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  • Mets blow out Dodgers to take 2-1 NLDS lead
    Yoenis Cespedes went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer in Monday's win over the Dodgers in Game 3 of the NLDS.

    Advice: This one started out in the Dodgers' favor quickly, as they raced to a 3-0 lead after Yasmani Grandal cleared the bases on a two-RBI single plus a throwing error. However, the Mets then scored the next 10 runs as they cruised to a blowout victory. Cespedes' three-run shot in the fourth inning gave the Mets their 10th run and it was a long blast that reached the upper deck at Citi Field. Travis d'Arnaud also homered for the Mets and Curtis Granderson drove in five runs. Yesterday, 9:34 pm
  • Jason Heyward homers but Cards fall
    Jason Heyward doubled and launched a two-run homer in Monday's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: Heyward doubled to lead off the second inning and then cut Chicago's lead to one in the sixth with a two-run shot. Surprisingly, offense wasn't in short supply for the Cardinals against Jake Arrieta and the Cubs' bullpen, but they got out-slugged. Stephen Piscotty also went deep for the Redbirds. Yesterday, 7:01 pm
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; L, 2-0 ^ @Atl
  • Jays crank 3 HRs, push series back to Toronto
    Kevin Pillar went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in Monday's win over the Rangers.

    Advice: The Blue Jays jumped on Derek Holland early, as Josh Donaldson, Chris Colabello and Pillar went deep off of him in the first two innings. Pillar also added RBI singles in the third and seventh frames. In all, Toronto tallied 12 hits and eight runs on the day, with seven of the hits going for extra bases. They have forced the series back to Toronto for a fifth and deciding game. Yesterday, 5:00 pm
  • Lagares gets start in CF in Game 3 of NLDS
    Juan Lagares is starting in center field and batting eighth in Game 3 of the NLDS Monday versus the Dodgers.

    Advice: Michael Conforto and Michael Cuddyer are both on the bench. The full starting lineup for the Mets, who are tied 1-1 in their feisty best-of-five with the Dodgers: Curtis Granderson RF, David Wright 3B, Daniel Murphy 2B, Yoenis Cespedes LF, Lucas Duda 1B, Travis d'Arnaud C, Wilmer Flores SS, Juan Lagares CF, Matt Harvey SP. Los Angeles is throwing left-hander Brett Anderson. Yesterday, 12:11 pm
    W, 1-0 vs x Was
  • Pham starts in CF for Cards in NLDS Game 3
    Tommy Pham is starting in center field in Game 3 of the NLDS Monday evening at Wrigley Field.

    Advice: Randal Grichuk is on the bench in a matchup against 2015 National League Cy Young Award candidate Jake Arrieta. The full lineup for St. Louis: Matt Carpenter 3B, Stephen Piscotty 1B, Matt Holliday LF, Jason Heyward RF, Jhonny Peralta SS, Tommy Pham CF, Yadier Molina C, Kolten Wong 2B, Michael Wacha SP. Yesterday, 11:01 am
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; L, 2-0 ^ @Atl
  • Carlos Gomez in Astros' lineup for Game 4
    Carlos Gomez (intercostal) is in the Astros' lineup for Game 4 of the ALDS Monday versus the Royals.

    Advice: Gomez made it through Games 2 and 3 without issue and even drove in a run in Sunday's win. He'll start in center field and bat sixth against Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura. The full Game 4 lineup for Houston: Jose Altuve 2B, George Springer RF, Carlos Correa SS, Colby Rasmus LF, Evan Gattis DH, Carlos Gomez CF, Luis Valbuena 3B, Chris Carter 1B, Jason Castro C. Lance McCullers is on the bump. Yesterday, 8:21 am
  • Josh Hamilton logs two hits in Game 3 loss
    Josh Hamilton went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles as the Rangers dropped Game 3 of the ALDS to the Blue Jays at home on Sunday evening.

    Advice: As a team, the Rangers were only able to muster five hits against Marco Estrada and a host of relievers, with Hamilton the only member of the team to reach base safely more than once. They'll try again to finish the Jays off and advance to the ALCS on Monday. Sunday, 8:20 pm
    W, 9-2 vs ^ LAA
  • Martin doesn't report to Instructional League
    Leonys Martin, apparently pouting over his exclusion from the Rangers' postseason roster, did not report to the Instructional League in Arizona as he had been told.

    Advice: The Rangers sent several players there to continue playing and remain fresh in the event that they were needed at some point during the playoffs due to injury. The outfielder has had a tumultuous season and may now be at risk of being non-tendered this winter. Sunday, 8:08 pm
    W, 9-2 vs x LAA
  • Lorenzo Cain's home run not enough for Royals
    Lorenzo Cain blasted a go-ahead home run off Dallas Keuchel in the fourth inning on Sunday, but it wasn't enough to lead the Royals to victory over the Astros in Game 3 of the ALDS.

    Advice: Cain's solo shot gave the Royals an early 1-0 lead, but wouldn't be nearly enough against Keuchel and company. Cain finished the afternoon 1-for-4 plus a walk, striking out as the tying run to end the ballgame. Sunday, 4:33 pm
  • Carlos Gomez (intercostal) in Game 3 lineup
    Carlos Gomez (intercostal) is in the Astros' lineup for Game 3 of the ALDS on Sunday.

    Advice: Gomez had to exit the Wild Card Game with nagging soreness in his left intercostal muscle and then didn't start the first two contests against the Royals. He's still not 100 percent and almost surely won't be for the remainder of the postseason, but the outfielder will try to gut it out Sunday. He's in center field and batting sixth. Luis Valbuena is also in the lineup again for Houston, getting a fourth straight playoff start at third base over Jed Lowrie. Sunday, 9:20 am
  • Yoenis Cespedes contributes solo home run
    Yoenis Cespedes smoked a home run off Zack Greinke Saturday in the Mets’ loss to the Dodgers in Game 2 of the NLDS.

    Advice: Cespedes may have slowed down a bit after his torrid August but his home run stroke never left. That’s his 18th blast since joining the Mets at the trade deadline. Michael Conforto followed with a solo shot three batters later, giving the Mets a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Cespedes lined out and grounded out in his other two at-bats. Saturday, 9:58 pm
  • Randal Grichuk records first postseason homer
    Randal Grichuk launched a solo homer in his only at-bat in Saturday’s loss to the Cubs in Game 2 of the NLDS.

    Advice: He was pinch-hitting for reliever Carlos Villanueva. The 444-foot missile to left field ended Kyle Hendricks’ night after only 4 2/3 innings. Grichuk earned the start in right field for Friday’s opener but Stephen Piscotty subbed for him in Game 2. He’s 1-for-3 in his career against Game 3 starter Jake Arrieta. Saturday, 5:51 pm
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; L, 2-0 ^ @Atl
  • Carlos Gomez (ribs) expects to start Game 3
    Carlos Gomez (ribs) was told by manager A.J. Hinch he'll start against the Royals in Game 3 of the ALDS on Sunday.

    Advice: He homered in Houston's Wild Card win over the Yankees but hasn't been in the starting lineup the past two games against Kansas City. Gomes isn't 100 percent but he's going to give it a go. The return of Gomez will send Jake Marisnick back to the bench. Saturday, 4:34 pm
  • Joc Pederson not in Dodgers Game 2 lineup
    Joc Pederson is not in the Dodgers starting lineup for Game 2 of the NLDS against the Mets on Saturday.

    Advice: The powerful young outfielder will take a seat against opposing southpaw Noah Syndergaard while Kike Hernandez starts in center field and bats eighth for the Dodgers. Saturday, 1:02 pm
    W, 6-3 vs ^ SD
  • Randal Grichuk not in Cardinals Game 2 lineup
    Randal Grichuk is not in the Cardinals starting lineup for Game 2 of the NLDS on Saturday.

    Advice: Grichuk drew the start in right field in the first game, striking out in each of his two at-bats against Jon Lester. On Saturday, they'll roll with Stephen Piscotty in right field while Brandon Moss gets the start at first base. Saturday, 10:52 am
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; L, 2-0 ^ @Atl
  • Tommy Pham leaves the yard in Game 1 win
    Tommy Pham belted a solo home run as the Cardinals topped the Cubs in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday in St. Louis.

    Advice: Pham, who entered the game as part of a double-switch, tagged Jon Lester for a solo home run in the eighth inning, increasing the Cardinals advantage to 2-0. He'll continue to get use as a pinch-runner, pinch-hitter and defensive replacement throughout the playoffs, providing a valuable piece off the bench for manager Mike Matheny. Friday, 6:44 pm
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; L, 2-0 ^ @Atl
  • Colby Rasmus goes deep again but Astros lose
    Colby Rasmus homered for the third time in three postseason games, but it wasn't enough for the Astros to overcome the Royals in Game 2 of the ALDS on Friday.

    Advice: Rasmus got the Astros on the board with an RBI double in the first inning. He then tagged Johnny Cueto for a solo homer in the third inning, increasing the Astros advantage to 4-1. Unfortunately for the Houston faithful, that would wind up being the extent of their offense. The dynamic outfielder is extremely locked in at the dish right now, hitting .444 with three homers, five RBI and a stolen base through three postseason contests. Friday, 4:27 pm
    L, 5-3 ^ @Ari
  • Angels claim Todd Cunningham off waivers
    Angels claimed OF Todd Cunningham off waivers from the Braves.

    Advice: Cunningham hit just .221/.280/.267 in his 86 at-bats with the Braves. He will add organizational depth for the Angels. Friday, 4:03 pm
  • DeShields scores twice as Rangers go up 2-0
    Delino DeShields went 3-for-7 with an RBI and a pair of runs scored in Friday's victory over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: He also stole a base for Texas. DeShields had three of 11 hits on the day for the Rangers, as they were able to take down the Jays in 14th innings despite getting next to nothing from the middle of their lineup all day. The former Rule 5 selection now has five hits in the first two games of the ALDS. It was Adrian Beltre's replacement, Hanser Alberto, who drove in the go-ahead run in extras. Friday, 2:51 pm
    W, 9-2 vs ^ LAA
  • Gomez (intercostal) out again on Friday
    Carlos Gomez (intercostal) remained out of the Astros' lineup Friday.

    Advice: The Astros had expected Gomez to give it a go, but perhaps they've decided to exercise more caution after winning Game 1. Jake Marisnick is in center field again on Friday after picking up a couple hits Thursday. Gomez will aim to return to action for Game 3 on Sunday when the series moves to Houston. Friday, 8:41 am
  • Jose Bautista (hamstring) in Friday's lineup
    Jose Bautista (hamstring) is back in the Blue Jays' lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Bautista was forced from Game 1 with a cramp in his right hamstring, but he's expected to be fine. The slugger launched a solo home run on Thursday before having to exit. He's in right field and hitting third on Friday. Friday, 6:31 am
    L, 12-3 ^ @TB
  • Rasmus homers and notches steal vs Royals
    Colby Rasmus hit a solo home run and stole a base in Thursday's 5-2 Game 1 win in the ALDS.

    Advice: Rasmus homered in Tuesday's Wild Card win over the Yankees and did it again in Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday. The 29-year-old outfielder connected for the solo shot against Royals reliever Ryan Madson in the seventh inning. He also stole his first base of the postseason in the affair. Don't expect to see that too much, though. Rasmus swiped just two bags in 137 regular season games. He'll try to keep his bat hot (if not his wheels) for Friday's Game 2 showdown with mid-season Royals acquisition Johnny Cueto. Thursday, 8:47 pm
    L, 5-3 ^ @Ari
  • Span tweets that X-rays on hip 'lookin' good'
    Denard Span (hip) tweeted that X-rays on his hip came back "lookin' good" on Thursday.

    Advice: Span's full tweet: "Got X rays on the hip today and everything is lookin good." The veteran outfielder's medical credentials might be lacking, but it's certainly a positive sign that things seem to be healing well. He underwent surgery for a torn labrum in late August. The injury's expected to sideline him 4-6 months, but he should enter spring training healthy if everything holds to the timetable. Thursday, 7:54 pm
    60-Day DL
    L, 1-0 x @NYM
  • Bautista clobbers solo home run in ALDS loss
    Jose Bautista went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's 5-3 Game 1 ALDS loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Bautista socked a solo home run in the sixth inning off Rangers reliever Keone Kela. His blast inched the Blue Jays to within 4-3 on the scoreboard, but ace David Price would surrender a solo home run of his own in the top of the next frame and the Blue Jays would ultimately lose 5-3. No time to dwell. They'll look to rebound in Game 2 behind starter Marcus Stroman on Friday. Bautista was lifted from the field during the ninth inning due to a right hamstring issue, but it's not expected to keep him from the lineup. Thursday, 3:38 pm
    L, 12-3 ^ @TB
  • Gomez available to pinch-hit in Game 1
    Carlos Gomez (intercostal) will be available to pinch-hit in Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday.

    Advice: Gomez isn't in the starting lineup for Game 1 against the Royals on Thursday, but if there's a big spot late, don't be surprised to see him rise from the bench. He's available to pinch-hit. The 29-year-old outfielder is expected to start in Game 2 on Friday. Normally, intercostal injuries take close to two months to heal, meaning we're unlikely to see Gomez at full strength in the 2015 playoffs. Thursday, 1:56 pm
  • Marisnick starts in center for ailing Gomez
    Jake Marisnick will start in center field and bat ninth in Game 1 of the ALDS Thursday against the Royals.

    Advice: The full starting lineup for Houston: Jose Altuve 2B, George Springer RF, Carlos Carrea SS, Colby Rasmus LF, Evan Gattis DH, Luis Valbuena 3B, Chris Carter 1B, Jason Castro C, Jake Marisnick CF. Collin McHugh will pitch for the Astros while Yordano Ventura toes the rubber for the Royals. Thursday, 1:51 pm
  • Pham makes Cardinals' roster for NLDS
    Tommy Pham is on the Cardinals' NLDS roster.

    Advice: And so are Jon Jay and Randal Grichuk, but Jason Heyward is expected to serve as the Cardinals' center fielder. That either puts Grichuk or Piscotty in right field, with Matt Holliday in left. Piscotty can also play first base. Pham will likely be used as a pinch-runner, pinch-hitter, and defensive replacement. Thursday, 11:51 am
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; L, 2-0 ^ @Atl
  • Ruggiano will be on LAD roster for the NLDS
    Justin Ruggiano has been informed that he will be on the Dodgers' roster for the NLDS.

    Advice: Ruggiano is a versatile defensive outfielder and batted .291/.350/.618 in 60 plate appearances after joining the Dodgers on September 1. He probably won't get a start against the Mets, but look for the 33-year-old right-handed-hitter to make some appearances in the later innings. Thursday, 10:27 am
  • DeShields leading off for TEX in ALDS Gm. 1
    Delino DeShields Jr. is leading off and starting in center field in ALDS Game 1 against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: The full starting lineup for Texas in Game 1: Delino DeShields Jr. CF, Shin-Soo Choo RF, Adrian Beltre 3B, Prince Fielder DH, Mike Napoli 1B, Josh Hamilton LF, Elvis Andrus SS, Rougned Odor 2B, Robinson Chirinos C. Yovani Gallardo is starting against David Price at Rogers Centre in Toronto. Thursday, 9:23 am
    W, 9-2 vs ^ LAA
  • Fowler scores three runs in Wild Card win
    Dexter Fowler went 3-for-4 with a home run, a steal and three runs scored in Wednesday's 4-0 Wild Card win over the Pirates.

    Advice: Huge game for Fowler, who set the tone with a single, stolen base and run scored in the first inning. He would later sock a solo homer in the fifth, drawing a string of probable profanity from Pirates ace Gerrit Cole. In his first season with the Cubs, the 29-year-old outfielder hit .250/.346/.411 with 17 homers, 20 steals and 102 runs scored. He'll have a chance to continue his October heroics in the NLDS against the Cardinals. Game 1 is scheduled for Friday. Wednesday, 8:18 pm
    W, 3-1 x @Mil
  • Marte grounds into killer double play
    Starling Marte went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Wednesday's Wild Card loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: Marte did nothing offensively--Jake Arrieta limited the Pirates to just four singles in the contest--but one at-bat, in particular, might have turned the whole shebang. The Pirates loaded the bases in the sixth inning with one out, at which point Marte inadvertently squashed the rally and quieted the fans with an ill-timed double-play ball. He can go fishing now, having hit .287/.337/.444 with 19 homers, 81 RBI and 30 steals during the 2015 season. Wednesday, 8:13 pm
    W, 4-0 vs ^ Cin
  • Puig says that he will make playoff roster
    On Wednesday, Yasiel Puig said that he would be making the Dodgers' 25-man roster for their NLDS showdown with the Mets.

    Advice: The Dodgers haven't officially revealed their roster, which is due on Friday morning, but manager Don Mattingly indicated that the players who made the cut already know. This season, Puig hit .255/.322/.436 with 11 home runs, 38 RBI and three steals in 79 games played. Injuries stole a huge chunk of the 24-year-old outfielder's 2015 campaign. How much he plays remains to be seen, as ESPN Los Angeles' Mark Saxon speculated on Tuesday that Puig might only start one game in the NLDS. Wednesday, 5:35 pm
    W, 6-3 vs x SD
  • Phillies send Danks outright to Triple-A
    Phillies sent OF Jordan Danks outright to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: Danks saw just four at-bats with the big club this season, all of the hit-less variety. At Triple-A, the 29-year-old outfielder was hitting .257/.318/.368. He should have a shot in the spring, but there's little reason to believe his bat will jump to life. Wednesday, 1:31 pm
    Not Active
    W, 7-2 vs x Mia
  • Scott Van Slyke won't be on NLDS roster
    Scott Van Slyke (wrist) said he won't be active for the NLDS against the Mets.

    Advice: Van Slyke dealt with soreness in his right hand and wrist down the stretch and still isn't able to hit without pain. He could be a factor in future rounds, but he's just not ready yet. His absence will likely open up a spot on the roster for Yasiel Puig. Wednesday, 11:27 am
    W, 6-3 vs x SD
  • Mets to carry Nieuwenhuis on NLDS roster
    Kirk Nieuwenhuis will be on the Mets' NLDS roster against the Dodgers.

    Advice: With Juan Uribe (chest) unavailable, Nieuwenhuis will serve as a left-handed bat off the bench. The 28-year-old batted .208/.282/.406 with four homers in 117 plate appearances with the Mets this season. Wednesday, 8:19 am
    W, 1-0 vs x Was
  • 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. Tuesday, 8:29 pm
  • 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. Tuesday, 8:26 pm
    L, 5-3 ^ @Ari
  • 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. Tuesday, 5:46 pm
    W, 9-2 vs ^ LAA
  • 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. Tuesday, 2:17 pm
    W, 6-3 vs x SD
  • 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. Tuesday, 1:11 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. Tuesday, 12:43 pm
    W, 6-3 vs x SD
  • Marlins re-sign Ichiro Suzuki for 2016
    Marlins re-signed OF Ichiro Suzuki to a one-year, $2 million contract with a club option for 2017.

    Advice: There's a $500,000 buyout for 2017, so Ichiro is guaranteed at least $2.5 million. 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. Tuesday, 10:21 am
    L, 7-2 x @Phi
  • 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. Tuesday, 8:38 am
  • 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. Tuesday, 8:32 am
    L, 7-2 x @Phi
  • 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. Monday, 5:54 pm
  • 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. Monday, 1:49 pm
  • 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. Monday, 6:56 am
    L, 7-2 x @Phi
  • 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." Monday, 6:36 am
  • Bautista walks three times in loss to Rays
    Jose Bautista went 0-for-0 with three walks in Sunday's loss to the Rays.

    Advice: Bautista's clearly saving his swings for further October play, as all three of his at-bats resulted in walks on Sunday. With that quiet day in the books, the 34-year-old slugger can lay to rest a .250/.377/.536 triple-slash, plus 40 homers and 114 RBI. He's as reliable as they come in the game. Oct 4, 4:14 pm
    L, 12-3 ^ @TB
  • Lorenzo Cain not in lineup Sunday
    Lorenzo Cain is not in the Royals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Home field advantage in the American League is on the line for the Royals, but Cain's right knee is sore and the club would rather him get some extra rest. Jarrod Dyson is in center field Sunday. Oct 4, 9:11 am
  • Dexter Fowler not in Sunday's lineup
    Dexter Fowler is not in the Cubs' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a simple day off. Austin Jackson will cover center field in the regular season finale. Oct 4, 8:14 am
    W, 3-1 x @Mil
  • 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. Oct 3, 8:51 pm
    L, 5-3 ^ @Ari
  • 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. Oct 3, 4:10 pm
    W, 6-3 vs x SD
  • Cain's knee will affect him for 3-4 weeks
    Doctors have told Lorenzo Cain that his bruised knee will bother him for 3-to-4 weeks.

    Advice: Despite the obvious pain he's in, Cain plans to play through the injury. Cain went 3-for-4 with two doubles Saturday to up his batting average to .307. That represents a new career-high for the six-year veteran. Oct 3, 3:47 pm
  • 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). Oct 3, 3:10 pm
  • 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. Oct 3, 2:40 pm
    W, 6-3 vs x SD
  • 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. Oct 3, 2:14 pm
    W, 9-2 vs ^ LAA
  • 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. Oct 3, 1:17 pm
  • Lorenzo Cain logs three hits as Royals win
    Lorenzo Cain went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI on Saturday as the Royals topped the Twins 5-1.

    Advice: Cain singled and came around to score the game's first run in the first inning, then delivered an RBI knock of his own during a four-run uprising in the seventh. He has had a tremendous season in the middle of the Royals lineup, slashing .307/.361/.477 with 16 homers, 72 RBI and 28 stolen bases. Oct 3, 1:08 pm
  • Lorenzo Cain (knee) returns to Royals lineup
    Lorenzo Cain (knee) returned to the Royals starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Cain hadn't played since fouling a pitch off his knee during Wednesday's game. Perhaps the MVP of his team this season, the dynamic outfielder should be fully healthy and ready to roll for the postseason. Oct 3, 8:05 am
  • 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. Oct 3, 6:05 am
    W, 6-3 vs x SD
  • Starling Marte smashes walkoff homer in 12th
    Starling Marte smashed a two-run homer in the bottom of the 12th inning on Friday, leading the Pirates to a come-from-behind 6-4 victory over the Reds.

    Advice: The Pirates fell behind 4-0 early in this one, but chipped away with a single run in the fourth and three more in the third, necessitating extra innings and setting the stage for Marte's dramatic blast. Marte also singled and scored a run earlier in the evening, finishing the night 2-for-6. The dynamic young outfielder is now slashing .286/.334/.445 with 19 homers and 81 RBI on the year. Oct 2, 9:03 pm
    W, 4-0 vs ^ Cin
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