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  • Urrutia released from VWL team
    Henry Urrutia was released earlier this week from Leones del Caracas in the Venezuelan Winter League.

    Advice: Urrutia batted .264 with three doubles and seven RBI in 15 games with Caracas -- not terrible results. Often there are other things at play behind the decisions made by these winter league clubs. Urrutia, a native of Cuba, is traveling back to the United States to begin a period of offseason rest and rehab. He figures to open the 2017 campaign at Double-A Bowie or Triple-A Norfolk. 44 minutes ago
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    W, 5-2 @NYY
  • Joe Maddon won't rule out Schwarber for field
    Cubs manager Joe Maddon would not rule out the possibility of Kyle Schwarber playing left field as the World Series shifts to Wrigley Field.

    Advice: This isn't Maddon's call, though. Schwarber will receive a medical exam on Thursday to determine whether his surgically-repaired left knee is sound enough for play in the field. Even if he isn't available beyond pinch-hitting duties in Games 3-5 at Wrigley, the slugger has already made his mark on this World Series. In Game 2 on Wednesday, he hit a pair of RBI singles and drew a walk to help the Cubs knot their series with the Indians at 1-1. Maddon relayed that he saw no physical issues with Schwarber during the first two games in Cleveland. Yesterday, 8:40 pm
  • Chapman, Cubs beat rain for Game 2 win
    Aroldis Chapman tossed 1 1/3 innings of scoreless ball to preserve the Cubs' 5-1 win over the Indians in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday.

    Advice: With a massive rainstorm bearing down on Cleveland, Chapman entered with two outs and a runner on in the eighth inning. The Cubs held a 5-1 lead at the time, so there was no save situation. He struck out Jose Ramirez to end the would-be threat, then recorded the first two outs in the ninth without issue. He did walk Brandon Guyer to extend the frame, but would induce a Roberto Perez ground out to end the game. The rain held off for just long enough to get this one in the books. Onward to Wrigley Field, now, with Game 3 scheduled for Friday in a 1-1 series. Yesterday, 8:26 pm
  • Ben Zobrist picks up RBI triple in win
    Ben Zobrist went 2-for-4 with an RBI triple and a run scored in Wednesday's win over the Indians in Game 2 of the World Series.

    Advice: Zobrist's fifth-inning RBI triple opened the scoring in what would evolve into a three-run frame by the road team. The veteran infielder now has three multi-hit efforts this postseason. In two World Series games, he is 5-for-8 with a double and a triple. Yesterday, 8:20 pm
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Kipnis breaks up Arrieta no-no with double
    Jason Kipnis put an end to Jake Arrieta's no-hitter bid in Wednesday's loss to the Cubs in Game 2 of the World Series, notching a one-out double in the sixth inning.

    Advice: Kipnis capitalized on an Arrieta breaker that did not truly break, swatting it up the middle and immediately pushing for extra bases. His aggressiveness paid off in the form of a double and he would ultimately come around to score on a wild pitch one out later. That two-bagger turned out to be the Indians' only extra-base hit of the evening. For his part, Kipnis is now 6-for-36 (.166) with a homer and four RBI this postseason. Yesterday, 8:17 pm
  • Arrieta shuts down Tribe to even World Series
    Jake Arrieta kept the Indians at bay in Wednesday's 5-1 win in Game 2 of the World Series, yielding one run on two hits over 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: The Indians were unable to pick up a hit against Arrieta until the sixth inning, when Jason Kipnis secured a hustle double with one out. Kipnis would move to third on a ground out by Francisco Lindor and score on a wild pitch. Mike Napoli would follow with a single to force Arrieta from the game. He finished his outing having walked three and struck out six. In three postseason starts covering 16 2/3 innings, the 30-year-old right-hander has surrendered seven runs on 14 hits while putting up a 16/4 K/BB ratio. With the series now tied up at 1-1, proceedings shift to Chicago for Games 3-5. Kyle Hendricks will start for the Cubs on Friday, with Josh Tomlin set to roll for the Indians. Yesterday, 8:16 pm
  • Pitch count undermines Bauer in Game 2 loss
    Trevor Bauer failed to provide length in Wednesday's 5-1 loss to the Cubs in Game 2 of the World Series, allowing two runs on six hits over 3 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Bauer surrendered an RBI double to Anthony Rizzo in the first inning and later coughed up an RBI single to Kyle Schwarber in the third, but his issue was less surrendering hits and more simple inefficiency. He had already thrown 51 pitches by the time he finished off the Cubs in the top of the second inning. He would end his 3 2/3 frames having thrown 87 pitches (53 strikes). For the evening as a whole, Bauer struck out two and walked two. On the more positive side of the ledger, Bauer's lacerated right pinkie -- which forced him to exit early in Game 3 of the ALCS -- did not outwardly cause him issue. The 25-year-old right-hander is scheduled to start Game 5 on three days' rest this coming Sunday. Yesterday, 8:14 pm
  • Heyman: Cespedes to opt out after Series
    FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman writes that Yoenis Cespedes "plans to exercise his opt-out clause shortly after the World Series."

    Advice: No surprise on that front, as Cespedes should be able to do better on the free agent market than the two years and $47.5 million remaining on his current contract. Adam Rubin of ESPN had reported as much shortly after the end of the regular season. Rubin colleague Buster Olney relayed last week that the Mets do not feel a sense of urgency when it comes to re-signing the 31-year-old outfielder. It isn't yet known what teams plan on gunning for Cespedes this offseason. Yesterday, 6:32 pm
  • NYM could offer multiyear deal to Walker
    ESPN's Adam Rubin writes that Mets officials "would entertain a multiyear deal with [Neil] Walker."

    Advice: Per Rubin, the Mets are expected to offer free-agent-to-be Walker a one-year qualifying offer in the ballpark of $17 million. If he declines that, the team is kicking around offering a possible multiyear contract. This past season, the veteran second baseman hit .282/.347/.476 with 23 homers and 55 RBI in 412 at-bats. Those numbers are respectable, but injuries limited Walker to just 113 games played. He underwent season-ending back surgery in early September. Yesterday, 6:15 pm
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  • David Ortiz snags Hank Aaron Award
    David Ortiz was named the American League's winner of the Hank Aaron Award.

    Advice: Handed out annually to the best offensive player in each league, the Hank Aaron Award gives Ortiz a nice little feather in the cap for what was a remarkable retirement campaign in 2016. Big Papi slashed a sturdy .315/.401/.620 with 38 homers and 127 RBI over 537 at-bats this past season. In the AL, his 38 homers tied for eighth-most, while his 127 RBI paced the league. Ortiz previously won the award in 2005. On the other side, Kris Bryant was named the winner of the Hank Aaron Award in the NL. Yesterday, 3:25 pm
    L, 2-1 vs Tor
  • Kris Bryant wins Hank Aaron Award
    Kris Bryant was named the National League's winner of the Hank Aaron Award.

    Advice: The Hank Aaron Award is handed out annually to the best offensive player in each league. This past season, Bryant boasted a .292/.385/.554 triple-slash with 39 homers, 102 RBI and eight steals over 603 at-bats. His RBI total was good for sixth-best in the National League, while his 39 dingers were bested only by Chris Carter (41) and Nolan Arenado (41). David Ortiz was named the winner of the Hank Aaron Award in the AL. Yesterday, 3:19 pm
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    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Andrew Miller available for 'an inning, max'
    Indians manager Terry Francona said that Andrew Miller could be available for "an inning, max" during Game 2 of the World Series.

    Advice: Miller has been a bullpen warrior this postseason. He took it up to a new level in the Indians' 6-0 win over the Cubs in Game 1, throwing 46 pitches over two shutout frames. That was the most pitches he has thrown since 2011. During the postseason, Miller has tossed more than one inning in every one of his seven appearances. Yesterday, 2:30 pm
  • Shawn Tolleson outrighted to Triple-A
    Rangers sent RHP Shawn Tolleson outright to Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: The less said about Tolleson's showing this past season, the better. He pitched to a dreadful 7.68 ERA and 1.73 WHIP over 36 1/3 innings, losing his closer's job in the process and eventually ending the season on the 60-day disabled list due to a back injury. Yesterday, 2:19 pm
    L, 6-4 vs TB
  • Willson Contreras to see bulk of series work
    Cubs manager Joe Maddon said that Willson Contreras will likely start every World Series game not being pitched by Jon Lester.

    Advice: Lester, of course, generally has grizzled veteran David Ross serving as backstop in his outings. Maddon likes Contreras in this series because he believes Contreras can help keep the Indians from running too wild on the basepaths. The 24-year-old is catching Jake Arrieta and hitting seventh for Game 2 on Wednesday. Yesterday, 2:13 pm
  • Hector Rondon not dealing with health concern
    Cubs manager Joe Maddon said that Hector Rondon's struggles this postseason are not due to an injury.

    Advice: Rondon missed about three weeks with a right triceps strain late in the summer, but it appears there is no injury concern here. In his most recent outing, the 28-year-old right-hander came on with two runners aboard and two outs in the seventh inning of Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday. The Cubs trailed 3-0 at the time and desperately needed to hold it right there. That wouldn't happen, as Rondon proceeded to surrender a three-run home run to Roberto Perez, essentially putting any real notion of a comeback to rest. He has surrendered runs in three of his six postseason appearances. Given that there is no injury here, Rondon should be available for the remainder of the World Series, though high-leverage work might not be in the cards in the immediate future. Yesterday, 2:02 pm
  • WS Game 2 is a go in face of oncoming weather
    An MLB spokesman said Game 2 of the World Series is currently expected to be played as scheduled, with first pitch at 7:08 p.m. EST Wednesday, despite inclement weather in the forecast.

    Advice: The hope is that the heavier weather will hold off until after Game 2's completion, but the contest will still take place in a probable intermittent drizzle. A cold drizzle at that. As matters currently stand, the Cubs' Jake Arrieta will take the mound against the Indians' Trevor Bauer, with the Indians looking to jump out to a 2-0 series advantage. Should Game 2 be suspended at some point Wednesday night, it would resume during Thursday's scheduled travel day. Yesterday, 1:45 pm
  • Bauer, Tomlin slated to start on short rest
    Indians manager Terry Francona said that should the World Series extend to six games, Trevor Bauer and Josh Tomlin will start again on short rest.

    Advice: The Indians plans on trotting Corey Kluber out in both the fourth and -- if need be -- the seventh game of the series. Neither Bauer nor Tomlin will be used to that herculean extent, but Francona plans on using them on short rest for Game 5 (Sunday) and Game 6 (Tuesday), respectively, should those games be necessary. First up, though, Bauer will start Game 2 on Wednesday night, opposed by the Cubs Jake Arrieta. Tomlin will take the ball for Game 3 when the series shifts to Wrigley Field on Friday. Kyle Hendricks will toe the mound for the Cubs in that one. Yesterday, 1:10 pm
  • Corey Kluber to start Game 4 of World Series
    Indians manager Terry Francona told reporters on Wednesday that Corey Kluber will start Game 4 of the World Series against the Cubs.

    Advice: Kluber threw 88 pitches over six-plus scoreless innings in Tuesday's Game 1 victory. The early hook was partially made with Game 4 in mind. Kluber has never made a start on short rest in the regular season, but he's now slated to do it for the second time this postseason. He allowed two runs over five innings on short rest against the Blue Jays in the ALCS. Yesterday, 12:54 pm
  • Andrew Miller says he'll be ready for Game 2
    Andrew Miller said on MLB Network that he expects to be "ready to go" for Game 2 of the World Series against the Cubs on Wednesday.

    Advice: Miller threw 46 pitches over two scoreless innings in Game 1, his most in any outing since 2011. If all goes according to plan for the Indians, they'll have a big enough cushion where Miller won't be needed, but he plans to be ready if the opportunity arises. It's also possibly that Game 2 is postponed due to rain and Miller will get some rest. Yesterday, 12:44 pm
  • Dominguez elects to become free agent
    Jose Dominguez has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: Like Jemile Weeks, Dominguez chose free agency over accepting a minor league assignment. The 26-year-old owns a 4.82 ERA over 52 appearances in the majors. Yesterday, 12:27 pm
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    L, 3-2 @Ari
  • Carlos Santana in leadoff spot for Game 2
    Carlos Santana will hit out of the leadoff spot in Game 2 of the World Series against the Cubs on Wednesday.

    Advice: Rajai Davis hit leadoff and Santana hit fifth in Game 1 as the Indians used their standard arrangement against lefties with Jon Lester on the hill, but they are going back to their standard lineup against right-handers in Game 2. The full lineup versus Jake Arrieta: Santana DH, Jason Kipnis 2B, Francisco Lindor SS, Mike Napoli 1B, Jose Ramirez 3B, Lonnie Chisenhall RF, Coco Crisp LF, Tyler Naquin CF, Roberto Perez C. Trevor Bauer is slated to make the start for the Indians after an early exit in the ALCS due to a finger injury. Yesterday, 12:14 pm
  • Weeks elects to become free agent
    Jemile Weeks has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: Weeks chose free agency over an outright assignment to the minors. The 29-year-old missed most of the 2016 season due to a nagging knee injury and will look for a new opportunity elsewhere. Yesterday, 12:12 pm
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    L, 3-2 @Ari
  • A's claim Soto off waivers from Cubs
    Athletics claimed LHP Giovanni Soto off waivers from the Cubs.

    Advice: Soto was designated for assignment by the Cubs over the weekend when Kyle Schwarber was activated from the 60-day disabled list. The 25-year-old posted a 5.14 ERA over 33 relief appearances with the Cubs' Triple-A affiliate this season. He pitched in six games with the Indians in 2015. Yesterday, 12:10 pm
  • Aaron Barrett elects free agency
    Aaron Barrett has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: Barrett chose to test the open market rather than accept an outright assignment to Triple-A. The 28-year-old missed the entire 2016 season while rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. He was set to be arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. Yesterday, 11:20 am
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    W, 10-7 vs Mia
  • Contreras catching, Soler in RF for Game 2
    Willson Contreras will start behind the plate in Game 2 of the World Series against the Indians on Wednesday.

    Advice: This is all assuming the weather cooperates. David Ross made the start behind the plate in Game 1 with Jon Lester on the hill, but Contreras will catch Jake Arrieta in Game 2. Also, Jorge Soler will get the start in right field, as expected. $184 million man Jason Heyward remains on the bench. The full lineup for Chicago: Dexter Fowler CF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Ben Zobrist LF, Kyle Schwarber DH, Javier Baez 2B, Contreras C, Soler RF, Addison Russell SS. Trevor Bauer will start for Cleveland. Yesterday, 11:12 am
  • Soler expected to be in lineup for Game 2
    Jorge Soler is expected to be in the starting lineup for Game 2 of the World Series against the Indians on Wednesday.

    Advice: Chris Coghlan got the start over Jason Heyward in Game 1 and went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts. Now Cubs manager Joe Maddon will give Soler a shot. The 24-year-old is hitless in eight at-bats this postseason. Yesterday, 10:40 am
  • Padres outright Smith to Triple-A
    Padres sent RHP Jacob Smith outright to Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Smith was claimed off waivers from the Giants back in July. The 26-year-old made his major league debut in September and allowed two runs on five hits and a walk over four innings. Yesterday, 9:58 am
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    L, 3-2 @Ari
  • Padres outright Dominguez to Triple-A
    Padres sent RHP Jose Dominguez outright to Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Dominguez, 26, was added to the 40-man roster back in July and went on to post a 5.05 ERA and 20/17 K/BB ratio over 35 2/3 innings with the big club. The move gives the Padres some extra wiggle room this offseason. Yesterday, 9:54 am
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    L, 3-2 @Ari
  • Padres outright Weeks to Triple-A
    Padres sent INF Jemile Weeks outright to Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: The move clears him from the 40-man roster. Weeks suffered a hamstring injury back in May and wasn't able to make it back to the Padres before the end of the season. The 29-year-old plans to rest and rehab the injury rather than undergo surgery. Yesterday, 9:48 am
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    L, 3-2 @Ari
  • Zimmer completes throwing program
    Royals prospect right-hander Kyle Zimmer (thoracic outlet syndrome) recently completed a four-week throwing program.

    Advice: Zimmer, the Royals' fifth overall pick from 2012, underwent surgery back in July for thoracic outlet syndrome. The 25-year-old is expected to be ready to go for spring training, but his durability continues to be a big question mark. He has thrown a grand total of 84 innings dating back to 2014. Yesterday, 8:23 am
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    L, 3-2 vs Cle
  • Francona won't comment on Miller for Game 2
    Indians manager Terry Francona would not say whether Andrew Miller is going to be available for Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday.

    Advice: Miller delivered 46 pitches through two shaky but scoreless innings in the Indians' Game 1 victory over the Cubs on Tuesday. "I think when you have a lead, you try to win," said Francona. "We won tonight." The last reliever to throw 46-plus pitches in a World Series game and then make an appearance the next day was Keith Foulke in 2004 with the Red Sox. Foulke's manager that year? Terry Francona. Tuesday, 9:50 pm
  • Cody Allen works scoreless ninth in Game 1
    Cody Allen worked a scoreless ninth inning in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Allen probably wasn't needed with Cleveland leading 6-0 at home, but manager Terry Francona decided to trot him out there anyway and the right-hander struck out the side to work around a Willson Contreras double. Andrew Miller threw a total of 46 pitches between the seventh and eighth on Tuesday, so Allen may have to carry a heavier load in Game 2. Allen finished his Game 1 appearance at 17 pitches -- 11 for strikes. Tuesday, 9:01 pm
  • Schwarber doubles in first game since April 7
    Kyle Schwarber went 1-for-3 with a double in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday.

    Advice: Schwarber looked completely overmatched in his first at-bat, but he drove a Corey Kluber pitch off the right field wall in the top of the fourth and drew an impressive walk against lefty reliever Andrew Miller in the top of the seventh. Schwarber hadn't played in a major league game since tearing both the ACL and LCL in his left knee on April 7. Cubs manager Joe Maddon can feel good about running the big man back out there as his designated hitter in Game 2. Tuesday, 8:56 pm
  • Kluber dominant over six, Indians take Game 1
    Corey Kluber delivered six-plus shutout innings Tuesday as the Indians defeated the Cubs 6-0 in Game 1 of the World Series.

    Advice: Kluber struck out eight batters over the first three innings, becoming the first pitcher in MLB history to open a World Series game in such dominant fashion, and ultimately limited the dangerous Cubs offense to four hits. He was lifted at 97 pitches in the top of the seventh inning after serving up a leadoff single to Ben Zobrist. Andrew Miller came on and continued the shutout through the eighth, despite some shakier-than-usual moments. Cody Allen finished off that shutout with a scoreless ninth. There is talk of Kluber starting again in Game 4 at Wrigley Field and then possibly in Game 7 back in Cleveland. Most of his 97 pitches were stress-free in Tuesday's decisive Game 1 victory. Tuesday, 8:49 pm
  • World Series Game 2 moved to 7:08 p.m. ET
    Game 2 of the World Series will start at 7:08 p.m. ET instead of 8:08 p.m. ET due to rain in the forecast in Cleveland on Wednesday night.

    Advice: Major League Baseball made the announcement in the sixth inning of Game 1. The rain could still cause an issue for Game 2, with some projections showing a storm beginning to move through the area around Progressive Field by the early evening. Trevor Bauer is supposed to pitch for the host Indians, with Jake Arrieta on tap for the visiting Cubs. Thursday is scheduled as a travel day before the Fall Classic shifts to Wrigley Field for Game 3 on Friday. Tuesday, 7:26 pm
  • Trevor Bauer (finger) on schedule for Game 2
    Indians manager Terry Francona said Trevor Bauer (finger) is on schedule to start Game 2 of the World Series against the Cubs on Wednesday night in Cleveland.

    Advice: Bauer threw to hitters in a 20-pitch side session Monday at Progressive Field without his right pinkie opening up. He was forced from Game 3 of the ALCS last Monday in Toronto after just two-thirds of an inning when a deep laceration on that pinkie began bleeding and wouldn't stop. Bauer suffered the cut around 10 days ago while cleaning his remote control drone. He should be a go for Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday, but it's certainly a lingering concern. Tuesday, 2:13 pm
  • Francona: Santana 'might' play LF at Wrigley
    Indians manager Terry Francona said Tuesday that Carlos Santana "might" play some left field when the World Series shifts to Chicago for Games 3, 4, and 5.

    Advice: There will be no DH available for the games at Wrigley Field, so Francona will probably have to sacrifice some outfield defense to keep both Santana and Mike Napoli in the starting lineup. Santana, who hasn't played the outfield in a major league game since 2012, was spotted shagging flyballs in left field during the Indians' team workout Monday at Progressive Field. He is at DH and batting fifth in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night in Cleveland. Tuesday, 2:04 pm
  • Indians: Kipnis' ALCS ankle sprain is 'fine'
    Indians bench coach Brad Mills told MLB Network on Tuesday that Jason Kipnis' left ankle is "fine."

    Advice: Kipnis suffered a low ankle sprain while celebrating the final out of the ALCS, but he participated in a normal team workout on Monday and looked spry during pregame drills on Tuesday evening at Progressive Field. Kipnis is starting at second base and batting second in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night against Cubs left-hander Jon Lester. Tuesday, 1:49 pm
  • Kyle Schwarber to serve as DH in Game 1
    Cubs manager Joe Maddon said during a radio appearance on Monday that Kyle Schwarber will serve as the designated hitter in Game 1 of the World Series against the Indians on Tuesday.

    Advice: Maddon said he has one other lineup surprise, though he's not ready to officially announce it. Speculation is that Jason Heyward could be benched for Game 1. Schwarber has been out since early April due to a torn ACL and LCL in his left knee, but the Cubs think he has shown enough progress to be thrown into the fire against Corey Kluber in Game 1. It's an amazing story and a big gamble. Tuesday, 10:31 am
  • Schwarber officially on World Series roster
    Kyle Schwarber has officially been added to the Cubs' roster for the World Series.

    Advice: Schwarber's brief stint in the Arizona Fall League over the weekend was enough to convince the Cubs that he's ready to return. It's a remarkable recovery for the young slugger, who underwent surgery in April to repair a torn ACL and LCL in his left knee. He's expected to DH in Cleveland, but will be limited to pinch-hitting duties back in Chicago. The Cubs are going with 11 pitchers and 14 position players for the World Series. Schwarber took Rob Zastryzny's spot on the roster. Tuesday, 7:05 am
  • Corey Kluber could start Games 1, 4 and 7
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that an idea "under strong consideration" by the Indians is to start Corey Kluber in Games 1, 4 and 7 of the World Series.

    Advice: He would only be guaranteed the first two starts, of course, depending on how the series lasts. Manager Terry Francona surely isn't going to commit to anything at this point, but trying to squeeze three starts out of easily their best (healthy) starter might be worth a shot. The Indians currently have Kluber listed for Game 1, Trevor Bauer for Game 2 and Josh Tomlin for Game 3. Danny Salazar is a possibility for Game 4, although Tito hasn't committed to using him as a starter. Monday, 4:36 pm
  • 'All signs point' to Schwarber on WS roster
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that "all signs point" to Kyle Schwarber (knee) being a part of the Cubs' World Series roster.

    Advice: The club won't make an official decision until Schwarber meets them in Cleveland on Tuesday, but he appears to have passed all tests in his Arizona Fall League action. Rosenthal does note that one concern would be the Cubs not being able to replace Schwarber on the roster if he aggravates a pre-existing condition. However, they might be willing to risk it in order to get his bat back. Schwarber wouldn't be used in the field but could DH in Cleveland and be a pinch-hitter in Chicago. Monday, 3:34 pm
  • Carlos Santana takes flies in LF on Monday
    Carlos Santana shagged some flyballs in left field during the Indians' workout on Monday.

    Advice: Santana has played just one game in the outfield in the majors and that was back in 2012, but the Indians could stick him in left field for the World Series games played in Chicago with the designated hitter not available. It would obviously be quite a hit to their defense, but they might be willing to deal with it to keep his bat in the lineup. Monday, 3:21 pm
  • Kyle Schwarber (knee) doubles in AFL game
    Kyle Schwarber (knee) went 1-for-3 with a walk, double and a run scored for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League on Monday.

    Advice: Schwarber slid into second base on his double and appeared to have no issues with his surgically-repaired left knee. He will now fly to Cleveland to join the Cubs and could be a part of their World Series roster when it's announced Tuesday morning. Schwarber would serve as the Cubs' designated hitter for games in Cleveland and be a bat off the bench for games in Chicago. Monday, 3:16 pm
  • Bauer (finger) throwing to hitters Monday
    Indians manager Terry Francona said that Trevor Bauer (finger) will face "a couple hitters" during batting practice Monday.

    Advice: Bauer lasted just two-thirds of an inning during his ALCS Game 3 start before he had to be removed when the stitches in his right pinky busted. He's been given additional suture work and the hope is that he'll be ready to go for Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday. The Indians could push him back to Game 3 on Friday if they decide he needs more time and give Josh Tomlin the ball in Game 2. Monday, 2:52 pm
  • Maddon: No decision on Schwarber (knee) yet
    Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Monday that the club won't make a decision on whether Kyle Schwarber (knee) will make the World Series roster until he meets the team in Cleveland on Tuesday.

    Advice: Maddon did say that the "reports are good" on Schwarber, who did sliding drills in Arizona on Monday before serving as the designated hitter in an AFL game. Schwarber will then fly to Cleveland and the feeling seems to be that he'll be added to the Cubs' World Series roster as long as he tells the club he feels fine. If that happens, he'll serve as the Cubs' DH for games in Cleveland and as a pinch-hitter for games in Chicago. Monday, 1:21 pm
  • Jake Arrieta to start Game 2 at Cleveland
    Jake Arrieta will start Game 2 of the World Series in Cleveland on Wednesday.

    Advice: Jon Lester will open the series for the Cubs in Game 1 on Tuesday. Arrieta allowed four earned runs over five innings in the Cubs' NLCS Game 3 loss to the Dodgers and the Cubs also lost his one start in the NLDS at San Francisco, though the right-hander did pitch pretty well in that one. Kyle Hendricks and John Lackey will follow Lester and Arrieta in Games 3 and 4 at Wrigley. Monday, 12:55 pm
  • Nationals place Barrett on outright waivers
    According to Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post, the Nationals placed Aaron Barrett on outright waivers.

    Advice: Barrett would have been eligible for arbitration for the first time this winter as a Super Two qualifier and the Nationals didn't feel like giving him a salary bump after he missed the entire 2016 season following Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Barrett fractured that same elbow in July while rehabbing and could miss much of 2017. He had a promising rookie year with Washington in 2014, but it's been a frustrating road since. Monday, 6:41 am
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    W, 10-7 vs Mia
  • Kipnis (ankle) expected to be fine for Game 1
    Indians manager Terry Francona announced Sunday that Jason Kipnis (ankle) is expected to be fine for Game 1 of the World Series.

    Advice: Kipnis is dealing with a minor low ankle sprain, but it doesn't sound serious enough to keep him out of the Tribe's lineup in the World Series. He admitted to suffering the injury while jumping around with teammate Francisco Lindor to celebrate the club's pennant-clinching victory over the Blue Jays in Game 5 of the ALCS. Kipnis slashed just .053/.100/.211 with one homer and one RBI in 20 plate appearances in the ALCS. Sunday, 3:37 pm
  • Corey Kluber to start Game 1 of World Series
    Indians manager Terry Francona officially announced Sunday that Corey Kluber will start Game 1 of the World Series against the Cubs.

    Advice: There's little surprise here, as the star right-hander is the ace of the Tribe's staff and the Indians have had the luxury of several days off to arrange their rotation as they see fit. Trevor Bauer is tentatively scheduled to pitch in Game 2 (provided his injured finger obliges), with Josh Tomlin taking the ball in Game 3. Sunday, 3:33 pm
  • Indians could move Trevor Bauer to Game 3
    Indians manager Terry Francona said Sunday that the team doctor's will continue to monitor Trevor Bauer's finger and could push the right-hander back to Game 3 of the World Series if he isn't ready for Game 2.

    Advice: In that instance, he would be flipped with Josh Tomlin, who is scheduled to work in Game 3. Bauer has been given additional sutures to secure his lacerated pinky finger in an effort to prevent it from bleeding. He lasted just 2/3 of an inning in his last start due to the ailment. Sunday, 3:19 pm
  • Kyle Schwarber (knee) 0-for-3 in AFL debut
    Kyle Schwarber (knee) went 0-for-3 with a walk in his first Arizona Fall League game on Saturday.

    Advice: Most importantly, Schwarber said that his surgically-repaired left knee felt fine. "It was overall a really great day for me," Schwarber said. "The first two (at-bats) I chased a little bit. Today was about the at-bats. Running was not a factor." The Cubs aren't ruling out using Schwarber as their designated hitter and pinch-hitter in the World Series, as the 23-year-old has progressed more quickly than expected. Sunday, 6:01 am
  • 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. Saturday, 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. Saturday, 3:43 pm
  • Olney: No urgency for Mets to re-sign Cespedes
    According to ESPN's Buster Olney, there is "no urgency" for the Mets to re-sign Yoenis Cespedes.

    Advice: Cespedes is fully expected to opt out of his three-year contract this offseason. While the Mets are certainly open to keeping Cespedes (particularly if he's willing to accept another front-loaded deal), the team has plenty of outfield depth with Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson, Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto all under contract for 2017. Cespedes led the Mets in home runs (31), RBI (86) and runs scored (72) this past season. Saturday, 3:14 pm
  • Giovanni Soto designated for assignment
    Cubs designated LHP Giovanni Soto for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a roster spot for Kyle Schwarber, who has moved his rehab to the Arizona Fall League in hopes of returning for the World Series (if the Cubs make it). Soto spent all of 2016 at the Triple-A level, compiling a disappointing 5.14 ERA over 33 outings for Iowa. The 25-year-old made six relief appearances for Cleveland in 2015. Saturday, 2:55 pm
  • 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. Saturday, 2:28 pm
  • Trevor Bauer (finger) gets additional suture
    Trevor Bauer will be given additional suture work on his lacerated right pinky in hopes of preventing it from bleeding.

    Advice: Bauer lasted just two-thirds of an inning in his NLCS Game 3 start after the cut on his finger opened up. He's confident that he'll be able to make a start during the World Series, but then again he also expressed confidence going into his NLCS start. It remains a cloudy situation for now, but more information on his status should be available over the weekend. Friday, 12:09 pm
  • Chapman gives up two runs in ninth
    Aroldis Chapman gave up two runs in the ninth inning in Game 5 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Thursday.

    Advice: The Cubs had a six-run lead going into the bottom of the ninth, so they didn't really need to use him, but he hadn't pitched since Game 2 on Sunday, so Joe Maddon apparently wanted to get him some work. Chapman gave up two hits and a walk before finally snuffing out the last-gasp rally from the Dodgers. He threw 19 pitches and his availability shouldn't be an issue as the series moves to Chicago this weekend. Thursday, 9:59 pm
  • Bauer (finger) expects to be ready for the WS
    Trevor Bauer said he expects his sliced right pinkie to heal in time for the World Series.

    Advice: Cleveland has a long layoff after beating the Blue Jays in five games in the ALCS, which might mess with some players but should be a great benefit to Bauer. He suffered a deep cut on the pinkie of his throwing hand last week while cleaning a remotely controlled drone and he had to exit Monday's ALCS Game 3 start in Toronto after just two-thirds of an inning because he couldn't stop bleeding. "I'll be ready to pitch in the World Series whenever they need me," Bauer told reporters on Wednesday. "I'm doing everything I can and I'll be back out there for sure." Thursday, 8:33 am
  • Indians' Andrew Miller named MVP of ALCS
    Andrew Miller was named the Most Valuable Player of the American League Championship Series.

    Advice: This was just the fifth time in League Championship Series history that a reliever was named MVP. Miller earned the honor via an absolutely dominant showing across five games. The 31-year-old southpaw pitched to a 14/0 K/BB ratio over 7 2/3 ALCS innings, allowing just three hits and no runs in that space. Suffice it to say, it looks like that midseason trade with the Yankees panned out well for the newly minted American League pennant-winners. Wednesday, 4:12 pm
  • Santana cracks solo homer off Estrada
    Carlos Santana rocked a solo home run off Marco Estrada in Wednesday's 3-0 win over the Blue Jays in Game 5 of the ALCS.

    Advice: Santana connected for a solo shot in the third inning to boost the Indians to a 2-0 advantage. Coco Crisp would rap a solo homer of his own one frame later to supply the final run in the 3-0 pennant-clincher. For his part, Santana is now 5-for-29 (.169) in the postseason. He homered twice in the ALCS, also bopping a solo home run in Game 2. Wednesday, 3:55 pm
  • Miller shines as Indians move to World Series
    Andrew Miller was phenomenal in Wednesday's 3-0 pennant-clinching win over the Blue Jays in Game 5 of the ALCS, firing 2 2/3 innings of scoreless ball.

    Advice: As has been the case all postseason, Miller was otherworldly on Wednesday. He surrendered just one hit over 2 2/3 innings, finishing off his outing having thrown just 21 pitches (16 for strikes). In his 7 2/3 frames of work during the ALCS, the ace reliever allowed three hits while striking out 14 batters. He did not walk a batter in the series, nor did he allow a run. Wednesday, 3:53 pm
  • Francona hoping Bauer (finger) a pen option
    Prior to Game 5 of the ALCS, Indians manager Terry Francona said that he hoped that Trevor Bauer (finger) could be an option out of the bullpen should the series elongate.

    Advice: "[We want] to look and see if he's potentially a guy that could pitch out of the bullpen later in this series. I don't know if that's realistic or not," Francona said. Bauer was forced to exit in the first inning of Game 3 after a laceration on his right pinkie opened up. Francona relayed that the cut would be reexamined by hand specialist Dr. Thomas Graham while the Indians are in Toronto. Wednesday, 1:25 pm
  • Arrieta allows four runs in NLCS Game 3 loss
    Jake Arrieta surrendered four earned runs over five innings as the Cubs dropped Game 3 of the NLCS to the Dodgers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Arrieta looked sharp in the first two innings, but Corey Seager opened the game's scoring with an RBI single in the bottom of the third and then Yasmani Grandal slugged a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth. Justin Turner's solo shot led off the bottom of the sixth, put the Dodgers up 4-0, and drove Arrieta from the game. Cubs reliever Mike Montgomery coughed up another two runs in the eighth. Los Angeles now has a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series with the next two games at Dodger Stadium. Tuesday, 8:28 pm
  • Kipnis goes 0-for-4 with two Ks in Game 4
    Jason Kipnis finished 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Tuesday's ALCS Game 4 loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Kipnis hit a big go-ahead homer in Monday night's Game 3 win, but he was held in check Tuesday by Aaron Sanchez and the Toronto bullpen. That solo homer remains his only hit in the best-of-seven American League Championship Series. Kipnis is batting .192 overall in these playoffs. Tuesday, 4:15 pm
  • Kluber allows two runs in Game 4 loss
    Corey Kluber surrendered two earned runs over five innings Tuesday as the Indians fell to the Blue Jays in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series.

    Advice: Starting on short rest for the first time in his career, Kluber gave up a solo homer to Josh Donaldson in the bottom of the third inning and an RBI single to Ezequiel Carrera in the bottom of the fourth. Kluber struck out seven but yielded four hits and two walks before exiting the game at 89 pitches. He'll be called on again for Game 7 of the ALCS if the Blue Jays can force the best-of-seven series to go that far. Tuesday, 4:11 pm
  • Chapman, Jansen could set reliever record
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, "insiders are convinced" that at least Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen will break the reliever contract record this winter.

    Advice: Jonathan Papelbon set the record when he signed a four-year, $50 million deal with the Phillies back in November of 2011. This postseason has shined a light on the value of having an impact reliever late in games, so Chapman and Jansen are set up well for free agency. Heyman opines that even Mark Melancon could land a deal north of the $50 million mark. It's worth noting that neither Chapman nor Melancon can receive a qualifying offer since they were traded during the season. That will only increase their appeal in the market. Heyman lists the Dodgers, Cubs, Giants, Nationals, and Yankees among the clubs who could pay big for a reliever this winter. Tuesday, 12:36 pm
  • Indians not ruling out Bauer for rest of ALCS
    The Indians aren't ruling out Trevor Bauer (finger) being available to pitch for them in a potential Game 6 or 7 of the ALCS.

    Advice: Bauer had to depart Monday's Game 3 start after just two-thirds of an inning when the cut on his right pinky opened up. Given how bad it looked, it's hard to imagine the finger being in good enough shape to handle pitching later this week. However, the Indians apparently aren't ruling it out. Ideally, they'd obviously love to close out the Blue Jays as quick as possible and give Bauer plenty of rest before the World Series. Monday, 9:22 pm
  • Andrew Miller closes out victory for Indians
    Andrew Miller recorded the final four outs -- three via strikeout -- in Monday's ALCS Game 3 win over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Miller came on with two outs in the eighth inning and struck out Russell Martin. After Dioner Navarro managed a bloop single to lead off the ninth, Miller then whiffed Kevin Pillar and Melvin Upton before getting Darwin Barney to ground out to end it. Between the regular and postseason, Miller now has an absurd 143/11 K/BB ratio over 83 1/3 innings. In a game where Trevor Bauer exited after just two-thirds of an inning with a bloody finger, the Indians used six relievers en route to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the ALCS. It's the first time in postseason history that a team won a game without having any pitcher go at least two innings. Corey Kluber will take the ball on Tuesday versus Aaron Sanchez as Cleveland tries to punch their ticket to the World Series. Monday, 9:06 pm
  • Jason Kipnis slugs go-ahead home run
    Jason Kipnis smashed a go-ahead solo home run in the sixth inning of Monday's win over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Kipnis was hitless in his first 10 ALCS at-bats and in his last 14 postseason at-bats before depositing a Marcus Stroman offering well over the right field wall. The Indians added another run in the sixth on a Jose Ramirez RBI single and their bullpen made the two-run lead hold up. Cleveland is now one win away from the World Series despite having scored just eight runs in the ALCS so far. Monday, 8:53 pm
  • Kluber to start ALCS Game 4 on short rest
    Indians manager Terry Francona said in a mid-game interview during Game 3 that Corey Kluber will start Tuesday's ALCS Game 4 against the Blue Jays on short rest.

    Advice: Francona indicated before the game that that's the way he would go should Trevor Bauer's finger injury force him from Game 3 early, and Bauer wound up lasting just two-thirds of an inning. Kluber has never started a game on short rest in his career, but he now might have to start two straight on three days' rest should the ALCS go seven games. Ryan Merritt will get the ball in Game 5. Monday, 6:18 pm
  • Kluber in Game 4 if Bauer's outing is short
    Corey Kluber will start Game 4 of the ALCS for the Indians if Trevor Bauer's Game 3 start is a short one.

    Advice: If Bauer lasts a while in his outing, Kluber will take the ball in Game 5 and Ryan Merritt will start Game 4. Presumably, the thinking here is that bringing Kluber back on short rest for Game 4 would potentially make him an option to come back again on short rest for a possible Game 7. Kluber tossed 6 1/3 shutout innings in Game 1. Monday, 2:24 pm
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