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  • Posey singles, walks twice in Game 5 victory
    Buster Posey had an RBI single and two walks in five plate appearances as the Giants cruised to an 11-4 win against the Royals in Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday.

    Advice: The World Series is evened up at 2-2, so the two clubs will play Game 5 in San Francisco before heading back to Kansas City for Game 6 and potentially Game 7. Posey walked and scored the Giants' first run in the first inning, then reduced the Giants' deficit to 4-2 at the time with an RBI single in the third inning. Posey was intentionally walked in the sixth, then scored the first of three runs in the frame. Posey is batting only .188 (3-for-16) in the World Series and hasn't had an extra-base hit since doubling against the Padres on September 25. The Giants need him to get going if they want to have an easier time fending off the Royals. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:26 pm
     
    W, 9-3 vs ^ SD
  • Perez logs 3 hits but Royals fall in Game 4
    Salvador Perez singled three times in four at-bats, but the Royals dropped Game 4 of the World Series to the Giants on Saturday.

    Advice: Perez knocked in the Royals' fourth run of the third inning with a single to center field. It seemed like a big hit at the time, but the Royals wound up losing by seven runs. Perez is now batting .357 (5-for-14) with four RBI in the World Series. If he is able to keep it up, his production towards the bottom of the lineup could be crucial. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:21 pm
  • Hosmer's 3-hit night not enough in Game 4
    Eric Hosmer went 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored, but it wasn't enough as the Royals were drubbed by the Giants in Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday.

    Advice: The Royals were able to pound out 12 hits, but scored only the four runs all of which came in the third inning. Hosmer tied the game at 1-1 after beating out an infield single which allowed Alex Gordon to score from third base. He also doubled to lead off the fifth inning but was stranded. Hosmer entered the night with just one hit in 10 at-bats in the World Series. The Royals certainly hope he's able to bring his Game 4 performance into the rest of the series. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:19 pm
  • Panik logs 2 doubles, 2 RBI, 2 runs in Game 4
    Joe Panik had a big night in the Giants' Game 4 win against the Royals on Saturday, doubling twice with two RBI and two runs scored in four at-bats.

    Advice: Panik was hitting only .154 (2-for-13) entering the night, but contributed in a big way in Game 4. He led off the fifth inning with a double, chasing Jason Vargas from the game, and later scored. His sixth-inning sacrifice bunt moved two runners into scoring position and both wound up scoring. In the seventh, he knocked in a run with a double and scored on a Hunter Pence double. Panik has been a very pleasant surprise for the Giants since taking over second base in late June. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:16 pm
     
    W, 9-3 vs ^ SD
  • Blanco the catalyst as Giants roll in Game 4
    Gregor Blanco reached base three times in six plate appearances, scoring three runs and stealing a base as the Giants rolled to a victory over the Royals in Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday.

    Advice: Blanco singled twice and walked as he was in the middle of many of the Giants' rallies on this Saturday night. He walked, advanced to second on a wild pitch, and stole third before scoring the Giants' first run in the first inning. He singled and scored in the sixth, and beat out an infield single and scored in the seventh. With the effort, Blanco raises his World Series batting average up to .267 (4-for-15). Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:13 pm
  • Vogelsong struggles in 2 2/3, earns a ND
    Ryan Vogelsong couldn't make it out of the third inning, giving up four runs in 2 2/3 innings but got a no-decision as the Giants toppled the Royals in Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday.

    Advice: Vogelsong had no issue with the Royals in the first two frames, but they hung a four-spot on him in the top of the third, chasing him from the game in the process. It's worth noting that Vogelsong wasn't hit particularly hard; rather, the Royals used their speed and favorable hit placement. Overall, Vogelsong gave up the four runs on seven hits and a walk with two strikeouts. The Giants will go with Madison Bumgarner in Game 5, then Jake Peavy and Tim Hudson in Games 6 and 7 so Vogelsong is likely done starting. He could contribute out of the bullpen. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • Pence's 3 RBI aid in Game 4 rout of Royals
    Hunter Pence had a terrific night at the plate in the Giants' rout of the Royals in Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday, finishing 3-for-5 with a double, three RBI, and two runs scored.

    Advice: Pence has had a terrific World Series thus far. Saturday's performance brings his series average up to .467 (7-for-15). He has two doubles, a home run, five RBI, and four runs scored. He knocked in the Giants' first run with a fielder's choice in the first inning, then added an RBI single in the fifth and an RBI double in the seventh. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • Vargas goes only four innings in no-decision
    Jason Vargas surrendered three runs over four-plus innings in a no-decision as the Royals fell to the Giants in Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday.

    Advice: The 31-year-old left-hander was hittable from the start, as the Giants were able to scratch out a first-inning run and tacked on one more in the third inning. Vargas gave up a lead-off double to Joe Panik to begin the fifth inning before manager Ned Yost lifted him from the game. On 82 pitches, Vargas yielded the three runs on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts. It's likely the last start Vargas will make until next season, though he could pitch in relief at some point for the Royals in Games 5, 6, and potentially 7. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:08 pm
  • Stanton wins Hank Aaron Award in the NL
    Giancarlo Stanton has been awarded the Hank Aaron award, acknowledging the National League's best hitter for 2014.

    Advice: Stanton batted .288/.395/.555, leading the league with 37 home runs and coming in second in RBI with 105. Also of note, he raised his on-base percentage 35-40 points over his finishes in previous years. Stanton's counting stats were slightly deflated as he missed the final three weeks after getting hit in the face with a pitch. He's expected to be completely ready for spring training and should once again be relied upon for elite offensive numbers, going early in many fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:23 pm
  • Royals stick with same lineup for Game 3
    The Royals will utilize the same lineup they used in Friday's victory over the Giants in Game 4 on Saturday.

    Advice: That means that Jarrod Dyson will remain in center field and hit eighth with Lorenzo Cain handling right field defensively and Nori Aoki stowed away on the bench. Ned Yost's moves worked out brilliantly in Game 3 as Cain played a flawless right field and made several plays that Aoki otherwise wouldn't have. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:44 pm
  • Dave Martinez leading candidate for manager
    According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, Dave Martinez is the leading candidate to succeed Joe Maddon as the manager of the Rays.

    Advice: Martinez has been the Rays bench coach for the past seven seasons and seems like the obvious fit. He has also generated interest as a managerial candidate around the league in recent seasons. Topkin also mentions several other potential candidates including Gabe Kapler, Tim Bogar, Joe McEwing and Charlie Montoyo. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:41 am
  • Bucs designate Jeanmar Gomez for assignment
    Pirates designated RHP Jeanmar Gomez for assignment.

    Advice: The 26-year-old right-hander was arbitration eligible for the first time this winter. In 44 appearances out of the Pirates bullpen in 2014, Gomez registered a 3.19 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 38/23 K/BB mark in 62 innings. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:11 am
     
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    L, 4-1 @Cin
  • Pirates designate John Axford for assignment
    Pirates designated RHP John Axford for assignment.

    Advice: The 31-year-old hurler entered the 2014 campaign as the Indians closer, but lost his role to Cody Allen and was dealt to the Pirates mid-season. He finished the year with a 3.95 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 63/36 K/BB ratio over 54 2/3 innings. He still has a power arm, which will interest teams looking for bullpen depth, but his inability to find the plate consistently limits his upside. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:08 am
     
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    L, 4-1 @Cin
  • Pirates activate Charlie Morton from DL
    Pirates activated RHP Charlie Morton from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Morton underwent surgery in late September to repair a torn labrum in his right hip. Even the most optimistic estimates have him sidelined until March, so it's unlikely that he'll be ready for Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:05 am
  • Phillies activate Cliff Lee from 60-day DL
    Phillies activated LHP Cliff Lee from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: The 36-year-old left-hander was shelved in late-July due to a continuance of a flexor pronator strain in his pitching elbow. He was able to avoid surgery, getting treated instead with platelet-rich plasma injections. He's on track to begin a throwing program in November, though a possible recurrence of this issue certainly needs to be factored in when thinking of calling Lee's name in fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:52 am
  • Bochy confirms Vogelsong will start Game 4
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy confirmed after Friday's loss to the Royals that Ryan Vogelsong will start Game 4 on Saturday.

    Advice: Madison Bumgarner made a push to talk his manager into letting him pitch Game 4 on short rest, but Bochy opted to stick with the veteran right-hander while saving Bumgarner for Game 5. He'll oppose Jason Vargas as the Giants look to even up the series at two games apiece. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:48 pm
  • Eric Hosmer drives home game-winning run
    Eric Hosmer went 1-for-4 and drove home the eventual game-winning run on Friday as the Royals topped the Giants in Game 3 of the World Series in San Francisco.

    Advice: Hosmer’s two-out RBI single came off tough opposing southpaw Javier Lopez after an 11-pitch battle in the sixth inning, increasing the Royals advantage to 3-0 at the time. That run would prove to stand tall though after the Giants pushed across a pair in the bottom of the sixth inning. Hosmer has had a tremendous postseason, slashing .359/.479/.564 with a pair of long balls and nine RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:36 pm
  • Posey plates one as Giants drop Game 3
    Buster Posey went 0-for-4 with an RBI as the Giants dropped Game 3 of the World Series to the Royals in San Francisco on Friday.

    Advice: Posey came to the plate in a huge situation in the sixth inning, with the potential tying runs in scoring position and just one out. While Posey was able to deliver an RBI with a ground out that pulled the Giants to within a run at 3-2, their scoring threat fizzled. The All-Star backstop is now hitting .268/.311/.268 with no homers and six RBI in the postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:31 pm
     
    W, 9-3 vs ^ SD
  • Dyson starting over Aoki in WS Game 3
    Jarrod Dyson is starting in center field and batting eighth in Friday's World Series Game 3.

    Advice: Lorenzo Cain has shifted over to right field, and Nori Aoki is on the bench. With the tough outfield at AT&T Park and flyball pitcher Jeremy Guthrie on the mound, Royals manager Ned Yost has elected to go with his best defensive outfield. Alex Gordon has moved up to the No. 2 spot in the lineup that was vacated by Aoki, while Mike Moustakas has moved up from the No. 9 spot to Gordon's old No. 5 spot. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:13 pm
  • Jarrod Dyson could start Game 3
    Royals manager Ned Yost indicated Thursday that Jarrod Dyson could start over Norichika Aoki in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday.

    Advice: That would mean putting Dyson in center and shifting Lorenzo Cain over to handle the tough right field at AT&T Park. Aoki would also offer more than Dyson off the bench as a pinch-hitter. Dyson is hitless in seven at-bats this postseason, while Aoki is just 7-for-34 at the dish. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:18 pm
  • Blanco's leadoff homer not enough for Giants
    Gregor Blanco hit a leadoff home run in Wednesday's Game 2 of the World Series, but it wasn't enough to get the Giants a win.

    Advice: Blanco turned around a Yordano Ventura 98 mph fastball on the eighth pitch of the at-bat, sending it over the right field wall to give the Giants the early lead. To say it was unexpected is an understatement, as Blanco has just 15 homers in 1,948 regular season at-bats in his career. He finished 1-for-3 with a walk, and the Giants head back home tied 1-1 in the series. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:44 pm
  • Perez comes through with two-run double in G2
    Salvador Perez came up with a big two-run double in the Royals' win in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday.

    Advice: Perez was just 5-for-39 in his first postseason before coming up with two runners on in the sixth inning. He changed that by smashing a Hunter Strickland pitch to the left-center gap, scoring both runs and winding up at second base. Perez later scored on an Omar Infante home run. The big hit came a day after Perez took Madison Bumgarner out for the Royals' only run in the Game 1 loss. If Perez gets going at the plate, it could mean good things for the Royals going forward. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:40 pm
  • Pence belts two-run shot in win over Royals
    Hunter Pence launched a two-run homer and reached base four times in Tuesday's World Series Game 1 win over the Royals.

    Advice: The Giants first dented the scoreboard on Pablo Sandoval's first-inning double, but Pence provided the big blow with a laser to center field that cleared the wall for a two-run shot. He later added a double and also drew a pair of walks. Every player in the Giants' lineup had a hit save for Travis Ishikawa, who was lifted after just one at-bat. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:54 pm
  • 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
    Tuesday, 8:46 pm
  • Vargas to start Game 4 of World Series
    Jason Vargas will start in Game 4 of the World Series against the Giants on Saturday.

    Advice: Jeremy Guthrie will get the nod for Game 3. Vargas has allowed three runs with an 8/4 K/BB ratio in 11 1/3 innings over two starts this postseason. He'll face Ryan Vogelsong. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:59 pm
  • Vogelsong penciled in for WS Game 4 start
    Ryan Vogelsong will start for the Giants in Game 4 of the World Series Saturday.

    Advice: Vogelsong lasted just three innings in his start against the Cardinals in the NLCS, but he's traditionally been a good pitcher in the postseason. A starter for the Royals hasn't yet been announced for the game. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 18, 3:03 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
    Oct 16, 8:27 am
     
    W, 9-3 vs ^ SD
  • Vogelsong yanked early in NLCS Game 4 start
    Ryan Vogelsong was pulled early in his NLCS Game 4 start against the Cardinals, surrendering four runs on seven hits over three innings in a no-decision.

    Advice: Vogelsong didn't have it from the outset, allowing a leadoff double in each of the first three innings. He also gave up a solo home run to Kolten Wong in the third. The right-hander walked two and struck out one before exiting, needing 60 pitches to get through three innings. With the Giants leading the series 3-1 it's likely the last start before a potential World Series turn for Vogelsong, who had a 1.19 ERA in five postseason starts before Wednesday's clunker. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 15, 9:05 pm
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