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  • Three Frames James: Shields chased early
    James Shields lasted just three-plus innings Tuesday against the Giants, allowing five runs on seven hits and a walk in the World Series Game 1 loss.

    Advice: The Giants jumped on Shields early with two singles and an RBI double after the first four hitters of the game. Shields caught a break when Buster Posey was easily thrown out at home on a silly send from third base coach Tim Flannery, but the next batter, Hunter Pence, smashed a two-run shot over the center field wall. Pence also scored in the fourth after a leadoff double on a Michael Morse single that chased Shields. The Royals’ ace now has a 7.11 ERA over four starts this postseason. Despite Shields' struggles, Royals manager Ned Yost said after the game that the righty would get the ball in a potential Game 5. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:55 pm
  • Bumgarner superb again, Giants take Game 1
    Madison Bumgarner was a beast again Tuesday, holding the Royals to one run over seven excellent frames in a 7-1 World Series Game 1 victory.

    Advice: He struck out five, walked one and allowed just three hits, with Salvador Perez’s solo homer in the seventh inning representing the only blemish on his record. The Royals were only able to muster one rally versus Bumgarner, and that was in the third inning after Brandon Crawford booted a ball to start the frame. MadBum wound up pitching out of that inning with a couple strikeouts and a groundout. Perez’s homer is the only run Bumgarner has allowed in the World Series in 22 career innings. He’ll get the ball again in Game 5, assuming the series lasts that long. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:55 pm
  • Pence belts two-run shot in win over Royals
    Hunter Pence launched a two-run homer and reached base four times in Tuesday's World Series Game 1 win over the Royals.

    Advice: The Giants first dented the scoreboard on Pablo Sandoval's first-inning double, but Pence provided the big blow with a laser to center field that cleared the wall for a two-run shot. He later added a double and also drew a pair of walks. Every player in the Giants' lineup had a hit save for Travis Ishikawa, who was lifted after just one at-bat. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:54 pm
  • Pablo Sandoval drives in a pair in Game 1 win
    Pablo Sandoval went 2-for-5 with an RBI double and RBI single in Tuesday's victory over the Royals.

    Advice: Sandoval got the scoring going with a two-base knock in the first inning that plated Gregor Blanco and capped off the scoring with an RBI single in the seventh. He could have easily been credited with a third hit, but his hard smash to Mike Moustakas in the ninth inning was changed to an error. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:48 pm
  • Salvador Perez homers for Royals' lone run
    Salvador Perez smacked a solo homer for the Royals' only run in Tuesday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Madison Bumgarner left a 1-2 cutter over the plate with two outs in the seventh, and Perez put it into the bullpen. It was all the Royals could manage offensively, as they were thwarted in their one rally in the third inning. Alcides Escobar, Billy Butler and Mike Moustakas had the other Royals' hits. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:46 pm
  • Rusney Castillo injures hand in AFL
    Rusney Castillo suffered a minor hand injury Monday in the Arizona Fall League.

    Advice: Castillo will likely sit out much of this week as a precautionary measure, but he should ultimately be fine. The 27-year-old center fielder is batting .278/.333/.361 with three doubles, three walks, and six strikeouts in 39 plate appearances for the Surprise Saguaros. With good power and speed, he has the potential to carry significant fantasy value in 2015. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:47 pm
  • Phils re-sign Jerome Williams to $2.5M deal
    Phillies re-signed RHP Jerome Williams to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.

    Advice: The deal includes performance-based bonuses that could carry the total value up to $4 million. Williams was a nice surprise down the stretch this year for Philadelphia, posting a 2.83 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 38/17 K/BB ratio in 57 1/3 innings (nine starts), but expecting him to replicate that success over a full season is probably foolish. The 32-year-old right-hander owns a 4.40 career ERA and a 1.36 career WHIP. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:14 pm
  • Vargas to start Game 4 of World Series
    Jason Vargas will start in Game 4 of the World Series against the Giants on Saturday.

    Advice: Jeremy Guthrie will get the nod for Game 3. Vargas has allowed three runs with an 8/4 K/BB ratio in 11 1/3 innings over two starts this postseason. He'll face Ryan Vogelsong. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:59 pm
  • Royals starting Guthrie in Game 3 of WS
    Jeremy Guthrie will start Game 3 of the World Series against the Giants on Friday.

    Advice: He'll square off against Tim Hudson in San Francisco. Guthrie allowed one run over five innings in Game 3 of the ALCS against the Orioles last Tuesday. Jason Vargas will follow him in Game 4. Guthrie is now lined up for a potential Game 7. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:52 pm
  • Morse in lineup as DH for Game 1 of WS
    Michael Morse is in the starting lineup as the designated hitter for Game 1 of the World Series against the Royals.

    Advice: Morse was limited to pitch-hitting duties during the NLCS, but the Giants can use him as their DH under American League rules. The full lineup: Gregor Blanco CF, Joe Panik 2B, Buster Posey C, Pablo Sandoval 3B, Hunter Pence RF, Brandon Belt 1B, Morse DH, Travis Ishikawa LF, Brandon Crawford SS. Madison Bumgarner will match up against James Shields. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:28 pm
     
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  • Yost sticks with normal lineup for WS Game 1
    Lorenzo Cain will bat third in Game 1 of the World Series against the Giants on Tuesday night.

    Advice: Royals manager Ned Yost is sticking with what got him here. The full lineup: Alcides Escobar SS, Nori Aoki RF, Cain CF, Eric Hosmer 1B, Butler DH, Alex Gordon LF, Salvador Perez C, Omar Infante 2B, Mike Moustakas 3B. James Shields will oppose Madison Bumgarner. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:48 am
  • Nix replaces Colon on Royals' WS roster
    Jayson Nix has replaced Christian Colon on the Royals' roster for the World Series.

    Advice: Colon logged two plate appearances between the ALDS and ALCS while serving as a backup infielder. Nix was claimed off waivers from the Pirates in late August and appeared in seven games for the Royals down the stretch. This is the Royals' only roster change for the World Series against the Giants. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:57 am
     
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    Jayson Nix KC - 2B,3B,SS
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  • Kyle Zimmer reinjures shoulder in AFL
    Royals prospect right-hander Kyle Zimmer reinjured his right shoulder Saturday while pitching for Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League.

    Advice: Zimmer struck out 11 batters over five innings in his second AFL start, but he was forced to exit after just one inning on Saturday. The fear is that it's the same injury which limited Zimmer to 4 2/3 innings this season in the minors. The Royals will play it safe and shut him down for the rest of the fall. "More than likely, we're not going to push it any further this fall and just try to get this under control," said Royals assistant general manager J.J. Picollo. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:54 am
     
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  • Appel pitching well in Arizona Fall League
    Astros prospect right-hander Mark Appel has tossed 12 scoreless innings over three starts in the Arizona Fall League.

    Advice: Appel really struggled with High-A Lancaster this season, but he thrived after a promotion to Double-A Corpus Christi in late July and has kept it going so far in the Arizona Fall League. The 23-year-old tossed five scoreless innings in his latest outing on Monday and has allowed just four hits with a 12/3 K/BB ratio over his three starts. "I don't know if there's one thing I can pick out and say this is what I'm doing differently than in the season," said Appel. "I think it's a combination of continuing to work hard, not giving up and trusting my stuff. I've gotten here because I'd been doing some things the right way and I'm continuing on the same track I tried to finish the season on in Corpus Christi." Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:34 am
     
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  • Gonzales could be option for 2015 bullpen
    Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that the Cardinals are "expected to heavily consider" Marco Gonzales for a spot in next year's bullpen.

    Advice: Gonzales' future is as a starter, and he'll report to spring training as an option for the starting five. However, he's unlikely to crack the Opening Day rotation given the team's depth, and it sounds like they might prefer using him in relief rather than putting him in the Triple-A rotation. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:02 pm
  • James Shields passed kidney stone during ALCS
    James Shields revealed Monday that he passed a kidney stone during the ALCS.

    Advice: Shields began feeling pain on October 12, and it made the Royals' decision to start Jason Vargas instead of Shields on regular rest in Game 4 on October 15 an easy one. He underwent a CT scan to determine the source of his discomfort but by then the team deduced he had already passed the stone. "It was excruciating pain," Shields said. "I wasn’t feeling good." Shields will get the ball in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:41 pm
  • Morse to serve as Giants' DH in World Series
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Monday that Michael Morse will be the team's DH in the World Series.

    Advice: Morse didn't make a start in the NLCS, but he did slug a big game-tying home run in the Giants' series-deciding Game 5 win over the Cardinals. He missed most of September with an oblique injury, which is why he was left off the roster for the NLDS and limited to pinch-hitting duties in the Championship Series. Travis Ishikawa will be the Giants' primary left fielder in the Fall Classic against the Royals. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:50 pm
     
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  • Bumgarner set to start World Series Game 1
    Madison Bumgarner will start Tuesday's Game 1 of the World Series for the Giants.

    Advice: Bumgarner finished off the Cardinals in Game 5 of the NLCS Thursday, so he'll be on regular rest for Tuesday's Game 1. The southpaw is 2-1 in four starts this postseason, and he owns a 2.67 ERA in 67 1/3 career postseason innings. He'll be opposed by James Shields for the Royals. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:28 pm
  • James Shields will start World Series Game 1
    Royals manager announced Saturday that James Shields will get the ball for Game 1 of the World Series against the Giants.

    Advice: No surprises here, as Big Game James is the true ace of the Royals staff. Yordano Ventura will follow him in Game 2 with Jason Vargas and Jeremy Guthrie likely to follow in the next two contests. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 12:06 pm
  • Madison Bumgarner takes NLCS MVP honors
    Madison Bumgarner was named the NLCS MVP after holding the Cardinals to three runs over eight frames in Thursday's 6-3 victory.

    Advice: Bumgarner wasn't as sharp as he was in Game 1, as his command was a bit off at times and he served up a couple home runs. However, he still managed to go eight innings and kept his team in the game long enough for the offense to put four runs on the board late. Bumgarner, 25, now boasts a 2.67 ERA across 67 1/3 career postseason innings. The Giants can, and almost surely will, use him on regular rest in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:02 pm
  • Shields re-signing with Royals 'not hopeful'
    Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports that while the Royals will attempt to re-sign impending free agent James Shields, "it is not hopeful."

    Advice: Major league sources told Martino that they're expecting a team like the Red Sox to offer Shields a 4-5 year deal, and he says it's "difficult to imagine the Royals matching such an offer." It's no surprise, as Shields would presumably have to take a discount to stay in Kansas City. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported earlier this month that Shields should get a deal similar to Anibal Sanchez's five-year, $80 million pact. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:57 pm
  • 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
    Wednesday, 9:03 pm
  • Lorenzo Cain wins AL Championship Series MVP
    Lorenzo Cain was named as the American League Championship Series MVP following Wednesday's 2-1 win over the Orioles.

    Advice: Cain went hitless in three at-bats in the series-winning game, but the outfielder finished 8-for-15 (.533) with an RBI, a stolen base and five runs scored. Cain also played tremendous defense in center field throughout the series. He's hitting .387/.412/.484 in his first MLB postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:24 pm
  • Vargas pitches well, KC completes ALCS sweep
    Jason Vargas limited the Orioles to one run over 5 1/3 innings Wednesday in Game 4 of the ALCS.

    Advice: The Royals could have gone with staff ace James Shields in this one because of Monday's rainout, but they stuck by Vargas and he delivered, yielding just two hits over his five-plus frames. Royals manager Ned Yost wisely went to the bullpen in the top of the sixth inning and the KC relief corps was again dominant, finishing off the ALCS sweep. The Royals are headed to their first World Series in 29 years. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:20 pm
  • Royals down Orioles to take 3-0 ALCS lead
    Jeremy Guthrie lasted just five innings but yielded only one run as the Royals beat the Orioles 2-1 Tuesday to take a 3-0 ALCS lead.

    Advice: Guthrie wasn't particularly sharp, as the Orioles stung a bunch of balls and ran the veteran right-hander's pitch count up to 94 through five frames. He was able to hold them to one run on three hits and two walks, though, and the offense did just enough while the bullpen shut it down. The Royals have won all seven of their games this postseason, including six of them either by one run or when they took the lead in the ninth inning or beyond. They'll turn to Jason Vargas on Wednesday as they look to close things out. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:28 pm
  • Lorenzo Cain stays hot with two more hits
    Lorenzo Cain went 2-for-4 and scored a run in Tuesday's ALCS Game 3 victory over the Orioles.

    Advice: The Royals didn't do a whole lot on offense, putting together just seven singles and one walk, but they were able to scratch out one run on a groundout and another on a sac fly. Cain has been a beast so far in the series, going 8-for-12 at the dish while scoring five runs. Eric Hosmer also had a couple hits for the Royals, while Alex Gordon and Billy Butler tallied the RBIs. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:12 pm
  • Royals sticking with Vargas in Game 4
    Jason Vargas remains the Royals' scheduled starter for Game 4 of the ALCS on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Royals could have pushed James Shields up to start on regular rest following Monday's rainout, but manager Ned Yost has decided to stick with Vargas. The veteran left-hander allowed just two runs over six strong innings in Game 1 of the ALDS against the Angels. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:17 pm
  • Royals sticking with same lineup for Game 3
    Lorenzo Cain will bat third in Game 3 of the ALCS against the Orioles on Tuesday.

    Advice: It's take two for the clubs, as Monday's scheduled game was rained out. Cain is 6-for-8 with two walks over the first two games of the ALCS and Ned Yost isn't going to mess with what's working. The full lineup: Alcides Escobar SS, Nori Aoki RF, Cain CF, Eric Hosmer 1B, Billy Butler DH, Alex Gordon LF, Salvador Perez C, Omar Infante 2B, Mike Moustakas 3B. Jeremy Guthrie will oppose Wei-Yin Chen. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:49 pm
  • Royals could start Shields in ALCS Game 4
    Royals manager Ned Yost indicated that James Shields could start Game 4 of the ALCS against the Orioles on Wednesday.

    Advice: Shields, who gave up four runs over five innings in Game 1, would be going on normal rest. However, Yost could decide to give him an extra day and hold him back until a potential Game 5 on Thursday. Jason Vargas is the alternative to start Game 4. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 13, 1:57 pm
  • Guthrie still on to start Game 3 for Royals
    Jeremy Guthrie will start Game 3 of the ALCS against the Orioles on Tuesday.

    Advice: Monday's game was postponed to Tuesday due to rain, but there won't be any changes with the scheduled pitching matchup of Guthrie and Wei-Yin Chen. This will be Guthrie's first career postseason appearance. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 13, 1:55 pm
  • Game 3 of O's/Royals ALCS postponed
    Game 3 of the ALCS between the Orioles and Royals has been postponed.

    Advice: It's expected to rain all night in Kansas City, so MLB understandably went ahead and canceled the game rather than wait out the situation. Game 3 will now be played Tuesday at 8:07 p.m. ET. Games 4 and 5 will follow on Wednesday and Thursday, both at 4:07 p.m. ET. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 13, 1:32 pm
  • Hunter Pence plates run in loss to Cardinals
    Hunter Pence went 1-for-4 with an RBI as the Giants dropped Game 2 of the NLCS to the Cardinals on Sunday in St. Louis.

    Advice: Pence's run-scoring single off Lance Lynn in the sixth inning tied the score at 2-2. He's now hitting .241 (7-for-29) with four runs scored and an RBI in postseason play. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 12, 9:02 pm
  • Jason Vargas officially named Game 4 starter
    Jason Vargas was officially named the Royals' ALCS Game 4 starter on Sunday.

    Advice: Manager Ned Yost had indicated that they were leaning towards Vargas in Game 4, and now he's made it official. Jeremy Guthrie will get the ball in Game 3 on Monday as Kansas City looks to take a 3-0 lead in the series. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 12, 11:41 am
  • Sandoval reaches four times in Game 1 victory
    Pablo Sandoval reached base four times Saturday, going 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored in a win over the Cardinals in Game 1 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Sandoval led off the top of the second inning with a double off Adam Wainwright, coming around to score what ended up being the game-winning run later in the inning. He added two more singles and a walk in his next four plate appearances. Sandoval seems to thrive under the bright lights of postseason baseball, and this series could be another opportunity for him to shine in advance of free agency this winter. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 11, 8:38 pm
  • Bumgarner, Giants shut out Cards in Game 1
    Madison Bumgarner threw 7 2/3 scoreless innings, and the Giants shut out the Cardinals 3-0 in Saturday's NLCS Game 1 win.

    Advice: Bumgarner continued carving up his competition this postseason, giving up just four hits and a walk while striking out seven in the start. He barely had to work until the seventh inning, when the Cardinals got two runners on to bring the tying run to the plate. Bumgarner responded by striking out pinch-hitter Tony Cruz to end the threat. He's now allowed just two earned runs over 23 2/3 innings in October. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 11, 8:34 pm
  • Cain's 4-hit day leads Royals to Game 2 win
    Lorenzo Cain had a four-hit afternoon Saturday, finishing 4-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored in the Royals' 6-4 win over the Orioles in Game 2 of the ALCS.

    Advice: Cain doubled and scored in the first inning before beating out an infield single and coming around to score once again in the third. He got into the action with an RBI single of his own to extend the Royals' lead in the ninth. Cain is now 6-for-8 with two doubles and four runs scored in the first two games of the series, and the Royals own a 2-0 lead going back to Kansas City for Game 3 on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 11, 5:42 pm
  • Morse (oblique) not in lineup for NLCS Game 1
    Michael Morse (oblique) is not in the Giants' lineup for Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday.

    Advice: Morse was healthy enough to be added to the Giants' roster for the series, but manager Bruce Bochy decided not to insert him straight into the lineup for Saturday's game against the Cardinals. His ability to play the field will go a long way toward telling whether he'll get a start in the series, but he'll likely be the first bat off the bench in pinch-hitting spots. Travis Ishikawa started in left field Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 11, 1:59 pm
     
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  • Jason Vargas likely to start Game 4 of ALCS
    Royals skipper Ned Yost said Saturday that Jason Vargas would "probably" start Game 4 of the ALCS against the Orioles.

    Advice: With Jeremy Guthrie taking the hill in Game 3 and Vargas on tap for Game 4, Danny Duffy will continue to be a weapon available out of the bullpen. Vargas allowed just two runs over six strong innings in Game 1 of the ALDS against the Angels. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 11, 11:48 am
  • Jeremy Guthrie tabbed to start ALCS Game 3
    Royals manage Ned Yost announced Saturday that Jeremy Guthrie will start Game 3 of the ALCS against the Orioles.

    Advice: That means that Jason Vargas will get the call in Game 4, with Danny Duffy continuing to be available out of the bullpen. It will be the first career postseason start for the 35-year-old right-hander who surrendered just one earned run over his last three starts in the regular season. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 11, 11:45 am
  • Michael Morse officially added to NLCS roster
    Michael Morse was officially added to the Giants NLCS roster on Saturday.

    Advice: The lone change from their roster from the Division Series is Morse taking the place of Gary Brown. It's unclear if he'll draw any starts in the series or serve as a potent right-handed stick off the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 11, 9:25 am
     
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  • Shields survives five innings against Orioles
    James Shields lasted just five innings in Game 1 of the ALCS against the Orioles on Friday, allowing four runs on 10 hits in the process.

    Advice: Shields struck out three and walked one on the evening. Once again, he failed to live up to his "Big Game James" moniker, even after being staked to an early 4-0 lead. The O's fought back with a run in the third and three more in the fourth inning, highlighted by a two-out, two-run single by Ryan Flaherty. The Royals will hand the ball to Yordano Ventura for Game 2 on Saturday as the Royals look to take a commanding lead in the best-of-seven series. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 10, 10:01 pm
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