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  • Olney: Tigers will listen to offers on anyone
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Tigers "will listen to trade offers on everybody" this offseason.

    Advice: The report comes after general manager Al Avila said earlier this week that the club needs to slash some payroll. Olney cautions that "there's a big difference between listening to offers and executing trades" and adds that the Tigers aren't expected to go through "a full-blown fire sale." However, he does note that the team is willing to at least talk about trading such stars as Miguel Cabrera and Justin Verlander, along with essentially everyone else on the roster (other than a guy like Michael Fulmer, who will be cheap for a while). It looks like Detroit will be very active this winter. 55 minutes ago
  • Victorino doesn't consider himself retired
    Shane Victorino told Ryan Lawrence of that he wants to continue his playing career should the right opportunity present itself.

    Advice: "The game of baseball, and my love for the game," Victorino said. "It’s still there. I’d love the chance to come back and play, but that answer is not etched in stone." Victorino battled more injuries and was released from his minor league deal with the Cubs in May after a brief stint at Triple-A. He reportedly received multiple minor league contract offers after that but turned them down and spent time with family. Slated to turn 36 next month, Victorino would surely have to settle for a minor league deal this winter, and it remains to be seen whether he'll get an offer and situation he deems worthy of exploring. Today, 7:48 am
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    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Javier Baez says he feels fine after Game 5
    Javier Baez said after Game 5 of the NLCS that he feels fine.

    Advice: Baez felt something in his ankle after rounding second base on his bases-clearing double in the eighth inning, but he stayed in the game and told reporters after that he's 100 percent. He should be good to go for Game 6 on Saturday in Chicago. Yesterday, 10:34 pm
    New Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • 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. Yesterday, 9:59 pm
  • Maeda allows one run in brief start vs. CHC
    Kenta Maeda allowed one run in 3 2/3 innings Thursday in Game 5 of the NLCS against the Cubs.

    Advice: Oddly, Maeda was pulled with two on and two out in the fourth with opposing pitcher Jon Lester coming to the plate. Josh Fields got Lester to fly out to left field to officially close the book on Maeda. The outing could have been much worse, as Maeda needed 26 pitches to get through the first inning. After giving up an RBI double to Anthony Rizzo and walking Ben Zobrist, he struck out Javier Baez and Jason Heyward to avoid further damage. Maeda struck out six batters in all and was pulled at 76 pitches. His bullpen went on to allow seven runs. Yesterday, 9:31 pm
  • Blanton gives up go-ahead homer in loss
    Joe Blanton gave up a go-ahead two-run homer to Addison Russell in the sixth inning in Thursday’s Game 5 loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: Blanton is one of the reasons the Dodgers have managed to make it this far this season, as he posted a 2.48 ERA and 80/26 K/BB ratio over 80 innings during the regular season. He also pitched well (and often) during the NLDS against the Nationals. But he might be running on fumes at this point. The veteran right-hander has allowed seven runs on seven hits (including three homers and a double) and two walks in three innings so far during the NLCS. Yesterday, 9:30 pm
  • Russell homers in second straight game
    Addison Russell went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer in Thursday’s Game 5 win over the Dodgers.

    Advice: We’re probably not going to hear any more calls to bench him anytime soon. The game was tied 1-1 before Russell put the Cubs ahead with a two-run blast to distant center field against Joe Blanton in the sixth. The Cubs tacked on five more runs in the eighth to put the game out of reach. After going 1-for-24 to begin the postseason, Russell has now homered in back-to-back games. Yesterday, 9:29 pm
  • Javy Baez hits bases-clearing double in win
    Javier Baez went 3-for-5 with a bases-clearing double, a run scored, and a stolen base in a win over the Dodgers in Game 5 of the NLCS on Thursday.

    Advice: The Cubs had a four-run lead when Baez came up with the bases loaded in the top of the eighth and he put the game to bed with a drive which nearly went over the right-center field fence. He gave the Cubs a bit of a scare when he came up hobbled after changing his mind about going for a triple, but fortunately he felt well enough to stay in the ballgame. Baez has arguably been the breakout star of the postseason. In addition to his excellent defense, he’s batting .371/.395/.571 across nine games. Yesterday, 9:28 pm
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    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Lester goes seven IP as Cubs win NLCS Gm 5
    Jon Lester fired seven innings of one-run ball as the Cubs topped the Dodgers 8-4 in Game 5 of the NLCS on Thursday.

    Advice: The Cubs are now just one win away from their first trip to the World Series since 1945. The Dodgers were determined to try to get in Lester’s head, but it just didn’t happen. The lone run scored on a ground out in the fourth inning. The veteran left-hander allowed just five hits in all while walking just one batter and striking out six. He has compiled a 0.86 ERA and 14/2 K/BB ratio in 21 innings over three starts this postseason. Yesterday, 9:27 pm
  • Strasburg expected to have normal winter
    According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, agent Scott Boras said Thursday that Stephen Strasburg (elbow) is expected to have a normal throwing schedule this offseason and be ready for spring training.

    Advice: Strasburg suffered a partial tear of the pronator tendon in his elbow on September 7. He threw a couple of bullpen sessions this month, but was unable to make it back for the NLDS. The expectation is that he'll be fine after the long offseason, but this situation will obviously be worth monitoring in the spring. Strasburg, 28, posted a 3.60 ERA and 183/44 K/BB over 147 2/3 innings this season. Yesterday, 5:01 pm
    W, 10-7 vs Mia
  • Boras says Harper is feeling fine physically
    According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, agent Scott Boras said that his client Bryce Harper is "doing fine physically" and will soon begin normal offseason strength and conditioning.

    Advice: Harper missed five games in August due to a neck injury and also reportedly played through a shoulder injury this season. The Nationals shot down the reports about the shoulder, but Harper didn't deny it, which is telling. It also helps explain his decline at the plate this season. The 24-year-old saw his OPS drop from 1.109 to .814. The good news is that it sounds like he should be fine with some extended rest this winter. Yesterday, 4:39 pm
  • Cain won't require surgery on wrist
    Lorenzo Cain won't require surgery on his left wrist.

    Advice: Cain was shut down early in September due to a Grade 2 wrist sprain. While the injury won't require surgery, he'll need around three months of rest before resuming baseball activities. Cain was also bothered by a hamstring injury this season, an issue which has popped up multiple times in his career. The Royals haven't decided whether he'll play right field or center field in 2017. Yesterday, 4:23 pm
    L, 3-2 vs Cle
  • 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. Yesterday, 3:44 pm
  • Braves' Marksberry waking up from coma
    According to WXIA-TV in Atlanta, Braves left-hander Matt Marksberry is waking up from a medically-induced coma at an Orlando area hospital.

    Advice: Marksberry went to the hospital Tuesday for a colonoscopy because of severe stomach issues, but he suffered a seizure during the procedure and had his lung collapse. The report cites sources close to the family who say that he was put on life support and in a medically-induced coma, but fortunately, it sounds like he's making progress. Marksberry's brother, Eric Marksberry, posted on Facebook on Thursday afternoon that doctors had removed the Endotracheal tube and were waiting for him to wake up. As of now, the Braves have only confirmed that Marksberry was admitted to the hospital for "severe dehydration." Yesterday, 3:36 pm
    W, 1-0 vs Det
  • Brad Brach undergoes minor knee surgery
    Brad Brach underwent a minor surgery on his left knee last week.

    Advice: The procedure addressed the meniscus in his knee, but Brach said it was "real easy" and "real basic" and that he already feels close to 100 percent. He should be fine for the start of spring training. Brach, who is arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter, posted a dominant 2.05 ERA and 92/25 K/BB ratio over 79 innings this season. Yesterday, 3:17 pm
    W, 5-2 @NYY
  • Ruiz hitting cleanup in Game 5 of NLCS
    Carlos Ruiz will hit cleanup in Game 5 of the NLCS against the Cubs on Thursday.

    Advice: In case it wasn't already obvious, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has made some interesting changes to his lineup with left-hander Jon Lester on the hill for the Cubs. In addition to Ruiz hitting cleanup, Enrique Hernandez will bat leadoff and play second base. Meanwhile, Yasiel Puig will start in right field and bat seventh. Here's the full lineup for Los Angeles: Hernández 2B, Justin Turner 3B, Corey Seager SS Ruiz C, Howie Kendrick LF, Adrian González 1B, Puig RF, Joc Pederson CF, Kenda Maeda SP. Yesterday, 2:08 pm
  • David Ross behind the plate for NLCS Game 5
    David Ross will start behind the plate for Game 5 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Thursday.

    Advice: It's the standard arrangement with left-hander Jon Lester on the hill. Ross is 1-for-9 with a homer this postseason. The full lineup for Chicago: Dexter Fowler CF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Ben Zobrist LF, Javier Baez 2B, Jason Heyward RF, Addison Russell SS, Ross C, Lester SP. Kenta Maeda will start for Los Angeles. Yesterday, 1:41 pm
  • Schafer elects to become a free agent
    Logan Schafer has elected free agency.

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

    Advice: Martinez is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2017 season and will be looking for big-time money in any sort of extension talks with the Tigers after registering a combined .898 OPS over the last three years. Avila said the team needs to get younger and cut some payroll: "I don’t foresee any talks of a long-term contract at this point," the GM told reporters in his season-wrapping presser. "Sitting here today, we’re not thinking that way right now. Can’t say we wouldn’t be thinking about that down the road." Yesterday, 9:07 am
  • 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." Yesterday, 8:33 am
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Edwards Jr. (hamstring) available for Game 5
    Carl Edwards Jr. (hamstring) said he expects to be available for Game 5 of the NLCS on Thursday.

    Advice: Edwards was pulled from a relief appearance in Game 4 on Wednesday after experiencing tightness in his left hamstring, but it was apparently nothing significant. The 25-year-old right-hander has delivered 3 2/3 scoreless innings over five appearances this postseason for the Cubs. Yesterday, 6:56 am
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • 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. Yesterday, 5:12 am
  • Cubs muffle Adrian Gonzalez in Game 4
    Adrian Gonzalez went 1-for-4 with a single in Wednesday's NLCS Game 4 loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: Gonzalez drove in three runs over the first two games of the NLCS, but the Cubs have kept him in check over the last two. In Games 3 and 4, he has gone a combined 1-for-8. The veteran slugger will try to help his club to a 3-2 series advantage when he faces off with Jon Lester in Game 5 on Thursday. Wednesday, 9:27 pm
  • Justin Turner picks up two-run single in loss
    Justin Turner went 1-for-3 with a two-run single in Wednesday's 10-2 loss to the Cubs in Game 4 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Turner came through with a two-run single in the fifth inning to draw the Dodgers to within 5-2. The Cubs then roared back with a five-run sixth to essentially end the possibility of any true comeback drama. The 31-year-old third baseman has picked up a hit in three of four games this series. He belted a solo home run in Game 3 for his lone LCS homer. Wednesday, 9:21 pm
    L, 7-1 @SF
  • Rizzo homers as Cubs offense lurches to life
    Anthony Rizzo went 3-for-5 with a solo home run and a two-run single in Wednesday's 10-2 win over the Dodgers in Game 4 of the NLCS.

    Advice: The Cubs had been shut out in each of their last two games. They started out Wednesday's Game 4 in slow fashion, too, before finally revving to life with four runs in the fourth inning. Rizzo didn't strike in that frame, but came through with a solo homer off Pedro Baez to open the fifth. Prior to launching that homer, Rizzo was just 2-for-28 this postseason. The dinger was his third career postseason homer and his first this year. He later picked up a two-run single, too, a nice sign for the Cubs as they head into Game 5. Wednesday, 9:20 pm
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Russell snaps skid with two-run HR in Gm. 4
    Addison Russell launched a two-run home run off Julio Urias in the fourth inning of Wednesday's 10-2 win over the Dodgers in Game 4 of the NLCS.

    Advice: At the time Russell smashed his two-run opposite field homer to right with one out in the fourth inning, he had managed just one hit in his last 25 postseason at-bats and was hit-less in his last 18. He broke out and then some starting with that homer. He would go on to pick up two additional singles before the end of the game. Manager Joe Maddon dropped Russell from seventh to eighth in the lineup for Wednesday's game, but wouldn't leave the 22-year-old shortstop out of the loop completely. That patience looks sharp in hindsight. Russell and the Cubs will be opposed by Kenta Maeda in Game 5 as both teams look to snap a 2-2 series tie. Wednesday, 9:15 pm
  • Lackey surrenders two in Game 4 of NLCS
    John Lackey pitched well in Wednesday's 10-2 win over the Dodgers in Game 4 of the NLCS, surrendering three hits over four-plus innings of two-run ball.

    Advice: Lackey was visibly upset when manager Joe Maddon came out to relieve him with nobody out in the fifth inning. The veteran right-hander had walked the first two batters of the frame prior to Maddon's trot to the mound. Both of those runners would come around to score after he exited the contest. For the evening as a whole, Lackey struck out three and walked three while throwing 72 pitches (41 strikes). In two postseason starts, he has allowed five runs on 10 hits over eight innings. Wednesday, 9:12 pm
  • Four-run fourth dooms Urias in NLCS Gm. 4
    Jose Urias was hit hard in the fourth inning of Wednesday's 10-2 loss to the Cubs in Game 4 of the NLCS, surrendering four runs in the frame.

    Advice: Urias held the Cubs scoreless over three innings before they finally broke out of their recent offensive slump. In the fourth, the young southpaw surrendered an RBI single to Willson Contreras and an RBI groundout to Jason Heyward to put the Dodgers down 2-0. Addison Russell subsequently came through with a two-run homer to boost the road team to a 4-0 advantage. Urias struck out four and walked two on the evening, scattering four hits along the way. With the series now knotted at two games apiece, Jon Lester and Kenta Maeda will square off in Game 5 before the series shifts back to Chicago. Wednesday, 9:10 pm
  • Edwards lifted with left hamstring tightness
    Carl Edwards Jr. was forced out of Game 4 of the NLCS on Wednesday due to left hamstring tightness.

    Advice: Edwards' hamstring tightened up on him in the seventh inning. After receiving a mound visit from trainer Ed Halbur and attempting to throw the ball, he was subsequently relieved of duty. The 25-year-old right-hander will be reevaluated before Game 5 on Thursday. Wednesday, 8:46 pm
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Carl Edwards exits with trainer in seventh
    Carl Edwards Jr. was lifted from Game 4 of the NLCS with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Trainer Ed Halbur came out to the mound to check on Edwards in the seventh inning, after which the right-hander was lifted from the contest. The extent and circumstance of Edwards' injury are not yet known, but the Cubs should pass along word after the game. Wednesday, 8:34 pm
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Report: Serious health issue for Marksberry
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien reports that while Matt Marksberry has been hospitalized, he is not on life support.

    Advice: Marksberry went into the hospital for a non-baseball procedure on Wednesday. The Braves would only confirm that he was being treated for "severe dehydration." Marksberry's brother wrote on Facebook that the pitcher had been placed on life support. O'Brien reports that that is not the case, writing that he is "unconscious but not on life support and that his vital signs were stable." This is obviously a scary situation regardless. Due to HIPAA rules, the Braves are not allowed to divulge further information as to the exact nature of Marksberry's ailment. Wednesday, 8:10 pm
    W, 1-0 vs Det
  • Matt Marksberry being treated for dehydration
    Matt Marksberry is being treated for severe dehydration.

    Advice: Marksberry is currently under physician's care in a Florida hospital. Unless there is a deeper underlying ailment at play, here, this figures to be a short-term issue for the 26-year-old left-hander. Wednesday, 4:42 pm
    W, 1-0 vs Det
  • Kenta Maeda will start Game 5 for Dodgers
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that Kenta Maeda will start Game 5 of the NLCS regardless of the outcome of Game 4.

    Advice: Clayton Kershaw was an option on short rest should the Dodgers have found themselves facing elimination in Game 5. As the Dodgers have won each of the last two games to take a 2-1 series lead, they won't have to worry about Game 5 as an elimination game, even if the Cubs win Game 4 on Wednesday. In his two postseason starts this month, Maeda has scuffled, surrendering seven runs on nine hits over seven innings. Wednesday, 2:23 pm
  • Cubs drop Addison Russell to 8th for Game 4
    Addison Russell has been dropped to eighth in the Cubs' starting lineup for Game 4 of the NCLS on Wednesday.

    Advice: With the Cubs trailing 2-1 in the series, manager Joe Maddon has made a few notable changes. Russell, who was batting seventh on Tuesday, has been bumped down a spot in the lineup. Jason Heyward will hit seventh in his place after failing to draw the right field start on Tuesday. The Cubs full lineup for Game 4: Dexter Fowler CF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Ben Zobrist LF, Javier Baez 2B, Wilson Contreras C, Jason Heyward RF, Addison Russell SS, John Lackey P. They will be opposed by young Dodgers southpaw Julio Urias. Wednesday, 1:37 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
  • Addison Russell remains hitless vs. Dodgers
    Addison Russell finished 0-for-2 with a strikeout as the Cubs fell to the Dodgers in Game 3 of the NLCS on Tuesday.

    Advice: Cubs manager Joe Maddon actually pulled his young shortstop for a pinch-hitter in the top of the seventh -- Jayson Heyward, who promptly struck out. Russell is hitless in the NLCS, and he has just one hit in 24 total at-bats since the playoffs began. He looks like a guy who could use a day off, but that's obviously not an option at the moment. Tuesday, 8:49 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
  • 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
    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
  • Maeda starting Game 5 'as it stands now'
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Monday that Kenta Maeda is his NLCS Game 5 starter "as it stands now."

    Advice: Roberts appears to be leaving open the possibility of starting Clayton Kershaw on short rest should the Dodgers be facing elimination. If Kershaw should start on Thursday, he would potentially be available as a relief option in Game 7. Maeda struggled in Game 1 and hasn't pitched well dating back to the last couple weeks of the regular season. Monday, 5:17 pm
  • Dodgers confirm Julio Urias as Game 4 starter
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed Monday that Julio Urias will start Game 4 of the NLCS on Wednesday.

    Advice: It had been the presumption, but Roberts didn't want to make it official until Monday. Urias didn't make a start during the NLDS victory over the Nationals but tossed two scoreless innings in a relief appearance. Roberts will have a quick hook for the rookie if he shows early signs of struggles. At 20 years and 68 days, Urias will be the youngest starter in postseason history. Monday, 5:06 pm
  • Logan Schafer outrighted to Triple-A
    Twins sent OF Logan Schafer outright to Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: The Twins made a host of moves Monday to clear space on the 40-man roster. Schafer batted .238/.342/.317 over 63 at-bats for them this season. Monday, 3:39 pm
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    W, 6-3 @CWS
  • Dodgers have talked deal with Justin Turner
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports the Dodgers have had "very preliminary contract talks" with impending free agent Justin Turner.

    Advice: Turner is sure to test the free agent market after the World Series -- one of the weakest free agent markets in recent memory -- but the Dodgers could definitely win those sweepstakes. Turner is having a big postseason for Los Angeles and he batted .275/.339/.493 with 27 home runs and 90 RBI in 151 games during the regular season. Long underrated, the 31-year-old third baseman is about to get paid in a big way. Monday, 9:57 am
    L, 7-1 @SF
  • Javier Baez breaks up perfect game on Sunday
    Javier Baez broke up Clayton Kershaw's bid for a perfect game with a two-out single in the fifth inning of Sunday's Game 2 of the NLCS.

    Advice: His single was followed by another from teammate Willson Contreras, which proved to be the club's only two hits in the entire contest. Baez also showed off his baseball IQ in the sixth inning, letting a weak line drive drop in front of him at second base and turning it into an inning-ending 4-6-5-6 double play. With his 1-for-3 effort on Sunday, Baez is now hitting .391/.417/.609 on the postseason. Sunday, 8:03 pm
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    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • 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. Sunday, 7:57 pm
  • Adrian Gonzalez powers Dodgers to Game 2 win
    Adrian Gonzalez clubbed a solo home run leading off the second inning on Sunday, powering the Dodgers to a 1-0 victory over the Cubs in Game 2 of the NLCS.

    Advice: With the victory, the Dodgers have evened up the series at one game apiece as the series transitions to Los Angeles for Game 3 on Tuesday night. Gonzalez got ahead of Kyle Hendricks 1-0, then took him deep to left-center to give the Dodgers an early 1-0 lead. That would prove to be all of the offense the Dodgers required as Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen combined to shut out the opposition. Gonzalez finished the day 1-for-3 and is now hitting .259/.310/.481 with a pair of homers and five RBI in the postseason. Sunday, 7:57 pm
  • Julio Urias a strong option to start Game 4
    According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, Julio Urias is throwing a bullpen session on Sunday and is a "strong option" to start Game 4 of the NLCS against the Cubs.

    Advice: The Dodgers are rolling with Rich Hill in Game 3 and the writing is certainly on the wall for the young southpaw to get the ball in the fourth game of the series. He has allowed a hit and a pair of walks over two scoreless innings so far this postseason. Sunday, 2:34 pm
  • 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." Sunday, 6:35 am
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Kenta Maeda sluggish in Game 1 no-decision
    Kenta Maeda struggled on Saturday, yielding four hits, three runs and three walks in four innings in the Dodgers' loss to the Cubs in Game 1 of the NLCS.

    Advice: He recorded two strikeouts in the no-decision. Maeda’s biggest contribution was a single off Jon Lester in the second inning, though the hit led to Adrian Gonzalez being thrown out at home plate. The right-hander really struggled in the first two innings, allowing four hits, one walk and a wild pitch in that span. Maeda somehow walked Lester, a career .064 hitter, both times he faced him. He was in line for the loss but was bailed out by Adrian Gonzalez, who erased the Cubs’ two-run lead with a bases-loaded single in the eighth inning. If Maeda pitches again this series, it will likely be in Game 5. Saturday, 9:14 pm
  • Gonzalez singles off Chapman in Game 1
    Adrian Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI in the Dodgers' loss to the Cubs Saturday in Game 1 of the NLCS.

    Advice: It looked like Aroldis Chapman was going to pitch his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth inning but Gonzalez had other ideas. The veteran slugged a single back up the middle, plating Andrew Toles from third and Chase Utley from second. Gonzalez had been hitless in four career at-bats against Chapman before Saturday. Gonzalez also singled in his first at-bat of the game against Jon Lester, though he ended the inning by getting gunned down at home plate. He’ll try to extend his postseason hitting streak to five Sunday in Game 2. Saturday, 9:11 pm
  • Baez steals home in Cubs' Game 1 victory
    Javier Baez broke out for two hits and a stolen base in the Cubs' win over the Dodgers Saturday in Game 1 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Another day, another dazzling performance from Baez, who is quickly becoming the breakout star of this year’s postseason. Baez stole the show in the second inning by plating Jason Heyward on a double to right field. The hit would have been a single for most players but Baez motored into second to secure the two-bagger. Later in the inning Baez made a move toward home on a failed suicide squeeze, hesitated, then stole the base after catcher Carlos Ruiz made an ill-advised throw to third base. In doing so, Baez became the first Cub to steal home in the postseason since 1907. Baez added a double in the sixth inning for good measure. He’s hit .400 with a homer, three RBI and five runs this postseason. Saturday, 9:02 pm
    New Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Jon Lester yields one run in no-decision
    Jon Lester pitched well in a no-decision, allowing four hits, one run and one walk in the Cubs' win over the Dodgers Saturday in Game 1 of the NLCS.

    Advice: He also recorded three strikeouts. Miguel Montero’s late-inning heroics will grab the headlines and rightly so, but Lester was tremendous on Saturday and should have gotten the win. The only run he allowed came on a solo shot by Andre Ethier that would have stayed in the yard if the wind wasn’t blowing out to left field. Cubs manager Joe Maddon made a somewhat questionable decision by lifting Lester for a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning. The Cubs were ahead at the time and Lester was only at 77 pitches. Lester has been a postseason stud since his Boston days and has continued that trend as a member of the Cubs. Barring a Cubs sweep, he’ll get the ball again in Game 5. Saturday, 8:58 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. Saturday, 2:30 pm
  • David Ross starting behind plate for Game 1
    David Ross will start behind the plate and bat eighth in Game 1 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Saturday.

    Advice: As per usual, Ross will be paired with Jon Lester. This is the same lineup the Cubs used in Game 4 of the NLDS against the Giants. It goes as follows: Dexter Fowler CF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Ben Zobrist LF, Addison Russell SS, Jason Heyward RF, Javier Baez 2B, Ross C, Lester SP. Kenta Maeda is starting for Los Angeles. Saturday, 12:12 pm
  • Carlos Ruiz could start Game 1 of NLCS
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Friday that Carlos Ruiz could start the first game of the NLCS against the Cubs on Saturday.

    Advice: Roberts admitted that the decision hasn't been made yet. Ruiz is a much better hitter against left-handed pitching and Jon Lester is set to take the hill for the Cubs in the opener of the series. Friday, 4:10 pm
  • Clayton Kershaw expected to start Game 2
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts indicated Friday that Clayton Kershaw will start Sunday's NLCS Game 2 versus the Cubs.

    Advice: Kershaw threw 110 pitches on three days' rest in Game 4 of the NLDS and seven pitches on one day of rest in Game 5, and now he'll come back for another start on two days' rest. The left-hander will face Kyle Hendricks on Sunday. Friday, 2:40 pm
  • Kenta Maeda officially named Game 1 starter
    The Dodgers have officially named Kenta Maeda their NLCS Game 1 starter against the Cubs.

    Advice: He was the obvious choice with Clayton Kershaw and Rich Hill unavailable. Maeda, who will square off against Jon Lester, was lit up for four runs over just three innings in an NLDS Game 3 loss to the Nationals. The Dodgers have not officially announced any of their starters beyond Maeda, although Kershaw is expected to get the ball in Game 2. Friday, 2:33 pm
  • Trevor Bauer (pinky) pushed back to Game 3
    Trevor Bauer's first start of the ALCS has been pushed back to Game 3 after he suffered a non-baseball injury to his right pinky.

    Advice: Bauer apparently cut the outside of his pinky while repairing his drone. Seriously. He'll get a couple extra days to heal and will start the first game in Toronto, with Josh Tomlin moving up to start Game 2 in Cleveland. Corey Kluber is opposing Marco Estrada in Game 1 on Friday. Friday, 12:07 pm
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Matt Marksberry outrighted to Triple-A
    Braves activated LHP Matt Marksberry from the 60-day disabled list; sent him outright to Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: The Braves now have an extra 40-man roster spot to play with. Marksberry missed the last couple months of the season with a shoulder ailment. Friday, 5:32 am
    W, 1-0 vs Det
  • Kershaw gets the save as Dodgers move on
    Clayton Kershaw secured the final two outs for his first career save as the Dodgers beat the Nationals in the decisive Game 5 of the NLDS on Thursday.

    Advice: It was assumed that Kershaw wouldn't be available after he threw 110 pitches in short rest in Game 4 on Tuesday, but Dodgers manager Dave Roberts threw all the rules out the window in this one. Kenley Jansen was clearly spent after throwing 51 pitches over 2 1/3 innings and walking a pair of batters in the ninth, so Roberts called on Kershaw to face Daniel Murphy. He got him to pop up to second base before striking out Wilmer Difo swinging for the win. This was Kershaw's first relief appearance since Game 5 of the 2009 NLCS. Thursday, 9:44 pm
  • Dodgers beat Nats in Game 5, advance to NLCS
    Justin Turner knocked in two runs with a triple in the seventh inning as the Dodgers beat the Nationals 4-3 in Game 5 of the NLDS on Thursday to advance to the NLCS.

    Advice: The Dodgers scored all four of their runs in a marathon seventh inning. After Joc Pederson tied the game with a leadoff homer against Max Scherzer, Carlos Ruiz put them ahead with an RBI single off Sammy Solis. However, Turner’s triple to deep center field off Shawn Kelley proved to be the difference in the ballgame. Turner went 6-for-15 (.400) with five RBI, five walks, and five runs scored in the series. The Nationals will face the Cubs in the NLCS, beginning on Saturday in Chicago. Thursday, 9:42 pm
    L, 7-1 @SF
  • Maeda throws bullpen session Thursday
    Kenta Maeda threw a bullpen session on Thursday.

    Advice: As of now, Maeda is lined up to start Game 1 if the Dodgers advance to face the Cubs in the NLCS. The Dodgers haven't completely ruled out using him in Game 5 against the Nationals on Thursday, so this is all subject to change. Thursday, 4:23 pm
  • Kershaw not available to pitch in Game 5
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that Clayton Kershaw is "absolutely not" available for Game 5 of the NLDS against the Nationals on Thursday.

    Advice: It's not a big surprise. Kershaw threw 110 pitches on short rest in Game 4 on Tuesday. Rich Hill will start Game 5 and Julio Urias could end up playing a big role out of the bullpen. Thursday, 2:38 pm
  • Jon Lester to start Game 1 of NLCS for Cubs
    Jon Lester will start Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday in Chicago.

    Advice: Cubs manager Joe Maddon made that announcement Thursday in a chat with the media at Wrigley Field. Tuesday night's comeback win in Game 4 of the NLDS against the Giants was huge for Chicago's rotation alignment leading into the best-of-seven National League Championship Series. Kyle Hendricks likely takes Game 2, with Jake Arrieta handling Game 3 and John Lackey on tap for Game 4. Lester pitched eight innings of shutout ball in his one Division Series appearance versus San Francisco. Thursday, 1:14 pm
  • Strasburg (elbow) will not be ready for NLCS
    Nationals manager Dusty Baker confirmed Thursday that Stephen Strasburg (elbow) is not going to be an option the NLCS.

    Advice: "He won't be available for the next series," Baker told reporters before Game 5 of the NLDS. "It would be a miracle if he was." Strasburg felt renewed discomfort in his right elbow while throwing a bullpen session Monday and can probably be ruled out for the postseason entirely. He was diagnosed in early September with a pronator tendon strain. Thursday, 1:08 pm
    W, 10-7 vs Mia
  • Chapman strikes out side in ninth Tuesday
    Aroldis Chapman delivered a 1-2-3 ninth inning in Game 4 of the NLDS on Tuesday night against the Giants.

    Advice: Chapman surrendered three runs -- one of them charged to him -- in the eighth inning of Game 3, but he was his usual dominant self Tuesday with a chance to close out the pesky Giants. Chapman needed just 13 pitches to strike out Gorkys Hernandez, Denard Span, and Brandon Belt -- in order, all swinging. The fireballing closer will be rested and ready for Game 1 of the National League Champion Series on Saturday at Wrigley Field. Tuesday, 9:27 pm
  • Lackey allows three runs but Cubs win Gm. 4
    John Lackey allowed three earned runs in four innings Tuesday in the Cubs' NLDS Game 4 win over the Giants.

    Advice: Lackey gave up a run in the first inning on a Buster Posey RBI sac fly and two more in the fourth inning on a single and RBI groundout, exiting the game to a San Francisco lead. But the Cubs rallied for four runs in the ninth inning against the Giants bullpen to win the game and advance to the National League Championship Series. Lackey will again serve as the Cubs' fourth starter in that best-of-seven matchup. The opponent will either be the Dodgers or Nats. Tuesday, 9:22 pm
  • Baez hits go-ahead RBI single, Cubs advance
    Javier Baez hit a go-ahead RBI single in the top of the ninth inning Tuesday as the Cubs advanced past the Giants in the NLDS with a 6-5 Game 4 victory.

    Advice: San Francisco opened the ninth inning with a 5-2 lead, but Kris Bryant singled, Anthony Rizzo drew a walk, Ben Zobrist hit an RBI double, Willson Contreras belted a two-run single, Jason Heyward made it to second base on a throwing error after a sac bunt, and Baez drove Heyward in with a shot through the Giants' infield. San Francisco tried five different relievers to get the save, but Matt Moore's terrific eight-inning start was lost. This will be the second straight NLCS appearance for the Cubs. Baez is quickly becoming a household name with his big hits and ridiculous defensive plays. Tuesday, 9:10 pm
    New Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Kershaw charged with five runs in Game 4
    Clayton Kershaw yielded five earned runs over 6 2/3 innings but the Dodgers topped the Nationals in Game 4 of the NLDS on Tuesday in Los Angeles.

    Advice: Kershaw wasn't at his sharpest, especially early, but he did finish the outing with 11 strikeouts and three of those five runs crossed the plate after the ace left-hander was lifted in the top of the seventh. Chase Utley grabbed the lead back for the Dodgers with an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth and Kenley Jansen closed out the Game 5-forcing victory with a clean ninth. Kershaw has now been charged with eight runs in 11 2/3 innings this postseason, but he'll be leaned on heavily in the NLCS if Los Angeles can advance. Tuesday, 6:02 pm
  • David Ross catching John Lackey in Game 4
    David Ross is starting at catcher and batting eighth in Game 4 of the NLDS on Tuesday.

    Advice: Ross will catch John Lackey, who's taking his first turn in this best-of-five series. It's actually the same lineup the Cubs used in Game 1, when Jon Lester pitched: Dexter Fowler CF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Ben Zobrist LF, Addison Russell SS, Jason Heyward RF, Javier Baez 2B, David Ross C, John Lackey SP. San Francisco, trailing 2-1 in the series, will turn to left-hander Matt Moore. Tuesday, 1:21 pm
  • Strasburg stopped bullpen due to discomfort
    Stephen Strasburg stopped his bullpen session early on Monday after feeling some discomfort.

    Advice: Strasburg was scheduled to throw 35 pitches and he was shut down about five short of that total. Nationals manager Dusty Baker downplayed the issue to reporters on Tuesday, but obviously any kind of setback could rule him out from contributing this postseason. Strasburg has been out since early September with a tear in the pronator tendon of his elbow. Tuesday, 10:51 am
    W, 10-7 vs Mia
  • Dodgers officially going with Kershaw in Gm 4
    The Dodgers have officially announced Clayton Kershaw as their starter for Game 4 of the NLDS against the Nationals on Tuesday.

    Advice: Kershaw ultimately got the nod over 20-year-old rookie Julio Urias. He'll be going on three days' rest, but the decision is not a huge surprise with the Dodgers facing elimination. For what it's worth, Kershaw owns a 1.89 ERA, and 23/4 K/BB ratio in 19 innings over three previous starts on short rest in the postseason. The Dodgers need a big performance on Tuesday. Tuesday, 9:03 am
  • Aroldis Chapman blows Game 3 save chance
    Aroldis Chapman blew a save chance Monday against the Giants, allowing a go-ahead, two-RBI triple to Conor Gillaspie in the bottom of the eighth inning.

    Advice: After Travis Wood yielded a leadoff single and Hector Rondon walked a batter, Cubs manager Joe Maddon called upon Chapman to get the final six outs. He struck out Hunter Pence but then permitted the three-bagger to Gillaspie, which was followed by an RBI single from Brandon Crawford. It was bizarre seeing Chapman struggle so much, especially as he allowed three straight lefties to reach base before being pulled. He threw 21 pitches but should be available Tuesday should a save opportunity arise. Tuesday, 12:04 am
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