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  • Alvarez could begin baseball activities soon
    Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Pedro Alvarez (foot) could soon begin baseball activities.

    Advice: Hurdle's statement suggests Alvarez' meeting with a doctor Tuesday to receive clearance for the foot went well. Still, Hurdle didn't specify how soon or what Alvarez would be cleared to do, and he said he still hadn't talked with Alvarez or the team's training staff about a plan of action. A return still appears to be a ways away at this point. Rotoworld.com
    16 minutes ago
  • Nick Punto's $2.75 million option has vested
    Nick Punto's $2.75 million option for 2015 has vested.

    Advice: So he'll be back in Oakland as a utility infielder. Punto batted just .207/.296/.293 this season for the A's, but he is still a solid and versatile defender at age 36. He turns 37 years old in November. Rotoworld.com
    25 minutes ago
     
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    Nick Punto Oak - 2B,3B,SS
    W, 4-0 x @Tex
  • Ventura to start for Royals in ALDS Game 2
    Yordano Ventura will start for the Royals in Game 2 of their ALDS matchup against the Angels.

    Advice: Ventura gave up a big three-run homer to Brandon Moss in Tuesday night's American League Wild Card Game, but that hasn't swayed the Royals' confidence in the flamethrowing 23-year-old right-hander. Ventura finished the 2014 regular season with a superb 3.20 ERA and 159 strikeouts in 183 innings. Jason Vargas is starting Game 1. Rotoworld.com
    58 minutes ago
  • Jason Motte not on Cardinals' NLDS roster
    Jason Motte didn't make the Cardinals' NLDS roster.

    Advice: Motte struggled mightily this season in his return from Tommy John elbow surgery, posting a 4.68 ERA and 1.52 WHIP in 29 appearances. The 32-year-old right-hander is going to be a free agent this winter and will likely have to settle for a "prove it" type of contract. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:31 pm
  • Gausman to pitch out of bullpen during ALDS
    Kevin Gausman will pitch out of the bullpen during the Orioles' ALDS matchup with the Tigers.

    Advice: It's not really a surprise. Gausman posted a solid 3.57 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, and 88/38 K/BB ratio across 113 1/3 innings this season and is a big part of the Orioles' future, but the 23-year-old right-hander will take a backseat to the more-experienced foursome of Chris Tillman, Miguel Gonzalez, Wei-Yin Chen, and Bud Norris. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:14 pm
  • Twins to interview Paul Molitor for manager
    Darren Wolfson of 1500-ESPN reports that the Twins will interview Paul Molitor for their managerial vacancy on Thursday.

    Advice: This confirms a report from La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Twins bench coach Terry Steinbach is also expected to interview for the job, but Wolfson is calling Molitor the "front-runner." The Hall of Famer hasn't managed before, but he has extensive coaching experience and was on the Twins' staff this season with a focus on baserunning, bunting, in-game strategy, and infield instruction. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:07 pm
     
    L, 3-0 ^ @Det
  • Rajai Davis (groin) runs, plays catch
    Rajai Davis (groin) did some running and played catch Wednesday.

    Advice: Davis exited Saturday's game with a Grade 1 groin strain, but Jason Beck of MLB.com writes that he seemed "upbeat" during Wednesday's workout. Still, the Tigers aren't expected to make a decision on his status for the ALDS until Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:52 pm
     
    W, 3-0 vs x Min
  • Vargas to start Game 1 of ALDS vs. Angels
    Jason Vargas will start Game 1 of the ALDS against the Angels on Thursday.

    Advice: Vargas, who pitched for the Angels in 2013, had a 3.71 ERA across 30 starts this season with Kansas City. Danny Duffy was the likely alternative for the Game 1 assignment. The rest of the rotation for the series has yet to be announced. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:47 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:43 pm
     
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    W, 1-0 x @Tor
  • Russell Martin in lineup for Wild Card Game
    Russell Martin (groin) is in the Pirates' starting lineup for Wednesday's Wild Card Game against the Giants.

    Advice: Martin missed the Pirates' final two regular season game after aggravating a lingering groin injury, but he's not going to miss Wednesday's do-or-die contest. The full lineup: Josh Harrison 3B, Jordy Mercer SS, Andrew McCutchen CF, Martin C, Starling Marte LF, Neil Walker 2B, Gaby Sanchez 1B, Travis Snider RF, Edinson Volquez SP. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:24 pm
  • Davis (groin) still questionable for ALDS
    Rajai Davis (groin) is feeling improvement, but still needs to do more baseball work before the Tigers decide on his status for the ALDS against the Orioles.

    Advice: Davis exited Saturday's game with a Grade 1 groin strain and has been receiving daily treatment since, but the real test will be doing baseball activities. The Tigers could still put him on the roster even if he's not a full-go for Game 1. A final decision should come on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:41 am
     
    W, 3-0 vs x Min
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:15 am
     
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    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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:06 am
  • Morse (oblique) not on Wild Card roster
    Michael Morse (oblique) is not on the Giants' roster for Wednesday's Wild Card Game against the Pirates.

    Advice: It's not a big surprise, as Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday that Morse was "doubtful" to play. The 32-year-old hasn't played since August 31 with a strained left oblique and his status is in question even if the Giants play far into October. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:51 am
     
    W, 9-3 vs x SD
  • Phils scheduling hernia surgery for Burnett
    The Phillies are in the process of scheduling hernia surgery for A.J. Burnett.

    Advice: Burnett pitched through the injury for most of the season while posting a 4.59 ERA and 190/96 K/BB ratio over 213 2/3 innings. The 37-year-old has a $12.75 million player option for 2015, but he's still undecided about continuing his career. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:43 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. Rotoworld.com
    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. Rotoworld.com
    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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:11 am
     
    L, 5-2 vs x ChC
  • Ben Revere undergoes right ankle surgery
    Ben Revere underwent right ankle surgery this week.

    Advice: Revere had screws removed from the ankle and will be in a boot for two weeks. However, he should be fine by the time spring training rolls around. The 26-year-old outfielder batted .306/.325/.361 over 151 games this season while finishing fourth in the majors with 49 steals. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:08 am
     
    L, 2-1 vs ^ Atl
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:05 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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:24 am
  • James Shields up-and-down in KC win
    James Shields allowed four runs over five innings in the Royals' 9-8 extra-innings victory over the Athletics in Tuesday's Wild Card Game.

    Advice: Shields served up a two-run shot to Brandon Moss in the first inning but then held the A's off the scoreboard for the next four frames. However, manager Ned Yost elected to pull him after a single and a walk to start off the sixth, and Yordano Ventura promptly gave up a gopher ball to Moss. The Royals battled back to tie it in the ninth and eventually won it on a walk-off single from Salvador Perez in the 12th. Shields will likely start Game 3 of the ALDS against the Angels on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:34 pm
  • Sean Doolittle blows save for A's
    Sean Doolittle yielded a run in the ninth inning to blow the save in Tuesday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Doolittle didn't pitch poorly, as he gave up a bloop single to Josh Willingham to start the inning and then watched the Royals score following a sac bunt, stolen base and sac fly. He then stayed in to pitch a scoreless 10th inning. The A's took the lead again in the 12th inning, but Dan Otero and Jason Hammel combined to surrender a pair of runs. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:27 pm
  • Jon Lester falters late in loss to Royals
    Jon Lester was charged with six runs over 7 1/3 innings in Tuesday's Wild Card Game loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Lester really settled in after a rocky start, but A's manager Bob Melvin stuck with him too long in the eighth inning after he was well past 100 pitches. He wound up getting charged with three runs that frame, two of which that scored after he exited. It wasn't the ideal finish for the impending free agent, but Lester will still get a boatload of cash this winter. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Brandon Moss' two homers not enough for A's
    Brandon Moss had a two-run homer and a three-run shot in Tuesday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Moss did all he could, getting the A's on board with a two-run blast in the first inning before putting them ahead with a three-run dinger in the sixth. He also drew a walk in one of his six plate appearances. It wasn't enough in the back-and-forth game, though, as the Royals ultimately prevailed in extras. Moss had just two longballs since the beginning of August before smacking a pair Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:03 pm
     
    W, 4-0 ^ @Tex
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:14 pm
  • Martin nursing lingering groin injury
    Russell Martin revealed Tuesday that the ailment he's dealing with is actually an aggravation of a groin injury from earlier this season.

    Advice: The Pirates have been referring to it as a strained left hamstring and also said the month he missed earlier this season was due to the hamstring, but Martin says it's a strained left adductor magnus. He originally suffered the groin strain more than eight months ago while helping a friend run a youth baseball camp. He's not 100 percent, but the ailment isn't going to keep him out of Wednesday's Wild Card Game. "I'm not the only guy who'll be on the field who's banged up," Martin said. "Those two days off helped. I should feel pretty good." Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:57 pm
  • Morse (oblique) 'doubtful' for WC roster
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday that Michael Morse (oblique) is "doubtful" to be on the club's National League Wild Card roster.

    Advice: There had been a possibility of him being on there as a potential pinch-hitter, but even that is looking unlikely. Morse has been battling a strained left oblique all month and it's looking like he might not be much of a factor this postseason even if the Giants advance. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:44 pm
     
    W, 9-3 vs x SD
  • Martin (hammy) expects to start in WC game
    Russell Martin (hamstring) expects to start in Wednesday's Wild Card game against the Giants.

    Advice: Martin left Friday's game after aggravating a left hamstring injury and sat out the rest of the weekend, but it's not going to stop him from playing in Wednesday's do-or-die affair. Still, the Pirates plan to carry three catchers for the game just in case. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:21 pm
  • Rajai Davis (groin) not set for ALDS
    Rajai Davis (groin) is still uncertain for the ALDS against the Orioles.

    Advice: Davis exited Saturday's game with a Grade 1 groin strain. He thinks he'll be ready, but Tigers manager Brad Ausmus still sees any number of scenarios, including him being a full-go, to day-to-day, to left off the roster altogether. We should see more clarity on the situation soon. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:58 am
     
    W, 3-0 vs x Min
  • James Shields to start for Royals in WC Game
    Royals manager Ned Yost officially announced Sunday that James Shields would start for the Royals in Tuesday's Wild Card Game against the Athletics.

    Advice: "Big Game James" had been tabbed to work a potential Game 163 had the Royals and Tigers tied for the Central Division crown. Now instead he'll go on Tuesday on regular rest. He has actually been significantly better on the road this season, with a 4-6 record, 3.51 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 76/17 K/BB ratio over 102 2/3 innings in 15 starts at Kauffmann Stadium this season. The game will be played in KC. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:17 pm
  • Jon Lester to start for A's in Wild Card Game
    Athletics manager Bob Melvin announced Sunday that Jon Lester will start for the Athletics in Tuesday's Wild Card Game against the Royals in Kansas City.

    Advice: The news doesn't come as a tremendous surprise, given his terrific track record in the postseason. Since joining the A's, the veteran southpaw has compiled a 2.35 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and 71/16 K/BB ratio over 76 2/3 innings. He'll square off against James Shields to see who gets the right to take on the Angels in the Division Series. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:12 pm
  • Ventura yields four runs over four vs. Sox
    Yordano Ventura allowed four runs on eight hits over four innings against the White Sox Sunday.

    Advice: Ventura didn't have his best stuff, serving up a two-run homer to Marcus Semien among his eight hits allowed. Ventura didn't factor in the decision, finishing the season 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA and 159 strikeouts. It was a largely positive rookie season for Ventura, and the 23-year-old should take another step forward in 2015. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:57 pm
  • Moss doubles, scores in win over Rangers
    Brandon Moss doubled and scored in Sunday's win over the Rangers.

    Advice: Moss led off the second inning with a double, scoring on Josh Reddick's RBI triple. It was an up-and-down season for the 31-year-old, who hit .268/.349/.530 with 21 home runs and 66 RBI before the All-Star break before slumping to a .170 average and .577 OPS in the second half. It all adds up to a .234/.334/.438 line with 25 home runs and 81 RBI in 2014. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:15 pm
     
    W, 4-0 ^ @Tex
  • Ben Revere steals 49th base in loss to Braves
    Ben Revere went 1-for-4 with a stolen base in a loss to the Braves on Sunday.

    Advice: Revere led off the game with a single and stole second, his 49th stolen base of the year. It was a very good year for the 26-year-old, finishing with 71 runs scored and a .306 batting average. His 49 steals were third-most in the National League this year. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:43 pm
     
    L, 2-1 vs ^ Atl
  • Russell Martin (hamstring) out again Sunday
    Russell Martin (hamstring) remained out of the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: The Pirates took a long time to release their lineup, presumably so that Martin could test out his ailing left hamstring. Obviously, he must still be feeling pretty badly to sit out such a huge game. Chris Stewart is behind the plate for Sunday's regular season finale. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:35 am
  • Davis (groin) thinks he'll be ready Thursday
    Rajai Davis (groin) thinks he'll be ready to play in a potential ALDS Game 1 on Thursday.

    Advice: Davis exited Saturday's game with a Grade 1 groin strain. He was getting around in the clubhouse alright Sunday, but quick movements are still an issue for him. Ezequiel Carrera is starting in center field Sunday and will man the position in the playoffs if Davis proves to not be ready. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:30 am
     
    W, 3-0 vs x Min
  • Rajai Davis (groin) sitting out Sunday
    Rajai Davis (groin) is not in Sunday's lineup.

    Advice: Davis exited Saturday's game with a Grade 1 groin strain. The Tigers said that he'd be re-evaluated Sunday before it's determined how much time he could miss, but they have yet to offer an update on his status. Ezequiel Carrera is starting in center field Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:43 am
     
    W, 3-0 vs x Min
  • Rajai Davis diagnosed with a groin strain
    Rajai Davis was diagnosed with a pubic strain.

    Advice: It's basically a groin strain, which could be very bad news for the Tigers as the playoffs approach. Davis suffered the injury while chugging down the first base line on Saturday night. He will be reevaluated on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:39 pm
     
    W, 3-0 vs x Min
  • Burnett allows four runs in loss to Braves
    A.J. Burnett surrendered four earned runs in 6 2/3 innings Saturday in a loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Justin Upton and B.J. Upton both homered against him. Burnett will finish the 2014 season with an 8-18 record, 4.59 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, and 190/96 K/BB ratio in 213 2/3 innings. The 37-year-old is considering retirement. He'll have surgery next week for a hernia that bothered him for much of 2014. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:21 pm
  • Rajai Davis leaves game with apparent injury
    Rajai Davis left Saturday's game against the Twins with an apparent hamstring injury.

    Advice: Davis slowed up while running down the first base line on a groundout to short in the bottom of the second inning. Ezequiel Carrera replaced him in center field. This could be a big blow for the Tigers. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 4:51 pm
     
    W, 3-0 vs x Min
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:50 pm
  • Russell Martin not in Saturday's lineup
    Russell Martin (hamstring) is not in the Pirates starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: The veteran backstop aggravated his hamstring injury in Friday's contest and is likely to be held out the remainder of the weekend as a precaution heading into the postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:19 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:21 pm
  • Russell Martin (hamstring) leaves game early
    Russell Martin left Friday's game against the Reds in the seventh inning after apparently aggravating his hamstring injury.

    Advice: He drew a walk before being lifted for a pinch-runner, but he was grimacing in pain after a pair of check swings during that plate appearance. The Pirates are likely to play things safe and keep him out the remainder of the weekend to let the injury heal before the postseason begins. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:00 pm
  • Pedro Alvarez (foot) to be examined Tuesday
    Pedro Alvarez (foot) will be examined on Tuesday to determine if/when he can resume baseball activities.

    Advice: Alvarez has been nursing a stress reaction in the fourth metatarsal in his left foot since late August. It's an injury that normally requires 4-6 weeks to recover from, but he isn't giving up hope of returning at some point during the postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:31 pm
  • Russell Martin returned to action on Thursday September 25. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:27 am
  • Shields takes a no-decision against White Sox
    James Shields yielded three runs over six innings en route to a no-decision as the Royals picked up a win against the White Sox on Thursday.

    Advice: Two of the three runs scored on Josh Phegley's two-run home run in the second inning. Overall, Shields relented five hits and a pair of walks while striking out four in his final start of the regular season. He's done well for the Royals in 2014, going 14-8 with a 3.21 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and a 180/44 K/BB ratio. In the likely event the Royals clinch the second Wild Card, Shields will oppose Jon Lester of the Athletics to kick off the American League side of post-season play. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:52 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. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:06 pm
  • Gausman effective over five innings vs. Yanks
    Kevin Gausman got a no-decision in Thursday's loss against the Yankees, yielding two runs in five innings of work.

    Advice: Gausman was touched up early, giving up two runs after allowing the first two batters he faced in the bottom of the first inning to reach base. The young right-hander settled down from there, though, allowing just three hits and a walk overall while striking out five. It's still unknown if he'll be in the Orioles' post-season rotation. He wraps up his first full season in the major leagues with a 7-7 record, a 3.57 ERA, a 1.34 WHIP, and an 88/38 K/BB ratio. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:33 pm
  • Morse (oblique) won't play this weekend
    Michael Morse (oblique) is not expected to play this weekend.

    Advice: Morse's recovery from a strained oblique remains stalled. It's possible he could be available as a pinch-hitter for the Wild Card game, but it's not clear if he might be ready to return to the lineup if the Giants advance to the NLDS. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:58 pm
     
    W, 9-3 vs x SD
  • Russell Martin (hamstring) in lineup Thursday
    Russell Martin (hamstring) is in Thursday's lineup against the Braves.

    Advice: Martin left Wednesday's game with left hamstring tightness, but it doesn't sound like a major concern. He's critically important to the Pirates' success, so they likely wouldn't put him out there unless they were certain he's OK. It's a pleasant surprise for fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:28 pm
  • Mauer (elbow) back in Thursday's lineup
    Joe Mauer (elbow) is back in Thursday's lineup against the Tigers.

    Advice: Mauer left Tuesday's game after being hit on the elbow with a pitch and sat out Wednesday, but he's ready to give it a go. He'll hit third and play first base. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:15 pm
     
    L, 3-0 ^ @Det
  • Moss (hip) back in OAK lineup on Thursday
    Brandon Moss (hip) is back in the A's starting lineup on Thursday night against the Rangers.

    Advice: Moss was diagnosed Wednesday with torn cartilage in his hip and will need offseason surgery, but he's going to try to play through it for Oakland's final four regular-season games and into the playoffs. Moss is batting fifth and playing left field on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:42 pm
     
    W, 4-0 ^ @Tex
  • Brandon Moss to have offseason hip surgery
    Brandon Moss was out of the A's lineup Wednesday with a hip injury that will require offseason surgery.

    Advice: Moss underwent an MRI on the injury earlier this week and doctors recommended a microfracture procedure. He was given a cortisone injection and is committed to playing through the discomfort until the A's are eliminated. "It was worse that we thought it would be," the first baseman said Wednesday night. "The shot should help me get through the rest of the season, but it won't fix it." Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:59 am
     
    W, 4-0 ^ @Tex
  • Jason Vargas gives up four runs to Indians
    Jason Vargas gave up four runs in four innings Wednesday in a no-decision versus the Indians.

    Advice: It was Vargas's fourth straight poor outing, the first three of which resulted in losses. As of Sept. 3, he was 11-7 with a 3.14 ERA. Now he's finishing the regular season 11-10 with a 3.71 ERA. The Royals are going to have a tough call if they advance to the ALDS; after ace James Shields, Danny Duffy and Yordano Ventura clearly look like the Royals' best starters right now. If the Royals start both youngsters, it'd leave just one spot for Vargas or Jeremy Guthrie. But that's almost surely how they need to play it. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:55 pm
  • Morse (oblique) still not able to swing a bat
    Michael Morse (oblique) is still unable to swing a bat.

    Advice: "He's trying, and I'm certainly hoping" that Morse can play in the season-ending four-game series against the San Diego Padres, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "But I'd put it at doubtful." Morse hasn't played since September 19 due to the ailment. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:33 pm
     
    W, 9-3 vs x SD
  • Russell Martin exits with hamstring tightness
    Russell Martin left Wednesday's game with left hamstring tightness.

    Advice: There's some reason for concern there, as Martin was bothered by the same hamstring earlier in the year. With a trip to the postseason already sewn up, the Pirates may just be playing it cautious with their catcher. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:21 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:16 pm
  • Martin leaves game with possible ankle injury
    Russell Martin left Wednesday's game against the Braves with a possible ankle injury.

    Advice: Martin appeared to tweak something getting back to first base in the top of the fifth inning. He was replaced behind the plate by Chris Stewart in the bottom half of the inning. The Pirates should provide some more information on his status shortly. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:45 pm
  • Lester gives up five runs in final '14 start
    Jon Lester allowed five runs -- three earned -- on eight hits over seven innings in Wednesday's loss to the Angels.

    Advice: Lester gave up his share of timely hits, but the Athletics committing two errors behind him didn't help the cause, either. He helped his own cause by striking out seven without walking a batter in the loss. Lester's regular season ends with a 16-11 record, 2.46 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 220/48 K/BB ratio over 219 2/3 innings between the Red Sox and A's. The lefty will be the Athletics' ace in the postseason before hitting the free agent market this winter. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:07 pm
  • Joe Mauer (elbow) expected to sit Wed.
    Joe Mauer (elbow) is not expected to play Wednesday.

    Advice: Mauer exited Tuesday's contest after being hit on the right elbow by a pitch. The pitch hit a nerve, sending a tingling sensation through his arm, and he also had noticeable swelling. He's day-to-day, though, and should be back this weekend in Detroit. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:09 pm
     
    L, 3-0 ^ @Det
  • Ventura's 7 shutout frames lead KC past Tribe
    Yordano Ventura held the Indians scoreless over seven innings en route to a win on Tuesday.

    Advice: The young right-hander has picked it up at the right time for the Royals, as he has a 2.17 ERA in nine starts since the beginning of August. Ventura did walk four, but allowed only four hits (all singles) and struck out six. Ventura has an impressive 3.07 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and 153/68 K/BB ratio. He'll make his last start of the season on the road on Sunday against the White Sox. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:44 pm
  • Joe Mauer day-to-day with bruised elbow
    Joe Mauer exited Tuesday's game against the Diamondbacks with a right elbow contusion.

    Advice: Mauer was hit by an Andrew Chafin pitch in the first inning. He's being called day-to-day and it doesn't sound like any X-rays will be taken. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:49 pm
     
    L, 3-0 ^ @Det
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:35 pm
  • Mauer not in Monday's lineup
    Joe Mauer is not in Monday's lineup against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Here's a reminder that this is the last week of the season and fantasy owners need to be prepared to roll with the punches. Chris Parmelee will start at first base Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 22, 1:28 pm
     
    L, 3-0 ^ @Det
  • Doolittle strikes out four over two innings
    Sean Doolittle worked two perfect innings Sunday, striking out four in an extra-innings win over the Phillies.

    Advice: The A's, desperate to get a win any way they could, used Doolittle in the ninth and 10th in hopes of keeping the Phillies off the scoreboard. Doolittle obliged, retiring all six batters he faced. He then earned his second win of the season when the A's walked off in the bottom of the 10th inning. Doolittle has a dominant 2.82 ERA, 0.73 WHIP and 87/7 K/BB ratio over 60 2/3 innings this season. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 21, 6:47 pm
  • Burnett yields six runs over 4 1/3 versus A's
    A.J. Burnett was wild Sunday, walking six while allowing six runs over 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Athletics.

    Advice: Burnett gave up just three hits, but the six free passes -- including one with the bases loaded -- did him in. It's nothing new for Burnett, who has a MLB-most 93 walks allowed this year. His teammates managed to save him from taking his 18th loss, but Burnett's ERA is up to 4.57 with the rough outing. He's got one final start left this year, and that will come Saturday against the Braves. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 21, 6:31 pm
  • Michael Morse (oblique) to have MRI
    Michael Morse (oblique) will fly back to San Francisco to undergo an MRI.

    Advice: Morse came off the bench to play on Friday, but his strained left oblique is still bothering him. His status for the final week is cloudy. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 21, 11:44 am
     
    W, 9-3 vs x SD
  • Pedro Alvarez (foot) could return for NLDS
    Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Sunday that there's a chance Pedro Alvarez (foot) could return if the team advances to the NLDS.

    Advice: He will not be ready for the Wild Card game. Alvarez has been nursing a stress reaction in the fourth metatarsal in his left foot since late August and it's an injury that normally requires 4-6 weeks to recover from. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 21, 10:33 am
  • Morse (oblique) might not play vs. Dodgers
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Saturday that Michael Morse (oblique) is "questionable" for the upcoming series against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Morse was able to come off the bench Friday, but his strained left oblique is still an issue. His status for the final week of the season is very much up in the air. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 21, 8:07 am
     
    W, 9-3 vs x SD
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