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  • Schafer elects to become a free agent
    Logan Schafer has elected free agency.

    Advice: Schafer was outrighted off the Twins' 40-man roster earlier this week and had the option of testing the open market, so he took it. A career .214/.292/.318 hitter, the 30-year-old outfielder will likely have to settle for a minor league contract and invite to spring training leading into 2017. Today, 9:50 am
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    W, 6-3 @CWS
  • Tigers, Martinez unlikely for long-term deal
    Tigers GM Al Avila said he does not anticipate engaging in long-term contract negotiations this winter with outfielder J.D. Martinez.

    Advice: Martinez is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2017 season and will be looking for big-time money in any sort of extension talks with the Tigers after registering a combined .898 OPS over the last three years. Avila said the team needs to get younger and cut some payroll: "I don’t foresee any talks of a long-term contract at this point," the GM told reporters in his season-wrapping presser. "Sitting here today, we’re not thinking that way right now. Can’t say we wouldn’t be thinking about that down the road." Today, 9:07 am
  • Jose Bautista doubles in ALCS Game 5
    Jose Bautista went 2-for-4 with a double in Wednesday's 3-0 loss to the Indians in Game 5 of the ALCS.

    Advice: Bautista's ninth-inning double off Cody Allen was his first extra-base hit of the series. Too little, too late. The veteran outfielder did not drive in a run in the ALCS. This could well have been Bautista's final game in a Blue Jays uniform. The free agent to-be is coming off a 2016 season in which he slashed .244/.366/.452 with 22 homers and 69 RBI over 423 at-bats. Yesterday, 4:05 pm
  • Dodgers keep lineup the same for NLCS Game 4
    Andrew Toles will again start in left field and bat eighth for Game 4 of the NLCS against the Cubs on Wednesday.

    Advice: Same lineup the Dodgers have been tossing out there since Game 2. They are looking to push the Cubs to the brink of elimination and will trot out southpaw Julio Urias to aid that cause, opposed by veteran hurler John Lackey. The Dodgers lineup for Game 4: Chase Utley 2B, Corey Seager SS, Justin Turner 3B, Adrian Gonzalez 1B, Josh Reddick RF, Joc Pederson CF, Yasmani Grandal, Andrew Toles LF, Julio Urías P. Yesterday, 2:13 pm
  • Bell expected to see time between 1B/OF
    The Pirates expect Josh Bell to be ready for infield and outfield duties when he reports to spring training.

    Advice: Bell, 24, hit .273/.368/.406 with three homers and 19 RBI over 152 plate appearances as a rookie this year while splitting time between first base and right field. The Pirates could end up trading an outfielder and John Jaso is also being prepped to play other positions, but Bell plans to be ready for all possible outcomes. "That's going to be my main focus, making sure I'm more versatile next year," said Bell. "You have a few guys in every lineup that can play all over the field. Those guys are your most valuable players. I hope to be one of those guys next year." Yesterday, 10:23 am
    Player Note
    Josh Bell Pit - 1B,OF
    L, 10-4 @StL
  • Ramirez hitting fifth in Game 5 of ALCS
    Jose Ramirez will hit fifth in Game 5 of the ALCS against the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

    Advice: Marco Estrada is on the hill for Toronto, so Indians manager Terry Francona is using his standard lineup against right-handers. The only change is that Carlos Santana is at first base while Mike Napoli will DH. Ramirez has just one hit in 13 at-bats during the ALCS. The full lineup for Cleveland: Santana 1B, Jason Kipnis 2B, Francisco Lindor SS, Napoli DH, Ramirez 3B, Lonnie Chisenhall RF, Coco Crisp LF, Tyler Naquin CF, Roberto Perez C. Ryan Merritt is starting for Cleveland as they try to punch their ticket to the World Series. Yesterday, 9:53 am
    Player Note
    José Ramírez Cle - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Saunders out, Upton in for ALCS Game 5
    Michael Saunders is out of the lineup for Game 5 of the ALCS against the Indians on Wednesday.

    Advice: Saunders had good numbers against lefties during the regular season, but he's sitting against Ryan Merritt while Melvin Upton will start out of the DH spot. Jose Bautista is not the defender that Upton is, but he remains in right field. The other notable change is that Darwin Barney will play over Ryan Goins at second base. The full lineup for Toronto as they attempt to keep their season alive: Bautista RF, Josh Donaldson 3B, Edwin Encarnacion 1B, Troy Tulowitzki SS, Russell Martin C, Upton DH, Ezequiel Carrera LF, Kevin Pillar CF, Barney 2B. Marco Estrada will start for Toronto. Yesterday, 9:42 am
  • Blanco suggests time with Giants is over
    Gregor Blanco thanked the Giants organization in a message posted to his personal Instagram page Tuesday.

    Advice: "Thanks for everything San Francisco this is my home and always will be," read the message, which also included a collage of photographs. The 32-year-old outfielder is due to become a free agent five days after the World Series and it sounds like neither side is anticipating a return. Blanco batted just .224/.309/.311 with one home run and 18 RBI in 106 games this season for the Giants. Tuesday, 1:57 pm
    W, 7-1 vs LAD
  • Jason Heyward not in lineup for Game 3
    Jason Heyward is not in the starting lineup for Game 3 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Heyward will take a seat against left-hander Rich Hill. The 27-year-old hit just .207/.300/.286 against southpaws this season. Jorge Soler will make the start in right field while Javier Baez will slide into the No. 5 spot in the order. The full lineup for the Cubs: Dexter Fowler CF, Kris Bryant 3B, Ben Zobrist LF, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Baez 2B, Soler RF, Addison Russell SS, Miguel Montero C, Jake Arrieta SP. Tuesday, 12:57 pm
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Toles starting in LF again in NLCS Game 3
    Andrew Toles will start in left field and bat eighth again in Game 3 of the NLCS against the Cubs on Tuesday.

    Advice: Dodgers manager Dave Roberts is going with the same lineup he used in the Game 2 victory. Toles is 4-for-13 (.314) with an RBI double this postseason. The full lineup: Chase Utley 2B, Corey Seager SS, Justin Turner 3B, Adrian González 1B, Josh Reddick RF, Joc Pederson CF, Yasmani Grandal C, Toles LF, Rich Hill SP. Jake Arrieta will start for Chicago. Tuesday, 12:52 pm
  • Crisp starting in left field for ALCS Game 4
    Coco Crisp will start in left field and bat seventh in Game 4 of the ALCS against the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Indians are sticking with the same lineup they used in Game 3 on Monday. Crisp is 1-for-4 with a walk during the series and made an important catch in Monday's victory. Here's the full lineup for Cleveland as they go for the series sweep: Carlos Santana DH, Jason Kipnis 2B, Francisco Lindor SS, Mike Napoli 1B, Jose Ramirez 3B, Lonnie Chisenhall RF, Crisp LF, Tyler Naquin CF, Roberto Perez C. Corey Kluber will start on short rest in Game 4 for Cleveland while Aaron Sanchez will get the call for Toronto. Tuesday, 9:42 am
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Carrera batting seventh in ALCS Game 4
    Ezequiel Carrera will bat seventh in Game 4 of the ALCS against the Indians on Tuesday.

    Advice: The only change from Game 3 is that Carrera and Kevin Pillar have been flip-flopped in the order. Here's the full lineup for Game 4 as the Blue Jays attempt to avoid a sweep: Jose Bautista RF, Josh Donaldson 3B, Edwin Encarnacion 1B, Troy Tulowitzki SS, Russell Martin C, Michael Saunders DH, Carrera LF, Pillar CF, Ryan Goins 2B. Aaron Sanchez will start for Toronto while Corey Kluber will go on short rest for Cleveland. Tuesday, 9:32 am
  • Napoli plates a pair as Indians go up 3-0
    Mike Napoli had an RBI double and a solo homer Monday in the Indians' ALCS Game 3 victory over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Napoli entered the night having gone hitless in his last 25 at-bats against right-handed pitching dating back to the regular season, but he got to Marcus Stroman with a two-bagger in the first inning and then hit a long homer against him in the fourth. The first baseman became the fifth player in baseball history to go deep for four different teams in the postseason. Monday, 8:47 pm
    Player Note
    Mike Napoli Cle - 1B,OF
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Michael Saunders homers in Monday's loss
    Michael Saunders smacked a solo home run in Monday's loss to the Indians.

    Advice: Saunders knotted the game up in the second inning with an opposite-field shot off of Dan Otero. The Blue Jays then tied it up again in the fifth on a Ryan Goins RBI groundout. However, the Indians plated a pair of runs in the sixth and their bullpen locked things down late. The Jays now face the nearly impossible task of coming back from an 0-3 series deficit. Monday, 8:40 pm
  • Logan Schafer outrighted to Triple-A
    Twins sent OF Logan Schafer outright to Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: The Twins made a host of moves Monday to clear space on the 40-man roster. Schafer batted .238/.342/.317 over 63 at-bats for them this season. Monday, 3:39 pm
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    W, 6-3 @CWS
  • Tyler Naquin in center field for Game 3
    Tyler Naquin is starting in center field and batting eighth for the Indians in Monday's ALCS Game 3.

    Advice: The Indians are sticking with their regular lineup against right-handers with the Blue Jays throwing Marcus Stroman. Their full batting order looks like this: Carlos Santana DH, Jason Kipnis 2B, Francisco Lindor SS, Mike Napoli 1B, Jose Ramirez 3B, Lonnie Chisenhall RF, Coco Crisp LF, Naquin CF, Roberto Perez C. Monday, 1:13 pm
  • Jose Bautista to lead off in ALCS Game 3
    Jose Bautista will lead off for the Blue Jays in Tuesday's Game 3 against the Indians.

    Advice: Ezequiel Carrera led off the first two games, but he's been dropped to eighth tonight. Bautista, who seems to believe there's a grand conspiracy delivering the ALCS to the Indians, is 0-for-6 with five strikeouts and two walks so far in the series. Monday, 1:05 pm
  • Kalish elects to become free agent
    Ryan Kalish has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: Kalish logged just 10 plate appearances at the major league level in 2016, all in May with the Cubs. The 28-year-old outfielder is a .245/.297/.349 career hitter. Monday, 8:32 am
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    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Dodgers start nearly all left-handed hitters
    Andrew Toles will start in left field and bat eighth for the Dodgers in Game 2 of the NLCS against the Cubs on Sunday.

    Advice: Justin Turner is the only batter that Kyle Hendricks will face from the right side of the plate. Here's how the full lineup shakes out for Dave Roberts' club: Chase Utley 2B, Corey Seager SS, Justin Turner 3B, Adrian Gonzalez 1B, Josh Reddick RF, Joc Pederson CF, Yasmani Grandal C, Toles LF, Clayton Kershaw P. Sunday, 1:28 pm
  • 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. Sunday, 12:22 pm
  • Andre Ethier whacks pinch-hit homer in Game 1
    Andre Ethier crushed a solo home run in the Dodgers' loss to the Cubs Saturday in Game 1 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Ethier only saw one at-bat on Saturday but he certainly made it count. Pinch-hitting for Kenta Maeda in the fourth inning, Ethier stepped in against Jon Lester and quickly took him deep for a home run. To be fair to Lester, Ethier got a ton of help from the wind. It looked like a lazy fly when Ethier hit it, but the ball kept carrying and somehow landed over the fence in left-center field. Despite struggling against lefties, Ethier is now 3-for-5 in his career against Jon Lester. He’ll continue to platoon with Yasiel Puig in right field. Saturday, 9:08 pm
  • Kris Bryant chips in with two hits in Game 1
    Kris Bryant ripped two hits in the Cubs' win over the Dodgers Saturday in Game 1 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Bryant’s first hit of the night came on a fly to left field in the first inning. It looked like Howie Kendrick had it sized up against the ivy but instead it went over his head. Dexter Fowler came around to score all the way from first base as Bryant cruised into second for a double. Bryant also added a double in the eighth inning off Joe Blanton. The MVP frontrunner has continued his success in the playoffs, hitting .400 with a homer and four RBI across 20 postseason at-bats. Saturday, 9:06 pm
    Player Note
    Kris Bryant ChC - 1B,3B,OF
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Jaso to work out at third base and outfield
    John Jaso is expected to work out at third base this offseason.

    Advice: He'll also try his hand at outfield. Jaso began his career at catcher before pivoting to first base in 2016. He had some success at first but top prospect Josh Bell could be ready to play there full-time next season. Jaso would have a clearer path to playing time in the outfield. Jung Ho Kang and David Freese split time at third last season and are still on the roster. Saturday, 5:53 pm
    Player Note
    John Jaso Pit - 1B,OF
    L, 10-4 @StL
  • Rajai Davis batting leadoff in ALCS Game 2
    Rajai Davis will start in center field and bat leadoff in Game 2 of the ALCS against the Blue Jays on Saturday.

    Advice: The Indians are using their standard lineup against left-handers with J.A. Happ on the hill for Toronto, with Carlos Santana and Lonnie Chisenhall moving down in the order. Coco Crisp and Tyler Naquin are on the bench while Brandon Guyer starts in left. The full lineup: Davis CF, Jason Kipnis 2B, Francisco Lindor SS, Mike Napoli 1B, Santana DH, Jose Ramirez 3B, Guyer LF, Chisenhall RF, Roberto Perez C. Josh Tomlin will start for Cleveland. Saturday, 9:17 am
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Report: Enrique Hernandez on NLCS roster
    Enrique Hernandez will be on the Dodgers' NLCS roster against the Cubs, per ESPN's Buster Olney.

    Advice: Hernandez was left off the Dodgers' roster for the NLDS, but the plan calls for him to be in the starting lineup against Jon Lester for Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday. The 25-year-old hit just .190 with a .607 OPS this season and missed a month with a rib cage injury, but he has mashed lefties in the past. Saturday, 7:46 am
    Player Note
    Kiké Hernández LAD - 2B,SS,OF
    L, 7-1 @SF
  • Jose Bautista fans three times in loss Friday
    Jose Bautista had a rough day at the dish in Friday's loss to the Indians, going 0-for-3 with three strikeouts.

    Advice: Bautista also drew a walk in the ballgame. The first two whiffs were dealt by Indians' starter Corey Kluber, while Andrew Miller fanned him the third time. He's now hitting .167 (3-for-18) with eight strikeouts through five games this postseason. Friday, 7:58 pm
  • Daniel Robertson elects free agency
    Daniel Robertson has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: Robertson was removed from the Mariners' 40-man roster back in August. The 31-year-old is a career .273/.322/.325 hitter in the majors. Friday, 6:42 am
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    L, 3-2 vs Oak
  • Nick Buss elects to become free agent
    Nick Buss has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: Buss cleared waivers after being designated for assignment last week, but he had the opportunity to test free agency rather than go to Triple-A. The 29-year-old batted 198/.247/.346 over 90 plate appearances in the majors this season. Thursday, 2:36 pm
    Not Active
    W, 8-1 vs Hou
  • Gallo to play first base in winter ball
    Joey Gallo will play first base in winter ball in Venezuela.

    Advice: Gallo has posted big numbers in the minors, but he owns a .173/.281/.368 batting line with 76 strikeouts in 153 plate appearances. Still, he won't be 23 until November and the Rangers see him having a possible role in 2017. "Joey is still a premium talent," said Rangers manager Jeff Banister. "This guy has what very few in the game have. His raw power is off the charts. The power shows up, but it's the hit-ability and the consistency that has to get better." Wednesday, 7:51 am
    Player Note
    Joey Gallo Tex - 3B,OF
    L, 6-4 vs TB
  • Pagan (back) remains out of lineup for Gm. 4
    Angel Pagan (back) remains out Tuesday for Game 4 of the NLDS against the Cubs.

    Advice: Pagan was a late scratch from Game 3 on Monday due to back spasms, and it'll be Gregor Blanco starting in left field again in Game 4. It's not clear whether Pagan is available off the bench for the host Giants. John Lackey is on the mound for the visiting Cubs, who can advance to the NLCS with a win. Tuesday, 1:48 pm
    W, 7-1 vs LAD
  • Calhoun having bilateral core muscle surgery
    Kole Calhoun will undergo surgery Tuesday to repair a bilateral core muscle injury.

    Advice: The surgery will be performed by Dr. William Myers in Philadelphia. Calhoun will need 6-8 weeks of recovery time, but he can begin his normal offseason training from there and should be ready for spring training. Calhoun batted .271/.348/.438 with 18 home runs and 75 RBI over 157 games this season. Tuesday, 9:31 am
    W, 8-1 vs Hou
  • Bryant ties it in 9th but Cubs lose in extras
    Kris Bryant delivered a game-tying, two-run homer in the ninth inning of the Cubs' extra-innings loss to the Giants.

    Advice: The Giants took the lead with three runs in the bottom of the eight, but Bryant then took Sergio Romo deep with a homer that hit off the top of the left-field wall. He had three of the Cubs' 10 hits on the night, with Javier Baez being the only other Cub to notch a multi-hit effort. The likely National League MVP has five hits and three RBI in the first three games of the NLDS. Monday, 11:51 pm
    Player Note
    Kris Bryant ChC - 1B,3B,OF
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Coco Crisp homers as Indians sweep Red Sox
    Coco Crisp belted a two-run home run as the Indians completed an ALDS sweep of the Red Sox on Monday.

    Advice: The Tribe got on the board first in the fourth inning with a two-run single from Tyler Naquin. After Andrew Benintendi cut the lead to one with an RBI double in the fifth, Crisp launched one over the Green Monster off of Drew Pomeranz in the sixth. That turned out to be enough, as the Red Sox added a couple runs before a ninth-inning rally fell short. It was Crisp's lone hit in six trips to the plate this season, but it was obviously a massive one. Monday, 7:32 pm
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Pagan scratched from lineup with back spasms
    Angel Pagan has been scratched from the Giants' lineup Monday due to back spasms.

    Advice: Obviously his back must really be an issue if it's resulted in him being lifted from an elimination game. It's unclear whether Pagan will be available off the bench. Gregor Blanco has replaced Pagan in left field, while Conor Gillaspie has moved up to the fifth spot in the lineup. Monday, 5:52 pm
    W, 7-1 vs LAD
  • Nick Buss outrighted to Triple-A
    Angels sent OF Nick Buss outright to Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Buss had been designated for assignment after hitting just .198/.247/.346 over 90 plate appearances for the Halos. He'll stick around in the organization. Oct 10, 2:33 pm
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    W, 8-1 vs Hou
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