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  • Victorino doesn't consider himself retired
    Shane Victorino told Ryan Lawrence of that he wants to continue his playing career should the right opportunity present itself.

    Advice: "The game of baseball, and my love for the game," Victorino said. "It’s still there. I’d love the chance to come back and play, but that answer is not etched in stone." Victorino battled more injuries and was released from his minor league deal with the Cubs in May after a brief stint at Triple-A. He reportedly received multiple minor league contract offers after that but turned them down and spent time with family. Slated to turn 36 next month, Victorino would surely have to settle for a minor league deal this winter, and it remains to be seen whether he'll get an offer and situation he deems worthy of exploring. Yesterday, 7:48 am
    Not Active
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Javier Baez says he feels fine after Game 5
    Javier Baez said after Game 5 of the NLCS that he feels fine.

    Advice: Baez felt something in his ankle after rounding second base on his bases-clearing double in the eighth inning, but he stayed in the game and told reporters after that he's 100 percent. He should be good to go for Game 6 on Saturday in Chicago. Thursday, 10:34 pm
    Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Russell homers in second straight game
    Addison Russell went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer in Thursday’s Game 5 win over the Dodgers.

    Advice: We’re probably not going to hear any more calls to bench him anytime soon. The game was tied 1-1 before Russell put the Cubs ahead with a two-run blast to distant center field against Joe Blanton in the sixth. The Cubs tacked on five more runs in the eighth to put the game out of reach. After going 1-for-24 to begin the postseason, Russell has now homered in back-to-back games. Thursday, 9:29 pm
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Javy Baez hits bases-clearing double in win
    Javier Baez went 3-for-5 with a bases-clearing double, a run scored, and a stolen base in a win over the Dodgers in Game 5 of the NLCS on Thursday.

    Advice: The Cubs had a four-run lead when Baez came up with the bases loaded in the top of the eighth and he put the game to bed with a drive which nearly went over the right-center field fence. He gave the Cubs a bit of a scare when he came up hobbled after changing his mind about going for a triple, but fortunately he felt well enough to stay in the ballgame. Baez has arguably been the breakout star of the postseason. In addition to his excellent defense, he’s batting .371/.395/.571 across nine games. Thursday, 9:28 pm
    Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Ruiz hitting cleanup in Game 5 of NLCS
    Carlos Ruiz will hit cleanup in Game 5 of the NLCS against the Cubs on Thursday.

    Advice: In case it wasn't already obvious, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has made some interesting changes to his lineup with left-hander Jon Lester on the hill for the Cubs. In addition to Ruiz hitting cleanup, Enrique Hernandez will bat leadoff and play second base. Meanwhile, Yasiel Puig will start in right field and bat seventh. Here's the full lineup for Los Angeles: Hernández 2B, Justin Turner 3B, Corey Seager SS Ruiz C, Howie Kendrick LF, Adrian González 1B, Puig RF, Joc Pederson CF, Kenda Maeda SP. Thursday, 2:08 pm
  • David Ross behind the plate for NLCS Game 5
    David Ross will start behind the plate for Game 5 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Thursday.

    Advice: It's the standard arrangement with left-hander Jon Lester on the hill. Ross is 1-for-9 with a homer this postseason. The full lineup for Chicago: Dexter Fowler CF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Ben Zobrist LF, Javier Baez 2B, Jason Heyward RF, Addison Russell SS, Ross C, Lester SP. Kenta Maeda will start for Los Angeles. Thursday, 1:41 pm
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Schafer elects to become a free agent
    Logan Schafer has elected free agency.

    Advice: Schafer was outrighted off the Twins' 40-man roster earlier this week and had the option of testing the open market, so he took it. A career .214/.292/.318 hitter, the 30-year-old outfielder will likely have to settle for a minor league contract and invite to spring training leading into 2017. Thursday, 9:50 am
    Not Active
    W, 6-3 @CWS
  • Russell snaps skid with two-run HR in Gm. 4
    Addison Russell launched a two-run home run off Julio Urias in the fourth inning of Wednesday's 10-2 win over the Dodgers in Game 4 of the NLCS.

    Advice: At the time Russell smashed his two-run opposite field homer to right with one out in the fourth inning, he had managed just one hit in his last 25 postseason at-bats and was hit-less in his last 18. He broke out and then some starting with that homer. He would go on to pick up two additional singles before the end of the game. Manager Joe Maddon dropped Russell from seventh to eighth in the lineup for Wednesday's game, but wouldn't leave the 22-year-old shortstop out of the loop completely. That patience looks sharp in hindsight. Russell and the Cubs will be opposed by Kenta Maeda in Game 5 as both teams look to snap a 2-2 series tie. Wednesday, 9:15 pm
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Dodgers keep lineup the same for NLCS Game 4
    Andrew Toles will again start in left field and bat eighth for Game 4 of the NLCS against the Cubs on Wednesday.

    Advice: Same lineup the Dodgers have been tossing out there since Game 2. They are looking to push the Cubs to the brink of elimination and will trot out southpaw Julio Urias to aid that cause, opposed by veteran hurler John Lackey. The Dodgers lineup for Game 4: Chase Utley 2B, Corey Seager SS, Justin Turner 3B, Adrian Gonzalez 1B, Josh Reddick RF, Joc Pederson CF, Yasmani Grandal, Andrew Toles LF, Julio Urías P. Wednesday, 2:13 pm
  • Cubs drop Addison Russell to 8th for Game 4
    Addison Russell has been dropped to eighth in the Cubs' starting lineup for Game 4 of the NCLS on Wednesday.

    Advice: With the Cubs trailing 2-1 in the series, manager Joe Maddon has made a few notable changes. Russell, who was batting seventh on Tuesday, has been bumped down a spot in the lineup. Jason Heyward will hit seventh in his place after failing to draw the right field start on Tuesday. The Cubs full lineup for Game 4: Dexter Fowler CF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Ben Zobrist LF, Javier Baez 2B, Wilson Contreras C, Jason Heyward RF, Addison Russell SS, John Lackey P. They will be opposed by young Dodgers southpaw Julio Urias. Wednesday, 1:37 pm
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Bell expected to see time between 1B/OF
    The Pirates expect Josh Bell to be ready for infield and outfield duties when he reports to spring training.

    Advice: Bell, 24, hit .273/.368/.406 with three homers and 19 RBI over 152 plate appearances as a rookie this year while splitting time between first base and right field. The Pirates could end up trading an outfielder and John Jaso is also being prepped to play other positions, but Bell plans to be ready for all possible outcomes. "That's going to be my main focus, making sure I'm more versatile next year," said Bell. "You have a few guys in every lineup that can play all over the field. Those guys are your most valuable players. I hope to be one of those guys next year." Wednesday, 10:23 am
    Player Note
    Josh Bell Pit - 1B,OF
    L, 10-4 @StL
  • Saunders out, Upton in for ALCS Game 5
    Michael Saunders is out of the lineup for Game 5 of the ALCS against the Indians on Wednesday.

    Advice: Saunders had good numbers against lefties during the regular season, but he's sitting against Ryan Merritt while Melvin Upton will start out of the DH spot. Jose Bautista is not the defender that Upton is, but he remains in right field. The other notable change is that Darwin Barney will play over Ryan Goins at second base. The full lineup for Toronto as they attempt to keep their season alive: Bautista RF, Josh Donaldson 3B, Edwin Encarnacion 1B, Troy Tulowitzki SS, Russell Martin C, Upton DH, Ezequiel Carrera LF, Kevin Pillar CF, Barney 2B. Marco Estrada will start for Toronto. Wednesday, 9:42 am
  • Addison Russell remains hitless vs. Dodgers
    Addison Russell finished 0-for-2 with a strikeout as the Cubs fell to the Dodgers in Game 3 of the NLCS on Tuesday.

    Advice: Cubs manager Joe Maddon actually pulled his young shortstop for a pinch-hitter in the top of the seventh -- Jayson Heyward, who promptly struck out. Russell is hitless in the NLCS, and he has just one hit in 24 total at-bats since the playoffs began. He looks like a guy who could use a day off, but that's obviously not an option at the moment. Tuesday, 8:49 pm
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Grandal drives in three in LAD's Game 3 win
    Yasmani Grandal drove in three runs Tuesday in the Dodgers' NLCS Game 3 defeat of the Cubs.

    Advice: Grandal slugged a two-run homer off Jake Arrieta in the bottom of the fourth to give the Dodgers a 3-0 lead and then drove in Joc Pederson with an RBI groundout in the bottom of the eighth to make it 6-0. Pederson had knocked an RBI double down the left field line moments earlier and then stole third base off Mike Montgomery and Willson Contreras. Grandal finding his stroke could spell trouble for the Cubs, who looked shaky on multiple fronts Tuesday and are suddenly down 2-1 in the series. The next two games are at Dodger Stadium. Tuesday, 8:33 pm
  • Braves re-sign Blake Lalli to minors deal
    Braves re-signed C/INF Blake Lalli to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Lalli was outrighted off the Braves' 40-man roster last week but will remain with the organization. He's logged just 52 at-bats at the major league level in his career, and just 13 at-bats since 2013. The 33-year-old is nothing more than organizational depth. Tuesday, 1:03 pm
    Not Active
    W, 1-0 vs Det
  • Jason Heyward not in lineup for Game 3
    Jason Heyward is not in the starting lineup for Game 3 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Heyward will take a seat against left-hander Rich Hill. The 27-year-old hit just .207/.300/.286 against southpaws this season. Jorge Soler will make the start in right field while Javier Baez will slide into the No. 5 spot in the order. The full lineup for the Cubs: Dexter Fowler CF, Kris Bryant 3B, Ben Zobrist LF, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Baez 2B, Soler RF, Addison Russell SS, Miguel Montero C, Jake Arrieta SP. Tuesday, 12:57 pm
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Toles starting in LF again in NLCS Game 3
    Andrew Toles will start in left field and bat eighth again in Game 3 of the NLCS against the Cubs on Tuesday.

    Advice: Dodgers manager Dave Roberts is going with the same lineup he used in the Game 2 victory. Toles is 4-for-13 (.314) with an RBI double this postseason. The full lineup: Chase Utley 2B, Corey Seager SS, Justin Turner 3B, Adrian González 1B, Josh Reddick RF, Joc Pederson CF, Yasmani Grandal C, Toles LF, Rich Hill SP. Jake Arrieta will start for Chicago. Tuesday, 12:52 pm
  • Tigers would consider Avila's return
    Tigers general manager Al Avila said Tuesday that he would consider his son, Alex Avila, as the club looks for a backup catcher this winter.

    Advice: The Tigers were set behind the plate last offseason, so Avila left for a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the White Sox. The 29-year-old appeared in 57 games this season while batting .213 with seven homers and a .732 OPS in 209 plate appearances. Avila was originally drafted by the Tigers back in 2008 and spent the first seven seasons of his career with the club. James McCann is now the primary catcher in Detroit. Tuesday, 10:50 am
    L, 6-3 vs Min
  • Crisp starting in left field for ALCS Game 4
    Coco Crisp will start in left field and bat seventh in Game 4 of the ALCS against the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Indians are sticking with the same lineup they used in Game 3 on Monday. Crisp is 1-for-4 with a walk during the series and made an important catch in Monday's victory. Here's the full lineup for Cleveland as they go for the series sweep: Carlos Santana DH, Jason Kipnis 2B, Francisco Lindor SS, Mike Napoli 1B, Jose Ramirez 3B, Lonnie Chisenhall RF, Crisp LF, Tyler Naquin CF, Roberto Perez C. Corey Kluber will start on short rest in Game 4 for Cleveland while Aaron Sanchez will get the call for Toronto. Tuesday, 9:42 am
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Carrera batting seventh in ALCS Game 4
    Ezequiel Carrera will bat seventh in Game 4 of the ALCS against the Indians on Tuesday.

    Advice: The only change from Game 3 is that Carrera and Kevin Pillar have been flip-flopped in the order. Here's the full lineup for Game 4 as the Blue Jays attempt to avoid a sweep: Jose Bautista RF, Josh Donaldson 3B, Edwin Encarnacion 1B, Troy Tulowitzki SS, Russell Martin C, Michael Saunders DH, Carrera LF, Pillar CF, Ryan Goins 2B. Aaron Sanchez will start for Toronto while Corey Kluber will go on short rest for Cleveland. Tuesday, 9:32 am
  • Michael Saunders homers in Monday's loss
    Michael Saunders smacked a solo home run in Monday's loss to the Indians.

    Advice: Saunders knotted the game up in the second inning with an opposite-field shot off of Dan Otero. The Blue Jays then tied it up again in the fifth on a Ryan Goins RBI groundout. However, the Indians plated a pair of runs in the sixth and their bullpen locked things down late. The Jays now face the nearly impossible task of coming back from an 0-3 series deficit. Monday, 8:40 pm
  • Logan Schafer outrighted to Triple-A
    Twins sent OF Logan Schafer outright to Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: The Twins made a host of moves Monday to clear space on the 40-man roster. Schafer batted .238/.342/.317 over 63 at-bats for them this season. Monday, 3:39 pm
    Not Active
    W, 6-3 @CWS
  • Javier Baez breaks up perfect game on Sunday
    Javier Baez broke up Clayton Kershaw's bid for a perfect game with a two-out single in the fifth inning of Sunday's Game 2 of the NLCS.

    Advice: His single was followed by another from teammate Willson Contreras, which proved to be the club's only two hits in the entire contest. Baez also showed off his baseball IQ in the sixth inning, letting a weak line drive drop in front of him at second base and turning it into an inning-ending 4-6-5-6 double play. With his 1-for-3 effort on Sunday, Baez is now hitting .391/.417/.609 on the postseason. Sunday, 8:03 pm
    Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Dodgers start nearly all left-handed hitters
    Andrew Toles will start in left field and bat eighth for the Dodgers in Game 2 of the NLCS against the Cubs on Sunday.

    Advice: Justin Turner is the only batter that Kyle Hendricks will face from the right side of the plate. Here's how the full lineup shakes out for Dave Roberts' club: Chase Utley 2B, Corey Seager SS, Justin Turner 3B, Adrian Gonzalez 1B, Josh Reddick RF, Joc Pederson CF, Yasmani Grandal C, Toles LF, Clayton Kershaw P. Sunday, 1:28 pm
  • Baez steals home in Cubs' Game 1 victory
    Javier Baez broke out for two hits and a stolen base in the Cubs' win over the Dodgers Saturday in Game 1 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Another day, another dazzling performance from Baez, who is quickly becoming the breakout star of this year’s postseason. Baez stole the show in the second inning by plating Jason Heyward on a double to right field. The hit would have been a single for most players but Baez motored into second to secure the two-bagger. Later in the inning Baez made a move toward home on a failed suicide squeeze, hesitated, then stole the base after catcher Carlos Ruiz made an ill-advised throw to third base. In doing so, Baez became the first Cub to steal home in the postseason since 1907. Baez added a double in the sixth inning for good measure. He’s hit .400 with a homer, three RBI and five runs this postseason. Saturday, 9:02 pm
    Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • David Ross starting behind plate for Game 1
    David Ross will start behind the plate and bat eighth in Game 1 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Saturday.

    Advice: As per usual, Ross will be paired with Jon Lester. This is the same lineup the Cubs used in Game 4 of the NLDS against the Giants. It goes as follows: Dexter Fowler CF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Ben Zobrist LF, Addison Russell SS, Jason Heyward RF, Javier Baez 2B, Ross C, Lester SP. Kenta Maeda is starting for Los Angeles. Saturday, 12:12 pm
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Carlos Ruiz could start Game 1 of NLCS
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Friday that Carlos Ruiz could start the first game of the NLCS against the Cubs on Saturday.

    Advice: Roberts admitted that the decision hasn't been made yet. Ruiz is a much better hitter against left-handed pitching and Jon Lester is set to take the hill for the Cubs in the opener of the series. Friday, 4:10 pm
  • Blake Lalli outrighted to Triple-A
    Braves sent C/INF Blake Lalli outright to Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: The Braves now have a free 40-man roster spot. Lalli can elect free agency if he wants. Friday, 6:37 am
    Not Active
    W, 1-0 vs Det
  • Baez hits go-ahead RBI single, Cubs advance
    Javier Baez hit a go-ahead RBI single in the top of the ninth inning Tuesday as the Cubs advanced past the Giants in the NLDS with a 6-5 Game 4 victory.

    Advice: San Francisco opened the ninth inning with a 5-2 lead, but Kris Bryant singled, Anthony Rizzo drew a walk, Ben Zobrist hit an RBI double, Willson Contreras belted a two-run single, Jason Heyward made it to second base on a throwing error after a sac bunt, and Baez drove Heyward in with a shot through the Giants' infield. San Francisco tried five different relievers to get the save, but Matt Moore's terrific eight-inning start was lost. This will be the second straight NLCS appearance for the Cubs. Baez is quickly becoming a household name with his big hits and ridiculous defensive plays. Tuesday, 9:10 pm
    Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
    W, 7-4 @Cin
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