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  • Contreras takes Kershaw deep in Game 6
    Willson Contreras blasted his first career postseason homer Saturday in the Cubs' win over the Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Contreras connected on a hanging slider from Clayton Kershaw and socked it 379 feet into the left-field bleachers. The solo home run accounted for Contreras’ only hit of the night. It’s been a rapid ascent for Contreras. Four months ago the 24-year-old was toiling in Triple-A. Saturday he homered off Clayton Kershaw in a playoff game. The rookie has hit a remarkable .412 this postseason with four RBI across 20 at-bats. Yesterday, 8:23 pm
  • Kyle Schwarber activated from 60-day DL
    Cubs activated OF Kyle Schwarber from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Giovanni Soto was designated for assignment in the corresponding roster move. Schwarber is scheduled to play in a simulated game on Sunday and is hoping to be ready for the World Series, should the Cubs advance. If Schwarber does return, he would likely serve as the designated hitter when the Cubs are in Cleveland. Yesterday, 3:43 pm
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Epstein 'not ruling out' Schwarber's return
    When asked about Kyle Schwarber's availability for the World Series, Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said, "We're not ruling anything in, we're not ruling anything out."

    Advice: Manager Joe Maddon confirmed there's a "chance" Schwarber could DH if the Cubs advance to the World Series. Schwarber resumed batting practice on Monday after being cleared by Dr. Daniel Cooper at his six-month check-up following ACL surgery. He's also slated to begin playing for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League on Saturday. If the Cubs do get past the Dodgers, the DH will be available for Games 1, 3, 6 and 7. Yesterday, 2:28 pm
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Kyle Schwarber could DH in World Series
    According to Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic, Kyle Schwarber could serve as the Cubs' designated hitter should they advance to the World Series.

    Advice: Schwarber will begin playing in the Arizona Fall League on Saturday. If he proves his health over the next couple of days there and the Cubs advance past the Dodgers, there's a very real possibility that Schwarber (who is the club's all-time leader in postseason home runs with five) could return. Yesterday, 11:14 am
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Kyle Schwarber to play in Arizona Fall League
    Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports that Kyle Schwarber will play in the Arizona Fall League to continue his recovery from knee surgery.

    Advice: He's expected to debut for the Mesa Solar Sox on Saturday. The 23-year-old missed nearly the entire 2016 season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL and LCL in his left knee. He is well ahead of schedule in his recovery and has shown gradual improvement in his agility drills over the past month. He remains a big part of the Cubs' plans heading into the 2017 season. Yesterday, 10:46 am
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Braves could still be interested in McCann
    Mark Bowman of speculates that the Braves could reconsider approaching the Yankees about trading for Brian McCann this offseason.

    Advice: The Braves are in the market for another catcher to pair with Tyler Flowers, and with the free agent market looking quite barren in terms of quality backstops, a reunion with McCann continues to make sense. The Yankees, who demanded either Mike Foltynewicz or Ender Inciarte the last time these two squads discussed a deal, will have to lower their asking price if a deal is to be consummated. Yesterday, 6:56 am
    L, 5-2 vs Bal
  • Ruiz hitting cleanup in Game 5 of NLCS
    Carlos Ruiz will hit cleanup in Game 5 of the NLCS against the Cubs on Thursday.

    Advice: In case it wasn't already obvious, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has made some interesting changes to his lineup with left-hander Jon Lester on the hill for the Cubs. In addition to Ruiz hitting cleanup, Enrique Hernandez will bat leadoff and play second base. Meanwhile, Yasiel Puig will start in right field and bat seventh. Here's the full lineup for Los Angeles: Hernández 2B, Justin Turner 3B, Corey Seager SS Ruiz C, Howie Kendrick LF, Adrian González 1B, Puig RF, Joc Pederson CF, Kenda Maeda SP. Thursday, 2:08 pm
  • David Ross behind the plate for NLCS Game 5
    David Ross will start behind the plate for Game 5 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Thursday.

    Advice: It's the standard arrangement with left-hander Jon Lester on the hill. Ross is 1-for-9 with a homer this postseason. The full lineup for Chicago: Dexter Fowler CF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Ben Zobrist LF, Javier Baez 2B, Jason Heyward RF, Addison Russell SS, Ross C, Lester SP. Kenta Maeda will start for Los Angeles. Thursday, 1:41 pm
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Grandal drives in three in LAD's Game 3 win
    Yasmani Grandal drove in three runs Tuesday in the Dodgers' NLCS Game 3 defeat of the Cubs.

    Advice: Grandal slugged a two-run homer off Jake Arrieta in the bottom of the fourth to give the Dodgers a 3-0 lead and then drove in Joc Pederson with an RBI groundout in the bottom of the eighth to make it 6-0. Pederson had knocked an RBI double down the left field line moments earlier and then stole third base off Mike Montgomery and Willson Contreras. Grandal finding his stroke could spell trouble for the Cubs, who looked shaky on multiple fronts Tuesday and are suddenly down 2-1 in the series. The next two games are at Dodger Stadium. Tuesday, 8:33 pm
  • Tigers would consider Avila's return
    Tigers general manager Al Avila said Tuesday that he would consider his son, Alex Avila, as the club looks for a backup catcher this winter.

    Advice: The Tigers were set behind the plate last offseason, so Avila left for a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the White Sox. The 29-year-old appeared in 57 games this season while batting .213 with seven homers and a .732 OPS in 209 plate appearances. Avila was originally drafted by the Tigers back in 2008 and spent the first seven seasons of his career with the club. James McCann is now the primary catcher in Detroit. Tuesday, 10:50 am
    L, 6-3 vs Min
  • Monell elects to become a free agent
    Johnny Monell has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: Monell spent the entire 2016 season at Triple-A Las Vegas (Mets), batting .276/.336/.470 with 19 home runs and 75 RBI in 113 games. Maybe the 30-year-old catcher can score a big-league backup job leading into 2017. Monday, 8:55 am
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    L, 5-2 @Phi
  • Willson Contreras starting NLCS Game 2
    Willson Contreras is starting at catcher and batting seventh in Sunday's NLCS Game 2 versus the Dodgers.

    Advice: Jon Lester's personal catcher David Ross drew the start in Game 1, but it will be Contreras behind the dish with Kyle Hendricks on the mound. Jason Heyward is getting another start even with the Dodgers throwing southpaw ace Clayton Kershaw, although he has moved down to the No. 8 spot in the order. The Cubs' full lineup looks like this: Dexter Fowler CF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Ben Zobrist LF, Addison Russell SS, Javier Baez 2B, Contreras C, Heyward RF, Hendricks P. Oct 16, 12:22 pm
  • Montero rescues Cubs with late grand slam
    Miguel Montero hit a go-ahead grand slam in the eighth inning Saturday in the Cubs' win over the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Before this game, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said he wasn’t concerned about Montero’s back, which has bothered him throughout the season. After watching Montero smack a game-winning grand slam into the stratosphere, neither are we. Holy cow. With the game tied at three in the eighth inning, Joe Blanton walked to load the bases for Aroldis Chapman. Montero pinch-hit for Chapman and instantly became a playoff legend. It was only the third pinch-hit grand slam in postseason history. Blanton’s implosion continued in the next at-bat when he allowed a solo shot to Dexter Fowler. The eighth-inning explosion gave Bill Murray’s favorite team a 1-0 series lead. They’ll need it with Clayton Kershaw going for the Dodgers on Sunday. Oct 15, 8:55 pm
  • Maddon not concerned about Montero's back
    Cubs manager Joe Maddon said he isn't concerned about Miguel Montero's back.

    Advice: Montero only started one game in the NLDS against San Francisco and has battled back issues throughout the season. He may not be 100 percent but it sounds like Montero will at least be available for the NLCS. David Ross is drawing the start in Game 1 with Jon Lester on the mound. Oct 15, 2:46 pm
  • David Ross starting behind plate for Game 1
    David Ross will start behind the plate and bat eighth in Game 1 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Saturday.

    Advice: As per usual, Ross will be paired with Jon Lester. This is the same lineup the Cubs used in Game 4 of the NLDS against the Giants. It goes as follows: Dexter Fowler CF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Ben Zobrist LF, Addison Russell SS, Jason Heyward RF, Javier Baez 2B, Ross C, Lester SP. Kenta Maeda is starting for Los Angeles. Oct 15, 12:12 pm
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Carlos Ruiz could start Game 1 of NLCS
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Friday that Carlos Ruiz could start the first game of the NLCS against the Cubs on Saturday.

    Advice: Roberts admitted that the decision hasn't been made yet. Ruiz is a much better hitter against left-handed pitching and Jon Lester is set to take the hill for the Cubs in the opener of the series. Oct 14, 4:10 pm
  • Ramos out 6-8 months following knee surgery
    Wilson Ramos will be sidelined for 6-8 months following surgery Friday to repair ACL and meniscus tears in his right knee.

    Advice: The 6-8 month timetable means his recovery will bleed into next season, and any sort of setback could cost him a good chunk of 2017. It's the second time he's had his right ACL operated on. Still, Ramos should be able to land a sizable contract this winter coming off a career year that saw him bat .307/.354/.496 with 22 home runs and 80 RBI over 131 games. Oct 14, 10:44 am
    W, 10-7 vs Mia
  • Cardinals outright Rosario to Triple-A
    Cardinals sent C Alberto Rosario outright to Triple-A Memphis.

    Advice: Rosario was called up to the majors just before the All-Star break and played sparingly in the second half. The 29-year-old hit .184 (7-for-38) with two doubles and two RBI over 20 games. Oct 13, 2:11 pm
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    W, 10-4 vs Pit
  • Jose Lobaton at catcher in Game 5 of NLDS
    Jose Lobaton will start at catcher and bat eighth in Game 5 of the NLDS on Thursday.

    Advice: Pedro Severino caught for the Nationals in Tuesday's Game 4 loss at Los Angeles. The rest of the lineup is standard for the hosts of this loser-goes-home tilt: Trea Turner CF, Bryce Harper RF, Jayson Werth LF, Daniel Murphy 2B, Anthony Rendon 3B, Ryan Zimmerman 1B, Danny Espinosa SS, Jose Lobaton C, Max Scherzer SP. Oct 13, 12:13 pm
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