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  • Motte (shoulder) could be available
    Jason Motte (shoulder) has joined the Cubs in Pittsburgh and could be available later in the postseason should the club advance.

    Advice: Motte has been sidelined since late August with a strained right shoulder and isn't on the Wild Card Game roster. Given how much time he's missed, he's probably a long shot to be added to the roster even if the Cubs have a lengthy playoff run. Today, 5:59 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 3-1 @Mil
  • Banister: Josh Hamilton (knee) is 'all go'
    Rangers manager Jeff Banister said Tuesday that Josh Hamilton (knee) is "all go, until we say he can't go."

    Advice: Hamilton is barely over a week removed from his first start in the outfield since left knee surgery, but he started the final four games of the regular season and won't face any restrictions in the playoffs. "Josh, essentially, it's all go, until we say he can't go," Banister said. "That's the way we treat it with all of our players." Hamilton is 6-for-26 (.231) with a couple homers in 10 games since his return. Today, 5:46 pm
  • Clayton Kershaw to start Game 1 of NLDS
    Clayton Kershaw will start Game 1 of the NLDS against the Mets.

    Advice: Zack Greinke has had a Cy Young-worthy season, but so has Kershaw and he's the obvious choice for Game 1. Kershaw will be looking to improve upon his career 5.12 postseason ERA as he matches up against Jacob deGrom in Game 1. He'll be followed by Greinke and Brett Anderson. Today, 4:36 pm
    W, 6-3 vs ^ SD
  • Marlins will move fences in for 2016
    The Marlins will move in and shorten the height of the fences at Marlins Park before the 2016 season.

    Advice: There had been rumors that they were considering a change and now the decision is official. The club still intends for Marlins Park to be pitcher-friendly, but president David Samson wants "to make it more fair." It's obviously good news for Marlins hitters, especially for a slugger like Giancarlo Stanton. Today, 3:49 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 7-2 x @Phi
  • Royals likely to opt for Young over Medlen
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Royals are likelier to start Chris Young than Kris Medlen in Game 4 of the ALDS.

    Advice: That's if they're leading the series, as they'll probably go with Yordano Ventura on short rest if they're facing elimination. Young has made only two starts since the beginning of August, as he had been moved to the bullpen. The veteran right-hander boasts a 3.18 ERA in 18 starts this season. Today, 2:59 pm
  • Royals willing to start Ventura on short rest
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Royals are prepared to start Yordano Ventura in Game 4 of the ALDS if they're facing elimination.

    Advice: Morosi says that part of the reason they're going with Ventura over Johnny Cueto in Game 1 is because they think Ventura is the best suited of their starters to pitch on short rest. Edinson Volquez is lined up to pitch Game 3, with Chris Young likely to take the ball in Game 4 if Kansas City doesn't go with Ventura. Today, 2:54 pm
  • Yasiel Puig unlikely to start vs. RHPs
    Mark Saxon of considers it "highly unlikely" that Yasiel Puig will start over Andre Ethier or Carl Crawford versus a righty.

    Advice: That means he might only get one start in the NLDS, as Steven Matz is the lone lefty projected to be in the Mets' rotation. Even he isn't guaranteed a start, as he's battling back spasms. It's no surprise that the Dodgers are leaning toward having Puig come off the bench, though, as Puig has made just one start over the last six weeks due to a hamstring injury. Today, 2:17 pm
    W, 6-3 vs x SD
  • Jacoby Ellsbury on bench for Wild Card Game
    Jacoby Ellsbury is not in the Yankees' lineup for Tuesday's Wild Card Game versus the Astros.

    Advice: It's pretty stunning to see a player with a $153 million contract not starting a winner-take-all game, but it makes sense for the Yanks to go with Chris Young instead if you break it down. Astros starter Dallas Keuchel is deadly against lefties and Ellsbury has really struggled since the beginning of September, hitting .202/.254/.246 with no homers. Young is in left field and batting second, while Brett Gardner has shifted over to center. Today, 1:15 pm
    L, 9-4 ^ @Bal
  • Jed Lowrie not in Wild Card lineup
    Jed Lowrie is not in the Astros' lineup for Tuesday's Wild Card Game.

    Advice: Lowrie has been battling a quad injury of late, although it's not clear if that's why he's sitting. Luis Valbuena is covering third base and hitting eighth against Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees. Today, 1:14 pm
    L, 5-3 ^ @Ari
  • Gomez (intercostal) in Wild Card lineup
    Carlos Gomez (intercostal) is in the Astros' lineup for Tuesday's Wild Card Game against the Yankees.

    Advice: Gomez told reporters the last couple days that he'd be playing and he stayed true to his word. The outfielder isn't recovered from his left intercostal tear yet, but he's feeling well enough to give it a go in the win-or-go-home game. Gomez is in center field and batting sixth. Today, 1:11 pm
    L, 5-3 x @Ari
  • Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) resumes throwing
    Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) has begun a throwing program.

    Advice: Ryu had surgery back in May to repair a labrum injury in his left shoulder. The southpaw is expected to be ready to go for spring training, barring any setbacks. Today, 1:09 pm
    60-Day DL
    W, 6-3 vs SD
  • Marcus Stroman to start Game 2 of ALDS
    Marcus Stroman will start Game 2 of the ALDS against the Rangers.

    Advice: Stroman broke the news himself on Twitter. It's not surprising given how well he pitched down the stretch, posting a 1.67 ERA and 0.96 WHIP across four starts. The accomplishment is quite impressive given that Stroman had been ruled out for the season when he tore his ACL in spring training. David Price is getting the ball in Game 1 and Stroman will be followed by Marco Estrada in Game 3 and R.A. Dickey in Game 4, if there is one. Today, 1:07 pm
  • Van Slyke (wrist) hits in batting cage Tues.
    Scott Van Slyke (wrist) took swings in the batting cage on Tuesday.

    Advice: Unfortunately, manager Don Mattingly later indicated that the swings didn't go particularly well. Van Slyke was hopeful to take batting practice, but his wrist simply isn't up to speed yet. He was given a cortisone shot on Friday, but his status for the team's NLDS showdown with the Mets remains clouded. Today, 12:43 pm
    W, 6-3 vs x SD
  • Matt Harvey will be fined for missing workout
    Mets manager Terry Collins said that Matt Harvey would be fined for missing Tuesday's mandatory workout session.

    Advice: Harvey was stuck in traffic when the workout began and eventually called Collins when it became clear he wouldn't make the session. Collins then told him to turnaround. The 26-year-old right-hander subsequently apologized to his teammates. A fine's coming his way, but he'll still be the starter for Game 3 of the NLDS against the Dodgers. At least assuming he arrives at the ballpark on time. Today, 12:35 pm
    W, 1-0 vs Was
  • Brian Matusz undergoes shoulder surgery
    Brian Matusz underwent a successful arthroscopic surgery on his right (non-throwing) shoulder on Monday.

    Advice: The Ravens' team physician, Dr. Leigh Ann Curl, performed the surgery. Because it's on his non-throwing shoulder, the amount of rehab work's likely not to be as severe. The cranky shoulder should heal up in a month or so. Today, 11:25 am
  • Update: Harvey stuck in tunnel traffic
    Updating a previous story, Matt Harvey missed Tuesday's mandatory workout because he was stuck in tunnel traffic.

    Advice: Initially, even Mets GM Sandy Alderson was unaware of why Harvey was absent from the workout. Apparently, the ace was stuck in traffic and called manager Terry Collins, who told him to turn around. Mystery solved. Today, 11:11 am
    W, 1-0 vs Was
  • Harvey misses mandatory workout
    Matt Harvey missed a mandatory workout on Tuesday.

    Advice: To add intrigue to Harvey's absence, GM Sandy Alderson indicated that he doesn't know why the Mets ace wasn't at the workout. So far as we know, Harvey isn't dealing with any kind of injury. Details should emerge as the day progresses. Today, 11:05 am
    W, 1-0 vs Was
  • Uribe (chest) out for NLDS vs. Dodgers
    Juan Uribe (chest) will miss the NLDS against the Dodgers.

    Advice: It's not a big surprise, as Uribe suffered a chest bruise diving for a ball on September 20 and has seen little in the way of improvement. His absence will likely clear the way for Kirk Nieuwenhuis to make the roster. The Mets haven't ruled Uribe out for future rounds of the playoffs. Today, 10:44 am
    W, 1-0 vs x Was
  • Flores says his back feels good
    Wilmer Flores said Tuesday that his back feels good.

    Advice: Flores sat out the final four games of the regular season with some back stiffness, but he's good to go for the NLDS. However, Ruben Tejada is likely to get most of the playing time at shortstop. Today, 10:31 am
    W, 1-0 vs x Was
  • Marlins re-sign Ichiro Suzuki for 2016
    Marlins re-signed OF Ichiro Suzuki to a one-year contract.

    Advice: Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that he'll receive a $2 million base salary. Suzuki's .561 OPS this season was the second-lowest among players with at least 400 plate appearances (only Kansas City's Omar Infante was worse), but the Marlins are willing to bring him back in a reserve role as he continues his chase for 3,000 hits in MLB. He'll go into his age-42 season with 2,935 hits. Today, 10:21 am
  • Dan Jennings won't be back as Marlins manager
    The Marlins announced Tuesday that Dan Jennings will not return as manager for 2016.

    Advice: Given that the Marlins have already begun a search for a new manager, this announcement was inevitable. Jennings was asked to return as general manager, but it's unclear whether he will stick around. The Marlins went 55-69 after Jennings took over for Mike Redmond in May. Today, 10:10 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 7-2 x @Phi
  • Ventura starting Game 1 of ALDS for Royals
    Yordano Ventura will start Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday.

    Advice: Not a surprise, as this is how the Royals lined things up in recent days. Johnny Cueto will start Game 2 of the series while Edinson Volquez will pitch in Game 3. The Royals will face the winner of Tuesday's Wild Card Game between the Astros and the Yankees. Today, 9:58 am
  • Steven Matz (back) throws bullpen session
    Steven Matz (back) threw a bullpen session Tuesday at Citi Field.

    Advice: Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen indicated that everything went well. Matz, who has been dealing with spasms in his upper back, is now slated to throw around 90 pitches in an instructional league game on Thursday. The hope is that he'll be ready to pitch Game 4 of the NLDS against the Dodgers next Tuesday. Today, 9:53 am
  • Twins see Plouffe as a third baseman
    Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Tuesday that he sees Trevor Plouffe as only a third baseman.

    Advice: Joe Mauer is expected to remain the starting first baseman, but Ryan also said that he wants Miguel Sano to play the field. Something will have to give with this situation. It's possible the team could explore a trade involving Plouffe this winter. Today, 9:48 am
    L, 6-1 vs x KC
  • Gallardo to start Game 1 of ALDS for Rangers
    Yovani Gallardo will start Game 1 of the ALDS against the Blue Jays on Thursday.

    Advice: Cole Hamels just pitched on Sunday, so he wasn't an option for the assignment. However, Hamels will start Game 2 on Friday. Gallardo posted a 3.42 ERA in 33 starts this season and has pitched well vs. Toronto, but he has completed six innings in a start just once since the start of August. Today, 9:36 am
  • Twins' Brian Dozier to undergo MRI on hip
    Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Tuesday that Brian Dozier will undergo an MRI on his hip.

    Advice: It's not considered serious, but it could provide some context for his drop-off in production during the second half. The 28-year-old had an .841 OPS in the first half and a .639 OPS after the All-Star break. Today, 9:29 am
    L, 6-1 vs x KC
  • Astros finalize roster for AL Wild Card game
    Mike Fiers is on the Astros' roster for Tuesday's Wild Card game against the Yankees.

    Advice: Dallas Keuchel is starting the Wild Card game, but he's going on three days' rest, so Fiers gives Astros manager A.J. Hinch some flexibility just in case. Similar to the Yankees, the Astros are carrying nine pitchers for the one-game playoff. Matt Duffy made the roster as the 25th man while Jonathan Singleton was left off. Of course, the Astros will reset their roster if they advance to the ALDS. Today, 8:42 am
  • Cespedes (fingers) '100 pct. ready' for NLDS
    Yoenis Cespedes (fingers) said Tuesday that he's "100 percent ready" for the NLDS against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Cespedes gave the Mets quite the scare when he was hit in the left hand with a pitch last Wednesday, but fortunately he only suffered contusions on his middle and ring fingers. He returned to action over the weekend with no issues, so he's good to go for the postseason. Today, 8:38 am
    W, 1-0 vs ^ Was
  • Marlins bringing back Ichiro for 2016
    Joe Frisaro of reports that the Marlins are bringing back Ichiro Suzuki for 2016.

    Advice: It was expected already, but an official announcement is expected on Tuesday. Suzuki turns 42 later this month and batted just .229/.282/.279 in 438 plate appearances this season, but he's 65 hits shy of 3,000 for his career. There's obvious marketing appeal for the Marlins. Today, 8:32 am
  • Minor (shoulder) in Braves' plans for '16
    Mike Minor (shoulder) is still in the Braves' plans for 2016.

    Advice: Minor missed the entire 2015 season after undergoing surgery in May to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, but Braves president of baseball operations John Hart said Monday that he's "all systems go" and ramping up his throwing program. The southpaw made $5.6 million this season and will be arbitration-eligible for the third time this winter. Because he was a Super Two player, he remains under team control through 2017. Today, 6:26 am
    60-Day DL
    W, 6-0 vs StL; W, 2-0 vs StL
  • Gomez (intercostal): 'I'm ready to start'
    Carlos Gomez (intercostal) said after working out at Yankee Stadium on Monday that he's "ready to start."

    Advice: "The plan is to play tomorrow. I'm ready to start," Gomez said. The Astros have yet to comment on whether Gomez will indeed be in the lineup for Tuesday's American League Wild Card Game, but things do seem to be trending in the right direction. The outfielder has started just one of the club's previous 20 contests since suffering a strained left intercostal muscle. Yesterday, 5:54 pm
    L, 5-3 x @Ari
  • Carlos Gomez to test out intercostal strain
    Carlos Gomez will test out his strained intercostal muscle on Monday.

    Advice: The testing presumably will involve batting practice and perhaps other drills. While it's clear that Gomez isn't 100 percent and maybe not all that close, the outfielder has said that he'll "definitely" be ready for Tuesday's Wild Card Game against the Yankees. Yesterday, 1:49 pm
    L, 5-3 x @Ari
  • Ichiro hoping to return to Miami next season
    Ichiro Suzuki said Sunday that he's hoping to return to the Marlins next season.

    Advice: "Of course" was the response from the 41-year-old impending free agent outfielder. Ichiro batted just .229/.282/.279 in 438 plate appearances this season and he turns 42 years old later this month, but there should be offers out there if he's willing to accept a low base salary and reserve role. There's thought to be some interest from the Marlins, though that front office is currently in flux and will have quite a bit on its plate this winter. Yesterday, 6:56 am
  • Gomez (intercostal) aims to play in WC Game
    Carlos Gomez (intercostal) is hoping to play in Tuesday's American League Wild Card Game.

    Advice: Gomez was held out of the Astros' final regular-season series due to lingering complications with the intercostal muscle strain he suffered in early September, but he says that was by design. "Yeah, definitely I’ll be ready in New York," Gomez told the Houston Chronicle on Sunday. "You know because, that game means a lot for us. No matter what, I’m going to be ready. That’s what we planned, the whole last five days made me feel better so I can be more 100 percent to do my best in New York." Yesterday, 6:36 am
    L, 5-3 x @Ari
  • Marlins to interview Larry Bowa for manager
    Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports that the Marlins plan to interview Phillies bench coach Larry Bowa for their managerial opening.

    Advice: Bowa previously managed the Padres (1987-1988) and Phillies (2001-2004), compiling an 81-127 career record. The Marlins are seeking a manager with prior experience this time around and have already interviewed Bo Porter and Manny Acta for the position. Sunday, 6:13 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 7-2 x @Phi
  • Kershaw fans seven in brief action vs Padres
    Making his final start of the season, Clayton Kershaw struck out seven Padres across 3 2/3 scoreless innings on Sunday.

    Advice: Even in a predictably short start, Kershaw still struck out seven. The ace southpaw is now set to start Game 1 of the NLDS against the Mets on Friday. During regular season play, he held a 2.13, 0.88 WHIP and 301/42 K/BB ratio across 232 2/3 innings. Sunday, 3:25 pm
    W, 6-3 vs ^ SD
  • Gomez (intercostal) could return in playoffs
    Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Sunday that Carlos Gomez (intercostal) could return to the lineup during the postseason if the club qualifies.

    Advice: He did not, however, specify when during the playoffs Gomez might be available, so the declaration doesn't mean a whole lot. Gomez has made just one start since suffering a strained intercostal muscle three weeks ago. Colby Rasmus is handling center field again Sunday. Sunday, 10:44 am
    L, 5-3 x @Ari
  • Uribe (chest) still can't do activities
    Juan Uribe (chest) remains unable to do physical activities.

    Advice: Uribe is still dealing with a deep chest bruise that he suffered while diving for a ball on September 20. He's a long shot for the NLDS roster and is a question mark for any subsequent series should the Mets advance. Sunday, 9:23 am
    W, 1-0 vs x Was
  • Steven Matz (back) to throw off mound Tues.
    Steven Matz (back) will throw a bullpen session Tuesday.

    Advice: He'll then throw 90-100 pitches in an instructional league game Thursday if he's feeling up to it. The Mets plan on starting Matz in Game 4 of the NLDS if his stiff back will allow it. Sunday, 9:18 am
  • Brian Dozier absent from Sunday's lineup
    Brian Dozier is absent from the Twins' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Minnesota is playing a lot of subs in this one. It will be Eduardo Escobar shifting over to second base and Danny Santana covering shortstop. Sunday, 8:28 am
    L, 6-1 vs x KC
  • Clayton Kershaw to start Game 1 of NLDS
    Clayton Kershaw will start Game 1 of the NLDS Friday against the Mets.

    Advice: Kershaw had another unbelievable year, winning 16 games with a 2.16 ERA and a league-leading 294 strikeouts. The three-time Cy Young winner hasn't had much success in the postseason (1-5, 5.12 ERA in 11 appearances) but he's been lights out against the Mets, holding them to one run and eight hits over 16 innings this year. Saturday, 8:32 pm
    W, 6-3 vs ^ SD
  • Harvey strikes out 11 over six strong innings
    Matt Harvey allowed just one (unearned) run over six innings Saturday in the Mets' loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: Harvey looked sharp in his final tuneup before the postseason, yielding only four hits and striking out 11 batters on just 91 pitches. He did not issue a walk. Max Scherzer out-dueled him on the other end, however, firing his second no-hitter of the 2015 season as the Nationals went on to win 2-0. Harvey is expected to make just one start in the NLDS. Saturday, 6:37 pm
    W, 1-0 vs Was
  • Yasiel Puig won't start Sunday's game
    Yasiel Puig will not start Sunday's game against the Padres.

    Advice: Puig is playing right field Saturday for the first time in over a month. Manager Don Mattingly suggested he could enter Sunday's game in the later innings as part of a double switch. Puig could be playing for a postseason roster spot. Saturday, 4:10 pm
    W, 6-3 vs x SD
  • Yoenis Cespedes sitting out nightcap
    Yoenis Cespedes is not in the Mets' lineup for the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Nationals.

    Advice: Cespedes returned to action Saturday after missing Thursday's game with a finger injury and went 1-for-3 with a single. He'll take a seat for the nightcap with Kirk Nieuwenhuis getting the start in center field. Cespedes has established new career highs in almost every offensive category including home runs (35), RBI (105) and hits (182). Saturday, 3:10 pm
    W, 1-0 vs ^ Was
  • Dodgers activate Puig (hamstring) from DL
    Dodgers activated Yasiel Puig from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: A strained right hamstring kept Puig out for 34 games. He'll bat sixth and play right field Saturday against the Padres. Puig was on a 10-game hitting streak before he got hurt. Saturday, 2:40 pm
    W, 6-3 vs x SD
  • Jed Lowrie (quad) still not in Astros' lineup
    Jed Lowrie (quad) is not in the Astros' lineup Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: He's been battling a sore quad since Tuesday. Utility man Luis Valbuena will handle third base and bat fifth. Just as he was last night, Lowrie will be available off the bench. Saturday, 2:31 pm
    L, 5-3 ^ @Ari
  • Carlos Gomez (intercostal) out again Saturday
    Carlos Gomez (intercostal) is not in the Astros' lineup Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: He hasn't been in the lineup since Wednesday. Colby Rasmus will fill in at center field and bat cleanup. The Astros enter tonight's action with a half-game advantage over the Angels for the second Wild Card spot. Saturday, 2:27 pm
    L, 5-3 x @Ari
  • Josh Hamilton blasts two homers in tough loss
    Josh Hamilton blasted a pair of home runs as the Rangers dropped a heartbreaking 11-10 decision against the Angels on Saturday afternoon.

    Advice: Hamilton got the game's scoring started with a solo homer in the second inning. He then added another solo blast in the seventh, increasing the Rangers' advantage to 9-6. With his 2-for-4 afternoon, he's now hitting .253/.292/.446 with eight homers and 24 RBI on the season. Saturday, 2:14 pm
  • Cespedes (finger) returns to lineup for Mets
    Yoenis Cespedes (fingers) went 1-for-3 with a single and a walk in his return to action Saturday against the Nationals.

    Advice: Cespedes gave the Mets quite a scare when he was hit in the left hand with a pitch on Wednesday night, but fortunately he only suffered contusions on his middle and ring fingers. He'll be good to go for the postseason. Saturday, 1:17 pm
    W, 1-0 vs ^ Was
  • Yordano Ventura brilliant in win over Twins
    Yordano Ventura was brilliant in Saturday's victory over the Twins, racking up 11 strikeouts over seven innings of one-run ball.

    Advice: Ventura scattered just four hits and three walks on the afternoon. The only blemish on his day was an RBI single by Brian Dozier in the sixth inning. Riding a strong second half, Ventura finishes the regular season 13-8 with a 4.08 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 156/58 K/BB ratio across 163 1/3 innings. Saturday, 1:08 pm
  • Brian Dozier plates lone run in loss Saturday
    Brian Dozier went 1-for-4 and plated the Twins lone run as they dropped a critical decision to the Royals on Saturday in Minnesota.

    Advice: The loss closes the door on the Twins playoff hopes. At the time, Dozier's run-scoring single in the sixth inning tied the game at 1-1, but the Royals would strike for four the following frame to put the game out of reach. Dozier also swiped his 12th base of the year in the loss. The power-hitting infielder is slashing .236/.307/.444 on the season with 28 long balls and 77 RBI. Saturday, 1:08 pm
    L, 6-1 vs x KC
  • Matz receives injection to relax back muscles
    Mets manager Terry Collins said Saturday that Steven Matz received an injection in his back on Friday to relax his muscles.

    Advice: Matz was expected to pitch at some point on Saturday or Sunday, though the stiffness in his back has caused him to be scratched twice already this week. Collins hopes that he can get up to 90-100 pitches by Wednesday in the instructional league in order to be ready for his next start. He's expected to function as the Mets' fourth starter in the postseason as long as he's healthy. Saturday, 7:52 am
  • Jacoby Ellsbury remains out of Yankees lineup
    Jacoby Ellsbury (back) remains out of the Yankees starting lineup for the first game of Saturday's doubleheader.

    Advice: He was a little sore after crashing into a wall during Wednesday's game. There's still a chance that he returns to the lineup for the nightcap. Saturday, 6:50 am
    L, 9-4 ^ @Bal
  • Scott Van Slyke receives cortisone shot
    Scott Van Slyke received a cortisone shot in his ailing right wrist on Friday.

    Advice: He has been in and out of the lineup for most of September due to soreness in his hand and wrist, and has been unable to take batting practice for the past few days. As of now, he's still expected to be a part of the Dodgers postseason roster, but any further setbacks could change that. Saturday, 6:05 am
    W, 6-3 vs x SD
  • Young holds Twins to one run in final start
    Chris Young pitched well in earning a no-decision against the Twins on Friday, allowing one run on four hits over 6 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Young struck out five and walked two on the evening. The lone run to score on his watch came via an RBI single off the bat of Aaron Hicks in the second inning. The 36-year-old right-hander has pitched to a 3.06 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 83/43 K/BB ratio over 123 1/3 innings and should see some work in the postseason as the Royals try to win the AL pennant for the second straight year. Friday, 8:28 pm
  • Lowrie (quad) available off bench on Friday
    Jed Lowrie (quad) is available off of the Astros bench on Friday.

    Advice: He was feeling better prior to Friday's game, but manager A.J. Hinch wanted to give him an extra day of rest as a precautionary measure. Expect him to return to the starting lineup on Saturday. Friday, 6:12 pm
    L, 5-3 ^ @Ari
  • Puig could return to Dodgers this weekend
    Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Friday that there's a chance Yasiel Puig (hamstring) rejoins the team before the end of the weekend.

    Advice: Puig has been working out extensively after suffering a re-injury of his right hamstring. He had a full day at the team's spring training complex on Thursday and was even able to steal a base. It looks like all systems should be go for the outfielder heading into the postseason. Friday, 4:46 pm
    W, 6-3 vs x SD
  • Carlos Gomez not in lineup again Friday
    Carlos Gomez (intercostal) is once again not in the Astros starting lineup on Friday.

    Advice: He returned to the lineup on Wednesday, but felt some lingering soreness after his final throw against the Mariners. Expect him to return to his regular post in the outfield at some point before the end of the weekend. Friday, 4:36 pm
    L, 5-3 x @Ari
  • Game between Mets, Nationals postponed Friday
    Friday's contest between the Mets and Nationals has been postponed.

    Advice: The Mets and Nationals are the latest in a series of East Coast rain-outs. They'll play a day-night doubleheader on Saturday, with games at 1:00 pm ET and 7:00 pm ET. Friday, 1:19 pm
    W, 1-0 vs ^ Was
  • Ellsbury out of Yanks lineup Thursday night
    Jacoby Ellsbury is out of the Yankees' lineup Thursday after crashing into a wall on Wednesday night.

    Advice: Ellsbury just has a bit of back soreness and will presumably be available off the bench Thursday at Yankee Stadium. New York is trying to get as healthy as possible heading into next week's American League Wild Card Game. Chase Headley (back) is also resting on Thursday. Thursday, 12:55 pm
    L, 9-4 ^ @Bal
  • Cespedes (fingers) probably won't play Friday
    Yoenis Cespedes (fingers) probably won't play Friday.

    Advice: Cespedes escaped with a couple of bruised fingers after Wednesday night's frightening HBP on his left hand, but the Mets want their impending free agent slugger to be as close to 100 percent as possible leading into the NLDS. He sat out Thursday and probably won't see more than a handful of at-bats over the weekend against the Nationals. Thursday, 11:48 am
    W, 1-0 vs ^ Was
  • Flores (back) unlikely to play Friday either
    Wilmer Flores (back) is not expected to play Friday either.

    Advice: Flores made an early exit from Wednesday's game with stiffness in his lower back and was still feeling the discomfort on Thursday. It's get-healthy time for the National League East-champion Mets. Flores should be fine by the start of the NLDS next Friday. Thursday, 11:42 am
    W, 1-0 vs x Was
  • Puig (hamstring) now running at 100 percent
    Yasiel Puig (hamstring) began running at 100 percent effort on Thursday morning.

    Advice: Puig has made some major strides over the last couple of days and would now appear to have a pretty good shot at cracking the Dodgers' roster for the NLDS. He has been on the disabled list since August 28 with a re-tear of his troublesome right hamstring. The outfielder has appeared in only 77 total games this season for Los Angeles. Thursday, 10:43 am
    W, 6-3 vs x SD
  • Juan Uribe (chest) now doubtful for NLDS
    Juan Uribe (chest) has shown very little improvement and now looks doubtful for the NLDS.

    Advice: Uribe suffered a deep chest bruise while diving for a ball on September 20 and then aggravated the injury a few days later. He'll visit a specialist in New York on Thursday and hope to get some answers, but it sounds like an extended period of rest is the only cure here. Thursday, 7:12 am
    W, 1-0 vs x Was
  • Mets' Matz (side) to pitch Saturday or Sunday
    Steven Matz (side) is expected to pitch Saturday or Sunday against the Nationals.

    Advice: Matz has been scratched twice this week due to stiffness in the right side of his back, but he is finally beginning to feel better. The young left-hander is in line to serve as the Mets' fourth starter this postseason if he feels good. He owns a shiny 2.27 ERA and 34/10 K/BB ratio through his first 35 2/3 major league innings. Thursday, 7:09 am
  • Cespedes (fingers) not in Mets' lineup Thurs.
    Yoenis Cespedes is not in the Mets' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Phillies.

    Advice: Cespedes was struck on the left hand by a fastball on Wednesday night but escaped with minor contusions to his left middle and ring fingers. He's not the only starter absent Thursday for the National League East-champion Mets. Consider the slugger day-to-day for the final weekend and a full-go for postseason play. Thursday, 7:02 am
    W, 1-0 vs ^ Was
  • Yovani Gallardo earns win over Tigers
    Yovani Gallardo pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed two runs Wednesday as the Rangers beat the Tigers 6-2.

    Advice: Unless Gallardo is needed in relief this weekend, he finishes a fine regular season with a 13-11 record and a 3.42 ERA. It's better than we expected after the trade to Texas, though the 1.42 WHIP and dwindling strikeout rate (121 K in 184 1/3 IP) wouldn't seem to bode well for the future. Wednesday, 9:08 pm
  • Steven Matz just dealing with muscle spasms
    Steven Matz was examined by a doctor and was given medication to treat muscle spasms.

    Advice: Matz was scratched from his scheduled start Thursday to due lingering side stiffness, but nothing more serious was diagnosed. For his part, Matz has said it's not a serious issue and that he should be fine sooner than later. The Mets' plans for the postseason are still unclear, but he could be in the running for a start in the NLDS if he bounces back well. Wednesday, 8:35 pm
  • Matusz set for surgery to repair AC joint
    Brian Matusz will have arthroscopic surgery Monday to repair an arthritic AC joint in his right (non-throwing) shoulder.

    Advice: He'll basically have the shoulder cleaned up. The southpaw said it didn't affect his performance this season, so it certainly shouldn't be an issue going forward. Wednesday, 8:16 pm
  • Wilmer Flores exits with lower back stiffness
    Wilmer Flores left Wednesday's game with lower back stiffness.

    Advice: Flores didn't appear to be dealing with anything too serious before being removed from the game. It sounds minor, and Flores shouldn't be sidelined too long as a result. Wednesday, 6:35 pm
    W, 1-0 vs x Was
  • Cespedes diagnosed with finger contusions
    Yoenis Cespedes was diagnosed with contusions on his left middle and ring fingers.

    Advice: The good news is that nothing is broken -- X-rays came back negative, so it's simply a bruise, not a break. It wouldn't be shocking to see Cespedes held out for most or all of the rest of the regular season in hopes of having him back for the start of the NLDS. Wednesday, 6:33 pm
    W, 1-0 vs ^ Was
  • Wilmer Flores exits with undisclosed injury
    Wilmer Flores left Wednesday's game against the Phillies with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: Either that, or Mets manager Terry Collins wanted to get Flores out of the game in the top of the fourth inning for some baseball-related reason. Flores was replaced by pinch-runner Ruben Tejada. He was 1-for-2 before leaving. The Mets should provide some clarity soon. Wednesday, 5:47 pm
    W, 1-0 vs x Was
  • Cespedes exits after taking HBP on left hand
    Yoenis Cespedes left Wednesday's game against the Phillies after being hit in the left hand by a pitch.

    Advice: Cespedes was immediately in pain after being hit by the Justin De Fratus pitch. He was holding his hand and wrist area as he walked off the field. The Mets should have an update on his condition shortly. Wednesday, 5:12 pm
    W, 1-0 vs ^ Was
  • Jays win the East behind Stroman's dominance
    Marcus Stroman pitched the Blue Jays to the American League East division title Wednesday, tossing eight innings of one-run ball in a 15-2 trouncing of the Orioles in the first game of a doubleheader.

    Advice: Stroman absolutely shoved, scattering five hits and two walks while striking out eight. A Steve Pearce solo homer in the seventh inning was the only blemish in the otherwise outstanding performance. It was the kind of brilliance the Jays missed most of the season with Stroman sidelined due to a torn ACL. He's now 4-0 with a 1.67 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 18/6 K/BB ratio in four starts since coming off the disabled list. We'll next see Stroman in the ALDS. Wednesday, 4:26 pm
  • Gomez (intercostal) back in Astros' lineup
    Carlos Gomez (intercostal) is in the Astros' lineup on Wednesday.

    Advice: Gomez has appeared in two games in recent days but hasn't swung a bat in a game since September 12. The outfielder, who is batting .253/.313/.408 on the year, is hitting sixth and playing center field against the Mariners. Wednesday, 3:47 pm
    L, 5-3 x @Ari
  • Mets' Matz (side) won't pitch Thursday either
    Steven Matz has been scratched from his start Thursday against the Phillies due to lingering side stiffness.

    Advice: Matz was bumped from Wednesday to Thursday after waking up Tuesday with stiffness in his right side, and now he can't make that Thursday start either. It's not clear when he'll pitch next, and manager Terry Collins suggested Wednesday that Bartolo Colon might have to start in the NLDS. Matz had been lined up to serve as the Mets' fourth starter in the postseason. Wednesday, 1:02 pm
  • Matusz will have surgery on right shoulder
    Brian Matusz will have surgery next Monday on his right (non-throwing) shoulder.

    Advice: The details on the procedure aren't known, but Orioles manager Buck Showalter says it's minor. Especially given that it's his non-throwing shoulder, Matusz should have a relatively normal offseason. Wednesday, 10:36 am
  • Gomez (intercostal) expected in lineup Wed.
    Astros manager A.J. Hinch said in an interview on MLB Network Radio that he expects Carlos Gomez (intercostal) back in the lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: That's assuming he feels fine when he gets to the ballpark and gets through batting practice with no issues. Gomez has been used as a pinch-runner and defensive replacement recently but hasn't started a game since September 12 due to a strained intercostal muscle. Wednesday, 9:35 am
    L, 5-3 x @Ari
  • Puig (hamstring) running at about 80 percent
    Yasiel Puig (hamstring) is playing in instructional league games but not running the bases or playing the field yet.

    Advice: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday that Puig's activity level the last two days has been "encouraging," but he added that the outfielder is still only running at about 80 percent. Puig won't return during the final week of the regular season and his status for the postseason is up in the air. Wednesday, 6:42 am
    W, 6-3 vs x SD
  • Jed Lowrie leaves with sore quad
    Jed Lowrie exited Tuesday's game against the Mariners with left quad soreness.

    Advice: Lowrie admitted to feeling some tightness before the game and then it got worse when he ran to first base. He'll be re-evaluated Wednesday but he seems likely to miss at least a game or two. "I don’t know what it looks like for tomorrow, we’ll see," Lowrie said Tuesday. Wednesday, 6:31 am
    L, 5-3 ^ @Ari
  • Fiers allows 4 R over 5 2/3 IP as Astros lose
    Mike Fiers got a no-decision, allowing four runs (three earned) in 5 2/3 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: The Mariners scored twice on sacrifice flies in the first inning, but didn't manage anything else until Robinson Cano hit a two-run homer in the sixth. On the evening, Fiers gave up five hits and a walk while striking out seven. In nine starts and one relief appearance for the Astros since joining the team at the trade deadline, Fiers has a 3.32 ERA and a 59/21 K/BB ratio over 62 1/3 innings. Fiers is on track to pitch the regular season finale, in Arizona against the Diamondbacks. Tuesday, 10:42 pm
  • Kershaw masterful as Dodgers clinch NL West
    Clayton Kershaw pitched a one-hit shutout as the Dodgers clinched the NL West on Tuesday versus the Giants.

    Advice: Kershaw allowed one hit and one walk while striking out 13, retiring the final 19 batters he faced. The Dodgers backed him with eight runs of support, so it was an easy night. The lefty now has a 2.16 ERA, a 0.89 WHIP, and a 294/42 K/BB ratio over 229 innings. Kershaw is still six strikeouts shy of 300; he's looking to become the first pitcher to strike out 300 since Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson in 2002. Tuesday, 10:05 pm
    W, 6-3 vs ^ SD
  • Steven Matz (side) to start on Thursday
    Steven Matz's (side) next start has officially been pushed back to Thursday against the Phillies.

    Advice: He's flip-flopping with Logan Verrett, who will now go on Wednesday. Matz developed some stiffness in his right side after sleeping funny Monday night, but it's no big deal. The Mets are just being careful here. Tuesday, 7:08 pm
  • Hamilton (knee) can't play back-to-back games
    Josh Hamilton (knee) is not ready to play back-to-back games yet.

    Advice: Hamilton looked quite comfortable while patrolling left field on Monday, but the Rangers aren't ready to push him just yet. "The reality is what he does in the batter's box can be more impactful," manager Jeff Banister said. "It's about offense, and it's getting better." Tuesday, 5:54 pm
  • Blue Jays/Orioles game postponed due to rain
    Tuesday's game between the Blue Jays and Orioles has been postponed due to rain.

    Advice: It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Wednesday. Scheduled starters Marcus Stroman and Miguel Gonzalez will be pushed back a day. Tuesday, 3:35 pm
  • Harvey will only make one start in the NLDS
    Mets GM Sandy Alderson indicated Tuesday that Matt Harvey will only pitch once in the NLDS.

    Advice: Which means he's probably going to take Game 3 against the Dodgers. Harvey has been the center of a very public innings-limit controversy for going on a month, but he threw 97 pitches over 6 2/3 innings Saturday against the Reds and can still have a major impact as a one-start-per-series pitcher in the postseason. Tuesday, 1:41 pm
    W, 1-0 vs Was
  • Mets starter Matz has stiffness in right side
    Steven Matz may be scratched from his start Wednesday against the Phillies due to stiffness in his right side.

    Advice: Mets manager Terry Collins hinted at the idea in his pregame chat with reporters on Tuesday afternoon. There should be something more official sometime Tuesday night. This doesn't sound like a serious, long-term problem for Matz, who boasts a 2.27 ERA and 34/10 K/BB ratio through his first 35 2/3 major league innings. Logan Verrett would start in his place Wednesday and then Matz would likely return Thursday. Tuesday, 1:32 pm
  • Matz might not start Wednesday in Philly?
    Mets manager Terry Collins hinted Tuesday that Steven Matz might have to be scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday night in Philadelphia.

    Advice: Collins wouldn't get into any details, so we'll have to play the waiting game on this one. Matz allowed three runs and 10 hits over 5 2/3 innings in his last turn Thursday against the Reds. He owns a 2.27 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 34/10 K/BB ratio over his first 35 2/3 major league frames. Tuesday, 1:18 pm
  • Jennings: Stanton (hand) done for the season
    Marlins interim manager Dan Jennings announced Tuesday that Giancarlo Stanton (hand) is done for the year.

    Advice: Stanton was trying to push back from hamate surgery, but it just didn't happen. And there was never a good reason to rush him. Stanton should be 100 percent heading into spring training next February and he'll again be among the favorites to lead the major leagues in home runs. He tallied 27 homers and 67 RBI in only 74 games this year. Tuesday, 1:09 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 7-2 x @Phi
  • Gomez (intercostal) still has discomfort
    Carlos Gomez (intercostal) still has discomfort swinging.

    Advice: Gomez has come off the bench in each of the past two games and continues to take batting practice, but he's not 100 percent yet and has concerns about returning too soon. "I feel like if I swing it’s going to get worse," said Gomez. "Take the time and do the right thing." Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Monday that Gomez’s injury typically takes 45-50 days to heal, but the team is trying to ramp things up given where they are in the season. His swing has been toned down to compensate for the injury, so it's hard to count on much from him even if he manages to return. Tuesday, 6:39 am
    L, 5-3 x @Ari
  • Ventura stymies Cubs over seven innings
    Yordano Ventura dazzled with seven scoreless innings, but was saddled with a no-decision as the Royals lost to the Cubs 1-0 in 11 innings on Monday.

    Advice: Ventura scattered two hits (both singles) and a walk with six strikeouts. He had no-hit the Cubs through five innings but Jorge Soler broke it up with a leadoff single in the sixth. The right-hander now has a 4.20 ERA, a 1.31 WHIP, and a 145/55 K/BB ratio over 156 1/3 innings. Ventura will make his final regular season start in Minnesota against the Twins. Monday, 8:03 pm
  • Plouffe swats homer as Twins edge Indians
    Trevor Plouffe hit a two-run home run in Monday's win against the Indians.

    Advice: Plouffe put the Twins up 3-0 early, swatting a two-run home run in the first inning off of Corey Kluber. The third baseman has put up average numbers this year, batting .245/.308/.440 with 22 home runs and 84 RBI. Sep 28, 7:19 pm
    L, 6-1 vs x KC
  • Young blanks Indians over five innings
    Chris Young pitched well in his return to the rotation on Sunday, tossing five no-hit innings against the Indians in the win.

    Advice: Young was pushed out of the rotation near the end of July, but he returned on Sunday and looked sharp. The veteran right-hander struck out two and walked one without allowing a hit. Indeed, the Indians wouldn't notch their first hit until the seventh inning. For the season, he holds a 3.15 ERA and 1.09 WHIP over 117 innings (including 17 starts). A road date with the Twins awaits for his final regular season start. Sep 27, 2:12 pm
  • Dozier adds two-run double as Twins win
    Brian Dozier had a two-run double as part of a 2-for-5 effort as the Twins beat the Tigers 7-1 on Sunday.

    Advice: Dozier drilled a two-run double to left field in the middle of the Twins' six-run outburst in the second inning to chase Randy Wolf from the game. The second baseman has been a valuable fantasy performer this season, batting .242/.314/.459 with 28 home runs, 75 RBI, 101 runs scored, and 11 stolen bases. Sep 27, 1:31 pm
    L, 6-1 vs x KC
  • Josh Hamilton not in Sunday's lineup
    Josh Hamilton is not in the Rangers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Hamilton made his first start Saturday in six weeks but is back on the bench in this one. He figures to see spot duty in the final week of the regular season as he attempts to convince the Rangers his knee can handle playing the outfield. Sep 27, 8:59 am
  • Yoenis Cespedes not in Sunday's lineup
    Yoenis Cespedes is not in the Mets' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's simply receiving a day of rest. Juan Lagares will be in center field. Sep 27, 8:08 am
    W, 1-0 vs ^ Was
  • Marlins to make Stanton (hand) decision soon
    Marlins interim manager Dan Jennings said Saturday that the club is "getting close to that yea or nay date" when it comes to whether Giancarlo Stanton (hand) will return.

    Advice: A decision figures to be revealed Sunday or Monday, as Jennings said that Stanton probably wouldn't travel on the season-ending road trip beginning Tuesday if it's determined he should shut it down. The club is leaving it up to Stanton as to whether he'll come back during the final week. "There still scar tissue and it's strength. It's the same two issues… We have left it in his court," Jennings said. At this point, it would be a surprise if Stanton returns. He's been out since late June following surgery to remove the hamate bone from his left hand. Sep 27, 7:52 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 7-2 x @Phi
  • Trevor Plouffe is under the weather
    Trevor Plouffe is not in the Twins' lineup Sunday due to illness.

    Advice: He should be fine in a day or two. Eduardo Nunez will handle third base in Plouffe's place. Sep 27, 7:48 am
    L, 6-1 vs x KC
  • Harvey pitches into seventh, Mets clinch East
    Matt Harvey held the Reds to two earned runs over 6 2/3 innings Saturday in the Mets' 10-2 rout.

    Advice: And with that, the Mets are your 2015 National League East champions. They're headed to the postseason for the first time since 2006. Harvey gave up nine hits but walked none and struck out six, throwing 97 pitches with no apparent restrictions. So much for that innings limit controversy. Sep 26, 4:19 pm
    W, 1-0 vs Was
  • Uribe (chest) may not be ready for NLDS
    There is concern within the Mets organization that Juan Uribe (chest) may not be ready in time for the National League Division Series.

    Advice: Uribe is listed as day-to-day with his chest injury. While X-rays revealed no structural damage on Friday, he's still in a good deal of pain and it's going to be awhile before he's ready to return to the lineup. Sep 26, 10:34 am
    W, 1-0 vs x Was
  • Matt Harvey to make another start for Mets
    Mets manager Terry Collins said Saturday that Matt Harvey will make another start next week.

    Advice: Harvey is working against the Reds on Saturday afternoon, then will make one final tune-up in the regular season before the Mets head to the playoffs. How the Mets will structure their rotation in the postseason remains to be seen, but Harvey will obviously play a prominent role. Sep 26, 10:13 am
    W, 1-0 vs Was
  • Josh Hamilton in Rangers lineup on Saturday
    Josh Hamilton has returned to the Rangers starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Astros.

    Advice: Hamilton is starting in left field and will bat eighth against opposing right-hander Collin McHugh. He will likely need to prove to the Rangers that he can handle his position in the outfield defensively over the next week-plus if he wants to be included on the postseason roster. Sep 26, 7:49 am
  • Gallardo allows two runs in no-decision
    Yovani Gallardo allowed two runs in 4 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Astros on Friday.

    Advice: Rangers manager Jeff Banister brought the hook after Gallardo gave up a two-out double to Evan Gattis. He finished just one out short of qualifying for the victory, but Banister didn't want to take a chance of letting the Astros back in it. Gallardo labored for most of the outing, allowing eight hits -- including a home run -- and two walks while throwing just 48 out of 87 pitches for strikes. The veteran right-hander has completed six innings just once dating back to July 30. Sep 25, 9:46 pm
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