game 4 rout of Royals
    Hunter Pence had a terrific night at the plate in the Giants' rout of the Royals in Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday, finishing 3-for-5 with a double, three RBI, and two runs scored.

    Advice: Pence has had a terrific World Series thus far. Saturday's performance brings his series average up to .467 (7-for-15). He has two doubles, a home run, five RBI, and four runs scored. He knocked in the Giants' first run with a fielder's choice in the first inning, then added an RBI single in the fifth and an RBI double in the seventh. Rotoworld.com
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  • Vargas goes only four innings in no-decision
    Jason Vargas surrendered three runs over four-plus innings in a no-decision as the Royals fell to the Giants in Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday.

    Advice: The 31-year-old left-hander was hittable from the start, as the Giants were able to scratch out a first-inning run and tacked on one more in the third inning. Vargas gave up a lead-off double to Joe Panik to begin the fifth inning before manager Ned Yost lifted him from the game. On 82 pitches, Vargas yielded the three runs on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts. It's likely the last start Vargas will make until next season, though he could pitch in relief at some point for the Royals in Games 5, 6, and potentially 7. Rotoworld.com
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  • Stanton wins Hank Aaron Award in the NL
    Giancarlo Stanton has been awarded the Hank Aaron award, acknowledging the National League's best hitter for 2014.

    Advice: Stanton batted .288/.395/.555, leading the league with 37 home runs and coming in second in RBI with 105. Also of note, he raised his on-base percentage 35-40 points over his finishes in previous years. Stanton's counting stats were slightly deflated as he missed the final three weeks after getting hit in the face with a pitch. He's expected to be completely ready for spring training and should once again be relied upon for elite offensive numbers, going early in many fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:23 pm
  • Trout wins the Hank Aaron Award for the AL
    Mike Trout has been awarded the Hank Aaron award, acknowledging the American League's best hitter for 2014.

    Advice: Trout led the American League with 115 runs scored and 111 RBI. He slashed .287/.377/.561, finishing in a tie for third in home runs with Jose Abreu at 36. Many worried about Trout's increased strikeout rate but the results remain elite. Fantasy players will be hard-pressed to do better than Trout with the #1 overall pick in fantasy drafts in 2015. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:19 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
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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    W, 6-4 @CWS
  • Bochy confirms Vogelsong will start Game 4
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy confirmed after Friday's loss to the Royals that Ryan Vogelsong will start Game 4 on Saturday.

    Advice: Madison Bumgarner made a push to talk his manager into letting him pitch Game 4 on short rest, but Bochy opted to stick with the veteran right-hander while saving Bumgarner for Game 5. He'll oppose Jason Vargas as the Giants look to even up the series at two games apiece. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:48 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
  • 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
  • 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
    Tuesday, 8:54 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
    Tuesday, 12:59 pm
  • Vogelsong penciled in for WS Game 4 start
    Ryan Vogelsong will start for the Giants in Game 4 of the World Series Saturday.

    Advice: Vogelsong lasted just three innings in his start against the Cardinals in the NLCS, but he's traditionally been a good pitcher in the postseason. A starter for the Royals hasn't yet been announced for the game. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:03 pm
  • Vogelsong yanked early in NLCS Game 4 start
    Ryan Vogelsong was pulled early in his NLCS Game 4 start against the Cardinals, surrendering four runs on seven hits over three innings in a no-decision.

    Advice: Vogelsong didn't have it from the outset, allowing a leadoff double in each of the first three innings. He also gave up a solo home run to Kolten Wong in the third. The right-hander walked two and struck out one before exiting, needing 60 pitches to get through three innings. With the Giants leading the series 3-1 it's likely the last start before a potential World Series turn for Vogelsong, who had a 1.19 ERA in five postseason starts before Wednesday's clunker. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:05 pm
  • 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
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