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  • Perez in Giants' lineup for Game 4 vs. Royals
    Juan Perez is starting in left field for the Giants in World Series Game 4 on Saturday night against the Royals.

    Advice: The left-handed Travis Ishikawa has started the first three games of the World Series, but righty Perez gets the nod against Royals left-handed starter Jason Vargas. The Giants' full lineup for Game 4: Gregor Blanco CF, Joe Panik 2B, Buster Posey C, Hunter Pence RF, Pablo Sandoval 3B, Brandon Belt 1B, Juan Perez LF, Brandon Crawford SS, Ryan Vogelsong SP. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:17 pm
  • Royals stick with same lineup for Game 3
    The Royals will utilize the same lineup they used in Friday's victory over the Giants in Game 4 on Saturday.

    Advice: That means that Jarrod Dyson will remain in center field and hit eighth with Lorenzo Cain handling right field defensively and Nori Aoki stowed away on the bench. Ned Yost's moves worked out brilliantly in Game 3 as Cain played a flawless right field and made several plays that Aoki otherwise wouldn't have. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:44 pm
  • Byron Buxton tallies three hits in win Friday
    Twins top prospect Byron Buxton tallied three hits in Arizona Fall League play on Friday as Salt River dispatched of Glendale 8-1.

    Advice: Buxton finished the afternoon 3-for-5 with a double, pair of runs scored and two RBI. He also showed off his wheels, swiping a pair of bases. Through 12 games in the Fall showcase, he's slashing .264/.316/.302 with six RBI, four stolen bases and an 11/4 K/BB ratio. The 20-year-old is expected to open the 2015 season at Double-A New Britain. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:09 am
     
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    L, 3-0 x @Det
  • Raul Mondesi excels in Fall League victory
    Royals prospect Raul Mondesi had a strong day at the dish in Friday's victory over Mesa in Arizona Fall League action, going 2-for-5 with a pair of runs scored.

    Advice: Mondesi also swiped his third base of the Fall season in the contest. The 19-year-old struggled at High-A Wilmington in 2014, slashing just .211/.256/.354 with eight homers, 33 RBI and 17 stolen bases in his 110 games. He's expected to return to Wilmington for the start of the 2015 season and remains firmly entrenched in the Royals future plans. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:05 am
     
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    W, 6-4 x @CWS
  • Dave Martinez leading candidate for manager
    According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, Dave Martinez is the leading candidate to succeed Joe Maddon as the manager of the Rays.

    Advice: Martinez has been the Rays bench coach for the past seven seasons and seems like the obvious fit. He has also generated interest as a managerial candidate around the league in recent seasons. Topkin also mentions several other potential candidates including Gabe Kapler, Tim Bogar, Joe McEwing and Charlie Montoyo. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:41 am
  • Pirates acquire Justin Sellers from Indians
    Pirates acquired INF Justin Sellers from the Indians for cash considerations.

    Advice: The 28-year-old utility infielder owns a troublesome career slash of .198/.280/.294 over 99 big league contests. He'll be nothing more than additional depth in the infield for the Pirates. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:02 am
  • Alcides Escobar sparks Royals to Game 3 win
    Alcides Escobar went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored, sparking the Royals offense in Friday’s 3-2 victory over the Giants in Game 3 of the World Series.

    Advice: Escobar jumped on the very first pitch of the night from Tim Hudson, lining a leadoff double into the left field corner. He advanced to third on a ground ball and came around to score on a ground out off the bat of Lorenzo Cain to give the Royals an early advantage. The speedy shortstop then delivered a one-out single in the sixth inning which started a two-run uprising that proved to be the difference in the contest. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:37 pm
  • Eric Hosmer drives home game-winning run
    Eric Hosmer went 1-for-4 and drove home the eventual game-winning run on Friday as the Royals topped the Giants in Game 3 of the World Series in San Francisco.

    Advice: Hosmer’s two-out RBI single came off tough opposing southpaw Javier Lopez after an 11-pitch battle in the sixth inning, increasing the Royals advantage to 3-0 at the time. That run would prove to stand tall though after the Giants pushed across a pair in the bottom of the sixth inning. Hosmer has had a tremendous postseason, slashing .359/.479/.564 with a pair of long balls and nine RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:36 pm
  • Gordon plates one as Royals take series lead
    Alex Gordon came through with an RBI double in the sixth inning on Friday, helping the Royals to dispatch of the Giants in Game 3 of the World Series.

    Advice: His one-out double plated Alcides Escobar who had reached on single. It was Gordon’s first hit of the series, as his 1-for-4 effort brings him to 1-for-11 (.091) in the Fall Classic. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:35 pm
  • Posey plates one as Giants drop Game 3
    Buster Posey went 0-for-4 with an RBI as the Giants dropped Game 3 of the World Series to the Royals in San Francisco on Friday.

    Advice: Posey came to the plate in a huge situation in the sixth inning, with the potential tying runs in scoring position and just one out. While Posey was able to deliver an RBI with a ground out that pulled the Giants to within a run at 3-2, their scoring threat fizzled. The All-Star backstop is now hitting .268/.311/.268 with no homers and six RBI in the postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:31 pm
     
    W, 9-3 vs ^ SD
  • Victor Martinez to seek four-year contract
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that impending free agent Victor Martinez will be looking for a four-year contract this winter.

    Advice: Martinez will turn 36 in December, but you can hardly blame him for shooting for a four-year deal after he batted .335/.409/.565 with 32 homers and 103 RBI this season. The Tigers would love to keep him, but they could balk at giving him another four-year pact. Regardless, V-Mart will be in high demand this offseason with offense down across baseball. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:55 pm
  • Dyson starting over Aoki in WS Game 3
    Jarrod Dyson is starting in center field and batting eighth in Friday's World Series Game 3.

    Advice: Lorenzo Cain has shifted over to right field, and Nori Aoki is on the bench. With the tough outfield at AT&T Park and flyball pitcher Jeremy Guthrie on the mound, Royals manager Ned Yost has elected to go with his best defensive outfield. Alex Gordon has moved up to the No. 2 spot in the lineup that was vacated by Aoki, while Mike Moustakas has moved up from the No. 9 spot to Gordon's old No. 5 spot. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:13 pm
  • No progress in Orioles/Markakis talks
    Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that there has been "no substantial progress" made in extension talks between the Orioles and impending free agent Nick Markakis.

    Advice: The common thought has been that Markakis is likely to stay in Baltimore, but it appears the two sides have some significant ground to make up. It's not clear what kind of figures are currently being exchanged between the two parties. Markakis will officially become a free agent five days after the World Series ends, at which point he'll be able to negotiate with any club. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:06 am
     
    W, 1-0 ^ @Tor
  • Teams to monitor Chase Utley's availibility
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that teams are going to monitor Chase Utley closely this offseason to see if he becomes available via trade.

    Advice: Utley would have to approve any deal, and he's expressed a hesitancy to do so in the past. However, the Phillies don't seem particularly close to contending, so perhaps the soon-to-be 36-year-old will have a change of heart over the winter. Utley hit a solid .270/.339/.407 with 11 homers and 78 RBI this season and would no doubt draw plenty of interest from around the league if he's placed on the trade block. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:14 am
     
    L, 2-1 vs ^ Atl
  • Infante taking Toradol for shoulder pain
    Omar Infante has been taking oral doses of Toradol in order to combat nagging pain in his right shoulder.

    Advice: Toradol is a controversial pain-killer that has been banned by some teams and in some countries, but Major League Baseball considers it legal. "I feel better, because I’m taking strong pills," Infante said. "That’s helped me a lot. I feel it a little bit in B.P., and I still feel sore in the front of my shoulder. But yesterday I felt more comfortable." Infante could have minor surgery over the offseason to repair his shoulder issue, but he'll gut it out for now. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:01 am
  • Miguel Cabrera undergoes surgery on ankle
    Miguel Cabrera underwent surgery Wednesday to remove bone spurs from his right ankle and repair a stress fracture in the navicular bone at top of his foot.

    Advice: It had been known that Cabrera dealt with bone spurs down the stretch, but the stress fracture is a new revelation. The slugger will be re-evaluated in three months, so there would seem to be a chance that he'll be slowed at the beginning of spring training. Barring a setback, however, it shouldn't affect his availability for Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:00 am
     
    W, 3-0 vs ^ Min
  • Jarrod Dyson could start Game 3
    Royals manager Ned Yost indicated Thursday that Jarrod Dyson could start over Norichika Aoki in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday.

    Advice: That would mean putting Dyson in center and shifting Lorenzo Cain over to handle the tough right field at AT&T Park. Aoki would also offer more than Dyson off the bench as a pinch-hitter. Dyson is hitless in seven at-bats this postseason, while Aoki is just 7-for-34 at the dish. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:18 pm
  • Infante delivers two-run homer in Game 2 win
    Omar Infante went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run in a World Series Game 2 win over the Giants on Wednesday.

    Advice: Infante was one of the Royals' worst offensive performers during the regular season, but he came up big in Game 2. He doubled and scored the Royals' second run in the second inning, and his two-run blast off Hunter Strickland capped a five-run sixth inning that decided the outcome of the game. The homer was his first in 145 career postseason at-bats. It was a good time for it, as the Royals needed a split to stand a chance heading to San Francisco for a three-game set that starts Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:46 pm
  • Royals stick with regular lineup for WS Gm 2
    Alcides Escobar will bat leadoff in Game 2 of the World Series against the Giants on Wednesday.

    Advice: Royals manager Ned Yost isn't making any changes following Tuesday's Game 1 loss. The full lineup: Escobar SS, Nori Aoki RF, Lorenzo Cain CF, Eric Hosmer 1B, Billy Butler DH, Alex Gordon LF, Salvador Perez C, Omar Infante 2B, Mike Moustakas 3B. Yordano Ventura will oppose Jake Peavy. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 12:17 pm
  • Giants 'team to watch' with Nick Markakis
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Giants are "one team to watch" with impending free agent Nick Markakis.

    Advice: Cafardo also list the Mets as a possible contender for Markakis' services, though it sounds like he's just speculating on potential landing spots more than anything else. The Orioles will decline their part of Markakis' $17.5 million mutual option for 2015, but the common feeling is that they'll wind up working out a deal to retain the outfielder. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:39 am
     
    W, 1-0 ^ @Tor
  • Posey drives in three, Giants take Game 4
    Buster Posey went 2-for-3 with three RBI as the Giants came back to edge the Cardinals 6-4 in Wednesday's NLCS Game 4.

    Advice: Posey was just 2-for-13 without an RBI in the NLCS coming into the game, but he remedied that with an RBI sacrifice fly in the first inning. He contributed an RBI single in the third inning and added another RBI with a single in the sixth to push the Giants' lead to two. Posey and the Giants hold a 3-1 series lead and are one game away from their third World Series appearance in five years with their ace, Madison Bumgarner, taking the mound Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:27 am
     
    W, 9-3 vs ^ SD
  • Royals stick with regular lineup in Game 4
    Eric Hosmer will bat cleanup in Game 4 of the ALCS against the Orioles on Wednesday.

    Advice: Ned Yost isn't making any changes with the Royals on the verge of a trip to the World Series. The full lineup: SS Alcides Escobar, RF Norichika Aoki, CF Lorenzo Cain, 1B Eric Hosmer, DH Billy Butler, LF Alex Gordon, C Salvador Perez, 2B Omar Infante, 3B Mike Moustakas. Jason Vargas will oppose Miguel Gonzalez. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:32 am
  • O's plan to decline option on Markakis
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Orioles plan to decline their part of Nick Markakis' $17.5 million mutual option for 2015.

    Advice: He'll receive a $2 million buyout and become a free agent. The decision isn't a big surprise, as his production simply doesn't warrant the bloated salary. Still, the Orioles are interested in bringing him back for less. Markakis has spent his entire nine-year career with the Orioles and batted .276/.342/.386 with 14 home runs and 50 RBI over 155 games this past season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:04 am
     
    W, 1-0 ^ @Tor
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