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  • 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. Today, 10:31 am
  • Indians officially add Salazar to WS roster
    The Indians have officially named Danny Salazar to their roster for the World Series.

    Advice: He'll take Cody Anderson's place on the roster. Salazar hasn't pitched since September 9 due to a strained right flexor muscle, but he made it through a three-inning simulated game on Sunday with no issues. His role for the series is uncertain at the moment, but he's an option to potentially start Game 4. The Indians could also go with Ryan Merritt or Corey Kluber on short rest. Today, 7:11 am
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • 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. Today, 7:05 am
  • D'Backs hire Amiel Sawdaye as assistant GM
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Diamondbacks have hired Amiel Sawdaye as their new assistant general manager.

    Advice: Sawdaye is following new GM Mike Hazen from Boston, where he had been the Red Sox' vice president of amateur and international scouting. It looks like a good hire, as Sawdaye has been instrumental in building up the Red Sox' young big league talent and farm system. Yesterday, 7:26 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 2:52 pm
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Cody Anderson not on Indians' WS roster
    Cody Anderson is not on the Indians' World Series roster.

    Advice: Danny Salazar has taken his spot on the roster. Assuming Salazar is used for a start, Ryan Merritt will presumably slide into Anderson's long relief role. Yesterday, 2:38 pm
  • Kershaw not expected to need back surgery
    Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said Monday that the club is "not anticipating" Clayton Kershaw needing any kind of back surgery this offseason.

    Advice: Kershaw missed a big chunk of the season with a back issue, but he looked strong after returning down the stretch and came out of his final NLCS outing no worse for the wear. It's always possible that it's something that could crop up again, but at this point it doesn't appear to be anything to worry about heading into the winter. Yesterday, 2:29 pm
  • Danny Salazar (forearm) will be on WS roster
    Danny Salazar (forearm) has been told by Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway that he will be part of the World Series roster.

    Advice: Callaway said that Salazar is ready to throw 65-70 pitches in a game. Manager Terry Francona wouldn't commit to how he'd use the right-hander, but he should get a start against the Cubs. Salazar hasn't pitched in a game since early September due to a strained right flexor muscle, but he's made it through a few simulated games with no issues. It seems likely that he'll get the ball in Game 4, following Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer and Josh Tomlin. Ryan Merritt has also been told he's on the roster, but he's presumably now slated for long relief. Yesterday, 1:37 pm
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 12:55 pm
  • Jays will attempt to re-sign Joey Bats and EE
    Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said he plans to do "everything possible" to discuss contract extensions with Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion before they officially become free agents.

    Advice: The free agent period begins five days after the World Series and there's no reason for Joey Bats or EE to re-sign at this point -- so close to being able to field bids from all 30 major league teams. It's a weak free agent class, and these two are among the biggest fish. Atkins did confirm Monday that Bautista and Encarnacion will be made one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offers, but those are obviously going to be rejected. Toronto can then gain top draft picks if the sluggers ultimately sign elsewhere. Yesterday, 12:25 pm
  • Osuna will be kept in closer role next season
    Roberto Osuna will be kept in a relief role for 2017.

    Advice: Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins made that announcement Monday at his season-wrapping press conference in Toronto. Osuna came up through the minors as a starting pitcher, but he has quickly turned into one of the best young closers in baseball. The 21-year-old right-hander registered a 2.68 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and 82/14 K/BB ratio in 74 innings during the 2016 regular season while earning 36 saves. Yesterday, 12:16 pm
  • Scott Diamond elects free agency
    Scott Diamond has elected free agency.

    Advice: Diamond spent the large majority of the 2016 season with the Blue Jays' Triple-A affiliate in Buffalo, where he posted a 4.50 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, and 100/32 K/BB ratio across 166 innings. The left-hander will wind up somewhere new on a minor league deal. Yesterday, 11:01 am
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    W, 2-1 @Bos
  • Andrew Albers elects to become free agent
    Andrew Albers has elected free agency.

    Advice: Albers was pushed off the Twins' 40-man roster last week and took the option of testing the open market. The left-hander holds an underwhelming 4.41 ERA in 79 2/3 career innings at the major league level. Yesterday, 10:56 am
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    W, 6-3 @CWS
  • Braves sign Joel de la Cruz to minors deal
    Braves re-signed RHP Joel de la Cruz to a minor league contract.

    Advice: The right-hander was outrighted off the Braves' 40-man roster last week and elected to become a free agent, but he is now back with the organization on a minor league deal that includes an invitation to spring training next February in Florida. He had a 4.88 ERA in 22 appearances (nine starts) this past season with Atlanta. Yesterday, 10:45 am
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    W, 1-0 vs Det
  • Royals, Holland considering reunion?
    Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star suggests there could be interest in a reunion between the Royals and Greg Holland.

    Advice: Holland decided to rehab on his own rather than latch on with a team after undergoing Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last September. Now that he's nearing full strength, the 30-year-old right-hander and his agent Scott Boras are beginning to shop around. And a return to Kansas City sounds like a real possibility. Holland was among the most dominant relievers in baseball from 2011-2014, posting a 1.86 ERA with 358 strikeouts in 256 1/3 innings while picking up 113 saves. Yesterday, 7:00 am
    L, 3-2 vs Cle
  • 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. Yesterday, 6:41 am
    60-Day DL
    W, 10-7 vs Mia
  • Salazar to throw three-inning simulated game
    Danny Salazar (forearm) is scheduled to throw a three-inning simulated game on Sunday.

    Advice: If Salazar responds well to the outing, it could earn him a spot on the World Series roster and a potential start in Game 4 against the Cubs. Salazar has been sidelined since early September due to a strained right flexor muscle. Sunday, 3:26 pm
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • 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
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • 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
  • Clayton Kershaw falls apart in Game 6 loss
    Clayton Kershaw scattered seven hits and five runs (four earned) over five lackluster innings Saturday in the Dodgers' loss to the Cubs in Game 6 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Someday there will be a plaque in Cooperstown with Kershaw’s name on it. But Saturday night at Wrigley Field, he just didn’t have it. The Cubs began the game with back-to-back hits off Kershaw and never really let up. Kershaw yielded home runs to Willson Contreras and Anthony Rizzo before getting the hook. He wasn’t fooling anyone with his slider and he couldn’t throw his curve ball for strikes. Kershaw looked gassed on Saturday and for good reason. He gave the Dodgers everything he had this postseason, logging 24 1/3 innings after missing most of the second half with a back injury. Kershaw is now 4-7 with a 4.39 ERA over 17 career postseason appearances. Saturday, 7:56 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
  • 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
  • Kyle Schwarber could DH in World Series
    According to Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic, Kyle Schwarber could serve as the Cubs' designated hitter should they advance to the World Series.

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

    Advice: He's expected to debut for the Mesa Solar Sox on Saturday. The 23-year-old missed nearly the entire 2016 season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL and LCL in his left knee. He is well ahead of schedule in his recovery and has shown gradual improvement in his agility drills over the past month. He remains a big part of the Cubs' plans heading into the 2017 season. Saturday, 10:46 am
  • 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
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Salazar (forearm) not ruled out for WS start
    Indians manager Terry Francona on Friday didn't rule out the possibility of Danny Salazar (forearm) making a start during the World Series.

    Advice: Salazar threw a two-inning simulated game Sunday and will throw another sim game this weekend that could last up to three innings. He hasn't pitched in a game in six weeks due to a strained right flexor musculature and would obviously be quite restricted from a pitch count perspective if he made a start in the World Series. However, given the number of injuries the Indians have dealt with in their rotation, getting Salazar back even in a limited capacity could be a boost. Friday, 11:41 am
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Kershaw told Dodgers he'd pitch whenever
    Clayton Kershaw said Thursday that he told the Dodgers he'll pitch whenever they want.

    Advice: This includes Game 5 of the NLCS against the Cubs on Thursday. "My stance is always the same," said Kershaw, who currently lines up to start Game 6 on Saturday on five days' rest. We doubt that is going to change. Thursday, 3:44 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
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Kershaw to start Game 6 of NLCS vs. Cubs
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed late Wednesday that Clayton Kershaw will start Game 6 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Kershaw was going to be an option for Game 5 if the Dodgers were facing elimination, but the best-of-seven series is tied 2-2 so Kenta Maeda will pitch on normal rest Thursday at home against Cubs. Kershaw will go in Game 6 on Saturday night at Wrigley Field, after five full days off. The ace left-hander dazzled over seven shutout innings in Game 2 this past Sunday at Wrigley. Thursday, 5:12 am
  • Jose Bautista doubles in ALCS Game 5
    Jose Bautista went 2-for-4 with a double in Wednesday's 3-0 loss to the Indians in Game 5 of the ALCS.

    Advice: Bautista's ninth-inning double off Cody Allen was his first extra-base hit of the series. Too little, too late. The veteran outfielder did not drive in a run in the ALCS. This could well have been Bautista's final game in a Blue Jays uniform. The free agent to-be is coming off a 2016 season in which he slashed .244/.366/.452 with 22 homers and 69 RBI over 423 at-bats. Wednesday, 4:05 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
  • 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
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • 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
  • Osuna works scoreless frame in ALCS Gm. 4
    Roberto Osuna worked a scoreless ninth inning to close out Tuesday's ALCS Game 4 victory over the Indians.

    Advice: Osuna struck out Jason Kipnis and Mike Napoli and induced an easy groundout from Francisco Lindor. The young closer needed only 10 pitches to get through the 1-2-3 frame, so he should be available for Game 5 of the ALCS on Wednesday. Tuesday, 4:22 pm
  • Kershaw 'prepared' to start Game 5 of NLCS
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he hasn't spoken to Clayton Kershaw about starting Game 5 of the NLCS but noted the ace left-hander is "prepared for anything."

    Advice: Kershaw is almost certain to take the ball in Game 5 if the Dodgers are facing elimination, but he'll go in Game 6 otherwise. Kershaw dazzled over seven shutout innings in Game 2 of the NLCS on Sunday against the Cubs, striking out six while yielding just a pair of singles and a walk in the Dodgers' 1-0 victory. Kenta Maeda is lined up to start Game 5 for now. Tuesday, 1:45 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
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Bauer (finger) exits after 2/3 of an inning
    Trevor Bauer departed Monday's ALCS Game 3 against the Blue Jays after two-thirds of an inning when the stitches in his right pinky came loose.

    Advice: Bauer had his start pushed back after cutting his finger while repairing his drone, and he couldn't make it through one inning even after the extra time to heal. There was blood pouring out of the finger and he simply couldn't go on, as he was pulled with two outs and two runners on. His status for the rest of the ALCS and perhaps the World Series (should the Indians make it) is very much in question. Corey Kluber is now looking likely to start Game 4 on short rest, with Ryan Merritt going in Game 5. Monday, 5:39 pm
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Andrew Albers outrighted to Triple-A
    Twins sent LHP Andrew Albers outright to Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: He's no longer on the 40-man roster. Albers made six appearances -- two starts -- with the Twins this season, holding a 5.82 ERA. Monday, 3:36 pm
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    W, 6-3 @CWS
  • Danny Salazar (forearm) still not game-ready
    Indians manager Terry Francona said Monday that he was impressed with Danny Salazar's (forearm) two-inning simulated game Sunday.

    Advice: However, the skipped also noted that Salazar isn't game-ready yet. Whether he can become game-ready in time for the World Series -- should the Indians make it there -- remains to be seen. If the right-hander does make it back for the Fall Classic, it could be as a reliever. Salazar hasn't pitched since early September due to a strained right flexor musculature. Monday, 2:51 pm
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Jose Bautista to lead off in ALCS Game 3
    Jose Bautista will lead off for the Blue Jays in Tuesday's Game 3 against the Indians.

    Advice: Ezequiel Carrera led off the first two games, but he's been dropped to eighth tonight. Bautista, who seems to believe there's a grand conspiracy delivering the ALCS to the Indians, is 0-for-6 with five strikeouts and two walks so far in the series. Monday, 1:05 pm
  • Clayton Kershaw dazzles in Game 2 victory
    Clayton Kershaw dazzled over seven shutout innings on Sunday, defeating the Cubs in Game 2 of the NLCS.

    Advice: The star southpaw punched out six on the night while allowing just a pair of singles and one walk. He was perfect through the first 4 2/3 innings before Javy Baez singled with two outs in the fifth. Willson Contreras immediately followed with another single to give the Cubs their largest threat, but Kershaw was able to bear down and get Jason Heyward to pop out to end the inning. He now sports a 3.72 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 25/4 K/BB ratio across 19 1/3 innings this postseason. He's expected to get the ball again in Game 6 of the series, though if the Dodgers are facing elimination in Game 5, that plan could change. Oct 16, 7:57 pm
  • Salazar to throw simulated game on Sunday
    Danny Salazar (forearm) is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Sunday in Toronto.

    Advice: While he wasn't able to make it back for the ALCS, the right-hander is still hopeful for a return should the Indians advance to the World Series. Depending on how he does against live hitters on Sunday, there' s a realistic chance that he could indeed make it back into the fold this season. Oct 16, 3:49 pm
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • D'Backs name Hazen new executive VP/GM
    The Diamondbacks have named Mike Hazen their new executive vice president and general manager.

    Advice: Hazen had been the GM in Boston, where he served as president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski's No. 2. The 40-year-old was the Red Sox' assistant GM for four years prior to that. Hazen is a Princeton grad and former minor league outfielder and is expected to lead a more analytics-based front office in Arizona.'s Steve Gilbert hears that former chief baseball officer Tony La Russa will remain with the D'Backs in an advisor role. Oct 16, 11:13 am
  • Trevor Bauer (finger) has played catch twice
    Trevor Bauer has played catch twice since suffering a lacerated right pinky finger while repairing his drone.

    Advice: Bauer was pushed back from Game 2 to Game 3 of the ALCS following the incident, but the Indians expect him to be fine to pitch Monday in Toronto. The club will obviously keep a close eye on him to make sure the injury isn't affecting him at all. "The first concern is that you hope it doesn't interfere with his touch and feel to pitch," said manager Terry Francona. "I don't think that's an issue because he's already thrown twice. Then we have to make sure that the thing doesn't open up to where it's bleeding, because they won't let him pitch." Oct 16, 6:35 am
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Carlos Santana goes deep in ALCS Game 2
    Carlos Santana slugged a solo home run in the Indians' win over the Blue Jays Saturday in Game 2 of the ALCS.

    Advice: Santana only had one hit on Saturday, but he sure made it count. He got the scoring started in the second inning with a solo shot off J.A. Happ. The 390-foot line drive homer was Santana’s first long ball in six postseason appearances and only his fifth round-tripper as a right-handed hitter this season. He went deep 30 times from the left side during the regular season. Cleveland will try to extend its postseason unbeaten streak when the series shifts to Toronto Monday in Game 3. Oct 15, 4:29 pm
  • Kershaw officially announced as Game 2 starter
    The Dodgers have officially announced Clayton Kershaw as the starter for Game 2 of the NLCS against the Cubs.

    Advice: The move was widely expected but was not announced until Saturday. Kershaw said at Saturday's press conference that he'll have no restrictions in Game 2. The last time we saw Kershaw was Thursday night when he threw seven pitches to pick up the save in the Dodgers' NLDS-clinching win over the Nationals. He hasn't pitched all that well this postseason, logging a mediocre 5.84 ERA over 12 1/3 innings. The Cubs will counter with Kyle Hendricks, who led the majors in ERA this season. Oct 15, 2:30 pm
  • D-Backs interested in Eddie Perez for manager
    David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Diamondbacks are interested in Braves first base coach Eddie Perez for their managerial vacancy.

    Advice: Perez was interviewed for the Braves' full-time manager job before Brian Snitker had the interim tag removed this week. He has also drawn interest from the Rockies as they attempt to fill their managerial vacancy. The Diamondbacks fired both manager Chip Hale and general manager Dave Stewart after the season, so chances are they'll hire a new general manager before making any final decision about their next manager. Oct 15, 11:00 am
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