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  • Brett Cecil dealing with calf tightness
    Brett Cecil is dealing with tightness in his left calf.

    Advice: Cecil suffered the injury while tagging out Mike Napoli in a rundown in the eighth inning of Friday's game and limped off the field gingerly. It's unclear at this point whether it might affect his availability for Game 3. Losing Cecil would obviously be a big blow to the Blue Jays' bullpen. 54 minutes ago
  • Steven Matz (back) officially on NLDS roster
    Steven Matz (back) has officially made the Mets' NLDS roster.

    Advice: And he's in line to start a potential Game 4 in New York after throwing 80 pitches in a simulated game on Thursday with no issues. Matz missed his final outing of the regular season due to some spasms in his upper back, but he appears to be all systems go now. Today, 11:07 am
  • Yadier Molina starting at catcher in Game 1
    Yadier Molina (thumb) is starting at catcher and batting seventh for the Cardinals in Friday's Game 1 of the NLDS.

    Advice: Molina hasn't played since September 20 because of a sprained left thumb, but he's feeling well enough to give it a go with the help of a splint. Stephen Piscotty is handling first base for the Cards, as they're going with an outfield of Matt Holliday, Jason Heyward and Randal Grichuk. Today, 10:21 am
    L, 6-0 x @Atl; L, 2-0 x @Atl
  • 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. Today, 10:15 am
    W, 3-1 ^ @Mil
  • Marlins to pursue extension for Dee Gordon
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Marlins are expected to make a Dee Gordon contract extension "one of their first orders of business" after they find a new manager.

    Advice: Gordon is already under team control through 2018, but apparently the Marlins would prefer to lock up their second baseman to a long-term deal sooner rather than later. The speedster has led the majors in stolen bases each of the last two seasons and led the National League with his .333 average in 2015. projects him to earn $5.9 million in arbitration this offseason. Today, 9:54 am
  • Cubs could try to extend Arrieta this winter
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Cubs "will try to lock up" Jake Arrieta over the offseason.

    Advice: projects Arrieta to earn $10.6 million this winter in his second year of salary arbitration, but it appears the Cubs will attempt to ink the right-hander to a long-term extension. Arrieta is a Boras client, so it remains to be seen whether a long-term deal will be doable. The righty will turn 30 next spring, but obviously it will still cost a boatload to lock him up after what could be a Cy Young-winning campaign. Today, 9:38 am
  • D'Backs expected to pick up Ziegler's option
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Diamondbacks are expected to exercise Brad Ziegler's $5.5 million option for 2016.

    Advice: It's really a no-brainer, as they'd have to pay him a $1 million buyout otherwise. Ziegler finished with a career-high 30 saves in 2015 to go along with a 1.85 ERA, and he boasts a 2.47 ERA for his career. He's currently in line to return as Arizona's closer in 2016, although the club would like to acquire a ninth-inning man and move Ziegler back to a setup role. They've been connected with Aroldis Chapman in the past. Today, 9:25 am
  • 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. Today, 8:41 am
  • Yankees expected to pursue Jeff Samardzija
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that "there is expected to be real interest" from the Yankees in Jeff Samardzija.

    Advice: Heyman says the Yanks "may be disinclined to go for the big-ticket pitching items" like David Price and Zack Greinke, but they could target Samardzija following a down season for the righty. The Bombers reportedly "love Samardizja for his potential, and also for his interest in the big stage." Samardzija held a 4.96 ERA for the White Sox this season but is a good bet to bounce back in 2016. Today, 7:44 am
  • Banister still considers Tolleson his closer
    Rangers manager Jeff Banister said after Thursday's Game 1 victory that Shawn Tolleson "is still our guy, and you will see him at the end of the game."

    Advice: Banister used Sam Dyson to close out Thursday's win, as he felt his groundball tendencies were a better option in the ninth inning against the middle of the Blue Jays' lineup. The situation could come up again, so don't rule Dyson out for more save chances, but it looks like Tolleson retains his closer tag. "In a series like this," Banister said, "it’s about finding the best matchups for our bullpen. It’s not ninth inning, eighth inning, seventh inning. It’s about those guys coming in when we feel it’s the best opportunity for them to get the outs we need to get." Today, 6:41 am
  • 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. Today, 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. Today, 6:31 am
  • Josh Donaldson (head) back in Jays' lineup
    Josh Donaldson (head) is back in the Blue Jays' lineup for Game 2 of the ALDS on Friday.

    Advice: Donaldson had to leave Thursday's Game 1 after being hit in the head by Rougned Odor's knee at second base, but he passed concussion tests and is ready to go. The American League MVP candidate is at third base and hitting second against Cole Hamels and the Rangers. Today, 6:29 am
  • Adrian Beltre (back) not in Game 2 lineup
    Adrian Beltre (back) is not in the lineup for Game 2 of the ALDS on Friday.

    Advice: Beltre was hobbled greatly by back spasms in Game 1, forcing him to depart in the third inning. With the quick turnaround and especially with the Rangers winning the first game, it's no surprise to see him sitting this one out. Look for him to try and return to action in Game 3 after the off day. Hanser Alberto is handling third base Friday. Today, 6:27 am
  • Molina (thumb) says catching more difficult
    Yadier Molina said Thursday that his ailing left thumb gives him more issues catching than hitting.

    Advice: Most assumed the opposite would be true. "Catching," Molina said when asked what is most difficult. "I was thinking it was going to be the hitting part. But hitting was feeling good. Some of the pitches, I had trouble with. It’s not pain. It’s about weakness. My hand is not strong enough to hold the ball like I used to, when I’m healthy." Molina declined to offer a percentage of the health of his thumb, although it's obvious that he's well less than 100 percent. However, all signs point to him being in the lineup for Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday. Today, 6:16 am
    L, 6-0 x @Atl; L, 2-0 x @Atl
  • 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 8:43 pm
  • Beltre (back) labeled day-to-day after MRI
    An MRI on Adrian Beltre's back revealed no structural damage following Thursday's ALDS Game 1 win over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Beltre was yanked from Thursday's win after he hit an RBI single in the third inning. While he looked to be in clear pain during the game, silver linings abounded after the game. An MRI revealed that Beltre's suffering from a back strain rather than a more serious herniated disk. He received a cortisone shot and should be considered day-to-day. While he hasn't been ruled out for Game 2, the quick turnaround to Friday's 12:45 ET contest makes his starting chances somewhat unlikely. Yesterday, 4:43 pm
  • Adrian Beltre to undergo MRI for back injury
    Adrian Beltre will undergo an MRI to determine whether his lower back stiffness is due to a muscular issue.

    Advice: Beltre knocked an RBI single during the third inning of Thursday's win over the Blue Jays in Game 1 of the ALDS, but he could barely run out of the box after the hit. A trainer then tended to him on the field before he was officially lifted from action in the next inning. He'll under go an MRI to determine the exact source of his lower back stiffness. The results of the scan should shed light on the veteran's status for the rest of the ALDS. His presence in the lineup for Friday's Game 2 would count as a surprise. Yesterday, 4:01 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. Yesterday, 3:38 pm
  • Josh Donaldson (head) passes concussion test
    According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, Josh Donaldson (head) passed a concussion test after his mid-game exit during Thursday's ALDS Game 1 loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Donaldson exited the contest after he took a Rougned Odor knee to the head while attempting a slide to break up a double play in the fourth inning. Having passed the concussion test, the slugger will be further monitored for lingering signs of injury. He's expected to be able to return to play soon, though whether he'll start Game 2 on Friday remains to be seen. Yesterday, 3:28 pm
  • Donaldson (head) lifted as precaution
    Josh Donaldson (head) was lifted from the fifth inning of Thursday's Game 1 ALDS contest with the Rangers as a precautionary measure.

    Advice: Rougned Odour smacked Donaldson in the face with his knee during a double play attempt during the fourth inning. The Blue Jays' star slugger was lifted in the next half inning. Presumably, he's now being checked out for a concussion. Yesterday, 2:30 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 1:56 pm
  • Beltre exits in third with back injury
    Andrian Beltre was lifted after the third inning during Thursday's Game 1 ALDS showdown with the Blue Jays due to lower back stiffness.

    Advice: Beltre looked like he was in serious pain out of the box when he hit an RBI single with two outs in the third inning. Trainers subsequently huddled around him. While he stayed in the game to run after the single, he was lifted after the middle of the inning was through. Hanser Alberto subsequently replaced him at third base. The veteran should be considered day-to-day moving forward. Given that Game 2 in this series is slated for 12:45 ET on Friday, his status for that game could be in jeopardy. Yesterday, 1:31 pm
  • Yadier Molina (thumb) 'ready to go' for NLDS
    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny confirmed Thursday that Yadier Molina (thumb) will be on the NLDS roster.

    Advice: "Yadier Molina looks great and will be ready to go," said the Cardinals skipper. Molina suffered a ligament in his left (glove-side) thumb on September 20 and didn't appear in a game for the Cards over the final two weeks, but he's been fitted with a custom splint and will apparently start behind the plate in Game 1 on Friday night against the Cubs. Yesterday, 11:43 am
    L, 6-0 x @Atl; L, 2-0 x @Atl
  • Matz (back) throws 80-pitch simulated game
    Steven Matz (back) threw 80 pitches in a simulated game on Thursday morning in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

    Advice: "I felt really good," Matz told reporters. "I took two weeks off, so I was a little rusty the first couple innings, but I feel really good, really strong. My arm feels great, back feels great. I'm ready to go." Matz was limited down the stretch by an upper back injury, but the 24-year-old left-hander is in line to start Game 4 of the NLDS against the Dodgers. Yesterday, 9:29 am
  • Arrieta shuts out Bucs, Cubs advance to DS
    Jake Arrieta turned in a gem in Wednesday's 4-0 Wild Card win over the Pirates, tossing a complete game shutout with 11 strikeouts.

    Advice: Arrieta limited the Pirates to four singles while striking out 11 over his nine innings of work. He did not walk a batter in the contest. Working with the lead throughout, he cruised through his first five innings before a rocky sixth put it all in jeopardy. In that frame, the Pirates loaded the bases via a single by Travis Snider, a Josh Harrison hit-by-pitch and a hard-hit grounder by Andrew McCutchen that resulted in an infield error. Starling Marte then stepped up as the potential tying run, but Arrieta bore down to induce a double play to end the frame. Threat eradicated, shutout intact. A date with the Cardinals awaits in the NLDS. Jon Lester and John Lackey are slated to pitch in Game 1 on Friday. Wednesday, 8:03 pm
  • Cards remain optimistic about Molina's status
    Yadier Molina (thumb) responded well after participating in baseball activities Tuesday.

    Advice: Molina, who was recently fitted with a custom splint for his sprained left thumb, took part in hitting, catching, and blocking balls on Tuesday. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Wednesday that he's now even more optimistic that he'll be on the NLDS roster. The Cardinals will meet the winner of the National League Wild Card game beginning Friday. Wednesday, 10:47 am
    L, 6-0 x @Atl; L, 2-0 x @Atl
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Steven Matz (back) throws bullpen session
    Steven Matz (back) threw a bullpen session Tuesday at Citi Field.

    Advice: Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen indicated that everything went well. Matz, who has been dealing with spasms in his upper back, is now slated to throw around 90 pitches in an instructional league game on Thursday. The hope is that he'll be ready to pitch Game 4 of the NLDS against the Dodgers next Tuesday. Tuesday, 9:53 am
  • Gomez (intercostal): 'I'm ready to start'
    Carlos Gomez (intercostal) said after working out at Yankee Stadium on Monday that he's "ready to start."

    Advice: "The plan is to play tomorrow. I'm ready to start," Gomez said. The Astros have yet to comment on whether Gomez will indeed be in the lineup for Tuesday's American League Wild Card Game, but things do seem to be trending in the right direction. The outfielder has started just one of the club's previous 20 contests since suffering a strained left intercostal muscle. Monday, 5:54 pm
  • Cards optimistic Yadi (thumb) plays in NLDS
    Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Monday that the club is "optimistic" Yadier Molina (thumb) will be on their NLDS roster.

    Advice: Molina has missed the last two weeks after being diagnosed with a sprained left thumb. He's still not 100 percent, but the Cards will make a custom splint for him to wear so that he can hit and catch. The club has indicated that hitting will likely be the bigger issue for Molina, but they'll be happy to have his elite defense even if he can't offer much at the plate. St. Louis hosts the winner of the National League Wild Card game in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday. Monday, 2:51 pm
    L, 6-0 x @Atl; L, 2-0 x @Atl
  • 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
  • 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
  • Brad Ziegler (family) turns in two scoreless
    Brad Ziegler (family) tossed two scoreless innings in his return to action Sunday.

    Advice: Ziegler was excused from the Diamondbacks at the end of September to celebrate the arrival of a new baby girl. He made it back just in time to fit in one final regular-season appearance. The veteran right-hander finished with a stellar 1.85 ERA and 0.96 WHIP in 68 innings of relief. He carries a $5.5 million club option (or $1 million buyout) for 2016. Monday, 5:55 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. Sunday, 4:14 pm
  • Beltre clobbers homer to help defeat Angels
    Adrian Beltre went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and three total RBI in Sunday's season-ending win over the Angels.

    Advice: Beltre rocked a two-run homer in the fifth and followed it up with a little RBI infield single in the seventh. The veteran third baseman closes out the 2015 season with a .287/.334/.453 batting line, 18 homers and 83 RBI. He's managed to drag the numbers up to respectability after a sluggish first half. Sunday, 3:24 pm
  • Gordon wins NL batting title with 3-hit day
    Dee Gordon went 3-for-4, clinching the National League batting title, as the Marlins lost to the Phillies on Sunday.

    Advice: Gordon led off the game with a double and scored in the first inning, then clocked a solo homer in the third to extend the lead to 2-0. Bryce Harper, his competitor for the batting title, went 1-for-4. Gordon ends the season hitting .333/.359/.418 with four home runs, 46 RBI, 88 runs scored, and 58 stolen bases. Sunday, 2:44 pm
  • Yadier Molina to have thumb re-evaluated Mon.
    Yadier Molina will have his ailing left thumb re-evaluated on Monday.

    Advice: Molina was prescribed another week of rest when he visited the doctor last Monday. He said Sunday that the thumb is "getting stronger every day," but we won't know about his status for the NLDS until after Monday's exam. Tony Cruz has been handling the catching duties for St. Louis with Yadi sidelined. Sunday, 11:45 am
    L, 6-0 x @Atl; L, 2-0 x @Atl
  • Gomez (intercostal) could return in playoffs
    Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Sunday that Carlos Gomez (intercostal) could return to the lineup during the postseason if the club qualifies.

    Advice: He did not, however, specify when during the playoffs Gomez might be available, so the declaration doesn't mean a whole lot. Gomez has made just one start since suffering a strained intercostal muscle three weeks ago. Colby Rasmus is handling center field again Sunday. Sunday, 10:44 am
  • Steven Matz (back) to throw off mound Tues.
    Steven Matz (back) will throw a bullpen session Tuesday.

    Advice: He'll then throw 90-100 pitches in an instructional league game Thursday if he's feeling up to it. The Mets plan on starting Matz in Game 4 of the NLDS if his stiff back will allow it. Sunday, 9:18 am
  • Carlos Gomez (intercostal) out again Saturday
    Carlos Gomez (intercostal) is not in the Astros' lineup Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: He hasn't been in the lineup since Wednesday. Colby Rasmus will fill in at center field and bat cleanup. The Astros enter tonight's action with a half-game advantage over the Angels for the second Wild Card spot. Saturday, 2:27 pm
  • 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. Saturday, 1:08 pm
  • Matz receives injection to relax back muscles
    Mets manager Terry Collins said Saturday that Steven Matz received an injection in his back on Friday to relax his muscles.

    Advice: Matz was expected to pitch at some point on Saturday or Sunday, though the stiffness in his back has caused him to be scratched twice already this week. Collins hopes that he can get up to 90-100 pitches by Wednesday in the instructional league in order to be ready for his next start. He's expected to function as the Mets' fourth starter in the postseason as long as he's healthy. Saturday, 7:52 am
  • Arieta tosses six scoreless in final start
    Making his final start of the regular season against the Brewers on Friday, Jake Arrieta tossed six innings of shutout ball in the 6-1 victory.

    Advice: Arrieta finishes off a Cy Young-caliber 2015 campaign with a fitting shutout. He struck out seven Brewers without walking a batter, allowing just two hits on the evening. He had thrown just 72 pitches after six innings, but the team's clearly trying to preserve him for a possible postseason run. We'll see if a 1.77 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 236/48 K/BB ratio across 229 innings will be enough to earn the 29-year-old right-hander the NL Cy Young, or if it will be snatched from his grasp by either Clayton Kershaw or Zack Greinke . Friday, 8:52 pm
  • Carlos Gomez not in lineup again Friday
    Carlos Gomez (intercostal) is once again not in the Astros starting lineup on Friday.

    Advice: He returned to the lineup on Wednesday, but felt some lingering soreness after his final throw against the Mariners. Expect him to return to his regular post in the outfield at some point before the end of the weekend. Friday, 4:36 pm
  • Ziegler (paternity leave) to return Friday
    Brad Ziegler (paternity leave) will be returning to the team on Friday and should be available to pitch against the Astros.

    Advice: Ziegler's been away since September 29, as he's been celebrating the birth of his baby girl. He'll return to the Diamondbacks on Friday and should be able to contribute in this weekend's big season-ending series against the Astros. This season, the veteran right-hander is pitching to a 1.91 ERA and is 29-for-31 in save chances with a 34/17 K/BB ratio across 66 innings. Obviously, his return could cause problems for the Astros. Friday, 12:01 pm
  • Beltre leads Rangers back to postseason
    Adrian Beltre went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI as the Rangers beat the Angels 5-3 on Thursday to clinch a postseason spot.

    Advice: The Rangers still have some work to do to win the AL West, but they'll play in the postseason regardless. Beltre has led the offense the last three days, driving in seven runs in the three straight victories. He's up to 77 RBI in 140 games for the season. Thursday, 8:53 pm
  • Josh Donaldson, other Jays regulars are off
    Josh Donaldson is getting a day off Thursday.

    Advice: Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Bautista, and a ton of other Blue Jays regulars will also get to sleep in after Wednesday's clinching celebration. Toronto is lined up to take on the winner of the AL Wild Card Game in the ALDS. Thursday, 7:47 am
  • Mets' Matz (side) to pitch Saturday or Sunday
    Steven Matz (side) is expected to pitch Saturday or Sunday against the Nationals.

    Advice: Matz has been scratched twice this week due to stiffness in the right side of his back, but he is finally beginning to feel better. The young left-hander is in line to serve as the Mets' fourth starter this postseason if he feels good. He owns a shiny 2.27 ERA and 34/10 K/BB ratio through his first 35 2/3 major league innings. Thursday, 7:09 am
  • Steven Matz just dealing with muscle spasms
    Steven Matz was examined by a doctor and was given medication to treat muscle spasms.

    Advice: Matz was scratched from his scheduled start Thursday to due lingering side stiffness, but nothing more serious was diagnosed. For his part, Matz has said it's not a serious issue and that he should be fine sooner than later. The Mets' plans for the postseason are still unclear, but he could be in the running for a start in the NLDS if he bounces back well. Wednesday, 8:35 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
  • Mets' Matz (side) won't pitch Thursday either
    Steven Matz has been scratched from his start Thursday against the Phillies due to lingering side stiffness.

    Advice: Matz was bumped from Wednesday to Thursday after waking up Tuesday with stiffness in his right side, and now he can't make that Thursday start either. It's not clear when he'll pitch next, and manager Terry Collins suggested Wednesday that Bartolo Colon might have to start in the NLDS. Matz had been lined up to serve as the Mets' fourth starter in the postseason. Wednesday, 1:02 pm
  • Beltre drives in go-ahead run to top Tigers
    Adrian Beltre finished 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored as the Rangers outlasted the Tigers 7-6 on Tuesday.

    Advice: In a game where all the offense came before the fifth inning, it was Beltre's RBI double in the fourth that proved to be the game-winning hit. Beltre also provided an RBI infield single in the second. The seemingly ageless third baseman is having a down year by his standards, but Beltre is still batting a serviceable .281/.328/.436 with 16 homers, 72 RBI and 78 runs scored and a handful of games left on the schedule. Tuesday, 9:18 pm
  • Samardzija keeps Royals to two runs in win
    Jeff Samardzija held the Royals to two runs over seven innings to earn his 11th win on Tuesday.

    Advice: Samardzija scattered eight hits on the evening, with back-to-back homers by Eric Hosmer and Kendrys Morales counting for the only Royals runs. The right-hander struck out three without walking a batter. Samardzija, who will be a free agent this winter, is 11-13 with a 4.96 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in 32 starts. He'll have one more shot to make a good impression on potential suitors, taking the mound Sunday against the Tigers in the season finale. Tuesday, 8:05 pm
  • Steven Matz (side) to start on Thursday
    Steven Matz's (side) next start has officially been pushed back to Thursday against the Phillies.

    Advice: He's flip-flopping with Logan Verrett, who will now go on Wednesday. Matz developed some stiffness in his right side after sleeping funny Monday night, but it's no big deal. The Mets are just being careful here. Tuesday, 7:08 pm
  • Brad Ziegler away for birth of child
    Brad Ziegler is not with the Diamondbacks Tuesday following the birth of his baby girl.

    Advice: It's unclear at this point when he'll rejoin the club. Daniel Hudson should handle any save chances while Ziegler is away. Tuesday, 3:44 pm
  • Mets starter Matz has stiffness in right side
    Steven Matz may be scratched from his start Wednesday against the Phillies due to stiffness in his right side.

    Advice: Mets manager Terry Collins hinted at the idea in his pregame chat with reporters on Tuesday afternoon. There should be something more official sometime Tuesday night. This doesn't sound like a serious, long-term problem for Matz, who boasts a 2.27 ERA and 34/10 K/BB ratio through his first 35 2/3 major league innings. Logan Verrett would start in his place Wednesday and then Matz would likely return Thursday. Tuesday, 1:32 pm
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