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  • 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. Today, 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. Today, 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. Today, 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. Today, 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. Today, 5:20 am
  • Baez and Lester share NLCS MVP honors
    Javier Baez and Jon Lester were named Co-MVPs of the 2016 NLCS.

    Advice: Baez went 0-for-3 with a strikeout and an error in Saturday's series-clincher but he provided plenty of heroics in the other five games. He hit .318 for the series with four RBI including three in the Cubs’ Game 5 victory. Meanwhile Lester won both of his starts against the Dodgers while recording a minuscule 1.38 ERA. Lester will start Game 1 of the World Series on normal rest Tuesday night in Cleveland. Yesterday, 8:25 pm
    New Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • 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. Yesterday, 8:23 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 3:43 pm
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • 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. Yesterday, 3:14 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 1:36 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 10:46 am
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Carter Capps ahead of schedule in recovery
    Carter Capps (elbow) is reportedly ahead of schedule in his recovery from Tommy John surgery and could be ready for the start of the 2017 season.

    Advice: The hard-throwing right-hander has been throwing aggressively for nearly a month now. A dominant arm in the late innings, Capps could be looked at as a solution in the ninth inning for the Padres in 2017. Yesterday, 10:33 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. Yesterday, 10:25 am
    L, 3-2 @Ari
  • Javier Baez says he feels fine after Game 5
    Javier Baez said after Game 5 of the NLCS that he feels fine.

    Advice: Baez felt something in his ankle after rounding second base on his bases-clearing double in the eighth inning, but he stayed in the game and told reporters after that he's 100 percent. He should be good to go for Game 6 on Saturday in Chicago. Thursday, 10:34 pm
    New Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Javy Baez hits bases-clearing double in win
    Javier Baez went 3-for-5 with a bases-clearing double, a run scored, and a stolen base in a win over the Dodgers in Game 5 of the NLCS on Thursday.

    Advice: The Cubs had a four-run lead when Baez came up with the bases loaded in the top of the eighth and he put the game to bed with a drive which nearly went over the right-center field fence. He gave the Cubs a bit of a scare when he came up hobbled after changing his mind about going for a triple, but fortunately he felt well enough to stay in the ballgame. Baez has arguably been the breakout star of the postseason. In addition to his excellent defense, he’s batting .371/.395/.571 across nine games. Thursday, 9:28 pm
    New Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Javier Baez breaks up perfect game on Sunday
    Javier Baez broke up Clayton Kershaw's bid for a perfect game with a two-out single in the fifth inning of Sunday's Game 2 of the NLCS.

    Advice: His single was followed by another from teammate Willson Contreras, which proved to be the club's only two hits in the entire contest. Baez also showed off his baseball IQ in the sixth inning, letting a weak line drive drop in front of him at second base and turning it into an inning-ending 4-6-5-6 double play. With his 1-for-3 effort on Sunday, Baez is now hitting .391/.417/.609 on the postseason. Oct 16, 8:03 pm
    New Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • 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
  • 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
  • Baez steals home in Cubs' Game 1 victory
    Javier Baez broke out for two hits and a stolen base in the Cubs' win over the Dodgers Saturday in Game 1 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Another day, another dazzling performance from Baez, who is quickly becoming the breakout star of this year’s postseason. Baez stole the show in the second inning by plating Jason Heyward on a double to right field. The hit would have been a single for most players but Baez motored into second to secure the two-bagger. Later in the inning Baez made a move toward home on a failed suicide squeeze, hesitated, then stole the base after catcher Carlos Ruiz made an ill-advised throw to third base. In doing so, Baez became the first Cub to steal home in the postseason since 1907. Baez added a double in the sixth inning for good measure. He’s hit .400 with a homer, three RBI and five runs this postseason. Oct 15, 9:02 pm
    New Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Kershaw not available to pitch in Game 5
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that Clayton Kershaw is "absolutely not" available for Game 5 of the NLDS against the Nationals on Thursday.

    Advice: It's not a big surprise. Kershaw threw 110 pitches on short rest in Game 4 on Tuesday. Rich Hill will start Game 5 and Julio Urias could end up playing a big role out of the bullpen. Oct 13, 2:38 pm
  • Qualifying offer set at $17.2M this offseason
    According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the qualifying offer this offseason will be $17.2 million.

    Advice: That's up from $15.8 million in 2016, $15.3 million in 2015, $14.1 million in 2014, and $13.3 million in 2013 -- the first year this free agent tweak was implemented. Kenley Jansen, Edwin Encarnacion, Yoenis Cespedes, Justin Turner, and Jose Bautista are among the players who will receive these qualifying offers. The teams they leave can then earn a high draft pick after the offer is rejected. Players who were traded in-season, like Aroldis Chapman, are not eligible for the QO. Oct 13, 12:27 pm
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