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  • Piscotty clubs two-run homer to put game away
    Stephen Piscotty clubbed a two-run homer in the eighth inning on Friday, powering the Cardinals to a 4-0 victory over Jon Lester and the Cubs in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday.

    Advice: Piscotty got the offense going in the first inning, doubling and racing around to score on a single off the bat of Matt Holliday. His impressive two-run shot off Pedro Strop in the eighth put the game away and provided more than enough support for John Lackey and company. After an impressive rookie season, Piscotty looks poised to be a major contributor in October. Yesterday, 6:46 pm
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; L, 2-0 ^ @Atl
  • Tommy Pham leaves the yard in Game 1 win
    Tommy Pham belted a solo home run as the Cardinals topped the Cubs in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday in St. Louis.

    Advice: Pham, who entered the game as part of a double-switch, tagged Jon Lester for a solo home run in the eighth inning, increasing the Cardinals advantage to 2-0. He'll continue to get use as a pinch-runner, pinch-hitter and defensive replacement throughout the playoffs, providing a valuable piece off the bench for manager Mike Matheny. Yesterday, 6:44 pm
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; L, 2-0 ^ @Atl
  • Kyle Schwarber reaches three times in loss
    Kyle Schwarber was the lone offensive threat for the Cubs, going 2-for-3 plus a walk as they dropped Game 1 of the NLDS against the Cardinals on Friday.

    Advice: Aside from Schwarber, the entire Cubs offense mustered just a single from Addison Russell against John Lackey and company. Once again drawing a start in right field, Schwarber continues to be a difference-maker in the middle of the Cubs lineup. Expect him to see the bulk of the action in right field for the Cubs throughout the postseason. Yesterday, 6:41 pm
  • Colby Rasmus goes deep again but Astros lose
    Colby Rasmus homered for the third time in three postseason games, but it wasn't enough for the Astros to overcome the Royals in Game 2 of the ALDS on Friday.

    Advice: Rasmus got the Astros on the board with an RBI double in the first inning. He then tagged Johnny Cueto for a solo homer in the third inning, increasing the Astros advantage to 4-1. Unfortunately for the Houston faithful, that would wind up being the extent of their offense. The dynamic outfielder is extremely locked in at the dish right now, hitting .444 with three homers, five RBI and a stolen base through three postseason contests. Yesterday, 4:27 pm
  • Angels claim Todd Cunningham off waivers
    Angels claimed OF Todd Cunningham off waivers from the Braves.

    Advice: Cunningham hit just .221/.280/.267 in his 86 at-bats with the Braves. He will add organizational depth for the Angels. Yesterday, 4:03 pm
  • DeShields scores twice as Rangers go up 2-0
    Delino DeShields went 3-for-7 with an RBI and a pair of runs scored in Friday's victory over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: He also stole a base for Texas. DeShields had three of 11 hits on the day for the Rangers, as they were able to take down the Jays in 14th innings despite getting next to nothing from the middle of their lineup all day. The former Rule 5 selection now has five hits in the first two games of the ALDS. It was Adrian Beltre's replacement, Hanser Alberto, who drove in the go-ahead run in extras. Yesterday, 2:51 pm
    W, 9-2 vs ^ LAA
  • Chris Coghlan starting in LF Friday
    Chris Coghlan is starting in left field and batting sixth in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday.

    Advice: Coghlan's presence in the lineup isn't a surprise, as he has eight hits in 17 career at-bats against Cardinals starter John Lackey. Kris Bryant is back at third base after starting in left field in the Wild Card Game, and David Ross is catching Jon Lester as usual. Yesterday, 10:15 am
    W, 3-1 ^ @Mil
  • Gomez (intercostal) out again on Friday
    Carlos Gomez (intercostal) remained out of the Astros' lineup Friday.

    Advice: The Astros had expected Gomez to give it a go, but perhaps they've decided to exercise more caution after winning Game 1. Jake Marisnick is in center field again on Friday after picking up a couple hits Thursday. Gomez will aim to return to action for Game 3 on Sunday when the series moves to Houston. Yesterday, 8:41 am
  • Colabello starting at first base in Game 2
    Chris Colabello is starting at first base and batting sixth Friday in Game 2 of the ALDS.

    Advice: Justin Smoak drew the start against a righty in Game 1, but it's Colabello in there for Game 2 versus left-hander Cole Hamels. Colabello hit seven homers over 99 plate appearances against southpaws this season, although worth noting is that Hamels has actually fared slightly better versus righties in his career. Yesterday, 6:36 am
  • Jose Bautista (hamstring) in Friday's lineup
    Jose Bautista (hamstring) is back in the Blue Jays' lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Bautista was forced from Game 1 with a cramp in his right hamstring, but he's expected to be fine. The slugger launched a solo home run on Thursday before having to exit. He's in right field and hitting third on Friday. Yesterday, 6:31 am
  • Rasmus homers and notches steal vs Royals
    Colby Rasmus hit a solo home run and stole a base in Thursday's 5-2 Game 1 win in the ALDS.

    Advice: Rasmus homered in Tuesday's Wild Card win over the Yankees and did it again in Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday. The 29-year-old outfielder connected for the solo shot against Royals reliever Ryan Madson in the seventh inning. He also stole his first base of the postseason in the affair. Don't expect to see that too much, though. Rasmus swiped just two bags in 137 regular season games. He'll try to keep his bat hot (if not his wheels) for Friday's Game 2 showdown with mid-season Royals acquisition Johnny Cueto. Thursday, 8:47 pm
  • Span tweets that X-rays on hip 'lookin' good'
    Denard Span (hip) tweeted that X-rays on his hip came back "lookin' good" on Thursday.

    Advice: Span's full tweet: "Got X rays on the hip today and everything is lookin good." The veteran outfielder's medical credentials might be lacking, but it's certainly a positive sign that things seem to be healing well. He underwent surgery for a torn labrum in late August. The injury's expected to sideline him 4-6 months, but he should enter spring training healthy if everything holds to the timetable. Thursday, 7:54 pm
    60-Day DL
    L, 1-0 x @NYM
  • Bautista clobbers solo home run in ALDS loss
    Jose Bautista went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's 5-3 Game 1 ALDS loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Bautista socked a solo home run in the sixth inning off Rangers reliever Keone Kela. His blast inched the Blue Jays to within 4-3 on the scoreboard, but ace David Price would surrender a solo home run of his own in the top of the next frame and the Blue Jays would ultimately lose 5-3. No time to dwell. They'll look to rebound in Game 2 behind starter Marcus Stroman on Friday. Bautista was lifted from the field during the ninth inning due to a right hamstring issue, but it's not expected to keep him from the lineup. Thursday, 3:38 pm
  • Gomez available to pinch-hit in Game 1
    Carlos Gomez (intercostal) will be available to pinch-hit in Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday.

    Advice: Gomez isn't in the starting lineup for Game 1 against the Royals on Thursday, but if there's a big spot late, don't be surprised to see him rise from the bench. He's available to pinch-hit. The 29-year-old outfielder is expected to start in Game 2 on Friday. Normally, intercostal injuries take close to two months to heal, meaning we're unlikely to see Gomez at full strength in the 2015 playoffs. Thursday, 1:56 pm
  • Marisnick starts in center for ailing Gomez
    Jake Marisnick will start in center field and bat ninth in Game 1 of the ALDS Thursday against the Royals.

    Advice: The full starting lineup for Houston: Jose Altuve 2B, George Springer RF, Carlos Carrea SS, Colby Rasmus LF, Evan Gattis DH, Luis Valbuena 3B, Chris Carter 1B, Jason Castro C, Jake Marisnick CF. Collin McHugh will pitch for the Astros while Yordano Ventura toes the rubber for the Royals. Thursday, 1:51 pm
  • Pham makes Cardinals' roster for NLDS
    Tommy Pham is on the Cardinals' NLDS roster.

    Advice: And so are Jon Jay and Randal Grichuk, but Jason Heyward is expected to serve as the Cardinals' center fielder. That either puts Grichuk or Piscotty in right field, with Matt Holliday in left. Piscotty can also play first base. Pham will likely be used as a pinch-runner, pinch-hitter, and defensive replacement. Thursday, 11:51 am
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; L, 2-0 ^ @Atl
  • Rios batting ninth for KC in ALDS Game 1
    Alex Rios will start in right field and bat ninth in Game 1 of the ALDS Thursday against the Astros.

    Advice: The full starting lineup for Kansas City: Alcides Escobar SS, Ben Zobrist 2B, Lorenzo Cain CF, Eric Hosmer 1B, Kendrys Morales DH, Mike Moustakas 3B, Salvador Perez C, Alex Gordon LF, Alex Rios RF. Yordano Ventura is starting for the Royals against Astros right-hander Collin McHugh. Thursday, 11:26 am
    W, 6-1 ^ @Min
  • J.D. Martinez, Tigers have talked extension
    Tigers GM Al Avila said Thursday that he's spoken with J.D. Martinez about a long-term deal.

    Advice: Martinez still has two years of arbitration eligibility, so there's no rush to get something done this winter. But it sounds like something could happen. Martinez, 28, slashed .282/.344/.535 with 38 home runs and 102 RBI in 158 games this season for Detroit while pulling in $3 million. He'll get a nice bump for 2016 no matter what. Thursday, 10:41 am
  • Ruggiano will be on LAD roster for the NLDS
    Justin Ruggiano has been informed that he will be on the Dodgers' roster for the NLDS.

    Advice: Ruggiano is a versatile defensive outfielder and batted .291/.350/.618 in 60 plate appearances after joining the Dodgers on September 1. He probably won't get a start against the Mets, but look for the 33-year-old right-handed-hitter to make some appearances in the later innings. Thursday, 10:27 am
  • Preston Tucker on Astros' roster for ALDS
    Preston Tucker is on the Astros' ALDS roster.

    Advice: He essentially made it over Jonathan Villar, with the Astros choosing pop over speed in a best-of-five matchup against the Royals. Tucker, 25, batted .243/.297/.437 with 13 home runs in 98 games during the regular season. Thursday, 9:25 am
  • DeShields leading off for TEX in ALDS Gm. 1
    Delino DeShields Jr. is leading off and starting in center field in ALDS Game 1 against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: The full starting lineup for Texas in Game 1: Delino DeShields Jr. CF, Shin-Soo Choo RF, Adrian Beltre 3B, Prince Fielder DH, Mike Napoli 1B, Josh Hamilton LF, Elvis Andrus SS, Rougned Odor 2B, Robinson Chirinos C. Yovani Gallardo is starting against David Price at Rogers Centre in Toronto. Thursday, 9:23 am
    W, 9-2 vs ^ LAA
  • Jonny Gomes not on Royals' ALDS roster
    Jonny Gomes will not be on the Royals' roster for their ALDS matchup with the Astros.

    Advice: Paulo Orlando and Terrance Gore offer much more speed and versatility than Gomes, and they'll both get the call ahead of him for this best-of-five. Gomes batted just .167/.235/.233 in 34 plate appearances with Kansas City after being acquired from the Braves at the August 31 waiver-trade deadline. Thursday, 8:52 am
  • Schwarber crushes massive homer off Cole
    Kyle Schwarber launched a two-run home run and finished 2-for-3 with three RBI in Wednesday's 4-0 Wild Card win over the Pirates.

    Advice: Schwarber was a one-man show in the early innings of Wednesday's elimination game win, knocking in the first run of the game with an RBI single in the first inning before following that up in third inning with an impressive display of power. In that frame, the 22-year-old outfielder jumped on a wayward pitch by Pirates ace Gerrit Cole and demolished it for a two-run homer that cleared the stands and landed in the Allegheny River. Schwarber and the rest of his teammates will now head to St. Louis, where they're set to face the Cardinals in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday. Wednesday, 8:16 pm
  • Marte grounds into killer double play
    Starling Marte went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Wednesday's Wild Card loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: Marte did nothing offensively--Jake Arrieta limited the Pirates to just four singles in the contest--but one at-bat, in particular, might have turned the whole shebang. The Pirates loaded the bases in the sixth inning with one out, at which point Marte inadvertently squashed the rally and quieted the fans with an ill-timed double-play ball. He can go fishing now, having hit .287/.337/.444 with 19 homers, 81 RBI and 30 steals during the 2015 season. Wednesday, 8:13 pm
    W, 4-0 vs ^ Cin
  • Sean Rodriguez ejected in the seventh inning
    Sean Rodriguez was ejected in the seventh inning of Wednesday's Wild Card game against the Cubs.

    Advice: The whole fracas began when Cubs starter Jake Arrieta was plunked by Pirates reliever Tony Watson while Arrieta batted in the seventh inning. The two exchanged words, which led to both benches clearing. Rodriguez had to be held back by three teammates at one point. The Pirates were trailing 4-0 at the time of his ejection. Following his removal from the game, Rodriguez proceeded to attack a container of Gatorade. Wednesday, 7:15 pm
    Player Note
    Seán Rodríguez Pit - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    W, 4-0 vs x Cin
  • Puig says that he will make playoff roster
    On Wednesday, Yasiel Puig said that he would be making the Dodgers' 25-man roster for their NLDS showdown with the Mets.

    Advice: The Dodgers haven't officially revealed their roster, which is due on Friday morning, but manager Don Mattingly indicated that the players who made the cut already know. This season, Puig hit .255/.322/.436 with 11 home runs, 38 RBI and three steals in 79 games played. Injuries stole a huge chunk of the 24-year-old outfielder's 2015 campaign. How much he plays remains to be seen, as ESPN Los Angeles' Mark Saxon speculated on Tuesday that Puig might only start one game in the NLDS. Wednesday, 5:35 pm
    W, 6-3 vs x SD
  • Phillies send Danks outright to Triple-A
    Phillies sent OF Jordan Danks outright to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: Danks saw just four at-bats with the big club this season, all of the hit-less variety. At Triple-A, the 29-year-old outfielder was hitting .257/.318/.368. He should have a shot in the spring, but there's little reason to believe his bat will jump to life. Wednesday, 1:31 pm
    Not Active
    W, 7-2 vs x Mia
  • Schwarber in RF, Bryant in LF for WC game
    Kyle Schwarber will start in right field for Wednesday's Wild Game game against the Pirates.

    Advice: It's not a big surprise, as Cubs manager Joe Maddon has hinted at the possibility in recent days. Schwarber has mostly played left field, but there isn't as much ground to cover in right field at PNC Park. Kris Bryant will make the start in left field while Tommy La Stella will play third base and bat fifth. The full lineup: Dexter Fowler CF, Schwarber RF, Bryant LF, Anthony Rizzo 1B, La Stella 3B, Starlin Castro 2B, Miguel Montero C, Addison Russell SS, Jake Arrieta P. Wednesday, 11:40 am
  • Scott Van Slyke won't be on NLDS roster
    Scott Van Slyke (wrist) said he won't be active for the NLDS against the Mets.

    Advice: Van Slyke dealt with soreness in his right hand and wrist down the stretch and still isn't able to hit without pain. He could be a factor in future rounds, but he's just not ready yet. His absence will likely open up a spot on the roster for Yasiel Puig. Wednesday, 11:27 am
    W, 6-3 vs x SD
  • Angels outright Green to Triple-A
    Angels sent INF/OF Grant Green outright to Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Green cleared waivers after being designated for assignment last week. The 28-year-old owns a .249/.283/.335 batting line in the majors and will serve as organizational depth. Wednesday, 11:11 am
    Player Note
    Grant Green LAA - 2B,OF
    Not Active
    L, 9-2 x @Tex
  • Mets to carry Nieuwenhuis on NLDS roster
    Kirk Nieuwenhuis will be on the Mets' NLDS roster against the Dodgers.

    Advice: With Juan Uribe (chest) unavailable, Nieuwenhuis will serve as a left-handed bat off the bench. The 28-year-old batted .208/.282/.406 with four homers in 117 plate appearances with the Mets this season. Wednesday, 8:19 am
    W, 1-0 vs x Was
  • Cuddyer expected to start in LF for NLDS Gm 1
    Michael Cuddyer is expected to start in left field for Game 1 of the NLDS against the Dodgers.

    Advice: This is consistent with what Mets manager Terry Collins has been saying in recent days, as he doesn't want Michael Conforto in the lineup against left-hander Clayton Kershaw. Cuddyer is also expected to get the nod over Conforto in Game 3 against Brett Anderson. Wednesday, 8:05 am
    W, 1-0 vs x Was
  • Carlos Gomez homers in return to lineup
    Carlos Gomez belted a solo homer in his return to action Tuesday as the Astros beat the Yankees in the American League Wild Card Game.

    Advice: Masahiro Tanaka hung a first-pitch slider to Gomez to lead off the fourth inning and the outfielder smacked it well over the left-center field wall. Making just his second start in the club's last 21 games due to an intercostal strain, Gomez was noticeably in pain in his third plate appearance and was lifted before being allowed to make another one. He'll surely continue to try and gut it out but is clearly playing compromised. Tuesday, 8:29 pm
  • Colby Rasmus homers in Astros' win
    Colby Rasmus launched a solo homer and drew a walk in Tuesday's win over the Yankees.

    Advice: Rasmus got the scoring going with a long blast to right field off of Masahiro Tanaka in the second inning. It was one of just five hits on the night for the Astros, but they also drew five walks and managed to scrape together three runs. Rasmus has been wielding a hot power bat of late, having now homered seven times in his last 13 games. Tuesday, 8:26 pm
  • Yasiel Puig unlikely to start vs. RHPs
    Mark Saxon of considers it "highly unlikely" that Yasiel Puig will start over Andre Ethier or Carl Crawford versus a righty.

    Advice: That means he might only get one start in the NLDS, as Steven Matz is the lone lefty projected to be in the Mets' rotation. Even he isn't guaranteed a start, as he's battling back spasms. It's no surprise that the Dodgers are leaning toward having Puig come off the bench, though, as Puig has made just one start over the last six weeks due to a hamstring injury. Tuesday, 2:17 pm
    W, 6-3 vs x SD
  • Gomez (intercostal) in Wild Card lineup
    Carlos Gomez (intercostal) is in the Astros' lineup for Tuesday's Wild Card Game against the Yankees.

    Advice: Gomez told reporters the last couple days that he'd be playing and he stayed true to his word. The outfielder isn't recovered from his left intercostal tear yet, but he's feeling well enough to give it a go in the win-or-go-home game. Gomez is in center field and batting sixth. Tuesday, 1:11 pm
  • Van Slyke (wrist) hits in batting cage Tues.
    Scott Van Slyke (wrist) took swings in the batting cage on Tuesday.

    Advice: Unfortunately, manager Don Mattingly later indicated that the swings didn't go particularly well. Van Slyke was hopeful to take batting practice, but his wrist simply isn't up to speed yet. He was given a cortisone shot on Friday, but his status for the team's NLDS showdown with the Mets remains clouded. Tuesday, 12:43 pm
    W, 6-3 vs x SD
  • Gomez (intercostal): 'I'm ready to start'
    Carlos Gomez (intercostal) said after working out at Yankee Stadium on Monday that he's "ready to start."

    Advice: "The plan is to play tomorrow. I'm ready to start," Gomez said. The Astros have yet to comment on whether Gomez will indeed be in the lineup for Tuesday's American League Wild Card Game, but things do seem to be trending in the right direction. The outfielder has started just one of the club's previous 20 contests since suffering a strained left intercostal muscle. Monday, 5:54 pm
  • Carlos Gomez to test out intercostal strain
    Carlos Gomez will test out his strained intercostal muscle on Monday.

    Advice: The testing presumably will involve batting practice and perhaps other drills. While it's clear that Gomez isn't 100 percent and maybe not all that close, the outfielder has said that he'll "definitely" be ready for Tuesday's Wild Card Game against the Yankees. Monday, 1:49 pm
  • Gomez (intercostal) aims to play in WC Game
    Carlos Gomez (intercostal) is hoping to play in Tuesday's American League Wild Card Game.

    Advice: Gomez was held out of the Astros' final regular-season series due to lingering complications with the intercostal muscle strain he suffered in early September, but he says that was by design. "Yeah, definitely I’ll be ready in New York," Gomez told the Houston Chronicle on Sunday. "You know because, that game means a lot for us. No matter what, I’m going to be ready. That’s what we planned, the whole last five days made me feel better so I can be more 100 percent to do my best in New York." Monday, 6:36 am
  • Bautista walks three times in loss to Rays
    Jose Bautista went 0-for-0 with three walks in Sunday's loss to the Rays.

    Advice: Bautista's clearly saving his swings for further October play, as all three of his at-bats resulted in walks on Sunday. With that quiet day in the books, the 34-year-old slugger can lay to rest a .250/.377/.536 triple-slash, plus 40 homers and 114 RBI. He's as reliable as they come in the game. Sunday, 4:14 pm
  • Gomez (intercostal) could return in playoffs
    Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Sunday that Carlos Gomez (intercostal) could return to the lineup during the postseason if the club qualifies.

    Advice: He did not, however, specify when during the playoffs Gomez might be available, so the declaration doesn't mean a whole lot. Gomez has made just one start since suffering a strained intercostal muscle three weeks ago. Colby Rasmus is handling center field again Sunday. Sunday, 10:44 am
  • Kyle Schwarber sitting out on Sunday
    Kyle Schwarber is not in the Cubs' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting a breather. The Cubs have Chris Denorfia and Chris Coghlan at the corner outfield spots. Sunday, 8:13 am
  • Stephen Piscotty (head) returns to lineup
    Stephen Piscotty (head) is back in the Cardinals' lineup for the first game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Braves.

    Advice: Piscotty was officially cleared on Saturday after passing concussion protocol and is back in action on the final day of the regular season. He wound up being sidelined for only five days following a violent collision with Peter Bourjos last Monday, which is pretty remarkable. Sunday, 7:41 am
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; L, 2-0 ^ @Atl
  • Rasmus homers twice as Astros top Arizona
    Colby Rasmus slugged two home runs in the Astros' win over the Diamondbacks on Saturday night.

    Advice: It was a pair of solo bombs, and they helped the 'Stros grab a must-win in Arizona. Rasmus has 25 home runs and 61 RBI in 136 games this season with a respectable .792. Saturday, 8:51 pm
  • Piscotty (concussion) cleared to resume playing
    Stephen Piscotty has been cleared to return from his concussion.

    Advice: He'll be available for Sunday's doubleheader against the Braves. The 24-year-old last played on Monday. Piscotty has enjoyed a productive rookie year, hitting .310 with a .502 slugging percentage in 229 at-bats. Saturday, 7:42 pm
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; L, 2-0 ^ @Atl
  • Yasiel Puig won't start Sunday's game
    Yasiel Puig will not start Sunday's game against the Padres.

    Advice: Puig is playing right field Saturday for the first time in over a month. Manager Don Mattingly suggested he could enter Sunday's game in the later innings as part of a double switch. Puig could be playing for a postseason roster spot. Saturday, 4:10 pm
    W, 6-3 vs x SD
  • Dodgers activate Puig (hamstring) from DL
    Dodgers activated Yasiel Puig from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: A strained right hamstring kept Puig out for 34 games. He'll bat sixth and play right field Saturday against the Padres. Puig was on a 10-game hitting streak before he got hurt. Saturday, 2:40 pm
    W, 6-3 vs x SD
  • Carlos Gomez (intercostal) out again Saturday
    Carlos Gomez (intercostal) is not in the Astros' lineup Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: He hasn't been in the lineup since Wednesday. Colby Rasmus will fill in at center field and bat cleanup. The Astros enter tonight's action with a half-game advantage over the Angels for the second Wild Card spot. Saturday, 2:27 pm
  • Scott Van Slyke receives cortisone shot
    Scott Van Slyke received a cortisone shot in his ailing right wrist on Friday.

    Advice: He has been in and out of the lineup for most of September due to soreness in his hand and wrist, and has been unable to take batting practice for the past few days. As of now, he's still expected to be a part of the Dodgers postseason roster, but any further setbacks could change that. Saturday, 6:05 am
    W, 6-3 vs x SD
  • Alex Rios goes hitless in return to action
    Alex Rios (neck) went 0-for-3 with a walk in his return to the Royals lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Rios was scratched from Thursday's lineup with a stiff neck, but it appears to have been just a minor issue. The veteran outfielder is hitting just .258/.291/.356 with four homers and 30 RBI this season. Saturday, 5:46 am
    W, 6-1 ^ @Min
  • Starling Marte smashes walkoff homer in 12th
    Starling Marte smashed a two-run homer in the bottom of the 12th inning on Friday, leading the Pirates to a come-from-behind 6-4 victory over the Reds.

    Advice: The Pirates fell behind 4-0 early in this one, but chipped away with a single run in the fourth and three more in the third, necessitating extra innings and setting the stage for Marte's dramatic blast. Marte also singled and scored a run earlier in the evening, finishing the night 2-for-6. The dynamic young outfielder is now slashing .286/.334/.445 with 19 homers and 81 RBI on the year. Friday, 9:03 pm
    W, 4-0 vs ^ Cin
  • Puig could return to Dodgers this weekend
    Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Friday that there's a chance Yasiel Puig (hamstring) rejoins the team before the end of the weekend.

    Advice: Puig has been working out extensively after suffering a re-injury of his right hamstring. He had a full day at the team's spring training complex on Thursday and was even able to steal a base. It looks like all systems should be go for the outfielder heading into the postseason. Friday, 4:46 pm
    W, 6-3 vs x SD
  • Carlos Gomez not in lineup again Friday
    Carlos Gomez (intercostal) is once again not in the Astros starting lineup on Friday.

    Advice: He returned to the lineup on Wednesday, but felt some lingering soreness after his final throw against the Mariners. Expect him to return to his regular post in the outfield at some point before the end of the weekend. Friday, 4:36 pm
  • Piscotty (concussion) to take BP on Friday
    Stephen Piscotty (concussion) will take batting practice on Friday.

    Advice: Piscotty will participate in batting practice on Friday before meeting with the doctor for another concussion test. Piscotty collided with fellow outfielder Peter Bourjos on Monday. Cards GM John Mozeliak said Tuesday that the 24-year-old had a "slight concussion," which is akin to being slightly pregnant. It's still possible that Piscotty plays before the regular season draws to a close on Sunday. Friday, 2:29 pm
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; L, 2-0 ^ @Atl
  • Alex Rios scratched due to back stiffness
    Alex Rios was scratched from Thursday's lineup with a stiff neck.

    Advice: It's probably safe to call him day-to-day. Jonny Gomes will start in right field. Thursday, 2:49 pm
    W, 6-1 ^ @Min
  • Nieuwenhuis earns three hits in loss
    Kirk Nieuwenhuis went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a strikeout in Thursday afternoon's loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: Nieuwenhuis was the only Met with any real kind of offensive success in Thursday's loss, as the rest of the team combined for just three singles. These kinds of games with multiple extra-base hits are not the norm for the 28-year-old outfielder. Over 103 at-bats, he's hitting a paltry .214/.289/.417 with four homers and 14 RBI. Thursday, 11:42 am
    W, 1-0 vs x Was
  • Puig (hamstring) now running at 100 percent
    Yasiel Puig (hamstring) began running at 100 percent effort on Thursday morning.

    Advice: Puig has made some major strides over the last couple of days and would now appear to have a pretty good shot at cracking the Dodgers' roster for the NLDS. He has been on the disabled list since August 28 with a re-tear of his troublesome right hamstring. The outfielder has appeared in only 77 total games this season for Los Angeles. Thursday, 10:43 am
    W, 6-3 vs x SD
  • Schwarber starting at catcher on Thursday
    Kyle Schwarber is starting at catcher in the Cubs' series finale Thursday against the Reds.

    Advice: It's his first start behind the plate since August 31. Schwarber, who's been playing primarily in left field, will bat seventh Thursday versus Reds lefty John Lamb. Thursday, 6:42 am
  • Bautista hits 40th homer in win over Orioles
    Jose Bautista hit his 40th home run of the season in Wednesday's thrashing of the Orioles in the first game of a doubleheader.

    Advice: Bautista had a quiet afternoon before getting in on the fun with the solo blast in the ninth inning. It's the third time in his career and the first time since 2011 that Bautista has reached the 40-homer plateau. The 34-year-old is having another terrific offensive season overall, batting .252/.376/.542 with 113 RBI and 107 runs scored. Wednesday, 4:29 pm
  • Pham out of Cardinals' lineup for second half
    Tommy Pham is out of the Cardinals' lineup for the second half of Wednesday's doubleheader in Pittsburgh.

    Advice: Pham was a late sub in the early game, an 8-2 loss. He hasn't made a start in the Cardinals' last six games, which seems very odd. Maybe there's an undisclosed injury. Jon Jay is in center field Wednesday night. Wednesday, 2:48 pm
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; L, 2-0 ^ @Atl
  • Grant Green designated for assignment
    Angels designated INF/OF Grant Green for assignment.

    Advice: Green has always hit in the minors but didn't have a position, and the Angels didn't want to wait any more for the bat to come around after a .249/.283/.335 start to his career. He just turned 28 this week but could draw some interest on waivers. Wednesday, 1:03 pm
    Player Note
    Grant Green LAA - 2B,OF
    Not Active
    L, 9-2 x @Tex
  • Puig (hamstring) running at about 80 percent
    Yasiel Puig (hamstring) is playing in instructional league games but not running the bases or playing the field yet.

    Advice: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday that Puig's activity level the last two days has been "encouraging," but he added that the outfielder is still only running at about 80 percent. Puig won't return during the final week of the regular season and his status for the postseason is up in the air. Wednesday, 6:42 am
    W, 6-3 vs x SD
  • Schwarber has two hits, run scored vs. Reds
    Kyle Schwarber went 2-for-3 with a run scored in Tuesday's win over the Reds.

    Advice: Schwarber also walked twice, reaching base in four of his five plate appearances on the evening. One of those walks and his run came in the Cubs' four-run first inning as they got to Reds starter Josh Smith early. Schwarber, who has cooled considerably since lighting the world on fire after his promotion in late July, is hitting .247/.357/.502 with 16 homers, 43 RBI and 50 runs scored overall. Tuesday, 9:58 pm
  • Martinez tops 100 RBI with 38th home run
    J.D. Martinez went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run and two runs scored Tuesday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Martinez hit a two-run shot off Rangers starter Cole Hamels in the first inning. He's now got 38 homers on the year, and the two RBI pushed him over the century mark for the season. He's become one of the premier power hitters in the game this season, and with a few games to go Martinez is batting .281/.343/.537 with 91 runs scored overall. Tuesday, 9:14 pm
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