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  • Mariners' Taijuan Walker will pitch in AFL
    Taijuan Walker will pitch 30 innings in the Arizona Fall League.

    Advice: Walker missed some time this season with a shoulder injury, so the Mariners want to get him some more innings going into the offseason. The 22-year-old posted a 2.61 ERA and 34/18 K/BB ratio in 38 innings across five starts and three relief appearances in the majors this year and should be a popular late-round flier in mixed leagues in 2015. Rotoworld.com
    56 minutes ago
  • Adam Dunn says he still plans to retire
    Adam Dunn acknowledged after the Athletics' loss to the Royals in the Wild Card Game on Tuesday that he still plans to retire.

    Advice: "That's probably it," said Dunn, who waited 14 seasons and 2,001 career games to get to the playoffs, the longest such streak of any active player. The 34-year-old didn't make an appearance in Tuesday's Wild Card Game, but he has no regrets. "Not at all," said Dunn. "Let's not make a bigger deal out of it. I love Bob [Melvin]. He's one of the best managers I've ever played for. He's as good as there is out there. You wish the best for a guy like that. He's awesome. Awesome." If this is the end for Dunn, he'll finish with 462 career home runs, tying him for 35th on the all-time list. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:51 am
     
    W, 4-0 ^ @Tex
  • James Shields up-and-down in KC win
    James Shields allowed four runs over five innings in the Royals' 9-8 extra-innings victory over the Athletics in Tuesday's Wild Card Game.

    Advice: Shields served up a two-run shot to Brandon Moss in the first inning but then held the A's off the scoreboard for the next four frames. However, manager Ned Yost elected to pull him after a single and a walk to start off the sixth, and Yordano Ventura promptly gave up a gopher ball to Moss. The Royals battled back to tie it in the ninth and eventually won it on a walk-off single from Salvador Perez in the 12th. Shields will likely start Game 3 of the ALDS against the Angels on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:34 pm
  • Sean Doolittle blows save for A's
    Sean Doolittle yielded a run in the ninth inning to blow the save in Tuesday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Doolittle didn't pitch poorly, as he gave up a bloop single to Josh Willingham to start the inning and then watched the Royals score following a sac bunt, stolen base and sac fly. He then stayed in to pitch a scoreless 10th inning. The A's took the lead again in the 12th inning, but Dan Otero and Jason Hammel combined to surrender a pair of runs. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:27 pm
  • Jon Lester falters late in loss to Royals
    Jon Lester was charged with six runs over 7 1/3 innings in Tuesday's Wild Card Game loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Lester really settled in after a rocky start, but A's manager Bob Melvin stuck with him too long in the eighth inning after he was well past 100 pitches. He wound up getting charged with three runs that frame, two of which that scored after he exited. It wasn't the ideal finish for the impending free agent, but Lester will still get a boatload of cash this winter. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Royals down A's on Perez's walk-off single
    Salvador Perez made his one hit Tuesday count, as he delivered a two-out, walk-off RBI single in the 12th inning of the Wild Card Game win over the Athletics.

    Advice: Perez was having an awful game up to that point, going 0-for-5 with a couple strikeouts, including one in the eighth with the tying run on third base and one out. He finally came through in extras, though, pulling a ball down the third-base line just past Josh Donaldson to score Christian Colon from second base. The Royals will face the Angels in the ALDS. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:14 pm
  • Eric Hosmer notches three hits in victory
    Eric Hosmer went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a pair of runs scored in Tuesday's Wild Card Game win over the Athletics.

    Advice: Hosmer put the Royals ahead with an RBI single in the third, scored a run to pull them within one in the eighth and scored following a leadoff triple in the 12th. Alcides Escobar, Lorenzo Cain, Billy Butler and Omar Infante also tallied multi-hit efforts, with Cain and Butler driving in a couple runs apiece. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Brandon Moss' two homers not enough for A's
    Brandon Moss had a two-run homer and a three-run shot in Tuesday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Moss did all he could, getting the A's on board with a two-run blast in the first inning before putting them ahead with a three-run dinger in the sixth. He also drew a walk in one of his six plate appearances. It wasn't enough in the back-and-forth game, though, as the Royals ultimately prevailed in extras. Moss had just two longballs since the beginning of August before smacking a pair Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:03 pm
     
    W, 4-0 ^ @Tex
  • Crisp leaves game with hamstring injury
    Coco Crisp left Tuesday's game against the Royals with a right hamstring injury.

    Advice: Crisp tweaked his hamstring on a swing in the top of the 11th. He took the field for the bottom of the frame but decided he couldn't go. It's an ailment that could conceivably keep him out a while if the A's advance, but more should be known about his status after the game. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:14 pm
  • Gutierrez could return to Mariners
    Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said Tuesday that the club will considering re-signing Franklin Gutierrez to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Gutierrez didn't play at all this season after being diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis. He's averaged just 58 games played per season from 2011-13 due to a variety of health issues but isn't ready to call it a career. "He's in Florida, working out. He has some interest in coming back next year. We're going to talk to him and we'll see what happens," Zduriencik said. "He left in a good frame of mind. We'll have to see where it's at, but he's spoken to our guys more than once about his desire in coming back next year. It would be as a non-roster player." Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:38 pm
     
    Not Active
    W, 4-1 vs x LAA
  • Josh Hamilton says he's ready for the ALDS
    Josh Hamilton (shoulder, chest, rib cage) said Tuesday that he is ready to go for the ALDS.

    Advice: Hamilton has taken batting practice, thrown long toss, and run the bases without issue each of the last two days in Anaheim. He's played in just one game for the Angels since September 4 due to shoulder, chest, and rib cage injuries, but look for him to be in the starting lineup on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:01 pm
  • Ryu (shoulder) to throw simulated game Wed.
    Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) will throw around 45 pitches in a simulated game on Wednesday.

    Advice: Ryu felt fine after his first full-effort bullpen session on Sunday and is ready to take the next step in his recovery from left shoulder irritation. The hope is that he'll be able to pitch at some point during the Dodgers' NLDS matchup with the Cardinals. He has been on the shelf since September 13. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:11 pm
  • Emilio Bonifacio hires new agent
    According to Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors, Emilio Bonifacio has hired Gene Mato as his agent.

    Advice: He was previously represented by Paul Kinzer. Bonifacio, an impending free agent, batted .259/.305/.345 with three home runs, 24 RBI, and 26 steals over 110 games this season between the Cubs and Braves. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:56 pm
     
    W, 2-1 ^ @Phi
  • Hamilton to face live pitching Tuesday
    Josh Hamilton (shoulder, chest, rib cage) is slated to face live pitching Tuesday.

    Advice: Hamilton has been limited to just one game since September 4 due to right shoulder, chest, and rib cage injuries, but he's confident he'll start in left field for Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday. The veteran outfielder has received a whopping 12 cortisone shots over the past couple of weeks to deal with the injuries. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:29 am
  • Adam Dunn not in lineup for Wild Card game
    Adam Dunn is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's Wild Card game against the Royals.

    Advice: Dunn is in the playoffs for the first time in his long career, but it looks like he'll be limited to pinch-hitter duty. The full lineup hasn't been announced yet, but Geovany Soto will catch Jon Lester while Brandon Moss will serve as DH and Sam Fuld will play left. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:08 am
     
    W, 4-0 ^ @Tex
  • Davis playing third base in instructs game
    Chris Davis is slated to play third base again Tuesday in an instructional league game in Florida.

    Advice: He's slated to play five innings. Davis got four plate appearances on Monday. He won't be eligible to play in the O's first eight playoff games as he finishes out his suspension for amphetamines, but he's staying sharp just in case they make it far into the postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:51 am
     
    Player Note
    Chris Davis Bal - 1B,3B
    Not Active
    W, 1-0 x @Tor
  • Holt (concussion) set for exam next week
    Brock Holt (concussion) will see Dr. Michael Collins in Pittsburgh on October 8.

    Advice: Holt missed the final 21 games of the season with a concussion, but it's expected that he'll be cleared during next week's exam. There was some talk about him playing some instructional league games, but he will not be required to play anywhere this winter. Holt should be in the mix for the starting third base job next spring. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:22 am
     
    Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    L, 9-5 vs x NYY
  • Hamilton (shoulder) goes through full workout
    Josh Hamilton (shoulder) went through a full workout on Monday afternoon without issue.

    Advice: Hamilton took batting practice, threw long toss, and ran the bases. He will repeat that routine on Tuesday and is then expected to face live pitching on Wednesday. The Angels are hoping he'll be close to full health by Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:22 pm
  • James Shields to start for Royals in WC Game
    Royals manager Ned Yost officially announced Sunday that James Shields would start for the Royals in Tuesday's Wild Card Game against the Athletics.

    Advice: "Big Game James" had been tabbed to work a potential Game 163 had the Royals and Tigers tied for the Central Division crown. Now instead he'll go on Tuesday on regular rest. He has actually been significantly better on the road this season, with a 4-6 record, 3.51 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 76/17 K/BB ratio over 102 2/3 innings in 15 starts at Kauffmann Stadium this season. The game will be played in KC. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:17 pm
  • Jon Lester to start for A's in Wild Card Game
    Athletics manager Bob Melvin announced Sunday that Jon Lester will start for the Athletics in Tuesday's Wild Card Game against the Royals in Kansas City.

    Advice: The news doesn't come as a tremendous surprise, given his terrific track record in the postseason. Since joining the A's, the veteran southpaw has compiled a 2.35 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and 71/16 K/BB ratio over 76 2/3 innings. He'll square off against James Shields to see who gets the right to take on the Angels in the Division Series. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:12 pm
  • Moss doubles, scores in win over Rangers
    Brandon Moss doubled and scored in Sunday's win over the Rangers.

    Advice: Moss led off the second inning with a double, scoring on Josh Reddick's RBI triple. It was an up-and-down season for the 31-year-old, who hit .268/.349/.530 with 21 home runs and 66 RBI before the All-Star break before slumping to a .170 average and .577 OPS in the second half. It all adds up to a .234/.334/.438 line with 25 home runs and 81 RBI in 2014. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:15 pm
     
    W, 4-0 ^ @Tex
  • Bonifacio hits third homer in win over Phils
    Emilio Bonifacio hit his third home run of the season in Sunday's win over the Phillies.

    Advice: Bonifacio hit a solo shot off Cole Hamels to start off the game. It was his only hit in four at-bats. The 29-year-old finishes the season with 47 runs scored and 26 steals between the Cubs and Braves. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:37 pm
     
    W, 2-1 ^ @Phi
  • Ryu (shoulder) throw pain-free 'pen session
    Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) said he felt fine during a bullpen session Sunday.

    Advice: It's his first full-effort 'pen session since being sidelined earlier this month with left shoulder irritation. The Dodgers haven't announced any future plans for Ryu, but he's trending towards being available for the NLDS. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:34 am
  • Hamilton (shoulder) to take BP on Monday
    Josh Hamilton (shoulder) will take batting practice on Monday.

    Advice: He'll take BP again on Tuesday before facing live pitching on Wednesday if all goes well. Hamilton has received a whopping 12 cortisone injections over the last couple weeks in hopes of getting his right shoulder in shape for the postseason. Game 1 of the ALDS is on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:19 am
  • Hyun-Jin Ryu to throw bullpen session Sunday
    Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) will throw a full-effort bullpen session on Sunday afternoon.

    Advice: Ryu made it through a 20-25 pitch mound workout on Friday with no issues. He has been sidelined since September 13 with lingering shoulder irritation but should become available at some point during the playoffs. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:27 pm
  • Adam Dunn plates two in victory over Rangers
    Adam Dunn drove home a pair of runs as the A's topped the Rangers on Friday in Arlington.

    Advice: Dunn got the A's on the board with a two-run double in the third inning, and they wouldn't relinquish the lead. Since joining the A's in a deadline deal, he's hitting .217 (13-for-60) with a pair of homers and 10 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:36 pm
     
    W, 4-0 ^ @Tex
  • Josh Hamilton to resume swinging Saturday
    Josh Hamilton (shoulder) will resume swinging a bat on Saturday.

    Advice: Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Friday that he'll face live pitching at normal velocity before the playoffs begin, but his availability for the postseason remains in question. Before hitting the shelf, he slashed just .263/.331/.414 with 10 homers in his 89 contests. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 5:20 pm
  • Ryu throws successful bullpen session Friday
    Hyun-Jun Ryu (shoulder) threw 20-25 pitches in a successful bullpen session on Friday.

    Advice: While he won't return before the end of the regular season, this is a very encouraging sign for the Dodgers as they head into the postseason. More should be known on his status on Saturday after seeing how he responds after this session. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:33 pm
  • Chris Davis plays in instructional league
    Chris Davis played three innings at third base and got three plate appearances in an instructional league game Friday.

    Advice: He had a walk, a flyout and an infield single in his three trips to the dish. The Orioles sent the suspended slugger to instructs in order to stay sharp in the event that he's eventually added to their postseason roster. Davis is ineligible to play in the team's first eight playoff games. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:57 am
     
    Player Note
    Chris Davis Bal - 1B,3B
    Not Active
    W, 1-0 x @Tor
  • Shields takes a no-decision against White Sox
    James Shields yielded three runs over six innings en route to a no-decision as the Royals picked up a win against the White Sox on Thursday.

    Advice: Two of the three runs scored on Josh Phegley's two-run home run in the second inning. Overall, Shields relented five hits and a pair of walks while striking out four in his final start of the regular season. He's done well for the Royals in 2014, going 14-8 with a 3.21 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and a 180/44 K/BB ratio. In the likely event the Royals clinch the second Wild Card, Shields will oppose Jon Lester of the Athletics to kick off the American League side of post-season play. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:52 pm
  • Hosmer goes 3-for-5 with a homer in a win
    Eric Hosmer was a big contributor to Thursday's victory over the White Sox, going 3-for-5 with an RBI single and a solo home run.

    Advice: Hosmer is now on a seven-game hitting streak as he attempts to bat the Royals into the post-season. He singled in the Royals' first run in the first inning, then tied the game up at 3-3 with his sixth-inning solo home run off of Jose Quintana. It's only his ninth home run of the season and he's hitting .276/.323/.406 with 65 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:48 pm
  • Crisp reaches base 5 times but A's still lose
    Coco Crisp reached base in all five of his plate appearances, on two singles and three walks, but the Athletics were handed a walk-off loss against the Rangers on Thursday.

    Advice: Crisp was also caught stealing for just the fifth time in 24 attempts when he tried to swipe second base in the third inning. The speedy outfielder has been solid out of the lead-off spot for the A's, hitting .253/.344/.373 with nine home runs, 47 RBI, and 67 runs scored. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:06 pm
  • Holt (concussion) won't play again this year
    Brock Holt (concussion) is not expected to play again this season.

    Advice: Holt is feeling better, but he still needs to travel to Pittsburgh to be cleared by concussion specialist Mickey Collins, so there's just not enough time. The hope is that he'll play some games in the instructional league in order to get some peace of mind going into the offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:26 pm
     
    Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    L, 9-5 vs x NYY
  • Moss (hip) back in OAK lineup on Thursday
    Brandon Moss (hip) is back in the A's starting lineup on Thursday night against the Rangers.

    Advice: Moss was diagnosed Wednesday with torn cartilage in his hip and will need offseason surgery, but he's going to try to play through it for Oakland's final four regular-season games and into the playoffs. Moss is batting fifth and playing left field on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:42 pm
     
    W, 4-0 ^ @Tex
  • Brandon Moss to have offseason hip surgery
    Brandon Moss was out of the A's lineup Wednesday with a hip injury that will require offseason surgery.

    Advice: Moss underwent an MRI on the injury earlier this week and doctors recommended a microfracture procedure. He was given a cortisone injection and is committed to playing through the discomfort until the A's are eliminated. "It was worse that we thought it would be," the first baseman said Wednesday night. "The shot should help me get through the rest of the season, but it won't fix it." Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:59 am
     
    W, 4-0 ^ @Tex
  • Walker goes the distance, but falls to Jays
    Taijuan Walker tossed an eight-inning complete game, allowing only one run, but suffered the loss on Wednesday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Walker was out-dueled by Mark Buehrle, who was just a bit better on this particular evening. The right-hander limited the Jays to four hits and a walk while striking out six. The only run scored in the bottom of the eighth on a Ryan Goins RBI single. Walker didn't pitch deep in games after returning from his right shoulder injury in late June, but posted solid results in five starts and three relief appearances, ending his season with a 2.61 ERA, a 1.29 WHIP, and a 34/18 K/BB ratio in 38 innings. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:16 pm
  • Hamilton not expected back before postseason
    Josh Hamilton (shoulder) said he doesn't expect to play before the end of the regular season.

    Advice: It was always a race against time as Hamilton attempted to overcome a variety of ailments. The outfielder did say he hopes to be back in time for the start of the playoffs. If Hamilton's regular season is over, he ends with a .263/.331/.414 with 10 home runs in an injury-riddled 89 games played. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:48 pm
  • Ryu (shoulder) to throw off mound soon
    Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) will throw off a mound in the next few days.

    Advice: Ryu won't pitch again during the regular season, but this development is a good sign for his postseason availability. Ryu has been dealing with shoulder inflammation. The left-hander hasn't pitched in a game since September 12. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:31 pm
  • Lester gives up five runs in final '14 start
    Jon Lester allowed five runs -- three earned -- on eight hits over seven innings in Wednesday's loss to the Angels.

    Advice: Lester gave up his share of timely hits, but the Athletics committing two errors behind him didn't help the cause, either. He helped his own cause by striking out seven without walking a batter in the loss. Lester's regular season ends with a 16-11 record, 2.46 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 220/48 K/BB ratio over 219 2/3 innings between the Red Sox and A's. The lefty will be the Athletics' ace in the postseason before hitting the free agent market this winter. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:07 pm
  • Josh Hamilton (shoulder) unlikely for Friday
    Josh Hamilton (shoulder) is not expected to return to the lineup on Friday.

    Advice: His status for the rest of the weekend also remains in doubt. Hamilton has received a whopping 12 cortisone injections over the last couple weeks in hopes of getting his shoulder ready for the postseason, but his situations remains up in the air. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 12:46 pm
  • Ryu not expected back in regular season
    Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) is not expected to appear in a game before the end of the regular season but remains hopeful of being ready for the playoffs.

    Advice: Ryu began his throwing program on Saturday but has yet to resume throwing off a mound. The third game of the NLDS isn't until October 6, so the left-hander still has time to get ready if he can progress without any setbacks. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:20 pm
  • Holt (concussion) could return this week
    Brock Holt (concussion) could return for Boston's final regular-season series.

    Advice: Holt resumed baseball activities on Friday and is beginning to feel much better. He hasn't played since September 5 because of post-concussion symptoms. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:16 pm
     
    Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    L, 9-5 vs x NYY
  • Hamilton (shoulder) won't play before weekend
    Josh Hamilton (shoulder) will not play until this weekend, at the earliest.

    Advice: Hamilton had been hoping to return as soon as Wednesday,' but Angels manager Mike Scioscia has ruled that out. The outfielder did hit off a tee Monday and Scioscia said Hamilton is doing "pretty good." Fantasy owners don't need to be counting on him playing at all this week. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:28 pm
  • Doolittle strikes out four over two innings
    Sean Doolittle worked two perfect innings Sunday, striking out four in an extra-innings win over the Phillies.

    Advice: The A's, desperate to get a win any way they could, used Doolittle in the ninth and 10th in hopes of keeping the Phillies off the scoreboard. Doolittle obliged, retiring all six batters he faced. He then earned his second win of the season when the A's walked off in the bottom of the 10th inning. Doolittle has a dominant 2.82 ERA, 0.73 WHIP and 87/7 K/BB ratio over 60 2/3 innings this season. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 21, 6:47 pm
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