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  • 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. Thursday, 9:30 pm
    Player Note
    Joe Blanton LAD - SP,RP
    L, 7-1 @SF
  • 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
  • Tommy Milone has elected free agency
    Tommy Milone has elected free agency.

    Advice: Milone was removed from the Twins' 40-man roster and has decided to get an early jump on free agency. The left-hander held a 5.71 ERA over 19 appearances -- 12 starts -- this season and it wouldn't be a surprise if he wound up having to settle for a minor league deal. Monday, 9:43 pm
    Not Active
    W, 6-3 @CWS
  • 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
  • Pat Dean outrighted to Triple-A
    Twins sent LHP Pat Dean outright to Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: Dean held a 6.28 ERA over 19 games -- nine starts -- for the Twins in 2016. He's now off the 40-man roster. Monday, 3:37 pm
    Player Note
    Pat Dean Min - SP,RP
    Not Active
    W, 6-3 @CWS
  • Tommy Milone outrighted to Triple-A
    Twins sent LHP Tommy Milone outright to Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: He's now off the 40-man roster. Milone posted a 5.71 ERA over 19 appearances -- 12 starts -- for the Twins this season. He's arbitration-eligible this winter but is sure to be non-tendered. Monday, 3:32 pm
    Not Active
    W, 6-3 @CWS
  • Nationals release Bronson Arroyo
    Nationals released RHP Bronson Arroyo.

    Advice: Arroyo tried to revitalize his career this summer in the Nationals' minor league system, but ongoing shoulder and elbow troubles scrapped that idea. It's not clear whether the 39-year-old right-hander is planning another comeback attempt. Monday, 9:02 am
    Not Active
    W, 10-7 vs Mia
  • Donn Roach elects free agency
    Donn Roach has elected free agency.

    Advice: Roach was outrighted off the Athletics' 40-man roster earlier this month. The 26-year-old right-hander owns a rough 5.77 ERA and 1.77 WHIP in 39 career innings at the major league level. Monday, 9:00 am
    Not Active
    W, 3-2 @Sea
  • Brandon Beachy elects free agency
    Brandon Beachy has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: 2016 was another lost season for Beachy, who's made just two starts at the major league level since 2013 due to elbow issues. The 30-year-old right-hander will have to prove his health before another team takes a chance. Monday, 8:49 am
    7-Day DL
    L, 7-1 @SF
  • Sean O'Sullivan elects free agency
    Sean O'Sullivan has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: O'Sullivan was pushed off Boston's 40-man roster in August after registering a 6.75 ERA in 21 1/3 innings out of the Red Sox bullpen. The 29-year-old right-hander will likely have to settle for a minor league contract on the open market. Monday, 8:30 am
    Not Active
    L, 2-1 vs Tor
  • 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
  • Alex Wood, Enrique Hernandez on NLCS roster
    Alex Wood is on the Dodgers' roster for the NLCS against the Cubs.

    Advice: As previously reported, Enrique Hernandez will also be included on the Dodgers' roster. Charlie Culberson and Austin Barnes were both on the NLDS roster, but they didn't make the cut for this series. Wood finished the regular season in a relief role after returning from an elbow injury and will give Dodgers manager Dave Roberts another lefty option out of the bullpen. Saturday, 9:31 am
  • Pirates re-sign Casey Sadler to minors deal
    Pirates re-signed RHP Casey Sadler to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Sadler missed all of 2016 while recovering from Tommy John surgery. The 26-year-old spent most of 2015 at Triple-A Indianapolis, posting a 4.22 ERA over 13 starts. Friday, 7:42 am
    L, 10-4 @StL
  • Joel de la Cruz outrighted to Triple-A
    Braves sent RHP Joel de la Cruz outright to Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: De la Cruz held a 4.88 ERA over 22 appearances -- nine starts -- for the Braves this season. He's now off the 40-man roster. Friday, 6:36 am
    Not Active
    W, 1-0 vs Det
  • Stewart might be added to NLCS roster
    Brock Stewart has been traveling with the Dodgers and throwing bullpen sessions and is a possibility to be added to their NLCS roster.

    Advice: Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register thinks it's even possible that the young righty could get a start against the Cubs. Stewart held a 5.79 ERA over seven appearances -- five starts -- for the Dodgers this season, but he had a 1.89 ERA in his last five outings and tossed five scoreless frames in a late-August start versus the Cubs. The Dodgers currently have Kenta Maeda lined up for Game 1 but haven't made any official announcements about their rotation. Friday, 5:47 am
  • Joe Wieland decides to elect free agency
    Joe Wieland has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: Wieland was removed from the Mariners' 40-man roster a couple times this season before a late-season trade to the Braves. The 26-year-old used to be a nice prospect but has really struggled in his chances in the majors and hasn't done much better in the minors lately. Friday, 5:28 am
    Not Active
    W, 1-0 vs Det
  • Matt Cain could earn back rotation spot
    Giants general manager Bobby Evans told reporters that Matt Cain will have an opportunity to earn back a rotation spot next spring.

    Advice: Ty Blach looks like Cain's primary competition, though there could obviously be additions to the mix this offseason. Cain posted a 5.64 ERA and 1.51 WHIP across 89 1/3 innings in 2016 and finished the year in a long relief role. The veteran right-hander isn't someone to bet on in fantasy leagues for 2017. Thursday, 12:17 pm
    W, 7-1 vs LAD
  • Kaprielian sharp in first AFL appearance
    Yankees pitching prospect James Kaprielian (elbow) struck out six of 10 batters over three shutout innings Wednesday in the Arizona Fall League.

    Advice: It was the first live game for Kaprielian since April 21, when he began experiencing discomfort in his right elbow. The 22-year-old right-hander was eventually diagnosed with a flexor strain, but he seems to be over the injury now and will try to make up for lost time with an active offseason. Kaprielian was selected 16th overall by the Yankees in 2015 out of UCLA. Thursday, 8:26 am
    7-Day DL
    L, 5-2 vs Bal
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