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  • Bochy confirms Vogelsong will start Game 4
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy confirmed after Friday's loss to the Royals that Ryan Vogelsong will start Game 4 on Saturday.

    Advice: Madison Bumgarner made a push to talk his manager into letting him pitch Game 4 on short rest, but Bochy opted to stick with the veteran right-hander while saving Bumgarner for Game 5. He'll oppose Jason Vargas as the Giants look to even up the series at two games apiece. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:48 pm
  • Alcides Escobar sparks Royals to Game 3 win
    Alcides Escobar went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored, sparking the Royals offense in Friday’s 3-2 victory over the Giants in Game 3 of the World Series.

    Advice: Escobar jumped on the very first pitch of the night from Tim Hudson, lining a leadoff double into the left field corner. He advanced to third on a ground ball and came around to score on a ground out off the bat of Lorenzo Cain to give the Royals an early advantage. The speedy shortstop then delivered a one-out single in the sixth inning which started a two-run uprising that proved to be the difference in the contest. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:37 pm
  • Eric Hosmer drives home game-winning run
    Eric Hosmer went 1-for-4 and drove home the eventual game-winning run on Friday as the Royals topped the Giants in Game 3 of the World Series in San Francisco.

    Advice: Hosmer’s two-out RBI single came off tough opposing southpaw Javier Lopez after an 11-pitch battle in the sixth inning, increasing the Royals advantage to 3-0 at the time. That run would prove to stand tall though after the Giants pushed across a pair in the bottom of the sixth inning. Hosmer has had a tremendous postseason, slashing .359/.479/.564 with a pair of long balls and nine RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:36 pm
  • Gordon plates one as Royals take series lead
    Alex Gordon came through with an RBI double in the sixth inning on Friday, helping the Royals to dispatch of the Giants in Game 3 of the World Series.

    Advice: His one-out double plated Alcides Escobar who had reached on single. It was Gordon’s first hit of the series, as his 1-for-4 effort brings him to 1-for-11 (.091) in the Fall Classic. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:35 pm
  • Holland slams the door on Giants in Game 3
    Greg Holland sent down the heart of the Giants order in succession on Friday, preserving a one-run advantage in Game 3 of the World Series.

    Advice: Holland got Buster Posey to fly out to left field, then induced weak ground balls off the bats of Pablo Sandoval and Hunter Pence to end the proceedings. The Royals bullpen has been a driving factor behind their run through the postseason, and they certainly delivered again on Friday hurling four scoreless innings without allowing a base hit. For his efforts, Holland netted his seventh save of the postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:35 pm
  • Jeremy Guthrie pitches well in Game 3 victory
    Jeremy Guthrie pitched well as the Royals defeated the Giants in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday, allowing a pair of runs on four hits in his five-plus innings of work.

    Advice: The 35-year-old right-hander cruised through the first five frames with relative ease, leading Royals skipper Ned Yost to leave him on the hill to begin the sixth inning. He was quickly yanked though after consecutive hits to start the inning, both of which would come around to score after he departed. Guthrie didn’t walk a batter or tally a strikeout in his first career postseason victory. The Royals will now give the ball to Jason Vargas on Saturday as they look to take a commanding 3-1 series lead. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:34 pm
  • Posey plates one as Giants drop Game 3
    Buster Posey went 0-for-4 with an RBI as the Giants dropped Game 3 of the World Series to the Royals in San Francisco on Friday.

    Advice: Posey came to the plate in a huge situation in the sixth inning, with the potential tying runs in scoring position and just one out. While Posey was able to deliver an RBI with a ground out that pulled the Giants to within a run at 3-2, their scoring threat fizzled. The All-Star backstop is now hitting .268/.311/.268 with no homers and six RBI in the postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:31 pm
     
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  • Morse collects pinch-hit RBI double in loss
    Michael Morse came through in a big way for the Giants in Friday’s loss to the Royals, smashing an RBI double as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning.

    Advice: Morse came on to hit for Tim Hudson in the sixth inning after Brandon Crawford had singled, and swatted a massive foul drive down the left field line that narrowly missed being a two-run home run. The Giants could certainly use his bat in the lineup against southpaw Jason Vargas on Saturday, but it’s unclear if he feels well enough to man left field defensively. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:28 pm
     
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  • Miguel Sano will not play winter ball in 2014
    Twins general manager Terry Ryan confirmed Friday that Miguel Sano will not play winter ball in the Dominican Republic this season.

    Advice: The top prospect hasn't had any setbacks in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, but the doctors do not want him to play. He has been doing baseball-related drills at the Twins extended spring training complex and is getting healthier by the day, but the Twins still want to take things cautiously with their prized young slugger. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:47 pm
     
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  • James Shields makes adjustments in bullpen
    James Shields said Friday that he made some mechanical adjustments during Friday's bullpen session and is confident that he will be much better in Game 5 of the World Series.

    Advice: Shields was bounced from Game 1 against the Giants before he recorded an out in the fourth inning and had looked extremely hittable this entire postseason as he sports an 8.05 ERA and 2.00 WHIP over his four starts spanning 17 innings. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:01 pm
  • Michael Taylor elects to become free agent
    Michael Taylor has elected free agency.

    Advice: Taylor refused his outright assignment to Triple-A Charlotte and will become a minor league free agent. He shouldn't have any difficulty securing a minor league contract and spring training invitation elsewhere. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:56 pm
     
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  • White Sox outright Michael Taylor to Triple-A
    White Sox sent OF Michael Taylor outright to Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: The move clears an opening on the 40-man roster for the White Sox who are now down to 37. The 28-year-old former top prospect will once again look for a new opportunity. Given his skillset and respectable .275/.371/.437 slash line at Triple-A in 2014, there should be plenty of organizations interested in giving him a shot on a minor league deal. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:10 pm
     
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  • Royals claim Moises Sierra off of waivers
    Royals claimed OF Moises Sierra off waivers from the White Sox.

    Advice: The 26-year-old outfielder appeared in 96 games between the Blue Jays and White Sox in 2014, slashing .230/.265/.342 with a pair of homers and nine RBI. He'll look to compete for a reserve outfielder role with the Royals in 2015. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:06 pm
  • Taylor Jordan undergoes elbow surgery
    Taylor Jordan underwent surgery last month to remove bone chips from his right elbow.

    Advice: Jordan missed the last few months of the season with elbow issues, so it's no surprise that an operation was needed. The good news is that he's expected to be fine for spring training. He'll likely begin 2015 in the Triple-A rotation. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:20 pm
     
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  • Waino had cartilage, not ligament, repaired
    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Adam Wainwright had cartilage, not a ligament, "trimmed" during Friday's elbow surgery.

    Advice: That makes a lot more sense. Wainwright decided to have the procedure after receiving a second opinion on the elbow earlier this week. He is expected to be able to resume throwing in eight weeks and be fine for the start of next season. The Cardinals were already planning on limiting Waino's workload in spring training given how many innings he's thrown the last couple years. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:18 pm
  • Giants not ruling out Bumgarner for Game 4
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Friday that the team has discussed the possibility of starting Madison Bumgarner in Game 4 of the World Series on short rest if they lose Game 3.

    Advice: That would also possibly put him in line to start Game 7, which would also be on short rest. However, Bochy said that Ryan Vogelsong is still slated to get the ball in Game 4 "right now." We'll see if the plans change should San Francisco drop Game 3 on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:04 pm
  • Adam Wainwright has elbow ligament 'trimmed'
    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Adam Wainwright had a ligament "trimmed" in his right elbow on Friday.

    Advice: The Cardinals said Monday that Wainwright wouldn't need an operation, but the righty had a second opinion after that which obviously revealed the need for surgery. The good news is that general manager John Mozeliak said Waino should be able to throw in six weeks and the procedure would not affect the righty's availability for next season. The Cards were already planning on limiting Waino's workload in spring training given how many innings he's thrown the last couple years. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:30 pm
  • Report: Adam Wainwright to have elbow surgery
    Bleacher Report's Will Carroll reports that Adam Wainwright has already had or is scheduled to have surgery to remove a bone spur from his right elbow.

    Advice: It backs up a previous report from CBS Sports 920's Bob Ramsey. The Cardinals said earlier this week that Wainwright wouldn't need an operation after battling an elbow issue for much of the second half, but it appears he may have received another opinion. The good news is that a bone spur removal is a relatively minor procedure and shouldn't affect his availability for Opening Day. The Cards were already planning on limiting Waino's workload in spring training. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:11 pm
  • Heyman: Cole Hamels updating no-trade list
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Cole Hamels is updating his no-trade list.

    Advice: As of Friday, Hamels can be dealt to the Dodgers, Angels, Padres, Cardinals, Nationals, Braves, Yankees, Red Sox and Rangers without his consent. However, the left-hander is expected to have an altered list for the Phillies by November 1. Heyman says the Phillies have told Hamels that they "would love" to keep him, but "it's possible their situation could cause them to have to reconsider that." Hamels has four years and $96 million remaining on his contract. The Red Sox and Cubs are two clubs known to have interest in him in the past. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:04 pm
     
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  • Victor Martinez to seek four-year contract
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that impending free agent Victor Martinez will be looking for a four-year contract this winter.

    Advice: Martinez will turn 36 in December, but you can hardly blame him for shooting for a four-year deal after he batted .335/.409/.565 with 32 homers and 103 RBI this season. The Tigers would love to keep him, but they could balk at giving him another four-year pact. Regardless, V-Mart will be in high demand this offseason with offense down across baseball. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:55 pm
  • Giants sticking with same lineup in Game 3
    Travis Ishikawa is in left field and batting seventh for Friday's World Series Game 3.

    Advice: Giants manager Bruce Bochy is sticking with the same lineup, which means Ishikawa is still in left and Michael Morse is back on the bench after serving as the DH in Kansas City. They'll square off against the Royals' Jeremy Guthrie. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:18 pm
  • Dyson starting over Aoki in WS Game 3
    Jarrod Dyson is starting in center field and batting eighth in Friday's World Series Game 3.

    Advice: Lorenzo Cain has shifted over to right field, and Nori Aoki is on the bench. With the tough outfield at AT&T Park and flyball pitcher Jeremy Guthrie on the mound, Royals manager Ned Yost has elected to go with his best defensive outfield. Alex Gordon has moved up to the No. 2 spot in the lineup that was vacated by Aoki, while Mike Moustakas has moved up from the No. 9 spot to Gordon's old No. 5 spot. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:13 pm
  • No progress in Orioles/Markakis talks
    Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that there has been "no substantial progress" made in extension talks between the Orioles and impending free agent Nick Markakis.

    Advice: The common thought has been that Markakis is likely to stay in Baltimore, but it appears the two sides have some significant ground to make up. It's not clear what kind of figures are currently being exchanged between the two parties. Markakis will officially become a free agent five days after the World Series ends, at which point he'll be able to negotiate with any club. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:06 am
  • Steve Johnson outrighted off 40-man roster
    Orioles sent RHP Steve Johnson outright to Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: He's now off the 40-man roster. Johnson was plagued by shoulder issues for a good chunk of the 2014 campaign before having surgery last month to have a bone spur removed. He held a 7.11 ERA in 13 Triple-A starts. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:02 am
     
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  • Teams to monitor Chase Utley's availibility
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that teams are going to monitor Chase Utley closely this offseason to see if he becomes available via trade.

    Advice: Utley would have to approve any deal, and he's expressed a hesitancy to do so in the past. However, the Phillies don't seem particularly close to contending, so perhaps the soon-to-be 36-year-old will have a change of heart over the winter. Utley hit a solid .270/.339/.407 with 11 homers and 78 RBI this season and would no doubt draw plenty of interest from around the league if he's placed on the trade block. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:14 am
     
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  • Infante taking Toradol for shoulder pain
    Omar Infante has been taking oral doses of Toradol in order to combat nagging pain in his right shoulder.

    Advice: Toradol is a controversial pain-killer that has been banned by some teams and in some countries, but Major League Baseball considers it legal. "I feel better, because I’m taking strong pills," Infante said. "That’s helped me a lot. I feel it a little bit in B.P., and I still feel sore in the front of my shoulder. But yesterday I felt more comfortable." Infante could have minor surgery over the offseason to repair his shoulder issue, but he'll gut it out for now. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:01 am
  • Miguel Cabrera undergoes surgery on ankle
    Miguel Cabrera underwent surgery Wednesday to remove bone spurs from his right ankle and repair a stress fracture in the navicular bone at top of his foot.

    Advice: It had been known that Cabrera dealt with bone spurs down the stretch, but the stress fracture is a new revelation. The slugger will be re-evaluated in three months, so there would seem to be a chance that he'll be slowed at the beginning of spring training. Barring a setback, however, it shouldn't affect his availability for Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:00 am
     
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  • Lincecum's (back) MRI comes back clean
    An MRI on Tim Lincecum's back showed no structural damage.

    Advice: Lincecum was forced from Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday due to back pain and a precautionary MRI was ordered. He reported improvement Thursday and was able to do some throwing in the outfield at AT&T Park. The right-hander is expected to be available out of the bullpen for Friday's Game 3. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:02 am
  • Giants think Lincecum (back) will be fine
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy doesn't anticipate having to remove Tim Lincecum (back) from the World Series roster.

    Advice: Lincecum is undergoing a precautionary MRI on his back Thursday after exiting Game 2, but he's already feeling better and the Giants think he'll be fine. If the MRI turns out worse than expected, George Kontos could be an option to replace him on the Giants' roster. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:24 pm
  • Jarrod Dyson could start Game 3
    Royals manager Ned Yost indicated Thursday that Jarrod Dyson could start over Norichika Aoki in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday.

    Advice: That would mean putting Dyson in center and shifting Lorenzo Cain over to handle the tough right field at AT&T Park. Aoki would also offer more than Dyson off the bench as a pinch-hitter. Dyson is hitless in seven at-bats this postseason, while Aoki is just 7-for-34 at the dish. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:18 pm
  • Tim Lincecum to undergo MRI on back, side
    Tim Lincecum will undergo an MRI Thursday on his back.

    Advice: Lincecum tweaked something along the left side of his back and hip while pitching in mop-up duty in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday night in Kansas City. The Giants want to find out if it's worth keeping him active for the remainder of the best-of-seven Fall Classic. George Kontos could be an option to replace him on the Giants' roster. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:09 am
  • Lincecum leaves Game 2 with back tightness
    Tim Lincecum left Wednesday's World Series Game 2 with lower back tightness.

    Advice: Lincecum threw a pitch to Salvador Perez and immediately knew something was wrong, walking off with a trainer without much resistance. The good news is that manager Bruce Bochy said he doesn't think it's a big deal, telling reporters, "We think he'll be fine." The club will know more on Thursday. It's possible that Lincecum could be available as soon as Friday's Game 3 in San Francisco. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:51 pm
  • Infante delivers two-run homer in Game 2 win
    Omar Infante went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run in a World Series Game 2 win over the Giants on Wednesday.

    Advice: Infante was one of the Royals' worst offensive performers during the regular season, but he came up big in Game 2. He doubled and scored the Royals' second run in the second inning, and his two-run blast off Hunter Strickland capped a five-run sixth inning that decided the outcome of the game. The homer was his first in 145 career postseason at-bats. It was a good time for it, as the Royals needed a split to stand a chance heading to San Francisco for a three-game set that starts Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:46 pm
  • Lincecum exits Game 2 with undisclosed injury
    Tim Lincecum left Wednesday's Game 2 of the World Series with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: Lincecum looked uncomfortable on a 2-2 pitch to Salvador Perez and immediately called the trainer out. After a brief discussion he walked off with the trainer, heading down the tunnel to the Giants' locker room. It was a disappointing end to a promising outing for Lincecum, who had recorded five outs without allowing a baserunner in his first postseason action this year. The Giants should update his status shortly. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:21 pm
  • No changes to Giants' lineup for WS Game 2
    Michael Morse will serve as the designated hitter again in Game 2 of the World Series against the Royals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Giants manager Bruce Bochy is sticking with the same lineup which led to victory in Game 1: Gregor Blanco CF, Joe Panik 2B, Buster Posey C, Pablo Sandoval 3B, Hunter Pence RF, Brandon Belt 1B, Morse DH, Travis Ishikawa LF, Brandon Crawford SS. Jake Peavy will make the start against Yordano Ventura. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 12:26 pm
     
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  • Royals stick with regular lineup for WS Gm 2
    Alcides Escobar will bat leadoff in Game 2 of the World Series against the Giants on Wednesday.

    Advice: Royals manager Ned Yost isn't making any changes following Tuesday's Game 1 loss. The full lineup: Escobar SS, Nori Aoki RF, Lorenzo Cain CF, Eric Hosmer 1B, Billy Butler DH, Alex Gordon LF, Salvador Perez C, Omar Infante 2B, Mike Moustakas 3B. Yordano Ventura will oppose Jake Peavy. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 12:17 pm
  • Three Frames James: Shields chased early
    James Shields lasted just three-plus innings Tuesday against the Giants, allowing five runs on seven hits and a walk in the World Series Game 1 loss.

    Advice: The Giants jumped on Shields early with two singles and an RBI double after the first four hitters of the game. Shields caught a break when Buster Posey was easily thrown out at home on a silly send from third base coach Tim Flannery, but the next batter, Hunter Pence, smashed a two-run shot over the center field wall. Pence also scored in the fourth after a leadoff double on a Michael Morse single that chased Shields. The Royals’ ace now has a 7.11 ERA over four starts this postseason. Despite Shields' struggles, Royals manager Ned Yost said after the game that the righty would get the ball in a potential Game 5. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:55 pm
  • Bumgarner superb again, Giants take Game 1
    Madison Bumgarner was a beast again Tuesday, holding the Royals to one run over seven excellent frames in a 7-1 World Series Game 1 victory.

    Advice: He struck out five, walked one and allowed just three hits, with Salvador Perez’s solo homer in the seventh inning representing the only blemish on his record. The Royals were only able to muster one rally versus Bumgarner, and that was in the third inning after Brandon Crawford booted a ball to start the frame. MadBum wound up pitching out of that inning with a couple strikeouts and a groundout. Perez’s homer is the only run Bumgarner has allowed in the World Series in 22 career innings. He’ll get the ball again in Game 5, assuming the series lasts that long. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:55 pm
  • Royals starting Guthrie in Game 3 of WS
    Jeremy Guthrie will start Game 3 of the World Series against the Giants on Friday.

    Advice: He'll square off against Tim Hudson in San Francisco. Guthrie allowed one run over five innings in Game 3 of the ALCS against the Orioles last Tuesday. Jason Vargas will follow him in Game 4. Guthrie is now lined up for a potential Game 7. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:52 pm
  • Morse in lineup as DH for Game 1 of WS
    Michael Morse is in the starting lineup as the designated hitter for Game 1 of the World Series against the Royals.

    Advice: Morse was limited to pitch-hitting duties during the NLCS, but the Giants can use him as their DH under American League rules. The full lineup: Gregor Blanco CF, Joe Panik 2B, Buster Posey C, Pablo Sandoval 3B, Hunter Pence RF, Brandon Belt 1B, Morse DH, Travis Ishikawa LF, Brandon Crawford SS. Madison Bumgarner will match up against James Shields. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:28 pm
     
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  • 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
    Monday, 3:41 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
    Monday, 12:50 pm
     
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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
    Monday, 9:12 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • Vogelsong penciled in for WS Game 4 start
    Ryan Vogelsong will start for the Giants in Game 4 of the World Series Saturday.

    Advice: Vogelsong lasted just three innings in his start against the Cardinals in the NLCS, but he's traditionally been a good pitcher in the postseason. A starter for the Royals hasn't yet been announced for the game. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:03 pm
  • Bumgarner set to start World Series Game 1
    Madison Bumgarner will start Tuesday's Game 1 of the World Series for the Giants.

    Advice: Bumgarner finished off the Cardinals in Game 5 of the NLCS Thursday, so he'll be on regular rest for Tuesday's Game 1. The southpaw is 2-1 in four starts this postseason, and he owns a 2.67 ERA in 67 1/3 career postseason innings. He'll be opposed by James Shields for the Royals. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:28 pm
  • 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
  • Madison Bumgarner takes NLCS MVP honors
    Madison Bumgarner was named the NLCS MVP after holding the Cardinals to three runs over eight frames in Thursday's 6-3 victory.

    Advice: Bumgarner wasn't as sharp as he was in Game 1, as his command was a bit off at times and he served up a couple home runs. However, he still managed to go eight innings and kept his team in the game long enough for the offense to put four runs on the board late. Bumgarner, 25, now boasts a 2.67 ERA across 67 1/3 career postseason innings. The Giants can, and almost surely will, use him on regular rest in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:02 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
  • Ishikawa's walk-off HR sends Giants to WS
    Travis Ishikawa launched a walk-off, three-run homer in the ninth inning Thursday to propel the Giants over the Cardinals in Game 5 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Ishikawa had a misplay in left field in the third inning that gave the Cards their first run, but he certainly made up for it in a big way. After Michael Morse tied things up with a pinch-hit homer in the eighth, Ishikawa deposited a Michael Wacha pitch just over the wall in right field to send the Giants to their third World Series in the last five years. They'll face the Royals in Game 1 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:38 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
  • Giants make no changes to lineup for Game 5
    Travis Ishikawa is in left field for the Giants in Game 5 of the NLCS Thursday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Michael Morse will again be in a pinch-hitting role. Here's the full lineup for the Giants, who can advance to the World Series with a victory over the Cardinals and Adam Wainwright: Gregor Blanco CF, Joe Panik 2B, Buster Posey C, Pablo Sandoval 3B, Hunter Pence RF, Brandon Belt 1B, Travis Ishikawa LF, Brandon Crawford SS, Madison Bumgarner SP. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:32 pm
  • Posey drives in three, Giants take Game 4
    Buster Posey went 2-for-3 with three RBI as the Giants came back to edge the Cardinals 6-4 in Wednesday's NLCS Game 4.

    Advice: Posey was just 2-for-13 without an RBI in the NLCS coming into the game, but he remedied that with an RBI sacrifice fly in the first inning. He contributed an RBI single in the third inning and added another RBI with a single in the sixth to push the Giants' lead to two. Posey and the Giants hold a 3-1 series lead and are one game away from their third World Series appearance in five years with their ace, Madison Bumgarner, taking the mound Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:27 am
     
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  • Vogelsong yanked early in NLCS Game 4 start
    Ryan Vogelsong was pulled early in his NLCS Game 4 start against the Cardinals, surrendering four runs on seven hits over three innings in a no-decision.

    Advice: Vogelsong didn't have it from the outset, allowing a leadoff double in each of the first three innings. He also gave up a solo home run to Kolten Wong in the third. The right-hander walked two and struck out one before exiting, needing 60 pitches to get through three innings. With the Giants leading the series 3-1 it's likely the last start before a potential World Series turn for Vogelsong, who had a 1.19 ERA in five postseason starts before Wednesday's clunker. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:05 pm
  • Posey drives in three, Giants take Game 4
    Buster Posey went 2-for-3 with three RBI as the Giants came back to edge the Cardinals 6-4 in Wednesday's NLCS Game 4.

    Advice: Posey was just 2-for-13 without an RBI in the NLCS coming into the game, but he remedied that with an RBI sacrifice fly in the first inning. He contributed an RBI single in the third inning and added another RBI with a single in the sixth to push the Giants' lead to two. Posey and the Giants hold a 3-1 series lead and are one game away from their third World Series appearance in five years with their ace, Madison Bumgarner, taking the mound Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:03 pm
  • Holland gets save, KC heads to World Series
    Greg Holland recorded the final out Wednesday to complete the Royals' ALCS sweep of the Orioles and send Kansas City to its first World Series in 29 years.

    Advice: Holland gave up a leadoff walk to Adam Jones in the top of the ninth inning after starting the at-bat 0-2, but he got Nelson Cruz to hit into a fielder's choice, struck out Delmon Young swinging, and then J.J. Hardy grounded out to Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas to end it. The Royals, who've gone 8-0 this postseason, will face either the Giants or Cardinals in the 2014 Fall Classic. What a ride. Game 1 will be played at Kauffman Stadium on October 21. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:11 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
  • Royals stick with regular lineup in Game 4
    Eric Hosmer will bat cleanup in Game 4 of the ALCS against the Orioles on Wednesday.

    Advice: Ned Yost isn't making any changes with the Royals on the verge of a trip to the World Series. The full lineup: SS Alcides Escobar, RF Norichika Aoki, CF Lorenzo Cain, 1B Eric Hosmer, DH Billy Butler, LF Alex Gordon, C Salvador Perez, 2B Omar Infante, 3B Mike Moustakas. Jason Vargas will oppose Miguel Gonzalez. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:32 am
  • 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
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