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  • Cabral elects free agency
    Cesar Cabral has elected free agency.

    Advice: Cabral made two appearances with the Orioles this season and posted a 4.50 ERA and 48/21 K/BB ratio over 44 innings between Double- and Triple-A. The 26-year-old should find a spring training invite somewhere. Today, 7:51 am
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    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • Todd Redmond elects free agency
    Todd Redmond has elected free agency.

    Advice: Redmond was outrighted off the Blue Jays' 40-man roster three times this season. The 30-year-old right-hander spent most of the year in Triple-A and will look for a better opportunity elsewhere. Today, 5:43 am
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  • Matt Harvey only goes five but still wins
    Matt Harvey lasted just five innings Monday but was good enough to pick up the victory in the Mets' 13-7 NLDS Game 3 win over the Dodgers.

    Advice: Harvey set the Dodgers down in order in the first inning, but it was a grind for him after that. He gave up four straight singles to start the second to put the Mets in an early 3-0 hole and had to work to strand five runners over the next three frames. He did record seven strikeouts but also allowed seven hits and walked two, needing 97 pitches to complete the five frames. The Mets will attempt to finish off the Dodgers on Tuesday with Steven Matz on the hill. Yesterday, 9:47 pm
  • Brett Anderson rocked by Mets in Game 3
    Brett Anderson was lit up for six runs over just three innings of work in Monday's loss to the Mets.

    Advice: Anderson retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the first inning and was then staked to a 3-0 lead in the top of the second. He gave it right up by yielding four runs in the bottom of the second before serving up a two-run shot to Travis d'Arnaud in the third. It was an ugly outing from the left-hander and further enhances the notion that the Dodgers can only really trust two starters. One of those starters, Clayton Kershaw, will get the ball on short rest in Game 4 Tuesday as the Dodgers try to avoid elimination. Yesterday, 9:40 pm
  • Lackey to start NLDS Game 4 on short rest
    John Lackey will start Game 4 of the NLDS for the Cardinals against the Cubs Tuesday on short rest.

    Advice: Manager Mike Matheny ultimately didn't like the chances of his other options (Lance Lynn, Jaime Garcia, Tyler Lyons) sending the series back to St. Louis, so he'll go with the reliable veteran on three days' rest. Lackey has made two postseason starts on short rest in his career, producing a 1.69 ERA. He'll oppose Jason Hammel. Yesterday, 6:51 pm
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; L, 2-0 @Atl
  • Chris Narveson outrighted to Triple-A
    Marlins sent LHP Chris Narveson outright to Triple-A New Orleans.

    Advice: He's now off the 40-man roster. Narveson held a 4.45 ERA across 30 1/3 frames for the Marlins this season. Yesterday, 5:14 pm
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    L, 7-2 @Phi
  • Erik Cordier outrighted to Triple-A
    Marlins sent RHP Erik Cordier outright to Triple-A New Orleans.

    Advice: The moves clears a spot on the Marlins' 40-man roster. Cordier held a 5.84 ERA over eight relief appearances with the big club this season. Yesterday, 5:11 pm
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    L, 7-2 @Phi
  • Dickey solid but only goes 4 2/3 frames
    R.A. Dickey lasted just 4 2/3 innings but allowed only one run in Monday’s 8-4 ALDS Game 4 victory over the Rangers.

    Advice: Dickey gave up five hits, didn’t walk anyone and struck out three on the day. The Rangers dented the scoreboard in the third inning on a wild pitch, but overall they really never got much going against the knuckleballer. However, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons didn’t want to take any chances, lifting Dickey in favor of David Price after the righty let one runner on in the fifth. Dickey should get another start in the ALCS if Toronto advances. Yesterday, 5:06 pm
  • Holland rocked in loss to Blue Jays
    Derek Holland lasted just two-plus innings Monday, getting rocked for six runs in a loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Holland put the Rangers in a 2-0 hole five pitches into the game after a Ben Revere bunt single and Josh Donaldson home run. He served up two more longballs after that, overall yielding five hits and a walk without recording a strikeout. It was a bad matchup for the southpaw from the start, as he really struggled at the end of the regular season and the Blue Jays crush lefties. Whether Holland will get another start in the ALCS should the Rangers make it remains to be seen. Yesterday, 5:03 pm
  • Ventura gives up three earned in ALDS Gm. 4
    Yordano Ventura gave up three earned runs over five innings, but the Royals defeated the Astros in Game 4 of the ALDS on Monday afternoon in Houston.

    Advice: Ventura surrendered solo homers to Carlos Gomez and Carlos Correa in the second and third innings, and then Correa got to him again with an RBI double down the right field line in the bottom of the fifth. It looked like the Astros had punched their ticket to the ALCS when they tacked on another three runs on the Kansas City bullpen in the bottom of the seventh, but the Royals offense marched back with a five-run top of the eighth. Ventura has struggled in these playoffs, but he will be heavily relied on again if K.C. advances to the American League Championship Series. Yesterday, 2:15 pm
  • McCullers holds Royals to two runs in Gm. 4
    Lance McCullers limited the Royals to two runs over 6 1/3 innings in Game 4 of the ALDS on Monday.

    Advice: But the Astros blew a big lead in the eighth and this series will have to be decided with a Game 5 on Wednesday in Kansas City. McCullers struck out seven and yielded only two hits, though one of them was a two-run second-inning bomb by Salvador Perez. The young right-hander will probably get another turn if the Astros advance to the ALCS. Yesterday, 2:14 pm
  • Collins not ruling out deGrom on short rest
    Mets manager Terry Collins on Monday didn't completely rule out the possibility of Jacob deGrom starting Game 4 of the NLDS on short rest.

    Advice: Collins said over the weekend that the possibility would be "unrealistic." It's still seemingly a long shot, but the skipper didn't completely shut the door on it happening should the Mets lose Game 3. As it stands right now, Steven Matz is in line to take the ball in Game 4. Yesterday, 1:35 pm
    W, 1-0 vs ^ Was
  • Bundy (shoulder) throws another 'pen session
    Dylan Bundy (shoulder) threw another successful bullpen session on Monday.

    Advice: It was a 25-pitch workout and he only threw fastballs, but it represents another step in the right direction for the young starting pitching prospect. He was limited to eight Double-A outings this season due to a calcification in his right shoulder. There's some hope that he could make live appearances toward the end of the Arizona Fall League. Yesterday, 12:20 pm
    60-Day DL
    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • Jason Hammel to start NLDS Gm. 4 vs. STL
    Jason Hammel will start Game 4 of the NLDS against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Jake Arrieta is facing Michael Wacha in Game 3 on Monday evening at Wrigley Field with the series tied 1-1. St. Louis is expected to start Lance Lynn in Game 4 on Tuesday, though John Lackey could become an option on short rest if the Cardinals are on the brink of elimination. Hammel, 33, had a 3.74 ERA in 31 starts this season for Chicago. Yesterday, 11:19 am
  • Mets DFA right-hander Tim Stauffer
    Mets designated RHP Tim Stauffer for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a 40-man roster spot for middle infielder Matt Reynolds, who has taken over for Ruben Tejada (leg) with the NLDS heading back to New York City. Stauffer was going to be a free agent this winter anyway. He posted a 6.97 ERA in 20 2/3 innings of relief this season between the Twins and Mets. Yesterday, 10:56 am
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    W, 1-0 vs Was
  • R.A. Dickey still scheduled to start Game 4
    Blue Jays manager John Gibbons confirmed Sunday that R.A. Dickey is still scheduled to start Game 4 of the ALDS, should the Jays win on Sunday and force that game.

    Advice: Gibbons also added that David Price would be available out of the bullpen in that contest, and could even be made available out of the bullpen on Sunday. Dickey posted a 3.91 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 126/61 K/BB ratio over 214 1/3 innings for the Jays in the regular season. Sunday, 2:09 pm
  • Cardinals could start Lackey on short rest
    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that it's possible the Cardinals will start John Lackey in Game 4 of the NLDS on short rest.

    Advice: That's if they lose Game 3 and are facing elimination. For the record, manager Mike Matheny has said Lance Lynn is still currently "penciled" in to start Game 4, but he also said they "have options." Lackey has made two postseason starts on three days' rest in his career and has a 1.69 ERA in those outings. Sunday, 11:55 am
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; L, 2-0 @Atl
  • Jacob deGrom not expected to pitch Game 4
    Mets manager Terry Collins said having Jacob deGrom start Game 4 of the NLDS against the Dodgers is "unrealistic."

    Advice: It certainly sounds like Collins is leaning toward saving his ace for Game 5. New York's rotation is deep enough for deGrom to pitch on normal rest. Rookie Steven Matz is expected to get the ball for Game 4 if necessary. Saturday, 2:56 pm
    W, 1-0 vs ^ Was
  • Derek Holland would start Game 4 for Rangers
    Rangers manager Jeff Bannister announced Saturday that Derek Holland would start a potential Game 4 in the ALDS if necessary.

    Advice: Martin Perez will take the ball in what could be series-clinching Game 3. If the Rangers are unsuccessful there, it'll be Holland getting the ball for Game 4. The Rangers would then have their choice of Yovani Gallardo and Cole Hamels in a pivotal fifth game should the Jays force one. Saturday, 12:52 pm
  • Jacob deGrom magnificent, fans 13 Dodgers
    Jacob deGrom was magnificent in his postseason debut on Friday, tying Tom Seaver's franchise record with 13 strikeouts over seven scoreless frames as the Mets captured Game 1 of the NLDS.

    Advice: DeGrom scattered just five hits and one intentional walk in his brilliant performance. It was the highest individual strikeout total in postseason history at Dodger Stadium, and also represented the first time in big league history that opposing starters had each fanned 11 or more hitters in a game. The next time that the 27-year-old hurler takes the hill will be in a decisive Game 5 of this series, or to begin the NLCS should the Mets successfully dispatch of the Dodgers. Friday, 10:07 pm
    W, 1-0 vs ^ Was
  • John Lackey dominates Cubs in Game 1 win
    John Lackey was in complete command on Friday, limiting the Cubs to just two singles and a walk over 7 1/3 scoreless innings as the Cardinals grabbed Game 1 of the NLDS.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander punched out five on the night. No stranger to the bright lights of the postseason, the 36-year-old hurler was tabbed to start Game 1 after improbably delivering his finest season as a professional. He didn't disappoint on Friday, baffling Cubs hitters the entire evening before leaving to a standing ovation in the eighth inning. He'll get the ball again should the series go to a decisive fifth game. Friday, 6:41 pm
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; L, 2-0 @Atl
  • Lance McCullers would start Game 4
    Lance McCullers would start a potential Game 4 of the ALDS for the Astros.

    Advice: He'll be preceded by ace Dallas Keuchel in Game 3. The choice of McCullers, who held a 3.22 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 129/43 K/BB ratio over 125 2/3 innings, this season, is no surprise. He would be opposed by Yordano Ventura, who is in line for a potential Game 4 on short rest after a rain-shortened outing in Game 1. Mike Fiers will pitch out of the bullpen for the Astros. Friday, 10:08 am
  • Yost says that Ventura likely to start Game 4
    Royals manager Ned Yost indicated that he would probably start Yordano Ventura if the ALDS reaches a Game 4.

    Advice: Ventura allowed three runs in two innings during Thursday's Game 1 loss to the Astros. He had thrown 42 pitches after his two frames of work, but didn't return to the contest following a 49-minute rain delay. Should he start Game 4, his arm should be fresh. Johnny Cueto will take the ball in Game 2 while Game 3 will see Edinson Volquez starting in Houston. Thursday, 9:03 pm
  • Ventura allows three runs before rain falls
    Prior to being forced to sit due to a second-inning rain delay, Yordano Ventura surrendered three runs on four hits to the Astros in Thursday's 5-2 Game 1 loss in the ALDS.

    Advice: Ventura loaded the bases with nobody out in the first inning, with runs scoring on ground outs by Colby Rasmus and Evan Gattis before the close of the frame. The 24-year-old right-hander would allow one more run in the second via an RBI single by Jose Altuve before the skies opened to delay the contest by 49 minutes. Chris Young would take over once action resumed. Because of the short start, Ventura's arm should be fresh--he threw just 42 pitches--if there's an opportunity to start later in the series. Johnny Cueto toes the Royals' Game 2 rubber on Friday. Thursday, 8:43 pm
  • Hammel possibility to start Game 4 of NLDS
    Jason Hammel could start Game 4 of the NLDS depending on the circumstance.

    Advice: Jon Lester will start Game 1 against the Cardinals, Kyle Hendricks Game 2 and Jake Arrieta Game 3. Hammel's currently pitching in the bullpen, but depending on his usage over the first three games, he's a possibility to start Game 4 assuming neither team works the three-game sweep. Thursday, 2:05 pm
  • Dylan Bundy (shoulder) throws off mound
    Dylan Bundy (shoulder) threw off a mound Wednesday for the first time in more than four months.

    Advice: Bundy was limited to eight Double-A starts this season due to a calcification in his right shoulder that became a constant source of discomfort. He's back near full health now and could pitch in the Arizona Fall League or some type of winter league to make up for lost time. The 22-year-old right-hander is out of minor league options, so he's going to be on the Orioles' roster next season. Thursday, 8:42 am
    60-Day DL
    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • Lackey to start Game 1 of NLDS for Cardinals
    John Lackey will start Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday.

    Advice: He's the natural choice, especially with Carlos Martinez (shoulder) done for the season. Lackey posted a career-best 2.77 ERA over 32 starts this season. He'll face the winner of Wednesday's Wild Card game between the Cubs and Pirates. Wednesday, 10:30 am
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; L, 2-0 @Atl
  • Royals willing to start Ventura on short rest
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Royals are prepared to start Yordano Ventura in Game 4 of the ALDS if they're facing elimination.

    Advice: Morosi says that part of the reason they're going with Ventura over Johnny Cueto in Game 1 is because they think Ventura is the best suited of their starters to pitch on short rest. Edinson Volquez is lined up to pitch Game 3, with Chris Young likely to take the ball in Game 4 if Kansas City doesn't go with Ventura. Tuesday, 2:54 pm
  • Matt Harvey will be fined for missing workout
    Mets manager Terry Collins said that Matt Harvey would be fined for missing Tuesday's mandatory workout session.

    Advice: Harvey was stuck in traffic when the workout began and eventually called Collins when it became clear he wouldn't make the session. Collins then told him to turnaround. The 26-year-old right-hander subsequently apologized to his teammates. A fine's coming his way, but he'll still be the starter for Game 3 of the NLDS against the Dodgers. At least assuming he arrives at the ballpark on time. Tuesday, 12:35 pm
  • Update: Harvey stuck in tunnel traffic
    Updating a previous story, Matt Harvey missed Tuesday's mandatory workout because he was stuck in tunnel traffic.

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

    Advice: To add intrigue to Harvey's absence, GM Sandy Alderson indicated that he doesn't know why the Mets ace wasn't at the workout. So far as we know, Harvey isn't dealing with any kind of injury. Details should emerge as the day progresses. Tuesday, 11:05 am
  • Ventura starting Game 1 of ALDS for Royals
    Yordano Ventura will start Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday.

    Advice: Not a surprise, as this is how the Royals lined things up in recent days. Johnny Cueto will start Game 2 of the series while Edinson Volquez will pitch in Game 3. The Royals will face the winner of Tuesday's Wild Card Game between the Astros and the Yankees. Tuesday, 9:58 am
  • McCullers can't hold back D-Backs in finale
    Lance McCullers was unable to supply the Astros a win in Sunday's season-finale against the Diamondbacks, allowing three runs (two earned) over five innings.

    Advice: The Astros entered action holding a one-game lead over the Angels for the final AL Wild Card berth. They turned to McCullers, who struck out six and walked two while surrendering solitary runs in the first, fourth and fifth innings before exiting action. While he couldn't bring them to the Promised Land on his own back, the Angels lost to the Rangers, allowing Houston to lock up the final Wild Card spot despite Sunday's distinct lack of victory. McCullers finishes out the regular season with a 3.22 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 129/43 K/BB ratio across 125 2/3 innings. Oct 4, 3:35 pm
  • deGrom strikes out seven in playoff tune-up
    In his final start of the regular season, Jacob deGrom struck out seven over four scoreless, hit-less innings against the Nationals on Sunday.

    Advice: Outside of two walks, deGrom pitched a perfect four innings. He finishes the 2015 regular season with a 2.54 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 205/38 K/BB ratio over 191 innings. Next stop, the NLCS, where he'll face off with Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw in Game 1 on Friday. Oct 4, 2:55 pm
    W, 1-0 vs ^ Was
  • John Lackey struggles in abbreviated outing
    John Lackey allowed three runs over just four innings in Sunday's loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Lackey was undone by a couple bloop RBI singles in the first inning and then hung a curveball to Adonis Garcia in the fourth that Garcia put over the fence. He struck out four and didn't walk anyone in what was just a tune-up outing as the Cardinals prepare for the postseason. Lackey finishes the year with a fantastic 2.77 ERA across 33 starts. Oct 4, 12:34 pm
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; L, 2-0 @Atl
  • deGrom could go on short rest in Game 4
    Mets manager Terry Collins on Sunday said the club has discussed the possibility of bringing back Jacob deGrom on short rest to start Game 4 of the NLDS.

    Advice: They would consider it only if they're trailing in the series and likely only if Steven Matz (back) is unable to go. The other option for Game 4 if Matz isn't healthy is Bartolo Colon. If deGrom starts Game 4, Noah Syndergaard would get the ball in Game 5. Oct 4, 9:22 am
    W, 1-0 vs ^ Was
  • Jacob deGrom will get ball for Game 1 of NLDS
    Manager Terry Collins said Jacob deGrom will be the Mets' starter for Game 1 of the NLDS against the Dodgers.

    Advice: He was the obvious choice with Matt Harvey expected to be held back until Game 3. DeGrom owns the majors' fifth lowest WHIP (0.99) and the sixth lowest ERA (2.60). Last season's NL Rookie of the Year is 0-2 with a 3.66 ERA in three career starts against the Dodgers. Oct 3, 8:02 pm
    W, 1-0 vs ^ Was
  • Cardinals/Braves postponed due to rain
    Saturday's Cardinals/Braves game has been postponed due to rain.

    Advice: They'll play a doubleheader on Sunday with the first game beginning at 1 PM ET. The second game will begin a half hour after the first. Saturday's probables, John Lackey and Shelby Miller, will pitch Sunday instead. Lackey leads the Cardinals in ERA this season at 2.69. Oct 3, 7:34 pm
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; L, 2-0 @Atl
  • Harvey strikes out 11 over six strong innings
    Matt Harvey allowed just one (unearned) run over six innings Saturday in the Mets' loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: Harvey looked sharp in his final tuneup before the postseason, yielding only four hits and striking out 11 batters on just 91 pitches. He did not issue a walk. Max Scherzer out-dueled him on the other end, however, firing his second no-hitter of the 2015 season as the Nationals went on to win 2-0. Harvey is expected to make just one start in the NLDS. Oct 3, 6:37 pm
  • Yordano Ventura brilliant in win over Twins
    Yordano Ventura was brilliant in Saturday's victory over the Twins, racking up 11 strikeouts over seven innings of one-run ball.

    Advice: Ventura scattered just four hits and three walks on the afternoon. The only blemish on his day was an RBI single by Brian Dozier in the sixth inning. Riding a strong second half, Ventura finishes the regular season 13-8 with a 4.08 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 156/58 K/BB ratio across 163 1/3 innings. Oct 3, 1:08 pm
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