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  • Gonzales could be option for 2015 bullpen
    Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that the Cardinals are "expected to heavily consider" Marco Gonzales for a spot in next year's bullpen.

    Advice: Gonzales' future is as a starter, and he'll report to spring training as an option for the starting five. However, he's unlikely to crack the Opening Day rotation given the team's depth, and it sounds like they might prefer using him in relief rather than putting him in the Triple-A rotation. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:02 pm
  • Cardinals projecting Martinez for relief role
    Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak indicated on Monday that Carlos Martinez projects as the team's primary setup man next season.

    Advice: Obviously a lot can happen between now and spring training with the Cards' roster. But while Martinez has loads of upside as a starter, there might not be room for him in the rotation as things currently shake out. "You can see there is a spot for Carlos in that bullpen that looks pretty nice when it fits right," Mozeliak said. "We’ll have him continue to prepare (to start), but there are only so many innings that we have in spring for starters. He’s always been an option, but we do like him in the back end of the bullpen." Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:57 pm
  • Michael Wacha to have normal offseason
    Michael Wacha will follow his normal offseason program after an MRI Friday on his right shoulder came back clean.

    Advice: Wacha missed a large chunk of the season with a stress reaction in the shoulder, but the Cardinals were encouraged by how the MRI looked. "Even the doctors were a little surprised on how that looked," general manager John Mozeliak said. It's good news for Wacha heading into the offseason, but he remains a medical red flag for 2015 since it's an issue that can crop up again. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:51 pm
  • James Shields passed kidney stone during ALCS
    James Shields revealed Monday that he passed a kidney stone during the ALCS.

    Advice: Shields began feeling pain on October 12, and it made the Royals' decision to start Jason Vargas instead of Shields on regular rest in Game 4 on October 15 an easy one. He underwent a CT scan to determine the source of his discomfort but by then the team deduced he had already passed the stone. "It was excruciating pain," Shields said. "I wasn’t feeling good." Shields will get the ball in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:41 pm
  • Cardinals to shop Randy Choate this winter
    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals will "look to move" Randy Choate this offseason.

    Advice: General manager John Mozeliak noted Monday that Choate is "fairly one-dimensional," which "makes it difficult for us to use him, particularly during a long season." Choate was again effective versus left-handed batters this season, holding them to a .093/.205/.147 line. He's slated to make $3 million again in 2015, though, so it's doubtful he'll have much trade value. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:15 pm
  • Yoenis Cespedes signs on with Roc Nation
    Yoenis Cespedes is now represented by Roc Nation Sports.

    Advice: Cespedes was previously represented by Adam Katz of Wasserman Media Group, who negotiated his four-year, $36 million deal with the Athletics. The Cuban slugger is just the latest high-profile baseball name to align with Roc Nation, joining Robinson Cano, CC Sabathia, and Rusney Castillo. Cespedes is due to become a free agent after the 2015 and is clearly preparing for a big payday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:11 pm
  • Morse to serve as Giants' DH in World Series
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Monday that Michael Morse will be the team's DH in the World Series.

    Advice: Morse didn't make a start in the NLCS, but he did slug a big game-tying home run in the Giants' series-deciding Game 5 win over the Cardinals. He missed most of September with an oblique injury, which is why he was left off the roster for the NLDS and limited to pinch-hitting duties in the Championship Series. Travis Ishikawa will be the Giants' primary left fielder in the Fall Classic against the Royals. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:50 pm
     
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  • Taveras, Grichuk to compete for RF duties
    Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said Monday that Oscar Taveras and Randal Grichuk should be ready to compete for the starting right field job next spring.

    Advice: Grichuk served as the Cards' primary right fielder down the stretch in 2014 and then into the playoffs while questions emerged about Taveras' work ethic and physical conditioning. Taveras is the better prospect by far and will presumably arrive in Jupiter, Florida next February in tip-top shape. He'll have big time fantasy upside if he wins the competition. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:10 am
  • Jon Jay to have scope on his left wrist
    Jon Jay will have a scope on his left wrist this week.

    Advice: The rehab for such a procedure takes 6-8 weeks, so Jay should be 100 percent healthy for the start of spring training next February. The 29-year-old batted .303 with a .372 on-base percentage in 140 games this season for St. Louis and should open 2015 as the Cardinals' primary center fielder. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:18 am
     
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  • Waino (elbow) 'should have normal offseason'
    Adam Wainwright had his right elbow examined Friday and everything checked out "optimistically."

    Advice: That's what Cardinals GM John Mozeliak told the media at his end-of-season press conference Monday at Busch Stadium, adding that Wainwright "should have a normal offseason." Waino had one good start but two bad starts during the playoffs and there was talk of his elbow acting up. But that discomfort likely had more to do with heavy usage than anything ligament-related or structural. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:12 am
  • Cardinals, Lynn open to discussing extension
    According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals and Lance Lynn have expressed mutual interest in discussing a contract extension.

    Advice: Lynn will be arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter and is coming off a career year which saw him register a 2.74 ERA and 181 strikeouts across 203 2/3 innings. It's risky to commit long term to any pitcher, but the Cards have money to spend and Lynn's price will only rise through arbitration if he continues on his current career trajectory. The 27-year-old has become a legitimate No. 2 starter. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:45 am
  • Tony Abreu elects to become a free agent
    Tony Abreu has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: Abreu was outrighted off the Giants' 40-man roster mid-summer and will now test the open market. The 29-year-old infielder is a .254/.283/.373 career hitter in 615 plate appearances at the major league level. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:59 am
     
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  • Taijuan Walker returns home from Fall League
    Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik confirmed Sunday that Taijuan Walker has left Surprise in the Arizona Fall League to return to his home in California.

    Advice: The M's noted that he is fully healthy, and that it was a personal decision for Walker to return home. The prized right-hander was scheduled to throw 30 innings in the Fall showcase after missing time during the regular season due to a shoulder injury. He threw just nine innings, allowing a pair of runs on seven hits while posting an 11/2 K/BB ratio. He will continue his regular offseason training program and is expected to be fully ready for spring training. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:43 pm
  • Archie Bradley knocked around in AFL start
    Diamondbacks top pitching prospect Archie Bradley was knocked around in his latest Arizona Fall League start on Saturday against Mesa, surrendering seven runs (four earned) on three hits in his two-plus innings of work.

    Advice: The biggest culprit for his demise in this one was a lack of command, evidenced by four free passes in his two-plus innings. He did manage to record a pair of strikeouts before departing. The 22-year-old had difficulty after a mid-season promotion to Double-A Mobile where he registered a 4.12 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 46/36 K/BB ratio over 54 2/3 innings. Until he can deliver the ball over the plate consistently, he won't be a legitimate option to join the Diamondbacks rotation. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:40 pm
     
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  • Moya homers, scores three times in AFL win
    Tigers prospect Steven Moya went 2-for-4 with a homer and three runs scored as Glendale topped Surprise 9-4 in Arizona Fall League action on Saturday.

    Advice: The regular season MVP of the Eastern League, Moya has continued to impress in the Fall season, slashing .303/.515/.876 with a homer and eight RBI in eight games. Should the Tigers opt against bringing back Torii Hunter, Moya could be a candidate to open the season as the starting right fielder. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:26 pm
     
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  • Robert Carson re-signed by Dodgers
    Dodgers re-signed LHP Robert Carson to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Carson spent all of this season in the minors, putting up a 5.74 ERA across three levels. He'll give the Dodgers some left-handed bullpen depth on the farm. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:04 am
     
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  • Pedro Hernandez elects free agency
    Pedro Hernandez has elected free agency.

    Advice: Hernandez had been removed from the Rockies' 40-man roster back in August. The left-hander held an ugly 6.42 ERA at Triple-A this season and will seek out another minor league pact. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:59 am
     
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  • Cesar Cabral elects free agency
    Cesar Cabral has elected free agency.

    Advice: Cabral had trouble staying healthy with the Yankees and performed terribly this season, allowing three runs in his lone big league inning and posting a 6.28 ERA in the minors. The 25-year-old will seek a minor league deal elsewhere. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:54 am
     
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  • Pedro Ciriaco catches on with Braves
    Braves signed INF Pedro Ciriaco to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Ciriaco had been removed from the Royals' 40-man roster. The 29-year-old infielder will presumably receive an invitation to spring training and compete for a utility job. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:48 am
     
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  • Giants 'team to watch' with Nick Markakis
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Giants are "one team to watch" with impending free agent Nick Markakis.

    Advice: Cafardo also list the Mets as a possible contender for Markakis' services, though it sounds like he's just speculating on potential landing spots more than anything else. The Orioles will decline their part of Markakis' $17.5 million mutual option for 2015, but the common feeling is that they'll wind up working out a deal to retain the outfielder. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:39 am
     
    W, 1-0 ^ @Tor
  • Uehara, Red Sox not close to a deal
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that there "have been preliminary talks" between the Red Sox and Koji Uehara, but "the sides aren’t close to a deal."

    Advice: The Red Sox would like to keep Uehara as their closer but are not expected to extend a qualifying offer of $15.3 million. Cafardo notes that a one-year deal that might include an option "would be preferable." Uehara lost his closer gig after struggling down the stretch but was terrific overall, posting a 2.52 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 80/8 K/BB ratio over 64 1/3 innings. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:05 am
     
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  • Red Sox could make Yoenis Cespedes available
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that "word has spread" that the Red Sox could make Yoenis Cespedes available for trade this offseason.

    Advice: General manager Ben Cherington said last month that the team would like to discuss an extension with Cespedes, but it seems the outfielder might prefer to play out the final year of his contract before testing free agency. Cafardo also notes that Cespedes doesn't really want to play right field "or work on his defense." The Red Sox figure to make at least one trade this winter given their glut of outfielders, and it sounds like Cespedes might be the one to go. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:00 am
  • Tim Lincecum dealing with sore neck
    Tim Lincecum was unable to throw a scheduled bullpen session on Saturday due to a sore neck.

    Advice: It's not clear how long the neck has been bothering Lincecum, but it could partly explain why he's yet to pitch this postseason. However, the right-hander will be on the World Series roster as one of two long relievers in San Francisco's bullpen. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:27 am
     
    W, 9-3 vs SD
  • A.J. Pierzynski wants to play next season
    A.J. Pierzynski would like to continue his playing career next season.

    Advice: Pierzynski, who will turn 38 in December, was released by the Red Sox after struggling for three months, but the Cardinals picked him up and used him as a starter while Yadier Molina was hurt. His best days are clearly behind him, but Pierzynski should be able to land somewhere at least as a backup. "I want to play, obviously," said Pierzynski. "Physically I feel good. I still think I can contribute. I don’t know what will be out there, but I want to play." Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:12 am
  • John Lackey reiterates plans to play in 2015
    John Lackey on Friday reiterated his plans to play next season.

    Advice: Some have speculated that Lackey could retire rather than play under the Cardinals' $500,000 option for next season (which kicked in after he missed the 2012 campaign following Tommy John surgery). However, Lackey, who will turn 36 later this week, fully intends to honor the final year of his contract. "Great experience here," Lackey said. "Obviously it didn’t end the way we’d like it to. No complaints at all. A lot of young guys that will be back, and they’re big contributors. Definitely don’t see why not. The reason I came here was I had every intention of playing next year." Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:07 am
  • Tribe wants Kipnis to lose weight over winter
    The Indians have given Jason Kipnis a different offseason conditioning program in hopes that he'll lose some weight and add some flexibility.

    Advice: Kipnis bulked up last winter in hopes of adding more power. The plan backfired, as his bat and foot speed both dropped, leading to a very disappointing season. A nagging oblique injury also was a major factor, but the Indians hope a slimmer Kipnis will bounce back to his All-Star form in 2015. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:46 am
     
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  • James Shields will start World Series Game 1
    Royals manager announced Saturday that James Shields will get the ball for Game 1 of the World Series against the Giants.

    Advice: No surprises here, as Big Game James is the true ace of the Royals staff. Yordano Ventura will follow him in Game 2 with Jason Vargas and Jeremy Guthrie likely to follow in the next two contests. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 12:06 pm
  • Wainwright pitches well in no-decision
    Adam Wainwright put together a terrific effort but was saddled with a no-decision Thursday, holding the Giants to two runs over seven innings.

    Advice: Wainwright looked a little shaky early but really settled in to have easily his best showing this postseason. The tall right-hander struck out seven, allowed four hits and walked one. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny elected to pull Waino after he had thrown 97 pitches, and Pat Neshek promptly served up a game-tying homer to the first batter he faced. Wainwright dealt with elbow issues down the stretch, but there's been no indication that there's long-term concern. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:55 pm
  • Michael Wacha serves up walk-off homer
    Michael Wacha served up a walk-off, three-run homer to Travis Ishikawa in the ninth inning of Thursday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Cardinals manager Mike Matheny put Wacha into an impossible situation. The right-hander hadn't pitched for 20 days and had already warmed up a few innings prior. He was then inserted into a tie game in the ninth inning and was, unsurprisingly, not sharp. Wacha was great when healthy this season but will go into next year with a medical red flag due to his shoulder issue. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:46 pm
  • Shields re-signing with Royals 'not hopeful'
    Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports that while the Royals will attempt to re-sign impending free agent James Shields, "it is not hopeful."

    Advice: Major league sources told Martino that they're expecting a team like the Red Sox to offer Shields a 4-5 year deal, and he says it's "difficult to imagine the Royals matching such an offer." It's no surprise, as Shields would presumably have to take a discount to stay in Kansas City. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported earlier this month that Shields should get a deal similar to Anibal Sanchez's five-year, $80 million pact. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:57 pm
  • Waino (elbow) 'very confident going forward'
    Adam Wainwright (elbow) told reporters Wednesday that he is "very confident going forward."

    Advice: Wainwright threw a successful bullpen session Wednesday afternoon in San Francisco in anticipation of his NLCS Game 5 start against the Giants. He has claimed that his issues in Game 1 were more mechanical than physical, but the heavily-used right-hander is quite clearly pitching at less than full strength here in mid-October. Wainwright will be facing off against Madison Bumgarner on Thursday night at AT&T Park. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:07 pm
  • O's plan to decline option on Markakis
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Orioles plan to decline their part of Nick Markakis' $17.5 million mutual option for 2015.

    Advice: He'll receive a $2 million buyout and become a free agent. The decision isn't a big surprise, as his production simply doesn't warrant the bloated salary. Still, the Orioles are interested in bringing him back for less. Markakis has spent his entire nine-year career with the Orioles and batted .276/.342/.386 with 14 home runs and 50 RBI over 155 games this past season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:04 am
     
    W, 1-0 ^ @Tor
  • Oscar Taveras admits to gaining weight
    Oscar Taveras on Tuesday admitted that he's "gained a few pounds."

    Advice: MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch says it's been speculated that Taveras has gained about 20 pounds since undergoing ankle surgery last August. "I’m a little heavy; I’ve gained a few pounds," Taveras said. "But I’m working on that, and physically I feel good." The comments come two days after Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said that he hopes Taveras not starting in the playoffs would be a "wake up" for him and that the team will give him conditioning suggestions over the offseason. Taveras wants to play winter ball, but Mozeliak said getting the outfielder in better shape is a bigger priority than getting him more at-bats. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:58 pm
  • Giants take Game 3 on Choate's throwing error
    Randy Choate failed to retire any of the three batters he faced and made a throwing error to allow the winning run to score in Tuesday's NLCS Game 3 loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Choate walked Brandon Crawford to lead off the 10th, and Cardinals manager Mike Matheny surprisingly stuck with him against right-handed batter Juan Perez (Trevor Rosenthal, Carlos Martinez and Michael Wacha were still available in the bullpen). After failing twice to sac bunt, Perez then lined a single to put runners on first and second. The Giants again tried to give Choate an out on a Gregor Blanco bunt, but the lefty threw wild to first and Crawford scored the winning run. Choate has faced seven batters this postseason and retired only two of them. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:56 pm
  • John Lackey rebounds from tough first inning
    John Lackey was charged with four runs on five hits and a walk over six innings in Tuesday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Lackey had a rough first inning, leaving some balls up and allowing all four of his runs, including a bases-clearing double by Travis Ishikawa. He really settled in after that, though, allowing just one hit and a hit by pitch over the next five frames. The Cardinals battled back to tie it up and take Lackey off the hook, but they eventually fell in the 10th inning. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:49 pm
  • Jon Jay stays hot with three hits
    Jon Jay went 3-for-5 and scored two runs in Tuesday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: He singled and scored the Cardinals' first run in the fourth, singled and scored again in the sixth and added one more base knock in the 10th. Jay has had a fantastic postseason as the team's main No. 2 hitter, putting together a .500/.577/.500 batting line. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:31 pm
     
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  • Markakis at leadoff for O's in ALCS Game 3
    Nick Markakis is batting leadoff for the Orioles in Game 3 of the ALCS on Tuesday night.

    Advice: The skies have finally cleared in Kansas City. Here's the full O's lineup: Markakis RF, Alejandro De Aza LF, Adam Jones CF, Nelson Cruz DH, Steve Pearce 1B, J.J. Hardy SS, Ryan Flaherty 3B, Nick Hundley C, Jonathan Schoop 2B. Wei-Yin Chen is on the mound. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:21 pm
     
    W, 1-0 ^ @Tor
  • A.J. Pierzynski in lineup for NLCS Game 3
    A.J. Pierzynski will start behind the plate in Game 3 of the NLCS against the Giants on Tuesday.

    Advice: With Yadier Molina sidelined due to an oblique injury, Pierzynski will make the start over Tony Cruz. The full lineup: Matt Carpenter 3B, Jon Jay CF, Matt Holliday LF, Matt Adams 1B, Jhonny Peralta SS, Pierzynski C, Kolten Wong 2B, Randal Grichuk RF, John Lackey SP. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:37 am
  • Royals could start Shields in ALCS Game 4
    Royals manager Ned Yost indicated that James Shields could start Game 4 of the ALCS against the Orioles on Wednesday.

    Advice: Shields, who gave up four runs over five innings in Game 1, would be going on normal rest. However, Yost could decide to give him an extra day and hold him back until a potential Game 5 on Thursday. Jason Vargas is the alternative to start Game 4. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:57 pm
  • Wacha being used as extra-inning reliever
    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny acknowledged Monday that Michael Wacha is an "extra-inning reliever."

    Advice: Wacha missed a large chunk of the regular season's second half with a shoulder injury and is still rediscovering the feel for his pitches, so the Cardinals have been reluctant to use him in high-leverage situations so far in these playoffs. "Michael gives us definitely some flexibility, and we can use him in a different role, but right now that’s pretty valuable to us knowing that we can be quick (to other relievers), like we were," Matheny told reporters after NLCS Game 2. "It leaves a huge need in case we come back and tie the game." Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:58 am
  • Oscar Taveras belts pinch-hit homer in win
    Oscar Taveras belted a game-tying pinch-hit home run in the seventh inning on Sunday, helping to propel the Cardinals to a victory over the Giants in Game 2 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Taveras, who has seen very limited playing time over the past month, entered as a pinch-hitter for the pitcher's spot in the lineup and promptly deposited a Jean Machi offering over the wall in right field to tie the game at 3-3. With his offensive potential, it wouldn't be surprising to see him replace Randall Grichuk in the starting lineup at some point in the series. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 12, 9:06 pm
  • Lynn pitches well in no-decision vs. Giants
    Lance Lynn pitched well in a no-decision against the Giants in Game 2 of the NLCS on Sunday, allowing two runs on six hits over 5 2/3 innings of work.

    Advice: The hard-throwing right-hander struck out three and walked one in the ballgame. He cruised through the first four innings virtually unscathed, until Joaquin Arias got the Giants on the board with an RBI ground out in the fifth. They added an additional run on an RBI single by Hunter Pence in the sixth inning to even the score and complete the damage against him. The Cardinals will hand the ball to John Lackey in Game 3 as they look to take an advantage in the best-of-seven series. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 12, 9:05 pm
  • Wainwright says his issues were mechanical
    Adam Wainwright said after Saturday's game that his right elbow is "not 100 percent, but I think it was 100 percent better than the last time I pitched."

    Advice: Waino insists that his issues against the Giants were more mechanical than physical. "Where I was at a loss was that the ball wasn't coming out like it should have, and that was because it was probably a foot behind where I normally throw," he said. "I'm normally about a foot closer to the plate when I release the ball, which makes it harder to hit, obviously, but also gives me better finish on all those balls." Wainwright has yet to go five innings in either of his two starts this postseason, but it doesn't sound like he's in any danger of being removed from the rotation. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said after the game that Waino "did a nice job of fighting without his best stuff" and that the righty "goes out there and finds a way to get it done." Wainwright is lined up to start Game 5 in San Francisco, assuming the series lasts that long. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 12, 5:56 am
  • Jay on base three times in G1 loss to Giants
    Jon Jay went 2-for-2 with a HBP in Saturday's NLCS Game 1 loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Jay earned the start against a tough lefty in Madison Bumgarner with a Division Series in which he hit .455/.571/.455, and he continued to produce in the first game of the NLCS. Jay singled twice off Bumgarner, two of the four hits the southpaw allowed all night, and he was also hit by a pitch as he is wont to do. Jay is locked in as the Cards' starter in center field for the remainder of the postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 11, 8:36 pm
     
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  • Wainwright struggles in NLCS Game 1 loss
    Adam Wainwright struggled to be effective Saturday, giving up six hits and three runs -- two earned -- in 4 2/3 innings in a loss to the Giants in Game 1 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Wainwright seemed to quiet all the talk leading into the game about his health with a quick first inning, but the Giants scraped across two runs in the second with the help of a Matt Carpenter fielding error. Even with his defense not helping him out, Wainwright labored all night -- the right-hander walked three while striking out just two, and he needed 98 pitched to get through 4 2/3 innings. The start was the second rough outing for Wainwright this postseason, and the questions about his health will surely resurface following Saturday's unusual performance. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 11, 8:35 pm
  • Morse (oblique) not in lineup for NLCS Game 1
    Michael Morse (oblique) is not in the Giants' lineup for Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday.

    Advice: Morse was healthy enough to be added to the Giants' roster for the series, but manager Bruce Bochy decided not to insert him straight into the lineup for Saturday's game against the Cardinals. His ability to play the field will go a long way toward telling whether he'll get a start in the series, but he'll likely be the first bat off the bench in pinch-hitting spots. Travis Ishikawa started in left field Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 11, 1:59 pm
     
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  • Michael Morse officially added to NLCS roster
    Michael Morse was officially added to the Giants NLCS roster on Saturday.

    Advice: The lone change from their roster from the Division Series is Morse taking the place of Gary Brown. It's unclear if he'll draw any starts in the series or serve as a potent right-handed stick off the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 11, 9:25 am
     
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  • Shields survives five innings against Orioles
    James Shields lasted just five innings in Game 1 of the ALCS against the Orioles on Friday, allowing four runs on 10 hits in the process.

    Advice: Shields struck out three and walked one on the evening. Once again, he failed to live up to his "Big Game James" moniker, even after being staked to an early 4-0 lead. The O's fought back with a run in the third and three more in the fourth inning, highlighted by a two-out, two-run single by Ryan Flaherty. The Royals will hand the ball to Yordano Ventura for Game 2 on Saturday as the Royals look to take a commanding lead in the best-of-seven series. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 10, 10:01 pm
  • Markakis has three hits in loss to Royals
    Nick Markakis had a strong night at the plate in Friday's loss to the Royals, going 3-for-6 with a double and a run scored.

    Advice: Markakis also swiped his first base of the postseason in the losing effort. He doubled off James Shields to lead off the third inning and came around to score the O's first run of the ballgame. He's now 6-for-18 (.333) with a homer and three RBI in the postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 10, 9:55 pm
     
    W, 1-0 ^ @Tor
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