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  • Ian Desmond not ruling out return to Nats
    According to Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post, neither Ian Desmond nor the Nationals have ruled out a potential reunion this offseason.

    Advice: The Nationals are in the market for a right-handed power bat, preferably that could play center field, and Desmond certainly fits the bill as one of the top hitters on the market. After seven seasons with the Nats, Desmond left to sign a one-year deal with the Rangers last winter, rebuilding his value with a tremendous .285/.335/.446 slash line with 22 homers, 86 RBI and 21 stolen bases. Yesterday, 6:52 pm
    L, 6-4 vs TB
  • 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. Yesterday, 12:09 pm
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Royals sign Onelki Garcia to minors deal
    Royals signed LHP Onelki Garcia to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Garcia, 27, spent this past season in the Mexican League and hasn't appeared in the majors since 2013. He's merely a depth addition. Yesterday, 12:02 pm
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    L, 6-3 vs Min
  • Braves ink Sam Freeman to minors deal
    Braves signed LHP Sam Freeman to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Freeman, 29, holds a 3.87 ERA with nearly a strikeout per inning over parts of five big league seasons, but he's always had awful control. However, as a lefty who throws in the mid-90s, he's certainly worth a shot on a minor league contract. Yesterday, 11:45 am
    Not Active
    W, 1-0 vs Det
  • 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. Yesterday, 11:41 am
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • 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. Yesterday, 8:58 am
  • 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. Yesterday, 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. Thursday, 10:34 pm
    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. Thursday, 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. Thursday, 9:31 pm
    L, 7-1 @SF
  • 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
  • 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. Thursday, 9:29 pm
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • 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. Thursday, 9:28 pm
    Player Note
    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. Thursday, 9:27 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. Thursday, 1:41 pm
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • 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
    L, 7-1 @SF
  • 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
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • 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
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • 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
    L, 7-1 @SF
  • 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
  • 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
    Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • 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
  • 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. Sunday, 3:49 pm
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • 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
    L, 7-1 @SF
  • 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
    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
  • 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
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • 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
    L, 7-1 @SF
  • 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
  • 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
    L, 7-1 @SF
  • 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
  • Salazar (forearm) unlikely for ALCS roster
    Indians manager Terry Francona said that Danny Salazar (forearm) is unlikely to make the ALCS roster.

    Advice: When asked if Salazar had a shot at pitching in the best-of-seven Championship Series versus Toronto, Francona said, "I don't think so, I really don't." Salazar continues to rehab from a mild strain of his right flexor musculature. He last appeared in a game in early September. While the 26-year-old right-hander threw a bullpen session on Monday, he still has work to do before he is ready for a return to live action. Salazar has not been ruled out as an option for the World Series should the Indians win the American League pennant. Wednesday, 1:30 pm
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • 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
  • 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
    Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
    W, 7-4 @Cin
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