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  • Kipnis (ankle) expected to be fine for Game 1
    Indians manager Terry Francona announced Sunday that Jason Kipnis (ankle) is expected to be fine for Game 1 of the World Series.

    Advice: Kipnis is dealing with a minor low ankle sprain, but it doesn't sound serious enough to keep him out of the Tribe's lineup in the World Series. He admitted to suffering the injury while jumping around with teammate Francisco Lindor to celebrate the club's pennant-clinching victory over the Blue Jays in Game 5 of the ALCS. Kipnis slashed just .053/.100/.211 with one homer and one RBI in 20 plate appearances in the ALCS. Yesterday, 3:37 pm
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Corey Kluber to start Game 1 of World Series
    Indians manager Terry Francona officially announced Sunday that Corey Kluber will start Game 1 of the World Series against the Cubs.

    Advice: There's little surprise here, as the star right-hander is the ace of the Tribe's staff and the Indians have had the luxury of several days off to arrange their rotation as they see fit. Trevor Bauer is tentatively scheduled to pitch in Game 2 (provided his injured finger obliges), with Josh Tomlin taking the ball in Game 3. Yesterday, 3:33 pm
  • Salazar to throw three-inning simulated game
    Danny Salazar (forearm) is scheduled to throw a three-inning simulated game on Sunday.

    Advice: If Salazar responds well to the outing, it could earn him a spot on the World Series roster and a potential start in Game 4 against the Cubs. Salazar has been sidelined since early September due to a strained right flexor muscle. Yesterday, 3:26 pm
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Josh Tomlin tentatively set to start Game 3
    Indians manager Terry Francona announced Sunday that Josh Tomlin will start Game 3 of the World Series against the Cubs.

    Advice: Francona did mention that Tomlin could be pushed up to Game 2 in the event that Trevor Bauer's lacerated pinky finger isn't ready to go. Tomlin owns a 2.53 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 10/3 K/BB ratio over 10 2/3 innings in his two starts this postseason (both victories). Yesterday, 3:23 pm
  • Indians could move Trevor Bauer to Game 3
    Indians manager Terry Francona said Sunday that the team doctor's will continue to monitor Trevor Bauer's finger and could push the right-hander back to Game 3 of the World Series if he isn't ready for Game 2.

    Advice: In that instance, he would be flipped with Josh Tomlin, who is scheduled to work in Game 3. Bauer has been given additional sutures to secure his lacerated pinky finger in an effort to prevent it from bleeding. He lasted just 2/3 of an inning in his last start due to the ailment. Yesterday, 3:19 pm
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Mets to pick up Jose Reyes' 2017 option
    Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports that the Mets are expected to pick up Jose Reyes' option for 2017.

    Advice: When the Mets signed Reyes to a minor league deal in June following his release by the Rockies, they had an option for 2017 at the veteran minimum $507,500 included in the deal. The Rockies are still responsible for the $41 million the infielder is owed over the next three years. Reyes batted .267/.326/.443 with eight homers and nine steals over 60 games for the Mets. He would offer protection at third base for David Wright (neck) next season. Yesterday, 6:18 am
    L, 5-2 @Phi
  • Kyle Schwarber (knee) 0-for-3 in AFL debut
    Kyle Schwarber (knee) went 0-for-3 with a walk in his first Arizona Fall League game on Saturday.

    Advice: Most importantly, Schwarber said that his surgically-repaired left knee felt fine. "It was overall a really great day for me," Schwarber said. "The first two (at-bats) I chased a little bit. Today was about the at-bats. Running was not a factor." The Cubs aren't ruling out using Schwarber as their designated hitter and pinch-hitter in the World Series, as the 23-year-old has progressed more quickly than expected. Yesterday, 6:01 am
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • BoSox 'seriously' considering Buchholz option
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Red Sox are "seriously thinking about" picking up Clay Buchholz's $13.5 million option for 2017.

    Advice: Buchholz has been frustratingly inconsistent and has often dealt with injuries, finishing 2016 with a 4.78 ERA. However, Heyman notes that in a weak free agent pitching market it wouldn't be a surprise if Buchholz could land a multi-year contract. The Red Sox might see spending $13.5 million for one year in order to retain some solid rotation depth as a worthy move. Buchholz, who turned 32 back in August, would be owed a $500,000 buyout if the option was declined. Yesterday, 5:35 am
  • Dodgers unlikely to break the bank for Turner
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that while the Dodgers "love" impending free agent Justin Turner, they could let him walk if another team bids big on him.

    Advice: Heyman says that the Dodgers "are very cognizant of age generally" and if another team blows Turner away with an offer, "it’s no certainty they’ll match it." Turner, who will turn 32 in a month, hit an excellent .296/.364/.492 in his three years in Los Angeles and slugged a career-high 27 home runs in 2016. The Dodgers will extend him a qualifying offer, so they'll recoup a draft pick if they lose him. Yesterday, 5:28 am
  • Dodgers will attempt to re-sign Kenley Jansen
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports expects the Dodgers to "make a nice attempt" to re-sign impending free agent Kenley Jansen.

    Advice: Jansen just turned 29 a month ago and has been one of the best closers in baseball for years, so there will certainly be competition for his services. The Dodgers can outspend pretty much anyone, though, so if they're committed to retaining Jansen they can probably make it happen. The club will make Jansen a qualifying offer, so they'll pick up a draft pick if they wind up losing their closer. Yesterday, 5:20 am
  • Contreras takes Kershaw deep in Game 6
    Willson Contreras blasted his first career postseason homer Saturday in the Cubs' win over the Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Contreras connected on a hanging slider from Clayton Kershaw and socked it 379 feet into the left-field bleachers. The solo home run accounted for Contreras’ only hit of the night. It’s been a rapid ascent for Contreras. Four months ago the 24-year-old was toiling in Triple-A. Saturday he homered off Clayton Kershaw in a playoff game. The rookie has hit a remarkable .412 this postseason with four RBI across 20 at-bats. Saturday, 8:23 pm
  • Anthony Rizzo homers in NLCS clicher
    Anthony Rizzo delivered two hits including a solo home run Saturday in the Cubs' win over the Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Rizzo reached on a two-base error in the first inning on a fly ball that should have been caught by left fielder Andrew Toles. He doubled into the ivy in center field in his next at-bat before mashing a goliath blast in the fifth inning for his second homer of the postseason. Prior to that at-bat, Clayton Kershaw hadn’t allowed a home run to a lefty in over a year. Rizzo was ice cold in the NLDS (1-for-15 with four strikeouts) but caught fire in the NLCS, hitting .320 for the series with five RBI. Rizzo and the Cubs will face Cleveland in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night. Saturday, 8:21 pm
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Clayton Kershaw falls apart in Game 6 loss
    Clayton Kershaw scattered seven hits and five runs (four earned) over five lackluster innings Saturday in the Dodgers' loss to the Cubs in Game 6 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Someday there will be a plaque in Cooperstown with Kershaw’s name on it. But Saturday night at Wrigley Field, he just didn’t have it. The Cubs began the game with back-to-back hits off Kershaw and never really let up. Kershaw yielded home runs to Willson Contreras and Anthony Rizzo before getting the hook. He wasn’t fooling anyone with his slider and he couldn’t throw his curve ball for strikes. Kershaw looked gassed on Saturday and for good reason. He gave the Dodgers everything he had this postseason, logging 24 1/3 innings after missing most of the second half with a back injury. Kershaw is now 4-7 with a 4.39 ERA over 17 career postseason appearances. Saturday, 7:56 pm
  • Kyle Hendricks pitches Cubs to NL pennant
    Kyle Hendricks allowed just two hits over 7 1/3 shutout innings Saturday in the Cubs' win over the Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS.

    Advice: He finished with six strikeouts. It was a masterpiece from start to finish. Hendricks was quietly one of the best pitchers in baseball this year and reminded us why Saturday by out-pitching Clayton Kershaw in the Cubs’ biggest game of the season. He retired 15 straight hitters before yielding a one-out single to Josh Reddick in the eighth inning. Before that, he hadn’t allowed a hit since the first when Andrew Toles smacked a single on the game’s first pitch. Hendricks has been lights out this postseason with a 1.65 ERA over 16 1/3 innings. The Cubs are headed back to the World Series for the first time since 1945. They’ll play the Indians in Game 1 on Tuesday night. Saturday, 7:53 pm
  • Marco Gonzales (elbow) resumes throwing
    Marco Gonzales (elbow) has resumed throwing.

    Advice: "I've been throwing for a couple of weeks now," he said. "I’m really happy with the progress and I know everyone that I’ve been working with down here is happy with it too." The left-hander is about six months removed from Tommy John surgery. Gonzalez has been throwing from 60 feet three times a week and will advance to 90 feet next week. If all goes well, he'll begin mound work in December. He should be ready to help the Cardinals' bullpen at some point in 2017. Saturday, 3:49 pm
    W, 10-4 vs Pit
  • Kyle Schwarber activated from 60-day DL
    Cubs activated OF Kyle Schwarber from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Giovanni Soto was designated for assignment in the corresponding roster move. Schwarber is scheduled to play in a simulated game on Sunday and is hoping to be ready for the World Series, should the Cubs advance. If Schwarber does return, he would likely serve as the designated hitter when the Cubs are in Cleveland. Saturday, 3:43 pm
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Phillies could make Vincent Velasquez available's Todd Zolecki said he would not be surprised if the Phillies looked to trade Vincent Velasquez this offseason.

    Advice: The Phillies entertained offers for Velasquez around the trade deadline but never pulled the trigger. Velasquez got off to a solid start this year but ran out of gas in the second half (5.33 ERA after the All-Star break). Velasquez arrived in Philly last offseason in a trade that sent star closer Ken Giles to Houston. The rebuilding Phillies could probably land a nice haul of prospects for Velasquez, who turned 24 in June. Saturday, 3:38 pm
    W, 5-2 vs NYM
  • Nationals could bring back Stephen Drew
    Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports believes there is "mutual interest" in Stephen Drew returning to the Nationals next season.

    Advice: Drew enjoyed a solid second half (.308 AVG after the break) and has been a leader in the Nats' clubhouse. His return will depend on how the Nats plan on using Trea Turner, who played almost exclusively in center field this year but spent most of his minor league career at shortstop. If Turner moves back to shortstop, the Nats would likely keep Danny Espinosa as a backup infielder, eliminating the need for Drew. Saturday, 3:29 pm
    Player Note
    Stephen Drew Was - 2B,3B,SS
    W, 10-7 vs Mia
  • Olney: No urgency for Mets to re-sign Cespedes
    According to ESPN's Buster Olney, there is "no urgency" for the Mets to re-sign Yoenis Cespedes.

    Advice: Cespedes is fully expected to opt out of his three-year contract this offseason. While the Mets are certainly open to keeping Cespedes (particularly if he's willing to accept another front-loaded deal), the team has plenty of outfield depth with Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson, Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto all under contract for 2017. Cespedes led the Mets in home runs (31), RBI (86) and runs scored (72) this past season. Saturday, 3:14 pm
  • Giovanni Soto designated for assignment
    Cubs designated LHP Giovanni Soto for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a roster spot for Kyle Schwarber, who has moved his rehab to the Arizona Fall League in hopes of returning for the World Series (if the Cubs make it). Soto spent all of 2016 at the Triple-A level, compiling a disappointing 5.14 ERA over 33 outings for Iowa. The 25-year-old made six relief appearances for Cleveland in 2015. Saturday, 2:55 pm
    Not Active
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Epstein 'not ruling out' Schwarber's return
    When asked about Kyle Schwarber's availability for the World Series, Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said, "We're not ruling anything in, we're not ruling anything out."

    Advice: Manager Joe Maddon confirmed there's a "chance" Schwarber could DH if the Cubs advance to the World Series. Schwarber resumed batting practice on Monday after being cleared by Dr. Daniel Cooper at his six-month check-up following ACL surgery. He's also slated to begin playing for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League on Saturday. If the Cubs do get past the Dodgers, the DH will be available for Games 1, 3, 6 and 7. Saturday, 2:28 pm
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Cafardo: Nats to 'go hard' for Mark Melancon
    According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Nationals are expected to "go hard" for Mark Melancon in free agency.

    Advice: Melancon was dominant in his two-month stretch with Washington, converting 17-of-18 save chances to go with a magnificent 1.82 ERA. The soon-to-be free agent should have a robust market this winter, so the Nats will have to pay top dollar to retain him. Per Cafardo, Melancon would welcome being used in an Andrew Miller-type role as long as he earns closer money. Cafardo believes Melancon could draw interest from the Red Sox, who he played for in 2012. Saturday, 2:04 pm
  • Tigers will look to trade Upton this offseason
    According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Tigers will attempt to dump Justin Upton's salary this winter.

    Advice: In other words, he's available for trade. Upton, who is just one year into a six-year contract, carries a partial no-trade clause that allows him to block deals to 20 teams. The 29-year-old matched a career-high with 31 homers this past season, though Upton's .246 average was his lowest since 2007. He also struck out 179 times, which was fourth-most in the major leagues. Despite finishing just 2.5 games out of a playoff spot this year, Olney said the Tigers will listen to trade offers for anyone including Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera. Saturday, 1:36 pm
    L, 1-0 @Atl
  • All in: Toles batting leadoff for NLCS Game 6
    Andrew Toles will start in left field and bat leadoff for the Dodgers Saturday against the Cubs in Game 6 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Toles didn't start Game 5 with lefty Jon Lester on the mound but he's back in there Saturday versus right-hander Kyle Hendricks. The rookie has had a marvelous postseason, hitting .368 with two RBI over 10 contests. Toles saw just one at-bat out of the leadoff spot during the regular season. The Dodgers' full Game 6 lineup is as follows: Andrew Toles LF, Corey Seager SS, Justin Turner 3B, Adrian Gonzalez 1B, Josh Reddick RF, Joc Pederson CF, Yasmani Grandal C, Chase Utley 2B and Clayton Kershaw P. Saturday, 1:10 pm
  • Jason Heyward not in Cubs lineup on Saturday
    Jason Heyward is not in the Cubs starting lineup for Game 6 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Saturday.

    Advice: With world-class left-hander Clayton Kershaw on the hill for the Dodgers, Heyward will take a seat on the pine in favor of Albert Almora Jr. Here's the full lineup for the Cubs as they look to defeat Clayton Kershaw and advance to the World Series: Dexter Fowler CF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Ben Zobrist LF, Javy Baez 2B, Willson Contreras C, Addison Russell SS, Albert Almora Jr RF, Kyle Hendricks P. Saturday, 12:13 pm
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Kyle Schwarber could DH in World Series
    According to Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic, Kyle Schwarber could serve as the Cubs' designated hitter should they advance to the World Series.

    Advice: Schwarber will begin playing in the Arizona Fall League on Saturday. If he proves his health over the next couple of days there and the Cubs advance past the Dodgers, there's a very real possibility that Schwarber (who is the club's all-time leader in postseason home runs with five) could return. Saturday, 11:14 am
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Kyle Schwarber to play in Arizona Fall League
    Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports that Kyle Schwarber will play in the Arizona Fall League to continue his recovery from knee surgery.

    Advice: He's expected to debut for the Mesa Solar Sox on Saturday. The 23-year-old missed nearly the entire 2016 season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL and LCL in his left knee. He is well ahead of schedule in his recovery and has shown gradual improvement in his agility drills over the past month. He remains a big part of the Cubs' plans heading into the 2017 season. Saturday, 10:46 am
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Vargas will pitch in Mexican Winter League
    The Padres announced Saturday that Cesar Vargas (elbow) will pitch in the Mexican Winter League.

    Advice: The right-hander missed the final four months of the regular season due to a flexor strain in his pitching elbow. He posted a 5.03 ERA, 1.65 WHIP and 28/15 K/BB ratio across 34 innings before the injury struck. Saturday, 10:29 am
    60-Day DL
    L, 3-2 @Ari
  • Cosart undergoes successful elbow surgery
    The Padres announced Saturday that Jarred Cosart underwent successful surgery to remove loose bodies from his pitching elbow.

    Advice: The bone spur in his elbow caused Cosart to miss his final two starts of the regular season. He'll be sidelined for the next six weeks before he's able to resume throwing. The club believes that he'll be fully recovered and ready to go for the start of spring training. Saturday, 10:25 am
    L, 3-2 @Ari
  • Trevor Bauer (finger) gets additional suture
    Trevor Bauer will be given additional suture work on his lacerated right pinky in hopes of preventing it from bleeding.

    Advice: Bauer lasted just two-thirds of an inning in his NLCS Game 3 start after the cut on his finger opened up. He's confident that he'll be able to make a start during the World Series, but then again he also expressed confidence going into his NLCS start. It remains a cloudy situation for now, but more information on his status should be available over the weekend. Friday, 12:09 pm
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Salazar (forearm) not ruled out for WS start
    Indians manager Terry Francona on Friday didn't rule out the possibility of Danny Salazar (forearm) making a start during the World Series.

    Advice: Salazar threw a two-inning simulated game Sunday and will throw another sim game this weekend that could last up to three innings. He hasn't pitched in a game in six weeks due to a strained right flexor musculature and would obviously be quite restricted from a pitch count perspective if he made a start in the World Series. However, given the number of injuries the Indians have dealt with in their rotation, getting Salazar back even in a limited capacity could be a boost. Friday, 11:41 am
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Kershaw told Dodgers he'd pitch whenever
    Clayton Kershaw said Thursday that he told the Dodgers he'll pitch whenever they want.

    Advice: This includes Game 5 of the NLCS against the Cubs on Thursday. "My stance is always the same," said Kershaw, who currently lines up to start Game 6 on Saturday on five days' rest. We doubt that is going to change. Thursday, 3:44 pm
  • Bauer (finger) expects to be ready for the WS
    Trevor Bauer said he expects his sliced right pinkie to heal in time for the World Series.

    Advice: Cleveland has a long layoff after beating the Blue Jays in five games in the ALCS, which might mess with some players but should be a great benefit to Bauer. He suffered a deep cut on the pinkie of his throwing hand last week while cleaning a remotely controlled drone and he had to exit Monday's ALCS Game 3 start in Toronto after just two-thirds of an inning because he couldn't stop bleeding. "I'll be ready to pitch in the World Series whenever they need me," Bauer told reporters on Wednesday. "I'm doing everything I can and I'll be back out there for sure." Thursday, 8:33 am
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Kershaw to start Game 6 of NLCS vs. Cubs
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed late Wednesday that Clayton Kershaw will start Game 6 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Kershaw was going to be an option for Game 5 if the Dodgers were facing elimination, but the best-of-seven series is tied 2-2 so Kenta Maeda will pitch on normal rest Thursday at home against Cubs. Kershaw will go in Game 6 on Saturday night at Wrigley Field, after five full days off. The ace left-hander dazzled over seven shutout innings in Game 2 this past Sunday at Wrigley. Thursday, 5:12 am
  • Justin Turner picks up two-run single in loss
    Justin Turner went 1-for-3 with a two-run single in Wednesday's 10-2 loss to the Cubs in Game 4 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Turner came through with a two-run single in the fifth inning to draw the Dodgers to within 5-2. The Cubs then roared back with a five-run sixth to essentially end the possibility of any true comeback drama. The 31-year-old third baseman has picked up a hit in three of four games this series. He belted a solo home run in Game 3 for his lone LCS homer. Wednesday, 9:21 pm
  • Rizzo homers as Cubs offense lurches to life
    Anthony Rizzo went 3-for-5 with a solo home run and a two-run single in Wednesday's 10-2 win over the Dodgers in Game 4 of the NLCS.

    Advice: The Cubs had been shut out in each of their last two games. They started out Wednesday's Game 4 in slow fashion, too, before finally revving to life with four runs in the fourth inning. Rizzo didn't strike in that frame, but came through with a solo homer off Pedro Baez to open the fifth. Prior to launching that homer, Rizzo was just 2-for-28 this postseason. The dinger was his third career postseason homer and his first this year. He later picked up a two-run single, too, a nice sign for the Cubs as they head into Game 5. Wednesday, 9:20 pm
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Jansen available for more than an inning
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that Kenley Jansen would be available for a save of more than one inning in Game 4 of the NLCS on Wednesday.

    Advice: While Jansen will be available for a multi-inning save if need be, Roberts said that he was unlikely to see two full innings of work. In six postseason appearances this month, the flamethrowing closer has been used for more than three outs four times. He has tossed more than one inning in each of his last three appearances. Wednesday, 4:21 pm
  • Dodgers keep lineup the same for NLCS Game 4
    Andrew Toles will again start in left field and bat eighth for Game 4 of the NLCS against the Cubs on Wednesday.

    Advice: Same lineup the Dodgers have been tossing out there since Game 2. They are looking to push the Cubs to the brink of elimination and will trot out southpaw Julio Urias to aid that cause, opposed by veteran hurler John Lackey. The Dodgers lineup for Game 4: Chase Utley 2B, Corey Seager SS, Justin Turner 3B, Adrian Gonzalez 1B, Josh Reddick RF, Joc Pederson CF, Yasmani Grandal, Andrew Toles LF, Julio Urías P. Wednesday, 2:13 pm
  • Francona hoping Bauer (finger) a pen option
    Prior to Game 5 of the ALCS, Indians manager Terry Francona said that he hoped that Trevor Bauer (finger) could be an option out of the bullpen should the series elongate.

    Advice: "[We want] to look and see if he's potentially a guy that could pitch out of the bullpen later in this series. I don't know if that's realistic or not," Francona said. Bauer was forced to exit in the first inning of Game 3 after a laceration on his right pinkie opened up. Francona relayed that the cut would be reexamined by hand specialist Dr. Thomas Graham while the Indians are in Toronto. Wednesday, 1:25 pm
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Jansen records final four outs of Game 3
    Kenley Jansen worked 1 1/3 scoreless innings in Game 3 of the NLCS on Tuesday versus the Cubs.

    Advice: Jansen was called on after Dexter Fowler's two-out double in the top of the eighth and struck out Kris Bryant in dramatic fashion to close that frame. Los Angeles jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the bottom of the eighth, but manager Dave Roberts stuck with his closer anyway and Jansen yielded just a broken-bat Anthony Rizzo single in an easy ninth. The usage was questionable with two games in the next two days, but the Dodgers do now hold a 2-1 series lead. Tuesday, 8:54 pm
  • Kipnis goes 0-for-4 with two Ks in Game 4
    Jason Kipnis finished 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Tuesday's ALCS Game 4 loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Kipnis hit a big go-ahead homer in Monday night's Game 3 win, but he was held in check Tuesday by Aaron Sanchez and the Toronto bullpen. That solo homer remains his only hit in the best-of-seven American League Championship Series. Kipnis is batting .192 overall in these playoffs. Tuesday, 4:15 pm
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Kluber allows two runs in Game 4 loss
    Corey Kluber surrendered two earned runs over five innings Tuesday as the Indians fell to the Blue Jays in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series.

    Advice: Starting on short rest for the first time in his career, Kluber gave up a solo homer to Josh Donaldson in the bottom of the third inning and an RBI single to Ezequiel Carrera in the bottom of the fourth. Kluber struck out seven but yielded four hits and two walks before exiting the game at 89 pitches. He'll be called on again for Game 7 of the ALCS if the Blue Jays can force the best-of-seven series to go that far. Tuesday, 4:11 pm
  • Kershaw 'prepared' to start Game 5 of NLCS
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he hasn't spoken to Clayton Kershaw about starting Game 5 of the NLCS but noted the ace left-hander is "prepared for anything."

    Advice: Kershaw is almost certain to take the ball in Game 5 if the Dodgers are facing elimination, but he'll go in Game 6 otherwise. Kershaw dazzled over seven shutout innings in Game 2 of the NLCS on Sunday against the Cubs, striking out six while yielding just a pair of singles and a walk in the Dodgers' 1-0 victory. Kenta Maeda is lined up to start Game 5 for now. Tuesday, 1:45 pm
  • Jason Heyward not in lineup for Game 3
    Jason Heyward is not in the starting lineup for Game 3 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Heyward will take a seat against left-hander Rich Hill. The 27-year-old hit just .207/.300/.286 against southpaws this season. Jorge Soler will make the start in right field while Javier Baez will slide into the No. 5 spot in the order. The full lineup for the Cubs: Dexter Fowler CF, Kris Bryant 3B, Ben Zobrist LF, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Baez 2B, Soler RF, Addison Russell SS, Miguel Montero C, Jake Arrieta SP. Tuesday, 12:57 pm
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Toles starting in LF again in NLCS Game 3
    Andrew Toles will start in left field and bat eighth again in Game 3 of the NLCS against the Cubs on Tuesday.

    Advice: Dodgers manager Dave Roberts is going with the same lineup he used in the Game 2 victory. Toles is 4-for-13 (.314) with an RBI double this postseason. The full lineup: Chase Utley 2B, Corey Seager SS, Justin Turner 3B, Adrian González 1B, Josh Reddick RF, Joc Pederson CF, Yasmani Grandal C, Toles LF, Rich Hill SP. Jake Arrieta will start for Chicago. Tuesday, 12:52 pm
  • Indians not ruling out Bauer for rest of ALCS
    The Indians aren't ruling out Trevor Bauer (finger) being available to pitch for them in a potential Game 6 or 7 of the ALCS.

    Advice: Bauer had to depart Monday's Game 3 start after just two-thirds of an inning when the cut on his right pinky opened up. Given how bad it looked, it's hard to imagine the finger being in good enough shape to handle pitching later this week. However, the Indians apparently aren't ruling it out. Ideally, they'd obviously love to close out the Blue Jays as quick as possible and give Bauer plenty of rest before the World Series. Monday, 9:22 pm
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Jason Kipnis slugs go-ahead home run
    Jason Kipnis smashed a go-ahead solo home run in the sixth inning of Monday's win over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Kipnis was hitless in his first 10 ALCS at-bats and in his last 14 postseason at-bats before depositing a Marcus Stroman offering well over the right field wall. The Indians added another run in the sixth on a Jose Ramirez RBI single and their bullpen made the two-run lead hold up. Cleveland is now one win away from the World Series despite having scored just eight runs in the ALCS so far. Monday, 8:53 pm
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Kluber to start ALCS Game 4 on short rest
    Indians manager Terry Francona said in a mid-game interview during Game 3 that Corey Kluber will start Tuesday's ALCS Game 4 against the Blue Jays on short rest.

    Advice: Francona indicated before the game that that's the way he would go should Trevor Bauer's finger injury force him from Game 3 early, and Bauer wound up lasting just two-thirds of an inning. Kluber has never started a game on short rest in his career, but he now might have to start two straight on three days' rest should the ALCS go seven games. Ryan Merritt will get the ball in Game 5. Monday, 6:18 pm
  • Bauer (finger) exits after 2/3 of an inning
    Trevor Bauer departed Monday's ALCS Game 3 against the Blue Jays after two-thirds of an inning when the stitches in his right pinky came loose.

    Advice: Bauer had his start pushed back after cutting his finger while repairing his drone, and he couldn't make it through one inning even after the extra time to heal. There was blood pouring out of the finger and he simply couldn't go on, as he was pulled with two outs and two runners on. His status for the rest of the ALCS and perhaps the World Series (should the Indians make it) is very much in question. Corey Kluber is now looking likely to start Game 4 on short rest, with Ryan Merritt going in Game 5. Monday, 5:39 pm
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Danny Salazar (forearm) still not game-ready
    Indians manager Terry Francona said Monday that he was impressed with Danny Salazar's (forearm) two-inning simulated game Sunday.

    Advice: However, the skipped also noted that Salazar isn't game-ready yet. Whether he can become game-ready in time for the World Series -- should the Indians make it there -- remains to be seen. If the right-hander does make it back for the Fall Classic, it could be as a reliever. Salazar hasn't pitched since early September due to a strained right flexor musculature. Monday, 2:51 pm
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Kluber in Game 4 if Bauer's outing is short
    Corey Kluber will start Game 4 of the ALCS for the Indians if Trevor Bauer's Game 3 start is a short one.

    Advice: If Bauer lasts a while in his outing, Kluber will take the ball in Game 5 and Ryan Merritt will start Game 4. Presumably, the thinking here is that bringing Kluber back on short rest for Game 4 would potentially make him an option to come back again on short rest for a possible Game 7. Kluber tossed 6 1/3 shutout innings in Game 1. Monday, 2:24 pm
  • Dodgers have talked deal with Justin Turner
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports the Dodgers have had "very preliminary contract talks" with impending free agent Justin Turner.

    Advice: Turner is sure to test the free agent market after the World Series -- one of the weakest free agent markets in recent memory -- but the Dodgers could definitely win those sweepstakes. Turner is having a big postseason for Los Angeles and he batted .275/.339/.493 with 27 home runs and 90 RBI in 151 games during the regular season. Long underrated, the 31-year-old third baseman is about to get paid in a big way. Monday, 9:57 am
  • Kenley Jansen gets final six outs in Game 2
    Kenley Jansen delivered another masterful performance on Sunday, working two perfect innings to preserve a 1-0 advantage and a victory over the Cubs in Game 2 of the NLCS.

    Advice: The hard-throwing right-hander blew away Willson Contreras and Miguel Montero in the eighth inning, sandwiching a weak fly ball from Jason Heyward. He then punched out Dexter Fowler and Kris Bryant in the ninth before getting Anthony Rizzo on a weak liner to second base. Jansen owns a 13/5 K/BB ratio across 6 1/3 innings of work this postseason while recording three saves. Oct 16, 7:57 pm
  • Clayton Kershaw dazzles in Game 2 victory
    Clayton Kershaw dazzled over seven shutout innings on Sunday, defeating the Cubs in Game 2 of the NLCS.

    Advice: The star southpaw punched out six on the night while allowing just a pair of singles and one walk. He was perfect through the first 4 2/3 innings before Javy Baez singled with two outs in the fifth. Willson Contreras immediately followed with another single to give the Cubs their largest threat, but Kershaw was able to bear down and get Jason Heyward to pop out to end the inning. He now sports a 3.72 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 25/4 K/BB ratio across 19 1/3 innings this postseason. He's expected to get the ball again in Game 6 of the series, though if the Dodgers are facing elimination in Game 5, that plan could change. Oct 16, 7:57 pm
  • Hendricks pitches well in loss to Dodgers
    Kyle Hendricks pitched well in a losing effort against the Dodgers in Game 2 of the NLCS on Sunday, surrendering just one run on three hits over 5 1/3 innings.

    Advice: The right-hander uncharacteristically walked four on the night while striking out five. The only blemish on his evening was a solo home run off the bat of Adrian Gonzalez leading off the second inning. That would prove to be the only offense in the ballgame for either side. He'll get a chance for redemption against Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers should the series stretch to six games. Oct 16, 7:55 pm
  • Salazar to throw simulated game on Sunday
    Danny Salazar (forearm) is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Sunday in Toronto.

    Advice: While he wasn't able to make it back for the ALCS, the right-hander is still hopeful for a return should the Indians advance to the World Series. Depending on how he does against live hitters on Sunday, there' s a realistic chance that he could indeed make it back into the fold this season. Oct 16, 3:49 pm
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Kluber willing to take the ball on short rest
    Corey Kluber said Sunday that he's ready and willing to start on short rest in Game 4 of the ALCS if manager Terry Francona asks him to.

    Advice: As it currently stands, the Indians have Mike Clevinger lined up to start for a few innings. It may depend on the outcome of Game 3, but there may be no need to push Kluber up if the Indians come into the game with a massive 3-0 lead in the series. If they drop Game 3 however, the former Cy Young Award winner seems likely to get the call. Oct 16, 2:03 pm
  • Dodgers start nearly all left-handed hitters
    Andrew Toles will start in left field and bat eighth for the Dodgers in Game 2 of the NLCS against the Cubs on Sunday.

    Advice: Justin Turner is the only batter that Kyle Hendricks will face from the right side of the plate. Here's how the full lineup shakes out for Dave Roberts' club: Chase Utley 2B, Corey Seager SS, Justin Turner 3B, Adrian Gonzalez 1B, Josh Reddick RF, Joc Pederson CF, Yasmani Grandal C, Toles LF, Clayton Kershaw P. Oct 16, 1:28 pm
  • Willson Contreras starting NLCS Game 2
    Willson Contreras is starting at catcher and batting seventh in Sunday's NLCS Game 2 versus the Dodgers.

    Advice: Jon Lester's personal catcher David Ross drew the start in Game 1, but it will be Contreras behind the dish with Kyle Hendricks on the mound. Jason Heyward is getting another start even with the Dodgers throwing southpaw ace Clayton Kershaw, although he has moved down to the No. 8 spot in the order. The Cubs' full lineup looks like this: Dexter Fowler CF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Ben Zobrist LF, Addison Russell SS, Javier Baez 2B, Contreras C, Heyward RF, Hendricks P. Oct 16, 12:22 pm
  • Trevor Bauer (finger) has played catch twice
    Trevor Bauer has played catch twice since suffering a lacerated right pinky finger while repairing his drone.

    Advice: Bauer was pushed back from Game 2 to Game 3 of the ALCS following the incident, but the Indians expect him to be fine to pitch Monday in Toronto. The club will obviously keep a close eye on him to make sure the injury isn't affecting him at all. "The first concern is that you hope it doesn't interfere with his touch and feel to pitch," said manager Terry Francona. "I don't think that's an issue because he's already thrown twice. Then we have to make sure that the thing doesn't open up to where it's bleeding, because they won't let him pitch." Oct 16, 6:35 am
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Tomlin silences Blue Jays in Game 2 victory
    Josh Tomlin yielded three hits, two walks and one run while providing six strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings in the Indians' win over the Blue Jays Saturday in Game 2 of the ALCS.

    Advice: With Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar injured, the Indians needed someone besides Corey Kluber to step up. Tomlin answered the bell with a terrific Game 2, outdueling 20-game winner J.A. Happ. Tomlin has a tendency to give up the long ball, which was definitely a concern against Toronto’s stacked lineup. But instead of feeding the Blue Jays fastballs, Tomlin stuck with his breaking ball, which resulted in 10 groundouts. Cleveland’s elite bullpen did the rest with Bryan Shaw, Andrew Miller and Cody Allen combining for 3 1/3 scoreless innings. The Indians are now 5-0 in the postseason and 2-0 to begin the ALCS. Trevor Bauer will draw the start Monday in Game 3 at Rogers Centre. Oct 15, 4:27 pm
  • Jansen said he's available for five-out save
    Kenley Jansen said he'd be available for a five-out save Saturday against the Cubs in Game 1 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Jansen threw a career-high 51 pitches Thursday in Game 5 of the NLDS against Washington. Despite the heavy workload, there was never much doubt about his availability for Game 1. For his career, the right-hander holds a 3.86 ERA across 14 postseason appearances. Oct 15, 3:41 pm
  • Kershaw officially announced as Game 2 starter
    The Dodgers have officially announced Clayton Kershaw as the starter for Game 2 of the NLCS against the Cubs.

    Advice: The move was widely expected but was not announced until Saturday. Kershaw said at Saturday's press conference that he'll have no restrictions in Game 2. The last time we saw Kershaw was Thursday night when he threw seven pitches to pick up the save in the Dodgers' NLDS-clinching win over the Nationals. He hasn't pitched all that well this postseason, logging a mediocre 5.84 ERA over 12 1/3 innings. The Cubs will counter with Kyle Hendricks, who led the majors in ERA this season. Oct 15, 2:30 pm
  • Indians haven't ruled out Kluber for Game 4
    Indians manager Terry Francona hasn't ruled out the possibility of Corey Kluber starting on short rest in Game 4 of the ALCS against the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

    Advice: Mike Clevinger is currently lined up for the start, but he's two weeks removed from his last game action and hasn't started a game since September 22. Francona is now taking things on a "game by game" basis. "We've talked about not just Game 4, but Games 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7, because there's a little ambiguity there with Trevor and his finger and Clevinger not being stretched out,'' said Francona. "So I think there are some options for us moving forward." Kluber spun 6 1/3 scoreless innings in Game 1 on Friday. He has never started a game on short rest in the majors. Oct 15, 11:47 am
  • Corey Kluber fans six, defeats Jays in Game 1
    Corey Kluber defeated the Blue Jays in Game 1 of the ALCS on Friday, scattering six hits over 6 1/3 innings of shutout baseball.

    Advice: Kluber punched out six on the night while walking two. He battled through the early innings and needed 100 pitches to record his 19 outs, but the former Cy Young Award winner was able to bear down and make big pitches when he needed to. He then turned the ball over to Andrew Miller and Cody Allen who got the final eight outs without issue. He'll get the ball again in a rematch against Marco Estrada and the Jays in Game 5 of the series. Oct 14, 7:58 pm
  • Jansen expected to be available in Game 1
    Kenley Jansen is expected to be available out of the bullpen for Saturday's Game 1 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Jansen threw a career-high 51 pitches over 2 1/3 innings in Game 5 of the NLDS on Thursday, but he'll be available for one inning Saturday on one day of rest. The Dodgers are throwing Kenta Maeda versus Jon Lester on Saturday. Oct 14, 2:46 pm
  • Clayton Kershaw expected to start Game 2
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts indicated Friday that Clayton Kershaw will start Sunday's NLCS Game 2 versus the Cubs.

    Advice: Kershaw threw 110 pitches on three days' rest in Game 4 of the NLDS and seven pitches on one day of rest in Game 5, and now he'll come back for another start on two days' rest. The left-hander will face Kyle Hendricks on Sunday. Oct 14, 2:40 pm
  • Hendricks (forearm) cleared to start Game 2
    Kyle Hendricks (forearm) will start Game 2 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Sunday.

    Advice: Hendricks was officially given the go-ahead after getting through another bullpen session Friday with no issues. The right-hander was struck on the pitching forearm by a line drive in his NLDS Game 2 outing, but he's feeling fine now. He'll be preceded by Jon Lester and followed by Jake Arrieta and John Lackey. Oct 14, 12:46 pm
  • Hendricks (forearm) says he's ready to go
    Kyle Hendricks (forearm) threw another bullpen session Friday and declared himself ready to pitch whenever the Cubs need him.

    Advice: Hendricks had to exit Game 2 of the NLDS against the Giants after being hit in the right forearm by a liner, but he's recovered nicely. He'll presumably start one of Games 2-4, although the Cubs have yet to officially announce anything beyond Jon Lester getting the ball in Game 1 on Saturday. Oct 14, 12:29 pm
  • Trevor Bauer (pinky) pushed back to Game 3
    Trevor Bauer's first start of the ALCS has been pushed back to Game 3 after he suffered a non-baseball injury to his right pinky.

    Advice: Bauer apparently cut the outside of his pinky while repairing his drone. Seriously. He'll get a couple extra days to heal and will start the first game in Toronto, with Josh Tomlin moving up to start Game 2 in Cleveland. Corey Kluber is opposing Marco Estrada in Game 1 on Friday. Oct 14, 12:07 pm
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Jansen throws 51 pitches in relief
    Kenley Jansen threw a career-high 51 pitches over 2 1/3 innings of relief in Game 5 of the NLDS against the Nationals on Thursday.

    Advice: Dodgers manager Dave Roberts went the unconventional route by bringing in his closer with one on in the seventh inning. Jansen loaded the bases after a single to Bryce Harper and an intentional walk to Daniel Murphy, but he struck Anthony Rendon out swinging to escape the jam. He walked Stephen Drew to begin the eighth inning, but he retired the next three batters he faced. Jansen was clearly winded in the ninth inning, striking out Trea Turner swinging before walking the final two batters he faced. Fortunately for the Dodgers, they had some guy named Clayton Kershaw waiting in the bullpen. It was some gutsy managing by Roberts. Oct 13, 9:55 pm
  • Kershaw gets the save as Dodgers move on
    Clayton Kershaw secured the final two outs for his first career save as the Dodgers beat the Nationals in the decisive Game 5 of the NLDS on Thursday.

    Advice: It was assumed that Kershaw wouldn't be available after he threw 110 pitches in short rest in Game 4 on Tuesday, but Dodgers manager Dave Roberts threw all the rules out the window in this one. Kenley Jansen was clearly spent after throwing 51 pitches over 2 1/3 innings and walking a pair of batters in the ninth, so Roberts called on Kershaw to face Daniel Murphy. He got him to pop up to second base before striking out Wilmer Difo swinging for the win. This was Kershaw's first relief appearance since Game 5 of the 2009 NLCS. Oct 13, 9:44 pm
  • Dodgers beat Nats in Game 5, advance to NLCS
    Justin Turner knocked in two runs with a triple in the seventh inning as the Dodgers beat the Nationals 4-3 in Game 5 of the NLDS on Thursday to advance to the NLCS.

    Advice: The Dodgers scored all four of their runs in a marathon seventh inning. After Joc Pederson tied the game with a leadoff homer against Max Scherzer, Carlos Ruiz put them ahead with an RBI single off Sammy Solis. However, Turner’s triple to deep center field off Shawn Kelley proved to be the difference in the ballgame. Turner went 6-for-15 (.400) with five RBI, five walks, and five runs scored in the series. The Nationals will face the Cubs in the NLCS, beginning on Saturday in Chicago. Oct 13, 9:42 pm
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