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  • Bucs designate Jeanmar Gomez for assignment
    Pirates designated RHP Jeanmar Gomez for assignment.

    Advice: The 26-year-old right-hander was arbitration eligible for the first time this winter. In 44 appearances out of the Pirates bullpen in 2014, Gomez registered a 3.19 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 38/23 K/BB mark in 62 innings. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:11 am
  • Pirates designate John Axford for assignment
    Pirates designated RHP John Axford for assignment.

    Advice: The 31-year-old hurler entered the 2014 campaign as the Indians closer, but lost his role to Cody Allen and was dealt to the Pirates mid-season. He finished the year with a 3.95 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 63/36 K/BB ratio over 54 2/3 innings. He still has a power arm, which will interest teams looking for bullpen depth, but his inability to find the plate consistently limits his upside. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:08 am
  • Pirates activate Charlie Morton from DL
    Pirates activated RHP Charlie Morton from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Morton underwent surgery in late September to repair a torn labrum in his right hip. Even the most optimistic estimates have him sidelined until March, so it's unlikely that he'll be ready for Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:05 am
     
    Disabled List
    L, 4-1 @Cin
  • Pirates acquire Justin Sellers from Indians
    Pirates acquired INF Justin Sellers from the Indians for cash considerations.

    Advice: The 28-year-old utility infielder owns a troublesome career slash of .198/.280/.294 over 99 big league contests. He'll be nothing more than additional depth in the infield for the Pirates. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:02 am
  • Phillies activate Cliff Lee from 60-day DL
    Phillies activated LHP Cliff Lee from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: The 36-year-old left-hander was shelved in late-July due to a continuance of a flexor pronator strain in his pitching elbow. He was able to avoid surgery, getting treated instead with platelet-rich plasma injections. He's on track to begin a throwing program in November, though a possible recurrence of this issue certainly needs to be factored in when thinking of calling Lee's name in fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:52 am
     
    Disabled List
    L, 2-1 vs Atl
  • Phillies activate Mario Hollands from DL
    Phillies activated LHP Mario Hollands from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Nothing more than a procedural move here that puts Hollands back on the team's 40-man roster. The 26-year-old southpaw was shut down in early September due to a flexor strain in his pitching elbow after posting a 4.40 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 35/21 K/BB ratio in 47 frames. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:49 am
     
    Disabled List
    L, 2-1 vs Atl
  • Royals designate Liam Hendriks for assignment
    Royals designated RHP Liam Hendriks for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Moises Sierra who was claimed off waivers from the White Sox on Friday. The 25-year-old Australian hurler appeared in nine games between the Blue Jays and Royals in 2014, compiling a 5.23 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 23/7 K/BB ratio over 32 2/3 innings. With the ability to start and work in relief, he shouldn't have any trouble finding another team willing to give him a shot. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:45 am
  • Bochy confirms Vogelsong will start Game 4
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy confirmed after Friday's loss to the Royals that Ryan Vogelsong will start Game 4 on Saturday.

    Advice: Madison Bumgarner made a push to talk his manager into letting him pitch Game 4 on short rest, but Bochy opted to stick with the veteran right-hander while saving Bumgarner for Game 5. He'll oppose Jason Vargas as the Giants look to even up the series at two games apiece. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:48 pm
  • Alcides Escobar sparks Royals to Game 3 win
    Alcides Escobar went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored, sparking the Royals offense in Friday’s 3-2 victory over the Giants in Game 3 of the World Series.

    Advice: Escobar jumped on the very first pitch of the night from Tim Hudson, lining a leadoff double into the left field corner. He advanced to third on a ground ball and came around to score on a ground out off the bat of Lorenzo Cain to give the Royals an early advantage. The speedy shortstop then delivered a one-out single in the sixth inning which started a two-run uprising that proved to be the difference in the contest. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:37 pm
  • Miguel Sano will not play winter ball in 2014
    Twins general manager Terry Ryan confirmed Friday that Miguel Sano will not play winter ball in the Dominican Republic this season.

    Advice: The top prospect hasn't had any setbacks in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, but the doctors do not want him to play. He has been doing baseball-related drills at the Twins extended spring training complex and is getting healthier by the day, but the Twins still want to take things cautiously with their prized young slugger. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:47 pm
     
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    L, 3-0 x @Det
  • Michael Taylor elects to become free agent
    Michael Taylor has elected free agency.

    Advice: Taylor refused his outright assignment to Triple-A Charlotte and will become a minor league free agent. He shouldn't have any difficulty securing a minor league contract and spring training invitation elsewhere. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:56 pm
     
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    L, 6-4 vs x KC
  • White Sox outright Michael Taylor to Triple-A
    White Sox sent OF Michael Taylor outright to Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: The move clears an opening on the 40-man roster for the White Sox who are now down to 37. The 28-year-old former top prospect will once again look for a new opportunity. Given his skillset and respectable .275/.371/.437 slash line at Triple-A in 2014, there should be plenty of organizations interested in giving him a shot on a minor league deal. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:10 pm
     
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    L, 6-4 vs x KC
  • Dyson starting over Aoki in WS Game 3
    Jarrod Dyson is starting in center field and batting eighth in Friday's World Series Game 3.

    Advice: Lorenzo Cain has shifted over to right field, and Nori Aoki is on the bench. With the tough outfield at AT&T Park and flyball pitcher Jeremy Guthrie on the mound, Royals manager Ned Yost has elected to go with his best defensive outfield. Alex Gordon has moved up to the No. 2 spot in the lineup that was vacated by Aoki, while Mike Moustakas has moved up from the No. 9 spot to Gordon's old No. 5 spot. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:13 pm
  • Steve Johnson outrighted off 40-man roster
    Orioles sent RHP Steve Johnson outright to Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: He's now off the 40-man roster. Johnson was plagued by shoulder issues for a good chunk of the 2014 campaign before having surgery last month to have a bone spur removed. He held a 7.11 ERA in 13 Triple-A starts. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:02 am
     
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    W, 1-0 @Tor
  • Infante taking Toradol for shoulder pain
    Omar Infante has been taking oral doses of Toradol in order to combat nagging pain in his right shoulder.

    Advice: Toradol is a controversial pain-killer that has been banned by some teams and in some countries, but Major League Baseball considers it legal. "I feel better, because I’m taking strong pills," Infante said. "That’s helped me a lot. I feel it a little bit in B.P., and I still feel sore in the front of my shoulder. But yesterday I felt more comfortable." Infante could have minor surgery over the offseason to repair his shoulder issue, but he'll gut it out for now. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:01 am
  • Lincecum's (back) MRI comes back clean
    An MRI on Tim Lincecum's back showed no structural damage.

    Advice: Lincecum was forced from Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday due to back pain and a precautionary MRI was ordered. He reported improvement Thursday and was able to do some throwing in the outfield at AT&T Park. The right-hander is expected to be available out of the bullpen for Friday's Game 3. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:02 am
     
    W, 9-3 vs SD
  • Giants think Lincecum (back) will be fine
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy doesn't anticipate having to remove Tim Lincecum (back) from the World Series roster.

    Advice: Lincecum is undergoing a precautionary MRI on his back Thursday after exiting Game 2, but he's already feeling better and the Giants think he'll be fine. If the MRI turns out worse than expected, George Kontos could be an option to replace him on the Giants' roster. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:24 pm
     
    W, 9-3 vs SD
  • Jarrod Dyson could start Game 3
    Royals manager Ned Yost indicated Thursday that Jarrod Dyson could start over Norichika Aoki in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday.

    Advice: That would mean putting Dyson in center and shifting Lorenzo Cain over to handle the tough right field at AT&T Park. Aoki would also offer more than Dyson off the bench as a pinch-hitter. Dyson is hitless in seven at-bats this postseason, while Aoki is just 7-for-34 at the dish. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:18 pm
  • Tim Lincecum to undergo MRI on back, side
    Tim Lincecum will undergo an MRI Thursday on his back.

    Advice: Lincecum tweaked something along the left side of his back and hip while pitching in mop-up duty in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday night in Kansas City. The Giants want to find out if it's worth keeping him active for the remainder of the best-of-seven Fall Classic. George Kontos could be an option to replace him on the Giants' roster. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:09 am
     
    W, 9-3 vs SD
  • Lincecum leaves Game 2 with back tightness
    Tim Lincecum left Wednesday's World Series Game 2 with lower back tightness.

    Advice: Lincecum threw a pitch to Salvador Perez and immediately knew something was wrong, walking off with a trainer without much resistance. The good news is that manager Bruce Bochy said he doesn't think it's a big deal, telling reporters, "We think he'll be fine." The club will know more on Thursday. It's possible that Lincecum could be available as soon as Friday's Game 3 in San Francisco. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:51 pm
     
    W, 9-3 vs SD
  • Infante delivers two-run homer in Game 2 win
    Omar Infante went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run in a World Series Game 2 win over the Giants on Wednesday.

    Advice: Infante was one of the Royals' worst offensive performers during the regular season, but he came up big in Game 2. He doubled and scored the Royals' second run in the second inning, and his two-run blast off Hunter Strickland capped a five-run sixth inning that decided the outcome of the game. The homer was his first in 145 career postseason at-bats. It was a good time for it, as the Royals needed a split to stand a chance heading to San Francisco for a three-game set that starts Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:46 pm
  • Lincecum exits Game 2 with undisclosed injury
    Tim Lincecum left Wednesday's Game 2 of the World Series with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: Lincecum looked uncomfortable on a 2-2 pitch to Salvador Perez and immediately called the trainer out. After a brief discussion he walked off with the trainer, heading down the tunnel to the Giants' locker room. It was a disappointing end to a promising outing for Lincecum, who had recorded five outs without allowing a baserunner in his first postseason action this year. The Giants should update his status shortly. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:21 pm
     
    W, 9-3 vs SD
  • Royals stick with regular lineup for WS Gm 2
    Alcides Escobar will bat leadoff in Game 2 of the World Series against the Giants on Wednesday.

    Advice: Royals manager Ned Yost isn't making any changes following Tuesday's Game 1 loss. The full lineup: Escobar SS, Nori Aoki RF, Lorenzo Cain CF, Eric Hosmer 1B, Billy Butler DH, Alex Gordon LF, Salvador Perez C, Omar Infante 2B, Mike Moustakas 3B. Yordano Ventura will oppose Jake Peavy. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 12:17 pm
  • Tim Lincecum dealing with sore neck
    Tim Lincecum was unable to throw a scheduled bullpen session on Saturday due to a sore neck.

    Advice: It's not clear how long the neck has been bothering Lincecum, but it could partly explain why he's yet to pitch this postseason. However, the right-hander will be on the World Series roster as one of two long relievers in San Francisco's bullpen. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:27 am
     
    W, 9-3 vs SD
  • Vogelsong penciled in for WS Game 4 start
    Ryan Vogelsong will start for the Giants in Game 4 of the World Series Saturday.

    Advice: Vogelsong lasted just three innings in his start against the Cardinals in the NLCS, but he's traditionally been a good pitcher in the postseason. A starter for the Royals hasn't yet been announced for the game. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:03 pm
  • Vogelsong yanked early in NLCS Game 4 start
    Ryan Vogelsong was pulled early in his NLCS Game 4 start against the Cardinals, surrendering four runs on seven hits over three innings in a no-decision.

    Advice: Vogelsong didn't have it from the outset, allowing a leadoff double in each of the first three innings. He also gave up a solo home run to Kolten Wong in the third. The right-hander walked two and struck out one before exiting, needing 60 pitches to get through three innings. With the Giants leading the series 3-1 it's likely the last start before a potential World Series turn for Vogelsong, who had a 1.19 ERA in five postseason starts before Wednesday's clunker. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:05 pm
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