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  • 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
  • Bumgarner superb again, Giants take Game 1
    Madison Bumgarner was a beast again Tuesday, holding the Royals to one run over seven excellent frames in a 7-1 World Series Game 1 victory.

    Advice: He struck out five, walked one and allowed just three hits, with Salvador Perez’s solo homer in the seventh inning representing the only blemish on his record. The Royals were only able to muster one rally versus Bumgarner, and that was in the third inning after Brandon Crawford booted a ball to start the frame. MadBum wound up pitching out of that inning with a couple strikeouts and a groundout. Perez’s homer is the only run Bumgarner has allowed in the World Series in 22 career innings. He’ll get the ball again in Game 5, assuming the series lasts that long. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:55 pm
  • Three Frames James: Shields chased early
    James Shields lasted just three-plus innings Tuesday against the Giants, allowing five runs on seven hits and a walk in the World Series Game 1 loss.

    Advice: The Giants jumped on Shields early with two singles and an RBI double after the first four hitters of the game. Shields caught a break when Buster Posey was easily thrown out at home on a silly send from third base coach Tim Flannery, but the next batter, Hunter Pence, smashed a two-run shot over the center field wall. Pence also scored in the fourth after a leadoff double on a Michael Morse single that chased Shields. The Royals’ ace now has a 7.11 ERA over four starts this postseason. Despite Shields' struggles, Royals manager Ned Yost said after the game that the righty would get the ball in a potential Game 5. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:55 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
    Yesterday, 8:54 pm
  • Pablo Sandoval drives in a pair in Game 1 win
    Pablo Sandoval went 2-for-5 with an RBI double and RBI single in Tuesday's victory over the Royals.

    Advice: Sandoval got the scoring going with a two-base knock in the first inning that plated Gregor Blanco and capped off the scoring with an RBI single in the seventh. He could have easily been credited with a third hit, but his hard smash to Mike Moustakas in the ninth inning was changed to an error. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:48 pm
  • 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
  • Rusney Castillo injures hand in AFL
    Rusney Castillo suffered a minor hand injury Monday in the Arizona Fall League.

    Advice: Castillo will likely sit out much of this week as a precautionary measure, but he should ultimately be fine. The 27-year-old center fielder is batting .278/.333/.361 with three doubles, three walks, and six strikeouts in 39 plate appearances for the Surprise Saguaros. With good power and speed, he has the potential to carry significant fantasy value in 2015. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:47 pm
  • Phils re-sign Jerome Williams to $2.5M deal
    Phillies re-signed RHP Jerome Williams to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.

    Advice: The deal includes performance-based bonuses that could carry the total value up to $4 million. Williams was a nice surprise down the stretch this year for Philadelphia, posting a 2.83 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 38/17 K/BB ratio in 57 1/3 innings (nine starts), but expecting him to replicate that success over a full season is probably foolish. The 32-year-old right-hander owns a 4.40 career ERA and a 1.36 career WHIP. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:14 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
  • Yost sticks with normal lineup for WS Game 1
    Lorenzo Cain will bat third in Game 1 of the World Series against the Giants on Tuesday night.

    Advice: Royals manager Ned Yost is sticking with what got him here. The full lineup: Alcides Escobar SS, Nori Aoki RF, Cain CF, Eric Hosmer 1B, Butler DH, Alex Gordon LF, Salvador Perez C, Omar Infante 2B, Mike Moustakas 3B. James Shields will oppose Madison Bumgarner. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:48 am
  • 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
     
    New Player Note
    Jayson Nix KC - 2B,3B,SS
    W, 6-4 x @CWS
  • Kyle Zimmer reinjures shoulder in AFL
    Royals prospect right-hander Kyle Zimmer reinjured his right shoulder Saturday while pitching for Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League.

    Advice: Zimmer struck out 11 batters over five innings in his second AFL start, but he was forced to exit after just one inning on Saturday. The fear is that it's the same injury which limited Zimmer to 4 2/3 innings this season in the minors. The Royals will play it safe and shut him down for the rest of the fall. "More than likely, we're not going to push it any further this fall and just try to get this under control," said Royals assistant general manager J.J. Picollo. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:54 am
     
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    W, 6-4 @CWS
  • Appel pitching well in Arizona Fall League
    Astros prospect right-hander Mark Appel has tossed 12 scoreless innings over three starts in the Arizona Fall League.

    Advice: Appel really struggled with High-A Lancaster this season, but he thrived after a promotion to Double-A Corpus Christi in late July and has kept it going so far in the Arizona Fall League. The 23-year-old tossed five scoreless innings in his latest outing on Monday and has allowed just four hits with a 12/3 K/BB ratio over his three starts. "I don't know if there's one thing I can pick out and say this is what I'm doing differently than in the season," said Appel. "I think it's a combination of continuing to work hard, not giving up and trusting my stuff. I've gotten here because I'd been doing some things the right way and I'm continuing on the same track I tried to finish the season on in Corpus Christi." Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:34 am
     
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    L, 8-3 @NYM
  • Gonzales could be option for 2015 bullpen
    Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that the Cardinals are "expected to heavily consider" Marco Gonzales for a spot in next year's bullpen.

    Advice: Gonzales' future is as a starter, and he'll report to spring training as an option for the starting five. However, he's unlikely to crack the Opening Day rotation given the team's depth, and it sounds like they might prefer using him in relief rather than putting him in the Triple-A rotation. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:02 pm
  • Cardinals projecting Martinez for relief role
    Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak indicated on Monday that Carlos Martinez projects as the team's primary setup man next season.

    Advice: Obviously a lot can happen between now and spring training with the Cards' roster. But while Martinez has loads of upside as a starter, there might not be room for him in the rotation as things currently shake out. "You can see there is a spot for Carlos in that bullpen that looks pretty nice when it fits right," Mozeliak said. "We’ll have him continue to prepare (to start), but there are only so many innings that we have in spring for starters. He’s always been an option, but we do like him in the back end of the bullpen." Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 4:57 pm
  • Michael Wacha to have normal offseason
    Michael Wacha will follow his normal offseason program after an MRI Friday on his right shoulder came back clean.

    Advice: Wacha missed a large chunk of the season with a stress reaction in the shoulder, but the Cardinals were encouraged by how the MRI looked. "Even the doctors were a little surprised on how that looked," general manager John Mozeliak said. It's good news for Wacha heading into the offseason, but he remains a medical red flag for 2015 since it's an issue that can crop up again. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 4:51 pm
     
    W, 1-0 @Ari
  • James Shields passed kidney stone during ALCS
    James Shields revealed Monday that he passed a kidney stone during the ALCS.

    Advice: Shields began feeling pain on October 12, and it made the Royals' decision to start Jason Vargas instead of Shields on regular rest in Game 4 on October 15 an easy one. He underwent a CT scan to determine the source of his discomfort but by then the team deduced he had already passed the stone. "It was excruciating pain," Shields said. "I wasn’t feeling good." Shields will get the ball in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:41 pm
  • Cardinals to shop Randy Choate this winter
    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals will "look to move" Randy Choate this offseason.

    Advice: General manager John Mozeliak noted Monday that Choate is "fairly one-dimensional," which "makes it difficult for us to use him, particularly during a long season." Choate was again effective versus left-handed batters this season, holding them to a .093/.205/.147 line. He's slated to make $3 million again in 2015, though, so it's doubtful he'll have much trade value. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:15 pm
  • Yoenis Cespedes signs on with Roc Nation
    Yoenis Cespedes is now represented by Roc Nation Sports.

    Advice: Cespedes was previously represented by Adam Katz of Wasserman Media Group, who negotiated his four-year, $36 million deal with the Athletics. The Cuban slugger is just the latest high-profile baseball name to align with Roc Nation, joining Robinson Cano, CC Sabathia, and Rusney Castillo. Cespedes is due to become a free agent after the 2015 and is clearly preparing for a big payday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:11 pm
     
    L, 9-5 vs ^ NYY
  • 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
  • Taveras, Grichuk to compete for RF duties
    Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said Monday that Oscar Taveras and Randal Grichuk should be ready to compete for the starting right field job next spring.

    Advice: Grichuk served as the Cards' primary right fielder down the stretch in 2014 and then into the playoffs while questions emerged about Taveras' work ethic and physical conditioning. Taveras is the better prospect by far and will presumably arrive in Jupiter, Florida next February in tip-top shape. He'll have big time fantasy upside if he wins the competition. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:10 am
     
    W, 1-0 ^ @Ari
  • Jon Jay to have scope on his left wrist
    Jon Jay will have a scope on his left wrist this week.

    Advice: The rehab for such a procedure takes 6-8 weeks, so Jay should be 100 percent healthy for the start of spring training next February. The 29-year-old batted .303 with a .372 on-base percentage in 140 games this season for St. Louis and should open 2015 as the Cardinals' primary center fielder. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:18 am
     
    Player Note
    Jon Jay StL - OF
    W, 1-0 x @Ari
  • Waino (elbow) 'should have normal offseason'
    Adam Wainwright had his right elbow examined Friday and everything checked out "optimistically."

    Advice: That's what Cardinals GM John Mozeliak told the media at his end-of-season press conference Monday at Busch Stadium, adding that Wainwright "should have a normal offseason." Waino had one good start but two bad starts during the playoffs and there was talk of his elbow acting up. But that discomfort likely had more to do with heavy usage than anything ligament-related or structural. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:12 am
  • Cardinals, Lynn open to discussing extension
    According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals and Lance Lynn have expressed mutual interest in discussing a contract extension.

    Advice: Lynn will be arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter and is coming off a career year which saw him register a 2.74 ERA and 181 strikeouts across 203 2/3 innings. It's risky to commit long term to any pitcher, but the Cards have money to spend and Lynn's price will only rise through arbitration if he continues on his current career trajectory. The 27-year-old has become a legitimate No. 2 starter. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:45 am
  • Tony Abreu elects to become a free agent
    Tony Abreu has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: Abreu was outrighted off the Giants' 40-man roster mid-summer and will now test the open market. The 29-year-old infielder is a .254/.283/.373 career hitter in 615 plate appearances at the major league level. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:59 am
     
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    W, 9-3 vs x SD
  • Red Sox could make Yoenis Cespedes available
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that "word has spread" that the Red Sox could make Yoenis Cespedes available for trade this offseason.

    Advice: General manager Ben Cherington said last month that the team would like to discuss an extension with Cespedes, but it seems the outfielder might prefer to play out the final year of his contract before testing free agency. Cafardo also notes that Cespedes doesn't really want to play right field "or work on his defense." The Red Sox figure to make at least one trade this winter given their glut of outfielders, and it sounds like Cespedes might be the one to go. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:00 am
     
    L, 9-5 vs ^ NYY
  • Bumgarner set to start World Series Game 1
    Madison Bumgarner will start Tuesday's Game 1 of the World Series for the Giants.

    Advice: Bumgarner finished off the Cardinals in Game 5 of the NLCS Thursday, so he'll be on regular rest for Tuesday's Game 1. The southpaw is 2-1 in four starts this postseason, and he owns a 2.67 ERA in 67 1/3 career postseason innings. He'll be opposed by James Shields for the Royals. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:28 pm
  • James Shields will start World Series Game 1
    Royals manager announced Saturday that James Shields will get the ball for Game 1 of the World Series against the Giants.

    Advice: No surprises here, as Big Game James is the true ace of the Royals staff. Yordano Ventura will follow him in Game 2 with Jason Vargas and Jeremy Guthrie likely to follow in the next two contests. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 12:06 pm
  • Madison Bumgarner takes NLCS MVP honors
    Madison Bumgarner was named the NLCS MVP after holding the Cardinals to three runs over eight frames in Thursday's 6-3 victory.

    Advice: Bumgarner wasn't as sharp as he was in Game 1, as his command was a bit off at times and he served up a couple home runs. However, he still managed to go eight innings and kept his team in the game long enough for the offense to put four runs on the board late. Bumgarner, 25, now boasts a 2.67 ERA across 67 1/3 career postseason innings. The Giants can, and almost surely will, use him on regular rest in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:02 pm
  • Wainwright pitches well in no-decision
    Adam Wainwright put together a terrific effort but was saddled with a no-decision Thursday, holding the Giants to two runs over seven innings.

    Advice: Wainwright looked a little shaky early but really settled in to have easily his best showing this postseason. The tall right-hander struck out seven, allowed four hits and walked one. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny elected to pull Waino after he had thrown 97 pitches, and Pat Neshek promptly served up a game-tying homer to the first batter he faced. Wainwright dealt with elbow issues down the stretch, but there's been no indication that there's long-term concern. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:55 pm
  • Michael Wacha serves up walk-off homer
    Michael Wacha served up a walk-off, three-run homer to Travis Ishikawa in the ninth inning of Thursday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Cardinals manager Mike Matheny put Wacha into an impossible situation. The right-hander hadn't pitched for 20 days and had already warmed up a few innings prior. He was then inserted into a tie game in the ninth inning and was, unsurprisingly, not sharp. Wacha was great when healthy this season but will go into next year with a medical red flag due to his shoulder issue. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:46 pm
     
    W, 1-0 @Ari
  • Shields re-signing with Royals 'not hopeful'
    Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports that while the Royals will attempt to re-sign impending free agent James Shields, "it is not hopeful."

    Advice: Major league sources told Martino that they're expecting a team like the Red Sox to offer Shields a 4-5 year deal, and he says it's "difficult to imagine the Royals matching such an offer." It's no surprise, as Shields would presumably have to take a discount to stay in Kansas City. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported earlier this month that Shields should get a deal similar to Anibal Sanchez's five-year, $80 million pact. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:57 pm
  • Posey drives in three, Giants take Game 4
    Buster Posey went 2-for-3 with three RBI as the Giants came back to edge the Cardinals 6-4 in Wednesday's NLCS Game 4.

    Advice: Posey was just 2-for-13 without an RBI in the NLCS coming into the game, but he remedied that with an RBI sacrifice fly in the first inning. He contributed an RBI single in the third inning and added another RBI with a single in the sixth to push the Giants' lead to two. Posey and the Giants hold a 3-1 series lead and are one game away from their third World Series appearance in five years with their ace, Madison Bumgarner, taking the mound Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:03 pm
  • Lorenzo Cain wins AL Championship Series MVP
    Lorenzo Cain was named as the American League Championship Series MVP following Wednesday's 2-1 win over the Orioles.

    Advice: Cain went hitless in three at-bats in the series-winning game, but the outfielder finished 8-for-15 (.533) with an RBI, a stolen base and five runs scored. Cain also played tremendous defense in center field throughout the series. He's hitting .387/.412/.484 in his first MLB postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:24 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
  • Waino (elbow) 'very confident going forward'
    Adam Wainwright (elbow) told reporters Wednesday that he is "very confident going forward."

    Advice: Wainwright threw a successful bullpen session Wednesday afternoon in San Francisco in anticipation of his NLCS Game 5 start against the Giants. He has claimed that his issues in Game 1 were more mechanical than physical, but the heavily-used right-hander is quite clearly pitching at less than full strength here in mid-October. Wainwright will be facing off against Madison Bumgarner on Thursday night at AT&T Park. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:07 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
  • Lorenzo Cain stays hot with two more hits
    Lorenzo Cain went 2-for-4 and scored a run in Tuesday's ALCS Game 3 victory over the Orioles.

    Advice: The Royals didn't do a whole lot on offense, putting together just seven singles and one walk, but they were able to scratch out one run on a groundout and another on a sac fly. Cain has been a beast so far in the series, going 8-for-12 at the dish while scoring five runs. Eric Hosmer also had a couple hits for the Royals, while Alex Gordon and Billy Butler tallied the RBIs. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:12 pm
  • Oscar Taveras admits to gaining weight
    Oscar Taveras on Tuesday admitted that he's "gained a few pounds."

    Advice: MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch says it's been speculated that Taveras has gained about 20 pounds since undergoing ankle surgery last August. "I’m a little heavy; I’ve gained a few pounds," Taveras said. "But I’m working on that, and physically I feel good." The comments come two days after Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said that he hopes Taveras not starting in the playoffs would be a "wake up" for him and that the team will give him conditioning suggestions over the offseason. Taveras wants to play winter ball, but Mozeliak said getting the outfielder in better shape is a bigger priority than getting him more at-bats. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:58 pm
     
    W, 1-0 ^ @Ari
  • Giants take Game 3 on Choate's throwing error
    Randy Choate failed to retire any of the three batters he faced and made a throwing error to allow the winning run to score in Tuesday's NLCS Game 3 loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Choate walked Brandon Crawford to lead off the 10th, and Cardinals manager Mike Matheny surprisingly stuck with him against right-handed batter Juan Perez (Trevor Rosenthal, Carlos Martinez and Michael Wacha were still available in the bullpen). After failing twice to sac bunt, Perez then lined a single to put runners on first and second. The Giants again tried to give Choate an out on a Gregor Blanco bunt, but the lefty threw wild to first and Crawford scored the winning run. Choate has faced seven batters this postseason and retired only two of them. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:56 pm
  • Jon Jay stays hot with three hits
    Jon Jay went 3-for-5 and scored two runs in Tuesday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: He singled and scored the Cardinals' first run in the fourth, singled and scored again in the sixth and added one more base knock in the 10th. Jay has had a fantastic postseason as the team's main No. 2 hitter, putting together a .500/.577/.500 batting line. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:31 pm
     
    Player Note
    Jon Jay StL - OF
    W, 1-0 x @Ari
  • 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
  • Royals sticking with same lineup for Game 3
    Lorenzo Cain will bat third in Game 3 of the ALCS against the Orioles on Tuesday.

    Advice: It's take two for the clubs, as Monday's scheduled game was rained out. Cain is 6-for-8 with two walks over the first two games of the ALCS and Ned Yost isn't going to mess with what's working. The full lineup: Alcides Escobar SS, Nori Aoki RF, Cain CF, Eric Hosmer 1B, Billy Butler DH, Alex Gordon LF, Salvador Perez C, Omar Infante 2B, Mike Moustakas 3B. Jeremy Guthrie will oppose Wei-Yin Chen. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:49 pm
  • Royals could start Shields in ALCS Game 4
    Royals manager Ned Yost indicated that James Shields could start Game 4 of the ALCS against the Orioles on Wednesday.

    Advice: Shields, who gave up four runs over five innings in Game 1, would be going on normal rest. However, Yost could decide to give him an extra day and hold him back until a potential Game 5 on Thursday. Jason Vargas is the alternative to start Game 4. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:57 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
    Monday, 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
    Monday, 1:32 pm
  • Wacha being used as extra-inning reliever
    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny acknowledged Monday that Michael Wacha is an "extra-inning reliever."

    Advice: Wacha missed a large chunk of the regular season's second half with a shoulder injury and is still rediscovering the feel for his pitches, so the Cardinals have been reluctant to use him in high-leverage situations so far in these playoffs. "Michael gives us definitely some flexibility, and we can use him in a different role, but right now that’s pretty valuable to us knowing that we can be quick (to other relievers), like we were," Matheny told reporters after NLCS Game 2. "It leaves a huge need in case we come back and tie the game." Rotoworld.com
    Oct 13, 6:58 am
     
    W, 1-0 @Ari
  • Oscar Taveras belts pinch-hit homer in win
    Oscar Taveras belted a game-tying pinch-hit home run in the seventh inning on Sunday, helping to propel the Cardinals to a victory over the Giants in Game 2 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Taveras, who has seen very limited playing time over the past month, entered as a pinch-hitter for the pitcher's spot in the lineup and promptly deposited a Jean Machi offering over the wall in right field to tie the game at 3-3. With his offensive potential, it wouldn't be surprising to see him replace Randall Grichuk in the starting lineup at some point in the series. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 12, 9:06 pm
     
    W, 1-0 ^ @Ari
  • Lynn pitches well in no-decision vs. Giants
    Lance Lynn pitched well in a no-decision against the Giants in Game 2 of the NLCS on Sunday, allowing two runs on six hits over 5 2/3 innings of work.

    Advice: The hard-throwing right-hander struck out three and walked one in the ballgame. He cruised through the first four innings virtually unscathed, until Joaquin Arias got the Giants on the board with an RBI ground out in the fifth. They added an additional run on an RBI single by Hunter Pence in the sixth inning to even the score and complete the damage against him. The Cardinals will hand the ball to John Lackey in Game 3 as they look to take an advantage in the best-of-seven series. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 12, 9:05 pm
  • Hunter Pence plates run in loss to Cardinals
    Hunter Pence went 1-for-4 with an RBI as the Giants dropped Game 2 of the NLCS to the Cardinals on Sunday in St. Louis.

    Advice: Pence's run-scoring single off Lance Lynn in the sixth inning tied the score at 2-2. He's now hitting .241 (7-for-29) with four runs scored and an RBI in postseason play. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 12, 9:02 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
  • Wainwright says his issues were mechanical
    Adam Wainwright said after Saturday's game that his right elbow is "not 100 percent, but I think it was 100 percent better than the last time I pitched."

    Advice: Waino insists that his issues against the Giants were more mechanical than physical. "Where I was at a loss was that the ball wasn't coming out like it should have, and that was because it was probably a foot behind where I normally throw," he said. "I'm normally about a foot closer to the plate when I release the ball, which makes it harder to hit, obviously, but also gives me better finish on all those balls." Wainwright has yet to go five innings in either of his two starts this postseason, but it doesn't sound like he's in any danger of being removed from the rotation. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said after the game that Waino "did a nice job of fighting without his best stuff" and that the righty "goes out there and finds a way to get it done." Wainwright is lined up to start Game 5 in San Francisco, assuming the series lasts that long. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 12, 5:56 am
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