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  • Piscotty clubs two-run homer to put game away
    Stephen Piscotty clubbed a two-run homer in the eighth inning on Friday, powering the Cardinals to a 4-0 victory over Jon Lester and the Cubs in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday.

    Advice: Piscotty got the offense going in the first inning, doubling and racing around to score on a single off the bat of Matt Holliday. His impressive two-run shot off Pedro Strop in the eighth put the game away and provided more than enough support for John Lackey and company. After an impressive rookie season, Piscotty looks poised to be a major contributor in October. Yesterday, 6:46 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. Yesterday, 4:27 pm
  • Chris Coghlan starting in LF Friday
    Chris Coghlan is starting in left field and batting sixth in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday.

    Advice: Coghlan's presence in the lineup isn't a surprise, as he has eight hits in 17 career at-bats against Cardinals starter John Lackey. Kris Bryant is back at third base after starting in left field in the Wild Card Game, and David Ross is catching Jon Lester as usual. Yesterday, 10:15 am
    W, 3-1 ^ @Mil
  • Colabello starting at first base in Game 2
    Chris Colabello is starting at first base and batting sixth Friday in Game 2 of the ALDS.

    Advice: Justin Smoak drew the start against a righty in Game 1, but it's Colabello in there for Game 2 versus left-hander Cole Hamels. Colabello hit seven homers over 99 plate appearances against southpaws this season, although worth noting is that Hamels has actually fared slightly better versus righties in his career. Yesterday, 6:36 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. Yesterday, 6:31 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Rios batting ninth for KC in ALDS Game 1
    Alex Rios will start in right field and bat ninth in Game 1 of the ALDS Thursday against the Astros.

    Advice: The full starting lineup for Kansas City: Alcides Escobar SS, Ben Zobrist 2B, Lorenzo Cain CF, Eric Hosmer 1B, Kendrys Morales DH, Mike Moustakas 3B, Salvador Perez C, Alex Gordon LF, Alex Rios RF. Yordano Ventura is starting for the Royals against Astros right-hander Collin McHugh. Thursday, 11:26 am
    W, 6-1 ^ @Min
  • J.D. Martinez, Tigers have talked extension
    Tigers GM Al Avila said Thursday that he's spoken with J.D. Martinez about a long-term deal.

    Advice: Martinez still has two years of arbitration eligibility, so there's no rush to get something done this winter. But it sounds like something could happen. Martinez, 28, slashed .282/.344/.535 with 38 home runs and 102 RBI in 158 games this season for Detroit while pulling in $3 million. He'll get a nice bump for 2016 no matter what. Thursday, 10:41 am
  • 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
  • Preston Tucker on Astros' roster for ALDS
    Preston Tucker is on the Astros' ALDS roster.

    Advice: He essentially made it over Jonathan Villar, with the Astros choosing pop over speed in a best-of-five matchup against the Royals. Tucker, 25, batted .243/.297/.437 with 13 home runs in 98 games during the regular season. Thursday, 9:25 am
  • Jonny Gomes not on Royals' ALDS roster
    Jonny Gomes will not be on the Royals' roster for their ALDS matchup with the Astros.

    Advice: Paulo Orlando and Terrance Gore offer much more speed and versatility than Gomes, and they'll both get the call ahead of him for this best-of-five. Gomes batted just .167/.235/.233 in 34 plate appearances with Kansas City after being acquired from the Braves at the August 31 waiver-trade deadline. Thursday, 8:52 am
  • Sean Rodriguez ejected in the seventh inning
    Sean Rodriguez was ejected in the seventh inning of Wednesday's Wild Card game against the Cubs.

    Advice: The whole fracas began when Cubs starter Jake Arrieta was plunked by Pirates reliever Tony Watson while Arrieta batted in the seventh inning. The two exchanged words, which led to both benches clearing. Rodriguez had to be held back by three teammates at one point. The Pirates were trailing 4-0 at the time of his ejection. Following his removal from the game, Rodriguez proceeded to attack a container of Gatorade. Wednesday, 7:15 pm
    Player Note
    Seán Rodríguez Pit - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    W, 4-0 vs x 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
  • 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
  • Cuddyer expected to start in LF for NLDS Gm 1
    Michael Cuddyer is expected to start in left field for Game 1 of the NLDS against the Dodgers.

    Advice: This is consistent with what Mets manager Terry Collins has been saying in recent days, as he doesn't want Michael Conforto in the lineup against left-hander Clayton Kershaw. Cuddyer is also expected to get the nod over Conforto in Game 3 against Brett Anderson. Wednesday, 8:05 am
    W, 1-0 vs x Was
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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. Tuesday, 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. Tuesday, 2:17 pm
    W, 6-3 vs x SD
  • 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
  • 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. Tuesday, 10:10 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 7-2 x @Phi
  • 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
  • Giants undecided on picking up Aoki's option
    Giants general manager Bobby Evans said Monday that it will be a "close call" as to whether the club picks up Nori Aoki's $5.5 million option for 2016.

    Advice: Aoki hit .287/.353/.380 for the Giants in 2014 but was plagued by injuries, playing in just 93 games. His season ended prematurely due to a concussion, but the Giants don't expect it to be a long-term issue. They'll owe Aoki a $700,000 buyout if they decide to decline his option. Monday, 2:35 pm
    L, 7-3 vs x Col
  • 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. Monday, 2:15 pm
    L, 7-2 ^ @Phi
  • 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. Monday, 12:14 pm
    L, 3-2 ^ @Sea
  • 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
  • Duquette says re-signing Davis 'top priority'
    Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette reiterated Sunday that re-signing impending free agent slugger Chris Davis is his top offseason priority.

    Advice: "He’s had a great year and he’s been a great player for us, so obviously, we’d like to have him back," Duquette said. "Whether we can do that in the market, that remains to be seen, but we’re going to try." Davis has more home runs over the last three seasons than any other major leaguer, and power is at a premium these days. The 29-year-old is about to cash in big. Monday, 6:32 am
    Player Note
    Chris Davis Bal - 1B,3B,OF
    W, 9-4 vs ^ NYY
  • 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
  • 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. Sunday, 4:14 pm
  • Blackmon plates two, steals 43rd base
    Charlie Blackmon went 1-for-5 with two RBI and a stolen base as the Rockies took down the Giants 7-3 in Sunday's season finale.

    Advice: Blackmon broke the game open in the ninth inning with a two-run single, completing a seven-run outburst in a comeback effort. He also stole second base but was stranded. Blackmon was a fantasy monster, completing the season with a .287/.347/.450 batting line, 17 home runs, 58 RBI, 93 runs scored, and 43 stolen bases. Sunday, 3:48 pm
  • 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. Sunday, 9:11 am
  • Torii Hunter getting a break Sunday
    Torii Hunter is absent from the Twins' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: The Twins are playing a bunch of young players in the season finale. Max Kepler will cover right field, although it seems likely Hunter will get a pinch-hitting opportunity in what could be his final game. Sunday, 8:26 am
    L, 6-1 vs x KC
  • Stephen Piscotty (head) returns to lineup
    Stephen Piscotty (head) is back in the Cardinals' lineup for the first game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Braves.

    Advice: Piscotty was officially cleared on Saturday after passing concussion protocol and is back in action on the final day of the regular season. He wound up being sidelined for only five days following a violent collision with Peter Bourjos last Monday, which is pretty remarkable. Sunday, 7:41 am
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; L, 2-0 ^ @Atl
  • 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
  • Piscotty (concussion) cleared to resume playing
    Stephen Piscotty has been cleared to return from his concussion.

    Advice: He'll be available for Sunday's doubleheader against the Braves. The 24-year-old last played on Monday. Piscotty has enjoyed a productive rookie year, hitting .310 with a .502 slugging percentage in 229 at-bats. Saturday, 7:42 pm
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; L, 2-0 ^ @Atl
  • 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
  • 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. Saturday, 3:47 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. Saturday, 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. Saturday, 2:14 pm
    W, 9-2 vs ^ LAA
  • 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. Saturday, 1:08 pm
  • Hunter won't decide on future until November
    Torii Hunter isn't expected to make a decision on his playing future until November.

    Advice: The 40-year-old outfielder has seen his defense fall off in a big way the last few years, and is hitting just .239/.291/.409 with 22 homers and 81 RBI this season. He has provided a valuable veteran presence in the Twins clubhouse, and has nearly helped them to a postseason berth. If he does indeed return for one final season, it would likely be in a reserve role. Saturday, 9:36 am
    L, 6-1 vs x KC
  • 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. Saturday, 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. Saturday, 6:05 am
    W, 6-3 vs x SD
  • Alex Rios goes hitless in return to action
    Alex Rios (neck) went 0-for-3 with a walk in his return to the Royals lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Rios was scratched from Thursday's lineup with a stiff neck, but it appears to have been just a minor issue. The veteran outfielder is hitting just .258/.291/.356 with four homers and 30 RBI this season. Saturday, 5:46 am
    W, 6-1 ^ @Min
  • Nori Aoki (concussion) won't return this year
    Nori Aoki (concussion) is feeling much better, but will not return before the end of the season.

    Advice: Giants skipper Bruce Bochy said Friday that Aoki is at about 90%, but there's no reason for the team to rush him back into action. He should be fully healthy heading into the 2016 season. Friday, 5:15 pm
    L, 7-3 vs x Col
  • 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
  • Piscotty (concussion) to take BP on Friday
    Stephen Piscotty (concussion) will take batting practice on Friday.

    Advice: Piscotty will participate in batting practice on Friday before meeting with the doctor for another concussion test. Piscotty collided with fellow outfielder Peter Bourjos on Monday. Cards GM John Mozeliak said Tuesday that the 24-year-old had a "slight concussion," which is akin to being slightly pregnant. It's still possible that Piscotty plays before the regular season draws to a close on Sunday. Friday, 2:29 pm
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; L, 2-0 ^ @Atl
  • Cain (knee) to return to lineup on Saturday
    Lorenzo Cain (knee) is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Rays, but he's expected to play on Saturday.

    Advice: Cain suffered the injury on Wednesday, when he fouled a pitch off his knee. He didn't play on Thursday and isn't in the lineup for Friday's game against the Twins, but he is slated to play on Saturday. Friday, 2:12 pm
  • Alex Rios scratched due to back stiffness
    Alex Rios was scratched from Thursday's lineup with a stiff neck.

    Advice: It's probably safe to call him day-to-day. Jonny Gomes will start in right field. Thursday, 2:49 pm
    W, 6-1 ^ @Min
  • Lorenzo Cain (knee) out of Thursday's lineup
    Lorenzo Cain (knee) is out of Thursday's lineup against the White Sox.

    Advice: Cain left Wednesday's game after fouling a pitch off his right knee. It's not considered serious, but he's getting a breather. Paulo Orlando will start in center field. Thursday, 1:11 pm
  • 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
  • Davis swats two homers as Orioles beat TOR
    Chris Davis hit his 44th and 45th home runs as the Orioles bested the Blue Jays in the second game of a doubleheader on Wednesday.

    Advice: Tied 0-0, the Orioles exploded for five runs in the bottom of the seventh. Davis hit a solo home run to make it 2-0. He would add a second solo home run in the eighth to pile on. Davis retakes sole possession of the major league home run lead at 45. He's also plated 112 runs while batting .257/.352/.547. Wednesday, 7:38 pm
    Player Note
    Chris Davis Bal - 1B,3B,OF
    W, 9-4 vs ^ NYY
  • Cain day-to-day with right knee contusion
    Lorenzo Cain is day-to-day with a right knee contusion.

    Advice: Cain left Wednesday's game after fouling a pitch off his right knee, but it's nothing serious. He might miss a game down the stretch, but he should be fine for the postseason. Wednesday, 7:31 pm
  • Bautista hits 40th homer in win over Orioles
    Jose Bautista hit his 40th home run of the season in Wednesday's thrashing of the Orioles in the first game of a doubleheader.

    Advice: Bautista had a quiet afternoon before getting in on the fun with the solo blast in the ninth inning. It's the third time in his career and the first time since 2011 that Bautista has reached the 40-homer plateau. The 34-year-old is having another terrific offensive season overall, batting .252/.376/.542 with 113 RBI and 107 runs scored. Wednesday, 4:29 pm
  • 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
  • Martinez tops 100 RBI with 38th home run
    J.D. Martinez went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run and two runs scored Tuesday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Martinez hit a two-run shot off Rangers starter Cole Hamels in the first inning. He's now got 38 homers on the year, and the two RBI pushed him over the century mark for the season. He's become one of the premier power hitters in the game this season, and with a few games to go Martinez is batting .281/.343/.537 with 91 runs scored overall. Tuesday, 9:14 pm
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