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  • Villar not on Astros' roster for the ALDS
    Jonathan Villar is not on the Astros' roster for their ALDS matchup against the Royals.

    Advice: Villar stole a base and scored as a pinch-runner in Tuesday night's American League Wild Card Game victory over the Yankees, but the 'Stros will get back to basics with their 25-man roster for this best-of-five ALDS. Today, 9:13 am
  • Phillies outright d'Arnaud to minors
    Phillies sent INF Chase d'Arnaud outright to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: d'Arnaud got a crack at the major league roster in mid-September following Cesar Hernandez's season-ending thumb injury. While up with the big club, the 28-year-old infielder was 3-for-17 with a triple. He hit just .268/.317/.354 in the minors. Yesterday, 1:27 pm
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    W, 7-2 vs x Mia
  • Beckham, Franklin options at SS for Rays
    The Rays will look primarily to internal options Tim Beckham and Nick Franklin to play shortstop next season.

    Advice: Asdrubal Cabrera is headed to free agency this winter, so the position will be up for grabs in the spring. Beckham and Franklin only received sporadic playing time this season, so it's far from a sure thing. Rays president Matt Silverman hasn't ruled out a veteran addition, but prospect Daniel Robertson and minor league infielder Taylor Motter could also be in the mix. Yesterday, 6:41 am
    W, 12-3 vs ^ Tor
  • Jed Lowrie not in Wild Card lineup
    Jed Lowrie is not in the Astros' lineup for Tuesday's Wild Card Game.

    Advice: Lowrie has been battling a quad injury of late, although it's not clear if that's why he's sitting. Luis Valbuena is covering third base and hitting eighth against Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees. Tuesday, 1:14 pm
    Player Note
    Jed Lowrie Hou - 3B,SS
    L, 5-3 ^ @Ari
  • Peraza (hamstring ruled out through NLDS
    Dodgers manager Don Mattingly on Saturday ruled Jose Peraza (hamstring) out through at least the NLDS.

    Advice: There had been hope that Peraza could serve as at least a pinch-runner down the stretch, but his recovery from a strained hamstring has stalled. "If he was going to be back for this (NLDS) round, then he’d have been here," Mattingly said. "I know they had kind of slowed him down a couple days back." Sunday, 8:40 am
    W, 6-3 vs x SD
  • Wilmer Difo suffers fractured hand Saturday
    Wilmer Difo fractured the fourth metacarpal bone on his left hand Saturday against the Mets.

    Advice: Obviously, he won't be competing in Sunday's season finale. Difo had a remarkable year in the minor leagues and should have a bright future ahead of him. Saturday was his first major league start. Saturday, 8:20 pm
    L, 1-0 x @NYM
  • Beckham ends game with two-run single vs TOR
    Tim Beckham hit a walk-off two-run single to end Saturday's 4-3 win over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Beckham entered the ninth with an 0-for-2 day working, but he banished that boring line with a two-run single off Blue Jays reliever Roberto Osuna to flip a 3-2 disadvantage into a 4-3 win. Nice hit, particularly given that the 25-year-old second baseman is slashing just .223/.270/.437 with nine homers and 35 RBI over an even 200 at-bats this season. Saturday, 6:30 pm
    W, 12-3 vs ^ Tor
  • Wilmer Difo gets hurt on headfirst slide
    Wilmer Difo left the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Mets with an apparent injury.

    Advice: He suffered the injury sliding headfirst on an infield single. Dan Uggla replaced Difo at second base in the third inning. The 23-year-old has appeared in six games since his call-up on September 13. Saturday, 5:49 pm
    L, 1-0 x @NYM
  • Jed Lowrie (quad) still not in Astros' lineup
    Jed Lowrie (quad) is not in the Astros' lineup Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: He's been battling a sore quad since Tuesday. Utility man Luis Valbuena will handle third base and bat fifth. Just as he was last night, Lowrie will be available off the bench. Saturday, 2:31 pm
    Player Note
    Jed Lowrie Hou - 3B,SS
    L, 5-3 ^ @Ari
  • Desmond sitting out second game of double dip
    Ian Desmond is not in the lineup for the second game of the Nationals' doubleheader Saturday against the Mets.

    Advice: He went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in the first game of the doubleheader. Top prospect Trea Turner is starting at shortstop and hitting leadoff. Desmond's .234 average this season is the lowest of his seven-year career. Saturday, 2:22 pm
    L, 1-0 ^ @NYM
  • Stephen Drew expected to miss postseason
    Stephen Drew is expected to miss the entire postseason due to his concussion issues.

    Advice: Drew is dealing with a vestibular concussion that he sustained when he was hit in the face with a ground ball on September 9. Since then, he has battled severe dizziness and can't shake the post-concussion symptoms. Dustin Ackley and Robert Refsnyder will share the load at second base in his absence. Saturday, 9:08 am
    L, 9-4 x @Bal
  • Ruben Tejada expected to start in playoffs
    Mets manager Terry Collins said Saturday that Ruben Tejada would likely be his starter at shortstop for Game 1 of the NLDS against the Dodgers.

    Advice: While Wilmer Flores offers much more offensively, Tejada is the more sure-handed fielder and runs should be at a premium with Clayton Kershaw on the hill for the Dodgers. Flores has also been dealing with strep throat in recent days though, and his health may prelude him from playing a major role early in October. Saturday, 7:57 am
    Player Note
    Rubén Tejada NYM - 2B,3B,SS
    W, 1-0 vs ^ Was
  • Brad Miller goes 3-for-3, homers
    Brad Miller went 3-for-3 with a solo homer against the A's on Friday.

    Advice: Miller had been in an 0-for-9 slump over the last week, though that just makes one wonder why he had just only at-bats in the last week. He's one of the Mariners' better bats, and if the team doesn't want to play him regularly somewhere, it might as well trade him this winter. Friday, 10:00 pm
    Player Note
    Brad Miller Sea - 2B,SS,LF,CF
    W, 3-2 vs ^ Oak
  • Daniel Castro paces Braves offense in victory
    Daniel Castro went 3-for-5 with a homer and two RBI, pacing the Braves offensive attack in Friday's 4-0 victory over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Castro also doubled and tripled in the game, finishing just a single shy of the cycle. His solo blast in the third inning got the Braves on the board, and he added an RBI double in the eighth. Castro is now hitting .261/.286/.364 with a pair of homers and five RBI in his limited action. Friday, 8:26 pm
    W, 6-0 vs ^ StL; W, 2-0 vs ^ StL
  • Lowrie (quad) available off bench on Friday
    Jed Lowrie (quad) is available off of the Astros bench on Friday.

    Advice: He was feeling better prior to Friday's game, but manager A.J. Hinch wanted to give him an extra day of rest as a precautionary measure. Expect him to return to the starting lineup on Saturday. Friday, 6:12 pm
    Player Note
    Jed Lowrie Hou - 3B,SS
    L, 5-3 ^ @Ari
  • Galvis takes 0-for-4 day against Mets
    Freddy Galvis went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts in Thursday afternoon's win over the Mets.

    Advice: Galvis couldn't get much cooking from the top of the lineup, but the Phillies were able to eek out a shutout win behind the strong work of starter Jerad Eickhoff. Overall, the shortstop is hitting .265/.303/.347 with seven homers, 48 RBI and nine steals as the 2015 season draws into its final few games. Thursday, 11:47 am
    W, 7-2 vs ^ Mia
  • Hardy has been playing through torn labrum
    J.J. Hardy revealed Thursday morning that he has been playing the entire 2015 season with a torn labrum in his left (non-throwing) shoulder.

    Advice: Hardy is hopeful that a full offseason of rest will allow the shoulder to heal without surgery. "I'm just going to get it stronger," he said. "That’s the plan. Just get it stronger." The veteran shortstop carried a brutal .213/.246/.306 batting line into play Thursday. He's due $12.5 million in 2016. Thursday, 9:41 am
    W, 9-4 vs ^ NYY
  • Alcides Escobar goes 0-for-5
    Leading off against the White Sox, Alcides Escobar went 0-for-5 in Wednesday's game.

    Advice: Manager Ned Yost again seems to be wavering on the leadoff spot, with Escobar starting there two of the last four games. It's possible Yost will go with matchups there in the postseason, using Escobar at the top against lefties and some combination of Ben Zobrist and Alex Gordon one-two against righties. Still, the better choice would seem to be to just hit Escobar ninth all of the time. He has a .294 OBP for the season, and he's been particularly cold the last two months. Wednesday, 9:17 pm
  • Galvis sparks Phillies' comeback win vs. Mets
    Freddy Galvis went 2-for-3 with a walk and a two-run single as the Phillies came back to beat the Mets on Wednesday.

    Advice: Galvis singled and scored in the third inning as the Phillies got on the board. In the sixth, he hit a game-tying, two-run single. He then came around to score on a wild pitch to put the Phillies up 6-5. Galvis is hitting .267/.305/.349 with seven home runs, 48 RBI, and 61 runs scored on the year. Wednesday, 8:15 pm
    W, 7-2 vs ^ Mia
  • Goins reaches in all six appearances vs. O's
    Ryan Goins was an on-base machine Wednesday, going 5-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored in a 15-2 win in the first game of a doubleheader against the Orioles.

    Advice: Goins also walked in the game, reaching in all six plate appearances on the afternoon. He became the first shortstop in team history with five hits in a game. Goins, a regular in recent weeks with both Troy Tulowitzki and Devon Travis out, is batting .253/.324/.355 with five homers, 43 RBI and 51 runs on the year. Wednesday, 4:32 pm
    Player Note
    Ryan Goins Tor - 2B,SS
    L, 12-3 ^ @TB
  • J.J. Hardy not in lineup for first game
    J.J. Hardy is not in the Orioles' lineup for the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: He'll likely be back in there for the second game. Manny Machado is at shortstop in the first game, with Ryan Flaherty handling third base. Wednesday, 10:08 am
    W, 9-4 vs ^ NYY
  • Jed Lowrie leaves with sore quad
    Jed Lowrie exited Tuesday's game against the Mariners with left quad soreness.

    Advice: Lowrie admitted to feeling some tightness before the game and then it got worse when he ran to first base. He'll be re-evaluated Wednesday but he seems likely to miss at least a game or two. "I don’t know what it looks like for tomorrow, we’ll see," Lowrie said Tuesday. Wednesday, 6:31 am
    Player Note
    Jed Lowrie Hou - 3B,SS
    L, 5-3 ^ @Ari
  • Stephen Drew likely has concussion
    Stephen Drew has started just three games since September 9 due to a head injury that he said doctors are "leaning toward" calling a concussion.

    Advice: Drew was hit in the face with a ground ball on September 9 and has gone through dizzy spells since then. Yankees manager Joe Girardi doesn't plan on having Drew available for the rest of the season. "We haven’t seen really any improvement for these 10 days," Girardi said. "I don’t know what’s going to turn it around." Dustin Ackley and Rob Refsnyder have been holding down second base in Drew's absence. Wednesday, 6:04 am
    L, 9-4 x @Bal
  • Ian Desmond absent from lineup on Monday
    Ian Desmond is absent from the Nationals' starting lineup Monday afternoon against the Reds.

    Advice: Trea Turner will start at shortstop and bat second versus Reds left-hander Brandon Finnegan. It's just a day of rest for Desmond. Bryce Harper is getting one too. Sep 28, 8:53 am
    L, 1-0 ^ @NYM
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