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  • Lynn to start Game 4 of NLDS versus Cubs
    Lance Lynn will start against the Cubs in Game 4 of the NLDS on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field.

    Advice: John Lackey is pitching Game 1, Jaime Garcia is pitching Game 2, and Michael Wacha will take Game 3. Lynn had another solid season for St. Louis, finishing with a 3.03 ERA and 167 strikeouts in 175 1/3 innings. Today, 12:12 pm
    L, 6-0 @Atl; L, 2-0 ^ @Atl
  • Pham makes Cardinals' roster for NLDS
    Tommy Pham is on the Cardinals' NLDS roster.

    Advice: And so are Jon Jay and Randal Grichuk, but Jason Heyward is expected to serve as the Cardinals' center fielder. That either puts Grichuk or Piscotty in right field, with Matt Holliday in left. Piscotty can also play first base. Pham will likely be used as a pinch-runner, pinch-hitter, and defensive replacement. Today, 11:51 am
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; L, 2-0 ^ @Atl
  • 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. Today, 11:43 am
    L, 6-0 x @Atl; L, 2-0 x @Atl
  • Jaime Garcia to start NLDS Game 2 vs. Cubs
    Jaime Garcia will start Game 2 of the NLDS against the Cubs on Saturday at Busch Stadium.

    Advice: Cardinals manager Mike Matheny made the announcement Thursday afternoon in St. Louis, adding that Michael Wacha will pitch in Game 3 and Lance Lynn will pitch in Game 4. John Lackey is taking Game 1 on Friday evening. Garcia posted a 2.43 ERA in 129 2/3 innings this season for the Cardinals and he's been especially good at home in his career. Today, 11:38 am
  • Rios batting ninth for KC in ALDS Game 1
    Alex Rios will start in right field and bat ninth in Game 1 of the ALDS Thursday against the Astros.

    Advice: The full starting lineup for Kansas City: Alcides Escobar SS, Ben Zobrist 2B, Lorenzo Cain CF, Eric Hosmer 1B, Kendrys Morales DH, Mike Moustakas 3B, Salvador Perez C, Alex Gordon LF, Alex Rios RF. Yordano Ventura is starting for the Royals against Astros right-hander Collin McHugh. Today, 11:26 am
  • Josh Wilson won't be back with Tigers in '16
    Tigers GM Al Avila announced Thursday that Josh Wilson will not be brought back for the 2016 season.

    Advice: Wilson batted .316/.350/.395 this season for the Tigers, but that came in a sample size of just 41 plate appearances. He's a .229/.280/.319 hitter for his career. The 34-year-old infielder should be able to latch on with a new organization this winter, though it might have to be on a non-guaranteed minor league deal. Today, 11:01 am
    W, 6-0 ^ @CWS
  • Joel Peralta has made Dodgers' NLDS roster
    Joel Peralta is on the Dodgers' NLDS roster.

    Advice: Peralta had a rough 4.34 ERA in 29 total innings this season for Los Angeles, but he looked a little better after returning from a neck injury in early September. The 39-year-old right-hander will pitch in a middle relief role in the best-of-five against the Mets. Today, 10:45 am
  • Nicasio not on Dodgers' roster for the NLDS
    Juan Nicasio is not on the Dodgers' NLDS roster.

    Advice: Joel Peralta essentially gets the spot instead. Nicasio got off to a very good start this season, but he surrendered nine runs on 17 hits over his final nine innings. Today, 10:38 am
  • Ruggiano will be on LAD roster for the NLDS
    Justin Ruggiano has been informed that he will be on the Dodgers' roster for the NLDS.

    Advice: Ruggiano is a versatile defensive outfielder and batted .291/.350/.618 in 60 plate appearances after joining the Dodgers on September 1. He probably won't get a start against the Mets, but look for the 33-year-old right-handed-hitter to make some appearances in the later innings. Today, 10:27 am
  • Martin Perez starting ALDS Game 3 vs. Jays
    Martin Perez will start ALDS Game 3 against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Perez registered a 3.38 ERA over his final 66 2/3 innings (11 starts) during the regular season. Yovani Gallardo is starting Game 1 on Thursday and Cole Hamels will take Game 2 on Friday. Derek Holland and Colby Lewis will both be available out of the bullpen in Game 1. Today, 9:39 am
  • Matz (back) throws 80-pitch simulated game
    Steven Matz (back) threw 80 pitches in a simulated game on Thursday morning in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

    Advice: "I felt really good," Matz told reporters. "I took two weeks off, so I was a little rusty the first couple innings, but I feel really good, really strong. My arm feels great, back feels great. I'm ready to go." Matz was limited down the stretch by an upper back injury, but the 24-year-old left-hander is in line to start Game 4 of the NLDS against the Dodgers. Today, 9:29 am
  • Chad Qualls not on roster for the ALDS
    Chad Qualls is not on the Astros' ALDS roster.

    Advice: That is a mild surprise given that Qualls was included on the 25-man roster for Tuesday night's American League Wild Card Game, but it's not like he had a deserving regular season. The veteran right-hander posted a 4.38 ERA in 49 1/3 innings this summer for Houston. Today, 9:09 am
  • Terrance Gore on KC roster for the ALDS
    Terrance Gore is on the Royals' ALDS roster.

    Advice: Kansas City's coaching staff chose speed over power in picking Gore ahead of waiver-trade deadline acquisition Jonny Gomes. Gore tallied three stolen bases in pinch-running duty last October and will try to cause havoc on the basepaths again, starting with this best-of-five ALDS matchup against the Astros. Today, 9:05 am
  • Tulo batting fifth for Jays in Game 1 of ALDS
    Troy Tulowitzki is batting fifth for the Blue Jays in Game 1 of the ALDS Thursday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Tulo missed much of September with a small crack in his shoulder blade and acknowledged this week that he is not yet 100 percent, but the star shortstop will play through the pain for however long the Blue Jays can make a run. The full starting lineup for Game 1: Ben Revere LF, Josh Donaldson 3B, Jose Bautista RF, Edwin Encarnacion DH, Troy Tulowitzki SS, Justin Smoak 1B, Russell Martin C, Ryan Goins 2B, Kevin Pillar CF. David Price is on the mound for the Jays, who are in their first postseason since 1993. Today, 9:01 am
  • Jonny Gomes not on Royals' ALDS roster
    Jonny Gomes will not be on the Royals' roster for their ALDS matchup with the Astros.

    Advice: Paulo Orlando and Terrance Gore offer much more speed and versatility than Gomes, and they'll both get the call ahead of him for this best-of-five. Gomes batted just .167/.235/.233 in 34 plate appearances with Kansas City after being acquired from the Braves at the August 31 waiver-trade deadline. Today, 8:52 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. Yesterday, 10:47 am
    L, 6-0 x @Atl; L, 2-0 x @Atl
  • Tulowitzki (shoulder) ready to go for ALDS
    Troy Tulowitzki (shoulder) said Tuesday that he's not pain-free, but he's ready to go for the ALDS against the Rangers.

    Advice: Tulowitzki suffered a small crack in his shoulder blade in a collision with teammate Kevin Pillar on September 12, but he returned to action over the weekend and went 3-for-8 in two games. "I'm not pain-free," said Tulowitzki. "Some soreness in there, as can be expected. But that doesn't mean I can't play." With Tulo back in the lineup, Ryan Goins will likely move back to second base while Cliff Pennington will slide into a bench role. Yesterday, 7:08 am
  • Steven Matz (back) throws bullpen session
    Steven Matz (back) threw a bullpen session Tuesday at Citi Field.

    Advice: Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen indicated that everything went well. Matz, who has been dealing with spasms in his upper back, is now slated to throw around 90 pitches in an instructional league game on Thursday. The hope is that he'll be ready to pitch Game 4 of the NLDS against the Dodgers next Tuesday. Tuesday, 9:53 am
  • 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
  • Lance Lynn pitches well on Sunday
    Lance Lynn held the Braves to one run over five innings of work in Sunday's loss.

    Advice: The Braves got to Lynn with a pair of hits and a run in the first inning, but that was all they were able to put on the scoreboard. He yielded seven hits, didn't walk anyone and struck out a pair, throwing 79 pitches in a final tune-up before the postseason. Lynn finishes the year with a 3.03 ERA and will likely start Game 4 of the NLDS. Sunday, 3:29 pm
    L, 6-0 @Atl; L, 2-0 ^ @Atl
  • 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. Sunday, 11:45 am
    L, 6-0 x @Atl; L, 2-0 x @Atl
  • Steven Matz (back) to throw off mound Tues.
    Steven Matz (back) will throw a bullpen session Tuesday.

    Advice: He'll then throw 90-100 pitches in an instructional league game Thursday if he's feeling up to it. The Mets plan on starting Matz in Game 4 of the NLDS if his stiff back will allow it. Sunday, 9:18 am
  • Matz receives injection to relax back muscles
    Mets manager Terry Collins said Saturday that Steven Matz received an injection in his back on Friday to relax his muscles.

    Advice: Matz was expected to pitch at some point on Saturday or Sunday, though the stiffness in his back has caused him to be scratched twice already this week. Collins hopes that he can get up to 90-100 pitches by Wednesday in the instructional league in order to be ready for his next start. He's expected to function as the Mets' fourth starter in the postseason as long as he's healthy. Saturday, 7:52 am
  • Tulowitzki collects two hits in return Friday
    Troy Tulowitzki (shoulder) returned to the Blue Jays starting lineup on Friday, going 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored.

    Advice: It's as if the hard-hitting shortstop didn't miss a beat. He showed no signs of rust after having been sidelined since September 12 due to a crack in his shoulder blade. He's expected to be rested on Saturday and will play in the regular season finale on Sunday. Saturday, 5:48 am
  • Alex Rios goes hitless in return to action
    Alex Rios (neck) went 0-for-3 with a walk in his return to the Royals lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Rios was scratched from Thursday's lineup with a stiff neck, but it appears to have been just a minor issue. The veteran outfielder is hitting just .258/.291/.356 with four homers and 30 RBI this season. Saturday, 5:46 am
  • Jaime Garcia struggles in loss to Braves
    Jaime Garcia struggled in his final regular season tune-up on Friday, allowing two runs on six hits over four innings in a loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Garcia walked a pair and struck out five on the evening. All of the damage against him came in the third inning where Daniel Castro belted a solo home run and A.J. Pierzynski delivered an RBI double. He finishes a phenomenal regular season with a 10-6 record, 2.43 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 97/30 K/BB ratio over 129 2/3 innings. He'll be counted on to play a major role for the Cardinals in the postseason with Carlos Martinez sidelined. Friday, 8:11 pm
  • Perez tosses seven sterling innings vs LAA
    Martin Perez turned in a great start against the Angels on Friday, allowing just one run on four hits over seven innings.

    Advice: Perez struck out four and walked one on the evening. The lone run to score against him came on a C.J. Cron RBI single in the very first inning. Otherwise, nothin' doing for the Angels with Martin on the mound. This season, he showed some flashes, though his 4.46 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 48/24 K/BB ratio over 78 2/3 innings leave a little something to be desired. The 24-year-old southpaw will try to improve on those numbers next spring. Friday, 8:06 pm
  • Tulowitzki (shoulder) likely to rest Saturday
    Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said that the plan for Troy Tulowitzki (shoulder) was to play him Friday, rest him Saturday and play him again in the final game of the regular season.

    Advice: Tulowitzki's already in Friday's lineup against the Rays, so that part of the equation is complete. He last played on September 12, missing multiple weeks due to a crack in his left shoulder blade. Obviously, this tentative weekend plan of play, off, play could change if there are any setbacks on Friday. Friday, 2:06 pm
  • Tulowitzki (shoulder) in lineup vs Rays
    Troy Tulowitzki (shoulder) is in the lineup for Friday's game against the Rays.

    Advice: Tulo hadn't played since September 12, as he's been working his way back from a crack in his left shoulder blade. He'll be playing shortstop and batting seventh on Friday. Prior to the injury, he was hitting .232/.3414/.368 with five homers and 17 RBI across 39 games with the Blue Jays. Those in daily leagues could roll the dice and hope that the ultra-talented Tulowitski has a vintage game, but we would advise against it, both due to the long layoff and his poor numbers even before the injury. Friday, 12:48 pm
  • Tulowitzki feels good after simulated action
    Troy Tulowitzki (shoulder) said that he felt good after participating in simulated action on Friday.

    Advice: Tulowitzki indicated that his muscles are still a little sore, but he feels that he is rebounding well overall. He hasn't played since September 12 due to a small break in his left shoulder blade. The soon-to-be-31 Tulo was hitting just .232/.314/.368 with five homers and 17 RBI over 39 games with the Blue Jays prior to the injury. He could play in this weekend's series against the Rays. Friday, 12:21 pm
  • Alex Rios scratched due to back stiffness
    Alex Rios was scratched from Thursday's lineup with a stiff neck.

    Advice: It's probably safe to call him day-to-day. Jonny Gomes will start in right field. Thursday, 2:49 pm
  • Tulowitzki (shoulder) could return Saturday
    Troy Tulowitzki (shoulder) is scheduled to face "live pitching in a simulated environment" on Friday.

    Advice: Assuming all goes well, he could make his return to the Blue Jays' lineup on Saturday. Tulowitzki hasn't played since September 12 with a small crack in his left shoulder blade, but he expects to be ready to go for the postseason. Thursday, 1:33 pm
  • Tulo (shoulder) likely to return on Saturday
    Troy Tulowitzki (shoulder) is expected to return to the Blue Jays' starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Tulo probably could have played Thursday and/or Friday, but the Jays clinched the American League East on Wednesday so they'll play it safe. The star shortstop has been out since September 12 with a small crack in his left scapula. He took another successful round of batting practice on Thursday morning. Thursday, 8:17 am
  • Tulo (shoulder) not in Jays' lineup Thursday
    Troy Tulowitzki (shoulder) is not in the Blue Jays' starting lineup Thursday against the Orioles.

    Advice: There was some thought that Tulo might return Thursday, but that idea was probably nixed after the Jays clinched the AL East on Wednesday. Toronto is running out a lineup of reserves Thursday afternoon in Baltimore. Tulo should get in some action over the weekend and then be locked and loaded for the playoffs. He's been out since September 12 with a small crack in his left scapula. Thursday, 7:52 am
  • Mets' Matz (side) to pitch Saturday or Sunday
    Steven Matz (side) is expected to pitch Saturday or Sunday against the Nationals.

    Advice: Matz has been scratched twice this week due to stiffness in the right side of his back, but he is finally beginning to feel better. The young left-hander is in line to serve as the Mets' fourth starter this postseason if he feels good. He owns a shiny 2.27 ERA and 34/10 K/BB ratio through his first 35 2/3 major league innings. Thursday, 7:09 am
  • Steven Matz just dealing with muscle spasms
    Steven Matz was examined by a doctor and was given medication to treat muscle spasms.

    Advice: Matz was scratched from his scheduled start Thursday to due lingering side stiffness, but nothing more serious was diagnosed. For his part, Matz has said it's not a serious issue and that he should be fine sooner than later. The Mets' plans for the postseason are still unclear, but he could be in the running for a start in the NLDS if he bounces back well. Wednesday, 8:35 pm
  • Pham out of Cardinals' lineup for second half
    Tommy Pham is out of the Cardinals' lineup for the second half of Wednesday's doubleheader in Pittsburgh.

    Advice: Pham was a late sub in the early game, an 8-2 loss. He hasn't made a start in the Cardinals' last six games, which seems very odd. Maybe there's an undisclosed injury. Jon Jay is in center field Wednesday night. Wednesday, 2:48 pm
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; L, 2-0 ^ @Atl
  • Mets' Matz (side) won't pitch Thursday either
    Steven Matz has been scratched from his start Thursday against the Phillies due to lingering side stiffness.

    Advice: Matz was bumped from Wednesday to Thursday after waking up Tuesday with stiffness in his right side, and now he can't make that Thursday start either. It's not clear when he'll pitch next, and manager Terry Collins suggested Wednesday that Bartolo Colon might have to start in the NLDS. Matz had been lined up to serve as the Mets' fourth starter in the postseason. Wednesday, 1:02 pm
  • Steven Matz (side) to start on Thursday
    Steven Matz's (side) next start has officially been pushed back to Thursday against the Phillies.

    Advice: He's flip-flopping with Logan Verrett, who will now go on Wednesday. Matz developed some stiffness in his right side after sleeping funny Monday night, but it's no big deal. The Mets are just being careful here. Tuesday, 7:08 pm
  • Tulo (shoulder) expected back this weekend
    Troy Tulowitzki (shoulder) is expected to return to the Blue Jays' lineup by this weekend.

    Advice: There's a chance he could play as soon as Thursday, but Friday in Tampa Bay looks to be the more likely scenario. Tulowitzki took batting practice for the second consecutive day on Tuesday and hasn't had any setbacks with his shoulder. He expects to have to play through a bit of pain, but it's not something he's overly concerned with. Tulo has been out since suffering a small crack in his left scapula on September 12. Tuesday, 5:59 pm
  • Mets starter Matz has stiffness in right side
    Steven Matz may be scratched from his start Wednesday against the Phillies due to stiffness in his right side.

    Advice: Mets manager Terry Collins hinted at the idea in his pregame chat with reporters on Tuesday afternoon. There should be something more official sometime Tuesday night. This doesn't sound like a serious, long-term problem for Matz, who boasts a 2.27 ERA and 34/10 K/BB ratio through his first 35 2/3 major league innings. Logan Verrett would start in his place Wednesday and then Matz would likely return Thursday. Tuesday, 1:32 pm
  • Matz might not start Wednesday in Philly?
    Mets manager Terry Collins hinted Tuesday that Steven Matz might have to be scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday night in Philadelphia.

    Advice: Collins wouldn't get into any details, so we'll have to play the waiting game on this one. Matz allowed three runs and 10 hits over 5 2/3 innings in his last turn Thursday against the Reds. He owns a 2.27 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 34/10 K/BB ratio over his first 35 2/3 major league frames. Tuesday, 1:18 pm
  • Lynn blanks Bucs over five in no-decision
    Lance Lynn took a no-decision, pitching five shutout innings as the Cardinals topped the Pirates on Monday.

    Advice: Lynn worked around four hits and four walks with six strikeouts in what became a scoreless affair into the ninth inning. The right-hander has a 3.06 ERA, a 1.37 WHIP, and a 165/68 K/BB ratio over 170 1/3 innings on the season. He will make his final regular season start in Atlanta against the Braves. Monday, 7:51 pm
    L, 6-0 @Atl; L, 2-0 ^ @Atl
  • Molina (thumb) ruled out for regular season
    Yadier Molina (thumb) has been ruled out for the remainer of the regular season after a doctor on Monday prescribed him another week of rest.

    Advice: He'll be re-evaluated on Sunday or Monday and still has a chance to be ready for the start of the postseason, but obviously this news isn't ideal. Molina is dealing with a slight ligament tear in his left thumb that doesn't really affect him catching but could be a hindrance at the plate. Tony Cruz will continue to handle the catching duties for the Cardinals. Monday, 2:06 pm
    L, 6-0 x @Atl; L, 2-0 x @Atl
  • Tommy Pham absent from lineup on Monday
    Tommy Pham is not in the Cardinals' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Matt Holliday and Randal Grichuk returning to semi-regular action has created a crowd in the St. Louis outfield, and Pham has now been absent from the starting lineup for two days straight. Holliday is in left, Jason Heyward is in center, and Stephen Piscotty is in right on Monday night against the Pirates. Sep 28, 12:13 pm
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; L, 2-0 ^ @Atl
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