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  • Castillo has strained adductor muscle
    Rusney Castillo has been diagnosed with a strained adductor muscle in his right thumb.

    Advice: The injury occurred when he was jammed by a pitch in Arizona Fall League play on October 20. Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said Thursday that he's not sure whether Castillo will be able to play for Los Criollos de Caguas in the Puerto Rican Winter League. Rotoworld.com
    20 minutes ago
  • Nick Markakis' $17.5 million option declined
    Orioles declined OF Nick Markakis' $17.5 million option for 2015.

    Advice: It was an expected move. The Orioles are working to re-sign Markakis to a long-term deal, though Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reported earlier this month that there has been "no substantial progress" made in extension talks. Markakis hit .276/.342/.386 with 14 homers and 50 RBI for the O's this season. Rotoworld.com
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  • Willingham not set on retirement yet
    According to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, Josh Willingham hasn't made a decision about retirement.

    Advice: This confirms what Willingham told Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press in late September. The 35-year-old "will see what's available" in free agency before making a decision. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:41 pm
     
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  • Castillo (hand, thumb) done in AFL
    Rusney Castillo (hand, thumb) will not play again in the Arizona Fall League.

    Advice: Castillo bruised his right hand/thumb when he was jammed by a pitch on October 20 and the Red Sox want to play it safe. He's on the roster for Los Criollos de Caguas in the Puerto Rican Winter League, but it's unclear whether he'll participate. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:16 pm
  • Nationals pick up Denard Span's $9 mil option
    Nationals exercised OF Denard Span's $9 million club option for 2015.

    Advice: An easy call for the Nats after Span batted .302/.355/.416 with 31 stolen bases and 94 runs scored over 147 games in 2014. The 30-year-old will remain Washington's starting center fielder for the 2015 season and should again have considerable fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:23 pm
     
    W, 1-0 vs ^ Mia
  • Rusney Castillo (hand,thumb) on PRWL roster
    Rusney Castillo (hand, thumb) is on the roster for Los Criollos de Caguas in the Puerto Rican Winter League.

    Advice: And the season starts Thursday, but it's not clear yet when Castillo will be able to play. He bruised his hand and thumb when he was jammed by a pitch on October 20 in the Arizona Fall League and the Red Sox want him to be fully healed before he returns to action. The 27-year-old center fielder is in a holding pattern for now. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:37 am
  • Gordon has RBI double, run scored in finale
    Alex Gordon went 2-for-3 with an RBI double and a run scored in the Royals' World Series Game 7 loss to the Giants on Wednesday.

    Advice: After falling behind 2-0, Gordon delivered the biggest hit of the night for the Royals when he doubled in Billy Butler from first in the second inning. He also had their second-biggest hit when he singled off Madison Bumgarner to represent the tying run in the ninth, winding up on third after a couple of errors. Unfortunately for him and the Royals he was left on third to end the game. Gordon will be back in the Royals' outfield next year looking for a return to the Series. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:39 pm
  • Morse drives in game-winning run in Game 7
    Michael Morse had two RBI, including driving in the game-winning run, in the Giants' Game 7 World Series win Wednesday.

    Advice: With the bases loaded in the second inning, Morse drove in the first run of the game with a sacrifice fly. But it was an opposite-field single with a runner at third base in the fourth inning that gave the Giants a 3-2 lead that they wouldn't relinquish. His outfield defense made him a non-factor for the three games in San Francisco, but Morse found a way to contribute as a designated hitter in the Royals' park. He ended his first World Series with four RBI and two runs scored. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:21 pm
     
    W, 9-3 vs x SD
  • Cubs outright Ryan Kalish to AAA Iowa
    Cubs sent OF Ryan Kalish outright to Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Kalish is now off the Cubs' 40-man roster. The 26-year-old outfielder is a .245/.293/.350 career hitter in 412 plate appearances at the major league level. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:10 pm
     
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    W, 5-2 x @Mil
  • Juan Perez playing LF for Giants in Game 7
    Juan Perez will start in left field and bat eighth in Game 7 of the World Series against the Royals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Travis Ishikawa is on the bench, as Giants manager Bruce Bochy is trying to put his best defense out there in the deciding game of the World Series. The full lineup: Gregor Blanco CF, Joe Panik 2B, Buster Posey C, Pablo Sandoval 3B, Hunter Pence RF, Brandon Belt 1B, Michael Morse DH, Brandon Crawford SS, Perez LF. Tim Hudson will start for San Francisco while Kansas City will counter with Jeremy Guthrie. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:29 pm
     
    W, 9-3 vs x SD
  • Reds decline 2015 option on Ryan Ludwick
    Reds declined OF Ryan Ludwick's $9 million option for 2015.

    Advice: He'll receive a $4.5 million buyout and become a free agent. The Reds gave Ludwick a two-year, $15 million contract after a resurgent 2012 campaign, but a shoulder injury limited him to 38 games last year and he batted just .244 with nine homers and a .683 OPS over 112 games this season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:27 pm
     
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  • Tony Campana elects free agency
    Tony Campana has elected free agency.

    Advice: Campana was outrighted off the Angels' 40-man roster earlier this week. The speedy outfielder batted just .187/.197/.227 in 44 games in the majors this season for the Angels and Diamondbacks. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:10 am
     
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    L, 4-1 x @Sea
  • Lorenzo Cain reaches four times Tuesday
    Lorenzo Cain drove in three runs while reaching base four times in Tuesday’s victory over the Giants.

    Advice: Cain walked in the first inning, singled in a pair in the seven-run second, doubled in another in the third and drew his second free pass in his final plate appearance in the eighth. After winning the ALCS MVP, Cain has kept hitting in the World Series, sporting a .318/.423/.409 batting line. Everyone in the Royals’ lineup had at least one hit, and six of them had multiple base knocks. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:31 pm
  • Byron Buxton also has small fracture
    Twins outfield prospect Byron Buxton also has a small fracture in addition to a dislocation of his left middle finger.

    Advice: It shouldn't really affect his rehab schedule much, though that will be ironed out after he sees a specialist. Buxton's Arizona Fall League season is over, but he should be 100 percent well before spring training. The top prospect is expected to open the 2015 season back at Double-A New Britain. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:38 pm
     
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    L, 3-0 x @Det
  • Castillo (hand, thumb) likely done in AFL
    Rusney Castillo (hand, thumb) is unlikely to return to action in the Arizona Fall League.

    Advice: Castillo bruised his hand and thumb when he was jammed by a pitch on October 20. It's believed that he'll simply need rest, but there likely won't be enough time for him to return to the Arizona Fall League and he might not even participate in winter ball in Puerto Rico. The Red Sox have yet to make an official decision on his status. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:33 pm
  • Michael Morse to DH in Game 6 of World Series
    Michael Morse will serve as the designated hitter in Game 6 of the World Series against the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

    Advice: Morse was limited to pinch-hitting duties while the series was in San Francisco, but he's back now that the Giants have the luxury of the DH. Travis Ishikawa will start in left field. The full lineup: Gregor Blanco CF, Joe Panik 2B, Buster Posey C, Pablo Sandoval 3B, Hunter Pence RF, Brandon Belt 1B, Morse DH, Ishikawa LF, Brandon Crawford SS. Jake Peavy will pitch against Yordano Ventura as the Giants attempt to finish off their third World Series title in the past five seasons. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:09 pm
     
    W, 9-3 vs x SD
  • Byron Buxton diagnosed with dislocated finger
    Twins prospect outfielder Byron Buxton was diagnosed with a dislocated finger.

    Advice: Buxton suffered the injury while playing in the Arizona Fall League on Monday. AFL PR director Paul Jensen originally said that the finger was no dislocated, but apparently additional test have indicated otherwise. He's slated to see a specialist about a timetable, but his AFL season is almost certainly over. It's yet another bad break on the health front for the talented outfielder. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:49 am
     
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    L, 3-0 x @Det
  • Farrell downplays report about Cespedes
    Red Sox manager John Farrell said on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM on Tuesday that a recent report that the team's coaches dislike Yoenis Cesepdes is "completely unfounded."

    Advice: Bill Madden of the New York Daily News was told by a "Red Sox insider" that Cespedes "marches to his own drum" and that the team's coaches "all hate him." However, Farrell said that he was "totally surprised and caught off guard" by that assertion. Cespedes could still get traded this winter, but it will likely have more to do with his contract situation and the team's outfield logjam than whether he was popular among the team's coaches. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:57 am
     
    L, 9-5 vs ^ NYY
  • Buxton to undergo X-rays on injured finger
    Twins outfield prospect Byron Buxton is set to undergo X-rays after exiting Monday's Arizona Fall League game with a jammed right middle finger.

    Advice: LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported earlier that Buxton dislocated the finger, but AFL PR director Paul Jensen says that's not the case. The ailment was suffered when the top prospect dove for a ball in the outfield. It's certainly been a frustrating, injury-filled year for Buxton, and his AFL season is almost surely over even if the X-rays come back clean. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:07 pm
     
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  • Tony Campana outrighted to Triple-A
    Angels sent OF Tony Campana outright to Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: The move frees up a spot on the Halos' 40-man roster. Campana hit just .187/.197/.227 in 44 games in the majors this season for the Angels and Diamondbacks. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 4:08 pm
     
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    L, 4-1 x @Sea
  • Byron Buxton suffers dislocated finger in AFL
    LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Twins outfield prospect Byron Buxton left Monday's Arizona Fall League game with a dislocated finger.

    Advice: The injury occurred when Buxton dove for a ball in the outfield. All things considered, it could have been much worse, as original speculation had him suffering another wrist injury. Buxton's AFL season is over, but the finger injury shouldn't really affect his offseason routine. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:50 pm
     
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    L, 3-0 x @Det
  • Byron Buxton exits AFL game with wrist injury
    Twins outfield prospect Byron Buxton left Monday's Arizona Fall League game with an apparent wrist injury.

    Advice: Buxton appeared to injure the wrist while diving for a ball. It's not clear at this point if the injury is serious, but it's worrisome given his past wrist issues. Buxton was limited to just 31 games this season due to a variety of ailments. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:16 pm
     
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    L, 3-0 x @Det
  • Aoki, Butler will be in lineup for Game 6
    Royals manager Ned Yost said at Monday's media session that Nori Aoki and Billy Butler will be back in the starting lineup for Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday.

    Advice: Aoki and Butler were both on the bench under National League rules for Games 3-5, but they'll return now that the Royals are back home. Yost also said that he's thinking about moving Mike Moustakas out of his standard No. 9 spot for Game 6. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:12 pm
     
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    W, 6-4 ^ @CWS
  • Report: Red Sox coaches 'all hate' Cespedes
    A Red Sox insider told Bill Madden of the New York Daily News that the Red Sox coaches "all hate" outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.

    Advice: "He marches to his own drum," said the unnamed source. The Red Sox acquired Cespedes from the A's in July for Jon Lester and were initially planning to work out a contract extension with the 29-year-old Cuban slugger, but he has not endeared himself to many people in Boston's clubhouse or front office and it now seems likely that he will be traded this winter. Cespedes, a free agent after 2015, signed on with Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sports last week. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:14 am
     
    L, 9-5 vs ^ NYY
  • Juan Perez clobbers two-run double in victory
    Juan Perez clobbered a two-run double in the eighth inning on Sunday, helping to lead the Giants to a victory over the Royals in Game 5 of the World Series, taking a 3-2 lead in the series.

    Advice: Perez entered the game as a defensive replacement for Travis Ishikawa and in his first plate appearance smashed a Wade Davis offering off the top of the wall to provide a pair of insurance runs. Perez is now 4-for-21 with three RBI in the postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:24 pm
     
    W, 9-3 vs x SD
  • Alex Gordon goes hitless as Royals fall
    Alex Gordon had a rough night at the plate in Sunday's loss to the Giants in Game 5 of the World Series, going hitless in four at-bats.

    Advice: Gordon wasn't the only member of the Royals to struggle, as they scratched out just four total hits in the contest. While he has been able to come through with many timely hits and has plated 10 runs in the playoffs, Gordon is hitting just .170 in postseason play. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:19 pm
  • Jesus Guzman signs with Hiroshima Carp
    MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reports that Jesus Guzman has signed with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of Japan's Central League.

    Advice: Guzman elected free agency earlier this month after being removed from the Astros' 40-man roster. It's not clear how much the 30-year-old will be paid by Hiroshima, but he'll get the opportunity to play regularly in Japan, something he wasn't given in the states. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:05 am
     
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  • Lorenzo Cain admits to nursing leg issues
    Lorenzo Cain admitted after Saturday's World Series Game 4 loss that he's had leg issues for the last 2-3 weeks.

    Advice: He wouldn't reveal the specific problem with his legs, but Cain was noticeably hobbled Saturday. However, he said the issue improved as the game went along, and it's not something that's going to keep him out of the lineup. "I'm feeling better," he said. "I'll definitely be able to go (for Game 5)." Cain is 4-for-15 this series and is hitting .327/.370/.408 overall during the postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:16 am
  • Perez in Giants' lineup for Game 4 vs. Royals
    Juan Perez is starting in left field for the Giants in World Series Game 4 on Saturday night against the Royals.

    Advice: The left-handed Travis Ishikawa has started the first three games of the World Series, but righty Perez gets the nod against Royals left-handed starter Jason Vargas. The Giants' full lineup for Game 4: Gregor Blanco CF, Joe Panik 2B, Buster Posey C, Hunter Pence RF, Pablo Sandoval 3B, Brandon Belt 1B, Juan Perez LF, Brandon Crawford SS, Ryan Vogelsong SP. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 1:17 pm
     
    W, 9-3 vs x SD
  • Byron Buxton tallies three hits in win Friday
    Twins top prospect Byron Buxton tallied three hits in Arizona Fall League play on Friday as Salt River dispatched of Glendale 8-1.

    Advice: Buxton finished the afternoon 3-for-5 with a double, pair of runs scored and two RBI. He also showed off his wheels, swiping a pair of bases. Through 12 games in the Fall showcase, he's slashing .264/.316/.302 with six RBI, four stolen bases and an 11/4 K/BB ratio. The 20-year-old is expected to open the 2015 season at Double-A New Britain. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:09 am
     
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  • Gordon plates one as Royals take series lead
    Alex Gordon came through with an RBI double in the sixth inning on Friday, helping the Royals to dispatch of the Giants in Game 3 of the World Series.

    Advice: His one-out double plated Alcides Escobar who had reached on single. It was Gordon’s first hit of the series, as his 1-for-4 effort brings him to 1-for-11 (.091) in the Fall Classic. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:35 pm
  • Morse collects pinch-hit RBI double in loss
    Michael Morse came through in a big way for the Giants in Friday’s loss to the Royals, smashing an RBI double as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning.

    Advice: Morse came on to hit for Tim Hudson in the sixth inning after Brandon Crawford had singled, and swatted a massive foul drive down the left field line that narrowly missed being a two-run home run. The Giants could certainly use his bat in the lineup against southpaw Jason Vargas on Saturday, but it’s unclear if he feels well enough to man left field defensively. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:28 pm
     
    W, 9-3 vs x SD
  • No progress in Orioles/Markakis talks
    Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that there has been "no substantial progress" made in extension talks between the Orioles and impending free agent Nick Markakis.

    Advice: The common thought has been that Markakis is likely to stay in Baltimore, but it appears the two sides have some significant ground to make up. It's not clear what kind of figures are currently being exchanged between the two parties. Markakis will officially become a free agent five days after the World Series ends, at which point he'll be able to negotiate with any club. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:06 am
  • No changes to Giants' lineup for WS Game 2
    Michael Morse will serve as the designated hitter again in Game 2 of the World Series against the Royals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Giants manager Bruce Bochy is sticking with the same lineup which led to victory in Game 1: Gregor Blanco CF, Joe Panik 2B, Buster Posey C, Pablo Sandoval 3B, Hunter Pence RF, Brandon Belt 1B, Morse DH, Travis Ishikawa LF, Brandon Crawford SS. Jake Peavy will make the start against Yordano Ventura. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 12:26 pm
     
    W, 9-3 vs x SD
  • Rusney Castillo injures hand in AFL
    Rusney Castillo suffered a minor hand injury Monday in the Arizona Fall League.

    Advice: Castillo will likely sit out much of this week as a precautionary measure, but he should ultimately be fine. The 27-year-old center fielder is batting .278/.333/.361 with three doubles, three walks, and six strikeouts in 39 plate appearances for the Surprise Saguaros. With good power and speed, he has the potential to carry significant fantasy value in 2015. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:47 pm
  • Morse in lineup as DH for Game 1 of WS
    Michael Morse is in the starting lineup as the designated hitter for Game 1 of the World Series against the Royals.

    Advice: Morse was limited to pitch-hitting duties during the NLCS, but the Giants can use him as their DH under American League rules. The full lineup: Gregor Blanco CF, Joe Panik 2B, Buster Posey C, Pablo Sandoval 3B, Hunter Pence RF, Brandon Belt 1B, Morse DH, Travis Ishikawa LF, Brandon Crawford SS. Madison Bumgarner will match up against James Shields. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:28 pm
     
    W, 9-3 vs x SD
  • Yost sticks with normal lineup for WS Game 1
    Lorenzo Cain will bat third in Game 1 of the World Series against the Giants on Tuesday night.

    Advice: Royals manager Ned Yost is sticking with what got him here. The full lineup: Alcides Escobar SS, Nori Aoki RF, Cain CF, Eric Hosmer 1B, Butler DH, Alex Gordon LF, Salvador Perez C, Omar Infante 2B, Mike Moustakas 3B. James Shields will oppose Madison Bumgarner. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:48 am
  • Yoenis Cespedes signs on with Roc Nation
    Yoenis Cespedes is now represented by Roc Nation Sports.

    Advice: Cespedes was previously represented by Adam Katz of Wasserman Media Group, who negotiated his four-year, $36 million deal with the Athletics. The Cuban slugger is just the latest high-profile baseball name to align with Roc Nation, joining Robinson Cano, CC Sabathia, and Rusney Castillo. Cespedes is due to become a free agent after the 2015 and is clearly preparing for a big payday. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 20, 1:11 pm
     
    L, 9-5 vs ^ NYY
  • Morse to serve as Giants' DH in World Series
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Monday that Michael Morse will be the team's DH in the World Series.

    Advice: Morse didn't make a start in the NLCS, but he did slug a big game-tying home run in the Giants' series-deciding Game 5 win over the Cardinals. He missed most of September with an oblique injury, which is why he was left off the roster for the NLDS and limited to pinch-hitting duties in the Championship Series. Travis Ishikawa will be the Giants' primary left fielder in the Fall Classic against the Royals. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 20, 12:50 pm
     
    W, 9-3 vs x SD
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