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  • Lincecum leaves Game 2 with back tightness
    Tim Lincecum left Wednesday's World Series Game 2 with lower back tightness.

    Advice: Lincecum threw a pitch to Salvador Perez and immediately knew something was wrong, walking off with a trainer without much resistance. The good news is that manager Bruce Bochy said he doesn't think it will be a big deal, saying, "We think he'll be fine." The club will know more tomorrow, and it's possible that Lincecum could be available as soon as Friday's Game 3 in San Francisco. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:51 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
    Yesterday, 8:46 pm
  • Blanco's leadoff homer not enough for Giants
    Gregor Blanco hit a leadoff home run in Wednesday's Game 2 of the World Series, but it wasn't enough to get the Giants a win.

    Advice: Blanco turned around a Yordano Ventura 98 mph fastball on the eighth pitch of the at-bat, sending it over the right field wall to give the Giants the early lead. To say it was unexpected is an understatement, as Blanco has just 15 homers in 1,948 regular season at-bats in his career. He finished 1-for-3 with a walk, and the Giants head back home tied 1-1 in the series. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:44 pm
  • Perez comes through with two-run double in G2
    Salvador Perez came up with a big two-run double in the Royals' win in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday.

    Advice: Perez was just 5-for-39 in his first postseason before coming up with two runners on in the sixth inning. He changed that by smashing a Hunter Strickland pitch to the left-center gap, scoring both runs and winding up at second base. Perez later scored on an Omar Infante home run. The big hit came a day after Perez took Madison Bumgarner out for the Royals' only run in the Game 1 loss. If Perez gets going at the plate, it could mean good things for the Royals going forward. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:40 pm
  • Ventura goes 5 1/3 innings in Game 2 start
    Yordano Ventura allowed two runs on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Giants in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday.

    Advice: Ventura came out throwing smoke, and it bit him early when Gregor Blanco turned on a 98 mph fastball for a leadoff homer. But the 23-year-old wasn't rattled, allowing just one more run over the rest of his time. Two singles in the sixth inning -- a soft liner to center and an infield single -- prompted manager Ned Yost to call on his bullpen, but Kelvin Herrera escaped without harm to save Ventura from a worse fate. The rookie acquitted himself well in his first World Series start, and he'll likely start a potential Game 6 should the series require it. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:39 pm
  • Peavy once again can't make it out of sixth
    Jake Peavy once again failed to last six innings in a postseason start, allowing four runs over five-plus innings in a loss to the Royals in Wednesday's Game 2 of the World Series.

    Advice: Peavy entered the sixth inning tied 2-2 and having thrown just 57 pitches, but after a Lorenzo Cain leadoff single and an Eric Hosmer walk manager Bruce Bochy decided he'd seen enough. The Royals scored five runs in the inning, including both of Peavy's inherited runners, saddling him with the loss. The start was Peavy's eighth postseason start in his career, and he hasn't completed six innings in any of those eight starts. Even so, Peavy won a ring with the Red Sox last year and has a shot at another this season if the Giants can prevail. Peavy may have a shot at affecting that outcome if the series goes to a Game 6. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:38 pm
  • Butler has two RBI, Royals prevail in Game 2
    Billy Butler went 2-for-3 with two RBI, driving in the game-winning run as the Royals bested the Giants 7-2 in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday.

    Advice: Butler delivered two of the game's biggest hits, swatting an RBI single in the first inning to get the Royals on the board and roping a single over Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford in the sixth that gave the Royals a 3-2 lead. They wouldn't look back, putting up four more runs in the inning en route to the five-run win. Once in danger of losing his starting job, Country Breakfast has come up big time and again this postseason. Going to a National League park for three games Butler may have trouble finding at-bats, but he'll likely be the first man off the bench for manager Ned Yost in pinch-hitting spots. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:37 pm
  • Lincecum exits Game 2 with undisclosed injury
    Tim Lincecum left Wednesday's Game 2 of the World Series with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: Lincecum looked uncomfortable on a 2-2 pitch to Salvador Perez and immediately called the trainer out. After a brief discussion he walked off with the trainer, heading down the tunnel to the Giants' locker room. It was a disappointing end to a promising outing for Lincecum, who had recorded five outs without allowing a baserunner in his first postseason action this year. The Giants should update his status shortly. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:21 pm
  • Indians expected to exercise option on Aviles
    The Indians are expected to exercise their 2015 option on Mike Aviles.

    Advice: Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said a few weeks ago that he was undecided on Aviles and his $3.5 million option, but Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the team is leaning toward bringing him back. Aviles hit just .247/.273/.343 last season but appeared at six different positions and offers a veteran presence. The Indians don't officially have to make a decision on the 33-year-old until three days after the end of the World Series. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:05 pm
     
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    W, 7-2 vs x TB
  • Twins sell LHP Kris Johnson to Japanese team
    Twins sold LHP Kris Johnson to Hiroshima Carp of the Japanese League.

    Advice: Johnson was sold for "mid six figures," according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. The left-hander made three starts for the Twins in 2014, going 0-1 with a 4.73 ERA in 13 1/3 innings. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:34 pm
  • Hester signs minor-league deal with Phillies
    Phillies signed C John Hester to a minor league contract.

    Advice: The deal includes an invitation to spring training. The 31-year-old was outrighted off the Angels' 40-man roster in March and spent the year with their Triple-A affiliate, batting .261/.338/.411 in 71 games. With the Angels' claiming of Jackson Williams off waivers, Hester found a new organization where he might get a shot to provide some catching depth. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:33 pm
     
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  • Twins decline option on Jared Burton
    Twins declined RHP Jared Burton's $3.6 million club option for 2015.

    Advice: Burton will receive a $200,000 buyout and hit free agency. It's an expected move after he posted a mediocre 4.36 ERA and 46/25 K/BB ratio over 64 innings this past season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:00 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
    Yesterday, 12:17 pm
  • Cubs' Russell plays second base in AFL
    Cubs prospect Addison Russell has played second base in the Arizona Fall League.

    Advice: Cubs president Theo Epstein said earlier this month that Russell would prepare to play multiple positions and the 20-year-old made his first start at second base last Monday. "Everything's going good," said Russell. "I missed nine weeks so not only the at-bats, I need to get some reps at short and possibly at second. That's what I'm working on right now." The Cubs still have Starlin Castro at shortstop, so they are simply keeping their options open. The logjam could ultimately be resolved with a trade. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:31 am
     
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    W, 5-2 x @Mil
  • Sabathia (knee) nearly 100 percent
    CC Sabathia (knee) is throwing twice a week and he feels "pretty much back to 100 percent."

    Advice: Sabathia had season-ending arthroscopic debridement surgery on his right knee in July as well as a bone spur removed. He began throwing off flat-ground in September. The original plan called for him to throw off a mound before Thanksgiving, but now he plans to wait until spring training. "Now that I know I feel pretty good, I don’t think there’s any reason for me to crank it up (until February)," said Sabathia. After being limited to just eight starts this season, the 34-year-old southpaw is owed $48 million from 2015-2016 while his contract includes a $25 million vesting option or $5 million buyout for 2017. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:34 am
     
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  • Amaro expects Burnett to return in 2015
    Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. indicated Tuesday that he expects A.J. Burnett to return next season.

    Advice: Burnett has a $12.75 million player option for 2015 and has five days after the World Series to decide whether to accept or decline. The 37-year-old has hinted at retirement and hasn't made an official decision on his future, but Amaro believes that he'll be back. "I’m really kind of neutral on it," said Amaro. "I knew what it took to get him back and pitching this year. I would assume that he’d want to pitch again. I don’t have that information, but my inclination is that he’s going to want to pitch. He’s a competitive guy." Burnett posted a 4.59 ERA and 190/96 K/BB ratio over 213 2/3 innings this season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:41 am
  • 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
    Tuesday, 8:46 pm
  • Tim Lincecum dealing with sore neck
    Tim Lincecum was unable to throw a scheduled bullpen session on Saturday due to a sore neck.

    Advice: It's not clear how long the neck has been bothering Lincecum, but it could partly explain why he's yet to pitch this postseason. However, the right-hander will be on the World Series roster as one of two long relievers in San Francisco's bullpen. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:27 am
  • Peavy tabbed for Game 2 start against Royals
    Jake Peavy will start Wednesday's Game 2 of the World Series for the Giants.

    Advice: Peavy was pulled early in a Game 2 loss to the Cardinals in the NLCS, but manager Bruce Bochy is going back to his veteran for a road start against the Royals. He'll be opposed by young flamethrower Yordano Ventura in a matchup of two very different pitchers. Peavy has struggled to go deep in any of his seven postseason starts in his career, never making it out of the sixth inning. He'll look to change that Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:46 pm
  • Ventura slated for World Series Game 2 start
    Yordano Ventura will start Wednesday's Game 2 of the World Series for the Royals.

    Advice: Ventura left his last start with some tightness in his right shoulder, but it seems to be a minor issue and won't affect his readiness for the World Series. He will follow James Shields in the Royals rotation. In his first postseason, Ventura owns a 4.85 ERA over 13 innings. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:38 pm
  • Escobar batting leadoff for Royals in Game 3
    Alcides Escobar is batting leadoff for the Royals in Game 3 of the ALCS on Monday in Kansas City.

    Advice: But it's expected to rain all night in western Missouri, so the game will likely be pushed back to Tuesday. Here's the Royals' full Game 3 lineup for whenever play begins: Alcides Escobar SS, Norichika Aoki RF, Lorenzo Cain CF, Eric Hosmer 1B, Billy Butler DH, Alex Gordon LF, Salvador Perez C, Omar Infante 2B, Mike Moustakas 3B. Jeremy Guthrie will be on the mound against the Orioles. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:49 pm
  • Gregor Blanco has two hits in loss to Cards
    Gregor Blanco had a nice night at the plate in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals, going 2-for-5 with an RBI.

    Advice: Blanco singled home Brandon Crawford in the seventh inning to give the Giants a 3-2 lead. That advantage would prove to be very short-lived though as the Cardinals blasted solo home runs in each of the next three innings to put the game away. Blanco has struggled in his role as a table-setter in the postseason, hitting just .125 (4-for-32) with one run scored. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 12, 9:04 pm
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