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  • Ishikawa starting in LF for Wild Card Game
    Travis Ishikawa will start in left field and bat eighth in Wednesday's Wild Card Game against the Pirates.

    Advice: With Angel Pagan (back) and Michael Morse (oblique) sidelined, Ishikawa started three out of the last four games of the regular season in left field. Despite his inexperience at the position, he'll remain there for Wednesday's do-or-die game. The full lineup: Gregor Blanco CF, Joe Panik 2B, Buster Posey C, Pablo Sandoval 3B, Hunter Pence RF, Brandon Belt 1B, Brandon Crawford SS, Ishikawa LF, Madison Bumgarner LHP.
    29 minutes ago
  • Machado (knee) close to jogging in pool
    Manny Machado (knee) could begin jogging in a pool next week at the team's complex in Sarasota, Florida.

    Advice: Machado underwent season-ending surgery in late August to repair a partially-torn ligament in his right knee, but he already has full range of motion. His goal is to be ready for spring training, but he still has plenty of hurdles to cross.
    41 minutes ago
    Disabled List
    W, 1-0 x @Tor
  • D-Backs add McEwing to manager candidates
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Diamondbacks have added Joe McEwing to their list of managerial candidates.

    Advice: McEwing has been the White Sox third base coach for the past three seasons and has strong ties to Diamondbacks chief baseball officer Tony La Russa. Sandy Alomar, Jr., Jim Tracy, Jay Bell, Andy Green, Phil Nevin, and Turner Ward are among the other names Arizona is considering to replace Kirk Gibson.
    Today, 11:48 am
  • Jose Fernandez begins throwing program
    Jose Fernandez threw Wednesday for the first time since Tommy John surgery.

    Advice: Fernandez, who had Tommy John surgery in mid-May, made 25 throws from a distance of 30 feet. It's just the first step in a long process, which will likely keep him sidelined until around midseason in 2015.
    Today, 11:15 am
    Disabled List
    L, 1-0 @Was
  • Michael Wacha will be in bullpen for NLDS
    Michael Wacha will pitch out of the Cardinals' bullpen during the NLDS against the Dodgers.

    Advice: It's hard to disagree with this decision, as Wacha didn't show enough in September to secure a spot in the NLDS rotation. Adam Wainwright will start Game 1 and will be followed by Lance Lynn, John Lackey, and (if necessary) Shelby Miller. Wacha dominated Los Angeles last October en route to winning NLCS MVP, but he dealt with a shoulder injury for much of this season.
    Today, 11:06 am
  • Peavy on roster for Wild Card Game vs. Bucs
    Jake Peavy is on the Giants' roster for Wednesday's Wild Card Game against the Pirates.

    Advice: Tim Lincecum is also on the roster. Peavy won't be used if all goes as planned for the Giants, but they want him around for insurance for Madison Bumgarner. The Giants are also going with three catchers, which will enable them to use Andrew Susac's bat off the bench.
    Today, 10:12 am
  • MRI shows Cliff Lee's elbow healing well
    Cliff Lee (elbow) underwent an MRI last Friday which showed that his left flexor tendon is healing well.

    Advice: Lee was shut down in late-July due to the recurrence of a flexor pronator strain in his left elbow. The veteran southpaw was treated with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection and will not require surgery. He'll begin a throwing program in November and the hope is that he'll be ready for spring training, but he remains a question mark going into 2015.
    Today, 9:26 am
    Disabled List
    L, 2-1 vs Atl
  • Overbay is '99.9 percent sure' he will retire
    Lyle Overbay said on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM on Wednesday that he's "99.9 percent sure" that he'll retire.

    Advice: Overbay appeared in 121 games with the Brewers this season while batting just .233/.328/.333 with four home runs and 28 RBI. Assuming he's done, the 37-year-old will finish his career with a .266 batting average to go along with 1,355 hits, 151 home runs and 675 RBI over 14 seasons.
    Today, 9:11 am
    L, 5-2 vs x ChC
  • Carlos Ruiz undergoes left shoulder surgery
    Carlos Ruiz underwent left shoulder surgery this week.

    Advice: Ruiz recently said that he has been playing through left shoulder soreness all season, so he finally got the issue addressed. The good news is that he is expected to be ready for spring training. The 35-year-old batted .252/.347/.370 with six home runs and 31 RBI over 110 games this season. He's owed $8.5 million in each of the next two season and his contract includes a $4.5 million club option for 2017 or a $500,000 buyout.
    Today, 9:05 am
  • Alomar, Tracy among candidates for AZ mgr.
    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that Sandy Alomar, Jr. and Jim Tracy are candidates for the Diamondbacks' managerial vacancy.

    Advice: Alomar has five spent seasons with the Indians as the first base, third base and bench coach. Tracy has previously managed with the Dodgers, Pirates, and Rockies. Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish adds that Jay Bell, Andy Green, Phil Nevin, and Turner Ward are other candidates for the job. More figure to be added to the list.
    Today, 9:00 am
  • Mariners' Taijuan Walker will pitch in AFL
    Taijuan Walker will pitch 30 innings in the Arizona Fall League.

    Advice: Walker missed some time this season with a shoulder injury, so the Mariners want to get him some more innings going into the offseason. The 22-year-old posted a 2.61 ERA and 34/18 K/BB ratio in 38 innings across five starts and three relief appearances in the majors this year and should be a popular late-round flier in mixed leagues in 2015.
    Today, 8:24 am
  • Crisp leaves game with hamstring injury
    Coco Crisp left Tuesday's game against the Royals with a right hamstring injury.

    Advice: Crisp tweaked his hamstring on a swing in the top of the 11th. He took the field for the bottom of the frame but decided he couldn't go. It's an ailment that could conceivably keep him out a while if the A's advance, but more should be known about his status after the game.
    Yesterday, 9:14 pm
  • Travis Ishikawa to start in left field
    Travis Ishikawa will start in left field for Wednesday's Wild Card game.

    Advice: With Angel Pagan (back) done for the season and Michael Morse's (oblique) status looking iffy, at best, the Giants are scrambling in left and center field. Gregor Blanco will hold down center, and Ishikawa will be in left after starting three of the last four games of the regular season there. His experience as an outfielder is limited, but manager Bruce Bochy obviously feels comfortable enough with the 31-year-old.
    Yesterday, 3:50 pm
  • O'Flaherty felt discomfort in elbow Monday
    Eric O'Flaherty (elbow) tried throwing on Monday and didn't feel completely comfortable.

    Advice: He is not on the A's active roster for Tuesday night's Wild Card Game in Kansas City and the left-hander might not be an option for the ALDS either. O'Flaherty was bothered by discomfort in his surgically-repaired elbow over the final few weeks of the regular season.
    Yesterday, 2:44 pm
  • Fuld starting in LF, batting 2nd in WC game
    Sam Fuld will start in left field and bat second in Tuesday's Wild Card game against the Royals.

    Advice: Athletics manager Bob Melvin has clearly prioritized defense in this one, though it's a little odd to see Fuld batting second. Coco Crisp will bat leadoff and play center field and will be followed by Fuld, Josh Donaldson 3B , Brandon Moss DH, Josh Reddick RF, Brett Lowrie SS, Stephen Vogt 1B, Geovany Soto C, and Eric Sogard 2B.
    Yesterday, 11:46 am
    W, 4-0 x @Tex
  • Gattis could play 140 games between C/LF
    Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez didn't rule out the possibility that Evan Gattis could play 140 games next season between left field and catcher.

    Advice: Christian Bethancourt is considered the catcher of the future for Atlanta, so Gonzalez will have to get creative to find regular playing time for Gattis. While playing left field is an option, he would be a huge liability defensively.
    Yesterday, 11:02 am
    W, 2-1 ^ @Phi
  • Neil Ramirez to remain in bullpen for Cubs
    Cubs president Theo Epstein said Tuesday that Neil Ramirez will remain in the bullpen.

    Advice: Justin Grimm will also continue to pitch as a reliever. Many have speculated that Ramirez could be an effective starter in the majors, but the 25-year-old had a 1.44 ERA and 53/17 K/BB ratio over 43 2/3 relief innings this season and the Cubs would prefer to keep him as a late-inning arm.
    Yesterday, 10:29 am
  • O'Flaherty not on roster for Wild Card game
    Eric O'Flaherty is not on the A's roster for Tuesday's Wild Card game against the Royals.

    Advice: Scott Kazmir, Sonny Gray, Jeff Samardzija were also left off, but Jason Hammel and Drew Pomeranz are on the roster just in case they are needed in long relief. Of course, with Jon Lester on the hill, the A's are hoping that won't be necessary. Speedster Billy Burns is also on the roster, giving Oakland a pinch-running option in the late innings. The A's will reset their roster if they make it through to the ALDS.
    Yesterday, 8:24 am
  • Eric O'Flaherty (elbow) throws BP
    Eric O'Flaherty (elbow) threw live batting practice Monday.

    Advice: O'Flaherty hasn't pitched since September 20 due to soreness in his surgically-repaired elbow. He'll need to prove his health and effectiveness to pitch this postseason.
    Monday, 1:18 pm
  • Peavy goes five strong as Giants beat Padres
    Jake Peavy fired five innings of one-run ball in the Giants' 3-1 defeat of the Padres on Saturday.

    Advice: Peavy has been battling an illness, so the Giants opted to lift him early. He allowed just four hits and struck out three, continuing his extended run of dominance. The right-hander could be the NLDS Game 1 starter for the Giants if they're able to advance past the Wild Card round.
    Saturday, 3:50 pm
  • Paul Goldschmidt (hand) took BP Saturday
    Paul Goldschmidt took batting practice on the field Saturday for the first time since fracturing his left hand in early August.

    Advice: The workout went well, and Goldschmidt is on track to be 100 percent healthy by the start of spring training next year. The first baseman batted .300/.396/.542 with 19 home runs and 69 RBI in 109 games this season.
    Saturday, 2:14 pm
  • Michael Wacha gives up two runs to Arizona
    Michael Wacha surrendered two runs in five-plus innings Friday in a no-decision versus the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Wacha was going all out tonight to make his case for a postseason rotation spot. The end result left the Cardinals with no easy decision, as he was neither sufficiently impressive to lock up a job or disappointing enough to pitch himself out of the mix. As strong as Wacha was last October, it'd be hard not to include him. Still, this isn't the Wacha of 2013 that the Cardinals are dealing with.
    Friday, 11:21 pm
  • Crisp reaches base 5 times but A's still lose
    Coco Crisp reached base in all five of his plate appearances, on two singles and three walks, but the Athletics were handed a walk-off loss against the Rangers on Thursday.

    Advice: Crisp was also caught stealing for just the fifth time in 24 attempts when he tried to swipe second base in the third inning. The speedy outfielder has been solid out of the lead-off spot for the A's, hitting .253/.344/.373 with nine home runs, 47 RBI, and 67 runs scored.
    Thursday, 8:06 pm
  • Evan Gattis making first start since Sept. 7
    Evan Gattis (kidney stone) is back in the Braves' starting lineup Thursday against the Pirates.

    Advice: It'll be his first start since September 7. Gattis has battled strep throat and a kidney stone over the past two-plus weeks and is only expected to play about five innings in his return to action Thursday night. He will start at catcher and bat sixth.
    Thursday, 12:10 pm
    W, 2-1 ^ @Phi
  • Walker goes the distance, but falls to Jays
    Taijuan Walker tossed an eight-inning complete game, allowing only one run, but suffered the loss on Wednesday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Walker was out-dueled by Mark Buehrle, who was just a bit better on this particular evening. The right-hander limited the Jays to four hits and a walk while striking out six. The only run scored in the bottom of the eighth on a Ryan Goins RBI single. Walker didn't pitch deep in games after returning from his right shoulder injury in late June, but posted solid results in five starts and three relief appearances, ending his season with a 2.61 ERA, a 1.29 WHIP, and a 34/18 K/BB ratio in 38 innings.
    Wednesday, 6:16 pm
  • Gattis (kidney stone) to rejoin lineup Thurs.
    Evan Gattis (kidney stone) is expected to return to the Braves' lineup on Thursday night.

    Advice: But he'll only play about five innings in what will be his first start since September 7. Gattis has been battling strep throat an, more recently, a kidney stone.
    Wednesday, 1:38 pm
    W, 2-1 ^ @Phi
  • Peavy holds the Dodgers to 2 runs in 7 frames
    Jake Peavy limited the Dodgers to two runs over seven innings in Monday's no-decision

    Advice: Peavy struck out four and walked one. He was going for his career-high fifth consecutive victorious start. Peavy started his Giants' career 0-3 with a 4.82 ERA, but has gone 6-1 with a 1.47 ERA over his last eight starts since winning his first game of the season. Peavy (7-13, 3.78 ERA) has a nice matchup to close out the year when he hosts the Padres on Saturday.
    Monday, 11:35 pm
  • Evan Gattis pinch-hits on Saturday
    Evan Gattis grounded out as a pinch-hitter in his return to action Saturday.

    Advice: It was Gattis' first appearance since September 7, as he's been nursing strep throat and a kidney stone. He's expected to only be available off the bench for the next few days, but the Braves hope he'll be ready to start before the end of the season.
    Sep 21, 1:08 am
    W, 2-1 ^ @Phi
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