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  • Odor scores three runs in ALDS Game 1 win
    Rougned Odor went 1-for-2 with a solo home run and three runs scored in Thursday's 5-3 ALDS Game 1 win over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Odor was all over the place in this one, even knocking out Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson with a (unintentional) knee to the face on a double play attempt in the fourth inning. When he wasn't showing off his best WWE moves, he found himself twice hit by pitches from Blue Jays ace David Price. He also hit a solo home run in the seventh inning to help provide the Rangers with a bit of a cushion. Nice game in the books, the 21-year-old second baseman will square off with Marcus Stroman in Friday's Game 2 as he looks to continue to build his budding postseason highlight reel. 58 minutes ago
    W, 9-2 vs ^ LAA
  • 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. Today, 3:38 pm
  • Gallardo holds Jays to two runs in Game 1
    Yovani Gallardo pitched well in Thursday's 5-3 Game 1 ALDS showdown win over the Blue Jays, tossing five innings of two-run ball.

    Advice: Gallardo didn't exactly overwhelm the Blue Jays in Game 1 of the ALDS, but he was largely effective. The 29-year-old right-hander scattered four hits while striking out one and walking one. The two runs on his line both came in his final two innings. In the fourth, he surrendered an infield RBI single to Edwin Encarnacion and an inning later, an RBI double by Kevin Pillar sounded the final action on his day. Assuming the series lasts longer than three games, he should see another start in the ALDS. Cole Hamels will take on the torch and start Game 2 on Friday. Today, 3:34 pm
  • Price allows two homers in ALDS Game 1 loss
    David Price struggled with five runs allowed during Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Rangers in Game 1 of the ALDS.

    Advice: Price struck out five and walked two in Thursday's Game 1 loss. His troubles began in the third inning, when Delino DeShields and Adrian Beltre both notched RBI singles. Two frames later, Robinson Chirinos took the Blue Jays' southpaw ace deep for a two-run homer to bump the Ranger lead to 4-0. A final run would score before Price's exit, courtesy of a solo home run by Rougned Odor in the seventh inning. During the regular season, Price held an 8-5 record, 2.45 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 225/47 K/BB ratio in 220 1/3 between the Tigers and Blue Jays. He should see another crack at postseason redemption later this series. Game 2 starter Marcus Stroman will try to keep the Jays from falling into an 0-2 hole on Friday. Today, 3:33 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. Today, 2:05 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. Today, 1:56 pm
  • Marisnick starts in center for ailing Gomez
    Jake Marisnick will start in center field and bat ninth in Game 1 of the ALDS Thursday against the Royals.

    Advice: The full starting lineup for Houston: Jose Altuve 2B, George Springer RF, Carlos Carrea SS, Colby Rasmus LF, Evan Gattis DH, Luis Valbuena 3B, Chris Carter 1B, Jason Castro C, Jake Marisnick CF. Collin McHugh will pitch for the Astros while Yordano Ventura toes the rubber for the Royals. Today, 1:51 pm
  • Lynn to start Game 4 of NLDS versus Cubs
    Lance Lynn will start against the Cubs in Game 4 of the NLDS on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field.

    Advice: John Lackey is pitching Game 1, Jaime Garcia is pitching Game 2, and Michael Wacha will take Game 3. Lynn had another solid season for St. Louis, finishing with a 3.03 ERA and 167 strikeouts in 175 1/3 innings. Today, 12:12 pm
    L, 6-0 @Atl; L, 2-0 ^ @Atl
  • Pham makes Cardinals' roster for NLDS
    Tommy Pham is on the Cardinals' NLDS roster.

    Advice: And so are Jon Jay and Randal Grichuk, but Jason Heyward is expected to serve as the Cardinals' center fielder. That either puts Grichuk or Piscotty in right field, with Matt Holliday in left. Piscotty can also play first base. Pham will likely be used as a pinch-runner, pinch-hitter, and defensive replacement. Today, 11:51 am
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; L, 2-0 ^ @Atl
  • 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. Today, 11:43 am
    L, 6-0 x @Atl; L, 2-0 x @Atl
  • Jaime Garcia to start NLDS Game 2 vs. Cubs
    Jaime Garcia will start Game 2 of the NLDS against the Cubs on Saturday at Busch Stadium.

    Advice: Cardinals manager Mike Matheny made the announcement Thursday afternoon in St. Louis, adding that Michael Wacha will pitch in Game 3 and Lance Lynn will pitch in Game 4. John Lackey is taking Game 1 on Friday evening. Garcia posted a 2.43 ERA in 129 2/3 innings this season for the Cardinals and he's been especially good at home in his career. Today, 11:38 am
  • 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. Today, 11:26 am
  • Josh Wilson won't be back with Tigers in '16
    Tigers GM Al Avila announced Thursday that Josh Wilson will not be brought back for the 2016 season.

    Advice: Wilson batted .316/.350/.395 this season for the Tigers, but that came in a sample size of just 41 plate appearances. He's a .229/.280/.319 hitter for his career. The 34-year-old infielder should be able to latch on with a new organization this winter, though it might have to be on a non-guaranteed minor league deal. Today, 11:01 am
    W, 6-0 ^ @CWS
  • Joel Peralta has made Dodgers' NLDS roster
    Joel Peralta is on the Dodgers' NLDS roster.

    Advice: Peralta had a rough 4.34 ERA in 29 total innings this season for Los Angeles, but he looked a little better after returning from a neck injury in early September. The 39-year-old right-hander will pitch in a middle relief role in the best-of-five against the Mets. Today, 10:45 am
  • Nicasio not on Dodgers' roster for the NLDS
    Juan Nicasio is not on the Dodgers' NLDS roster.

    Advice: Joel Peralta essentially gets the spot instead. Nicasio got off to a very good start this season, but he surrendered nine runs on 17 hits over his final nine innings. Today, 10:38 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. Today, 10:27 am
  • Martin Perez starting ALDS Game 3 vs. Jays
    Martin Perez will start ALDS Game 3 against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Perez registered a 3.38 ERA over his final 66 2/3 innings (11 starts) during the regular season. Yovani Gallardo is starting Game 1 on Thursday and Cole Hamels will take Game 2 on Friday. Derek Holland and Colby Lewis will both be available out of the bullpen in Game 1. Today, 9:39 am
  • 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. Today, 9:29 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. Today, 9:25 am
  • DeShields leading off for TEX in ALDS Gm. 1
    Delino DeShields Jr. is leading off and starting in center field in ALDS Game 1 against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: The full starting lineup for Texas in Game 1: Delino DeShields Jr. CF, Shin-Soo Choo RF, Adrian Beltre 3B, Prince Fielder DH, Mike Napoli 1B, Josh Hamilton LF, Elvis Andrus SS, Rougned Odor 2B, Robinson Chirinos C. Yovani Gallardo is starting against David Price at Rogers Centre in Toronto. Today, 9:23 am
    W, 9-2 vs ^ LAA
  • Villar not on Astros' roster for the ALDS
    Jonathan Villar is not on the Astros' roster for their ALDS matchup against the Royals.

    Advice: Villar stole a base and scored as a pinch-runner in Tuesday night's American League Wild Card Game victory over the Yankees, but the 'Stros will get back to basics with their 25-man roster for this best-of-five ALDS. Today, 9:13 am
  • Chad Qualls not on roster for the ALDS
    Chad Qualls is not on the Astros' ALDS roster.

    Advice: That is a mild surprise given that Qualls was included on the 25-man roster for Tuesday night's American League Wild Card Game, but it's not like he had a deserving regular season. The veteran right-hander posted a 4.38 ERA in 49 1/3 innings this summer for Houston. Today, 9:09 am
  • Terrance Gore on KC roster for the ALDS
    Terrance Gore is on the Royals' ALDS roster.

    Advice: Kansas City's coaching staff chose speed over power in picking Gore ahead of waiver-trade deadline acquisition Jonny Gomes. Gore tallied three stolen bases in pinch-running duty last October and will try to cause havoc on the basepaths again, starting with this best-of-five ALDS matchup against the Astros. Today, 9:05 am
  • Tulo batting fifth for Jays in Game 1 of ALDS
    Troy Tulowitzki is batting fifth for the Blue Jays in Game 1 of the ALDS Thursday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Tulo missed much of September with a small crack in his shoulder blade and acknowledged this week that he is not yet 100 percent, but the star shortstop will play through the pain for however long the Blue Jays can make a run. The full starting lineup for Game 1: Ben Revere LF, Josh Donaldson 3B, Jose Bautista RF, Edwin Encarnacion DH, Troy Tulowitzki SS, Justin Smoak 1B, Russell Martin C, Ryan Goins 2B, Kevin Pillar CF. David Price is on the mound for the Jays, who are in their first postseason since 1993. Today, 9:01 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. Today, 8:52 am
  • 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. Yesterday, 10:47 am
    L, 6-0 x @Atl; L, 2-0 x @Atl
  • Tulowitzki (shoulder) ready to go for ALDS
    Troy Tulowitzki (shoulder) said Tuesday that he's not pain-free, but he's ready to go for the ALDS against the Rangers.

    Advice: Tulowitzki suffered a small crack in his shoulder blade in a collision with teammate Kevin Pillar on September 12, but he returned to action over the weekend and went 3-for-8 in two games. "I'm not pain-free," said Tulowitzki. "Some soreness in there, as can be expected. But that doesn't mean I can't play." With Tulo back in the lineup, Ryan Goins will likely move back to second base while Cliff Pennington will slide into a bench role. Yesterday, 7:08 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Gallardo to start Game 1 of ALDS for Rangers
    Yovani Gallardo will start Game 1 of the ALDS against the Blue Jays on Thursday.

    Advice: Cole Hamels just pitched on Sunday, so he wasn't an option for the assignment. However, Hamels will start Game 2 on Friday. Gallardo posted a 3.42 ERA in 33 starts this season and has pitched well vs. Toronto, but he has completed six innings in a start just once since the start of August. Tuesday, 9:36 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
  • 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
  • Lance Lynn pitches well on Sunday
    Lance Lynn held the Braves to one run over five innings of work in Sunday's loss.

    Advice: The Braves got to Lynn with a pair of hits and a run in the first inning, but that was all they were able to put on the scoreboard. He yielded seven hits, didn't walk anyone and struck out a pair, throwing 79 pitches in a final tune-up before the postseason. Lynn finishes the year with a 3.03 ERA and will likely start Game 4 of the NLDS. Sunday, 3:29 pm
    L, 6-0 @Atl; L, 2-0 ^ @Atl
  • 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
  • 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
  • Tulowitzki collects two hits in return Friday
    Troy Tulowitzki (shoulder) returned to the Blue Jays starting lineup on Friday, going 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored.

    Advice: It's as if the hard-hitting shortstop didn't miss a beat. He showed no signs of rust after having been sidelined since September 12 due to a crack in his shoulder blade. He's expected to be rested on Saturday and will play in the regular season finale on Sunday. Saturday, 5:48 am
  • 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
  • Jaime Garcia struggles in loss to Braves
    Jaime Garcia struggled in his final regular season tune-up on Friday, allowing two runs on six hits over four innings in a loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Garcia walked a pair and struck out five on the evening. All of the damage against him came in the third inning where Daniel Castro belted a solo home run and A.J. Pierzynski delivered an RBI double. He finishes a phenomenal regular season with a 10-6 record, 2.43 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 97/30 K/BB ratio over 129 2/3 innings. He'll be counted on to play a major role for the Cardinals in the postseason with Carlos Martinez sidelined. Friday, 8:11 pm
  • Perez tosses seven sterling innings vs LAA
    Martin Perez turned in a great start against the Angels on Friday, allowing just one run on four hits over seven innings.

    Advice: Perez struck out four and walked one on the evening. The lone run to score against him came on a C.J. Cron RBI single in the very first inning. Otherwise, nothin' doing for the Angels with Martin on the mound. This season, he showed some flashes, though his 4.46 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 48/24 K/BB ratio over 78 2/3 innings leave a little something to be desired. The 24-year-old southpaw will try to improve on those numbers next spring. Friday, 8:06 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
  • Tulowitzki (shoulder) likely to rest Saturday
    Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said that the plan for Troy Tulowitzki (shoulder) was to play him Friday, rest him Saturday and play him again in the final game of the regular season.

    Advice: Tulowitzki's already in Friday's lineup against the Rays, so that part of the equation is complete. He last played on September 12, missing multiple weeks due to a crack in his left shoulder blade. Obviously, this tentative weekend plan of play, off, play could change if there are any setbacks on Friday. Friday, 2:06 pm
  • Tulowitzki (shoulder) in lineup vs Rays
    Troy Tulowitzki (shoulder) is in the lineup for Friday's game against the Rays.

    Advice: Tulo hadn't played since September 12, as he's been working his way back from a crack in his left shoulder blade. He'll be playing shortstop and batting seventh on Friday. Prior to the injury, he was hitting .232/.3414/.368 with five homers and 17 RBI across 39 games with the Blue Jays. Those in daily leagues could roll the dice and hope that the ultra-talented Tulowitski has a vintage game, but we would advise against it, both due to the long layoff and his poor numbers even before the injury. Friday, 12:48 pm
  • Tulowitzki feels good after simulated action
    Troy Tulowitzki (shoulder) said that he felt good after participating in simulated action on Friday.

    Advice: Tulowitzki indicated that his muscles are still a little sore, but he feels that he is rebounding well overall. He hasn't played since September 12 due to a small break in his left shoulder blade. The soon-to-be-31 Tulo was hitting just .232/.314/.368 with five homers and 17 RBI over 39 games with the Blue Jays prior to the injury. He could play in this weekend's series against the Rays. Friday, 12:21 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
  • Tulowitzki (shoulder) could return Saturday
    Troy Tulowitzki (shoulder) is scheduled to face "live pitching in a simulated environment" on Friday.

    Advice: Assuming all goes well, he could make his return to the Blue Jays' lineup on Saturday. Tulowitzki hasn't played since September 12 with a small crack in his left shoulder blade, but he expects to be ready to go for the postseason. Thursday, 1:33 pm
  • Hammel blanks Reds over five innings
    Jason Hammel didn't allow a run during Thursday afternoon's win over the Reds, tossing five shutout frames.

    Advice: Hammel scattered five hits and struck out five without walking a batter over his five innings of work. With the strong (if relatively brief) outing, he finishes out his 2015 regular season campaign holding a 3.74 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 172/40 K/BB ratio over 170 2/3 innings. The postseason awaits. Thursday, 12:49 pm
  • Tulo (shoulder) likely to return on Saturday
    Troy Tulowitzki (shoulder) is expected to return to the Blue Jays' starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Tulo probably could have played Thursday and/or Friday, but the Jays clinched the American League East on Wednesday so they'll play it safe. The star shortstop has been out since September 12 with a small crack in his left scapula. He took another successful round of batting practice on Thursday morning. Thursday, 8:17 am
  • Price won't make another regular-season start
    David Price will not make another start in the regular season.

    Advice: It makes sense to let the heavily-used left-hander rest up for the Blue Jays' first postseason trip since 1993. Price will stay sharp with side sessions and simulated games until he takes the hill in Game 1 against the winner of the American League Wild Card Game. He posted an 18-5 record, 2.45 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 225/47 K/BB ratio in 220 1/3 regular-season innings between Detroit and Toronto. Thursday, 8:06 am
  • Tulo (shoulder) not in Jays' lineup Thursday
    Troy Tulowitzki (shoulder) is not in the Blue Jays' starting lineup Thursday against the Orioles.

    Advice: There was some thought that Tulo might return Thursday, but that idea was probably nixed after the Jays clinched the AL East on Wednesday. Toronto is running out a lineup of reserves Thursday afternoon in Baltimore. Tulo should get in some action over the weekend and then be locked and loaded for the playoffs. He's been out since September 12 with a small crack in his left scapula. Thursday, 7:52 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
  • Yovani Gallardo earns win over Tigers
    Yovani Gallardo pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed two runs Wednesday as the Rangers beat the Tigers 6-2.

    Advice: Unless Gallardo is needed in relief this weekend, he finishes a fine regular season with a 13-11 record and a 3.42 ERA. It's better than we expected after the trade to Texas, though the 1.42 WHIP and dwindling strikeout rate (121 K in 184 1/3 IP) wouldn't seem to bode well for the future. Wednesday, 9:08 pm
  • 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
  • Price getting start pushed back to Friday
    David Price will have his next scheduled start pushed back to Friday.

    Advice: The Blue Jays wanted to push Price back so he didn't have a huge layoff between his last regular season start and the first game of the ALDS. Price will now face the Rays rather than the Orioles, a better matchup despite the fact that Price was knocked around by his former team last Saturday. Drew Hutchison will start in Price's place Thursday. Wednesday, 8:24 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
  • Gomez (intercostal) back in Astros' lineup
    Carlos Gomez (intercostal) is in the Astros' lineup on Wednesday.

    Advice: Gomez has appeared in two games in recent days but hasn't swung a bat in a game since September 12. The outfielder, who is batting .253/.313/.408 on the year, is hitting sixth and playing center field against the Mariners. Wednesday, 3:47 pm
  • Pham out of Cardinals' lineup for second half
    Tommy Pham is out of the Cardinals' lineup for the second half of Wednesday's doubleheader in Pittsburgh.

    Advice: Pham was a late sub in the early game, an 8-2 loss. He hasn't made a start in the Cardinals' last six games, which seems very odd. Maybe there's an undisclosed injury. Jon Jay is in center field Wednesday night. Wednesday, 2:48 pm
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; L, 2-0 ^ @Atl
  • 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
  • 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
  • Tulo (shoulder) expected back this weekend
    Troy Tulowitzki (shoulder) is expected to return to the Blue Jays' lineup by this weekend.

    Advice: There's a chance he could play as soon as Thursday, but Friday in Tampa Bay looks to be the more likely scenario. Tulowitzki took batting practice for the second consecutive day on Tuesday and hasn't had any setbacks with his shoulder. He expects to have to play through a bit of pain, but it's not something he's overly concerned with. Tulo has been out since suffering a small crack in his left scapula on September 12. Tuesday, 5:59 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
  • Matz might not start Wednesday in Philly?
    Mets manager Terry Collins hinted Tuesday that Steven Matz might have to be scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday night in Philadelphia.

    Advice: Collins wouldn't get into any details, so we'll have to play the waiting game on this one. Matz allowed three runs and 10 hits over 5 2/3 innings in his last turn Thursday against the Reds. He owns a 2.27 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 34/10 K/BB ratio over his first 35 2/3 major league frames. Tuesday, 1:18 pm
  • Lynn blanks Bucs over five in no-decision
    Lance Lynn took a no-decision, pitching five shutout innings as the Cardinals topped the Pirates on Monday.

    Advice: Lynn worked around four hits and four walks with six strikeouts in what became a scoreless affair into the ninth inning. The right-hander has a 3.06 ERA, a 1.37 WHIP, and a 165/68 K/BB ratio over 170 1/3 innings on the season. He will make his final regular season start in Atlanta against the Braves. Monday, 7:51 pm
    L, 6-0 @Atl; L, 2-0 ^ @Atl
  • Molina (thumb) ruled out for regular season
    Yadier Molina (thumb) has been ruled out for the remainer of the regular season after a doctor on Monday prescribed him another week of rest.

    Advice: He'll be re-evaluated on Sunday or Monday and still has a chance to be ready for the start of the postseason, but obviously this news isn't ideal. Molina is dealing with a slight ligament tear in his left thumb that doesn't really affect him catching but could be a hindrance at the plate. Tony Cruz will continue to handle the catching duties for the Cardinals. Sep 28, 2:06 pm
    L, 6-0 x @Atl; L, 2-0 x @Atl
  • Tommy Pham absent from lineup on Monday
    Tommy Pham is not in the Cardinals' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Matt Holliday and Randal Grichuk returning to semi-regular action has created a crowd in the St. Louis outfield, and Pham has now been absent from the starting lineup for two days straight. Holliday is in left, Jason Heyward is in center, and Stephen Piscotty is in right on Monday night against the Pirates. Sep 28, 12:13 pm
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; L, 2-0 ^ @Atl
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