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  • Yadier Molina's (thumb) status uncertain
    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said after Yadier Molina (thumb) left Monday's Game 3 of the NLDS that he wasn't sure whether the catcher would play in Game 4.

    Advice: Molina has been behind the dish for the first three games of the series, but he appeared to aggravate his left thumb injury on a swing in the fourth inning Monday. Matheny said he would have to check with the team's medical staff before knowing about Yadi's availability Tuesday. We'd count on the catcher attempting to play, but it's obvious that he's well less than 100 percent. Tony Cruz would get the start if Molina is ruled out. Yesterday, 7:12 pm
    L, 6-0 x @Atl; L, 2-0 x @Atl
  • Schwarber starting in LF for Cubs in Game 3
    Kyle Schwarber is starting in left field and batting sixth in Game 3 of the NLDS Monday versus the Cardinals.

    Advice: Schwarber did not start in Game 2 against Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia, but he's back in there with St. Louis turning to right-hander Michael Wacha in Game 3. The full starting lineup for the Cubs, who will try to take a 2-1 series lead at home: Dexter Fowler CF, Jorge Soler RF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Starlin Castro 2B, Kyle Schwarber LF, Addison Russell SS, Miguel Montero C, Jake Arrieta SP. Yesterday, 10:08 am
  • Castro's two-run single keys Game 3 victory
    Jason Castro delivered a two-run single off Edinson Volquez in the fifth inning on Sunday, propelling the Astros to a 4-2 victory over the Royals in Game 3 of the ALDS.

    Advice: The Astros bats were completely shut down by Volquez through the first four frames, but they got a rally started in the fifth when Luis Valbuena drew a one-out walk and Chris Carter followed with a double. Castro then fell behind in the count 1-2 before delivering what turned out to be the biggest blow in the game. It's the only hit that the backstop has in 11 at-bats this season, but couldn't have come at a more opportune time and makes him a hero for a day in Houston. Sunday, 4:35 pm
  • Russell Martin not in Jays lineup for Game 3
    Russell Martin is not in the Blue Jays starting lineup for Sunday's Game 3 of the ALDS against the Rangers.

    Advice: In a potential do-or-die situation for the Blue Jays, they'll roll with Dioner Navarro behind the dish due to his familiarity and comfort-level with starting pitcher Marco Estrada. Expect to see Martin off the bench at some point in the contest. Sunday, 2:06 pm
  • Taylor Teagarden added to 40-man roster
    Cubs purchased the contract of C Taylor Teagarden from Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Teagarden isn't on the team's playoff roster, but he is back on the 40-man roster in Tsuyoshi Wada's old spot. Slated to turn 32 in December, Teagarden will be arbitration-eligible over the winter. Sunday, 9:43 am
  • A.J. Ellis not starting Saturday's Game 2
    A.J. Ellis is not in the Dodgers' starting lineup for Game 2 of the NLDS against the Mets on Saturday.

    Advice: Ellis got the start in Friday's opener but will take a seat in favor of Yasmani Grandal for Game 2. Grandal will hit seventh. Ellis went 1-for-3 with a single in Game 1. Saturday, 1:21 pm
    W, 6-3 vs ^ SD
  • Kyle Schwarber not in Cubs lineup Saturday
    Kyle Schwarber is not in the Cubs starting lineup for Game 2 of the NLDS on Saturday.

    Advice: Schwarber blasted a two-run homer in the Wild Card game, then reached base three times in Friday's loss to the Cardinals. He'll take a seat against left-hander Jaime Garcia though, with Jorge Soler starting in right field and batting second for the Cubs. Saturday, 9:54 am
  • Alex Avila unlikely to return to Tigers
    Tigers general manager Al Avila announced Saturday that he doesn't expect to re-sign catcher Alex Avila this winter.

    Advice: In what has to be a tough decision, the elder Avila noted that re-signing his son is not considered a priority and that his son is likely to find a better opportunity elsewhere this offseason. The 28-year-old slashed a disappointing .191/.339/.287 with four homers and 13 RBI over 67 games in an injury-plagued 2015 season. Saturday, 9:48 am
    W, 6-0 x @CWS
  • Yadier Molina (thumb) feels good after Friday
    Yadier Molina confirmed after Friday's game that he felt "very good" and classified his thumb injury as "no problem at all".

    Advice: That's certainly encouraging news for the Cardinals, as they will seemingly have their leader in the lineup for the duration of the postseason. Though he went 0-for-3 with a strikeout at the dish, the value that he provides behind the plate and in calling games is immeasurable. Saturday, 8:01 am
    L, 6-0 x @Atl; L, 2-0 x @Atl
  • Erik Kratz elects to become free agent
    Erik Kratz has elected free agency.

    Advice: The veteran backstop traveled through four organizations during the 2015 season, spending time with the Royals, Red Sox, Mariners and Phillies. He appeared in just 16 games at the big league level, slashing .192/.214/.269 with three RBI. He'll look to score a minor league deal this winter with an opportunity to compete for a backup catcher job. Saturday, 5:49 am
    Not Active
    W, 7-2 vs ^ Mia
  • Braves outright Ryan Lavarnway to Triple-A
    Braves sent C Ryan Lavarnway outright to Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: The 28-year-old backstop appeared in 37 big league games between the Orioles and Braves in 2015, hitting a meager .191/.283/.319 with two homers, six RBI and a 28/12 K/BB ratio. The former top prospect may never live him to the massive hype that once surrounded him, but he still provides solid depth behind the plate. Saturday, 5:41 am
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    W, 6-0 vs ^ StL; W, 2-0 vs ^ StL
  • Kyle Schwarber reaches three times in loss
    Kyle Schwarber was the lone offensive threat for the Cubs, going 2-for-3 plus a walk as they dropped Game 1 of the NLDS against the Cardinals on Friday.

    Advice: Aside from Schwarber, the entire Cubs offense mustered just a single from Addison Russell against John Lackey and company. Once again drawing a start in right field, Schwarber continues to be a difference-maker in the middle of the Cubs lineup. Expect him to see the bulk of the action in right field for the Cubs throughout the postseason. Friday, 6:41 pm
  • Perez homers, plates two as Royals win Game 2
    Salvador Perez homered and drove home a pair of runs on Friday, helping to lead the Royals to a come-from-behind 5-4 victory over the Astros to even the ALDS at one game apiece.

    Advice: Perez got the Royals on the board in the second inning, lining a solo home run to left field off opposing starter Scott Kazmir. He also played a big role in a two-run rally in the sixth inning, drawing a bases-loaded walk to tie the game at 4-4. Perez also singled in the contest, finishing the afternoon 2-for-3. Friday, 4:41 pm
  • 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. Friday, 10:21 am
    L, 6-0 x @Atl; L, 2-0 x @Atl
  • Chris Gimenez starting at catcher Friday
    Chris Gimenez is starting at catcher and hitting eighth for the Rangers in Friday's Game 2 of the ALDS.

    Advice: Robinson Chirinos homered in Game 1 Thursday, but he's on the bench the next day with the Rangers preferring to pair Gimenez with Cole Hamels. Gimenez hit .255/.330/.490 with five homers in 36 games for Texas this season. Friday, 6:59 am
    W, 9-2 vs ^ LAA
  • 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. Friday, 6:16 am
    L, 6-0 x @Atl; L, 2-0 x @Atl
  • Chirinos schools Price with Game 1 homer
    Robinson Chirinos went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Thursday's 5-3 Game 1 ALDS win over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Chirinos hit ninth in Thursday's raucous contest with the Blue Jays. He delivered from the bottom of the lineup card, swatting a two-run homer off Toronto ace David Price in the fifth inning. At the time, it increased the Ranger lead to 4-1. A biceps injury hampered him down the stretch in September, but it didn't appear to limit him under the October spotlight as the Rangers began their quest for playoff immortality. The 31-year-old catcher's not a pure power hitter by any stretch of the imagination, though he did pop 10 long balls in the regular season. He'll do battle with Blue Jays Game 2 starter Marcus Stroman on Friday. Thursday, 3:39 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. Thursday, 11:43 am
    L, 6-0 x @Atl; L, 2-0 x @Atl
  • Schwarber crushes massive homer off Cole
    Kyle Schwarber launched a two-run home run and finished 2-for-3 with three RBI in Wednesday's 4-0 Wild Card win over the Pirates.

    Advice: Schwarber was a one-man show in the early innings of Wednesday's elimination game win, knocking in the first run of the game with an RBI single in the first inning before following that up in third inning with an impressive display of power. In that frame, the 22-year-old outfielder jumped on a wayward pitch by Pirates ace Gerrit Cole and demolished it for a two-run homer that cleared the stands and landed in the Allegheny River. Schwarber and the rest of his teammates will now head to St. Louis, where they're set to face the Cardinals in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday. Wednesday, 8:16 pm
  • Phillies outright Kratz to Triple-A
    Phillies sent C Erik Kratz outright to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: Kratz had himself quite a ride this season. He started the year with the Royals, was subsequently designated for assignment in June before being picked up by the Red Sox, who then designated him for assignment, at which point he was picked up by the Mariners in early July, released in mid-July and signed by the Phillies on July 17. Phew. Across all of that action, he accrued five hits in 26 at-bats. He slashed .256/.351/.471 in the minors over 172 at-bats, which isn't too shabby considering his decidedly jumbled season. Wednesday, 1:48 pm
    Not Active
    W, 7-2 vs ^ Mia
  • White Sox outright Nieto to Double-A
    White Sox sent C Adrian Nieto outright to Double-A Birmingham.

    Advice: The move clears him from the 40-man roster. The former Rule 5 draft pick appeared in 48 games with the White Sox in 2014, but he played exclusively in Double-A this season while batting .207/.344/.316 over 81 games. Wednesday, 11:57 am
    Not Active
    L, 6-0 vs x Det
  • Brewers designate Ashley for assignment
    Brewers designated C Nevin Ashley for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for Junior Guerra on the 40-man roster. Ashley was a September call-up for the Brewers, but he was expendable. Wednesday, 11:51 am
    Not Active
    L, 3-1 vs x ChC
  • Schwarber in RF, Bryant in LF for WC game
    Kyle Schwarber will start in right field for Wednesday's Wild Game game against the Pirates.

    Advice: It's not a big surprise, as Cubs manager Joe Maddon has hinted at the possibility in recent days. Schwarber has mostly played left field, but there isn't as much ground to cover in right field at PNC Park. Kris Bryant will make the start in left field while Tommy La Stella will play third base and bat fifth. The full lineup: Dexter Fowler CF, Schwarber RF, Bryant LF, Anthony Rizzo 1B, La Stella 3B, Starlin Castro 2B, Miguel Montero C, Addison Russell SS, Jake Arrieta P. Wednesday, 11:40 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. Wednesday, 10:47 am
    L, 6-0 x @Atl; L, 2-0 x @Atl
  • Braves' Bethancourt undergoes knee surgery
    Christian Bethancourt had arthroscopic surgery to repair the meniscus in his left knee.

    Advice: Bethancourt should be able to resume workouts by the end of November, so it shouldn't impact his readiness for spring training. The 24-year-old is coming off a disappointing season where he batted just .200/.225/.290 in 160 plate appearances and had his share of struggles behind the plate. He could serve as a backup in 2016 if the Braves re-sign A.J. Pierzynski. Wednesday, 7:47 am
    W, 6-0 vs x StL; W, 2-0 vs x StL
  • 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
  • Robinson Chirinos (biceps) ready for ALDS
    Robinson Chirinos (biceps) will be ready for the ALDS.

    Advice: Chirinos missed much of September with a left biceps injury, but he got in a few games before the end of the regular season and will get a bunch more rest this week. The 31-year-old catcher posted a .762 OPS with 10 home runs and 34 RBI in 78 games this season. Monday, 1:02 pm
  • Perez homers in regular season finale vs MIN
    Salvador Perez went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run in Sunday's win over the Twins.

    Advice: With the Royals' 6-1 win, they clinched home field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Blue Jays were also in the mix for that honor, but they needed a KC loss. Perez helped make sure that wouldn't happen, swatting a two-run homer in the third inning to push the Royal advantage to 5-0. Heading into postseason play, the 25-year-old catcher leaves behind a batting line of .260/.280/.426. He also hit 22 home runs and drove in 70. All that's in the past now, as he gears up for postseason play. Oct 4, 4:05 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. Oct 4, 11:45 am
    L, 6-0 x @Atl; L, 2-0 x @Atl
  • Kyle Schwarber sitting out on Sunday
    Kyle Schwarber is not in the Cubs' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting a breather. The Cubs have Chris Denorfia and Chris Coghlan at the corner outfield spots. Oct 4, 8:13 am
  • Salvador Perez returns to Royals lineup
    Salvador Perez (thumb) returned to the Royals starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Perez jammed his thumb during Thursday's game against the White Sox and sat out Friday as a precautionary measure. The injury is believed to be minor and shouldn't impact him heading into the postseason. Oct 3, 8:06 am
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