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  • Carlos Gomez homers in return to lineup
    Carlos Gomez belted a solo homer in his return to action Tuesday as the Astros beat the Yankees in the American League Wild Card Game.

    Advice: Masahiro Tanaka hung a first-pitch slider to Gomez to lead off the fourth inning and the outfielder smacked it well over the left-center field wall. Making just his second start in the club's last 21 games due to an intercostal strain, Gomez was noticeably in pain in his third plate appearance and was lifted before being allowed to make another one. He'll surely continue to try and gut it out but is clearly playing compromised. Today, 8:29 pm
    L, 5-3 x @Ari
  • Colby Rasmus homers in Astros' win
    Colby Rasmus launched a solo homer and drew a walk in Tuesday's win over the Yankees.

    Advice: Rasmus got the scoring going with a long blast to right field off of Masahiro Tanaka in the second inning. It was one of just five hits on the night for the Astros, but they also drew five walks and managed to scrape together three runs. Rasmus has been wielding a hot power bat of late, having now homered seven times in his last 13 games. Today, 8:26 pm
  • Brett Gardner hitless as Yankees shut out
    Brett Gardner went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Tuesday's loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Yankees manager Joe Girardi decided to start Gardner rather than Jacoby Ellsbury and then saw Gardner whiff in all three of his plate appearances versus Dallas Keuchel. Ultimately it probably wouldn't have mattered had Girardi gone with Ellsbury (who popped out as a pinch-hitter) given how well Keuchel pitched. The Yankees had just three singles on the night. Today, 8:22 pm
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Cards optimistic Yadi (thumb) plays in NLDS
    Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Monday that the club is "optimistic" Yadier Molina (thumb) will be on their NLDS roster.

    Advice: Molina has missed the last two weeks after being diagnosed with a sprained left thumb. He's still not 100 percent, but the Cards will make a custom splint for him to wear so that he can hit and catch. The club has indicated that hitting will likely be the bigger issue for Molina, but they'll be happy to have his elite defense even if he can't offer much at the plate. St. Louis hosts the winner of the National League Wild Card game in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday. Yesterday, 2:51 pm
    L, 6-0 x @Atl; L, 2-0 x @Atl
  • Marlins expected to consider trade of Ozuna
    Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald hears that Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria "is down" on Marcell Ozuna and the club "will consider trading him" this offseason.

    Advice: Jackson adds that "some members of the front office" would like to hang on to Ozuna, but the outfielder looks to be in Loria's doghouse and his vote obviously counts the most. Ozuna spent a surprising amount of time in the minors this season, and it appears that was probably at least in part due to Loria souring on him. Slated to turn 25 next month, Ozuna hit a disappointing .259/.308/.383 with 10 homers in 2015 and will be arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. However, he slugged 23 homers and drove in 85 runs in 2014 and would surely draw some trade interest if the Marlins do indeed make him available. Yesterday, 2:15 pm
    L, 7-2 ^ @Phi
  • 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
  • Murphy could start at C for NYY in WC Game
    John Ryan Murphy could start over Brian McCann at catcher in Tuesday's AL Wild Card Game.

    Advice: Astros starter Dallas Keuchel dominates left-handed-hitters and the right-handed-hitting Murphy registered a nice .770 OPS versus southpaws this season. It's probably the correct move. The lefty-swinging McCann would be a nice bat off the bench in the winner-moves-on tilt at Yankee Stadium. Yesterday, 12:18 pm
  • Beane: Josh Reddick a candidate for extension
    A's vice president Billy Beane said Monday that Josh Reddick is a candidate for a contract extension.

    Advice: Reddick is entering his final offseason of salary arbitration and can become a free agent following the 2016 campaign. The 28-year-old outfielder made $4.1 million in 2015 while batting .272/.333/.449 with 20 home runs and 77 RBI. He also added 10 stolen bases, providing nice value as a late-round fantasy pick. Yesterday, 12:14 pm
    L, 3-2 ^ @Sea
  • O'Brien to enter spring training as a catcher
    Peter O'Brien will enter spring training next year as a catcher.

    Advice: O'Brien expressed a desire to move back behind the plate after spending the 2015 season trying out corner outfield. The 25-year-old has a big bat, but he was never a very good defensive backstop and how he fits into the Diamondbacks' future plans is currently unclear. Welington Castillo should open the 2016 season as Arizona's starting catcher. Yesterday, 11:17 am
    W, 5-3 vs x Hou
  • D'Backs, Pollock have talked long-term deal
    Diamondbacks GM Dave Stewart said Monday that he has spoken to A.J. Pollock about a long-term deal.

    Advice: Pollock had a fantastic 2015 season with the Snakes, slashing .315/.367/.498 with 20 homers, 39 stolen bases, and 111 runs in 157 games while playing very good defense in center field. The 27-year-old will be eligible for salary arbitration for the first time this winter. He is under Arizona's control through 2018. Yesterday, 10:23 am
    W, 5-3 vs ^ Hou
  • Hector Olivera will play winter ball in PR
    Hector Olivera will spend six weeks in the Puerto Rican Winter League.

    Advice: That should be a big benefit to Olivera after missing a ton of playing time this summer to visa issues and injuries. The 30-year-old Cuban infielder batted .253/.310/.405 in 87 plate appearances for the Braves and will carry a cloudy fantasy picture into 2016. Yesterday, 9:50 am
    W, 6-0 vs ^ StL; W, 2-0 vs ^ StL
  • 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
  • LaMarre (hamstring) retired as pinch-hitter
    Ryan LaMarre (hamstring) was retired as a pinch-hitter in Sunday's season finale against the Pirates.

    Advice: LaMarre hadn't appeared in a game since September 20 due to a strained right hamstring. The 26-year-old outfielder finished 2-for-25 (.080) in his first taste of major league life and probably won't be in the mix for an Opening Day roster spot in 2016. Yesterday, 6:18 am
    L, 4-0 x @Pit
  • Freeman (wrist) strikes out as pinch-hitter
    Freddie Freeman (wrist) struck out as a pinch-hitter in the Braves' win over the Cardinals in the second half of Sunday's doubleheader.

    Advice: Freeman didn't make a start over the final weekend due to a lingering right wrist injury. He now has the time and space to get it back near 100 percent, whether through surgery or extensive rest and rehab. The 26-year-old first baseman finished the 2015 season with a .276/.370/.471 batting line, 18 home runs, and 66 RBI in 118 games. He is under contract with Atlanta through 2021. Yesterday, 6:02 am
    W, 6-0 vs x StL; W, 2-0 vs x StL
  • Kendrys Morales (quad) started in finale
    Kendrys Morales (quad) started Sunday's regular-season finale against the Twins.

    Advice: And he drew a walk and scored a run before exiting the game with a bunch of other Royals regulars. Morales battled a quad injury at the tail end of the regular season, but he should be close to 100 percent by the start of the best-of-five American League Division Series. Kansas City awaits the winner of the AL Wild Card Game. Yesterday, 5:47 am
  • 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
  • Yadier Molina to have thumb re-evaluated Mon.
    Yadier Molina will have his ailing left thumb re-evaluated on Monday.

    Advice: Molina was prescribed another week of rest when he visited the doctor last Monday. He said Sunday that the thumb is "getting stronger every day," but we won't know about his status for the NLDS until after Monday's exam. Tony Cruz has been handling the catching duties for St. Louis with Yadi sidelined. Sunday, 11:45 am
    L, 6-0 x @Atl; L, 2-0 x @Atl
  • 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
  • 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
  • Hector Olivera (elbow) out of lineup
    Hector Olivera (elbow) remained out of the Braves' lineup for the first game of Sunday's doubleheader versus the Cardinals.

    Advice: Olivera remains sore after being hit in the left elbow by a pitch last Tuesday. It's unclear whether he'll feel up to playing the second game. Adonis Garcia is handling third base in the first game of the doubleheader. Sunday, 7:27 am
    W, 6-0 vs ^ StL; W, 2-0 vs ^ StL
  • Rasmus homers twice as Astros top Arizona
    Colby Rasmus slugged two home runs in the Astros' win over the Diamondbacks on Saturday night.

    Advice: It was a pair of solo bombs, and they helped the 'Stros grab a must-win in Arizona. Rasmus has 25 home runs and 61 RBI in 136 games this season with a respectable .792. Saturday, 8:51 pm
  • 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
  • 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
  • Kendrys Morales remains out of Royals lineup
    Kendrys Morales (quad) remains out of the Royals starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: The slugger had been expected to return on Saturday, but it'll be Jonny Gomes in as the designated hitter against Tommy Milone and the Twins. Look for Morales to return for Sunday's regular season finale. Saturday, 8:03 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
  • Peter O'Brien homers off bench
    Peter O'Brien homered off Dallas Keuchel in his lone at-bat off the bench Friday against the Astros.

    Advice: It seems crazy that the Diamondbacks haven't given O'Brien a single start since his callup on Sept. 8, but it likely has a lot to do with his unsettled position situation. The team is again looking at making him a full-time catcher, even though he's never going to be very good back there. His bat remains intriguing. He's had just seven plate appearances since his callup, but he's 3-for-5 with two walks. It seems like the Diamondbacks really blew it by not giving him some starts in left. Friday, 10:29 pm
    W, 5-3 vs x Hou
  • 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
  • Morales (quad) not in Royals lineup on Friday
    Kendrys Morales (quad) is not in the Royals starting lineup on Friday.

    Advice: He is however, available off the bench as a pinch hitter. Morales was lifted from Thursday's contest due to minor tightness in his left quad. Had it been a playoff game, he would have almost assuredly been in the lineup on Friday. Friday, 3:59 pm
  • 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
  • Morales leaves early with left quad tightness
    Kendrys Morales was forced to leave Thursday's game due to left quad tightness.

    Advice: The injury is believed to be minor and his early exit is considered precautionary. He's listed as day-to-day and should return to the lineup at some point over the weekend. Thursday, 7:09 pm
  • Hector Olivera (elbow) scratched from lineup
    Hector Olivera (elbow) was scratched from Thursday's lineup against the Nationals.

    Advice: Olivera was hit in the elbow by a pitch on Tuesday and still isn't 100 percent. Adonis Garcia will fill in at third base. Thursday, 1:27 pm
    W, 6-0 vs ^ StL; W, 2-0 vs ^ StL
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Freeman (wrist) won't start any more games
    Freddie Freeman (wrist) will not start any more games this season.

    Advice: He will be available to pinch-hit, but Freeman's nagging right wrist ailment will keep him from being in the lineup. The first baseman noted that he's dealing with a small bone spur in the wrist, though he doesn't think he'll need surgery. Those in redraft leagues can feel free to go ahead and drop him if they haven't already. Wednesday, 12:50 pm
    W, 6-0 vs x StL; W, 2-0 vs x StL
  • Freddie Freeman (wrist) sitting out Wednesday
    Freddie Freeman (wrist) remained out of the Braves' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: He hasn't played since exiting Sunday's game with recurring right wrist discomfort. At this point, there would seem to be a good chance the Braves shut Freeman down, although they say they'll continue to evaluate him on a day-to-day basis. Nick Swisher is at first base Wednesday. Wednesday, 12:07 pm
    W, 6-0 vs x StL; W, 2-0 vs x StL
  • Hector Olivera (elbow) returns to lineup
    Hector Olivera (elbow) is back in the Braves' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Oliver exited Tuesday's game after being hit on the left elbow by a pitch, but he's fine. He's hitting .260/.321/.411 with two homers in 22 games so far with the big club. Wednesday, 11:48 am
    W, 6-0 vs ^ StL; W, 2-0 vs ^ StL
  • 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
  • Pollock on base three times in D'Backs win
    A.J. Pollock reached base three times in five plate appearances as the Diamondbacks pulled out a 4-3 win in 11 innings versus the Rockies on Tuesday.

    Advice: Pollock walked twice and doubled, but scored only once. It's been a breakout year for the outfielder, currently carrying a .317/.369/.499 triple-slash line with 19 home runs, 75 RBI, 107 runs scored, and 37 stolen bases with above-average defense. He'll be drafted much, much earlier in fantasy leagues in 2016. Pollock went 168th overall in Yahoo leagues going into the 2015 season. Tuesday, 10:33 pm
    W, 5-3 vs ^ Hou
  • Morales belts 22nd homer against White Sox
    Kendrys Morales hit his 22nd home run in Tuesday's loss to the White Sox.

    Advice: Morales followed Eric Hosmer's solo homer in the sixth inning with one of his own. It was his only hit in three at-bats. The designated hitter is batting .291/.358/.488 with 22 homers, 106 RBI and 78 runs. With a handful of games left, Morales needs three RBI to set a new career high. Either way, it's been an outstanding bounceback year for the 32-year-old. Tuesday, 8:30 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
  • Hector Olivera leaves after HBP on elbow
    Hector Olivera departed Tuesday's game against the Nationals after being hit on the left elbow by a pitch.

    Advice: Olivera sports an elbow pad on his left arm, but Tanner Roark's offering still smarted. The Braves should have an update on status later Tuesday. Tuesday, 5:41 pm
    W, 6-0 vs ^ StL; W, 2-0 vs ^ StL
  • Peter O'Brien wants to catch again
    Peter O'Brien has told the Diamondbacks that he wants to return to the catcher position.

    Advice: O'Brien had the yips when trying to throw the ball back to the pitcher earlier this season and eventually moved to the outfield. He doesn't think it will be an issue anymore, though, and he and the D'Backs would both like him to take another crack at things behind the plate. O'Brien would certainly make for a much more interesting prospect if he can stick at catcher. Tuesday, 4:57 pm
    W, 5-3 vs x Hou
  • 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
  • Freddie Freeman (wrist) in Tuesday's lineup
    Freddie Freeman (wrist) is in Tuesday's lineup against the Nationals.

    Advice: Freeman was forced to exit Sunday's game with recurring wrist pain, but he feels well enough to give it a go. His status will likely be reevaluated on a daily basis for the final week. Tuesday, 12:17 pm
    W, 6-0 vs x StL; W, 2-0 vs x StL
  • Freeman (wrist) considered day-to-day
    Freddie Freeman (wrist) is considered day-to-day.

    Advice: Freeman has been dealing with a right wrist injury since early August and had to make an early exit from Sunday's game due to recurring discomfort. He'll likely be day-to-day the rest of the way. Tuesday, 9:36 am
    W, 6-0 vs x StL; W, 2-0 vs x StL
  • Morales (ankle) returns as pinch-hitter
    Kendrys Morales (ankle) grounded out as a pinch-hitter Monday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Morales sat out Sunday after being hit above his ankle with a pitch during Saturday's game. He's expected to return to the starting lineup Tuesday. Tuesday, 5:51 am
  • 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
  • Molina (thumb) ruled out for regular season
    Yadier Molina (thumb) has been ruled out for the remainer of the regular season after a doctor on Monday prescribed him another week of rest.

    Advice: He'll be re-evaluated on Sunday or Monday and still has a chance to be ready for the start of the postseason, but obviously this news isn't ideal. Molina is dealing with a slight ligament tear in his left thumb that doesn't really affect him catching but could be a hindrance at the plate. Tony Cruz will continue to handle the catching duties for the Cardinals. Sep 28, 2:06 pm
    L, 6-0 x @Atl; L, 2-0 x @Atl
  • Ozuna homers as Marlins take down the Braves
    Marcell Ozuna went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's 9-5 victory over the Braves.

    Advice: Ozuna cracked the second of two solo homers in the seventh inning, which put the Marlins up 9-4 at the time. The outfielder has had a tough year, including a prolonged stint in the minors, and is carrying a .255/.303/.383 with 10 home runs and 41 RBI. Sep 27, 1:44 pm
    L, 7-2 ^ @Phi
  • Freeman to visit hand specialist on Monday
    Freddie Freeman is scheduled to visit with a hand specialist on Monday.

    Advice: Freeman has been playing through a right wrist injury since early August. He still hopes to continue doing so for the remainder of the season, but the team wants an update on his status before allowing him to do so. Sep 27, 1:36 pm
    W, 6-0 vs x StL; W, 2-0 vs x StL
  • 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
  • Kendrys Morales (ankle) not in lineup
    Kendrys Morales (ankle) is not in the Royals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Morales was hit by a pitch during Saturday's game. He's merely dealing with a bruise and should be fine in a day or two. The Royals have Alex Gordon in the designated hitter spot and Jarrod Dyson in left field. Sep 27, 8:10 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
  • Kendrys Morales leaves with bruised ankle
    Kendrys Morales left Saturday's game against the Indians with a bruise above his ankle.

    Advice: He was hit by a pitch from Kyle Crockett in the eighth inning. Paulo Orlando came in to pinch-run for him. Morales finished the night 1-for-2 with a single. Don't be surprised if Morales gets the day off on Sunday. Sep 26, 8:02 pm
  • Brett Gardner not in Yankees lineup Saturday
    Brett Gardner is not in the Yankees starting lineup for Saturday's contest against the White Sox.

    Advice: He'll get a breather against opposing southpaw John Danks. Chris Young will start in his place in left field and bat sixth for the Bombers on Saturday. Sep 26, 10:49 am
  • 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
  • Colby Rasmus not in Astros lineup on Saturday
    Colby Rasmus is not in the Astros starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's tilt against the Rangers.

    Advice: With tough opposing southpaw Derek Holland taking the hill for the Rangers, Rasmus will have a seat in favor of Jake Marisnick who will bat ninth and patrol center field for the Astros. Sep 26, 7:54 am
  • 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
  • A.J. Pollock delivers grand slam in win
    A.J. Pollock had a grand slam and an RBI single to lead the Diamondbacks to a 6-3 win over the Padres on Friday.

    Advice: A lot of writers probably won't be willing to include two Diamondbacks on their MVP ballots, but Pollock certainly deserves consideration for a spot on the bottom half of ballots. He's hitting .318 with 19 homers and 36 steals, all while playing some of the best center-field defense in the league. Sep 25, 10:30 pm
    W, 5-3 vs ^ Hou
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